Nov 152018
 November 15, 2018  Posted by at 3:31 pm Primers Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,  
Quantum, Jazz and Dada – 3

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Max Ernst Ubu Imperator 1923     Ilargi: This is part 3 of Alexander Aston’s view of how upheaval and collapse can lead to new insights, new bursts of creativity, in science, religion, society and the arts. Part 1 of Quantum, Jazz and Dada can be found here, part 2 is here. Here’s Alexander:     Quantum, Jazz and Dada: The Dynamic Symmetry of Destruction and Creativity   Human Development   “Every breath is a sacrament, an affirmation of

Nov 122018
 November 12, 2018  Posted by at 8:26 pm Primers Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,  
Nationalists and Patriots

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Ivan Kramskoy Christ in the desert 1920   If and when a former Rothschild banker starts telling us what the words in our respective languages actually mean, beware. Even if he has dozens of professional speech writers and spin doctors to do it for him. And even if the meaning and interpretation of words, though they may seem easily translatable, differ between English, French, German, Russian, Chinese to such an extent that Lost in Translation may appear to be

Nov 092018
 November 9, 2018  Posted by at 3:41 pm Primers Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,  
Quantum, Jazz and Dada - 1

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Marcel Duchamp Nude descending a staircase 1912     Ilargi: Much to my surprise, I received a mail from an old friend. Alexander Aston last wrote for the Automatic Earth in 2014. But he hasn’t been idle. Alexander is presently finishing his doctorate in archeology at Oxford, after prior degrees in philosophy and history. And for this article, he’s been thinking about how upheaval and collapse tend to lead to new insights, new bursts of creativity, in science, religion,

Nov 062018
 November 6, 2018  Posted by at 2:06 pm Primers Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,  
Trump vs the Midterms

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Elio Ciol Via Portica, Assisi 1958   Pollsters were so wrong in 2016 you’d think they would have changed jobs by now. Yeah, sure. We remember the 97% prediction for a Hillary win, right? And the 92% from the New York Times? Happy days. Now we have the same suspects plying their usual trade again. As if nothing has changed. And that’s a bit of an issue. It would be beneficial if pollsters asked themselves why they got 2016

Oct 292018
 October 29, 2018  Posted by at 5:11 pm Primers Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,  
Trump Is America's National Piñata

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Mestre da Família Artés The Last Judgment and the Mass of Saint Gregory 1500-1520   It’s been quite a while since I first wrote that I resented the MSM (New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC etc etc) for effectively monopolizing the entire discussion about Donald Trump. Don’t remember exactly when I wrote that, do remember Jim Kunstler sent a mail and thanked me for saying it. Because he felt- and feels- the same way. The 24/7 daily Trump

Oct 192018
 October 19, 2018  Posted by at 1:04 pm Primers Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , ,  
Bubbles, Balloons, Needles and Pins

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail M. C. Escher Meeting (Encounter) 1940   It’s no surprise that China has its own plunge protection team -but why were they so late?-, nor that Beijing blames its problems on Trump’s tariffs. GDP growth was disappointing at 6.5%, but who’s ever believed those almost always dead on numbers? It would be way more interesting to know what part of that growth has been based on debt and leverage. But that we don’t get to see. So we turn

Oct 092018
 October 9, 2018  Posted by at 1:03 pm Primers Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,  
A Climate Fit For a Groundhog

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Pieter Bruegel the Elder Two monkeys 1562   And there we go again. Another IPCC report, and they all keep getting more alarming than the previous one. And then nothing substantial happens. Until the next report is issued and makes everybody’s headlines for a day, or two. Rinse, spin and repeat. “Now we really have to do something!”. “World leaders have a moral obligation to act!”. Oh boy. To start with that last bit, world leaders don’t act because

Oct 012018
 October 1, 2018  Posted by at 1:16 pm Primers Tagged with: , , , , , , ,  
Trump Sells Better Than Sex

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail John French Sloan Election night 1907 1907   Remember Stormy Daniels? Bet you do. And lucky you, you’ll be hearing and seeing a lot more about her -again- as her already classic tome “Full Disclosure” is due out tomorrow -wouldn’t Full Frontal have been a better title?-. Poor Stormy though has to compete with 2 other anti-Trump books coming out om the same day, “The Fifth Risk” by Michael Lewis, which could actually be good, and “The Apprentice” by

Sep 252018
 September 25, 2018  Posted by at 12:55 pm Primers Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  
America's Looming Abyss

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Salvador Dali Galatea of the Spheres 1952   Axios reporter Jonathan Swan “broke” the story yesterday morning that Rod Rosenstein was going to resign before he would be fired, and he was on his way to the White House for that. Just about every would-be journalist in the US followed suit with speculation and ‘updates’ by anonymous sources either close to the White House or to Rosenstein. Through the day it became clear that Swan’s entire story was pure

Aug 092018
The Forrest Gump of All Future Democrat Losses

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail René Magritte The evening gown 1954   Julian Assange has received an letter from the US Senate asking him to testify in front of them. What to make of that is not entirely clear. Far as I know, Assange offered such testimony multiple times, under the ‘right standards’. The Senate ostensibly wants this to take place behind closed doors, and it’s hard to see how that would fit Assange’s standards. But who knows? What struck me was that the