Monasanto getting rich on ethanol and food crisis

Monasanto and other Agri-giant megacoporations are getting richer on the ethanol scam and the world food crisis.

http://marketplace. publicradio. org/display/web/2008/05/08/food_companies

"Sarah Gardner reports from the Sustainability Desk that big agribusiness firms are breaking earnings records as everything from grains to soybeans skyrocket."
"Monsanto is among five agribiz giants that dominate the world seed market. Fertilizers? Four companies control the vast majority of sales. Soybean crushing? Ditto. Flour milling? Just three. Even those estimates are hard to get. Many of these companies don't comment extensively on their businesses. Cargill, for example, is privately held, and told Marketplace it doesn't "elaborate on its activities." "

their sales were starting to drop too. GE seed sales had been declining and organic was going up.

i would like to have a dog

i almost took in a stray pitbull pup today. me and manija were yard sailing in the slope and we ran into the cutest brindle pitbull stray. she was very sweet and friendly and the people at tht yard sale said she needed a home and that i should take her. she reminded me of my old brindle pitbull Roady who died shortly after me and liz had broken up. ever since i read Coming Home To Eat where Gary Nabhan talks about having 3 wives in the same time that he had his one dog i've felt like a needed a dog in my life. i imagine if i do take that pitbull pup into my home i'll name her Saxon. but i got 2 growing kittens who take up too much time as it is, and a disabled mother who can't deal with a dog's need when i'm at work. damn i want a dog though.
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april planting

Here's a list of vegetables you can plant now and the months they can planted till.

amaranth to july
black eyed peas aka cow peas and chinese long bean june then after the monsoons
common beans(which includes green beans, pintos, kidney beans and black beans) till may and from the monsoons till September
carrot till may
corn till may then again from the monsoons till the end of august
cucumbers until may then again in august
devil's claw with the monsoons
okra mid-march till june. make sure to scarify the seeds.
melon till august
green onions till may
radishes till may
sorghum till may and with the monsoons
squash till may
sunchokes aka jerusalem artichokes till mid May
sunflowers till august
watermelon till may
malabar spinach till may
new zealand spinach till may

now's a good time to transpalant eggplant, chiles and tomatoes. you could also start them from seeds(preferable in flats or pots) to be transplanted with the monsoon or in fall.

herbs;

basil april to june and again with the monsoons

marigolds till may
epazote till april
rue april
thyme april

march planting in the valley of the sun

So February has came and went and now it's March and it's warming up. The month of the Roman god of war and agriculture is upon us. Mid March is generally when we are last likely to get a frost so now is a very good time to start planting warm weather vegetables.

Until Mid March you can still plant artichoke from transplant, arugula and beets. Till april you can plant carrot, radish and green onions.
Here's a list of vegetables you can plant now and the months they can planted till.

amaranth march to july
black eyed peas aka cow peas and chinese long bean
common beans(which includes green beans, pintos, kidney beans and black beans) till may and from the monsoons till September
carrot till may
corn till april then again from the monsoons till the end of august
cucumbers until may then again in august
devil's claw
okra mid-march till june. make sure to scarify the seeds.
melon till august
green onions till may
radishes till may
sorghum till may and with the monsoons
squash till may
sunchokes aka jerusalem artichokes till mid May
sunflowers till august
watermelon till may
malabar spinach till may
new zealand spinach till may

now's a good time to transpalant eggplant, chiles and tomatoes. you could also start them from seeds(preferable in flats or pots) to be transplanted with the monsoon.

herbs;

basil april to june and again with the monsoons
parsley plant in march
marigolds till may
epazote till april
calendula plant now
chamomile march
lavender march
rue till april
sage march
tansy march
thyme till april
lemon balm march
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sunnyslopetopia

sunnyslopetopia
i found a couple youtube clips about sunnyslope. one is a video made of the businesses, houses and apartments that the maker seems to think are trashy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOHQnaThiNg
the other is a video by desert living magazine and it's a modern architecture home made of rusty metal called Blank Studio. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYNCsNcW6ac&feature=related

they both emphasize the extremes of sunnyslope. i've been mostly jokingly saying that sunnyslope could easily become another art scene gentrified area like downtown phoenix. this loft style rusty art home shows it is an actual possibility.

there was also a cover article last august in the new times called Sunnyslopetopia. http://phoenixnewtimes.com/2007-07-26/news/sunnyslopetopia/ all about how great the area is and how anywhere else it would be the beverly hills of the city. i love the article.

sunnyslope has long been the butt of peoples jokes. the truth is i love it there. i can walk 5 minutes to hike the mountain preserve behind my house, there's cool mom and pop shops, i have a good auto mechanic a block from my house and the area isn't on a grid system. there's real diversity there and it's still has a working class feel to it. it's 10 miles from downtown, a few miles from north phoenix where i grew up and has great bike routes and amazing cooky bars. as much as i don't want the slope to become another gentrified downtown i get annoyed when people talk shit about it and call it white trash or a ghetto. yeah there's bikers, tweekers, junkies, bums, nazis and gangs all mixed in with some gated communities. but that's been the case everywhere i grew up in north phoenix and i actually feel more comfortable and at home. bikers, tweekers, junkies, bums, nazis, day laborers on the corners and gangs but they are also working class and poor people which are the people i grew up with. i like that the area has gotten nicer because of community efforts. i just don't want it to become the "beverly hills" of phoenix.

chinese food

i told my mom i was taking mandarin chinese a few weeks ago. the other day she says to me "how's your chinese class going?" i said "it's going pretty good." she then asked me "do you get to eat everything you cook?" which bafled me for a second. she thought i was taking a chinese cooking class.

mandarin chinese

i just had my first mandarin chinese class today. i'm glad i got a head start over the last year since the teacher was kind of confusing. it should be fun. i'm not excited about getting a chinese name though. i don't want a cheesy name but there's no way to tell if the the name the teacher gives me is cheesy or not. i want to be big bug or something cool. i don't want the chinese equivalent of albert or lenard or something.
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portland

what do you think Portland Oregon would be like if so many cool people hadn't moved there? when i briefly lived there and every time i've visited there i've found portland to be way too saturated. what if all those cool radical people and all the whatever other people hadn't all moved there and had stayed where they were? wouldn't their original cities and towns be cooler? wouldn't portland not be some completely gentrified? wouldn't black folk still live in places like North portland, north east portland and other areas instead of being pushed out to the suburbs and other places? what if the initial wave of anarchist, punks etc. who came because of cheap housing in black areas and the subsequent waves of people who followed hadn't came? i'm not trying to offend all the wonderful people i know in portland but seriously don't you ever wonder?

when housing prices go up and the neighborhood becomes a yuppified art district don't you feel at all responsible? it seems ironic.

herbs to plant in sept. and oct

vegetables to plant in august in phoenix

carrot
corn
fennel
green onions
commmon beans
black-eyed peas/ chinese long bean







stuff to plant in sept. and oct
Here's some common herbs to plant here in phoenix starting in september. The dash and following month indicates the typical month these plants can be planted till.

Herbs:
Basil
Borage -feb.
calendula -march
chamomile -march
coriander -dec
Dill -feb
fennel -dec
marigold(tagetes)-oct
Nasturtium -feb
Parsley plant from oct-dec
Catnip -nov
Feverfew plant in oct
lavender -march
lemon grass -oct
rosemary plant year round
Rue -oct