purple flower, persistence makes progress, evan in black and white

purple orchid

purple orchid

Lessons in Progress From the Sufferin’ Suffragettes. If you’re on Twitter you know there is perhaps an over tendency to twit quotes. Though occasionally one comes along that doesn’t need much other context. While I did not save it, it said that one should not be discouraged by what seems like either no progress or progress so slow that it hardly seems worth the effort to try. The suffragettes are a great example of persistence. American women started campaigning for voting rights, in an organized manner around 1850 ( Frederick Douglas attended one of the first meetings, he saw a bond between their movement and abolition). They did not get the vote until 1920.

The adult belief in fairies is not problematic. It is a kind of torture through the means of economics, Austerity For Some…

The reason for all those austerity policies in Europe, here in the US and now in Egypt is usually given as the fervently hoped-for return of the confidence fairy.  But as Paul Krugman has stated:

Consider how things were supposed to be working at this point. When Europe began its infatuation with austerity, top officials dismissed concerns that slashing spending and raising taxes in depressed economies might deepen their depressions. On the contrary, they insisted, such policies would actually boost economies by inspiring confidence.

But the confidence fairy was a no-show. Nations imposing harsh austerity suffered deep economic downturns; the harsher the austerity, the deeper the downturn. Indeed, this relationship has been so strong that the International Monetary Fund, in a striking mea culpa, admitted that it had underestimated the damage austerity would inflict.

Never mind about that.  Something so painful must be good for us!  I think that belief, especially when only applied to the masses, is what is so very appealing about the era of austerity.

There is something akin to a sadistic flu that runs through some people. They believe that in addition to the pain that automatically comes with life – illness, the loss of loved ones, that we must pile on more pain for our own good.

black and white evan rachel wood

black and white evan rachel wood. just experimenting with some sharpening and toning tools in photoshop.

A couple interesting links,   Jumping Queues, Eating Carp – What Brits Really Think Of Polish Invasion – a both funny and insightful look at the sociological adjustments of immigration.

Noted architect and photographer Balthazar Korab, 1926-2013. Just a couple of pictures, but still worth a look and read.