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The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics, Kindle edition, amazon.com
Barton Swaim was struggling to find an academic job—he’d recently received a PhD in English—when he sent his resume to Mark Sanford, the conservative and controversial governor of South Carolina. He thought he could improve the governor’s writing and speeches.
On the surface, this is the story of Sanford’s rise and fall. But it’s really an account of what happens when a band of believers attach themselves to an ambitious narcissist. Everyone knows this kind of politician—a charismatic maverick who goes up against the system and its ways, but thinks he doesn’t have to live by the rules. Swaim describes what makes people invest in their leaders, how those leaders do provide moments of inspiration, and then how they let them down.
The Speechwriter is a funny and candid introduction to the world of politics, where press statements are purposefully nonsensical, grammatical errors are intentional, and better copy means more words. Through his three years in the governor’s office, Swaim paints a portrait of a man so principled he’d rather sweat than use state money to pay for air conditioning, so oblivious he’d wear the same stained shirt for two weeks, so egotistical he’d belittle his staffers to make himself feel better, and so self-absorbed he never once apologized for making his administration the laughing stock of the country. In the end, it’s also an account of the very human staffers who risk a life in politics out of conviction and learn to survive a broken heart.
New secrets revealed in David Wilcock’s Disclosure Season 2 on Gaiam TV
“David Wilcock is back for an all-new season of his hit original program Disclosure, available exclusively on Gaiam TV. So what’s in store for viewers this season? Jesuit secrets, who’s who in the Illuminati, the Federal Reserve, and more in-depth exploration of the Cabal are just the tip of the very deep iceberg of information Wilcock is looking to excavate on the way to the truth.” — See more at: Gaiam TV
I recently came across the concept of “oil pulling” while browsing online, and I tried it today for the first time. I put a teaspoonful of coconut oil in my mouth and swished it around for five minutes, sometimes “pulling” it through the teeth. Five minutes seemed a little long, but some people recommend that one do it for as long as twenty minutes. I played a song on Youtube as I stood looking at the clock and swishing the oil around in my mouth. There are supposed to be various oral health benefits to doing it daily. My teeth do look a little shinier now, and so there is at least that one short-term benefit.
One does not swallow the oil. One spits it out when the time is up, into the trash, not into the drain. Coconut oil solidifies at temperatures under 76 degrees Fahrenheit.
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July 31, 2015
Così fan tutte, Salzburg Festival
Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588
Recorded live at Salzburg Festival, August 2013
Malin Hartelius (Fiordiligi), Luca Pisaroni (Guglielmo), Marie-Claude Chappuis (Dorabella), Martin Mitterrutzner (Ferrando), Martina Janková (Despina) , Gerald Finley (Don Alfonso)
Wiener Philharmoniker & Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Christoph Eschenbach
Mozart:Cosi Fan Tutte [Wiener Philharmoniker] [EUROARTS: BLU RAY] [Blu-ray], amazon.co.uk
Mozart:Cosi Fan Tutte [Wiener Philharmoniker] [EUROARTS: DVD], amazon.co.uk
October 2, 2015
Aida: Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann, Erwin Schrott, Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano
Verdi – Aida, CD, amazon.co.uk
October 12, 2015
Manon Lescaut: Royal Opera House (Pappano) [Blu-ray], amazon.co.uk
Gaiam TV is launching the Summer Edition of the Clean Eating & Yoga Challenge on Tuesday July 14th, 2015. The cleanse back in April was so successful that they just had to do it again! This challenge comes complete with daily yoga practices, as well as support from Gaiam TV staff, teachers, and the founders of the Conscious Cleanse via their Cleanse Facebook Group.
Join Gaiam TV for the Summer Edition of the Clean Eating and Yoga Challenge!