Push Pin Wisdom

(Push Pin Wisdom is an occasional series which offers, without comment, things others have said or written which I found informative, amusing or thought-provoking, maybe all three.)

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Soldier, General, President

My pal Bennie.

bwnnie1Bennie the Bunny. That’s the name I’ve given this fine fellow who, for the second year in a row as the weather warms, comes out of the forest late afternoon and early evening and amuses me as I have a beer or gin ‘n’ tonic out back. I had to take these with the long lens because he is extremely skittish.

bennie2I think I need a dog.

American Exceptionalism.

(This post already appeared on The Book of Face and, because I have been beaten down and crushed and otherwise rendered unresponsive while trying to control my various relationships between this site and that one, not to mention Twitter Tweeting, it likely is doing so a second or, in the later case, third time. Apologies all around.)

Hillary Clinton brazenly takes on voter suppression and names names of GOP wannabe governors who embrace same. “Liberal” press goes into shock trying to figure out how to turn it into “both sides do it” meme . NY Times calls meeting of the in-house unit on that approach headed by David Brooks, with special contributions by Thomas L. Friedman ( Maureen Dowd cannot attend because she has the vapors). WashPo’s Jennifer Rubin breaks down completely but no one notices for a long time because, who can tell?

Meanwhile, on the less “Liberal” press front (special points if you can tell the difference), Fox News arranges massive interview with every governor they say was falsely accused, appointing Megan Kelly the “hard question” interviewer to high fives all round. Sarah Palin posted a 37 minute video saying all GOP governors should resign in protest because why not, it worked for her. 14 crazy members of the House you have never heard of announce their candidacies for GOP presidential nomination and Koch brothers & Sheldon Edelson each say they will support some or all of them with millions, then get into screaming argument about who has to fund Lindsay Graham and Ben Johnson.

I cannot swear that all these things happened but I would definitely not swear that they did not happen.

Push Pin Wisdom

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. … nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge’.”Isaac Asimov.

(Push Pin Wisdom is an occasional series which offers, without comment, things others have said or written which I found informative, amusing or thought-provoking, maybe all three.)

A Medium solution?

I am considering moving Mermaids to Medium, by which I mean I would post stories there, probably longer and more reflective pieces than I do here, using Mermaids as a group title. Not sure if or how that would or could work, but I am tempted to explore it.  Medium is simpler to use and, even by accident, would provide a much large audience for these ramblings and, doing it this way, I could preserve the Mermaids legacy, such as it is. There is minimal readership here, low enough that it is essentially a “vanity” site and, well, I am past the stage of vanity. If However, I could post Medium items here as a secondary outlet if there was reason to do so. And I would continue to feed them to Facebook and Twitter. In short, everything would change but nothing would change. Or maybe nothing would change but everything would change. I’m not sure which formulation is more accurate.

Put simply, I am asking for input from those few, those brave, who have hung in there through all the various manifestations of this blog and everything else (outside the beer blog) from The Dubya Chronicles (I cannot tell you how much I regret taking that site down and am going to explore restoring it as an historical archive) through all the renaming and refocusing.

Let me know what you think. Thanks.

P.S. For what it’s worth, as an attraction or deterrent, I would also likely use  Medium presence to begin publishing some online fiction.

Push Pin Wisdom

“The American Dream has run out of gas. The car has stopped. It no longer supplies the world with its images, its dreams, its fantasies. No more. It’s over. It supplies the world with its nightmares now.” – J.G. Ballard.

(Push Pin Wisdom is an occasional series which offers, without comment, things others have said or written which I found informative, amusing or thought-provoking, maybe all three.)

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