There Goes an Ice Shelf

Poor Greenland.  It’s only half the country it used to be.  A 25 square foot chunk broke off in August 2005, but nobody noticed ’til just now.  See previous blog.  See the connection?

http://www.celsias.com/blog/2006/12/29/ice-shelf-goes-walkabout/

Dude, where’s your island?

10,000 inhabitants have said goodbye to their island as it becomes the first of many populated islands to disappear in what is becoming the biggest threat to the existence of human civilization– GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE.  Yeah, I realize I’ve probably been watching too much of Armageddon Week on the History Channel, but what else am I supposed to be doing while I’m snowed in?

 http://www.celsias.com/blog/2006/12/25/global-warming-swallows-island/

Attention Women!

This could possibly be the most important news piece you’ll ever read.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6214655.stm

Now get back to work!

2008 Election Results

Yes, yes, I know it may seem too early to call the results of the presidential election, but in reality the election is already over.  McCain wins.  Too bad Hillary.  How do I know?  Easy, just follow the money.  McCain has recently received the backing of a number of big time hot shots which are formerly and currently associated with Goldman Sachs, the Ruling Party of our “Democracy.”  Should The People start a civil war now, or wait for the election results courtesy of Fox News?

http://www.nysun.com/article/45277

Kunstler Lets it all hang out

Go Wild in D-Town

Here’s a cool article about the wilding of inner city Detroit after a fifty percent drop in population over the last couple of decades.  I found the link at Ran Prieur’s website. 

http://www.detroitblog.org/?p=287

Endangered Nickels

An article linked about a week ago on this blog suggested buying bags of nickels from banks since their melt value exceeds their purchasing power.  Well, now the gubermint is getting all freaked out and since they can’t find anything better to do with their time have decided to make a law banning the melting of coins.  If caught in the act, you can spend up to five years in jail and get hit with a $10,000 fine.  Poppycock I say!  See coinflation.com for some more info.  They track appreciation of most U.S. monetary coins, both past and present.  I am fascinated with the value of some of the older silver coins.  It all makes sense once you stop and realize that the US dollar has lost 96% of its purchasing power since the Federal Reserve was created in 1913 to help “fight inflation.”  Once upon a time, survivors from the Great Depression would hide their savings under mattresses and in cookie jars.  Anybody doing that today would lose the game, big time.  Unless, of course, they were only saving coins.

http://www.coinflation.com/

Applejack Gets Props

Applejack Wine and Spirits in Wheat Ridge, CO is featured in an article today on msn.com (in the money section).  The article mentions some great deals on wine, which apparently is running at a surplus.  They’ve got over 80,000 cases in stock right now.  I’m thinking of swinging by there and loading up on $5 bottles.  My fear is that with the holiday rush in addition to the free add courtesy of msn, the place will be absolutely mobbed.

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SavingandDebt/Advice/WineSnobsDontNeedFatWallets.aspx

http://www.applejack.com/

What I’m Reading Now

The Grape Grower, by Lon Rombough.  I’m about 2/3 of the way through it and am very impressed with the quantity of information provided.  Knowing absolutely nothing about growing grapes, I am confident that upon the completion of this book I will be able to start growing some vines next spring.  I fact, that is exactly what I am going to do.

The Grape Grower 

http://www.amazon.com/Grape-Grower-Guide-Organic-Viticulture/dp/1890132829/sr=1-1/qid=1166032391/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-9130440-1239326?ie=UTF8&s=books

Lon also sells tons of different grape cuttings for anyone looking to grow their own grapes, in addition to scions from fruit trees for the more experienced guys and gals looking to graft different varieties on their own rootstocks.  Here’s a link to the grapes cuttings for sale, with a brief description.  I’m leaning towards the Venus, a seedless variety shown below.

http://www.bunchgrapes.com/varieties.html

This Just In

The United Nations are now saying that cows are the biggest polluters on the planet, even more so than cars.  Ok,  dudes, whatever you say.  The article is extremely one-sided, making the assumption that all cows overgraze the land, are injected with hormones that find their way into drinking water, and are solely responsible for dead zones in our oceans. I found it interesting that “it takes a staggering 990 litres of water to produce one litre of milk.”  I’ll have to do further research, that number sounds pretty bogus to me.  So the conclusion is this:  Cows are your enemy.  Be afraid.  Be very afraid.

200pxcow

http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article2062484.ece 

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