Giant, sucking vortexes of storm water

This is not a picture of my back lane

This is not a picture of my back lane

Photo by Michael Klassen

I fell into a storm drain yesterday. Right outside my back gate- you can’t avoid it really if you’re walking into the lane. We’re at a low point, kind of the bottom of a bowl. It’s something we didn’t notice in our quickie decision to buy this place and it probably wouldn’t have stopped us anyway. It was and is a fine house, that had a bit of a sad, neglected vibe (the folks before us started to bring it back) in a neighbourhood I knew I’d love with a yard that was a blank suburban slate. No attractive landscaping to get in the way of my messy experiments.

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Naomi’s hard-core

Before Hurricane Katrina there were 5 charter schools (where public money goes to fund private schools, often for profit) and 120 public schools in New Orleans. Now there are 30 public schools and 40 charter schools. The right wing think tanks in the U.S. pounce when disaster strikes at a dizzying speed ready to rationalize the changes they want to make to concentrate power.

Jessie passed on this link today of Naomi Klein’s speech at the CCPA (my favourite thinktank). She’s a kick-ass, hard-core thinker and I feel very sympathetic to her mother-in-law who would like to see her go into politics. (I’d happily link to Michelle Landsberg’s quote in the Sept 1/07 feature article in the Globe and Mail but they won’t let you see it unless you pay.)

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