> I had gone to college planning to become a writer, but early on a scientific tendency appeared. In the English department at Harvard, my writing style was severely criticized and I was receiving grades of C or C+ on my papers. At eighteen, I was vain about my writing and felt it was Harvard, and not I, that was in error, so I decided to make an experiment. The next assignment was a paper on Gulliver’s Travels, and I remembered an essay by George Orwell that might fit. With some hesitation, I retyped Orwell’s essay and submitted it as my own. I hesitated because if I were caught for plagiarism I would be expelled; but I was pretty sure that my instructor was not only wrong about writing styles, but poorly read as well. In any case, George Orwell got a B- at Harvard, which convinced me that the English department was too difficult for me.
I decided to study anthropology instead. But I doubted my desire to continue as a graduate student in anthropology, so I began taking premed courses, just in case.
If he really did that, that's fucking brilliant. These links might explain:
Accounts from various Fascist regimes talk about how they slowly get conditioned into being "governed by surprise". I feel like that is where this is all headed. Lies that can't be verified, and surprise decisions based on spurious claims with no accountability or questioning allowed.
Spread this article around, it is about resisting shit like this: http://www.openculture.com/2017/01/20-lessons-from-the-20th-century-about-how-to-defend-democracies-from-authoritarianism.html
It's such a great book, it's incredible how such a short novel can pack such a punch.
I do find it interesting that so many people claim the book is about censorship, but Bradbury has refuted that and says it's about how people choose not engage with things that challenge them or make them uncomfortable, and instead pick the easy option (in this case, TV).
He really did do his own stunts! That’s why he will always be considered a comedic genius.
>The enemy is both strong and weak. “By a continuous shifting of rhetorical focus, the enemies are at the same time too strong and too weak.” (Number 8)
you can listen to it
Brave New World--MP3
Animal farm in there too
You may think "It's the fault of the Social Media". Marie Curie was at the time victim of a sexist cabal by the French Far right press. Einstein send a nice letter by the way.
He also got hired to do a bunch of propaganda posters for WW2, with some cliche, racist caricatures of Japanese people.
Edit: He ended up regretting them in his later years.
Also one of Asimov's favorite pieces. This one is called the Last Question. If I recall correctly, he put this as either 1st or 2nd place as one of his personal favorites; The Last Answer being the other.
UPDATE: Indeed this is his personal favorite: http://www.openculture.com/2015/06/isaac-asimovs-favorite-story-the-last-question-read-by-isaac-asimov.html
Michael Crichton submitted a paper by George Orwell once at Harvard and got a B- because of how ridiculous his professor was.
There’s a far more famous story about Hemingway saying he could write a story in six words. No one believed him. He scribbled the following: For sale: Baby shoes; never worn.
Dropped the pen and bounced.
Sure it is apocryphal. But, it’s a great tale.
Here’s a write-up.
And NASA does metric. Iirc, the US is sort of officially metric, it just hasn't widely adopted it. Part of the culture of ignorance, I suppose.
Here's the updated available courses from jabbathechav's link
I personally have enrolled for experimental methods in biology. Thanks /u/jabbathechav !
Source for this: http://www.openculture.com/2014/08/dr-seuss-draws-racist-anti-japanese-cartoons-during-ww-ii.html
> In 1953, Geisel visited Japan where he met and talked with its people and witnessed the horrific aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima. He soon started to rethink his anti-Japanese vehemence. So he issued an apology in the only way that Dr. Seuss could.
> He wrote a children’s book.
> Horton Hears a Who!, published in 1954, is about an elephant that has to protect a speck of dust populated by little tiny people. The book’s hopeful, inclusive refrain – “A person is a person no matter how small” -- is about as far away as you can get from his ignoble words about the Japanese a decade earlier. He even dedicated the book to “My Great Friend, Mitsugi Nakamura of Kyoto, Japan.”
Hey Dexter, I'm a huge fan and it's really awesome that you're reaching out. I know you're really busy but, I'd like to humbly suggest giving /u/RRmuttonchop's friend a call. I realize that he's in a coma but, as someone who's had a little experience with the subject, I wanted to point out that a lot of people report hearing & remembering what goes on when they are and even being responsive to familiar stimuli. As a piece of anecdotal evidence, I'd like to present the fact that, when he was in a coma, Mel Blanc was mostly unresponsive until a doctor had the idea to come in and ask: "Bugs Bunny, how are you doing today?".
Thanks for being awesome and for all of the great music!
Sure, its been used by lots of people because it's meaningless. You can insert whatever beliefs you want in to it. It's you're typical meaning-free sloganeering.
That's "Christmas on Earth Continued" at Olympia on 22 Dec, 1967. I'm about four back in the middle! The whole 'Christmas on Earth'. was amazing what with all the bands that took part. It was just a pity that the Pink Floyd were crap that night... It was the night that people first realised that Barret had started to loose it :-(
I assume he was doing this as a tribute to when Elvis Costello was on SNL. Here's more info about that moment in history: http://www.openculture.com/2013/09/the-stunt-that-got-elvis-costello-banned-from-saturday-night-live.html
Picture of Mark Twain posing topless
EDIT: It's believed that this photo may have been taken as a reference for a sculptor making a bust of Twain, in case anyone was wondering why it exists.
Not so much a "mistake" as a happy accident - Merry Clayton's voice crack in Rolling Stone's "Gimme Shelter" is pretty significant. Story
Also, the mastering of RHCP's "Californication" is way too loud and causes clipping / distortion.
If I'm not mistaken, it was a reference to a stunt by Elvis Costello on Saturday Night Live in 1977.
Here's the clip
Boy, did she. She was in curlers, as she remembers it, and also silk pajamas, a mink coat, and a Chanel scarf. Pregnant and getting ready for bed before she got the call from producer Jack Nitzsche, Clayton, who had no idea who the Stones were, almost refused until her husband said “Honey, you know, you really should go and do this date.” It was fate. “Clayton sang with such emotional force that her voice cracked,” notes Mike Springer in our previous post. “In the isolated track above, you can hear the others in the studio shouting in amazement.”
And in the recollection almost forty years later, Clayton and Jagger still shake their heads in amazement. Asked if she wanted to do a second take, she remembers, “I said to myself, I’m gonna do another one… blow them out of this room.” Unspoken in her remembrance is what the effort may have cost her. “Despite giving what would become the most famous performance of her career,” writes Springer, “it turned out to be a tragic night for Clayton. Shortly after leaving the studio, she lost her baby in a miscarriage…. For many years Clayton found the song too painful to hear, let alone sing.”
And I recommend anyone who likes to write to at least check his Six Rules. Specially when writing about heated up stuff like politics, religion and the likes.
That's not why he submitted it
This article explains it better. He did it for himself because he thought he had a superior writing style then what they were teaching him. Orwell got a B- and that proved to himself that he could still be successful or that other writing styles were still valid.
At least that's what I took from the context.
I feel the need to share this: 20 lessons on defending democracy from authoritarianism
Inside are links to a great article showing how the real shit in an authoritarian administration comes on by surprise.
Included are 20 lessons for resisting it.
I hope I'm just misguided, but these first two days are more worrying to me than the entirety of the campaign.
Spread this article around for me.
I recall reading that when Looney Tunes voice actor Mel Blanc was in a coma following an auto accident, they eventually were able to wake him up by talking to his characters.
>Noel Blanc tells the story of a terrible car accident that badly injured his father in 1961 as he was driving home along Sunset Boulevard from a job in San Francisco. Mel Blanc, driving an Aston Martin, collided with another car on Dead Man’s Curve. Blanc was almost killed and slipped into a coma. Blanc’s son and wife spent two weeks at his bedside trying to revive him, but got no response.
> One day, about 14 days after the accident, one of Blanc’s neurologists walked into the room and tried something completely new. He went to Mel’s bed and asked, “Bugs Bunny, how are you doing today?”
>There was a pause while people in the room just shook their heads. Then, in a weak voice, came the response anyone would recognize.
>“Myeeeeh. What’s up doc?”
>The doctor then asked Tweety if he was there too.
>“I tot I taw a puddy tat,” was the reply.
>It took seven more months in a body cast for Blanc to recover. He even voiced Barney Rubble in the first episodes of The Flintstones while lying in bed with a microphone dangling from above.
Not quite a pathogen but definitely in the same vein. Much of Marie Curie's research into radioactivity and the subsequent discoveries of polonium and radium was into uncharted territory.
As a result, many of her research documents and journals are kept in lead lined containers to this day. Her office and lab are also remain "hot".
So, in a sense the Curie's contemporary and immediatly subsequent researchers were in danger of unacceptable/dangerous exposure to radiation should they carelessly (or ignorantly) handle Marie or Pierre Curie's primary documents regarding their research into radioactivity.
In fact, her death from aplastic anemia has been linked directly to her carrying polonium in test tubes in her pockets as well as her work with setting up x-rays to help doctors treat soldiers during World War I before the need for strict precautions was fully understood.
open culture website
Christian Science Monitor
According to the Business Insider her documents will remain radioactive for 1500 more years!
Feel free to copy and paste.
If someone requests a source, post this:
>It was in an op-ed penned by Laurence Britt, and the list shares many similarities with a 14-point list created by Umberto Eco in 1995.
Probably more in line with Bertrand Russell's 10 commandements that are meant as suggestions or guidelines that the proper adherence to includes the questioning of.
> 1: Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
> 2: Do not think it worthwhile to produce belief by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
> 3: Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed.
> 4: When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
> 5: Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
> 6: Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
> 7: Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
> 8: Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
> 9: Be scrupulously truthful, even when truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
It's not the first time he does something like that. Well, by "he" I mean his entourage now, since he's dead.
Nice gesture, and interesting experience. Though I doubt any time travelers will show up. But we can always dream!
I suspect many Jews who fled to Britain and America (as Einstein did, he originally went to the UK but then decided to leave and take a job at Princeton) would have been sympathetic to ethnic minorities in their adopted countries. Leaving Nazi Germany was very difficult for Jews and I'm sure many of them relied on the kindness of strangers for safe passage out.
However, Einstein in particular seemed very moved by civil rights and supported equality in the USA. He was a great admirer of Gandhi. The two exchanged some letters and when Gandhi died, he said "Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth."
>A retarded person wrote this article
Can 10 sentences even be described as an article? The author could have written a few hundred words instead of what looks like last minute homework.
Clapton wrote about the 'Killing Floor' moment here:
> I remember thinking that here was a force to be reckoned with. It scared me, because he was clearly going to be a huge star, and just as we are finding our own speed, here was the real thing. It was amazing, and it was musically great, too, not just pyrotechnics. Source
Hendrix didn't "cut off" Clapton like it was some kind of battle. Different styles and they all fed into each other. He flew to London because the scene was heavy with people he'd admired from the States. He's on record as admiring many of the British musicians and particularly guitarists. Jimi would have known London was where he'd make it and he was in the thick of it all within hours of landing.
Sometimes that old conversation arrives at whatever past midnight, "Where would you visit and when?" 66 to 68 in London is always my answer. No Joplin in those years, but damn near everyone else who ever mattered was out and about in the clubs. I can't think of a time or place I'd rather visit for the sheer number of influential characters.
When Marty was asked to make a list, he wrote down "85 Films Every Aspiring Filmmaker Needs To See." Nothing by Quentin made the cut: http://www.openculture.com/2015/04/martin-scorsese-makes-a-list-of-85-films-every-aspiring-filmmaker-needs-to-see.html
The test is difficult, this is just the first page. All three pages can be found here.
Many of the questions are phrased so that there is potential for many different 'correct' answers and depending on who's taking the test the assessor can decide if their correct answer is the correct answer. Also one wrong answer is a fail.
On a related note, Vonnegut used this concept to diagram different types of stories in a Master's Thesis that was rejected by University of Chicago for being too simple.
Wes Anderson's films are all known to be symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing. Check out Moonrise Kingdom, the colors and shots are beautiful.
I'm okay with schools teaching the history of Islam. As long as it is unbiased.
Teach people that Mohamed had multiple wives. Including underage wives. Teach people that Islam encourages war and jihads against non-believers. Teach about the hundreds of conflicts caused by Islam.
I have no problem with teaching the history of Islam. Just don't sugar coat it.
edit: here is an article about how my state is forcing children to practice Buddhism
The Youtube album has been removed but if you have spotify you can listen to the recordings here
The meat of it starts in the 4th paragraph
Be aware that the Ayn Rand cult has built a complex structure of pretzel logic to mitigate the fact that when looking down the barrel of death she did in fact participate in the social safety net. Or to use her term, she became just another "parasite".
Shamelessly stolen from the internet:
>In 1946, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist traveled to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, the alma mater of Langston Hughes and Thurgood Marshall and the first school in America to grant college degrees to blacks. At Lincoln, Einstein gave a speech in which he called racism “a disease of white people,” and added, “I do not intend to be quiet about it.”
Where have we heard of something like this before? Oh yeah, right here.
>The cult of action for action’s sake. “Action being beautiful in itself, it must be taken before, or without, any previous reflection. Thinking is a form of emasculation.”
The posters for the Chinese release are fantastic. Look at these gorgeous things: http://www.openculture.com/2019/06/hayao-miyazakis-spirited-away-open-in-china-18-years-after-its-original-release.html
It's true. It was in Buenos Aires and the all-girl band opening for them was called Calamity Jane. There's a recording of the whole performance on Youtube.
Sagan gave some modern context, but anti-intellectualism has been a problem for a long time, I'm sure it goes back further than these examples:
Political cartoon 1925
Hofstadter in 1963
Isaac Asimov in 1980
My thought is that there is always a subset of the population that is anti-intellectual for a variety of reasons, but the reason to be upset about it is that there is also always a political group willing to take advantage and manipulate the anti-intellectual crowd to their own ends. Ignorance, religion, racism, xenophobia, or any combination thereof is wielded as a weapon against us.
>Much of Oceanic society is based upon the USSR under Joseph Stalin—Big Brother.
To quote Orwell himself
>On the whole the English intelligentsia have opposed Hitler, but only at the price of accepting Stalin. Most of them are perfectly ready for dictatorial methods, secret police, systematic falsification of history etc. so long as they feel that it is on ‘our’ side.
So, yes - it’s a generally an attack on nationalism and totalitarianism, but in specifics it’s about Stalinism.
He was anti-Japanese due to their part in World War 2. He went to Japan in 1953 to talk to victims of the bombing in Hiroshima, and he changed his opinion of Japanese people for the better.
He issued an apology in the form of a book - Horton Hears a Who! (published 1954)
He's got some audio lecture series that IMO are his best work. The Power of Myth stuff is very good, but Bill Moyers leads the discussion with his questions, and it seems to cause a bit of a lack of focus. In his lectures, Campbell can flesh out a single idea over the course of 30-40 minutes and it allows for greater depth.
There seems to be a lot of content available for free on Spotify:
I assume that these are the same lectures I'd heard.
I'm inclined to agree but the biggest issue with your position is the potential for disingenuous writing of the test itself. What would weighting of the test be about? Laws? Civics? History? Congress is already overweight with lawyers who learn about the things they vote on through Wikipedia. This would only exacerbate the problem.
Remember, at one point Congress thought an aptitude test for voting was necessary. I mean, that was logically sound on an empirical level, if you're too dumb to understand what you're voting on, you don't deserve to vote. Of course, it was abused and this was the result. It may sound great, but any kind of exam to participate in voting, either on the legislative level or citizen level will invariably start to edge out the poor and undereducated and overrepresent the wealthy and college educated.
Think of it kinda like cherry cough syrup: it might taste like shit, but without it you fundamentally degrade the foundations of democracy.
The "I could do that" mentality is the worst way to look at things, and my biggest pet peeve. Much of contemporary art is less about the creation of the piece and more about the ideology. Sure you could do that -- but you didn't. Jackson Pollock did. And if you tried were to travel back in time to right before he entered the artistic world and tried to imitate it without his energy or passion, you would not be nearly as well received.
Edit: wurds hard. Also, here's a short animated film created as a tribute to Jackson Pollock that was nominated for an Oscar two years ago. It's pretty neat, and what got me into him in the first place.
Openculture.com does a fantastic job flagging high quality stuff like this. Here is their list of free online history courses
My rough count pegs 80-90 options.
Tarantino loves to express emotion through visuals in food. You can see it in almost all of his movies. The creme puff scene in Inglorious Bastards had me salivating for a dessert, the beer scene got me ridiculously thirsty for a cold beer..etc
You'll enjoy reading this
Its a key point of fascism
"The enemy is both strong and weak. “By a continuous shifting of rhetorical focus, the enemies are at the same time too strong and too weak.” "
It's a good idea to know the points of fascism because it's usually there right below the surface of right wing ideology.
> I'm not sure you're trolling, but you do realize she is the one who created the characters. She is the one who knows them.
this matters a lot less than you think.
there are many instances of a book - or characters from a book - taking on new meaning the author didn't intend.
perfect case in point; Fahrenheit 451.
everyone on the planet agrees that this book is a harsh indictment of governmental censorship and a state with too much power gone completely amock - except for Ray Bradbury, who insists the book is about "television turning people into morons."
Ray Bradbury - who of course wrote the fucking thing - has been told to his face multiple times that his intended message is wrong because the accepted message is far more obvious, relevant and fitting.
Snape is the same. he's taken on a life of his own beyond his creator's obvious intention, and while she may have her own opinion about his motivations, she gave the audience enough information to draw our own conclusions.
Though the attribution is pretty dubious, that's usually said to be a Hemingway/Faulkner exchange.
Faulkner: [Hemingway] has never been known to use a word which might send the reader to the dictionary.
To which Hemingway supposedly responded:
"Poor Faulkner, doesn't he know big emotions don't come from big words."
Edit: "feelings" was supposed to be "emotions" according to the Source.
[And his apology was the book "Horton Hears a Who".]( http://www.openculture.com/2014/08/dr-seuss-draws-racist-anti-japanese-cartoons-during-ww-ii.html )
8. The enemy is both strong and weak. “By a continuous shifting of rhetorical focus, the enemies are at the same time too strong and too weak.”
>My favorite part is how feminists are seen as both being completely useless and ineffective, but somehow capable of destroying the world.
8) enemy is both strong and weak. “By a continuous shifting of rhetorical focus, the enemies are at the same time too strong and too weak.”
>I'm supposedly too stupid and womanly to become an engineer or STEM, but still scary enough that they're afraid.
12) Machismo and weaponry. “Machismo implies both disdain for women and intolerance and condemnation of nonstandard sexual habits, from chastity to homosexuality.”
Umberto Eco, 14 points of Fascism.
Take a look see and see how many of these things you see in the alt-right. 😊
Number 8 on Umberto Eco's 14 features of fascism:
>The enemy is both strong and weak. “By a continuous shifting of rhetorical focus, the enemies are at the same time too strong and too weak.”
Modern feminism is 100%, literal, unironic Fascism. Check out this Umberto Eco quote:
> The enemy is both strong and weak. “By a continuous shifting of rhetorical focus, the enemies are at the same time too strong and too weak.”
Girl power! U dont need no man! HELP IM BEING OPPRESSED BY THE PATRIARCHY! HELP THEYRE OPPRESSING ME!
Interesting article. The left and leftist culture is fascist according to Eco. Check out his list
I always found Brave New World more plausible that 1984, just because I can't imagine a people putting up with the 1984 stuff for as long.
Here's a somewhat related article on Huxley's letter to Orwell, a former student of his: http://www.openculture.com/2015/03/huxley-to-orwell-my-hellish-vision-of-the-future-is-better-than-yours.html
coursera is pulling "old" content on june 30th.
here's a guide on how to download old courses before it's too late:
edited for clarity.
'Eco reduces the qualities of what he calls “Ur-Fascism, or Eternal Fascism” down to 14 “typical” features.... 8. The enemy is both strong and weak. “By a continuous shifting of rhetorical focus, the enemies are at the same time too strong and too weak.”'
Also, vote in 2018 and 2020, hopefully they don't rig the machines or do any brownshirt type stuff. He doesn't have that much support, and already most of the public is against him.
To stop it from happening again is more complicated, but we definitely need better education.
Jaja, die Juden als unwürdige Untermenschen und mächtige Weltbeherrscher zugleich, das kennen wir doch zur Genüge.
"Durch eine kontinierliche Verschiebung des rhetorischen Fokus sind die Feinde gleichzeitig zu stark und zu schwach."
Aus Umberto Ecos "Liste der 14 Merkmale des Faschismus".
That actually not true (no offense).
Roughly nine months before the premiere of the film Dick wrote a letter to the director saying he was sure the film would have an "overwhelming [impact] on science fiction as a field" and that he expected the movie to be "one hell of a commercial success."
Here's the letter.
McCarthy has explained his distaste for punctuation a couple of times, saying for instance "There’s no reason to blot the page up with weird little marks. I mean, if you write properly you shouldn’t have to punctuate."
The lack of punctuation forces a writing style that demands a certain level of clarity. Take quotation marks as an example. Without quotation marks the reader might not be able to quickly understand which character is speaking, but McCarthy needs to leave enough clues in the text that the reader can figure it out. In cases where this is impossible (I can't recall any off the top of my head) this could be a deliberate device to introduce ambiguity.
In my opinion, the lack of commas, semicolons and so on also creates a spare, interesting style. In this quotation from the crossing you get some repetitive, staccato sentences that probably wouldn't be written by a writer using more punctuation:
"His pale hair looked white. He looked fourteen going on some age that never was. He looked as if he’d been sitting there and God had made the trees and rocks around him. He looked like his own reincarnation and then his own again. Above all else he looked to be filled with a terrible sadness. As if he harbored news of some horrendous loss that no one else had heard of yet. Some vast tragedy not of fact or incident or event but of the way the world was."
>the opposite is happening now
Paraphrasing a common argument: Aldous Huxley criticized Orwell's dystopian vision in so far as the exercise of power through pleasure is much more effective than pain.
Big business seeks our desires, accentuates the loss, void, or privation of those desires - even if they are only momentary - and capitalize on providing solutions.
>Our consumerism supplants our identities. After a time we function less as isolated decision makers and more as neurons firing and feeding back in support of a larger network.
This is the world as presented by Huxley in Brave New World. People as consumers of every pleasure while fulfilling a role assigned at conception. Any doubt is erased with a dose of soma.
Here you go.
tl;dr: finely ground Turkish coffee, really hot sand, boils liquid in metal container, pours into cup for customer consumption.
Umberto Eco's signs of fascism number 8:
>The enemy is both strong and weak. “By a continuous shifting of rhetorical focus, the enemies are at the same time too strong and too weak.”
They recorded together in 1969
>Cash wrote the young Dylan a fan letter, and they began corresponding. When they met at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival, Cash gave Dylan his guitar as a gesture of respect and admiration. Five years later, when Dylan was in Nashville recording his ninth studio album, Cash was recording in the studio next door. He decided to drop in. On February 17 and 18, 1969, Cash and Dylan recorded more than a dozen duets. Only one of them, a version of Dylan’s “Girl From the North Country,” made it onto the album, Nashville Skyline. The others were never officially released, but have long been circulating as bootlegs
Except all the history books portray her has brilliant. If you believe Monroe was a ditz, then she worked her magic on you, too.
Here's a similar pic to OP's that Monroe herself set up. It's not just her reading Ulysses; it's her reading the last episode of Ulysses: Molly Bloom's episode. IDK if you know anything about the novel, but that last episode in itself is one of the most influential works ever written, and it happens to fit Marilyn's personality pretty well.
Well yes, he died before Blade Runner was finished but after being shown some early footage said ""It was my own interior world," "They caught it perfectly"
Tolkien was very much not a fan of Nazis, so he probably would not exactly be well regarded by the Nazis. I’m not a developer though, so take that with a grain of salt.
When Andre was a kid in France in 1958 he couldn't fit on the bus and had to be driven to school by a neighbor who owned a pickup truck. The crazy thing was that that neighbor was Samuel Beckett, the writer.
Deaf people discovered this long ago. Here's an excerpt from Helen Keller after "listening" to Beethoven on the radio in 1924.
"I have the joy of being able to tell you that, though deaf and blind, I spent a glorious hour last night listening over the radio to Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony." I do not mean to say that I "heard" the music in the sense that other people heard it; and I do not know whether I can make you understand how it was possible for me to derive pleasure from the symphony. It was a great surprise to myself. I had been reading in my magazine for the blind of the happiness that the radio was bringing to the sightless everywhere. I was delighted to know that the blind had gained a new source of enjoyment; but I did not dream that I could have any part in their joy. Last night, when the family was listening to your wonderful rendering of the immortal symphony someone suggested that I put my hand on the receiver and see if I could get any of the vibrations. He unscrewed the cap, and I lightly touched the sensitive diaphragm. What was my amazement to discover that I could feel, not only the vibrations, but also the impassioned rhythm, the throb and the urge of the music! The intertwined and intermingling vibrations from different instruments enchanted me."
He also said there, "An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this."
Here's a handy little starting point.
Here he is reciting Albert Camus' lecture "The Human Crisis", and here he is defending Quentin Tarontino, talking about the flak he got for his anti-war stance when LOTR came out, and talking about why Bernie Sanders is actually more of a warhawk than his supporters will admit/realize.
He's a hell of an interesting guy. I'd listen to him talk about anything.
Dr. Seuss himself was vocally anti-Japanese during the war and had no trouble with rounding up an entire population of U.S. citizens and putting them in camps.
Dr. Seuss: "But right now, when the Japs are planting their hatchets in our skulls, it seems like a hell of a time for us to smile and warble: "Brothers!" It is a rather flabby battle cry. If we want to win, we've got to kill Japs, whether it depresses John Haynes Holmes or not. We can get palsy-walsy afterward with those that are left."
In 1953, Dr. Seuss visited Japan where he met and talked with its people and witnessed the horrific aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima. He soon started to rethink his anti-Japanese vehemence. So he issued an apology in the only way that Dr. Seuss could. He wrote a children’s book.
Horton Hears a Who!, published in 1954, is about an elephant that has to protect a speck of dust populated by little tiny people. The book’s hopeful, inclusive refrain – “A person is a person no matter how small” -- is about as far away as you can get from his ignoble words about the Japanese a decade earlier. He even dedicated the book to “My Great Friend, Mitsugi Nakamura of Kyoto, Japan.”
I love this! I'm a particular fan of vintage postcards and their use. We think of them now as travel ephemera but at an early point, they were used like we use memes now to spread opinions and the artist's viewpoint. Suffrage (both for and against) was a particularly popular subject.
You can read more about the history of postcards like this here:
Palczewski Suffrage Postcard Archive
The Weird Familiarity of 100-Year-Old Feminism Memes
Odd Vintage Postcards Document the Propaganda Against Women’s Rights 100 Years Ago
You are correct., but since all the animals in the hundred acre woods are stuffed, their weapons would be toys right?
Chomsky hates Sam Harris and regards him as a waste of time. Rogan is at least relatively humble and honest.
I’m not a filmmaker or knowledgable by any means in analyzing film, i’m trying to get better myself. Saw this post on r/movies not too long ago linking to a set of MIT open courseware film lectures: http://www.openculture.com/2016/04/free-mit-course-teaches-you-to-watch-movies-like-a-critic-watch-lectures-from-the-film-experience.html
I’ve only given the first lecture a listen-through, but I found it insightful and it lays a good foundation down (hell, if anything, I think it’s a cool perspective). They might help.
Jimi also played Sgt. Pepper on stage, 3 days after the album dropped. To a full crowd including McCartney and Harrison.
His more political stuff like Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail and The Great Shark Hunt is great. I've read just about everything he's ever written (except the Hell's Angels book, which I'm getting to soon).
He was very much an insider, and witnessed and even participated in much of the weird behind the scenes stuff that goes on with the elite. And then he turned around and wrote about it, but people never knew how seriously to take it because he was such a caricature of himself anyway. So he got away with printing it. Man, I wish he were alive today to write about this administration. Hunter wouldn't take any guff from these swine!
If you want some free material, you can find his old articles from ESPN, Rolling Stone, etc. online. He rarely stayed on topic so even if you don't care about sports his articles about sports are really interesting. http://www.openculture.com/2013/12/read-10-free-articles-by-hunter-s-thompson.html
If you can't tell, he's kind of a folk hero of mine. I wish someone could come along and fill his shoes, but he was one of a kind. A high-powered mutant never even considered for mass production, I guess.
Sir Isaac Newton was another famous non-Trinitarian. He also spent far more time studying and researching the Bible than on his studies of the cosmos. He also predicted the world will come to an end in 2060, based on his study of the scriptures.
Tarrantino is the king of food and beverage continuity. He uses food and drink to great effect in his films. It's a lot of extra work and expense sure, but it happens to be something he really cares about.
it was 100 micrograms, not milligrams. A typical dose was between 100 and 500 micrograms.
> Huxley's experimentation continued right through his death in November 1963. When cancer brought him to his death bed, he asked his wife to inject him with "LSD, 100 µg, intramuscular." He died later that day, just hours after Kennedy's assassination. Three years later, LSD was officially banned in California.
Yea sorry about that , I probably could've titled it better.
Actually the American-Pro-Nazi movement was started 3 years prior to this event (1936), called the German American Bund. It's main goal was to promote the Nazis and Hitler in a favorable view.
Here is another article talking about this event. It's a very unknown/not-talked about portion of American history , so I would highly recommend reading about it if you're interested :D
"I don't think fascism can come back".
Fascism doesn't care what you think. Fascism is eternal. Fact. It never disappeared. Fascism even pops up on Fox News.
If you read about actual fascism and actual fascists, yeah, Peterson fits the profile perfect. He says alot of the same things fascist intellectuals said. Look up Julius Evola, Elizabeth Dilling, and Marshal Ironsides. They sound just like him. Look up the essay "ur fascism" by Umberto Eco. It describes Peterson perfectly. These features of early fascism include, contempt for the weak, mysticism, machismo (punch commies, feminists), hero worship, disdain for non standard sexual habits, cult of action, a rejection of modern ideas, an appeal against the intruders (post moderns into academia), and defense of hierarchy and traditional values against attacks by the liberal intelligentsia. It's all right there in Umberto Eco's essay on ur-fascism.
Here is part of it:
It was in an op-ed penned by Laurence Britt, and the list shares many similarities with a 14-point list created by Umberto Eco in 1995.
In the early sixties, the author Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, The Lost World, etc) was an English student at Harvard and had been getting mediocre grades. He was asked to write an essay on Gulliver's Travels and remembered an essay by on the subject by George Orwell. He retyped the essay and handed it in. It got a B-. That convinced him to switched to Anthropology but to take some pre-med courses as a fall back. (He did graduate from Harvard Medical School but soon switched to being a writer.)
I think I should point out that he dared to do this because he thought his instructor was not particularly well-read.
Details are here.
The CIA tried to make us think bad art was actually good to destroy our taste and promote westerners as free thinkers instead of people who just loved the same kind of art as everyone else.
EDIT: The CIA declassified this, it's not just me being a conspiracy theorist.
It's one of the older things in the fascist/white nationalist playbook; they have an enemy that is simultaneously so weak that they will most assuredly be defeated, and yet so strong that that same enemy is on the verge of total victory.
It gets linked so much now because of the rise of Trump and other fascist and far right parties throughout the world, but Umberto Eco's list of characteristics of fascists and fascism is always useful.
"Good food" is right looking at this menu. And you could go back for more, as many times as you wanted, and they served coffee every morning. Combine that with hot showers, your own cell, and regular access to a quality library, and the fact you could smoke, Alcatraz was a resort compared to a lot of modern American prisons. These days they don't serve coffee at mealtimes, if you want coffee you have to buy it off commissary, you get one small tray of crappy food, water temp and pressure are always unstable and unpredictable, you're typically in an open dorm with a couple hundred others, or sharing a cell, libraries are either non-existent or of poor quality, and you definitely can't smoke in there.
The story behind the Motor Voter bill is pretty interesting-- We have none other than the rock group R.E.M. to thank for it! Here's some more info about what went down.
Close but not quite. He was in a coma for two weeks after a car accident in '61. The event you described was the beginning of him waking up. His doctor said, "Bugs Bunny, how are you doing today," and from the bed, the comatose Blanc replied, "Meaaah, what's up doc?"
But he fully recovered from that accident in time. He died in 1989.
I found a link with some info on it: http://www.openculture.com/2012/01/an_uplifting_musical_surprise_for_dave_brubeck_in_moscow_1997.html
from page: "This young man turned out to be a student at the conservatory. His name is Denis Kolobov and he is now a violinist of international renown. Denis must have mustered up all of his courage to cut into the performance of one of the great jazz pianists. But the day before, French jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli had died in Paris and Denis decided to honor Grappelli’s memory in this way. "