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100 Days : Walls are going up …

… 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.

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Berlin Wall with Keith Haring 330 ft graffiti 1986. Soon both were gone.

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Fun with Stereotypes!

Stereo type analysis

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.

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Needs a job! Ephblog should act now!

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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?

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Rechtal’s note still reverberates …

I posted this letter from my old roommate on 11 April, 2008. It is  pertinent today

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“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,

    Recht

 

 

 

 

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Chuck Barris: Today’s need for The Gong Show …

… 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”.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/chuck-barris-dead-gong-show-929310

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The EPA and climate change …

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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.

https://www.pacificpower.net/about/nr/nr2016/blue-sky-award.html

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Thomas Krens ’69, pioneer of Guggenheim Bilbao, criticizes planned expansion to Abu Dhabi …

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Former Director of the Guggenheim Foundation Criticizes Plans for Abu Dhabi Branch

https://www.artforum.com/news/id=67458

I understand his concerns. I add my own thought on this design: Gehry’s style has gone Mannerist!

For comparison:

https://www.dwell.com/article/13-iconic-buildings-designed-by-frank-gehry-e23f49d3

See below first para for my meaning of mannerist/ism:

https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/renaissance-reformation/mannerism1/a/a-beginners-guide-to-mannerism

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“I’m President and you’re not” …

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… quote from TIME magazine interview March 22, 2017.
http://time.com/4710456/donald-trump-time-interview-truth-falsehood/

… may not be the best mantra for governance, particularly with Left-wing/Right-wing lawmakers fracturing his own party.

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A Thriller Rauschenberg show at WCMA …

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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.

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Rauschenberg created Autobiography with Broadside Art Inc., founded by arts patron Marion Javits and graphic designer Milton Glaser Read more

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Re: ‘Argument’ as ‘Sport’ …

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Ephblog as Weston Field.

See ‘comments’ in Richard Spencer post (below).

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JCD jostled by all and sundry …

 

 

 

 

 

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Funny, but it sounds more real when sung by Piaf …

… 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

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On St Patrick’s Day, additional historical notes …

… older readers from the days of required Chapel may recall visits to St Pat’s.

 

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http://www.williamstowncatholics.org/parish-history

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A “President” in “Air Quotes” …

… not to be taken “literally”. Other words for “Air Quotes” … “Impeachment”, “25th Amendment”, “What hath God wrought”.

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Stonewall the Wall: March 10 is Boycott Day for Architects.

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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.

 http://archinect.com/news/article/149994713/the-architecture-lobby-calls-on-architects-engineers-to-protest-border-wall-on-march-10-day-of-acti

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).

https://www.citylab.com/design/2017/03/heres-what-global-building-companies-say-about-designing-trumps-wall/518475/

 Architects of famous walls  seem to be unknown … many were military engineers. Here are the ten walls awaiting the arrival of McTrumps Golden Arches:

http://www.wonderslist.com/10-most-famous-walls-in-the-world/

… and a haiku:

A thirty foot wall

stretching 1900 miles .

Keep those in, those out.,

 

 

 

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Trump: Get Smart …

lower the cone of silence

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Steel Yourself for This …

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Keystone pipeline exempt from “Buy American”.

http://www.fox10tv.com/story/34661703/despite-trump-promises-keystone-pipeline-wont-have-to-use-american-steel

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.

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CPAC Conclave: “Seems like old times …”

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Hmmmm … Canadians, eh?

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Struggle to Fill Jobs When Total Loyalty Is a Must ? A Proven Answer!

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:

Donald Trump

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).

 

 

 

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To Arms! To Arms! The News Reporters are coming!

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I’m glad I have my Second Amendment Rights. I see an Armed Ephblog as our first line of defense.

 

(“The media 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’.)

 

 

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“The Media is the Opposition Party” says Republican Strategist …

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I’m glad to see John Oliver back!

 

Remember, there is a ‘Bright’ in ‘Breitbart’ … well, nearly.

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Ann, Abby, and Ephblog: The All-Time Big Three for Personal Advice!

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This is the only known photograph of David Kane …

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An Aid to Understanding Free Speech Discussions …

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Art: @obrienillustration #alternatefacts

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K-thru-12: Public Education and Private Contractors …

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A Multi-Level Opportunity!

cf: DeVos, Amway

 

Amway logo is a registered trademark.

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Trump as a Daesh … has ‘Der Spiegel’ gone too far?

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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.

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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.

http://www.smh.com.au/world/german-magazine-der-spiegel-divides-with-trump-cover-20170204-gu5ogx.html

I write this as an old manipulator of graphics for branding/image purposes.

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Witch hunt, Indeed! I’ll show you Bowling Green, my pretty ….

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… and your little dog, too!

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Race is so fluid …

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It has only been 10 days since January 20th, 2017 …

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January 30th, 1933. Bismark makes Hitler Chancellor of Germany.

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The Forgotten Man: Recycling Busby Berkeley …

“Gold Diggers of 1933″.  Very much in the style and sensitivity of 45.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_Diggers_of_1933

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Clan Marches …

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… well, the Swart clan anyway. Family members marched in Seattle, Oakland, Boston, and DC.

Here is a family reporter from DC:

It was a great and important day today in Washington DC and the Women`s March.  We wanted to take Metro but when we got to our station, the queue was about a 1/2 mile long coming out of the station (Uber was about $70!).  We wound up driving (easy) and parked in a parking garage.  Lots of incredibly clever signs so look closely at the pictures in the link, many are funny, scary, poignant, and everything between.  The crowd was huge (a few hundred thousand at least I would guess) and things got extremely tight at times in the throngs but everyone was so nice and loving.  No signs of anger (except at Trump) and just a good time peacefully demonstrating and exercising our First Amendment rights – very patriotic and very American!  Hope all other demonstrating marchers today around the globe had an an equally positive experience standing up for important issues they believe in.

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