Looking for Mr. Goodcure

    As I commented on one of Maiello’s blogs: “Annie Hall is still one of my favorite movies, in part because it treats relationships in a sentimental but unsentimental way that is rare in the movies. But it also has some of the best off beat humor.” One scene that I didn’t mention in the comment was a conversation between Singer and Hall when they first started to get to know each other:

    Annie Hall: Oh, you see an analyst?
    Alvy Singer: Yeah, just fifteen years.
    Annie Hall: Fifteen years?
    Alvy Singer: Yeah, I’m going to give him one more year, and then I’m going to Lourdes.

    I’ll be honest that until I began working on another blog using this quote (which about a year ago), I had no idea as to what “Lourdes” was a reference to. I assumed it was probably some kind of place like the Vienna Circle, except it was place with the current top-notch psychologists or neuroscientists of the day.  In other words, that particular part of the joke went over my head.  It turns out that Lourdes is

    ...in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in the Midi-Pyrénées region in south-western France,…[where] The Blessed Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to Bernadette Soubirous on a total of eighteen occasions [said to have occurred between 11 February and 16 July 1858]….To date, 69 miracles cures have been recognized, to have occurred and certified by the Lourdes International Medical Committee which has been in  existence since 1947.

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    To Professor Claude Henschel and All Other Social Bigots - You’re Only Fooling Yourselves

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    To Professor Claude Henschel and All Other Social Bigots - You’re Only Fooling Yourselves
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    Kidnapping in Israel

    Three students hitchhiking home from their yeshivas in the West Bank have disappeared, believed kidnapped.  Links:

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/181681#.U5vzj3Z0rFw

    http://www.jpost.com/National-News/IDF-continues-widespread-search-for-missing-teens-reportedly-arrest-2-Palestinian-youth-359301

    Hitchhiking, though officially frowned upon, is widely practiced in the West Bank because of the inadequacy of public transport.

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    ODE TO A CHICKEN HAWK

    BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE

    "Don't buy this book; don't read it!" Slate's advice on Hillary's latest opus...

    John Plotz (He of the unfortunate last name...) sums up the judgement of Slate's political gabfest team in re: Hillary Clinton's recently released presidential campaign tocsin  memoir.While the verdict of the panel (Plotz plus the estimable Emily Bazelon and beautifully-mothered John Dickerson) is of interest (they ultimately conclude that the book is intended to freeze the competition while Hillary mulls things over), the best moment yet to proceed from this literary event is (IMHO) the intrusion into R

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    PORTRAIT OF A BLACK CONSERVATIVE

    BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE

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    Cantor's Gazebo

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    Wattree’s Pearls of Limited Wisdom

    Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

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    THREE STRIKES AND YER OUT!

    It has been 23 years since my Twins won a World Series Crown; HOW THE HELL DOES ONE SURMISE THAT THERE IS A WORLD SERIES WHEN ONLY ONE COUNTRY IS INVOLVED IN THE FESTIVITIES?

    (Yeah I realize that Canada shows up with one or two teams from time to time, but damn. Of course the Twins get all their players from Cuba anyway, so....)

    A Strangelove Kind of World

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    One of the things about approaching the age of fifty is that one is constantly reminded of the fact because everything that occurred during the year one was born is also reaching its 50th anniversary.  In some ways, it is interesting because one is able to see more clearly the culture and Zeitgeist into which one was born. And since we are on the topic of insanity and violence it seems, it is fitting that recently one of the great films of all time Dr. Stangelove had its 50th anniversary.

    David Denby in The New Yorker has written an excellent article, "The Half-Century Anniversary of 'Dr. Strangelove',"  regarding Kubick film including the dynamics of its development of the film.

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    Eery Stuff In Seattle

    This Seattle Pacific shooting is some eerie stuff. Immediately after I heard about it, I told my landlord about it and her response literally was "What the hell?"

    Seattle Pacific University is a very quiet, conservative religious university in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. The university is so quiet and (normally) uneventful that I was pretty unaware of its existence in to my late teen years and my recent trip there was my first real visit there.

    When Society is Insane

    A question was proposed on another thread regarding Elliot Rodger‘s murder spree: “Or should we just acknowledge that this was a case of a severe mental illness and leave it at that?”  I would say to that: “No.”   The reason is that even those who are severely mentally ill do not exist in a vacuum.  In most cases, they lived a life without the mental illness.  And even while the illness or syndrome or disorder (or whatever term one wishes to use) is active still are in most cases part of some cultural setting.  

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    CHENEY IS A VERY BAD MAN

     

     

    I wish to go on a rant.

    I keep thinking that I could give this up, but Trope shows up....

    http://dagblog.com/reader-blogs/cia-listening-my-thoughts-18585

    The CIA Is Listening To My Thoughts

    http://disinfo.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/ali21.jpg

    If you want to quickly establish a character in a movie as some crazy paranoid person, having them say that something like the CIA has put some kind of listening chip into their head will do the trick.  I suppose now, the person would say the it was the NSA or Homeland Security.  

    Recently on the NPR website I came across an article that will have these crazy folks even more paranoid:

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is launching a $70 million program to help military personnel with psychiatric disorders using electronic devices implanted in the brain.

    The goal of the five-year program is to develop new ways of treating problems including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, all of which are common among service members who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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    Cornel West Teams With Boyce Watkins

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    The Killer Profile Part Three: Sexual Alienation And The Insane Young Man

    Here we go again. Another mass shooting. Society watches again as another mass shooting occurs as if an insane person, who many people warned was insane, being able to obtain deadly weapons and use them on bystanders was something we could no more stop from happening than a hurricane or tsunami.

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    Why I Still Believe In People

    I am a radical in life. Why? Despite all evidence to the contrary, I still believe in people.

    The news will definitely get you down and much of your personal experience may get you down too. It's common to hear people screaming at one another in this world and the constant barrage of drug and gun deaths certainly makes one feel as if humanity is resigned to a horrible fate.

    Let the Commencement Speeches Begin

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    Back in 2012, Donal posted the commencement speech by Michael Lewis that was getting a lot of attention at the time.

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    EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW

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    We shouldn't be stackin poles, we should be getting them gators!

    (Swamp People)

     

    THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT

     

    My Robot's Therapy Sessions Seem To Be Helping It

    Recently in The Independent, Stephen Hawking, with co-authors Stuart Russell, Max Tegmark, and Frank Wilczek, warn of dangers of Artificial Intelligence.

    ….it's tempting to dismiss the notion of highly intelligent machines as mere science fiction. But this would be a mistake, and potentially our worst mistake in history….
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    Looking further ahead, there are no fundamental limits to what can be achieved: there is no physical law precluding particles from being organised in ways that perform even more advanced computations than the arrangements of particles in human brains. An explosive transition is possible...

    One can imagine such technology outsmarting financial markets, out-inventing human researchers, out-manipulating human leaders, and developing weapons we cannot even understand. Whereas the short-term impact of AI depends on who controls it, the long-term impact depends on whether it can be controlled at all.

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    Coping With Grief Part Two: The Pain Of Deterioration

    Hello all,

    I'm writing about Jennifer Reimer again. Some friends have found it odd that I've put together so much public material about her. Privacy around one's passing makes alot of sense for some - however, if you take a look at Jen's website Practice of Madness, you'll find that she made almost all of her life public. Her gripes with her father, her mourning for her mom, whatever was plaguing her mentally, addiction and her physical illnesses - it was all for public display. I also seriously need to get this out for my own good.

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