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Second Magnolia

There’s a tendency in some of these exotic magnolias to bloom again in late summer.

Should be a few metaphors in this, wot?

Busy as…

“Moral anger against oppression needed to be matched by an understanding of how economic systems create and sustain that oppression” Two interesting historical takes at Little Sis (vs. Big Brother) on the importance of connecting the dots. On the military-industrial system, which of course never went away. And at SNCC, on the front line of battling white supremacy.

Sphex ichneumoneus

What a gorgeous wasp. Feeding on Monarda punctata, whose flowers are rather attractive, too.
Great Golden Sand-digger. As the common name suggests, they nest in solitary holes in the ground. Adults feed on nectar. The female provisions her young in these sandy nest caves with paralyzed Orthoptera: crickets, katydids, grasshoppers.The back of the thorax is hairy, too, something I’ve never noticed before.

This wasp is found from Canada down to South America. Here’s an abstract on nest site selection.

More reflections on Europe’s (and the world’s) loss of insect life.
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“…today any liberalism which is not also radicalism is irrelevant and doomed.” John Dewey said that in the 1930s. His view of democracy, which he argued was only as strong as the people supporting it, is as timely as ever.

This Used To Be Lawn

“Now it’s all covered in flowers.”And grasses. Good riddance! This hillside in Green-Wood, near the 5th Avenue entrance, has been converted into meadow. From turf, fertilizer- and chemical- warfare dependent turf, nasty turf, to this riot of life. Yes, it’s “messy,” gloriously so! It’s only a tiny portion of the cemetery, of course. Too many people still want sterility around their dead, on the theory, I guess, that death is best for the dead?I hope that when they see this, pulsing with life, they’ll start thinking about remembering their loved ones with thoughts of life, of the future.

Great Golden Sand-digger Wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus) here on Spotted Beebalm Monarda punctata, a plant a-riot right now with pollinators. Some adult wasps, like this one, eat nectar.

Note, by the way, how heavily this Golden Sand-digger is pollen-dusted. Most wasps are hairless, or nearly so, but this species has golden hairs on the thorax.

Sweetbay

Sweetbay Magnolia has such a delightful perfume.Magnolia virginiana.
A native of the southeast that stretches up the Atlantic to New York.

You know what doesn’t smell so good: 53-year old Brett Kavanaugh, and Kennedy’s negotiations to have his former law clerk replace him while his (Kennedy’s) sons are complicit in Trump’s corruptions.

On Young Kavanaugh, a stunningly mediocre but ideological jurist: environmentalists call him Lord Voldemort. He’s a pro-corporate plutocratic toady dedicated to a (Republican only, please) authoritarian presidency. Horrible on civil rights, gun laws, women’s health, presidential power…. He wouldn’t even be on the Federalist Society list if he wasn’t dedicated to overturning Roe. (Curiously, for such a reactionary Catholic, over 13 years of marriage he has somehow only produced two children). And he is partisan to the core: he was a big leaker to the press when he was ejaculate-investigator (sorry, but we’re talking Republicans here) for Ken Starr. His shameless sucking up to Trump the other night tells you all you need to know about his personality.

Call your state’s U.S. Senators even if they’ve stopped taking your calls.

Recent Sightings

A President under investigation shouldn’t be allowed to appoint judges who will decide cases involving him. The Republican corruption of justice continues. And on top of that, this Kavanaugh character is already lying by saying “No president has ever consulted more widely or talked to more people from more backgrounds to seek input for a Supreme Court nomination.” We knows he doesn’t believe a sitting President can be indicted, and he starts by shamelessly sucking up to one who is extremely indictable.

Asclepias

Butterfly weed (A. tuberosa). My favorite.Purple (A. purpurascens). Other people’s favorite.

“It would be naive to depend on the Supreme Court to defend the rights of poor people, women, people of color, dissenters of all kinds. Those rights only come alive when citizens organize, protest, demonstrate, strike, boycott, rebel, and violate the law in order to uphold justice.” […] The rights of working people, of women, of black people have not depended on decisions of the courts. Like the other branches of the political system, the courts have recognized these rights only after citizens have engaged in direct action powerful enough to win these rights for themselves.”  ~ Howard Zinn


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