THE VILLAGE LOOKS LIKE SKID ROW

What with all the empty storefronts. . .

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MEET KYRA ROBINOV

She’s someone you’ll want to know about.

She’s just written her first article for Ballet Review, a profile of Kathryn Morgan in the current issue.

Kyra’s mother is Helen Kramer, who danced with Ballet Russe and New York City Ballet—a woman of incredible vitality!

And she had a very interesting Dad whom you’ll know more about when she finishes Red Winter, an historical novel inspired by his life. Set in 1920 in far eastern Siberia, RW relates his family’s struggle to survive when Bolshevik partisans take over their home town of Nikolavek-on-Amur.

In the meantime, Kyra’s new musical, To Dance, about Valery Panov is going to be workshopped this summer at the Santa Fe Musical Theatre Festival (August 2-9).

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HILLARY’S GOT TO BE KIDDING

Yes, we’d love a woman president, but if she thinks that triangulation redux is going to be be tolerated by a Democratic base that has had six years of maladroit attempts at same by the right-wing Dem who occupies the oval office at present, well — SHE’S GOT TO BE KIDDING!

Jon Queally comments on the apparent disconnect in Mme. possible-President’s calculations and references the Times piece by Nicholas Confessore and Amy Chozick on the footsie stuff she’s doing with Wall Street.

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SIMON KEENLYSIDE HAS A LOT TO SAY

About movement and other topos in the new, Summer 2014 issue of Ballet Review. We’ve published an expanded version of the interview I did with Keenlyside in 2010 for City Arts.

In other words, you HAVEN’T read it before.

So read already.

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THE BRAIN ON MONEY

Why the .5 per cent are acting this way? They can’t help it.  They simply need to be treated and disarmed.

Lynn Stuart Parramore at alternet explains what money does to the psyche.

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TIME MAG TRIES TO TURN US INTO IRAQ’S VICTIM

Talk about the Establishment’s culture of victimization!

Playing the victim is what con men do when caught out, isn’t it? I see it in individuals all the time –and it’s an instituitonal fall back.

Peter Hart of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting desconstructs Time’s front-cover assault on history and reality, advantageously positioned to lead the US into a new chapter of catastrophe over there.

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IT’S OK–I’M NOT WITH THE BAND BUT I AM WITH THE BARRE FLIES

Eliza Gaynor Minden should stand up and take a victory lap!

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BLAIR LIES THROUGH HIS TEETH

It’s not like the world-wreckers ever seem to manifest a jot of humility, is it?

Jon Queally at Common Dreams gives a close-up of the unappetizing spectacle:

The unrepentent scoundrel.  Lying, spinning in weasely self-vindication.

Power really does make people crazed.

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SELECTIVE AMNESIA

Robert Parry at Consortiumnews, one of those commentators on geopolitical events who actually know something and write honestly–perish the thought–describes the way that our “mainstream” commercial “news” media now chooses to ignore the fact that Bush invaded Iraq in 2003. What in the world would that have to do with the bloodbath, right?

Parry writes that “If Obama is to be criticized for his handling of the Middle East, it would make more sense to excoriate him for not making a clean break with the neocon strategies of the Bush years.”

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WE WILL BE IN IRAQ UNTIL THE FLOOD

The same mad dogs who got the whole conflagration going in ’03 are barkering for one mo’ time.

Jon Queally at Common Dreams sizes up the fairway.

Isn’ it time for Condi to make a speech? Or is she too busy investing the haul from her speaking engagements?

And now that we’ll be spending billions more, we really should get serious about cutting Social Security, shouldn’t we?

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