Monthly Archives: July 2008

Interesting image

This is a very interesting picture. I got this from here. Click the picture for a bigger image.

Is the U.S. Alcoholic, or Merely Schizophrenic?

Check out this article from Charles Hugh Smith.  (Look for the blog entry with the title the same as mine)  It’s good stuff.  Tough action will be needed in our future if we’re going to fix this debt problem our whole country is in.

Our government should be ashamed of themselves for all the two faced talk they’ve been giving lately.  Paulson says that institutions will need to fail, and then they bail out Fannie and Freddie (sort of, $15B doesn’t go far when a company has debt like they do) so that institutional investors (read, foreign governments, PIMCO, etc) can all get rich, or at least maintain what they have.

In a capitalist economy when a business fails it fails, and the investors lose money.  What we have in this country is some kind of hybrid where the owners make money when times are good but when they are bad the downside is pushed onto taxpayers, if the business is deemed important to the greater good.  The bad thing is that these businesses are historically reckless because of this potential bailout.  There is also a sort of short term mentality with these large corporations.  The managers know that they need to get their cash while they can, screw what happens 5 years after they leave their office.  It’s a messed up incentive pool.

The article sums up a lot of the crap that’s gone on that no one hears about on CNN or ABC.

Chicken Update

OK, there’s been some questions about the chickens, mostly from Wendy.

There are two chickens. (Important to start small I’d say, although my wife were discussing 2 or 3 for a long, long time) I have no idea what kind they are. My friend stole them from her dad’s flock of 50-60 birds. They were just hatched about 6 weeks ago. As you can tell they are brown and white. And we are fairly sure they are both girls. If one or both isn’t we’ll trade them in.

No names yet because the kids haven’t had time to name them yet, but they are excited to name them. I was trying for a variety of names. Kentucky for one and Fried for the other. Foghorn Leghorn is a possibility, but there’s trouble since they are both girls.

The chickens are solely for eggs.

I have some observations.

They are very skittish. This could be because they are new, I’m not sure. They are certainly, um, chicken of me. he he

I’m amazed at the amount of poo that comes out of them. And we already have a ton of flies back there, and it’s only been two days! If anyone has any tips on this I’m all ears. I’m using shredded paper in the coop for bedding (the advantage of an office job is a ton of shredded paper) and eventually the run will be lined with either straw, leaves or grass clippings, depending on what time of year it is.

I’ve been trying to bribe them with lettuce and such to get them closer to me. They aren’t taking. Anyone know of any good treats for them?

They seem to like their coop, which is good, but I’d like them to forage a little more. My friend says they won’t eat the creeping charlie, but I’ve seen them chomp it so we’ll have to see what happens there.

I was having a problem with the paper getting in the water dish, but I hung it from the ceiling tonight, so hopefully that problem is solved.

I love them already. When I go back there they scoot around and they make cool sounds.

We had our first escape attempt yesterday. Our dog busted through/under the door to the chicken run (admittedly it’s not very sturdy) and was going after them when I made her “you’re being naughty” noise. (it sounds like the horn of a Renault) She hit the brakes and hit the ground and got totally submissive. (why you take them to obidience school) But in the meantime one chicken flew up to the fence post and then jumped down to the neighbor’s yard. I hopped the fence and with my wife’s help we corraled it back over the fence. We didn’t look too silly chasing it around. The other one landed in the potato patch and it was trapped by the fencing so I just put it right back in.

Needless to say the dog is escorted out for now and I’ll be upgrading the door shortly.

Monday Links

Chronicling Obama’s march to the right. I’ve been noticing that he gets progressively more centric and closer to the right every week. I wonder if he thinks no one will notice? Maybe no one will notice? So many people are in love with him that I don’t think many will notice. I liked the guy while he was campaigning for the Democratic ticket, but now that he’s starting to change and wear the same spots as all other politicians I might be through with him.

IndyMac bank blows up. 2nd biggest failure ever. Not counting Bear Sterns, etc of course.

The Greatest Transfer of Wealth in History.  (Scroll down until you see this title in a post title)

The story of the Nigerian Delta, and it’s oil riches.

Interesting story of a soldier becoming a farmer.

Cactus Planters

My mom sent this to me. It’s a pretty bad one, I warn you.

An elementary school class started a class project to make planters to take home to their parents.

They wanted to have a plant in it that was easy to take care of, so they decided to use cactus plants.

The students were given green-ware pottery planters in the shape of clowns which they painted with glaze.

The clown planters were professionally fired at a class outing so they could see the process.

It was great fun!
They planted cactus seeds in the finished planters and they grew nicely, but unfortunately, the children were not allowed to take them home.

The cactus plants were removed and small ivy r eplaced them and the children were then allowed to take them home instead.

The teacher said cactus seemed like a good idea at the time!

Chickens, the new suburban pet

He now, we need some privacy

Hey now, we need some privacy

This creeping charlie is damn tasty

This creeping charlie is damn tasty

I know you're excited we're here Matt, but we're still kind of skittish.

I know you're excited we're here Matt, but we're still kind of skittish.

Um, the chicken are here.

:-)

Friday Links

I’ll tell you, I’ve seen a ton of great stories lately, which is why I’m sharing them with you. Most come from a Daily News e-mail I get. Let me know if you want info to sign up for it.

A NYTimes story about a potential intervention of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Interesting discussion about how Washington and Wall Street set up this financial crash.

Vanity Fair article about the crash of Bear Stearns.

Story about demand for wood stoves, and the upcoming high cost of winter heating.

Story about suburbs feeling the pinch of high gas prices. If you haven’t see the movie “End of Suburbia”, this is sort of a written account of the death of suburbs, like the movie.

Story about CSAs.