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The Threatening Eroticism of the Tuba

The name of this Rene Magritte painting is “Threatening Weather”…

 

…and the title puzzled me for a while. Not much inherently threatening about a wicker chair. A naked torso is weird but, I guess that could go either way. However, if a tuba was part of your forecast…well, you might feel threatened.

The National Galleries of Scotland say…

“‘Threatening Weather’ was painted during the summer of 1929 while Magritte was staying with Dalí near Cadaqués, in Spain. This painting is a perfect example of Magritte’s use of familiar objects in an unexpected manner. The three objects float like clouds over the sea, in a way that suggests the scene is both natural and unnatural. They bear all the hallmarks of a dream image, both unsettling and erotic.”

 

 

More is More

It seems rare these days to hears someone say “defense spending” instead of “military spending”.

A stunning graphic depicting military spending from Visual Capitalist. Visit the site to see the rest of the astounding data.

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As lopsided as our military presence is compared to the rest of the world, we want more!

 

Take me to your leader

I was reading an article about mounting tensions over trade at the G20 meeting. My thoughts were, on one hand, that maybe Trump’s talk about how the U.S. has been treated “very unfairly” may actually have some positive impact. On the other hand, my libertarian/anarcho self was appalled that we the people of the world are represented and manipulated by these nimrods.

Then, I saw this in the comments section and it made my morning…

Escapeclaws said, “I’m tired of having leaders.”

To which edotobin replied, “We have them only so that we can take the aliens to someone when they arrive. Apparently it’s all their good for anyway.”

Decentralize Dough

“Simplicity in a system tends to increase that system’s efficiency. Because less can go wrong with fewer parts, less will. Complexity in a system tends to increase that system’s inefficiency; the greater the number of variables, the greater the probability of those variables clashing, and in turn, the greater the potential for conflict and disarray. Because more can go wrong, more will…

…Decentralized systems are the quintessential patrons of simplicity. They allow complexity to rise to a level at which it is sustainable, and no higher.” – L.K. Samuels

Decentralize…everything.

Interstate 75 is a couple miles from the house. You can hear the trucks rumble day and night. I often wonder, where are they going – what are they hauling? How much of this Interstate commerce is necessity?

On the way home one night, I passed one of these big rigs and noticed the sign on the door that said it was hauling “Frozen Bakery Supplies”…dough…a big truck full of frozen dough.

Dough is basic. The act of making dough can be traced to the very beginnings of civilization. There are infinite variations but, always simple ingredients. Dough can be made anywhere. If you, yourself, don’t know how to make dough, I guarantee someone within short walking distance does and they can show you.

Somehow, we’ve become a society that sees fit to haul dough around…from some centrally located dough foundry to your big box retailer’s bakery where it’s transformed in to bland, uniform treats.

Why?

After all, fresh dough is better. Locally made dough would employ local dough makers who would take pride in producing a fundamental commodity for the community. It would save fuel and leave a much smaller carbon footprint.

Let’s Decentralize Dough.

I may have stumbled on to the new Trivium

Honestly, I forgot I was on Pinterest. Turns out, I have one follower, Beka and, I follow one person, Beka. I do follow three topics though, and it’s a pretty interesting mix: Economics, Philosophy and Green Chili Recipes.

I think that if a person had a firm grasp on those three topics, they would make their way through the world just fine. I may have stumbled on to the new Trivium.