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photos, evil plants, links

Not-fun travel tomorrow.
Hasty selection of summer photos. Yes I know a couple aren't rotated.

Plant links
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azolla_event
duckweed invasion
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=4654
http://www.swarthmore.edu/NatSci/cpurrin1/dodder.htm
plant behavior
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/22/science/22angi.html
plant carnivory might be more common
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34333178/ns/technology_and_science-science/

I calculated that the smallest 21 states, controlling 41-42 Senators, have 34 million people, or 11% of the population. You need half the people in those states to control the Senators, so in theory 6% of the population could shut down Congress via filibuster. Vs. needing an ideal 26% to control the House.

Politics links
* Krugman on Obama's non-progressiveness
* and on simulating single-payer
* "Most valuable Democrats"
* The deficit: Mostly Bush
* Gay marriage legalized in Mexico city
* Fringe? GOPer jokes about Obama hunting tags; schoolchildren in his area had chanted "assassinate Obama".
* This is sadly true in some purist regions.
* Ben Nelson is a reasonable compromising conservative; Lieberman is an unpredictable rogue.
* The pre-existing Democratic consensus on health-care reform.
* Needle exchange funding ban repealed by Congressional Democrats
* Soldier's family denied entry to the US

* "I'll just add that I understand the model in which you don't agree that this bill will expand and improve as it develops its constituency over time. But I don't understand the model by which you believe this bill won't be improved over time but you simultaneously believe reformers can get something better in the foreseeable future."

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nekomata
Dec. 24th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
re: summer photos
I kind of want to shear that chow to spin some yarn.
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