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Photographer, Mother to 5, wife to a fellow artist and PhD student... ReynosoArt.com
Photographer, Mother to 5, wife to a fellow artist and PhD student... ReynosoArt.com

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Bravo, Ron Powers! The Scotts Valley resident has installed two washers and dryers in his van to help the homeless clean their clothes. http://nbcbay.com/vIEnvmH
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"The most important thing you need to do is simply ignore the social norms by which others are playing. If people expect you to talk to the press, ignore the press; if they expect what you say to have meaning, speak nonsense; if they expect you to obey the law, ignore it. Rules are for suckers, the autocrat believes, and power is what you can get away with. (Masha Gessen’s essays on how to survive in an autocracy should be required reading for all Americans)
Note also that (a) Trump was elected (in no small part) on the basis of his pervasive norm-breaking, his refusal to obey any rules set for him, and (b) as noted above, norms are precisely what holds democracy together. The likely result of this is left as an exercise for the reader."

"As a practical matter, even though certainty as to someone’s motives is rare, we tend to reach significant suspicion based on things like patterns of behavior. If you told me, for example, that Donald Trump was going to try to ignore court judgments until he was absolutely forced to obey them, or that he would lie about something he had done in public just the day before if it suited him, I would say “So, what else is new?” We’ve been watching him do these things for years, and he’s never made any secret of the fact.
The difference is that when a businessman does this, it has the potential to ruin individual vendors and contractors who can’t be paid, sour business deals, or harm his reputation. When the President does the same things, it has the potential to damage democracy itself."

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The news continues to develop almost faster than I can type analyses. But I've tried to round up the most critical updates from the past few hours, together with a discussion of what they mean.

The short version is this: we're seeing the formation of an "inner circle" of government, including Trump, Bannon, Miller, Kushner, Priebus, and possibly Flynn and Conway, who have been taking deliberate steps to hobble the ability of all other parts of government – the rest of the Executive branch, Congress, and most especially the courts – from controlling them. Somewhat unexpectedly, they went straight for an attempt to grab extraordinary physical powers over people (yesterday's Muslim ban), rather than trying to boil the frog slowly; in the context of other moves taken over the past week, this starts to look like a coherent strategy.

Power, including the power to execute every one of the things that Trump promised to do during the campaign, is the primary goal; money, in large, untraceable quantities, appears to be the secondary.
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It seems a large portion of our much needed rain might be in the past...and these are in our future!

#flowers #wildflowers #california #poppies #orange #californiapoppies #landscapephotography
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