Hmmm. Jock culture? Not every groper is a former football player. Corporations and even society use military/sports metaphors and models for organization, for motivation, for measuring success. It's baked into capitalism in America, at least. I think the issue is wider than just jock culture.
The reality is that there is an on-going malaise – a deeply entrenched sense of failure is overwhelming, which stifles happiness and creativity, even after the individual is able to return to work. This negativity, borne heavily by the individual, however, also impacts on society in general.
Boy howdy. I have friends and acquaintances, recently reemployed, who are still struggling with the feelings of inadequacy and 'otherness' as a result of long-term unemployment. You're told that a college degree should pretty much insulate you against employment undesirability, but when the reality hits that you're not really any better off than a GED holder in the current employment environment ... that shakes and damages multiple points of cultural 'faith'.
It straddles economics, politics and sociology, with forays into moral philosophy: in other words, political economy at its best. But even if it is beautifully written, it makes for tough reading – simply because the message is so stark, at once depressingly dystopic and terrifyingly plausible.
Book review, on my list for future perusal.
Hammurabi and his advisors were unconcerned with complex laws and legalese. Instead, they wanted the Code to produce results and to be understandable by everyone. And Hammurabi understood how incentives work — a lesson we’d be well served to learn.
Oh, the mind boggles with applications for this 'simplicity.'
Scent memory is part of an actor’s arsenal. Woolgar evokes her heavy-smoking grandfather to conjure the pervasive wartime stench of cigarettes. She also recognises the “sulphurous smell” that would accompany the trauma of Miss Roach’s bombed-out London home.
In my experience, scent is simply amazing. One whiff can trigger a flood of forgotten memories about people, places, times. If that were purposely optimized and used ... wow. Cicero's "Palaces of Fragrance"?
Mine are great, but do get the Lens Dock. My 24-105 was particularly bad at back-focusing. And the Dock procedure is so time-consuming, I think I would just wait and buy a Nikon brand (even if less sharp) if I had it to do all over again.
Hemingway’s girlfriend, the writer Martha Gellhorn, didn’t think the artist needed to be a monster; she thought the monster needed to make himself into an artist. “A man must be a very great genius to make up for being such a loathsome human being.” (Well, I guess she would know.)
As you know, this is bothering me right now. I ask myself why I can so easily erase Polanski, but still respect Picasso. Perhaps because I was introduced to Picasso as 'great artist' first in my youth, Polanski first as a troubled genius/rapist in my adulthood. Woody Allen has always driven me bonkers. "Sleeper" is about the only Allen (with himself in it) film I could sit through ... my urge to stuff a sock in his mouth and drop him off at a bus station is just too strong.
Ethics are not supposed to be easy. And they're always worth contemplating. I am concerned about how my choices affect my overall character. Is it not true, that if we can rationalize the output of a monster ... then we can rationalize slavery, the medical experiments on concentration camp survivors, etc.?
I can't bear to do that. Again, we run up against moral consistency as being virtual handcuffs, and moral relativity looking awfully seductive but ultimately deadly to modern society.
Context can help. But when the context is expired, when the monster is dead ... then what? I look to the fact that Hitler is long burnt, but we have Nazis in our streets ... the same streets that housed those who so valiantly defeated the scourge.
Important questions asked within. I often talk about the roadblocks and purposeful handicaps that are legislated into public assistance ... there are societal, cultural and legislative roadblocks for minorities, women, also.
If we spent less time handicapping 'others', we might have the society we dream of.
I know that I’m operating on the level of superstition, collecting sweaters like talismans in order to stave off what I already understand: Mourning cannot be circumvented, and some holes cannot be plugged.
The vacuum, in my experience, becomes filled with nuances of the missing person that you observe in others ... family members, friends, strangers. You learn not to reach for those nuances ... as soon as you try to grasp, the wisp of soul is gone. Continuing the lesson of having less attachment to things that are gone forever. When they come, merely observe and smile, appreciate the experience. These experiences are a gift to you and you alone, noone else would understand or appreciate the circumstance.
Nearly 150,000 graduate students, many of whom represent the future of scientific and academic research, don’t pay tuition in exchange for teaching classes or doing other work at university. The GOP tax plan would treat their unpaid tuition as income. So, imagine you are a graduate student earning $30,000 from your school for teaching, while attending a $50,000 program. Under current law, your taxable income is $30,000. Under the GOP tax plan, your taxable income is $80,000. Your tax bill could quadruple.
Repubs have been trying to kill financial aid since the '60's, at least. The Pell Grant's been on life support for my entire existence. And look at what it hath wrought in our society, this anti-intelligence crusade.
1995, People's Choice Awards. Prime time TV. Tells you a lot about the '90's. Scripted, yes, but that doesn't save it. This didn't even make a blip in the newspapers. Clinton was tattooing the wallpaper in the Oval Office with Lewinsky, and Packwood was stacking 'em like cordwood in Congress.
"You get the culture you allow; you get the culture you ignore."
I haven't decided what to do with "good ol' boy" Moore yet, but I can tell you what to do with Franken - he needs to become intimately acquainted with the nature of his violations. And we have a unique opportunity at this moment in time.
Rent him a room for the night.
With Kevin Spacey.