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More metaphor miscellany

[ by Charles Cameron — this one with quite a few neat chyrons, a book recommendation, &c ]
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Here’s PW Singer on his new book, LikeWar, and our cyber-security future:

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Notable in the above, for the games metaphor collection as well as general understanding:

This is a space where ISIS’ top recruiter and Taylor Swift are using the very same tactics to achieve fundamentally the very same goal in terms of online, but very different effects offline.

And final point of it, if we don’t understand these new rules of the game, we are the losers of them.

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A great few hours for chyrons

MTO 12/26/2018

Melber Beat 12/26/2018

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Melber 26 Dec: echoing politics as just a savage game ..
trump has no agenda here,he has no endgame, he has no strategy, he has no tactics ..
look, i went to the mat, i did everything i could do, i shut down the governmentmover this, and democrats just wouldn’t give me the billions that we agree we need to get this done


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djt: we’re not playing to lose slowly in iraq ..26/2018
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all in chris hayes 12/26/2018
the secretary of defense jim mattis resigned with a letter that politely torched the president’s worldview ..
more and more like a mob boss ..
what’s the game plan here? ..
i wonder how you, your colleagues are thinking about gaming out the strategy of this house majority which is walking into day one, a sort of staring contest with the president ..
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uncertain misc 12/26/2018
it’s given every other country around the world whiplash ..
pulling the rug out from under his own policies [ourob] ..
and the question is, does pressure work any more on the operators in this sort of game ..
it will be ironic if he was hoist by his own petard of sexism ..
they organize their own demise because they ask for too much ..
katy mtp: i wonder what the end game is for the president ..
ari: the federal reserve has to raise rates, because they have to reducfe the balance sheet, in order to get the dry powder, to come rescue the economy ../
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chris hayes: markets have whipsawed back and forth as investors try to figure out whata exactly is going on ..
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12/27/2016
rule #1 of negotiation is don’t negotiate against yourself – the president negotiated against himself, and now he’s in a corner..
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Ant=d this, IMO, is brilliant, capturing a whole series of mirroring arguments:

to play that “if obama had done” game..

that’s one heck of a game!
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Subtitle from Vanity Fair’s Hive today:

The author of Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump’s Presidential Palace recounts the society columnist who tried to out-Trump the future president.

ourob?

Some culture!

Some contest / fight / war..

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More as relevant events, quotes, tweets, headlines & videos crop up in my various feeds..

13 Responses to “More metaphor miscellany”

  1. Charles Cameron Says:

    Of AlphaZero, the deep-learning algorithm that defeats Chess and Go masters alike, it is written:

    It then played against itself millions of times and learned from its mistakes. [ .. ]
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    By playing against itself and updating its neural network as it learned from experience, AlphaZero discovered the principles of chess on its own and quickly became the best player ever.

    I’ll have more on this in a couple or three future posts, but here let’s just note that the brainiest brainiac yet is ouroboric, or should I say ourobotic at heart..
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    And Baudrillard:

    If we were able to take as the finest allegory of simulation the Borges tale where the cartographers of the Empire draw up a map so detailed that it ends up exactly covering the territory (but where, with the decline of the Empire this map becomes frayed and finally ruined, a few shreds still discernible in the deserts — the metaphysical beauty of this ruined abstraction, bearing witness to an imperial pride and rotting like a carcass, returning to the substance of the soil, rather as an aging double ends up being confused with the real thing), this fable would then have come full circle for us, and now has nothing but the discrete charm of second-order simulacra.

    That’s the opening salvo of Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulations, and a fine piece of writing it is.
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    The ouroboros here lies in the words “come full circle” — but there’s also a fine heaven-touches-earth coincidentia oppositorum here connecting “imperial pride” and “rotting carcass”. There’s much of the repeating wave of history in that simple pairing.
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    And Borges — what a delight, a thinker who starts from Borges, standing on the shoulders of a giant.. whose oeuvre is devoted to ouroboroi, moebius patterns and the like.
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    erij burnett: rep ryan costello – the ball’s in the presiddent’s court.
    i don’t think it’s a skunk in the garden necessarily ..
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    all in: he’s also teed up a perfect vote for her to start with ..
    hayes: how strong do you think pelrd?
    How strong do you think pelosi and schumer will be in terms of playing this hand starting january 3rd?
    i think they’re already playing very strong. that meeting at the white house was a complete win for them .. i think they’re already leading & they’re already winning ..
    trump keeps making a political football out of it ..

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    Possbility: an infinite regress of chyrons! Matrioshka!
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    Bloomberg — Paper scissors rock? Accompanying:
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  3. Charles Cameron Says:

    Okay, from CNN’s 5pm Situation Room, 12/31/2018:
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    Do you get in the fight with him do you have a full-blown fight with Marco Rubio, to hearken back to 2016, or do you try to ignore it? ..
    Marco Rubio tried to get down in the mud with him as well, and it didn’t work out so well for him, either ..
    There’s very clearly a part of the Democratic base that want a bare-knuckle brawl ..
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    Giuliani: Truth isn’t Truth ..

  4. Charles Cameron Says:

    Trump’s Cabinet & Situation Room mtgs:
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    MSNBC 10.47am PST Jn 2 2019
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    The President is clearly digging himself in ..
    this does look like trench warfare ..
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    There’s a whole lot there — play, power players (and a contradiction right in the title), fight, preparing for war, rifts, braced for a siege, sharpening knives.. A metaphor-trove, mostly warfare subset, some games…

  5. Charles Cameron Says:

    I don’t know I’ve already posted these:

    Robert S Mueller is that person.
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    In many ways, the antithesis of each other. If Mueller didn’t exist, something like him would have ton be invented to lead this effort.
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    If you went to a lab and tried to create two opposite organisms, you would create{Trump] in oine lab and.. [may be able to find the rest once transcripoots are available to google..]

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    1/3/2019 Hardball:
    The House is playing checkers, the Senate is playing Chess, and the President is playing Tick-tac-toe..
    Chris Hayes:
    Jennifer Rubin: You don’t fund a metaphor
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    This isn’t Pelosi’s first rodeo ..
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    chyron / the lid
    The Beat:

    they’re clearly winning the wall here, they’re winning the blame game on the shutdown ..
    they’re going to win the fight ..
    and that’s a shell game .. ari at m 11 ..
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    the wall is kind of an empty toke, a kind of a symbol ..

    Hardball:
    she goes to the mat with donald trump..
    malcolm nance re american captive in russia: he’s a pawn in a game which has been played by nations for years ..
    harry reid — a pugilist, a fighter ..
    reid — isn ot in the ring ..
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    All In:
    chyron defeating trump?

  6. Charles Cameron Says:

    CNN Situation Room 6pm 1/4/2019

  7. Charles Cameron Says:

    Two from the Hive — the first from their email alert, the second from the article itself:
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  8. Charles Cameron Says:

    That’s something like boustrophedon or enantiodromia, and certainly paradox, but we don’t really have an accurate word for it, do we?

  9. Charles Cameron Says:

    Note to self: Julian Ainsley made a distinction that I’d not considered, between the description “did not tell the truth” and ?lied” — the latter including an implication of intent. Goodd one.
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    MTP 1/7/2019 Katy Tur close to the end (get transcript?)
    Sabre-rattling ..
    fencing at the border .. en garde ..
    an army of swordsmen and swordswomen parry and riposte ..
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    Hardball (any video seems to have been taken down)
    00 a trumped-up emergency? let’s play hardball ….
    01 Rush Limbaugh who pitchforked him into this situation in the first place ..
    10/11 she has a list of people who did not come into congress to play ball with donald trump ..
    12 a war of attrition ..
    19 chyron: fight
    26 a body-blow ..
    you’re not going to let him off the hook ..
    39: she’s so smart it’s called the fast break in basketball, she’s taking the fast break .. ***
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    all in 1/7/2019
    it’s battle scars from getting their butts kicked ..
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    rachel maddow 1/7/2019
    to stick a pin through .. and pull the wings off ..
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    andrea mitchell 1/8/2019
    the president’s playing bluff-poker, he’s holding a 3 and a 4 ..
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    the beat, 1/8/2019:
    10 bombshell ..
    16 chend-run our constitutional process ..ess .. queen .. across the board ..
    an attempt to end-run our constitutional process ..
    27-9 tie-breaker ..
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    panetta: 05-06 his argumens are oxymorons ..
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    SO tonight, a Hail Mary presidential address .. ***
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    The President’s address:

    Last month, 20,000 migrant children were illegally brought into the united States, a dramatic increase. These children are used as human pawns by vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs.

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    At some point, he’s got to pull the trigger in something ..

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    Ari Melber:

    28-29 That’s five avenues of investigatio Washington to Moscow n that tee off the Mueller probe, and may even serve his ultimate conclusions. Now at times this (Southern District of NY) office may be Mueller’s queen in a chess game tnhat spans from Washington to Moscow ..

    Hardball:

    00 The President is acting like a spoiled child, who when losing the game says, It’s my ball and I’m going home ..

    All In Chris Hayes:

    00 The Manafort bombshell lands on Capitol Hill..

    cf 1/8/2018 All In:

    Todaay’s bombshell accidental revelation suggesting Trump campaignb collusion with the Russians ..

    All in 1/9/2019 again:

    11/12 Were it the case to establish that that (the data Manafort handed over) waswads whatt the data (used by the Russians in micro-targeting voters) was, that would be the smoking gun ..

    26/27 Neal Katyal:

    21/22 We are talking about a guy (Barr) who essentially campaigned for the job of Attorney General for Trump, handing him a twenty-page memo which makes ridiculous arguments like, a criminal statute has to say the words the President is included in it in order to be encompassed in it. So there’s a murder statute, it says murder is illegal, the statute doesn’t say, Murder is illegal when the President commits it — so under to the Barr reading, it seems to me, Barr is saying the President can commit murder and not face a Federal felony charge ..

    DoubleQuote! Donald Trump, Jan 2016:

    Where I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay? It’s like incredible ..

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    Those two are great for duels***. The next is great for friendly fire***:
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    It’s a FB pointer to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Leads Call to Primary Other Democrats
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    The guy who posted it also said AOC is backed by a PAC called “Justice Democrats” and is “their primary spear-thrower at other Democrats”. Spear thrower is a new mil metaphor ***.
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  12. Charles Cameron Says:

    MTP 1/11/2019
    m 23 our country .. moral knife edge (get transcript)
    58 old TV show abt Trump
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    m11 The arc of Lindsey Graham is remarkable.
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    Lindsey Graham: I don’t know how this movie will end..
    Chris Hayes: Senator, it’s not a movie, it’s real, and also, you’re not watching it, you’re writing it — like, you can do something about it..
    16 this is the hill Trump has chosen to die on, its the hill that he signalled he would die on three years ago ..
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    An MSNBC chyron uses the word “bombshell” to described the NYT article F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia.
    Bryan WIlliams, brilliant, to John Meacham:

    if you’re going to clear those better angels of yours fo takeoff, remember the air traffic controllers are working without salaries..

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    MTP 1/14/2019;

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    Ari: What is your reaction to this set of bombshell reports?
    Joyce: That sort of incident, when you layer them one on top of the other, would give the FBI reason to imvestigate..
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    Hardball 1/14/2019
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    Lots of bombshell chryons, eh?
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    An excellent example of war as metaphor in current times:
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