Friday, September 28, 2018

Spineless Bystanders Give Nasty Drunk A Pass

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave very credible, very believable testimony in the AM- by the PM, it was all but thrown aside and buried. And once again- spineless, feckless Dems allowed it all to happen!

The very same afternoon after an expert witness stated she was unequivocally, 100% certain of who had attempted to rape her (while laughing in the process)- that very same man at first played the wronged victim card with waterworks challenging Florence herself, only to transform moments later into the nasty, vindictive drunk he no doubt relishes. Lindsey Graham then amplified the hype into a steroid fueled torrent of self righteous indignation not seen since Christ vs. the money lenders!

All the Dems had to do was follow Dick Durbin's lead and hammer home the one question, the only question that mattered- why is he and every Republican present Absolutely Terrified of an FBI investigation? Instead, they effortlessly squandered their opportunities asking him about... yearbooks and drinking games.

Ironically, Orrin Hatch had it right when he called this an even bigger circus than The Clarence Thomas Affair of '91- back then, the sexual predator granted Supreme Court membership was accused "only" of sexual harassment. This man was positively identified as an all out physical predator, and after all of today's faces, taunts, and outbursts (emotional and conspiratorial)... there is considerable doubt that he has the judicial temperament for any court, let alone this country's highest, and that he is quite adamant in suppressing any relevant testimony and investigation. You needn't be a law student to ask why...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

90 vs. 95

No doubt some will think I've gone off the deep end with the 5G "Conspiracy." And I have no doubt that these towers will soon be ubiquitous throughout the land as they spew out 5G microwave radiation anywhere between 24 to 90GHz from transmitters every few blocks- Active Denial, the military crowd enforcement weapon that fries your skin operates at... 95GHz. Got your attention yet? 

Are you comfortable with (let's pick a nice round #) say... 50GHz calmly sauteing you from outside your bedroom window as you sleep and eat and... in your home 24/7, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year?

"These firefighters developed symptoms,” says Dr. Gunnar Heuser who conducted a pilot study on firefighters at a station with cell towers. The symptoms included problems with memory, problems with intermittent confusion, problems with weakness.Their brain scans suggest even low-level RF can cause cell damage and he worries about more vulnerable groups like kids.We found abnormal brain function in all of the firefighters we examined."

Monday, September 24, 2018

5G Is No Joke!!!

5G is coming folks- to everyone's neighborhood. It's a much higher frequency than 4G, but doesn't travel as far- so their new microwave transmission devices are literally going to be ubiquitous... on existing electric poles, traffic signs, anywhere and everywhere in-UR-hood! One is going to be directly across the street right outside our bedroom window... NOT Good!!!

I know, I know... Big F'kn deal, right? Right! The firemen who suffered serious health effects from the cell phone towers in close proximity to their fire station didn't think it was all that funny. None of this technology, from ordinary cell phones to the oncoming 5G tech which takes radiation to a whole 'nother level has ever been properly tested concerning a host of health related problems- yeah, we're talking cancer folks!

Radiation- can't see, taste it, touch it or feel it. But it can hurt you, in a myriad of ways- Big Time! Especially children. And soon, we will all be bathing in an all time record tsunami of it 24/7...

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The ULTIMATE Scumbag SCOTUS Nominee?

Photo: © Stan Banos

Trump may be the last, dying Presidential gasp of White Supremacy to emerge from a prior century of blatant racism, bigotry and dehumanization- but his foul, criminal legacy will linger well past his personal stench and corruption. I was hoping that his rancid brand of racism would die along with him and my fellow baby boomers. But I can see that their cancer has metastasized to yet more current generations as evidenced at Charlottesville and elsewhere, and the flat out, blatant IGNORANCE so prevalent... everywhere!!!

Had the Dems any balls whatsoever, they would have long ago figured a way, some way, any way (short of some ill conceived, last minute, anonymous high school ploy) to stop lying, conniving Kavanaugh from even being considered- just as Thomas* should have been laughed out of consideration. Lying Kavanaugh wasn't even part of Trump's original grand list of Ultra-Conservative SCOTUS nominees that he so highly touted during his campaign- the one, the only reason he was thrown in post Mueller is because he views the Presidency as a position of infallible, God like supremacy... Trump's Ultimate, All Time, Get Out Of Jail Card. And everyone knows it...

ADDENDUM: Wow... Things have certainly gotten interesting!

*He who swore that he rose to success on strength of character alone, and that racism's legacy or affirmative action should never be a factor in anyone's hiring, sure knew how to pony up the phony, faux racial outrage BIG TIME when it came to slithering into his SCOTUS confirmation.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

On Dreams Deferred...

Had to shoot fast on this one and approximated controls w/o glasses; thought it doomed when I realized I had shot wide open @ 1/200 f2.8- but that GR 28mm(e) is a killer, and distance plus crop factor sensor provided depth of field! Photo: © Stan Banos 

Yeah, you know the routine; ya work all year looking forward to... The Big Vacay!!! And then, month after month, week after week, day after day... it-finally-arrives! And it's well over ninety degrees the first four days, and then nothing but a solid wall of rain predicted for the next whole week and then some....................

So went VACATION 2018, VACAY From HELL!!! Aborted prematurely due to reality (was gonna drive from DC to Texas via the South and Gulf environs) . So I'm trying not to let it get to me, trying to stay calm, trying to keep relatively sane telling myself I'll get to try again- this time with visions of Spring, 2019! A new year, a fresh start, a time to regain all that was lost, and more. Yeah, well...
Slowly but surely adding to my SQUARED series... Photo: © Stan Banos

Of course, I always try to find the proverbial silver lining in times likes these, and expound on the revelatory insight this minor glitch has provided, the opportunity it has bequeathed, the alternative path that is now made clear to me! And, when one thinks of it in those terms, the take away becomes clearer still- ya got screwed... yet again. Big Time!!!

Well, at the very least, I got to see old friends for an evening, visit with the moms, and The Wife finally got to visit The Mutter Museum. I got a coupla photos (literally), and bought a truly great book for less than twenty bucks.

That said, I wish everyone well in the path of Hurricane Florence- I hope the results are not anywhere near the utter destruction let loose on the entire island, and people, of Puerto Rico this time, last year...

Almost forgot this guy- whose advice I should learn to follow. Photo: © Stan Banos

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Stopping Fascism

Something to ponder in the interim... He starts 5:00 into the video, and when he does- Chris Hedges leaves-no-stone-unturned!

Monday, September 3, 2018

See Yas in... October!!!

*Photo: © Stan Banos

Travel isn't always pretty. It isn't always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart.. But that's OK. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.   -Anthony Bourdain

Haven't been on vacation since the previous Sept; originally, we were planning on Europe- Spain, Portugal, London, Paris, Berlin, The Netherlands... Some are like old friends, some I've seen bits and pieces- Portugal, I've never been. Bottom line, we just couldn't decide which to pick, and/or leave out... And with only so much time (and the thought that it may just be the last trip we'll ever afford abroad), we decided to put it on the back burner and... road trip USA, once again! Can't complain- besides, for whatever reason, always get more pictures here, than scenic Europe (though no question where ya get the better eats)!

So we're flying to NYC (gotta see the moms), then going to Philly (wife wants to see the Mutter Museum) and DC by train before we hit the road and visit my fellow Americans and Trump supporters down South, on through the Bayou and unto Texas! Yee-ha! I'll be wearing my bright red MAGA cap, well, I'll at least make sure to take my Fuck Trump button off my camera bag...

Looking forward to seeing what the South will yield photographically, culturally- my exposure being limited to those ever so brief bus trips of my youth when I would board a Greyhound for a day and a half trip to New Orleans from NYC for a one day stand to photograph Mardi Gras, then reboard the bus the very same evening for yet another joyous day and a half trip back... A four day sojourn made possible only by youth's vigor and insanity. Still remember how incredibly other worldly The Gulf's topography appeared to this NYC boy from the contours of his small bus window. Looking forward to a slightly more intimate look/see this go around...

*Got lucky on this one! Certainly, doesn't look it here, but this street corner was nothing but a hotbed of the harshest, most glaring light imaginable bouncing off that sidewalk! All I could clearly make out with my naked eye was the guy and his suitcase on the left. I could barely make out some people doing something in the middle, and a constant swirl of shadows around them. Whipped out the GR, aimed into the flaring conundrum best I could, waiting a second or two until the lights and shadows achieved some kinda "balance," and pressed the shutter. Honestly, did not expect much (technically or aesthetically)- figured nothing short of a FF sensor would have any chance surviving that gamma ray burst of a lighting scenario- and... Amazingly, instead of an instant throw away- I had something definitely worth further study. The pocket rocket somehow, some way tamed the monster highlights, I gradually coaxed as much detail from the shadows as feasible, and the composition as a whole appeared nicely in place! Not bad for a wing and a prayer coming home from work!