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Unholy rage among wing nuts

The President continues to inspire
Unholy rage among wing nuts(It's all an act) Obama is no less concerned than they with thrift Obama is no less concerned with rule of law Obama is despised rejected scornedNot for what stands for(Though that is what they say) But for who he is(They say he's not like us)And for believing the all in all Americans(They believe in less than all)
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Amen sing it over (Video)

Why do I think this is Steven Spielberg's worst nightmare?

Cyber Weapons: The New Arms Race - BusinessWeek: "“The hacking industry is way ahead in terms of being able to deploy something like a massive botnet,” says Amichai Shulman, chief technology officer at Imperva, a security specialist. “If a nation wants to launch an attack that distributes some kind of malware, it makes more sense for them to just rent an existing botnet.”"

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Cogent summary of the Constitutional option for dealing with default

Hendrik Hertzberg: Obama Blinks : The New Yorker:
"The “statutory rule” of the debt-limit law should yield to the combination of the 14th Amendment, the “take care” clause of Article II, and the many properly enacted laws that cannot be carried out without further borrowing. Moreover, I think it unlikely that the Supreme Court, i.e., Justice Kennedy, would force the United States into default and the world economy into a replay of the Great Depression simply to satisfy Grover Norquist and the Tea, i.e., Republican, Party."
The just in case option.

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Norwegian blood

Norway Attacker May Have Had Accomplices - Death Toll Lowered - NYTimes.com: "With no death penalty and the longest prison term possible in Norway set at 21 years, some Norwegians wondered how best to punish Mr. Breivik."
Let's see. Casualties lowered into the 70s. No capital punishment and release when he is in his early 40s. A claim that there may be others involved. Silence, grief and a closed hearing for security reasons.

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Investors upbeat amid jitters

Wall Street, Washington play chicken over debt - Business - Eye on the Economy - msnbc.com: "Once they look past the budget chaos on Washington, investors have more upbeat news to consider. Despite signs of slowing in the U.S. economy, the latest round of earnings reports have been coming in stronger than expected."
When one sees the yawn-inclination of Wall Street, one almost wishes something would happen to jolt them out of their complacency.

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Exceptional my patootie

Benjamin R. Barber: We're Number 34!: "American exceptionalism glides complacently into the 21st century on a lie and a prayer. The lie comprises all the flag-waving hyperbole, the exceptionalist claim that 'We're Number One,' when as measured by far too many key indicators we are actually closer to being #10 (social mobility) or maybe #34 (infant mortality) or dead last -- pun intended -- in the percentage of our population we incarcerate."
This just digs deeper that Obama did in his initial critique of the country. GOP does not want to rectify anything that is wrong. It wants to clear a path for corporations to operate at will. These numbers reflect the operation of financial interests serving their owners and investors.

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Interesting squib from an interesting review

3quarksdaily: Brandeis, Liberalism, and the Battle against Banks, One Hundred Years On: "However, whatever teeth the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 possessed owed not to Brandeis but to William Jennings Bryan, then Secretary of State and the leading liberal (and anti-imperialist) of the day, now considered falsely thanks to the movie Inherit the Wind as to have been a delusional, Bible-beating windbag."
Showing that we are indeed a spectrum when it comes to what we hold dear.
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How Barack Obama may be a change agent

But I firmly believe that the day of creedal religion is fading precisely as we begin to learn some self respect -- even as we acknowledge that we are spectrum people -- that everything is a spectrum. As Ken Wilber made clear more than thirty years ago. Barack Obama is an imperfect person like the rest of us. But he seems to have been tapped for the job of midwifing the change I am talking about. 
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Hyam Maccoby is both right and wrong

Hyam Maccoby: "My view on Christian origins is that Jesus was a Jewish messiah-figure who had no intention of starting a new religion. The real founder of Christianity as a separate religion was Paul. Jesus died on a Roman cross because he was considered a threat to the Roman occupation of Judaea, not because he was regarded as heretical or blasphemous by the Jewish religious authorities, the Pharisees."
Well, Hyam, you are right about Paul being the developer of creedal Christianity. But you are wrong about assuming there is a contradiction between Jesus the threat to power and Jesus the religious blasphemer. The two are linked.

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There's a reason I keep visiting The Immanent Frame

The political theology of freedom and unfreedom « The Immanent Frame: "The free act of will, undetermined by law, reason or interest, appears in the decision for revolution; in the maintenance of the state through civic sacrifice in moments of existential crisis; in the judge’s decision in applying norm to fact; and in the philosopher’s free inquiry into forms of meaning."
Right. Posted just today. Peirce-like on first read.

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In case you wonder about the Asian recovery

Crisis And Recovery In East Asia | ThinkProgress: "Lately I’ve been revisiting the 1997 Asian financial crisis, and something I find striking is the extent to which the hardest-hit countries all did come roaring back."

One of these counties could become the world leader if it gave up the oil-sprawl-car pattern for something entirely new. As long as the world cleaves to that pattern, the prospects are dim indeed.


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Well well call him Harry Hornswoggle

Talking Points Memo | Breaking News and Analysis: "Harry Reid's debt deal proposal gives the Republicans so much of what they've been seeking that they've been caught flat-footed. So, yeah, it's not the kind of tactical surprise you usually shoot for in negotiations."
So my man from Searchlight may take the wind out of the GOP sails, borrowing a bit from the President, making it harder and harder for the idiots to say no. Sorry to be so impolite but this whole thing could have been avoided if the media could have consistently questioned the intelligence of going down this road. Nothing doing. There is a cloud over our communal mentality.

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Freud's cocaine problem and the War on Drugs

For more than a decade Freud was a cokehead and then he discovered analysis and gave it up. The inference might be that drugs screw up mental processes, and that inference is largely correct. Freud wised up and kicked the habit. Now I am a proponent of zapping our War on Drugs and legalizing most of what we now jail people for. Legalization is vastly different than condoning. Legalazation is a gateway to making the use of drugs subject to medical regulation. It does not eliminate all possible criminality. But it eliminates the currently lethal operation of the drug business. 
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How Cornel West can be right and wrong at the same time

Every substantive criticism regarding what the President has been unable to achieve can have merit, and Cornel West can still be very wrong in his so-called flunking of the President. Not merely because he has a Cain problem of resentment and jealousy. To ease Cornel's mind I am an upper middle class white guy who thinks I am very inelligent and who worked as hard as you did for Obama. He has never contacted me either. Don't flatter yourself. But that is not why you are wrong. Your error is an intellectual one that you share with almost every progressive critic of Barack Obama. In the simplest terms, you fail to understand the man. He is a Peircean who has mastered thinking in threes. If that is Greek to you, then I understand your problem. 
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If Gandhi and Martin could speak today what would they say?

I think: Keep the revolution nonviolent. Drop that and there is no revolution. Do not be afraid to doe. A nonviolent revolution is built in the presumption of violent opposition. Your enemy will not care what you believe. Trust the processes of the world to make your witness visible. This is the crucial reality and the Internet is the weapon that you have on your side. The more you observe these things the more democratic revolution will take place. It will take place as fast as these principles are taken to heart.
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Pattern language is central to triadic thought.

Pattern language is central totriadic thought.Integral car-free communitiesare the logical evolution of the metro-migration now underway.The crown of Triadic Philosophywill be iterations of integral car-free cyber- communitieson his planet.
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Many men fear crying and many do not

Fear of Crying - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com
I actually do not believe tears are that good a indicator of emotions. They can rise from things that have little to do with core values. Justice is a good reason to cry IMO. So is tolerance. But I am not going to become an advocate for men letting it all hang out emotionally as if that would change the world for the better.

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Hey Eric how many percentage points do you think you can shave today?

Stocks Drop on Gridlocked Debt Talks - WSJ.com: "The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 122 points, or 1%, to 12560, erasing more than half of last week's gains as investors retreated from risky assets like stocks. The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index lost 12 points, or 0.9%, to 1333, with all sectors declining. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 25 points, or 0.9%, to 2834."

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The New Naziism

Norway killings: Anders Behring Breivik warns of 'more cells' - Telegraph: "A judge said Breivik had admitted perpetrating the twin attacks in Oslo and Utoya but had not pleaded guilty, saying that he was defending western Europe from 'Muslim takeover' and making the ruling Labour Party pay for 'failing' the country."
Get you a scapegoat and stir things up and have an economic crisis and sure as shooting you have a recrudescence of the past with the sole possibility is that this time around it will be treated as the absurdity it is.

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What's the word for this Blue Monday?

Debt-Limit Debate: Wall Street Might Freak Out Today - The Daily Beast: "The D.C. debt debacle has the markets poised to plunge today. Zachary Karabell on how it might require a Wall Street mini-crash to prompt action—and why the U.S. would lose anyway."
Who knows. This is the reason I extricated myself from the market some time ago. It was on the basis of wingnut analysis, a financial metric that has not yet found its way into the lexicon. If the market tanks today, it will.

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Well then we call in himself, the great reconciler

Duel Or Duet? Reid And Boehner Poised To Introduce Different Bills To Avoid Default | TPMDC: "According to sources in both parties, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) are likely to introduce separate debt packages in their respective chambers Monday, each with a different approach to avoiding a catastrophic default, and the key question now is whether the two plans can be reconciled in some way -- whether the trains are moving in the same direction or set to collide head on."
I can't wait until he puts them all in their place.

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My all time favorite jealousy song (Video)

Couldn't find the Bobby Charles version but this does it just fine.

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So how do you lick jealousy?

The answer is you can't.The only thing you can do is acknowledge its power and presence. And save yourself a lot of therapy money in the bargain. In general jealousy is resolved in three steps. 1. Facing it and recognizing it might mean extricating yourself. 2. If not somehow resolved, having a period when you come to terms with yourself and accept things and live autonomously, and 3. Hopefully and generally by chance finding a relationship that does not contain the elements that lead to the failure of the first one.
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Jealousy probably is worse than car accidents and smoking put together

Amy Winehouse's Final Days Spent In Drug-Induced Haze | Radar Online: "Some friends of the late singer are speculating Winehouse might have intentionally overdosed, the Daily Mirror reported, after a quarrel with her boyfriend Reg Traviss, after he'd found out about recent conversations she’d had with her convicted ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil."
Let's put it this way. More wrong turns have been made as a result of jealousy than were ever made on highways or at the cigarette counter. Starting with one Cain.

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That's because war really is hell

PsycPORT Article: "TACOMA, Wash. - An adolescent whose parent is sent on military deployments is more likely to have suicidal thoughts and feel depressed than the child of civilians, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health."

And hell is not something that is part of a three story universe. It is home made here on earth by our deeds which stem from the values that we have freely given lodging to in our minds. Abolishing war is good for our health. Continuing on the present course is lethal.


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Four simple values can save this planet

Living by simple, doablevalues - democracy, tolerance,helpfulness, non-idolatry - makes the difference betweenmore of the same and the unprecedented.As Derrida suggests,our only option is to choose the unprecedented. + 
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The winning step in recovering a positive self-image is an aesthetic outcome

The winning step in recovering a  positive self-image is an aesthetic outcome, an action that tends toward  truth and beauty. A gesture that signifies   you are more than  any daunting image of yourself you can dredge up. You overcome by literally acting in a way that affirms the triumph of truth and beauty. A simple example in this day of social networks is to share something beautiful, an image, a bit of music, or a greeting.
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Islam is not alone the extremism business

A Writer Argues For An 'Islam Without Extremes' : NPR: "'I think the biggest problem is that Islam was articulated, interpreted, in the Medieval world, by Medieval scholars,' Akyol says. 'And that interpretation froze at the time.'"

There are three Abrahamic religions. Judaism, Christianity and Islam. All of them are saddled with an anthropomorphic notion of deity that Jesus was at pains to amend. None of them have heeded Jesus' amendments. The result is that the world drifts away from these religions with reason. And values now understood as secular are actually the values Jesus enunciated but that religion only partially accepts. They are tolerance, democracy, helpfulness and non-idolatry.



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So Obama likes Wall Sreet so do we all whether we know it or not

Obama is NOT “Caving” to Corporate Interests | Common Dreams

The idea that we can skewer Wall Street and advance the cause is specious. We are all Wall Street if we use money and bank it. Even if we shun the market for CDs we are investors. Those with more than the minimum can play the market. Those with lots of money and smarts can game the market. But none of us can claim that by skewering Wall Street we are not in a sense skewering ourselves. The proper attitude to Wall Street is the President's which does not fall into the binary mode of passing judgment.


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Tea Party Query: What's The Asian Market?

No deal yet on debt crisis. How will Asian markets and Wall Street react? - CSMonitor.com: "In the Bush years, the reaction from the Asian markets often drove the timing of decisions – from the rescue of AIG and Bear Stearns to the failure to prop up Lehman Brothers in 2008."
The Tea Party defined as Tea Party adherents in Congress seems oblivious not merely to history but to contemporary reality. Feels like this weekend the body did exactly what the President did not want.

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Let's call this one Abba's law

U.S. heat wave causes new look at nuclear energy - CBS News: "There has not been a single new nuclear plant that has gone on-line since 1996, but that's about to change. Westinghouse CEO Aris Candris showed CBS News the simulated control room for the AP 1000."
Abba's law might be if the effects of any event can be seen as lethal in advance that event should be prevented.
The corollary is that nuclear plants should not be considered.
One inference is that we have hardly begun to reflect on how we might work around the current energy hell that we are promulgating as we speak.
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Juan Cole's Reasonably Obvious Inference

What Norway's Terrorist Has in Common With the American Tea Party and Right Wing | Tea Party and the Right | AlterNet: "The revelation by CNN that Norwegian right wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik kept a diary in which he obsessed about the dangers of cultural Marxism, multiculturalism, and the “Islamification” of Europe will remind many Americans of the tactics of our own right wing (only these themes have been"


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Shameless Christianity

Here's how it works. The creed saves us. We say Jesus is my savior. This means nothing in terms of universal values. It means I am one of the 144,000 ticket holders and I can attach anything I want to my ticket and proceed through life with no shame. That may explain the weird smile on the face of Marcus Bachmann. Shameless Christianity enables people to be intolerant, unhelpful and undemocratic. Jesus designated such people hypocrites. These people bypass the way Jesus taught and embodied. Tolerance, Democracy. Helpfulness. Non-idolatry. These are universal values present in each person waiting to be activated by penitence and turning to Abba. Shameless Christianity is a protection against the power of the universal values of Jesus. Global Online Privacy

You cannot shame someone who knows no shame.

The Limits Of Shaming - The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan - The Daily Beast: "Even if shaming were enough to bring the behavior of most people into line, governments need a system of punishment to protect the group from the least cooperative players."

Right. And in the case of the wingnut racially-driven retrograde folk in the Senate and House, their punishment will come at the polls if they finally manage to sink the ship. You cannot shame someone who knows no shame.