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Jesus said the glass of life's half full

Jesus said the glass of life's half fullAbba's here to help you on your wayReligion says the weight's too hard to pullIgnoring much that Jesus came to say

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Why Charles Sanders Peirce Is a Posthumous Threat

Salient post from our Peirce List

Between 1865 and 1870, C.S. Peirce had already begun to set out the rudiments of an information-theoretic semantics for inquiry, communication, and thought in general, along with a logic of relatives that is powerful enough to handle polyadic relations, in particular, the triadic relations that one requires in the theory of signs and throughout mathematics. This is the palette of ideas that Peirce found himself forced to develop to paint a picture of inquiry that could even hope to be “true to life”.Many of these ideas we would not see again until the late 20th century. When it comes to the reception of this picture, this style, by judges from another school, I think we have to sort the aesthetic or affective impacts from the cognitive or intellectual factors. Personally, I don't suppose I will ever have the investigative resources or skills to find out what really happened in the case of Peirce, but common sense tells me that handing out his rel…

Why Romney Not only = Risk But REALLY = Risk

When I first came up with the Romney=Risk ideaI was thinking of a strategy for Democratic victoryIt was easy enough to play with the ways in which the GOP and Romneypose risks for the countryNow I have been overcome with a much deeper sense of Romney=RiskIt is Romney himselfThis is core analysis
There is only onepredictable way that Romney actsHe plays out whatever impulse strikes himHe is sufficiently at ease with his exalted status that he believes he can wing anything that comes at him
Because he is afraid of being found outhe surrounds himself with lesser lightswho have been his devotees since he was Governor
He does not seek or take adviceHe operates on cruise controlconfident he can prevailWhen he looks flummoxed it is because thisself-confidence has been prickedIt is never because he is wrongor he has lied  It is that he has somehow failed topull it off
This is the preppie-Harvard acing mentalityat workEverything has an element of bullshitThe trick is to be articulate enoughto sugg…

Mildred Purse's Quadruple Political Play

Mildred Purse the doyenne of Beacon Hill is on a political conjecture tear. Here it is verbatim. 

Joe Biden will retire as Vice President and receive the next Supreme Court appointment, flummoxing the GOP and ensuring the President's reelection. Hillary Clinton will be the President's running mate, flummoxing the GOP and ensuring the President's reelection. Susan Rice will become Secretary of State. Samantha Power will become Ambassador to the United Nations. I shall not speculate on the delicious pleasure that this scenario would give to connoisseurs of the political game.
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