Philosopher – Ramiro Ledesma http://ramiroledesma.com/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 10:24:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ramiroledesma.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1-150x150.png Philosopher – Ramiro Ledesma http://ramiroledesma.com/ 32 32 Citizen Tribeca | Memories of Yoko Ono on Chambers Street https://ramiroledesma.com/citizen-tribeca-memories-of-yoko-ono-on-chambers-street/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 10:07:35 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/citizen-tribeca-memories-of-yoko-ono-on-chambers-street/ ONCE UPON A TIME ON THE ROOMSIn discussion of the Patriot’s closure, James Bogardus sent a link to a 14-year-old video posted by philosopher and musician Henry Flynt (he coined the phrase “concept art” among other things) where he describes coming to Yoko Le Ono’s loft at 112 Chambers, next to the Patriot, in 1961. […]]]>

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In discussion of the Patriot’s closure, James Bogardus sent a link to a 14-year-old video posted by philosopher and musician Henry Flynt (he coined the phrase “concept art” among other things) where he describes coming to Yoko Le Ono’s loft at 112 Chambers, next to the Patriot, in 1961. It’s a fun tale of Coltrane licks, Yoko distance and the cultural pyramid with Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage at the top.

But it also reminded me to dig into the Tribeca South Historic District Expansion Designation Report to learn a bit more about the buildings there — as well as ACRIS to see if, like G. predicted, someone is assembling the buildings there for some kind of project.

So to the second question: From what I can see in the city’s financial records, the 110-room Patriot building was sold to William Stone in 1972. His estate now owns it. Deeds 112 and 114 appear to have the same block and lot number, these two buildings were transferred to Si Jei Mei LLC in 1993; nothing has happened since. (The LLC also owns 18 Murray, which contained Lily O’Brien until it was damaged by the collapse of Tent & Trails.)

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110 Chambers (Patriot) was built in 1954 with a cement stucco facade by Dr. Austin L. Sands, a well-known physician. Over the next decade there were electricians, hardware and cutlery dealers, printers and engravers, but by 1940 and for the next 15 years there was one Tribeca institution: Pearl Paint. In 1980, there were residents on each floor, and I know a little more: the rent was $65 and there were no windows.

112 Chambers (formerly Popeye’s) was also developed by Austin Sands, on land leased from Trinity Church. Over the years, the building housed various hardware, cutlery, printing, and automotive supply businesses, including BF Goodrich and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (circa 1930s). .

114 was built in 1857 by Henry W. Olcott, a stockbroker who had rented the property from Trinity Church since 1835. Olcott, who lived at 114 Chambers from 1835 to 1841, redeveloped the property at a time when residential streets to the west and north of City Hall Park were rapidly improved with new commercial buildings for the dry goods trade. There was a lunch there in the 1940s, and as the sign says, it was Craig’s Shoes from 1950 to 1975.

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Defining a point of view_chinadaily.com.cn https://ramiroledesma.com/defining-a-point-of-view_chinadaily-com-cn/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 01:15:28 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/defining-a-point-of-view_chinadaily-com-cn/ Court ladies adorning their hair with flowers by Zhou Fang of the Tang Dynasty represents one of the peaks in the history of ancient figure paintings, as Yang Qi writes in his recent book on the history of Chinese art. Chinese art adopted a style that evoked different emotions from Western art in times of […]]]>
Court ladies adorning their hair with flowers by Zhou Fang of the Tang Dynasty represents one of the peaks in the history of ancient figure paintings, as Yang Qi writes in his recent book on the history of Chinese art. Chinese art adopted a style that evoked different emotions from Western art in times of conflict. [Photo provided to China Daily]

For a long time, 87-year-old Yang Qi, a former professor of art history at Tsinghua University, has applied Western art theories to study ancient Chinese art, whose heart regards art as the reflection of social life. But when it comes to the masterpieces of wash painting of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), he found it to be meaningless. Yang had always agreed with the French philosopher Hippolyte Taine that “in happy times artists create only happy works, while in times of chaotic war they produce only melancholy works”.

This is true for The Triumph of Death, by Flemish Renaissance painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder, who Yang says created the work under the influence of the atrocities of war in the 16th century. In the ghastly tableau, a great army of skeletons sweeps across an arid landscape and humans, male or female, rich or poor, young or old, all fall under the scythe of death.

“It reflects the chaos caused by war and people’s suffering,” he says.

Chinese ink wash painters of the 13th century also lived in times of chaotic warfare.

“Their lives were painful, they were pessimistic and their future was hopeless. But how did they present this chaotic time?” Yang asks.

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10 Shonen Villains Who Would Make Great Demons In Demon Slayer https://ramiroledesma.com/10-shonen-villains-who-would-make-great-demons-in-demon-slayer/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 13:11:16 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/10-shonen-villains-who-would-make-great-demons-in-demon-slayer/ Shonen is one of the most popular anime genres. Epic battles and inspiring characters appeal to new and old fans alike. Yet one of the things that makes it so appealing is the host of terrifying villains. They may be bad, but fans love their outlandish style and dastardly plans. Above all, they love seeing […]]]>

Shonen is one of the most popular anime genres. Epic battles and inspiring characters appeal to new and old fans alike. Yet one of the things that makes it so appealing is the host of terrifying villains. They may be bad, but fans love their outlandish style and dastardly plans. Above all, they love seeing the exploits of the villains at the hands of the protagonists.



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The global sensation demon slayeris about Tanjiro Kamado, whose quest to destroy the demon that killed his family brings him into contact with many other demons along the way. The despicable nature of many Shonen anime villains has led some fans to wonder how they would fare against Tanjiro in demon slayer.

ten Isabella is terribly obedient (The Promised Neverland)

The promised never-never land details the horrors within Grace Field House, an orphanage full of happy children, who are cared for by their mother, Isabella. However, the two eldest, Emma and Norman discover that the orphanage is not a sanctuary but a farm.

Although she is a kind and passionate caretaker, Isabella harbors the sinister knowledge of the children’s fate. Even knowing that most children will be fed monsters, she continues to work diligently as a mother. Isabella’s troubled past and willingness to obey malevolent orders would make her an asset to Muzan Kibutsuji’s army.

9 Mahito loves human misery (Jujutsu Kaisen)

Mahito is a relatively young cursed spirit in Jujutsu Kaisen. The world is full of cursed spirits, and it’s up to Yuji Itadori and his friends to dispatch them. Despite Mahito’s young age, he is already a formidable adversary to Itadori and the other Jujustu wizards.

RELATED: Jujutsu Kaisen: 10 Things That Make No Sense About Mahito

Mahito’s specialty is feeding off the hatred humans feel for each other. He uses the power he draws from this malevolence to a devastating degree. Mahito’s disregard for human life and the fact that he is already fundamentally a demon would make him a destructive addition to the demon slayer universe.

8 Rice tastes like blood (Beastars)

Beastars follows the young wolf Legoshi as he fights his feelings of love and his hunger for the dwarf rabbit, Haru. Plus, there’s an uneasy undercurrent running through their school after a herbivorous student’s brutal devouring. Even with his struggles, Legoshi takes it upon himself to find out the culprit.

Unfortunately for Legoshi, the murderer happens to be his fellow drama club member, Rice. As a bear, Riz’s size and overall strength would make him a powerhouse of a demon. Moreover, his taste for the flesh already makes him the perfect demon candidate.

seven Reiko Tamura’s Tragic Story Recalls Other Demons (Parasyte)

Reiko Tamura was infected with an alien parasite in Parasite. Although her mind has been completely taken over by the parasitic consciousness, she has a scientific curiosity about her new body and humanity in general. She is even experimenting to see if her new body can bear children.

Tamura’s theory turns out to be correct and she gives birth to a completely human baby boy. Although she is callous at first, she becomes more motherly throughout the show – even sacrificing herself for her son’s sake. Like many demons, Tamura has something to gain from becoming a demon: protection for her son. Added to her already present bloodlust, she would make an interesting demon.

6 The Kishins are born out of loss (Soul Eater)

soul eater is about two teenagers, Soul Evans and Maka Albarn, who work to improve Soul to become a Death Scythe. As Meister, Maka must use Soul’s weapon form to eat ninety-nine Kishin Souls and one Witch Soul to progress. However, Soul accidentally eats a cat’s soul as their hundredth soul, resulting in the loss of all of their progress. The two must go back up if they want Soul to get his highest honor as a weapon.

The Kishins are beings created from the massive loss of pure human life. As such, they are incredibly dangerous. Like demons, Kishins possess great power that comes at a human cost. Their destructive nature and sinister beginnings would make them welcome among the demons of Demon slayer.

5 Dio Brando is bloodthirsty (JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure)

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure follows the Joestar family through time as they deal with the despicable vampire, Dio Brando, and other malevolent scoundrels. Dio’s original feud with Jonathan Joestar led him on a decades-long quest for power and the destruction of the Joestar family.

RELATED: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: 9 Ways Dio Brando Is Like No Other Shonen Villain

Because Dio is already a vampire, he has a taste for the kind of carnage demons prefer. Added to his vampirism is his immeasurable strength and ability to stop time. With all of these powers combined, Dio could easily become one of Kibutsuji’s Twelve Kizuki.

4 Azami Nakiri is resentful (Food Wars!)

Food wars! is about Souma Yukihira as he prepares his way to the top of the prestigious Totsuki Academy. Unfortunately, not everyone is impressed with Souma’s unique approach to cooking, which gets him into a lot of trouble. One of Souma’s adversaries is the fierce Azami Nakiri.

Azami’s quest for only one hundred percent gourmet offerings stands in stark contrast to Souma’s use of everyday items in his food. Azami’s hatred is so great that he begins to dismantle the school he once loved. This show of pure disdain would make Nakiri an excellent demon. Also, he cares very little about anyone but himself, much like a demon.

3 Haumea takes pleasure in the pain (Fire Force)

fire force follows firefighter, Shinra Kusakabe. His mission is not only to rid the world of Infernals (people who have spontaneously burned) but also to unravel the mystery of the fire that took his family away. However, the sinister White Clad organization works behind the scenes to perpetuate the Infernals and ensure the Evangelist’s ascension.

One of the White Clad, as well as an Adolla Burst holder, is Haumea. Her lightning abilities and delight in watching others suffer would make her an ideal demon. She would give Zenitsu Agatsuma a run for his money in terms of elemental power.

2 All For One Steals Power (My Hero Academia)

my hero academia follows Izuku Midoriya and class 1-A from the prestigious UA High School, as they train to become the best Pro Heroes Japan. However, the sinister All For One is a constant obstacle. His power to obtain Quirks and use them for himself makes him an almost unbeatable force.

RELATED: 10 Fights My Hero Academia Did Better In The Anime

Due to the mass of his power, All For One would make a frighteningly effective demon. His lack of remorse and lust for supremacy could rival Kibutsuji’s. All For One’s meticulous attention to detail and disregard for life would make him a sickening demon.

Edward and Alphonse Elric are two brothers in search of a philosopher’s stone after committing the ultimate taboo of transmutation into Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. They hope to use the stone to retrieve Alphonse’s body from the ether. Unfortunately, there are a few who are already in possession of a Philosopher’s Stone and are using it with devastating results.

The father is an artificially created being who seeks to become a god. He is the creator of the other Homunculi and rules over them as their leader. Like Kibutsuji, Father created his group of followers to become the superior race among humans. If Father became a demon, he could very well give Kibutsuji a run for his money in both power and ambition.

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Ukrainians to leave Syevyerodonetsk as heavy fighting continues in eastern Lugansk region https://ramiroledesma.com/ukrainians-to-leave-syevyerodonetsk-as-heavy-fighting-continues-in-eastern-lugansk-region/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 09:48:35 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/ukrainians-to-leave-syevyerodonetsk-as-heavy-fighting-continues-in-eastern-lugansk-region/ Kyiv announced the arrival of the first American long-range weapon systems that the Ukrainian army has been waiting for months, and the United States announced that it would send a new batch of military assistance including more rocket systems . News of the June 23 arms deliveries came as Russian forces, backed by massive artillery […]]]>

Kyiv announced the arrival of the first American long-range weapon systems that the Ukrainian army has been waiting for months, and the United States announced that it would send a new batch of military assistance including more rocket systems .

News of the June 23 arms deliveries came as Russian forces, backed by massive artillery power, continued their offensive to completely encircle the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the Luhansk region.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said June 23 that US High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) are now in Ukraine.

It was not immediately clear when the HIMARS entered the country or if they were already in use on the front line, but Kyiv hopes the artillery will help turn the tide of the war that began four months ago.

“Thank you to my American colleague and friend, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, for these powerful tools! The summer will be hot for the Russian occupiers. And the last for some of them,” he said. on Twitter.

The HIMARS is a multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) developed for the US military in the 1970s. Russia and Ukraine already operate MLRS systems, but the six-rocket HIMARS is more advanced, with a range of 80 kilometers and superior accuracy.

Kyiv has requested 300 such systems, but Washington has donated only four so far. Germany will also send three such systems to Ukraine, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said on June 23.

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Additional aid announced by the White House later on June 23 includes four HIMARS, tens of thousands of artillery rounds and patrol boats, White House national security spokesman John Kirby said. The value of the package is $450 million, he said.

The announcement came after EU leaders meeting in Brussels formally agreed to take a “historic” step of making Ukraine and Moldova candidates for EU membership.

The move was welcomed by the leaders of both countries, while European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said there could be “no better sign of hope” for the countries’ citizens. in these troubled times.”

The announcements came as Ukraine’s army general staff said its forces had halted an offensive by Russian troops towards the southern outskirts of Lysychansk in the Luhansk region, forcing them to retreat.

“To resume the offensive, the occupiers put forward reserves”, The staff said late June 23. “The Ukrainian defenders also stopped the enemy offensive near Borivsky.”

Fighting continued elsewhere, including near Bila Hora, Lysychansk and Syevyerodonetsk. The military’s claims could not be independently verified.

Extensive artillery use and recent troop build-up were likely behind Russia’s improved military performance in the Luhansk towns of Lysycyhansk and its twin city Syevyerodonetsk, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said. Defense in its daily intelligence bulletin early June 23.

Military governor of Luhansk Serhiy Hayday said on June 23 that the villages of Loskutyvka and Rai-Oleksandryvka, south of Lysychansk and Syevyerodonetsk, had now fallen into Russian hands.

He said Ukrainian forces continued to resist in Syevyerodonetsk and the nearby settlements of Zolote and Vovchoyrovka.

Hayday said Ukrainian forces faced “massive” and unrelenting artillery attacks in Lysychansk and might have to retreat to avoid being cut off after Russian forces captured the two settlements to the south.

“In order to avoid encirclement, our command may order troops to withdraw to new positions,” Hayday told state television. “All of Lysychansk is within range of their fire. It’s very dangerous in the city.”

But he said Lysychansk could still be reached by road, allowing civilian evacuations to continue. Russia’s TASS news agency had previously quoted Russian-backed separatists as saying the city was surrounded and cut off from supplies.

The fight for Syevyerodonetsk and Lysychansk “is entering a kind of formidable climax”, said Oleksiy Arestovych, adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Russia seeks to capture both Luhansk and Donetsk, which make up most of Ukraine’s industrial heartland in Donbass.

A U.S. Army M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launches munitions during an exercise in Alaska in 2020.

A U.S. Army M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launches munitions during an exercise in Alaska in 2020.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of the Donetsk regional military administration, said Ukrainian forces control less than half of the Donetsk region, adding that more than 100 towns and villages in these areas had no gas or electricity.

Kyrylenko said the 55% of Donetsk that is under Russian occupation is “completely destroyed”.

However, British intelligence noted in their bulletin that Russian efforts to achieve deeper encirclement in order to take the Donetsk region west of Luhansk remain stalled.

Arestovych said in a video address that Russia had launched the most intensive strikes in weeks on Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, adding that they were aimed at “terrorizing the population”.

The bombardment, which killed at least 10 people in the Kharkiv region in two days, was aimed at “distracting us and forcing us to divert troops” from the main battlefields in Donbass, Arestovych said.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told a group of European newspapers that the Defense Intelligence Service believes Russia’s momentum in the war in Ukraine will slow in the coming months as its military depletes its resources.

In the coming months, British intelligence believes Russia “could get to a point where there is no more forward momentum because it has exhausted its resources,” Johnson said.

“Then we need to help the Ukrainians turn the tide. I will advocate for this at the Group of Seven (G7) summit,” he said.

The G7 summit, bringing together British, Canadian, French, German, Italian, Japanese and American heads of state, is due to begin on June 26 in Germany.

“To the extent that the Ukrainians are able to launch a counter-offensive, this must be supported by the equipment they demand from us,” he said.

A victory for Ukraine – or a failure for Russia – would at least allow Ukraine to return to the status quo that existed before the Russian invasion, he said.

With reporting from Reuters, AFP, BBC, CNN and TASS

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Reviews | How many Rusty Bowers Republicans are there? https://ramiroledesma.com/reviews-how-many-rusty-bowers-republicans-are-there/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 17:31:00 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/reviews-how-many-rusty-bowers-republicans-are-there/ Placeholder while loading article actions Note to all GOP politicians: you have to decide. You can be a Rusty Bowers Republican. Or you can be a Donald Trump Republican. You can be someone who says to Donald Trump’s consigliere, Rudy Giuliani, “‘Listen, you’re asking me to do something that’s against my oath, when I’ve sworn […]]]>
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Note to all GOP politicians: you have to decide. You can be a Rusty Bowers Republican. Or you can be a Donald Trump Republican.

You can be someone who says to Donald Trump’s consigliere, Rudy Giuliani, “‘Listen, you’re asking me to do something that’s against my oath, when I’ve sworn to the Constitution to uphold it. . And I’ve also sworn to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the state of Arizona. And that’s totally foreign to me as an idea or a theory.

This is the route Arizona House Speaker Russell “Rusty” Bowers took when he refused to overturn his state’s voters’ decision to back Democrat Joe Biden — even though Bowers had backed and campaigns for Trump.

Or you may be someone for whom oaths, laws, the Constitution, and the preservation of democracy are entirely foreign to their worldview. For Trump, power and self-interest are everything.

And so Trump encouraged violence against election workers, asked Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes” for him that didn’t exist, and encouraged his campaign to back bogus electoral college slates. who would support him even if their states had supported Biden.

Many moments from the Jan. 6 committee hearings underscored that there is a moral vacuum where Trump’s conscience should be. But there is something even worse than trying to cheat, break the law and lie. It is the former president’s will to target officials who are doing their duty and push supporters to threaten them with violence.

Every Republican official should listen several times to the words of Ruby Freeman, a Georgian election worker falsely accused of wrongdoing by Trump and his cronies: “Do you know what it’s like to be targeted by the President of the United States? ?

Her daughter, Shaye Moss, who also performed civic service as an election worker, testified that Trump supporters broke into her grandmother’s house to carry out a “citizen arrest”. She told how hateful and racist threats turned her into a recluse and caused her to gain 60 pounds.

Republican politicians have been incredibly quiet about the big events of the January 6 hearings. Their reluctance testifies to the success of the committee of inquiry. He has presented so much compelling evidence of Trump’s wrongdoing — most of the testimony coming from Republicans — that GOP leaders find little way to defend him or discredit the committee’s work. His “just the facts, ma’am” approach leaves little room for dissent.

But silence is not the right answer. Anyone who has read the transcripts of the hearings, let alone watched them in detail, can only draw one conclusion about Trump, what he tried to do with power and what he would do if he was getting closer to power again.

To refuse to break with Trump now, forcefully and definitively, is to show complete indifference to what the ethics of a constitutional republic and a democracy demand. Staying on the sidelines is the opposite of being an Edmund Burke conservative – the kind who, like that 18th-century politician and philosopher, understands that institutions must be nurtured and that government by mobs is dangerous.

Their terror of Trump’s power in the Republican primaries can no longer be their excuse. Burke was right: “No passion so effectively deprives the mind of all its powers of action and reasoning as fear.”

They should let Bowers free them to reason and act. A staunch conservative, he stood up for his oath – and what he saw as the demands of his faith – when it was difficult, when under siege by Trump and his henchmen. Isn’t he the kind of Republican an American patriot could proudly tell his children about?

They should let Raffensperger, who defeated a Trump-backed candidate in a primary in Georgia earlier this year, free them. He offered a simple but important reason why Trump’s election fabrications and manipulation must be rejected – despite Trump’s threats and lobbying. “Numbers are numbers,” Raffensperger said. “The numbers don’t lie.”

And Freeman and Moss’ testimony cries out to Republicans: Get out of Trump’s way once and for all. To cling to power, Trump was willing to use threats and lies to destroy the lives of two grassroots citizens dedicated to the most fundamental work of democracy. Can a Republican in good conscience defend what Trump has done?

The January 6 committee has done the Republicans a great service. He built up members of their party who showed integrity and courage. And he went into great detail about how egregious Trump’s egregious behavior was.

It’s time for Republicans to get rid of Trump. I wish I had more confidence that the party would seize the opportunity.

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No questions asked https://ramiroledesma.com/no-questions-asked/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 03:47:25 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/no-questions-asked/ In his book, A theory of justice, philosopher John Rawls presents a framework for creating institutions for a more egalitarian society. The institutions of any society, as we know, are created by people. People bring their biases, due to their social status, experience and circumstances, which in turn affect the institutions they create. So how […]]]>

In his book, A theory of justice, philosopher John Rawls presents a framework for creating institutions for a more egalitarian society. The institutions of any society, as we know, are created by people. People bring their biases, due to their social status, experience and circumstances, which in turn affect the institutions they create. So how can we agree on a fairer social contract? Rawls suggests that we should operate behind a “veil of ignorance,” that is, a situation where we assume no knowledge of ourselves (gender, race, income, interests, social status). The argument here is that we often make rules that explicitly or implicitly benefit us, our tribes, or those like us. The veil would ensure that this would not happen. The veil also assumes that one does not know specific facts about others, thereby preventing us from constructing laws or rules that are biased against people, professions, or opinions that we dislike. If we make these assumptions, what kind of laws and rules would we be building? Will we still have laws that marginalize certain ethnicities, prioritize men over women, or harass those whose views we don’t share?

Rawls was a distinguished 20th-century philosopher, and is regularly quoted not only by political theorists and philosophers, but also by courts in Canada, the United States, and elsewhere. But Rawls wasn’t the only person with a formidable intellect and quick wit over the past century to ask questions that help us think about who we are and what kind of society we want to live in. Others, including many philosophers who had lived before World War II, Germany and Italy questioned the foundations of a society that could bring Nazism and Fascism to power and unleash the forces of the wrong. These words are still relevant today. Hannah Arendt’s work was not only relevant to Stalin and Hitler, but also a guiding force for many who were deeply troubled by Trump’s America. Early in Trump’s presidency, Hannah Arendt’s book Origins of totalitarianism became a bestseller — 56 years after it was first published.

We live in a time that is both unique in many ways, but also similar to others in the past when there was injustice, inequality and a failure of so many institutions. Sometimes it seems risky to ask questions – whether they are about the thousands of young people who are missing in the country, or about who has the right to govern or intervene in political processes and who does not no. There are also other questions about our collective value system, our identity and what kind of society should we build. Today, we need not only doctors and nurses, economists and entrepreneurs, science and engineering scholars, historians and authors, but also philosophers and ethicists. We need thinkers who can think and analyze beyond day-to-day political events, or move away from the mundane predictions of geopolitics. However, we seem to be going in the exact opposite direction. Philosophy as a subject and philosophers as individuals are viewed with total contempt in society. They are a subject of ridicule and mockery. More recently, a former prime minister’s chief of staff called one of the ministers ‘Aristotle’ – and it was not a term of respect.

On the academic side, the great HEC experiment of the recent past has had a devastating impact on the social sciences and humanities. A metrics-driven approach that rewarded quantity over quality and viewed impact through the lens of bizarre rankings rather than intellectual contribution, has decimated philosophy departments across the country. What we are left with are superficial media analysts who thrive on provocative positions and infotainment.

The shortage of philosophers and the contempt for the discipline are all the more shameful in a country that associates itself with the thought of one of the greatest philosophers of the last century, Iqbal. I often wonder, if he were here today, what would he think of us?

Published in L’Express Tribune, June 21st2022.

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How should the Sixers approach the 2022 NBA Draft? A Q&A with Jake Rosen https://ramiroledesma.com/how-should-the-sixers-approach-the-2022-nba-draft-a-qa-with-jake-rosen/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 20:39:17 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/how-should-the-sixers-approach-the-2022-nba-draft-a-qa-with-jake-rosen/ In previous years, I used to immerse myself in scouting to NBA Draft. But my situations and my responsibilities have evolved, leaving me to focus elsewhere. To help me and Philadelphia 76ers fans gearing up for Thursday, I enlisted the help of Jake Rosen of Cerebro Sports. Jake is among the finest draft minds available […]]]>

In previous years, I used to immerse myself in scouting to NBA Draft. But my situations and my responsibilities have evolved, leaving me to focus elsewhere. To help me and Philadelphia 76ers fans gearing up for Thursday, I enlisted the help of Jake Rosen of Cerebro Sports. Jake is among the finest draft minds available to us. Follow him on Twitter @JakeInThePaint if you haven’t already and read his work. You’ll be a more finicky basketball consumer, I’m sure.

Alright, starting with more than one macro question here. How do you – or how would you – differentiate the draft philosophy for a team rebuild from a team like the Sixers looking to finally take the final step and become a title contender?

The Sixers have no time to waste. Joel Embiid is at the peak of his powers and the Sixers have a responsibility to surround him with a team capable of competing for a title. Needless to say, this adds some pressure to win at the margins, pressure that other organizations might not feel. Philosophically, Philadelphia doesn’t have much time for projects or prospects that might take two or three years to acclimatize. They need players who can step in from day one and make a contribution.

Similarly, how should this philosophy inform Philadelphia’s approach to this project?

Stay away from swings or bets. There are plenty of older, more projectable prospects that should linger when Philly comes around. As I’ll get to later, there are a handful of goals I’d really like for Philadelphia, and they all seem to be thrown into their range. I would stay patient, drop the board as best I can, then make a smart choice based on the production and provide a necessary skill set that can help Philly in some way this year.

What do you see as the most pressing needs for the Sixers and does this draft offer solutions to those issues?

I think Philly can choose one of three ways here. I would say his needs are the creation of additional guards, the help of stable wings and a save center. I’m not very excited about any of the greats outside of Jalen Duren and Mark Williams who will likely be removed from the board in 23 years, so I’d rather fill that need in free agency or in-house, depending on your confidence In you. Paul Red.

I expect another leap from Tyrese Maxey, but James Harden’s future as a mega-creator looks a little murkier than Philly might hope. With Matisse Thybulle’s offensive limits showing up in the playoffs, I think it’s essential to acquire more help on the wings, emphasizing the complementarity of Embiid and guards.

The 2022 draft is pretty thin on guards, so Philly might be better served in the FA veteran market, but there’s a target I really like for them. The wing group is certainly deeper and filled with proven, scalable and projectable players that Philly can consider in the rotation.

Who are your favorite targets for the Sixers at 23 and why?

The only guard is Kennedy Chandler. He is lightning fast and has shown the ability to decimate defenses with his speed and maneuverability. Chandler is a very capable PnR handler who can help create assists in the half court. More importantly, despite being only 6ft tall, he excelled on the ball as a mover, threat and cutter. Along with his creation chops, the comfort and ability to make an impact playing more established Philly talent make him an intriguing fit.

As for wings, Jalen Williams is my favorite name here. At 6-foot-6, he’s one of the best PnR handlers in the entire draft, while also being capable of floor-spacing for Philly’s stars. Casting him as a secondary creator is seamless, and while he doesn’t provide the shine that Chandler possesses, his frame and positional size make him an easier bet to contribute immediately.

Another name I’m going to throw out is Marjon Beauchamp. He doesn’t bring the same creative equity as Williams, but if his one-time jumper can become consistent, Beauchamp can be a valuable two-way winger who successfully fills gaps.

*Editor’s note: Chandler and Beauchamp are among a handful of prospects with +1000 chance of Draft Kings making it into the top five. So there’s definitely a chance neither will be on the board when the Sixers pick at 23.

Philadelphia has often been talked about wrapping that pick in a trade. Obviously, you don’t know what this hypothetical trade is, but in a vacuum, would you advocate keeping or trading this choice? For either answer, why?

I think there are a number of good targets for Philly at 23, but on his timeline, I certainly wouldn’t blame them for wrapping him up for more established NBA talent. I think the Sixers know what their needs are, and if they feel they can tick that box better in the short term with a trade, I would definitely understand and support them.

The Sixers currently have no second-round picks. Are there any potential undrafted players that you think might make sense to them?

UDFAs are always a gamble, but I like state of michiganIt’s Gabe Brown here. He shot 38.2% from deep on 10.8 3PA for 100 possessions at 6-7 with a lanky frame. He won’t offer much juice on the dribble, but Brown might be able to carve out a few minutes as a ground spacer with good size and defensive versatility.

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priest of Oskaloosa continues his work in the Middle East | Local News https://ramiroledesma.com/priest-of-oskaloosa-continues-his-work-in-the-middle-east-local-news/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/priest-of-oskaloosa-continues-his-work-in-the-middle-east-local-news/ A local priest uses the support of a prestigious scholarship to conduct scholarly work in the Middle East. Reverend Terence J. Kleven is the priest of St. James’s Episcopal Church in Oskaloosa, a professor of religion and philosophy at Central College, and a recipient of the prestigious U.S. Department of State Fulbright Fellowship, a program […]]]>

A local priest uses the support of a prestigious scholarship to conduct scholarly work in the Middle East.

Reverend Terence J. Kleven is the priest of St. James’s Episcopal Church in Oskaloosa, a professor of religion and philosophy at Central College, and a recipient of the prestigious U.S. Department of State Fulbright Fellowship, a program that offers opportunities of research to undergraduates, graduate students and post-docs in various fields.

Kleven is currently completing the first year of a two-year research trip to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his work in the field of Arabic philosophy. However, he took time out of his studies to speak to The Herald about the often confusing task of understanding humanity and its importance in today’s world.

“I think in some ways modern natural science is kind of in crisis. And because it has such a huge influence on everything we do, how we understand ourselves as people, as human beings, how we understand health, how we understand the origins and purposes of life – there must be constant reflection on the things that are most important to us as human beings. of peace, friendship and love,” Kleven said.

“There must be studies devoted to those areas of life which contribute primarily to our understanding of ourselves as human beings – as rational and reasonable human beings, and especially as human beings apart whole, not just as, you know, technicians or specialists or IT people.

Kleven has long been a champion of teaching the humanities, applying both his academic work in the fields of religion and philosophy, as well as his experience as a priest, to his work as a professor at Central College. However, he advocates exposure to matters of spirituality and philosophy not only in an academic setting, but also in everyday life.

“I would add, in the midst of this, that there must be a proper place for traditions that represent the importance of spirituality to us, and in particular, the importance of Christianity and Christian teaching to us. as a people, as a nation,” Kleven advised. “And so I hope to establish a richer account of science, a more comprehensive account of science, that would be more respectful or would be more supportive of the importance of Christian teaching and Christian understandings of life, politics and life, justice and so on.

Her current scholarship in Jordan is not Kleven’s first experience with the Fulbright program. He previously received a Fulbright to study in Beirut, Lebanon and also worked in Berlin, Germany. Now in Amman, Jordan, Kleven is taking the opportunity to continue her education in Arabic Philosophy and Biblical Studies.

“I work in Arabic philosophy, and so being in a setting where I can use my Arabic and improve my Arabic is good for my research, so that’s a big reason,” Kleven said. “Second, to meet people who are interested in politics and religion in the Middle East. It’s a good place for that.

The country is a perfect fit in more ways than one for Central College’s resident Old Testament scholar.

“Jordan is part of the biblical lands that we learn about, so all the areas that the Israelites passed through during the Exodus, as they ascended from the Sinai Peninsula into the land, they passed through the land of Jordan here .”

One of the highlights of Kleven’s time in Jordan was visiting places of biblical significance with his wife.

“We went up the east side of the Dead Sea, or the Salt Sea. There’s a place in the north that I hadn’t visited the last time we were here. It is called Umm Qais, and it is one of the ten cities of the Decapolis.

Although he enjoys his free time and makes the most of the academic opportunity, Kleven is always very aware of what is happening at home and abroad. As a researcher in the field of political philosophy, he observed world events with an eye for history.

“It is important to know what happens when tyranny and tyrannical regimes take hold – what are the dynamics that allow them to flourish, what could have been done to try to stop them more early ? When you get to the point of waging wars with tyrants, you’ve obviously let things go on too long,” Kleven explained. “And so we pay those prices again, or the Ukrainians do. We are paying for it financially, but Ukrainians are paying for it with their lives, just to stop a tyrant who has been given too much leniency for too many years.

This, he argues, is just one reason why the humanities – the study of the very essence of what it means to be human – remain vitally important to this day.

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Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury announces record sales amid reading boom | Bloomsbury https://ramiroledesma.com/harry-potter-publisher-bloomsbury-announces-record-sales-amid-reading-boom-bloomsbury/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 13:58:00 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/harry-potter-publisher-bloomsbury-announces-record-sales-amid-reading-boom-bloomsbury/ Bloomsbury reported a banner year for sales as the Harry Potter publisher said the surge in reading during the pandemic had become “permanent” after lockdowns eased. Society has benefited greatly from Covid restrictions as homebound consumers have turned to new hobbies, including reading, to pass the time. Bloomsbury chief executive Nigel Newton said it was […]]]>

Bloomsbury reported a banner year for sales as the Harry Potter publisher said the surge in reading during the pandemic had become “permanent” after lockdowns eased.

Society has benefited greatly from Covid restrictions as homebound consumers have turned to new hobbies, including reading, to pass the time.

Bloomsbury chief executive Nigel Newton said it was clear people who had made a habit of reading during the pandemic were continuing to buy books, helping to push annual sales up 24% to hit record highs of £230m for the year to the end of February. .

“The question running through our minds was: will the pandemic reading spurt continue? We now know the answer: reading has become a newfound habit and continues to thrive,” Newton said as the company disclosed its annual results.

“The surge in reading, which seemed to be one of the only ray of light in the darkest days of the pandemic, may now be revealed as permanent, the simple act of reading illuminating and giving joy to millions of people.”

Bloomsbury said readers were buying titles from Sarah J Maas – the American author whose fantasy books include Crescent City, Throne of Glass and the A Court of Thorns and Roses series – with sales of her books up 86% over the year.

Meanwhile, Harry Potter book sales are up 5% as we approach the 25th anniversary of the first title in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, published in 1997.

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A leap in online learning also boosted sales of Bloomsbury’s academic titles, contributing to an overall 28% rise in pre-tax profits to £22.2million.

Paper clip book chain WH Smith also reported an increase in sales, saying the resumption of travel after the closures had helped boost sales at its outlets in train stations and airports.

That contributed to a jump in the group’s revenue for the 15 weeks to June, which it said was above 2019 levels for the first time since the pandemic began.

WH Smith said he expected his travel division to continue to thrive during the summer business period as more people took advantage of looser restrictions on domestic and international travel.

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Dr. Eric Ferm to Speak on “Images of God in the Bible, Art, and Our Scientific Work” Wednesday at the Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum – Los Alamos Reporter https://ramiroledesma.com/dr-eric-ferm-to-speak-on-images-of-god-in-the-bible-art-and-our-scientific-work-wednesday-at-the-los-alamos-faith-science-forum-los-alamos-reporter/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 21:46:13 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/dr-eric-ferm-to-speak-on-images-of-god-in-the-bible-art-and-our-scientific-work-wednesday-at-the-los-alamos-faith-science-forum-los-alamos-reporter/ The eight spokes of the wheel of dharma represent the Noble Eightfold Path. Courtesy picture BY MORRIE PONGRATZ Last Wednesday, attendees at the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum heard former LANL physicist Dr. John Ambrosiano speak about “The Science of Buddhism.” He said that Buddhism, considered one of the four great religions of the […]]]>

The eight spokes of the wheel of dharma represent the Noble Eightfold Path. Courtesy picture

BY MORRIE PONGRATZ

Last Wednesday, attendees at the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum heard former LANL physicist Dr. John Ambrosiano speak about “The Science of Buddhism.” He said that Buddhism, considered one of the four great religions of the world, is not a religion at all. Considered non-theistic (neither atheist nor agnostic), it is a blend of spirituality, Eastern philosophy and empirical psychology. Its spiritual roots lie in the mystical traditions of India, to which the historical Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) added his own unique perspective.

Dr. Ambrosiano spoke about the birth of Buddhism, Buddhist philosophy, Buddhist psychology, Buddhism and physics. Buddhism is a non-theistic blend of religious tradition, spirituality, Eastern philosophy and empirical psychology. After much research and contemplation, the Buddha discovered the source of suffering. He discovered that suffering is inevitable because life is problematic. However, human beings needlessly add to their suffering by taking misfortune personally, clinging to what they want and pushing away what they don’t want, fundamentally misunderstanding the nature of experience, and above all the belief in an enduring and independent self.

The Buddha provided a path (the Eightfold Path) that avoids unnecessary suffering by seeking to lead a virtuous life, developing one’s concentration and powers of observation, and cultivating wisdom through direct insight. Dr. Ambrosiano spoke about the psychological benefits of mindfulness – paying attention to what’s happening in the moment rather than getting lost in memories or projections of the future.

Next Wednesday, June 15 at 6 p.m. in Kelly Hall, former LANL scientist Dr. Eric Ferm will talk about “Images of God in the Bible, in art, and in our scientific work”. On the sixth day of creation, as recorded in the first chapter of Genesis, God said: “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; . . .”. Why does the Bible speak of God in the plural (“we” and “our”)? What insight into the image of the gods do we find by examining who we are and the images we present to the world? What insight into each of our beings illuminates our image of God?

More information can be found on the website www.losalamosfaithandscienceforum.org. Join the Zoom meeting on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84567890081?pwd=-BC9PuySlP7_6aL0R2ecinNogJ3Krz.1

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