The heat has been unbearable. Rain permitting, I hope to make it out to the produce site to see if the lettuce is bolting. I hope not. We're hoping for our first mega-harvest of the year.
I was pleasantly surprised by the current performance by a broccoli and kohlrabi bed I planted. I planted it in a controlled tantrum: I tore up the grass that had invaded and laid down the seeds, with no other preparation. I remember laying down the seed and
saying, "It's probably not going to make it, but screw it. I might as well use the seeds I bought." I noticed on Sunday that the crops are coming in strong, so much so that I'm going to take the time to weed the beds by hand this week, apply BT for the cabbage worm threat, and fertilize. I'm reminded of Carol Deppe's chapter on "Non Doing" in her (righteous) book, The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, which counsels the wisdom of doing nothing sometimes. Deppe's observations parallel Nock's famous essay, "Snoring as a Fine Art."
I renew my plea: We need a pit bull ban. These are vicious, dangerous animals, their owners' ridiculous claims to the contrary notwithstanding. Exhibit A: MSN's list of the 21 dogs that have attacked the most people. Number One: Pit bulls. 3,397 attacks, 295 human deaths, over the course of the 32-year study. (The Number Two dog, Rottweiller, registered only 535 attacks and 85 deaths.)
Random Blurb from the Notebooks: It's odd that libertarianism has such a strong streak against economism, but then it seems to have a tendency to view all things in terms of economic strife. Joll's book on anarchism makes the point that anarchists have an economic worldview of history, just like Marxists. Libertarians tend to see history in terms of people using the State to advance their own self-interests, to the detriment of others. It's why they hate power and an increase in the State's reach. It's not just that the State is inefficient, it's also that the State is unjust: taking from some to give to others, hurting some industries to help other industries, hurting people in order to help some "capitalists."