Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: A Winter Day Photo Walk…Reflections
I started out the day running a few errands before taking to midtown for some shots of St. Patrick’s Cathedral then heading to the 2nd part of my targeted photo walk down at Ground Zero. The following are images from my day trek. Enjoy.
This time Elmo kept his distance. I didn’t forget you son, you tried to trip me not once but twice last time we crossed paths. Anywho, moving right along…after a relatively short subway ride, destination two was in the distance as I made my way through Tribeca.
From here I turned my attention to the footprints of the original Twin Towers now called Pools of Reflection.
I got chills actually seeing these up close for the first time today. I hadn’t looked at them except for on TV before today. Seeing them up close with the names etched in stone of all the victims of 9/11 was a surreal moment.
After observing the pools of reflection and the scene that was so different 14 years ago I took one last look back at 1 World Trade and concluded the day’s photo walk. Hope you enjoyed it. All images are the property of http://www.thejnsreport.com (c) 2015.
It’s hard to believe that 13 years have past since the worst terrorist attack in U.S history took place. Us New Yorkers are especially aware of it when we think back to that awful day.
Everyone remembers where they were. I awoke that morning thinking I was watching a movie it was so surreal.
I remember my sister and I waking to the local news channels because the signal for the other stations were knocked out due to their broadcast coming from the antenna at the World Trade Towers.
My thoughts immediately turned from shock to horror when I saw the Towers fall. Psychologically, it was a devastating blow to see those massive buildings and all those lives lost in one moment.
Retribution was called for and in the blindness of people’s rage and desire for someone to pay, we the American people were deceived into waging two wars in two different countries (Afghanistan and Iraq) simultaneously.
A non substantiated link was fostered by the media utilizing public outrage to invade a sovereign country in Iraq. It seemed “2 birds with 1 stone” was the strategy of the day. To this day no “Weapons of Mass Destruction” were ever found in Iraq. Government apologists stepped forward to say what we “did and didn’t know at the time” in the aftermath.
All we kept hearing initially, was Osama Bin Laden and his terrorist organization Al Qaeda did it. Then it became Al Qaeda is Iraq too. “Let’s go get em in Iraq”. Those of us who said hold on, wait a minute, let’s think this through were vilified and labeled as anti-American or non patriotic.
This is the danger when we surrender our ability to think and process information rationally and logically. Information is power and those who control the information have the power.
Misinformation allowed the U.S to go further into debt to oppress other people in the name of “freedom” and at the same time weaken the protections of the citizens rights here at home.
Since then we have seen the widespread abuses of our government against us the U.S people it is supposed to serve and protect. We are no longer secure in our persons.
We have no expectation of privacy when all of our communications are sifted, screened, and stored by our very own government intelligence agencies.
Eric Snowden’s exposure of this widespread surveillance proves that. His having to flee from the supposed “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave” tells us what’s really happening when the perpetrators of abuses into our privacy and lives can make him the bad guy for revealing the evil they are doing in the dark.
A steady disarm the public campaign has been underway leading to increased purchases for guns and ammunition. Problem, Reaction, Solution has not stopped it is continuing and getting stronger each day. We now live in Orwellian times.
The foot prints of the two World Trade Towers are visual and visceral reminders of a horrible day in American history. The new “Freedom Tower” erected in their place gives others a sense that we have built back better and stronger than before the attacks.
In my mind I see two towers symbolic of world financial power destroyed as the precursor to the unveiling of really what it has been all along, one power source. The design of the building shows this if you look at it closely. The two buildings are merged together as pieces forming one structure.
Today Isis or “The Islamic State” is emerging as the new most dangerous enemy and “face of terror” on the world stage.
The destruction of ideology today is at the forefront on the news. You can’t kill an idea or can you? Bombing people breeds a self defense ideology, it breeds those who would quickly join up with an extremist group to exact retribution.
Indiscriminent bombings overseas don’t get as much notice as it should. Many of us citizens are unaware of what our troops are doing overseas. Many of us don’t see the cost of war, we’re comfortable, and as long as we are safe, generally we don’t care.
Since 9/11 a massive war on the American people has steadily been waged. Our civil liberties have been chipped away at and disregarded as relics of an ancient and primitive people.
We are being conditioned to accept whatever “authority” tells us simply because they are in a position of power. The narrative as to whom the enemy is constantly changes. There’s an ever present atmosphere of fear permeating throughout the world (not unlike that in the film The Lord of THe Rings).
I’ve heard people say they believe we the people should “give up our liberty for freedom”. That in an off itself is repugnant and dumb at best because liberty is synonymous with freedom. America today in only a few ways resembles the great country/nation the founding fathers envisioned.
I pray to God to guide our leaders going forward. I pray for the families of the victims of 9/11 and I pray for us human beings in the world as a whole. We are lost without God. Proof is in the pudding. Look at what is happening everyday all around us.
Still believe the Devil isn’t real or that God doesn’t exist? Think again.