Marcus Aurelius From The Virtual University (MICHAEL SUGRUE)

The 1% and the climb to the top.
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This is a lecture, the first of a series about Marcus Aurelius. I’ve read the Meditations a couple of times and I’ve read Epictetus as well. However, a good teacher can put all this in context and that is what is happening here. Unlike many You-Tube teaching videos, the sound is good and the teacher is easy to give your undivided attention to. I enjoyed the lecture. I believe there are three more. Once you are watching this one, the follow ups will be listed on the right hand side of the screen.

I personally find this philosophy compelling but I’m older and more skeptical. So, let’s see where this material takes us.

James Pilant

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Fantastic Video / Garfunkel and Oates – “Save the Rich”

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I have long been a fan of Garfunkel and Oates (Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome) since I came across their video “Sex with Ducks” some years ago. If you want smart, intellectual humor you can find plenty on their You Tube web site or you can go to their main site here. (WARNING – Strong Language)  I’ve written about them before but their new video calls for comment on my part.

Here is the video – just click on the link below –

Save the Rich by Garfunkel and Oates

Music is often a vehicle for social comment. Garfunkel and Oates usually aim their musical commentary at the weird social scene of Southern California but here they show some sharp satirical teeth regarding economic inequality.

This one captures with I believe considerable accuracy the views of many in the Occupy Wall Street Movement and the 99 percenters. It’s topical and it is very funny.

Besides, an occasional jab at the Republican spin phrase, job creators, is something I relish.

James Pilant

P.S. Here’s a review of one of their performances from Katherine Phelps, in search of LOLitanium

Lindhome and Micucci showed skill in their playing and tightly blended voices. The vocal clarity and articulation were excellent. This is important. Some people think that with comedy they can forego skill in certain performance elements, because doing something badly is funny. However, most comedians who have received the biggest laughs for this sort of gag, do so out of genuine ability and understanding how to make something hilariously bad. Victor Borge was famous for this. Micucci and Lindhome do not take this approach. Instead they ensure they deliver their material with such competence that nothing gets in the way of the jokes. It’s a very smooth package.

Riki Lindhome - courtesy UCBComedy


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The Biker Code (via HDBikerGuy)

This is a lot more entertaining and probably much more moral than the codes of conduct created by corporations. It’s a fun read and something I didn’t expect to see written out. I was under the false assumption that it was more of an unwritten code like that of the gunfighter. Well, I learn things all the time while blogging.

James Pilant

Biker's Code I ride purely, and only, because it is fun. I ride because I enjoy the freedom I feel from being exposed to the elements, and the vulnerability to the danger that is intrinsic to riding.I do not ride because it is fashionable to do so. I ride my machine, not wear it. My machine is not a symbol of status. It exists simply for me, and me alone. My machine is not a toy. It is an extension of my being, and I will treat it accordingly, wi … Read More

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