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Wolf Bite Wednesday (Gardening Is Not Elitist)

April 7, 2010 4 comments

I’m sure you’ve heard the people claiming it’s elitist to backyard or container garden.  The “reasoning,” apparently, is that because other people in the world have to farm to subsist, doing so when you don’t have to is rude to them.  Or something like that.  Excuse me, but the assumption that farming is something you only do until you can afford not to is what’s elitist.  It’s looking down on farmers.  It’s looking down on people who are actually willing to get their hands dirty to sustain themselves.  It’s looking down on everyone who works along the line to make the packaged, processed foods these so-called humanitarians eat.

There is, of course, a place for production farming.  It’s a great way to produce a lot of food in a short amount of time at a relatively low price to feed a bunch of people.  It’s obviously far more logical to have a large farm of rice paddies than for me to attempt to make my own rice paddy in Boston.  I’m laughing just thinking about it.

But what about your backyard that is currently just grass?  What about your balcony that’s decorated only with chairs and a few garden gnomes?  What about the 3 feet of space in my kitchen that’s too small to fit an appliance or table in, so is currently just wasted space?  If I grow vegetables and/or fruit there, I’m:

  • Using space that would otherwise be wasted for a valuable purpose
  • Lessening my environmental impact, which is a benefit for everyone
  • Becoming more self-reliant, which is always a good thing
  • Maintaining important knowledge to help pass down to future generations

These people seem to think that big business manufacturing is The Answer to all societal problems, but it isn’t.  It isn’t too hard to imagine a future where no one knows the basics.  Where no one is in touch with the earth or with their food or with their clothing or with the animals.  We’re practically living in it now.  Just look at the obesity epidemic, the violence, the general feeling of ennui permeating modern life.  We’ve become so caught up in the power of manufacturing that we’ve forgotten even good things are bad if they aren’t in moderation.  It’s great that I can get rice and tofu in the store–those aren’t exactly things that I can grow in my backyard.  But it’s also great that I can grow a tomato in my kitchen.  Nothing teaches you where food comes from quite so well as planting the seed, nurturing the plant, and harvesting the fruit yourself.  It’s empowering.  It’s understanding on a close, personal level what we as people are capable of with our opposable thumbs and big brains.  Gardening isn’t elitist.  It’s bringing a sense of humanity back to a people whose culture continually tries to rob them of it.

Wolf Bite Wednesday (Alarm Clocks)

March 17, 2010 2 comments

There really should be a better way to be woken up than by an alarm clock.  Actually, it bugs me that we need alarm clocks at all.  Back in the day, people naturally woke up when they woke up, which was generally dawn-ish.  With the advent of electric lights though we’ve all thrown our sleep cycles out of whack.  I wouldn’t want to let go of technology, and I enjoy being able to be awake for 19 hours a day, but you’d think science would have come up with a way for us to get the amount of sleep we need in fewer hours by now.  But no.  We have to get by with caffeine and the buzzing of alarms that sometimes just epically fail to wake us up.  Maybe if there was some way to inject caffeine into us at a certain time so that we just woke up semi-naturally, already alert due to the caffeine coursing through our veins.  Now that’s an idea science needs to get on!

In the meantime, maybe I should invest in one of those super-loud alarm clocks that actively moves away from you.  When even the cat hitting you in the head fails to wake you up, you know you gotta do something.

Wolf Bite Wednesday (Rechts Stehen; Links Gehen!)

March 10, 2010 2 comments

Every time I am on the stairs or escalators of the T (subway for you non Bostonians), I want to shout “Rechts stehen; Links gehen!!”  a handy phrase I picked up on my visit to Germany.

If the Europeans who drive on the wrong side of the road can understand that you stick to the right on the stairs, then you people should be able to.  I mean, really, it’s not that hard.  Why do you veer off to the left?  Worse, why veer off to the left on an escalator and then stand there leaving a line of people stuck behind you moving at a snail’s pace and missing their buses by milliseconds because you were too damn lazy not only to climb the moving stairs but also to take two tiny steps to your right?!  And then you have the nerve to glare at us would-be active folk who dare to ask you to move your royal ass aside. 

And let’s not forget the folk on the stairs who decide that rules don’t apply to them and barrel down the left-hand side, nearly knocking over the people climbing up the stairs.  Then you have the gall to get angry at us for the near collision when it’s you who is at fault.  YOU

So the next time you find yourself on an escalator and you want to be even lazier than you already are, keep to the right.

The next time you’re barreling down the stairs, keep to the right.

Rechts stehen; Links gehen.  It’s really not that hard, folks.

Wolf Bite Wednesday (Hypocrisy of Humane Animal Farming)

February 24, 2010 9 comments

As a libertarian, I believe that adults should be able to do whatever they want to do as long as it doesn’t harm other living creatures.  This means that in what society sees as gray areas, I go with whatever side allows for more choice.  It also means I try to avoid being “militant” about anything and just hope that with the evidence I calmly present, people will change their minds.  Unfortunately, no matter how many times you present the evidence that evolution is real, some people still choose to teach their children that god made woman out of Adam’s rib.

One thing that I cannot stand and won’t stay quiet about, though, is hypocrisy, and it’s something I’ve been seeing cropping up more and more in the green movement.  You guys all know that I’m a vegetarian.  I wholeheartedly believe this is the right choice, and it’s one I want more people to make.  However, I respect whatever choice people make, because what you eat is your own business.  I have no problem with omnivores who say they enjoy being at the top of the food chain, that we’re naturally predators so we may as well enjoy it, etc…  They’ve decided what matters to them while acknowledging that this choice causes pain.  I don’t agree with the choice, but it’s not hypocritical.  I also have no problem with people who want organic animal farming due to a concern about chemicals in meat.  I think it’s kind of a silly thing to be concerned about, but again it’ s not hypocritical.

However, I have a serious problem with you people who purport to support organic “humane” animal farming out of a concern for the well-being of the animals and not yourself..  You are not concerned about the well-being of the animals.  If you were, you wouldn’t ask for them to die so you can enjoy a hamburger when you live in a nation with plenty of other ways to healthily feed yourself.  You’re claiming that you want the animals to be happy?  Take any animal from an organic farm and compare it being slaughtered to one being slaughtered at a factory farm.  Neither of them wants to die.  They both cry.  They both struggle to get away.  In a sense, it’s more humane for the factory farm to slaughter their animals, because they are in pain and suffering constantly.  You’re advocating to give an animal a paradise type of environment and then rip them out of it to kill them.  That does not make you a good person!!! DOES NOT.  It makes you a hypocrite.  If you actually cared about the animals, you wouldn’t eat them.  It really is that simple.

Wolf Bite Wednesday (Snowbrellas)

February 3, 2010 4 comments

I’m starting a new weekly meme that I hope you all will enjoy.  I was inspired by a comment on my review of the book Ethan: Site 39.  The author stopped by and called it “the Wolf Bite,” which I found hilarious and promptly decided this needs to be a meme.

The meme will be a relatively brief and hopefully humorous rant about something that irritates me.  Hence the whole bite thing.  I will be trying for it to be witty and not whiny so you guys will enjoy.  Crossing my fingers, er, toes since I’m typing, let’s get down to business with the first topic: Snowbrellas!

I was pleased as punch to see snow greeting me this morning when I left for my commute.  Thoroughly enjoying feeling it land on my face and decorate my coat, I walked to my bus stop.  There I was met with one of my prime winter-time irritants.  No, not plow trucks or ice.  The Snowbrella.

The Snowbrella is what I have dubbed umbrellas when people carry them in the snow.  Long I have attempted to figure out what exactly possesses people to carry umbrellas when it’s snowing.  Do they not understand that the snow won’t soak through their clothing like rain does?  Have they never heard of the lovely concept of the winter hat?  Do they think if the snow touches anything but their boots they will melt?  Then I start to wonder if they’ve ever even ventured out in the snow without an umbrella or, god forbid, played in it.

The wonderful winter scenes of falling snow and the various snazzy hats and scarves people don in the winter are ruined by the appearance of these bulky snowbrellas.  They jar me from the pleasure of a season I enjoy with the association with the freezing rain of fall.  Not to mention that I then have to navigate not to get whapped upside the head by a snowbrella, because we all know how bad people are at managing where their snowbrella goes.

What the hell, people?  Acquire a winter hat, leave the snowbrella at home, stop ruining the scenery for everyone else, and enjoy the winter.  You live in New England, for heaven’s sake!  Enjoy it!

Plus, you look like a complete idiot hiding under your umbrella from the snow.