Geococcyx californianus, through a window this morning
The Tao Te Ching is written in Classical Chinese, which can be difficult to understand completely. Classical Chinese relies heavily on allusion to a corpus of standard literary works to convey semantic meaning, nuance, and subtext. This corpus was memorized by highly educated people in Laozi's time, and the allusions were reinforced through common use in writing, but few people today have this type of deep acquaintance with ancient Chinese literature. Thus, many levels of subtext are potentially lost on modern translators. Furthermore, many of the words that the Tao Te Ching uses are deliberately vague and ambiguous.
Amazon offers numerous English language translations of the Tao Te Ching but they lump customer reviews together. When a review says "did not like the translation" you have to click on the title of the review to find out which translation the reviewer didn't like. If you want just the reviews for one edition, you're out of luck.

I realized something was amiss when I called up Amazon's page for Victor Mair's translation and found a review saying that the author didn't even know Chinese.
Sceloporus magister, Questar 700
Russell Baker on Richard Nixon, April 1994:
Nixon hated the press, of course. Later when television replaced print as the instrument for clouding men's minds he hated television too. He wanted to cloud men's minds for himself and found it unbearable that press and television were able to interfere with the purity of the process.
On September 30, 1991, California Governor Pete Wilson vetoed a bill to protect gay people from discrimination in employment. He aspired to run for President and knew that signing such a bill could work to his disadvantage in seeking the Republican nomination.

Protests in Los Angeles and San Francisco turned ugly, with government buildings vandalized and police officers assaulted.

Wilson was scheduled to give a speech two days later at a celebration of the centennial of Stanford University. Protesters aplenty came to the outdoor ceremony and tried to drown out Wilson as he spoke. Staff responded by cranking up the volume on the PA sytem. I was there but didn't boo Wilson until after he was done speaking.

Some people threw stuff at Wilson. I saw him catch an orange and throw it back. There were no arrests.

Contrast that with how Donald Tr--p addressed a rally on February 1, 2016:
If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously, OK? Just knock the hell—I promise you I will pay for the legal fees, I promise.
In light of that and numerous other uncivil statements and actions, it's not a laughing matter when Tr--p tweets a video cobbled together to look like an assault on CNN personnel.

TOMMYJOURNAL stands in solidarity with the Boston Post and hundreds of other media outlets publishing editorials today denouncing Tr--p's casting the press as "enemy of the people".
This Arizona cypress,
now 33" tall,
has been growing for about as long as Julian Assange has been holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Cupressus arizonica
nice initialsIt must be summer: car manufacturers are in the area for testing. Two similar specimens of an upcoming model were parked in town today. I got pics of one of them, after which the dude driving the other one put a cover over it.

The guy driving the car I photographed spoke to me and, as you'd expect, wasn't at liberty to say much about the car. He was quite gracious though and thanked me for my interest. There's a temperature sensor in the PVC tube on the roof. 2019 Toyota Supra
Sceloporus magister

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