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Goddamn deer, right across the street, bold as brass. Just one, fortunately! Pests.

In the absence of a potato cannon, black monofilament? Read below the fold...

Aroma messaging and the body politic

IndieGogo project:

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...

In the garden: Sea of green

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...

My favorite Ramones song: "I wanna be sedated"

There's a chord change! (And now I'm seeing "wanna" in putatively professionally copy edited material, as at WaPo.) Here's the Ramones' first press release: Read below the fold...

Tweet of the day

Only putting the banksters in jail can restore trust in government

David Dayen in (sigh) The Fiscal Times shows why:

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which oversees mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, wants to help around 676,000 homeowners it has identified as eligible for refinancing under the government’s Home Affordable Refinancing Program (HARP).

These homeowners currently hold mortgages with interest rates that are at least 1.5 percent above the current market rate, and would save roughly $200 a month if they used HARP to refinance.

Any money homeowners save from smaller mortgage payments could be spent on other needs, providing a modest stimulus to the economy.

But these remaining homeowners appear to have no interest in the program, and [FHF head Mel Watt] explained why in Chicago. “We have written to them. We have called them, and they're saying this is too good to be true,” he said.

And why? Read below the fold...

In the garden: Alas, poor borage

Here's the one result of my interplanting experiment yesterday: In the squash bed, bee balm, tansey, and very unhappy borage.

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Tweet of the day

Happy birthday to Nikola Tesla!

Digby gets Obama's panopticon right, except for the Obama part

Reacting to The Intercept's latest revelations on domestic surveillance, Digby writes:

I think [why?] the NSA probably didn't design the system as a panopticon. Because they have developed the capability to do it they simply [simply?] wanted to gather all the communications of everyone [so there's no reason to think they did what they had the motive and opportunity to do?] in case they needed it some day [and what would that day look like? Occupy, say?].  (What that need would be is purposely [and what purpose?] left undefined.) But now that it's been revealed, it's entirely likely that the panopticon will be [and not has been?] in full effect. It's already making journalists afraid to talk to sources and writers are thinking twice about expressing unpopular opinions. And many members of the public will weigh the potential cost of civic engagement[1] to the need to protect their livelihoods and the well being of their families. If you know you may be being watched and your words are being stored, it is not at all irrational to "watch what you say" as another presidential Press Secretary so famously admonished the American people to do.  It's not the NSA or any of the spying/police agencies that will benefit from this, of course. They want people to spill their secrets so they can use them if need be. It will be the political and economic power structure that benefits from conformism and obeisance to the status quo.

Rather like East Germany under the Stasi. Or any police state. Read below the fold...

ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Spinning the numbers

McClatchy summarizes a Commonwealth Fund report:

WASHINGTON — - Some 9.5 million Americans gained health coverage during the recent marketplace enrollment period as the uninsured rate for working-age adults fell from 20 percent to 15 percent, according to a new national survey by the Commonwealth Fund.

A rate which, when you work out the deaths, is unconscionable.* Read below the fold...

In the garden: Bee balm in profusion

Yes, the hummingbirds like it; at dusk I see the bee balm shaking, and I know a hummingbird is at the blooms, even if I can't see it; then I give the stand my entire attention, and I'll see the hummingbird moving from flower to blower. It's amazing how they can stabilize themselves in the air, and it's amazing how pushy and aggressive they are. I guess when you burn energy the way they do, there's no time to be nice! Read below the fold...

The living New Deal map

Jack Bernard, Georgia Republican single payer supporter

Online Athens:

Can one find a different health care perspective from a Georgia Republican? I recommend Jack Bernard, a former executive with national health care corporations, former director of health planning for Georgia, and former chair of the Jasper County Republican Party. Bernard opposes the GOP plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program because it would inflexibly cap expenditures by the federal government but wouldn’t improve the health care system’s effectiveness or efficiency. It will “shift the burden of ever-increasing hospital, physician and pharma costs onto powerless, sick patients,” according to Bernard. “Over time, ... the elderly will not get the care they need ... or they will go broke trying to pay for it.” Read below the fold...

The stupid! It b-u-r-r-r-r-n-s!!!!!!!

Deep in this article on Sarah Palin supporting Obama's impeachment -- which is stupid, just not the stupid that's burning -- we get this: Read below the fold...

In the garden: Dinnner! And interplanting!

Nothing unusual or meritorious to photograph today, alas, unless you count a goddamned squash bug on my cukes as meritorious. I wish my plants were further along; only now are they flowering, so although the squash have healthy stems, the flowers could still be damaged and yield could take a hit. Has anybody tried this?

Trap squash bugs by laying out boards or pieces of newspaper. Squash bugs will congregate under the boards at night, and then can be collected and destroyed in the morning.

Anyhow, bread, milk, and cheese out in the garden, with the sun slanting along my desk. Not too bad! Read below the fold...


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