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Fri, 25/08/2023 - 00:00
Ulysses is haunted by the story of its own composition. As Joyce famously put it, ‘I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s the only way of ensuring one’s immortality.’ The annotators point out, however, that it is ‘very likely that Joyce never said this’.
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Fri, 25/08/2023 - 00:00
J.L. Austin was fascinated by many details of language for their own sake, and in 1947 brought together a group of philosophy dons, mostly younger than himself, to pursue these investigations collectively. They met on Saturday mornings during term, and while this group brought to life Austin’s ideal of philosophy as a co-operative enterprise, he controlled the agenda and proceedings, as he had with the Martians during the war.
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Fri, 25/08/2023 - 00:00
The main objection to Georges Seurat’s Nude with Blonde Hair – what makes it ‘one of the most puzzling works in the collection’ – is its ‘poor quality’. But the argument that it isn’t by Seurat – even when young and in a formative stage of his career, because Seurat never painted anything so bad – is circular. Félix Fénéon knew him. My bet is that it’s genuine.
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Fri, 25/08/2023 - 00:00
Early Works shows Alice Notley feeling her way past the dominant aesthetics of her period – she was a key figure in the downtown New York poetry scene before moving to Paris in 1992 – and discovering a distinct, feminist voice. The poems insist that a woman of honour should be prepared to die for ‘the right to frivolity’. Notley is ‘a girl Samson in a pink/prom dress’, ready to pull down the temples of the avant-garde.
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Thu, 24/08/2023 - 23:32

Henry Alfred Kissinger turned 100 on May 27th of this year. Once a teenage refugee from Nazi Germany, for many decades an adviser to presidents, and an avatar of American realpolitik, he’s managed to reach the century mark while still evidently retaining all his marbles. That those marbles remain hard and cold is no surprise. A couple of months after that hundredth birthday, he traveled to China, as he had first done secretly in 1971 when he was still President Richard Nixon’s national security adviser. There — in contrast to the tepid reception recently given to U.S. officials like Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry — Kissinger was welcomed with full honors by Chinese... Read more

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Thu, 24/08/2023 - 23:00
This ↓↓↓ And this: It may not have been Biden’s first campaign ad, but it was well-placed. “The first ad that is part of the campaign is focused on the economy and seeks to contrast Biden’s record with former President Trump and the ‘MAGA agenda.’” The Hill reported Monday. These were placed all around Milwaukee, reports People: “Dark Brandon,” President Joe Biden‘s satirical alter-ego, is making a bold appearance on the day of the first 2024 Republican debate — not only on billboards in Milwaukee, where eight GOP candidates are set to take the stage on Wednesday evening, but in a digital ad on FoxNews.com. From midnight on Wednesday until 11:59 p.m., the internet meme-turned-campaign tool will have prime placement on Fox News’ website with a pro-choice ad touting Biden’s mission to defend abortion rights, one year after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. “I think it fits both the president’s ethos of going everywhere and not writing off any voters,” Rob Flaherty, Biden’s 2024 deputy campaign manager, tells People.
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Thu, 24/08/2023 - 22:50
by Gregory M. Mikkelson

Trends in human health have recently decoupled from GDP growth throughout the world. In other words, health improvement no longer tracks economic expansion. Meanwhile, environmental degradation remains firmly coupled to economic growth. As damages from economic growth mount globally, and as benefits fade, the case against further growth is stronger every day.

Within the USA, the case against economic growth is especially compelling, and not just because of the country’s massively disproportionate contribution to global ecological breakdown.

The post Work Less, Study More, and Forget About GDP appeared first on Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy.

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Thu, 24/08/2023 - 21:55

I hit rock bottom earlier this year. I was sad, sick, alone, and seemingly out of options. But I’m happy to say that I’ve got a new lease on life. I’m happier, healthier, and more social for only $8,000 a month, with 6.4% APR financing.

Before, I would spend every night alone in my room. Now, I see my friends multiple times a week for only $89 down, with no additional cost due at signing, except tip.

In basic conversations, I used to have nothing to say. Now, catch me contributing movie opinions, show predictions, and $224 yearly MSRP to the manufacturers of the latest Woody Harrelson vehicle.

I’m just so grateful to be a qualified lessee. I can live my life on my terms and the terms of its indemnity clause. Each day almost feels like a gift.

I finally mustered the motivation for the gym and the capitalization for its monthly payment. Today, I’ve got abs and a loan that spans the entirety of my newly extended life.

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Thu, 24/08/2023 - 19:59

Tribune’s excellent article on Labour’s New Deal for Working People, Labour Turns Its Back on Workers’ Rights, highlighted the attempt by factions in the Labour Party to undermine this transformative policy document and, in particular, its commitment to a single status for workers.  Since then, Labour’s Deputy Leader, Angela Rayner, has denied any watering down […]

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Thu, 24/08/2023 - 19:47
Wagner Chief Prigozhin Dies

His private jet “crashed.” I must say it’s a nice change from falling out of a window, though still a standard (people who have reason to believe powerful people want them dead should not fly in private planes.)

There were other people in the plane and they may not have “had it coming” (I don’t know) but Prigozhin was a piece of human garbage whose prison sentence was, for among things, choking awoman so he could rob her.

I won a bet with a friend on this, who thought that Prigozhin couldn’t be taken out without causing a clash with his troops.

This is classic: what Putin did was separate Prigozhin from his loyal troops so he wouldn’t have to fight them all, then take him out. The delay was to let those Wagner members who were still loyal to Prigozhin realize the loss. (The remains of Wagner will now mostly be integrated into the military.)