A good work of art, though it may be the product of one person’s experience, is timeless and universal. By that standard, the song “At What a Cost”* by Mark Lentz is, to my mind, a fine work of art. In war, there are always the grand planners at the top, but the actual dirty business has to be carried out by other human beings at the bottom. The price paid by those at the bottom seldom weighs very much in the calculations of the grand planners at the top, and if there is folly in the plans, no one sees it better than those at the bottom.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of the right-wing Popular Party announced a new €65 billion ($79 billion) package of cuts Wednesday, the fourth since his election last November.
The latest measures come on top of previous cuts, amounting to €48 billion, agreed between the central government and 17 autonomous regions. Those cuts had themselves been described as the most severe since the fascist dictatorship of Generalisimo Francisco Franco.
Police have clashed with crowds in downtown Los Angeles, where the monthly Art Walk event was being held.
Twitter accounts say as many as 12 people have been arrested after a skirmish.
The otherwise peaceful party night apparently turned violent, as police wearing riot gear tried to disperse members of the Occupy movement. (Read more…) Some 200 Occupiers joined the festivities and were writing protest slogans in chalk.