I recently read that there are approximately 527,000 dairy cows in Austria producing around three billion liters of milk each year. My initial reaction to this factoid was, “Wow, seems like a high milk to cow ratio (roughly 5,690 liters per cow). So, I did a little fact checking and learned that a high-yield American … Continue reading Spilt Milk
Astrid and I live modestly. We don’t own an automobile or a television. Our small apartment is warmed with thermal heating and powered by renewable electricity. We buy most of our food from the local farmers’ market. Our bicycles are our primary means of transportation. We strive to maintain a minimal ecological footprint and enjoy … Continue reading Pumpkin Seed Oil
When Austria came out of the last corona lockdown, the above offer ran in the local freebie paper. For my non German-speaking readers, please allow me to translate and provide background information. The advertisement is for a flat-pack furniture chain store – think IKEA in green and purple with even crappier furniture – that operates … Continue reading Unbelievable but true
Given that we don’t own a television, I usually immediately junk the glossy television program insert that is part of the Thursday edition of Die Presse. Today, however, the title page caught my eye and I thumbed through it. I was surprised to see that there were over 40 channels listed. I still remember when … Continue reading Turn off, tone up, and get out!
Last semester, during the COVID-19 lockdown, I took a pro seminar titled the Moral Dimensions of Harm. We were a small group which allowed for dynamic discussions despite Zoom constraints. In countering COVID-19, Austria locked down early, and restrictions were tight. Being outside of your home was only permitted for essential work, to buy food, … Continue reading French fries and freedom