Friday, August 20, 2010

the relation between lucky and plucky

You will never get a chance if you won't take a chance.

I find that relationship, including the failure to act on its advice, distinguishes leaders from followers in many spheres: political, academic and financial; conservative and liberal.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

the many commons

There are many "commons" but our blindness to our personal share of the burden of restoration or at least the self restraint to use them sparingly spreads across them all rather evenly. Monies gathered by governments to fund works nominally for the public good seem to me a rather visible commons. The republicans, the common tax cheats, those who hide proceeds from illegal activities and the poor f__ked up libertarians who think they somehow live disconnected from the needs and obligations of humanity...all these look upon the pile of public money and think "Take if you want but give nothing." That is one tragedy of the commons we can keep up long after our environment can no longer feed, cool, warm or shelter us. Health insurance is is another but one played where the money is piled on a table in a very crooked gambling house.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

When you stop blaming others

All the anger you have ever had came from somewhere else. Don't let it in and you won't have to get it out. And when you can apply this principle to others, you won't need so badly to blame others for your awful behavior. Just get over it.

but above all, keep talking

If you do not know what you are talking about, fasten on to the reality of some world alternative where you DO know what you are talking about.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010


The only faith one actually acquires at the point of a sword is the belief that it is better to be alive than to be dead, regardless what tribal identity or name that faith stamps on its adherents.

All "faiths" so acquired are tainted.

The only faith one actually acquires on pain of social ostracism or exclusion from from the economy is the belief that it is better to be rich than to be poor, regardless of the name of the faith or the principles it lays claim to.

All "faiths" so acquired are tainted.