Friday, June 24, 2016

The Polish Rider: Dedicated to CC

Three days consecutive blue sky bliss
Too good to miss.
I’ll be back
When the clouds return (to their usual) black
[ via Black Friday George Soros: How a Brexit could impact on Australia ]

via KGB as MI6 denies existence of this map:
REVEALED: This map PROVES Britain is, Dead Set, set for BREXIT in EU Referendum TOMORROW Express

The counting has only just begun, but Britain's historic vote to either leave or remain in the European Union is already in the bag, according to bookmakers and brokers.  Key Lessons from fact-checking the Brexit debate... (Brexit: the Tax Justice Network backs Remain)

“The betting is just massive,” says Mike Smithson, founder and editor of, a website that is something like a Bloomberg terminal for people who wager on political events. He characterizes the referendum as “the biggest political betting event of all time, anywhere.”

“You say you would almost give your place in Heaven for $70 or $80. Then you value your place in Heaven very cheaply.”

Boredom is one of the most essential yet endangered human capacities, a seedbed of sanity the creative benefits of which have been championed by some of humanity’s most fertile minds. And yet the line between boredom as unburdened mental space for idea-incubation and boredom as an idle, purposeless, procrastinatory squandering of time is a fine and ever-elusive one.
( Turn Your Boring Run Into An Action Movie
A fitness app aims to turn mundane exercise routines into an entertaining activity)

Dave Hickey writes about art but issues no judgments. He's not trying to convince you of anything. He doesn't write criticism. He writes  Love  Songs  

Walking to and especially from work makes you A happier character

It concluded, the essay I mean, with a dialogue between Sonia and me about the different resonances these images have for us—she was ten in Kraków when the Wall came down; I was ten in Topeka—and the degree to which our respective senses of art history and politics are marked by her having been raised behind the Iron Curtain, my having been raised in the American heartland, and what all that means now that new versions of the right are on the rise in both places and new imaginations of the left are urgently required, now that all the nineteen-nineties talk of the end of history is history. Elena had asked if we would read an excerpt from that part of the essay at the gallery during the opening, then have a kind of public conversation, and, to my surprise, Sonia had said yes.
The Polish Rider

Polish and Bohemian Strikers circa 1980 to meet at Sydney Opera House tonight: Poland cemented its place in the last 16 with a 1-0 win in Marseille on Tuesday against already eliminated Group C opponent Ukraine. Second-half substitute Jakub Blaszczykowski struck the winner for Poland in the 54th minute. Poland qualified second from the group behind Germany, both with seven points Polish Eagle could be the dark horse to win europa 2016 cup 
~ Kubo Blaszczykowski - almost as good pronunciation as Snowy Kosciusko

(Via Polish Connections) But no goal scored on the pitch compares to this bison vodka revelation regarding Polish midfielder Slawomir Peszko:  That’s right: Peszko has four kidneys. Four! That’s two more than the average human.

Wallace Stevens, having failed at journalism and law, began a long career in insurance. He didn't publish his poems until he was 35. His life is not crying out to be told. And yet ... Poetry of Ordinary Salesman

Portrait of Nietzsche as a young philosopher. He was brilliant, pretentious, seemingly uninterested in sex, and suffered occasional bouts of  Humility 

No One Knows What Will Happen A Wealth of Common Sense

SOCIAL MEDIA’S DARK SIDE: Documents Show How Russia’s (Not Just Russian) Troll Army Hit America.

The documents show instructions provided to the commenters that detail the workload expected of them. On an average working day, the Russians are to post on news articles 50 times. Each blogger is to maintain six Facebook accounts publishing at least three posts a day and discussing the news in groups at least twice a day. By the end of the first month, they are expected to have won 500 subscribers and get at least five posts on each item a day. On Twitter, the bloggers are expected to manage 10 accounts with up to 2,000 followers and tweet 50 times a day.
They are to post messages along themes called “American Dream” and “I Love Russia.” The archetypes for the accounts are called Handkerchief, Gay Turtle, The Ghost of Marius the Giraffe, Left Breast, Black Breast, and Ass, for reasons that are not immediately clear.
According to the documents, which are attached to several hundred emails sent to the project’s leader, Igor Osadchy, the effort was launched in April and is led by a firm called the Internet Research Agency. It’s based in a Saint Petersburg suburb, and the documents say it employs hundreds of people across Russia who promote Putin in comments on Russian blogs.

 Which cruise ships have the best libraries?  By the way, bigger ships are often worse.

Many English words in current usage are derived, of course, from Jewish culture —“shmuck,” “schmooze,” “kvetch,” to name but a few. You might be surprised, however, to find that other words and phrases in our lexicon–terms that you might have assumed were English in origin–are also derived from Yiddish or Hebrew. Here are a few examples of these modern “English” words, along with the obscure original Jewish terminology from which they come, their original definitions, and examples of how these ancient words might once have been used in sentences two, three, or even four hundred years ago  Linguischtiks  

Period. Full stop

Cockpit parlance: 
 In many Catholic countries, swearing never made a full transition from religious oaths to sexual/excremental obscenities. In Québec,  for example, many of the very worst swearwords are religious in nature, including tabarnak (the tabernacle), câlice (chalice), and ciboire (the ciborium, a container for the Host)
Is Pope a Catholic. Is our cousin a Bishop? In many Catholic countries, swearing never made a full transition from religious oaths to sexual/excremental obscenities. In Québec, for example, many of the very worst swearwords are religious in nature, including tabarnak (the tabernacle), câlice (chalice), and ciboire (the ciborium, a container for the Host)  History of swearing  

We love purported lifestyle trend stories. Today brings "How Norway is changing the way we drink coffee." (CNN) It has something to do with a lighter roast and secrets of brewing good coffee at home.

That axis of hunger, sex, and death lies at the core of three new novels — Rebecca Schiff’s The Bed Moved, Mona Awad’s 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, and Nora Zelevansky’s Will You Won’t You Want Me?. Each of these young writers is funny and wise beyond her years and knows a thing or two about the price women pay for constantly pleasing others
Slut lit


For U.S. Parents, a Troubling Happiness Gap. Plus, the problems of diversity:
“There’s an incredible anxiety around parenting here that I just don’t feel in other countries,” said Christine Gross-Loh, the author of “Parenting Without Borders,” a comprehensive look at modern parent culture across the developed world, who is raising her children between the United States and Japan. She points to Americans’ anxiety around children’s college and future prospects, and also to our emphasis on keeping children physically safe, and the harsh judgment of parents who are perceived to be doing a poor job of it.

The Shelleys, Byron, and friends in Switzerland one cold and rainy summer were like a writer’s colony from hell: love triangles, sharp tempers, and the birth of  Frankenstein 
In case you weren't invited, "This week is the Cannes Lions ad festival, which means everybody who is anybody in the ad world is spending the week drinking rosé and/or partying on a yacht in the south of France." (Recode) As one might figure, the bigshots, such as MEdiaDragon, Facebook and Twitter, choose giant beach-side cabanas for their sales sessions. 

What will happen after the EU referendum: a timeline FT Subscription Only - or try to Google it in news...

After Brexit: Roadmap for a leap in the dark Reuters