I guess this means I'm very Platonic... maybe.
The Five Love LanguagesMy primary love language is probably
Words of Affirmation
with a secondary love language being
Complete set of results
Words of Affirmation: 9 Receiving Gifts: 8 Quality Time: 7 Acts of Service: 6 Physical Touch: 0
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I typed the brief phrase, "Bush's War,"
At the top of a sheet of white paper,
Having some dim intuition of a poem
Made luminous by reason that would,
Though I did not have them at hand,
Set the facts out in an orderly way.
Berlin is a northerly city, In May
At the end of the twentieth century
In the leafy precincts of Dahlem Dorf,
South of the Grunewald, near Krumme Lanke,
Spring is northerly; it begins before dawn
In the racket of bird song. The amsels
Shiver the sun up as if they were shaking
A liquid tangle of golden wire. There are two kinds
Of flowering chestnuts, red and white,
Flash forward: the fire bombing of Hamburg,
Fifty thousand dead in a single night
Firebombing of Tokyo, a hundred thousand
In a night. Flash forward: forty-five
Thousand Polish officers slaughtered
By the Russian Army in the Katyn Woods.
"Patriarchy does not simply mean that men rule. Indeed, it is a particular value system that not only requires men to marry ... it is a cultural regime that serves to keep birthrates high among the affluent, while also maximizing parents’ investments in their children. No advanced civilization has yet learned how to endure without it.
"Through a process of cultural evolution, societies that adopted this particular social system ... maximized their population and therefore their power, whereas those that didn’t were either overrun or absorbed. This cycle in human history may be obnoxious to the enlightened, but it is set to make a comeback.
"Even with a fertility rate near replacement level, the United States lacks the amount of people necessary to sustain an imperial role in the world, just as Britain lost its ability to do so after its birthrates collapsed in the early 20th century.
"Falling fertility is also responsible for many financial and economic problems that dominate today’s headlines."
"Today feminists are seen as marginal also because of their obsessive focus on "personal" body rights and sexual issues. This is no crime, but it is simply not good enough. It may shock some to hear me say this, but we have other important things on our agenda.
Women can no longer afford to navel gaze ... not if they want to continue to struggle for woman's and humanity's global freedom. And women in America can no longer allow themselves to be rendered inactive, anti-activist, by outdated left and European views of colonial-era racism that are meant to trump and silence concerns about gender.
"The eerie silence both from feminists and film makers about van Gogh's assassination is deafening and disheartening. The same Hollywood loudmouths so quick to condemn and shame President Bush for having invaded Afghanistan and Iraq have, as of this writing, remained silent about the chilling effect that such an assassination in broad daylight can have on academic and artistic freedom."
"Modern Christian conservatives ... point out—accurately—that neither the Constitution nor the Bill of Rights includes the phrase “separation of church and state.” And they argue that what the First Amendment intended to do was exactly what it says—and no more: prevent the “establishment” of an official state church ... religious conservative David Barton argues that the Founders simply did not support separation of church and state. ... he maintains, this was a Christian nation founded by Christian men who very much wanted the government to support religion. The contemporary intellectual battle over the role of religion in the public square will be determined in part on who can own the history.
It is ironic, then, that evangelicals—so focused on the “true” history—have neglected their own."
"I think, as human beings, we’re always hungry for some sort of balance. Poetry helps us make connections and find meaning amidst the blur of sorrow and ugliness in daily news. It is astonishing to me how much violence exists and gets reported in today’s world … I can’t believe people are still participating in so much violence with gusto. I can’t believe governments are so stupid that they think violence works … Poetry helps us regain some sort of composure. Poetry helps us look, think, see."
by Naomi Shihab Nye
A boy told me
if he roller-skated fast enough
his loneliness couldn't catch up to him,
the best reason I ever heard
for trying to be a champion.
What I wonder tonight
pedaling hard down King William Street
is if it translates to bicycles.
A victory! To leave your loneliness
panting behind you on some street corner
while you float free into a cloud of sudden azaleas,
pink petals that have never felt loneliness,
no matter how slowly they fell.
"It's the birthday of novelist Louis L'Amour ... One of the hardest working and best-selling novelists ever, he wrote a hundred and one books in his lifetime.
"L'Amour ... started writing for pulp fiction magazines because he needed money and the pulp magazines paid him the fastest ... L'Amour's first big success was Hondo (1953), about a love triangle between a cowboy, an Apache warrior and a young widow living on a remote Arizona ranch. It begins, 'He rolled the cigarette in his lips, liking the taste of the tobacco, squinting his eyes against the sun glare.'
"L'Amour said, 'I write about hard-shelled men who built with nerve and hand that which the soft-bellied latecomers call the western myth.'"
"Fredy Neptune by Les Murray -- Australian poet Murray also took on 20th-century history, but with longer, eight line stanzas. Central to this book is the extraordinary image of a character (Fredy) so shocked by his inability to prevent a massacre that he loses his sense of touch.
"The Sugar Mile by Glyn Maxwell -- Maxwell is a virtuosic writer regularly drawn to the borders of poetry and fiction. The Sugar Mile interweaves two stories - one set in New York the weekend before 9/11, and one in London during the second world war - and does it in poems that stand up by themselves. His skills as a dramatist allow him to write convincingly in many voices."
"Comics are still the second-best-read features in the newspaper next to the headlines," he declared. "[Readers and editors] love comics and need them. They're a very important part of the paper."
[Mort] Walker said this year's war between the two Dallas dailies over Universal features illustrates just how important papers think comics are.
"And one of the reasons for the continued interest in comics is that comics are continually interesting," observed Walker, citing "new blood" over the years such as Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau of Universal, The Far Side by Gary Larson of Universal, and Calvin and Hobbes.
While the "comic strips" of many newspapers is always one of their best-read features, "editorial" cartoons" have focused on political and sociological topics.
Without classified ad revenue, most newspapers would cost subscribers $1/issue or more, dropping circulation through the floor. Newspapers don't make a profit from their Web operations, either. Yet they're expected to post their stories on this medium-with-no-return until, when exactly? It's the search engines that are making the big money, after all - whether they're true engines or just link aggregations - those are the news front pages for most Netizens.
The last bastion of a newspaper's strength is its authority as a "thought leader" for the community. The people it picks for its editorial board, the columnists it chooses to publish - they're all vetted through a careful, decades-long process for writing ability, reporting ability, and (most of all) fealty to the paper's hierarchies and financial interest.
In western North Carolina, where Gannett owns the Asheville Citizen-Times and its two offshoot weeklies, the Haywood County News and Black Mountain News. The latter weekly, which predated Gannett ownership, is listed in E&P’s database. Gannett’s other Asheville non-dailies are the quarterly magazine Blue Mountain Living and the monthly magazines Mountain Maturity and WNC (Western North Carolina) Parent.
There are an unusually large number of independent niche publications in the relatively small Asheville metro area. Weeklies include the Asheville Daily Planet, Asheville Global Report, The Asheville Tribune and Mountain Xpress. The last paper is the only one in E&P’s database.
"Stark defines his terms carefully and contends that hypotheses such as geography and technology 'are part of what needs to be explained: why did Europeans excel at metallurgy, shipbuilding, or farming? The most convincing answer to these questions attributes Western dominance to the rise of capitalism, which also took place only in Europe.' He traces the origins of capitalism to the belief in reason, which he in turn locates uniquely in Christian theology: 'While the other world religions emphasized mystery and intuition, Christianity alone embraced reason and logic as the primary guide to religious truth.'"
"Any diligent student of writerly posterity-and none was more diligent than Eliot himself-might have seen it coming. Giants must be cut down to size; icons must be toppled. In Eliot's case, the literary-industrial complex that sprang up in order to explain him now seems to exist largely to vivisect him, intent on exposing him as all too human."
"Betty was disconcerted by lesbianism, leery of abortion and ultimately concerned for the men whose ancient privileges she feared were being eroded. Betty was actually very feminine, very keen on pretty clothes and very responsive to male attention, of which she got rather more than you might think. The world will be a tamer place without her."
"The human desire to imagine a better world may be the root of much idiocy and crime, but it does seem to be innate and it might, like religion, be ineradicable. Having followed Conquest’s work over many decades, and having gathered that he is not himself a believer, I could wish that he had written explicitly rather than latently about 'faith', and about the relationship between secular and theological forms of the millennial. One of his favourite terms of disapprobation is 'righteous', which gives us a clue. But he also coins a useful term – 'the nonempirical clerisy' – to encompass that class of intellectuals who seem neither to know nor care what their fellow-countrymen think or feel."
"One trivial factor has to do with mathematics. There's a publishing rule that every formula you use in a book cuts your potential readership in half. In Origin, Darwin was able to write profoundly about evolution without using a single formula. In Principia, on the other hand, Isaac Newton used so many formulas that if that publishing rule is correct, according to my rough calculations, the book shouldn't even have been read by Newton."
"That such established journalists were blogging gave the revolution a dose of credibility that it might not have had if it were in the hands of true outsiders. And then, just before the presidential election in 2004, blogging had its Battleship Potemkin moment, when swarms of partisan bloggers rose up to sink CBS’s iron-jawed leviathan Dan Rather for peddling supposedly fake memos about Bush’s national guard service.
"This seemed to prove one of blogging’s biggest selling points - that the collective intelligence of the media’s audience was greater than the collective intelligence of any news programme or newspaper."
"Estimates as to the number of additional prostitutes that may travel to Germany for the month-long tournament go as high as 40,000. But while many doubt that Germany's 400,000 legal prostitutes will need that much backup, nobody doubts that human trafficking -- a problem in the EU -- will be magnified by the World Cup."
"I have myself always been terrified of plagiarism--of being accused of it, that is. Every writer is a thief, though some of us are more clever than others at disguising our robberies. The reason writers are such slow readers is that we are ceaselessly searching for things we can steal and then pass off as our own: a natty bit of syntax, a seamless transition, a metaphor that jumps to its target like an arrow shot from an aluminum crossbow."
"In the US, the problem now is primary and secondary education. We’ve had such an increase in inequality because a quarter of American kids don’t finish high school! In the current world, with the skills needed, those dropouts are condemned to being members of the underclass. In my view, this is a fault of the American school system, which is a government monopoly."
"One may wonder what there is to gain by proving a theorem over and over again in different ways. The answer lies in our desire not merely to discover, but to view a discovery from as many angles as possible. But what is it that is so fascinating about Pythagoras's theorem in particular? First, the theorem is important. It helps to describe the space around us and is essential not only in construction but - suitably adapted - in equations of thermodynamics and general relativity. Second, it is simple. The Hindu mathematician Bhaskara was so enamoured of the visual simplicity of one proof that he redid it as a simple diagram - and instead of an explanation wrote a single word of instruction: 'See'.
"Third, it makes the visceral thrill of discovery easily accessible. In an autobiographical essay, Einstein wrote of the 'wonder' and 'indescribable impression' left by his first encounter with Euclidean plane geometry as a child, when he proved Pythagoras's theorem for himself based on the similarity of triangles. '[F]or anyone who experiences [these feelings] for the first time,' Einstein wrote, 'it is marvellous enough that man is capable at all to reach such a degree of certainty and purity in pure thinking.'"