Nudes, gayness, tax dollars, breasts, the Smithsonian and Jesus. It must be the holidays and time for the war on art or secularism or whatever manufactured outrage the Right can pull out of their clown closet. TODAY IN THE ARTS.
See what you’re missing, not reading National Review’s The Corner? There Kathryn J. Lopez sent me to CNSnews for
Smithsonian Christmas-Season Exhibit Features Ant-Covered Jesus, Naked Brothers Kissing, Genitalia, and Ellen DeGeneres Grabbing Her Breasts
WARNING: This story contains graphic photographs of items on display in an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.
As the ALICU Blog notes this particular show is not a “Christamas” but a show that runs through the time frame of Chrismas, and Hanukah. December is also Hi Neighbor month – which is perfectly fitting for a show which includes Ellen DeGeneres Grabbing Her Breasts. December is also Read a Book, Toy Safety month and Write to a Friend month. Readers, people who play with toys and those who have friends should bring their torches and nooses there is work to be done. The show is not financed by tax payers. A clever boy conservative has finessed that problem – The National Gallery( one of the world’s most prestigious art museums) itself is partly financed by tax payers. Make up your own equation, the result is tax payers or pitch fork carriers get to decide what is shown and what is not, even when not actually financed by the public. Thanks to Stalinist-lite Chris Edwards at the Cato Institute for the lesson in how four plus two equals seven. So we can all go to Michelle Bachmann’s(R-MN) house and eat her cookies since she gets government subsidies. Or visit Alaska’s tea stained Joe Miller and jaw bone him about the legal view that anything he doesn’t like is unconstitutional since he has received govmint assistance. There is something to be said about government getting completely out of the arts business. At that point one of the cause-celebs of the culture wars would no longer be a chew bone for the small minded. The National Gallery could tell the Right to stuff it and the U.S. could be one of the only civilizations in history not to support the arts. On the other hand we could play the same shell game with all the tax dollars ( subsidies, grants, student loans) the right gets. Many Americans wonder why they have to support “faith” based programs with their tax dollars especially since such entanglements between government and religion are unconstitutional. This fight over who gets to decide who has the freedom to do what based on who got what tax dollars is a big merry-go-round. It happens that the culture clown warriors get far more of it and for more specious reasons than the arts.
Throughout American history, water resources have played an integral role in shaping patterns of human settlement and networks of biological and economic exchange.
“The research emphasizes the effect of human activities on the evolution of watersheds and on the dynamics of ecosystems, important to water sustainability,” says Thomas Torgersen, program director in National Science Foundation’s Division of Earth Sciences, which funded the research.
The scientists divided their study area into three geographic and socio-political subregions: New England; the Middle Colonies; and the Chesapeake. They then looked at the ways in which physical variables–such as soil, vegetation, and climate–combined with socio-political factors to influence each subregion’s hydrologic environment.
In New England, for example, close-knit religious communities with strong central governments concentrated their economic efforts on fur-trading and timber extraction, according to the paper’s co-authors, which include Charles Vörösmarty of the City University of New York, principal investigator on the NSF grant. Vörösmarty is formerly the director of the Water Systems Analysis Group at the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space.
The Chesapeake region, on the other hand, was settled largely by young, unskilled men who cleared trees and planted tobacco fencerow to fencerow. “This caused extensive erosion, which dramatically altered rivers,” Pastore says.
The Middle Colonies were characterized by diverse social, cultural, and religious traditions and feudal-style estate agriculture.
Lordy I do believe it is time for another Limbaugh-Beck faint’n spell. Strong central governments dominated by a religious denomination and the young and ignorant abusing the commons to make a buck. Not a socialist or capitalist paradise, but rather remnants of old monarchical management of land, a splash of religious rigidity and a bit of ignorant greed.