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Hong Kong Vignettes: Part I

The master theory of the Hong Kong protests will have to wait for another day; in this post, I'm going to collect vignettes from the ground: Crowd scenes, maps, images, tactics, the role of the built environment. I may, as needed, make reference to Gene Sharp's 198 Methods of Non-Violent Protest and Resistance, since the Hong Kong protests are explicitly non-violent. First, I'll start with the cell phones at night:

"She can't pay the rent"

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In the garden: Autumn leaves

Schneider Tele 2x. I tried for the October forsythia again, and got better results this time! Read below the fold...

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Brilliant from Hong Kong.

Flexian infestations at the DCCC and Emily's List

Sheesh, this is just awful. From Down with Tyranny: Read below the fold...

In the garden: Winter has not yet come!

Bees still working the squash; miraculously caught this one just before they took to the air:

And also miraculously, the front garden came through with more poppies -- on September 30! Must have been those three hot days. Read below the fold...

ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Federal judge strikes down subsidies in states without their own exchanges

Modern Healthcare:

In a legal setback for the Obama administration, a federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Tuesday that people in states that rely on the federal insurance exchange are not eligible for Obamacare premium subsidies to help them pay for coverage.

Judge Ronald White, a George W. Bush appointee, invalidated an Internal Revenue Service rule interpreting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to allow the premium tax credits in states that have not established their own exchange. “The court holds that the IRS Rule is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with law,” White wrote.

In his ruling, White rejected the argument that striking down the subsidies would cripple the entire healthcare reform law. “Congress is free to amend the ACA to provide for tax credits in both state and federal exchanges, if that is the legislative will,” he wrote.

Exactly. I have to say it, I'm with the conservative lunatics on this one (regardless of their motivations). If you want to have the rule of law, then you need to write the law so you aren't reduced to saying "But I really meant that!" when people read it, and the administration really did (modulo conspiracy theories) butcher the drafting.[1] There are other cases in the works: Read below the fold...

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I changed the Twitter block for Hong Kong

Tags are now: #OccupyCentral #HongKong #OccupyAdmiralty #OccupyCentral. Read below the fold...

In the garden: Forsythia blossoms in September

Just one or two. And it was 80°F, which was very nice.

Schneider 2x Tele. It was extremely hard to get the iPad to focus on this, and I was far enough away. The bud simply wouldn't "pop" into focus. I wasn't sure if the problem was that the branch was in almost constant motion, and was probably vibrating quietly even when I though it was at rest. You see why plants evolved windborne forms of reproduction; the air is almost never still! Read below the fold...

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Concrete material benefits

Green candidate Jason Levin crashes legacy party meeting to which he was not invited

Portland Tribune:

When Jason Levin crashed a meeting of the two major-party candidates for governor with the Pamplin Media Group/EO Media Group on Monday, it wasn’t the first time that the Pacific Green Party nominee had drawn attention to himself.

But Levin says that compared with the well-heeled campaigns of Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and Republican Rep. Dennis Richardson, he has to resort to such guerrilla tactics.

You bet. More like this, please. Read below the fold...

In the garden: More and more poppies

These are all from a shady area. They flowered late, and are out of the wind, though the poppies in the front garden are all gone, now. The sun is sinking, to the left.

Schneider 2x Tele.

And more. I can't help myself! Read below the fold...

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