Photography

Shuttle Carrier Aircraft at Dulles, April 17, 2012


Marine Corps CH-53E Sea Stallions from HMH-464 Condors, MCAS New River, NC.


Sad Truisms For Life In The West

– Your thoughts are your own, unless they are of interest to marketing firms.

– You may believe whatever you want to believe, as long as those deviant thoughts reside solely in your mind. You are free to believe anything, even things that are divergent from the white, christian, capitalist male power structure– but do not act upon them. “Acting upon them” is defined as anything requiring more effort than is required to close the browser window in which said deviant philosophies reside. Penalties may range from light ridicule to several years incarceration.

– You have the right to petition the government for redress of grievances, unless these grievances are with any federal law-enforcement agency. In order to save taxpayer money, your grievance will be summarily dismissed in order to dispense with the tedious process of making federal agents appear in court, considering that no judge will ever rule against any federal law enforcement agency or its employees. If in fact your grievance does not involve a federal law enforcement agency, you have the right to have your grievance heard and subsequently dismissed after a long and costly pre-trial process.

-You have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If you have a badge, you have the right to other people’s lives, liberties and actual happiness.


Shit.

You may have noticed that I don’t have an equipment list anywhere on this page. This is not without good reason:

-The Yashica LM’s shutter broke.
-The Nikkormat’s film winder snapped off
-The Ricoh’s main lens threw all of its bearings and refuses to focus
-The Nikon’s SD card door snapped off and one of the rubber buttons on the outside of the external flash fell off

Despite this, the Nikon and its flash still work, the Nikkormat still works (rewinding the film is a little tedious) and the Ricoh’s body still works– but the only lens I have for it is an ungainly, baseball bat-sized telephoto. The Yashica is probably going to be junked, and I’ll probably keep the D40 around for a backup.

So, I’m going to bite the bullet and get a Canon EOS5D Mk2. I know, everyone keeps saying to wait until the Mk3 comes out, but there are two problems with this:

Newer models don’t necessarily make the older models go down in price
The Mk3 has been promised to come out for TWO BLOODY YEARS and it hasn’t. Everyone who’s waiting for a Mk3 can thank me, then– because I’m positive the very picosecond I press the “buy” button, Canon will announce the arrival of the Mk3.

Once I get the Mk2, though… I’m gonna need some folks to pose for me. Heh.


Nazis, Communists and Socialists Support Occupy Wall Street Protest

Oh dear. A frightening mix of the common misconception “NAZIS WERE SOCIALISTS SO ALL SOCIALISTS ARE NAZIS” and blistering ignorance of the intricacies of populism, right/left politics and fringe politics.

I’ll try and break this down:

-Nazism is not socialism. I don’t care if it has “social” or “socialist” in the name– philosophies aren’t solely defined by their names, they are defined by their actions and their makeup. As a poignant example, one of the policies of “national socialism” was to imprison and execute “socialists.” Furthermore, the NSDAP adopted the “socialist” moniker in the early thirties as a way of blending in with the majority of leftist/marxist revolutionary groups operating in Germany at the time. Furthermore, modern day “neo-nazis” bear little resemblance to the political philosophy that birthed them– neo nazis do not have any practical philosophy outside of extreme anti-semitism.

-Yes, nazis are attracted to the OWS movement because the OWS movement is going after bankers. In the narrow, stunted mind of the typical neo-nazi, “jew” and “banker” are interchangeable, but this article clearly eschews any cursory examination of the OWS movement to determine whether any part of it is inherently anti-semitic (it isn’t) for the sake of a cheap partisan attack that only serves to pander to a slack-jawed audience that only wants to hear the same thing repeated from different mouths. The end result is that the article winds up adopting and parroting the exact same philosophy as the nazis: “bankers are synonymous with jews.” Nice work.

-Populist politics is a free for all. Politicians and political movements frequently adopt populist monikers, popular struggles and all trappings of being “for the people” when they attempt to use the success of said elements to bolster their own flagging movements. The barnacle is not an intrinsic part of the ship, even though both move to the same place at the same speed.

Repeating obvious falsehoods and shameless propaganda only underscores the frantic dishonesty and intellectual weakness of the apologists for the 1%.