Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The sound of one hand not even clapping

The sound of a glass plate shattering on the kitchen floor can be terrifying...

but it is nowhere near as bad as the silence of a little boy who has no other way to express strong emotions.

Hey why were all these CEOs willing to back Trump and be in his White House?

"In the months after the election, the stock price of CVR, Icahn’s refiner, nearly doubled—a surge that is difficult to explain without acknowledging the appointment of the company’s lead shareholder to a White House position. The rally meant a personal benefit for Icahn, at least on paper, of half a billion dollars."

-- from The New Yorker, in an article about how billionaire Carl Icahn failed -- their word, not mine -- in his 'raid on Washington.

Although perhaps a better question than the headline would be "Why are publishers and reporters so committed to not actually reporting what is going on?"

Monday, August 21, 2017

Taking down Confederate statues is a move to make white liberals feel better about their own very real racism.

Today the first headline I saw was that some university is now taking down it's Confederate statutes, which makes me wonder just why we have so many freaking statues celebrating people whose sole motivation in life was to rend a country in two simply to preserve their right to own (and treat cruelly) other people.

But the big point here is this: taking down Confederate statues is liberal pandering to other liberals, whites, mostly, to avoid confronting their own inherent racism.

Take Madison mayor Paul Soglin, whose 60s radicalism is mostly expressed these days in trying to make sure the homeless are driven from Madison's business district rather than treated humanely and helped.

Soglin last week received plaudits for ordering the removal of Confederate somethings from somewhere.

Soglin was invisible for most of the Tony Robinson shooting: you could not find him taking a stance, on anything related to the cold-blooded murder of a young, unarmed black man by Madison cops. When those same Madison cops settled by paying $3,350,000 to Robinson's mom, Soglin defended them, and criticized the settlement.

Racism doesn't always dress in white robes, and racism isn't cured by easy fixes like pulling down statues.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Study hard and go to school every day

Study hard

and go to school every day

And someday you 

Will get to watch as some OTHER guy gets to have a job involving knocking down a house while you head into your office.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I like to think

kudos for the use of 'amongst' as that makes it extra scientifical

I like to think this ketchup packet has crawled out of the Primordial Ketchup Packet Sea and made its way onto land, the first such ketchup packet to do so, because that means that 100,000 years from now the ketchup packets will argue amongst themselves about whether anyone can prove that they ever did that.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

OK these are pretty incredible.

Phillip Leon, son of inestimable writer Andrew Leon, has written a bunch of incredible songs. They're what I would call techno-inspired instrumentals, reminding me of if Vangelis teamed up with Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  My favorite so far is Eternal Voyage, but check them all out. They're incredible.  If talent were gravity the world would be tipping towards the Leon family.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Quotent Quotables

"Sometimes you weren't yet the person you needed to be to do the the work you needed to do."

--City On Fire, Garth Risk Hallberg

Friday, July 07, 2017

Children Standing In Front Of Exhortations

American Twilight

America is not going to be destroyed!” he shouted passionately.
“Never?” prodded the old man softly.
“Well…” Nately faltered.
The old man laughed indulgently, holding in check a deeper, more explosive delight. His goading remained gentle. “Rome was destroyed, Greece was destroyed, Persia was destroyed, Spain was destroyed. All great countries are destroyed. Why not yours? How much longer do you really think your own country will last? Forever? Keep in mind that the earth itself is destined to be destroyed by the sun in twenty-five million years or so."
Nately squirmed uncomfortably. “Well, forever is a long time, I guess.”
“A million years?” persisted the old man with keen, sadistic zest. “A half million? The frog is almost five hundred million years old. Could you really say with much certainty that America, with all its strength and prosperity, with it’s fighting man that is second to none, and with its standard of living that is the highest in the world, will last as long as the… frog?”

Quotent Quotables:

“A house on the park. He'd seen it a million times. And now was in it. It smelled of man sweat and spaghetti sauce and old books. Like a library where sweaty men went to cook spaghetti.”

-- Tenth of December, George Saunders.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017