Pic of the day: Dragon Rising to the Heavens (Ryu Sho Ten), by Ogata Gekko
(Attribution: Adam Cuerden)
Note: I fucking hate tossing attributions for pics anywhere on this site, which is why I almost always use art with expired copyrights, and always from Wikimedia commons. This pic gets one because despite the fact that it was created in 1897 by a brilliant artist, this putz adam whatsisface did some resto work on the original and gets to act like its his and wants it attributed to him. Like he created the fucking original. Asshole. Please. Next time leave the original alone. The artist who created the original should be the only one to get credit.
If nothing substantive has been changed you cannot be said to have made it your own, hence it makes a sham of Gekko’s work that someone did some paint by numbers work on this and gets copyright status for it. This is roughly equivalent of saying you made the car yourself and want credit for it because you put tint on the fucking windows and changed out the spark plugs. Ya it took time and there was work involved. So what? It’s bullshit. It’s silly stupid self-centered bullshit, and it’s wrong.
I’m sure he’s a nice guy, and a helluvan artist in his own right. I’m just saying this seems an abuse of the concept of copyright law, no matter how legal. He deserves it not.
’T is all men’s office to speak patience
To those that wring under the load of sorrow;
But no man’s virtue nor sufficiency,
To be so moral, when he shall endure
The like himself.
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, act v, scene i, Leonato
The RNC cancelled most of today’s fun at the convention due to the hurricane that was supposed to be barreling at them at breakneck speed. They did that because they are uniquely sensitive to hurricanes and their aftermath, after Dubya told NOLA to go fuck itself in 2007. The Republicans turned that whole city into a disaster area by being so damn slow in response.
Killed thousands doing it, all in the name of the political concept that is so central to our curious breed of American fascism.
Seems they did it wrong this time though, necessary though it was. The Hurricane is currently intensifying in the gulf of Mexico and will in all likelihood make landfall Wednesday morning, though NOLA will be feeling it before that. So while they are finishing day twos festivities, NOLA will be hunkering down.
Missed Tampa by a wide margin, though.
Meaning that they took today off so they could… watch the weather channel? Tampa got rain. Some rain, still are. But they always get rain. They got some wind. They’re off the water, they get wind. Nothing substantive from what I could tell, nothing gale force or stronger. As far as I can tell New York city got more rain in an hour than Tampa got all day today. Then again it was pouring cats and several other types of docile house-broken four legged hairy tailed mammals out here today. Got around 3 inches of rain in an hour. I know, I was in it. Damn near destroyed my umbrella and my shoes may never get dry. Gotta wear them to work tomorrow too…
But I digress…
The convention should be a blast for all those involved, rain or no, hurricane or no. Everyone there will (wrongly) call President Obama a Socialist and a Kenyan and a Muslim. They’ll say he’s raised taxes when he hasn’t. They’ll say he’s killed jobs when all he’s killed is Osama Bin Laden. They won’t give him credit for it, or anything good that’ happened in America over the last few years. But that’s OK. That’s what they do. Wouldn’t expect anything less from them.
Even though he’s a capitalist baptist Hawaiian tax cutting job creator. They can’t tell people that though, or that lil shit Mitt would lose by 40,000,000, instead of the 1 or 2 mill that he can win (or lose) by if these Un-American fascist bastards keep lying about our President.
They’ll shout themselves hoarse for a formerly liberal Massachusetts governor who put through universal healthcare for all, while decrying the President and his universal healthcare, vowing to destroy it. They’ll shout for the guy who ran Bain capital, a company that bought companies, sold off the best bits and killed the rest, resulting in thousands of jobs being lost.
Have fun, kids! I know I will! 🙂
That’s it from here, America. G’night!