Saturday, November 15, 2008

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Joe the Plummeter

Joe Lieberman cum Joe Loserman cum Joe the Plummeter

OBAMA WINS! "It's like living and going to heaven!"

CHARLOTTE, NC President-elect Barack Obama mourns the death of his grandmother, on the day before he is elected President of the United States.

While thinking about what a Democratic sweep would be like, the thought, "It's like dying and going to heaven."...but then I thought, "No, it's like living and going to heaven...which is true. The hard part is that the heaven is up to us to create. One must imagine Sisyphus happy...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

McCain or Fontaine?

"Hello Joe. Hello Mr. Dennehy, he he he..."

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Bank of America CEO's got a talent for making money -

Who is Ken Lewis?

Time magazine put Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis on its 2007 list of the world's 100 most influential leaders, but for 2008, the one-year wonder was expunged from the list like a bad loan.

Lewis is back. His influence is undeniable after BofA's (BAC) rescue of Countrywide Financial in January and of Merrill Lynch this week. He should be among the world's Top 10 most influential, says Hugh McColl, 73, the BofA CEO who retired in 2001 to make way for Lewis.

"This is one of the most powerful financial institutions in the world," says McColl, who then pauses to correct himself. "Most powerful in the world would be more accurate."


Sunday, September 07, 2008

Floods are Weird

I haven't even written my 9/11 story, and now a flood wedges itself within the queue. What am I to do? And though I grant that 9/11 made a bigger splash, the transformative muddy baptism of recent days, has shown itself to be a sort of personal 9/11, with only the chosen few marked for dunking, and the concomitant traumas.

9/11 was about decay, and its removal, at least according to the I Ching...which makes me think of a line by Wallace Stevens which says that Life is the elimination of what is Dead. Not sure yet what messages I will take from the undinal songs of this minor inundation...although several have already presented themselves.

In progress...

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sly fox George W. Bush quietly seeks to make war powers permanent, by declaring indefinite state of war


The New York Times' page 8 placement of the article in its Saturday edition seems to downplay its importance. Such a re-affirmation of war carries broad legal implications that could imperil Americans' civil liberties and the rights of foreign nationals for decades to come.

It was under the guise of war that President Bush claimed a legal mandate for his warrantless wiretapping program, giving the National Security Agency power to intercept calls Americans made abroad. More of this program has emerged in recent years, and it includes the surveillance of Americans' information and exchanges online.

"War powers" have also given President Bush cover to hold Americans without habeas corpus -- detainment without explanation or charge.


One Million Flee "Mother of All Storms", Gustav

NEW ORLEANS — Spooked by predictions that Hurricane Gustav could grow into a Category 5 monster, an estimated 1 million residents fled the Gulf Coast Saturday — ahead of the official order to get out of the way of a storm taking dead aim at Louisiana.

Residents took to buses, trains, planes and cars — clogging roadways leading away from New Orleans, still reeling three years after Hurricane Katrina flooded 80 percent of the city and killed about 1,600 across the region.



"Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen

Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

There was a time you let me know
What's real and going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don't even know the name
But if I did, well really, what's it to you?
There's a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Media Matters' Waldman takes on Obama Swiftboater Corsi on Larry King

If you're in a hurry, you can skip to minute 15 and pick up with some intriguing revelations regarding Corsi's jaded history with words.
Take a close look at someone who puts money above people and principal. Who allows the corrupt wealthy to pay him to write books that they themselves buy in order to appear to have risen on merit, when the opposite is actually the case. Gamblers and drunks. always racing to the bottom.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

If John Edwards were Hitler...

(to those trying to destroy his family)

If John Edwards were Hitler, I would say "Go ahead and destroy the man and his family."
But John Edwards is no Hitler, and most Americans know this. In fact they know he is at the other extreme of Hitler. Rather than dedicating himself to taking lives, he has dedicated himself to saving lives.
He is guilty of too much love. Not too little.
Those who are attacking him are guilty of that.

It is not just John you are destroying. It is also Elizabeth. But will YOU apologize to her?
I somehow doubt it. Thus once again proving, to your dismay, that John Edwards really is a better man.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Colors of Charlotte

colors 2, originally uploaded by desertdragon.

Life is an Open Book

Life is an Open Book, originally uploaded by Pankcho.

The Green, Charlotte, North Carolina
(via Pankcho/Flickr)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

On The Importance of Living (and not dying or killing)

The Importance Of Living The Importance Of Living by Lin Yutang

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
Lin Yutang, Rumi, Martin Buber, Lao T'se, Jesus, Buddha, Rabindranath Tagore, Gandhi...these are the words that can heal our troubled world. In a sensationalized world, the reader of Lin Yutang's great classic will learn how to enjoy merely sitting, lying in bed, reading, writing, walking, and nearly everything one can do that harms no other or self.

For my money, the most important part of "The Importance of Living" is where he discusses, at some length, the non-soldier, and all the good and necessary qualities contained therein. Not exactly a non-soldier, but a scamp, and a "wayward and incalculable" scamp as he lovingly calls it, is, an essential spice in life, and, he argues, to be particularly treasured. As Erich Fromm once said: "Civilization began with an act of disobedience, and is likely to end in an act of obedience."

Lin Yutang, Rumi, Martin Buber, Lao T'se, Jesus, Buddha, Rabindranath Tagore, Gandhi. Where is the soldier? Where the follower?

Libraries and bookstores are filled with books praising soldiers and dutiful followers. I needn't add to it, lest future generations think that is all there is. One mustn't forget the lowly but wise huckfins of the world, for they are the flowers that get mowed down, but surrender their scent and beauty even as they die.

Dr. Yuyang's words are as if spoken to you by a trusted friend. I'd even say that his style might well serve as an excellent alternative to the hateful spew emitted daily on really bad radio stations like WBT, who fill the air with Rush and other serial prevaricators.

You will not regret having purchases this book, and you will probably never part with it either...especially now that China is playing a larger and larger role in our present and future. Have at it. Enjoy your transformation.

View all my reviews.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Permabush: The New Dictation - Genocide or Suicide...that is the question?

From the BUSHWORLD SOLUTIONS series...
Presenting Solution #23
"When you find yourself in a hole, create conditions whereby you must continue digging."

In this episode, we find a Philip Atkinson, who suggests that GW Bush be made the permanent president. That's Right. Wait until the stock market of presidencies hits rock bottom, and then make the bottom the exemplar and permanency. Sound daft? Risible? Ludibund? Well read on, Chong! There is more here to tickle your angst-bone than in all the scrawled blepherospasms of Kafka (not really but it could happen, and sounds good) and besides you probably have nothing to do anyway, or at least you shouldn't, because I know you work hard all day in the bright sunlight...but alas, I digress...

(with editorial comments in bold italic, and areas I would like to highlight in regular italic.)

Author: Philip Atkinson
Source: The Family Security Foundation, Inc.
Date: August 3, 2007

Conquering the Drawbacks of Democracy
By Philip Atkinson

President George W. Bush is the 43rd President of the United States. He was sworn in for a second term on January 20, 2005 after being chosen by the majority of citizens in America to be president. Don't you feel like going to sleep already?

Yet in 2007 he is generally despised, with many citizens of Western civilization expressing contempt for his person and his policies, sentiments which now abound on the Internet. This rage at President Bush is an inevitable result of the system of government demanded by the people, which is Democracy.

The inadequacy of Democracy, rule by the majority, is undeniable - for it demands adopting ideas because they are popular, rather than because they are wise. This means that any man chosen to act as an agent of the people is placed in an invidious position: if he commits folly because it is popular, then he will be held responsible for the inevitable result. If he
refuses to commit folly, then he will be detested by most citizens because he is frustrating their demands. OR the manifestation of his or her vision can be so glaringly beneficial to humanity that the people do not mind being gently led into a more peaceful and loving garden. NOT led into fighting and killing just so a handful of suits reap ungodly profits, while other children of God are murdered and forced to kill their brothers and sisters, while destroying all lifeforms on earth in the process, including water and air. Oh ye Gods of Pollution! Oh ye GOP!

When faced with the possible threat that the Iraqis might be amassing terrible weapons that could be used to slay millions of citizens of Western Civilization, President Bush took the only action prudence demanded and the electorate allowed: he conquered Iraq with an army.

This dangerous and expensive act did destroy the Iraqi regime, but left an American army without any clear purpose in a hostile country and subject to attack. If the Army merely returns to its home, then the threat it ended would simply return. If the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit.

The wisest course would have been for President Bush to use his nuclear weapons to slaughter Iraqis until they complied with his demands, or until they were all dead. This is the wisest course? Why stop there? The wisest of the wisest would nuke the whole world, nay, universe until it complied, or was totally dead. Then there would be little risk or expense and no American army would be left exposed. But if he did this, his cowardly electorate would have instantly ended his term of office, if not his freedom or his life. How do they come up with this stuff?

The simple truth that modern weapons now mean a nation must practice genocide or commit suicide. This is not even a complete sentence, not to mention the cold misanthropy. So Mr. Atkinson is so paranoid and precious that he thinks that "to be or not to be" is a question that we get to decide...for everyone. Genocide or Suicide? This is the Republican Vision? The Mission Statement? Where is the better Feng Shui? Where the peaceful garden? Where is the love? The caring? The stewardship? The community? All those things that better people create and maintain? Anyway... Israel provides the perfect example. If the Israelis do not raze Iran, the Iranians will fulfill their boast and wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Yet Israel is not popular, and so is denied permission to defend itself. I'm sorry. The ignorance is deafening. In the same vein, President Bush cannot do what is necessary for the survival of Americans. He cannot use the nation's powerful weapons. All he can do is try and discover a result that will be popular with Americans.

As there appears to be no sensible result of the invasion of Iraq that will be popular with his countrymen other than retreat, President Bush is reviled; he has become another victim of Democracy. Blame the victims!

By elevating popular fancy over truth, Democracy is clearly an enemy of not just truth, but duty and justice, which makes it the worst form of government. President Bush must overcome not just the situation in Iraq, but democratic government. Exhibit A

However, President Bush has a valuable historical example that he could choose to follow.

When the ancient Roman general Julius Caesar was struggling to conquer ancient Gaul, he not only had to defeat the Gauls, but he also had to defeat his political enemies in Rome who would destroy him the moment his tenure as consul (president) ended. Does he smell war crimes tribunal? And not just for big daddy? Is this the source of paranoia?

Caesar pacified Gaul by mass slaughter; he then used his successful army to crush all political opposition at home and establish himself as permanent ruler of ancient Rome. This brilliant action not only ended the personal threat to Caesar, but ended the civil chaos that was threatening anarchy in ancient Rome - thus marking the start of the ancient Roman Empire that gave peace and prosperity to the known world.

If President Bush copied Julius Caesar by ordering his army to empty Iraq of Arabs and repopulate the country with Americans, he would achieve immediate results: popularity with his military; enrichment of America by converting an Arabian Iraq into an American Iraq (therefore turning it from a liability to an asset); and boost American prestige while terrifying
American enemies. Are these not the machinations of Evil?

He could then follow Caesar's example and use his new found popularity with the military to wield military power to become the first permanent president of America, and end the civil chaos caused by the continually squabbling Congress and the out-of-control Supreme Court. Not just the United States of America at this point, I notice.

President Bush can fail in his duty to himself, his country, and his God, by becoming "ex-president" Bush or he can become "President-for-Life" Bush: the conqueror of Iraq, who brings sense to the Congress and sanity to the Supreme Court. Then who would be able to stop Bush from emulating Augustus Caesar and becoming ruler of the world? For only an America united under one ruler has the power to save humanity from the threat of a new Dark Age
wrought by terrorists armed with nuclear weapons. No offense, but we are that power and that threat, and Bushworld IS the darkening of the light. The I Ching has said that time and again. Since 2000. Take it up with the Ching. Strangely, I always knew that Bushworld was anti-tao, against nature and spirit, and its subtle interplay, and this document lays it all out. I only hope we have the good judgement and graces to consign it to the wasteheap of horribly bad ideas.

Digby, who has also been tracking this, found these gems:

"The merits of the great new plan are being debated over at Free Republic right now, and here are a few responses in favor of the proposal:"

a.. "I can see why they took his piece down. Some of his views are a wee bit off the right edge. He actually espouses some of the extreme measures that the extremists on the far left enjoy falsly accusing President Bush of plotting."

b.. "The difference between a democracy and a monarchy is that in a monarchy you only have to put up with one idiot."

c.. "What exactly is crazy about what Mr. Atkinson is suggesting? He's actually framing a very common-sense principal: If democracy is destroying America then democracy needs to go. And, personally, there are very few of us here on FR who wouldn't like to see the lands of Allah turned into a glass parking lot. In fact, I'm saving a bottle of non-alcoholic champagne for when it happens."

Conservative think tank: Bush "a victim of Democracy"
NeoCon Think Tank documents show president bush as the new Caesar
Think Tank Calls For Bush to Be Dictator For Life
Madness in Consideration
Think Tank Calls For Bush to Be Dictator For Life
conquering the drawbacks of democracy - Philip Atkinson
Iran: H. CON. Res. 362| Take Action Time.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Harvard Square @ Google Earth in 3-D

Google Earth now has photorealistic 3-D buildings that you can create and add to Google Earth. I'm only just now learning how to create these buildings and environments, but someone with more architectural wherewithal might meet with great results...and a possible career at transferring the 3-D world onto the new globe.

Harvard Square from Google Earth (a clip)

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Happy Birthday Elizabeth Edwards!

Today is the birthday of one of the coolest women ever. Ironically, she is also one of the warmest women ever as well.

My friend, MaryAnn took this picture of Elizabeth and me discussing a passage in a book.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Fail the Magic Internet Meme

"Fail" is the name of a popular internet meme where users superimpose the word "fail" onto embarrassing or compromising photos.[1][2][3] The G4 television channel has a web feature called "Epic Fail" that denotes major gaffs in popular culture - a mainstream play on the meme.[4] Fail Dogs, an animal version, made the front page of Digg in February, 2008.
- Wikipedia

Friday, May 30, 2008

Icky War Crimes Make Scott McClellan Dance for his Dollars

Several years ago, I wrote about today's man of the hour, and now, I wonder if he didn't take my hint...
Icky War Crimes Make Scott McClellan Dance for his Dollars
Written by anonyMoses
Published November 10, 2005

White House Briefing: McClellan Deflects Questions on Torture Exemption A Couple Dozen Times

It must be tough being an apologist for war criminals and their icky need to torture, especially now that they can no longer claim proprietorship of the so-called American mainstream, which they polluted and left for dead in their race to reach the right fringe of Hell.
So much easier to just emulate Jesus or Rumi or Gautama than to emulate power-crazed megalomaniacs — who could never see beyond their alcohol-emboldened egos.

So much easier to just emulate Jesus or Rumi or Gautama than to emulate power-crazed megalomaniacs — who could never see beyond their alcohol-emboldened egos.
America should be courageous enough to cough up its own hairballs when they threaten the flow of air. And yet our air is filled with hairballs and nutballs, all hyperventilating shrill emotions, as if amplitude will serve to persuade. But as George Bernard Shaw once observed, "Not intelligent, only opinionated." Yet some people guzzle opinion as if it were knowledge, thus real food. Only when they die of malnutrition might they realize that one has to eat something more substantial than chicken. Faux chicken.

bla bla bla...

the rest is here.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Bugliosi: George Bush's Unseemly Response to the Suffering He Has Caused

How has George Bush reacted to the hell he created in Iraq, to the thousands of lives that have been lost in the war, and to the enormous and endless suffering that the survivors of the victims -- their loved ones -- have had to endure?


Friday, May 23, 2008


When thinking about the recent earthquake in China, and the tragedy of Myanmar, I was reminded of the work of an old friend from Cambridge who was working on the problem of affordable, safe, mud-based houses, boats and such, at MIT. At the time he was showing, in his thesis, how one could use mud and chickenwire to create said homes and boats. I think he already knew what the future was going to bring.

Doing a simple search, I found this related article on some of his more recent work, which needs to be embraced and multiplied.


Mr Sultan told Dawn that he had designed mud houses that could withstand a 8.5 intensity earthquake - one point higher than the October tremor which measured 7.6 on the Richter Scale.

Mud houses could be highly resistant to seismic forces if modern architectural techniques are used in their construction.

“Iran did nothing good by putting a ban on building mud houses after the Bam earthquake. I can prove that Iran’s decision was unwise,” he said, claiming that his building techniques would be best for Iran, Turkey and other countries located in dangerous seismic zones.

All the building materials - mud being the basic - required for the house he designed are indigenously produced and could be put together simply. That makes the construction cost of the mud house very low, he said.


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Liveblogging the Dance of the Davids : The American Idol Finale

I agree with Jeffrey Feldman. Enough with the war metaphors.
So tonight, there is no battle. There is a dance. Davids like to dance.
Davids dance with all their might.

The duet of the Davids was the first good thing of the night. The first piece really made you think that someone was torturing the contestants into banal atavistic conformity.

Seal did a duet with the lovely lady I had banked on to win. Hot.
Hotter than the Davids, frankly, but what the heck. They will all make in excess of one hundred dollars.

Jason Castro did a lovely version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelluia, or however you spell it. His best ever.

More banal conformity. Less pipes and timbrils. Less wild ecstasy.
...and Donna Summers, who sees, nay, looks, fantastic!
What brand of oatmeal is SHE eating? She spares the segment from dying a cruel death.
I don't approve of some of the dancing. No place for toilet humor.
Oh well, now Donna is leading the caravanserai down into the pit of forgotten disco.
Where is Radiohead when you need him? Does George know no mercy?

I don't believe this. A commercial!! Were we forewarned? No!!!

Australia's Michael Johns and Ireland's Carly Smithson are doing "The Letter". Not exactly Gorecki's Third, but not bad either. Certainly not evil...although at one point it looked like they were looking upon one another's genital regions, or therabouts. Playbacks will tell.

Jimmy Kimmel jokes about tipping Sanjaya, who is laughing in the audience, then rips into Simon, who is valiantly defended by host Seacrest who compares Kimmel to a Ship or cocktail lounge comedian. ABC vs FOX.

Ryan, I mean Bryan Adams then appears out of nowhere, thinking he has been everywhere.

So far, it is very, very, very, very, very, day before the day before yestermillennium. Cut to ape man.

The Davids are thinking: "Get me the Hell outta here!" and "Here, you can have it!"

Jordin Sparks in Disney World.

David Cook does "Sharp Dressed Man" with ZZ Top. Talk about facial, hair!
These fellers have been growing since they were born practically, and were never told that it was quality, not quantity...although the Supreme Court is likely to reverse that decision.

Wow! Graham Nash and Brooke White singing "Teach your Children".
Not a dry ice in the how.

Times passes.

I'll tell ya what. If something interesting happens, I will rouse and write.
hell, it's free.
Can't believe we're only halfway through...

Well lucky me! What a moving and timely performance by George Michael...who really does know how to pick 'em. Sorry to say I don't know the name of it, but I do know that it will take on a life of its own, and become a major hit, if it isn't already.

Paula was in tears, as were a goodly number of other bipeds in the vicinity. Hundreds!



Yay! Justice is served.

"John the Maverick" or "Out to Pasture"

Friday, May 16, 2008

"I stand before you declare...that this soldier will not be deploying to Iraq,"

"I stand before you today with the strength and clarity and resolve to declare to the military, my government and the world that this soldier will not be deploying to Iraq...I cannot deploy to Iraq, carry a weapon and not be part of the problem," - Matthis Chiroux

Former army sergeant Kristofer Goldsmith told a half-dozen US lawmakers and scores of people who packed into a small hearing room of "lawless murders, looting and the abuse of countless Iraqis."

He spoke of the psychologically fragile men and women who return from Iraq, to find little help or treatment offered from official circles.

Some 300,000 of the 1.6 million US soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from the psychological traumas of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or both, an independent study showed last month.

Officials take "hard facts and slice them into small pieces to make them presentable to the secretary of state or the president -- and all with the intent of furthering the occupation of Iraq," Goldsmith added.

[excerpted from HERE]

Monday, April 28, 2008

Friday, April 25, 2008

United Airlines and FedEx Donate Plane to Create a New Flying Eye Hospital

Orbis International is bringing sight to the world

CHICAGO -- ORBIS International, a nonprofit development organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide, today announced it will replace its current DC-10 Flying Eye Hospital with a DC-10 Series 30 freighter. United Airlines , with the support of FedEx Corp. , is donating the airplane to ORBIS. The $2 million donation is based on the plane's estimated value and being funded equally by United and FedEx.

"Through the extraordinary generosity of United and FedEx, millions of people who would otherwise go blind or remain blind for lack of proper eye care will reap the rewards of advanced ophthalmic training," said ORBIS Executive Director Geoffrey Holland. "The new aircraft will allow ORBIS to continue its mobile sight-saving training for 20 years. This is a truly wonderful gift to the world."


Thursday, April 24, 2008

River Cooters of Carolina

a river cooter basks on a log

For what it's worth: Who will win American Idol?

Syesha Mercado

Syesha Mercado will win. Best all 'round. Sexiest.
David Cook will come in second. Most original, intellectual and hard working.
David Archuleto, third. A slightly lesser David Cook.
Brooke White might be fourth, although I think she should have already been kicked off. I suspect she has a strong fan base who vote early and often. It is, after all, only Fox.
Jason Castro will probably be next to go, although it ought to be Brooke, who has issues.
Syesha and David Cook are a cut above the rest.

Now...back to important things.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Bush Challenges Limbaugh, Polluters on Climate Change

Conservatives Accused of Slowheadedness

WASHINGTON -- Lame Duck, George W. Bush, in a rare instance of lucidity, gained the insight and understanding that human beings, while alive, create heat. He is now claiming that his global war on terrorism, is helping reduce the temperature of the earth, by reducing the number of living people.

"That is laughable!" says Moby K. Dick of Science Faction Fime, whatever that is. "MOAB did more to trigger the final phase of this crisis than any other event, including his trumpeted loss of life."

Meantime the Buddhic drone of Diane Rehm echoes through my apterous coil, the dense popularity of this pivotal moment, falling like the dollar around my barefoot sense of things.

Friday, April 18, 2008

John Edwards on the Colbert Report: Here's to Carolinians!

Two of my favorite Carolinians in a brilliant segment. Must see TV!

(Thanks to TomP at Daily Kos and Jude alerting my mind to it.)

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Stand up for the man who stood up for us!

Harry Taylor was the first American citizen to challenge Bush directly.

On this April 6th, remember the courage of Harry Taylor, and carpe diem...

Harry is running for congress here in North Carolina, and your support and words of encouragement would surely be most appreciated.

Harry is now listed in Wikipedia, wherein it says, among other things:

"Harry Taylor is an outspoken critic of the Bush administration, noted for his unusually controversial question posed to President Bush in a North Carolina town hall meeting at Central Piedmont Community College on April 6, 2006. Taylor criticized Bush's warrantless wiretapping program and treatment of enemy combatants, among other actions, and asked that the president express some manner of shame for his actions. President Bush refused to do so.

Taylor's confrontation has since been praised in independent liberal publications, and noted for its surprising rarity given the prevalence of such opinions among Americans."

It is STILL surprisingly rare!

Harry Taylor for Congress

More on this, momentarily.

Friday, March 21, 2008

President Clinton comes to the Thomas St. Tavern

I don't go to very many places in Charlotte, but one place I do pop into upon occasion is the Thomas Street Tavern, here in avuncular Charlotte, North Dakota...I mean Carolina. Not sure why, perhaps I knew the President would, one day, go there. Maybe I was thirsty. The tavern used to be my post office. Perhaps I am a creature of habit. No doubt I am a creature. I do have a mirror.

But this is not really important, as is, say, flag-burning or the sad disappearance of the front porch swing. What IS important is that a geomantic concurrence involved our dear former leader, whom I have long advised, on a purely disinterested, volunteer basis, and one of whom might best understand the protean visions of an anonymous Moses. Everyone should have one.

So sorry to have repeated our peculiar left-hankshake, but I would still hope that, by some miracle involving the Information Superhighway, my dear old acquaintance will accept my good wishes that my fair city treated him well. And that, one day, he, Jimmy Carter, John Edwards, Billy Graham, Joel Osteen, Paul Newman, Peter Gomes, Skip Gates and I can share pithy apopthegms whilst pondering the pleroma of archons in our midst.

Short of that, a tip of the hat would do.

Oh, and Bill. Y'all need to anchor yourself near the North Carolina/New York Jude and I are apt to say. We are the Andy Griffith State. We serve to heal and humor all who enter herein, that they may go forth a fine steward and exemplar, widening the circles of peace, mowing the lawns of satisfaction.

Well, maybe not that last one.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Lots of groovy images at Essays & Effluvia

GOP Congressman accuses Bush Inc. of criminality

Republicans in Congress Can't Take White House Criminality Anymore - Maybe Democrats Could Join in and Act

Rohrbacher's Speech to the Congress

Excerpts from the speech:
"The disdain and uncooperative nature that this administration has
shown toward Congress, including Republican Members, is so egregious
that I can no longer assume that it is simply bureaucratic incompetence
or isolated mistakes. Rather, I have come to the sad conclusion that
this administration has intentionally obstructed Congress' rightful and
constitutional duties."

"Tonight, I will provide examples of how this
administration for the past 7 years has undercut congressional
investigators, has lied to Members of Congress, and has forged ahead
with secret deals in spite of efforts and pleas by Congress to be
informed, if not involved."

"This administration ends up lying in a briefing to Congress and
shrugs it off. To this day, absolutely nothing has been done about this
crime. And yes, lying to Congress, especially about an issue of this
magnitude, is a crime."

Then there is more, including how the bombers of the Murrow Bldg. were in contact with the bombers of the WTC.

Say Tabsolu! Say it!

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Sharks and Condit: 9/11 - Bush knew, but did nothing

Sharks and Condit

The week of 9/11/01, for me, began on 9/05. That was the day I was to fly to Manhattan, attend a party for my friend Rob, and hang out a few days, then return on the 10th.
Well, there was a huge storm on the 10th, and I couldn't fly out. I was stuck in Manhattan. I would simply fly out the next day, which, as is now legend, was a beautiful blue September day...until around 8:45 am...when the skies got dirtied up with smoke, asbestos and cremated human beings.
America was under attack. Just as I had predicted.

I don't know how I knew something bad was going to happen, and probably in New York, but I did. Right before I fly up on the 5th, I had written, on a message board, a post called: "The week the world ended". I swear I had nothing to do with it. I do have a fairly keen intuition though, and it just seemed too weird to me that, for one, the Media was overly obsessed with two stupid things: Gary Condit and sharks. They still waste our time with shark stuff, and I still wonder if it isn't if not a cover-up, at least a sin of omission and a sign laziness.

There were other things that augered ill, like the moribund economy, Bush's pathetic ratings (although not quite as bad as today), sabre-rattling with the Taliban, and so on. In retrospect, I think it may have been something that Robert Fritz used to talk about, but sadly I forgot the term. But it was basically this: As your patient, client, friend, whatever, is describing things, events and whatnot, you, as the healer, etc., try to visualize in your mind the action...and when it becomes difficult to visualize, therein lies the problem...which is oftentimes a lie, or some other construct that has no coordinates in reality.

Maybe what made me so suspicious was that things didn't add up. Fact is though, things hadn't added up since the election, a few months earlier.

A couple of nights before 9/11, while walking to Radio City Music Hall to see what turned out to be a remarkable Yes concert (the review of which alludes to my fears),
I said to my bud, who was working in the Media, "What is the deal with all this "sharks and Condit?), to which he replied: "It is a slow news time", to which I replied from the midst of my overall suspicion, "Not for long." Less than a hundred hours later...


Re-reading my review of the concert (the original site is closed but probably in the Wayback Machine), I am taken by what I had neglected to focus upon prior to just now...and that is that heretofore, I had thought that "Gates of Delirium" was the defining song of the night...which, after the fact of 9/11, was made all the more the obvious choice, as it was about the war between good and evil, armageddon, and so on. I had all but forgotten that I wrote about a song called "Sacred Ground" [correction - it is actually called "In the Presence of".] which must have impressed me at the time, and I recall being a beautiful and meaningful song. I HAD thought about the fact that this concert was to their last and crowning event of the tour, but I had not, fully connected NYC with Sacred Ground, and that might be because, at the time, I was disturbed by the decadent, wanton seeming lack of sacredness. From the skyscraper with a big red 666 neon sign, to megamammoniacal hindbrains, to the endless honk honk honk of angry cars...Manhattan was in decay.

In this final segment, Jon warns us of war, and says the light can win out...

from "In The Presence Of":

In your arms I can see it all
I can see it all
If we were flowers
We would worship the sun
So why not now?
This light is burning brightly
This light is burning brightly
Brighter than before
Brighter than before
Brighter than before
Brighter than before
Turn around and remember that
When it gets so low
As you finally hit the ground
Turn around and remember that
Now I’m standing tall
Standing on my sacred ground
Turn around and remember that
When it gets so low
As you finally hit the ground
Turn around and remember that
Now you’re standing tall
Standing on sacred ground
Standing on sacred ground
Standing on sacred ground

Little did I know at the time how sacred the ground on which we stood, would soon become.

After the initial shock of 9/11, there was a change in the air. Literally.
Some of it was actually good, in that people became more pensive, conversational, communitarian...and I, for the first time in my life, felt like a New Yorker...even though genealogically, I am an Old Yorker...which is suppose is better than being an old porker. We shall see.

in progress...

Friday, March 07, 2008

On the Death of Eve Carson

My father went to Chapel Hill, and I know his heart is as broken as mine at this tragic incident.

Fractals, Hubble & the night sky

Fractal Gallery

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Pownce & Microblogging

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Pownce has been compared favorably to other websites with similar functionality like Twitter, and has been called a "Twitter on steroids".[3] It has also been recommended for use over Twitter in a work setting because of its enhanced discussion-tracking capabilities."

The technology involved: (Wikipedia)

Pownce is built on a variation of the LAMP stack: Debian GNU/Linux, Apache, MySQL, and Python. The web application is made with Django, an open source web application framework, written in Python. File storage is supported by Amazon S3. The desktop application is written in Flex for Adobe's AIR platform. The icons used throughout the site are taken from the open source FamFamFam Silk and ISO series icon packs.

NPR: Report: Rove Pushing a McCain-Romney Ticket

NPR: Report: Rove Pushing a McCain-Romney Ticket

Monday, March 03, 2008 - Watch Live Streaming News From the USA & World - Beta Version - Watch Live Streaming News From the USA & World - Beta Version

(Thanks to Dave Winer)

Hamburg A320 Dangerous Landing - Mahalo

Hamburg A320 Dangerous Landing - Mahalo

(Thanks to Jason Calancanis, Mahalo via Twitter for the link.

Liveblogging the Queen and Barbara Walters

The queen conveys without words.

Important Fact 1 - President Bush does not DO White Tie!

"I am just a ornament." - President George W. Bush
"No, you are a nornament." Queen


You cannot see the ceilings of Buckingham. I scrape my head on mine.

"She's got a neat twinkle in her eye." GWB
"It's called Baraka." Barbary Walter

"She's the queen of the British monarch." - nobodaddy in crowd

(I am reminded of Goofus and Gallant". )

Oops. He DOES do white tie. His explanation though makes it clear that he doesn't fully realize that she was, is and will be. He only was. His isness could stand a clintonizing.

Online Therapy: The Next Frontier

Huffington Post

I can do that.

Exclusive First Look: WorldWide Telescope


(thanks to robert scoble -- the scobleizer)

Friday, February 29, 2008

Organic Love Dance Deemed Most Beautiful

Pilobolus: A performance merging dance and biology (video)
Otis Cook and Jennifer Macavinta perform the organic love dance, "Symbiosis."
The music, recorded by the Kronos Quartet on Nonesuch Records, is a compilation of works: "God Music" from Black Angels by George Crumb, "Fratres" by Arvo Pärt, and "Morango ... Almost a Tango" by Thomas Oboe Lee.

The flow and tenderness of the dance defies time and gravity -- something you'll never see of hear on prime time game shows with dime store dancing. Much freedom is given the dancers by the liberating music of Crumb, Part and Lee. Many dancers never seem to understand how restricting so much of popular music really is.

I hope you enjoy this. It is worth the wait.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The End of America

Naomi Wolf

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Hey Jude

I Drink Your Milkshake

Saturday Night Live (SNL) on February 23, 2008. Parody of Oscar nominated films: There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men, and Juno.

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Adobe AIR 1.0 is out!

The Adobe® AIR™ runtime lets developers use proven web technologies to build rich Internet applications that deploy to the desktop and run across operating systems.What type of developer are you?

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Tift Merritt on Jay Leno tonight

Tift Merritt with Emmylou Harris - TIFT MERRITT - North Carolina / NYC -

Iddybud Journal: Iraq-Recession Campaign

Iddybud Journal: Iraq-Recession Campaign

Jude's excellent summation of the Iraq-Recession Campaign...


"This morning, former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth Edwards joined top anti-Iraq war leaders to announce the launch of a new nationwide, multimillion dollar campaign aimed at shining a light on the cost of war in Iraq. The new Iraq/Recession Campaign was launched with a teleconference.

As economic concerns weigh heavily on the minds of Americans, opposition to President Bush's reckless war in Iraq continues to grow. The massive cost of the war in Iraq- hurtling toward one trillion dollars - has increased demand for a strategy to bring U.S. troops home. The Iraq/Recession Campaign will highlight the majority of Americans who want to see leadership on investing in critical priorities at home and establishing real security throughout the world."

Friday, February 22, 2008

Animals are our connection with Eden

I was saddened to hear that Jude Nagurney-Camwell lost Cora, her cat and companion for many years.
The cat in the picture is not Cora, but looks like her. Cora was given a good life, and a peaceful death, with caring souls all around. Even in such pain and sorrow, such tender and caring feelings are good for the soul and humanity...and felixity.
(I hope I'm using that word correctly.)


Thursday, February 21, 2008

Monday, February 18, 2008

EDHEAD ; A John Edwards Tribute video

Music by the late, great Nick Drake.

The Edwards Primary: Obama Edition

Obama Meets Edwards, Pledges Party Remake

"Obama asked for an endorsement. But he also provided the former senator and his wife with detailed arguments about why he would be a stronger Democratic candidate in November, and an outline of how he would seek to implement progressive economic reforms as president.

A key part of the discussion focused on a priority of John Edwards: writing a Democratic platform that outlines a genuine change agenda.

"The meeting with John, we just wanted to talk about how we can move the party in a direction that focuses on middle-class issues, relieving poverty, reducing the influence of special interests in Washington," Obama acknowledged Sunday night."

(from The Nation)

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Thanx for Spanx!

YouTube - Spank me with Spanx!

Here goes the next big trend...

Welcome to Spanx by Sara Blakely: Official Site - Feb 15Shop for the latest in slimming, comfortable bodyshapers, hosiery, intimates, and apparel. Destined to be all the rage at the Oscars. I know I'll be wearing my Spanx lobster bib! "See ya on the red carpet!" - Burns

Friday, February 15, 2008

Was Stephen Kazmierczak a videogame addict?

"Stephen Kazmierczak" games - Google Groups

Anything about Quake, Descent of Final Fantasy that resembles the killer's behavior?
Since I don't play these games I do not know. Little help...

screenshot from Descent

NIU gunman stopped taking medication

Do not stop taking your meds.

Steven Kazmierczak is shown in this photo released Feb. 15, 2008 by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Such ugliness...

Social responsibility for green business in California, Southern California, Northern California, Central California

Social responsibility for green business

Although this link is California-related, it contains many good ideas that could be adopted by other areas.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

John Edwards' Idea-rich Blog is Closing its Doors Today

John Edwards' Blog was the first and best of the presidential blogs, but now it is being put to sleep. Fellow diarists may want to gather their rosebuds while they may, for tomorrow is another day.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Darcy take the plunge - Pride and Prejudice - PBS - Sunday

Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy

I may be the only person who has not yet seen the much-vaunted "Pride and Prejudice", starring my physical and temperamental alter-ego, Colin Firth, but I have seen "Bridget Jones' Diary", which surely must count for something. "Valmont" was also mighty fine as a rending of "Les Liassons Dangeroux", although slightly off-topic.

Yesterday Terry Gross interviewed Mr. Firth and had a most spirited exchanged, largely revolving around his "taking the plunge" -- which, as it turns out, was originally intended to be performed in the raw. When that idea was panned, they pondered undies, only to find out that they didn't wear any at the time. Probably an earlier Britney age, and what with Firth being a Briton and all...must be true. According to Firth, the underknickers were less than alluring, and so they opted out of that, and decided on a clad baptism of liberation.

Clad baptism of liberation

I'd love to find out where this and "Miss Austen Regrets" was filmed. "Mansfield Park" was filmed in and around the lovely Newby Hall near Ripon, Yorkshire, where, for centuries, my ancients romped.

Friday, February 08, 2008

On approaching my 100th Year on the Internets

It was nearly 100 Internet years when I made my first unbroken connection to the Internets. But people don't much talk about "internet years" any more. And, by now, most people understand our passionate exuberance about it.

An Internet year was thought by many to be roughly equivalent to a "dog year", which is, according to high scientists, approximately seven (7, VII) human years -- mainly because things were changing so fast as to perhaps even amuse Thomas Kuhn, whoever that is. Probably a decent fellow. Crooked teeth. None of my business though.

Well, the exuberance has since turned to terror, thanks to those whose jobs involve the taking of human life. Give me a pen any day!

OR that mass of tubes known as the internets.

At least a keyboard.

[Chimes twinkle in the distance.]


The internet is streaming into my head, and back again, in a strange form of breathing, made all the more facile by the advent of blogs and social networking software (sites). In the early days of the Web, content producers and content consumers were often the same people. It was two-way, and a lot like breathing. Over time though, the consumers began to far outweigh the producers, and many people never did more than email and consume content.

With blogging, YouTube, social networking sites like Facebook and other fine and recent inventions, as I said, the breathing is coming back. At least that what my dog says.
And he's never wrong. Good Feydeaux! Down!

Now you've made me lose my thought!

Well, here's something you can read in the meantime:

I've already told ya about Charlotte Blogs, so I needn't go back into that, so let me share with you, instead, The Clog -- the brilliantly named blog over at Creative Loafing.

"The people that are for me are fearless."
- John Edwards

Alien Liesmith & Fox Apologist Attacks Female Wolf

The Raw Story | Fox host gets heated when author disses his network

A house built on a foundation of lies will fall, with the liars eating each up, since none are worthy of trust. What fun to watch!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Charlotte Blogs

Charlotte Blogs is the blog of the radio show "Charlotte Talks: with Mike Collins" on NPR affiliate, WFAE. Commenting is mercifully easy, and Mike is one heck of a mensch. Pop in and say hello!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

All recipes – complete resource for recipes and cooking tips

All recipes – complete resource for recipes and cooking tips: "Looking for recipes? Allrecipes has more than 40,000 free recipes—all created, tested, reviewed and approved by home cooks worldwide."

Friday, January 25, 2008

Life After Money: Greed is NOT Good

Rogue trader in £3.7bn bank fraud was already devastated by father's death when his wife left him, and so being stupid, he took it out on the world, and now deserves a spanking.

Should Edwards Ignore Martin Luther King III's Encouragement?

Democratic Underground - 8 Reasons to Choose John Edwards as the 2008 Democratic Nominee

"So, I urge you: keep going. Ignore the pundits, who think this is a horserace, not a fight for justice. My dad was a fighter. As a friend and a believer in my father’s words that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, I say to you: keep going. Keep fighting. My father would be proud." - MLKIII to JRE

Martin Luther King the Third wants John Edwards to keep fighting for justice, even if the hollow shells of Media mechanically echo the words of their undemocratic paymasters as they try and erase John from the equation. I hear they are even thinking about creating separate restrooms for John Edwards, he is that much of a pariah to them and their comfortable New York and Chicago penthouses, where they hatch vain empires, and freely spill the blood of Southern men and women, black and white.

Not all black people are poor, but all poor people are the sense that all poor people have felt what it is like to be left out of the debate. And it is a lot like what John Edwards must feel, as he is being treated like a second class citizen, at best, among the largest media outlets in America.

There is nothing wrong with Hillary and Obama, other than not being Carolinians, but they are getting first class treatment and exposure by the media. They are the face of privilege, which, of course, means "private law" -- not sure if that applies, but maybe -- and although they make good promises...we see where John Edwards puts his action. At the places where most help is a good doctor or healer. New Orleans, the rural areas of America, the inner city slums, in towns abandoned by human beings who somehow actually believe they they deserve to have and make thousands and millions of times more than the least among us...who, as it turns out, is just as important as the richest of us, because Spirit nor Nature goes by money. Ah. Too bad!

Those who go by money are putting theirs behind Hillary and Obama, at least among the Democrats. Those who go by phrenology are lined up behind John Edwards, if only to admire the superior shape of his head, which, as it turns out, is brimming over with great and good ideas for creating a future that will be our friend.

So I say to John, do as Martin would have you do, and keep fighting for justice. Remain good and true, and the universe itself will come to your aid. Fight the good fight. And if you do not win, it will not be because you didn't try. You know as well as I that you don't need no stinkin' election in order to do good things. Never stopped you before.

Those who would urge John to quit are no different from those who urged Gore to quit in 2000.

Esther Dyson: If Google Is the New Microsoft, Facebook Is the New Google

Esther Dyson: If Google Is the New Microsoft, Facebook Is the New Google

During an excellent show on technology, Charlie Rose mentioned to Dyson quote, which I thought would be useful and fun for my illustrious Facebook friends, who are, after all, the best minds of my generation, and part of the reason for Facebook's astonishing rise and strength.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

He who says "both" is lying

He who says "both" is lying

PROOF: There is no "both"...

In the Democratic primary, Obama and Hillary are Goliath and John Edwards is David, Seabiscuit, the oppressed candidate, by virtue of his doing the right thing regarding financing, but even more so by virtue of his marginalization by The Corpulent Media, who always seems to get it least when it comes to the typical American citizen.
They helped shoehorn Bush into office.
They helped shoehorn America into a tragic, horrible, and far from over war.
They are pill pushers.

Even before the war, I knew this much: We might decide when it begins, but it is the enemy who will decide when it is over. And we found this out with "Mission Accomplished". The same sad truth holds true today...unless we are in touch with the highest of truths, and can create a win-win situation whereby their win is clearly more generous than our own...for it is we who created this proverbial "goose in a bottle" to begin with.

There! It is out!

Now can we finally get to the heavy uplifting? (By uplifting, I do not mean tugging.)
Can we now care for our neighbors, disregarding our own well-being? can we shut our mouths and pick up a hammer, say, and physically help rebuild New Orleans, America and the world?
This is what John Edwards is ALREADY doing. Kudos to you, sir, for picking a most excellent running mate. At this point he is ready to even be the President.

Remember the parable of the farmer who tugged at his turnip? By endorsing Obama, are you not, in fact, tugging at a turnip? And a turnip with the wallet of a Goliath?

Everyone knows that Barack Obama will be the president...some day. And most people want him to be at his very best when he is put into that role.

I have no doubt that John Edwards is as worthy a candidate as the good Senator Obama, but I do think that he edges him out in the preparedness column.

"BE PREPARED" - boy scout motto

Preparedness is not the same as entrenchment.
Preparedness is the piece de resistance of revolutionary change, because it is absolutely essential that one not only envision the must also consider the consequences of one's vision. Processing these potential unintended results, beforehand, cannot be done in months. It takes years. Frankly, I would be more comfortable, and would carry his biggest pom-poms were Obama were to prepare for another four or eight years. Like John Edwards.


I hope, in the remaining time, you can see that, in a certain way, John Edwards is the new black. He is being oppressed by the media, whose echolalia carks "both" "both" "both" while trying to frame it as Obama versus Hillary...ONLY.

We mustn't give them that victory. And what if their blackout backfired? What if John, out of absence, became the new face everyone was hoping for, and he, being the new fashion, is again...the new black.

My point is that Democrats, way more than Republicans, pull for the underdog. It is ironic that a white man is the underdog, but it is true...and the truly enlightened position should be one where race and sex plays absolutely no role in the decision...because if it does, it is either sexist or racist at its core.


The underdog is the underdog. As Sartre once said, "..."always on the side of the oppressed, never the oppressor."

Who, in this race, on both parties, is oppressed?
The answer is John Edwards, but also Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, and maybe even those early Republican losses...although I don't begrudge their particular absence.

Be a darling and cringe, with me, every time you hear the word, "both"...because it has that stench that wafted over Florida in 2000.

When you hear the word, "Both", think "Booth", and be a good Conanobrien and crash into the scene, and prevent the injustice.


When it comes to ideas, visions, creatity and passion, John is the goose with the golden egg...not the goose in the bottle. As such, he needs to be in there, bringing out his excllent ideas and vision for the possible America.

They also squelched Bucky Fuller. And had they not, we would have already solved many of the problems that plague us today.

Is Edwards The New Bucky? I don't know.
It is up to each individual, in the quiet of their castle, the determine such things.

Vore John Edwards
He's a Seven!
And a Carolinian!

"O! To be a Carolinian!"
-Walt Whitman

(cross-posted at Daily Kos)

Connector (social) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Connector (social) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Connectors usually know people across an array of social, planes, cultural, professional, and economic circles, and make a habit of introducing people who work or live in different circles. Although connectors are rare -- only one in several thousand people might be thought of as a true connector -- they are, like mavens and salesmen, very important in the healthy function of civil society and business. Connectors are also important in trendsetting."
See also:
"In 1973, stimulated by the work of Rapoport, the American sociologist Mark Granovetter's published The Strength of the Weak Ties. This is recognized as one of the most influential sociology papers ever written."

Not entirely dissimilar to my theory of social triangularity...

935 lies that the Bush administration used to sell the Iraq War

935 lies that the Bush administration used to sell the Iraq War

Daily Kos: Lies, Damned Lies, a Searchable Database of Lies

Now those kooky Kossacks, intellectuals, thinkers and feelers are whining about a phenomenon whose number doesn't even exceed 1k. 1k! Sheesh! My computer has a trillion times more than that. Well, maybe not a trillion. Let me ask my accountant, Arty Andersen.
He's very artful, and is a veritable kenlay of integrity...

The fun never ends!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Mediocre Bush at Lowest Rating Ever, Therefore New War is At Hand

The Raw Story | Bush hits lowest approval rating yet in ABC poll

Meet George W. Bush. George goes to the Middle East to push peace, and start a new war.
Freakin' drydrunks! Hell, give the man a beer!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Nazi Gold at All-Time High. Gold Bubble to Burst.

The Raw Story | Gold prices soar to new all-time high

Say "Tata!" to Goliath Gas-Guzzlers and Global Warming


Tata Nano - world's cheapest new car fights recession and global warming, which has recently seen a surge in warming, at the adept hand of President Bush and his wise use of extremely hot megabombs. Anyone else would be arrested, he's that close to God.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008


Change. What is it?
Many of the candidates are talking about it; some claim to embody it, others make fun of it. The leading Democrats embrace it, while the leading Republican mocks it.

Change is a complex concept that has been studied for thousands of years. The ancient chinese though so much about change that they named their immortal classic 'the Book of Changes". To understand the Chinese people, it doesn't hurt to have a knowledge of the myriad ways in which states can change. By states, I don't mean politically bounded entities, but it could apply there too. In fact, in nearly any situation in life, it doesn't hurt to know your change options. After a time, one begins to recognize certain patterns, and better paths become clearer. One can, in time, know what the future will bring, simply by mastering these aspects of change.

Some excerpts:

In the Book of Changes a distinction is made between three kinds of change: nonchange, cyclic change, and sequent change. Non change is the background, as it were, against which change is made possible. For in regard to any change there must be some fixed point to which the change can be referred, otherwise there can be no definite order and everything is dissolved in chaotic movement. This point of reference must be established, and this always requires a choice and a decision. It makes possible a system of co-ordinates into which everything else can be fitted. Consequently at the beginning of the world, as at the beginning of thought, there is the decision, the fixing of the point of reference. Theoretically any point of reference is possible, but experience teaches that at the dawn of consciousness one stands already enclosed within definite, prepotent systems of relationships. The problem then is to choose one's point of reference so that it coincides with the point of reference for cosmic events. For only then can the world created by one's decision escape being dashed to pieces against prepotent systems of relationships with which it would otherwise come into conflict. Obviously the premise for such a decision is the belief that in the last analysis the world is a system of homogeneous relationships--that it is a cosmos, not a chaos. This belief is the foundation of Chinese philosophy, as of all philosophy. The ultimate frame of reference for all that changes is the nonchanging.


Another law is to be noted. Owing to changes of the sun, moon, and stars, phenomena take form in the heavens. These phenomena obey definite laws. Bound up with them, shapes come into being on earth, in accordance with identical laws. Therefore the processes on earth--blossom and fruit, growth and decay--can be calculated if we know the laws of time. If we know the laws of change, we can precalculate in regard to it, and freedom of action thereupon becomes possible. Changes are the imperceptible tendencies to divergence that, when they have reached a certain point, become visible and bring about transformations.

These are the immutable laws under which, according to Chinese thought, changes are consummated. It is the purpose of the Book of Changes to demonstrate these laws by means of the laws of change operating in the respective hexagrams. Once we succeed in completely reproducing these laws, we acquire a comprehensive view of events; we can understand past and future equally well and bring this knowledge to bear in our actions.

Cyclic change, then, is recurrent change in the organic world, whereas sequent change means the progressive [nonrecurrent] change of phenomena produced by causality.


However, no matter what names are applied to these forces, it is certain that the world of being arises out of their change and interplay. Thus change is conceived of partly as the continuous transformation of the one force into the other and partly as a cycle of complexes of phenomena, in themselves connected, such as day and night, summer and winter. Change is not meaningless -- if it were, there could be no knowledge of it -- but subject to the universal law, tao.

The second theme fundamental to the Book of Changes is its theory of ideas. The eight trigrams are images not so much of objects as of states of change. This view is associated with the concept expressed in the teachings of Lao-tse, as also in those of Confucius, that every event in the visible world is the effect of an "image," that is, of an idea in the unseen world. Accordingly, everything that happens on earth is only a reproduction, as it were, of an event in a world beyond our sense perception, as regards its occurrence in time, it is later than the suprasensible event. The holy men and sages, who are in contact with those higher spheres, have access to these ideas through direct intuition and are therefore able to intervene decisively in events in the world. Thus man is linked with heaven, the suprasensible world of ideas, and with earth, the material world of visible things, to form with these a trinity of the primal powers.

This theory of ideas is applied in a twofold sense. The Book of Changes shows the images of events and also the unfolding of conditions in statu nascendi. Thus, in discerning with its help the seeds of things to come, we learn to foresee the future as well as to understand the past. In this way the images on which the hexagrams are based serve as patterns for timely action in the situations indicated. Not only is adaptation to the course of nature thus made possible, but in the Great Commentary (pt. II, chap. II), an interesting attempt is made to trace back the origin of all the practices and inventions of civilization to such ideas and archetypal images. Whether or not the hypothesis can be made to apply in all specific instances, the basic concept contains a truth.[16]

The third element fundamental to the Book of Changes are the judgments. The judgments clothe the images in words, as it were; they indicate whether a given action will bring good fortune or misfortune, remorse or humiliation. The judgments make it possible for a man to make a decision to desist from a course of action indicated by the situation of the moment but harmful in the long run. In this way he makes himself independent of the tyranny of events. In its judgments, and in the interpretations attached to it from the time of Confucius on the Book of Changes opens to the reader the richest treasure of Chinese wisdom; at the same time it affords him a comprehensive view of the varieties of human experience, enabling him thereby to shape his life of his own sovereign will into an organic whole and so to direct it that it comes into accord with the ultimate tao lying at the root of all that exists.

An Assessment of the Candidates as Human Beings
by Anonymoses Hyperlincoln III