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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

and more of Chinese history

Watching a good historical drama, there is much to acquire of the culture of a place. We in the West get so little even basic information about Eastern history and culture, it's quite interesting to fill in the blanks. Basic differences between Western and Eastern social understandings, assumptions... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Ancient China some more

Thinking more about the beautiful robes and fabrics, I got to wondering how accurate the colors really are, and did a little research. The warm colors, from bright oranges all the way to deep reds, would have come from a plant called madder. Yellows came from saffron. Blues from indigo and woad, in... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Ancient China in 80 episodes

For the past several days I have been immersed in a Chinese production based in Chinese history. KING'S WAR is a single season, according to Netflix, consisting of 80 45-minute episodes. I am up to 63. It is subtitled with original language and voices which is much better than mis-synced... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

you could do worse than start your day/week/year with this read:

https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/01/01/john-o-donohue-walking-on-the-pastures-of-wonder/?utm_source=Brain+Pickings&utm_campaign=9afe029263-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_05&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_179ffa2629-9afe029263-237625185&mc_cid=9afe029263&mc_eid=445b266d6c Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Charlie wrote this about the net neutrality repeal:

It's not just about paying more or less, or slowing down competitors for profit. ISPs will now be implicitly permitted to control 1: The information we are allowed to see. 2: The communications we are allowed to send and receive. 3: The websites we are allowed to visit. They are basically allowed to... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

To the Moon and Beyond...!

So, now he wants to make himself look all heroically future-oriented, like another Kennedy, and send us to the Moon and to Mars beyond... How he will do this in a nation of uneducated, science-resisting, knowledge-despising citizens, I can't imagine. Does he think it can be bought, that money alone... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The weaponizing of religion

Islamic, Christian, Judaism... any religion by any name: When religious dogma is used to justify making war, whether openly or through terrorism, it departs from holiness and becomes nothing but power-seeking born out of human fears and greeds. When religion becomes an excuse to condemn and tear... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Trump Agenda

It is pretty evident that Trump's agenda is to reserve the US for white supremacists. It begins with the denial of entry to people of color, with the ejection of any person of color who can be ejected as laws stand now, and the elimination of people of color by police and prison. But it won't end... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Consequences and Corrections

In a few years, when a rational government takes back the goodies this administration is so blithely handing out to its buddies, those 'buddies' who survive will pay through the nose, giving it all back. Those who make the most money off insane exploitations of the Earth will be spending the most in... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 17, 2017

mysogynistic behavior vs actual mysogyny

A key factor here in this whole confrontation with past sins is that just about everyone has done something equally stupid and inappropriate over their years, especially in times when appropriateness was not considered as it should have been. Some of these are events which likely passed barely... Sign in to see full entry.

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