Monthly Archives: November 2009

Eva Palin & Palinism

Sarah Palin fascinates me as a person, personality type, and behavioral specimen. As a ‘psycvhological’ screen for a certain type of ‘main street’ resentment, she’s obvious ideally configured. Sarah Palin’s ego and ambitions are breathtaking. People have told me: “Palin … Continue reading

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Bend Over Economics

Daniel Schmidt An Economic Agenda for the GOP Republicans need to be pro-market, not pro-business. Luigi Zingales, City Journal, Autumn 2009 The success of the Republican platform went well beyond the voting booth, of course. The war against the evil … Continue reading

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Gladwell Upsets Pinker

The reasoning in “Outliers,” which consists of cherry-picked anecdotes, post-hoc sophistry and false dichotomies, had me gnawing on my Kindle. -Stephen Pinker, Malcolm Gladwell, Eccentric Detective Stephen Pinkers ripped Malcolm Gladwell in a November 7 review of Gladwells new book … Continue reading

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Transformative Anthropology – More Grey Swans

C. Seize any opportunity, or anything that looks like opportunity. They are rare, much rarer than you think. Remember that positive Black Swans have a necessary first step: you need to be exposed to them. Many people do not realize … Continue reading

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Burning Man

* In the Oaxaca Valley of Mexico, the archaeologists Joyce Marcus and Kent Flannery have gained a remarkable insight into the origin of religion. Universal Religion has been found in societies at every stage of development. Catholic Bishops as they … Continue reading

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Transformative Anthropology – Strategic Serendipity

After a little “mind wringing” I’ve decided to refashion the coinage, Chance Strategic Contingency, into: STRATEGIC SERENDIPITY. My thinking about terminology, having passed through the former term, has come, next, through the keep it simple stupid phase, and arrived at … Continue reading

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Men of Fallen leaves

We’re still playing Free Play softball every Sunday at 10am. Last Sunday the overcast but mild day saw 23 players show up. This was by far the biggest November turnout I’ve observed in the nine years I’ve playing with this … Continue reading

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If Kali Had An OS

In 1984 or 1985, my friend Pilch hauled “The Macintosh” out of his closet and gave it to me. It was to me, at the time, a fancy typewriter; enough so that I could shelve my actual typewriter. It’s specs? … Continue reading

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Fence Sitter

A longtime and friendly intellectual adversary gave me reason for the umpteenth time to briefly consider my so-called metaphysical positions, each of which is fuzzy and none which entertain much of a so-called commitment. I’m listening to the unabridged The … Continue reading

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The Bottom Petal

Claude Lévi-Strauss at Machado in Brazil. While purging my active RSS opml, I noted a feed from the Mind & Culture blog (@Mind&Culture.Net.) “This is a blog for students who are taking the course in Mind and Culture at the … Continue reading

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In Praise of Betty Draper

About half way through Mad Men‘s third season, I decided the show had joined my slim TV pantheon. Mad Men joins: Homicide: Life In the Streets; The Sopranos; The West Wing; NYPD-Blue; ER, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; Firefly; True … Continue reading

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Conscience

Kate and Anna McGarrigle – Hard Times Come Again No More (S.Foster) Lessee: selfish social darwinist nihilism–wrapped in self-aggrandizing ‘personal responsibility-with-exceptions pieties, or, help your neighbor, Christian ethics? That’s easy. H.R. 3962 squeaks by in the House, with one brave … Continue reading

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Individualism and the FollowerArk

Sometimes, while channel surfing, my attention latches onto one of the religious channels. I call it ‘doing research.’ Well, it is a guilty pleasure–watching theocrats. (See Frank Schaeffer: Spaceship Jesus Will Come and Whisk Us Away for a good take.) … Continue reading

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Affectual Politics

Glenn Beck: “I really like our Constitution, I’d like to see it enacted. Let’s fix it and get back to where our founding fathers are.” Loony, yet, “crazy ass sh*t, but. But, more than a few people do agree with … Continue reading

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At Least, A Clear Statement

One thing I’ll give the Muslim creationist Harun Yahya credit for is that he states his sense of the facts of the matter courageously, whereas, the stateside Intelligent Design crew has come to do everything but state clearly, or do … Continue reading

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Dooz Age, Unstoppable

Another flare from Integral Life. The Integral movement is based upon principles of compassion, clarity, and inclusiveness. A willingness to step beyond our personal and cultural points of view while remaining true to our own unique perspective; to sanctify the … Continue reading

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Gray Swans?

One way to while-away the time during my short commute, and, errands, is to listen to unabridged audiobooks. If the experience proves worthwhile as a moment of learning, I’m next compelled to work against my learning style (aural-kinesthetic) and read … Continue reading

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Cha-ching & ‘who were they?’

It was great to see paper ballots being used at my local voting place. This is even better than the punch-the-chad method. Sometimes the ancient technology is the least troublesome. In Cuyahoga County there came to collide in this election … Continue reading

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Kamelmauz – Slidemare – free

Playing playfully under the pseudonym Kamelmauz, I have made available as both streaming mp3s and downloadable Apple lossless, a new recording of experimental dark ambient music, Slidemare. It’s basically a proof-of-concept-record: how to render sound worlds using steel guitars run … Continue reading

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Pagan Men of Fall

The tricker treaters came in waves. I asked a group including two Jedi masters to step back and pose for a group portrait. By my count the Free Play Softball League has notched 28 games, going back to April. It’s … Continue reading

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