We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We, and others, have often felt that one of the best uses of the internet is to disseminate local - very local - news. Local newsletters/online newspapers will never win millions of daily viewers, but if they can pick up some local ads (and if the area has broadband), it's a better biz model nowadays than the dying dead tree format.
Our pal Greg Sullivan has just begun publishing The Rumford Meteor. Pretty slick for a small town rag, and a good model for what can be done.
Among other things, he posted this video of Maine clam diggers:
Man does that look like back breaking work (spoken from my sedentary database analyst position with butt firmly planted on the home office chair). I admire those that find their niche in farming to provide me with the food I so love. That doesn't mean I want to pursue that career though....
But, used to love those clams. I'm allergic to 'em now from having a close encounter with a bad one 20+ years ago. Sensitized me to whatever chemical is in shellfish. Funny thing is, I can eat them fried. Go figure.
I am still trying to figure out how they knew where to plunge the hand into the mud to come up with the clam. I've done a bit of the sand dig style where a water jet gives away their position, but I cannot see what clue the guy spots on the mud surface.
So for now, my clamming is done at HoJo's (just kidding, they're gone.) I miss those clam rolls!
Great video. It is one of the great pleasures of summer to sit on the dock eating lobsters and steamers, and having a beer.
But let's not all head out to the flats to dig our own -- the activity is licensed and pretty closely monitored in Maine, and rightly so, in my view. Nor, obviously, should any tourist ever pull a trap, a la Kramer in Seinfeld, for free lobster.
Mismanagement of fisheries is a pretty good example of "The Tragedy of the Commons," and why some basic agreed upon level of regulation can be a positive for all parties concerned. Clammers have done OK for most of the past decade or two, as the gentlemen in the video discuss.