Monsanto, Here and Abroad.

In the US.


More here.

And in Hungary.

More info online here.


So sadly true. So funny. So good.




Read the whole thing here.

Jubinsky TV

Amber was on the news – check it out here.   =)

Hungary’s Toxic Aluminium Spill

There’s a section of Hungary known as the red sludge disaster zone, where the land was ravaged by toxic waste in 2010.

The link has more pictures, as well as details of the environmental effects of something like this.

Also, for some reason I’ve posted about spills twice in the past week.  Just coincidence.

School Lunch

I read a neat article on NPR here, about a 9 year old Scottish school girl, Martha, who, with her dads help, writes a blog of food reviews of her daily school lunches.  She rates them on taste, mouthfuls, number of courses, healthiness and pieces of hair.   Her blog is here.  For a split second, the local Scottish governing council said she couldn’t publish pictures of school food anymore. Quickly lifting the ban after a wave of protest,  Martha resumed her (mostly favorable) reviews, and in the process raised a lot of money for a hunger charity she started.

I thought of three things as I was reading this – from Jacksonville, FL, a city with one of the worst school systems in the state (which is about average in the US).

1. These lunches look amazing.  I haven’t seen any school lunches similar in the US.  We feed our kids such crap.

2. Of course this wasn’t a nine year old in the US.  They don’t have time for this stuff.  At best, they’re too busy worried about standardized testing.

3. What a great father. So many great lessons in what Martha is doing.

How the US Crushed Youth Resistance

So by now we’ve probably all seen that Time Magazine’s person of the year is the protester.   I thought it was a good read and beats last years Mark Zuckerberg, or 2006’s ‘you’ – which I thought was sort of a cop out.

I read an article today that certainly makes a good companion of the Times’ article.  It’s 8 Reasons Young Americans Don’t Fight Back; How the US Crushed Youth Resistance.  I don’t normally pass along articles through the blog, so maybe you’ll find it worth your time.  Read it here.

Certainly, 8 things to avoid in any case.

Testing… testing… 1, 2, 3…

Not bad for a Monday, really.

I got to meet a bunch of people I hear nearly everyday on the radio.  That was surreal.

And then I got talk for five minutes about a new program I’m doing at the library.  That segment is near the end.

You can listen to the show here.

I said ‘um’ about 9 times.

The first speaker was the new city council president.  It was nice to hear he’s all about the city helping promote education, not so nice was that he doesn’t necessarily equate that with library funding.  I should have called in from the lobby.

Factoid of the Week

So, at work, I am responsible for presenting the ‘Factoid of the Week’ at the bi-monthly staff meetings.  According to Wikipedia (which in my opinion should never be used as a valid reference), a factoid is an unverified statement presented as fact in the absence of much relevant context.  To be fair, I took some liberties with that definition (it is quite a bit longer on Wikipedia)…but one of the internet’s most endearing qualities is that it allows you to manipulate the facts (factoids?) and not take credit or blame where it is due.  Take the fans of Sarah Palin rewriting the history of Paul Revere so that she didn’t look quite as moronic following a public appearance (possible?).  What we can learn from Ms. Palin (who despite her numerous faults, came much closer to the White House than I ever will) is that information need not be valid, just self serving.

ANYHOW…back to the factoid of the week.  True to form, I have not verified this statement…nor do I intend to.  I am just presenting it to you without any relevant context.  What you do with it from here is out of my hands.

The phrase “the whole 9 yards” derives from World War II combat pilots in the South Pacific. Their planes were armed with machine guns that took .50 caliber ammo belts, which were exactly 27 feet long. Hence, whenever the pilots blasted all of their bullets at a single target, it was said to have caught “the whole 9 yards.’

I like to tell people Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first person to say it publicly.  That just popped into my brain, but it seems likely.   Try it yourself…people might just believe you.

Shout out to my mom!  She always thinks it is Josh writing these posts (and is usually correct), but I am here to prove that I do occasionally log on. =)

Orlando Food Not Bombs Arrests

Seven members of Orlando Food Not Bombs (FNB) were arrested and are facing charges of violating an Orlando, Florida city ordinance that could get them 60 days in jail, a $500 fine or both. The ordinance was passed in 2006 by Orlando City Council, limiting any group that holds a food sharing-event that attracts 25 or more people (including those serving the food) to two permitted events per downtown park per 12-month period.

I was part of the FNB group here in Jacksonville that operated a bit over a year.  Every Sunday around 1pm.  Having the feeding event at the same time and place is a crucial part of it being successful.  We would feed in Confederate Park in the Downtown / Springfield neighborhood – and people would begin lining up well before we arrived.  People being fed would include homeless people as well as just local families who would happen to be in the park.  The City Council’s ordinance was an attack on just this sort of scheduled event that makes FNB effective.

I’m glad this is getting international media attention in the UK.  Orlando FNB has been doing amazing things since 2004.

Orlando Food Not Bombs shares vegan and vegetarian food with hungry people in the Orlando area. Some are homeless while others are the working poor who have homes, but whose labor doesn’t provide them with enough to enjoy a basic standard of living. Ours is the richest and most wasteful society on Earth, and we prepare our meals using some of the vast amounts of perfectly edible food that otherwise would go to waste.

Our group shares food because people need it and as a means of calling attention to our society’s failure to provide food and housing to each of its members. We do this in public spaces, such as parks, because we believe that space should be reclaimed for the use of everyone, not just the privileged.

Learn more about them at You can view the groups wish-list, or make financial contributions here.

Like Public Broadcasting in Florida?

I do.

Here in Jacksonville, WJCT has a lot of programs I listen to often.  Morning Edition, Diane Rehm, Fresh Air… I even like the one specific to Jacksonville better – First Coast Connect, Electro Lounge.   Our TV doesn’t actually get any TV.  Radio is where to go for me.

So listen up, and get ready to write a nice email.  Michael Bolylan, president of WJCT, has this to say.

“Florida Governor Rick Scott is working to finalize Florida’s budget. Rather than approving the 30% cut to public broadcasting that is part of this year’s state budget recommendation, he is considering whether to eliminate public broadcasting completely from this year’s budget. With his veto, WJCT’s share will be reduced from $522,124 NOT to the $369,170 that was proposed, but to ZERO.

Needless to say, this cut would be devastating to WJCT, and to every public broadcasting organization in Florida.

We encourage you to contact the Governor’s office and let him know where you stand on the proposed cuts. Please encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same. We understand that the Governor will be moving on this mid-week, so there is no time to delay.

Below is contact information for Governor Rick Scott. You can click on the “Email the Governor” link, which will take you directly to his website. ”

Office of Governor Rick Scott

State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Phone: (850) 488-7146
Fax: (850) 487-0801

Email the Governor: