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In the garden: Squash in search of lost time

The first squash flowers (July 18), from flats, after the horrible and disheartening episode of the lethal sea food compost that killed all my seeds. They have a lot of catching up to do!

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Malaysia Flight MH 17 Shot out of the Sky

Another tragic result of the many conflicts going on in the world. It should be obvious that nobody yet knows exactly what happened. And yet we have Clinton (Hillary) already spouting her rhetoric as though she has something to say.
In 2001 Ukraine shot down a Russian airliner with 70+ people aboard and vehemently denied any involvement. This was later proved false and they admitted they made a mistake during military exercises.
This is a time to stop, listen, and investigate the facts of what happened.
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Common Household Remedies Request

What the heck is going on with this tomato?

1. is where I tied the tomato to a stake. However, I foolishly did not go out and add more ties higher up the plant when there were two very heavy days of rain, and the stem broke under the weight, right above the string. However, the stem above the break continues prolific with foliage and flowers, so go figure. Read below the fold...

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Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza

I have to say, the only way any of this make sense if is Israel's national project is to drive the Palestinians out of Gaza and the West Bank -- one way or another; DCBlogger found the right video on that the other day. Not today, not tomorrow, but in the lifetime of the current political class. [1] Read below the fold...

In the garden: Happy pollinators

Whatever this weed is, pollinators love it. The iPad camera isn't good enough to capture it, but this entire patch -- the white stuff at left, whatever it is -- is humming and buzzing with bumblebees, wasps, hornets, honey bees (fortunately), flies, and butterflies. If the patch were an airport, it would be Heathrow!

Anyhow, I caught one honey bee on purpose and another accidentally:

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67 Vital/Random Considerations re Israeli/Palestinian Crisis

1) “Collective punishment” is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions. Israel is wreaking “collective punishment” on the population of Gaza with “Operation Protective Edge.” (Marjorie Cohn)

2) The Israeli government wages asymmetrical (excessively one-sided) war against Gaza almost every two years. (James M. Wall) Read below the fold...

Malaysian airliner goes down in Ukraine

Here's a Telegraph live blog. The flight path, an important one, from Amsterdam on the way to Kuala Lumpur:

Flight path of #MH17, lost about 50km from Ukraine-Russia border. #MalaysiaAirlines

— Nick Wrenn (@nwrenn) July 17, 2014

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Good news on TTIP: Germans don't want Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions

Larry Cohen of the Communications Workers of America in HuffPo:

As negotiations move forward on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a wide range of German elected and civic leaders are in disbelief that the U.S. remains serious about including Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). From the German perspective, that's a failed 20th century approach. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman increasingly will hear from German leaders and others in Europe that continuing U.S. support for ISDS as an element in any trade deal is a non-starter. ISDS provides for secret tribunals that allow multinational corporations to sue nation states for loss of future profits and circumvent national laws and courts.

By most benchmarks, Germany is the most successful large economy in the world, with a rising standard of living, an educational system that creates real opportunity to move from school to work, a deep economic safety net, and worker participation in economic decision making. Participatory mechanisms include sector-based collective bargaining, works councils at every workplace, and codetermination on the board of directors that provides employee representatives with a significant voice in corporate decision-making. Read below the fold...

Does anybody remember what happened on July 14?

The Times, entirely without irony, runs this story on July 14, 2014:

At Dinner Tables, a Restless Obama Finds an Intellectual Escape
President Obama had just disembarked from Air Force One and was still on the tarmac in Rome when he turned to his host, John R. Phillips, the American ambassador to Italy, with an unexpected request: How about a dinner party tomorrow night?

Over the next 24 hours, the startled Mr. Phillips and his wife, the former Obama aide Linda Douglass, scrambled to gather some of Italy’s intellettuali.

The architect Renzo Piano flew in from Genoa. The particle physicist Fabiola Gianotti arrived from Geneva. John Elkann, the chairman of Fiat and an owner of the Italian soccer club Juventus, came, too, as did his sister, Ginevra, a film director. Over a 2006 Brunello, grilled rib-eye and three pasta dishes — cacio e pepe, all’arrabbiata and Bolognese — at Villa Taverna, the 15th-century manor that serves as the ambassador’s residence, the group talked until close to midnight about “the importance of understanding science, the future of the universe, how sports brings people together, and many other things,” Ms. Douglass said.

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In the garden: The deer have not yet eaten the peppers

Look! The peppers aren't cropped! (The deer like the little tender bits at the top, especially flowers.)

Although I suspect that's because the deer don't have to go out in the rain. They're sensible! Read below the fold...

"Millennial politics" makes no sense because "millennial" is meaningless as an organizing principle

From the Atlantic:

Millennial politics is simple, really. Young people support big government, unless it costs any more money. They're for smaller government, unless budget cuts scratch a program they've heard of. They'd like Washington to fix everything, just so long as it doesn't run anything.

That's all from a new Reason Foundation poll surveying 2,000 young adults between the ages of 18 and 29. Millennials' political views are, at best, in a stage of constant metamorphosis and, at worst, "totally incoherent," as Dylan Matthews puts it.

It's not just the Reason Foundation. In March, Pew came out with a similar survey of Millennial attitudes that offered another smorgasbord of paradoxes:

That's a very clear result, confirmed by two independent studies: Reason's, and Pew's: "Millennial politics" are "incoherent" or "paradoxical." (The Atlantic then goes on to discuss "millennial politics" is if the concept were neither, but that tells you more about the utility of empty signifiers than it does about politics.) Read below the fold...

Facial recognition cat-feeding machine


A cat feeding machine which uses facial-recognition technology to stop greedy felines stealing each other's food has been unveiled.

Cats have to place their heads inside the feeder to eat and drink - but food and water is only dispensed if their faces are recognised by the on-board computer.

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