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War is worth a Thought

    We may be justified in making war to protect our children, but war is often not a just or effective way of doing so. Warring is seldom a good way to take care of loved ones. It seems good to think well before deciding to maim and kill. It seems wrong to maim and kill without first deciding to do so.

    War causes strife. It makes life worse and confuses people. It increases quarrel and contention in the world. Modern war is must often a state of armed conflict for the purpose of killing people and destroying their resources. We kill and maim people and that makes those who live angry and vengeful.

    With war we damage a peoples union and culture. We destroy puppies and kittens in unpleasant ways. We call it collateral damage. We destroy books, schools, and children. We destroy ponds and baby ducks. We destroy farms, and  farmers daughters. We cause men to kill women. We order our very young men to kill other men's loved ones. Making war makes enemies and madness.

    War is made on people by people. Who is responsible for those wars?

    Raising the hell of war is different than, "Going out to raise a little hell?" It is hell.

    Let's think about our present wars and potential future wars of ours. We can decide to take an action.

 

 

by Richard Sheehan

for Mago Bill

    

 

 

    

    


To those who ask me where I have learned Spanish I answer "With Dr Moreno."
When they ask with which or what Moreno I answer "Mario."

Oats

Have you ever "Felt your oats?" At a horse race I have heard it said of a winner, "That horse really felt it's oats."

    Most people in northwest Europe, Iceland, and the Ethiopian highlands have probably felt their oats: oats were felt in those locals from very early times. That is,, they grew there at least as early as the Early Bronze Age. Some upper-class Scot and English youth wished to never see another oat.

    Today great growers of oats include: Canada, Poland, Finland, Russia, Australia, the US, and Spain. Russia has grown about 4000 metric tons of that grain a year. The US has grown about 900 metric tons of this fine grain.

    Students of the oat call it Avena Sativa. Its kingdom is unranked. It is also an unranked angiosperm. Is there a mystery here? Its an unranked mono cut and and unranked commelinid! The order of Avena Sativa is Poales. Its family is Poaceae Granineae, Its geneus is oats ad its species Avena Sativa. The wild ancestor of oats and of the closely related minor crop Avena byzantina, is the hexaploid wild oat, Avena sterilis. Ancestral forms of Avena Sterillis probably grew in the Fertile Crescent of the Near East.

    Oats are healthy vigorous growers and are particularly rain tolerant grain. They are a common animal feed. I have often eaten them for breakfast. They have long been used to make beer. Some use them to Soften their bathwater others as a cure for osteoporosis.