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Bernie Sanders’s Political Ancestor, Wayne Lyman Morse

Bernie Sanders’s Political Ancestor, Wayne Lyman Morse

Maybe in a decade or so, we’ll be able to look into history’s rearview mirror and better understand the Republican political traffic—how the contenders started out, changed lanes, passed one another, and fell back, sometimes experiencing serious, or seriocomic, collisions. The off-road campaign of the reality-show star and businessman Donald J. Trump, now the presumptive nominee, may let us see how risky it was to bet the Party’s future on the outcome of a free-for-all that included a provincial Wisconsin governor, a pediatric neurosurgeon, and two unready men from Florida—a Bush and his protégé. In baseball parlance, that was no murderers’ row.

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Why the Very Poor Have Become Poorer

The most obvious explanation for the increase in extreme poverty between 1996 and 2011 is that jobs were harder to find in 2011, but that is only half the story.

Jeb Bush Announces Major Campaign Overhaul New Strategy to Include Kissing

Jeb Bush Announces Major Campaign Overhaul New Strategy to Include Kissing

Before it can completely stop, Jeb Bush jumps out of his Suburban.

His convoy screeches to a halt and his aides remain seated, pale with alarm.

For America, they do not panic but chant instead:

“Sir please be careful! Sir please be careful! Sir please be careful!”

The ceremony continues until Jeb is done chasing all the air he can and finds his step. Chants of millennial hope can work like magic.

 

Unfazed, Jeb mumbles, “America needs a real risk taker.”

This was just loud enough so he can hear himself talk to his collarbone.

Nobody running for president has ever spoken so softly after escaping death so miraculously. Like vultures, reporters encircle him.

 

“Sir what if you had hurt yourself? Would you have suspended your campaign?”

“Isn’t it time to call it quits? Can you keep raising money?”

“If you quit the race, will you endorse Trump?”

 

Jeb would have his face hit the asphalt, split his ankles, and die with his foot in his mouth before endorsing Trump. He waves his hand like he is on cue, gathers his breath, places his hands firmly on his hips so he can’t jump anymore.

 

Careful so his nose doesn’t poke into any microphone, Jeb leans into a camera and declares to the American people:

“ I can’t help myself if I have so much Energy! I am always ready to serve, and to fight for this country, and gosh if I seem a little too eager to do my job, forgive me. God bless America, Really! ”

 

Jeb tells the truth, a lot of it. When he misses working out at the gym, and can’t bench press to episodes of Supergirl, he drinks seven cups of Cinderella Lattes.  Each one is 28 ounces of steamed milk, seventeen teaspoons of cane sugar and one tiny unroasted, uncrushed espresso bean. Even when he is on the road, Jeb waits for the espresso bean to hit rock bottom in his cup, before gulping it all in one long shot. Sometimes when the warm milk floods his nostrils, Jeb gets jittery and plays with car locks and door handles because he can’t help himself.

 

Jeb clears away from the reporters and speeds towards a wheelchair bound octogenarian. His aides struggle to keep up.

Jeb can be very persuasive as he struggles to establish eye contact.

“Ma’am can I ask you who you’re gonna vote for?”

“ I haven’t decided yet.”

Jeb  wants to hug this disabled grandmother.

“Would you vote for me? Please?”

“No!”

“Would you change your mind if I gave you a kiss?”

“Lord No!”

Jeb Bush does not chase the wheelchair as it throttles away in full speed.

An angry crowd quickly yells: “Stop trying to kiss us Jeb!”

It’s a field day for reporters.

“Jeb don’t you think kissing for votes is too aggressive?”

Jeb smiles and calmly refutes the liberal media.

“No, Not at all and I can give you two reasons why. Ready? Okay here we go! Number one, my warm kisses are harmless and I can blow them out of my Hispanic mouth without fear, because they are not the kissey kissey kind that Trump and Cruz keep scaring you with. Number two, these kisses are soft because I am no blowhard. Ask my brother, he’ll tell you.”

It’s time for another Cinderella Latte.

 

Bizet Opera Wins at the Met

Bizet Opera Wins at the Met

“It’s a B-opera,” a voice purred sardonically in the row behind me at the Met, making a small puncture mark in what felt otherwise like general warm enthusiasm following a performance of Georges Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles. The speaker had a point. If a B-opera is something like a B-movie, then The Pearl Fishers has some of the same characteristics—brevity, spareness (four solo voices and a chorus carry the whole show), and rapid exposition—and is built around a libretto whose central elements might call to mind a Hollywood second feature along the lines of /i>Bird of Paradise or Pearl of the South Pacific: an exotic isle (Ceylon), a prohibited desire, two friends torn apart by their love for the same woman, a devastating storm interpreted by superstitious islanders as a manifestation of divine wrath.

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James Ridgeway’s Prolific Reporting on Solitary Confinement

James Ridgeway’s Prolific Reporting on Solitary Confinement

James Ridgeway has covered solitary confinement in America unlike any other journalist and runs the Website Solitary Watch. Prison officials rarely allow journalists to walk through their prisons, and even rarer is the warden who lets a reporter into his solitary-confinement unit. The voices of the men and women confined inside these prisons-within-a-prison are often the last ones that any prison administrator wants outsiders to hear. But the potential power of these prisoners’ stories to draw public attention—and propel politicians to act—was on display earlier this week, when President Obama announced a plan to decrease the use of solitary confinement in federal prisons. Obama cited the story of a young man named Kalief Browder, who spent nearly two years in solitary confinement on Rikers Island without having been convicted of a crime.

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To check out  Solitary Watch click here 

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Kacper Kowalski : Stunning Pictures of Nature And Industry of Poland

Kacper Kowalski : Stunning Pictures of Nature And Industry of Poland

Kacper Kowalski flies and shoots solo around his home in Gdynia, Poland.

The post The Stunning Nature (And Industry) of Poland From Above appeared first on WIRED.

Kacper Kowalski will tell you there’s a beautiful sense of wonder in gazing at things from above. That’s why he takes to the sky in a paramotor to capture breathtaking views of Poland for his series Side Effects.

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Visit this exhibition at the Curator Gallery in NYC

Kacper’s website:

 

Some Videos on Kacper Kowalski

Aerial Photographs by Kacper Kowalski:

Side Effects:

Side effects from FuriaFilm on Vimeo.

 

 

Protest by Self Immolation in Tibet

Protest by Self Immolation in Tibet

February 27, 2009, was the third day of Losar, the Tibetan New Year. It was also the day that self-immolation came to Tibet. The authorities had just cancelled a Great Prayer Festival (Monlam) that was supposed to commemorate the victims of the government crackdown in 2008. A monk by the name of Tapey stepped out of the Kirti Monastery and set his body alight on the streets of Ngawa, in the region known in Tibetan as Amdo, a place of great religious reverence and relevance, now designated as part of China’s Sichuan Province.

At least 145 other Tibetans have self-immolated since then. Of these, 141 did so within Tibet, while the remaining five were living in exile. According to the best information we have, 125 have died (including 122 within Tibet and three abroad). Most of these individuals are men, though some are women. Many were parents who left behind young children. The oldest was sixty-four, and the youngest was sixteen. Seven underage Tibetans have either self-immolated or attempted self-immolation; two of them died, and two were detained and their fate is unknown. The numbers include three monks of high rank (tulkus, or reincarnated masters), along with thirty-nine ordinary monks and eight nuns. But many were ordinary people: seventy-four were nomads or peasants; among the others were high school students, workers, vendors, a carpenter, a woodworker, a writer, a tangka painter, a taxi driver, a retired government cadre, a laundry owner, a park ranger, and three activists exiled abroad. All are Tibetan.

Read more about this protest in Tibet here

A Review of David Shields War is Beautiful by Tim Parks

A Review of David Shield's War is Beautiful by Tim ParksIt’s hard to deny, as you leaf through the photos in David Shields’s War is Beautiful, that they do indeed very deliberately aestheticize their subjects, and hence anaesthetize the viewer; these are glamour pictures to be admired, rather than documentary images that give immediacy to violence and horror. “Connecticut-living-room trash,” is how Hickey sums it up. In short, we are a long, long way from the more sober black-and-white images that chronicled the Vietnam War in the same paper.

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Herbig Haro Objects Are Like One Cranky Child Star

Herbig Haro Objects Are Like One Cranky Child Star

The post Space Photos of the Week: This Is One Cranky Child Star appeared first on WIRED.

Eradicating Hunger With More Technology and Less Food

Eradicating Hunger With More Technology and Less Food

The World Food Programme is using technology to create a world in which is doesn’t, well, have to give away quite so much food.

 

CALL UP A mental image of the World Food Programme’s work, and you’ll most likely envision lines—endless lines of hungry people. Lines so long that field workers occasionally erect shelters to shield the waiting crowds from the scorching sun. Lines that, eventually, lead to towering piles of sacks stuffed with wheat and rice that must last those receiving them, and their families, for a month.

Such lines always have been considered a necessary evil of delivering aid to those who need it most. But the World Food Programme is working on technology that could make those lines—and even the food stations they lead to—a thing of the past.

 

 

The post Better Tech, Not More Food, Will Keep the World’s Poor Fed appeared first on WIRED.

 

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