5/14/12

Jesus said the glass of life's half full


Jesus said the glass of life's half full
Abba's here to help you on your way
Religion says the weight's too hard to pull
Ignoring 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 relics like favors at a scalping party must betoken some form of active, if unconscious hostility.
And if I were to speculate on the springs and catches of that hostility, I would guess that there is probably a link between fearing the message and counting coup on the messenger.
- Jon Awbry
Nietzsche and Peirce in my sense of things are the key influences on what is actually happening, though both are barely acknowledged in the contexts in which their influence may turn out to be strongest. Were I to suggest that it is in the metaphysical realm, I would be offering a clue. Not to deny it in other realms but to suggest that both men make it possible to live within the immanent frame with a modicum of transcendence.


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Why Romney Not only = Risk But REALLY = Risk


When I first came up with the Romney=Risk idea
I was thinking of a strategy for Democratic victory
It was easy enough to play with 
the ways in which the GOP and Romney
pose risks for the country
Now I have been overcome with a much deeper 
sense of Romney=Risk
It is Romney himself
This is core analysis

There is only one
predictable way that Romney acts
He plays out whatever impulse strikes him
He 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 out
he surrounds himself with lesser lights
who have been his devotees since he was Governor

He does not seek or take advice
He operates on cruise control
confident he can prevail
When he looks flummoxed it is because this
self-confidence has been pricked
It is never because he is wrong
or he has lied  
It is that he has somehow failed to
pull it off

This is the preppie-Harvard acing mentality
at work
Everything has an element of bullshit
The trick is to be articulate enough
to suggest to the grader that you know what you are talking about
This finds its way to Wall Street
To Bain
To Metro North
And that is why it is not just the GOP and Romney
that poses untold risks for our future
but why Romney himself
is asking us to rely on his
spontaneous wit
to guide the nation
Run
Hide
Elect the President to a second term

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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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Graceful Security

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