Thursday, September 10, 2020

Coffin Confessor

There is no religion without mysteries. God Himself is the great secret of Nature.

— François-René de Chateaubriand, born  in 1768 -  Hamilton Musical times 


Dentists Are Seeing an Epidemic of Cracked Teeth. What’s Going On? New York Times. Wear an appliance! If you can tolerate them (they are bulky), sport biteguards are cheap and sturdy.

David Graeber, Author Of ‘Bullshit Jobs’ And Co-Organizer Of Occupy Wall Street, Dead At 59

“His 2011 book Debt: The First 5,000 Yearswas an anti-capitalist analysis that struck a chord with many readers in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Graeber’s rigorous, readable radicalism was showcased again in the 2018 book Bullshit Jobs: A Theory.” A longtime activist, he was with the Occupy movement from its very earliest stages; calling themselves, and most of the rest of us, “the 99%” was his idea. – AP

How To Explain How New Yorkers Talk?

To an outsider, someone from, say, Toronto or Seattle or London, a conversation among New Yorkers may resemble a verbal wrestling match. Everyone seems to talk at once, butting in with questions and comments, being loud, rude and aggressive. Actually, according to the American linguist E J White, they’re just being nice. – Literary Review

No 10 and the secretly funded lobby groups intent on undermining democracy (The Guardian Sep 1, 2020)

Thinktanks such as Policy Exchange are working to shift power away from state institutions – into the prime minister’s office.

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An obedient nation of larrikins: why Victorians are not revolting

PARADOXICAL US: The Australian people despise politicians, but the politicians can extract an amazing degree of obedience from the people, while the people themselves believe they are anti-authority.


US Tax Dollars Funded Every New Drug in the Last Decade

Amid debates over costs—and profits—from a coronavirus vaccine, a new study shows that taxpayers footed the bill for every new drug approved from 2010 to 2019

IBM and the Ponemon Institute’s long-awaited 2020 Cost of a Data Breach Report has finally arrived — and with it comes critical insight into the current landscape of cyber security. For the fifteenth consecutive year, IBM and the Ponemon Institute have partnered to analyze the latest breaches at over 500 organizations to uncover trends in cyberattacks and provide insight on data security practices…”

Bill Edgar has, in his own words, "no respect for the living". Instead, his loyalty is to the newly departed clients who hire Mr Edgar — known as "the coffin confessor" — to carry out their wishes from beyond the grave. 

Mr Edgar runs a business in which, for $10,000, he is engaged by people "knocking on death's door" to go to their funerals or gravesides and reveal the secrets they want their loved ones to know. 

"They've got to have a voice and I lend my voice for them," Mr Edgar said.

Coffin confessor' Bill Edgar paid to gatecrash Queensland funerals and speak up for the dead