An Illustrated Field Guide to Mythic Monsters, from Gremlins to Zombies to the Krakenby Maria Popova
A vibrant dance across the global spectrum of the popular imagination.
“Legendary lands … have only one characteristic in common: whether they depend on ancient legends whose origins are lost in the mists of time or whether they are an effect of a modern invention, they have created flows of belief,” Umberto Eco wrote in his illustrated meditation on imaginary places. But as much as fictional lands might hold enduring allure, what captivates our shared imagination even more are the fictional and mythic creatures of our cultural folklore, both ancient and modern. That’s precisely what writer Davide Cali and illustrator Gabriela Giandelli explore in Monsters and Legends (public library) — a vibrant and whimsical volume from independent British children’s book press Flying Eye Books, which also gave us the illustrated chronicle of Shackleton’s historic expedition. From mermaids and unicorns to Cyclops and giant squid to vampires and zombies, Giandelli’s breathtaking illustrations and Cali’s illuminating stories about the origin of each mythic creature bring to life the beings that haunt our collective conscience, as well as those we secretly fear — or hope — exist in some mystical corner of what we concede is reality.
Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. 10 years sooner and millions of lives would have been much much improved
Originally posted on Iconic Photos:
The year 1976 was not a happy year for Communist China. It began in January with the death of Premier Zhou Enlai, the urbane party grandee who held back the worst excesses of the Cultural Revolution. A few months later, in July, a severe earthquake hit the industrial city of Tangshan, killing 250,000 people, according to government estimates (the real figure was probably much higher).
That the year was the Dragon Year — a watershed moment according to the Chinese astrology — could not have been far from anyone’s mind, let alone that of the old man succumbing to Lou Gehrig’s disease behind the walls of the Forbidden City. Chairman Mao was 81 and he had been the leader of the Chinese Communist Party since 1943; now he had been reduced by his ailment to communicating by means of cryptic scrawls on notepads. (The only person who could decipher them was his nurse).
Originally posted on Poesy plus Polemics:
stream of consciousness
battles unfold in grammarian wars
pitting syntax and colloquy
czars chuffed and vying for reign
words pour forth in waves
toward the mouths
of great critical guns
cannon fodder they fall
wounded lexicons bleeding
from usage disaffected
emotional concepts that fail
their appeal to assassins who
operate rules of engagement
that favor concealment
cold critics the snipers
correctly political fitted with
tunnel-trained cultural gunsights
to pick off brave soldiers
devoted to oaths
of aggressive linguistics
the audible structures of honesty
take their formations
defending the rule-bending
free verse expression of life
of its living and dying
the bayonet nibs of their rifles
keep coming sworn never
to take up retreat
from bohemian charge
at conventional hearts with
their orthodox staid sensibilities
freedom is all
and it’s worth fighting wars
to the death
for in death it subsumes and
outlasts all the ink ever written
on militant paradigm pages
the free words of free men
explode upon history
all that it needs to
glory attending our fearless
brief combat to win
occupation of minds
Originally posted on Sourcerer:
I’ve been writing my little heart out for most of the last week, and I don’t have anything for today, but we’ll be up to our usual tricks here this week, possibly with an award nomination or two thrown in. I’m also in charge of the Monster until Friday. Diana has a couple of things loaded for later in the week, but she left me plenty of space to play with over there while she’s gone.
Originally posted on Juju Films:
On Lagos Island is the Lagos Lagoon a large protected harbour on the coast of West Africa. The island was home to the Yoruba fishing village of Eko, which grew into the modern city of Lagos. The city has now spread out to cover the neighbouring islands as well as the adjoining mainland.
Historically, Lagos Island “Isale eko” was home to the Brazilian Quarter of Lagos where the majority of the slave trade returnees from Brazil settled. Many families lived on Broad Street in the Marina. JujuFilms.tv
My mouth is watering.,
Originally posted on Pressed Words:
We got into Paris late on Friday night. We took the Thalys train down from Amsterdam. If you’re traveling to Paris from Amsterdam, the Thalys is the way to go. You don’t have to fuss with security or passports, and the ride is smooth and relaxing. The Thalys train travels at about 200mph, so it’s just over three hours from Amsterdam to Paris. If you book in advance, you can usually get a round trip for less than €100. Taking the train is cheaper than flying, and you don’t have to worry about arriving at the airport two hours early to clear security, queue up, packing light, etc. To pass time on the train we drank beer and played on B’s iPad, and we arrived at Gare du Nord like clockwork three hours later.
After an uneventful cab ride we came to our flat. We stayed in the 16th which is a lovely neighborhood, adorned with beautiful 19th century buildings, large avenues, and some stunning views of the Eiffel Tower. The staircase in our apartment was my favorite (left) but we didn’t dwell in the building for too long. We literally dropped our bags, had a quick wardrobe change, and then popped downstairs to catch another cab.
Funny story – when we walked downstairs, we headed to the street and threw our hands in the air wildly, in attempt to hail a cab (you have to remember, we’re Amsterdam biking natives). After a minute or two of looking silly (and at least four available taxis passing us by), a cab driver finally pulled over – only to point out that there was a taxi stand RIGHT next to us. Embarrassing! We had a blushing stroll to said taxi stand . . . .
There are probably a handful of books out there that have changed the way you see everything — fiction and non-fiction. Some of them you read in high school or earlier, and others you discovered or rediscovered in your adult life. I went to AskReddit to learn what books have changed people’s lives. Consider this your Spring reading list.
Mar. 4, 2014By Madison Moore info
Thinking Fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman
Flowers for Algernon absolutely hit me hard.
It really made me think about intelligence and knowledge as a blessing and a curse. The whole “ignorance is bliss” versus “once you see, you cannot un-see” concept really made me think about knowledge in a whole new light.
Also, it completely twisted my brain with the internal debate of whether romance is based more on personality match or intelligence match.
The Psychopath Test. The most intriguing part is a true story of a man who fakes insanity to get off on an assault charge, but spends many years (even after he would have been out of prison), locked up in a mental health facility.
He keeps trying to tell them that he’s not insane, but no one believes him. He acts passive and calm, and they say that he can’t be sane because he is thriving in the mental hospital and a normal man would be angry.
So he acts angry and tries to prove he doesn’t belong there, and they say his psychosis is progressing.
….How do you prove you’re sane?
If you give a mouse a cookie Basically taught me appeasement before first grade.
100 years of solitude. It gave me Goosebumps.
Maybe also, Love in the Time of Cholera. Epic.
“A brief history of time” time dilation made me put the book down and consider it for a week until my peasant brain accepted/understood it.
Any Kinds of Picture Matic Modification Racing Looks and Drag Look Concept
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Enough with the alteration of skinny legs n cingkrang impression besutan typical motor directly karapan already gained. Any kinds of picture modification racing looks and drag look concept thaiand’s.
Well, there’s good info for mothai lovers, here there are inspiring new items to complement besutan MODIF cool. Look at the manufacturer matic view circulating in countries such as Thailand or Honda. Yamaha Mio Z Icon striping has appeared with more diverse, rich n rich color graphics.
So, we are not forbidden jadi’in new inspiration. But the problem for typical striping dapetin mothai little variety store that is able to provide a choice of colors and styles are limited.
So, the duo matic from the town of Batu Malang have an idea make own distinctive striping memanfaatin Mothai with Digital Printing Stickers are often used in besutan Motocross. U’un creator of Cutting Stickers Bumiaji Batu village.
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Hi there, my name is Ryan Gruss and I’m a young entrepreneur out to change the world. I’m currently working with my dad, brother and a team of others on Showzee, a beautiful new platform for people to showcase their talents & interests and connect with likeminded people. Showzee will be launching into a beta phase early next year!
Our goal with Showzee is to inspire people to show the world what they can do. For me, being inspired is what helps us to feel empowered and to be creative with our ideas.
This blog is a collection of my inspirations & ideas from across the globe – including technology, food, travel, culture, history and current affairs among other things.
If you’d like to get in touch, send over an email to email@example.com
Thanks for reading my blog, I hope it inspires you to explore something new!!
The last few weeks have been very hectic for me, so it’s great that I’ve finally had the chance to write a new blog post.
As many of you would have seen, I’ve previously done 2 posts showcasing some of the San Pellegrino Best Restaurants in the World.
For this post, I’m sharing 10 more restaurants with you, which have a different kind of uniqueness:
#1 - Modern Toilet Restaurant, Taiwan
Whilst the mere thought of eating a toilet-themed menu off a table made from a bathtub would put many of us off, the Modern Toilet Restaurant in Taiwan is a big hit with tourists & locals alike.
#2 – Disaster Café, Spain
What could be better than enjoying a 3 course Spanish meal in the beautiful seaside town of Lloret De Mar? Enjoying your meal whilst experiencing a 7.8 magnitude earthquake! That’s what diners at the Disaster Café undergo as their meal (& nerves) are tested under the force of the restaurant’s quakes.
#3 – Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
Created as part of the Hilton Maldives Resort, the Ithaa Restaurant is the first restaurant of its kind. Sitting almost 5m below sea level, the restaurant offers up to 14 diners a 270 degree panoramic experience with views of the clear waters and abundant coral reef around them.
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I’ve been really flattered to see such praise for the poems I’ve posted recently. It’s great to see such a positive reaction to some of my musings!
As they seem to be popular with everyone, let me share another of my personal poems. This was written a couple of years back for my dad.
Take a look below and I hope you enjoy!
He took the strength of an earthquake,
The splendour of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a gentle sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The knowledge of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then he combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew his masterpiece was complete,
He called it … Dad
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Empowering women to look stunning & feel resilient through inspirational quotes & stories.
Be You Jewels was started in 2013 by G’Mesha Blake. G’Mesha is a devout Christian mother and wife who hails from McClellanville, SC, a small town on the outskirts of Charleston, SC. G’Mesha currently resides in High Point, NC. with her husband and daughter.
G’Mesha obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2009. She also became a member of the Gamma Chi Chapter of the Illustrious Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., at Claflin University, on March 30, 2007.
After starting her career with a higher education institution in 2010, G’Mesha returned to school to receive a Masters of Business Administration which she obtained from the University of Phoenix in 2012.
G’Mesha has always loved bargain shopping for clothes, shoes, and accessories which is why she has priced all items in the store $15 or less. G’Mesha has also always been an “open book” and had a passion for uplifting and encouraging other women to love and embrace their authentic selves, flaws and all, so they can live freely while striving to be better in all aspects of life.
As a result, G’Mesha took a leap of faith and started Be YOU Jewels to empower women to look stunning and feel resilient through inspirational quotes and stylish jewelry and accessories!
Hello JEWEL! I hope you had a great weekend and start to this new week that will bring you brand new opportunites!
Today my post is inspired by a personal business failure. Several months ago I decided to be long eyed and took on a little more than I could chew. I tried having an online presence on all social media sites, a blog, email subscription and everything else a registered, start-up small business must do. And, boy did I fail horribly!!
However, when you’re an opportunist like myself failure is not final. Failure, instead, is an opportunity to rebuild and restart. Not with the same mindset, not feeling defeated, not replaying the failure but with purpose and vengeance!!!
If you’re smart and serious about being the best, you’d also have done your research & gained some knowledge about how to turn your failure into a success story!
Today, by the grace of God, I’m proud to say that I have, and I’m a living witness that FAILURE IS NOT FINAL!
I encourage you to push through the hurt, fight through the feeling of defeat. Failure is not final! Success is waiting for you!
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Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all other things will be added unto you (Matthew 6:33)
If you don’t want to stay stagnant and want more than a mediocre life then you’re always looking for “the next best thing to do.” Your mind hardly ever settles and you’re always thinking about the next level and what it’s going to take to get there. If that means sleepless nights, so be it. If that means sacrificing no days off, bring it on. We’re willing to do whatever it takes because we want it. Constantly thinking “if I get one more…” And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, BUT….
Don’t let your want for more THINGS make you forget about your need for the maker of ALL things! He knows and promised to supply all our needs according to His riches and glory in Heaven (Philippians 4:19), which is limitless, so don’t think for one second He doesn’t know or can’t do anything about your situation! You are not in it alone! What is impossible for man is possible with Christ (Philippians 4:13).
When there’s a shortage, you don’t need more RESOURCES (money, people, attention, followers, etc). Go to the SOURCE of ALL things (the One who blesses you with the resources). See the NEED for more of Him, and an abundance of everything you need will be added unto you! (Jeremiah 29:12)
Stay BEYOUtiful JEWELS!!
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Musical theater, performer, composer, writer, lover, freedom, arts, spirituality, light, sensuality, dance, music, messenger, making love for hours, dreamer, peace, truth seeker, believer, mermaid, love goddess, enlightenment, talking till dawn, giver, forgiveness, compassion, understanding, jogging in the rain, laying on the grass, swimming naked in the beach , baking, starring at the stars, laughing till you cry, nature, acceptance, letting go, God, purpose, evolution and love, love, love. Love everything and everyone one for we are all one.
They say a realist is a frustrated romantic. Maybe, that’s true.
I am a romantic; A hopeless one.
I believe falling in love turns a gray sky blue.
It makes music lively, visuals vibrant, food richer, smells intoxicating.
Infatuation is a mind-altering state.
It enhances your senses, your mood, and your life.
Falling in love brings you to life.
Love is the only medicine for a broken heart. It’s the only emotion that can conquer hate. It has the power to transform you, change you and make you grow faster and more effective than anything else.
But what happens when you fall in love, you build your world around someone, you make them you’re everything and then they leave you? Then, you’re left with nothing, right?
Then, it’s the opposite effect. Your blue sky is gray. Music is noise, visuals are dull, food is bland and smells are pungent. The heart ache breaks you down. It’s like an anchor pulling you down.
It sucks the life right out of you.
Is it worth it? Laying your heart on the line; is it worth the risk?
If your happiness rests on someone they have the power to take it away. They have the ability to destroy your happiness.
I just won’t give anyone that power anymore.
But as I write the words, I know before I even complete the sentence that it’s not true.
I will love again, I will break again and then love again.
That’s what hopeless romantics do.
I am the enthused editor of the lifestyle, culture and interiors magazine The Home Style Directory. My passions are animals, blogging, stylish and beautiful living, simple living, feisty momma’s, b.s free poppa’s, inspirational people, entrepreneurs and creatives.I guess this blog will be a smorgasbord of all those things. I was enlightened about the sexiness of wordpress.com by Michael a fellow staff member. So now I come to conquer!!…Or indeed play conkers whichever is most viable.
There must be a God because I never thought I would see the day that I applaud someone taking a religious stance. Artist Natalie Grant and her husband having been fed an eyeful of bare wobbly asses and a menu of gyrating and twerking from artists such as Beyonce and some witchery demon-y stuff from Katie Perry (I didn’t see it myself), opted to vacate the premises.
Whilst I can’t comment on a show that I didn’t watch, I like the dames class. She left and it seems did not make a ballyhoo about it. The sexual, sexist occulty flavour of the music biz was not her shizz but she pointed no fingers in her explanation of her leaving. I like folks with strength of conviction and as a musician it would be great if the music biz was mostly about music.
I hope you are wondering how on earth it is possible for money to kill my parrot. If you can’t come up with a feasible scenario you would be right. Without a human being’s clumsy interjection, money cannot kill my parrot because it is an inanimate object. This was in fact a big fat lie! And the moral of my flimsy story is that people shouldn’t make up mean stories about money because they wouldn’t like it if it were done to them!
Our Relationship With Money
In this post I want to you to look at your relationship with money to assess whether it could be holding you back from attracting enough to have it stuffed into drawers and hanging out of biscuit tins in your house.
I have touched on this in various comments. I mentioned the old conviction that ‘money is evil,’ as some would have you believe. The actual saying is ‘the love of money is the root of all evil’. Which still isn’t even true. But whatever IS the route, it is MAN who commits ALL crime and to blame money is just making excuses for the lack of it and passing responsibility for our own very human failures.
The way I wax lyrically about money is the same way I wax lyrically about anything of interest. Money is not the source of my life, my well being, my happiness, my fun or my goals. It has always been a rather nice consequence of what I choose to do with my life and the more the merrier. I wouldn’t limit it’s presence any more than I would limit the amount of smiles I receive daily to a set figure. That would seem so random and absurd and yet I hear people state how much would be just enough for them all the time. But why the limit? If they were offered more would they then burn it?
They don’t do that with say hair cuts, friends, pens, TV watching i.e, ‘In my life I only need watch 55,000 hours of TV and I’ll be happy’…so why pick on money?
Why the awkward relationship with money?
[Terry: A Major Story, largely untold: Journalists are affected, sometimes catastrophically, by the stories they cover. Sean, who is an old friend, headlined this as 'my mea culpa" on Facebook. That means his "guilty secret.' This is about being human and there isn't any need to feel guilty about it.]
My struggle with panic attacks
By Sean Callebs
updated 10:52 AM EST, Thu March 6, 2014
Sean Callebs is a correspondent for CCTV. He worked for more than 20 years at CNN.
(CNN) — I have suffered from debilitating panic attacks since 1986.
They were brought on by what happened on January 10, when I was a young reporter at WIS-TV in Columbia, South Carolina, and witnessed the electric chair execution of a convicted killer.
I volunteered for the assignment. It was an important case. James Terry Roach was 17 when he committed the crime — borderline mentally disabled, with a degenerative brain disorder. Authorities had every reason to commute his sentence. Former President Jimmy Carter and Mother Teresa sent in pleas on his behalf — but to no avail.
On the morning of the 10th, Roach was strapped into the electric chair and the switch thrown. His body slammed into the back of the chair and instantly tensed up. For one solid minute, electricity coursed through his body.
Executioners paused for one minute, then once again threw the switch. For 60 more seconds his body absorbed electricity. A short time later, he was pronounced dead.
A lot of reporters probably could have distanced themselves emotionally and moved on. But something happened to me in those few minutes. Afterward, I was anxious, couldn’t sleep, and found myself reliving the execution over and over in my mind.
I came back to work after a couple of days off. The assignment desk had planned to take it easy on me, but as luck would have it, there was some kind of fatal accident, and I was sent on the story. A large garbage truck was picking up a dumpster and accidentally made contact with power lines. So, my first story back was another electrocution. Heading back to the station I had my first panic attack.Your heart is racing, you begin to hyperventilate, every nerve in your body is exploding — it seems you’re about to die.
People have told me, “I get panic-stricken, and nervous too. It happens.”
But getting nervous is not a panic attack. An attack makes you feel as if your world is ending. Your heart is racing, you begin to hyperventilate, every nerve in your body is exploding — it seems you’re about to die, and you have an overwhelming sense of doom.
Published? Don’t get the big head about it.
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A cautionary tale by Ron Argo
In the beginning of my writing career I’ll admit to overplaying the right to call myself an “author”—as in no longer just a “writer.” In 1987, when my agent sold my first ms. to Simon & Schuster for a “nice price” and then put together an auction for the paperback and also selling it to Japan, I rather sat back on my laurels, thinking, “Oh yeah, I’m on my way.”Things had looked promising from the start. A few years earlier I had mass-mailed 85 queries to mostly NY agencies, and a full 15 responded with offers to represent me/the novel. Granted it was an enticing query, and granted as well in the mid-’80s, some editors still nurtured their writers, as mine would do over the next two years. Agents knew that so they were also patronizing and nurturing to new, promising clients. I was on a roll.Didn’t have to worry about those pesky details of printing, editing, etc., either, like we have to do now to e-publish a saleable book. S&S had a gaggle of Radcliffe/Vassar girls for that. All I had to do was merely approve or not. (Mind you I did put in a dozen years writing that first book, adding, deleting as if slicing off chunks of my heart, this over and over and over…) Seemed like I got important next-day FedEx envelopes a couple times a week. And they did a job on the book itself—Tom Clancy-large and thick with art inside, beautiful font, sewn bound and printed on cream paper. Tops. Soon the pre-reviews began to roll in, not one negative and several starred. Talk about the proverbial sliver spoon. It was mine.I had this nonchalant attitude and naive concept that the big house would take care of publicity with the promised $10k advertising budget—well, certainly you’ll understand how I let myself get the big head.But then, with no notice, the curtain fell and it fell hard. Everything died; the paper auction, no review appeared in the NYTimes or any other major and my editor and agent both grew silent. What happened? I begged to learn. “Your book got lost in the abyss,” was Publicity’s response. “Sorry, s— happens.” That promised advertising was hijacked, most likely for some other promising writer’s novel. My editor, who had first option on the next “great” novel, a few years later rejected the next one, calling it a monstrosity, or such, when the real reason had been that I was now a dreaded “midlister” so they didn’t want to gamble on me again.My NY agent dropped me too.
Read the rest at The Thrill Begins: Published? Don’t get the big head about it..
Obama knew CIA secretly monitored intelligence committee, senator claims | World news | The Guardian
White House declines to comment after Mark Udall says agency spied on staffers preparing scathing report into CIA torture after 9/11
Spencer Ackerman in Washington
A leading US senator has said that President Obama knew of an “unprecedented action” taken by the CIA against the Senate intelligence committee, which has apparently prompted an inspector general’s inquiry at Langley.
The subtle reference in a Tuesday letter from Senator Mark Udall to Obama, seeking to enlist the president’s help in declassifying a 6,300-page inquiry by the committee into torture carried out by CIA interrogators after 9/11, threatens to plunge the White House into a battle between the agency and its Senate overseers.
McClatchy and the New York Times reported Wednesday that the CIA had secretly monitored computers used by committee staffers preparing the inquiry report, which is said to be scathing not only about the brutality and ineffectiveness of the agency’s interrogation techniques but deception by the CIA to Congress and policymakers about it. The CIA sharply disputes the committee’s findings.
Udall, a Colorado Democrat and one of the CIA’s leading pursuers on the committee, appeared to reference that surreptitious spying on Congress, which Udall said undermined democratic principles.
“As you are aware, the CIA has recently taken unprecedented action against the committee in relation to the internal CIA review and I find these actions to be incredibly troubling for the Committee’s oversight powers and for our democracy,” Udall wrote to Obama on Tuesday.
Independent observers were unaware of a precedent for the CIA spying on the congressional committees established in the 1970s to check abuses by the intelligence agencies.
“In the worst case, it would be a subversion of independent oversight, and a violation of separation of powers,” said Steven Aftergood, an intelligence analyst at the Federation of American Scientists. “It’s potentially very serious.”
The White House declined to comment, but National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said Obama supported making the major findings of the torture report public.
“For some time, the White House has made clear to the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that a summary of the findings and conclusions of the final report should be declassified, with any appropriate redactions necessary to protect national security,” Hayden said.
McClatchy reported that the CIA inspector general has made a criminal referral to the Justice Department, a threshold procedure for opening a criminal investigation.
Neither the CIA nor the Justice Department would comment for this story.
In 2012, the Justice Department closed an inquiry into prosecuting low-level CIA practitioners of torture without bringing any charges. But the prospect of the agency spying on its Senate overseers who prepared their own inquiry potentially places the agency right back into the legal morass it has labored for years to avoid.
In February, the CIA confirmed to the Guardian that it is subject to the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which makes it a crime to access government computer networks without authorization. The issue arose after Udall’s partner on the committee, Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden, asked CIA Director John Brennan at a January hearing, without elaboration, if the statute applied.
Overshadowed by the CIA inspector general’s inquiry is the future of the report itself.
The committee is pushing for a declassification that the Justice Department, in a letter responding to a lawsuit by journalist Jason Leopold, said is a decision that rests with the committee itself.
But the president of the United States possesses wide latitude to order the report released, as the White House says it supports. “The classification system is based on executive order, not on statute, and the president has absolute authority to declassify executive branch records at will,” said Aftergood.
“In this case, he could order declassification of the Senate intelligence committee report today.”
Senator Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat and ex officio member of the intelligence committee, said the alleged monitoring was potentially “extremely serious.”
“If, as alleged in the media, CIA accessed without permission or authority a computer network dedicated for use by a Senate committee, it would be an extremely serious matter. Such activity, if it occurred as alleged, would impede Congress’ ability to carry out its constitutional oversight responsibilities and could violate federal law,” Levin said in a statement on Wednesday.
ROOSE: So this was a secret society of Wall Street executives that was 80 years old. It was founded in 1929. And it’s a society that consists of many of the people who run the global economy, who manage billions of dollars in money at hedge funds, private equity firms, and big banks.
[Terry: this is clearly the work of an insane person--except HE ISN'T. He was a reporter for the New York Times, and New York Magazine, and writing a book. THIS SHIT IS TRUE]
JAISAL NOOR, TRNN PRODUCER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Jaisal Noor in Baltimore.By now many of you’ve heard the story of the journalist and writer Kevin Roose. He crashed an exclusive Wall Street fraternity initiation night. We’re showing some of the photos of the party atmosphere–we’ll show them in a second–inductees in drag and performing skits. Some of those attending were the CEO of AIG, founder of Home Depot, and former mayor of New York and billionaire Michael Bloomberg.We’re now joined by Kevin Roose. He’s a writer for New York magazine. His most recent book is titled Young Money.Thank you so much for joining us.
KEVIN ROOSE, AUTHOR, YOUNG MONEY: Thanks for having me.
NOOR: So, Kevin, we wanted you to have a chance to kind of tell some of these stories of what you saw and what transpired in this party, this Wall Street party you snuck into. And we’re going to show some of the names of the people who attended this party and are part of this Wall Street fraternity, Kappa Beta Phi, and specifically the chair, billionaire Wilbur Ross. Go ahead and get right into it.
ROOSE: So this was a secret society of Wall Street executives that was 80 years old. It was founded in 1929. And it’s a society that consists of many of the people who run the global economy, who manage billions of dollars in money at hedge funds, private equity firms, and big banks.So I heard about this, and I decided I had to at least try to go. Each year they gather for one dinner where they induct new members. Those members are required to dress up in drag, put on skits and musical acts, and basically humiliate themselves in front of the veteran members.So I rented a tuxedo, and I went over to the hotel where it was being held, and I walked right in. It was amazing
.NOOR: And who is Wilbur Ross? And talk about your interactions with him, ’cause he basically offered to, in a way, bribe you with inside information, with being a source, if you didn’t write about this.
ROOSE: Well, Wilbur Ross is a billionaire investor. He’s been around Wall Street for a long time. He’s very well known. And he was that year’s leader of the dinner. And so I witnessed this whole thing–off-color jokes, sexist humor, jokes about the Occupy movement, and things like that. And afterwards I got outed. People found out that I was a reporter. And Wilbur Ross sort of snuck me off into the hallway and said, look, you know, if you don’t write about this or if you take it easy on us, you know, the people in this room could be very good sources for you, and I’ll pick up the phone any time you need. So he was basically, you’re right, saying, you know, I will bribe you in order to get a better treatment out of this.
NOOR: And there’s another main character in your piece, Michael Novogratz. Who is he? And what was your interaction with him?
ROOSE: Well, he was the one who outed me. So he’s a billionaire hedge fund manager with Fortress Investment Group, and he was seated at my table at this dinner. And after, you know, most of the skits and things had played out, I was taking a picture with my phone. And he sort of stopped me and said, well, who are you? So I identified myself. I said, I’m a reporter with The New York Times. And he proceeded to sort of stand me up and say, you’re not allowed to be here, and give me your phone–he wanted to destroy the evidence. So I said, no, you know, you can’t have my phone. And he sort of got belligerent, and he was, you know, grabbing my lapels and it seemed like about to be physically violent with me. And that was when Wilbur Ross pulled me away and started offering to give me things in exchange for treating them fairly.
NOOR: And so we looked into a little bit of Novogratz’s background. He’s given thousands of dollars both to Democrats and Republicans, $2,400 in 2010 to Senate majority leader Harry Reid, $2,000 in 2012 to Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell. He’s given several thousand dollars to Democrats for Education Reform, which promotes the privatization of public education, charter schools. So a lot of these figures are giving money to both the Democrats and Republicans. And so what’s your response to that?
ROOSE: Well, this is not a political organization, Kappa Beta Phi. It’s a professional one. And everyone who works there, you know, works [inaud.] and they span the range from Democrats to Republicans, and probably, you know, everything in between. So I don’t think, you know, it’s fair to draw conclusions about the [inaud.] as a whole. I will say that I think that there’s sort of a political class in New York made up of these wealthy Wall Street donors who tend to support both parties. They’re sort of hedging their bets. You know, whoever tends to win they want to be in league with. And so they, you know, sometimes will donate to both sides of the aisle.
NOOR: Right. And critics would say that both political parties are really protecting this group’s interests because of the vast donations they’re giving to both.
ROOSE: You could say that. I think there’s certainly evidence that Wall Street has undue influence in Washington.But what I thought was interesting–and so this is the thesis of my book–and for my book I followed eight young bankers around for three years–was that this is actually sort of a generation gap on Wall Street, that not everyone thinks like this. This is sort of an old, obsolete generation of Wall Street executives. The new people coming up through the ranks are much more conscientious, and I think they tend to be a little bit more progressive in their politics.
NOOR: And so talk more about what you took away from this experience and more about this young generation and perhaps their interactions at events like this.
ROOSE: Well, the young people weren’t invited to events like this. This is purely for the CEO class.But what was sort of interesting to me and one of the things that I think is very telling is that when I explained what had happened at this dinner to some of my eight young sources, you know, I expected them to be jealous or to say, you know, how do I get into this thing, but they were sort of–they were just as offended as I was. They said that’s ridiculous that something like this would go on, and they thought it sounded like sort of Occupy Wall Street, like, what the Occupy movement would have invented if they had wanted people to hate bankers even more. So they were just as embarrassed on the behalf of the members of this thing as I was.
NOOR: And so, Kevin Roose, you said, you know, there’s a new generation of these bankers coming up. And, you know, you also mention that events like this kind of give bankers a bad name. But do you think this younger generation will kind of change–will really change some of the structural problems? And you said they’re maybe perhaps more progressive. But, you know, at a time of unprecedented inequality, of social services being slashed across the country, do you think these young progressive bankers will have even the power to change the structural problems that are prevalent in our society today, the inequality?
ROOSE: No. I think that’s a much bigger issue than they’re able to deal with. That’s way above their pay grade. And I think that when it comes to reforming Wall Street, change has to come from the outside. And Wall Street’s culture is very strong, very self-protective, and I don’t think the bankers are ever willingly going to change their practices unless they’re forced to.
NOOR: Okay. Kevin Roose, thank you so much for joining us.
ROOSE: Thanks for having me.NOOR: You can follow us @therealnews on Twitter. Tweet me questions and comments @jaisalnoor.Thank you so much for joining us.
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