Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thursday's Monster

The Common Walkingstick or Northern Walkingstick (Diapheromera femorata) is a phasmid found across North America.







Thursday's Mushrooms











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16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like that you've become slightly unhinged over at whiskeyfire. The convention circle-jerk has spread to the spectators so a dissenting view of Obama's wonderfulness is refreshing. Lord knows I don't want Romney to win, but Obama represents most of what's shitty about the contemporary Democratic Party.

Also, awesome walking stick. Got any Jerusalem cricket pics?

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I think Jerusalem crickets are a western phenomenon. I thought I might have camel cricket pictures somewhere, but a cursory search reveals nothing.
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mikey said...

a cursory search reveals nothing.

I usually try to find my cursor by moving the mouse around. But then, I'm an iconoclast.

I think....

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I think phasmid is a cool word.
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Substance McGravitas said...

I like the giant tree monster. You should attach those legs to a moose.

M. Bouffant said...

Ankle socks?

Mandos said...

Woo left foot pic!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

The tree monster doesn't have ankles, M.B.
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Randal Graves said...

The carrot and the walkingstick.

Dragon-King Wangchuck said...

Use of the word "probably" in wild mushroom identification is one of those red flag things.

laura.forestdreams:) said...

i saw a walking stick last night on the front porch. but it flew away. i thought they only walked.

'shroooooms!

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

I like that you've become slightly unhinged over at whiskeyfire.

I like it too. I want him to call me an Obot.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I'd say you're trapped in a bad relationship, zrm.

What are you going to say when Obama cuts Social Security?

"He wouldn't have done it, if only I'd loved him more..."
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zombie rotten mcdonald said...
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zombie rotten mcdonald said...

What will you say when he doesn't?

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Here's a link.

The President and Vice President should repudiate Simpson Bowles, which was little more than a Trojan Horse in the Democratic convention hall, and unequivocally defend Social Security and Medicare.

And here's another, re: Warren and Geithner.

Warren asked Geithner repeatedly about HAMP. After several evasions, Geithner said about the banks, “We estimate that they can handle ten million foreclosures, over time… this program will help foam the runway for them.”

This is a revelatory moment for Barofsky in the book, and should be for everyone reading. Geithner’s concern, first of all, was with how the banks would respond to the program, not how homeowners would respond to it. In fact, homeowners are quite besides the point. Regardless of their situation, they will be one of the 10 million foreclosures, in Geithner’s construction. His goal was merely to space out the foreclosures and give the banks time to earn their way back to health, mostly through the other parts of the bailout, that enabled them to earn profits.


We're going to see, aren't we?
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