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Saturday, August 17. 2013
An annual re-post:
We mentioned in our piece on cicadas that the Katydids would begin their singing in mid-late summer. They are beginning to go strong now here in New England.
Open that window, shut off the TV, and let those wonderful, soothing, romantic, sentimental, poignant, sleepy-time night sounds roll in to feed your soul. And engrave it in your heart - we only have so many Augusts in our lives. For the katydid, it's their one and only - no wonder they sing their hearts out, until a hard frost kills them all.
You hardly ever see a Katydid - they are well-camouflaged in the green leaves but they are all over. Early evening and nighttime are when they make their music - more like Kay-did than a three-syllable tune. It sounds as if they are singing to each other. With the crickets providing the chirping background theme, it's a fine choir out there right now, at night. The bugs own the night.
Here's more info about Katydids.
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Down heah in Alabama, the katydids are in full sound now. The nights are starting to cool off, the humidity is gone, out on the deck, its like a band of seranating katydids, to the left and to the right.
I like this part of summer the best, I hate full blown summer, its way to hot....from now til winter is the best time of year for me.
I was looking for poems about the katydid....know where there are any??
try the link. never heard of a poem about them.
Chirp'in and burp'n ..can't eat a poem
CREAM OF KATYDID SOUP
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
14 frozen katydids, thawed
1 quart vegetable broth
24 to 28 spears (4 cups) fresh green asparagus
1/2 cup buttermilk or heavy cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Melt butter in a large pot, and simmer the garlic and chopped onions until they are soft and golden.
Add 8 of the katydids and the vegetable broth; bring the broth to a boil.
Trim inch from the end of each asparagus spear and discard. Set aside asparagus tips and drop the rest of the stalks into the boiling broth. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
In a blender, puree the onions, broth, asparagus and katydid mixture.
Return puree to pot, add reserved asparagus tips and simmer until they are tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Stir in the buttermilk, season with salt and pepper, cover and chill.
Immediately before serving, float the remaining katydids on the surface of each bowl for garnish. Tell your guests not to eat this insect. It's just there for appearance's sake.
Yield: 6 servings.
WTF, WHO WOULD MAKE A SOUP OUT OF A LITTLE INNOCENT BUG. how do you sleep at night
Vote Swapping Legal: Good News for Libertarians?
A three-judge panel from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that vote swapping web sites like those that sprang up before the 2000 election are legal and protected under the First Amendment.
Ars Technica has a very good nutshell explanation of the vote swapping scheme:
The idea here was that the swing state voters could still cast their ballots for a third-party candidate (such as Ralph Nader) without endangering the Democratic candidate (Al Gore) in their states. Although Nader was in no danger of winning the presidency, votes were still crucial because his party hoped to exceed the five percent threshold for receiving federal election funds in the next campaign.
Prior to the decision, Eugene Volokh reasoned thusly:
Senator Smith to Senator Jones: "I'll pay you $10,000 if you vote my way." Criminal bribe. Senator Smith to Senator Jones: "I'll vote your way on the bill you like if you vote my way on the bill I like." Legislative business as usual, sometimes slimy but sometimes necessary for politics to function; clearly not illegal, and perhaps constitutionally protected (not that anyone has tested this). Yet "something of value is being given in exchange for a vote," no? (In fact, if the Senators fear losing reelection if they don't make deals like this, then the something of value translates into something of financial value for them their salaries.)
OK, you say, legislative deals are special. But why should the sovereign voters have fewer rights to make deals than their servants in Congress?
I don't see this as having much of an impact on the 2008 election. That's mainly because I don't think Bloomberg will make much of a splash even if he does run as an independent (in fact, I don't think he'll even make it on the ballot in all 50 states). Nor do I see a third party Democrat/Green standing up and making noise.
However, this could be very good news for Libertarians, the only third party in the US that has a broad enough base in the number of states that will be able to benefit. Imagine every Libertarian that holds his nose to vote Republican in a "safe" state (or a lost state, like California) being able to vote Libertarian.
Prediction: three parties on the presidential ballot in 2012.
Who knows? This might even be the beginning of the end of the two party monopoly in the US. [OK, so maybe I shouldn't go that far.]
Technorati Tags: Voting Reform, Third Party Politics, Libertarian Party, Vote Swapping, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
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HOW TO DRIVE IN FLORIDA
1. You must first learn to pronounce the name, it is: "FLAAAAARIDA".
2. The morning rush hour is from 5:00 AM to noon. The evening rush hour is
from noon to 8:00 PM. Friday's rush hour starts on Thursday morning
3. The minimum acceptable speed on most freeways is 85 mph. On I-95 your
speed is expected to match the highway number. Anything less is grounds to
run you off the road while giving you the finger.
4. Forget the traffic rules you learned elsewhere. Florida has its own
version of traffic rules. For example, cars/trucks with the loudest
go first at a four-way stop; the trucks with the biggest tires go second.
However, SUV cell phone-talking moms ALWAYS have the right of way.
5. If you actually stop at a yellow light, you will be rear ended, cussed
out, and possibly shot.
6. Never honk at anyone. Ever. Seriously. It's another offense that can
get you shot.
7. Road construction is permanent and continuous in Florida. Detour
are moved around for your entertainment pleasure during the middle of the
night to make the next day's driving a bit more exciting
10. If someone actually has their turn signal on, wave them to the
shoulder immediately to let them know it has been accidentally activated.
11. Merge means race like a madman and cut the person in line off or
better yet---run them off the road.
12. For summer driving, it is advisable to wear potholders on your hands.
13. If you are going to yell anything out the window, make sure it is in
then why don't you make a comment on something?
it looked like a whole bunch of nothing on the page before the contributors did their thing.
please give us your best 100 words on katydids, please.
just ignore the recipes, jokes, and news articles.
your turn to contribute ,anybody can whine
Black Muslims accused of Oakland hit!
Black newspaper editor gunned down in street!; More details here :
Note to dolts. This topic is on katydids but we will allow expansion in the bug world.Please stay on topic, Thank you.
The Bug Topic Czar
Controlling Whitefly Naturally
By: Arzeena Hamir
The warm temperatures of the summer bring on a rush of new foliage growth, attracting a wide variety of pests. Whitefly, one of the most difficult pests to control, pose a special challenge to gardeners. Whitefly numbers grow dramatically in the heat, most strains are resistant to pesticides, and the pests infect a huge range of hosts including bedding plants, strawberries, tomatoes, and poinsettias.
Just as the name implies, whitefly are small, fly-like insects with white coloured wings. They hide on the underside of leaves where they multiply rapidly. Whitefly feed on plant juices and, in large numbers, can consume a considerable amount of nutrients, causing plants to pale in colour. Like aphids, they also excrete honeydew, attracting black sooty mold fungus. Recently, these pests have been found to spread viruses.
Although all whitefly tend to look alike, there are two major types - greenhouse whitefly and silverleaf whitefly (formerly sweetpotato whitefly). The greenhouse whitefly has been recorded on over 250 plants while the silverleaf whitefly attacks over 500 hosts. Adult greenhouse whitefly are slightly less than 1/8 inch long. They have a white, waxy coating and hold their wings parallel to the leaf surface. Adult silverleaf whitefly are slightly smaller than the greenhouse whitefly and have a yellowish hue. They hold their narrow wings at a 45-degree angle to the leaf surface.
Although not as prevalent, other whitefly types include the bandedwing whitefly; the spiraling whitefly which attacks star apple and ornamental banana; the cloudywinged whitefly which can infest citrus, gardenia and Ficus; and the citrus whitefly which occurs on citrus and gardenia.
Whitefly eggs are spindle-shaped and stand vertically on the leaf surface. For many species, eggs are white when first laid and turn dark grey (greenhouse whitefly) or amber-brown (silverleaf whitefly) with time. Eggs are deposited on the underside of leaves, sometimes in a circle or crescent-shaped patterns. After hatching, the "crawler" stage moves about on the plant looking for a feeding site.
At temperatures between 65 and 75F, it takes less than 40 days to develop from egg to adult. Mating is not necessary for egg production and a female may lay up to 200 eggs.
Thankfully, there are a number cultural techniques and organic sprays to help keep whitefly from over-running your plants. A combination of these control techniques is the best method to keeping whitefly numbers down.
When purchasing new plants, inspect both the upper & lower surfaces. Preventing whitefly infection this way saves headaches in the long term. Floating row cover, placed over plants, will also prevent them from becoming infected.
If you do find whitefly, don't panic! A cylinder vacuum can bring numbers down considerably. Since the adult moths can fly easily from one plant to another, do not place infested plant material next to clean plants.
Whitefly are attracted to the yellow colour of sticky traps. For best results, hang or place the cards close to the top of the plant. Doors, vents and other openings where whiteflies can enter greenhouses are other good sites to hang yellow sticky cards.
Whitefly began showing resistance to synthetic insecticides in the 1980s. Sprays containing pyrethrum or neem give the best control for organic growers. Both the surface & the underside of the leaf need to be covered and during the summer, a spray regime every 5 days is required.
Biological Control Agents
Encarsia formosa, a small wasp, parasitizes to up to 100 immature greenhouse whitefly each. Encarsia populations prefer temperatures above 70 degrees F for development. The best time to use Encarsia is between mid-March and mid-September.
Delphastus pusillus, a small black ladybird beetle, will control both greenhouse and silverleaf whitefly. The larvae will consume up to 1000 whitefly eggs in its lifetime but will also feed on nymphs. Like Encarsia, the beetles perform best at temperatures between above 65F.
For more information on whitefly, look to the following website: http://www.tvorganics.com
Terra Viva Organics - supply of yellow sticky traps
Courts reaffirms right not to read
In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court ruled today in the Maggies Farm vs Readers case that the individual DOES NOT HAVE TO READ any of ,or, any part of any blog in the blogshhere.
The Blog Owners Association spokesman had no comment.
This follows soon after the same radical right court decided in the Cable TV case that a TV viewer was entitled to change program channels at their discretion.
Still pending before the court is the highly controversial "Tire Air Pressure Case" in which the question is over an individuals right to run exactly how many PSI in their car tires they desire. That decision is expected Monday.
Jeeves, I often feel compelled to write something other than what is the main topic on a blog is. What should I do?
Move to China or Russia where you don't have a choice or you'll be dead. This I am sure will cure your wantoness for freedom of expression.
Jihad On Our Shores
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Homeland Security: Some say America's not fertile ground for jihadists, that all the radicals are overseas. The arrest of two Muslims near a South Carolina Naval base with pipe bombs reminds us such thinking is wishful.
Related Topics: Global War On Terror | Military & Defense
Two college students from Tampa Ahmed Mohamed and Yousef Megahed were caught speeding toward the Goose Creek naval weapons station. Police found lead pipe bombs in their trunk. They've been charged with possession of explosives, and the FBI is investigating them as possible "terrorists," say neighbors interviewed by agents.
These cases seem to pop up every few months. For those paying attention, it spells a trend. But you'd never know it from the spotty news coverage they receive. If they are covered, the media plays them almost as random crime stories.
Terror plots and arrests on the other side of the pond, however, get major play. To hear pundits, Europe has the Islamic terror problem, not us. The Christian Science Monitor says "European-style homegrown terror cells" are just not seen here.
In fact, we've had more homegrown terror. You just don't hear about it as much because we've already had our 9/11.
In addition to the Muslim snipers who terrorized the Washington area for weeks on the first anniversary of 9/11, the U.S. has been plagued by dozens of terror attacks or disrupted plots over the past several years, including:
The "Lackawanna Six" from upstate New York who were caught training for terror with al-Qaida overseas.
The Columbus, Ohio, trucker who helped al-Qaida case the Brooklyn Bridge for attack.
The Los Angeles man who fatally shot two and wounded three at an Israeli airline ticket counter at LAX.
The New Yorker found guilty of plotting to blow up a Manhattan subway station.
The Lodi, Calif., native who trained with al-Qaida in Pakistan to blow up fellow Americans at supermarkets.
The three black Muslim converts from Torrance, Calif., jailed for plotting to attack Army recruiting stations and synagogues.
The Virginia jihadists busted for training to kill U.S. soldiers overseas.
The San Francisco Muslim who took his SUV on a hit-and-run killing spree.
The black Muslim cell in Miami which plotted to attack the Sears Tower.
The jihadist who went on a shooting rampage at a Jewish community center in Seattle, announcing "I'm a Muslim American; I'm angry at Israel."
The Fort Dix Six who planned to penetrate the New Jersey base as pizza delivery men, then open fire on troops.
The black Muslim converts who recently plotted to blow up JFK airport.
The honors student-turned-jihadist who rented an SUV and rammed it into a crowd at the University of North Carolina.
The pro-Taliban operatives caught training for jihad in the Oregon woods.
The shotgun-toting 18-year-old Muslim who murdered five shoppers inside a Salt Lake City mall.
The black convert recently busted for plotting to blow up Illinois shopping malls with grenades.
And on and on.
Some argue that these cases, as many as there are, are isolated and don't add up to the kind of intense radicalism seen in Britain. They say our Muslims are moderate by comparison. A recent Pew poll, however, reveals that more than one in four young Muslim Americans favors suicide bombing as a way to even scores.
Some pundits also claim our mosques don't preach hatred. It's fairly common for imams to preach assimilation, claims pro-Arab lobbyist James Zogby. That's not as true in Europe, where sermons can be laced with extremism, he says.
"The success of Saudi-inspired religious zealotry in Europe was in large part because the Saudis put up the money to build mosques and pay for imams," says Ian Cuthbertson, a counterterrorism expert at the World Policy Institute at the New School for Social Research. "The American Muslim community was rich enough not to require Saudi money to build its mosques."
In fact, eight in 10 mosques in America are funded and controlled by the Saudis.
The notion that America doesn't have a radical Muslim problem unfortunately is a myth. Pundits need to quit fooling people.
This is the old Maggie's Farm comment section that I have been missing for a while now ..... so glad that the surprise element has returned. I am a twice daily reader with a smile on my face.
Oops. I didn't realize that I was enjoying vintage comments on a repost.
Tis okay, Liz. We've all done that at one time or another. Makes your point no less valid.
Stanley Cavell, on singing
Twice I remember asking my mother, `Why are operas always sad?' She tried no answer, but she was someone to whom I could direct such a perplexity. I would come to give myself various answers to the question - based on questions having to do, for example, with what occasions people to sing, and what plots best allow for such occasions, questions which I would later come to feel assumed the question, not answered it. I do not know that it is the most searching question one might ask of opera, but the most interesting directions for an answer I have been given to it come from another woman, Catherine Clιment in her book Opera, or the Undoing of Women, published in 1979, translated into English some ten years later, when I came across it. Her answer is, in effect, that opera is about the death of women, and about the singing of women, and can be seen to be about the fact that women die because they sing.
Stanley Cavell A Pitch of Philosophy, p.132
NOTICE: THIS POST HAS BEEN POSTED FOUR TIMES STARTING IN 2005. Let us eat cake, readers!
Katydids...love the chorus each night...I just want to know...where on earth do these things go after the first frost...I never see one dead on the ground, never see them stuck to a tree branch somewhere like the molting shells of the cicada, never see them stuck to a fall colored leaf after drops...these things have to end up somewhere...!?!?
BTW...I am new here...I don't know how to use this site/page...what should I be doing under homepage and under homepage...?
Sorry again...what if anything should I be typing next to "Homepage" and next to "In reply to"...?
Wow, this comment section is quite lively. I have been coming here for years (but rarely comment.) And I would not have expected this much for a new post. . .