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Cream Puffs and Champagne

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Too often, pleasure is programmed out of politics. Strong ideology finds the aesthetic and the pleasurable to be extraneous to the struggle. Optimization optimizes for optimal optics.

Rebecca Solnit on her book “Orwell’s Roses.”

“I also wanted to see if I could write a book that was about climate change and totalitarianism and fascism, and a guy dying of tuberculosis, and make it a deeply pleasurable aesthetic experience. You know, Georgia O’Keeffe said that she painted her flowers big so people would look at them. There’s a way that people think of politics as always eating your spinach, when often it’s eating cream puffs and champagne.”

Helen Rosner talks with Rebecca Solnit

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From “Pure Act”

From the Chapter “A Galapagos of the Spirit”

Robert Lax, Journal Entry

1970

“…what was to be kept going in life was an action: a dance, a song, an act of love. There were not ‘values’ to be remembered; there were not ‘laws’ to be remembered: there was a tone, a way, a kind of action. There were ways of doing things which people (having certain gifts) could compass. There was the wise man’s way and the fool’s way, the fiery man’s way and the slow man’s way. Naturally, the ways were not alike, but each man doing his action in his own way, was doing an action and was doing it in ‘the way’. ‘The way’ was to do it in confidence and love and truth. (And to do the thing, once decided, without hesitation).

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Sonic Cure

Cures must address the soul as well as the body.

Sakamoto said of the performance: “Let’s wash hands. But, we also need to save water. Let’s keep social distance. Stay inside. stay home. And, I hope you enjoy the music.”

Performed by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Filmed and Edited by Zakkubalan
Assistant Engineer – Alec Fellman
Producer – Norika Sora

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Until November

Jack Dorsey has got himself into a fix. He allowed disinformation and damaging tweets from the president to pass into the real-time stream without comment. The idea that “if the president says it, it should be made available to the public” held sway. Surely people will make the appropriate judgements about his statements and act accordingly.

This approach assumes that the statements have no effect on a reader’s ability to judge both the speaker and the statement. This is false. The purpose of military-grade disinformation campaigns is to destroy the readers capacity to distinguish what is true and false, what is moral and immoral. Once our capacity for judgement is damaged, anything becomes permissible.

After the horse had left the barn, Dorsey authorized his team to tag a few of the president’s tweets with fact check links. And then, another tweet with a notice that it violated the company’s policy against fomenting violence.

The president’s statements published through Twitter will continue to escalate as November approaches. The question for Jack Dorsey is whether he will continue to meet the challenge or will he fold and allow the president to execute his disinformation campaign. Jack’s opposite number at Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has already folded. In fact, he’s using his team’s algos to pour gasoline on the president’s disinformation campaign. Mark views this as a business opportunity.

What do you call neutrality in the face of the destruction of our democratic republic?

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