10/31/11

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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Money speaks again in the corrupt GOP House

House of Representatives Passes Mining Company Land Swap Bill Favoring Foreign-Based Rio Tinto | MAPLight.org - Money and Politics:

Five to one roughly in favor of the U.S. Chamber and other minions of the one percent.

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Free legal help as Occupy swells ranks

Volunteer attorneys steer Occupy protesters through the legal system | McClatchy: ""It's probably bigger than the anti-war movement, because there are so many simultaneous demonstrations. I've never seen anything like it," said Carol Sobel, co-chair of the Mass Defense Committee of the National Lawyers Guild."

Thank goodness for McClatchy.

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I feel some fines coming on

Overhead Bin - Stranded JetBlue pilot pleaded for help from Conn. airport: "The Department of Transportation (DOT) is investigating the JetBlue tarmac delay and others that lasted more than three hours. Airlines that keep passengers stranded for more than three hours face fines of up to $27,500 per flier."

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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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China:quid pro quos

Letter from China: Quid Pro Quo : The New Yorker: "For the European plans to succeed, Sarkozy and others will need to find creditors willing to boost the fund, and Chinese reaction immediately gravitated to the sense that this help should not come cheap."

It's short. Read it.

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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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I'll wait until Obama finishes his second term

Obama’s legacy: What phrase will stick in history’s mind? (contest!) - In the Loop - The Washington Post:

I wish MSM would use their money to investigate things instead of dreaming up mindless trivia contests. But then again their biggest advertisers are the ones most in need of investigation.


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FOX tackier every day

How the Bitter Elitists at Fox Keep Trying And Failing to Dampen Support for Occupy Wall Street - Digg: "alternet.org — Another day, another Fox News attempt to smear the Occupy Wall Street movement. This time they've resurrected their favorite bogeyman, ACORN. "

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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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One small step

Banks Back Off Unpopular Debit Card Fees - Digg: "moneyland.time.com — A month after Bank of America announced plans for a widely derided $5 monthly fee for debit card use, BofA, Wells Fargo and Chase are all backing off their plans to charge for debit card use. It's a rare about-face prompted by a groundswell of consumer anger."

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Hobo's Lullaby Arlo Guthrie Video Photo Essay

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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 feet
We will have arrived
We will leave whatever we then call homes
And there will be everything within a few hundred feet
The cyber kiosks where a local expert
Will click you through to whatever you need to know
On a big screen
The tables and chairs that signify a reclaimed public space
The car free walkways that make a Capri of the whole planet
The sense that your distance is universal because you are
In contact with all the world
The sense that you are a democracy because decisions about this and most
Other things in your life
Were made by you when your new cyber-community got created
Somewhere the next Mark Zuckerberg will read words such as these
And the future will be made
One 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 culture
This culture underlies the world's present 
faltering economic order
Simple decisions regarding density and community 
and polity are the
starting point for salient policy creation

We should
Create car free communities globally
Aim at a fifty percent reduction in the number of cars
Phase out oil as the principal fuel
Design and build models of multi-zoned
walkable communities

Car free communities are economically viable
The technologies needed to build them 
economically and universally
could 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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Tolerance helpfulness

Tolerance helpfulness are the two values
That underlie life in a democracy
When those two values are in recession
People must rise to regain liberty

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People are rising all over the world

People are rising all over the world
New flags of freedom are being unfurled
People will march until all the world sees
All people living in democracies

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Making Jesus Accessible

Abba in Heaven Interpreted - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:

"Abba's Way is All About Making What Jesus was About Accessible to Everyone on Earth - Beyond Religious and Social and National Boundaries"

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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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Harvard's Eliot Never Liked Charles Sanders Peirce

Origins of Eliot's Shameful Treatment of Charles Sanders Peirce - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:

"Eliot, while President of Harvard 1869-1909-a period encompassing nearly all of Peirce's working life-repeatedly vetoed Harvard's employing Peirce in any capacity "

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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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The Stupidity of Violence April 22, 2018

The Slow as Molasses Press