20 August 2014

IF THE COMEDIANS ARE SPEAKING TRUTH,
WHAT ARE THE POLITICIANS SPEAKING…?

0000 by Jeff Hess

This video is stuck to the top of the blog, newer, less vital, posts appear below.

[Update on 20 August at 0551: I learned this morning of a historic connection between Dred Scott and Ferguson, Missouri. You can't make this shit up.]

20 August 2014

E.B. WHITE TO SCENES FROM D-DAY …

0900 by Jeff Hess
  • E. B. White on the Role and Responsibility of the Writer saved 91 days ago.
  • 20-Year-Old Hunter S. Thompson: Purpose and a Meaningful Life saved 91 days ago.
  • Annie Dillard on Presence Over Productivity saved 91 days ago.
  • The Origin of the Man From UNCLE Gun saved 90 days ago.
  • Mapping the 2000-year evolution of London saved 88 days ago.
  • Anne Lamott on Keeping Ourselves Small by People-Pleasing saved 86 days ago.
  • Leather Satchels saved 85 days ago.
  • The worst thing The NYT Book Review has ever run saved 80 days ago.
  • Bob Dylan on Sacrifice and the Perfect Environment for Creativity saved 78 days ago.
  • D-day landings scenes in 1944 and now saved 70 days ago.
  • This is my exercise in shoveling out the blogpile…

    20 August 2014

    SOCIAL/ECONOMIC COMMENT FROM 1955: NO. 12…

    0800 by Jeff Hess

    I turn 59 next month. My dad emailed me a series of photos and captions purported to be from 1955. I haven’t verified any of the quotes, but they’re fun nonetheless.
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    The fast food restaurant is convenient for a quick meal,
    but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.

    From my dad, of course…

    20 August 2014

    RULE NO. 49: BE SKEPTICAL…

    0600 by Jeff Hess

    Rule No. 49 – Regard Non-Traditional Foods with Skepticism.

    From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan

    Previously…

    Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

    20 August 2014

    NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

    0500 by Jeff Hess

    TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE

    Today’s headlines include:

    Local News

    Selby project: Plans in works for some major upgrades
    Veritas Academy opens
    EMA panel hammers out duties of director
    Eviction action against Smart Networks
    Marietta Y starts lunchtime walking club

    Top Headlines Poll: Do you plan to attend the annual EVE fundraising auction on Friday?

    Great pictures of Marietta

    What’s going on here

    Previously

    20 August 2014

    FUCK SHOULD NOT, HOW ABOUT WILL NOT

    0416 by Jeff Hess

    Here in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs —President Barack Hussein Obama, 14 August.

    Only five days later…

    Late Monday evening, after many of the major media outlets covering the protests in Ferguson, Mo., had left the streets to broadcast from their set-ups near the police command center, heavily armed officers raced through suburban streets in armored vehicles, chasing demonstrators, launching tear gas on otherwise quiet residential lanes, and shooting at journalists.

    Their efforts resulted in one of the largest nightly arrest totals since protests began 10 days ago over the killing of unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. At approximately 2 a.m. local time, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson announced at a press conference that 31 people had been arrested over the course of the night (NBC News later reported that, according to jail records, the actual total was more than double that). I was unable to attend or report on Johnson’s press conference because I was one of those people.

    Here’s what happened.

    Ryan Devereaux writing in A Night in Ferguson: Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas, and a Jail Cell for The//Intercept.

    I recall another incident where thugs attacked journalists

    19 August 2014

    SUSAN HOUGH RESPONDS…

    1040 by Jeff Hess

    Earlier today I commented on an Associated Press story written by Seth Borenstein titled: No great shakes: Quakes triggered by drilling waste seem weaker than natural ones, study says. I emailed the author of the original report, Dr. Susan Hough, requesting a link to her findings. She graciously sent me the work which I am reading now.

    While the Hough’s abstract appears below, for those interested, here is the whole piece: Shaking from Injection-Induced Earthquakes in the Central and Eastern United States

    In this study, I consider the ground motions generated by 11 moderate (Mw 4.0–5.6) earthquakes in the central and eastern United States that are thought or suspected to be induced by fluid injection. Using spatially rich intensity data from the U.S. Geological Survey “Did You Feel It?” system, I show the distance decay of intensities for all events is consistent with that observed for tectonic earthquakes in the region, but for all of the events, intensities are lower than the values predicted from an intensity prediction equation that successfully characterizes intensities for regional tectonic events. I introduce an effective intensity magnitude MIE, defined as the magnitude that on average would generate a given intensity distribution. For all 11 events, MIE is lower than the event magnitude by 0.4–1.3 magnitude units, with an average difference of 0.82 units. This suggests stress drops of injection-induced earthquakes are systematically lower than tectonic earthquakes by an estimated factor of 2–10. However, relatively limited data suggest intensities for epicentral distances less than 10 km are more commensurate with expectations for the event magnitude, which can be reasonably explained by the shallow focal depth of the events. The results suggest damage from injection-induced earthquakes will be especially concentrated in the immediate epicentral region.

    19 August 2014

    SOCIAL/ECONOMIC COMMENT FROM 1955: NO. 11…

    1030 by Jeff Hess

    I turn 59 next month. My dad emailed me a series of photos and captions purported to be from 1955. I haven’t verified any of the quotes, but they’re fun nonetheless.
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    Thank goodness I won’t live to see the day when the Government takes half our
    income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government.

    From my dad, of course…

    19 August 2014

    WHAT’S WRONG WITH THESE TWO SENTANCES…?

    0820 by Jeff Hess

    During one confrontation, police fired tear gas and flash grenades. There were no immediate reports of serious violence.

    From the Associated Press

    Are we really that fucked up?

    19 August 2014

    FERAL CATS TO BAD GRADES…

    0715 by Jeff Hess
  • Feral Cats saved 109 days ago.
  • Why Friendship Is a Greater Gift Than Romantic Love saved 107 days ago.
  • The Battle for Justice in Palestine saved 106 days ago.
  • Bitcoin made simple – video animation saved 104 days ago.
  • The Prose Poem saved 99 days ago.
  • Can you risk not reading this piece? saved 99 days ago.
  • Homeless and working for Amazon saved 99 days ago.
  • Ira Glass: ‘The first time I took ecstasy, my anxiety lifted away’ saved 98 days ago.
  • Cecily McMillan and our mass acceptance of police violence saved 98 days ago.
  • No improvement in reading, math for high school seniors saved 94 days ago.
  • This is my exercise in shoveling out the blogpile…

    19 August 2014

    A BREAST-FEEDING MILESTONE…

    0643 by Jeff Hess

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    Yay Keef…!

    19 August 2014

    RULE NO. 48: EAT MORE LIKE NON-AMERICANS…

    0600 by Jeff Hess

    Rule No. 48 – Eat More Like the French. Or the Japanese. Or the Italians. Or the Greeks.

    From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan

    Previously…

    Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

    19 August 2014

    NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

    0500 by Jeff Hess

    TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE

    Today’s headlines include:

    Local News

    Weeds: Overgrowth in public areas impacts community
    Evidence not enough
    Life in prison for murder
    Warren Local OKs new middle school
    Welcome back teachers

    Top Headlines Poll: Have you had to take it upon yourself to clean overgrown areas around the city or where you live?

    Great pictures of Marietta

    What’s going on here

    Previously

    18 August 2014

    ROLDO RIGHTS ON BROOK PARK VOTERS
    SENDING STRONG MESSAGE…?

    1702 by Jeff Hess

    By Roldo Bartimole

    Is there a crucial message from Brook Park voters turning down two tax measures by significant margins? One was three to one and the other two to one defeat in an election a week ago. A harsh rebuke.

    My journalistic take is this: Workers squeezed by years of no or little income increases and a tough job climate–are telling representatives that they don’t have the money to give more to local governments.

    Finally.

    They expressed their dissatisfaction at the ballot box in no uncertain terms. (Unfortunately, voters are playing suckers to sports franchises that have the ability to pay themselves but will to shove it off on taxpayers with help of office holders.)

    Brook Park–a working class suburb contiguous to Cleveland–has a population of some 19,000, 92 percent white. The major private business is Ford Motors with some 1,300 employees.

    Here is part of the essence of the voter turn down. People are tapped out. Squeezed.

    In 1990, Brook Park median family income (half above, half below) was $36,000. Checking the Consumer Price Index inflation calculator for 2014 Continue Reading »

    18 August 2014

    MEATBALL JOURNALISM*: FINISH, MOVE ON…

    0900 by Jeff Hess

    When I started writing journalism I had absolutely no formal training—not one day in J-school, nor even on my high school newspaper. All I had going for me was the smug self-confidence of the slumming aesthete. The editors of the Chicago Reader took me in, and, article by article, gradually tortured the condescension out of me and forced me to learn the rudiments of my trade. Finish the story, they’d always tell me: just finish it, finish it now, and move on. Journalism is not for the ages; it’s what you know on the day. The next day you’ll know something different, and you’ll write a different story then. But that’s exactly what’s great about journalism, they’d say: there’s always another story. Every day you get a fresh chance.

    I’ve never forgotten that. Ever since then, I’ve never gone looking for subjects, and I’ve never lacked for them. I’ve trusted that they would find their way to me, and they always have.

    But there was one lesson that’s stuck with me more tenaciously than all the rest. It was a kind of parable about the nature of journalistic morality. I heard it from one of the Reader’s most gifted editors, Kitry Krause. She said she’d once spent months writing a feature story about a colorful local character, the habitue of a neighborhood pool hall. Just as she was finishing it, a mutual friend called to let her know that he’d died unexpectedly the night before. Kitry hung up the phone; another editor came by, saw her expression, and asked what was wrong. She told him, and he immediately slapped his palm on her desk and said, “There! You’ve got the perfect ending!”

    Kitry said to me, “I think at least 15 seconds would have gone by before I’d have had the same thought myself. And I pray that’s what happens to you. Because those 15 seconds are the only hope a journalist has of getting into heaven.”

    Lee Sandlin writing in The 15-Second Rule for The American Scholar.

    *Meatball journalism

    18 August 2014

    SOCIAL/ECONOMIC COMMENT FROM 1955: NO. 10…

    0800 by Jeff Hess

    I turn 59 next month. My dad emailed me a series of photos and captions purported to be from 1955. I haven’t verified any of the quotes, but they’re fun nonetheless.
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    I’m afraid the Volkswagen car is going to
    open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.

    From my dad, of course…

    18 August 2014

    15-SECOND RULE TO CREATIVE SLEEP…

    0715 by Jeff Hess
  • The 15-Second Rule saved 133 days ago.
  • Writing Lessons saved 132 days ago.
  • FX Fargo saved 127 days ago.
  • Syracuse City School District saved 127 days ago.
  • New and Developing Research on Disparities in Discipline saved 126 days ago.
  • Public Intellectual Deathmatch: Coates & Chait saved 125 days ago.
  • Keep Cleveland Strong saved 125 days ago.
  • Other People’s Pathologies saved 125 days ago.
  • The Daily Routines of Famous Writers saved 125 days ago.
  • Stephen King on Writing and Wakeful Dreaming saved 122 days ago.
  • This is my exercise in shoveling out the blogpile…

    18 August 2014

    RULE NO. 47: SKIP THE SUPPLEMENTS…

    0600 by Jeff Hess

    Rule No. 47 – Be The Kind of Person Who Takes Supplements – Then Skip the Supplements.

    From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan

    Previously…

    Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

    18 August 2014

    MICHAEL BROWN SHOT SIX TIMES…

    0530 by Jeff Hess

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    Ferguson: Missouri national guard to be deployed.

    18 August 2014

    NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

    0500 by Jeff Hess

    TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE

    Today’s headlines include:

    Local News

    Grand finale: Thousands enjoy this year’s Waterford Fair
    Crash kills 2 in Williamstown
    Family history tour organized
    Preserving a brick sidewalk
    Americorps-Vista volunteer gains experience

    Top Headlines Poll: What was your favorite part of the Waterford fair?

    Great pictures of Marietta

    What’s going on here

    Previously

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