Invisible transfers, long distance calls, hollow laughter in marble halls…

“For hard cash, we will lie and deceive…even our masters don’t know the webs we weave.”

– Pink Floyd

(1) The Mendacity Behind Obama’s Mockery of the Cash-for-Iran Story by Claudia Rosett

“Welcome, once again, to the vertigo of the Obama “narrative,” in which the priority of his “most transparent” administration is not to deal honestly with the American public, but to spin a web of half truths, enmeshed in complexities, to cover up highly questionable uses of power — and then, if caught red-handed, use the bully pulpit to deride and dismiss the critics.”

“One might almost suppose Obama knows quite well that cash shipments to Tehran are actually a very big story. A story that quite reasonably raises glaring questions about his dealings with Iran, and the integrity of the narrative he offers the public.”

Weekend 372.1

“So the little prince, in spite of all the good will that was inseparable from his love, had soon come to doubt her. He had taken seriously words which were without importance, and it made him very unhappy.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Weekend 372.0 (…it’s worth trying to explain in picture…)

(1) Friday A/V Club: What We Left at the World’s Fair: John Crowley and Jason Robards look back at a festival of social planning


The World of Tomorrow 1/6
The World of Tomorrow 2/6
The World of Tomorrow 3/6
The World of Tomorrow 4/6
The World of Tomorrow 5/6
The World of Tomorrow 6/6

(1b) Some Interesting Disney-Related World’s Fair Trivia:

(a) Salvador Dali had a pavilion in the Amusements Area of the Fair and was later hired by Walt Disney
(b) Walt’s WED Enterprises designed 4 attractions for the 1964/65 World’s Fair
(c) His dad attended and told Walt about the 1892 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago
(d) Walt also travelled by rail to the 1948 Chicago Railroad Fair, held at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, with his colleague Ward Kimball.

(1c) A quote from Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow by Brian Fies:

“Walt Disney died on December 15, 1966, maybe the last person in America with the resources to build a futuristic utopia who actually believed it could work. His EPCOT dream quietly expired soon after, and its name was given to a theme park.”

Musical Interlude

(1) String Quartet No. 2 In D Major

Weekend 371.0

(1) How miniature objects reveal bigger pictures (CBS This Morning)

Weekend 370.1

The apple tree in my backyard has rust. The good folks at the local nursery assure me it will survive, but I’m still devatsted nonetheless (no apples in the fall). The tree was a salvage project in a backyard overrun with invasive and insidious vines.

I wanted a good quote to demonstrate the import of trees so I naturally pulled Tolkien from the bookshelf.

“A sweet fountain played there in the sun, and a sward of bright green lay about it; but in the midst, drooping over the pool, stood a dead tree, and the falling drops dripped sadly from its barren and broken branches back into the clear water.”

I’m hoping this doesn’t end up ‘laid to rest in the silence of Rath Dínen.’

“For it is said that, though the fruit of the Tree comes seldom to ripeness, yet the life within may then lie sleeping through many long years, and none can foretell thw time in which it will awake. Remember this. For if ever a fruit ripens, it should be planted, lest the line die out of the world.”

Weekend 370.0

(1) After Brexit: the myth of post‑truth politics (spiked)

“But perhaps the worst thing about the post-truth notion is the way it redefines politics. It makes politics like religion. Remainers, these complainers about post-truth politics, self-consciously elevate their worldview to the level of a transcendental truth. So anyone who criticises them is not simply disagreeing — he’s post-truth, he’s against the truth. This is the cry of the religious, not the political. It was traditionally the man of the cloth who would say there is a truth, existing, indisputable, and our choice is simply to embrace it and be saved or deny it and be damned.

Weekend 369.0

RedemptionI do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.

– Wallace Stevens

“Do you wish to be great? Then begin from what is slightest. Do you plan to construct a high and mighty building? Then think first about the foundation of humility. When people plan to erect a lofty and large building, they make the foundations all the deeper. But those who lay the foundation are forced to descend into the depths.” – Saint Augustine

Weekend 368.1

(1) New Yorkers can start using a secret subway tunnel under Central Park this December (Quartz)

(2) Am I Wrong by Love Split Love

Weekend 368.0 (Independence Weekend)

(1) Liberal Cosmopolitans Lash Out at the Shattering of Their Worldview (National Review)

“Liberal cosmopolitanism, regnant since the end of the Cold War, has bought completely into its own rightness. It is entirely devoted to an increasingly borderless political future carefully managed by technocrats and tempered by “compassion” and “tolerance” — all of which aims at the maximal amount of material prosperity. It sees no other alternative than that we will all, eventually, be “citizens of the world,” and assumes that everyone will be happier that way.”

(2) The Media’s Disgraceful Brexit Meltdown (National Review)

(3) A quote from The Road to Serfdom (originally published in 1944) by F.A. Hayek:

“It is not difficult to see what must be the consequences when democracy embarks upon a course of planning which in its execution requires more agreement than in fact exists. The people may have agreed on adopting a system of directed economy because they have been convinced that it will produce great prosperity. In the discussions leading to the decision, the goal of planning will have been described by some such term as “common welfare,” which only conceals the absence of real agreement on the ends of planning. Agreement will in fact exist only on the mechanism to be used. But it is a mechanism which can be used only for a common end; and the question of the precise goal toward which all activity is to be directed will arise as soon as the executive power has to translate the demand for a single plan into a particular plan. Then it will appear that the agreement on the desirability of planning is not supported by agreement on the ends the plan is to serve. The effect of the people’s agreeing that there must be central planning, without agreeing on the ends, will be rather as if a group of people were to commit themselves to take a journey together without agreeing where they want to go: with the result that they may all have to make a journey which most of do not want at all.

(4) WATCH: Brexiteer Nigel Farage To EU: ‘You’re Not Laughing Now, Are You?’ (NPR)

(5) Cultured Hicks (The American Conservative)

“Amanpour was angry at this. The minister had to explain to her that Britain is a democracy, where the people are sovereign. What’s so fascinating about that exchange is that it never seems to have occurred to Amanpour that the people should have a say in the way they are governed in their own country.”

(6) The Mind of the President: What the recent revelations about the Iran deal tell us about America’s new guiding philosophy in the world (The Tower)

(7) Obama, the Left downsizing the American Dream (Orange County Register)

(8) Obama Will Need His Oratory Powers to Sell Globalization (NY Times)

Weekend 367.0 (…why bounce around to the same d*** song)

Crushed Pineapple (1) Brexit vote: It’s more American than you think (Washington Examiner)

(2) Glenn Reynolds: Why politicians love cities (USA Today)

(3) A quote from “The Lion and the Unicorn” by George Orwell:

“Meanwhile England, together with the rest of the world, is changing. And like everything else it can change only in certain directions, which up to a point can be foreseen. That is not to say that the future is fixed, merely that certain alternatives are possible and others not. A seed may grow or not grow, but at any rate a turnip seed never grows into a parsnip. It is therefore of the deepest importance to try and determine what England is, before guessing what part England can play in the huge events that are happening.”

Weekend 366.0

(1) England vs Great Britain vs United Kingdom Explained (Brilliant Maps)

(2) The Stages of Grief at the Frontier by Jakub Grygiel (The American Interest)

Weekend 365.0 (Cycling Robots in Bermuda?)

(1) The new cycle revolution: Buzzbike launches free bicycle scheme in London (Wallpaper*)

(2) Real value of the Bermuda dollar (The Royal Gazette)

(3) Assembling Eric: Bringing back the UK’s first robot (BBC)

Weekend 364.1

I saw the NY Philharmonic play Fantasia on Friday Night at Lincoln Center (David Geffen Hall). It’s the 75th Anniversary of Fantasia and the program included selections from Fantasia (1940) and Fantasia 2000 (1999). It was a fantas(ia)tic evening, but they didn’t play my three favorite pieces:

Night On Bald Mountain (1940)
Ave Maria (1940)
Rhapsody in Blue (1999)

Here’s a roundup of Fantasia posts from the Limestone Archives from 2010 to 2016:

Epic Mickey
Now your ageless bell…/1151/
Weekend 198.0
Weekend 346.0 (Aloft from earth’s far boundaries)
Christmas Sabbatical
Weekend 360.0 (The Art of Sight and Sound)

My two favorite posts include this scan of Chernobog by Bill Tytla and Ave Maria converted from the original 1964 Fantasia LP.

‘Fantasia’s’ 75th Anniversary: Behind the Scenes of the Disney Classic (Bio)

Weekend 364.0 (…but here in this water my feet won’t touch the ground…)

Untitled (1) The way we get around is about to change (Vox)

(2) Honda CR-Z: hybrid rockstar adds more spunk (

“The illusion of a “tomorrowland” driving experience continues in the interior…”

(2a) The custom wallpaper is from the photo archives.
(2b) Disney’s Magic Highway

(3) Honda “Hands” (YouTube)

(4) Welcome to New Bike City (Medium)

(5) Untitled (Flickr)