Betsy

20 Feb 19
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Today it is my stop on the blog tour for Broken by Betsy Reavley. I’ve read a few of Betsy’s books and I was very excited to read another! My Review: It isn’t often that a book comes with warnings as strong as the ones that accompany this book. I’m not one to shy away […]

20 Feb 19
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DeVos to Eliminate Rules Aimed at Abuses by For-Profit Colleges: Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, in the latest move to boost for-profit colleges, plans to eliminate rules that forced them to show that their graduates were getting work. #ForProfitSchools Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, in the latest move to boost for-profit colleges, plans to eliminate […]

20 Feb 19
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DeVos to Eliminate Rules Aimed at Abuses by For-Profit Colleges: Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, in the latest move to boost for-profit colleges, plans to eliminate rules that forced them to show that their graduates were getting work. #ForProfitSchools Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, in the latest move to boost for-profit colleges, plans to eliminate […]

20 Feb 19
Children's Books

Title: Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type Author: Doreen Cronin Illustrator: Betsy Lewin Copyright: 2000 Number of pages: 29 Book Format: Picture Book Genre: Fiction Grade level:Pre-K-2 Lit. Requirement: Caldecott Rating: 4 Topic Tags: Cows, type writer, letters Summary: The farmer has a problem with a typewriter. His cows continuously type on it in the […]

20 Feb 19
Twin Cities
Have you taken the 10-year challenge that swept Facebook recently? If so, you could be contributing to the spread of facial recognition technology. Pairing a current profile photo with a shot of yourself from a decade ago may seem to be little more than some harmless fun. But this challenge also hands Facebook a set of data perfectly suited to training its facial recognition algorithms. Though in their relative infancy, facial recognition algorithms currently power everything from entertainment platforms (allowing you to log into your smartphone with a smile or, perhaps, see what you look like as an emoji unicorn) to security interfaces or customer service portals. There are wider applications, too: The city of Atlanta recently opened the world’s first biometric airline terminal, using facial recognition technology to scan passengers for check-in, baggage and security clearance. Historians have suggested that the technology might help identify people from Civil War-era photographs. And tech entrepreneurs serving the law enforcement community are working on recognition tools that might pre-emptively identify potential global terrorists, school shooters or other bad actors. The current spread of biometrics has a lot in common with the 19th century phrenology craze. On its face, each is fun, diverting, convenient — but they have the potential to harm the vulnerable and the unwitting. As biometrics develops, we must insist upon safeguards that prevent it from following the path trod by phrenology. At its simplest, the 19th century pseudoscience known as phrenology held that the shape of a person’s head — their own special combination of curves, lumps and bumps — was a guide to their disposition and the proportionality of certain traits or tendencies. The anatomist Franz Joseph Gall developed “cranioscopy” at the turn of the 19th century as an extension of his theories around localized brain function. If we have dozens of functions and skills that emanate from the brain, Gall reasoned, and if each of these is localized to a certain region of the organ, being able to read someone’s neural map would theoretically give you a lot of information about the sort of person they were. Later scientists and practitioners — particularly the brothers Orson and Lorenzo Fowler, who did more than anyone else to popularize the discipline in America — created phrenology from the supposition that you didn’t even have to see the brain to draw those conclusions, but could map someone’s character just by examining the shape of the skull. In New York City, the Fowlers’ American Phrenological Institute was a popular tourist destination, a studio and “phrenological cabinet” where visitors could read the latest phrenology journals, stop to take in the busts and skulls of “distinguished and notorious men” and even sit for their own examination. With the Fowlers, phrenology was like a turbo-charged horoscope, a way to know yourself, shore up your deficiencies and live your best life. The brothers believed — and promised their customers — that people could refine their skill and behavior, and thereby change a phrenological reading. They identified more than three dozen regions of the head that had an alleged effect on disposition and conduct, labeling each with grand terms like “philoprogenitiveness” (parental love), “alimentiveness” (appetite) and “approbativeness” (ambition). In diagrams and porcelain bald heads decorated with a dense graphic forest of symbolic vignettes, phrenologists pointed out where one might find the root of every possible impulse. Destructiveness wrapped around the top of one’s ear, “inhabitiveness” — love of home — at the back lower ridge of the skull. The Fowlers advertised phrenology as a sword that could slice through the Gordian knot of human relations: a method for employers to choose the best hires or entrepreneurs to select their business partners; a means for doctors to properly diagnose mental illness; a tool for parents and teachers to evaluate the children in their care; and, yes, of course, a way to find Mr. or Mrs. Right. But while phrenology served as casual amusement for the curious and well-to-do, like Edgar Allan Poe and Walt Whitman, it was also the supporting beam for problematic theories of criminology. According to phrenology’s advocates, criminal intent was not a question of free will, theology or philosophy: it was a person’s innate physiology and appearance that decided their propensity for criminal action. The “science” generally favored men and women of strong, classically white Western features: George Washington was often cited as a paragon of phrenological virtue, an “equally balanced” man with vital, well-boned features calling forth elegance and strength. By contrast the Fowlers considered people of African descent “deficient in reasoning capacity,” although with “excellent memories and lingual and musical powers.” Farnham wrote of one prisoner, an Irish former prize fighter, that “he exhibited great energy of passion and purpose, but they were all of a low character, their sole bearing being to prove his own superiority as an animal.” The racist and bigoted usage of phrenology should sound alarm bells as we consider biometrics today. Only a handful of states currently regulate biometrics. A hundred and fifty years ago, phrenology may have been a fun diversion if you went and got your head’s contours read on a lark; less so if its conclusory logic was being used to throw you in prison or mark you as a social malcontent. Today, facial recognition may be pleasantly useful when it can admit you to a baseball game, but may seem far less so if a distant database thinks, on the basis of pre-programmed visual assumptions, that you are likely to be criminally violent. A recent challenge to the Illinois law suggested that plaintiffs should have to demonstrate actual harm in order to take legal action, but in an age of surveillance capitalism, traditional concepts of harm are inadequate to describe what may happen behind the analytical curtain. Whether it’s our own eyes or a computer’s that are drawing conclusions, it pays to be skeptical of what we think appearances can tell us, and to embody that skepticism in meaningful restriction on business and government use of biometric data.   Betsy Golden Kellem is a history writer and an attorney at Aetna. She wrote this column for the Washington Post.  
20 Feb 19
Ed B on Sports

Brittany Elizabeth Curran was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts on June 2nd 1990. After living in Avon for her first three years, her family moved to Mockingbird Lane in Marston’s Mills, Cape Cod. Brittany spent several of her elementary school years living on Cape Cod and attended Marston’s Mills East Elementary School. Her performing years began […]

20 Feb 19
Tryon Farm Institute

Tryon Farm Institute is Growing! 2019 marks a new era for TFI with a new board energized to connect people with nature through responsible land use, diverse educational programs, an exchange of ideas and research opportunities.  Please join us as we educate,explore, createandgrowthis year. A key part of TFI’s mission is education. To fulfill that mission we are introducing […]

20 Feb 19
Philomath in Philadelphia

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads rating: 3.72 with 39 ratings (as of 2/19/2019)



This book contains graphic scenes and of acts of violence which some readers may find disturbing.



Annabel, a troubled young woman trying to put her life back together, decides to take a trip to the Suffolk coast to clear her head and get away from her mother. But when she arrives in the little seaside town, she discovers a series of grisly murders have taken place and police are searching for a twisted killer.

After a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger, Jude, the course of her life changes and soon she finds peace in a world away from the misery she has known.

But when Jude comes under suspicion from the police, and her idyllic world is threatened, Annabel’s happy existence starts to become a nightmare.

20 Feb 19
Ed B on Sports

Nikki M. James was born on June 3, 1981 in Summit, New Jersey, USA. She is an actress, known for BrainDead (2016), The 65th Annual Tony Awards (2011) and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him (2013). Born: June 3, 1981 in Summit, New Jersey, USA Actress (25 credits)  2019 Faraway Eyes (post-production) Faith   Shelter […]

20 Feb 19

Trump Admin Weighs Shielding Venezuelan Migrants From Deportation.

20 Feb 19
Blue Dragon Journal

HIGH TREASON: Andrew McCabe’s Shocking Revelation American Intelligence Media Betsy and Thomas decode Trump Tweets of February 19, 2019. Watch out for the shock and awe intel at the end! Stock up on your information arsenal here: https://truthbits.blog/2019/02/20/and…    

20 Feb 19
Book Nerd Anonymous

Goodreads Description: The follow-up to Susan Gloss’s successful debut, Vintage, is a charming mid-western story of artists, inspiration, and how to reinvent your life with purpose and flair Nell Parker has a PhD in Art History, a loving husband named Josh, and a Craftsman bungalow in Madison, WI. But her last pregnancy ended later in […]

20 Feb 19
IndieWire
As Oscar balloting comes to an end, here’s another installment in our annual series of interviews with Academy voters from different branches for their candid thoughts on what got picked, overlooked, and overvalued this year. Best motion picture of the year  “Black Panther” Kevin Feige, Producer “BlacKkKlansman” Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, Producers “Bohemian Rhapsody” Graham King, Producer “The Favourite” Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers “Green Book” Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga, Producers “Roma” Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón, Producers “A Star Is Born” Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers “Vice” Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, Producers You have to think about the preferential ballot; otherwise you are not giving the number one the best possibility. I love “Roma.” But I am concerned it’s getting so much publicity and attention, it’s a bit cheeky if Alfonso Cuarón also gets nominated for Best Foreign Film, Director, Cinematography and Screenplay. I love the film and I want it to win Best Picture but I won’t vote for it for Best Foreign Film. The other foreign films should get a chance. “BlacKkKlansman” is witty, funny, and a bit preachy but it was worth it. Good on Spike Lee. As important as the things he is saying, I enjoyed the madness of the premise and the fact it’s based on a true story. “Black Panther” was terrific. That would be my next choice. And again, it was stunning looking, stunning performances. It was witty, it took something that could be endless action and invigorated it –which I appreciate in those action movies which are not really my cup of tea. “Green Book” was sentimental. Fine. The idea of the green book and these two unlikely characters I liked, but it was not for my taste. Good performances. “The Favourite” I really didn’t like. In the beginning I was engaged with it, but everybody became so unpleasant, it was people wandering around in a corridor with a fish-eye lens. I immediately started looking at the real story rather than the one I was given. It’s always a bit of a snag, when it’s based on something true and you start checking it on Wikipedia. If I’m engaged with the film I won’t do that. Amy Adams and Christian Bale in “Vice” “Vice”: weird movie. At the end of the day I didn’t know any more about Dick Cheney than I did at the beginning. How did he become what he was? What were the steps between–was Lynne Cheney the engine behind everything? And that moment when he turns toward the camera didn’t work. I loved “The Big Short,” it was so brilliant and clever. This didn’t rise up to that, it was based on a real true person who has done tremendous evil to this country. It’s hard to enjoy, and find his peccadillos funny. The ramifications for the country have been so serious, sending us into wars we don’t need to be in. Christian Bale’s performance is incredible. His impersonation of DC was jaw dropping. In fact he’s British and to get it so perfectly was amazing. But it lost me. As a character study, it failed. “A Star Is Born.” Sigh. There’s something about that story: I don’t care about it, it’s been remade two or three times, it’s so familiar. I just wasn’t interested, I didn’t particularly believe it. There were a lot of closeups of Bradley Cooper, it was the Bradley Cooper story. I mean Lady Gaga was great, but you know where it was going so quickly it didn’t have any surprises for me. “Bohemian Rhapsody”— it’s fun. I felt that the teeth were distracting. It was so much about the prosthetic, it made him look so grotesque, it was distracting. When I saw the real guy in the end, it wasn’t as extreme, that bothered me. I thought his transformation and interpretation of the songs and movement was terrific. I never owned a Queen CD in my life, yet the music is familiar, it is the soundtrack of that era. So the Live Aid concert was one of the very entertaining aspects of it, again, when you start to investigate it afterwards it was whitewashed. I was fine with that, I don’t need to see every orgy of bad behavior. I loved the fact that the cats each had their own room. Two films that were not included were “The Rider” which was an outstanding film. Astonishing. Unique. It should have gotten something. “Leave No Trace” was awfully good too; director Debra Granik has a way of discovering these young actresses. Too bad they didn’t garner anything. Alfonso Cuarón on the set of “Roma” Achievement in directing “BlacKkKlansman” Spike Lee “Cold War” Paweł Pawlikowski “The Favourite” Yorgos Lanthimos “Roma” Alfonso Cuarón “Vice” Adam McKay I’ll vote for “Roma.” I was incredibly moved and impressed by that film. I saw it before all the brouhaha at a small screening and was knocked out by it. I was taken someplace very personal, even though it’s in Mexico, in a different world, I identified — I grew up with a nanny. I could see how important this woman and their relationship was. Details like the dog shit and the car getting scraped, and bringing in the demonstration, were really brilliant. And [Yalitza Aparicio]’s performance is extraordinary, the kids were great. It was the real flow of life, the soundtrack was extraordinary too. You were in this environment with particular sounds of the area he grew up in. Performance by an actress in a leading role Yalitza Aparicio in “Roma” Glenn Close in “The Wife” Olivia Colman in “The Favourite” Lady Gaga in “A Star Is Born” Melissa McCarthy in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Glenn Close is going to win, that’s how it is. She’s been to the altar but never the bride a million times. She deserves for her body of work to win. I didn’t love “The Wife.” It’s hard for me to separate the movie from the actress. Aparicio has such extraordinary presence. She was astonishing for someone who never acted before. She was able to be so convincing in that everything about her was so real. She isn’t that person, she was acting, she’s a teacher. I heard her talk. I loved Colman’s performance, she’s fantastic. It’s the “Roma” actress. McCarthy is a close second, she did a really good job creating that unlikeable but fascinating character. “Vice” Performance by an actor in a leading role Christian Bale in “Vice” Bradley Cooper in “A Star Is Born” Willem Dafoe in “At Eternity’s Gate” Rami Malek in “Bohemian Rhapsody” Viggo Mortensen in “Green Book” I have to go for Christian Bale. It wasn’t just an impersonation, it was an interpretation. You can’t sustain a impersonation throughout a movie; his interpretation and the nuances of that evil person we have seen on TV so many times was so extraordinary–the prosthetics, the whole thing. “If Beale Street Could Talk” Performance by an actress in a supporting role Amy Adams in “Vice” Marina de Tavira in “Roma” Regina King in “If Beale Street Could Talk” Emma Stone in “The Favourite” Rachel Weisz in “The Favourite” I really didn’t like “If Beale Street Could Talk,” but I thought Regina King’s performances was incredibly moving. That is who I would vote for. It’s weird there are two films I don’t really like: Rachel Weisz was good [in “The Favourite”], so was Emma Stone. “BlacKkKlansman” Performance by an actor in a supporting role Mahershala Ali in “Green Book” Adam Driver in “BlacKkKlansman” Sam Elliott in “A Star Is Born” Richard E. Grant in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Sam Rockwell in “Vice” Richard E. Grant was terrific, he was compelling and witty —there was a lovely back and forth between him and Melissa McCarthy that was very enjoyable to watch, it was “Withnail and I” again. It’s slightly the case with the actors that it’s a specific performance and also the body of their work. But I have to go with Adam Driver, be still my heart. I will watch him read a phone book, I don’t care. He was so good in “Patterson,” also for other work he has done. Adapted screenplay “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen “BlacKkKlansman” Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty “If Beale Street Could Talk” Written for the screen by Barry Jenkins “A Star Is Born” Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters “Buster Scruggs” was very clever and took you on this entertaining ride, and the language was so beautiful, it seems historically appropriate but not fake and arch. It felt real, like the scene where the guy is asking to become Zoe Kazan’s husband. That and “BlacKkKlansman” are high on the list. Original screenplay “The Favourite” Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara “First Reformed” Written by Paul Schrader “Green Book” Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly “Roma” Written by Alfonso Cuarón “Vice” Written by Adam McKay The woman who wrote “The Favourite” [Deborah Davis] heavily relied on a book but the writer didn’t get credit or payment –it’s cheeky calling it original. “First Reformed” was terrific, I would vote for that, a stunning disturbing  movie, but very moving, very much Paul Schrader’s themes of disappointment and despair, beautifully done. Ethan Hawke was great, I was riveted by that movie, it was surprising, though it was endlessly grim, but there was a ray of hope at the end. It took me places I didn’t expect to go. Terrific dialogue—he’s a good writer. Achievement in cinematography “Cold War” Łukasz Żal “The Favourite” Robbie Ryan “Never Look Away” Caleb Deschanel “Roma” Alfonso Cuarón “A Star Is Born” Matthew Libatique “Roma,” but it’s irritating that Cuarón is also the director-writer, he shouldn’t be taking jobs away from cinematographers. But at the same time he did an extraordinary job. The look of that film was so complete with what the film was saying, and the exquisite black and white. Achievement in makeup and hairstyling “Border” Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer “Mary Queen of Scots” Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks “Vice” Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney “Vice” was amazing. With “Mary Queen of Scots” I found myself getting so distracted by the pock marks, even if it was authentic, I kept getting caught up with that and not what was happening on-screen. “How did they achieve that effect?” I felt it was distracting. Achievement in film editing “BlacKkKlansman” Barry Alexander Brown “Bohemian Rhapsody” John Ottman “The Favourite” Yorgos Mavropsaridis “Green Book” Patrick J. Don Vito “Vice” Hank Corwin All the musical sequences in “Bohemian Rhapsody” were well done, but I wonder about that film. Bryan Singer did direct it up to the last two weeks; he is a good director despite his bad behavior, it’s weird. It’s a close second to “BlacKkKlansman,” which was very well done. “Black Panther” Achievement in costume design “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” Mary Zophres “Black Panther” Ruth Carter “The Favourite” Sandy Powell “Mary Poppins Returns” Sandy Powell “Mary Queen of Scots” Alexandra Byrne I loved “The Favourite” costumes, which are not historically accurate –that’s okay, Sandy Powell is fantastically inventive. She already has too many Oscars. I want it to go to somebody who doesn’t, spread the love around. “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” is also a tremendous achievement, particularly as Mary Zophres did not have a lot of money. She had to do a lot of different looks. I’m a big fan of the “Black Panther” costume design; Ruth Carter deserves to win, it’s incredible what she did: the depth that went into in the research and creating all the different tribes, and using old and new things. The combination is just stunning, particularly when working with a comic book, where a certain amount of things are as they are. Within that structure she added whole new layers to the “Black Panther” costumes. Achievement in production design “Black Panther” Production Design: Hannah Beachler; Set Decoration: Jay Hart “The Favourite” Production Design: Fiona Crombie; Set Decoration: Alice Felton “First Man” Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas “Mary Poppins Returns” Production Design: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim “Roma” Production Design: Eugenio Caballero; Set Decoration: Bárbara Enríquez I have to give it to “Black Panther” again. It’s fun. You’re on a ride into Wakanda, out of Wakanda, into the casino–many realities they created. It was beautifully done, everything went together, the production design, cinematography, the costumes: it was a total vision. Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score) “Black Panther” Ludwig Goransson “BlacKkKlansman” Terence Blanchard “If Beale Street Could Talk” Nicholas Britell “Isle of Dogs” Alexandre Desplat “Mary Poppins Returns” Marc Shaiman “The Isle of Dogs” really fit the whimsicality of the animation and story. “Black Panther” was awfully good too. The score enhanced the narrative, and was compelling. Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song) “All The Stars” from “Black Panther” Music by Mark Spears, Kendrick LamarDuckworth and Anthony Tiffith; Lyric by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith and Solana Rowe “I’ll Fight” from “RBG” Music and Lyric by Diane Warren “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” Music and Lyric by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “Buster Scruggs” is Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, they always do great music that was very appropriate to the period and the story but is also modern. It all worked well together. “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” Best documentary feature “Free Solo” Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim “Minding the Gap” Bing Liu and Diane Quon “Of Fathers and Sons” Talal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. Siebert “RBG” Betsy West and Julie Cohen Given what we’ve got, it’s going to be a tough choice for me. I was sad that the Mr. Rogers film [“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”] didn’t get nominated, that was a terrible oversight. It was so moving and he was so ahead of his time. What an incredible hopeful person, especially in these times, inclusive and caring in such a gentle way. And “Three Identical Strangers” blew my mind– I could not grasp this was a Jewish adoption home doing experiments on the kids, whose parents were not able to find out what happened, and how tragically it effected their lives. I don’t understand why those didn’t get in. “RBG” is so great. A delight, and another fantastic story. “Hale County” is slow and not sure where it’s going, but it delivers this incredible punch and you’re taken into this world with these kids and their families. It says a lot about black culture and people struggling to get ahead, I was touched by it. It’s such a unique experience, poetic. This guy [RaMell Ross] was a photographer, the images were so divine. But with “Free Solo” I was gasping and shutting my eyes and unable to look and totally gripped. “Shoplifters” Best foreign language film of the year “Capernaum” Lebanon “Cold War” Poland “Never Look Away” Germany “Roma” Mexico “Shoplifters” Japan “Shoplifters” took me into a side of Japan that I never knew. I had a Sofia Coppola “Lost in Translation” concept of Japan as a wealthy, together, organized society. To see this underbelly, to see this creation of this strange family where you’re never quite sure who is related to whom and you discover at the end that nobody is related to anybody and they’re living in the most incredible circumstances and just getting by. It’s a surprising world, based on a true story. The cruelty of humans to each other we see all around us; this is a microcosm of how people treat each other. The created family was touching.
20 Feb 19
Betsy's Blog

There are many identities that I hold that create my total persona. For instance, one of my biggest identities is being a member of my family. With that comes being Hispanic, Latina, Chicana, and Mexican American.  I am a dual citizen and child of immigrants from Mexico. I am bilingual in English and Spanish, and […]