Archive for July, 2022

Spiritual And Intellectual Eunuchs (July 25, 2022)

Posted in Society on July 25, 2022 by

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K          “That description about captures it.”

J          “Catchy too.”

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K          “Obsequious to those in power.”

J          “Sycophantic to those above them.”

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K          “Never took a stand.”

J          “Never joined a sit-in.”

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K          “Their biography reads:  ‘Born – Consumed – Died.’”

J          “Or ‘Amassed credentials and lucre.  Never really did anything of substance or permanence.’”

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[See the e-commentary at Fight Or Flight In The Face Of Fear? A Principled Reaction To Stand (November 30, 2020) and “If I Get Diagnosed With Stage 4 Cancer . . . .” (December 13, 2021).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Born – Consumed – Died

Make waves

If you stay silent and fail to rock the boat in this war between good and evil, your life might be easier, but your children’s won’t.

Conformity is doing what everyone else is doing regardless of what is right; Morality is doing what is right regardless of what everyone else is doing.

It is remarkable how many people believe themselves intellectually superior for repeating what authority tells them.  It is also remarkable how school is structured to reward students for repeating what authority tells them.  I wonder if there is a connection?

There was a very cautious man

Who never laughed or played

He never risked, he never tried.

He never sang or prayed.

And when he one day passed away

His insurance was denied,

For since he never really lived,

They claimed he never really died.

(Anonymous poem)

Expanding The Goal In Soccer (July 18, 2022)

Posted in Society, Sports on July 18, 2022 by

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J          “One yard wider.”

K          “One meter wider.”

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J          “People want points.  The games should produce lacrosse scores.  10 – 9 or 14 – 13 or 17 – 11.  Two digits for each team.”

K          “Purists will object, buy I am a purist who does not object.”

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K          “Thirty years ago, the back-pass rule in soccer was implemented to universal and enduring acclaim.”

J          “Forty years ago, the shot clock in college basketball vitiated the four corners stall that was legal yet undermined the flow and possibilities of the game.”

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K          “Expand the goal by a meter.  Enrich the game by a mile.”

J          “Or just a yard. And enrich it by a kilometer.” 

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[See the e-commentary on sports at On The Vernal Equinox (March 21, 2011).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Make the Beautiful Game more pulchritudinous

Boycott DuckDuckGo (July 11, 2022)

Posted in Boycott Series, Internet on July 11, 2022 by

[DuckDuckGo is completely blocking]

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J          “Not a surprise.  Everything involving or affiliated with the Internet has been and is being used for evil.  When I started hearing ads on the radio for the Duck and then heard that the search engine was censoring speech, I knew it was on the dark side.” 

K          “Another search engine will come along . . . and be used for evil.”

J          “And then another.”

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[See the “The DuckDuckGo Controversy” reprinted in “Peak Prosperity” dated May 29, 2022 by Terence Kam.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”  Eric Hoffer

Independence Day (July 4, 2022)

Posted in Society on July 4, 2022 by

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J          “What does it mean to most folks?”

K          “Sales and bar-b-ques.  Some folks do reflect on its significance.”

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[See the e-commentary at July 4 (July 4, 2011) and September 17 – Constitution Day (September 19, 2011).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

What does Independence Day mean to you?