No Photo Zone: Is Portland Cracked?

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I am certainly not in Portlandia. Trying to load my personal photos in a location more than the 5-block radius my son must abide by as a no-go zone after being booked by the Feds, I discovered that almost all my photographs are blocked for “security” reasons.

While I’m not surprised that our Anti-Presidency President Trump tasks the Feds to beat up journalists, I am not surprised that this is not allowed. (Double negative intended.) The better question is: Why would Anti-Presidency Trump allow anyone to take pictures?

A bit surprised Trump missed the irony, though, of tasking all these Feds to protect the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse. The irony drips and we don’t even need a statue. Misogyny first? Men first, even when Anti-Presidency Trump has a great Republican for law and order-bashing moment where he could get us all looking at disgraced 6-term liberal Republican Senator Hatfield assaulting so many of his female employees that he resigned almost as quickly as liberal Democratic Senator Al Franken from Minnesota?

Thought the alt-right was supposed to be so alt, even their young (or is he just so sloppy?) don’t get the irony that Hatfield’s not exactly a General Lee, but he should go. Why don’t they jump all over the hypocrisy of the old alt-left-and the Christie Todd Whitman Republicans for the Rule of Law? Why don’t the likes of @AndyNgo note that the 114 Feds (staying at the Marriott) are protecting a building named after a 30-year-serving “supposedly liberal” Republican Senator Hatfield, who left in disgrace? (His embarrassed wife. Antoinette, has quite a few things named after her a bit up the hill.)

I can only hope #MeToo would denounce him, given how many women he sexually harassed and assaulted during his career, ending in 1995. Part of the disgraced President Bill Clinton crowd.

Besides, I’m not here as a journalist but as a woman (mother) and an academic, who has had so many #MeToo moments that I don’t tell my graduate students so as not to discourage them from entering the academy. (My sons tell me that the reason they have so many girlfriends is that they are not “as****les” so not only the women but their mothers seemed to love them.)

Once the Feds jumped my second son and started flagging his mug shot everywhere (so he’d get beaten up by the likes of @AndyNgo and his crowd, I guess), I got on a plane despite being vulnerable as a PwD in a pandemic (having chronic disabilities and illnesses does tend to make a person vulnerable). My son’s brother already got beaten up and mugged by the Kent State PD in Ohio. I was thankful he didn’t end up in a coma, like the other protester against the gun-toting crowd at Kent State called into action again by a misogynistic alt-right woman, if memory serves well.

Talk about universities and the police — this is at least one tiny area where we could #defundthepolice #PortlandProtests as we get them off our grounds. With more Police Departments (PDs = 18,000) than McDonald’s (13,800) in the U.S., this will be hard.

#portlandprotest quick observations morning after (an august August)

While the city on the Columbia River is still sleeping, check out #portlandprotest photos from last night in July 31 to August 1, 2020 morning.
Quick Observations: Maybe Trump could learn a thing or two from the mail in Oregon (ballot-box mail). The name Pioneer Court sounds odd, but that’s if you’re coming from Manhattan. Oregon had an overtly racist state Constitution that was never tested in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Also, so what if the mayor got hit with a bit of pepper spray or tear gas? City Hall is literally across the street and one park away from the three federal buildings. So basically it means Mayor Ted Wheeler went outside City Hall. Wish I knew that before heading West.
#portlandprotest The Apple and Louis Vuitton luggage stores seem to want to have it all, upset about the loss of their goods but now letting #portlandprotest decorate their empty store fronts. Is this so Apple left-libertarians like Tim Cook or the late Steve Jobs couldn’t relate, or since they can’t relate?
I remember reading that in 2000 Matt Bai shows that they spent virtually nothing on lobbying and now 2020 they spend more than oil and gas lobbyists. Where is Christopher Buckley when you need him to update his movie?

Professors Need Ethics, but New York Times Editors Do Not? Propagating Parental Prejudice

merlin_132362976_3c3de7b3-5c62-4db7-a267-a602a88f8eaa-master768.jpg  Having just passed the new Institutional Review Board (IRB) test got me wondering: Why don’t journalists have to do this, let alone their editors (who, after all, set the agenda, “alt” or not)?

The idea that experimental subjects have rights was started by the United Nations and promoted by human-rights activist Eleanor Roosevelt (who didn’t like the United States using information from Holocaust victims, no less).

Ethical training is especially needed by the New York Times, the “paper of record,” which, at least in this one article, was practicing “alt” ethics (promoting parents who teach their young how to discriminate against vulnerable people while they’re still in single digits).

This one even comes with a photo of this so-called nurturing mom, and then publishes some “alt” rubbish (that later contradicts it) articulating the absurd argument that providing elevators to mass transit can be considered unsafe in these terrorist-provoking Trump times.

Why does the NYT feature this overt parental prejudice, and publish the vulnerable child’s photo too? The only fact in the piece is how this is bunk (duh!) and that NYC mass transit is worse than that in other cities (another duh).  So what’s new or news?


Misogyny has No Party


All this Hillary-versus-Joe talk got me thinking: Misogyny knows no American political party — that is, the Tweedledee and Tweedledum parties within the American two-party system both have strands of misogyny, or what I call neotribalism.
The Biden-promoting or Joe-talking Democrats don’t acknowledge this, any more than the Democrats serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee realized during now-Justice Clarence Thomas’s nomination hearings that the former head of the EEOC being accused of sexual harassment was political dirt-digging gold for undermining his nomination. The GOP, after all, was shamelessly self-serving in putting Thomas up for Marshall’s seat. So is the GOP now.
What the Biden-talking Democrats are counting on is the inside-the-“progressive”-party misogyny in the American two-party legacy of neotribalism. That is to say, all those folks who vote in their self-interest — which is to say, the 5 percent who are NOT in protected identity categories (i.e. women, children, men and women between 18 and 21, LGBTQers, persons with different abilities or disabilities, as well as those older than 39 (age discrimination is for everyone 40 years old and older).
Hillary Clinton may be just as centrist as Joe, and Bernie is pushing her properly progressively leftwards (plus he’s being a good partisan by squashing all third-party rumors, unlike the Donald).
So this is how Hillary is harmed by talk of Joe running? This would be how her Ready for Hillary team could lose control?
Put differently, the 5 percent I’m addressing are SLAMs and SCAMS.  Shouldn’t democracy — with a small D or a big D — protect 95 percent of the American populace? That’s my definition of small-d democracy, even if all those who are for Joe say it ain’t so.