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  1. Disturbed by the use of the word "they," Billy? Is it the bad word? Is it very revealing? Does it prove something extra icky about the non-Billy's who use it? Tee hee hee?
  2. Hmmm. Would it replace the welfare bureaucracy? J
  3. The above reminds me of the Placeholder for GW/CC 'How I got here' thread. Tee hee hee! J
  4. Did the manmade global warming climate change crisis emergency cause the coronavirus? I'm starting to hear that it did. The virus briefly distracted lefties from salivating over climate doom, but now they're beginning to remember to keep their focus, and to link anything bad to climate doom. How soon will the idea that the virus was caused by AGW become a "consensus" "settled science" "fact"? J
  5. It’s good to hear that you’re alive, Billy. Was it a coma? Still impaired? Well, I’m rooting for you. Some day soon you’ll be back to being able to write complete and coherent sentences. Thoughts and prayers headed your way, buddy.
  6. Hey, did Billy get fed up with his own hypocrisy and decide to start walking the walk instead of just talking the talk? Is that why he no longer has an online presence? Is he off the grid, living in a Kaczynski shack that he constructed only from naturally-fallen timbers, gathering roots and berries while writing his manifesto using handmade ink and paper? J
  7. Yeah, I get it. It's fanboy/fangirl stuff. Firing up the choir. I'm probably as big of a Beatles fan as Kat is, or close to being. If someone did an interview paying homage to John Lennon by doing a sincere, heartfelt imitation of him in a bad wig for a few minutes, heh, cute. 42 minutes? Enough already. Youtube? Overkill. History tour? Milking a dead cow. It looks like aesthetic vanity, absence of aesthetic self-awareness. And, again, nothing against Grossman. Generally she seems much cooler as a person than the past generation at TAS. I'm just offering up the honesty of an aesthetic cringe, not a judgment of her and everything she's ever done. J
  8. No, human nature won't change. I just think that Rand's celebrity is done. Over. And it's not going to be brought back. To me, it's similar to Pigero obsessing over Lanza and trying to revive his celebrity. It's like a Tigerbeat fanboy/girl thing, which is fine on the average person's Facebook page. It's weird coming from anyone who is hoping to have actual grownup, realworld influence. Sure, and I don't think of it as a moral failing. I agree. I didn't mean to give the impression of "stomping out" approaches that I don't like. I once expressed a similar opinion about a friend making a speaking appearance, and his deciding to do so in the character of Abraham Lincoln. My view was that it wasn't thought through, and that it would flop. My reasoning wasn't a moral judgment, but an aesthetic one. And I could see that the friend was in the Pygmalion Mode, where he had fallen in love with his idea, and wasn't bringing any critical judgment to it at all. No sense of how it might fail, how to avoid that, how to craft it better. She's free to express herself anyway she wishes. And I am free to express my aesthetic cringing in response. Nor to me. My friend who did the embarrassing Abe Lincoln routine also wasn't a bad guy. No hatred or contempt here. Just aesthetic criticism. J
  9. My view: Don't present Rand to them, or to anyone. Present ideas instead, and in a real-time context in regard to real-world current events. Argue your point, make your case, and destroy the opposition's case. Do what Ben Shapiro and Charlie Kirk do. Stop following Rand's muddle-headed, vanity-driven notion that people must be taught her philosophy from bottom to top, and convinced to accept it as a perfectly integrated whole, etc., etc. Get past the remaining traces of cult of personality. J
  10. I have nothing against Grossman, and perhaps the Rand imitation bit could be used well if it were delivered in small doses, and if it were well-crafted aesthetically. But, with the example that I see online after doing a vid search, 42 minutes in anti-romantic/anesthetic pretend interview mode is a flop of an idea, especially since what we're seeing is soft, pretty, make-believe Rand, rather than hard, deadly serious Rand. It's kind of like seeing a Disney princess version of Rand. J
  11. Yup, and it's a risky, last-minute panic now. Stopping Bernie (and the squad as well) would have been easier if the Dems had been standing up to him consistently all along instead of staying silent or capitulating to his crazy ideas. It's probably too late now. J
  12. By the way, it appears that photography and 3D printing might have begun to have a positive effect on Sabin Howard's sculptures: from what I could see, it appears that one or two of his figures might actually include facial expressions other than the default ones that his models happened to be displaying while posing! J
  13. Hey, check this out: Auntie Kamhi is suddenly cool with artists using photography and machine-made figures in their art! The Rehumanization of Public Art January 23, 2020 / Michelle Kamhi / Contemporary art, Public Art / 3 Comments Print This Post For anyone who shares my utter dismay regarding the dehumanization of public art in recent decades,1 I have good news. An extraordinarily ambitious, heartfelt, and skillful work of figurative public art is underway that communicates without the aid of an artist’s statement. Sabin Howard, A Soldier’s Journey, first section, full-size clay model in studio prior to casting in bronze. It is the slightly larger-than-life sculptural relief for the National World War I Memorial —designed by a very young architect, Joseph Weishaar (b. 1990), and a seasoned classical sculptor, Sabin Howard ... _____ I responded on her blog (my response will not appear there): Heh. J