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* “Blood and Soil”/ A footnote to Charlottesville

*  “Blood and Soil” has a great appeal… the uniting power of native nationality and the native land. This slogan was chanted at the deadly terrorist demonstration in         Charlottsville.

       http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/nazi-germany/blood-and-soil/

While I usually work hard for the Williams topicality, the series currently running provides a natural background.

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Blut und Boden = Blood and Soil

Ortsbauernfuhrer = Leader of the Landed Farmers. See above link for difficulty in defining and applying.

Reischsnahrstand = The Nazi governing group determining land needed to meet nutritional needs of the German people

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/12/us/charlottesville-unite-the-right-rally/index.html

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The Houses of Williamstown: Phi Sigma Kappa …

(This is the 10th in a series of 16 posts) … Originall published 5 November, 2009. Click COMMENT for entire post
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Welcome to the War of the Words …

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Kim Jong-Un wants to punish us “a thousand-fold”.

 Trump ups that:  “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen”.

 Separated at birth?

 

Some fore-shadowing …

https://communications.williams.edu/news-releases/pulitzer-prize-wining-author-of-the-making-of-the-atomic-bomb-to-speak-at-williams-college/

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A Dissatisfied Trump in Afghanistan …

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The Great Game continues, the players are real:

https://catalog.williams.edu/1516/catalog.php?&strm=1161&subj=HIST&cn=37

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 https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/with-us-general-under-fire-afghans-fear-being-abandoned-by-trump/2017/08/04/afe1375a-7899-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html?utm_term=.2e3650af272a&wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1

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The Houses of Williamstown: Phi Gamma Delta …

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, according to a document obtained by The New York Times.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/us/politics/trump-affirmative-action-universities.html

Any thoughts on the swing of a new political sway and possible effects on Williams?

Still, there is great reluctance, even discomfort, on the part of admissions offices to acknowledge race as a consideration in their evaluation process. Neither Brown nor Harvard explicitly does so, instead using words like “perspective” and “identity” to describe admissions considerations. Williams College, my own alma mater, doesn’t either, although on its website this fall, the percentage of students of color and those who are the first generation in their families to attend college is enlarged to about twice the size of the other demographic statistics.

Rose Corteau  ’14 writing in …

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/10/trading-identity-for-acceptance/505619/

 

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Can a military leader with 40 years of experience bring a chaotic White House under control?

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Respect for our system of government and respect for our constitution is at a low point. Let us hope that this proven general with a lifetime of service to both will succeed in restoring the sense of confidence in our country’s leadership we deserve.

Williams reference … look no further than this blog …

http://ephblog.com/2014/11/10/happy-birthday-eph-marines/

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Trump, Scaramucci, Base : Some descriptors you might not think of …

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  1. Trumpery           despicable, contemptible, poor, inferior, cheap, tawdry.

  2. Scaramuche      rascal, scamp, a cowardly buffoon
  3. Base                  without estimable personal qualities, dishonorable, mean-spirited

Please use these words in a sentence.  If the money is followed, will there be a sentence? Do lawyers have job security?

WOW WOW …  SCARAMUCCI OUT!  Evidently, he didn’t have job security. Congratulations to the new Chief of Staff!  No room for such behavior with a four-star Marine general on deck!

And of Williams alumni interest and/or harrumphing:

LEAD 127

America First?The Trump Era and the Future of World Politics

Spring 2018 Cross-listed as PSCI 127

https://catalog.williams.edu/catalog.php?strm=1183&subj=LEAD&cn=127&sctn=01&crsid=020707

 

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The Houses of Williamstown: Phi Delta …

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“Read the footnotes” … a reminder from Guy Creese’s essay on Professor Professor Dudley W. R. Bahlman

A Williams alum might find the story about Todd Ducharme (1994) of interest!!   “Be Prepared” – the motto of the Boy Scouts, and a Tom Lehrer song, and a reminiscence about Football Coach Dick Farley are contained in this news note that reflects how Williams connections and experiences shape our lives.

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http://web.williams.edu/athletics/news.php?id=8923&sport=10&year=2005

Perhaps other Williams alums would like to share their Billville times and stories. Just contact David.

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Heil To The Chief!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-AuDbyGXYM

I was in the host Valley Forge District in 1950 at the BSA first Jamboree after WWII. President Truman and General Eisenhower spoke. It wasn’t any thing like the national disgrace on Monday evening.

 Williams and “Be Prepared”

http://web.williams.edu/athletics/news.php?id=8923&sport=10&year=2005

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Ellis for The New Yorker

 

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The Houses of Williamstown: Kappa Alpha …

(this is the 7th in a series of 16 )

…in their ‘comments’, these old posts show an interest and avidity to fun as well as the darker side of Williams ongoing course.

My political jabs were also a continuing part of the blog at the time.

 

 
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Pardon me … …

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Lets dance. Putin’ on the Ritz!

But we’ll have a collusion.

That’s collision… When two people slide into each other.

That’s what I said, collusion

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo on campus:

https://connected.williams.edu/?p=320

 

 

THIS JUST IN:

Scaramucci in, Spicer out.

Communications to take a turn?

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

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The second Times around?

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Alas the link:

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/17/us/jeb-magruder-79-nixon-aide-jailed-for-watergate-dies.html

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Teamwork!

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 A follow-up to Strategy. Need those signals from Coach Cobb.

The Williams’ ties to baseball are well-known.

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if only the White House had the strategic thinking of baseball …

 

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… Maybe the name-sake will be successful!

Trading cards remain popular. I’ve been offered two Amhersts and a Bennington for my Williams.

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The Houses of Williamstown: Delta Upsilon …

(Originally posted 22 Oct, 2009. Click COMMENTS to see the entire post).

 

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At last, a quiet moment in Paris …

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Laurent de Brunhoff

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-40602788/trump-in-paris-compliments-and-a-hint-of-compromise

… perhaps at the 2017 Gala Dinner of the American Library in Paris which recently honored biographer Stacy Schiff ’82.

Stacy Schiff, dubbed by Vanity Fair as “the hottest biographer in the block,” is also the author of Véra(Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry: A Biography, a Pulitzer Prize finalist about the French aviator and writer; and A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize, the Ambassador Award in American Studies, and the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Institut Français de l’Amérique. 

https://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/library-blog/item/746-gala-dinner-2017.html

 

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Later today from an ami on the Fountain Pen Network.

 

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Dancing with Bears …

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… can be very dangerous!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And that Williams link.

NSCI 204

Animal BehaviorSpring 2018 Cross-listed as BIOL 204

Making sense of what we see while watching animals closely is both an enthralling pastime and a discipline that draws on many aspects of biology.

https://catalog.williams.edu/catalog.php?strm=1183&subj=NSCI&cn=204&sctn=01&crsid=010617 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“A clash of civilizations”…

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“Clash of civilizations” …quote from Trump speech, Poland 6 July, 2017

 hmmmm. Rings a bell …

The Great Crusades (1095-1291)

The following is a list of events that occurred during the Great Crusades and covers the years 1095-1291.

http://www.umich.edu/~marcons/Crusades/timeline/detailedtimeline.html

For more bells, this might be a good course when it comes around again. Or maybe it won’t …

 ENGL 212 Spring 2015 Imagining the World, 1096-1650 (D) (W)

As part of the Exploring Diversity Initiative, this course examines the identities that Medieval and early modern Christians and others (for example, Jews and Muslims) imagined for each other and themselves in ways that still linger powerfully today–to give just one example, in Osama bin Laden’s 1998 fatwa against the United States, which describes Americans as participants in the same “crusader campaigns” inaugurated by Pope Urban II at the dawn of the First Crusade in 1095. The course will be divided into three units: Inventing the West, Inventing the East, Inventing the Future. The first will explore the monstrous origins of England and Ireland as well as trace the attempts to create a united West through the crusades (as proclaimed by Urban II, and as witnessed by a Jew, Solomon Bar Samson, from massacred Mainz)

 

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The Houses of Williamstown: Delta Phi …

(originally posted 19 Oct, 2009, Click COMMENT to see entire post)

 

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The Stars and Stripes Forever!

 Happy Fourth of July!

 

 

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Washington! What it means to be a leader …

…from the Williams course catalogue

LEAD 285
The Revolutionary Generation: Galaxy of Leaders

Fall 2017 Cross-listed as HIST 354, PSCI 285

The American Revolution produced a galaxy of brilliant politicians, statesmen, and military leaders of extraordinary courage, intellect, creativity, and character: Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, Adams. In this seminar, we will study their astounding accomplishments–

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One can’t help but think of today’s incumbent in this perspective as we ready for Independence Day…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MPfG7wyflw&t=9s

 

 

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A note to the selection committee …

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Former prestigious university president may be available soon!

Current position under fire. Familiar with press and branding.

Campus personal housing may have to be up-gilded.

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The Houses of Williamstown: Delta Kappa Epsilon 1956 …

(originally published 15 Oct, 2009. To see full post click on COMMENTS)

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Trump. No gentleman. Mocks Mika Brzezinski ’89 …

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,,, boorish personal references to body and IQ. Is this ‘Presidential’? Is this the ‘New Normal’? God Help The United States of America!

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/29/business/media/trump-mika-brzezinski-facelift.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

 

Addendum. In a separate note READ THE email MESSAGE FROM THE COLLEGE … FALK RESIGNS!  

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“As someday it may happen that a victim must be found, I’ve got a little list …”

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWo_3CIcTBQ

(It beats me why I can’t get this just to play. Watch it … new lyrics including TRUMP (The Eric Idle English Seaside setting premiered by the ENO)

… and who in addition to our Lord High Executioner is keeping such a list? And how has such a list of subtle changes to our basic democracy since his transport to DC become a viral hit?

The answer:

 Amy Siskind, from this article in the WAPO, 25, June 2107 ,“who lives just outside New York City, left Wall Street in 2008. Over a 20-year career, she’d become an expert in distressed-debt trading and, at one point, co-headed the trading department at Morgan Stanley and became the first female managing director at another firm.

www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/trump-won-and-amy-siskind-started-a-list-of-changes-now-its-a-sensation/2017/06/23/cdba2b12-575e-11e7-b38e-35fd8e0c288f_story.html?utm_term=.3e03bc327e4b

… and the list-in-progress:

https://medium.com/@Amy_Siskind/week-30-experts-in-authoritarianism-advise-to-keep-a-list-of-things-subtly-changing-around-you-so-9705fea03cc9

God, what is the Williams link I hear you gnashing? Why whom else than …

Richard J. Miller, Jr. ’86

A highly successful New York attorney, Rich has also maintained an active career as a tenor, performing in many of the works of Gilbert & Sullivan and Victor Herbert, with professional and amateur companies, international festivals, and college organizations. In 2003, Mr. Miller was designated “Best Male Voice” at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England.  In 2013, he was the tenor soloist in the Williams College Choir performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah.  Rich currently serves as the President of the Metropolitan Opera Guild.

… from the Williams College list of grads in the world of music.

 

 

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Is James A. Linen III ’34 spinning in his grave?

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   … a shot of the fake TIME cover proudly on display at Trump courses in the US and Scotland

James A Linen ’34 was one of the key figures in the expansion of TIME Inc after WWII. Nothing that this giant did was “fake”.

http://www.nytimes.com/1988/02/02/obituaries/james-linen-3d-75-ex-publisher-and-president-at-time-inc-dies.html

I would hope that readers of this Williams blog regardless of political bent would agree that Donald J. Trump is no gentleman.

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As The Blue Fairy and The New York Times say: “A lie keeps growing and growing until it’s as plain as the nose on your face”.

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 A long list of lies from the lyin’ media …

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/23/opinion/trumps-lies.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region&_r=0

There was an English Department offering that shed light on the use of puppets including the Disney favorite:

ENGL 162 Fall 2013 Uncanny Valley (W) 

From the Golem of Prague to Wall-E, puppets, robots and dolls show up in a huge variety of film, fiction, and art. Uncanny Valley will explore the complicated reactions that these simulacra inspire. Why this fascination with the lifelike? What can we learn from Pinocchio, the Velveteen Rabbit or John Malkovich that we can’t learn from our interactions with real humans? Works studied will include fiction by Poe, Kafka, Capek, and A. M. Homes, as well as films by Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, and Tim Burton.

Well, “always let your conscionce be your guide”

 

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The Houses of Williamstown: Chi Psi … (originally published 12 Oct 2009)

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