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To Goethe The Master Mind of The German People was uploaded to Flickr

This is how most authors looked, and dressed, before the invention of Social Media

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I took To Goethe The Master Mind of The German People on October 11, 2018 at 06:26AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 13, 2018 at 11:47AM

  • To Goethe The Master Mind of The German People
  • unknown sculpture, Bridgeport Art Center
  • Hungry Porch Kensington Market
  • Eyes Of Grey
  • Aunt Pat Looking At Ruth Asawa's San Francisco Fountain
  • Habakuk (Homage to Max Ernst)
  • I Am A Slow Walker But I Never Walk Back
  • Hipster For Rent
  • Nearly Any News Was Better News
  • Fulton M
  • Haymarket Riot Memorial Might Return Soon
  • Dragonfly God Darting In
  • Bask In Being Human
  • Gazing Out of Your Windows
  • Technicolor Maple Leaf Moose
  • Iron Horse Blues
  • The Artemis Fish
  • Yard Pig
  • Out Walking The Bird
  • You Think You Are Holding Up Your End
  • Vinyl Bird - Townes Van Zandt - Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, TX
  • Our Lady of The Backyard
  • Chicago Fire Academy
  • Do You Feel It Closing In?
  • Chained To The Cross Of Your Own Construction
  • Alexander Hamilton
  • Haymarket Monument Design, Mary Brogger, 2003
  • Summer Moore
  • The Night They Carried My Yard Gnome Away
  • Wondrous Things

Written by eggplant

December 13th, 2018 at 1:58 pm

Democratic senators have introduced a big new data privacy plan

Sewer Cleaning and Data Management

The Verge reports:

One day after Google CEO Sundar Pichai was questioned on data privacy during a House hearing, a group of 15 Democratic senators has proposed a new bill for protecting personal information online.

The Data Care Act, proposed by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and more than a dozen co-sponsors, including Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), would create new rules around how companies that collect user data can handle that information.

Under the act, data collectors would be required to “reasonably secure” identifying information, to not use that information in a harmful way, and to give notice to consumers about breaches of sensitive information. The requirement extends to third parties, if the data collectors share or sell that data with another entity, and the plan would also give the FTC new authority to fine companies that act deceptively with users’ data.

(click here to continue reading Democratic senators have introduced a big new data privacy plan – The Verge.)

We can hope at least…


Written by Seth Anderson

December 12th, 2018 at 6:23 pm

Posted in government,News-esque

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Michael Ferro Is A Horrid Human Being, Part the 454,239th

The Perfect Way to Unwind

I always thought that Sam Zell was the worst owner the Chicago Tribune ever had, but Michael Ferro seems much worse.

NPR reports:

Several months after taking control of the troubled Tribune Publishing Co. in 2016, Chicago investor Michael Ferro convened a session of corporate leaders from within his own news empire, including chief news executives from such storied papers as the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and The Baltimore Sun.

The group of about 20 people trooped from Chicago’s iconic Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue to an upscale restaurant nearby. In a private room, participants dined on seafood and steak while Ferro, then the company’s chairman, held forth on his plans.

His own net worth was newly in the nine figures. Associates and peers say Ferro held ambitions that were wide-ranging, even audacious, given the newspaper industry’s stiff headwinds.

At the dinner, as at other moments, Ferro railed against those who he felt were impeding him — including perceived rivals and competitors. Among them: the Southern California billionaire and civic leader Eli Broad, whom Ferro called part of a “Jewish cabal” that ran Los Angeles.

(click here to continue reading Tribune, Tronc And Beyond: A Slur, A Secret Payout, And A Looming Sale : NPR.)

You Gave Without Taking

Yeah, and this:

Early this year, however, Tribune Publishing made the first in a series of secret payments to total more than $2.5 million to avert a threatened lawsuit filed by a fired newspaper executive, according to three people with knowledge of the deal. That had the effect of keeping Ferro’s anti-Semitic slur out of the public spotlight.

The company agreed to secretly pay Maharaj more than $2.5 million, in installments, according to three people with knowledge of the pact. That financial obligation was not disclosed in corporate filings to shareholders and analysts. The payments started in the first quarter of this year, for which Tribune Publishing reported a net loss of $14.8 million. The loss was attributed to the company’s decision in December 2017 to pay Ferro $15 million in consulting fees even as he served as chairman and was the company’s controlling owner.

Even as the company cut back jobs in traditional newsrooms, Levinsohn and other executives acted to create a separate staff apart from the LA Times and its other newspaper properties. He planned to draw upon outside writers, some uncompensated or who would even pay for the privilege of being associated with the newspapers’ brands. Plans included a consolidated entertainment website called LA.com and the outsourcing of Washington coverage to the digital news service Axios. Neither of those initiatives came to fruition. (LA.com still says “coming soon.”) But the digital strategy, gravitas with scale, sparked distrust among journalists.

The kicker is Michael Ferro still owns 25% of the Tribune, or what’s left of it as Ferro’s hand picked lackies furiously fire writers and jack up executive compensation to pull whatever profits they can off while the Tribune still exists.

Written by Seth Anderson

December 12th, 2018 at 6:17 pm

Researchers say air pollution may increase risk of autism

Go Back To Where You Have Been Again

George Citroner reports:

Researchers say air pollution may increase risk of autism. Two studies concluded there may be a link, but more research is needed.

Two new studies have found an association between relatively low levels of air pollution and children’s risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

One study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, studied 132,000 births in Vancouver, Canada, from 2004 to 2009. Researchers concluded there was a link between exposure to nitric oxide from car exhaust during pregnancy and greater incidence of childhood ASD.

The second study, published in Environmental Epidemiology, observed more than 15,000 infants born in Denmark between 1989 and 2013. It found that air pollution exposure during the first months of life and later was also associated with ASD.

“The study showed a small increase in autism for infants exposed before birth to one of the pollutants: nitric oxide. While it’s a small increase, if large populations are exposed, it could still affect many children,” Lynn Singer, PhD, professor of population and quantitative health sciences, pediatrics, psychiatry, and psychology at the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, told Healthline.

(click here to continue reading Researchers say air pollution may increase risk of autism | Healthline.)

If the Democrats were smart, they would hammer this talking point over and over, despite it not being scientifically proven (yet). Take a page from the GOP/NRA playbook, and link the EPA’s (original) mission of clean air for everyone vs. pollution created by coal/chemical plants being encouraged to pollute so as to make more profits. Say it a million times, say it unprompted. Say the Trump admin is knowingly causing autism by their deregulatory fever, etc.

Written by Seth Anderson

December 11th, 2018 at 2:59 pm

Posted in environment,health,science

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Speaker Paul Ryan retires: his legacy is debt and disappointment

Romney Ryan Rolls Royce Hood

From the Department of Headlines I Agree With


Paul Ryan’s long con. He betrayed his promises and left a legacy of debt and disappointment.

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s legacy can be summed up in just one number: $343 billion.

That’s the increase between the deficit for fiscal year 2015 and fiscal year 2018 — that is, the difference between the fiscal year before Ryan became speaker of the House and the fiscal year in which he retired.

If the economy had fallen into recession between 2015 and 2018, Ryan’s record would be understandable. But it didn’t. In fact, growth quickened and the labor market tightened — which means deficits should’ve fallen. Indeed, that’s exactly what happened in each of the five years preceding Ryan’s speakership; from 2011 to 2015, annual deficits fell each year.

As he prepares to leave office, Ryan says that debt reduction is one of those things “I wish we could have gotten done.” Ryan, the man with the single most power over the federal budget in recent years, sounds like a bystander, as if he watched laws happen rather than made them happen.

(click here to continue reading Speaker Paul Ryan retires: his legacy is debt and disappointment – Vox.)

Bedtime Story - drawing by Barry Blitt

Ryan was always a fake wonk, and a full-on Koch Brother acolyte. For some reason, many in political media gave Ryan a pass, even when his economic policies never, ever had the outcome of stabilizing the government’s finances, and always always increased income inequality.

History will not be kind to Paul Ryan’s legacy, but that is of little comfort right now.

Written by Seth Anderson

December 10th, 2018 at 10:47 am

Posted in politics

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Sidewalks Sleek With Regrets and Recriminations was uploaded to Flickr

River North,Chicago, light rain

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I took Sidewalks Sleek With Regrets and Recriminations on November 04, 2018 at 06:30AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 09, 2018 at 10:02PM

Written by eggplant

December 9th, 2018 at 10:12 pm

Photonic Installation

Since I’m testing out the brand new Gutenberg editor for WordPress, I’m also playing around with better Flickr integration.

There are several WordPress/Flickr plugins, I’m starting with one called Photonic which seems pretty robust.

Anyway, here is an album, on Flickr, dedicated to Our Crumbling Infrastructure.

Written by Seth Anderson

December 9th, 2018 at 12:13 pm

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Privacy Policy

Privacy God is pleased with our work

I used the built in template to create a privacy policy for this humble blog, even though I don’t really need it, I don’t think. If you are curious about what it says, the link is over to the upper right hand side of B12’s home page, or click here.

If you have any comments, I’d love to hear them. 

Written by Seth Anderson

December 9th, 2018 at 11:34 am

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WordPress 5

It’s the Future

It’s the Future

Installed WordPress 5. Seems ok. What’s new? I guess I’ll have to explore.

I was sort of interested in how the block editor works, but I don’t see it here.



Hmmm, looks like something went awry. Cannot access certain plugins (Jetpack, WordFence, possibly others). Wonder why?

Written by Seth Anderson

December 8th, 2018 at 2:34 pm

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City nears takeover of North Side rail line, in move to create new public transit route

Cherry Avenue historical bridge

Chicago Tribune:

City nears takeover of North Side rail line, in move to create new public transit route.

Chicago is close to assuming control of abandoned railroad tracks that run through Goose Island, a key step toward creating a public transit route along the Chicago River on the city’s North Side.

On Wednesday, the City Council is expected to vote to take over rights to the Chicago Terminal Railroad line. The former freight train route could eventually become part of a transit way for buses or trains that the city wants to create from the edge of Lincoln Park and Bucktown to commuter trains at Ogilvie Transportation Center.

The route would boost public transportation options between downtown and an area of the North Side expected to see a dramatic influx of residents and office workers. The plan has the potential to reduce traffic and relieve crowding on the CTA’s Red, Blue and Brown Line trains.

A trip from Lincoln Yards — on land along the river between Webster and North avenues — to Ogilvie could take as little as 12 minutes under the preliminary plan, said Ald. Brian Hopkins, 2nd, whose ward includes much of the proposed transit route.

(click here to continue reading City nears takeover of North Side rail line, in move to create new public transit route – Chicago Tribune.)

Hmmm. More public transit options is more better, right? 

Cherry Ave Bridge

140 ton Counterweight, Cherry Ave Bridge

Maybe You Decided You Didn't Want To Carry That Weight

Written by Seth Anderson

December 6th, 2018 at 8:25 pm

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I’d Ask What The Matter Is But I Know You Don’t Talk Much was uploaded to Flickr

Interstate Highway, Chicago

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I took I’d Ask What The Matter Is But I Know You Don’t Talk Much on March 16, 2015 at 07:54AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 01, 2018 at 04:36PM

Written by eggplant

December 1st, 2018 at 6:12 pm

Sick Of All This Repetition was uploaded to Flickr

Hubbard’s Cave, Interstate Highway underpass, Chicago

For reference for those who haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing it during rush hour traffic:

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I took Sick Of All This Repetition on March 16, 2015 at 07:53AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 01, 2018 at 03:49PM

Written by eggplant

December 1st, 2018 at 4:12 pm

Stop Being Influenced By Fools was uploaded to Flickr

Fulton Market

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I took Stop Being Influenced By Fools on March 16, 2015 at 07:52AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on November 30, 2018 at 07:58PM

Written by eggplant

November 30th, 2018 at 9:03 pm

Half the land in Oklahoma could be returned to Native Americans. It should be.

Albert Einstein with a group of Hopi Indians 1922

The Washington Post:

Half the land in Oklahoma could be returned to Native Americans. It should be. A Supreme Court case about jurisdiction in an obscure murder has huge implications for tribes.

On the morning of June 22, 1839, the Cherokee leader John Ridge was pulled from his bed, dragged into his front yard and stabbed 84 times while his family watched. He was assassinated for signing the Cherokee Nation’s removal treaty, a document that — in exchange for the tribe’s homelands — promised uninterrupted sovereignty over a third of the land in present-day Oklahoma. That promise was not kept.

Sixty-seven years later, federal agents questioned John’s grandson, William D. Polson. They needed to add him to a list of every Cherokee living in Indian Territory to start the process of land allotments. Through allotment, all land belonging to the Cherokee Nation — the land John had signed his life for — would be split up between individual citizens and then opened up for white settlement. And by this grand act of bureaucratic theft, Oklahoma became a state.

If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, the land that John Ridge not only died on, but for, could be acknowledged as Cherokee land for the first time in more than 100 years. John signed the treaty of New Echota knowing he would be killed for it but believing that the rights of the Cherokee Nation enshrined in that blood-soaked document were worth it.

One hundred and seventy-nine years later, the grass is still growing, the water is still running and, in eastern Oklahoma, our tribes are still here. And despite the grave injustice of history, the legal right to our land has never ended.

(click here to continue reading Half the land in Oklahoma could be returned to Native Americans. It should be. – The Washington Post.)

Fascinating. I hope the Muscogee (Creek) Nation wins, though I’d be surprised if there weren’t further tricks in store…

The Bowman

Written by Seth Anderson

November 28th, 2018 at 1:41 pm

Posted in crime,government

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Chicago Archdiocese pays $1.65 million for Lincoln Park home to be used as private residence

A Mansion in Lincoln Park 

Chicago Tribune reports:

Chicago Archdiocese pays $1.65 million for Lincoln Park home to be used as parish priest residence. The Archdiocese of Chicago recently paid $1.65 million for a four-bedroom, 3,044-square-foot house on an upscale Lincoln Park street and is using the home as a residence for parish priests at the nearby St. Clement Catholic Church.

(click here to continue reading Chicago Archdiocese pays $1.65 million for Lincoln Park home to be used as parish priest residence – Chicago Tribune.)

As Jesus would have insisted: nothing but the most luxurious of accommodations. Mary and Joseph would have insisted on upgrading the countertops to marble and receiving an allowance to re-do the kitchen cabinets, but whatcha gonna do…

It isn’t as if there are cheaper places to be had in other areas of the city, right? Four priests, and their entourage, staying in a 3,000 square foot house is an efficient use of parish funds, right? Maybe they will devote a couple of the floors to house orphans and Honduran refugees or something.

Written by Seth Anderson

November 20th, 2018 at 10:37 pm

Posted in religion

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