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Guilt by association

Time To Rid The Streets Of The "Occupy" Movement - OpEd:

"Communist Party, USA
American Nazi Party
Revolutionary Communist Party
Industrial Workers of the World
International Bolshevik Tendency
International Socialist Organization
Marxist Student Union
Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Party for Socialism and Liberation
President Barack Obama
Vice President Joe Biden
Former House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi
The Revolutionary Guards of Iran
Communist Party of China
Louis Farrakhan, National of Islam
Black Panthers"

All this demonstrates is that the Occupy movement has learned something while the opponents on the Right are using the tactics of the worst of the Right to try to dislodge a movement that will likely grow apace even as the weather in some parts of the world becomes hard to endure. I walked through Zucotti Park yesterday and the sign that came to me is THIS IS HERE TO STAY.

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Where Peirce and I agree wholeheartedly

Where Peirce and I agree wholeheartedlyIs in how he defines philosophy“an experiential, or positive science, but a science which rests on no special observations, made by special observational means, but on phenomena which lie open to the observation of every man, every day and hour” (CP 7.526)
Cap tip Gary F.
My commentWere Peirce living now he might degenderizeBut I think this opens semiotics asWhat takes place all the time in all mindsLike spermatazoa a plethoraWill just pass through or byBut when a rare one connects withThought Which through the interaction of sign and interpreterBecomes actA prelude to a habit or hypothesis or followupSomething actual and real to usA candidate among a million othersFor advancement to beingYet another signThen yet another
Signs go on and on and on In layer after layerNest after nestAnd all minds contribute To the same process
Semiotics is merely an effort to describe how this may work
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Mildred Purse Says Buck Up It Could Be Worse

Mitch McConnell could be your lover. Newt Gingrich could be you permanent cellmate. Sarah Palin could be the only voice you will ever hear. Just be glad this is a democracy.

The cloud is a universal future

Siri Outages Indicate Apple Still Doesn’t Get the Cloud - Digg: "So Apple still doesn't get the Cloud. I guess that's why they have the most popular app store and pretty much created a web platform for the music companies to sell their music. It's this little app called iTunes. Maybe you've heard of it."

'via Blog this'

Salient comment. Don't people know the cloud is a universal future? Part of the heavening of earth project obscured by nominalist theologions and corporate clergy yea thee many years.

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Laugh all you want

GOP Candidates Praise Reagan, Berate Obama - Politics News Story - KRDO Colorado Springs:

"The governor also elicited a laugh with a reference to the Occupy Wall Street movement.
"You might say we're involved in a project called 'Operation Occupy the White House,'" Perry said."

Ultimately it is the folk at Occupy who are in synch with the American mood, sick of GOP games and our inability to act even when the writing is on the wall. Relentlessly the GOP will try to blame Obama. Their overreach will spell their doom. They will buy only their own downfall by being phony, hypocritical and mean-spirited..

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The potential power of switching banks

Why Bank Transfer Day (Today) Is Only the Beginning of Something Huge - Digg: " — The movement to make sure our money serves our own values rather than the bottom line of huge banks will only gain energy as small victories accumulate. The simple fact that one ordinary citizen using social media tools can start a grass fire of protest that captures massive media attention and connects hundreds of thousands of people to useful information is an encouraging sign of where our society is headed. Every single person who actually goes ahead with a switch of banks is casting a potent vote in the long-range democratization of finance ..."

Find me one that embraces non-idolatry, democracy, helpfulness and tolerance.

Read the entire piece.

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We voted them in. We can vote them out. (Cartoon)

Let's listen to him now

Why Didn't We Listen To Teddy Roosevelt Over 100 Years Ago? - Digg: " — "I recommend a law prohibiting all corporations from contributing to the campaign expenses of any party. Let individuals contribute as they desire; but let us prohibit in effective fashion all corporations from making contributions for any political purpose, directly or indirectly" -Teddy Roosevelt 1906 "

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Nothing is original

The Smart Set: Creative Class - October 31, 2011: "the loss of an artwork’s aura has withered away in an age when the surfeit of calendars and posters — not to mention the T-shirts and coffee mugs and refrigerator magnets — reproduce Picasso images for casual consumption. When we actually confront the original, can we see it for its own sake, or do we compare it to the copy in our minds? 

Beyond this withering aura, something else strikes the viewer of these drawings: they question our understanding of creativity itself as a uniquely original endeavor. "

Originality is a nominalist fantasy.

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"Forcibly disappeared" in Kenya

“Hold Your Heart” | Human Rights Watch: "This 48-page report examines the attempts of families of those forcibly disappeared by the Kenyan army and the SLDF militia to seek truth and justice. In the last three years, the Kenyan government has done little to assist victims in their search, Human Rights Watch said, and has not ensured an independent, impartial inquiry into the abuses by either side."

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Ransdell's approach is provocative

Ransdell's approach is provocative. He begins:

"[1] The thesis of my paper is that it is doubtful that any distinction should be drawn between empirical and nonempirical semiotics or even between experimental and nonexperimental semiotics. Doing so tends to reproduce within the semiotics movement the present academic distinction between the sciences and the humanities which semiotics should aim at discouraging, rather than reinforcing. But to overcome this undesirable dichotomy, it is necessary to disentangle the conceptions of the experiential, the experimental and the empirical from certain other complexes of ideas with which they have become associated by accident rather than necessity."

Cap Tip Steven
I would toss in the following. All signs - trillions per day - are potentially empirical if we mean that all signs can pass through the process of  blunt truth to the result of synthesis in a tangible result. What we have as empirically proved (for the moment) are the …