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a mental health break: wd’s backyard birds & bugs slideshow

mr. wd and i grew all the flowers, cannabis, and veggie flowers.  given that butterflies and bees have been so scarce over the past few years, i try especially hard to get photos of those glorious and helpful critters.  you’ll notice that i’m blown away by the reproductive parts of flowers, including the wee flowers within flowers within flowers…in some varieties.

A breath of fresh air - voices of sanity from Russia

Why do the leaders of 'Five Eyes' now come across as clowns? None of these people are statesmen in the normative sense. Whenever we see them placed in contrast to their Russian counterparts, they come across as truly ignorant buffoons giving knee-jerk responses to matters of international law. They treat leaders of foreign nations as if they were the opposition in their local elections - with disrespect and disdain.

Cortland MeetUp Sat. April 7

Cross our fingers the third time's the charm. After two snow-outs we're hoping the weather gods shower us with anything except snow and ice on Apr. 7th! Rain check April 14.
Same place and time, Doug's Fish Fry, 5-7pm.
So, if you're in the area stop by and say hello to Steven D and riverlover!
Doug's has a fabulous fish fry and sea food! And cold beer, natch.
Hope to see you there!

Criminal Justice 101: Means, Motive, and Opportunity

The "Iraq has WMDs" level of hysteria being whipped up about the Skripal poisonings by the Empire's propagandists is bad news. Ignoring it will not work; but "proving a negative" is the classical dilemma created by a false flag attack. Nevertheless, there must be constant pushback against constant propaganda.

I offer the following conversational gambit for dealing with the Kool Aid Drinkers you may encounter: means, motive, and opportunity.

‘The Real Agenda of the Gates Foundation’ by Jacob Levich

Knowing that many of you have a similar sort of (cough) regard for Gates and other philanthrocapitalists (alternately called by the Wrong Kind of Green collective: the non-profit industrial complex) as mine, when I’d stumbled upon this more readable, searchable format of this work by Jacob Levich, it seemed that posting it as a PSA would be a good thing to do.

Teresa May's Claim Russia Poisoned former Spy with Nerve Agent Contradicted by UK Ambassador to OPCM last year

You may have heard that former spy, Sergey Skripal, a was poisoned in UK with “a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia” known as ‘Novichok.’ Naturally, everyone blames Putin, including every major US media outlet, despite the failure to produce any evidence that Russia is responsible. But who cares about proof, right? Well, the OPCW does.

Six impossible things before breakfast

How does a sane person deal with the insanity that is America today? The party line on just about every topic one might mention is the wrong side of stupid. The media zeitgeist is to ignore our falling apart ecology, economy, infrastructure, educational system, political system, and foreign policy. Our duty is to worship the crooks on Wall St. and the warmongers in the Pentagon, both of whom are robbing the citizenry blind while providing negative value to the 99% with their "services".

"Just stop, Hillary. Please." heh

Top-rated opinion piece on WaPo right now from Kathleen Parker (admittedly, self-described "mostly right of center").

"She can’t let go.

She can’t stop talking about what happened. She wrote an entire book about it. Now she’s telling people in other countries about why she should have won. In India last weekend, she told an audience that she won in all the smart, cool places — and then hit a pandering low that puts a catalogue of others to shame.

The Democrats are still in trouble

The Democratic Party favorability hit a new all-time low. Gee, maybe they aren't talking about Russia enough?
It's no surprise that Republicans hate Democrats, but it's a problem that only 23% of Independents like Democrats. The only good news in this poll is that people hate Republicans even more.

Revolutionary Civility: Abstention from Expressing Contempt

If you impartially pay attention to the processes within you, and long enough, I’m pretty sure that you will notice that Expressions of Contempt have a pay-off that is far more substantial than “letting off steam.” And certainly more reality-based than expecting the target to change whatever it is you hold contemptible in them.

What’s the real pay-off; the actual motive force for such expression? It’s that mighty rush of adrenaline flooding the system. End of story.