Consider: "Cynical realism – it is the intelligent man’s best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation."
"It is better to be drunk with loss and to beat the ground, than to let the deeper things gradually escape."
- I. Compton-Burnett, letter to Francis King (1969)
- Aldous Huxley, "Time Must Have a Stop"
"Cynical realism – it is the intelligent man’s best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation."
Well, some do care about that kind of thing, and are puzzled by moves in various states to, if not forbid reaching about evolution, at least force schools to give equal time to a theory called Intelligent Design.
Well, the most powerful man in the world says the jury is still out. Who are you going to believe?
Well, perhaps. But it may be a long wait.
Well, the most powerful man in the world says the jury is still out. Who are you going to believe, him or David Hume?
He?s saying religion is dangerous? Of course he is.
Well, some of us are working on that. As old-fashioned as it is, some of us thought the Enlightenment was a good idea.
Wow ? that?s a lot of political inside stuff to unpack! But the general idea is Bush is in trouble, and the press is now turning on him. Maybe.
Well, we usually defer to Rick ? as he spent his career in the news business and may be one of the few people who has worked closely with both Ted Turner and Roger Ailes ? but something is up.
Wolcott may have been onto something.
Yeah, it seems to be a matter of definition ? or a shell game with words.
And this is followed by the words (with links) in many of the newspapers. Media Matters thinks the mainstream media still carries the water for Bush.
Yeah, watch what they do, not what they say.
Well, drat! The AP items goes on to note that other monuments in Paris - the Pantheon and the Arc de Triomphe - are free of rights. And this is according to Paris City Hall and the Center for National Monuments, the public body that manages French landmarks. Day or night. It doesn’t matter there. And it seems the SNTE admits that of the eight million dollars in profit that the tower turned last year, only a small part - $69,276 to be precise - came from payment of rights for commercial use of the image. So what’s the big deal?
Well, one can see that point – but they put the thing right out there in the open!
And Ric Erickson, editor of MetropoleParis, being there, has the definitive word –
And here is Ric’s photo of the tower being used for a promotion. He’s in trouble? I’m in trouble?
Okay. Don’t worry.
But Vince in Rochester asks for information:
Have there have been similar challenges to the rule of law in the past? The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 come to mind (see this in these pages where they are compared to the USA Patriot Act of 2001), but that is not exactly the same sort of thing.
Why? Because folks don’t like details, or complex sentences? But it is curious.
Well, moving from Paris to Belgium may play a part in the thinking here. All is flux, and all that. The peripatetic sees things differently? And curiously, no one in the pages has mentioned Tom Peters before. Perhaps this is a matter best thought through using organizational theory, or even Peters’ dumbed-down pop version of such theory.
Well, new Constitution Convention would be amusing. Or not.
Ah, but sometimes you have to take risks?