Archive for December, 2012

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 14,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

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yellow birds

Three young Americans serve honorably in Al Tafar, Iraq, in an unholy war that either destroys or breaks their will to live.  Though you fully understand this is a novel, you will feel as you read that parts and the whole of each of them has lived in many men who have served in the Gulf Wars.  The Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers, is best read privately for you will shed tears for these men.  Short, the book is an intense experience.

The author gives no smug comfort to the reader, no patriotic catch phrases to make us proud of our country.  The reader is left to answer the questions of why and at what cost do we enter war.  The author leaves no room for flag waving, and yet every word is deeply American.

The Blue Ridge Mountains image honors the one still moment in the book; even so you know at that moment, the weather is ever-changing.

Salute the truth, known and hidden.  Charles Marlin

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Mike and Sally Vereb have joined the Clarion County Community Foundation Board of Directors.  Both are retired from the Intermediate Unit and now live in Foxburg.  Mike manages the Foxburg Inn; and both are very active in Allegeheny-Clarion Valley community affairs.  We are delighted to have their willing and useful participation on the Board.

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Clarion County Community Foundation has two new members on the Board of Diirectors.  They are, on the left, Greg Faller, Clarion County Democratic Commissioner and Fryburg community leader; and Andy Montana, owner of Ace Montana Realty in Clarion.  We welcome them to the Board and thank them for their dedicated interest in providing trusteeship for scholarships and endowed trusts in Clarion County.

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Stiglitz_-_croppedWas it Ronald Reagan or Benjamin Franklin who said, “An economist is as useful as a tit on a boar;” no I remember, it was Plato.  Sorry old fellow, but here is a book to prove you wrong, Joseph E. Stiglitz, The Price Of Inequality.  Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prize In Economics, writes with directness and clarity; and when he uses economist-speak, he explains what he is writing about.

“This book,” he writes in the preface, “is about why our economic system is failing for most Americans, why inequality is growing to the extent it is, and what the consequences are.  The underlying thesis is that we are paying a high price for our inequality–an economic system that is less stable and less efficient, with less growth, and a democracy that has been put into peril.  But even more is at stake: as our economic system is seen to fail for most citizens, and as our political system seems to be captured by moneyed interests, confidence in our democracy and in our market economy will erode along with our global influence.  As the reality sinks in that we are no longer a country of opportunity and that even our long-vaulted rule of law and system of justice have been compromised, even our sense of national identity may be put into jeopardy.”

Stiglitz will inform you more fully and correctly than any and all that was produced in the recent presidential campaign.  The sole slogan for the campaign should have been, “Read Stiglitz–Then Vote.”  Charles Marlin

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