ALAN’S NEW SKILL, Pasting a link to a post


This worked!  I saw the code at the bottom of the page and saw the invitation to post it to your blog or Web Site. I wasn’t sure this would happen. I first saw only a non-picture icon when I pasted into visual. I erased, pasted into the html side, clicked visual and here it is. I think there may be an easier way, and I’ll find out next time.

And this is useful.



The death march of the wretched hobbles on,
Darkly, under overwhelming skies.
Sinews show and bones and jaundiced eyes,
Survivors’ hollowed faces show hope gone.

Who provides the music for their steps,
Whose machinations satisfy whose greed?
For more beyond whatever they would need,
They will use them up till none are left!




A great way to enjoy the news is to compare two articles from very different publications, left and right, and  I hope we’ve all been enjoying the best show on any media today. I certainly have, and afterward I turned to the ‘Net news. Reading the Times is hearing the preacher to the choir, so I turned first to the New York Post.  

This is a very thrown-together, so it’s not in the best shape. First, the article headline of the main article, then excerpts (note how the post outed someone), then statements from both papers’ editorials. Note how the Post outed someone and how the Times did not, and note the difference in writing style.

From NY Post

(front web page):

James Comey repeatedly calls Trump a liar at Senate hearing

Ousted FBI chief James Comey repeatedly accused President Trump of spreading lies during his hotly anticipated Senate hearing Thursday.

Testifying as part of a Congressional probe into Russian meddling in the presidential election, the former top-G man said the president “lied” and “defamed” him when he claimed the FBI was in “turmoil” under Comey’s told the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Comey said he gave the memo, which did not contain classified information, to a friend of his who is a professor of law at Columbia Law School — later identified as his longtime adviser Daniel Richman.

Up to that point, the Post was playing nicer than I’d expect.


Whatever Comey says under questioning Thursday, Congress plainly needs to demand those memos and any similar ones from his entire FBI tenure.

To date, the “cloud” over Trump is made entirely of conjecture, rumor and anonymous leaks. The public deserves hard evidence  (The article is off the site now.)


From NY Times

(front Web page):

Comey Says Trump Tried to Derail Inquiry and Accuses the White House of ‘Lies’


— James B. Comey, the recently fired F.B.I. director, said Thursday in an extraordinary Senate hearing that he believed that President Trump had clearly tried to derail an F.B.I. investigation into his former national security adviser and that the president had lied and defamed him.

Mr. Comey, no longer constrained by the formalities of a government job, offered a blunt, plain-spoken assessment of a president whose conversations unnerved him from the day they met, weeks before Mr. Trump took office.

Two days after Mr. Comey was ousted, The New York Times reported that Mr. Trump had asked him to pledge loyalty to him. The president then tweeted that Mr. Comey had “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’” of their meetings.

That post inspired Mr. Comey, who responded by allowing a friend to read portions of a memo about his interactions with the president to The Times.


The prepared remarks of James Comey, the former F.B.I. director, which the Senate released in advance of his sworn testimony before the Intelligence Committee on Thursday, tell a shocking story.



By Percy Bysshe Shelley

An old, mad, blind, despised, and dying king,–
Princes, the dregs of their dull race, who flow
Through public scorn,–mud from a muddy spring,–
Rulers who neither see, nor feel, nor know,
But leech-like to their fainting country cling,
Till they drop, blind in blood, without a blow,–
A people starved and stabbed in the untilled field,–
An army, which liberticide and prey
Makes as a two-edged sword to all who wield,–
Golden and sanguine laws which tempt and slay;
Religion Christless, Godless—a book sealed;
A Senate,–Time’s worst statute, unrepealed,–
Are graves from which a glorious Phantom may
Burst, to illumine our tempestuous day.




I wonder at the affluential mind,
A world they would not see through low-life eyes,
The structures they created glitter well,
No issue as to where to go to eat.

How long do wealthy have to wait?
Have they the long lines for their care?
Bottom of the wage scale or the dole,
Wait to being called across the room.

What century is this welfare wheelchair from?
The spokes and rims from days of carriage trade,
With boards and rails as signs of next to come
Of all the flawed constructions of our care.

I lined up with the hobbled and displaced,
Of nothing or just insufficient pay,
The low-wage working mothers and their kids,
This happy world the affluential made.

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The Death Of Self

My schadenfreud’ retreats about this news,

A well-regarded magazine gone down.

I have lived the pain, how writers drown,

Cast into a life they would not choose.

In what direction turns their working skill? 

Craftsmanship that fewer people see

And pay for—years of work for free—

Dare now ask the world to foot the bill.


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Humble Pineapple Edition

From the article How a Humble Pineapple Became Art,  New York Times May 11, 2017, By Dan Bilefsky

When students Lloyd Jack and Ruairi Gray spotted an empty table at an art exhibition this month at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, they put a pineapple on it as a joke. They probably assumed it would be taken off in a few hours.

Instead, when they came back a few days later, “they were shocked to discover their pineapple protected by a glass display case, instantly and mysteriously transformed into a work of art.”

The prank quickly took off:

“…After one of the students, Lloyd Jack, 22, who studies business, put a photograph of the pineapple on Twitter, along with the words, ‘I made art,’ the image was shared widely on social media, turning the fruit, fairly or not, into a cultural sensation.”

Mr. Jack’s tweet garnered 5,000 likes, and then the art world kicked in:

“Before long, the work, which the two students titled “Pineapple,” had been deconstructed on art blogs and social media worldwide; parsed in Paris, Texas and Tokyo; and even featured on Canadian television.”

Mr. Jack said the work had “been on display for a week” before it was removed.

In a related article by Christopher Melem, NYT May 30, 2016,  two teenagers put a pair of glasses on the floor at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art then “Stood back and watched as, within minutes, visitors regarded their prank as a work of art, with some even taking photos of the fake installation.”