Разное: ничто человеческое

Гвоздикова сбежала на Glastonbury с палаткой, спальником, креслом и деньгами.

Для нее это паломничество, попытка переписать начисто воспоминания 90-х с Червоными Рутами и новорожденными тогда Океанами Ельзы. Гвоздикова знает лично весь первый состав ОЕ.

Паломничество – как для многих американских подростков и молодых людей среднего класса – поездка по Европе.


Мы же остались с Майклом на хозяйстве:  наше маленькое предприятие переживает очередной переезд.


Хедмастер школы только что прислал ноту, что Майкл сбежал с уроков с двумя друзьями, за что группа повстанцев будет лишена “привилегии обедать вместе со всеми” до конца недели.

Вот и эта личинка человека превращается в настоящего мальчика.


Майкл сочиняет музыку, что не так уж и необычно – что мы, не в Лондоне, что ли. Пришлось купить ему шустрый компьютер. А еще он заинтересовался искусственным интеллектом – ну для того в компьютере поставлена средней мощности NVidia. Я думаю – музыка и ИИ – убийственная комбинация.


Grenfell Tower refurbishment ‘not approved’, according to council website | Metro News

‘Site inspections began on the 29/08/2014 with 16 inspections undertaken with final completion issued on the 07/07/2016 and a completion certificate issued.

Source: Grenfell Tower refurbishment ‘not approved’, according to council website | Metro News

Residents of the council tower are complaining that “in the richest borough in London in the building populated by the poorest people we don’t get enough attention”. Other residents are afraid that their community is destroyed as they are relocated to different areas.

Let us for a moment not question why the richest neighbourhood in the country should host its poorest people costing its taxpayers millions every year. Let us just accept it for a moment as given. I myself try to sympathize with these people, but I rarely or never hear  any expression of gratitude to the UK and to the hardworking taxpayers who finance these schemes.

Where do I file my complaint that at the rate I pay my taxes there is still not enough funds to provide safety and relief to these people?

See also here.

Модное: Homeland S04: Season 4 Intro 

Грешен, посмотрел четвертый сезон – с Гвоздиковой и провансским Розе, а как же без него, в такую-то погоду. Открывающяя последовательность с трубой Томаша Станько – невозможно, право, невозможно отказаться.

Сезон вполне Юнговский и архетипический: герой обнаруживает в себе монстра, спускается в ад затем, чтобы найти там отца, и в конце концов становится настоящим мальчиком, то есть девочкой.

Часть того самого модного и скабрезного видео, приоткрывающего процесс принятия решений Путиным и его командой, здесь видна между 0:17-0:22 .

Trends in union density | OECD READ edition

OECD Read Edition

Source: Collective bargaining in a changing world of work | OECD READ edition

Note how different the Nordic countries are: unions clearly play a different societal role there.

This could explain the phenomenon:

The researchers suggest the migration flows, which were small relative to the native population of America but equivalent to about 25 per cent of the total population of Scandinavia, changed the character of Norwegian and Swedish society by removing the most ambitious and independently-minded people.

In other words, Scandinavian social democracy might not be possible without America’s historic willingness to absorb those who refused to follow the “Law of Jante”.

Camille Paglia: On Trump, Democrats, Transgenderism, and Islamist Terror | The Weekly Standard

Some background is necessary. First of all, I must make my political affiliations crystal clear. I am a registered Democrat who voted for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primary and for Jill Stein in the general election. Since last Fall, I’ve had my eye on Kamala Harris, the new senator from California, and I hope to vote for her in the next presidential primary.

Drunk with words, spin, and snark, middle-class journalists can’t be bothered to notice the complex physical constructions that make modern civilization possible. The laborers who build and maintain these marvels are recognized only if they can be shoehorned into victim status. But if they dare to think for themselves and vote differently from their liberal overlords, they are branded as rubes and pariahs.

The reluctance or inability of Western liberals to candidly confront jihadism has been catastrophically counterproductive insofar as it has inspired an ongoing upsurge in right-wing politics in Europe and the United States. Citizens have an absolute right to demand basic security from their government. The contortions to which so many liberals resort to avoid connecting bombings, massacres, persecutions, and cultural vandalism to Islamic jihadism is remarkable, given their usual animosity to religion, above all Christianity. Some commentators have suggested a link to racial preconceptions: that is, Islam remains beyond criticism because it is largely a religion of non-whites whose two holy cities occupy territory once oppressed by Western imperialism.

For a quarter century, I have been calling for comparative religion to be made the core curriculum of higher education. (I am speaking as an atheist.) Knowledge of the great world religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Judeo-Christianity, Islam—is the true multiculturalism. Everyone should have a general familiarity with the beliefs, texts, rituals, art, and shrines of all the major religions. Only via a direct encounter with the Qu’ran and Hadith, for example, can anyone know what they say about jihad and how those strikingly numerous passages have been interpreted in different ways over time.

Right now, too many secular Western liberals treat Islam with paternalistic condescension—waving at it vaguely from a benevolent distance but making no effort to engage with its intricate mixed messages, which can inspire toward good or spur acts of devastating impact on the international stage.

The cold biological truth is that sex changes are impossible. Every single cell of the human body remains coded with one’s birth gender for life. Intersex ambiguities can occur, but they are developmental anomalies that represent a tiny proportion of all human births.

In a democracy, everyone, no matter how nonconformist or eccentric, should be free from harassment and abuse. But at the same time, no one deserves special rights, protections, or privileges on the basis of their eccentricity.

Source: Camille Paglia: On Trump, Democrats, Transgenderism, and Islamist Terror | The Weekly Standard