The Higher Learning

“even the scholars occupied with the “humanities,” are at pains to find some colourable answer that shall satisfy the worldly-wise that this learning for which they speak is in some way useful for pecuniary gain” – Thorstein Veblen, 1919.

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building my TB fan site.

 

Also: “Among the immediate consequences of this latter feature, as shown in the example of the law schools, is a relatively high cost. The schedule of salaries in the law schools attached to the universities, e. g., runs appreciably higher than in the university proper ; the reason being, of course, that men suitable efficiently to serve as instructors and directive officials in a school of law are almost necessarily men whose services in the practice of the law would command a high rate of pay. What is needed in the law school (as in the school of commerce) is men who are practically conversant with the ways and means of earning large fees, that being the point of it all”  Veblen on p214 of The Higher Learning. [My italics]

Trinkets from Bác Hồ

Always on the lookout for the anthro connection, so this hit high on my trigger warning system:

A gift from Uncle Ho to “Vuong Chi Sinh, a leader of the Mong ethnic people in Ha Giang” in recognition of his commitment to the revolution.

I don’t know how yet, but this will enter my discussion of anthropology and ethics in Vietnam (highlands Special Forces activity etc).

Great stuff – also, the Ho Chi Minh Museum is a great educational resource and well worth a visit. It used to be the Saigon Port Building.

https://en.nhandan.org.vn/culture/item/7764302-ho-chi-minh-museum-receives-two-uncle-ho%E2%80%99s-memorabilia.html

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Details here:

https://en.nhandan.org.vn/culture/item/7764302-ho-chi-minh-museum-receives-two-uncle-ho%E2%80%99s-memorabilia.html

 

Derek Sayer. Ethnographic fragments #23: erasing history in San Francisco, censorship Canadian-style, and two women of courage and conviction – coasts of bohemia

Derek Sayer invokes Humphrey Jennings “Pandemonium” as explanation of how he sees his fragments [I read trinkets] series working. In particular these latest few seem worth the entry price – signing up new followers now. See:

https://coastsofbohemia.com/2019/06/30/ethnographic-fragments-23-erasing-history-in-san-francisco-censorship-canadian-style-and-two-women-of-courage-and-conviction/

Especially great are ‘studies in courage’ which are things widely seen already but really worth keeping on record. Here they are, followed by his Jennings link:


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“A protracted standoff between a ship carrying rescued migrants and the Italian government ended early Saturday [June 29], when the vessel docked at the southern island of Lampedusa and the captain was arrested,” reports the New York Times.

“Mr. Salvini said on Saturday that Italy’s objective was to avoid ‘drama and death’ by stopping migrants from leaving their homeland. He said he had heard that two more rescue ships were en route to Libya, and added that the arrest of Captain Rackete should serve as a warning of the risks of coming to Italy.

‘Now you know how things work,’ he said. ‘Finally, there is a government that ensures that its borders are respected.’”


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“It is wonderful as well as inspirational to see that our country, once again, has someone of such great talent, grit, & integrity representing our country on the world stage. Congratulations & thank you…..Megan Rapinoe!!!!! You make America proud!”

John O. Brennan, CIA Director 2013-17, on Twitter, June 29, 2019 in response to Donald Trump’s tweet “After some very important meetings, including my meeting with President Xi of China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with President Moon). While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!”

Same Megan Rapinoe as announced to the world she would “not be going to the fucking White House” if the US Women’s soccer team won the World Cup.


The English surrealist and documentary filmmaker Humphrey Jennings explained the intellectual project of his book Pandaemoniumas to “present, not describe or analyse” the “imaginative history of the Industrial Revolution … by means of what I call Images. These are quotations from writings of the period in question … which either in the writing or in the nature of the matter itself or both have revolutionary and symbolic and illuminatory quality. I mean that they contain in little a whole world—they are the knots in a great net of tangled time and space—the moments at which the situation of humanity is clear—even if only for the flash time of the photographer or the lighting.”

These “snippets” are intended to function in the same way. Click on the headings to go to the original articles, which are mostly from the mainstream aka fake news media.

Global South Asia On Screen: India only edition.

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Available from Aakar Books Here.

Rest of the world here (bloomsbury paperback in November)

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4826-8949

 

Just because its only out cheaply in India does not mean you canot still buy stauff – the Hardback is 20 quid on some sites.

ANd there are a few older things still kicking about:

 

John Hutnyk is the author of Bad Marxism (Pluto Press, 2004) and Critique of Exotica …
The Rumour of Calcutta: Tourism, Charity and the Poverty of Representation [John Hutnyk] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

trinkets not covered for removal

I am booking a removals company to move some stuff and reading their contract. Only one of the following prohibited items applies to this blog, but this is the list of what they will not carry. I am also concerned that most of almost everything I have is a media device. And I hope many paragraphs are potentially dangerous or explosive. Aiming at writing for the vermin too – we shall rise up!

4.1.1 Potentially dangerous, damaging or explosive items, including gas
bottles, aerosols, paints, firearms and ammunition.

4.1.2 Jewellery, watches, trinkets, precious stones or metals, money,
deeds, securities, mobile telephones, portable media and computing
devices, stamps, coins, or goods or collections of any similar kind.

4.1.3 Goods likely to encourage vermin or other pests or to cause
infestation or contamination.