some facts about americans

Such a fine way to start the month of December. I spend as little time as possible on Twitter, let alone quote from it, because it’s been such a hot mess for many years. It was, and still is, one of the key vectors used to distort the 2016 election. But this morning I found this tweet and felt it worth quoting in total. I’ve checked the numbers via alternate sources and they are reasonably correct. It’s their interpretation that is more dramatic than needs to be.

That 20% at the bottom is derived from dividing the number of Trump voters by the total US population. If you divide Trump voters by the total number of eligible US voters, you get 26%. If you divide Trump voters by the total US eligible voters who actually voted, you get 46%.

Regardless of which percentage you choose, it’s still a damning indictment showing Trump did not win the majority of the popular vote. He won by gaming the US electoral college with out-an-out lying and considerable help from his friends in Moscow. And those are true facts to consider.

One more statistic that damns US voters: out of 250,000,000 registered voters, only 56%, a little more than half, bothered to vote in 2016. We need to bring that percentage up in order to beat Trump in 2020 as well as clean out the Trump enablers in the Senate.

life in black and white – the menagerie

Ruby sunning
Ruby – 11 years old

I’ve been overwhelmed over these past few weeks and months with all that is coming out of Washington. We’re well past whatever tipping point when it comes to the collapse of American democracy. We are watching the old white guys with money and power working to make sure that their money and power is never challenged for generations to come. Meanwhile the world burns and dies, and I can do nothing about it.

So I have turned inward to my animals and my photography to capture what makes me happy and calm at this point in time. These creatures are sweet and truly innocent, almost Garden-of-Eden innocent before the Fall. I’ve reached a point in my life where I tear up when I read of the cruelty heaped by humans on their kind. And I seem to cry a lot these days.

All of these photos are black and white because that’s where my mind is at at the moment. I don’t know why, except that perhaps I’m reaching back over 40 years to when I first started to photograph the world seriously, and all I could afford and print on my own were black and white film. It was much simpler then, and much happier.

All three of these images went through Photoshop 6. I “developed” them to my personal taste. The cameras used were the Panasonic G9 and the Olympus Pen F. The lenses used were the Olympus 12-40mm PRO and the Olympus 17mm PRO. Both cameras are set up to photograph in black and white. I took my time with each photo, and took just enough to find the right image. And then I sat on them for a while, rather than rush them out into the world. The entire process has been slow and deliberate. I get tired of reading the hipsters that say you can only “do” slow and deliberate with film. You can do slow and deliberate with anything, including digital.

Beau (or Bo) – 4 years

Luke – 4 years

At this moment I am satisfied, a bit more calm, and a bit more happy.