Budget blueprint

Yesterday, The Hill reported that President-elect Trump’s budget blueprint would eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with the goal of reducing federal spending by trillions over the next decade. The budget blueprint itself has not yet been produced and would be a non-binding document. We are at the very beginning of the federal appropriations process. We do not expect the President’s budget to be released until April. The House and Senate will each soon begin work on the annual appropriations process. Each chamber must pass its own spending bills and then come to agreement on spending for the year before sending bills to the president to be signed into law. Fortunately, there is a solid foundation of bipartisan arts advocacy and support over the years.

Want to influence the world? Map reveals the best languages to speak | Science/AAAS | News

English major conduit of information but German, French, and Russian are also hubs of transmission on another level.

http://news.sciencemag.org/social-sciences/2014/12/want-influence-world-map-reveals-best-languages-speak The authors note that the users they studied, whom they consider elite because—unlike most people in the world—they are literate and online, do not represent all the speakers of a language. However, “the elites of global languages have a disproportionate amount of power and responsibility, because they are tacitly shaping the way in which distant cultures see each other—even if this is not their goal,” Hidalgo says. When conflict in Ukraine flared this past summer, most people in the world learned about it through news stories originally written in English and then translated to other languages. In this case, “any implicit bias or angle taken by the English media will color the information about the conflict that is available to many non-English speakers,” Hidalgo says.

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Phillip Lenihan, 1953-2014: Gallery owner, punk impresario, and classics scholar | Watershed Post

Phil Lenihan, the 61-year-old owner of an eclectic series of businesses that were revitalizing the town Roxbury in Delaware County, died suddenly on Friday, Oct. 31.

Phil Lenihan had various careers as a punk band manager, classics scholar, and paralegal before he founded the Orphic Gallery, the Eight Track Museum, and the Roxbury Corner Store in 2010.

“I would call Phillip the quintessential bon vivant,” said Megan McManemin, one of his younger sisters who lives in Dallas, Texas.

“He always tried to go out and have a party,” said Reginald Oberlag, a friend from Lenihan’s punk days in the 1980s

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who followed Lenihan’s lead and moved up to the Catskills. “He was irrepressible.”

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Phil died as he was walking down Main street on his way to a party dressed in his Halloween costume including mirrored glasses and badge he purchased on eBay.

http://www.watershedpost.com/2014/phillip-lenihan-1953-2014-gallery-owner-punk-impresario-and-classics-s

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Article: Deceleration & Sustainability | OpEdNews

Something to ruminate on:

“Adrienne Goehler exhorted conference attendees to support a “basic income grant” as a universal right. She put it succinctly: the current system forces overproduction in all realms, even art. The current system of grants for artists, inadequate in so many other ways, operates almost exclusively on a project basis, forcing artists who seek support to think in terms of novelty and output rather than allowing adequate time for work to evolve and emerge organically. As Adrienne said, sustainability needs deceleration. All of us need the leisure to rest, ruminate, imagine ways to throw off the chain of overproduction and overconsumption and rediscover a way of living in balance with each other and the life this planet supports.

“Guaranteed annual income,” “basic income grant,” and “guaranteed minimum income” (or six other ways of saying the same thing) describes a stipend available without a means test or other conditions to any and every person. There’s an international coalition–Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), which holds its 15th annual congress in Montreal this summer–organized around three simple principles defining a basic income:

it is being paid to individuals rather than households;
it is paid irrespective of any income from other sources;
it is paid without requiring the performance of any work or the willingness to accept a job if offered.
The phrase “basic income grant” struck me with a powerful resonance–two, in fact. First, since the problem with so much arts advocacy is that it is perceived as special pleading by a class of citizens for their own support–a hot potato–a basic income grant would help to cool things down. When everyone has the same entitlement, the whole conversation changes. We have a glimmer of this in the use that performing arts groups sometimes make of unemployment insurance, with companies paying in during the season when artists and other workers are employed in mounting plays and concerts, and members of the company collecting unemployment to tide them over during the off-season. I’ve heard it said more than once that unemployment benefits are the largest single source of subsidy for U.S. performing arts. I haven’t done the math to verify that, but the basic point stands regardless.”

http://www.opednews.com/populum/pagem.php?f=Deceleration–Sustainabil-by-Arlene-Goldbard-Corporate-Welfare_Richard-Nixon_Social-Welfare_Sustainability-140329-879.ht

Look What $600,000 Will Buy You Today in Stamford, NY!

A piece of Americana just lost by fire. Some things can’t be replaced:

“The seven story structure opened in July, 1888 as the “Queen of the Catskills” most magnificent hotel.  70,000 square fee of fabulous. Later more than 30 chefs would could up local delicacies for the rich and famous of the day.  Movie’s “Tarzan,” Johnny Weissmuller  once was the lifeguard at the hotel’s pool.  The hotel sits on almost 8 acres over looking its own lake.”

The jewel of the Catskills, Cyr Center, up in flames – so sad.

http://cnynews.com/look-what-600000-will-buy-you-in-stramford-ny/?trackback=fbshare_top