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Re: “Mixed Media: Measuring the State of the Arts Economy

To a capitalist everything looks like capital.

Human capital is one of the more odious terms in the capitalist lexicon. The phrase advances a couple of key confusions: First, that human value arises from an ability to produce wealth (it does to parasites); second, that there is no distinction between labor (the work that humans do) and capital (sources of wealth that passively generate income).

Economist Branko Milanovic explains:

If “human capital” and “real” capital are the same thing, how can there be a conflict between labor and capital? If profits and wages are the same thing, why should we fight about distribution? You have your form of capital (which just happens to look like labor), and I have mine, which just happens to look like T-bills and stocks.

In a world measured by greedy capitalists and their accountants, everything must be assigned a number, so it will flow through the accounting routines programmed into the computers. Thus the perceived need to create the concept of human capital and to maximize it.

What say we take a ‘Creative’ step to break free of corporate/capitalist-speak and break free of the need to assign an economic value to everything under the sun?

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Posted by watcher on 04/29/2015 at 9:34 AM

Re: “One Man's Treasure

It's funny how the BLM and USFS actively burn 100 year old log cabins to the ground. Then fine you and arrest you for sifting through the ashes of cabins they've burned. Like half of the cabins in Stibnite, Cinnabar, Roosevelt and Thunder Mountain burned by the Payette NF

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Posted by Scott Amos on 04/13/2015 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Hemingway at Rest

You mistakingly wrote "It was during this period Hemingway made observations and gathered material for what would become his second novel, The Sun Also Rises (1926)." His time in Italy during WWI was depicted in A Farewell to Arms, which was his second novel. The Sun Also Rises was the 1st, & based on his early time in Spain.

Posted by Stephen Billick on 04/10/2015 at 7:18 AM

Re: “Review: The Fisherman and His Soul at Boise Contemporary Theater

sounds great to me!

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Posted by Ezmeralda on 04/09/2015 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Radio Boise Founder and Director Jeff Abrams Signs Off

Kudos to you good friend - a job WELL DONE!

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Posted by Andy Agardy on 03/06/2015 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Radio Boise Founder and Director Jeff Abrams Signs Off

We will miss you Jeff. Good luck man.

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Posted by Hen Tooth on 03/05/2015 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Curtis Stigers: Capital High School Jazz Benefit Concert

Why are you showing a story that over a year old? This year, 2015, the concert was on Feb. 9th

Posted by David Habben on 02/21/2015 at 8:00 PM

Re: “Curtis Stigers: Capital High School Jazz Benefit Concert

I think the date is wrong.

Posted by Mary Furgerson on 02/21/2015 at 12:54 PM

Re: “TED Extends Itself to Boise

As a professional working in the Silicon Valley in the late 80’s through the 90’s I have attended a few TED Conferences in Monterey, just over the hill. While they were invitation events, it wasn't too hard to come by one of those. Nevertheless, in the “old days” the quality of the audience was determined by the interest and curiosity of the attendees. It is amazing to read that evaluating the quality of individuals who would like to attend TEDxBoise has been refined to an audience application process. One can only imagine the quality of the people who are determining the quality of each interested potential attendee. They must be stupendous, or perhaps a word that sounds similar. Conceivably the person behind this significant feat deserves to present their own TED Talk.

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Posted by MEChacon on 01/20/2015 at 11:21 AM

Re: “TED Extends Itself to Boise

It's really a questionable process. First, they want a "quality" audience, so they have them write an essay about...why they're worthy of listening to some notable community members, selected by a self-selected committee, speak for a few minutes on a dramatically lit stage? The desirability of the prize aside, a friend of mine who's very intelligent, very socially conscious and active, has something of a writing disability. He wanted to see the event, but couldn't write an essay, so gave up. Then there's the speaker selection. One of the selected speakers is the father of the event organizer. If the event is to be socially (if not professionally) credible, there should be some rules in place about that kind of thing.

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Posted by Garish Green on 01/16/2015 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Community Bookmaking Workshop at BAM

Bookmakers don't "[cheat] gamblers out of their money"--they set odds. It's a mathematical concept. So learn what words mean before you attempt silly wordplay ...

Posted by Kay Ess Jay on 12/12/2014 at 9:47 AM

Re: “First Thursday: Downtown Boise Winter Window Gallery Stroll

Ah, the times have changed! Back when I was a kid (right here in Boise), they were CHRISTMAS windows; now they're WINTER windows. And - it was the FAIRYLAND Parade; now it's the HOLIDAY Parade!

Hopefully nobody's offended by Winter or Holidays, huh?

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Posted by bikeboy on 12/04/2014 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Old Boise Music Studios

Old Boise Music Studios is as busy as ever offering music and arts instruction to kids and adults from all over the Treasure Valley. Since the writing of this article there was clarification on the use of the name Old Boise Music Studios, which for many years has been the name used by the collective of independent professional musicians who offer private and group lessons at this location. The non-profit discussed in this article will be housed at OBMS, headed by Jordan Paige and will operate under a different name.

Posted by leta on 11/30/2014 at 6:57 PM

Re: “Old Boise Music Studios

What happened to all of the benefit show money? Seems like this place is flop...

Posted by meridian music on 11/23/2014 at 7:11 AM

Re: “Conversing with Ballet Idaho and the Boise Philharmonic

Robert Franz has been such a treasure for Boise! (Shamefully for me, I can't comment on the ballet, as I haven't "tasted" their work in years. Have it on my to-do list now!)

The orchestra truly does get stronger with every performance. Given that a superlative CAN be reached, I'm not sure how long that improvement can continue--we'll soon hear the pinnacle, and aren't we lucky!

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Posted by Kay Ess Jay on 11/19/2014 at 1:47 PM

Re: “First Thursday: Dick Lee's Drawings at Boise Creative Center

I was lucky enough to participate in an event at the Boise Creative Center. Alex and his lovely wife Jamie, opened their studio and gave me an opportunity to paint for the first time on a large scale. It was exciting, but the most memorable aspect of the night was how welcome I felt. Alex, Jamie thank you for a night to remember.

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Posted by Dawn Sandoval on 11/05/2014 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Boise, Nampa

Someone needs to tell BSU that Dia de los muertos is on Nov. 1.

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Posted by betty on 11/01/2014 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Boise, Nampa

The Nampa event is on the 1st of November 5- 9 actually.

Posted by factsr4real on 10/29/2014 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Fading Film Legacy

Check out the full archive on our website,

Have you found film that needs rescuing? We develop all found film for free.

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Posted by The Rescued Film Project on 10/29/2014 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Starry Story Night at Boise Contemporary Theater

Our all-ages season moves to the El Korah Shrine this fall. With themes based on '80s movies, catch a Story Story Night on the last Monday of every month Nov. to Apr. More here:

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Posted by IdahoJessica on 10/22/2014 at 8:49 AM

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