examples of the art of american realism, democracy is not an age appropriate toy for conservatives and libertarians

study of a young man by william glackens,1903

study of a young man by william glackens,1903. red chalk on paper ( this is a black and white print obviously)
the figure is glacken’s friend everett shinn. the chair in this painting also appeared in another famous painting by glackens called ‘the ermine muff”. i did previously did post that featured some american impressionists. glackens(1870-1930) was part of the next trend, american realism. he and his friend shinn were part of the short lived, though influential Ashcan school art movement.

at the shore by a.h. maurer, 1901. oil on cardboard.

at the shore by a.h. maurer, 1901. oil on cardboard.  the painting was inspired by a scene on the beach in new york. maurer was highly influenced by james whistler, with the tones verging on being monochromatic with just accents of color. the first time i saw this painting i guessed it to be a whistler. i would have put one of whistler’s paintings up to day, but i don’t have a good print of one. alfred henry maurer (1868-1932) was also a transitional figure with some of his work having a strong impressionist’s influence, with others leaning toward the realistic.

pure by william m. chase c1888

pure by william m. chase, c1888. pastel on paper. this pastel by chase, one of a series shows a kind of final break with the impressionists. it borders on being photographic rather than painterly. it also shows that like some paintings of mary cassat, the continuing influence of Japanese art with the Oriental design of the fabric. chase also did some paintings in the impressionist style.

tea leaves-by-william m-paxton-inkbluesky

tea leaves by william m. paxton, oil on canvas, 1909. originally from Massachusetts paxton traveled to paris to study under jean-leon gerome where he also became influenced by the French classicist Ingres.  it is perhaps that influence that is rflected in the fine details of the figure and
the table settings. combined with the character study, the woman’s expression,
those details make many of his paintings anecdotal records of the time. while
there are touches of impressionism, paxton concentrates on providing some
context and narrative… what is she contemplating.

Michigan Republicans Prove That Democracy is Not an Age Appropriate Toy For Conservatives

Ironically, voters had given Snyder and his cohort of right-wing corporate ideologues a spanking for this kind of nastiness in a November referendum. The GOP cabal in Lansing had conspired last year to usurp the local authority of city governments and allow Snyder to send in unelected, unaccountable autocrats to fire elected officials and seize control, but last month, Michigan voters overthrew this absurdity.

This month, however, Snyder and gang doubled down on their dumbfounding, anti-democratic zealotry. With no warning, no hearings, no public input, no floor debate, and no time for citizens to even know what was happening, the same legislative czarists rammed a union-busting bill into law. Even though he had publicly rejected such a proposal earlier this year as being “very divisive,” Emperor Snyder gleefully signed this measure.

Who’s behind this madness? Say hello to two infamous, anti-union, billionaire plutocrats: the Koch brothers. They had funneled as much as a million dollars into Snyder’s 2010 gubernatorial election, and three Michigan front groups funded by the billionaire brothers aggressively pushed the exact same anti-worker proposal that the Republican thugs just bullied into law.

The social contract, that understanding where employers and politicians agree that workers are partners in making capitalism and democracy work, has been declared the enemy in the scorched earth policies of conservatives and libertarians. In the past various types of economic-government systems have been tried, from feudalism to colonialism to communism to various degrees of fascism. They all failed because they violated the social contract.


mike huckabee’s broken moral compass, spinning top wallpaper, memories add up to what defines us

Huckabee Says Connecticut School Massacre Occurred Because We ‘Removed God From Our Schools’

HUCKABEE: Well, you know, it’s an interesting thing. We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage because we’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability? That we’re not just going to have to be accountable to the police, if they catch us. But one day, we will stand before a Holy God in judgment. If we don’t believe that, then we don’t fear that.

Mr. Huckabee seems unaware of the reality of the tremendous freedoms students have to exercise their religion. They can pray before school with their families. They can pray at school, but not in an organized prayer by the school because that is a violation of the 1st amendment. He seems to imply that those children died because they violated Huckabee’s idea or concept of how schools should be conducted. Everyone of those children may have been religious. Certainly their parents talked to them about right and wrong. To suggest otherwise is an egregious slander against the parents. Teachers also teach kids about responsibility all through the primary and secondary education years. Discipline issues frequently end up with even more talks about acceptable behavior from schools administrators, with parents a part of those meetings. Huckabee seems to have a mental picture of public schools, children and parents of those children is detached from reality. His zealotry a wall over which he cannot see.

By implication Huckabee has brought up the Christian concept of free will. Huckabee is a Protestant. Protestants believe that God gives everyone the right to choose to accept the teachings of God and Jesus. The children were not allowed to exercise their free will and yet the God Huckabee believes in not intervene to protect the rights of those children.Christians such as Huckabee also believe, simultaneously with the concept of freewill that everything that happens in the universe is part of God’s will. That implies a vengeful or uncaring God that let’s children be terrorized and murdered.

Also according to any of the major denominations of Protestantism, if the murderer makes contrition and accepts Jesus as his savior, he will be forgiven and be given eternal life in Heaven. Huckabee is also thus implying that those children may or may not be allowed into heaven because “we’ve systematically removed God” from schools. Which clearly means that he believes none of the children or adults that were murdered had accepted Jesus as their savior. That brings up some differences in the concept of responsibility between those who tend towards rationalism and Minister Huckabee’s world view. By claiming that the religious practices or lack of, of the victims is shifting blame for their deaths away from the murderer. That seems like a point of view that many Americans would find deeply immoral, irresponsible or otherwise offensive. Maybe this is part of the greatness of the U.S., the Constitution and religious freedom. Minister Huckabee can shift blame to the victims, their parents and the school system, instead of the perpetrator and he will not be tarred and feathered, he will not be stoned to death or burned at the stake for expressing  malevolent thoughts about a national tragedy.

Let’s assume Minister Huckabee’s point of view for moment with a mental exercise. Let’s assume that all the children, adults and parents were atheists. Does that mean that they deserve to suffer the loss of their children. In terms of pure religious doctrine Huckabee has embraced certain moral dogma that does justify his point of view: Whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. 2 Chronicles 15:13 and He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:    16. Thus the ten commandments which Huckabee believes in has some fine print with exceptions for the thou shall not kill rule when it involves non-believers. So little wonder that Huckabee is less outraged by the murders themselves than he is with the mere possibility that the children, their parents or the school system might have beliefs that differ from his. A point of view he shares in general concept with American Puritan Cotton Mather of witch trail fame, the Taliban and Iran’s fundamentalist mullahs.

update: rewrote parts for clarity and grammar.

spinning top, toys, orange

spinning top wallpaper

workers taking a break in the snow

workers taking a break in the snow. copyright corbis.

How Michigan’s Right-To-Work Law Came to Be. Amazing how much outside groups like the Koch brothers, ALEC and Grover Norquist had to do with lowering the average pay of a Michigan workers.

street vendor, new york, circa 1900

street vendor, new york, circa 1900.

New research builds on the original ideas of Einstein and adds a new ingredient: a third entangled particle

In 1935 Albert Einstein, Boris Podolsky, and Nathan Rosen, known jointly as EPR, published a thought experiment designed to show that quantum mechanics was not sufficient to describe reality. EPR tried to demonstrate, with two entangled particles, that there must be some hidden parameters not accounted for in quantum mechanics theory. John Bell would later follow EPR’s arguments and determine that the hidden parameters that EPR argued for were incompatible with observations of nature, leaving the mystery of quantum mechanics intact. Today, the entanglement of two particles as first proposed by EPR, is a valuable resource in emerging quantum technologies like quantum computing, quantum cryptography, and quantum precision measurements.

Seventy-seven years after EPR’s landmark work, researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo and at the University of Calgary have experimentally extended the original ideas of Einstein and his colleagues from two to three entangled particles. This new form of three-particle entanglement, based on the position and momentum properties of photons, may prove to be a part of future communications networks that operate on the rules of quantum mechanics and could lead to new fundamental tests of quantum theory that deepen our understanding of the world around us.

As described in their paper published in Nature Physics, the researchers created quantum correlations between three photons from a single input photon. “It is exciting, after all this time, to be able to create, control, and entangle quantum particles in this new way,” says group leader Thomas Jennewein. “Using these states of light it may be possible to interact with and entangle distant quantum computer memories based on exotic atomic gases.” Unlike classical particles, quantum particles work together as opposed to individually. The creation of three entangled particles could lead to new advances in quantum devices development.

Nothing like being rudely booted out of your comfort zone. I had become used to two entanglements. I could imagine them. Whether my imagination did the concept justice might be debatable.

I didn’t especially like this essay as a whole, though it does have an interesting perspective. That must constitute some kind of strange entanglement, Proustian Memory and The Palest Ink

This seems not only sensible, but desirable. As Heidegger said, in Being and Time, “Forgetting is not nothing, nor is it just a failure to remember; it is rather a ‘positive’ ecstatic mode of one’s having been, a mode with a character of its own.” Proustian memory, not the palest ink, should be the ideal we are building into our technology; not what memory recalls, but what it evokes. The palest ink tells us what we’ve done or where we’ve been, but not who we are.

I admit to a strong anti-Heidegger bias, but in terms of the science of memory, forgetting serves some useful psychological and neurological functions. That said we do retain a lot of memories. They too serve a purpose. Contrary to that author’s take, our memories and experiences are a major part of the sum of who we are. he could only make, or attempt to make an evaluation of how important his lost data, his lost memories are, based on values built on a foundation of memory.

broken umbrella, michigan union man stands his ground against conservative thug, black and white mangrove wallpaper

Buster Keaton Holding Broken Umbrella in Steamboat Bill, Jr. 1928

Buster Keaton Holding Broken Umbrella in Steamboat Bill, Jr. 1928.

“Steamboat” was the inspiration for the first Walt Disney produced Mickey Mouse movie “Steamboat Willie”, also released in 1928.

Conservatives seem to love those “stand your ground” laws. The basic concept is that if you feel threatened by someone your can shoot them dead. Not a bad thing in concept, but a way of thinking that can easily be taken to absurd limits. In one incident, a neighbor’s house, not the shooter’s house, was being robbed. The man said he felt threatened and shot the two men in the back as they fled. Now a hired provocateur working for conservative media and the Koch brothers got up in some people’s faces – anyone that went to school in the USA knows how this works. This agent got up in one two many faces, apparently making one union protester feel. Is it ironic that the union man stood his ground and pushed the guy, Fox News revealed selective editing of punched Fox News contributor. Video of Steven Crowder getting punched is being used as evidence of union thuggery, but who got hit first? VIDEO. If Michigan Republicans, the Koch brothers and provocateurs they ship in from out of state are literally acting like the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party, little wonder that the working class citizens of Michigan feel threatened. The Right is defining freedom as the right to take away rights from others.

black and white mangrove wallpaper

black and white mangrove wallpaper

10 Gifts to Celebrate Innovation.

8) Does a man tweet in the woods?: Just because you’re out in the woods doesn’t mean you need to act crazy and let your gadgets lose power. The Biolite CampStove not only allows you to avoid lugging cannisters for cooking–it burns twigs and pine cones and anything else combustible you find lying around–but it also converts the heat from your fire to electricity that can recharge your stuff.

So we’re back to block quotes not working. …I’ve seen a picture of this Biolite stove and it might be a gadget, but actually not a bad idea. I think I’ll pass on the jetpack from Neiman Marcus. Semi-related, “Tetra” sheds as contemporary and expandable modular building system, filed under minimalist architecture.

The arrest of a couple of corporate executives exposes a global racket, Chinese honey laundering

“Investigators would later allege that Giesselbach and von Buddenbrock were at the centre of a multimillion dollar scheme to import cheap Chinese honey and disguise its real origin to evade US tariffs. China is the world’s top producer of honey: it turns out about a quarter of the world’s supply.

Chinese honey is cheap and the US had been a major importer. But in 2001, in the wake of a US government investigation that found domestic honey producers being harmed by significant price disparities between Chinese and American honey, the US levied an anti-dumping duty of roughly $1.20 per pound (454 gm) on Chinese honey. This tariff, its imposition implying that this honey was being sold below its real cost of production, was intended to level the playing field for American beekeepers who could not compete with imported honey selling in America at half their cost.”

Is there anything, any business, any activity that someone somewhere cannot corrupt.