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Surly1

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Re: Photos of Merit Members Wish to Share Thread
« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2014, 05:28:53 am »
Hello GO,

I will reply to your latest passive aggressive swipe here, since I refuse the register for the open sewer operated by you and the bishop whose ring you kiss. It seems that you have taken offense to this:



About which you said:

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Perhaps because I am a fan of Mr. Kunstler and his ideas, I have always found it objectionable that a poster who continually publishes Mr. Kunstler's articles corrupts the postings by inserting a picture of his own, in a prominent position above the piece.
The picture is assumed by the casual reader to be part of the article, since no source is given or the poster has the ill manners and disgusting practice of not notifying the readership that it is his, not the authors.

Don't get me wrong, Criticize all you want, lambast his ideas with impunity. Please have the class and decency to post it in it's original form or point out to the readers that you or another placed it there as a comment.

It is another practice of the censors and so called god's of the diner. They seem to think they have the right to modify the works of others, distort it with their personal views, and we are supposed to nod our approval. This was never brought up by me on the Diner because of the sheer waste of time in criticizing the censors or god's of their despicable actions and disrespect of others. We all know the replies, if any, that would have come from my voicing displeasure at this common Diner censoring tactic. It would be called "Enhancement" by the gods.   

Image placed on top of Mr Kunstler's article Piketty Diketty Riketty with no mention of who placed it or source, a common Diner practice.

You know full well that I am the "poster" who publishes Kunstler each week, since RE refuses to. You could easily have directed your comment to me, but chose to strive to manufacture some sort of issue from it in a typical passive-agressive swipe. Allow me to answer you directly and honestly.

Part of the responsibility of operating a blog is to keep it entertaining, and a visual component is necessary. Diner Blog posts require illustration. As consumers of information, we are conditoned to expect images. And when such blog posts take on a second life, and are reposted in other media (such as Facebook),   FB looks for an image with which to associate the post. Hence the selection of suitable images each week to illustrate the theme. Selecting such images is akin to what a photo editor does, and it a role I take seriously. You are correct to observe that it is effectively, "comment." THat is why I have tried to take care to understand the article and to select images that reinforce the meaning of the article rather than detract.  Other bloggers, when provided a back link to their reposting at DD, have expressed gratitude for the added illustrations.

This week's image is by Anthony Freda (http://www.anthonyfreda.com), an artist whose work bristles with pungent social commentary, a visual complement to Mr. Kunstler's own work. In fact, you'll find the cited work, "The Haves and Have nots," on his main gallery page. Given the subject, I thought it quite on point:

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So-called capitalism is more like gravity, a set of laws that apply to and describe the behavior of surplus wealth, in particular wealth generated by industrial societies, which is to say unprecedented massive wealth. The human race never saw anything quite like it before. It became both a moral embarrassment and a political inconvenience. So among the intellectual grandiosities of modern times is the idea that this massive wealth can be politically managed to produce an ideal equitable society with no side effects.

Part of having responsibility is exercising it. And the result is to leave oneself open to critics. And as we have seen, everybody's a critic.

It is tiresome to work to build something, only to have it continually torn down by those who would rather criticize than contribute. In that context, a poem by John Ciardi, gone some 30 years now but still a giant, comes to mind:

In Place Of A Curse

By Ciardi, John

At the next vacancy for God, if I am elected,
I shall forgive last the delicately wounded who,
having been slugged no harder than anyone else,
never got up again, neither to fight back,
nor to finger their jaws in painful admiration.

They who are wholly broken, and they in whom mercy is understanding,
I shall embrace at once and lead to pillows in heaven.

But they who are the meek by trade, baiting the best of their betters with extortions of a mock-helplessness,
I shall take last to love, and never wholly.
Let them all in Heaven - I abolish Hell -
but let it be read over them as they enter:

Beware the calculations of the meek, who g am b led nothing
gave nothing, and could never receive enough.


And BTW, the reason the spacing on the word g a m b l e d is odd is because here, on your "First Amendment Forum" the word "gamble" gets auto-corrected.

Ironies abound.

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« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2014, 07:37:35 am »
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And BTW, the reason the spacing on the word g a m b l e d is odd is because here, on your "First Amendment Forum" the word "****" gets auto-corrected.

Ironies abound.

Good morning Surly. Let me get this matter out of the way immediately. I noticed the auto censor stuff myself yesterday when I tried to place the link of JHK Clusterfuck Nation, It would not take. For some reason the words with casi will not take either.

Let me assure you and other members that this is something that was placed here by the creator of the forum before handing it over to me, or from Haniel and his previous work in that area, or perhaps imbedded in the original software.

I have tried repeatedly  to remove it without success, and will keep trying. It is not the intention of this board to Auto censor anyone's remarks, and will try to correct this unfortunate situation ASAP.

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« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2014, 08:18:51 am »
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Hello GO,

I will reply to your latest passive aggressive swipe here, since I refuse the register for the open sewer operated by you and the bishop whose ring you kiss. It seems that you have taken offense to this:

Again Surly, let me explain.

Yes I did realize you posted the articles on JHK, we have discussed it before. You told me RE did not want them on the Blog because they were not long enough, and that he was having a petty argument with JHK about a cross posting issue, where JHK did not wish to publish RE"S work on his site.  It was my assumption that the unattributed image postings on JHK"S article were probably the work of RE, especially the one with the Zombie whose head was tattoed.

You are mistaken that I take offense at the picture you posted as a preface to the article. My objection is that it is not stated in this posting, or in others, that the image was placed there by you, and not the author whose work is being highlighted for perusal and comment. It has happened repeatedly and I do find it annoying. In my view it distorts the original meaning of the authors, JHK is quite capable of placing an image on his work if desired.

I then voiced my displeasure at the entire admin censoring policies of DD, something I have been known to do for quite a while. I feel that this is just one more instance of many where Admins feel they have the authority to alter postings, in this case, an eminent author of a much higher caliber than the admin crew at DD.

As I also alluded to in my posting. I was sure my declaration of annoyance with the practice would be fluffed away as mere Enhancement, as in merely making this most distinguished author more palatable and interesting to Your presumed audience. I was correct in that regard

My apologies for not being more definitive in my original posting, It was not a personal directive against you or anyone  for that matter, but a disenchantment with the policy of modifying  posts and not saying so in  that was my focus. 



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« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2014, 09:03:28 am »
Ah Ciali, how fitting. Testament to The Lord's benevolence to resourceful and hardy libertare, for whom fortune favours the brave. Indulge me in another, wherewith the author of The Prince.


The Politics of Envy

Ah my uccellare,
Vettori.
You tell me of your typical day, its colour and its richness
and envy is a stiletto in me. But ah, I have my
uccellare
Vettori.

So, late from bed to the Vatican to snare the gossip of state
while I go over the stile of ambition
to snare the thrushes, in my uccellare.
Vettori.

Lunching with Cardinal de' Medici, Vettori, think of me under
the stigma of poverty breaking bread
with these diplomats of the turd, ugly peasants,
when I go down from the snare of the uccellare,
Vettori;

when if it is set fine Vettori and you ride out from Rome to

canter

in the sunny country on your fine mare, spare for your
country cousin
just a moment's consideration, for it is then I am entering the
inn
to play the rustic fool gambling with butchers and bakers.
Butchers and bakers! Me, Vettori: ah but I know
how you will rejoin, Vettori -
"You have your uccellare,
"your uccellare where you snare the poor little birds or
mull over old loves reading your Ovid. I see you now,
Niccolo, amid what bliss, what peace, what solitude
what serenity".
What balderdash, Vettori! All you would care for here
in this dismal life is the fall of day when we repair
to our respective libraries, both to dream of history
and statecraft. You might laugh Vettori at me 'plumping
and grooming' The Prince in my courtly study and robes.
Of this more in season, Vettori. It is written in secret
isolation which is my drab fortune. To her I plead
as follows:

Follow me, Machiavelli! "Now you would be a swan
to leave and egg in her belly, now turn into gold that
she might carry
you in her pocket." So long as you are forever Fortune's
favourite
as I was gonfalonier's,
bring me out of purgatory
and off this island of the Archipelago
before it shudders and dissolves and the polar
sea of oblivion rolls over my bones frozen in a lens of ice;
deliver me from purgatory, Vettori,
out of my uccellare

to the Medici.


To Lit - the bard expresses love for his former patrons the Medici, wretched in his fall from grace, accused and exiled for plotting against them.

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« Reply #20 on: April 30, 2014, 06:13:20 pm »
  Hat's Off To You, Walter Johnson, fait d'accompli.  Brilliant in Fact. What a great loss for Them and gain for US. Well said, Sir. If only old Surly were really worth the trouble. You have cast pearls before a swine. K

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« Reply #21 on: May 01, 2014, 12:51:47 am »
  Hat's Off To You, Walter Johnson,

Now I am blushing. No need for such formality you can call me Wally.

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« Reply #22 on: May 03, 2014, 09:09:00 am »

 

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« Reply #23 on: May 03, 2014, 09:19:38 am »

 

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