We destroy the beauty of the countryside because the un-appropriated splendors of nature have no economic value. We are capable of shutting off the sun and the stars because they do not pay a dividend. — John Maynard Keynes
A friend just sent me this story from the NYT, which I had already seen: Treasury Department Is Warning Publishers of the Perils of Criminal Editing of the Enemy by Adam Liptak. The Treasury Department has declared it a crime for anyone in the U.S. to edit in any way, translate, add graphics, etc., to any literature from any of the banned countries: Iran, North Korea, Liby and Cuba. But you can still publish the uncorrected, unedited text! This is both ridiculous and frightening, added to the long list of follies by the boys in DC. Among other approaches, we ought to try laughing these fools out of office. Susana & I just saw the Classical Theater of Harlem's production of "Mother Courage and Her Children," and loved it (not all the reviewers did). It reminded me of the true power of satire. It doesn't make the wicked repent, but it does inspirit the good-hearted stay on course and laugh in the struggle.