Writing is the (spoken) word made flesh, given material substance. And material substance imparts permanence to something that would otherwise be gone with the wind. Not only that. The act of writing, of using a tool to inscribe and make tangible and visible what is otherwise only heard causes an idea to reverberate, if you will, through your nervous system. Writing sets up a feed-back loop so that the brain can reconsider and re-evaluate what it has thought. Writing makes us more aware, much as speaking and hearing ourselves makes us more aware of what we think. And, if we have the cognitive powers (unlike a parrot which just repeats without understanding), then this repetition of the idea makes it develop and grow.
December 4, 2011
December 3, 2011
August 11, 2011
April 26, 2011
Raymond Shadis, Advisor to New England Coalition, provides an example of the legal reality that, as Justice Kennedy to pithily explained, “the issuance of a permit is not a matter of grace” based on the presumption that the actions being licensed are good.
March 3, 2011
That’s what the Department of Homeland Security is up to, it seems, in ordering up surreptitious body scanning devices to use on pedestrians and other unsuspecting persons. That’s according to documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Center in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
June 3, 2010
and I don’t think it’s a matter of nurture. What i do think is that faced with a threat to survival, nature cuts its losses and severs the cognitive part of the human brain, which isn’t immediately useful to the neonate anyway. Empathy is lagniappe — something humans can afford when the basic requirements of human existence are met, with a little help from our fellow men.
May 20, 2010
I used to say that the whole “war on terror” thing was an exercise in looking for needles in haystacks that hadn’t been built. Now, it seems I was wrong. Or perhaps it’s a logical consequence that the TSA hybrid would get bogged down at an intermediary step and just concentrate on building haystacks. Never mind looking for needles.
Gov’t Accountability Office Finds Army of Specially Trained “Behavior Detection” Agents Failed to Stop Terrorists
December 17, 2009
The Wall Street Journal reports:
Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones
$26 Software Is Used to Breach Key Weapons in Iraq; Iranian Backing Suspected
September 23, 2009
in, of all places, Kansas.
Landmark Decision: Massive Relief for Homeowners and Trouble for the Banks
by Ellen Brown
A landmark ruling in a recent Kansas Supreme Court case may have given millions of distressed homeowners the legal wedge they need to avoid foreclosure. In Landmark National Bank v. Kesler, 2009 Kan. LEXIS 834, the Kansas Supreme Court held that a nominee company called MERS has no right or standing to bring an action for foreclosure. MERS is an acronym for Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, a private company that registers mortgages electronically and tracks changes in ownership. The significance of the holding is that if MERS has no standing to foreclose, then nobody has standing to foreclose â€“ on 60 million mortgages. That is the number of American mortgages currently reported to be held by MERS. Over half of all new U.S. residential mortgage loans are registered with MERS and recorded in its name. Holdings of the Kansas Supreme Court are not binding on the rest of the country, but they are dicta of which other courts take note; and the reasoning behind the decision is sound. …..