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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Limousine Liberals Score Another Big Tax Break

Mr. & Ms. Bezos
AP, from Guardian UK

I support the same-sex marriage push as an important civil-rights issue of our time. If I were more widely read, I would probably remain mum on the Amazon CEO's hefty donation to the cause:
Jennifer Cast, a former Amazon employee who is a lesbian and the volunteer finance co-chair for Washington United for Marriage, emailed Jeff Bezos Sunday asking him to donate between $100,000 and $200,000 to the effort...

Cast received a reply Tuesday night, that said: "Jen, this is right for so many reasons. We're in for $2.5m. Jeff & MacKenzie."
- Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos pledges $2.5m to same-sex marriage in Washington

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Seer Will Sneer, But It's Merely In Fear: An Existential Meditation Of Species

Frederick Sandys Cassandra
Image of Cassandra purloined from Pre Raphaelite Art

One strives to be realistic.

The fates of Cassandra, in her various incarnations in mythology, all resolve around an inevitable descent into madness, borne of the unnatural gift of prophecy. Perhaps "unnatural" is unfair, since it appears that prophecy is as ubiquitous as is the psychic self-immolation of madness itself.

In this age of Cassandras-come-lately (as ironic as that may sound, one can't help but notice the ahistorical cacophony of the various perceptions and assessments of just what is going on right now,) I am struggling with a rather infantile but compelling thought-experiment: With all that I now think that I understand about the limits and consequences of the boom of the last few centuries, unleashed by the obscene ease with which we unearthed and harnessed eons of ancient sunlight, what if, with that knowledge and certainty of the end of such folly, I were to find myself back in time?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Privatization Of Socialism: The Great Insurance Scam

Upside Down Girl
A larger view of this delightful image can be found at the church of facebook

Socialism and "privatization" (the Holy Grail of Libertarian Capitalism) are typically seen as the disparate bi-polar destinations of economic philosophy. At least this is so in the infantile discourse presented to us by politics and in media, the primary endeavor of these forces being to both represent and shape the countenance of "popular opinion." Regardless of which end of this false spectrum our sympathies lie, most of us tend to give a nod to this manufactured choice in our contemplations and discussions. But given a little time and some careful de-contextualization, perhaps we can can understand the question differently.

Quickly: One is a natural manifestation, and the other is borne of ideology.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Living Religion XI: Beauty Is Found In Shoddy Truth - How We Look Away And Impoverish Ourselves


If you do not follow somebody you feel very lonely. Be lonely then. Why are you frightened of being alone? Because you are faced with yourself as you are and you find that you are empty, dull, stupid, ugly, guilty and anxious - a petty, shoddy, secondhand entity. Face the fact; look at it, do not run away from it. The moment you run away fear begins. ~J. Krishnamurti
Krishnamurti's "style" of presentation can be mercilessly negative. If I am to quote him, as I've done here, I can easily sense the unwelcome tone to his message, and it brings me to wonder just why I continue to be attracted to such an "inefficient" manner of proselytization. Is there a value in it, intrinsic to what appears to be a pre-emptively self-defeating vehicle for having a conversation?

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