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American "progressives" are evidently far more eager to deny you your job and your unemployment benefits (!) if you won't take a vaccine than giving you a month's worth of paid leave like in a civilized country. Statism has failed workers. Let's end it, and embrace freedom.

Image is "Liberty Guiding the People" by Eugène Delacroix (1830).

Ah, an anti-war protest at UC Berkley...only this one's from 1940, not Vietnam. FDR was lucky Pearl Harbor erased all controversy; if he had gotten the US into WWII without that then socially it would have been like Vietnam 30 years early. Now that's a fascinating "what if?"!

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The 1960s in general seems to get the "this all dropped out of the sky" treatment for some reason; even the New Left, supposedly the 1960s' big rupture with the past, had basically already congealed and activated by the end of the 1930s.
carlsbad1819.wordpress.com/201

Image is Leighton's "Call to Arms".

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Social movements are often older than popular culture would have you believe. We're often told that all was well and traditional in the Catholic Church until 1962, but in fact the crisis of the 1930s was when the Church truly modernized.
aeon.co/ideas/how-the-crisis-o

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Women becoming autonomous and adopting more traditionally masculine lifestyles is hardly anything new; the "New Woman" movement was mainstream as early as the 1870s. Its cuter and more girlish side is where the famous "Gibson girl" came from.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Woma

Image is "The Reason Dinner Was Late" by Charles Dana Gibson (1912).

American "progressives" are evidently far more eager to deny you your job and your unemployment benefits (!) if you won't take a vaccine than giving you a month's worth of paid leave like in a civilized country. Statism has failed workers. Let's end it, and embrace freedom.

Image is "Liberty Guiding the People" by Eugène Delacroix (1830).

Why is college the only signal? Why hasn't deskilling killed credentialism already? And why don't we hire with an exam-and-lottery process?

Read more at my blog: adamasnemesis.com/2021/10/02/t

This post's featured image is "Room overlooking the harbor" by James Tissot (c. 1876-78).

This is my painting "Green dancers nebula", a region of space that looks like two pairs of legs, two bodies, and two arms joined together.

The girl in Frank Cadogan Cowper's "Vanity" has attractive features and knows it, having primped herself up, looking at the viewer as if to say "Ain't I beautiful?", showing how bewitchingly feminine vanity is.

Because there's no such thing as too much beautiful music, too much lovely concert pianists, or too much Anna Federova, here's her great performance of Scriabin's Sonata-Fantasy.

youtube.com/watch?v=lyqxFSUfD7

This is my painting "Girl on an alien prairie at night", a reworked nighttime version of a previous work. It came out well, maybe even better than the original!

Marcus Stone's "A Stolen Kiss" is a dynamic, romantic, beautiful, and above all colorful, vivid, and autumnal painting. As we leave the first month of fall behind take a moment to drink in that autumnal aesthetic!

Creative bohemian types often don't have that much money, so if housing costs in every cultural hub keep spiraling out of reach what is the future? A renaissance of capitalist art patrons? Or will hardscrabble artists turn to vehicles, in particular seagoing ships, instead?

Image is "Ships in a swell at sunset" by Ivan Aivazovsky.

Great recent piece in Palladium by Jason Parry on how Sci-Hub needing to exist is an indictment of our society; all science should be free and open-access. I'd add that peer review should be out in the open post-publication, not a pre-clearance system.
palladiummag.com/2021/09/24/a-

The Goblet of Fire's climax is about the only time Voldemort genuinely gripped me in the movies, and a big part of that was Patrick Doyle's sublime score. Truly music to resurrect a dark lord to, well worth a listen even if you don't like Harry Potter.
youtube.com/watch?v=D4S2nMgrdf

As an aside, I have to wonder if such an institute might help my image. After all, anybody who's anybody seems to get themselves one of these institutes or foundations even if it's practically a one-man show. Maybe it makes them seem more official or something? I don't know.

Image is "A Priestess" by John William Godward.

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A consulting firm that recruits the legions of underemployed smart lazy people through a straightforward exam-and-lottery hiring process is a fascinating idea. Maybe the Adamas Nemesis think tank will bring this to life someday. It could change everything!

Image is Frederick Arthur Bridgman's "Lawn Tennis Club".

This is my painting "Love letter hanging in trellis window at sunset, September 2021", perhaps my lushest and most romantic vision so far. I just adore it!

Herbert James Draper's "Ballerina" shows a lovely aesthetic for girls to emulate: feminine, delicate, soft romantic beauty, with every part of the little darling's body in poised elegance.

If we had nuclear pulse propulsion, e.g. Project Orion, we could easily send people out to Saturn's orbit to see the big comet in 2031; wouldn't even take a year to get there. Imagine mating a vessel like SpaceX Starship with the power of nuclear pulse... 😍

Image is an artist rendering of SpaceX ITS (a.k.a. Starship).

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