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February 09, 2019



Good morning,JOM! Thanks.


"It is necessary to theorize our society critically if we are to have a vehicle for correctly informed transformative practice."

Like they theorized Globall Warming and came up with the Green Leap Forward?


Good morning!

Excellent article, clarice!

Another Bob

The contemporary search for a genuinely critical theory and an authentically democratic society continues that project. But what can make theory critical, education liberating, society democratic?

It is necessary to theorize our society critically if we are to have a vehicle for correctly informed transformative practice.

“Not only was it authentic frontier gibberish... it expressed a courage little seen in this day and age!”


Donald J. Trump
‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump
36m36 minutes ago

Senator Richard Burr, The Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, just announced that after almost two years, more than two hundred interviews, and thousands of documents, they have found NO COLLUSION BETWEEN TRUMP AND RUSSIA! Is anybody really surprised by this?


It is also grounded in kenneth boulding's work https://epublications.marquette.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://www.google.com/&httpsredir=1&article=1011&context=econ_workingpapers">https://www.google.com/&httpsredir=1&article=1011&context=econ_workingpapers">https://epublications.marquette.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://www.google.com/&httpsredir=1&article=1011&context=econ_workingpapers , his theory of Ecodynamics: A New Theory of Societal Evolution, and his Spaceship Earth lecture http://arachnid.biosci.utexas.edu/courses/THOC/Readings/Boulding_SpaceshipEarth.pdf

People like aoc never grasp that these theories are not factual, but metaphors to control the imagination to prompt desired behavior.

Precisely like the Green Leap Forward. remember anthony giddens wrote it doesn't matter if global warning is true or not if it is the rationale for desired public policy changes. Those changes and seeing that they are implemented at the social, eco, and political level are the true purpose.


catsmeat, I just gave my 97-1/2 year old Mom Dorothy Sayers’ "Nine Tailors" to re-read as something to do.

She said when she originally read it it, and Sayers, was a positive influence on her life.


This is a quote that links what I do with what the Green New Deal or calls for Equity really seek. It is from Boulding's book, which I had been mulling over recently. It has a subheading: "Humans Form Images of the Future, Decisions, and Purpose".

"Another capacity of the human minde, which is of great importance in the genesis of human artifacts, is the capacity for forming complex images of the future, as a product perhaps of the larger capacity of forming images of space and time. The capacity for forming images of the future is a necessary prerequisite for behavior directed toward fulfilling them."

I' ll stop the quote to point out that virtually all ed reforms are now geared to manipulating this capacity, while misrepresenting, in a Bipartisan manner, that this is what learning standards are designed to do. It goes to the heart of what was really going on in the Reading Wars or arguments over math and science instruction.

One more quote and this goes to the heart of why these theories like CAGW or White Privilege arise in the first place. "What is even more important than the capacity for forming images is the capacity for changing them in the light of future information inputs.

Jim Eagle


Carnevale di Viareggio is famous for its hedonistic floats, and constructs.

Like this one:

Now off to read Clarice's Pieces.


These violins belonged to European Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

Now they're being played in concert halls around the world, thanks to this man. pic.twitter.com/IJmhaBCqcp

— DW News (@dwnews) February 10, 2019

Video at link. Make sure your sound is on.

James D.

People like aoc never grasp that these theories are not factual, but metaphors to control the imagination to prompt desired behavior.

Oh, I think she grasps that just fine.




Jim, where do all these pot growers get water? I thought CA was running out. (Rumor has it cannabis is particularly thirsty).



Salena Zito article. President Trump pops in on a Skype call between Senator Joe Manchin and West Virginia classroom.

Ralph L

I finally heard AOC speak at a hearing. Now I understand why she gets called a ditz so much. It isn't just what she says.



Jim Eagle

In case you're interested here is a lineup of AOC's mentors at BU:


They also have a large Energy & Enviromental Science Department that could have also helped along toward her views.



This is an excellent article by George Neumayr.


Yes marcuse was the left's version of dr. Zola, he worked as an analyst in the oss along with maurice Halperin, and one other:


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a reminder...
article from 2018, the texts were from 2016 -

"FBI agent Strzok: "F*cking marchers making traffic problems."

FBI attorney Page: "Yeah, some extremely offensive video screens set up in front of district. I truly hate these people. No support for the woman who actually has to spend the rest of her life rearing this child, but we care about 'life.' Assholes."

FBI agent Strzok: "...Hey, I have an idea! Snow emergency, cancel the permit."



Janet @9:09, I hadn't seen that story. Just wow. The rot really runs deep and wide.


Nice "Pieces," Clarice. I'd missed that quote by CH. It seems that Northam and Herring at least will get the Democrat "Get out of jail free" card.


On my yahoo finance page it says
"— Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren made her bid for the presidency official on Saturday in this working-class city, grounding her 2020 campaign in a populist call to fight economic inequality and build "an America that works for everyone.""

IMO, that it makes no sense to have a woman running for President who has gotten money for years by claiming she is 1/1024% of what she claimed to be.
My guess: when she is defeated she will end up with more money than she started with.




Jimmy, I think they might all stay at least until there's some hearing on the charges against Fairfax to test their veracity, but he will remain wounded. He already has backed off the intended tax increase.


I dont see how they can remove for acts that happened long before he assumed office, hes an albatross for a while.






daddy, "The Nine Tailors" is great (but darker and denser than her other Wimsey tales)--and I learned a lot about the art of bell-ringing from it. I hope your mom enjoys it (again)--books change so when the reader has changed (by the operations of time)...

And another fine Pieces, clarice! Thank you! You really had an embarrassment of riches to deal with this week. Or a riches of embarrassments!


Thnx, catsmeat..some weeks it's a motherlode..luckily we're getting more and more motherhood weeks.

Ralph L

I learned a lot about the art of bell-ringing

I found that really annoying (like the train schedule type), but the final solution was OK. The post-marriage L Peter SS are a bit weird.

Ralph L

To be fair, I saw the Ian Carmichael TV versions before reading the novels, but that didn't diminish Father Brown at all.



African Americans are very angry at the double standard on full display in Virginia!

Tom Bowler

O-Corrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrtez, is not going to age well. I do not mean her looks, I mean her DOG and PONY SHOW. She is your typical college student, who opened her first text book, and now is an expert on everything. Imagine being a GROWN UP, experienced adult, parent, professional, and now Congress member, and having to sit through that childish little presentation. The BARTENDER is quite sure, that she is a GENIUS.

Posted by: GUS | February 09, 2019 at 11:58 PM

GUS, Perfect take on AOC. But I'm not so sure she'll be a one-termer. Obama was also an expert on everything. He even told us so. Said he knew more about foreign policy than any of his advisors. Wrote better speeches than any of his speech writers. God, he was wonderful. You had his word for it, and you could take that to the bank. And we had him for two terms.

Sounds like ledge talk, but actually, I think I belong on the veranda. I've been thinking about the discussion a few threads back about the preference cascade. I think it's been going on in slow motion in the U.S. for some time now. I say slow motion, because it's too difficult to hide the truth of what's going on nowadays, even with MSM distorting the news, Hollywood serving up the prog narrative in dramatized form, and tech giants doing everything possible to filter internet content.

Trump may be saving us from a shooting civil war. Imagine Hillary in the White House. Imagine FBI corruption swept under the rug, Clinton Foundation money affecting everything, the southern border open, and voter ID verification outlawed. Tensions would be a bit higher. Conservative dissatisfaction would off the charts.

Instead, little by little the truth about the corruption that we suspected but could only watch helplessly, comes out as fact. Something is happening on the fronts I mentioned above. We're not there yet, but we're moving in the right direction. Acting AG Whitaker just testified that the Horowitz and Huber investigations are alive and well. It looks like Trump's going to get us some wall. Voter ID laws have been standing up in court. Trump will most likely get to nominate another Supreme Court Justice, maybe more than one. The Senate is in Republican hands, and Lindsey Graham has come over from the dark side.

Trump has been doing a masterful job of blunting the prog narrative and replacing it with his own. Our own. The SOTU had a 72 or 76 percent approval. Rasmussen has Trump at 50 as of Friday. The preference cascade is picking up some speed, but I don't think it culminates in armed revolution. I'm thinking electoral landslide in 2020. Weirdness and vitriol from the left is so intense because they see it too.

Risky for me to say, I know. My predictions are usually the kiss of death.

Hmmm. Went off on a tangent there.

Jim Eagle

Bravo Zulu, Clarice, another "delicious of prog tears" read.

Northam is the latest Yossarian, where he has no good choices. Either resign or live as a disgraced governor bringing down your party to the sewer level. And the irony of kerfuffle started by a photo of blackface in a yearbook, could result in the resignation or impeachment of a black politician.

We are living in interesting times thanks in large part to Trump, and his snakebit opposition in both parties.


Tom Bowler, I'm with you.

In my prior post, Motherhood s/b motherload.



Talks on border-security funding have broken down, increasing the likelihood of another government shutdown


"A Conversation with Stacey Abrams: Race and Political Power in the United States".

The candidates in the 2018 midterm elections were among the most diverse set to run in the history of the United States and included a number of African-American candidates in local, state, and national elections. Among those candidates was Stacey Abrams, who ran to become the nation’s first African-American female governor. Despite a narrow defeat in the Georgia race, Abrams and her campaign launched a new national conversation about the importance of voting rights by shining a light on voter suppression efforts in Georgia. As a result, there is a new focus on ending what Abrams called “systematic disenfranchisement” of African-American voters and other voters of color in America. It was recently announced that Abrams will deliver the Democratic response to the president’s 2019 State of the Union address.

On February 15, as part of the Brookings Institution’s celebration of Black History Month, Abrams will discuss the increasing political power of African-Americans after the 2018 elections and the tensions that may arise as the African-American electorate and candidates claim more political space. She will be joined in conversation by The New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb. Following their discussion, both speakers will answer questions from the audience.

This event will be live webcast.

No, she is not going away. Reminds me of Aspen's RETOC-Racial Equity Theory of Change. Of course, the Rock F supports Aspen and created Brookings as their think tank .



Notice how the moderator's career as a journalism prof at columbia is left out. Also this,

He was most recently an Associate Professor of History and Director of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut where he specialized in post-Civil War African American history, 20th century American politics and the history of the Cold War. Dr. Cobb is also a recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright and Ford Foundations.

or this "He is the author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress as well as To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic."


err (3d try) motherlode.



tracybeanz has started her own web site due to threats of banishment from Twitter. This is the first in a series of articles by Harold Finch, a good guy I used to follow on Twitter who also got banned like Thomas Wictor.

It's a good background on Mueller and Comey and the stuff they were involved in way before Trump.


Tom Bowler,

I agree with you. One thing that has struck me is how President Trump has citizen investigators and citizen reporters, who seem to have sprung up out of nowhere, and are willing to devote countless hours to helping him and defending him from attack.

We never saw that before, even when Bush 43 was wildly popular and we were reeling from the 9/11 attacks.

It's really quite inspiring to see all of these people from widely different backgrounds come together.

Jim Eagle

I wonder if AOC has seen these numbers, or can only understand them. Check out the Energy section:



Donald J. Trump
‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump
9m9 minutes ago

Gallup Poll: “Open Borders will potentially attract 42 million Latin Americans.” This would be a disaster for the U.S. We need the Wall now!


Lisa Mei Crowley
‏ @LisaMei62
12m12 minutes ago

WTH?! @LindseyGrahamSC told @MariaBartiromo that part of the negotiations for border wall funding is Dems want to reduce the number of beds in ICE detention centers for violent criminals. Is this so they can release them into our cities? This makes us safer how exactly?!

Assuming Lisa heard this correctly, I would like to know the rationale behind this, too.


She heard it correctly!


New thread.


Miss M, Shelby says the same thing:


Tom Bowler

Thanks Clarice and MM.

Love your Pieces this morning, Clarice.


Tom Bowler posted and I quote: "You had his word for it, and you could take that to the bank. And we had him for two terms."

IMO, we had him for 2 terms as president. He was never qualified to be Dog catcher IMO. His experience claim was that he was a Illinois legislature member and voted present, except when working to kill unborn people. Millions voted for him to be president of the USA based on that sorry record.




Thanks, Mr Pin 3:27, your analysis explains a lot.
It looks cool, very cool.
The guy covers probably 500 songs on his YouTube channel. Over half Japanese but surely more than a hundred US/Euro Groups like Beatles, Floyd and many, many others from the 70s and 80s.

Posted by: Jim,SunnyvaleCA,USA | February 10, 2019 at 06:29 AM

Chances are if that guy's channel is monetized all the money that video made went to the songwriter/s.

You know how they have laws against people profiting from crimes? I suppose he can legally take money from donations and Patreon.

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