Caturday Reads: What Happens to a Cat Dinner Deferred?Posted: May 19, 2012
Morning news junkies…and cat enthusiasts! A little vintage Lolcat for you to get things started.
Also, a crazy cat lady book recommendation. Authoress Michèle Sacquin is curator at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France–and apparently cat historian on the side. I bought this hardcover a month or so ago at the MFAH (Museum of Fine Arts–Houston). It’s translated from French to English…I think there’s some quirk *gained* in the translation! And from what I can tell of the last page, there’s also a version out there available in Italian, which I’d love to locate along with the French. Anyhow, currently The Well-Read Cat is right here with me at my desk as I type this, but it travels regularly to and fro, between my kitchen and coffee tables and nightstand.
Now for some linky-business to go along with your morning cuppa…enjoy!
- This first one is inspiring and yet exhausting just to read: “Tamae Watanabe, who on May 16, 2002 at the age of 63 years became the oldest woman to climb Mount Everest, smashed her own record on Saturday, reaching the peak of the world’s highest mountain at the age of 73, Kyodo news service reported.”
- Extra, extra. Corn Belt Bee Kills and Genetically Engineered Crops. Read all about it:
No farmer in their right mind wants to poison pollinators. When I spoke with one Iowa corn farmer in January and told him about the upcoming release of a Purdue study confirming corn as a major pesticide exposure route for bees, his face dropped with worn exasperation. He looked down for a moment, sighed and said, “You know, I held out for years on buying them GE seeds, but now I can’t get conventional seeds anymore. They just don’t carry ’em.”
- Ag Department says healthier food costs less than junk food. I think I’ll have to take a closer look at that study. Wapo’s writeup makes no mention of special dietary needs and food intolerances, as if the poor are immune to such things and only the wealthy’s blood and organs have time to disagree with what they consume. Healthy foods cost less, my health nut butt! Plus, frankly most of our food supply is tainted with the complicity of Congress and our government agencies, so the US Ag department’s designation of fruits, veggies, and proteins that are “healthy” is suspect to me to begin with.
- Speaking of which… After reading this Baylor College of Medicine Psychiatry provisional abstract on Vitamin D deficiency raising psychosis risk in adolescents, I propose adequate sunlight and Vitamin D3 supplements for the poor, the teenaged, and the mentally unwell. And, really just about everybody…! In fact, if you bother taking any vitamin supplement besides one for any specific deficiency you have, make sure it is D3 because D3 is the only one’s that seems to clinically make much of a difference (that link will take you to a long-ish Time Mag article from fall but one that I like to point to on Vitamin D et al. and worth the read!)
- I have no words for this despicableness:
Perryton High — located just south of the Oklahoma border — has an annual “Red Ribbon Day” in which half the students portray Jews in the Nazi era and are forced to obey any commands by students or teachers and be subjected to random discipline, the suit says.
- John W. Smart: Who Are These Bedbugs? I don’t like the source, i.e. Fox Nutsack, or its Fox Nutsack take on it. However, I’m glad John Smart gave a heads up on this story, because otherwise I probably would have had no idea Obama was inserting factoids about himself into past presidents’ bios. I’m trying to believe that compared to everything else at stake right now, this really is harmless, but it still seems a little odd, unnecessary, and insecure on the Administration’s part. They are fighting a GOP stuck in the 1800s, if that. Really, stop with the Obama vanity bios already, and give us some public sector gains to talk about. Cook this election up.
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as paraphrased by moi: Babies of Color are the Majority. Is it okay that I huzzah’d at that? Or will that get me drafted into an appletini summit (I know the WH ignoramus/advisors probably think I’m too girly for a beer summit…)? At any rate, the Texas Tribune has graphed out a nifty state map of the population rations among children.
The “underground” is always with us. For better and often for worse, it’s how marginalized populations tend to survive —often not very well. (Think of the old, the young, the formerly incarcerated, or foreign.) In recessions – surprise, surprise– “irregular” employment grows. Consider recent stories from Greece, about wageless public “workers” swopping skills, and trading food for teaching. Austrian economist, Friedrich Schneider, an expert in underground economies, has documentd a surge in shadow economy activity in 2009 and ’10 in Europe. University of Wisconsin-Madison economist Edgar Feige has been doing his best to follow what’s happened here.
- Junior High Journalist Spotlights Violence in Schools…will Obama listen? respond? blink?
- Ok, now that I’ve covered some items holding Obama’s feet to the fire…it’s time to give the GOP the big ol’ partisan-and-proud-of-it finger. ThinkProgress has a chart that shows Spending, Taxes, And Deficits Are All Lower Today Than When Obama Took Office. Mitt the Meanie can’t bully the facts, so he will just ignore them.
- Jump Rope Physics from SciAm. Now, first and foremost I’m a bicycle enthusiast (“Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race.” –H.G. Wells), but for GoRed Women’s heart health month this past February, I also procured from Tarjay two pairs of jump ropes made all fancy for grown-ups, one for myself and one for my mom. See, I’m all about the easy cardio that’s more about PLAY than cardio, ’cause that’s just how I roll. Enter bikes and jump ropes. Throw in some Saturday morning science, and we’re pretty much in girl geek heaven.
- A Very Happy Birthday to one of my all-time favorite playwrights– The Late and Still Great Lorraine Hansberry:
The play that “changed American theatre forever,” according to The New York Times, started with a few short lines from a long poem.
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Langston Hughes wrote the poem, and Lorraine Hansberry was inspired – both by the poem and by her own real-life experience – to write A Raisin in the Sun, the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. Today, on what would have been her 82nd birthday, and we’re celebrating Hansberry’s groundbreaking work.
Okay, you know what to do in the comments, Sky Dancers. Have a lovely weekend!