“Don’t know if it’s good or bad that a Google search on ‘Big Bang Theory’ lists the sitcom before the origin of the Universe.” — Neil de Grasse Tyson
TAKE A DEEP BREATH
Have you seen the site White People Mourning Romney yet?
An Image From White People Mourning Romney
The Loved One sent me the link last night and, to say the least, it takes my breath away. Couple that with conservative guru Richard Viguerie saying Mitt Romney lost because he didn’t hammer it home that Barack Obama is a “radical” who is out to destroy our holy land and you get the gist of the angst Tuesday’s election caused much of the nation.
I wrote on Facebook the other day, “Personal to Republicans like Karl Rove & Glenn Beck and everybody who thinks the nation is gonna collapse now that Obama’s been reelected: Get hold of yourselves, people!”
It does seem on first blush that many Republicans and Me Party-ists and Libertarians have become opera singers and drama queens about an event that occurs every four years.
While driving The Loved One to work this morning, I said something on the order of, These people are lunatics. She had a flash of equanimity, though, and pointed out that we’d be singing a very similar tune, only with different lyrics, had Romney won.
Then again, I thought of George W. Bush “winning” the 2000 election. I could have consoled myself by saying, “Well, it’s only four years, we’ll get ‘im next time.” The problem was Bush bollixed the Afghan War and then tricked the nation into the Iraq War. Whatever my worst fears were about Bush at the time of his “victory,” those misdeeds far exceeded them.
I don’t expect Obama to manufacture evidence to whip up war hysteria. The thing that petrifies the Right is his willingness to spend dough on social services.
Even if he bollixes that agenda big time — say he creates some useless, bloated federal authority overseeing the health care system — it still won’t come close to comparing with a couple of wars that have thus far cost hundreds of thousands of civilian and military lives.
So, on third thought, yeah, the people wailing and gnashing their teeth and predicting apocalypse — literally — over another four years of Obama are pretty much lunatics.
BILLIONS AND BILLIONS
Today is Carl Sagan‘s birthday.
Sagan was one of the coolest guys of the late 20th Century.
Carl Sagan And Johnny Carson
He popularized science to such a degree that he was a regular guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
By the way, Sagan’s signature line, “billions and billions”? He never said it. He revealed that tidbit in his book entitled — what else? — “Billions and Billions.”
Sagan’s early passing was a great loss, especially in this era of anti-intellectualism and distrust of science. On the other hand, we’re not totally adrift — the big boss at the Hayden Planetarium, Neil de Grasse Tyson, is a worthy successor. He only needs a signature line — that he never said.
Now the news comes that a half dozen Tibetans have set themselves on fire in recent days to dramatize their unhappiness with the Chinese, whose Communist Party has been convening in Beijing.
That makes a total of some 60 Tibetans who’ve lit themselves ablaze in the last two years.
Buddhist Nun Palden Choetso Immolates Herself Earlier This Year
Make no mistake, The Chinese are a bunch of bullies when it comes to Tibet. For that matter, they’re bullies in just about every issue, foreign and domestic, they address.
Is it my Western mindset that causes me to think it’d make more tactical sense to, I don’t know, set fire to the enemy rather than yourself?
Is suicide ever called for in a political dispute?
2000 LIGHT YEARS FROM HOME
The only events listings you need in Bloomington.
Friday, November 9th, 2012
LECTURE ◗ IU Maurer School of Law — “The Transnistria Conflict: Not Frozen,” Presented by Matt Rojansky, deputy director of the Russia and Eurasia program at the Carnegie Endowment; Noon
LECTURE ◗ IU Ballantine Hall — “Latin America and China: Primary Goods, Populism, and Political leverage,” Presented by Andrae Marak of Governors State University; 12:30pm
LECTURE ◗ IU SoFA — “Artists’ Books: When the Goblet Becomes the Wine,” Presnted by Bill and Vicky Stewart of Vamp & Tramp Booksellers; 4:30pm
ARTS & CRAFTS ◗ University Baptist Church — Bloomington Glass Guild Holiday Show; 5-9pm
MUSIC ◗ IU Auer Hall — Doctoral Recital: Joo Pak on piano; 5pm
ARTS & CRAFTS ◗ First United Church of Bloomington — 27th Annual Fiber Art Show & Sale; 5-9pm
MUSIC ◗ IU Musical Arts Center Recital Hall — Doctoral Recital: Mathew Cataldi on piano; 5pm
ARTS & CRAFTS ◗ St. Mark’s United Methodist Church — 15th Annual Bloomington Local Clay Holiday Show & Sale; 5-9pm
ART ◗ The Venue Fine Art & Gifts — Opening reception for the exhibit: Brian Gordy Watercolor Realism; 6pm
FILM ◗ IU Cinema — “Truly Filmic Underground Shorts,” Experimental film; 6:30pm
FILM ◗ IU Fine Arts Theater — Ryder Film Series: “Two Angry Moms“; 6:45pm
MUSIC ◗ IU Musical Arts Center Recital Hall — Student Recital: Christopher Arkin on trumpet; 7pm
BOOKS ◗ Boxcar Books — Poet Eugene Gloria reads from his book, “My Favorite Warlord“; 7pm
MUSIC ◗ IU Ford-Crawford Hall — Senior Recital: Felicia Wisniewski on harp; 7pm
MUSIC ◗ Muddy Boots Cafe, Nashville — Whipstitch Sallies; 7-9pm
FILM ◗ IU Woodburn Hall Theater — Ryder Film Series: “17 Girls“; 7:15pm
MUSIC ◗ IU Musical Arts Center, Courtyard — Pre-Concert Carillon Recital; 7:15pm
STAGE ◗ IU Halls Theatre — Drama, “Spring Awakening“; 7:30pm
STAGE ◗ Ivy Tech Waldron Center, in the Rose Firebay — Drama, “The Rimers of Eldritch,” Presented by Ivy Tech Student Productions; 7:30pm
STAGE ◗ Bloomington High School North — Comedy/drama, “Ondine“; 7:30pm
MUSIC ◗ Rachael’s Cafe — Fractures (ohio), Give & Take, My Sweet Fall, Another Untold Story; 7:30-10pm
STAGE ◗ IU Ivy Tech Waldron Center, Auditorium — Comedy, “Alfred Hitchcock’s 39 Steps“; 7:30pm
OPERA ◗ IU Musical Arts Center — “Cendrillon (Cinderella),” Presented by IU Opera Theater; 8pm
COMEDY ◗ The Comedy Attic — Greg Hahn; 8pm
MUSIC ◗ The Player’s Pub — Greg Foresman; 8pm
MUSIC ◗ IU Auer Hall — Guitar Class Solo Recital: Students of Ernesto Bitetti; 8pm
SPORTS ◗ IU Assembly Hall — Hoosier men’s basketball vs. Bryant University; 8pm
BENEFIT ◗ Rhino’s All Ages Music Club — Live music, silent auction, and various events, For the Thunderbirds Junior Roller Derby team; 8pm
FILM ◗ IU Fine Arts Theater — Ryder Film Series: “Keep the Lights On“; 8:15pm
MUSIC ◗ The Bishop — Yellow Ostrich, Strand of Oak; 8:30pm
MUSIC ◗ IU Ford-Crawford Hall — Senior Recital: Lauren Raby on flute; 8:30pm
FILM ◗ IU Woodburn Hall Theater — Ryder Film Series: “All Together“; 8:45pm
MUSIC ◗ The Bluebird — Hairbangers Ball; 9pm
FILM ◗ IU Cinema — “Holy Motors“; 9:30pm
MUSIC ◗ Max’s Place — Sacred Priest; 9:30pm
COMEDY ◗ The Comedy Attic — Greg Hahn; 10:30pm
MUSIC ◗ Max’s Place — Tuff Tones; 11pm
ART ◗ IU Art Museum — Exhibits:
- “Paragons of Filial Piety,” by Utagawa Kuniyoshi; through December 31st
- “Intimate Models: Photographs of Husbands, Wives, and Lovers,” by Julia Margaret, Cameron, Edward Weston, & Harry Callahan; through December 31st
- “French Printmaking in the Seventeenth Century;” through December 31st
- Celebration of Cuban Art & Film: Pop-art by Joe Tilson; through December 31st
- “Threads of Love: Baby Carriers from China’s Minority Nationalities“; through December 23rd
- “Workers of the World, Unite!” through December 31st
- “Embracing Nature,” by Barry Gealt; through December 23rd
- “Pioneers & Exiles: German Expressionism,” through December 23rd
ART ◗ Ivy Tech Waldron Center — Exhibits through December 1st:
- “Essentially Human,” By William Fillmore
- “Two Sides to Every Story,” By Barry Barnes
- “Horizons in Pencil and Wax,” By Carol Myers
ART ◗ IU SoFA Grunwald Gallery — Exhibits through November 16th:
- Buzz Spector: Off the Shelf
- Small Is Big
ART ◗ IU Kinsey Institute Gallery — Exhibits through December 20th:
- “A Place Aside: Artists and Their Partners“
- “Gender Expressions“
ART ◗ IU Mathers Museum of World Cultures — Exhibits:
- “¡Cuba Si! Posters from the Revolution: 1960s and 1970s”
- “From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web: The Origins of Everything”
- “Thoughts, Things, and Theories… What Is Culture?”
- “Picturing Archaeology”
- “Personal Accents: Accessories from Around the World”
- “Blended Harmonies: Music and Religion in Nepal”
- “The Day in Its Color: A Hoosier Photographer’s Journey through Mid-century America”
- “TOYing with Ideas”
- “Living Heritage: Performing Arts of Southeast Asia”
- “On a Wing and a Prayer”
BOOKS ◗ IU Lilly Library — Exhibits:
- “The War of 1812 in the Collections of the Lilly Library“; through December 15th
- “A World of Puzzles,” selections from the Slocum Puzzle Collection
ARTIFACTS ◗ Monroe County History Center — Exhibits:
- Doctors & Dentists: A Look into the Monroe County Medical Professions
- What Is Your Quilting Story?
- Garden Glamour: Floral Fashion Frenzy
- Bloomington Then & Now
- World War II Uniforms
- Limestone Industry in Monroe County