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Sunday April 20, 2014

13:00 Les Vêpres siciliennes (Royal Opera House Series) at Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 1:00 »Tonight at City Cinema
This is the last night for this film.

Rated: Parental Guidance
Runs: 250 minutes
Director: Stefan Herheim
Starring: Bryan Hymel, Marina Polavskaya, Erwin Schrott, Michael Volle
Language: Sung in French with English subtitles.
Awards: Part of the Royal Opera House's series Opera In Cinema, Presented in association with MEI Events International and Arts Alliance Media.
Tickets are $17, $14 for members & seniors (65 & over). No passes.
Online tickets include a $1.00 service charge

Les Vêpres siciliennes (The Sicilian Vespers) is a great, neglected opera by Giuseppe Verdi brought to the Royal Opera House for the very first time in an imaginative new staging that includes dancers from The Royal Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet. Paris in 1855, when the opera was first performed, provides the starting point for the interpretation by celebrated Norwegian born director Stefan Herheim, making his Covent Garden debut. The French have occupied Sicily, and Hélène is held hostage by Montfort, the French governor, who has had her brother executed. She turns to the partisan Jean Procida and the rebellious patriot Henri in her bid for vengeance. Through this monumental operatic work, Herheim takes us over the threshold from the reality of the opera house into the dreamlike stories of the operas they present. The story is set to impassioned and dramatic music, rich in showpiece arias and ensembles and with striking choruses.

Advance Tickets ~ IMDB on Film ~

02:18 Finals set at Players’ Championship »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Jones vs. Homan; Martin vs. Jacobs
00:56 [FORUM] Do you think that robots will cannibalize our economies? »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
A recent post at Lawyers, Guns and Money by Paul Campos the 11th of this month entitled "Economic possibilities for our future robot overlords" caught my attention. Briefly? A prescient essay by John Maynard Keynes about wealth per capita and income was interestingly wrong.

[I]n 1939 John Maynard Keynes published what eventually became a famous essay, entitled “Economic Possibilities For Our Grandchildren,” in which he tried to predict what “the progressive countries” (what would now be called the developed world) would look like in 2030.

The essay makes two big predictions:

(1) By 2030 the developed world would be in per capita terms four to eight times wealthier than it was a century earlier.

(2) This explosion of wealth would produce a tremendous reduction of hours worked, as people chose leisure over yet more income.

The first prediction was almost uncannily accurate, while the second has turned out to be completely wrong in regard to the United States, and largely wrong about Europe.

[. . . W]ork hours in the US and Europe had declined considerably over the previous half century, and Keynes assumed that the income effect — the declining marginal utility of income in relation to leisure — would cause this trend to continue. Since then, however, the decline in working hours has ceased almost completely in the US, and slowed down drastically in Europe (Europeans do work about 20% fewer hours than Americans however, which is not a trivial distinction).

Economics being a rather tautological discipline, there is of course a ready theoretical explanation for this as well: the substitution effect — i.e., to the extent that productivity increases are reflected in higher income per hour worked, each hour of forgone work in favor of leisure becomes more costly to the worker.


Income growth has fallen far behind GDP per capita, and may be likely to continue to fall.

In the late 1960s, median household income was nearly double per capita GDP, while today we have nearly a one to one relationship between the two metrics (Households are on average only slightly smaller today. I don’t have figures for 1967 handy, but in 1975 the average household included 2.89 people, while in 2012 it featured 2.54 persons). Or to put it another way, if over the past 45 years the nation’s increasing wealth as measured by output had ended up getting distributed equally across income groups as income, median household income in the US would be nearly $100,000 per year, rather than half that sum.


Why? At his blog, Noel Maurer has complained at length about robots and advanced computer systems cannibalizing formerly middle-class occupations. (He has a tag, and everything.) At a deeper level, this slow income growth--accompanied by growing inequality--is ultimately a matter of policy.

Will this trend change, do you think? Or will it persist until something--I dare to predict something unpleasant--occurs?

Discuss.

Saturday April 19, 2014

23:48 Anderson, Johnson take home NBL all-star skills awards »The Guardian - Sports
Ryan Anderson is the top three-point shooter and Cavell Johnson the slam dunk champ following the National Basketball League of Canada all-star skills competition Saturday in Charlottetown. Anderson, an Ottawa SkyHawks guard, had an opening round of 19 and finished in a second-round tie for ...

Video: http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/Video/32008/NBL-allstar-skills-competition

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