June 2016
Howle's Hints

A Call to Action

If you see something, DO something!

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because
of the people who don’t do anything about it.”     ~ Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was one of many Jews who were forced to leave Germany during Hitler’s reign of terror. Many of these Jewish people, including Einstein, were well-known for their expertise and intelligence in physics and multiple other areas of science. In this exodus, there were 14 Nobel Laureates and 60 professors of theoretical physics.

Ironically, many of these refugees who fled Germany were the very ones who could have helped Hitler develop the atomic bomb. Instead, many of these scientists helped the Allied powers. Einstein originally left Germany for Belgium, and newspapers began reporting that Einstein was one of the targets for Hitler’s assassination plots with a $5,000 price on Einstein’s head. Supposedly, Einstein touched his head and said, "I didn’t know it was worth that much."

Einstein became a U.S. citizen in 1940 and, in 1941, the Manhattan Project began that resulted in the development of the first atomic bomb. Einstein was not allowed to take part in the project because he was considered a safety risk, but, in 1943, he became employed by the U.S. Navy as an adviser dealing with highly explosive materials.

Intensive Grazing Model

This summer, while you are enjoying good grazing, consider going with an intensive grazing model. Metal T-posts and solar panel-charged electric tape can help you more intensively manage your grazing property. The white, electric tape is my preferred method because of its high visibility. A more extreme version of rotational grazing is called mob grazing.

Mob grazing is a process where cattle are confined by electrically fencing in small areas so they will clean all the forage in that small paddock. This also allows the cattle to clean most of the weeds as well as the forage. Make sure the cattle have plenty of free-choice minerals and a good supply of clean water while using this method of rotational grazing, and rotate the cattle as soon as forage is depleted in that paddock.

Left to right, handheld loppers help when you have short sections of limbs to clean back. Heavy-duty, anvil-style loppers can cut limbs up to 2 inches in diameter. The telescopic handles give that extra reach for overhead limbs that should be removed to prevent scratching the cab of your truck going down access roads.  

Heavy-Duty Loppers

There are plenty of times around the farm when you need a good pair of loppers. The anvil-style loppers are my preferred tool when cleaning fence lines, clearing out shooting lanes or pruning the fruit trees in the yard. A pair of loppers is a handy tool to keep in the toolbox of your pickup for those times when you need to clear short sections of limbs and saplings that can get in the way when you are patching fence lines or don’t want the bulk of a chain saw for those smaller jobs.

There are even loppers with telescopic handles that can cut live limbs up to 2 inches thick and their expandable handles give longer reach when trimming limbs that might scratch the top of your truck on your farm’s access roads.

Best All-Around Lubricant

One of the best lubricants to keep on hand around the farm is 3-in-1 oil. This lubricant comes in a small can with a tiny spout that makes it ideal for oiling small working parts of a Leatherman tool or the workings of a small revolver. The working parts of a revolver can become stiff and slow to operate over time. A couple of drops with 3-in-1 oil will have the action of your pistol or small farm tools working smoothly.

I had a small, .38 caliber revolver that had sat in a drawer for a few years without use. I realized the action had become stiff and I wasn’t sure if the revolver would cycle through to the next round because of age and non-use. After I put a few drops of 3-in-1 oil in all the working parts, the pistol began working like it should with a smooth action.


This June, if you see evil, do something about it. Be vigilant, watch out for your neighbors and, if you see something going wrong or see someone inflicting evil on another, confront it or at least alert the authorities. Albert Einstein was a brilliant man, but I’m sure he wished he could have done more to confront the evil perpetrated by Hitler.

 John Howle is a freelance writer from Heflin.