Open Thread: Egg-Cited

At least someone is earning their keep around here. Found our first duck egg in the nesting box this a.m.

What’s going on this Wednesday? Mid-morning open thread.






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    jeffreyw says:

    Are you going to eat that thing? You do know where it’s been, right?

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    TaMara (HFG) says:

    @jeffreyw: LOL. Destined for dog food.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Beautiful egg!

    On an entirely different topic, can we just drop all pretence and start calling it the Obstruction of Justice Department?

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    NotMax says:

    Oh my.

    The last time South Korea is known to have plotted to assassinate the North Korean leadership, nothing went as planned.

    In the late 1960s, after North Korean commandos tried to ransack the presidential palace in Seoul, South Korea secretly trained misfits plucked from prison or off the streets to sneak into North Korea and slit the throat of its leader, Kim Il Sung. When the mission was aborted, the men mutinied.

    They killed their trainers and fought their way into Seoul before blowing themselves up, an episode the government concealed for decades.

    Now, as Kim’s grandson, Kim Jong Un, accelerates his nuclear missile program, South Korea is again targeting the North’s leadership.…
    [snip]
    Rarely does a government announce a strategy to assassinate a head of state, but South Korea wants to keep the North on edge and nervous about the consequences of further developing its nuclear arsenal. At the same time, the South’s increasingly aggressive posture is meant to help push North Korea into accepting President Moon Jae-in’s offer of talks. Source

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    A commemoration rather than a recent event, but I am so very proud of this find

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    Peale says:

    So I got my Pokemon Go Ex raid pass. Not that I’d admit to playing a game that went out of fashion last August. But still, even if I weren’t forced to admit that I still am playing, the Ex Raid pass pretty much guarantees that traffic on Friday in Rockland County New York will be a disaster. as the gods conspire to make me miss my time slot.

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    Peale says:

    Also, I’m a bit concerned that it really did matter who was on the Supreme Court as chances appear good that they’ll decide that race based voter suppression is not only constitutional, but mandatory.

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    Sab says:

    I gather you are proabortian. That egg could have ben our next duck, but no, you had to eat it.

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    JMG says:

    My daughter arrives from France this evening for her three week vacation from her job in Bordeaux! We pick her up at Logan after she clears customs. Flight lands at 5:15. Ordinarily, nothing could get me to drive to Logan at rush hour, but for this, I’ll happily make an exception.

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    Librarian says:

    Driftwood: And two hard-boiled eggs.
    Tomasso: HONK!
    Driftwood: Make that three hard-boiled eggs.
    Tomasso: HONK! (a shorter honk)
    Driftwood: And one duck egg.

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    ET says:

    Looked at this interesting CNN piece on the Macedonian fake news industry. They make money because too many people looking at the Internet are way to credulous – regardless of the political affiliation – though it seems clear that they make more targeting the political right. It wasn’t long but did have some interesting perspective.

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    Catherine D. says:

    @Librarian:

    Ha! I watched A Night at the Opera over the weekend.

    I finally heard from my wheelchair bound friend in Fort Myers. He did not float away.

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    Brachiator says:

    Dispiriting, but interesting Politico story suggesting that Trump is more popular than people might think.

    President Donald Trump is still viewed as an outsider shaking up the system, which people in various surveys say they like….

    Worse news, they worry: Many of the ideas party leaders have latched onto in an attempt to appeal to their lost voters — free college tuition, raising the minimum wage to $15, even Medicare for all — test poorly among voters outside the base. The people in these polls and focus groups tend to see those proposals as empty promises, at best.

    Trying to link from my mobile device:

    http://www.politico.com/story/.....ing-242607

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    p.a. says:

    Did you candle it? Just bought 1 dozen duck eggs ‘honor system’: a sidewalk cooler with 6 & 12 packs, $3/6, $5/12. They must have lots of ducks, I don’t think they produce like chickens.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Destined for dog food? Oh, TaMara! Duck eggs are so egg-squisitely rich…like pate in egg form! Reason alone to keep ducks, imho, apart from the inherent entertainment value in their very duckiness.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    A nice thank-you to the duck rescuer.

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @JMG:

    Flight lands at 5:15.

    She should be out of Customs 6pm-6:15. If there’s no backup.

    It takes up to 15 minutes to taxi to E, ~15 minutes to deplane, 0-15 minutes for your luggage to reach the carousel, and then the citizen’s line through the CBE booths.

    When my sister and BIL are coming in from London, we usually park at 45 minutes after landing, and they show up sometime in the next 20 minutes.

    Traffic is worse than usual right now; road construction compounded by stupid people who just moved here and haven’t learned the ropes.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    can we just drop all pretence and start calling it the Obstruction of Justice Department?

    Le sigh. I assume (hope) that they can’t refuse Mueller’s request for the same?

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    coozledad says:

    @TaMara (HFG): If you get six of them and scramble them with cheese and olives, they’ll make the best omelet you’ve ever had. But don’t boil them. Waterfowl eggs are too rubbery when boiled, unless you make “hundred year old” or Asian salted eggs.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @O. Felix Culpa:

    I assume (hope) that they can’t refuse Mueller’s request for the same?

    I would hope the same, but these days I try not to assume much of anything I would have taken for granted just a few months ago.

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    Cheryl Rofer says:

    I took the kittehs out this morning for the third day in a row. They really like going outdoors but aren’t fond of the vests and leashes. But they don’t object to my putting the vests on them. I think that’s progress.

    Edited for clarity.

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    lollipopguild says:

    Egg-cellent!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Brachiator:
    It’s my impression that no amount of rational criticism of Trump will work on his base, whose choice to cling to him was and is fundamentally irrational. I would guess they take the criticism as directed at them too, and their natural reaction is to circle the wagons. (Have I got the movie-Western reference right?) I reckon that if the Democratic party wants to drive a wedge between Trump and his base, it should highlight where Trump has broken promises to the base, where he has actively worked to harm it: “Look! Here’s where he’s fucking you over!” I’m no political strategist, here let alone over there, so I have no idea if it will work; but that’s what I’d try.

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    LesGS says:

    @TaMara (HFG): But… duck eggs are yummy.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @LesGS:
    So the dogs will definitely enjoy them.

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    Quinerly says:

    @Brachiator:
    Read this this AM. Depressing.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    If that egg was fertilized, we could be on our way to a nice duck dinner — or not. :)

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    LesGS says:

    @Amir Khalid: Sure, but dogs enjoy things I don’t even want to type out! So the yumminess that is duck eggs will be wasted on them.

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    JCJ says:

    @Peale: Good Luck! I haven’t gotten an Ex pass yet (not that I know what they are). I was at Pokemon Go fest in Chicago so I am even more uncool than you!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Cheryl Rofer:
    I doubt the kittehs will ever really learn to like wearing a vest. It must feel confining. Bianca hated wearing collars; she kept scratching and scratching at them until they frayed and started to look ugly. So I learned to respect her wishes and not make her wear them. Still, your kittehs are coming to accept the vests, and they will be safer for that as you intend, so it’s all good.

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    @Amir Khalid:

    I reckon that if the Democratic party wants to drive a wedge between Trump and his base, it should highlight where Trump has broken promises to the base, where he has actively worked to harm it: “Look! Here’s where he’s fucking you over!” I’m no political strategist, here let alone over there, so I have no idea if it will work; but that’s what I’d try.

    They don’t care. There’s a professor in Wisconsin who’s been talking to them, they never believed he would help them, only that he would hurt others. We can’t appeal to these people. We should still advocate and sell policies that would help them, of course, but we shouldn’t bother pitching it to them specifically.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @LesGS:
    On the positive side, duck eggs will be one thing dogs enjoy whose name you can type out.

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    @Brachiator: They really bury the lede in their “Democrats are doomed! None of the attacks are working!” article way at the bottom when they get to what actually matters.

    More and more, Democratic operatives are gravitating toward pushing for an argument that Trump is just out to make his rich friends richer, at the expense of everyone else. They believe they could include all sorts of attacks on his decisions under that umbrella, from stripping regulations on credit cards to trying to end Obamacare to pushing for corporate tax breaks.

    DCCC polling showed that on the question of who “fights for people like me,” Trump and Democrats were split at 50 percent each in February but that Democrats are now ahead by 17 points.

    “Everything is a trade-off,” said Guy Cecil, reflecting polling done by his Priorities USA super PAC. Republicans “want to give tax cuts to the rich, and they want to screw the rest of us. This is a quintessential question of whose side are you on.”

    Bill Burton, a former Obama aide now at SKDKnickerbocker, said he’s worried Democrats are still not making a convincing argument on economic issues.

    But he sees some cause for optimism.

    “The question has to be what counts as working — the guy’s approval ratings are in the mid-30s,” Burton said of Trump. “So the other way of looking at this is, everything is working.”

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    They don’t care that he’s not helping them like he promised? You have to hope they might care, if they can be made to sense that he’s actually hurting them.

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    Jeffro says:

    So my daily Atlas Obscura newsletter decided it wanted to tell me all about SNAKES THAT HANG FROM CAVE CEILINGS…jesus…I’ll probably start sleeping well again by December, maybe…what a horrible mom Mother Nature is!

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    @Amir Khalid: They don’t care. They even say they don’t care since they never expected him to help. They just want him to hurt the right people.

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    kindness says:

    Ducklings are so cuuuute. You should let them raise a couple of them. Don’t eat all the eggs.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    There’s a professor in Wisconsin who’s been talking to them, they never believed he would help them, only that he would hurt others.

    @Major Major Major Major: Can so verify with the two Trump voters I know personally. They “know government won’t do anything for white folks” (thanks, Reagan), they just wanted to stick it to the Obamaphone and Obamacare recipients, the BLM folks, libtards, and everyone else who’s not white and proud who has pissed them off over the last fifty years. Trump voters seem to have two things in common: above average incomes (they are NOT WWC) and incredible amounts of rage and entitlement.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @kindness:
    Alas: since there is no drake, I fear that there will not be ducklings.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    There’s a professor in Wisconsin who’s been talking to them, they never believed he would help them, only that he would hurt others.

    I would like to see this person’s work. I think that some of this is true, but it is not the whole story.

    We can’t appeal to these people.

    Sure you can. Democrats have done so before. They can do so again. Maybe. I DO note that Trump and his people are trying to appeal to citizens’ worst instincts, to deliberately drive wedges between people.

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    NotMax says:

    @Felonius Monk

    On the other hand (unfortunately), there’s balut.

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    Jeffro says:

    PBO has a post up on the Book of Faces about Edie Windsor, who just passed away.

    One of the best comments: “Okay Barack, you’ve had your fun, we gave you a 6 month break. Time to get back to work now. Your substitute is scaring all the students. He’s not following the lesson plans you left at all. Can you come home now? Please? With cherries on top?”

    More like: “He’s eating all the #2 pencils and crapping out the window…could you at least come back and guest-lecture or something?”

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    If CHERYL ROFER is around:

    Might want to note that Evan Osnos is guest on today’s Fresh Air, talking about NK and nukes. Program is just starting here. Podcast available later.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @FlyingToaster: I was through and out in about 15 minutes last month. Global Entry sure makes things smooth.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    since there is no drake, I fear that there will not be ducklings.

    And there are few things worse then rotten duck eggs in warm weather.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @NotMax:

    South Korea secretly trained misfits plucked from prison or off the streets to sneak into North Korea and slit the throat of its leader, Kim Il Sung. When the mission was aborted, the men mutinied.

    They killed their trainers and fought their way into Seoul before blowing themselves up, an episode the government concealed for decades.

    If it wasn’t so tragic it would actually be kind of funny.

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    Brachiator says:

    @TenguPhule:

    If it wasn’t so tragic it would actually be kind of funny.

    It adds a whole new layer of meaning to Suicide Squad.

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    TKinNC says:

    @TaMara (HFG): My feedstore Rouen lays pale green eggs. They are YUGE – but she’s been laying for a few years now.
    I boil any extra eggs for my dog — it’s his reward for keeping the foxes & coyotes away.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I have ducks in my book. They showed up long before TaMara’s did, though.

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    Cheryl Rofer says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Thatnks! Will have to catch it later.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Cheryl Rofer:

    Interesting conversation.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Damn. School shooting in Spokane.

    Edit: NEAR Spokane. One reported dead, six others reported injured. Bearing in mind all the usual caveats about early reporting, unofficial numbers, etc.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Felonius Monk: NO BALUT!!! I don’t care that it’s the ultimate drunken dare food.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @NotMax: They made a movie about the last go at it.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Jeffro:

    .PBO has a post up on the Book of Faces about Edie Windsor, who just passed away.

    ..

    A Slate article with some great photos of Windsor and Thea Spyer

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_.....trait.html

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Yutsano:

    I don’t care that it’s the ultimate drunken dare food.

    I thought that was live cockaroaches.

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    Yutsano says:

    @TenguPhule: Nothing will beat the gross out factor of a half-developed duck embryo eaten raw out of the shell.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    platypus?

    Those are cute.

    And poisonous.

    But still cute.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Yutsano:

    Nothing will beat the gross out factor of a half-developed duck embryo eaten raw out of the shell.

    In all fairness, most of the time you can’t actually see most of it since they tend to be eaten whole.

    Never eaten it, but it can be found here at certain local eateries.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Somebody pointed out that a platypus lays eggs and gives milk. In other words, one of the few animals that can make its own custard :-)

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    @TenguPhule: i meant eating one in the same manner.

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    catclub says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    In other words, one of the few animals that can make its own custard :-)

    Probably not kosher, for about six different reasons.

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    Achrachno says:

    @catclub: I don’t believe Yahweh mentioned the platypus in his dissertation.

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