gibson guitars and the kalamazoo gals, ethics at the wapo, jennifer lawrence in black and white

Chuck Berry Playing the Guitar	August 30, 1959

Chuck Berry Playing the Guitar  in Portsmouth, Virginia.  August 30, 1959. According to the intertubes Chuck started out playing with a Kay Electric Twin. Though he soon switched to Gibson. I’m not positive, but I think that is a Gibson in the photograph. At one point Gibson’s offical history said they stopped making guitars during WW II because of the labor shortage – shortage of male workers actually. It turns out that they did make guitars during that time, with female workers. This would make a good movie, The Story of Gibson’s  Kalamazoo Gals.

The Washington Post has a real problem in the person of Jennifer Rubin. If a student acted like her, teachers would have them expelled. If she was in Congress, they would be working up the damning ethics report. If she were in law enforcement, she would either be on unpaid leave pending review or outright fired. But the management of WaPo is pretending they do not have a real scandal on their hands, Jennifer Rubin’s New Favorite Report Debunks Jennifer Rubin

Since the summer of 2010, the right-wing media has been obsessively promoting the absurd non-scandal involving the New Black Panther Party, in which the Obama Justice Department was alleged to have dropped voter intimidation charges against the fringe group owing to racial and political solidarity. One of the primary movers of this farce has been Jennifer Rubin, who authored one of the first reports on the story for The Weekly Standard and continued to write at length about DOJ’s alleged perfidy at her Washington Post blog.

This month, the Justice Department’s inspector general released the results of their investigation into the New Black Panthers affair and confirmed what everyone already knew to be true: the allegations against DOJ were bunk. Rubin is excitedly waving this report around, claiming it reflects poorly on President Obama’s reported Labor Secretary nominee, and determinedly ignoring the parts that show pretty much every word she wrote about the New Black Panther story was rooted in falsehood.

The new “Panthers” are a sorry lot, but that doesn’t mean that Rubin has license to use them as a cudgel to beat the Justice Department with.

black and white jennifer lawrence

black and white jennifer lawrence. just a scan someone gave me. great composition, but i wish they had not put make-up over her freckles.

Photos of the day: St. Patrick’s Day celebrations late 1800s

Back in ye old school days when our soot covered faces were gathered round the pot bellied stove waiting for Mr. Sprocket to clean the mud off his boots, I became familiar with this subject. It is both very important, yet so esoteric, that I have never discussed it with anyone since, A Dangerous Fixation. Synthetic nitrogen was born 100 years ago; it’s why half of us are alive.


three women by picasso, to be pro deregulation is to be pro criminal

Three Women 1908

Three Women 1908 by Pablo Picasso. oil on canvas. This is thought to be one of Picasso’s most important works. he certainly put in the preparation time, making seventy sketches and rough drafts, before starting the final large canvas. It is his very interpretative version of the Three Graces. He manages to accomplish two opposing visual impressions at once – an illusion of movement combined with a set angular structure. This is Raphael’s version for comparison.

Pablo Picasso: close to the sun

Few of these women met happy ends: as one mistress put it, ‘Picasso was a sun all on his own. He lit up, burned, consumed and reduced to ashes anyone who approached him.’ Fernande was impoverished for most of her life, while her former lover amassed inordinate wealth. Olga and Dora both suffered mental-health problems. Marie-Thérèse and Picasso’s second wife, Jacqueline Roque, both committed suicide.

Yet three women, all of whom were intimately involved with the artist during the 1950s, survived the experience of flying close to the sun that was Picasso.

But we don’t need regulation, because left to their own devices, business will always act ethically, Report Reveals JP Morgan as a Lying, Scheming Rogue Trader

Management hid the existence and role of the unit within the JP Morgan Chief Investment office that entered into the “whale” trades, the Synthetic Credit Portfolio, from its inception, even as its exposures ballooned, from the OCC

The bank made repeated, knowing misrepresentations about the size of the losses, the severity of the control failures, and the degree of management knowledge to regulators and investors

The contempt for regulators and for the need for timely and adequate disclosure is symptomatic of an out of control environment. Between the beginning of the year and end of April 2012, the SPG breached risk limits 330 times, sometimes even violating bank-wide limits. Yet staff and management regarded them as an inconvenience rather than treating them as shrieking alarms that warranted swift action

JP Morgan managers and risk control officers were aware of and complicit in the mismarking of positions (this is a very big deal in a financial institution)