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Iowa Snow

Iowa is blanketed in snow; and I freeze.  Here a few photos to prove my point.

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At this link is a magnificent collection of photos of some of the largest mining open pits and meteorite craters.  The text that accompanies the photos is prejudiced: the message is that mining open pits have forever changed the landscape–although craters have had similar impact.  You are left wondering what the writers really think.  (more…)

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I am in Iowa near Iowa City.  The land is parched, the corn stunted, the grass brown, and the rivers low.  The talk is all of drought and despair.  The heat is intense and unpleasant.  I try to remind myself it is nice to be warm after a long, wet winter in Vancouver, but to no avail. (more…)

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In a now-demolished farm house in Iowa  I taught the older grandsons to make pasta carbonera. It is easy: while pasta (any type) boils in hot water, in a pan fry bacon and onion; throw the boiled pasta into the pan; break in a few eggs; mix the whole until the eggs are cooked; eat with wine (adults) or soda (kids). (more…)

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    Funny how conference presentations are replete with references to sustainability.  The talkers all use the term.  Yet they all shrug in quiet embarrassment at using the term.  It is not hard to fathom why.  Everybody you talk to jokes about the concept.

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There is a vast hypocracy resident in most journalists.   And environmentalists and Marxists.  On Sunday night I was at a party where I fell into conversation with a young Turkish aethist who has chosen to complete his PhD at Simon Fraser University on the topic of the success of Marxism in France and its potential application in Turkey.   He told me in hushed tones that the religious in Turkey would have girls as young as ten veiled and secluded from the society of males.  He told me the Turkish religious right would have him jailed for being an aethist.  He maintained that the French are correct in banning all forms of religious expression in public.  And then he told me of Canadian over-exploitation of the environment.

I asked his opinion of the oil sands mines.  He had never heard of them.  So we opened another bottle of wine and got drunk arguing about ten thousand years of agriculture, global warming, and avoidance of another ice age. 

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The snow is still deep and the car is still lost in the drifts; but it is Christmas day so there is no concern or urgency to dig it out.  

The daughters are preparing the large-meal.  Up until now I have pretty much done the cooking as they fussed the kids.  But just for this meal, they may have the honor. 

We went sledding down the hill behind the complex.  A simple orange piece of plastic, but it sped down the snow-covered road where no car can pass.  The grandson delighted in the movement, but only as long as his aunt or grandpa was sitting behind him.  Pull the sled up the hill was all he would do alone.  He is almost as conservative as a banker lending to a junior mining company.

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