US Coup d’état / Banana Republic

It’s really simple (and in the irony of all ironies) would make an incredible Hollywood blockbuster.  During the Obama Administration, federal agencies (CIA, FBI, DOJ, NSA, and State) used opposition research from the Hillary Clinton campaign to spy on candidate/nominee Trump. He was also spied on as President-elect and President.

Let that sink in because this **** usually happens in a banana republic.

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Press needs to restore its credibility on FBI and Justice Department (The Hill)

“Now, these are all established facts. Let’s review them again: Ohr was a senior Justice Department official whose wife was employed by the research firm hired by Clinton and the DNC to get dirt on Trump. This was not reported on any disclosure forms. Ohr’s wife worked on the same Trump-Russia project as Steele, who concocted the dossier, and Ohr himself established a secret back channel with Steele, who had been dismissed for lying to the FBI — all, apparently, so that Steele was never far from learning about the investigation or having input into it. His texts even refer to a fear of “firewalls” being discovered.”

São Paulo

Graffiti in San Paola I was in São Paulo last week for work. It was a quick trip, with a packed agenda, so the opportunity for exploration was limited. I have a top ten list though…

(1) Cargo Bikes (Copenhagenize Design Company)

(2) Eisenbahn Pale Ale (BeerAdvocate)

(3) Estação da Luz

“Ever since this station was completed in 1901, it has remained among the most important buildings in São Paulo and Brazil’s history. For decades its clocktower ruled over the city’s skyline to give its residents a reference point to set their clocks, and today the station houses the Museum of the Portuguese Language, a huge repository of and tribute to Portuguese art, language, and literature from around the world.” (THRILLIST)

(4) Street art/graffiti/building art (THRILLIST)

(5) The Estaiada Governador Orestes Quercia is a beautiful bridge near the Anhembi Convention Center

(6) Museu de Arte de São Paulo on (7) the Av. Paulista

(8) Minhocão / Via Elevada Presidente João Goulart (Architectural Digest)

(9) Municipal Theatre of São Paulo

(10) Whether on the Av. Paulista or the Sao Paulo International Book Fair Mickey Mouse was ubiquitous.

Weekend 430.0 (Drink up, dreamers, you’re running dry)

Cumulus IsobarA rainy day…a total wash out…it took me a couple of hours to realize there were no errands to run…no bike rides to be had…just the opportunity to listen to music…organize thoughts and exercise my creative muscles.

(1) Get ready for a commuter apocalypse (NY Post)

(2) Printmaking to Take Stage at New York’s Javits Center (Barron’s)

(3) ACORN All Purpose Vendor (almost like the mystery of the Sea Venture Building)

(3a) Bermuda (Devil’s Isle), Parts 1 to 3 (now in convenient .pdf format)

Bigger than Watergate…

…if only the media gave a damn. The good news— the 5th Estate is completely irrelevant (shadow banning, censorship and all).

(1) KIMBERLEY STRASSEL: Devin Nunes, Washington’s Public Enemy No. 1: What did the FBI do in the 2016 campaign? The head of the House inquiry on what he has found—and questions still unanswered. (via Instapundit)

You can run on for a long time…

(1) The Blue-State Housing Bubble (American Thinker)

(2) Connecticut is drowning in debt. Should the rest of us have to pay? (Washington Post)

(3) Carol Platt Liebau: Not one cent more (Connecticut Post)

“Here’s the truth: Connecticut has not suffered for lack of transportation money. Rather, the governor (like his predecessors) and the legislature have raided the Special Transportation Fund that could have paid for critical infrastructure. They’ve used the money, instead, to perpetuate a status quo that doesn’t work for the vast majority of Connecticut’s people — state employees who are paid more than any other state workers in the nation, when public and private sector compensation are compared.”

(4) Why Connecticut Is Collapsing (Daily Beast)

Weekend 429.0

“Are you even going to give out your calendars? Seems kind of depressing. Maybe it should just be the first meeting of the secret society.” – Peter Strzok

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful…to give an appearance of solidarity to pure wind.” – George Orwell

Weekend 428.0

(1) Coffee Drinkers Are More Likely To Live Longer. Decaf May Do The Trick, Too (NPR)

(2) How To Use Lechuza Planter’s Self Watering Feature (YouTube)

(3) Why I love the Kingdom Hearts series (MetroUK)

“While the overarching story of the franchise is a load of overcomplicated twaddle, the individual stories in each world are all extremely well-handled and capture the essence of the movies and TV shows perfectly.”

Searching everywhere from steeplechase to palisades

Bumper Cars(1) Tunnel of Love by Bruce Springsteen (YouTube)

(1a) Tunnel of Love by Dire Straights(YouTube)

“And now I’m searching through these carousels and the carnival arcades…Searching everywhere from steeplechase to palisades. In any shooting gallery where promises are made…”

(1b) Palisades Park by Counting Crows (YouTube)

Image from Lisa Meader via Flickr

Weekend 427.0

(1) Tetsuya Nomura Opens Up About Kingdom Hearts 3: “I Do Feel a Little Sad When I Think Some Characters Will Probably Never Appear Ever Again” (US GAMER)

Weekend 426.0

(1) E3 2018: Tetsuya Nomura on If Kingdom Hearts 3 Is the End of Sora’s Story
“One thing fans may hope Kingdom Hearts 3 can deliver on is offering a satisfying wrap-up to the friendships that began the franchise — the trio of Sora, Riku, and Kairi. All will obviously feature in the game, Nomura hopes its depiction of their bonds can offer a realistic sense of how friendships evolve and change over time.” (IGN)

(2) Unrequited Love Story: ‘Bull Durham’ at 30 (The Ringer)

Weekend 425.0

(1) Turning Point: The Original Goal of Soccer’s Iconic Black-and-White Ball Design (99% Invisible)

Hat Tip: JBOT

Weekend 424.0

(1) 2018 World Cup Fixture List (via Playmobil)

(2) Your musical inspiration this weekend is Spaceship Earth by Bruce Broughton

Weekend 423.1

Two quotes on memory (continuing a theme), silence, and noise…

“Memories, like seaweed wrapped around pilings on the beach, wordlessly waiting for high tide.”
– Haruki Murakami

“Memory is a word made fruitful by the Holy Spirit. It is a tomb, a tilled soil in which man deposits the seed of the word, and the latter takes root and springs up silently, developing a new, more abundant life that bears hope within it.”
– Robert Cardinal Sarah

“The roots of darkness could spread everywhere beneath the earth. Patiently taking their time, searching out weak points, the could break apart the most solid rock.”
– Haruki Murakami

“I am not afraid to assert that the false priests of modernity, who declare a sort of war on silence, have lost the battle. For we can remain silent in the midst of the biggest messes and most despicable commotion, in the midst of the racket and howling of those infernal machines that draw us into functionalism and activism by snatching us away from any transcendent dimension and from any interior life.”
– Robert Cardinal Sarah

Weekend 423.0 (Architecture is frozen music)

(1) Another quote from Ware: Conversations: “There’s a quote from Goethe that ‘architecture is frozen music,’ and I think it actually applies to comics more than anything because you’re taking images, making them still. They don’t actually come alive until you read them though; it’s sort of like reading sheet music in a way.”

(2) Semyon Bychkov talks about Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie (YouTube)

(3) A quote from Yesterday by Haruki Murakami:

“As time passes, memory, inevitably, reconstitutes itself. When I was twenty or so, I tried several times to keep a diary, but I just couldn’t do it. So many things were happening around me back then that I could barely keep up with them, let alone stand still and write them all down in a notebook. And most of these things weren’t the kind that made me think, Oh, I’ve got to write this down. It was all I could do to open my eyes in the strong headwind, catch my breath, and forge ahead…It feels as though these things happened just yesterday. Music has that power to revive memories, sometimes so intensely they hurt.”

(4) One last related quote from Ware: Conversations:

“This is why I think as adults, we can’t really enjoy life as we get older–we spend so much time worrying about the past and about the future that we don’t really experience anything. When we do experience anything deeply emotionally it’s mostly in memory, when we think about things: ‘Why didn’t I pay more attention to that?’ Meanwhile, everybody around us is getting older; our children are growing up. Before we know it, we’ve got an IV in our arm, and we’re telling the nurse, ‘Please adjust my bed.'”

(5) The Oh of Pleasure by Ray Lynch (YouTube)

Weekend 422.0

Three quotes from Ware: Conversations

“More than anything I was just trying to get a real sense of what it felt like to be alive, and there’s a lot of those moments in life. I didn’t want to ignore them. I wanted to try to put them on the page, to try to get a real sense of time passing.”

“You don’t read a book trying to get emotion out of the font that it’s printed in. You read it for the story. You read for what happens in your mind, and to me comics are some sort of magic language that happens before your eyes.”

“I guess I’ve used birds in some stories as a way of linking together narrative passages that happened in different time periods, maybe to kind of create a hint of causation between two different times.”

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Chris Ware on cartooning and memories (YouTube)