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Initially we had begun by "Subject" but found
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below are a form of archival resources while the remainder is by dating.
As Thou, Father, art in
me and I in Thee; that they also may be one in Us. (John 17:21)
“The truth is I wish it were a much
more interesting story than that, because I don’t even recall the moment that
that was occurring and I don’t remember exactly what he said. We didn’t have
any cross words,” he said. “So I’m sorry about that.”
"Which countries will be aging most
rapidly in 2025? They won't be in Europe, where birth rates fell comparatively
gradually and now show some signs of ticking up. Instead, they'll be places
like Iran and Mexico, which experienced youth bulges that were followed
quickly by a collapse in birth rates. In just 35 years, both Iran and Mexico
will have a larger percentage of their populations over 60 than France does
today. Other places with birth rates now below replacement levels include not
just old Europe but also developing countries such as Brazil, Chile, China,
Lebanon, Tunisia, South Korea, and Vietnam."
"They may be octogenarians now, but
pick up a copy of the Tofflers' most famous books -- Future Shock (1970) and
The Third Wave (1980) -- and you will quickly wonder why anyone bothers to
write the redundant meta social and political commentaries that drown us
today. These books, written when we were children, contain such stunning and
prescient insights, encapsulated in elegant yet racing prose, that they ought
to be essential reading four decades onward. Indeed, you couldn't be blamed
for thinking they had just been published this year.
Terms and concepts that are on the tip of everyone's tongue today leap off the
pages: the crisis of industrialism, the promise of renewable energy, ad-hocracy
in business, the rise of the non-nuclear family, technology-enabled
telecommuting, the power of the pro-sumer, sensors embedded in household
appliances, a gene industry that pre-designs the human body, corporate social
responsibility, "information overload" -- and yes, right there on p. 292 of
The Third Wave, the phrase Wired magazine can't get enough of today: "DIY
Revolution." No wonder the book has been dubbed the "classic study of
tomorrow." (Of the very few things they seem to have gotten wrong, or at least
not yet right, is widespread polygamist communes.)
In person, the Tofflers were just as insightful, making connections between
America's congressional deadlock, Asians' obsession with high technology, and
the inertia of Mideast politics. But what's so extraordinary about the
Tofflers is not what they told us in that restaurant, but their long-ago
insights about today's society that seem so relevant now, especially
considering that many were not at all obvious at the time. Where conventional
wisdom of the era saw mass industrialization turning common citizens into
straitjacketed "mass man," the Tofflers saw stratification and functional
differentiation generating a superindustrial society with a "quilt-like"
diversity. And where the public was either ignorant or complacent about the
far-reaching effects of advanced communications technology, the Tofflers
foresaw telephony and virtual worlds that would force us to devise ever more
creative ways to avoid overstimulation and preserve our privacy. From the
vantage point of a present in which overexposure to the Internet is labeled an
addiction, it seems quite an observation on their part to recognize that even
diseases would be technologically generated. The Tofflers' "future shock" is
at once a sickness and a way of life."
"Islamist terrorists worry that things
haven't worked out as planned. Acts of terrorism have not led Muslims to
revolt. Leading terrorists regularly complain: Why aren't more Muslims
resisting the onslaught of the West? What more provocations do they need
before they heed the call to arms?"
"In 2010, Germany itself saw a
dramatic increase in cyber attacks against the government and administrative
networks, the Interior Ministry stated in December. A spokesman said 1,600
such attacks had been reported between January and September of 2010, a large
increase over the 900 reported during all of 2009. Consulting group KPMG
issued a report in September estimating that malware and attacks against
companies result in upwards of €10 billion ($14 billion) in economic damage in
the country each year."
"Through exclusive interviews with
attendees of the most prestigious of all informal transnational networks –
Bilderberg – this book provides a unique insight into the networking habits
and motivations of the world’s most powerful people. Moreover, it demonstrates
that elite consensus is not simply a product of collective common sense among
the elite group; rather, it is a consequence of subtle power relationships
within the elite circle. These relationships, which are embedded in the very
fabric of elite institutions and interactions, result in a particular brand of
enlightened thinking within the elite community."
People explores the hidden mechanisms of influence at work in the private
world, and pers
“Mr. President, if that’s what you
want there is only one way to get it. That is to make a personal appearance
before Congress and scare the hell out of the country.”
— Senator Arthur Vandenberg’s advice to Truman about how to start the Cold
War. On 12 March 1947 Truman did exactly that. From Put Yourself in Marshall’s
Place, James P. Warburg (1948); in 1941 Warburg helped develop our wartime
"Superstar radio talk-show host Rush
Limbaugh has, with characteristic bravado, championed a take-no-prisoners
approach. In late July, as the debt-ceiling debate built to its climax, he
understandably exhorted House Speaker John Boehner to stand strong and rightly
praised the tea party for "putting country before party." But then Mr.
Limbaugh went further. "Winners do not compromise," he declared on air.
"Winners do not compromise with themselves. The winners who do compromise are
winners who still don't believe in themselves as winners, who still think of
themselves as losers.""
"Through several more years of
"careful, quantitative measurement" at CERN, Mr. Kirkby predicts he and his
team will "definitively answer the question of whether or not cosmic rays have
a climatically significant effect on clouds." His old ally Mr. Svensmark feels
he's already answered that question, and he guesses that CERN's initial
results "could have been achieved eight to 10 years ago, if the project had
been approved and financed.""
"With the Tea Party Republicans, and
the majority of Americans not eager to repeat the Bush presidency, there needs
to be some difference between the two.
Well, there are some differences between the two. Bush was a New England
transplant to Texas of blue blood roots, while Perry is a native Texan with
some blue collar roots. Bush qualified his conservatism with the
"compassionate" prefix, while Rick Perry has implicitly criticized the label
by calling himself an unapologetic conservative. "
"In Rick Perry's Texas, it's
“basically over” for Anglos. Or so I read in the papers—see Texas demographer:
‘It’s basically over for Anglos’ [by Gary Scharrer, Houston Chronicle blog,
February 24, 2011]
Considering that Texas achieved Anglo-Saxon independence from Mexico in 1836,
and has been an American state since 1845, you might wonder how that happened.
Well, that’s a long story, but let’s talk about when it happened.
It started happening under George W. Bush as governor in the nineties. But, as
you may remember, Bush was promoted to President at the end of 2000.
In the succeeding eleven years, Rick Perry has been Governor of the State of
Texas. If it’s “basically over” for Anglos in Texas, it happened on Perry’s
If Rick Perry becomes president, will it be “basically over” for Americans in
The Fulford File
You may think Texas
history isn’t important in the modern scheme of things, but as far as
"Jasbir Anand, a senior consultant at
ACI, said the funds represented on such cards, which you can easily buy
travel across borders without limitation. The net impact of these rules would
be an increase in the overall cost of debit cards for consumers for
record-keeping and storage and so on that will eventually trickle down to fees
on the debit card and a limitation on features.
MSNBC continued, “Even as it warns about the potential money laundering
threat, the [FATF] also acknowledges that tight restrictions on prepaid cards
could have a significant impact on lower-income people unable to ‘take full
advantage of mainstream financial service providers’ because they have a poor
credit record, for example, or because they have no permanent address and
can't qualify for a bank account. That's more than 17 million Americans, the
Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. says, and for them, prepaid cards can be the
only way they can gain "ready access to services."
"Drawing Perry's fire was "one of our
goals," he said.
"Clearly we ruffled ome feathers over there, because they did engage, and that
speaks to the fact that they’re taking Ron very, very seriously," he said.
"You wouldn’t engage someone that you weren’t taking seriously, and when Ron
is taken seriously by the frontrunner it helps him be given the consideration
that he deserves by folks in the media and folks in the public."
Benton said that while Paul has laughed off the Perry exchange, the campaign
likes the contrast.
"What it shows is that Rick perry is a very aggressive, in your face person,"
he said. "He puts his hands on people, he tries to show that he’s the alpha
dog, he tries to psychologically intimidate people and gets in people’s faces.
"Some people like that, but other people like someone who's going to be a more
thoughtful president, not a bully," he said."
I don’t like a single
part of President Obama’s “American Jobs Act.”
"One of Solyndra's biggest backers is
the George Kaiser Family Foundation, whose namesake is an Oklahoma oilman who
bundled campaign contributions from multiple sources for Mr. Obama's 2008
The Solyndra Scandal
The Wall Street
Journal on the FBI raid of a beneficiary of federal loan guarantees.
The Latest Jobs Plan
If President Obama's
economic policies have had a signature flaw, it is the conceit that by
It’s been on the
docket since 2007 for the Food & Drug Administration to revamp nutrient
"But there's more to preparing for a
post-9/11 world than better airport screening, and when it comes to public
health, we may actually be worse off than we were a decade ago. That's the
conclusion of Dr. Irwin Redlener, the director of the National Center for
Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public
Health. Between persistent budget cuts and the loss of staff, from the federal
level on down, we're not ready to respond to a massive disaster, whether it's
due to terrorism or Mother Nature."
"The mystery begins to clear up after
taking a close look at the state of U.S. workers, especially young workers,
who have the highest unemployment rate of all; among those aged 16 to 19, it's
25%. The harsh reality is that even when jobs are available, many of these job
applicants aren't ready for them. They aren't getting hired because they often
aren't worth hiring."
In fact, even
after 9/11, the calculated chance of an American ever being killed by an
"They enthusiastically applaud
government executions. And they’re certain government is incompetent, except
when it comes to bombing foreigners, torturing Muslims, and killing guilty
people, in which cases government is always, 100 percent,
"Perry’s decision to stand by his
executive order last night sent a message to middle-of-the-road voters: I am
of the Tea Party, but I am not controlled by it. For the 30 percent of
self-described moderate voters who oppose the movement, this independent
streak could only help his campaign among that demographic. For the almost 50
percent of Republican voters who count themselves as supporters, this issue
won’t prevent them from campaigning and voting for the only choice against
four more years of Barack Obama, if Perry becomes the Republican nominee."
wrote, after last night’s debate it appears that Rick Perry is going to
steamroll the re
Much of the
coverage thus far has focused on the theatrics of Perry's staunch defense
of Texas' syst
"In fact, the death penalty process in
Texas has been irrevocably broken for quite some time. There is ample evidence
that Perry ordered the execution of Cameron Todd Willingham—a case described
in chilling detail by the New Yorker’s David Grann—even when presented with
clear proof of Willingham’s innocence, or at the very least persuasive doubt
about his supposed guilt. Perry then dismissed members of the Texas Forensic
Science Commission who were investigating Willingham’s case, in order to try
to cover-up his cavalier execution of a possibly innocent man. That alone, in
my opinion, should disqualify Perry from seeking the presidency."
Since 2001, 41
prisoners have been exonerated from death row in Texas based on new DNA
GOP Debate Transcript
Here's the first part
of tonight's debate, courtesy NBC. More to follow. The formatting may be a
Some of this "fact check" I disagree
with, but it points to how the GOP needs to sharpen its wit...
"After 9/11, the Senate voted 100 to
zero to federalize airport security. Then-Sen. Tom Daschle said, "You can't
professionalize if you don't federalize."
Nonsense. Before TSA was created, private contractors paid airport inspectors
not much more than minimum wage. They weren't very good. Now we spend five
times as much, and they're still not very good.
Today even the TSA knows that private security is better. In one of its own
tests, its screeners in Los Angeles missed 75 percent of explosives planted by
inspectors. In San Francisco, one of the few cities allowed to have privately
managed security, screeners missed 20 percent."
Ten Years After
After 9/11, the U.S.
Congress created the Department of Homeland Security and the
So to put two
and two together, Kunis is proud of her vote for Obama, and under Obama,
the country i
"In this speech, President Deiss of
the General Assembly warns of the UN’s potential marginalization as a main
actor in global governance by ad hoc organizations such as the G-20. The G-20
may be more effective than the UN in making quick decisions in tumultuous
circumstances such as the financial crisis, but lacks the legitimacy only the
UN can provide. According to Deiss, the UN should be strengthened as an
umbrella organization for global governance through specific reforms. Its
organization can then connect the G-20’s “leadership” to the “expertise” of
specialized agencies such as the IMF and the World Bank and provide
decision-making with its “unique legitimacy”. "
Typical left-wing Time magazine spin,
but still useful for its highlights...
"To get the science right, director
Steven Soderbergh and his team took technical advice from an array of
infectious disease experts, including Columbia University virus hunter Ian
Lipkin, who designed the template for the microbe featured in the film."
"Perry and other Republican lawmakers
have recently argued that federal disaster relief — such as aid for states hit
by tornadoes and hurricanes — must be offset by federal spending cuts, but
they have yet to make that argument in fire-ravaged Texas. The state recently
cut funding for volunteer fire departments by 75% as a cost-saving measure."
"Nicholas Shaxson, the author of
Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens,
tells us that offshore tax havens such as Bahrain’s “are not exotic, murky
sideshows at the fringes of the world economy: they lie at its centre. Half of
world trade flows, at least on paper, through tax havens. Every multinational
corporation uses them routinely. The biggest users of tax havens by far are
not terrorists, spivs [black marketeers], celebrities or Mafiosi–but banks.”"
"The shift in the CIA mission’s has
been reflected in the spectacular growth of its Counter-terrorism Center (CTC)
from 300 employees in September 2001 to about 2,000 people today – 10 percent
of the agency’s entire workforce, according to the Post report.
The agency’s analytical branch, which had been previously devoted entirely to
providing intelligence assessments for policymakers, has been profoundly
More than one-third of the personnel in the agency’s analytical branch are now
engaged wholly or primarily in providing support to CIA operations, according
to senior agency officials cited by the Post. And nearly two-thirds of those
are analysing data used by the CTC drone war staff to make decisions on
Some of that shift of internal staffing to support of the drone has followed
the rise in the number of drone strikes in Pakistan since mid-2008, but the
CIA began to lay the institutional basis for a bigger drone campaign well
Sagan suspects here that an increased
amount of sleep is required when there is an increased amount of new
intellectual activity during the day - dreams function as a "buffer-dumping
and memory storage" process...
The dragons of Eden
Dr. Carl Sagan takes
us on a great reading adventure, offering his vivid and startling insight
For although they knew God, they
neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became
futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be
wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images
made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. (Romans
Sagan refers to chromosomal DNA as the "book of life." The DNA double helix is
a language written only in four letters. The variation of these letters is
seemingly infinite. As for human beings, their hereditary material requires
some five billion bits of information. These "bits of information in the
encyclopedia of life-in the nucleus of each of our cells-if written out in,
say English, would fill a thousand volumes. Every one of your hundred trillion
cells contains a complete library of instructions on how to make every part of
you." [Carl Sagan, COSMOS, Ballantine Books, 1980, p. 227.]
will discuss the views of the late Carl Sagan in relation to the emergence
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