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Cell phones link Pakistan to U.S. embassy attack - CBS News: "(CBS News) The insurgents who attacked the U.S. Embassy in Kabul last week were killed but their cell phones left a trail.
The phones had been used to call Pakistani intelligence operatives before and during the assault. This evidence lies behind the charge made by Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that the Haqqani network is a "veritable arm" of Pakistani intelligence, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports."

How long have we known this? It takes at least two to create impunity.

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Visit The Peirce Edition Project

The Peirce Edition Project: "Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914), a uniquely American philosopher and scientist, is of seminal importance for modern thought. He was a tireless and brilliant thinker whose extensive writings have received international attention for over a century. Remarkably, however, much of what Peirce wrote remains in manuscript form, unpublished and in significant disarray. There has never been a comprehensive edition of Peirce's writings organized chronologically and edited according to current scholarly practices. The Peirce Edition Project was established in 1976 and has been part of IUPUI's School of Liberal Arts since 1983."

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My Civil Rights Vet Bio

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."

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Autumnal equinox tutorial

Autumnal equinox: 5 things you need to know - The basics - CSMonitor.com: "Ready or not, it’s the first day of fall, also known as the September, fall, or autumnal equinox. It’s a time marked as much by the emergence of wayfaring leaf peepers as it is by celestial coincidences. Sure, it happens every year, but this time you’ll be able to impress your friends with your budding seasonal knowledge. Take a look at the things you ought to know."

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Gay Boos - almost if the demise of the GOP was scripted

Close Read : The New Yorker: "There was a pause, punctuated by jeers from the audience, before Rick Santorum answered. His reply was breathtakingly bad: he talked about dangerous social experiments and what a mistake the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell had been; he didn’t even thank Hill, in a rote way, for his service. But none of the candidates did, and any one of them could have. "
Behavior beyond shame.

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Duck!

U.S. is in falling satellite's potential strike zone, NASA says - CNN.com: "The United States is once again an unlikely but potential target for the 26 pieces of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, expected to survive the descent. Those pieces, made of stainless steel, titanium and beryllium that won't burn, will range from about 10 pounds to hundreds of pounds, according to NASA."

Video and text.

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Kept Media Ignores Wall Street Protest

What if the Tea Party Occupied Wall Street? | Common Dreams: "The protests are continuing, with demonstrators camped out on the Financial District's Liberty Street in support of U.S. democratization and against corporate domination of politics (Adbusters, 9/19/11). You wouldn't know much about the continued occupation of Wall Street by thousands of activists from the corporate media--outlets that seem much more interested in protests of the Tea Party variety. (photo: pweiskel08)

But you wouldn't know much about any of this from the corporate media--outlets that seem much more interested in protests of the Tea Party variety."

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Groupon Truncates

Groupon Slices Value by Half - The Daily Beast: "Everyone’s known Groupon is in trouble, but things took a dire turn late Friday as the company restated its value as half of what it had previously announced. After conversations with the SEC, Groupon said it would change what it counts as revenue, a move that slices its value from around $700 million to around $300 million. "

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Bachmann on immigration

Daily Kos :: News Community Action: ""I was on a airplane that was in flying mode when a gremlin appeared on the wing and peeked in my window. Obviously we couldn’t hear each other, so we played Pantomimes until his message became clear: we need more laser-toting prairie dogs and exploding tumbleweeds at the border. Also: Mexicans in Mexico need to start…speaking…ENGLISH!""

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What do the US, Iran and China have in common?

Ban Urges Ban on Nuclear Weapons Testing: Nine Nations Needed: "For the treaty to enter into force ratification is required from the so-called Annex 2 States. Of these, nine nations - China, North Korea, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and the United States - have yet to ratify it. Many of these nine countries have nuclear weapons."

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34 Percent of the country are neocon or worse

Majority Rates Obama Same or Worse Compared With Bush:

This is how I would headline this latest offering from the sages at Gallup. 34 percent think Bush was better than Obama. In 2012 we will see how much or little reason can prevail among us all. Anyone who thinks we can have another face off on keeping the government going without creating a worse economic situation is probably part of the 34 percent.


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The mission of the church is social justice

The Grass Roots Church: "There must be increased participation by trained Christians in the fight to obtain social justice not only in the United States but throughout the world. Participation in the renewal movement is not denied to those who disagree concerning how the Church should deal with the explosive facts of racial upheaval, stark starvation, and incredibly rapid urbanization, but does exclude those whose eyes are closed to the fact that these problems exist and call for solution. The possibility of a renewal movement in America's churches is based on the hope of recovering a biblically prophetic insight into our cataclysmic times."

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Uganda frees critic

Uganda: Anti-Museveni Author Freed After Five Days · Global Voices: "The Ugandan government has freed the author of a book who was imprisoned for five days without access to his lawyers or family. Vincent Nzaramba’s little known book People Power, Battle the Mighty General called for a coup and a revolution in the country, thrusting the little known activist into the spotlight."

I was once in Kampala, a beautiful scene of the very worst human beings can do to one another. There are many such ironies all over the world.

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Biggest national security risk is the Senate GOP

Impasse Grows Between Senate and House Over Spending - NYTimes.com: "WASHINGTON — An impasse between the House and Senate over a bill to keep the government open after Sept. 30 and provide financial aid to natural disaster victims got worse on Friday as the Senate easily shot down a House bill passed in the early hours of Friday morning. House members, considering their work done, headed back to their districts for a week’s recess."

This is the most disgusting public behavior I have ever witnessed And I saw McCarthy in the well and witnessed riots and otherwise have been around the block. The shamelessness of it makes it truly demonic.


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Do you know how to discern a motive?

ShortFormContent at Blogger: A kind of hierarchical rhetoric:
...our knowledge of human motives is limited by our knowledge of the systems of expressions in which motives are communicated. Even Freud who hoped all his life to create a mechanical model of mentation said in 1909: "Dream symbols that do not find expression myths, fairy tales, popular images, etc., should be regarded as doubtful." - Hugh Dalziel Duncan Communication and Social Order Page 4



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It makes sense to be for car free communities

The GOP Thinks We Will Overreach and that They Will Beat Obama in 2012, Page 2 of 2 - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com: "It makes sense to be for car free communities and to argue for the remaking of our society and putting money into the creation of whole new classes of manufacturing and employment."

My strategy for 2012 is at the link above.
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Dalai Lama should be seen as who he actually is

Dalai Lama is the Apotheosis of Abba's Way - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com: "Dalai Lama is the apotheosis of Abba's way manifesting the very ontological values which lie in the heart and soul of humankind if only they open their eyes and see life as a practice of the values of Abba's way. These are tolerance, helpfulness, democracy and non-idolatry."

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What a boss!

I Have Never Heard Anyone Refer to AOL as the Locus of Incisive Prose - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:
"The word brand appears six times in this paragraph from a longer letter in which AOL CEO Tim Armstrong explains a substantial and presumably devastating layoff of employees. His text is of particular interest to folk who are considering remunerative writing careers."

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Peace Paradigm

Human Beings Who Are Peacemakers Will Inherit the Earth - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:
"The peacemaker paradigm would designate human beings as peacemakers who, by being so, will inherit the earth.
The new paradigm would assume the likelihood of life lived in something like community, where the Abba is acknowledged to be within us all."

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El Change

Burkean Social Hierarchy and the Ironic Investment of Martin Luther King: "In the opening decades of the twenty-first century, social demographics will pose their greatest challenge yet to the American culture: the point will be passed when Americans whose ancestors arrived on these shores from Europe will slip from a majority to a plurality. In the time of this great change, Americans will face the need to reinvent power relationships to construct a less graded society drawing life from its rich ethnic and racial mix. To make this future, Americans must begin from a past and present rife with differentiated power. They must confront a long history of racism -- from 250 years of slavery to the internment of Japanese-Americans -- from which they must fashion a multiracial culture. And they must confront the resistance of male and white power in their own time -- documented in the glass ceiling and anti-immigrant agitation -- that must be overcome if a productive and just society i…

A kind of hierarchical rhetoric

...social order we notealways involves people who communicateas superiors, inferiors and equals,and pass from one position to another.Such communication is always a form of address,a kind of hierarchical rhetoric,in which ... we justify our rank to ourselves and to others by enactingin various kinds of community dramasthe value to some great transcendent principle of social orderof the roles we play.- Hugh Dalziel DuncanCommunication and Social OrderPage 4Global Online Privacy

GOP dirty politics goes way back

Lee Atwater was Among the Original GOP Purveyors of Bile Politics - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:
"I woke up this morning with Lee Atwater on the brain. The stock story is that Lee, who had become the famed generator of the 'comparative campaigning' that helped bring Dukakis down, had confessed the error of his ways on his deathbed -- struck down as he was at an early age. It did not take long to find a more nuanced account of this episode. Following an excerpt from that account, I will have more to say about the fears I have. "

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The serious world out there is making progress that the media is too obtuse to even recognize.

Someone Hold Breitbart's Hand - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:

"Every day I get a sense that the serious world out there is making progress that the media is too obtuse to even recognize.

Among the things I sense:

That people can redo the economy at the grass roots by creating jobs and incomes around actual needs.

That movements of people can begin to work effectively to reclaim our rights of way from private traffic in lethal machines.

That the binary media will begin to suffer atrophy that they cannot blame on the Web. It comes from their binary mentality. "

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Jesus was a spirit person

Marcus Borg: Jesus the Man of the Spirit:
"Borg makes two negative claims about the historical Jesus: he was nonmessianic, which means that he didn't claim to be the Messiah or have a message focused on his own identity, and he was noneschatological, which means that he did not expect "the supernatural coming of the Kingdom of God as a world-ending event in his own generation" (Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, p. 29). Borg summarizes his view of the historical Jesus in these words: "he was a spirit person, subversive sage, social prophet, and movement founder who invited his followers and hearers into a transforming relationship with the same Spirit that he himself knew, and into a community whose social vision was shaped by the core value of compassion" "

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Booing Gays is GOP Standard Behavior

Republican Debate Audience Boos Gay Soldier Stephen Hill After DADT Repeal Question (VIDEO): "Of course, the big news of the exchange will once again be about an audience reaction. After Fox cut back from the clip of Hill, several members of the audience were heard, in a shocking demonstration of disrespect for one of our soldiers, lustily booing him. Very sad."

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Preventing genocide

Atrocities Prevention Board Must Focus on Enablers of those Crimes | Human Rights First:
"The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission’s hearing today on South Kordofan and Darfur, Sudan, highlights the importance of the Atrocities Prevention Board, which should institutionalize and improve U.S. government responses to mass atrocities. National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon and his staff are more than halfway through a 100-day review ordered by President Obama “to develop and recommend the membership, mandate, structure, operational protocols, authorities, and support necessary for the Atrocities Prevention Board to coordinate and develop atrocity prevention and response policy.” Done well, the Atrocities Prevention Board could constitute a major milestone in American efforts to prevent genocide and other mass atrocities, which is why it is so important to get it right"

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The ICC Has Work To Do

Unfinished Business | Human Rights Watch:
"This 50-page report assesses the Office of the Prosecutor’s choice of cases in its first five investigations. Investigations in Central African Republic, Sudan’s Darfur region, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, and northern Uganda have yielded 10 cases and three trials, making an important contribution to tackling impunity for some of the world’s worst crimes. But these cases have not gone far enough to ensure that justice delivered by the ICC will resonate with concerns of victims and affected communities."

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Universal oppression paradigm

I Blame The Patriarchy:
"In other words, a universal oppression paradigm makes the world go round. As a result, all non-white, non-straight, non-abled, non-affluent, non-dude, non-godbag, non-Western [etc] persons are forced into subclasses in order that they may enjoy their own customized versions of tyranny. Women — the sex class — are but one of these many subclasses. "

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Evolution never stops

Nothing is ever lost: an interview with Robert Bellah « The Immanent Frame:
"The purpose of the book is to show how deeply historical—beyond what we normally think of as history, or even prehistory—and how biological human religion is. We have to understand ourselves as a part of the narrative of evolution. And evolution never stops. The notion that human evolution at some point stopped and “history” took over is absurd, though it is widespread among various social scientists and humanists."

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Major Changes in Myanmar

Myanmar: Major Reform Underway - International Crisis Group:
"Six months after the transition to a new, semi-civilian government, major changes are taking place in Myanmar. In the last two months, President Thein Sein has moved rapidly to begin implementing an ambitious reform agenda first set out in his March 2011 inaugural address. He is reaching out to long-time critics of the former regime, proposing that differences be put aside in order to work together for the good of the country. "

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the sum of all we have in mind

intimologies:
"Could it be that the real body of Buddha is what Dogen called One Bright Pearl? And what Peirce called the phaneron?
He used this word ‘to denote the total content of any one consciousness (for any one is substantially any other), the sum of all we have in mind in any way whatever, regardless of its cognitive value’ (EP2:362). "

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Odd. Discountable. Removed.

It is Difficult to Get into the Head of an Infant 1937 - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:
"The infant Panflick accepted without question that Mildred would be a distant and unavailable being who, for that reason, was not so much appealing as odd. Discountable. Removed.

And the baby Adam saw Melchizedek as an affable presence, but only for brief periods.
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Dylan on a different level

Parsing Bob'Dylan's "I and I" - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:
"One way to guage Dylan's preeminence as a poet-composer is to listen to the cover of one of his songs without being aware of what it is at first. You realize you are hearing words that work at a level beyond one's capacity to emulate or even necessarily fathom. On a different plane."

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A World Where Chalk Refuses to Screech

Chalking it Up in Bristol - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:
"And perhaps then we can surmise a nonviolent, grass roots, people-led change that will do what GE, Chrysler and Rolls Royce can never even imagine, countenance or otherwise see save in their worst nightmares.

A world where the sound you hear is that of chalk refusing to screech because applied to streets and not some hostile blackboard. "

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We Are Better than Porn

Of Red Tube and Other Web Excrescences - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:
"We need to wrest the aesthetic from the backwaters of philosophy and elevate it to the very seat of the ontological. In other words, at bottom, we are better than porn.

And our society can be better than one whose exploitation of women results in the creation of zoos like Red Tube."

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The Country is Made Up of Adults

There's a Reason Mitt Romney is Tied with President Obama - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com: "The nation, as opposed to the nation viewed by the msm, is sick and tired of the current gridlock rhetoric and largely disenchanted with the capacity of any President to function when Congress is preoccupied with stupid social issues, sexual irrelevance and hand-wringing over the other side. The country is made up of adults. "

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