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What Constitutes a Kitchen?


Soup kitchen, Kitchen stadium, backpacker's kit?

Breakroom sink with microwave and coffeemaker?

At its most elemental a kitchen is, what? Read more about What Constitutes a Kitchen?

Goodnight, moon

Something ate the leaves off all my fucking sunflowers, which were about a foot tall. Woodchucks? Deer? Read more about Goodnight, moon

"Strategic Defaulting"


Calculated Risk:

Walking away (what the researchers call a "strategic default" and the mortgage industry call a "ruthless default") is when the borrower decides to stop paying a mortgage even though they can still afford the payment [#88]. This has always been difficult to quantify. ...

Salmon on Taibbi's Goldman Sachs piece: Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?

Yves calls the Taibbi piece -- lambert blushes modestly -- the must-read of the day; do read the whole thing. Felix Salmon over at Reuters quotes the "head flak" at GS:

Taibbi’s article is a compilation of just about every conspiracy theory ever dreamed up about Goldman Sachs, but what real substance is there to support the theories?

Walking the walk...

... and talking the talk. McClatchy:

If Diane Silver's blog reflects the sentiments of gay and lesbian Americans in the heartland, President Barack Obama is fast losing a serious fan base.

The Topeka woman's postings throughout June, which is Gay Pride Month, have railed about what she calls Obama's "awful record … token action and empty words."


I love it that slugs will climb up into a cup of beer, fall in, and drown -- so human! -- and I'd rather have them do that, then eat the leaves of my plants.

But why do they do it?

I imagine that the sensory organs of a slug must have a rather limited range of perception, so how on earth do they even detect the beer? Read more about Slugs

Masthead changes

I've made some masthead changes that have been in the works for some time (and there might be one or two more; we'll see). Check the masthead at top right. Read more about Masthead changes

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America's Big Assist To Iranian Leadership

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Friday Night Puzzle Blogging: Old Western Edition

I know that's James Garner, third from the right, but who are the rest of these TV Western stars (and was this a still from a TV show or a movie)? Is that Gene Barry standing beside Garner to the left? Who *are* those mustachioed men at the right?

Eat your hearts out, Depp and Marsters.
UPDATE: See additional (better) photos below, and my thanks to dblhelix. Read more about Friday Night Puzzle Blogging: Old Western Edition

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The 88th Congress

To really appreciate the collection of pathetic crony capitalists who presently infest our nation's capital, take a glance at the record of the 88th Congress:

* 1963-06-10: Equal Pay Act, Pub.L. 88-38, 77 Stat. 56
* 1963 — Department of Defense Appropriations Act, Pub.L. 88-149
* 1963-10-31: Community Mental Health Centers Act, Pub.L. 88-164, title II, 77 Stat. 290, including Mental Retardation Facilities Construction Act
* 1963 — Military Construction Authorization Act, Pub.L. 88-174
* 1963 — Amendments to the National Defense Education Act, Pub.L. 88-210
* 1963-12-17: Clean Air Act, Pub.L. 88-206, 77 Stat. 392

Tomorrow is the National Health Care Day of Service

and Michelle Obama sent me an email about it --

hipparchia --

National and community service has been a cornerstone of my life, as I know it has been for many Americans. And with the daily struggles now confronting so many families, it's especially important for us to reach out to one another and offer a helping hand.

I've just launched United We Serve, a national initiative to tackle our toughest problems by working hand-in-hand in communities across the country. We aim to make a real difference right now and bring more and more Americans into a tradition of life-long service to make an even greater difference down the road.

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A Single Payer Example, In a Provider's Own Words


can be found in a most excellent diary at Daily Kos. The writer is a currently-serving, active-duty physician (ob/gyn, as a matter of fact). Please do read it. Read more about A Single Payer Example, In a Provider's Own Words


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