Kid President is so adorable, I just want to pinch his cheeks!
My favorites are numbers 3, 5 & 6. What are your favorites?
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Having been off for a week, listening to crashing Pacific waves, breathing salt air, reading, reading, more reading, and getting my head straight (kinda, sorta, pretty much), Mr Blow asked me, via facebook, to read his column for tomorrow. I agreed to do so, and, for me, this column is very powerful. What do you think?
I strongly reject the concept of respectability politics, which postulates that a style of dress or speech justifies injustice, and often violence, against particular groups of people or explains away the ravages of their inequality.
I take enormous exception to arguments about the “breakdown of the family,” particularly the black family, that don’t acknowledge that this country for centuries has endeavored, consciously and not, to break it down. Or that family can be defined only one way.
I don’t buy into the mythology that most poor people are willfully and contentedly poor, happy to live with the help of handouts from a benevolent big government that is equally happy to keep them dependent.
These are all arguments based on shame, meant to distance traditional power structures from emerging ones, to allow for draconian policy arguments from supposedly caring people. These arguments require faith in personal failure as justification for calling our fellow citizens feckless or doctrinally disfavored.
Those who espouse such arguments must root for failures so that they’re proved right. They need their worst convictions to be affirmed: that other people’s woes are due solely to their bad choices and bad behaviors; that there are no systematic suppressors at play; that the way to success is wide open to all those who would only choose it.
Any of us in the country who were born poor, or minority, or female, or otherwise different — particularly in terms of gender or sexual identity — know better.
Please read the rest of the article here.
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Veterans Day, which is noted in other countries as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, marks the end of World War I. More particularly, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918. On this day, we remember those who died while serving their various countries.
As I have done in past years, I’m posting the final episode of the Blackadder Goes Forth series, entitled Goodbyeee.
The final episode of this series, “Goodbyeee“, although true to the series’ usual comedy style through most of the preceding scenes, is known for featuring a purely dramatic and extraordinarily poignant final scene, where the main characters (except [the General] himself) are finally sent over the top. To the sound of a slow, minimal and downbeat piano version of the title theme, the four are seen in slow-motion, charging into the fog and smoke of no man’s land, with gunfire and explosions all around, before the scene fades into footage of a sunny poppy field and the sound of birdsong. The fate of the four is left ambiguous. Blackadder’s final line before the charge is also underpinned with an unusually reflective and poignant tone, offered after Baldrick claims to have one last cunning plan to save them from the impending doom:
Well, I’m afraid it’ll have to wait. Whatever it was, I’m sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman around here? …Good luck, everyone.
As fantastic as this final Blackadder series is, I usually cry my way through Goodbyeee. Our amazing advances in technology, rather than being put toward the advancement of mankind, was instead used for unbelievable destruction and obscenely wasted lives of tens of millions of people, both military and civilian, but succeeded only in serving as an incubator for World War II.
I think humans could learn to live together peacefully, but there is money to be made from mayhem and war, and as long as that’s true, there will always be war; and there will always trenches of one kind or another, filled with honorable men and women, who are viewed as a means to an end — stacks and stacks of money — and used as cannon fodder, and if they survive, dismissed as a burden on society.
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^^^Not my photo!^^^ I found it on weather.com :)
Over the last two days, it’s finally been acting like Fall around here. Sure, the temps were lower — thank FSM! — but while the leaves had turned color, the leaves were sticking in the trees as if they were glued.
Yesterday, the temps dropped just low enough overnight to get the leaves falling in the wind. Fall is not my favorite season, but there’s something relaxing about watching the leaves falling out of the English walnut trees outside my windows. Ahhhh….
Oh yeah, and it’s my birthday today. 54 years old! :)
This is our daily open thread — what does Fall look like in your world?
Photo by Zach Meier
I was going to call this post “Babbling Brook,” because the water is so low, but since this water actually has a name, I thought I should call it McDonald Creek…because that’s what it’s called.
This is the creek that feeds into Lake McDonald, the largest lake in Glacier National Park. The water is so clean and crisp, and doesn’t my baby take a great picture of it with my awesome camera? :)
This is our daily open thread, and yeah, I totally admit it — I got nothin’ today, so chat among yourselves.
Photo by Zach Meier
Early morning on Lake McDonald in Glacier Park. It was sooooo quiet.
I’m glad we went to Glacier this last week, because certain areas in the park are closed a couple of weeks early because of bear activity. We saw an adolescent Black Bear in the road, but he was a smart bear, and ran back into the woods as soon as he saw us.
Happy first day of Fall!!!
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Photo by Zooey
When you think of Oregon, this is what you think of, right? Well, it’s true. The entire state looks just like this, and that’s why I need to live there.
Nah, I’m just full of crap, as per usual (but not about the ‘living there’ part). ;)
Oregon has all sorts of geography types: Oregon Coast (my fav), Willamette Valley, Rogue Valley, Cascade Range, Klamath Mountains, Columbia Plateau, Oregon Outback, and Blue Mountains (which are visible from my area). All of them beautiful in their own ways, of course.
Another favorite place is the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, in the middle of the state. Beautiful lakes and evergreens, right next to volcanic flows on the surface, located between the high desert and the Cascade Range. The juxtaposition is a little startling!
Anyhoo, I’m off to Glacier National Park today, with my youngest in tow. Another gorgeous place in our beautiful country!!
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Photo by Zooey
The world is going crazy, and there’s far too much we can’t do anything about — even if we can’t or won’t admit it.
So, instead of all that, enjoy this pretty picture I took on Sauvie Island, outside Portland.
Do you feel the calm washing over you?
This is our daily open thread — Relax!
Photos by Charles Meier
My eldest and I recently took a trip to the Oregon coast to celebrate his 31st birthday, and we stopped by Erratic Rock State Natural Site, in the Willamette Valley near Sheridan. I gave him my camera, and found that he’s another member of our little family with a great eye for photos.
A glacial erratic is rock that is different from the type of rock normally found in the area where it has been found, having been carried to its present location by glacial ice.
This particular erratic is a bit different, in that it was carried to this place encased in an iceberg let loose by the Missoula Floods.
The pre-historic Missoula floods began in western Montana fifteen to twenty-thousand years ago. These large floods altered the landscape of the Columbia River valley and flooded the Willamette Valley. Many rocks were transported down the Columbia encased in icebergs and deposited from Montana through Idaho,Washington, and Oregon when the flood waters receded and the ice melted.
The really cool thing about this rock — other than the fact that it’s a friggin’ glacial erratic — is that it comes from Canada, and it’s the only rock of its type outside of Canada.
Geologically, the rock comes from Canada and is the largest glacial erratic rock in the Willamette Valley. The rock is argillite believed to be 600 million years old and originally part of the sea-floor.
This geology geek just went all tingly. Coolness!!!
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I’m not in the mood to deal with the bullshit going on in the world today, so I decided to find a picture of a cute cat on the interwebs. Who knew there were so many!?
Anyhoo, I’m browsing among the cuteness on Google Images, when I came across this picture, and my only thought was, “OhmygodOhmygodOhmygodOhmygodOhmygod, that’s sooooooo cute!!!”
And then my heart grew three sizes. That is all.
This is our daily open thread — Grumpy Cat will return.
Photo by Zooey
Prairie Dogs are sooooo cute!! I could watch them for hours.
Highly social, prairie dogs live in large colonies or “towns” – collections of prairie dog families that can span hundreds of acres. The prairie dog family groups are the most basic units of its society. Members of a family group inhabit the same territory.
As cute as they are, prairie dogs are tough little critters! Watch them take on a rattlesnake, with their cute squeaky bark, cooperation in the community, and earth-moving skills.
This is our daily open thread — Squeak among yourselves.
So what is going on this Sunday, not much, and that’s not always bad. I picked a fews reads for you, I hope you all slept in
President Obama will be in Israel next week. The so-called peace process, was there ever a real effort (?), is not only stalled, it is at it’s lowest point since I remember. The Economist picks up the topic:
IN 1942, as the Holocaust in Europe was entering its most horrific phase, a pacifist American rabbi called Judah Magnes helped found a political party in Palestine called Ihud. Hebrew for unity, Ihud argued for a single binational state in the Holy Land to be shared by Jews and Arabs. Its efforts—and those of like-minded idealists—came to naught. Bitterly opposed to the partition of Palestine, Magnes died in 1948 just as the state of Israel—the naqba, or catastrophe, to Palestinians—was being born. Decades of strife were to follow.(read more)
Cyprus needs a bailout. That’s not really news, but the account holders will get a haircut, oops:
Cypriots reacted with shock that turned to panic on Saturday after a 10% one-off levy on savings was forced on them as part of an extraordinary 10bn euro (£8.7bn) bailout agreed in Brussels.(read more)
Formula 1 is on, finally, The Lotus Effect:
Kimi Raikkonen proved he and Lotus have what it takes this year to become Formula One world champions after storming to victory in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.(read more)
And, kids, you look the other way now:
Close your eyes and ears,” warns an off-screen voice, “because here comes a sex comedy that’s all about bonking and banging.” Then Bavarian character Sepp appears on screen. As he assumes a wide-legged stance in an Alpine pasture, a cow gazes awe-struck at the fly of his lederhosen. Thunderbolts shoot out of his tight leather shorts, bulging with excessive man-power.( read more)
Again, there’s not much going on really, I could have brought you ‘She Who Must Not Be Named’ and her CPAC speech, but I am not cruel.
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It is my favourite of all times:
Get yourself a shoulder of Pork, some veggies, a glass of beer, more beer for yourself and don’t hurry it up, it wants it’s time.
1 l of Chicken Stock
1.5 kgs Pork Shoulder with skin.
(The more fat the better, unfortunately the pigs they breed over here for meat are almost as lean as athletes. You don’t ge a really porky pig anymore and while people think it’s good for your health in my humble opinion it sucks from a yumminess point of view)
3 large white onions
1 small carrot
150 g of celeriac
1 tbsp oil
400 g small potatoes
1 tsp icing sugar
1 tbsp tomato purree concentrated
150 ml red wine
1 laurel leave
1/2 tsp cumin and coriander each
1 clove of garlic sliced
2 slices ginger
pepper freshly gound
1/2-1 tsp lemon skin grated
1-2 tbsp Fleur de Sel
Now you can get going and the process leaves you quite a bit of time between the stages to either prepare side dishes or go on a run to burn off the calories about to hit you
Put the roast into a pan skin side down add the chicken broth and roast in oven at 130°C for 90 minutes.
Dice the veggies (sans the potatoes) and gently roast them in a pan, add icing sugar gently caramelise, add tomato purree and red wine bring to the boil and take to the side.
After 90 minutes take the roast out of the oven, cut the skin (I do squares) add the broth to the veggies and then all the veggies, the potatoes and the sauce go back into the oven pan. Set the roast on top of it and roast for another 90 to 120 minutes at 160°C.
The Finale: Set the oven to 220°C put the roast on the lowest rung of the oven for 20 minutes.
Mix the cumin and coriander, strain sauce in a pot, set veggies aside. Bring gravy to the boil add cumin and coriander reduce for 20 minutes.
Mix fleur de sel and lemon rind. Sprinkle roast with same. Enjoy!
It’s called Sunday Roast isn’t it? So I made you one.
For you it’s an open thread as well, so enjoy!
On this day in history, December 23, 1954, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was released.
I loved this movie when I was a kid, but I enjoyed Jules Verne’s book even more. During the giant squid attack scene, I remember thinking that on the interior shots, it looked like the squid was waving. Well, I was only about ten when I read the book and then saw the movie. :D
I was also crazy for that old show in the 60s, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
This is our daily open thread — What was your favorite childhood movie?
I don’t know about you guys, but I just want to think about the beauty of this planet today. The ugliness will still be there waiting for us tomorrow — it’s one of the few things we can count on.
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Republicans, what part of this do you fail to understand? No, we’re not asking you if you like it or think it’s good (by your standards) — that’s been decided. Whether or not you like, accept, or understand it, Barack Obama is still our President.
“We” includes you, Republicans, so lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way, because we’re still trying to clean up your messes.
This is our daily open thread — Who else is beyond done with the WHINING?
By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day. Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).
On 20 December 1993 the General Assembly, by resolution 48/104, adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.
In the United States, we had the Violence Against Women Act — also passed in 1993 — written by the current Vice President, Joe Biden. The Act currently up for re-authorization, which would seem like a no-brainer, but it’s hung up in the Republican controlled House, which favors a reduction of such services to undocumented and LGBT women.
Because undocumented and LGBT women aren’t quite women? Violence up to a certain level should be acceptable? Maybe if these women get beaten and raped enough, they’ll mend their evil ways. That could be it.
This is our daily open thread — posted by the late, late, very late Zooey. LATE AGAIN. Sorry!!
Photo by Zooey
For the first time in five years, I’m not spending Thanksgiving week at the Sylvia Beach Hotel. Right now, I’m supposed to be sitting in the parlor on the third floor in front of a crackling fire, reading my book, and waiting for the hot spiced wine to arrive.
But because a job remains elusive, it was not to be this year. I’m listening to the wind howl outside my window, trying to pretend it’s a storm at the beach.
So instead, I’m planning a low budget Thanksgiving dinner with Zoo Jr — he’s bringing the turkey — and am truly thankful that my son and I will have the whole weekend to hang out together.
This is our daily open thread — What are your plans for Thanksgiving?
Veterans Day is a United States holiday which honors ALL military veterans, living and dead. Remembrance Day is commemorated on the same day in Britain, Canada, and several other countries, to remember those who died serving their countries, and marking the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice by the Germans at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918, which ended World War I.
Please join TheZoo in honoring all who serve their countries in the military, and remembering those who never came home.
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Only a couple more days…deep breath. Relax.
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Okay, so I’m damp, smell of toast crumbs, still finding rice in odd places, and leave flutters of confetti every time I move.
A good time was had by all at the Rocky Horror Picture Show. :)
This is our daily open thread — Let’s do the time warp again!
Blink..blink…blink…step back…blink…blink…go pale and want to vomit.
Yeah, I can’t get enough of that moment. :)
This is our daily open thread — what’s making you happy this fine Sunday?
Photo by Zooey
I took this photo on my recent trip to Glacier National Park, having taken a detour down to the National Bison Range. Over 13,000 years ago, this lush farmland was the site of a huge glacial lake; today we refer to it as Lake Missoula.
The lake was the result of an ice dam on the Clark Fork caused by the southern encroachment of a finger of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet into the Idaho Panhandle (at the present day location of Clark Fork, Idaho at the east end of Lake Pend Oreille). The height of the ice dam typically approached 610 metres (2,000 ft), flooding the valleys of western Montana approximately 320 kilometres (200 mi) eastward. It was the largest ice-dammed lake known to have occurred.
Approximately forty times over a 2000 year period, the glacial ice dam ruptured, and the contents of Lake Missoula went screaming across the Idaho Panhandle, Eastern Washington (creating the Scablands), and the Columbia River Gorge. You can see that the flood even reached my little corner of the world on the Snake River.
The cumulative effect of the floods was to excavate 210 cubic kilometres (50 cu mi) of loess, sediment and basalt from the channeled scablands of eastern Washington and to transport it downstream. These floods are noteworthy for producing canyons and other large geologic features through cataclysms rather than through more typical gradual processes.
If you drive across Eastern Washington, you’ll see that even today it looks like a virtual wasteland. Being in the rain shadow of the Cascades has something to do with it, but the main culprit was flood after flood after flood scouring off the land. It’s really quite fascinating to imagine the raw and determined power of WATER.
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