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I'm sad this book is over, but am grateful that a man like Louis Zamperini was alive and frankly, lived to tell his tale. The choices he's made, his pI'm sad this book is over, but am grateful that a man like Louis Zamperini was alive and frankly, lived to tell his tale. The choices he's made, his persistence through challenges, and how everything butterfly effects through his life. He makes us better by sharing his story, and I think all of us who appreciate his story will gladly pick up his last book of life lessons to keep them all fresh in our minds as we go about our own daily grinds and struggles. I haven't read Unbroken. I went straight for the autobiography upon reading the comparisons. Maybe I'll get to it down the line for a nice refresher and additional perspective, but for now I'm happy and dare I say blessed to have come across the telling of this man's character and life. If it weren't real it'd be unbelievable....more
Say what you will about the conclusions Joel Salatin comes to, his opinions come from DECADES of first-hand experience, and not arm-chair politics. ISay what you will about the conclusions Joel Salatin comes to, his opinions come from DECADES of first-hand experience, and not arm-chair politics. I may not agree with him 1000% on everything but on the main issues, there's just no escaping the reality that he's lived. Tons of useful practical ideas, concepts and guidance in here. I borrowed it from the bibliotech, finished reading it and had to renew it just so I can use it for reference and notes. Going behind the curtain on "sustainable/humane practices" that we take for granted, but first-hand, are once again counterproductive. Por ejemplo!
WHOLE FOODS (at least in the Shenandoah Valley, ((W?))VA) requires that farm animals be GASSED or ELECTROCUTED instead of killed in the traditional slaughter method (kosher/halal). But electrocution shuts down the autonomic nervous system and doesn't allow all the blood to flow out of the carcass. What you end up with in the supermarket is more blackness, that is, extra blood in your packaging. Regarding Gassing, it is a) dangerous to employees--if it kills multiple 1300 lb animals, what will it do to your staff?? and b) requires a massive infrastructure that is only affordable by large scale industrial "farms," and not small-scale abattoirs, even ones as efficient and profit-rendering as Polyface and TM Meats. It precludes smaller (and more properly) run farms from entering into a market that is purported to be on the side of sustainability. WTF?! Shit like that, you wouldn't know unless somebody like Joel tells you. Far from kosher.
And of course the *countless* stories of the USDA/FDA prohibiting independent farmers from selling their wares to local communities because of massive regulation and oversight that's MEANT for industrial CAFOs and are a drop in the bucket cost-wise, but are completely counter-productive (i.e., unnecessary) and cost a full week's profit for a smaller business.
I can go on. But rather, I urge you to read this book, because as enlightened as we suppose ourselves to be in this day and age, and I couldn't say it better myself: Folks, This Ain't Normal....more
cool book. the language injected into it sticks in ones head because often the protagonists reflections occur in the first person and without quotes,cool book. the language injected into it sticks in ones head because often the protagonists reflections occur in the first person and without quotes, so basically what he's thinking, the reader is thinking. i gather that was all on purpose by the author, for the book not to be just another story but a way of programming the reader into thinking toward ones Personal Legend. good deal. fun journey. good ending. good way of thinking.
My model for education reform. I'll be using it to create activities for after-school curricula which can hopefully spread to our established school sMy model for education reform. I'll be using it to create activities for after-school curricula which can hopefully spread to our established school systems....more
The book that started my active path toward vegetarianism. I needed something without fluff, just cold hard facts, and this book provided that in spadThe book that started my active path toward vegetarianism. I needed something without fluff, just cold hard facts, and this book provided that in spades. It's loaded with tons of eye-opening statistics (and diagrams aplenty) and so many arguments as to why our current meat industry (and how we feed it) is bad in so many ways: for our health through ingesting pesticides and antibiotics, through tons of manure leaking into our drinking water, nitrogen-saturated water suffocating our ecosystems, and to our over-production of cheap, tax-payer subsidized food beating out local competition in our rural communities and those around the world. The extent to which our daily food choices affect and create the world around us is surprisingly far-reaching; planet-wide to be exact. And so this book demonstrates how we have very much control over it, providing that we know the facts. It arms you with knowledge (obviously biased, but you already know the book's goal) to take an active role in changing our systems, which is why I'd recommend it to anybody who's relatively unfamiliar with many of the arguments presented. It's a book I'd give to all my friends if I had enough copies, but since I don't, I can at least point it out as a good starting point on a journey of change. Every time I look at meat, I'm aware of the facts. It doesn't mean I never eat meat, but it does mean I can make more educated decisions about what I eat. Get one and pass it around to your friends who you feel care about something other than achieving a life of personal luxury....more
This book was my (late) introduction to Michael Pollan's work; I don't count watching Food, Inc. since he appeared more as a talking head. But it's alThis book was my (late) introduction to Michael Pollan's work; I don't count watching Food, Inc. since he appeared more as a talking head. But it's all been pretty mindblowing. I'm writing this review long after I've read it so while it seems negative that I can't point to any particular information to quote, I will say that his research goes so deep, and his findings are so eye-opening that his work has become part of my regular vocabulary, and I've since switched to the paradigm of living to opt out en masse from our food-science industrial complex and recruit my family and like-minded friends into the same effort. Because, to quote Gwen Stefani: "THIS SHIT IS BANANAS! B-A-N-A-N-A-N-A-S!!"