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I do not think that word means what you think it means.

So recently I've seen a couple of pundits, columnists, and reporters who should know better use "Baroque" to describe something.  For example-

Argentina accuses US of judicial malpractice for triggering needless default

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph

7:56PM BST 31 Jul 2014

In a sign of how Baroque this saga has become, Argentina actually tried to wire the payment to US banks in New York but the money was returned in order to comply with a court order, leaving it unclear whether this will trigger credit default swaps on Argentina's debt worth $1bn. The Argentine press said the government may pay the interest into an escrow account to maintain the goodwill of the main bondholders.

Baroque is an artistic style that uses exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur in sculpture, painting, architecture, literature, dance, and music.

I think, from context, instead they mean Byzantine (definition 4)- overly complex or intricate, or of a devious, usually stealthy manner of practice.

So Baroque is kind of exactly... the opposite.

Now I could waste a lot of time and pixels explaining why the Eastern Roman Empire inspired that kind of definition, but that's about 1200 years of history and I'd rather talk about music and not misshapen pearls.

Although it was long thought that the word as a critical term was first applied to architecture, in fact it appears earlier in reference to music, in an anonymous, satirical review of the première in October 1733 of Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie, printed in the Mercure de France in May 1734. The critic implied that the novelty in this opera was "du barocque," complaining that the music lacked coherent melody, was filled with unremitting dissonances, constantly changed key and meter, and speedily ran through every compositional device.

Well, that would be "every compositional device" known to the Renaissance where 'daring' meant 4 part harmony (with feelin' and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining how it is to be used in evidence against me.  Sucks to have a logical mind, gravity, and a VW Microbus with shovels, rakes, and implements of destruction, I might not be moral enough).

We'll just wait until it comes around on the Gamba again.

This particular piece by Montaverdi is an example of mid-Baroque and like many was Liturgical in nature, the title translates roughly to "Prayers for the Blessed Virgin" and has 8 part harmony.

Which, though it seems rather pedestrian today, was peculiar in the most unusual way they could cook up back when they were still figuring out how to write music down at all and weren't even concerned about 12 tone atonalism and serial minimalism (no, I don't really understand Philip Glass either).

Any who, Obigatories, News, and Blogs below the fold.

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So much hate, so little reason...Laverne Cox explains it

On July 30 a 15-year old trans girl boarded a Metro green line train in the District of Columbia with a couple of her friends. One might assume that was a peaceful act.

But when 24-year old Reginald Anthony Klaiber of Greenbelt, MD boarded the same car on that train, he reacted to the trans girl violently. At first he disliked her hair color (the girl was wearing a red wig). Then he questioned her clothing. When the girl asked him to leave her alone, her friends say he asked her, "Are you a boy? Are you a boy? ...Why are you looking like a girl?"

He came to my friend and said you have red hair. My friend said ok, and then he said, ‘Oh, you’re a man!'

Then he started bothering my friend. My friend got up out of her seat to go by the door while the train was moving and told him to please leave her alone. He faced her and said I will stab you up and blow your brains out.

--Jae-la White, friend of the victim

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Follow Friday for 8 August, 2014: MidnightOil Politics

A weekly mostly random sampling of resources shared on twitter on various topics. This week: MidnightOil-Politics.


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The Breakfast Club 8-8-2014

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Everyone's welcome here, no special handshake required.

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Peace and the Antiwar Movement

Peace on Earth. How many times has that been said. We want peace on earth. Ya, most people do. More than most, probably a "vast" majority. But make no mistake, there are plenty of humans who don't want peace for various reasons, or believe that peace is unattainable, that it's just the way it is. So you know, it's not unanimous.

Many on the left and right/libertarians have complained over the last decade about the lack of an antiwar movement. The last significant protest movement against war was in 2002/2003 with the Iraq war. Many organizations and groups were created during the Bush wars but then came Obama. His rhetoric and promises (lies) and the fact that he was black and a democrat seemingly pacified an already weakening antiwar movement

In my opinion we need one now in a big way, and quick.

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VotSquare paper.li for Thursday, 7 August 2014

A Lead Technology Story: The Biggest Lie About Net Neutrality, By Timothy Karr at Huff&Puff&Post Tech

Or click on the headline to go to the embedded paper here at the Voices on the Square site. Note that the embed is not compatible with all devices.

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IMF Leading the Way on Climate Change

Fantastic news. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), that benevolent lender of money to the downtrodden and disrespected, is leading the charge in fighting climate change.

Believe me, this news combined with the Pentagon and Military Industrial Complex's plans to lead the way against war, imperialism and militarism should be taken as a sign of optimism for us all.

"For the first time, the IMF laid out exactly what it views as appropriate taxes on coal, natural gas, gasoline and diesel in 156 countries to factor in the fuels' overall costs, which include carbon dioxide emissions, air pollution, congestion and traffic accidents.

I won't bother with the details, it's all in a new IMF book. This book should be in every environmentalist's back pocket as they spread the good news to the happy people.

We should all be grateful that our leaders are so intent on protecting us and our beloved planet.

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The Breakfast Club (Canção do Mar)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

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Doing the right thing

crossposted from: Humanitarian Left

By OPOL
from Humanitarian Left, 24 June, 2014

* Originally posted at Daily Kos

We have rules in society, and for the most part, generally speaking and at their most basic level, they are good ones: don't rob, steal, kill, set your neighbor's house on fire, etc. But not all rules are equal, and while playing by them is usually good and the right thing to do – that's not always true.

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“If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.”

Henry David Thoreau

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The Breakfast Club: 8-6-2014

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Everyone's welcome here, no special handshake required. Just check your meta at the door.

Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

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