Thursday, February 25, 2010

Yu-Na Kim Wins Olympic Gold



Congratulations to Olympic Gold Medalist Yu-Na Kim of Korea!

The beautiful Queen Yu-Na reigns!




Friday, February 19, 2010

Thoughts on Nuclear, CO2, Codex




Does anyone else think the pushing of nuclear energy (by forcing nations to go nuclear to cut CO2 emissions, or face consequences) is a lot like making countries Codex Alimentarius compliant, by maligning organic substances (like citrus oils, oakmoss or jasmine, for example) as being toxic, then suggesting perfume companies adopt Codex (with consequences if you don't, says IFRA) to use more synthetic materials, which are patented and marketed as the eco-friendly, sustainable choice?

When did caring about the environment become an "emotional" argument? When did the definition of a rational argument turn into one without conscience or empathy? We need to remember that thinking and feeling are one human rational function that was separated in a similar way in which assigned gender roles (and gender-codified languages) had been artificially polarized first, then transformed into a hierarchy of power. In fact, when they're polarizing thinking vs feeling in this way, they're really codifying male and female traits. I believe more men are drawn to the many forms of rationalism because it gives them a sense of belonging and power...like in a tribal or street gang, I suppose.

And so we can rationalize that if nuclear energy emits less CO2 than solar power, nuclear is the safer choice. Better yet, safety is a non-issue because caring is too emotional.


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Image: Signora Isabella Cortese, Pharmacy Historical Collection, University of Maryland: "Little personal information about Signora Isabella Cortese is available, however the alchemical nature of her works has drawn some popular critical scrutiny, earning her an occasional description as "snake oil peddler." This is a rare first edition of her very popular book, which continued through many editions. A reprint Italian edition appeared in 1995. This book of recipes or "secrets" covers a range of topics from hygiene to perfumery, including sections on colors and dyeing. There is a definite loftiness of tone at work here, with an appeal to women readers who wished to elevate themselves to a grand, ladylike status. This reflects the patrician traditions of Italian apothecaries, especially in Venice, where alignment with the Italian nobility gave to the pharmaceutical trade a comely social and political complexion."

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Birthday, George Washington


From teachingamericanhistory.org:

Letter to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport

George Washington
August 1790

Gentlemen:

While I received with much satisfaction your address replete with expressions of esteem, I rejoice in the opportunity of assuring you that I shall always retain grateful remembrance of the cordial welcome I experienced on my visit to Newport from all classes of citizens.

The reflection on the days of difficulty and danger which are past is rendered the more sweet from a consciousness that they are succeeded by days of uncommon prosperity and security.

If we have wisdom to make the best use of the advantages with which we are now favored, we cannot fail, under the just administration of a good government, to become a great and happy people.

The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy�a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship.

It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights, for, happily, the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.

It would be inconsistent with the frankness of my character not to avow that I am pleased with your favorable opinion of my administration and fervent wishes for my felicity.

May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwell in this land continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants�while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid.

May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy.

G. Washington


(Image: George Washington Biography and Pictures)


Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day




Happy Valentine's Day weekend - with love from Pink Manhattan ♥

Also a Happy and Healthy Lunar Chinese New Year (2/14/10)!


Saturday, February 06, 2010

Dialectics and Symmetry

Dialectic - Wikipedia

What the Heck is Dialectics? - Dialectics for Kids

I've said this before, but not everything has an opposite - in fact, many things we think of as being traditionally opposite are false dichotomies. For instance, gender (aside from biological sex which I see as being separate from gender) can be thought of as more of a spectrum than polar opposites. In Myers-Briggs, justice (T) and mercy (F) are juxtaposed as a dichotomy, but shouldn't they work together, not apart, for there to be any true justice? Justice is for mankind and involves human rights, after all. If critical thinking and empathy were once thought of as one cognitive function, why were they separated again? Perhaps it was for the design (aesthetics) rather than function (application), because I don't think it works. I think presenting these as a dichotomy causes confusion, and quite possibly, a more merciless mentality.

Likewise, arguments between people can't always be "equal", or fair and balanced, if the goal is to find a solution, not to make things even for the sake of evenness (symmetry, beauty, harmonization) by artificial (or philosophical) means. Dialectics seems to me a sport rather than a sound method of debate which, when applied to real life, actually helps solve problems. It is rather, in my humble opinion, a technique of never losing an argument by presenting every nonsensical point as being logical. Dialectics are case in point that being overly rational, or objective at the expense of human empathy, can endlessly spin nonsense to simulate an actual conversation, and does not allow true emergent cognitive sense to enter (because no one can really listen when they're trying to create logical symmetry - this is dialectical, not formal, logic at work). What's beautiful about it? Isn't this just circular thinking?

(The difference between formal logic and dialectical logic: Link here)

Related links: Dialectic of Enlightenment

Counter-Enlightenment - Wikipedia

The Continuing Relevance of Dialectic of Enlightenment by Andrew Walker, TelosScope

How To Win Arguments When You’re Wrong by remistevens




(Image: Mandala Multi Media mandalamm.com)



Thursday, February 04, 2010

Crush - David Archuleta

Listen to David Archuleta - Crush (composed by By Emmanuel Kiriakou, David Hodges, and Jess Cates) on You Tube.

I particularly love the musical reference to Big Ben of the Great Clock of Westminster. Did anyone else catch it? :-)

Find sheet music by performer or composer @ Freehandmusic.com

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Monday, February 01, 2010

Sally the Witch (Minifée)








Sally, the Witch (Mahōtsukai Sally) in 1966


Read about Sally the Witch on Wikipedia



Sally is also known as Minifée in the French version of the series.