Lens Artists Challenge # 118: Communication

The Lens Artists Challenge this year comes from Horse Addict. She tells a lovely story about a horse, you can read all about it here.

Voting is a form of communication. As of this morning, 3.5 million Californians, a record, have already cast their ballots, according to KPIX5 News.

A smile is a form of communication.

Siblings have a special form of communication.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

The Economist: Voter Suppression

Note on the new WordPress System: it lets you treat your blog like a real news outlet. In other words, you can get people to susbscribe, and limit what’s viewed by people who do not subscribe. btw, once you decide to use this system, there is no trial period. If you decide you don’t, after all, like to be like The New York Times, who actually charge for the privilege of reading an article, you have to trash the entire post, and begin again. As self is doing right now. Because the article on Voter Suppression is that important.

10 October 2020

Allegations of minority voter-suppression are hardly new. They are often . . . hard to prove. Yet Greg Abbott’s action in Texas stands out. On October 1st the Republican governor restricted the number of drop boxes for completed ballots to just one per county. For the 4.7m residents of Harris County, 70% of whom are non-white and liable to vote Democratic, that is a travesty.

Echoing President Donald Trump, Mr. Abbott said this was necessary to prevent voter fraud.

Thirty Days

BIDEN/HARRIS 2020.

Science always wins, in the end.

Rulings, 2020

1 March 2020: In a 55-page ruling, a Federal Judge declared that Ken Cuccinelli had been operating “unlawfully” as Director of Immigration.

14 August 2020: The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Sacramento lifted California’s ban on high-capacity magazines for firearms.

17 September 2020: A Federal judge in Washington State ruled that President Trump and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy are “involved in a politically motivated attack” on the agency that could disrupt the 2020 election.

25 September 2020: A Montana judge ruled that William Perry Pendley, a climate change denier and Trump appointee, be removed from his position as Acting Director of the Bureau of Land Management.

29 September 2020: A San Diego judge ruled that the last two Directors of Homeland Security were appointed “unlawfully.” Kevin McAleenan, Kirstjen Nielsen’s replacement in April 2019, and Chad Wolf, Acting Director of Homeland Security, were both “promoted out of order.” McAleenan, Nielsen’s replacement, was seventh in line of seniority within the agency.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 116: SYMMETRY

P. A. Moed explains the reasoning behind this week’s Challenge:

  • Architects in ancient lands, like Greece, Rome, China, and Egypt, experimented with form and balance.  They discovered that the human eye likes patterns and architectural features that are symmetrical.  That’s why a row of pillars or arches is pleasing to the eye.

In January, self canvassed South San Francisco and Millbrae for Elizabeth Warren. This was the canvassers’ meeting place, in South San Francisco. She chose this picture because of the enthusiasm for Warren, and the two armchairs.

Stumbled on this sculpture on London’s Canary Wharf, last November. Very “Handmaid’s Tale”!!!

Finally, trees of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Ireland. It was October.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

The Economist, 26 September 2020

Voice of America, 1953

from Larry Tye’s Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Sen. Joe McCarthy, Chapter 6:

  • Kaplan was an engineer at the Voice of America and the liaison with MIT on the radio transmitter project that Senator McCarthy was slamming as an instance of deliberate sabotage of America’s propaganda war with the Russians. In the heat of those hearings, early in 1953, Kaplan traveled to Cambridge to talk to the Voice’s MIT advisers. Co-workers say it was a fraught mission for the anxious Kaplan, who, despite the fact that he was merely a middleman, had long worried that he might be dragged into the controversy over the siting of the towers. When he got to MIT, the researchers who could clear things up weren’t available to meet with him. Kaplan came unglued. As he was leaving campus, Henry Burke was driving down the street in his ten-ton trailer truck. “I saw him standing on the sidewalk as if he was ready to cross, Burke told the police later. “I slowed the truck. When (I) got near him, he jumped in front of it.”

Kaplan was, Tye writes, “a fragile target,” under pressure in many areas, not the least of which was a sick wife.

Sen. Joe McCarthy blamed Kaplan’s death on “sinister forces.”

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Border Security

The Economist, 19 September 2020, p. 28:

Presidents worry about border security and deterring illegal immigration. But Miles Taylor, a lifelong Republican and former DHS Chief of Staff, says that Mr. Trump “deliberately told us, on multiple occasions, to implement policies that would maim, tear-gas, and injure innocent, unarmed civilians” trying to cross the border. Mr. Taylor told a podcast hosted by the Bulwark, a right-leaning website, that Mr. Trump wanted the border wall topped with spikes that would “go through their hands and their arms and pierce human flesh.”

Sen. Joe McCarthy 2.0

Replace McCarthy’s name below with Trump, replace ‘the Red Menace’ with Chy-nuh and you have McCarthy 2.0. History repeats itself.

After a bruising battle in the Senate, Joe McCarthy’s primary Democratic opponent, Millard Tydings, was left “exhausted and deflated.” Instead of “muzzling McCarthy, the Tydings Committee had given him a wider stage and a louder bullhorn to name his names.” Somehow, McCarthy “made himself look more like the aggrieved than the aggressor. His murky cause had become an article of canon for Senate Republicans. His audience never was fellow senators, or even the reporters in the gallery, but … chicken farmers and grocers … Ask God-fearing people anywhere who their white knight was in the crusade against the Red Menace and there were no longer ifs and buts, it was the battle-ready Leatherneck, Jousting Joe McCarthy.” (Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy, p. 187)

p. 188: “Joe couldn’t forget a slight … Joe was the one framing the narrative.”

The Politics of Accusation

“I have here in my hand a list of 205 . . . a list of names that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping policy in the State Department.” It wasn’t the first occasion where this senator had whipped up the specter of an enemy within, nor was he the first to try. But this time he grasped something earlier treason-shouters hadn’t: that counting and naming the actual traitors had a frontier justice allure. No matter that the paper he was clutching didn’t justify his numbers or fill in his list . . . When fellow lawmakers denounced his anti-Communist crusade as a hoax, and him as a charlatan, he brazenly doubled down in the broadsides. Abe Lincoln was surely turning somersaults in his tomb . . .

(btw, Abe Lincoln is surely turning somersaults AGAIN, poor man)

” . . . but Joe McCarthy had the issue he needed to snatch the limelight he craved.”

Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Sen. Joe McCarthy, p. 115

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