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"Can only have been painted by a madman."

Words by Edvard Munch in tiny letters in the most famous version of "The Scream," The Art Newspaper reports. Can we be sure that the artist wrote these words? Mai Britt Guleng, the curator of Old Masters and modern paintings at the National Museum of Norway, says yes. First, the handwriting matches up to other samples of Munch's handwriting. Second, the writing is tiny: “Had this been an act of vandalism by another person, the size of the letters would probably have been larger and the whole tex...
Tags: Art, Writing, Law, Munch, Edvard Munch, Reuters, Don, Kiki, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Mai Britt Guleng, Guleng, The Scream, Destruction Of Art, National Museum of Norway


When you're alone and 5G is making you paranoid, you can always go... downtown....

The Daily Mail reports:  Speculation is growing that the AT&T building was intentionally targeted in the Nashville Christmas Day bombing as the FBI probes rumors that the main suspect in the attack harbored deep paranoia about 5G technology.  Police on Sunday confirmed that Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, is a person of interest in the investigation launched when an RV exploded outside Nashville's AT&T building on Friday morning, leaving three people injured and dozens of structures damaged.  At a p...
Tags: Crime, Law, Fbi, Daily Mail, Terrorism, Nashville, Petula Clark, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Anthony Quinn Warner


Headpiece.

What kind of word is that? I'll withhold my reason for asking about it for now. Don't want to spoil any current puzzles, but I thought that was too obscure.  A little googling lets me see that its current usage mostly has to do with bridal costumery. Maybe something between a headband and a headdress that somehow doesn't seem like a tiara?  But it made me think of "headcase" and "thinkpiece." One of the definitions of "headpiece" in the OED — and there are 8 — is "The head or brain consid...
Tags: Movies, Law, Journalism, The Who, Language, Bill, Harper, Murray, Trump, Pete Townshend, Phoenix, Burton, Don, Pamela, Ann Althouse, Insanity


"There is a high level of degenerate behavior with Elon. There’s a paranoia: Are you with me or against me? I genuinely want to leave the room sometimes when he walks in."

"All of these guys, I’ve spent time with them, Musk, Zuck, all of them; they all exhibit tendencies of total and complete pathological sociopathy. They don’t at their core give a flying fuck about you or me as individuals."   Said an unnamed person, quoted in "ELON MUSK’S TOTALLY AWFUL, BATSHIT-CRAZY, COMPLETELY BONKERS, MOST EXCELLENT YEAR/In 2020, the COVID-doubting, media-hating Twitterholic CEO became the third-richest man alive, SpaceX launched two astronauts into orbit, and Tesla became ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Law, Tesla, Silicon Valley, Mars, Astronauts, Free Speech, Elon, Bilton, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Musk Zuck, Nick Bilton Vanity Fair Musk


"How does it feel to be nominated for the Supreme Court of the United States?" — Lindsey Graham asked Amy Coney Barrett.

I got the feeling he resorted to this question — which sounded like the way athletes are interviewed after winning a game — because Barrett had give such short answers to his questions that he'd run out of substantive questions. But I think this is pretty interesting. I like her answer, and it leads Graham into opining that he and all of the Senators are insane. (Scroll to 1:21:56 if it doesn't automatically start in the right place.)     She says the process is "excruciating" and she had...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Senate, United States, Graham, Lindsey Graham, Barrett, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Amy Coney Barrett


A strange image, from Joe Biden: "We got to stop pouring flames on the fire."

Pouring flames? On fire?The context is his remarks yesterday to the US Conference of Mayors (transcript):This moment we’re facing now, isn’t a partisan moment. It’s an American moment.... It’s a chance for us to overcome anger and division that has hold [sic] us back of late for far too long. We can emerge from these crises.... If I’m elected, you will have direct access to the White House. I want to thank you all because we need you to build back better. You are the foundation stone, not a joke...
Tags: Law, White House, Wikipedia, Fire, Joe Biden, Metaphor, The Wizard Of Oz, Bosch, Don, Foucault, Hieronymus Bosch, US Conference of Mayors, Symbols, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Denslow


"Honestly, I hate to say it but I see a civil war right around the corner. That shot felt like the beginning of a war."

Said Michael Forest Reinoehl yesterday, quoted in "Suspect in fatal Portland protest shooting killed by feds during arrest attempt" (NY Post).Reinoehl in the interview insisted he acted in self-defense and “had no choice” when he shot Aaron “Jay” Danielson, 39, after an evening of clashing protests in Portland on Aug. 29....The ex-military man said he headed out into Portland that night to provide security for Black Lives Matter protesters, who had rallied against a pro-Trump caravan that was ma...
Tags: Law, Portland, Black Lives Matter, Trump, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Antifa, Michael Forest Reinoehl, Reinoehl, Aaron `` Jay '' Danielson


Democrats are hoping "rage moms" will boost them to power.

I'm reading "The ‘Rage Moms’ Democrats Are Counting On/As millions of American families face an uncertain start to the school year, the anger of women who find themselves expected to be teacher, caregiver, employee and parent is fueling a political uprising" by Lisa Lerer and Jennifer Medina in the NYT.“Right now, I think women have just had it up to their eyeballs,” [Elizabeth] Warren said in an interview. “They no longer feel isolated and one-off in how they couldn’t figure out how to make the...
Tags: Children, Law, Elizabeth Warren, America, Feminism, Nyt, Matt Groening, Biden, Motherhood, Black Lives Matter, Trump, Democratic Party, HARRIS, LISA LERER, Rationality, Ann Althouse


"'Have you heard the news?' he said, with a grin/'The Vice-President’s gone mad!'/'Where?' 'Downtown.' 'When?' 'Last night'/'Hmm, say, that’s too bad!'"

"'Well, there’s nothin’ we can do about it,' said the neighbor/'It’s just somethin’ we’re gonna have to forget'/'Yes, I guess so,' said Ma/Then she asked me if the clothes was still wet...."Full lyrics here. Quotation of Bob Dylan inspired just now by texts from Meade (beginning with a screen shot from my 6:23 a.m. post)(click to enlarge and clarify):ADDED: Here's a little essay about Bob's song, calling it "A wicked take down of 'Ode to Billie Joe'" ("As with Bobby Gentry’s equal parts mundane ...
Tags: Law, Bob Dylan, Editing, Bob, Papa, Ma, Dylan, Meade, Billie Joe, Ann Althouse, Althouse + Meade, Insanity, Bobby Gentry, Biden rhetoric


"Kanye West claimed in a since-deleted Twitter rant that his wife, Kim Kardashian, tried to have him hospitalized after his remarks about their eldest daughter, North."

Us Magazine reports.“Kim was trying to fly to Wyoming with a doctor to lock me up like on the movie Get Out because I cried about saving my daughters life yesterday,” the rapper, 43, tweeted on Monday, July 20, referencing a statement he made during his first presidential campaign rally about initially wanting to abort the now-7-year-old.During his tweet spree, West twice referred to his wife of six years as “North’s mother,” claiming he put his “life on the line” for their children that Kardash...
Tags: Twitter, Kim Kardashian, Law, Kanye West, West, Wyoming, Abortion, North, Kardashian, Kim, Biden, Hillary, Kris Jenner, South Carolina, Conspiracies, Kriss


"The president of the United States, ladies and gentlemen, was in full Mad King mode, rambling, confused, disjointed, parading his grievances..."

"... with barely a wave from afar at coherence. It was as if a hive of buzzwords exploded in his head: statues, boats, vandalism, socialism, suburbs. It is hard to write this display without using the word 'impaired.' Because it wasn’t just the disjointed word salad. It was the delivery. Trump was somnolent, as if he’d pulled an all-nighter watching Fox & Friends or maybe his VCR tapes of Shark Week. Imagine the covfefe tweet come to life. The Rose Garden event was ostensibly about China, but qu...
Tags: Usa, Law, Obama, China, America, San Francisco, Joe Biden, Ukraine, United States, Nancy Pelosi, Lewis Carroll, Biden, Sykes, Chinatown, Trump, Gallup


"You're white and you're telling this to 2 black police officers — do you see the problem with that a little bit?"

The insane jargon. The fanaticism. The lack of decency. The absolute certainty. https://t.co/YwO9MKpc5n — Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) June 23, 2020 ADDED: In order to defeat white supremacy, it’s important to rebuke black people who won’t do what they’re told.pic.twitter.com/7m7chVobIg — Titania McGrath (@TitaniaMcGrath) June 23, 2020 ADDED: She fell into that white-person rhetoric — which I think has been identified as not politically correct — where you start naming the colors and go on to...
Tags: Law, Police, Color, Protests, Mcgrath, Andrew Sullivan, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Titania McGrath


"The [coca] economy has collapsed. We plant coca because it is a solution for our survival. But now, no one is buying it."

Says a Peruvian cocalero, who, we're told, farms coca "for traditional indigenous uses," quoted in "The coronavirus has gutted the price of coca. It could reshape the cocaine trade" (WaPo). I don't really understand how he's the victim of the supposed global market collapse if he's only providing for traditional indigenous uses, but I do accept the proposition that coca farming in Peru is "a solution for... survival."Are we, the readers of WaPo, supposed to feel bad about the collapse of the coc...
Tags: Law, Drugs, America, Farming, Commerce, Peru, Trump, WaPo, Big And Small, Ann Althouse, Insanity


"Mary Sweeny... was an American woman known as 'the Window Smasher' because of her mania for breaking glass windows across Wisconsin and neighbouring states during the 1890s...."

"One cause of her window breaking sprees was reported to be drinking; it was also noted that she was seeking vengeance against medical doctors. She is said to have used cocaine to self-medicate because "it quiets her nerves." She was quoted as liking 'to hear the glass jingle.' She broke windows of shops and trains using anything to hand, including stones, sticks of wood, or a satchel. Authorities dealt with her by arresting and jailing her, hospitalising her, committing her to insane asylums, a...
Tags: Crime, Movies, Law, Drugs, Wikipedia, Protests, Wisconsin, Madison, Meade, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse, Althouse + Meade, Insanity, Light And Shade, Mendota Mental Health Institute, Black River Falls


"You touched me! You want to kill me! Touch can kill!... You coarse, clumsy, stupid FOOL!"

An old movie clip, blogged before — back in 2014, examining the subject of bodily integrity and the need to get consent before touching another person. The movie — "David and Lisa" (1962) — depicts a man with a severe mental disorder. I thought it was interesting to look at that clip now, in our time of social distancing, as we think about how to get back to normal or — to put it more accurately — to move forward into a new normal.  I'm thinking the new normal will have us manifesting symptoms t...
Tags: Psychology, Movies, Law, David, Michelle Obama, Barack, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Post-coronavirus Culture


"There has never been an American president as spiritually impoverished as Donald Trump...."

"... Trump is a spiritual black hole. He has no ability to transcend himself by so much as an emotional nanometer.... He represents the ultimate triumph of a materialist mindset. He has no ability to understand anything that is not an immediate tactile or visual experience, no sense of continuity with other human beings, and no imperatives more important than soothing the barrage of signals emanating from his constantly panicked and confused autonomic system.... In his daily coronavirus briefing...
Tags: Law, Atlantic, Donald Trump, Trump, Tom Nichols, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Trump derangement syndrome, Trump Nichols, Althouse Trump


"If purple walls and a red tinted window surrounded you for a month with no color but purple around you, by the end of that time you would be a mad-man."

"No matter how strong your brain might be it would not stand the strain, and it is doubtful if you would ever recover your reason."Said the Boston Globe in a 1903 article titled "Dangerous Tints: Some Colors Will Drive a Person Mad if the Eyes Are Continually Looking at Them," quoted in "15 Perfectly Safe Things That Were Once Considered Dangerous" (Mental Floss).[Purple] wasn't the only color to avoid. Scarlet could push you into a murderous rage, while blue “excites the imagination and gives a...
Tags: Law, Green, Monet, Boston Globe, Yellow, Giverny, Said, Ann Althouse, Interior Decoration, Insanity, Greenness, Purpleness


A complex mind game, played by President Trump.

Mini Mike is a 5’4” mass of dead energy who does not want to be on the debate stage with these professional politicians. No boxes please. He hates Crazy Bernie and will, with enough money, possibly stop him. Bernie’s people will go nuts! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2020 What is going on here? Let's break it down:1. "Mini Mike is a 5'4" mass of dead energy who does not want to be on the debate stage with these professional politicians" — a simple attack on Bloomberg — he's...
Tags: Law, Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Height, Mike, Bernie, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Insanity, Trump Did Bloomberg, Bloomberger, Bernie Crazy Bernie


"In 1988, he stunned Joyce scholars... by revealing that he had destroyed about a thousand letters he had received from his Aunt Lucia, James Joyce’s daughter..."

"... who spent decades in mental institutions; even more, he said, he had discarded correspondence that she had received from the Irish expatriate playwright Samuel Beckett, Joyce’s onetime secretary, with whom Lucia had fallen in love. 'No one was going to set their eyes on them and re-psychoanalyze my poor aunt,” [Stephen] Joyce told The New York Times that year. 'She went through enough of that when she was alive.... I didn’t want to have greedy little eyes and greedy little fingers going ove...
Tags: Privacy, Law, The New York Times, Mascots, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, Lucia, Purdue, Joyce, Purdue University, Boilermakers, Ann Althouse, Stephen Joyce, Insanity, Lucia James Joyce, Samuel Beckett Joyce


A 20-year-old man has ripped Picasso's "Bust of a Woman."

"Man charged over damage to £20m Picasso at Tate Modern/Bust of a Woman was reportedly ripped while gallery was open to public on Saturday" (The Guardian).Attacking artwork is a strange crime. Here's an article from last October in ArtNews, "What Makes Someone Attack a Work of Art? Here Are 9 of the Most Audacious Acts of Art Vandalism—and What Inspired Them." The reasons vary. There's objection to the work of art, that it's something that shouldn't be regarded as art (e.g, the simple modern Bar...
Tags: Art, Crime, Law, Rembrandt, Graffiti, Picasso, Barnett Newman, Ann Althouse, Insanity


"He saw real problems in society: The country was warehousing very sick people in horror houses pretending to be hospitals..."

"... our diagnostic systems were flawed and psychiatrists in many ways had too much power — and very little substance. He saw how psychiatric labels degraded people and how doctors see patients through the prism of their mental illness. All of this was true. In many ways, it is still true. But the problem is that scientific research needs to be sound. We cannot build progress on a rotten foundation. In disregarding Lando’s data and inventing other facts, Rosenhan missed an opportunity to create ...
Tags: Books, Medicine, Law, Stanford, America, Lando, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Rosenhan, Susannah Cahalan, David Rosenhan, Harry Lando


A popular tweet gives a good "hack" for hotel guests — use the hotel's pants hanger to clip the blackout curtains all the way shut...

... and The Washington Post — hoping to get in on the popularity — assembles a set of travel "hacks" — like use the ice bucket plastic bag to enclose the remote control and protect yourself from whatever was on the hands of the previous TV-using room occupant.That triggers a commenter:Before you leave on travel, pack 20-30 Lysol brand wipes nea[t]ly folded into a large zip lock plastic bag. They will pass airport security. 1) Use the first one to clean the arms of your seat and the seat belt buc...
Tags: Travel, Cleaning, Comedy, Law, Washington Post, Drinking, Ann Althouse, Insanity


The source of the myth that you need 10,000 steps a day is a Japanese clockmaker that marketed a pedometer called Manpo-kei in 1965.

There's no more science to it than that. Read Marketwatch, here.Believing hitting the 10,000 number might motivate you to push a little further or to do it every day. Sorry to spoil that for you. But did you actually believe that 10,000 was magical?Do you have any beliefs involving numbers? Do you know the point at which it deserves to be called "arithomania"? It would be funny if your answer to that last question had a number in it? (It's arithmomania when you've got 10 beliefs about numbers.)A...
Tags: Law, Superstition, Numbers, Simon and Garfunkel, Insanity


For the first time, I am inspired by space propaganda... Jeff Bezos inspires outright hilarity.

You can watch the whole thing, but I'm jumping to the part with the ludicrous illustrations:Bezos on a big empty stage — with his slow talking and long pauses and assurances that accommodations in a tube in space will be like a beautiful city from which you and your million fellow citizens can take day trips to earth — is positivity eerie. If the 2 1/2 minutes I've clipped out above were a scene in a movie, everyone in the audience would know that tube would turn into some hellscape. At 16:11, B...
Tags: Law, Jeff Bezos, Astronauts, Bad Science, Maui, Bezos, Ann Althouse, I'm skeptical, Insanity


"The Extraction of the Stone of Madness."

That's a painting by Hieronymus Bosch (c.1488–1516). I'm seeing it this morning because I'm hearing about a friend's surgery and thinking about how (and when) human beings got the idea that cutting (or drilling) into the interior of the human body might improve person's medical condition. You'd think the idea "first, do no harm" is so strong and obvious that no one would dare intrude into a living human body.The title of Bosch's painting suggests that the daring arises out of the belief that som...
Tags: Art, Law, France, Wikipedia, Surgery, Bad Science, Bosch, Skull, BCE, Hieronymus Bosch, Hippocrates, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Bart Huges, Joey Mellen


"When it comes to cannabis, the best-case scenario is that we will muddle through, learning more about its true effects..."

"... as we go along and adapting as needed—the way, say, the once extraordinarily lethal innovation of the automobile has been gradually tamed in the course of its history. For those curious about the worst-case scenario, Alex Berenson has written a short manifesto, 'Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence.' Berenson begins his book with an account of a conversation he had with his wife, a psychiatrist who specializes in treating mentally ill criminals. They w...
Tags: Law, Marijuana, Malcolm Gladwell, Gladwell, Berenson, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Alex Berenson, Erik Messamore, Messamore


Slate crosses a taste line I wouldn't cross.

I'm seeing "There’s Nothing Sentimental About That Viral Photo of H.W. Bush’s Service Dog" on the front page at Slate, linking to "Don’t Spend Your Emotional Energy on Sully H.W. Bush/He’s a service dog who had been with the president for six months, not his lifelong companion."I'd passed along the now-famous photo first thing yesterday morning, in a post with the minimal title "A photo."After a few people had commented, I added one more thing, tucked away in the comments: "It's a lovely, expres...
Tags: Death, Photography, Law, Dogs, Graham, Bush, Ruth Graham, Ann Althouse, Insanity


"A vandal who scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti in a Brooklyn synagogue and set fires around several other Jewish places of worship was arrested Friday, police sources said."

The Daily News reports.Cops committed James Polite, 26 of Bedford-Stuyvesant to the psychiatric ward at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn.... The suspect was busted in the same clothes he wore in surveillance video of his vandalism at the historic Union Temple in Prospect Heights. Polite is also suspected of setting a series of small trash fires in and around synagogues in Williamsburg, police sources said.... Cops released a surveillance image of the vandal on Friday. He is described as a black man...
Tags: Florida, Murder, Law, Bbc, Brooklyn, Yoga, Hitler, Anti-semitism, Graffiti, Pittsburgh, Daily News, Williamsburg, Bedford Stuyvesant, Bowers, WoodHull Hospital, Ann Althouse


Cesar Sayoc was "a stripper with a ‘steroid problem.'"

As the NY Post puts it. I'm hanging out with the NY Post this morning, for some reason. I see a Cesar Sayoc story, so I will throw this one at you, because I can see from the comments yesterday that you really, really want to talk about this man, whose name I refrained even from writing yesterday. There are 3 quotes from my mother that I heard time and again when I was growing up and that spring to the front of my mind when I think about this news story: 1. "He's only trying to get attention," 2...
Tags: Facebook, Crime, Law, Ny Post, Don, Ann Althouse, Young Althouse, Insanity, Midterm Bombs, Cesar Sayoc


"This week, a friend texted me, 'I feel a panic that won’t stop.' I didn’t have to ask what she meant..."

"... we are, after all, less than three weeks from the midterms. '#MeToo,' I replied. Many women I know — though, of course, not only women — are walking around with a churning knot of terror in their stomachs. The confirmation of the cruel former frat boy Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court brought back the anguish and degradation so many of us felt after the 2016 election. Donald Trump grows more thuggish and mendacious by the day; 'gaslighting,' a term taken from a play about an abusive husb...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, America, Donald Trump, Trump, Goldberg, Kavanaugh, Michelle Goldberg, Hyperbole, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Insanity, Brett Kavanaugh