This NYT piece on new research showing how increased decision making (even minor choices) can lead to a decrease in willpower to make further decisions. As a young lawyer, this explains a lot!
(via Meals) An old Rolling Stone article by David Kushner about Cormac McCarthy's apocalyptic views, mules, blue corn, life & death, and hanging out with particle physicists at the Santa Fe Institute.
(via Meals) Mother Jones has a good story on a program that allows inmates to train wild mustangs. A very cool program that touches also on the government's management and policies for mustang grazing in the West.
Oh yeah - and this is the article where, the much decried on the right, "leading from behind" comes from.
(via Syd O) Mother Jones reports on American Prairie Foundation's efforts to restore thousands of acres in the de-populated plains back to Bison Range. The last half page describes the dilemma - and the contradictions - extremely thoughtfully.
Frank nods as he chews through a forkful of pasta. "I am absolutely in awe of the guy," he proclaims, shifting into enthusiast mode. "An older pioneer type who you don't see in the Berkshires. I am fascinated by that."
I tell her about the view of the prairie from the top of a buffalo jump near the APF's base camp, where native hunters stampeded short-sighted bison off a sheer 150-foot cliff. The scene of waving grass, exposed riverbeds, and rolling green land below seemed iconic, like something drawn from the collective human unconscious, I add, as Deborah nods.
Part of the paradox of our appreciation of nature is that we put ourselves in the landscape even as we want to remove ourselves from it, I suggest. Out on the prairie, shadows of passing clouds move across the open spaces just as the landscape itself is shadowed by the human presence, light but always visible in the man-made scars on a nearby rock—perhaps recording a bison kill—or the outlines of a vanished corral.
Removing ranchers from the land to which they have given their lives is no less a deliberate and destructive human act than exterminating bison. An empty landscape that reminds us of the origins of our species is no less a reflection of human imagination and priorities than a ranch. The imagined past is the same as the imagined future. Both are figments of our imagination. The question is, which do we value more?
What would Roderick Nash say?
I was really moved, even though I thought that he should have made the GOP explicitly and publicly fight for the rich. But he reminded me I'm not President ...
Watch - starting at 26:00 - here.