November 5, 2015

Notes from the Underground 2


Ad man relishes success in anti-HERO campaign | "Voters don't respond to bland, wishy-washy messages," said Norwood, who served as county judge in Midland County before founding Anthem Media. "We were clear and concise. We didn't sugarcoat it."

From Cod to Codpieces: Benjamin Franklin’s Guide to Food and Sex |

I had formerly been a great Lover of Fish & when this came hot out of the Frying Pan, it smelled admirably well. I balanc’d some time between Principle & Inclination: till I recollected, that when the Fish were opened, I saw smaller Fish taken out of their Stomachs: Then thought I, if you eat one another, I don’t see why we mayn’t eat you. So I din’d upon Cod very heartily and continu’d to eat with other People, returning only now & then occasionally to a vegetable Diet.

Republicans have an absolute stranglehold on governorships and state legislatures all across the country. But why? The Democrats were evicted not because of any superiority in Republican organization but because their program eventually went stale and fell apart.

The Tyranny of a Big Idea - WSJ

Modern liberalism is best understood as a movement of would-be believers in search of true faith. For much of the 20th century it was faith in History, especially in its Marxist interpretation. Now it’s faith in the environment. Each is a comprehensive belief system, an instruction sheet on how to live, eat and reproduce, a story of how man fell and how he might be redeemed, a tale of impending crisis that’s also a moral crucible. In short, a religion without God.

Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers |

Labbé developed a way to automatically detect manuscripts composed by a piece of software called SCIgen, which randomly combines strings of words to produce fake computer-science papers. SCIgen was invented in 2005 by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge to prove that conferences would accept meaningless papers — and, as they put it, “to maximize amusement” (see ‘Computer conference welcomes gobbledegook paper’).

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>Modern liberalism is best understood as a movement of would-be believers in search of true faith.

I wrote an essay about that for a freshman english class back in 1965. The central idea was that the key missing element in modern life was a religion compatible with modern science and technology. I still don't see it, which is unfortunate as I think religion is an essential component of humanity.

Posted by: chuck at November 5, 2015 11:57 AM

I don't think state governments have any clout in today's power structure.
Too much Federal funding and few governors or state legislatures willing to lose that.

Posted by: chasmatic at November 5, 2015 9:10 PM