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Everyone needs to get their cyber act together

Cyber Security and the UK's Critical National Infrastructure | Chatham House: Independent thinking on international affairs: "All organizations should look in more depth at their dependencies and vulnerabilities. Awareness and understanding of cyberspace should be 'normalised' and incorporated and embedded into standard management and business practices within and across government and the public and private sectors"

Apply the all globally.

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C. S. Peirce on the early scientists

The Fixation of Belief:
"The early scientists, Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Kepler, Galileo, Harvey, and Gilbert, had methods more like those of their modern brethren. Kepler undertook to draw a curve through the places of Mars; and to state the times occupied by the planet in describing the different parts of that curve; but perhaps his greatest service to science was in impressing on men's minds that this was the thing to be done if they wished to improve astronomy; that they were not to content themselves with inquiring whether one system of epicycles was better than another but that they were to sit down to the figures and find out what the curve, in truth, was. He accomplished this by his incomparable energy and courage, blundering along in the most inconceivable way (to us), from one irrational hypothesis to another, until, after trying twenty-two of these, he fell, by the mere exhaustion of his invention, upon the orbit which a mind well furnished with the weapons of moder…

Why Progressives Cede Ground To The Right

Gurstein: Amid All Our Disasters, Why Are The Only Revolutionaries On The Right? | The New Republic:
"The ever-deepening crisis of global capitalism that is destroying so many people’s lives, instead of being met with revolution by the “progressive class” is being met with reactionary cries of spend less, lay off public workers, dismantle public programs, get rid of government altogether."
Progressives got fat and happy when they realized that win or lose they could prosper if they had certain political chops. I watched this close up and personal. It began in the 1970s and hit speed with the Clintons. The lie to all this was named Phil Gramm who euchred everyone with his economic nostrums. The inadvertent lassitude of the Clintons revealed the weak underbelly of what progressivism became. The binary between Clintonians and the Right Wing Conspiracy are the First and Second from which the Third of a redemptive radicalism will emerge. It will not be called progressive it will b…

How little we believe you give us all

Winning The War Within Collected Sonnets:
"How little we believe you give us all
And save us from raw greed and envy’s yoke
Yet just as you know every sparrow’s fall
You know our prayer before a word is spoke"

Amazing grace. Know how you know? You can feel it. But you can't will it. It is thus there. It goes as it will. The dominant reality is a sense of odd freedom. A looseness. Some confidence. Gratitude. Knowing you are not alone. Openness to what is before your eyes. There is more.
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My Hermeneutic Meets Matthew Ten

Windows on The Bible:
"He says those who confess Him will be confessed by Him to God. I take this to be a creedal statement that rings false because its apparent meaning is that all one would need to do is say a few words to be in with the deity. In fact we are already in. If we credit Jesus that is simply because he is the main author of our understanding."

More up there.

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Seminal Moments in The Life of My Hero's Father

The Complete History of Adam Panflick:
"Melchizadek had no apparent problems. He was quiet and acquiescent. He knew from an early age what he wanted. He and his uncle Stanley maintained close, even intimate, contact during Melchizadek’s earliest years. “Find the right friends, boy,” Stanley told him at least a-hundred times. They would walk hand in hand by the lake. But one day Stanley surprised everyone by settling the bulk of his substantial estate on ten worthy widowed ladies in Cleveland with instructions that they be cared for for throughout their lives. He then departed without a word. He went by train to New York, by steamer to Southampton and from there to Chipping Norton. He lived out his days in hermetic obscurity, dying in his 99th year."

More at link above.

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Jesus was the first human being willing to acknowledge the reality of who WE are.

Embracing the Blasphemy of Jesus - Associated Content from Yahoo! -
"Jesus gave us the Lord's prayer and this prayer clearly states that heaven and earth are to become the same . The prayer suggests we can and should forgive the wrongs of others. As we forgive, we are forgiven our wrongdoing,"

More at the link above.

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Sprawl Is A Deadly Nightmare

Sprawl is a deadly recipe for human living and it will either end up being bulldozed or we will start to transform it into cyber-communities that are car free. We may manage to entirely ruin both natural environs and human environs at once because of our commitment to the internal combustion engine and its fossil fuel.

The only response to this is car-free cyber cities

Defining Cities in a Metropolitan World - Neighborhoods - The Atlantic Cities:

"Our ever more interconnected, urbanized world therefore presents a challenge to academics and researchers who aim to quantify and better understand cities. Where does a city really begin and end? These days there are as many ways to measure a metro area as there are arguments for and against each one. To help visualize, let’s use Los Angeles as an example."

All this is is ecumenopolis unfolding

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Pollyanna anyone

"We are, doubtless, in the main logical animals, but we are not perfectly so. Most of us, for example, are naturally more sanguine and hopeful than logic would justify. We seem to be so constituted that in the absence of any facts to go upon we are happy and self-satisfied; so that the effect of experience is continually to contract our hopes and aspirations."

'via Blog this'

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I'm not kidding about the coach thing

Obama should appear with a coaches cap and sweatshirtNot like Dukakis in a tankBut naturalWe need a slam dunk big time for the peopleWe need a game face onWe need to push these pussies to the wall and leave them thereWe need to expose them as fraudsBut most of all we need a coach to make up the plays andCall them as the game proceedsThere is only one mantra nowBeat them
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Obama makes a plus point

Obama to seek higher tax rate for the rich - CBS News: "(AP) WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is expected to seek a new base tax rate for the wealthy to ensure that millionaires pay at least at the same percentage as middle income taxpayers.

A White House official said the proposal would be included in the president's proposal for long term deficit reduction that he will announce Monday. The official spoke anonymously because the plan has not been officially announced.

Obama is going to call it the "Buffett Rule" for Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor who has complained that rich people like him pay a smaller share of their income in federal taxes than middle-class taxpayers"

But what he still has to do is maintain a running narrative so that all f the bill gets voted up or down. No vote, he loses. He needs to shame the GOP into subservience to the people.

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The President has hit the same wall he knew was there all along

ShortFormContent at Blogger: Time for President to declare war on GOP:
"The President has hit the same wall he knew was there all along. He needs to say pass this bill and mean it, the whole bill. Make them vote it up or down. If they will not introduce it, have the people force them to. This is the last straw."
Why do I shift from my mantra of it's OUR job to push this through to it's the President's job to lead this to victory? Because we cannot act with requisite strength unless we know where he will stand tomorrow the next day and the next. Even in a pragmaticist world there are limits. This is one. No more wiggle room. Up or down.

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Holding a Bible on a jerry-built platform

Markman: A Film About Jesus: "

The crowd is fully assembled, about fifty in all. WATTERS stands holding a Bible on a jerry-built platform.

WATTERS: Corruption, lying, cruelty. These are the signs of these evil times.

Tiger stands in the back, listening.

WATTERS: (cont.) Today the politicians and the criminal elements who run this town appear willing to condone anything. Even murder. And what's worse. The church remains silent.

Tiger moves forward during this speech, but stops dead on "murder". He mutters an EXPLETIVE, turns and heads back into parking area.

REX carries his sign up to the platform.

REX: Let's hear it for John Watters.

WATTERS stops Rex.

WATTERS: No. (Beat) We need repentance, not adulation. We need to turn things around. (points to his heart) In here.

WATTERS: looks around slowly, taking in the gathering.

WATTERS: (cont.) Come.

He leads his followers into the shallow water by the beach…

It is no longer possible for Protestantism to survive in its present form

The Grass Roots Church:
"It is no longer possible for Protestantism to survive in its present form. The present denominational organization of the churches is obsolete. Only a fraction of existing local congregations are equipped to meet the many requirements of the Christian community. And yet, despite the publication of countless criticisms of the Church in our time, no one has offered a constructive alternative to present patterns. This book is intended for those who have a sense of the criticisms, or at least see the deficiencies, and are ready to participate in a positive movement for the renewal of the Church."

'via Blog this'

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Stop building separated structures

Beyond Pattern Language: Where uniformity meets redemptive disorder:
"Stop building separated structures
Create an eco matrix that handles everything that moves water waste currents and so forth
Connect to this lego-blocks aka spaces
Aka living units aka rooms
Aka safe spots
These are also mass produced but like today's cars
They are customized in a zillion ways
Construction is no longer sprawl
It uses pattern language principles
To create car free zones
Car free cyber-communities"

'via Blog this'

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Why Star Wars Is Right

Abba's Way:
"To call Abba the force is better sense
Than tomes of doctrine, indefensible.
I knew a tiny remnant would see true,
I knew the tempting way would be the rule.
I knew the fickle ways of swaying crowds,
Their other-worldly superstition too.
See now the texts that join all texts extant,
Creating religion in place of truth ..."

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Scientific life is highly and essentially idealistic

Joseph Ransdell, "Sciences as Communicational Communities" at ARISBE: THE PEIRCE GATEWAY:
"Scientific life is highly and essentially idealistic, and its attractiveness as a human activity is due at least as much to this as to its technological productivity. People outside of the sciences already understand quite well that science is highly profitable on the technological side, which is why they support it even when they understand little of what it is really like. What they do not understand is that its success is not due to magically powerful but essentially mechanical techniques of grinding out results--this is, unfortunately, the common view of it--but rather to devotion to the adventurous and chance-taking spirit, informed by commitment to turning failure to success by treating mistakes as opportunities to correct one's course rather than as signs of defeat or incompetence. "

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Science suffers from its captivity to corporations, universities and narcissism

Joseph Ransdell, "Sciences as Communicational Communities" at ARISBE: THE PEIRCE GATEWAY

"...scientific publication as communication ... entails first of all that everything said about the subject-matter should be said responsibly and sincerely, which is to say that lying, misdirection, evasion, waffling, and all other forms of deliberate or tolerated misrepresentation--in short, any of the many forms of insincerity--are the most fundamental of all violations of scientific method. Secrecy is a limitation on science: where secrecy begins science ends, strictly speaking; but that is a limitation on the scope of inclusion of a scientific community, and although necessarily crippling to whatever extent it is practiced, it is not secrecy but rather insincerity--lying in its most general form--that kills science immediately insofar as it enters into it effectively. Why? Because no real subject-matter can be understood from the perspective of a single person--reality has fac…