October 19, 2007
Sic Semper Macellariis
Posted by Jon Sanders at 10:46 PM
Thus always to butchers:
A glass monument to revolutionary icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara was shot up and destroyed less than two weeks after it was unveiled by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's government.
Note: I'm away from my dictionary, so I'm only about 90 percent sure I've declined "macellarius" correctly.
Posted by Hal Young at 8:48 PM
AP via WRAL.com:
Bhutto Blames Extremists For Bomb Attack
Moderates just write letters to the editor.
Re: Rediscovered classics
Posted by Daren Bakst at 3:34 PM
I don't have a lot of my classic albums anymore because I
can't find an 8-track player anywhere, but I do have some suggestions
for 5 "forgotten" classics that I don't own.
Many people might
not consider these forgotten, or some may say they wish they were
forgotten, but I don't think they get enough attention and don't fall
into VH1's 100 best rock albums:
Moody Blues: Long Distance Voyager
Iron Maiden: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Billy Joel: The Stranger
The Alan Parsons Project: The Turn of a Friendly Card
Re: Rediscovered classics ... sort of
Posted by Jon Sanders at 3:15 PMWell, after a conversation with our man Clint in which I praised it, I pulled out Henryk Górecki's Miserere, which was written in 1981 as a protest against Poland's Communist government's slaughter of Rural Solidarity members.
Miserere is deeply religious, powerful work in which an unaccompanied choir sings just five words — Domine Deus noster (Lord our God) / Miserere nobis (Have mercy on us) — pleading with God for peace and mercy.
Re: Rediscovered classics
Posted by Dr. Terry Stoops at 2:22 PM
Recently I returned to Paul's Boutique by the Beastie Boys.
License to Ill is good but Paul's Boutique is great. Even more impressive, second albums are usually disappointing, particularly those sophomore efforts that follow wildly successful debut albums. (I mean, does anyone own Hootie and the Blowfish's Fairweather Johnson?) Paul's Boutique is a second album that outshines the debut.
Re: Rediscovered Classics
Posted by Jenna Ashley Robinson at 2:11 PM
Not exactly a "classic," but I rediscovered REM's Monster when it came up recently on a friend's iPod playlist. I found myself saying (at the beginning of each song): "Wow, I had forgotten how good this album is!"
Re: Forgotten classics
Posted by Jon Ham at 1:49 PM
Joe, I'd love to participate, but I've forgotten all the classics that I would have named.
Posted by Joseph Coletti at 12:50 AM
A friend pulled the Pixies Surfer Rosa off the shelf the other day, reminding me what a great album it is, even as it approaches its 20th anniversary next year.
What classics have you forgotten you have?
Posted by Michael Moore at 11:59 AM
Google's executive will keynote the Advantage West Banquet, the economic development group in WNC.
A Better Persepctive on Environmental Issues
Posted by Jenna Ashley Robinson at 11:20 AM
Considering the usual campus diatribes on the environment, it's refreshing to see this course in the "Community Classroom Series" at the Friday Center:
Biodiversity and Conservation in the Face of Poverty
Environmentalists around the world are trying their best to preserve nature and wildlife in places where impoverished locals need resources from wilderness areas. The poor can seldom afford to put conservation and its long-term benefits above their dire immediate needs, and conservationists often overlook the poor in their desperate battle to preserve the world’s disappearing ecosystems. The result is a conflict in which the welfare of both humanity and biodiversity hang in the balance. Based largely on Nitin Sekar’s travels and studies in Russia, South Africa, and India, this course will explore various aspects of the conflict and look towards the ultimate goal: preserving biodiversity while improving the lives of the poor.
I'm suspicious of how the professor might want us to go about "improving the lives of the poor," but at least this course recognizes that there are costs to "fixing" environmental problems.
Business and the Democrats
Posted by George Leef at 09:05 AM
Stephen Moore has a WSJ column today that is most depressing. He writes about how many businesses are channeling money into Democratic coffers for next year's race.
Moore is right: "Business is living in a fantasy world if they believe this will spare them from what is likely to be one of the most anti-growth agendas that Washington has seen in many decades. Nor should they be spared. When you sell the rope to the hangman, you deserve to have a noose around your neck."
Except that they're giving away the rope.
And of course, it isn't just "business" that will suffer from the anti-market and collectivist policy ideas of the whole array of interest groups eager for a Democratic sweep. In fact, businesses with the right connections may be fine. It is all the rest of us who will feel the pain -- for years to come.
This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio
Posted by Mitch Kokai at 08:17 AM
Nearly 30 N.C. counties are asking voters next month to give them power to take more of their money. Some want to increase the local sales tax. Others want to impose a local land-transfer tax. Michael Sanera explains in the next Carolina Journal Radio why the counties don't need the money.
George Leef discusses UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor James Moeser's recent decision to step down from that high-profile post. Another academic, Duke professor Gavan Fitzsimons, offers his analysis of a phenomenon known — in scientific terms — as the "yuck factor."
Plus you'll hear highlights from Randal O'Toole's recent critique of light rail in Charlotte, and veteran political campaign guru Jack Hawke offers some lessons in campaign strategy.
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