Oyster Roundup – On Inbreeding, Moose Cheese, and GOP Muppets
~Thick and fast they came at last, and more, and more, and more!
So, a study comes out that was done in coal mining areas in West Virginia, where mountaintop removal threatens the health of residents, devastates ecosystems and leaves the “Mountain State” far less mountainous than it once was. The study says that women who live in coal mining areas have a greater risk of having children with birth defects. But industry lawyers say that it may not be the toxins associated with coal mining, it may be the INBREEDING. Wow.
Considering Alaska still allows first cousins to marry, I can only imagine what kind of awesome ad campaign awaits us from the Pebble Partnership and others when their mining fallout has consequences.
Best. Tweet. Ever.
Thanks to the inimitable Andy Borowitz for the best tweet ever. He notes:
“If the next Republican debate were performed entirely with Muppets no one would notice.”
The most expensive cheese in the world isn’t French, or Swiss. It’s $500/lb. and its Swedish. No, it’s not from some exotic fjord cow, or blonde sheep… It’s moose cheese. I know. Wow. Let that sink in a minute. That means someone actually has to milk a moose. I don’t know about you, but I know a lot of people and I know a lot of moose, but I don’t know a lot of people who are willing to attempt milking a moose. But, in Sweden, such hardy souls exist in the form of Christer and Ulla Johannson who milk three cow moose who were orphaned as calves and have been lovingly raised on a 59 acre moose dairy farm named “The Moose House.” About 660 pounds of cheese are made per year. “Fortunately, they know and love us, because they weigh about 1,100 pounds,’ said Johannson.
You’ve got to love a newspaper article that begins, “Police aren’t sure why a drunk woman broke into an East Anchorage home early Tuesday and tried to steal a 77-year-old woman’s pug…” (Hint: Maybe because she was drunk). But no shrinking violet was the Alaskan senior, and victim of the pug thievery. She chased down the drunken dognapper in her pickup truck. Dog and owner are happily reunited.
Stephen Bannon, the filmmaker of the Sarah Palin puffumentary “The Undefeated” has high hopes for the film.
He’s shooting for the kind of crowds that Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” brought in. The most successful documentary of all time, “Fahrenheit 9/11″ grossed more than $222 million internationally and won some 26 awards, including the prestigious Palm d’Or at Cannes.
Having seen the film, I hope Mr. Bannon doesn’t hold his breath for the Palm d’Or. Well, actually…
The Alaska Dispatch speculates about whether the film will be shown in Alaska or not. Apparently “a lot of research” was done to find out exactly where Palin is still popular. She seems to have a few strongholds in places like Houston, Phoenix and Kennesaw, Georgia. Strongholds in Alaska? Not so much. Her current negatives are well over 50%.