Jul 26 2017
04:58 pm


Picked these "San Marzano" tomatoes yesterday and today. We planted two seedlings that we got from Stanley's. Don't know the lineage or provenance and we aren't growing them in Italian volcanic soil, but they are quite prolific. And tasty.

We have about half that many more in the fridge and we've already made a big batch of marinara sauce and frozen it. And a pizza. Looks like we'll be making a couple more batches of sauce and at least one more pizza. And there are still more ripening on the vine.

For pizza, I slice these up long ways, pile the slices right on the dough, sprinkle with a little olive oil, and maybe a pinch or two of garlic powder and salt, then broil it for a minute or two. After that, top with cheese (fresh mozzarella, plus maybe some sliced provolone, and some fresh grated parmesan, or whatever you've got), add some fresh basil from the herb garden, finish off with whatever else you like, and finish baking. The tomatoes break down while broiling/baking and make their own sort of sauce which is pretty darn good and something different.


As in no new car sales of that technology past that date.

The deadline was announced by the government on Wednesday as part of a plan to reduce air pollution. The blueprint highlighted roughly £1.4 billion ($1.8 billion) in government investment designed to help ensure that every vehicle on the road in Britain produces zero emissions by 2050.
Gove said action was needed because gasoline and diesel engines contribute to health problems, "accelerate climate change, do damage to the planet and the next generation."

Britain no new gas or diesel cars by 2040


This is apparently okay.

The baseball field was placed over an asphalt parking lot, which the school district could not remove because of possible contamination on the site when it belonged to ALCOA Inc. Instead they added a foot or more of fill dirt for the field, completed in 2004.

However, maintenance is now needed on the site for a long-term drainage problem.

Under the terms of the deed, work on the property requires approval from both Arconic Inc. (formerly ALCOA) and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

They are going to spend $52,000 to start the process and develop a fix.

The City of Alcoa, Arconic (formerly ALCOA) and developers are working to develop what they call the ALCOA West Plant site. There is contamination there as well. Will they make it safe? Will it last longer than the 13 years of the Alcoa Schools baseball field?

Jul 25 2017
07:15 pm

Prostate cancer is in the news today. Guys, here's some free advice. Suffer through those digital exams (your doctor doesn't like them any more than you do) and get your PSA checked regularly. PSA is not always 100% reliable, but any upward deviation, even if still in the "normal" range, should be investigated by a competent and trusted urologist. As should any weird bladder emptying problems. Trust me on this. It could save your life.

Jul 25 2017
07:14 pm

From The Tennessean:

Officers at Nashville's privately run jail ignored inmates suffering from a scabies outbreak, leaving vulnerable inmates particularly exposed, states a third federal lawsuit seeking class action status.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in Nashville federal court, also alleges officers at the Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility joked any lawsuit would fail because local judges have money invested in jail operator CoreCivic, a Nashville-based private prison company previously known as Corrections Corporation of America or CCA.

Update: About 17 employees at a privately-run Nashville jail were infested by a widespread scabies outbreak, according to a revised lawsuit that alleges negligence on the part of the facility operator.

Those employees faced professional backlash if they spoke out, the lawsuit says, an accusation that mirrors those in a separate case filed by inmates alleging officers threatened to put inmates in solitary confinement if they mentioned scabies.


Mosquitoes in the Stone Road area of South Knoxville have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The Knox County Health Dept. said crews will spray for mosquitoes in that area on Thursday, July 27 between 9 p.m. and midnight to reduce the Culex mosquito population and the risk of the West Nile virus spreading to humans.

Signs will be posted in the affected neighborhoods to alert residents, who are asked to stay inside during spraying and keep pets inside or in the backyard.

Mosquitoes in South Knoxville have tested positive for the West Nile virus

Jul 25 2017
03:13 pm

Pence casts tie-breaking vote. Let the "debate" begin.

Will Bernie Sanders move to substitute HR676 for the pending proposal, whatever it is?

Jul 25 2017
01:08 pm

Statement from Sen. Bob Corker's office:

"After being involved in many discussions over the past several months with my colleagues and stakeholders across Tennessee, I believe the best path forward is for Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act after a reasonable transition period," said Corker. "This takes us back to a level playing field where, by a date certain, all sides have incentive to work together to develop a health care replacement that can generate broad support and will stand the test of time. Regardless of how we move forward, it is my hope that our focus will be not only on coverage but also on lowering the actual cost of health care."

Corker participated in a lengthy meeting held by senators last Wednesday night and also attended the lunch meeting held on Thursday afternoon at the White House. The senator will vote for the motion to proceed to debate health care on the Senate floor this week.

In other words, I intend to stroke Trump's ego in hopes of gaining his approval, and kick the can down the road until after the midterm elections.

Jul 25 2017
12:10 pm

The News Sentinel has been fearuring these weird videos that take a long time to impart not much information.

Here's a recent one.

It starts with a 30 second commercial followed by a one minute slide show that a) lists five things that pretty much everybody already knows, and b) could be read as text in a bullet point list in about 10 seconds or less.

At least they let you skip the 30 second commercial after a few seconds. I think this is a new "feature," not sure.

Anyway, I've seen a lot of these lately. There are worse examples with even less useful information and really poorly rendered graphics, but this is one from today's front page so there you go.

What's the point of these videos, other than to waste your time and bandwidth?


The Senate is going to try and vote again to repeal/replace the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare. The Republicans are so desperate they are trying to fly Sen. McCain to DC after having had brain surgery less than a week ago.

Please contact your Senators to request a NO vote to repeal/replace the Affordable Care Act. It is just now starting to work. If repeal/replace is successful, hundred of thousand of Tennesseans could lose their current health insurance or Medicaid. Millions in the U.S. could lose their current health insurance or Medicaid.

Please make a call.

Senator Alexander – (202) 224-4944
Senator Corker – (202) 224-3344


In some cases voting republican is like eating fried foods. Its bad for them, but folks vote that way anyway.

RAM in Wise, Va ...

But Brock, a former TV star as co-host of "Wild Kingdom" who at 80 still looks camera-ready, wants every politician to see the failures of the country’s healthcare system with their own eyes.

"I’m actually convinced that if President Trump were to come to one of these big events, he would say to himself, 'Wow, I should do something about this,' " Brock said. "They’re all cheering for him now, but they’re all expecting something to change for the better. And it’s not, for now, at least."

They Voted Trump and Need Health Care. A Democrat-Doctor Volunteers


Former workers for Jacobs Engineering, the California company hired by TVA to oversee cleanup of the massive Kingston coal ash spill, have won a court victory that allows their lawsuit against the company to proceed. The workers and their families claim they were not provided proper safety training and equipment and as a result suffered serious health problems and wrongful deaths related to toxic coal ash exposure.

Jamie Satterfield at the News Sentinel, who wrote a series of investigative reports, says that Jacobs Engineering claimed immunity under TVA's umbrella but a federal appeals court disagreed and ruled that the the trial could proceed. It is scheduled to begin in 2018. According to her reporting, there are 17 deaths related to the cleanup. She says that workers she interviewed "asked for only one thing: tell their story."

Here are the reports:

Kingston coal ash spill workers treated as 'expendables,' lawsuit by sick and dying contends

Trial set for 2018 in lawsuit by Kingston coal ash spill cleanup workers

Migraines, coughs, infections, boils plagued workers cleaning up ash spill

'Just working class people' didn't know dangers they faced at ash spill


Democrats have a very rare opportunity coming up to win when it matters most — if they can get their base to pay attention.

The upcoming slate of governors races combines an unusually favorable map for Democrats with a strong chance to influence the once-in-a-decade congressional redistricting process. That process helps determine how many seats each party holds in the House, and Republican success at controlling the process has helped the party achieve dominance in Congress.

Washington politicos and grassroots activists alike often overlook governors races, and that’s especially true in the Democratic Party, which is years behind the GOP when it comes to investing in state races.

The Most Important Elections You Haven’t Heard About


Overby, 78, was one of hundreds, possibly thousands, of people whose social security checks were slashed without warning after TennCare determined they were no longer eligible for Medicare assistance.

Seniors left scrambling after TennCare makes cuts to Social Security checks

Jul 23 2017
10:27 am


Said to produce enough energy to power 15,000 homes a year

This solar farm floats atop a flooded coal mine

Jul 22 2017
03:19 pm
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We actually had some apples on our mini apple tree this year and were able to harvest some before the squirrels and possums got them all. We got enough for two pies, with a few left over. Waiting for them to cool, will let you know how they turned out. They look and smell good...


Jul 21 2017
08:25 pm

Wow. Stuff is coming out faster than anyone can keep up with.

Sessions implicated for yet another previously undisclosed Russian involvement. News from sketchy sources probably leaked by Trump to throw Sessions under the bus. Media eating it up. Nicely played.

Then, revelations of more Kushner shady business dealings. Going to be harder to spin that.

Not to mention, Trump wonders with his lawers whether he can pardon himself and his family.

Watergate is starting to look like a misdemeanor Walmart shoplifting beef in comparison.

Jul 21 2017
08:24 pm

Leave with a vasectomy. Or stay. Your choice.



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