Typically, one waits for seed catalogs in January before thinking about this stuff. But since I might have to order some trees from FedCo for spring.....
Obviously, this is very, very crude and doesn't have the careful division into zones and vistas of previous plans, but that can come later. (All that planning led to what I consider a massive success for the front garden this, or rather, last season; lots of pollinators, lots of flowers, and two -- or was it three? -- people I'd never met actually stopping especially to photograph it, despite, as you can see, its very small size.(
Here is a sketch of the water feature: Read below the fold...
ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Howard Dean throws Gruber (and by extension Obama (and Clinton)) under the bus
This is interesting. Mediaite:
Reacting Wednesday to the now-infamous “Gruber video,” former DNC chair Howard Dean said it demonstrates how the Affordable Care Act was written by “elitists” who don’t understand America.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe played the 2013 clip of Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber explaining that a “lack of transparency” and “the stupidity of the American voter” helped get the 2010 health care law passed. Asked for his reaction by Mika Brzezinski, Dean went off:
The problem is not that he said it. The problem is that he thinks it. The core problem under the damn law is it was put together by a bunch of elitists two don’t fundamentally understand the American people. That’s what the problem is.
Dean was a long-time proponent of single-payer health care, rather than the standard insurance-based American system or its legislative overhaul.Read below the fold...
Carl Gibson, a writer blogging at Reader Supported News, provides an "Open Letter to the Democrats" giving his view of why they lost the Congressional Elections of 2014. He endorses the President's view that people didn't show up to vote because their choice of politicians didn't motivate them. And to this view he adds that the Democrats did not get his generation's support because they didn't “. . . get populist.” And he goes on to say:
2014’s low voter turnout was historic. Voter turnout actually hasn’t been this low since the 1940s. As Mother Jones pointed out, voter turnout for people under 30 was dismal. In this election, people like me only made up 12 percent of those who voted, while people aged 60 and older made up almost 40 percent of total voters. In 2012, when President Obama was re-elected and Congressional Democrats made gains in the House and Senate, millennials made up almost one-fifth of all voters, and voters 60 and older made up just 25 percent of the electorate, bringing us a little closer to a tie. It isn’t hard to see the difference – this year, Republicans steamrolled you, Democrats, because most of us stayed home and let our Fox-watching uncles and grandparents decide on who was going to represent everyone else.
So how do older people pick who runs Congress? Like every other voting bloc, they pick the ones who run on issues most important to them. And as Vox reported, data consistently shows that younger people want their tax dollars spent on education and job creation. Older voters want their money spent on Social Security and war. The Republicans who swept the U.S. Senate ran largely on fear campaigns over ISIS, promising to be more hawkish than their opponents in an eagerness to pour money and troops into Iraq and Syria to snuff out America’s newest boogeyman.
Contrast the unified Republican message with the profound silence from you Democrats on addressing the trillion-dollar student debt crisis, rampant inequality and underemployment, and your collective fear of openly embracing economic populism, and you cook up what we saw on Tuesday night. Older people showed up, highly motivated to elect war hawks. Younger people mostly stayed home, disillusioned with the only alternative on the ballot who didn’t even talk about the issues affecting our lives every day.Read below the fold...
Soldiers’ Soon Enough Epiphany
they trust one cares there on high
brass totem. Dream on.
Under coffin's lid
lies still another stiff kid
lied to by country.
vulture culture blasts lives gone. Raped
land left napalm calmed. Read below the fold...
The suspect who brought the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to the unknown is a technical genius with highly sophisticated hacking skills, to the extent that he or she has profound knowledge of how the Boeing 777 works, according to satellite expert Michale Exner. Profiling the suspect this way, MH370's captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah is therefore innocent, Exner who is independently investigating MH370 concludes.
Well, that's interesting: Read below the fold...
In her recent post-election piece “It's Time to Work on America's Agenda” Elizabeth Warren points out that the changes in Washington and in various States aren't changing the fact that
The stock market and gross domestic product keep going up, while families are getting squeezed hard by an economy that isn’t working for them.Read below the fold...
It always resonates the pace of “Lucy and the chocolate factory” manic-ness, US-government, often with NATO, produced chaos and misery around the world, not to mention the chaos and misery from our own government on us domestically.
We collectively are easily numbed out by the "velocitization" of global and domestic tragedies our government is responsible for, though that responsibility rarely is dwelled upon if admitted to by a colluding and propagandizing mainstream media. Read below the fold...
Here is a horrible but beautiful image in pale yellow, grey, green, and brown of a left-over cancerous snow blotch, autumn leaves, frost-killed Black-Eyed Susans covered in mold, and grunge thrown to the side by the plows. "Change and decay in all around I see...." Read below the fold...
I don't believe for a moment their motives are anything other than mischievous, but this editorial does have the merit of being true:
Two cheers for New York’s Green Party
II]n this year’s election for governor, the Greens stood out by doing what third parties are supposed to do — but in New York so rarely do:
They ran their own candidate, giving voters a real alternative. ... Read below the fold...
Bill Clinton, that loveable rogue. I still have a soft spot for him because he's so damn good at what he does. And no matter the reason, the Clinton 90s were better for a lot of Americans than Bush's oughts or Obama's teens; real wages, on average, went up, for example. But that was a long time ago, and what has Bill or any Clinton done for me lately? But dear lord. This is unforgivable:
[BILL CLINTON:] We are in the best shape of any big country in the world in the next 20 years,” he said. “No big country that is running this well is as young as we are, as diverse as we are or as technological as we are. In the next 20 years, there will be bad days, there will be bad headlines, but you can keep the trend lines positive.
Bill, if I want any shit from you I'll squeeze your head. Take a look at this chart: Read below the fold...