Sunday, March 05, 2017

I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

A very old saw: "How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm/ After they've seen Paree?"

That song once referred to U.S. soldiers sent overseas during World War I, but the sentiment works for anyone who has ever left a family farm and seen a bit of the world — like so many escapees  ...

PUNK ROCKERS FOR THE EIGHTH AIR FORCE: Punk rock versus Red fascists: 
Czech (sic) out the lyrics in this wry tune which include this line:
“Red tanks in the alleys of Prague…”
Hey, it happened. That’s a fact. 1968. Dubcek. The man had courage. Real courage

As technology advances we see a reshaping of industries and our lives, it is creating a new set of rules that will change our very existence. Professor Vivek Wadhwa from Carnegie Mellon University has considered 6 of them:
1.     Anything that can be digitized will be.
2.     Your job has a significant chance of being eliminated.
3.     Life will be so affordable that survival won’t necessitate having a job.
4.     Your fate and destiny will be in your own hands as never before.
5.     Abundance will become a far bigger problem than poverty.
6.     Distinction between man and machine will become increasingly unclear.

Historians are gossips who tease the dead. 
~Voltaire, Scribbling Books

 Where lies the harmless middle of political views ... “The old IWW slogan ‘An injury to one is an injury to all" is another way of saying what Saint Paul said almost two thousand years ago. ‘We are all members of one another, and when the health of one member suffers, the health of the whole body is lowered.."

A Saint for Difficult People

From bohemian to radical to Catholic activist, Dorothy Day devoted her life to the poor, however unlovable Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty

Meades’ argument is delivered via notes and digressions dotted through the text, and I confess the distinction between ‘improving’ (permitted) and ‘creating’ (not) was a bit unclear to me until I came to the recipe for Fig and Ham Tart, which contains these instructions: ‘Leave to cool. Taste. Chuck in bin.’ Meades includes the inedible tart as a warning. It is a dish he tried to invent, ignoring his own prescription ‘Never create when you can steal’. Otherwise you can end up with Aubrey’s restaurant menu from Mike Leigh’s Life is Sweet: ‘Black pudding and camembert soup, Saveloy on a Bed of Lychees, Liver in Lager, Pork Cyst, King Prawn (just one) in Jam Sauce’ etc.

Study: Twenty Percent Of Readers Still Hear An Author’s Voice After They’ve Finished A Book

The voices of some of literature’s more memorable characters have a way of staying with you, long after their stories are over. Many readers — every reader? — could’ve told you that. For some people, though, this idea is a little more literal. According to a new (and truly delightful) psychology study — published in the March edition of the journal Cognition and Consciousness —about a fifth of readers “hear” the voices of fictional characters in their heads, long after they’ve closed the books.

A Writer’s Turmoil in The Rules Do Not Apply

The journalist Ariel Levy has the rare gift of seeing herself with fierce, unforgiving clarity, and deploys prose to match in her memoir

FEMALE HYPERGAMY’S CONSEQUENCES: Poor Marriage Prospects For Low-Status Men
Frosio, Giancarlo F., Right to Be Forgotten: Much Ado About Nothing (January 31, 2017). 15(2) Colorado Technology Law Journal (2017 Forthcoming). Available at SSRN:

Why do people swear?

Annette Nellen, Global tax blogs includes 21st Century Taxation Blog. “Feedspot has gathered the global list of top 100 tax blogs based on various criteria.”

Fears new homes being left empty as housing prices soar

There are claims hundreds and thousands of houses and apartments are being left unoccupied across the country, exacerbating the housing crisis as prices continue to climb 

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Siberia's Yakutian 'Hellmouth' crater has exposed 200000 years of history


Negotiation Skills

Memo Restoring Use of Private Prisons Is Good News for One Company | The Nation (resilc)

How ‘New Cold Warriors’ Cornered Trump Gareth Porter, Consortiumnews