President Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency might put it on the endangered species list.
Moyers takes on President Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental
Protection Agency. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has a track
record of putting the business interests of the energy sector before the
environmental and health interests of the public. He has spent his
career fighting the rules and regulations of the agency he is now being
nominated to lead. His expected confirmation threatens to make America
great for polluters again.
“Ultimately, doesn’t it take, particularly in religion, a leap of faith? Kierkegaard’s leap of faith?
Yes, definitely. You’ll notice Luke uses that quite a bit through the films. Not to rely on his senses, not to rely on the computers, but to rely on faith. That is what ‘Use The Force’ is, a leap of faith.
That there are mysteries and powers larger than we are, and that you have to trust your feelings in order to access these things. (…)
I’m making intuitive decisions because I can see the picture in my head even though it’s foggy. And I know instantly whether this fits in there or doesn’t.”
are there any books similar to tsoa or even just books about ancient greece and mythology you would recommend?
yes!!! (sorry for the late response) I haven’t personally read any of these but I heard they’re pretty good. Also the descriptions are from Goodreads :)
The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault — Two young Athenians, Alexias and Lysis, compete in the palaestra, journey to the Olympic games, fight in the wars against Sparta, and study under Socrates.
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers — Campbell’s most impressive gift was his ability to take a contemporary situation, such as the murder & funeral of President John F. Kennedy, & help us understand its impact in the context of ancient mythology.
The Deep End of the Seaby Heather Lyons— Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea.
Helen of Sparta by Amalia Carosella — Long before she ran away with Paris to Troy, Helen of Sparta was haunted by nightmares of a burning city under siege. These dreams foretold impending war—a war that only Helen has the power to avert.
President Lyndon B. Johnson Uncredited and Undated Photograph
I really never thought I’d be posting LBJ, but the following words of his are way too appropriate at this current moment of ugliness and catastrophe to not spread them around:
“If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” Lyndon B. Johnson, to his then assistant Bill Moyers.
I’m going to get Kennedy’s tax cut out of the Senate Finance Committee, and we’re going to get this economy humming again. Then I’m going to pass Kennedy’s civil rights bill, which has been hung up too long in the Congress. And I’m going to pass it without changing a single comma or a word. After that we’ll pass legislation that allows everyone in this country to vote, with all the barriers down. And that’s not all. We’re going to get a law that says every boy and girl in this country, no matter how poor, or the color of their skin, or the region they come from, is going to be able to get all the education they can take by loan, scholarship, or grant, right from the federal government. And I aim to pass Harry Truman’s medical insurance bill that got nowhere before.
Lyndon B. Johnson, to aides Jack Valenti, Bill Moyers, and Cliff Carter, as they sat with him in his bedroom before he went to sleep at 4:00 AM on November 23, 1963 – just hours after being sworn in as President following John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
And also honestly fuck the idea of remaking Fight Club with female leads. That story is about men and for men.
To quote Chuck Palahniuk: “I’d seen a Bill Moyer television program about how street gangs were really young men raised without fathers, just trying to help one another become men. At the same time, the bookstores were filled full of books like The Joy Luck Club and The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and How to Make an American Quilt. These were all novels that presented a social model for women to be together. To sit together and tell their stories. To share their lives. But there was no novel that presented a new social model for men to share their lives.”
And also, “In Berkeley, a radio interviewer asked me: ‘having written this book, what can you tell us about the status of the American woman in the world today?”
He left it at that, because the book tells nothing about the status of American women, because it’s NOT ABOUT THEM. These girls begging for female remakes need to accept the fact that they are not the target audience for every piece of media, and that you can enjoy something even if the main characters are not of your same sex.
The Cave Paintings at Lascaux. Joseph Campbell, in an interview with Bill Moyers, called them Temple Caves. Excerpt:
Campbell: A temple is the landscape of the soul. When you walk into a cathedral, you move into a world of spiritual images…Now in a cathedral, the imagery is in anthropomorphic form…And in the caves, the images are in animal form. But it’s the same thing, believe me. The form is secondary. The message is what is important.
Moyers: And the message of the caves?
Campbell: The message of the caves is of a relationship of time to eternal powers that is somehow to be experienced in that space.
Too Big To Fail Banks Get Bigger – Fundamental Financial problems Worse Than 2008
David Stockman (former Reagan budget director), in an interview with Bill Moyers
No. I think we’ve learned no lessons. We really have not restructured our financial system. The big banks that existed then that were too big to fail (under Reagan & Bush) are even bigger now (under Obama). The top six banks then had seven trillion of assets, now they have nine or ten trillion.
Stockman pins this same “bailout behaviour” to every president starting with Reagan/Bush through Obama.
Bill: I had a professor in seminary who believed that African Americans saved Christianity in America because it would have died under the weight of slavery had they not held on through the long ordeal in their belief in the God who their oppressors were saying condoned their enslavement. That’s a belief in renewal.
Sam: Yes. The black folk read the Bible over the white people’s shoulders. They saw the Bible itself, and not the way these people were acting out. They read through that Bible and they heard enough to let them know that they could identify with all these stories. So black people identified themselves with Daniel in the lion’s den, the Hebrew boys in the furnace, the Israelites coming out of the flood.
They saw the Bible in the contrast of their own experience, and they kept it alive. It is as though they ignored this other. They used to sing, “Some people talkin ‘bout heaven ain’t goin there.” They took the whole Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible saga, and made it their own story.
Bill: Why didn’t they blame God for their fate?
Sam: Because they believe people were free.
Bill: God made people who were free to hold other people as slaves?
Sam: That’s how much freedom you’ve got. You are free enough to wipe out a whole population. In some of these countries where people are starving, and the rich have all the money, rich people are free to hold the money and see their blood starve to death. That’s how free people are
Bill: What kind of God creates that freedom?
Sam: God made people free. God did not make us robots or puppets. We’re free. I’m so burdened with my freedom that I’m free to love people who hate me. And automatically, I know how to hate them back.
Bill: Is this how the Jews felt in the Holocaust when…
Sam: Some did, some survived. What it means to be a person of faith is sometimes you have to live with the questions, even as you believe in God and God’s goodness and power and omniscience-and hold these things side by side.
When all is said and done, this race for the White House may cost more than two billion dollars. What’s getting trampled into dust are the voices of people who aren’t rich, not to mention what’s left of our democracy…
These gargantuan super PAC contributions are not an end in themselves. They are the means to gain control of government – and the nation state – for a reason. The French writer and economist Frederic Bastiat said it plainly: “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” That’s what the Super PACs are bidding on. For the rest of us, the ship may already have sailed.