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Photographer, writer, grandfather, graffiti mural promoter, social activist
Interests: current affairs, writing, fiction, grandkids, quality assurance, photography, graffiti, social activism, urban art, graffiti murals
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Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2020 on Wanted - a muse/mentor. at Ravens' View
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Yes, it's been a while. Christmas trauma, this COVID thing, landlord renos, yada yada. Whatever. Here's a prompt a friend passed on, via the Instagram site writing.prompt.s , although the original seems to be via Reddit. It's 3 AM. An official phone alert wakes you up. It says "DO NOT... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2020 at Flash Fiction Friday
At least I think so. I'd like to get back into writing, but I think I need someone for a couple of things: - to nudge me when I'm stuck, or maybe just on the wrong path. I usually have ideas to start a story, but sometimes I am not... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2020 at Ravens' View
Eddie - what you missed is that the $2000 a month, for four months, is being rolled out without questions to get it in the hands of the needy quickly. It's compensation for lost income. Eligibility will be assessed after, and if you didn't meet some of the criteria, then some will have to be repaid. As for seniors, the point is whether they are retired or not. This is compensation for income loss.
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James - I believe some of my friends are acting selfishly. I get it, we are being asked to give up a lot - making short term sacrifice for the long term benefit of society. Projections, based on data, gave us a best guess on the risks associated on various levels of distancing, both to people's lives and the economy, so we decided as a society. And we now know that people can be infected, and be spreading to perhaps the more vulnerable, without showing symptoms themselves.
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Concerned said "It is easy to make the case that the governments' response to the virus has caused greater harm than the virus itself, so I'm suprised you haven't considered it." Yes, easy to make the case. Harder to back it up right now, consider this again in a couple of years using hindsight and data.
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Malcolm - the problem is people can form opinions based on no facts at all, so all you can do is hear their opinion, and try to see where it comes from. I would only change mine if they showed my new facts but many are holding opinions built on inaccuracies - such as this virus was deliberately created as a weapon, or it's not really that contagious, or we didn't really land on the moon. So, yes, pointless to even try to 'debate', there are not two sides, other than science and not-science.
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Jim - glad you enjoyed the stories. And I agree, there are lots of possibilities in the current situation, although some friends have said they prefer NOT to read dystopian stories right now. But my focus could be dark or it could be uplifting, right? I like to pick some fairly normal characters, with needs and a plan, and then throw in a wrench - thwart a need, have them reassess things, maybe do a new plan, have it maybe work, maybe not, as character arcs are explored. Pretty standard, and how are own lives go. I like to make my characters relatable, and I always have to put in a twist. I'm thinking on this.
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To paraphrase a saying, you can't fix stubborn. Especially now, with respect to COVID-19. So much misinformation, such simple rules, so many people misquoting and/or misbehaving. I'm in good health, but over 70. That places me in a higher risk group so I've chosen to self-isolate as much as I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2020 at Ravens' View
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A few days ago the historian Heather Cox Richardson posted a 'letter' outlining some US economic history, from the early 1900's to now. The rallying cry for Trump was to Make America Great Again, always a good slogan, because many, not all, have fond memories of "the good old days".... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at Ravens' View
Yes - he is a disruptor. But not with positive results. Yes, if you believe all his claims in his SOTU speech, the US is a better place, thanks to him. I instead believe the many different fact-checkers that went through the speech line by line, referencing previous statements by Trump or his supporters, as well as facts and figures from solid sources, including US Government offices, and exposed his lies. I did not see a similar detailed assessment done by his media supporters, such as Fox News. They made no such assessment to support their benefactor, other than to brand other sources as being #FakeNews. But they don't really need to. Trump has set up the simplistic paradigm where he is the source of news, and everyone else is wrong. And he so far has been successful at it. The Democrats, with their reliance on their own old white guy, think that facts and a clean campaign (and their own billions of course) will win out in the end. I don't agree.
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I think that is also the model for the Republicans, as well as may political parties around the world. Democracy is on the wane, replaced by government by the highest bidder, supported by the deep pockets of the 1%. I agree we need something different, but I can't see an alternative that stands a chance of replacing it.
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Let's be specific here - I did a Google search for fact checking of Trump's SOTU, and got a list of sites. Two are: US News https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2020-02-08/ap-fact-check-trump-dems-and-the-state-of-disunion Washington Post - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/02/04/fact-checking-president-trumps-2020-state-union-address/ I watched his speech. These sources lay out a list of facts that contradict almost every claim he made - are they all wrong? What did they leave out that says I should not rely on them?
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Sam - my initial point was that fact-checking of Trump consistently shows that he lacks integrity. He lies, repeatedly and frequently, which all the fact-checking sites show. Hence my view of him as the worst of the "FakeNews sites. But you seem to have more issues with the "truth" about WW2. All the events you cite did happen, as well as the very significant Russian involvement. After they had signed a pact with Germany, a pact that was broken. Coverage of all the war's events can vary of course, depending on the bias of the one documenting it, be it an author, politician, or historian. Here's a Wiki article with many links to follow up on. All part of the truth, as opposed to conspiracy theories, such as claims the events in Auschwitz did not happen. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_Union_in_World_War_II
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2020 on And the world didn't end after all at Ravens' View
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Unfortunately, no. I have friends that never get involved in politics, not even to follow events in the news or discuss them with friends. Never mind support a party or run for office. Their choice, but they live in a world controlled by politicians, so are giving up any control... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2020 at Ravens' View
As expected, Trump was not found guilty of impeachable offences, as nobody in his Senate was willing to shout out "You're Fired". It is interesting that there was one dissenting Republican, Mitt Romney, who said that his religion and his oath to the Constitution meant he could not give Trump... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2020 at Ravens' View
Scott - thanks very much. I considered pasting the whole thing in Facebook, but I'm convinced many people just click a 'like' without even reading.
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Jersy - I'm not sure what you think life in the US would have been like under Hillary over the last four years, as opposed to Trump. Depends on what news source you believe, I guess. I looked at your recommendations, but don't see why they would be sources I can depend on for fact-checking and integrity. My main sources are The Guardian and The Washington Post, with some CBC and CNN added in. You may want to consider this site for some suggestions - https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-biased-is-your-news-source-you-probably-wont-agree-with-this-chart-2018-02-28
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Okay, maybe the R.E.M tune isn't called for yet, but we're getting there bit by bit. Sort like the story of the frog in the pot of water, that doesn't notice the temperature gradually rising until it's too late. I watched the SOTU last night - AKA the State of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2020 at Ravens' View
Jimmy I might do more stories, but it would help if people went into my existing ones ad left some constructive criticism. Also on my writerly 'to-do' list is a series of podcasts, using my own stories. As for dividing the population into "people who correctly think like me" and "the deplorables", that's a technique of Trump and his supporters and not something I agree with. There are likely some good qualities in his supporters, and likely some bad qualities in his opponents, but I have no interest in trying to draw up a balance sheet. To me, that would be like pros and cons of vaccinations, or on carrying AK-47's. I am aware of the dangers of confirmation bias, and look for unbiased news sources when possible. I support the Washington Post, among many. BTW - I consider Trump one of the biggest source of "FakeNews - just look at the fact-checking done after his SOTU speech.
Toggle Commented Feb 5, 2020 on The Next Day's Thoughts at Ravens' View
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[Edit - oops - this was to be a Friday post, but I forgot it was here. More trouble than just sending all that FB stuff on, but I do get to ramble more.] I suppose if this becomes a more regular occurrence I'll need a plan for titling these.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2020 at Ravens' View
I'm getting tired of The Facebook. Yes, it is a good way to stay connected with people and discover interesting things. And share them. However, the vast majority of people don't give you back more than a like or a handful of emojis. And of course, none of your data... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2020 at Ravens' View
Joyce - thx for the words of encouragement. I think my expectations/dreams were that lots of people would want to join me in crafting a weekly FF story, and we would form a group that would offer weekly constructive criticism not only after the fact but sometimes even during the week while the story was being crafted. But that's not reality. I look at my several draft novels - all good stories, all in need of editing and a publishing process. And my 170 short stories - all were fun to write, some are pretty good too. They could be fired off to magazines for publication and hopefully feedback. And the FFF idea - I have more prompts in mind. And podcasting of my stories - I have the framework and site, but nothing recorded yet. All the above will take time, and I'm not motivated enough. I like writing, and I like being a writer. Maybe the podcasting idea is a new enough thing for me to focus on. Sorry - just thinking out loud here.
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I think this will be my Round 4 wrap-up. I've been running out of steam, off and on, this year, and now have little more than a small puddle of enthusiasm. I still enjoy writing, and sharing it, but need to figure out some new ways to express myself and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2019 at Ravens' View
Somehow I don't think this story is going to happen. Or others, for now. I'm re-thinking my writerly pursuits.
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