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… certainly between people. Walls of separation and isolation from realities as palpable as any built from steel or stone or cement.
Actual walls can be beautifully decorated with murals and enjoyed. These are bearing and supportive walls for structures. Walls built to divide and contain are not beautiful. And decor applied to them is more likely graffiti.
Berlin Wall with Keith Haring 330 ft graffiti 1986. Soon both were gone.
A recent comment by frequent visitor JCD using a racial stereotype in describing a former student leads me to post this analysis of the use of stereotypes in the classroom and their results both socially in the context and particular to the person to whom applied.
Christine Reyna Lazy, Dumb, or Industrious: When Stereotypes Convey Attribution Information in the Classroom Educational Psychology Review, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2000
A larger version may be seen here. http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.573.6067&rep=rep1&type=pdf
There seems to be a lot of this going around.
The significance of this baseline varies in importance with our reversible President.
The WPA was approved on March 6, 1933 as a part of the first one hundred days. The importance of this engine of recovery from the depression is well-known. So are the many civic landmarks, recreational areas, and artistic productions created for ‘we the people’ that continue in use to this day.
How different from an insistence on a wall and cutting funding for the arts.
I know art and architecture are not hot buttons on this blog, but if anyone’s interested in more detail, below are two good books:
The USPS issued these WPA Poster stamps with ten designs on a sheet of twenty. The date of issue was March 7, 2017 at Hyde Park, New York, the site of FDR’s home, and library and museum.
US citizen. English is first language. Has skills!
UPDATE from DDF: Don’t criticize my friend Swart for not making an Eph-related post! Bill O’Reilly is, of course, famous for seeking sex (sometimes successfully, sometimes unsuccessfully) from women when the power relationships involved were quite imbalanced. The relevant Eph comparison is with Williams professors who seek sex from students, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. At least two Williams professors were so successful in this regard that they eventually married their students. And one is still on the Williams faculty! If you object to O’Reilly, do you also object to this behavior?
I posted this letter from my old roommate on 11 April, 2008. It is pertinent today
“Civility was, I believe, very directly related to wearing a coat and tie at dinner.”
… Rechtal Turgidley Jr
The yellowed envelope the postman delivered on Tuesday with the printed address ‘Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Beane, 40 Pine Street, New York 4, New York” crossed out smacked of a frugality honed for a lifetime. As did the corner of a block of 3 cent Lewis and Clark stamps making up the necessary postage, obviously licked and placed on the letter with care.
A glance at the ‘Quark Island ME’ postmark and my name written with the distinctive strokes of a Parker 51 and in his trademark peacock blue Parker Quink. confirmed it was another letter from my old roommate, Rechtal Turgidley Jr.
Swart (he begins) ,
I am quite worried about you. And, NO, not for the usual reasons of your incipient alcoholism, the smoking of quantities of an unidentified vegetation, or even your strange predilection for Baroque opera.
I am worried because I see you appearing much too frequently in the, granted, ephemeral columns of that peculiar ‘blog’ purportedly written ‘about’, ‘over’, ‘under’ and all the other prepositions, Williams.
Since you pointed me in the direction of this supposed diversion several months ago, I have been following it and, indeed, have written you before with my thoughts (and I was amazed to see that you had forwarded that note to a ‘DKane; , what ever that may be). I objected to anonymity among gentlemen, the use of a first name appellation in referring to the President of the College, and some of the nature of the writings that appeared that would have roused my father Rechtal Turgidley ‘28 to a fury. But enough of these aforementioned items.
It is my analysis of recent daily editions that raise my concerns for you as a too-frequent participant in them.
I shall go on.
As to DKane, he does, indeed, know how to rouse the fish to intemperate biting on his carefully tied lures. If one doesn’t work, he will flail the water with others. He seems to know how to ‘match the hatch’ with great skill. If the dry thorax is not working, he will switch to a terrestrial and may end up with a midge. The question is, does he truly believe in each and every offering cast out or is he simply looking for some bites to keep the pond jumping. If he doesn’t believe all that he offers, all well and good. If, on the other hand he does, then the comments of many of the respondents o his lures need to be carefully weighed by the local police.
As to topics and response. Is this ‘blog’ an extension of the management of the College and vested with some powers for change? For it would appear that many of the postings and comments have to do with what the Trustees, the President, the faculty, and even the students themselves should do. Whining seems to be the hallmark of much of the correspondence. As Grandfather Turgidley ‘06 used to remark “I can’t abide whining dogs or whining Williams men”.
And there is such a lack of civility and humor in the verbiage! I did notice, Swart, your attempts to change the subject several times. While I was not interested in DIY -The Romance of Drains, or Cooking with Clarified Butter, I was hopeful that All About Stamps might catch on. I am happy to discuss at the drop of a hat, my 1922 6 cent Garfield’s by that wonderful team of Eissler and Hall. But no matter.
Civility was, I believe, very directly related to wearing a coat and tie at dinner. Has civility gone by the boards, replaced with diversity? “O brave new world that hath such people in it”.
Thus my concern for your over-participation in this activity. In the jargon of some past psychobabble I am doing an ‘intervention’.
Pack your bag. Say ‘Ave et Vale’ to your virtual pals. You are coming with me. We will be concentrating on these three ‘g’s’ – Gehry’s Guggenheim, Gaudy, and the modern architect hated by Ian Fleming, Erno Goldfinger.
In the Bonds,
A man of no conscience.
I awake on Tuesday to find a sociopath has endangered every living organism on our planet.
AP Photo/ Charlie Riedel
Now, go to goggle and search “man of no conscience” and “sociopath.”
For prior proof search “EPA and energy,” “at-risk populations” and “CO2 and rising seas and “carbonic acid.” And Trump.
For the most powerful man on earth has made sadism and masochism his very own trademarks.
And only a man of zero conscience and empathy could do that where seven billion humans and trillions of other living things are concerned.
But, perhaps the rising seas will reach only the 20th floor of Trump Tower.
Here are two recent song-videos on this turn of events:
And a thought from the Appalachian Mountains:
Mother Nature’s brilliant plan
Sequestered all black rocks;
Then mankind’s selfish mind
Unlock’ t Pandora’ s box
CLIMATE CHANGE is not a joke or a hoax. In 1972 I wrote a story on “weather” for Exxon’s house organ, The Lamp.
During my research I found a company plan to pave the Guajira Peninsula in Colombia with asphalt, blacktop and hydrocarbon discards to create rain for local farmers and, incidentally, enable in – depth study of global warming/climate change.
This story never ran and as far as I could tell, the project fizzled.
But reviving XL and Dakota Pipelines, dismantling Obama’s energy initiatives and Exxon’s $22 billion Gulf Coast investment in 11 new oil refineries brings back Dr. James Hansen’s recent and most dire warning: If Canada’s tar sands flow to Texas, “Game Over” for climate change …
Nota Bene from Dick Swart ’56 My classmate Peter Britton is a committed environmentalist. He expresses his concerns musically in themed albums like …
… this and others are available online https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/peterbritton
and his book …
… would that Jamey Farr could just strike the gong and the DC comedians would get the hook.
Chuck Barris … “A bad review means a show will run forever”.
I wonder what the new definitions will mean for programs like Blue Sky? I’m one of the 112,268 Oregon volunteer participants in this very active program of Pacific Power. I know that living in the blue-state Pacific Northwest may be different than other sections of the country.
Former Director of the Guggenheim Foundation Criticizes Plans for Abu Dhabi Branch
I understand his concerns. I add my own thought on this design: Gehry’s style has gone Mannerist!
See below first para for my meaning of mannerist/ism:
… quote from TIME magazine interview March 22, 2017.
… may not be the best mantra for governance, particularly with Left-wing/Right-wing lawmakers fracturing his own party.
This the first show done as a collaborative project with students in an Art History/Museum class.
(see story below)
Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography brings together 26 original works of art with 56 archival objects primarily on loan from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and centers on the artist’s monumental print, Autobiography, 1968. The exhibition will be on view at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) from March 17 through August 20, 2017.
Rauschenberg created Autobiography with Broadside Art Inc., founded by arts patron Marion Javits and graphic designer Milton Glaser Read more
Ephblog as Weston Field.
See ‘comments’ in Richard Spencer post (below).
… from the Williams Rugby Club website
JCD jostled by all and sundry …
… than Sean and the Drumph.
NB I would have put the following below the fold but couldn’t figure out the app specific. Read more
… older readers from the days of required Chapel may recall visits to St Pat’s.
… not to be taken “literally”. Other words for “Air Quotes” … “Impeachment”, “25th Amendment”, “What hath God wrought”.
As the Department of Homeland Security prepares to officially launch the RFP for Trump’s proposed border wall on March 6, the Architecture Lobby is calling on all architects and engineers across the U.S. to participate in a national day of action to boycott the project on Friday, March 10 — the same day that the first round of submissions in the RFP are due.
The Trump Mexican Border Wall may be the 11th wonder of the world of walls. If it gets built. Several large construction companies capable of building such a wall have not answered the RFP (Bechtel, Boeing, CH2M).
Architects of famous walls seem to be unknown … many were military engineers. Here are the ten walls awaiting the arrival of McTrumps Golden Arches:
… and a haiku:
A thirty foot wall
stretching 1900 miles .
Keep those in, those out.,
… lower the cone of silence …
Keystone pipeline exempt from “Buy American”.
Didn’t THE SPEECH have an applause line set-up for the assurance of “Buy American”?
At least his tie was better …
UPDATE from DDF: Dan Drezner ’90 tells a story about buying American:
Economists are just now beginning to appreciate the power of narrative in explaining how people believe the economy actually works. These narratives are not always the truth, and certainly not always the whole truth. But a compelling narrative can profoundly influence how people think the economy functions. Robert Shiller, the new president of the American Economics Association, pointed this out in his recent presidential address: “President-elect Donald J. Trump is a master of narratives.”
So sit right back and let me tell you a story about one of the hidden costs of Donald Trump’s economic motto: Buy American and Hire American.
Read the whole thing. My main takeaway is that there is a lot of fat to be cut from the US budget!
About the above addition to my post by Dave:
Constant Readers of Ephblog know that my posts are rarely done for intellectual discussion and/or an in-depth look at a stance or belief. They are done simply as head turners, as head-turners about the particular issue.
This is the case on “Steel Yourself”. I am pointing out the chicanery of the speech itself with its set-up applause lines.
I must add that while I have no problem with Dave’s reference to Drezner’s article, I have trouble from an editing point-of-view with adding an extension to a post obviously done for brevity. His addition is what “comments” are for.
Hmmmm … Canadians, eh?
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — During President Trump’s transition to power, his team reached out to Elliott Abrams for help building a new administration. Mr. Abrams, a seasoned Republican foreign policy official, sent lists of possible candidates for national security jobs.
One by one, the answer from the Trump team came back no. The reason was consistent: This one had said disparaging things about Mr. Trump during the campaign; that one had signed a letter opposing him. Finally, the White House asked Mr. Abrams himself to meet with the president about becoming deputy secretary of state, only to have the same thing happen — vetoed because of past criticism.
… The New York Times, February 18, 2017
A proven answer:
Oath of loyalty for Public Officials:
“I swear: I shall be loyal and obedient to Adolf Hitler, the Führer of the German Reich and people, respect the laws, and fulfill my official duties conscientiously, so help me God.” (as of August 20. 1934).
I’m glad I have my Second Amendment Rights. I see an Armed Ephblog as our first line of defense.
is are not my enemy, it is they are the enemy of the American People”. Team names and other collective nouns may be used as singular or plural (esp UK) … ‘media’ is the neuter plural of ‘medium’.)
I’m glad to see John Oliver back!
Remember, there is a ‘Bright’ in ‘Breitbart’ … well, nearly.
This is the only known photograph of David Kane …
Art: @obrienillustration #alternatefacts
… however, the Worlds Foremost Authority may have written for Ephblog under the nom de plume John C. Drew PhD.
A Multi-Level Opportunity!
cf: DeVos, Amway
Amway logo is a registered trademark.
Ephblogers seem to be readers of various media … ‘junkies’ may not be an over-statement.
The article below from the Sydney Morning Herald is a nice summary of this publishing occasion. The New Yorker this week uses the iconic image in a similar statement but accomplishes its’ message in a more quiet, thoughtful, and melancholy manner, similar to the black-on-black 9/11 and the Purple Rain covers.
1. Your thoughts on the use of revered graphic icons for political observations.
2. Your thoughts/rants on the covers themselves and the message they deliver.
I write this as an old manipulator of graphics for branding/image purposes.
… and your little dog, too!
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