Global warming Category

Mad about maple

My favorite flavors are butterscotch, caramel, molasses and maple, in that order.  While we likely have an abundant supply of the first three, which are all based on sugar cane, a warm climate crop, maple, from the sugar maple, is rapidly becoming a scarce and precious commodity (one more casualty of global warming). As a […]

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The Haunt of Red October

It’s finally October, a time of year most of us in the Northern Hemisphere look forward to for its cool, crisp fall days, the turning leaves, familiar signs of harvest.  I do too.  But for us here in our Southern California idyll, October comes with trepidation. This week it has been as hot here as […]

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POVerty and the shadowy TPP

I have been reflecting on the American way of life recently.  All the tumult over the Affordable Care Act has dredged up a great deal of emotion, mostly fear, and of course as I have said repeatedly in past posts here, stoked by international as well as national corporate interests.  There are corporations, backed by […]

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Slimed

Now, even though you all know I am a vegan (right?)  … This is not to discuss the merits or drawbacks of an omnivorous or herbivorous diet. But what do we (in the royal sense) think of this? http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/09/pink-slime-goes-back-to-school.html Here is my take. First of all, the name says something to me.  Do we really […]

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Out of energy

Our ‘wonderful’ local electric utility company has a new plan to save us money.  They pick one four-hour period per month and make that a ‘power off’ time.  To join the program and get savings (the estimate doesn’t sound like much), you agree to turn off every electrical appliance that you can for that four […]

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