One More Time

img_1826Because awesome and delightful. When last we saw this Pied-billed Grebe on the Valley Water, ice covered more than half of the pond. The next time, ice covered it all and no grebe was to be seen. The bird presumably took off looking for open water. The water was completely free of ice yesterday, with no grebe in sight.

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Even given their meddling, the Russians did not engineer the Presidency for Horrible Orange Man, as a friend calls the horrible orange man. An archaic constitutional system, utterly gamed by the Republicans, and the Democrats’ miserable choice for a candidate combined to do that work quite nicely. Putin remains the gangster-in-chief of a mafia state, however, so for H.O.M. to publicly admire him is disgusting. Masha Gessen, a long-time Kremlin watcher — safer now that she’s far away from Putin’s killers — points out the similarities between these gruesome brothers-in-authoritarianism. “Lying is the message.”

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