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Saint George and the Dragon (Notke)
Saint George and the Dragon (Swedish: Sankt Göran och draken) is a late medieval wooden sculpture depicting the legend of Saint George and the Dragon, located in Storkyrkan in Stockholm, Sweden. It is attributed to Bernt Notke and was commissioned by the Swedish regent Sten Sture the Elder. It was inaugurated in 1489. It has been described as an artistic high point in the artistic production of Bernt Notke.
Stockholm  Sweden  Renaissance  Sculpture  Art  St.  George  Dragon 
5 weeks ago by dbourn
John George Brown - Scraping a Deerskin (1904)
Experts believe Brown was motivated to depict rustic septuagenarians not only to secure his own legacy, but also out of concern for the way the U.S. was changing. The 19th century was a time of industrialization and urbanization throughout the nation. The Ashcan School (also represented in the Scott Galleries), and other American artists, captured the excitement and anxieties of modern life in their pictures. Brown, conversely, sought to preserve the figure of the hunter-farmer-craftsman, whose “self-reliant,” agrarian ways appeared to be headed for extinction.
Brown evidently felt no responsibility for the disagreeable social, economic, and environmental changes that, in his opinion, were spoiling the pastoral republic—though he was an urbanite who skillfully interpreted the tastes of fellow New Yorkers, most of whom made their money through the new mechanisms of industrialization. Indeed, the artist adopted these strategies himself, increasing his sales through patenting, mass-production, and investment. In Scraping, however, Brown cast himself as a rural hunter, preserving “traditional” America in his own image—an ironic act considering he was a new arrival to the country.

Art historian Kathleen Placidi has noted that Brown was able to claim this heritage without criticism because he came from Britain, like the predecessors of most New Englanders who made up the art-viewing public of the day. She further observes that, among this public, such nostalgic images as Scraping bolstered convictions that the nation was composed of two groups: those originating from Anglo settlers and embodying “true” American values; and those newly arrived Irish, Italian, Chinese and Eastern-European immigrants—frequently blamed, at the time, for the country’s ills.
John  George  Brown  Bears  Painting  Huntington  Los  Angeles  Whites 
september 2018 by dbourn
Queer Georgetown, Penang and Malaysia
Utopia listing. George Town appears on the list of Forbes' Places to Retire Abroad:
Smaller and slower than the other Malaysian locale in the Live and Invest Overseas Top 10 Places to Retire Abroad (Kuala Lumpur was No. 6), George Town is the capital of Penang (Island of Pearls), west of the mainland. The editors say the island has excellent medical care and reasonably priced and that locals communicate largely in English. ECA International called George Town the most livable city in Malaysia and a few years back, Lonely Planet dubbed Penang the top food destination in the world — dining choices include Chinese, Malay, Indian, Thai and more, often for about $3 a person. A small furnished apartment rents for less than $300 a month; a large villa with an ocean view rents for more like $3,000 a month
Asia  Malaysia  Queer  George  Town  Retirement 
january 2018 by dbourn
Lost Rubens portrait of George Villiers, James I's lover, is rediscovered in Glasgow
A long-lost portrait of perhaps one of the most famous gay men in history by the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens has been found in Glasgow. The portrait showing George Villiers, the first Duke of Buckingham, thought to have been James VI and I’s lover, had been hanging in a National Trust for Scotland property and was believed to be a copy of the lost original, which had been missing for almost 400 years.
George  Villiers  James  I  England  UK  Glasgow  Scotland  Queer  White  History  Painting  Arts 
september 2017 by dbourn
Housing Crisis - What will Ben Carson’s HUD look like?
There is little doubt that if Ryan gets his way, further cuts to HUD can be expected. And the Republican Congress he leads will gladly finish the job Reagan started 30 years ago. Unlike food, heating, or medical assistance, federal housing aid is not automatically available to anyone whose income falls below the poverty line. America would still have a housing crisis if Reagan hadn’t been elected in 1980, but it probably wouldn’t have the vicious size of the one we face today. For all intents and purposes HUD is still living in the Reagan era. Although the first Bush, Clinton, and Obama administrations appointed legitimate stewards to helm the agency, the iron law of post-1970s American politics remained in place: once a social program is cut it doesn’t come back. Funding for integral programs HUD oversees, like the public housing capital fund and Community Development Block Grants, which respectively maintain mid-century projects and provide local governments with flexible funds for h
HUD  Housing  Ronald  Reagan  George  Romney  Ben  Carson  Paul  Ryan  Government  State  Social  Programs 
january 2017 by dbourn
Gentrification is a global problem. It's time we found a better solution
For years, gentrification boosters such as Richard Florida have argued it is the surefire formula for urban regeneration, proselytising their magic recipe to rapt mayors around the world. The “urban renaissance” of the past two decades, masterminded in the UK by Richard Rogers in the form of New Labour’s urban taskforce, set out to revitalise decaying inner city cores, breathe fresh life into post-industrial “brownfield” land, and make cities happier, healthier, safer places to live and work. Land Value Tax has enjoyed the support of economists throughout the ages, from Adam Smith (who said “nothing could be more reasonable”) to Milton Friedman (who called it “the least bad tax”), but it is most closely associated with Henry George, whose 1879 book Progress and Poverty argued that land-value levies should replace all other taxes, leaving labour and capital to flourish freely, thus ending poverty, unemployment, inflation and inequality.
Gentrification  Global  Gentrification  Land  Value  Tax  Richard  Florida  Richard  Rogers  Henry  George 
september 2016 by dbourn
Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law
A few months after Congress passed a landmark law directing the federal government to dismantle segregation in the nation's housing, President Nixon's housing chief began plotting a stealth campaign. The plan, George Romney (former governor of Michigan and father of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney) wrote in a confidential memo to aides, was to use his power as secretary of Housing and Urban Development to remake America's housing patterns, which he described as a "high-income white noose" around the black inner city. viewed the blighted black ghettos as a root cause of the inner-city riots of the 1960s. "Equal opportunity for all Americans in education and housing is essential if we are going to keep our nation from being torn apart," he wrote in talking points he drew up for a meeting with the president. Romney's stance made him a pariah within the administration. Nixon shut down the program, refused to meet with his housing secretary and finally drove him from the Cabinet. Over the next four decades, a succession of presidents — Democrat and Republican alike — followed Nixon's lead, declining to use the leverage of HUD's billions to fight segregation. Their reluctance to enforce a law passed by both houses of Congress and repeatedly upheld by the courts reflects a larger political reality. Again and again, attempts to create integrated neighborhoods have foundered in the face of vehement opposition from homeowners. Despite the Fair Housing Act, levels of residential segregation have barely budged in many of the large metropolitan areas where most African Americans live. Black Americans earning $75,000 a year typically live in poorer neighborhoods than white Americans earning $40,000 a year, according to an analysis of census data by John Logan of Brown University.
Segregation  Whites  Blacks  Maps  US  History  Structural  Racism  George  Romney  HUD  Fair  Housing  Act  1968  Richard  Nixon  John  Logan  Cities  Ghetto  Great  Migration 
august 2016 by dbourn
Geroge Packer - A Reply From Silicon Valley - The New Yorker
The same week as my piece in The New Yorker on the political culture of Silicon Valley came two big stories from the tech world: Tumblr, a blogging platform founded by a high-school dropout (now all of twenty-six) named David Karp, was bought by Yahoo for $1.1 billion; and a Senate report revealed that Apple has pushed tax avoidance to its most creative outer limits, incorporating three ghost subsidiaries in Dublin to hide billions of dollars—almost a third of Apple’s profits over the past three years—from the United States Treasury. Together, these stories tell us that Silicon Valley continues to create hugely popular products that generate fantastic wealth at the top; and that there is no such thing as tech exceptionalism. The technology industry remains another special interest, as intent as the oil and pharmaceutical sectors on maximizing profits and minimizing its obligation to pay taxes.
George  Packer  Tech  Californian  Ideology  Capitalism  Sociopathology 
january 2016 by dbourn
Arden, Delaware
Wikipedia entry: "Followers of Henry George's philosophy of economics created Arden as an experiment in the single-tax idea after a failed attempt to implement Georgism in the entire State of Delaware in the late 19th century."
Arden  DE  Henry  George  Community  Land  Trust  History  Land  Value  Tax 
february 2015 by dbourn
Fairhope, Alabama
Despite the ideals of the corporation, the town has transitioned from utopian experiment to artists' and intellectuals' colony to boutique resort and affluent suburb of Mobile.
Henry  George  Land  Value  Tax  History  GA 
february 2015 by dbourn
George Packer - Change the World
2013 New Yorker feature: "When financiers say that they’re doing God’s work by providing cheap credit, and oilmen claim to be patriots who are making the country energy-independent, no one takes them too seriously—it’s a given that their motivation is profit. But when technology entrepreneurs describe their lofty goals there’s no smirk or wink. “Many see their social responsibility fulfilled by their businesses, not by social or political action,” one young entrepreneur said of his colleagues. “It’s remarkably convenient that they can achieve all their goals just by doing their start-up.” He added, “They actually think that Facebook is going to be the panacea for many of the world’s problems. It isn’t cynicism—it’s arrogance and ignorance." “I’m making more of a difference than anybody in government could possibly make.”
Tech  Politics  Sociopathology  Obama  Libertarianism  Californian  Ideology  Sociopatholgy  Capitalism  George  Packer 
july 2014 by dbourn
Google shows libertarians the money
2014 Salon article on Google funding libertarian conferences
Google  Libertarians  DC  George  Mason  University 
april 2014 by dbourn
George Osborne's garden city: why the chancellor should look to history
2014 History Extra report on early British attempts at planned cities - in this case, with democratic governance
George  Osborne  UK  Planning  Cities  19th  Century 
march 2014 by dbourn
George McGovern: America's Critic and Champion
2012 American Prospect feature: "[The] McGovern Commission, which he chaired following the party debacle of 1968, implemented a series of reforms which had the effect of neutering the power of the white, ethnic party bosses and their allies in the most conservative sectors of organized labor. It also introduced numerical requirements for minority and women’s participation at the convention. Primaries, rather than those smoke-filled back rooms would now pick the nominee. the tantalizing “what if” of a New Left/minority/feminist/labor coalition... was never to happen.... For the first and only time in its history, the AFL-CIO did not endorse the Democratic candidate for president, remaining strategically neutral." The white working class abandons the Democratic Party, a coalition with the New Left never takes place.
George  McGovern  1972  US  President  Left  Politics 
january 2014 by dbourn

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