abba's way

Where Does The World Divide and Which Side Are We On?

Morning Observations 16 July 2011 – New Cities, Carmageddon, Charities, Penitence, Money, Captcha, Wall Street – Associated Content from Yahoo! – associatedcontent.com.

That’s the question that dogs me after putting up this post. I have always been a partisan of community and of new cities. Fifty years worth of energy has been expended writing about the dangers of continued allegiance to oil and the car. Speaking of which traffic jams are now news with the length of a jam the headline. China had one exceeding 60 miles. LA wonders if it can beat China.

Charity raises what can be a most ugly head. We have the most shabby information when it comes to understanding charity and how it relates to capitalism and how the two create a world in which the result is benign genocide. That is my thesis BTW. It wants some proving I will admit. The surface remains unscratched.

I cannot for the life of me understand how I could have written about Obama for years and never had one personal encounter with the Obama folk. That is a recurrent theme because it asks the question what side am I on. I am one of the privileged. I live in the metropole of metropoles. I have freedom of speech. I should be grateful. I should be thankful. And I should be under no illusions about which side I am on.

But I do not feel on the side that I came from. Nor do I have the gall to pose as if I do not come from that side. So I do the only thing I can do. Put words out that advocate as I believe that the goal of existence is to realize the universality that is in us all. Ultimately we are on no side. We are one.

When we fail Abba succeeds. I wonder if Abba will smile if and when we consign the entire world to economic disaster. It will not be pretty and it will not bring out the best in us. It would be vastly better to limp forward without a crisis of such proportions.

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abba's way

Today’s Breaking News

Today’s breaking news notes Mitt Romney’s staying power, Red Tube’s banality and the low esteem in which aesthetics is held,  considers the current state of US online businesses and China, links to a post-automobile street action in Bristol and reprises an exegesis of Bob Dylan’s enjoyable song “I and I”. This is a feature I am trying out. If there is good response I will continue it.

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Of Red Tube and Other Web Excrescences

June 10, 2011
Annals of the Aesthetic
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EBay Continues to Try in China

June 10, 2011
Annals of Business
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Chalking it Up in Bristol

June 10, 2011
Annals of Facebook Grass Roots Revolution
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Parsing Bob’Dylan’s “I and I”

June 10, 2011
Annals of Great Music

 

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abba's way

Of eBay, China and a Mildred Purse PS

eBay is significant as a large Web business and all such businesses have a stake in viable partnerships related to China. Two of the posts below reference that. The third is in the spirit of Mildred Purse which speaks for itself.

EBay Continues to Try in China

June 10, 2011
Annals of Business
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EBay China

September 15, 2010
eBay Seems Smart. eBay Partnering with China Seems Smart. This Forbes Video Seems Smart. With a brief comment on the wisdom of U.S. China partnership.
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Mildred Purse Won’t Auction Her Ideas on Ebay

March 21, 2011
Mildred Purse is a resident of Beacon Hill, Boston. She is related to the Purses who founded Massachusetts but does not parade the fact. With some reason.

 

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politics, theology

Even Those on Death Row Should Have The Right To Choose

China’s Death-Row Organ Harvesting http://ow.ly/lx8s (All should have the right to choose.)

The worst crime one can commit is to deny the fundamental freedom and dignity of any individual to make decisions that affect that individual’s destiny. I reject any thinking that would abridge the right of any individual to say no.

from my About page.

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politics

Arianna Huffington on China’s Suppression of Twitter and Other Media

Read Arianna Huffington’s Article on China’s Suppression of Stories Regarding Violence There at HuffingtonPost

MY DIRECT RESPONSE TO ARIANNA HUFFINGTON’S ARTICLE, LINKED TO ABOVE:

The points here are valid but I wish HuffPo itself would be more aware of, or sensitive about, the way it distinguishes among its bloggers. Naturally you cannot give the same amount of exposure to every blogger but there seems to me a clear pattern of preference which has little to do with the quality of the posts. Since exposure here is the only compensation a blogger has, more fairness in this respect would make articles like this more palatable. No, there is no comparison between HuffPo and China. But your umbrage toward China would ring more true if there was an articulated policy that gave every blogger a chance to be heard on the merits. The current mode of featuring posts does not achieve this..

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politics, twitter

Significant Recent Tweets July 9, ’09

Significant Recent Tweets from Yesterday  http://bit.ly/m2F3K

Google Chrome Thoughts http://bit.ly/QHChW

Support Sonia At The Grass Roots http://bit.ly/2cVH7X

The Future of Sex http://bit.ly/rvWwf

Wingnut DC Pastor “Nurtures” Ensign and Sanford — with an ideology that sees Hitler as a paradigm. (No URL)

Twitter Not Addressing Follow Glitch http://bit.ly/3EtUPm

Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues Tradition http://bit.ly/

From The Scene and Close To It: Immersion and Comment on Violence in China http://bit.ly/uYPQS

Huffington Post Establishes LobbyBlog To Expose Predatory Lobbyists and Their Recipients http://bit.ly/7PlB6

Write Some Letters for Sonia http://bit.ly/2cVH7X

Scientists and Society: A Mutual Isolation Issue http://bit.ly/18c1jY

Obama Falls Some In MN Popularity But Overwhelms Both Pawlenty and Palin http://bit.ly/1atOl8

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politics

Needed: US-China Mega-Partnership

The Obama Administration has already laid the basis for good relations with China. The next step should be work toward a genuine, open and mutually profitable economic and technological partnership to green the world.

The amount of investment to pull this off is China-US-sized. Trillions are involved. And China has already begun to understand scale in a way that we have not even begun to grasp. Ecoblocks are just a hint of the need. And the opportunity.

I have the feeling that such a partnership would do a great deal to ease tensions over the volume of US indebtedness to China. Not only would the profitability of this partnership help fill presently languishing coffers; specific pieces of the work could be undertaken in the context of retiring a portion of the indebtedness. I cannot believe the creation of an open, dynamic green-focused partnership would not be of massive mutual benefit, helping the US to ensure economic and fiscal viability and China to move fully into the community of nations as a dominant economic engine.

There is too much tension elsewhere in the world not to justify a partnership of this sort. An economic partnership might have positive implications for such efforts as lowering nuclear stockpiles, prosecuting a successful anti-terror effort and maintaining stability on the Korean peninsula.

Let me close with what I think is the main reason why such a partnership is necessary. It has to do with scale.

At some point, an exclusive effort to develop urban areas on past models will prove less than viable. There will need to be a quantum leap to new urban designs which are able to incorporate the elements needed for green sustainability.

The only alternative I can see to this is to go nuclear in a huge way, rather in the manner of France. However such a move would also require the combined effort of the world’s two most powerful nations to ensure that the last barriers to complete safety and security are bridged.

I will not be surprised if, sooner than later, something like the partnership I am discussing here comes into being. It makes as much sense as it did to open the door to China during the Nixon years.

To summarize, my sense of a viable Obama foreign policy — a policy of containing terrorism carried out by a growing global alliance; a U.S. China partnership to achieve major economies of scale in greening the globe; and a continuation of the clear progress Secretary Clinton and others are making to press both a global anti poverty agenda and a human rights agenda.

I naturally hope that these efforts will be leavened by a growing attention to the considerations embodied in the term pattern language.

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