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May 30, 2016. ...for me, the modern world begins when Don Quixote de la Mancha, in 1605, leaves his village, goes out into the world, and discovers that the world does not resemble what he read about it.---Carlos Fuentes in his introduction to the 1986 edition of Tobias Smollett’s 1755 translation of Don Quixote De La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes. When I tell you Bernie Sanders has been reminding me lately of Don Quixote, I’m not referring to any impossible dreaming or tilting at windmills on his part. I’m not suggesting to look for specific windmills he’s mistaken for... Continue reading
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El Jefe, Sad to report, we're not down on the Cape. The photo was sent as "Wish you were" by Uncle Merlin. We probably won't be able to get back for at least a couple more summers. But Uncle Merlin report's the weather's fine and the beaches are still there.
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Dutch Firm Trains Eagles to Take Down High-Tech Prey: Drones https://t.co/t4WOhfkFsE — The New York Times (@nytimes) May 29, 2016 Continue reading
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Saturday. May 28, 2016. Cape Cod post card from Uncle Merlin. This morning around eight. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lance Mannion
The Coast Guard’s latest mission was a bit unusual: rescue a lighthouse https://t.co/WZ3tOixylZ pic.twitter.com/TNnqObGx3a — The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) May 25, 2016 Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lance Mannion
May 26, 2016. Look. You can’t go by me. All last summer I thought the Donald would fade over the course of the fall as the primaries drew closer and voters started paying serious attention. And I didn’t think it would be because he’d finally go too far and people would turn away from him in disgust. I thought he’d start boring people the way he bored me. Shows you what I know. Still… I think Trump has a great, glaring weakness. Ok. He has many. But so far they’ve been difficult to exploit. But there’s one I’m counting on... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Lance Mannion
The “Roosevelt Museum of Natural History”, founded in his bedroom by eight-year old Theodore Roosevelt, got off to a shaky start: While other children might have been content with a small collection of seashells or some neatly pressed flowers, Roosevelt’s collection included some truly grotesque finds. When he acquired a live snapping turtle---an aggressive pond-dweller covered in algae and decorated with a gruesome frill of leeches---the entire household rebelled. ---from The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt, A Lifetime of Exploration, and the Triumph of American Natural History by Darrin Lunde. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lance Mannion
…was also a future president: Jostled by the swarms of fashionable shoppers, the boy continued along Broadway, glancing through the storefront windows, until he passed a familiar grocery, where something caught his eye. Amid the usual cartons of fruits and vegetables was an object strangely out of place, splayed out on a slab of wood. It was the dull mass of a seal, dead less than a day. Placed on display to attract paying customers, its corpulent body drew the child’s attention. Sliding his hand along the seal’s glossy-smooth pelt and peering deeply into its clouding eyes, he was overwhelmed... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lance Mannion
Bronx evenings: Spuyten Duyvil train station on the Harlem River, under Henry Hudson Bridge. https://t.co/0l3I4XECLD pic.twitter.com/HoAam4shat — Joseph Dolman (@CityEdition) May 24, 2016 Continue reading
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May 16, 2016. Posted Saturday, May 21. A Whipple Cast and Wrought Iron Bowstring Truss Bridge crossing a section of the old Erie Canal Vischer Ferry, New York. Monday morning. May 16, 2016. Picking up from my post from earlier, another odd thing about what I remember about that passage from Player Piano that isn’t actually there for me to remember. Beside the fact that it isn’t there for me to remember. I remember it as containing a detailed enough description of local geography that I could tell right off that Vonnegut had reversed the map and put General Forge... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2016 at Lance Mannion
Friday. May 20, 2016. BACK ON VIEW—Claude Monet’s On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt See this Impressionist masterpiece in Gallery 201 pic.twitter.com/GSdUEnCWW7 — Art Institute (@artinstitutechi) May 11, 2016 Follow the link to the Art Institute of Chicago's online catalog entry for On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt. Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Lance Mannion
May 18, 2016. It was Uncle Alex who had arranged the lunch. He and Powers Hapgood had been at Harvard together… Uncle Alex was so conservative politically that I do not think he would have eaten lunch with Hapgood gladly if Hapgood had not been a fellow Harvard Man. Hapgood was then a labor union officer, a vice-president of the local CIO. His wife Mary had been the Socialist party’s candidate for vice-president of the United States again and again. In fact, the first time I voted in a national election I voted for Norman Thomas and Mary Hapgood, not... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Lance Mannion
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Monday. May 16, 2016. Posted Wednesday, May 18. Billy Pilgrim (Michael Sacks) unstuck in time on the planet Tralfamadore in a scene from the movie adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse-Five. Sometimes it seems I’ve spent my whole life chasing after Kurt Vonnegut. I mean that metaphorically, as a comment on my so-called life as a writer. Vonnegut was one of the first grown-up influences on my ambitions, my sense of what writers do and how they go about it, the way I looked at life and people, and my prose style. But I mean it as matter of geographic... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Lance Mannion
Phil, I don't think it's quite right to say she hangs out with the Bushes and the Trumps, but never mind. I'm more influenced by the people she really has hung out with, like Marian Wright Edelman, John Lewis, Dolores Huerta, Gracha Machel, Gabby Giffords, Jennifer Granholm, and Barack Obama.
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By Justin Perline, Wired Critics Nobody truly knows how artificially intelligent robots would react to human beings. Movie directors and scientists alike have long speculated the defining moment of powering on a robotic consciousness and witnessing its first infant moments of free thought. The problems stemming from attempting to replicate... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Wired Critics
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By Maria Dombrov, Wired Critics The film opens, and the day starts with Ma, played by Brie Larson, and Jack, played by Jacob Tremblay, performing mundane tasks like brushing their teeth, putting the day’s clothes on, and making Jack’s birthday cake. The room in which they’re living appears run down... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Wired Critics
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Looking upstream from the A.C. Stevens Nature and Historic Preserve. Vischer Ferry, New York.This morning around 9:30. Monday, May 16, 2017. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Lance Mannion
Falstaff, Agreed. I'm afraid Trump's becoming more popular isn't due to people actually liking him. I think he's more like an infection. People everywhere throughout time have caught similar infections and there's no predicting the course or outcome of the disease. Things would have been different, though, if everybody, Democrats and Republicans alike, had seen the initial infection and gone right to work on stopping it from spreading. That would have meant turning to different establishment candidates than HRC and Jeb. I'm writing about who I wish it had been for the Democrats today.
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Lawrence, "Haven’t you noticed that the ruling class can’t even make the trains run on time anymore?" I'm tempted to ask you when the trains ever ran on time, but, FWIW, Mrs M takes the train to work regular and it's almost always on time. The buses too. "It was this blog, if I remember correctly, where I read ‘If you’re not concerned with the care and feeding of millionaires, then you’re a leftist, not a liberal." Yep, it was here. But I've said it more than once. It's kind of a theme of mine. It's a sliding scale: how concerned a politician is with the care and feeding of millionaires is my measure of relative liberalism/conservatism. Too much care=conservative. None=far left. It's my way of saying that good governance requires more than just worrying about people getting rich. But a functioning economy needs to leave people free to get rich or else no one will do things like open restaurants or build houses or manufacture automobiles. As for billionaires, I'm not sure their existence can be helped, but the Clintons have been very good at parting them from some of their billions through the Clinton Global Initiative and that money has gone to really helping alleviate poverty in parts of the world. So there's a use for them.
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Bill, I think you're right. Probably a bunch of them were daunted by the prospect of running against her. Fortunately, one of them was Andrew Cuomo. But Biden had nothing to worry about on the resume score. Someday we'll find out just what exactly was going on with him.
Toggle Commented May 15, 2016 on On Corruption. One. at Lance Mannion
Davis, thanks for the heads up. I will alert those concerned here in Mannionville and remind them that Father's Day is coming up.
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Tuesday. New York Primary Day. April 19, 2016. He never was regular folks: Illustration by Eastman Johnson, "The boyhood of Abraham Lincoln---an evening in the log hut" 1868. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. Via Wikipedia. Keep this scene in mind if Joni Ernst---remember her?---becomes relevant again and you’re recalling what a laugh we liberals had over her boasts on the campaign trail that she knew how to castrate hogs: Crucially, his liveliness and sociability served him well in politics. Campaigning again for the state legislature in 1834, he went out to a field where a group of about thirty... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Lance Mannion
May 12, 2016. Cliff collapse in North Truro reveals Cape's dynamic geology: https://t.co/9fjHWcRTtJ #capecod pic.twitter.com/Ag99UTK6HM — Cape Cod Times (@capecodtimes) May 10, 2016 Then, after the ice had come and gone, swallowing the forests in its passage, the warming climate produced a southerly assortment of plants on the land surface. In vivid contrast to the trees of the peat, there now came sycamores, chestnuts, magnolias, sour gums, cedars and poplars, threading their roots through the till and the remains of their buried predecessors. Such southern species were to survive only as long as the interstadial period lasted, and were themselves... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Lance Mannion
Updated Tuesday, May 19, 2016. New posts below, but before scrolling down, please read this: I'm sorry to be asking again so soon, but we're about tapped out, so...if you like what goes on around here and you can swing it, please consider making a donation. It would be a real help and much appreciated. Thank you. And thanks to all for reading the blog. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Lance Mannion
May 12, 2016. It’s not that Trump himself’s an ignoramus. Who knows if he is? Who knows what’s inside his head? Who knows what he’s thinking? Who knows if he’s thinking? As far as I can tell, he doesn't think. He reacts. He appears governed entirely by instinct, appetite, reflex, ego, and whim. Decent people keep expecting him to pay a price for being such a monster of vanity but there is no price to pay. He doesn’t have to think. He doesn’t have to know anything. His voters don’t care what he knows. They only care what he’ll do,... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Lance Mannion