Supreme Court ethics? They have conflicts of interest?

Democrats Seek to Impose Tougher Supreme Court Ethics - NYTimes.com: "House Democrats, seeking to capitalize on recent questions about the political leanings of several Supreme Court justices, are pushing for toughened ethics standards that would hold the justices on the high court to the same judicial requirements as federal judges."

Wonder who they have in mind?

Abba loves those who think to find a way

Abba's Way: 63 The Still Small Voice:

"Abba loves those who think to find a way,
Who live in harmony within themselves;
Who say their No to culture’s killing pace,
Their eyes upon a more abundant wealth."

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Thinking we have solved things if we can categorize them (Slide Show)

A Syndrome is Not a Disorder - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:

We have become a world of a billion categories.

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There are inherent impulses in us pointing to universal values

Pragmatism and Abba's Way - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com: "Abba's way does not merely believe that things must work. Abba's way believes there are inherent impulses within each human being pointing to universal values that, when made central, work to move history forward in ways that can indeed be measured and deemed efficacious and true."

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Abba's Way - Stephen C. Rose : IUniverse

Abba's Way - Stephen C. Rose : IUniverse: "In 70 brief poetic essays, Jesus explains how we can move the world from its present violent precipice to a global society built around negotiation, individual achievement and openness to the presence of Abba in each person."

I am also posting these here in reverse order.

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The Gang of Four? We Are! (Slide Show)

The Gang of Four Is Right Here Eric - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:

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You won't find much direction for Yahoo here

4 chiefs, 4 years: Yahoo's leadership problem | ZDNet:

The post above marches in place. Maybe Yahoo will consider my idea. Corner the market on decent free lance and amateur writers. They already have a start in that direction. Simply pay them better than anyone else which will be a snap because Arianna over at AOL is famous for paying people nada. By cornering writers and turning them into a well-schooled and well-paid force, Yahoo could create an identity and rule the local market.

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This might work for some writer wannabes

You Don't Have To Have Written to Become A Writer - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:

At AC it depends if you can take directions and write to a topic. You are free to write whatever you like but you get paid up front on assignments.

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Geithner making sense

Yglesias | ThinkProgress: "I guess most progressives have decided he’s history’s greatest monster, but I think Secretary Geithner is making a powerful case against austerity and for fiscal and monetary stimulus:"

Read what he says at the link above.

The Palin Purse Obama Debate (Slide Show)

GOP Wants A Full Scale Depression - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:

Just as if it was today.

John Boehner meets Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil (Slide Show)

Does John Boehner Measure Up to Four Nietzsche Virtues - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:

They didn't like my images over there. But the people paid them no mind.

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Is this clear enough Mr. President? (Video and Text)

"We Can Change History"—Video from the Fight to Stop a Tar Sands Pipeline: "According to tarsandsaction.org 1,252 arrests were made and nine Nobel Peace Laureates, including the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, signed a letter urging President Obama to stand by his promises to find clean energy alternatives and create a healthier environment."

This is an issue with only one side. The third way lies beyond.

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Aristotle and Mitt Romney? Yep. (Slide Show)

Aristotle's Virtues Applied to Mitt Romney - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com: "Aristotle had a whole library of virtues so this is liable to tax your patience."

This is my day for posting obscure slide shows.

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Before it was co-opted by computer theorists

Before it was co-opted by computer theorists,
Pattern Language was the province of
Christopher Alexander and his associates,
who limned natural, human patterns
for building 
from the habits and inclinations 
of ordinary people.

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 

Both Triadic Philosophy and Pattern Language share a marginal status

Both Triadic Philosophy and Pattern Language
share a marginal status
in a world that has processed everything
through the colander of corporate methodology, 
extracting ever-growing profits 
and endangering the  globe and her people.

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 

Get the low down on Obama speech afterward

Have Questions About the President's Address? | The White House:

I have no hesitation in assuming that the folk on this panel are at least honest. I think you will do better here than listening to the pundits of any stripe.

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Sarah Quits 2012 Race - Slide Show

Sarah Palin Says She Will Not Run - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:

Actually done some time ago but no doubt true in terms of the not running part. The rest is pure fantasy. Hope springing eternal. That sort of thing.

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Getting the sin thing straight

When Jesus talks about sinners he does not mean everyone
He means people whose consciences are troubled because they have stolen
Or lied or committed adultery or otherwise violated the commandments
He is ironical about the non-sinners
But there are numerous people who really have not transgressed 
To these Jesus simply suggests they follow Abba's way
Jesus loves sinners precisely because they realize they have problems
Since the universal healer is forgiveness he makes sure
They use the Lord's Prayer and repent daily 
Charles Pierce and me are soul buddies because we have no question
About our sinner status
And for that reason both of us have approached truth 
As little children
And received untold rewards

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Jesus is uncompromisingly on the side of children.

Windows on The Bible: Sixty One Family Values 1: "Jesus is uncompromisingly on the side of children.

This is not sentimentality on God's or Jesus's part. You'll find references to children throughout the Gospels.

Here are a handful, drawn from the NIV"

Continued at the link above.

The media cooks it up when its mind shrinks. (Slide Show)

Mildred Purse Group Tackles The New Media Meme Anger in America - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:

"The media cooks it up when its mind shrinks."

I'd almost forgotten this one. See if it makes any sense and inform me please.

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Winning The War Within Collected Sonnets: Thirty-Seven Our daily bread means what we need to live

Winning The War Within Collected Sonnets: Thirty-Seven Our daily bread means what we need to live:

"Our daily bread means what we need to live
It comes from Abba to us when we pray
Our daily bread we pray Abba will give
Our sustenance to help us on our way"

Completes at link above.

Heello in action

Noah Everett (@noah) on Heello:

Lots of synonyms here. My guess is that there is room for about two of these and we know who they are. With LinkedIn a lucky also ran. The next big thing might be something that understands what you might actually be interested in reading and assembles it for you without making you miserable in the bargain. Oh, and then there's Google + which, I must assume, has some tricks up its sleeve.

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The US water wars, I fear, are only in their infancy

Water pipeline between Wyoming and Colorado a high cost venture | The Washington Independent: "It’s not exactly Perrier-pricey, but pretty damn close, according to opponents of the massive proposed Flaming Gorge pipeline project that would pump water out of the Green River in southwest Wyoming and suck it back over the Continental Divide to Colorado’s Front Range."

Although, you never know, extreme weather could work for as well as against us.

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You can meet John Boehner and Mildred Purse in these well attended slide shows

John Boehner Joins the Purse Group - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:

Mildred has been a bit silent lately. A good time to catch up on her past exploits.

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One Minute Christian: One Minute Christian Introduction

One Minute Christian: One Minute Christian Introduction:

"The One Minute Christian is a short book which explains exactly what is involved in moving from a dying local church structure to a vibrant and intentional local community that embodies both the simplicity and the transforming power of the way of living that Jesus preached and embodied."

New blog.

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John Boehner Slide Show

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

A zillion people liked this. But why?

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When Chrome crashes with its "cute" Aw Snap

When Chrome crashes with its "cute" Aw Snap
It takes me to a page which essentially blames me for various ills that I should remedy
Am I wrong in suggesting that it is Chrome itself that must bear some responsibility
For being unable to follow my admittedly esoteric directions

My alternative headline: When blamelessness is the default
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Is there a bit of insight about Obama in this post?

Tom Walsh: To fix economy, Obama could use a few pointers from Mulally | Detroit Free Press | freep.com:

I had to dig a bit to find it. Cap tip Twitter.

The GOP No Winner Problem

My takeaway from the debate last night
Is that it leaves no win in sight
For none can win the GOP whole cloth
Thus dreams of  beating Barack are mere froth

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The Tao in Mark: The Tao in Mark Complete Text

The Tao in Mark: The Tao in Mark Complete Text:

"Hated seers spoke most precious words
A messenger of peace came from the wild
Water could not wash all sins away
A deeper power was brought into play
The lowest becomes highest
The least become the most
There is happiness in heaven"

New blog.

Just reading Veblen can infuse one with a sense of wellbeing

The Theory of the Leisure Class: III: "In order to gain and to hold the esteem of men it is not sufficient merely to possess wealth or power. The wealth or power must be put in evidence, for esteem is awarded only on evidence. And not only does the evidence of wealth serve to impress one's importance on others and to keep their sense of his importance alive and alert, but it is of scarcely less use in building up and preserving one's self-complacency. In all but the lowest stages of culture the normally constituted man is comforted and upheld in his self-respect by "decent surroundings" and by exemption from "menial offices". Enforced departure from his habitual standard of decency, either in the paraphernalia of life or in the kind and amount of his everyday activity, is felt to be a slight upon his human dignity, even apart from all conscious consideration of the approval or disapproval of his fellows."

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Beyond The Good News Thread (Podcast)

Beyond The Good News Thread (Podcast)

These start after a pause when you open them and you can pause them in the conventional way. 

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TPM gives the debate to Mitt

Talking Points Memo | Breaking News and Analysis: "In my mind, whatever the polls say tomorrow, Mitt Romney came out of tonight with a strong argument that Rick Perry can't win a general election. Whether that shows up today or tomorrow or whenever, that's a thing of great value to someone in Romney's position. So again, I score the evening a strategic victory for Romney."

And I agree and must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the general tone save for Ron Paul's rather weak rants.

Embedded in the smarmy world of modeling

Ashley Mears' "Pricing Beauty": What a sociologist learned by moonlighting as a fashion model. - By Libby Copeland - Slate Magazine: "Ashley Mears embedded as a model. Then an NYU grad student in sociology, Mears had an idea what she was in for. She'd modeled in college, and knew that she still met the narrow physical requirements for the job. But this time around, she took notes..."

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Some promising chemistry

New material shows promise for trapping pollutants: "Chemists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, have now developed a new type of material that can soak up negatively-charged pollutants from water. The new material, which they call SLUG-26, could be used to treat polluted water through an ion exchange process similar to water softening. In a water softener, sodium ions weakly attached to a negatively-charged resin are exchanged for the hard-water minerals, which are held more tightly by the resin. "

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Of course the GOP cheered. They like a binary world.

GOP debate audience cheers Perry’s execution record | Raw Replay: "“No, sir, I’ve never struggled with that at all,” Perry flatly stated. “In the state of Texas, if you come into our state and you kill one of our children, you kill a police officer, you’re involved with another crime and you kill one of our citizens, you will face the ultimate justice in the state of Texas, and that is you will be executed.”"

Someone will test the testers some day

PsycPORT Article: "Bullying was defined as "the use of one's strength or popularity to injure, threaten or embarrass another person on purpose." It did not include incidents when "two students of about the same strength argue or fight."Researchers said they hoped to show educators and others that success in testing goes beyond academic instruction and preparation. "Our study suggests that a bullying climate may play an important role in test performance," they wrote."

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How you can cool down

The Big Chill: Battling Inflammation | Psychology Today: "A heated immune system breeds disease and sluggish thinking. Here's how to cool things down."

A compendium of related posts.

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Find out who's paying your doctor for promotions

Dollars for Docs - ProPublica: "Drug companies have long kept secret details of the payments they make to doctors and other health professionals for promoting their drugs. But 12 companies have begun publicizing the information, some because of legal settlements. ProPublica pulled their disclosures into a database so patients can search for their doctor. Accepting payments isn’t necessarily wrong, but it can raise ethical issues. "

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"Christianity today will be confined to praying for and doing right by our fellow man." - Bonhoeffer

The Grass Roots Church: The Grass Roots Church Part One:

"Atonement, regeneration, the Holy Ghost, the love of our enemies, the cross and resurrection, life in Christ and Christian discipleship-all these things have become so problematic and so remote that we hardly dare anymore to speak of them…. So our traditional language must perforce become powerless and remain silent, and our Christianity today will be confined to praying for and doing right by our fellow man. Christian thinking, speaking, and organization must be reborn out of this praying and this action." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

The Slow as Molasses Press