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    Cantor's Gazebo

    BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE


     

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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....

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    The CIA Is Listening To My Thoughts

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    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

    BENEATH THE SPIN * ERIC L. WATTREE

     

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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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    MAAT

     

    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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    YOU ARE ATTEMPTING TO ARGUE ABOVE YOUR WEIGHT CLASS!

    Parkingwarstitlecard.jpgYOU ARE ATTEMPTING TO ARGUE ABOVE YOUR WEIGHT CLASS!

    I guess I am guilty of this sin every damn day I have ever lived. I mean we cannot, individually be experts in everything.

    Which is why the Science Guy, who has studied scientific principles and theories his entire life is attacked as merely being an 'engineer'.

    Okay, so let us take a look at our elected representatives who are arguing out of their weight class:

    10 Foot Sea Level Rise Unstoppable

    The West Antarctic Ice Sheet, 25.4 million cubic kilometers, 6.1 million cubic miles, is on track for an 'inevitable' melt, NYT:

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    Black People, Beware of the "Un-Niggas"

    Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

     

    First they came for the dogcatchers...

    With apologies for in any way reprising those tasteless jokes which reference  the alleged paucity of stray dogs in areas abutting budget priced chinese restaurants, I offer for the canny investor a convenient metric by which to know in advance that global warming's grip on the throat of humanity has inexorably tightened beyond repair.  A leading indicator, if you will, of the food price apocalypse prophesied in the latest government climate change report.

     

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