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Meinong’s Jungle

These two things  are interconnected,  sort of, in that they are different aspects of a thought that  has been bubbling away  at the back  of my mind for many years.

This first quote appeared on my  facebook page today  and  it’s an interesting philosophical concept from a philosopher I’d  never heard  of before.  Meinong’s jungle.  Alexius Meinong was  an Austrian  philosopher, contemporary with Freud.

 

If you ask “Where are the non-existent objects?” the answer is, “Each in its own possible world.” The only trouble with that notorious thicket, Meinong’s jungle, is that it has not been zoned, plotted and divided into manageable lots, better known as possible worlds.

— Hintikka, Jaakko, The Logic of Epistemology and the Epistemology of Logic

Then, with that  thought sort of still in mind, but also inspired  by a poem someone else had  posted on the Occasional Poems page I frequently contribute to, I wrote this:

The poems we write
are thoughts we think
expressed in words
writ down in ink
as brick by brick
and block by block
we’ve built the world
through which we walk
so poem by poem
we fill our shelves
with abstract essence
of ourselves
a new day dawns
and we will find
a brave new world
of many minds

which  I kind of like.  All for  tonight.

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Le Fin de Malheur

It looks like the mess at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, the battle of Burns, Oregon, is over at  last.  Cliven Bundy, the  rancher who started it all in 2014 when he gathered a militia to protest against having to pay  any  money to graze his cattle on land that did not belong to him, was arrested as he landed at Portland airport on his  way to join the Moron Militia.

The four men  who are  left  inside seem to be ready to give up, although they are still shouting insults at the FBI.  “You let Hillary Clinton run for president!!”  It shows how long they’ve been in there, how isolated they are.  Wait till they hear about  Bernie Sanders.

I think the incident could have been handled better. I don’t understand why the compound  wasn’t surrounded and cut off as soon as the occupation began.

But, in the end, only one militia  dude is dead, and he was as  big a moron as any of them.  I’m sure Lavoy Finicum will be missed by his friends and family, but not by very many other people in society as a whole.  No civilians, no children, and no law enforcement officials were killed or  injured.  So, it was handled far better than Waco, for instance.

It’s a point for Obama,  and a lesson for the future.  Restraint is a good thing.  Time can be made to work for the  good guys.

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The Only Way Hillary Can Win

I woke up this  morning to the  joyous  news that Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire by nearly 20%; that he’d won every  demographic except people over 65 and  people making over $200,000 a year; that it was the most lopsided win in  a contested Democratic primary since John Kennedy won it in 1960.

Then this evening  I read that  Hillary Clinton will actually get more delegates out of  New Hampshire than Sanders.  To say I”m bothered by that is an understatement.

hillary

Do not think your votes count. I am the chosen one.

Of course, it’s  nothing new.  From the DNC’s limiting the number of  debates  and scheduling them at less than prime time, to the whole computer kerfuffle, to rumors that  county  chairs in Iowa  switched delegates  to Clinton and the DNC’s refusal to count all the votes there and now this, it has become clear that the only way Hillary can get the nomination is by flat out denying the will of the Democratic party’s voters.
That is not acceptable.

Of course, it’s the superdelegate system and this was known  in advance, but it’s still  infuriating.

One bright spot:  I’ve noticed that the Hillary supporters among my facebook  friends have been mostly  silent today.  I suspect that  some of them may actually be reconsidering.  I sure hope so.

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Hillary’s Impending Doom

Well, Super Bowl and American elections, I just have to wait  and get the news  the next day because there’s no way I’m waiting up until 3 or 4  in the  morning just to get  the results  from New Hampshire.

I’m  pretty confident in a big  Bernie  win.  Here’s why.  The town of Dixville Notch, where all of the town’s registered voters get up at midnight on the  morning  of election day, vote, and are  done, just so their town can be the first  one to vote, (I guess it’s a very  patriotic and American attitude, but I’m not  sure I’d  want  to live there), went big for  Bernie.  100% of the towns registered Democrats (4 people) felt the Bern.  100%  That looks  pretty  bad for Hillary.  On the Republican side, the town’s voters were split; 3 for  John “Let  ’em  starve” Kasich and 2 for Trump.  Trump, who stood on a stage in New Hampshire and  said Ted Cruz is a big pussy  for not wanting torture people enough.  He actually used the word ‘pussy.’  Seriously.

4-0 is pretty  big.  I wonder  if it was being told they’d fry like a frito in  the skillet of Hades if they didn’t vote for Hillary.  Or maybe the nasty rumors  coming out about her nasty habit of push-polling.  Or Gloria Steinem saying young women voting for Sanders were just looking for boys.  Or Bill, who I must confess I  rather liked when he was  president, saying  Bernie was a little man who lives in a box.

There are rumors afoot that Hillary’s planning a  big staff shake-up after New Hampshire.  Once again, it’s a replay of 2008.  What Hillary doesn’t understand, and didn’t understand in 2008, is that it’s not her  staff’s fault.

There are just a whole lot of people – myself among them – who don’t want Hillary Clinton to be president.  Or vice president.  Never, ever.

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The Frustration of Dancing With Dragons

I’ve finally finished ‘A Dance With Dragons’ and here are  a few observations.  I have never before read a book I actually liked  so slowly – it took me months.  Partly that’s because I relegated it to public  transportation reading.  When I’m at home, no matter  how intense the plot, I  usually just start reading facebook instead.  I might  finish  the  chapter, but then  they switch  to another story entirely and  I find it very easy to put down for awhile.

That’s one of the books weaknesses,  but  also  one of its strengths: the number of different stories going  on in different parts  of that  fascinating world.

In fact, come to think of it, a lot of the things I hate about  the series are things I love about the series.  I like the way he kills off main characters with reckless abandon, although I hate it, of  course, when they are  characters  I’ve grown fond of and, in view of the fact that characters are dying right, left and center, there are quite a few I am bothered by the fact of  their continued breathing.

Probably you know who I mean, and probably you are in  agreement, although some of the characters are a bit of  a Rohrschach test. I have talked with a few people, mostly women, who don’t hate  Jaime Lannister near as much as I do.  Sure, he became a much more likable character after he got his arm  chopped off, and he  did save Brienne from almost certain death in  the bear pit, but still….he threw a 4 year old boy out of a window, with clear intent to kill, and I’m not forgiving  him for that.

I suspect he might actually be dead, though, but George R.R. Martin had  all of book 5 to clear that up, after he rode off  out of  that village with Brienne who couldn’t have really been Brienne because Brienne was pretty definitely hanged by the neck until dead, and he  didn’t.

Of course, people get brought back to life  almost as gratuitously as they get killed, so I suspect there’s  some weird zombie trickery going on here,  as with Catelyn  Stark,  since she’s the one who had Brienne hanged, and I  suspect Jaime rode  off to  a similar fate.

So, I will have to wait until book  6 (or maybe 7) to find out, and I kind of  resent that, but wait I will, and read it as soon as it’s written.

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The Clinton Gaffe Machine

There are two statements that lead me to believe  the Clinton campaign is  falling apart, flailing desperately, and likely to collapse completely  even before South Carolina, except that the media (both  mainstream and social) seem far more interested in the  debacle of the Republican’s walking onto the stage at their debate.  Admittedly, it  was comical, and many people who saw it probably flashed back to an embarrassing  moment  in Junior High, but it was just a screw-up on the part of the  network.

Also, the two statements came from Clinton surrogates and not Clinton herself (she’s having a run of bad luck with her surrogates lately -note also Chelsea’s ‘President Sanders’ Freudian slip), but still…taken together they  show different angles of Clinton’s main  message, which is ‘vote for me, I’m  a woman,’ and they didn’t show it in a good light.

First, there was feminist icon (full respect  for that, I’m not being  snarky) Gloria Steinem, with her “Young women who support Sanders are just doing it for the boys.”

Then, there was Madelaine Albright,  who said “There’s a special circle of hell for women who don’t help other women” and since she was standing right next to Clinton at a Clinton rally when she said it, it’s pretty clear she meant “Vote for  Hillary or you’re  going to hell.”  This  is bad because it’s voter  intimidation, sure, but more because  it’s a  Republican  talking point.

Steinem  has since apologized for her statement.  Albright hasn’t,  yet.

We will see what, if any effect these statements had,  and  we’ll  probably see it as early as Tuesday.  I can’t imagine  the women of  New Hampshire are  impressed.

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He Expanded our Horizons

Edgar Mitchell died on Thursday.  I just heard about it today.  It wasn’t really big  news.  He wasn’t a rock star, or a famous actor, or even  a sports legend.  He was just an astronaut,  one of only 12 men who ever walked on  the  moon.  He was also the astronaut who was most outspoken about his belief in  UFOs, which makes him pretty cool in my book.edgar  mitchell

Astronauts from that era are dying off as quick as rock stars, and  it’s logical.  It’s the time line.  Of  the 7 surviving men  who’ve walked on the moon, all are over 80.  Within a decade,  maybe two decades if we’re lucky, we will have regressed to a point in time when there are no living human beings who have  been to  the  moon.

That’s a bit sad, symbolically  sad, but the space station is thriving, there will likely be a Mars colony in the future, and robot craft (which are much cheaper and more efficient and more expendable  than humans) are  exploring the solar system in a way that humans never could.  So, we’re all right.  I’d like to see space exploration proceeding at  a quicker pace, but  it is proceeding.

Rest in Peace,Edgar  Mitchell.  If  ever  a person earned it,  you did.

 

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