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In the garden: Actual peppers!

These peppers are not very large; the sustainable ag geeks have bushels of fully-grown peppers aleady. Nevertheless, there they are! So my anxiety over whether they could get pollinated and grow under the (deer prophylactic) "poor person's row covers" was unfounded, as my anxieties so often are. (You can see a leg of the bamboo U-hoop and a poorly exposed swatch of the non-woven cloth, white, in the background.) Read below the fold...

Quick notes on Ferguson (Part 1)

[I'm stickying this and adding more material in a second post, because it looks like the site doesn't like too many tweets. In short, it looks like the cops are going nuts. It's one thing to whack poor black people, but another to beat up reporters; that lacks finesse. And a very interesting and diverse crowd is watching this on the twitter and hurrying to the rescue. Say, what does America's first Black President think of this? --lambert]

I'm not up on the detail at all, but this is reminding me a lot of Oakland, where we had a heavily weaponized, politically discredited local police force, "aided" by a mix of police forces from surrounding jurisdictions, and very poor communication in a volatile situation. (In the back of my mind, also, is the possibility of DHS coordination/involvement, given the level of militarization.) Anyhow, to start off with some humor:

Meanwhile, some flavor of cop arrested two black national reporters at a MacDonalds. Here's the chief's reaction: Read below the fold...

Tweet of the Day (3)

Quick notes on Ferguson (Part 2)

Following #Ferguson and curating as I go--

Above: Umair Haque from the Harvard Business Review... Read below the fold...

The author of "The Good Fight: Why Liberals—and Only Liberals—Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again" (2006) today

Yes, Peter Beinart (bio). Interesting article in the Atlantic:

[O]ver the last year or so—as a result of the conflict in Ukraine and the rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq—elite opinion has grown more hawkish even though public opinion at large hasn’t. When it comes to foreign policy, in fact, the key divide is no longer between Democrats and Republicans. It’s between the elites of both parties [the political class] and their rank and file. When asked about arming Syria’s rebels, an Iran deal that allows some uranium enrichment, and whether America should do more or less in the world, both Democrats and Republicans overwhelmingly take the more dovish view. On each question, the partisan divide is five percentage points or less.

The real gap emerges when you compare ordinary Americans to elites. According to Pew, for instance, rank-and-file Republicans are 34 percentage points more likely to want America to do less overseas. Rank-and-file Democrats are 31 points more likely to want America to do less. Members of the prestigious, bipartisan Council on Foreign Relations, by contrast, are 20 points more likely to say America should do more.

When you've lost Peter Beinart.... Read below the fold...

Tweet of the day (2)

The Economist: "Taxing America’s diaspora"

Oh, great. The Economist, June 21, 2014: Read below the fold...

Let's just hope there aren't any crashes, as CEO McNerney turns Boeing into the Walmart of aircraft manufacturers

It's not just that McNerney's a ginormous pustulent asshole, though he is, as Kos understands. Look at the business model, from Bloomberg:

While Boeing still loses money on every Dreamliner it assembles ....

This is normal, though I'm not sure I'd want to fly on one of the early planes. Read below the fold...

Tweet of the day

Democrats: "Do as we say, not as we do" on offshore tax havens

Honestly, it's like shooting fish in a barrel. Bloomberg:

President Barack Obama has been bashing companies that pursue offshore mergers to reduce taxes. He hasn’t talked about the people behind the deals -- some of whom are his biggest donors.

Wowsers. That one came out of nowhere! Read below the fold...

Gaza? No. #Ferguson

Armor.... Longbow. We're looking at a self-licking ice cream cone, here. I wonder if DHS is co-ordinating #Ferguson like they did Occupy? Not that I'm foily.

Anyhow, even the Kossacks are starting to get this: Read below the fold...

In the garden: The great wall of squash


Every so often kind souls send me gifts, so here is a picture of the National Affairs Desk at the Mighty Corrente Building that shows two of them:

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ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Doctors moving north to single payer Canada

And why? Outright looting by insurance companies. PNHP, quoting the Canadian Medical Journal:

ORONTO -- With the prospect of greater pay, fewer bureaucratic headaches and the opportunity to provide better care for patients, the number of American doctors migrating north is rising, according to Canadian recruiters and Canadian Medical Association data. Read below the fold...

Of course, we of the U.S. created ISIS. Here's how

Via VICE, which many of the bright youth of today read:

It warms the heart, this altruistic offer of help from the leader of a nation-state motivated by rational self-interest, but what’s left out—what's always left out—is any real context. What led us to this particular moment in time? Was there anything that the benevolent governments in the West maybe did before, like perhaps kill a half-million or more people in Iraq, that would drive so many people to an Islamic militant group? To ask is to be anti-American, or at least a huge buzzkill, but the answer is unequivocal: yes, yes, at-least-half-a-million-times yes. The US absolutely created the problem it’s now courageously “coming to help” solve, and that it created that problem by dropping lots of bombs should trouble those who now argue that dropping some more is somehow a serious solution.

Irony is not dead, I see. That's a relief. Read below the fold...


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