The Little Black Boy by William Blake

My mother bore me in the southern wild,

And I am black, but O, my soul is white!

White as an angel is the English child,

But I am black, as if bereaved of light.

My mother taught me underneath a tree,

And, sitting down before the heat of the day,

She took me on her lap and kissed me,

And, pointing to the East, began to say :

‘Look at the rising sun : there God does live,

And gives His light, and gives His heat away,

And flowers and trees and beasts and men receive

Comfort in morning, joy in the noonday.

Continued in Literature and Poetry

Dr. Johnny Fever Takes Control

The Swiss and U.S. Governments Reach Privacy Shield Agreement

In July, 2016, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and the European Union Commissioner announced the approval of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework (replacing the previous EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Framework.) Beginning on April 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce will cease accepting U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor certifications. Continued in Data and Information

Creating a Wiki Project as a Tool for Collaboration

The idea of collaboration between a group of individuals who specialize or hold certain knowledge communicating with other individuals who hold knowledge still, is fascinating. While we haven’t seen the application utilized between researchers, writers and investigative reporters, the framework for that type of collaboration is available with this sort of tool. Continued in Data and Information

Beijing Has Second Thoughts on Purchase of MGM

The weekend edition of The Wall Street Journal offers a report of Beijing’s decision to back out of a deal that would have put “Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Studios under Chinese control.” At first thought, the idea that the President of these United States might have offended Beijing to such sufficient point that the Chinese government decided to retaliate, irked this reporter. But then there is always the second thought, or the third, that any good reader might prefer to have answered – if only the question might have been asked on first pass. 

With all the talk of the susceptibility of the American public to propaganda by foreign governments, one cannot help but to pause a moment to consider what an American movie studio might lose were the Chinese government to have exclusive control over MGM’s catalog, and if Beijing were to hold influence or censorship over the development of American cinema. Continued in Culture and Media 

Quote Card: Church and State in America by Elisabeth Sifton

“The reaction of people of faith to this tendency of democracy to obscure the divine authority behind government should not be resignation to it, but the resolution to combat it as effectively as possible … Continued in Relgion

“I did not hate the author of my misfortunes – truth and justice acquit me of that; I rather pitied the hard destiny to which he seemed condemned … Continued in Political Science

The Poetry of Lord Tennyson, the Most Widely Read English Poet

Calm and deep peace on this high wold,

And on these dews that drench the furze,

And all the silvery gossamers

That twinkle into green and gold :

Calm and still light on yon great plain

That sweeps with all its autumn bowers,

And crowded farms and lessening towers,

To mingle with the bounding main :

Continued in Literature and Poetry

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