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I woke up this morning and someone forwarded me some posters to pass on for an event which will “engage members of the Chinese Community.”  Some event about why the Chinese community should stop eating rice in Canada.  I know what I said about shark fin before, but the difference is, that there is a) no other staple in the asian diet, whereas shark fin is historically a very rare occasion dish, there is b) no regulation on shark finning, and rice is well monitored and c) there is no substitute for rice, not even that quinoa bullshit.


This is a joke, right?

Is that a railroad man?  The birth of this concept must have been an interesting process.



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Because accidental nudity is going out of style, the Superbowl is taking ??? moments into a new sphere!  I actually thought this was pretty funny, but don’t tell anyone that.

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I have no idea who this lingosteve guy is, and I really don’t want to further his cause, but he makes a good case study.

In reference to the article, he says, “It says Asians study hard and do well at school. Where is the offense?”  There are also a string of other similar comments.  I read them before I go to boxing sessions for that extra kick.

WONDERFUL!  😀  I’m so glad that someone else has made a stereotype acceptable on my behalf!  Candy coating a remark that groups an entire ethnicity of people together (aka a racist remark) and then saying that you deem it unoffensive because “it’s a good stereotype” is a tired, worn-out justification.  It’s kind of like being a male boss who consistently hits on your female employee and then denying it’s sexual harassment because she “should be flattered.”  As a potential subject of your crude overgeneralization, I will be the judge of who is flattered here, and I am unimpressed with your smug interpretation.

Besides, it avoids the fact that you are still grouping people like cattle, and maybe some of us have been fighting assumptions made about us for a very long time.  A positive stereotype can quickly turn into a negative one, since you already have people conveniently in a group and all.  Check out this article: sure we are all smarty pants, but now we are boring too!

“The Asian-Jewish connection: Is it really kosher to call Asians the “new Jews”?

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2010/02/25/apop022510.DTL#ixzz1C7kXaTlv


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Exchange favours with a financially generous man, call it what you like.

There’s a lot of niche dating sites out there, but this is the first time that I’ve heard of anything that offers such, *ahem* upfront communication.  For the young ladies involved, all you have to do is list the usual details, and in addition, the types of payments you are seeking – rent, tuition, a car, etc.  The site will allow you to match yourself up with the appropriate sugardaddy, and you are off on the path of financial bliss.

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“It was the signal. Like a babboon’s red ass.”

– MT, in reference to Lewinsky’s thong flash directed at President Clinton that set off the Lewinskygate affair.  In reference to my mentioning that I am already 22, the same age as Ms. Lewinsky at the time, and have not yet done anything quite so ambitious yet.

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My project supervisor, Peter Nemetz is good buddies with an agricultural economist from Harvard (actually, so is Rick, it’s kind of like some kind of awesome nerdy economics reunion). Dr. Timmer gave a lecture on Saturday on the future of local and global food security. He mentioned the point I have said earlier, which relates to the actual efficiency of a local food movement.

Remember my rant against the One Hundred Mile Diet?  Well, last year I got superambitious about taking it down through some grand-scale research that never actually came int fruition (but it will!!! Next term . . .) And it started with a few slides and some readings that Nemetz sent me.  There is talk in some marketing circles about labeling produce with “food miles” which would tell you the exact distance of food from farm to your plate, the idea being that if you are the environmentally pretentious conscious type you can choose lower food mile edibles and spare the environment some greenhouse gas.  Well, Timmer is about the third economist I know to call this idea *factually misguided*.  That’s what some people use to describe Scientology.

The resources food requires involves an entire life cycle approach that includes the amount of resources it takes to plant, grow, process and then transport the food.  The cycle doesn’t just start at transportation.  There’s a study from Lincoln University that’s been around for a while and highlights the issue; food grown in certain climates for local markets could take more resources to grow than food that is grown further away.  The 100 Mile Diet book itself acknowledged this study, but I don’t recall it providing a convincing retort.

The only way to reduce total emissions from food would be to choose local foods, and choose seasonal foods, foods that do not take resources to be grown on local lands.  For people living in cold weather climates (my Ontario classmates) that means a lot of turnips for a very long time.  What the 100 Mile Diet has done has spawned a generation of people who insist on buying local produce, but also insist on being able to eat tomatoes all year round.  These would be tomatoes that need to be grown in electricity guzzling greenhouses, rather than outside in the sunny California climate.  In a sense, you can’t have your tomatoes and eat them too.  Well, you can, but this won’t save the planet anytime soon.

On an unrelated note, I am scared for the Koreas.

Further readings

Saunders, C., Barber, A., and G. Taylor.  2006.  Food miles – comparative energy/emissions performance of New Zealand’s agriculture industry.  Lincoln University, Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit research report , no 285.


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The more I sit in on my conservation biology class, the more I appreciate the rationality of my former botanist prof, Ray Turkington. He said that even though he was personally saddened by the loss of forests in southern China, he understood that sometimes it is hard to judge or condemn people with no better options.

Conservation class is absolutely full of people with lofty Utopian goals. It’s completely ridiculous. Someone suggested yesterday that complexity was the cause of human downfall, and followed that with the Luddite notion that we all reject technology and return to things like drawing water from wells and living without electricity.

Today, the class was looking at the bushmeat trade, which is the harvest and trade of large mammals in the tropics of West/Central Africa, Central America, and Asia. It most often refers to the hunting of large apes and monkeys in tropical areas of Africa for commercial sale. The sale of bushmeat exists because of increased access through logging roads and also because of the demand for it.

Someone asked “isn’t it illegal?”

Does it matter if it is legal or not in a country that may be dealing with civil war, poverty, corruption, or a drug or other crime network that is out of control, and there are no resources to monitor or enforce a ban on bushmeat? Does it matter if the rule of law has no legitimacy?

Someone asked what other options there were, and Mark actually responded “They could grow soybeans I guess.” I was livid. I don’t know if he was being serious or not, but the thought of growing soybeans for subsistence levels of protein vs. the income generation that happens through bushmeat collection are not equivalent. Often it isn’t the communities that live in the area that are adding the increase in harvesting pressure, but outsiders who now can get to these trouble spots because of the roads. What about the fact that you can’t feasibly grow soybeans in a tropical forest, unless you want to clear the land, which would affect the monkeys anyways? The problem with this conservation class seems to be that there’s a lot of condemning of people going on, without recognition of the fact that it is very very difficult to come up with viable solutions. Otherwise, we would have already implemented them.

This class is so infuriating.

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