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A goat with a thousand young, that sort of thing, in today’s post.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Magna Mater notwithstanding, one worries that he has lost his moorings, but I’ve thought that since the age of five.

So many dreams are left unfillfilled – such as sparking a witch panic in western Queens. It has also also long been one of my goals to lead a torch bearing mob, but little success has been found in pursuing this goal. There’s the nuanced side of it all – you need to store the rag wrapped sticks, the accelerants, and determine some sort of organizing point for the angry masses… it’s all quite complicated. You also need to get a group angry enough to take to the streets and chase the monster towards the old and flammable mill. There’s no way to start a political riot these days which doesn’t involve some sort of intense preparation, and advance permitting, and I’ve always been a spontaneous sort of guy. Also, my apathy can be considered as being weaponized, and I just can’t be bothered to pointlessly bleat. What’s wrong with a Monster anyway, who’s it bothering, and why do you want to slay it so badly?

At any rate – anarchy, chaos, and – wooooh.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I spent last night at the District Office, which is what I call the bar in Astoria that I frequent, and chatted with the working guys for awhile. A surprising number of them were “big” on Donald Trump’s candidacy for President. In particular, they were in favor of the expulsion of “illegal immigrants.” I reminded them that most of these “illegals” who would get caught up in this effort wouldn’t be of Mexican lineage (whom most stereotype as being the “illegals”) and that a significant number of 70-80 year old Greeks, Croatians, and Irish people who have lived here for decades would be the likely victims of this policy. Why? Because back in the 1970’s and 80’s it was fairly easy to buy a green card from forgers.

Also, given what I know about the way things actually work in this City – you’d have to literally go from house to house and search every attic and basement for “illegals” to comply with the Federal Mandate.

Speaking strictly as someone of Jewish descent, this sort of thing has been tried before in other countries and it didn’t work out well for anyone involved.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Let’s do the thought experiment though, said a humble narrator, of how President Trump’s expulsion program would actually play out – using Astoria as an example. NYPD sets up a cordon on 21st street, and on Woodside Avenue. A skirmish line of Police begin moving north from Northern Blvd., working their way through every building and business and demanding identification and proof of status from everybody they meet. Those individuals who aren’t “pure” citizens are arrested, and shipped out to a holding cell.

The detainees would have to taken somewhere for further processing. Since our jails are already fairly full, we’d have to create mass incarceration camps where they could await deportation. Our national nightmare is the presence of an army of terrorists on American soil, yes? I can think of no better way to create one than building concentration camps full of angry people that know implicitly how to avoid detection when crossing a national border whose only wish was to become Americans and live in the United States.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

February 26, 2016 at 12:20 pm

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  1. Your moon photo. What size focal length, please? And how come you’re getting a semi-halo underneath the moon at its bottom? When I photo the moon, I never get this. Thanks.

    georgetheatheist . . . hey, diddle-diddle

    February 26, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    • f20, ISO 400, 1/40th of a sec, 300mm with a 2x teleextender. Halo was atmospheric.

      Mitch Waxman

      February 26, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    • The moon is best exposed as if it’s a late afternoon or dusk kind of light. It’s also moving quicker than you think it is with the naked eye. There are charts – google astrophotography – which describe the relationship between the movement of the earth and moon, recommends are offered for settings. There are specialized tripod heads which do it for you, and have little motors that move the camera for you – but unless you win the lottery you’ll never drop the bucks for that. This, by the way, is one of my little aspirations -” celestial” sky stuff, which I haven’t conquered yet.

      Mitch Waxman

      February 26, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      • Thanks for the info. You can shoot and get crater detail of the full moon in the dead of night but you wont be able to capture detail in the earthly surroundings in your composition. If you expose for the earthly surroundings, the moon just washes out and you lose detail in it. So, as you say, it’s best to shoot at dusk (or dawn) when the ambient light of the earthly surroundings equals more the light coming off the moon.

        I’m curious why the halo in your shot did not completely surround the moon. Why just a half-assed halo?.

        georgetheatheist . . . hey, diddle-diddle

        February 26, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      • didn’t at the scene, just records it. it was overcast – atmospheric diffusion

        Mitch Waxman

        February 26, 2016 at 6:39 pm


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