"I love your work"
Rick Santorum. Lindsay Lohan. wtf.
The only people who are obsessed with food are anorexics and the morbidly obese, and that in erotic terms is the Catholic church in a nutshell. - Stephen Fry
Confounding the calumniators and apostates
Rick Santorum. Lindsay Lohan. wtf.
In a game that defied all logic, the Clippers amazingly defeated the Grizzlies, 99-98, Sunday night at the FedEx Forum in one of the greatest comebacks in NBA postseason history...
About highbrow anti-culture in the mid 20th century.
Macdonald, who was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale and associated with the anti-Stalinist leftists at Partisan Review, still couldn’t bring himself to support the United States against the Nazis in World War II on the grounds that “Europe has its Hitlers, but we have our Rotarians.”(link)
One thing I've been meaning to do - and still plan to do some day - is put up a proper post on Road & Track columnist Peter Egan. When the magazine comes in the mail I always turn first to Egan's column. It is, invariably, a pitch-perfect excursion into an interesting light topic, with a beginning and end, and a lot of good decoration along the way.
Who can turn down a spare bent race car frame? Hardly anyone with an ounce of sense. And, to paraphrase Chet Atkins, I have more sense than most people have in their little finger. (link)But you don't have to read much Egan to appreciate how dishonest these little asides are. He dropped out of college and he doesn't write about Mannerism or the Will to Power (not on purpose, anyway), but his work is detailed and carefully made - so much so that it is difficult to name anyone around I think is better.
We deposited the TR-3 in their new two-car garage, which was already half full of lawn equipment, so there was once again no room to park either of their family cars indoors.
“You know, Lee,” I said, “you might think about selling this thing for parts. Chances are it’ll never run again.”
Lee didn’t say anything, but just looked at me with a sad, doubtful expression, and I felt I’d somehow overstepped the bounds of friendly advice. He was a sentimental person who attached considerable importance to the symbolic objects in his life.
Poor Darwin. The cold of heart have always forced a sociological spin on his biological work — from Spencer all the way through Hitler and Stalin — as if humans had no more free will or moral stature than trilobites or the lizards of the Galápagos Islands. Natural selection is a great excuse to ignore those who have not so richly deserved to succeed as you and I. And I'm not so sure about you...To steal a line from Dylan Thomas, the worst thing to do to Egan would be to select from his works enthusiastically. It is best to read him indiscriminately. He is one of the finest columnists, of any stripe, of his generation, and spending a few minutes a month with Side Glances is, like my morning coffee, a small civilization-affirming ritual.
On a day Congress grappled with preventing an increase in student-loan interest rates, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered a group of college students this advice: If you want to get an education or start a business, borrow money from your parents.
Liberal: National healthcare, tolerance for all lifestyles.
Scientists baffled as our waters are invaded by giant cannibal shrimp, which are, according to reports, delicious.
"I've never asked a prime minister for anything." - Rupert Murdoch
This declared indifference, but, as I must think, covert real zeal for the spread of slavery, I cannot but hate. I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself. I hate it because it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world—enables the enemies of free institutions, with plausibility, to taunt us as hypocrites—causes the real friends of freedom to doubt our sincerity, and especially because it forces so many really good men amongst ourselves into an open war with the very fundamental principles of civil liberty—criticizing the Declaration of Independence, and insisting that there is no right principle of action but self-interest.
“I don’t want to sound cavalier, but when you’ve been flying as long as I have, you’re going to find situations like this that occur.”
...but had a couple lucky guesses. Elected officials average 44%.
For starters, he can answer one question for the American people: “Gov. Romney, is homosexual behavior healthy or harmful? Yes or no?”
But in a rare unguarded moment in a bar with Scorsese, the clack of pool cues audible in the background, Helm smokes a cigarette as he describes, in an unhurried Delta drawl that’s the precise opposite of Scorsese’s rapid-fire New York patter, the confluence of American music styles in the region of the country he hails from. He sounds shyly prideful as he enumerates the musical giants that have come from the Delta—Carl Perkins, Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Bo Diddley—and remembers a local show from his childhood called the Midnight Ramble that would include traveling acts like “Walcott’s Rabbit’s-Foot Minstrels.” (Late in his life, the Midnight Ramble would be the name of the combination jam session and musical salon Helm hosted for many years in his Woodstock barn.) “Bluegrass or country music, if it comes down to that area and mixes with the rhythm, and if it dances, then you’ve got a combination of all those different kinds of music,” Helms explains in that soft, scratchy-briar voice that gave every song he sang the time-worn sound of an American traditional. Scorsese, off-screen, wonders: “What’s it called then?” With a surprised laugh and a look that says, ‘isn’t it obvious, man?,’ Helms answers, “Rock and roll.”
Conrad Anker plans to try the West Ridge - unclimbed for 50 years because, well, it's insane.
"We conclude that the web of influence which News Corporation spun in Britain, which effectively bent politicians, police and many others in public life to its will, amounted to a shadow state."
The core of Romney’s campaign strategy seems to be contempt for the news media (and the voters), the belief that he can say anything and pay no price — which was the way things worked for Bush. But maybe, just maybe, his calculation was wrong, and serial dishonesty will become, justifiably, part of the narrative.
Well, this is fun.
My reaction to "iced zen"is...I can't quite visualize it...
Even during the period for which any living being is said to live and retain his identity - as a man, for example, is called the same man from boyhood to old age - he does not in fact retain the same attributes, although he is called the same person: he is always becoming a new being and undergoing a process of loss and reparation, which affects his hair, his flesh, his bones, his blood and his whole body. And not only his body, but his soul as well. No man's character, habits, opinions desires pleasures pains and fears remain always the same: new ones come into existence and old ones disappear.
On their site this month:
And with this sort of triple-threat propaganda triumph in view, the otherwise baffling success of this once reputable magazine grows clear. Of course The Atlantic is a turgid mouthpiece for the plutocracy, a repository of shallow, lazy spin, and regular host of discussion forums during which nothing is discussed. It is, in every formal trait, a CIA front.
A résumé filled with grievous errors in the period 1996–2006 is not only a non-problem for further advances in the world of consensus; it is something of a prerequisite. Our intellectual powers that be not only forgive the mistakes; they require them. You must have been wrong back then in order to have a chance to be taken seriously today; only by having gotten things wrong can you demonstrate that you are trustworthy, a member of the team. (Those who got things right all along, on the other hand, might be dubbed “premature market skeptics”—people who doubted the consensus before the consensus acknowledged it was all right to doubt.)
If you ever wondered why Chicago thought it necessary to re-invent economics - in at least three different ways - here is your answer. The old kind gives bad output.
The Supreme Court's right wing: fine with the police randomly looking up your butt, not ok with Medicaid doctors fixing it if they find something.
"Rick Perry, a vocal spherical earth skeptic, described the FCO's spending on the project as "misdirected". His spokeswoman told the Guardian: "In Texas, we base our policy decisions on sound science and what is ultimately best for our citizens. A spherical earth remains but a theory and one where thousands of scientists remain skeptical. It would be irresponsible to put our entire economy at risk based on unproven science. "
I am in danger of becoming radicalized with respect to the issue of education for the not-extremely-rich.
This reminds me of something the Sea Lord would come up with.