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Thursday, 13 October 2016

Exultation, ya know

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Excerpts of Clinton’s remarks during paid speeches to Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, and other groups were leaked online Friday afternoon by WikiLeaks. Clinton, who was paid upwards of $225,000 per speech, earned more than $22 million on the paid speaking circuit after resigning as secretary of state.

The excerpts are revealed in an email from Tony Carrk, the research director of the Clinton campaign, to John Podesta, the campaign chairman, and other top campaign officials. Carrk, who did not respond to a request for comment, highlighted in the memo the most politically damaging quotes from each paid speech, under headers including “CLINTON ADMITS SHE IS OUT OF TOUCH,” “CLINTON SAYS YOU NEED TO HAVE A PRIVATE AND PUBLIC POSITION ON POLICY,” and “CLINTON REMARKS ARE PRO KEYSTONE AND PRO TRADE.”

The wealth Clinton accumulated was a topic at the paid events.

Discussing middle class economic anxieties, Clinton told a crowd at a Goldman Sachs-sponsored speech that she is now “kind of far removed because the life I’ve lived and the economic, you know, fortunes that my husband and I now enjoy, but I haven’t forgotten it.”

But the discussions were also an opportunity for Clinton to speak candidly about policy, politics, and her approach to governing.

Touching on her view of developing financial regulations, Clinton declared to a crowd of Goldman Sachs bankers that in order to “figure out what works,” the “people that know the industry better than anybody are the people who work in the industry.”

At the Goldman Sachs Builders and Innovators Summit, Clinton responded to a question from chief executive Lloyd Blankfein, who quipped that you “go to Washington” to “make a small fortune.” Clinton agreed with the comment and complained about ethics rules that require officials to divest from certain assets before entering government. “There is such a bias against people who have led successful and/or complicated lives,” Clinton said.

At a speech for Morgan Stanley on April 18, 2013, Clinton praised the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan — which would reduce corporate tax rates while raising the Social Security age. “But Simpson-Bowles — and I know you heard from Erskine earlier today — put forth the right framework. Namely, we have to restrain spending, we have to have adequate revenues, and we have to incentivize growth. It’s a three-part formula,” she said.

Clinton also told a housing trade group in 2013 that on certain issues, she has “a public and a private position.” “If everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least,” said Clinton. “So, you need both a public and a private position.”

The Intercept was the first media outlet to ask Clinton directly if she would release the transcripts of her paid speeches to Goldman Sachs. When approached at an event in Manchester, New Hampshire, Clinton laughed off the question.

The issue was raised again during the Democratic primary debates and in other media events. In February of this year, the New York Times editorial board called for Clinton to release her speech transcripts, declaring that voters “have every right to know what Mrs. Clinton told these groups.”

According to reports, the campaign reviewed the speech transcripts but decided against releasing them out of fear that she would appear too friendly to banks and other donor interest groups.
 
Audio obtained by The Intercept last week showed Clinton dismissing the concept of free health care during another private event with donors.

"Our" Next President: An Atmosphere You Can Trust

fall day | by CS_McMahon

 fall day [Park Ridge, Illinois] : photo by Colleeen McMahon, 24 October 2009

The Newberry Library's Encyclopedia of Chicago reports that in 1960 the almost exclusively white Anglo-Saxon Protestant Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, Illinois had a population of 32,659. 32,623 of these citizens were White. Five were "Negro". Thirty years later, in 1990, once again the overwhelming majority of residents of the comfortable little suburb were listed as Whites. By these later, relatively enlightened times, however, "Negroes" had evidently vanished entirely from Park Ridge. No, wait -- now there were, mirabile dictu, a few... yes, "Blacks". A grand total of nine. Along with 35,225 persisting Whites.

This is where the future President of the Hemisphere (At Least) grew up.

Where she learned about life, where her views were formed. Her family, her friends, here. 

Could this winning little chap with the cool two-tone low-emission people-powered mini-Oldsmobile convertible have been an early Hillary flame?


'59 | by mj7den

'59. Location is south side of Marlowe, Ave., facing east two houses from West Park (Centennial Park) [Park Ridge, Illinois]: photo by Michael Dennis, 2 November 2009

Before going off to to college at the highly privileged all-white women's school Wellesley, and while still a student at the local high school, Hillary Rodham did her first political work as a volunteer for Republican candidate Barry Goldwater in the run-up to the 1964 presidential election. She has credited her father and her high school history teacher, both fervent anti-communists, along with her Methodist youth minister, with shaping her early political... um... thought, would it be called? 
 
These are photos of the streets on which Hillary Rodham Clinton grew up. She has described her early life as a scene of hardship and struggle. Right.  Below are photos of the solid upper middle-class home she grew up in; her Corner, where, perhaps, in autumn, she kicked the leaves falling from the shade trees that lined the pleasant White-only suburban streets (built up, by the way, on land that had not too long before belonged to the Potawatami tribe); as well as a few shots of other, similar homes in the family's safe, clean, no-surprises 100% Murican Suburban-Normal neighbourhood.

Hillary Rodham Clinton's childhood home | by Zol87

Hillary Rodham Clinton's family home, 235 N. Wisner Street, Park Ridge, Illinois 60608: photo by Zol87, 4 November 2010

Hillary Rodham Clinton's childhood home | by Zol87
 
Hillary Rodham Clinton's family home, 235 N. Wisner Street, Park Ridge, Illinois 60608: photo by Zol87, 4 November 2010

Harrison Ford's Childhood Home | by Zol87

Harrison Ford's family home, 900 N. Washington Avenue, Park Ridge, Illinois 60608: photo by Zol87, 29 October 2010

 Rodham Corner | by Zol87

Rodham Corner, 235 N. Wisner Street, Park Ridge, Illinois: photo by Zol87, 4 November 2010

Just up the block from the leafy quietude of Rodham Corner, this home would make a perfect site for an HRC Museum. 5 beds 5 baths, 4230 square feet, beautifully staged with sweeping grand-style interior staircase straight out of the movies, an absolute steal at $1,190,000!  Just drop a check and -- the joint can be yours tomorrow!

And then like, ya know, Goodnight Moon!!


We are looking for a buyer on 738 N. Wisner #ParkRidge #IL #realestate: image via KW Realty Partners @KWRealtyPartner, 12 October 2016
Okay, but can all this possibly be real?  

This fairytale fabrication of a "presidential" persona -- an endlessly children-caring-for humanitarian, entirely free of monetizing greed or personal ambition, bent only on doing stuff for kids, caught up in her own fairy tale... -- and this fairy tale colluded in, perpetrated, promulgated, elaborated, constantly reconstructed and helpfully edited and reiterated by a fawning, trembling, breathlessly obedient and compliant "press corps" always making sure to "check with the campaign" before publishing even the most innocuous fact, the most harmless quote -- can this really work as, like, a biopic screenplay?

I mean, story conferencing for a moment now... where's the, like... ya know, the tension, in this remarkable construction? 


The dark passages in between the excruciating paralyzed fake smiles? The rare interstitial truth-snatch glimpses of don't-bother-me faux-regal RBF apartness? The frozen euphoric get-the-money photo-op mouthbreathing face-en-face with Lloyd Blankfein at $225,000-per-hour? The thronging, shrieking smartphone selfies, the billion yaknows, the forever identitarian facebook strategizing of gender-as-faux-ideology? The total wall-to-wall control??

Dramatic?

Really, Park Ridge could only carry this act so far. It was only, ya know, like, Park Ridge, after all.


It happened that during HRC's comfortable suburban salad years in Chicago, as was so often the case in the larger cities of Murica in those lost-century years, there existed a great concentration of far less fortunate black people, dwelling in the inner city sections.

These citizens didn't (would have been crazy to attempt to) set foot in Park Ridge, of course.

Still they were there.

Evidently at some point young HRC was made aware of this. Right. The practise field upon which her exploration of social justice would be played out. There it was, arrayed before her, as it were -- the black urban experience in America, that is.  Empathy, compassion, the deep caring -- for her, it would all have started there.

And the rest is, ya know, history.

“I’m not a Superpredator, Hillary Clinton!”

A Black Lives Matter activist identified as Ashley Williams holds a sign referencing a statement Hillary Clinton made during a 1996 speech.



A Black Lives Matter activist identified as Ashley Williams holds a sign referencing a statement Hillary Clinton made during a 1996 speech: YouTube screenshot via he Root, 25 February 2016

BLM Activist Confronts Hillary Clinton During Fundraiser in SC: A Black Lives Matter activist identified as Ashley Williams wanted the Democratic presidential candidate to explain some comments she made in 1996 that Williams believes encouraged mass incarceration: Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, 25 February 2016

A Black Lives Matter activist confronted Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a fundraiser in Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday.
 
The protester, identified as Ashley Williams, paid $500 to attend the function while holding a sign that read, “We have to bring them to heel,” a reference to a speech Clinton made in 1996 in which she claimed that kids in gangs were “superpredators.”
 
During the January 1996 speech, which took place in Keene, N.H., Clinton, while discussing the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, noted that the government needed an “organized effort against gangs, just as in a previous generation we had an organized effort against the mob. We need to take these people on. They are often connected to big drug cartels. They are not just gangs of kids anymore,” she said. 

“They are often the kinds of kids that are called superpredators.”

She continued: “No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel, and the president has asked the FBI to launch a very concerted effort against gangs everywhere.”
 
“I’m not a superpredator, Hillary Clinton,” Williams says to her in a video of the incident that was posted on YouTube.
 
“OK, fine, we’ll talk about it,” a visibly annoyed Clinton says.
 
“Can you apologize to black people for mass incarceration?” Williams asks.
 
“Can I talk, and then maybe you can listen to what I say?” Clinton then asks.
 
Clinton tries to tell the 100 or so donors gathered at the event about the speech she gave in 1996 when Williams shouts, “You called black people superpredators.”

“You want to hear the facts or do you just want to talk?” Clinton asks.

The back-and-forth between the protester and the Democratic presidential hopeful continues until Williams is escorted out of the event.

“Umm, OK, back to the issues that I think are important,” Clinton says while donors applaud.

“We Have To Bring Them To HeeI”

"I'm not a Superpredator, Hillary!": Black Lives Matter protestors confront Clinton at South Carolina fundraiser

An oblivious Hillary Clinton yaks away to rich honkie donors as Ashley Williams unfurls her $500 protest banner: image by Youtube via Salon, 25 February 2016

“I’m not a Superpredator, Hillary!”: Black Lives Matter protestors confront Clinton at South Carolina fundraiser: Ashley Williams donated $500 to deliver a message directly to Clinton: Sophia Tesfaye, Salon, 25 February 2016

At a private Charleston, South Carolina, residence, surrounded by around 100 supporters, Hillary Clinton was interrupted by a Black Lives Matter activist who unfurled a sign quoting the former first lady on so-called "Superpredators,"  the widely prevailing 1990s junk-science criminology that the usually African-American juvenile offenders of the time were irredeemable and would undoubtedly grow to terrorize communities.

“I’m not a Superpredator, Hillary Clinton,” the young Black Lives Matter activist said Wednesday night, holding a sign that read: “We have to bring them to heel” -- Hillary Clinton. The quote is from a January 25, 1996, speech by Clinton during which she promoted the concept of “community policing” in order to combat the growth of so-called “Superpredators.”

“They are not just gangs of kids anymore,” Clinton said in Keene, New Hampshire. “They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators.’ No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel”.

Clinton, who was in the middle of delivering remarks on the nearby Walter Scott shooting and South Carolina’s early adoption of body cameras for police officers, eventually noticed the activist and turned to read her own quote on the sign. Without indicating if she recognized her words, Clinton read them aloud before insisting that “we’ll talk about it.” Clinton has recently attempted to distance herself from her advocacy of her husband’s tough on crime policies after increased scrutiny and criticism.

“Can you apologize to black people for mass incarceration?” the activist asked Clinton.

“Can I talk and then maybe you can listen to what I say,” Clinton replied, as the mostly white  crowd began hissing at the heckler.



Hillary Clinton Goes ‘Full-Bitch’ On Black Lives Matter Activist: image by Youtube via DownTrend, 25 February 2016


Eerie Autumn Along the Line of Control


When Ravan's were burnt in country on #SpecialVijay aDashami, Fidayeen Development Institute (FDI) oops EDI was burnt in #Srinagar #Kashmir
: image via Umar Ganie @UmarGanie1, 11 October 2016

 

Flames and Smoke blowing From #EDI #Pampore building following IED blasts during an ongoing encounter in #Srinagar #Kashmir #KashmirUnrest
: image via Umar Ganie @UmarGanie1, 11 October 2016




On Monday, two-three terrorists stormed the Entrepreneurship Development Institute in Pampore and have been holed in ever since. Army and other security forces are using mortar shells, light machine guns and other weaponry to flush out the terrorists.: photo by Umar Ganie via Rediff News, 12 October 2016
 


A joint operation by the army, the Special Operations Group of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force have been pounding the building continuously to ensure that the terorists can't escape the building.: photo by Umar Ganie via Rediff News, 12 October 2016
 


The building has been reduced to its skeletal form after the firing. The seven-storey building is a symbol of development in the Valley, offering the youth vocational training.: photo by Umar Ganie via Rediff News, 12 October 2016 



This is not the first time that the EDI building has been targetted. The main building of the institute was attacked in February when militants captured it and launched a major attack on forces. Six persons -- a civilian, three soldiers and two paramilitary troopers -- were killed then before the three militants were shot dead.: photo by S Irfan/PTI via Rediff News, 12 October 2016 



The attack on the EDI building comes after India launched surgical strikes on terror launchpads across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on September 28: photo by S Orfan/PTI via Rediff News, 12 October 2016


A #Kashmiri girl protester waving her arms inscribed with the names of #BurhanWani and #Pakistan with Mehndi during a protest. #KashmirUnrest
: image via Umar Ganie @UmarGanie1, 6 October 2016



It's autumn in #Kashmir but I've never known it to be so eerie and forlorn this time of the year. 94 days since it shut down.: image via Sankarshan Thakur @SankarshanT, 10 October 2016


running on fumes

Supporters of Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump dance at a campaign rally in Ocala, Florida, U.S., October 12, 2016.   REUTERS/Mike Segar

Supporters of Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump dance at a campaign rally in Ocala, Florida, U.S.: photo by Mike Segar/Reuters, 12 October  2016

Supporters of Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump dance at a campaign rally in Ocala, Florida, U.S., October 12, 2016.   REUTERS/Mike Segar

Supporters of Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump dance at a campaign rally in Ocala, Florida, U.S.: photo by Mike Segar/Reuters, 12 October  2016

Civil defense members carry an injured man after an air strike in the rebel-held Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria October 12, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Civil defense members carry an injured man after an air strike in the rebel-held Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria: photo by Bassam Khabieh/Reuters, 12 October 2016

Civil defense members carry an injured man after an air strike in the rebel-held Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria October 12, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Civil defense members carry an injured man after an air strike in the rebel-held Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria: photo by Bassam Khabieh/Reuters, 12 October 2016

n Airbus airplane of Latam airlines crosses the sky over Cordoba, Argentina, on October 11, 2016.

An Airbus airplane of Latam airlines crosses the sky over Cordoba, Argentina: photo by Juan Mabromata/AFP, 12 October 2016

n Airbus airplane of Latam airlines crosses the sky over Cordoba, Argentina, on October 11, 2016.

An Airbus airplane of Latam airlines crosses the sky over Cordoba, Argentina: photo by Juan Mabromata/AFP, 12 October 2016

running on fumes. desert center, ca. 2014. | by eyetwist

running on fumes. desert center, ca. 2014: photo by eyetwist, 15 February 2014

running on fumes. desert center, ca. 2014. | by eyetwist
 

running on fumes. desert center, ca. 2014: photo by eyetwist, 15 February 2014

running on fumes. desert center, ca. 2014. | by eyetwist

running on fumes. desert center, ca. 2014
: photo by eyetwist, 15 February 2014

 

Clinton in Fort Pierce, Florida: photo by Benjamin Lowy for The New York Times, 30 September 2016

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LIVE: Hillary Clinton addresses supporters in New Hampshire. image via Reuters Opinion @ReutersOpinion, 2 February 2016

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Can Hillary Clinton close the deal? #Election2016: image via Reuters Top News @Reuters, 2 February 2016


Hillary Clinton took a selfie with an employee as she visited workers at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas on Thursday
: photo by Ruth Fremson/The New York Times, 18 February 2016
 
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Hillary Clinton took a selfie with an employee as she visited workers at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas on Thursday: photo by Ruth Fremson/The New York Times, 18 February 2016


Clinton won't release transcripts of paid speeches until other candidates do
: image via Reuters Top News @Reuters, 20 February 2016



BREAKING: Hillary Clinton projected winner in Nevada caucus: Fox News #NVDemsCaucus
: image via Reuters Politics @ReutersPolitics, 20 February 2016

VIDEO: "Thank you, Nevada" -- Clinton: image via Reuters Top News @Reuters, 20 February 2016



A Hillary Clinton supporter cheered at a rally at the Old South Meeting House in Boston: photo by Doug Mills/The New York Times, 29 February 2016 

 
  
A Hillary Clinton supporter cheered at a rally at the Old South Meeting House in Boston: photo by Doug Mills/The New York Times, 29 February 2016

Hillary Clinton...Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton acknowledges the crowd as she arrives to speak at a "Get Out The Vote" campaign rally in Norfolk, S.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton acknowledges the crowd as she arrives to speak at a “Get Out The Vote” campaign rally in Norfolk, Virginia
: photo by
Gerald Herbert/AP, 1 March 2016

Hillary Clinton...Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton acknowledges the crowd as she arrives to speak at a "Get Out The Vote" campaign rally in Norfolk, S.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert).

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton acknowledges the crowd as she arrives to speak at a “Get Out The Vote” campaign rally in Norfolk, Virginia: photo by Gerald Herbert/AP, 1 March 2016


 
local actors 
 

A migrant is rescued after the rubber boat he was in sunk some eight nautical miles off Libya's Mediterranean coastline on October 12, 2016. A growing number of people are attempting the treacherous sea journey from Libya or Egypt, after the closure of the Balkan migrant trail route leading from Greece to western Europe. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

A migrant is rescued after the rubber boat he was in sunk some eight nautical miles off Libya's Mediterranean coastline: photo by Aris Messinis/AFP, 13 October 2016

A migrant is rescued after the rubber boat he was in sunk some eight nautical miles off Libya's Mediterranean coastline on October 12, 2016. A growing number of people are attempting the treacherous sea journey from Libya or Egypt, after the closure of the Balkan migrant trail route leading from Greece to western Europe. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

A migrant is rescued after the rubber boat he was in sunk some eight nautical miles off Libya's Mediterranean coastline: photo by Aris Messinis/AFP, 13 October 2016

Locals wash clothes in Port Salut southwest of Port-au-Prince, on October 12, 2016, following the passage of Hurricane Matthew. A week after Matthew tore through the country, many remote areas communities were still left to their own devices. Families with destroyed homes and shattered livelihoods waited and prayed for help.   / AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUARODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images

Locals wash clothes in Port Salut southwest of Port-au-Prince a week after hurricane Matthew tore through the country: photo Rodrigo Arangua/AFP, 13 October 2016

Locals wash clothes in Port Salut southwest of Port-au-Prince, on October 12, 2016, following the passage of Hurricane Matthew. A week after Matthew tore through the country, many remote areas communities were still left to their own devices. Families with destroyed homes and shattered livelihoods waited and prayed for help.   / AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUARODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images

Locals wash clothes in Port Salut southwest of Port-au-Prince a week after hurricane Matthew tore through the country: photo Rodrigo Arangua/AFP, 13 October 2016

Journalists prepare their equipment prior to a press conference to announce the laureate of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images

Journalists prepare their equipment prior to a press conference to announce the laureate of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden: photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP, 13 October 2016

Journalists prepare their equipment prior to a press conference to announce the laureate of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images

Journalists prepare their equipment prior to a press conference to announce the laureate of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden: photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP, 13 October 2016

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Joan Baez and Bob Dylan at Civil Rights March on Washington: photographer unknown, 28 August 1963 (U.S. Information Agency)


Local actors dressed as ancient warriors re-enact a scene from the 7th century battle of Kerbala during commemoration in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq October 12, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Local actors dressed as ancient warriors re-enact a scene from the 7th century battle of Kerbala during commemoration in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq: photo by Ahmed Saad/Reuters, 13 October 2016

Local actors dressed as ancient warriors re-enact a scene from the 7th century battle of Kerbala during commemoration in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq October 12, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY .

Local actors dressed as ancient warriors re-enact a scene from the 7th century battle of Kerbala during commemoration in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq: photo by Ahmed Saad/Reuters, 13 October 2016

A child peers out of her tent at the Souda municipality-run refugee camp on the Greek island of Chios on October  13, 2016.  Greece is accommodating over 60,000 refugees and migrants stuck in the country after a succession of Balkan and EU states shut their borders earlier this year. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images

A child peers out of her tent at the Souda municipality-run refugee camp on the Greek island of Chios: photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP, 13 October 2016

A child peers out of her tent at the Souda municipality-run refugee camp on the Greek island of Chios on October  13, 2016.  Greece is accommodating over 60,000 refugees and migrants stuck in the country after a succession of Balkan and EU states shut their borders earlier this year. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images

A child peers out of her tent at the Souda municipality-run refugee camp on the Greek island of Chios: photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP, 13 October 2016

A Thai well-wisher weeps as she is comforted by others during a prayer for Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's recovery at the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok,
 
A Thai well-wisher weeps as she is comforted by others during a prayer for Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s recovery at the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. According to media reports on Wednesday, the world’s longest reigning monarch, 88-years old Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej is in unstable condition after undergoing blood dialysis at Bangkok’s Siriraj hospital. The king’s health has been carefully monitored in the country where the monarch is widely revered.: photo by Runggroj Yongrit/EPA, 13 October 2016

A Thai well-wisher weeps as she is comforted by others during a prayer for Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's recovery at the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok,

A Thai well-wisher weeps as she is comforted by others during a prayer for Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s recovery at the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. According to media reports on Wednesday, the world’s longest reigning monarch, 88-years old Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej is in unstable condition after undergoing blood dialysis at Bangkok’s Siriraj hospital. The king’s health has been carefully monitored in the country where the monarch is widely revered.: photo by Runggroj Yongrit/EPA, 13 October 2016


Hillary Clinton
: photo by
Benjamin Lowy for The New York Times, 11 October 2016

4 comments:

vazambam (Vassilis Zambaras) said...

Ya know, it just makes me jump for joy when I see Auntie and Uncle Sam tripping the light fantastic to make America great and whitey again!

Wooden Boy said...

As vile as Trump is, his campaign (by default) has laid bare the structure of what passes for democracy in America. If Hilary Rodham Clinton were a stick of rock, you'd read Establishment all the way through.

TC said...

And yet the Stick of Rock Foundation is constantly at work for kids all round the world.

awbradley said...

Well gee, ever since i became an adult it's been so disappointing that politics doesn't work the way poetry does. that the world is unfair and cruel and that power and money go hand and hand and that the good hard-working people (who maybe beat the shit out of their kids and fuck their neighbors or whatever but maybe sometimes just muddle along because that's all they can do) don't get a break. i'm being sincere. but we have 2 choices and one is a fucking insult to anyone with an ounce of intelligence and one is, yes, relatively corrupt but has also done a fair share of very good work for the aforementioned downtrodden in her life and isn't running on a platform that mistakes America for Sweden like Uncle Bernie so if you have an ounce of intelligence, then vote for her.