WEIRD

Walking around the West Village near my home, seeing the lavishly-restored brick townhouses, and realizing that all this may well be submerged two decades from now.

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THE TROUBLE WITH THE KEITH ELLISONS OF CONGRESS

No matter how explicitly, and, I suppose, sincerely, they espouse progressive goals for this country, they fold in the clinches, embracing–out of blind loyalty?– the President’s militarism even as they know–should they possess the insight of an ant–that the endless war they are signing on to will vitiate any possibility of achieving those goals.

What will Ellison say when we are at war with Iran?

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NO SWATTING ALLOWED

The Barre Flies visit Wheeldon’s Alice, and, as always, demonstrate quite individual flight paths. Go to TheBarreFlies.com.

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“BOMBING FOR PEACE”

That’s what’s been sprayed on the façade of a low-rise apartment building near me.

I hope it stays up for a long time.

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WHAT WE’D DO IF WE REALLY WANTED TO DEFEAT ISIS

15 good ideas–and what do you know?

Not a single one involves blowing civilians to smithereens!

David Swanson at Worldbeyondwar.org enumerates.

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THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR PELOSI AND REID’S “LEADERSHIP”

Their mindless rank-closing-around-the-President drivel is even more pathetic than Obama’s channeling of GWB.

I mean, are we really hearing this??

The Guardian says they said these things, so I guess they did.

Are they animatronics?

“He has the legal authority. I know he does. I’ve studied the issue for a very long time,” said House minority leader Nancy Pelosi.

“It’s up to Congress to rally around Obama and his decisive strategy,” added Senate leader Harry Reid. “This is the time for America to close ranks and engage our adversaries as one united nation.”

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WAR AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE

Joh Queally at CommonDreams details the “scathing” response by people who know what they’re talking about to Obama’s perpetuation of 24/7 war.  I’m afraid tht it’s only a matter of  time before the neocons get the war with Iran that they have been salivating over for more than a decade–and before the world gets the resultant economic shutdown.

This has become a disgraceful presidency, almost as bad as GW Bush’s. Obama would do us all a favor by resigning–Biden would be slightly better.

And dunderhead Hillary–if she thinks she will be elected two years from now on  a platform of more belligerence. . .

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THIS WOMAN IS SO FLIPPING DISTINGUISHED IT’S NOT FUNNY

I thought I’d better give Violette Verdy’s full title at Indiana University, given that I knew how decorated she is:

And so I contacted Robin and she supplied it:

IT IS:

Violette Verdy

Distinguished Professor of Ballet

Kathy Ziliak Anderson Chair in Ballet

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Of course, she’s got all sorts of other titles and honors; I’m just giving you her IU stats.

As I said, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Jewels opens at the end of this month,

and let me add that Oct 2/3 are the dates for Indiana U’s Emeralds.

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“EMERALDS” AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT *

* Except if you saw it in 1967.

Violette Verdy’s uncannily efficient assistant Robin sent at my request a DVD of silent footage of Verdy’s performance in Emeralds. I’d heard about it and wanted to research the original cast. Verdy is dreamy and bacchic at the same time. A superb amalgam. In the finale, you can also see a few seconds of Mimi Paul. Stunning.

I’m not sure all this is at the Library for the Performing Art’s Dance Division although I have in the past seen some silent footage of Verdy’s performance there. Just in case, I’ve got permission from Robin to pass it on to the Dance Division.

Fast forward 47 years after the premiere: This week, Paul and Verdy are in Seattle, coaching Emeralds at the Pacific Northwest Ballet. PNB revives the complete Jewels later this month.

Also later this month, Paul goes to Indiana University, where Verdy is on the faculty, and together they will again work on Emeralds for a performance by the dance department.

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THE GEORGE W. OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SPEAKS

It might as well be a decade ago: virtually the same U.S. foreign policy nightmare is now unfolding. The White House today primes us for another open-ended-unto eternity military conflict in the Middle East.

And they are priming us with double talk.

ISIS will not be destroyed by the bombardments, it will be engorged  by them. These bombardments that our government is addicted to kill lots of civilians and radicalize local populations.  (Notice, by the way, that the White House follows GW Bush precedent and refuses to tell us what the civilian casualties of the latest siege have been.)

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