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GOP Primary Season Is Not Over

GOP primary season is not over And many think it will produce no winner Mr. Moneybucks may claim the marbles But I would not bet my dinner There won't be some shenanigans Betwixt now and Tampa
For the gods have intervened Bard-style To wreak revenge upon the vagrant GOP One day an etch-o-sketch Next day new perorations from Chris Matthews Who insists that things must go his way Or he will pout on Martha's Vineyard Of have a tantrum there and then
It is indeed surreal my friends So forgive me if I say  This is not the end





Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

The meekness I propounded has been bent

Abba's Way
The meekness I propounded has been bent To represent a dour passivity; Let me now say exactly what I meant: I meant humility toward mystery, I meant the care of a good engineer, I meant a common sense ability, A simple penchant for making things clear. I am no enemy of science, no, But meekness is what good science requires; Or else it simply joins our idiot show. Instead of fine solutions, raging fires. Instead of floating homes, drowned villages. Befriend the earth? Not in some naive way; Befriend it standing tall in Abba’s care. Befriend the earth, but idolize it not; For Abba’s way makes us the masters there.



Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

Respect the earth, and learn to know it well

Abba's Way
Respect the earth, and learn to know it well, Respect its processes and mysteries; Fathom its laws, unveil its gifts and flaws, And learn to master its good processes.



Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

For many nature is a living myth

Abba's Way
For many nature is a living myth, An evocation of some other world; For those with eyes to see, the truth is mixed, For nature is a crazy quilt, unfurled, The spectrum ranges from carnivorous, To beauties past our power to describe; A great procession of creations various— Outrageous, frightening, cruel, sublime.



Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

We love the earth by seeing honestly

Abba's Way
We love the earth by seeing honestly The ways in which earth is our enemy It would be well to act respectfully By not denying what we plainly see.


Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

The Rush Wish Fulfillment Dynamic

Rush Almost stands Alone: 140 companies Jump ship, Syndicate suspends his show - Digg:

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Last I heard Rush had over 1000 advertisers. I think we are dealing with suspensions. Only when Rush becomes unconscionable to his audience will he be retired.
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Excellent discussion of drone killing issues (video)

VIDEO: Presidential Power and the Targeted Killing Debate:

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Click the drone image then scroll down and open the video. Good discussion of a vexing topic.




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Make this the votes versus money election

Obama Campaign Fears Uphill Climb Raising ‘Super PAC’ Money - NYTimes.com:

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Imagine yourself on Nov. 6 contemplating a GOP victory and knowing that it was not won by democratic means but by money pure and simple, whatever money it took.

At the moment the GOP to Democratic Super CAP edge is around $200 million. These rapacious folk will stop at nothing.

We must raise voters this time. One vote for every Republican dollar. In every race. If the Supreme Court wants to lie in the anti-democracy bed with Mitch McConnell and the Koch Brothers, we will go out to the highways and byways and raise up a vote per.

We will publish on a million websites the names of those who will vote this year to overcome the GOP money barrage.  To say to the GOP: I'm not for sale.

We must try to identify the enterprises who are trying to roll over us and stop patronizing them. We need to activate a boycott of Koch products immediately.

Koch Brothers' Products

"Angel Soft®
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My Mississippi Freedom Summer Adventure

It was the summer of 1964. My first stop was an orientation in Oxford, Ohio. More peaceful than Oxford, Mississippi, where I had fresh memories of James Meredith's enrollment there. I had covered that event. The day after a night of rioting I learned that a French journalist and one other person had been shot dead. The journalist had a beard and it was assumed that that tagged him as an outsider. It may have cost him his life. At Oxford I learned that three young men, including one with a beard, were heading down to Mississippi to join hundreds of others in a summer that would center on voter registration. I remember expressing serious reservations based on my experience at Ole Miss.  When the worst happened, we were all on our guard. Later that summer, after the three men had been killed, I flew from Chicago to Memphis and drove to a strategy meeting in Clarksdale, Mississippi. There I met John Lewis. I had come to know John in Nashville where I spent the summer of 1961 working f…

At Seventeen soundtrack to an unmade movie

At Seventeen - YouTube:

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At Seventeen - Janis Ian on Spotify

I'd love to do a film on this song. Like the Descendants. Maybe George Clooney having to deal with his 17 year old daughter in the position Janis outlines in this classic song. It would speak to the fashion-crazed eye candy world we are in. It would have a love that failed and a father to daughter affirmation of some sort. Probably single parent. Maybe a popular younger sister. Set in the heartland. Maybe a role for Debra Winger.





Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

Obama Campaign Themes for A Victory to Come

Staying The Course (Medicare, Social Security, etc - protecting against their demise.)

Winning the Future  (This is the theme for anything to do with women's rights, gay rights and rights won in the health care arena - the future belongs to those who benefit from these advances.)

Breaking New Ground (document actions that have yielded up results that are promising for the future.

Achieving America's Full Greatness (Spotlight on winners of awards and distinctions and their stories)

Expanding the American Dream (Emphasis on progressive happenings particularly for children and the elderly)

These suggestions are consistent with the need for a positive campaign. Humor and music are the proper means of standing up to the other side. The positive should focus on individuals and their stories with little narration and as much as possible in their own words.






Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

How Should President Obama Fight Back?

Negative - use only humor or music (I provide lyrics free)

Positive - use mostly ordinary people close framed - titles for name and place and condensed messages

Devise a common tag that indicates this is paid for by ordinary people not an anonymous Super PAC

Human hand-in-hand silent encirclement of super PAC offices and other one percent landmarks

Massive emphasis on nonviolence

Positives should be overcoming narratives

It is the combination of the human and the ordinary on the positive side and of humor and music on the negative side that will be a one two punch that deflates GOP slash and burn. Example a cartoon with kids singing Who's Afraid of ....

Surrogates should take this approach and never get sucked into responses that concede anything to the GOP. Example - This is the worst thing in the world. Proper response: Who do they think they are kidding?  Are they serious?


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Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

And lovin' them old nomad ways

From Their Graves, Ancient Nomads Speak - NYTimes.com: "By these enigmatic symbols, a prewriting culture communicated its worldview from a vast and ungenerous land that it could never fully tame — any more than these people of the horse were ever ready to settle down."

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"lone star belt buckles and old faded levis..."



Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

Who says we need a larger work force?

The Fertility Implosion - NYTimes.com: "This leads to what the writer Philip Longman has called the gray tsunami — a situation in which huge shares of the population are over 60 and small shares are under 30."

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Who says we need a larger work force? We need full employment and training for those who cannot do the work required by the massive move toward automation.



Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

The Afghanistan Triad AKA The Pride Swallowing Experiment

U.S. Officials Debate Speeding Up Afghan Pullout - NYTimes.com:

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FIRST

Sign - KEEP OUT

SECOND

Blunt Truth - Ain't easy. We generals got pride.

THIRD

Hypothesis - See how much pride gets swallowed by measuring the positive reactions of the American people.




Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

Help make cyber-community a reality.

Cyber community is my term for what I believe is an entirely new concept for the reformulation of how the world lives. A cyber-community has a general limit of around 10,000 people. Enough for a vibrant local economy. A cyber community is car free, compressed enough to have most social and many wider needs met within a walk of no more than a mile. It is low rise - a max of around four levels. It begs for architectural and design imagination, eco-vision and awareness of how today's society has become dysfunctional due to a lack of face to face community and social stratification. You live, work and play in a cyber community. Quite obviously you also solve the warming problem at the root, by eliminating the necessity for cars. Help make cyber-community a reality.


Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

The Jeopardy convention - finding the right question

"If the right question is asked and understood, then the answer is readily apparent if the data that confirms or denies it is accessible. In effect, the answers are all out there, we need only craft the right question. Scientific interpretation of data is but a process of question refinement and this can be generalized to all forms of 'interpretation.' Contrary to the common idea that interpretation is some posterior act.

"When we have the answer, we tend to forget the paths that either failed or were incomplete on our way to it."

From Steven Ericsson-Zenith at Peirce List


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Some Perspective on Global Warming

(11) Provided global warming exists, what strong evidence exists against it being caused by humans? - Quora: "Over the period involved (since 1750), we need to look at what's changed. One major area of change is the amounts of some minor (<1000ppm) gases. Given our understanding of the physical behaviours of these gases, the main contributor is carbon dioxide (CO2), with some effect from methane (CH4), chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and nitrous oxide (N2O). So it's either these or what is happening is within natural variation. The vast bulk of science points to the former over the later. Scientists are looking for alternate theories. This shouldn't be confused with vested interests trying to sow doubt.

Going back beyond 1750 helps us understand how the biosphere works, but is not of direct relevance to the current situation.

Once it's accepted that CO2 is the cause, there is no doubt it's human caused. The carbon in the biosphere has different isotopic ratios t…