The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

A few last shots from a spectacular sunset at the Maspeth Avenue Plank Road, along the turning basin of the lugubrious Newtown Creek. This is about two and a half miles back from the East River.

Some of you seem upset by my recent philosophical turn, the embracing of sociopathy as my governing morality. Well, in accordance with sociopathy, who cares what you think? I don’t. I don’t care about anything anymore.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Seriously, whatever it is, I don’t want to know nor am I going to oblige you with an argument.

One has arrived exactly back where he once was, offering his middle finger to the programmed and robotic ideologues. Did you know that during the early days of the Nazi military advance into Russia, the Wehrmacht encountered Russian made roads of ice? These Russian ice roads used German prisoners of war as structural railroad ties. The captured German soldiers were bound, forced to lie in a trench while still breathing, and then drowned in briny water which the Soviet armies pumped in which instantly froze and killed them. The Russian winter solidified the whole affair into something that trucks and armor could move quickly on during their retreat. The Wehrmacht officers described heading east on these roads, and the disconcerting experience of having thousands of panicked blue eyes lifelessly staring up at them as they passed.

This is lateral thinking at its finest. It’s also a parable for all of the shopping mall warriors in this country who think a Civil War might be fun.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The Maspeth Avenue Plank Road has been extant at what was once called Furman’s Island since the Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant. Grant, and Sherman, taught the ideological forebears of the modern day “know nothings” about consequence.

I used to care about that, but now it’s just another fact. Happy Friday the 13th.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

August 13, 2021 at 11:00 am

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  1. Thank you for making me look up Maspeth Avenue Plank Road. Ironically, I benefited from Peter Cooper’s Glue Factory being a graduate of his College for commoners with no money, namely me and my family in the 1960’s.
    About “the Wehrmacht encountered Russian made roads of ice – These Russian ice roads used German prisoners of war as structural railroad ties.” 15 minutes of research online yielded nothing about this. You must have a source for this horrible historical tidbit which I don’t care to investigate further. Mr Waxman please try to chill a bit. You have that lovely Irish pub nearby. Try to enjoy life in the United States of Confusion. I’ve grown to enjoy your blog very much, please don’t self-destruct.


    August 13, 2021 at 7:57 pm

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