To know yourself is to know all

To know yourself is to know all
Abba is there
Abba is all
No travel necessary
For within
Lies everything
The farther you go  from yourself
The less you know
Global Online Privacy

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 scorned
Not 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)

Global Online Privacy

Rage that's anchored in hypocrisy

Unholy rage is rage that has no whit of righteousness
Rage that's anchored in hypocrisy
That is Tea Party rage
Remember that
When History is writ
Writ large
Of the betrayal
Wrought upon America 
By this unholy rage 

Global Online Privacy

Amen sing it over (Video)

Global Online Privacy

Truth fit to make us rise and shine

Abba's in us is wine
Abba is old wine and new
Jesus and great prophets too
Truth fit to make us rise and shine 

Global Online Privacy

Brand new means eyes that see and ears that hear

New cloth can tear old garments that is clear
But Abba makes us brand new every day
And all we need to do is turn his way
Brand new means eyes that see and ears that hear

Global Online Privacy

Will Abba finally punish our wrong doing

Will Abba finally punish our wrong doing
Yes with a twist we now should know
The knowledge Abba loves us so
And that he's been within us all along 

Global Online Privacy

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.”"

Global Online Privacy

This should apply to everything

Restaurants Where You Only Pay What You Can Afford? A Visionary Way to Bring Good Food to the Poor Is Taking Off | Food | AlterNet: "Restaurants Where You Only Pay What You Can Afford? A Visionary Way to Bring Good Food to the Poor Is Taking Off"

Global Online Privacy

Estonia - cool!

Blogger: Short Form Content at Blogger - Stats:

"United States
New Zealand
United Kingdom

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.

Global Online Privacy

Just what a bird would see, right?

Birds-eye view of 6,000 airports around the world – Boing Boing

Looks nondescript to me. Birds have better things to look at.

Global Online Privacy

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.

Global Online Privacy

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.

Global Online Privacy

A healthy Michael emerges in these videos, the judge says

Michael Jackson Manslaughter Trial -- Big Blow to Defense | TMZ.com: "Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyers wanted the outtakes to prove Jackson was very ill in the days before his death. The argument goes -- he was already dying, so Dr. Murray can't be held responsible for his death."

Global Online Privacy

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.

Global Online Privacy

Graphic comparison of Facebook and Google+

Facebook VS. Google+ [Infographic] | Single Grain Blog: "Facebook VS. Google+ [Infographic]"

Probably premature save as an indication that Google has broken through the SN barrier.

A little personal go-figure note - my biggest SN traffic here is from MySpace where I am largely inactive.

Global Online Privacy

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.

What Jean Shepherd used to call a crummy commercial

Abba's Way - iUniverse: "Abba is the shockingly-familiar Aramaic name for God that Jesus uses in the Lord's Prayer. Jesus argues that this very Abba is within each of us, ready to change our lives for the better. If we only have eyes to see."

I think I get a miniscule royalty.

Global Online Privacy

Tahrir via Human RIght Watch and Platon

Pictures from a Revolution : The New Yorker: "In April, Human Rights Watch brought Platon to Cairo to photograph revolutionaries in Tahrir Square and other Egyptians."

This is online only.

Global Online Privacy

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. 

Global Online Privacy

A bit past midday the Dow merely wavers

US Stocks Pare Losses; Techs Gain, Banks Slump - CNBC

I was all set to send Eric a love letter. But maybe Harry has trumped with his GOP friendly proposal. I also have the feeling that they'll want to finish this before the "work week" is done. The eleventh hour would ruin their precious weekend after all.

Global Online Privacy

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.

Global Online Privacy

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.

Global Online Privacy

Spinster HQ Goes Ballistic over Vulva Ad

I Blame The Patriarchy: "Yeah, this ad is bad, but the website is several orders of magnitude more abhorrent. It is, in fact, so profoundly patronizing, insulting, and absurd, we here at Spinster HQ blew several lobes in succession within 4 clicks."

Global Online Privacy

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.

Global Online Privacy

In case you don't know this.

The Cancer You Can Beat Today: "Here’s the truly tragic part: Researchers are now learning that her death was entirely preventable. And so is nearly every one of the more than 50,000 deaths caused by colon cancer annually in the United States."

Colon exams are more fun than expiring for lack of same.

Global Online Privacy

With these Iowa Straws in the Wind Obama Can Relax

Iowa 2012 GOP Presidential Power Rankings: Grasping at straws | The Washington Independent

Let's see Bachmann, Paul and then Romney and then Paw, Paw Paw ...

Global Online Privacy

If you miss the soothing tones of Alan Grayson help is at hand

Alan Grayson Tells It Like It Is - Truthdig Radio - Truthdig: "Truthdig Radio airs every Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Los Angeles on 90.7 KPFK. If you can’t listen live, starting on Wednesday nights look for the podcast and transcript of each week’s show right here on Truthdig."

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.

Global Online Privacy

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. 

Global Online Privacy

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. 

Global Online Privacy

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.

Global Online Privacy

Pattern language is central to triadic thought.

Pattern language is central to
triadic thought.
Integral car-free communities
are the logical evolution of 
the metro-migration 
now underway.
The crown of Triadic Philosophy
will be iterations 
of integral car-free 
cyber- communities
on his planet.

Remember the triad
Reality Ethics Aesthetics


There is much regarding cyber-communities 
here in this blog via labels and search.
There are also texts on Triadic Philosophy and
Pattern Language at

Stephen's Remarkable Kindle Store 

Follow Me on Pinterest


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.

Global Online Privacy

Those funny glasses are not going to save James Murdoch

Pressure on James Murdoch Is Poised to Intensify - NYTimes.com

Like father, like son. Something like that.

Global Online Privacy

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."

Global Online Privacy

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.

Global Online Privacy

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.

Global Online Privacy

Yes I did this image and I like it

Global Online Privacy

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.

Global Online Privacy

Sarah who?

Palin’s ‘Undefeated’ is defeated at box office, already on pay-per-view | The Raw Story

As Murdoch goes so goes Sarah.

Global Online Privacy

My all time favorite jealousy song (Video)

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

Global Online Privacy

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.

Global Online Privacy

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.

Global Online Privacy

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.

Global Online Privacy

Oh come on sex is in the eye of the beholder

Clothes and Nudity, Sex and Power | Psychology Today

On Broadway where I live you see all manner of idiot dress including guys with pants up to their thighs. All it produces is either averted eyes or visible aversion. Sexual titillation ended with the Weiner shots. Psychobabble diggeth deep.

Global Online Privacy

Four simple values can save this planet

Living by simple, doable
values - democracy, tolerance,
helpfulness, non-idolatry -
 makes the difference between
more of the same 
and the unprecedented.
As Derrida suggests,
our only option is to choose 
the unprecedented.

Triadic Philosophy 
is a simple, accessible
way of life for this century and beyond.
Please visit

Stephen's Remarkable Kindle Store 

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
an image,
a bit of music,
or a greeting.

Such gently moving forward
is a daily discipline
of Triadic Philosophy.
Please find more at

Stephen's Remarkable Kindle Store 

Follow Me on Pinterest

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.

Global Online Privacy

My gift to MSN


Your home page is so anemic that It is hard to believe it is major. Maybe it isn't. Spruce it up some.

Meanwhile in Athens

Moody's warns Greek default almost certain - Business - Stocks & economy - msnbc.com: "ATHENS — Moody's cut Greece's credit rating further into junk territory on Monday and said it was almost certain to slap a default tag on its debt as a result of a new EU rescue package."

Global Online Privacy

Who has the highest Presidential donations in Texas

Obama draws highest donations in Texas for presidential candidates | McClatchy

His name does not begin with P.

Global Online Privacy

If you really want to know the truth

How the Deficit Got This Big - NYTimes.com: "A few lessons can be drawn from the numbers. First, the Bush tax cuts have had a huge damaging effect. If all of them expired as scheduled at the end of 2012, future deficits would be cut by about half, to sustainable levels"

This is just part of the truth. There is more. Concise. Salient. Reasonable.

Global Online Privacy

At UNICEF 17 is still a child

Saudi Arabia: The Marriage of #Tabukgirl · Global Voices: "News reports site the girl as being 17 years old, however social networks site cite the #Tabukgirl as being 14. No matter what her age, if it wasn't for her uncle the girl's father would have married her off to a 60-year old man."

Primitive custom. Disgusting outcomes. Growing resistance.

Global Online Privacy

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.

Global Online Privacy

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.

Global Online Privacy

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.

Pictures aka images are in the eye of the beholder

Obama/Boehner: Where’s the Beer? — BagNews

Pictures aka images are in the eye of the beholder. I see a very different reality.

Global Online Privacy

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"

Global Online Privacy

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.

Apposite comment

One dead, one jailed following Ky. 351 wreck - Topix: "And the person is only 20. How is it a 2nd offensive? Crazy"

Offensive is perfect. Cars were made to be offensive. People are more and more aware that when driving they are in control of a lethal instrument. The situation is offensive. We need to evolve.

Global Online Privacy

Short answer: because it is human nature to share

Piracy: It Was Never About The Money, Stupid - Digg: "Short answer: because it is human nature to share."

And to be able to say yes or no, particularly no.

Global Online Privacy

Ifti RIP

3quarksdaily: Mr. Wrong: Ifti Nasim (1946 - 2011): "So ladies and gentlemen, here was someone who managed to defy all odds, and who climbed the ladder of success not rung by rung but wrong by wrong. My best friend. Mr. Wrong to the rest of the world, Ms. Right for me. Ifti."

Global Online Privacy

Get Triadic

The Slow as Molasses Press