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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...

In the garden: Notes at the end of the day

Bird notes, actually! I have never had so many birds; I wonder what they are eating! Japanese beetles, I hope. Chickadees and sparrows; gosipping crows; a very voluble robin; hummingbirds, though not, so far, as often as last year; a cardinal couple. I'd record their calls, but I think I'd need a boom microphone, because the iPad would pick up noise from the street. Read below the fold...

Citizens of OH town win open government case

Dayton Daily News:

Clearcreek Twp. in Warren County [Ah yes! Warren County! For those who came in late....] has been ordered to pay almost $200,000 in attorney fees to lawyers who represented a resident in an open-meetings lawsuit.

In 2011, the lawyers sued the township, claiming the trustees regularly met from 2009 to 2011 before public meetings to work out their positions on issues before beginning open sessions.

Trustee Ed Wade said it was the largest judgment he had seen in 36 years in office in the township, home to about 16,000 people just south of the Montgomery County line and outside Springboro.

A lawyer with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press said the award was significant for several reasons.

“That is a large award for this kind of litigation,” said Emily Grannis, a lawyer with the group involved in open meetings and open records cases around the country. “It certainly is encouraging. It makes it worthwhile for lawyers to take this kind of work.”

Judge James Flannery last week ordered the township to pay $183,807 in fees and $12,748 in costs to lawyers Chris Finney and Curt Hartman.

More good news. Read below the fold...

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MA drops illegal wiretapping charges against woman who filmed her own arrest

Mass Live:

Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped a wiretapping case brought by Springfield police against a Chicopee woman who allegedly used a cell phone to record audio of her own arrest.

Karen Dziewit, 24, of 26 Kontiki Cir. Chicopee, was arrested in the early hours of May 11 when police responded to a report of a disturbance on Chestnut Street. Dziewit was initially charged with disorderly conduct and carrying an open container of alcohol; a charge of unlawful wiretap was added when, police said, Dziewit activated an audio recording app on her smartphone during the arrest.

At a pre-trial hearing held Tuesday morning, prosecutors filed a nolle prosequi on the wiretap charge, meaning they will not proceed with the case.

Good. Read below the fold...

In the garden: Black-eyed Susans pop

Voters asking for single payer in the MA local races

Lowell Sun:

The issue of single-payer health insurance is starting to trickle down from the governor's race to local races, such as the campaign for state Senate in the Attleboro area.

Both Democrats running in a primary contest for the right to face off with state Sen. Richard Ross said Monday they have been hearing from voters about a single-payer system as they campaign from Needham to Attleboro.

Dunno if that's trickle down or grassroots pressure, given that the leading Dem gubernatorial candidate, Martha Coakeley, opposes single payer. Read below the fold...

"Research suggests Maine is one of America’s most ideologically ‘loose’ states"

Bangor Daily News:

Don’t read that headline the wrong way. For the purposes of this discussion, ideological “looseness” is strictly referring to how flexible — or not — people are in terms of enforcing rules and accepting variances from social norms.

As opposed to -- not that I want to skew the argument too much with binary thinking -- "possibles" (dark green) vs. "hellholes" (bright red), possibles meaning if I were considering moving out of "possible" Maine (which I'm not), and not to stigmatize all the inhabitants (victims) of the hellhole states (local oligarchies). Here's the handy map: Read below the fold...

In the garden: Wildflowers in profusion!

I wonder what species will bloom next?! (Wildflower mixes are staged, so one species' blooming follows another through the whole season, a process I may have messed up by planting them too late, like everything else this season. We'll see!) Read below the fold...

In the garden: Raising the stakes

OK, OK.... Anyhow:

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