Eulogy

Portrait of my Sister based on a webcam shot. 2015
Portrait of my Sister based on a 2015 webcam shot.

I waited thirty years for us

to put end to our search

for the family we

never had.

You wanted happy endings

The right thing done.

The insight that never came.

Our bond so deep, so fragile.

We waited too long my Sister.

And now, I shall never know
you.

Rob Goldstein 2016

A Death in my Family

Death comes suddenly.

I woke up this morning to a call from my Sister’s partner in Virginia.

My Sister had an accident on her way to work and was killed in a
collision with a truck.

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. – Authorities are investigating a fatal crash that occurred Thursday morning in James City County.

The crash occurred around 7:45 a.m. on Industrial Boulevard and Richmond Road and involved a tractor-trailer and a vehicle.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2003 Ford Taurus driven by 59-year-old Sandra Sarah Dunaway, was headed eastbound on Richmond Road. In the area of Industrial Boulevard, the Taurus crossed over the media and hit a tractor-trailer head on.

The tractor-trailer was driven by a 40-year-old Yorktown man.

Dunaway, who was believed to not be wearing her seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. The tractor-trailer driver was not injured.

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I am on my way to Virginia to say good bye to my Sister so I will be gone
from my blog though I may check in from my cell phone.

This is one of the few photographs I have of us as children.

In this photo Sandra is two and I am six.

A brownie snapshot of two chikdren
An old Brownie snapshot my sister and me.

 

Bobby and The Scorpio Club

This is my third post based on a Spoken Word performance with Harold Norse in 1986.

Click here for one and here for two.

This time Harold Norse Reads ‘I Am Not a Man’ and I read part of a monologue by ‘Bobby’ called The Scorpio Club.

Both pieces take up questions of masculinity.

‘I am not a man’ is 1970s gay liberation merged with the peace movement
and feminism.

The Scorpio Club is about a frustrated group of boys who want to be men in a culture that says they’re sick and deserve to die.

They turn their anger on Charleston’s formidable drag queens.

Art by Rob Goldstein
Portrait of Harold Norse by Jim Breeden

I Am Not a Man by Harold Norse

Digital photograph made in virtual reality to illustrate a teen aged boy named Bobby
El Club Escorpión

The Scorpio Club by Rob Goldstein

(C) Rob Goldstein 1986-2017 All Rights Reserved

Scan of the Cover of The Very Best of Cat Stevens
The Very Best of Cat Stevens

Oh Very Young Cat Stevens
Community Audio
Internet Archives

 

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Project Veritas Caught Soliciting Crimes to Disrupt Trump’s Inauguration

Project Veritas is a right-wing disinformation outlet that runs fake stings on left-wing groups.

Disinformation media from Project Veritas is well debunked by snopes.com.

This time the tables were turned and Project Veritas got caught in its own net.

I feel this story is verified.

But to be honest, what cinched its authenticity for me was the activist drinking coffee out of a measuring cup.

screnshot of man drinking coffee out of a measuring cup
This is as grass roots as it gets

Inciting violence and demonizing opposition to Trump is essential to Putin’s ongoing Propaganda campaign in the United States.

It takes control the media narrative.

from The Atlantic

The point of Putin’s propaganda is not to persuade anyone, but to keep the viewer hooked and distracted—to disrupt Western narratives rather than provide a counternarrative. It is the perfect genre for conspiracy theories, which are all over Russian TV. When the Kremlin and its affiliated media outlets spat out outlandish stories about the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in July—reports that characterized the crash as everything from an assault by Ukrainian fighter jets following U.S. instructions, to an attempted NATO attack on Putin’s private jet—they were trying not so much to convince viewers of any one version of events, but rather to leave them confused, paranoid, and passive—living in a Kremlin-controlled virtual reality that can no longer be mediated or debated by any appeal to ‘truth.’

“WASHINGTON ― A political group released a new video Monday of a counter-sting that has uncovered evidence of right-wing activists trying to sow chaos at Donald Trump’s inaugural ceremony, an effort to portray critics of Trump who march against him as violent fringe figures. The counter-sting, carried out by The Undercurrent and Americans Take Action, a project of a previous target of provocateur James O’Keefe, managed to surreptitiously record elements of O’Keefe’s network offering huge sums of money to progressive activists if they would disrupt the ceremony and “put a stop to the inauguration” and the related proceedings to such a degree that donors to the clandestine effort would “turn on a TV and maybe not even see Trump.” To have riots blot out coverage of Trump, the donor offered “unlimited resources,” including to shut down bridges into D.C. The Undercurrent, led by executive producer Lauren Windsor, is sponsored by American Family Voices, which was among a constellation of groups infiltrated by O’Keefe’s Project Veritas during the presidential campaign, an effort to link Democrats with voter fraud.”

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The Trump Trackdown!

Clip from a 1958 episode of Trackdown called The End of the World.

 

A snake oil salesman named Trump sells the end of the world to a town filled  with gullible people.

Local Judge: “When we were kids, we were all afraid of the dark. Then we grew up, and we weren’t afraid anymore… it’s funny how a Big Lie can make us all kids again.”

Things You Should Realise About Donald Trump #1 He’s a Very Unsubtle Thinker

from 2 2 4 Politics

2 2 4 Politics

Donald Trump is a man who incites strong, contradictory opinions. One thing we should be able to agree on – he is not subtle.

This is evident in his Twitter feuds. After her measured criticism of him, he announced that Meryl Streep is “one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood”. Streep is an actress who pretty much everyone seems to rate – Kramer vs Kramer, Sophie’s Choice and so on. Even 2015 Trump admired her, choosing her second after Julia Roberts when asked to name the actresses he admired. The smart line of attack would be to admit she’s a good actress, but undermine her political expertise, maybe paint her as a ‘Hollywood liberal’. This is what pretty much every Trump supporter who we’ve seen react to Streep has done – none of his supporters are as unsubtle as the man himself. In Trump’s mind, it appears, a…

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Rachel Maddow: “What is going on with our FBI?

Language Is A Virus from Outer Space

Language is a virus from outer space - William S. Burroughs
Language is a virus from outer space – William S. Burroughs

The word is now a virus. The flu virus may have once been a healthy lung cell. It is now a parasitic organism that invades and damages the central nervous system. Modern man has lost the option of silence. Try halting sub-vocal speech. Try to achieve even ten seconds of inner silence. You will encounter a resisting organism that forces you to talk. That organism is the word.

The Ticket That Exploded (1962) William s. Burroughs


Well I dreamed there was an island

That rose up from the sea.

And everybody on the island

Was somebody from TV.

And there was a beautiful view

But nobody could see.

Cause everybody on the island

Was saying: Look at me! Look at me!

Look at me! Look at me!

Laurie Anderson – Language Is A Virus
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You Must Have Been a Sensational Baby, I Said

More cuts from the 1986 reading I gave with Harold Norse at San Francisco’s
Jewish Community Center.

In this post Norse reads, ‘You Must Have Been a Sensational Baby’ and I read
a piece named ‘Glimpse’.

I owe these performance tapes to my best friend, Kit.

Kit showed up and recorded all of my performances, even when he
was sick.

 I’ll Be Seeing You – In Memory of Kit –

The sketch of Norse is a scan of the inside cover of my copy of his
collected poems, Carnivorous Saint.

I describe  night I bought Carnivorous Saint in a post I wrote
about Norse for Pride Week 2016.

Heroes of the Revolution: Harold Norse

 

Portrait of Harold Norse based on a scan of the inner cover of my copy of Carnivorous Saint.
Portrait of Harold Norse based on a scan of the inner cover of my copy of Carnivorous Saint.


You Must have Been a Sensational Baby

Portrait of Rob Goldstein based on a photo by Nina Glaser.
Portrait of Rob Goldstein based on a photo by Nina Glaser. I wore black for most of the 1980’s as an expression of mourning.

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Harold Norse and Rob Goldstein: The Jewish Community Center, 1986

I am the Rob Goldstein in the tapes mentioned in Stephanie.

In 1983, I moved in with my friend and mentor Harold Norse.

Norse and I lived together as teacher and student for five years.

I gave that short reading of Stephanie in April of 1984.

That was my first public reading and I was nervous.

By 1986, I was more comfortable on the stage.

I also had a theatrical monologue in production.

I named the monologue Bobby .

I didn’t know then that Bobby is a dissociative  alternate.

I recall when I performed sections of the monologue Bobby took
over but I considered it getting in character.

In 1986, I gave a joint reading with Harold Norse at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center in San Francisco.

The reading was Harold’s way of validating my work as a student.

That night Harold had a touch of laryngitis.

He brought a tape of his reading his translations of Gioachino Belli and used it when his  voice tired.

That part of Harold’s taped reading of Belli and my performance of section seven of  ‘Bobby’ are in this post.

I’ve also included my opening which was a reading from OttoKernberg’s Borderline Conditions  and Pathological Narcissism which I used to
illustrate  the way academic language is used to oppress gay men.

To provide context, in 1986 being a gay identified writer was still a radical act, more so because  the AIDS epidemic had caused a backlash and had not yet peaked.

Harold Norse reads from his translations of Gioachino Belli


https://robertmgoldstein.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/harold-norse-reading-the-poems-of-belli.mp3

Rob Goldstein reads from Otto Kernberg’s Borderline Conditions and Pathological Narcissism.

Rob Goldstein reads section seven of Bobby, The Summerville Lights


Rob Goldstein 1986-2016 (c) Rob Goldstein 2016 All Rights Reserved

I Am That Child

I am that child who watched in horror
as a policeman shot and killed my
Father.

I am that child gunned down
at school; my last words were,
Help me! I don’t want to be here!”

I am that child tortured and beaten
and left in a field to die because
I am gay.

I am that child who listens
fearfully as a rich white lady
on TV says that my life does
not matter.

I am every child who has ever gone to
bed hungry

And cold

And homeless

And illiterate

And sick

Because of the evil of adults who know what
they do.

And If I grow up I will shit on your streets

And feed your prisons

And live as evidence of your contempt for life

And the human spirit

And your bestial need for more.

I am the battered face of your hate.

Look at me!

 

Art by Rob Goldstein
I Am the Battered Face of Your Hate

 

Poem and Image (c) Rob Goldstein 2016

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Featured Blogger: Josh Gross

Photograph of a Jaguar in Brazil
Jaguar-Brazil2010k-4049.jpg by Dagget2. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

My featured Blogger this month is Josh Gross whose blog is The Jaguar
and its Allies.

I admire his passion for conservation and his dedication to saving the jaguar from extinction.

Josh is currently running a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for
research on jaguars in Guyana.

Q.) How long have you been blogging, Josh?

A.) I have blogged since June of 2015, so for about a year and a half.

Q.) What sparked your interest in conservation?

A.) I have always loved animals. As a child, I enjoyed looking for deer in local parks, going to the Cleveland Zoo, and learning everything I could about wild animals. I always wanted to contribute to their conservation, but figured I had the wrong skill set. So at first I settled on Psychology, specifically Mental Health Counseling. However, after carrying out some voluntary work for the Center of Biological Diversity, and after discovering Wild Safari Live, I knew what I had to do. So now, I’m trying to use my social science background to help wild animals.

Q.) Why jaguars in particular?

A.) Many reasons, with the first being where they live. Jaguars inhabit some of the most bio-diverse landscapes on Earth. In order to conserve top predators like jaguars, you have to conserve all the links of the food chain they depend on. They also perform valuable services by keeping the populations of large herbivores and smaller predators in check. By conserving jaguars, then, we can benefit entire tropical ecosystems.

Another reason I focus on jaguars is the social challenges involved in protecting them. These wide-ranging animals occasionally harm livestock, and every now and then humans. As such, it is impossible to conserve them without fostering strong relationships with local people. My training in Counseling, and Psychology more generally, makes me well suited for this task.

But most importantly, jaguars are extraordinary creatures. The more I learn about them, the more fascinating they seem. As Richard Mahler puts it in The Jaguar’s Shadow (2008), they are “miracles of evolution” that have “a right to exist.”

Q.) Why Guyana?

A.) Guyana is like nowhere else on Earth. This small, South American country is home to some of the largest tracts of unbroken rain forest in the world. This makes it a potential stronghold for threatened species like jaguars. However, reports of conflicts with jaguars are on the rise (J. Persaud, January 6, 2017, personal communication), It is therefore vital that I get in there now, in order to help address this conflict before it gets out of hand.

Photograph of a waterfall
Kaieteur Falls by David Stanley. CC BY 2.0.

Q.) Tell us a little about your campaign and research.

A.) For my thesis, I want to spend several weeks living among local communities in Guyana: learning about their beliefs regarding jaguars. Beliefs about large predators have been found to influence their acceptability (Inskip et al., 2016; Carter, Riley, & Liu, 2012; Slagle, Zajac, Bruskotter, Wilson, & Orange, 2013), making this an important topic to study. Communications with conservationists in Guyana have confirmed that it would be helpful to learn more about people’s jaguar-related beliefs. But in order to carry out this research I will need funding.

This is where my GoFundMe campaign comes in. When I was applying to Humboldt State University, all the information about my Master’s program stated that students perform their research during their second year. I assumed this meant I had a whole year to learn about conducting research, make contacts, and plan my thesis. But when classes began, my cohorts and I were strongly encouraged to do our fieldwork this summer. This gives me little time to get everything in order, while simultaneously taking on a full course load: compromising my ability to acquire grants. But I refuse to give up, and have recently launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for my research.

Q.) Will you blog while traveling and conducting research?

A.) I will try my best. I am going to have limited internet access while in Guyana, so I can’t make any promises. But I will take lots of notes and pictures, and will have plenty to write about when I return!

Thank you, Josh!

Photograph of Josh Gross
Josh Gross

The Jaguar and it’s Allies

The Jaguar’s Shadow

All referenced articles and images are cited here.

 

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Stephanie

I’ve blogged about the weird experience of finding journals
written by different alternates in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Journals I have no memory of writing.

I’ve recently found a box of audio taped spoken word
performances by Rob Goldstein from the 1980’s.

I know intellectually that I am Rob Goldstein but it’s
the estrangement from that part of myself that makes
listening to these tapes so weird.

I stared at them for six weeks before I ordered
a cassette to mp3 converter.

It took another two weeks for me to use the damned thing.

I listened to a few of the tapes today and I’m shocked.

I have no memory of these readings.

In fact, I have no hard copies of some of the writing I
performed as Rob Goldstein.

Here’s a a short piece named ‘Stephanie’ from a public reading in 1984.

I was in my late 20’s.

This story about Stephanie may be true.

Stephanie
Written and performed by Rob Goldstein
(c) Rob Goldstein 2016 all rights reserved

 

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Variations on a Theme

Art by Rob Goldstein
Variations on a Theme

I’ve been on a short break from therapy.

It’s hard to question your motives and beliefs twice a week, every week.

I used last week’s rains as a reason not to go.

There are times when I want to know what it feels like just to live.

That’s not the way it’s going to be for me, not yet—and I can feel
my mind splitting open in preparation for this afternoon’s session.

When I feel low I distract myself with humor and wordplay.

I’m a big fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000 because of the wordplay.

New episodes of MST3K are in production and headed for Netflix this year.

For people who don’t know the show here’s a sample:

Great humor is timeless.

A conversation about astrology yesterday led to thoughts of the Firesign Theater so I ran a search for them on the Internet Archives.

If you’re feeling down I offer this story of ‘Genesis’ as told by the Firesign Theater.

It is an excerpt from “I Think We’re all Bozos on this Bus.”

Before the beginning, there was this turtle. And the turtle was alone. And he looked around, and he saw his neighbor, which was his mother. And he lay down on top of his neighbor, and behold! she bore him in tears an oak tree, which grew all day and then fell over — like a bridge. And lo! under the bridge there came a catfish. And he was very big. And he was walking. And he was the biggest he had seen. And so were the fiery balls of this fish, one of which is the sun, and the other, they called the moon.

Firesign Theatre

 

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Sean Hannity Endorses Make Russia Great Again Teamwork!

At first I thought the tweet was a fake. I’m skeptical, especially when it comes to people about whom I want to think the worst.

Tweet from Sean Hannity saying Amen to Make Russia Great Again
I thought this tweet was a fake until I read Hannity’s Apology

Then I read Sean Hannity’s apology in the Hill:

Hannity deletes ‘Make Russia Great Again’ endorsement

Fox News host Sean Hannity said Sunday that his positive retweet of a message that said “Make Russia Great Again” was a mistake.

Hannity originally wrote “Amen!!” with a link to a tweet that said, “YES! All Americans must join together to MAKE RUSSIA GREAT AGAIN. Teamwork!!”

Teamwork eh?

October 25th 2016 - Sean Hannity
October 25th 2016 – Sean Hannity – TeamWork

Teamwork!

Screnshot of Sara Palin, Sean Hannity and Julian Assange as they work to discredit their government
Teamwork

Teamwork!

Putin Tells America to Lose with Dignity.
Teamwork!

Teamwork!

Rachel Maddow: “Our new president will flat out lie to us.”

Rachel Maddow opens by encouraging everyone to read the January 6th
report from U.S intelligence agencies regarding Russian intrusion on the
U.S. elections.

What follows is fascinating because it looks as if Maddow is in shock
as she considers Trump’s response and comprehends that Trump will lie
even when he knows that we can read the truth.

It’s the kind of shock that anyone who has ever dealt with a pathological narcissist understands.

“Our new president will flat out lie to us.” Maddow added, “He put out a written statement about what he learned in the briefing. And he blatantly, and overtly, bluntly, simply lied about what is in this report. Right before this report got publicly released so we could check ourselves and see that he was lying.”  The Liberal Plug

The primitive nature of the narcissist’s dishonesty and his utter lack of conscience is incomprehensible to the civilized mind.

For Reference, here is a link to the declassified intelligence report. Click the
image.

Screenshot of thr cover page of the CIA report on hacking.
Given what we know of the Russian Hack of the election we need to understand information as a weapon.

 

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Lies and Confabulations

I wrote this post in June of 2015 when Rachel Dolezal was in the news.

Rachel Dolezal is the White woman who claims that she is African-American.

When I read Rachel Dolezal’s story I wondered if she dissociates.

What if Rachel Dolezal she believes that she is African-American, and if  she does, she’s not lying.

When is a lie not a lie?

When it is a confabulation.

Confabulation is defined as the spontaneous production of false memories: either memories for events that never occurred, or memories of real events that are displaced in space or time. These memories may be elaborate and detailed. Some may be obviously bizarre, as a memory of a ride in an alien spaceship; others are quite mundane, as a memory of having eggs for breakfast, so that only a close family member can confirm that the memory is in fact false.

Confabulation is not lying and people who confabulate are not deliberately trying to mislead other people. In fact, patients are generally quite unaware that their memories are inaccurate, and they may argue strenuously that they are telling the truth. Neither should confabulation be confused with false memory syndrome, the phenomenon whereby otherwise normal people suddenly “remember” supposedly repressed incidents of childhood abuse or other trauma. Confabulation is a clinical syndrome resulting from injury to the brain.  Memory Loss Online

The primary function of the brain is the survival of the organism.

To that end, the brain will use all of its resources.

I did a Google search for Rachel Dolezal and got pages of outraged commentary along with video of her recent interview with Matt Lauer.

This was the second hit: The Nightly Show Goes in on “Crazypants White Lady” Rachel Dolezal.

Crazypants is a descriptive word that means weird or insane, not insane in the sense that it means cool as in crazy cool or that’s totally insane! Crazypants means insane as in a mental illness.  The Urban Dictionary

Crazypants is an N-Word for people with mental illness

This was the third hit: Rachel Dolezal’s parents: We taught our kids ‘always be honest’

Dolezal’s parents on TODAY denied charges they were abusive parents, calling the claims a “dramatic change” to what they knew of Rachel growing up, who always wanted to introduce them to her friends.

“We still hold out hope that we’ll be able to be reconciled someday,” Lawrence Dolezal said.

His wife added, “And we hope that Rachel will get the help that she needs to deal with her identity issues. Of course we love her, and we hope that she will come to a place where she knows and believes and speaks the truth.”

They say they were not abusive and they hope that she gets help with her identity.

How curious.

I decided to experiment and Googled Rachel Dolezal Abuse.

The first hit: Rachel Dolezal’s brother, author Joshua Dolezal, faces trial for alleged sexual abuse of a black child

Within that story is this nugget: Hours after their daughter told NBC’s “Today” show that she identifies as black, Rachel Dolezal’s white parents went on Fox News to dispute several elements of her interview. For starters, Ruthanne Dolezal told the cable news channel that her 37-year-old daughter’s claim that she self-identified as black starting at a very young age is a “fabrication.”

Rachel Dolezal told “Today’s” Matt Lauer that as a young child, she “was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon and the black curly hair. That was how I was portraying myself.”

The 37-year-old said she began to identify with the black experience at age five.

Her parents went on Fox News to accuse their daughter of fabricating the way she remembers her childhood drawings.

Did you show everything you drew as a child to your parents?

image of a child with a caption that reads there was no one to tell and no place to hide
There is no safety for children with abusive parents-Image found on Pinterest

This is where the story becomes painfully familiar:

According to reports, Rachel Dolezal’s biological brother raped an adopted sibling:

“In 2013, Joshua was charged with four felony counts of sex abuse of a minor. The incidents, according to an affidavit obtained by the Post, happened at his parents’ home in Colorado “in 2001 or 2002.” The victim “was 6 or 7 years old,” and Joshua Dolezal was “19 years older.” Dolezal allegedly made the victim perform oral sex on him twice and he performed oral sex on the victim “7 or 8” times, allegedly telling the victim “Don’t tell anyone or I’ll hurt you.” The affidavit also lists another allegation of abuse in 1991 of another victim that had a racial element.”

According to a police report obtained by People, the alleged victim told Ruthanne that Josh was abusing her, but Ruthanne “did not believe her and told her to stop telling lies.”

Joshua is an English professor at Central College in Pella, Iowa.

The same article describes the family from Joshua Dolezal’s autobiography, Down from the Mountaintop: from Belief to Belonging:

“Joshua Dolezal watches his mother praying while listening to his father read an entire chapter of the Bible before dinner, “as is customary.”

“Down from the Mountaintop chronicles a quest for belonging. Raised in northwestern Montana by Pentecostal homesteaders whose twenty-year experiment in subsistence living was closely tied to their faith, Joshua Dolezal experienced a childhood marked equally by his parents’ quest for spiritual transcendence and the surrounding Rocky Mountain landscape.” WorldCat

When I read Joshua Dolezal’s author comments, I felt that something terrible must have happened to him as well:

“From my earliest school days, when I wore handmade clothes to kindergarten and carried a fringed leather lunch satchel, I knew that my childhood experience in the mountains of Montana was different from everyone else’s. I write essays as experiments in explanation, efforts to make what was and is foreign in my life comprehensible, maybe even familiar, to a reader. In Down from the Mountaintop, like many memoirists, I try to make sense of my past.” Iowa Center for the Book

“What was and is foreign in my life.”

That’s an odd choice of words.

In an interview, Rachel Dolezal’s Mother states that the sibling that Joshua Dolezal is accused of abusing suffers from Reactive Attachment Disorder:

“… A condition in which a child can’t bond with a parent or caregiver, and “seeks to cause trouble in the family.”

She goes on to say she never left the child alone with her son.

“The aligning with Rachel on this is a very bad combination,” she says. “Our son wasn’t even home a lot of the time it was alleged it was happening,” she says, “and I was a stay-at-home mother and very attentive to the kids because of her disorder. I never left her at home with our son or anything like that.” People.

Why would Ruthanne Dolezal be that specific?

Why insinuate that the child is “disordered” and “out to make trouble”?

She says she was a stay at home Mom and attentive to all the kids because of this one child’s “disorder.”

She never left the child at home with her Son.  Why?

Why does she describe the child as aligning with Rachel?

It all sounds so damned familiar because these were the kind of lies told
in my family.

The strategies survivors use to survive seem normal to us; even the act of becoming a different race is normal and possible for an abused child of five with an active imagination.

“Alters within the same patient may be of different ages, genders, races, and even species, including lobsters, ducks, and gorillas. There have even been reported alters of unicorns, Mr. Spock of Star Trek, God, the bride of Satan, and Madonna. Moreover, some practitioner’s claim that alters can be identified by distinct characteristics, including distinct handwriting, voice patterns, eyeglass prescriptions, and allergies. Proponents of the idea of multiple personalities have also performed controlled studies of biological differences among alters, revealing that they may differ in respiration rate, brain-wave patterns and skin conductance, the last being an accepted measure of arousal.” The Scientific American

If I told you my name is Mateo and I am a Black, would you call me a lying crazypants?

Probably.

It sounds to me as if Rachel and Josh Dolezal are trying to make sense of a past that they can’t fully remember, understand, or escape.

And even if they weren’t abused as children and enjoy perfect mental health the thought of it is sad.

RG 2015-2017

 

 

 

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Meryl Streep’s Speech Tonight at the 74th Golden Globe Awards

Meryl Streep gave a powerful speech of #Resistance at tonight’s Golden Globe Awards.

Update 1/10/2017

Below is her entire speech:

It’s as if Washington was nuked and Trump is says nothing happened…

I watched #MSNBC this morning as various experts and news people discussed Trump’s strengths and weaknesses in his relationship with Vladimir Putin.

KellyAnn Conway arrived to give her opinion of Putin’s attack on the United States:

Screenshot of Trump's blond spokesthing telling a lie
Blond woman tells Lie

And I thought, how can we know the damage without a complete investigation of the facts?

According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Russia worked “…to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency,”

The report also describes: “… a vast Russian intelligence operation that extends from hacking both Democratic and Republican targets to propaganda campaigns to troll-fueled social media disinformation. It re-asserts the intelligence community’s findings that the Kremlin is behind breaches of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and even state election board websites. And the express intention of those operations, the report states, was to not only disrupt the American electoral process, but to elect Donald Trump.” Wired

Cartoon from the los angeles times
Los Angeles Times Cartoon

That’s a serious crime against the American people.

Free and verified elections that produce a legitimately elected leader
is the heart of our Democracy.

Confidence in our vote is what makes us America.

It’s as if Washington was nuked and Trump says nothing happened.

Reprocessed Public domain video of a nuclear explosion

Addendum: A special thanks to people who respect me enough to let me know when they think I’ve crossed a line.

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The War on The American Mind

One of the stranger aspects of 21st-century geopolitics has been the West’s denial that it has an adversary or enemy in Vladimir Putin.  –Peter Pomerantsev

A photo of a poster of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin as seen in a photograph taken on a Moscow Street.
A Poster of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin as seen in a photograph taken on a Moscow Street.

I once knew a physicist who said he worked for the military on
something called a clean bomb.

“It kills the people but there’s no radiation so we can go in and
take the land.”

I never spoke with him again but I never forgot the horror of his
Machiavellian disregard for human life.

That conversation comes to mind as read news of Russia’s Hack
of our 2016 Election.

Screenshot of thr cover page of the CIA report on hacking.
Given what we know of the Russian Hack of the election we need to understand information as a weapon.

I think of bombs so clean we don’t even know we’re at war.

Screenshot from a Legatum Institute essay on Russian Disinformation
from Winning the Information War

If you’re one of millions of people still think the United States created the AIDS virus in 1969 you can thank a successful Soviet Style disinformation campaign launched by the Soviet Union on July 17, 1983.

Image found on the internet of a fake document designed to prove that the United States invented the AIDS Virus
A Fake Document created by the former Soviet Union to ‘prove’ that the United States created the AIDS virus.

“A small pro-Soviet paper called the Patriot published a front-page article titled “AIDS may invade India: Mystery disease caused by US experiments.”

The story cited a letter from an anonymous but “well-known American scientist and anthropologist” that suggested AIDS, then still a mysterious and deadly new disease, had been created by the Pentagon in a bid to develop new biological weapons.

“Now that these menacing experiments seem to have gone out of control, plans are being hatched to hastily transfer them from the U.S. to other countries, primarily developing nations where governments are pliable to Washington’s pressure and persuasion,” the article read.

The Patriot’s article was subsequently used as a source for an October 1985 story in the Literaturnaya Gazeta, a Soviet weekly with considerable influence at the time.

The next year, it ran on the front page of a British tabloid. After that, it was picked up by an international news wire.

By April 1987 the story appeared in the major newspapers of more than 50 countries.

The problem? The story was a lie.

A variety of credible experts quickly came out to say that the idea that AIDS had been deliberately or inadvertently created in a laboratory was ridiculous; even the president of the Soviet Academy of Medical Sciences went on the record saying AIDS was of natural origin.

Yet even after the Cold War was over and the threat of AIDS became more widely understood, the idea that the disease was man-made persevered around the world.

The conspiracy theory even persisted in the United States: A 2005 study found almost half of African Americans believed that HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, was man-made.”

The Wall Street Journal November 26, 2016

According to the online New Eastern Europe,  the “weaponisation of information” is an essential tool of Russian foreign policy.

To study this “weaponisation of information” I reviewed an archive of
political ads produced by the RNC during the 2016 Elections.

To assess the ads as propaganda the ads must use one or more of the following propaganda techniques.

Whataboutism:  a logical fallacy that attempts to discredit the opponent’s position by asserting the opponent’s failure to act in accordance with that position in a similar situation without directly refuting or disproving the opponent’s initial argument.

The strategy is designed to turn the argument into a discussion of irrelevancies.

Example:

I tell you that Trump said on tape that he can grab women’s genitals because he’s famous and you reply what about Bill Clinton?

A screenshot of Trump meeting with women who accused Bill Clinton of Rape prior to his second debate with Hillary Clinton
What about Bill Clinton

The story or video uses of words, music, and images in a way that subvert one’s sense of reality and to disengage critical thinking.

Example:

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton Sold Weapons to ISIS!
This Headline uses the Active Measure of working to discredit the CIA.

The story fabricates an all-powerful enemy with unverified accounts of outrageous behaviors and dishonest strategies.

September 21, Clinton's Body Double
September 21, Clinton’s Body Double

A Loud, crude and aggressive tone of voice.

 

Art by Rob Goldstein
Trump absurdly links the Iranian execution of a scientist to Hilary Clinton’s hacked email.

Active measures Discredit credible media and authority while spreading unverified conspiracy theories and outright lies.

Screnshot of Sara Palin, Sean Hannity and Julian Assange as they work to discredit their government
Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin and Julian Assange ‘actively’ working to subvert our national security.

 

screenshot of Russian propagandist, Julian Assange, from a news report in which he critisises Presidernt Obama
Julian Assange criticizes Obama for leaking the facts

Now that we now know Russia used American media to subvert the U.S. elections we must inform ourselves with facts and use critical thought as we
sift through the news.

Below are three political ads released by the Republican National Committee or the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2016 U.S. elections.

They are classified as ‘political advertising but they look like Russian propaganda videos to me. Do you agree?

Hillary Clinton is a Living History of Scandal Lies and Spin

Disinformation Ad Released by the National Republican Senatorial Campaign

May  25, 2016

A fear mongering word salad of lies and debunked accusations that spiral into a series of insults that ends with Hillary Clinton as the living embodiment of everything people hate about politics.

The ad closes on the gender stereotype of a cackling witch who shouts, “I am a real person!’

Script:

Democrat Senate candidates need to ask themselves a question. Can they really support Hillary Clinton? She’s a living history of scandal, lies and spin. Defended an accused child rapist then laughed about his lenient sentence. Whitewater. Travelgate. Chinagate. Filegate. She politically attacked sexual harassment victims. Pretended she landed under sniper fire. Benghazi. The Clinton Foundation. FBI investigation. Ruthless. Fake accents, fake concerns and fake laughs. Hillary Clinton. She is the living embodiment of everything people hate about politics. Democrat senate candidates, she is your burden to bear. I am a real person. NRSC is responsible for the content of this advertising.

Caught Lying Again

This GOP ad takes up the question of Hillary Clinton’s email.

We hear a montage of out of context quotes from Hilary Clinton as she responds to questions about her use of a private server for classified
email against a musical backdrop of tinkling apocalypse.


The ad was released on August 25, 2016.

The FBI cleared Hillary Clinton of all charges regarding her email a month before, on July 05th, 2016.

People who’ve read the Wikileaks emails say they are remarkably dull.

Wikileaks was never about Hillary Clinton’s real email.

Wikileaks was always about those mythical lost emails and what they contained.

Wikileaks provided cover for a flood of outrageous and unsubstantiated lies.

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton is Satanic!
Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton is Satanic!

 

A screenshot of a fake news outlet's claim that Wikileaks revealed information about Benghazi
The Headline is as fake as the News Outlet.

Putin and his operatives in the U.S. lied with impunity.

screenshot of Fox News Promoting fake news
Fox News promoting a Wikileaks based scandal.

The most bizarre political ad in the stash at the Internet Archives is this one:

It’s as if you’re saying….

Disinformation Video released by the Republican National Committee
February 25, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s historically accurate comment that Martin Luther King’s Dream began to be realized when Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964 becomes a racist slam against Martin Luther King.

As a reality check, here’s a photograph of the signing of the Civil Right’s Act of 1964.

Martin Luther King watches as Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Right's Act of 1964.
Martin Luther King watches as Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Right’s Act of 1964.

Martin Luther King is among the dignitaries at the signing.

The ad uses a collage of words and images that twists a factual statement into a racist slur.

Script

When we arrived in South Carolina yesterday, this was The State newspaper. Clinton camp hits Obama. Attacks painful for black voters. Many in state offended by criticism of Obama and remarks about Martin Luther King. Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It’s as if you are minimizing I Have A dream. It’s a nice sentiment, but it took a white President to get blacks to the mountain top

I understand why Americans don’t want to deal with the seriousness of this attack.

Taking a partisan stance is the easy way out and a possible path to our destruction.

What matters is that a foreign government attacked the people of the United States through our media to thwart our political process.

We must know how this attack happened, what the damage was, and what
we can do to protect ourselves.

We must unite against this attack.

Anything else is submission to a foreign power.

Putin Tells America to Lose with Dignity.
Putin Tells America to Lose with Dignity.

Rob Goldstein 2016

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When do we call it Treason?

I don’t know how else to explain this.

Why is our incoming President working to subvert the integrity of our
intelligence agencies on an crime as serious as a conspiracy to subvert
our nation’s election
?

Even if the CIA and the FBI are wrong the evidence merits a serious
response and a complete investigation.

They don’t have to be right before we act to protect ourselves!

 

President-Elect Puppet

 

I first posted this on November 16, 2016.

A graphic showing Vladimir Putin as a puppet master and Donald Trump as his puppet.
Putin’s Puppet. Found on Twitter.

The post is more relevant in light of our Government’s confirmation
that Putin used multiple strategies to steal the U.S. election for Donald
Trump,

The former director of the KGB does not have friends; he has subjects, operatives, and useful idiots: he has puppets.

Putin’s favored weapon against enemy governments is weaponized disinformation.

A disinformation campaign is a long-term strategy designed to divide a nation’s people, cause them to mistrust their own system of government and to ultimately lose their sense of reality.

The only conspiracy Trump’s supporters don’t buy is the one where they
are targeted and used as unwitting tools.

Putin’s targets are people so uninformed that they honestly don’t know
that the President has a constitutional obligation to fill vacant court
seats.

To get sense of the force of the attack on their emotions and intellect view the video below.

A vote stolen with lies is still a stolen vote.

Putin hacked the 2016 elections and he won .

A screenshot of Russian Premier Vladimir Putin telling Democrats to lose gracefully
Putin Tells America to Lose with Dignity.

That’s some wild ass conspiracy theory, right?

 

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Bill Clinton Raped a Child

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL

Am I the only citizen to notice the absence of WikiLeaks bombshells after
the 2016 election?

Assange vanished only to emerge on Faux News last night. 1/03/2017

Screenshot of Fox News lying for Vladitmir Putin
Putin’s American media outlet interviews Putin Operative Who says Putin not behind Putin’s Attack on the U.S.
October 25th 2016 - Sean Hannity
October 25th 2016 – Sean Hannity

This was not only the dirtiest campaign in U.S. history, it was the most psychologically abusive.

For Russia and Putin, a Surprise Gift from America

“If Europe was important, however, finding the means to sow doubt and insecurity about the political system in the United States, the last remaining superpower, was the big prize.

Television has been relentless in trying to paint the American system as flawed, suggesting that the process was not better than that in Russia. One prominent Russian politician even joked about it before the votes came in.

Gennadi A. Zyuganov, the longstanding leader of the Communist Party, said that Mrs. Clinton was smart but not good for Russia. “If Americans will vote honestly, I think Trump will make it, but if they will vote like here, then Hillary will win,” he said.

If the Cold War was rooted in ideological differences, the new Russian goal is to show that all political systems are equally bad. Also by interfering in conflicts like those in Ukraine and Syria, Mr. Putin has sought to reassert Russia’s role as a global power to be reckoned with.

Dmitry Kiselyev, the most prominent anchor on state television, called the United States election campaign the dirtiest in that country’s history, saying it provoked “disgust” toward what is somehow still called democracy.

The photo that illustrates the story in the New York Times gives me chills:

A photo of a poster of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin as seen in a photograph taken on a Moscow Street.
A Poster of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin as seen in a photograph taken on a Moscow Street

I like to say the difference between a Conspiracy Theory and a Conspiracy are facts.

Fact: The U.S. Government is still taking action against what it describes as a Russian attack on our political Process.

Fact: Putin’s preferred weapon against ‘enemy’ states is Weaponized Disinformation.

The New York Times, AUG. 5, 2016 For Putin, Disinformation Is Power

Fifteen years ago, a few months into his presidency, Vladimir V. Putin told Larry King on CNN that his previous job as a K.G.B. officer had been like that of a journalist. “They have the same purpose of gathering information, synthesizing it and presenting it for the consumption of decision makers,” he said. Since then, he has excelled at using the media to consolidate power inside Russia and, increasingly, to wage an information war against the West.

So the apparent hacking by Russian security services of the Democratic National Committee emails, followed by their publication by WikiLeaks, should come as no great surprise to Americans. It is only the latest example of how Mr. Putin uses information as a weapon. And the Kremlin has cultivated ties with WikiLeaks for years.

The Boston Globe, September 2016 How much is Russia trying to influence internal US affairs?

“US intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to sow public distrust in the presidential election and in US political institutions, intelligence and congressional officials said.”

The Wall Street Journal, November 2014 Putin’s Disinformation Matrix

Propaganda is closely integrated with the Kremlin’s model of ambiguous warfare, which relies on rapid action, covert troops, the creation of a digital fog of war, and inflaming ethnic and sectarian tensions. Western governments shouldn’t overreact to RT’s presence in the West. But they can take the opportunity to revamp and modernize their own public diplomacy, targeting ethnic-Russian audiences to ensure that accurate reporting stands a chance amid the blizzard of Moscow’s lies.

Fact: Russia is the confirmed the culprit in the computer hacks on the DNC.

The New York Times July, 2016 Spy Agency Consensus Grows That Russia Hacked D.N.C.

American intelligence agencies have told the White House they now have “high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the theft of emails and documents from the Democratic National Committee, according to federal officials who have been briefed on the evidence.

But intelligence officials have cautioned that they are uncertain whether the electronic break-in at the committee’s computer systems was intended as fairly routine cyberespionage — of the kind the United States also conducts around the world — or as part of an effort to manipulate the 2016 presidential election.

Bloomberg, October 7, 2017 U.S. Publicly Blames Russia for Hacking to Disrupt Elections

The U.S. said publicly for the first time that intelligence agencies are “confident that the Russian government directed” the hacking of American political groups and leaked stolen material in order to interfere with the Nov. 8 election.

“These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process,” the Office of Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security said in a joint statement on Friday. “We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.”

The Washington Post, June 14, 2016 Russian government hackers penetrated DNC, stole opposition research on Trump

Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to committee officials and security experts who responded to the breach.

The intruders so thoroughly compromised the DNC’s system that they also were able to read all email and chat traffic, said DNC officials, and the security experts

Fact: Trump’s first act as President is the unleashing of Vladimir Putin

CNN November 15, 2016 Trump, Putin speak about future of US-Russia ties

Putin “called to offer his congratulations on winning a historic election,” according to a Trump statement. The two leaders discussed issues including shared threats, strategic economic issues, and the historical US-Russia relationship.

The two men also spoke about working to normalize relations between the two countries and emphasized the importance of creating a foundation of bilateral ties through trade, the Kremlin said.

They also discussed the need for “joint efforts in the fight against common enemy No. 1” — international terrorism and extremism.

Screenshot of a November 15 headline stating that after trump chat Putin bombs Syria
November 15, 2016 – A week after the election Trump unleashes Putin

Fact: The hack was an attack on our political process and thus and act of war.

Fact: Trump is protecting the perpetrator.

Here’s what bothers me the most.

This is the most devastating attack on the United States in the
history of our Nation.

And most of us still want to deny that it happened.

If you haven’t seen this 2013 Episode of the Black Mirror, The Waldo Moment, have a look.

It’s eerie viewing in light of the outcome of the 2016 U.S. elections.

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A Gilded Throne of Lies – The Russian War on Truth

In this post I offer a screenshot timeline of the disinformation campaign
against Hillary Clinton from June through November of 2016,  though
GOP smears against her go back decades.

This post was first published as A Gilded Throne of Lies: The Right-
Wing War on Truth.

I’ve changed the title to illustrate what the U.S. government confirms
as fact: Russia attacked the United States with a new form of
propaganda spread by new technologies.

“Russian disinformation takes its roots from the Soviet dezinformatsiya, which consisted of operations aimed at influencing opinion in the West through fakes and forged ‘disinformation’. 

in Russia, press freedom has been very limited.

The tradition of opposition media was totally annihilated during the communist era and despite the hopes for the development of free media environment after the collapse of the USSR, Russia has followed the path of heavy propaganda. Recently, a new global strategy has been set in motion, linked to the notion of soft power.

President Putin himself recognized the concept of weaponisation of information.  In a 2014 interview, he declared: “The rapid progress of electronic media has made news reporting enormously important and turned it into a formidable weapon that enables public opinion manipulations. The intense media warfare has become a mark of the times, when certain nations attempt to monopolize the truth and use it in their own interests”. Since then, the so-called “weaponisation of the information” has become an essential tool of Russian foreign policy, and several specialists acknowledged that Russia has been using information as a weapon. The term “information warfare” was coined a while ago, taking its roots in the Cold War and the rise of communication technologies, however, “weaponisation of information” appears to be a rather new phenomenon.

Russian propaganda has evolved in sophistication, intensity, reach and impact.

Russian efforts are carefully orchestrated, thoughtfully targeted, generously funded and professionally produced.

The truth is not important and there is a strong sense of relativism.

The Kremlin exploits the idea that the ‘truth’ is a lost cause and that reality is essentially malleable.”

from To inform, or disinform: Russia’s new propaganda war

In simple terminology, weaponised disinformation is the use of mass social media to subvert reality to such a degree that the people are no longer able to trust their own perceptions.

Russian Disinformation as a weapon is designed to erode the trust between the people and their institutions which is essential to the success of free and open democracies.

If you want to bring down American Democracy the best way is to erode the people’s faith in their own system of government.

 

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton has Double Agents at Fox News!
Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton has Double Agents at Fox News!



The result of this attack against the United States was that false allegations based on a daily leak of unverified rumors about Hillary Clinton dominated the media despite video taped evidence of Donald Trump bragging about his sexual assaults on women.

Despite the revelation that he has not paid taxes in decades.

Despite accusations of rape.

Despite his own demonstrable lack of insight, qualifications, and
fitness to be President.

Even now, as our government attempts to assess the damage of this attack, Trump’s team argues that President Obama’s sanctions against Russia are excessive.

Screenshot of Trump's Press Secretary saying that Obama's sanctions against Russia are excessive
Trump’s Team seeks to normalize the disinformation campaign launched by Russia to place Trump in the White House.

The incoming President doesn’t think that the intrusion of a foreign
power on our elections is a big deal.

How did this happen?

Let’s review a timeline on Russia’s 2016 assault on reality that gave the
Presidency to Donald Trump.

There is no evidence for any of the accusations made against Clinton
or the Democrats in the clippings below.

Screenshot of fox news reports that Obama would sign martial law before election
June 11, 2016 Click to enlarge
sceenshot of house probe into bengazi
July 8th-Click to enlarge

 

screenshot of house probe into Clinton Perjury
July 8th -Click to Enlarge

 

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July 11, 2016 Click to enlarge
screen shot from yahoo news reporting on Clinton's email
July 11, 2016 Click to enlarge
Screenshot of fox news explains why FBI director comey should have jailed hillary clinton
July 20, Krautheimer reads FBI Director Comey’s Mind
screenshot August 11, 2013 Tweet from Trump
August 11, 2013 Tweet from Trump

 

August 13 Yahoo News Report
August 13 Yahoo News Report

 

August 14, 2016 screnshot of The Allen West Website-Click to Enlarge
August 14, 2016 The Allen West Website-Click to Enlarge
August 15, 2016 Screenshot from Yahoo News. Click to enlarge
August 15, 2016 Screenshot from Yahoo News. Click to enlarge
Screenshot from MS bing
August 19th Screenshot from MS Bing

 

August 20th, 2016 - Yahoo News Screenshot
August 20th, 2016 – Yahoo News Screenshot – Click to enlarge

 

Screenshot of a wikileak accusing Clinton of ordering a hit
August 20th, 2016 click to enlarge

 

screenshot of google results regarding Clinton's Health
August 20, 2016 — Clinton’s Health – Click to enlarge

 

 

Screenshot from MS Bing Political News
August 29, MS Bing Political News

 

September 21, Clinton's Body Double
September 21, Clinton’s Body Double

 

Screenshot of a report about a GOP congreessman who says that people on minumum wage will spend their money on drugs
September 30th, 2016

 

Twitter Screenshot of wikileak headline claiming Hillary sold weapons
October 1st, 2016

 

Screenshot of commentary on a CNN article that says Jews are Responsible for the White Genocide
October 10th, Jews are Responsible for the White Genocide – Click to Enlarge

 

October 11, 2016 - Click to Enlarge
October 11, 2016 – Click to Enlarge

 

Screenshot from October 11, 2016
October 11 2016 Click to Enlarge

 

Screen shot from State of the Nation
October 13, 2016

 

Screenshot October 21st, 2016 Click to Enalrge
October 21st, 2016 Click to Enlarge

 

Screenshot of October 21, 2016 headline about Hillary Clinton's Email
October 21, 2016

 

screenshot from Yahoo headline about Hillary's email gate scandal
October 21, 2016-Click to enlarge

 

Screenshot of an online poll asking if Hillary Clinton should be arrested
October 21, Should Hillary be Arrested
October 25th 2016 - Sean Hannity
October 25th 2016 – Sean Hannity
Screenshot of October 25th 2016
October 25th 2016

 

Screenshot of October 25th Hannity offers to send Obama back to Kenya
October 25th
screenshot October 26th, 2016
October 26th, 2016

 

Screenshot October 26, The FBI Announces it will investigate Clinton's email
October 26, The FBI Announces it will investigate Clinton’s email

 

Screenshot October 28, Yahoo Headline
October 28, Yahoo Headline

 

 

Screenshot October 28 MSNBC Headline
October 28, 2016 MSNBC Headline

 

Screenshot October 28 Daily News
October 28, Daily News
Screenshot October 28
October 28,
Screenshot October 29th FBI has no warrant
October 29th FBI has no warrant

 

Screenshot Trump tells supporters to vote twice
October 30th, the election was in fact rigged, but not against Mr. Trump.

 

October 30th, Hillary Clinton linked to child sex scandal
October 30th, Hillary Clinton linked to child sex scandal

 

Screenshot October 30 Twitter meme
October 30 Twitter meme

 

October 30, Fox new
October 30, Fox News
Screenshot October 31
October 31

 

Screenshot November 2nd, Fox Reporter Announces that Clinton will be Indicted
November 2nd, Fox Reporter Announces that Clinton will be Indicted

 

Screenshot of November 4th, Fox News Host apologizes for false indictment story
November 4th, Fox News Host apologizes for false indictment story
November 6, Clinton cleared again
November 6, Clinton cleared again

 

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A Tribute to Kendall Person and The Neighborhood

An illustration made in Virtual Reality that depicts a male and a female avatar in formal attire dancing in a nighclub
An Illustration made in virtual reality.

My first post of 2017 is a tribute to Kendall Person and the healing power of community and collaboration.

Faith and a belief in one’s self worth is crucial to the recovery of someone with a serious mental health diagnosis.

I’ve discussed our cynical legal system that protects the rights of the mentally disabled by using our loss of judgement as an excuse to deny us treatment.

Truly integrating people with psychiatric disabilities into society means respecting us enough to grant us access to the resources we need to heal
and fulfill our lives as people.

To give us a chance to collaborate and contribute where we can.

In Kendall Person’s Neighborhood I was accepted and treated with respect
which restored my sense of self-worth as an artist.

The videos I’ve worked on with Kendall and The Neighborhood have both involved the use of Virtual Reality to make illustrations.

The first video I worked on with Kendall was about a couple named Jack and Belinda.

As Kendall envisioned them, Jack and Belinda had always loved each other but had never met.

An illustration made in Virtual Reality that depicts a male and a female avatar in casual attire dancing in a nighclub
The first incarnation of Jack and Belinda.

As the narrative evolved, Jack and Belinda are dead but Belinda doesn’t know.

An illustration made in Virtual Reality that depicts a male and a female avatar in formal attire dancing in a nighclub
Jack arrives to take Belinda up in a dance of ascension.

Jack arrives to take Belinda up in a dance of ascension.

I spent a week making textures and sets in virtual reality.

I shot hundreds of high-resolution stills of avatars in different costumes and skins as they danced and became Jack and Belinda.

I’d send Kendall a test video and he critiqued it.

We often disagreed, but learning how to intelligently argue a point of view is an essential life skill and crucial to successfully coping with a chronic mental illness.

People with mental illness often become passive out of fear of alienating friends and treatment providers.

I had never made a video and only did so because of Kendall’s faith me.

The result was a 1 minute video called Jack and Belinda, the Ascension.

A couple of weeks ago Kendall asked me to give a short statement for
December’s closing performance, a one night only live-stream on Facebook.

My contribution was a short video in which I describe how I evolved a
healthier sense of self by describing the work I did with Kendall.

Imagine the power of living in a community of equals who nurture the
best in each other.

For the video below I went back to the raw shoots and chose the shots I considered the best as illustrations.

RG 2016

Jack and Belinda created by Kendall Person
Photography and video by Rob Goldstein
(c) 2016
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Birds songs in a Bottle-Brush Tree on Haight Street

 

Birds Songs In a Bottlebrush Tree


Look closely and you’ll see birds flit between the branches.

That buzz in the background is the sound of construction across
the street from the tree.

 

Bigots on Parade: The KKK Celebrates Trump

America’s corporate media is all abuzz about hip Nazi’s and downtrodden ALT-Whiteys who ‘repudiated’ Obama and progressives by rigging the electoral college and still losing nationally by 2.5 million votes.

I thought we might want to back a mere 36 years to the 1980’s when bigots
were called bigots by journalist who didn’t play word games to mask the
truth.

This 1980 CBS News video examines the methods the Ku Klux Klan used
to indoctrinate members’ children in the tenets of Alt-White Supremacy
and American Nazi contempt for human rights.

As I watched this flick I wondered if the children in this
video became Trump voters in their 50’s.

The flick has some degradation but its worth watching.

#Resist

Photo of Ku Klux Klan rally.
                                                   If you blow the right whistle the dogs come running.

 

Catching Angels

Catching Angels

Small screen works best with this video.

A Video mash-up made from The Electric Sheep Archives

The soundtrack is a cropped license audio free clip called
Catching Angels. It came from YouTube.

For more about Electric Sheep visit the internet archives

Electric Sheep is a distributed computing project for animating and evolving fractal flames, which are in turn distributed to the networked computers, which display them as a screensaver.

The Electric Sheep Archives

Autumn Lights, Another Day on Earth

Happy December 1st! An experiment with video:

 

One day, we will put it all behind,
We’ll say, that was just another time,
We’ll say, that was just another day on Earth

We’ll say, that was just another time,
One day, we will put it all behind,
We’ll say, that was just another day on Earth

Video collage shot and edited by Rob Goldstein

Brian Eno – Another Day On Earth
Released in June 2005 on Hannibal Records
Community Audio

On edit: The video is best viewed small.  The high-resolution copy of this video is too large for me to upload.