ladies, be patriotic – drive your own detroit electric, can we stand our ground against corporations, symmetry

“ladies be patriotic” detroit electric automoblies 1917. Detroit Electric (1907–1939) started out as the Anderson Carriage Company. Their electric car had a rechargeable lead-acid battery. Buyers could upgrade to a Nichol-lead battery for $600. And of course one can still be patriotic without driving an electric car. Though I thought the appeal to nationalism was clever advertising.

The Sisters by Berthe Morisot 1869

The Sisters by Berthe Morisot, oil on canvas, 1869. this painting is in The National Gallery in Washington, D.C. a gift of Mrs. Charles S. Carstairs. Morisot (1841-1895) was an American impressionist who, like her contemporary Mary Cassatt, also painted in Paris.

California man says he can drive in carpool lane with corporation papers

When Jonathan Frieman of San Rafael, Calif., was pulled over for driving alone in the carpool lane, he argued to the officer that, actually, he did have a passenger.

He waved his corporation papers at the officer, he told, saying that corporations are people under California law.

Frieman doesn’t actually believe this. For 10 years, Frieman says he had been trying to get pulled over to get ticketed and to take his argument to court — that corporations and people are not the same. Mission accomplished in October, when he was slapped with a fine — a minimum of $481.

Frieman has been frustrated with corporate personhood since before it became a hot button issue in 2010, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that corporate and union spending may not be restricted by the government under the First Amendment.

At the heart of the ruling was the argument that corporations — because they are composed of individuals – deserve protection under the First Amendment, which guarantees free speech.

I wish Jonathan luck. One thing among many I have wondered about corporations being people is if stand your ground laws apply. If some people feel threatened by corporations, which is reasonable, are citizens justified in using deadly force to protect themselves. The conservative movement and the conservatives on the SCOTUS have opened up an evil can of worms that is only going to fester. Tickets for using the car-pool lane are the lighter side.

A City of Fantasy  American 19th Century, oil on canvas.

A City of Fantasy, American 19th Century, oil on canvas. the artist is unknown. this painting is also in The National Gallery. In the 1850s the average citizen,  if exposed to big city centers would have seen a lot of classical Roman reproduction in government buildings. He or she seems to have imagined a clean bright utopian future based on the extension of classical architecture.

Have you ever tried to compare facial profiles in the mirror by covering one side of your face, than the other. You saw that your face is not perfectly symmetrical. Having someone take pictures of both profiles is even more telling. This photographer took one side of people’s faces and mirrored it. The results are interesting. I wonder seeing those photographs affected their self perception. Would You Recognize Yourself With A Completely Symmetrical Face?

I may have posted this video before, but it goes so well with the symmetry I’m doing a repeat: