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This is what I see on regular display from the lapuns who contribute to this site. Both individually and collectively, we wish the best for Papua New Guinea and its people but feel it would be remiss of us not to point to disingenuousness, self-deception and folly when we see it on display.
It has come that time dear friends and family that American Relay is to be no more. With over 248 shows, some 40,000 miles driven, and dozens of empty maker mark bottles under our belts the only thing that is essential to this band, soul and vitality, is not in plentiful supply anymore. We consider what we do to be roots based soul music, centered in the most primal of places where there the energy is ancient and pure, simple and potent. If and when parts to the whole of American Relay are not in a place to be 100% behind the music then to continue on would be an exercise in futility and disingenuousness.
Every Administration spins and sugarcoats the economic truth. But the Bush White House took this disingenuousness to new levels. The surest way to get yourself fired as a Bush economic adviser was to say something that was true. Paul O'Neill was ousted from Treasury for warning about deficits. Larry Lindsey was kicked out of the top White House economic job for predicting in 2002 that the Iraq war would cost $100 billion to $200 billion — far below the actual cost but much more than what the White House was officially projecting. This disdain for reality, and for expertise, pervaded the Bush economic approach, and made it impossible for the Administration to react intelligently to real-world economic problems like the housing bubble. Read \"Four Steps to Ending the Foreclosure Crisis.\"
I think the legislation now before Congress involving federal oversight of the field of Middle Eastern studies, as proposed by Kurtz, does raise grave questions about academic freedom. But not to have explicated in your columns the sad impasse that has been reached in Middle Eastern studies, in which anti-Israel bias is rampant, is the height of disingenuousness.
North Korea has succeeded in making itself militarily untouchable. It will no longer be deprived of its nuclear arsenal, nor of the means to produce more if necessary, after having pretended, with complete disingenuousness, to renounce it. Must we accept this and no longer challenge that regime
As a former energy secretary during the Clinton administration, Richardson has presumably studied these issues. But here he demonstrates extraordinary ignorance (or perhaps extraordinary disingenuousness) about the economic impact of cap-and-trade systems. By contrast, Obama shows extraordinary clarity and honesty about the effects of the policy he is proposing.
Readers of Evelyn Waugh's Decline and Fall will remember Paul Pennyfeather's first attempts to gain employment after dismissal from his Oxford college: \"Sent down for indecent behaviour, eh\" said Mr. Levy, of Church and Gargoyle, scholastic agents. \"Well, I don't think we'll say anything about that. In fact, officially, mind, you haven't told me. We call that sort of thing 'Education discontinued for personal reasons,' you understand.\" Paul's new employer Dr. Fagan is unfazed by the euphemism (\"I have been in the scholastic profession long enough to know that nobody enters it unless he has some very good reason which he is anxious to conceal\"), and hires him on the spot. The point is that no one is really fooled by official linguistic evasionese, but that it gives those who wish it a pretext to ignore the sordid reality it imperfectly veils. We had occasion below to deplore the Vatican's use of the expression \"retired for reasons of health\" as a public explanation of the removal of bishops guilty of sexual perversion. The frequency with which this less-than-truthful euphemism has been employed in the recent past has resulted in a situation in which it has lost any power of concealment -- having become semantically equivalent to the coarsest of all street-corner taunts: \"Yo' mutha retired for reasons of health!\" The Vatican's trope differs from the more common vulgarism only in signaling disingenuousness on the part of the speaker. Paradoxically, were this bit of official boilerplate ever employed of someone of whom it was true, it would be tantamount to a slander. If a man left Oxford because he wished, say, to enter business, it would be libellous to aggregate him to generations of scoundrels by writing \"Education discontinued for personal reasons\" next to his name. By the same token, if a bishop was really unable to continue in office because of illness, it would be a gross injustice to say he was stepping down on the same grounds publicly given for the Dan Ryans and Patrick Ziemanns and Tom Dupres and Keith Symons, etc., etc. Some readers have suggested that disgraced Bishop Kurt Krenn truly suffers from bodily ailments; if so, how could the Holy See communicate it to us
This Philip Morris (PM) document exposes the company's disingenuousness in continuing to predict that economic devastation will result from the passage of smoking bans. The following quote is by David Laufer, Philip Morris' director of Marketing and Sales, in 1994:
I fear that we don't have an adequate framework to make complete sense of the depravity and disingenuousness of what is taking place. Basically, we have one political party at the national level, the Republicans, who have long since ceded any pretense of actually doing the work of government, namely making policies to solve problems. Instead, it is raw power for power's sake, and that has turned Congress into what is in essence largely a troll farm on their side of the aisle. You stand out by \\u201Cowning the libs\\u201D on Fox News (or an even more troll-inducing platform). You don\\u2019t stand out, or maybe better put you stand out in the wrong way, if you actually try to work on the major issues of the day. It\\u2019s all Dr. Seuss and not nearly enough supporting the doctors fighting the pandemic.
Back to the table of Contents Page Classifieds Palo Alto Online Publication Date: Friday, December 12, 2003 Off the 'Wall' Off the 'Wall' (December 12, 2003) TheatreWorks presents a funny farce about upper-class angst and furniture by Ben MarksWhat if the separation between you, the reader of this article, and me, its author, did not exist Among other things, I would probably not feel compelled to carefully craft -- nor would you be obliged to admire -- this clever, hopefully original, introductory paragraph designed to whet your appetite for TheatreWorks' production of A.R. Gurney's \"The Fourth Wall,\" directed by Jules Aaron and now playing at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.I would have simply said that A.R. Gurney's \"The Fourth Wall\" is now playing at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto (isn't that better), and that you absolutely must not miss it. Gurney's aim is to tear down the invisible fourth wall that separates theater audiences from actors. He uses just about every cheap and cherished theatrical device to achieve this. I should be half as successful with the rest of this review.The play is set in the living room of Peggy and Roger, a pair of upper-class Buffalo, N.Y. empty-nesters. Designed by Eric Sinkkonen, this handsome room is a Stepford-nightmare parody of late-1980s Pottery Barn, with lots of fussy hard edges, a strategically positioned baby grand and wet bar, several coordinated examples of nautical art and a backdrop of French doors and adjoining rows of rectangular windows, creating a grid that resembles bars of a prison. Peggy, whose earnest innocence is played to disarming perfection by Kimberly King, feels trapped in this well-appointed cage. She is also profoundly and sincerely exasperated with the policies and behavior of a certain George W. Bush, as well as our cola-guzzling consumer-obsessed society.In fact, Peggy is so traumatized by the disingenuousness, deceit and pervasive stupidity of our president, his goons, and the opiated masses their policies spawn, she decides to engage in the only act of civil disobedience available to her -- redecorating her living room. Depending on your politics, you'll either conclude that Peggy is nuts or that Howard Dean has hired her as a speechwriter. Peggy's double-suburban heresy is to leave the fourth wall of her living room blank, and to turn all of the room's furniture toward its empty expanse. Longing to achieve something greater in her life than mere contentment, she wonders what might lie beyond that fourth wall. A world A stage What if it were an audience Stripped of its ceremonial talismans and faced head on, the fourth wall begins to exert a strange influence on the people in the room, transforming them, occasionally against their will, into actors, as if on a stage, performing -- at times singing -- their various parts in a play. It's worth noting that's precisely what they are.While Peggy finds all of this thrilling, Peggy's nose-to-the-grindstone husband, Roger (Jackson Davis), is unnerved by the sudden command a blank living room wall seems to exert upon their lives. Determined to find a solution to whatever it is that's vexing his wife (how male), he enlists the help of an old family friend named Julia (Suzanne Grodner) to see if she can't talk some sense into his poor misguided Peggy.Despite his character's mono-dimensional nature, Davis' performance of Roger is spirited and sharp. Julia, on the other hand, gets a great big meaty part, and Grodner bites into it with abandon (the piano scene is especially hilarious).Her take-no-prisoners, status-conscious New Yorker struts about the stage, shamelessly barking her deliberately fake laugh when she's not contorting her face into expressions of profound displeasure, in which her eyes, nose and lips all pinch together, as if she'd just caught a whiff of a litter box that hasn't been emptied in weeks. She's great fun -- exactly, one guesses, as the playwright intended.Julia, of course, thinks her old pal is looney tunes, but Roger wants a second opinion so he calls in Floyd (Danny Scheie), a local loser of a drama professor who is rewarded for his passions by apathetic students and the indignity of not being granted tenure, which, he assures us, he's obsessed with. Scheie is the play's Queer Eye for the Straight Swells, a bull on wheels determined to whip these bozos into shape if it's the last thing he does. His scene with King is antic, while the hissing match between him and Grodner is a scream. I won't give away the ending but I will say this: According to the program's notes, Gurney wrote \"The Fourth Wall\" during the first Bush administration, and then updated it in 2002. Heaven help Arnold if the New York-centric playwright ever learns about a place called Sacramento. What: \"The Fourth Wall,\" a West Coast premiere presented by TheatreWorks. Written by A.R. Gurney, the play features music by Cole Porter. Where: Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. When: Through December 28. Regular show times are Tuesdays (Dec. 16) at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m. (no performances Dec. 24 and 25); Saturdays at 8 p.m. ; additional 2 p.m. performances on Dec. 13, 20 and 27; Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m., additional 7 p.m. performance on Dec. 28. \"Visual Voice\" audio-described performances will be available Dec. 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $20-$48; discounts available for youth, students, seniors, and members. Info: For tickets and information, call (650) 903-6000 or visit theatreworks.org E-mail a friend a link to this story. 59ce067264