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Hell, yeah! Gimme that old time religion. It's good enough for me.
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While doing research for my long-neglected fic about the Tolkien brothers during World War 1, I stumbled across a book called Defiant Gardens about gardens planted by soldiers on the front lines and in prison camps. The website has photos of well-tended vegetable plots next to dugouts on the Western Front. The author claims that not only did the gardens serve the practical purpose of providing fresh produce, they also provided respite from the horrors of war.

The website also includes articles about a clandestine garden created by prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. These particular prisoners were men who were considered cooperative--some had been cleared of any terrorism charges--and were (are) kept in relative freedom, being allowed to eat together and to go outside for hours each day. Requests for a garden were refused, so the prisoners were left to their own resources, scavanging seeds from their meals and improvising digging tools. They grew melons, peppers, and garlic and were tending a two-inch high lemon tree (though it wasn't doing well). Happily, the authorities eventually were persuaded to provide proper gardening tools and plants.

(I can't begin to describe how ashamed I feel that someone could be locked up for years without trial by my country. But that is another journal entry...)
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Originally posted by [ profile] clari_clyde at post

I’ve been wondering what’s up with all the DDoS attacks LJ has been receiving lately. Signal boosting [info]ingridmatthews:

Just in case anyone thinks LJ's downtime is just TPTB being incompetant, read this:

LiveJournal, Russia's blogging platform of choice, is sustaining biggest cyberattack attack in its history. Bloggers say the Kremlin wants to crack down on political discussion.

"LiveJournal, Russia’s most popular blogging platform, has been under a massive DDoS attack for the past few days. The attack has effectively wiped out Russia’s main refuge for unbridled political discussion, a hugely lively and extensive domain frequented by politicians, opposition activists and social commentators alike...

“The reason for attack is more than clear in this case — someone wants LiveJournal to disappear as a platform,” Ilya Dronov, development director at SUP, wrote in a post on his LiveJournal blog earlier this week. He said the hackers were hoping to push bloggers from LJ to social networks where “it's easier to fight individual users.”"

lady_branwyn: (typewriter; picowrimo)
Has anyone out there read Joe Bageant's Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War? I just stumbled across a review. It discusses the fate of the rural farming class since the corporatization of agriculture. Apparently, the book was quite popular in Australia, UK, and Europe but has been less widely read here in the States. But we don't even like to admit that we have social classes in this country so the title would be a turnoff.
My best friend in high school came from an Appalachian farming family, and I was fascinated and ocassionally repelled by their "Down Home" ways. Their house was filled with clutter and not in the best of repair. They always had a huge garden, and her father kept a few goats in the backyard. He sold the milk for cash, but I suspect that he really just wanted to have some livestock around. The goats were so cute--he often carried chewing tobacco, so they would try to search your coat pockets. A few times a year, her family drove south to visit the old farm in West Virginia. My friend said that you had to crawl under an electrified cow fence to get to the privy, lol. All of this was entirely outside my realm of experience!
It's interesting that (most) Americans no longer feel comfortable making jokes about blacks, women, or Jews, but they feel no such compunction about "hillbilly" jokes.
Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had read the book and what they thought of it.


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