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"The word he used was not 'wallowing,' there being no animals on Anarres to make wallows; it was a compound, meaning literally 'coating continually and thickly with excrement.' The flexibility and precision of Pravic lent itself to the creation of vivid metaphors quite unforeseen by its inventors." ? Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia

Montreal. Strike: "Three of the four CEGEPs voting today have chosen to end their strike." ... Assemblies: "'Among the regular populace, I would say mobilization has grown,' [Alia Al-Saji, a member of the Mile End Autonomous Neighbourhood Assembly] said. 'We don't have the same numbers when we do casseroles (pot banging protests that still occur in some neighbourhoods), but we have these assemblies, and they are much more organized.'"

Occupy. OccupyAustin, #Chalkupy: "After the arrests, Cummings and another Trooper photographed the chalk. As he returned to the Capitol grounds he was so twitchy that he almost drew his gun on a random pedestrian who was in a hurry to make it across the crosswalk." ... OWS: "From the earliest days of the occupation at Zuccotti Park, a police watchtower carried out round-the-clock surveillance of the protesters below. Almost a full year after the Occupy movement began, the watchtower remains.'" ... Occupy HongKong: "Occupy Central protesters were last night preparing for a clash with police after being given a fortnight to vacate their camp under HSBC headquarters on the orders of the High Court." ... OccupyOakland: "In a special session this week, Oakland City Council will vote on a proposal to bump up the pay for one of the investigative firms charged with helping Oakland police wade through Occupy Oakland misconduct complaints, from $100,000 to $275,000." ... Burning Man: "Burn Wall Street is a large scale, outdoor art installation that is sprouting powerful conversations countrywide. By bringing individuals from the Occupy and Tea Party movements together, this project asks participants to put their political identities aside in order to talk about common principles and goals for financial reform."

IA. Ryan: "[At the IA State Fair] heckling is almost always expected. A small but persistent group of protesters began to yell over [Ryan], at times drowning out his remarks. A few women took it a step further and attempted to rush the stage." Initital major coverage didn't say who the protesters ("man of them seniors") represented; the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement had organized a group of 24.

IL. Housing: "Office space in the suburbs has been a hard sell since the financial crisis struck in 2007 and entwined with the collapse of the housing market. As of this year's second quarter, the marketwide vacancy rate in the Chicago suburbs was 23 percent, a rate that's close to a post-crisis high, according to a report by MB Real Estate." ... Jesse Jackson, Jr.: "He's been suffering from massive depression and gastrointestinal issues, a likely complication from a risky weight-loss surgery known as a 'duodenal switch.'"

MA. Elizabeth Warren: "With Romney's selection of Ryan, the hard move to the right is now complete -- and the convention will be a celebration. Brown is going to need to dance even harder to avoid the backlash likely to result in the Bay State."

MD. Drones: "Manufacturers such as AAI, Lockheed Martin and others, research at Johns Hopkins, the University of Maryland and elsewhere, and testing at the Patuxent station and Aberdeen Proving Ground have combined to make the state a center of a burgeoning global [drone] industry.

ME. Higher education: "[The University of Maine at Machias] is also taking advantage of its relationship with food service corporation Aramark, [which] has agreed to expand its space in the union to sell classroom staples such as paper, pens, notebooks and art supplies, as well as carry books published by the school and its faculty." No more bookstore.

OH. Fracking: "Regular tests [for injection wells] aren't necessary, said Rick Simmers, chief of the agency's oil and gas division, because the wells permanently trap wastes deep underground." Petitio principii.

OK. Fracking: "Although the expansion of drilling has breathed economic life into many small OK towns, the lucrative opportunities are also drawing people away from traditional service-sector jobs and even once-coveted state positions. ... ' I never dreamed we'd have to offer a sign-on bonus to work [at the Dairy Queen].'"

TX. Corruption: "DeLay, who is fighting his conviction and three-year prison sentence, finally knows which three justices on the 3rd Court of Appeals will hear his appeal [on his money-laundering felony conviction]."

VA. "Romney picked the key swing region of one of 2012's key swing states for the Ryan announcement," said Larry Sabato, head of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.

WI. Recall: "In a number of counties, hand-counted tallies [by [Hand-Count Votes Now!] have differed, sometimes significantly, from the recorded numbers tallied on Election Night by the computer tabulation systems."

Outside Baseball. More punishment: "Each wave election [since 2006] has produced a class of politicians who are convinced that their victory was about them rather than a repudiation of the tactics and behavior of the other party." So long, First Amendment: "[T]he Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act] allows for conviction if you are "disorderly or disruptive," or if you "impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions." You can no longer heckle or "boo" at a political candidate's speech, as that would be disruptive." In the Washington Times, of all places. ... Medicare: "What's striking about Ryan's plan for Medicare is how similar it is to Obamacare. Under the Ryan plan, after 2022 new enrollees would have to choose between Medicare and a private insurance plan. Medicare essentially becomes the "public option" that Republicans opposed so vehemently when it was proposed as part of Obamacare." Citizen Dave, stone WI D. ... Medicare: "Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is trying to distance himself from the controversial Medicare plan he wrote with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), saying Rs shouldn't call it a bipartisan proposal. This year, Ryan unveiled a new proposal, with Wyden at his side. The revised plan would give seniors a choice between private insurance and traditional Medicare. ... Geekery: Call for notation to represent recursive bullsh*t.

The Trail. Debates: "In 2008, [when party conventions also occured in successive weeks], Obama and McCain had relatively small bounces that didn't much influence the race. 2012 seems likely to repeat that scenario. [I]f we are to see game changers in 2012, it will be the debates." ... Supreme Court: "[G]iven the current makeup of the Supreme Court a change in the ideology of only one Justice could have had a profound impact on the course of constitutional law. What, then, will happen if President Romney has the opportunity to replace one of the moderate liberals or President Obama has the opportunity to replace one of the conservatives? My guess is that for such a nominee to win confirmation, she will have to be someone whose judicial philosophy is a complete mystery." ... Water, Lynn Sweet: "But the drought in a sense can be an election sleeper issue: Lower crop yields mean higher prices for food and ethanol-based products. With a poor economy the biggest threat to Obama's re-election, the drought is far more of a potential problem for Obama than Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney."

DNCon. OccupyTheDNC: "DNC Planning Guide Revised for Events on Private Property Final includes this gem: "It is your responsibility to request an initial a review no later than 30 days prior to a DNC-related event." Event permits for private property?! ... Coalition to March on Wall Street South: "The Boston school bus drivers union combed the main campus of Central Piedmont Community College [in NC], handing out fliers promoting the Sept. 2 march. Protest planners also announced they have set up 20 organizing centers across the country, including eight in NC."

RNCon. OccupyTampa: "We currently occupy a privately-owned, publicly accessible park (fittingly named "Voice of Freedom). The owner has donated the space for use by the Occupy Movement.Facilities include: running water, two port-a-potties, parking, Internet access, and electricity."

Green Party. Money: "It has been over a month since the Jill Stein campaign applied for primary season matching funds, and the Federal Election Commission still hasn't told the campaign if the submission is sufficient." .... Jill Stein: "So Mitt Romney is a wolf in a wolf's clothing. Barack Obama is a wolf in a sheep's clothing, but they both essentially have the same agenda."

Robama vs. Obomney watch. Kabuki: "Whether it's true or not, senior advisers to President Obama's re-election campaign believed, long before presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney picked WI Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, that Romney had been oddly and helpfully 'collaborative' in making the Obama case against him. Obama's senior ranks see Ryan as a gift, and a choice one at that." Odd? Why?

Romney. Overton Window: "A "Ryanised" debate will -- one hopes -- force Americans to think in first principles about what they really expect from the federal government and how it should be funded." Headline: "Franklin Roosevelt or Ayn Rand." As if Obama were FDR! ... Polls: "Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan scores the lowest initial ratings from Americans of any vice presidential pick since the controversial choice of Dan Quayle nearly a quarter-century ago, a weekend USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds." Ouch. ... FL: "If Obama were to win FL, Romney would need to win CO, IA, NV, NH, NC VA, and WI. In other words, he'd have to run the table." So, Medicare. ... Chemistry: "'Ryan jacks [Romney] up,' said a campaign adviser. Romney is looser on the stump, at one point leading a cheer of "Paul! Paul! Paul!" The crowds at Romney/Ryan events were more raucous than they have been for Romney before. Republican state offices are boasting of more volunteers. The convention will look better on television." ... Advance work: "The Romney-Ryan double act on Sunday attracted between 10,000 and 15,000 to a campaign event in High Point, North Carolina. The venue had room for only 1,200." Always book a hall that's too small!

Obama. Oppo: "Let me apologize. I originally had a too-credulous item here linking to a piece at The Richmonder alleging that Paul Ryan has sold bank shares after a closed door meeting with Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke on the financial crisis in 2008." Amateur oppo. ... Tinpot tyrants: "Obama campaign operatives barred me from talking to voters outside the event, to the point of interfering with my interviews and grabbing my microphone. [The Obama supporter I had been interviewing] called the interference of campaign aides 'un-American.'" Because it is.

* 26 days until the Democratic National Convention ends with a Butter Cow steak for everybody on the floor of the Bank of America Panther Stadium, Charlotte, NC. 26 letters in the alphabet!

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