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We Know So Little About What We Are Putting On Our Bodies!   Leave a comment

Posted July 28, 2019 by kenneturner in Information

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You, George Carlin — A Postscript, June 24, 2008   1 comment

(First Posted June 24, 2008)(I love this Associated Press photo of George Carlin, so I’m sharing it with the following poem.)

You, George Carlin

George Carlin
were a genus
among geniuses
an original

George Carlin
found your voice
by being out of step
and using two-way words

George Carlin
spoke for us
yet to find our voices
as we recognize truth

George Carlin
causing us to listen
knowing freedom
to exercise our demons

George Carlin
observed our institutions
making nothing off-limits
developing lists of our follies

George Carlin
bridged the generations
making funny faces
becoming the voice of Fillmore

George Carlin
were a provocateur
self-expressed new wave,
remaining old school

George Carlin
Made radio human
with sorted disc jockeys
and the hippie dippy weatherman

George Carlin
made words heard
but never believed
now everyone else will listen

— kenne

“In America, anyone can become president. That’s the problem.”

— George Carlin

(P.S. The N.Y. Times had a great article on Carlin.  Click here.)

Posted July 10, 2017 by kenneturner in Information, Poetry

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Decoding Poetry In The Blogosphere   4 comments

Yellow Flowers (1 of 1)Abstract blogComputer Art by kenne

Decoding Poetry

Poetry, what is it?
Is it not all things —


In human existence?
Is it not all things —


Of human experience?

Yet, some claim
the words of poetry,
as if anointed
announcing to the world,
“I know the code!”

Poetry is not code,
allowing entrance
only to a few
fettered and packaged
for the scholarly.

In the end,
there is no right
or wrong answer —

poetry is like dancing,
if it feels good,

do it!

— kenne

I wrote this poem, March 2009. Having been part of a literary group that took pride in being a part of the
academic establishment. I love poetry. I write poetry. But I take pride in not being a part of the traditional literary establishment, having never taken formal writing classes, preferring to stay in
isolation — untrained.

Through the blogosphere, I share my unpolished poetry with other digital poets. A world where I can do so without “gatekeepers.” Many blogosphere poets, having gotten a taste of writing and sharing poetry, move on into the literary establishment seeking formal training in the academy while networking their digital world.

Many digital poets may not be winning awards but are becoming recognized by thousands of people around the globe. Poetry has become viral — yes, viral. So much so that today’s NY Times (November 8, 2015) has a front-page article, “Web Poet’s Society: New Breed Succeeds in Taking Verse Viral.” Those of us who have been writing and blogging for some time are not in the least bit surprised. Who said poetry was dead? 


“The Americans” — Images With An Impact   5 comments

RF.A.004.jpg“Funeral — St. Helena, South Carolina” (1955), from Robert Frank’s book The Americans — Source: The New York Times

Rodeo — New York City, 1954 (from The Americans) -- Robert Frank

Rodeo — New York City, 1954 (from The Americans) — Robert Frank

I love photography, therefore I read about photography and photographers. One photographer that many feel changed the world of photography is Robert Frank. The book that had this kind of impact on photography was The Americans. Published in 1959, the book of photos taken from trips across America in the mid-fifties.

Not highly thought of in the beginning, because they were not the  idyllic images Americans were used to seeing in popular magazines — Popular Photography magazine derided Mr. Frank’s black-and-white pictures of isolated individuals, teenage couples and groups at funerals for their “meaningless blur, grain, muddy exposures, drunken horizons and general sloppiness” (NY Times), but in the sixties his photos began to influence other photographers to take socially conscious material.

Over fifty years later the images in The Americans remain very topical. “I’m very proud of this book because I followed my intuition,” Frank said in an interview for a New York Times article (December 12, 2008) on a comprehensive publication, “Looking In: Robert Frank’s ‘The Americans,’ ” that was to go with a major exhibition in Washington at the National Gallery of Art in January, 2009.

“It’s tempting to draw associations between Mr. Frank’s trips and Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road,” another cultural artifact from the period, which came out two years before “The Americans.” Kerouac wrote the introduction to “The Americans,” but the two men did not meet until after Mr. Frank’s journey.

Still, Mr. Frank’s picture of a man at the wheel taken from the passenger seat of the car, “U.S. 91, Leaving Blackfoot, Idaho,” might well double for a portrait of the characters in “On the Road.” He was quick, however, to dismiss that association, remembering the men simply as “hitchhikers I picked up,” adding, “We were going to Butte, I think.” (Snapshots from the American Road, by Philip Gefter, NY Times)




We Need To Stop False “Soundbites” On Immigration   Leave a comment


American census figures analyzed by the nonpartisan Pew Hispanic Center show that the illegal Mexican population in the United States has shrunk and that fewer than 100,000 illegal border-crossers and visa-violators from Mexico settled in the United States in 2010, down from about 525,000 annually from 2000 to 2004.  Read more . . .



Images Source: NY Times



His Economy   Leave a comment

ny-times-mag-cover-obama-blogWhatever your politics, President Obama is one very intelligent person. It is refreshing and confiding to have an informed, diligent and pragmatic leader at this critical time in history. In this past Sunday’s The New York Times Magazine, an interview with President Obama by David Leonhardt was published, “After the Great Recession.”

This is must reading.


(Cover photo by Nadav Kander)

Changing the Economic Paradigm   1 comment

When it comes to the financial crisis Dani Rodrick, an economist at Harvard, said, “The problem wasn’t with the economics but with the economists.”

Rodrick’s quote appeared in the March 4th issue of the N.Y. Times, in a Patricia Cohen article titled, “Ivory Tower Unswayed by Crashing Economy.” An economic paradigm change in underway, but as usual, the established thought is resisting the change. Since new paradigms don’t occur over night, let’s hope the economy collapse in the meantime.


Posted March 9, 2009 by kenneturner in Economy, Information

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Educate for Growth   Leave a comment

“For centuries, people have worried that economic growth had limits — that the only way for one group to prosper was at the expense of another. The pessimists, from Malthus and the Luddites and on, have been proved wrong again and again. Growth is not finite. But it is also not inevitable. It requires a strategy.”

Want to learn more about today’s economy and a possible fix, chick here.


Posted February 1, 2009 by kenneturner in Commentary

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I Would Rhyme, But I Don’t Have Time   Leave a comment



In tomorrow’s New York Times,
There’s a book review that rhymes,
A new book by a “deadline poet,”
Written in verse right up to the minute,
On the two thousand eight election
In a country seeking a new direction.
Calvin Trillin is the poet’s name
Writing verse on Palin he did proclaim:
“On Russia’s being not too far away
She sounded eerily like Tina Fey.”

If you are one of those who believe
Poetry without rhyme makes one heave
Then run out this week for a copy
And settle down with a glass of brandy

Deciding the Next Decider:
The 2008 Presidential Race in Rhyme

by Calvin Trillin

Click here to read the Times review.


Posted November 22, 2008 by kenneturner in Information, Poetry

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