* Because those making $1,000,000 a year are hurting. How silly are Republicans who chose to call Obama’s proposal that tax be increased for the rich “class warfare”? Very stupid, in my books; but then again, what do I expect from a party that is being held captive on what it can say about climate change by the Tea Party element?
* Jerry Pournelle has looked at the new NASA heavy lift vehicle proposal and is not impressed. I don’t trust his skeptic assessment of climate change, but he knows a lot about rocketry and its developmental history, and his criticisms here are worth considering.
* Americans not only have an un-natural degree of embarrassment over the sight of a used clothesline, they are not big on washing clothes in cold water either. (But then, nor are Germans, according to the article.) I would be very surprised if the majority of Australian washing is not done in cold water now. The report says the Japanese mainly use cold water; why is there resistance to the idea in the US?
* Good news for the PM? At least one Labor idea, a mining tax, is quite popular according to a survey. This is not the first survey to show this. Doesn’t this mean that the Coalition promise to undo everything Labor implements might not get quite the universal acclaim that they expect it to during an actual election campaign, despite the fact that people are at the moment in such an irrational “anything but Gillard” mood that they couldn’t care less what Tony Abbott is saying?
* The New Yorker has a somewhat amusing article on sexual revolutions of the past. I liked the bit about the “celestial bed” (top of page 2) in particular, because I hadn’t heard of it before. It might have been a bit disturbing for the neighbours, I expect.
* The possum under the balcony is getting and more used to us. We feed it fruit most days now: