#observation · point of view · politics · riff

Democracy?

OnTyrranySteve Bannon left the White House and his official role in the administration to become an off-campus Field Marshall. He baits the bear, goading a man who needs no invitation to act the fool and to violate the Constitution he swore to uphold into ever more outrageous claims of tyranny. Bannon, like many other advisors in this administration, encourages the illegal and the heinous.

John Kelly, for instance, has redefined “patriotism” to mean “treason for a cause you believe.” He defends Robert E. Lee in these terms and calls the Civil War, in effect, a misunderstanding.

1noAs for Bannon– to all my friends who saw his departure from inside the WH as diminishing his influence– I wish it were so.

The tom-foolery Bannon espouses is dangerous. It flaunts the values the Founding Fathers of the United States enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Unlike Jefferson, Hamilton, Eisenhower, the Roosevelts, John McCain, and Obama (to name a few patriots in our history), he is an unprincipled man. He loves disruption. Like the devil, he looks to sow trouble and division. Like his former boss, he spreads harmful fictions and calls the truth false.


November 15th addendum, out of the blue, or perhaps it’s the red, I should be saying.

109px-Santa-Maria
By Dietrich Bartel (my father) – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=97656

Tax cuts, Spkr McCarthy of the House, was saying are about creating jobs and “making America competitive again.” What a cute rephrasing of the MAGA motto! The idea that giving tax cuts to the rich will somehow help the poor is an alt-reality view of the GOP.

Money in the pockets of the well-heeled has never trickled down to the worker. Once it’s theirs, they tend to keep hold of it.

Are tax havens, like Delaware or Singapore, benefitted by the policies that allow corporations to park their businesses without having to fork over revenue to the state? They do so by imposing registration fees in their districts, for example. They do impose unfairly on other countries which would benefit from levying taxes on the corporate entity.

Turning the USA into one big tax break for American corporations and businessmen exposes us to so many other financial problems. Who pays to maintain the infrastructure? How do we keep a police force or a national guard if money is not coming in to the treasury?

There is a sense of the dire which envelops many liberals these days. I am grateful to the New Yorker for its quotes on democracy. Archibald Macleish’s perspective as quoted in the June 5-12 issue by Jill Lepore brightened my day: “Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing.”

Advertisements
#beauty · #memory · #observation · #poem · admiration · East River · memories · memory · mystery · P.O.V. · point of view · preferences · presentation · reflections

My establishing shot

Tamara_Beck_1
Lost in thought?

This would be my establishing shot

The one that sets the place and the

Character, facing Roosevelt Island,

Connecting to Queens, the lights on

The bridge twinkling in twilight,

Shadows, the river deep, dark and

Mysterious, waters moving slowly

With undercurrents, the river establishes

Without irony, without self-parody, as

Serious as the approaching night, shadows,

Not hiding, but revealing who we are, who

I am, my establishing shot

movie · P.O.V. · point of view

Bond, James Bond

The James Bond I remember was seductive, and frisky. He had a wink in his voice.

Imagine my surprise when viewing a recent iteration to find James so diminished as to appear depressed. This Bond was not just shaken but also stirred. He was not worldly, or worldly wise, but world-weary.

more to come… most likely and soon….
#observation · Daily Prompt · opinions · origins · P.O.V. · point of view

Nonpareil

1.mislabelled
(c) Tamara Beck

via Daily Prompt: Priceless

We say “priceless” in response to a good story or a funny joke, but we really just mean that it was interesting or funny. In fact, the yarn or the punchline,  may not even warrant an FB® “wow.”

You know you are just exaggerating. It is must likely not a precious conversation, but one that tickles you in some way, so you rate it highly.

 

#observation · better choices · hope · inspirations · language · P.O.V. · point of view · reason · rhyme · riff · views

Words

Words, my darling, do have meaning

You mustn’t demean them

They are never meaningless

Nor do they mean less than what they

Say; they have strength to express feelings

Surely, that is not without meaning

I love you is an idea, an observation, a

Thought I often have; I share it because I

Mean it; I share it because it has meaning

For me, and for you, too. I share it to express

My meaning; I share it because it is what is

In my heart; I love you is never without

Meaning, a sentiment demanding to be

Expressed and shared. It is never meaningless.

 

business · point of view · riff

Disruption

Disrupting the disruption

Uber, plagued by internal meltdowns in management and human resources, has pressures from without as well.

Lyft uses an app to pick up riders and provides competition, as does Via which offers a rideshare twist and a cheap fare.

Uber’s problems may have started, however, with the archival grandiosity of their corporate name. Branding yourself with a somewhat tainted word that conjures some not happy WWII images of dominance, or would-be dominance, may have been its first misstep.

At the very least it suggests an arrogance of vision. Wouldn’t you rather get a lift from Lyft? It appears that the arrogance is systemic it seems from what one reads about Travis Kalanick’s company.

Who’s driving this…?

Is everyone completely comfortable with driverless cars?

Is this concept– from 1950s cartoons, it seems to me– well thought out?

Is it possible the machine is smarter than the human? Will it make better decisions in  critical moments in traffic?

Granted, it’s not always clear how well a driver handles him/herself in crises on the road. There are plenty of accident statistics to refute the idea that men and women should control the steering wheel.

Nonetheless, the image of a car turning with no one in the driver’s seat gives me pause.

Hi, my name is Hal

Will we all be consumers with none of us being providers? Will work be something only androids and robots do?

Should we all just sit back and enjoy the ride?

More disruptive

Cooperation is preferrable to a lack thereof.

#observation · admiration · awe · humankind · infidelities · inspirations · life · movie · origins · P.O.V. · point of view · presentation · provocation · remembrance · search for meaning · two sides to every story · views · what if

Tributaries

It seems simple (or simplistic) to assume that mimicking another’s easily recognizable quirks is of course a mockery. It is likely, or at least possible, that the parody is a tribute.

High Anxiety, homage or spoof? The send-ups of PsychoThe BirdsVertigo, are all over the top, of course. Mel Brooks is clearly piling on the Alfred Hitchcock tropes and making fun of them, but so lovingly that it could easily be read as an ironic tribute.

I said Camus, but perhaps Woody Allen was aiming for Hitchcock, too. His Irrational Man is among the best of his recent works; it’s dark and introspective. Infidelity, mortality, uncertainty in relationships,  is usual fare for Allen it is always intensely personal. Here, as in Manhattan Murder Mystery he looks at characters who commit murder with indifference.

Hitchcock always served murder with a slice of irony. Nonchalance was the modus operandi of his villainous heroes.

The Ladykillers, famously with Sir Alec Guinness and directed in 1955 by Alexander Mackendrick, finds new life with a hilariously bumbling Tom Hanks under the direction of Coen Brothers. Like the Hitchcock homages mentioned, this film is completely sui generis. It’s originality is fueled by outstanding performances by Irma P. Hall, Hanks, and an ensemble of fools bent on a sketchy get-rich scheme.