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October 01, 2010
TiR's unwritten blog posts for September 2010

Once again, this past month we were too bored with the sound of our own voice to post anything. So below is another oblique partial summary list connected with some of what we would have posted about, but didn't.

"Bo [Diddley]'s a Lumberjack" (Checker label, 1960)

this fascinating "Reports from the Bibliographic Bunker" post, here, which includes comment from last fall, contributed by living legend     Charles Plymell, 74 years young, that literally begins "OMG!"

Obama energy plan's regrettable failure to join in the vision of a post-oil, 21st-century move to a siprick-based economy
(we discover that the sonorousness of the word at least is appreciated here)

If, however, the most extreme views as to government non-interference were taken, it cannot be pretended that a corporation, a creature permitted to exercise certain public functions, should not be rigidly governed by law. . . . No partnership, company or corporation should be allowed to exist with unlimited gains and limited responsibility. No public organization should exist without publicity.

Corporate privileges are a public trust which ought to be resumed by the people whenever they have become subversive of public interests. The time to all appearance is rapidly approaching, when peace, order and security may demand the abolition of such delegated powers.

William Addison (and Anna B. S.) Phillips, Land, Labor and Law: a Search for the Missing Wealth of the Working Poor (1886), p. 395

[work mentioned here]

language as a "double helix" of emotion & reason (discussed here)

Ulric, the fish-carrying saint

per Green candidate Colia Cook:
In 1959, the Vice Presidential candidate, Ad[la]i E. Stevenson . . . remarked that "America has a choice between Harlem and the moon".

The closest source for the above quote that TiR's crappy research skills could find is a 1962 Stevenson speech @ the UN (.pdf):
What is more difficult? To think of an encampment on the moon, or of Harlem rebuilt? Both are now within the reach of our resources. Both now depend upon human decision and human will.

In a follow-up eight years later, Gil Scott-Heron delivered a progress report (but not at the UN), on which choice the USA seemed to have made, as summarized here.

Lewis Lapham: "Capitalism untunes all the strings."
Explanation of how = here.

William Zinsser's remembrance, here, of the long-lost NY Herald Tribune newspaper, states:
But the paper never forgot that its readers were an infinitely mixed stew of interests and curiosities, and it had experts squirreled away in various nooks to cater to their needs: the food critic . . . , the fashion columnist . . . , the stamps editor, the crossword-puzzle editor, the garden editor . . .

Wait a minute, the paper had even a "stamps editor"?

Yes, it did. Some research reveals this to have been one Ernest A. Kehr.

& regarding that "garden editor," here's Zinsser:
Gardening-advice articles then filled several pages of the Sunday paper.


from Leibel Bergman's May 1960 HUAC testimony, readable in its entirety here:
I wish to give an additional reason why I do not choose to answer this question.

In fact, I have two other reasons. One is a simple one, that I do everything I can to merit the respect of my children and I don't think I could get that kind of respect by cooperating in any way with history, purposes, and many of the crimes committed by this committee. . . .

My answer to the previous two questions stands as I have given thern. I have been accused here of all kinds of fancy crimes, of being a part of a conspiracy.

I have been called a comrade by this investigator, and I am certainly not his comrade in any sense of the word.

Chamfort on the Marquis de Ximénèz, roughly: "This is a man who prefers rain to sunshine, and who, hearing the nightingale sing, says, 'Ah! Ugly beast.'"
(quote noticed here then sourced to here)

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. in 1858:
I have observed, by the way, that the people who really live in two great cities are by no means so jealous of each other as are those of smaller cities situated within the intellectual basin, or suction-range, of one large one, of the pretensions of any other. Don't you see why?

source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, v. 1, p. 188

I hate little toad-eating cities.
Above found while wondering about the original context of a different and mind-blowing OWS quote deployed by the always v. cool sports writer Dave Zirin, herein.      (source = vol. 2)

quick'n'dirty audio insta-mixes created through playing of YouTube on multiple simultaneous windows.
recent fave unfailed experiment therein: in one window, Naat; in other, the Misfits

potentially useful information for someone(s) in USA, post-midterm elections, regardless of outcome: Can pitch forks be ordered through, in bulk? Yes they can.