~ Second Thoughts Githa Hariharan
The Psychiatric Question: Is It Fair to Analyze Donald Trump From Afar?
In the midst of a deeply divisive presidential campaign, more than 1,000 psychiatrists declared the Republican candidate unfit for the office, citing severe personality defects, including paranoia, a grandiose manner and a Godlike self-image. One doctor called him “a dangerous lunatic.”
The line between impartiality and responsiveness remains unclear.
ABC on parliamentary orientation 1 out of 5 is new MP: On Tuesday, 16 August 2016 AD 39 new federal MPs will descend on the nation's capital for a two-day orientation on their roles in the House of Representatives. Some know the game, others played a similar type and at least one excelled at a different game with a ball. Fresh-faced MPs head to Canberra
Is the Westminster system on its way out? If you read letters to the editor or listen to opposition politicians, you'll be in no doubt. All agree that the Westminster system is dead or dying. In fact, the Westminster system and principles have been in this terminal state as long as I can remember. Goodbye, Westminster: is our political system dying or just evolving?
Sheep and Community of Common Sense
New, much-anticipated documentary Can We Take a Joke? When Outrage and Comedy Collide [on demand, Greg Lukianoff] More on the fining of comedian Mike Ward by the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal [Guardian, earlier]
Among the most unusual literary adaptations of recent years has now come out: the movie version (if one can call it that) of The Anarchist Cookbook (see the official movie site). We admit we're amused by the mere idea of a cinematic adaptation of this very odd (and by now quite old) work -- though, like most film-adaptations we can't imagine it to be a great success (at least in terms of being faithful to the book itself -- which would, in this case, admittedly be quite a tall order anyway). For some early reviews, see those collected at Rotten Tomatoes.
For more information about The Anarchist Cookbook itself, see the Anarchist Cookbook FAQ, or get your own copy from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
Policy in the data age: Data enablement for the common good By Karim Tadjeddine and Martin Lundqvist
“The tremendous impact that digital services have had on governments and society has been the subject of extensive research that has documented the rapid, extensive adoption of public-sector digital services around the globe. We believe that the coming data revolution will be even more deeply transformational and that data enablement will produce a radical shift in the public sector’s quality of service, empowering governments to deliver better constituent service, better policy outcomes, and more-productive operations.”
Improving Community Connections – August 2016
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Love Must Hurt and The Bottom Must Smell ;-)
NAB. Through our research on wellbeing Australians have told us that they believe it is important for them to feel “connected” with their local community. But how connected do they really feel and what would they change within their communities to improve their sense of personal wellbeing if they could? In this special report, NAB addresses these two important questions. Improving Community Connections – August 2016
Cyber-fan bullying makes us scared about who the audience really might be… It’s not enough to “reflect” diversity of a community to be diverse… If you want to build an audience try investing in your community… Pay-as-you-wish ticket schemes seem straightforward but they’re not… Are the arts failing at delivering the audience experience? President Obama’s Emotional Spotify Playlist Is a Hit
Female thinkers have rarely been cinematic subjects. But recent films about Hannah Arendt have raised the question: How should a woman in philosophy be portrayed? Portrayed!
To get the sense, at least from reading the New York Times and listening to reports about the growing numbers of “alternative-to-incarceration” courts around the country, that we’re settling into a kinder, gentler period of criminal justice. Criminally Yours: There’s No Such Thing As Wiping The Slate Clean Above the Law
Werner Herzog on the Books Every Filmmaker Should Read
The American White House has released The President's Summer Reading List -- five books President Obama is apparently reading this summer.
The only one of the five titles under review at the complete review is Neal Stephenson's Seveneves -- noteworthy because it was also recommended by former Microsoft man Bill Gates earlier this year.
A solid little list -- but only five books for summer reading ? Come on !
“The rise of the self-published author as a commercial force, the growth of the ebook market and the willingness of traditional publishers to loosen contractual reins have given rise to the phenomenon of the “hybrid author,” who can either publish traditionally or self-publish. These writers’ relationships to their publishers can resemble open marriages.” Hybrid writers get the best of both worlds
Without a doubt: Hollywood still officially bankrupt of new Cold River Ideas Rebel Wilson to Star in Gender-Flipped ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ Remake
“Pleasant breezes, glorious vistas: The heart expands and the intellect is activated.”
Jasper Milvain, hero without scruple of George Gissing’s New Grub Street, is a hack’s hack. "It is my business", he smugs to his sister, "to know something about every subject – or to know where to get the knowledge." This passing acquaintance with any and all subjects is then profitably flogged round Fleet Street. He writes a book review – three quarters of a column for the Evening Budget – after breakfast and a Saturday "causerie" for the Will-o’the-Wisp before lunch. Then a sketch – to be finished tomorrow – for The West End. Between tea and dinner, he reads four newspapers and two magazines, and he finishes an essay for The Current before bed.By such industry does a man make a living by his pen The journalist in fiction and film
I say blame the voters but still there is a grain of truth to this. Still, the ethic of individual responsibility should be paramount here, and that leads us back to the voters
A Short Endorsement of Anton Chekhov for Your Next Beach Read
Dragon slaying no longer has to be interrupted by blogging ... A dragon at their feet, an iron castle in their sight What elemental dragon are you?
Well you can be milk-white and just as rich as cream
And buy a solid gold carriage with a four-horse team
But you cain’t keep the world from movering round
Or stop old Nat Turner from gaining ground
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The fiscal year 2017 budget lawmakers sent to the governor’s desk in July included $14 million for arts, humanities and sciences programsK through the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. But Baker vetoed $7.7 million, bringing the total figure down to $6.5 million, a 55 percent cut the agency called “devastating.”
“People know what it means in here and you should make word choices to grab your audience ... Learning to be free while sitting in a maximum-security prison.
Humanities behind bars
IN HIGH SCHOOL I WAS HIRED BY A LOCAL FARMER at a "personnel auction" as a fundraiser for my senior class. He was a customer of the bank and he hired me for a few days to clean out some barns on one of his places. "How bad can that be?" I thought. I do a lot of physical activity, I've hauled a lot of hay, and-yes-I've shoveled some s-t from time to time. Armed with a heavy pitchfork and shovel, I showed up to my charge. What he failed to tell me is these four barns were purchased from a long-since-retired hog farmer. Those of you familiar with the various strains of manure know that a hog produces a certain kind of ammonia that even a bottle of "Mr. Clean" could not reproduce. What I didn't know is that it is virtually undetectable through the first few years' worth of material. I thought this was going to be a snap and I would be done early. However, when I got down to approximately 1965, the level of ammonia present was as pungent as the day it was deposited. After I was able to gather my wits and get a handle on my gag reflex, I finally got the required task completed. I don't recall having any issues with my sinuses for the next several years, and to this day, chopping up a bushel of onions just doesn't seem that bad. Lesson learned: You most certainly cannot judge a book by its cover-and sometimes after a perfectly good loan goes bad, you never get a full appreciation until you peel offenough layers to get to the real odor!
-CRAIG MEADER is chairman and CEO of First National Bank nf Kansas, Waverly, Kan.
Propaganda art is crude, primitive, and inferior to real art. Except, of course, when it isn’t. Consider the career of Jacques-Louis David Propagandist
Knoxville Couple Find Guns, Condoms In Recovered Vehicle
“If you go to most other independents, they will have a section of African-American books. But a whole bookstore filled with books on African-Americans? That’s something that people should see.” Diversity In Book Publishing Isn't Just About Writers — Marketing Matters, Too
Away From Spotlight, U.S. Manufacturers Battle Back From 'China Shock'
Everyone Buying Lots Of Gold, You Know, Just In Case… Dealbreaker
Pauline Hanson hits back after Party for Freedom's anti-Islam church stunt
It's just a toilet': Multicultural chief questions Hanson's squat toilet outrage