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Bernie! Pay attention! It was Democrats! Democrats! Democrats! who lost Florida for Gore

Jim Hightower in Salon, November 28, 2000, before the Democrats had begun the blame-shifting that's the best thing they do:

308,000 Democrats voted for Bush. Hello. If Gore had taken even 1 percent of these Democrats from Bush, Nader’s votes wouldn’t have mattered.

So, Bernie, when I hear you say stuff like this, I'm shaking my head: Read below the fold...

In the garden: Autumn black-eyed susans

Schneider Tele. More decay, in raking light, with Constable-like touch of red. Read below the fold...

In the garden: Autumn honeysuckle

Schneider 2x Tele. Perhaps not the first time this subject has been photographed, but still pretty. Read below the fold...

Why I like this post from Matt Stoller on Saudi sponsorship of ISIS a lot

(Here.) First, we agree -- confirmation bias alert -- on the nature of the state:

The Saudi state, like all states, isn’t a coherent whole, but a set* of elites that interact with each other. There are thousands of ‘princes’ who basically just get oil income, but any of them can act independently and many of them do.

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Brits use Scottish oil as collateral

George Washington's blog:

[A]s Max Keiser explained:

(1) The UK can now borrow cheaply using the giant Scottish oil reserves as collateral

(2) If Scotland leaves, the collateral (oil reserves) is no longer available

(3) So the cost of borrowing money for Britain skyrockets

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UK bookie already paying out on "No" vote for Scottish Independence

Globe and Mail:

Polls say the outcome of the Scottish independence vote is too close to call, but gambling company Betfair is already paying out more than £100,000 ($179,000) to customers who backed a “No” vote.

The referendum on Thursday when voters in Scotland decide whether to split from the United Kingdom has attracted record levels of interest from British gamblers.

Bookmakers sometimes pay out early on sports events when they consider the result a foregone conclusion, judging that the publicity they generate is worth the risk should there be a surprise turnaround.

“We’ve decided that ‘No’ is most likely to be the winning vote in 3 days’ time, so we’ve put our money where our mouth is,” online betting specialist Betfair said
on Tuesday. The offer applied only to bets placed with Betfair’s sportsbook – the smaller part of its business where the company sets the odds itself. Read below the fold...

In the garden: Fungi and stumps

In the raking light of late afternoon:

Same: Read below the fold...

How deep is the alienation from Cuomo in New York?

Still aftershocks from the Teachout result in NY! The Albany Times-Union writes on Cuomo:

For someone as openly and imperially contemptuous of those who disagree with him, actually losing 31 upstate counties is a proper comeuppance.

It's one of those rare occasions when the voters have a chance to say "screw you" right back, and upstate certainly did that. ...

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How Democrats sold out anti-fracking movements in PA (and CO)

Standard tactics. The Wrench:

First is an email exchange between myself and a representative from Food & Water Watch --an organization that claims to be anti-fracking but, in advocating for a moratorium that has no chance of becoming a reality, and in supporting the Democrat candidate for governor Tom Wolf who is avowedly pro-drilling, cannot make that claim with any force or consistency. 

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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...

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