from Proton Black

Amidst the mayhem and uncertainty, the government has proven to be next to useless.

We are now officially into autumn. The days are shortening noticeably, but it has remained warm and pleasant. The summer madness that has afflicted society also continues unabated.

This week has seen a growing number of people testing positive for the coronavirus, the numbers increasing at a rate similar to that experienced in February. However, the numbers being admitted to hospital has not risen at the same alarming rate it did in the spring. The experts cannot explain why this might be.

There are numerous local restrictions in place, and talk of another nationwide lockdown. An assortment of malcontents, opposed to lockdowns, face masks and vaccines, were out on the streets of London over the weekend to protest against the current measures and the consequent impingement on civil liberties. Some violence ensued as the police tried to control the demonstration.

The culture wars show no signs of ending. What I find odd is that we are told we live in a multi cultural society, that we should celebrate and embrace diversity, but it is only white/European culture that has to confront its history, that has to change. Say the same of any other culture, and you would be denounced as a racist.

Some footballers have taken the brave step of refusing to take the knee before every match, and of course they are vilified by some for doing so. Their refusal to kneel put me in mind of a paragraph written by Hannah Arendt in her book The Origins of Totalitarianism;

Men have been found to resist the most powerful monarchs and to refuse to bow down before them, but few indeed have been found to resist the crowd, to stand up alone before misguided masses, to face their implacable frenzy without weapons and with folded arms to dare a no when a yes is demanded.

The demands of BLM and their acolytes, expecting all to kneel before them, and dispensing swift and sometimes violent penalties against those who don't, is the very definition of totalitarianism. They have become the very thing they profess to oppose.

Amidst the mayhem and uncertainty, the government has proven to be next to useless. Their policies change from week to week, there is no consistency, no obvious route out of the current crisis. Boris Johnson is rarely seen and there is a complete lack of leadership. It feels as if the country is drifting. People are concerned, if not scared; the pandemic is out of control, we are worried about job security, and whether some will be able to keep a roof over their heads.

To continue drifting risks deepening the divisions within society. If Mr Johnson cannot provide the strong leadership this country needs he should step aside and let someone who has the capability take his place.

21st September 2020

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from Narrow Road > Deep North

We removed the flooring downstairs in the house, which hasn't been changed since 1920. The floor itself was laid in 1850, so we were a little concerned about uncovering hidden damage. Luckily, the only surprise came in the form of these 100 year old paw prints — traces from a long lost friend.

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from G A N Z E E R . T O D A Y

First restaurant experience since March! It wasn't even that long, maybe an hour or hour-thirty tops to make it back home in time for Moony's next feed. But man did we need it.

Next up is to re-institute some socializing practices. Still with proper precautions and social-distancing measures in place, but it's really unnatural and unhealthy (at least for me) to completely eliminate any and all social interaction with other humans for so, so long.

Over six months in with no clear end in sight, it's high time we starting devising new ways to go about living. A pause might work for a time, but not forever.

Exercise is another thing. It took me months to get into the habit of hitting the gym daily, and once I finally did it was only a monthish before Covid hit and since then my excercise regiment has been on hold. We're finally just now taking steps to building ourselves a little home gym. Had we moved on this as early as May, we would've been in much better shape both mentally and physically.

Was updating, including my comix section, and realized that the only year I put out more than one chapter of THE SOLAR GRID was 2016! And then there was literally no release in 2017, and none in 2019! Fucking shameful. Both those years did involve moving between states, but still. I do feel pretty fucking crummy about it.

With only 3 months left before the end of 2020, the year is kind of almost over already (sorry to have to break it to ya). If I can squeeze in one more THE SOLAR GRID release before year's end, I'll be happy. And if by 2021, I manage to tap into some of that 2016 energy, I should be able to pump out 3 more chapters of The Grid, which would finally bring the graphic novel to a close.

Imagine that? 😶

Other than that, I'd be happy if I did nothing else but take on a couple of installations and unloaded a painting... or three.

Oh, but I actually have another wicked book with Colla in the works. And may put together one single-edition artist book of my own.

We'll see. Don't wanna bite more than I can chew.

But who am I kidding?



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