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The slow kudzu of DoubleQuotes

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

[ by Charles Cameron -- quietly pleased with himself & others ]
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Lynn Rees has been using the DoubleQuotes idea here on Zenpundit, see his recent Double Quote: HTML edition.

Leonidas Musashi has explicitly picked up on it, too:

And while they may not know they’re doing it, the Heritage Foundation is now using the same basic technique “in the wild”:

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It’s not quite time to get out the weed-killer yet — but watch out, the DoubleQuotes are spreading!

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Another Sunday Surprise: Gould and Turner

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

[ by Charles Cameron -- this one's for the creative cognition folks out there in Zenland ]
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Damn’d hard to read, I know, but worth it if you care about artistic creation & performance:

SPEC gould turner

The top quote is Glenn Gould, speaking in the documentary Glenn Gould, Hereafter, the second from the erudite and delightful poet, distinguished professor and friend, Frederick Turner‘s blog.

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Sunday Surprise: Of Bears and Men

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

[ by Charles Cameron -- I simply couldn't resist the visual parallel ]
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SPEC bear on iceberg

I imagine a minor peak in the foothills of the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan is a lot less liable to melt out from under you than a tiny spot of ice in the arctic. FWIW, I believe the soldier is a member of the Afghan National Security Forces.

DoubleQuote.

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Obama rules on Islam, China rules on Reincarnation

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

[ by Charles Cameron -- Obama's speech viewed in the light of Beijing Buddhism ]
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Compare and contrast, saith the improbable schoolmaster, this discussion:

with this one:

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But then there’s always force majeure:

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Is that really how it works?

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David, Goliath, and Art Spiegelman

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

[ by Charles Cameron -- contrasting perspectives, asymmetric warfare, and a bible story ]
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Art Spiegelman, the creator of the acclaimed graphic treatment of the Holocaust, Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, has now posted a visual DoubleQuote of his own, along with a comment on Israel:

Spiegelman Goliath David

From today’s Jewish Daily Forward article, Art Spiegelman Breaks His Silence on Israel:

Captioned “Perspective in Gaza (The David and Goliath Illusion),” the Biblical-style art image consists of two panels. On the left is a traditional rendering of David facing Goliath. The right-hand panel presents a shrunken Goliath brought closer to the foreground. Using the tricks of size and perspective to make what is surely not an original political point, it’s a clever play on Spiegelman’s life’s work as an illustrator.

Spiegelman’s own comment, accompanying the image on his FaceBook page, reads:

I’ve spent a lifetime trying to NOT think about Israel—deciding it has nothin more to do with me, a diasporist, than the rest of the World’s Bad News on Parade. Israel is like some badly battered child with PTSD who has grown up to batter others.

That’s Spiegelman: I’m not in the business of psychologizing nations, so I won’t comment one way or the other.

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In Koan 1 — Bibi, Walt, and the concept of buffer zones, I asked:

Is Israel best seen as a Goliath towering over the Palestinians, or as a David caught between a swathe of Islamic states and the deep blue Mediterranean sea?

I see some truth in both views, which is why I call the Israeli / Palestinian question a koan.

A while earlier, in Numbers by the numbers: two, I wrote:

The second is that within the asymmetries, it is not uncommon to find a reversal of polarities by which the lesser outsmarts and defeats the greater force. I’m thinking here of David and Goliath as the archetypal version, and of Nigel Howard, in Confrontation Analysis: how to win operations other than war, writing:

the problem of defense in the modern world is the paradoxical one of finding ways for the strong to defeat the weak.

A different aspect of asymmetry emerges when one can think of Israel as both the powerful high-tech occupier of a poorly-equipped and stateless mass of Palestinians, and a tiny emergent Jewish democracy surrounded on all sides (except the sea) by Arab and or Muslim once and future foes… a Goliath seen one way, a David the other…

What’s intriguing here is that in some ways everybody wants to be David, right?

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In an ideal world..

.. but that’s not the world we live in, is it?

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