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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.

Here's the video. Read below the fold...

London protests against the TTIP (the EU's TPP)

Vice (sadly owned by Rupert Murdoch but still feisty) has a long article and an interview with protestors, but this is the point Mellon has been pounding on: Read below the fold...

In the garden: The first poppy

More surprises from the wildflower mix. (Actually, I wonder if they picked the red, white, and blue color combination for July 4.) Read below the fold...

Tweet of the day (2)

The Rosetta Stone's birthday!

Tweet of the day

Howie Hawkins is hiring!

A downstate field organizer. Canvass and grow rich! Read below the fold...

In the garden: The first raspberry!

In fact, two, three, four of them!

Read below the fold...

A documentary on the East-West Corridor in Maine

Mountaintop removal, fracking sand, fracking itself: It's all the same plays from the same playbook, just with different blanks fllled in for resources and local notables. Read below the fold...

Howie Hawkins raises $50,766!

More than his entire 2010 campaign! Granted, that wouldn't pay for a rubber chicken dinner in the Beltway, and Cuomo has a $33 million war chest, but heck! Read below the fold...

Happy Bastille Day

RJ Eskow bends over so far backwards to give Obama the benefit of the doubt he falls down

Here's a post from RJ Eskow at Bill Moyers' place that might have been useful, pre-midterms, in 2010, but not now.

Obama Sounds a Warning to Wall Street

Read below the fold...

Has anybody made the "lame duck" call on Obama?

I know it's a little early, but when you've lost Mother Jones....

2008 Obama Would Have Slammed 2014 Obama for This Government Secrecy Case

Yeah, for all the good it would have done. Read below the fold...

Tweet of the day

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!


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