Sunday, March 19, 2017

Fear not

(Maggie's Farm)

Vespers: Solemn Vespers

The Concentus Musicus Wien performs "Vesperae solennes de confessore" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

This group is an Austrian baroque music ensemble based in Vienna. The CMW is recognized as a progenitor of the period-instrument performance movement. It was founded in 1953 with several musicians from the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. The CMW did research and rehearsal for 4 years before their first official concert.

Mozart composed this work for liturgical use in the Salzburg Cathedral. The title "de confessore" was not Mozart's own, and was added by a later hand to his manuscript. It suggests that the work was intended for vespers held on a specific day on the liturgical calendar of saints ("confessors"); however, the saint in question has not been conclusively established. This was Mozart's final choral work composed for the cathedral.

Mozart’s religious music is actually the least important part of his output. His relations to the church were troubled, and unlike Bach he lived in a milieu where the profoundest ideas of the time were not practiced in church. At the same time there are remarkable, profound church works that will never be forgotten. While in the service of the unpleasant and autocratic Archbishop Colloredo, Bishop of Salzburg, Mozart bridled at his official duties and wrote some of his most remarkably ho-hum works. His very last Salzburg liturgical work, the "Vesperae solennes de Confessore" (Solemn Vespers) K. 339, is, however, a masterpiece and is a foreshadowing of the two great unfinished religious works of his Vienna period, the Mass in C Minor and the Requiem.

How bees influence the plants they pollinate

Florian Schiestl, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Zurich, and his colleagues grew a field mustard plants, and exposed them to two types of pollinators: efficient bumblebees and inefficient hoverflies. 

And they learned something fascinating about this interaction, Christopher Intagliata reports.
After just 11 generations, they found that the plants visited by bumblebees were taller, twice as fragrant, and reflected more UV light—a visual signal for bees. And those factors made the progeny even more attractive to bumblebees at the end of the experiment: a sign the plants had adapted to their pollinators' preferences. 
But the plants that got a fly-by from the flies? They grew shorter. Less fragrant. And actually adapted to do more self-pollination. Because hoverflies are lousy pollinators. 
In fewer than a dozen generations bumblebee-pollinated plants were coaxed to develop traits that made them even more pleasing to the bees. This means, according to Schiestl: With honeybees in peril, what happens if we lose them? “This will trigger an evolutionary response in the plants. For example, if flies take over as more important pollinators, as they used to be in the past, then very likely we'll have some evolutionary change going on."

Nature looks after its own.

Gushing up to eternal life

From The Lectionary:

John 4:5-14

4:5 So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.

4:6 Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.

4:7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink."

4:8 (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.)

4:9 The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?" (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.)

4:10 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water."

4:11 The woman said to him, "Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?

4:12 Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?"

4:13 Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,

4:14 but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life."

Image: Watercolour and ink portrait of Photini by Sarah Beth Baca.

Voltaire: moderation

"Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy."

Friday, March 17, 2017

Casual Friday: Taking Care of Business

"People used to laugh at me when I would say "I want to be a comedian", well nobody's laughing now." ~ anon

Troll those little rug rats

To show you how with it I am, I had to look up the definition of trolling. Understanding that is necessary to understanding what follows.

Here's a definition: "make a deliberately offensive or provocative online post with the aim of upsetting someone or eliciting an angry response from them." The Urban Dictionary helpfully explains:
Being a prick on the internet because you can. Typically unleashing one or more cynical or sarcastic remarks on an innocent by-stander, because it's the internet and, hey, you can.
With that under our belt, let's look in on an amazing opportunity for parents to get their jollies.

Krystle Schoonveld (and I'm not even going to comment on that name, writes:
I’ve done the math, and it’s true: around 50 percent of the fun of having kids is trolling them. Whether it’s telling them the ice cream truck only plays music when it’s out of ice cream, or asserting that vegetables will make their eyelashes grow, trolling your kids is endless entertainment.
How do I deal with the constant demand for mom’s attention? I troll them, often mercilessly. Just last week my kids uttered “mom” or “mommy” 114 times in 24 hours. Yes, I actually counted—and I did so out loud, so my daughters were quite aware of how often they beckoned me. The next day, I announced that I would no longer answer to “mom” or “mommy,” but was to be addressed as “Queen of the Schoonveld Household, Mother of Heathens.”
For instance, my children all thought green beans were “green fries” until they were six years old. My youngest still calls them that (she’s 4). They all eat them without complaints to this day. 
All three also still have no idea that banana splits are supposed to include ice cream. Mom wins, because a banana drizzled with a little chocolate syrup is an easy, delicious, and a less sugary dessert. Oh, and frozen yogurt? Yeah, that’s the same thing as ice cream.
I'm gonna try this on Scout The Wonder Dog.

If you like your refugees, you can keep your refugees

"PAUL MIRENGOFF: Hawaii judge’s ruling could lead to constitutional crisis. Plus: 'By accepting the use of preelection statements to impeach and limit executive policy, the 9th Circuit is taking a dangerous step. The states’ argument is in essence that Trump is a bigot, and thus his winning presidential campaign in fact impeaches him from exercising key constitutional and statutory powers, such as administering the immigration laws.'

"If campaign statements have judicial weight, can we file a petition for rehearing with the Supreme Court on the ObamaCare case, based on Obama’s (broken) promises about keeping your plan and lowering your premiums?"

~ Glenn Reynolds

Morning Rush: Eat broccoli, live forever

Here and there on the Web this Friday, March 17, 2017:

Calling Mom.
It's a transparent, bendable touchpad

Eat broccoli, live forever

The silent coup against Trump

Lose your teeth, lose your mind

Children prefer paper books

Good guy with gun saves the day

Good guys with muscles save the day

Hey, send the refugees to Hawaii

What is wrong with these hospitals?

So why then do men die earlier?

Touching newborns is important

Oh, that voter fraud

Apps: Stop auto-playing videos

Today's Word: lively, spirited, saucy

Hahaha: Warning of secret plant society

The Talkies: Understanding turbulence:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Plants that look like animals

God has quite a sense of humor. Consider these orchids:

The bee orchid attracts male bees for pollination by mimicking a receptive female. As well as producing a scent that the male bee confuses with the alluring odor of a potential mate, its petals also resemble the female’s shape. When the male mistakenly tries to mate with the object of its affections, it also transfers pollen to the flower.

Native to the mountainous regions of Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru, this rare orchid flower (pictured above) bears an uncanny resemblance to a monkey’s face. Its scientific name, Dracula simia, stems from the two long spurs that sprout from its blossoms like vampire fangs, while “simian” means monkey in Latin. Blooming all year round, the orchid also emits a scent like ripe oranges.

Also known as the Italian orchid, this flower has clusters of petals that look like cute little naked men. Flowering in April and May, it can grow up to 20 inches in height, but requires deep, rich soil.

Growing wild in eastern and southern Australia, this small orchid looks just like a flying duck preparing to make a landing. It can be found in eucalyptus woodland in coastal or swampy regions and was first collected in 1803 at the site of the Sydney Opera House.

Why The Donald went ballistic

Don't want him to go ballistic.
It was reported that President Trump "went ballistic" when he learned that his new attorney general had recused himself from any investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

I don't know which staffer leaked that or if Trump wanted it leaked. I do think I know why he was angry. I haven't read his The Art of The Deal, although I intend to. A brief Google search led me, however, to some principles in the book.

Among them:
Use your leverage: "The worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it. That makes the other guy smell blood, and then you're dead." 
Fight back: "In most cases I'm very easy to get along with. I'm very good to people who are good to me. But when people treat me badly or unfairly or try to take advantage of me, my general attitude, all my life, has been to fight back very hard."
In other words, in a negotiation, which everything in Washington is, don't give something up before you have to. Especially if you think the other party is playing dirty.

Now it's interesting that Bill Richardson, a Trump opponent, criticizes Trump on the same ground:
He’s negotiating against himself — giving up leverage before there’s a corresponding ask — and he’s boxing in his negotiating partners, driving up the cost of reaching agreements, with potentially perilous results.
Interesting, Bill. Except The Donald is President, and you're not. Perhaps because you couldn't have survived the scrutiny.

I don't care what you think about Trump's political beliefs. They seem to be all over the lot. However, never underestimate his skill at dealing with people.

Morning Rush: Beware these 'safe' pain killers, and more

Here and there on the Web this Thursday, March 16, 2017:

Cudda had a V8.
They don't see the world as we do

Is high intensity training for you?

How Yahoo got breached

Why honey lasts on the shelf

How the rich save money

This pretty much explains everything

Good guy with gun saves the day

You might try the five-hour rule

Your FBI hard at work

Your 'objective' press hard at work

Beware these 'safe' pain killers

Will Southern Baptists split again?

Will the Church of England survive?

Don't send your kid to U of Minn

Mental of the Day: John McCain

Hero of the Day: Pedro Viloria

Today's Word: water droplets reflecting light at night

Hahaha: Innovative business on cutting edge

The Talkies: How DNA shapes itself in cells:

Mark Twain: undertaker

"Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry."

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

This just in ...

CDC Recommends Against Licking Eyeballs

ATLANTA, GA – Say it isn’t so! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just announced that it cannot and will not recommend against the licking of eyeballs, thus delivering a devastating blow to anyone who had hopes of doing so in the near or even distant future. 

 “Our literature search has revealed that there is no evidence for or against licking eyeballs and, frankly, we hope there will never be any evidence regarding the licking of eyeballs because that is just totally disgusting,” wrote CDC Director Thomas Frieden in a statement published on the CDC web site entitled Don’t You Dare Lick Any Eyeballs, America. 

 Though this was penned with the general public in mind, in particular those people whose “French kisses have gone awry,” Frieden did not hesitate to call out health care providers including ophthalmologists as well. 

 “As for you internists and ophthalmologists who are brave enough to poke at eyeballs in the first place, don’t even think about adding the licking or tasting or whatever of eyeballs to your physical examination toolkit, just stick with ophthalmoscopes and penlights, okay?” 

 The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) agrees with the CDC recommendations and but does state that should “any crazy mofos out there choose to lick eyeballs, please be safe and use a condom.”

This will add to your information overload

See what I did there?

Did you know that if you google "information overload" you'll get 3,790,000 results in 0.85 seconds?

Here are some synonyms for "information overload:" infobesity, infoxication, information glut, data smog.

So that's helpful.

Here it is in other languages:
Przeciazenie informacja
היצף מידע
So that's some information.

If you want to learn how to cope with it, I'm here to help. Just google "coping with information overload." You'll get 6,910,000 results in 0.82 seconds.

Here are a few. Click on each one and read the entire article.

7 Time-Proven Strategies for Dealing With Information Overload
Time proven? I thought time was the problem.
10 Steps To Conquering Information Overload
10? Think we could cut that in half to, you know, save time? Oh wait ...
Whew! Just in time.
One of the problems is that we are now in a 24-hour news cycle, and each time news happens a lot more happens around it. As an example, let's take the top headline on The Drudge Report as I write:

You don't know what that means, do you? I had to look it up. So right there your brain is getting taxed. Okay, here's some more data to work on your brain. This is the very top item on Drudge right now:
Okay, now math has entered the picture, plus there's a serious implication in these numbers, which you'll have to figure out. (Hint: part of it has to do with the main headline about Maddow.)

Now here's the real reason for this post. We've just seen how ordinary news can be like an algebra test in high school. Check out these headlines, and observe what your brain does as you let them creep into your consciousness.
Mind you, these were just part of my daily reading in respected magazines and websites. They weren't in those "weird news" compilations. See what they do to your brain?

Here's the result:
Information or cognitive overload can lead to indecisiveness, bad decisions and stress, Lucy Jo Palladino, Ph.D, a psychologist, said. Indecisiveness or analysis paralysis occurs when you’re “overwhelmed by too many choices, your brain mildly freezes and by default, [and] you passively wait and see.” Or you make a hasty decision because vital facts get wedged between trivial ones, and you consider credible and non-credible sources equally, she said.
She was quoted in this article. I want you to drop everything and read it. One last vital piece of information: an explanation of the yo dawg illustration above.

All government is a conspiracy

“All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him.

"One of its primary functions is to regiment men by force, to make them as much alike as possible and as dependent upon one another as possible, to search out and combat originality among them. All it can see in an original idea is potential change, and hence an invasion of its prerogatives. 

"The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are."

Morning Rush: Second thoughts on organic food, and more

Here and there on the Web this Wednesday, March 15, 2017:

Reminds me of someone.
They've found a fluorescent frog

Really wanna resist chocolate?

Making tires from tomato peels

Organic food vs the planet

Should we still worry about Zika?

Using an app to find you on Facebook

How to stop auto-play videos

What is this radical doing now?

Why TV has gotten so boring

So what if you lose your insurance?

Secrets to great writing

Take your kids out of public schools

I just told you: take them out

However, school lunches will improve

Idiot of the Day: Cory Booker

Apps: One phone, multiple numbers

Today's Word: dark, gloomy, deep

Hahaha: Man decides pan is ready for washing

The Talkies: What our colleges are doing to our kids:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Top Ten signs you won't die in a blizzard

Should have just stayed home.
Veteran blizzard watchers know to look for certain signs that indicate they might live to see another storm. As a public service by The Gumbo Blog Weather Center I'm going to share the Top Ten Signs You Won't Die in a Blizzard.

10. The governor appears at the State Emergency Command Center wearing a State Emergency Command Center jacket and feeling all boss warns the public: "If you don't need to travel, stay home."

 9. The thought suddenly occurs in your gut that you'll actually have to go back to work tomorrow. You get chest pains.

 8. A 6'8' state trooper 100 pounds over weight who flanks the governor at the podium in the State Emergency Command Center with his stetson bound as if welded to his chin by a leather strap and bearing a stern state trooper look he learned in state trooper school steps forward when the governor invites him and sternly warns: "If you don't need to travel, stay home."

 7. A news crew from the local TV station visits a K Mart to show that every last snow shovel has been bought. As the camera pans the empty shelves you suddenly realize how many of your fellow citizens are too stupid to own a snow shovel.

6. You look out the window and say, "That doesn't look like 18 to 24 inches to me."

 5. The local TV anchor who apparently got up too late to touch up her roots says cheerily, "We're going now to Waca Waca where reporter Freda Frymore is standing on the side of the road." Freda sticks a stick in the snow to show how deep it is.

 4. The broadcast is interrupted by the governor in his boss State Emergency Command Center jacket who says, "I am in communication with the White House and there is nothing to worry about. If you don't need to travel, stay home." He's in touch with the White House the same way you are. The main switchboard there, BTW, is (202) 456-1111.

 3. You look out the window again and say, "That doesn't look like 6 to 8 inches to me."

 2. The weather lady at the local TV station suddenly appears looking 40 pounds overweight. This is because you have your screen on zoom. There are 100 buttons on your remote, and you have no idea which one will fix that. The button that reads FWD means "Fat Weather Dude," and it won't do it. There is no button that says "Fat Weather Lady." A pink dress with half the fabric needed to actually cover this rising starlet is not helping things.

And the No. 1 Sign That You Won't Die in a Blizzard:

 1. A local TV reporter sticks a microphone into the driver's side window of a snow plow truck and asks Jake, the snow plow guy, how bad it is out there. Jack sucks on a Camel and slides the back of his hand across three days of beard on the valleys of his hard ridden face, exhales dual two-foot streams from his nostrils and states, "If you don't need to travel, stay home."

Buy wild caught or farmed fish?

Fish farming.
According to this article, it seems either way you're going to die a slow, miserable, grueling death. Well, nobody said life is fair.

This piece was written by Lea Basch, M.S., RD, the registered dietitian for The Tasteful Pantry. Lea has been in the nutrition industry for over 30 years and was one of the founders of Longmont United Hospital’s nutrition program in Boulder, Colorado.

So there.
Both farmed-raised fish and wild-caught fish have pros and cons. The key is to weigh the positives and negatives and make educated choices that you can live with and line up with your health needs and values.
This depends, of course, on how long your nervous system allows you to stand in the Stop & Shop making a decision. I have about a minute before I get palpitations.
Wild-caught fish are often healthier, with less contamination from man-made toxins because they feed on a natural diet of smaller fish and algae and come into contact with less bacteria and parasites. The downside is that many larger wild fish are high in mercury, and poor fishing methods can harm the ocean habitat and result in overfishing.
You know, over fish all you want. I just wanna live.
Farm-raised fish can have more contamination from toxic industrial chemicals, such as PBCs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and dioxins. They’re often raised in crowded conditions and contain higher rates of bacteria, pesticides, artificial coloring, antibiotics and parasites. The good news is that many farmed fish are now grown in a way that’s better for the environment and healthier for us.
Read her article to get all the fishy details. I'll look for you in Stop & Shop.

News for those who doubt the legacy media

For some time I've been pondering a post listing websites for my conservative friends who would like a perspective other than that offered up by the mainstream media.

Now Harvard University has done it for me. Doug Ross reports:
You won't believe the 50 websites Harvard has labeled "Fake News."

Your betters at the Harvard University Library have published a guide to "Fake News Sites" that includes a bevy of real news sites that happen to lean right. Among them: the Heritage Foundation, Conservative Review, and Wikileaks, the latter of which has revealed (whether you agree with its approach or not) some very real news indeed.

This, my friends, is a dangerous game. Just as Snopes and Politifact are reliable Democrat public relations outlets (remember when the latter played both sides on ‘If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep It’?), anyone claiming to be an arbiter of truth is inherently suspect. 
Because progressives always get it wrong, I'll repeat. The market is the only arbiter for media. The marketplace of ideas dictates who wins and loses. 
Based upon a simple comparison of ratings, MSNBC and CNN are considered very, very fake news when it lines up against Fox News. And which means National Public Radio is also faux news. 
Some here's my list of the top 50 sites labeled by Harvard as 'False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical “News” Sources':
SiteHarvard LabelsReal Description
americanthinker.combiasPolitical news and opinion liberals hate
AmmoLand.combiasFirearm news liberals hate
barenakedislam.comhateNews about Isamic terror that liberals hate
breitbart.compoliticalunreliablebiasPolitical news and opinion liberals hate
canadafreepress.comconspiracybiasPolitical news and opinion liberals hate
centerforsecuritypolicy.orgbiasconspiracyNews about Isamic terror that liberals hate
citizensunited.orgbiasPro-free speech group that liberals hate
city-journal.orgpoliticalUrban news that liberals hate
CNSNews.comunreliablebiasPolitical news and opinion liberals hate
commentarymagazine.compoliticalPolitical opinions that liberals hate
conservativereview.compoliticalPro-Constitution articles that liberals hate
counterjihad.combiasNews about Isamic terror that liberals hate
dailycaller.compoliticalclickbaitunreliablePolitical news and opinion liberals hate
dailysignal.combiasPro-Constitution articles that liberals hate
drudgereport.compoliticalbiasPolitical news and opinion liberals hate
familysecuritymatters.orgconspiracybiasNews about Isamic terror that liberals hate
FreeBeacon.combiasPolitical news and opinion liberals hate
freedomworks.orgpoliticalPro-Constitution articles that liberals hate
frontpagemag.combiashateNews about Isamic terror that liberals hate
gatesofvienna.nethateconspiracyNews about Isamic terror that liberals hate
heartland.orgbiasPro-business group that liberals hate
heritage.orgunknownPro-Constitution articles that liberals hate
jihadwatch.orgunknownNews about Isamic terror that liberals hate
judicialwatch.orgunknownPro-Constitution articles that liberals hate
lifenews.combiasclickbaitPro-Life articles that liberals hate
lifezette.comclickbaitPro-Life articles that liberals hate
nationalreview.comunknownPolitical news and opinion liberals hate
pamelageller.comconspiracyfakebiasNews about Isamic terror that liberals hate
PeakProsperity.comunknownEconomic facts that liberals despise
pjmedia.comunknownPolitical news and opinion liberals hate
powerlineblog.comunknownPolitical news and opinion liberals hate
rightwingnews.combiasunreliablePolitical news and opinion liberals hate
ShadowStats.comunknownEconomic facts that liberals despise
SteveQuayle.comunknownPolitical news and opinion liberals hate
theamericanmirror.comunknownPolitical news and opinion liberals hate
TheBurningPlatform.comunknownEconomic facts that liberals despise
theconservativetreehouse.comunknownPolitical news and opinion liberals hate
theduran.comunreliablePolitical news and opinion liberals hate
thegatewaypundit.combiasconspiracyunreliablePolitical news and opinion liberals hate
theintercept.comunknownPolitical news and opinion liberals hate
therightscoop.comfakeclickbaitVideos of news shows that liberals hate
truepundit.combiasclickbaitPolitical news and opinion liberals hate
twitchy.comclickbaitrumorTweets that liberals hate
unz.comunknownPolitically incorrect articles that liberals hate
weaselzippers.usunreliablebiasPolitical news and opinion liberals hate
weeklystandard.compoliticalbiasPolitical news and opinion liberals hate
westernjournalism.combiasclickbaitPolitical news and opinion liberals hate
wikileaks.orgunknownGovernment documents that liberals hate
wnd.combiasclickbaitunreliablePolitical news and opinion liberals hate
zerohedge.comconspiracyPolitical news and opinion liberals hate

I read just about all of these.

Morning Rush: Have children, live longer, and more

Here and there on the Web this Tuesday, March 14, 2017:

Rafflesia arnoldii
The largest flower in the world

A brief history of pro football

Time to dismantle the regulations

Being wrong can make us right

Have children, live longer

Smoke pot, die early

The best of the drones for you

B vitamins vs air pollution

Your dog is tricking you

Uh, that would be Nancy Pelosi

They store data on a single atom

Keep your boss out of your DNA

Send your fat kid to Carleton U

Idiot of the Day: Preet Bharara

How To: survive a blizzard

Today's Word: marshy, slimy, slippery

Hahaha: Russia to hire 10,000 U.S. vets

The Talkies: Going down Tuckerman's Ravine:

Monday, March 13, 2017

This just in ...

Mother Returns Home From Women’s Retreat 
To Giant Smoking Crater

TUCSON, AZ—Wife and mother Rachel Peterson returned home Sunday night from her church’s annual women’s retreat to find a giant, smoking crater where her home once stood, sources confirmed.

It's just sad.
According to sources, Peterson had left for the church-sponsored weekend in the mountains Friday afternoon, leaving her husband in charge of watching the house and kids.

“I only requested two things—keep the kids alive, and don’t burn the house down,” an exasperated Peterson reportedly said to her husband, who sat on a charred tree stump in the blackened front yard with their three children. “Just two things.”

“For goodness sake, I was only gone for like 48 hours,” she added.

Sources also confirmed the children had subsisted on a diet of microwaved pizzas and Netflix shows until the house exploded sometime on Sunday.

At publishing time, Peterson had begun rebuilding the house on her own using several creative ideas found on Pinterest.

Film at 11.

The ice houses of Oklahoma Beach

Oklahoma Beach is a neighborhood of Webster, N.Y., and sits right on Lake Ontario. Lake effect snow is a way of life.

The good folk there experienced frigid temperatures and gusting winds last week that pushed crashing waves over a breakwall and onto everything nearby.

Here's what it looked like:
Webster is a suburb of Rochester, N.Y., where local environmentalists fret over global warming deniers and proclaim
In the Rochester NY area (Northeast America), we can reasonably expect some or all of these consequences of Climate Change in our region within the next 50 years or so: 
...higher temperatures and increased heat waves have the potential to increase fatigue of materials in the water, energy, transportation, and telecommunications sectors; affect drinking water supply; cause a greater frequency of summer heat stress on plants and animals; alter pest populations and habits; affect the distribution of key crops such as apples, grapes, cabbage, and potatoes; cause reductions in dairy milk production; increase energy demand; and lead to more heat-related deaths and declines in air quality.
Yikes! Looks as though Mother Nature stepped in just in time!

How Putin controls The Donald ... oh wait, never mind

Donald Trump asks Vladimir Putin for help in the election.
I'm a bit late on this story. I don't try to chase the news. At this point the whole Trump is connected to Russia thing is proving to be illusory, and it looks as though it will blow over and be counted as just another obstructionist move by his opponents.

They've done a good job: It's yet another distraction to keep him from doing his job. And, right on cue, The New York Times chimes: "Trump Lets Key Offices Gather Dust Amid ‘Slowest Transition in Decades’"

The Democrats slowed his appointments maliciously in the Senate, and the Times is right on cue.

Okay, Russia. John Nolte writes:
With respect to RussiaGate, I actually thought the national media would find a little something by now. Don't get too excited; never for a moment did I believe Trump was a Russian agent or in any way involved with the beautifully-beautiful WikiLeaks release of all those luscious Democrat emails. It is just that when you see the MSM engaging in one of their coordinated, partisan frenzies, they usually come up with … something. So I just assumed that somewhere along the line some low-level Trump-staffer might be caught doing or saying something wrong on one of those Obama wiretaps.

Andrew McCarthy agrees.
That supposed FBI investigation of collusion with the Russians? Never mind . . . They’re in retreat now. You may have missed it amid President Trump’s startling Saturday tweet storm, the recriminations over president-on-candidate spying, and the Jeff Sessions recusal — a whirlwind weekend. But while you weren’t looking, an elaborate narrative died.
Here are some other things you won't read in the New York Times:

Hillary Clinton’s team members met with the Russian ambassador during the election as well as Donald Trump’s, the Kremlin spokesman has alleged, as he set out to dismiss the “hysteria” surrounding Mr Trump’s links to Russia.

While Hillary Clinton’s State Department was one of eight agencies to review and sign off on the transfer of 20 percent of U.S. uranium to Russia — then-Secretary of State Clinton herself was the only agency head whose family foundation received $145 million in donations from multiple people connected to the uranium deal, as reported by the New York Times.

Russia's largest bank, Sberbank, has confirmed that it hired the consultancy of Tony Podesta, the elder brother of John Podesta who chaired Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, for lobbying its interests in the United States and proactively seeking the removal of various Obama-era sanctions, the press service of the Russian institution told TASS on Thursday.

Here in microcosm is The Left's strategy collapsing.
Liberal Delaware Sen. Chris Coons caused a stir last week when he indicated during a televised interview that yet-undisclosed transcripts of recorded phone conversations conclusively prove that elements of the Trump campaign explicitly colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.

As the internet is so fond of saying, "whoa, if true." Alas, here is Coons' walk-back under questioning from Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace.
What I was trying to make clear, Chris, and I appreciate a chance to restate this, is that I don't have -- and I don't know of -- any conclusive proof, one way or the other.

And, of course, who can forget our lovable drunk from Massachusetts? Recall how Ted Kenedy asked Moscow to intervene in President Reagan's reelection effort? 

I never quite figured it out, either

(American Digest)

Morning Rush: Eat pomegranates, live forever, and more

Here and there on the Web this Monday, March 13, 2017:

Best served al dente.
Saturn's moon looks like ravioli

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