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NASA-VideoApollo11NASA-VideoApollo11bOriginal NASA videotape of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, to be sold at Sotheby’s.

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OKeeffe-NBOkeeffe-NB2Art aficionados in the NY/Boston area might enjoy an excursion to the New Britain (CT) Museum of American Art, to see The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art, which closes on June 2.

If post-modern art is about self-expression through performance art (selfies on instagram), then O’Keeffe can be seen as one of its progenitors.

MemorialDay19On this Memorial Day, we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and also those architects of American foreign policy (from TR to Bolton) over the years who acted badly — using the US military in wrongheaded ways, and destroying countless lives — while bankrupting the nation and making the world more peace-less.

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“Why had the devil been allowed to walk among us unchallenged, poisoning hearts and minds until it was too late?” Immaculee Ilibagiza, “Left To Tell” (Hay House, 2006)

On this the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, one can see similarities to the way people were educated (deformed) in Rwanda, in the years leading up to the genocide, and the way many Americans are being deformed and filled with resentment today.

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StreetArt19StreetArt19aThis is America.

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Vote18aWatched slack-jawed in Woodside as a ‘translator’ — in the voting booth — tried to show/tell a young (newly arrived) voter who to vote for.

Republican victories today, seemed more a rebuke of progressives run amok than an embrace of the repugnant Trump.

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StreetArt2018America’s leaders are loath to protect against, or even acknowledge, the ill-effects of wireless radiation on the unborn (and born).

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Father'sDay18Since the French Revolution, succeeding generations have been intent on questioning, even demolishing paternal authority (fatherhood) — especially Heavenly Fatherhood — with the result being an epic crisis of identity.

MemorialDayChipperAlso, on Memorial Day we recall the the innocent victims of American ‘justice.’

Roth“Is it me? Is it me  Me Me Me! It has to be me—but is it!” Philip Roth, The Conversion Of the Jews (1959)

Philip Roth (1933-2018) made identity issues — particularly Jewish identity — the centerpiece of his oeuvre, and with it behavior that ultimately undid the ‘self’ he sought to achieve.

Many of the disgraced men in recent times followed Roth’s notions of freedom.

 

RockefellerCollectionRockefellerCollection-AntiquesRockefellerRockefeller2Those interested in antique (brown) furniture, might find some deals among the Rockefeller Collection — with sales going on at Christie’s through May 11.

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TimesSquare04-18Would that the American people had confronted their government’s wicked intervention (and calls for regime change) in Syria, starting in 2011. That once beautiful country has been destroyed by American made weapons. The fact that the U.S. has been allied with Great Britain, in pulverizing Iraq and Syria, is not making America great again. Whatever claim the U.S. might have on greatness came when the U.S. was resisting Great Britain not supporting her.

How viable is a ‘beacon of democracy’ when the people lose control of their government, but more importantly of themselves?

 

NYIAS18cWill to power and the road to hell — no future in that. The better way is to align one’s will, not with demonic possession but with the divine will.

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ChuckCloseIt was announced that the National Gallery Of Art, in Washington, is cancelling an upcoming exhibition of works by American artist Chuck Close, over ‘inappropriate behavior.’

Allowing the show to go on might have been more constructive and instructive, with recent revelations helping to better contextualize Mr. Close’s meditations on identity.

 

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riflemanHamletIt’s become fashionable for ‘elite’ schools in the U.S. to dump Shakespeare from their curriculum, and with it the lessons to avoid bad behavior and tragic-waste outcomes (To be rather than not to be). But judging by the way things are (not), most parents and teachers didn’t get those lessons either.

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NapaFiresStatus quo for the California wine industry has been shown in recent days to be unsustainable. But, hopefully Route #29 and the heart of Napa Valley can be saved from the enveloping flames — with their wines going on to be part of ennobled rather than debased living.

WoodsideMost scientists and theologians would agree that the dominant forces in the cosmos are moving to unfold and gather-up creation (“That all may be one”). Perhaps it can be said that Columbus was an instrument of Providence in the progress of humankind. As things expand they also come together. In the realm of human affairs progress has led to civilizations being born. For civilization to succeed (rather than devolving into nothingness) people need to participate in the common good and truth itself, which includes being grateful for one’s existence.

TrumpProtesters092617bTrumpProtesters092617Back in 1916, at the height of World War I, Dadaism sought to replace any kind of rational order with the irrational, and radical politics sought to rapidly usher in a ‘new world’ (where presumably all would flourish) led by themselves. As a result, the anti-art movement and progressive (phallic) politics, built on nihilism, have produced a nation where government “by and with the consent of the people” is all but impossible because ‘the people’ have become absurd — choosing to collapse their colony and themselves (not just their government) out of righteousness and malevolence.

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POTUSMany who voted for Trump did so because they thought he was less wicked — and less sick than HRC. But his rhetoric at the UN today told a different story.

In various jobs over the years, HRC’s actions contributed to the destruction of millions of lives, Mr. Trump appears determined to do follow suit.

StreetArt2017i“If you don’t hire me I will f_ck you up. If you hire me I will f_ck you up. If you fire me I will really f-ck you up!”

Black leaders and activists continue to terrorize American society by seeking to advance black people (through fear and intimidation) — by being bad rather than by being good, by taking rather than by giving. A recent example of this can be seen in efforts by activists, politicians, and judges to get unqualified persons (of color) into the FDNY.

The beautiful spirit that one associates with American black people is being gutted by materialist leaders seeking power and progress at the expense character.

RAW17The American way of activism — featuring individuals in despair, driven by a peculiar admixture of aims, seeking justice (vengeance) and identity in their struggle for rights, while at the same time rebelling against truth and life itself — was on full display in the fulminations of opposing, yet similar, rebel groups in Charlottesville.

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LatinAmericanArtGeorgeTookerGeorgiaO'Keeffe-PotFeathersWith Latin America dominating the American art scene, two works by American artists George Tooker and Georgia O’Keeffe, being sold at Christie’s and Sotheby’s today, are especially noteworthy.

SpiritOfStLouisOn this day ninety years ago, US airmail pilot Charles Lindberg (‘Lucky Lindy’) — having taken off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island the day before — landed at Le Bourget Aerdrome, Paris, after a 33 hour flight.

Years later in his book, The Spirit of Saint Louis, Mr. Lindberg comments: “We have seen the aircraft, to which we devoted our lives, destroying the civilization that created them. We realize the very efficiency of our machines threatens the character of the men who build and operate them.”

President Trump’s commitment to sell Saudi Arabia $350 billion in weapons, on this anniversary weekend, might be seen as further proof of that.

AntiquarianBookFair17Trump’s decision to send more American troops into Syria, ostensibly to defeat ISIS, is part of a larger double game that supports malevolent Saudi interests, including the work of IS, which in Syria means partitioning the country.

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unclesamWhat’s worse — president Obama starting a war with Russia, through an act of vengeance, on his way out of office, or incoming president Trump reaching out to said country in the hope of averting a war and advancing peace and stability?

Flynn was done in by an American political establishment that (in recent history) destroyed Iraq, Libya and Syria — and absurdly sees Russia under Putin as a mortal enemy. Trump was viewed as a glimmer of hope against the establishment. Flynn’s departure shows that glimmer of hope being swallowed by the swamp.

superbowl51bPerhaps Mr. Trump should be more focused on the insurgency in his own country than the one in Yemen.

On Sunday, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James addressed a gathering at Columbia University declaring president Trump to be “illegitimate,” and urging people to “organize” against him.

Even more pernicious are the insurgents among Republicans, as well as members of his own administration — as evidenced by intelligence agency leaks to the press regarding a conversation between Michael Flynn and a Russian official over Obama sanctions during the interregnum period.

women17kwomen17pwomen17dThe Women’s March, NYC – January 21, 2017

Feminists took to the streets to make their feelings for President Trump known, and to assert various ‘rights’ they feel are endangered by a Trump administration.

American style feminism, with its material power orientation, is a movement of destruction (abortion) and domination (“A Woman’s Place Is In Your Face!”) — that fails to understand/embrace the true nature of women’s power — and is ultimately nihilistic and self-defeating for persons and society.

Really the way to find one’s self is in the free gift of self, not the assertion of self.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

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