~ William Shakespeare
Shame informs much of the work of our modern tough times as to be fired and nit to have work is part of the failure machine ... Manufacturing is gone and nothing is replacing the gap ... Is the bloodiest revolution coming soon? Is ISIS part of it?
Father Hien Minh Nguyen, 56, admitted that over a period of four years, he stole money his parishioners donated to the Diocese and willfully evaded paying income taxes on the money he misappropriated each year from 2008 through 2011. He admitted that he deposited this money into his personal bank account, did not disclose this income to his return preparer, did not keep records of the donations he stole, and filed false income tax returns which did not report this money. Absolutions
“You know, it turns out I was actually a better negotiator [with Iran] than John Kerry,” says…Oliver North?
The English novelist Kingsley Amis once observed that much that was wrong with the 20th century could be summed up in the word “workshop.” On Australian twitters today, I suspect that the operative word is “hungover parliament.”
Novelist G.K. Chesterton wrote, “Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.” He could easily have been talking about our obsession with science in the current year. What good are the studied opinions of dead white men who lived before microscopes? What could ancient texts possibly teach us about the human condition in our enlightened age? As it turns out, they can teach us quite a bit... The New York Times Can’t Best Prometheus Over Fire’s Downsides
Karol Markowicz: Who Says Being Single Beats Married Life?
The Art of the Eulogy: On ‘Dead People’
|Vaclav Havel in Action circal1970s ( Source Library of VH)|
The Scottish Pompeii
Germany Gets It’s First “Men’s Officer. Sounds like he’s more focused on what’s wrong with men than with how men are treated in society, though
“Poetry is made up of words and words are sounds. Poetry is sound before it is anything else. This is easy to forget. Indeed, this little fact is more usually forgotten than remembered by poets themselves, and it is why much of our contemporary poetry is so unmemorable.”
~ Bathroom quote
An extraordinary tale of fraud and justice: Second Circuit puts definitive kibosh on tainted $9 billion Chevron/Ecuador judgment [decision, Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal, our coverage over many years] “Attorney Who Took Chevron to Court for $18 Billion Suspended by Amazon Defense Front” [Roger Parloff, Fortune]
Hype about nothing: Some Millennials Are Not Having Sex. But a Vast Majority Are
Pallets of cash have a predictable effect on hostage-takers
Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin
Much of what we do isn’t the result of a calculation of consequences, but an expression of our sense of identity. Such is often the case with terrorism
Justin Timberlake gives inspirational speech stressing diversity, honoring Muhammad Ali
Getting Google and Publishers to Share Love?
Johnny Rex Buckles (Houston), The Sexual Integrity of Religious Schools and Tax Exemption:
Many private universities and other schools adhere to religiously grounded codes of conduct that embrace heterosexual monogamy as the sole moral context for sexual relationships.
HOW DOES A JAZZ MUSICIAN MAKE IT IN NEW YORK?: Hey, how does a jazz musician make it anywhere? The Village Voice article is a good read. Sample: “Jazz musicians invented the term gig. So you’d think they would have home-field advantage in the gig economy. It doesn’t quite work that way.” One musician quoted in the article said in Austin (Texas) “…life was easier, the cost of living cheaper, and the pay better for musicians.” I believe him
What smart reporters still don’t know about the presidential campaign
This One Simple Trick Can Make Theatres Commercially Viable
“Much good has been shown me and much evil, and the good has never been perfect. There is always some flaw in it, some defect, some imperfection in the divine image, some fault in the angelic song, some stammer in the divine speech.”
~E.M. Forster and Eric Crozier, libretto for Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd (adapted from Herman Melville’s novella)
“As Max, I don’t have to worry—at least not as much—that his leadership skills will be labeled ‘bossiness,’ or his humor will be dismissed as ‘silly,’ or his edgy tweet or blog post (#meta) will be met with responses that he should be bludgeoned and left in a ditch. At every corner, life as Max is easier and less intimidating than the equivalent interactions I have as myself.”
What Did This Woman Learn From A Year Of Submitting Her Plays Under A Man’s Name? via Howlround
The Innovation Imperative (But Will It Get Us An Audience?)
Pay Attention! If Selling Tickets Is Your Business Model, You've Got A Problem
Top 8 Tech CEO’s Blogs You Will Regret Not to Follow
Via Fast co.exist: “The climate deal made in Paris last November didn’t include cargo ships—despite the fact that shipping emits roughly as much climate pollution as the entire country of Germany (and more pollution than the 160 least-polluting countries to sign the agreement, combined). A visualization from researchers at University College London and the digital journalism studio Kiln shows the scale of the challenge. At any given time, as many as 100,000 ships may be at sea, delivering iPhones from China to the U.S. or fish from Scotland to China. Roughly 90% of everything we buy arrives on a ship…”
“In its sixth year, the report continues to be frustrated with the content of these programs. Among its key findings: ‘The list of readings continues to be dominated by recent, trendy, and intellectually unchallenging books.'”