Monday, October 16, 2017

Iron in the Soul: the Lures of Leura

           "We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances."
-- Victor Frankl

Almanac: Somerset Maugham on the humorousness of truth

“He made one laugh sometimes by speaking the truth, but this is a form of humour which gains its force only by its unusualness; it would cease to amuse if it were commonly practised.” W. ... read more

A woman has been captured on film picking up a one-metre shark in a Cronulla rock pool and throwing it back into the ocean.
Cronulla - the Shire Grrrl

The Declaration of Independence states the the Creator gave man the right to liberty. It seems man can realize that liberty only if he does not forget the One who endowed him with it. — Václav Havel, born 5 Oct 1936

Another Cold Turkey Card

Drawing by Gerard BellaartPast hopes rise like a ghost. Immutable. Indifferent. Are there no triumphs? Will dreams perform miracles? Strindberg said, “I dream, therefore I exist.” Stalked by a crazy sage dressed in weeds, ... read more

It felt like a family reunion — with 600 relatives.
That many friends, former students, colleagues, and well-wishers gathered Oct. 2 in a joyful celebration of the life and career of Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree, advocate for Civil Rights, author of books on race and justice, and mentor to former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.
Last year, Ogletree ’78, the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, revealed he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

 The political character is simply a brilliant portrait of an over-ambitious, scheming, ruthless politician who discovers in the end that if you don't care about making enemies, eventually all you have left are enemies. There are a lot of them still around.

The Social Network Doling Out Millions in Ephemeral Money

Why the newest Nobel Prize economist confirms a media quandary