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I created a modern day version of an advertising poster for the United States Government, in the vein of the vintage Uncle Sam posters.
I authored the words on my poster:
I Want You
to help US
subvert the Constitution
Free thinkers need not apply
This message approved by the CIA, NSA, NGA, FBI, ATF, DHS
I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.
The Uncle Sam image is from the Library of Congress, and I applied the G'MIC "Hope poster" filter to it. (See the side of my blog for links.)
This piece was inspired by the ever growing list of actions committed by the United States Government.
After the latest revelation about the United States Government's hacking of Gemalto and their theft of Gemalto's encryption keys for SIM cards used in cellular phones around the world, I decided to get the courage to post this. (If I get brave, I'll even mail printed postcards to Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden.)
"And the modest encroachments on privacy that are involved in getting phone numbers or duration without a name attached and not looking at content — that on, you know, net, it was worth us doing.
That’s — some other folks may have a different assessment of that. But I think it’s important to recognize that you can’t have a hundred percent security and also then have a hundred percent privacy and zero inconvenience. You know, we’re going to have to make some choices as a society."
"The bottom line is that people around the world, regardless of their nationality, should know that the United States is not spying on ordinary people who don’t threaten our national security, and that we take their privacy concerns into account in our policies and procedures."
The Fourth Amendment
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
"The people of these United States are the rightful masters of both Congresses and courts — not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert that constitution."
The First Amendment
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
This is a photograph I took recently of a Male Hooded Merganser that
was floating around on the water sleeping. However, he seemed to
keep a watchful eye on me. Two females were also nearby.
It's been very cold and snowy this winter, so I haven't been out taking photographs. This was my first time taking photographs in several months. We're supposed to get more snow tonight and tomorrow, except this time they're also saying we might get 0.25 inches of ice here along the coast of Connecticut. That will be very bad. I hope I don't lose power.
I received Elisabeth's Robert Burns Postcard in the mail this week. Unfortunately one of the butterflies got ripped off somewhere in transit. She decided to mail her artwork to the first person who commented on it, which I thought was a great idea! This was her entry for a recent Sunday Postcard Art challenge.
I used several symbols of Imbolc in my piece. I show Brigid driving out Winter/Darkness (snow/moon) and ushering in Spring/Light (flowers/sun). The snake that emerges from the hole is in front of her. The fertile ewe is behind her.
This is my second attempt at a piece for this theme. My first piece wasn't coming together. After a good night's sleep, the idea for this piece came to me when I awoke. I don't know if I've made a similar piece before, or if I started this idea once before but was unable to bring all of the elements together to create it and gave up, but I am very happy with how this came out. I started with the woman, and the rest of the elements followed.
I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.
The vintage images are by the artist Walter Crane and are from the Internet Archive. (See the side of my blog for links.)
Thig an nathair as an toll
La donn Bride,
Ged robh tri traighean dh' an t-sneachd
Air leachd an lair.
The serpent will come from the hole
On the brown Day of Bride,
Though there should be three feet of snow
On the flat surface of the ground.
Carmichael, Alexander (1900)
Carmina Gadelica: Hymns and Incantations, Ortha Nan Gaidheal, Volume I, p. 169