6/14/12

The choice couldn't be clearer on the issues most important to ordinary Americans:


Every word in this post is from an email from David Axelrod  summarizing the Obama agenda 

- Better Education: We need to invest in good teachers and help more students go to college and get job training -- not pack kids into classrooms and slash scholarships.

- More, Cleaner Energy: We need to invest in promising new sources of energy to create a market for innovation and good jobs of the future -- not go back to relying on foreign oil.

- Leading Through Innovation: We need to invest in our best scientists, researchers, and entrepreneurs so they innovate here -- not cede new ideas to countries like China and India.

- Job-Creating Infrastructure: We need roads, bridges, ports, and broadband technology that attract businesses that will create jobs here -- not more pet projects and bridges to nowhere.

- Fair, Simple Tax Reform: We need to reward businesses that create jobs here instead of rewarding outsourcing, and must ask the wealthiest to pay their fair share again -- not sacrifice investments critical to the middle class.



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The following drawn from my reading in and around Charles Sanders Peirce


The following drawn from my reading in and around Charles Sanders Peirce

Logic does not depend upon subjective feeling
All reasoning refers to a general method
Truth lies in fact not inconceivability
Metaphysics should be founded on logic not the other way around
"All the psychology in the world will leave the logical problem just where it was"
Logic deals with how we ought to think not how we think
Logic is not concerned with how we know reality but what is clearly real
Mutations and changes of language have nothing to do with logic 
The language of logic is universal and transcends particular languages
Logic leads a process by which knowledge advances
Initial assumptions power the most persuasive logic 
The history of science can contribute much in the way of evidence
Looks aka experience can deceive
There is a distinction between logical principles and other facts





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Recent history - a fable

Recent history - a fable
Commoner Ailes met Commoner Nixon and got on the same page
The aftermath of Civil War exploiting common rage
Thriving on resentment they boldly won the day
Along with the big-moneyed set that always gets its way

Commoner Ailes went on to be master of media
Propaganda potentate for all the USA
Paid by corporations that would rule us come what may
Awash in sprawl and credit cards and rebates 
Allied with Rove and Koch and all their tea mates
Surmising victories and wrecking the states
Until Satan appeared
And said here's something weird
I have a Brylcream candidate
And I can spiff him up in no time
He will ventriloquize like mad

And in no time this Satan had
Created a campaign to wrest
Democracy and tolerance
And every evidence of helpfulness
From reality
Replacing them with patriotic gore
And regnant fear from shore to shore

But in the wings there lurk folk such as we
And we are blessed to possess eyes that see
We name the fable
Romney Rove and Ailes
And show how Satan's wiles are doomed to fail

For every depredation they let loose
We come back strong like Teddy's old Bull Moose
Exposing their fascism and their bile
And gathering the people all the while
Until an endless army of the Lord 
Crosses the Red Sea
And votes democracy
And all are one
Save those who still don't see
And even they one day will be
Among those who are all that they will be


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Fascism is advancing if not yet marching in the uniforms Mitt Romney once wore



There have always been warnings
Lipset Mills Goodman Nisbet
But it is sufficient to note that when democracy itself is under attack
Fascism is advancing if not yet marching in the uniforms
Mitt Romney once wore and may still be wont to don
Yes when we see that democracy and tolerance
helpfulness and non-idolatry
are the real values which underlie life
we need merely look for their opposites 
to ,parse what we are up against
FOX Koch Rove GOP Congress Romney
Within this complex we find
Intolerance at all levels
The open and defiant suppression of democracy
And the rejection of helpfulness as weakness
We find underlying this innumerable idolatries
which become obvious if we speak of the veneration of
money and power and corporatism
and government in the hands of corporatism
The seminal warning is in the texts that somehow survive in our Bible
Mingled with the authoritarian utterance of those who
turned a way of peace and reconciliation 
into a creed whose sign was and remains war and death
By their fruits you shall know them




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Consciousness Can Be Measured

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