"We are all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing." ~ Charles Bukowski
Johnny recently bought Sunset Garage on Bacon Street in O.B. from Woody who had been my mechanic for a long time (10 years) and I’m very glad he did. Well, Woody was actually the shop owner/manager and he had different mechanics working for him, some good some not so good. But he recently retired and sold the shop to Johnny and Chandra. One of my vehicles, a 1993 GMC Safari mini Reviewervan, had a leaky transmission with noisey issues that got steadily worse until finally last month it wouldn’t shift into gear. I had asked different mechanics about it and everyone thought it needed a new transmission.
The quotes were from between $1500 to around $3000. Then I had Johnny look at it and he expertly diagnosed it as a flywheel bolt problem and like a magic wizard personally fixed it for under $400. I could not be happier. Oh, and my other work van, a 1995 Dodge 1500, was riding too low in back so he added a two-inch rear axel lift and helper leafs so the tow hitch doesn’t bump when towing. This also increased the van’s performance and overall handling, and it was all done for a fair price.
Some places will pass on a job if it’s a repair takes a lot of training to get right, and the real crooked ones will “fix” things that didn’t need fixing because they want the billable hours. With so many shady shops out there it’s good to know of one where honesty and skill are still prevalent. I intend to return because I hope they remain in business.
What are the larger implications of the rioting and the future of social reform?
[These are perspectives on the nationwide George Floyd unrest, demonstrations and riots happening today. ~ Editor]
‘This was just posted by someone who lives in the area that suffered so much from the violence and destruction it’s an important read to understand what is really going on
“ A report on the ground from a Minneapolis resident
“So for those of you who are interested – I have no idea how national media is covering this – here is what is happening on the ground from my perspective. It is a long post.
All day yesterday people were out on the street helping businesses – EVERY SINGLE BUSINESS IN UPTOWN has boarded up windows and locked down their stores. The 3rd Precinct, which burned on down Thursday night, is on the east end of Lake Street. Uptown, where we live and the 5th Precinct police station is located, is three miles west on lake street. All of Lake Street was looted on Thursday night. On Friday EVERY BUSINESS on Lake Street and adjoining commercial districts, was boarded up.
Many spray painted murals on the plywood – let folks know they were a local or minority owned business. Essential businesses.
Last night was by far the worst night. Protests during the day were peaceful. There was an 8:00pm curfew. Everything changed when the sun went down. There are roving and highly organized bands of anti-government neo-nazi white men cruising the city, breaking off plywood, looting stores, and then setting them fire to the buildings.
On the Northside, which is predominately African American, the situation was much the same. Local civic groups were trying to protect local businesses and homes. there were many fires.
The violence and destruction is NOT being driven by local people. The cars on the streets have either removed their license plates, or have out of state plates.
Here is a post from a neighbor, “Everybody! We need to get our heads around what’s happening, Mpls and St Paul are being attacked by fascist “accelerationist” white crazies. Trying to divide & destroy us.
Accelerationism: the idea inspiring white supremacist killers around the world -Vox”
Expect these same types to infiltrate all of the legitimate protests happening in other cities in America. We are fighting an enemy within.
These “accelerationists” burned down the 5th Police Precinct, our post office, every pharmacy. The Wallgreens and CVS within a few blocks of our house are still burning this morning. The grocery stores were all hit. Every bank has been hit. Every liquor store, every gas station. They have guns and accelerants.
When National Guard show up, they disappear into the neighborhoods and have been setting fires. It is a violent game of arsonist wake-a-mole. There is no longer any fire fighting service available – overwhelmed. So neighbors are using garden hoses to put out the fires and save homes. Pictures neighbors are sharing – these are young white men, heavily armed.
According to authorities there are over 10,000 of these “accelerationists” in the city. St. Paul arrested over 50 people last night. ALL OF THEM were from out of state. The authorities are checking phones of the people they have arrested, doing contact tracing of sorts on these people. These people are connected to right wing militia style groups with a civil/race war fantasy. They are opportunistically using the legitimate, peaceful George Floyd protests as a cover to actualize their neo-nazi fever dream.
Gov. Walz just said, “If you know where these people are sleeping today, let us know and we will execute warrants. Allie and I were helping the owner of a commercial building up the street – a friend, and two of these guys came up to us. Wanted to know where the free food was being distributed. He gave them an address that was three blocks away. Had no idea what we were talking about – not from here.
Allie, the girls and I are fine and safe. Exhausted. Angry. We have not really slept in three days. Everyone in Minneapolis/St. Paul is the same.
So, what to do? Our neighborhood group is meeting at the park this afternoon. I think that they will organize our neighborhood watch to patrol, try to spot fires and get them out ASAP.
Major protests are planned for today. They want the other three police officers involved in George Floyd’s murder arrested, they want the MN Attorney General, not the Hennepin County Attorney to manage the case. They want the MPD disbanded and reformed with many alternative public safety and law enforcement strategies used. But the legitimate protests will end at 8:00 pm.
The Gov. and the mayor are calling in thousands more National Guard Troops. We already had more National Guard troops in the city than ever before. They are doing a good job but were overwhelmed last night by sheer numbers. Gov. Walz is the highest ranking soldier to have ever served in Congress and led the National Guard – he clearly sees this for what it is and will fight it. This is now a military operation by the State of Minnesota against alt-right, white nationalists and anarchists that have come into Minneapolis to use the protests against police brutality as cover for their death fantasy.
They are trying to force authorities to use deadly force and “accelerate” the violence.
It is dark friends.
The other side – this morning the neighborhood is out in force helping with the clean up, re-securing businesses. Massive food distribution at community centers. People taking in neighbors whose homes were destroyed or whose neighborhood was so impacted that it is no longer habitable.”
[Text from Malinda Kilmer, facebook.]
‘A false flag is a covert operation designed to deceive; the deception creates the appearance of a particular party, group, or nation being responsible for some activity, disguising the actual source of responsibility.
‘The term “false flag” originally referred to pirate ships that flew flags of countries as a disguise to prevent their victims from fleeing or preparing for battle. Sometimes the flag would remain and the blame for the attack would be laid incorrectly on another country. The term today extends beyond naval encounters to include countries that organize attacks on themselves and make the attacks appear to be by enemy nations or terrorists, thus giving the nation that was supposedly attacked a pretext for domestic repression and foreign military aggression.’
Translated, “deliciae vitae” means “luxury life” in English.
Deliciae Vitae was an annually published fashion magazine printed on thick ultra-bookstock glossy paper for three years in the spring from early 2001 until 2003.
Critically lauded it was hailed as a high water mark in fashion editorial and had among its contributing photographers David Lachapelle, Ellen von Unwerth, Marc Hom, Max Vadukul, Rankin, Vincent Peters, Harri Peccinotti, phil poynter, Matthias Vriens, Bettina Rheims, Luis Sanchis, Albert Watson, and Alexei Hay.
I’ve recently uncovered all three of these issues in my library and they’re in brand-new-like condition, immaculate, and am putting them up for sale for a good collector of art-fashion photography. Issue one even has its original cover/wrapper bag, opened but intact as purchased. Interested parties should email me at email@example.com.
Here’s the editor’s statement, assumably from editor Kinder Aggugini — often going by simply “Kinder” — from inside one issue (possibly the initial issue, I can check, I don’t handle them much but did notice it last night), copied from artjobs:
‘Deliciae Vitae: for men of the world In 1983, aged 18, I approached one of Europe’s leading publishers of adult material with my idea for a stylishly superior men’s publication. I knew there was a market for an international magazine that was classy, luxurious and sexy but which was fundamentally not about porn. I mean if that’s all you want you can get it anywhere, right? They laughed me out of the building…
‘Another 18 years on, the culture of photography and publishing has come a very long way. Having worked as a fashion designer for much of the intervening period I’ve been struck how much fashion, and particularly fashion photographers have embraced sex and sexuality in advertising and editorial fashion shoots for men and women.
‘Ultimately, as the fashion industry knows very well, it’s the image – the way someone (or something) is photographed – that makes them desirable. The medium – as they say – is the message. Which explains why certain fashion photographers have become as famous as film directors.
‘Deliciae Vitae is an independent bi-annual publication, of deliberate, unashamedly luxurious excess. Autonomous and unconstrained in a world of ever more increasing conglomerate fashion.
‘In this, its first issue, beautiful women from across the globe are photographed by the very best fashion and art photographers to give pleasure to the most sophisticated of palates. But such sophistication is indulged just as much by fine writing. So look out for features on the eternal sexual chemistry of champagne, the elitist joys of supersonic travel or the return of the ultimate pop playboy Bryan Ferry. Deliciae Vitae is not meant to appeal to everyone. But then, you’re not everyone, are you?’
The Independent Mayor of Las Vegas Carolyn Goodman has had enough of this shutdown
The City That Fun Built is Hard Hit by Coronavirus
by Reviewer Rob
Today we see the current mayor of Las Vegas is impatient. People are concerned, very concerned. They’re losing money there. This pandemic shutdown is affecting profits in a big way, and it’ll get worse. As a nation we’ll have to come to grips with the math soon. This thing is worth how much, exactly? Do we give our all, our total financial futures, for the lives of the vulnerable? Or do we accept the inevitable and push ahead, hoping for the virus to run its course and only take those who were the weakest, had the most comorbidity? This is the grim choice every governor must eventually face.
Current Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman clearly thinks her city should reopen. There’s money to be made and her town needs to get back to making it.
Her husband, also former Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman, I’m guessing would agree. He was a mafia lawyer before he ran for public office there, represented numerous crime figures (alleged) in the Las Vegas mob, among them ‘Meyer Lansky, Nicky Scarfo, Herbert “Fat Herbie” Blitzstein, Phil Leonetti, former Stardust Casino boss Frank ‘Lefty’ Rosenthal, and Jamiel “Jimmy” Chagra, a 1970s drug trafficker who was acquitted of ordering the murder of Federal Judge John H. Wood, Jr. … reputed Chicago mobster Anthony “Tony the Ant” Spilotro’ (from Wikipedia).
Few would know better the trade-offs, the pros and cons, of public safety vs. profits than such a gallery.
“Assume everyone is a carrier,” Mayor Carolyn Goodman
This MSNBC interview, ‘A debate is erupting over when to reopen Las Vegas. Independent Mayor of Las Vegas Carolyn Goodman joins Katy Tur to discuss’, is good and looks to be the first one in which a major public official makes the statement that there is the assumption everyone is assumed to be either asymptomatic or recovered, and that the public should spend less time worrying about the spread of Covid-19 because of that:
That part at the end about a modern day “survival of the fittest”…
Here’s a link as well to the CNN video interview on CNN from the Twitter account of Anderson Cooper where he controls her direction a but more forcefully.
What say you, dear reader? Should America take a page out of the mafia playbook and roll the dice on this one. There’s money to be made!
Someone did something pretty gangster during the Covid-19 pandemic-shutdown and monthlong county-wide surfing ban today.
Here’s the feel-good story of the month so far. This set of photos, from the page of Randy Dible, who for a long time has been San Diego’s premier local surf photographer ‘is everything’. I so hope someone caught this epic event of social distancing on video. ~Editor
“Man paddles into pumping Windansea…..catches a couple waves….as cars stop and honk horns…crowd gathers to watch and cheer him on before authorities close in on him….he makes it to his truck and makes clean getaway” ~ Randy Dible.
[When surfing is outlawed only outlaws will surf! Totally gangster. ~Ed]