Albert Camus (via autumnmorning)
Medieval advertisement for a bookstore
In medieval times, books were not just made by monks. By the thirteenth century commercial scribes had become the go-to people for a book. To attract clients, the professionals running these “bookstores” made advertisement sheets, like this one. They were usually put on display outside the shop’s entrance: clients looked at the samples and choose a letter type for the book they were about to order. This one is from the shop of Herman Strepel in Münster, Germany, and dates from c. 1447. Herman did an excellent marketing job because he wrote the names of the letter types in gold next to the samples.
If one more person compares Greece to Weimar Republic I’m going to flip a fucking table over I’m beginning to take personal offense to your dumb sensationalist methods of circulating news that actually obfuscate the misery in Greece right now through generalizations about how everyone’s a genocidal racist. Maybe talk about how GD is an offshoot of paramilitary wings trained and armed by Britain and U.S. during the cold war. Maybe talk about why they exist and whose interests they serve. Maybe talk about all the leftists and, more significantly, communists who have been detained and tortured for fighting them. Maybe commemorate all the leftists and their families who were tortured, killed, or just vanished never to be seen again, throughout the 50s and 60s and 70s because of CIA backed governments and dictatorship that trained GD and its predecessors in the War Academy to become murderous thugs.
Furthermore, the fact that a paramilitary group perceive themselves to be continuing Hitler’s legacy doesn’t make Greeks white and European in the same position as Germany in the 30s and 40s. Greece didn’t just lose World War I, Greece’s poverty and misery weren’t negotiated under the treaty of Versailles.
Greece is one of the only countries to not have received reparations from World War II, to not have received an apology or even a feigned bourgeois gesture of regret after paying one of the heaviest prices in Europe under Nazi occupation, what with 1/6-8 of the population dying and what not.
Germany with the support of the IMF has politically occupied Greece. Maybe talk about that and stop throwing the word fascist around to imply the situations are comparable.
I’m just not going to talk to anyone who does this anymore. You’re ignorant and stupid and disingenuous.
I am looking directly at those who create and post webcomics on tumblr.
Deep into your eyes.
A great comic can lose its chance at being popular if it is presented poorly. When creating your comics, always assume that no one will click to enlarge your images. You must present your comic so it is…
Jacques Lacan, ‘Seminar II’ (via blackspaceandstars)
This is outrageous. The University fought tooth-and-nail against giving the 4,500 clerical and technical workers at Harvard (whose average pay is $50,000) even a modest raise. Yet it doles out millions of dollars to its top executives and administrators.
It certainly is cold comfort for this article to “assure” us, however, that the President of Harvard’s compensation package is actually not the most disgustingly outrageous of all the university presidents in the U.S.
University President Drew G. Faust received $899,734 in salary and benefits in 2011, according to a recent filing with the Internal Revenue Service.
While that figure is about the same as last year’s, Harvard’s chief investment manager, who is paid far more than most administrators, saw a 52 percent increase in her earnings.
Faust’s compensation package includes $729,106 in reportable compensation, and the rest refers to benefits including her residence at 33 Elmwood, the Cambridge mansion that Harvard presidents have occupied since the early 1970’s.
In 2010, Faust’s total compensation equaled $875,331. Faust’s earnings are still significantly lower than those of many other University presidents, some of whom make well over a million dollars per year. The highest-paid University president in 2010 was J. Robert Kerrey of the New School, who made $3 million that year, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Its review of executive compensation found that 36 presidents of private colleges made more than a million dollars in 2010.
But Faust’s pay is much lower than that of other top Harvard employees. The compensations of officials at the Harvard Management Company, which oversees the University’s $30 billion endowment as well as its other investments, as usual far outpaced those of any administrators involved directly in the University.
HMC President and CEO Jane L. Mendillo took home $5,323,753 in 2011, according to a press release Wednesday, while the company’s Head of Alternative Assets Andrew G. Wiltshire received $6,608,581 in total compensation, making him the top earner at HMC that year. HMC’s Head of Public Markets Stephen Blyth, who is also a statistics professor, made $6,161,489.
Those figures are significantly higher than their compensation in 2010, when Mendillo received $3.5 million and Wilshire, $5.5 million.