By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
Readers, my optometrist’s appointment went fine. Apparently, I am less short-sighted than last year, a blessing literally and metaphorically. This is a first cut, since I thought I’d just knock out a few more queries on today’s worksheet and you know that goes, so I’ll have a final cut later. Also, the heat and humidity seem not only to have gummed up my “n” key, but the Internet itself! Molasses is quick by comparison! –lambert UPDATE 4:25PM All done!
“Tariffs Prompt US Manufacturers to Review Plans: Fed Survey” [Industry Week]. “America’s escalating trade dispute with China and other trading partners has prompted almost a fifth of U.S. businesses including about 30% of manufacturers to review their capital spending plans, according to a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta…. ‘These findings suggest that tariff worries have had only a small negative effect on U.S. business investment to date,’ Atlanta Fed Research Director David Altig wrote on a blog posted Tuesday on the bank’s website. ‘Still, there are sound reasons for concern.’ The survey, which drew 330 responses, was conducted July 9-20. Over 200 responses were from service-providing companies, which are typically less engaged in international commerce than manufacturing firms.”
“EU TAKES ON TRUMP’S ‘ILLEGAL’ SANCTIONS ON IRAN: Senior European officials on Monday were quick to criticize President Donald Trump’s renewed sanctions on Iran as ‘illegal,’ and vowed to intensify efforts to thwart the U.S. measures” [Politico]. “Trump promised tough enforcement of new sanctions and warned violators of ‘severe consequences.’ But the EU and the three European architects of the Iran nuclear accord — France, Germany and the U.K. — are pushing back in an effort to preserve the nuclear deal. That puts the United States in direct crossfire with its largest and strongest NATO allies.”
“What the 2016 Elections Taught Us About Uncertainty” [Charles Cook, Cook Political Report]. “The point of rehashing all of this is that public polling on the state level is considerably more problematic than on the national level, even in presidential years with higher voter turnout. In midterm elections, with a third fewer people voting, state and local polls are even less dependable—hence caution should be exercised in putting too much confidence in them. Some are conducted by reputable organizations with usually strong records, others by fly-by-night outfits releasing polls just for their PR value. That means even the poll averages should be approached with some degree of skepticism.” • Yep. And this, off-point but in its way delicious: “It should be pointed out, though, that 2016 was a pretty atypical election. I often call it the ‘Turducken election,’ after the delicacy made by stuffing a deboned chicken inside a deboned duck and then into a deboned turkey. I don’t care for it myself; as a friend put it, ‘there was way too much going on there.'” • Well, that’s a legitimacy crisis for you!
A good list (more later):
These amazing progressives have primaries on August 7th:@CoriBush Missouri (#MO1)@AbdulElSayed Governor of Michigan@David_Benac Michigan (#MI06)@BrentWelder Kansas (#KS03)@JamesThompsonKS Kansas (#KS04)@SarahSmith2018 Washington (#WA09)@dorothy4house Washington (#WA03)
— Star Stuff (@Statistar30) August 1, 2018
KS-03, KS-04: “Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez Rally Kansas for a Working-Class Politics That Stands Up to the Kochs” [The Nation]. “When Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez stumped for congressional candidates James Thompson, a civil-rights lawyer from Wichita, and Brent Welder, a labor lawyer from Bonner Springs, they were not talking about outflanking ideological rivals or moving pieces on a political chessboard. They were talking about issues that matter to working Americans. What sort of issues? The sort that Thompson and Welder have made central to their campaigns: support for Medicare for All health-care reform, for an expansive commitment to civil rights, for women’s rights, for humane immigration policies, and for an economic-justice vision that is rooted in a commitment to worker-class empowerment.” • Sounds Russian. Let’s not do it.
MI-06: “Four Democrats compete for 6th District Congress seat in Aug. 7 primary” [MLive]. A candidate round-up: “[DAVID BENAC:] 1. Healthcare — I support the creation of a single-payer universal system of health care, along the lines of the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, HR 676.” • Give that candidate an “M”! (Especially compared to Eichholz’s squishy “Establish universal healthcare by adding a subsidized public option to the Healthcare Exchanges,” which would earn an “fM” (“f” for “fake”). The other two are even worse.
MO-01: “Insurgent Candidate Cori Bush Wants to End the Dynastic Rule of a Missouri Congressional District” [The Intercept]. “[Cori] Bush, who is also an ordained pastor, single mom, and nurse, emerged as a community leader in the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of [Mike] Brown, leading some of the protests. After the shooting, she ran unsuccessfully for Senate in 2016 — but still managed to win more than 42,000 votes in the primary, despite spending little money. She points to her own experiences, including a period of homelessness during which she lived out of her car, as a reason she would be representative of the struggling district. [Nine-term incumbent William Lacy Clay] is backed by the black Democratic establishment in the St. Louis area, and his political machine stretches back a generation, to when his father served the district.” • Given what I learned about Ferguson, I’d say that Clay is an excellent candidate for membership in the Black Misleadership Class.
OH-12: “What Ohio’s special election will tell us about midterms” [Politico]. “Trump campaigned alongside Balderson last weekend, aiming to juice support for the state senator in a race that’s tightened into single digits, according to public and private polling. But the president’s rally — along with a negative tweet about Ohio’s favorite son and NBA star, LeBron James — also risks alienating well-educated Columbus suburbanites who prefer Gov. John Kasich to the president and could swing the special election. But Republicans believe that ‘Trump stoked the base. He energized them this weekend, so that will help balance out the intensity on the Democratic side,” said Mark Weaver, a Republican strategist based in Ohio. ‘The race is closer than it ought to be, but this is still a Republican district. And the fundamentals are on Troy’s side.; Republicans also tried to tie O’Connor to Pelosi in TV ads, a strategy the GOP has used in special elections throughout the past year and is prepared to replicate in the fall. O’Connor tried to cut into the anti-Trump-Republican voting bloc by signaling his independence from his national party, . But in the middle, O’Connor flubbed his answer on Pelosi in an MSNBC interview, which Republicans have deployed against him in their own ads.” • Oy. Will voters pick the real Republican? Also: “O’Connor and Balderson will face off again in the general election, and the winner of the special will certainly have a leg up in the race for a full term.”
OH-12: “Ohio Congress race pits Trump backers against Democrats” [Associated Press]. “Several voters casting ballots in suburban Westerville Tuesday, both Democrat and Republican, said they saw little difference between the two candidates [Balderson and O’Connor…. It’s unclear how much Trump’s support helped or hurt Balderson. Described by campaign operatives as a “Whole Foods” district, the largely suburban region features a more affluent and educated voter base than the typical Trump stronghold.”
WA-03: “Five 3rd District candidates face off at forum” [The Columbian]. A candidate round-up: “[DOROTHY GASQUE]: “I would forgive student loans, that’s the beginning. There’s a massive burden on a single generation, they don’t deserve that. And let’s make college tuition free.'” And: “Infrastructure has a positive return on investment. When we spend money on infrastructure, it increases revenue across the country. How about we stop blowing up infrastructure around the world and rebuilding it? And instead invest in building infrastructure here.” • Nice framing on infrastructure. Nothing on health care, sadly.
WA-09: “Sarah Smith wants to build on the Ocasio-Cortez wave in Washington” [KIRO]. “Smith is the progressive challenger to democratic incumbent Rep. Adam Smith’s long-held seat in Washington’s 9th Congressional District. It compasses an area from Tacoma in the south to Bellevue in the north…. [L]ike her counterparts across the country, Smith sees no reason to run from any association with Socialists. ‘If by ‘Socialist’ you mean that everyone has the right to a dignified life, everyone has a right to healthcare, to be educated, to have a roof over their head, to be paid fair wages for their labor,’ Smith said. ‘If that’s the word we want to use, then I’ll take that.’ Smith says she is for a federal jobs guarantee, a massive infrastructure overhaul, single-payer healthcare, and debt-free education. But how would such goals be paid for? ‘We’ve managed to find trillions of dollars to keep trapped in this endless cycle of war, and no one blinks an eye,’ Smith said.” •
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MI: “Michigan’s Primary Has Been Heralded As The Next Test For The “Blue Wave,” But What Does It Mean For Muslims In Michigan?” [Belt Magazine]. “Tuesday’s primary election in Michigan could see the most significant political breakthrough for American Muslims in U.S. history. The Wolverine State, with its huge and robust Muslim communities in the Detroit suburbs, has 13 Muslims running for offices at the county, state and federal levels this year. This, many activists say, is the result of years of increased Muslim political organizing that has seen Muslims elected for lower offices; in 2015, for example, the suburb of Hamtramck became the first in the U.S. to have a Muslim majority on its city council.”
MN Governor: “Minnesota Attorney General — Now Democratic Frontrunner for Governor — Relied on Government Employees for Campaign Work, They Say” [The Intercept] (August 14). “Lori Swanson, Minnesota’s three-term attorney general and current candidate for governor, has presided over an office culture in which professional success is linked to the willingness of employees to participate in Swanson’s campaign work, eight former and current employees of the attorney general’s office told The Intercept…. Former staff and legal observers are also calling attention to other elements of Swanson’s record. These include what was widely considered an aggressive union busting effort she conducted early in her first term. Also of note, they say, is a history of touting high-profile lawsuits against corporate defendants and the Trump administration — and then settling or exiting them quietly after the press had moved on.” • She’s a real Democrat, isn’t she?
TX Senate: “Win or lose, Beto O’Rourke’s campaign against Ted Cruz could shape Texas politics for years” [Texas Tribune]. “Despite the high enthusiasm the El Paso congressman’s campaign has drawn among Democrats, Texas has not elected a Democrat statewide in over 20 years. An informal round of interviews with well over a dozen political players involved in Texas and national politics suggests that Cruz is expected to extend that streak with a re-election victory in the high single digits. While such a margin would amount to significant progress for Democrats from past statewide performances, a loss is a loss, and Cruz’s win would likely ensure GOP control of the U.S. Senate for another two years. Even so, O’Rourke’s 18-month statewide tour could still help significantly rebuild a flagging state party apparatus. The term being thrown around quietly among Democrats is ‘losing forward.'” Losing forward…, Certainly the hiil I want to die on…..
TX: “Texas Democrats Are Actually Optimistic for a Change” [Bloomberg]. “‘My party is no longer welcoming to many women, minorities or gays and lesbians,’ said Jenifer Sarver. She’s an anti-abortion, small-government conservative who worked for George W. Bush and ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for Congress — and says she voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.” • See, she’s the kind of real Democrat we need!
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“West Virginia’s Voatz blockchain voting pilot … is another single-user blockchain as a database” [David Gerard]. “[L]et’s just run an ordinary vote, and shove “blockchains” in there somewhere!” • How about let’s not innovate, and use hand-marked paper ballots, hand-counted in public? Also too, the company, Voatz (“it rhymes with stoats”), is pretty dodgy:
The Voatz website is running on a box with out of date SSH, Apache (multiple CVSS 9+), PHP etc. https://t.co/o1RvrLbQ0S
— kevin (@GossiTheDog) August 6, 2018
Realignment and Legitimacy
“Charles and David Koch: billionaire donors in the line of fire” [Financial Times]. “On Monday, the Koch network announced it would not be endorsing Kevin Cramer, the Trump-backed candidate in a crucial North Dakota Senate race. The reaction from the president was swift. In a flurry of tweets, Mr Trump condemned the ‘globalist’ brothers as a “total joke”. He wrote: ‘I never sought their support because I don’t need their money or bad ideas.’ While the brothers have never publicly endorsed Mr Trump — in 2016 Charles equated picking between Mr Trump and Hillary Clinton to choosing between ‘cancer and a heart attack’ — the feud appears to draw a dividing line between the most powerful Republican family in the US and the new brand of the Grand Old Party, represented by the president and his base. It is unclear which side holds the upper hand.” • I don’t know the Republican Party well enough to assess this. Perhaps the Kochs “have no place to go,” despite the best efforts of liberal Democrats to entice them ito #TheResistance?
“A Democratic Socialist Could Beat Trump” [The Weekly Standard]. “Netroots Nation—a relic of the Deaniac left—took place in New Orleans this past weekend, and the good little Democratic socialists there have done their autopsy on 2016 and concluded that the answer for 2020 is for the Democratic party to counter Donald Trump’s wins in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan by . . . going further to the left.” • Quite correct, if your strategy is to flip Obama voters back to the Democrats with a policy-based appeal. Of course, that’s not the Democrat strategy: They want to flip wealthy suburbanite Trump voters their way.
“Who’s Afraid of Judith Shklar?” [Foreign Policy]. “Shklar’s was a liberalism motivated not by a summum bonum, an ultimate good, but by a summum malum, an ultimate evil, something to be avoidedShklar’s was a liberalism motivated not by a summum bonum, an ultimate good, but by a summum malum, an ultimate evil, something to be avoided: namely, cruelty and the fear it inspires. Liberalism’s emphasis on restraint, she argued, should be motivated by the distinctive political evil of living in fear of state violence and cruelty. This was how liberalism could ensure it remained anti-statist in the right way: focused on the most dangerous branches and uses of state power, without giving up on state authority to restrain private cruelty as well.” • Interesting, given… well, the past 40 years since the neoliberal turn.
“How Liberalism Self-Destructed” [Umair Haque, Medium]. “Liberalism, once a great and noble philosophy, split into three factions — neoliberalism, libertarianism, and “classical liberalism” (I’ll come back to that one). These factions, like stone age tribesmen gleefully performing a lobotomy, hacked and chopped away at liberalism, blow by crushing blow, until all that was left was a drooling, snarling, spitting, twitching zombie: predatory capitalism… [P]redatory capitalism created a class of oligarchs richer than the kings of yore — and in many ways, more powerful, too. Untouchable, above the law, beyond reproach. The wealthier this class of ultra-rich got, the more that the middle and working class collapsed. Inequality spiraled out of control. People lost faith in all the great liberal institutions — law, rights, constitutions, knowledge, democracy itself — because it seemed that the only real purpose of those institutions was to allow the ultra-rich to prey on the poor, exacting crippling tribute for the most basic of things. Not paid in wheat or silver, but cold, hard, cash. Insulin that costs $1000? Childbirth that costs $30K? These three factions… made liberalism self-destruct — by turning it into a mechanism for the one exact thing, a millennium or so ago, it was created to destroy: feudal, dynastic, untouchable, predatory elites skimming off an economy’s surplus, amassing all a society’s wealth for themselves.” • Not the sort of thing one expects from the one-time most popular author at the Harvard Business Review. The waters must have risen higher than I thought.
“The Democratic Party Has Entered Its No Bullsh*t Phase” [Sam Stein, The Daily Beast]. • Big if true.
Only one stat:
JOLTS, June 2018: “Job openings were little changed while remaining abundant” [Econoday]. And: “for the third consecutive month, there were more job openings than people unemployed. Also note that the number of job openings has exceeded the number of hires since January 2015” [Calculated Risk]. “Job openings are at a high level, and quits are increasing year-over-year. This was a strong report.”
Shipping: “Said to Contain clause – should it be allowed or not..??” [Shipping & Freight Resource]. “[I]t is VERY IMPORTANT that the shipping line shows the SAID TO CONTAIN clause on the bill of lading….. The shipper collects the empty from the shipping line, packs it, seals it and delivers the full container to the port.. The line may not even get to sniff the container.” • A candidate for disruption indeed, but possibly in a very bad way.
Banks: “11 Reasons Wells Fargo Is the Most Evil Bank in America” [GritPost]. • It’s a crowded fields, but Wells Fargo comes away the winner!
The Bezzle: “As Amazon Enters Government Purchasing Market, Signs of a Bad Deal Emerge” [Governing]. “[Amazon] is moving into local government procurement…. While Amazon and U.S. Communities have touted their partnership as a cost-saver for public agencies and a boon for suppliers, a new report finds that Amazon Business does not always deliver the savings it promises. The report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a frequent critic of Amazon, also argues that Amazon is increasingly cornering the supply market by forcing vendors to sell their products through Amazon.” • It’s almost like Amazon is using its monopoly power…
The Bezzle: “Tesla’s Elon Musk tweets he is ‘considering’ taking company private” [MarketWatch]. “Tesla Inc. shares jumped as much as 8% midday Tuesday after Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted that he was “considering” taking the Silicon Valley car maker private at $420 a share. Shares were halted about one hour later for pending news.” • 420, eh?
Tech: “Diving Deep into Emerging Tech Reveals Scary Truths” [Industry Week]. “Each emerging technological wonder promises the same type of dramatic fat-trimming reductions and productivity growth as the products plastering late night weight loss or hair-gaining infomercials. Lose 20% downtime in no time! Boost your business confidence in a big way with Big Data analytics!” • A useful survey of manufacturing decision makers on IoT, AI, Robotics and 3D printing.
Transportation: “Producing better batteries means transforming manufacturing” [Automotive IQ]. • Via the Internet of Things? Really?
Rapture Index: Closes up 1 on earthquakes. “Fourteen people have died after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia .” [Rapture Ready]. Record High, October 10, 2016: 189. Current: 181.
“How Medicare Was Won” [The Nation]. “The more crucial variable distinguishing Medicare from the NHI battles that fizzled before and since was a mass movement of people demanding it, having coalesced at a moment when powerful liberatory struggles against white supremacy and poverty had transformed what could be deemed politically possible. Organized labor went all-in for Medicare, which took substantial pressure off unions for their retirees’ mounting health-care costs.” • This article has lots of useful background, but since when are “struggles against white supremacy and poverty” “powerful liberatory struggles,” and Organized labor” is just…. organized labor? Sloppy!
Our Famously Free Press
“The Utility of White-Bashing” [The Atlantic]. More on Sarah Jeong. “The people I’ve heard archly denounce whites have for the most part been upwardly-mobile people who’ve proven pretty adept at navigating elite, predominantly white spaces. A lot of them have been whites who pride themselves on their diverse social circles and their enlightened views, and who indulge in their own half-ironic white-bashing to underscore that it is their achieved identity as intelligent, worldly people that counts most, not their ascribed identity as being of recognizably European descent.” • Also “Asian American professional,” although when you think about it, “Asia American” is a pretty problematic ascribed identity.
If you don’t have dental:
Since my 2014 essay "Poor Teeth" I've received literally thousands of messages like this. My email is thus no longer public but I appreciate when letters find me via business channels. They come from people of all colors & places but say the same thing. It's the honor of my life. pic.twitter.com/M9Eh3eCiCR
— Sarah Smarsh ? (@Sarah_Smarsh) August 6, 2018
“California soon may be first state to require public universities to offer abortion pills” [CalMatters]. “The legislation, which has passed the Senate and is advancing in the Assembly, would mandate that all California State University and University of California campuses make the prescription abortion drug RU 486 available at their on-campus student health centers by Jan. 1, 2022. Funding, at least for the first year, would be provided not by taxpayers but by donations from a private foundation.” • BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!! It’s a public-private partnership! Idea: Maybe the Legislature could focus on rolling back tuition fees to pre-Reagan days — $600 in 1975. Individual students could then buy RU 486 in bulk if they wanted to. Win-win!
“The Dispossessions of Appalachia: A Review of Ramp Hollow” [Southern Spaces]. “[Steven Stoll’s Ramp Hollow recasts] the nature of agriculture and the meaning of land ownership among the European colonialists and their descendants who settled the Appalachian frontier. Stoll likens Appalachia’s early settlers to peasants all over the world, who depend on access to a common “ecological base.” In the Appalachian instance, this ‘base’ is the forest: “This is a vast renewable fund of resources that provides spaces for fields, food for gathering, fodder for cattle, and habitat for wild game. The base gives everything but costs nothing”. Through the practice of swidden, sometimes pejoratively called slash-and-burn agriculture, settlers cleared portions of the forest and cultivated crops, but their clearings were limited; more importantly, they utilized the forest as a source of wild plants, game, and mast for their free-ranging livestock. Although their economy was ‘makeshift,’ without extensive surplus or accumulation, these early settlers rarely starved, Stoll asserts, and they should not be considered poor…. As the western edge of European settlement, the mountainous backcountry of eighteenth-century Appalachia briefly represented a space of relative freedom from state enforcement of property rights. Although elites gained formal title to millions of mountainous acres through grant or purchase, they tended to view the land as ‘wilderness’ and unworthy of investment or even much attention, according to Stoll. A chaos of competing land claims emerged, as well as, in effect, the practice of ‘land to the tiller.’ Use-rights prevailed. Squatters and small landholders utilized the vast forest without regard to absentee elites and their abstract legal instruments, which went unenforced, thereby irrelevant, and they engaged in a vigorous barter economy with one another.” • A glimpse of a possible post-Jackpot future? Assuming the rivers and the land are remediable?
News of The Wired
“Escher sentences” are sentences that seem fine at first, but on reflection have no stable interpretation, just like Escher’s paintings.
For example, “More people have been to Russia than I have”.
An amazing and puzzling class of sentences, and a cool paper exploring them! https://t.co/wGkruFCTsH
— Chaz Firestone (@chazfirestone) August 4, 2018
• Here’s the orginal article, “The Anatomy of a Comparative Illusion,” which makes me wish I’d majored in semantics, back in the day. Love the test sentences: “Can a man marry his widow’s sister?”, “More girls have been to Russia than that boy has,” “Mary ran a marathon more than John did.” Party games!
“I’m addicted to @NYCTSubway” [The Week]. • Good!
Kids these days:
this headline makes me feel very old pic.twitter.com/731xuWnTSh
— eve peyser (@evepeyser) August 6, 2018
• The backstory. And “finsta.” Who among us has not wanted multiple identities? And why should adults deny this to teens?
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we can never have too much Garden Cat!
I’m pleased with the composition, too, though not with that enormous dandelion!
The cat is a total love. Just harvest the dandelion for tonight’s salad or stir fry. Problem solved.
Glad your eyes checked out well, Lambert!
Yes, it’s a very nice shot!
Just not in My garden ..
Still, it’s safe to say that most of us missed the recent study in the journal Soil Systems that lays out the case for the worldwide decimation of earthworms. Yet this new report offers a stark assessment of the health of Earth’s agricultural soils. And that should concern us all.
I not gonna tell ya I told ya so…uh, that’s a LIE, I TOLD YA SO!!!
July 31, 2018 at 4:46 pm
“The rise and fall of bees” [The Economist]. “Bees are wasps that went vegetarian.
So I dig up some soil just to see how it is holding moisture. And than I notice….no worms! When I was a kid, putting a trowel in the ground and taking out some soil, and there would have been 6 or 7 worms. I dug and dug…not one.
I’ve noticed this too in Orlando. Growing up, there’d be Earth worms in the morning, crawling out into the street to bake to death. I guess they all died. I never see this now.
That’s true. I haven’t seen a baked earthworm in years. Gone to the same place bug splats on the windshield went, I guess…
Central Illinois reporting in
we still get bug splatter, but not like we used too.
baked worms, we got rain today – I will see if I can get a pick of one.
And bees are rare too.
Can’t be just oil or coal companies, nor just under capitalism.
It seems to be an excess population coupled with (bio, chemical and others) technologies problem.
“And bees are rare too”
I have some 8 ft scrophularia and catmint in full bloom now, and there are bees/ wasps, and other assorted Hymenoptera buzzing and crawling all over them !!
I love it !
We still can find earthworms here Down south, but mainly in ‘feral’ garden plots, the compost heap, of course, and larger seedling pots. (Those ten gallon baby tree black plastic pots. We have found some on the side of the road over the past few years and brought them back home to serve as garlic nurseries and such.) The number of earthworms seen in the suburbs though is noticeably lower. After a good rain, we’d see tons of them wriggling up out of the ground. Now, not to many. Is this a prelude to desertification?
Bees are still sparse. Bumble bees and wasps seem to be trying to take up the slack.
Haven’t been gardening for a while, but I still rescue worms from the sidewalk.
Toads are what I’ve noticed missing in NoFla. I have a small pond and haven’t had to clear excess eggs in years. Used to have to watch stepping on them like the anoles. Frogs never showed up except one hand-sized guy.
Come to think of it, anoles are down this year. But r vs k is weird.
Oh, man. That is terrifying.
Although I can’t say that I ever had your experience, and I did dig in the earth as a child.
Northern MN has the opposite problem. Earthworms are spreading to places that never had them and are negatively affecting forest floor ecosystems.
Some are introduced invasive species that cause damage to certain native ecosystems.
In northern Iowa, I’ve got tons of earthworms in my garden too.
Most of my yard front and back is flower and vegetable gardens, yet I have not seen a honeybee in years.
You could introduce them if you can grow enough of the types of plants they require. They are an introduced species, which some Native Americans referred to as English flies. Fortunately, most staple crops, such as grow in Iowa, don’t require the European honey bee for pollination.
Do you see any native bees? We get them here along with honey bees. We have some urban beekeepers a few doors down and a lot of people plant bee friendly gardens and don’t use pesticides.
I had better check on my compost worms; haven’t fed them in a while.
I wonder whether it may be that in a few generations we (whoever remains) will all be composting in one mode or another to recycle organics, and deep digging to aerate the soil, making up for ecosystem services no longer provided gratis by a diminished and impaired biosphere. That will be expensive food.
The worms in your compost pile will likely be of a different species from the ones that glide around in your garden soil ..
Hhhmm, here on my rust belt property, lots of worms. Also plenty of bees, some Monarchs, and a family of Cardinals…
I still find worms, but most of them are now the creepy invasive jumping worms. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrGnUFDXuyQ I do a lot of gardening and don’t mind bugs or “normal” worms. The jumping ones are nasty. It flails around and tries to wiggle out of your hands. I’ve taken to throwing them into a bucket so I don’t have to touch them.
They almost seem to be at a disadvantage with all the flailing, as the movement tends to draw the attention of the chickens. Maybe some birds are put off by the flailing too. Seems like it would be hard to keep them down when they’re actively trying to climb back out of the gullet.
I was chatting with my neighbor a while ago and saw a worm the size of a snake moseying across her lawn. My boss has also reported huge worms and lots of ’em at his house.
I still see lots of them on the road after it rains, as well. I’m not in the middle of an agricultural hub, though.
So yesterday I was planting moar perennials, after roguing out a prior one that was overtaking this particular raised bed … and just as I was firming the rootball of said plants, a nightcrawler pokes out of the soil nearby, obviously disturbed that I disturbed its’ territory infirma ..
I set it under the shade of some adjacent sages, out of harms way ..
One of many.
August 7, 2018 at 4:38 pm
So when I first started working at FDA I was at the NIH campus. this is in the east, so big thunderstorms and a ton of water comes down. Lots of lawn, and I guess the water will drown the worms. So a young woman is walking along after it finished raining and is putting the worms that crawled onto the sidewalk back in the grass….
Well, I put plenty of manure in my garden, so if God is an earthworm I’m in good stead. Also, if God is a hummingbird or songbird, I will do well. But other than that, I am doomed….
Your story reminds me of when I was little. My sisters and I were out in the flooded field plucking Ladybugs off the strands of grass so they wouldn’t drown….who knew Ladybugs could fly!
I think about the soil on my rented property a lot!
The concept; Huge herds of ruminants (bison, cattle, goats, sheep…) processed grass, in their rumins. The dung and urine, trampled into the grass remnants, created the deep black soils of the great grasslands of Europe, Asia and the Americas. Wolves, (ultimately joined by humans) kept those herds moving, and I image, creating Earthworm Heaven?
Allan Savory TED talk
“…. if we do what I am showing you here, we can take enough carbon out of the atmosphere and safely store it in the grassland soils for thousands of years, and if we just do that on about half the world’s grasslands that I’ve shown you, we can take us back to pre-industrial levels, while feeding people. I can think of almost nothing that offers more hope for our planet, for your children, and their children, and all of humanity.”
“The aurochs also known as urus or ure, is an extinct species of large wild cattle that inhabited Europe, Asia, and North Africa. It is the ancestor of domestic cattle and has been suggested to be a genetic component of the modern European bison, crossbred with steppe bison. The species survived in Europe until the last recorded aurochs died in the Jaktorów Forest, Poland, in 1627.”
Our ancestors created beautiful paintings of Aurochs in the caves of Lascaux, France.
This narrative is the opposite of “The Official Line”.
Funny how there aren’t any Billionaires looking at how to terraform the Sahara.
I’m going to cavalierly estimate that even a one percent success rate on the project would do a lot of good. Extracting and conserving may not match up.
I have literally been seeing earthworms being driven out of the ground by hammerhead planarians in my yard, lately. In the morning I see all kinds of earthworms who tried to escape them, and failed. The planarians don’t even eat the whole worm, just cut off parts of it. Those planarians are just disgusting little creatures, and they appear to be decimating the earthworm population around here. Judging from the comments on Dave’s Garden, they appear to have spread out widely.
If anyone knows of a fix, I would love to hear it.
As with fish and chips: salt and vinegar them. Perhaps you can bait them with something like chicken livers.
All these comments on the ongoing slow motion collapse of not just our economy but of our ecology as well. Just what I wanted. More nightmare fuel.
To it I will add that the number of birds, bees, butterflies, and the annual frog chorus where I live in the Bay Area seem to have been steadily decreasing for some years. At least twenty, although not enough to really notice at first.
Here’s the orginal article, “The Anatomy of a Comparative Illusion,” which makes me wish I’d majored in semantics, back in the day. Love the test sentences: “Can a man marry his widow’s sister?”, “More girls have been to Russia than that boy has,” “Mary ran a marathon more than John did.” Party games!
I saw that picture of Putin riding a horse without a shirt….and Putin wasn’t wearing a shirt either….
Sans horse, shirtless Presidents are the norm. I remember people gushing over Obama’s shirtless beach photos i 2008. No irony at all.
Yeesh. None of those presidents’ bodies would set the heart aflutter.
Okay, the young JFK could have, but that USN photo was taken a couple of decades before he moved to the White House.
Come on, fellas. Start working out. If Putin can do it, so can you.
We all know Trump’s
body intellectwallet sets hearts aflutter!
Absolutely no gold diggers there, none presently, and certainly none in the past.
A naked Trump should adorn a large denomination US bill!!!
Put him on the trillion dollar platinum coin.
Or we could put some of his tweets on pennies (like the state quarters). Collect all his loser tweets (and a reason to collect pennies).
I was just thinking the other day that Trump surely couldn’t resist the opportunity to have his own face on The Coin. Maybe this is something we could use.
Sigh. Linked here, without comment, is the Verge’s article, 11 Photos of NYC’s Naked Trump. Verge thinks it’s OK, bur this may not be pretty, so I advise you to be wary.
That may not be pretty but it’s much less costly, gross and disgusting than the real thing.
I remember in high school seeing a photo of Kennedy in a suit, handshaking with other poo-bahs. Nice happy bellies all around. My though was that it was probably easier before TV.
The shirtless Putin thing has a lot of latitude chauvinism to it. If you live past 45 degrees north, exposing skin to actually warm sun is like getting free ice cream.
With the appropriate apology:
“Can a man marry his widow’s sister?” Yes, if he’s a dead Mormon.
Consider contacting the author! Also, now that I think of it:
A thing called Irish bull, eg, “It was hereditary in his family to have no children.”
I like Bob Dylan’s, “I’m getting as far away from myself as I can.”
Seems to me that Yogi Berra was a master of the CI.
” If you come to a fork in the road… Take it”
“Last night I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas I’ll never know.” G. Marx
There are at least thirteen ways of looking at seven types of ambiguity. I know several apposite methods for cooking with an opossum. You may add wine to all of them.
It’s warmer in the Summer than it is in the city.
Psst, Lambert! Something fun for your worksheet for AZ CD2! Tasty political gossip about the AZ Democrat party! And how it doesn’t seem to know how to deal with young ‘uns who are progressive!
Me again. The above link has been added to the worksheet post, but not by Yours Truly. (Thanks for beating me to it, DonCoyote!)
Trading on Tesla halted after Musk tweets that he’s considering taking the company private at $420 a share: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/07/tesla-stock-jumps-on-musks-tweet-that-he-is-considering-taking-compan.html
There’s a $71B fool out there? Maybe Masayoshi Son. He seems to specialize in dumping billions into failing enterprises.
Musk is increasingly unhinged.
He may be unhinged, but he gives you something new to chase every day.
“What about what you said yesterday.”
“Forget it. Can you see the future is so wonderful?”
Your comment could equally be applied to Trump you realize?
I assume as much. There’s also the ‘and we elected him’ part to give a wan smile at as well. If you give the people a choice to vote between a potted TV Personality and an actual Gameshow Host…
I still think the Draft Shatner ploy would have worked. The simple fact that he’s definitely Canadian could have been used to gain a billion or so dollars of free air time. After which our short memories would have made the issue passe.
It’s blatant insider trading. He crushed the shorts.
I’m sure the SEC will be after him.
Just like the DOL is chasing after him for threatening to take away stock options if the workers at his plant went union.
Different rules for different classes.
No, it’s not insider trading, he made a public announcement.
It is market manipulation, which is Fraud.
yeah, originally I typed out a rhetorical question to the effect of ‘how is this legal’ then deleted because I know that the US is a post-law society for sh!t like this, for a person with this much money.
He doesn’t have close to the estimated 72 billion he would need to do it. Yeah, yeah, take away his 20% and its still not even close. Estimates put his net worth in *just* the 20 billion range.
We’ll see him in leg irons when Trump gets beat by Biden. Never.
If he doesnt have an investor, as he publicly said he did, he has put himself in legal jeopardy.
The Market is Sovereign.
Insider trading = fraud by another name
U.S. insider trading prohibitions are based on English and American common law prohibitions against fraud. In 1909, well before the Securities Exchange Act was passed, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a corporate director who bought that company’s stock when he knew the stock’s price was about to increase committed fraud by buying but not disclosing his inside information.
Section 16(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 prohibits short-swing profits (from any purchases and sales within any six-month period) made by corporate directors, officers, or stockholders owning more than 10% of a firm’s shares. Under Section 10(b) of the 1934 Act, SEC Rule 10b-5, prohibits fraud related to securities trading.
They tried to silence lobster queen:
Hamlin’s Mom is OK!
Small-town backbiting and betrayal, I’m tellin’ ya…
I fully support the True Lobster Queen, and will accept no other.
I have the opposite problem, my distance vision has increased to significantly better than normal while I must wear glasses for reading and for the computer. At this rate and should I live so long, I expect I’ll be able to see back into deep time and well into the future. Unless the end is near, of course.
Always good to be told that you are less myopic than you have been in the past! Even if that comment comes from your ophthalmologist.
Meant to be a play on the definition of the word. If only everyone would become less myopic with age and experience. Not in the sense of the ophthalmic definition, but in reference to the alternative definition “Lack of discernment or long-range perspective in thinking or planning”.
On meeting with the EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker last month, Donald Trump tweeted: “Both the U.S. and the E.U. drop all Tariffs, Barriers and Subsidies! That would finally be Free Market and Fair Trade.”
Did Larry Kudlow somehow get access to Trump’s phone?
To read the Times op-ed is to appreciate that what we are dealing with here is an ideology, a political religion, a creed, a cult. (I would say what we are dealing with is government by money)
For consider the fruits of free trade policy during the last 25 years: the frozen wages of U.S. workers, $12 trillion in U.S. trade deficits, 55,000 factories lost, 6 million manufacturing jobs gone, China surpassing the U.S in manufacturing, all causing a backlash that pushed a political novice to the Republican nomination and into the presidency.
But what happens after Trump? Who and what comes next?
Republican recidivism — a return to the rejected open borders, free trade agenda of the Bush Republicans — would ignite a firestorm of protest that would tear the party of Trump apart.
Yet, while these ideas have lost Middle America, they are alive and well among the establishment elites of both parties, who have also not given up on a foreign policy of using America’s economic and military power to attempt to convert mankind to
And yet, the dems will nominate a middle of the road republican to run against him (c’ mon, you don’t think the dems are gonna nominate a dem from the left side of the party do ya?)
No, instead they’ll be looking for their next leader, the next demagogue who, unlike Trump, will be a slick, photogenic, well-tailored and well-spoken ideologue. Not just a fascist, but a true believer. He’s out there right now somewhere, watching the political evolution of this nascent movement, thinking just how much he could accomplish with the right talking points and a clean, wholesome family image.
And he’s there. Biding his time. Waiting for his turn which he feels, with much justification, , is inevitable…
Then I hear comments from peopke excited that a tv personality can be Pres, because it opens the way for someone like Oprah. (Said to me with a straight face…)
Let’s spin this out! First it’s a movie actor, (Ronald Reagan,) and then a television show host, (Donald Trump,) so next is an internet infomercial presenter! Who do we know that fits that description?
August 7, 2018 at 7:48 pm
I liked his little machine – mmm, rotisserie chicken….
“And it cuts a cow if half, and that’s no bull”
And we’re back to the Escher sentences.
Also obviously he has a prodigious theater of loci.
My parents actually got me the RonCo bottle cutter for xmas when I was like 10.
Isn’t he dead?
Actually I’m frozen by whether TED Talks fit your riddle, in which case: Algore?
If the comment muncher is kind, I’m already on record upthread for Draft Shatner.
The E.U. has launched an unusual charm campaign in some third-party nations. This is imputed-but-not-admitted to be about Trump+Brexit and getting ahead of both.
Charles and David Koch have feelings, too, and they’ll be hurt if somebody in Trump camp’s not careful.
–Psych! The Koch money hoses are still at full blast at the Republican Bikini Car Wash. After putting down his meatball sub in the “Great Oregano-ing”, Steve Bannon’s marinara-crusted fingerprints are all over this flim-flam. I saw the “Jonny Quest” episodes from which [Race] Bannon steals his ideas. [Bannon is Gaelic (O’Banain) for “white”. A bit too on the nose if you ask me. Then again when has a counselor at Camp Trump ever been accused of subtly?]
Maybe the Kochs are fine with Heidi Heitkamp.
She voted for Gorsuch, for Haspel, for Pruitt, for Pompeo, for fast-track TPP (TPA) authority, for banking deregulation. RealClearPolitics says she has compiled a moderately liberal record in the Senate; I’m not sure that computes.
One of the Koch tentacles, Americans for Prosperity, was lauding Heitkamp for co-sponsoring the banking deregulation bill. (Of course, even Trump liked her then for that one).
“Feel the Heit !”
Heidi up and comming campaign slogan ..
Don’t don’t don’t don’t
Don’t believe the Heit
“Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez Rally Kansas for a Working-Class Politics That Stands Up to the Kochs”
Mr Trump condemned the ‘globalist’ brothers (The Kochs) as a “total joke”. He wrote: ‘I never sought their support because I don’t need their money or bad ideas.’
It has been obvious to me, from BEFORE the 2016 election, that the Bernie Bros/Gals should/could form a grand coalition with the Trumpian Deplorables. I believe that both groups are coming from the same place. (their hearts).
We have a common enemy!
Of course there are points of difference. Why not co-operate and make the most of the precious time that we have left in this stunning World…..?
Is a Civil War of the Elites.
We should be pursuing divide and conquer strategies.
Re: “The Utility of White-Bashing” link.
AMP link: //www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/566846/
Manually removing /amp/ bit resolves to the clean link: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/the-utility-of-white-bashing/566846/
FYI, Google’s AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) system is bent on killing the open web. Google is coercing websites to run everything thru their servers by promoting AMP pages above non-AMP pages. Avoid AMP pages at all cost, for your own privacy if nothing else…
AMP is evil. I’ve revised the link.
Adding, The Atlantic is evil too. The right link:
The amp link:
Besides Google’s internet-wrecking AMP technology, the Atlantic just uses the article ID, “566846,” and removes the part of the URL derived from the headline: “the-utility-of-white-bashing.”
So you have no idea what you’re clicking on. You have to click through to find out. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
Just pondering how we are at the doorstep of technological dystopia, where machines run the show and those of us in meatspace are just wasting, vestigial organs, like global appendixes. No longer needed.
At the doorstep however we must deal with password resets; Word doc templates; email spam; Adobe; Excel charts; and spying eyes everywhere. I personally think Google AMP is very cool for mobile sites, hadn’t thought about what it means for thought (and content) gatekeeping and control.
Sometimes I just want to take all my clothes off, climb a tree, hang out in the sun, and play the flute. A quiet, mournful song about the demise of humanity.
A more upbeat version was the Kinks’ Apeman:
Here’s what John Gruber (aka Daring Fireball) has to say about AMP:
Not over this stuff. Eventually I’ll be able to floor everyone with an html/css versions of their themes. The bloat in frameworks is ridiculous.
Now the internet. Which one? I’d be fine with Archie Space or the like. Something that works well with shortwave connections, low voltage, and boringly reliable memory. And hopefully some really steampunk viewing screens.
“climb a tree”
Leaving the oceans may not have been the best idea.
> take all my clothes off, climb a tree, hang out in the sun, and play the flute.
I believe that’s “I’m going to cut the soles off my shoes, sit in a tree and learn to play the flute!”
Thank you, Adrienne.
sounds like another future EU antitrust lawsuit against Google
“The Democratic Party Has Entered Its No Bullsh*t Phase” [Sam Stein, The Daily Beast].
“Developing communities of cognitive resilience.” Yeah, that’ll do it. /s
August 7, 2018 at 5:09 pm
“cognitive resilience” – does that have anything to do with thinking?
substitute “material benefits” for “chocolate donuts with sprinkles”, and you would have a winning campaign issue. Hell, if the dems would just give people “chocolate donuts with sprinkles” they could win. But that would mean giving something tangible to people other than squillionaires…
July in Monroe County [NY]: 18 suspected OD deaths were most so far this year [D&C]
Weirdly, or not, the administration’s opioid plan is MIA vaporware.
They’ll fix it in the second term. After the next round of corporate and capital gains tax cuts.
He’s worth $40 million. And he’s not building houses for the poor like Jimmy Carter
David Carl Grimes
August 7, 2018 at 5:49 pm
considering the trillions given away, its amazing how cheaply he was bought…
Ah, but remember Nixon’s VP Spiro Agnew, who was known as the “only politician you could bribe with a bag of groceries”.
Obama has expensive threshold standards relative to Agnew.
But Agnew’s bribe price did make him a man of the people.
An obvious implication of Dave Graeber’s bullshit jobs thesis is to look for an inversion of pay to actual contribution to our societies’ functioning.
I’m at a little below median but comfortable, so I worry that I’m possibly more of a boat anchor than contributor.
Periodically I run this joke or parable or stylized fact (?):
Because Obama doesn’t know the first thing about construction.
OTOH, Carter was a born and raised farm boy who had to know how to do all kinds of things. It’s the nature of farming — you have to be versatile with your hand skills and your mental skills.
As an adult, Carter became a successful businessman, and that helped fuel his entry into politics. Having a politically savvy wife was another plus.
Perhaps this explains the popularity of and my own recent out-of-character fascination with the Walking Dead series. An allegory for our time combined with survival tips for the future. What’s not to like? Well, there is that squelching sound.
“Liberalism, once a great and noble philosophy”
Gonna need a citation on that…
The author of the piece cites liberalism’s founding ideals that include revolutionary anti-feudalism, science based material progress, and the notion of universally shared individual rights. Not that any of these ideals have been as yet perfectly realized. Works in progress that may or may not be finished before we finish off each other.
Rights based in the act of owning stuff. Yes, it’s good that feudalism was done away with, but it was replaced by privatizing the commons and forcing people to move to cities to become wage slaves.
When it comes to the economy, the centrist Democratic message is that ordinary people are struggling and we want to create better jobs for them—which is exactly what Donald Trump says. Wait, we say, we’re better at creating jobs! But Trump and the Republicans have a clear story about how they will create jobs: cut taxes on job creators, increase incentives to work and invest, eliminate “job-killing” regulations, deport immigrants who “take away jobs,” and rewrite trade deals that hurt American workers…..
The facts and the economics may be on our side, but that and
$36$ (where the hell are these 3$ starbuck coffees at) will buy you a coffee at Starbucks. As Sweeney points out, Bustos stands for the exact same thing Trump does (on economic issues).
Growth and jobs are not the problem.
But if you look at recent history, we’ve had enough growth. The problem, as is well known to anyone (except centrist Democrats, apparently) is how that growth has been shared. Since 1980, real per capita gross domestic product — total economic output per person — has grown by 82% (1.7% per year), while real median household income has increased by only 16% (less than 0.5% per year)…. In other words, if wealth inequality had not increased, ordinary American families would have 44% more stuff—more housing, more education, more health care, more retirement security—than they actually do today. That’s a lot of stuff.
Its like somebody is drowning, and the democrats keep yelling “that man is on fire” and keep throwing buckets of water on him…..
while republicans continue to believe that their policy of global warming will evaporate all the water….in the long run, so at least his children won’t drown….
Re: California soon may be first state to require public universities to offer abortion pills” [CalMatters].
Or if that failed experiment with Viagra and pregnant women is any indication, Viagra may have an unforseen use.
And the irony of that!
Report: Saudi-UAE coalition ‘cut deals’ with al-Qaeda in Yemen
Military alliance battling Houthi rebels negotiated secret deals and recruited al-Qaeda fighters, AP report says.
Right now, PBS Newshour is reporting this as if the news is a big surprise. I’m shocked that they’re shocked.
Lanbert, you were once again mentioned on the Thom Hartmann radio program with a mention to your post on the NHS system being assaulted by neoliberals. He then went on a rant on the damage done by neoliberals not only to health care, but also the postal system, then took a call from a nice republican (rare) complaining about democratic support for open borders which he rebutted, then on to a scheduled report. Unfortunately I had to stop listening at the top of the hour, 1:00 (CDT) to go vote NO on Right To Work in MO, & primaries. Suspicious (or not) how such an important matter was put on a primary voting ballot. I have to report that this was the biggest turn-out I have seen for a primary vote. I’ve had two door knockers for vote No on Prop A. As one writer to another, congratulations (technical writers get no credit, sigh).
Re: Ramp Hollow. Down over the knoll is an old farm with its house down below a very steep pasture. I’ve been keeping it open mainly because I’m in awe that families made a living there up until about 1960. If only the hippies and the back to the landers had come about 10 years earlier everything around here might have been different. The ramps are very nice there in the spring.
Some comments at the end of this article caught my eye. A brawl in an Asian-owned nail salon in a black neighborhood led to protests and social media anger. Take a look at what some residents are saying.
There are deplorables in Brooklyn too?! This reminded me of another article in WaPo about a month ago about the frustration of black residents in DC’s Southeast with Mayor Muriel Bowser’s tenure. Bowser has touted the multiple new housing construction projects in the area, but residents are concerned about the lack of development and, most importantly, jobs. Another interesting quote:
I can’t know for sure, but I’m guessing if WaPo had pressed Mr. Peterson a little more, he would have said who is working the jobs rather than local African-Americans.
The plural of anecdote is not data, but I’ve wondered, if Trump’s anti-immigration agenda wasn’t so obviously driven by racist contempt for poor, non-white people and if he talked about the effects of undocumented immigrants on wages rather than about building border walls to stop criminals, if he wouldn’t make headway in traditional Democratic strongholds. I think black voters are tired of being taken for granted by the Democratic Party and I’m not sure concern about immigration is exclusive to whites.
There are a TON of deplorables in the NY metro area building trades, some of whom live in Brooklyn.
They’re sick of their living and working conditions being eroded by cheap labor imported from overseas. Many of these individuals are rabid Trumpanzees and they all hate Bill De Blasio.
Go Gasque and Smith! Oh my god, another election has turned me into a cheerleader for dems. Every time I think I’m out blah, blah that line from the godfather.
Re: “Why Wells Fargo Is the Most Evil Bank in America”:
As NC has pointed out many times, Wells Fargo is a criminal enterprise that should have been shut down long ago. I have personal experience with #8 in the article’s list: force-placed insurance. Even though Wells never hit me with it, when I had an auto loan through Wells Fargo Dealer Services, I got threatening notices demanding proof of insurance at seemingly random times. I had to contact my agent, who was very familiar with this dance. “Oh, yeah, we have to deal with them all the time.”
Okay, this one is just bizzar.
Some one has parked an armed red white and blue jeep in front of the Koback watch party. And just in case you think I am kidding about this one.
This says so much. No word on weather the machine gun is armed. All though I would almost bet money that it is.
Before Reagan was Governor, UC tuition was a lot lower than $600. He did plenty of damage to California in the 60s.
early returns make it look like KS-03 is going to be Emily’s List (Sharice Davids) around 30% vs Bernie (Brent Welder) around 40%. As Norah Jones sang, “Here we go again…”
Welder just pulled ahead to 39%. But he has a long way to go.
Thompson is crushing it at 66%
yay for Thompson and the Justice Dems!
(Thompson is the local who was joined by Bernie and AOC at their stump in Wichita KS a few weeks ago)
If there really is a blue wave, then we might expect to see an increase in voter participation. While this is just antidotal, this dose look to be the case. For KS04, there were a total of 30,136 votes cast (yet to be certified). For the primary of 2014 in the same district, a total of 18,425 voters were cast on the Democratic side.
That is an increase of 164%
It’s an increase of 64%, or, put another way, 164% of the 2014 total.
Anyway, speaking of the so-called blue wave, it looks like Balderson has won in Ohio’s 12th district. He currently has 50.2% of the vote (101574 votes) compared to O’Connor’s 49.3% (99820 votes). There are 3,367 provisional ballots yet to be counted, so O’Connor would need 2561, or just over 76%, of those votes to win, which seems unlikely.
Sarah Smith in WA-09 is running 3rd, well behind the corporate-funded Adam Smith, and about 3000 votes behind the repub who she needs to beat to advance to the general. Not looking good. WA is vote by mail; I’m not sure how that gets reported/updated. Didn’t see a % of votes counted/precincts reporting, if they even do that sort of thing anymore.
Even with inflation, that’s $2,700. Now if they could do the same with textbooks, which rise faster than inflation, and remove the state law saying editions cannot be older than several (three?) years.
Better tha $70,000, amiright? (I agree it all about to be free.)
What? Trying to find ways to go pay for tuition, fees, books, gas, food, books, food, insurance, and oh yes, that fabulous low cost California rent is soooo easy. When not digging through seat cushions, and pockets for gas money, I would almost think that the great “liberal” paradise that is California does want me to graduate! I even appreciate paying more than my older Boomer relatives. What with their stories of summer jobs and grants paying for tuition, food, rent, and everything. What bums.
Re-reading all this… I would love, love, love to pay only 2,700 per a semester for tuition and fees especially as even an “affordable” junior college runs over 2,000 with tuition, fees, and books. Roughly thirty years ago there was no tuition, some small fees, and with books it was maybe 150, or less than 350 with inflation, if your full load had some expensive textbooks.