September 12 2006 New York Ground Zero Theologi

first_imgSeptember 12, 2006 New York Ground Zero Theological Terrorism An old, old story From vol. 7, pg. 112 of Storia D’Italia by Montanelli On the first crusade, year 1099 New York Ground Zero Theological Terrorism An old, old story From vol. 7, pg. 112 of Storia D’Italia by Montanelli On the first crusade, year 1099 There were no more than 12000 crusaders that, in July 1099, after a three-year campaign, got to camp under the walls of Jerusalem. Their emotion in sighting the sacred city changed into surprise when the presiding Muslim garrison declared to be ready for an armistice. That garrison wasn’t Turkish but Arab, because the previous year Jerusalem had been retaken from the Selgiuchi by the Fatimidi, who had never confronted the Franchi. But they didn’t accept the offer, perhaps because they thought a non-violent negotiation would have ruined their triumph. Therefore they demanded unconditional surrender. The defenders, about 1000 men, resisted for 40 days. Then they surrendered. “Then,” a witness present, Raimondo de Agiles, famous for his zeal and his piety said, “one saw marvelous (meravigliose) things. The Muslims were beheaded or killed by harrow or thrown from the towers. Others were tortured for days and days and then torched. The streets were strewn with heads, chopped hands and feet.” Those “marvelous” things lasted until the total consummation of the 70,000 citizens of Jerusalem, including the Jews. They were crowded and burned inside the synagogues. Then the crusaders gathered in the grotto of the Santa Sepolcro that had hosted the remains of Christ, who had come into the world to preach misericordia and there they cried joyfully, finally feeling worthy of him.[Image: Arcosanti Graphics & text: selected by Paolo Soleri] The Secular Cathedral A transnational structure aiming at a (distant) more equitable consumerism. A habitat for remembering, living, working, learning and divertimento. Part of the divertimento is the battery of slides evacuating the cathedral in 20 minutes or so (20,000 people?). The mantle generated by the 40 or so slides defines an umbrella-parasol of about 400 meters diameter covering a multi-story urban life that the citizens of New York would think about and the designer-builder would try to satisfy (the analogy with the Piero della Francesca generous mantle of mother sheltering the flock of her children). The circular pond is the speed breaker for the people evacuating the cathedral from most of its stories. The evacuation is pure gravity effect descent, with no mechanical equipment, no energy use, in fact no need of leg use. It is a very large combination of children’s playground and swimming pool slide, of roller coaster rides and of emergency slides in air passenger planes.[Image: Arcosanti Graphics & text: Paolo Soleri] Time: for instance from floor 30 one can reach a restaurant or a shop on Barclay St., West St., Liberty St., etc. in less than one minute. This is part of the appeal to visitors and employees offered by the multi-level grounds of the cathedral. Magnetic levitation propulsion is suggested for the power driven ascent conveyances. Besides escalators and elevators, gondolas could be propelled on wider slides Functions: the first 4-5 floors are of the “N.Y., N.Y.” format. The typical busybody going about of the Manhattan people. Those floors ring the area and also serve as entrance to the inner-urban celebratory spaces where business, cultural gatherings, concerts, theater let the visitors commingle, enjoy and learn. This is a multi-story inner space under the cover of the slides umbrella-parasol. A simulacra made of some of the structural segments of the towers might be afloat where the two centers of the towers used to be. The remaining floors, 40 to 50, are for the transnational activities in financial, economic, environmental, social equity fields of endeavor.[Image: Arcosanti Graphics & text: Paolo Soleri]last_img read more

Ofcom the UK communications regulator has invite

first_imgOfcom, the UK communications regulator, has invited comments on measuring media plurality, following a request by the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt.Hunt has requested that Ofcom assess how practical it would be to set limits on media ownership to protect plurality. He has also asked the regulator to recommend a framework for measuring plurality across different media.This follows an Ofcom report published at the end of last year on the public interest test on the proposed acquisition of BSkyB by News Corp, in which the regulator suggested that possible reform of the current framework around plurality may be required. Despite News Corp retracting its takeover proposition in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, the UK Parliament sees it as important to ensure an organisation’s control of the media does not make it able to influence opinions and set the political agenda.The findings will be provided to the Secretary of State and given as evidence to the Leveson Inquiry by June 2012 and Ofcom is now inviting comments on the questions it has been asked by Hunt, including what the options are for measuring media plurality across platforms; what the best approach might be; whether it is practical or advisable to set absolute limits on news market share; what factors could trigger a review of plurality in the absence of a merger, and how this might be monitored and by whom; whether a framework for measuring levels of plurality could or should include websites and if so which ones; and whether or how it should include the BBC.last_img read more

US streaming service Hulus premium subscription s

first_imgUS streaming service Hulu’s premium subscription service topped four million customers in the first quarter of this year, new stats show. Hulu has also unveiled two original series for the summer.The US broadcaster-backed platform revealed the statistic yesterday, which it claimed set a new record for subscriber growth.Subscription service Hulu Plus officially launched in November and had reached a million subscribers by the end of the third quarter of 2011. It hit two million in the first quarter of 2012 and three million by the fourth quarter of that year, meaning it has added a million customers in just one quarter.Mobile viewing was picked out as driving growth, and Hulu estimates 15% of its growth will come from this segment during this year and next. Living room viewing was also on the up and currently accounts for 29% of the company’s business.At its annual Upfront yesterday, Hulu – which counts Disney News Corp and NBC Universal as owners (though the latter is a passive partner as per terms of Comcast’s 2011 company takeover) also announced two new original series.Quickdraw (pictured) is a half-hour comedy series set in 1875 in the US’s Wild West and focuses on a Harvard-educated sheriff’s attempts to bring the science of forensics to an unruly Kansas town.Nancy Hower and John Lehr co-created the show and will executive produce.The second new series is East Los High, a teen drama series that comes from an all-Latino cast and production crew. Local Latino organisations advised on the scripts, which will follow the personal lives of a group of US Hispanics at an inner city LA high school.The shows both join Hulu’s summer launch slate, which also comprises The Awesomes, Behind the Mask, The Wrong Mans, Mother Up, Prisoners of War season two, The Only Way is Essex season four, Braquo season two and Moone Boy.last_img read more