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.


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‘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.