Lady Thatcher’s Koan

By: Sunday July 13, 2014 6:30 pm

In almost any question, no matter how complex, there is an axis, hinge, fulcrum, upon and around which the entire question revolves. Discovering that point is often produced after concentrated immersion in the problem in all its facets, but the discovery itself is experienced as an intuitive flash…. what Zen Buddhists call “satori“. In their discipline they make use of riddles called “Koans” to trigger such insights.

 

Are These Politicians Waiting for Climate Change in New Exhibit?

By: Friday May 16, 2014 6:36 pm

Clamoring to be heard and nearly submerged in murky water, the men in grey suits all appear to be stepping inward and under. The Berlin-based exhibit left the image open to audience interpretation but it wasn’t long before folks on social media dubbed it an image of “politicians discussing global warming underwater”. The resulting tweet, sent out in March of this year, was mistaken as being the official vision of the artist’s and helped the image go viral.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

By: Sunday March 16, 2014 5:00 pm

NO….this diary is not about the celebration….

And it’s not about those stereotypes that are often pictured even now of leprechauns or shamrocks on people or Irishmen smoking funky pipes [often upside down] or the beat cops in Boston or NYC.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Larry Getlen, Conversations with Carlin: An In-Depth Discussion with George Carlin about Life, Sex, Death, Drugs, Comedy, Words, and so much more

By: Saturday January 25, 2014 1:59 pm

Author Larry Getlen gives a comprehensive account of a great man and his unique set of values. Conversations with Carlin feels intimate, but is broad in scope and even dense in certain areas. However, Carlin’s relaxed tone and verbal dexterity make reading it seem as if you are having some immortal yet casual exchange with the man himself.

Democracy

By: Sunday December 29, 2013 1:00 pm

We have a lot more to overcome here then than just political stubbornness and corruption.

The Pathology of the Rich: An interview With Chris Hedges

By: Saturday December 7, 2013 2:52 pm

The one area though that Hedges does not go into well in this interview, and his previous pieces, is that of the Bourgeoisie capitalists. The management class and engineers and doctors and lawyers and business men and college professors who not only support, but quite often praise the elite oligarchs. Like groupies. In some ways they are even more morally bankrupt and hideous.

Communication and Relationships?

By: Sunday November 17, 2013 9:22 am

We may have improved our ability to exchange information, but I believe we have not improved our ability to communicate.

Don’t Shoot The Messenger: Russell Brand Shouts Out Occupy, Predicts Revolution in Epic BBC Interview

By: Friday October 25, 2013 2:00 pm

In an epic 10 minute interview on BBC’s Newsnight – Russell Brand calmly and meticulously addresses everything from income inequality to corruption to corporate interests to revolution while explaining how his opinions render it impossible for him to cast a ballot in good conscious.

Internet Privacy or (In)Security..a lesson in paranoia

By: Sunday July 14, 2013 5:20 pm

Nobody can expect any privacy over the Internet any more.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Nicco Mele, The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath

By: Sunday May 26, 2013 1:59 pm

Nicco Mele is a man who knows the internet. The webmaster for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign in 2004 and the founder of a leading internet strategy firm, his discussion moves between the effect of Twitter on news reporting, Hollywood’s relationship with Netflix and Al Qaeda’s use of YouTube. These are only three of the many examples which make this book so interesting. The big ideas are sustained by engaging anecdotes.

The theme of Mele’s book is the effect of “radical connectivity”, which he describes as “our breathtaking ability to send vast amounts of data instantly, constantly and globally”, thus transforming politics, business and culture.

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