“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Thursday, June 05, 2014

“There's a graveyard in northern France where all the dead boys from D-Day are buried. The white crosses reach from one horizon to the other. I remember looking it over and thinking it was a forest of graves. But the rows were like this, dizzying, diagonal, perfectly straight, so after all it wasn't a forest but an orchard of graves. Nothing to do with nature, unless you count human nature.” - Barbara Kingsolver


  1. Cannon to right of them,
    Cannon to left of them,
    Cannon in front of them
    Volley'd and thunder'd;
    Storm'd at with shot and shell,
    Boldly they rode and well,
    Into the jaws of Death,
    Into the mouth of Hell

  2. Rufus IIThu Jun 05, 12:56:00 AM EDT
    Here's a better article in the Telegraph. This experiment in Quantum Entanglement, at a distance of 11 miles yielded a speed at least 10,000 Times the Speed of Light.

    The Telegraph

    How fast is thought? That could be spooky...mind over matter...

  3. Thought comes first.

    Then matter.

    O well, never mind. It's no matter.

    1. :-) Spinoza was nearly assassinated on the steps of the synagogue from which he had been "excommunicated" for positing that G-d and Cosmos were identities. He could have taken a dualist approach, making the case that they were merely "images" of the same thing, viewed from different perspectives. But he did not, rejecting, in a sense, the possibility of something traveling at a trillion times the speed of light, while influencing every sub-sub-sub-atomic particle in the Universe. It cannot be faulted for lack of imagination; it was not until 1905 that humanity was given to understand the foundational significance of light to the universe; i.e. no light, no universe.

  4. My Niece knows all this down to her Hindu bones.

    Now she is just trying to figure the chemistry of it all.

    She is wonderful.

  5. Although not yet technically possible, a necklace of gold atoms, one atom attached to another single atom, could be constructed to any length desired. For the sake of this exercise, say, one thousand miles.

    This necklace would, both in the aggregate and in its single constituents, display all the properties associated with gold. Its electrical and heat conductivities would be identical to a block of gold. Indeed, it would be gold, as gold is defined and described in the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.

    It would, however, be invisible. Does that make it less real?

    …a thought…a photon…an atom…a soul…Hmm…

    With what ingenuity shall Lester “What’s his name” be worked into this comment? I wait with antici… …PAY…tion.

  6. That would be Lester the Molester who rules the world in rat-think.

    My Niece, who truly knows a thing or two, has never mentioned him.

    1. Wrong again, Name/URL Bob. Not the world, just Barack Obama.>Crown Dynasty Generously financed Barack Obama Election Campaign

      “The Dresden atrocity, tremendously expensive and meticulously planned, was so meaningless, finally, that only one person on the entire planet got any benefit from it. I am that person. I wrote this book, which earned a lot of money for me and made my reputation, such as it is. One way or another, I got two or three dollars for every person killed. Some business I'm in.”
      ― Kurt Vonnegut

    2. Wel.l, Kurt, my Niece is in Dresden, doing research that might help you out.

      One can always hope.

  7. Big Money And Obama

    Aletho News – August 18, 2010

    “Barack Obama has established a strong record as a true friend of Israel, a stalwart defender of Israel’s security, and an effective advocate of strengthening the steadfast U.S.-Israel relationship, publicly stating that Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state should never be challenged.” – Lester Crown (Chicago)

    Lester Crown is a Chicagoan with a net worth of four billion dollars. He owns a large stake in, and is a former president and board chairman of, defense contractor General Dynamics.

    He also has held large holdings in Hilton Hotels, Maytag (now Whirlpool), and the Chicago Bulls and New York Yankees.

    Crown was an early supporter of Barack Obama’s candidacy first for the U.S. Senate, and then for president.

    He is one of the first, and one of his most, prodigious fundraisers.

    As the Obama presidential campaign website says, the candidate “… systematically built a sophisticated, and in many ways quite conventional, money machine.” The Crowns were an integral part of that machinery.

    One of Lester Crown’s children, James Crown, personally bundled $500,000 in campaign contributions for Obama and served as chairman of the Illinois fund raising effort. Lester Crown and his wife Renee hosted a fundraiser for Obama in 2007 at their home.

  8. Lester Crown (born 7 June 1925) is a Chicago tycoon who has been on the Forbes 400 list since 1982.
    He is one of leading donors to pro-Israel causes, and a key backer of Barack Obama.

    He is a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science and of the Tel Aviv University's Board of Governors. He established the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University with an initial gift of $10 million in 2005. He and his family also fund the Crown Fellows program in American History at Brandeis. His foundation funds Counterterrorism & Security Education and Research Foundation, a front for Steven Emerson's Investigative Project on Terrorism.
    Political Scientist has listed Crown as one of what he calls the 'new Afrikaners', Jews 'who will support Israel even if it is an apartheid state.'

  9. I see the craps is back on his bug a boo Lester Crown.

    Bring Back
    ratfree Blogging

  10. Booooo!!!!!!!!

  11. Why has not Political Scientist condemned that A-rabs for wanting to push the Jews into the Sea?

    It is their settled policy.

    No Jews, no apartheid state.

  12. Rat crapper hates those that are his betters.

  13. Rat crapper hates those with more money, more intelligence, better read, better looking....

    Rat crapper simply hates his betters.

  14. I'm gonna win.

  15. If Obama would just make some Teleprompted Speeches about D-Day and such and leave the Decision Making to Someone Competent we'd have a Passable President.

  16. Most US Citizens will be unaware of D-Day and of its consequences. Ironically, that is the greatest compliment to the success of the day; societies return to civilization and normalcy, far from perfect but a warm glow of pleasant, blissful, mundane ignorance.

  17. Dresden was bombed as a lessons for the Russians. Its strategic importance was the impression it made on Soviet generals and Uncle Joe's grand designs on Western Europe.

    You see, the Soviet had punched it out with the Germans one grim mile after one grim mile. Casualties ran into eight figures. But when they watched the waves of bombers reduce Dresden to ash in a matter of hours, a lesson was learned: Eisenhower's machine knows how to move east and reduce the Red Army to stone age rabble.