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"Behold, behold, the heaven-bound sea."

I might actually have slept seven hours. I woke up ill sometime after five thirty, took a pill, then went back to sleep. It's cloudy today, except where the painfully blue skies showing through. Yesterday, unexpectedly, the mercury shot up to 90˚F. Then, towards sunset, storm clouds – but no actual storm – blew in from the southwest, and by midnight the temperature had fallen into the mid sixties. Currently, it's 67˚F.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,312 words on "Animals Pull the Night Around Their Shoulders." With luck, I'll finish the story today. Worst case, I'll finish it tomorrow.

Please have a look at the current eBay auctions. Thank you.

If America elects Donald Trump president, we will have reached a point where it is undeniable that this nation, as a whole, is simply too goddamned dumb to be trusted with democracy. Then again, if America elects Donald Trump president, it likely won't be burdened with democracy by the time Trump is done with the country. Kathryn and I are talking seriously about Montreal. It's only a few hours away, an easy day's drive. That will be our port in the storm, if Clinton should lose. I don't think I've ever been the sort who cries "If X is elected, I'm leaving the country!" But now I am. This is not normal election cycle. A terrible rot that has long festered, just below the surface, is spreading like wildfire, feeding on the the hate and lunacy Trump is spewing. It's a hot zone, kiddos. We'll put everything in storage and rent a small apartment in Montreal and try to wait it out. Of course, first I'll vote. And hope.

Aunt Beast


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Marc D. Goldfinger
Sep. 15th, 2016 03:59 pm (UTC)
I find it hard to believe that
there are people so stupid that they would vote for Trump. I had an Uncle who was a professor, one of my mom's brothers, who said that if we knew how low the IQ was of the majority of the country, we would be frightened.

I'm frightened. My daughter is a teacher in the United Arab Emirates and is considering not coming back to the country but going to Europe somewhere and teaching when her contract is up.
Kiki Lang
Sep. 15th, 2016 09:46 pm (UTC)
Where ever you go, there you are.
Harper was just given the boot in Canada. It was a minor miracle that he Justin won. For the past nine years, Harper has been an stooge to American Oil money. What Harper did to Canada was nightmare, and the American interest are salivating for the next election. The United Kingdom just left the E.U., so there goes an English speaking country in Europe you can go to. I have friends in Japan, but again, waves of ultra-conservative are banging at the doors of power there. These are bad times, and no white knight is waiting in the wings.

Edited at 2016-09-15 09:47 pm (UTC)
Sep. 17th, 2016 08:54 am (UTC)
Certainly the UK voted to leave the European Union, but it hasn’t left yet. To me the only saving grace to the whole unfortunate business was the referendum vote was very, very close - so not everyone over here is a raging fascist. Not yet, at any rate.

The rise of the right across Europe is worrisome. If you look closely at the EU the various national governments and their spokesmen succeed each other like the painted horses on a roundabout at a fair. But where is the engine which makes the horses go round? Where even the music that accompanies their circular procession? An occasional tune reaches the ear of the observer; but the mechanics are never explained.

Fascism is a disease of democracy, or at any rate the mass-age. Its starting point is the disgruntled elements in a society: a sense of grievance, social, political, national, even personal, it really doesn’t matter what. But the psychology of resentment must be there, and if the resentment is unfounded so much the better.

I had the misfortune while in Sicily recently to see Forest Trump on the television making a speech.

“Oh,” said the little old lady we were having lunch with. ‘He is so like Il Duce…his mannerisms, his posturing. The way he nods his head, pouting, with arms folded.’

And what she was saying was very true. It was as if Donny had modelled himself on old newsreel clips of Benito Mussolini.

Of course the modern trend is to call fascism “ultra-conservatism” because nowadays even the advocates of fascism have to pretend to be ashamed of it. Fascism has become a dirty word – thus there’s this need for a new, less branded word. Yes, “ultra-conservative”, is much safer, isn’t it? But it’s still fascism no matter how you dress it up, and it is the irrational made vocal.

All the best.

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