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BISBEE WIRE/write those notes!/politics/yogi berra on jazz/#31 November 2018

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A bunch of stuff been collecting digital dust in my draft folder, so read on for your edification, education, elucidation, explication, and elimination. fred @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@HMMMMMM HAND WRITTEN NOTES TO GET  CoB BACK TAXES PAID? PROMISING! The city of Syracuse and researchers at the local university found that by writing and signing thousands of notes asking residents to pay their back taxes, they were able to bring in 57 percent more revenue from delinquent property owners than would be expected from standard legal letters demanding payment. They were written to the individual by name rather than “property owner” and the experiment could have broader implications. ........... POLITICSI received a reader comment from a couple issues past. It illustrates a pervasive, and I think erroneous, belief that actions of powerless people are equivalent to actions of powerful people. The reader replied :"Unfortunately, the left has been acting just as bad as Trump. They obviously didn't listen to their mothers tell them that someone's bad behavior doesn't justify their bad behavior. Also, to blame anyone other than the person who performs these horrible act is ludicrous. Just because the democratic party has not supported the Jewish people politically doesn't mean they are at fault for the recent carnage in the Synagogue. It's all about personal responsibility.

I replied: Appreciate the feedback. We disagree to a large extent. This is why. Personal responsibility exists in a social context as well as having a moral anchoring. There is an inner moral code that people act from and is learned primarily through family mores-as you noted. There is also a social context that individual and families function in. If the environment, family and/or social, tends toward tolerating/encouraging acts of violence, demeaning others, lying about acts and capabilities of other people then that encourages individuals to act in the same way. That is what I was trying to get at. There is a difference when the most powerful person 'acts badly', than when powerless people 'act badly'. When people in power promote 'acting bad', it is not the same as powerless people objecting to pronouncements and actions from the powerful. That does not, in my view, excuse violence as an end to solve problems. There certainly have been instances of violence on the left, (and I don't think that Democrats are the 'left' ) but comparatively random and organized violence from those holding undemocratic, anti-semitic, and white superiority views has been used far more to silence or to intimidate people that are minorities. fred

@@@@@@@@@@@@@ The extent of Russian involvement in elections has been perplexing to some. But as with many things, following the money is illuminating. I think it is very important in seeing Trump as a kind of the Manchurian Candidate.  Putin may have peepee tapes, but more important is the extent of Russian capitol-loans/financing deals/sales-in building his empire. Russian families even come to his properties in Florida to give birth to children so they have US citizenship. From the many tendrils of the octopus that is Trumpland he is in deep debt to Russia. It explains why Trump has been not only a defender, but a promoter of all things Russian. TRUMP MANUFACTURED MONEY PASTThis wide ranging series illuminates the lies that have been and continue to be the foundation of Trump's creation myth. @@@@@@@@@@@@@@ TRUMP BORROWS TRICKS OF FASCISM @@@@@@@@@@@@@@

NEWS SOURCES, MEDIA BIAS, AND CONFIRMATION BIASThis study done  for Morning Consult is the subject of an interview with the reporter. It's a fascinating read about news and news source bias. @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

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UNDERSTANDING CHINAThis 5 part NYT series gives an in-depth look at the nation that is on the verge of supplanting the US being the world's leader in most everything. Despite dire predictions of failure from capitalist economists, China is flourishing. This series looks at various factors; economics, fear, military, and more that places China at the emergent world leader. "China succeeded by leaving a planned economy intact and allowing a market economy to flourish and outgrow it.""China now leads the world in the number of homeowners, internet users, college graduates and, by some counts, billionaires. Extreme poverty has fallen to less than 1 percent. An isolated, impoverished backwater has evolved into the most significant rival to the United States since the fall of the Soviet Union."



Fantastic 3-D view of things on our bodies, pretty cool. /////////////////////


ANIMATED MAP OF DEAD TREE IN CALIFORNIA ///////////////////////////////// DOG ON DOG STUDY"...An analysis of “dog-on-dog sexual assault” at dog parks. claimed to have documented more than a thousand instances of a dog mounting another dog. First, however, “the genitals of slightly fewer than 10,000 dogs had to be respectfully examined … being careful not to cause alarm and moving away if any dog appeared uncomfortable. …” And the study’s conclusion? “When a male dog was raping/humping another male dog, humans attempted to intervene 97 percent of the time. When a male dog was raping/humping a female dog, humans only attempted to intervene 32 percent of the time.” And when male owners used shock collars to deter their male dogs, the author speculated that they might be revealing “homophobic shame.”

The study — credited to the fictitious Helen Wilson, who purportedly worked for the nonexistent Ungendering Research Institute — was ponderously titled “Human reactions to rape culture and queer performativity at urban dog parks in Portland, Oregon.” The same folks have put phony studies in a number of scientific journals, including a two-year study involving “thematic analysis of table dialogue” to uncover the mystery of why heterosexual men like to eat at Hooters.



In 2018, the average American wedding had five bridesmaids, up from four in 2007. It’s not uncommon for some weddings to have bridesmaids in the double digits, which usually means grooms have to find a way to field an equivalent baseball team. Part of this is that the median age for women to first marry is now 27, up from the 20 to 22 that dominated most of the 20th century, thus giving people more time to make more friends.

/////////////////////////////// SOFTWARE UPDATE ANXIETY /////////////////////////// JAZZ EXPLAINED BY YOGI BERRA Interviewer: Can you explain jazz?

Yogi: I can't, but I will. 90% of all jazz is half improvisation. The other half is the part people play while others are playing something they never played witg anyone who played that part. So if you play the wrong part, its right. If you play the right part, it might be right if you play it wrong enough. But if you play it too right, it"s wrong.

Interviewer: I don't understand.

Yogi: Anyone who understands jazz knows that you can't understand it. It's too complicated. That's what's so simple about it.

Interviewer: Do you understand it?

Yogi: No. That's why I can explain it. If I understood it, I wouldn't know anything about it.

Interviewer: Are there any great jazz players alive today?

Yogi: No. All the great jazz players alive today are dead. Except for the ones that are still alive. But so many of them are dead, that the ones that are still alive are dying to be like the ones that are dead. Some would kill for it.

Interviewer: What is syncopation?

Yogi: That's when the note that you should hear now happens either before or after  you hear it. In jazz, you don't hear notes when they happen because that would be some other type of music. Other types of music can be jazz, but only if they're the same as something different from those other kinds.

Interviewer: Now I really don't understand.

Yogi: I haven't taught you enough for you to not understand jazz that well. <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><FM<><><><><><><<><><


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