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Looking for Green shoots on election day

So I went to my polling place and voted for Eugene Puryear and some other DC Statehood/Green Party candidates. There is a real possibility that he could win.

Should Muriel Bowser win, that would create a vacancy on council for the fourth ward seat. Green Party member Renee Bowser will probably run again. So there is a real possibility that DC could have two Green Party members on council. Read below the fold...

In the garden: Winter is coming

So this is what it takes to get a decent shot of Fall-flowering forsythia: An early snow-storm that withers and blackens the blossoms.... Read below the fold...

In the garden: First snow

The squash will be sweeter after frost; but one reason this snow is so wet and sloppy the power failure-y is that it's not even freezing! Read below the fold...

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Piketty's Neoliberal Capital

Let's get this out of the way. I agree with Piketty's overall conclusion in Capital about inequality, that: the distribution of wealth in many industrial nations is highly unequal, wealth concentration has been increasing; and there is a high likelihood that the extent of wealth inequality will continue to grow unless appropriate fiscal policy is used to reverse current trends. However, I don't agree with:

-- the framework he uses to define and specify “capital”;

-- the way he looks at Government finance and net worth; and

-- the fiscal policy proposals he offers to reduce Inequality and put a stop to current trends of growth in the capital to income ratio. Read below the fold...

Humor to the Gallows and Back


[gifts from the internet]


1. Most Blues begin with: "Woke up this morning..."

2. "I got a good woman" is a bad way to begin the Blues, unless you stick something nasty in the next line like, "I got a good woman, with the meanest face in town." Read below the fold...

Kiss Iraq Goodbye ... What We Did for Israel!

Gary Leupp has written an enlightening and enraging article entitled “Not Behind Bars, Friends Still in Power, Iraq Destroyed: The Gloating of the Neocons” underscoring how the realpolitik motivation for what he calls “the greatest crime of the twenty-first century so far”, the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, was primarily committed for the benefit of Israel. Read below the fold...

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Five to eight inches of snow predicted tonight and Sunday

"100% chance." Shit. Before Daylight Savings Time ends? I hate this. Read below the fold...

Anyone see a costume like this?

Well, er...

And then there are the hazmat suits: Read below the fold...

In the garden: Flowers I cannot seem to render

Near frost but no frost seems to be the motto for this month -- very late!!!! -- and we still have flowers. These Bachelor Buttons:

The idea is the crisp, jewel-like flower against the DeKooning-like swirls of decaying, mildewed Black-Eyed Susans. But for some reason, those tiny white blossoms at mid-right get blown out! Read below the fold...

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While the West sleeps, Putin wows at Valdai...

I find it utterly remarkable, no, incredulous, the western media, in its continued demonazation of Putin, had almost nothing to say about Putin's speech at Valdai. It may well prove to be his best speech ever and go down in history (no joke) as the most important speech yet of the 21st century. Yes, it was that good. And important.

The video is here, it’s just over 3 hours long. I strongly recommend “you” view it. If not all of it, at least Putin's part at the beginning. Read below the fold...

ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Obama destroys public support for universal coverage


Over the past decade, there has been a cultural shift in Americans' attitudes about the principle of universal health care coverage, one of the main rationales for the ACA. In 2007, during the presidential primary season, public support for the view that the federal government has a responsibility to make sure all Americans have health insurance coverage was at 64% (Gallup, 2007). By 2014, this number had declined to 47% (Pew, January–February 2014). In addition, there has been a decline in overall public trust in the federal government to handle domestic problems such as health care from 51% in 2012 to 40% in 2014, which may also play a role in depressing public support for the ACA (Gallup, September 2014).

Now, to be fair, NEJM goes on to attribute this drop to paid advertising by ObamaCare opponents: Read below the fold...


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