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thanks Barry!

So here is my gift to you – a Get Out of Jail Free card for those silly social situations.

Simply print, cut out, and keep in your wallet.  If you want to get really serious, then I would suggest laminating it. Whenever you are short on time, or just not feeling it, simply show the card and other people are banned from complaining.  Done!  You are now free to only partake of the baking, cleaning, shopping, gift-giving, that you WANT to do or that are NECESSARY to keep people clean, clothed and fed.  Enjoy the freedom, and you are welcome!

Why Does She Do It?

Cheap Basturd Boss

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This Guy!

OH. OH. read this:
Top 10 percent of US households now own 75 percent of our wealth –> That stunning number and a remarkable chart come to us via Pedro Nicolaci da Costa at Business Insider. 

POWER: The Queen of Versailles

I recently spoke with Greenfield about her latest book, Generation Wealth, an enormous undertaking made up of Greenfield’s photography as well as short reflections on wealth and money. Generation Wealth documents the last quarter-century of America’s obsession with and desire for money and the material goods that signify status—and what happens when people lose all of it. The conversation below has been lightly edited for clarity.

Gillian B. White: This book seems perfectly timed. There’s not only an ongoing conversation about inequality, but the U.S. has a president who seems to fancy himself a populist, but has also made his name off of flaunting his wealth. What do you make of this moment?

Lauren Greenfield: I did not expect Trump to win the election, but when he did, it was kind of like the content of this work, of the 25 years, bearing out. In so many ways, Trump and his rise was the apotheosis of Generation Wealth. There were so many commonalities between him and David Siegel [one of the main subjects in Greenfield’s documentary, The Queen of Versailles, about a wealthy family before, during, and after the financial crisis], from the love for gold and the aesthetic of luxury, to the owning beauty pageants, to beautiful women in their personal life being an expression of their success, to making money in real estate. That’s more for Trump than for David Siegel, but certainly a theme in the book, the power of celebrity.
But I think in terms of the populist part, there’s a quote from Fran Lebowitz that I put in the front of the book about how Americans don't resent the rich because they always imagine that will be them someday. I think that is part of the admiration for Trump. Unlike some other cultures that resent the rich or resent the upper class, Americans admire wealth. READ

The Queen of Versailles is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis. With epic proportions of Shakespearean tragedy, the film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream. The film begins with the family triumphantly constructing the largest privately-owned house in America, a 90,000 sq. ft. palace. Over the next two years, their sprawling empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis. Major changes in lifestyle and character ensue within the cross-cultural household of family members and domestic staff. VIA


get out of jail free card?

We could have told him that wouldn't work –> Last week, a Minnesota man was pulled over and then arrested for outstanding warrants. But before police could slap the handcuffs on him, he pulled out a "get out of jail free" card from a Monopoly game and tried to use it to get off the hook. According to a local NBC affiliate, the cop gave him an A for effort but hauled him in nonetheless.

it will be funny

BOOM is kinda ditching directions in our next few posts - we can poke fun at the wealth gap, greed, sexism and classism all around us...Don't worry, it will be fun... BOOOM

wait, I'm the boss

Lost Lands? Think with me more

Lost Lands Found by Scientists

Atlantis was a myth (maybe), but real-life lost lands do exist.

A manned research submersible takes a rock sample from the seafloor near Brazil.
A lost continent off the coast of Brazil may have been found, scientists had announced in 2013.
Granite boulders dredged from the seafloor off the coast of South America two years ago could be remnants of a long-vanished continent, according to Roberto Ventura Santos, the geology director of Brazil's Geology Service.


i hear voices

Evening Read

Self-described “psychics” who hear voices could be on to something, writes Joseph Frankel:
“A lot of the time, if someone says they hear voices, you immediately jump to psychotic illness, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia,” [the Yale psychologist Philip] Corlett said. But research suggests hearing voices is not all that uncommon. A survey from 1991—the largest of its kind since—found that 10 to 15 percent of people in the U.S. experienced sensory hallucinations of some sort within their lifetime. And other research, as well as growing advocacy movements, suggest hearing voices isn’t always a sign of psychological distress.
The researchers at Yale were looking for a group of people who hear voices at least once a day, and had never before interacted with the mental-health-care system. They wanted to understand, as Corlett put it, those who do not suffer when “the mind deviates from consensual reality.”
Read some of their stories here.

Wednesday's Words

wear balls on your clothes too!


11 Things You Never Knew About The Earth and Vibration

in transit

From its first moments, In Transit — the late documentarian Albert Maysles’s final film, completed with help from Lynn True, Nelson Walker III, David Usui, and Benjamin Wu and released after he died in March 2015 — is fixated on and shaped by lives in transition. Amtrak’s Empire Builder train regularly embarks on three-day jaunts between Chicago and points in the Pacific Northwest, and the film joins passengers on one of these journeys. While a bit of a ticking clock element is introduced with a young, pregnant passenger days away from her due date, no plot contrivances drive the narrative aside from the locomotive reaching its final destination.
(showing in theatres in June 2017)


In Transit by Albert Maysles is screening at the Maysles Documentary Center (343 Lenox Avenue, Harlem) and Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Chinatown) through June 29.

i know what you're thinking

Atlantis and First Nations

this lecture surprised me and it may surprise you too... BOOM


Flashdance: She's A Maniac

Much of the film was shot in locations around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: (Pittsburg again!) BOOM!
  • The ice skating rink on which Jeanie falls was filmed at Monroeville Mall. This was the same ice skating rink used in the George A. Romero horror film Dawn of the Dead (1978).
  • The fictional Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance and Repertory was filmed inside the lobby and in front of Carnegie Music Hall, a part of the Carnegie Museum of Art, located near the campuses of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh Oakland.
  • Alex's apartment was located in the South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
  • Alex is seen riding one of the Duquesne Incline cable cars when she goes to visit Hannah.
  • Hannah's apartment is located at 2100 Sidney Street at the southeast corner of South 21st Street. The entrance to the apartment is from South 21st Street.
  • The opening sequence of scenes with Alex riding her bicycle starts on Warren Street at its intersection with Catoma Street. She rides south on Warren Street to Henderson Street, makes a hairpin turn from Henderson Street onto Fountain Street, and is next shown riding south on Middle Street. The last scene of the sequence shows Alex riding east over the Smithfield Street Bridge, which is a continuity error.

Gorilla Flashdance in Pool

Pangea, Atlantis: Think with me

Pangea, our early planet


Atlantis was Antarctica or ...?

Another theory–that Atlantis was actually a much more temperate version of what is now Antarctica–is based on the work of Charles Hapgood, whose 1958 book “Earth’s Shifting Crust” featured a foreword by Albert Einstein. According to Hapgood, around 12,000 years ago the Earth’s crust shifted, displacing the continent that became Antarctica from a location much further north than it is today. This more temperate continent was home to an advanced civilization, but the sudden shift to its current frigid location doomed the civilization’s inhabitants–the Atlanteans–and their magnificent city was buried under layers of ice. Hapgood’s theory surfaced before the scientific world gained a full understanding of plate tectonics, which largely relegated his “shifting crust” idea to the fringes of Atlantean beliefs.

Pangea Proof?

Some proof that Pangea, the Supercontinent, did exist is that scientists found fossils of the same animals and plants in South America, Africa, Antarctica, India and Australia. If the continents hadn't been joined together at some point then we wouldn't find fossils of the same species in continents that are so far away from each other because the animals wouldn't be able to get across the other side of the world. Also, the same types of rocks were found in South America and Africa. These rocks were found to have formed around the same time period.

As you can see, there does not appear to be any space in the mid-Atlantic where a continent like Atlantis could have existed.  But perhaps a modest size island in the Caribbean could be squeezed into this map.

Newspaper account:

"Located traces of enormous sheets of ancient lava as much as 20 miles thick that spewed from undersea volcanoes. One such deposit covered almost four million square miles on the bottom of the Atlantic, stretching from eastern Canada to Spain and Africa's Ivory Coast."
"For instance, an expedition a year ago in the tropical Atlantic turned up evidence, buried in seafloor sediment, of repeated episodes of rapid global warming that led to massive plant and animal extinction in the distant past."

Both these could have something to do with Atlantis. Depending on how long it took for the lava to accumulate, Atlantis could be beneath the lava. 

"Repeated episodes of global warming that led to mass plant and animal extinction..."
discussion here


Michael Zwack: soldiers

Rest in peace: Artist Michael Zwack (1949–2017), member of the Pictures Generation.
Michael Zwack, “Untitled (Soldiers)” (1976), concrete and plastic, 2 13/16 x 2 1/16 x 2 1/16 inches

Michael Zwack (born 1949 in Buffalo, New York) is an internationally exhibited American artist most often associated with The Pictures Generation. He studied sculpture at SUNY Buffalo[1] and later, with artists such as Robert Longo and Cindy Sherman, he co-founded the Hallwalls Gallery, a space run by a non-profit organization of the same name (still open today) in his hometown. Then as did many of his immediate contemporaries he relocated to New York City in the midst of its burgeoning art scene. He has had solo exhibitions at such galleries as Metro pictures and Paul Kasmin in New York and Thaddeus Ropac in Salzburg, Austria and was included in The Pictures Generation exhibition in 2009 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art curated by Douglas Eklund.

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

In his new memoir, You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, he describes growing up surrounded by poverty, alcoholism and violence.


eclipse coming august


**On August 21, 2017, the continental United States will experience the first total solar eclipse to span the entire country since 1918.

Appreciation Friday: Alex Pentek

A very unique monument is being unveiled in Ireland, according to reporter Naomi O’Leary: “Sculpture to be unveiled in Cork to remember generosity of the Choctaw Nation, Native American tribe that sent famine aid to Ireland in 1847.” It’s by artist Alex Pentek. (via Twitter/NaomiOhReally)

Ah, The places I have Lived: NYC

modelling as a brunette after NYC

When I was 23, I moved from Washington state to New York City to get into show business.  My college classmate BJ's mom was an agent for actors and singers. I wrote Shirley and asked if could live with them in Queens until I got settled and employed as an actress-model-singer. She said, "Yes!"

For fast money I was employed by Model's Service and modeled shoes, sweaters and jeans.  Back then earning $100 a day was like a million bucks... well to me anyway. (And I was able to buy clothes at a greatly reduced price.)

Soon I was working at the Kona Tiki as a hostess (in the Sheraton Hotel, 163 W. 52nd St) when I met singer-actor-model Daniel Drake who was also a healer-reflexologist.  Dan explained about mystics like Edgar Cayce and over time he took me to some of the best bookstores in Manhattan. I read every single book about Edgar Cayce over the years.

At the Kona Tiki, I worked for Cynthia Kipness who was daughter of Broadway producer Joe Kipness who had his own restaurant Old Joe's Pier 52 across the street. My agent Shirley kept me busy working for her, delivering contracts, driving her around, auditioning and singing. Cynthia was Shirley's friend. That's how I got the very cool job and met some very high-powered people.

All this changed me. New York City has it's own power. I was lucky to get an agent but in the process I had make-believe friends who wanted Shirley to be their agent, too. It was like a war was going on between actors. Not nice. I celebrated my 24th birthday with Dan. By late November, I was on the Greyhound back to the midwest. Let's just say, I met bad people, too.

BUT WAIT! My mind was opened. That is a good age to start questioning what you know, or think you know.

Theory, ideas, spirituality, etc. are just that: theory. 

In the next few posts I plan to share theory about Pangea, Atlantis and more.  We have to question more.
New York did that for me. Maybe these posts will open your mind too.


Psychic Ills "See You There" (Official Music Video)

oh shit

Privacy Mythbusting #3: Anonymized data is safe, right? (Er, no.)
Companies often tell you that sharing your data is safe because they "anonymize" it by first removing or obfuscating your personal information. However, this depersonalization leads to only partial anonymity, as companies still usually store and share your data grouped together. This data group can be analyzed, and in many cases, then linked back to you, individually, based on its contents. Detective emoji
Deanonymizing data has been studied for a long time. In 1990, Carnegie Mellon University researcher Latanya Sweeny showed that with just a list of gender, date of birth, and five digit zip code, you can uniquely identify, thereby deanonymizing, 87% of Americans!
Data deanonymization of this nature has taken place time and time again when companies release so-called "anonymized data," even with really good intentions such as for research purposes. For example, even though every effort was taken to anonymize data, people were still deanonymized through Netflix recommendations and AOL search histories.
Now imagine what happens when companies don't even make that effort when sharing your anonymized data. It's like trying to win a game of hide-and-seek like this:
Children trying to hide behind a tree but still visible.
Fig 1: Hide and Seek Champions
The only truly anonymized data is no data. That's why at DuckDuckGo we throw out your personal information every time you search, making sure we don't store anything that could be tied together to identify you. We protect your search history from everyone — even us!
Proudly Private,

Dax's Signature

atwood: bored

In the December 1994 issue, for instance, Atwood described being “Bored” not so much as a mental state as a series of mundane physical tasks, sensations, and observations:
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By Margaret Atwood

All those times I was bored
out of my mind. Holding the log
while he sawed it. Holding
the string while he measured, boards,
distances between things, or pounded
stakes into the ground for rows and rows
of lettuces and beets, which I then (bored)
weeded. Or sat in the back
of the car, or sat still in boats,
sat, sat, while at the prow, stern, wheel
he drove, steered, paddled. It
wasn't even boredom, it was looking,
looking hard and up close at the small
details. Myopia. The worn gunwales,
the intricate twill of the seat
cover. The acid crumbs of loam, the granular
pink rock, its igneous veins, the sea-fans
of dry moss, the blackish and then the graying
bristles on the back of his neck.
Sometimes he would whistle, sometimes
I would. The boring rhythm of doing
things over and over, carrying
the wood, drying
the dishes. Such minutiae. It's what
the animals spend most of their time at,
ferrying the sand, grain by grain, from their tunnels,
shuffling the leaves in their burrows. He pointed
such things out, and I would look
at the whorled texture of his square finger, earth under
the nail. Why do I remember it as sunnier
all the time then, although it more often
rained, and more birdsong?
I could hardly wait to get
the hell out of there to
anywhere else. Perhaps though
boredom is happier. It is for dogs or
groundhogs. Now I wouldn't be bored.
Now I would know too much.
Now I would know.

Margaret Atwood is the author of numerous books, including The Robber Bride (1993). Her volume of new poems, Morning in the Burned House, will be published next year.
You can read the full poem here and find more pieces by Atwood in our archives.


Snowball Earth Period?

Paul Hoffman, a geologist at Harvard University who has studied the snowball Earth period, says this work won’t be the last word on how the planet responds to dramatic climate change.
“That such a basic issue should not have been simulated in a model until now, even in a preliminary way, illustrates how much is still to be learned about the snowball Earth phenomena,” he says.


Trump Twitter Museum?

I wish I had gone...
Television political satire The Daily Show opens a "presidential library" in New York displaying a trove of unusual exhibits: Donald Trump's tweets.

We Are NY Renews

What is the truth? Watch


happy solstice

Surprising Solstice Facts

This year, the June solstice falls on two different days: Wednesday, the 21st, for those in Eastern Standard Time, and Tuesday, the 20th, for time zones further west!  Enjoy seven cool (or, is it hot?) solstice facts—and see how many you know!

Aimee Mann - Patient Zero

Aimee Mann is a Grammy- and Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter. In the 80s, she fronted the band ‘Til Tuesday, and in 1993, she released her first solo album. In 2017, Aimee released her 9th album, Mental Illness, and in this episode, she tells the story of how the song “Patient Zero” was made. I talked to Aimee along with the song’s co-writer, Jonathan Coulton. The interview was recorded in front of a live audience, on board the JoCo Cruise, a music and comedy themed cruise organized by Jonathan Coulton. VIA



Oldest Known Human Remains Extend our History Back by 100,000 Years - say what?

Adding to a recent string of discoveries that are rewriting the narrative of human evolution, fossils of a number of ancient human individuals that were unearthed in Morocco have been dated to more than 300,000 years ago. this find pushes evidence for the age of Homo sapiens back by roughly 100,000 years, and also shows that our ancient ancestors were much better traveled than previously assumed.

The fossils in question were excavated from the Jebel Irhoud cave, located 62 miles west of modern-day Marrakesh, and included the remains of five individuals, along with flint tools and the remains of their campfires. The skulls of the individuals bore faces that were unmistakably that of modern humans; although despite having a brain of similar size to other H. sapiens, the cranium was somewhat flattened and elongated towards the rear, unlike the more spherical braincase we see today.

The researchers were surprised to find that the group's tools dated to between 280,00 to 350,000 years ago -- roughly one-third older than modern humans were assumed to be. The previously oldest known remains were 200,000 years old, and found in Ethiopia, prompting the scientific community to assume that the area they were found in was the origin of humanity. But aside from being separated by 1,000 centuries, the remains found in Morocco and Ethiopia are on opposite sides of the African continent: with the far older remains being found 5,600 kilometers (3,500 miles) away from the previously-assumed eldest fossils, this raises the question of where modern humans actually originated from.

"What people, including myself, used to think was that there was a cradle of humankind in East Africa about 200,000 years ago, and all modern humans descend from that population," explains Philipp Gunz, with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. "The new finds indicate that Homo sapiens is much older and had already spread across all of Africa by 300,000 years ago. They really show that the African story of our species was more complex than what we used to think." 

Good Music Monday: Perfume Genius


Obit (2016)

I’ve hoped for another glimpse inside the minds of New York Times obituary writers. So when I heard about Vanessa Gould’s latest documentary, Obit, I rushed to see it. The film, one of the most endearing—and, perhaps surprisingly, uplifting—I’ve seen in awhile, follows the paper’s necrology department as they piece together the lives of the recently deceased: everyone from William P. Wilson, who not only negotiated the terms for the 1960 presidential debate but who also applied the makeup that gave Kennedy his “unflappably cool” look onscreen; to Betty James, the woman who thought up the name for her husband’s new toy—Slinky. The sweetest parts of the film, though, are the interviews with the writers themselves—Bruce Weber, William Grimes, and Fox, among others—all of whom take seriously the task of celebrating their subjects, breathing life and humor into their work. As Fox tells us, “Obits have next to nothing to do with death and absolutely everything to do with life.” The same is true of Gould’s remarkable film. —Caitlin Youngquist  via


Friday's are all about art

Some two dozen performers took over the building’s public garden on June 14 to protest President Trump’s plan to eliminate the NEA. Read More →

friday.look here.

Who knew that Georgia O’Keeffe made war paintings? She steals the show with a small and very moving watercolor, “The Flag,” of 1918. It depicts an all-red flag fluttering against a navy-blue sky and looks like an object that is bleeding to death. O’Keeffe’s kid brother, Alexis, served in the war, and she once said that her goal was to paint a flag “trembling in the wind like my lips when I’m about to cry.”
LISTEN: Review: Uncle Sam Wants You (To Look at Art)! - WNYC News - WNYC

hello it's me

this song is like a flashback for me... many reasons... even a boyfriend... BOOM!

Appreciation Friday: Carlo Zinelli

Carlo Zinelli, Untitled, made in the San Giacomo Hospital, Verona, Italy (1961). (Photo by Henri Germond/copyright Fondazione Culturale Carlo Zinelli)

Carlo Zinelli (1916-74) at the American Folk Art Museum (until 20 August) is the first US solo show of this self-taught Italian artist who had a breakdown after his time fighting in the Spanish Civil War. In 1947, having lost his ability to communicate verbally, he permanently entered a psychiatric hospital in Verona. There, he took up drawing in 1955 and painting two years later. The exhibition presents 55 of his compelling works in tempera that often feature frenetic, repeating motifs of human or animal figures in bright colours. Many of the works were painted on both sides of the paper, and presented recto and verso in the show.


Emotional Interview with Robert Downey Jr.

Twitter Poet Laureate Brian Bilston


But (twitter) is also a platform for poets themselves to interact and engage with their audience - and, indeed, find new audiences - through experimentation with content and form, and a deeper engagement with real world concerns.
I shall finish with one more poem, written one day when Twitter became unavailable for a whole afternoon, much to the angst of millions of people around the world.

It's called The day that Twitter went down.

That day I got things done.
I went for a long run.
Played ping-pong,
Wrote a song.
It got to number one.
That day I did a lot.
I tied a Windsor knot.
Helped the poor,
Stopped a war,
Read all of Walter Scott.
O what a day to seize.
I learnt some Cantonese.
Led a coup,
Climbed K2,
Cured a tropical disease.
That day I met deadlines,
Got crowned King of Liechtenstein,
Stroked a toucan,
Found Lord Lucan,
Then Twitter came back online.

Thursday Thought: Visionary Hildegard

"We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light." - Hildegard von Bingen (who was a mystic and had visions)

Hildegard of Bingen, O.S.B., also known as Saint Hildegard and Sibyl of the Rhine, was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, and polymath. More at Wikipedia 
Beginning in early childhood Hildegard of Bingen experienced visions she couldn’t adequately explain to others. Her visions didn’t come through her eyes and ears. They were experiences of sight and sound seen through her inner senses.  As a result, they were visions she kept to herself for many years.
At the age of 42, Hildegard experienced a midlife awakening. She received a vision, wherein she believed God had instructed her to write down what she saw. She was hesitant to do so, at first. She spoke of this milestone experience in her first work, Scivias. Scivias is both prophetic and admonishing in the manner of Ezekiel and the Book of Revelation. It also famously describes the structure of the universe as an egg. MORE

hildegard of bingen was 3
“Everything that is in the heavens, on earth, and under the earth is penetrated with connectedness, penetrated with relatedness”
– Hildegard of Bingen

The Lakota say Mitakuye Oyasin which means WE ARE ALL RELATED, and relatives.


it’s very (did I say VERY yet?) important to make it absolutely clear to MY readers that the information I provide is for informational (and probably entertainment) purposes only and that when the reader is in doubt, they should seek help from a professional.