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I dreamt that I was driving down a pleasant dusty country road between hedgerows and copses of old trees on a perfect June day. It could have been some backroad in the Driftless region or somewhere in an old Celtic country. The road led down into a small hamlet or settlement of houses, again, reminding me of Ireland or England, eventually narrowing to a single lane. At this point, the passage of the road seemed to end at a cul de sac, but in fact I had to turn to the left and enter the rear door of a building, like a garage. Perhaps the original ancient road had passed this way, and the building was originally a stable for lodging horse and carriage, built directly across and around the road itself, added on to the adjacent inn.
So, the road itself ran right through the building, though I couldn't tell if it was one way only, or open to traffic from either direction. The feeling was that returning traffic must have been routed in a different track, since there was only the single lane to the entrance. Nonetheless, it seemed that the 'front' was at the exit, so that I had entered through the rear of the 'stable' and would exit through the street side.
After entering the building, I found myself being asked to lean back and relax for a measurement of some sort. I was in a type of metallic chair (a dentist's chair?) with footrests and armrests which were flattened for laying back, rather than like a sitting up in an armchair. The thought passed through me "I wonder if this is the undertakers garage, and they are measuring me for a coffin?" There was no sense of concern, just inquiry, as I silently observed as a couple of men in white coats (or mechanic's overalls?) made adjustments to the platform and took notes.
I seemed to doze presently, and after a moment was awakened in the dream with a doctor/mechanic looking into my face, telling me and the others around "You're just fine, please feel free to proceed on your journey."
At this point I rose and walked out the front door onto the street, which seemed very much like Galena, and the building seemed very much like Elmar's Auto Service Centre, which does indeed open onto both Commerce Street in the rear and Main Street in the front.
I walked out and was immediately standing in a small group of friends in friendly conversation, such as one has in front of a restaurant on a pleasant summer evening after dining out. The one person I recognized immediately was Sam Mulgrew, whose presence seemed immediately to indicate that all was well. This was the end of the dream...
To me, on reflection, this is an immensely positive dream. There was no anxiety, even in the face of uncertainty, and impending enclosure in a casket. It is a dream of transition, and of returning from a journey, which while pleasant enough was long and lonely and somewhat dusty one, like a memory, rather than a present experience. The passage through the Chamber is a classic metaphor for birth and transition, and the image of the undertaker a classic metaphor for the shamanic teacher who guides one through the bardos between death and rebirth.
To find a group of special friends and kindred spirits on ones return from the hero's journey provides deep comfort and a confirmation that the trials endured and the disasters avoided by a hair's breadth are indeed part of the process of initiation.
My dear friends "out there on the left" seem to expect some sort of instant gratification. We did not elect a saviour, dear ones, we elected a far better option than what we'd have otherwise. His global warming positions are far more important than these geo-political games.
From Judith Angelo on Obama : (from Facebook)
"No one got to him. he has not changed -- this is the guy we elected to a position that is defined by the theater of "I" statements in a morbidly enmeshed polical-economic labyrinth : a strategic realist, a compromiser -- not a progressive.
The speech was revelatory not of who he is - true progressives told us all what to expect of this president all during the campaign -but how he thinks. and he also said that a holy war can never be a just war. he also left all references to abuse & suffering country-neutral, universal: he knows part of the 3rd world is in the USA.
I am not defending him- i never expected him to be able to change much of what we do as a nation, or to even make change the way i want him to- i expected intelligence & some transparency. What I am grateful for is THAT he thinks, that he feels morally accountable, & that he is preaching moral accountability as the missing link to true agency and integrity as an actor in the shrinking world. & i don't think he's a hypocrite to share how he makes peace with his conscience and his job. i think he is modeling the need for everyone to do so, and suggesting that developing a real conscience is different than passing judgements based on absolutes.
I hate a lot of what he's agreed to, i disagree with much of his strategy & decisions and it makes me nuts that he can't use metaphor and make every news conference a sharp commercial for the changes he wants to make.
But he is facing crises bred in the hearts of vain & visionless, careless & co-opted men who did not know or care that they were. & he is doing triage in the madhouse they set on fire.
Cuz that's what we hired him to do."
Glad to see President Obama again show some fire in his soul.
And to see that Reason tempered with Compassion is finally again predominant in the White House.
I do not glorify war. But the problems of the world, and those truly psychopathic ones with their armies of suicide soldiers drunk on ugly religious lies don't just disappear because we decide to ignore them.
The right-wing critics of this President are fundamentally racist and corrupt, their arguments are meaningless. The left-wing critics, including many dear friends, seem less than willing to put themselves in his shoes before making blanket condemnations.
IMHO, of course ;-)
See "A Pattern Language", http://patternlanguage.com
by Christopher Alexander, FAAA, Emeritus Prof. of Architecture, UC Berkeley, etc.
But this knowing of myself, and what was in my own true heart, was not only childish. Because at the same time that I recognized it in small things -- like cups of tea, leaves blowing off an autumn tree, a pebble underfoot -- I also began to recognize it in very great things, in works made by artists centuries away from us in time, thousands of miles away in space. In some thing which one of them had made, suddenly this childish heart, this me, came rushing back. I could feel this, for example, in the mud wall at the back of the sand garden of Ryoan-ji, I could feel it in the worn stone of a church, laid fourteen hundred years before. Somehow, I began to realize that the greatest masters of their craft were those who somehow managed to release in me that childish heart which is my true voice, and with which I am completely comfortable and completely free.
This is my comment on the NYTimes Blog entry here:
Can Meditation Curb Heart Attacks? - Well Blog - NYTimes.com http://bit.ly/91ZNm6
Meditation is not a contest. TM is perfectly fine, but claims that it is "better" than other paths practiced with equivalent intention and deliberation are spurious.
Any calming of the chattering monkey-mind is better than no calming of the chattering monkey-mind. Are some practices more or less effective per unit of effort? No doubt, but effort is effort and results are results even so.
Allow the 'right-brain' symbolic mind, with its non-linear broad-field awareness, a quiet moment, and it's like a wave of calm floods into the brain.
The sequential, word-based 'left-brain' knows how to tighten the ratchet of logic, important for certain kinds of problem solving. But without relief, tightens also the ratchet of worry and anxiety,The right-brain has the key to relax the ratchet.
Both are necessary for human self-awareness, but the 'modern' materialistic, fearful, survivalist world view forces the calm voice into the background. (It's not only modern, but part of our very humanness, in fact)
Meditation, ritual. dance, love, food, traditional uses of herbal and fungal "healers", all have a place in the human aspiration to calm self-awareness. Worry is like friction, good for making progress in a tight situation, but also damaging and wasteful of our energy and attention.
Meditation is simply a way to quiet that racket so that our already present balm can flow forward....
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For every left-wing/right-wing ranter out there - and there are plenty on all sides - there is barely a voice attempting to point out one or two simple facts. The Dow Index is over 10000. OK.
Unemployment is over 10%. Yep.
How are these related?
Has the "government" (oh, eveil, eveil, government) decreed that "ALL THOU STOCKS SHALL RISE, AND ALL THEE SPECULATORS SHALL ENJOY WHILST ALL THOU REST OF YAS CAN STUFF IT"??? Nooooo....
Before people can get jobs making stuff, there has to be a demand for what they are making.
If them's that got money just sits on it, there's no demand for the stuff. If them puts their money in the market and they takes some profit, they will have money to SPEND on stuff. Like it or not, that's how it works.
On the other hand, yes, we SHOULD, as a society be spending COMMON treasure on our schools, roads, HEALTH CARE, etc. But does bashing the Dow Jones have ANYTHING to do with any of those public goods???
Nope. If the markets rise, the profits of the companies, and the capital gains of the investors will be taxed (MUST be taxed) and that will help to pay for the common good. Yes, we need more public spending (as Paul Krugman argues regularly), but again, bashing Wall Street gains nothing. Tax the bastards sure, but don't kvetch about their investing. It just smells of sour grapes.
Now, the selfish 'freedom-loaders' of the ranting Rasputin right, who want the society to pay for all their money-making infrastructure, but only by taxing SOMEBODY ELSE, are hypocrites and foul-players all the way down.
Their aim is to disable any and all progress by the new President, firstly so they can return to the corruption of their slimy-palmed ways (see Bush Interior Department, Division of Mines, for example), and secondly because they are unrepentant racists.
Doesn't matter if the Democrat is black or not, the right uses their loaded codes for 'welfare cheats' 'speak English' 'unwed mothers' 'pervert marriage' to solidly jab the elbow into their under-educated barely literate base. Get 'those people' out of power at any cost, they say, and you'll "Love America" - meaning, simply, "Hah, now we've got the cookie jar for ourselves again!"
My dear friends on the Obama-bashing LEFT, on the other hand are, as usual, guilty of good, even wonderful, idealistic intentions, and all too often blithering idiots when it comes to ACTUAL PEOPLE and EVENTS in the REAL WORLD. It's "progress not perfection", people, ok??? Or will you stamp your feet and take your ball and go home???
I am no apologist for capitalism nor for stupid Democratic strategists who seem to be congenitally incapable of grabbing the bull by the horns and making good use of the historic opportunities they now have. And I do believe we need to keep reminding them that - as George Lakoff said - there IS NO CENTER in politics. If you can't keep your own base enthusiastic, you have made a miserable mess of all your potential.
Still, I think that our new President is a hell of a lot smarter than 98% of his critics.
The idiots who captained the ship of state between 2000 and 2008 ran it three miles up on the shore. Before you can turn the damned ship around and actually go somewhere useful, you have to GET IT OFF THE BEACH!
(my replies to a thread on Facebook regarding the idea that pandemic disease is something that 'souls' choose as their way of leaving the earth)
"Every soul chooses its time of birth. Every soul chooses its time and method of death. There are no accidents or untimely deaths. Honor soul's cosmic journey as a powerful being learning lessons." -- from s Facebook thread
Uh... Not sure I buy all this. There's something about the Holocaust which makes me very nervous about such philosophy.
All in favor of positive energy, but as Aslan likes to say, there's no telling another's story. Karma is not obvious, it is very subtle, and Quantum Theory shows that everything is accidental... Karma, if anything, has more to do with our reactions (actions/reactions) to random events, than to do with sequential cause and effect.
S., I have been pondering some of your statements way up near the top. For instance: "all souls experience the effects of either merit karma or demerit karma."
There is nothing in the action of karma that relates to merit or demerit. Karma is like gravity, not like judgement. I think perhaps there is some anthropomorphizing of natural law there.
I'm not so sure, no, in fact I'm quite sure that I wouldn't be so certain about the states of 'souls' between lives, or the 'choices' that 'souls' make. These images may be the experience of an experience, but they are not universal nor absolute.
No teacher can teach that which is. No word can tell it. No experience can be transmitted. No tradition teaches truth.
Thus the sage remains silent, eh?
Nonetheless, the end is the same. Illumination, not illusion. ;-)
Another thought about karma, in particular, regarding 'choices' which are not 'choices'. Suffering is not always chosen. It may be the 'karma' of those who impose violence, not that of the innocents who suffer it.
After all, that is the core teaching of the christian tradition, no? The guy was blameless, but got nailed anyway. Whose 'karma' was that?
Calvinism is the religion of blaming those who suffer. "If you're poor it's because god hates you, you worthless sinner." etc etc.
New ageism ain't any better, and finally, H1N1 could care less about karma.
So, indeed, we practice compassion and lovingkindness, not for the good karma, but because it raises the boat for everyone.
But wash your hands!
A devout Christian (as Prof. Haisch apparently is) does not need to rely on his PhD in Astrophysics to 'prove' his belief in a creator God. I suppose it's a good way to fill up a book, but there is no evidence from science for his belief.
While consciousness may very well drive the development of complexity in the 'lower dimensions' from a seat in the vibrations of the higher (vis brane cosmology), there is no reason or evidence to believe that there is some omniscient or omnipotent individual involved.
Far more likely, and more satisfying to Occam, would be that complexity arises out of quantum or string fundamentals, and that elements of consciousness aggregate into motivational thresholds by vibrational synergy and coherent harmony. Where is the prime driver? In the relationships between infinite "conxels" (consciousness 'pixels').
Deists, in general, are very small-minded, despite their PhDs or whatever. They seem to need to anthropomorphize the cosmos. Perhaps it helps them feel more important. More likely, none of us are important, cosmically, as any rational observer would see.
Still, seeking stillness in the mind, it doesn't hurt to give some attention to the smallness of our home planet, thus magnifying the glory of the Infinite which we best experience through dissolving self-importance.
(original post here: http://blogsandra.rockstellar.com/2009/02/12-tale-of-two-cats.html )
I hope Max had been neutered before he made the break....
The black cat probably suffered less in its acceptance of fate than Max did in the gutters for the rest of his life, which was probably short and not sweet.
I'm not a big fan of these kinds of analogies. Humans are challenged by very different kinds of challenges -- ALONG WITH the shared domain of organic instinctual genetic programs in common with all life.
Our challenges are not so much whether to "BE OURSELVES" at which we are already quite adept. Unfortunately, we end up making very poor decisions as "OURSELVES". We build our ego identities by risk taking. It is the risks which create memorable events around which identity crystalizes.
This is the nature of adolescence, and explains a lot about why it's such a difficult time for all involved! (There's also some great neuro-science being done on the transformation of the brain during this time.)
However, after adolescence, the perceiver must instead learn to take risks TO THE EGO (ie love, service, empathy) in order to open the doors of perception, and broaden into the light and understanding of Conscious Deliberate Awareness.
Sad that the perceived 'market' value of humanity's cultural inheritance is sinking like Citigroup stock. More emphasis on history, ethics and an awareness of the dependence of the individual on a healthy social milieu might have spared us the current tsunami of financial greed and economic misery.
While the demand for technologists, scientists and mathematicians skyrockets, the lack of human perspective and vision in business management and financial 'planning' has created a maelstrom which drags the whole world down into chaos.
On the other hand, perhaps only the elite can be expected to "Know Thyself" as the ancient motto charges. Perhaps the rest of 'us' shall be proscribed to soulless machinelike lives, tuned to specific tasks like worker bees... If so, there's not a lot of hope for democracy.
The NYTimes article is here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/25/books/25human.html?em
The promise of the Dream has survived, even after decades, even centuries, even millenia of opposition. The ancient Dream that a man or woman will be judged, as Martin Luther King said, on the content of their character... rather than the circumstances of their birth.
"It Does Move", as Galileo said, the planet, the human race, the dream does move... But it does not move by itself. It takes one person to convince another person, the network of conscience, one to another, to bring the Dream to life.
We are all small voices, but together we speak the future of humanity, and we hold an awesome responsibility to our home the earth
Together we must build on that dream, and move together into our common future. The inauguration of Barack Obama is a bold step towards that future, and it holds up the best of America's promise to the world. Yes, we can.
Together with our friends, yes we can. Together with our enemies, seeking understanding, yes we can.
Together with the help of the great spirit of our common destiny, Yes, We Can.
Greg Ruffa has done an extraordinary job to document and display the beauty of these wonderful old types. Full color wood-pr0n ;-)
Order direct from Greg, as he has self-published the book, after four years of research, drawing on his own extensive collection of type as well as those of fellow collectors and lovers of wood type.
Each of the faces is shown in a color photo of a full alphabet, as well as a lovingly rendered redrawing of the forms. That is, Greg has rendered each glyph in Illustrator, to show the design as it is conceived, as well as the physical type as artifacts.
This book is a "must have" for anyone who shares Greg's love of these sometimes idiosyncratic, often stout, occasionally drop-dead gorgeous letters. "The Art of Wood Type" compliments and enhances Rob Roy Kelly's landmark "American Wood Type", now out of print (which can generally be found on abe.com, however).
Highly Recommended. *
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As a 'youngster' in my 20s (in the early 1980s) I had the good fortune to "fall in" with a teacher of the Golden Canon (we should call it!), named Diana Faidy, who in her youth had been a tall beauty, a dancer, and a follower of Gurdjieff, and later a board member of the Taliesin Fellowship (after Frank Lloyd Wright's death).
She married an architect named Abel Faidy, who had studied the 'divine ratio' and used it in his drawings and plans. Diana must have been in her 80s when I met her, but she had taken on the mission through her "Society of the Golden Section" to pass along this knowledge to young designers and architects in Chicago. I will always regret lending the large folder full of handouts from her classes to a colleague at one time, who later 'forgot' that she had borrowed them... But the essence has stayed with me!
The meetings of the Society were part art history, analyzing the proportions of the facade of the Coliseum, or Palladio's San Giorgio Maggiore, part practicum with compass and straightedge, and part mystical transmission, somehow from the "Hidden Masters" or something like that!
When Diana died, nobody could find any of the records of the Society and it immediately evaporated. I've searched for years to find anyone who might have been there, so I'd be able to copy their handouts!
Please contact me at peterf at mac.com if you have information about Diana or the Society!
Perhaps also known as "Society for the Golden Section" or "Society of the Golden Proportion" "Society of the Golden Mean" "Society of the Divine Proportion"
Michael Pollan: “Even if you don’t think agriculture is a high priority, given all the other problems we face, we’re not going to make progress on the issues Obama campaigned on — health care, climate change and energy independence — unless we reform agriculture.”
Michael Pollan is the Copernicus of food, seeing beyond the curtain of the glorious megafarm illusion (see http://themeatrix.com) to the real universe of the connection between our lives as energy/food consuming creatures, and our impact on the planet and the species we have turned into fodder for our endless appetites.
My concern is that humans, American humans, have utterly divorced the question of food from any awareness of our collective impact on our own home. While organic foods are still gaining in popularity (though more slowly today due to the economic crunch), it is largely not environmental concern which drives these choices, rather intense personal worry about the health impacts, particularly on the purchaser's children, of the products of industrial agriculture. While this is understandable, it does not address the problem. Organic agriculture can be as wasteful as industrial, regarding its energy inputs, the costs involved in transport, etc. Still on balance, an acre farmed organic is far less harmful to the air and water, and encourages a smaller scale more respectful use of our commons.
The largest abuses, however, by far are in industrial meat production. Water, oil, grain, antibiotics, all are lavished on the poor steer, hog, hen or lamb, crushed into a crate without an inch to stretch their hormone distorted legs. Huge blood-soaked factories grind these barely living pain-filled creatures into meat for the appetites of a population which simply doesn't want to know the costs of their hunger.
The costs are now becoming clear. The planet cannot afford a human culture addicted to cheap meat. While we may be aware of our personal "oil/energy" footprint, considering our driving habits, our thermostat, our extra sweater, we easily forget that 'agriculture' -- the production and the transport of food -- is the largest consumer of oil on the planet.
What food we choose for our tables concerns not only our own health (of which we remain also too often woefully, or rather defiantly, ignorant), but literally the health and survival of the ecological spheres which support life on our planet.
Kristof NYTimes article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/11/opinion/11kristof.html?em
(Peter Fraterdeus worked as a consulting web strategist for a major organic food cooperative from 2002-2007.)
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Thanks for your note, as well!
Yes, Barack Skywalker may have learned the ways of the Force, but the "Death Star" of DC has a way of leaving no good things unpunished.
There's nearly infinite inertia in that dense matter, and it will take a leader of epochal stature to bring enough of We the People's conscious energy to bear on it to change the direction.
I think that our Man is on to an extremely important principal, though: one cannot confront such mass directly. In the same way that a tiny tugboat can turn a giant tanker, you approach it from the perpendicular dimension. Again the principal of transcending the unidimensional dichotomy of right-left, finding a vector which the 'traditional' operators never suspected, never heard of, had never imagined.
NO doubt, however, that Barack will be challenged to the extremes of his capacity. I'm praying for him and his family, and for all sentient beings... and I'm not the praying type.
The thing is that the Matrix is not controlled by the President. Unfortunately, it has taken on a will of its own, modeled after that of the private interests which have greatly usurped the commons (see Jefferson's and Madison's concerns about moneyed interests versus democracy)
So, yes, I think he understands that there is only so much one can do. But FDR and TR took on those interests and set them back for a while. It takes a magnificent disaster for the People to wake-up sometimes....
You gotta love it, though, when GWB says yesterday "Capitalism is not broken..." Oh. My. God. Now the SH*T must REALLY be gonna hit the fan!
After a nearly flawless campaign, in both strategy and tactics, Barack Obama and David Axelrod have clearly left both their opposition and the 'pundit class' gasping for air in their dust.
Obama projects an air of confidence and inner clarity which seems to derive from something akin to advance knowledge of outcomes. His focus goes beyond garden variety IQ. It becomes apparent that he is, in addition, simply more conscious than the typical pundit, or politician, from either party.
The best analogy I can think of is from a long time favorite book, Flatland by Edwin Abbot
In the book, the three-dimensional Sphere has the ability to stand inches away from a Flatlander and observe them without being seen, can remove Flatland objects from closed containers and teleport them via the third dimension without traversing the space in between, and is capable of seeing and touching the inside and outside of everything in the two-dimensional universe; at one point, the Sphere gently pokes the narrator's intestines and launches him into three dimensions as proof of his powers.
Obama's keen observation of human behavior, political behavior in particular, gives him a raised vantage point from which he has been able to ascertain the motives and trajectories of his opponents and adversaries. He has been able to anticipate and frustrate every attack, and simply step aside, like a kung-fu master, as his opponent misses swing after swing.
His understanding of the power of language gave the lie to both Clinton's and McCain's whining about "he's all just pretty words".
After all, leadership is exactly about finding the words to invigorate and empower ones listeners. Without language, we have no polity, no public, no common good. This is, of course, also the danger, for, as George Lakoff said, there is no other weapon in the struggle of ideas.
George Lakoff, in fact, must be feeling pretty well vindicated himself, after his disabuse by the DLC centrists. His star shown during Howard Dean's campaign, but was quenched by the 'realists' who claimed that his message was 'only about words'.
Barack Obama understands the Force of human political strategy, like a Jedi Knight, he able to re-frame powerful attacks by dynamically altering the dimension in which the battle occurs.
I expect that there will never have been a human more conscious of the pitfalls and potentials of power as he enters the People's House, as our next President, our leader and our humble servant.
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Unfortunately, most astrologers don't either.
My response to the article follows:
This is old news, of course... ;-)
The qualities of the signs are based on the relationship to the equinox itself (and, in my view, the length of the daylight hours), not to the background "wallpaper" of the fixed stars. There are four 'elements' and three 'qualities' which iterate through the twelve signs.
Aries is "Cardinal" (containing the initial signature qualities of its season) "Fire", appropriate enough for the Vernal Equinox, as the lengthening days raise verdant. (Of course southern hemisphere astrology would need to invert the cycle, not a problem, since the length of the solar day is the appropriate 'impulse' here, not the "effects" of distant points of light). Taurus, the "Fixed, Earth" middle of the vernal season is traditionally associated with the fecundity of the Earth, a time for planting...
Gemini, the mental "Mutable, Air" sign comes as the season changes (mutable) into summer, and the breezes of late spring invigorate the mind (poetically speaking, of course) (and "Cancer" the first--Cardinal--sign of Summer brings Water to finish the elemental cycle, etc)
While I am not an apologist for astrobabble, I can easily see that the diurnal and lunar cycles have an effect on biological scales, and seasonal affective disorder shows the same on neurological and psychological scales.
What unbiased scientist would discard the 'old wives tales' of astrology, now that we see the economic and therapeutic value, for instance, of herbs used for millennia by Amazon shamans? 19th and 20th C arrogant Euro-centric academics imagined that they already knew everything there was to know, dismissing the iterative and augmentative observations of 1000s of generations of intelligent humans. We do so now at our own peril, both intellectual and global!
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Any more takers for the Burns quote? :-)
Thanks to one very perceptive human (O.J.) for these regular reminders that piercing intelligence need not be stuffed into a dry old shirt...
Speaking as a part-alien, Olivia makes me proud of my human part!
Symbolic consciousness is not a particularly good fit with biological neurological systems, but humans have selectively evolved brains which are better able to hold abstract symbols in contemplation. This is not at all to say that other intelligent earth creatures have no such ability, but the human brain is highly adapted in its attempt to do so.
Language and symbolic consciousness are 'alien' in the sense that they have arrived only after billions of years of biological evolution.
However, the match is by no means perfect! The Buddhist and other contemplative practices are tools for self-calibration and have developed and thrived due to their success at moderating the neuro-symbolic conflux.
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My comment on the good points and information raised there:
Thanks to Ronnie Reagan for the good times, eh? The 'free-market' dogmatics seem to think that the Law of Gravity is also subject to their whims. But what goes up must come down.
The sad thing is that the same lessons are given decade after decade, even century after century, but the reality is that humans are not wise. Our perspective, neurologically, is barely 24 hours. The global economy is much too large to be entrusted to the selfish biological drives that covet McMansions and $10 million condos in Manhattan or Houston.
Unfortunately, American politics panders to the lowest common denominator, with the results of the last eight years a clear example.
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Thanks to a number of Parlortricks readers for insightful replies to my previous post "George Lakoff: Don't think of a Maverick"
Peter, It's not a simple problem...I don't know how they should deal with it, either. I think that dignity goes a long way, but people are somehow snowed by Palin. Part of it is that she is a FRESH FACE. Great strategy to unleash someone who nobody had seen or heard, so she sounds fresh.
Yep. It's a pure Karl Rove masterpiece. However, I think that Obama has known such a moment would arrive, and they are responding with the plan. It's ok to be boring with policy wonkishness for a couple of weeks. I'm hoping that he will save the best for last... three weeks from mid-October onward of soaring inspirational dynamism. It will be time then to leave McPain in the dust of herstory.
The campaign is so long that it wears out the public, and the candidates, too, I think.
In some ways, Obama needs to grab the ball and then hold it to run down the clock.
His ground plan and operation will be executed successfully, as it was in the primary campaign. He struggled against Hillary in the late primaries but never gave up his early lead and stunning early success. This was the strategy and it was executed as it needed to be. It don't matter if it's pretty, what matters, in this game, is whether you win!
Peter, I kinda like the idea of "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all". It really bugs me when the supporters start criticizing their own people. That's all people who can't think for themselves need to hear... "Sarah Palin is effective and Obama is not effective" (they don't even hear the rest of the sentence...that the Obama campaign is not effective in dealing with her...whatever that means). What crap. She's an idiot and he's not. That's all they need to say. ...
Yes, I agree. And you are effectively criticizing Lakoff using his very own idea!
I do feel like George Lakoff has a very important point, though, that it's not about numbers or policy or issues.
It's about who can be a leader of hearts and minds together. A leader whose personal commitment and ideas should inspire us all, American, Earthian, Human. That we aspire to make manifest an awareness of the inter-relatedness of all life and to make being a good American about being a good human being, and a responsible citizen and inhabitant of Our Only Home Planet.
Not about McPain's "Country First" but "We the People".
LEADERSHIP >> IS << ABOUT THE SPEECHES YOU MAKE
Building consensus, pointing direction and raising optimism is what a leader does! Obama does that very well, and I look forward to his returning to that role full time.
- Dorothy sent this link to Andrew Sullivan's article in The Atlantic : "McCain's Integrity"
- For me, this surreal moment - like the entire surrealism of the past ten days - is not really about Sarah Palin or Barack Obama or pigs or fish or lipstick. It's about John McCain. The one thing I always thought I knew about him is that he is a decent and honest person. When he knows, as every sane person must, that Obama did not in any conceivable sense mean that Sarah Palin is a pig, what did he do? Did he come out and say so and end this charade? Or did he acquiesce in and thereby enable the mindless Rovianism that is now the core feature of his campaign?
Full article: http://www.truthout.org/article/mccains-integrity
And now, with Beyond the Palin having finally deigned to be interviewed by the fourth estate, we see, as the New York Times Editorial Board put it:
"""It was bad enough that Ms. Palin’s performance in the first televised interviews she has done since she joined the Republican ticket was so visibly scripted and lacking in awareness. What made it so much worse is the strategy for which the Republicans have made Ms. Palin the frontwoman: win the White House not on ideas, but by denigrating experience, judgment and qualifications."""
Full editorial: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/13/opinion/13sat1.html?em
I am seriously beginning to wonder if the Republican strategy is built on mental illness. Maniacal delusions of grandeur in those raising this intellectual light-weight nutcase Governor to an undeserved pedestal, added to the denial-of-reality psychosis of glazed over lower-middle-class sub-racists ("I'm not racist, but I'd never vote for a Muslim") creates a hot bed of know-nothing populism that only a Hitler could know and love.
John McPain has sold whatever was left of his soul to the reigning demons of Pennsylvania Avenue, hoping in exchange to get the keys to the mansion. By recruiting a full fledged neo-Aryan Amazon to his side, he diminished himself into irrelevance. How dare the Repuglicans complain about references to his age. If Sarah Palin isn't a good enough reason to consider McCain's health and welfare, what the hell is?
"Country First"? What a load of * * * * coming from these obscene neo-fascist theocratic panderers.
Fortunately, there are hundreds of millions people, Go Team!, who now see through this crap.
I just hope they get out and vote in November. ESPECIALLY in IA, WI, PA, OH, MI, CO, MO, FL, VA, etc etc!
Both MoveOn and the Obama campaign have rolled out voter contact tools, which enable supporters to contact both current supporters as well as 'undecided' voters in critical swing states.
Resist Cognitive Dissonance!
Keep the faith!
PS Keep writing!
Must reading for the Obama Movement.
Don't Think of a Maverick! Could the Obama Campaign Be Improved?
By George Lakoff, AlterNet. Posted September 11, 2008.
Obama's task is to reveal McCain as an elite DC insider and to convince conservatives to believe in Obama's leadership abilities.
Throughout the nomination campaign I was struck by how well the Obama campaign was being run, especially how sophisticated the framing was. But recently I have begun to wonder. It looks like, in certain respects, the Obama campaign is making some of the same mistakes of the Hillary campaign and the Kerry and Gore campaigns.
The Dayton speech on education had fine policy, but was the first really deadly dull Obama speech I've heard. It started out with lots of numbers. True, but dull. And he is promising more of the same policy wonk speeches. He's right that we are facing serious realities, and he's right to say what he intends to do, but the old inspiring Obama just isn't there. And the surrogates -- Biden and Hillary -- are policy-wonking it too.
I hope I'm wrong. Given my great respect for those who ran the nomination campaign so well, I wonder if I should say anything at all. But, as I predicted, Palin has turned out to be effective and the Obama campaign has not been effective in dealing with her. I've been getting loads of email asking me to say something to the campaign. So with some hesitation and a great deal of respect, I will simply point out what I see.
Four years ago I wrote a book called, Don't Think of an Elephant! The title made a basic point: Negating a frame activates that frame. If you activate the other side's frame, you just help the other side, as Nixon found out when he said, "I am not a crook," which made people think of him as a crook.
Read the whole essay:
George Lakoff is the author of Don't Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate' (Chelsea Green). He is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley and a Senior Fellow of the Rockridge Institute.
My comments at NYTimes Opinionator blog:
"No Quiet During the Storm"
Thanks to commenter, Jenny (comment #16), which I repeat for emphasis:
Why is there absolutely no coverage in the Times about the unlawful, violent arrests of journalists covering the RNC protests?
Or the SWAT team-like, pre-emptive raids on lawful protesters and journalists over the weekend? This is a HUGE civil liberties story.
Here’s a link: http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/
Yes, why IS there no coverage???
Amy Goodman, an accredited and widely respected progressive voice from Democracy Now, was arrested with two of her crew while trying to cover this travesty.
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We have become Iran, China, Russia. If the same thing were happening in Bejing, Moscow or Teheran, the main stream media, our great "Fourth Estate" would be shouting from the mountaintops about the denial of basic human rights.
Our "Fourth Estate" has largely abdicated its former honor in favor of the slinking mien of the lackey of the "Ministry of Information"...
"No Quiet during the Storm" -- a misleading headline if there ever was one.
I assumed that here finally the Times would report on the neo-fascist police action taking place in St Paul.
PREEMPTIVE ARRESTS of amateur videographers? Professional Journalists???
What country am I in???? This is an insult to all Americans, a vile insult to the Constitution, and a massive dereliction of duty on behalf of both the "Fourth Estate" and the Constitutional Officers, whether Fed, State or City who are allowing this police action.
High School Politics at the Highest Level...
Oh, and by the way, Sarah Palin's drama queen entrance is having exactly the effect planned. Firstly, to foment delirious outrage amongst liberals, progressives and anyone who's actually paying attention. That creates a perfect backdrop to distract and deceive...
As Bob Herbert notes in his excellent column today:
Palin is the latest G.O.P. distraction. She’s meant to shift attention away from the real issue of this campaign — the awful state of the nation after eight years of Republican rule. The Republicans are brilliant at distractions. Willie Horton was a distraction. The chatter about gays, guns and God has been a long-running distraction. And we all remember the Swift-boat campaign.
Palin is not an attempt to gain PUMA Hillary voters, but an extremely calculated and targeted bait for the evangelical 'influencers' who would have sat this one out, because they are disgusted with both Bush and John McCain (McSame).
Please see George Lakoff's sharp and clear analysis here:
Lakoff: Palin Appeals to Voter Emotions -- Dems Beware http://www.alternet.org/election08/97193
The initial Democratic response to Palin indicates that many Democrats have not learned the lessons of the Reagan and Bush years.
Fortunately, I think the Democrat who does matter, Barack Obama, DOES get it.
So, onward. It's going to be a great season...
I'm optimistic that the Repuglicants will swing wildly and never connect. May Gustav be their prophet.
Go Cubs! gObama!
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Please take four minutes NOW to help preserve the People's Freedom from Government Surveillance. The House is voting this afternoon on the FISA Reauthorization "compromise".
While I'm a political moderate, at least in terms of what I think is possible, given the history of human self-government, I am absolutely disgusted with the current capitulation being engineered by the Congressional leadership on the issue of the (p)Resident's illegal wiretapping, and the illegal collusion of the giant Telecoms allowing this to take place.
I highly urge every Parlortricks reader (and every concerned citizen!) to have a look at the urgent update from Moveon.org (below), and CALL Senator Obama's office and tell him to stiffen his resolve against such a deal. (Last October he said he would support a filibuster against it)
Senator Barack Obama
Senators Feingold and Leahy are as outraged as I am about this, and I think our Nominee must come down on this question with a very strong statement that it is NOT time to turn our backs on the Constitution.
The ACLU, EFF, and many other groups have been working for months to defeat this, only to have the Democratic "leadership" -- in particular Rep. Steny Hoyer (see Greenwald article reference in MoveOn footnotes below)-- undermine ongoing efforts to define and determine culpability in the question of ILLEGAL SURVEILLANCE of Americans, and the COLLUSION of the major telecoms in this matter.
While I am a strong supporter of Obama's candidacy, it would be a serious undermining of his credibility on civil rights and constitutional issues were he not to reject this "Telecom Immunity"
I highly recommend Glenn Greenwald's series of posts at Salon.com (See MoveOn footnotes below)
Greenwald has been reporting on this issue for many months now, including the numerous times it was thought that public pressure had killed the threat.
However, we see now that just like Count Dracula, these things can arise from the dead unless there's a very dramatic stake put through its heart.
It's time to kill the FISA Capitulation Bill once and for all.
NOTE: Please CALL YOUR SENATORS AS WELL AS OBAMA.
While the House may have already voted, the Senate is the final barrier to this bad law.
Tell Obama (and your other own Senators if you're not from Illinois) that there is noever a good time to turn your back on the Constitution.
Thanks for caring.
PS, you may very well get voice-mail at Obama's number. I did when I called a few minutes ago.
Just leave a short message, saying you are a supporter of his candidacy, and a constituant (if you are in Illinois), and that you are outraged by the potential Democratic capitulation regarding Telecom Immunity in the FISA reauthorization.
Today's MoveOn.org statement is here:
Yesterday, some congressional Democrats cut a deal to let companies that helped President Bush break the law off the hook. Barack Obama's promised to oppose such a bill in the past. Can you tell him we're counting on him to stand strong against "immunity" for lawbreaking phone companies?
Senator Barack Obama
Dear MoveOn member,
Yesterday it was announced that some congressional Democrats cut a deal with President Bush to give a get-out-of-jail-free card to phone companies that helped Bush illegally spy on innocent Americans.1 Senator Russ Feingold says the "deal is not a compromise; it is a capitulation."2
Barack Obama took a bold stance on this issue last year, vowing to "support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies."3 We need him to announce that he'll continue this strong position when the bad "deal" is voted on in the Senate.
Can you call Senator Obama today and tell him you're counting on him to keep his word and stand strong against immunity for lawbreaking phone companies?
Senator Barack Obama
Please help us track our progress by clicking here:
These companies helped the Bush Administration illegally spy on the emails and phone calls of innocent Americans. By giving "immunity" to these companies, all lawsuits brought against them by civil liberties groups would be thrown out of court. That means we may never find out how far Bush went in breaking the law. And once it's done, it can't be undone.
Supporters of today's deal say it doesn't guarantee immunity—it just kicks the issue to a court to decide. But that's deceptive. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) points out:
"It gives [Bush's] attorney general the power to decide if cases against telecommunications companies will proceed. The AG only has to certify to the FISA court that the company didn't spy or did so with a permission slip from the president. A note from the president is not a legal defense. Allowing phone companies to avoid litigation by simply presenting a 'permission slip' from the president is not court review."4
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit group working with the ACLU to hold these companies accountable, adds, "whatever gloss might be put on it, the so-called 'compromise' on immunity for phone companies that broke the law is anything but a compromise...no matter how they spin it, this is still immunity, period."5
President Bush and the phone companies know that the facts are against them. A judge appointed by President Bush's father already wrote one opinion finding that "AT&T cannot seriously contend that a reasonable entity in its position could have believed that the alleged domestic dragnet was legal."6
But we'll never know how far their illegal actions went unless we fight back now. Can you tell Barack Obama you're counting on him to keep his word and stand strong against immunity for lawbreaking phone companies?
Senator Barack Obama
Please help us track our progress by clicking here:
Thanks for all you do,
–Nita, Adam G., Patrick, Ilyse, and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team
Friday, June 20th, 2008
1. "George Bush's latest powers, courtesy of the Democratic Congress," Glenn Greenwald on Salon.com, June 19, 2008
2. "Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold On the FISA Deal," Statement of Senator Russ Feingold, June 19, 2008
3. "Obama Camp Says It: He'll Support Filibuster Of Any Bill Containing Telecom Immunity," Greg Sargent at TPM Election Central, October 24, 2007
4. "Facts on the Senator Kit Bond's (R-Mo.) FISA Proposal," June 13, 2008 http://www.aclu.org/safefree/spying/35652res20080613.html
5. "Prepared Statement of Eff Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston on Immunity 'Compromise,'" Electronic Frontier Foundation, June 18, 2008
6. "Targeting Steny Hoyer for his contempt for the rule of law," Glenn Greenwald on Salon.com, June 17, 2008
Strange how Eros moves us,
in paths bright and dark,
from ecstasy to despair.
At once soaring,
wings lifting, graceful effort
among the winds
And then, once again,
folded under to plummet,
as only a heart can fall,
towards a frightening yet
In the atmosphere of desire
fly the raptors of love
sharpened talon and eye seeking
the vulnerable and careless heart.
Yet how often has this hungry hunter
become the prey, in turn, as the
surface of the mirror dissolves
and opens onto a different sky.
This set begins with the lovely air and two jigs I first learned on the whistle from Brighid Malone.
An raibh tu ag an gCarrig, continues with jigs, Morrisons, and Trip to Sligo, which then launches into some original composition and exploration in modulatory lightly dissonant space (yeah, that's what it is...) before returning to an ancient lullaby...
Performed on the mahogany 1956 Martin 0-15, recording with Abletron Live 5 on Mac Powerbook G4 and Digidesign mBox, Shure SM57 microphone. A bit of post-processing to separate channels and add a tiny bit of reverb.
The mp3 file is hosted here (download for iTunes)
You should be able to play it right there on the page, or download it, either way.
Kindly forgive the rough spots, as this was a one-take test...
Indeed, the music.fraterdeus.com site is not ready for prime time, either, but it's a quick Plone 2.5 site which has the Plone4Artists Audio product installed, allowing for the cool features...