Thursday, December 08, 2016

Bernie's Long Game ?

Many commenters around the internet are still holding a grudge about Senator Bernie Sanders' support for Hillary Clinton, after his defeat in the primaries. Whenever his name is mentioned in a news piece, on certain websites, a chorus of, in my opinion, highly inappropriate and thoughtless derision ensues.
It was good to read this exchange on naked this week.

Fiery Hunt - December 5, 2016 at 3:11 pm:
Re: Bernie
I don’t care that he endorsed or campaigned for the Almost-Queen. He’s still the only politician talking about what’s really going on in America. And he’s not shy about calling it what it is. A big festering corruption cesspool. And he’ll always have my respect for that.

Reply - uncle tungsten - December 5, 2016 at 11:46 pm
All the more power to his mind and voice, I say. I perceive he plays a long game and immediate issues do not stampede him to hasty judgements/actions. There is much water and tears to flow along the stream in the next two years and I am sure Bernie Sanders and supporters will be there to move the stepping stones deftly into position where and if they can.
He has an aura of the aikido master about him and we would be wise to learn the moves and hear the strategy.

The exchange was prompted by a link at the website to a piece about Senator Sanders' recent speeches including one in San Rafael.

For people who are distressed by Trump’s election, Sanders had some disturbing news: things could get worse if campaign finance laws are weakened further.

“The reality is that this country both politically and economically is moving toward an oligarchic form of society where a small number of very wealthy and powerful people control our economy and our political life,” Sanders said.

“So what we have to do,” Sanders said, “is create a strong grassroots movement where we bring people together to fight not only for social justice, not only for environmental justice, but for economic justice as well. But here is where it becomes difficult.

"It is very easy for many Americans to say, I hate racism, I hate homophobia, I hate sexism", Sanders said, but it is a little bit harder for people in the middle or upper middle class to say, maybe we do have to deal with the greed of Wall Street.

“One of the things I’m trying to do,” Sanders said, “is to figure out a way to radically transform the Democratic Party from a party led by a liberal elite to a party led by working people and young people and people who really want to transform society.”

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Do You Intuit ?

QUIZ : How intuitive are you?

I took the quiz and scored (37) in the area of level 2 "Social Intuition".

I've posted three times in the past on the topic of intuition, each post using some material from the other: one in 2007, then 2010 , the latest in 2015

Anyone else - on the quiz ?

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

WORDS are all I have...

A couple of words, new to me: antonomasia and hendiadys. They're both figure-of-speech types. There are many such obscure words, little known by any but high fallutin' grammarians and professional wordsmiths.

In rhetoric, antonomasia is a kind of metonymy in which an epithet or phrase takes the place of a proper name, such as "the little corporal" for Napoleon I. Conversely, antonomasia can also be using a proper name as an archetypal name, to express a generic idea.

From Wiki's list of examples:

"Old Blue Eyes" or "The Chairman of the Board" for Frank Sinatra

"The Bard" for William Shakespeare

"The Gipper" or "The Great Communicator" for Ronald Reagan

"The Iron Lady" or the "The Leaderene" for Margaret Thatcher.

In 2016 we could add "The Donald" or "Agent Orange" or "Hair Hitler" - but one for the ages is yet to be discovered for "You Know Who"

A figure of speech used for emphasis. The basic idea is to use two words linked by the conjunction "and" instead of the one modifying the other.

The typical result of a hendiadys is to transform a noun-plus-adjective into two nouns joined by a conjunction. For example, sound and fury (from act V, scene 5 of Macbeth) seems to offer a more striking image than furious sound........hendiadys is most effective in English when the adjectival and nominal forms of the word are identical. Thus "the cold wind went down the hall" becomes the cold and the wind went down the hall. He came despite the rain and weather instead of "He came despite the rainy weather".

Two verbs (as in the case of a catenative verb) can be so joined: come and get it (also come get it) and Fowler says that try and... for "try to..." is a "true example" of hendiadys.

The conjunction may be elided, i.e. omitted (a sound or syllable) when speaking (parataxis): This coffee is nice and hot can become This is nice hot coffee; in both cases one is saying that the coffee is hot to a nice degree, not that the coffee itself is nice.

Whoa! Two more unknown (to me) words there: catenative and parataxis. A catenative verb is one where it can be followed directly by another verb, as in "he deserves to win the cup" or "you are forbidden to smoke in here". Parataxis = The placing of clauses or phrases one after another, without words to indicate coordination or subordination, as in "Tell me, how are you?"

A nice hot coffee, paratactical or not, is just what I fancy after that little lot!

Monday, December 05, 2016

Music and Movie Monday - Remembering 1941

Wednesday of this week marks the anniversary of that "Date Which Will Live in Infamy".

December 7, 1941 - Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; also attack the Philippines, Wake Island, Guam, Malaya, Thailand, Shanghai and Midway.
December 8, 1941 - U.S. and Britain declare war on Japan. US enters World War II. Japanese land near Singapore and enter Thailand.

Not fertile ground for musical offerings - though pairing with some favourite movies, books or TV series portraying those dramatic and portentious events, a melody or two do emerge.

There are several movies, books and TV series dedicated exclusively to detail of the attacks, but I prefer those which use the historic events as part of the film's background.

The bombing of Pearl Harbour is part of the From Here to Eternity story, told in novel, film and TV mini-series. The invasion of Singapore and other areas of Asia is background for Nevil Shute's wonderful novel, adapted for film and TV mini-series,
A Town Like Alice.

The Winds of War, originally a novel, then the sprawling story of World War II via a well-loved TV series, had to include events which began the USA's entry into World War II - the TV series has a memorable piece of music as its theme:

From Here to Eternity gave us:

The cricial Japanese attack scene in From Here to Eternity:

And a little background from A Town Like Alice (the TV mini-series) whose story unfolds immediately after Japanese attacks on Singapore.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Saturday & Sundry Thoughts on Steven Mnuchin, another Trump pick

Stumped for a topic this weekend - I dunno, absent further unexpected eventualities it looks as though we are going to be stuck with Donald Trump as president, at least until he's impeached or whatever, so how about snooping at another of his cabinet picks, via natal chart?

Steven Mnuchin - from Wikipedia
Steven Terner Mnuchin (born December 21, 1962) is an American banker, film producer, and political fundraiser. He was a partner for Goldman Sachs for 17 years where he accrued a net worth estimated at about $40 million. He then founded the motion picture firm, RatPac-Dune Entertainment. In 2016, he served as finance chair in the successful Donald J. Trump presidential campaign.

On November 30, 2016, it was announced that Mnuchin would be nominated as Secretary of the Treasury in the coming administration of President-elect Donald Trump...........

He was born in New York City on 21 December 1962. Chart is set for 12 noon as his birth time isn't available.

I'm looking at the chart, trying to remain"cold", neutral, not relating it to anything I've read about its owner's past doings, ethics etc. other than that he's one of Donald Trump's recent picks for his administrative team, on the finance side.

Here's a second Trump pick with connection to the film industry, (Steve Bannon is another). In Mnuchin's natal chart Neptune (film) is conjunct Venus, planet of the arts.

 Donald Trump's  natal chart
His natal Sun in late Sagittarius is in harmonious trine to Mars in Leo. Mnuchin's Mars, by the way, is conjunct Donald Trump's natal Mars and ascendant. Trump's chart is at right, for reference. Mnuchin's natal Sun in late Sagittarius in within 7 degrees of Donald Trump's natal Sagittarius Moon - good links for a working relationship.

This is also another of Trump's picks with some Scorpio in his makeup - see also posts on Stephen Bannon and Jeff Sessions.

Mnuchin's natal Moon would have been either in late Libra or early Scorpio, depending on time of birth, so perhaps there's even an additional dose of Scorpio included.

He's all about finance and film really - film has been spotted in his chart, where's the finance?

Mercury in down to earth and business oriented Capricorn, with and Capricorn's ruler, Saturn, in Aquarius is the likely "ground zero" of his draw to a life in what has to be a risky choice, but highly profitable if clever enough: finance. Saturn (limitation, restriction) in its ancient sign of rulership Aquarius, and quirky Uranus in strict Virgo reflect a kind of dumbing down of Uranus' and Aquarius' natural tendency to be unexpected or eccentric: a strict planet in a looser sign and a looser planet in a strict sign....whether that helps to bring forth a financier type I don't know.

Jupiter conjunct Chiron in Pisces - quite gentle, but they sit opposite Uranus and Pluto in Virgo - it's almost another dumbing down - or probably a beefing up!

I wouldn't see this chart as classic for a finance guy, but then he's not yer classic finance guy - his film industry links give him the quirk often absent in classic finance guys.

Currently Mnuchin is engaged to Scottish actress Louise Linton, whose birthday is also 21 December though in 1981 - she's the lady in the photograph.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Arty Farty Friday ~ Eddie Owens Martin, Quirky, Visionary, or both?

I came across this artist quite by accident while beginning some mild research on another.
The first video (just under 6 minutes long) puts in a nutshell much of Eddie Owens Martin's story.

Here's the man himself:

More photographs at Google Image, HERE

From Georgia where I gathered Martin's date of birth:

Eddie Owens Martin
Self-taught artist and Georgia native St. EOM established the visionary art site Pasaquan in the mid-1950s. Located in Marion County, Pasaquan is maintained and operated today by Columbus State University, which assumed control of the site in 2016.

St. EOM was born Eddie Owens Martin on July 4, 1908, in Marion County to Lydia Pearl and Julius Roe Martin, a sharecropper. In 1922, seeking to escape the rural life of his parents, he left home and ultimately moved to New York City, where he began to study art in the city's museums and libraries.

After living in New York for about a decade, Martin had a series of visions while suffering from a high fever. In his visions, three "people of the future" from a place called Pasaquan selected him to depict, through art, a peaceful future for human beings. After receiving these visions, Martin began to call himself St. EOM.

A 12 noon chart for 4 July 1908, Buena Vista, Georgia.

Wow! Lots of Cancerian input: a stellium (cluster) Sun, Mercury, Neptune, Venus conjoined, and Mars all in Cancer. Self, communication style, creativity, imagination, drive and artistry all have the sensitivity and home-loving (here home-enhancing) style of Cancer. This artist was all about home! Natal Sun and Mercury conjunct Neptune clearly reflect what he saw as his visionary nature.

There's a T-square formation involving an opposition from Uranus (eccentricity), and challenging squares from Uranus to Saturn and Uranus to the Cancer stellium. Though eccentric Uranus is in practical Capricorn it's in challenging aspect to practical and limiting Saturn, as well as to that stellium in Cancer. I'll translate that, as regards his art, as representing the artist's gravitation to putting his eccentric artistry on a grounded, practical background.

Martin's Moon would have been somewhere in Virgo, quite likely in helpful sextile to one or more of his Cancer planets - a second indication - this time via his inner self, anchoring his potentially wilder Neptunian imagination, bringing it down to earth.