Tuesday, August 08, 2023

Bratislava History has many cunning passages, contrived corridors

Breaking Graz —-  Austrian Leader Proposes Enshrining the Use of Cash In His Country’s Constitution Associated Press

More on the Collapse of Operational Capabilities in the West: How Did We Get Here

Some thoughts on the rapid decline in operational capabilities, or why tons of people, particularly those in charge, are no good at their jobs


Marrol history  has many cunning passages, contrived corridors 

And issues, deceives with whispering ambitions …

 Levinson assumed that the historical texture of a poem can only be validated by the weight of its historical content. To think so, however, is to downplay the value of interpretation itself, which as Jim emphasized “is by nature the act of supplying something that appears left out of a text.” What Levinson left out is the very possibility of a poet leaving something out, of making the obvious unobvious. “Tintern Abbey” is not an example of Wordsworth’s “repression of his awareness of human suffering,” Jim argued; “it is the result of a displacement of that awareness into the kind of terms that the poem can articulate most forcefully.” He was stating a bedrock principle of his criticism: poems exist in the frame of history only because they originate in the frame of art.


Global Boiling The Polycrisis

Local governments are using A.I. to send kids to magnet school or set bail for convicts—and they’re not even trying to regulate it Fortune

The Nationalist Right Tries a New Formula to Sell the European Neoliberal Project

In Italy and elsewhere, the right combines anti-immigrant and chauvinist measures with neoliberal policy. 

Putin will be gone within a year and the West MUST be ready for his terrifying replacement, warns ex-MI6 spy The Sun. Christopher Steele 

 Saudi Arabia to host Ukraine peace talks, top official says Al Jazeera. “Russia has not been invited, according to the Associated Press news agency. Citing an unnamed official, the AP said a high-level official from US President Joe Biden’s administration is also expected to attend the event.” So whatever the object of the exercise might be, it’s not peace talks. Unsurprisingly, since it’s Ukraine’s plan.

Putin says African proposal could be basis for peace in Ukraine Al Jazeera. Not published. Not the same as China’s proposals.

No cease-fire while Ukraine is on the offensive, Putin declares Politico

Man-in-the-street view of the Russia-Africa Summit Gilbert Doctorow