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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

escalation in eastern ghouta | all star wknd | of course i'm not wearing any clothes for the curling - im canadian! | Open Arms (Joseph Ceravolo: Hand Gun)

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 San Jose Sharks right winger Timo Meier, right, and Anaheim Ducks center Rickard Rakell, left, battle against the boards in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

San Jose Sharks right winger Timo Meier, right, and Anaheim Ducks center Rickard Rakell, left, battle against the boards in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/: photo by Reed Saxon/AP, 11 February 2018
  
 San Jose Sharks right winger Timo Meier, right, and Anaheim Ducks center Rickard Rakell, left, battle against the boards in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

San Jose Sharks right winger Timo Meier, right, and Anaheim Ducks center Rickard Rakell, left, battle against the boards in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/: photo by Reed Saxon/AP, 11 February 2018


 Don’t care the science behind this, this look is not OK (Photo by @rodger_sherman): image via Darren Rovell @darrenrovell, 19 February 2018
 

Don’t care the science behind this, this look is not OK (Photo by @rodger_sherman): image via Darren Rovell @darrenrovell, 19 February 2018


In 1988, Jack Nicholson paid $175 per seat per game to be front row at Lakers games. This year, he pays $3,000 per seat per game.: image via Darren Rovell @darrenrovell, 19 February 2018


Are these the new “Be On TV” seats?: image via Darren Rovell @darrenrovell, 19 February 2018


LeBron’s sneakers tonight (Photo by @natlyphoto): image via Darren Rovell @darrenrovell, 19 February 2018


 All-Star Weekend: LeBron James (6’8”) and Kevin Hart (5’4”): image via Darren Rovell @darrenrovell, 18 February 2018

 
Odell at All-Star game with a Supreme man purse.: image via Darren Rovell @darrenrovell, 19 February 2018


Players faces during Fergie’s rendition of the National Anthem...: image via Darren Rovell @darrenrovell, 19 February 2018


Players faces during Fergie’s rendition of the National Anthem...: image via Darren Rovell @darrenrovell, 19 February 2018


My laptop froze at this exact moment #NBAAllStar2018 #Fergie: image via Darren Rovell @darrenrovell, 19 February 2018

 

Players faces during Fergie’s rendition of the National Anthem...: image via Darren Rovell @darrenrovell, 19 February 2018

 
The winning NBA All-Star team will get $100,000 this year, while the losers will get $25,000. The difference is supposed to motivate game to be more competitive. Only one starter (Joel Embiid) makes less than $100,000 per regular season game ($74,390).: image via Darren Rovell @darrenrovell, 19 February 2018

 

Team LeBron starters outearn Team Stephen starters, in salary, by more than $10 million.: image via Darren Rovell @darrenrovell, 19 February 2018



Team LeBron starters outearn Team Stephen starters, in salary, by more than $10 million.: image via Darren Rovell @darrenrovell, 19 February 2018
 
 A member of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school performs on a float during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

A member of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school performs on a float during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.: photo by Silvia Izquierdo/AP, 12 February 2018
 
 A member of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school performs on a float during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

A member of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school performs on a float during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.: photo by Silvia Izquierdo/AP, 12 February 2018

 Members from the Beija Flor samba school portray drug traffickers during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Brazil's most famous city has long struggled with violence, particularly in the hundreds of slums controlled by drug traffickers, with criminal assaults and increasing shootouts between drug traffickers and police. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Members from the Beija Flor samba school portray drug traffickers during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Brazil's most famous city has long struggled with violence, particularly in the hundreds of slums controlled by drug traffickers, with criminal assaults and increasing shootouts between drug traffickers and police.: photo by Silvia Izquierdo/AP, 13 February 2018

 Members from the Beija Flor samba school portray drug traffickers during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Brazil's most famous city has long struggled with violence, particularly in the hundreds of slums controlled by drug traffickers, with criminal assaults and increasing shootouts between drug traffickers and police. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Members from the Beija Flor samba school portray drug traffickers during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Brazil's most famous city has long struggled with violence, particularly in the hundreds of slums controlled by drug traffickers, with criminal assaults and increasing shootouts between drug traffickers and police.: photo by Silvia Izquierdo/AP, 13 February 2018

 A farmer inspects the remains of a missile, which according to the Lebanon national news agency is part of a Syrian air defense missile targeting an Israeli warplane, in Hasbani village, southwest Lebanon, on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. Lebanon is protesting Israel's use of its airspace to target Syria, saying it will complain to the U.N. Security Council. (AP Photo)

A farmer inspects the remains of a missile, which according to the Lebanon national news agency is part of a Syrian air defense missile targeting an Israeli warplane, in Hasbani village, southwest Lebanon, on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. Lebanon is protesting Israel's use of its airspace to target Syria, saying it will complain to the U.N. Security Council.: photo by AP, 10 February 2018

 A farmer inspects the remains of a missile, which according to the Lebanon national news agency is part of a Syrian air defense missile targeting an Israeli warplane, in Hasbani village, southwest Lebanon, on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. Lebanon is protesting Israel's use of its airspace to target Syria, saying it will complain to the U.N. Security Council. (AP Photo)

A farmer inspects the remains of a missile, which according to the Lebanon national news agency is part of a Syrian air defense missile targeting an Israeli warplane, in Hasbani village, southwest Lebanon, on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. Lebanon is protesting Israel's use of its airspace to target Syria, saying it will complain to the U.N. Security Council.: photo by AP, 10 February 2018



 #Syria Toll in Syria bombardment of rebel enclave rises to 44  A man carries a child injured in government bombing in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta. Photo @abdfree2: image via AFP Photo @AFPphoto, 18 February 2018

 

#Hamouria 19 Feb 2019: image via Abdulmonam Eassa @abdfree2, 19 February 2018

 

#Hamouria 19 Feb 2019: image via Abdulmonam Eassa @abdfree2, 19 February 2018



#Hamouria 19 Feb 2019: image via Abdulmonam Eassa @abdfree2, 19 February 2018
 

Smoke rises from buildings following bombardment on Kafr Batna, in the rebel-held #EasternGhouta. Heavy Syrian bombardment killed dozens of civilians in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, as regime forces appeared to prepare for an imminent ground assault / Photo @amer_almohibany/AFP: image via Amer almohibany @amer_almohibany, 19 February 2018
 

104 people have been killed by the bombing of the #Assad regime and Russia on the #EasternGhouta since the morning so far 1st day of escalation on #EasternGhouta - #Syria: image via Amer almohibany @amer_almohibany, 19 February 2018

Until now, we can't sleep, Russian warplanes did not stop, they are bombing everything. No one is standing next to us in this besieged area.: tweet via Amer almohibany @amer_almohibany, 19 February 2018
 

My message to all lovers and friends: Whoever had a dark face for me would forgive me for it. Whoever has once been wronged intentionally or unintentionally, I ask him to forgive me God has delivered us many times today from the air raids  Besieged #EasternGhouta: image via Amer almohibany @amer_almohibany, 19 February 2018


#EasternGhouta  Al=Ghouta-Sharqiya 7 martyrs, including 5 children from one family, were killed in the attack on the town. Warplanes  and rocket launchers do not subside.: image via Amer almohibany @amer_almohibany, 19 February 2018


Are these the new “Be On TV” seats?: image via Darren Rovell @darrenrovell, 19 February 2018
 

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada deliver a gold medal-winning performance in the ice dance on Day 11 at #Pyeongchang2018: image via Reuters Pictures @reuterspictures, 19 February 2018


 Marines drink cobra blood in Thailand as part of Cobra Gold, Asia's largest annual multilateral military exercise Photo @Athit_P: image via Reuters Pictures @reuterspictures, 19 February 2018


Do you #lovecurling? A Canada's fan arrives undressed at the #Pyeongchang2018  Curling Center for the men's round robin session between the US and Canada.  Photo Wang Zhao: image via AFP Photo @AFPphoto, 19 February 2018
 

#sunset behind the rebel-held besieged town of Harasta, in the Eastern Ghouta region.  Photo amer_almohibany: image via Aurelia BAILLY @AureliaBAILLY, 12 February 2018

Open Arms: Joseph Ceravolo: Hand Gun


Barber and Coin, Guns and Ammo, Beaverton, Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 5 February 2014
Joseph Ceravolo: Hand Gun

When I was a child
I thought a handgun in a holster
and the lead colored bullets on the belt
was one of the most beautiful things
made by man.
Of course at that time
I didn't consciously know
of the phallic significance or symbol,
but it doesn't really matter.
It's not the object now
but the feeling that accompanied,
which still remains and comes back,
but not for guns and bullets
but for eternity.
It must be the way Sumerians
felt for their Gilgamesh
and Jews for David
and Egyptians for Pharaoh
and anyone for heroes,
a hope of eternity
for ever and ever new.
A chance not for the object
but for the soul alone,
if that be possible.
But it's too easy
to love life too much
and all is gone away, alas,
like a shot from
the gun of childhood.

When I was a child
I thought of eternity.


Joseph Ceravolo (1934-1988): Hand Gun, 24 October 1986, from Collected Poems, 2012


We Sell Guns (Boston, Massachusetts): photo by Jim Rohan (LowerDarnley), 31 March 2013

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Lots of Musk and camo hoodies in this place. #gunshop: image via Tracy Eckert @tracyeckert, 31 January 2015

Dead kids in a classroom - just good business for @NRA and  gun industry #gunsense: image via US Gun Violence @usgunviolence, 12 March 2015

WATCH: Parents laugh at gun extremist who says guns in schools ‘just makes sense’ #gunsense: image via Shannon @shannonrwatts, 12 March 2015

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Untitled [Pape Ave, Riverdale, Toronto]: photo by Dominic Bugatto, 16 February 2018

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 Albuquerque, New Mexico: photo by Jorge Guadalupe Lizárraga, 10 January 2018

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 Albuquerque, New Mexico: photo by Jorge Guadalupe Lizárraga, 11 January 2018

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 Albuquerque, New Mexico: photo by Jorge Guadalupe Lizárraga, 11 January 2018

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 Albuquerque, New Mexico: photo by Jorge Guadalupe Lizárraga, 11 January 2018

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 Albuquerque, New Mexico: photo by Jorge Guadalupe Lizárraga, 12 January 2018

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 West Mesa, Albuquerque, New Mexico: photo by Jorge Guadalupe Lizárraga, 17 February 2018

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 West Mesa, Albuquerque, New Mexico: photo by Jorge Guadalupe Lizárraga, 17 February 2018

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 West Mesa, Albuquerque, New Mexico: photo by Jorge Guadalupe Lizárraga, 17 February 2018

DEEP STATE | by akahawkeyefan

DEEP STATE | Las Vegas, Nv: photo by akahawkeyefan, 15 February 2018

DEEP STATE | by akahawkeyefan

 DEEP STATE | Las Vegas, Nv: photo by akahawkeyefan, 15 February 2018

DEEP STATE | by akahawkeyefan

 DEEP STATE | Las Vegas, Nv: photo by akahawkeyefan, 15 February 2018

Love Me - Baker, CA 11/15 | by busrbrn
 
Love Me - Baker, CA 11/15: photo by busrbrn, 25 November 2015

Love Me - Baker, CA 11/15 | by busrbrn

Love Me - Baker, CA 11/15: photo by busrbrn, 25 November 2015

Love Me - Baker, CA 11/15 | by busrbrn

Love Me - Baker, CA 11/15: photo by busrbrn, 25 November 2015

New Orleans | by ADMurr

New Orleans: photo by Andrew Murr, 17 February 2018

Foreboding and Forbidden. | by david grim

 Foreboding and Forbidden [Larimer, Pittsburgh]: photo by David Grim, 18 January 2018
 
Foreboding and Forbidden. | by david grim

 Foreboding and Forbidden [Larimer, Pittsburgh]: photo by David Grim, 18 January 2018

Foreboding and Forbidden. | by david grim

 Foreboding and Forbidden [Larimer, Pittsburgh]: photo by David Grim, 18 January 2018 

HH Franz Co. | by ADMurr

HH Franz Co. [Baltimore]: photo by Andrew Murr,, 8 February 2018

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 Albuquerque, New Mexico: photo by Jorge Guadalupe Lizárraga, 9 February 2018

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Albuquerque, New Mexico: photo by Jorge Guadalupe Lizárraga, 9 February 2018

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 Albuquerque, New Mexico: photo by Jorge Guadalupe Lizárraga, 9 February 2018

5 comments:

TC said...

Dylan: John Brown (live 1999)

Eric Andersen: It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Bleeding (Dylan) | In the Woods | NL, 20 August 2003

Eric Andersen: Thirsty Boots, live, private video, Norderstedt, 30 January 2005

Eric Andersen: Violets of Dawn, live w/Steve Addabbo The Turning Point, 6 April 2013

TC said...

'It's not a war. It's a massacre': scores killed in Syrian enclave

Assad regime uses barrel bombs and attacks hospitals in rebel-held eastern Ghouta

Kareem Shaeen in Istanbul for The Guardian Tue 20 Feb 2018

Pro-regime forces continued to bombard the opposition-controlled enclave of eastern Ghouta in Syria on Tuesday, leaving dozens dead, after more than 100 people were killed and hundreds wounded on a day of “hysterical” violence on Monday.

The surge in the killing came amid reports of an impending regime incursion into the area outside Damascus, which is home to 400,000 civilians. More than 700 people have been killed in three months, according to local counts, not including the deaths in the last week.

Five hospitals were also bombed on Monday in eastern Ghouta, which was once the breadbasket of Damascus but has been under siege for years by the government of Bashar al-Assad and subjected to devastating chemical attacks. Two hospitals suspended operations and one has been put out of service.

“We are standing before the massacre of the 21st century,” said a doctor in eastern Ghouta. “If the massacre of the 1990s was Srebrenica, and the massacres of the 1980s were Halabja and Sabra and Shatila, then eastern Ghouta is the massacre of this century right now.”

He added: “A little while ago a child came to me who was blue in the face and barely breathing, his mouth filled with sand. I emptied it with my hands. I don’t think they had what we do in any of the medical textbooks. A wounded child breathing with lungs of sand. You get a child, a year old, that they saved from the rubble and is breathing sand, and you don’t know who he is.

“All these humanitarian and rights organisations, all that is nonsense. So is terrorism. What is a greater terrorism than killing civilians with all sorts of weapons? Is this a war? It’s not a war. It’s called a massacre.”

The death toll of at least 110 in a single day by local counts encapsulated the unbridled violence of the war in Syria. After seven years and interventions by regional and global powers, the humanitarian crisis has heightened instead of abating, as forces loyal to Assad’s regime and his Russian and Iranian backers seek an outright military victory instead of a negotiated political settlement.

Aid workers said the latest violence in eastern Ghouta, where 1,300 people died in 2013 after the Assad regime deployed poison gas, has included the use of notorious barrel bombs. The weapons are so inaccurate that their use is seen as a war crime by human rights watchdogs. The regime has also used fighter jets and artillery bombardment, on top of the punishing siege.

“The situation in eastern Ghouta is akin to the day of judgment,” said Mounir Mustafa, the deputy director of the White Helmets, the volunteer group that rescues people from under the rubble of bombed buildings.

The White Helmets said one of its volunteers, Firas Juma, died on Monday while responding to a bombing.

In Geneva, the UN children’s fund issued a blank “statement” to express its outrage at the casualties among Syrian children, saying it had run out of words.

Medical organisations said at least five clinics and hospitals, including a maternity centre, were bombed on Monday, some of them multiple times. An anaesthetist was killed in the attacks.

“The bombing was hysterical,” said Ahmed al-Dbis, a security official at the Union of Medical and Relief Organisations (UOSSM), which runs dozens of hospitals in areas controlled by the opposition in Syria. “It is a humanitarian catastrophe in every sense of the word. The mass killing of people who do not have the most basic tenets of life.”

kent said...

TC,

Keep our eyes open. I'm here every day.

k

Tom Palmer said...

Interesting that David Grim is capturing the Larimer that I remember and not the ongoing hipster gentrification that has put Pittsburgh on Amazon's top 10 list. "Off Street Parking" is now an all-time favorite picture. Too, JGL can apparently do anything with his camera. Extraordinary pictures here. Missy Prince, elsewhere, is quite a find. Her pictures of the natural world in front of our noses are fine art to me. And thanks for everything in the Fidelity/Melancholy post, which lifted my spirits, Tom -- your poems, artwork, and instructional comment...and YZ included.

TC said...

Thanks k and T, sorry a bit slow here, old and in the way x 1000 anymore... plus one of those Oh No crooked number birth commemoration events coming up, mid predicted horror storm way to go Universe, reminding me.

Tom that Larimer shot was / is there for you, DG was "doing" that part of town, I'll go back there and bring back more of what he saw there asap.

Brokedown america may bot be pretty but at least it's real... real brokedown.

Glad you appreciate JGL, he's #1 american topographic shooter IMHO. As good as he now is in N Mexico, he was pretty good before also, in Portland.

(Light WAY better in NM however... as he'd undoubtedly explain.)

Missy Prince, Portland. Also, I speculate, not a She.

I love it when anybody says anything about the pictures!!

(The pictures = Everything.)