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Community Supported Agriculture

I had never heard of this concept before today (Farmer's Markets, yes, CSA's, no).  That link will let you look up local CSA's, and Google has a bunch of directories too.   I was watching PBS and they did a little blurb on CSA's.  They said people get intimidated by the amount and kind of vegetables, but some of the recipes people come up with and exchange are really great.

I may try it out!  It sounds like fun.  Especially if I had kids and they got to go work on an actual farm for a short time (16 hours) every year.  Plus a farm tour?!  I would love to do something like that for/with my kids one day.  Steve and I need more veggies and good stuff in our diet.  Of course, I might have to wait until we're actually living together again...it may be hard to eat up all those veggies on my own.

Also, only 11 days until I see Steve graduate (but if you're the next person to tell me how fast it has gone by, watch out.)

Photo Fraud

This is from a Jewish website, so they're going to be pro-Israel, but it is an interesting little clip nonetheless.  It's not just about the one doctored photo that Reuters published, but it leads with that.

http://www.aish.com/movies/PhotoFraud.asp

Green is as Green Does

It appears Al Gore enjoys being rich as much as the rest of society might similarly enjoy it.  Which, you know, I don't have a problem with as long as you aren't spending a lot of time admonishing "the other side" for not being green enough.

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By Peter SchweizerThu Aug 10, 6:46 AM ET

Al Gore has spoken: The world must embrace a "carbon-neutral lifestyle." To do otherwise, he says, will result in a cataclysmic catastrophe. "Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb," warns the website for his film, An Inconvenient Truth. "We have just 10 years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tailspin."

Graciously, Gore tells consumers how to change their lives to curb their carbon-gobbling ways: Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, use a clothesline, drive a hybrid, use renewable energy, dramatically cut back on consumption. Better still, responsible global citizens can follow Gore's example, because, as he readily points out in his speeches, he lives a "carbon-neutral lifestyle." But if Al Gore is the world's role model for ecology, the planet is doomed.

For someone who says the sky is falling, he does very little. He says he recycles and drives a hybrid. And he claims he uses renewable energy credits to offset the pollution he produces when using a private jet to promote his film. (In reality, Paramount Classics, the film's distributor, pays this.)

Public records reveal that as Gore lectures Americans on excessive consumption, he and his wife Tipper live in two properties: a 10,000-square-foot, 20-room, eight-bathroom home in Nashville, and a 4,000-square-foot home in Arlington, Va. (He also has a third home in Carthage, Tenn.) For someone rallying the planet to pursue a path of extreme personal sacrifice, Gore requires little from himself.

Then there is the troubling matter of his energy use. In the Washington, D.C., area, utility companies offer wind energy as an alternative to traditional energy. In Nashville, similar programs exist. Utility customers must simply pay a few extra pennies per kilowatt hour, and they can continue living their carbon-neutral lifestyles knowing that they are supporting wind energy. Plenty of businesses and institutions have signed up. Even the Bush administration is using green energy for some federal office buildings, as are thousands of area residents.

But according to public records, there is no evidence that Gore has signed up to use green energy in either of his large residences. When contacted Wednesday, Gore's office confirmed as much but said the Gores were looking into making the switch at both homes. Talk about inconvenient truths.

Gore is not alone. Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has said, "Global warming is happening, and it threatens our very existence." The DNC website applauds the fact that Gore has "tried to move people to act." Yet, astoundingly, Gore's persuasive powers have failed to convince his own party: The DNC has not signed up to pay an additional two pennies a kilowatt hour to go green. For that matter, neither has the Republican National Committee.

Maybe our very existence isn't threatened.

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Evolution in the News

Well, the finches are being brought around again.  I'm not sure why.  This article is not new news, nor does it support the evolutionists' case that new species evolve from previous "editions".  Paraphrasing from a book I just read:

Scientists have documented (since Darwin) that during a drought, Finches on the Galapagos with deeper beaks begin to outnumber finches with shallower beaks (or the other way around, I can't remember exactly).  Nothing so odd about that, especially when you consider that the shallow-beak finch population rebounds when the drought is over.  So, now we have a news story claiming that these finches are evolving, and yet, we have millimeters of change in their beaks, which was the same thing Darwin observed in 1835!!  IT IS NOT NEWS!   Nor is it an idication of a new species.

ahem.  please go on with your day.

Doug Wilson on Evolution

HERE

"Evolutionary arguments prove too much, or prove the wrong thing. When a scientist hovers over a vat, trying to create life, thus showing that "it could too" happen by chance, he is actually showing just the opposite. Who does he represent in the experiment? The answer is clear -- he is the Holy Spirit, brooding over the face of the waters. If a scientist actually created life in the laboratory, this would not constitute any kind of proof against creation. Suppose a scientist named Smith in England conducts an experiment, and publishes the results. A scientist over here named Jones conducts the same experiment, gets the same results, and then holds a press conference to announce that he has exploded forever the myth of Smith's existence. His argument for this astounding revelation is that Smith does not exist because he, Jones, has successfully copied his work. And wisdom is vindicated by her children."

Busy day and it's still before 5:00

Woke up around 8, but didn't shower and get dressed until 11.  I love just having some waffles, sipping coffee and surfing the 'net lazily.  Tuesday is going to be a rude awakening.

We went out to scout some Memorial Day Sales.  Old Navy has really gone downhill since I've been there last.  I didn't not find one single thing that I thought looked worth the money.  If I want shorts that have raggedy, cut-off ends, I can do that myself.  Why on earth would I want to buy them that way?  I'm going to have to go to New York & Company for new shorts I think.

After Old Navy we headed over to PetsMart to get some bones for Tallulah.  They were having dog adoption day.  If our lives weren't in such a state of flux right now (i.e. me moving into an apartment in a couple months and Steve going off to OCS) Tallulah would have had a friend.  There were at least two dogs that looked ideal for us.  I hope they all got great homes.

Then we headed over to the new Japanese place, Zen ("Japanese Food Fast").  That is where the trouble started.  I started seeing spots almost as soon as we sat down to eat.  I felt very lucid though, so I thought maybe I just waited too long to eat lunch.  The food was good, but my vision got worse, so I decided we should make an unscheduled stop at Target for some Exedrin Migraine and a bottle of water.  I downed two pills and we made our last stop at Home Depot to get a new screen door and window screens.  I still felt lucid and my vision had cleared up a bit.  We made our purchases, and while we were driving home, my head started to hurt.  And once we got home, it was all I could do to get our packages in the door and make it up to bed.  I think, though, that the medicine helped a lot.  The migraine only lasted an hour and I never threw up.  I still have some soreness in my temples, but I can be up an around and hear the keyboard tapping without wincing.

So maybe rent a movie tonight and chill out here before church tomorrow.

Did I mention I don't want to go back to work on Tuesday?  I'm dreading it so much.

Christian Media

This video is about the most well produced piece of Christian Media I've ever seen.  Heck, it's a well done piece of media, period.  I only put in the qualifier because I've seen some horrific videos put out by church organizations.

I'm not going to the conference (but, oh, to hear John Piper and David Wells speak!), but I just thought it was a well done video.

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Good Friday

From Peter Leithart's Good Friday Homily:

The cross is the wood on the altar of the world on which is laid the sacrifice to end all sacrifice. The cross is the wood on which Jesus burns in His love for His Father and for His people, the fuel of His ascent in smoke as a sweet-smelling savor. The cross is the wood on the back of Isaac, climbing Moriah with his father Abraham, who believes that the Lord will provide. The cross is the cedar wood burned with scarlet string and hyssop for the water of purification that cleanses from the defilement of death.

Mar. 25th, 2006

This article is really interesting.  It kind of pinpoints my struggles with my faith when I first came to know Christ in high school.  I thought I was missing something that all the other kids "got".