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Common Household Remedies Request

My kitchen is so disgusting I can't think straight, and so I am beginning the process of cleaning it. Read below the fold...

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Bernie Sanders testing the waters in Iowa for 2016

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier:

DAVENPORT | Sen. Bernie Sanders, who will be in Iowa this weekend testing the waters for a potential 2016 presidential bid, said Thursday that American voters are angrier at many of the country’s institutions than many realize — and even though they want real change, most will sit out this year’s midterm elections.

“What we have to appreciate right now is there is a great demoralization politically in this country,” Sanders said in an interview with the Quad-City Times.

Still, the senator has been showing up on the doorstep of the first-in-the-nation caucus state. He was at an event in Clinton County in May. And he also appeared in the state three weeks ago, the same weekend as Sen. Tom Harkin’s final steak fry, which featured Clinton in her first return to the state since her loss in the 2008 caucuses.

I'm not sure I agree with this. Read below the fold...

Hong Kong Vignettes: Part I

The master theory of the Hong Kong protests will have to wait for another day; in this post, I'm going to collect vignettes from the ground: Crowd scenes, maps, images, tactics, the role of the built environment. I may, as needed, make reference to Gene Sharp's 198 Methods of Non-Violent Protest and Resistance, since the Hong Kong protests are explicitly non-violent. First, I'll start with the cell phones at night:

"She can't pay the rent"

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In the garden: Autumn leaves

Schneider Tele 2x. I tried for the October forsythia again, and got better results this time! Read below the fold...

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Brilliant from Hong Kong.

Flexian infestations at the DCCC and Emily's List

Sheesh, this is just awful. From Down with Tyranny: Read below the fold...

In the garden: Winter has not yet come!

Bees still working the squash; miraculously caught this one just before they took to the air:

And also miraculously, the front garden came through with more poppies -- on September 30! Must have been those three hot days. Read below the fold...

ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Federal judge strikes down subsidies in states without their own exchanges

Modern Healthcare:

In a legal setback for the Obama administration, a federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Tuesday that people in states that rely on the federal insurance exchange are not eligible for Obamacare premium subsidies to help them pay for coverage.

Judge Ronald White, a George W. Bush appointee, invalidated an Internal Revenue Service rule interpreting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to allow the premium tax credits in states that have not established their own exchange. “The court holds that the IRS Rule is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with law,” White wrote.

In his ruling, White rejected the argument that striking down the subsidies would cripple the entire healthcare reform law. “Congress is free to amend the ACA to provide for tax credits in both state and federal exchanges, if that is the legislative will,” he wrote.

Exactly. I have to say it, I'm with the conservative lunatics on this one (regardless of their motivations). If you want to have the rule of law, then you need to write the law so you aren't reduced to saying "But I really meant that!" when people read it, and the administration really did (modulo conspiracy theories) butcher the drafting.[1] There are other cases in the works: Read below the fold...

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I changed the Twitter block for Hong Kong

Tags are now: #OccupyCentral #HongKong #OccupyAdmiralty #OccupyCentral. Read below the fold...

In the garden: Forsythia blossoms in September

Just one or two. And it was 80°F, which was very nice.

Schneider 2x Tele. It was extremely hard to get the iPad to focus on this, and I was far enough away. The bud simply wouldn't "pop" into focus. I wasn't sure if the problem was that the branch was in almost constant motion, and was probably vibrating quietly even when I though it was at rest. You see why plants evolved windborne forms of reproduction; the air is almost never still! Read below the fold...

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