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He even smiled as his captors threw him roughly down into the rat-infested depths

The Complete History of Adam Panflick: Book One:
"His albergo was a few steps away but he reckoned it would provide scant protection if, as he had been warned, the pirates’ aim was to snatch him and add him to the roll of captives regularly sold into slavery on the Barbary Coast. So Orlando simply sat where he was and waited. He even smiled as his captors threw him roughly down into the rat-infested depths of their nauseating craft."

To find this scroll down to chapter two.

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Wanna see a spoiled brat? Rude too.

His name is Chris Matthews. He's on now. Gibbs was exactly right to call his outburst crazy. When you make a mint for being a second rate analyst of politics you can, I suppose, do whatever you like. Like some rude, spoiled children.

New Tao Posts: The Tao replies in song to all who hear

New Tao Posts: The Tao replies in song to all who hear:
This is an essential post in this series because it contains the only prayer that Jesus taught in words that can be easily sung by anyone. I take it that Jesus saw this prayer as all that was needed and from the prayer itself that it is to be said daily in not even more often. And that its use is probably worth more than most other religious observances put together.

The Tao replies in song to all who hear

The Tao replies in song to all who hear
These words rise silently distinct and clear
Abba whose home in heaven is
Hallowed and holy is your name
Let your realm come your will be done
Till earth and heaven are the same
Give us this day our daily bread
Forgive the wrongs that we have done
As we forgive those who do wrong
Lead us not into temptation
Deliver us from evil Lord
And safely guide us to your shore
Yours is the power to heal and mend
Yours is the glory evermore
Say but this prayer it contains all
The Tao responds to every call

Yes though I would substitute spirituality for religion

The Theology of Science and the Internet - Forbes: "Science and religion aren’t natural enemies. They’re both attempts by people to explore, understand and know the universe around us. I think it’s sad that in the past few decades that our culture has come to see them at odds with each other, instead of seeing them both as sources of inspiration for people to fulfill their highest potential."

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Question is not whether feds will aid Perry Bush 3 but whether he will say thank you

Perry Asks Federal Aid for 'Mean' Texas Wildfires: "Governor Perry appealed the president's decision on May 26, and received partial approval of relief on July 1. Perry's request to expand the scope of federal relief is pending.

Today, Governor Perry took an aerial tour of wildfire damage in the Steiner Ranch community in Travis County west of Austin, and met with emergency management and local officials who have been battling fires there"

'via Blog this'

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Some common sense from Daily Kos

Daily Kos :: State of the Nation: "In the current political environment, Republicans are not going to agree to do anything that doesn't help them win the White House in 2012. Given that state of affairs, the pragmatic thing to do is to recognize the situation for what it is. And that means President Obama should build his jobs proposal around what he thinks are the very best ideas to actually grow the economy—not what his advisers think are the most "pragmatic" ones."

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I refuse to post videos with Exxon-Mobil natural gas ads

I am sick of these Exxon-Mobil ads because I know they do not remotely tell the whole story, including whether the fracking creates resources that will be profitable, including the environmental damage and including whether anyone has seen that there is a massively easier solution that everyone can get involved in. Call it car withdrawal. Oil withdrawal. Cold turkey creation of cyber-communities that are car free. Where is our ingenuity? Surely not in the supercilious presentations of Exxon-Mobil and their feel-good fracking ads.

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Why cyber-communities are the salvation of democracy

The car metrosprawl world is antithetical to face to face democracyThe car metrosprawl world is antithetical to a vibrant economyA pedestrian walkable car free closely knit community With things at scale with a population of around 10,000And no more than four levels reached byStairless walkways Which safe vehicles can also ply at timesSuch a community enables democracy to flourishSuch a community integrates work and play and health and education with residence Instead of everyone her own car everyone her own roomMass produced and customized like cars are todayThe town hall would be no more than a five minute walk from anywhere 
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Jobs are not obsolete - they will be different

Are jobs obsolete? - CNN.com: "New technologies are wreaking havoc on employment figures -- from EZpasses ousting toll collectors to Google-controlled self-driving automobiles rendering taxicab drivers obsolete. Every new computer program is basically doing some task that a person used to do. But the computer usually does it faster, more accurately, for less money, and without any health insurance costs."

My notion of a future job is a zillion kiosks in a zillion cyber-communities (car free gatherings of 10K persons more or less) with each kiosk operating 24/7 requiring four full time managers and dealing with one explicit thing using large screens and being a gathering place for people interested in whatever that thing is whether learning to read or finding one's blood pressure or studying history or getting a job.




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One positive result of the anniversary may be more intelligent global intelligence work

Delhi High Court bombing is latest in a string of major attacks - CSMonitor.com: "Today's Delhi High Court bombing killed at least 11 people. Many of the recent terror attacks in India remain unsolved due to what experts call a lack of human intelligence gathering."

It is painfully obvious that we must maintain an alert. We cannot fight for humane values with our head in the sand when it comes to those whose values are lethal.

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When kairos and chronos were more than often simultaneous

Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement — Stephen Rose: "I was introduced to the Movement in the 1950s by the Rev. James Robinson (founder of Crossroads Africa) when I was a student at Williams College. In 1961 when I completed Union Theological Seminary, I was part of a small group who joined in the Student Interracial Ministry. I became the assistant to the late Rev. Kelly Miller Smith at the First Baptist Church in Nashville. It is now known as the Capitol Hill Baptist Church."

My CR bio.

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C. S. Peirce on positivism and metaphysics

Peirce Edition Project | Volumes:


"Positivists are in the habit of considering positivism and metaphysics as opposed species of philosophy. Now to maintain that the conclusions of metaphysics are as yet very certain would be enthusiastic enough in view of the differences of opinion among metaphysicians. These differences have been growing less and less from one century to another, owing to a gradual clearing up of conceptions. But the whole effective result of metaphysical research hitherto may be described in saying that certain indistinct conceptions have been made distinct. Every great branch of science has once been in the state in which metaphysics is now, that is when its fundamental conceptions were vague and consequently its doctrines utterly unsettled; and there is no reason whatever to despair of metaphysics eventually becoming a real science like the rest; but at present that is not the case."


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To those who have shall more be given

Left behind in America: Who's to blame for the wealth divide? - Political Hotsheet - CBS News: "That wasn't even close: In reality, the top 20 percent controlled about 84 percent of the wealth, while the bottom quintile controlled just 0.1 percent. The combined net worth of the bottom 40 percent, in fact, accounted for just 0.3 percent of the nation's wealth. (See chart below, where that bottom 40 percent doesn't even show up.) "

When Jesus said the words in the heading it was in the nature of his similar statement that there will be wars and rumors of war. Both statements do not represent either the values he enunciates or the goals that he seeks. The values tend toward universal helpfulness and full equality and the goal is to give one's life so that Abba will be vindicated. Given Abba's bum rap in much of the Bible that is a major project. It requires what Nietzsche called a revaluation of values and what Deridda called the unprecedented.

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I still think Psychosynthesis is the best face to face therapy

I Am Not Linking This to Any of the Myriad Sites that Discuss Psychosynthesis - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com: "I am not linking this to any of the myriad sites that discuss psychosynthesis or the prodigious work of Roberto Assagioli. Why? Because what I present here is my own understanding and I have no desire that it be taken as anything other than that. Its workability is entirely my sense of how it works for me. It makes no pretense of faithfully representing anyone else."

I say why at the link above.
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If you don't know what palindromes are, start here

The Believer - Doubling in the Middle: "You know palindromes—words or phrases that read the same forward or backward. “Party booby trap.” “Lisa Bonet ate no basil.” And, famously, “A man, a plan, a canal, Panama!” When you think about palindromes, you probably just think they’re fun."

And continue at the link above.

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Sri Lanka appears to shun accountability

Sri Lanka: Inquiry into armed conflict fundamentally flawed | Amnesty International: "When will they get justice? exposes the shortcomings of the inquiry, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). These include its failure to properly pursue allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity levelled against both government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). "


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Perry Bush 3 excels in creating poverty

How Rick Perry Has Been on the Public Dole His Whole Life | Tea Party and the Right | AlterNet: "Here's a particularly revealing stat that the Perry pixies don't want us to see: On his watch as governor, Texas added more minimum wage jobs than all the other 49 states combined. More than half a million Texans now work for $7.25 an hour or less. He can brag that he's brought Texans down into a tie with Mississippi for the highest percentage of workers reduced to poverty pay."

If you are new here, I am appending Bush 3 to the Perry name because despite all efforts to separate the two, we have here nothing betwixt them. Both are kept neocons. The only difference is that Bush did it out of noblesse oblige. Perry started poor.

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Why we should build cyber-cities

Twitter & Bing Show Their Love for Each Other..via Twitter:

Without cyber-cities - aka creating car free communities of 10K or more clustered along existing rights of way - there will be no place where location means a hill of beans save sprawl areas and big cities. And even then the car will defeat serious schmoozing. Face it individual dwellings cost too much and even more when they break down or burn to the ground or are flooded out. Cyber-cities have individual spaces mass produced by the folk who used to make cars attached to a matrix that deals all the utility stuff. These spaces contain living, working, learning, recreating and so forth. Integral. Instead of spending money we don't have on sprawl high rise stuff, we spend it on renewable and changeable and portable cyber cities with enough going on to make location interesting.

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You have to be taught (Video)

Do you detect some journalistic bias here?

Australian school curriculum to force acceptance of multiculturalism | Adelaide Now: "Young Australians will be trained in "cultural competency" during classes as part of the Gillard Government's plan to boost support for multiculturalism and outlaw negative attitudes. "

I don't think Australia could outlaw an attitude even if it wanted to. On some issues there are not two sides, until you create them. Remember "You have to be taught?"

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If I was rich I wouldn't sign the Buffett pledge either

Steve Jobs' 'curious' lack of public philanthropy - The Week:

Charity is a two edged thing. It can ruin and create a sort of genocidal system with the victims being all philanthropy failed to reach. And it can transform both givers and receivers. But if Jesus is to be given any credibility, charity should be anonymous. The monumentalism and show of charity is standard in history and culture. And I suppose it always will be. But in the value system that is said to trump the way we do things, anonymity reigns.


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From close to the flames

Bastrop fire still not contained - Topix: "There is little to no information - and I'm here! I can tell you that everything along hwy 71, East of Hwy 95 to about Alum Creek has been evacuated. I can see the flames coming from all over the Tahitian Village/Colovista neighborhoods. I heard from a fire scanner that the fire has jumped the river in several places and is blowing South"

You'll get more news in the comments on this 'un.
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And while you're at it I'll have a mint julep

DeMint To Obama: Deliver In Writing - Topix: "Republican Sen. Jim DeMint said Sunday he wants a jobs plan in writing from President Barack Obama, not just another speech."

This guy is a piece of work and that is being polite.

Here's what the President said on L Day and will deliver on, in writing as is standard, tonight after last night's sorry GOP debate.

"But we’re not going to wait for them. We’re going to see if we’ve got some straight shooters in Congress. We’re going to see if congressional Republicans will put country before party. We’ll give them a plan, and then we’ll say, do you want to create jobs? Then put our construction workers back to work rebuilding America. Do you want to help our companies succeed? Open up new markets for them to sell their products. You want -- you say you’re the party of tax cuts? Well then, prove you’ll fight just as hard for tax cuts for middle-class families as you do for oil companies and the most affluent Americans. Sho…

Go ACLU!

ACLU Wins Round in Battle Against Warrantless Cell Phone Location Tracking » Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union: "Today the ACLU won a significant victory in our battle to ensure that cell phones don’t become Big Brother tracking devices. Following a four-year fight, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to comply with our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and turn over the names and docket numbers in numerous cases where the government accessed cell phone location data without a warrant."

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Playing is both human and divine

Play is Abba's Way. Play is Being Playful. That's OK - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:
"Why call a play a play? Plays represent. When we play on the same stage with Abba, we represent ourselves. Abba is represented as who Abba is. We approach not the far-off mystery but the voice of One within as good parent, even playful parent. As friend we always have.

The sober call this crazy. I say it's OK play."

'via Blog this'

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There are intellectuals and intellectuals

Boston Review — Noam Chomsky: The Responsibility of Intellectuals, Redux: "Not everyone toed the line so obediently, of course. Notable figures such as Bertrand Russell, Eugene Debs, Rosa Luxemburg, and Karl Liebknecht were, like Zola, sentenced to prison. Debs was punished with particular severity—a ten-year prison term for raising questions about President Wilson’s “war for democracy and human rights.” Wilson refused him amnesty after the war ended, though Harding finally relented. Some, such as Thorstein Veblen, were chastised but treated less harshly; Veblen was fired from his position in the Food Administration after preparing a report showing that the shortage of farm labor could be overcome by ending Wilson’s brutal persecution of labor, specifically the International Workers of the World. Randolph Bourne was dropped by the progressive journals after criticizing the “league of benevolently imperialistic nations” and their exalted endeavors."

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Manhattan Bully Wars: Panflick: The Manhattan Bully Wars (1947)

Manhattan Bully Wars: Panflick: The Manhattan Bully Wars (1947):
"Falstaff: Can honor set-to a leg? no: or an arm? no: or take away the grief of a wound? no. Honor hath no skill in surgery then? no. What is honor? a word. What is that word, honor? air. A trim reckoning!--Who hath it? he that died o' Wednesday. Doth he feel it? no. Doth be hear it? no. Is it insensible, then? yea, to the dead. But will it not live with the living? no. Why? detraction will not suffer it. Therefore I'll none of it: honor is a mere scutcheon:--and so ends my catechism. (Henry IV Part One V, I)"

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That secret email I just got

"At a private function at a Colorado resort, oil billionaire Charles Koch stood in front of hundreds of conservative millionaires and said the 2012 election will be, in the words of Saddam Hussein -- yes, he decided to quote Saddam Hussein -- "the mother of all wars."

"He then read through a list of 32 contributors who gave more than a million dollars each to bankroll the network of corporate special-interest groups that aim to tear down President Obama."

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Best thing to do is print the nub of it. The Koch statement is despicable. The speaker is despicable. But then again look where the author of his quote ended up and how successful he was.

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