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Standup desk!

OK, pretty cheesy. But it's going to do the job, and it was cheap (cheaper than a wooden drafting table, for example, which is what I really wanted).

But I got it because stress seems to have led to weight gain, and that's not good for my health (and I more importantly, I felt and moved better when I was thinner). And it does seem that standing desks improve muscle tone, which is where that "moving better" feeling comes from. There are counter-arguments, among them that moving is the requirement, not standing as such, but I think if I am standing I will be more likely to move. When I sit at a desk, I arrange around me all the necessities, like coffee, iPad, food, phone, exactly so I can avoid moving. Now, one could argue that I should put the coffee six feet away, so I would have to stand up to get it, but na ga happen. Come on! Read below the fold...

Daily Kos War Coverage Rating: 8%

Of 12 front page stories, one headline. We'll give a headline 1 point; a major mention half a point. 1 / 12 = 8.33%. Here's a visual representation. (It's a thumbnail of the whole page, so please readers, let me know if it's too slow to load.)


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Dan Geer Opts Out

I'm not a huge fan of his sideburns, but this is a very thought-provoking address by Dan Geer [From Wikipedia: Geer is currently the chief information security officer for In-Q-Tel, a not-for-profit venture capital firm that invests in technology to support the Central Intelligence Agency].

A couple excerpts from the transcript: Read below the fold...

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ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Complexifying the crapification is the new rescission

Rescission is the retroactive cancellation of individual health insurance policies when the policy holder makes a claim; before ObamaCare, it was "amazingly common", and ObamaCare is said to have ended it. We have multiple anecdotes to show that's not true (and that's all we have, because our famously free press doesn't cover the story). The way the insurance companies work the scam is this: When you make a claim, and especially a big one, they go through your forms with a fine tooth comb, and look for the smallest mistake, even an innocent one, and then deny your coverage; could be that you didn't list a hangnail treatment; could be you got a birthdate wrong; could be you said your eyes are blue when they're blue-green. Whatever! As I wrote in 2009:

[T]he advocates of the 1000 page public option bill, HR3200, will tell you that rescission won't happen under HR3200. But that's not the burden they have to meet. What they have to show is that there's no way the insurance companies can game their complex, unproven, and Rube Goldberg-esque system to make sure the practice doesn't continue under another guise -- because the health insurance companies are profit-driven (and it's the fiduciary responsibility of the CEOs to make that profit).

Medicare for All advocates, of course, don't have to show that. The "Everybody in, nobody out" policy prevents rescission by definition.

Now read this post and tell me the insurance companies aren't writing their policies to game the system: Read below the fold...

In the garden: Tomatoes and borage

Nothing especially dramatic about this photo of lots of green and a few little dabs of blue: tomatoes and borage.

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Judge rules Zephyr Teachout can stay in New York ballot

Good news for New York voters:

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A judge in Brooklyn says liberal law professor Zephyr Teachout is eligible to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in next month's Democratic primary, dismissing an attempt by Cuomo supporters to kick her off the ballot.

In a decision announced Monday, the judge dismissed a challenge from Cuomo supporters who argued that Teachout didn't meet the state's 5-year residency requirement to run and noted that she had a Vermont driver's license until this spring.

Teachout had insisted that she met the requirement, saying she has lived in New York since taking a job at Fordham University in 2009.

Cuomo supporters could appeal the judge's decision. The primary is Sept. 9.

Presumably, the Cuomo apparatus will appeal; denying ballot access is what Democratic party regulars do. Read below the fold...

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John Carley is a horrible human being (Hamptons edition)

Lackey to the Point-Oh-One Percenters attorney John Carley (his wife is ABC Anchor Pia Lindstrom, daughter of Ingrid Bergman) owns a summer house in Watermill, in South Hampton. Also in Watermill, and year-round, there is a Sisters of Mercy Convent. In July 2012 Sister of Mercy Jacqueline Walsh was killed in a hit and run while walking near the convent at the intersection of Rose Hill Road and Montauk Highway. Read below the fold...

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Dr. Frankenstein's foreign policy

It seems that we created ISIS. Why am I not surprised? Of course Obama is trapped. He can hardly call out Hillary saying, you know as well as I do that ISIS is our creation.

Update: Obama Admits Arming Moderate Syrian Rebels Has ‘Always Been A Fantasy’ Read below the fold...

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Sunday Train: The Era of Reverse Pumped Hydro

Crossposted from The Sunday Train

In a sense, Sunday Train has been mentioning reverse pumped hydro before the Sunday Train actually existed. In 2007 at Daily Kos, in "Driving Ohio on Lake Erie" (reprinted in 2012 at Burning the Midnight Oil), reverse pumped hydro was mentioned as one technology for smoothing the variability of Lake Erie offshore wind. In 2008 on Docudharma, talking about what we could do if we pursued serious goals, as opposed to "predicting" what "they" are "likely to do", I mentioned it again. I mention it again in The Myth of Baseload Power. And it features in the description of where Biocoal would fit into among dispatchable renewable energy in Unleashing the Political Power of Biocoal.

But one thing that Sunday Train has not done is to give a closer look at the current state of play of reverse pumped hydro in the United State, what are the regulatory obstacles that stand in the way of greater development of reverse pumped hydro, and what can be done to sidestep or overcome those regulatory obstacles. Evidently, I must have been saving all of that for today, for placement below the fold. Read below the fold...

"Hillary Clinton blames rise of ISIS on Obama 'failure' to intervene in Syria civil war"


During a long and in-depth interview with the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, former secretary of state and likely future presidential candidate Hillary Clinton distanced herself from President Obama’s foreign policy, implying the Islamist extremist group ISIS would not be so powerful had the president listened to her advice and thrown American power more forcefully behind “moderate” Syrian rebel forces.

“The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad — there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle — the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled,” Clinton said.

So, today Obama snags an interview with Tommy Friedman, and Clinton does Jeffrey Goldberg. Both the loathesomest of loathesome hawks. It's like a tag team! Read below the fold...

In the garden: Beneficial weed

Goldenrod is a beneficial weed (er, self-seeded annual) because pollinators really like it (and the bees make excellent honey from its nectar).

And pollinators like Queen Anne's lace too, including butterflies[1], who we should support. Read below the fold...

Speaking of the Credibility Trap: Thomas Friedman interviews Obama on Iraq, Putin and Israel

That's right, the Moustache of Understanding interviews The Lightbringer. You know, this guy:

I highly recommend that you listen to that video (from 5/29/2003). Nothing has changed; "suck on this" expresses the nature of the "Credibility Trap" perfectly. It's like Friedman doesn't just represent the Id of the American ruling class; he represents the Ego, and the Superego (such as it is) too. No recognition from Tommy whatever that American policies might be part of the problem[1], not even in the most simplistic form, like blowback.

So fast forward to the present day. Here's the interview. I'm just going to post the link and I'd be interested to know what you, readers, think. There are two reasons I'm bugging out of offering instant analsysis: Read below the fold...

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