Saturday, February 17, 2018

Jim Bridwell Yosemite Legend is Dead at 73

Jim Bridwell, Mountaineering Maverick, Is Dead at 73

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Trump Has Got Democrats Right Where He Wants Them - The New York Times

This is a typically hard-headed Edsall analysis.  Basically it is this: After creating a crisis by cancelling DACA and exposing a million or more to deportation Trump sprung the trap.  He paired  a doubling of the number of "dreamers' he would free from the threat of deportation with $25 billion for The Wall and greatly reduced legal immigration - especially from "sh*thole" countries.

The gamble is that Democrats have to eat that price to neutralize white working class support for the Trumpadores.

To me the logic on The Wall is "it's only money" for this job-creating boondoggle.  The cut in legal migration is a hard pill - but not one that white working class workers in the main care about; and racial, etc. resentment make it appealing to many.

For Republicans the choices are actually pretty tough since so many have campaigned on no "amnesty", cut off the spigot, build the wall, etc.

If Democrats call Trump's bluff how does that play out?  Is the Dumpster really going to deport 1.5 million  +/- ?

Tough choices. - gwc

Trump Has Got Democrats Right Where He Wants Them - The New York Times

by Thomas Edsall

President Trump’s immigration proposal has put Democrats in a bind; they know it and he knows it.
Trump’s immigration “framework” — first outlined on Jan. 25 — represents an unusually sophisticated strategy. He proposes to more than double the number of Dreamers granted a path to citizenship, a significant concession to Democrats.
In return, he seeks approval of a set of policies strongly opposed by the left, each of which is designed to stem what Trump sees as a threatening increase in the nonwhite population of the United States.
What kind of numbers are we talking about? According to the Pew Research Center:
In 2014, immigrant women accounted for about 901,000 U.S. births, which marked a threefold increase from 1970 when immigrant women accounted for about 274,000 births. Meanwhile, the annual number of births to U.S.-born women dropped by 11 percent during that same time period, from 3.46 million in 1970 to 3.10 million in 2014.
There are now an estimated 690,000 registered Dreamers in the United States, all of whom were brought to this country as children before 2007. Trump’s offer would increase the number offered a path to citizenship to 1.8 million by adding those who are eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), but who never registered.

The National - Mistaken for Strangers

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Slipping and sliding

January thaw. Kids come out to play.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Issuma in Newfoundland

One thing or another has gotten in my way; so I haven't kept up with Richard Hudson's voyages on ISSUMAAs is his wont Richard headed for high latitudes, often with ice in the environs.  The boat is wintering in Newfoundland while Richard appears to be based in his native Toronto.  So here are some shots.

Fishing Boat trailed by gulls
Cox's Cove, not far from the French Islands of St. Pierre and Micquelon

Flowers Cove near the Strait of Belle Isle

Oops - remember to tie down your house
Mandatory fog and lighthouse shot

Friday, January 5, 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Take Me to the River: Larry Braggs and the TOP Queens - Buenos Aires 2014

Take me to the river
Larry Braggs & the T.O.P. Queens

Friday, December 15, 2017

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah « LRB blog

The era of theAlan Ginsburg's Howl, the  East Village Other and The Fugs is evoked here by Alex Abramovich, an occasional contributor to the London Review of Books blog. - GWC

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah « LRB blog

by Alex Abramovich

Tuli Kupferberg and Ed Sanders met in New York City in 1962, in front of the Charles Theater, two blocks north of Tompkins Square Park. Kupferberg was selling issues of Birth, a mimeographed publication he’d started in the 1950s. Sanders, who’d just launched his own mimeographed magazine, knew a few things about him. ‘I’d seen his picture in a number of books,’ Sanders later recalled. ‘I learned a little bit later that he was the guy “who’d jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge”, as described in Howl. (Actually it was the Manhattan Bridge.) I later asked him why. He replied, “I wasn’t being loved enough.”’