2:00PM Water Cooler 11/21/2023 | naked capitalism

By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

Bird Song of the Day

Western House-Martin, Foz da ribeira de Odeleite, Castro Marim, Faro, Portuga. ‘Call; Flight call.” With various other bonus birds.

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Contact information for plants: Readers, feel free to contact me at lambert [UNDERSCORE] strether [DOT] corrente [AT] yahoo [DOT] com, to (a) find out how to send me a check if you are allergic to PayPal and (b) to find out how to send me images of plants. Vegetables are fine! Fungi and coral are deemed to be honorary plants! If you want your handle to appear as a credit, please place it at the start of your mail in parentheses: (thus). Otherwise, I will anonymize by using your initials. See the previous Water Cooler (with plant) here. From AF:

AF writes: “Fall cleanup at mom’s house and she asked me to trim these birch trees. I’ve always enjoyed the colors and textures that naturally occur on the bark, especially this time of year. Pine trees were planted on the north side for winter protection and a perennial bush is filling in the space between.” I will add that birch bark is wonderful for fire-starting, far superior to newspaper.

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Readers: Water Cooler is a standalone entity not covered by the annual NC fundraiser. So if you see a link you especially like, or an item you wouldn’t see anywhere else, please do not hesitate to express your appreciation in tangible form. Remember, a tip jar is for tipping! Regular positive feedback both makes me feel good and lets me know I’m on the right track with coverage. When I get no donations for five or ten days I get worried. More tangibly, a constant trickle of donations helps me with expenses, and I factor in that trickle when setting fundraising goals:

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If you hate PayPal, you can email me at lambert [UNDERSCORE] strether [DOT] corrente [AT] yahoo [DOT] com, and I will give you directions on how to send a check. Thank you!

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