November 5, 2011
A lot of people opined this week about the possibility of war with Iran. It does seem awfully convenient that we’re toying with the idea that Israel might have to smack down Iran’s nuclear efforts a week before the IAEA’s latest report comes out and we have only our government’s assertion that the report will up the certainty that Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon. At any rate, there seems to be as many opinions as there are commentators opining on whether Israel will or won’t, whether they need our permission and whether we’d give it and perhaps join them in the endeavor. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/02/us-heading-war-iran-obama, http://www.juancole.com/ (second article down on the blog), http://english.alarabiya.net/views/2011/11/05/175532.html and http://rt.com/usa/news/obama-war-iran-abdi-539/ Some of the comments I’ve read on what the upcoming IAEA report will reveal, things that can ONLY mean Iran is determined to make a bomb, sound eerily like the comments on Saddam Hussein’s nuclear ambitions before the Iraq War.
And the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives seems determined to up the destructiveness of sanctions against Iran and make it nearly impossible for the President or anyone else in the executive to actually talk to the Iranians. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mj-rosenberg/us-iran-israel_b_1074058.html and https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/11/03
My own best guess is that, in these times of diminishing conventional oil production worldwide, it’s not wise to attack a country that has the ability to shut down the movement of 20-40 % of the world’s oil by closing the strait of Hormuz. But hubris and folly seem to be the order of the day with our political leaders, lately.
In the meantime, neither the arrangements the rest of Europe has made to bail out Greece or the latest G-20 meeting yesterday, nor our President’s admonition to Europe that they need to follow our example in financial/economic matters (huh?) seems to have taken the wobblies out of our world economy. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/nov/04/global-recession-g20-summit,
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/bailout-deal-thrown-into-new-chaos-after-greek-pm-wins-vote-6257550.html and http://money.cnn.com/2011/11/05/news/international/greece_default/index.htm
What with Mr. Papandreou’s squeek-by in the vote of confidence after giving the rest of Europe a bad case of the vapors for wanting to put their generous offer to a public vote http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/greek-lawmakers-set-to-decide-george-papandreous-fate/2011/11/04/gIQApL97kM_story.html
and China’s less than enthusiastic, “Ummm, maybe,” to the proposal that they help in Europe’s bailout plan, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/03/g20-summit-china-finance-rescue-fund, the world economy, unlike the Weebles ™ of a few years ago, could fall down.
Which brings me to the topic of winter gardens. I started mine at the end of September because of the failure of my summer garden in the heat and lack of rain. It’s doing well, so far. The tomatoes and peppers need stakes, now, and the lettuce is coming up through the soil. I also planted some potato onions outdoors and a few in a container inside and will plant some radishes next week. And, of course, I grow some sprouts in the kitchen. I keep the earth box full of water and turn a couple of 1200 lumen light bulbs on them from sunset until I go to bed about midnight to add to the amount of light they get through the south window. And I keep my fingers crossed.
My original intent was to add some fresh vegetables to the few I was able to rescue and freeze this summer – what with the price of food of all kinds rising prohibitively these days. It’s a good four months until spring plantings around here and another two or three months after that until summer harvesting begins. So, with all this war talk and the wobbly world economy, a winter garden of any size you can come up with looks more prudent every day. http://thegardenersrake.com/container-gardening-grow-an-indoor-vegetable-garden, http://planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garden/sixtysixthings-growhome-containers-withoutgarden.html, http://www.growvegetablesindoors.com/what-are-the-easiest-vegetables-to-grow-indoors/