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Has anyone had any success in eliminating magnolia scale

from their flowering magnolia trees/bushes? Mine are about 15-20 ft and those bugs are dripping that honeydew all over the lower leaves that attract bees and wasps at around my front door. Sooty black mold will then feast on it and kill the leaves as well since they won't be able to perform photosynthesis.

I don't want to kill pollinators or other plantings: yew, vinca ground cover, holly, sand cherries or red cane varigated-leaf dogwoods, but hate the thought of those pests sucking all the juice out of my magnolias all summer long thus weakening the whole tree during summer droughts and killing the young branches that flower next spring. Are any systemic pesticides very effective?

I've also heard one could use horticultural oils, possibly Neem oil sprays, to smother the critters if it's sprayed at a very specific time, when "crawlers" emerge, mate, and lay eggs, or dormant oils later, late fall, but these magnolias are very tall.

I can't afford the services of an arborist - HELP!
Posted by Backseat Driver | Mon Jun 29, 2020, 07:38 AM (3 replies)

U.S. issues new indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sought to recruit hackers at conferences in Europe and Asia to provide his anti-secrecy website with classified information, including military secrets, according to a new Justice Department indictment announced Wednesday.

The superseding indictment does not contain additional charges beyond the 18 counts the Justice Department unsealed last year. But prosecutors say it underscores Assange’s efforts to procure and release classified information, allegations that form the basis of criminal charges he already faces.

Assange was arrested last year after being evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and is at the center of an ongoing extradition tussle over whether he should be sent to the United States.

The Justice Department last year charged him with conspiring with former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in one of the largest compromises of classified information in U.S. history. It says the WikiLeaks founder damaged national security by publishing hundreds of thousands of classified documents, including diplomatic cables and military files on the wars in Iraq and Afgahnistan, that harmed the U.S. and its allies and aided its adversaries. [snip]

Read more: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-issues-new-indictment-against-wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-2020-06-24



Adding more logs to the fire...
Posted by Backseat Driver | Wed Jun 24, 2020, 07:25 PM (9 replies)

State Investigating Hospital With Coronavirus Policy That Profiled Pregnant...

Native American Mothers and Separated Them From Newborns

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham cited “significant, awful allegations” in a ProPublica and New Mexico In Depth story on a hospital where clinicians said pregnant Native women were singled out for COVID-19 testing and separated from newborns after delivery...read more here:

https://www.propublica.org/article/state-investigating-hospital-with-coronavirus-policy-that-profiled-pregnant-native-american-mothers-and-separated-them-from-newborns

https://www.propublica.org/article/a-hospitals-secret-coronavirus-policy-separated-native-american-mothers-from-their-newborns

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National racial/ethnic epidemics(s) of cruelty run viral!
Posted by Backseat Driver | Sun Jun 14, 2020, 10:11 PM (1 replies)

I hope this video presentation is true, relevant, and

IMPORTANT to our health and well-being:
Posted by Backseat Driver | Fri Jun 5, 2020, 08:48 PM (3 replies)

To encourage you tonight:

Posted by Backseat Driver | Mon Jun 1, 2020, 10:18 PM (0 replies)

Just received an Emergency Alert about a problem in

downtown Columbus, OH - Looking for a link now! https://fox8.com/news/businesses-city-property-damaged-after-columbus-protests-turn-violent-prompt-state-of-emergency-in-downtown/
Posted by Backseat Driver | Sat May 30, 2020, 01:25 PM (3 replies)

Report: 'Grossly inaccurate' data used to divvy up relief funds for tribes

https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/report-grossly-inaccurate-data-used-to-divvy-up-relief-funds-for-tribes-9qkkHmeXj0uhRC42mXYqCA

Updated: The U.S. Treasury Department used outdated population numbers to determine how much money to give to tribes, despite having easy access to better figures, says a Harvard study
Joaqlin Estus
Indian Country Today

The U.S. Treasury Department relied on “grossly inaccurate” data in deciding how to divvy up billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief money for tribes, says a new Harvard study.

The agency ignored more up-to-date figures it required from tribes and instead went with outdated population data used by a federal housing program to distribute a portion of $8 billion in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, according to Professor Joseph Kalt, co-director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and one of several authors of the report released Monday.

Its “arbitrary and capricious” decision means some tribes that would have been eligible for millions or tens of millions of dollars instead are getting the minimum of $100,000, Kalt said.

"What's kind of flabbergasting to us is: Treasury, you have this data sitting right there. Why didn't you use it?” he said. <snip>
Posted by Backseat Driver | Thu May 21, 2020, 03:47 PM (2 replies)

FYI Bread Bakers:

This chart at this link may be useful to PIN:

https://www.chefsteps.com/activities/how-to-make-any-flour-into-bread-flour?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=04-26%E2%80%9320
Posted by Backseat Driver | Tue Apr 28, 2020, 12:04 AM (1 replies)

Wow, I wanted to get my friend in Canada a gift of a breadmaking machine similar to

mine, an older Oster 2 lb loaf model. I can't find a single one at normal retail stores that sell tabletop small kitchen appliances on-line or in-store for pickup--all but the most expensive ones on Amazon are out-of-stock. I did find some that were in the $200 to $800 price range. Nope, it's gotta be shipped across the border - nope, not a single one available at Amazon, Home Depot, Walmart, Sam's, Meijers, Best Buy, Costco, Kohls, or Target. WTH???

Posted by Backseat Driver | Sat Apr 18, 2020, 02:08 AM (11 replies)

2/28/2020 - DOE Announces Notice of Sale of Crude Oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

https://www.energy.gov/articles/doe-announces-notice-sale-crude-oil-strategic-petroleum-reserve-0

The Notice of Sale announced today includes a price-competitive sale of up to 12 million barrels of SPR crude. The sale will be conducted with crude oil from the following three SPR sites:

Up to 6 million barrels from Bryan Mound, Texas
Up to 3 million barrels from Big Hill, Texas
Up to 3 million barrels from West Hackberry, Louisiana

"DOE must receive bids no later than 2:00 PM Eastern Time on March 10, 2020. DOE will award contracts to successful offerors no later than March 20, 2020. Deliveries will take place in April and May of 2020."

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Any further info about offers per barrel from the successful buyers and/or deliveries in the time of CoVID-19 National Emergency?
Posted by Backseat Driver | Fri Mar 20, 2020, 02:21 AM (8 replies)
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