Monday, September 22, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Despite appeals to Braveheart-style radicalism, and the romantic tug of finally steering their ship of state themselves, I think the Scots will vote to stay in the U.K., in today's historic referendum... More tomorrow.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

2 Boots

I saw these wonderful boots on the 2 train, tonight!

What A Surprise

"I hear that there are a thousandfold new suicidal religious maniacs out to get us".

Once upon a time, the United States was attacked by a bunch of suicidal religious maniacs, who hijacked passenger jets and flew them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and abortively, into a field in Pennsylvania.

The U.S. President, infamously obtuse about his lack of foreign policy smarts up until Sept. 11th, 2001, ordered attacks against the attackers' training camps in Afghanistan -- fair enough -- and then railroaded the world into the invasion of Iraq.

Many were the voices, high and low, that cried: "don't do it! You'll regret it! You're going to topple a nasty regime and find it replaced by a worse one! Or worse still, you'll topple a nasty regime -- which had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks anyway -- and unleash a thousandfold new suicidal religious maniacs! And perhaps a couple of generations will be born, will blossom, then wither away, before this big, fat, but entirely preventable problem, recedes."

And yet, for someone as well informed as a U.S. President, life is full of surprisis.

There's (Not Enough) Something In The Water

There's a piece in today's NY Times about Lithium, the chemical element that has been prescribed for certain types of depression for years. It seems that Lithium is in fact present in nature, by no means abundantly, but in trace amounts that might in fact have some small affect via drinking water... 

Most interesting was this, from the comments section:
I can't speak to the benefits of taking lithium, but I can relay a story related to drinking lithium water. There's a hot springs in New Mexico that has a lithium spring. The entire hot springs is devoted to relaxation and increased calm, so I can't speak specifically to the effects of lithium water and its ability to lower one's level of anxiety or depression. However, I can speak to the effects that it had on the vividness of one's dreams ... and this was an effect that all of my family members reported ... we had the most incredibly vivid and realistic dreams when drinking the lithium water. When the lithium water was not available, no vivid dreams. When it was available, vivid dreams occurred.
This too:
7-Up was originally called Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda and contained lithium citrate right up until 1950. In fact, it’s been suggested that the 7 in 7-Up refers to the atomic mass of the lithium.
When I checked, the atomic mass of lithium is in fact 6.94, which might be rounded up to 7, but do chemists routinely work with averaged numbers and inexact figures? Probably not.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The End Of One Thing and The Beginning Of Another

Covert Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn. 

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Friday, September 05, 2014

"And Our Little Lives Are Rounded With a Sale"

How quickly did joy [HAMSTER SALE $5.00!!!] become despair[SOLD OUT...], as like the… the… the turn of a wheel?! 

Monday, September 01, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Great Lakes

A well-known feature of North American geography is its Great Lakes, five in total, Superior, Huron, Ontario, Michigan and Erie, seen below during early winter.

There are other freshwater places in our world, worthy of the name 'Great Lakes'. In Mongolia, for example:

Although these great lakes are fast drying up, and so are 'great' only in the past tense. 

In central, eastern Africa, there are more Great Lakes: that is Lake Victoria, above. Like the North American ones, these are in fact quite vast, inland freshwater seas. 

Friday, August 22, 2014


Paul's new LG 55" 'BrainSucker' Television had no trouble finding its first victim: me! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Yellow Cabs, Steam Venting, Vermillion Monsters

Mid-afternoon, Midtown Manhattan, East 52nd Street… 

Suddenly, chickens above my head. 

Other creatures, too…

…monstrous things,…


…serpents, and from the corner of my eye, I saw the Medusa! (Did you SEE what she was WEARING??)

These are the Greek Monsters, on display at the Onassis Foundation: 
The Greeks knew that they must face their monsters, look them in the eye (even with a mirrored shield, as Perseus does with Medusa), and destroy them. Because they were, in a way, externalized concepts of what lay within every human being, these ‘monsters’ must be first acknowledged, then vanquished.
The Greek Monsters may be seen in the atrium of the Olympic Tower, 645 Fifth Avenue, at East 52nd Street.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sic semper tyrannis!

This shocking photograph was taken in the small American city of Ferguson, Miss., a suburb of St Louis, Miss.: race riots continue after police shot and killed a black teenager; Ferguson city population: 22,000 people, 60% black; the police department: of 53 police officers, 50 are white. They need the same reformation in policing as we had in Northern Ireland… (not that it makes everyone happy…)…

Anyway, look at those hideous weapons carried by the goons on the right, whose forearms alone are almost as thick as the head of the retreating local on the left. What I want to say will relate to another post, which I haven't written yet.

Supporters of the Second Amendment say that gun ownership is necessary to prevent tyranny, that the government of the day will think twice about messing with you, if you have a gun. This is indeed, a compelling argument, almost touching...

"Gentlemen, do not deliver the severe weather advisory flyer to 345 Knickerbocker Avenue. Mr. Smith has a legally-held hunting rifle, and is known to be a libertarian." 

At times I feel like opening the window and simply roaring with laughter, but I don't want to get shot. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pity the Planet, All Joy Gone

This amused me, in a mirthless way: someone chose the white space to the right of a YouTube ad, "Is Climate Change Irreversible?" to harp on thusly:

Americans unite in support of Hamas freedom fighters, end the blockade, human rights for Palestine, stop Israeli genocide and other war crimes, teenage mutant ninja tortoises, call off US aid to fascist Israel now, Allah Akbar.

What! But I thought climate change was a Zionist plot, too!? 

Friday, August 08, 2014

116th and Broadway