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Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden, and Julian Assange: Live in Concert in New Zealand

Impressive. (I've seen Greenwald and Snowden so far, and I assume Assange is coming. Also Kim Dot Com, who seems guilty of an annoying laugh, but not much else.)

In the garden: Goldenrod and bee

No frost yet! [crossed fingers]

OK, OK, "bee collecting nectar from flower." Nobody's taken that shot before! Read below the fold...

Thoughts on wage labor

[Sheesh, I thought this would be wildly controversial! I'm stickying this because I really do need feedback on it, partly on the diagram style. As in, does it work? --lambert]

I must apologize for not writing up Point 1 of the 12-Point Platform. I've been blaming myself for dithering, and in fact I have been dithering, but it finally dawned on me that "A Living Wage" isn't only a simple social justice matter, but the crux of all the points and reforms that must follow it. Why? Read below the fold...

I couldn't stand it, and lit the wood stove tonight

True, it's only 47°F (going down to 38°F) and if this were February I'd scream with joy at how warm it is, but it isn't February. And it's 10 degrees below average. And I think I permanently broke my body's sense of what warm and cold are by staying in Bangkok. Read below the fold...

Tweet of the day: "We're an empire now, and when we act...

... we create our own reality" ("Unnamed aide" in Bush administration, widely know to be Karl Rove).

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War on Terror, rhymes with Yogi Berra

As he once wryly observed, ‘Prediction is difficult – especially about the future’, and this admonition would seem particularly fitting in light of the war on terror’s crooked course thus far.

As the US again assembles a 'coalition of the willing' for the purpose of fighting a war in the Middle East, there are other Yogi quotes which come to mind… Read below the fold...

Annals of Looting

Business Insider:

O'Shaughnessy: "Fidelity had done a study as to which accounts had done the best at Fidelity. And what they found was..."

Ritholtz: "They were dead."

O'Shaughnessy: "...No, that's close though! They were the accounts of people who forgot they had an account at Fidelity."

BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!!!! Read below the fold...

Vivid article on water problems in California's Central Valley

NBC. Lots of good quotes:

“To shower, I use a cup, just like when I was in ‘Nam,” he said, stepping away from a stream of glistening neighbors, most of them just back from the fields. Some had dust on their ear lobes and deep in their wrinkles. None had a simple way to shower in town that night.

“We’re living in a third world country now,” he continued.

Or: Read below the fold...

Tweet of the Day (2): "Flexible labor markets"

Tweet of the day: Scottish Independence

Times visits Michigan, just can't understand why people aren't feeling the rebound!

I ploughed through the story, and there's only one key sentence:

56 percent said their family’s incomes were falling behind living costs — about where that sentiment was in 2008 — and 45 percent said they had experienced financial hardships like layoffs, inability to pay health care bills, or run-ins with debt-collection agents over the past year.

No money. That's for Detroit. This is for the country: Read below the fold...

Tweet of the day

Foley family threatened with terror charges if they tried to ransom their own son

This is nutso:

The family of murdered American journalist James Foley says it was threatened by a US official with terrorism charges if they paid a ransom to his captors in Syria.

Foley's mother Diane told ABC News on Friday that a military officer working for Barack Obama's National Security Council had told them several times that they could face criminal charges if they paid a ransom.

"We took it as a threat and it was appalling," she said. "Three times he intimidated us with that message. We were horrified he would say that. He just told us we would be prosecuted. We knew we had to save our son, we had to try."

Almost makes you think there's more to the story than meets the eye, eh? Read below the fold...

In the garden: Sweet light

Sorry to be turning this into a photo blog, but I'm having fun... Evening squash:

This little squash won't make it, though of course I'm projecting terribly; in fact, what I like about squash is that they keep pushing new growth toward the light no matter what, no matter the season. After all, you never know, and if the earth suddenly spirals into a new orbit and there turns out to be no winter, the squash will be totally ready! Read below the fold...

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