Goodbye, Michele Bachmann. Thanks for the memories:

1. Like the time she shared her hometown pride in growing up in the same county as serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

2. The way she doth display her knowledge of Shakespeare: “‘Thou protesteth too much,” quoth Bachmann.

3. The time she learned all about HPV vaccines from a random lady.

4. “I haven’t had a gaffe or something that I’ve done that has caused me to fall in the polls.”

5. The time she called the tax code a “weapon of mass destruction" and we finally learned why we invaded Iraq (Saddam’s capital gains tax, duh).

6. That speech where she claimed the Revolutionary War started in New Hampshire. 

7. When she wished Elvis a happy birthday on the anniversary of his death.

8. “Now with the president, he put us in Libya. He is now putting us in Africa.”

9. “I’m a lovable little fuzz ball! I have no idea what [liberals] would have to fear.”

10. That time she wasn’t afraid to blame God for hurricanes.

11. The quote that nearly caused PolitiFact to explode, ”After the debate that we had last week, PolitiFact came out and said that everything I said was true.”

12. The way she loved synonyms as much as she hated the environment: ”The big thing we are working on now is the global warming hoax. It’s all voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax.”

13. ”I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. And I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.”

14. That time she wouldn’t look directly at the CNN camera, probably because she thought the liberal media would steal her soul.

15. The way she spoke like a Game of Thrones character: “What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing. This will not pass. We will do whatever it takes to make sure this doesn’t pass.”

If she did all this while holding office, imagine what she’ll be able to accomplish with the free time she’s about to have.

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Kendall dropped onto his belly and peered up at him. He tucked his head between his paws. “Sorry.”

Logan sighed and lay down in front of him, pushing his nose against his. “You promise you won’t bite my ears anymore?”

Kendall’s eyes lit up. He lifted his head and nodded, thumping his tail against the ground. “I promise!” he barked eagerly, leaping to his feet and licking Logan’s face until he laughed and rolled onto his back.


After being so inspired by  Vita’s subtle planting of the Nuttery at Sissinghurst , I found a small space at the back of my existing miniature fruit garden to recreate a snippet of the Nuttery plants. Vita’s original planting seems to  be a sweeping monochrome, from purest white of the Anemone nemorosa and the albino effect of the Hyacinthoides non-scripta through ivory and sulphur yellow of the Primula vulgaris and elatior  punctuated with bold acid greens held aloft the cylindrically arranged  foliage of Euphorbia amygladoides var. robbaie . I have spent many an hour trying to find the deep secrets of the Nuttery, something as elusive as the beautiful effect it gives when its looking its best in late May. Even head gardener Alexis Datta keeps the plant list close to her chest. So i have done my best to simulate how I feel the planting could be recreated. next year its set to be in full swing, please follow my facebook page for a full plant list of my woodland plants. 

playitbackward said:

I saw the movie "Cowspiracy" which claims that Animal Agriculture is the largest contributor to climate change -- it contributes 51% of all greenhouse gas emissions. I checked this after the movie and the UN FAO lists it at 11%, but a third party, "World Watch" recalculates it to 51 based on respiration and other factors. I judge the evidence overall to support the treatise that animal ag is unsustainable, but isn't respiration carbon neutral - feed plants store CO2 equal to what cows expel? -PH

Hi playitbackward,

First, I’m into adaptation - not carbon or emissions nuttery. I help governments reduce risks by changing environmental and development policies. Adaptation is the process of reducing impacts from climate change. It’s basically preventing natural disasters using climate science. Read a short summary here.

That said, the movie is clearly misleading and propagandist (thus the title). It’s not difficult to find the correct sources of information on sources of emissions, primarily of which is the IPCC’s Fifth climate assessment report on mitigation: Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change.