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Visited Hawthorne Valley Farm

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Had a fun afternoon at the Fall Festival at Hawthorne Valley Farm. They make some superb cheese (their Alpine cheese is like an excellent gruyere). They also sell raw milk: shelf life is 7 days. When the FDA was developing regulations to control raw milk, they got Hawthorne Valley Farm to consult with and help them. (Prohibiting the sale of raw milk is as wise as prohibiting the sale of alcohol or marijuana: people will get it, and the prohibition prevents the government from regulating it. The Son told of a terrible situation in Oregon: raw milk there is illegal, so it’s sold under the counter. Many, many people suddenly got sick, and when they investigated they found that the offending dairy was substandard in many regards—exactly the sort of dairy you’d expect to get involved in illegal dealings. Hawthorne Valley Farm, legal and regulated, makes perfectly safe raw milk.)

They are a Biodynamic operation, using principles developed by Rudolf Steiner. I don’t know much about this, but The Daughter-In-Law just attended a great conference on biodynamic farming: many sessions, very professional. She found it fascinating and learned a lot.

They make their own sauerkraut in a variety of types: plain, curry, and others. I got some jalapeno sauerkraut and also some pickled green beans: “dilly beans.”

Wonderful afternoon. Hundreds of people at the farm, all having a great time.

Written by Leisureguy

9 October 2010 at 2:56 pm

Posted in Business, Daily life, Food

Israeli soldiers and a Palestinian boy

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Sickening report by Ethan Bronner in the NY Times:

An Israeli military court convicted two soldiers on Sunday of using a 9-year-old Palestinian boy as a human shield by forcing him to check bags for explosives in Israel’s 2008-9 Gaza war.

The court said that the two soldiers, both infantry sergeants, had taken part in an operation to seize an apartment building in Tel al-Hawa, a southern suburb of Gaza City, while under attack from Hamas fighters.

A summary of the court’s judgment provided by the military spokesman’s office said the two had rounded up civilians and come upon bags in a bathroom. They grabbed the child and ordered him to check the bags for booby traps.

“The boy, who feared for his fate and was pressured by the situation, wet his pants,” the judges said, pointedly noting that, “unlike the soldiers, the boy had no means of personal protection.”

After the boy emptied the contents of one bag and had trouble opening a second, one of the soldiers shot at the second bag. The boy was returned, terrified but unharmed, to his family.

Sunday’s convictions, which could carry prison terms, are the first serious ones in Israel’s criminal investigations into the conduct of its soldiers during the three-week Gaza invasion aimed at stopping rocket fire at Israeli communities. The army says it looked into 48 cases, and a third of them are still in progress.

In July, the army indicted several officers and soldiers for actions during the offensive, including a staff sergeant accused of deliberately shooting at least one Palestinian civilian who was walking with a group of people waving a white flag.

But human rights groups say that the military’s criminal proceedings are insufficient and that Israeli troops carried out a number of atrocities that require outside investigation…

Continue reading.

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9 October 2010 at 8:48 am

Good article on low back pain

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I am, of course, looking around for info, and I thought this article was pretty good.

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9 October 2010 at 8:20 am

Posted in Daily life, Fitness, Medical

Off to a farm

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The Son and his wife are members of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, and today we’re going to a fall festival on that farm. Should be fun.

I am for the first time experiencing low back pain—ugh—and I think I’ve figured out that it was probably the hours and hours I spent on Wednesday in sitting in terribly designed seating (planes and airports), along with my inadequate physical activity and fitness of the past few years.

So I called a Pilates instructor back home, and when I return I’m going to go there with the specific intention of strengthening my core muscles, which should be a good preventive for low back pain as well as good for me in general.

Another project: just what I need. 🙂

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9 October 2010 at 7:28 am

Posted in Daily life

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