Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I think we need to extend that concept. Once you reach the age of 80, a new set of legal rights should kick in. Specifically, you should be able to imbibe any drug you want, and you should have the right to doctor-assisted euthanasia.
A typical 80-year old might need a little chemical boost to make life tolerable. There isn't much chance an 80-year old will join a street gang or shorten his lifespan by much. Perhaps the law could require a full-time nurse or family caretaker to be around if the oldster wants to drop acid. I could see some restrictions on the activity, but it seems cruel to force grandpa to have a crappy last few years when science provides options.
Likewise, euthanasia should be legal after the age of 80. The cost of keeping people alive in the last months of their lives is a huge part of overall healthcare costs, and a big deal to the economy. I say if you're 80-years old, and you want to spare yourself, and society, from a painful and expensive last act, that should be your legal right.
Monday, July 27, 2009
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Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The emails said:
Bill…the answer is to get more cats….helps the litter business out.
I had to chuckle about this post. We, too, have critters running around our yard. Recently, we discovered trails into the grass coming from under the juniper bushes. A little research on Google told us we had a vole. There are no specific traps for voles - - - only for rats, mice, moles, and other rodents. But I did find out that voles can be caught with my trusty and well-used gopher trap purchased at Frank's Hardware for about $7.00 several years ago. It is safer for ME to use than a mouse trap and just as deadly, most of the time.
I loaded the trap with a mixture of peanut butter and oatmeal (per directions on Google) and set the trap perpendicular in the line of the trail. Within an hour, I caught the varmint. Since the information about voles indicated there would likely be more than one in the area, I reset the trap and the next day, found a gopher who had succumbed to the concoction. Next day, same thing!
My trapping total this summer includes: 1 vole and 7 gopher/chipmunks (I can't tell them apart)! I also caught a sparrow but it was still alive when I released it and, after taking a while to get over what must have been shock and perhaps a sore neck, it flew away.
Good for you. Those little critters can wreck a garden. You know someone is going to say that you don’t have a heart for killing those little critters.
I do enjoy your writings. Keep up the good work.
I feel a little less of a mass murderer knowing that you too have taken a stand as king of your yard. Our particular enemy are the chipmunks. Last year, we determined to be persistent and re-bait our quick death traps particularly since we decided to keep a kill count (our little Vietnam). By the end of last summer we had recorded 138. Funny, we have not seen any this season.....
I find the killings and the "amusing" responses sad and difficult.
Does this one bother you? Surprise you??
;-) Serial killer is a hoot! I am totally on board with no animals in the house, but my Gandhi side leaves them alone in the yard;-)
I agree, we don't want any in our yard either. But I also couldn't ever kill one. We bought a trap this year and in the first two weeks we've had it we have relocated 3 chipmunks. We drive them out across the bridge and let them go somewhere we think they can be happy, plus I'm pretty certain they won't find their way back across the bridge to our yard
That was inevitable. There is a PETAesque element sprinkled throughout society that has made animal worship a religion.
Well, somebody has to say something from the other side--and I guess it will have to be me. I know that all those little critters can be destructive and annoying. My heart sinks when I see a groundhog near my garden (and of course, some groundhogs are rather big critters.) I can offer no solution at all, apart from taking them far into the country and releasing them and I know that any nearby farmers might be annoyed--and not hesitate to shoot them themselves. Also, maybe the critters themselves will be so disoriented they won't survive, although they seem to me like a tough lot.
Wow. I'm sure with this 5th response. My stomach churned all day. What terrible thing have these tiny creatures done to you
Since you just had this blog post about traping animals I had to share our adventure from tonight with you. I was sitting upstairs at the computer, and I heard something out in the trap. My husband went down to check it and thought he saw a black squirrel, but he got a flash light to check it before he put it in the car. We were glad he did, because it turned out to be a skunk! We flipped up the levers holding the door down and it left on it's own.
Since you just had this blog post about traping animals I had to share our adventure from tonight with you. I was sitting upstairs at the computer, and I heard something out in the trap. Justin went down to check it and thought he saw a black squirrel, but he got a flash light to check it before he put it in the car. We were glad he did, because it turned out to be a skunk! We flipped up the levers holding the door down and it left on it's own.
Thanks! You can kill all the chipmunks and I wouldn’t care. They carefully demolished our beautiful crop of beets. I am mad at those little critters.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
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Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
“Eat locally” some of our dieticians and nutritionists say. Theoretically, local could be good. Local honey may have pollen from local plants and offer benefits that honey from across the continent or from some other continent won’t bestow. Local farmers will benefit from buying and eating local foods.
But coffee, sugar, wine and some other great foods aren’t made near us. Tea isn’t local. Chocolate comes from far away and I want it. Same with bananas, especially in winter, about 8 months of the year in Wisconsin.
I took a short course in Chinese language and learned that the Chinese or some of them maybe, have a long tradition of believing that certain foods should be eaten at certain times of the year. For them, eating watermelon is winter is unwise and unhealthy.
Local plays, news and opinion columns, artists might not compare well to the best to be found in a large city or in a nationwide competition. Athletes from a large city or even a large school are often better than those from small schools, simply because of sampling. The best of 1000 is likely, but not certain, to be better than the best of 100.
A German woman wrote a master’s thesis on strawberry yogurt. She found that, all within Germany, the strawberry fields, the milk, the processing plants were located in such a way that strawberry yogurt ready for purchase and eating in a store had traveled 5000 miles here and there before being finished. Her point was that proper relocation could have made the whole operation a local one.
Of course, it makes sense to try trade with local businesses. That way, they benefit and you get to know what is going on locally. Not only that, but local businesses and artists may be exempt from some national craze or silliness that you want to avoid.
Still, it is quite easy to see what is going on in France or South Africa or Sydney. More and more, we are traveling to all spots on the globe. “Local” is getting to mean “this planet”, at least until we run out of oil.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
|Word processing||Google Documents||Open Office|
|Spreadsheet||Google Documents||Open Office|
|Database|| ||Open Office|
|Drawing||Google Documents||Open Office|
|Photo||Google Picasa|| |
|Protection - virus||AVG|| |
|Protection - tracking||Ad-Aware|| |
|Presentation (Powerpoint)||Google Documents||Open Office|
|Web site||Google Sites|| |
|Blog||Blogspot, etc.||Open Office|
|Operating system||Linux Ubuntu||Google - later|
Friday, July 10, 2009
|3 Fugitives - Steve Martin, Martin Short||Funny|
|4 Weddings and a Funeral - Hugh Grant, Angie McDowell||Tender and satisfying|
|All that Jazz - Roy Schneider|| |
|Breaking Away - famous bicycling film||Tender and satisfying|
|Cold Comfort Farm - excellent and funny||Tender and satisfying|
|Enchanted April - poignant and beautiful (Lynn favorite) ||Tender and satisfying|
|Hero - Dustin Hoffman, unusual||Tender and satisfying|
|In and Out - Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack||Funny|
|In the Spirit - Marlo Thomas, Elaine May (Bill favorite) ||Funny|
|Moonstruck - Nicholas Cage, Cher||Tender and satisfying|
|My Cousin Vinny - Joe Pesci, Merisa Tomei||Funny|
|Ruthless People - Bette Midler, Danny DeVito (Bill favorite) ||Funny|
|Strangers in Good Company - Canadian women (Lynn favorite) || |
|The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming (Bill favorite) ||Funny|
|True Lies - Arnold, Jamie Lee Curtis||Good, funny, violent|
Thursday, July 9, 2009
- The Relaxation Response by H. Benson
- The Wise Heart by J. Kornfield
- Coming to Our Senses by J. Kabat-Zinn
- The Mindful Brain by Daniel Siegel
- The Brain That Changes Itself by N. Doidge
- The Self Hypnosis Diet by S. Gurgevich
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
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