Notes From My Desk
HERD ABOUT IT?
By ana grarian
In my pocket is always some scrap of paper on which I have written down a tidbit of information, or some topic to research. They go from my pocket to my desktop, to a drawer, to a shoebox, and ultimately, get thrown away. Often without my ever having done the research. So today, I thought I would just list some of them. Now, if I did that more often, I would have them in a searchable file on my computer. Huh. What an idea. See, something good has already come from this project.
“Maybe a person’s time would be as well spent raising food, as raising money to buy food”
Frank A Clark American writer 1888-1962
Frank has a lot of good stuff out there. Like this one.
“A man’s conscience, like a warning line on the highway, tells him what he shouldn’t do – but it does not keep him from doing it.”
Read more: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/f/frank_howard_clark.html#ixzz1nt66xu2i
“Only the mythical Sisyphus was doomed to repetitive, endless toil”
I like this thought in terms of the daily jobs most of us do, but ask any homemaker, and they’ll tell you the constant cycle of cooking and cleaning can seem like a sysyphean task some days. But see the link below to an article on warehouse work for another take.
“Fire Season’s” by Connors (Suggest to the family they may want to read this.)
Night light for the bathroom. Darn! Just got back from the store and I forgot it again!
An – whoops! Not that one! That’s a note about a password change.
“US military women are more likely to be raped by a fellow service member, than to be killed in action”
Lucy Broadbent guardian.co.uk, Friday 9 December 2011 12.59 EST
“I will age ungracefully until I become an old woman, in a small garden, doing whatever the hell I want!” Robin Chotzinoff in her book “People with Dirty Hands” http://robinchotzinoff.com/books/people-with-dirty-hands.php
“Activism is my rent for living on this planet” Alice Walker
“In the past century, over most of the globe, the amount of dust in the air has doubled” Andre Aubreville
“The manufacture of disposable chopsticks, eats up an acre of trees a day”
An LA Times report quoting Greenpeace China in saying that China’s hunger for throwaway utensils means “100 acres of trees need to be felled every 24 hours” – which means an area of forest larger than Tiananmen Square disappearing daily. Apparently that’s about “16 million to 25 million felled trees a year.”
All this to support a throwaway habit that sees China go through an astounding 130 million pairs of chopsticks a day. (and how many in the US I wonder?)
“The cheapest energy, is that which never has to be generated” fellow on one of my Yahoo groups giving advice on determining how much solar capacity you need to buy.
Conditions in Amazon warehouses. I think I’ve seen a post on OEN about this. If not, this month’s Harpers? Atlantic? I know I have read an article on-line. Hmmmm… Ah. Here it is. Bill Moyers just posted a link to the Mother Jones article on FB. This is important. Read it – Please read it.
Well, that’s all for today. Time to clean off this desk and get ready for work. Enjoy your day.