1/3 Now, the old motivator is being trotted out. If you are silent in the face of evil, you aid the oppressor. Or something like that. 2/3 What this chestnut doesn’t say is that maybe the evil you are reacting to is a fake out powers that be want you to react to over react 3/3 They can then continue to do what they intended. It is time to be smart. When you are goaded into foolish action, you are complicit. 10:56 AM – 31 Jan 2017
As you have heard a thousand times by now, we are in deep doo doo. After long narcotizing dysfunction will set in, the powers that be will pause, and continue to line their pockets. When every body is crying wolf, the sheep are confused. This is the plan.
If you can’t say anything good, write a poem. The project for today is a companion to #6WordFortuneCookieAnswers. Some twitterbird started a hashtag, PG copied the results, and a poem was born. The original was 20 lines, which was split in half. Today’s effort is part two.
@BernieSanders We should be looking for guidance now not from pollsters and political consultants, but from leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. @chamblee54 @BernieSanders please take your own advice and shut up you have caused enough damage @commonsense quit looking at twitter and get to work. The spell check suggestion for @BernieSanders is @Bandleaders.
This project may be more work than anticipated. There are few unused folders. The next step is to go into the archives. The folders from 2013 have been little used. The first one to try is a cemetery collection. The first picture went smoothly, but number two is proving troublesome.
The first podcast is a New Yorker story, David Gilbert Reads “Underground”. It is about a New Yorker. He fusses with his bf, has lunch with his mother, and picks up his twin daughters at school. While in the subway station, a homeless man jumps on the train tracks. The hero lives a life that connects to PG at a few points, but overall seems like science fiction.
Today is a good day for podcasts. There are new episodes from You Must Remember This,
Sex with Strangers, and RISK. “Southern Folk: Donna Edwards, Dave Kendall and Randall Robinson share stories of growing up down South.”
Yesterday, the guest on WTF was Robbie Robertson. The Band had always seemed a bit public radio, but Mr. Robertson told a different story. The Hawks were a “other side of the tracks” juke joint band, before they met Bob Dylan. They were a typical band, with heroin, and fights over royalties.
@ChrisCrocker Do not describe people of the Alt-Right as “eccentric” My public hair is eccentric.Call a fucking Nazi a fucking Nazi.@chamblee54 alt-right is a bunch of losers in mom’s basement third Reich would laugh at them calling them fucking nazis is a compliment
More pictures are working. Progress is being made. Sex with Strangers, is the current podcast. This show is titled “War on Porn.” It is about straight, commercial porn. When a performer tests HIV+, the industry shuts down until it is resolved. The last episode of industry related HIV transmission was 2004. The rest of the show deals primarily with a digital content law in the UK, which will largely ban adult content from the island.
The picture is finished now, and posted above. Other than making a tacky picture, there were relatively few interruptions. Before leaving, there is a story to be told.
In 1966, PG’s dad won a tv in a contest. It was black and white, about 19″ diagonally, and had UHF channels… a first for PG. At the time, channel 30 was the only UHF station in Atlanta. About a year later, PG got home from school, and turned the tv to channel 17. At four o’clock, a commercial from an ad agency played, followed by a movie, “Della.” It would be a few years before billboard company owner Ted Turner bought channel 17.
Getting back to that sunday afternoon when a new tv arrived. This was the first season for the Atlanta Falcons. That sunday afternoon, they played the Packers in Green Bay. This team was coached by Vince Lombardi, and was on track to win the first NFL-AFL championship, later known as the Super Bowl. The Packers beat the Falcons 56-3. A few weeks later, the Falcons beat the N.Y. Giants, in the original Yankee Stadium. It was the first victory for the Falcons.
display of a link in this facility does not indicate approval of content ~ “At this point in time, that statement is no longer operative.” – Myths_Americana ~ Channeling Ron Ziegler ~ Kellyanne Conway Says Spicer Brought ‘Alternative Facts’ ~ @corybooker “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.” Benjamin Franklin ~ (Not) All About the Benjamins ~ Daniel Dennett Presents Seven Tools For Critical Thinking ~ Aaron Mist ~ That quote is disputed. Reddit has a lovely comment. “I doubt anyone has any real evidence whether he said it or not. Probably not worth taking seriously. If someone has a good point to make, they can make it without quoting historical figures.” ~ When You Punch A Nazi In The Face, You Punch Me In The Face ~ Disco Demolition Night: Scenes from the Night Disco Died (or Did It?) at Chicago’s Comiskey Park, 1979 ~ Attack on Alt-Right Leader Has Internet Asking: Is It O.K. to Punch a Nazi? ~ @gawkenn ~ @itspurpl It’s satire piece i hear. @kerryreid With Brooks, I never know. He is a walking self-parody. ~ White Nationalist Richard Spencer Punched In The Face On Camera ~ Fuck Racism, Nazi’s get punched. I thought the picture of Richard Spencer getting punched would make a good hardcore band style shirt. ~ ZAAOMM one star reviews ~ Trump’s Muslim Immigration Executive Order: If We Bombed You, We Ban You ~ war stories ~ The State Department’s entire senior management team just resigned ~ Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (CARW) ~ 5 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Being Offended ~ I used to work in a high school, and I attended a lot of events, because high schools love events the way celebrities love using rehab as a form of apology. At one of these events (I don’t remember what it was — a wet T-shirt contest? I dunno; I was drunk), I was seated in front of two young women who were loudly talking about how racist this particular event was, until an elderly black woman seated behind them leaned forward and, with that infinite dignity and majesty that some old people just have, said, “Excuse me, I’m sorry, could you please shut the fuck up?” Maybe the women were right about the event, but the elderly woman behind them didn’t give a shit because she was there to see the kids, not listen to pompous 20-somethings show off the stuff they learned at their Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites meeting. ~ insult generator ~ How Author Timothy Tyson Found the Woman at the Center of the Emmett Till Case ~ Seriously.TV @OfficialSrslyTV ~ Dylan Marron is a Condescending Douchebag ~ Shutting Down BS about Autism 2 ~ When they go low, we go high’ ~ Trump will lose, but conservatism will win (unless we stop it) ~ Curmudgeons Day ~ A Hunting Story ~ @dylanmarron Being called out publicly when you think you’re “woke” sucks. But it’s helpful, too. Here’s my experience: ~ You are blocked from following @dylanmarron and viewing @dylanmarron’s Tweets. Learn more ~ I saw something about your twitter account. I decided to go look at it. I had never contacted you in any way. When I got to your account, I was blocked. This is a shitty way to treat people. Luther Mckinnon @chamblee54 ~ @anidiotsopinion alternative facts is the new check your privilege ~ “that statement is no longer operative.” ~ I googled “blood orange hiv” and the first result is from the Washington Post… a corporate media giant that has peddled a few whoppers lately. While I strongly believe this is a hoax, it is a bit discouraging the see the WAPO reporting on it. ~ Actually, that is about as likely as the cherry tree story. ~ At least publicly, Schumer has no worries about his party’s dwindling fortunes among working-class white voters. “For every blue-collar Democrat we lose in western Pennsylvania, we will pick up two moderate Republicans in the suburbs in Philadelphia, and you can repeat that in Ohio and Illinois and Wisconsin.” This is up there with “we will be greeted as liberators.” ~ The state does not have a monopoly on logical fallacies. Breaking windows and healthcare theft are apples and oranges. Drone warfare is a better example of of state sanctioned violence. ~ I would also say that healthcare theft that eventually kills people actually is violence, even if the visual effects are delayed. ~ think you are getting into extra curricular semantics. Yes, health care monkey business does hurt people. But, violence is normally understood to be “behavior involving physical force.” (thank you google) Denial of health care does not qualify. ~ We understand violence differently, Luther. Also from google (interesting that sites that cover violence in this manner that pop up first in search results are from Canada, the UK, Australia): ~ If we are going to use an “expanded” definition of violence, does the government still have a monopoly? Certainly verbal violence is not illegal… if it were, most of us would be in prison. ~ That’s an interesting point ~ @RISKshow as a southerner, i totally understand lady saying “war of northern aggression” & still having friends of color ~ @RISKshow We’d imagine @WhatsRaySaying has heard plenty of that stuff too. ~ @SenSanders you made a big mistake by trying to divide us by race you helped a far worse actor get elected ~ All The Goodness Once A Week Don’t leave me! Sign up to get Blazing Center goodness delivered straight to your inbox once a week. It’s like a free pizza every week. ~ Does anyone else think it is ridiculous & pretentious to refer to a former SOS as “Secretary Clinton”? ~ @TheKevinAllison The thing about comparing Trump to Hitler. He’s not like the scheming, rousing zealot of ’33. He’s more like the batshit raving loon of ’45. ~ This article has a popup ad that will not go away. ~ @conor64 Civil libertarians: overlooking the hypocrisy of partisans because otherwise no one would ever agree with us. ~ @HLMenckenBot One of the strangest delusions of the Western mind is to the effect that a philosophy of profound wisdom is on tap in the East. ~ @SlavojTweezek If you think you have understood me I have not made myself clear. ~ WAPO cannot be trusted. WAPO heard that some bad code was on a laptop at a power plant, and reported that Russia hacked the electric grid. WAPO found an Arkansas newspaper that praised Trump, and reported that the KKK endorsed Trump. ~ Are people fucked up because they do drugs, or do they do drugs because they are fucked up people? ~ resist anagrams as sister ~ i have issue with DJT bc he is a flaming asshole OTOH no DJT followers called me racist, unlike HRC people ~ People I follow on twitter. Some (@jamiedupree @georgiapol_com @ggreenwald @democracynow ) will link you to worthwhile stories. Some ( @openculture @DangerMindsBlog ) will point you in the direction of culture. Other people, of various degrees of respectability, include @anidiotsopinion @realDonaldTrump @GoatThang ~ Free thinker living off the electric grid in the woods. Musician/craftsman. For a living, I restore antique automated musical devices and make music for same. ~ when will @realDonaldTrump throw milo under the bus? ~ @postcrunk millions of americans buying 1984 after “alternative facts” is better than the usual millions of americans buying guns after a mass shooting ~ with or without whatshisname, corporate pubi$hers would publi$h garbage ~ Democrats ran a dirty campaign, and believe they are “going high.” What they did was go stupid. ~ @SlavojTweezek What part of the negation of your deontological reinterpretation of an epistemologically flawed neoliberal dialectic did you not understand? ~ STOP EXISTING, START LIVING! Join hundreds of others who made a commitment to living and not just existing in the world around them today! Don’t be a loser and wait until tomorrow when you can change today. Take advantage now and get a chance to get FREE books and content delivered to your inbox immediately! ~ This track was not found. Maybe it has been removed — Learn more ~ @WernerTwertzog The academic administrators are giving me a wide berth. Perhaps I should reduce my tone of teutonic menace. ~ @realDonaldTrump The U.S. has a 60 billion dollar trade deficit with Mexico. It has been a one-sided deal from the beginning of NAFTA with massive numbers… of jobs and companies lost. If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting. ~ i just got a phone call from a friend he wanted to test the blue tooth car connection for his phone then he got home, the call was disconnected, and he has not been able to make the device work now it works ~ @blakebutler People wonder how christians could support trump but in truth the church has been preparing them with inverted logic for forever ~ I used to work with a machine. The name was TDS. No one knew what that stood for. We called it the tedious. ~ @BettyBowers Steve Bannon, odious, white supremacist peddler of fiction and other propaganda, tells media to shut up. Media responds: “You first.” ~ the demoze did not “go high” in this election ~ What is the answer? Maybe you should post fewer political items, but with more wit and compassion. Speaking to the larger FB “community” I see quite a few things we could eliminate. 1- Quit name calling. You can begin with racist. We need to be united now, not divided by name calling. 2- No more two wrongs make a right memes. Yes, most people use one set of standards for themselves, and another for others. You probably do it yourself. A bit of humility is in order. 3- Don’t be distracted by red herrings. There might be more, but that is a start. ~ Nothing came up for that search, which is a little weird. Maybe check what you searched for and try again. ~ @ggreenwald Yes, exactly. It’s important to distinguish between Trump’s unique evils & where he’s just extending old US policy ~ Please do not disparage other users on this sub. We are all here to learn. ~ fatalities anagrams: fat lie I sat I a false tit ~ @realDonaldTrump The joint statement of former presidential candidates John McCain & Lindsey Graham is wrong – they are sadly weak on immigration. The two… …Senators should focus their energies on ISIS, illegal immigration and border security instead of always looking to start World War III. ~ pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”. ~ selah
This is the second attempt to keep a journal. The first time was friday. At some point, PG saw some dust on an electrical outlet, and tried to brush it off. In so doing, PG turned the switch off. The notes, up to that point, had not been saved, and were lost. Jesus never loses any of his data, because #Jesussaves. (spell check suggestion: suaveness)
The poem today is based on 6 Famous Literary Quotes Everyone Uses Exactly Wrong. These six lines are from famous literature, mostly Shakespeare. The fact that PG has been on a Shakespeare insult binge lately should be of no concern to anyone. The wisdom has been made to fit in 31 character lines. The poem will not be an accurate reproduction.
The first step is to determine the size of the letters. You take the longest line of text, and paste it into the text composition file. You increase the size of the letters. When the letters are as big as they can be, without spilling over into the next line, that is the size of your letters. Today, the font is candara, the size is 44. The inside color is 192 gray, while the border is 96 green. You write this down in your text file, in case you forget later. For more information on text creation, see this tutorial.
Background pictures are mannequins from Perimeter Mall. These plastic people are easy to photograph, if you can just get past the attitude. The images will be jazzed up, so that mama mannequin won’t be embarrassed by her daughter.
Now that the font, size, color, and backgrounds are known. The rest of the process is mechanical. Create the text. Fit the text to the pictures. Save (or export) the final product. At this stage, your enemy is distractions. In an ideal world, you would stay off facebook and twitter, not go to the bathroom, and not take any phone calls. We will see how this goes.
Before the first text file is created, PG goes to twitter. There is a post from @bitchywaiter, flogging a blog post How To Enjoy Being in a Party of 25. He could have summed it up in one word :don’t. The one word option also applies to the decision to read the post.
The downloads folder has a sub folder for podcasts. Typically, PG downloads every episode of a handful of shows, and selected episodes of other shows that catch his eye. These tend to pile up, only to vanish in a fit of binge listening. Maybe today is a good day for fiction. There is “A Visit”… “Richard Powers joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss Steven Millhauser’s “A Visit,” from a 1997 issue of the magazine.” The New Yorker just has a way with words. Fiction podcasts are hit or miss. The batting average is about .300, which is good for baseball, and so so for podcasts.
A few minutes later, the text files have been finished. It is time to check them. Open up every one, and see that it matches the text for that line. To do this, the podcast has been turned off. The story is about a man, going to visit his one time best friend. It seems like an appealing tale, which means PG will finish listening to it.
When PG stopped, he could not resist the temptation to look at facebook. There was a “sponsored” post from Cracked.com. It was the seminal article, 6 Famous Literary Quotes Everyone Uses Exactly Wrong. At one time, Cracked was a cheap imitation of MAD magazine. It has evolved into a clickbait farm. The facebook comeon: “Do you hear that sound? It’s the screams of millions of hipsters as they race for tattoo removal.”
When the text files were checked, there was a mistake. File03 was a duplicate of file02, instead of the text from line03. This is why the files are checked. While correcting this error, another file will be changed. Instead of saying and never the twain will meet, it will read and never mark twain will meet.
Two of the six pictures are finished. The coffee has run out, and will replaced by either tea or water. The story has taken a turn. The old friend is living in a shack. He is married to a frog. They are about to drink wine, out of glasses with Winnie the Pooh characters painted on the side.
Soon the story is over. The man leaves the house after one night, realizing he will never see his friend again. There were no graphic accounts of man/frog intercourse. The moving lips are going to discuss the story, and PG is not going to listen.
January 29 is #curmudgeonsday. Is saying happy #curmudgeonsday appropriate? It is the sunday before the super bowl, and the reality of winter is tough to escape. Maybe PG should finish the poem, and quit looking at twitter.
Once upon a time, videos from Seriously.TV began to appear on facebook. It is not known if Mr. Zuckerberg was paid to promote these videos. One of the more annoying presentations was “Shutting Down Bullsh*t” with Dylan Marron. SDB was annoying Social Justice Jihad, with more logical fallacies than a Bill O’Reilly cocktail hour. Mr. Marron is especially obnoxious. Before long, PG chose to *Hide* SDB, and Dylan Marron.
“Being called out publicly when you think you’re “woke” sucks. But it’s helpful, too.” DM made a video, Shutting Down Bulls!*t about Autism. Some people were not happy with the performance,
“In a recent episode of ‘Shutting Down Bullsh*t’ I sat down with my friend Avery to dispel myths about autism. I also included an interview with his father to help illuminate more about autism from the parent’s perspective. I had no idea that allistic (non-autistic) parents speaking over their children is a harmful trope in the representation of autism. I should have taken the time to know that. That’s on me. … This was particularly tough for me to come to terms with as someone who has been so aware of the silencing that has gone on in my own communities; the centering of cis white masc-presenting men in LGBT representation, the favoring of light skin and Eurocentric features in Latinx culture… the list, sadly, goes on.”
Shutting Down Bullsh*t about Autism 2 followed. Mr. Marron made a comment about “people with autism” and was told, by one of a panel, that she was an autistic person. (Does this person presume to speak for all autistic people?) There are other cringe worthy moments. Is Mr. Marron woke now, or did they just hit the snooze button?
After seeing all this, PG decided to tweet a message to @dylanmarron. PG had never clicked on the DM twitter account, much less left a message. “You are blocked from following @dylanmarron and viewing @dylanmarron’s Tweets.” Pictures today are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.
It started out as joke comments. Thank G-d for secular humanism. ~ You’re welcome. PG got to thinking, and wondered what the punch line was. Is there a difference between G-d and man?
Zen and the art of motorcycle repair says that the division of G-d and man, subject and object, is the dirty work of Aristotle. PG is not philosophically grounded enough to know, but suspects that unity is better than division. Is the earth a unified whole, “thou art that”?
Now, the truth just might be that G-d is separate from man. While unity may sound appealing, it might not be the way things operate. Just because a belief makes you happy does not mean that it is true. Let no man bring together what G-d has rent asunder.
If there is a division between G-d and man, then where does the boundary lie?
Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.
This is a repost. Is it art?
Richard Spencer was not well known before Inauguration day. He was an alt-right star, who made noise about white nationalism. Mr. Spencer became a national celebrity when he was sucker punched during an interview. Many people label Mr.Spencer “nazi,” and say he deserved it.
@machinegunkelly I’m super proud of all my friends walking in the women’s march today. also proud of whoever punched Richard Spencer in the face
@rembert the coward who punched richard spencer needs to come forward and apologize for cutting me in line
@ItsTonyNow the Nazis who spent all year threatening to put people in ovens are now extremely triggered by Richard Spencer getting laid out
@catchdini “Punch them” is, like, Nazi 101, I don’t see the problem here
@KaraCalavera Who said punching Nazis is wrong? Punching Nazis is the most ‘Murican thing one can do. Captain America does it!
facebook: I think punching that nazi was the wrong approach. Should came at him face first with a baseball bat (15 like, 2 love, 1 ha ha)
Fuck Racism, Nazi’s get punched. I thought the picture of Richard Spencer getting punched would make a good hardcore band style shirt.
@20committee Two months ago, Richard Spencer had trouble getting 200 people to attend his “big” DC event. Now he’s a celebrity. Way to go, antifa!
Many onlookers use “nazi” as a label for Mr. Spencer. Apparently, nazis are so odious that public assault is encouraged. (Mr. Spencer “says he is not a Nazi. In an interview on Saturday, he said he was a member of the alt-right, which he calls “identity politics for white Americans and for Europeans around the world.”) The term nazi is usually used to refer to the Nationalist Socialist party, of Third Reich Germany. These “real” nazis were not people that you should mess with. If you hit one in the face, you would probably get a bullet in return. Calling Richard Spencer nazi is a bit of a stretch.
PG saw this, and was horrified. If it is ok to punch nazis today, who is the target tomorrow? Are we a civilized people, or have we descended to the level of der fuhrer? Internet logic (oxymoron alert) did not take kindly to this. @chamblee54 #RichardSpencer it is now OK to hit someone because you disagree with them we are less civilized than we were before @adamd243 Punching Nazis is how we saved civilization before, buddy.
A facebook friend was disturbed by the spectacle. In the comments, someone went full Godwin and produced an alleged Hitler quote. ““Only one thing could have stopped us – if our adversaries had, from the first day, smashed with the utmost brutality the nucleus of our movement.” A reddit thread comes to the consensus that the quote is fake. There was a lovely comment: “I doubt anyone has any real evidence whether he said it or not. Probably not worth taking seriously. If someone has a good point to make, they can make it without quoting historical figures.”
Twitter had a link to an essay, When You Punch A Nazi In The Face, You Punch Me In The Face. The essay said many of the things PG felt. We are a civilized people. When you hit one person, you are also hitting me. The essay was great, until you got to the last line. “Gawken is a satirical publication.”
Some times you just want to give up. Pictures for this commentary on internet badassery are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.