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In the garden: The rock garden in the front area

(I need to think of a more sonorous, resonant name for the "front area"....)

So, where all was bare earth two weeks ago or so, we still have bare earth, but with a humongous invasion of King Solomon's Seal -- honestly, it's poking up everywhere, and who knew? -- along with violets and (in the back) a basil patch. Out of view to the right, Black-Eyed Susans; I'm transplanting isolated clumps to other sunny spots. And the pansies I bought at the coffee shop [looks round], but they don't have any more today!

And I got my first compliment from a random pedestrian today; but perhaps they see me working and just want to be nice.... Read more about In the garden: The rock garden in the front area

Bullet points (and notes) for the 12-Point Platform

When we developed the 12-Point Platform, we packed as much as possible into each point. Just so I don't forget -- and so you may remind me -- I'm going to flesh out each of the points; sometimes with full-fledged talking points, more often with scribbled notes to come back to, and sometimes with scraps prefiguring future polemic (I'm writing because Democratic regular Deblasio is coming out with some points of his own, and of course they will be pathetically inadequate, so it's worth lining up our ducks to be able to point that out.

The 12-Point Platform

These are in rough order of implementation. That is, let's get more money in workers' pockets, save their lives with single payer (such a no-brainer, given Canadian success), and brush back the rich before settling in for more radical reforms. Read more about Bullet points (and notes) for the 12-Point Platform

In the garden: Pansies at dusk

We lost our hardware store last year, and so the pleasant ritual of buying the day's flats and beautifying the front garden was not possible. This year, however, something new: The same greenhouse that supplied the hardware store is now bring flats to the local coffee shop. So I bought some, yesterday and today. Read more about In the garden: Pansies at dusk

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Notes Towards a Definition of SLICCs: The NSA variant

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A recent post by lambert in nakedcapitalism titled "Notes for an Elite Playbook defined the idea of public-private "Self-Licking-Ice-Cream-Cones" (SLICCs), or contracting loops that supply,

“Solutions” that amplify, to a rentier’s profit, the very “problem” they claim to solve.

He gives examples of such in space exploration and the defense procurement.

As it happens, I read his post just after finishing a Harper's piece on William Bratton and "Intelligence-Led Policing" as well as Andrew Cockburn's Kill Chain. Both detail --albeit in regrettably empirical, a-theoretical form-- examples of what, after the break, I am hereby respectfully submitting for discussion as the "NSA form" of the SLICC, to distinguish it from the "NASA" and "DoD" forms already elucidated by lambert. Read more about Notes Towards a Definition of SLICCs: The NSA variant

In the garden: Am I blue

Or violet, as the case may be. This is the very first flowering of the year. One notices the pretty little flowers, but without knowing that violets are tenacious and invasive. Which is why we love them! One of my tasks in the early spring is to move clumps of violets from where they sprang up to where I would like them to be. They never fail. Read more about In the garden: Am I blue

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350.org signs anti-TPP letter, threatens to hold its breath until it turns blue

Wondering what the 350.org folks are doing to abort TPA, I checked out their website, after ascertaining that they signed onto the the anti-TPP letter that has 2009 group signatories. Read more about 350.org signs anti-TPP letter, threatens to hold its breath until it turns blue

Savage Sentences for Test-Altering Atlanta Teachers

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In mid-April a Florida superior court judge handed down harsh prison sentences to 10 former school administrators, principals and elementary school teachers because of a citywide test cheating scandal within the Atlanta public school system.

What these educators did was inflate 2008 test scores. Read more about Savage Sentences for Test-Altering Atlanta Teachers

In the garden: One hot day makes a difference

Here's the clover in the front yard (below the little white fence) The sprouts were hard to see a couple of days ago. After yesterday -- 77°F -- they're easy to see!

Above the white fence are the wildflowers. They too were heavily sown, but they will sprout and flower continuously through the season. So there are fewer to see now. Read more about In the garden: One hot day makes a difference

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Larry Sanders running as Green Party Candidate in Oxfordshire

Larry Sanders, Bernie Sanders’s Brother, Is Running in Oxfordshire

Larry Sanders, is running in the British parliamentary election, as a Green Party candidate in Oxfordshire.

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TPP: The Fascism Issue

If the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement will, if implemented, and as I've argued elsewhere, result in the death of national and state sovereignty, constitutional separation of powers, and democracy, then what system and what principles will replace these things? Read more about TPP: The Fascism Issue

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House parties for Bernie

I stumbled upon a tool that lets you find a house party for Bernie Sanders. It is a great example of how the Web has leveled the playing field, Bernie supporters can find each other and organize without campaign staff, and more importantly, campaign expenditure. It also demonstrates that Bernie has support all over the country,

It is not clear to me if the campaign can harvest the data from this tool, and the data is everything in a campaign. Read more about House parties for Bernie

In the garden: Spotting the growth

This is the time of year when it's hard to spot the green in the vast expanse of brown (at least in my patch, because I don't rake the leaves in the fall, preferring them to rot, have abolished my lawn, and don't load up anything not lawn with bags of bark mulch from the "landscape" -- ugh, what an inappropriate word -- people at the first sign of spring).

So what I end up with is brown bare earth, brown rotting leaves, and brown/beige/dirty white disintegrating sheet mulch from the previous year. As you can see! Read more about In the garden: Spotting the growth

Time to Play Lucy and the Football with Sanders, Progressives?

Patrick Martin in “Bernie Sanders to seek Democratic presidential nomination” takes a much needed CLOSE look at the history and realpolitik behind Bernie Sanders.

In the kabuki that is America’s corporate-captured political establishment’s and corporate media’s greased slide to fascism, US Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont has stepped onto the stage to do his bit for the continued confusion and manipulation of us, the bewildered and fleeced herd of citizenry. Read more about Time to Play Lucy and the Football with Sanders, Progressives?

In the garden: Happiness!

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