Monthly Archives: August 2011

15 posts

On Americans (Not) Getting By (Again)

It’s the 10th anniversary of Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed. Have things improved? Here’s her new, wake-up-call afterward. Posted by Barbara Ehrenreich at 7:05am, August 9, 2011. It was at lunch with the editor of Harper’s Magazine that the subject came up: How does anyone actually live “on the wages available to the unskilled”? And then Barbara Ehrenreich said something that altered her life and resulted, improbably enough, in a bestselling book with almost two million copies in print. “Someone,” she commented, “ought to do the old-fashioned kind of journalism — you know go out there and try it for […]

Monsanto’s New Sweet Corn, Another Unregulated, Unlabeled Frankenfood

Organic Bytes #289 Government regulation of genetically engineered crops, already weak, is increasingly non-existent. The latest example of this new hands-off policy is the commercialization of Monsanto’s first flagship product for the produce aisle: genetically engineered sweet corn, containing the Bt toxin and herbicide-resistant genes. Monsanto’s new sweet corn produces Bt toxin, a genetically modified version of an insecticide from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis. Until now, Monsanto’s Bt corn and cotton crops have mostly been used in animal feed and highly processed ingredients. Even with this limited exposure, Bt toxin has already been found in the blood of pregnant […]

Timothy Leary (Los Angeles, 1989)

How to Operate Your Brain: An Owner’s Manual

I just saw Limitless (which was ponderously provocative), and recalled this Leary piece. by Timothy Leary You might catch yourself sliding in and out … relax and enjoy it. This is an experiment in mind formation, in-formation, forming, controlling, operating your mind and your brain, using digital techniques to overload, scramble, confuse, unfocus your mind. The natural state of the brain is chaos. We’re dealing with a complexity of in-formation. The first thing to do is to overwhelm your focused mind, your linear mind, by overloading signals, digital patterns, clusters of photons and electrons which produce a pleasant state of […]

Band Names Back

The Trove Down with the Invisible Regime (02/18/2011) – There is a possible revolution on every corner. Greenage in Your Gourd! (01/10/2011) – Yerba, Baby. My life is so much better with me in it (11/30/2010) – Okay, programmy album title. Twitching Mystic (09/13/2010) – In the dark center of the Temple of Reason is a mystic-priestess in ecstasy. Typographical Eros (08/24/2010) – Re-reading work is excruciating for self-critical perfectionists. But typographical eros is a more loving approach. Dead Buddha (08/13/2010) – Aren’t they all? Spontaneous Picnic (07/05/2010) – with B&T on Gale Meadows Pond … Enigmaic Tortilla (04/22/2010) – […]

Pre-mail: Not just a good idea.

WARNING. This is not email. This is pre-mail. It is a new product being marketed on the internet by the imasupermarketing-genius.com company. Please get your friends to visit our web site by simply telling them our easy-to-remember web address. In fact, if you don’t tell 15 of your friends, bad luck will befall you by the end of this day. I am not kidding. This is not a hoax. This is not another “chain mail.” This is for real. Frank Shepherd of Pennsylvania is one sorry man who didn’t tell 15 of his friends. He got cancer and died within […]

Breathing Black

Black caterpillar red mushroom Strolling trance, fading pen whirling water sandy path waving fern, breathe again Black fingers wagon trail red leaf, message sent trickle water pooling grief stone wall, breathe again Black eyes elbow tree bleeding mushroom, dripping end crashing down berry tomb wet leaf, beathe again Black cloud low growl talking trees, cryptic omen chirping rain blossom bees groaning song, breathe again (Tue, 08/19/2008)

Sea Through Glass

Hunger looks through glass, through empty-handed, shivering branches, to an ebb and flow, to a sea.   Flag poles planted in morass pledge allegiance to our fledgling fleet’s mother, who dies unknowingly. (Dec. 5, 2007)

Free Grow

I let go in order to grow down, into dark, nutritious ground. I feed my garden nectar of golden apples. Having freed my hands of tares from elsewhere, my plants grow so full weeds send up flares just to be noticed. (Sat, 08/21/2010)

We Knew It!: The U.S. Continues to Thwart Haitian Democracy

We’ve seen a lot of obfuscation come out of the State Department about Haiti before. Now this. Wikileaks Haiti: The Aristide Files Kim Ives and Ansel Herz | The Nation. August 5, 2011 US officials led a far-reaching international campaign aimed at keeping former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide exiled in South Africa, rendering him a virtual prisoner there for the last seven years, according to secret US State Department cables. The cables show that high-level US and UN officials even discussed a politically motivated prosecution of Aristide to prevent him from “gaining more traction with the Haitian population and returning […]

Peanut Sauce!

I was surprised how great my improvised peanut sauce turned out. Veggies sautéing. I added a couple-to-four tablespoons of peanut butter – all natural, chunky. I don’t have soy sauce, so I used teriyaki – about 1-to-1.5 Tbs. Finally, I added a couple squirts-worth of hot pepper paste. Wanted to add ginger, but didn’t have it. Would have added water, but my zucchinis were already adding a lot. Added whole peanuts, salt, and pepper to the sautee, too! The result?: Mmmmm! Great.