Modern agricultural science, while often very good, never ceases to amaze me in terms of shortsightedness and ignorance of anything outside their extremely narrow comfort zone called conventional (or industrial) agriculture. USDA and big agribusiness, which largely controls these scientists, certainly makes matters worse. So, I was stunned when I read of some Washington State […]

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Virgil on September 26, 2012

Just a couple of days ago, I stumbled across Coursera.org, They describe themselves as, “a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We envision a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions. Our […]

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Virgil on September 24, 2012

As I have said before, the Neolithic Revolution is the singular most important era in human history, in my opinion. It is also called the Agricultural Revolution. Without it, civilization as we know it would never have been possible. I would also submit that the people who domesticated wild plants and animals were incredibly intelligent. […]

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Virgil on September 22, 2012

We spent a few days in Selcuk, Turkey, in July. This is the busiest time of the year and Selcuk is a center for seeing some fantastic sights, such as the ancient city of Ephesus. I don’t recommend coming here in July, mainly because the main destinations like Ephesus are packed with tourists, especially the […]

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Virgil on September 19, 2012

I don’t know how many of you have heard of Kickstarter. It is a platform for anyone to help fund creative projects. You can contribute as little as $1.00 and help make a project happen. I have backed three projects and Growing Cities is one of them. It is pretty cool to be able to […]

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Virgil on September 16, 2012

When one works in an inhospitable place like Iraq and eats at a mess hall all the time, certain relatively simple things can really make your day or week.Well, today, it is cooking an entire pig that we got from the PX. Not an animal one would find in an Islamic country normally. Then there […]

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Last week, a Stanford University study was published which got way more press that one would expect. For example, you can read one article written just after the study’s release in the New York Times: Stanford Scientists Cast Doubt on Advantages of Organic Meat and Produce. Essentially, the study claims that organic products are not […]

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Virgil on September 12, 2012

See the first two posts in this three-part series: Failaka Island, Kuwait, a unique experience – the Heritage Village Failaka Island, Kuwait, a unique experience – the tour One does not visit this very interesting and fascinating place for the food. However, you aren’t going to starve there, either. There are essentially five restaurants, a […]

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Virgil on September 10, 2012

See the first post in this three part series: Failaka Island, Kuwait, a unique experience – the Heritage Village. This is part two. We could walk anywhere we wanted on the island, so the first day we were there we strolled around in the old town near the Heritage Village. The next day we took a […]

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Failaka is one of the most interesting places I have ever visited. Not the most beautiful, not the most exciting, but certainly worth going to for a unique experience. The island is 20 km off the coast of Kuwait City and accessible via public ferry and private high-speed catamaran ferry. Plan to spend at least […]

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