Koch Brothers Have a Weird Idea of Freedom

Correct me if I am wrong. The Koch brothers have zoomed to forty billion plus because the world is in love with oil and coal and other suicidal energy options. They have the power to launch a car-free world and make it sconomically viable. It is not that hard to figure out. But they persist on the highway to dissaster When I look at the Kochs, I do not think they are an enemy who will really change things. I see them as the flip side of a narrow band of idiocy inhabited by everyone who has the power to create the future. When they wake up, the world will breathe a deep sigh of relief. But for the moment the Kochs are big energy. And between big government and big energy there is little to choose. Neither see the future. Both fail to lead.

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It's Not Gas Versus Electric its Both Against True Vision

True vision looks deeper to our social sickness which derives from almost total polarization, not just of race and class, but of rural and urban with the rest left in dehumanizing and economically stultifying sprawl. This social sickness can be cured with a few simple decisions. Redensify for viable local economies. Build car free cyber cities. Widen the definition of viable work. Read here for more of this ongoing analysis. This integrates ideologies and creates eventual global leadership because the rest of the world is lost on suicidal emulation of ... us!  

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NYT sells half its Red Sox stock as Yanks march on

Times Co. Sells Part of Red Sox Stake - NYTimes.com: "The New York Times Company said on Friday that it had sold more than half of its minority ownership in the Boston Red Sox and several other sports properties" A while back the NYT gutted the Boston Globe and now they are vacating some of their Red Sox stock. The NYT is first a business and secondarily a careful adjudicator of what is fit to print and what to think about it. It thinks tough and upward mobile and therefore ends up missing on things like the Iraq invasion.

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Bike-sharing won't cut it. It's a Bandaid on a gaping wound.

Bike-sharing gears up in U.S. as gas prices soar | McClatchy: "An increasing number of U.S. cities are starting bike-sharing programs for a range of environmental, health and economic reasons." Why not just ban cars from where folk live and work. We own the rights of way, right?

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Liberation theology is right but so is global warming

Richard Horsley: Jesus the Prophet of Social Change: "He had utter confidence that God was restoring the life of the society, and that this would mean judgment for those who oppressed the people and vindication for those who faithfully adhered to God's will and responded to the kingdom." Liberation theology is right but so is global warming and see how far we are getting on both reasonable contentions. Hell bent for oil and locked in extraneous culture wars. Keep at it, Richard.

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Annals of our misbegotten War on Terror

‘Some Will Call Me a Torturer’: CIA Man Reveals Secret Jail | Danger Room | Wired.com: "‘Some Will Call Me a Torturer’: CIA Man Reveals Secret Jail" This tells iit like it probably was and even remains. The CIA as graceless and the suspect most probably peripheral. And the WAT misbegotten and terminally dumb.

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A bit more confidence expressed in msm says Gallup

Americans Regain Some Confidence in Newspapers, TV News: "Newspapers and television news rank 10th and 11th in confidence, respectively, among the 16 institutions tested. While the improvement for each is small in absolute terms, it could mark the beginning of the reversal of the trend seen in recent years." Beck leaves and the mood changes a trice. There must be some explanation.

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Actual factual review of Supreme Court session just completed

Daily Kos: The Supreme Court term in review: "Via SCOTUSblog, a few statistics from the Supreme Court term which just ended, Justice Kagan's first on the Court:"

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If scientists can counter the warming nay-sayers, more power to them

Extreme Weather Link 'Can No Longer Be Ignored' | Common Dreams: "They believe that it is no longer plausible merely to claim that extreme weather is “consistent” with climate change. Instead, they intend to assess each unusual event in terms of the probability that it has been exacerbated or even caused by the global temperature increase seen over the past century." I am not holding my breath. The power of denial trumps reason too often to warrant much confidence.

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Just what we need rules for air traffic controllers

FAA, air traffic controllers agree on new fatigue rules - CNN.com: "Among other things, air traffic controllers will now be allowed to listen to the radio and read appropriate printed material while on duty during the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., as traffic permits. The agreement allows controllers to request a leave of absence if they are too fatigued to work." I am for rules to reduce the necessity of flying. Like better intercity transportation and morphing sprawl into cyber-cities all over.

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Democracy is a numbers game and in Syria the numbers are with the people

Huge protests as more blood flows in Syria - CBS News: "The centerpiece of the latest protests the central city of Hama brings further complications for the government. Security forces moved outside Hama in early June after shootings that left 65 people dead, and now the streets appear fully under the sway of the opposition with an estimated 300,000 people gathering Friday in the central square, activists said" Democracy is a numbers game and in Syria the numbers are with the people.

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Japan’s Nuke Cover-up Just Good Old Collusion and PR

Japan’s Nuke Plant “Amusement” Centers: Hello Kitty Meets Alice in Wonderland — BagNews: "How did Japan build an air-tight “safety myth” around nuclear power? At the core, if you’ll pardon the pun, it involved a collusion between industry and government. From there, it was years of PR." No further comment needed. Look at the picture.

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We are a spectrum so we can help our urges

Dan Savage on the Virtues of Infidelity - NYTimes.com: "Some people need more than one partner, he writes, just as some people need flirting, others need to be whipped, others need lovers of both sexes. We can’t help our urges ..."

I love the NYT as the most predictable purveyor of the party line of a world that will not cotton to change. The biggest change of all is to move from a static Freudian model (which is highly redolent of the Original Sin model) to the spectrum understanding and willed values, the position I advocate. It leaves us a little wiggle room in dealing with so called "urges we can't help".

Right on, boonies are boring, so let's build new cyber cities

Drug Company Profiteering, Pill Mills and Thousands of Addicts: How Oxycontin Has Spread Through America | | AlterNet: "Boredom tends to inspire some creative takes on “fun.” Out of my town, for example, came the Jackass crew. Their worm snorting and reckless self-injury (shocking their testicles, paper-cutting their eyelids) might not have occurred if they had the resources of a city." This is the best argument ever for new car-free city-like human settlements replacing these moribund, dying places.

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PS on Aquinas and Aristotle

The values which are ontological and which can be willed and which therefore can change and mould history are these four - democracy, helpfulness, tolerance and non-idolatry. The source of these values is Jesus. It was the sad mission of the church to go with Aristotle and Aquinas and avoid the clear implication of the teachings of the Nazarene. These are still in force and their activation is what moves history. Always has. Always will.

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Both Aquinas and Aristotle Were Dead Wrong

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"Thomas Aquinas, writing in the 13th century, believed that in the “Ethics” Aristotle had said everything needful for happiness in this life."

Neither of these worthies had the vantage point of Peirce 
and thus they ended up casting virtues as values 
never surmising that values are what makes the world go round
at least insofar as we have anything to do with it
 The wishy-washy ethics of these two 
enable institutions like the NYT to feel virtuous 
while pushing the same POV that Veblen skewered
 and Pierce understood as a sad phase 
in our move toward achieving reality.

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