Pride: We Are Family

I first made and posted this video in 2016 — I was going to reprocess the images and add new photos to the video. Still, I decided to leave it because there is an Easter egg in this video, a moment that seemed curiously out of place at the time, but only evident as disinformation in retrospect.

The photos in the video were taken in 2015 when Pride celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

I used “We Are Family”  by Sister Sledge because in the 1970s, ‘We Are Family” was an anthem for the Gay and Feminist movements.

In 1970, Gay Liberation said we are everywhere: all religions, races, and
nationalities.

“We Are Family” celebrates solidarity.

If I turned around every time somebody called me a faggot, I’d be walking backward – and I don’t want to walk backward.”
– Harvey Milk

We are everyone, and we will not go back.

Art by Rob Goldstein
Clarion Alley 2012 (c) Rob Goldstein

 

Photography and Video by Rob Goldstein
‘We Are Family” by Sister Sledge

 

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Trump’s Torture Monkeys

‘Torture Monkeys’ prey on pain.

The U.N. defines torture as follows:

“Torture is any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.”

Trump and his enablers torture us with corruption, disease and economic calamity.

Becoming numb to it is normal, but it prevents us from acting to defend ourselves.

The narcissist wants us to normalize abuse and suffering, to accept it as a
‘new normal’ but that only leads to more suffering and pain.

In cases of domestic violence, the first step in ending the torture of abuse is saying no.

The news clips below date to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic starting with the news of today.

100 days in isolation because your President chose to let his people die is torture.

Watching a parent or a child die because our President is morally deranged is torture.

Watching your President ridicule the government’s best people because they are not corrupt is torture.

Yesterday,  Trump and his Republican Torture Monkeys succeeded in their weeks-long crusade to spread Covid-19 to kill more people and drive us into more calamity and isolation.

Friday saw the highest single-day total for coronavirus cases in the U.S., with more than 43,000 new infections. Those numbers are worse than the pandemic’s previous daily peaks. And that’s leading to fears that hospitals in Texas and Florida could soon resemble New York’s during the worst days of its outbreak.

The New York Times reports that U.S. intelligence told Donald Trump in March that Russia was paying bounties to Taliban fighters to kill coalition troops, including U.S. troops. Trump has done nothing about it and instead advocated for Russia’s return to the G8

 

This is what American carnage looks like.

President Trump’s reluctance to endorse wearing masks to prevent Covid spread has inspired a nation of maskless culture warriors who are putting everyone’s health at risk, including the President’s own Secret Service detail.

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria says the system of checks and balances in the US government is only effective if other leaders speak out and act when they see blatant abuses of power.

Chaos is Trump’s plan and chaos will worsen between now and the election. Expect Trump to cower in the chaos, delight in the discord and prey on your pain.

There is no real plan coming from the White House. Instead every night, carried on this network and others, there’s a two-hour pathological, narcissistic propaganda show in which the president feels some fleeting sense of satisfaction because people are watching.

“America is acting like a failed state”

“So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light. And I think you said that hasn’t been checked but you’re going to test it. Then I said supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you could do, either through the skin or some other way and I think you said you were going to test that, too. Sounds interesting. Then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute. Is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside, or almost a cleaning because you see it gets on the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it will be interesting to check that. That you’re gonna have to use medical doctors. But it sounds interesting to me.”

Former Health and Human Services secretary and Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius discusses the White House’s “very troubling” suppression of the Center for Disease Control’s 68-page reopening guide.»

Donald Trump has lashed out at Democrats who have questioned his handling of the coronavirus threat, calling it their new “hoax”.

Donald Trump is the President of the United States.

His decision to politicize wearing a mask to prevent the spread of disease, and his sabotage of successful measures adopted by states like California and New York, wasted months of isolation and the expense of living in isolation and caused the deaths of over 128,089 Americans.

128,108 Americans dead from neglect.

Now we find out that Trump knew months ago that Russia is offering bounties to Taliban fighters to kill U.S. troops, and he did nothing to protect them.

The Trump Administration is torture.

 

Updated July 1, 2020, to add these two videos:

Charlie Savage joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss his new reporting in the New York Times that American officials intercepted data showing large financial transfers between Russian intelligence and Taliban-linked accounts.

It now appears that Trump received written intelligence about this in early 2019 – but did not act on it. The White House claims that Trump knew nothing about it until stories about the alleged Russian plot made the news.

Header image,  ‘Torture Monkeys’ (c) Rob Goldstein 2014-2020

This was originally posted in 2015 as an image only post, ‘Torture Monkeys’. I
was going to delete it but wrote this instead.

June 27th: National PTSD Awareness Day

This is essential information for people with PTSD and C-PTSD, especially now, when so many people will find themselves faced with symptoms for the first time. If you feel anxious and depressed, know that you are not alone. Seek help.

Addicted To Living

(Image source: http://covingtonweekly.com/2017/06/29/disposable-heroes-ptsd-awareness-day/ )

More often than not, people tend to associate the acronym, PTSD, with veterans returning from war. This is because throughout the years of World War I and after World War II, many veterans faced severe PTSD, or “shell shock.” However, this is only one possible cause of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In order to get the bigger picture on what potentially causes this disorder, we should focus on what it truly is: a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people that have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event or disaster. Therefore, not only does war/combat potentially cause PTSD, but victims of sexual or violent assault, natural disasters, serious accidents or terrorist acts can be vulnerable to the disorder as well. This doesn’t necessarily mean that PTSD can only occur from an extreme accident; any event or series of events that causes overwhelming feelings of hopelessness and helplessness…

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A Note from the Silenced Majority

Thank you to Karen Kleis for sharing this with me.

Trump says he won the election and wants us to “work together” to “Make America Great Again”.

This is our response:

•We will not “work together” to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid.

•We will not “work together” to build a wall.

•We will not “work together” to persecute Muslims.

•We will not “work together” to shut out refugees from other countries.

•We will not “work together” to lower taxes on the 1% and increase taxes on the middle class and poor.

•We will not “work together” to help Trump use the Presidency to enrich himself.

•We will not “work together” to weaken and demolish environmental protection.

•We will not “work together” to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies which then despoil those lands.

•We will not “work together” to enable the extinction of other species.

•We will not “work together” to remove the civil rights of other citizens.

•We will not “work together” to subvert our allies and the NATO Alliance.

•We will not “work together” to slash funds for public education.

•We will not “work together” to take essential public services from people
who are poor.

•We will not “work together” to remove sensible gun control.

•We will not “work together” to drop the minimum wage.

•We will not “work together” to destroy the Unions.

•We will not “work together” to suppress and deny scientific fact.

•We will not “work together” to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women.

•We will not “work together” to increase the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

•We will not “work together” to put even more “big money” into politics.

•We will not “work together” to violate the Geneva Convention.

•We will not “work together” to normalize the vile and uninformed
views of the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party, and white supremacists.

•We will not “work together” to deny health care to people who need it.

•We will not “work together” to weaken food and drug safety.

•We will not “work together” to increase voter suppression.

•We will not “work together” to normalize tyranny.

•We will not “work together” to cut ethical oversight at any level of government.

•We will not “work together”  impose a pipeline for the transport oil on
Sacred Ground for Native Americans.

•We will not “work together” together to promote the lie that American
Democracy is as corrupt as a Russian Oligarchy.

•We will not “work together” together to enable a pathological liar.

•We will not “work together” together to enable a criminal regime.

This is our line and we draw it because words like “winning,” “being great again,” “rich” or even “beautiful” are meaningless when we scapegoat our fellow citizens and degrade our most cherished Democratic values and Institutions.

Signed,

The Majority

Photograph of “Torn Constitution” (c) Rob Goldstein 2017-2020
First published May 16. 2017-Revised September 11, 2020

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