Lenten gameplan, 2018

posted by Mike on February 14th, 2018

A: As Lent approaches, I am both grateful that Facebook remains the *perfect* thing to “give up,” as well as a bit concerned that what with recent Facebook timeline tweaks making it more boring, the time may soon come when giving up Facebook is as blah as giving up LinkedIn. Maybe we didn’t know how good we had it…

B: Resources. Do I want to waste either of our time pointing you to some good resources? If there’s one thing our cup overfloweth with in 2018, it is resources.

C: Elizabeth Bruenig at Harvard Feb 20: “Religion, Politics, and the Left.” The last time both Bruenigs spoke at Harvard it was not only a great lecture it drew a really fun crowd. Let’s rideshare to this Liz-only talk Worcester buds. (In her last talk she did say of the Catholic Worker movement, “While it was flourishing, it was pretty impressive.” We will overlook that.)

D: Discouraging pope news of the season. Part 1: “Despite denial, Pope Francis got Chilean abuse victim’s letter.” (But see also “Reactions after Pope Francis’s decision to send a top prosecutor to Chile.”) Part 2: “Vatican Sells Out Chinese Catacombers.” (But see also “Why the Vatican’s potential deal with China is a good thing” and John Allen’s “Explaining why the Vatican seems so eager for a deal with China.”)

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The Gambler (508 #285 w/Christian Holden)

posted by Mike on February 13th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about municipal commissions, gambling, cryptocurrency, and education with Christian Holden of The Hotelier.

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The Power of the Force (508 #284 w/Chad Julian)

posted by Mike on February 6th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about affordable housing, cryptocurrency, Brent Crude, and the USS Flagg with Chad Julian of That’s Entertainment.

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The Dream Van (508 #283)

posted by Mike on January 30th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about the City Council agenda, the Dream Van, and economic development.

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Economic Development, How Does It Work? (508 #282 w/ Tony Scavone)

posted by Mike on January 24th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with Tony Scavone of Disc Jam, Electric Haze, and the Palladium about music, economic development, and stonecutting.

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Technical Difficulties w/Kayti Burt (508 #281)

posted by Mike on January 16th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we have lots of audio and video trouble, including losing most of the first half of the show. On the plus side, pop culture journalist Kayti Burt joins them to talk about the pros and cons of life in Worcester and the stories we tell about it.

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Cheers, Worcester (508 #280)

posted by Mike on January 10th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, Brendan and Mike discuss the stories we tell about Worcester, which ones are helpful, and which ones we should reexamine in 2018. This show was taped in the studios of Unity Radio, broadcasting with 0.0000001 gigawatts of power on 102.9FM in Worcester. It’s possible this setup was too much for Mike to manage…

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Sata vuotta sitten – one hundred years ago

posted by Kaihsu Tai on December 3rd, 2017

Pohjois-Haagan veljeshauta
My rough translation of a first-hand account of the Finnish Civil War, from a 1960 book. The citation and a link to the original text is at the end.

On the way to armed struggle

Dr J. A. Pärnänen had been the headmaster of the Workers’ Education Institute [in Tampere] since 1908. He made sure that the lecturers were not only academics with just master’s degrees or mere doctorates, but also professors from universities – occasionally also lawyers. As 1918 approached with all its tensions, he wanted a lawyer to come to explain to the youth about the new Acts on local elections, which were passed after much controversy. The job fell on the secretary of the city council, a young lawyer [the author himself]. Continue reading »

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Busking in Worcester (508 #279)

posted by Mike on August 11th, 2017

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, Joyce Mandell talks with Julius Jones about the ins and outs of busking in Worcester.

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Joyce Mandell: A San Francisco/East Bay wake-up call — will Worcester’s renaissance benefit all?

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Jaana Hallamaa

posted by Kaihsu Tai on June 18th, 2017

Ei kukaan saa yksin mitään aikaan. Vain paha on yleensä nopeaa, ja silloin se vaikuttaa välittömään reagointiin, välittömään muutokseen. Hyvähän on yleensä hidasta, koska hyvä rakentaa jotakin perustaa. Hyvä on hyvää vain, jos se on toisen käytössä, jos se on sellaista, mitä toinen voi käyttää. Hyvä antaa asioita toisen käyttöön, jolloin sen toteutuminen on kiinni myös siitä, mitä se toinen tekee.

Jaana Hallamaa haastattelussa Etsijä-lehdessä 1/2017.

Loosely translated:

Nobody gets anything done just by themselves. Usually, only Evil goes quickly, and invites immediate responses – knee-jerk reactions. In contrast, the Good is often slow, because it builds something radical. The Good is only good, if it is such that the Other can use – at the service of someone else. The Good gives for someone else to use, and gets things done taking into account what the Other is doing.

Jaana Hallamaa in an interview in the journal Etsijä 1/2017.

I refer you also to the theory of the Good by Robert Merrihew Adams; and to Henri Nouwen who talked about the spectacular Death which goes “boom” (e.g. in The Road to Peace edited by John Dear).

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