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Sadness. The only constant. The only thing I can count on. Where does it come from? Why can’t I kill it?
I have incredible friends, an incredible partner and rewarding work. Is it hereditary?
My mom was the same, and probably my dad. My sister? Yep. My brothers? Probably my two oldest ones. I don’t know the two youngest ones well enough to say positively; however, they seem happier than the rest of us. They had the benefit of being born 5 and 10 years, respectively, after the cluster of the four oldest. My mom was a bit happier by then. Perhaps the end was in site. She could see that she was finally going to leave the farm.
The miserable, lonely, pristine and haunted homestead. My father’s life's work built on my mother’s strength and connections. The screaming success my mother would have no part of because women are the servants of men. Or so she believed. Or so she tried to believe.
Cynicism is, to some extent, a form of utilitarian filtering. Contracting your beliefs, you filter out things that you see as likely to lead nowhere strategically, and focus on the practical. This filtering can help you accomplish more because it narrows the scope of your existance. It can also kill your creativity because you're effectively removing yourself from the inspiring and informative compost heap of evolutionary participation. At the root of cynicism is a lack of faith in the evolutionary process. You may accomplish more, but very likely more of the same.
Openness, alternatively, connects one to the process of evolutionary collective computation. The quality of the connection is dependent on personal development.
FrogStyle, as loyal readers will note, has been not so happening as of late.
Do you think that's going to change?
Well, not any time soon.
But it will change Some Day!
After FrogStyle changes servers (which will be soon), we are planning, at some point, to do a radical redesign.
You will go to the new look of FrogStyle and be amazed.
But you'll have to wait awhile.
It has been awhile since I've posted.
A long nightmare is interrupted. Control of the US has returned to the more pragmatic arm of big business, the Democrats.
Rumsfeld has fled and, as the UK Telegraph has so eloquently put it, Bush's hell has just begun.
The "War on Terror" will never end, which is, to some, a Good Thing.
As Dwight Eisenhower warned, war is money... and we have certainly entered the golden age he warned about.
An very well done Dutch (?) television segment discusses a number of 9/11 theories and interviews journalists and editors from mainstream and new media.
With a down payment of $124 million, Larry Silverstein entered a 99 year lease of the World Trade Center buildings only 2 months before the 9/11 attacks. Although thousands of people lost their lives in the attacks, Larry may do well in the end as he is fighting for over $7 billion in insurance claims.
US President Bush today acknowledged the existance of a network of secret overseas prisons and urged congress to pass laws that will make sham trials legal. The Supreme Court previously ruled that military tribunals are not legal.
The tribunals promoted by Bush will pay no heed to the right to a fair trial, allowing the use of "hearsay and coerced testimony and for secret evidence". These tribunals will, in effect, allow the US to arbitrarily sentence foreign nationals to death with no real evidence.
A couple of unfortunate hippies were sentenced to 6 months in jail for dumpster-diving "five cucumbers, four or five apricots, two bundles of asparagus spears and a handful of cherries from a garbage can at Sweet Pea Produce".
Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" highlights data from the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica (Epica), which takes samples from antarctic ice to measure temperature and carbon dioxide levels in the Earth's past. Their previous study, referenced in Gore's global warming slideshow, measured 650,000 years in the past, showing a direct correlation between Earth's temperature and CO2.
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