Friday, December 09, 2011

The Civil War wasn't tragic, it was necessary

Ta-Nehisi Coates asks: Is the Civil War tragic?

What he asked and the other guy answered.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Entailment Ponds, Part II

Every schoolchild knows that Gilroy is the Garlic Capital of the World.  At least if you live in the Bay Area.  And a lot of garlic is grown in Gilroy, so much that when you drive through the vicinity in September you can smell it in the air.

In Canada, I'm told, most of the Canadian garlic comes from Ontario, specifically southern Ontario, in areas that used to grow tobacco.  I'm not sure why Canadian garlic comes from Ontario, aside from the amenable climate of the Niagara Peninsula: in this new era of free trade, you'd think it'd be cheaper in western Canada to buy the garlic from Gilroy than from southern Ontario, which is a full thousand kilometers/600 billion miles further from where I sit right now than Gilroy.  But maybe there's a case to be made with tariffs and economic nationalism and buying Canadian and so on.  And those are good reasons.  I have no qualms about buying garlic grown in Ontario, and when you're trying to buy local the difference between 2500 and 3500 km doesn't add up to much.