Una grande pagina di teatro è stata scritta quasi in silenzio questa sera a Conegliano, al Teatro Accademia di Giorgio Fabris.
Quasi in silenzio perchè, in punta dei piedi il mostro sacro della recitazione, l’artista, il più bravo attore che l’Italia annovera tra le folte fila di coloro che amano questo mestiere, ha saputo regalare ad un teatro stracolmo di gente un esempio unico di come si reciti una poesia.
Coadiuvato da due musicisti il Maestro Giancarlo Giannini ha declamato Dante, Petrarca, Ungaretti, Pasolini, Prevert, Shakespeare, D’Annunzio, Neruda ,Lorca e molti altri con un pathos e una capacità espressiva che appartiene solo a pochi bravi attori.
Personalmente ho apprezzato moltissimo l’Amleto, recitato in maniera impeccabile. Giancarlo Giannini è apparso in ottima forma e ha veramente regalato al pubblico una di quelle serate indimenticabili che sono destinate a rimanere delle perle da riscoprire di tanto in tanto per gustare quello che è il vero, il genuino teatro di cui ognuno di noi ha bisogno.
Il voto della Gran Bretagna sull’uscita dall’Europa arriva come una doccia fredda nei palazzi di Bruxelles, dove non era prevista una vittoria del si.
La cosa più bella di tutto questo è sicuramente il fatto che è stato il popolo (anche se di stretta misura) a decidere sull’uscita e questo è un bell’esempio di DEMOCRAZIA. Quanto dovremo aspettare noi, popolo bue tartassato dalla crisi e dalle tasse di un governo che non abbiamo votato per godere degli stessi diritti degli Inglesi?
Il voto dell’Inghilterra avrà certo delle ripercussioni e non è facile prevederle. Quello che mi auguro veramente è che il tanto paventato “effetto domino” si realizzi veramente e venga a crearsi un gruppo di Stati dissidenti che non vogliano essere conformi alle direttive Franco Tedesche visto che è di questo che si tratta.
L’alternativa è quella di creare un’alleanza tra gli stati che non vogliono subire i dettami e le regole di un’Europa che non tiene assolutamente conto delle micro realtà che in Italia, come in altri Stati europei hanno da sempre rappresentato l’eccellenza e tendono ad essere spazzate via da una globalizzazione sponsorizzata da banche banchieri e burocrati arricchiti con l’avvento dell’Euro.
La paura che si inneschi un processo di autodistruzione assomiglia più alla volontà di addossare al popolo il senso di colpa che disinneschi l’effetto domino di cui si parla tanto. Come vivevamo prima di far parte dell’europa di oggi? Sicuramente meglio. Come vivevamo prima dell’introduzione (a supposta) dell’euro? Sicuramente meglio. E allora? Cosa stiamo a fare dentro ad un club che non sa avere una politica internazionale unitaria e non riesce a prendere decisioni importanti come nel caso dell’esodo biblico in corso da alcuni anni.
Riprendiamo la nostra autonomia. Il modello federale USA ha sempre funzionato bene, perchè non applicarlo?
Tutti i cambiamenti dovrebbero in ogni caso passare attraverso una consultazione popolare e se questo non è possibile significa che non viviamo in una democrazia ma bensì in una dittatura che ha la faccia di coloro che ogni giorno ci sciorinano discorsi facendoci credere che tutto stia andando bene.
La speranza è che Renzi ed il suo scellerato governo che ha piegato la povera gente sotto il peso di tasse tra le più alte al mondo decida di andarsene ad ottobre. Dubito che lo farà, anche se vincerà il NO. Di certo dal voto degli Inglesi il nostro Primo ministro (che parla la lingua di Shakespeare come un goffo anatroccolo da cortile) dormirà sonni meno tranquilli. Ed è giusto che sia così.
Quello che chiede il popolo è solo di poter esprimere la sua opinione e di vivere una vita tranquilla senza l’ossessione di nuove tasse e di soprusi da parte degli studi di settore o di equitalia. Una vita serena che per adesso è garantita solamente a parlamentari e politici in carriera che con i loro stipendi faraonici rimangono una casta ben lontana da quelle che sono le esigenze del Paese e delle fascie più deboli e povere della nostra cara Italia.
If You have beeb blabbing chances are that you may be on these pictures. I have been on blab.im just for one week but this new video chat platform connected with your +Twitter handle seems to be the craze of the moment. The secret must be its simplicity and the fact that there are very few things you have to know about videochatting in order to participate actively. +Mike Downes and I go a long way back to the very beginning of +Google+ #Hangouts in 2011. Today we aren’t hanging out as much as we did when the videochatting platform was launched. The reasons may be many. Today we are happy about this new platform and the success that blab.im is having shows that there is always need for something new on the Web and people are really willing to hop in and try something that is well done and simple to use. +Team Blab is doing a great job, and I’m pretty sure these are days of bug squashing, pints of coffee drinking,few hours a day sleeping, wghile sorting all the suggestions coming in from everyone. My suggestion is to keep it simple. There are a couple of features I would love to see if I may suggest: A) An invite button, so that I could invite my friends over to my chat on Blab. B) a sound annoucing when someone wants in the room. In a multitasking world it would be very helpful.C) the possibility of screen sharing. (It could be a fifth window where anyone could share their photos or links, or desktops. That is all. I am a street photographer This is my collection on G+ so I will keep taking screenshots of blab.im Blabbers blabbing from all over the world. You can find me onFacebookGoogle PlusTwitter Pinterest
(by pio dal cin) Dedicato a tutti gli Alpini che tanto hanno fatto e continuano a fare con grande solidarietà, senza cercare compensi o gratificazioni, stipendi e pensioni d’oro, ma solamente per aiutare i più deboli, coloro che hanno bisogno e chiunque chieda un aiuto concreto (meditate politici corrotti, meditate).
“In dialetto Veneto” Poesia scritta da pio dal cin (tutti i diritti riservati. la riproduzione anche parziale senza l’esplicito consenso dell’autore è proibita)
Aveo mai pensà che bruta che saria l’Italia se no ghe fosse quei Angeli che se trova solche quà in Italia e da nessuna altra parte del mondo?.
Angeli sempre pronti a dir de si a chiunque sie in dificoltà, vizin o lontan in Italia come all’estero, che no i è boni de dirghe de no a nissun, e in silenzio, composti e in ordine i riesce a portar al sorriso in tel viso de chi che sofre o a render una zornada bruta in te una bela co la so allegria.
Son sicuro che un dì, el Padreterno al se à svejà e l’à vardà al mondo accorzendose che in effetti si, al vea mandà zo tanti Angeli par aiutar la zent in dificoltà, ma che par varie rason, (vacanza, malatia o pension) tanti Angeli no i era pì disponibili e po, la popolazion l’era cressuda e l’era bisogno de “assumerghen” de novi.
Allora ga à vegnest proprio na bela idea… Inveze de mandar zo i soliti Angeli co le ale, l’à pensà de farghe far al lavoro ai ALPINI, http://www.ana.it/ e par farghe capir ala zent che i era si Omeni, ma col cuor grando come quel de un ANGELO, al ghe à assà na PENNA SUL CAPPEL cussì che la zent la sepie riconoserli a prima vista sti novi “OPERAI DEL PADRETERNO”.
E se come che dise el Vangelo “Dai frutti riconoscerete l’Albero…” Allora poden veramente dir: “Signor te ringrazien par questi Meravigliosi, Instancabili, Generosi, Inimitabili ALBERI che sono I NOSTRI ALPINI” (copyright ° pio dal cin -riproduzione vietata, anche parzialmente-autorizzazione a pubblicare chiedere via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
When I rented the small apartment on Fifthteen Avenue and Fletcher Street in Hollywood Florida I did not know that I would have met a great friend there.
I had just moved back from Los Angeles a few weeks before. I didn’t like L.A.Too big too strange,too many earthquakes. I thought I was better off with hurricanes, at least I knew when they were coming. I had driven a cab before in the Hollywood-Ft.Lauderdale area so , as the new Winter season approached I moved back to Florida and went back to drive a taxi.
She was laying on the floor with a sad look in her eyes like only dogs can have; she didn’t look happy at all. Randy was Marylin’s ten years’ old son and they were living in the main house.
A door in the front yard and one in the back. From the back door there was the entrance to my apartment and “Andy” was always staying there, with that sad look in her eyes. I soon realized why. Randy got a new puppy, he must have been trhee or four months old. He was jumping up and down like puppies do all the time, licking faces and stumbling on water containers, barking for no reasons at ants or roaches or lizards.Andy was sad because all of Randy’s attention was now focused on that hyper dog that was responding to him as he excpected.
“You have got a new dog I see..”
“Yep.you like him?”
“I do!” I love dogs, but what about Andy over there” I said pointing at the black Labrador with the sad look”
“Oh ,she is old, and blind.that is why I got him”
I approached Andy and saw that white look that a dog and a human get on their pupil when they are blind. I massaged her slowly in the neck .
“How long has she been like this?”
“Two years now” ”
I noticed that when Randy spoke, the fourteen years old Labrador turned her head towards the voice as if she was asking for some of that love that she needed so badly and was only granted to the new entry.
“She still loves you Randy”
“Yes, I know, but she’s old and blind”
I would have loved to grab the scumbag by the balls and lift him up in the air. I did nothing of course but kept rubbbing Andy’s neck.
“Good girl,good girl”
“We are going to put her to sleep later on today”
I almost fell backwards
“We are going to New Jersey for a week and there is no way we’ll take two dogs up there, and..you know she’s blind” I looked at him with a mix of compassion and the urgent desire to kick him and teach him a lesson.
Then I realized that he would have never understood anyhow.
That was the way he was.
He was ten and considered the dog some kind of a toy.
The toy was broken.The toy was quickly replaced.
Nobody could have ever taught him what he needed to know about dogs. I considered myself lucky to have had so many dogs since I was a kid. I cannot remember a single year of my life when I lived without a dog. Big or small, full breed or mixed, male or female. When they died I cried for days and they taught me in my childhood that life is short, they taught me that it is good to cry to let it out, to feel better once the “horse of pain” stops running somehow you realize that life goes on and you will remember that friend you lost and place him in a very special room in your heart forever.
There was no way I’d let that dog being put to sleep.I went to the front door and rang the bell. Randy had left in the meantime with the puppy jumping up and down as they disappeared from the alley.
Marylin opened the door with the phone on her hand.
She was talking about the old labrador, the toy that was broken. I told her
” I want to adopt the Girl”
“Andy you mean?” She said putting the phone down as the conversation ended.
“I guess you’re a bit too late, they are coming as we speak”
“No no. Marylin.Call them back. I will take care of that dog. no killing please”
“Are you sure? She is blind, fourteen years old, she doesn’t have much time left.”
” I know, I heard the story from that stupid son of yours” I wanted to say , but I just settled for :”Please,let me take her in with me”
“Ok.Ill call them back.She’s all yours”
“Thanks Marylin you have just made me happy” I went to the back door and there she was, standing on the entrance,waiting for Randy to come back. I sat by her and started rubbing her back “Good girl,good girl” We soon started our relationship.
During the following days, weeks months Girl and I became good friends. She learned how to go about the apt without bumping her head everywhere.
Iwould share my best food with her. I treated her like a queen. The time came where I had to go back to Italy,and I could not leave her behind. I organized myself into taking her with me on the plane.It wasn’t easy but she eventually made it through the ordeal of an eight hours flight. It took her about a week to recuperate her strenght when I got home to Italy. Two years later, after I adopted her, on a rainy night, the Girl wandered outside the house.
I though she went out for a nature call so I did not mind following her outside. She did that many times.
That night it was raining hard and and she must have lost her bearings. She crossed the street. An hour later I went to check if she was ok. Found her on the other side of the highway. She was dead. I never cried so much for a dog in my life like I did for Girl. It took me a long time to get over it. Only today, sixteen years later I decided to share her and my story, after Im got my daughter a female labrador,Lola, just to show her how great these dogs can be.I consider dogs to be Angels, sent from above o teach us the laws of living wisely, as we lost them a long time ago and they still have in their DNA
(by pio dal cin) I was cleaning up my trash yesterday inside Gmail as I often do. I did and went back to my “All mail” folder to find out that there wasn’t a single piece of email left there: gone, erased, vaporized in one second. What happened? I closed all my tabs, rebooted the computer and tried to enter my Gmail from another browser. Nada. I checked in from another computer. Zip.
To make a long story short, from the beginning of time till today, not one single email was spared from the “eraser”.
I begun thinking at all the things I did before this happened. I was deleting my trash folder, I wasn’t even touching the others. This is kind of insane.
I always trusted Gmail and often suggested my friends who were not using it to start doing so, as, I told them “Gmail is the best email system around” They improved a lot in the past two years and I was enjoying the experience they provided specially with spam control.
Now I try to think and find out what happened to all my precious emails and the nightmare of not being capable of retreiving them. Too bad so sad.
Perhaps I did something I wasn’t supposed to do? If I did though, should not be there a system preventing someone who is not tech inclined like my grandmother from erasing ALL the MAIL in one second?
I feel really depressed about this and I sent my feedback to the +Google+ and +Google people including the +Gmail managers, but I doubt that my emails will be found.
I tought I wrote this to warn all +Gmail users to be really careful. If this has happened to me it can also happen to you, so BE CAREFUL, losing ALL YOUR MAIL IS A TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE.
Pope Francesco boarded a simple car instead of the Official Vatican Car and with a simple bouquet of flowers in His hand went to the Church to pray silently for about ten minutes in front of the Altar.
(by pio dal cin) March 6th 2013 11:00 pm (GMT+1) As I red the “Washington Post” article about the”AmericanCardinals” involved in the election of the new Pope, my attention was attracted by these few lines: “Di Nardo and O’Malley drew laughs when one reporter asked O’Malley, a member of the Capuchin order, if he would continue to wear his trademark brown robes if elected pope.
“I’ve worn this uniform for over 40 years and I presume I will wear it until I die,” he said. “I don’t expect to be elected pope, so I don’t expect to have to change.”
This was the second time I heard this today: first time on the Italian National Radio. The words “Capucine” attracted my attention, as I did not know that there was an American Cardinal who wears the “saio” (the Capucine uniform) for forty years.
Whomever tries to make a prediction about who is going to be the next Pope is a fool, as there are two ways of looking at this event that is monopolizing the attention of over Five thousand accredited journalists from all over the world:
A): The Vatican is a Earthly Power made by people like you and I, owners of the most powerful bank in the world (the IOR). As any other power on this earth the election will deliver the new Pontiff as the Head of a State (The Vatican)and any name among the 115 cardinals could be the one to take St.Peter’s Legacy.
B): As seen from a Christian Catholic point of view the “Conclave” is fueled by the Holy Spirit, therefore the Chosen will be absolutely without any possibility of mistake the “Right One”.
After this any prediction is impossible. There are no ways. Probably guessing the Lotto numbers will be a lot easier.
A FOOL PREDICTION
My name is Pio. My father Narciso named me after a Capucine Saint he had the priviledge of knowing when He was an unknown Capucine Friar healing people and making “miracles.
The Church confined him without the permission to celebrate the Holy Mass, for ten long years, on the ground that He, Himself was considered “strange”. He is now a Saint; Saint Pio or better known as “Padre Pio da Petrelcina”.
I grew up in a very Christian Catholic environment and my life was filled with its simbols from my childhood. I had the opportunity of meeting two Popes in my life: the first one was John Paul the First, Albino Luciani. More than once, as He was the Bishop of Vittorio Veneto, where I grew up, and then, during a private visit of my family to the Partiarcat of Venice, where He spent his last years before becoming Pope John Paul I.
The second Pope I met was Pope John Paul II for three times as I followed him as a young photojournalist during His vacation on the Dolomites‘ town of Lorenzago.
Does this make me an expert on Popes?
Absolutely not, just another fool trying to make a prediction.
HARD TIMES FOR THE CHURCH
Times are hard for the Catholic Church, battling amid sex scandals and the “Vatican Leaks” files.
The need is for a strong Pope, one Captain that can take the helm of the Ship and go trough one of Church’s worst hurricanes in history.
It is time for a Pope with the “saio” who can bring the Church back to the times of Saint Francis of Assisi, the poor friar who made a great revolution in the Church with His humble, poor ways.
Without a Pope that can rid the Vatican from all the “evils” represented by richness, golden crosses, money trades that cannot be tracked for million of Euros and all the sex scandals that have come up in the last few years, more than a Ship, it will look like the Titanic, headed for a Iceberg.
As a Fool prediction I will pick Cardinal O’Malley, hoping that if He gets elected He will keep wearing the “saio” for the next forty years, but this time as a Pope, making the “B” option above more credible.
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1) Using the Sign Language Interpreter app, deaf or hard of hearing users who prefer sign language can invite interpreters to speak and sign for them during a Hangout. They’ll always see their interpreter at the top right of the window, and they’ll become the focus of the Hangout whenever their interpreter speaks for them. You can install the app using this link: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_?gid=532733437531.
2) Keyboard shortcuts are also available in Hangouts — great for people who can’t or don’t want to use a mouse during the video chat. For example: muting your microphone is now as simple as Ctrl+D (PC) or Command+D (Mac), and you can start chatting with Ctrl+B (PC) or Command+B (Mac). To view the full list of keyboard shortcuts just type ‘?’ while in a Hangout, or visit this page:support.google.com/plus/bin/answer.py?answer=2752487.
Both features are rolling out gradually, so let us know what you think once you’ve taken them for a spin!
(by pio dal cin) Il monento difficile che stiamo attraversando politicamente presenta sfide e scenari inediti dal punto di vista politico.
Il parlamento è diviso in tre grandi spezzoni che difficilmente potranno convivere a lungo. L’affermazione di Berlusconiche tutti davano per spacciato (io per primo) . La “vittoria” di Bersani, e la valanga Grillo.La Legaha perso metà dei consensi e questo è un segnale forte alla dirigenza. Mentre scrivo Maroni intervistato daBruno Vespa ha affermato di preferire la “Vittoria Politica su un progetto (il grande Nord) piuttosto che avere qualche parlamentare in piu’. Certo che la vittoria di Maroni pesa molto sulla bilancia Nazionale. Se la Lega ha perso una marea di consensi (dai moderati) e ha subito un’emoraggia di voti, deve interrogarsi sul perchè. Le lotte intestine e gli scandali che l’hanno travolta nell’ultimo anno hanno cambiato per sempre la struttura di questo partito Popolare che aveva nell’onestà dei suoi dirigenti basato tutti i suoi consensi e le vittorie politiche dal 1992 ad oggi. Con l’affermazione di Maroni a presidente della Lombardia si apre un nuovo scenario. Un grande Nord formato da Piemonte (Cota) Lombardia(Maroni) Veneto (Zaia e Tosi) Friuli (Tondo). Una forza che prescinde totalmente dall’andazzo Nazionale delle elezioni. Maroni si è giocato tutte le carte su questa vittoria e, da politico acuto ed intelligente sapeva che la Lega entrava male in queste elezioni. Lo aveva detto durante un’intervista qualche settimana fa che il “timone” della Lombardia gli interessava molto di più dei risultati Nazionali. Cosa succederà? Nessuno ha la sfera di cristallo ma tutti convengono sul fatto che qualsiasi sia il governo che uscirà da queste elezioni non durerà a lungo (leggi posts precedenti nel mio blog). Il mio umile consiglio a Maroni è il seguente: Rifondare la Lega con un nome diverso. Zaia, Tosi, Cota e Maroni assieme sono abbastanza forti da fondare un partito per il Grande Nord che se si presentasse alle elezioni che non tarderanno ad arrivare potrà raccogliere un consenso molto ampio che vorrei sbilanciarmi nel quantificare in un 12-15%. Diversamente c’è la fine politica di questo movimento che ha segnato per sempre la Storia ed il modo di pensare della Gente del Nord. Non è scandaloso rinnovarsi e staccarsi da una vecchia metodologia che non riuscirà a scrollarsi di dosso gli scandali che l’hanno esposta alla gogna. Con questi presidenti di Regioni molto importanti Maroni, Cota, Zaia (con il supporto di Tosi in Veneto e Tondo per il Friuli) l’elettorato leghista potrà convincersi che il progetto interregionale puo’ diventare realtà, a prescindere da qualsiasi risultato le urne abbiano partorito in questa tornata elettorare. Occorre far presto. Le nuove elezioni non tarderanno ad arrivare e questa, è l’unica strada che la lega puo’ provare a percorrere. Bisogna liberarsi dei fantasmi del passato e ripartire con nuove energie. Questo è il mio umile consiglio .
(by pio dal cin) To all the corrupted politicians out there. Listen to the voices of the People of Italy crying for some relief. Before you are a politician you are (or at least should be) a MAN.
Next time you hoover over a City with your helicopter on the way to make a multimillion euro deal, think of the person in despair because he just lost his job, or because the enterprise he started with great sacrifices is about to collapse, maybe for a bill, or a law that you voted.
Think of a mother trying to feed the children with less than a thousand euros a month, while you are getting a message on your Iphone telling you that your 90thousand euro pension has been deposited in your bank account.
Think of a young couple who will not be able to start a family because the Bank just denied them a mortgage as they only have one paycheck a month and it won’t be enough.
Think of all the money you stole, and you are stealing from the poor people. One day you are going to die too. You will die rich and perhaps you’ll regret on your death bed not having being able to be honest and it will be the moment you’ll meet your Creator, it will be the saddest moment of your life.
To achieve honesty within yourself,
To recognize who and what you are ,
Do this and you can be honest with all others
Humble yourself and recognize that
No matter how much you think you know,
You know very little of all the universe.
To learn truth,
To live with truth, and
To walk with truth,
To speak truth
To have wisdom is to know the difference between good and bad, and
To know the result of your actions
Unconditional love to know that when people are weak
They need your love the most,
That your love is given freely, and
You cannot put conditions on it
Or your love is not true
Respect others, their beliefs, and
If you cannot show respect,
You cannot expect respect to be given
To be brave is to do something right,
Even if you know it’s going to hurt you.
These should be the first results from the Elections in Italy as Grillo is expected to make a “killing” with his policies of “sending the old Nomenclatura away from the Parliament” Every Party is fearing his success as results are pouring in after the polls closed at 3:00 pm local time (GMT+1)
Researchers who studied pieces of the meteor collected near Lake Cherbarkul say it was a common chondrite meteor. The largest of the 53 fragments was one centimeter in diameter. Photo provided by the Urals Federal University Press Service.
The meteor that caused at least 1,000 injuries in Russia after a startling and powerful daytime explosion one week ago has been identified as a chondrite. Russian scientists who analyzed fragments of the meteor, whose large size and well-documented impact made it a rarity, say that its composition makes it the most common type of meteor we encounter here on Earth.
“The fragments contain a standard number of minerals, including olivine, pyroxene, troilite and kamacite,” scientist Viktor Grokhovsky of the Urals Federal University, told the Voice of Russia. “These minerals that can be discovered only in outer space confirm the fragments’ extraterrestrial nature.”
That means that before it shattered windows in the city of Chelyabinsk and turned people around the world into gawkers fascinated by a calamity — and by the amazing video footage of it — the meteor spent billions of years traveling through space.
The meteor, which may have weighed as much as 10,000 tons and measured about 55 feet across, was traveling at an estimated 11 miles per second when it reached Earth, according to a report at io9.
“Chondrites are some of the most primitive rocks in the solar system,” says Britain’s Natural History Museum. “These 4.5-billion-year-old meteorites have not changed much from the asteroid they came from.”
The museum says the meteor’s name — pronounced with a hard “K” sound — comes from the Greek word for grains of sand.
But in the region where the meteor fell, the chondrite goes by another title: a chance to cash in. As NPR’s David Greene tells Linda Wertheimeron Morning Edition, people have been scrambling to collect pieces of the famous meteor.
“A 16-year-old pulled one out of his pocket and said, ‘Here’s a piece of the meteor, right here,” David says. “And this black market is developing. People have been coming to these villages and offering $100, $200 for little handfuls of space debris. The government’s worried that people are going to be trying to sell it fraudulently. So, this whole new economic reality is developing around this stuff.”
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Last month, President Obama began his second Inaugural Address by saying, “Each time we gather to inaugurate a President we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution.” President Obama’s words resonate as the anniversary of George Washington’s birthday approaches on February 22, popularly known as Presidents’ Day.
Over two centuries ago, on April 30, 1789, George Washington delivered his first Inaugural Address knowing that he had little to guide him in the job that lay ahead but the principles stated in the Constitution. The Articles of the Constitution had been debated, discussed, and agreed upon just two summers earlier by the delegates of the Constitution Convention, and were still untested. Nevertheless, Washington was a strong supporter of the Constitution and would look to it for guidance in his unprecedented role as President.
During Washington’s first year in office, Congress ordered 600 copies of the Acts of Congressto be printed and distributed to federal and state government officials. The book compiled the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and other legislation passed by the first session of Congress.
George Washington’s personal copy of the Acts of Congress contains his own handwritten notes in the margins. The notes provide insight into his crucial role in the implementation and interpretation of the Constitution and the establishment of the new American government.
Washington rarely wrote on the pages of his books, and the presence of his distinct handwriting makes the historic volume even more remarkable. Customarily, Washington preferred to take notes on a separate sheet of paper, which he would insert into a book. But in his copy of the Acts of Congress, he not only wrote directly in the margins but also drew brackets next to the passages of particular interest to him.
Only three copies of this book are known to have survived: Washington’s copy and the copies belonging to Thomas Jefferson and John Jay. After his two terms in office, Washington brought the book home to Mount Vernon. It stayed in the Washington family until 1876 and then passed through a series of collectors.
Last year, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association secured the book at an auction, bringing it back to George Washington’s home. It is now on display at Mount Vernon in Virginia through Presidents’ Day. Beginning in March, Washington’s Acts of Congress will travel the country and visit the 13 Presidential Libraries of the National Archives through a partnership with Mount Vernon.
The nationwide tour of the Acts of Congress is also an opportunity to reflect on the presidency and to wonder what it would feel like to take on the role of Commander in Chief. We’ve put together a gallery of inaugural moments that feature holdings from the 13 Presidential Libraries.
And while there are no photos of America’s first Presidential inauguration, we’ve included pages from George Washington’s first Inaugural Address from the holdings of the National Archives, as well as Washington’s historic copy of the Acts of Congress, courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.
Bloomberg was the first to report the news that the company is seeking to unload its biggest asset besides the New York Times itself. The Times issued a press release shortly after, saying that it has partnered with Evercore Partners to find a suitable buyer for the Globe and the other properties in its New England Media Group.
“Given the differences between these businesses and The New York Times, we believe that a sale is in the best long-term interests of these properties and the employees who work for them as well as in the best interests of our shareholders,” Times CEO Mark Thompson said in a statement.
The Times bought the Globe for $1.1 billion in 1993 — a sign of just how different the media landscape was two decades ago. The entire company now has $955 million in cash on hand. It will certainly not be able to attract that kind of price for the paper today; a Wall Street Journal piece in early 2012 speculated that the Globe could be had for about $200 million.
The company has spent the last year or so shedding many of its other business. It sold its regional papers in late 2011, and the About.com site in 2012. In addition, it has recently enacted layoffs at the Times.
The Times had previously flirted with selling the Globe in 2009, but ultimately decided against it. The Globe, the Times said, was on track to lose $85 million that year.
A few weeks ago, we decided that we’d take advantage of the long weekend to drive down from the Bay Area to Los Angeles to see friends and family. The notion of driving down (v. flying) was made infinitely more appealing by the thought of taking our Tesla Model S.
In the intervening time, the +The New York Times +Elon Musk kerfuffle unfolded. I must say, it gave me a moment of pause about whether taking the Tesla was actually a good idea.
But I’ve already got more than 3000 miles on the car, and have learned to trust it. So off we went. And I started out by resetting the trip odometer, staying acutely aware of my energy consumption, etc. But as the trip progressed (with another adult and two kids), we settled into the usual road trip rhythm of songs, games, and “Are we there yet? How much longer?!” It became clear that the fact that this was an electric car was a non-issue. And so I stopped any notions of meticulous logging and just had fun and stayed present. So this post is not in anyway intended as a rebuttal, filled with facts, figures, points and counterpoints. Just one happy Model S owner’s experience, on one particularly well-supported route.
We trip was ordinary in the best possible sense. We had the air-conditioner going when it was hot (toward LA), the heater on when it was cold (back here), and we drove like we like to drive. The car handled the steep grades on the path like a champ. In fact the only thing missing was the roar of an engine struggling to make it up the hill. 😉
Per the attached map below, we stopped twice, breaking the trip into thirds. This gave us an opportunity to eat, switch drivers, refresh… and of course recharge. In a gas-powered car, at least one of these stops would have been “optional” for me… maybe we’d have broken the trip into halves instead of thirds. But we’d have still stopped to eat, and additionally I’d have definitely needed at least one bio-break and stand-and-stretch. So in reality, there was a bit of a compromise. For our second stop, what might have been a 15 minute pit-stop ended up being longer (by about 40 minutes.) We put the time to good use, and it didn’t feel burdensome.
I heard a couple of NPR Marketplace correspondents last week describe this tradeoff well. The first said (I paraphrase), “It’s not always appropriate to judge a new, disruptive technology against an incumbent across every dimension. For instance, landlines almost never ‘drop calls.’ Cell phones do… a lot. By that measure alone, you’d think that cell phones would fail. But the added convenience of portability has trumped every other disadvantage.” Another Marketplace reporter said (again paraphrasing), “I’m sure when gas-powered cars were first introduced some folks were dubious… since most of the oat-feeding stations in our national transportation network did not yet support gasoline pumps. But that of course changed.” 😉
Here are some other random observations:
– One thing missing from the Supercharger stations – squeegees to clean the windshield of bugs! (+Tesla Motors help us out here!)
– This was my first experience using a Supercharger, and it’s pretty stunning how quickly it pours range back into the car.
– Lots of tumbleweeds blowing across I5. Really big ones that folks had to brake for.
– Cost of travel for four to LA and back: $0 (thanks +Tesla Motors!) versus approx. $1000 for the flights we wanted.
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