5/25/09

Big Enough for Love

A woman has a head almost too small for intellect but just big enough for love

- Charles Delucena Meigus (19th century physician)

5/24/09

Foreign Aid

Foreign aid is when people steal money from poor people in rich countries and give it to rich people in poor countries.

5/23/09

Jerry Abbott on Marxism and Capitalism

When fossil fuels are depleted, as eventually they must be, the illusion will be dispelled: the lumberjack will again know himself stronger than the owner of the bulldozer, the engineer will again know that he is smarter than the corporate manager who once bossed him, and the banker will understand, at long last, that he is worthless. When fossil fuels are depleted, nature will present mankind with the bill for his accumulation of genetic defects, which temporarily had been put on the credit card of technology, and many hereditary lines will suddenly discover that they are not really fit to live in this world.
This excerpt comes from a LiveJournal user jenab6 who describes himself thusly:

I'm Jerry Abbott. I go by other names, including David Wayne Sims. I live about two miles north of Hillsboro, West Virginia USA in a small off-the-road cabin in a hardwood deciduous forest in the Allegheny hills. I have a cat named Father Wiggly and a goat named Sevdi Baa. I'm sort of a hillbilly astrophysicist, with celestial mechanics being my favorite kind of math. I read lots of fantasy novels...over 50 of them in 2007. I'm growing an orchard (fruit and nuts), but the trees aren't very big yet.
The entry is titled What is Your Opinion on Karl Marx's Theories and is located here. You should definitely check out the rest of his writing as well. It is always provocative and very vast in its scope.

5/11/09

Language and its Symbols

Excerpted from: The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric by Sister Miriam Joseph C.S.C. Ph.D [emphasis mine]

Language and its Symbols

Language employs four important kinds of symbols to represent reality: two to symbolize the individual, two to symbolize the essence which is common to all the individual members of a class.

Language can symbolize an individual or an aggregate by either a proper name or a particular or empirical description. A particular empirical description is a common name to which is joined a definitive which limits its application to a particular individual or group. Empirical means founded on experience. Since only individuals exist, our experience is directly concerned with them. Throughout this book the word empirical is used with reference to our knowledge of individuals as such.

If language could not symbolize the individual, one could not designate particular persons, places, our times. This would be extremely inconvenient. for example, people could not direct emergency vehicles to their houses.

On the other hand, if language could symbolize only the individual, people would be in a worse plight. Every word would be a proper name, and it would therefore be necessary to give a different proper name to ever object spoken of - not only to people and places but to everything - to every tree, blade of grass, chair, hawk, potato, coat, shoe, pencil, etc.

No one would understand except those who had shared through simultaneous sense experience acquaintance with the identical individual objects described. Hence, the language of every town, even of every home, would be different and unintelligible to outsiders. The reader may have had a similar experience when three or four friends were reminiscing about an earlier time not known to the reader. The outsider would take little or no interest in the conversation because even though the words could be understood, the proper names of the absentees sprinkled plentifully through the conversation would have no meaning. But if every word were a proper name, unless the listener had personal experience of the very objects being spoken of, he would be not only bored but completely baffled by the conversation.

Words, being all proper names, would become meaningless at the time of the destruction of the objects they symbolized. They could not even be explained the way proper names are now explained by means of common names (for example, William Caxton 1422?-1491, first English printer; translator), for there would be no common names. Therefore, there could be no history, no literature. What authors wrote would be as dead as their voices in their graves.

General or universal ideas could not be expressed in language. Therefore, there could be no books on science or philosophy.

This can be applied to extreme individualism or extreme universalism in the political sphere. A well written warning, although it was not intended as such.

5/9/09

American Steel


American Steel
More Like a Dream

Let us mourn the passing of the weekend
My liquor's all dry and gone
All the problems haven't been resolved
And my headache's grown

It's not hell on earth
It's more like a dream
It's not like a nightmare anymore

Look at my cloven hooves
Look at my paraplegic strut
I wish you'd do me in
I wish you'd snuff me out
So I'd awake with a gun in my mouth
Wide eyed for the first time

It's more like a dream
It's more like a dream to me

A splash of cold water
A welcome slap to the face
Never ending progress
Don't brush your shoulder with your ear
And if I second guess
The actions that have brought me here
I'd awake with a gun in my mouth
Wide eyed for the first time

It's more like a dream
It's more like a dream to me

It's not hell on earth
It's more like a dream
It's not like a nightmare anymore
It's more like a dream

Just for $540 Kicks


Hypocrisy knows no bounds.
"We left corporate America, which is a lot of what we're asking young people to do. Don't go into corporate America. You know, become teachers. Work for the community. Be social workers. Be a nurse. Those are the careers that we need, and we're encouraging our young people to do that. But if you make that choice, as we did, to move out of the moneymaking industry into the helping industry, then your salaries respond."

One Shot, Two Kills


One Shot, Two Kills

We should definitely be outraged about waterboarding because if we weren't we might get mad at the Jews.
Perhaps the most shocking design shows a Palestinian mother weeping next to her dead baby's grave, also in the crosshairs of a rifle. It suggests it would have been better if the child had never been born, with the slogan "Better use Durex".

5/4/09

Unprotected Speech With Multiple Partners

Doesn't anyone else understand that "hate speech" is the only speech that needs protecting?

5/2/09

Read it and...

throw up...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/02/us/politics/02aipac.html?_r=2&emc=eta1

First They Came...

First, they came for Malcom X and I didn't speak up because I wasn't black and I wasn't a nationalist.

Then they came for Commander Rockwell and I didn't speak up since I wasn't a neo-Nazi.

Then they came for Randy Weaver and I didn't speak up since I wasn't a member of the Aryan Nations or a white separatist.

Then they came for the Branch Davidians and I didn't speak up because I wasn't religious.

Then they came for Jay Severin for violating the sensibilities of our Mexican colonizers and I didn't speak up because I'm not a fan of talk radio.

Now, I'm a religious, gun owning, white nationalist who plans to homeschool his children and they are probably coming for me.