just past 11am, Science Defiant begin their advance through Cleveland
Throughout the world people marched for the cause of reason and science. The catalyst of this presentation was the power and ignorance of Donald Trump, who by absurdity is the president of the most powerful country in the world. He is a charlatan that promotes greed, and particularly the greed of those that bankroll the Republican Party. The local daily, Cleveland Plain Dealer, had their editorial roundtable voice their opinions beforehand. Ted Diadun, who now gets extra space to fill the asinine gap made by the retirement of Kevin O'Brien, wrote that this is just an anti-Trump thing, so as to dismiss its relevancy. Even if, that was so, it would still be relevant, because pro-Trump demonstrations are noted; but it is just a smear. Some people (not just those who make a living from science related activities) care, respect, and value science. In German, the word is „Wissenschaft”, which literally is closer to “knowledge craft”. To degrade science is to be aggressively ignorant, or confidently stupid.
In Cleveland Ohio on Earth Day, the marchers took twenty minutes while packed curb to kerb in close quarters to all pass. I would not be surprised if that was more than 10,000 people and a score of dogs. Practically everyone was a marcher to-day, police were bored, crowds of spectators were absent. No lab coat drill team, sad.
many photographed this girl dressed as Muppet Beaker, and other cities had their Beakers too
There were so many enthusiastic people, with clever signs, enjoying humanity, and being actively optimistic for a positive redress. Many photographs, and very little time to pose or snap them.
April 23rd is International Day of the Book. That is Saint George's Day. April 23rd (on different calendars) is the date of Shakespeare's and Cervantes' death in 1616.
I have mentioned this before, take a foto of one of your bookshelves and send it to people. On the Cleveland Heights side of Larchmere on the outside of a bookstore there is a mural of forty-nine books. Not actual books, notice gas meter above, and electrical condulet cover in the top half of the art deco book.
The crazy is strong with this one. Now in my retirement, i try to pass so to see this billboard that faces a public library. It is Earth Day soon, and in some years past a sign went up against it. The sign was beyond loony, and with couple cans of spinach, it is still not too late. And then there is stupid, which causes more damage than evil does. Evil can be dealt with, understood, and bought off; and in America the dollar rules. The mouthfoamers who act as agents provocateurs to millions, when caught in court will say they are performers to excuse their evil political actions; but their obedient, stupid listeners will have done great harm. Recently, Steve Bannon (Trump's political brain?) has pushed 'deep state' conspiracy, which is a new one to the public. Here, in Cleveland, it is painted on a billboard, on a main thoroughfare. O, and then there is hypocrisy, this sign painter is not criticising Sarah Palin, Kellyanne Conway, or any of the bimbos on Faux News.
Easter Monday is a holiday in many countries. In Poland, to-day is wet Monday, or Śmigus-dyngus. In the villages, the boys throw/squirt water on the girls on Monday, and the favor is returned on Tuesday. Pussy willows are used to hit each other, and the party goes on. In Cleveland, this is the seventh year of public celebration. Cleveland has followed Buffalo's lead in this. Here in Cleveland, later in the day there is a Miss Dyngus Day contest, and a parade. The main area is W. 58th and Detroit, where the street is closed for the first time, and some other celebrating in Ohio City and Tremont. A few blocks of Detroit Road are filled with people.
Alfombras de Semana Santa at Parroquia La Sagrada Familia Cleveland
In the Catholic world there are many customs. In Central America these
sidewalk carpets are made of flowers and other material, sort of like
the Rose Parade in Pasadena California. The climate of Cleveland
this, so here it is colored sawdust, sand, and flour.
On Good Friday, these carpets (alfombras) get trod on. The top two fotos are before noon, people are waiting to step off. This year, the procession starts at La Sagrada Familia, and takes a new route to St. Stephen, and then to St. Michael. The police maintained traffic one way. The procession went down Detroit, and then turned on West 65th [see next post].
The pastor of the parish, Fr. Robert Reidy brought the carpet custom to the neighborhood. It is the fourth year, and participation has increased. The procession has been of long standing.
Cleveland's prestige graveyard is Lake View. There is a spot, they call Daffodil Hill. There is a regular parking spot before it, for a dozen plus vehicles. To-day, would reach near 80º, that lot was near full when we came. The twa greyhunds found their way into the blooming bulbs.
Well, i am going to have a journal on 'my twa greyhunds'. I have taken fotos of them already. The title is from one of the many variants of Child Ballad 114. The greyhounds are an ancient and storied breed, known to Egypt and Greece in the centuries before Christ. Here they visit Dante Alighieri, the greatest of poet of the Middle Ages.
Here, Captain America (left) and Cassius (right) inspect a time capsule.
The twa greyhunds visit Rupintojelis, the Lithuanian Pensive Christ. This folk sculpture can be found in Poland, and Germany. This is the antecedent of Rodin's 'Thinker'.
Gandhi is sculpted walking the Salt March, and as times before, someone has given him a scarf for the winter.
The Ukrainian garden is in bloom, as April blossoms on a warm day after winter's end.