tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:/posts jvjv at posthaven 2018-11-07T03:04:02Z Jim Ventola tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1341059 2018-11-07T03:04:02Z 2018-11-07T03:04:02Z Catholic and Muslim Misery in London

Catholics in England in the time of Titus Oates were much worse off than are Muslims in England today. One big difference is that the courts were useless.  Judicial murders slaughtered in large numbers. Wild accusations were enough to hang someone.

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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1330051 2018-10-07T22:41:53Z 2018-10-07T22:41:53Z Sydney Smith Explains Monarchy DIVISION OF POWER.

THE prize of supreme power is too tempting to admit
of fair play in the game of ambition; and it is wise to
lessen its value by dividing it : at least it is wise to do
so, under a form of government that cannot admit the
better expedient of rendering the executive hereditary;
an expedient (gross and absurd as it seems to be) the
best calculated, perhaps, to obviate the effects of ambition
upon the stability of governments, by narrowing the
field on which it acts, and the object for which it con
tends.— [Edinburgh Review. 1803.]


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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1330049 2018-10-07T22:35:51Z 2018-10-07T22:35:52Z Sudden Freedom

Iraq and so many countries minted in the twentieth century can attest to the wisdom of Sidney Smith in 1803. Why is this so hard to get?

SUDDEN FREEDOM.
A NATION grown free in a single day is a child born
with the limbs and the vigour of a man, who would
take a drawn sword for his rattle, and set the house in a
blaze, that he might chuckle over the splendour.—[1803.]


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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1308464 2018-08-01T20:14:26Z 2018-08-01T20:14:26Z Camus on Totalitarian Impulses

Nicola Chiaromonte's paraphrase of a talk Albert Camus gave at Columbia a half century ago and more ends this way:

Now that Hitler has gone, we know a certain number of things. The first is that the poison which impregnated Hitlerism has not been eliminated; it is present in each of us. Whoever today speaks of human existence in terms of power, efficiency and "historical tasks" spreads it. He is an actual or potential assassin. For if the problem of man is reduced to any kind of "historical task," he is nothing but the raw material of history, and one can do anything one pleases with him. Another thing we have learned is that we cannot accept any optimistic conception of existence, any happy ending whatsoever. But if we believe that optimism is silly, we also know that pessimism about the action of man among his fellows is cowardly.

We opposed terror because it forces us to choose between murdering and being murdered; and it makes communication impossible. This is why we reject any ideology that claims control over all of human life.

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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1295804 2018-06-20T19:36:48Z 2018-06-20T19:36:48Z Levi Jackson Rag by young show offs


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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1294835 2018-06-17T01:48:02Z 2018-06-17T01:48:02Z Donald Kagan on the Rise of the Polis


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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1294832 2018-06-17T01:41:12Z 2018-06-17T01:41:12Z Caesar's Gallic Wars, Rex Warner translation


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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1291486 2018-06-06T22:42:36Z 2018-06-06T22:49:27Z Krutch on Thoreau, Determinism, Politics and Happiness (3 pages)

From Henry David Thoreau

By Joseph Wood Krutch

Methuen, [1948]

Incredibly, literary critics could write this clearly and intelligently once upon a time. 

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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1286850 2018-05-24T00:07:32Z 2018-05-24T00:07:32Z Hoffer Spots a Trend

From Eric Hoffer, longshoreman and observer:

In all contemporary mass movements schoolmasters played a vital and often leading role. I am willing to bet that more than half of the leaders in Africa are ex-schoolmasters. In the Nazi movement grammar-school teachers played a prominent and fateful role. Now and then I am inclined to think that the passion to teach, which is far more powerful and primitive than the passion to learn, is a factor in the rise of mass movements. For what do we see in the Communist world? Half of the globe has been turned into a vast schoolroom with a thousand million pupils at the mercy of a band of maniacal schoolmasters.


Hoffer, Eric. Working and Thinking on the Waterfront, 1968 

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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1283902 2018-05-15T20:35:03Z 2018-05-15T20:35:03Z A Must See If There Ever Was One

These women are amazing. I cannot even imagine how they got to this point.

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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1281814 2018-05-09T17:45:37Z 2018-05-09T17:45:37Z Credentialing the Poets

From an English Departmental email

Next up is a poetry course. If you or someone you know on campus has an M.F.A. in poetry and is a practicing poet, please contact me, as we need your help designing and teaching this class.


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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1281619 2018-05-08T19:38:40Z 2018-05-08T19:38:41Z Frank Butler's "Arranging Music for the English Concertina"

Frank Butler's Arranging Music for the English Concertina with An Introduction to Harmony.

 This booklet was produced by Frank Butler as a supplement to his second tutor for the instrument, English Concertina Two.  A wonderful example of an early self-published book, and still useful for any musician.


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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1280501 2018-05-05T01:36:24Z 2018-05-05T01:36:24Z Incel--the Endpoint of the Welfare State

“The 25-year-old man accused of mowing down pedestrians in Toronto with a van, killing 10 people and injuring 15 more, reportedly warned of an “Incel Rebellion” on Facebook before the attack, says Fox News. What is “incel” you ask? It stands for “involuntary celibates” and refers to low beta males or maybe gamma males who can’t get the women they want and are angry. Apparently, the group claims that since women will have nothing to do with them, the government should supply them with prostitutes.

I learned of all this in the last hour from a friend. After my initial shock and surprise, I realized that these losers are being perfectly consistent with Obama’s Jula ad and the trend of our beloved Welfare State. If safety is a right, if food is a right, if housing is a right, if education is a right, if healthcare is a right, if gender euphoria is a right, then why is sex not a right?

Of course, if these turn out to be a bunch of libertarian free market types or paleo cons, then they are crazy hypocritical whining narcissists. But if they are sjw types, or Democrats in general, then they are simply being consistent.

Just what IS the endpoint of the Welfare State? And how can we distinguish it from the Safety Net for those inclined to look to Big Brother, Sister Government to solve all problems.

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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1278041 2018-04-28T23:47:08Z 2018-04-28T23:47:09Z You have a chat waiting in Evernote!

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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1277699 2018-04-27T22:52:53Z 2018-04-27T22:52:53Z How to Fix Persistent Dropbox Sync Issues on a Mac
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How to Fix Persistent Dropbox Sync Issues on a Mac

How to Fix Persistent Dropbox Sync Issues on a Mac

Tags: bugfix • Mac OSX
Oct 7, 2014 • n8henrie
Bottom Line: Try deleting the filecache.dbx file if you have a sync problem that isn’t fixed by following the official Dropbox instructions.
I had a persistent sync issues with Dropbox for several weeks — it was running continuously and revving up the CPU on my Mac (as shown in Activity Monitor). It would show the “syncing” icon in the task bar, and if I clicked to see what was syncing, it would just cycle between tens of thousands of files to sync, then thousands, then hundreds, then just a few… and then jump back up to several thousand.
I think it probable has something to do with me keeping a few git repositories and virtualenvs in Dropbox (mostly for the automated backup, which has come in handy).
The first few things I tried were following the official Dropbox instructions for this problem. Unfortunately, it required me to re-set all my  “Selective Sync” settings. Even worse, it didn’t fix the issue.
Next, I tried checking for problematic files using a Dropbox-hosted tool I didn’t even know about: https://www.dropbox.com/bad_files_check. I found a handful of files with invalid file names, which I either renamed or deleted. (By the way, I have to mention this great rename utility available in Homebrew, brew install rename). Unfortunately, that didn’t work, either.
Next, I found out that Dropbox (v2.10.30) has a hidden “fix permissions” tool. It’s hidden behind the Unlink This Dropbox button in the Account tab in Dropbox’s preferences — you have to hold down the option button to reveal it. For some strange reason, it doesn’t show up on my Mac unless I first click another button on that tab. However, if I click the Selective Sync’s Change Settings...button, I can then hit esc to get back out of that screen, and suddenly the Fix Permissionsbutton shows up when I hit option. Weird.
Once again, that didn’t fix my issue. Neither did numerous restarts, or repairing permissions on my Mac. I did find that deleting the ~/.dropbox folder fixed the issue for a while, but it made me reset selective sync settings and such… and when the problem came back, I didn’t want to go through that again, so I set out to find what it was in that folder that fixed the issue.
The solution I’ve finally come up with is that deleting ~/.dropbox/instance1/filecache.dbx seems to be the fix. Because I have a suspicion this is related to git / virtualenv and Dropbox, I assume there’s some component of permissions problems, so I’ve been repairing permissions as well (but as I said, this alone doesn’t fix the problem).
Because people may have different paths for their Dropbox, I can’t say this will work for everyone, but it might be worth a shot if you’re going nuts over this problem like I was. If you know your Dropbox installation is not immediately under your home folder, you’ll need to change the commands slightly, but this should work for a default installation.
  1. If you haven’t already, you should probable try the “official” fixes first (see above).
  2. Repair Dropbox permissions as described above (Preferences -> Account -> click something, then hit escape, then option to reveal the button).
  3. Quit Dropbox.
  4. Open up /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app. Caution — if you don’t know what you’re doing, typing the wrong command in Terminal could be a disaster.
  5. Copy and paste in this command:
    [ -f ~/.dropbox/instance1/filecache.dbx ] && echo "File exists"'!' || echo "Sorry, I don't see the right file."
    If it says that the file exists, type the command below. Otherwise, you’ll have to search around and find filecache.dbx.
    [ -f ~/.dropbox/instance1/filecache.dbx ] && rm ~/.dropbox/instance1/filecache.dbx
  6. Restart Dropbox.
Hopefully you’ll find that Dropbox has to do a little sync to catch up, but afterwards works as expected.

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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1277698 2018-04-27T22:49:12Z 2018-04-27T22:49:12Z Bruce Leutwyler shared a note with you in Evernote

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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1277412 2018-04-27T02:39:15Z 2018-04-27T02:39:15Z Why Alfie Cannot Leave

I think this explains why the parents' wishes for their baby matter not one jot in freedom loving England.

https://ricochet.com/513542/why-alfie-cannot-leave/


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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1272061 2018-04-13T02:49:42Z 2018-04-13T02:49:42Z "What Were They Thinking?" Department

Residents of a Dutch town say they've endured "psychological torture" due to a "singing" road, prompting officials to close it after only one official day in use.

The road, equipped with special strips on the asphalt, plays the tune to the anthem of the province of Friesland when cars drive over them at 60 mph. 

Although created as a novelty, but also to improve road safety, residents of a nearby village said the constant noise was irritating and keeping them up at all hours of the night.

"I'm going nuts. You can't sit outside and you can't sleep at night," said Sijtze Jansma. 

The BBC reports a spokesman for Friesland province said the strips were installed Friday as an experiment on how to "influence the behavior of our drivers," but added, "I was there myself and if you're living there it was unpleasant."

 http://www.wfmz.com/news/odd-news/dutch-residents-singing-road-is-psychological-torture/728610095


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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1264588 2018-03-23T21:23:59Z 2018-03-23T21:23:59Z Miss Otis Regrets--ironically authentic Lonny Donergal version

Since Porter wrote the song at a cocktail party with his Yale chums to parody a cowboy lament that was playing on the radio, this version seems appropriate. (Still, no one tops Ella Fitzgerald--ever.)

 

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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1264240 2018-03-22T22:43:24Z 2018-03-22T22:43:24Z 18th Century Outdoor Movie Capture

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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1263305 2018-03-19T22:21:54Z 2018-03-19T22:21:54Z Sad

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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1251399 2018-02-22T19:54:05Z 2018-02-22T19:54:06Z The Modes Explained Beautifully
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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1251394 2018-02-22T19:23:26Z 2018-02-22T19:55:51Z This is Getting Creepy

Alexa skills: the Triumph of the Virtual over the Virtuous. "Alexa, play relaxing sounds." "Alexa, give me a compliment." "Alexa, read me a bedtime story." "Alexa, help me meditate."


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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1251390 2018-02-22T19:15:13Z 2018-02-22T19:15:13Z Reform is Not Enough

That some "minor" adjustment to second amendment rights will solve the "crisis" (which should never be wasted) of school shootings seems dubious, in fact, impossible of belief.  It would take draconian action, both on gun access and police practice, to rid ourselves of the scourge.  If that is so, then those urging reform are really urging repeal. 

If they succeed they will be disappointed in the result. Reality bites. 

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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1243764 2018-02-07T03:22:34Z 2018-02-07T03:24:12Z Thomas H. Huxley with Skull and Side Whiskers

From the front matter of The Harvard Classics, Vol.22. "Essays English and American." Charles Eliot Norton, editor, emerges this image of the naturalist.

What a pose. Hamlet with the skull of Yorick, he is not. His skull is a mere object of study, held as any object would be, the hand in pocket pose making sure that no idea of reverence or even awe would be welcomed by the man whose gaze confronts us with intelligence and a hint of amusement, I fancy.

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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1242041 2018-02-02T20:45:08Z 2018-02-02T20:45:08Z Nasty Birds, Geese but Some Taste Shadenfreude Dead Goose Attacks Hunter]]> Jim Ventola tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1240075 2018-01-30T03:12:27Z 2018-01-30T03:12:28Z Why Everyone Needs an Accordion


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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1238463 2018-01-26T20:31:59Z 2018-01-26T20:31:59Z New Rendition of a Renato Carasone classic.


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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1237937 2018-01-25T21:11:42Z 2018-01-25T21:19:51Z A Suppressed Photo Surfaces

Of course, all pols have such skeletons. "What difference, at this point, does it make?"



https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/photo-of-obama-louis-farrakhan-to-be-released


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tag:jvjv.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1231066 2018-01-12T19:54:07Z 2018-01-12T19:54:58Z Basic Counterpoint

Composing using counterpoint. Two lines. Excellent presentation of what, if you think about it, is the defining feature of Western music. I wish my lectures had been this clear.



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