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Why Panflick?

The Complete History of Adam Panflick:
"If I may be bold for a moment, what if I were to say that along with everything else, Panflick is perhaps the leading theologian of his time? That would certainly be worth something.

What if I were to add that Panflick has surpassed the great Nietzsche as a psychologist and arrived at a synthesis undreamed of by the unfortunate wanderer of Sils Maria. Turin, Positano and other locales? Surely that would raise a brow or two.

And what, pray tell, would you say, if — in these chapters — you were to find a character more fully described, and more deeply understood, than the great Leopold Bloom himself?"

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One of the most interesting women on the Web

Per Caritatem: "I am currently working on a small but fascinating writing project, sketching various dimensions and expressions of the philosophy of music. Two twentieth-century theorists, Theodor Adorno and Jacques Attali, have captivated my imagination, as both foreground the socio-political dimensions of music. Theorists in this vein raise questions concerning the essence and value of music as limited to the realm of musical art. "

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Natural Gas Lines Are an Incipient Disaster

Underground Industry: Gas Pipelines Are Big Business But Lightly Regulated - ProPublica:

"The gas pipeline industry is hardly glamorous. But it is lucrative and loosely regulated."
Accidents waiting to happen. Part of a retro world masquerading as our happy future. In a pig's eye. Take it from Pro Publica now doing what the rest of media largely avoids, investigation.

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Is ADHD a plot against personhood?

PsycPORT Article:
"Symptoms of attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder:
Primarily inattentive type
Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes. Has difficulty sustaining attention. Does not appear to listen."

Dylan wrote about Desolation Row before ADHD was enshrined in the lexicon of disorders and validated by whatever studies are needed to validate such things. Since most of these apply to me, and I was a pisspoor student who later was Phi Bete after learning to write and to avoid classes, I must assume that my place is with those denoted problematic. And that from this pool of sad individuals a creative minority will emerge to save the world. How many nerds were ADHD before there ever was an ADHD. How much of this is school factory manufactured? The people I think are really weird today all talk very fast and walk vary fast and could care less about any obstacle in their way.

The truth about marriage

Santorum: ‘I’ll die’ to stop same sex marriages | The Raw Story:

This will never make it into the mainstream. But it explains the feelings around same sex marriage. Marriage is a creation of religion. There is no divine authority for it. It is religious intrusion into the civic realm. What we have now is civil unions because of the confusion. We call it marriage but marriage does not exist save as an idea. If we simply accepted that what we call marriages are civil unions and if religion would be gracious enough to make marriage a voluntary act of interpretation, a non legal ceremony, instead of shilling for the state, all might be better and Rick would not have to kill himself needlessly.

Obama and Peirce

ShortFormContent at Blogger: Why Obama is Not Wall Street:

"He has fooled the whole nation into thinking he cannot win
And for the next year or so he will do what he needs to do to win
And Wall Street will be chastized and wiser
And he will be our first Human Rights President
In his second term
And people will flash back to Berlin in the 2008 campaign
Because he will be remembered not as an American leader primarily
But as a pivotal figure in world history
All because he thinks like Charles Sanders Peirce"

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Obama and Peirce

ShortFormContent at Blogger: Why Obama is Not Wall Street:
"He has fooled the whole nation into thinking he cannot win
And for the next year or so he will do what he needs to do to win
And Wall Street will be chastized and wiser
And he will be our first Human Rights President
In his second term
And people will flash back to Berlin in the 2008 campaign
Because he will be remembered not as an American leader primarily
But as a pivotal figure in world history
All because he thinks like Charles Sanders Peirce"

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Remember Gram on trouble

Cooling the warming debate: Major new analysis confirms that global warming is real: "ScienceDaily (Oct. 21, 2011) — Global warming is real, according to a major study released Oct. 20. Despite issues raised by climate change skeptics, the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature study finds reliable evidence of a rise in the average world land temperature of approximately 1°C since the mid-1950s."

Remember Hickory Wind? Trouble is real. So is global warming.

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Obama is too good to be trashed by tawdry, tacky GOP leaders

Obama personal checks: President says he cuts checks to struggling Americans who write to the White House.: "On occasion when the mood strikes him, President Obama will write personal checks to help struggling Americans who have written to the White House.

That’s the big scoop in a new book by a Washington Post reporter about the ten letters that the White House says the president reads every day to keep him in touch with the American public. The revelation was quickly picked up by a number of media outlets and, if nothing else, is sure to increase the number of letters Americans send the president's way."

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Church renewal in one glorious free read

One Minute Christian:
"What on earth is a One Minute Christian?

The answer lies somewhere between institution and movement.

Once there was a highly intelligent couple who set out to find the ideal Christian congregation.

They wanted to learn to be good Christians.

They had been many places and spoken with many who bore the Christian name.

They had been to small parishes and to large cathedrals and worshipped with rich and poor, high and low.

They had talked to many Christians: to pastors and lay persons, to ministers and evangelists, to nuns and monks, to dedicated teachers and compelling preachers.

They attended retreats, listened to sermons, ate church suppers, played church games, visited church bazaars and enrolled their children in church schools.

Everything they encountered bore the name Christian.

But they were convinced that something was wrong."

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Ass Backward Way To Figure out What Makes a City

Top 10 most innovative cities | SmartPlanet: "“Innovation Cities Global Index measures cities as innovation economies. This goes beyond technology or patents alone,” said 2thinknow’s Executive Director, Christopher Hire. “2thinknow analysts also collect data on assess transport, universities, arts, design, sustainability, economics, start-up facilities, labor as well as other factors to measure the opportunities cities offer their citizens. We aim to measure cities economic opportunity not nations.”"

This assumes that what we have is what we need. Here are a few criteria they either glossed over or missed. 1. Presence of cars, 2. Degree of poverty, 3. Cyber-communities AKA communities of 10,000 with everything within walking distance. Rezoning. I realize we need to work with what we have and that no city meets my notions. But the constant preoccupation with the best of what is is simply another block to what should be. I would rather see one model of a cyber-community than t…