Monday, June 30, 2008

Book: "People's History of the United States"

"People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn is a book that nearly changed my life. "Nearly"? Well, it's quite anti-establishment, and I was already that. I'm sure it's been said thousands of times about this book, but it bears repeating: this is a book that every American should read.

Usually, history is written about the Presidents, Congressmen, and Generals. This book tells of the history of the U.S. from the perspective of the people. Indians, blacks, women, Mexicans, workers. There was so much to learn from this book, and so much to unlearn that we were taught.

Even if you don't agree with some of the political slants of Zinn, you will see a whole new way to view history. Supposedly it's already required reading in a few high schools and colleges. Let's hope it expands to more.

Power to the People!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Compulsory Love to God?

What is it like to say you MUST love, (compulsory love) a being, and be terrified of at the same time?

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Politics? Question All!

Capitalism. Socialism. Communism. Anarchism. I'm sure there are many others.

It is often assumed that we live with capitalism in America. I seriously doubt it. It's more like corporatism. The corporations have way too much influence in the government. A corporation is legally considered a 'person', with all the protections given there-in. Phooey.

A corporation is NOT a person. You can't shake hands with 'em. You can't even spit on 'em. Their power allow way too much influence with the government. Giving the corporation the equal value of a person was one of the biggest scandals in American judicial history.

We are all a brotherhood. Perhaps we should share all? But if we are all to share everything, then where is the incentive to excel? Does it come from inside? Will a person desire to excel in brain surgery? Will enough people desire to pursue the important craft of plumbing? Will there be a sufficient number of people farming, to feed everyone else? Perhaps a 'central control' could make sure these requirements are met. How can be sure that central control isn't corrupted?

Capitalism to the rescue! ? Looks good on paper, in reality, it's a mess. Those with power and wealth tend to retain it and at the same time tend to smash the lower classes to keep them down. The fewer competitors the better. The little people can eat cake. If they have what it takes, they'd make it. But they don't, so screw them.

Enough for now...

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

First Broccoli Raab

This morning I noticed that the tallest broccoli raab, at only about 6", had a flower on it! Hmmm, according to the seed packet info, I'm supposed to harvest the buds before the flowers bloom. It says more budding shoots will develop. Ok, so I went and clipped about 6 small, very small buds that seemed about ready to bloom. Not enough for a salad or anything, so I just popped them in my mouth. Wow! Very tender, nice broccoli-ish taste but with a hint of spicy mustard. I like it! Now if only I can harvest a decent amount... Grow, little broccoli raabs, GROW!