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This image shows with a green dot where NASA’s Perseverance rover landed in Jezero Crater on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”
― Isaac Asimov

2020 has been a terrible year for humanity with the global pandemic of Covid 19 that has ripped through the worlds’ population leaving 2.5 million dead. But science has once again come to the aid of humanity with the development of a vaccine against Covid 19 with high efficacy. Its deployment is undoubtedly putting humanity on a road to the return to some normality. It will not eradicate the virus but it will seriously curtail its transmission and high mortality…


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American Gothic’ (1930) by Grant Wood

‘‘For the myth is the foundation of life; it is the timeless schema, the pious formula into which life flows when it reproduces its traits out of the unconscious.’’

— Thomas Mann

Intense love always leads to mourning.

— Louise Glück

Where to begin with the most famous painting in American art? With the artist? With the content? With the reception? With the interpretations? Or with the meta-narrative of misinterpretations that began once Greg Wood’s painting had achieved the Bronze Award at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1930? Or shall I just mix them all up…


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Lana Del Rey

I wish I could write a beautiful book to break those hearts that are soon to cease to exist: a book of faith and small neat worlds and of people who live by the philosophies of popular songs.”
― Zelda Fitzgerald

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

All I want to be is very young always and very irresponsible and to feel that my life is my own-to live and be happy and die in my own way to please myself
― Zelda Fitzgerald

I…


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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)

Abjection is above all ambiguity. Because, while releasing a hold, it does not radically cut off the subject from what threatens it — — on the contrary, abjection acknowledges it to be in perpetual danger.
― Julia Kristeva, Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection

The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines abject as “Brought low, miserable; craven, degraded, despicable, self abasing.” It describes abjection as a “state of misery or degradation.” However, these definitions are somewhat ambiguous and intangible. Thus, it is useful to consider how abjection is expressed. …


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Nazi Adolf Eichmann standing in prisoner’s cage during reading of indictment against him at his trial for war crimes, in 1961

The critique of culture is confronted with the last stage in the dialectic of culture and barbarism: to write a poem after Auschwitz is barbaric, and that corrodes also the knowledge which expresses why it has become impossible to write poetry today.

— Theodore Adorno

The dialectic of culture and barbarism has a long, long, history. It is as old as the story of man. The theory that the Neanderthal species was wiped out by Homo Sapiens Sapiens is part of that dialectic too. That the brutish, aggressive Neanderthal were completely cleansed by a more advanced and better — adapted…


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Truth holding a mirror and a serpent’ (1896) by Olin Levi Warner

If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they…


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United States Declaration of Independence (1776)

‘‘All honor to Jefferson-to the man who, in the concrete pressure of a struggle for national independence by a single people, had the coolness, forecast, and capacity to introduce into a merely revolutionary document, an abstract truth, applicable to all men and all times, and so to embalm it there, that to-day, and in all coming days, it shall be a rebuke and a stumbling-block to the very harbingers of re-appearing tyranny and oppression.’’

Abraham Lincoln

America is a Land of Myth. No bigger myth is the one enshrined in the Declaration of Independence that ‘All Men Are Created Equal’…


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A ‘Clear and Present Danger’?

The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.”
― Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

For me as a citizen of the old colonial Empire that was rightly rejected by the American colonists in an insurgency in the late eighteenth century, it has always struck me as unsound that offensive and racist language and acts of intimidation, threatening behaviour and violence that are motivated by racism, bigoted white supremacy, antisemitism and hatred for the Other, have been allowed to take place upon the streets of American towns and cities under protection of the American Constitution.

Marches and…


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A gallows placed outside the Capitol building by the fascist mob.

A nationalist will say that “it can’t happen here,” which is the first step toward disaster. A patriot says that it could happen here, but that we will stop it.
― Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

Victor Klemperer was a German Romances language scholar who became much better known for the diaries he kept detailing his life under the German Empire, the Wiemar Republic, Nazi Germany and the German Democratic Republic. …


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Great Expectations’ (2012) directed by Mike Newell

‘It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.’

— Mary…

Marc Barham

Column @ timetravelnexus.com on iconic books, TV shows/films: Time Travel Peregrinations. Reviewed all episodes of ‘Dark’ @ site. https://linktr.ee/marcbarham64

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