Creature Comforts

Shot Of The Day: December 19, 2014





A narcissistic personality who can communicate effectively can provide the large group with an acceptable ideology and convey a sense of certainty without triggering the group’s envy against individualized thinking. … These groups are conventional, ideologically simplistic, conformist, and able to indulge themselves without guilt or gratitude; they lack a sense of personal responsibility or a deep investment in others.
— Kernberg, Otto F. Ideology, Conflict, and Leadership in Groups and Organizations. First ed. New Haven: Yale UP, 1998.
Backstory: Gravy for the mind. — TAG

Locale: A Comfort Station in Stapleton’s Tappen Park

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Absinthe

Shot Of The Day: December 18, 2014





…any group, small or large, tends to select leaders who represent not the paternal aspects of the prohibitive superego but a pseudopaternal “merchant of illusions.” A leader of this kind provides the group with an ideology, a unifying system of ideas; in this case, the ideology is the group as a primitive ego ideal … basically, the small or large group members’ identification with one another permits them to experience a primitive narcissistic gratification of greatness and power.
— Kernberg, Otto F. Ideology, Conflict, and Leadership in Groups and Organizations. First ed. New Haven: Yale UP, 1998.
Backstory: Absinthe makes the mind grow fonder. — TAG

Locale: A Victorian Daydream in Stapleton Heights

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At Home He’s A Tourist (Paranoiagenesis Part 2)

Shot Of The Day: December 17, 2014





…efforts of homogenization are prevalent; any simplistic generalization or ideology that permeates the group may be easily transformed into a conviction of absolute truth. In contrast to the rationalization of violence that characterizes the mob, however, the vulgar or commonsense philosophy of the large group functions as a calming, reassuring doctrine that reduces all thought to cliche. For the most part, aggression in the large group takes the form of envy — envy of thinking, of individuality, and of rationality.
— Kernberg, Otto F. Ideology, Conflict, and Leadership in Groups and Organizations. First ed. New Haven: Yale UP, 1998.
Backstory: Living On The Edge…

Locale: Kunst-Studio TAG

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Don’t Worry About The Government (Paranoiagenesis Part 1)

Shot Of The Day: December 16, 2014





…people in mobs have an immediate sense of intimacy with one another that is derived from the projection of their ego ideal onto the leader and from their identification with the leader as well as with their fellows. The projection of the ego ideal onto the idealized leader eliminates moral constraints as well as the superego-mediated functions of self-criticism and responsibility, and the sense of unity and belonging protects the members of the mob from losing their sense of identity. The projection is accompanied by a severe reduction in ego functioning. As a result, primitive, ordinarily unconscious needs take over, and the mob functions under the sway of drives and affects, excitement and rage, all of which are stimulated and directed by the leader.
— Kernberg, Otto F. Ideology, Conflict, and Leadership in Groups and Organizations. First ed. New Haven: Yale UP, 1998.
Backstory: We’re all bozos on this bus. — TAG (borrowed from Firesign Theatre)

Locale: Kunst-Studio TAG

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And Still We March




“Black Lives Matter”
(Photo: Thomas Altfather Good)

NEW YORK — December 13, 2014. Several thousand New Yorkers took to the streets on Saturday to express outrage at police for their role as trigger-men in the numerous deaths of unarmed African American men and boys — and at the judicial system for its history of exonerating police involved in these killings.

On a cold, windy, Winter day, protesters – a multi-generational, multicultural mix – marched from Washington Square to One Police Plaza. Their beef? The list of young Black men — one only 12-years-old, not yet a man — killed by police is lengthy and growing with alarming regularity. As if that wasn’t enough to bring protesters into the streets prosecutors seem unable to convince grand juries that sufficient probable cause exists for an indictment, often despite damning evidence. District attorneys appear inept, unable to obtain a mere indictment — not a conviction, an indictment. From Ferguson, Missouri, to Staten Island, New York, district attorneys seem incompetent. In Staten Island, Dan Donovan failed to secure an indictment for the Eric Garner homicide — in a town where it is often said that any DA could indict a ham sandwich. The possibility of complicity has been raised, further fueling discord. And on Saturday 30,000 protesters descended on Manhattan to express their discontent with the defenders of civilization. The solidarity and civility of the marchers, as good an example of diversity as you would find anywhere, made many observers, including this reporter, proud to be a New Yorker.



A multigenerational set of Sisters
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The ever-expanding List
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A march marshal
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A legal system — and a chokehold?
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For some activists it’s been a long struggle
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The UAW contingent
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Legal observers from the National Lawyers Guild
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“Proud to be out in the streets today with my UAW sisters and brothers
and New Yorkers of conscience as we marched for justice for
Eric Garner and all those who have suffered
at the hands of police misconduct and prosecutorial indifference.”
– Scott Sommer, UAW Region 9A Subregional Director

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A UAW activist from Local 2325
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“I am Eric Garner”`
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“Stop Police Brutality…”
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A circle of hope
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No more Mr. Nice Guy…
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“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”
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“The failure of the District Attorney in Staten Island to obtain
an indictment in the killing of Eric Garner at the hands of the
NYPD is not only shocking to the conscience, but an absurd and
outrageous result
in light of publicly available evidence.

Recent incidents of abusive police actions in Ferguson, Staten Island,
and Brooklyn, cannot go without those responsible being held
accountable. In those places where the local authorities fail to
act, it is incumbent that the Department of Justice step up and
seek justice not just for the victims, but to attack poisonous
policing practices.

Julie Kushner, Director, UAW Region 9A



Thomas Altfather Good is a proud member of the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981

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Du Fehlst Uns Sehr

Shot Of The Day: December 14, 2014





QOTD: As a general rule, nobody has money who ought to have it.
— Benjamin Franklin

Quote from The Hip Pocket Guide To Offbeat Wisdom by William Sauer

Backstory: I often wonder whatever happened to the Eterna catalogue once the country that pressed the records ceased to exist. — TAG

Locale: Inside a harbour known as Hope.

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Pamela Isley’s Garden

Shot Of The Day: December 13, 2014





QOTD: God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.
— Paul ValĂ©ry

Quote from The Hip Pocket Guide To Offbeat Wisdom by William Sauer

Backstory: I am a fan of Batman, especially the Poison Ivy character – she’s the penultimate bad girl and the original environmentalist. I think she might live in this house. — TAG

Locale: Gotham

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Eigenkapital (Equity)

Shot Of The Day: December 12, 2014





QOTD: Age is a high price to pay for maturity.
— Tom Stoppard

Quote from The Hip Pocket Guide To Offbeat Wisdom by William Sauer

Backstory: This house is shedding its shingles. It reminds me of the movie Burnt Offerings. — TAG

Locale: Wright Street, Stapleton.

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You Can’t Just Throw People Away

Shot Of The Day: December 11, 2014





QOTD: Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.
— Audre Lorde

Quote from The Hip Pocket Guide To Offbeat Wisdom by William Sauer

Backstory: In my travels I meet people who don’t have a lot of resources – although they are never without enthusiasm when you say hello… — TAG

Locale: Tappen Park, Staten Island

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