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Farewell Frank Bruni and Chris Matthews

A Farewell to Newt - NYTimes.com:

No they are not going anywhere. I am riffing off of Bruni's imploring headline. Chris Matthews has also been panting for Newt to get out.

Both men speak nothing but put downs. Neither gives a concrete reason why Newt should leave.

Why should he?  He is a poster boy for the capacity of one billionaire to influence Presidential politics. He could debate President Obama. He hobbles the capacity of any candidate to get the delegates needed before Tampa. These reasons favor hanging in. And they are not gratuitous put-downs.

Matthews wants a Romney-Santorum mano a mano to make his show more interesting. Bruni appears to have difficulty producing substantive NYT op-ed columns. He is not alone.

If Newt leaves, it will not be because these worthies told him to.




Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

You say think beyond the bun. OK

"Think beyond the bun." When think beyond the bun is the most sagacious paradigm for a whole nation it is no wonder we are in troubleBusiness lassitude is not merely that the gated community is the destination of choice and that we emulate commercials for lack of modelsIt is the fearsome necessity of having to have done with all we have madeWith cars which are lethal instruments of alienation and mayhemWith the bullying-lite which is the discourse of the insecure maleWith the notion of fixing up houses as a pursuit worth a candleWith the quashing of avenues that might open up genuine freedom of thoughtI'll give you a good example of business lassitudeLet's take the late big primo business guy Mr. AppleHe proposes a slick new business park that looks a bit like what I have proposed foreverBut on analysis it is just the old form in a new packageNot really car-free not residential not the model of a car free community
Function follows form in our society and we have not g…

This is the system in which we live and move and have our being

Philanthropy is everything that claims or seeks to do good
It makes no difference whether private or public Capitalism is everything that puts profit first Regardless of what it may say about what it does Philanthropy and capitalism are joined at the hip Their hypocrisies and failures breathe the same air Their claims egregious as they are are similar For this is the system in which we live and move and have our being And which by Abba's grace we'll overcome
For philanthropy is this globe's biggest failure It embraces the failures of government and education and charity and health care All efforts to do good Wrapped in the ribbons of achievement At year end telling us of its sad performance The mothers who did not survive birth The landmines that went uncleared The children who never saw the inside of a museum The young and female and weak who are excluded from survival The acrid balls and other publicized celebrations of the rich good To whom all media bow servile Extract…

Pruning Extraneous Personal Metadata

Well my friends I have arrived at a damning conclusion. My writing is filled with extraneous personal metadata. Let me define this. It is text that tells the reader a lot that she may not want to know about your attitude, your prejudices and your opinions. Below is a piece I am preparing for a Kindle book  of thought starters about future society. Shorn for the most part of the metadata that it shocked me to perceive. We Need a New Sociology How about we divide society into three types and then concede that all three are parts of everyone? In other words, we start thinking of individuals as a spectrum and not in terms that limit their freedom to be what they can be. 
There is first the person who has no need of a physician, to use one of Jesus' phrases. Perhaps the largest bulk of humanity are those who function with a measure of responsibility, a measure of tolerance, a measure of helpfulness and a measure of democratic willingness to grant the same rights to all. 
Next is the…

Leave it to the GOP to dis-educate us

Tell Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: Fight to keep interest rates down on student loans:
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The GOP will tell you they're for enterprise And that the Democrats are just for lassitude But one day we will see the center rise And cure the GOP of its false platitude 


Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

Another visit to Dylan's Red River Shore

Bob Dylan - Red River Shore on Spotify
I play this a lotAnyone whohad someone back thenthat they cannot finally let go oforWho senses that they thenselves arenot fully who they are unlessthey are merged with the OtherorWho appreciates the deft and subtle touchesthat lift a lyric to the sublimewill cotton to this



Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

Everyone Should Support The Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA)

Does the Obama Administration Support SNDA?: "The Student Non-Discrimination Act would provide LGBT students, and those perceived to be, with long-overdue and much-needed explicit federal protections by establishing a comprehensive prohibition against discrimination and harassment in all public elementary and secondary schools across the country based on a student’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity."

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Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

Like saying I didn't know they served booze in a bar.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Released on Bail - NYTimes.com: "His lawyer, Richard Malka, has argued that Mr. Strauss-Kahn did not know that the women in question were prostitutes hired by his hosts, including for evenings in Washington and Paris, and that he did not pay them."
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Like saying I didn't know they served booze in a bar.




Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

Fallibilism applies to both scientists and religionists

Citing Chapter and Verse: Which Scripture Is the Right One? - NYTimes.com:
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When a link to a Stanley Fish column appears on the NYT home page You take notice Fish could have said this all a bit more economically  if he had evoked Charles Sanders Peirce Pinker and Dawkins are exactly as Fish says or as I say in four words - half of a binary Acknowledgement of fallibility all around opens up the way to thinking in threes

Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

Two Reasons America Could Entirely Repopulate

Supreme Court Hears Arguments to Health Care Law - NYTimes.com:
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If coastal areas become uninhabitable  due to rising sea levels   If health care is shunted back to the states  because the Supreme Court turns back Obamacare The prospect of at least one of these happening is worth considering A repopulation or volkerwanderung might spur the development of car-free sustainable communities dense enough to enable viable local economies
The irony would be if everyone moved to Western Massachusetts

Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes