The below linked video says it all.
The below linked video says it all.
There’s a saying that all things old are new again and that’s true from “fashion” to whatever falls in or out of favor.
“Discoveries” of herbal medicinal properties and the indigenous beliefs of conservation and protecting land, the environment, and resources are among the old that are becoming new again.
A knowledge and awareness that has brought science into the equation as they advance claims about “discovering” what in many instances was already known but cast aside as science developed their new and improved versions.
The onus now is to keep this particular species of squash out of the hands of companies like Monsanto and Bayer.
One possible approach might be for the nations to seek a patent, which has been Monsanto and Bayer’s long game.
That isn’t to say I’m opposed to sharing, rather making an effort in the midst of sharing to maintain the integrity and avoid commercialization and a hybridization that would turn this species into a GMO.
I’m not amazed that eight hundred year old seeds when planted grew, older seeds from around the world have exhibited the same ability, it is life finding a way.
A shout out to the “swamp granny” for the heads up.
Well, as the below link illustrates this can be seen as either encouraging or ominous. How so?
A consensus finally seems to have been reached that climate change is in fact a reality that threatens one and all yet ominous in the bickering and jockeying for position.
A proactive global enforcement agency may be the only solution capable of taking on corporations as individual nations appear to be hesitant to do so.
Such an agency would need the ability to act independently I think as when you view the UN’s track record in such things as global genocide in Rwanda and elsewhere it leaves something to be desired.
A very real danger exists for increased regional conflicts due to climate change and what will occur related to resources – within that scenario looms a not easily dismissed potential for a global conflict between the industrial nations and super powers.
What is missing in the “negotiations” is the direct participation of the people, and by this point everyone should be aware the lack of participation in policy making never bodes well – it’s time for people to begin exerting a real pressure.
Pressure in the form of demonstrations, strikes, boycotts, recall elections, national referendums, and actually casting their ballots in an intelligent manner rather than being led down the garden path of partisan rhetoric and allegiance.
There is nothing to be gained by complacency or leaving it to others – the Kardashians with their particular brand of craziness aren’t going to turn the tide nor will the latest tech gadget like a watch or laptop with a detachable screen.
This isn’t a “young man or woman’s game”, everyone has a stake in it from children to elders and everyone needs to mount up.
What is taking place is a planetary genocide at the hands of corporations and their political minions, you as an individual will either be part of the problem or part of the solution – if enough elect to sit on the sidelines then Gaia will need to draw up a bucket list.
Activism almost always is initially met with criticism and obstruction, an example judging by what I’ve read was the anti war movement during the Viet Nam war era.
The government did everything in it’s power to portray protesters as everything from communists to jobless unpatriotic freeloaders living off public assistance bent on destroying the republic, yet in time the tide began to turn as the reality set in and the ranks of protesters became inclusive of a broad spectrum of the American public resulting in a U.S withdrawal while proclaiming “peace with honor” rather than admitting ten thousands of lives had been lost to achieve a temporary stalemate at best.
The same tactic has been applied to movements like Occupy and Keystone, yet again we have witnessed a change in the demographic that lends itself to a credibility.
With all the talk of walls and deportation it is those who deny climate change, pander to corporations, and attempt to legislate regulations out of existence who need to be rounded up and deported.
Maybe they could become the first Martian colonists.
The land is the mother of all things, you can either protect your mother or join in assaulting her.
The Passion Flower comes in literally hundreds of different varieties and can be found pretty much across the globe in a variety of climates – actually a vine that produces flowers but commonly referred to merely as a flower.
They’ll tolerate cooler climates and even frost as a perennial, but if you live in an area where winters can be cold and produce a lot of snow it might not be a bad idea to cut them back and cover any growing outdoors.
Seeds can be set aside for the spring but it’s important to soak the seeds in water overnight before planting as they are slow to germinate and can take weeks or even months to sprout.
Cuttings can also be taken but they don’t seem to be any hurry either when it comes to producing roots.
This is a plant that doesn’t require a lot of attention, grows fast once it makes it’s mind up to, and butterflies gravitate to it.
I’ve found that if a person is persistent and pays attention a great many plants will acclimate to a degree and adapt where others might not think they would.
A personal experience is one that had froze, was cut back to a four or five inch stub, and yet some how managed to come back well over a year later after being transplanted to a pot – I don’t know if that’s some kind of record but it was amazing.
That doesn’t imply they could be grown under severe conditions though.
Passion flower tea is said to act as an herbal sleep aid, since I don’t have any problems falling asleep I can’t say from personal experience whether it is or not.
It’s a funny thing about gardening, people may begin with flowers and then include a vegetable garden.
Or they may begin with a vegetable garden and then include flowers, either way it seems a natural progression.
I’m a long time advocate for alternative energy, but at the same time I’ve always cautioned that people should be vigilant when it comes to anything that will impact or slow the level of profit utility companies make.
Corporate profits rely on dependency, their customers are dependent upon them and they intend to keep that way as long as they possibly can.
They can go on about concerns for the environment, their “green” efforts and all the rest of it but their priority is profit and that very dependency even if it means riding the fossil fuel horse until it collapses, until every river of any consequence is polluted and dammed, until every water spigot spews ignitable gas from fracking and every home features damage from fracking generated earthquakes.
Rate hikes to connect to the grid, an inevitability, but how about a comparable increase in credit for the energy generated by solar and fed back into the system?
How about a consumer revolt for a change instead of merely griping and then settling into the groove?
How about putting public utility commissions and politicians on notice that they serve the public, not corporate interests, and if they don’t bear that in mind then they better take as much money and perks from lobbyists as they can while they can because come next election they’re out of office.
Only the rich have solar? BS, take a look around middle class and lower middle class neighborhoods.
Solar and anything labeled green come with their own level of greed, manufacturers and suppliers are charging as much as they can get away with while praising and welcoming you to the green club.
It’s the same with anything ecofriendy, healthly, or comes with the moniker green from vitamin/nutrient suppliments to energy, organic food and anything else you can find in the green market place.
All the things that benefit people are price gouged, and that translates to effectively shutting out a huge number of people who could use them most.
So this is a “test” in California? It isn’t a test but a model for others to follow who will be ably abetted by every “public servant” they own.
There are municipalities that have passed ordinances making it illegal to collect rain water falling on your property, they claim to own it.
Really? How about the sunshine that falls on your property, or the air you breathe on your property, they going to claim a proprietary right to that as well?
Sounds farfetched? Consider how farfetched claiming ownership of rainfall and making it illegal to collect it was in the immediate past.
The sleeping giant, the American electorate, watch out when they wake up – right, if the past is prologue the sleeping giant will continue to slumber making Rip Van Winkles twenty years of sleep look like a cat nap.
Will continue to elect dyed in the wool Washington insiders who in turn will continue to name corporate heads to cabinet positions and engage in the Orwellian Newspeak and Doublethink that is part and parcel of who they are.
According to a person I know, in the 80’s I believe it was, there was a movement on in California to enact no fault accident insurance, it was touted as consumer friendly, going to lower insurance costs for everyone and the public bought into it.
Needless to say in short order following passage there was a dramatic increase in rates.
The point being the minute corporations begin telling you it’s all good and you’re going to save money is the minute you should begin opposing whatever they’re pushing.
The same I think would apply to the majority of politicians, the minute they stand around pontificating and jingling the change in their pockets like a used car salesman telling you all about how good something will be for you then it’s time to begin asking them the hard questions and letting them know they will be held accountable.
Case in point, a classic – NAFTA – a bill whose sole intent was to increase corporate profits by allowing them to export manufacturing and jobs.
A Republican authored bill that then President Clinton went all out for to support promising it would immediately create a couple of hundred thousand jobs – but then Bill and wife Hillary have always been corporate stooges and the public should have know it was bs.
Another case in point – the repeal of Glass/Stegall that in effect gave the banking industry free rein and in no small part led to the economic fiasco just a few short years ago, and again a legislative wet dream of the Republicans that then President Clinton promoted as well.
Another example of this Orwellian Newspeak and Doublethink is Obama’s much ballyhooed trip to Alaska with all the available photo ops from posing for photos with indigenous people to a backdrop of breathtaking landscape as he goes on about the environment and responsibility to protect it – then to approve legislation for offshore deep drilling in the Beaufort Sea/Dutch Harbor waters, a catastrophe in the making with the predictable it’s good for the country, going to create jobs, reduce dependency, and no doubt translate in some unexplainable way to reducing the size of or staunching rate increases.
Now if it truly is about the environment and the public government would forego the corporate cronyism and begin an all out effort to convert to alternative energy – that isn’t going to happen because every penny of profit hasn’t been wrung from fossil fuels yet, and government is all about cronyism and the well affected transition from being representative to being a corporatocracy.
The national debt is something like eighteen trillion dollars – if it were never increased how long do you think it would take to pay that off? How many generations?
Eighteen trillion and counting – don’t rein in spending like ordinary people are compelled to do, no just keep raising the debt ceiling, keep printing more Monoply money, keep issuing bum checks, and keep kicking the can down the road until the entire house of cards collapses.
Unlike you the government doesn’t have to concern itself with debt for the above mentioned reasons – funny though isn’t it if you print up some bogus money, write a few bad checks, or don’t pay your bills you’ll wind up in jail or on the streets homeless with a cup trying to sell a few pencils.
Government is either a servant or a master, in that it is reflective of the electorate. Apparently the electorate decided at some point they wanted a master.
This isn’t all about corporate and governmental responsibility – it’s about the responsibility of people who absolutely aren’t willing to sacrifice any perceived comfort or essential.
Turn your thermostat down? Hell no, let someone else turn their’s down.
Cut back on fuel and energy consumption? Hell no, let someone else cut back.
Plant a little garden in the back yard or enlist neighbors in a communal garden? Hell no, I’m too busy multi tasking on Facebook, twitter, or whatever.
Go for energy efficient vehicles, devices, and appliances? Hell no, let others go for them.
People just as willing to kick the can down the road or leave it to others.
I sometimes think it would be in the best interests of all if corporations were nationalized, became a public utility, the mere suggestion leading to an outcry by “patriots” in defense of democracy while they ignore the reality that the current version of democracy has become unrecognizable.
Nationalizing, bad idea? How about commonsense regulations and a proactive enforcement?
No, we can’t have that either as it wouldn’t be good for “bidness” and probably lead to multiple cases of spontaneous human combustion among the rank and file conservatives and their talking heads.
Am I on a rant? Hell yes, about time everybody began to.
“It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it; consequently, the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one meaning.”
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
“In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.”
Thinking of an event related to grandfathers peanut harvesting.
Little ones always accompany him eager to help, to see the fruit of labor they contributed and will immediately begin salivating for peanuts notwithstanding the fact that they must first be spread to dry, then roasted and salted as they like them.
Knowing at least a partial harvest would begin while I was away at work and thinking to staunch the craving and have a little fun at the same time I stopped by a small store on the way home and bought a couple of one pound bags of salted in the shell peanuts.
Once having arrived and being told of the days excitement when attention was diverted I buried the bags of peanuts covering them with a little dirt in the same area the harvest had taken place.
Then by a circuitous and entirely innocent route steered the little ones in that direction and kind of accidentally helped them to discover this wonder of wonder.
I thought their eyes would literally pop out of their heads, they were stunned that not only had they and grandfather grown peanuts but also a variety that were already prepared and bagged.
It would be the equivalent of pre driven nails or screws for me.
They were awe struck, frozen in disbelief, looking at one another, then at me, as though seeking confirmation this was something more than an illusion.
This was nothing short of miraculous, surely people would come from miles around to see such a peanut patch, maybe even erect a monument and see visions of peanuts in the sky.
Why even George Washington Carver never dared dream of a such a thing.
Didn’t take long for them to overcome their inertia though as bags were opened and peanuts spilled to the ground – didn’t take long either for the suppressed laughter of onlookers to be heard either followed with an explanation.
But you know what the best part was? It wasn’t the fun, or the fact that they joined the laughter – no, the best part was that even as young as they were they appreciated the peanuts and said so.
Getting dirty seems to almost be a lifestyle for me with the kind of work I do, but I don’t mind as I come by it honestly and it is the kind of dirt that can be readily removed with a few minutes in the shower.
Same with gardening, you can get dirty quick, especially little ones who may feel it is obligatory – but like the dirt from any honest effort everyone cleans up nicely.
Ever faithful – that’s kind of the way I view gardening, you do your part and a garden will do it’s part. A formula that also facilitates relationships.
So a few recent pluckings from the garden – the tomatoes have a rich robust flavor and will definitely last longer than anything store bought.
Berries are a staple – you’ll never find a bowl of cereal hot or cold around here that isn’t adorned with them, and they have a way of making it into breads, muffins, and biscuits, even fry bread and tortillas on occasion.
A favorite of little ones who soon learn storing a few in the pockets of shirts or pants doesn’t work out too well, an upside though is they make a good “paint” for facial decorations, which can be cleaned easier than fabric.
Tomatoes are viewed in addition to normal usage as a snack much like an apple or pear, their nutritional and health benefits only serve to enhance their value when served as part of a meal or something to snack on.
Corn is the same way, pluck an ear from the stalk, shuck it, and eat raw. There is an underlying sweet taste that usually is lost when cooked or steamed.
Corn, or Maize, has been in existence for thousands of years, and indigenous to this hemisphere – of interest is that initially the ears were about the same size as a persons thumb, but through a process of selective cultivation by indigenous people it evolved into basically what is produced today.
Corn of course is high in starch, but also misunderstood as to what that means.
Most people are aware that starch translates to an energy boost, what they might not be aware of is that corn is good source of antioxidents, B vitamins, and fiber – research seems to indicate that lectins found in corn will bond with sugar and can inhibit the HIV virus.
As to berries there isn’t much they lack in the way of health benefits, very high in antioxidents and phytonutrients.
Among the many varieties of berries, which include cherries, blackberries may head the list as the most beneficial – not only are they high in vitamins like E and C but also a soluble fiber known as pectin, which apples are also high in, that has been proven to lower cholesteral.
Even better though studies related to blackberries have demonstrated their ability to curtail the growth of certain tumors and the spread of certain cancer cells.
Berries can be a little pricey in stores, especially if they come with the often abused label of organic – but they are easy to grow, don’t require much space, and pretty much capable of doing it on their own once planted and requiring only minimal attention.
Depending on where you live berries can usually be found in abundance in the countryside and well worth the effort with sack or basket in hand to make an outing of it.
Of course you and the little ones will probably return with stained tongues, hands, and lips, but that’s part of the fun.