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healthcare.gov opens at midnight on the day of the government shutdown and lambert finds a bug

[And if you have your own experiences to share, and especially screen dumps, please add them in comments or contact me. Either Federal Exchanges, or state exchanges. I'm especially interested in Covered California! Thank you! --lambert]

Nice timing.

john.smith@gmail.com from Maine had a registration #FAIL at step 3. Here's the screen dump:

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In the garden: The animal kingdom

No photographs -- it all happened so fast! -- but yesterday I spotted a big dragonfly and a bird with a twig in its beak landed on my woodchuck fence before flying off, somewhere. Read more about In the garden: The animal kingdom

Thanks to Correntians who are still adding "Logo" photos....

.... which then appear on the masthead. It's always pleasant to see a new one! (The logos rotate randomly, so there is always the possibility of surprise.) Read more about Thanks to Correntians who are still adding "Logo" photos....

Memorial Day

Gassed, by John Singer Sargent (large version). Read more about Memorial Day

TPP propaganda: John Thune's Neoliberal Realism

Let's playfully take the artwork that pro-TPP traitor Senator John Thune (R-SD) tweeted as representative of an entire stylistic school, and let's call that school "Neoliberal Realism," and let's compare it to old-school "Socialist Realism." Take a look at Figure 1 and Figure 2 and see if you can spot the similarities and differences, formally and thematically.

Figure 1: Neoliberal Realism


Common Household Remedies Request

This is one of my garden projects for this year: the water feature. Here is a diagram of one implementation, obviously more buttoned-up than anything I would do:

The stacked stones are actual stones ( New York Bluestone flagstone, whatever that is) and not resin (ugh).

And here is a cutaway diagram showing the assembled fountain: Read more about Common Household Remedies Request

In the garden: Moar bleeding hearts!

I don't know what I did to make this patch of Bleeding Hearts such a roaring success (if color can be said to roar) but whatever it is, I hope it happens again! Read more about In the garden: Moar bleeding hearts!

Good news on TPP, as Senate passes Fast Track bill with human trafficking poison pill

Remember, passing Fast Track in the Senate was supposed to be the easy part, and not only did Fast Track get rejected on its first try -- "Welcome aboard the S.S. Lame Duck, Mr. President!" -- now we get this. Ryan Grim explains: Read more about Good news on TPP, as Senate passes Fast Track bill with human trafficking poison pill

Yet another mid-70s inflection point

Clinton turns over campaign Twitter account to supporter

Bernie does a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything")

Original; coverage by Matt Yglesias. Unfortunately, Bernie really put a spoke in my wheel, here: Read more about Bernie does a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything")

Tweet of the Day

In the garden: Sea of green

A lot of the plants are straining to produce the reproductive organs whose shape and form they have adapted to induce us to plant them, but are not quite there yet. Here my irises are fighting their way upward through the raspberry canes. I may have to move their bed at some point. Read more about In the garden: Sea of green

In the garden: Finally the lilacs!

Finally, after a coldish spell, the lilacs, second in the forsythia-lilacs-iris-roses sequence, are out. It's pleasant to work out my door and smell them. (The forsythia were quite inferior this year, since they bloomed, if you remember, late last fall, and apparently they get one flowering a year. I may have to cut them back; I'm not sure.)

And here is a saturated tapestry: Read more about In the garden: Finally the lilacs!

In the garden: Bleeding heart liberal

For whatever reason, the iPad just doesn't want to focus on those pink flowers! This is one of many shots, and still a bit soft. Read more about In the garden: Bleeding heart liberal

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