e e cummings birthday, park path autumn wallpaper, fashion as disguise

Today is the birthday of e e cummings (Edward Estlin Cummings) October 14, 1894 – Cambridge, Massachusetts, died September 3, 1962.


Over silent waters
day descending
night ascending
floods the gentle glory of the sunset
In a golden greeting
splendidly to westward
as pale twilight
comes the last light’s gracious exhortation
Lifting up to peace
so when life shall falter
standing on the shores of the
May I behold my sunset
over silent waters

By way of the book Eight Harvard Poets and Project Gutenberg.

birds on a wire

There is a lot of merit in the old adage that sons, or daughters, should not be held accountable for the sins of their father. Not your fault if you were born from an asshat. That said, Tagg Romney was set up in business by his father and has an active roll in his campaign, Tagg Romney’s Company Misled Reporters About Its Relationship With Ponzi Scheme–Linked Firm

When I interviewed him in Las Vegas, Tagg told me that his associates were “cleared” of any wrongdoing associated with the Stanford Ponzi scheme. Court documents directly contradict Tagg and show that the lawsuit has not been dismissed.

The New York Times followed up on my story with its own report and confirmed that Tagg’s business partners received incentive pay for selling bunk Stanford CDs. They wrote about one Stanford victim, a local Charlotte businessman and philanthropist named Herman Stone. Stone was pressured by Brandon Phillips, an executive working now for Tagg’s firm, into putting $2 million into a fraudulent Stanford CD and lost everything.

There also that old saying about like father like son. Tagg seems to have the same elitist looter world view as his father. Since it is generally true that rich white folks do not go to jail – there are occasional exceptions – Tagg will never be held to account in the criminal justice system. Hopefully those he defrauded may have some luck through civil action.

old park path autumn wallpaper

Publishing: A very public library. A New York City tech start-up wants to create a Spotify-like service for reading. A place where you can borrow books? The idea is that you check out an electronic book for an annual fee and you can pretty much keep it as long as you need to finish reading it. The author would be compensated by some amount for every time a book is checked out. The full story does note that musicians have not been thrilled by a similar arrangement with Spotify.

Anecdotes of Fashion or how throughout history men and women have used fashion to torture themselves and hide flaws.

If a reigning beauty chanced to have an unequal hip, those who had very handsome hips would load them with that false rump which the other was compelled by the unkindness of nature to substitute. Patches were invented in England in the reign of Edward VI, by a foreign lady, who in this manner ingeniously covered a wen on her neck. Full-bottomed wigs were invented by a French barber, one Duviller, whose name they perpetuated, for the purpose of concealing an elevation in the shoulder of the Dauphin. Charles VII. of France introduced long coats to hide his ill-made legs. Shoes with very long points, full two feet in length, were invented by Henry Plantagenet, Duke of Anjou, to conceal a large excrescence on one of his feet.

Ken Burns: Romney’s war on public TV is a loss for USA. PBS is mostly self supporting and accounts for about .01% of the federal budget. About the same amount of money Rush Limbaugh spends on bacon, which is 100% more than Jonah Goldberg spends on fact checkers for his columns and books.


gertrude kasebier’s the picture book, a plutocrat’s hypocrisy, told him he “should have died” in war

The picture book by Gertrude Kasebier, created 1903, published 1905. Gum bichromate print. October 12 was the anniversary of Käsebier’s death in 1934, b. 1852. Käsebier was a very influential photographer ( Imogen Cunningham for one), both in terms of style and promoting photography as an art. Among the many subjects of a long career were Abraham Lincoln and Auguste Rodin.

Romney is currently running an ad using China trade and the national debt as a criticism against Obama. One problem with that is the debt bought by China had already reached historic levels under Bush when Republicans controlled Congress. The other problem is that if China is so evil, why does Romney and Bain have so much money there, Repeats Trade Message, Bain Maintains China TiesAs Romney

He has as much as $250,000 in the Bain Capital Asia Fund and as much as $1 million each in Bain Capital Funds IX and X, all Cayman Islands entities used by Bain to make sizable investments in China, according to the 2012 candidate financial disclosures and confidential Bain prospectuses obtained by The Times through a public records request.

Among those funds’ holdings is $234 million that Bain invested in 2009 in Gome Electrical Appliances, a major Chinese retailer that was accused by Microsoft this year of selling computers with pirated software. In 2007, Bain’s Asia fund also invested $39 million in Feixiang Group, a Chinese producer and exporter of chemicals that is a designated “state high-tech enterprise,” making it eligible for tax breaks and other government incentives. Ropes & Gray represented Bain in the partial sale of Feixiang three years later for a 53 percent return on the fund’s investment.

The Asia fund withdrew from another deal in 2008 that could have proved politically embarrassing to Mr. Romney. After the Bush administration objected, Bain dropped plans to team up with a Chinese technology giant, Huawei, to buy 3Com, a network equipment maker that supplies software and equipment to the Pentagon and other federal agencies.


freight train

‘You should’ve served US better and died!’ Debt collector berates disabled veteran

A debt collector, angered that a disabled US Army veteran was living off of disability payments, told him he “should have died” in war instead of “taking advantage of” other Americans.

­Minnesota-based debt collection agency Gurstel Chargo is now facing a lawsuit for verbally abusing the Army vet over a $6,000 defaulted student loan, Courthouse News reports.

Disability payments are exempt from garnishment by debt collectors. While as far as I remember this attitude about anyone collecting government benefits has been pervasive, it seems to have reached a feverish level of late.

This song is one the soundtrack of On The Road, a new film version of Kerouac’s novel of the same name. Son House “Death Letter Blues”

Eddie “Son” House  was born March 21, 1902 (?) in Riverton, Mississippi. Died October 19, 1988.

This is a hand drawn map Jack Kerouac made of his road trip from July to October 1947.