Wholeness and the Implicate Order. You recommended a month ago. I jotted down several books you recommended. I finished Lila. It had good points, Static and Dynamic Quality and how societies are built on this, but filler there too. His view on dynamic quality makes you view people pushing the edge differently. Also good points about how static and dynamic quality relate to socialist and capitalist societies. I'm plowing through Wholeness now. I wish someone had pushed these books in front of me when I was a teenager. I tell my kids about them and they halfheartedly listen but at least they'll be made aware. Well, sunlight and warm. Off to farm. Good luck here.
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master.
Powerful quote, at work, with family, and in community.
Sewells, just being stupid, a joke. You're to be commended for an ongoing assault on buffoons.
Sewells, Jim Rogers has said that the 12 year rise in gold was highly unusual for any asset and that a bottom might be similarly unusual. Regardless, I can't seem to short RBY closing in on production; afraid to be caught with pants down. Wish all a good and safe New Year.
Nice to hear. Seems like a bullish gold sentiment forming. Yahoo has articles almost daily on Main page, usually near top. Cramer advising purchases again after a lull of many months. Rogers still leans toward the metal moving to 50% retracement.
What is troubling to me is NKs ability to pull this off. My off the wall guess is that they aren't overly tech savy. If they can break into a corporate server seemingly at will, that doesn't speak highly to system security.
Sewells, I asked because I thought you'd put me on to other works. Much obliged. Ayn Rand has good points but there are holes in it for me. She sits on this 'self esteem' pulpit and my having a midwestern upbringing, that can go against the grain. I'm reading Lila now. I'll put Hofstader on my list. Pirsig was pretty much down on Aristotle and I'm surprised to see you had one of his books but, I'll read. Pirsig kind of opened a door to a new room. Again, thanks.
Sewells, I seem to either have extra time this AM or an itch to write. You like philosophy and that's rare to find. Have you read Robert Pirsig? Very interesting stuff. Its like LSD in paperback form, mind expanding. Steve Jobs liked eastern philosophy (and hallucinogens) and I wouldn't be surprised if he read Pirsig.
He had an interesting aside about the Malaysian airliner shot down in Ukraine, that perhaps it was Israel targeting what they thought was a plane with Putin on board. The incident seemed suspect at the time and not much brought up about since.
Rumors are floating that Russia's options are few and selling gold might be an only choice. If they escalate conflicts instead then gold moves the exact opposite direction. Decisions decisions.
Someone a few months back wrote that the reason Putin invaded Crimea was for that very reason, to divert the populace's attention. Part of the problem being that Russia had spent an enormous amount on the olympics.
I tell you why the Chicago BB gun killing didn't create a firestorm. Because the media wasted their dry powder on Ferguson. Charles Barkley hit the nail on the head regarding the media.
I listened to a public radio broadcast about 15 years ago on welfare. What stood out for me was a conversation with an elderly black man about welfare. His comment was that something in the black community died when welfare was started. Never forgot that. Individual responsiblity is a tricky thing for all of us. I think a lot of us are losing it instead of embracing. Why? Schools?
Another observation, I see black and white in the community coming and going, transacting business, exchanging pleasantries, for the most part not visibly hating. And this in the south. I see differences but folks mostly seem to get along. Then a Ferguson or Trayvon Martin case happens and explodes and seemingly without due process or regard to fact or rationale. Then you have a black boy playing with a BB gun in I believe Chicago and two officers storm up in their squad car and shoot him dead in two seconds after getting out of the car (car cam). Outrageous. But no media firestorm. Why? WHY!!! That is a travesty.
"There's something happening here but you don't know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?" Bob D.
Good point but don't think there is pretending happening here, just not the capability to fully grasp others' experiences. Maybe I need to read more black literature (any suggested books?) and talk to blacks, but such conversations tend toward touchy feely, hard to start dialoge. Truth be told, I don't really even fully understand the white experience. One thing I'm certain of is this, "Whom the gods would destroy first they made mad".