We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I've seen at least a couple of reports, including the one at the link, that imply new docents will be paid. From the WSJ as quoted by the LI post
The institute needs to go to a more professional model, Ms. Stein explained, “in a way that allows community members of all income levels to participate, responds to issues of class and income equity, and does not require financial flexibility."
OTOH, that extra expense has consequences too e.g., less money for programs and/or higher ticket prices, either of which may may restrict access by poorer community members and may reinforce issues of class and income equity, etc.
Art of The Steal
A movie about the "theft" of The Barnes Foundation's priceless collection of modern art.
[from youtube commenter Robert Schlesinger]:
..a superb documentary film about how the political and media powers that be, effectively stole the most valuable art collection in the world, worth tens of billions of dollars... This film is essential viewing for those in the legal profession, particularly art law and estate planning, and for those with major art collections. The best documentary on how politics and law may be used to effectively steal the world's most valuable art collection.
My view is that the Art Institute of Chicago is playing the opening moves in what will be a years long gambit to steal thousands of priceless artworks and cultural artifacts from the institute, parlaying them into the hands of private collectors at cut-rate prices; all it takes is the "failure" of the Institute. Opening move is to fire the current group of knowledgeable and dedicated docents, replace them with overpaid hourly workers who have no love of art; the result will be a long steady decline in attendence at the museum, loss of revenues, failed "bailouts" (with strings attached), piecemeal sell-off of the artworks at fire-sale prices to raise revenues, and a slow spiral into dissolution. Hey, I wouldn't mind owning a $30million VanGogh for only a million. Create a crisis, reap the rewards.
You had better believe that that bitcoin is a bubble. As someone once said about Los Angeles, there is no there there.
All it is is an agreement between fools to have assigned a value to something that does not actually exist. To make things worse, the technology is not at all stable because of the ability of dissidents within the bitcoin community to split off and form their own version of the "coin". Anyone who puts real assets into this nonsense is taking a helluva risk.