April 13th, 2007

spliff mon

we were worried about mexico

china has bad record on exported food safety - http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070412/ap_on_re_as/china_food_fears

there's another major problem people don't recognise - the us is continuously handing over it's agricultural self-sufficiency to other countries - becoming more and more dependant for foreign exporters (and importers, and petrochemicals) it's fundamental security in a time of global climate change - ignoring the basic wisdom that productive LAND is the ultimate security

more news...

beware the rogue seal - http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070412/ap_on_fe_st/threatening_seal

minnesota man charged with car sticker harassment - http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070413/ap_on_fe_st/lewd_stickers

minnesota jail guard suspended for bible beating - http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070413/ap_on_fe_st/odd_bible_belt

writers praise kurt vonnegut - http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070412/ap_en_ot/vonnegut_appreciation_3

spliff mon

more on a hero

Posted by </a></b></a>carl_sagan on 2007.04.13 at 15:34 

" Do you know what a Humanist is? I am honorary president of the American Humanist Association, having succeeded the late, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in that functionless capacity. We Humanists try to behave well without any expectation of rewards or punishments in an afterlife. We serve as best we can the only abstraction with which wehave any real familiarity, which is our community.

"We had a memorial services for Isaac a few years back, and at one point I said, "Isaac is up in Heaven now." It was the funniest thing I could have said to a group of Humanists. I rolled them in the aisles.It was several minutes before order could be restored. And if I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say, 'Kurt is up in Heaven now.'That's my favorite joke."   - kurt vonnegut

madman says - of course the real carl sagan is also moon dust - the lj friend who posted this quote by vonnegut also posts things in the lj communities thelunarsociety and convert_me - and i suspect his true identity might be underground cartoonist, august j pollak

more on vonnegut, who came form the same city (indianapolis) as that other comic genius, david letterman - http://www.auburnpub.com/articles/2007/04/12/news/state/state04.txt - and from THE ONION - http://www.theonion.com/content/node/60651?utm_source=onion_rss_daily - and a vonnegut lj community - bokononism