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Vol. #81 - May 28, 2021

Hello! Greetings from my mom's house in the suburbs of Boston. I came to town to tape our last episodes of Stories From The Stage until we resume taping in the fall. You should see these eps drop beginning in the fall (season 5 baby!). It's been a nice change up to be out of NYC for a few days and I snuck about a month's worth of podcasts into all of the driving I've done in the past few days. I'm sure I'll have some solid audio recs for you in next week's issue. In the meantime I've kept as busy as ever and am preparing to spend some time in the woods of upstate NY next week doing background work in the period drama The Gilded Age (American Downton Abbey from what I understand) so that should be interesting. I hope I end up on camera because the costume is as stylish as it is...elaborate. Anyway, I'll spare you a lengthy intro this time out, some solid recs below, I hope you enjoy!

As ever:
If you're newer to WesRecs thanks for being here. As I've often said: this is a compendium of the stuff I've come across (or remembered) in the last week that I think you might dig. It's long. I recommend perusing here and there, spending time with what interests you at a given point and maybe saving or coming back to what you might be interested in down the road. Some of it’s really serious, some of it’s fun & dumb. Go with what you feel, subscribe if it's something you like, and thanks again. I love you all. 
If you've been with me for the last couple of issues of WesRecs you'll know that my recent experiments with fish on the grill have led me to want to acquire fish in the freshest way possible: catching it myself. I grabbed a NY state fishing license and I'm planning on getting a rod & reel this weekend and I've watched/read countless videos and articles to get a grasp of the basics and best practices. I'm also deeply interested in crabbing and got a crab trap and have been out twice already. I haven't caught a damned thing but I'm enjoying it immensely and am eager to learn more. So far I've been using chicken as bait (pretty standard) but I'm going to try some mackerel as well. It's been great getting outside even more and it's been an education researching all of the cool NYC piers and state parks there are. I brought my car down to NYC about a month ago, it was something I never considered even for a moment when I originally moved to Brooklyn in 2018 (the thought of parking within NYC seemed asinine to me) but so far it hasn't been that much of a hassle and the upside has been just tremendous. Anyway, hoping to catch some porgy and striped bass this summer, if I do you'll def hear about it here. In lieu of having fresh fish last weekend (after a particularly taxing few days of deadlines and work duties) I treated myself by grilling a big ass rib-eye and a lobster tail. I ate everything you see in the pic on the right, it was a solid night.
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Just really dug this photo that I cam across on social media. You can check out the artist's IG page HERE.

Race & Policing

Towards The Reduction Of Harm

The congressional act named after George Floyd is a cruel joke. It will *more* money to police departments nationwide and even if it was followed to the letter by departments everywhere (extraordinarily unlikely) it would not have actually prevented the death of its namesake. The only steps that will be effective toward that end are taking money away from cops and channeling it to the direct assistance of those who need it most in the form of healthcare, addiction treatment, education, job placement, affordable housing, debt forgiveness, public commons, cash payments, etc. But you can read this thread for some additional legal insight about who wouldn't, and would, benefit from it.
‘They kill the person twice’: police spread falsehoods after using deadly force, analysis finds - The Guardian

I loved this piece almost as much as I was infuriated by it. It hammers home a basic but disastrously ignored basic principle of the human condition: when we f*** up in a major way that will certainly mean negative consequences for us we have a tendency to lie and minimize. That's you, that's me, that's everybody. And it *especially* applies to the cops. The media needs to always remember this when the police release statements about people dying during police interactions and in police custody. It is simply foolish and irresponsible to uncritically believe and repeat the initial police accounts in these situations. They have done nothing to earn our trust in these matters. Not every single such statement is chock full of lies and minimizations of course, but we've all seen enough of that to know that it's a very real possibility. Our media needs to do better, plain and simple.

 
A review of police killings in California showed that law enforcement spokespeople frequently publish highly misleading or sometimes false information about the people they have killed. Over the last five years, the Guardian found at least a dozen examples in the state of initial police statements misrepresenting events, with major omissions about the officers’ actions, inaccurate narratives about the victims’ behaviors, or blatant falsehoods about decisive factors.


In some cases, police cited vague “medical emergencies” without disclosing that officers had caused the emergencies through their use of force. In others, departments falsely claimed that the civilians had been armed or had overdosed. In most instances, media outlets repeated the police version of events with little skepticism.

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After Dujuan Armstrong, 23, died inside Santa Rita jail in the Bay Area on 24 June 2018, the Alameda county sheriff reported it as a “drug overdose”. A spokesman told reporters that Armstrong, who had to report to jail on the weekends to complete a 120-day sentence, was acting “bizarre”, saying: “The deputies saw him in distress. They called medics immediately.”

A year later, authorities released a fuller account and they later published body-camera footage, revealing that deputies had strapped Armstrong in a full-body restraining jacket and put a spit mask over his head while transporting him within the jail. The coroner determined Armstrong died of asphyxiation due to the tight restraint device around his abdomen and the spit mask covering his mouth and nose. Despite police’s initial statements, there was no overdose.

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“We cannot compel them to make unflattering descriptions of their conduct or interactions that turn lethal,” he said, noting that police continued to use the vague and widely criticized phrase “officer-involved shooting” when they killed civilians. “It’s human nature for them to describe events in the way that shines the most favorable light on the officers.”

The lesson for journalists was that they should no longer be “stenographers” for police, Armour said.

Nold said reporters should not only approach police statements with general skepticism but start from the assumption that police willfully mislead the public: “The press release is the city’s first line of civil and criminal defense.”
Police handcuffed a man so tightly he had to have hand amputated, lawsuit says - Washington Post

It's hard to think of how this story could better illustrate the myriad ways in which we do not need the police and how they fulfill almost none of the functions that are routinely invoked to justify their existence.
  • The cops get called due to a fight at a trailer park.
  • They arrive after the fight has ended (there might not actually have been a fight at all).
  • They knock on the door of a guy who had zero involvement, who is home alone with his mother.
  • Once the resident opens the door he is pulled by police across the threshold and out of the residence, thrown to the ground, and handcuffed as his trailer is searched (with no warrant, no consent, and no just cause).
  • He is taken to jail and complains for hours that his handcuffs are too tight. They are left on even after he is in jail and he slowly watches his hands turn blue, then black, begging the guards to loosen them.
  • Though he is arrested on disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges (presumably for protesting being yanked out of his home and put in handcuffs for something he had no involvement in and which may not have even happened), he is held for 12 days for outstanding traffic violation warrants....traffic violations!
  • He gets out and immediately goes to hospital where they end up amputating some fingertips...and eventually his entire left hand.

WTF?!?!?!?!? Everything about that is straight up dystopian and made even worse because it's the kind of thing that happens every damned day in this country. This dude was maimed for life and suffered nearly 2 weeks in jail for....what exactly? Protesting being kidnapped and some speeding tickets???? JFC. This needs to end so very much.
 
When Godber and two other deputies arrived at the scene, they knocked on the door of Loyola’s mother’s home and he answered. The police report and the lawsuit offer contrasting narratives of the scene: According to police, officers asked to check on others in the home and asked Loyola to step outside, but he refused and became “combative” and pushed Godber away, which prompted officers to restrain him.

According to the lawsuit, Loyola was watching TV at home and there had been no disturbances when deputies arrived. When Loyola answered the door, the lawsuit says, they reached across the threshold and pulled him outside the home, threw him against a car and the ground, and later searched the property despite having no warrant or cause to detain Loyola.

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It was not immediately clear from the lawsuit or the police report how long Loyola was in handcuffs, though the complaint estimated that it was “hours” before they were removed at the jail. He remained in jail until Feb. 28, 2020, serving time for outstanding warrants on traffic violations.
It's been a minute since I've dropped a Black To The Land feature in WesRecs but food sovereignty & security have been much on my mind as of late and I've come across some worthwhile items so here we go!
High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America | Official Trailer | Netflix

I have not yet had the opportunity to watch this new series on Netflix but I'm excited to, especially after reading this interview with Jessica B. Harris, whose book it is based on.

Tracing the African Diaspora in Food - The New Yorker
‘The Community Still Makes Me Feel We All Belong to Each Other’ - Eater

The owner of a Minneapolis restaurant that went viral for his words and actions before and after it burned during last year's unrest in the city is here dropping some gems about food and community.
 
Ruhel Islam, a Bangladeshi immigrant, opened his Minneapolis restaurant Gandhi Mahal in 2008. He built it with a commitment to sustainability — it had an apiary on the roof and an aquaponic garden in the basement. Islam also maintained a commitment to community and equality from day one. “We are dedicated to the peaceful principles that Mohandas Gandhi advocated in his lifetime,” the restaurant’s mission statement declared. “We admire and aspire to his ability to bring diverse people of different beliefs together.” And when the restaurant burned down in the wake of the George Floyd killing (it was a few doors down from the 3rd Police Precinct, which was set on fire by a right-wing extremist in an attempt to escalate violence), Islam knew his priorities. In a Facebook post at the time, Islam’s daughter, Hafsa, wrote what she heard her father say on the phone when he learned the news: “Let my building burn. Justice needs to be served, put those officers in jail.” The post immediately went viral.


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We fought back against the British. Martin Luther King says, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” I feel like [George Floyd’s murder] is a reflection of how police were trained after 9/11, and this kind of training they’re using against normal people… against unprivileged or weak people. Because everywhere in the world, rich people always get richer and they always get priority, and they always don’t have to deal with what we normally face.

Black Lives Matter, to me, from the bottom of my heart … we have a colorism problem back home, a very deep problem. My point is, a lot of injustice happens all around the world. Now it’s back because we didn’t pay attention. That’s why I just express what I feel. It comes out from my heart: “Let that building burn and justice must be served, and this officer needs to be put in jail.” And my daughter [putting it online]... I didn’t know all this was going to happen.

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Food is medicine, and we are all related and connected through food. When the time comes, you cannot eat your money. You cannot use anything other than food. We had a restaurant, we had a small commercial kitchen and co-working space, and our plan is to bring all the programs again together. We are all part of a climate movement. We had a beehive, regenerative agriculture, aquaculture agriculture in the basement. We’re redefining local food, which is 100 feet away from the kitchen. People are interested in these things. Our Native brothers and sisters, they understand our feelings. Our Black brothers and sisters understand. Food brings people together. And when you’re hungry, you’re angry, you need to eat good food. Then you calm down, then you bring real change to the world.
East New York Farms Harnesses the Power of Local Youth to Support Community With Fresh, Healthy Food - BK Reader

Local communities banding together to solve real and immediate problems. Amen.
 
“We try to the best that we can to provide access to healthy food, in East New York we have a ton of transportation, but no access to healthy food.”

The first farm, the UCC Youth Farm, sits off the corner of New Lots Ave. on Schenck Ave. and is filled with garden beds, a small green house, rows of seedlings, and all the tools, compost food scraps and open air freshness you could hope for.

The second location is at the NYCHA Pink Houses, where vegetables grown in the half-acre lot are distributed for free at weekly fresh food pantries. At both locations, the vegetables are grown organically without the use of pesticides or any sprays.

🎵To The Left! To The Left!🎵

On That Commie Pinko Tip

"Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, and Alphabet (the parent company name for Google) together are worth more than most every country in the world (except the United States, China, Germany, and Japan)."

Neofeudalism: The End of Capitalism? - LA Review of Books (2020)

This reading is as bleak as it is essential and I think it's a perfect pairing with the Harper's article The Silenced Majority that I included back in WesRecs 55 after being rocked/devastated by it. It's really too long and too multifaceted to do justice to it in a description of a paragraph or two, so I strongly encourage you to read the source material in full here but damn this so well done. What a novel and, to me, trenchant analysis of the evolution/transformation of global capitalism that is happening before our eyes. Greed, technological opportunity, neo-liberal abandonment of both the public commons and the necessary strict regulation of multinational corporate empires are all stewing together (along with climate change) to cook up a pretty gray future for anyone who is not a millionaire. None of this is tin-foil hat worry mongering, we are  seeing it right before our eyes: the idea of home ownership is an impossible joke to such a huge chunk of the people under 40 that I know, a global pandemic that killed half a million Americans and left countless more unemployed did literally nothing to further the hope of universal healthcare for our citizens, and in the next 10 years the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the highest growth job will be personal care aides (not nurses or medical assistants but people who bathe and clean people). We are visibly moving, and in many ways have already realized, a feudal situation where tech and finance overlords live in gated fiefdoms where their word is law and the rest of us scrape by as gig-based drivers, nannies, and gofers for them with no prospects for owning property or retiring before death. If you're not at least slightly fearing this then look around and tell me how you see this not happening if we maintain our current course.
 
IN CAPITAL IS DEAD, McKenzie Wark asks: What if we’re not in capitalism anymore but something worse? The question is provocative, sacrilegious, unsettling as it forces anti-capitalists to confront an unacknowledged attachment to capitalism. Communism was supposed to come after capitalism and it’s not here, so doesn’t that mean we are still in capitalism? Left unquestioned, this assumption hinders political analysis. If we’ve rejected strict historical determinism, we should be able to consider the possibility that capitalism has mutated into something qualitatively different. Wark’s question invites a thought experiment: what tendencies in the present indicate that capitalism is transforming itself into something worse?

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In the United States, financial services contribute more to GDP than manufactured goods contribute. Capital isn’t reinvested in production; it’s eaten up and redistributed as rents.

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Viewing contemporary capitalism in terms of its feudalizing tendencies illuminates a new socioeconomic structure with four interlocking features: parcellated sovereignty, new lords and peasants, hinterlandization, and catastrophism.

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The cloud platform extracts rents and data, like land squared. The most extreme examples are Uber and Airbnb, which extract rent without property by relying on an outsourced workforce responsible for its own maintenance, training, and means of work. One’s car isn’t for personal transport. It’s for making money. One’s apartment isn’t a place to live; it’s something to rent out. Items of consumption are reconfigured as means of accumulation as personal property becomes an instrument for the capital and data accumulation of the lords of platform, Uber and Airbnb. This tendency toward becoming-peasant, that is, to becoming one who owns means of production but whose labor increases the capital of the platform owner, is neofeudal.

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A loose, mystical neofeudal ideology, one that knits together and amplifies apocalyptic insecurity, seems to be taking form in the new embrace of the occult, techno-pagan, and anti-modern. Examples include Jordan Peterson’s mystical Jungianism and Alexander Dugin’s mythical geopolitics of Atlantis and Hyperborea. We might also note the rise of tech sector neo-reactionaries like PayPal’s billionaire founder Peter Thiel, who argues that freedom is incompatible with democracy. In a lecture in 2012, Thiel explained the link between feudalism and tech start-ups: “No founder or CEO has absolute power. It’s more like the archaic feudal structure. People vest the top person with all sorts of power and ability, and then blame them if and when things go wrong.” Along with other Silicon Valley capitalists, Thiel is concerned to protect his fortune from democratic impingement, and so advocates strategies of exodus and isolation such as living on the sea and space colonization, whatever it takes to save wealth from taxation. Extreme capitalism goes over into the radical decentralization of neofeudalism.

 
Your Patriotic Duty Is to Buy More Sh*t - Gen (Medium)

"The Economy" is the most useless concept that we have and we hear about and obsess about it every single day. Politicians careers are made or broken based on how it's doing. Nearly every newscast you've ever seen mentions it in some way. It stands in as a proxy for the mood and health of the nation, and that is...batshit insane. A lot goes into the actual economy but as a concept, in the way that it is most often used it means 2 basic things: the daily averages of the Dow Jones/S&P 500/Naasdaq and the employment rate. If the first is high and the second is acceptable then the economy is "doing well". This despite the fact that less than 53% of American families own stock of any kind, and that most Americans would never be able to tell you what the "Dow Jones Industrial Average" actually even means if you stuck a microphone in their face, and that the employment rate does literally nothing to tell you about whether people are actually making enough to live on (nevermind whether they're happy or fulfilled or doing work that benefits a single other human being in any way whatsoever). We have to snap out of this spell and we need to do it soon.
 
We are still measuring our economy based on mysterious indices that do not account for the lived experience of Americans all over the country. We are still putting all our faith in unemployment numbers, not the number of jobs it actually takes to make a household run. We are still assessing the recovery based on Wall Street, when half of Americans do not own stocks and do not have the capital (or know-how) to participate. We are still analyzing our economic health based on home ownership and low-interest housing booms, when the pandemic exposed the blatant systemic racism that has held Black and Brown communities back from building generational wealth in that market.

At this point, it is irresponsible to publish a headline that boasts that the “US economy is nearly ‘back to normal’” when Americans are still suffering the way they are. We have massive gaps in the job market, millions still out-of-work, millions who have fallen into poverty because of insufficient (and arrogantly delayed) relief plans, and millions of small business owners who have no business left. Our checkbooks have taken a massive hit, prices are rising at alarming rates, and our major cities (hello from New York) have countless empty storefronts. And in the 15 months since the initial emergency declaration, billionaires have gotten $931B richer. No, this is not “nearly ‘back to normal.’” And, if it is, who wants to go back to normal?

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At what point do we begin, as a nation, to process tragedy in a different way? What will it take for us, as Americans, to allow our crises to change us? To let them stop us and wake us up, so we can chart a different course? Why is the CNN Back-to-Normal Index, and those like it, the bellwether of economic health? When do we start to “account” for the real indicators of a happy life? Time with our kids. Freedom from massive anxiety. Debt that isn’t crushing us and our families? I cannot speak for you, friends, but I, for one, am not interested in going back on auto-pilot.
After the Pandemic, We Can’t Go Back to Sleep - David Graeber

RIP David Graeber. This very short posthumous essay is an excellent complement to the above piece.
 
Because, in reality, the crisis we just experienced was waking from a dream, a confrontation with the actual reality of human life, which is that we are a collection of fragile beings taking care of one another, and that those who do the lion’s share of this care work that keeps us alive are overtaxed, underpaid, and daily humiliated, and that a very large proportion of the population don’t do anything at all but spin fantasies, extract rents, and generally get in the way of those who are making, fixing, moving, and transporting things, or tending to the needs of other living beings. It is imperative that we not slip back into a reality where all this makes some sort of inexplicable sense, the way senseless things so often do in dreams.

How about this: Why don’t we stop treating it as entirely normal that the more obviously one’s work benefits others, the less one is likely to be paid for it; or insisting that financial markets are the best way to direct long-term investment even as they are propelling us to destroy most life on Earth?

Why not instead, once the current emergency is declared over, actually remember what we’ve learned: that if “the economy” means anything, it is the way we provide each other with what we need to be alive (in every sense of the term), that what we call “the market” is largely just a way of tabulating the aggregate desires of rich people, most of whom are at least slightly pathological, and the most powerful of whom were already completing the designs for the bunkers they plan to escape to if we continue to be foolish enough to believe their minions’ lectures that we were all, collectively, too lacking in basic common sense do anything about oncoming catastrophes.

Things Read

Worthwhile Words

It is both a futuristic dystopian surveillance hellscape AND an utterly mundane marketing tactic that you voluntary agreed to.
OFF THE RECORD:
AN INTERACTIVE NARRATIVE ABOUT THE REALITY OF WORKING AS A JOURNALIST OF COLOR


So this is different and I kind of love it. Journalist Farah Mohammed wrote a text-based choose-your-own-adventure style game that takes you into the world of a brown Muslim-American junior journalist who is navigating their career as one of the few non-white members of their newsroom in a week when they prepare to appear on the diversity panel of a major journalism conference while vying for a coveted promotion. It does an amazing job of illustrating so many of the major (and minor) calculations that someone in that position must make on a daily basis between standing up for your truth and going with the flow, being strategic about your career or sticking with your principles to the fullest, being polite or calling your co-workers on their ignorant microaggressions. It's a lot to live with on the daily and, I would imagine, rather invisible to you if you haven't had to go through something similar. Take 20 mins and enjoy (and be tortured by) this game.

Things Seen

Watched Recently By Wes

EATING PRACTICALLY LIVE SQUID + Catch And Sushi Mackerel

I have watched a lot of the Outdoor Chef Life channel this week. What a charming existence it must be to spend your life catching the most delicious fish in the most beautiful settings and then showing your half million subscribers how to make the most delicious looking food ever. I am seriously making this crab/potatoo/cheese dish the minute I haul in enough of my own crabs this summer. Anyway this video is showing a kayak squid catch while prepping and eating it right in the boat. Seafood literally cannot be fresher than this and this dude's enthusiasm for it is infectious.
How We Raise A Year's Worth of Meat & Never Buy Meat from the Grocery Store Again
  • As the pandemic and especially the weather/energy crisis in Texas earlier this year highlighted: the food system and working utilities are extremely fragile and any number of political, economic, health, or climate related emergencies could suddenly mean that the power goes out for an extended period or that your grocery story is no longer a reliable source of food. We should all have at least a week's worth of food and water for everyone in our home on hand as the most basic of contingencies and I think it's important to explore whatever means for acquiring sustenance outside of the grocery store that are individually practical to us. Whether it's a bucket garden setup on your back stoop, or a share at a community garden, or getting competent with a fishing rod, it helps to have something...just in case. True, if we go full Mad Max in America the 5 summer squash you pull out of your raised bed on the side of the house aren't going to do much, but you should read Butler's Parable of The Sower to at least get a sense of the kind of knowledge and ability that just might save your ass one day. All that said, my main thought in watching this video was: who tf could possibly afford to acquire and maintain a setup like this??? I can't imagine how many hundreds of thousands (millions?) of dollars the land alone would cost. Nevermind the construction, the livestock, the feed, the seed, and the equipment...or the absence of any regular day job because it's obvious that the maintenance and harvesting required for such an operation would be like 2 full time jobs per adult. There might not be a foreign sports car or a Peloton bike within 100 miles of this spot but this is a more expensive lifestyle (at least in startup costs) than most trendy urban Instagram influencers are flashing.
  • Professional opinion?: The speaker here, Melissa K. Norris, who I'd never seen or heard of before stumbling on this video this week, is a particularly talented on-camera speaker/presenter. She doesn't have a particularly flashy manner and she's not communicating a deep or obscure message or anything but she is really great at riffing, speaking continuously on various items as she moves through space, minimizing silences and hesitations, and just generally keeping a lucid/informational/briskly-paced commentary up for an extended period. Some people can extemporize smooth as silk and some cannot, she most definitely can.
  • It is insane how much meat one single cow provides. She's reporting here that one half cow would take care of her entire family's beef needs for a year. I think of all of the footage I've seen of the endless fields and pens of America's farms and stockyards and processing plants and it boggles the mind how much beef is raised and consumed in this country annually. It's too much, and I'm definitely part of the problem (see image in the intro section of this newsletter), definitely need to draw down my consumption in this area. Bovine space requirements, waste accrual, feed requirements, methane emissions, and the harsh conditions of factory farmed beef have been common knowledge for a while now, weird how seeing a couple of pleasant cows in an open field and learning about their annual yield is like the most vivid illustration of that for me.
  • I find it fascinating how varied in temperament various breeds of pigs can be and not a little bit ominous how she hints at what might happen to you if you are so unfortunate as to slip and fall in the pen while bringing feed to an aggressive breed.
  • The host here was nothing but pleasant and I caught no weird vibes off of her but man the line between "We just got tired of the soulless full-time office grind so decided to go back to the land and raise our food and our family in a sustainable manner away from the rat race. Here's our fun YouTube channel where we share our journey!" and "The government is putting 5G tracking chips in the vaccine so they can take our guns away and every city is a Sodom & Gomorrah waiting to be cleansed in the holy fire of the coming race war, we need to flee to the compound!" is like razor thin.
I need special corrective lenses specifically to address the force with which I've rolled my eyes during the Q&A sessions of innumerable presentations, interviews, round table discussions, etc. Audience members making speeches, audience members asking questions for no other reason than to sound "smart", audience members asking questions that could be googled more quickly than it took them to get called upon, and of course the dreaded "my questions is actually a two-part question". It's just relentless. Kill me. This is a great flowchart to run silently in your head if you have the urge to raise your hand in a public forum.
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Word of The Week

Up That Vocab Game

otium cum dignitate, n.
[ OH - tee -um - come - dig - nih - tah -tay]

borrowing from Latin.
Meaning: Leisure with dignity; dignified leisure or ease; spec. retirement from public life.

Origin: classical Latin cum dignitāte ōtium (Cicero Pro Sestio §98) < cum cum prep. + dignitātē , ablative of dignitās dignity n. + ōtium leisure n., with transposition of elements, probably after the usual English word order.

Fun Facts

Trivia To Bend Your Brain

  • There are about 6,900 living languages worldwide but just 6% of all languages account for 94% of the world's population. About half of languages have fewer than 10,000 speakers and a quarter have less than 1,000 speakers.
  • William Shakespeare is the only individual to have their own Dewey Decimal classification.
  • Human life expectancy increased more in the past 50 years than it did in the prior 200,000 years.
  • Only one US president has ever led a union: Ronald Reagan, he was president of the Screen Actor's guild.
  • A group of flamingos is called a "flamboyance".
  • Philosopher Plato was a 2x winner in the ancient Olympics, in the pankration event (kind of like MMA fighting)
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