If you believe that Goldman has done nothing wrong, then any criticisms of Goldman or use of the firm as a symbol of the crisis are obviously unfair to Goldman. Furthermore, they would raise the legitimate question of "Why pick on Goldman?" and the possibility that anti-Semitism is part of the explanation. Similarly, if you believe that anything Goldman did wrong was done wrong by lots of others, the question of "Why pick on Goldman" arises, as does the same obvious answer.
The same obvious answer, but one - supposedly - lost on the BBC, today celebrating Occupy as a new artistic movement.
Paul Mason, Economics editor for Newsnight - and therefore the right choice to cover an arts movement, somehow - cites Molly Crabapple's impromptu salon of graphic novelists, painters, illustrators and graphic designers a few streets away from Zuccotti Park.
Now she is hard at work on a major series of paintings on themes of protest and rebellion, entitled Shell Game . The most complete of the works shows a Vampire Squid, depicting Goldman Sachs, surrounded by a crowd of little fat-cat capitalists doing various unspeakable things in the style of a Bosch or Breugel painting.
"I started out just doing graphics - I drew this picture of an octopus with 'Fight the Vampire Squid' on its belly - and put it online and people used it as protest signs all over the country," Crabapple says.
A vampire squid representing Jewish bankers is le dernier cri for these intellectuals. Anyone want to guess what the Economics editor for BBC Newnight makes? Or what it costs to maintain a salon a few blocks from Wall Street? But then this was never about money; it's about virtue.
I am not saying Molly Crabapple is anti-Semitic - in fact, being only one or two steps removed from her social circle, I am certain she isn't - but I am saying there is a reason some images resonate with the words "banking" and "conspiracy" while others don't. She couldn't have compared Goldman Sachs to, say, the Borg? And Occupy had to focus on a Jewish banking firm rather than, say, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, whose ideologically driven mortgages triggered the meltdown in the first place?
Matt Taibbi, whose 2009 Rolling Stone article "The Great American Bubble Machine" is the immediate source of the vampire squid metaphor, is another story. Taibi describes Goldman Sachs as "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money."
From Saturday, the traveller from Rome to Naples can cover the 225km (140 miles) in little over an hour, paying as little as €20 (£16.33) for the pleasure.
The new Italo – the first privately operated high-speed train in Europe – is a train like no other, claims Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, chairman of Ferrari and boss of NTV, the firm challenging the state service.Mobbed by press at the inaugural journey from Rome Tiburtina, the flamboyant Montezemolo purred: "I'm addicted to speed. Speed and risk. Economic risk."
There are no travel "classes", NTV insists, only different "ambiences" – albeit differentiated by bigger seats, at-seat dining and pricier tickets.
"The Nuovo Transporto Viaggiatoro (NTV) owned train system will run from Italy’s North in Turin down to the South in Salerno, using the Alstom AGV train model." Fast - and supposedly green - technology at the link. More Ferrari train porn here.
"On the morning of St George’s Day, April 23rd, swathes of immaculately dressed chaps and chapettes gathered outside No. 3 Savile Row to demonstrate peacefully – but firmly – against Abercrombie & Fitch’s proposed plans to open a children’s store there."
Hernandez Silva's Penthouse PPDG occupies the 15th floor of a 70's Mexican colonial style building in Guadalajara.
A characteristic feature of the project is that a volume that was originally intended for a second elevator and was never installed becomes a powder room with a glass floor that looks down all the 15 levels, the PPDG penthouse is a great versatile modulated space, with great views all this with the concepts of transparency and the simplicity of materials.
Peter Jackson's ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ is the first major motion picture to be filmed at 48 frames per second, twice the old standard of 24 frames per second.
Well today he screened 10 minutes of footage at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, and according to some, it sorta sucked. Because now the images are actually too crisp and clear, and it doesn’t look like a movie any more.
It looked like an old Doctor Who episode, or a videotaped BBC TV production.
While 48fps may create a more realistic, "you are there" picture quality, it actually works against The Hobbit from the 10 minutes of footage we saw. This undeniable "reality" kept pulling me out of the movie rather than immersing me fully into its world as the Lord of the Rings films did; the very fantasy element, the artifice of it all (whether it's the wigs, fake beards or CG monsters) was plainly, at times painfully, evident. There was none of the painterly gentleness that film offers a fantasy film, as was so beautifully the case with the original (shot on film) LOTR trilogy.
Philip K. Dick wrote this letter after seeing his first glimpse of Blade Runner in a television segment (via Boing Boing).
... after looking -- and especially after listening to Harrison Ford discuss the film -- I came to the conclusion that this indeed is not science fiction; it is not fantasy; it is exactly what Harrison said: futurism.
Now the lamprey has been declared an endangered species, Gloucester has turned to the Great Lakes for its Jubilee celebrations.
For the people of Gloucester, it wouldn't be a Jubilee year without a lamprey pie.
In a custom stretching back for centuries, the city marks every one of these royal milestones - as well as Coronations - by sending the monarch a traditional dish made with an eel-like fish native to local rivers.
But this time around the uniquely British recipe will have to be prepared with lampreys from abroad, due to a shortage of the species in Gloucester waters.
Bars in the Veltins-Arena, a major football ground in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, are interconnected by a 5 km long beer pipeline. It is the favored method for distributing beer in such large stadiums, because the bars have to overcome big differences between demands during various stages of a match; this allows them to be supplied by a central tank.
In Randers city in Denmark, the so-called Thor beer pipeline still exists. Originally copper pipes were running directly from the brewery and, when in the 90s the brewery moved out of the city, Thor beer replaced the centre of a star with a giant tank.
On the streets back then, skinheads would fight you for your boots or even your Zippo lighter. Or they’d come directly to shows and attack you in the mosh pit. You couldn’t negotiate with them; the only thing that kept them at bay was a punch to the nose. We learned the hard way that you can’t reason with zealots, so when the PC left comes in demanding apologies or extremist Muslims insist you accept Sharia law, you don’t capitulate—you attack.
We laugh about it, but people in some Third World countries eat dog meat because they are poor — not only so poor that they will consume almost any source of protein, but so poor that they cannot afford to enjoy the natural bond between human and canine that began almost 15,000 years ago. For a billion or so people, life is a daily struggle to survive. People who are that poor also sell their daughters into prostitution. Female flesh is almost as cheap as dog meat in parts of the Third World, and for the same reason.
Southern Metropolis Daily‘s City Weekly has compiled a list of “Hierarchies of Snobbery” or “Hierarchies of Contempt”.
These hierarchies show the multi-layered prejudices amongst Chinese when it comes to how the products, brands, sports, media, academic disciplines, music, movies, fashion, etc. they choose reflect their intelligence, sense of fashion taste and fashion, originality, or how “international” they are.
The increasing deployment of iris scanners and biometric passports at worldwide airports, hotels and business headquarters, designed to catch terrorists and criminals, are playing havoc with operations that require CIA spies to travel under false identities.
“If you go to one of those countries under an alias, you can’t go again under another name,” explains a career spook, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he remains an agency consultant. ”So it’s a one-time thing — one and done. The biometric data on your passport, and maybe your iris, too, has been linked forever to whatever name was on your passport the first time. You can’t show up again under a different name with the same data.”
In 1996, I was hired to help a major ministry of a G7 country encourage "world beating" innovation across a variety of industry sectors. My first question at the first meeting did not make me any friends: What's innovation? Nobody could answer the question, obviously; a small step for general semantics, a giant leap of faith.
If you read Forbes, you already know people still can't be bothered to define their terms. Some great quotes nonetheless.
Henry Ford - If I had listened to my customers, I would have designed a faster horse.
When you want a new logo is when your current trademark is too complex, no longer relevant to your brand, or you want to unite various sub-brands. A new mark should be an uncomplicated form that can work anywhere, from a billboard to an app tile. It must be appropriate and relevant to the company and its field. And it must be memorable.
"Jane Espenson, American television writer and producer, came to Google on April 3, 2012 to talk with her Google fans about writing for T.V. Among her serial dramas are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Caprica, Torchwood, Firefly, Angel, Tru Calling, Dollhouse, and Once Upon a Time. In 2010 she wrote an episode of HBO's Game of Thrones. Jane also talked about her experience working on the new web series "Husbands" with Brad Bell. The series premiered at HusbandsTheSeries.com on Sept. 13, 2011. The second season is due out later this summer, 2012."
Westeros.org interviews Game of Thrones writer and keeper of the mythos, Bryan Cogman.
What exactly does a story editor do, anyways?
“Story Editor” is really just a writing staff title. It has to do with where you are in your career more than anything. The entry level title is Staff Writer, then Story Editor, etc. I’ll be “Executive” Story Editor for Season Three, but I imagine my duties will remain the same. Every show is different. On THIS show, in addition to working with David, Dan & Vanessa mapping out the season, the Story Editor’s job is to be on set for most the production, advising the various depts, and so on. I’m often D&D’s eyes and ears when they’re on other units. And, of course, I get to write an episode a season. Plus I maintain the show bible, help.com & Home Ent. with special features, etc. Just try to be on hand to be a resource on the show’s mythology whenever I can.
Much as Star Trek: The Original Series anticipated cell phones but not loud, one sided conversations on the bus, the replicators on Star Trek: The Next Generation didn't have warning labels about reproducing someone else's intellectual property. Our live social experiment in the future continues as The Pirate Bay launches Physibles category for printing 3D objects.
In the next few years, physical replicas of objects could feasibly be pirated if The Pirate Bay has anything to say about it. The notorious site has introduced a file category called Physibles, which is targeted at 3D printers.
The book was produced in the north of England in the late seventh century and buried alongside St Cuthbert, an early English Christian leader, on the island of Lindisfarne off the coast of Northumberland in around AD698.
The coffin was moved off the island to escape Viking raiders and taken to Durham, where the book, which is a copy of the Gospel of St John, was found when the coffin was opened at the cathedral in 1104. Its original red leather binding survives today.
It is thought the tomb was built from giant boulders about 5,500 years ago. Its capstone bears a seemingly random pattern of dozens of circular holes gouged into its surface – symbols of Neolithic or Bronze Age ritual burial activity.
What makes it particularly interesting is that the site has rare remains of human bones and shards of decorated pottery
I can’t help feeling that, in terms of actual damage inflicted on the British, the list contains a glaring omission. Had I been speaking at the museum I would have nominated a man who achieved what Philip II of Spain, Louis XIV and Napoleon all failed to do — who in fact makes their efforts look amateurish.
One of the great privileges of living in Toronto is having a Lancaster bomber handy for Memorial Day.
From the cockpit, it looks like four Spitfires strapped together.
"Dedication from all involved in restoring and maintaining this historic WWII bomber aircraft, I could only think of all the young airmen who worked on and flew in these Lancasters through wartime and what it could of possibly meant. ----- Part1 flight begins with engines starting then @ 00:48sec 3/4 throttle takeoff from Hamilton CWHM , cockpit view 1:53min along Great Lake Ontario to Toronto with a CN Tower flypast 07:01min . 45 degree bank turn over Toronto at 07:24 then over Lake Ontario with a upper mid gunners view 07:51min, onto Niagara Falls 10:33min."
"Part 2 continues on from Niagara Falls to the North Shores of Great Lake Erie and then with a flypast 9:56min over the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum."
The Israeli government has issued an official welcome letter to the pro-‘Palestinian’ “flytilla” activists.
We appreciate your choosing to make Israel the object of your humanitarian concerns.
We know there were many other worthy choices.
You could have chosen to protest the Syrian regime’s daily savagery against its own people, which has claimed thousands of lives.
You could have chosen to protest the Iranian regime’s brutal crackdown on dissent and its support of terrorism throughout the world.
You could have chosen to protest Hamas rule in Gaza, where terror organizations commit a double war crime by firing rockets at civilians and hiding behind civilians.
But instead, you chose to protest against Israel, the Middle East’s sole democracy, where women are equal, the press criticizes the government, human rights organizations can operate freely, religious freedom is protected for all - and minorities do not live in fear.
Therefore, we suggest you solve the real problems of the region first, and then come back and share your experiences with us.
"As a conservative, you can defend your values against friends and acquaintances who essentially just called you stupid and evil or you can keep quiet."
Most conservatives, most of the time, choose the latter. That is, they stay in the closet to avoid being accused of hating the poor, gays, or polar bears. As a result, liberals aren’t gaining any commensurate information. In fact, the silence of their conservative friends helps reinforce their views. Much of the time, liberals’ views of conservative positions and values are simply a caricature that bear little resemblance to what conservatives actually think and, more importantly, why they think it.
Our goal is to understand the way our "moral minds" work. Why do people disagree so passionately about what is right? Why, in particular, is there such hostility and incomprehension between members of different political parties?
Econophysicists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich suggest Facebook and Zynga are "vastly overvalued."
"On the basis of this result, we can claim with conﬁdence that, at its IPO and ever since, Zynga has been overvalued," say Cauwels, Sornette and Forro, adding that even their calculations are optimistic.
The bigger picture, of course, is that the entire market for social networking companies is experiencing a bubble, probably sustained by the greater fool theory of market behaviour: "I'm a fool for paying so much but I know there's a greater fool out there who will pay more".
Obi Wan Kenobi made a similar observation.
All sunshine and no rain: EnemyGraph is an application that allows Facebook users to identify their enemies.
At first, the appraiser didn’t even think to take one of the paintings out of the bag, thinking it wasn’t worth anything. But another staff member had a hunch and discovered that the painting was actually a piece of Canadian art history, a previously unknown work by Tom Thomson.
A two-month long authentication process discovered that it was likely painted in 1915.
The last Thomson sold at Maynards went for $170,000 and the auction house says this latest find could go for even more, maybe even half-a-million dollars.
Jeremy Hart takes a look at a decommissioned Soviet submarine base, fascinating despite the gratuitous shots of his Land Rover (hat tip to Mr. Jané).
In 1953, Joseph Stalin signed the plans for a top-secret nuclear submarine base that would become the operational home for the fearsome Soviet Black Sea Fleet.
Hidden inside the base of a mountain in the port town of Balaklava on Ukraine’s Crimean coast, the 153,000 square-foot facility took nine years to build and its entrance camouflaged from spy planes. It could survive a direct nuclear hit and at maximum capacity could hold 3,000 people with supplies to sustain them for a month. Best of all, the vast subs that slunk in and out of here between tours of duty could enter and leave underwater, keeping them from prying eyes at all times.
Vocabulary building: Balaklava is Turkish for "fish nest."
"Relativism, the quaint notion there are many truths all equally deserving of respect even if they contradict each other, is rife today. It sounds like a respectful gesture towards multiculturalism. Actually, it's a pretentious cop out; there really is something special about scientific evidence: Science works. Planes fly. Magic carpets and broomsticks don't."
This excerpt includes the above quote and, better yet, the grotesque spectacle of "scientists" claiming they believe the Earth is more than ten thousand years old because they are scientists, rather than because scientific investigation supports the contention.
Dawkins calls them on the distinction and they have nothing to say for themselves. Whether because the distinction eludes them or because they live in fear of their students is another question.
The complete Channel-4 documentary 'God Strikes Back', part of the series 'The Genius of Darwin'.
Attempting to raise sartorial standards among racegoers, organziers have issued one hundred thousand Ascot style guides - one for the Grandstand and another more restrictive guide for the Royal Enclosure.
On the one hand, science fiction horror. On the other, absolute heroism.
On April 26, 1986, a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukrainian city of Pripyat exploded and began spewing radioactive smoke and gas. Firemen discovered that no amount of water could extinguish the blaze. More than 40,000 residents in the immediate area were exposed to fallout 100 times greater than that from the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan. But the most serious nuclear accident in history had only begun.
With the background established I'd do the following:
0) (before any machine is made) Learn the language of whatever civilization I'm thrown into so I don't kill myself by being ignorant.
1) I would obtain some tin and copper and smelt it together in a crude forced air furnace to make some bronze (basically rocks in the ground with a leather bellow). I would have to experiment to make the optimum (or pretty close) quality of bronze, testing the quality is super simple (hit it with a predetermined weight, see if it breaks). I like bronze as the materials are not too hard to get (tin and copper).
The word dothraki itself translates to "riders". As horse riding is so central to Dothraki existence, it seems natural that the concept would crop up in their language in a variety of ways.
For example, the basic way to inquire after someone's state is, Hash yer dothrae chek? That translates literally to, "Do you ride well?" or, "Are you riding well?" In English, though, an appropriate translation would be simply, "How are you doing?"
While travelling in Turin, Italy, in 1889, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche witnessed a horse being whipped. He tossed his arms around the horse’s neck to protect it, and then collapsed. Less than a month later, Nietzsche would be diagnosed with a mental illness that left him bedridden and mute for the next eleven years, until his death at age sixty-five. But whatever happened to the horse?
Thanks to Google Earth, and forestry, archeologists in Brazil are finding geoglyphs carved into the ground in the Amazon rainforest.
The geoglyphs are believed to have been sculpted by ancient people from the Amazon region around 700 years ago, though their purpose is still unknown. So far, nearly 300 geoglyphs have been identified, but with advances in satellite imaging--and increased clearing of the jungle coverage--scientists are hoping to discover many more of these strange, geometric designs.
Sculpted from the clay rich soils of Amazonia as perfect circles and squares, these structured earth mounds, or "geoglyphs," are located on the east side of the Andes and span a distance of 155 miles.
Built long before Christopher Columbus set foot in the new world -- the sites date from 200 to 1283 A.D.-- the earthworks are the remains of roads, bridges and squares that formed the basis for a lost civilization, according to a study published in the journal Antiquity.
Tempting as it is to ascribe civilizational collapse in the New World to the arrival of Europeans with their "guns, germs, and steel" these dates neatly match an earlier calamity, the end of the Medieval Warm Period, which put paid to classical Mayan civilization, the Chaco culture/interaction sphere, and hundreds of years of Viking settlement in Greenland. Given there has been no statistically significant global warming trend since 1995, our little Ice Age seems set to continue.
The most heartbreaking scenes of the film ... were the ones where poor Alex, as obvious a bullying victim as almost any kid who’d ever slouch through a school’s doors, haltingly tries to make friends with his bullies and whatever fellow student gets close to him. As Hirsch’s camera follows him through the crowds of kids loitering between classes, he seems to be searching for a single sympathetic look or gap in the wall of antipathy or indifference, unaware that this show of desperation has made him an even riper target. I wished, for a moment, that I could have made him a gift of the hate that insulated me from the worst of my own bullying, or a bit of the sense of pride and superiority that was both a partial cause of it all and, ultimately, my means of escape.
Norse religion is pretty much just like this all the time. And by "this", of course I mean "awesome".
Basically Norse Religion is all about kicking asses and dying valorously in combat by bleeding to death on the battlefield after some jerk cut your arms off and stole your favorite hat. Anything else is for chumps. I mean how can you talk shit about a religion that has three gods of war. Three. Even the Goddess of Love, Fertility and Beauty is also the fucking Goddess of War. There's so much emphasis on dying a horrible bloody death that all murderers, cheaters, liars, and men who died of old age and/or illness get sent to Hel, a magical mysterious place where you spend all day wading around in a waist-deep river of blood while snakes spit poison in your eyes and people who you never met before run up and kick you in the ballsack. If you die in battle however, you get the honor of going off to a sweet afterlife where there's less ball-kicking and more drinking and singing, which is probably a better way to spend eternity.
A U.S. Coast Guard cutter unleashed cannon fire on the abandoned 164-foot Ryou-Un Maru on Thursday, ending a journey that began when last year's tsunami dislodged it and set it adrift across the Pacific Ocean.
It sank into waters more than 1,000 feet deep in the Gulf of Alaska, more than 150 miles from land.
"In recent years, the Tokushima Provincial Cooperation Office of the Japan Self Defense Force has created recruitment advertising posters featuring cute, adorable illustrations, and it wasted little time in releasing this year’s version."
That's the 2011 poster pictured above. The 2012 version is at the link.
A trojan has infected 550,000 of Apple's 'virus free' Mac OS X machines. lol
The attack works using a vulnerability in Java, and is delivered via infected web pages. Just visiting the web pages is enough to infect a machine, downloading an .exe file which then downloads further malicious software from elsewhere.
Dr Web claims that more than four million web pages are infected with the trojan.
I have been watching Tom Baker era Dr. Who - Horror of Fang Rock, so Lovecraft - and particularly enjoying Leela, a Who companion who was formative in my development. Leela was meant to be a noble savage by way of Eliza Doolittle with leather outfits engineered to be "very popular with the Dads."
Poking around on Wikipedia, however, was a revelation.
Leela is a fictional character played by Louise Jameson in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. Leela was a companion of the Fourth Doctor and a regular in the programme from 1977 to 1978. Writer Chris Boucher named her after the Palestinian hijacker Leila Khaled.
Typical BBC. Selling sex under the banner of feminism. Orientalist romantics pretending to be anti-racist. Tenured civil servants playing at being revolutionaries.
In popular culture: The song Like Leila Khaled Said from The Teardrop Explodes' 1981 album Wilder is a love song to Khaled. Songwriter Julian Cope said it was a love song to her "cos I thought she was so beautiful. But I know that the whole thing was like bad news."
Remains of ash and bone fragments found 30m inside the entrance of Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa suggests early humans were cooking with fire one million years ago.
The ability to use fire is regarded as a key step in human development because it gave us access to cooked foods and new technologies.
Stone tools found at Wonderwerk Cave indicate the ancestor in question may have been Homo erectus, a species whose existence has been documented as far back as 1.8 million years ago.
The discovery may support Richard Wrangham's "cooking hypothesis" viz the invention of cooking split the ancestors of humans from those of modern gorillas and chimpanzees.
Cooking allowed our ancestors to develop bigger brains and, in his hypothesis, is the key reason modern humans emerged. The controlled use of fire, according to Wrangham, was a more important milestone in human evolution than the invention of agriculture or eating meat.
"The ancient Maya civilization of Central America left behind a riddle: an intricate and mysterious hieroglyphic script carved on stone monuments and painted on pottery and bark books. Because the invading Spanish suppressed nearly all knowledge of how the script worked, unlocking its meaning posed one of archaeology's fiercest challenges."
The BBC, always running against the wind, has spent £20k asking viewers if it is sufficiently obvious that Dr. Who is shot in Cardiff.
A wide range of people were asked for their views – including members of the gay, lesbian and transgender communities, Somali men living in Wales, pensioners, schoolchildren and the shows’ fans.
The eight groups were shown clips from the two shows and asked for their comments. Most were aware the two shows were filmed in Cardiff, but Doctor Who, starring Matt Smith as the Time Lord, was criticised for playing down its links to Wales.
David Bowie: Cracked Actor - A Film About David Bowie (BBC 1975)
"Cracked Actor is a 53-minute-long BBC television documentary film about the pop star David Bowie. It was filmed in 1974, at a time when Bowie was a popular and commercial success. At the time he was a cocaine addict and the documentary has become notorious for showing Bowie's fragile mental state during this period. It was made by Alan Yentob for the BBC's Omnibus documentary strand, and was first shown, on BBC2 in the UK, on January 26, 1975."