Abba - I Have A Dream - YouTube: "That girl you just called fat? She's O/Ding on diet pills. That girl you just called ugly? She spends hours putting on makeup just so people may like her. That boy you just tripped? He gets abused enough at home. Remember the man with the ugly scars? He fought for our country. Remember that woman with the distorced face? She was in a gas explosion. People don't have to hurt. Like or post this to another video if you are against bullying. 99% percent of you won't. I did"
Rick Bookstaber: Managing the 99 Percent: "Those in the upper-class in his era did not share Smith's interest in universal education. Rather, they saw the world as we do: education diminishes deference and fuels disobedience. And this same sentiment is echoed a century and a half later by no more ardent a defender of capitalism than Schumpeter, who argues that education in the face of manual labor and underemployment sows discontent, and “discontent breeds resentment”. The solution to this is to give the impression of education while in fact providing little more than the essentials of vocational training. Focus on accounting, computer science and the like while eschewing the impractical liberal arts. Have college be party time, the soma, sex and endless recreation that Huxley envisioned for the populace at large. If the majority of the ninety-nine percent can be herded down this path, then "sex, drugs and rock and roll" serves its purpose."
Our biggest businesses are mostly toxic or harmful or otherwise destined to have negative consequences now and in the future. How about employing double the number of persons to educate others? I think this is supposed to be the most prosperity-intensive investment there could be. Otherwise we are in a spiral of bellicose old style binary nominalist boring and destructive politics.
You might note this date - January 3, 2012 - if your headline makes such a presumptuous claim. By January 3, which should lead your text, Sarah Palin could become the write-in sensation of the campaign. Romney could have said something that ranks up there with Rick Perry for alienation-potential. Or his PAC could have been thoroughly investigated to see if there was any illegal communication. The daily news cycle assumes who what where when and why as staples of competent reporting.
Remember who what when where and how. This is what any story worth its salt was supposed to answer. It took me five Internet minutes - an eternity - to find the fact above. The date of the Iowa Caucuses. My first stop was a long CBS story. No mention of the date. Pyramid style is apparently dead now. And the need to state the basics is at least halfway out the window. Before we wring our hands over things we cannot change, how about dealing with what we have forgotten to do but still remains within our power?
I am not the slowest study in the world. Since Nixon is one of the famed folk I have spent more time with than needed to form an impression, I would say that this book is, like many geared to sales, the exaggeration of a supposition. I have no more idea whether Nixon was violent at times than whether Peirce was. I mean actually violent. We are all verbally violent and violent in thought.
Was RN gay? The older I get, the more I believe we are all gay to some degree. That is, we have sexual feelings that leap over gender differences. But if we admit that, what difference does it make whether RN or J. Edgar gratified these feelings or not? I quite realize if my opinions held sway, not much would actually happen. The world might stop entirely. Instead, there might be a sign that simply said: What difference does it make? Nixon was a piece of work who is still affording people like the author of the tome noted above some income.
Oh, and mob ties come with the territory of American power politics. Now the mob is legit business. And the ties are stronger. We need to get our vocabulary moved to the present.
"Stars appeared all around the arena. Adam saw them. He saw them become trees. He saw multicolored branches stretching upward like supplicating hands beckoning him into the penumbra of movement. Undulating streaks of color almost flamelike. Star-trees. Not moving. Buffeted. Waving. Anchored. Summoning. Moving yet not moving.
Adam watched. He continued to skate. No one else saw them. They were his. Sent to him. As real as breath. As real as the skaters moving to the music. They were a gift. A message. A solace. A hello."
One then asks if there is a knower who created same. Which merely explains the ultimate futility of assumiung we can grasp cause. All we can do is create proximate and fallible suppositions, the most resonant of which become habits and laws subject to amendment. In this context, it is time we abolished the academy as a barrier ordinary people cannot scale. In this century we will see the collapse of education as we have known it, precisely because of its pretensions. The only tenure worth the name is that given to all by Abba and customarily denied by principalities and powers.
AFP: Johnson launches third-party White House bid: "Johnson is seen as having no realistic chance of winning the presidency, but polls suggest a third-party candidate could siphon enough support from the eventual Republican challenger to help Obama score another term.
This is bad news for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former House of Representatives speaker Newt Gingrich, the two men who lead the field going into the first Republican voting contest in Iowa on January 3"
So let's see. The two currently corrupt parties, dependent lobby cash, occupied with fundraising not us. Then this modest effort that might help Obama win. And then there is a placeholder effort which might actually shake things up. It suggests a proliferation of parties. But there is nothing in this that will lead to serious reform. Only the growth of OWS as a seismic movement can transcend this ineffective show. When anyone can run and not be defeated because of money we may have the reform we need.