Re-Post from June 9, 2014: 

In “Police Violence and the American gulag” Andre Damon gives a sampling from across the country of recent gratuitously murderous attacks by the police against vulnerable citizens.

* Last week, an Atlanta SWAT team critically wounded a one-year-

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Mychal Denzel Smith in "No Indictment for Darren Wilson, No Justice for Black Lives":

Protesters in Ferguson should not be calm, as they have been admonished by everyone from the president on down. Michael Brown doesn’t need calm. Black boys and girls who grow up in America need t

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DECEMBER 2, 2014 7:45AM

Compelling Pix (from internet)

My Thanksgiving Day Parade pictures are refusing to exit my camera for some reason.  Grrrrr.  So until I can extract them, here are a few internet pictures I came across and decided to share.  Enjoy!


1 - 11-25-14 ballerina_(3) 


1 - 11-25-14 camera_and_monkey 


1 - 11-25-14 clouds 


1 - 11-25-14 cup 

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According to Erik Sherman in “Restaurant's Decadent Thanksgiving Feast: $35,000 for 4” The Old Homestead Restaurant on Manhattan’s lower west side offered for Thanksgiving a $35,000 celebration for four people ($8,750 a person). The offer extended was to accommodate… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2014 6:14PM

Quotes on the Soul



“Walking was not fast enough so we ran. Running was not fast enough, so we galloped. Galloping was not fast enough, so we sailed. Sailing was not fast enough, so we rolled merrily along on long metal tracks. Long metal tracks were not fast enough,… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2014 8:09AM

Late Fall at Fort Tryon Park, NYC (pix)

Wednesday was a cold but bright and blessedly windless day.  Two work friends and I decided to explore Fort Tryon Park.  I went armed with my camera and wasn't disappointed.

1 - 11-21-14 great shadow 

1 - 11-21-14 beautiful simple Hudson 

 Fort Tryon Park is 67 acres situated on the ridge of Upper Manhattan.  The mai… Read full post »


This is a response to your comment to me on your "What's the Difference" blog.

Thank you for addressing me from your late posted comment in a manner that was not personally condescending. It meant a lot. I will try to maintain that tone in my comment to you whichRead full post »

This was posted on FDL back in 12-5-09 

FWIW: This is a fast and personal anecdote.

This past Thursday morning, my brother’s mother-in-law, who is having serious health problems, received an early morning phone call from a young woman claiming she was her only granddaughter, with whom the

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NOVEMBER 15, 2014 10:50PM

Wise Words on Stupid War by David Swanson

Excerpts from "The World Gets the Wars Americans Deserve" by David Swanson:

... the general impression one gets from traveling around and speaking and answering questions at public events in the United States is not so much that people are indifferent to the destruction of the globe as long as

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Frozen with frustration
I lie
having locked out the world
Future atonement
for the aloneness,
but the clock
in need of winding --
or rather, un --
for me to cope with
what I’ve become.

Cajole my soul,
oh worthy man,
to touch this world
with my own hand.
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Excerpts from “Fear of Life” by Alexander Lowen, M.D., Collier Books:

The neurotic individual is in conflict with himself or herself.

Neurotic character has a broken spirit and a fear of life

In adapting a child to the culture, sometimes the parent breaks the child’s spirit.… Read full post »

 Anti-War Haiku


Soldiers’ Soon Enough Epiphany

Needing illusion,

they trust one cares there on high

brass totem. Dream on.



Under coffin's lid

lies still another stiff kid

lied to by country.


Peace, Hegemony-style

Redacting c… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2014 1:12AM

More Random Psychology: Betrayal Bonds

Here are some more random quotes from skimming another from my stockpile of psychology books I am about to donate: 

The Betrayal Bond by Patrick J. Carnes, PhD

Abandonment is at the core of addictions.

Little acts of degradation, manipulation, secrecy and shame on a daily basis take their toll.&Read full post »

It always resonates the pace of “Lucy and the chocolate factory” manic-ness, US-government, often with NATO, produced chaos and misery around the world, not to mention the chaos and misery from our own government on us domestically.

We collectively are easily numbed out by the "velocitizaRead full post »

I am in the process of sorting through and donating some old psychology and self-help books.  I intend to jot down and share some interesting tidbits I come across as I do.

Shadow Syndromes by John J. Ratey, MD, and Catherine Johnson, PhD

People who suffer from ADD cannot filter stimuliRead full post »

Shamus Cooke in “Déjà Vu All Over Again: The U.S. Elections: Bi-Partisan Vote Buying. Corporate PR Campaigns” gave me a cynical but enlightening view of what happened re the midterm Republican landslide and what unpleasantly is to come in the next two years of Obam/Read full post »

So after six years, Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning.

Tom Carter in “The legacy of US Attorney General Eric Holder” writes:

The New York Times editorial board, which was likely notified in advance, immediately issued a statement praising “Eric Holder’s Legacy.&r

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William Rivers Pitt in "True History of Blowback in One Sentence" [with illustrations mostly from internet]:

Since you're probably wondering why the Canadian Parliament was shot up and your friendly neighborhood police officer is driving a tank and your savings account is a sad joke and your roa

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NOVEMBER 4, 2014 12:15PM

RePost: Dem Lemming Love for Hillary?

A doting Hillary and Bill Clinton gave their big baby girl Chelsea a $3 million wedding in 2010. Chelsea Clinton wore a strapless Vera Wang gown with a beaded waistline. Vera, of course, attended the wedding.

Petty of me to lead with this? I don’t know. Seems like the amount ofRead full post »

Re-Post from 3-23-13: 

Oliver Knox on January 18, 2013 published this in his article in yahoo news “Bidens head to crisis-hit Europe”:

Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will travel to Germany, France and Britain, the White House announced.
This will be no pleasure cruise, and/

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Gary Leupp has written an enlightening and enraging article entitled “Not Behind Bars, Friends Still in Power, Iraq Destroyed: The Gloating of the Neocons” underscoring how the realpolitik motivation for what he calls “the greatest crime of the twenty-first century so far&rdquo/Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2014 10:53PM

Humor to the Gallows and Back

[gifts from the internet]

1. Most Blues begin with: "Woke up this morning..."  
2. "I got a good woman" is a bad way to begin the Blues, unless you stick something nasty in the next line like, "I got a good woman, with the meanest… Read full post »
OCTOBER 29, 2014 9:12PM

2014 Election & Plutocratic Psychopathy

Barry Grey and Patrick Martin in “The US elections and the American plutocracy” declare that the Democratic and Republican parties agree on austerity, government spying, tax breaks for the rich and war.

Hunger, homelessness, joblessness, Detroit’s bankruptcy are not worth serioRead full post »

Crane spotting on a lovely Fall Saturday early morning.  (No, not the bird.  This is NYC!!!)  About to head east.
01 - 10-27-14 big crane
Ricky's store, this week's supplier for Halloween celebrations.  Superman looking solid and strong.  Passersby sometimes enjoy posing… Read full post »

Sometimes the perfect photo shots serendipitously come to us.

Years and years ago one of my brothers gifted me with a "magic camera". Far more expensive than one I would have invested in on my own. A so-called idiot proof, point and click one. A beautiful, small -- seriously small --… Read full post »