Sunday, May 01, 2016

Currarong: In an Age of Privilege, Not Everyone Is in the Same Cold River

Like it or not, writers need to recognise Google Blogger has become Global social network. The evidence is overwhelming...

Also it is a right thing to stay at Currarong

Lemon Tree Cottage is a traditional 1950 seaside cottage which is 200m to beautiful Warrain beach. It was renovated in 2013 and there are four bedrooms (2x Queen + 2 singles + trio bunk; blankets and doonas provided); 3 bathrooms a large kitchen family room; and a second large lounge room; perfect for holidaying families sleeps 8 comfortably
Lemmon Tree House

The Boss on tour: revisiting ‘The River’: The US election is once again being played out to a soundtrack of Bruce Springsteen

Man arrested after NSW Parliament evacuation

In an Age of Privilege, Not Everyone Is in the Same Boat New York Times

Marijuana is kosher for Passover, leading rabbi rules The Independent

“What a person normally goes to the cinema for is time: time lost or spent or not yet had.” Sculpting in Time: Legendary Russian Filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky on Why Film Enchants Us and What a Great Director Should Aim to Do

Movie ratings: Do critics and fans see eye-to-eye? Strong Analytics (Lance N). Notice how it correlates with the economic cycle

Alain de Botton on the fiction of love
How representations of romantic relationships ruined the real thing

Here it is! Louis Armstrong “I Ain’t Got Nobody!” from Satchmo Plays King Oliver, 1959 – “Here’s a peek at Louis Armstrong and his Hot Fives in the recording studio in 1959 recording the great album, “Satchmo Plays King Oliver.”

The Economist Intelligence Unit [reg req’d]: “The Worldwide Cost of Livingis a twice yearly Economist Intelligence Unit survey that compares more than 400 individual prices across 160 products and services. These include food, drink, clothing, household supplies and personal care items, home rents, transport, utility bills, private schools, domestic help and recreational costs. The survey itself is a purpose-built internet tool designed to help human resources and finance managers calculate cost-of-living allowances and build compensation packages for expatriates and business travellers”

Robert Love, AARP Magazine“I’ve always been drawn to spiritual songs,” Bob Dylan tells me. “In ‘Amazing Grace,’ that line —  ‘that saved a wretch like me ’— isn’t that something we could all say if we were honest enough?” At 73, Dylan is still in the game, still brutally honest and authentically himself, as you will see in this extended version of the exclusive interview that appeared in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine and can be found online here. In the 9,000 or so words that follow, Dylan goes where he has rarely gone before in public conversation: He explores his creative process and offers his insights on songwriting, performing, recording, and the creative destruction unleashed by rock and roll. For fun, perhaps, he tosses us a few pointed asides on contemporaries like Elton JohnRod Stewart and Eric Clapton, but reserves his undiluted praise for Chuck Berry’s poetry and Billy Graham’s soul-searing hellfire.  You may be struck, as I was time and again, at just how powerful a force music has played in Dylan’s life. At various times he was hypnotized,spellboundliftedknocked out by what he’d heard. Listening to theStaple Singers for the first time at 14, he said, he couldn’t sleep that night. “It just went through me like my body was invisible.” From the moment he stumbled upon blues, country and gospel at the nether end of the radio dial, he never stopped listening closely, absorbing the best. A student and professor of America’s truest music, he begins our conversation by explaining his decision to record ten beloved standards for Shadows in the Night…”

Here's what we know: Shakespeare was buried on April 25, 1616. How did he die? Many theories - alcoholism, typhus - but little evidence 

Finding Love Again, This Time With a Man Harris Wofford, NY Times

 Traffic lights embedded in pavements, in case you cross the street while viewing your smartphone the culture that is Germany.

OVER the last year, America’s professional intelligentsia has been placed under the microscope in several interesting ways.
First, a group of prominent social psychologists released a paper quantifying and criticizing their field’s overwhelming left-wing tilt. Then Jonathan Haidt, one of the paper’s co-authors, highlighted research showing that the entire American academy has become more left-wing since the 1990s. Then finally a new book by two conservative political scientists, “Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University,” offered a portrait of how right-wing academics make their way in a left-wing milieu. (The answer: very carefully, and more carefully than in the past.)

Most importantly and contra predictions, we showed that economically developed and more gender equal countries have a lower overall level of mathematics anxiety, and yet a larger national sex difference in mathematics anxiety relative to less developed countries.

*Today would have been Larry Ribstein's birthday 

I miss him. It was a great loss both professionally and personally. My short essay Larry Ribstein, RIP, 2 JOURNAL OF LAW (2 THE POST) 433 is here

Elections: DOD Needs More Comprehensive Planning to Address Military and Overseas Absentee Voting Challenges,GAO-16-378: Published: Apr 20, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 2016.

Todd J. Wiebe, Association of American Colleges and Libraries: “…When you “Google it,” you are engaged in an information snatch and grab—get in, get out, move on. Folks who work in web design and Internet marketing are well versed in search engine optimization and the critical importance of having a link appear on the first page of someone’s search results. A study done by Chitika, a major online advertising network, found that over 70 percent of Google search “clicks” go to the top three results.