Led Zeppelin - “That’s The Way (Rough Mix With Dulcimer & Backwards Echo)”
Video: The Sunset Limited
Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson portray a professor and an ex-convict discussing God or the lack thereof within the walls of a New York tenement apartment as suicide hangs in the balance.
Text: Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline
Dr. Becky A. Bailey offers practical instructions for anyone who would train to be a more effective parent. Using Bailey’s training might spare Preston (and me) years of therapy.
Audio: The Essential Laura Nyro
Most songwriters stay close to the standard form—verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus. Not Nyro. Her favorite form was pop-fantasia spiced with jazz and gospel. Her songs may be too quirky for many, but those songs will richly reward those listeners looking for an adventure.
While the sudden rise of unaccompanied children at the Texas border has quickly become a humanitarian problem and a political tussle, minors trying to enter the US in significant numbers are not a new phenomenon. US border patrol agents encountered 16,114 from Mexico alone in fiscal year 2009 (beginning October 2008). While arrivals from Mexico have remained relatively stable in the past six years, there has been a dramatic spike in those from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
The political tussle that The Guardian refers to involves The President submitting a request to Congress for 3.7 billion dollars. This money is needed to handle the humanitarian crisis that tens of thousands of undocumented minors present. House Republicans moved swiftly, but not to aid undocumented children. Instead Republicans swiftly blamed the President for the crisis as they cited lax border enforcement and loose immigration policy as the real crisis.
My personal opinion is that the real crisis is the Republican House. When stripped of all rhetorical flourishes the Republican stance on immigration reform resembles a child covering his ears and eyes while screaming, “No, no, no!” Now actual children are marooned in a bad situation due to Republican childishness. If it would help then I volunteer to read Oliver Twist to the House as a bedtime story, but only the voters may finally put this “worst Congress ever” to bed.
First Aid Kit - My Silver Lining
(Can they truly be Sweedish?)
Edward Hopper | Summertime | 1943
Paul Starr, The Second Machine Age, Reviewed
Starr juxtaposes techno optimism and pessimism, spiraling about the core question: why doesn’t rapid innovation in technology and science lead to a/ higher productivity and b/ better economic outcomes for all?
Brynjolfsson and McAfee, the authors of The Second Machine Age, blame the former on organizational inertia, and the fact that value may not be falling, even when prices are (think about the music industry). Basically, they say our economics hasn’t caught up with the foundational changes in our economy.
Robert Gordon is a Northwestern economist who has long contended that technology’s benefits are largely overstated. His work suggests that growth might be less than 1% in the decades to come because of various ‘headwinds’ — like demographic change, declining educational quality, inequality, and economic adjustment (think music business).
Starr summarizes Gordon’s position on b/:
Unless we change our policies in such areas as education, health care, and taxation, the bottom 99 percent will not see much improvement in living standards. For the great majority of Americans, the problem is that productivity growth, whatever its real level, is not translating into higher incomes. The gains from growth are going to the top—and on this point Brynjolfsson and McAfee have no disagreement with Gordon.
Starr wants to end on a hopeful note, so he suggests that ‘we will find a way forward only when we can put growth and equality back together’.
But that is more of dream than a roadmap. Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty First Century suggests that we might be moving into an era — the postnormal — when income inequality and the oligarchic conservation of wealth will become the new steady state. And technological innovation may be an engine for that, rather than a force for equality and a better future for all.(via stoweboyd)
Concerned by the mounting ubiquity and sophistication of automation I have asked, “What are people for?” If these trends hold then people will be for naught. Creepy.
Bonox and Vegemite delivery van, 1947.
If they only sold Twinkies then they would cover all the food groups (or the entire periodic table—I’m not sure which).