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...)
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.”"
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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.