We go on a romp of “connect the dots” this morning. The occasion is this is “medical week” for us. Killing time at the eye doc’s (20/50 and 20/30’ish for the eyes now) and off for Elaine’s turn this morning.
This means time to read, but not at the high bandwidth, nor the data tools, including Grady’s Nostracodeus tool, or Excel, so I am without pivot tables and drill-downs.
Instead, what do I read? Disneyland Secrets: A Grand Tour of Disneyland’s Hidden Details
Now you might think this is a strange choice. Except that it isn’t, of course.
The parallels between the “world out here” and the worlds “in there” [of imagination] are closer than we think. So along with that, a book of three on techniques of lucid dreaming (the art of waking up inside a dream) and suddenly, sitting down without the data tools becomes something to look forward to.
What is in Disney set design (and in theater set design as well) and what we have incorporated in our home in a few places is something called Forced Perspective.
The Wikipedia short take on it is this:
“Forced perspective is a technique which employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. It manipulates human visual perception through the use of scaled objects and the correlation between them and the vantage point of the spectator or camera. It has applications in photography, filmmaking and architecture.”
Again, break. Full-stop.
Forced perspective is also used in other places.
Like to bend things in Media.
And thus we sit back this morning with the second cup of bean – waiting for the present ascending triangle in the market to complete – which should end badly either later this week, or next and bring averages down several notches before the election.
For now, it’s a matter of considering this matter of how the daily news flow is really how the designers of the game impose that false sense of reality upon us that constitutes the intellectual version of forced perspective.
Let’s take the Donald Trump tax story. We look at this because we can see three points in the story…and using these points, we can establish something of a “vanishing point.” If you’ve forgotten, the vanishing point Vp is that point what off in the distance where the line of telephone poles stretching out to the horizon becomes a singular point.
Back to the Trump tax story.
We began the look at this with the (probably illegal) NY Times leak of Trump’s personal taxes. In our discussion of forced perspective, this is the big phone pole, closest to us in the foreground.
Now look up: We see the NY Times itself trying to paint a vanishing point for itself with a report in their Deal Book section this morning headlined “When It Comes to Tax Avoidance, Donald Trump’s Just a Small Fry.”
With stories around Monday, like this one in Fortune “Why the New York Times Could Face a Legal Battle Over Its Trump Tax Story,” we can see how the middle ground is being filled in.
In the odd semi-graphic way that I think of all news stories as being attempts to bend, shape, stretch, and distort perceptions of the mass consuming public, it seems evident enough to me what’s going on.
There are unambiguous laws about third party, unauthorized disclosure of federal tax information. The New York Times knows that. The reasons may be found here: 26 U.S. Code § 7213 – Unauthorized disclosure of information which says in part:
“(a) Returns and return information
“(1) Federal employees and other persons
It shall be unlawful for any officer or employee of the United States or any person described in section 6103(n) (or an officer or employee of any such person), or any former officer or employee, willfully to disclose to any person, except as authorized in this title, any return or return information (as defined in section 6103(b)). Any violation of this paragraph shall be a felony punishable upon conviction by a fine in any amount not exceeding $5,000, or imprisonment of not more than 5 years, or both, together with the costs of prosecution, and if such offense is committed by any officer or employee of the United States, he shall, in addition to any other punishment, be dismissed from office or discharged from employment upon conviction for such offense.”
You can safely ignore just about ALL other stories in the case. They are just jumping on the bandwagon of coverage depending on how they perceive their audience will “buy” the story. Take Slate for example, which looks pretty liberal to me: “The Real Scandal of Donald Trump’s Massive Tax Deductions.”
They are, of course, wrong.
No, the REAL SCANDAL of this is that the NY Timers outed Trumps tax returns and they seem to be trying to paint a vanishing point out at the horizon with their “Trump is small fry” story. Thereby trying to trick the eye (and mind) of a likely future jury into believing they were “just doing journalism.”
As one radio host pointed out Monday: That’s something they didn’t do when said same paper spiked the hacked emails (East Anglia Univ) about the climate change hoax. We should all be swimming and choking by now per the climate marketers (which Obama helped found back in his Chicago state lawmaker days).
As luck would have it, living out here in oil and cattle country (*fly-over land), we’re pretty much in tune with the smell of bullshit.
Even when the smell is wafting in from out at the forced perspective vanishing point.
Nice art piece though, it you have this decoder ring handy.
Another Vanishing Point
If you’re natural inclination was to read about the Kardashian “robbery” at “gunpoint” in Paris, this too is another one where the foreground (and media forced perspective) was painted well. In fact it was lead iitem on Google’s News page about this time Monday.
But shortly thereafter, headlines including questions like “Kim Kardashian’s Paris Robbery a Hoax? Jewelry heist staged to help Kanye West ouy of debt or to boost ‘Kuwtgk’ ratings?”
Here we have a most complicated piece of art to behold: It is not dissimilar to paintings that use two vanishing points.
One of the Kardashian Vp’s is that the heist was real (in nominal world) while the second Vp offers that it was staged.
This leads us to remind you that news items may have multiple vanishing points. To help you along, here’s a very instructive video, once it gets going…
I won’t bend your mind with too much more discussion of art, except to say that people are very much like the machines we create as mirror images of ourselfs.
Most of us have both a graphics processor and a math coprocessor.
Those with a good math coprocessor make fine engineers and scientists. The graphics processor dominatnant humans make fine artists and poets. Musicians, too, it should go without saying.
Until you read (and savor a 1979 book ( Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid) you will likely miss the finer point to all this. Right-brain/Left-brain…we all have two processors (graphic and numerical) and to the degree we fail to mix modes, we are limited beings.
You see computers are the craven images of ourselves. Crypto-archeology =has discovered that has ended badly before. About the only thing we don’t know yet is how it all winds down this time…and that’s a matter of what? Dare I say it?
Now be a good “chimp-pressing-lights” and go find a Pokémon Go object.
See how useful art is? Especially well-framed?
Now, Let’s Paint a War
This painting needs something to brighten it up a bit…a flash of yellow, perhaps? I mean that’s what the nasty nest of megalomaniacs wants without war declaration on Syria.
A light brush of cruise missile contrail white should follow.
This painting should have been done before the Russians docked their ships at Tartus on the Syrian coast years back. Now we’re trying to repaint history and that’s always a bad thing to attempt. Especially in front of art connoisseurs.
Someone has to be making fortunes on refugees, though. Europe for one, but only short-term.
When you look at the global canvas, you can almost see the globalist leveling of peoples, incomes, and cultures. Monoculture is easier to paint and manager, sure.
But boring and lacking competitive efforts…or is that the plan? Liberals have swallowed it whole. Conservatives want to see some benefits to others than the ownership classes, though.
Disappointed with the lack of substance to the way overhyped Wikileaks Assange deal today? All hat, no cattle is the Texian term.
Saying that data pertinent to the election would be released before election day misses the point that voting is already underway. Which is a commentary on how out-of-touch Assange et all are.
Those promised disclosures perhaps about Google’s tie –ins with the power elite?
That may be a masterpiece. Depending on what’s painted. Mass disclosure and recording of your every search is already a given. Anyone ever ask how much dough Google parent Alphabet gets from the FedGov and for what, excactly? That might be interesting…Who’s running Provo?