The madness is pouring out of the White House now, for all to see
Richard Wolffe, © The Guardian
September 6, 2018

That scratching sound you can hear are the rats snatching their bags – and what’s left of their reputation – before scampering off their pirate president’s ship. It’s only slightly surprising the panic has set in before they even reached the halfway point on their voyage towards his promised treasure.

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In California, Facts and Science Still Matter
© The New York Times
September 3, 2018

People who worry about climate change have been in a state of high anxiety about President Trump’s ignorance about the issue, his assault on Obama-era policies designed to do something about it and the growing evidence that extreme weather events and other consequences of global warming, long predicted by mainstream scientists, are now upon us.
Along comes California — yet again — to make people feel better about the possibility of serious action. The state is taking new steps to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions and, in so doing, it is reaffirming its willingness to lead on a matter of global and national concern when Mr. Trump will not.

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"The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little."
––Thomas Merton

Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara—A Rare Look Inside Africa’s Last Colony
© Democracy Now
August 31, 2018

"We do not exist for ourselves alone, and it is only when we are fully convinced of this fact that we begin to love ourselves properly and thus also love others."
––Thomas Merton

Child separation during World War II
CAROLINA A. MIRANDA, © The Los Angeles Times
August 30, 2018

Karola Ruth Siegel was just 10 years old when her mother put her on a train from Frankfurt to Switzerland. It was winter, sometime in January 1939. “I remember my mother hugging me,” she recalls. “I remember my grandmother running when the train pulled out. My grandmother was a very religious woman. She said, ‘Trust in God. We are going to see each other again.’”

They never did.

Siegel — now better known as Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer, the popular sex therapist — was one of the 10,000 Jewish children who fled Nazi Germany on the “Kindertransport,” an international, non-denominational rescue effort that got Jewish children out of Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland in 1938 and 1939, right before the outbreak of World War II.

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"How many people came and stayed a certain time, Uttered light or dark speech that became part of you Like light behind windblown fog and sand Filtered and influenced by it, until no part Remains that is surely you."
––John Ashbery

The Poetics of John Ashbery: Reflections from the Poet’s Uruguayan Translator
Roberto Echavarren, © Words Without Borders

Unlike the Beat Poets (Allen Ginsberg in particular), poets of the New York School like James Schuyler and John Ashbery wrote to be read rather than heard. Frank O’Hara was a possible exception, and Schuyler also occasionally declaimed in public with tact and subtle authority, to notable effect. Ashbery, less accessible at the spoken level due to the length and complexity of his rhythmic sequences and the abruptness of his transitions, declaimed in a rather uniform tone, with soft, sometimes imperceptible emphasis, as if his voice were a supplement, an almost unnecessary accident in the process of the poem’s transmission.

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