Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Walk in the Meadow -OR- Saturday In Split Realities

A picture of a wildflower meadow in Northamptonshire, England at Coton Manor Garden, although I changed the  image ratio somewhat.

A number of the pictures in this entry are from that website.

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OK, so it's Saturday early afternoon as I start to write this. I'm feeling kinda headached and crappy from my Nellie's night last night. No, nothing bad happened there -- just the usual weekend night, although the place was so mobbed you couldnt't move. Going to gay bars, esp. in D.C., I am quite used to this, but it can be unpleasant.

My week was, eh, OK, although yesterday ended up rather productive.

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Copyright: Baltimore, Hon

So I had a request from the photographer Jason Wilson | Metroscap, Ltd., to attribute to him and his website the image of the Baltimore, Md., night time skyline that I posted in my blog entry on Jan. 15, 2012. You may read his comment and see my update there. In the end, I may have to remove the picture anyway, if only because I couldn't refrain from a political comment when providing the requested attribution.

BALTIMORE! (This is a lovely picture on what looks to be a breezy and pleasant early fall day in what is a rather crappy city. Sorry.)

I'll have to explain my first encounter with Baltimore circa late 1975 at age 5 when I was living in New Jersey and my mom took me there shortly after Christmas and just before we left for Belgium (although I soon returned to New Jersey). It was at night and involved a ghastly house in the slummy Brooklyn section of the city on Bristol Avenue. It was traumatizing.

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As for the request for attribution, that's fine, but this quickly gets into the kind of American-style "contract law" issue that sends little Wall-P into orbit at the prospect of making the world a tangled and life-draining legalistic morass or briar patch ...

... because it creates the illusion of something profound that he controls when in fact it is all crap just for the sake of the ruling corporate oligarchical overclass whose bidding his sort do, all while making huge amounts of money.

"Eh. Eh. Iswhatitis. Scalia said so. Proves it. Luck."

All that aside, the one thing that annoys me, though, is that Jason Wilson's visit was not recorded by my StatCounter. In addition, my StatCounter site meter seems to miss all visits from iPhones, iPads, Blackberries, and the like. In the past, it used to capture them.

Another image of buttercups in a wildflower meadow in the same Coton Manor Garden in Northamptonshire, England.

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Nixing Weekend Shut-In Plans ...

My original plan was not to post a big update now because I'd sort of like to get up and get ready and take a walk, or at least be outside of this apartment today.

Common blue butterfly, Coton Manor Garden, Northamptonshire, England.

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The late moring / early afternoon has been a cloudy, cool one (temps around 50F) and there is the chance of very needed rain tonight, although the system now doesn't look very impressive -- and it's remarkable the frequency with which batch after batch of rainfall (as in dying MCS's and precip. associated with clippers, waves, frontal boundaries, and general low pressure systems have been missing shitty D.C. in the past 6 months.

As for today, I actually had hoped it would be sunny (yes, sunny) in the morning so I could take a nice walk but that didn't happen -- if only because I didn't get up until noon and it was cloudy. As it is, I'm rather tired right now and I may just go back to sleep for a while.

The Sterling (LWX) NWS radar, base mode reflectivity, 1:35PM EDT, April 28, 2012. Yet another batch of precip. missed D.C.

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Must Read Reminder: Paul Krugman

Oh, yes, as a periodic reminder, you should be reading Paul Krugman, both his daily blog and his twice weekly op-ed columns in The New York Times available online. The latter includes the one yesterday on the death of the confidence fairy -- but why that won't change the destructive all-austerity course politicians and policy-makers in Europe and the U.S. are on.

Best quote from that piece:

"So we're now living in a world of zombie economic policies -- policies that should have been killed by the evidence that all of their premises are wrong, but which keep shambling along nonetheless. And it's anyone's guess when this reign of error will end."

SELAH!

Austerity and Growth 2008 - 2012, Germany, France, and the GIPSI countries. This image is taken from Prof. Krugman's blog entry earlier this morning.

Real government expenditures (at all levels) of goods and services (not including transfer payments). This image -- taken from one of his blog entries yesterday -- shows the austerity underway in the U.S., which is acting counter to the (inadequate) Obama stimulus efforts, and it reveals the GOP talking point about "Socialist" Obama's "vast expansion" of government to be the Big Lie you know it is. But don't expect the whore-corporate media to notice or call them on that.

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You would think the Europeans would know better, or at least the British. I mean, you expect outright lunacy from the present-day American Republican Party and not much better from wussy milquetoast corporate Democrats. But you expect more from Europeans and the British.

At a very deep level, though, I think the reason this is the chosen course is because deflationary economics benefits aforementioned corporate oligarchical overclass.

As for Prof. Krugman, to quote a colleague and friendly acquaintance of mine who also reads him, "I'll stop reading Krugman when he stops being right all the time."

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Fringe Fest

My colleague and friend DD has been trying to get me to watch the show Fringe and I caught part of it last night. And to that question I posed in a recent blog entry about what the Statue of Liberty would look like if cleaned of her oxidized copper green patina, this show features a parallel Universe / Earth where that is just such the case.

The premise of the show is rather complicated and involves the FBI and a bridge between two parallel Earths that are almost exact except the U.S. in the other one is more authoritarian, polluted, and dystopic (although the 9/11 attacks never happened).

Image from Fringe TV show showing the oxidized copper green patina-free bronze Statue of Liberty on parallel Universe Earth in parallel New York Harbor, parallel United States.

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Six-spot Burnet moth, Coton Manor Garden, England

OK, that's all for now. I think I'll get up, get ready, and go outside after all.

--Regulus (and the Confidence Fairy)

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