Which Days?

Pic of the day:  In The Clove, by Jasper Cropsey

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Human beings are unable to be honest with themselves about themselves. They cannot talk about themselves without embellishing.

Akira Kurosawa

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Viddy of the day:  Death –  Trapped in a Corner (Live in Eindhoven 1998) (High Quality)

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Had my final day on the job today for the year.  I used up all my time there for the year, and can’t work there again until January.  Had a good day as well.  Busy as hell, and I busted my ass today too.  That felt good.

I know, I know, I go on endlessly about work.

About the lack of it.

But ya know, this time I kind of did this myself.  In early September I was told I had about 30 days worth of work left for the year, and was told I could work those final days however I wanted, a little bit at a time over the length of the year, or as much as possible as fast as possible.  I went with the second.

And ya know what?  I think I did it right.  If I did this the other way, lil bit at a time, I would never had had the money to pay bills, and would have been under considerable financial stress all year long.  Not to mention it would be really difficult to look for another job while having an uncertain schedule.  “3 days work a week, but which days?”  makes for a not knowing what days I can do an interview.  The other way I know which days I’m working, and as a consequence which ones I’m not, and can schedule interviews for the off days.

And it looks like I will have another interview soon, due to talking to shippers where I worked until the end of today (and should I not land anywhere before January, where I will be again after January.)

I had a great time working for the people I worked with.  And I hope I end up working with a crew as good as the crew I worked with this year.

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Repeat after me:  Paul Ryan got his ass kicked last night. Knew Super Joe could handle Ryan. Go Joe!

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Repeat after me:  The Orioles bats were weak all week, and even with some insanely good pitching, still could not beat Raul Ibanez and the New York Yankees.  Gotta play Raul every day against the Tigers. Every day.

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That’s it from here, America.   G’night.

Eye Of The Sparrow

Pic of the day:  Nocturne in Black and Gold The Falling Rocket, by James McNeill Whistler

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Rhetoric, it seems, is a producer of persuasion for belief, not for instruction in the matter of right and wrong … And so the rhetorician’s business is not to instruct a law court or a public meeting in matters of right and wrong, but only to make them believe.

Plato, Gorgias

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The day of the Vice Presidential debate  I find this viddy.  Good stuff from Badlipreading.  This viddy is titled Eye of the Sparrow.  Funny stuff.  Enjoy.

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I am flipping between the Steelers – Titans game, and the Yankees-Orioles game at this point.  Every once in a while I’m going to the  V.P. debate.  I’m not going crazy tonight like I was the first Presidential debate.  I’ve got faith in Joe Biden.  Joe’s been in the trenches fighting a war of words with opponents better than the man he is talking with tonight since the President was a kid.  He can handle Ryan.

Plus my head is simply not in it tonight.  I’m much more focused on tomorrow, my final day of the year at my current job.  And it is going to be a busy one as well.  No cruising through my last day.  Kinda like it like that.  I was brought in to work, I love working hard, and they like that so they get me real work.

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I have not run in 3 weeks, not since September 21st, due to knee issues.  I think I am ready to start up again.  Just saying that feels good.

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That’s it from here, America.  G’night

Monkey, Cats, and Einstein

Pic of the day:  Monkey and Cats, by Yu Yuangji (11th century)


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Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

Albert Einstein

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Viddy of the day:  Albert Einstein Radio interview 1940

The  mindset spoken of in this video in general, and in particular beginning around the 4th minute of this video seems to be missing in America nowadays.  But then again, people and times have changed.  We have become more selfish, less good to one another.

Just, tolerant, and reasonable; to use the phrase at the end of the viddy, that is what we were, and what we must be again if we are to regain our greatness as a nation.  It is doable.  And I think we will, but it will take time and patience on the part of those of us who believe in that vision of America to get those who want to divide us to stop being divisive and work for the greater good of America, and not just the selfish aims of selfish individuals.

Just thinking out loud…

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Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.

Albert Einstein

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That’s it from here, America.  G’night.

A Quick Look At Last Night’s Festivities From the RNC

Pic of the day: Jabberwocky, by John Tenniel

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The charlatan takes very different shapes according to circumstances; but at bottom he is a man who cares nothing about knowledge for its own sake, and only strives to gain the semblance of it that he may use it for his own personal ends, which are always selfish and material.

Arthur Schopenhauer, Parerga and Paralipomena

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There is actually much less to grasp a hold of and actually talk about in Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech at the RNC last night than there was in Paul Ryan’s speech the night before. There was simply much less meat in the speech, less actual talk about what he would do.

He did attack the President in a few places, but they were pretty damned weak attacks, I have gone after the President harder than Mitt Romney did last night.

He made a big point of saying that America isn’t better off now than it was 4 years ago. And I can tell you from personal experience that that is a hairy load of bulllshit. 4 years ago the economy was hemorrhaging hundreds of thousands a jobs a month, the stock market was in the shitter, and Oil was at $147 dollars a barrel back then.

Oil is still to damned high, but it is lower in price, as low as the market will allow it to fall. The Job market has not skyrocketed, obviously. But what has happened is that it has stabilized. Is it growing? No. Should it be growing? Maybe. With the amount of shock the American financial system took thanks to the laissez-faire system that the Bush ownership society foisted on us, it is mighty hard for me to imagine things ever really coming back the way they were.

McCain would not have been able to do better. No one could have done more, and with less than President Obama has with the economy, given what he had to work with, and how unwilling the Republicans were to work with him on anything. Never did they come up with a coherent plan to help, just partisan bullshit that was hostile towards the American dream.

For eight years, The Republicans created a new normal like Pinochet created a new normal in Chile when he took over there. Chile was financially much stronger before Pinochet. It was much more vibrant and robust, like America was Pre-Dubya. Pinochet, like Dubya and the Republicans took over and wrecked the place, destroyed the economy and the nation. Difference between Pinochet and the Republicans of the first 8 years of this century in America is that in America they didn’t need to use a military junta to impose their bullshit on the people.

And that in a nutshell is what Romney wants to bring back to America.

Pinochet without all the disappearing people.

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Now some specifics.

Romney says the President’s tax hikes on small business will eliminate jobs. That despite the fact that there have been 18 small business tax cuts, and the bulk of stimulus money went to small businesses. Mitt needs to read up on reality before speaking.

Mitt said that the Presidents assault on coal, oil and gas will send manufacturing jobs oversees. For a reality check, note that during the end of the Bush administration, oil went as high as $147 a barrel. Right now, WTI crude futures are at $96.47 a barrel. We are now less dependent on foreign oil than we have been in years. We are producing more oil than we have in nearly a decade. There are more American oil rigs working now than have ever worked before.

Tell me again how the President is assaulting oil and gas? Oh, and coal? The coal industry is stronger under the President. More people are working in the coal industry. The stimulus put billions of dollars into coal mining, and there is an emphasis being put in the industry not only to burn coal in a more clean manner (despite all the rhetoric there is no such thing as clean coal, but apparently they’re trying to get it cleaner) and make work conditions safer for the workers who do the dangerous work there.

So much for that point. Many of Mitt’s points against the President were of this variety, the easy to dismiss variety.

The speech mirrored Mr. Romney pretty accurately. Mitt is easy to dismiss and is full of crap, just like his speech.

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And thank you Mr. Eastwood for bringing us Invisible Obama and Eastwooding.

You are a good man, Mr. Eastwood, with the courage of your convictions, and you showed that last night. The speech was a flop though. You muffed it, pretty badly. All the stopping and starting, and hemming and hawing sounded bad. You sounded like a down on his luck actor who has forgotten his lines. Because you had. Should’ve stuck with the script though, Clint. That’s what it’s there for.

For inadvertent comedy though… dude. You win. You. Just. Win. You should smile, Mr. Eastwood, at last nights speech.

Then go have a therapeutic yell at some other invisible people in fine bentwood chairs. Bentwood is just a personal choice on my part, you can use whatever style you like. Just don’t let’em tell you to go fuck yourself. No reason to take that kind of abuse, none at all.

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I’ll always think of you as The Outlaw Josey Wales, Mr. Eastwood, no matter your intentions last night. You were and are a great and good man, the moment had it’s way with you, that’s all.

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That’s it from here, America. G’night.

Schiele/Vidal

Pic of the day, part i:  Death and The Maiden, by Egon Schiele

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The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western World. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity — much less dissent.

Gore Vidal,  A View from the Diner’s Club

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Damn I am tired.  After spending the day running around, from 7:00 am when I got up to now, 16+ hours later, I have nothing left, so, as a consequence, I think a short video about Egon Schiele I found on Youtube.  And that’s about it.  Gore Vidal can supply the political commentary for the night.

My commentary on the political world tomorrow, methinks. For now enjoy the art, I’m going to bed.

Viddy of the day:  EGON SCHIELE

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Pic of the day, part ii:  Porträt von Wally, by Egon Schiele

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It is notable how little empathy is cultivated or valued in our society. I put this down to our traditional racism and obsessive sectarianism. Even so, one would think that we would be encouraged to project ourselves into the character of someone of a different race or class, if only to be able to control him. But no effort is made.

Gore Vidal, Screening History

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That’s it from here, America.  G’night.