We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I mentioned this week Bertrand Russsell and Alfred North Whitehead's work, MathematicaPrincipea and their logical proof of the 1+1=2 crisis (today I may work from the theme that everything is a crisis).
That Locke ,Leibnitz, Dewey, and Russell all studied the same problem, at minimum illuminates the complexity of "Knowing" with absolute certitude anything . I do not say this as a skeptic or cynic but rather as an observer who must conclude that those mentioned, whose IQ's were in the stratosphere, ascribed their outcomes to the same proposition using entirely different avenues.
Sippican's crisis of seeking knowledge is one many of us encounter in what must be the most fantastic conundrum of all time. Here we live in the age of the computer, with over 100,000,000 sites, at least 1/3rd devoted to porn, 1/3rd devoted to sports thugs, and the final third devoted to what Sippican and I loosely call "news" (yes I just put words in his mouth, but I ain't no Larry Craig)
A few observation about his revelations are in order.
First, I do not believe the stats. China could and now does skew those stats but it is highly doubtful that they take into account the laogai I wrote about earlier this week, or late last week. Those numbers are more than likely huge. And there is no census on farmers in China that I am aware of.
Second crisis point is, I believe, just a throw away humor line , but he does have it numbered. #3
The electric light banished having half your life wasted by sunset
If not humor then it is ludicrous. From pre Plato through Locke, Hume, Aristotle, Rousseau,et . al. their thoughts and writing did not stop when the sun set. Candles my man, candles.... I do not believe their lives were wasted after the sun went down. I don't even think the candles wax was wasted given what they produced from it's gentle glow.....that would be a crisis.
I enjoy Sippican but on this one I think he leaned too heavily on Peter Magnuson's article. I will happily give him the benefit of the sunset remark as humor, dry, but humor.
I do this in the spirit of avoiding a crisis.
I'm a Russel Crowe fan and knowing his new movie 3:10 to Yuma is being released I rented the original Glenn Ford version .. I gotta tell ya that unless they really ,really punched up the screenplay with heavy cleavage and a car chase then I can only give it one star...it's a movie crisis.
I'm really not trying to be an O/T enabler or turn it into a crisis but I feel compelled to say that Dennis Kucinich is a turd, without benefit of any taper
He was in Syria the other day giving what can only be described as aid and comfort to the enemy. It's bad enough our political system allows for someone with the seismic impact of a marshmallow hitting a miracle pillow to even get coverage but the man is a heap big turd (heap big = poetic license), he's actually a teacup chihuahua turd.
It's a dang turd crisis.