My Blog Week: April 14 to April 20

Posted by ractrose on 22 Apr 2019 in The Latest

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My Blog Week: April 14 to April 20

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A Word on the Week


My Blog Week: April 14 to April 20At first, the sight of Notre Dame in flames was horrible, as actual fires are (we get movie images in our minds, and movie infernos don’t incandesce like that, billow those massive, sky-filling clouds)…

And heartrending, for reasons many on social media said they could feel, but not wholly understand. That, I think, is the sense this disaster, unfolding, was rejoiced in, that there are people, more “out” than ever before, happy to see destroyed everything they associate with an “elite”, one their minds tell them exists, sneering at them, taking from them… Treasuring art, nature, history. Believing these are worth taxation to preserve. 

They are not the phantom Muslims, propagating in memes in the fire’s wake, and in talk show diatribes. This attitude also fueled the vandalism in Joshua Tree National Park, during the shutdown of the American government. Boundaries are made by people. The Joshua trees belong to the world. It is America’s honor to be their steward.

But our quiet beliefs are drowned these days by propaganda.

Propaganda can drive people to displays that seem passionate. To the breaking of things just to take them away, to shouting, kicking, and throwing, carrying of flags and torches. But the passion is an illusion. Propaganda presents no problem to solve, having its solution already, the only one it coldly seeks. Anger, division, constant leash-jerking demands for attention, waste of resources. 

Now, in a short week, we’ve seen every proposal, every donation, for the rebuilding of Notre Dame become wrong.


Next item: the Mueller Report. Just this observation…

The president appointed an acolyte to take custody of the findings, and Barr spun at everything he could spin. Mr. Trump’s supporters would like to see exoneration on Russia. But the Russia section contains the greatest number of HOMs—Harm to Ongoing Matters. If the dealings with Russia are nothing, then a view of the redactions should further that impression. What ongoing matters, and what harm? 




Monday, the second in the current Folly arc, Battle Stations, “Who Owns This House”, in which much remains to be revealed, but this Yellow Room seems quite haunted. On Tuesday’s Sequence of Events, Rose Durco learns what Nora did. Wednesday, another poem, “Fog Bound”. Thursday, Catastrophe, and some timely statements, echoing to us from 1902, on Puerto Rico’s American status. Friday, the poem “Whalesong” from The Poor Belabored Beast.
And Saturday, the sixth of the Pale Knight arc, The Folly’s “The Spectre Knows”.
Images on my posts often have a link to related information (click first image), sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical, sometimes in answer to a direct reference. Since people can be leery about links, I include them here: what they are, what sites they point to.





My Blog Week: April 14 to April 20


Who Owns This House: Second Battle Stations
April 15

Poetry Foundation: George Szirtes: “Ross: Yellow Star”


Sequence of Events: Give a Dog a Bad Name (part three)
April 16


Fog Bound (poem)
April 17 Vi Khi Nao, “Fog”


La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifty-two
April 18


Whalesong (poem)
April 19

Poetry Foundation: Hilaire Belloc, “The Whale”


The Spectre Knows: Sixth Pale Knight
April 20

BBC magazine: Five Titanic Myths Spread by Films





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