February 10th, 2009

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Seder and Maron calm down

It’s nice that Sam Seder and Marc Maron have calmed down from their panic over the stimulus bill, after seeing late last week that it would pass. Sam is very bright and so is of two minds about the bill, which is appropriate. Of course I listen to the (audio) podcast (of their streaming video show) mostly for the comedy, rather than news and opinion.

OT: Why is it that, when putting down Arlen Specter, Thom Hartmann often simultaneously praises him by crediting him with the single-bullet theory—which, of course, is a very sensible theory. I just don’t get that, it’s so strange.
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BuzzFlash tea

I’m drinking some BuzzFlash rooibos ‘tea’, even though it is awful. I finished the BuzzFlash tea-with-chocolate long ago; it was better, though it was closer to a peppermint tisane with some tea and bits of chocolate added than it was to tea with peppermint and chocolate added.

I hope the Freeper-likeness isn’t conveyed through the tea.
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A good bill

James Galbraith, on the Ron Reagan Show (where he is a frequent guest, I think), says the stimulus bill is a good one, even if it proves insufficient. His argument seems to boil down to that in the worst case this bill gave us some time to observe and consider.

Meanwhile, at about 11 in the morning yesterday, Thom Hartmann chose fearmongering over sense, declaring that ‘centrists’ were ‘just’ the same as right-wing freaks, declaring that the bill ‘won’t work’, and using an ominous tone of voice. I switched it off and listened to my ear-ringing instead.
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Folk flute

I’ve got to say, the Casey Burns folk flute is an amazing instrument, worth every minute of the months-long wait and then having to send the first one back because somehow I got marked down as wanting African blackwood (‘grenadilla’) instead of European boxwood. I can just hold it and play; its balance and easily covered holes not only make fingering easy, but also take away most of the fear of dropping the instrument.

I’ve got the model for small hands, so I don’t know about the regular fingering. I’d have gotten the small-hands model even if my hands were a little larger, actually, because of my hand disability. (I can only play for a minute or two without stopping, regardless of all else.)

Also the boxwood has a soft enough sound that it does not too much irritate my sound sensitivity. That would have been a problem with blackwood—along with its extra weight, and maybe also the feel of the wood and proneness to condensation, based on my brief experiments. (Boxwood is more fragile, though.)