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Go Fetch!

In Greece in the mid-90s when I was there, plumbing lacked pressure and one could not as a rule flush tissue paper.  Because of this the bidet was common.  Paper was for drying, not for wiping excrement. At the same time homes where I visited, both in Athens and in smaller towns like Markopoulo and […]

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Facilitating First Impressions: Education and theTechnological Teat

A book will “drop” at the end of the month called “Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World,”.  At the link is a brief interview with the author where he makes one point that must be clear to us by now, “first impressions” are of questionable merit, at best, “dangerous” and damaging at worst. […]

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In the Midst of Apocalypse: Tom Friedman Is a Weathercock of Irrelevance

In the Midst of Apocalypse: Tom Friedman Is a Weathercock of Irrelevance

Look, no listen, no hear… The world is riven.  More and more we strike epiphanic notes.  Aha, the world is run by the few at the expense of the many.  Aha, utility privileges the few and makes quantification of “the good” a measured excuse.  Aha, capitalism floats the boats of the wealthy in any country […]

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Reading Is (and Is Not) Power

Historically, reading is power.  Rather, reading was an activity limited to those in power. The Catholic Church refused to allow the Bible to be translated from the Latin (a Power language of the church) to vernacular English.  Even once translated the Church forbade women and servants from reading. A quick backwards glance will easily illustrate […]

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Human Potential, Time Discipline and Post-Edenic Mind

There is only rendering, the rendered, upon which there is thought. This is the basis of our understanding of mind.  Ruskin, Freud, Proust…Bernays, Goebbels, Gossage and so on. In one sense there is an undiscovered country which is not death, but memory in as expansive a form as you can imagine.  We can seek to […]

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How to Blind Justice

Greenwald’s new book (With Liberty and Justice for Some) arrived yesterday.  As is my, er, usual practice, I repaired to the water closet for a prefatory inspection. I will offer the full amount of the text I read before I solved all the problems of our legal system: Introduction As a litigator who practiced for […]

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Glorifying War Shall Not Grow Old

Concerning War Movies (prompted by a conversation about Peter Jackson’s movie They Shall Not Grow Old). In J. D. Salinger’s […]

Cutting Down the Clouds

This winter they are cutting down our woods more seriously than ever,—Fair Haven Hill, Walden, Linnaea Borealis Wood, etc. etc. […]

Representative Texts from Hawthorne to Dickinson

In your daily busyness you are pressed for time to think and often choose instead anesthetization – watching any number […]

Between Hope and Defeat, History and Heaven

“God himself culminates in the present moment.” (Thoreau) What is “now” for? What if you “know” the future? Fairy tales […]

Absolute Solutions Necessary

Only two things to do: 1. zero out carbon emissions 2. exception: all technological and scientific labor exploring new solutions […]

Rachel Carson’s book had no real effect

Facing Global Climate Disruption and the End of Everything All At Once… David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth tries very hard […]