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In the garden: Hurry up with the flowers, Morning Glories!

These morning glories had better get it together and start flowering before it's too late! I think I'm seeing a bud right there in the middle where the stems branch, but maybe not! Something to watch for on my morning tour, I guess. Read below the fold...

8-14 NYC Gaza Forum Part 2: Fida Qishta & Anees Mansour

Fida Qishta was another of the powerful speakers last Thursday night in the Great Hall of NYC's Cooper Union for World Can’t Wait’s consciousness-raising forum (and webcast) over the present Israeli war criminality going on in Gaza. Qishta is a journalist, camerawoman and filmmaker from Rafah City in southern Gaza. She documented the attack and invasion, Operation Cast Lead, by Israel of Gaza at the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009. Read below the fold...

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Ferguson cops aren't wearing badge numbers? Why would that be?

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on race and class in Ferguson (and how The Nation butchers the story by putting a sportswriter on it)

Let's start with the headline from Time:

The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race

Sure, sure, clickbait. But also not accurate, and distorting Jabbar's message (and note the URL says "coming-race-war-class-warfare," so that was probably Abdul-Jabbar's original title before an editor struck out the taboo word, "class"). Compare the Washington Times:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Ferguson unrest about class warfare, not race

So to Abdul-Jabbar's message. There's a media critique we're all familiar with, but I'm going to extract what I consider to be the heart of the argument: Read below the fold...

In the garden: So now I have to become a birdwatcher...

Na ga happen, my eyes are too bad. But I just heard a lovely melody and saw a bird, and I imagine its partner, at one of my honeysuckle bushes ("Birds love a mess," as Nippersdad says).

Then they flew off, as birds will do! I can't reproduce the melody, but I did notice that both birds had prominent round yellow bellies (and not buff, or beige, but yellow).

This year I've seen not only more hummingbirds, but a pair of cardinals, and now this pair of whatever-they-ares. (Not chickadees; the call of the chickadee can hardly be characterized as melodious, no?) Read below the fold...

Green Party rebrands; Asher Platts uses the new logo immediately

Here's the rebranding site, and here's is the trade dress:

Wait! Don't react! Either way. Trade dress -- logos, design treatments -- are not standalone. They are meant to fit into larger contexts, unobtrusively yet visibly. So I like the way Asher Platts took the new logo and immediately repurposed a poster from the Austrian Greens: Read below the fold...

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What I learned watching Timcast’s reports from Ferguson

First of all the trouble ALWAYS happens after the police separate the reporters from the demonstrators. That is proof of exactly nothing, but it sure is suspicious.

On Sunday night I learned that Tom’s Meat Market, one of the stores that was looted, called the police many times and there was no response.

Last night I learned that when the Quick Trip gas station/market was on fire the police blocked the fire trucks so that they could not put out the fire. The lawyer for Quick Trip maintains that they never called the police. Read below the fold...

In the garden: A happy oak (?)

Quercus rubra? I don't have an acorn, but perhaps the happy growing tips -- maybe Dromaius has another ____ tropic word, here -- will give clue.

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