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Obama blames voters, election for loss

The Times:

“This is probably the worst possible group of states for Democrats since Dwight Eisenhower,” Mr. Obama said. “There are a lot of states that are being contested where they just tend to tilt Republican, and Democrats are competitive, but they tend to tilt that way.”

Par for the course. As it were. Read below the fold...

I voted, and here's the race I'm watching

I voted against every establishment Democrat figure, for a few individuals known to me personally I trusted, regardless of party, and for independents where found. Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke. Read below the fold...

Common Household Remedies Request

Again, not so much a request, as an invitation to share in my happiness: I finally fixed the shower in my unit, such that I can now take a really hot shower! Read below the fold...

Tweet of the day

In the garden: Winter is coming

So this is what it takes to get a decent shot of Fall-flowering forsythia: An early snow-storm that withers and blackens the blossoms.... Read below the fold...

In the garden: First snow

The squash will be sweeter after frost; but one reason this snow is so wet and sloppy the power failure-y is that it's not even freezing! Read below the fold...

Tweet of the day

Five to eight inches of snow predicted tonight and Sunday

"100% chance." Shit. Before Daylight Savings Time ends? I hate this. Read below the fold...

Anyone see a costume like this?

Well, er...

And then there are the hazmat suits: Read below the fold...

In the garden: Flowers I cannot seem to render

Near frost but no frost seems to be the motto for this month -- very late!!!! -- and we still have flowers. These Bachelor Buttons:

The idea is the crisp, jewel-like flower against the DeKooning-like swirls of decaying, mildewed Black-Eyed Susans. But for some reason, those tiny white blossoms at mid-right get blown out! Read below the fold...

ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Obama destroys public support for universal coverage

NEJM:

Over the past decade, there has been a cultural shift in Americans' attitudes about the principle of universal health care coverage, one of the main rationales for the ACA. In 2007, during the presidential primary season, public support for the view that the federal government has a responsibility to make sure all Americans have health insurance coverage was at 64% (Gallup, 2007). By 2014, this number had declined to 47% (Pew, January–February 2014). In addition, there has been a decline in overall public trust in the federal government to handle domestic problems such as health care from 51% in 2012 to 40% in 2014, which may also play a role in depressing public support for the ACA (Gallup, September 2014).

Now, to be fair, NEJM goes on to attribute this drop to paid advertising by ObamaCare opponents: Read below the fold...

But the Democrats are incompetent, too!

Check out this fund-raising letter from Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

Read below the fold...

In the garden: The wood arrives

Well, next to the garden, in the driveway.

Two cords, one "wilted" -- cut down with the leaves on it, meaning respiration sucks moisture out of the tree. Could be, given that some of the wood is pretty light. (It's not only inefficient to burn wet wood, it causes creasote to build up in the chimney.)

The wood covered with my beautiful canvas painter's dropclothes (also useful for shielding plants from frost) against the rain. Read below the fold...

Light Reading: "Profiting without Production: How Finance Exploits Us All"

After I explain wages, I must (as Okanagen pointed out) explain rent; indeed, unlike industrial times, rent may be more important to the political economy than profit. So I got a very dense neo-Marxist tome, by Costas Lapavitsas: Profiting without Production: How Finance Exploits Us All. Nobody better than the Marxists for following the flow of capital in specific places and times; and I'm hoping that a proper data structure using intersectionality, and a binocular vision with the other lens being slavery (human rental; human sale) will prevent me from being reductionist. Here is a great heavy slab of prose, but read it and see how true to life it rings:

Three underlying tendencies characterize financialization.... First, although monopolization remains a charactertistic feature of mature contemporary economies in terms of both trade and foreign direct investments, monopoly capitals have become "financialized." Large multinational corporations are typically able to finance the bulk of their investment without relying heavily on banks, and mostly by drawing on retained profits. Insofar as they require external finance they are able to obtain significant volumes in open financial markets, relatively indpendently of banks. Even the wage bill of large non-financial corporations is frequently financed through the issuing of commercial paper in open markets. Successive waves of takeovers, furthermore, have led to corporations becoming heavily involved in bond and equity trading in stock markets, thus developing skills in independent financial operations and trading.

Seems clear enough so far. I mean, conventional wisdom, almost, right? We think of GM before the bailouts, where the only profitable arm was GM Finance. Read below the fold...

Ferguson learns from Hong Kong

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