The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

A problem often encountered regards the motivations of other people. I understand it when someone is beating the drums and they are advocating for an urgent issue of the day in vociferous fashion. Also “got” is when somebody is at their wit’s end and frustration with the various processes offered by Governmental authorities boil over. Thing is, there are some you encounter who are just plain mean.

I don’t want to indicate that they’re “mean” to others as a political tactic, since there’s apparently a validity to the strategic move of being a colossal dick – it might even make you Governor or President someday. Why be ugly when you don’t have to be? Why make enemies when you don’t have to? If you can see trouble coming, why not take steps to avoid it? Pissing contests and dominance displays amongst the mice don’t even amuse the elephants, since they’re not paying attention to what’s going on down on the ground.

Seriously, every single day that a humble narrator has to deal with this sort of thing is just one day closer to the day that I say “I’m out” and drop the mike. I’m really, really, trying to allow my better nature to remain dominant at the moment. Spring loaded, however, is “full Brooklyn.”

– photo by Mitch Waxman

My fascinations with the tracking systems on the newish camera continue to fascinate. I’ve been trying to figure out where it fails, and giving it difficult things to lock onto, such as the shot above with trains and overhead wires and a million little contrasty features in frame. So far, it’s a champ. At least I have technology, huh?

I should explain, in a vague way, that I’ve become embroiled in a controversy or two not of my making. A particular fire starter here in Western Queens is actually the “maker” of these imbroglios, and they have caused me no end of angst and worry and forced me into “having to deal with this.” Said arsonist will discover in January, after the current Mayor has left office, that all of their bridges have long since burnt away and that the people who currently lend them legitimacy will have either left office or will be done using them as a stalking horse. Lessons will be learned, subsequently, about arson. Be toxic, live toxic, die toxic.

On that note, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if this particular player’s “cancel crowd” came after me or mine in the near future. Maybe they’ll succeed. Others have tried. Where are they now? I’ll point out that over on Newtown Creek I often tangle with trans national energy companies and Federal level regulatory entities, employees of which tell me that they’ve got private detective produced file folders on me which include my high school transcripts. Somehow I’ve survived that sort of inspection.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Luckily, while testing the autofocus setup on the camera rig, an Amtrak trainset came rolling by while lit up all nice by the setting sun. Something to hang my hat on for a late spring afternoon’s effort. I like trains.

There’s a sticky NYC summer setting up, lords and ladies. Hope your hot weather clothes still fit. Back next week at this – your Newtown Pentacle.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

June 4, 2021 at 11:00 am

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  1. If I may speak for other people, I think there is absolutely nothing wrong with certain methods when it comes to speaking truth to power. Especially the obscene abuse and flaunting of power.

    And it doesn’t necessarily make any one of these people a dick (it might make you mayor too!) or even a mouse, especially when they got the platforms to break the walls of comfort zones these elephants have been built for them by bales of filthy lucre (or peanuts?) enabling from allies also chosen by mice.

    I can go on but I all out of metaphors and I don’t really care for shade.

    But don’t give up.

    JQ LLC

    June 4, 2021 at 11:32 pm

  2. Your firestarter will likely continue to have at least the tacit support of city hall as the next mayor will continue the policies of the previous mayor. This is because the mayor no longer makes policy- it’s handed down to him/her/it by the power brokers of the ruling class who’ve signed on to the policy prescriptions of Agenda 21, 30 and the sustainable development agenda. That and the Strong Cities Network will give him/her/it their marching orders. The mayor now is little more than a functionary, a mid-level apparatchik. It’s a post-national world now. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss…

    So long as the firestarter plays a part in furthering the agenda of the powers that be, they and the other bio-Leninists assholes will continue to enjoy a higher status than they could ever achieve through their own talents and abilities only being tasked with destabilization leading to crisis. That is, until our masters on high have determined it to be the right time to implement normalization and then firestarter and their ilk will have served their purpose and no longer being necessary, will then be liquidated.

    For now, just stuff the firestarter back into a locker. Trust me, he’s used to it.

    I remain, sir, yours truly
    Donald Cavaioli


    June 5, 2021 at 9:59 pm

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