another post about stuff

Up to a point I can understand supporting someone who runs on an anti-war platform. In addition to the death and destruction, wars tend to drain national resources best used elsewhere. War is not the only issue. Becoming fixated on it as an issue is like continuing to date someone just because they’re tall and pretending the semi-weekly slap downs aren’t real. 5 Reasons Progressives Should Treat Ron Paul with Extreme Caution

There are few things as maddening in a maddening political season as the warm and fuzzy feelings some progressives evince for Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, the Republican presidential candidate. “The anti-war Republican,” people say, as if that’s good enough.

But Ron Paul is much, much more than that. He’s the anti-Civil-Rights-Act Republican. He’s an anti-reproductive-rights Republican. He’s a gay-demonizing Republican. He’s an anti-public education Republican and an anti-Social Security Republican. He’s the John Birch Society’s favorite congressman. And he’s a booster of the Constitution Party, which has a Christian Reconstructionist platform. So, if you’re a member of the anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-black, anti-senior-citizen, anti-equality, anti-education, pro-communist-witch-hunt wing of the progressive movement, I can see how he’d be your guy.

While some conservitarians are agnostic or not particularly dogmatic, Paul does in fact pander to the Christian Reconstructionists. If he seems lukewarm to callous towards Israel it is not because he views Israel through the lens of a rightie isolationist, it is because he believes the government and people of Israel are not libertarian fundamentalist when it comes to economic issues and that many Israelis are actually very secular in their world view. In other words Israel is filled with statists and atheists, so they’re too worldly for Paul.

Paul has delivered addresses to the anti-civil rights John Birch Society which was founded by old school reactionary candy magnate Robert Welch, with the help of Fred Koch ( father of the infamous Koch brothers who believe in freedom except for American workers).

silver blue thing wallpaper

Sylvia Sleigh(1916-2010) was a Welsh realist painter who became a naturalized American citizen. From an interview here  – Art Space Talk Sylvia Sleigh

SS: A friend of mine asked me to say in two words what my work was about and was very Surprised when I said, “Love and Joy”. I have always felt so strongly that there are so many wonderful things to enjoy we could all have a happy and satisfying life. But of course with global warming and the horrible political scene who knows. In 2003 I decided that I needed a motto well mottoes are usually in Latin which gives them Grandeur & prestige. So, I chose a line from an old time popular song “Remember you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine.” A kind friend translated it into Latin: “Tene memoria tu es quisdam quie mundum cum luce solis compiere potes.”

The Turkish Bath by Sylvia Sleigh

Rick Perry Sought State Profits From Teacher Life Insurance Scheme

According to the notes, which were authenticated by a meeting participant, the Perry administration wanted to help Wall Street investors gamble on how long retired Texas teachers would live. Perry was promising the state big money in exchange for helping Swiss banking giant UBS set up a business of teacher death speculation.

All they had to do was convince retirees to let UBS buy life insurance policies on them. When the retirees died, those policies would pay out benefits to Wall Street speculators, and the state, supposedly, would get paid for arranging the bets. The families of the deceased former teachers would get nothing.

These were not active teachers where the state might be able to claim to have some financial interest in their mortality, they were retired. In what appears to be a Bizarro World layer cake Perry and former conservative senator Phil Gramm were going to bundle the life policies to use as synthetic CDOs( Collateralized debt obligations) like Wall St did with mortgages, car loans and other consumer debt.

Navajo Woman and Child Canyon de Chelle Arizona 1940s. From the archives collection of Ansel Adams in the Records of the National Park Service – Ansel Adams Photographs. I did touch this one up. Many are not the best prints, but still interesting to see that part of his work that was more documentarian oriented rather than pure esthetics.

nicole kidman. just a photo i liked. a couple art house movies she made you might have missed, margot at the wedding – people don’t decide to be part of a dysfunctional family, they just get up one day and find they are. birthday girl – being lonely is a little like being drunk. you do stuff you would not normally do – like order a russian bride. what seems like a budding sweet romance careens out of control. there are worse things than being lonely.

If there is another chapter in the Pirates of the Caribbean, a perfect place to build a legend around – Secret river discovered under the Amazon

THE Amazon basin covers more than 7 million square kilometres in South America and is one of the biggest and most impressive river systems in the world. But it turns out that – until now – we have only known half the story.

Brazilian scientists have found a new river in the basin – around four kilometres underneath the Amazon River. The Rio Hamza, named after the head of the team of researchers who found the groundwater flow, appears to be as long as the Amazon but up to hundreds of times wider.

Some of the water flows horizontally of course, but some flows vertically.