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New Year of 2015 meant what, to you ?

   Posted by: sye   in advogato

Posted 1 Jan 2015 at 01:06 UTC (updated 1 Jan 2015 at 09:10 UTC) by badvogato Share This
UTC New Year 2015 is here. My thanks be with Steven Rainwater and Raph and all gathered here.

I wish to bring to y’all attention of what I came across during my Christmas visit 2014 at family gathering, to mark the happy occasion of celebration of Shakespear’s life ( 26 April 1564 (baptised) – 23 April 1616 ). His art of his time had a far greater impact on modern thoughts, than I have realized, till this day, thanks to Prof. Lars Engle and other countless innovative social programmers’ most selfless and sacrificial endeavour paid by sunny hours of their teaching and dark hours of their writing, thinking what really matters to teach about our human life and human society as we, not knew and experienced but imagined since our long forgotten childhood days with unspeakable words, thoughts and voices towards all possibilities in our unknown destiny and all its senseless yet comprehensible dream.

To Engle, the problems of worth, price, and value that appear so frequently in Shakespeare’s works reveal a playwright dramatizing the negotiable nature of perception and belief—in short, the nature of his audience’s purchase on reality. This innovative argument is the first to view Shakespeare in the context of contemporary pragmatism and to show that Shakespeare in many ways anticipated pragmatism as it has been developed in the thought of Richard Rorty, Barbara Herrnstein Smith, and others. With detailed reference to the sonnets and plays, Engle explores Shakespeare’s tendency to treat knowledge, truth, and certainty as relatively stable goods within a theatrical economy of social interaction. He shows the playwright recasting kingship, aristocracy, and poetic immortality in pragmatic terms.

Reading As I Lay Dying

for JGW , 16 June 1939 – 30 March 2010

I have been reading ‘As I Lay Dyying’
For the very first time. It’s great. I realize
Telling you this is a lot like saying
To me, “His Lear’s quite good; I may be trying
His Hamlet, too, one of these days.”
Perhaps what I’ve been doing is re-reading?

You’ve never been one for the little lies
Professors tell to go on seeming knowing,
Our habit from the years of barely staying
Ahead of students, and with friends, evading
Attention to the holes left in our reading.
What we don’t know is not what we like saying.

But these spring days as light keeps growing
Brighter on the bed where you lie reading
There’s not much time for little or big lying
Between you and all of us you’re leading
On toward the darkness at the end of trying
Beyond anything we can be truly knowing.
It’s a different kind of truth you’re wanting
As you lie reading.

True that we all will take the road you’re t aking.
True that it’s yours alone you must be walking,
Hobbling, now, with the clotting and the swelling.
These are not the truths that you are wanting.

We bring instead our stories of your teaching
And set you into stories of our teaching,
Ignoring cancer, focusing on honor,
As if we all were characters in Homer.
Not asking questions none of us can answer,
You’d rather speak of the endowed professor
Who in an institutional forever
In academic deeds all always name you.

The phone rang yesterday while we were talking,
And knowing that a friend had tried to reach you,
You picked up, listened, answered the cold-caller,
Your voice gentle, final, and forbearing,
“Sir, I cannot help you.”
It was well said, but not for saying to you.

“He was my hero,” you said the day you told me,
Remembering your surgeon father’s dying.
He too gives his name to a professor.
You held his scalpel hand and told him,
“You are the best.” Breathless with emphysema,
Self-knowing, irritable, not in terror,
“That’s a god-damned lie,” he gathered voice to say,
His final words.

From what I know of you and him
It may in some ways have been an error
But you were not lying.

Jim, we are not lying.
10 March 2010
Institution vs. Individual’s affectionate return , posted 1 Jan 2015 at 09:15 UTC by sye »
I will take that whole point made by Prof. Lars Engle from James Watson Eulogy with me to my Belize vacation ( former British Honduras http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Honduras ).

All is well that ends well.

an excerpt from ‘Slogans’ by Mark Burgess, posted 12 Jan 2015 at 19:39 UTC by sye »
So let’s say there are several theories about how to keep society in order. There is the expression of rules in law, but how to enforce? We can start with rule by fear. Fear of reprisal, whether it be incarceration or punishment, fines, torture in a dictatorship, or the threat of what might happen if people do not behave by law…”

“Happy thoughts. Okay, so we have done fear.”

“Then there is the dogma of good habits. Prevention.”

“If everyone is good, then everyone else sees them being good and wants to join in, and so the whole world is just hunky dory?’

“Exactly.”

“What else?”

“Well, now we have to decide if we have democratic law or edict from an authority, like a church.”

“Which you are going to tell us is an oxymoron, because no one can agree on what is right and wrong.”

“No, no one ever agrees. The point is not that everyone in a democracy has to agree. A sufficient majority has to agree, but what’s more important then is that the remainder of society has to accept defeat. They have to sacrifice their ideals for the sake of the whole system. It is a trade off and the result does not necessarily have to be benign. It just has to be agreed.”

“So that’s the catch?”

“The catch is that people do not accept defeat anymore, because they can pretty much do as they please. We all have the tools and the means to do essentially as we like today. That makes it very difficult to maintain the traditional institutions of government. It makes it hard to police rules that are openly considered irrelevant by a population without a sense of civic duty.”

“Money pulls the strings these days, It has nothing to do with democracy. You just need money. The only voting democracy we have is in kids’ mobile polls and pop contests.”

“Some people have said that the real threat is global capitalism. That is the West’s form of terrorism. It’s not terrorism, of course, but it is a kind of a virus against democracy, in the real sense.”

“Apes used to groom one another and that is how a clan was bound. Now we exchange money. It’s just virtual grooming. Little gluons that bind society together.”

“Nature abhors democracy. It is inefficient – except in very special conditions.”

“So I don’t get it. Where is this going?”

“Politics used to assume individual maturity and deal with objective issues of society’s development and the governance of popular intellect. Now it is full steam ahead in talking directly to people’s emotional brains, manipulating their subjective beliefs and views of the world. It’s telling us how to think and feel.”

“And that mollycoddling is needed precisely because we are all getting more selfish.”

“You address individual subjectivity because people are no longer a uniform gas. It has to be personal, or they don’t care.”

“So,” Bishop concludes, as if turning a page, after his moment. “All of this brings us to the virtual reality games. They have become the new battleground for indoctrination. It’s about the competition of doctrines in a group: who is most efficient at tapping into people’s instincts and needs.

“The survival of the richest.”
“For an idea or a doctrine to take hold, it just has to be robust and sustainable amongst the forces and processes that move society. It does not have to be right or wrong, it only needs to have support in the processes of the day. That is why we are able to pass laws about all kinds of things that seem immoral.”

“Everyone has their own delusions and it is not just some conspiracy, as some people think. They really believe in these delusions. That is the point. We are all out there, trying to control the world, but the world is really controlling us to a far greater extent and we just fantasize our involvement in it. But then you must have seen all of this in your field? I mean, all of these emergent phenomena in biology are cases in point.”

“Is it worth saving?” Jonas sighs.

Vibe cuts in with some searing logic that raises their eyebrows. “If you are a purist, and society cannot be protected by legitimate, authorized means, then you can make the argument that it does not deserve to exist. It is doomed to failure. Stability will surely be lost to competing opportunism.”

Bishop laughs in appreciation. “Yes!”
“It wobbles.”
“It rocks and capsizes! So you need a police force to balance the boat. Mobsters have become sophisticated now. They are providing all kinds of signals of their own. Business and religions are in there too, if you care to distinguish them.”

“And for the good news?”

“The good news is that all of the money that we were forced into spending on anti-terrorism measure, to appease the United States, in the early years of this century, is now proving to be a good investment for helping us with the gangs.”

“Computer tools?”

“Gaming technology?”

“Exactly. They have masted quite different skills: they don’t analyze the present, they create the present in incredible detail.”

“And people think they can use it to control us?”

“We are more gullible than ever before,” Bishop says seriously. “It’s no joke.”

Sara nods. “I can go along with that…”

“You might think it sounds like a bad conspiracy theory, but it is just the day to day mechanics of marketing, essentially. And it is getting easier. People are not as critical of what they hear as they used to be. Take the example of you two. The mob, or some vigilante group, whatever, you see, misunderstood something about your work. They found a title on the web.”

“My old thesis?”

“Yes – it has all the right words for an uneducated mind to attract attention. We believe that they are looking for you because they are trying to master these techniques for themselves. Lucky for us, people don’t understand much of what they read anymore. We have already apprehended two men who were sent to possibly kidnap you.”

“And who is it you want to influence, Mr. Bishop?” Jonas asks, entirely dispassionately.

“Everyone. I want to make sure that there is a fair fight in the information, so that no one can usurp our lives. Some people think that means you have to leave things alone. But they forget that every living system needs maintenance to keep it looking good.”

“so you think it’s all breaking up?”
“Look around! who has respect for the law? If people don’t basically agree with the justness of law, they will not enforce it themselves, and then the police can’t do anything but erode their own authority by trying to enforce it.”

“We take more liberties than before? We’re more liberal. Is that the same thing?”

“We have to respect the idea of abstaining from certain behaviours for the good of others. We have to obey the laws we create. We must respect the people who make and enforce the law, and they also have to respect it themselves. Even that isn’t easy. We have a huge problem in some areas with police thinking that they are above the rest of society and that the law basically does not apply to them …”

She nods, ” I could tell you a story about rural policing.”

“All of this is failing. Sara. Our work is about fighting that reversal by reminding people of the values that society is based on. It is a new kind of meta-policing if you like.”

Source:
Slogans (2005) by Mark Burgess

Currently on my to-read list, posted 26 Jan 2015 at 15:05 UTC by sye »
The Twilight of Human Rights Law (Inalienable Rights) [Kindle Edition]
Eric Posner (Author)

Countries solemnly intone their commitment to human rights, and they ratify endless international treaties and conventions designed to signal that commitment. At the same time, there has been no marked decrease in human rights violations, even as the language of human rights has become the dominant mode of international moral criticism. Well-known violators like Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan have sat on the U.N. Council on Human Rights. But it’s not just the usual suspects that flagrantly disregard the treaties. Brazil pursues extrajudicial killings. South Africa employs violence against protestors. India tolerate child labor and slavery. The United States tortures.

In The Twilight of Human Rights Law–the newest addition to Oxford’s highly acclaimed Inalienable Rights series edited by Geoffrey Stone–the eminent legal scholar Eric A. Posner argues that purposefully unenforceable human rights treaties are at the heart of the world’s failure to address human rights violations. Because countries fundamentally disagree about what the public good requires and how governments should allocate limited resources in order to advance it, they have established a regime that gives them maximum flexibility–paradoxically characterized by a huge number of vague human rights that encompass nearly all human activity, along with weak enforcement machinery that churns out new rights but cannot enforce any of them. Posner looks to the foreign aid model instead, contending that we should judge compliance by comprehensive, concrete metrics like poverty reduction, instead of relying on ambiguous, weak, and easily manipulated checklists of specific rights.

With a powerful thesis, a concise overview of the major developments in international human rights law, and discussions of recent international human rights-related controversies, The Twilight of Human Rights Law is an indispensable contribution to this important area of international law from a leading scholar in the field.
One father’s rage for the wrong and good ? , posted 4 Feb 2015 at 11:59 UTC by sye »
this local news caught my attention:
“Police: Man brings machete, daughter to former job, threatens to chop off coworkers’ heads”

Can we speculate here why taking 7 yrs-old girl with him?
1. he has no other family friend to look after her
2. he wanted her to witness his struggle
3. he wanted her to be his protector.

Does this father has a right to drag daughter in his act of revenge?

If you are a lawman, where can you draw a line towards what is lawful and what is not? what is culturally permissible even desirable and what is NOT ? What could possibly go through 7 years old’s mind witnessing what was happening around her?

There is more on my mind. How do we resolve conflicting judiciary interests? Is Forsaken Self in the name of Public Safety a higher virtue than defending Self at the cost of public rage?

I consider myself foremost a member of Republic of Letters. So I turn to words of our poets to articulate what troubles me day and night. Things told in books, news on the radio, my own quarrels with breaking the bread:

Are you a Fraud?

Posted 19 Mar 2010 at 19:08 UTC (updated 19 Mar 2010 at 19:09 UTC) by badvogato Share This

THIS IS AN ALGORITHM WITH PERFECT SOLUTION BELIEVE TO BE FOUND.by Susan and Eric.   { scene setup:

pencil, paper, paper plate, pen, scissor, rubber band, rubber eraser, black ink, red ink, table, chair, clock, 4 huge windows, 1 hidden observation window. At least 4 applicants in the same room. allow discussions, making noises, every other way of interactions except killing each other with tools not listed above. Each applicant was given several pages of test papers. Testing duration is not specified. Background music playing BACH Violin and Voice. Hilary HAHN, Matthias GOERNE, Christine SCHAFER….}

[PAGE 1]

A. A long face bitch, she can shit on every plate and get away with any blame.

B. A round face dog, he is so constipated that he can’t even fart a ‘No’ or ‘Yes’ for anyone trying to pass this revolving door he was guarding.

Q1.

Which type would you prefer to work with? A or B? Why? How?

Q2.

Which type would you rather be yourself given no better choice? A or B? Why? How?

Q3.

Write a type C that inherit no characteristics of type A & type B.

Write a type D that best represent a type that most fit your personality.

Proof 1.

Given an additional abstract layer, type A & type B can belong to the same class.

[PAGE 2]

set object class ‘Bitch’

set object class ‘Dog’

write down a block of code to describe Q1 through Q4 + Proof 1 that best represent page 1 logistic flow.

[PAGE 3]

Give object class A & B & C & D, write down real world applications that you can construct with these 4 types of behavior.

[e.g. make the door impenetrable or open depends on sexual orientation without human intervention etc...]

[PAGE 4]

Q1.

How many languages can you speak?

Q2.

How many languages that you speak will put your best foot forward?

Q3.

Is it possible to construct a language so that where and who you speak to becomes irrelevant as far as the interpretive power of the original text and adaptive power of any higher-order derives from it?

[PAGE 5]

Can you draw a cartoon to show what you have done from page 1 to page 4?

[PAGE 6]

If your page 5 is still blank, can you DJ any rock n’roll tunes/lyrics to accomplish the same goal


I have infinite gratitude towards my bosses, posted 20 Mar 2010 at 00:35 UTC by sye »

This sentiment of mine was posted on K5 Senate floor Fri Mar 19, 2010 at 12:13:38 PM EDT.
VOTING RESULT: -8 with 44 votes in total
I understood perfectly why People disagreed with me. Yet I still believe in it.

I have infinite gratitude towards all of you gentlemen. Over the years, I have observed plenty hostility from both underclass and upperclass against your profession, especially over the internet and on Kuro5hin. Even though, my friends and family know me, you have nothing to measure me but workplace policy and professionalism that you all adhere so faithfully at the Head Quarter. You granted me so much benefit of doubt that I took it all in for granted, like a child. Cultural diversity never affords impartiality towards people in uniforms.Yet our common good and refugee is always LIFE. Literature Is For Everyone. I copy Rilke’s ‘First Elegy’ and dedicate it to you. God bless our police force. My bosses are all good men with beloved family.

And I AM THE BAD (BOLD AND DELIRIOUS )

unsolicited strategic plan to improve ITB day-to-day operati, posted 20 Mar 2010 at 07:08 UTC by sye »

Major, Captain

I have thought long and hard with the help from my fiance Eric. He always insisted on seeking more graceful and gentle approach. We find the ABSOLUTE correct answer to my algorithm “A Critical Examination of Recruitment/Promotion Process”. Here is a strategic plan for your review:

1. reach out to ROIC intelligence manager Lt. Ray Guidetti to hire retired Lt. Freddy Wissing back as ROIC networking engineer. I will have a private meeting with Freddy to see what his bottom line of coming back would be.

If Freddy consented, and if talk with Lt. Ray Guidetti succeeded, in his new capacity, he will work closely with Sgt. Jim Vincent and our vendor Positron to improve PCAD system as well as RMS.

2. We need a networking security and WAN network guru within our own ISU. I haven’t had the slightest idea how to go about that. Give me two weeks, I will find some candidates for Sgt. Jim Vincent’s review

3. For MDDU unit, I have another plan which I will present to Captain Bill & Lt. Cliff on Monday after my ISU meeting

Last night, at Princeton Adult School, I wasn’t able to concentrate to judge cases presented by Mr. Walter Frank, retired chief legal council at Port Authority. I asked him: May I abstain? He says, “no, you may not. Abstain is not an option”. We have 9 students here to consider Constitutional cases. I’ll give you 5 more min. to come up with your vote.

But I always enjoyed his story before we consider cases. Last night, the most dramatic one was how he had his handshake with Chief Justice Souter once quite unusual encounter. As Mr. Frank was walking away, he turned around waving his index finger at Chief Justice. Most unexpectedly, Mr. Frank said, Souter understood his waving meant ‘Don’t you leave the court yet’ and almost yelled back at him, ‘Not in a little while’.

I am looking forward to my next lecture on March 25th and last one on April 15. There is a three-week break in between. Mr. Frank says he may consider assign us more work for the long break.

Respectfully

Yours Truly

Susan

Susan Ye New Jersey State Police I&ITS Microcomputer Database Design Unit

the above message had an expected response of this

An applicable instance of this theoretical framework , posted 20 Mar 2010 at 09:58 UTC by badvogato »

Solution to page 1 Proof 1 goes:

The premise of the proof 1 is wrong. There need to be no additional abstract layer for type A to transform into type B under concrete contextual rich senses.

From this realization, We say that it is self evident that Obama administration’s proposal to allow gay service man in the military is far worse than Clinton’s ‘Don’t ask don’t tell’ policy precisely because it add an abstract definition ‘gay man’ vs ‘man’ so that value of our military has become more rigid which under international encountering with other cultural value, will diminish our military’s function as the safeguard for liberty, freedom and human happiness.

protest on infringement of personal liberty et al, posted 20 Mar 2010 at 12:42 UTC by sye »

DEP (Department of Personnel)

I am a civilian employee working for NJSP Information Technology Bureau, with title X ‘Special Investigator’ since Jan. 1 2000.

Last week, I have sent several proposals and emails to Major and Captain. under him for his review on various improvements in regards of ITB business.

Unfortunately, Major, through his Captain and Lt. told me clearly that I have no right to initiate direct communication with him nor do I have the right to initiate direct communication with my fellow civilian employees without approval of my immediate civilian supervisor because NJSP ITB is operating under quasi-military rules.

I believe that is a grave violation of my civil liberty. I have uttermost respect for Major’s integrity and professionalism. I also have my own work ethics that I adhere by over 10 years. There are differences between his professionalism and mine. It is of uttermost importance that we uphold military chain-of-command and civil liberty granted to civilian professionals on both ends according to the rule of law under our constitution.

I hereby solemnly request DEP to open a case against Major with IAB. I charge Major the following:

1 obstruction of justice, abuse of power 2.infringement on constitutional rights of free speech and free association accorded to civilian professionals. 3. discrimination on procedural treatment and promotion for enlisted and civilians alike.

Respectfully

Yours

Susan Ye

cc: Office of Lt. Colonel cc: Office of IAB Chief cc: civilian supervisors

THE CRYING LIGHT, posted 20 Mar 2010 at 12:53 UTC by badvogato »

the crying light
a sanctuary that can hold me
allow me to come awake
allow the child in me to rise
and gaze upon the world with open shining eyes

 I am safe here
dancing my brokenness
I know my joy
I step into myself and become a shadow
Remember when I was my grandmother, when I was a fish
I remember who I will become
crying light comes from crystals
in the dark hearts of mountains
------------------------------------------

 Answer to Page 1.
type C = JESUS CHRIST
type D = Susan -> unbaptized Catholic Bishop -> nobody
-> anybody instilled with lightness of being or the holy spirit

revised letter to DEP, posted 20 Mar 2010 at 15:24 UTC by sye »

Eric has a valid point. If I lose my job, I have more limited personal liberty than if I maintain a job at NJSP. So I revised my letter to DEP as following:

SUBJECT: Inquiry on civilian personnel policy, bureau wise? section-wise or division-wise

“Unfortunately, Major, through his Captain and Lt. told me clearly that I have no right to initiate direct communication with him nor do I have the right to initiate direct communication with my fellow civilian employees without approval of my immediate civilian supervisor because NJSP ITB is operating under quasi-military rules. ”

If I take Major’s word as truth in itself, may I ask DEP, is this ‘truth’ apply bureau-wise? section-wise? or division-wise?

If it is only bureau-wise, may I ask to be transferred to other bureaus where civilian employees do not necessarily required to follow strict military codes. If it is section-wise, may I ask to be transferred to sections, where civilian employees do not necessarily required to follow strict military codes. If it is division-wise, please give me the policy in writing which stated that all civilian employees employed by New Jersey State Police must adhere to strict police codes.

Sincerely

Yours

Susan

connecting dots, posted 27 Mar 2010 at 16:25 UTC by badvogato »

homework assignment: April 15 + work on overtime today to finish Ocean county MQ installation + visit Ruoying Ruan ( 3 Roosevelt City Rd., Whiting NJ 08759. believe her home is in Ocean county as well, how conveniently connected… )

self note about event on June 9th 2014 Monday , posted 26 Jun 2014 at 03:18 UTC by sye »

On June 9th 2014, My service to NJSP has come to an end, abruptly but with great consequence still in the making and it can only be for the better by my decree.

I made these 3 pairs of names, pondering their career paths that my former Bureau brought us together and then separates us.

Ajay Singh :: Jay Patel
Mike Coles :: Dave Olsen
Myself :: Lori Lambert

What that tells me about organizational intelligence? All surely find their own proper place in this democratic/republic society. Life is good and rules are there for reasons, I almost feel confident about the future outlook again. But some questions still remain obscured. What is it, then?

Wen Fu of Lu Chi( A.D.261-303), posted 13 Jul 2014 at 13:32 UTC by badvogato »

translated by Achilles Fang 方志彤 (1910 – 1995)

M. MASTERPIECES

I have been paying tribute to laws of words and rules of style.
I know well what the world blames, and I am familiar with what the worthies of the past praised.
Originality is a thing often looked at askance by the fixed eye.
The fu-gems and jade beads, they say, are as numerous as the “pulse in the middle of the field” [ which everyone can pick].
As inexhaustible as the space between heaven and earth, and growing co-eternally with heaven and earth themsleves.
The world abounds with masterpieces; and yet they do not fill my two hands.

N. THE POET’S DESPAIR

How I grieve that the bottle is often empty; how I sorrow that Elevating Discourse is hard to continue.
No wonder I limp along with trivial rhymes and make indifferent music to complete the song.
I always conclude a piece with a lingering regret; can I be smug and self-satisfied?
I fear to be a drummer on an earthen jug; the jinglers of jade pendants will laugh at me.

O. INSPIRATION
(i)
As for the interaction of stimulus and response, and the principle of the flowing and ebbing of ispiration,
You cannot hinder its coming or stop its going.
It vanishes like a shadow, and it comes like echoes.
When the Heavenly Arrow is at its fleetest and sharpest, what confusion is there that cannot be brought to order?
The wind of thought bursts fro mthe heart; the stream of words rushes through the lips and teeth.
Luxuriance and maginficence wait the command of the brush and the paper.
Shining and glittering, language fills your eyes; abundant and overflowing, music drowns your ears.

(ii)
When, on the other hand, the Six Emotions become sluggish and foul, the mood gone but the psyche remaining,
You will be as forlorn as a dead stump, as empty as the bed of a dry river.
You probe into the hidden depth of your soul; you rouse your spirit to search for yourself.
But your reason, darkened, is crouching lower and lower, your thought must be dragged out by force, wriggling and struggling.
So it is that when your emotions are exhausted you produce many faults; when your ideas run freely you commit fewer mistakes.
True, the thing lies in me, but it is not in my power to force it out.
And so, time and again, I beat my empty breast and gron; I really do not know the causes of the flowing and the not flowing.

25
Jan

Individual Rights and the Political Process

   Posted by: sye   in advogato

Posted 23 Jan 2010 at 15:50 UTC (updated 25 Jan 2010 at 13:37 UTC) by badvogato Share This
“Individual Rights and the Political Process: A Proposed Framework for
Democracy Defining Cases” by Walter M. Frank

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