Sunday, February 26, 2017

Learning Braille

This is correct:
I’m going to have a lot more to say about the Democratic party, neoliberals, Obama and Clinton later, for now I simply note that the most important thing, for those who control the liberal party, is retaining control over the liberal party.
I note also that they genuinely believe in neoliberalism. They genuinely don’t want a $15/minimum wage and will only grudgingly give on something as basic (and really, minor to them) as that.
They want Americans poor. They want the poor to stay poor. They want the middle class to decline.
I mean this exactly as I say it: the policies they prefer make the middle class poor, and make the poor poorer and have for 40 years.
This is who they are. This is what they want.
They are the enemy of all people who prioritize any form of kindness to other human beings.  Whether they are better than Trump is irrelevant, they’re just another group of enemies.

New New Pornographers. Neko Case's voice, lordy.

Before this gets turned into another thing where the establishment Democrats posture as the reasonable adults victimized by the assaults of those left-wing baddies, let’s just be very clear about what happened here. It was the establishment wing that decided to recruit and then stand up a candidate in order to fight an internal battle against the left faction of the party. It was the establishment wing that then dumped massive piles of opposition research on one of their own party members. And it was the establishment wing that did all of this in the shadow of Trump, sowing disunity in order to contest a position whose leadership they insist does not really matter.

The establishment wing has made it very clear that they will do anything and everything to hold down the left faction, even as they rather hilariously ask the left faction to look above their differences and unify in these trying times. They do not have any intent of ceding anything — even small things they claim are mostly irrelevant — to the left wing.

Of course, that’s their prerogative and there is nothing underhanded about trying to beat your ideological opponents in a fair election. But if they do not care about the left, the left should not care about them.
Alt-right tree in Meadowside, MOCO, we didn't have a lot of time yesterday, were near, haven't been there since an Epod in the late seventies. Ask Elric, he was there.


Jean Valentine

People pray to each other. The way I say "you" to someone else,
respectfully, intimately, desperately. The way someone says
"you" to me, hopefully, expectantly, intensely ...
—Huub Oosterhuis
You       who I don’t know       I don’t know how to talk to you   

—What is it like for you there?

Here ... well, wanting solitude; and talk; friendship—
The uses of solitude. To imagine; to hear.
Learning braille. To imagine other solitudes.
But they will not be mine;
to wait, in the quiet; not to scatter the voices—

What are you afraid of?

What will happen. All this leaving. And meetings, yes. But death.   
What happens when you die?

“... not scatter the voices,”

Drown out. Not make a house, out of my own words. To be quiet in   
another throat; other eyes; listen for what it is like there. What   
word. What silence. Allowing. Uncertain: to drift, in the
restlessness ... Repose. To run like water—

What is it like there, right now?

Listen: the crowding of the street; the room. Everyone hunches in   
against the crowding; holding their breath: against dread.

What do you dread?

What happens when you die?

What do you dread, in this room, now?

Not listening. Now. Not watching. Safe inside my own skin.
To die, not having listened. Not having asked ... To have scattered   

Yes I know: the thread you have to keep finding, over again, to   
follow it back to life; I know. Impossible, sometimes.


  1. the istanbul cat movie you were planning to see - did it show people being cruel to cats? did it show cats catching smaller animals for the purposes of participating in the cycle of life?

    1. Had a wonderful dinner in Baltimore w Planet & Air & Hamster instead. Gonna try for this week.

  2. something much like this was said at a music theory class at a local community college recently

    the students asked the professor, "do you use spotify to listen to music?"

    he said, "no - i don't listen to music much, quite frankly - and i hate it when someone invites me to dinner and plays classical music in the background thinking it will please me - it irritates me, actually - when not speaking with students during my office hours i am studying scores and memorizing music for my conducting duties - so i get enough music while working"