Busy Bees

Andy says the bees are focusing on gathering food after the winter. They don’t pay any attention to him at all.



They’re after the pussy willow because there doesn’t seem to be any other source of food around. His fruit trees are still completely dormant and won’t have blossoms for at least another month or six weeks. Hopefully the bees will still be around.


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A Dubious Invention?

Liquid alcohol is already the most abused substance in the nation, with great human and economic cost. I can’t see how powdered alcohol can do anything but add to the cost of alcohol abuse, hurting both the economy and adding to human suffering.
—-Constance Scharff, Ph.D., Senior Addiction Research Fellow and Director of Addiction Research at Cliffside Malibu Treatment Center.

So, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has approved Palcohol, powdered alcohol that will come in a metallic pouch that resembles a kids’ juice pouch. What could possibly go wrong? Well, Forbes says it sounds like “an accident waiting to happen,” and some states have already banned it and more may be in the process of doing so.

Apparently it was invented by people who wanted to be able to drink while backpacking without having to carry heavy bottles of liquor.

Do you think this is a great invention and that some people are overreacting? Or would you worry about possible abuses?


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New Restaurant in Town

When we were leaving the supermarket last night an old colleague of Andy asked,

Have you heard about the new restaurant in town?

We hadn’t, so he added,

It’s called Carma’s. There’s no menu, you just get what you deserve.

Yes, karma is spelled with a k, but if we had seen it written, it wouldn’t have taken us a minute to figure it out and laugh out loud. We had been happily taken in.


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Another Thing I’ll Never Try

It’s fun to watch, though. Needless to say, he got the gold medal.


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Useless Knowledge?

This fellow’s transmission won’t work in reverse, so rather than buy a new one he rigged up this contraption.

It’s ingenious, but I would hate to have to use it in an emergency!

Is this useless knowledge, or is a good laugh worth something?


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More Insanity

Andy Borowitz says Congress’s approval rating is so low it can’t be detected by current technology.

After a challenging week for the legislative body, the approval rating of the United States Congress has shrunk to a point where it is no longer detectable by the technology currently available, a leading pollster said on Friday.
[The pollster] said that the swift descent of Congress’s approval rating below detectable levels has surprised experts in the polling profession. “A couple of years ago, when they shut down the government, I wondered, What could they possibly do to become less popular than this?” the pollster said. “Now we know.”

Then there was the reaction of some Twitter users to this Time Magazine cover featuring Hillary Clinton.


The objection? The way her head was placed relative to the M in Time made it look as if she had horns. Time explained the same thing has happened to other cover stars, including Pop Francis, Prince Charles, and Darth Vader. Apparently most people think the horn idea is ridiculous, but it does point out how crazy some interpretations can get.


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Democracy in Action

You may have heard that 47 Republican senators sent an open letter to Iran saying many of them would remain in office long after Obama’s second term was over, meaning any deal reached between the U.S. and Iran could be easily reversed by the next president.

Comedian Andy Borowitz says Iran is now offering to mediate talks between the congressional Republicans and President Obama because

….their continuing hostilities are a threat to world peace.

[Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei] said that his nation was the “logical choice” to jumpstart negotiations between Obama and the Republicans because “it has become clear that both sides currently talk more to Iran than to each other.”

In fact, according to the New York Times,

[Khamenei] said the letter warning that any nuclear deal could be scrapped by a new president was “a sign of a decline in political ethics and the destruction of the American establishment from within.

According to the Daily Beast,

Republican aides were taken aback by the response to what what they thought was a lighthearted attempt to signal to Iran and the public that Congress should have a role in the ongoing nuclear discussions. Two GOP aides separately described their letter as a “cheeky” reminder of the congressional branch’s prerogatives.

“The administration has no sense of humor when it comes to how weakly they have been handling these negotiations,” said a top GOP Senate aide.

Senator John McCain thinks the Senators who signed might have been too hasty,

It was kind of a very rapid process. Everybody was looking forward to getting out of town because of the snowstorm. I think we probably should have had more discussion about it, given the blowback that there is.

Democracy in action. Not always a pretty sight, and maybe not an inspiration for others to follow our example?

I’m afraid “a bunch of clowns” is the term that comes to my mind. Do you think I’m being too uncharitable?


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In last night’s post Montana was going on about a weather forecast of a Fenced Dog Alert, until Torben said,

Sorry to interrupt your rant Montana – I know I am supposed to just be acting as your scribe – but I think I need to stop you now and inform you that the weather people said: “Dense Fog”. Not “Fenced Dog”.

Montana replied,

Oh. Never mind.

As usual, it sometimes pays to check our assumptions. We can’t believe everything we think.


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The Four Agreements

The recent posts here and at Nick’s site about not worrying about what other people think of us reminds me of Don Miguel Ruiz’s book, The Four Agreements — a Practical Guide to Personal Freedom:

Be Impeccable With Your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

Don’t Take Anything Personally: Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

Don’t Make Assumptions: Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

Always Do Your Best: Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

Do you think the world would be better off if more people adopted those agreements? Or do you think that would be infeasible because it goes against human nature? Or?


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Pesty Pets?

We hear a lot about how pets are good for our health, but this article shows that they can interfere with our reading. I’m wondering if Rummuser ever has this problem?


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