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Mrs. Jackalope

If, as I believe, the goal of a portrait is to reveal the subject's character and inner landscape, I have to count this as the most successful portrait I have ever made. The photo was taken just a few days ago, and shows Mrs. Jackalope as she enters the final stage of ovarian cancer. She is completely at peace; her serenity, dignity, grace, awareness, wisdom and humour are clear. Her eyes hold no fear.

We are standing together, hand in hand on the bank of the river Styx. In the distance I can see the ferryman's light approaching. The scent of love fills the air.
Posted by The_jackalope | Thu Aug 17, 2017, 09:35 AM (11 replies)

The silence of the mad king

The fact that Mad King Donald has not bothered to call the family of Heather Heyer speaks louder than even his revolting press conference words. That grey Dodge Challenger was not just driven into a crowd; it was driven like a spike into the heart of the nation.

My condolences go out from Canada to the family of that brave young woman, and to all Americans who were injured in the attack. And by that I mean all Americans who oppose the perpetrator's shameful ideology, for you were injured as surely as if you had been struck by the car.
The Jackalope
Posted by The_jackalope | Wed Aug 16, 2017, 07:29 AM (6 replies)


Posted by The_jackalope | Sat Aug 12, 2017, 08:32 AM (10 replies)

Vladimir's Venezuela - Leveraging loans to Caracas, Moscow snaps up oil assets

Source: Reuters

Caracas/Houston (Reuters) - Venezuela’s unraveling socialist government is increasingly turning to ally Russia for the cash and credit it needs to survive – and offering prized state-owned oil assets in return, sources familiar with the negotiations told Reuters.

As Caracas struggles to contain an economic meltdown and violent street protests, Moscow is using its position as Venezuela’s lender of last resort to gain more control over the OPEC nation’s crude reserves, the largest in the world.

Venezuela's state-owned oil firm, Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), has been secretly negotiating since at least early this year with Russia's biggest state-owned oil company, Rosneft (ROSN.MM) - offering ownership interests in up to nine of Venezuela's most productive petroleum projects, according to a top Venezuelan government official and two industry sources familiar with the talks.

Moscow has substantial leverage in the negotiations: Cash from Russia and Rosneft has been crucial in helping the financially strapped government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro avoid a sovereign debt default or a political coup.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-russia-oil-specialreport-idUSKBN1AR14U

The fact that the US hasn't had a functioning State Department ever since Rexxon Tillerson was installed as SoS is paying major dividends for Russia. USA is hands-off Venezuela, while Rosneft is hands-on. Geopolitics at its finest...
Posted by The_jackalope | Fri Aug 11, 2017, 09:22 AM (17 replies)

Rex Tillerson Under Investigation for 'Wayne Tracker' Fraud

Louise Mensch is often a good source for early indications of the direction of events. She doesn't meet everyone's standards, but her reports are always interesting. Take it or leave it, your choice.

Rex Tillerson Under Investigation for 'Wayne Tracker' Fraud

Sources with links to the justice system in the state of New York report that Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State, is the subject of a major criminal investigation by Eric Schneiderman, the Attorney General of New York.

Tillerson is being investigated for financial fraud during his time at Exxon Mobile, these sources say, because he used a fake name, ‘Wayne Tracker’ to attack climate change scientists that were holding Exxon to account. Exxon then said they ‘lost the emails’ in a court filing to New York State.

Eric Schneiderman is now far advanced in a criminal case against Tillerson that would involve financial fraud charges related to Exxon’s stock price. Sources specified that personal criminal charges against Tillerson himself, as well as corporate action against Exxon, are actively being pursued.
Posted by The_jackalope | Mon Aug 7, 2017, 02:08 PM (14 replies)

Paul Kingsnorth: We Got Too Big for the World

Paul Kingsnorth is one of most clear-minded, rational fatalists you will ever read. I highly recommend him as a civilizational purgative.

We Got Too Big for the World

Living through a collapse is a curious experience. Perhaps the most curious part is that nobody wants to admit it’s a collapse. The results of half a century of debt-fueled “growth” are becoming impossible to deny convincingly, but even as economies and certainties crumble, our appointed leaders bravely hold the line. No one wants to be the first to say the dam is cracked beyond repair.

To listen to a political leader at this moment in history is like sitting through a sermon by a priest who has lost his faith but is desperately trying not to admit it, even to himself. Watch your chosen president or prime minister mouthing tough-guy platitudes to the party faithful. Listen to them insisting in studied prose that all will be well. Study the expressions on their faces as they talk about “growth” as if it were a heathen god to be appeased by tipping another cauldron’s worth of fictional money into the mouth of a volcano.

The crisis currently playing out on the world stage is a crisis of growth. Not, as we are regularly told, a crisis caused by too little growth, but by too much of it. Banks grew so big that their collapse would have brought down the entire global economy. To prevent this, they were bailed out with huge tranches of public money, which in turn is precipitating social crises on the streets of Western nations. The European Union has grown so big, and so unaccountable, that it threatens to collapse in on itself. Corporations have grown so big that they are overwhelming democracies and building a global plutocracy to serve their own interests. The human economy as a whole has grown so big that it has been able to change the atmospheric composition of the planet and precipitate a mass-extinction event.

One man who would not have been surprised by this crisis of bigness, had he lived to see it, was Leopold Kohr. Kohr has a good claim to be the most interesting political thinker that you have never heard of. Unlike Karl Marx, he did not found a global movement or inspire revolutions. Unlike Friedrich Hayek, he did not rewrite the economic rules of the modern world. Kohr was a modest, self-deprecating man, but this was not the reason his ideas have been ignored by movers and shakers in the half-century since they were produced. They have been ignored because they do not flatter the egos of the power-hungry, be they revolutionaries or plutocrats. In fact, Kohr’s message is a direct challenge to them. “Wherever something is wrong,” he insisted, “something is too big.”

Kohr, unlike some of his utopian critics, never confused a desire for radical change with the likelihood of it actually happening. Instead, his downbeat but refreshingly honest conclusion was that, like a dying star, the gigantist global system would in the end fall in on itself, and the whole cycle of growth would begin all over again. But before it did so, “between the intellectual ice ages of great-power domination,” the world would become “little and free once more.”
Posted by The_jackalope | Fri Aug 4, 2017, 07:48 AM (4 replies)

Hi, I'm actually GliderGuider, who posted below

I ran afoul of the admins over a political issue (what else), so I had to start a new handle. Life goes on.

The update is that my beloved is in her end crisis. The cancer moved far faster than we were prepared for, and appears to have taken out a lot of her digestive system. 24 hours ago she was good enough to go see our family doctor, now she's too sick to take an ambulance to emergency. She can't hold down food or liquids, even water. She is is vomiting every ten minutes or so, and is throwing up what appear to be pieces of stomach tissue. Since she was still depending on oral pain meds, and doesn't have approval for injectables yet, that is a problem. Between bouts of vomiting I'm trying to keep enough oral hydromorphone in her to ease the discomfort. This is an extremely rapid and merciless crash.

I'm becoming a psychopomp whether I want to or not. Please ask the universe to ease her passage.
Posted by The_jackalope | Wed Aug 2, 2017, 08:43 AM (35 replies)

Some gentle light in the magic hour

Posted by The_jackalope | Wed Aug 2, 2017, 06:49 AM (1 replies)

Guardian: Planet has just 5% chance of reaching Paris climate goal

Planet has just 5% chance of reaching Paris climate goal, study says

According to the University of Washington study, there is a 90% likelihood that temperatures will rise between 2C and 4.9C by 2100. This would put the world in the mid-range warming scenarios mapped out by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It negates the most optimistic outcome as well as the worst case, which would see temperatures climb nearly 6C beyond the pre-industrial era.

Rather than look at how greenhouse gases will influence temperature, the new research analyzed the past 50 years of trends in world population, per capita gross domestic product (GDP) and carbon intensity, which is the amount of carbon dioxide emitted for each dollar of economic activity.

After building a statistical model covering a range of emissions scenarios, the researchers found that carbon intensity will be a crucial factor in future warming. Technological advances are expected to cut global carbon intensity by 90% over the course of the century, with sharp declines in China and India – two newly voracious consumers of energy. However, this decline still will not be steep enough to avoid breaching the 2C limit.
Posted by The_jackalope | Mon Jul 31, 2017, 08:04 PM (1 replies)

The Gateless Gate

A monk asked Zhaozhou to teach him.
Zhaozhou asked, "Have you eaten your meal?"
The monk replied, "Yes, I have."
"Then go wash your bowl", said Zhaozhou.

At that moment, the monk was enlightened.
Posted by The_jackalope | Sat Jul 29, 2017, 12:53 PM (0 replies)
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