Monthly Archives: July 2011

Debts: What can you do with a drunken sailor…

More heated commentary about who is at fault for the debts. Some people fear that the world, as we know it, will come to an end. Other people fervently pray that the second coming is near, lacking in second pleasure … Continue reading

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Children of Unreason

The NY Times today published an editorial under the title “A Denial of Reality“. In this biting commentary, the author asks: “How can so many Republican lawmakers justify pushing their country toward catastrophic default just to score ideological points? The … Continue reading

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Justice: Oh, say can you see

I have heard it said that justice is usually depicted as blind, except for one statue in Italy. That is of course Italian propaganda. There are plenty of statues and images of Justice without blindfold, including the infamous one in … Continue reading

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Recurring Puzzle

One of the most important questions in the universe: is “IT” covered up, partially or fully, because we would otherwise be irresistibly attracted to IT, or is it hidden from view because it is too unsightly to be fully exposed? … Continue reading

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ASDM: Agressive Self-Destructive and Self-Mutilating Behavior

Aggressive Self-Destruction and Self-Mutilation The following sketch is more a plan for further investigation of human behavior than a finished product. Looking at some of what is happening in our world community, including the behavior of some of the bankers … Continue reading

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Deadly for Others

One of the seven deadly sins, greed, seems to be only deadly for others, these days. While corporations place wonderfully vague ETHICS CODES on their websites, there is little reference to one of the key elements of an ethical life: … Continue reading

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Finding more pleasure in imagining sailing than in sailing

It of course isn’t the sailing itself (either on the sea or in the bedroom). It never was. Neither is it stroking the catgut string on a Stradivarius with horse hair. It is what you are free to imagine, what … Continue reading

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Animal Pleasures

A lovely new book just came out, by an animal behaviorist of all things: Jonathan Balcombe “The Exultant Ark – A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure.” It shows in lovely detail how much of animal behavior is focused on enjoying … Continue reading

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Washing the Truth Away

Tolstoy has been quoted as saying: “Truth, like gold, is improved not by additions, but by washing away all admixture.” Sounds good and decent. However, we may become such purists that there is nothing left of us. Isn’t the truth … Continue reading

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Love and Marriage for Collectors

Think of the curious obsession with stamp collection: men and women of all ages take it upon themselves to focus hours of attention, every week, on little pieces of paper which have practically no material value. They handle the little … Continue reading

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