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Whole lot of DoubleQuoting going on..

Friday, July 29th, 2016

[ by Charles Cameroncompare & contrast is a very basic mental practice, and one I’d like to sharpen into the cognitive tool or mental app I term DoubleQuotes ]

This may well be the most significant DoubleTweet of the day — the very fact of its doubleness placing the issue into the category of Who Knows?

— both tweets, as you see, come to us courtesy of Mike Walker, former acting SecArmy & deputy FEMA director — and since this is Friday, let me say #FF him at @New_Narrative.


A French-language DQ worthy of note and our support:


A Trump trumps Trump DQ:

— hat-tip to @pourmecoffee.


Another Trump on Trump, this one caught by Adam Serwer:

FWIW, I’m sure there are Clinton on Clinton DoubleTweets too..


An entire, detailed NYT comparison between the two election campaigns demonstrates the power of extended compare and contrast thinking, aided and abetted by the graphical ease of digital capture and analysis —

NYT e;lection DQ article

— but you’ll need to click through and read it to get the full effect.


And while we’re on the subject of patterns, here’s a great quote which I got via Jessie Daniels:

A fine use of the ouroboric form to hammer home the significance of an observation — and also a powerful contemporary creation myth!

Jabhat breaks from al-Qaida

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

[ by Charles Cameron — and al-Jolani is dressed to kill ]

An insightful DoubleQuote in the Wild:

As Shakespeare puts it, the apparel oft proclaims the man.



  • Charles Lister, Profiling Jabhat al-Nusra
  • JM Berger, Jabhat al Nusra Splits From al Qaeda
  • Just added:

  • Charles Lister, The Nusra Front Is Dead and Stronger Than Ever Before
  • D Gartenstein-Ross, Does Jabhat al-Nusra split from al-Qaeda and what does it mean?
  • Atwell Zoll?

    Thursday, July 28th, 2016

    [ by Charles Cameron — query re his quote on an American dictatorship ]

    Can anyone give me a source for this quote from Donald Atwell Zoll?

    One of the reasons why many Americans do not fear a domestic dictatorship is that they assume dictatorship would take some exotic form similar to those they have observed in Germany, Japan, or Russia, and they cannot imagine such conditions as an indigenous set of arrangements and customs. An American dictatorship would be no more like Nazi Germany in style than it would resemble the Zulu empire of Chaka — it would be dictatorship American plan, complete with George Washington, Valley Forge, the Stars and Stripes, the “home of the brave,” the World Series, Captain Kangaroo, and Mother’s insipid apple pie. It would appear to be the apotheosis of democracy — and, of course, in a sense, it would be.

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the poetry of names

    Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

    [ by Charles Cameron — a bridge & burial ground in Turkey, an Oregon creek & road, all named for death ]

    There’s a certain power to names. Ursula LeGuin described it best, perhaps, when she wrote:

    He saw that in this dusty and fathomless matter of learning the true name of every place, thing, and being, the power he wanted lay like a jewel at the bottom of a dry well. For magic consists in this, the true naming of a thing.


    I included that quote in my post Indistinguishable from magic? six days ago, little realizing I would need it again so soon, but here we are: a dark magical DoubleTweet:

    That’s the more positive of the pair — less so, I think, is this:


    A couple of other notes from the poster of that second tweet:

  • The term “traitor” is still very loosely used in Turkey; some day may come, all those accusing eachother of treason might lie side by side..
  • Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor had announced the will to construct the Traitors’ Cemetary some days ago “for all to spit on when passing by”
  • **

    When my Lakota mentor, Wallace Black Elk, came to teach a class in the building and ceremonial use of the stone people’s lodge (“sweat lodge”) at what was then Southern Oregon State College in Ashland, Oregon, the route to the site where we performed the rituals on Dead Indian Creek went along the clearly marked Dead Indian Road. Wallace always got a chuckle out of that.

    But then, Wallace was glad Columbus told Queen Isabella he was en route for India, not Turkey — “Full-Blooded Turkey I’d be,” he’d say, “Native Turkey Movement, Bureau of Turkey Affairs..”

    The road, though not perhaps the creek, has now been renamed:

    Dead Indian Road

    I do nothing but think of you..

    Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

    [ by Charles Cameron — beautiful juxtaposition from a film by Nicolas Winding Refn ]

    My friend @justknecht just tweeted this juxtaposition:

    I don’t know the film, Drive, but the DoubleQuote is superb.


    Here’s a closer look at the two frames:




    Relationship is implicit symmetry?

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