We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Undaunted by a rash of scandals over the science underpinning climate change, top climate researchers are plotting to respond with what one scientist involved said needs to be “an outlandishly aggressively partisan approach” to gut the credibility of skeptics.
A sugarbush here in Michigan is the building where you make maple syrup. In my wayward youth, the neighbor across the section had a log-cabin style sugarbush in the woods that ran down the middle of the section. It was wood-fired, a large shallow pan was placed in the center of the building on top of a large open hearth. Wesley (the neighbor) used to escape his harpy wife and nagging father by going out there to make his syrup. My mother would let my brother and me stay out there all day long helping Wesley. Our job was to keep the sap in the pan moving along with large wooden paddles (so it wouldn't burn), and to bring in the wood. We'd happily work all day for the maple candy Wesley made from the crystalized sugar on the pan lining. And he'd send my mother home some maple butter he made each day from the good cream from his dairy. I guess you could say it was our first jobs for pay at 7 and 6 years old..... fond memories!
re the "Population Bomb" nutjob, his comrade-in-arms John Holdren is highly placed in the White House as one of the Obamanation's science czars. Holdren contributed to that book --something about adding hormones to the nation's water supplies in order to sterilize populations without their knowing it. I have no idea if or how these birds would actually try something like that, but there's ten million hits on Google with search terms [ estrogen rivers ].