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What is “a gun situation”?

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http://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Shooter-s-weapon-described-as-AR-15-variant-12334141.php

https://dean.williams.edu/policies/code-of-conduct/

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No Pell Grant Needed!

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The military academies are forgotten in the Ephdom discussions of great schools and value. It costs nothing but service, FREE!! In fact, your rich Uncle Sam pays you to go to college. Graduates include Ulysses S. Grant, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter, numerous cabinet heads, ambassadors, scores of members of congress… etc. etc.

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Legacies: Health Care if and only if a Wall?

trump_wallSome chips on the table as Trump makes moves.

 Perhaps another discussion at Williams like this one 9 November, 2015 might add some interesting views on the perception of legacies: positive v negative.

Looking back at the numerous legislative fights, years of partisan polarization, and disputes over issues ranging from healthcare to a nuclear Iran, how should we think about Obama—his presidency, his achievements, his shortcomings?  What kind of leadership has Obama exercised?  What type of legacy will he leave?  What sorts of lessons should we take from his presidency?  Come listen as three keen observers of Obama and astute analysts of American politics answer these questions as they discuss race, the economy, the War on Terror, and more.

https://events.williams.edu/event/obama_leadership_legacy_lessons

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For those interested in spies and tradecraft …

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 … and I am sure you might even catch a whiff about one or two of your classmates, John LaCarre’s new book, A Legacy of Spies, is out!

In the opening para you realize it is going to concern LaCarre’s first iconic spy, the one who came in from the cold, Alec Leamas. And include most familiar names and ancient doings from The Spy Who Came In From The Cold plus the trilogy: Tinker, Tailor, Honorable Schoolboy, and Smiley’s Friends. And indeed, the Great Man Himself:

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Here is  a rave review in The Guardian …

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/sep/07/legacy-of-spies-john-le-carre-review

And for my redoubtable friend DDF and his rather limited view on blog acceptability, who better a reference than James Phinney Baxter himself! First head of the Research and Analysis Section of the OSS.

 

 

 

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https://www.cia.gov/news-information/featured-story-archive/2010-featured-story-archive/oss-research-and-analysis.html

 

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” … not a good war-time consigliere …

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… we are going to the mattresses”.

The Godfather was included in a Williams class two years ago.

https://catalog.williams.edu/1516/catalog.php?&strm=1161&subj=COMP&cn=221

Michael Beschloss is analyzing the Banner Bannon departure right now on MSNBC.

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A Vacation Special Quiz …

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 WHAT’S MY HANDICAP?

 Readers,

Please supply answers to these current events issues …

   • N Korean threats

   • Afghanistan  

   • Climate change and new US Government report

   • Debt limit and default

   • Bobby Sticks and possible Russian money connections

   • Budget and The Wall

 This list is not complete. Please feel free to add as you see fit!

Further fodder

http://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-north-korea-threats-will-be-met-with-fire-and-fury

A Williams thought … could this course become a part of an eponymous chain?

http://ephsports.williams.edu/sports/wgolf/Taconic_Golf_Club

 

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EphBlog (and other members of the press): Beware of Presidents’ Wrath …

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DDF could be the subject of a subpoena for his leaks on President Falk.

“We respect the important role that the press plays, and we’ll give them respect, but it is not unlimited,” Sessions said. “They cannot place lives at risk with impunity. We must balance the press’s role with protecting our national security and the lives of those who serve in the intelligence community, the armed forces and all law-abiding Americans.” *

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/04/doj-reviewing-policies-on-media-subpoenas-sessions-says-241329

While my warning is addressed to my parochial interest of the world of Williams, I suppose I should give a shout-out to the NYT, WaPo, Politico,WSJ, MSNBC, CNN, the LA Times and others continuing to be a free press.

* There is no comma after the armed forces, Followers of some recent cases may be aware of the importance of inclusion/exclusion based on the use of the Oxford Comma.

 

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Direct Order by Tweet?

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford, pictured here in March, wrote in the message to the chiefs of the services and senior enlisted leaders that the military will continue to “treat all of our personnel with respect.” | Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/27/trump-transgender-military-ban-no-modification-241029

Williams men and women have served and are serving in the military. US Army 1957-1959 for me. Our bone-spur President seems to have as little regard for military procedure as he has for the rule of law. How long, I wonder, until he receives a section 8.

ADDED PER DDF’S GREAT SUGGESTION (see comments below)

Senator Chris Murphy ’96 (D) Conn has made this powerful statement of his belief in the right to serve our country:

https://www.murphy.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/murphy-statement-after-trump-announces-ban-on-transgender-people-serving-in-military

 

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When was the last time…?

https://www.thefire.org/chris-rock-explains-doesnt-want-perform-college-campuses/

 

In the interview, Rich and Rock discussed how Rock, like many comedians, has been criticized by audience members who were offended by his jokes. When asked what he thought about the recent controversy over Bill Maher’s invitation to speak at the University of California, Berkeley’s December commencement ceremony, Rock said, “Well, I love Bill, but I stopped playing colleges, and the reason is because they’re way too conservative.” He elaborated:

Not in their political views — not like they’re voting Republican — but in their social views and their willingness not to offend anybody. Kids raised on a culture of “We’re not going to keep score in the game because we don’t want anybody to lose.” Or just ignoring race to a fault. You can’t say “the black kid over there.” No, it’s “the guy with the red shoes.” You can’t even be offensive on your way to being inoffensive.

Rock said he started to notice the trend about eight years ago, and that he wasn’t the only one—as he recalled, “I remember talking to George Carlin before he died and him saying the exact same thing.”

 

 

Once upon a time Chapin Hall was filled with music and laughter. Not long ago (20 years?), you could see popular bands and comedians there.

 

When was the last time the college had a (I guess what now would be considered “controversial”) band or artist on campus?

 

Once upon a time, Williams was free.

 

 

 

 

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Glorified Yoga Space

A resident of Greylock writes:

Didn’t the building Greylock use to be a dining hall? I heard it closed because of the financial issues during the financial crisis. I know that Williams is much richer now, at least richer than it was back when Greylock had to be closed. Why hasn’t it been opened as a dining hall? Whenever I pass by or see something going on in Greylock, all I see are townies doing yoga or dancing in the afternoons/late evenings. Is Williams just maintaining it as a glorified yoga space instead of turning it into a venue we can regularly use? It just feels like Greylock can be used so much better and it’s just … there.

1) True! Greylock used to be a dining hall, but as extensive Record coverage will show, closing Greylock was one of the many policies implemented to reduce spending during and following the financial crisis. Same with Dodd. However, other coverage also details improvements made to other dining halls in light of these changes over time. Should we spend several posts discussing these, and dining services at Williams in general? General dining related issues among students include the declining quality of the food served (despite increasing costs to students), the daily window in which food is not served on campus (after lunch ’til right before dinner), and the cramped space in Paresky and Driscoll during mealtimes. The Record reported just a month ago that Greylock will be used as a dance studio next year due to renovations in Goodrich, although plans “have not been formalized yet.” Maybe now would be an excellent time to make some suggestions?

2) I have also noticed that Greylock is used more frequently as “yoga space” than as a gathering place for students. Besides the odd class that’s held in some of the classrooms during the day, Greylock classrooms are also used for a capella practice. I personally have seen the upstairs of Greylock – where the dining hall used to be – less than five times: thrice because this is where students sign up for housing every spring, and once for a campus party. The basement is used by students for storage sometimes. That’s about it! Am I missing anything?

3) From conversations I have with my fellow classmates, that Greylock is not a dining hall is taken as a given since the entire (current) student body arrived at Williams after the crisis. However, more of my classmates are now realizing this and asking – given the congestion in Paresky and Driscoll during mealtimes – why Greylock is barely used/not back to a dining hall. Should we spend posts discussing why Greylock is still not a dining hall even though Williams is much more financially capable than it was when it had to be closed? On that note, would it be worth going through the significant changes made during the financial crisis – the rollback of no loans policy, non-need blind for international students, among others – and why these changes haven’t been reversed?

What do readers think?

 

As always, tips to concerned.ephs@gmail.com will help make Williams a better college for you and future Ephs!

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A note from my classmate Peter Britton ’56 …

A man of no conscience.

I awake on Tuesday to find a sociopath has endangered every living organism on our planet.

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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:

CO2 BLUE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeMT9QO0azo

GORDIAN KNOT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HxRrk6LH4g

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 …

MI0002799857 … this and others are available online https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/peterbritton

and his book …

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Bill, interrupting your ‘deets’ …

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…when I heard the sirens coming down our quiet Hood River, OR (pop 7,500) block, I knew the fire department was driving Christmas-decorated equipment through our local streets.

It is a much-anticipated tradition here in the Hood. And greatly appreciated by residents as the Season whitens the town. Another six inches is adding to that on the lawns. And a lot more to the base on Mt Hood!

We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming.

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Why we care about wars of the past.

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The current pick for Secretary of Defense Marine General James Mattis made the following observation on the history of warfare and our current position in it;

For all the “4th Generation of War” intellectuals running around today saying that the nature of war has fundamentally changed, the tactics are wholly new, etc, I must respectfully say … “Not really”: Alex the Great would not be in the least bit perplexed by the enemy that we face right now in Iraq, and our leaders going into this fight do their troops a disservice by not studying (studying, vice just reading) the men who have gone before us.

Historical monuments are not “problematic in modern context.” These themes have not changed. War has not changed. It’s offensive. Making young men an women consider these issues will never be achieved by denying their current existence by censoring works of art and historical monuments. We are not above this. Remember that when you look at the log mural.

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This guy has Alec Baldwin down pat …

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US Coinage …

Someone has got to go so Trump can truly represent change!

Any thoughts?

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“I believe a man lost in the mazes of his own mind may imagine that he’s anything.”

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Quote from The Wolfman   1941

Genre:  Drama, Horror

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit:  The Atlantic, Win McNamee / Getty

 

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Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Search Forum – Thursday, November 3 (7:30PM-8:30PM at Goodrich Hall)

To the Williams Community,

As you may have heard, the process of creating and hiring for the new position of Dean of Admission and Financial Aid is underway. To help inform how we communicate with and assess candidates for this newly created position, the search committee would like to seek input from the college student community as a whole. As a part of this process, we would like to share that there will be a public forum, which will take place at Goodrich Hall on November 3rd at 7:30-8:30pm.

Members of the committee will be on hand to listen to your comments and feedback, as well as answer any questions you may have. Hearing from as many people as possible will give us the fullest possible picture in making our decisions. We plan on this being a round-circle discussion. If you cannot make it but would still like to offer your thoughts/ask questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Bum Shik at bsk3 or in person around campus at any time.

Thank you for your participation and assistance in this process, which is of great importance to Williams now and in the future. We hope to see you there.

On behalf of the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Search Committee,
Bum Shik Kim, Class of 2019
Dukes Love, Provost and Professor of Economics

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T-rump on the “Pussy” Trail …

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When he’s miked on a bus to the set,

You’d think he’d be quiet, but yet …

He says he’s a star

And can go very far

With ladies he hasn’t yet met.

While the word in this headline is lewd,

It is the word that Trump spewed.

He’s taking a beating,

The word’s worth repeating!

No ‘sorry’ from me, John C. Drewd!

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The Day After Mountain Day: A Tutorial …

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Trump interrupted … or not interrupted:

How Lester Holt left out our candidate’s best stuff. The system is rigged!

 

 

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That was a double lo-cal Yeats with extra symbolism …

Starbucks baristas prepare drinks during a preview of its new Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/09/fear-of-a-college-educated-barista/500792/

The Atlantic.com posts this story of the plight of Liberal Arts majors …

“A large chasm has opened between the fates of young liberal-arts majors and their peers in STEM (science, tech, engineering, and math) fields. The former are struggling to find work that pays, at least before their late twenties. The latter are mostly finding lucrative work after they graduate.”

While pulling back on the ‘barista’ a bit, the story is interesting reading.

Having found my first job  in the training program at BBDO  at the bar in the Williams Club (RIP), I feel I am unable to relate.

But I am sure that some readers will have up-to-date experience.

Comment. 45 minutes. Use as many blue books as you need. Sign the Honor Statement.

(You can see what I mean about being out of it.)

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Diversity : a Tremor from the past, posted for sake of diversity of comment …

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http://ephblog.com/2009/10/23/when-the-fault-line-was-the-angle-of-repose/

From seven years ago. Ephblog readership was larger and more diverse in interests  than deconstruction. A number of comments by different readers. I’d have the post live on a click, but the “link” command doesn’t seem to be active. (Old dog etc.)

You remember this post, David.

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NOW! Look Great for these Last Few Weeks until Election Day!

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Wear proudly! Speak Boldly!  Beat the Dealer!

You can never wear too many hats. Well, not at these prices in your choice of color. FREE SHIPPING. Costs less here than at the rally!

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Williamstown Bank not a “Safe Place” for a meeting …

I thought it would be a safe place for my group to meet. Our group is Us Guys Who Think We Are Funny and Can Get Away With It.

Imagine my chagrin when someone crashed our meeting. Well, Mr Bozo, you certainly hurt our sense of identity. But I was able to make a Quick Change of location. Such are the risks of pioneering new thought.

That’s Ray Goulding of Bob and Ray as the guard.

I thought if Trigger Warning worked, I could get away with Safe Place.

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Trigger Warning!

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Those hooves could injure a young mind with unwanted ideas.

And as for Roy… well, just look at that hat and bandana!

YOU ARE WARNED!

 

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Most Pro-Hockney Eph?

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When you are older, you realise that everything else is just nothing compared to painting and drawing.

David Hockney

Outlandish rubbish or the musing of one who has earned this view?

I know that Ephs hold varying views on this iconic artist.

His latest show 82 Portraits and a Still Life at the Royal Academy has an excellent catalogue for those like me who number themselves in the Pro-Hockney camp. Yet even I see the difference betewwn the portraits done in a speed test to make a point and the more thoughtful and insightful Hockney Portraits exhibition of 2007 at the Royal Portrait Gallery.

Given the exposure to art and art history of many readers of this blog, perhaps the number of comments can equal or exceed those under Most Pro Trump Eph?, now numbering 82 (a happy coincidence).

I’ll be looking for you, John C Drew, Ephalum, and dcat!

 

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A small-town newspaper appeals to our Representative in Congress:

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http://www.hoodrivernews.com/news/2016/aug/20/no-trump-what-greg-walden-should-say/

Keep in mind there is a major difference in politics between Eastern Oregon and Western Oregon. Hood River is in the Cascade Mountains buffer zone between the green and population of Western Oregon and the high desert and ranches of Eastern Oregon. Twenty miles west is Cascade Locks in a temperate rain forest, twenty miles to the east is The Dalles and the start of cowboy boots.

I am amazed and delighted this 2x/week, advertising-dependent print medium took such a stand. What is going on with your local paper?

 

I am reserving the right to edit a post I have made as I see fit. My intent was to point out this newspaper occurrence and to ask if anyone had seen something similar. My intent was not to provide a springboard for the usual suspects to spew forth their usual dismal prose.

There are enough springboards for this type of speech present on the blog. I simply want my observation to stand alone.

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Alt Right Trump CEO Wears Hair Over Left Eye …

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http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/08/17/alt-right-rejoices-at-trump-s-steve-bannon-hire.html

… now if Steve Bannon could be convinced to wear a small mustache …

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Atrocious

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The only acceptable prejudices at Williams are against rich people and white people.

What would have been the Administration’s reaction to a tweet by a student which replaced “white” with “black?”

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It has happened here …

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At the Hood River, OR railroad station, 9:40 AM. May 13, 1942.

All with Japanese ancestry board for travel to internment camps.

One particular story:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minoru_Yasui

On November 16, 2015, President Barack Obama announced that Minoru Yasui would receive a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom.[2] The Medal was presented to Lori Yasui in a White House ceremony November 24, 2015.

See also my comment #8 under ‘Hillary’s web of Promises. A touch of harsh reality seems necessary sometimes in these prolonged intellectualized discussions of issues.

 

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