Sunday, August 31, 2008
The subsequent scramble by the Republicans to find someone who will be on the McCain ticket resulted in the hilarious choice of a political light weight from the great State of Alaska: if the Republicans think women will vote Republican just because there is a woman on the ticket...please! Republicans from the State of Washington are not attending the convention and are trying to disguise their republicanness and distance themselves from McCain/Bush by calling themselves GOP, thinking no one will remember that GOP is Republican! There is a very nasty and close race here in the State of Washington for governor, and Republican Dino(as in dinosaur?) Rossi is going all out in his attempt to unseat Christine Gregoire.
Be sure to check out David Horsey's political cartoons from the convention, as well as his cartoons of the Bush Empire.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
August 13, 2008
The human desire to create art is ancient. Prehistoric cave paintings show the importance of visual imagery to our early ancestors. But a French professor believes such paintings may reveal an ancient love of music as well. And he recently put his theory to the test. .......And he devised a theory: That our ancestors used these sections of the caves as paleolithic cathedrals - decorated with paint and accompanied, he believes, by singing.
But Reznikoff's theory is just that - a theory based on his personal observations. And he has skeptics.
David Lubman is an acoustical consultant from Southern California. Though skeptical, he's intrigued by Reznikoff's theory. So when Lubman came to Paris last month for a scientific meeting on acoustics, he contacted Reznikoff and asked for a demonstration. Reznikoff eagerly agreed and arranged to tour a cave in Burgundy, now owned by the Count of Varonde........It seemed that the areas with cave paintings were ideally suited to singing. But does that mean these spaces were actually used for singing? David Lubman proposed an alternate theory. The ancient artists, he said, may have looked for smooth surfaces for their paintings… and these surfaces may, coincidentally, make for more resonant spaces.......
And the very same week the above was aired, there was also an interview on KUOW with the author of Your Brain on Music, Daniel Levitin. His new book is out:
"Music can make you laugh, cry, and even love. But can the entire world be summed up in just six songs? Daniel Levitin claims it can. The music scientist, producer and musician joins us to talk about his new book, "The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature." What are those six songs? And what do our favorite songs say about who we are and how we think?" To listen to this interview, go to: http://www.kuow.org/program.php?id=15684
Fort Ticonderoga In Trouble
by Brian Mann
NPR: All Things Considered, August 29, 2008 · Fort Ticonderoga, in upstate New York, saw bloody action in the French and Indian Wars and the Revolutionary Wars But now the privately owned museum and battleground is fighting for its own existence. The fort could be forced to shut down or sell off key artifacts.
As crazy as it sounds, the oligarchs could save Russia
By Chrystia Freeland
One of the great debates about
The war with democratic
But this sad conclusion has left us with another, trickier dilemma: what can we do instead? The initial answers have been sobering. Having finally agreed that the new
For one thing, there is
Moreover, like long-suffering vegetarians who have rediscovered the pleasures of eating meat, Russian leaders have bitten into their new role as the world's tough guys with relish. They have had all the best lines of the conflict, with even the small and scholarly-looking Mr Medvedev growling that "if anyone thinks they can kill our citizens . . . we will come out with a crushing response".
But, for all the parallels between the current conflict and the stand-offs of the cold war, it is worth remembering that today's Russia has not yet regressed to the days of the USSR. Russians are less free than they were one decade ago, but vastly more free than they were two decades ago. Mr Putin and his siloviki, the security and military forces, have done an impressive job restoring central political control, but they are Amnesty International compared with the comprehensive, totalitarian grip of the Communist party of the
Most importantly, notwithstanding Mr Putin's efforts to reassert state authority over what Lenin called "the commanding heights of the economy", this time
Of course, thinking of the Russian oligarchs as the good guys will take some getting used to. For one thing, one of the casualties when Russian tanks rolled past Gori was the beguiling "Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention" proposed by Thomas Friedman, the New York Times columnist: "No two countries that both have a McDonald's have ever fought a war against each other." Alas, you can buy Big Macs in both
Moreover, when it comes to the oligarchs themselves, kowtowing to the Kremlin is their first commandment: the ones who did not realise that have long since been subject to expropriation, exile or imprisonment. Indeed,
Yet even with all of those caveats, business is the most progressive force with any remaining power in
Psychologically, they are different, too.
This brings me to my modest proposal. The west must, of course, be determined in using the few formal tools it has for hemming in a resurgent
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