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Art & Life


December 8, 2013

Sunday. Plenty of sleep, obviously, after all those hours yesterday. Up with the alarm to head off to breakfast and back on another cold morning (it was even too cold in the café). Clear, at least, but they're saying it will remain cold for another two or three days.

I have pictures to process and so I know where the morning is going. And most of the afternoon.

Evening. The rest of the day spent working on pictures and putting them together for HereInOakland and artandlife. Two sections, although I was scraping the bottom of the barrel to put them together. I guess I say this with every new section. Such is life. And art. And pictures.

Nothing on television. I watched (or listened to in the background) a repeat of an earlier Moyers & Company, an interview with Mark Leibovich, the author of This Town, a description of how the lobbying merry go round of business and government works on a case by case basis. I'd ordered the book after seeing it the first time so none of it was new but all of it was every bit as maddening and depressing.

To what have we come? There was an article in the Times this morning about American companies hiring the sons and daughters of powerful foreign government officials, bribing their way into lucrative contracts by paying them enormous sums and how our government is suing these companies for bribery.

Except we do the exact same thing here with our lobbying system where elected representatives and their assistants move from government to business and back to government in a never ending and very profitable cycle, all to add to the bottom line except here we call it business as usual.

How many so called representatives of “the people”, stalwarts in the defense of “the little man”, have left government only to go to work for the very businesses they once had the responsibility to oversee, to regulate, to protect us from? Ah, well. The day is growing long and now I'm falling into my own business as usual pit hole.

The pictures are done. Best not to push it.


The photo up top was taken at the Oakland Children's Holiday Parade with a Nikon D4 mounted with an 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.