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in defense of weeds.

(from my farm blog on fb. i am being harassed by the city of chicago. i will have a lot to say in this group.)

so, i have learned more than i wanted to know about the chicago "weed" ordinance. i deny that i am or was in violation of the ordinance.

as i understand it, one key provision is that weeds are "untended", and then gives a couple arbitrary heights, and says anything over 4' must be cut back in the winter. no specific species are mentioned, and it is up to the discretion of the hearing officer, who may or may not know anything about wildflowers or native food plants.
i deny that i am or was in violation of the ordinance.
yes, many native plants have sprung up on my farm. yes, i let a lot of them grow, thrive and even seed.
BUT, nothing is allowed to stay unless it serves a purpose.
i do weed my weeds.
i eat my weeds.
i feed my weeds to my critters.

so, if i can eat it, i let it grow. if it makes an edible seed, i let it grow.
if pollinators frequent it, i let it grow.
if birds eat the seeds, i let it grow.

we harvested 2 kinds of mustard for human use.
we harvested a couple bushels of amaranth.
green corp kids harvested 4 big burlap bags of poor mans pepper, and a large pile of lambs quarters. (which grow beyond the arbitrary height of 4')

my chickens have feasted on an armload of fresh weeds 3-4 times a week since spring. their favorites gets sorted out where they are out of place.
when something threatens a crop, i pull it out.

if it conserves the topsoil, i let it grow.
if it feeds the soil, i let it grow.
if i think it is pretty, i let it grow.
there are several recognized wildflowers on the farm. i let them grow.
if it is something that it is useless to fight, and the bees like it, i let it grow.

if it is invasive, i dont let it grow.
if it is in the wrong place, i dont let it grow.

if it is overgrown, i dont let it grow.

i have cleared a dozen nuisance trees.
i have cleared a huge wild grape for now, tho i have let it cover much of the rear of the lot. some sort of building will be put there in the near future, i hope.

that is if this stupid fight with the city doesnt bleed the building fund dry.

i know a lot of people dont see the beauty that i see on my farm. i feel sorry for them. they should visit more often. they should learn.
i am happy to teach them.

one more time- the native plants at moah's ark are not untended. they are food. how can food be a weed?



finding out who your real friends are.

been doing a lot of this during this truly tough year.
nothing like a little trouble in your life to have the fair weather folks peel off.

anybody got an inspirational story to convince me this thing has a silver lining?

looks like record turnout

polls are overwhelmed here in wausau wis.
could be a long night!!!

hey wisconsin. friends of wisconsin. relatives of wisconsinites.

first of all, if you are anywhere near wausau, kelly westlund needs your help. go to the labor temple, and lend a hand.

but any of you who have a friend or relative anywhere, really, but especially up here in the 7th district, please, please PLEASE, give them a call and get them out today.

this is such a huge district. the bigger towns have been well covered, but these rural areas, where voters are a mile apart, and the tiny little towns have not been hit like wausau, etc.

so please please, just turn out ONE voter for kelly westlund today.

and knr this thread.
show her what you can do.

ps, calling helen wheels. will you be there tonight?

today i am driving up to help kelly westlund spit in the koch bros faces.

wish us luck.
i will try to pop in and let you know how it is going up there.

but how about some wind for kelly's sails, du?


whoever may be suffering due to charter schools, here in chicago it is the pedophiles.

i have said this many times-
charter schools in chicago, which are run by largely non-profits, are not taking students from district schools so much as they are from the catholic schools.
i believe the clergy abuse scandals are driving a mass exodus from catholic schools in chicago.
they were mostly the only "anything but my local district school" option available. now that cps has made many more options available to families, the catholic schools are collapsing.
charters are only a part of this, with many open enrollment cps specialty schools.
there are a few small chain charters. but most are either university run, or ethnic/language focus non-profits.

this is about the 3rd or 4th mass closing for the archdiocese.


note the comments.

doctor doom is at boot camp.

he is spending 2 weeks at a boarding/training place here, called found chicago.
good folks, smart trainers. they also do rescue.

he is gonna come home a perfect dog, i think.
they put up a daily youtube of what they are doing. so far it goes along with my own philosophy and methods. so, they are building on what i have done with him.

helps me get over missing him. also eases my mind about spending 5 days in wisconsin for the election. good timing.

non-citizen voting

anybody else see this? going around fb.
aside from the ridiculously low sample ##, wtf?

(Bruce Rauner's firm) Deerfield drug company sued over heart treatment for premature babies

FTC accuses Ovation Pharmaceuticals of price gouging and antitrust violations

December 17, 2008|By Bruce Japsen, TRIBUNE REPORTER

A Deerfield-based pharmaceutical company gained control of the only two drugs that treat premature babies' heart defects, then raised the cost of treatment nearly 1,300 percent, the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday in a lawsuit that accused Ovation Pharmaceuticals Inc. of violating antitrust laws. The FTC said Ovation engineered an unlawful acquisition when it acquired the drug NeoProfen in January 2006 from Abbott Laboratories, knowing it was buying the only rival to a drug it bought just one year earlier. Ovation already held the rights to Indocin I.V., a drug developed by Merck & Co.


his name is not mentioned in the article, of course, but my fb source tells me this is rauner's firm. dont have time to chase that down this minute. maybe someone can confirm or deny.

mitochondrial autonomic dysfunction.

well, my little girl, 21yo, may have found the answer to her many head scratching medical problems. the doc, wisely, has refused to tell her what he is looking at, but from what he did tell her, it looks like this is what they are testing for.
she gets the final round of tests on friday.

this, of course, answers all of my head scratching questions. he told her i def have it if she does.
and her sister, too, who has a somewhat different set of bizarro symptoms.
and at least one of my sisters.

my mom must have had it too. she was pretty healthy and strong all her life, but had at least one symptom that fits this, an occasional complete, fairly violent, emptying of her entire digestive system.

doc says i probably have a more latent version, but i intend to go see the same doc, and i'm thinking by the time i get done with him, he will take back that latent thing.

no treatment, no cure. i am sure the joy of finding the right answer will be short lived.

anyone else have this?
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