We -- that is, people of my age -- often thought, with Dwight D. Eisenhower, of social insurance programs like Social Security or Medicare as "settled law." In fact, they were always under assault, and are today subject to neo-liberal infestations that seek to destroy them because markets. I know I certainly thought of the UK's NHS as "settled law" too. But no!
— 999 Call for the NHS (@999CallforNHS) July 13, 2014
From the Sunday Train
There was a gleam of hope this week for state officials faced with the prospects of having to start delaying projects and lay off people working on maintenance and new construction funded from the Federal Highway Fund: Bloomberg:
Lawmakers’ fight over how to fund roads and transit probably will end with legislation from the Republican-led House sent to President Barack Obama, leadership aides in both parties said.
House and Senate leaders have been collaborating on a strategy for preventing the Highway Trust Fund from running dry at the height of the summer road-construction season. While bills approved July 10 by committees in both chambers are similar, the Democratic-led Senate’s version contains tax proposals seen as obstacles in the House.
But this is akin to lending someone with a broken leg crutches and hoping that it will heal on its own. For some fractures, that might work, but most would require a splint at least, and for serious fractures, you need to set the leg and put it in a cast of some sort.
In the case at hand, the long term broken funding model that lays behind the Highway Funding crisis is something that requires something better than a temporary loan of crutches. Read below the fold...
I like my system of cheesy trellises, because I can stick a bamboo U-hoop in the ground where the cukes want to go, instead of where I think they want to go. Then I tie the vines to the U-hoops with green string to keep the cukes off the ground and make the flowers more visible to pollinators. Soon, I'm going to make cheesy hoop house! Read below the fold...
So, did LeBron James leave for Cleveland because he knows Miami's going to be underwater faster than Marco Rubio can say "denial"?
Robbie Couch in an article on HuffPo recently asserted:
The $400 billion program to create a fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets, which, as The Hill points out, is seven years behind schedule and chronically plagued with misfortunes and incompetencies, could have housed every homeless person in the U.S. with a $600,000 home.Read below the fold...
The oPhone is a revolutionary device that, in combination with our free iPhone app “oSnap”, allows you to send and receive electronic aroma messages. Think of it as a kind of telephone for aromas. With the oPhone, you can now bring complex scent texting into your mobile messaging life, and share sensory experience with anyone, anywhere.
I hate to think what's gonna happen when they bring this to DC! Read below the fold...
Next time I worry out loud that I've killed off the raspberries, please slap me. Or at least remind me I worry too much.
One the nice things this year is that so far, the Japanese beetles have been minimal (more worries, but I forget when they peak). If they remain minimal, I'll attribute that to my clever planting and muiching strategies, which mean the "white grubs" either can't burrow into the lawn, which I abolished, or can't escape out of from the raspberry patch, which I sheetmulched, and the Town helpfully covered with a layer of sand in the winter.
On another note: Read below the fold...