Back in 1958 Alan Watts wrote a classic essay, "Beat Zen, Square Zen, and Zen." Beat and square, back in the 50's, were words roughly equivalent to our "cool" and "lame." Or "hip" and "traditional." A beatnik bore some resemblance...
Blogs In Salem OR
July 14th, 2014
July 12th, 2014
Behold: my "Four Recipes for Instant Strangeness." This is my most recent Strange Up Salem column in our town's alternative paper, Salem Weekly. It's got some churchless aspects to it, for sure. Strangeness is what we want, even if this...
July 11th, 2014
Farmers will be at the center of solutions to problems created by the growing world population, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture director Sonny Ramaswamy said during a lecture at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. Click here for the full story
Planted barley acres are down both in Idaho and nationally, according to a USDA report. Click here for the full story
July 9th, 2014
Schrödinger's cat is a perplexing animal that seemingly is both alive and dead before an observation is made of it. This thought experiment was intended to show how the weirdness of quantum mechanics could be applied to everyday objects. It's...
Access has been restored to fresh, U.S. potato exports to Mexico within 26 kilometers of the Mexico-U.S. border. Click here for the full story
July 8th, 2014
The USDA Agricultural Research Service is proposing the closure of the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho, and a reduction in the number of researchers in Prosser, Wash. USDA ARS Director of Information Sandy Miller Hays says the adjustments will address declining and flat budgets, but industry and researchers a
July 7th, 2014
When the temporary, global beef supply boost works its way through the system, limited supplies and strong demand are expected to result in strong prices in the third quarter of the year. Click here for the full story
Rabobank's newest dairy report shows the anticipated drops in global dairy commodity prices in the second quarter of 2014 were more sever than anticipated. Click here for the full story
Beef and pork prices are at record highs due to limited supplies. Economists see no indication of demand slowing. Producers and feedlots are reaping the benefits, while profits are more volatile at the packer level. Click here for the full story