Monday, May 29, 2017

The image comic, as I might have known

The photographs were taken on April 30th.

It is getting colder. Today we had 17 °C in the afternoon, and for tomorrow the weather forecast promises 14 °C. Well, at least it isn't too hot for commuting by bicycle.

(Posting title is from the poem Duncan by Thom Gunn.)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

You know I got to flow on

The photographs were taken on April 30th.

Looking at the United States, one must wonder about the mafia-type structures which are becoming more and more apparent. Trump is completely immersed in this rot and dirtiness, as well as the Republican Party. Where is the land of freedom and opportunity these days?

Another thing which is apparent about the corruption is how the United States has turned away from the motto "In God We Trust". Trump and his minions, as well as the leaders of the Republican Party, appear to me as an antithesis of the Christian values written in the Bible.

I'm not religious and not especially knowledgeable about the Bible, but those values that to me seem to be the most enduring content of the book are not to be found in the leaders or the politics of the party. Of course, the book was written by humans and thus is far from perfect, but still I think it doesn't take a genius to understand what the book is about. It is not about those in power trampling, oppressing, persecuting, tyrannizing, repressing, and bullying the people.

Trump and his minions are worshipping money, fame, and power. To me they are non-Christian. Or perhaps "anti-Christian" is the most appropriate term here.

(Posting title is from the song Freestyler by BomFunk MC's.)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

And let me see things as they used to seem to me

The photographs were taken in Petikko on April 30th.

In five days I got 11 1/2 hours of exercise, enjoying the landscape of late spring and early summer. Today I'm planning to take it a little easier. During the winter my weight got up 5 kg, but now it is coming nicely down again.

Yesterday I wrote about the danger and stupidity of Trump and his administration. When I woke up this morning and read the news about Jared Kushner and the back-channel to Kremlin, I wasn't greatly surprised, but still, this is quite something. It fits the wider picture of the Republican Party.

I'm more and more convinced that the prevailing attitude among the leadership of the party (and many of the voters) is quite similar to the slave-owners. Take away all benefits from the poor, the sick, the children, the elderly, the women... The party belongs to the rich, white, and male, i.e., those who are in the "owner of the slaves" position.

I'm currently reading the book Underground Airlines, a thriller by Ben H. Winters: "It is the present-day, and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking and Happy Meals. Save for one thing: the Civil War never occurred." The book makes me shudder, but I just have to keep on reading.

(Posting title is from the poem Falling Water by John Koethe.)