Jared Kushner and his network of witting or unwitting spies will, as the truth of these breathtaking games outs, will move even the most churlish to regard, say, Ollie North a national hero. …Continue
High school graduation time is here, which means that over-achieving young women across America are preparing for the next phase of their lives–matriculation (which is not as painful as it sounds) at an expensive four-year liberal arts college. One of them is the daughter of friends.…Continue
Added by Con Chapman on May 27, 2017 at 3:55am — No Comments
It's been a few days. This Parkinson like thing going on right now…
Melania Trump Wears $51,500 Jacket to Meet G7 Spouses: Melania Trump raised a few eyebrows when she wore a bright, floral $51,500 Dolce & Gabbana jacket to meet with her fellow G7 spouses in Sicily this week, a sum which is more than most Americans make in an entire…Continue
I have been antsy for the past couple of days, jazzed up for no good reason that I could think of. I slept for about 15 hours last night because the flip side of jazzed is sleep. The jazzy hit again as I was killing time at work today. I had a counseling appointment at 2:00 p.m., and everything in me was saying to skip it and go home and mow. Counseling was supposed to get over at 3:00 but it is always late,…Continue
David Callahan in The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age (2017) explains how philanthropy is now an economic racket for control of American society. Callahan states that decades ago, in…Continue
The attentive reader notes that the quote preamble to these endeavors (not, alas, here on Our Salon, or I can't figure out how to do it!) has changed structure some over the years. These days, the top few are (semi-)permanent, while the middle change every now and again as part of the housecleaning, while the last turns over on Sunday (if I remember!).
Among the permanent is the quote from Ernst Haas ("They wished to dance in a circle. I wished to dance solo./1983"), which he spoke…Continue
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An Art Degree Could Give You a Leg Up on the Robots
Submishmash, linking to article on Quartz
We were sitting in Life Drawing 101 when I noticed the new guy roll into the back of class. He was sleek, with a steely look, although I couldn’t tell if it was actually titanium. So many of the newer bots are…Continue
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Trump Pushes His Way to the Front of NATO Leaders: People around the world are expressing shock at how US President Donald Trump appears to shove Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Marković out of the way in order to get to the front of the line during a tour of the NATO Headquarters. OK, but in his defense, he may have thought it was the lunch line.…Continue
Sometimes I write for therapy, to help me move past something. Actually, I mostly write for that. Sometimes it works, a lot of times it doesn't and it simply becomes part of a larger festering. That is what happened with my…
None of us are too old to dream.
I dream about taking off without a map.
My cat dreams about being out on her own some day too.
We connect in that regard despite the reality that it may not happen soon.
It's just a dream.
I was headed back from the veterinarian's this a.m with my Bengal and had the community college jazz station on. Nat King Cole was singing an old classic with violinist Stuff Smith accompanying.
What do you wanna bet that this A-hole gets elected?
Minimalist/realist short-story writer Raymond Carver was fired from his job as an editor of science textbooks because of his inappropriate writing style.
Photosynthesis is an important process. I mean it’s extremely important. It’s the source of food for almost all organisms on earth. Except for Doreen, my wife, who lives on cheese curls and diet soda except when we have company over. Which isn’t all that often. Her brother,…Continue
Housing Secretary Ben Carson Says Poverty is a State of Mind: In a recent SiriusXM interview, Trump Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson told reporter and close friend Armstrong Williams that “poverty - to a large extent, is a state of mind.”…Continue
I have had a switch in my dreams for the past few weeks. It started with a conscious decision to not remember them. I was spending too much time thinking about my dreams: dissecting the imagery, pondering the action, trying to find meaning in the script. It wasn't getting me anywhere that I wanted to go, and so I decided that my brain could dream all it wanted to and I was going to…Continue