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Local elections 2015, what's happening in your locality?

The entire legislature in Virginia, NJ, and Kentucky are up for election this year, as are municipal offices on those states. There are municipal elections in Connecticut, New York state, and probably many other places too. So, what is happeing in your neck of the woods? Anything the Corrente community should know about? Read more about Local elections 2015, what's happening in your locality?

In the garden: The fountain improved

Here is a view from the sidewalk. Read more about In the garden: The fountain improved

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Email from 12 Million Member AFL-CIO, asking me to sign petition so that "TPP is as good for working people as President Obama has said it is". That'll strike fear into the heart of the plutocracy!

Actually, no it won't. We need credible electoral threats, in the form of credible masses of voters circling primaries, like sharks about to engage in a feeding frenzy. We need a massive public education program (ya know, one that actually educates if not most of the electorate, than a large enough percentage of them to actually make a difference. I.e., the exact opposite of the massive FAIL we can readily observe, for ourselves, if we just devote a few hours to engaging our clueless neighbors.) Read more about Email from 12 Million Member AFL-CIO, asking me to sign petition so that "TPP is as good for working people as President Obama has said it is". That'll strike fear into the heart of the plutocracy!

In the garden: The water feature at last!

Here is a view from the sidewalk, through the wildflowers. Read more about In the garden: The water feature at last!

In the garden: Masses of color

As readers may know, my garden is a "Grandmother's Garden," though only as a happy accident:

Often appearing haphazard or growing at random, grandmother's garden was actually designed as a painting with an eye to composition using color, shape, and texture. It is no wonder then that so many painters, writers, poets, and other artists created such gardens. These gardens inspired them and often are seen in their works. ...

For example, the color orange (honeysuckle): Read more about In the garden: Masses of color

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So that's where all this "training" stuff comes from. . .

From the excellent if horrible-90s-web-design-flashback Militarycorruption.com:

The latest blot on West Point's once-sterling reputation has come with a guilty plea from Bobbie C. Ryan, trusted employee in the Dean's office, who admits she embezzled almost $3 million for her own personal use.
The 51 year-old Highland Falls, New York woman admitted she diverted payments from West Point to a dummy corporation she set up - CWG Enterprises of New Windsor, N.Y. - for "training" that never took place.

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Generals and "the grotesque top-heaviness of the American corporation"

Something about the contemporary US military that should be better known is its Central-American-army degree of generals' bloat.

And this only follows the best traditions of the American corporate sector: Read more about Generals and "the grotesque top-heaviness of the American corporation"

In the garden: Wildflowers

This what I had in mind for the front garden, and now it has come to pass! (The hole in the center is where the Common Sowthistle -- hat tip, Mitzi Muffin -- was before I ripped it out.) This section is a bit more patchy than I'd like, because of what the snowplow detritus does to the soil, and the wildflowers in the shady mix section haven't bloomed yet, so I'm not going to have like thirty feet of solid color. But close! Read more about In the garden: Wildflowers

In the garden: Poppies after the rain

National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2013

2013, but this came out in September 2014, so I figure 2014's figures aren't ready yet. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Read more about National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2013

In the garden: Bee balm

All these photos show the wonderful square body plan of bee balm. (It's in the mint family, so the stem is square, too. Like mint, it's invasive. But we like invasive!) Read more about In the garden: Bee balm

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Elites: Markers and Makers

It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail. --Gore Vidal

A few years spent dinning the virtues of free trade agreements and supra-national organizations into the undergraduate minds of America's future elite left me with a small but abiding obsession with "the curve." Read more about Elites: Markers and Makers

In the garden: What the heck is this plant?

Thisplant, with its very distinctive arrangement of leaves, is in my wildflower bed, but it's also popping up elsewhere. Read more about In the garden: What the heck is this plant?

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