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March Thread

by Bjinse Mon Mar 4th, 2019 at 08:59:03 PM EST

Spring is the time of plans and threads

by generic on Tue Mar 5th, 2019 at 03:09:51 PM EST
Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misstated the amount that a Labour Party's report claimed Chris Grayling misadventures had cost British taxpayers. It is 2.7 billion pounds, not 2.7 million.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Mar 5th, 2019 at 04:05:18 PM EST
in addition to the more than a billion that Boris Johnston's idiocies cost London during his residency as Mayor.

But Tories are the party of business, so it's A-OK

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Mar 5th, 2019 at 04:45:14 PM EST
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Mark Hollis, the man behind the band Talk Talk, died last week

I would have simply given a link to my essay about Talk Talk, but there is one paragraph which embarrasses me, so I've re-written it, so here is a whole re-post;

Talk Talk : Elegy and Eulogy

 With any suddenly successful band, there is always the pressure of "how do we repeat that ?", a question that degenerates into the panic of "well, what do we do now, cos we can't repeat that ?".

It's the dilemma that faced Pink Floyd after "Dark side of the Moon" and RadioHead after "OK Computer". The former messed around with non-musical instruments for 18 months before they realised they were being silly and made Wish You were Here instead. Or you could do as RadioHead did; try to sabotage their careers with a series of increasingly, almost deliberately, rambling anti-statements which availed them nothing but continued platinum status. Eventually they gave up and made "In Rainbows". Their virulently anti-corporate worldview makes and retains their counter-culture hero status, even when the music hasn't always justified it.

But there are other paths.

Talk Talk were a fairly anonymous band who came out of the early 80s post-punk electro-pop era, where the cool sensibilities of David Sylvian/Japan melded with Kraftwerk-influenced rhythms. Duran Duran, Fashion & Depeche Mode were at the forefront of the movement, although an awful lot of pop music of the time nodded in the direction. There is little to say of the band's early career, for the simple reason that almost nothing stood out. Any person who could honestly say that they could foresee their subsequent success is either a liar, or blessed with gifts Nostradamus would have envied.

That future arrived when they released "The Colour of Spring" and moved themselves into a different world. Mixing children's choirs, over-driven rock slide guitar coupled with Hollis' downbeat proto-Sylvian "oh well, if I have to..." vocal style, it wasn't so much genre-busting as creating an entirely new set of musical expressions. The music world sat up and took notice; Tim Hollis, a major talent had arrived. I know it's a cliche, but this is genuinely an album that would grace any collection. Powerful, sensitive and in places desperately beautiful, this is the work of a thoroughbred hitting his stride.

And so to the difficult "follow that" album. It is genuinely interesting to play the post-OK computer albums of RadioHead alongside the Talk talk albums to find two groups of people wrestling with similar problems and coming to utterly different conclusions. RadioHead went outward, wrestling with a corporate culture that was as parasitic as it was financially rewarding. Talk talk went inward to conjure forth their demons. Such choices may denied them fame and fortune, but theirs was a prophet's virtuous path into the stony desert. Unlike RadioHead, they didn't so much reject commercialism so much as they were too unworldy to notice the riches that were offered them.

Yet they were not unappreciated; it was common to hear sentiments from other bands of the time saying things like "Every band loves Talk talk; to be out there, doing what they do and still be successful. It just gives you hope"

If there is a binding alchemy behind the band, it is that,-
"Perfection is attained in the nature of imperfection : The precisely wrong thing will be transcendent."

Even when the music becomes difficult, obscure and meandering, it's always webbed with gossamer-thin threads of golden inspiration, waiting to reward any listener willing to turn the cloth. There is a story that one recording session featuring  a children's choir created something so beautiful that all who heard it cried. Performers, writers, technicians; all were convinced that that day had brought forth something that would live beyond them. So the band were distraught to discover the next morning that Hollis had returned to the studio at daybreak to erase all of the tapes of the previous day's work. Such perfection, in his eyes, made the spirit lazy.

One can hear this attitude exemplified in the song "I believe in you", from the next album Spirit of Eden, where the melancholic beginning leads into a sustained organ chord that twists and writhes as if containing a demon. Only abyssal guilt and grief can form such a howl of despair. Tis fitting as the song is about the decent and eventual death of Hollis' own brother from heroin addiction.

You don't create such vapour through perfection. Such ambience needs more than care. No longer desperately beautiful the pain evoked is instead beautifully desperate.

And so to the final album, Laughing Stock. Now no longer making music as therapy, Hollis evokes the satisfied resolve of a man about to create artistic suicide. Just the titles of the songs tell you this is the story of the artist's evolving feelings about his career; from the promise of "Myrrhman", the success in "Ascension Day", the anti-climax of "After the flood", the hangover of "Taphead", and the hope of "New grass" and now "Rune II".

Typically obtuse, it begins with a minute of silence, although if you listen carefully you can hear the hum of amplifiers. When the guitar eventually breaks in it sounds late and hesitant,  seemingly setting a tone of uncertainty;-

    Place my chair at the backroom door
    Help me up
    I can't wait anymore

Yet this mood changes as the album continues, it evokes the feeling of a career that both disappointed yet illuminated; this was your time and yet time was never yours. At once waiting and invoking, both rite and mantra, the clash and discord, the beauty of the beast, the album is Hollis' almost shamanic journey towards inner resolution, he is making peace with this time of his life.

The final song's lyrics read;-

    Well, aren't you suspect
    In answer unread
    meander context
    so effortlessly blessed

and career-wise with that sign off, the Prophet smiled at his followers, stepped back from the dais, turned and, with a look of absolute confident bliss, stepped into empty air.

RIP Mark Hollis

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Mar 5th, 2019 at 06:22:33 PM EST
I Support Strong Women of Color Unless They Are Politically to My Left - McSweeney's Internet Tendency
The women of color I admire are strong. They see institutions, like ICE, that abuse and degrade women of color and think, "I can run them." They don't wait for a man's permission to profit off of war. They aren't afraid to get right up in President Trump's face and say, "Sir, I just voted for your milliary budget." They don't just take money from the NRA; they take it like a boss. I'm talking about strong women of color like Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, the Koch brothers, the Mucinex Man. Yes, the Mucinex Man is a woman of color. Green is a color, and gender is fluid. Get with the times.
by generic on Tue Mar 5th, 2019 at 09:48:44 PM EST
by generic on Wed Mar 6th, 2019 at 03:40:16 PM EST
from what? Ants?

that said, dogs can be deceptive. Similar dogs to that are used to guard cattle from bears in Bulgaria. And they are unbridled ferocity, casual walkers give them a wide berth. Even at 400 metres, stay off the horizon.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Mar 6th, 2019 at 06:52:56 PM EST
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A border collie will kill a lamb if given half a chance. One step removed from wolves.
by asdf on Thu Mar 14th, 2019 at 06:49:57 PM EST
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On Tuesday, the citizens of Toledo, Ohio, granted legal rights reserved for people to Lake Erie, the 9,940-square-mile body of water on which their city depends. According to Sigal Samuel at Vox, the passage of the controversial ballot measure marks the first time a natural resource has been granted legal status in the United States, though a precedent for doing so has been established by other countries in recent years.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Mar 7th, 2019 at 05:42:56 PM EST
To state the issue posed by this series as bluntly and precisely as possible: Netflix's Trotsky is the most explicitly and unrelentingly anti-Semitic film that has ever been presented to an American and international television audience. It is a frenzied incitement to Jew-hating. The inspiration for this production is the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the notorious Russian anti-Semitic forgery, produced in pre-1917 Russia, that claimed to document an international Jewish conspiracy to take over the world.

The portrayal of all Jewish characters in the movie, beginning with Trotsky, is based on malicious anti-Semitic stereotypes. They are blood-thirsty and self-promoting fanatics, devoid of human pity, contemptuous of the down-trodden masses, and insatiable in their lust for power. They are also obsessed with sex. The main male Jewish character, Trotsky, is denigrated in semi-pornographic scenes, a device of anti-Semitic defamation well-known from the propaganda of the Russian far-right and the Nazis.

The Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917 are depicted as the outcome of a Jewish conspiracy, funded from abroad. The origin of the Revolution of 1905 is a criminal pact between Trotsky and Alexander Parvus, who obtains funds from the German government. The October Revolution in 1917, the most monumental social upheaval in history, is depicted as a "coup," orchestrated by Trotsky with the help of only two other well-known Bolshevik leaders who were also Jewish: Lev Kamenev and Grigory Zinoviev.

The real contest now is not between nationalism and international finance, but between both of these forces of reaction, on the one hand, and universal emancipation on the other. The historical Leon Trotsky is an emblem of this international struggle. But the Leon Trotsky of Netflix is an antisemitic libel.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Mar 8th, 2019 at 07:31:05 PM EST
  • LAST YEAR reviewers at wsws.org called it "Russian television's Trotsky." Is wsws.org now shopping for an anti-semitic audience?
  • Did all Netflix employees sign a anti-semiticism oath in 2017?
  • Did Netflix corp buy N.American broadcast rights from PUTIN, the arch anti-semiticists?
  • Are any black actors harmed in the production? If so, it probably is anti-semitic propaganda.
  • Is Jewfolk, Inc an unregistered subsidiary of Netflix?
  • Who is collecting hate-mail for Netflix?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Mar 8th, 2019 at 11:59:50 PM EST
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Netflix behaves just like a GAFA... They don't have morals, they have markets.
I have noticed that they make series for local markets, in function of what is fashionable / permitted.

I started watching one about an elite Turkish SWAT team... Taking out Kurdish terrorists who had taken schoolkids hostage. That sort of thing.

I watched the whole episode before turning away in disgust.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Mar 11th, 2019 at 05:15:46 PM EST
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neo-*, codpiece, tribe, taboo, *-icide, inverse taxation: I take a dim view of neologism.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Mar 9th, 2019 at 12:09:58 AM EST
by generic on Mon Mar 11th, 2019 at 10:17:20 AM EST
My daughter is... making out like a bandit as quartermaster of a Caribean pirate vessel. Equity is a major feature of her successful strategy. Long-running roleplaying game.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Mar 11th, 2019 at 05:18:03 PM EST
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American whaling ships had tremendous inequality of pay. No GINI coefficient is calculated in this article, but it is pretty bad.


by asdf on Thu Mar 14th, 2019 at 06:53:52 PM EST
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by generic on Fri Mar 15th, 2019 at 01:35:15 PM EST
I sit in my desert mountain hidey-hole, adrift in a fog of bewildered bemusement.  

The Second Coming

Willy Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre  
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere  
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst  
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.  
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out  
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert  
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,  
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,  
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it  
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.  
The darkness drops again; but now I know  
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,  
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,  
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

In other news, China is buy $35 billion worth of planes from Airbus which puts a huge hole in Boeing's future earnings.  Coupled with the ~$35 billion loss of soybeans (soyabeans) and corn (maize) sales and the largest US/PRC trade deficit in history Donald's little Trade War, which he assured us was "easy to win" proceeds apace.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Mar 26th, 2019 at 05:49:52 PM EST
Little Donny has never actually been about "the art of the deal."  He's always been about "the art of the sales pitch."  Once that's done, he quickly exits stage right to watch the Titanic hit the iceberg from a safe distance.
by rifek on Mon Apr 15th, 2019 at 05:19:28 PM EST
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The Forward
Non-Jewish parents in Germany are picking names straight out of the Hebrew Bible for their newborns, and they might not even know it.

According to the Society for the German Language, Ben was the most popular name for boys in 2018, with Hannah, Lea, Noah and Jakob also showing up on the top ten lists for boys and girls, according to a report by Deutschlandradio. Four out of the top ten boys' names, and five of the top ten girls names, have Hebrew origins.

It's not just non-Jews who are ignorant. Wikipedia
Ben is frequently used as a shortened version of the given names Benjamin or Benedict, and is also a very common given name in its own right.

The Arabic "Bin" (بن) or "Ibn" (ابن) or "Ben" (dialectal Arabic) means "son of".

It also means "mountain" in Scots Gaelic....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 06:33:10 PM EST
Ethnic blurring. If a French person my age is called Ismael, it's a slam-dunk he's either Jewish, Muslim or Protestant. These days, it depends what's on TV.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 08:08:16 AM EST
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And if it's an American named Cohen, the person is either Jewish, Irish, or a black person whose owners were Jewish.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 07:13:31 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 06:34:29 PM EST
I read it and needed an airsickness bag.  Representative sample:

AIPAC is the last vestige of a better America, a bipartisan America, an America that knows how to put aside its differences and get things done.

And another:

How ironic that AIPAC and its supporters should have their loyalties called into question, when they are modeling for the rest of us how to be true Americans.

And finally:

There's a lesson there for Americans desperate for a better tomorrow: The only way to beat Trump is with bipartisan love.
by rifek on Mon Apr 15th, 2019 at 05:34:20 PM EST
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relative,adj and noun, denoting a relation between measured characteristics of an one or more objects; "relativism", a collection or of methods, or schema, that relate objects

comparative, adj, denoting a comparison of two or more objects to each other.

re: undefined "moral values"

FAIL: "Forget about a variety of cultures. Let's just think about our own."

archived factotum
Made You Look!*

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 10:20:34 AM EST
represent, verb, to present again; to produce agian (reproduce); to copy something; representation, noun, the form of being represented (usages: iconography, government); represented, adj., past participle of represent, the complete action

History of British India, Lec 02

The critique of orientalism is not designed to make you understand the real India as such. ... Orientalism, very broadly, is about the politics of representation: Who represents who with what authority, with what right, and with what consequences?

archived representatives of who?
Review of 2018
It's more the crisis of representative democracy as a whole.
4. Lao-tzu said: ...
"The[y] act without contrivance, work without striving, and know without intellectualizing."
"How many levels of "representative democracy" are there withi the SPD between the rank-and-file member and the convention delegate?"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 11:16:39 AM EST
Ukraine has its presidential election tomorrow. Zelensky, the actor playing president on TV is now not only ahead in the second round polls, but also clearly ahead in the first round polls with close to thirty percent, with Tymoshenko and Poroshenko fighting for second place and a chance in the run off with 15-20 %.

On the other hand, there has been reports of neo-nazi gangs being deputised. And there is the attempts by Poroshenko to use military emergency in his favour.

This is likely to get interesting.

by fjallstrom on Sat Mar 30th, 2019 at 08:57:27 PM EST

by generic on Sun Mar 31st, 2019 at 09:46:32 PM EST
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I tried. I watched AOC's townhall on the Green New Deal, hosted by MSNBC in an auditorium at Albert Einstein Medical campus in the Bronx. It aired yesterday. She had a lot of cheering fans like Oprah.

She made a point to blame a staffer (no joke) for the content of the first draft resolution she introduced. Although it looked remarkably like the final draft she introduced.

She was not prepared to speak to any detail about implementing the grand industrial policy, much less the "sexiest" aspects of science needed to transformed imminent holocaust into high-paying jobs and income equality, universal health care, and new homes for everyone by mobilizing the national economy to produce innovative technologies. Just like during the Great Depression and WWII.

I was insulted. I was insulted for everyone on the planet who has diligently monitored GHG interactions and promoted alternative fuels and manufacturing as well as carbon footprint consciousness since 300ppm.

I'm done with her.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Apr 1st, 2019 at 01:44:09 AM EST
Just one word : FFS.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 08:10:10 AM EST
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"America's Mayor"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 01:45:43 PM EST
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Naked Capitalism
Second woman alleges that Joe Biden touched her inappropriately WaPo. "Second student alleges that Joe Biden condemned her to a life-time of debt slavery." Funny what we can say, and what we can't.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 11:39:42 AM EST
You may have noticed I'm not commenting much at the moment.

what can I say? Parliament has descended beyond a laughing stock, I can't even think about it too much anymore cos it just hurts. Derision doesn't even help, cos it's no longer funny.

And while estminster fiddles, Britain is burning. Economically and socially the place is falling apart. W need a resolution to brexit just so's the govt can move on to other things that desperately need sorting, even if the solutions offered are conservative ones.

It's all very well suggesting an extention to A50 till the summer or until the End of Days, but I don't think we can wait.

And I don't think the EU are minded to wait either. They don't want the UK to crash out without a deal, but I don't think they see any point in dragging it out any further. Westminster is locked and blocked with too many spivs, chancers and charlatans shifting their positions for narrow advantage hour by hour. They won't call for a referendum which might have helped, nor will there be an election with too many tories and TInGe knowing they will be wiped out if they provide the electorate with the temptation.

So we sit here and rot.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 01:29:31 PM EST
I've missed your notes.

How about a change of topic during the interregnum? I've been getting about town in spite of myself and short change. Joined in with the Baltimore chapter of the Poor People's Campaign --"ground floor opportunity!" LOL. I finally got a mobile larger than a credit card for networking disaffected silos of inner-city-survivors, eg. Baltimore Free Farm. Can you imagine?!

AND I am please to announce that my newly randomly selected primary care physician is not an idiot. What have you got?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 01:59:33 PM EST
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Free farm sounds interesting.

But me, I've got nothing. The only time I leave the house is my once a week trip to the pub. I go to the gym when my knee/hip permits and once a week I take my Mum to the supermarket.

Community initiatives are thin on the ground cos we're so used to local government being an enabler. The problem is that when the local govt aren't there, the bureaucracy acts as a deterrent.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 02:46:53 PM EST
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heh. You've got something.

I did not intend to give the impression I am a gadfly like yourself. My MS symptoms have run apace since The Change, just 18 months (into secondary progressive). So walk abouts --lifetime preferred mode-- farther than 3 blocks are difficult. I've put on 8lbs since I quit AMZN! (Must sacrifice pizza or beer. Thoughts?)

I gave up driving in '17. Spent too much time driving in the burbs and a good amount of it shopping for me ma in her final years. What a curse and a blessing!

Now, I rely heavily on bus transport (NEST o'hassles there, but also free advice from passengers) and the occasional free ride by private or commercial auto, like to PPC meeting, 2x monthly. That's how I met Joseph, one of UAW members into the PPC and volunteer with baltimorefreefarm.org --less ag, more hunt&gather. "Centralizing" our strength in numbers is going to take effort and cunning, I see.

I take a "constitutional" on my own two 1 p.d. to the corner "Korean" to buy sundries and chat with gossips perched on stoops by the way (including the posse what flogs weed 5-9 PM outside my kitchen window; they also shovel my snow and haul my trash bins.) I'm warming to the infirm old lady disguise so long as I can keep a roof over my head and cats out of my bed.

Meeting the not-idiot primary care is a strategic breakthrough, tbh, for certain Medicaid and municipal benefit acquisitions REQUIRING DOCUMENTATION. Just a start somewhere. Let's see how it goes.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 06:47:07 PM EST
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I gave up driving in '17.

I beat you. I gave up in '89; my landlord didn't maintain the drainage, my engine flooded, the garage totalled it and offered me a superb deal on it (it took me a long time to realized that and the insurance adjuster were probably ripping up the insurance company). I took that as a hint to move to NYC and only use public transport. Now my commute involves about 2miles of walking (500 ft elevation gain) along the Via Romae Germanica pilgramige route which goes in theory from North Germany to Rome.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 07:09:29 PM EST
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I have gone in the other direction, after realizing that old cars are pretty cheap. So I have two (one is 26 years old, the other is 13 years old), and drive every day, which is pretty much mandatory when living in a city* like Colorado Springs where the public transportation system is, uh, somewhat deficient.

* CS is growing so fast that it is now the 40th largest city in the US of A. It's a socialist paradise, despite all publicity to the contrary. Except for transportation. And the editorial page of the newspaper.

by asdf on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 04:46:59 PM EST
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Are you talking about the Colorado Springs Socialists?
Colorado Springs Socialists has risen to become one of the largest revolutionary socialist organizations in the country despite being less than 2 years old, operating in the 6th most conservative city in the country, and being ruthlessly pursued by the state.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 05:40:18 PM EST
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I didn't even know about them, actually. I was referring to the fact that Colorado Springs has a high fraction of federal money from the DOD and defense contractors, huge numbers of people on TriCare (service member's medical insurance) or social security (lots of retired people) or medicaid (lots of poor people), city owned utilities, no toll roads, state-owned hospital system, and a small percentage of private schools compared to pretty much any city on the East Coast. It's a classic example of people living on socialist programs while complaining about socialism.
by asdf on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 01:01:16 AM EST
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Are you and your mom still putting in a garden? I may be able this year. Today, for the first time, with temps in the 60s, (~19C), I was able to get my lawn tractor started, after remembering to turn on the fuel valve, and mowed the weeds that are coming up ahead of the grass. This had the added advantage of mulching the leaves. Tomorrow also looks promising and I may do the back yard, etc.

My big problem is renal insufficiency. I have only about 30% renal function. Apparently my kidneys were nuked while I was recovering from a severe bone infection that set in last Feb., possibly due to the strong antibiotics needed to curb the infection.

Tomorrow also looks good for outdoor work. It has been a long cold winter and spring is late. Scottsblooms in bloom and redbud trees are just starting to bud out, along with my blueberries. Tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers would be nice.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 12:51:46 AM EST
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ooo, that's sounds lovely. Gardening is soothing, I think. The more daunting the project, the more satisfying the beer. Well, that's how I used to measure it.

Funny and troubling, though, how seasonal cycles --from region to region-- are shifting those seeding maps though. Glad I'm not in the business, and I hope you ease into it as you ought to. June-July has been hott'r than hell here the past 5 years, and that's hard on summer veggies. Don't forget to take before/after snaps to upload in the coming months.

I dunno yet that I'll be doing more than reconditioning soil for the next two years. I'd like to regrade, for sure, but haven't a clue how that fits in my non-budget. That patch of Bal'more scratch that came with this row house is a hot mess! And the neighbors' is full of rag weed and what not. Lord!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 03:41:13 AM EST
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So, what do the lyrics of the song chosen to represent Israel in this year's Eurovision speak about? Here is an excerpt:


I am standing tall not giving in
`Cause I am someone, I am someone
And now I'm done, I'm coming
Now I'm done, I'm coming
Now I'm done, I'm coming home."

These lyrics put into words what the Gazan protesters have been communicating through their actions for a whole year now. Tens of thousands have been prepared to risk their lives to assert their identities as refugees wishing to return home. While their right of return has not been granted to them, their narrative does return, unobstructed, in the lyrics of Israel's Eurovision song. It has managed to find its way into the self-image contemporary Israel wishes to project. "Now I'm done, I'm coming home." Home onto the Tel Aviv Eurovision stage.

How can we explain a blunder of such magnitude on the part of the Tel Aviv Eurovision team? How come no one noticed?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 03:13:52 PM EST
tbh that could just as easily be taken as an anthem of the Israelis who returned from the diaspora

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 06:35:06 PM EST
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No, nothing to do with the EU, as far as I know. Scotsman
As the final resting place for more than 300 fighters during the Jacobite rising of 1745, historians hoped for a fitting memorial in a Scottish field

So they diligently drew up plans for the plot to be sewn with rye crops which were traditionally grown there during the Battle of Prestonpans in East Lothian.

But they have been left furious after councillors shunned their proposal at the 45-acre former Cockenzie Power Station site in favour of growing sprouts.

A spokesperson for the Battle of Prestonpans Heritage Trust said: "Whilst we have been informed the successful farmer will crop Brussels sprouts at greater financial gain to the council there was no need for that to be the sole criterion for the farmer to win the lease.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 05:41:51 PM EST
Cornish pasties, pork pies and cheddar cheese will become contraband for British holidaymakers in Europe after a no-deal Brexit, the EU has warned.

For those who prefer to take their home comforts away with them, getting certain food stuffs through customs will be a huge hurdle if Britain crashes out without a withdrawal agreement.

Expats living in EU countries will also be dealt a harsh blow with packages of British fare failing to find their way through.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 07:17:53 AM EST
Many of the anti-Brexit news items seem to focus on people taking holidays in Europe. How many pro-Brexit voters take holidays in Europe?
by asdf on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 03:45:50 PM EST
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A disturbing number I'd imagine. The lager louts who descend on Spain and won't eat that foreign muck probably voted brexit by 2 or 3 to 1

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 08:30:15 PM EST
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Britain's defence ministry said on Wednesday it had launched an investigation into a video circulating on social media apparently showing soldiers using a picture of opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn for target practice.

The video, posted on Snapchat, shows four paratroopers firing shots at the picture with the caption "happy with that".

"We are aware of a video circulating on social media," an Army spokesperson said. "This behaviour is totally unacceptable and falls well below the high standards the Army expects. A full investigation has been launched."

Does he mean they missed?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 08:10:21 AM EST
Are being maintained?

From 2015:  British Army 'could stage mutiny under Corbyn', says senior serving general

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 03:09:08 PM EST
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No problems with the Torys destroying the economy, the cooperative defence system, international policing, etc.

News flash, the Tridents are going away because Little England won't be able to afford them, even if the US of A decides to provide additional subsidies and free rockets.

by asdf on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 03:53:39 PM EST
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Trident? But they are in Scotland. And we are going to keep them.
There's a guid feck o fowk wha'd gang further an ettle tae mak a virtue o this security necessity. They wad gang agin aa the orthodoxy o independence an actually advocate us keepin a haud o Trident lang efter the vote.

This isnae a fringe opinion. Sic kenspeckle cheils as security consultant an independence supporter Stuart Crawford support the thriep that pragmatism aroon issues sic as Trident could gie us a vital caird tae play in the post-referendum negotiations wi the rUK, an keep us in the muckle security jaiket that keeps us mair-or-less protectit the noo.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 04:08:41 PM EST
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The Tories have always had a little quietly spoken message in the media that Labour cannot be trusted with the economy and are unreliable with the nation's security. With Corbyn this has become a screamed-from-the-rooftops declaration that Corbyn is a traitor & a terrorist sympathiser who will impose marxist destruction of the UK economy.

Of course, some people are hearing traitor and terrorist sympathiser and believing they provide Article II-type remedies. Jo Cox was shot during the referendum campaign and recently another far right activist was jailed for plotting to kill another Labour MP. Corbyn himself was recently punched in the face, but the media chose to suggest he'd merely been egged on the head. Stochastic terrorism is a thing and the Tories are deliberately stoking the fire.

I doubt this army thing will be the last, more Labour MPs are going to be killed because the tories and the media have decided that, in their quest for power, democraratic norms are expendable, or at least flexible.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 08:23:51 PM EST
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yes, they don't mind the shooting of Corbyn, or even of the filming. They do object to the video being put online.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 08:11:03 PM EST
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Taking lessons from the US Praetorian Guard, I see.
by rifek on Mon Apr 15th, 2019 at 05:37:56 PM EST
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