The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

One is confused by modern political dialectic. To wit, a recent video captured in Woodside that is making the rounds on social media depicts an ugly encounter between an African American Woman jogging along when a European American Woman throws a glass bottle at her and screams ugly epithets. The cops are circulating this video, in pursuance of investigating the assault. Commentary which I’ve seen associated the video includes a lot of “how come they don’t ever talk about” arguments unrelated to the actual event, many of which have severely racist overtones. Straw man arguments annoy me. So do logical fallacies and racists. There are so many good reasons to hate people as individuals, why reduce them down to ethnic speciation?

See that love lock on the fence above, it proves that NASA faked the moon landing? “They” never mention that if Duane “The Rock” Johnson drinks Strawberry Milkshakes, so therefore the earth must be flat, huh? Alternatively, on the other side, The Rock should be cancelled because strawberries are harvested by the exploited employees of Jeff Bezos. Sigh. Can you smell what the Rock has cooking? It doesn’t matter.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I’m mainly interested in finding new holes in the fences around interesting things in the study area these days, but this particular POV is one which is an old favorite. Just big enough to fit a 50mm lens into, although the shot above was captured with a 24mm one, this aperture allows one to witness the busiest train junction in the United States at work. It’s called the Harold Interlocking… the junction, I mean, not the hole.

Seriously, whomever is in charge of holes at Amtrak – you are a hero.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

People really will protest anything these days. End Road work, oppose systemic brick work… When you say you “support” something, what do you mean by that? Also, when you “celebrate” something, what precisely does that indicate?

As I’ve mentioned to a few nervous nellies who are being driven into a paroxysm of fear by dire reports of rising crime and street danger, what have you seen – with your own eyes – to back up your anxiety? Hate the game, not the playahs.

Note: I’m writing this and several of the posts you’re going to see for the next week at the beginning of the week of Monday, September 14th. My plan is to continue doing my solo photo walks around LIC and the Newtown Creek in the dead of night as long as that’s feasible. If you continue to see regular updates here, that means everything is kosher as far as health and well being. If the blog stops updating, it means that things have gone badly for a humble narrator.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

September 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm

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  1. One thing I learned from study of logic
    “Absence of evidence does not equal evidence of Absence.” And I study statistics and know how to read them so a 300% increase in murders , over a short period of time, in NYC means something to me.
    Most people don’t care unless it happens to them?

    I think you’re safe because of when and where you go around.

    i saw a guy yesterday swinging around a crowbar with a nasty hook on the end near me as I walked past him on Knickerbocker. He was walking erratically and unconcerned that he almost hit me. He was waving it near me as I went past, near eye level almost hitting me. Another man a few weeks ago was yelling loudly and followed me out of a store, stepping on the back of my flip flopsj, walking very very close – to see what I would do? I stayed calm and turned and looked at his face put my hand in my purse to find my phone in case I needed it. He was shirtless and backed away from me, for a block+ keeping his eye on me walking backwards, not letting me out of his sight? I assume he thought I had a gun? Police wouldn’t be a problem for him since it takes hours for them to get here.
    Isn’t it true that many people have been let out of jails?
    I was assaulted on the train a few months ago. I read a story from someone who experienced civil unrest in Venezuela as well as one from someone who lived through the civil war in the former Yugoslavia. It’s a playbook. Follows a pattern. Best to know history? The Venezuelan wrote to be very careful, since things can appear deceptively calm before an eruption of serious danger and he spoke of the warning signs. – 60XGBohmmnU –

    Are Clergymen Baliffs?

    September 18, 2020 at 3:10 pm

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