Arrazola wood carvings, Oaxaca
While we all await the return of safe touring, I invite you to encounter the enthusiasm for Mexico of a recently-minted PhD in archaeology, Dra.Marina Aguirre. I’ve enjoyed traveling with Marina on several of her well-researched tours, especially her signature tour starting from the Olmec stone heads at the La Venta sculpture park in Villahermosa,
Olmec stone head, ~25 tons.
thru the Lacandon jungle, where we stayed at an eco lodge and visited the ruins at Yaxchilán by canoe on the Usamacinta river, and then onward by bus to ruins at Bonampak and Palenque, before spending several days in San Cristóbal da las Casas, Chiapas, exploring the folk arts and textiles of that Mayan region.
Marina’s ebooks are an excellent way to sharpen your appetite for the robust culture here. She knows her stuff, having done field work to locate the characters, talents and stories that make Mexico so compelling. There are three ebooks in her collection, covering archaeology ruins; mural and plastic arts; and folk and textile arts. They are pointing you to future adventures. And a visit to her blog shows some of her past destinations, which are possible repeats. (The caliber of fellow travelers was astonishing.) She often visits artists’ workshops where folk art is being made. Details of these sites are shared in her books.
Ruins at Mitla, Oaxaca. photo by Teobert Maler, 1875
Masks of tecuanes, at the mask museum
Ceramic dolls which model Fridha Kahlo outfits
Friend Manolo has been printing, each week since March, numbered editions of what he is calling The Toilet Paper Story – LINO CUTS, and yes, he is printing on toilet paper, of course. When he first heard that people were hoarding toilet paper at the start of the pandemic, he started his editions. And now he has sent me news that Austria is printing postage stamps on toilet paper! (Artists are so often ahead of the curve.) Stamp collectors may want to collect versions of both sorts. The artist can be reached by email, here: printandbake AT gmail DOT com. The prints below, some of my favorites, are floated on card stock and sleeved in plastic, (which I removed to take photos).
¿ Are you still the person you were when you got your first credit card, signed your first loan, bought your first car. or registered to vote, still writing exactly like you did back then? That person no longer exists; and that signature surely has changed. Indeed, it was never consistent! EXAMPLE : A few weeks ago I found my social security card, which was signed when I was 16. It looks nothing like my current signature. Yet these lawyers are contending they have the vision to detect an early self from a current self, and cancel your ballot? Gimme a break!
I won’t argue that there has never been voter fraud. Such would be a silly assertion. But when lawyers and politicians insist that they are qualified to be paid big money to evaluate signatures of voters, it’s time to throw down the gloves. This is a junk argument that they, on both sides of the aisle, have floated to pay their cronies big money. This is sophistry at its worst. The public should insist that it receive summary rejection.
The public needs to say NO to these magicians who are perpetrating a scam on the us. This “authority” is utterly naked. There is nothing scientific about signature studies. It is alchemy, inventing gold from mud. And the gameboys are laughing all the way to the bank. No matter who wins, the public is fleeced by fraudsters floating specious arguments, for cash. It is time for the public to rebel against such nonsense. And the people, who are governed by the states, under election law, have the authority to do so. But they would need to rise up in protest, striking, which is a right under the First Amendment. We should not allow any ballots to be rejected for signature complaints, without additional proof of fraud. Many red states have already purged voters without evidence, as reported in this book, by journalist Greg Palast. He cites a wholesale pattern of injustice, for example: there being two people with the same name, that it is someone voting twice. What! And with this absurd logic half million voters have already been removed! Could you be one?
The POSTMASTER GENERAL has a package for Don-the-Con. (He’s a millionaire whose “former” company is a postal contractor, and has already donated more than $600,000 to Trump’s campaign.) But this couldn’t be a kickback, could it? The “package” is DELAY; and the campaign contributions are a serious conflict of interest, as explained: “The idea that you can be a postmaster general and hold tens of millions of dollars in stocks in a postal service contractor is pretty shocking,” said Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, who resigned in 2017.
But who’s watching? Surely not the Postal Board of Governors, who were all appointed by that guy with the red tie, above. Do you care that your vote, arriving late due to “postal delays” might not count because a few rich guys get to vote with cash as well as ballots?
UPDATE: (Wed.Nov. 4th) A federal judge was so angered by the US Postal Service’s inability to sweep its facilities for ballots yesterday afternoon, following a court order to do so, that he said he will want answers under oath from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.
The BIBLE says All people from Crete are liars. (Titus 1:12) But can we believe it without starting by asking a few questions, like why should I believe your response?
Washington Post has been keeping track of “our Leader’s” long nose. They report that his average of 17 lies per day during his term in office is rising as the election draws near, now approaching 50 per day in recent weeks. Surely you believe his statement depicted above? (He has promised to show us his healthcare plan for about four years; and his tax returns – so voters might know if his debt of $421 million includes exposure to foreign governments.)
For those interested in the a history of lying, philosopher Sissela Bok has written a fine book titled LYING : Moral Choice in Public Life
Click the following link if you’re interested in more of the Prez.of Lies’ graphic scorecard:
Rob Rogers cartoon. (fair use)
Let he who has a golden policy cast the first ballot. “Let Obamacare implode”.
THIS IS DONALD TRUMP’S REAL HEALTHCARE PLAN, PROMISED TO BE COMING FOR FOUR YEARS, NOW.