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Picketty makes all kinds of sense here. I need to read his book; I'm up for this kind of clarity.

https://medium.com/@gavinschalliol/thomas-piketty-germany-has-never-repaid-7b5e7add6fff
In a forceful interview with German newspaper Die Zeit, the star economist Thomas Piketty calls for a major conference o…
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Imposed war reparations are different from voluntarily-assumed loans. If Greece's creditors could simply make up whatever numbers they wanted and back them up with military force, I'd accept the comparison more easily. But Greeks have also expressed a desire to stay within the Euro currency, which means that there are restrictions on them that wouldn't otherwise be there.
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So was my dog.
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I'm pruning the list of people I read without pruning the list of people I keep in circles so that they can see and respond to my posts, and I want to explain why. This is kind of a gloomy post, though, so you can skip it - there's no crisis, really, just ongoing ugh and my effort to deal with it.

As I've mentioned before, this is a slump year for me. Every day, pretty much, is a bad one, with low energy, low alertness, high aches and weakness and discomfort. These happen. It'll pass eventually, but there's no way to know in advance when.

I am erratically prone to an emotional problem: I'll read or hear about someone else's misery, rage, etc., and if it resonates with anything in my own experience, I start feeling their emotion as intensely as if it were my own. Further, it sets off vivid memories (often skewed, the way memories are in depression and such) of my own past junk, and that feeds depression in a big way.

This is always a possibility, but it happens more often when I'm already worn down and when I have to deal with a bunch of unavoidable misery. Well, the heat this summer is really taking it out of me on top of the general slump year, and the people I deal with face to face are having a bunch of unavoidable misery on various fronts. They're working on it as best they can, but sometimes the best available outcome is like "yes, we managed to slog one step forward today", or "yes, we only slid back a few steps today". So I'm unusually vulnerable to it.

And there's one more complicating factor: a bunch of people I know manage to operate, even if not well, at levels of misery and rage that push me into a purely biochemical collapse. Brain resources and other key physical assets get used up and I crash into my seizure-like episodes and other unwanted kinds of experience. So the unwished-for evocation can just outright do me in for a while, because while the other person's kind of managing to get through it, I can't.

So I'm going to be doing some ongoing management of circles and contacts and all. It's not that I've stopped liking people - when that happens, I just drop them and don't worry about it. This is about working out ways that I can stay in contact with the people I do like without getting crushed.

(No, I have no plans to name names. This genuinely isn't about others doing it wrong - it's entirely about my disabilities, and what I need to do in response. Y'all keep on keeping on.)
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That's something they thought for a while I might have, and it's got a bunch of symptomatic overload. Your wife and I would presumably have a lot of "yup...yeah, pretty much...not quite like that but similar...yup" exchanges if we compared notes. :)
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Here at Bored Panda, we just can't get over the fact that creative designers are still able to find ingenious new ways to turn tables into works of art. You'd think there's only so many different ways to reinvent a board with 4 legs, but these 18 examples of brilliant and artistic table design will prove you wrong.
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Wow-this is amazing!
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Facebook has the nice feature where you can stay friends with someone so that they can see your limited-circulation posts but you don't have to see their traffic. Does G+ have something like that and I've just missed it?
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Chris: Right on.
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OK, as a special 4th of July treat, "Why Harold W. Baugh Hated Rocketship X-M". Dad was an sf junkie in his day - he read the stuff as a teen, and as a Caltech student, and in his days in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and thereafter. These days...let me digress to talk about The Asylum and the horror movies they make. This is relevant.

If you're a fan of horror movies, you know about the Asylum. They make generally awful knockoffs of current horror films, and package them to look as much as possible like the original: Paranormal Entity to prey on the market for Paranormal Activity, The Da Vinci Treasure to sucker folks looking for The Da Vinci Code, Jack The Giant Killer to mooch off Jack The Giant Slayer, and so on. They also make originals that are utter junk, and likewise packaged to look like something better that you might actually want.

Well, it's not like that's a new thing.

There was a lot of buzz in the sf world about Destination Moon, which was going to be a rigorously accurate effort to portray a mission to the moon. And it was, in lots of ways. Heinlein contributed to the final draft of the script and acted as technical consultant, back in the day when that meant something good. Chesley Bonestell did matte paintings after his customary thorough research. It was looking exciting.

But it got delayed in production, for reasons not very interesting. And in that interval, Rocketship X-M's makers bashed it out in a month on essentially no budget, and got it to market a month before Destination Moon with ads designed to rip off Destination Moon's pre-release publicity as much as possible. So it was that Dad, along with a lot of others, went to see it thinking they were getting Destination Moon with a last-minute title change.

They weren't. Boy howdy they weren't.

So it was, decades later, that I'd gotten hooked on MST3K and thought to see if he'd like it too (since after all my sense of humor comes from somewhere). I fired up season 2, episode 1, Rocketship X-M...and Dad said, "Hey! That movie ripped me off! Let's see what they do it it." He told me the story during commercial breaks.

And now you know.
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"... Er, two minutes?"
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Time to skip ahead to composers who are still alive (as of this morning, at least :). This is Philip Glass, with the longest track from his score for Godfrey Reggio's film Koyaanisqatsi. Let's talk for a little about what's going on here, musically.

Glass studied composition and performance in Paris in the mid-1960s. This was a time and place where a lot was going on: a new generation of political leftism developing its thought and practice, the New Wave in French cinema setting a language of photography and editing we still use, high modernists like Boulez and Stockhausen composing new stuff, and also a lot of cross-media and cross-cultural influences. In particular, working with Ravi Shankar and other Indian (and then, a little later, also Tibetan) musicians very, very strongly influenced his ideas about how music comes together.

I'm not going to get into a full-blown discussion of minimalism here. It's complicated. And Glass's place within it is complicated too. Suffice it to say that there's a lasting thread in his composition of evolving patterns. Elements of the performance evolve, sometimes slowly, sometimes rapidly, and that takes a lot of the place that might go to melody in other kinds of work. As you'll hear from this, it's extremely demanding on the performers, calling for enough rigor in the repetition that you can follow the evolution.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGG6aM0cMew
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It's another too-hot day. Time for some so-cool, so-smooth, so-ominous Vangelis.

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Sure. Worst I can do is hate it forever, right? :)
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The Cassini mission is nearing its planned end after more that a decade orbiting Saturn. But it’s not over yet; in mid-June it took this spectacular shot of the icy moon Dione: The Sun is off to the left, so Dione is a crescent. You can get a hint at...
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Ostrander and Mandrake working together again, on a story like this? Want.

http://metallife.com/comic-book-legends-mandrake-ostrander-launch-kros-hallowed-ground/
Vampire horror at Gettysburg in this dark and haunting Civil War era tale from John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake. War is hell and vampires have brought their own hell to the war between the North and the South. By day, the armies of both sides clash in bloody conflict: by night, the vampires emerge to feast on the wounded and the dying as Blood calls to Blood. Against this army of  hungry undead rides one man, a vampire slayer known [...]
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Oooh yeah thats going on the Appendix N for my weird west game for sure.
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