Confirmation of Beliefs

Former US leader, Barack Obama, quotes nelson Mandela  in a series of tweets as a response to the Saturday attacks in Charlottesville,…… “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, they can be taught to love. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela.

President Trump’s first comments came Saturday from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, – “this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”

 

Kant believed that reason dictates a categorical imperative for moral action.

Act so that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in that of another, always as an end and never as a means only.”

 

Socrates infuriates Polus with the argument that it is better to suffer an injustice than commit one (Gorgias 475a-d).  Polus agrees that it is more shameful to commit an injustice, but maintains it is not worse.  The worst thing, in his view, is to suffer injustice.  Socrates argues that, if something is more shameful, it surpasses in either badness or pain or both.  Since committing an injustice is not more painful than suffering one, committing an injustice cannot surpass in pain or both pain and badness.  Committing an injustice surpasses suffering an injustice in badness; differently stated, committing an injustice is worse than suffering one.  Therefore, given the choice between the two, we should choose to suffer rather than commit an injustice.

This argument must be understood in terms of the Socratic emphasis on the care of the soul.  Committing an injustice corrupts one’s soul, and therefore committing injustice is the worst thing a person can do to himself (cf. Crito 47d-48a, Republic I 353d-354a).

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Red Letters: Sorting Out Memories

 

I’m going to sit right down and write myself a letter –

and make believe it came from You,…………

Aides and volunteers on Donald Trump’s presidential transition were instructed Thursday to save any records related to “several pending investigations into potential attempts by Russia interests to influence the 2016 election,” according to a memo obtained by POLITICO.

 

I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter

(music by Fred E. Ahlert and lyrics by Joe Young)

Vocals – Boswell Sisters

60302-A, Decca 671B 1/6/1936 archive.org

 

 

“emails, voicemails, text messages, instant messages, social media posts, Word or WordPerfect documents, spreadsheets, databases, telephone logs, audio recordings, videos, photographs or images, information contained on desktops, laptops, tablet computers, smartphones or other portable devices, calendar records and diary data.

“failure to follow these protocols could result in criminal or civil penalties, and could form the basis of legal claims, legal presumptions, or jury instructions relating to spoliation of evidence.” 

I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter

And make believe it came from you

I’m gonna write words, oh, so sweet

They’re gonna knock me off my feet

Kisses on the bottom

I’ll be glad I’ve got ’em……………

 

Losing Control of the Narrative

 

 

 

Newspaper Exclusive – Constructing Reality.

News Update – Redefining Facts……..

Press Briefing – Redirecting the Smoke.

Losing Control of the Narrative –

Black Swan Press Release.

 

 

A pair of Black Swans –

contradictions arising

over deep waters.

Sciem-vore

Sciemment Appetite:

simple and easy to define omnivore knowingly.

 

French Voters on Sunday

the first round (perpetual canon )

of democratic voices,

now it is saturated waves ……

 

ready to change –

the political system

of the Mourning Selection

moves away from the ocean.

Never mind Who – Truth

actually won more votes

in the first round.

 

Described as storming –

Front National

crashes against facts……..

 

Only recently –

culturally/economically protectionist –

denied French involvement

rounding-up of Jews……….

waving goodbye, 

trampled petals

damp with tears.

 

Reminiscing –

dismissing the Holocaust –

as a “detail” of history.

The Devil is in the Details.

Reading rigid broken lines –

details seep through,

weeping birds on sighing wings.

 

Glancing at many British papers  –

today/yesterday/when

would make us think

who is the victor –

the preferred candidate –

when in fact it looks like a shoo-in

for mixed messages

( Source Link )

 

 

……described as

simply culturally/economically protectionist –

she speaks of a clash of civilizations…….

angry waves- fearful ignorance

crashes on stony shorelines,

frothy teeth try to consume

smooth hard truths .

 

The tacit support

from rightwing press

alarming flights, fanciful fears –

for a fascist ……….

 

simply culturally/economically protectionist –

speaks of a clash of civilizations…….

 

angry waves of fearful ignorance

crash on stony shorelines,

frothy teeth try to consume

smooth hard truths .

Sciem-vore:

devouring knowledge with ignorance, knowingly fearful.

An important distinction

between patriotism and nationalism

the waves hit shorelines

carrying voices of lost

travellers – refuge

a last gasp in salt water –

borders marked by shells-bones,

mothers’ tears, babies’ cries.

You can love your country

without it becoming

a racist anti-immigrant Party,

trampling fragile flowers.

 

Frigid beliefs melted,

exposed truth,

currents influence movement

it was possible –

today/yesterday/when .