Walking Dead Weekly (2011 Image) Reprint # 4

Walking Dead Weekly (2011 Image) Reprint #4

It is decided that in order to survive… every person at the camp should have guns. As it is, they don’t have enough to go around and the only place to get more guns is the city, but it means certain death to go into the city. Is Rick crazy enough to risk his life for the good of the camp? Cover price $2.99.

A People’s History of the United States

My favorite history book…

Dr. Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. In the first three chapters Zinn looks at not only the history of the conquerors, rulers, and leaders; but also the history of the enslaved, the oppressed, and the led. Like any American History book covering the time period of 1492 until the early 1760′s, A People’s History tells the story of the “discovery” of America, early colonization by European powers, the governing of these colonies, and the rising discontent of the colonists towards their leaders. More»»»

Tomatoland

I found Tomatoland quite informative. It should make anyone who reads it down right angry, I know it did me. Estabrook explains how all those perfect tasteless tomatoes reach the supermarket shelves in winter and how enslaved workers get them there. Who knew that in 21st century America people are being held against their will as slaves. I’m sure we will be seeing more of this as the corporations take more and more control of our country and our lives.

What the Publisher Says

Supermarket produce sections bulging with a year-round supply of perfectly round, bright red-orange tomatoes have become all but a national birthright. But in Tomatoland, which is based on his James Beard Award–winning article, “The Price of Tomatoes,”investigative food journalist Barry Estabrook reveals the huge human and environmental cost of the $5 billion fresh tomato industry. Fields are sprayed with  more than 100 different herbicides and pesticides. Tomatoes are picked hard and green and artificially gassed until their skins acquire a marketable hue. Modern plant breeding has tripled yields, but produces fruits with a fraction of the calcium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C, and fourteen times as much sodium as the tomatoes our parents enjoyed. The relentless drive for low costs has fostered a thriving modern-day slave trade in the United States. How have we come to this point?

Estabrook traces the supermarket tomato from its birthplace in the deserts of Peru to the impoverished town of Immokalee, Florida, a.k.a. the tomato capital of the United States. He visits the laboratories of seedsmen trying to develop varieties that can withstand the rigors of agribusiness and still taste like a garden tomato, and then moves on to commercial growers who operate on tens of thousands of acres, and eventually to a hillside field in Pennsylvania, where he meets an obsessed farmer who produces delectable tomatoes for the nation’s top restaurants.

Throughout Tomatoland, Estabrook presents a Who’s Who cast of characters in the tomato industry: The avuncular octogenarian whose conglomerate grows one out of every eight tomatoes eaten in the United States; the ex-marine who heads the group that dictates the size, color, and shape of every tomato shipped out of Florida; the United States attorney who has doggedly prosecuted human traffickers for the past decade; the Guatemalan peasant who came north to earn money for his parents’ medical bills and found himself enslaved for two years.

Tomatoland reads like a suspenseful whodunit and an exposé of today’s agribusiness systems and the price we pay as a society when we take taste and thought out of our food purchases.

Tomatoland.

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Walking Dead Weekly (2011 Image) Reprint # 2 – 3

I love the TV seriesThe Walking Dead“, and am so looking forward to season #3. After the end of last season’s show I started reading and collecting the comic book series. I’ve not yet been able to get my hands on #1 in the first or second printing, and unfortunately find that’s the case for a lot of the older series. I can’t say that the comic books follow the show exactly but so far it’s very similar. I expect that will change at some point.

Walking Dead Weekly (2011 Image) Reprint #2

Rick Grime’s horrific adventure continues. Everything he knew is gone, and the search for his family begins. Rick sets out for Atlanta, the last known location of his wife and son. Cover price $2.99.

Walking Dead Weekly (2011 Image) Reprint #3

Now, reunited with his family Rick Grime’s focus shifts from survival to protection. It’s one thing to know that you have to watch your back every second of every day. It’s another thing entirely to have to worry about losing your family in the blink of an eye. Cover price $2.99.

Blondie #142

I’ve recently rekindled my childhood love for comic books, and wishing I still had some of those wonderful old comic books. I would love to re-read them all again. Some of the best short stories I ever read came from comic books, and the art work in some of them is so amazing.

The best place to find comic books is at your downtown local comic book stores. But if you don’t have a local shop in your town then there’s a great place on-line who has an impressive collection of old and new comics called mycomicshop.com.

My mom found this wonderful old Blondie comic book recently while cleaning out a box and sent it along with some other horror comics. Thanks mom it was cool seeing these again.

This is a first printing of Chic Young’s Blondie. Unfortunately it was not preserved very well and is very brown and kind of falling apart. However all the pages are there and is still very readable. I’ve put it in a bag with a board to keep it from further disintegration.

Blondie’s been published in newspapers since September 8, 1930. The comic strip was originally designed to follow Young’s earlier “pretty girl” creations, Beautiful Bab and Dumb Dora. The Blondie comic strip focused on the adventures of Blondie Boopadoop, a carefree flapper girl who spent her days in dance halls.

All that changed on February 17, 1933 when Blondie Boopadoop gets tired of hanging in the dance halls and marries her boyfriend Dagwood Bumstead.  Dagwood is the son of a wealthy industrialist. Unfortunately for Dagwood his upper-crust parents strongly disapprove of his marrying beneath his class, and disinherit him. Needless to say after Dagwood’s check for the honeymoon bounces their marriage gets off to a financially bumpy start and they’re forced to become a middle-class suburban family. So it started, and continues today.

A Dog’s Purpose

A Novel for Humans by W. Bruce Cameron.

A friend gave me this book for Christmas. I thought it was a wonderful book. A simply written story about one dogs search for his purpose over the course of several lives told from the dog’s perspective. A powerful story of birth, death, and most importantly love. It made me laugh out loud, and cry real tears. It may even make you think about the purpose of life in general. For sure you’ll never look at your dog the same after reading this book. A must read for all who love dogs.

A Dogs Purpose