20 November 2010

It's the weekend

I have just finished looking at the statistics for visitors to my web-site. I wish I was a little better with computers, but what I have been able to determine is that people do, in fact, actually look at (possibly even read) these posts that I fling out into the void every so often. I'm glad. I hate talking to a blank space, so the visitor tracker lets me know that I do, in fact, have some sort of audience. I'm not sure *why* you are all returning to read about my very uninteresting life and opinions, but I'm glad you're out there. It gives me a feeling of some small importance, that people care enough about what I type here to revisit on occasion.

However, I must say I was surprised (given that I do, in fact, have readers) not to receive more comments on yesterday's (Thursdays? I don't remember) post. Am I the only one who gets really aggravated, hearing about this stuff? Talk to me, people.

18 November 2010

The Nanny State

Are you aware that, in Indiana, it is illegal to "buy, barter, sell, or trade for any particle of unpasteurized" dairy product?  Seriously.  And no, I'm not going to get into a discussion of whether or not it is appropriate to drink the stuff.  I'll just say, in New Hampshire (where I was raised, and where my parents still live) a farmer can sell up to 25 gallons A DAY of raw milk, without any government oversight whatsoever.  And you really don't hear about people dying like flies as a result. ( If you'd like more information regarding why someone would choose to drink raw milk, I recommend The Untold Story of Milk: Green Pastures, Contented Cows, and Raw Dairy Products, by Ron Schmid.)

Well, apparently in California the government likes to dictate what people may or may not consume also (surprise, surprise), and this is the result:

Gosh, I am SO glad that we have our government to take such good care of us, and tell us exactly what we should and shouldn't eat!  Because, you know, scientists have such a great history of never needing to take back anything they have to say about what constitutes a healthy diet!  Next thing you know, they'll be delivering our meals in boxes to make sure everyone eats the right thing, so we can all qualify for the government-run health insurance.

That will probably happen right after they make it illegal for women to birth anywhere except in the hospital.  Because what kind of a negligent loon of a parent would do anything else?  But that's a rant for another day.