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Titanic in a Single Take

I think that we are really no-shit in love .. for all intents and purposes. It definitely feels that way.

Ariana singing My Heart Will Go On (13 Aug 2018)

I see you here, girly .. with your back to audience. I see you. Dont think that I missed that.

You sing so good sometimes that I can hardly stand it.

This was a very creative endeavor .. especially the way you used parts of all those (13) songs .. and all those different sets.

You visit and explore, ever so briefly, so many different emotions.

I can feel the part of me that creates universes being impressed.

James is very good at this type of thing. He was holding his own. (I can tell that he really likes you.)

I particularly like the way you balance the tragedy with comedy. The comedy helps you better handle the tragedy.

I see your bandage. Looks like you got yourself an owie there on your hand. Do you want me to kiss it and make it all better?

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» A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

America is learning a lot about itself these last few years.

Nighttime rally by white supremacists at Charlottesville VA August 11, 2017

It is not a pretty picture.

Nazi flag and Confederate flag marching together side-by-side in Charlottesville, VA. August, 2017

But at least we know better where we stand.

President Trump identifies with and defends hate groups in America

And who stands for what.

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» His Foot has Slipped

When I saw Trump hold up the executive order after signing it ..

Trump signs XO with Kirstjen Nielsen ending refugee children being separated from their parents 20 June 2018

.. the one ending refugee children being separated from their parents .. after fleeing violence and threats of violence in their home countries (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador) ..

Map of Central America

.. when I saw him hold up that executive order .. the voice in my head said, "His foot has slipped. The day of his calamity is near."

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This entry originated here » A Departing Sting with the Venom Meant to Do Lasting Harm (19 March 2018).

» Mika Goes Ninja-Like on Kirstjen Nielsen

Oh, look at Mika go here .. getting all ninja-like on Kirstjen Nielsen. I dont think that I have ever seen another thing quite like that.

She is calling out every piece of bullshit that is being said .. right at the point where it is being said it. That has a cool effect when she does that.

It is a different topic, but Ana does a similar thing here. That was outstanding.

And here is Mr. Ninja himself talking about the devolving of language.

» Doctors Say that Toxic Stress Can Affect a Child for Their Entire Life

Shame on you, Kirstjen Nielsen. Shame the fuck on you and your shitty values and priorities. You are spineless.

Statement on the effects of separating children from their refugee parents by James Madara, CEO AMA

Woe unto you.

And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble. Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come.

Audio recording of immigrant child crying for her daddy

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Writers are Forged in Injustice

This entry originated here » More at Stake than Selling Albums (23 April 2018).

What do you think, Tay .. about what Hemingway said about Dostoevsky?

Ernest Hemingway's 1923 passport photo

.. that » "Dostoevsky was MADE by being sent to Siberia. Writers are forged in injustice, as a sword is forged." [ Green Hills of Africa, p 71, 1935 ] ]

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) is one of a handful of thinkers who helped forge the modern sensibility

You obviously have the songwriting thing going on. Even people who hate your guts have to admit as much. Naz knows what I am talking about.

Taylor on the cover of the August issue of Harper's Bazaar 2018

This makes Kanye's snatch of your mic even more iconic .. in a symbolic sort of way. Tho I would probably sound like a nut-case if I went into any detail.

I see that you draw on this sense of injustice when writing some of your songs. This is why I feel that you will be able to relate to this quote by Hemingway.

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This entry continues from here » A Strikingly Ignorant Thing to Say (1 May 2018).

Ta-Nehisi Coates says that you are rejecting your blackness .. in search of white freedom.

Kanye wants white freedom .. can you blame him?

"Who can blame him?" I thought, when I read that about you. Not me.

Perhaps the term rejecting is not the right word. But, whatever happens to your blackness when you embrace white freedom.

I have not read this article. I want to be ready when I read it, and I am not yet ready.

I read a little. He is going deep fast. You can feel it. He writes real shit.

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A Strikingly Ignorant Thing to Say

This entry continues from here » Feeling Betrayed by Kanye (25 April 2018).

» Kanye Says the Black Man Chose the Shackles of Slavery for 400 Years

Just when you think you've heard it all .. you hear a black man say that 400 years of slavery sounds like a choice to him.

Kanye says that 400 years of slavery sounds like a choice to him (01 May 2018)

Kanye here is smiling .. but he is the only one. Harvey looks concerned. Nobody sees the humor that Kanye does. Nobody else feels his sense of levity. His strange sense.

Is this not a strikingly ignorant thing to say? .. that slavery was a "choice." I wonder what Dyson thinks.

If Kanye had lived a hundred years ago, I bet that he would have a different opinion of slavery. Much different.

Somebody please share this video with Kanye.

Here is another from James Baldwin, called the Pin Drop speech, that he shoud familiarize himself with. (Does Kanye even know who James Baldwin was?)

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Feeling Betrayed by Kanye

This entry continues from here » More at Stake than Selling Albums (23 April 2018). ]

» How Can the Black Man Not Feel Betrayed?

His vocal support and admiration of Donald Trump perplexes me.

Kanye West publicly declares his brotherly love of, and admiration for, President Donald Trump citing a common dragon energy (25 April 2018)

Because the reason why he snatched the mic away from you was in order to pimp Beyonce's album.

But I have seen some clips of Beyonce's concerts, where she displays on the giant screen behind her the names of unarmed black men killed by police.

Beyonce pays tribute to unarmed black men killed by police

And it is a long and disheartening list. It goes on for quite some time. A surprising length of time.

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More at Stake than Selling Albums

This entry continues from here » Girls Who Inspire You to Up Your Game (10 Dec 2017).

[ Notice here how I was already in the process of writing to Taylor about her experiences with Kanye .. when Kanye lost his mind and started saying crazy shit.

This is sort of what I mean when I say that I sometimes feel like I am "up in the air already" .. in position to respond to some new, unforeseen development.

When these types of things happen, I somehow feel compelled to respond .. even if I might not really want to. (Writing about stupid shit that Kanye does and says is far from my idea of fun.)

Difficult things suddenly become surprisingly easy and almost effortless. ]

You were telling Kanye to go fuck himself.

What I heard you say was this » "Kanye didnt make me famous. I was already famous when Kanye came around. Kanye did nothing for me but embarrass me on national television, and in front of my peers, and in front of the people I care about most. Go fuck yourself, Kanye. And take your stupid wax figures with you."

I hesitated to mention it back then, but racial animus has become a thing since Trump became president.

Nazi flag and Confederate flag marching together in Charlottesville, VA. August, 2017

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Fuck-Ups at Facebook Jeopardize Democracy Itself

This entry originated on this page » Values & Priorities that are Rotting from the Inside Out (26 Jan 2018).

» Sheryl Sandberg Does Not Have What It Takes to Run Facebook

And speaking of management fuck-ups with obviously fucked up values .. let me be the first to say here that » Sheryl Sandberg is a fuck-up. She has demonstrated unreliability in her capacity as head of Facebook.

Sheryl Sandberg admits to problems with security at Facebook only after problems revealed

Perhaps she knows how to write a good book, but she does not have what it takes to run a company like Facebook. She need to go lean in somewhere else .. where the decisions that she faces are not so difficult for her to get right.

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