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.
Interesting thoughts about 'tax havens' in that article, safety valves of a sort, repositories from rapacious governments.
But the best find for me was contained in their logo.
"The cuneiform inscription in the logo is the earliest-known written appearance of the word "freedom" (amagi), or "liberty." It is taken from a clay document written about 2300 B.C. in the Sumerian city-state of Lagash."
It may be common knowledge but I hadn't known that bit of information. Struck me as inspirational this morning. That we have been about this business a long time... and that we're still about it, where it began. There is some irony there somewhere.
The concept of plants having 'feelings' is hardly new, just to note.
Back in '72 the renown organic gardener Jerry Baker published a book called "Plants Are Like People" which contained a number of very interesting experiments. He'd hook up electrodes to various plants and measure how they reacted to his own pain and happiness, and, of course, how they reacted to being "decapitated" -- to use a word from the article.
The details are a little fuzzy since it's been 35 years since I read the book, but one of the more interesting chapters dealt with a plant in his lab somewhere on the East Coast that he left hooked up to the electrodes when he went to the West Coast for some reason. While there, he hurt himself somehow, and later, when they reviewed the plant's electronic record, it measured a phenominal spike at the precise instant Baker hurt himself 3,000 miles away.
File that one in the same category as the countless stories from World War I and II where a soldier's dog started howling in anguish the moment his master was killed far away in Europe.
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
Good wrap-up by Blue Crab:
"We here at Blue Crab Boulevard, however, intend to fully respect the proper place of plants.
Interesting anecdotes from Mr. Koch, and for sure he has led a remarkable life for a man from such humble beginnings. An excellent example of the American dream. But I remain puzzled that he was against the Vietnam war but supports our being in Iraq. Oh well.
" it is the brain that makes the decision, not a person’s conscious mind"
For some reason I don't find this astonishing. And as the author's suggest they need more research in order to see if it might have anything to do with 'free will'. I see many grant dollars flowing toward parsing that distinction.
Ed Koch is a likable and interesting fellow. I enjoyed his comments about Carter (-), Reagan(+), and W (+). But I would like to add that he was a crappy mayor. I lived and worked near NYC while he was mayor, and I saw no positve change during his reign. The city was dirty, crime ridden and moral was low especially within the police force.
I'd see him on TV parading around saying, "how am I doin?" I,d yell at the TV, "you suck." And I was a brain dead lib back then. To be fair, he inherited a city in a deathward spiral. It took Rudy to save NY.