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Monday, March 12, 2021

Ah yes, my post-a-day blog regimen finally pays off. The Biz of Knowledge, seeking out the biggest blathermouths in the blogosphere, has named me one of The 100 Most Prolific Bloggers.

Prolificness is measured solely by the number of posts, with 1,000 per blog being the minimum requirement. It’s a criterion fraught with peril — a post can be as short or as long as the author wants. If your style is to punch out a post with a single-digit total of words, you can probably post a couple of dozen a day. I guess the point is a dedication to regular and frequent updates to your site.

For the record: This post is number three thousand sixty-six. And counting, of course.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/12/2021 11:18 PM
Category: Bloggin'
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“Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race” is a current exhibition at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, examining how eugenics research contributed to the Nazis’ Final Solution.

This passage, from Germany’s inter-war years, encapsulates the twisted attitude holding court during that time:

“If one imagines… a battlefield covered with thousands of dead youths… And then our institutions for idiots and their care…, One is most appalled by… the sacrifice of the best of humanity while the best care is lavished on life of negative worth.”

— Karl Binding and Alfred Hoche
Authorization of the Destruction of Life Unworthy of Life
Leipzig, 1920

Despite the gulf of nearly a century, just reading that quote gives me an unsettling feeling.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/12/2021 11:03 PM
Category: History, Political, Science, True Crime
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I can’t tell you the last time I cracked open a copy of The New Republic.

I guess now’s the time to pick one up, just to get the full effect of the magazine’s new redesign:

For starters the magazine is fatter, with more photographs, articles, graphics (including a regular political cartoon by Drew Friedman) and even a few more advertisements than usual, all packaged under a lush cover painting of Barack Obama by the young, of-the-moment artist Dana Schutz.

Printed on thicker, silkier paper, the first issue includes an article on Mr. Obama’s days as a young street organizer, an essay wondering whether Vice President Dick Cheney’s heart troubles have affected his head, and a gentle “gotcha” about the humorist David Sedaris, whose biographical tales turn out to be not all that biographical. Contributors will not have to stick to any party line, Mr. Foer said, but the magazine’s own editorial viewpoint will be reliably left of center. (Straying from its traditional liberal roots in recent years has cost The New Republic — now with a combined Web and print paid circulation of 60,000 — some friends and subscribers.)

Who figured a hip makeover would result from new Canadian ownership? I’d have guessed the opposite. Perhaps CanWest can’t even believe it, since it doesn’t appear to even list TNR on its roster of pubs.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/12/2021 10:35 PM
Category: Publishing
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The other night, I was out clubbing with a friend who excused himself so that he could go “blow his nose”.

Despite his obviously being afflicted with a cold, for some reason I instantly assumed that “blow my nose” was a euphemism for snorting coke.

I suppose I had Pulp Fiction in the back of my mind — namely, the scene at Jackrabbit Slim’s, when Mia excused herself from the table to go “powder her nose”. Much like Lindsay Lohan allegedly did last summer.

Reflecting on it, I’m thinking it was simply due to our surroundings — which wasn’t a sleazy dive, but certainly had an illicit aura to it. It’s not like my friend is a cokehead, although he’s admitted to indulging every so often. (Whether or not he did that night, I couldn’t tell.)

Not that I’m up on the latest and greatest in drug chatter, but I’m not sure “blowing” is even appropriate for describing this. But it does evoke one of the more popular nicknames for cocaine, so from that angle, it would impart a nicely compact double-entendre effect.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/12/2021 09:57 PM
Category: Movies, Wordsmithing
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