Daily Archives: January 16, 2012

Fukushima… everything under control?

From Maggie Koerth-Baker on Boing Boing:

Nuclear Aftershocks is a new FRONTLINE documentary, airing tomorrow, January 17, at 10:00 pm Eastern. Maggie watched an advance screener yesterday. Photo via Boing Boing blog.

“About halfway through Nuclear Aftershocks, a new FRONTLINE documentary about the physical and social fallout of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, it becomes clear that correspondent Miles O’Brien and his production team are really going to piss some people off. In the best possible way. Continue reading


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Gordon Watson, race and raw milk

Readers may recall that we have implemented comment moderation back in October and what we’ve been chiefly excluding are comments from Gordon Watson, one the founders of the raw milk movement in B.C. Gordon has periodically written to the Bovine to complain about being not able to answer his critics, and so, in the interests of fairness, we are going to re-open that debate on The Bovine, even though, frankly, it’s outside our comfort zone. 

And just as an example of how you can talk about race without being racist, in his book “Civilization”, historian Niall Ferguson looks at what he calls “the west, and the rest” over the past 500 years, and tries to tease out what were the “killer apps” that allowed the west to maintain its ascendancy over “the rest”. And he considers the question of what is the outlook for the future. In his view the west has lost its nerve on a number of fronts and is starting to fall behind. Niall is married to a black woman, Ayann Hirsi Ali.

So does Gordon sees raw milk as some sort of catalyst for white people to regain their nerve vis a vis these qualities that once made the west dominant in the world? Continue reading


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The vicious enemy of rural America

From Rob Ewart on The Post and Email:

Picture via The Post and Email.

“(Jan. 15, 2012) — “WE must protect OUR rural lands.” —Stated numerous times by an environmentalist on a radio talk show in a debate with this author

That’s right, environmentalists and even those that live in urban areas have been so brainwashed by the government through education and outright propaganda that they actually believe that it is OK for government to regulate rural lands with draconian environmental protection ordinances, without regard to the fact that those rural lands are owned by real people and are supposed to be protected by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, that states in part:

“….. nor shall any person ….. be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Continue reading


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The Rural Revolution is here in Ontario

The backstory on this movie from Bob Mackie is that it was released about 2005. It sat in limbo since then, being shown only within The Ontario Landowners. CBC had it for six months and did nothing. And Bob has just gained a release to use it for YouTube and that’s why it’s finally seeing the light of day. But in spite of the fact that it was made 6 years ago, the problem it describes has not gone away.

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