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Why Do So Many US Citizens Enable Our Police State?

I remarked to a coworker the other day about the tragic death of Sandra Bland. She agreed but hastened to add, “That is why I try to stay away from watching the news as much as possible.”

Before I had time to re-raise my jaw, she launched into an analysis of an impending work project, clearly closing the door to further discussion. Read more about Why Do So Many US Citizens Enable Our Police State?

In the garden: Sky

I grant that, with cherubs, this sunset would be appropriate for Louis XV's bedroom ceiling at Versailles, but still, it is beautiful, isn't it? Here's another: Read more about In the garden: Sky

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Anti-TPP "Activists" blow 400 Conch Shells, Defeat TPP Henchmen Representing 40% of World GDP

The Anti-TPP "Activists" have totally redeemed themselves, by taking the fight to TPP's evil Henchmen, right in their (temporary) home town. Read more about Anti-TPP "Activists" blow 400 Conch Shells, Defeat TPP Henchmen Representing 40% of World GDP

Handy visualization of Clinton's funding and TPP support

Ka-ching. Read more about Handy visualization of Clinton's funding and TPP support

In the garden: After the thunderstorm (yet again)

This was a quick one that left the parking lot in the shopping center up the road looking like Bangkok in the rainy season, and then dropped six-inch hailstones further up the road!

I know. Too many poppies! But I can't get enough of them. I'd make wall-sized photos of them if I could! Read more about In the garden: After the thunderstorm (yet again)

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Are (Deep State) US Government "Connected" Assassins Whacking Doctors Who Are Curing Autism?

I'm not going to defend this proposition, not having looked closely at it. Unfortunately, though, I'm leaning towards believing there's foul play going on. I'm posting this partly to make assassination more problematic for the evil doers. If it amounts to a bunch of "coincidences", and the evil doers are imaginary, well, my intentions were good.

In a nutshell, there's a substance called "GcMAF" which has "has an astonishing success rate (over 80% in some trials) and works by activating the body's own immune system to destroy tumors of all kinds. Read more about Are (Deep State) US Government "Connected" Assassins Whacking Doctors Who Are Curing Autism?

How few of the 0.01% there really are

Here's an interesting story in the Guardian, ostensibly about offshore wealth, but more about wealth, and especially the wealthy.

The world's super-rich have taken advantage of lax tax rules to siphon off at least $21 trillion, and possibly as much as $32tn, from their home countries and hide it abroad – a sum larger than the entire American economy.

James Henry, a former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey and an expert on tax havens, has conducted groundbreaking new research for the Tax Justice Network campaign group – sifting through data from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and private sector analysts to construct an alarming picture that shows capital flooding out of countries across the world and disappearing into the cracks in the financial system.

$21 trillion?! Even today, that's a lot of money! And capital doesn't "disappear" into the "cracks in the financial system" (indeed, one might even think the whole purpose of the financial system is to have such cracks). The capital goes somewhere and is invested in something by someone. The article doesn't say any of that -- in fact, the tax havens obfuscate capital flows -- but it does have other interesting things to say. For one thing, the Gini co-efficient that measures inequality, bad as it seems now, isn't nearly bad enough: Read more about How few of the 0.01% there really are

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Outing Hillary's Wall Street Lackeys: Tom Nides and Robert Hormats

From The Guardian, "Hilary Clinton aides' Wall Street links raise economic policy doubts."

I am putting the names in bold: Tom Nides and Robert Hormats.

The person expressing "angst" about Hormats and Nides influencing a possible Hillary Clinton presidency is a Neil Sroka, spokesman for "progressive advocacy group Democracy in America." [Where has Sroka been during President Wall Street Obama's reign?] Read more about Outing Hillary's Wall Street Lackeys: Tom Nides and Robert Hormats

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Versailles best kept secret

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The best kept secret in Versailles is that the bad guys are nice agreeable people and the good guys are REALLY annoying. Partly it is a matter of poverty, it is easier to be agreeable when your house and both your vacation homes are paid for. Read more about Versailles best kept secret

In the garden: Biophilia at the office (with mystery plants)

I'm counting 17 plant species that I know, and 7 mystery plants I do not know, all in view from my desk. (Of course, there are many others elsewhere!)

Here's a legend for the color coding: Read more about In the garden: Biophilia at the office (with mystery plants)

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Declarations of Dependence: A New e-Book on the Neoliberal Nation-Subjugating “Trade Deals”

The trade agreements currently being negotiated by the Obama Administration are potentially enormously important in their possible impact on the United States. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being negotiated by 12 Asian-Pacific nations, and, if agreed to by Congress could be expanded in membership later on under the President's sole authority. Read more about Declarations of Dependence: A New e-Book on the Neoliberal Nation-Subjugating “Trade Deals”

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