Effectively, the end of the USA occurred on 9/11/01. Two major forces collided that day. The first was a group of oligarchs who wanted to institute authoritarian rule on an unruly and increasingly (form their POV) immoral nation. The second group was the majority of citizens in the American Republic who were basking in the glow of vast technological change that was providing them with an enormous playground full of toys and cheap baubles who had lost practically all interest in the responsibilities of citizenship–who wanted, in short, a blue pill. During the course of the day many reports came in, no one knew what was happening. Buildings collapsed that were designed to withstand plane crashes at near free-fall speed, explosions were heard and recorded before those collapses. Commentators noted that the collapse of WTC 1 and 2 were eerily similar to controlled demolitions. People like me, who knew Washington DC very well, were stunned at the plane crash into the Pentagon knowing that the building was surrounded by anti-aircraft and anti-missile missiles confusion reigned. Then somehow the government let it be known that Al-Qaida was responsible and that was the explanation.
I have a few pleasant photography stories to tell from a week ago. Between the autumn color and the desperation of one last warm weather week, it was a good week for a photo buff. Now don’t go busting my bubble by just looking at the photos because you can learn a lot from a photographer. We see things.
Below you will find a Third Rock from the Sun brief encounter during an evening walk in the Village. I have several memories from a lecture I attended on photojournalism. There is a pleasant Veterans Day walk under the George Washington Bridge on the New Jersey side followed by a sunset from the New York side. Then a Friday afternoon walk in Central Park with some music videos I made and all day Saturday there too. There is even a little taste of Florence, Italy.
When are we going to “nation build” in our own nation?
What are we waiting for?
Each bridge to fall down,
Every road to turn back to gravel,
Water mains to burst,
Grids to burn out?
To say nothing about the Investments in
Schools, and Computers, and Networks.
Small Businesses, Parks, EcoSystems, and Science?
and another thing, if “9-11 changed the world”,
when are we going to change our “soft targets”
to prevent the next 9-11?
All these Projects spell JOBS.
All these Projects are an Investment in OUR Future.
They are NOT a Hand Out.
They are Protecting Our OWN.
Another Labor Day has arrived, with FAR TOO MANY Citizens,
having FAR TOO LITTLE to Celebrate …