via Daily Kind Quote
I’m honored that Erika Kind used my photo and quote in one of her Daily Kind Quotes.
via Daily Kind Quote
I’m honored that Erika Kind used my photo and quote in one of her Daily Kind Quotes.
Something in the way he moves, his grace, the
way he struts his stuff.
This I know, I want him, I want him in the worst
way; but my love for the Woman keeps me from
taking my man.
The Woman is here for me, as Mary was here for
I shall descend upon her tonight in a glittering
display of astral affection and leave her with
an ancient mystery;
I am the holy trinity in search of a womb.
Image and Poem Rob Goldstein 1984-2018
I was a project kid, pretty but hard to make.
Most of the men I let into my life started in pursuit but stayed as teachers.
I was bright and gave my full attention to any man who was willing to teach me about the world of art.
The music I knew was the music of my parents and the other kids in the projects.
From the other kids in the projects I got Motown.
With the music of Motown I learned I could dance and for me dancing is still spiritual.
Everyone said I moved like a black kid, and it was true.
Black folks were my friends and neighbors.
As far as I was concerned I was a Black kid with pale skin.
I figured that Blackness was as much about class as it is about race.
My friend Paul knew I knew my ‘place’ in Charleston’s antiquated class system and that I wanted out.
He invited me to lunch one especially bright spring day.
He poured tea and showed me a decorative plate that was inlaid with hundreds of shimmering butterfly wings.
Paul liked exquisite objects.
We stepped onto the patio that overlooked his garden and I brought a branch of wisteria to my nose.
Paul said that he wanted me to hear a record.
He said he wanted my opinion.
Then he placed the Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Minor on the turntable.
I heard the needle drop, and then a timpani followed by woodwinds.
I listened as Beethoven told me a story.
I had never heard a story more complex and profound.
It was more beautiful than anything I had ever seen or touched.
And I never stopped listening….
Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
(c) Rob Goldstein 2018
I saw this on The Militant Negro and tagged myself with his questions:
Q: Have you ever been in love? Twice
Q: What is your favorite drink? Coffee, black
Q: What is your favorite song? The second side of Abbey Road, by the Beatles.
Q: What is your zodiac sign? Scorpio
Q: What is your favorite show? Foyles War
Q: What is your favorite band? Cold Play.
Q: Something you really miss. Working with mental health clients.
Q: Where do you go when you are sad? Into my head.
Q: Have you ever been in a physical fight? Many times.
Q: What is your favorite color? Blue
Q: Loud music or soft? Loud
Q: Favorite actor. Ryan Gosling
Q: Do you have any fears? What are they? I have agoraphobia, which makes going outside a challenge.
Q: Meaning behind your blog name. I sometimes make art. My name is Rob Goldstein.
Q: Last time you said you loved someone. 10 minutes ago.
Q: Last book you read. I just finished re-reading ‘Miss Lonely Hearts’ by Nathaniel West.
Q: The book you are currently reading. The PDR.
Q: Last sport you played. Weight Lifting.
Q: Last song you sang. “Tu Voz” by Ramon Cabrera
Q: Favorite food. Greek Yogurt.
Q: Place you want to visit. Downtown San Francisco.
Q: Favorite flavor of sweet. Chocolate
Q: What instruments do you play? The harmonica, very badly.
Q: Favorite piece of jewelry. None.
Thank you to The Militant Negro for providing the questions!
Rob Goldstein 2018
Intelligence chief Dan Coats says the United States is ‘under attack’ by Vladimir Putin who continues to use our media to spread lies and half-truths as a way to sow division between Americans.
What does this look like for everyday users of Twitter and Facebook?
There are thousands of bots posing as Liberal/Resistance accounts on twitter simultaneously sending the same scripted tweets.
On first glance the tweets look benign.
The tweets are emotional, inflammatory, and divisive.
They use Putin’s standard strategy of telling a half truth as in above tweet
about the death of Muhiydin Moye.
Yes, Muhiydin Moye was shot and killed in New Orléans, but there is no evidence the shooting was related to his activism as the tweet implies.
Here’s the full story on CNN:
“An adult black male, identified as Mr. Muhiydin Moye, sustained a gunshot wound to the thigh in a shooting incident that occurred shortly before 1:30 am on February 6th. He was transported to a hospital and subsequently died of his wounds,” NOPD spokesman Beau Tidwell said in an email.
An attorney for the police department said that the incident report citing aggravated battery was the only one available, and that “the signal was recently changed to a homicide.”
The suspect is an unknown stranger, according to the incident report.Calling him “Moya,” Camille Weaver, Moye’s cousin, said on the GoFundMe page that the family received a call Tuesday morning “saying that he had died due to excessive blood loss. We don’t have many details, but will update as soon as we do.”
This tweet tells us that a White Christian Extremist was busted while planning a major terror attack:
I checked and found no story about the bust of a ‘Christian extremist’ dated February 10.
The bots never tweet about TrumpRussia.
I scrolled through at least 50 accounts and didn’t see a single tweet about Putin, the Russian attack on the US election or Mueller’s investigation.
The bots do tweet about Trump’s distractions:
They cite legitimate news outlets in these tweets but don’t link to the articles.
There are other ‘tells’ but none is as weird as seeing different accounts with profile pictures of the same woman shot from different angles.
Cindy Rebala is Stacy Roland
Stacy Roland is Kyle Rosemary
Kyle Rosemary is Lizza Simmon
It’s so weird and diabolical that it’s hard to believe this is happening in life.
Cincinnati political science professor, Dr. Richard Harknett said in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee about Russian cyber operations, “…We are facing comprehensive strategic campaigns to undermine our national sources of power.”
Briteny Alonso is Sasha Mathew
‘Angel-bots, you’re going under cover; stupid cover, but this is Moscow.’
Rob Goldstein 2018 (all images are twitter screenshots and are presented here for educational purposes)
I ride my bike past your office
you say the secretary thinks
you say it makes you smile.
I stop and wave and she opens
the door and winks and says with
hard Rs, “Ya gonna give it to me
when ya go straight, right?’
I wink back and smile as I ride off,
That night we made love and slept
in each other’s arms: safe in the
childhood of our 20’s.
Image and poem (c) Rob Goldstein 1985-2018
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Rob Goldstein February 3, 2018 All Rights Reserved
February’s featured Blogger is author, Mary Smith.
Mary is the author of No More Mulberries, a novel set in Afghanistan and a collection of short stories, Donkey Boy & Other Stories. Her non-fiction work includes a memoir of her time in Afghanistan, Drunk Chickens, and Burnt Macaroni.
Thank you for being here , Mary.
You write in your biography that you’ve always written, but was there a moment of inspiration?
Hi Rob, thanks so much for choosing me as your blogger of the month. Your first question stumped me because I honestly can’t remember any one single moment of inspiration – I just always wanted to write.
What did you read as a child and what was your favorite story?
I read a lot as a child. One of my favorite (sorry, I can’t do American spelling so you might have to change some words!) books was What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge. I read it over and over again, couldn’t wait to get to the end so I could begin it again. I also read loads of Enid Blyton’s books – The Secret Seven and The Famous Five. As a child, I usually had my head stuck in a book.
You lived in Pakistan and Afghanistan for ten years and worked for a small health organization; what prompted your decision to live and work in Pakistan and Afghanistan and how does your work there inform your writing?
I drank too much whisky one night and under its influence accepted an invitation to visit Pakistan with two sisters who were returning to visit family in Karachi. While there, I visited the headquarters of the Pakistan Leprosy Control Programme. I had an introduction because in the UK I worked for Oxfam which helped fund the leprosy work. I was welcomed and spent three days seeing various aspects of the work and was really impressed. I wrote in my journal at the time that I knew I was coming back to Pakistan although I didn’t know how or when. Anyway, before I left I was asked if I would help set up a health education department. I came home, handed in my notice and returned to Pakistan on a three-year contract. During my time in Karachi, I met a number of Afghan students who were studying to be paramedics before going back to Afghanistan to open clinics. I spent a lot of time with them, teaching English, listening to stories of their mother country which they all loved with a deep passion. By the time my contract ended it was inevitable I’d sign on again to work, this time, in Afghanistan.
My time there has definitely informed my writing. I so wanted to share my experiences with everyone – all the people who will never have the opportunity to go there and see for themselves. I’ve written a memoir (Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni) which covers the latter part of my time in Afghanistan when I was setting up a project to train village women as health volunteers. I’ve also written a novel (No More Mulberries) set in Afghanistan and quite a number of poems.
Who are the writers you read for pleasure and study?
I love the novels of Kate Atkinson, Margaret Elphinstone, the late Iain Banks and so many more. And poets, Seamus Heaney, Tom Pow (who was my tutor on a creative writing course), Norman McCaig. I could fill this post with lists.
Why did you take up blogging?
My father had dementia and his wife (my stepmother – or stepmonster as I call her in the blog) left him because she felt she “was entitled to a peaceful life.” I did not want my dad to go into a care home so I moved in with him, which changed my life entirely. I had thought I’d have time to continue as a freelance journalist and doing the PR for a charity as well as work on a book I wanted to write. I soon discovered this was not going to happen. I was exhausted, especially when I first moved in and had very little professional help, and spent much of my time in a zombie-like state. Creativity went out the window. Blogging was a way to ensure I did do some regular writing and way of trying to make sense of the situation.
Who is your audience?
The majority of my audience for the blog (My Dad’s a Goldfish) are people who are caring for or have cared for a family member with dementia. Some are also blogging about it. So many lives are affected by this nowadays and I think many of the people who read my blog do so because it helps them feel they are not alone, others are going through similar situations. Until fairly recently, although dementia was on the increase, little was said about – about how it really is to be care for someone who spends the night wandering around the house looking for things, who needs help going to the toilet, who doesn’t know who you are. Blogging helps me – and my followers – to see the funny side of situations which, at the time, are far from funny. I also have followers who are friends, writers and other bloggers whose blogs I follow
Do you consider your audience when you publish a post? (Another way to put this is how much does your audience influence your work?)
Yes, I do and I have been careful not to dilute the Goldfish blog with posts on other things. I don’t think my Goldfish audience expect to find re-blogs from other posts unless they’re dementia related or travel pieces or whatever. For this reason, I have recently started a second blog on which I can post all sorts of other things which have nothing to do with dementia.
I admire the way you balance promotional and personal blogging. What advice do you have for other writers who want to use blogging for personal and promotional blogging?
Thank you for saying that. I think it’s mainly because, as I explain above, I try to keep the Goldfish blog about my dad and dementia – though I do sneak in the odd post about my books. I’d advise anyone who thinks starting a blog is going to help them sell shed-loads of books to forget it! I think writing is about our need to communicate with others. We want to share our words, our thoughts, with others but if we only blog about the books we’ve written followers won’t stay around for long. Does that make sense? I feel I’m waffling a bit here – just cut this bit if you want
Tell us about your latest Book.
My latest book is a collection of short stories called Donkey Boy & Other Stories. It came about because I was feeling bad about not having published any fiction for such a long time. I always intended to write a sequel to No More Mulberries but somehow got sidetracked into doing other things – a poetry collection and a couple of local history books. The one day when looking for something on my computer (my filing system is a disgrace) I noticed a folder which contained some short stories. I decided they should be out in the world working for their living – or at least being read by a few people – and put them together. It’s an eclectic mix of stories about a diverse range of characters: a donkey boy (he drives a donkey cart for his father) in Pakistan dreams of buying luxuries for his mother; a mouth artist in rural Scotland longs to leave the circus; a visually impaired man has a problem with his socks; and a woman tries to come to terms with a frightening gift – or curse. I’m delighted by how well received it has been with readers and reviewers. And it’s only 99c – so much cheaper than a cup of coffee.
Thank you, Mary.
Below are links to Mary’s blogs and books.
This is the smart url link for Donkey Boy & Other Stories. It will open at the Amazon site in whichever country the reader is: www.smarturl.it/dbaos
Drunk Chicken and Burnt Macaroni: http://smarturl.it/dcbm
No More Mulberries: http://smarturl.it/nmm
Most people recognize this famous question even if they don’t know it came from Howard Baker, a Senate Republican and a close friend to then President Richard Nixon.
What’s forgotten today is Baker thought he was protecting Nixon with that line. He was attempting to wall off the president from the actions of aides who might have done something wrong.
“He evidently meant to exculpate Nixon from prior knowledge of the break-in,” wrote historian Fred Emery in his book “Watergate: The Corruption of American Politics and the Fall of Richard Nixon.”
But Dean turned this question around. Among other things, he charged that Nixon had been involved in discussions about clemency for those who had carried out and organized the break-ins, as well as talks about payoffs. Dean said the president had continued these activities even after he, as White House counsel, had warned his boss of a “cancer” on the presidency.
Nixon had already denied all these things. It was his word against Dean’s. In that standoff the president might well have won the benefit of the doubt from the Senate and the US people.
Then in early July, another Nixon aide revealed to the panel the existence of the White House tapes. A record existed that could prove whether Nixon or Dean was right.
At that point, Baker continued to press, not for Nixon’s advantage, but for the truth. His careful and detailed questioning won him widespread national attention and praise.
In the real world an overwhelming amount of verified public evidence suggests the President and all of his men are guilty of conspiring to subvert the rule of law and polls show a majority of Americans believe that Trump has committed a crime.
Consider this January 26, 2018 statement from Dianne Feinstein in which she observes that Trump doesn’t respect the rule of law or the Constitution.
Trump’s disdain for the law is such a given it’s as if Feinstein is dishing a bad choice of tie: “…too bad trump needs to have what looks like a long red tongue dangling between his legs. ”
It may be comforting to compare TrumpRussia to Watergate but the two scandals are not alike; Watergate was an attempt to rig an election by stealing documents and illegally recording the DNC; TrumpRussia is an ongoing conspiracy to subvert the government of the United States of America.
If the Watergate Scandal was a cancer on the Presidency, TrumpRussia is a flesh-eating bacteria.
Russian Propaganda is gaslighting; a form of psychological abuse designed to make you doubt what you know.
This timeline covers stories that broke before election day 2016.
So, what do we know about Trump and TrumpRussia?
We knew as early as 2014 that Putin was financing an army of trained propagandists: The Kremlin’s Troll Army.
We knew Putin’s army is trained and vicious:
‘Trolling covers a multitude of sins but a particularly nasty strain has emerged in the midst of the armed conflict in Ukraine, which infests comment threads on the Guardian and elsewhere, despite the best efforts of moderators. Readers and reporters alike are concerned that these are from those paid to troll, and to denigrate in abusive terms anyone criticizing Russia or President Vladimir Putin.”
Every day at the Internet Research Agency was essentially the same, Savchuk told me. The first thing employees did upon arriving at their desks was to switch on an Internet proxy service, which hid their I.P. addresses from the places they posted; those digital addresses can sometimes be used to reveal the real identity of the poster. Savchuk would be given a list of the opinions she was responsible for promulgating that day. Workers received a constant stream of “technical tasks” — point-by-point exegeses of the themes they were to address, all pegged to the latest news. Ukraine was always a major topic, because of the civil war there between Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian Army; Savchuk and her co-workers would post comments that disparaged the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, and highlighted Ukrainian Army atrocities. Russian domestic affairs were also a major topic. Last year, after a financial crisis hit Russia and the ruble collapsed, the professional trolls left optimistic posts about the pace of recovery. Savchuk also says that in March, after the opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was murdered, she and her entire team were moved to the department that left comments on the websites of Russian news outlets and ordered to suggest that the opposition itself had set up the murder. The New York Times, The Agency
We knew as early as June 2016 that Putin was using this army of paid propagandists to support Trump’s run for President.
In August of 2016 we learned that Trump was being sued for fraud:
August 2016 we learned that Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was under investigation for his activities in the Ukraine
“I want to know what money he got from a pro-Russian organization in the Ukraine,” Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday.
In August of 2016 Democratic Senator Harry Reid was so concerned about Russian election tampering he called for an FBI investigation:
In a letter to the F.B.I. Director, James B. Comey Jr., Mr. Reid wrote that the threat of Russian interference “is more extensive than is widely known and may include the intent to falsify official election results.” Recent classified briefings from senior intelligence officials, Mr. Reid said in an interview, have left him fearful that President Vladimir V. Putin’s “goal is tampering with this election.” The New York Times
In that letter to FBI Director James Comey we learn that former Director of Central Intelligence, Michael Morell viewed Trump as an unwitting agent of Russia and the Kremlin:
On October 3, 2016 we hear reports that Putin is trying to compromise Trump:
This material is known as the Steele Dossier.
We’ve known since January of 2017 that Christopher Steele’s was first hired by Republicans for opposition research into Trump and later by the Democrats.
This was widely reported.
Fusion GPS had been hired by Republican opponents of Mr Trump in September 2015. In June 2016, Mr Steele came on the team. He was, and continues to be, highly regarded in the intelligence world.
In July, Mr Trump won the Republican nomination and the Democrats became new employers of Mr Steele and Fusion GPS. In the same month, Mr Steele produced a memo, which went to the FBI, stating that Mr Trump’s campaign team had agreed to a Russian request to dilute attention on Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine.
Four days later, Mr Trump stated that he would recognise Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. Officials involved in his campaign had already asked the Republican party’s election platform to remove a pledge for military assistance to the Ukrainian government against separatist rebels in the east of the country.
Mr Steele claimed that the Trump campaign was taking this path because it was aware that the Russians were hacking Democratic Party emails. No evidence of this has been made public, but the same day that Mr Trump spoke about Crimea he called on the Kremlin to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails. The UK Independent
October 12, CNN reports that Federal Law Enforcement officials have reason to
believe Florida’s voting machines were hacked by Russia:
October 3rd The Access Hollywood Tape is released:
October 12, reports surface that a woman who claims Trump raped her when
she was 13 has a court date:
A judge has ordered a status conference hearing into a lawsuit submitted by a woman who claims Donald Trump raped her when she was 13-years-old in 1994.
Federal Judge Ronnie Abrams has ordered the hearing for 16 December in a New York court. She has asked for both sides to provide information to assist the Court in advancing the case to settlement or trial. The Independent
November 09, Putin celebrates Trump’s ‘win’.
This timeline does not include everything that we knew prior to the night of the
election but all of it is public information and every bit of it can be cross checked across multiple media outlets.
I also chose to use the British press to illustrate that these were widely reported stories.
Don’t let Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump play gaslight with you.
The only conspiracy is the one we can see with our own eyes.
Rob Goldstein 2018
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