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Poe’s Law

Poe’s Law points out that it is hard to tell parodies ofAfundamentalism (or, more generally,Aany crackpot theory) from the real thing, since they both seem equally insane. Conversely,Areal fundamentalism can easily be mistaken for aAparody of fundamentalism. For example, some conservatives consider noted homophobeAFred Phelps to be so over-the-top that they argue he’s a "deep cover liberal" trying to discredit more mainstream homophobes.

Hmmmm….. can anybody say tea-party?

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Posted: May 26th, 2010
at 10:46pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: politricks,science,law

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The War of Art: Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art, on virtue, resistance, going pro, slaying the dragon and Anti-tribes.

"The power is in your hands."

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Posted: May 23rd, 2010
at 1:31pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: myninjaplease,life,art,mnp is for the children,politricks,weaponry,9th dan,"ninja",et cetera,diy,development,blogs,internets,philosophy,ir

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Bhutan and the Modern Terma

St. Pema Lingpa in the form of Prime Minister, Jigmi Y. Thinley, a Penn State graduate and a former royal administrator and diplomat, has revealed a modern terma or hidden treasure for Bhutan and the rest of the world. Working with GPI Atlantic, a maritime think tank, the relatively new monarchy has come up with and introduced a new gross national happiness (GNH) curriculum into the country’s education system.

GNH rests on four pillars of value: environmental conservation; cultural preservation and promotion; sustainable and equitable development; and good governance, including the development of active and responsible citizenship. These pillars are divided into seventy-two quantifiable variables, designed to provide hard data about significant issues.

The outcome, said Thinley, should be:

"an educational system that is quite different from the conventional factory, where…children are just turned out to become economic animals, thinking only for themselves." Instead, graduates would be "more human beings, with human values, that give importance to relationships, that are eco-literate, contemplative, analytical." They would know that their own happiness was found in giving happiness "to your spouse, to your family, to your neighbours a and to the world at large."

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Time to Rethink Design

David Carlson of the David Report has released a new trend look at the state of a full design world. Design contamination has taken over an expertise that is barely 100 years old; new products are simply the variations of old themes- (conceptual design, new articulations of the same, design signatures and design as art).

However if we are able to get back to using aging products and making design matter in a lifecycle, there is a cleaner horizon.

Designer Naoto Fukasawa: "I understand that myArole is about enhancing our living…. I've become moreAattached to the current life, and have started considering the betterment of our lives in a reality where we allAbelong, rather than predicting what could happen".

We need new storytellers:

Fred Alan Wolf - The Dreaming Universe (1994):A"Aboriginals believe in two forms of time: two parallelAstreams of activity. One is the daily objective activity,Athe other is an infinite spiritual cycle, called dreamtime,Amore real than reality itself…".

Carlson poses a great question, how do we A"change old habits and not to perpetuate the sales argument that the main role of designAis added value."

Read the full report in one of three forms: PDF, Flip Through Version or Text

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Rediculous [sic] Signs

30 some-odd unintentionally hilarious,A (often) misspelled, (mostly) political signs.

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Posted: March 23rd, 2010
at 5:58pm by Black Ock


Categories: too good to be true,politricks

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SXSW 2010: How to be Black

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#HBAY?

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Documentary - Big Brother, Big Business (CNBC)

It must be Monday… because there’s a documentary ninja swooping in.

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Posted: March 22nd, 2010
at 8:23am by Black Ock


Categories: politricks,weaponry,science,documentary,ethics

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the Internet for Nobel Peace Prize 2010

(ANSA) - Rome, March 11 - House Speaker Gianfranco Fini on Thursday threw his weight behind an initiative launched by an Italian tech magazine to award the Internet with this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

"We’re finally realizing that the Internet is not just a computer network. It’s a web of human relationships - of men and women from every latitude - who connect across the greatest communications platform man has ever seen," he told parliament during an address on web freedom.

Fini was joined by some 160 MPS in signing Wired Italia’s appeal to nominate the Internet for the world’s most distinguished civic service accolade.

"Meeting with each other has always been the best antidote to violence and hate. It gives all of us the chance to plant the seeds for peace"."A Nobel peace prize for the Internet would be an award for everyone," he concluded.

Wired Italia launched its appeal last November in a video posted to its website (wired.it) entitled the Internet for Peace Manifesto.
Its nomination was officially accepted by the Norwegian Nobel Committee last month, according to Wired.

Early supporters for the drive included 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Iranian rights activist Shirin Ebadi, fashionAmogul Giorgio Armani and cancer research pioneer and former Italian health minister Umberto Veronesi.

Governments in Uganda, Mozambique and Paraguay have also backed the Web’s Nobel bid.

Wired Italia is one of two international editions of Wired Magazine, a San Francisco based monthly on trends in technology, politics and culture.

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Jiabao and the Netizens

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao took part in a second annual online chat Saturday with netizens, describing 2010 as "the most complicated year" for the country.

Wen pledges to tame the wild horse that is the housing market as well as increase state spending on medical insurance by 50 percent in 2010. The Premier is looking to reform the educational ranking system and give a sense of "greater dignity" to the Chinese people.

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Posted: March 1st, 2010
at 9:00am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: web,politricks

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