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You Don’t Believe We’re On the Eve of Destruction?

US, Europe, Israel, Saudi Arabia have worked so hard together to bring us to the brink of WWIII.

Ukraine is where the US helped stage a coup that left violent neo-Nazis running a puppet government.

Obama and his administration were FURIOUS over losing their power grab for Black Sea control. They and the Kiev government are willing to have Russian Ukrainians in the east massively slaughtered and to create a humanitarian crisis for the survivors as collective punishment, ethnic cleansing and to provoke a military reaction from Russia.

A nuclear-armed Russia. Read below the fold...

eBook readers literally can't follow the plot

(Human readers, that is; not tablets.) Look at the bottom finding:

When Will Today's Political Class Admit the U.S. Lost the Two Major Land Wars in Asia They Got Us Into?

On the 1st of Never. Here's the closest we're going to come to a victory parade. WaPo's Dana Milbank writes:

Gen. Harold Greene’s funeral is a fitting coda to a dozen years of war

Oh. A "fitting coda." Oddly, or not, although Cilizza mentions the 33-car press motorcade, he doesn't name any of the dignitaries who were in attendance; Greene was, like defeat is, an orphan. Read below the fold...

In the garden: Morning poppies

I don't have to be the only one posting gardening pictures, as Dromaius has shown, so feel free to post away; the default size for pictures is bigger for posts than comments (because comments narrow as they nest). But herewith, the Rastafarian color spectrum:

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Perry (R-TX) joins Cuomo (D-NY) in the corruption sweepstakes

BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA! To be fair, Governor Perry has much better hair. Texas Tribune: Read below the fold...

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Chicago Tribune poll: Support for Mayor Rahm Emanuel falling fast in Chicago

In a head-to-head matchup, the survey found Lewis with 43 percent backing to 39 percent for Emanuel, with 14 percent undecided. Lewis' advantage is just outside the 3.5 percentage point error margin for the poll, consisting of cellphone and landline interviews with 800 registered city voters from Aug. 6 to Tuesday.

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It's clear that there's a massive battle over NHS privatization in the UK that I'm entirely missing

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Ecuador doing the right thing again.

In the garden: Happy bee at the borage

Here's borage, backlit by the setting sun:

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Facebook to have employee dorms, like factories in China

This Atlantic article was on policing, but this paragraph jumped out at me:

When I read, early last week, about the police officer whose salary is currently being paid by Facebook, I was suspicious. The tech company agreed to pay the officer’s salary and benefits, which totaled roughly $200,000, even though she’s officially part of a government organization, the Menlo Park Police Department. “It's not the 'Facebook officer,’” a company spokesperson insisted in the Wall Street Journal article. “It's the officer for the whole community.” While the officer’s duties seemed innocuous enough—she works with truants and juvenile offenders, and helps local businesses like Facebook plan for emergencies—something about a private company funding a cop didn’t sit well with me.

The sources the Journal interviewed didn’t exactly allay any of my concerns. The paper's reporter, Zusha Elinson, talked to a resident of the neighborhood that the officer patrols, who suspected that endowing a cop had to do with Facebook’s desire to straighten out a traditionally lower-income, higher-crime area as it made plans to expand its headquarters to include dorm-like dwellings for employees. Elinson also spoke to a police ethicist, who posed the question that cut to the core of my concern: If you’re the chief of the Menlo Park Police Department, "what do you tell your officers about how to treat people who work at Facebook?"

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The stench of a slave ship

I finished "The Empire of Necessity" by Greg Grandin. I'm not sure I can replicate the thesis in a more granular way than "follow the money" -- the book is almost a picaresque -- but the "see, hear, feel, touch, taste, smell" language is amazing, and Grandin's sourcing is brilliant. It's pleasant to see that America can still produce scholarship, even if readable, popular scholarship. Here's Grandin on the hold of a slave ship. Typing it in, from page 38:

Along the way, Africans died from contagious diseases or from the miseries of crossing the ocean in a claustrophobically small space. Some went blind. Others lost their minds. Even when the circus [?] followed the best practices of the early nineteenth century, the holds were never cleaned fast enough to counter the accumulating strata of excrement, vomit, blood, and pus. With poor ventilation, baking under the equatorial sun, cargo bays festered and putrefied. Slave ships could be smelled from miles away. "The confined air, rendered noxious by the effluvia exhaled from their bodies, and by being repeatedly breathed, soon produces fevers and fluxes, which generally carries off great numbers of them." observed a British slave ship surgeon in the 1780s. When bad weather forced the portholes and hatches to be closed for long periods of time, the floors of the holds would become so covered with "blood and mucus" that they "resembled a slaughter-house." "It is not," said the surgeon, "in the power of the human imagination to picture to itself a situation more dreadful or disgusting."

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Half the color wheel in one clump of tomatoes

Nature has such good taste in color schemes ;-).

Thought I would share. I would love to see other pix like these ;-). [Edit: Meaning more garden shots.] Read below the fold...

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