Let us not spend billions to repair a society that is, as now, borderline dysfunctional.

Pattern Language and Communications | Stephen C. Rose:

"My interest in the term pattern language lies in its original manifestation as the way Christopher Alexander and others conceptualized human settlements from the most intimate aspects of the home to the entire inhabited earth, or ecumenopolis, as C. A. Doxiadis described it.

I am vitally concerned that the Obama infrastructure project help reclaim and transform private and public space, with attention to the incredible fund of ideas in Alexander’s practical description of the nested patterns of human habitation and commerce. Let us not spend billions to repair a society that is, as now, borderline dysfunctional."

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Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

Romney - More Bad Signs Are Sinking Him Daily

Everywhere Romney wins the voter turnout has declined.
I alluded earlier today to the poll that now places him five points behind the President
Dick Armey now says he wants Newt out. Anyone Armey opposes must have something worth being for.
A sudden conservative tide for Newt is not inconceivable. That possibility increases as Obama seems likely to win.
The last thing conservatives want to face is Mitt Romney head to head with Obama in debate
Newt would be entertaining
We love good theater

Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

Much whistle blowing has to do with keeping sparks alive

God's Spark is in Everyone - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com:

"God's spark is in everyone
This is a burden that would sap the life of most
For we would then acknowledge
That where life is
God is
The spark in all of life"

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A bit of vampire stuff with a Wall Street twist

The Vampire Takeover that Failed - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com:

"You need to hear this.

It concerns vampires. I suppose you think of these creatures as horror figures. Yes. And perhaps you have trembled in suspense as the story moves toward the moment of truth. All that blood being sucked away.

Well, this story has none of the usual features. It also happens to be true. No other vampire stories can make that claim."

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We were brain-damaged to design things as they are

Traffic Fumes Linked To Brain Damage, Autism | Disinformation: "Not that this should be any great surprise, but maybe now that scientists are able to measure the adverse effects of combustion-engine vehicle pollution, legislators will take action. One can dream, anyway. From the Wall Street Journal:

Congested cities are fast becoming test tubes for scientists studying the impact of traffic fumes on the brain.

As roadways choke on traffic, researchers suspect that the tailpipe exhaust from cars and trucks—especially tiny carbon particles already implicated in heart disease, cancer and respiratory ailments—may also injure brain cells and synapses key to learning and memory."

Cap tip Dave

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This intelligence is hardly novel. One can by observation note the effects of our choices. It would be interesting to see a study of residents of Capri and other largely car free spots compared with the residents of NYC and LA. The elimination of the car from its close contact with ambulatory human beings is the task of this century. Even if cars were good for you in terms of their emissions, they would be bad. They kill community and reify human beings. With over-built sprawl houses they are becoming too expensive and increasingly undesirable. Detroit should be making surfaces, walls, solar roofs, energy producing walkways - the mass-produced elements of the cyber-communities of the present and future. We could supply the world. We make mini things and ignore the big picture.  Here is a view from above of  walkable cyber-communities of 5-10K inhabitants free of cars, linked by new mass transit and zoned to contain all elements of city existence wherever they are located.


Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

The more Romney seems to succeed the greater the anxiety

The Romney Trajectory Goes Down By The Day

Just today
His showing among Hispanics has been pathetic and gives the lie to his expensive campaign organization
He appears to be falling in national polls versus the President making one winder if the President might be peaking too early

These late realizations - in the context of a backdrop of gaffes and amazingly superficial campaign utterances
justify immense Republican misgivings and the growing likelihood of an implosion

The dynamic - The more Romney seems to succeed the greater the anxiety

Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

It's not Just Syria It Is The World Come Home

U.S. Embassy in Syria Halts Operations as Violence Flares - NYTimes.com:

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It's not just Syria it is the world
We are a stretched-out Empire
Vulnerable to the leverage of anger
If Ron Paul wouldn't whine so much he'd have more audience
If Barack took some time to test he might discover ambience
In revving up remote and bringing everything else home
There's nothing we can't do from here
Let's get our act together
Test the waters
Listen to the wind a bit

We cannot make democracy with planted NGOs calling our shots
That's retro yesterday do not believe in yesterday
Just now we curry the resentment of adolescents
Who may know we're right
But like resentful teens are tired of being told
And wanting to be on their own

Meanwhile before we totter off the cliff
Let us
and recreate
and cogitate

It's not just Syria it is the world

My 6 Internal Willed Ingredients For Success

Mark Zuckerberg’s 6 Ingredients For Success | TechCrunch: "This week Facebook filed its S-1 to go public. Mark is 27. How Mark managed to launch a social networking site after Friendster had crashed during MySpace’s zenith has been widely chronicled. What’s been less discussed is how Mark mastered the six requirements to succeed, namely Ambition, Vision, Determination, Execution, Luck and Timing."

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1. Tolerance - a strength which enables you to listen and not judge and consider without jumping to conclusions.

2. Helpfulness - an ingredient which establishes that your goal is not just self-aggrandizement, a wider horizon shown by specific actions daily.

3. Democracy - an ideal which insists that each living being has the same rights as those you claim and assume for yourself. The revolutionary underpinning of progress.

4. Non-idolatry - the capacity to see the limits of sight and to approach all communications with skepticism if they claim to be more than what you can subject to fallible but reasonable tests. Nothing is held to be absolute. Life is led with allegiance to the values noted here, but with an awareness of incompleteness and the need for slow and arduous progress.

5. Independence - defining success not as thew world defines it, eschewing fame, putting off airs, understanding that ultimately things are between you and Abba who is within - or whatever name you give to the reality of your connectedness to everything.

6. Staking your claim - claiming your inherent contribution, the right to manifest it and tbe capacity to discipline yourself to operate in terms of these criteria.

Spotify Playlist Stir It Up Wailers, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac Others

Wailers, Pat Coll, Celeste Krenz, Tom T. Hall, ZZTop, Mary J. Blige, Drake, Les Paul, Mary Ford, Elmore James, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, John Fahey, Fleetwood Mac


Life and life only

Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

Post-Superbowl Epiphany - Strange Things Do Happen

No fan of football I but then I remember Marianne Moore
Likes sports and I channel her
The deft footwork of the pass receiver
Was seraphic
Mindfulness incarnate
The ads were conspicuously blah
Save for the Detroit Eastwood one 
Special effects should be permanently placed in the 
Just Because We Can folder

The destruction of the Patriots had an aura of inevitability
As if scripted

All told an amazing experience
We amend our prejudices thus

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Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

The Slow as Molasses Press