News That Matters
"Because membership in a church is an outgrowth of accepting the Lordship and leadership of Jesus in one's life, someone unwilling to repent of their homosexual lifestyle would not be accepted as a member at Saddleback Church." - Rick Warren, Pastor of the Saddleback Church, who will be giving the invocation at President Obama's inauguration.
Good Monday Morning,
Chag Someach Hanukkah!
For those of the faith or for you Hanukkah paparazzi, this holiday would not be complete without latkes. Here's an easy recipe:
I had a conversation at a party Saturday night about the Tilly Foster contract with someone I've known and whose opinion I trust. His take was this: there's so much potential for the future at the Farm that we should worry less about the contract and more about the potential for what the Farm could be and what it can offer the community. I got the feeling he feared that objection to the contract could scuttle the deal and that the dream of what the Farm might be would be lost. My assurances that my take was focused on protecting the taxpayers first were not met with a satisfactory response and we agreed to disagree on the issue. Yesterday morning and again this morning, a post to the Patterson 12563 list said the same thing: tourism, the arts council, warm fuzzy puppies, singing kum-ba-yah around rare goats... and that - somehow - I had some sort of nefarious "agenda" and that we should accept the contract as it is. But this is the type of argument designed to confuse and befuddle and draw attention away from potential problems.
Look, there's no one I know who does not want to see the Farm have a successful future and even if the ultimate vision of that future differs, the basic concept is still the same. It's the getting there we're not focusing enough on. Supporters don't want us to get bogged down in the messy details, they'd prefer we get bogged down on the dream instead. That's not good business, not good governance and is demonstrably irresponsible.
And now, the News:
By Rich Taylor
It's difficult to determine these days in a confusing economy whether we who are compelled to be customers of the local utility companies are in fact consumers or victims.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Washington, DC -- Green infrastructure projects are critical to stimulating the economy, and American Rivers and its partners have identified seven examples of ready-to-go projects in New York worth $28 million that would not only create jobs and jumpstart the economy, but would also improve clean water and boost natural flood protection. American Rivers called on President-elect Obama and Congress to craft a green economic stimulus package that includes funding for projects that will bring New York’s and the nation’s water infrastructure into the 21st century.
Farm preservation is the basis for a sustainable food web.
Michael Reilly, Discovery News
America's taste for meat is a well-known enemy of the environment; growing feed for livestock guzzles far more oil and water, and pumps out far more nitrogen-laced runoff, than if we were all vegetarians.
[Ed note: this story is from March of 2008 but still quite relevant. I met a woman this weekend whose business has been shut down due to the loss of Salmon in the Sacramento River.]
By FELICITY BARRINGER
Did you know it takes 15,500 litres of water to produce 1kg (2.2lbs) of beef and 3,900 litres for just 1kg (2.2lbs) of chicken meat? For each hamburger you consume, it takes 2400 litres of water to produce.
The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at George Bush was tortured into writing a letter of apology, his brother claimed today.
Muntazar al-Zaidi was wrestled to the ground after throwing his shoes during a news conference on 14 December held by Bush and the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki.
The investigating judge in the case acknowledged last week that Zaidi was beaten around the face and eyes.
But the journalist's brother, Uday, said his brother suffered more severe injuries, including a missing tooth and cigarette burns to his ears, and would sue.