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This is certainly the upside of peak oil.

What will they think of next?


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For the past couple days we have been having problems with our hot water. The heater broke, we have replaced parts but have not hit the jackpot until this morning. Turns out there was a recall on the lower thermometer that led to problems in the upper. Both need to be replaced. A new afternoon project.

Anyway,the experience has made me think of the blessings of modernity. As I sit here working on my sermon, writing this post, and feeling kind of grimy around the edges and a little greasy around the hair, I am also feeling rather thankful for the technological blessings even if I dissent from his spiritual implications. Call me a hypocrite but a man really gets used to having hot water whenever he wants it.

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Caleb’s review of Jason Peters, ed. Wendell Berry: Life and Work

If you have not done so already, you really need to bookmark First Principles. It is the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s new web journal.

ISI should really start a blog. Maybe they could get Caleb to be a regular. I would tune in daily.

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I am so glad to live in Walworth New York. Wayne County New York is an agrarian paradise. During the summer the road sides are dotted with small farm stands standing in front of handsome old farm houses. Pick up your fruits and veggies put your money in a little box and you are on your way.

For ravenous carnivores like the Chellis family, Wayne County has another hidden pleasure. Just down the road, really in middle of nowhere, stands Joe’s Meat Market. At first glance Joe’s looks like a regular farm but on closer inspection the astute eye will note that cattle trucks parked by the slaughterhouse. Here local cows, pig, ect. are brought to be slaughtered, butchered, packaged, and sold. The prices are significantly LOWER than the local supermarkets and the quality is far superior.

After living here for a few years we were able to get our hands on a freezer. We now buy our beef by the quarter and our pork by the half pig. They come from local farmers who are our neighbors. The animals are treated humanely by farmers who remain committed to authentic husbandry. This allows our family to eat well at a cheeper price and with a cleaner conscience.

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Industrial and farming are two words that should never be in the same sentence except by way of contrast. Kinda like the words industrial and ecclesiastical. Mega-churches with cheap salvation. Mega-meats with cheap chicken. Everyone once in a while a news story offers a warning about the dangers, even the sins, of industrial farming practices and their effects on the food supply. Few seem to ever think deeply about the implication no matter how disturbing or disgusting the details. Today’s massive meat recall is such a story.

If your conscience is not bothered by eating that large, cheap steak from your local supermarket you might want to pick up a copy of Matthew Scully’s book Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy. If you are thinking… oh boy, I am not reading some left-wing diatribe from some animal rights freak… reconsider. Matthew Scully is a conservative who has written for National Review and the American Conservative. He has served as a speech writer to conservatives like G. W. Bush (does he still count as a conservative?), Dan Quayle, Bob Dole, Robert Casey, and Fife Symington). It is worth checking out.

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Governor Mark Sanford would be a welcome addition to the Republican 2008 Presidential Ticket. A rock ribbed conservative, Sanford’s voting record as a congressman was nearly as fiscally conservative as Ron Paul’s (often they were the only nay votes).

One of the few bright spots visible within the near future of the Right, Sanford also offers a hope for a renewed interest in environmental questions among conservatives.

This 2007 article by Sanford is entitled A Conservative Conservationist: Why the Right Needs to Get Invested in the Search for Climate Solutions.

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Excellent book review at University Bookman.

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