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Muammar Qaddafi Reprise and Farewell

Muammar Qaddafi’s Death and Legacy : The New Yorker: "Most fitting, perhaps, is the version told by the young commander of the Misurata force that found and killed Qaddafi. In the drainpipe, the King of Kings was revealed to be a confused and wounded old man, without even the comfort of his customary Bedouin cap to hide his bald spot. But, the commander observed with a kind of grudging respect, right up to the end Qaddafi still believed that he was President of Libya."

On a single long page.

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There will probably be another way

Thousands Of Trucking Jobs, But Few Take The Wheel : NPR: "Tough as it is to find work these days, tens of thousands of jobs paying middle-class wages are going unfilled.

Open truck-driving jobs require little more than a high school diploma and a month or so of training. But not everybody wants to be a long-haul truck driver, and many who do find they just can't hack it."

When we get trucks off the road we can develop a more intelligent way to transport things. Same with cars and people.

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Feminists on patriarchal influences in music

Per Caritatem: " In particular, feminist musicologists such as Susan McClary and Ruth A. Solie seek to unearth the various ways that patriarchal narratives and practices have shaped our views of music. Keeping with certain shared feminist philosophical and political concerns, feminist theorists promote a diverse, multiple, inclusive view of music and are suspicious of theories limiting what counts as “genuine” music. "

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Pro Publica Global Protest Round-Up

Globalizing Occupy Wall Street: From Chile to Israel, Protests Erupt - ProPublica: "Here’s a look at the origins, demands and affects of five of these global protests, as well as the criticism they’ve faced."

Pro Publica is living up to its original objective - to be a reliable source of in depth investigative reporting. The Web is not all wild conjecture, inane comments and other silliness.


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LA sued for harassing photographers

ACLU Sues Sheriff's Deputies for Hassling Photographers Under Anti-Terror Policy - Digg: "blogs.ocweekly.com — As we reported yesterday, Moore is one of three plaintiffs is a federal suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU/SC) against the County of Los Angeles and individual Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD) deputies for illegally detaining and searching photographers. "

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Hobo's Lullaby Arlo Guthrie Video Photo Essay

Charles Peirce on the fiendish Book of Revelation

Charles Peirce, "Evolutionary Love", at ARISBE: THE PEIRCE GATEWAY: "In the last book of the New Testament, its poor distracted author represents that all the time Christ was talking about having come to save the world, the secret design was to catch the entire human race, with the exception of a paltry 144,000, and souse them all in a brimstone lake, and as the smoke of their torment went up forever and ever, to turn and remark, "There is no curse any more." Would it be an insensible smirk or a fiendish grin that should accompany such an utterance? I wish I could believe St. John did not write it; but it is his gospel which tells about the "resurrection unto condemnation" -- that is of men's being resuscitated just for the sake of torturing them -- and at any rate, the Revelation is a very ancient composition."

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Pristine gospel and post-Mark vengeance

Charles Peirce, "Evolutionary Love", at ARISBE: THE PEIRCE GATEWAY: " Undoubtedly the external circumstance, which more than all others at first inclined men to accept Christianity in its loveliness and tenderness, was the fearful extent to which society was broken up into units by the unmitigated greed and hard-heartedness into which the Romans had seduced the world. And yet it was that very same fact, more than any other external circumstance, that fostered that bitterness against the wicked world of which the primitive gospel of Mark contains not a single trace. At least, I do not detect it in the remark about the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, where nothing is said about vengeance ... "

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Why Population is Not The Problem

7 billion reasons to empower women - CNN.com:

Population takes care of itself without getting hot and bothered about it. Better to get hot and bothered about getting rid of automobiles cluttering up the world with sprawl and befouling the air we breathe. Better see how simple it would be to create car free walkable communities. Better to realize that population becomes more sustainable when people are not worried about every second child being done in by endemic poverty. Starting with population is not brainy. Brainy is starting with what will actually fix all our problems because it is all about restoring face to face bottom up community, the sort of thing that makes one happy to be alive. This is what I believe Occupy is all about and why it is popular with folk and not seen as more of the same old same old.


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When there are squares every 200 feet

When there are squares every 200 feetWe will have arrivedWe will leave whatever we then call homesAnd there will be everything within a few hundred feetThe cyber kiosks where a local expertWill click you through to whatever you need to knowOn a big screenThe tables and chairs that signify a reclaimed public spaceThe car free walkways that make a Capri of the whole planetThe sense that your distance is universal because you areIn contact with all the worldThe sense that you are a democracy because decisions about this and mostOther things in your lifeWere made by you when your new cyber-community got createdSomewhere the next Mark Zuckerberg will read words such as theseAnd the future will be madeOne car-free cyber-community at a time
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A nice longish Occupy read

“I Wanted Something Productive to Do": Creating Space for Books and Learning at Occupy Wall Street | | AlterNet: "I take heart that last weekend, on a beautiful fall day, you, the librarians, were already discussing the need to buy “Alaska-style” sleeping bags and a generator which would give you heat; that you, like the mayor, are looking ahead and planning for winter. This, after all, could be your Valley Forge. As actress-librarian Mercanti-Anthony told me: “We have the whole world behind us at this point. We want to stand our ground for the long haul. If we can make it through the winter, this occupation is here to stay.”"

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Reject the oil sprawl automobile culture

Reject the oil sprawl automobile cultureThis culture underlies the world's present faltering economic orderSimple decisions regarding density and community and polity are thestarting point for salient policy creation
We shouldCreate car free communities globallyAim at a fifty percent reduction in the number of carsPhase out oil as the principal fuelDesign and build models of multi-zonedwalkable communities
Car free communities are economically viableThe technologies needed to build them economically and universallycould lead to the resurgence of the US as the global economic leader



How Herman Cain shut up harassment talk

Herman Cain denies sexual harassment claims - CBS News: "In its report, Politico writes that two women at the National Restaurant Association "complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, (Politico's) sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association. The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures."

The Cain campaign denial claimed the report was produced by "Inside the Beltway media." The statement, issued by Gordon, never directly denies the allegations."

Money for silence.

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Abba's Way Counters The Gospel of Greed

Charles Peirce, "Evolutionary Love", at ARISBE: THE PEIRCE GATEWAY: " Here, then, is the issue. The gospel of Christ says that progress comes from every individual merging his individuality in sympathy with his neighbors. On the other side, the conviction of the nineteenth century is that progress takes place by virtue of every individual's striving for himself with all his might and trampling his neighbor under foot whenever he gets a chance to do so. This may accurately be called the Gospel of Greed."

Would the churches followed Abba's Way instead of proselytizing and moralizing in the name of creedal messianism.

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Jesus, Darwin and Peirce

Charles Peirce, "Evolutionary Love", at ARISBE: THE PEIRCE GATEWAY: "As Darwin puts it on his title-page, it is the struggle for existence; and he should have added for his motto: Every individual for himself, and the Devil take the hindmost! Jesus, in his sermon on the Mount, expressed a different opinion."

Evolutionary love is a fundamental text in American intellectual life, generally ignored, as is its author Charles Sanders Peirce. That is changing slowly but surely. Peirce lay the foundation for the cyber age. It sometimes takes more than a century to bring a posthumous author front and center.


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The Car has Enabled the Creation of Endless Sprawl

The car has enslaved us and freed us all at once but now it is more slavery than free The car for most is not a choice but a necessity
The car and house out in the burbs was built on false conceptions And now all we have left  Pollution and congestion Not to mention bankruptcy and permanent recession
There is a simple evolution  well beyond all of this Re-densify live face to face  Have all within a walk To say we cannot do this  is just defeatist talk

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Zuckerberg spills the beans literally

Facebook’s Zuckerberg: If I Were Starting A Company Now, I Would Have Stayed In Boston | LinkedIn:

“There’s this culture in the Valley of starting a company before they know what they want to do. You decided you want to start a company, but you don’t know what you are passionate about yet…you need to do stuff you are passionate about. The companies that work are the ones that people really care about and have a vision for the world so do something you like.”
This will access a looooong interview. Nub is he would stay in Boston if he was starting over.


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