City of God - The Brooklyn Rail: " Two important narratives emerge in Montefiore’s telling. First is Europe’s overwhelming (and forced) conversion to Christianity. The codification of Christian doctrine following the Council of Nicaea in 325 galvanized Christian identity in Europe, opening Jerusalem to the interest and imagination of the West. Thus burgeoned the long-standing relationship between Jerusalem and Europe. The second major development, of course, is the advent of Islam, under whose banner many Arab factions unified. For the 400 years subsequent to Muhammad’s prophecy, Islamic rulers, Arab and non-Arab alike, governed Jerusalem. Islamic culture flourished in this period and many of its wealthy princes devoted immense resources, both material and imaginative, to pursuing science, geography, mathematics, and, more broadly, the question of wisdom. "
Liberating America’s Worldview | Consortiumnews: "In acts of social and civic resistance, regardless of whether one evinces a Gandhi-like position of nonviolence or adopts a Malcolm X-influenced stance of “by any means necessary,” the enforcers of a corrupt authoritarian order regard any and all displays of dissent as an invitation to force dissenters face down on the pavement, zip-cuffed and bleeding, then be remanded into custody – or worse.
At this critical point, it is imperative we let die our illusions involving the present order. Yet we must do so without becoming so disillusioned that we lack the resolve to remake the world.
Often, we cling to fictions involving the benign nature of power because the act spares us angst. To the contrary, we must bear witness to the collisions of our illusions and the realities of the day, because it is from the debris created by these collisions that the world will be built anew."
From Turbulent 60s to Turbulent Teens: a Q&A with Ed Sanders: "Do you think the pendulum of political America is currently making a significant swing back toward the left? I’ve been around a long time, seen a couple pendulums swing back and forth, but I think maybe the pendulum is a broken metaphor now. It’s just a swing out to less and less, widening this abyss between people who can pay $300 for a shirt and those who get by with a $10 tee. I don’t know what’s going to happen: we could all wind up in the gutter, eating dog food quiche on an encampment under the freeway somewhere. There’s no safety net anymore except for people who have strong family ties and families that have money. Like in a Chekov short story, where you have some out-of-work uncle living well in the manor house of a wealthy family member. I thought that when I was old that social democracy would have grown up in the United States, and my heart is broken that it hasn’t."
Yu Darvish And The Rangers - The Heart of Texas - SB Nation Dallas: "We're expected to find out in the near future who, among bidding Major League Baseball teams, had the highest bid for Yu Darvish's posting fee. The Rangers all along have been expected to be in the mix for Darvish's services, and it seems like the Blue Jays, Yankees and Cubs are among the teams in the mix as well."
We Yankee fans are not holding our breath. I am guessing the Yanks bid $21 million for the right to negotiate and that this will not be the winning bid. Intriguing procedure I must say. We should know something by next Tuesday.
2.5 million young adults have added health coverage, US says - BostonHerald.com: "WASHINGTON — An estimated 2.5 million young adults have gained health insurance coverage since the 2010 health care law took effect, according to a new government survey — a finding the Obama administration is embracing as it continues efforts to communicate the health’s law’s benefits, even as public opinion about the law remains mixed.
The number is "even higher than many predicted," said Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, in an announcement Wednesday. An earlier federal analysis had projected an increase between 700,000 and 2.1 million."
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Manhattan Bully Wars (1947) is just getting started. I've begun a blogroll there that will be a comprehensive list of reviewed bullying sites. And I have begun posting individual chapters of this original novella. It is part fiction and part memoir. I generally avoided direct bullying at this particular school. (I think I have a streak of Falstaff.) But I received the tweaks noted from a teacher there and was privy to consistent bullying and outright fighting which was never halted by any authority. Later on several occasions I did experience some group attacks. All violence is under discussion today and all of it has instinctive and philosophical roots. The instinctive roots are perfectly fine when they do not result in violence toward oneself or others. They are survival-related. The philosophical roots lie in the limitations of binary thinking (protagonist-antagonist) and the failure to understand the triadic …