But ya are, Blanche


Open thread!

One of my favorite blogs, Intercontinental Cry, has hit a rough patch and is appealing for donations to stay afloat.

There is no better way to keep abreast of indigenous peoples’ current struggles in North America and elsewhere than by czeching in with IC. There simply isn’t anyone that bothers with these stories.

Ahni needs to come up with $900. Perhaps a few of our millions of readers can help out either with donations or by spreading the word?

End of PSA.


8 Responses to “But ya are, Blanche”

  1. sisdevore Says:

    I am having difficulty figuring this out: an article in the nytimes about an Iraq veteran seeing the movie “The Hurt Locker” Later in the article:

    “Later in the deployment my Humvee was hit by a large I.E.D. I had my forehead crushed in, lost both eyes, had to have my right hand fully reconstructed and took severe damage to my left knee.”

    Listened to the movie, maybe?

  2. artemis54 Says:

    Further evidence that we are blindly engineering a future full of ever more antibiotic resistant bacteria: A team of scientists in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands are reporting disturbing evidence that soil microbes have become progressively more resistant to antibiotics over the last 60 years.

    The authors of Evidence of Increasing Antibiotic Resistance Gene Abundances in Archived Soils since 1940 call for their study of stored soil samples to be repeated elsewhere. In many cases, this would be very easy to do.

    This is a time bomb. See the study of gulls in southern France for clear evidence of the rapid evolution of resistance in animal populations.

    • cometman Says:

      One reason I’m glad I bring my toddler to the barn on regular basis.

      • artemis54 Says:

        Probably a very good idea. I was shovelling shit and hauling water from the age of eight or so and look how I turned out all in all I’ve been remarkably healthy.

        (Back to Grandin again. My older sibs verify that the whole time I “seemed to be lost in another world”, turning rocks over in the creek to play with periwinkles, moss, crawdads and salamanders.)

  3. artemis54 Says:

    From the Counterintuitive file. Also from the I Wish I’d Thought of That file.

    Supermarket lighting enhances nutrient level of fresh spinach

    Spinach stored in light for as little as three days had significantly higher levels of vitamins C, K, E, and folate. They also had higher levels of the healthful carotenoids (plant pigments) lutein and zeaxanthin. During continuous light exposure after nine days, levels of folate increased between 84 and 100 percent, for instance. Levels of vitamin K increased between 50 and 100 percent, depending on the spinach variety tested.

    Relationship between Fresh-Packaged Spinach Leaves Exposed to Continuous Light or Dark and Bioactive Contents: Effects of Cultivar, Leaf Size, and Storage Duration

  4. artemis54 Says:

    I wonder what the Oscars will look like in twenty years.

    More at RoboThespian

  5. artemis54 Says:

    I don’t really see the point of this Halter guy. After watching a couple interviews with him, he seems like Blanche in drag.

    My view of Arkansas is no doubt skewed by the fact that all the people I know from there – twelve or so – are in the construction trades and pretty far left.

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