Saturday, February 26, 2011

Time Out. The Tree, the Luthier, the Strings, and the Wonder


"Is it not strange that sheep's guts should hale
souls out of men's bodies?"
---William Shakespeare


And then the jawdropper: Tchaikovsky's
Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48
& See them sway and move in unison

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Lady Mary, Downton Abbey, and the Conflicted Will by Jessica Brown. "Last month, Masterpiece Theater’s newest period drama garnered thousands of besotted fans. Downton Abbey opens with news of Titanic’s tragedy and closes with news that Britain has entered the war in 1914—in between, the show provides an entry into Edwardian upstairs-downstairs intricacies within the magnificent estate of Downton Abbey. The lapidary script by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), lush cinematography, and exquisite performances from legendary actors such as Maggie Smith, are rich indeed...But since the season’s end, I have been reflecting on certain matters not usually inspired by the viewing of televised period dramas...Read it all

--->MoMa is sick again, has been for a long time. Maybe it's terminal...?

--->Ballet Parking: Performing the Nutcracker As Counter-Revolutionary Act...

--->The Bobby Fischer Defense by Garry Kasparov...Your move

--->The Un-Victim: Amitava Kumar interviews Arundhati Roy... The heat is on.

--->Bedbugs never went away. They just caught up on some Zzz's for a while. Take New York, please...and the Reviews (click 1) (More on the little oval critters here (click 2). Elsewhere, "A full meal takes 10 to 15 minutes. A hungry bug is squat and flat like a lentil. When replete, its distension shapes it like a long berry. A bug will feed weekly from any host that is handy."---Hugh Pennington

--->Tom Wolfe Revisited: "In the beginning we got rid of nineteenth-century storybook realism. Then we got rid of representational objects. Then we got rid of the third dimension altogether and got really flat (Abstract Expressionism). Then we got rid of airiness, brushstrokes, most of the paint, and the last viruses of drawing and complicated designs". Conceptual art: "…there, at last, it was! No more realism, no more representation objects, no more lines, colors, forms, and contours, no more pigments, no more brushstrokes. …Art made its final flight, climbed higher and higher in an ever-decreasing tighter-turning spiral until… it disappeared up its own fundamental aperture… and came out the other side as Art Theory!… Art Theory pure and simple, words on a page, literature undefiled by vision… late twentieth-century Modern Art was about to fulfill its destiny, which was: to become nothing less than Literature pure and simple"

--->"Have I got a deal for you!" I imagine him saying. Highland Park Man Agreed to Aid Taliban: Feds. Some heard he sold office supplies. Others were told he was in the import-export business. Many thought he was a retired cosmetic industry executive. Government says Oded Orbach tried to sell missiles, grenade launchers to terrorists...

--->Doug Powers: That Didn’t Take Long: Rahm Emanuel Transition Co-Chair Resigns Over Ethics Violations. As you would expect in Chicago politics, all potential Team Rahm transition co-chairs were subjected to stringent background checks… except for the ones who weren’t...

--->I could criticize all the Popes of the 20th and this new century...

See the 'art' above that Tom Wolfe deplores? So the world, thanks to the Destroyers.

--->Green Party wiped out in Irish elections...

--->Supreme Court Immunizes Vaccine Makers Against Lawsuits...

No Sin or Moral Law, Just Biology? "Child brain scans to pick out future criminals"

Telegraph: Child brain scans to pick out future criminals. "The seeds of criminal and anti-social behaviour can be found in children as young as three, scientists have claimed.

"More researchers believe [believe?] that violent tendencies have a biological [not moral?] basis and that tests and brain imaging can pick them up in children.

"They argue that, by predicting which children have the potential to be trouble, treatments [Yes?] could be introduced to keep them [Yes?] on the straight and narrow. If the tests are accurate enough then a form of screening could be introduced in the same way we test for some diseases...

Note: No, Nein, Nyet. Let's say there is a biological basis for genius. Yet not all reach their genius potential, genes notwithstanding. Even if [a big 'If'!] there is some kind of genetic component to "anti-social" [what is this China?) behavior, it does not reduce the person to biological determinism, since our reflective choices and behavior also affect our genetic make-up researchers have shown.

Everyone has known for a long time that "nature and nurture" not nature or nurture play a role in our upbringing. Some who have lived early lives of sin and crime have upon reflection changed their ways. Many of the deterministic 'scientists' appear to be off their meds. They're playing with their machines at the expense of human beings. It's like the old "phrenology" which scientists embraced for so long, judging character on the basis of head shapes and features. Malarkey then, malarkey now.

"Dr Raine said he acknowledged the ethical implications of treating children before they had done anything wrong, but argued that “biological” causes of crime could not be ignored."

Right. The reductionist controllers never stop. But do you wish to see an example of how both environment and reflection changes human biology? Go into a whorehouse and observe the effects on your biology. (No! Don't!)

It's the same with those of us---practically the whole human race!---who are absurdly labeled "straight" in terms of our sexual "preferences". As for the "straight," so for the crooked, there is no biological determinism; there is only sin or moral behavior; and moral behavior is always aligned to nature, creation, the teleology / language / goal / of the male or female body (nature's diversity) which does not lie; sin is contempt for the same. We will either yield to the moral law or shatter in consequence of breaking it. And this is why, thanks to media decadence and manipulation of desire, and thus nature, we are shattering here in the West which hates families because families produce a future which the controllers cannot so easily control. Have babies then!

--->Genetics Scientist dies of the Plague...

--->Ireland: House repossessions 'set to soar'...

--->Accusations against Charlie Sheen of "anti-Semitism" after he pointedly referred to his producers birth name, Chaim Levine. Sheen replies, "So you're telling me, anytime someone calls me Carlos Estevez, I can claim they are anti-Latino?", referring to his own birth name...

--->Experts Say Yanukovych Instituting 'Neo-Soviet' Rule
in Ukraine...

--->Homeschooling: Troubling Trends in the US...

--->Shoppers wary of GM foods find they're everywhere...

--->U.S. trims its nuclear arsenal while upgrading production..."The country is making more nuclear bombs, has been building them virtually non-stop for 65 years ... Any is too many, critics said. 'Modernization' is a joke, just more of the world-threatening, same-old, same-old madness...(click)

--->Brendan O'Neill: The narcissism of the iPad imperialists who want to invade Libya...

Neo-pagans do not believe in miracles, they are far too sophisticated for that. They believe in Magik.

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