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Original message: Dear Shari, My Greetings from Boulder. I saw your Show last Night & thought it was Great! The Following, which I enclose by Way of Introduction are the five, most-recent Issues of my weekly, Internet Newsletter read by more than 2,000 world-wide. In next week's Issue I hope to be awarding the "Walters"...for the Top Ten political, TV Journalists of the Year...along with the "Cymbaltas" for the Top Ten most horific-side-effect-producing political TV Journalists of the Year...& just now I am thinking about putting Gary Null & your good Self on the Former List. Is that all right with you & Gary? I wouldn't want to put you two on a "No Flight List" Hoping to hear from you, I am, your Fan, David Yuhas The Debt-free, Jeffersonian Thirteen, Part CCLVII...."Protocols of Esprit de Corps" http://barnowlsongbook.wordpress.com/ "If any State in the Union will declare that it prefers Separation over Union, I have no Hesitation in saying, "Let us Separate!". I would rather the States should withdraw which are not for unlimited Commerce & War...& confederate with those alone which are for Peace & Agriculture". Thomas Jefferson, 1816 %%%%%%%%%% The Black Horse of the Apocalypse From Wiki... When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come and see!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!" — Revelation 6:5-6? The third horseman rides a black horse and is generally understood as Famine The horseman carries a pair of balances or weighing scales, indicating the way that bread would have been weighed during a famine. The indicated price of grain is about ten times normal, with an entire day's wages (a denarius) buying enough wheat for only one person, or enough of the less nutritious barley for three, so that workers would struggle to feed their families. %%%%%%%%%% Distinguished Friends, In the Wake of the Collapse of the Global Economy...keeping "Famine"... outside the Walls of Thirteen, Jeffersonian States...each divided into Three "Super Counties or "Cantons" Arkansas...Northern, Central & Southern Colorado...Western Slope, Northern Front Range & Southern Front Range Illinois...Northern...Cantonal Capital, DeKalb... , Central...Cantonal & State Capital Peoria... & Southern...Cantonal Capital...& former State Capital, Vandalia... Indiana...Northern, Central & Southern Iowa...Eastern, Central & Western Kansas...Eastern, Central & Western Kentucky...Eastern, Central & Western Louisiana...Northern, Southeastern & Southwestern Mississippi...Northern, Central & Southern Missouri...Northern, Central & Southern Nebraska...Eastern, Central & Western Oklahoma...Eastern, Central & Western & Tennessee...Eastern, Central & Western an agrarian, para-military Confederation centered around 1183 County Sheriffs' Departments... whose new Responsibilities would include... 1. Replacing "Suits" with "Uniforms" in the Thirteen-State Legislatures. This would be done by every Sheriff appointing a "Legislative Deputy"... to represent the County in the State Legislature....in Uniform...with his/her County Patrol Car in the Lot outside. Deputies representing the States' twenty most-populous Counties would made up the "Senate"...while those of the Rest of the Counties would make up the "House of Representatives....the Salaries & Privileges for all Senators & Reps being equal. 2. Urging every High School in the County that has a Cafeteria Kitchen...& every Church with a commodious Kitchen...to acquire a 160-acre Community Plantation that would be operated by a Crew of 200 Students/Parishioners for the Purpose of having enough locally grown Comestibles put up in Glass for One Year. . (As a former La Salle County Fair, Blue Ribbon Winner for my Oxheart... & Ponderosa Tomatoes ... some nearly tipping the Scale at Two Pounds...& Second to None in Taste in all Human History...a strict Ban on all imported, temperate-zone agricultural Produce would be in Effect in all of the Jeffesonian Thirteen. %%%%%%%%%% (from the Internet)... Picked Ripe & Pickled... A great way to preserve and store cherry tomatoes is to pickle them. It sounds kinda nasty (at least I thought so at first), but I played around with it for a while and came up with an easy recipe that all my taste-testers have given mad props too. If you want to store some of your tomatoes for winter, pickling is a unique idea and it’s crazy easy. We’ve shown you how to can tomatoes without a canner, but that doesn’t really work for cherry tomatoes, just because you’d have to peel them and they tend to turn to mush. We’ve also showed you how to roast tomatoes and pack them in oil. YUM. You can also freeze them, I love doing that so I can toss them onto a bowl of hot pasta anytime. But why not do something fun, unique, and totally giftable to make your tomatoes last after the plants are long gone? %%%%%%%%%% (Very Pretty...though for pickling I would go with the bigger 2.5 Gallon Containers)... or Winter Greenhouse Growing... This Piece by Alison Aubrey of NPR... There's a greenhouse boom around the country, thanks in part to the "buy local" movement. Paul Mock grows tomatoes, herbs and other veggies year-round in his Berkeley Springs, W.Va., greenhouse and sells to groceries and restaurants in the Mid-Atlantic. It may sound like an oxymoron: a delicious local, winter tomato — especially if you happen to live in a cold climate. But increasingly, farmers from West Virginia to Maine and through the Midwest are going indoors to produce tomatoes and other veggies in demand during the winter months. And surprisingly, according to skeptical foodies like chef Todd Wiss, the best greenhouse tomatoes come incredibly close to reproducing that taste of a perfectly ripe, summer garden tomato. "It's amazing," Wiss says after trying a greenhouse-grown Gary Ibsen's Gold heirloom tomato. These are a far cry from the flavorless supermarket tomatoes typically found this time of year. When tomatoes are shipped long distances, they're usually harvested before they're ripe, which compromises taste. Plus, as we've reported before, some of the flavor of those supermarket varieties has been accidentally bred out. The advantage of the new greenhouse model is that the tomatoes are grown not far from the cities where they're sold and eaten. And it's the locavore ethos that's driving this trend. "What's harvested today will be delivered to stores tomorrow," says Paul Mock of Mock's Greenhous and Farm in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. Mock's business has boomed in the last few years, as retailers such as Wegmans and Whole Foods in the D.C., metro area snap up his heirloom and cherry tomatoes, as well as cucumbers and lettuces. "There were times I had to pound the pavement" to sell produce, Mock says. Now he's being paid a premium, since "locally grown" produce is in high demand. "I'm finally having fun." The taste of Mock's tomatoes starts with the seed. He uses only organic varieties, including cherry and several heirloom varieties. Now even New Englanders can get summertime-tasting, fresh tomatoes grown not too far from home. In Maine, Backyard Farms is leading the way. And vertical greenhouses are changing the landscape, too, from the new garden spot at Chicago's O'Hare Airport to Vertical Harvest of Jackson Hole, Wyo., which is just getting started. %%%%%%%%%% Prices for Farmland, in the Wake of the Collapse of the Global Economy could be expected to drop precipitously as Cultivators of Industrial Corn & Soybeans would suddenly find themselves without their traditional Sponsor, the USDA...the Provider of Price Supports, Export Credits & Crop Insurance. Farmers might well find a Replacement for the USDA in the local County Sheriff's Department...backed up by the Citizens of the Counties. Farmers of Horse Corn & Soybeans might sell 160-acre Parcels of their Farmland to local High Schools or Churches....making themselves salaried "Plantation Managers who still would live in their own Houses...OR... by converting their Acres to the Cultivation of Sweet Corn, Wheat, Barley, Oats, Rye, Rice, Sorghum, Pasture, Orchards or, not least of all, to Cannabis Sativa, could count on the Citizens of their Counties to have their Backs Unlike the current State of US Agriculture...in which 3/4 of One PerCent of the Population is doing all the Work...everyone in the County who enjoys eating three Meals a Day would be expected to at least be "on Call"...& in Possession of a Pair of Bib-Overalls, a Pair of Leather Gloves, a Hoe...& for "Evening Wear"...as a Member of the County's "Plantation Guard"...a .38 Revolver with a laser Sight, carried in a Tanker Holster...always under a Jacket, against the Ribs & always out of Sight. (Our Problem with Assault Weapons is mostly sartorial...as they make a Lump under one's Jacket) Seeing a strange Cat on one's Porch showing its Teeth & Claws might well give one the Impression that there is Something Wrong with this Feline...& Civilians who go around showing off their Firearms in Public... are likely to have the same Effect. Does a "Yellow Jacket", one may ask, always mean a "Stinger"?... Is it worth a "Fat Hand" to find out? 3. Cannabis Sativa...the principal Crop of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson & James Madison, can be expected to make a dramatic Comeback in the Post-Global Era as a Source of Diesel Fuel, Building Materials, Textiles, Paper, Pharmaceuticals...as well as what always seems to dominate the News...Recreational Consumption. County Farmers could grow Cannabis under a Sheriff's Of
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