Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday Theme Image  425 - June 2018

So strike up the band! This week Sepia Saturday bloggers are challenged to find and share photos of marching bands. Here’s what I found:

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Jefferson City, Missouri, 1924 | Flickr Commons – Missouri State Archives

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Killybegs Marching Band in Falcarragh, Ireland, 1971 | Flickr Commons – National Library of Ireland

In the description for this photo it says:
The benefits of having a marching band in a town are many and varied, keeping young people active, developing an appreciation of music, giving essential life skills etc.

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High School Students (no information where they’re from) in front of the Rotunda, Arts & Industries Building, Washington, DC | Flickr Commons – Smithsonian Institute.

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Sepia Saturday

bicycles

I love bicycles. Here are some from way back when.

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Message boy, Telegraph Company, circa 1910 Source: Library of Congress

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Bicycle made for 3, Source: National Library of Ireland, 1897

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Two time (1907, 1908) Tour de France winner, Lucien Petite-Breton

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Bicyclists, Japan, circa 1909 Source: Internet Archive

 

Sepia Saturday

Unknown Man Walking

This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt is of a man walking down a city street.

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This photo shows members of the Pennsylvania delegation of the Republican party walking into the national convention held in Chicago in 1912 according to the Library of Congress. I’m wondering how and why women attended since they couldn’t vote in an election till 1920.

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The Art of Intelligence

art intelligenceHenry Crumpton’s The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service chronicles the author’s career with the CIA. Crumpton started in the CIA working in African countries recruiting in country sources and went on to lead the CIA’s work in Afghanistan. Although many specifics are left out, no doubt to protect people and our various missions, Crumpton gives readers a realistic picture of clandestine service how important trust is, how affiliates are recruited, how brave CIA operatives and those they recruit really are.

Crumption’s writing is solid and the book feels like the real deal. I was most interested in his stories of recruiting local people abroad and American business leaders, exchange students and others who would cooperate with the CIA when they traveled overseas. While Crumpton never names names, it did seem like either Steven Jobs or more likely, in my opinion, Bill Gates has collaborated with them. Sometimes college presidents help out by allowing exchange students from programs known to be working on nefarious projects, e.g. biological weapons and their dispersal, to be watched. (Why would the State Department issue them visas to begin with?)

I also got a better sense of how important CIA spouses and families were. Not only do they sacrifice more than most, but the spouses can help out to a certain extent. The Art of Intelligence is an interesting non-fiction read, but if you’re looking for the action and sex appeal of a novel, keep looking.

Did you know?

One of the things I love best about family gatherings is learning about news that’s slipped me by. Here’s what I’ve learned this holiday season:

  • The U.S. Small Business Association has 400 offices throughout the country. No one is more than a 45 minute drive from one of these offices which offer a slew of assistance to people considering opening a business.
  • The Silk Road is an online black market selling all sorts of illicit goods and services. The FBI arrested its kingpin, Dread Pirate Roberts  at a public library (where he no doubt conducted business online). The FBI has closed down this site that offered illegal drugs, hit men’s services, ammunition and illegal arms, etc. It’s one of many online black markets. I confess I didn’t even know there was a “deep web,” an alternative web for all sorts of criminal activity.
  • For internet security, it’s best to have a sentence that’s 12 or more characters long rather than a combination of symbols. Evidently, spammers can crack a shorter password within a week.
  • Bank of America refuses to increase loans to small businesses even when the government offers 90% guarantees. Talk about anti-American.

What did you learn?

The Masks We Wear

masksNicholas Gattig wrote a  fascinating article from The Japan Times on how people adopt or expect people of different cultures to behave in a certain way, to don a stereotypical mask.

On the night of April 18, three days after the Boston Marathon bombing, a side-drama to that story unfolded between three men as they criss-crossed the city, a performance staged partly in the theater of culture.

Just before 11 p.m., Danny, a young Chinese man on a work visa in the U.S., was carjacked at gunpoint by the Tsarnaev brothers, two immigrants from the Northern Caucasus. As recounted by Danny to The Boston Globe, the ordeal was a gruesome variant of the ethnic interactions that play out in America every day, with the players assigning and assuming their roles based on stereotypes.

“Maybe you think all white guys look the same,” said the older Tsarnaev, Tamerlan, warning Danny not to remember the brothers’ faces as he was chauffeuring them around Boston.

“Exactly,” lied Danny, who later identified the men to the police.

“You are Chinese,” said Tsarnaev. “I am a Muslim.”

“Chinese are very friendly to Muslims,” Danny said. “We are so friendly to Muslims!”

The exchange is surreal, especially Tsarnaev’s non-sequitur about identity. Islam is a religion, which means being Muslim doesn’t contrast with being Chinese (however friendly disposed, China is home to an estimated 20 million Muslims).

In fact, Tsarnaev imagined himself as a jihadist, a self-image that helped propel him through a heinous crime. In his perverted reading of the faith, killing Americans is a thing Muslims do. The Chinese Danny, in turn, obliged the views of the Chechen with the gun, so he would live to see another day. Both men were staging a performance, projecting identities to each other. Their encounter was a high-stakes version of what since the 1950s has been known as “impression management.”

You can read the rest of the article here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

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Thankful. In the United States, yesterday was Thanksgiving, a holiday where people spend time with family and friends and remember the things they’re thankful for.

I think the idea of being thankful and reflecting back on good things in your life is something that naturally happens towards the end of a calendar year. I’m thankful that I’m blessed to live in China and this weekend I got to go to Beijing. I’m also thankful for a wonderful Thanksgiving on the 22nd.

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