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Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front by Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

    Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.

So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.
Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.

Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.
Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.

Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion – put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep
of a woman near to giving birth?

Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn’t go. Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

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Is Water Really that good for you?

Spilled water Health Benefits of Drinking Water Oversold?

Do we really need to drink 8 glasses of water a day? According to Stanley Goldfarb, MD, it ain’t necessarily so. There seems to be no clear scientific evidence for either benefits, or lack of benefits, from drinking 8 glasses of water daily, for healthy people, whose kidneys function well. Dr. Goldfarb points out that people who live in hot dry climates, or engage in vigorous exercise, need to drink more water to prevent dehydration.
The article goes on to expand on 5 different claims for drinking water that have no scientific base, or inconclusive studies, including this one:

Claim No. 3: Drinking Water Reduces Food Intake and Helps You Lose Weight

Drinking more water is widely encouraged to help weight loss, the theory being that the more water you drink, the fuller you will feel and the less you will eat. “The [medical] literature on this is quite conflicted,” Goldfarb says.

“Drinking before a meal might decrease intake [according to one study], but another study found [it did] not.”

Even so, Goldfarb calls this claim one of the most promising for further study.

So, go ahead, drink water (you do need it), but don’t expect super health, and beauty, benefits from it, the jury’s still out on that.

Rhyme time

Looking for an online rhyming dictionary for poetry, lyrics, limericks, or what have you?
I tested out two today Rhymezone and won hands down, finding suggestions for every word I threw at it. I think it works better because it uses end rhymes, instead of trying to rhyme whole words. (It found rhymes for orange, and governed, where rhymezone didn’t, although rhymezone directs you to a dictionary site trying to match the last 3 letters of the word you inputted, if it can’t find a rhyme for you.) is a free service of WriteExpress which sell letter writing templates will templates, dictionary software, writers software, and more.


Two marks.
Like Chinese eyes.
Drawing the line,
The saw,
Ends it all.

Keith Perkins–2004