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In Internetspeak, a Poe is a person engaged in a "Parody of Extremism" (apparently, I'm now told, a backronym for Poe's Law), going on social media and pretending to be somebody from a group which they despise and acting out all the worst tendencies of that group to so absurd an extent as to fall on the line of opponents actively wondering aloud whether such extremism can indeed be real. The practice supposedly originates with people purportedly pretending to be fundamentalist Christians, belligerently expressing the worst aspects associated with that belief (rampant scientific ignorance, homophobia and other forms of theologically justified bigotry, resort to circular argument and like logic errors).

A Poe thus presents a most quixotic paradox. Since their goal is to present a certain degree of extremism, they accomplish this primarily by arguing with and annoying people who hold the position opposite the extremism portrayed, to the point of exasperation. I…

Growing up on a farm in the rural Piedmont region of North Carolina, we ate a lot of home grown food.  Fresh eggs, chicken, fish from the pond.  And plenty of pork chops, spare ribs, and roast pork BBQ because apparently pigs are easy to grow.  My family had some land but otherwise we were relatively poor.  There was a focus on food preservation.  Fresh fruits and vegetables were plentiful and correspondingly we canned a LOT for winter food supplies.  Lots of tomatoes, squash, beans,…

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The weather of early June has ranged from seasonably warm to mild without excessively oppressive heat. It has remained rainy, though. The wet weather has been broken up by short stretches of breezy and less humid days to air out the gardens and has been definitely favorable to plant growth if not for weeding or harvesting.

At the beginning of June, hurricane Alberto went right up into the Ohio valley and into the Midwest,…

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