Sunday, November 30, 2014
"The Chateau Amantius is an erotic therapeutic retreat run by famed sex therapist Linda Knudson (Allison Cain), catering to every possible need an adventurous couple may have."
So here's the odd thing, which you might already have noticed. The play's name is Hotel Aphrodite, but the name of the hotel is actually Chateau Amantius.
So I just have to shout:
what was that about?
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Some say iambic is the normal beat,
Of English speakers - underneath it's lurking!
And making sure that each line has five feet,
Is not so hard - just keep your fingers working,
And count it out while speaking. It's a knack,
But with some practice, it begins to seem
Not so much of a verbal heart attack,
But more a calm and smoothly flowing stream.
Friday, November 28, 2014
"The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports 27-year-old Nathan Rolf Channing, of Fruitvale, was arrested Sunday."
He's a wild desperado
from Fruitvale, Colorado!
He wore no red bandana,
but brandished a banana.
"According to an arrest affidavit, Mesa County deputies Joshua Bunch and Donald Love said they feared for their lives even though they saw that the object was yellow.,Bunch wrote in the affidavit that he has seen handguns in many shapes and colors."
Oh, sure. Most of the big pistol manufacturers have imitation-banana models. Of course they do.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
And earlier this year, also in Ohio, cops killed a 22 year old black man who was walking around a WalMart with a toy gun.
I don't remember this sort of story from my youth - my youth when most of us boys were running around outside playing cops and robbers with toy guns. Of course, when toy guns were more common - extremely common - maybe the real cops were less likely to assume that toy guns are real.
Both cases involved someone making a 911 call. In both cases the responding officers were given incomplete or incorrect information. Did you ever play that "telephone game" where people whisper in each other's ears, passing a message along, and the message gets completely scrambled? I wonder if we would be better off letting the responding officers hear a recording of the actual 911 call.
Drop that replica gun
or your days are done!
He covers 5 main points:
1. It’s not a story until there are facts (and claims aren’t facts).
2. Forensics is a science.
3. People are individuals, not symbols.
4. Legal procedures and privileges exist for a reason.
5. You are not the story.
Perhaps because I work in a technical field, I was especially struck by his comments on point 2:
"These days everybody loves talking about how they love science. Actually loving science is quite another thing... [T]he real, hard, verifiable facts about a shooting begin with the forensics. They begin with the ballistics, the autopsy, and the physical evidence from the scene... If the media had waited for these actual, verifiable facts to come out, they might have dropped the whole story before it became a national sensation. Because science."
The reporting proceeded in defiance
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
"I have long been puzzled at the high correlation between behavioral economics and interventionism."
He goes on in some detail. I think there's a lot to what he says.
If people are predictably dumb,
do not expect a solution to come,
from other people we've put in charge;
their errors tend to be just as large.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
"...about 29 percent of the population meets the definition for excessive drinking, but 90 percent of them do not meet the definition of alcoholism."
It's the kind of study I take with a grain of salt or a shot of whiskey. "Excessive drinking" and "alcohol dependence" both strike me as concepts that are fuzzy around the edges.
This may require revision,
but 85.7 percent of statistics are stated with misleading precision.
I do like this official slogan, mostly because it rhymes:
“Stop drinking while you’re still thinking.”
Thursday, November 20, 2014
"If we are uncomfortable with the idea that art or any discipline can tell us the truth about external, objective reality, then we will retreat from any sort of content and focus solely on art's uniqueness. And if we are concerned with what is unique in art, then each artistic medium is different. For example, what distinguishes painting from literature? Literature tells stories—so painting should not pretend to be literature; instead it should focus on its own uniqueness. The truth about painting is that it is a two-dimensional surface with paint on it. So instead of telling stories, the reductionist movement in painting asserts, to find the truth of painting painters must deliberately eliminate whatever can be eliminated from painting and see what survives. Then we will know the essence of painting."
Instead of inspiration or merriment,
art becomes a failed experiment.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Putting that aside too, I'm not sure what to make of this:
"The White House is exasperated with the major broadcast networks – ABC, CBS and NBC -- for skipping out on President Barack Obama’s Thursday primetime address on his executive actions on immigration."
Are they trying to protect their ratings?
Do people now find him too grating?
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Video unearthed by the conservative Washington Free Beacon Monday showed Obama praising Jonathan Gruber and other liberal policy experts as some of the "brightest minds" in academia. "Many of them I have stolen ideas from liberally, people ranging from [economist] Robert Gordon to [economist] Austan Goolsbee [to] Jon Gruber," Obama said in the clip.
Be careful whose ideas you steal.
When they come clean, it all gets real.
I see that a U. of Chicago professor of international relations wrote in this morning's Tribune:
"The Gruber videos are devastating because they say flatly that the deception was premeditated and was used self-consciously to pass the law. The professor goes further and says the law would have been defeated if its central provisions had been known to voters."
Gruber, Gruber, grim and glum,
who was it that you said was dumb?
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Here's an NY Times story about it: Chelsea Clinton and Lupita Nyong’o Honored at the Glamour Women of the Year Gala. I do not intend to read this story.
My first thought was that it was part of the Hillary Clinton campaign for the presidency. But she wasn't Glamourous enough or something. Or including Hillary herself would have been too openly political, but including Chelsea was just political enough?
Here's a conservative guy over at National Review complaining about it: Now Chelsea Clinton is in the public spotlight and we’re being instructed to think of her as extraordinary, without any good answers about what she’s done, or what she would have done, without her father’s name or her mother’s influence.
Well, she's got a lot of power and money behind her. What's not clear to me is whether she's really got any personal drive in the political realm, or whether she's just being pushed along at this point.
This article in Glamour
looks like artificial clamor
based on media loyalty
to something less than royalty.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
I had a very enjoyable time, because I liked the Dublin characters, and the lively dialogue, and the strong dramatic situations. But the plot's a bit meandering and ends with a sort of mystical ambiguity, and the characters are sympathetic but not particularly admirable, so be forewarned!
A friend, who recommended the play to me, said that the playwright's voice reminded him of my own. So I feel flattered.
The story's about a middle-aged guy who rescues a young lady from a beating from her ex-boyfriend.
My favorite performance was that sociopathic ex-boyfriend. Great sense of menace when we finally meet him. Which makes his receiving of his just deserts all the more satisfying.
Who will contrive
to make it it through
the night alive?
The plays vary from funny to serious. The one I liked best, set on Christmas Eve, had a fair amount of both funny and serious, but I know I missed the punch line somehow.
It's hard to go home on Christmas Eve
when you're caught as a thief
and they won't let you leave.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Anyway, his play gets accepted at the prestigious Humana Festival, and predictable racial tension and heartache occurs. But it's quite clever and mostly moves along very quickly.
I really liked the black actress, who played the black actress, who played the playwright, for the playwright.
Yep, this play
is meta that way.
My mom wasn't Jewish, but she grew up with a lot of Jewish friends.
Today I saw that "pisk" can mean "mouth" in Yiddish, particularly in the sense of animal mouth or maw. In a slangy way, it is used for human mouths.
It must be said, my recollection of the pronunciation word is untrustworthy. And I suppose Yiddish sounds don't correspond exactly with English sounds anyway.
My attempts to figure this out are not helped by the fact that Yiddish is usually written using the Hebrew alphabet, which I do not know.
Mother, my mother dear,
I'd ask if you were still here.
Monday, November 10, 2014
It's based on a real incident, back in the day when people around the world were boycotting South Africa. The situation is that a couple of black South African actors are scheduled to perform Waiting For Godot, and an American political group is sending protesters to stop the performance. The paradox, of course, is that the 2 actors are further oppressed by the boycott itself.
So, first it's 2 black South Africans being pushed around with progressive doublespeak by a white lawyer from the boycott group. Then, as the plot unfolds, a woman from the South African revolutionary organization shows up to push them around some more, this time with revolutionary doublespeak and a more serious level of threat.
The play's sympathies seem on the side of the actors, the individuals who are the real losers here, pawns in the hands of the progressives and revolutionaries who only care about the big collective chessboard.
The trouble with being a pawn,
is that you are so frequently gone.
Sunday, November 09, 2014
"To the outside world, the fall of the Berlin Wall was the culmination of courageous acts of ordinary people. But within the East German regime, the wall’s final hours were closer to a comedy of errors."
The East German government built a great wall.
Amid great confusion, it had a great fall.
All the red soldiers and grey Stasi men
Could not put that grim wall together again.
Also, pet peeve, apparently the title should be Intergalactic. But in these movies, when someone mentions going to another galaxy, I never get the sense they have any appreciation for just how far away that is.
Let's go to a galaxy far, far away,
(exactly how far, let's not bother to say)
but since we've got a space-time hole
it won't take long to reach our goal,
just watch out for relativistic clocks
that lose it with their ticks and tocks.
Friday, November 07, 2014
“Scarlett Johansson has never had her own superhero movie. Would you call yourself a feminist?”
“You bastard. Yeah, that’s all make believe, son.”
This is being relayed as "He said feminism is make believe."
This was from a session in which a reporter also asked him about the size of his manhood.
Remember: words only exist
so you can creatively twist
them into a form that offends
you and your friends.
"Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, one of President Barack Obama’s closest friends, has refused to answer federal prosecutors’ questions about whether he had a “sexual relationship” with a former aide who pleaded guilty to stealing $400,000 in taxpayers’ money in a scheme that began when Whitaker was her boss at the Illinois Department of Public Health, court records show."
Perhaps he found the question too complex.
People mean so many things by "sex".
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
The state could use some turning around. Our finances, our public pension plans in particular, are in perilous shape. And compared to neighboring states, our economy is not doing well.
I'm not sure what a Republican governor can do with a strongly Democratic state house & senate. Yeah, it's the reverse of the national situation.
It would certainly be great
to improve the state of the state.
But it won't be much of a shock
if it turns to solid grid lock.
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Monday, November 03, 2014
"The TV experts reiterated that U.S. hospitals were prepared to care for patients with Ebola. How could they be? Rubinson thought. All 6,000 or so hospitals? ...He didn’t think that people were reassured by oversimplified messages."
I fear that "TV expert"
is a contradiction in terms.
always gives me the squirms.
Sunday, November 02, 2014
It's a risky family tradition:
"Thirty-six years ago, Wallenda’s 73-year-old great-grandfather Karl Wallenda fell to his death attempting a wire walk between two hotel towers on a windy day in Puerto Rico."
I didn't watch it.
But I'm glad he didn't botch it.
Saturday, November 01, 2014
'Libertarian Sharon Hansen, 63, a Pontiac innkeeper, also is on the ballot. She called herself "really pro-life" but said in some situations, an abortion early in a pregnancy might be appropriate. She called herself a "very strong supporter" of the Second Amendment but favors closing the "gun show loophole." She would not forbid the purchase of assault weapons "unless the person has a really bad background." Hansen, a Christian, said she believes in the biblical definition of marriage as a union between a man and woman, but added: "I don't have a problem with people of the same sex getting married if they want to." She does not favor a federal law allowing same-sex marriage and would leave the issues to the states. "The federal government has its nose in too many things as it is," she said.'
Well, you can't call her an ideologue!
According to all the polling, the race is in the bag for the Democratic incumbent. Both the major party candidates are quoted as doing some serious waffling on the gay marriage issue in particular.
The libertarian is all over the battleground.
But lots of folks are like that, I have found.
So her apparently inconsistencies may not deter
this concerned citizen from voting for her.