Monthly Archives: December 2010

and what you have loved

‎”You will live in this world as though it is real, until it is no longer real, and then, you will know as I do, that all your adventures and all your possessions, and all your losses, and what you have loved — this gold, this bread, the green glass sea — were things you dreamed as surely as you dreamed of buffalo and watercress.” Jeanette Winterson The Powerbook p 16

in the last few months

My friend Martha Moffet’s mother died yesterday at ninety-nine and I was moved to write the following

I have come to believe more and more in the last few months, what is new to me if not to others,  that life in its arbitrariness is governed not by any real sense but by the willingness of certain people or spirits – or the capacity or conviction of certain people that allows them to impress themselves or inflict themselves on others and mold their world.
So that our living imagination is in the hands of the few people who are able by a combination of will, skill, and spirit to occupy it.
So that even in this age of mass media and incredible communication, the map of our world is made up of relatively few figures or people – whether close or far.

By these standards your mother must count as one of the great spirits, and I am sorry for your loss, and glad that her passing was peaceful.

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New to me in part because I learned or was taught painfully that the world was supposed to make sense, and it if didn’t I was at fault.                                 As Einstein said, God does not play dice with the universe.

 

 

 

 

FACEBOOK WALL Dec 9 2010

Karl Reisman Someone wrote this great article
which I have never seen called
Do Senators Persuade each other?

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      Michael Dowd Don’t know the article, but in the words of my very best English Professor — 

      “Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood.” – Lionel Trilling

      11 hours ago ·
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      Kevin McEneaney It’s hard to persuade a millionaire to part with money; nearly all the senators are millionaires and so they would prefer the country’s workers to pay the government’s bill. 

      10 hours ago ·
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Karl Reisman The magic that our world exists at all

When I was 12, I saw a movie called Hello, Frisco, Hello with John Payne and Alice Faye. The song around which the movie was sort of built reached my emerging adolescence-called ‘You’ll Never Know” I never thought it was good – but it got me.
It is good – and you can search out the Alice Faye version – but this incredib…le performance by Bernadette Peters shows you what art can bring to it.

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A beautiful love song sang by Bernadette Peters.
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      Michael Dowd 

      It is a lovely song and Peters’ voice is gorgeous, but I also like Vera Lynn’s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZtWNlCTc6o 

      You might also like I’ll Be Seeing You… Love Songs of WWII a CD by Andrea Marcovicci whose voice is not Peters’ but… who is a wonderful cabaret performer.See More

      Wednesday at 10:37am ·
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      Karl Reisman 

      Bernatdette Peters is not only a voice, but a very unusual hard working artist – ass slso another – Jerome Kern Fred Astaire – song, which she makes fresh even after years of being hacked by a radio commercial
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=…Azq46m46UfASee More
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      Michael Dowd Did you know (I suspect you might) that Jerome Kern was one of Sigmund Rombard’s rehearsal pianists when he was putting a show on? 

      And some years later one of Jerome Kern’s rehearsal pianists was George Gershwin?

      11 hours ago ·
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Karl Reisman 

Last night Keith Olbermann Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell gave three opposing and/or very different views about President Obama’s tax deal — and all of them were true! Keith’s very serious condemnation of the Obama presidency can be seen here

In a Special Comment on the tax cut compromise, Countdown’s Keith Olbermann criticizes President Barack Obama and his Council of Economic Advisers for not understanding that the rich aren’t spending their money and the poor don’t have any money to spend. 

the historical world is a horrid place where, instead of  nice clean measurable forces, there are messy things like mixed motives. where classes keep overlapping, where what is believed to have happened is as real as what actually happened”   W H Auden


 

Karl Reisman Hier encore by Charles Aznavour — Yesterday I still was twenty. I caressed time and played with life As one plays with love . . But my loves are dead my friends will not return….I made an emptiness around me and I wasted my life

Charles Aznavour – Hier Encore
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      Karl Reisman 

      Hier encore, j’avais vingt ans
      Je caressais le temps et jouais de la vie
      Comme on joue de l’amour
      Et je vivais la nuit
      Sans compter sur mes jours qui fuyaient dans le temps
      …J’ai fait tant de projet qui sont restés en l’air
      J’ai fondé tant d’espoirs qui se sont envolés
      Que je reste perdu ne sachant ou aller
      Les yeux cherchant le ciel mais le coeur mis en terre 

      Hier encore j’avais vingt ans
      Je gaspillais le temps en croyant l’arreter
      et pour le retenir, même le devancer
      Je n’ai fait que courir et me suis essouffler
      Ignorant le passé, conjuguant au futur
      Je precedais de moi toute conversation
      et donnais mon avis que je pensais le bon
      Pour critiquer le monde avec désinvolture

      Hier encore j’avais vingt ans
      Mais j’ai perdu mon temps a faire des folies
      Qui ne me laissent au fond rien de vraiment precis
      Que quelques rides au front et la peur de l’ennui
      Car mes amours sont mortes avant que d’exister
      Mes amis sont partis et ne reviendront pas
      Par ma faute j’ai fait le vide autour de moi
      Et j’ai gaché ma vie et mes jeunes années
      Du meilleur et du pire en jettant le meilleur
      J’ai figé mes sourirs et j’ai glacé mes peurs
      Ou sont-ils a present, a present mes vingts ans?See More

      December 6 at 6:57pm ·
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      Michael Dowd 

      From too much love of living,
      From hope and fear set free,
      We thank with brief thanksgiving
      Whatever gods may be
      That no life lives forever;
      …That dead men rise up never;
      That even the weariest river
      Winds somewhere safe to sea. 

      SwinburneSee More

      December 6 at 7:32pm ·
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Karl posted a photo to Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Wall.
Karl likes Frank Lloyd Wright.
“There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy.” – Joseph Pulitzer.

https://fadograph.wordpress.com/2010/12/05/the-deficit-a-proclamation/

fadograph.wordpress.com
Let’s face it – the only fair way to cut the deficit is 1. to cut the prices of the health care industry – all parts of it – by at least half. a. when an ordinary person can afford to get health care without insurance – perhaps at some sacrifice – t
 

State Department To Columbia University Students: DO NOT Discuss WikiLeaks On Facebook, Twitter (Huffington Post)

If you read the WikiLeaks Cablegate articles you can see the bureaucrrats operating still with all the traditional categories and procedures that have been put in place steadily since Roosevelt died.. To CHANGE things ALL these categories and procedures have to be REthought and REimpltmented.

Karl Reisman 

Here is another – recordable – YouTube link for Collateral Murder released by WikiLeaks – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to3Ymw8L6ZI

Classified military footage released by WikiLeaks showing an attack by US military in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad. This callous attack left 12 dead including two Reuters staff. Two Iraqi children were also seriously injured.
    • Karl Reisman The guys in the plane saw weapons where there were none – only one guy with a camera and 20 guys walking in the street and with a lot of time to keep looking and check – and it is clear in film that they coiuld see because we can – and even after asking permission – they just shot them all. When you see it is too clear and I have trouble keeping watching.And then they bombed. The psychol9gy of it is really worth contemplating. Who are we? 

      December 4 at 7:51pm ·

Sierra Club sent me this video which looks like it shoud be spread around

President Obama, we’ve been in love with the Arctic for 50 years. It’s time to commit.

 

from an interview with an older German psychiatrist: “When asked how many German people were 

true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. ‘Very
few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German
pride, and many more were too busy to care.

    • Karl Reisman I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’ ” 

      December 3 at 12:51pm ·
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And the US? Nice way of looking at the subject.

Just 224 large donations from fewer than 60 sources funded two fifths of all spending by the top three parties across a decade of British politics. This is far too narrow a base for the health of UK democracy.

 

Karl Reisman Reading Wikileaks is like having a real news service again.
And they, even the President, want to shut it down.

mirror.wikileaks.info
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      Gregor Shapiro Too much of a good thing?
      And the Swedes are trying to get Julian Assange arrested for attempted rape… (his servers are in Sweden, maybe that’s why?) 

      December 3 at 6:46am ·
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Karl Reisman What is a Senator’s actual job and skills? To make speeches. And what are his or her privileges? To sell their vote.

Hanif Kureishi “If one were compiling such a list today there would have to be numerous additions to the characteristic activities of the British people. They would include: yoga exercises, going to Indian restaurants, the music of Bob Marley, the novels of Salman Rushdie, Zen Buddhism, the Hare Krishna Temple, as well… as the films of Sylvester Stallone, therapy, hamburgers, visits to gay bars, the dole office and th

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Page 11 of “Bradford” by Hanif Kureishi from Granta 20
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      Karl Reisman 

      e taking of drugs” 1980
      This followed on: “culture is a whole way of life, manifesting itself in the individual, in the group and in the society. It is everything we do and the particular way in which we do it. For Eliot culture ‘includes al…l the …characteristic activities of the people: Derby Day, Henley regatta, Cowes, the Twelfth of August, a cup final, the dog races, the pin-table, Wensleydale cheese, boiled cabbage cut into sections, beetroot in vinegar, nineteenth-century gothic churches and the music of Elgar’.
      Thanks to Kevin McEneaney and Martha Moffett for the article.See More
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What’s going on in Egypt? From “Open Democracy” (England)

Egypt’s parliamentary election on 28 November 2010 is an event of limited significance by the normal standards of a democratic vote yet vital in helping to clarify the emerging shape of Egyptian politics. The result is itself is a foregone conclusion – a significant majority for the ruling National
November 28 at 8:40am · · · Share

     

    ‎”The true answer to the threat of bureaucracy as a source of abuse ofpower is to create spheres of arbitrary freedom protected by unbreakablerules.” Karl Polanyi


     

    ‎ POLANYI  “If industrialism is not to extinguish the race, it must be subordinated to the requirements of man’s nature. The true criticism
    of market society is not that it was based on economics–in a sense,  every and any society mustbe based on it–but that its economy was
    based on self-interest. Such anorganization of economic life is entirely unnatural, in the strictly empirical sense of exceptional.” Karl Polanyi

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    Here is another – recordable – YouTube link for Collateral Murder released by WikiLeaks – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to3Ymw8L6ZI

    Classified military footage released by WikiLeaks showing an attack by US military in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad. This callous attack left 12 dead including two Reuters staff. Two Iraqi children were also seriously injured.
    December 4 at 4:36pm · · · · Share
      • Karl Reisman The guys in the plane saw weapons where there were none – only one guy with a camera and 20 guys walking in the street and with a lot of time to keep looking and check – and it is clear in film that they coiuld see because we can – and even after asking permission – they just shot them all. When you see it is too clear and I have trouble keeping watching.And then they bombed. The psychol9gy of it is really worth contemplating. Who are we? 

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    Volunteer with a microfinance institution through ACCION’s field Ambassador Program.
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    from an interview with an older German psychiatrist: “When asked how many German people were 

    true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. ‘Very
    few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German
    pride, and many more were too busy to care.

    December 3 at 12:51pm · · ·  

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        Karl Reisman I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’ ” 

        December 3 at 12:51pm ·
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    Karl Reisman 

    Karl Reisman And the US? Nice way of looking at the subject.

    Just 224 large donations from fewer than 60 sources funded two fifths of all spending by the top three parties across a decade of British politics. This is far too narrow a base for the health of UK democracy.
    December 3 at 8:40am · · · Share
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    Karl Reisman 

    Karl Reisman Reading Wikileaks is like having a real news service again.
    And they, even the President, want to shut it down.

    mirror.wikileaks.info
    December 3 at 4:41am · · · · Share
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        Gregor Shapiro Too much of a good thing?
        And the Swedes are trying to get Julian Assange arrested for attempted rape… (his servers are in Sweden, maybe that’s why?) 

        December 3 at 6:46am ·
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    Karl Reisman 

    Karl Reisman What is a Senator’s actual job and skills? To make speeches. And what are his or her privileges? To sell their vote.

    December 1 at 4:16pm · ·  

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    Karl Reisman 

    Karl Reisman Hanif Kureishi “If one were compiling such a list today there would have to be numerous additions to the characteristic activities of the British people. They would include: yoga exercises, going to Indian restaurants, the music of Bob Marley, the novels of Salman Rushdie, Zen Buddhism, the Hare Krishna Temple, as well… as the films of Sylvester Stallone, therapy, hamburgers, visits to gay bars, the dole office and th

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    Page 11 of “Bradford” by Hanif Kureishi from Granta 20
    December 1 at 9:22am · · · · Share
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        Karl Reisman 

        e taking of drugs” 1980
        This followed on: “culture is a whole way of life, manifesting itself in the individual, in the group and in the society. It is everything we do and the particular way in which we do it. For Eliot culture ‘includes al…l the …characteristic activities of the people: Derby Day, Henley regatta, Cowes, the Twelfth of August, a cup final, the dog races, the pin-table, Wensleydale cheese, boiled cabbage cut into sections, beetroot in vinegar, nineteenth-century gothic churches and the music of Elgar’.
        Thanks to Kevin McEneaney and Martha Moffett for the article.See More
        December 1 at 9:29am ·
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    Karl Reisman 

    Karl Reisman What’s going on in Egypt? From “Open Democracy” (England)

    Egypt’s parliamentary election on 28 November 2010 is an event of limited significance by the normal standards of a democratic vote yet vital in helping to clarify the emerging shape of Egyptian politics. The result is itself is a foregone conclusion – a significant majority for the ruling National
    November 28 at 8:40am · · · Share
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    Karl Reisman 

    Karl Reisman ‎”The true answer to the threat of bureaucracy as a source of abuse ofpower is to create spheres of arbitrary freedom protected by unbreakablerules.” Karl Polanyi

    November 27 at 9:00am · ·  

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    Karl Reisman 

    Karl Reisman ‎”If industrialism is not to extinguish the race, it must be
    subordinated to the requirements of man’s nature. The true criticism
    of market society is not that it was based on economics–in a sense,
    every and any society mustbe based on it–but that its economy was
    based on self-interest. Such anorganization of economic… life is entirely
    unnatural, in the strictly empirical sense of exceptional.” Karl Polanyi

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    November 27 at 8:56am · ·  

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    From the Introduction to Count Harry Kessler’s Walter Rathenau 1928

    From the Introduction to Count Harry Kessler’s  Walter Rathenau 1928 Rathenau was not only one of the most important people in the history of Germany immediately after World War I, but this remarkable portrait gives insight into its author, Count Harry Kessler, one of the most remarkable figures in European culture.                                                                                                                                 ———

    No estimate of Walther Rathenau, the founder of
    Germany’s new foreign policy and of the post-war
    rationalisation of German industry, can do him justice
    that is not based on his singular personality.
    The profoundly Jewish, and yet no less profoundly Prussian,
    mechanism of his mind and instincts  can always be discerned
    behind his political and social ideas.
    Scientific proofs for his theories he utterly disdained,
    appealing for their truth solely to the rightness of his
    vision and the sureness of his instinct.
    He propounded them not like a great man of science
    who proves his point step by step,  proceeding from proof to proof,
    from discovery to disoovery, from statistics to statistics,
    but like an artist who gives you his vision in a.flash,
    as the image of a personal revelation, a thing complete in itself.
    Thus what in the case of a great economist or practical statesman
    bears a merely outward relation to his work
    — the details of his life and character —  becomes in the case of
    Walther Rathenau the very measure of his worth as a teacher
    and prophet.
    But a peculiar difficulty attaches to any presentation of
    Rathenau’s personality. Though he surrounded himself with
    an atmosphere of impenetrable coolness, not many were able
    to remain cool in his presence:  people were violently attracted
    or repelIed by him — or both simultaneously.
    That was part of his tragedy: the crystaline coolness for which he
    Iaboured recoiled on him in the shape of passionate adoration
    or passionate hetred.
    And now that he is dead, this same atmosphere, though it
    tends to thicken around him into a haze of misunderstandings,
    yet has a|so certain advantages;
    the student who approaches him thus influenced sees him
    with a distinctness so intensified by excitement or emotion
    that his figure takes on the sharpness of a vision
    and grips him like a Golem.
    I have aimed at eliminating the emotion
    and preserving only the clearness of the vision.
    Whether I have succeeded,  the reader must be left to decide.
    But I may perhaps be allowed to set forth tentatively at the outset
    an explanation why Walther Rathenau had that peculiar effect
    on those who came within his orbit:
    he was, and one oould not heIp feeling it,
    a man who bore Fate within him.
    One was conscious, when dealing with him, of something
    in his spiritual structure working mysteriously and blindly
    after the manner of a. physial organism,
    for which every outward event in his life was merely a rung in a ladder
    leading inexorably to an end which he darkly foresaw
    and both weIcomed and deepIy dreaded.
    And Fate in this sense belongs to one man in a million.

     

    HIER ENCORE Charles Aznavour

    Hier encore, j’avais vingt ans
    Je caressais le temps et jouais de la vie
    Comme on joue de l’amour
    Et je vivais la nuit
    Sans compter sur mes jours qui fuyaient dans le temps
    …J’ai fait tant de projet qui sont restés en l’air
    J’ai fondé tant d’espoirs qui se sont envolés
    Que je reste perdu ne sachant ou aller
    Les yeux cherchant le ciel mais le coeur mis en terre 

    Hier encore j’avais vingt ans
    Je gaspillais le temps en croyant l’arreter
    et pour le retenir, même le devancer
    Je n’ai fait que courir et me suis essouffler
    Ignorant le passé, conjuguant au futur
    Je precedais de moi toute conversation
    et donnais mon avis que je pensais le bon
    Pour critiquer le monde avec désinvolture

    Hier encore j’avais vingt ans
    Mais j’ai perdu mon temps a faire des folies
    Qui ne me laissent au fond rien de vraiment precis
    Que quelques rides au front et la peur de l’ennui
    Car mes amours sont mortes avant que d’exister
    Mes amis sont partis et ne reviendront pas
    Par ma faute j’ai fait le vide autour de moi
    Et j’ai gaché ma vie et mes jeunes années
    Du meilleur et du pire en jettant le meilleur
    J’ai figé mes sourirs et j’ai glacé mes peurs
    Ou sont-ils a present, a present mes vingts ans?

    Yesterday I still was twenty.
    I caressed time and played with life
    As one plays with love
    .  .  .
    But my loves are dead my friends will not return.
    I made an emptiness around me and I squandered my life

     

    The Deficit – a proclamation

    Let’s face it – the only fair way to cut the deficit is                                                    1. to cut the prices of the health care industry – all parts of it –
    by at least half.
    a. when an ordinary person can afford to get health care without
    insurance – perhaps at some sacrifice – then government healthcare
    support will again become a feasable budgetary  item – as it is in most
    European countries. All of whom manage to afford it.
    b. this will come at some cost to stockholders and markets. For this
    reason it must be done gradually so that people who end up with the stock
    will at least have some foreknowledge of the situtation they are getting
    into. Perhaps the markets will anticipate this and crash a bit. But this
    is the price of consuming so much of our national wealth for so long, and
    the corruptions that have crept into and from all our insurance systems
    so that the prices of healthcare have risen and become wasteful out of all bounds and proportion.

    Luckily we have a little, only a little, time – as this is not the
    moment to cut drastically if at all. What we need is to allocate spending
    effectively – to help people, and future industries. We are bad at this
    politically but we have to do it.

    2.  We have to stop spending money on killing people in other countries.
    We do not work well overseas. Our ordinary people are frightened of
    cultures and languages that they do not understand, and take horrible
    revenge. Yes we will become a less dominant country but we will become a
    better country.
    Here too we have to move gradually but effectively.

    These are the two basic ways to cut expenditure and reduce debt.
    Not on the backs of the people and the cost of a chaotic society.