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'Gemeenten kregen informatie over financiering moskeeën'

Binnenllands Bestuur - 7 uur 9 min geleden
Gemeenten kregen wel degelijk informatie over de buitenlandse financiering van moskeeën. Dat zegt minister Wouter Koolmees (Sociale Zaken) in reactie op media die melden dat dat niet het geval was.

Rijksambtenaren dreigen met acties

Binnenllands Bestuur - 7 uur 14 min geleden
FNV, CNV en het Ambtenarencentrum dreigen met acties onder rijksambtenaren. Als minister Kajsa Ollongren (Binnenlandse Zaken) niet voor 14 mei met een loonbod komt, volgen in de week daarna de eerste acties.

Gratis OV voor alle Amsterdamse minima kost 54 miljoen

Binnenllands Bestuur - 7 uur 59 min geleden
De Amsterdamse wethouder van sociale zaken Arjan Vliegenthart (SP) heeft laten uitzoeken hoeveel het kost om alle vervoersdiensten van het GVB (Gemeentevervoerbedrijf) onbeperkt gratis te maken voor alle 94.000 stadspashouders. Kostenplaatje: 54,2 …

Twijfels bij coalitiepartijen over loondispensatie

Binnenllands Bestuur - 8 uur 50 min geleden
Coalitiegenoten D66, CDA en Christenunie zijn nog niet overtuigd van de plannen voor loondispensatie die staatssecretaris Tamara van Ark (Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid, VVD) onlangs in een hoofdlijnennotitie aan de Tweede Kamer overhandigde. Ondanks …

Steekspel ACM en Veenendaal om parkeertarieven

Binnenllands Bestuur - 9 uur 30 min geleden
De Autoriteit Consument en Markt (ACM) houdt vast aan het standpunt dat de gemeente Veenendaal oneerlijk concurreert met commerciële uitbaters van parkeergarages. Wel lukt het de gemeente om onder een eerder opgelegde dwangsom uit de komen door de …

Gemeente-archieven halen massaal foto’s offline na vonnis

Binnenllands Bestuur - 10 uur 2 min geleden
Archiefinstellingen, waaronder veel gemeente-archieven, hebben honderdduizenden oude foto’ uit voorzorg van hun websites gehaald omdat ze auteursrechtelijke claims vrezen. Een recente uitspraak van de kantonrechter in Leiden heeft archieven …

Strengere regels voor mestverwerkers in Noord-Brabant

Binnenllands Bestuur - 10 uur 39 min geleden
Mestverwerkers in Brabant krijgen te maken met strengere regels. De provincie Noord-Brabant heeft onder andere bepaald dat nieuwe mestverwerkers de uitstoot van stof zoveel mogelijk moeten beperken en de uitstoot bovendien moeten meten. Op- en overslag …

Prijzenslag (3) Beste gemeente trekt ook verkeerd volk

Binnenllands Bestuur - 11 uur 12 min geleden
De populairste zijn. Dat wilden we al op de middelbare school en dat willen we nog steeds. Dat verlangen geldt ook voor gemeenten. Het predikaat beste woongemeente is dan ook een van de hoogst haalbare doelen. Jaarlijks onderzoekt het blad Elsevier …

Rotterdam pakt buitenlandse steun moskee aan

Binnenllands Bestuur - 11 uur 22 min geleden
De gemeente Rotterdam moet moskeeën die ongewenste financiële steun krijgen uit het buitenland aanpakken. Dat heeft de gemeenteraad donderdag in grote meerderheid besloten.

Oud-wethouder Van Son vervolgd voor lek Den Bosch

Binnenllands Bestuur - 11 uur 45 min geleden
Het Openbaar Ministerie (OM) gaat de Bossche oud-wethouder Jos van Son (65) en raadslid Sjef van Creij (55) vervolgen, omdat ze vertrouwelijke informatie zouden hebben gelekt rond de burgemeestersbenoeming in Den Bosch vorig jaar. Het OM beschuldigt hen …

Achterhoek intensiveert brede samenwerking

Binnenllands Bestuur - 16 uur 30 min geleden
Sneller tot besluiten komen om de Achterhoek (economisch) te versterken, meer uitvoeringskracht en een sterker gezicht naar buiten. Dat zijn de doelen van het voorstel van het algemeen bestuur van Regio Achterhoek – het samenwerkingsverband van de …

Minder uren loonkostensubsidie Bollenstreek mag niet

Binnenllands Bestuur - 16 uur 31 min geleden
De Intergemeentelijke Sociale Dienst (ISD) Bollenstreek mag het aantal uren waarvoor loonkostensubsidie wordt betaald niet eigenhandig verminderen van 40 naar 25,5, antwoordt staatssecretaris Tamara van Ark (Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid, VVD) op …

What is it like to be a philosopher? Tristan Haze edition

Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog - 25 april 2018 - 10:39pm
Here, courtesy of Clifford Sosis. Brian Leiter

Taakstraf voor ambtenaar die op toiletten filmde

Binnenllands Bestuur - 25 april 2018 - 9:40pm
Een voormalig gemeenteambtenaar van Vlissingen die vrouwelijke collega's stiekem filmde tijdens toiletbezoek, is woensdag in Middelburg veroordeeld tot een taakstraf van 240 uur en een voorwaardelijke celstraf van twee maanden.

A Cinematic Journey Through Paris, As Seen Through the Lens of Legendary Filmmaker Éric Rohmer: Watch Rohmer in Paris

Open Culture - 25 april 2018 - 9:00pm


Note: The film starts around the 30 second mark.

Site of so many historic screenings, cradle of so many innovative auteurs, setting of so many memorable scenes: does any city have a more central place in the cinephile's consciousness than Paris? Filmmaker-professor Richard Misek calls it "the city where cinephilia itself began." It certainly has a place in his own cinephilic journey, beginning with a chance encounter, 24 years ago in the district of Montmartre, with one of the luminaries of French New Wave film: Éric Rohmer, who was then in the middle of shooting his picture Rendezvous in Paris. "I only realized this fourteen years later, when I saw the film late one night on television," Misek says. "It was the first Rohmer film I'd ever seen — and I was in it."

He tells this story early in Rohmer in Paris, his hour-long video essay on all the ways the auteur used the city in the course of his prolific, more than fifty-year-long filmmaking career. Misek describes Rohmer's characters, "always glancing at each other: on trains, on streets, in parks, in the two-way shop windows of cafes where they can see and be seen," as flâneurs, those observant strollers through the city whose type has its origins in the Paris of the 19th century. "But their walks are restricted to lunch hours and evenings out. They form detours from less leisurely trajectories: the lines of a daily commute." With ever-increasing rigor, the director "traces every step of his characters' journeys through the city with topographic precision. His characters follow actual paths through Paris, paths that can be drawn as lines on the city's map."

Though Rohmer did have his differences, aesthetically as well as politically, with his colleagues in the French New Wave, "in one way, at least, he always stayed faithful to the spirit of the nouvelle vague: throughout his life, Rohmer didn't just film Paris, he documented it." Cutting up and deliberately re-arranging thousands of pieces of image and sound in Rohmer's dozens of shorts and features, placing side-by-side shots of the same Parisian spaces years and even decades apart, Misek shows us how Rohmer cinematically illustrates "one of the basic truths about urban existence: in cities, humans' lives intersect every day. But most of these intersections are transitory, crossed paths between two people following different trajectories."

Rohmer didn't always film in Paris. As his career went on, he told more stories that depart from the city, but then, those stories also usually return to it: ultimately, almost all of his characters find that "Paris cannot be transcended." Watch just one of Rohmer's films, and you'll see how little interest he has in romanticizing the City of Light, yet the words of one character in Full Moon in Paris might also be his own: "The air is foul, but I can breathe," he declares. "I need to be at the center, in the center of a country, in a city center that's almost the center of the world."

Just as Rohmer demonstrates the inexhaustibility of Paris with his filmography, Misek demonstrates the inexhaustibility of that filmography with Rohmer in Paris, which he has recently released into the public domain and made free to watch online. It provides real insight into the work of Éric Rohmer, the city in which he became a cinephile and then a filmmaker, and how the two repeatedly intersect with one another over the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st. But it also implies an answer, in the affirmative, to another, more general proposition that Misek raises early in the essay: "I can't help but wonder if cinephilia is a journey without end."

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Based in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities and culture. His projects include the book The Stateless City: a Walk through 21st-Century Los Angeles and the video series The City in Cinema. Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Facebook.

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Igor Stravinsky Remembers the “Riotous” Premiere of His Rite of Spring in 1913: “They Were Very Shocked. They Were Naive and Stupid People.”

Open Culture - 25 april 2018 - 8:00pm

It can be a little hard to take the word “riot” seriously when applied to a contentious ballet performance, given how regularly we now see police with machine guns, shields, and tanks rolling down city streets to overpower protesting citizens. But that is the word that has come down to us for the fracas that greeted the debut of Serge Diaghilev and Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in Paris in 1913. The idea of a riot seems all the more incongruous, and funny, when considered in the light of Jean Cocteau’s description of the crowd:

The smart audience in tails and tulle, diamonds and ospreys, was interspersed with the suits and bandeaux of the aesthetic crowd. The latter would applaud novelty simply to show their contempt for the people in the boxes… Innumerable shades of snobbery, super-snobbery and inverted snobbery were represented.

This Parisian smart set came together on that evening of May 29th expecting “something potentially outrageous,” writes The Telegraph’s classical critic Ivan Hewett. Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes had previously “entranced and shocked Paris.” Stravinsky was acquiring a reputation as a musical provocateur, having built his score for 1910’s The Firebird around the dissonant “Devil’s Interval.” Nonetheless, as the Rocketboom video below, “The Riot of Spring,” explains, audiences packed into the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées had no preparation for what they would see, and hear, when the curtain arose.

And what was that? A “high, almost strangled bassoon melody,” Hewett writes, “soon draped with fluttering, twittering woodwind sounds” set to “pulsating rhythms.” Choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky’s dancers “seemed pulled down to earth. Their strange, jerky movements and awkward poses defied every canon of gracefulness.” The audience reacted immediately, shouting and attacking one another: “canes were brandished like menacing implements of combat all over the theater.” Stravinsky himself remembers the theatergoers reactions with disdain in a short interview excerpt at the top.

“The storm broke,” he says, once the curtain opened on a group of “knock-kneed… Lolitas jumping up and down." The audience "came for Scheherazade or Cleopatra, and they saw Le Sacre du Printemps. They were very shocked. They were very naïve and stupid people.” Did Stravinsky really not anticipate the degree of unrest his weird, dissonant ballet might provoke? It seems not. He hoped it would be a bigger hit than his widely-praised Petrushka of three years earlier. “From all indications,” he had written to set designer Nicholas Roerich, “I can see that this piece is bound to ‘emerge’ in a way that rarely happens.” This proved true, but not at all in the way he meant it.

For his part, writes Hewett, Diaghilev “was hoping for something more than an emergence. He wanted a scandal.” James Wolcott, in his account of the evening, Wild in the Seats, argues that the Russian impresario had “a genius for publicity that wouldn’t be matched until the advent of Andy Warhol and the pop cult of celebrity.” He knew he needed to rattle the “jaded elegants,” who “weren’t going to be stimulated by the same melting, yearning pantomime in pointe shoes.” The Rite of Spring premiere remains the most infamous scandal in the history of ballet to this day.

But while the sophisticates battled it out in the aisles, screaming over the orchestra, pulling down each other’s top hats, it’s said, and challenging each other to duels, a few spectators, Cocteau included, sat entranced by the performance. The work, he later wrote, “is, and will remain, a masterpiece: a symphony impregnated with wild pathos, with earth in the throes of birth, noises of farm and camp, little melodies that come to us out of the depths of the centuries, the panting of cattle, profound convulsions of nature, prehistoric georgics.”

See the opening movements performed above by the Joffrey Ballet in 1987, and imagine yourself in the midst of Paris’s highest society convulsing in a riotous outcry. What was so upsetting? “Perhaps the riot was a sign of disquiet,” Hewett speculates, “a feeling that that the world had lost its moorings, and that barbarism was about to be let loose in the streets.” According to eyewitnesses, some disturbed spectators even called in the police. You can learn much more about this fascinating history at the free Harvard edX course, “Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring: Modernism, Ballet, and Riots.”

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Josh Jones is a writer and musician based in Durham, NC. Follow him at @jdmagness

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The Windrush scandal in the UK

Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog - 25 april 2018 - 7:20pm
Anthony Appiah (NYU) is interviewed about it. I wonder whether his family's much better experience in 1950s Britain did not have a lot to do with their high class status. Brian Leiter

Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov Relives His Four Most Memorable Games

Open Culture - 25 april 2018 - 7:13pm

Many consider Garry Kasparov one of the greatest chess players of all time. And for good reason. In 1985, at the age of 22, Kasparov defeated the reigning champion Anatoly Karpov. From that moment, until his retirement in 2005, he dominated. For the next 225 out of 228 months, he was the #1 ranked player in the game. Above, in a video created by The New Yorker, Kasparov "replays some of his most unforgettable games," and "relives the happiest and the most painful moments of his career," including:

  • Garry Kasparov vs. Anatoly Karpov: World Championship Match 1985
  • Garry Kasparov vs. Anatoly Karpov: World Championship Match 1987
  • Garry Kasparov vs. Viswanathan Anand: PCA-GP Credit Suisse Rapid Final Blitz Playoff 1996
  • Garry Kasparov vs. Deep Blue: I.B.M. Man vs. Machine 1997

In recent months, Kasparov has also created an online course for Masterclass, Garry Kasparov Teaches Chess, which--in 29 video lessons--offers a deeper exploration of his chess theory, tactics, and strategy.

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Granaat blijft reden voor vier weken sluiting

Binnenllands Bestuur - 25 april 2018 - 5:24pm
Horecazaken in Amsterdam gaan minimaal vier weken dicht als er een handgranaat voor de deur wordt gevonden. Er was sprake van dat de automatische sluiting afgeschaft zou worden omdat criminelen hier misbruik van zouden maken, maar dat wil waarnemend …

Meer verkeersdoden Zuid-Holland, minder in Noord-Brabant

Binnenllands Bestuur - 25 april 2018 - 5:06pm
Er vielen 613 verkeersdoden in Nederland in 2017, 16 minder dan in het jaar ervoor. Dat meldt het Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS). De grootste toename was in het Zuid-Hollandse verkeer, waar het aantal doden met 27 steeg tot 97. In …

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