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Hi! I'm Kes, a native Philadelphian who sometimes tries to do the whole art thing. I was born in 1976 (Ack! I'm getting ooooolllld!) and went to Penn State University. I started off majoring in Engineering Science but later switched to East Asian Studies, so I've wound up with a foot in both the clear cut scientific world and in that hazier existence of uncertainties and things half seen or half remembered.

I love anime and manga - they're my preferred forms of entertainment these days. But I'm always willing to try new stuff. I also have some pretty wide interests in things from physics to history to folklore and mythology.

Artistically I'm self taught so IhavenoideawhatI'mdoing... Feedback is always appreciated, including general assessments of my art, anything that particularly jumps out at you good or bad. Please tell me what I'm doing wrong - don't worry, I have a thick skin. ^_^ I shoot for an anime-ish style, and any tips, suggestions, or things it might help me to learn are much appreciated.

In general I return llamas but not faves or watches. Please only fave or watch if it's because you like what I'm doing. I'd much rather get comments. Conversation helps motivate me much more than anything else. If I go a long time between posting artwork, it probably means I'm in a bit of a funk so feel free to poke me and tell me to get off my lazy behind. ;-)

:iconbobo-kitty: made the chibi avatar for me - she totally rocks!

Yup, I talk politics. Yup, I'm left of center. However, I have no time for ideology. I care about what works in the real world, not how anyone thinks the universe is supposed to be. I always listen. I have no problem with respecting different points of view. I like to learn new things and new ideas. And if you don't want to talk politics just say so. I'm perfectly happy to be friends with people who strongly disagree with me.

However, I have completely exhausted my tolerance for mushrooms: people who want to be kept in the dark and fed bullshit. Those whose egos and worldviews are too fragile to deal with contrary facts hate me and frequently block me. I am the Snowflake Slayer!

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Picture this scene: it's the 1920's and one of the city's leading citizens, an elderly gentleman of means, finds himself a widower and childless.  He has whirlwind romance with a much younger woman and the two of them quietly travel to a seaside resort to be married away from the limelight.  The day after the ceremony the gentleman suddenly falls ill and dies four days later.

It sounds like the plot of an Agatha Christie novel, don't you think?  And yet it's a true story!  I was doing some digging into my family tree and found this intriguing tale.

This distinguished looking gent is Edward Creighton, my great-great-granduncle.  Born in 1852 in the city of Chester PA to Scots Irish immigrants, Edward made his name as a painter and decorator.  Starting as a painter at Chester's shipyard, Edward quickly rose to prominence in his trade until he was able to open his own store in 1882.  By 1890 he'd obtained premises in one of the choicest properties in Chester's business district and was profiled in the city's newspaper.

"There is not another store in Chester that presents a more attractive appearance then that of Edward Creighton, 615 Edgemont avenue.  The show window is very large and is artistically dressed, while the interior of the one hundred feet deep store reminds one of the rich scenes described in the tale of 'Alladin's Lamp' in the Arabian nights.  Mr. Creighton has won the reputation of being the leading grainer, decorator and paper hanger in this city, and he can point out hundreds of the handsomest residences where evidences of his skill may be seen."

The article also mentions that Edward's wife, Sara Alice Mather, was intimately involved in running the business and described her as, "A lady of rare executive ability and artistic perception."  And this was in 1890!  Although it's hard to piece together their personal lives from the records, there are hints of just how strong their relationship was.  In her will, Sara A. directed that her diamonds be remounted in a ring for Edward, and just such a ring was listed in Edward's personal possessions when he died.  Edward also left a thousand dollars in his will to Crozier Hospital to be used in furnishing a room in Sara A.'s name.  However, they were never able to have children.

Edward retired in 1920, selling his business to a local company for a price, "In excess of $75,000."  Consulting an inflation calculator that translates to more than $935,000 in 2017 dollars.  Edward seems to have built quite a comfortable retirement for himself, and was able to travel extensively, spending a lot of time in Florida and California.  Unfortunately, he didn't have long to enjoy it.  Sara A. died in 1923, leaving Edward alone and childless.  He moved in with his sister Jane Creighton Doyle Smith, my great-great-grandmother and a widow herself.

A lot of this I already vaguely knew about before I started doing any research.  But when I found Edward's obituary, I found a whole new story that I'd never heard anything about at all.

From the front page of the Chester Times 24 Nov 1924:

"Edward Creighton, retired Chester business man, died Saturday afternoon at four o'clock at the Chalfonte-Haddon Hall, Atlantic City, following an illness of four days duration.  He was past seventy-two years of age.

On Monday last Mr. Creighton was married to Mrs. S. H. Peoples, of this city.  He died five days after the ceremony.

Mr. Creighton was seized with an attack of illness on the boardwalk at Atlantic City on Wednesday afternoon and was removed to his hotel where it was found that he had suffered a stroke.  He was unconscious until his death.  The body will be brought to this city for burial."


I was amazed.  I'd never heard anything about a second marriage or a fatal trip to Atlantic City.  And who in the world was this Mrs S. H. Peoples?  The name even sounds like a character from an Agatha Christie novel!

After some more digging, I discovered that the mysterious Mrs Peoples was Sarah Howarth Peoples, a widow fifteen years Edward Creighton's junior.  Apparently the Howarths are an old and influential family and Sarah's first husband, Frank Peoples, was involved in city politics as were both Edward and his older brother John.

After Edward's death Sarah Peoples contested his will in court and got a ruling that Edward had died intestate in regards to his new wife, which meant that she was entitled to half of his estate regardless of the provisions of the will.  At the time of his death Edward's estate was $96,000.  In 2017 dollars that's $1.4 million.  Interestingly, the lawyer representing Sarah was one Mary S. Howarth.

As one last little epilogue, Sarah Peoples had a son by her first husband, Clifford Peoples.  Clifford later became mayor of Chester in the 1940's.  I can't help but wonder how much of his political career was funded by Edward's money.


Edward Creighton's grave at Chester Rural Cemetery, along with his first wife Sara A. and her parents.

P.S.  I'd like to remind the reader that although this is quite a story, it's also a true story and these are real people.  That includes Sarah Peoples, who presumably still has living family.  As far as I can tell from the records, there's no reason to think that Edward's death was anything other than natural.  He was 72, after all.  So although it's fun to speculate, please remember that it's just speculation and we should keep it respectful.

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Phracker Featured By Owner Edited Mar 30, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"I always listen. I have no problem with respecting different points of view. I like to learn new things and new ideas. And if you don't want to talk politics just say so. I'm perfectly happy to be friends with people who strongly disagree with me."

And then right below that you have a list of "Confirmed Kills".  How beautifully ironic.


Also, how can you be left-of-center when you say "All ideology is bunk".  Left-of-center ideology is still an ideology.  I'm genuinely confused here.  Could it be that you're just a massive hypocrite?
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kessy-athena Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My wall of shame is people who've blocked me because they can't deal with a well argued position they disagree with.  Snowflakes who can't deal with the possibility that they might be wrong about something.

"Left-of-center" is simply a deliberately vague description of where my opinions tend to fall.  There's a difference between ideology and opinion.  Opinions change - they're flexible.  Beliefs are not.  Beliefs are a bad thing - you should never have anything stronger than opinions.
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thormemeson Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks I needed the laugh so tell me are going to attack Muller and claim he is a Russian agent? I am thinking he is a Chinese spy.
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kessy-athena Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's something only an honorless traitor would do - someone who has abandoned all pretense of patriotism or believing in the existence of objective truth.  Someone who thinks that words don't actually mean anything.  You know, Trump supporters, Republicans, you.

In any case, why would I accuse Mueller of any such thing?  Let me guess, you actually believe Trump when he claims that Mueller has completely cleared and vindicated him, right?  Let me give you a clue: everything Trump says is a lie.  He is literally a compulsive liar.  I mean, he even lied about where his father was born the other day, for no apparent reason at all.  In any case, no one knows what the Mueller report really says, and Barr's letter says no such thing.  You should try actually reading that letter for yourself instead of just believing whatever bullshit your mushroom farmers feed you.  It's a whole four pages long, so I don't think it will overly tax your faculties.
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Phracker Featured By Owner Edited Mar 30, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your opinions don't seem to change very much.  Also, you're nitpicking.

Did it ever occur to you that maybe the reason people block you is because you're obnoxious and arrogant and unwilling to listen to people?  I know many of the people who blocked you, and they're fairly reasonable people who only block thick-headed ideologues on both the left and right who refuse to listen to reason.  You're not being blocked by right-wing extremists; you're being blocked by level-headed, fair-and-balanced centrists.  That's not something to be proud of.

I'm thinking particularly of AmericanDreaming and MadKingFroggy.
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kessy-athena Featured By Owner Edited Mar 30, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't make a big deal out of changing my opinion, I just do it without fanfare.  And often when I check my facts before posting I'll find out I was wrong about something and adjust the argument I was going to make - before I post.

I always listen to people.  That doesn't mean I'm simply going to accept what someone has to say just because they want me to.  If you want to change my mind you need facts and reasoned arguments.  "Because Alex Jones says so," does not make something a fact.  "Because I want it to be true," does not qualify as a reasoned argument.  And when people spout bullshit or ignore verifiable facts, I call them on it and say so.  If that makes me obnoxious and arrogant, too damn bad.  The world is the way it is, not the way you want it to be.  If you can't deal with that then it's time to grow the hell up.

I assume that MadKingFroggy is ArtFrog?  The discussions I had with them and AmericanDreaming were quite some time ago, so to be honest I'm not sure of the details.  But as I recall, Dreaming blocked me quite suddenly in the middle of a discussion without warning or obvious reason.  I don't think it was even a political discussion.  I think they might have taken offense when I asked if they'd heard any good Jersey Devil stories.  You'd have to ask them.  ArtFrog simply had a hissy fit when I pointed out that some position they were arguing had racist roots.  I'm not sure what we were talking about.  Immigration, maybe?  In any case they blocked me because they simply couldn't deal with the argument I was making and their inability to refute it.

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edit:  Oh, yeah, I remember now.  Dreaming blocked me because I started talking about epistemology.  As for the why of that... (shrugs) you'd have to ask them.

And if you think I'm nitpicking, I suspect you're missing my point.  It's not a question of what you think, but how you think it.
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Phracker Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, given that you believed a literal conspiracy theory for over two years, are you ready to accept the truth about 9/11?

I'm sure it was destined for the White House... by Phracker
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kessy-athena Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do not confuse a conspiracy theory with criminal conspiracy.  Other than the word "conspiracy" they have absolutely nothing in common.  A criminal conspiracy is simply an agreement among two or more people to commit a crime.  This happens all the time, and when there is proof beyond a reasonable doubt people go to prison for it frequently.  On the other hand, a conspiracy theory is a colloquial term for an irrational idea with a tenuous relationship with reality.

Now when Trump did things like having his campaign take a secret meeting with Russian agents, that's evidence of a criminal conspiracy.  (And that's just one of a long list of things Trump has done.)  Regardless of what subsequent investigation finds, the initial suspicion is well founded in verifiable facts.

On the other hand, asserting that having a 110 story building collapse on an adjacent 47 story building couldn't possibly have caused the 47 story building to collapse and it had to be an inside job is stupidly irrational, ignoring physics, engineering, and common sense.

While I'm sure that in your delusional fantasy world Barr established as incontrovertible fact that Trump farts rainbows and shits rose petals,  in the real world the situation is far different.  “The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” does not mean that Trump is absolved of all wrongdoing.  It simply means that that Mueller did not find proof beyond a reasonable doubt of an indictable offense.  Full stop.  We have no idea what Mueller actually did find.  It could be anything from convincing evidence that Trump and his people did everything right and acted exactly as every patriotic American would hope a Presidential campaign would act when approached by foreign agents, to strong evidence that Trump committed a wide variety of serious crimes that doesn't quite meet the legal standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.  We simply don't know yet.

Personally, I suspect that either extreme is unlikely.  (Yes, this is purely speculation.)  I find it more likely that the reality will come out somewhere in the neighborhood of Trump and his people having engaged in highly questionable behavior with the Russians that may have been unethical and likely endangered national security but doesn't actually break any laws.  But we'll see.  We simply have to wait for the data before drawing conclusions.
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You're pulling a non sequitur.  The meaning of the word "conspiracy" is not what is being debated here.  What's being debated is your dismissal of a theory for which there is actual evidence as "conspiracy bullshit" while at the same time believing what is, by any sane definition, a conspiracy theory.  Did you know that blaming teh evil Russkies if she lost was part of Hillary Clinton's plan all along?  Why did you support that right wing Wall Street puppet anyway?

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On the other hand, asserting that having a 110 story building collapse on an adjacent 47 story building couldn't possibly have caused the 47 story building to collapse and it had to be an inside job is stupidly irrational, ignoring physics, engineering, and common sense.
That wasn't my argument at all.  You act like the entire 9/11 Truther theory rests on that one assumption.  It doesn't.  The simple fact of the matter is there are so many holes in the government's story that it would take several full-length books to explain them all.  For example, how did Al Qaeda get their hands on nanothermite?  How do you explain the explosion in the basement before the plane even hit?  How do you explain the eyewitness account of someone at the Pentagon asking Dick Cheney if the plane should continue on its course, minutes before the plane hit?  How do you explain the fact that when NIST created a simulation of the Tower 7 collapse to prove that it wasn't done by explosives, the physics of the simulation was was all wrong (meaning it was completely inconsistent with what people actually observed happening)?  How do you explain the fact that as soon as the towers fell, the government immediately pointed the finger at Osama bin Laden, without doing any thorough investigation whatsoever?  How do you explain the numerous telltale signs of lying (non-contracted denials, gesturing with non-dominant hands, fidgeting, etc.) coming from NIST people as they stated that the towers were not brought down by explosives?
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