Supposed to be cool today and for the next week. I took out the ornamental sweet potatoes I had in a medium pot and found a couple of small tubers forming. They really didn't have the room to grow big and the ornamental strains weren't developed for large (or sweet) tubers. I didn't keep them. But according to the info on-line sweet potatoes are ready to harvest when the leaves start turning yellow (check) or just before first frost in the northern areas (check.) We expect light rain today so I think tomorrow is the better day to start harvesting the Beauregard variety I also put in. Why did I bother with the ornamentals? I hadn't planted in sweet potatoes before and I thought most of my slips had failed. I didn't realize my mistake until I dug up the most sickly (as in "dead") looking slips and discovered healthy roots. I was glad I was gentle about digging them, quickly replanted them and learned a bit more patience.
Naked Capitalism has this analysis of Shell's announcement they are shutting down their Arctic drilling off Alaska having spent $7billion with little to show. What was barely profitable at $100/barrel is a big loss at less than $50.
I can support the premise behind the proposed "Shut Down the Shutdowns Act." I am so incredibly tired of the drama queens on the far right holding everything hostage in their farcical political substitute for holding their breaths till they turn blue. Perhaps I should reword that: they want us to hold our breaths till they turn blue--or we die.