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.
Perhaps the weirdest aspect of Russia’s views on shale gas is that it has criticized recent interest in Rumania, Bulgaria and Poland in shale gas development as environmentally irresponsible, a somewhat surreal complaint given the USSR’s ecocide inflicted by more than seven decades of headlong industrialization.
Growing up in the shadow of the USSR, I never thought I'd hear the Russian president urge his country to make realistic predictions about global supply and demand so as to be ready to make the best use of the country's resources, respond intelligently to the market, and maximize real prosperity.
Bird Dog ...
I don't think I quite agree with you about Kobe beef, not because I think it's not a scam in one way. We obviously don't have sweet little old ladies drinking Japanese beer and spitting it on the cow's coats, to be massaged in. That's not "the American Way." But I understand there are some ranches here and there raising cows [without the old ladies] which, heritably speaking, come from the same bloodlines as the Kobe beef cows in Japan. I have a great respect for hybridizing toward one purpose or another, because that's what I did with my orchids for twenty-five years. But as an orchid judge, I traveled to shows all over the country and had a chance to see how climate and growing conditions can make a great difference in plants from the same orchid cross, and probably it's true about animals as well.
When my husband and I were in Japan, we went to dinner one evening and had some of the so-called Kobe beef, which was indeed a minor miracle... soft as butter and exquisitely flavored. Celestial. It was absolutely the best beef I had ever had. I haven't yet been able to duplicate the experience here in the good old US of A, even though there is a ranch somewhere in the state of Texas which is reputed to raise genuine Kobe beef. We've dined on meat from the ranches once or twice and the meat was delicious. But not the same.
Maybe it's the tender attentions of the little old ladies that we were missing. Do ya think?
The idea of filing suit against election officials is appealing, but somehow nothing ever happens to them. I propose that we stop pretending they can be influenced by suits (which taxpayers will pay any fines for) and instead simply do not allow election certification until the military votes can be counted. 45 days from when they were mailed, 10 days for them to chose, another 45 days back. You want your election finished on time, mail military ballots on time.