Sunday, August 14, 2016

All the World's a Stage: Confessions of a Justified Kibosh Sinner

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.
~ 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?

DOJ Tax has this press release, here, on a Catholic Priest who has pled to tax evasion on income he stole from parishoners.  The indictment is here.  This is cut and paste from the press release:
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

“Before writers are writers they are readers, living in books, through books, in the lives of others that are also the heads of others, in that act that is so intimate and yet so alone,”Rebecca Solnit observed in her beautiful meditation on why we read and write“At the hour when our imagination and our ability to associate are at their height,”Hermann Hesse asserted in contemplating the three styles of reading,“we really no longer read what is printed on the paper but swim in a stream of impulses and inspirations that reach us from what we are reading.” Both reader and writer hold this transcendent communion on the page as the highest hope for their respective reward, but it is a reward each can attain only with the utmost skill and dedication.
 “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.”

If you're in the midst of binge-watching "Stranger Things" on Netflix, you might want to skip to the next item. But if you're interested in learning how well the show sticks to the facts about alternative universes, read this interesting review from Mic
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)

Can you imagine being so terrified of the authorities that you fled to the other side of the world, tucking yourself away in a cave? The cramped space is fine for an adventure with friends, but spending any length of time in there would cause severe claustrophobia — not to mention the risk of being attacked by spiders, snakes, and leeches. For me, it all became too real when I got home and peeled off my shoes. A big, fat leech plopped onto the carpet, having drank its fill. Travel

Stunning Chronophotographs Capture the Patterns of Birds in Flight

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
-Grace Hansen

"Paint The Town" could be the motto of the campaign that's brightened so many city walls in Philadelphia, while lifting so many people's spirits. (Healing Through Art: Concrete, Steel & Paint Williamsport)  Anthony Mason takes us on a walking tour:

 (Hat tip, Nancy Davis.) via Books Inq.- Quite a Story ...

Philadelphia ( the painted town ...) has an iconic art museum. But some of this city's most impressive art is out on the street ... an outdoor art gallery that pays homage to the ordinary and the epic.

One of the latest to be unveiled features Pope Francis, who signed a panel on his visit to the city last year.

Jane Golden, a Stanford-educated dynamo, founded the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, the most prolific of its kind in the world. It has created close to 4,000 murals since 1984. Murals Autobiography of a city ...

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

As a community artist, I operate with the philosophy that creativity is a pledge to embrace and value one’s own existence and self-reflection is a process for changing awareness and behavior. The marriage between creativity ... read more

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

“The best moments are when theatre defies all expectations. Such as a thrilling Brecht revival when you didn’t think you liked Brecht all that much, or a Chekhov production that makes you rethink a play you secretly thought was a wee bit dull. It’s particularly the case with material that has been flogged to death.” The Guardian (UK)

“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)

This One Simple Trick Can Make Theatres Commercially Viable

“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 


One of the things that makes me happy and ensured that I am using the Internet productively instead of being addicted to the daily information shoots that our brains become used to is the list of blog and web pages I open up in search of inspiration and wisdom. These are blogs written by those who have lived their dreams to the fullest and decided to bless us with the wisdom they acquired on the way. Although it is contra-intuitive to expect that these visionaries now CEOs will present you with exemplary blogging lessons, excellently crafted blogs or sharing sensitive company information, some of them have made an extraordinary attempt to give us their recipe of success and world views.
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…”

Massachusetts Legislature Reverses Governor’s 55 Percent Cut In Arts Budget

“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.'”