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Sunday, 29 January 2017

A Lamp Beside the Golden Door Snuffed Out

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Yes! To learn more about gaslighting, i.e., Kellyanne CONway's communication strategy, check out AlternativeFacts.com http://ift.tt/2k8GSBZ | by Politics Is Fun And Games

Alternative Facts: KellyAnne CONway's communications strategy: image via Jon Riley, 26 January 2017

Breitbart Bulldog Steve Bannon has hired a couple of his news cohorts to assist him in advising #Presidenttinyhands. Steve is registered to vote in two states. | by millymills1

Breitbart Bulldog Steve Bannon: image via millymills mills, 25 January 2017

Jabba Bannon | by Mueller's Journal

Breitbart Bulldog Steve Bannon. Bannon has hired a couple of his news cohorts to assist him in advising #Presidenttinyhands. Steve is registered to vote in two states.: photo by millymills mills, 25 January 2017

Steve Bannon pretty much declares war on the free press | by mycroftmoon

Steve Bannon pretty much declares war on the free press: photo by raven childs, 26 January 2017
 

 Your job, your livelihood, your healthcare, your rights mean nothing to this man. He's on a mission to destroy America. #Bannon: image via The Progressive Wave @TheProWave, 26 January 2017


Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon: “Media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut”: image via Media Matters @mmfa, 27 January 2017
 

This deserves a retweet. #Bannon
: image via Anna Telnaes Verified account @AnnTelnaes, 27 January 2017


U.S. President Donald Trump calls departing reporters back into the room as United Brotherhood of Carpenters General President Doug McCarron (R) begins to compliment him on his inaugural address, during a round table meeting with labor leaders at the White House in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2017.

U.S. President Donald Trump calls departing reporters back into the room as United Brotherhood of Carpenters General President Doug McCarron (R) begins to compliment him on his inaugural address, during a round table meeting with labor leaders at the White House in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2017: photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters, 23 January 2017



36% of American voters approve, 44% disapprove of Trump's handling of his job so far, new poll shows: image via CNN @CNN, 27 January 2017

For lo, He said, thou shalt dwell within the Temple of the Great Lord Tinyhands; and thou shalt abide 


Trump's latest executive order: Banning people from 7 countries and more: image via CNN @CNN, 27 January 2017


They will teach this story in classrooms: image via Nick Confessore @nickconfessore, 27 January 2017


 Washington Muslims put human faces to Trump's immigration actions: image via CNN @CNN, 27 January 201



 
For those that say, not normal. Photo @drewharrer @bloomberimages #honorguard UKUS #TheresaMay #Trump #Whitehouse: image via Reading The Pictures @ReadingThePIx, 27 January 2017

Swan Song

Cygnus buccinator (Trumpeter Swan) - Skagit, WA | by Nick Dean1

Cygnus buccinator (Trumpeter Swan), Moore Road near Conway, Skagit County, Washington: photo by Nick Dean, 21 January 2017

Cygnus buccinator (Trumpeter Swan) - Skagit, WA | by Nick Dean1

Cygnus buccinator (Trumpeter Swan), Moore Road near Conway, Skagit County, Washington: photo by Nick Dean, 21 January 2017

Cygnus buccinator (Trumpeter Swan) - Skagit, WA | by Nick Dean1

Cygnus buccinator (Trumpeter Swan), Moore Road near Conway, Skagit County, Washington: photo by Nick Dean, 21 January 2017

Cygnus buccinator (Trumpeter Swan) - Skagit, WA | by Nick Dean1

Cygnus buccinator (Trumpeter Swan), Moore Road near Conway, Skagit County, Washington, nearing sunset, more Swans flying in to join the flock: photo by Nick Dean, 15 January 2017

Cygnus buccinator (Trumpeter Swan) - Skagit, WA | by Nick Dean1

Cygnus buccinator (Trumpeter Swan), Moore Road near Conway, Skagit County, Washington, nearing sunset, more Swans flying in to join the flock: photo by Nick Dean, 15 January 2017

Cygnus buccinator (Trumpeter Swan) - Skagit, WA | by Nick Dean1

Cygnus buccinator (Trumpeter Swan), Moore Road near Conway, Skagit County, Washington, nearing sunset, more Swans flying in to join the flock: photo by Nick Dean, 15 January 2017


Broken Wing Display / Ezra Pound: Learn of the green world

Black Tern | by Jon David Nelson

Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) near Burns, Oregon: photo by Jon Nelson, 13 May 2015

Killdeer 2 | by The White Wоlf

Killdeer 2. "Broken Wing Act".  Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus), near Burns, Oregon. These birds forage for food in fields, mudflats and shores, usually by sight. Their name comes from their frequently heard call. These birds will frequently use evasive action display ("broken wing act") to distract predators from  their nests. This involves the bird walking away from its nesting area  holding its wing in a position that simulates an injury. and then flapping around on the ground emitting a distress call. The predators then think they have easy prey and are attracted to the seemingly injured bird and away from the nest. If the parent sees that a potential predator is not following along, it will move closer and get louder until it gets the attention of the predator. : photo by Nick Perla, 29 June 2010

Ezra Pound: from Canto LXXXI

The ant’s a centaur in his dragon world.
Pull down thy vanity, it is not man
Made courage, or made order, or made grace,
         Pull down thy vanity, I say pull down.
Learn of the green world what can be thy place
In scaled invention or true artistry,
Pull down thy vanity,
                                        Paquin pull down!
The green casque has outdone your elegance.
 
“Master thyself, then others shall thee beare”
       Pull down thy vanity
Thou art a beaten dog beneath the hail,
A swollen magpie in a fitful sun,
Half black half white
Nor knowst’ou wing from tail
Pull down thy vanity
                        How mean thy hates
Fostered in falsity,
                        Pull down thy vanity,
Rathe to destroy, niggard in charity,
Pull down thy vanity,
                       I say pull down.

Ezra Pound (1885-1972): from Canto LXXXI (1945/1948)

Black Terns | by Jon David Nelson

Black Terns (Chlidonias niger) near Burns, Oregon
: photo by Jon Nelson, 13 May 2015


Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) DSC_0024 | by NDomer73

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus). A striking black-and-white bird with very long, in legs, the Black-necked Stilt is found along the edges of open water, in this case near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Harney County, Oregon: photo by Dan Dzurisin, 25 May 2008

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) DSC_0023 | by NDomer73

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus). A striking black-and-white bird with very long, thin legs, the Black-necked Stilt is found along the edges of open water, in this case near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Harney County, Oregon: photo by Dan Dzurisin, 25 May 2008

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) DSC_0020 | by NDomer73

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus), feeding in flooded agricultural fields several miles north of Malheur National Willdlife Refuge, Harney County, Oregon: photo by Dan Dzurisin, 1 June 2008

The Black-necked Stilt (or, The Remembering To Forget Song)
 
A wandering and frequent intermission of attention
In which ideas slip irretrievably away
Would perhaps have something merciful in it
Were a few choice wriggling grubs 
The lingering fugitive scraps of some possibly useful knowledge of the fleeting universe
Remaining alive squirming curiously about waiting
To be plucked from the mud flats of the dilapidated mind
By a Black-necked Stilt
 
So determines the confused old person
Recognizing in the same moment
It was never going to have a say in any of this
The evanescence of pleasing images and the persistent adhesion of painful ones
The worst of both worlds
The world of forgetting and the world of remembering
A wandering and frequent intermission of attention
In which ideas slip irretrievably away
 
OK it may not not sound all that great as a default state of mind
But surely there must be something merciful in it
Muses the old person to no one in particular
Recognizing in the same moment it was never going to have a say in any of this
Somewhere in the haunted house a light bulb flickers on then off again
Fitfully whispering in the mind a complicated arpeggio
Which may or may not resemble the complicated arpeggio
Which decorates the opening bars
 
Of the Remembering To Forget song
Himantopus mexicanus
Himantopus mexicanus
Himantopus mexicanus
The old person dimly remembers a long childhood illness
Months alone in a dark room
During which the meanings of words slipped away common words
Becoming more and more strange and unrecognizable until all meaning had evaporated
 
At this late date the old person has determined it is the business of life to go forward
Even if the drift of the mind moves toward the past inexorably
One who catches evil in retrospect must first turn back to find it    
That regrets are no more than afflictive encumbrances this much it knows
This is not useful knowledge 
This kind of arid harvest would be of no interest to Himantopus mexicanus
The struggle to recapture the past is a vain struggle
The small birds in the old dying and bare plum tree singing their own small versions
 
Of the Remembering To Forget song
As from a great distance
Penetrating the twisted leafless winter branches with the first weak rays of early morning sun  
The small birds and the tall thin birds each in their own way conducting the daily business
Of moving life forward
That movie about memory loss
Whose title the old person can no longer remember the labour of recollection not worth it
The small birds in the old plum tree singing So long So long
 
The Remember To Forget song 
 

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) DSC_0034 | by NDomer73

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus), feeding in flooded agricultural fields several miles north of Malheur National Willdlife Refuge, Harney County, Oregon: photo by Dan Dzurisin, 1 June 2008

American Avocet | by Big Dipper 2

American Avocet, near Burns, Oregon: photo by Big Dipper 2, 10 July 2011

It was not man
made beauty or made order or made grace...


Black Tern | by Jon David Nelson
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) near Burns, Oregon
: photo by Jon Nelson, 13 May 2015


Black Tern | by Jon David Nelson

Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) near Burns, Oregon: photo by Jon Nelson, 13 May 2015


fences just provide an opportunity to go over

 
Ranchers in southern Arizona have told me that fences just provide an opportunity to go over: image via Melissa Lyttle, 25 January 2017



With all this talk of Trump's wall, I had the chance to fly along the #usmx border this morning: image via Melissa Lyttle, 25 January 2017


Yes, please: image via Melissa Lyttle, 25 January 2017


'Merica: image via Melissa Lyttle, 28 January 2017

 

Camo jelly beans or 'Merica #2: image via Melissa Lyttle, 28 January 2017 


 I've spent 5 weeks as an @IWMF fellow reporting on many stories from the #usmx border: image via Melissa Lyttle, 26 January 2017


 I've spent 5 weeks as an @IWMF fellow reporting on many stories from the #usmx border: image via Melissa Lyttle, 26 January 2017

 
 I've spent 5 weeks as an @IWMF fellow reporting on many stories from the #usmx border: image via Melissa Lyttle, 26 January 2017
 



I've spent 5 weeks as an @IWMF fellow reporting on many stories from the #usmx border: image via Melissa Lyttle, 26 January 2017 


The writing on the wall


SERBIA - Migrants stand in line for food outside of a derelict warehouse used as a makeshift shelter near Belgrade. By @iandrej #AFP: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 27 January 2017


US - A border patrol agent drives along the US- Mexico border crossing in San Ysidro. By @eye4light #AFP: image via Frédérique Geffard @FgeffardAFP, 27 January 2017

 
Dude love him a little of himself much? Becoming President has more than doubled Trump's reach on Twitter.: image via CNN @CNN, 27 January 2017 
Peanuts 

Mexico has taken advantage of the U.S. for long enough. Massive trade deficits and little help on the very weak border must change, NOW!: tweet via Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump, 7 January 2017

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Roasted peanuts (closeup): photo by Geographer, 2007


The attention span of a human in the age of the internet: the size of a peanut, with room for a few billion tweets to spare. 

Inner space, it's the new totalizing lebensraum, as the shades of evening come down

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Twitter Fail Whale error message: image by Yiying Lu, 2009


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Blueprint sketch by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, envisioning an SMS-based social network: photo by Jack Dorsey, 24 March 2006


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Emergency Tweet: photo by Paul Randall, 2009

 
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Naked Pizza takeout and delivery store, Claiborne and Calhoun Streets, New Orleans: photo by Infrogmation, 2010

The Bird Is a Word

Activists stage protest across the street from Twitter for continuing to allow Donald Trump to use the service.

Activists stage protest across the street from Twitter's S an Francisco headquarters for continuing to allow Donald Trump to use the service: photo by Ken Yeung/VentureBeat, 26 January 2017

Activists protest Twitter demanding it ‘dump the real Donald Trump’: Ken Yeung, VentureBeat, 26 January 2017

At least a dozen activists staged a protest across the street from Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters on Thursday evening, demanding the company kick Donald Trump off the service. The group claimed that Twitter was promoting fascism and hate by continuing to allow the president to remain active.

Twitter declined to comment on the protest.

According to the Facebook page promoting tonight’s event, activists believe that Twitter has allowed itself to become the “mouthpiece of fascism,” enabling Trump to broadcast his thoughts, complaints, and ideas unchecked. They’ve also expressed outrage that the president continues to have a presence “despite his violation of [Twitter’s] anti-hate policies.”

Gathered across the street from Twitter tonight, the group chanted slogans heard at previous demonstrations, such as “No Trump. No KKK. No Fascist USA.” They also projected demands onto Twitter’s Market Street building, from “Would Twitter ban Hitler?” to “#NoDAPL” (a reference to the Dakota access pipeline), “Irresponsible,” and more. At one point, employees inside Twitter peered out the window, which prompted one of the activists on a bullhorn to try to entice them to join the action.


Activists protesting in front of Twitter project message saying that the company profits off of the hate expressed by Trump.

Activists protesting in front of Twitter headquarters project message saying that the company profits off of the hate expressed by Trump.: photo by Ken Yeung/VentureBeat, 26 January 2017

This was the second protest to impact a technology company in San Francisco within the past week. Last Friday, Uber was the recipient of such an event,  due to the support its chief executive, Travis Kalanick, provides Trump as part of his economic advisory team.

Twitter finds itself in a difficult position because while it believes itself a supporter of free speech, it also has been plagued by issues around harassment and user safety. And things become even more complicated when you factor in that one of the culprits happens to be the president. Trump has often taken to the service to spout his opinions, which many have found to be reprehensible.

Activists gather across the street from Twitter to protest the company over letting Trump continue to have an account.

Activists gather across the street from Twitter to protest the company for letting Trump continue to have an account: photo by Ken Yeung/VentureBeat, 26 January 2017

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has defined his company’s relationship with the president as positive. “I feel very proud of the role of the service and what it stands for,” he explained while at the Recode Code Commerce conference in December. “It’s had such a spotlight on it through his usage and through the election.”

Trump has likewise expressed his affection for the service, arguing that it gives him direct access to Americans and the world without having to go through the media (which is often correcting him on falsehoods).

As the president continues to access to his account, it’s likely that protestors such as the ones this evening will continue to gather and petition Twitter to shut it down.

 
The Twitter resistance: Fighting Trump one tweet at a time: image via CNN @CNN, 27 January 2017

Love Note from His Infinitely Merciful Magnificence the Great Lord Emperor Tinyhands
 

Thank You Jesus For Lord President Trump Photo Jae C. Hong/Associated Press: image via Reading The Pictures @Reading The Pix, 14 December 2014

Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do. Love!: tweet via Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
Trumpmerica Retweeted Donald J. Trump

Trumpmerica added,

The Enemies List is real, all STRONG LEADERS have one. On 1/20 baby MAGA will feast on the blood and bones of dissenters! #MAGA #EnemiesList
image via Trumpmerica @Trumpmerica, 31 December 2016


Trump as Orifice: Peterson, Gowdy Get to the Essence Photo Mark Peterson/Redux: image via Reading The Pictures @Reading The Pix, 14 December 2014

Recurrent Vindictatorship Nightmare... When your twittering finger starts feeling a little bit itchy... your tiny hands open and... out comes a message only tiny dead birds can hear!

@birdtwitchr: Good progress made installing #twitteringmachine for #OxLightFest14 tmrw and sat @OCMEVENTS: image via Kathy Hinde @birdtwtchr, 20 November 2014

#Twitteringmachine [Paul Klee, gouache and pen and ink oil transfer on paper, 1922] Originally displayed @Germany, the image was declared "degenerate art" by #AdolfHitler #NYC #art: image via Dulce Leyva @dugeth, 25 September 2014

In 1992 twitter worked with these #twitteringmachine: image via Sampsa Granström @Sampsa_G, 12 February 2013


#72... TROLLS. Un reportaje de @InakoDiazGuerra en el que participan @ALevySoler, @dlacalle, @AntonioMaestre y muchos más: image via PAPEL @Papel_EM, 26 January 2017


Find that twitter-bird! Ace cover design @Papel_EM from Spain illustrator Josetxu Piñeiro Art Director María González: image via coverjunkie @coverjunkie, 26 January 2017

But wait... Diamonds aren't exactly Peanuts, are they?


Melania Trump is pretending to eat a diamond necklace like it's spaghetti on the cover of Vanity Fair Mexico: image via Kyle Griifin @KyleGriifin1, 27 January 2017


@FLOTUS Wow. What an inspirational First Lady! Everyone should aspire to eat diamonds. Especially Mexicans. #VanityFairMexico: image via Cyanna #Resist @Cyan1137, 27 January 2017

You shld be ashamed of yourselves we wont buy ur ugly magazine anymore #VanityFairMexico #insensitive: tweet via MPalm @MarianaOgaz, 27 January 2017


#MelaniaTrump is on the cover of #VanityFairMexico. What are your thoughts esp. after #Trump has pushed the building of the wall more?
: image via Blackaphillyated @b_aphillyated, 27 January 2017
 
Our classy and former nude model First Lady Melania Trump. A true role model to all young Christian women. @cnn #vanityfairmexico
: image via Christian @ChrisChunga, 27 January 2017



Today's cover: Melania Trump like you've never seen her before
: image via New York Post Verified account @nypost, 31 July 2016
 

The Infinitely Merciful Vindictator promises a "tremendous, absolutely tremendous" bed of thorns for the 9999%



Aux USA après les propos de #Trump, ou en UE, les #réfugiés peuvent difficilement choisir leur terre d'accueil: image via AFP Athenes @afpathenes, 28 January 2017



Aux USA après les propos de #Trump, ou en UE, les #réfugiés peuvent difficilement choisir leur terre d'accueil: image via AFP Athenes @afpathenes, 28 January 2017
 

2 Iraqis who had visas to enter US sue Trump and US govt. after arriving in NY and being detained due to travel ban: image via CNN Breaking News @cnnbrk, 28 January 2017

Drumpf | by brennanmckissick

Drumpf: photo by Brendan McKissick, 27 January 2017

5 comments:

TC said...

Frank Zappa: More Trouble Every Day from "A Token of His Extreme" Training of 1975

Zappa Plays Zappa - Son of Orange County -- More Trouble Every Day

Tom Palmer said...

"The green casque has outdone your elegance." Your Himantopus mexicanus is such a lovely creature. Like our soft, high-stepping Recurvirostra americana its elegance is not easily outdone. Such a nice image this is: "The small birds and the tall thin birds each in their own way conducting the daily business/Of moving life forward". I'm feeling just a little better.
P.S.Mister Big Stuff was nasty good. Oh my oh my, how do you come up with this...big stuff?

TC said...

Thanks very much, Tom.

The astonishing ingratitude of Drumpf in regard to the magnificent diversity of creatures existing within what is now allegedly "his" country takes my breath away (he croaked).

Jean Wright's hit tune about our gross POTUS has to be heard as prophetic, now.

But has not politics always lagged in catching up with the truths told in our American music... another national resource forsworn!

vazambam (Vassilis Zambaras) said...

Bannon--the face any screwed-up mother would love.

TC said...

The kind of face that bespeaks the history of a great hatred against everything living.