8/19/11

One sentence can change everything we hold.

Abba's Way Premises - the Earth - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:

One sentence can change everything we hold. One verbal holograph can change it all.

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A false opposition

3quarksdaily: Sentimentality or Honesty? On Charles Taylor:

"... how the Western liberal can reconcile a preference for liberal democracy with the illiberalism necessary for cultural preservation or self-preservation ... "

This is a false opposition because it assumes the impossibility of accommodating the two. The only way to do this is to acknowledge which is the higher value. Democracy trumps ethnic self preservation if they are in direct conflict. But when democracies are working well, the ethnic realities can be preserved within the context of a greater and more fundamental unity.

In the case of Quebec I do not feel that the maintaining of French as a dominant language is a barrier to such larger unity.


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And I'd give a dollar to hear the repartee between him and his cronies in the aftermath

Bill Boyarsky: Killer in Chief - Bill Boyarsky's Columns - Truthdig: Gov. Rick Perry is a happy executioner, having presided over 230 executions in Texas. That’s more, reported The Texas Tribune, “than any other modern governor of any state.”

Perry is Bush 3. Don't forget it.

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Finally some intelligence in the mainstream

Does the West need a new growth model? - The Curious Capitalist - TIME.com: No, the problem is not globalization. The problem is how the West has responded to it.

But he's only got half of it. The rest of it is right here on this blog.


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This is the least of Perry's sins

Did Rick Perry Turn Texas Public Schools Into Creationism Indoctrination Centers? | TPMDC: Gov. Rick Perry's claim to a child in New Hampshire Thursday that Texas public schools teach both Creationism and evolution would come as a surprise to educators and students across the country. The Supreme Court had the last word on this in the 1980s when seven justices ruled that teaching Creationism as fact violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Let's get this straight. We know he is playing the religious right game. We know he is playing the secession game. But all of this is dross and tinsel because underneath it all this is Bush 3 and that is what should strike fear into every American with any memory. Everything he does is for political effect. He serves the big corporations with big oil (Koch et al) at the center of the ruling clique. He is the same reflexive and obedient servant that W was and the result is unalloyed evil and we forget that at our peril.


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Chalk up another 20 on Assad's apparently nonexistent conscience

Syrian forces kill 20 despite Assad pledge | Reuters: (Reuters) - Syrian forces shot dead 20 protesters on Friday despite a pledge by President Bashar al-Assad that a crackdown was over, activists said as thousands marched across Syria, spurred on by U.S. and European calls for him to step down.


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Hardly crazy for an also-ran to speak truth and win some independents

Jon Huntsman Goes 'Crazy,' Says Climate Change Exists - The Daily Beast: The presidential candidate caused a Twitter explosion by acknowledging the existence of global warming. Jill Lawrence on whether that is an unforgivable heresy in today’s GOP.

Huntsman is GOP prior to the post-Reagan wingnut chaff we now have.

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Another John Boehner Travesty

John Boehner Deserves Our Praise For the Most Part - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com: Alexander Hamilton Quill deigns to make his first comment, focusing on our esteemed majority leader and sucker-punching us with a bilious conclusion.

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My most popular slideshow

John Boehner Sings a Drinking Song - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:

Quill Can't Believe His Ears

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The best known ontological value in a simple song


Who Is The One Who Said

From my Persephone Music album A Stranger Named Peace

Plays after a brief pause on opening

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Isn't it strange that Joran van der Sloot is on everyone's mind still

ShortFormContent at Blogger: Yes and last I heard Joran van der Sloot was in jail in Peru

What can it mean
Is it a coalescence anger and murder
Or the lure of the unresolved
It is not hostile
He is not Casey Anthony
Not Hannibal Lecter either
Maybe it is his looks
He is a sort of avatar who could be us
Ah how damning is that
He pushes buttons from his isolated space
And thus exerts a sort of ghostly power
Perhaps it's catch me if you can
On steroids in the mind
In Peru they want him gone

Yesterday a man was killed by us
We used a lethal cocktail
Here in the USA
He had committed murder we said
We do not know his name

It would be the same with Joran
Were he not Joran
Now I think I understand



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Never believe an insistent umpire

Joe Torre: Umpire misunderstood ground rules on home run call in Yankees-Royals game | yankees.com: News: Despite the obvious misunderstanding of the ground rules, Torre said the issue was moot and the final score stands. Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn't protest the game, which he must do prior to the next pitch after the incident, Torre added. Girardi second-guessed himself for not doing so.

"He said, 'It's clearly a home run,'" Girardi told reporters after the game about DeMuth. "Maybe I erred. I believed the umpire."

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So how do we change the behavior of nations? Try global ontological values

A solution from hell: The perils of humanitarian intervention. - By the editors of <em xmlns="">n+1</em> - Slate Magazine: That there has never been a successful humanitarian intervention does not mean that there cannot be one in the future. But the evidence is piling up.

This should get you to a single page of a thoughtful perspective on the limitations of humanitarian intervention. I would call it an oxymoron I think.

The headline is what I really think. As is this blog.

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Why don't you do the figuring yourself

MapLight Profile Pages of Deficit Reduction 'Super Committee' Members | MAPLight.org - Money and Politics: MapLight Profile Pages of Deficit Reduction 'Super Committee' Members

All over the Web we get derivations of the info collected here. The derivations do not say who gets what in what amounts. I doubt there is any use in such stories. Best to do your own research. And credit the source. News stories have a habit of naming but not linking to the source.

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A mechanistic view of the brain is a seminal error

PsycPORT Article: But two decades of neuroscience have uncovered how addiction hijacks different parts of the brain, to explain what prompts those behaviors and why they can be so hard to overcome. The society's policy statement, published on its website, isn't a new direction as much as part of an effort to translate those findings to primary care doctors and the general public.

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It's not the face that changes but the perception

Aging's Changing Face | Psychology Today: Science is reshaping the way we think about the older body, memory and sex drive. More and more, how we grow old is a personal choice. Older folks are going back to school in their 50s, starting businesses in their 60s, training for triathlons in their 70s and, yes, having sex in their 80s.

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With a consultant like this Perry should go far

Perry’s Legion - The Folks Behind the Man - NYTimes.com: David Carney

Mr. Perry’s chief political consultant since the 1998 campaign for lieutenant governor, Mr. Carney worked as political director for the first President George Bush. He is based in New Hampshire, where he is the chief executive and president of Norway Hill Associates and commutes frequently to Austin. Mr. Perry is his main client, but not the only one. Mr. Carney was an adviser to Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, earlier in this presidential campaign cycle, but was part of an exodus of aides who left that campaign earlier this year. He has worked for former Senators Bob Dole, Judd Gregg and John E. Sununu, among others.

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1958 does not seem so far away - life's unities trump most change

Adam Enters Union Theological Seminary in Manhattan 1958 - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

Union Theological Seminary. Founded during the liberal heyday of the 19th Century when there was money for Christianity that sat light to heavy creeds and orthodox conservatism. Morningside Heights. Manhattan. Built in stone along Broadway.

The pot suggests the kettle is clean

Bashar Al-Assad Won't Step Down, Russia Says: Russia has rejected the U.S. demand that Syrian President Bashar Assad step down, saying he should be given more time to enact reforms.

Or the Poot. Grow up Vladimir.


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Listen up all you potential and actual anorexics

Indian Activist Leaves Jail - The Daily Beast

If you want to get in touch with the ontological you, which contains ontological values you may not think you have -
When contemplating starving yourself, consider a hunger strike
By linking your action to your ontological values.
Like this gentleman.
See if any rose petals flutter your way.
Just a thought.


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Let's pile up that Bush 3 evidence folks

Rick Perry: Outflanking George W. Bush on the Far Right - The Daily Beast

If we really do it right we can zap Perry and be left with Huntsman and Romney as the last sane people standing
The only problem is there will be no more GOP
Either way we get what we voted for in 2010

Again mice lead the way

Drug Extends Life of Obese Mice - The Daily Beast: Mice receiving the drug lived 44 percent longer than obese mice that received no treatment.

How do you make a mouse obese
Never mind
It is good to know that science is trying to make obesity less risky
Thanks Daily Beast
Did I say beast

My my racial disparity

Black Scientists Receive Fewer Grants - The Daily Beast

If the GOP has its way this will not be an issue
Studies that reveal disparity will be abolished
Defunded
Shredded

He said she said Israel style

Rockets, airstrikes follow attack on Israel - Yahoo! News

Recipe
Provoke with settlements on land that is not yours
Bitch and moan when they strike back
Strike back yourself
Think how righteous you are
And thank god there are lots of mindless Christians who do not follow their Master
But agree with you

Vacate Kabul

BBC News - Attack on British Council compound in Kabul kills nine: Gunmen have stormed the British Council office in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least nine people and taking over the compound for hours.

The headline is W. C. Fields speaking
He adds
It's not a fit place for man nor beast
When people strap crap on and are willing to blow themselves up
Their heads are screwed on in a defective manner
The best thing to do when you see this is to run the other way
Do not throw good lives after bad
It's a losing proposition
The only worthy martyrdom risk is non-violent action
Followed if you survive by a large martini


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Perry job program - you give, I give with the people's money

Rick Perry’s gifts: Boots, trips, medical tests - Kenneth P. Vogel and Lucy McCalmont - POLITICO.com: Cowboy boots — 22 pairs. Stetson hats. Belt buckles. Cuff links. A TV. Medical tests for him and his wife. Nine hunting trips. Dozens of tickets to sports games and concerts.

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Let's think about a new way of banking

Bank of America Plans Big Layoffs To Cut Costs - NYTimes.com: Bank of America is set to eliminate at least 3,500 jobs in the coming months, as the beleaguered financial giant seeks to cut costs and restructure amid deepening shareholder dissatisfaction.

How about a bank that pays interest according to poverty
And the degree to which people recycle their money
A person with only 1000 dollars would get a higher rate of return than a person with 10,000
Rates would rise as money was spent
There would be credits for all activity according to the size of the account
The 1000 person might receive a10 percent for anything from a purchase to a deposit - for everything
The million account might receive one percent
Activity would include transfer of funds to others
This would replace conventional charity which is demeaning in many cases
Ineffective in actually solving underlying problems
And inefficient in producing self-motivated human beings
Think along such lines for a while and build new banks that make sense
Instead of phony banks that call you all the time

These are the most stupid articles on the web

Obama Economic Strategy Targets Jobs & Growth, but Aims at 2012 Reelection - The Daily Beast: It would take someone like the Obama of the 2008 campaign to make the compelling, passionate case for that potential and the need to invest in it, but that is not—it would seem—the Obama of August 2011.

My apologies
The President has done everything that would work
The reason it won't is the GOP
The solution is reelection with a true majority
If the people want it
All the rest is gobbledegook

A search resource worth perusing

Charles Sanders Peirce Online - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com: "Who is the most original and the most versatile intellect that the Americas have so far produced? The answer 'Charles S. Peirce' is uncontested, because any second would be so far behind as not to be worth nominating. [He was] mathematician, astronomer, chemist, geodesist, surveyor, cartographer, metrologist, spectroscopist, engineer, inventor; psychologist, philologist, lexicographer, historian of science, mathematical economist, lifelong student of medicine; book reviewer, dramatist, actor, short story writer; phenomenologist, semiotician, logician, rhetorician and metaphysician. " From Max H. Fisch in Sebeok, The Play of Musement via Charles S. Peirce Studies.

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We will remember this as a sad and comic interlude

Kublai Khan for John Boehner - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:

In Washington John Boehner strode
Through caverns measureless to man
Surveying things and things were good
He felt the gavel in his hand
He liked the feel of that smooth wood

There is more

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Some days are just Peirce days

Delving a Bit into Charles Sanders Peirce - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

Maybe your exercise for the day will be to Bing or Yahoo or Google Peirce - Charles Sanders Peirce - and see how the Web is able to create a mass philosophical movement based on the thinking of a man rejected by Harvard, stolen from by lesser thinkers, fixated on daily development of a philosophy that by definition would always have some tentativity even as it moved to fulfillment. When one like Peirce spans many disciplines one is not merely a reject and pariah in his or her own time. One is also the sign of a future when the walls between worlds will crumble. And we will see that worlds seem nothing at all when we are no longer in them.


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Did Peirce have trouble living his own philosophy?

Charles Sanders Peirce ABC Poem - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

The fact is we all do
The universal toward which we move is love
Love as agape
Love for others
Peirce created a universalistic evolutionary framework
It moves the world forward
It is the most important thought since Aristotle
It is only now being parsed
But like Moses Peirce could not fully embrace the very truth he grasped
And like Peirce we too have feet of clay
So when the original sin trumpeters cry out they have a point
But Peirce delivers us from creedal religion
And we are happily liberated from the doctrine of original sin in favor of
Fallibility
The universal fallibility that means
Tomorrow is another day
And if at first you don't succeed
And all those other good Polonius cliches


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The man who should be remembered along with Martin Luther King



Jim Robinson probably drew more white students into the civil rights movement than any other person
Jim Robinson was the prime mover behind the development of the Peace Corps
Jim Robinson lived and exuded the philosophy by which the well being of the community is placed ahead of the well being of the individual on the scale of values
Jim Robinson is remembered by those who remember the Church of The Master
Jim Robinson is remembered by those who have learned servanthood via Crossroads Africa which he founded
I am not one for memorials and dwelling on the achievements of individuals
But when history drops facets of necessary memory from view it is a solemn duty to remind the world of who did what in the scheme of things


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The Gospel of Mark Leads Beyond Creed

Charles Sanders Peirce my kindred spirit read Mark well

What emerges in Mark 
are values that trump those inherited 
from Aristotle and virtually all other philosophers and sages

Jesus rips away the dualistic frame 
the binary straitjacket 
and focuses us on universality
 and establishes that it is an inner reality
 and that with open eyes
 you can perceive and choose
 the values you act on
Rather than the characteristics 
Aristotle and others call values
 Jesus creates active values 
springing from one root and universal value
non-idolatry 
The active values inferred from the gospel of Mark 
are tolerance democracy and helpfulness 
Those who choose these values are already on Abba's way

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Pregnant is not a great word. But a bump?

Penelope Cruz. Can't Perez Hilton Do Better Than Calling Pregnancy a Baby Bump? - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:

Life goes on

"I was pregnant through the whole movie. I found out at the beginning," says Cruz, who, with her typical directness, immediately broke the news to Depp and director Rob Marshall. "I found out before we started, and I wanted them to know because I did not want to go in with any secrets, for protection and for the honesty of my relationship with them. For six months they were all taking such good care of me."
via Penelope Cruz sails into motherhood - USATODAY.com.

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