Saturday, May 20, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017


Give five minutes in silence and get back a lot.

si señor

This restaurant was once called AMERICA.

Now it’s called ROSA MEXICANO.

Have a thoughtful and reflective weekend.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

cheaper faster free

Facebook produces no product. It’s an advertising platform.

Uber buys no taxi’s. 
It’s an aggregation skimming wages from the actual workers.

Google guts privacy 
and blankets everything you do with targeted ads.

YouTube hosts free music keeping ad cash for themselves.

AirBnB builds no hotels. 
It takes a fee for skirting hygiene and safety regulations.

These companies create no value except for those who built the app and invested in it.

Internet giants exploit workers into a race down to the bottom.

We no longer take social responsibility for anyone
 and we call this progress.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

wisdom in any language

Marco "Scud" Scudeletti was a well loved Italian social activist and photographer of sunsets.

He had a large fanbase in Milan and a presence on all of social media.

He had a knack for saying simple but wise things in his native Italian.

“Better remorse than regrets” is on his FaceBook page.

“I am a retired 72-year-old, which makes me a burden on the people and an increase in the state and social deficit.” is on his blog.

Perhaps the most prophetic thing he published 
was just a few days before his death.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I got over it

I know you don’t care about this

But I wanted to know. 

According to Kate Ascher’s book “The Works”, those silver tanks on the street hold liquid nitrogen at 300 degrees BELOW zero.

It’s so cold the gas turns into liquid.

Under carefully monitored pressure it flows down a rubber tube, into a manhole and then enters the insulation around underground data cables.

It warms up to 280 degrees BELOW zero and becomes gas then flows around the data lines, pushing water vapor out and keeping them dry.

All that just so you can tweet and post to instagram.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017

the whine of holy communion

About 12 parishioners, all over retirement age, went inside to the pews, sat down and refused to leave.

“This week, the Archdiocese sent a locksmith to close down our church. We will not allow it,” Virginia González, who has come to this church for 50 years, firmly said. 

“They cannot change the locks if we are inside.”

Except, of course, they did. 
And put up chain link fence, too, to keep them out.

As the pedophile scandal was gaining momentum in 2008 over 400,000 left the Roman Catholic Church.

The number of priests nationwide has fallen by over 20%.

The church has sold off and closed parishes to pay out almost Four Billion Dollars in settlements to child molestation lawsuits, just in the past half century.

This Church of St. Roch was founded in 1899. 
Its current location on Wales Avenue was completed in 1932.

It was shuttered and chainlinked in 2014, 
a forced relocation of about 600 of the faithful.