aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Joel Salatin @ Georgia Organics
Joel Salatin’s keynote at the Georgia Organics conference was terrific. For those who don’t know who Joel is, he is one of the nation’s most renowned sustainable farmers. I only became aware of him through reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. You can learn more about him at his Polyface Farms website.
The theme of the conference was Connecting at the Crossroads - New Directions for Farms, Foods & Communities. Today Joel was featured in a full-day on-farm field day. I missed that but did get to talk some with him last night.
Michael Pollan has taken to calling for glass walls for our slaughterhouses. In a similar vein, last night Joel Salatin called for “aesthetically and aromatically pleasing farms.” (Please note: we’re still getting the hang of our camera, the sound quality could be better):
Winning the lottery: Your deadbeat pal’s on line 2
The Georgia truck driver lottery winner’s no longer in the news; the media’s moved on to the other guy. The South Jersey winner who will split the $390 million Mega Millions jackpot has so far chosen not to go public.
While we wait, here’s more from that April 23, 1995 New York Times Magazine cover story on the lottery, TICKET TO TROUBLE: Congratulations! You’ve won one million dollars. Your troubles have just begun, by Lois Gould. I still haven’t found a web reference to it (including in the NYTimes archive). I went to the library and found it on microfiche:
Michael Naste, a New York financial planner who won $2.5 million himself in 1987, said he had 73 fellow jackpot winners as clients by 1990. One of them had had 10 Cadillacs repossessed. Others were suffering enough emotional stress to contemplate suicide.
There are no statistics on what happens to jackpot winners. But a, growing body of evidence suggests that winning big often brings big, if not ruinous, trouble.
William (Bud) Post of Oil City, Pa., won a $161 million Pennsylvania jackpot in 1988 and was dead broke five years later. What was more, Post’s brother was in jail charged with hiring a hit man to murder Bud and his sixth wife for the lottery money.
In rueful interviews, Post said he was more content before he won, when all he had was a job with a traveling circus cooking for the thin man and the lion tamer. Friends and family begged or borrowed from him; business ventures failed; an ex-girlfriend sued.
Debbie from Colorado won $6.85 million eight years ago. She’s not broke, and not a sore winner. But “one sister didn’t speak to us for a year, because we didn’t pick up a breakfast check; another expected us to repay her school loans. A close friend borrowed money and we didn’t hear from him again for three years - when he called to borrow some more.”
We’re not likely to hear stories like these from our happy-talk TV anchors, they’re too busy promoting the live drawings. I’ll be posting more from the article as the Mega Millions story plays out.
Fly on the windscreen
Who knew it would look like this?
Via Andrew Sullivan.
Remember, Newt Gingrich is a crybaby & a hypocrite
I think I followed the impeachment saga about as closely as an average citizen could. I was so shocked and appalled I made some personal enemies with my vehement opposition to what was obviously an undemocratic usurpation of the constitution against the will of the people. You didn’t have to be clairvoyant to know that it was a partisan feeding frenzy that portended the illegal abuse of power that we are seeing today.
And I knew all about Newtie, or at least I thought I did. His immature peevishness was obvious, as that famous Daily News cover shows. But even though I am pretty well informed about this period, I was unaware of this piece that I came across this morning, written in 1998 by a very well-connected journalist for whom I have the utmost respect, Elizabeth Drew… READ ON
A new word for the lexicon:
typocrite (’tip-uh-krit noun): A typical Republican hypocrite.
1 : a typical Republican who fakes good by putting on a false appearance of virtue or religion
2 : a typical Republican who fakes good but acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings
3 : a typical Republican whose need for self-gratificaton extends to the public sphere