So

So, after just falling down the Joe Scarborough conspiracy rabbit hole, where it met the Matt Lauer dung pile, which intersected with opposing threads of partisan tax math and a new smear of birther tripe, I have a question: Is it possible to type something wan and despairing about how the social media experiment is a horrible failure that will eventually destroy all our lives with waves of irrationality and gleeful cretinism? Further, can the comment itself (made with and expressly for consumption via social media) withstand its own sad irony if I link to a picture of Paul Ryan really working a burn?

“Worms are vital for any healthy garden, aiding in the process of breaking down dead plant material and recycling nutrients like nitrogen and…

“Worms are vital for any healthy garden, aiding in the process of breaking down dead plant material and recycling nutrients like nitrogen and potassium, which are necessary for plant survival. But Mars soil is a far cry from the nutrient-rich environment familiar to the wriggly creatures on Earth, Sarah Gibbens reports for National Geographic. So researchers at Wageningen University were surprised to find that a colony of earthworms were thriving in the faux dirt, and were actually able to reproduce.”

America just sold the last shred of its soul and credibility to AIPAC and Netanyahu

America just sold the last shred of its soul and credibility to AIPAC and Netanyahu.
No, not Donald Trump – America.
This was a bipartisan effort. Republicans and Democrats just effectively killed the last remaining hope for peace in the Middle East.
And once again, Washington is acting completely against America’s best interest, simply because this corrupt system, in which foreign lobbyists and corporations have more power and influence than voters, not only allows it, but encourages and rewards it.
And it should be clear once and for all: When it comes to bombing of- and stealing from the innocent, there’s no “resistance” in Washington, there is and always will be unity among Republicans and Democrats.
Two heads of the same, corrupt, rotten snake cannot be in resistance to each other.
My heart goes out to the Palestinian people.

I’ve finished unloading the truck

I’ve finished unloading the truck. Unpacking, that’s a completely different thing.
Tomorrow will be a day full of laundry, unpacking boxes, reshelving books, reorganizing storage spaces, dismantling cardboard boxes, and possibly throwing a few things out that were damaged when water leaked into a corner of my storage unit (yeah, not happy about that, but so far I haven’t lost too much).

I had a terrific time last night reading at the Ugly Mug for the Two Idiots Peddling Poetry Series!, I have so many fond memories of the hosts, the…

I had a terrific time last night reading at the Ugly Mug for the Two Idiots Peddling Poetry Series!
I have so many fond memories of the hosts, the venue, Phil the owner, and of course, all the many talented poets. This was the reading series that offered me my first featured poet spot almost 16 years ago — long before my MFA and PhD, back when I was still a computer programmer by day (and night), who wanted to keep writing and learning about poetry.
Thank you, Ben Trigg, Steve Ramirez, LeAnne Hunt, Ln Webre, Hope Alvarado, and all the many regulars and first timers who made the evening special! I was honored to share the stage with all of you!

With thanks to Philip Vafiadis

With thanks to Philip Vafiadis. On first sight, what surprises me most, aside from the awe of such depth and beauty, is the combination of curves (which I’d expect) with rectilinear waveforms (which I didn’t)… like a touch of Edvard Munch and Van Gogh (not “Starry Night”). Anyway … staggering. Let’s go.

There’s not one thing acceptable about this, including standing by

There’s not one thing acceptable about this, including standing by. Not enough ways to thank Steven M. Wise and Team Nonhuman Rights Project for devoting themselves to changing the law to give these smart, feeling, family-oriented, self-aware creatures legal rights beyond that of “objects” … the right to live in a safe sanctuary with others.

“The cuts, if they happen, would decrease federal spending on Medicare by 4 percent — amounting to about $25 billion next year, the Congressional…

“The cuts, if they happen, would decrease federal spending on Medicare by 4 percent — amounting to about $25 billion next year, the Congressional Budget Office forecast. Because paygo rules do not allow Medicare benefits to be touched, the funding loss would be spread among payments to doctors, hospitals and others that provide care to the program’s 56 million older and disabled Americans.
Those rules focus only on the mandatory spending within the federal budget and would leave untouched some health-care programs that provide help to low-income Americans, such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. But it could eliminate nearly $1 billion a year for a Prevention and Public Health Fund, created under the ACA, that now represents 12 percent of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s budget.
If that fund disappears, “people are going to be sicker,” Benjamin warned, with fewer low-income Americans likely to get tested for breast or colon cancer, and public health workers less able to control outbreaks of contagious infections.”

“Fecal transplants are part of the burgeoning field of research involving the microbiome: the living universe of microbes, including bacteria, that…

“Fecal transplants are part of the burgeoning field of research involving the microbiome: the living universe of microbes, including bacteria, that live on and in the body. Unlike their disease-causing counterparts, these microbes work to improve human health. Certain bacteria, for example, are linked to lower rates of conditions like allergies, asthma, obesity and even some types of mental illnesses.”

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“Mr. Erickson, a longtime conservative operative who has been involved in several presidential campaigns, presented himself in the email as a well-connected intermediary to the upper reaches of the Russian government. By “happenstance” and the reach of the N.R.A., Mr. Erickson wrote, he had been put in position to “slowly begin cultivating a back-channel to President Putin’s Kremlin” in recent years.
“Russia is quietly but actively seeking a dialogue with the U.S. that isn’t forthcoming under the current administration,” he wrote.
Indeed, evidence does appear to show deep ties between Mr. Erickson, the N.R.A. and the Russian gun rights community that were formed in the years when many American conservatives, put off by the Obama administration’s policies, were increasingly looking to Mr. Putin as an example of a strong leader opposing immigration, terrorism and gay rights.
The N.R.A. was one of Mr. Trump’s biggest backers during the campaign, spending tens of millions of dollars to help elect him….”

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