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In the garden: The awkward age

Planting the vegetables (hence the need to sheet mulch (hence the need to bring in more soil)) is about three weeks away, so in the meantime I struggle to find enough that's flowered or leafed out. Ditto, apparently, the pollinators, since something big just buzzed round my head! Anyhow:

A pansy with a wilted companion in the "front area," this time not at dusk.

Today I saw a kid walking down the sidewalk with his two parents, and he made them stop at the rock garden, and they seemed to be explaining things to him. So my garden is already fulfilling its social function! This is exactly what I want people to do. And next week, something will have changed, and so they will stop again. Read more about In the garden: The awkward age

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UK Election Results: Fear Wins in England, Hope wins in Scotland

cross-posted from Voices on the Square

In many quarters of US political discussion, the headline "big news" about the UK election that took place on Thursday, 7 May 2015 was that the POLLSTERS WERE WRONG!!!!.

For Economic Populists, the biggest headlines is that the party with the strongest anti-austerity message, the Scottish National Party, won the biggest victory of its political life, just a year after it lost a defeat on its signature issue ... while the traditional main left-of-center party of the UK, the Labour Party, saw pre-election, poll-inspired hope of an "anti-Tory majority" leading to a Labour minority government dashed. Read more about UK Election Results: Fear Wins in England, Hope wins in Scotland

Sanders and the goddamned Democrats in 2016

The sagacious and prescient Black Agenda Report has this to say about the goddamned Democrats: Read more about Sanders and the goddamned Democrats in 2016

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

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