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.
Our blog: Predictably and amusingly, lots of search hits on our Box Turtle post for "farm p*rn" and "animal p*rn." If we wanted hundreds of thousands instead of our elite thousands of discriminating readers, farm p*orn would surely be the way to go because there are clearly tons of still-closeted bestiality fans out there. Unpredictably but also amusingly, I see lots of hits on "Removing Pachysandra." At Maggie's Farm, one must admit, you never know what you might find. We are pleased that our Brit blog pal Theo named us his "Best Blog in the Known Universe" - or something like that - for the week. Thanks, Theo. You have exquisite taste in both blogs and women. And how was the sailing in Newport, I hear you asking. Wonderful, but we didn't win. Deservedly so. A fairly good strategy for the breezy but shifting conditions, but our tactics didn't work out and, in one race, we fouled another boat at the windward mark. Fouled them badly, but unintentionally, and put a nice ding in their fiberglass in addition to annoying their crew quite a bit in doing so to the point of using unsavory language. We were coming on too fast, and had little room to maneuver. We apologized profusely after that race, and bought them boat drinks.
Rachel Carson. A bad person? Moonbattery. True, she was a pioneer enviro-hysteric, but she was right that DDT was harmful to animals, especially those higher on the food chain. But if not for DDT, we would still have malaria in New England. In 1900 it was a major public health problem up here. It is not a tropical disease.
On premature births: people who delay starting a family are only part of it. It's not just a disease of people self-absorbed in their own careers during their prime reproductive years! A related topic is the current Israeli research on the impact of paternal age on a multitude of disabilities, not only autism as already reported...
Have to get kid to school, but this link (tho dated) covers the main bases on factors in prematurity. Some of the other issues include teen pregnancy (US has the highest rate in the world), race, class, history of prior abortions... http://www.faqs.org/health/topics/73/Infant-mortality.html
On Healthy Grilling: Yeah, the food Nazis depress me. supposedly keeping your grill clean helps (Dang! It makes it more work than cooking indoors, but we have no AC in the kitchen, so it's worth it). So clear out the greasy black crud from drippings that flames up...
My attitude is, grilled food makes people happy (chiefly me the cook, who can be outdoors instead of cooped up inside), and we eat tons of grilled veggies and salad because we like them so that counts for something. Here is a yummy recipe I made yesterday because it tastes good, not because of the food Nazis (it is even "healthy" too):
Tandoori Chicken: Marinade boneless, skinless breast of chicken in plain no fat yogurt with lots of red tandoori spice Sharwood's is okay for those too "lazy" to grind their own spices daily and a ton of chopped garlic, for an hour in cast iron pan. Place pan on hot grill lightly covered in foil at high heat for half an hour, turning over meat a few times. It comes out looking like the Indian restaurant, a beautiful pink color and yummy. Garnish with fresh cilantro from the garden and hot mango chutney.
Tho I still say, nothing beats a Costco Sirloin burger with charred grill stripes and grilled red onions and a slice of melted cheese...and some Portabello slices