September 28, 2008

Executive Summaries

The Falls at Kaaterskill, Cole, 1826

Why most contemporary painting is crap: Hudson River Schooled by James Panero - The New Criterion

The original Hudson River School was full of secrets—perhaps more than any other movement in American art. So the prospect of a genuine revival giving way to false profundities couched in technique is a serious concern. The original Hudson River School artists did not go into the wilderness to paint illustrations of the natural world. They went to paint the God they saw manifest in the natural world.

Startrek Socialism: The Western Chauvinist: Is Modern Liberalism Gene Roddenberry's Fault?

Capitalism or socialism? How primitive. As far as I can tell, no currency ever changes hands. Everyone in the Federation seems to "work" for the Federation (is this the U.N.?). And, of course, they're perfectly matched to their positions. I mean, Scotty was born an engineer. You get your food from this nifty device called a replicator - no charge! Housing, clothing, transportation, child care, education - all provided by the Federation. Whoopee!

Hot Cargo from Iran?: Mystery surrounds hijacked Iranian ship - The Long War Journal

The MV Iran Deyanat was brought to Eyl, a sleepy fishing village in northeastern Somalia, and was secured by a larger gang of pirates - 50 onboard and 50 onshore. Within days, pirates who had boarded the ship developed strange health complications, skin burns and loss of hair.
More current Piracy Reports Here.
Gulf of Aden.
About eight pirates armed with guns boarded a bulk carrier drifting for engine problems. Pirates took hostage 25crewmembers and hijacked the ship.

Clearly not man enough for the job:

"We estimate that average earnings for female-to-male transgender workers increase slightly following their gender transitions, while average earnings for male-to-female transgender workers fall by nearly 1/3." - Before and After: Gender Transitions, Human Capital, and Workplace Experiences"

Won't get fooled again: Gene Expression -- Graphs on the death of Marxism, postmodernism, and other stupid academic fads

"The sudden decline of all the big-shot theories you'd study in a literary theory or critical theory class is certainly behind the recent angst of arts and humanities grad students. Without a big theory, you can't pretend you have specialized training and shouldn't be treated as such -- high school English teachers may be fine with that, but if you're in grad school, that's admitting you failed as an academic. You want a good reputation. Isn't it strange, though, that no replacement theories have filled the void? That's because everyone now understands that the whole thing was a big joke, and aren't going to be suckered again anytime soon."

Commenting on the item above:
"The graphs suggest that while Marxist ideas in academia built up a tremendous head of steam in the decades after 1970 they began to rapidly decline at the turn of the 21st century. If this is true then perhaps Barack Obama is riding on a huge, enormously powerful, but declining political wave. -Belmont Club - It's now or never

Posted by Vanderleun at September 28, 2008 10:29 AM
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Gerard. Thanks for all you do.
A particularly big thanks for this one.
Western Chauvinist is my kid sis.

You can imagine my thrill in telling her she'd been linked to on American Digest.

Posted by: Cathy at September 29, 2008 11:17 AM