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Tuesday, June 28th, 2005
1:34 pm
The Supreme Court meets Instant Karma

Somebody's apparently trying to use the recent Supreme Court decision on property seizures to nail Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter.



Instant karma!

1:07 pm
Grassroots Democracy: Introduction - (28 Jun 2005)
- Grassroots Democracy: Introduction- (28 Jun 2005)

“the forms of government under which men (and women) live have been very few; they were discovered early, classified by the Greeks and have proved extraordinarily long-lived. … (The) fundamental idea, despite many variations, did not change in the two and a half thousand years that separate Plato from Kant”


It is frequently useful to compare different political systems on an axis of Individualism (liberalism, democracy, respect for individual rights) versus Authoritarianism (top-down command of society, a view that the State may justly disregard the concerns of individuals).

Is one of these preferable to the other?
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11:40 am
Ecological Wisdom: Introduction - (28 JUN 2005)
- Ecological Wisdom: Introduction - (28 JUN 2005)

The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the USA's National Association of Realtors (a professional association of "land agents"/"estate agents") begins:

"Under all is the land.

Upon its wise utilization and widely allocated ownership depend the survival and growth of free institutions and of our civilization."

The human lineage diverged from our close relatives perhaps 2.4 million years ago. During over 99% of that span, all human beings lived in intimate contact with Nature. Its rhythms, interconnections, power, and its place as the foundation of all human activities were immediately obvious to all.

All human societies recognized that the health of their environment and institutions which they enjoyed (or the ill-health of which they suffered) was due to the care which had been taken by their Ancestors, and that they had a similar responsibility to transmit healthy institutions and a healthy environment to their children and grandchildren.

But beginning with the Industrial Revolution, an increasing number of humans have lived in superficial isolation from Nature.
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The time for fantasies of human independence from and control over Nature is past. No feasible level of technology, and no conceivable economic system, will permit human independence from Nature.

Over the next few decades, we will witness the increasing exhaustion of supplies of fossil fuel energy, accompanied by the highest human populations in history, as well as the highest-ever demand for an energy- and resource-intensive lifestyle.

In light of these trends, continuation of current policies will only result in exponentially greater levels of the inequality and misery noted in the 1999 UNDP report.

The 1970s saw the birth of Green parties which formally recognized the primacy of Nature in human affairs. Such consideration of ecological concerns will become increasingly vital over the coming decades.

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Monday, June 27th, 2005
8:31 pm
Iraq is STILL the new Viet Nam
I'm seeing this posted around on various LJ's:

"Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Sunday he anticipates even more violence in Iraq and acknowledged that the insurgency could go on for any number of years. Defeating the insurgency may take as long as 12 years, he said, with Iraqi security forces, not U.S. and foreign troops, taking the lead and finishing the job."


-- Yeah, I'll bet we finish the job just like we did in Viet Nam.

I'll bet that in twenty years, when you look in an atlas, what is now Bagdad will have been renamed Saddam Hussein City
Friday, June 24th, 2005
5:39 pm
New operating precedure for this blog.
Okay, I'm going to try something different.

I originally started this blog largely to discuss politics, but I haven't been doing that much, because I haven't figured out how to organize it.

Here's the new plan.

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Thursday, June 23rd, 2005
7:29 pm
UNBELIEVABLY dumb but kinda funny
Like they say --

"Those of you who like this kind of thing will find this to be the kind of thing they like." :-)


7:18 pm
Cebrity/you look-alike
The ever-fascinating sonjaaa started this meme.

"List and show images for all the celebrities you've been told you look like at some point in your life, whether flattering or not."

Sadly, in my case --


Add the beard and glasses and I really look exactly like that. LOL
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005
4:10 pm
Why the robots want to take over
So, I was looking for recipes and I ran across a humor site -- apparently one of the jokes mentions the ingredients I was looking for.

Part of the site is "Tell us your most embarrassing moment". Half of these usually look fake but I thought that this post had the ring of truth:

"i unplugged all the computers in my computer lab by accident, cause i was messin with this girl by rubbin her leg under the computer and she moved it away and i kept feeling for it, and i thouhgt i felt her leg but it was actually the plugs to the computers"



Tuesday, June 21st, 2005
9:49 am
UK: Land of the Free
So, you Brits who keep saying, "Whoa, those Yanks sure are screwed up. Good thing we'll never have any problems like that over here!"

- Army could patrol UK streets -

"In an attempt to crack down on alcohol-fuelled disorder, dozens of towns around the country will draft in military police to help civilian officers arrest drunken yobs, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper said.

Home secretary Charles Clarke has ordered the initiative following an experiment at a town in Hertfordshire, southern England, where military police were used to patrol the streets late at night.

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"We do not expect hundreds of troops on the streets, but we think the very presence of unarmed troops will deter bad behaviour," a ministry of defence official told the paper.


- Of course this isn't the end of the world, and of course it hasn't happened yet.

But once again, we see the contemporary political mind in action, "Oh no! Bad behavior! Send in the troops!"

Monday, June 20th, 2005
12:07 pm
Wisdom: Just Say No :-)
A lot of "wisdom" consists of knowing which dramatic or comedic scenes you don't want to get involved in.

This morning I went to go for a walk with a rather large, rather fluffy, and rather boisterous dog. This necessitated going down ten floors in a elevator.

We waited for the elevator, and when the doors opened, there stood a fellow carrying a tray full of paint and a roller.

I elected to wait for the next elevator.

12:01 pm
That list of websites you were looking for.
Wikipedia has the chutzpah to provide a "List of websites" -- about 200 of them.


(Though let's see, Google has the slight edge here -- 8,058,044,651 web pages indexed as of today.)

11:56 am
The technology of 1995 -- today!!!

Explains how to use a "World Wide Web browser" to "enjoy the content" of a site selling painter's supplies.

Sunday, June 19th, 2005
8:34 am
Because you're so smart!

Obviously, you are much smarter than the general public -- about most things or about one or two things specifically.

Please tell me a few subjects about which you personally are surprised that most people are so clueless.

Saturday, June 18th, 2005
12:00 pm
Comics -- What you missed the first time around
If you haven't seen this site already --

Okay, this is only for former Junior Geeks, aficionados of gay camp, and the incredible snarky -- hmm, wait a minute, that pretty much covers everyone on LJ, doesn't it?

Really, these are great, and you gotta believe that half the time, the people who created them knew perfectly well what they were doing.


1) There are a lot of these.

2) Please don't be eating or drinking anything while you're viewing these -- you don't want to wind up in the emergency room trying to explain that you blew chicken salad into your nose while watching comic book characters getting it on.


11:42 am
Feminism link
For those who were interested in the recent discussion/flamewar on feminism, the entry "I Am Not My Cock" from the blog The Talent Show says a few interesting things.


Thursday, June 16th, 2005
12:08 pm
Those who can't, do anyway.
Hmm, based on what I've been hearing from some of my younger neighbors recently, there are more people in this world playing guitar and singing than can play guitar and sing.
Wednesday, June 15th, 2005
10:03 pm
I have my limits!
Please be advised that I do not plan to do the "Which Naughty My Little Pony Are You?" quiz.

That is all.
2:12 pm
Please recommend free website hosts

Can anybody recommend a free, low-hassle, host-your-website-here service?

I need to get the names of several of these.

I've been using one for a while but it's gone wonky and I'm not sure what the problem is or how to fix it, so I want to start up again with another provider.

Also: Can anybody recommend any LJ communities where it would be good to ask this?


12:21 pm
Get your own war on
I love Get Your War On, even when it hurts.

I guess that must be cartoon masochism.


(Remember that the first one is from 2001)

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005
6:49 pm
jlassen becomes the target of an investigation

I have, btw, seen a number of posts about incidents like this one over the past couple of years


-- Don't miss the comments -- some are very interesting.

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