Seth Gilman is a New York-based classical vocalist navigating the treacherous waters between dynamic and formal equivalence, while thinking Big Thoughts.
This is my (mostly) political blog. Click the post title and it will link you to the article on which I'm commenting. Also, feel free to check out video and audio of my performances at http://sethsings.tumblr.com/.
Would you care to comment, Mr. Snowden?
Telling that, instead of working to fix laws they feel are flawed, Republicans want to make them worse, hurting Americans in the process, to prove a political point. Shows you how much more they care about power than their own country, and how willing they are to burn the USA to the ground if they can’t control it.
Is it remotely possible that reality might be breaking through the cognitive dissonance of those that accepted free-market and anti-Keynesian orthodoxies? Might the ideologically-driven snake oil salesmen and fanatics finally be losing their credibility? Did it really have to take this long?
Has there been any soul-searching among the prophets of California doom, asking why they were so wrong? Not that I’m aware of. Instead, I’ve been seeing many attempts to devalue the good news from California by pointing out that the state’s job growth still lags that of Texas, which is true, and claiming that this difference is driven by differential tax rates, which isn’t.
Texas is expanding, like parts of the developing world, because it has so much underutilized capacity. Thus, land and human resources are cheap, and rife for external investment. To top it off, there’s a resource curse, as well. And like developing countries, whether Texas transitions successfully from a low-wage, high-inequality service, agriculture, and basic manufacturing economy with resource exploitation to a self-sustaining and -sufficient higher-wage tech and complex manufacturing economy once productivity matches capacity and costs increase, or if the Texas miracle collapses once investors locate the next big bargain, leaving Texas, with its “business friendly” relaxed regulatory and taxation environment offering little protection to the public and allowing for little investment in the future, pillaged and wrecked.
I am supremely fortunate to be able to work (in a different show) with such amazing colleagues as Christiana Little, pictured and mentioned here.
- Hugh Laurie - St James Infirmary (Live At Trianon) -
Not exactly the song you want to hear coming from Dr. House, eh?
Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.
Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave,
eats a bread it does not harvest,
and drinks a wine that flows not from its own wine-press.
Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero,
and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful.
Pity a nation that despises a passion in its dream,
yet submits in its awakening.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice
save when it walks in a funeral,
boasts not except among its ruins,
and will rebel not save when its neck is laid
between the sword and the block.
Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox,
whose philosopher is a juggler,
and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking.
Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting,
and farewells him with hooting,
only to welcome another with trumpeting again.
Pity the nation whose sages are dumb with years
and whose strong men are yet in the cradle.
Pity the nation divided into fragments,
each fragment deeming itself a nation.
Khalil Gibran (via alloftime)
Look at the American political tradition;
Serious progressive taxation of high incomes and great wealth is an American invention.
We invented it, and we invented it in the early 20th century, right at the peak of our Gilded Age.
And somehow we found it in ourselves to find political leaders, people like Teddy Roosevelt, who were willing to say, “This is a bad thing, we do not want the society that is emerging here.”
So I think things can change."
Paul Krugman (via alloftime)
Hillary Clinton, despite writing a book and traveling around America giving speeches, will not acknowledge that she’s running for higher office.
(GIFS via sandandglass)
I really love how Clinton acknowledges the game she’s playing even as she plays it. She has the confidence to pull back the curtain, knowingly wink at the audience, respect everyone as smart enough to understand why the game must be played, and still remain in character throughout it.
That’s a professional politician, in the best of ways.
I remember watching the behind the scenes on this show. The creator of the show said that they got so much fan mail saying this show was the most realistic hospital show.
My parents both worked in the medical profession my whole life, and when I was watching them come home, I could see echoes of what this show did. All other medical shows were so much about the drama. This one nailed it. It nailed the good, the bad, and everything in between.
Also, I read that Scrubs was more medically accurate than House, Grey’s Anatomy, and every other medical show on TV
The ground-breaking metamorphosis scene in the Michael Jackson short film ‘Black or White’ released in 1991
And all united by, and rocking out to, Western pop music. How chauvinistic.
Seriously, whatever people are drawn to, they claim and make their own, whatever its provenance. That is a universal.