Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Thursday, January 24, 2008

No, I don't want my $600 

In days when I served as a left wing agitator on right wing message boards, I was repeatedly asked for the $300 I got from the Bush tax cuts. Yes, there are many people that clever.

This new bi-partisan free $600 is a stupid idea. It's just that much more debt we're collectively racking up. When government spends money on credit - tax cuts or rebates, earmarks or wars - it does indeed artificially give the economy a short-term boost. But that boost is no different than the boost a small business owner gets when he pours more money into a failing business by putting expenses on a credit card.

The economy is unpredictable beyond the fact it runs in cycles. I just wanted to go on the record now so I have something to point to should any of my left wing comrades offer to take my $600 if I don't want it.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

There will be hot stuff, baby 

I just started germinating 6 Bhut Jolokia and 12 Tepin chile pepper seeds. The Tepin is sometimes referred to as "the hottest" and it may well be the second hottest, but the Bhut ("Ghost" in the Assamese language) Jolokia ("chile") is clearly the hottest in general, consistently ranking double that of other hot peppers and half that of pepper spray.

I placed the seeds in paper towels saturated with gibberellin @ 150 ppm in R/O water. They are in an 80 °F environment.

UPDATE 2/16 2 tepin have germinated - transfered to rockwool. Bhut abandoned.

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