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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

‘Double Fantasy’

John Lennon named his final album for a freesia, a rare cultivar he and Yoko Ono saw in a Bermuda garden.


‘Double Fantasy,’ John Lennon/Yoko Ono

released 11/17/80

After more than three mysterious years— childrearing? shooting junk? trying ultra-seclusion after decades of percolation through the public nervous system? – John Lennon was emerging in late 1980. He and wife Yoko Ono had produced Double Fantasy, released November 17, and three weeks later Lennon was murdered outside his New York apartment. Thirty years ago.

We learned recently that the album title refers to a cultivar of freesia. John and Yoko had seen the plant in flower that summer during a trip to the Bermuda Botanical Gardens. And reportedly the name “appealed to Lennon’s concept for the album” then in the works, “presenting his songs alongside Ono’s, a collection celebrating their lives together and offering themselves once again to the world.”

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Posted by Julie on 12/07 at 10:58 PM
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Sunday, December 05, 2010

Plant Ethics: Call for Papers

What moral issues arise in our handling of and co-existence with plants? A cross-disciplinary journal invites questions, thought, images, answers.


An endangered smooth coneflower (Echinacea laevigata) has been illegally removed from a national park, “pushing this species ever closer towards extinction.”

Photo: USDA Forest Service

Biologist Susan Dudley, studying the root patterns of Pale Jewelweed (Impatiens pallida), has uncovered what appear to be “social relationships.” A Jewelweed planted among others of its species doesn’t extend its roots as far as do jewelweeds growing among different plants, suggesting an ability to recognize (and relax among) relatives.

The Swiss government has implemented a law requiring researchers to respect “the dignity” of botanical subjects.

Indigenous groups are protesting the patenting of plants that they have used medicinally for generations.

These issues of sociation and sentience, plant rights, and ownership are just a few of the moral issues in contemporary botany.

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Posted by Julie on 12/05 at 01:05 PM
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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Dyed Dextrose in a Smiling Pitcher

A cost-cutting soft drink powder, originally made of plant derivatives, helped put Hastings, Nebraska on the map and sweetens the conditions of U.S. soldiers.


1937 Magazine Advertisement for Kool-Aid

Photo: plan59

By James H. Wandersee and Renee M. Clary

EarthScholars™ Research Group

Kool-Aid® originated in Hastings, Nebraska, a small town known mainly for having the largest water fountain between Chicago and Denver. In the late 1920s, when soda pop sold for 5¢ per 6.5-ounce bottle, Kool-Aid® cost just 1¢ for a glassful the same size. During the Great Depression, Kool-Aid® prices were strategically lowered by 50% (from 10¢ to 5¢ per package), so that every family could still afford to mix and serve this ice-cold, fruit-flavored beverage at home.

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