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The Tao Knows all Beginnings and All Ends

The Tao knows all beginnings and all ends The Tao discovers all as all unfolds The Tao knows whence things come and where they go The Tao at once embraces and enfolds


Action-oriented talked a good game, but had little to show

One Minute Christian: 1. The Journey Begins:
"On one side were the institutional people, on the other side the people-centered. The institutional folk seemed dry and even cautious. The action-oriented talked a good game, but seemed to have little to show for it.

Maybe the answer lies somewhere in between, they thought. And they kept on searching."

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Insatiable need of the ambitious for some sort of advantage

Herodotus meets Ellroy:

"What has remained constant is the insatiable need of the ambitious for some sort of advantage. Such advantages are promised by old gods and today's consultants. As nearly as I can see, the result of both checking with gods and hiring experts is to provide one with a fuller narrative than would exist if the high and mighty simply operated by the seat of their pants. Gods and consultants are part of the theatrics of existence.
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The true clue on our sad economy

The true clue on our sad economy 
Cars and houses are long since passe 
New dwellings past both city and suburb 
Plus car free urban living  save the day 

These lines were written a year ago and they are as true now as then 
The market will not come back 
The answer lies in few cars and greater concentrations of population But in communities that number 5,000 to 10,000Clustered as we wish 

Ccommunity and diversity Ending our polarized sprawl society 
 Democratic choice Living together as one people 
Not trying to turn gated Into the American dream 
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Jesus loves sinners for a reason. He can relate to them.

One Minute Christian: "Jesus loves sinners for a reason. He can relate to them. We put on no airs. We don't lie to ourselves. We don't intentionally harm others harm others. But because we are never quite able to avoid harming others, we seek forgiveness evert day and by this action we receive forgiveness in return."

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The Pythoness of Delphi was no different than the portly Mark Penn

Herodotus meets Ellroy: "The Pythoness of Delphi was no different than the portly Mark Penn who offered advice to Hillary Clinton in 2008. Both were paid handsomely by Croesus and Hillary respectively. The only difference is that Croesus had the moxie to ask the Pythoness if she had not committed an error urging him to fight the Persians. As far as I know, in the wake of her defeat after following Mark Penn's advice, Hillary paid Mark the millions due for his good offices."

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Yahoo has only one option for a return to the top

Is Yahoo Finally Coming Back To Its Long-Lost Senses? - Forbes: "The latest kink in the convoluted process that Yahoo has embarked on to save itself is to reportedly monetize all or a large part of its $17 billion worth of assets locked up in China and Japan. Many Yahoo shareholders and some Wall Street analysts have been advocating such a move to stop the bleeding at Yahoo and reverse the direction of its declining stock."

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Yahoo could still wrest the content crown from the various biggies. It could corner the market by paying free-lance content creators thereby wresting them from Huffington Post and other penurious low or non-payers. With decent editing and smarts it could beat AOL at the local news game. It could opt to become the bridge to words in cyberspace, an issue that still perplexes wise heads, but which is relatively obvious. Words retain their power. But their form and its branding is still up for grabs. Which is why this site exists.

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Wonderful Merry Christmas Vladimir

BBC News - Thousands surge into Moscow to challenge Kremlin: "Tens of thousands of people have rallied in central Moscow in a show of anger at alleged electoral fraud.

They passed a resolution "not to give a single vote to Vladimir Putin" at next year's presidential election.

Protest leader Alexei Navalny told the crowd to loud applause that Russians would no longer tolerate corruption."

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Romney ought to love business his personal cash cow

The Associated Press: Romney: Touting business skills in White House bid: ""I love business," the candidate says with a grin, addressing a storefront gathering of the local chamber of commerce. "I want America NOT to be the most regulated, taxed and burdened place in the world but the most attractive...."
This is the image that Romney wants to project: The take-charge CEO, at ease discussing trade pacts, China's currency and ethanol subsidies. The turnaround artist who ran a state government, revived businesses that had lost their way and rescued an Olympics. The guy who, simply, understands money and knows how to create jobs."

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Bain still pays him millions, he savages opponents via PACs and when push comes to shove he resembles a beanbag. I call him a lightweight surrounded by ambitious subalterns..

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I wonder if Newt will fight back on this

Newt, Perry fail to make Va. ballot | Campaign 2012 | Washington Examiner: "Gingrich, whose national campaign headquarters opened in Virginia this summer, has been plagued with disorganization in Virginia and elsewhere. His campaign only began collecting signatures in Virginia a mere month ago. The campaign has struggled to stay viable since massive staff departures last spring after a string of negative stories about the candidate were published, including an article from Politico in late May reporting Gingrich’s disappearance from the campaign trail to take a cruise.

Ironically, Gingrich currently leads Romney in Virginia, according to a recent poll."

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Pomelo Paradise Near Herald Square

Pomelo Paradise Near Herald Square
A pomelo is a giant grapefiuit-like citrus miracleAbout twice the size of a softballPomelos are are grown in MalaysiaAlso in parts of the USNo doubt elsewhere
I buy two pomelos at a time at the Asian market near my homeTwo pomelos cost 5.98At home I cut them into quarters and remove the thick skinsThe rind of the pomelo is good for candyI store the peeled quarters in individual sandwich bags which I reuseEach quarter gives me what I fancy to be the best  of citrus hits on a daily basisI eat them as one would consume corn on the cob Visceral but enjoyable
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What practical consequences might conceivably result

Pragmatic Maxim – Jon Awbrey:

"Such reasonings and all reasonings turn upon the idea that if one exerts certain kinds of volition, one will undergo in return certain compulsory perceptions. Now this sort of consideration, namely, that certain lines of conduct will entail certain kinds of inevitable experiences is what is called a “practical consideration”. Hence is justified the maxim, belief in which constitutes pragmatism; namely:

"In order to ascertain the meaning of an intellectual conception one should consider what practical consequences might conceivably result by necessity from the truth of that conception; and the sum of these consequences will constitute the entire meaning of the conception. (Peirce, CP 5.9, 1905)."

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Other forms of the pragmatic maxim are noted at the Pragmatic Maxim link above.



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