Just for that latter, a "successful" secession has Andrew Jackson spinning in his monument. He didn't squash Calhoun, South Carolina and Nullification in 1832 for morally bankrupt 21st century media to make it entertainment. See the Nullification Proclamation By Andrew Jackson, President of the United States, to South Carolina, here.
NY Time pay wall so the url rather than a link is provided:
. . . . In any case, the south couldn't have successfully seceded because Lincoln and many coalitions behind him wouldn't allow it. As Jackson knew, neither division would have stood long before England and France picked both of them off. As it was during the first three years of the War of Southern Aggression a faction in both England and France did their best to help this along. Also because the whole point of secession was to provoke a war with the non-slavery forces so the slaveocracy could then take over the entire nation -- they didn't want to be left alone with their peculiar institution. Their objective was to aggressively force their peculiar institution upon all by the force of arms. There is a reason that the U.S. Civil War's official name in the government records is "The War of Southern Aggression."
So Grant whipped Lee's army, and the CSA melted because it was essentially nothing but the Army of Northern Virginia, never a functioning nation. If you don't believe me, read some contemporary
military histories of the Virginia campaign by military historians, such Crucible of Command, and Lee's Army. Among the reasons the CSA was never a nation is that the CSA power elites didn't believe in government in the first place, and couldn't work together any better or effectively than the people in the White House right now do.
Killing black people at whim with impunity, raping black women anywhere anytime at whim without repercussion, raping black children without even being socially ostracized, torturing and incarcerating at will, using as unpaid labor black people who are prisoners of the entire slavery system, in an what has to be (speaking from historical evidence), an all white country, since slave labor makes immigration unattractive if not downright impossible, since color-coded slave labor fills all the labor slots from housekeeping, to hair stylist to mechanic, to street cleaner, miner, etc . -- in our current climate in which lynch nooses and random, arbitrary of killing of African Americans and threats to do so happen all the time -- can anyone with any sense of artistic talent and social conscience really think this thing which didn't happen and couldn't have happened is a good thing for popular entertainment and the nation?
This is the height of irresponsibility, as a member of our civic, economic, social and political polity. Media and entertainment does shape all these matters. Historical accuracy, even in entertainment, is civic responsibility. Ask the historic slaveocracy that blamed Harriet Beecher Stowe and Uncle Tom's Cabin for the Civil War.
Shame HBO and everyone involved, shame, shame, shame.
I'm at home alone right this moment. Cordelia had a volunteer shift at the downtown library this morning and plans to meet up with friends at the Traverwood library in the afternoon. She'll go home with them, and we'll pick her up at 9:30, after movie night with her friends. Their current plan is to watch Grease.
A couple of nights ago, I cooked the remaining ground turkey in the instant pot with some great northern beans and turkey bacon. I added chicken broth and some herbs/spices. I think I misjudged that because it almost gives me reflux. It doesn't actually; I can just tell that I'm near the tipping point.
I've managed the two most urgent phone calls, but neither matter is resolved yet. The second call is almost certainly going to end up with me having to call a different doctor's office about parameters/limitations for Cordelia's knee in high school gym. I was hoping not to have to because that's the doctor that wanted us to do surgery. The first call went to voicemail, so nothing's resolved until I actually manage to talk to the person.
The other call I should make is to Shar Instruments to ask about buying a viola and whether or not we can do it on installments. Of course, buying a viola kind of requires us to be fairly sure Cordelia's done growing. She's only grown half an inch in the last year and a half, and she's in the height range where all the women in my family tend to fall (5'1 to 5'3"). It's just that everyone in Scott's family is tall, so Cordelia's still hoping she'll get taller.
I'm trying to decide whether filling out insurance forms is more important than starting to write right this moment. My procrastination levels are set to 11 at the moment. The forms are important, very much so, but would there be any harm in having Scott fill the dratted things out this evening?
I have given our old crock pot to our cleaning lady. She'll actually use it, and we haven't touched it in years. The stoneware inserts are really too heavy for me at this point. I don't think this is the sort of thing that's worth holding onto for the years until Cordelia moves out and might want it. Plus, I'm pretty sure she'd rather have an Instant Pot instead.
Except some of it doesn't seem to be, o hai, I am now making an effort, it is more that various academic things (seminars, conferences, etc) that I had flagged up in my diary ages ago finally came up and were all within the space of a few weeks, I don't know, it's the 'like buses' phenomenon. And some of them I did do some social interaction at and others I just slipped in and out, more or less.
Have booked up, what I was havering about, the annual conference in one of my spheres of interest that I was usually wont to go to but have missed the (I think) last two because I was not inspired by the overall theme that year. And it's not so much that I'm not inspired by this year's theme, it's more 'didn't they do something very similar a few years ago and I did a paper then, and don't really have anything new to say on the subject', so I didn't do that, but I think that it would be a useful one to go to to try and get me back into the groove for that thing that the editor at esteemed academic press was suggesting I might write and talk to people (if I can remember how to do that thing) and hear what's going on, and so on.
Also had a get-together with former line manager, which between the two of us and our commitments involves a lot of forward planning, but it was very nice to do it.
Have also done some (long) and (a bit less) outstanding life admin stuff, which I both feel pleased about and also as if I haven't actually done anything, which is weird.
Did I mention, getting revised article off last week, just before deadline? and then got out of office email from the editor saying away until end of month. WHUT. The peeves were in uproar.
And generally, I am still working out what I do with the day when it does not begin with posting an episode of Clorinda's memoirs and go on with compiling the next one. Okay, there are still snippets to come, but they come slowly.
Уточнення щодо втрат Збройних Сил в районі проведення АТО:
За минулу добу, 19 липня 2017 року, чотири військовослужбовці ЗС України загинули: один захисник – від кулі ворожого снайпера, троє – під час підриву на мінно-вибуховому пристрої. Ще троє військовослужбовців отримали поранення. один потрапив у полон. Семеро наших захисників отримали поранення.
Московский поп довел ветерана АТО до самоубийства : "Боец контужен был, пошел в церковь обрести душевное утешение. После поповской исповеди пришел и повесился, после этого пастырь потребовал, чтобы АТОшника не хоронили на сельском кладбище. Здесь скорее всего политика – запугать сельчан, чтобы не шли защищать свою землю. в 2014 году этот батюшка осуществлял антигосударственную деятельность выражаясь как сепаратист и его приезжало исповедовать СБУ
«Митинг» на харьковском заводе ЗЖБК-15 – провальный фейк российской пропаганды.
целый ряд сливных информационных бачков начал разгонять фейк о «митинге протеста», якобы состоявшемся на харьковском заводе ЗЖБК-15. По легенде, сотни доведённых до отчаяния рабочих с речёвками «дети голодают!» требовали немедленно восстановить экономические связи с Россией. Руководство предприятия заявило, что: 1) никакого митинга на заводе не было, 2) съемки проводились не на территории предприятия; 3) никто из участников постановки не является сотрудником ЗЖБК-15. Во-первых, в ролике не упоминается название завода, его заменяют фразы типа «наш завод». Во-вторых, участники массовки держали лозунг «Возродим машиностроение», что не очень уместно для «работников ЖБК
Водителя уборочной машины, закрывавшей обзор на видео убийства Немцова, сыграл тот же фермер, что просил оставить санкции. Одна и таже девушка осматривает труп Немцова и "оказывает" помощь при теракте в Питере... ну а уж мать распятого мальчика где только не снималась
Спецслужбы Молдовы передали Украине разыскиваемую террористку из Луганска
Краденое не впрок - тетя приехала в Крым и "выбрала себе кусочек земли", а его раз! и отобрали.
Награда нашла героя, причем неожиданно: Оккупанты приговорили к 8 годам колонии экс-“главу” Керчи Писарева, который предал Украину. В 2014 году Писарев раздавал оккупантам медали “За возвращение Крыма". В ту же копилку: Оккупанты продолжают издеваться в СИЗО над предателями Украины Павлом Степанченко (пиНжак) и пропагандоном Алексеем Назимовым
И еще в тему: Вячеслав Малежик сыграл в Крыму три концерта, однако денежное вознаграждение получил лишь за один. За словами жінки, організатори "кинули" їх на 1 млн рублів. В результате инцидента у певца резко ухудшилось самочувствие, и он попал в больницу с инсультом (и в базу Миротворца).
А сыну пропутинского певца Олега Газманова Родиону организатор сообщил о том, что денег за выступление не будет, уже тогда, когда собрался полный зал зрителей.
Ватный писатель, предатель Украины шокирован тем, во что его любимые оккупанты превратили жизнь в Севастополе. Севастопольская вата поняла, что их не "освободили", а они попали в удушающие сети
Россиян на ЧМ в Венгрии заставили снять одежду с советской символикой
Президент Польши подписал закон о сносе около 230 памятников, которые после себя оставили московско-фашистские захватчики. “Целью закона является предотвращение прославления символики тоталитаризма, жертвами которого являются миллионы поляков, россиян, украинцев и представители других национальностей"
В сети наглядно показали европейцам, сколько украинской территории захватила Россия
«Укрпочта» официально присоединилась к платежной системе Mastercard
Как в Украине ничегониделаеца. Часть 74 (обзор)
Украина стала первой страной, где BlaBlaCar и Google Maps ввели новый сервис
Украина уже 600 дней не импортирует газ из России
Это плохая новость или хорошая? Начальника сектора криминальной полиции будут судить на Волыни за взятку
Харьковские волонтеры просят помощи для госпиталя
I've been very lazy (also injured) this summer, and I could really feel it as I exercised. But as usual, the first set of push-ups was the worst, and they were less painful after that. I even did one set with my hands close together, which is the hardest for me. My wrists are no worse than usual this morning. My fingers are pretty swollen and not very bendy this morning. The high humidity today might be contributing.
Today is the staff luncheon, and then my group is leaving to do a team-building thing. Tonight, dinner at Kabobeesh. I don't think I will get much done.
So far I've played games with both swampers and danieldwilliam and both of them picked it up quickly and enjoyed playing it.
It's based (surprisingly enough) on the idea behind dominoes - or, at least, the part of dominoes where you have tiles with two ends and need to match them against each other. In this case the different ends are different terrains (grass, mountain, etc), and you score by forming areas of the same terrain*. Each turn you have to make a judgement between going for the tiles that score the highest, versus going for lower-scoring tiles which allow you make the first move the next turn.
I enjoyed it, and I'm definitely taking it on holiday. If you're looking for a filler game then it'll do a great job of that.
*It's a bit more complex than that, but not a lot.
- Ethics and a beneficial side effect of the NHS, which arose in my last post (due to via_ostiense's contribution) and is worth top posting imo: one of the benefits of freely available healthcare, especially accident and emergency care, is that normal everyday social interactions such as true accidents are prevented from immediately becoming acrimonious attempts by injured people in mild shock to assign blame to a legally evidential degree. Freely available healthcare = more social cohesion + fewer street incidents needing police attention (= also bad for the income of ambulance-chasing lawyers). I bet it's rare for the social and economic benefits of accidents being agreed to be accidental to be calculated into the value of a National Health Service and other forms of socialised medicine!
- Quote from my current reading for jesse_the_k: "The place Gorsch rented was a shack, really, and in those days shacks were truly shacks." [It's 2015 fanfic but traditionally published as a novel without filing the serial numbers off because the original went out of copyright in 2011.]
- Reading, books 2017: 68
57. Eleven root poems (Undici poesie radice), by Tiziano Fratus, 2000-2017, poetry. (3/5)
• So, firstly I note that that Dōgen was a Japanese Zen Buddhist philosopher and poet whose work is still extremely influential. Secondly I note that in Japanese aesthetics "rust", sometimes synonymous with "patina", is not only decay through time and interaction with environment but also a visual and tactile connection with the history of an object and the past more generally, so a narrow Western perception of "rust" exclusively as corruption often fails to encompass the full textual connotations within traditional Japanese culture (which shouldn't detract from the following poem as an object in its own cultural place and time, obv).
Parola di Dōgen, by Tiziano Fratus
Alla fine della giornata,
mi sono seduto al centro del vuoto:
ho lasciato che l’IO
a cui tanto avevo lavorato si arrugginisse.
Vedevo che l’acqua corrompeva,
ma smisi di preoccuparmene.
L’uomo che si era seduto
non si è più rialzato
( English translation. )
47 people clicked through to that post from Facebook. 5 from Twitter.
The 5 from Twitter all did so within an hour of the post going up.
The 47 from Facebook did so over the course of the following 12 hours (19 of them within an hour, but then an ongoing curve downwards).
Which indicates to me that Facebook does a pretty good job of knowing when something is interesting to my friends, and keeping it "active" for a while, whereas Twitter sweeps it away near-instantly, and unless it really grabs people it's gone.
And looking at my overall referrer stats, Facebook gets between three and six times the number of clicks that Twitter does.
(Just had a look at my actual LJ statistics too - yesterday I had 145 readers, of which 100-ish were reading via their friends-page and 45 were going direct to my posts/journal. Sadly I don't get the same info from DW, but Google Analytics tells me that 78 people visited that post on DW.)
2. Got off the phone with a distant cousin I've never talked to before. My sister did a 23andMe test and all the family tree folks are coming out of the (heh) woodwork because I have 20 years worth of my research up online and they wanna see it. It was lovely but unexpected.
3. Guy who hired me for the job in PHX is now not going to be my boss at all. He and another dude have switched positions (dictated from much further up the chain) so I'm walking into a job where I don't even know the dude I'm going to be working for. Yay? The team is apparently excited to meet me and get started so that's something.
6 nights left.
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I looked back on my journal — ten years now — and realized that I always fall into a posting hole post-WisCon. I intend to post about what happened and then don't, because WisCon generates so many complex feelings. Then I feel like I can't post about other stuff until I get the WisCon posts up, and then it's November and I can start posting again.
So, I promise no WisCon posts (which means I might actually write some) and an update on my current goings-on.( Weather & the dog )