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OpenFlows: Social and Organizational Network Analysis Open Source Intelligence for the Internet.
Who Owns Death?by Brett Essler, Buffalo Beat:
How many stories -- of "foot long blue and orange flames shot from the right side of his bobbing head" or exonerated criminals or retarded prisoners saving their last meal for "after they get back" -- will the American people have to hear before they convince their elected officials that capital punishment serves no purpose other than revenge?
Stephen Jay Gould:
"I want to set out a blessedly simple and entirely conventional resolution to an issue so laden with emotion and the burden of history that a clear path usually becomes overgrown by a tangle of contention and confusion. I speak of the supposed conflict between science and religion.
Bush's hard men sweep away the Clinton legacy '
"This is still a dangerous world. It's a world of madmen and uncertainty, and potential mental losses.'
George W. Bush or Chimpanzee?: You decide.
Etruscans Emerge Slowly From Obscurity
The revival of interest in the Etruscans dates from the Renaissance, when the study of the Greeks and Romans stimulated curiosity in their forebears. Since then a mass of Etruscan archaeological material has come to light. Yet the record is extremely complex given the sometimes overwhelming artistic influences exerted upon them by the Greeks, who colonized large tracts of southern Italy, and later the Romans, not to mention the prodigious quantities of imported artifacts that flowed into an Etruria made rich by its mines, agriculture and trading activities
Hate is the new love: Malcolm Bull's review of The Fragile Absolute - or, why is the Christian legacy worth fighting for? by Slavoj Zizek.
The reinterpretation of agape that Zizek offers as a way of appropriating the Christian legacy takes the form of a second-order psychoanalytic paradox. Psychoanalysis traditionally inclines toward suspicion - what we take to be goods are actually the expression, or the repression, of their opposite - but Zizek takes it further: perhaps the worst is for the best. Zizek has long fuelled this argument by working the rich seam of black humour that developed under Communism, but in The Fragile Absolute he finds a new source in the New Testament. According to Zizek, hate is the new love. Jesus said: 'If anyone come to me and does not hate his father and his mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters -yes, even his own life - he cannot be my disciple.' Here, hatred does not imply an irrational antagonism, but a self-destructive act of renunciation.
Tiptoeing closer to an understanding of the birth of our universe, almost 700 physicists from around the world met Saturday to wrap up the weeklong Quark Matter 2001 conference at the State University of New York at Stony Brook on Long Island.
Direct from Splinters re Borges
"Of the great Modernists, a good number have become well-loved even by those innocent of doubt. Woolf, Proust, Joyce, and perhaps even Kafka, have a Book Club friendliness about them. The Argentinian Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) is also a popular favourite, and I love his stuff too. Penguin have been reissuing books of stories in Andrew Hurley’s new translations. Looking for something else, I found Harvard University’s website and its short, sweet and free MP3 extracts from lectures on poetry he gave at the university in the late Sixties. A book of the lectures called This Craft of Verse is also available. "
The Digger Archives: an ongoing Web project to preserve and present the history of the anarchist guerilla street theater group that challenged the emerging Counterculture of the Sixties and whose actions and ideals inspired (and continue to inspire) a generation (of all ages) to create models of Free Association.
George Jr. elucidates another problem:
"The California crunch really is the result of not enough power-generating plants and then not enough power to power the power of generating plants." -- George W. Bush, from an interview with the New York Times, January 14, 2001
The Super Bowl: American Metaphysics in Action
Football is a ripped-guts, smashmouth contest of modern gladiators orchestrated by Patton-esque coaches and their chess-master strategies, culled from playbooks thicker than a Don De Lillo novel. And that has its attractions. But beyond the balleticism of wide receivers, the violence of the front lines and the surgical precision of quarterbacks, lies a deeper appeal. Look closely and you'll see that football is America's metaphysics played out under stadium lights.
US Study Finds Depression Under Treated
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Most people being treated for major depression in the United States feel their illness is not under complete control, and many have stopped using prescribed drugs because of side effects, according to a survey released on Sunday. The survey was released by the Chicago-based National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association, an educational group that said a significant communication gap exists between primary care doctors and patients when it comes to the disorder.
DON'T BE FOOLED!! Their True Nature revealed.... Cats Are From Mars
QUIT0, Ecuador, Jan 21 (Reuters) - An oil spill in waters just half a mile (800 metres) off Ecuador's Galapagos Islands grew worse on Sunday, threatening some of the world's rarest land and sea animals and birds, officials said. "It is a disaster," Environmental Ministry spokesman Mauro Cerbino told Reuters. "It may be one of Galapagos' worst disasters."
In a previous career I was an experimental scientist in molecular biology; now I am a Jungian analyst. As an analyst I sense that there are non-rational forces at work. I encounter numinous images and I find that the psyche has its own goals which are independent of mine. But as a biologist I seek rational explanations. My two points of view, that of a biologist and that of an analyst, are in conflict. The conflict has led to this paper.
Together with the transistor and microchip, the laser is one of the inventions that paved the way for the Information Age. In the 40 years since the laser first operated, it has become a commonplace of modern life. Lasers flash away at the hearts of CD players, photocopiers and supermarket bar-code readers. They are now indispensable in surgery, surveying, fiber-optic communications and many other applications. But the origins of the laser remain shrouded in the mists of the Cold War.
A review of Angles Of Reflection Logic and a Mother's Love, by Joan L. Richards.
In ''Angles of Reflection,'' you walk by the side of this very smart woman years later, as she is forced to work out her own secular theodicy for the failure of her logical, scholarly cocoon to keep her safe....
Impressions of the Sun and Moon : Photography enthusiasts interested in this early art form will delight in the enlightening exhibition, Himmelsphotographien 1850 bis 2000 (Photographing the Heavens: 1850 to 2000), now being shown in Stuttgart's Staatsgalerie until March 11.
Through Daguerre's discovery, a new pact with visibility seemed to have been sealed. Nature itself, and all the perceivable works of human civilization pressed forward to be portrayed. The result would be an all-encompassing inventory, the kind that during Napoleon's Egyptian expedition only an unparalleled contingent of painters and draftsmen could master....
Kenneth Tindall, The Beat Hotel
"It may be that in New York every Lower East Side apartment has a bathtub with two chickens and cheap electric power, but on the Left Bank in Paris the streets are plangent with philosophy."
Librarians Sue U.S. Over Internet Censorship
The American Library Association (ALA
) announced its intention Thursday to sue the U.S. over the validity of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).
Gregory Corso, a Candid-Voiced Beat Poet, Dies at 70
Sample some of his work at beatpage
Web Sites Begin to Self Organize:
The Vines is an example of an emerging class of what are called self-organizing Web sites. Such sites are demonstrating that with a dab or two of well-written code and a bit of careful planning, a site can take a random collection of links or posts and turn them into a sophisticated, adaptive system.
A good essay on cyberfreedom from The Economist :
It seems likely that 2000 will be remembered as the year when governments started to regulate cyberspace in earnest; and forgot, in the process, that the reason the worldwide network became such an innovative force at all was a healthy mix of self-regulation and no regulation. In Britain, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act now gives the police broad access to e-mail and other online communications. South Korea has outlawed access to gambling websites. The United States has passed a law requiring schools and libraries that receive federal funds for Internet connections to install software on their computers to block material harmful to the young.
David Chess ruminates on the social construction of reality and offers up some usefull links :
I'm sure there are postmodern texts out there that claim that all of reality is socially constructed, and Searle may be doing Yeoman's Work by defending Realism against them. But I'm more interested in thinking about the parts of reality that are socially constructed.
11 key questions about the universe: A panel of US physicists and astronomers has identified a list of eleven fundamental questions about the nature of the universe that will require the combined skills of particle physicists and astrophysicists to answer. The questions are in "From quarks to the cosmos", the first report from the committee on the physics of the universe set up by the National Academy of Sciences.
Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over'
"We as a people must stand united, banding together to tear this nation in two," Bush said. "Much work lies ahead of us: The gap between the rich and the poor may be wide, be there's much more widening left to do. We must squander our nation's hard-won budget surplus on tax breaks for the wealthiest 15 percent. And, on the foreign front, we must find an enemy and defeat it."
The Rebels Of the Right (washingtonpost.com)
"The moral relativism of conservatives who defend the Confederacy is the great irony," says Rutgers University historian Jackson Lears, whose Southern father named him after Stonewall Jackson. "This is a situation where to be a Confederate apologist demands historical relativism." Conservative moralists talk of how liberals too easily tolerate aberrant behavior, and so define deviancy downward. The question now is whether some conservative politicians would do the same to American history.
Krishnamurti - the Invention of a Messiah
The story of how an apparently simple-minded Indian boy came to be heralded as the new Messiah might stand as a parable for the romantic Western idea that spiritual deliverance is to be found in the East - and the crushing disappointments that can result.
Gucci's New Voice: John Lennon
Milan: A flat cap, a long coat, a couple strolling in Central Park: John and Yoko. Gucci's autumn-winter menswear show was, in John Lennon's words, a "Double Fantasy."
Some scientists argue that we are in the middle of a mass, human-induced extinction. What implications does this have for the future of evolution? Sanjida O'Connell reports:
Since Darwin figured out how natural selection works, how a species changes through time and may eventually develop into another species, evolution has been ticking along nicely. Or has it? Is it putting on the brakes or going into fast-forward? Some scientists argue that we are in the middle of a great extinction. Evidence from the fossil record suggests that there have been five major mass extinctions; this, the sixth, is human-induced. This time around, they say, more species will be lost than in any of the previous extinctions; it could take at least five million years before animals and plants recover in numbers and variety.
Why history will be kind to Wild Bill
How your brain recognizes yourself
Right hemisphere plays a leading role in self-awareness, researchers say.