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The little one likes fire. Yes, he does. Here he is big and in color.

He also likes laps and annoying the hell out of big cat. They’ve been running back and forth like a Tom and Jerry cartoon all week. A little hissing and biting, but well within the appropriate bounds of brotherly bant.

Speaking of fire, the conservative(!) government has today announced a ban on the burning of coal and wet wood in households. There are rural people this will very much affect.

Not us. We gave up actual coal for solid fuel — they’re like charcoal briquets — but that ain’t the point. As Uncle B likes to grumble, the Greens never get more than 3% of the vote here, but all their policies get enacted anyway.

I don’t know what they’re putting up their noses if they think we can get rid of non-electric cars in 15 years, but there you go.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!


Comment from p2
Time: February 21, 2020, 10:26 pm

The borough (county) elected criminals enacted a burn ban here as well. In Alaska. In winter. With heating oil over 3 bucks a gallon and temps between -25 & – 40 F. All they managed to do is create a county of scofflaws. I’m one of ’em. I can heat my house with the woodstove for about 30 dollars a year or with the oil fired furnace for 1500. No brainer.

Comment from RD
Time: February 21, 2020, 11:23 pm

We used to have a cat who would sit and stare at the fire. His name was Pyro, short for Pyromaniac.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: February 22, 2020, 2:32 am

Aye, we’ll burn peat. ‘Tis natural.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: February 22, 2020, 4:17 am

How does the govt know you’re using coal? Never heard of burning wet wood, btw?

Drones? Neighbors? Is there a Stove Inspector?

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: February 23, 2020, 12:28 am

I rather expect that the recent rash of Leftist regulations is not driven by the government in power, but rather by the bureaucracy. Just as here half the GOPe are really Democrats and share contempt for Deplorables, much of your Tories are really wanna-be Commissars. The bureaucracy has been hard core Leftist for generations. They see a Tory government that might actually mean to do some things [not everything, but some] that would upset the Left. They have already done the worst thing possible in the Left’s view by declaring independence from a foreign dictatorship Labour loves. So you see the Leftist bureaucracy doing everything within their own administrative power to attack the Tories and their voters both to demonstrate their power and demoralize the Tories and to create more things that the Tories will have to roll back before they get to the heart of the Labour program to counterattack.

I suspect that in the long run, in both our countries, politics are going to get downright Clausewitzian as electoral politics has less and less influence on actual policy.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from BJM
Time: February 23, 2020, 12:30 am

CA no longer allows wood burning fireplaces in new homes. You can grandfather one in if you renovate. A friend demolished a derelict house but retained a wall with the fireplace so he could have a wood stove. Now the greenies are making noises about banning natural gas and propane…in a state with immense gas reserves. Idiots all.

Comment from Pupster
Time: February 23, 2020, 10:41 pm

That’s a mighty fine looking feline you got in your jolly old inglenook there, Stoaty. I’m glad he is out of the crate and taking turns around stately Badger Manor.

Not to bring the mood down, but I was clicking around some old wordpress links and ran across an entry from Steamboat Mcgoo, 2010 I think? Just thought I’d see if anyone was aware of his current disposition.

Comment from drew458
Time: February 24, 2020, 2:09 pm

Pupster, he used to come by here but not lately. I’ll send him an email.

Comment from drew458
Time: February 24, 2020, 2:16 pm

Ack crivens, his email address is disabled!!

I miss him too. I still can’t read a Science News story without thinking of him. Or his “when you see it” posts.

Comment from weasel again
Time: February 24, 2020, 9:35 pm

I can’t remember the last time McGoo turned up here 🙁

Comment from Anonymous
Time: March 15, 2020, 2:11 am

Such a handsome tail!

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