Results tagged “Nietzsche” from onegoodmove

Links With Your Coffee - Sunday

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  • "A Cartoon" by Mr. Fish (Harper's Magazine) Bill gives Hillary some advice.
  • "Nietzsche’s Cosmos" (Harper's Magazine)
    In some remote corner of that universe which is dispersed into numberless twinkling solar systems, there was a star upon which clever animals invented Recognition. That was the most arrogant and mendacious minute of “world history,” but in any event it was never more than a minute. After nature had drawn a few breaths, the star cooled and congealed, and thus the clever animals had to die. One might invent such a fable, and yet he still would not have adequately illustrated how pathetic, how shadowy and transient, how aimless and arbitrary is this human intellect from the perspective of nature. There were eternities during which it did not exist. And when the story of humankind and its intellect has gone to its end, nothing will have happened. For this intellect has no additional mission which would lead it beyond human life.
  • "Homeland Security, Death Cab for Cutie, Fuzzy Llamas, and the Square Root of Stupidity" by Ken Silverstein (Harper's Magazine)
    At times it’s hard to fathom exactly how stupid our nation has become. And then there’s this: though only reported thus far by MTV News, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently broke up a major terrorist plot that threatened to strike a painful blow to America’s collective loins. The strike was thwarted when DHS agents on the Canadian border confiscated a hard drive containing the song files for a new solo record by Death Cab for Cutie guitarist/producer Chris Walla. “I couldn’t even venture a guess as to where it is, or what it’s doing there,” Walla told MTV. “I mean, I can’t just call their customer-service center and ask about my drive. There’s nothing I can do. I don’t know if we can hire an attorney … is there a black-hole attorney? You can’t take a black hole to court . . . They could be water-boarding my drive for all I know.”
  • Good Math, Bad Math : Doctor Who and Spinoffs
    As many of you know, I'm a big Doctor Who fan. Big enough that I've grabbed all of the episodes of the new series, and its spinoffs, via BitTorrent. (I also buy them on DVD as soon as they become available.) A few folks have asked me what I think of the spinoffs. And I'm sick at home, feeling like hell, not up to doing any work or any serious math writing. So I've been sitting around watching videos, which makes this the perfect time to tell you about what I think of them. I'll run through my opinions of the episodes of the third season of Doctor Who, the first season of Torchwood, and the episodes of the Sarah Jane adventures that have been broadcast so far.

Links With Your Coffee - Tuesday

Excuses

[Stendahl] robbed me of the best atheist joke which precisely I could have made: " God's only excuse is that he does not exist."
—Frederich Nietzsche

A Quotation for Today

"What do you call bad?— Those who always want to put to shame.What do you consider most humane?—To spare someone shame."—Nietzsche

Links With Your Coffee - Monday


Freeloaders Damn this crap pisses me off. Frank puts it well.

The Nietzsche Family Circus pairs a randomized Family Circus cartoon with a randomized Friedrich Nietzsche quote. (tip to George)

Denny Hastert model citizen.

Denmarks Prime Minister Condemns latest mocking of Prophet Muhammad

"I strongly condemn the behavior of members of the youth wing of the Danish People's Party," Fogh Rasmussen said. "Their tasteless behavior does in no way represent the way the Danish people or young Danish people view Muslims or Islam."

The videos were posted online earlier this week, drawing criticism and condemnation from Muslim leaders in Egypt and Indonesia.

Members of the youth group could be seen in the video having a drawing contest in August. One woman presented a cartoon showing a camel with the head of Muhammad and beer cans for humps. A second drawing showed a bearded man wearing a turban next to a plus sign and a bomb that equals a nuclear mushroom cloud.

Jack Straw should be praised for lifting the veil on a taboo

Jack Straw was right to make the simple human point that it is rather hard to conduct a conversation with someone wearing the full veil. He was also right to make the further point that the full veil does not help relations between different communities.

He didn't quite say that the veil has no place in a liberal secular society, but if that was his intention I agree with it. This is not to persecute Muslims for their beliefs or deny them rights: it is simply to say that the veil, like it or not, has become increasingly regarded as a symbol of separatist aspiration and of female subservience. Many wear it voluntarily, but it does not stop this being a symbol of women's oppression which stretches back to the times of classical Greece.

The Winner Is

Sony Reader Is a Work in Progress

Links With Your Coffee - Tuesday

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"All truth is simple." Is that not doubly a lie?—Nietzsche



GOP TO SEND CONGRESSIONAL PAGES TO IRAQ — ‘FODDER-IZE, DON’T SODOMIZE’

War Crimes

There is no immunity for war crimes.

Right now, in Baghdad, the United States is putting Saddam Hussein on trial for his life over war crimes, when Hussein's entire government – including its legislature and judicial branch – had long ago said he was innocent.

So how can there be immunity for war crimes?

War crimes are like the murders of Lady Macbeth. They don 't wash out. Ever. There is no immunity for war crimes.

Richard Dawkins at TED scroll down for audio or video (tip to David)

Links With Your Coffee - Saturday

"All truth is simple." Is that not doubly a lie?—Nietzsche

If you've never had the pleasure of visiting the Zion-Mojave Wilderness let me assure you it's worth preserving. There are greedy shortsighted assholes who don't give a damn about anything other than their own personal interests. Help us stop them. Keep Public Lands in Public Hands!

Author Challenges Faith of a 'Christian Nation' Sam Harris

A Torture Haiku from MadKane

Attention Liberals: Please Breed
Conservatives are outbirthing libs by a wide margin. How soon can you get knocked up?

Richard Dawkins site now has a forum check it out. He is apparently participating in a debate with Francis Collins somewhere in New York this weekend.

Links With Your Coffee - Friday

"All truth is simple." Is that not doubly a lie?—Nietzsche

Letter From Camp Jesus (A 'Parody of Camp Granada')

Check out the latest Jason Crane Show

Jack Abramoff and the White House (youtube video)

Ending the Death Penalty

It is to be hoped that the institution of capital punishment in the United States will, if I may borrow a bit of Marxist language, collapse under the weight of its own internal contradictions in the near future. To bring this about, it should be the long-term goal of death-penalty abolitionists to heighten these contradictions and thereby to hasten the institution's demise.

O'Reilly Doesn't Care

The Crucial Health Stat You've Never Heard

Heralded Iraq Police Academy a 'Disaster'

The Baghdad Police College, hailed as crucial to U.S. efforts to prepare Iraqis to take control of the country's security, was so poorly constructed that feces and urine rained from the ceilings in student Baracks. Floors heaved inches off the ground and cracked apart. Water dripped so profusely in one room that it was dubbed "the rain forest."

Skeptics Circle #44

Some late night comedy

"This Sunday, the New Orleans Saints, with running back Reggie Bush, will play their first home game since Hurricane Katrina in the Superdome against the Falcons. It will also be the first time in recent memory the people of New Orleans be will cheering someone named Bush." --Jay Leno
"The Venezuelan President went to the U.N. and called Bush the devil. You could tell Bush was offended, because his tail stopped wagging. Bush said, 'I would love to answer your ridiculous charge that I'm the devil, but I'm a little too busy this week trying to unite my party behind torturing people.'." --Bill Maher
"The U.N. says that there is more torture going on in Iraq than when Saddam was in power. Bush shot back. He said, 'That is just the opinion of one individual who doesn't know the difference between regular torture and freedom torture.'." --Bill Maher
"Bill O'Reilly is apparently on al Qaeda's death list. al Qaeda said they don't even think of him as an infidel. They just want to cut off his head, so he'll shut up." --Bill Maher
"The number one and number two best selling books on the Amazon list are attacks on President Bush. Both books call him incompetent and a liar. I tell you something, if President Bush read books, he'd be furious." --Jay Leno
"Oil has fallen to $60 a barrel. Experts predict it will continue to fall until exactly one minute after the polls close on November 7th." --Jay Leno

Links With Your Coffee - Tuesday

"All truth is simple." Is that not doubly a lie?—Nietzsche



Mad Kane has moved. Check it out and change your bookmarks.

Republican Accuses Legless Iraq War Vet of Cutting and Running

Misbegotten sons The Economist on Richard Dawkins book The God Delusion

Why Was This Man Tortured

Bush to Americans: Eat (Cow) Shit and Die

Links With Your Coffee - Sunday

"All truth is simple." Is that not doubly a lie?—Nietzsche




Osamma's Weekend at Bernies'

If America's So Great, Where's Our Health Care?

The rest of the industrialized world gets universal health care. The U.S. gets limited access at a far higher cost. It's time for Americans to get the health care system they want, and the savings that go with it.

The overwhelming majority -- 75 percent, according to an October 2005 Harris Poll -- want what people in other wealthy countries have: the peace of mind of universal health insurance.

The United States spends by far the most on health care per person -- more than twice as much as Europe, Canada, and Japan which all have some version of national health insurance. Yet we are near the bottom in nearly every measure of our health.

Studies conducted by the General Accounting Office, the Congressional Budget Office, and various states have concluded that a universal, single-payer health care system would cover everyone -- including the millions currently without insurance -- and still save billions.


The Real Reasons to Hate the Pope


Astrology believers – unsinkable rubber ducks


Truth Out is a wonderful resource and they can use your financial support. If you're able to go give em some love. The reprints of New York Times Select articles are worth the price all by themselves.


Links With Your Coffee - Friday

"All truth is simple." Is that not doubly a lie?—Nietzsche



"Chavez calls Bush "The Devil," proving he doesn't know Dick." David Lubar

Rise Up Against the Empire by Hugo Chavez

Bush Blows Belligerent Bugle at U.N.

India’s Farmers Bear Brunt of Globalization

Bill Clinton on Torture NPR

Scientists on Religion faith and science are they compatible? Not so much it seems.

Pope Resigns, Mel Gibson Named as Successor

An Ode to Spinach from Mad Kane

Little Girl, 3 Million Years Old, Offers New Hints on Evolution

The paleontologists who are announcing the discovery in the journal Nature today said the 3.3-million-year-old fossils were of the earliest well-preserved child ever found in the human lineage. It was estimated to be about 3 years old at death, probably female and a member of the Australopithecus afarensis species, the same as Lucy’s.

An analysis of the skeleton revealed evidence of a species in transition, the scientists said in interviews yesterday.

The lower limbs supported earlier findings that afarensis walked upright, like modern humans. But gorillalike arms and shoulders suggested that it possibly retained an ancestral ability to climb and swing through the trees.

Why Does God Hate Amputees

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"All truth is simple." Is that not doubly a lie?—Nietzsche




Drawing to an Inside Flush On Microsoft, toilets, and good bets.

Supposing ... Justin Timberlake's bringing sexy back just a little pop culture just because this guy rips on Justin in a most amusing way.

And When I Mention Religion. . .

Avery Ant Poet Laureate (flash video)

Mad Kane on torture.


Disney has a waterboarding theme park?

Links With Your Coffee - Monday

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"All truth is simple." Is that not doubly a lie?—Nietzsche



Men standing around broken machines

Somewhere during the sensitive age that ensued I learned that it is okay to cry and, being a boolean kid, I concluded that those who do not cry are not okay. I cultivated sensitivity like an orchid. As I nursed my anguish I thought I was working things out brilliantly, but in many cases I was not resolving anything but rather pointing at my burdens and expecting to be admired for the act of pointing. I wrote a great deal: tens of thousands of words.

In The Waiting Room by David Sedaris

The advantages of speaking French

Six months after moving to Paris, I gave up on French school and decided to take the easy way out. All I ever said was “Could you repeat that?” And for what? I rarely understood things the second time around, and when I did it was usuall something banal, the speaker wondering how I felt about toast, or telling me that the store would close in twenty minutes All that work for something that didn’t really matter, and so I began saying, D’accord,” which translates to “I am in agreement,” and means, basically, “O.K.” The word was a key to a magic door, and every time I said it I felt the thrill of possibility.

“D’accord,” I told the concierge, and the next thing I knew I was sewing the eye onto a stuffed animal belonging to her granddaughter. “D’accord,” I said to the dentist, and she sent me to a periodontist, who took some X-rays and called me into his conference room for a little talk. “D’accord,” I said, and a week later I returned to his office, where he sliced my gums from top to bottom and scraped great deposits of plaque from the roots of my teeth. If I’d had any idea that this was going to happen, I’d never have said d’accord to my French publisher, who’d scheduled me the following evening for a television appearance. It was a weekly cultural program, and very popular. I followed the pop star Robbie Williams, and, as the producer settled me into my chair, I ran my tongue over my stitches. It was like having a mouthful of spiders—spooky, but it gave me something to talk about on TV, and for that I was grateful.

Oh yum yum, lots of interesting stuff here and this part of it is free for a couple of months.

How are your writing skills? You can test yourself here.

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"All truth is simple." Is that not doubly a lie?—Nietzsche



Brillant! Mark Fiore on 9/11 memories

Right Wingers Rip Off Lennon's 'Imagine' Don Davis

43rd Skeptics Circle

Shifting Baselines thanks Christine

This is certainly disturbing. (tip to Houston)

Here We Go Again (tip to Steven)

Links With Your Coffee - Thursday

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"All truth is simple." Is that not doubly a lie?—Nietzsche



Oh No!

One third of Israelis need aid for holiday food

Meanwhile the forgotten, farsaken Gaza is dying

Amnesty International on Hezbollah war crimes.

The scale of the rocket attacks on cities, towns and villages in northern Israel, the indiscriminate nature of the weapons used, together with official statements, specifically those of Hizbullah’s leader, show that Hizbullah has committed serious violations of international humanitarian law. These include deliberately attacking civilians and civilian objects, and indiscriminate attacks, both of which are war crimes, as well as attacking the civilian population as reprisal.

The fact that Israel in its attacks in Lebanon also committed violations of international humanitarian law amounting to war crimes, including indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks, is not an acceptable justification for Hizbullah violating the rules of war, whether as a deterrent or as a means of retaliation or retribution.

The underlying reason for the prohibition on reprisal attacks is plain: civilians and other non-combatants should not be made to pay the price for the unlawful conduct of armed forces. The very concept of violations as reprisal must be emphatically rejected, if the goal of containing the devastation caused by war on non-combatants is ever to be achieved.

Syria Says US Behind Attack On Own Embassy

The official charged that Washington had orchestrated the attack to "prove Syria is filled with terrorists and to put us in a weak position" in order to extract political concessions. Following the attack, Bush administration officials said they hoped the incident had convinced Damascus of the dangers of Islamic terror and the need to cooperate with the West against the phenomenon.

Links With Your Coffee - Wednesday

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"All truth is simple." Is that not doubly a lie?—Nietzsche



View of God can predict values, politics (tip to Bill)

The United States calls itself one nation under God, but Americans don't all have the same image of the Almighty in mind.

A new survey of religion in the USA finds four very different images of God — from a wrathful deity thundering at sinful humanity to a distant power uninvolved in mankind's affairs.

Artist Banksy targets Disney last year it was Israel's Wall

Here Pussy Pussy Pussy (tip to Jonathan)

Still laughing, did you miss this gem while you were there Peace

Getting His Goat

Some fun from the archives.

I'm not concerned I mean I'm really concerned I think about him every day .

Eisenhower had a thing or two to say about Preventive War

Debunking 9/11 Myths is not an invitation for comments about the 'conspiracy' theory. We've done all of that we're going to do on this blog. Consider it instead a public service, a view from the other side if you will. Comments on the topic pro or con will be deleted. Censorship, not really no one is preventing you from speaking on the topic. Start your own damn blog, write a letter to the editor, demonstrate on the streets of your city, but don't think you're going to use my voice to amplify your message.

Senate Intelligence Committee: No Link Between Administration and Reality

Links With Your Coffee - Tuesday

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"All truth is simple." Is that not doubly a lie?—Nietzsche



You're Either With Us Or Just Like Us (tip to Jef)

Priest admits Madonna bomb hoax

Love, compassion, and charity in action.

Things CNN Will Never Tell You About Religion

Breakthrough in Palestinian government talks

Finally some good new from the Middle East.

America's Mayor no not the one who sullied that which we call 9/11, but the one who loves America for what it can become not what it fears.

Cartoon Characters Condemn 9/11 Mini-Series as Phony

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"All truth is simple." Is that not doubly a lie?—Nietzsche



Clinton's Letter to ABC

ABC got it wrong what really happened from Don Davis at the Satirical Report

Authorized Interrogation Techniques or as Bush refers to them, "aggressive interrogation techniques. In other words, torture.


Ben at freethought.net writes:

Around this time last year the BBC ran a three-part documentary called “A Brief History of Disbelief”, described as follows on the documentary site:

In this first ever television history of disbelief, Jonathan Miller goes on a journey exploring the origins of his own lack of belief and uncovering the hidden story of atheism.

Someone has posted each 60 minute episode up on Google video so that those of us outside the UK can take a look.

Part 1: Shadows of Doubt
Part 2: Noughts and Crosses
Part 3: The Final Hour

If you haven't seen these yet take my word for it they are superb.
update: Actually these are just okay I was thinking of the Atheism Tapes, but my memory failed me again. Thanks for the comment reminding me that I'm sometimes full of it.

A couple of new haikus from MadKane

War against Jihadism

Taking reasonable measures to keep terrorists from carrying out attacks on American soil is completely necessary, but making terrorism the center of our political culture is just fucking insane. Why does no one realize this? Why is it considered "serious" to support an insane and unwinnable global conflict? I do not understand.

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"All truth is simple." Is that not doubly a lie?—Nietzsche



I recently got a review copy of
The Sinner's Guide to the Evangelical Right by Robert Lanham and enjoyed it a lot.

Here is an excellent review of this very funny book.

Hmmm, that sounds vaguely familar. Where have I heard that before.

Alternative medicine doesn't exist and acupuncture is useless

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Monkeys “imitate with a purpose”, matching their behaviour to others’ as a form of social learning, researchers report.

Such mimicry has previously been seen only in great apes – including humans and chimps – but now Italian researchers have recorded wonderful footage of the phenomenon in newborn rhesus macaques.

Human newborns have a known capacity to mimic certain specific adult facial expressions, including mouth opening and tongue protrusion. The so-called imitation period lasts up to three months in human infants and two months in chimps.

Don't miss the video here and here

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"All truth is simple." Is that not doubly a lie?—Nietzsche



US Losing Control Fast


The U.S. military has lost control over the volatile al-Anbar province, Iraqi police and residents say. . .

"We are talking about nearly a third of the area of Iraq," Ahmed Salman, a historian from Fallujah told IPS. "Al-Anbar borders Jordan, Syria and Saudi Arabia, and the resistance there will never stop as long as there are American soldiers on the ground."

Salman said the U.S. military is working against itself. "Their actions ruin their goal because they use these huge, violent military operations which kill so many civilians, and make it impossible to calm down the people of al-Anbar."

The resistance seems in control of the province now. "No government official can do anything without contacting the resistance first," government official in Ramadi Abu Ghalib told IPS.


This Is Your Brain on Music

Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin's wonderful new book explains why music is a critical step in human evolution and why the songs we loved as teens remain stuck on "play" in our heads.

Reclaiming The Issues: Islamic Or Republican Fascism?

In the years since George W. Bush first used 9/11 as his own "Reichstag fire" to gut the Constitution and enhance the power and wealth of his corporate cronies, many across the political spectrum have accused him and his Republican support group of being fascists.

Over U.S. Objections, Israel Approves West Bank Homes

And why not, there will be no price to pay. The Israel Lobby will see to that.

The Construction and Housing Ministry published advertisements on Monday seeking construction proposals for the largest settlement activity undertaken by this government. Israel has also promised President Bush that it will pull down more than 20 illegal outposts created since March 2001, but has not done so.

The Bush administration’s position is that Israel should not expand settlements in the West Bank, because it makes the process of a final agreement harder. In general, much of the world considers Israeli settlements in territory seized in the 1967 war, including East Jerusalem, to be illegal, which Israel disputes."

And finally a nation of morons