There’s also a laid-back 30 minute, audio-only followup conversation on Smiley & West.
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It’s bumming me out that he talks about Occupy in the past sense. I have my fingers crossed for something new blossoming as the weather warms, but Occupy itself seems to have run its course. I hope that’s wrong.
From the breathless YouTube script, which, decoded, is about preserving the texts of the Buddha:
The only copy of ancient encyclopedia Kangyur which invented by ancient gurus in Tibet and India is under active rescue mission in Mongolian National Library. Its original tibetan and sanskrit versions destroyed through wars and social instabilities and only Mongolian version is saved intact with Mongolian ancient scholars. Now it is taking another fresh breath of getting digitized hence taking chance of educating people.
It very much surprised me to see that a lot of commenters on the Awl think that Maud Newton is essentially creating a leftist version of nonsensical Obama/Wright controversy in her piece about Sarah Palin and fundamentalist. No, she really isn’t.
I don’t know what goes on in Palin’s head, but the language that she uses is very similar to the lunatic, apocalypse-obsessed evangelicals that I’ve been dealing with for the past twenty years, first as a friend and ally to a group that was singled out to be persecuted by these bastards in a small Southern town, and then selling them their books from 1998 to 2010.1 It absolutely terrifies me to shelve in the Faithpoint category, as some zealot invariably singles me out to share some revelation about the imminent End Times. Yes, they’re almost always stalwart Palin fans these days. She does speak their language and is speaking to them. Making the connection between Palin and these people is fair.
Maud Newton has mentioned for years on her blog about how she grew up in this environment. She recognizes this better than most.
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Just ran across this link to a blog post on Obsidian Wings about the destruction of the civil infrastructure of Colorado Springs (via Warren Ellis.) Yeah, Colorado Springs, home of the New Life Church, previously headed by Ted Haggard. Harper’s doesn’t have the article online anymore, but there are a few fragments in an an old post on OQ, focusing more on the delusions about supernatural forces. Obsidian Wings correctly points out that Colorado Spring’s disintegration is a direct result of the tax-phobic policies pushed by the Club for Growth. However, it’s unlikely that Colorado Springs will go the way of Detroit, plowing up to a quarter of the city, converting it to farmland. I don’t know how the New Life Church is faring these days, but i predict that it, or another megachurch just like it, will step in to take over some fo the now missing services.
It boggles my mind that these people will refuse to pass a referendum for taxes that support social services, but will gladly fork over tons of money for tithes to provide some of those same services…. probably more favorably to people who believe the same things as themselves.
The Club for Growth wants the U.S. divided up into small theocratic fiefdoms. Collapse of publicly-funded infrastructure is not a failure of their plan. It’s a major feature.
Jose Manuel Prieto on Cuba, in which he claims, among other things, that Castro is best thought of as an American politician and that “The Miami Economic Miracle, the astonishing ascent that transformed a sleepy tourist town, refuge for retirees, into the new capital of Latin America, was accomplished by the same generation that brought about the Cuban Revolution–the generation of the 1950s….”:
Cuba wants to be the United States.
In contrast to many perspectives around the world that are critical or even disdainful of the obvious crudeness of much of the American way of life, Cubans see such a life as desirable, imagine their future as independent–but American. Ugly suburbs, ticky-tacky houses and disposable plastic cups all figure in the mental tableau of their happiness.
Any schema that seeks to oppose “Cuban identity” to “American identity” is false; as early as the middle of the nineteenth century, Cuban identity was shaped, nourished and colored by American identity, which was a consubstantial part of Cuban identity, one of its fundamental elements. This peculiar amalgam is manifest in any sector or period of Cuban life you might choose to name, from the very beginning of our “national awakening,” through the rather odd fact that our first president was a Cuban-American schoolteacher, a Quaker who had lived through more than twenty winters in America, and the no less surprising detail that José Martí, our “national poet,” the “apostle” of our independence, was a fiery lover of America and a privileged vehicle of the nationalist religion in its distinctive American variety.
I’m mildly embarrassed because I thought he was already dead. 100 a nice round number.
French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss dies
(AP) – 1 hour ago
PARIS — The Academie Francaise says that Claude Levi-Strauss, an influential French intellectual who was widely considered the father of modern anthropology, has died. He was 100.
Levi-Strauss was widely regarded as having reshaped the field of anthropology, introducing new concepts concerning common patterns of behavior and thought, especially myths, in primitive and modern societies.
During his 6-decade-long career, he authored many literary and anthropological classics, including “Tristes Tropiques” (1955), “The Savage Mind” (1963) and “The Raw and the Cooked” (1964).
The Academie Francaise said Tuesday that it plans a tribute later in the week.
It did not give the cause of death or say when Levi-Strauss had died.