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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

There must be something

p. 136

P. Ballantine and Sons advertisement for Ballantine's Beer
: Life, 30 November 1953 (Gallery of Graphic Design)

We'll be doing the traditional Thanksgiving thing this year, Mother will stuff the bird
while the boys toss a football around
out back of the barn protecting the freedoms which are more precious than ever this year
and we know we've got to be holding on to them even more fiercely
than might be considered healthy on the dusty playing fields of Mars
and here we are on the dry playing fields of Mars, with the cold dusty winds
blowing ceaselessly through our bones
as we toss the football around with our grossly distorted limbs clanking in the strange bluish light
after the last rockets have departed for the smouldering orange remains of Earth
to which a strange fealty is reluctantly acknowledged
around the table as we say grace and the flag is saluted
inadvertently perhaps due to the low ceiling over the flatscreen where it proudly still waves reminding us

there must be something
we were trying to protect

Soldiers patrol in the streets in Brussels on Tuesday as the Belgian capital remains on the highest possible alert level. Brussels began a fourth consecutive day in lockdown under a maximum terror alert: photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP, 24 November 2015

A burning trail a seen on a Russian fighter jet after it was shot down over Syrian-Turkish border on Tuesday. The Defense Ministry in Moscow said The Sukhoi Su-24 was reportedly downed by Turkish forces: photo by Haberturk Tv Channel/EPA, 24 November 2015

A man claiming to be from Iran, with his mouth sewn shut, takes part in a demonstration with fellow refugees and migrants as they wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni: photo by Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP, 24 November 2015


The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company advertisement for A & P Coffee: William Oberhardt, Woman's Day, 1 November 1938 (Gallery of Graphic Design)

Garbage | by efo

Garbage (Higashizu-cho, Shizuoka Prefecture): photo by efo, September 2015

Two Chinese J-10 aircraft from the People’s Liberation Army Air Force cross each other during the combined exercise ”Falcon Strike 2015” at the Wing 1 Korat air base in Korat on Tuesday. Thailand and China have been conducting their first ever joint air force drill, a symbol of the blossoming military and political ties between junta-run kingdom and its huge northern neighbour: photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP, 24 November 2015

Nighttime entryway nº 5 | by efo

nighttime entryway no. 5: photo by efo, 15 November 2015