The Deep State

Clearly there is government, and then there is government. The former is the tip of the iceberg that the public who watches C-SPAN sees daily and which is theoretically controllable via elections. The subsurface part is the Deep State, which operates on its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power. The Deep State is a hybrid of national security and law enforcement agencies, key nodes of the judiciary (like FISC, the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Southern District of Manhattan); cleared contractors, Silicon Valley (whose cooperation is critical), and Wall Street.

— Mike Lofgren, via James Fallows

ECN Hiflex flexible organic photovoltaic (OPV) solar charging modules

ECN Hiflex flexible organic photovoltaic (OPV) solar charging modules

Sigourney Weaver, Death and the Maiden (1994), directed by Roman Polanski

Sigourney Weaver, Death and the Maiden (1994), directed by Roman Polanski

Driving down Sunset Strip - 1964 - Los Angeles, CA +

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We are now being told that after having pursued such policies for 200 years, after codifying violence in slavery, after a people conceived in mass rape, after permitting the disenfranchisement of black people through violence, after Draft riots, after white-lines, white leagues, and red shirts, after terrorism, after standing aside for the better reduction of Rosewood and the improvement of Tulsa, after the coup d’etat in Wilmington, after Airport Homes and Cicero, after Ossian Sweet, after Arthur Lee McDuffie, after Anthony Baez, Amadou Diallo and Eleanor Bumpers, after Kathryn Johnston and the Danziger Bridge, that there are no ill effects, that we are pure, that we are just, that we are clean. Our sense of self is incredible.

- Ta-Nehisi Coates (via theatlantic)

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The Bourne Supremacy, envelope for the French lobby card set. 2004

The Bourne Supremacy, envelope for the French lobby card set. 2004

David Lynch

David Lynch

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The world after burning:  This is what New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains look like after the Las Conchas fire, which burned almost an acre per second, 44,000 acres in 13 hours.  USGS photo.
For more on the megadrought in the southwest, see my article at Yale Environment 360.

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The world after burning:  This is what New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains look like after the Las Conchas fire, which burned almost an acre per second, 44,000 acres in 13 hours.  USGS photo.

For more on the megadrought in the southwest, see my article at Yale Environment 360.

newspeedwayboogie:

The last show, 18 years ago today

newspeedwayboogie:

The last show, 18 years ago today

Johnny Cash, publicity still for Five Minutes to Live (1961), directed by Bill Karn

Johnny Cash, publicity still for Five Minutes to Live (1961), directed by Bill Karn

Bobbie Gentry

Bobbie Gentry

Hard Boiled (1992), directed by John Woo

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@cleanlinetofino spey casting for summer steelhead on Vancouver Island. Photo by @jeremykoreski

patagonia:

@cleanlinetofino spey casting for summer steelhead on Vancouver Island. Photo by @jeremykoreski