Sunday, November 30, 2008

Prof.. Pollan, Berkerly, believes we should have a "Farmer in Chief

Bill Moyers Journal . Changing The Way We Eat | PBS
I am not amazed at how bad the food supply in the Usa has become. I have acid reflux, diverticulitis and other digestive problems. It is hard to eat anything. All this bad food leads to osteoporosis and colon cancers and who knows what. The food is filled with hormones and steroids fed to animals who eat food with chemicals and are rapidly slaughtered in inhumane ways. Food in Europe is much healther as is the great organic food of Seattle, California and even Little Cedar Key--not to mention the fresh caught fish. Sarsasota has a growning farmers and organic market but it is not well known. Adele Davis used to say "You are what you eat" and if this is true we are a compilation of bad chemicals. Its putting one drop of sewage in a large vat of fine wine; it becomes sewage. Enzymes are missing (they break down our food)......and the food industry is saying "eat more"! You be the judge and do your home work its your body and without ti your mind does not have a chance.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Dolphin Research: smart and friendly; they talk to us

University of Massachusetts grad student Stefante Gazda and her two assistants, Sarah Hosford & Olliva Harries, living in Cedar key for 6 months.  They have a  talk on 12/04.08 @ 5pm. at the Cedar Key Library. Cedar Key people (old florida) have been really nice; real old fashioned still here.  Women are doing incredible things.  Dr. David Eigen, Ph. D.  ( has written on us men growing and catching up, but that is another story.

The Mote Marine Center is researching Manatee fish, they have names, I cannot recall; one manatee is about 50 some years and does not look a year over 20. Him and his buddy have bad eyes but are trained by treats. They are always looking for volunteers.  Woods Hole (MA) and San Diego Research facility look out: Florida is creating waves in Marine research...and Sarasota has and is the World Arts Capital, also.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Dr. Michele Ronnick, Ph. D., professor Wayne State U, took 10 years to publish a book on a black scholar

William Sanders Scarborough - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

He was fluent in classical languages and thought and wanted, at the turn of the centry to go catalogue and study the languages and dialects of Africa. It never happened. Only now are we coming to grips with the greatness of this man with an A.M. from Oberlin college in Ohio.  Not much is known about his fathers history, except working for the railroad as a switchman.  the family was from Macon, Ga and his fathers grave has not yet been found.

Mr. Scarborough felt that an education in the classics and languages superceded the trades; contradicting the works of Dr. Dubois, a harvard educated Ph. D.

Much work needs to be done and papers written.  Anyone interested in classical Greek & Latin studies, should take the time to start research.  Michele Ronnick, Ph. D., at Wayne State found a plethoria of facts and scholarly works by this man. Ronnick edited The Autobiography of William Sanders Scarborough: An American Journey From Slavery to Scholarship which was published in 2005 by Wayne State University Press.

This lone black man, although not the only one, turned  toward Greece and the classical languages for guidence and insight into human thought and culture.  Get to work!

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Norbert, spelling and feedback loops

I always liked Norbert Weiner .  He was the father of "cybernetics" basically a feedback loop. When you look at "psycho-cybernetics" you have Tony Robbins and a quick way to learn a skill many have taken years to master.

He refused to join the Manhattan Project, you know, the nuclear bomb, dropped by the airplane named "enola gay"--its in the Smithsonian Museam in D.C. I think it was named after the pilots'

He was a great thinker and mathematician.  But fact everything you  read on the internet, the New York Times, the local rag and actually everything.  Mark Twain said
"Carlyle said 'a lie cannot live.' It shows that he did not know how to tell them." - Mark Twain's Autobiography; Mark Twain in Eruption ...

So Norbert did not lie but he probably bullied and made fun of because of his name.  But, genius's seem to have strange names.  Some are cartoonish but we remember them and that is the point; anyway.

If you do your homework on this essay, you will find that "nuclear" is often spelled "nucleaar" in google findings. Now what is that about?  Tell me then we can have a good laugh.  Then again, maybe I spelled it wrong. Can't blame it on dsylectia (Tom Cruise, actor, seems to have it); but an itchy pinky, or an overactive "hunt and pecker" using only 2 fingers. 

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Title Waves & Morgan Dollars, Yada, Yada

New Orleans minted Morgan Dollars from 1893 to 1897. These were minted in New Orleans during the time of the great depression, which was much worse, in economic terms then the "crash of '29" of which everyone has heard.

These coins are collectibles now and will probably rocket up in value. The invisable hand of Adam Smith's conceptualizaton in his book,  The Wealth of Nations.  seems to have its fingers in the till, so to speak as more and more financial executives go to jail; although Mr. Bush, in the past has not been very liberal with pardons and commutations.

With computers running amok and making many trading decisions based on rules that probably should have been tossed in the 1980's it is easier to lose a buck, make that a few billion of them then ever.  As a slide or wave starts, either up or down, computers kick in, but in a few nano-seconds, now, and cause an snowball effect with the markets. Soooo..look at the ETF (exchange traded funds) and make a decision.  The olden days of "buy and hold for the long term" are dead.

Keynes always said in the long term we all would be dead anyway. Today, I guess most of will be so disabled we will be looking forward to living large online.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

AWNtv :: Keeping your world animated-who needs live actors
all we need is their voices; soon "Hal" will synthesize voices so actors will all be holograms. I love actors but time marches on. Its just like the cartoons when I was a kid, fun and captivating.

U of Rochester ( trouble due to depression_08: Open Letter

November 24, 2008

To:               The University Community

From:           Joel Seligman

Re:               Progress Report on the Impact of the Economy on the University

          "  Since I last wrote to the University community on October 31, financial markets and our economy have continued to deteriorate.  While it is not possible to predict how long the current recession will last or how significant its impact will be on such areas as employment, retail sales, and business failures, it is not premature to recognize that this is the most serious economic challenge this nation has experienced since World War II.  The University's Board of Trustees and the University's senior leadership recognize that the economy is likely to have a significant impact on the University for several already known reasons:

·        Since this academic year began on July 1, 2008, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has declined by approximately 30 percent; the University of Rochester's endowment investments are estimated to have declined by approximately 25 percent during the same period.  No one can predict where stock prices will be in the future, but if these levels continue, this will reduce the resources we have available to support our programs.  The extent of this reduction, however, will be cushioned by the fact that we calculate endowment payout on a 20-quarter rolling average.

·        After three extraordinary years of growth in support from our alumni and friends, a decline in giving seems likely to occur. Philanthropy tends to decline during the initial year of a recession, but is typically ultimately resilient.

·        In times of rising unemployment, we will work to find and distribute more financial aid for our students.

·        In the current circumstances, tuition increases are likely to be smaller than in past years. 

           We are not in crisis.  Universities are among this nation's most enduring social institutions because they adjust to challenging economic times and because they provide vital education, research, and often health care which are essential to our democracy and economic success.    

           We will pursue our strategic plans, which we believe are essential to making this strong university "ever better" in the future.  The economy will impact the pace of implementation of these plans.  Our objectives, however, have not changed and will be pursued.  

           In these challenging times, I have informed our Board of Trustees that I do not wish to receive a pay increase next academic year.  Several senior administrators and deans have also voluntarily indicated that they do not wish to receive a pay increase next year.  I will continue to contribute 10 percent of my base salary to the University.

           Let me describe several other approaches that we are now taking to address the current economic challenge:

First, we will preserve and, where possible, strengthen the core of our University.  This means continuing to provide outstanding education to our undergraduate and graduate students as well as outstanding support for our faculty and staff. Their experiences are at the heart of what it means to be a part of a great research university.  We are deeply grateful that our students, faculty and staff have chosen to study, teach, research, engage in clinical practice and work here.  Above all else, we will endeavor to support those who are the essence of what makes our University outstanding.  

           Second, we will proceed cautiously with major capital projects.  Projects where construction has begun, such as the Eastman Theatre renovation and expansion, will continue without interruption.  Construction of major new projects, such as the Clinical and Translational Sciences Building (CTSB) and the Pediatric Replacement and Imaging Sciences Modernization (PRISM) hospital expansion, will begin only when financing through government or philanthropic support and debt markets is more certain.  We are proceeding with planning and design work for both CTSB and PRISM to ensure that they remain as close to their schedules as is feasible. Both of these projects are of critical importance to the Rochester community and the University. The Board of Trustees Facilities and Executive Committees recently approved the planning and design work for a new building for the Warner School.  This design work, too, will continue.  We are reviewing several other facilities and information technology projects and may delay or downsize specific facilities and projects when it is necessary.   

           Third, working with Ron Paprocki, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance, and Ralph Kuncl, Provost and Executive Vice President, I have begun to review both central and divisional budgets.  This review process largely focuses on the next academic year which will begin in July 2009, but already a number of decisions have been made, including:

·        Our central General Administrative and Institutional (GA & I) budget originally had been modeled to increase significantly next academic year in order to implement several aspects of our recently approved divisional strategic plans.  I have asked Ron Paprocki to develop a revised GA & I budget for next academic year that anticipates 0 percent growth in areas where we are not locked into fixed rising costs.  I have also asked for the development of a GA & I budget model based upon a 3 percent decrease in such costs.  Separately, the budget for the Office of the President for this academic year already has been reduced by approximately 5 percent and will be lower next academic year than the budget was this year.

·        I anticipate that there will be more modest salary and wage increases for our faculty and staff next year than there have been in recent years.  I do not anticipate a University-wide mandate to reduce the number of jobs, although some divisions of the University will review staffing levels and assignments as part of the budgetary process.  The filling of job vacancies in the central administration, for example, will now require a higher burden of persuasion than before.  

·        Our vendor purchasing policies and practices are being carefully reviewed to achieve potential savings.  I do anticipate that in some instances we will reduce costs by using in-house services such as those for printing and food service.

·        We will intensify our efforts to work with all in our University community to find ways to economize with respect to energy and other costs.  We soon will communicate with faculty, students, and staff about how each person within our community can help.  We will similarly tighten our belts in areas such as travel, communication, and similar costs.  

We are a decentralized university.  Each division is currently engaged in a comprehensive budgetary review.  For example, on November 6 Brad Berk, the Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Center circulated a memorandum to his leadership team outlining initial steps to address a cost reduction/process improvement program that will begin on January 1, 2009.  This week Senior Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering Peter Lennie will meet with his faculty and staff to begin a discussion of the challenging budgetary forecast for the College in the next academic year.  

As I have spoken to student, faculty, and alumni groups in recent weeks, I have been asked, how can we help in these challenging times?  First, let me encourage all in our community to keep sending in your suggestions and ideas.  We learn from you. You are a key part of our University-wide conversation, which is all the more important when times are tough.  Second, for our alumni and friends, your philanthropic support, particularly for our students, makes a significant difference.  You have been remarkably generous in your financial contributions and we are deeply grateful to you for your support.  You can also help our students when you see job opportunities and internship opportunities for our students.  Please contact us so we can help make these positions known to our students.  Third, for our faculty, students, and staff, small steps can have large cumulative effects.  For example, adjusting the thermostat to reduce energy use or turning off your computers during holidays. 

           In this week of Thanksgiving, it is worth closing by reflecting on how much each of us has for which to be thankful.  In the past few years the University has developed an accelerating momentum, suggested by a remarkable 54 percent growth in University external research funding during the past five years to $389 million; outstanding new programs in several schools such as the addition in Arts and Sciences of those in new international relations and in economics and business strategies:  the opening of the Riverview Apartments, which now house 400 students just across the Genesee River;  great research such as that of physicist Alice Quillen, who successfully predicted the existence of a new planet; exceptional contributions to the humanities such as the exciting combination of the new undergraduate and graduate programs in literary translation and the University's new, and already critically acclaimed, Open Letter Press.  Our new Board Chair Ed Hajim's $30 million commitment to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences was an extraordinarily inspiring vote of confidence in our future, particularly occurring this past October, in this period of unprecedented  challenge. 

Each school, each faculty member, each student, each member of our staff, each of our alumni and friends can be proud of what together we are accomplishing together.  We are all part of a University that will continue to progress."


Campaign 2008 » Blog Archive » Special Event: The Future of American Leadership

McLuan and Toffler, to name 2, told the future would be intellectual capital, not mechanical tools, welcome quantum information age where the brain rules and the mind is king.

Mr. Durer comes to Sarasota Ringling Museam : At least his spirit and lots of his prints


itunes wont let you view stolen movies.

The Fix -- Chris Cillizza's Politics Blog on

NYU Stern - Transition 2008: Advising America's Next President

Transition 2008: Advising America\'s Next President
The Future of American Leadership

You are cordially invited to attend a discussion on the future of American leadership, with Stéphanie Giry of the Council on Foreign Relations, Lane Greene of The Economist, and Professor Richard Sylla of New York University Stern School of Business. The conversation will be moderated by Michael Moran of

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Dr. Wayne Dyer's Secrets to Manifesting Your Destiny: FREE Audio Download

She founded "Theosophy"-its nota religion, there are centers worldwide. Its a metaphysical explanation of life and esoteric principles.

Stock Market Returns by Party - Wolfram Demonstrations Project

This guy has done a creative chart, using Wolfram Math modeling for the stock market, using assumptions but it is pretty neat. come to your own conclusions. Of course, theodore Grey uploaded this chart. Its not mine but I like graphs and charts so its fun to share this as some facts of the markets...Agora, In Greek. Adam smith spoke of the "invisible hand" as the ruler. Can you draw a conclusion? This is a silent test and will not be graded, you will not be asked on the final to remember this. so speak now or forever remain uncommitted.

cantubury's Pick: The Quiet Little Pop of the Mac Security Bubble - Inbox -

Editor's Pick: The Quiet Little Pop of the Mac Security Bubble - Inbox - Yahoo! Mail

gambling sites apparently are targeting mac users by asking for their passwords. see the article MAC users. cantubury
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Artificial Intuition-are computers becoming psychic

Artificial Intuition
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Monday, November 17, 2008

Two Beta Blockers Found to Also Protect Heart Tissue -

A newly discovered chemical pathway that helps protect heart tissue can be stimulated by two of 20 common beta-blockers, drugs that are prescribed to millions of patients who have experienced heart failure.

Researchers from Duke University Medical Center tested 20 beta blockers and found that two of them -- alprenolol and carvedilol -- could stimulate a pathway recently found to protect heart tissue.

This finding could guide future drug development and in particular help heart failure patients, says Howard Rockman, MD, senior author of the study and chief of the Duke Cardiology Division.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

"The medium is the message", according to Marshal McLuan (deceased Media Expert; professor).
Still Marcus Leatherdale, a Canadian (many of our comedians come from Canada), travels the world and has great "off road" photos of India. He even rents his exclusive 1920's bungaloe. He speaks on Its on the futuristic Adobe Media Player archives (you can download it: mac or pc. His use of words is powerful and I love "hidden identities" I would have never known it was Jody Foster. Once we get past: hair, clothes, makeup and glamor--all that is left is heart and personal passion and style.

I am a culture, Class A, junkie and serial arts promoter and lover. Read my posts about everything about "life of the mind" in my

His fantastic site is striking, and is not flash. Amazing!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

MR. O, OUR new President-'elect has a global education idea of how to deal with conflict, confusion & change

Foreign Affairs - Renewing American Leadership - Barrack Obama

Its all leadership...No matter if you are a Whig, Republican, Democrat, Independent or the new party "Republicrats" (a rip,burn,party), you agree that we need leadership. But, remember that you can only manage things; people are lead by consensus. Its the democratic American way.

Every loser, unsuccessful person uses the phrases:
"Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda,: & "Can't, Won't, Don't). Mr. O, elected by a landslide of the popular and electoral college vote never has nor would use these words in any combination.

Read the article and see what he envisioned for the USA. This was written before the much hyped days before the election. Form an opinion. Remember, Democracy, American style, is a state of mind; a intention, maybe a spiritual guidance system.

Write your congressman, senators and representatives in government. The president, whomever he or she is, is available at

Democracy was in 1776 an experiment, a heuristic model, not a hard lined procedure or model to be followed.'s in the society that one learns the morals, the usage's, the spirit, and the character of a nation. Finally, one improves oneself in seeing the world, and one learns ot know men of all kinds" (Pierson, 86). This quotation is taken from the journals of Alexis DeTocqueville in reference to his journey through America in 1831-1832.

This european came and observed America from a new perspective and was very on pointe and excited as he fell in love with American ideals and probably saw our country as it was envisioned by the founders better than we do--living in it. Freedom, as Janis Joplin sang in a poplular song, "is nothing left to lose". We revolted against taxation without representation and threw Brits tea into the harbor in Boston; and, it again comes to tax as a pivot axis, the axle that holds the wheels for the chariot to roll, again. freedom is that of choice: all choices without coercion.

Bob Dylan wrote in the 60's, a turbulent time of change:

"'The times they are a changing Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'"
Copyright ©1963; renewed 1991 Special Rider Music


Many of us enjoy the "life of the mind"

(quoted in Arius Didymus, )
On those who step in the same river, different and different waters flow . . . 4
ed.note(cantubury)-{under the category of 'change', we must realize that as Hericlitus asked his students, it is deducted from writings,} "How many times can one step into the same river.?"

Of course there were many answers, but a top student in the class, screamed "Once!"

The master philosopher told him he was wrong!! "Even the wisest cannot stick their foot in the same river even once. It is moving too fast. You must go with the flow..." {advertising slogan of the 1980's } So it is, exceptionally true today with time moving in nanoseconds.


(quoted in Sextus Empiricus, Against the Mathematicians )
Men have no comprehension of the Logos, as I've described it, just as much after they hear about it as they did before they heard about it. Even though all things occur according to the Logos, men seem to have no experience whatsoever, even when they experience the words and deeds which I use to explain physis, of how the Logos applies to each thing, and what it is. The rest of mankind are just as unconscious of what they do while awake as they are of what they do while they sleep.

Heraclitussaid "Panta Rei", which mens "all things flow". Of course he said it in ancient Greek...
cite: and a thanks and a hat tip to:

Buddha also said that he was not a god or anything supreme, just awake. We all are waking up to a new quantum, multidimensional multiversse where all combinations (permutations) are age where one man was elected because of his ideas and rhetoric rather than observable characteristics.

Like the Greek philosopher, Hericlitus said some 2,500 years ago (Greeks invented the concept of elected government and democracy and voting)...took his students down to the river for a lesson. Most teaching was done outdoors, as nature is our greatest teacher.".

So the adage: "SOS-same old stuff" does not work in a quantum universe where math, not mechanics, rules. Myself, I am working on my tech certification of QMT® 'Quantum Mechanic Technician/1st class"

The class has already begun. Thanks for attending.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Democracy, Democracy, where for art thou: in the words of the politician or in the hearts of the people?

Plato - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Socrates says in the Republic that people who take the sun-lit world of the senses to be good and real are living pitifully in a den of evil and ignorance. Socrates admits that few climb out of the den, or cave of ignorance, and those who do, not only have a terrible struggle to attain the heights, but when they go back down for a visit or to help other people up, they find themselves objects of scorn and ridicule."

According to this model, the principles of Athenian democracy (as it existed in his day) are rejected as only a few are fit to rule. Instead of rhetoric and persuasion, Plato says reason and wisdom should govern. As Plato puts it:

"Until philosophers rule as kings or those who are now called kings and leading men genuinely and adequately philosophise, that is, until political power and philosophy entirely coincide, while the many natures who at present pursue either one exclusively are forcibly prevented from doing so, cities will have no rest from evils,... nor, I think, will the human race." (Republic 473c-d)
Plato in his academy, drawing after a painting by Swedish painter Carl Johan Wahlbom

Plato describes these "philosopher kings" as "those who love the sight of truth" (Republic 475c) and supports the idea with the analogy of a captain and his ship or a doctor and his medicine. Sailing and health are not things that everyone is qualified to practice by nature. A large part of the Republic then addresses how the educational system should be set up to produce these philosopher kings.

Is this what happens when "reformers" come to the masses to try to help. It seems no good deed goes unpunished!!

Plato was pretty cool in that he seemed to develop most of the philosophy on which Europe and the USA was later founded upon. He felt that one should know numbers so that the military could array the troops. So that is the reason we all had to study math; I never did really know until now. But, NOW, is the ony time we really have...isn't that correct? Unless you read Michael Chricton, M.D. and his books on multi-realities.

Wherein it concerns states and rulers, Plato has made interesting arguments. For instance he asks which is better - a bad democracy or a country reigned by a tyrant. He argues that it is better to be ruled by a bad tyrant (since then there is only one person committing bad deeds) than be a bad democracy (since here all the people are now responsible for such actions.)

According to Plato, a state which is made up of different kinds of souls, will overall decline from an aristocracy (rule by the best) to a timocracy (rule by the honorable), then to an oligarchy (rule by the few), then to a democracy (rule by the people), and finally to tyranny (rule by one person, rule by a tyrant).

Or would you rather have a "benevolent dictator" suggested by Machiavelli? Great thinkers ask a lot of questions, like Zen masters. The brilliance is not in the answer, but in the thought (think" meaning remember), or the process we go through to get the answer. "the medium is the message" Marshal McLuan.

So then is Obama smarter than all of us or is an egalitarian training center for the "creative".
Mr. McCain is a smart experienced guy but is his military background a help or hinderence? We shall find out sooner then we would want.

Socrates floats the idea that Knowledge is a matter of recollection, and not of learning, observation, or study.

So, at the end of the day, Tuesday, when the election ballots have been counted, and the newscasters and the pundits are dreaming of sugar plum faries, economic bailouts and revival of regulation and a reopening of private banks...what is gained.

Only time will tell.

This is where the 411 on my Greek buddies, the inventors of democracy, citizenship and civil rule began, at least as far as we can tell.
**Note: I have interpersed my own cognition and epi-analysis here for your thought, not necessairly approval. Its not so didactic but rather heuristic in nature. This means its not really teachable, but experimental...that is how we grow and learn.

It does seem that the Neanthandrals would not change; therefore they died out, although they may have interbred with the Cromagnan people and they were a creative bunch. Read about them in National Geographic Magazine. That is anthropology and cultures. This is philosophy..a seeking of truth and knowledge.§§

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