Édouard Manet Illustrates Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, in a French Edition Translated by Stephane Mallarmé (1875)

From Open Culture:

Poe also had a tremendous influence on the visual arts in France. Illustrating the text was none other than Édouard Manet, the painter credited with the genesis of impressionism. The resulting engravings, rendered in dark, heavy smudges, give us the poem’s unnamed, bereaved speaker as the young Mallarmé, unmistakable with his pushbroom mustache. Sadly, the New York Public Library tells us, “the publication was not a commercial success.” (See Manet’s design for a poster and the book cover at the top of the post.)

Someone had a Dr. Appointment Today

Lola is well. 1 year check up. But she complained a bit on the way to the Vet.

But I missed out on Manafort’s lawyers not figuring out how to use the redact tool on Adobe, and that Donny Jr.’s russian lawyer is being indicted. I’ll probably tune in to see Trump spew some more lies tonight as he tries to blame Democrats for the shut down. Good times.

My guess last night was that he would declare a national emergency to fund the wall so that he could then agree reopen the government and declare victory even when the emergency wall funding got drowned in the courts but so far reports are that tonight’s address won’t be about a national emergency. Maybe it’s just setting it up? Maybe just an opportunity to attack Dems? Who knows.

“I thought he was going to do good things. He’s not hurting the people he needs to be hurting.”

The quote at the end of this NY Times piece on Trump voters being hurt by the shutdown is pretty much what I expect by now. Hmmmm, I wonder what skin tone are the people he needs to be hurting?

“I voted for him, and he’s the one who’s doing this,” she said of Mr. Trump. “I thought he was going to do good things. He’s not hurting the people he needs to be hurting.”

Alaska National Weather Service office begs “please pay us” in secret message

From WaPo:

In an official public forecast discussion, the Anchorage National Weather Service office – whose employees are working without knowledge of when they will be paid during the ongoing Federal shutdown – encoded this secret message: “Please pay us.”

The first letter in each of the first 11 lines in the forecast discussion spells out the message, as shown below.

Trump Literally Did Not Understand What a Shutdown Would Do

I mean, this shouldn’t be shocking to anybody who has been paying attention and realizes that Trump is completely ignorant of how anything works and only cares about himself.

The Trump administration’s shutdown of the federal government over the last two weeks is a synecdoche for the way it has run the federal government over the last two years. They blundered into it almost by accident, without any understanding of what they are doing nor any plan for success.

Just as Trump did not expect to win the election and neglected to plan for his transition, he shut down the government on a whim, after right-wing media complained about his plan to approve a government funding bill. Nobody in the administration had a clear understanding of just what a shutdown would entail. Two devastating reports in the Washington Post over the weekend detail the horrifying scope of their ignorance. The administration did not realize that 38 million Americans lose their food stamps under a shutdown, nor did it know that thousands of tenants would face eviction without assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Administration officials “recognized only this week the breadth of the potential impact,” reports the Post, and was “focused now on understanding the scope of the consequences and determining whether there is anything they can do to intervene.” First Trump shut down the government, and then the Trump administration started looking into what effect this would have.

My dad painted the iconic cover for Jethro Tull’s ‘Aqualung,’ and it’s haunted him ever since


From TheOutline.com

Seven million copies of Aqualung have been sold over the last five-odd decades and the cover has become one of the most recognizable in rock and roll history, migrating from vinyl albums to cassettes, CDs, and iTunes art, plus an unending supply of Aqualung-embossed merchandise. But dad’s earnings had a hard cap. In 1971, Terry Ellis, the co-founder of Chrysalis Records, paid him a flat $1,500 fee for the three paintings which would comprise the album’s artwork, consummating the deal with nothing more than a handshake. No written contractual agreement was drawn up, and, much to his eventual dismay, nor was any determination made about future use.