Does anyone know what these critters are? This one is small but have seen up to 1/2” long. Actual color is very wine/purple with yellow-green spots on sides of creepy wiggly body. It waves its front whiskers around like it wants to get in your ear and eat your brain. Tiny aliens.
Guys it’s not an earwig, which has butt forceps. This thing is purple and has face wavers.

Close to this 👇 from images, but not as horned looking
Ok seems like some kind of lacewing larvae, probably brown lacewings — and good news they eat aphids and not brains.

So alien looking tho yuck
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8 Jun
Lunch break garden walk:

Currently obsessed with the tiny adorable curlycues in the dandelion greens blossoms
This lucky garden spider has a great spot in the center of the crepe myrtle which occasionally gets this ethereal lighting
Well helloooooo red amaranth growing in the corn! (Wild seeds from last year, but my rule is if it grows, it stays)

They both grow tall. They can be friends.
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3 Jun
“This is not the same country I fought for,” says Lt Col (ret) Barnard Kemter after the organizers of an Ohio Memorial Day event turned off his mic when they didn’t like his speech, which discussed the role of freed slaves in the origins of Memorial Day /1…
Take the time listen to Kemter’s full speech, which is full of many relevant history lessons on union and sacrifice and what that sacrifice was all meant to buy.

Imagine being so far gone in partisan madness as to censor this speech about our nation /2…
This story is now getting national attention. Hudson, Ohio was one of my hometowns. Its history, which Kemter refers to in his speech, is proudly rooted in the abolition movement.

It did not used to be a place of madness. /3
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6 May
If you want to imagine how bad & stupid things would have been in a 2nd Trump term—how accelerated the downward spiral of American relevancy could be—feast your eyes upon the marvels of the Arizona ballot recount, where conjurers may as well be dousing for demons in the ballots.
Looking for “bamboo” in the ballots to prove they are somehow smuggled forgeries from China to help democrats — not at all a totally made-up thing leveraging some lazy ideas about Asia (oh wait yes it totally is)
Using UV lights to disprove a negative — not at all a waste of time and money (there shouldn’t be watermarks, so we will look to be sure there are no watermarks, even though the idea there might be some is bananas-crazy-cuckoo-pants) — oh wait, i totally a waste of time and money
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29 Apr
I normally hate the State of the Union (or whatever). Dribs and drabs of partisan clap points that I eyeroll through to get to one or two lines on foreign policy.

But — but — Joe Biden is here outlining a moonshot to drag American governance & society into the 21st century. /1
I know a lot of people won’t see it that way. You can hear the painful and somewhat blind GOP “woke socialism” response that is coming.

They would do better to leave Boebert and Cruz out of the frontline, and come to the table and engage on these proposals. /2
This is a transformative vision to invest in a more competitive American economy connected to a more competitive American workforce that defines more support from the government to enhance their chances of success. And their kids’ success. Also it says how to pay for it. /3
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27 Apr
At Afghanistan hearing, RonJon notes a classified document discussed in the closed session about what will happen to women & girls after US withdrawal.

Zal gives some answer like “yes the renewed war has caused some erosion of rights.” As if this is an “all sides” situation /1
Let’s be clear this is linked to the resurgence of the Taliban

“Should we use US troops to enforce particular values?” Zal says, saying after 20yrs <<shrug>>. Doesn’t really answer a question on what leverage we have after we leave.

Terrorism first, women second, he says. /2
“Those rights could suffer” if the Taliban takes over the government, which he does not believe will happen (many disagree).

I for one would like this document on the future of Afghanistan’s women and girls to be declassified, at least in broad terms. /3
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Well hello rattlesnake bean
Ooooo look at it go!
Fee fi fo fum
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