Thursday, May 19, 2011

New 'Do -- posted by Momma

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Some Splainin' To Do On Those Splodin' Watermelons -- posted by Mother Dear

Billy left Monday (boohoo), but while he was here he marveled at The Land of the Free's outrageously humongous strawberries and unnaturally gigantic chicken breasts. It was embarrassing, really. Not that the tea-drinkers don't use growth accelerators and hormones, because they do. (Try to see the documentaries Food Inc. and Food Matters.)

Besides the obvious concerns about the effects of applied chemicals and genetically modified food, the reality is that bigger is not necessarily better. The strawberries seem hollow with less flavor, and the chicken breasts are just too much! If it weren't for Sally's expert culinary skill, we would have eaten mounds of bland white meat. How do they expect the cook to penetrate a mile high hunk of meat with flavor without bothering to marinate or brine everything? Well, Sarah's Chicken Parmesan was delicious nevertheless, but she's a professional!

Anyway, while we wait for Sarah Grace to upload the photos from Billy's visit, I thought you might find this article interesting:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/17/exploding-watermelons-chinese-farming

Friday, May 6, 2011

Ancient History -- posted by John, George, and Richard

John: For the last few weeks Mom has been teaching us ancient history. Usually our play is based on what we are studying. When we go outside, I am Odysseus and my land is the sheep pen, the goat pen, and the garden. I am able to harvest wheat (it is really tall wheat grass) to trade with other countries. I use a tool Dad has like a sickle to cut the wheat.

George: I rule Egypt, but I am a monotheist like Akhenaten. My land is the backyard because it has the Nile (our pond.) Papyrus (just pond weeds) grows along the bank. I trade papyrus with other nations and they manufacture paper.

Richard: I live in Israel (located at our workshop.) I live just after the Israelites settled in the land flowing with milk and honey. I am Joshua. I sell purple clothing which is very expensive because it is the color of kings. It is so expensive because it is difficult to make because it is made from A LOT of snails. I have twenty children and one of them got born in Egypt because my wife took a trip there to look for more snails. When I went to pick her up, she'd had another child. It was unexpected. The pharaoh became friends with me because we trade a lot and make good deals. Egypt doesn't hate the Israelites anymore and they are not racist. George is a good pharaoh.

The three of us trade diamonds (quartz rocks) and coal (black rocks.) We have a great economy while our countries are at peace.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Watching the Osama Bin Laden Raid -- posted by Mom

For fun, pick out the most authoritative-looking person in the room. Now, pick out the least authoritative-looking person in the room.

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Econ 101 - posted by Mom

Kiddos-

Here's the sequel to the Hayek vs. Keynes rap anthem "Fear the Boom and Bust." I'm posting it below the original in case you want to see the first one again.

Fear the Boom and Bust


Fight of the Century: Keynes vs. Hayek Round Two


Also, check out EconStorie's Channel and EconoStories.tv.