Friday Phive – Phughetehboutet

Exhuming McCarthy – Vid: So, I’m not going to try and understand the violent tendencies displayed by the far left and right (yes, both have), but I am concerned by the attempt to normalize both rhetoric and action. The far ends of the political/philosophical spectrum should not be viewed as “normal”. They are differing versions of a “Utopian” society, but the means to get there are drastic. While I’m sure that I reside left of center most of the time, I cannot accept the seemingly endless reports of violence from both sides. There are ways to be proud of who you are, and your particular heritage, without demeaning or negating that of others. And, unless you have the ability to reside outside of general society, we all need to work to get along side-by-side.

As a student of history, I am torn by the desire to destroy/remove memorial statues and such. While I can appreciate the ill feelings toward these monuments of the Confederacy, I also don’t believe that it is wise to wipe it from the national conscience. Pretending that the Civil War, and its underlying social-economic forces, did not occur seems pretentious and disingenuous. We cannot vow to not repeat horrendous historical moments if they are erased. Also, some of the folks being remembered are not as good/bad/black/white as either side would have you believe. As one example, please read.

Da Bills – ugh…I know it’s only the second pre-season game and they are all relatively meaningless, but my…it was not a good display of hope for the season except for some nice running by Shady. I’m really concerned that they are under talented at the QB position – which is the case with many teams, but at least protect the ball, right?

Genius – more of my impressions from this show coming, stay tuned 🙂

Via Nora – “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting” – Buddha

 

Tuesday Topic – Genius

Very rarely am I surprised and rapt by a television show, especially on a topic that I though I was at least somewhat versed. But, you have to hand it to National Geographic, they have done a great job with the subject of Albert Einstein. I’m only on episode 4 so far and completely engrossed in the time period, the age of scientific discoveries, and the interplay between the “great minds” of the time. In addition to pealing back the layers on Albert and his personal struggles with family, love, respect, and acknowledgement, it also covers the politics of the Nobel prize, women in science, and the growing resentment of the Jewish faith.

I wonder how many today could push through all the adversity that these great scientists faced in their time? Not only were new ideas, or new ways of thinking about a problem, not cultivated in the academic world, they were at times outright mocked, shunned, or ignored. It seems that this time period truly was a quantum leap in discovery and the scientific process.

As for Albert, while coming off at times as a sympathetic character, he also had many flaws himself. So far in the series, his ego has gotten him into as much trouble with his professors, his father, and his wife as it has inspired him to continue to rethink some of the work of scientists before him. While I hoped that the advise his father gave him, from his death bed, regarding family would have had a lasting impact, Albert seems to have forgotten that message as he was reworking the idea of relativity and his quest to prove molecules exist. His wife seemed to be as gifted a scientist as he, and even contributed greatly to his work, yet did not receive much recognition from him or the larger scientific community. For the time, I understand that it was a male dominated profession (and something that we still struggle with today), but as comparison, Pierre Curie, in the last episode I watched, stated he would refuse the Nobel Prize if equal credit was not given to his wife, Marie.

I’m hoping that you enjoy this type of post and will continue to update as I progress through the series. I’ll be watching another episode or two tonight, so probably will post again this Thursday.

Friday Five…meh

So, first up…just an onlooker, at this point, in the “fight” against Co$. I was never in, yet concerned about the reported abuses and willing to speak out with the ex-members. Due to recent events, I’ve pulled back my vocal support and just taking a voyeuristic interest in the discussion. I still feel the exes should continue to report the abusive policies, beliefs, and actions, but I’m no longer taking an active role. The only advise I have is to continue to focus on the truth and provable facts. There is no greater way to cut through bs and smear than with hard evidence.

Pre-season football – I hope as we get closer to opening day my interest will increase, but at this point I have very little interest in watching any of these games. I understand the need to get feedback on rookies, free agents, and bubble players but, until the starters are playing and the games count, I don’t have any good reason to tune in. The only thing of interest, for me, is the resulting injury reports after the “games”. For me, it seems useless to televise these pre-season games as there is very little to gain from them, as a fan.

Battlegrounds – since my new pc is up and running, I’ve started playing this game with varying results. Best finish so far was a 2nd place – while I was taking out a player hiding in a shack, I was being shot by the eventual winner. I need to learn a little patience as, had I waited another 10-15 seconds, the other player may have revealed themselves so I could have taken them out before the player trapped in the shed. On the other hand, I’ve also been killed within 30 seconds – it’s the nature of the game, where the loot generates and players land.

Last days of summer – ugh, where did the summer go? Seems there have been far too many days of storms and rain than 100 degree weather. Not that I’m complaining about not sweating my butt off, but really not looking forward to closing the pool and mulching leaves. Guess I’ll need to play at least 1 more good party 🙂

Weekend – yay – ok, definitely going to take a little time to unwind, relax, and enjoy a few adult beverages. I’ve been too much solo parenting the last month, so going to try and enjoy time with my significant other, since the kiddos are spending a week with Nanny.

 

Verisimilitude

Felt it was appropriate to repost this one…

Flounder's Observations

Verisimilitude, generally defined, is “appearing to be true or real”, per Oxford Dictionaries. One English Lit professor explained it to me as “the act of being truth-like”. It does not mean truth, but rather the act of wanting to appear like truth. This has become a popular tool used by oppressive groups, individuals, and movements.

Rather than deal in truth, these actors produce words, actions, and propaganda that resembles truth that, when deconstructed, often falls apart quickly. The trouble is, only those who take the time to deconstruct, will find the flaws. Those who digest the works of an oppressor, do not take the time to deconstruct. They assimilate it as fact, and most often fail to challenge its validity. Such is the case with followers of most movements, such as cults, from my perspective. Followers are expected to simply accept what is provided as truth, and face punishment, or…

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Friday Five – Were they needed?

HOF Game – ok, I get that everybody should be excited for NFL to be back, but is this “game” really necessary? Who is so desperate for football to watch 2 teams that have only been through 1.5-2 weeks of training camp? – no offense to Dallas and Arizona fans. As with most preseason action, the plays are mostly generic and the risk of injury is too high for a meaningless exhibition. You would think that the Hall of Fame portion would be more than enough to draw an audience. But, I guess if people will watch the Pro Bowl, they would also watch this one. The one stat that killed me was the W-L record of the “starting” QBs… 9-32.

ICBM “test”- in response to N. Korea’s 2nd missile test in a week, was it necessary to fire our own test missile? Shouldn’t it be common knowledge that the U.S. military already possesses the technology to use such weaponry? I’m just not getting what the goal was in responding this way. Seems a highly volatile game of chicken…I won’t be surprised if the “Doomsday Clock” gets pushed.

Press Secretary – I mean, really, in the current administration, is there any more useless position? When the president is actively tweeting policy, position, and attacking MSM, his critics, and anyone he wishes, is there any need to have Spicey, Mooch, or Sanders? Does the press, much less the American public, get any additional information as a result? I don’t think so…

Collegiate Pre-season Top 25 Polls – is there any sort of poll that is more about favoritism than this? It’s all about the “power” conferences, coaches, and legacies. You can have the greatest college team on paper, yet haven’t won a darn thing yet. Or, you can have a talented team with little national recognition be overlooked. As compared to pro football, college has a higher degree of variability. Yes, they both have unexpected injuries but the turnover of talent is much higher at the college level, in my opinion. And, there are some stadiums that are nearly impossible to win as the visitor. One trend that I do like is many of the “easy” games that use to be scheduled in the first few weeks of the season are gone. I like that teams are tested right out of the gate, so you can get a better idea of how the season may progress.

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