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  • Thinking Art Brain Dump « Liam McHugh-Russell
    the ideas come to you thinking with and without concepts the role of language in thought writing dead and alive you can just tell when writing is a lie teaching writing by revealing lies breaking social codes as the core of humour and timing always timing music as a material spatial medium the role of collaboration in artistic discovery letting what it will be unfold the need for new ways of understanding the world the hegemony of the word and the hegemony of the image how collaboration changes art the centrality of making art not just experiencing Mark Antaki Art thinks somatically bodily The Tempest playing with the idea of performance and performativity by switching the actor half way through the scene the depth of the text frenetic but only when she is thinking with words Karl Polanyi Quebec Solidaire day camp for art nerds finding the wallness of the wall architecture as a dynamic medium and musical Adorno v Heidegger radical politics in theory and practice global leadership as if that were a thing language art and dream as forms of thought the combined and inseparable presence of two actors in one character as I wrote the poem revealed quite deep intimate memories Pop pop men who want to harness energy which is to say us down here with the dancers poetry which wants to hitch a ride on the freight that words already carry drawing without looking at the object drawing without looking away from the object disability studies forcing us to re examine our assumptions about ugliness social structures and the structures of thought the mess we are in and who is us teaching an art form in three hours progress balance and beauty as regulatory ideals capitalism and its agendas what we need more of and

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  • Uncategorized « Liam McHugh-Russell
    Canadian borders The bill originally introduced by Liberal MP John McKay was defeated 140 134 by the votes of a unanimously opposed Conservative party and supported by the absence of numerous Liberal party members Among those who chose not to appear was Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff The bill had passed two earlier Parliamentary votes Most believe that the vote was a result of aggressive last minute lobbying from industry representatives who claimed that firms read they themselves would be driven to incorporate elsewhere were the bill to become law What drastic measures would the law have imposed were a Canadian company involved in a violation of international human rights standards As put concisely by Canadian Business Magazine the project in question would become ineligible to receive financial services from EDC and the Canada Pension Plan could no longer invest in the Corporation s securities There may have been problems with the administrative scheme set up under the Bill shortcomings which could have been overcome if more MPs had taken an interest in rendering the bill workable One would expect that kind of effort from a party and a leader which have made their name promoting human rights values Their decision can hardly be called disappointing however since that would require the result to be out of character In practice Ignatieff has made an art of supporting those values while undercutting the rights themselves How is it possible that human rights protection seen as trumps in Canadian law fell so easily to the wayside when it came to regulating business practice Chris Brown an international relations professor at LSE has put the matter plainly The enforcement of rights by the international community has been determined in practice by the foreign policy imperatives of the major powers and political commercial and financial considerations frequently get in the way of a high priority even handed policy on human rights The vote on C 300 draws that lesson squarely but also sharpens the edge of its rule in buying into a standard for the protection of human rights even middle powers don t feel that they can afford to pay for more than lip service Refs Chris Brown Universal Human Rights An Analysis of the Human Rights Culture and its Critics in Robert G Patman ed Universal Human Rights Houndmills England Macmillan Press 2000 31 at 40 November 25th 2010 Category Uncategorized Leave a comment books the internet and competition law Is it the internet killing the publishing industry or just plain old anti competitive practices Take the comments of Colin Robinson of OR Books on their reasons for not selling through Amazon To sell our titles Amazon would require a discount of 55 or even 60 that s 11 or 12 on a 20 book Amazon would use some of this money to discount the book to its customers that s what gives it its edge If as a publisher you try matching their reduced price Amazon will insist your new lower price is the basis for their discount so they can cut their price still further That makes it pretty much impossible for you to compete with direct sales to your customers In fact it makes it impossible for any other seller to compete with Amazon Insisting on the lowest possible price is fine insisting on a price that s half of the otherwise lowest price is ridiculous One of the fascinating thing about globalization is the cases like these which blur the line between monopoly and monopsony Speaking of which it is time to break up WalMart whose success is tied contrary to what might be thought not primarily to egregious anti union practices but from globally exercising a pseudo monopsony on purchases and acting as a local monopsony employer hundreds of times over Here then is a lesson to those starting law school you can be on the side of the little guy and efficient markets by focusing your career on competition law ht to paperpools quoting Huffington Post June 7th 2010 Category Uncategorized Leave a comment Universities I For your enjoyment a juxtaposition followed by an offering of sorts First the point As reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education some faculty at university business schools in the United States have begun outsourcing their grading work to India Singapore and Malaysia Professors apparently still hand out the final grades but based on a scoring made by the assessors on the basis of the elements in the rubric Such outsourcing is not without its upsides The company EduMetry advertises that its graders hold advanced degrees and can quickly turn around assignments with sophisticated commentary because they are not juggling their own course work too The company argues that professors freed from grading papers can spend more time teaching and doing research Comments designed to help students understand their strengths and weaknesses are often much more comprehensive than they would be were course TAs assigned to do the work And assignments turnaround is only three or four days Yet the program has its critics not only do most students have no contact with their graders but such contact is impossible Worse the marking is by design uninformed by classroom experience Which leads to the counterpoint The tutorial is at the core of undergraduate teaching and learning at Oxford It offers students a unique learning experience in which they meet regularly with their tutor either on a one to one basis or with one or two other students Undergraduates attend on average one hour long tutorial every week and undertake a considerable number of hours preparatory work for each tutorial including background reading essay writing and problem solving The language of tutorial misses something I think for most North American students A long book of essays on the Oxford tutorial contains a simple description which throws some light on the peculiar pedagogical object The tutorial does not replace other methods such as instruction by lecture or in class Indeed it assumes all

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  • Out of the wilderness « Liam McHugh-Russell
    professional life by unplugging from popular culture either Quite to the contrary His blog posts indicates that he is active on facebook scouring his friends feeds for signs of the American pop liberal zeitgeist that he still finds time to read some fiction that he has movies and kinds of movies that he likes I don t know how he does it But I have an inkling Let s set aside for a moment whether I am as smart as Freddie whether I have his analytical capacity Give me the benefit of the doubt for a moment that I m a smart guy that I can tackle and manipulate ideas with the best of them Okay so the question is why am I not producing There are to my mind two ways to put the answer On the one hand I am tormented haunted by the breadth and depth of my ignorance There is this old joke chart that points that the real gift of learning isn t so much knowledge as it is ignorance you may increase the number of things you know over time but the horizon of things of which you are ignorant also expands Getting how something works how it really works always seems nearly within grasp so that just one more article one more book will be all that s needed to settle the questions that you set off with It is beyond this extremely hard work for the curious mind to remember that not every point of confusion can be explained or explored now that the journey into the wilderness started with a purpose and that tracking through it without leaving a trail may mean adventure for you but is ultimately of no use to anyone else The other way of putting it is that in terms of fear rather than distraction I often feel that the things I want to express are if not complicated at least a bit out of left field It feels to me like it will be a waste of time or an embarrassment I can t even spell embarrassment without a spell check to write things online or even in publication that I haven t fully thought out Objectively I think this is garbage the world is generally full of generous thoughtful people who want to check their own prejudices and intuitions against those of others It s also laughably narcissistic how many people would really care enough about what I have to say that the relative quality of what I put out matters Nonetheless it s the psycho cognitive situation in which I find myself So wish me luck I am going to try and put out more rough drafts more missives from the wilderness But I am also going to try sending stuff that feels incomplete for potential publication It s like my masters supervisor always said Academic work is an iterative process In the end there is no ethical progress and no strategy in silence

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  • Liam McHugh-Russell
    s glib distance from what s happening How dark are you willing to go Snowtown or for North Americans More In which ten movies are reviewed in a failed response to a request for not too subtle visually appealing non comedies February 4th 2013 Tags movies Shane Carruth Category Uncategorized Leave a comment Ding Dongs Rob Ford has been removed from office or as many of my friends have written on facebook ROB FORD HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM OFFICE Let me tell you that makes a somma people angry Say and this may surprise you Christie Blatchford I haven t been able to read past the fold but that s more than enough Here s her headline Christie Blatchford 383 501 Torontonians voted for Rob Ford not one voted for the men behind his ouster More Ding Dongs November 27th 2012 Tags Christie Blatchford discretion law municipal politics Rob Ford Toronto Category Uncategorized Leave a comment Once more the refrain Inequality is bad for growth Earlier this year a couple of high level staff at the IMF s research department and a colleague at the IBRD published a paper on the determinants of long term growth that is of growth spells that continue over time rather than sinking countries into depression and stagnation Among the determinants they found were the degree of equality of the income distribution democratic institutions export orientation and macroeconomic stability That is the more equal the income structure More Once more the refrain Inequality is bad for growth October 25th 2012 Tags development equality growth IMF inequality institutions Category economics Leave a comment Learning and Meta Learning Over at Tomorrow s Professor an excerpt from a book on ePortfolios for the unnaturally curious the book is Documenting Learning with ePortfolios A Guide for College Instructors ePortfolios

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  • proportional rep and a good first step « Liam McHugh-Russell
    repeated are the two strongest arguments against the October 10th proposal First because the system will use party lists MPPs may be less accountable to the local constituency associations which this coalition somehow believes holds sway now And because of the debatably higher likelihood of minority governments under the new system they rail against the power that might be held by small parties while discounting the unrepresentative sway held in the current system by large parties The real weakness of the proposal the difficulty of almost any proportional representation system is in choosing who gets the seats not allotted by local election Clearly opposition to party lists is about more than just accountability While supporting principled leadership over administrative efficiency Lorne argues that party lists will only exacerbate the as yet unquenched tendencies of parties toward corruption nepotism and personality cultism fed by a power seeking motive which will only become more lucrative under the new proposal Instead of inspired voices willing to spark public debate lists will quickly fill with Machiavellian autocrats and a coterie of clashing sycophants Underlying a belief in this process is a clearly identifiable incentive with guaranteed access to at least partial power politics inside every party will start to become personality based with those close to the core winning the spoils almost guaranteed seats This guy is likewise assured that party lists will toss Ontario head first into an endless night of the long knives Yet with moderate regulation and moderate party discipline the party list system could inspire the grassroots to seek out principled eloquent representatives of the issues important to their party instead of aligning around local level incumbents who are almost impossible to replace If parties realize the potential of the list system then conventions could become more like leadership conventions

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  • elections « Liam McHugh-Russell
    doesn t dispose of the advisability of switching systems Here repeated are the two strongest arguments against the October 10th proposal First because the system will use party lists MPPs may be less accountable to the local constituency associations which this coalition somehow believes holds sway now And because of the debatably higher likelihood of minority governments under the new system they rail against the power that might be held by small parties while discounting the unrepresentative sway held in the current system by large parties The real weakness of the proposal the difficulty of almost any proportional representation system is in choosing who gets the seats not allotted by local election Clearly opposition to party lists is about more than just accountability While supporting principled leadership over administrative efficiency Lorne argues that party lists will only exacerbate the as yet unquenched tendencies of parties toward corruption nepotism and personality cultism fed by a power seeking motive which will only become more lucrative under the new proposal Instead of inspired voices willing to spark public debate lists will quickly fill with Machiavellian autocrats and a coterie of clashing sycophants Underlying a belief in this process is a clearly identifiable incentive with guaranteed access to at least partial power politics inside every party will start to become personality based with those close to the core winning the spoils almost guaranteed seats This guy is likewise assured that party lists will toss Ontario head first into an endless night of the long knives Yet with moderate regulation and moderate party discipline the party list system could inspire the grassroots to seek out principled eloquent representatives of the issues important to their party instead of aligning around local level incumbents who are almost impossible to replace If parties realize the potential of the

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  • Leadership and Forgiveness « Liam McHugh-Russell
    promoted such a result Ignatieff was no ivory tower academic no pince nez prognosticator before he entered political life He was then as he is now a public figure His opinion in January of 2003 was not only theory tossed haphazardly into the intellectual fray to be debated further but counsel to the people of a country already on the cusp of invasion to march to the drum of war already beating from the White House Again that march to war was not inevitable Ignatieff knew he was providing counsel which is why he then relied on the threat of weapons of mass destruction to bolster his claims and now claims that it was only his own self justifying emotions inspired by ire over what Hussein had done to Kurds that truly spurred him to his decision He knew his position his words would contribute to the final decision to invade As a mea culpa then the piece falls short errors may be intellectual but wrongs have consequences Admitting one has been wrong is not the same as admitting one has done wrong And dividing so starkly the public role of the intellectual from the public role of a politician means that Ignatieff dismisses the damage that he did while claiming that others with charmed lives helped him learn a lesson without admitting that the lesson was learned at a cost he too must bear 600 000 lives and a world slightly more beholden to the power of the most expensive army Ignatieff suggests that having been given more power he can now be trusted to make wiser decisions The implication is that given the leadership of the country he can t possibly get it wrong What he has not done is what would take true resolve seek forgiveness 1 There is a copy here though its reliability is dubious August 15th 2007 Category politics war 1 comment to Leadership and Forgiveness Demost August 22 2007 at 5 25 pm Reply Quite right Mr McHugh Russell Mr Ignatieff hasn t asked for forgiveness he says merely that he was wrong and not I ve done wrong he just forgives himself When you have wronged someone helping to cause a war that could have been prevented for example you don t just say that was not right One must say I have wronged you please find it in your heart to forgive me Not realizing this difference is not sound judgment and as it is from someone who has a history as his article admits of poor judgment it is revealing The problem is as you say we cannot afford judgment so wrong so often to have great responsibility in our government He was not just beating the drums with Fox News and Dick Cheney to drive the Americans to war on Iraq The problem most specific with his herald of deadly folly is that he did so in a manner that blunted the only possible place an effective opposition to

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  • the mayors loss and the city’s gain « Liam McHugh-Russell
    of two Mondays Now Miller may come off looking like a flip flopper or an opportunist a political hack Royson James if he hadn t already reached the limit of his ire would probably have reached it after this series of decisions But the Mayor has also tied serious meaningful painful service cuts to the taxes he wanted just in time for the October vote on those taxes Who would want to be the councillor voting for the re closure of the community centres after being on the local news for two weeks speaking out against those cuts With three years left in his term the taxes will still be around when the Mayor is done his but the two Mondays without community centres will be gone from collective memory So Miller loses but he gets what he wants which is what the city needs And he s still Mayor Cynical Sure But nowhere near as cynical as all the councillors who voted against the proposal without offering alternatives who changed their mind on the vote losing the city 60 million this year and who have focused on trashing the Mayor to their own political gain instead of mounting either i support for the new taxes or ii support for a meaningful alternative Sometimes when you re dealing with whining children you ve got to play headmaster Which he has done with style So good on you Mayor Miller Bring on the new taxes September 20th 2007 Category city politics Leave a Reply Cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Website You can use these HTML tags a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Find Read This apophenia Epicurean Dealmaker Freddie de Boer

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