The Cold War

Good news for a new year.

A local grass-roots coalition has just defeated a utility’s plan to march high-tension wires across a bucolic portion of our state. Not to benefit us. The plan was to sell electricity to California until we “needed” it here. The people said no.

The people — and the land — won.

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 photo by Dannelle Lobmeir Tomarchio

And in California, a new law takes effect today, one that the New York Times calls “the most significant animal welfare law in recent history.” Now chickens can spread their wings. “Gestation crates are on their way out, and battery cages will soon join them. With this measure, the table is set for similar action in states all over the country.”

Let us hope so. We in Arkansas are still fighting a “concentrated animal feed operation” currently fouling the waters of our pristine Buffalo River.

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photo courtesy Oakley Originals

Here at home, we may have resolved the Cold War.

Barney was first to stake out the top of the new fridge.

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Bugs soon followed.

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Disputed territory.

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Maybe not such a good idea after all.

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Wait a second. Why do I have to put up with this?

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Showdown.

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The human bought a bed. That probably helped.

Uneasy alliance.

coldwar-detente 001-cropTwo-Pronged Peace Plan.

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About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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6 Responses to The Cold War

  1. Whoa! Nice upper cut to the neck, Bugs!!! Glad you have reached détente of sorts! Happy New Year to you! xx

  2. Summer says:

    Maybe the world’s problems would be solved if someone supplied a big enough cat bed.

    P.S. I am really proud of our state for setting a new standard for chickens! Because we all know happy chickens are tastier. 😉

  3. tonkstail says:

    oh yeah, we thought there might be smacky paws involved! MOL!
    Happy HAPPY Mew Year to you all!!!!

  4. kimmo,spiveroo,stewie and smeezer(our real names have been changed to protect the guilty) says:

    How do you sleep at night knowing the OK corral is on TOP of the frig!!!? COWBOYS!!

  5. ashley47 says:

    Hello???? Anybody home???? Check in and let us know how you are! Please.

  6. Pingback: Unintended Consequences | catself

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