Trump the “Master” Manipulator and Distractor Extraordinaire
Since well before the 2016 presidential election, numerous parties have floated claims that Donald Trump is a master of manipulation and an expert at distraction. That his tweets are intentionally brazen; that he intends to turn heads away from Mueller and Russia probe, or Mar-a-Lago activities, or what-have-you; that there is any minute amount of method to his madness. These suggestions, most commonly mouthed by understandably frustrated left-minded folks, are off-kilter in my view.
Continue reading Outrage Fatigue and Distractions in the Media
Pont du Gard is more than just an enormous two thousand year old stone Roman aqueduct. It’s a bridge to the past. Continue reading Reflecting the Past at Pont du Gard, France
Disclaimer: Some dates and figures have been approximated.
The opening scene is an interpretation of my experiences with EDM shows and festivals.
It’s nighttime. Stars dapple the sky but nobody notices. Over the rolling hills softened by greening grass, hundreds of people, mostly ages eighteen to twenty five, crowd together. A cacophony of chatter and laughter rises from the crowd. It mixes with the smoke of spliffs and cigarettes and drifts away on a lazy breeze. Some are drinking beer while others sip water from thin rubber hoses attached to their backpacks. Some are sitting cross-legged on blankets and a few are even dancing. Some are quiet; some are still. Waiting, watching the world through widened pupils.
Everyone is happy. Continue reading Press to Make Music
Through his cage’s chipped, wooden bars, Fox observed the menacing clouds hung across the sky. The elegant thunderheads positioned over the nearby village of Worm as bursts of lightning split the sky and thunder’s brutal cackle bounded across the ether. Continue reading Under the Eagle’s Wing
The king frowned as he observed the villagers below in quiet contempt. They were gathered near the base of his tower around a raging bonfire and conversed over a sparse yet merry dinner. They were happy, despite the poverty they shared. Their ignorance made the king furious. Continue reading Long Live the King