15 responses to “Pilaf with light sweet crude”

  1. microbie

    *applauds wildly*

    A friend just asked me today why DARPA funds alternative energy research. Someone in the defense department knows the current situation is unsustainable.

    1. perich

      Re: *applauds wildly*

      DARPA funds a lot of things. They have the budget; they can afford to cover a lot of bases.

      1. microbie

        Re: *applauds wildly*

        DARPA stole my heart when they started funding microbial genome sequences.

  2. mcpino

    Well said, sir.

  3. fengi

    Well, they’re rationing rice in some Chicago stores now, and jacking up the prices elsewhere. Something is up – perhaps the rice trade smells a sucker.

  4. handstil

    How can I help? How can I be a better food consumer? :(
    I hate everything.

    1. srl

      Some ideas, more or less out of nowhere:

      – Plant a garden of stuff you buy frequently and learn how to take care of it without petroleum-derived chemicals. (Usually this means lots of shoveling cow-shit.) At the end of WW2, thanks to “victory gardens” in backyards, the US grew 40% of its produce outside the commercial food market.

      – Buy food that was grown as close to you as possible. This usually means participating in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program (google it). Basically, you invest in a local farm at the beginning of the season, and they give you produce back— in season, and in gracious plenty.

      – With a little work, learn what food is in season where you live, and eat that. If you want to still be eating tomatoes in December (and you don’t live in California), learn to can/freeze/etc stuff while it’s in season. This is an advanced exercise but worth doing.

      – Read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. It’ll change the way you think about food.

      1. handstil

        Thanks for the tips!
        We considered CSA last year but the amount of money was to great to dole out all at once for us ($164 a month). I need to look into it again now that we might be able to swing it.

        I do live in CA, and the only good thing about that is tomatoes. ;)

  5. stimps

    Villainy is right. Just living in this yuppie/old money area of town makes me sick. These people wouldn’t give up the croutons on their grilled caesar salads for someone hungry because it would be giving a certain amount of their hard earned cash (or actual food substances) to someone else. I don’t understand it at all. Are people afraid that people are going to mistake them for a homeless person, if they help out? Bleah.

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