It’s a lovely time of year up here in the Great Land. As we move into August, the leaves on the birches, poplars and alders around the place are turning from the bright green of spring and early summer to the darker green of late summer, and in a few places there is a bit of yellow starting to creep in.
Meanwhile, the fireweed is growing up thick and fast everywhere. Mrs. Animal is starting to gather the blossoms for fireweed jelly. Fireweed grows pretty much everywhere up here. It takes its name from being the first plants to move in to burn sites, and in late summer it turns all the roadsides this lovely purple. We have quite a bit of it around the edges of the yard. I’d like to get some Indian Paintbrush and some Forget-Me-Nots planted as well.
In another week or two, the berry season starts. Alaska just continues to prove itself better and better.
On To the Links!
A trillion here, a trillion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money. And a metric buttload of inflation.
The Ginsu missile. It slices! It dices! It even makes Julienne fries!
RIP, Ron Popeil. Two great Americans gone.
It looks like Liz Cheney is on her way out. Now if we can just manage to dump Murkowski up here.
Dirty Business: China’s Dominant Coal-Fired Solar Panel Industry Belches More Net Carbon Than Oil or Gas. But hey, go on feeling great about those solar panels!
Stupid ideas are stupid. Film at eleven.
The Space Race Among Billionaires Is Just Beginning. Good! Let them compete. I’ve always said that the next big breakthroughs in space exploration will (and should) come from the private sector.
This last Monday from our good friend and fellow blogger Jillian Becker: A Reign of Stupidity. Go read it all, but here’s my favorite bit:
Now, in America, under a leftist Democrat federal government – the stupidest government the republic has ever had with a doofus gone senile for a president, a cackling fool for a vice president, a childishly vindictive harpy for speaker of the House, all supported by mass media staffed with parrots and toadies – generations are being raised to be ignorant and dumb. Illiteracy and innumeracy will be conditions of honor; ability, talent, mastery, mere proofs of “white privilege” and “white supremacist” ambition.
This is why Jillian’s blog is on my daily reading list.
Boy, karma is a real bitch, ain’t it? Honestly, though, I wish Ms. Griffin a speedy and complete recovery – because that’s what decent people do.
It’s hard to see how Governor Andrew Dice Cuomo can slime his way out of this one, but then, he has a “D” after this name, so… Then again, lots of people are calling for his resignation – including one incoherent senile old fart.
You know what they say about blind hogs and acorns. As for Cuomo: It couldn’t happen to a more deserving asshole. Seriously, fuck that guy.
This Week’s Idiots:
CNN’s Stephen Collinson is also an idiot. Beginning to see a pattern here?
The New York Times’ Charles Blow (Repeat Offender Alert) is also an idiot. Seeing another pattern?
This Week’s Cultural Edification:
One of, if not the best female vocalist alive today is Mary Fahl, formerly the lead singer of the 90s alternative band October Project. Mary has had a modest solo career since leaving OP, mostly playing small venues around the country and releasing a few albums. Mrs. Animal and I have seen her live twice, and it’s neat; she played both times to audiences of less than a hundred people, and stayed afterwards to chat with members of the audience.
It’s important to note that Mary has had not one day of formal training. Just a lot of practice and natural talent.
She also does larger shows, such as one of her live albums recorded at New York’s Mauch Chunk Opera House. Here, from that show, is the closing number, Be My Hero. Enjoy.