Basket of Deplorables

Image of a basket of deplorables, an illustration of an article and dialog by the same title…a dialog with deplorables…

I was walking home after a moderate jog in the park, looking at the barren trees and the boughs where late the sweet birds sang… – thinking ahead about the daffodils that come before the swallows dare…, when I heard a voice calling me. It was Alexis, the son of Callimacus, crossing the street to talk to me.

  • YDS, he said, we haven’t seen you for a while. How are you doing?
  • Like the time of the year between the extremes of hot and cold, neither sad nor happy, I replied.
  • Listen, he said, after we exchanged the customary formalities. There is a new discussion group at the club. We meet after hours two days a week to exchange views and comments on current affairs. A debating society for students who are past their dancing days, if you like. Our friends will be happy to see you, let’s go together.
  • What is the name of the discussion group? I asked.
  • “The Basket of Deplorables,” he replied. We started it when it seemed impossible that the woman whose sole name blisters my tongue could lose the elections. It was our unarmed Platonic rebellion.
  • You know that I prefer to grow old in the company of myself, Alexis, but for you I will make an exception. After all, what are friends, if you never see them?

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Hacking for Dummies

An illistration of the book "Hacking for Dummies", the title of the blog by the same nameAs someone who needs words to understand symbols and images to comprehend concepts, I welcomed, years ago, the advent of instructional books for dummies, that is, for those otherwise excluded from the blessings of knowledge.

Remembrance of things past brings me back to my high school (and college) days. When an instructor at the blackboard, after barely explaining what the first written symbol meant, continued to fill the slate with lengthy strings of other symbols. Meanwhile, trying hopelessly to understand the first, I couldn’t follow any subsequent explanation.

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Remembrance of Years Past

A representation of the passing years and sonnet, When I consider everything that grows last in perfection but a little moment...“When I consider everything that grows
Holds in perfection but a little moment,
That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows
Whereon the stars in secret influence comment”.
(SON 15)

Maybe I am in a minority, but I never understood or, rather, never assimilated the idea that that the end of the year should be a time for celebration. Unless the celebration is an exorcism to temporarily forget that the time we have lived through in the past year will never return again. Even the image of the ending year as a decrepit old man leaving us for eternity, to make space for a (temporarily) young new year, is depressing. Continue reading

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Italian Referendum

Cartoon about the results of the recent Italian referendum. Shakespeare's opening quote, "Small choice in rotten apples"“Small choice in rotten apples”

(Taming of the Screw 1.1)

The Italians said “no” in the recent referendum. Its main objective was to reform the Italian Constitution, strengthen the authority of the government and reduce the power of the electorate at large to influence political outcomes.

“ …and wonder greatly that man’s face can fold
In pleasing smiles such murderous tyranny.”
(1)

Unskilled in political autopsies, I will not discuss details amply elucidated elsewhere, in the mainstream and alternative media.

But ever prone to scour the useless in search for the irrelevant, I will talk about the 3 regions that voted ‘yes’ in the Referendum. Continue reading

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Goodbye Fidel

Cuban flag at half-mast. Illustration of Shakespeare quote from Hamlet, "He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.”“He was a man, take him for all in all,
I shall not look upon his like again.”

Hamlet, act 1, sc. 2

For many across the world, the death of Fidel Castro strikes us with an obscure sensation, like that which would be felt from the sound of darkness. And though expected, there was an indistinct unuttered hope that this news could be postponed to a future yet undated and unnamed. Continue reading

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Trump, Revolution in a Tea Cup

vignette to show the enthusiasm generated by Trump's election - and illustration of Shakespeare's lines, "Men judge from the complexion of the sky, the state and inclination of the day."“Men judge by the complexion of the sky, the state and inclination of the day.”

King Richard II

The apparent enthusiasm for Trump’s success in the US presidential elections is an event historically recurrent and humanly understandable. The wonderful vignette by the Italian artist Vincenzo Apicella perfectly illustrates it.

Even the famous horse, nominated senator by emperor Caligula, if installed into the “White” (oxymoron) House, would have produced similar externations – when compared to the ostensive alternative. The miasmas of rotten fruit are still preferable to the stench of a sewer. (“I do smell all horse-piss; at which my nose is in great indignation.”) (1)
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Self-Help and the War on Common Sense

an illustration for the blog War on Common Sense self-help for dummies“… I talk of dreams, which are the children of an idle brain,
begot of nothing but vain fantasy,
Which is as thin of substance as the air
And more inconstant than the wind

Romeo and Juliet, act 1, sc. 4

We know of the war on drugs, the war on terror, the war on crime and sundry others. Less known is the war on common sense. It is waged daily on the victims and preys of the Self-help and Actualization Movement, or SHAM. It is a 9 billion $/year industry selling verbal fluff, illusion and fraud with total impunity. Continue reading

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War on Health

The ouroboros, or serpent that its its own tail, a mythological figure to illustrate the limitations of sanctioned health care.Trust not the physician. His antidotes are poison and he slays more than you rob.


(Timon of Athens, act 4, sc. 3)

Medicine and religion share much of their structure of belief. To quote the inimitable George Carlin, “Religion has actually convinced people that there is an invisible man, living in the sky, who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And he has a special list of 10 things he does not want you to do – and if Continue reading

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Burkini and Bikini

Comparison bwtween burkini and bikini. Illustration to Shakespeare quote, "Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, but not expressed in fancy, rich, not gaudy."“Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy…”

The debate about the admissibility of burkinis on European beaches has mostly spared the American audience. But the issue is sufficiently grotesque to deserve a few related notes. Continue reading

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Death of an Unsung Hero

Image of Jim Traficant, unsung American Hero“Now cracks a noble heart.
Good night sweet prince:

And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!”

Hamlet, act 5, sc. 2

I discovered by chance that a true American hero died two years ago, in a tractor accident, on his farm in Ohio. Continue reading

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