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Charles Sanders Peirce spanned many dicsciplines

Charles Sanders Peirce Online, Page 2 of 2 - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com: "He is the only system-building philosopher in the Americas who has been both competent and productive in logic, in mathematics, and in a wide range of sciences. If he has had any equals in that respect in the entire history of philosophy, they do not number more than two. " From Max H. Fisch in Sebeok, The Play of Musement via Charles S. Peirce (1839-1914)."
Today there is almost an academic bias against the universal approach.

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Prominent Public Hate-Mongers

Gingrich, Giuliani and Palin Are the Ones Stoking Division and Anti-Islamic Hatred - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com: "Words are very powerful and when one has millions of listeners responsibility increases proportionally. Gingrich, Giuliani and Palin should be warned if they are god-fearing people. Their words serve only the firing up of hate among people who are too easily led by persons like Gingrich, Giuliani and Palin."

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If monkeys could talk

Monkeys also reason through analogy, study shows: "ScienceDaily (Sep. 24, 2011) — Recognizing relations between relations is what analogy is all about. What lies behind this ability? Is it uniquely human? A study carried out by Joël Fagot of the Laboratoire de Psychologie Cognitive (CNRS/Université de Provence) and Roger Thompson of the Franklin & Marshall College (United States) has shown that monkeys are capable of making analogies."

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Get ready for neutrino world

Get ready for time travel | SmartPlanet: "The boffins at CERN in Switzerland were simply trying to beam neutrinos on a 455-mile under-mountain journey to Italy, to see how many of them would reverse their state.

Well wouldn’t you know it, those pesky neutrinos arrived ahead of time. But this was no ordinary case of early. They got there faster than the speed of light."
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How the city has been consistently killed for a half century and more

Two-day Sustainable Urbanisation Conference convenes with a call of collaboration towards creating sustainable urban communities | OITE | AMEinfo.com: ""An important change of paradigm occurred around 1960. City planning took off towards planning in a really huge scale in response to the challenge of fast growing cities. At the same point in time traffic planning took over the planning at eye level to address the rapid influx of cars. In this commotion the care for the people using cities - looked after for centuries by tradition and experience- was completely left behind," Gehl noted."

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Veblen on conspicuous waste

The Theory of the Leisure Class: V I: "Under the selective surveillance of the law of conspicuous waste there grows up a code of accredited canons of consumption, the effect of which is to hold the consumer up to a standard of expensiveness and wastefulness in his consumption of goods and in his employment of time and effort. This growth of prescriptive usage has an immediate effect upon economic life, but it has also an indirect and remoter effect upon conduct in other respects as well. Habits of thought with respect to the expression of life in any given direction unavoidably affect the habitual view of what is good and right in life in other directions also. In the organic complex of habits of thought which make up the substance of an individual's conscious life the economic interest does not lie isolated and distinct from all other interests. Something, for instance, has already been said of its relation to the canons of reputability."

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In the most malarious town on earth

Malaria: Lifeblood Details an Epidemic on the Run - TIME: "In the most malarious town on earth, I find Dr. Matthew Emer at his desk behind two sets of fly screens and under a ceiling fan. I introduce myself and tell Emer I am reporting on a campaign to wipe malaria off the planet. If I want to know why that is important and how hard it might be, I say, it seems a good idea to see how bad it can get — and I've read that in Apac, a district of 515,000 people in northern Uganda, the average person is bitten four times a day by malaria-infected mosquitoes. Emer nods. "

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Godfather smashes Perry in Florida GOP Straw poll

Herman Cain Wins Shocker At Presidency 5 Straw Poll | Election 2012: "In what can only be seen as a major defeat for frontrunner Rick Perry, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and tea party superstar Herman Cain swept the results of the Presdiency5 straw poll, a gathering of several thousand state Republicans, Saturday."

Perry is incapable of wiggling. Stiff as a board. He loses. This means Florida is not interested in the Texan.

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White House disability page

Disabilities | The White House: "The President is committed to nurturing a society that values the contributions of all of our citizens and residents, including the approximately 50 million people in this country living with disabilities. While people with disabilities are integrated into society as never before, we must do more. President Obama and his Administration have achieved real results, motivated by the following guiding principles:'"

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One way to be thoughtful

Jennifer Aniston buys $450,000 painting at Haiti benefit auction - latimes.com: "
Theroux did the bidding on the 6-foot Glenn Ligon abstract titled “Stranger #44,” while Aniston clapped enthusiastically after the win, reports US magazine. With the painting valued at just $150,000 to $200,000, the purchase was also a hefty donation."

Overbid for charity. Deduct donation. Proceed with life.


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More than one sort of bank

How State Banks Bring the Money Home by Stacy Mitchell — YES! Magazine: "To begin to understand this, take a look at each end of the banking spectrum. On one end are the nation’s 6,900 small, locally owned, community banks. These institutions control $1.4 trillion in assets. That’s 11 percent of all bank assets. They currently have $257 billion in loans to small businesses and farms on their books."

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Amazon sometimes seems like the tortoise that wins over time

Amazon calls press conference: Tablet on deck? | ZDNet: "Sarah Rotman Epps, a senior analyst at Forrester Research, argues that Amazon can launch a tablet priced below $300, then Amazon will likely sell three to five million tablets in the fourth quarter of 2011 alone — that is if we even see it this year.

Amazon’s plan will be to wrap its music, video and other services into subsidized bundle via a tablet."

We should add Amazon when discussing big forces online.


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Apple's foundation is several people deep

Apple's new task: To fight legends | Computers | Macworld: "To do so is to forget the thousands of Apple employees who designed, built, marketed and sold those products as well. Names like Jonathan Ive, Phil Schiller, Scott Forstall, Tim Cook, Eddy Cue, Greg Joswiak and many others too numerous to mention all play key roles in creating and delivering Apple products to the world. To the best of my knowledge, none of them are going anywhere anytime soon."

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If you want to do the entrepreneur thing in Japan

Startup Japan: A Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Visits Onlab, A Young Japanese Incubator | TechCrunch: "Open Network Lab (“Onlab”) is a Japanese startup incubator in the same vein as Y Combinator or TechStars. The incubator provides startups with mentorship, office space, and a small amount of cash in exchange for a piece of equity. This model is popular in the United States, and leading Japanese internet company Digital Garage (investors in Twitter, Path, and more) wanted to try it in Japan. Onlab is currently in its second year of operation has incubated three batches of startups. Even though it’s a young program, they are already making an noticeable impact on the Japanese startup community."

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These campus Republicans are cretins

Controversy erupts over Campus Republicans bake sale plans - CNN.com: "(CNN) -- Campus Republicans at the University of California Berkeley have cooked up a storm of controversy with their plans for a bake sale. But it's not your everyday collegiate fundraiser they've got in mind. They've developed a sliding scale where the price of the cookie or brownie depends on your gender and the color of your skin."
Or else publicity seekers who have execrable values.

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Why We Small Donors Are Waiting on Obama

Small Donors Are Slow to Return to the Obama Fold - NYTimes.com: "But in recent months, the frustration and disillusionment that have dragged down Mr. Obama’s approval ratings have crept into the ranks of his vaunted small-donor army, underscoring the challenges he faces as he seeks to rekindle grass-roots enthusiasm for his re-election bid."

It is not that we don't believe and support. It is because we do not want him to be the captive of the same forces that he wants to tame. And we are watching and waiting. And when the time comes we will have our own little surge. And if that time comes the President will win a second term.




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How Spokane Sees Morgan Freeman

Actor Morgan Freeman smears Tea Party as racist in CNN interview - Spokane Conservative | Examiner.com: "Translation: Opposition to Obama has nothing to do with failed socialist policies that have driven America to the brink of economic ruin, seen the country's credit rating downgraded and given the nation an unemployment rate nearly twice that of Mexico - it has to do with the color of the man's skin."

It's amazing how an account like this completely misses the point Freeman was making. The nub of it was/is that the President is on the way to a major victory to vindicate the same positive sense that existed when he was elected. At least this segment of Spokane does not get it, but such distortion is popular in the blog realm.
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Seems I'm still here

Markman: A Film About Jesus: " Tiger Ward DRUMMING HIS FINGERS on top of David's car. When the two are close, Tiger points to the East.

DAVID: Seems I'm still here.

Tiger smiles ominously.

DAVID: (cont.) You're through, Tiger.

TIGER: Yeah, and you're Jesus H. Christ.

David reaches into the back seat of the car, pulls out a GIDEON BIBLE and hands it to Tiger.

DAVID: Jesus is in here, Mr. Ward. Start with the Gospels.

TIGER: Any particular one?

DAVID: They all say the same thing, Tiger.

David gets in car and drives off. Tiger watches until he disappears.
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The good news is that Abba is for us

Abba's Way:
The good news is that Abba is for us.
I came precisely to make this truth clear;
In hopes the world would see and understand,
Instead, religion turned truth into fear.
The good news is connection has been made,
Between Abba and us—it is that close.
Yes, Abba’s nigh, present, available,
Protector, guardian, guide and loving friend.
The good news is that because this is so
Each person is creator, strong and free;
In partnership with Abba and his way.

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Kudos for England

3quarksdaily: "I have come to regard England as the most remarkable country in European history. While its relations with its neighbours, especially Celtic ones, have often been appalling, its ability to assimilate newcomers, reform its politics, care for its citizens and be a liberal beacon to the world, is astonishing."

We shall eliminate our Revolution.

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