Friday, June 29, 2012

Music of the Week: Robert Fripp & the League of Gentlemen (live)


Robert Fripp & the League of Gentlemen
 Live at Leeds, 09-11-80.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Stumbled upon: An incident from Reconstruction Era South Carolina

The things one comes across when researching any topic are sometimes just as interesting, but being tangential to one's work, they noted but simply never mentioned.  They take on some of the aspects of found objects, and this is one of them.

From the Freedmen's Bureau Online comes a
This report contains two cases, both of which are useful in trying to understand a bit about everyday life during this time (see The Hanging of Amy Spain).  Both are interesting, but this one caught my eye:

By whom committed: Calhoun Nichols, white. On whom committed: Clara Anderson, colored. Place: Greenville, S. C. Outrage committed: assault & battery. Remarks: Calhoun Nichols, a mere boy, was, May 25.67, quarreling with Clara Anderson, a colored girl, because she would not call him "Mr. Nichols," he, however, calling her "Clara."  Both were engaged in cleaning a church in Greenville.  Clara Anderson persisted in calling him "Calhoun," whereupon he struck her.  I had him arrested and bought before a Magistrate, but in consideration of his youth and the fact that he begged Clara Anderson's pardon, paid her ten dollars damages and the Magistrate's costs, I allowed the case to be dropped, warning him however that he had no right to call other people, not in his employ, by their Christian names and require them to address him as a Master.

Here is a bit more about Liedtke:
(Moncks Corner) Acting Subassistant Commissioner - F. W. Liedtke Jan.1866 Mar, 1868; (Goldsboro) May 1868 , Assistant Subassistant Commissioner - Frederick W. Liedtke, May Dec. 1868.

from The Political Languages of Emancipation in the British Caribbean and the U.S. South by Demetrius Lynn Eudell (Univ of North Carolina Press, 2002)

The complexity of  social relations are really quite obvious.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Good Summary of the Problems with Academic publishing via Less Wrong

A very good summary of the problems with academic publishing:

Why Academic Papers Are A Terrible Discussion Forum
Here are the bullet points:

1. The time lag is huge; it’s measured in months, or even years.
2. Most academic publications are inaccessible outside universities.
3. Virtually no one reads most academic publications.
4. It’s very unusual to make successful philosophical arguments in paper form.
5. Papers don’t have prestige outside a narrow subset of society.
6. Getting people to read papers is difficult.
7. Academia selects for conformity.
8. Papers have a tradition of violating the bottom line rule.
9. Academic moderation is both very strict and badly run.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Peter Bratsis On The Greek Elections and the Outlawing of Keynes.

Peter Bratsis -On The Greek Elections and the Future of John Maynard Keynes
In fact, as this situation in Greece, Spain, Italy and beyond has been playing out, a German backed EU fiscal stability treaty has been in the process of being ratified throughout the eurozone. Most recently (May 31st) it was approved by Ireland in a referendum. Greece, Portugal, and Slovenia had previously approved the treaty. At least eight more euro-zone countries would need to ratify it for it to take effect for the full seventeen-member eurozone. Under this treaty, any deficit spending annually beyond .5 percent of GDP would be outlawed. A deficit above .5 percent would trigger a series of interventions and penalties intended to coerce and punish any attempt to go beyond the agreed upon limits. In effect, it is a treaty to outlaw John Maynard Keynes.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Music of the Week: Oliver Messiaen - Oraison

Oliver Messiaen - Oraison, 1937
 Ensemble d'Ondes de Montreal