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  • skkott 4:23 am on Friday, November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    The mystery of “Rahul” finally solved:… 

    The mystery of “Rahul” finally solved: http://tinyurl.com/yjwtbae

    • heath 12:20 pm on Friday, November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I like the refined sarcasm, over certain points, in the article. SRK indeed. 🙂

      • skkott 1:08 pm on Friday, November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        SRK happened to play memorable characters named “Rahul” in several of his romantic flicks. So the suspicion was that Rahul could be a code word for SRK. When the word came out that “Rahul” was some “famous” film actor, I thought Rahul Bose or Rahul Khanna (both were intentblog contributors) could be the one.

  • skkott 9:29 am on Thursday, November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: assholes, child safety, desperation, domestic abuse, rage   

    “I’m scared. And I’m really f@cking angry.” 



    • heath 9:48 am on Thursday, November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      the grandma-author, was she standing there taking notes? how does she know these details? how does her heart let her share this misery with strangers? what is she doing to make the lives of her family members better? to spend such writing and rewriting this, then posting it where it will be read by so many, what’s the value of that to her if this is a true story about her family?

      • heath 9:56 am on Thursday, November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        have read the part of the addendum where she writes, “…but this really happened, all of it happened…”

        and that’s the clincher, for me. she protesteth too much. it’s too well-written, too detailed, too well-balanced to be credible as a report of something that recently happened to close famiiy members. unless the writer is a sociopath, that is. in which case, the story was written by the hands of the person who may have created an original dysfunction which spun this misery out, years later.

        • ed 5:01 pm on Thursday, November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I believe the story is basically true, adrenaline fired in all its aspects, including the writing.

          There’s certainly a covert thread of mischief in the writing, Heath, but I think most families would provide such material, albeit on differing levels. I wouldn’t pin the dysfunction on any one….I see it’s a collective dysfunction and the heroine is well on the way to break free. I’m sorry for the step-dad, as well!

          Peaceful here, ennit!

      • skkott 10:04 am on Thursday, November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        She is a kossack (a Daily Kos member). Although DKos is a community political blog, they share a lot of personal and non-political stuff among themselves. So I am not surprised by the fact that she wrote a diary with such content.

        She is an active member, her previous diaries and comments can be found here: http://got-a-grip.dailykos.com/ I haven’t gone through it, but it may provide some indication of her approach and intent…and perhaps help us understand her better.

        • skkott 10:23 am on Thursday, November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Couple of observations from her previous diaries:

          1) She attended Netroots Nation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netroots_Nation ) 2009 progressive bloggers’ convention. (Organized every year by Daily Kos.) Thousands of ordinary Kossacks attended this conference. There is a lot of bonding that happens in the community.

          2) She posted diaries with an interval of months. This indicates that she is not an attention seeker kind of member who posts prolifically with provocative titles on a regular basis. She posted only 4 diaries in the past year but posted more than 500 comments, which again is a very healthy ratio. She posted a total of 26 diary entries since 2006. Which is also healthy.

        • skkott 11:39 am on Thursday, November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          She made 80 posts responding to comments(of over 800, in total) in the thread. Its always interesting to read discussions at DKos. I consider myself a kossack too:)

          • heath 5:13 pm on Thursday, November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            80 replies tells me the interchange is giving her energy. the post seems self-serving, if it’s real. either it’s part or full fiction, or she was a passive bystander and did nothing to stop the beatings. one can be an enthusiastic blogger, even a talented one, and still not be authentic in the stories one is sharing. how much energy and talent did we see at IB, and how much lying was woven into that? a lot. my reaction to this piece — gut-level — is that it’s a fraud (at least in part). the fact that money’s been offered, and ostensibly turned down — for now — underscores the lack of authenticity, for me.

            imagine this to be a true account . imagine you are an angel hovering over the scene… ex-husband returns home, plastered and belligerent, late at night. enters former wife’s room. grandma blogger is either still up, or has to climb out of bed. she stands in the hallway, notepad and pen in hand, recording the events in accurate detail. sounds do-able, yes? no. or this one: ex-husband returns home, plastered and belligerent, late at night. enters former wife’s room. grandma is too horrified at what’s going down, and is too scared on her own behalf to do anything — even call the cops or keep her granddaughters out of the way! so she watches, hidden, and decides to write about it later as a way of getting revenge and justice when the danger (to herself) has passed. this one’s a maybe. or this one: ex-husband returns home, plastered and belligerent, late at night. enters former wife’s room. grandma isn’t there. she interviews the participants later, several times each, to be sure she is getting their stories accurately. then she begins to write… but isn’t it a known fact that witness and participants don’t remember things accurately, that they conflate, forget, exaggerate, and make stuff up, unconsciously? all of these possible scenarios allow for some truth. none of them reflect well on the grandma. grandma is either so emotionally distant she might as well be the wall, or a chicken unable to defend her loved ones, or more interested in writing a story than healing her family. she says they’re hillbillies who take care of their own. jeez, hillbillies write this well? doin’ a good job, grandma. this smells totally fraudulent to me.

            one of the best reporters for a major daily was exposed as a fraud a few years ago. I think it was the NYT. even his editors bought his stories. this blog just vibrates b-s, to me.

            • skkott 9:55 pm on Thursday, November 12, 2009 Permalink

              “80 replies tells me the interchange is giving her energy.”

              Not responding to comments in your own diary entry at dkos is considered to be a bad practice. So the number is not off base. I read some of the comments, I find them consistent.

              “the fact that money’s been offered, and ostensibly turned down — for now — underscores the lack of authenticity, for me. ”

              Daily Kos raises a lot of funds, not just for political races but for charity and other causes identified by a member in a diary; it could be a homeless person or someone you know who is without a health insurance. They also raise funds for a member in desperate financial needs. But having spend some time at dkos you would know that money needs to be raised in the community to those who ‘really’ need it badly.

              “one of the best reporters for a major daily was exposed as a fraud a few years ago. ”

              Of course there is a notable difference here though; there was a financial reward(,fame) in there.

              I am with Ed on this. I believe the story is true. Just not the fact that she is there watching it live. Its a way of telling story from what she learned and having known the family.

          • heath 12:19 pm on Friday, November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            I wish we were angels, and could see into the future. I’d make a wager on this. You and Ed have had your heart-strings plucked.

    • オメガ 腕時計 9:56 pm on Thursday, October 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      シチズン 腕時計

  • skkott 1:54 pm on Sunday, November 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Twilight Samurai   

    Hey anyone seen the movie Twilight Samur… 

    Hey anyone seen the movie Twilight Samurai(2002)? I generally look at imdb user ratings, rottentomatoes’ review ratings and the wiki article on the film when deciding on watching a random movie on TV. While browsing channels the other day, this Japanese movie came up and I was soon engrossed in it and didn’t bother to check the ratings out. I loved the film. It was indeed a classic.

    I agree with an imdb reviewer who called this movie “A Samurai flick Jane Austen would love”.


    • heath 9:09 pm on Sunday, November 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the alert about a very fine movie. After reading your post, watched it on Netflix.
      love, h

      • skkott 3:20 am on Monday, November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        It was a pleasant surprise watching a Samurai movie so different from Last Samurai, Seven Samurai, and Kill Bill types.

        I kinda have fun predicting the plot of a movie. I happen to be very good at this while watching desi(Indian) movies; they are so predictable:) Towards the end of this film, there was one scene in Twilight where I anticipated how the story might end, but it didn’t happen that way. Its when “Twilight” calls Tomoe to dress him up for his big fight. The scene before it, she has an argument with her sister-in-law when she objects to her attempt to meet Twilight who has just left. Tomoe asks why it is ‘wrong’ to talk with a Samurai in public and her SiL, clearly taken aback, says a young woman shouldn’t question the judgment of her elders. Back to Tomoe and Twilight, she asks him “why you are doing this?”(fight to death) and he says that he was ordered by the clan and that even though he is petty, he is still a Samurai. This is when I expected–partly for selfish reasons’ for his survival and their possible union and/or partly for ‘enlightened’ reasons–she would talk him out of the fight(or at least make an attempt to) , that he can ‘question’ the judgment of his clan leaders and make his own decision…. But this didn’t happen that way. She just remains silent, just like she was when her SiL has the last word. On hindsight, it would have been radical if Twilight having given his word didn’t go to fight and they both eloped, but perhaps unrealistic and may not have fit into the overall nature of the story that would reflect the Japanese society during that period in history.

        • heath 5:37 am on Monday, November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I think you’re right about rebelliousness not fitting the time.

          52 minutes into the movie, Sebei Iguchi is leaving the warehouse. There’s a cut to a long shot, taken from the side of the warehouse, outside, warehouse on the left. The shot is asymmetrical, with the left third of the screen filled with dark warehouse, the right two-thirds with paler lane and vegetation. Smoke rises from the far side of the warehouse, curling pale against dark clouds. There’s a distant rumble of thunder. Iguchi steps into the lane, looking determined, worried and serious, and moves towards us. The focuses us on the key elements of smoke and thunder, then Iguchi’s movement. It was so simple and spare, so effective at telling us that trouble is on the way, so stunning, that I put the movie on hold and started to write a comment here.

        • heath 5:43 am on Monday, November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Oh, I forgot to say, I have been watching Kaminey off and on. It puts me to sleep, I don’t know why, so I never finish it — I watch for ten minutes and I’m sleeping. So I’m advancing through it slowly. The reason I don’t give up is Shahid Kapoor’s performance as Charlie. He does both roles really well, but he is masterful in his timing, with Charlie. He keeps a tense balance between energy and quiet, grace and awkwardness, in the Charlie character, which Hiroyuki Sanada’s portrayal of Sebei Iguchi very much reminds me of. His facial expressions are beautiful to watch, too, as are Hiroyuki Sanada’s. Hiroyuki Sanada on Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroyuki_Sanada

          • skkott 10:01 am on Monday, November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            Haven’t seen Kaminey but having read the plot summary from wiki I understand why people fall asleep watching the film. It is long, complicated plot; which Ithink might suit a television series better. The director, Vishal Baradwaj, is noted for adapting Shakespeare plays(Macbeth: Maqbool, Othello: Omkara) to Indian screen. I saw Omkara, the direction was good (the actors were great), but it too put me to sleep 😉 I tried to watch Maqbool several times in the past but never finished it. Maybe it is about the director; he tends to be an art-film type more than bollywood-masala filmmaker. His association with lyricist/director Gulzar might explain it. If I remember correctly Mukesh did some work with Gulzar too.

            • skkott 10:23 am on Monday, November 9, 2009 Permalink

              Heath and others, can you recommend some good (fiction)books to read and English movies to watch? I would like to present a couple of books to a special friend who is visiting… She has no particular preference in genre as such. She isn’t a heavy reader of books and watches any sort of (English)movie that is entertaining. Some of the books she read and loved include Gone with the Wind, Life of Pi, Kite Runner(,Thousand Splendid Suns; The portrayal of life in Afghan under Taliban, she said disturbed her for many days) and Revolutionary Road. As to the kind of movies she like, she watched Sean Penn directed “Into the wild” and liked it while she hated horror movie “Hostel”. She doesn’t mind watching ghost-type horror movies, but finds it hard to understand why people make/watch movies like SAW and Hostel series.

              She is recently married and lives in UK with her husband who is also a practicing physician like her. Now that she has cleared some medic exams and got a PR in UK and settled in her practice, and “got used to her husband” as she put it, she has some time to read. She was discussing Revolutionary Road which she read on flight back home(India); she really hated the husband character (portrayed by Leonardo de Caprio in the film adaptation) for “turning out to be such a loser”. I haven’t read the book (just the reviews). She said she put herself in the wife’s role(Kate Winslet character) while reading it. So as per her reading style I think she is interested in the subject of the story, more than just the story telling prowess of the authors….

              I was thinking of presenting “Atonement” to her, but I am not sure she would particularly like the subject and story. I haven’t read the book but from what I gather this one is more about story telling… I would like your opinion on this. I remember you mention Atonement (the film) in high regards. I would also like you to suggest other books/films, that are must read/watch, for my friend. She said she also likes spy/thriller novels(and movies) and other page turners that are a good and exciting to read.

          • skkott 10:49 am on Monday, November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            Now that you have mentioned, I find Shaid Kapoor indeed shares similarities to Hiroyuki Sanada in facial expressions!

            • heath 7:15 pm on Monday, November 9, 2009 Permalink

              My favorite recent book is Moth Smoke, by Mohsin Hamid. If she’s OK with animation, Ratatouille, and anything by Hayao Miyasaki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayao_Miyazaki), will be appreciated. Films: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (2002) with Audrey Tatou. The Spanish Prisoner (1997), written and directed by David Mamet. Innocence (2000). The Illusionist (2006). The Grocer’s Son (2007). The Last Time (2006), with Micheal Keaton (his best performance, imho). The Ramen Girl (2008). Sequins (2004). Love the Hard Way (2001), with Adrian Brody. The Wind Will Carry Us (2000). Taboo (1999). War, Inc. (2008), with John Cusack. Shanghai Triad (1995). Revolver (2005), a Guy Ritchie film with Jason Stratham and Ray Liotta. Redbelt (2008), a David Mamet film. Vatel (2000) with Gerard Depardieu and Uma Thurman. I found these films to be fascinating, and memorable for various reasons. All are well-made, well-acted, well-plotted.

            • skkott 11:26 am on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 Permalink

              Thanks for the wonderful movies! I have seen only The Illusionist and Taboo in the list. I tend to watch blockbuster types and widely popular films like the ones you find in the IMDB Top list (http://www.imdb.com/chart/top ). I just noticed that i saw almost all of the top 100 in that list. Thanks for sharing the rare gems! I will sure check them out and recommend them to my friend.

  • skkott 9:12 pm on Saturday, September 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: copyright, creativity   

    Mozart and copyright http://www.dailyko… 

    Mozart and copyright


    “The copyright extremists have a myopic view of the issue that would stifled the creativity of the Mozarts of the past. Funny that the great composer would be cited as supposed support for such a myopic and regressive approach to intellectual property.”

    • heath 8:17 am on Monday, September 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, Scott

      been watching myself & how I deal with a sense of ownership of what I create for a few years. the more time that passes after something is finished, the less it “belongs” to me. others who view, read or listen to a creative work add their energy to it, and change it through their interpretations and reactions. it becomes a collaboration between artist and audience. it’s like a pattern flow, too: the work to be made and the artist are on an intersecting path before the work is made. at the time of creation, the paths merge. the paths continue after creation, separately, which takes the work away from the artist. all of us know what it’s like to feel that sense of something beyond ourselves, which many people term the muse, that’s part of any act of creation. I believe all things, even those we make, have lives of their own. a work of art may not breath or drink water, but it has a point of coming into being and a point of dissolution, and the stretch of time between these two points are its life. and its life is singular and distinct from that of the artist who makes it.

      when I put a poem on a blog, or change a web page look, or do some programming, at first, I feel a sense of pride or ownership. then I feel exhausted and distant. it’s during that time that the work shifts and shifts and shifts, as it leaves me. the process used to feel disturbing. but, now that it’s happened many times, I’ve learned that this is part of the life of any work, it’s how it separates itself from me, as a child separates from its caregivers, and becomes whole and mature. now, the most interesting thing I find about a work is what it becomes after it leaves me.

      copyright allows artists, and their producers (publishers, promoters, agents, etc.) to make money off the artists’ creations, for about as long as an artist and his or her children live. long before that time, any work of art has left its creator and become something whole and separate.

      this process of constant change is part of what makes all the arts possible. by arts I mean anything that any living being does with a constructive purpose, which supports the viability of a good passage on this planet for all. that can be painting, designing, sculpting, writing, composing, making a meal, feeling and sharing love, sleeping, dancing, praying, meditating, weaving, walking, stretching, fighting, seeing, sheltering, building, problem-solving, giving.

      if change is so important to creation, it needs to be honored. it needs to be honest. it can’t be defended against.

      the movement towards tighter copyrighting is defensive. it’s due to the pressure of the fracturing producer structures, caused by web-based distribution of work, which makes it much less easy to control and much easier to lose possible revenue. I feel for creators and producers caught up in this. I felt the pinch myself nine years ago, when the dot com bubble popped, and, simultaneously, web design in the US was opened up to a web-based market with many workers from outside the US who could afford to work at 10% of what I would have had to charge. this is the reason I don’t do web design full time. I don’t have a solution. I do feel, however, that tighter rights is not the way to go. how we do business is changing, as is what we expect. people who are most worried about this are supporting heavy habits of materialism, habits which I feel are too heavy.

      too many material things surrounding us make us dull and spoiled, and destroy creative possibilities. I’ve found freedom in having less and having to respond quickly to tight money supplies, etc. the challenges keep me lean and supple, creatively. it’s like being fit. it feels good. life is a risk that we all take, and all lose at in the end. when we hold too much too close to ourselves, we limit the experiences we came to meet in our present lives, we limit what we have to give to others, we limit our creativity.

      • skkott 12:05 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Nice to hear from you, heath.

        Glad to read your* deep meditation on the creative process…

        *or is it?:)

        • heath 1:44 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          whose else? !! 😛 😀 google any of the phrases.

          I’m gearing up for my three-book-drafts marathon and my mind is settling into the right mode. I was as surprised as anyone else that (a) I commented, (b) I was coherent on the subject, and (c) I had anything to say on the subject, even. shows what the unconscious can do. it’s workin’ all the time all the time, baby.

          on another note, I read a RT today of one of DC’s sayings, and realized they’re kind of formulaic. imp-me thought, hey. lets make up a slew of nonsense sayings according to the DC sayings formula. but real-me is too busy to do it.

          hugs 🙂

          • skkott 10:09 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            “whose else? !! 😛 😀 google any of the phrases.”

            My short comment was intended to be a meta observation…less need not always more witty 🙂 This is one of those cases.

            I was interpreting your ‘comment’ as a ”creative work’ in itself with ref. to the content , esp. the first two paragraphs; “ownership”, “belonging” and “life of it’s own”.

            “I’m gearing up for my three-book-drafts marathon”

            Best of luck with.

            A bit confused here. Are you writing(/ghostwriting) three books? Or editing drafts for three books(written by someone else)?

            “I read a RT today of one of DC’s sayings,”

            OK, RT is retweet.. DC is Chopra (Correct me if I am wrong.)

            I see he has been a bit quiet, and less confrontational, on the blogosphere front, peddling his self-help, snake oil and pseudoscience, these days while taking to twitter like a fish to water and spouting his nonsensical wisdom day in and day out.

          • skkott 10:22 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            BTW, one has to wonder who is writing Sarah Palin’s well-written facebook notes. Googling phrases doesn’t help much (her ghostwriter uses cliched phrases, nothing unusual there). It’s certainly not her.

            Here’s a Gawker piece when SP started posting on FB after she quit as Gov. and quit Twitter:


          • skkott 10:25 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            (This comment was supposed to be posted before the earlier one on SP[2.22 am], but didn’t went through for some reason.)

            “whose else? !! 😛 😀 google any of the phrases.”

            My short comment was intended to be a meta observation…less need not always more witty 🙂 This is one of those cases.

            I was interpreting your ‘comment’ as a ”creative work’ in itself with ref. to the content , esp. the first two paragraphs; “ownership”, “belonging” and “life of it’s own”.

            “I’m gearing up for my three-book-drafts marathon”

            Best of luck with.

            A bit confused here. Are you writing(/ghostwriting) three books? Or editing drafts for three books(written by someone else)?

            “I read a RT today of one of DC’s sayings,”

            OK, RT is retweet.. DC is Chopra (Correct me if I am wrong.)

            I see he has been a bit quiet, and less confrontational, on the blogosphere front, peddling his self-help, snake oil and pseudoscience, these days while taking to twitter like a fish to water and spouting his nonsensical wisdom day in and day out.

            • heath 12:05 am on Thursday, September 17, 2009 Permalink

              Twitter’s turning out to have some unexpected benefits. 🙂 this was the RT that caught my eye: “Insight enables you to know your own heart. Clarity enables you to accept without illusion.”

              this kind quasi-oppositional form has a name. I remember reading about it when I was skimming something about JFK and his speechwriters. can’t recall the form’s name, and am too tired to research it.

              thank you, luck would come in handy.

              a meta observation… baby, you’re too smart for me.

              Palin comes very close to making my skin crawl. I fervently hope she self-destructs. she serves as a crystalization seed, who gathers around her, and gives seeming legitimacy to, people thinking some very ugly thoughts because they feel threatened by the broader world, by multiculturalism, by doing things differently to fix old problems.

        • heath 6:09 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          “…fracturing producer structures, caused by web-based distribution of work…” — a link to an article about publishing & change: http://grafediting.wordpress.com/2009/09/16/inside-publishing/

          • skkott 11:03 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            That clears up a few things. Let’s see if I get it right this time:

            You are writing three drafts(before coming up with the final draft) of a book you are planning to publish.

            • heath 11:52 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Permalink

              first drafts of 3 books – a proposed series

  • skkott 12:36 pm on Saturday, August 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Todd Palin   

    Todd And Sarah Palin To Divorce? 

    Alaska blogger Gryphen of Immoral Minority breaks this big scoop early in the a.m. today:

    Exclusive! Sarah and Todd Palin are Splitsville!

    Followed by Alaska Report.

  • skkott 1:56 pm on Friday, July 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: personal,   

    Hi Grafers, been traveling lately in a t… 

    Hi Grafers, been traveling lately in a third world country with little access to decent internet. Derek, heath and Ed thanks for your responses to Oprah-Chopra article. I wanted to share my thoughts on Orac and Chopra, but I think I better give it a rest. I want to share some thoughts about Sarah Palin, but I quit that thought.

    Here’s something I just read that I like to share:

    “the sorrow of a rose” by annaruiz

    the sorrow of a rose
    in her thorns

    she makes peace
    with the blood-red sun

    how the sunlight
    into moon

    the finger
    trickles with tears.


    Although the imagery is cliched, this poem works for me. I think the power of this poem lies in the brilliant way in which the (cliched)imagery of the rose is connected with the (cliched)imagery of the ‘finger pointing to the moon’.

    P.S. Steve Toth, from the comment thread:

    “When winter comes
    roses lose their blossoms
    but hang on
    to their thorns”

    • heath 6:47 am on Saturday, July 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      the sorrows of a rose are aphids, beetles, borers, and powdery mildew, which deplete her of her energy, and leave her hard-put to maintain her thorn-protected sweetness and beauty. the rose has a dormant/bloom cycle until death. while blooming, she shares her essence with all, and only a little care is needed to strip her of part of her generous beauty without being hurt. while dormant, she offers rose hips as a vit C source in winter. what would we do without rosewater, rose petals, rose-petal and rose-hip jams, and rose-hip tea, and the flowers themselves, which have been woven through our lives and stories for eons?

      as it is, thorns make sense, protecting the rose from greater sorrows than she already bears. if the rose ever found herself watched over by every human on the planet, perhaps her thorns would soften and fall away. if a pricked finger really trickled with tears, it would never again harm a rose after its first act of having done so. but man has never given undefended beauty much mercy.

      the moon and sun know the rose’s story, and aren’t sentimental or cliched about it. they hold silence, and share their light with her.

      the beauty and sweetness of the rose are celebrated with good reason. her tender, generous stamina helps life seem more bearable.

      bless all gentle hands that touch her without destroying her. until there are enough of them, bless the rose’s thorns.

      • ed 4:09 am on Sunday, July 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        For all my care,
        the rose unfair
        does claw me

        With hided gloves
        I tend my loves
        The bull would gore me

        So clear my patch
        of this mismatch
        Let iris reassure me

    • derek 12:08 am on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Even though I’ve been pocked more times than I can remember,
      I keep going back, no gloves, fingers tingling from thorny pricks,
      to stop and take another sniff.

      • derek 12:10 am on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        or poked……..

      • heath 3:04 pm on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        with my oft-at-hand moralistic hat on: yeah, that’s what makes life good. 🙂

  • derek 10:27 am on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

    quiet lightning 

    quiet lightning
    a distant storm
    the city noise drowns out
    what thunder there is
    all i hear is the train
    yards away
    thundering by
    and flashes so bright
    even the city lights
    can’t blind them out
    this street reminds me of Philly
    he said
    red bricks
    and a cheesy mural
    painted on the big garage door
    of the piano warehouse
    where we rehearse
    his one man show
    captivating and inspired
    but out the window
    and the corner of my eye
    quite lightning
    the rumble of the city
    a storm passes by

    • heath 1:08 pm on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      ah, sweet!

      • derek 11:16 pm on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        hey Heath

        • heath 3:06 pm on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          commented on Grafediting too just now — the different visual frame gives a slightly different flavor to the read — I believe in cross-posting as an editing tool. 🙂

  • ed 8:57 am on Monday, June 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    “If you lend someone £20, and never see… 

    “If you lend someone £20, and never see that person again; it was probably worth it.”

    • derek63 11:31 am on Monday, June 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      If you give someone, I don’t have a key for pounds, $20, and get to see them again; it is definitely worth it.


      • ed 5:34 pm on Monday, June 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Nice, Derek, ‘give’ is the operative word, as in hand it to…..don’t make an issue of it …….
        even if the receiver does see you as a soft touch 😉

        Yes, subtle, ennit?

        • Uncle Tree 3:39 am on Saturday, June 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          “Neither a lender nor a borrower be.” Benjamin Franklin

          You get what you pay for, whether or not it’s what you wanted.
          To freely give, asking nothing in return, will soon make you broke.
          When you are left with nothing, then will people leave you alone.

          What device? Who’s advise? That’s my vice. I love empty pockets.

  • skkott 2:51 am on Sunday, June 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Deepak Chopra, Oprah, Quackery   


    Orac at Science blogs takes Deepak Chopra to task one more time after Chopra’s recent column criticizing NEWSWEEK’s brilliant cover article on Oprah promoting quackery on her show, “There is, however, one person who may cause Oprah a bit of trouble. Ironically, it’s one of her staunchest supporters. Indeed, it’s someone we’ve met many times before on this blog, and he’s outraged that NEWSWEEK would be so mean to Oprah. Indeed, I’m referring to a man for whom I once coined a term to describe his mystical, magical, pseudoscientific New Age blather. Oprah, meet Chopra. Deepak Chopra, that is. Again.”:

    Oprah and Chopra sittin’ in a tree…

    • derek 12:57 pm on Sunday, June 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey skkott
      Now who were you at IB? I don’t remember. People have used so many names. It’s nice to have another voice here though.

      Funny what people at Oprah and Deepak’s level of fame and recognition have to do to be there and what they have to do to stay there. I can’t imagine . One thing I do know is it takes a lot of people to be their fans and to hold them up. The things they say or try to say, in my opinion, are no more valid than anyone else. If people want to follow them in such a way as to believe whatever they say, then who is more foolish?

      When it comes to ones health and how to treat it, I believe everyone is different. For some it is not the delivery system but their belief in it that helps them. For some people total quackery works just fine and for some people it’s their belief in space age medical technology and some people believe that no medical intervention is best. I personally believe that most doctors and healers are shooting in the dark and hoping something works.

      My Dad was a doctor and my wife is an energy healer, I have seen results and failures in both practices. It really seems to boil down to the individual and how much they truly want to be healed. If someone wants to be healthy they will find a way that works for them. If that’s cutting off a chickens foot and lighting candles, good for them. If it’s getting cat scans and chemotherapy, good for them too. Some people suffer from debilitating illness and it is sad when they can not get the help they need because there are so many limitations put on them by the AMA. Some of those people could get relief from alternative medicine. Some are made worse by alternative medicine but the same can be said about mainstream western medicine as well.

      There is no one type of treatment that works for everyone. We are complex creatures with many variables within our own individual circumstances.

      I don’t know anything about you skkott but if you are trying to help people by educating them, then you should open your heart and allow people to seek what will help them, not diminish treatments that you have not experienced to work in your own personal life. It is often the belief in the treatment and the faith in the person treating them, more than the treatment it’s self, that helps people.

      I read a lot of the comments in Orac’s thread and it’s the same back and forth thing. People from each camp throwing stones at each other, while in the middle are people needing help but getting stones instead.

      There are many types of treatments because there are many types of people.


    • derek 2:57 pm on Sunday, June 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      You know skkott, I don’t think anyone here talks about Oprah or Deepak much at all. Your post was like a throw back to the old IB world, but it was kinda fun. Thanks


    • heath 6:42 pm on Sunday, June 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Scott

      Chopra has valid points. Orac does too. Both have their own agendas, though.

      Reading Orac’s blog, I was struck by his frequent use of judgmental words meant to tell the reader how to feel. That made me uncomfortable with his attitude, even though many of his points are well taken.

      Orac says “Physicians are taught nutrition in medical school; they are taught prevention.” In my experience, doctors are as human and imperfect as the rest of us, and many fail to understand the importance of nutrition and prevention. Some of what they learn is old or incorrect, too. Many docs are susceptible to manipulation by pharma company reps, advertising, and so on.

      My criticism of Chopra is that he’s not as aware as he should be of his own vulnerability to fame and of-the-momentness.

      Personally, I’ve suffered more harm at the hands of doctors than you would expect in this day and age. My most recent misadventure was when an ER orthopedist decided to show off to two female interns by demonstrating how to reduce my dislocated shoulder. Unfortunately, he chose one of the most diffucult reduction maneuvers, my muscles were in spasm already, and he hadn’t practiced the maneuver for a while. Not only did he fail to reduce via the difficult method, he caused me immense pain and chipped my shoulder socket with my humerus when he let the bone go a little too soon and at the wrong angle. He took a 30-minute break, during which I had to have morphine administered because of the increase in pain he’d caused, then he came back with the first technique listed in most discussion of shoulder dislocation reductions, and used it to pop my arm back into its socket in 30 seconds, with no more pain to me. The technique needs three people, and he had to use the two internists. Of course, that took away any superiority he had still been able to maintain with them after his failure get my arm back into my shoulder. The poor guy couldn’t speak to me after he fixed me up, he was so humiliated. The two internists were doing their work with grins on their faces, after he finished up. And this great action took place in an ER, not at a bar or on the beach on the weekend. What price do patients pay for this kind of uneducated behavior? Uneducated in simple humanity, that is. That’s where many alternative medicine practitioners have an edge — because their approach is founded on a humanistic basis. They pay attention to their patients, and most often use conservative methods of treatment that are less likely to do immediate harm. Old methods, too. Many old, conservative methods have lasted through the years simply because they’ve always worked. So why be surprised if they still work even now?

      The prob isn’t with the medicine, it’s with the practitioners. Whenever ego steps between doctor and patient, damage is a likely outcome. Same is true for alternative medicine people. But our culture rewards doctors for egotistic, matlab blind, behavior, while it’s kind of hard on practitioners of alternative medicine. So maybe current social pressures keep alternative medicine more viable and less harmful than traditional medicine, so-called.

      Regarding Oprah, imho she’s been too rich for too long and is way more out of touch with many microrealities that are important to the rest of us than she should be, if she’s acting like a leader — which she is, despite her demurrals, both verbal and otherwise. That’s not any kind of jealousy of her success, on my part. I can feel in my bones that she’s frequently off-base, and I’ve felt it for about ten years.

      love, h

    • ed 5:48 am on Monday, June 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi skkott,
      give me Bruce Lipton any day….with a tiny pinch of my customary salt 😉


      We gotta move on….as one. There’s ‘gold’ in them thar ills 😉 The solution is the problem…..scan….


  • ed 8:26 am on Friday, June 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: free association, idle chatter, Mind, perceptions, wordplay   

    The mind is a chatter-box…. 

    The mind is a chatter-box, the clatter of a cartwheel on cobbled streets, the clicking of a slow train, going over points as duality rails, so, mind the gap, when arriving at the station.
    Truth is just the ticket to ride. Nothing stands still 😉

    As a gardener, my mind reminds me of a cauliflower…..virtually 🙂

    • derek 10:28 am on Friday, June 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      My ticket has been punched a few too many times, folded and tattered and doodled upon. If the truth is a ticket, mine has been thoroughly dereked and only valid for one more trip, next stop, Eden, the end of the tracks for me, a full circle from garden to garden. What was all that stuff in between?

      ………she’s gotta a ticket to ride, but she don’t care………

      i’ve got beatles in my garden


  • derek 11:42 am on Monday, May 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: artist, artistic process, documentary   

    shameless self promotion 

    Okay, so I’ve been a busy little artist.
    Here is my youtube channel.


    or you can just type in “derek alderman” in the the search bar.

    More stuff to come……..


    • heath 12:59 pm on Monday, May 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, what beautiful work!! 🙂

      Really great vid, too — beautifully scripted, lit, shot, scored and cut (npi)!!

      love, h

      (p.s. Tweet it?? I’m following you, empyrius, Harb, Kavita. I follow rishirichprod, who sent out a tweet for a new music vid this am, and as a result of the tweet, I’ll get the album on iTunes when it’s released. The rishirichprod Twitter page bg promotes the album to which the new music vid is related.)

    • Ed Croucher 2:45 pm on Monday, May 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Derek, I have nothing but admiration for everything you do and say.

      Thanks, I have a tear in my eye, because it strikes a deep chord,


      • derek 7:35 pm on Monday, May 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Guys
        Thanks, I think I’m going to use youtube to market my work. It’s easy to update and show all my latest work. Gene and I have a long way to go in refining a documentary format but I am having fun with this medium. I have been a documentary junkie forever. It’s not as easy as it looks. I will be putting up a slide show of work soon.



    • Mieke 1:12 pm on Friday, May 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Derek,

      It is great to see you so creative 🙂

      Enjoyed your video, every minute of it. I guess living in such an environment as yours, with the mountains in the back, etc. surely boosts one’s creativity.

      At least mine does as soon as I see them again (and these are only hills) on holiday.

      Does not mean that I do not like my own (flat) country cause I do very much.

      To me change of environment now and then gives me lots of inspiration.

      It is great seeing you develop into your own marketing manager 🙂

      Lots of success and love from


      • derek 2:24 am on Saturday, May 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Mieke
        So good to here from you. Thank you so much.

        I really am blessed to live in such a beautiful and inspiring place.
        So far I like the idea of a youtube channel as my website. It’s easily updated and most importantly, it’s free. Yo. I believe it will also prove to be more interactive than just a website.
        We’ll see.

        much love and peace to you Mieke


  • heath 4:47 am on Friday, April 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: non-local communication   

    Non-local communication: what do you thi… 

    Non-local communication: what do you think about it?

    • ed 11:36 am on Friday, April 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I find it difficult to think of as communication at all, since the notion of quantum ‘entanglement’ entered my realm.

      This grabbed me today and may or may not hold clues……..


      I need your wonderfully analytical brain concerning that grab, Heath. It’s enough for me to know that I can know….but, full-time, would I then move to re-writing the script out of boredom.
      It freaks me a bit as I feel I should be dead! There again, perhaps I am 😉

      • heath 3:16 pm on Saturday, April 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        easy you ain’t, dear Ed! back in a while. 🙂

        in the mean time, here’s some music to dance around to:

        love, h

        • ed 5:53 pm on Saturday, April 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Slowly, slowly…Seidelian incest…? Thank you, non-local sister…..
          okay, I’m awed not bored 😉 Love writes the most original script, for sure, and I’m daring to believe it.

          Hugs you,

          • heath 9:45 pm on Saturday, April 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            Dear Ed

            I fall in love with songs and singers. Haule haule is sung by Sukhwinder Singh, one of India’s most expressive musical voices. And I love how he pronounces words. The gorgeous sound of a line like “hain din jindri de chaar” (life’s too short) just shakes me up. Haule haule is a great song for dancing, too.

            I don’t get what you mean by Seidelian incest. Though I’m moved by Seidel’s gift with words, I don’t play word games. Such go over my head, often.

            My love is a word-games man. My brain gets tied into knots figuring out all the meanings in his poems, stories and songs. I think about them for months, sometimes. I probably don’t get all of what he’s writing about, even then. His poems, in particular, seem spare and simple — and are actually quite complex and rich with meaning. His work has taught me more about writing than anything else, just as his love has taught me more about love.

            love, h

      • heath 9:17 pm on Saturday, April 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Dear Ed

        I read an article about a father who believes he helped his son’s autism moderate by exposing him to horses. He wrote a book about it, and is making a movie. The article was in the NYTimes. People had posted comments that were so reductionist as to the possibility of the horses’ spirits connecting with the child and helping heal him. I was shocked. We all experience things like knowing someone’s going to call just before they do. Many of us have had eerie warnings, in the form of dreams or sudden thoughts, prior to danger or accidents. We sense what’s going on with our mates, children, parents and siblings. We connect with our pets almost wordlessly, and it’s been shown that some dogs know their owners are on the way home thirty minutes before the owners arrive, before sound or scent could give the animals real knowledge. These are real phenomena — common ones, too — that seem to be non-local forms of communication. Yet we’re willing to ignore that as a possibility. Explaining hope via quantum probability plus cognitive dissonance is a way of measuring an effect, not telling what its cause is. It’s like saying I have measured my wrist and it is x inches in diameter, and I have measured many other wrists, and their diameters range from x to y inches, and therefore my wrist is a wrist and all the other wrists are wrists. The question to ask is, what makes a wrist the point that you measure? Why is it different? And what’s it’s function, how does it work and how does it fit with the rest of the body it’s attached to and the environments in which it operates? And by answering those questions, we’ve still only described wrists, not defined their universal purposes.

        love, h

        • ed 3:13 am on Sunday, April 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Dear Heath,
          I’m inclined to think that non-local communication…..non-verbal?…..is the deeper reality but that we cover it with a veneer of our own self-serving interpretation, which is to survive as a relative ‘physical’ being. That’s not to say ‘right or wrong.’ It is all part of an evolving and in every moment comes out spot on for that moment as a whole. The deeper reality, encompassing All, keeps plugging away, as is ‘God’s want,’ and in our unguarded, perhaps unconditional moments, rises and allows a comparative intuitive assessment, prediction, based on the fixety of the repeating ‘behaviour’ patterns up to that ‘moment.’ Turned around like that, I can become very bored with the status quo of this physical expression and see that the ‘non-local’ occurrence is an integral part of our evolving to Love’s rawest and most awesome liberation of our full potential as Spirit or the now trendy ‘Consciousness.’ Inevitably I fall short with wordings as I move into ‘being’ and feeling a Loving At One that is non-local!

          Perhaps a contradiction to my above, I was very moved by this approach to autism:-


          Comparing this to NYTimes article, I wonder if horses have ‘autism’ as standard 😉

          I think you have confurbled me even more with wrist measurements, Heath. Do prophets have poorly exercised wrists, or what ? 🙂 For me, the gleaning from those crazy experiments, as tenuous as ever, is that trust in one another brings the best rewards? Hope springs Eternal 😉


    • heath 1:39 pm on Sunday, April 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Ed

      About non-local versus non-verbal, for me non-local covers more bases. Non-local meaning there’s not enough contact for even non-verbal cues to be meaningful.

      Your veneered-over concept is how I think of it, too. One particular area where I disagree is about the repeating behavior patterns allowing prediction. If one has never seen the behavior, how can one predict? And yet one can. And maybe this is a lexical argument, because your understanding of chaos theory is at least as good as mine, and the way I see it is we are ourselves parts of fractal-like patterns which have evolved since the beginning of the universe, and we sense movement and change within our own and nearby patterns. We are the behaviors, if that’s so.

      This is the NYT blog I read; the comments are beneath. I can’t read them again, they irritate me so with their limited, bounded, approaches. Oh, I’ve become so impatient!


      About horses, I remember the Horse Whisperer (the real one – Monty Roberts — http://www.montyroberts.com/ ) saying some women faint when they see him work distraught horses. All I could think is there’s a strong connection between human and horse psyches, with women who’ve been abused recognizing abuse in horses, and responding with an overwhelming sense of release when they watch a man heal these horses of their abused selves, as most perpetrators of abuse on women are men, and horses can give nothing untoward to the man that heals them, as a woman might be asked to do, so there’s a real dispassionate giving by the man to the horse, which is so rare in human relationships.

      It’s been my experience when managing people in business that the concept of synergy is real, though slippery, and represents a value-added component of group hope, which can only come when trust is fostered. It’s what makes me so danged stubborn, cause I know it can come just as soon as a critical mass of trust is reached.

      Conversely, all it takes is one person who’s not “for all” to disrupt the synergy that can spring from group hope. When I’ve encountered a “not for all” person in the past, I’ve always been surprised at the not-for-allness, as these individuals are always gifted, and kind and loving in their personal lives. But in the group setting, the person is, for some reason at that point in their life, consumed with a desire for personal power, and they will go against the movement trend for “all” so they can show how “powerful” they are — ie..e, how destructive they can be.

      To point this out to someone who’s at that point in their life is fruitless. Because of their gifts and compassion, they’re used to thinking well of themselves, and can’t see the torsion they place on the rest of the group, which wrenches it apart. If I were a minor Goddess, I’d buy such dudes and dudesses a pass to an Outward Bound group, so they could re-learn what they already know.

      love, h

      • ed 12:01 pm on Monday, April 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Heath, I thought Sunday was your day off 😉

        I’m not sure what I meant by referring to non-verbal. I do take your point and your fractals 🙂


        • heath 1:24 pm on Monday, April 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Nah, Sunday’s when I return from the dead, kind of. On Monday I’m re-slain.
          love, h

  • skkott 3:04 pm on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: intent   

    Any of you guys visiting Intent? Haven’… 

    Any of you guys visiting Intent? Haven’t been there for some time. What’s going on there?

    I think I should put a message out there in the openthread (an account I created after IB closed down) but I haven’t posted a new OT in at least a month.Many members joined in the conversations then. LPB had a OT going on for a while too, and then there was someone posting “theopenthread.”

    • heath 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I looked for stuff from a few of the people we know. They all seem pretty quiet. It’s likely I can’t see all their activity cause I’m not a member. Maybe Graf people who are members have a better idea of the reality. This profile is still running an open thread: http://www.intent.com/openthread/profile — his last one was started in March, and it’s still open for comments.

      love, h

    • heath 1:01 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Oh blimey, so that profile is you… 🙂

  • skkott 3:43 am on Saturday, April 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Hello all, this is Scott from intentblog… 

    Hello all, this is Scott from intentblog. Good to find you here — my pleasure to join you — under heather’s tree, looking forward for your contributions and  conversations here at Grafetti.


    • me2watson 5:16 am on Saturday, April 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hello, Scott.

      Could you please refresh my memory?

      I remember a Scott & Kristin Masterson,

      are ye he? Karate guy? How did you find us?

      Welcome! Uncle Tree

      • skkott 2:58 pm on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Keith, I am not the Karate guy. I found you as I got in touch with heath. I used post as Scott Tiger at IntentBlog: http://tinyurl.com/cxj6e2
        Thanks all, Keith, heath, ed, Bonnie and Dara for your warm welcome.

    • heath 7:12 am on Saturday, April 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Scott, it’s good to see you here. Welcome.
      love, h

    • ed 1:20 pm on Saturday, April 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, Scott T.

      You were good company at IB. Looking forward to your ginger stripes 😉


    • Bonnie 1:50 pm on Saturday, April 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hello and Welcome Scott.


    • Dara 10:36 am on Monday, April 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome. Been away for a while, playing catching up.


  • Dara 9:50 am on Thursday, March 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Right Ed, Thats how it will be now on. … 

    Right Ed,

    Thats how it will be now on. My way is the only way!!!! And I haven’t even had a drink yet.


    • Hyd-Guy 2:50 pm on Thursday, March 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      As Ed said, you don’t have to change the OS! You just download Firefox (about 10mb in size, just type mozilla firefox in googe to download for free from the official site.)
      I use Internet Explorer like you do and hada simlar problem in replyig like you do but, you can still reply (like I am doing now via IE) to the mother post by cliking on the number of commnets you see beside the date of the post.

      for ex:

      Dara 9:50 am on March 26, 2009 | 0

      I clik on “0” (zero ) to post this comment.

      No this number should be 1 (one) after I hit the post comment.

    • Dara 12:11 pm on Friday, March 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hyd din’t I tell you earlier you’re a genius?
      Well I was right and you are.
      You too Heath, I remember you mentioned something like this earlier and I didnt pay attention. So whats new? I can hear you think 🙂

      Love and many thanks again to you both,

      • heath 5:28 pm on Friday, April 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Ah, Dara, I’m slain! Me a too? Huh! Sniff, sniff! 🙂 (So he doesn’t listen to what I say, hmmm? …. )

        love, h

  • Dara 10:08 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    I just might show some courage and chang … 

    I just might show some courage and change my OS so I can comment too! Don’t bet on it though. 🙂

    You both seem almost on target Heath and Ed, on the waffling bit. Its just that maybe if you appreciated the miniscule shift in paradigm which is really an off centric parabolic type – once you factor that in the whole thing takes off. I think the secret of success for this whole gigantic overload on the brain is to get that one basic faultline retored to its original owners.



    • heath 11:37 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      😆 !!

      love, h

    • ed 8:27 am on Thursday, March 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Well said, Dara 🙂
      Go on, you can download Firefox, (did H mail you??) alongside existing IE and choose to use it when YOU sit down at the screen, and quite independently of other powers that be 😉 Before you know where you are, everyone will be using it. Then, you can sneak the ‘default’ option :))

      Tell ’em Ed gets away with a split mind, why not you?

  • Dara 1:32 am on Sunday, March 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Have a waffle. An editorial in the Indi … 

    Have a waffle.

    An editorial in the Indian Express of 20 Mar. Its on the national rural employyment guarantee act which I have read, reread and then read some more and am none the wiser. Appropriately headlined:

    “Digging a hole.

    …..Yes, the core competence of the act is expanding rural employment (and acting as an automatic, counter-cyclical macro economic stabiliser in these diffcult times), and the fact that some of the assets being created aren’t quite as useful as they could be has been much discussed in the past and eventually dismissed as, in the end, not really the scheme’s main thrust.” There is more …..

    I know it makes sense, I’m just wondering to whom?

    • heath 8:24 am on Monday, March 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Well, it’s like this… If you understand that the act itself is one thing and its core competence is something else,different and more important than the conscious intent of the act itself, then the rest is easy, hai na? It’s all about the physics of economics, ya? It has to do with granularity, in part. I must disagree, though, with the writer’s contention that the assets being created aren’t quite as useful, I mean either they are very useful or they are a complete con, eh? Of course it doesn’t matter much, except for purposes of theoretical discussion, because the assets that are a product of the act itself are in fact peripheral, as it’s the core competence that really matters. Thus the core competence is in fact the scheme’s main thrust, no? Yes. I think, anyway.

    • ed 3:35 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      All sounds very unwholesome to me, Dara 😉
      Is it the core competence of a cooking apple they are talking about? Honey and blackberries make a very tasty filler, I find. Physical exercise is always good for pen-pushers.

      My brain aches 🙂

    • Hyd-Guy 2:36 pm on Thursday, March 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      It’s election season and the ruling Congress party (of the United Progressive Alliance) — like every other party — is promising heaven if voted in again.

      “national rural employyment guarantee act ”

      Come on! this is from the Congress party election manifesto. The party of the ‘Aam Admi'(common man) for the past 60 years…

      No one really follows up on the manifestos. Relasing a manifesto full of promises just before the elections is a ritual where they get free press coverage to air their propganda of promises and schemes and their attacks on the opposition. (the only excpetion to this rule among the major politcal parties is the BSP of Mayavati in the state of UP — they never have a ‘manifesto’. They claim that their actions speak…or something, helps them to keep their options open:) i think)

      The PM beleives in ‘inclusive growth’ – economic growth benefitting all cross sections of society. That’s well and good… The Congress party is supposed to be centre-left, whle the left is the communist parties (CPI and CPM, marxist, lennist, maoist etc etc..) and the right is supposed to be hindu nationalist BJP (of the National Democratic Alliance – the principal opposition to the congress alliance). As such BJP is only ‘right’/conservative in social issues (Hindutva, and their oppostion to special treatment to the Muslim minorities who are used as vote banks by the Congress party) but when it comes to economic policies all parties are faaaar left when compared to te left-right dichotomy of the Maerican political landscape. (The communits parties supported the Congress party for 4 and half years, they only retreated teir support based on the single issue of the US-America Nuclear deal that was reached a few months ago, and not on some economic policies.)

      To the readers in the US, here’s a small analogy which can help to make some sense of the Indian politics:

      The Congres party is like the Democratic party ; center-left
      The Bhartiya Janata party (BJP) is like the GOP; center-right
      The African Maericans are like the Muslims (about 15% of the population,
      who traditionally vote COngress and are aganist BJP, whichis defined by relgious politics, much like the the GOP is defined by race politics in the US.)

      (These are the two biggest parties and they have allaiances with other
      regional parties, The Unite dProgressive Alliance is led by COngress which is in power now, The National Democrtic Alliance (NDA) le dby NJP is the pricnpal oppostion. And there is a so called Third Front made of many regional parties and the Communist parties, who wish to create their own power block and perhaps even gain power by splitting the two big allainces and form a goverment after the elelctions if no one gets a majority . )

      Anyway… its going to be crazy in April and May…general and state assembly elections happen in phases over a 5 week period (unlike in one day as in the US.)

      In my state Andhra Pradesh (AP) there are three big parties – the ruling Congress (very strong) , the princpal opposton TDP which has now formed a grand allaince with comminust parties and TRS(a party created a few years ago fighting for a sperate statehood of a region in AP called Telangana – which includes the capital city of Hyderabad) Then tehre is the new politcal paty Praja Rajyam (People Kingdom) created a few months agao by the 50 year old Telugu superstar film actor (In India, film stars have huge poulariyy and many have succesful political careers, especially in the souther states where many have become chief ministers of tehir states by creating tehir own parties and politcal legacies.)

      The elections in my state are so complicated and diverse that you can only imagine what it would be on a national scale that has so many parties and regions with a billion voters.

      It’s going to be frentic with the elctions in April and May , which is alos when the Inian Premier League (Cricket) will happen in South Africa (due to security issues during elections) …

  • Dara 1:05 am on Sunday, March 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    One comment fits all. No.1. Heath, Im … 

    One comment fits all.

    No.1. Heath, Im sure its an IE problem but as I explained earlier, there are others using this comp. who are loathe to change. I don’t have the guts or authority to tell them to take a flying jump. There are some who simply must be obeyed. 🙂 I do, I do, I do.

    No.2. Dear Ed, don’t let an Indian politician in here. One was caught on video kissing a fistfull of notes (bribe) proclaiming ” Money sure isn’t God, but it isn’t lesser either.” This gentleman sees no difference between love, money or God. Isn’t that a happy state to be in? Incidentally that was the last we heard of him and thats about 4 years now.

    No. 3 Hey UT, did I ever tell you that your comments bring an instant smile 🙂

    No 4. Heath, Sabu’s blog is a fun place.


    • ed 4:45 am on Monday, March 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Yo, Dara, hopefully someone has called in the politician’s own debts 😉

  • ed 9:50 am on Friday, March 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Affluence, , Resentment, spirituality   

    Love nor money I feel that a Creator’s … 

    Love nor money

    I feel that a Creator’s Love is All-pervading, the very glue that holds our Universe and Us together.
    It bothers me, in general terms, that we should hitch a ride on Love to make a relative affluence of fame and fortune, whilst a huge proportion of our brothers and sisters are spiritually starved.

    May I suggest, we are here on Earth to make (fulfil) Love, not money. Money can ‘freeze’ Love, so that, like a glacier, it flows quite imperceptably. Only the warming of individual hearts towards each other can induce the thaw and set Love flowing among the collective whole. Money, if then a facilitating tool, can flow at Love’s own warm pace and be the true symbol of Love’s quickening.

    To each their warming hearts, never to forget, in our impatient judging, that it is not over until the fat lady SINGS!!

    What a Fat Lady Mother Earth is!

    • me2watson 6:57 pm on Friday, March 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Someday…Father Sun will swallow her whole.

      And however you perceive it be,

      won’t make any difference.

      He doesn’t sing with his mouth full.

      • ed 2:58 am on Saturday, March 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Since when have you been a scientist, Keith?
        You often sing with a mouthful of creations.

    • derek 11:42 pm on Friday, March 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      and when Father Sun rips his last gasser
      new elements
      never seen before
      will zip through our galaxy
      and eventually fall back together
      to make to make
      humans 2.0


    • ed 3:03 am on Saturday, March 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      As an artist, Derek, your brainwave is the Father’s command, zip-assisted or no 😉

    • derek 9:58 am on Saturday, March 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Ed
      The creative energy of my father, the sun, flows through my brain and into my fingertips.
      From blank canvasses and empty paper come worlds that people get lost in their thoughts in.
      Sometimes I feel like a god myself, but then the electric bill comes and I realize I’m only a humble servant.

      When money is no longer in fashion the dynamics will change and I can be a full time god.


  • Dara 10:15 am on Thursday, March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Starting a topic is easy Heath. But I su … 

    Starting a topic is easy Heath. But I sure can’t make any comments yet. That is bugging me no end. If every comment of mine becomes a post, I am certainly going to be creating one big unholy mess. But don’t boot me just yet, a miracle may yet happen.

    • heath 1:32 pm on Thursday, March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      At the top of this post, it says “Dara 10:15 am on March 19, 2009 | 0”.

      I clicked on the “0” and it brought me to this reply text box. I am typing this comment and will then click on the “Post Comment” button below the box.

      After I have clicked on the “Post Comment” button, the heading of your post will then read “Dara 10:15 am on March 19, 2009 | 1”.

      Your problems are entirely due to using IE 6, not to anything you’re doing. I did report the IE 6 bugs to WordPress.

      Try installing FireFox — download it from here: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/ — or Chrome — download it from here: http://www.google.com/chrome

      Using either of these browsers will solve your problem until WordPress fixes the P2 template to make it work with IE 6. Since WordPress should have made it work from the get-go, I don’t have strong confidence that they will develop a solution anytime soon, unless they hire me (ha-ha).

      love, h

      • heath 1:34 pm on Thursday, March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        A second benefit of using either FireFox or Chrome is WordPress’s Dashboard will work a little faster.

        love, h

    • me2watson 7:41 pm on Thursday, March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I hear ya, Dara! So I will try this here reply button, too.

      I will use the dashboard, if I choose to start something unholy. UT

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