So turn Yes turn And see The change That lives right now As it lived when no one could see The holy spark That always was In you and me What will happen to religion now We will surpass it With humility"
"A while ago I decided to become a publisher. At the moment my platform is Kindle. I have uploaded the texts of most of my older and newer writing along with other works. I get a trickle of income now. Perhaps it will grow. My notion is to fold everything I write into brief thematic Kindle books that I sell at a low price.
This gives me complete control over how I organize texts. That pleases me no end. It is also a plus to think that cyberspace is the probable future location of all printed matter. Those who see this may well be ahead of the curve."
It's a cyber thing Mr President We move by leaps and bounds to cyber The jobs will all be cyber Even construction The highways will be cyber Think ahead Publishing is cyber as we speak What are you reading now Digital and Web Sir Leap and bound Free this free that Pay all with ads New ways to circulate The lucre Sir You did it Sir You almost did Where is the grid Where is the grid Pan USA Walt Whitman Highway L. Frank Baum Extravaganza Instead of 40 acres And a mule Gigabytes Live anywhere you please If you do nothing more Sir than the grid The future will thank you for what you did
To essay is to try, An essay is an attempt. It's throwing something out to see if it sticks.
Montaigne wrote about himself to a degree generally beyond anything published before him. He helped spawn a world in which essays, memoirs and autobiographies are rife,
I think of Montaigne as an originator of the immanent frame -- guiding us to the observable world in which we live, He is hailed as a great skeptic, but I think it is most accurate to see him as a champion of observation. And as an archenemy of superstition, which is the creation of suppositions for which there is no proof and their promotion as things to be believed"
"In my world there is no fast food
The ghouls of advertising mutely
Their murderous assault
Upon our bodies
The metrosprawl suburban tracts
To make room for
What God creates for free
Vice Adm. Mark Fox, commander of the 5th Fleet, told reporters at the naval force's Bahrain headquarters that the Navy has "built a wide range of potential options to give the president" and is "ready today" to confront any hostile action by Tehran.
He did not outline specifically how the Navy might answer an Iranian strike or an effort to shut the entrance to the Persian Gulf, though any response would likely involve the two U.S. aircraft carriers and other warships cruising the waters off Iran.
"We've developed very precise and lethal weapons that are very effective, and we're prepared," Fox said. "We're just ready for any contingency.""
Why Are Men So Violent?: "Patterns of violence can be dramatically altered by historical forces. Attitues towards slavery, torture, and honor killing change over time, and this should make us realize that the biological contributions to violence may be greatly outweighed by the sociological."
They are coming around to my viewpoint! And I am not alone. We make history by the values we live by. That is stronger than any other force. If we all embrace tolerance, helpfulness, democracy and non-idolatry we will have a less violent world and men will be less inclined to make war and maul women and children.
Activists, trade unionists, students and Amnesty International supporters gathered in countries from Morocco to Nepal in a day of "solidarity and defiance".
“Our message to the people of the Middle East and North Africa is that you are not alone in your struggle. We are with you,” said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International's Secretary General, who led events in London’s Trafalgar Square.
“Our message to the governments of the Middle East and North Africa is that you will be held to account. The world is watching.""
So come on Wall Street. Every offering you bring to the Rove Ailes Altar will be a nail in the coffin of the timid and insipid capitalism you represent. Obama is much closer to authentic capitalism, the actual expansion of production and wellbeing. Send your dollars to Mitt and share in the shame of the campaign your money will pay for.
Breaking the Addiction to Incarceration: Weekly Highlights » Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union: "Today, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. With over 2.3 million men and women living behind bars, our imprisonment rate is the highest it’s ever been in U.S. history. And yet, our criminal justice system has failed on every count: public safety, fairness and cost-effectiveness. Across the country, the criminal justice reform conversation is heating up. Each week, we feature our some of the most exciting and relevant news in overincarceration discourse that we’ve spotted from the previous week. Check back weekly for our top picks."
Incarceration in America is a scandal. The business of jails is a scandal. The way that we educate the least is a scandal. The bias in enforcement and justice is a scandal. We need to end the scandal and only a wave of national outrage will do the job. Get enlightened at the url above.
Get free books on a Kindle. If you search for great books you will find them offered for 0 - zero. Or maybe 99 cents. On my Kindle I am working through Shakespeare's collected works. $0. Herodotus - 0. Thucydides - 0.
Heaven will be here when companies stop trying to outsmart us. I have had money and not had money and lived the same all the way through. Living on the cheap is part of living well.
Pinterest shows how easy it is to eclipse what is out there. All that is necessary is the code that will enable individuals to most easily "sign" to the whole inhabited earth. My Pinterest Page in its infancy.
Obama Budget’s Dueling Priorities - Stimulus and Deficit - NYTimes.com: "“There’s pretty broad agreement that the time for austerity is not today. We need to go on a path where, over the next several years, we bring our deficit under control,” Mr. Lew said on the NBC program “Meet the Press.” “Right now we have a recovery that’s taking root, and if we were to put in austerity measures right now, it would take the economy in the wrong way.”"
We now the above is sensible. But the GOP will make mincemeat of the argument if we do not differentiate between expense that generates income and expense that merely increases debt. The expense that adds to income is education and development . We need to offer images of the way that education and development will work to reduce debt long term. Accentuate the positive.
I have a soft spot for Newt because of the unctious Romney presence out there. But he is being grandiose in the worst way. He should not make commitments to repeal everything that would create havoc in his first three hours as President and then have the silliness to call that just the hors d'oeuvre. I suspect it is this promise that accounts for his low showings of late. And it may also hurt his money quest.
Study Finds New York Hospitals Flout Charity Rules - NYTimes.com: "Court records abound in judgments against patients who say they had little or no chance to apply for help. A couple fighting foreclosure in Elmont, Nassau County, has a $41,000 default judgment from NYU Langone Medical Center for emergency surgery on their disabled adult son in 2007, when their insurance unexpectedly dropped him. He was eventually approved for Medicaid, but it would not pay for the surgery retroactively.
The mother, Myrlene Stimphil, 55, a nurse at a city hospital, said she had sought a reduced payment plan from NYU Langone, but was told only that the hospital would get back to her. Instead, she said, collectors were calling her son, now 24, who suffered brain damage at his premature birth."
His kitchen cabinet includes some of the most prominent Republican lobbyists in Washington, including Charles R. Black Jr., the chairman of Prime Policy Group and a lobbyist for Walmart and AT&T; Wayne L. Berman, who is chairman of Ogilvy Government Relations and represents Pfizer, the drug manufacturer; and Vin Weber, the managing partner for Clark & Weinstock."
Maybe lobbyists are our secret saviors. They are the only constant, it seems, in politics. Calling Romney a stone liar is accurate but naive. Everyone feeds at the trough. The difference is that Obama feels some conscience about it and pushes back. Romney will simply open the gates even more.
But beneath the gratitude toward Mr. Draghi, the president of the central bank, lurks a fear that the easy money could simply be creating the conditions for another banking crisis several years from now."
Pending a new economic system, we seem suspended over a lake whose sign is unrest and ruin. Is there not a simple enough formula? An economy in which the values of equity (tolerance, democracy, helpfulness, non-idolatry) are fundamental so that all are guaranteed the protection of a safety net. This can only be achieved by a shift away from the massive war spending that consigns a huge share of resources to massive waste or assured destruction.
Syrian Forces Continue Attack on Homs - NYTimes.com: "CAIRO — Syrian forces were reported on Monday to have resumed their bombardment of the embattled city of Homs for a 10th day after the authorities in Damascus rejected efforts by the Arab League to seek a United Nations peacekeeping mission for Syria and to deepen the ostracism of President Bashar al-Assad within the Arab world."
There must be some circle of hell to which we might relegate the actions of murder now the province of Syrian forces. It seems each day brings a new indignity. Russia and China have made this situation and it is they who must reverse their hoary position. Otherwise the US must act unilaterally or bilaterally or however laterally it can as Russia and China share the shame of the present situation.
Expanded Role Proposed for Elite Military Forces - NYTimes.com: "WASHINGTON — As the United States turns increasingly to Special Operations forces to confront developing threats scattered around the world, the nation’s top Special Operations officer, a member of the Navy Seals who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, is seeking new authority to move his forces faster and outside of normal Pentagon deployment channels."