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Street Nap, New York, New York

“The industrial age itself, as we have known it, can be described as a period of technological entrancement, an altered state of consciousness, a mental fixation that alone can explain how we came to ruin our air and water and soil and to severely damage our basic life systems under the illusion that this was ‘progress.'” – Thomas Berry, The Dream of the Earth


Arm Floats, Fourth of July, Barnstead, New Hampshire © Jim Korpi

“They shed their sense of responsibility
Long ago, when they lost their votes, and the bribes; the mob
That used to grant power, high office, the legions, everything,
Curtails its desires, and reveals its anxiety for two things only,
Bread and circuses.”
Juvenal, Satire X, Translation

Presidential Candidate Claims on Campaign Websites

Ted Cruz:
“Led the way to preserve the words ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance at the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Hillary Clinton:
“After eight years of Bush foreign policy, Hillary was instrumental in the effort to restore America’s standing in the world.”
Donald Trump:
“A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border.”
Bernie Sanders:
“Standing up against the major pharmaceutical companies, Sanders becomes the first member of Congress to take seniors across the border to Canada to buy lower-cost prescription drugs.”


Valle D’Aosta, Italy © Jim Korpi

“Who wants to wake up at 4 am and milk cows when you have two degrees from a university?” An Italian friend asks over a beer.
Dairy farms throughout the north of Italy have been hiring Indians to run their milking operations. “Italians don’t want to do the work,” a dairy farmer told me. The conversation starts with the subject of immigrants, a common discussion in today’s Europe. In a country priding itself on the value of food and ingredients, there is a fading value placed on the work done by those who bring about such necessities.


Window Display, White River Junction, Vermont © Jim Korpi

“One worked or connived to obtain a stake, then worked or connived to obtain legal title to a tract of wilderness, then sold the wilderness by the acre to the hordes of immigrants, and thereby lived and died a wealthy man. Appropriately, the most successful practitioner of this craft was George Washington, who had acquired several hundred thousand acres and was reckoned by many as the wealthiest man in America.” – Forrest McDonald, The Presidency of George Washington, p. 10.


Santa’s Watch, Italy © Jim Korpi