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James S. Oppenheim
Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Writer - Photographer - Musician
Interests: music, literature, film, art, journalism, photography, politics, biography, conflict
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Concentrate On the wind, lovely, Refreshing * Concentrate On the wind so strong So quiet Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at Oppenheim Arts & Letters
I've left this Typepad field fallow while sorting out how one may work -- actually exist as mind -- online. At this point, I don't know what to do with my domain name web site and e-mail, which produce a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2013 at Oppenheim Arts & Letters
Artist: Maqbool Ahmed, Karachi, Pakistan Source: Fr. Jakub Solitart Gallery, YouTube Fr. Solitart Gallery, Web Address Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2013 at Oppenheim Arts & Letters
Oppenheim, James S. A Younger Soul: Seven Short Stories. Hagerstown, Maryland: Communicating Arts, 2013. The busyness enabled by the web -- the Facebook thing and its 570 buddies; the several blogs; the unbridled span of artistic and intellectual interests --... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2013 at Oppenheim Arts & Letters
Free speech -- here in the U.S., the First Amendment concept -- has been argued around the world in the wake of rioting in Muslim-majority states associated, in part, with a clip on YouTube, "The Innocents of Muslims". While that's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2012 at Oppenheim Arts & Letters
Reference: As noted here, I'll probably keep both blogs going as I sort out what I want to do and how I want to do it in 2013. For the time being, most of my category "culture, conflict, language,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2012 at Oppenheim Arts & Letters
Gentleman: this decade is about the web-enabled appearance and development of a democratized global intelligentsia patched together by affinities in interests and outlooks and, probably, soon to become bonded as that aggregating influence feeds back through events, outputs in media,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2012 at Oppenheim Arts & Letters
Reference: Noticing that pretty pictures on my Wordpress blogs drew (colorfully presented) "Likes" from fellow bloggers and Wordpress readers, I thought I'd try carving the "Conflict, Culture, Language, Psychology" category in which I've indulged here into a new blog.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2012 at Oppenheim Arts & Letters
I am trying to wean myself away from Facebook, and it's not easy: I have many relationships there, enjoy them, and find the chatyping often stimulating. However, as I focus down in this area of "conflict, culture, language, and psychology",... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2012 at Oppenheim Arts & Letters
August 2, 2012 -- this was elicited by an FB friend this morning. The topic was Syria and the theme Obama's empowering the Muslim Brotherhood: *** Obama has been heavily demonized, Usman Ali, and possibly to his advantage. The short- to mid-range story isn't looking good, but the structure for the long term may be improving for these reasons: 1) the "Arab Spring" has cleared out several relics of the Cold War and earlier periods -- at least, the old dictators are gone, and at least one more is on his way out; 2) by letting the Brothers through, the same may be finding themselves in an insistent open information environment unlike anything any 7th Century personality could have imagined -- essentially, the ranks of the most devoted or most delusional and cruel have been ordered into the global spotlight. In the same way that Hamas has actually to manage a government, cooperate with Israel for basic services and economic development, the Brothers may be finding themselves in a world not only larger than themselves but one that dislikes them. I may be a lone nutcase on this; I may have just been turned off by shrillness in the conservative ranks; but I have stepped apart from the Tea Party herd to suggest that Obama's Administration has been among the most opaque in American history and indeed most deceptive, and that on behalf of American ideals and, in the middle east, Israeli interests. Evidence: 1. Continued high IDF-DOD cooperation and particularly notable integration in the F-35 program, which is costing and earning Israelis a lot of money (I'd hate to be a defense industry oriented accountant) while favoring Israeli initiative in the most critical combat components. 2. Probable cooperation in the cyber-war field with Iran starting to understand that it may not be able to trust its control of its own computers, which is what it deserves for adopting Hitler's attitude and pursuing the same lethal and lunatic course. 3. Global CIA-DOD-Foreign Partnerships in the "War on Terror" that target leadership and thump back "Islamist" gains, most notably today in Somalia, but wherever the Islamic Small Wars are hosted, Obama and Co. are in there. As one cannot kill fleas with a hammer, neither may we expect to settle the range of beliefs or impulses expressed in acts of terror or malicious insurgencies, but with armies to keep the fires small ("low-intensity") and detectives and poets working on both the mechanics and emotional elements involved, we may turn this most repugnant page in global history, but even if and as we do, it will turn slowly. Let us hang Obama with his own rope, for here is his inaugural address: Pick at it line by line. Apart from the usual political (call it "Chicago") muck, I think Obama's chief sins have had to do with idealism, naivete, and youth. Well, Obama's a much, much older man today and altogether better schooled. *** Should my voice surface somewhere, I would urge the public, globally, to see the world more comprehensively, to develop a greater appreciation for cultural variants and variance in mind while working also to shear away what has been cowardly, cruel, intemperate, and venal in each cultural set, and to attach that process to a Great Conversation about humanity, psychology, social constructs, values, and the better potentials of our nature.
"Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. "1 Obama, when he voiced the above in his Inaugural Address (January 20, 2009) did not say precisely how extensive, how large, how virulent that far-reaching network... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2012 at Oppenheim Arts & Letters
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Posted Jul 30, 2012 at Oppenheim Arts & Letters
Yours truly: viewer Number One. Note: there was a video here, and it appears to have been removed by the conflicted powers that be in multiple dimensions. It's nulled presence had been crashing my Chrome, so here I've left the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2012 at Oppenheim Arts & Letters
This stimulus for this piece was a comment to the general effect, "They really believe (such unimaginable stuff) over there!" Can you believe it? After reading both of Daniel Everett's books, yes, I can, but here in my own words... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2012 at Oppenheim Arts & Letters
Al Jazeera's lede on this story: "A mentally unstable homeless man was beaten to death before his body was set on fire for allegedly burning pages from the Quran in central Pakistan, police said." [1] [Picture Removed by Author: However,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2012 at Oppenheim Arts & Letters
Despite Muhammad's invocation, "God favors those who restrain themselves," it has been interesting since I've been tracking the Islamic Small Wars -- about four years -- discerning how egotism (especially in regard to God's most personal favoring), narcissism, and sociopathy... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2012 at Oppenheim Arts & Letters
My times are a changin'. The above slideshow -- all hand-held snaps made with my Lumix Lx5 point-and-shoot -- came about in relation to playing music at a friend's annual Fourth of July Home Concert and Fireworks Party. Probably: I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2012 at Oppenheim Arts & Letters
Palestinian Authority police employed brute force to break up a second day of protesting in Ramallah on Sunday, with activists and eyewitnesses claiming police assaulted both male and female protesters with batons and chains, the Jerusalem Post reported. [1] One... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2012 at Oppenheim Arts & Letters