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Today, walking in the Lower East Side I saw a bike on top of the curious underwater pile in this graffiti

No sooner did I ponder the significance of this, I saw on the same sidewalk a crochet covered bike

here’s another view

In NYC, locking your bike is bound to secure at least parts of it

Maybe the owner of that should get together with the owner of this

Not sure why I included this in the bikes collection.

It was in our community garden

and maybe it did remind me of this

Wapo has some war news, but it’s all cream puff in the center – I guess B0bots need something to take their Romneycare with

Washington Times has stories on the Sarkozy meeting and proposed sanctions to Iran and a better fluffy center – the cherry blossom season

There is no fluff in Obama Times. Off-shore drilling front and center. I can’t say it’s a broken promise as he went back and forth on it during the campaign.

Some fluff – or local stories in the NYC tabloids:

NY Met takes pride that NY is number one …in delayed flights. Yea us!

while the NY Post looks at the loss of a federal grant for schools by misspending state officials

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(that would be the non-Tiger portion of the page)

I have this post ready for more than 3 hours. Too bad Worldpress was on its monthly breakdown

Everyone seems relieved to change the subject a bit, gruesome as it may be. The Express offers us a close up

while WaPo talks about fear

The Boston Globe has a funny bit about Romney trying to brag about the differences between his Romneycare and Obama’s

while in New York, they are trying to put the Moscow fear into us

.and NY Post

On 14 street there is a vacant lot, fiercely saved for years for the use of rats. (other such lots became community gardens, but this is locked so no one can disturb their use). Someone wanted to make a statement so a whole rats housing project appeared there

There’s the rat Shack, resembling a Swiss Chalet

There’s a rat shaped home

There’s the Capitol which gives this whole thing the political flavor that made me include it here

There’s a home that has been already inhabited by a rat and it’s about to be abandoned – or maybe it’s the rent collector

and there’s even a pyramid with a crystal on top for the more spiritual rat

and there’s a Simpson’s Lionel Hutz inspired welcome sign:

IF YOU NESTED HERE, YOU’D BE HOME BY NOW

as an aside, last summer I photographed another exercise in futility in the same spot: guy trying to sell graffiti art next to a graffiti wall

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I have to confess,ย  grew up in a Newspeak country. 1984 was quite the reality (and also forbidden there).

I especially remember one blood curling moment when old people were interviewed on TV about the upcoming lowering of pensions – and they were saying how happy this makes them.

And still, I was in for a shock reading this in WaPo today

Before giving up the quote, I have to preface that it comes from a political strategist, and which is more a John-I concede for the sake of the war Kerry strategist – Mary Beth Cahill. She thinks women are the biggest beneficiaries of Romney care because

Democratic female House members understood this and refused to let this bill die. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and pro-choice women stared down those who would have weakened further a woman’s right to choose and refused to accept any compromise in the legislation that would undercut women’s rights.

And if this wasn’t enough, she takes it a notch higher

Abigail Adams would be proud. The Democrats remembered the ladies — and they will benefit from it.

You see. this type of fake-out is way ahead that what I grew up with. At least those people cheering for lower pension were telling the truth about the upcoming law. With Cahill as consultant, they would have told everyone they would get an increase. Like this opening paragraph

Some argue that passage of the biggest advance in social justice since the Voting Rights Act will rally the liberal base. That is in part because some of the biggest beneficiaries are American women, who are so often key to Democratic victories.

Some argue that you are full of it, Mary.

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