December 30, 2015

The "corporate constant": a critical value for the freedom of choice

When freedom of choice is limited/regulated - at a critical value it becomes perfect control. Elliot in Mr. Robot: 
"How do we know if we're in control? That we're not just making the best of what comes at us and that's it? And trying to constantly pick between two shitty options. Like your two paintings in the waiting room. Or Coke and Pepsi. McDonald's or Burger King? Hyundai or Honda?"

R.I.P. Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead). Kilmister Blues.

December 26, 2015

The world only exists in your eyes (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

"The world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or as small as you want." (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Once it steps unto the scene of philosophical criticism (analytical, evidentiary) such a statement becomes vulnerable. It *may* make sense as an "art object" - object of the mind looping back into the mind - but then the "world" referenced in there is the mind itself (in which case it is in danger of being declared tautological). Moreover, since such type of statements have a long history - probably go back to an ancestral age - another can of worms may open, since one may ask whether the emergence of this type of weltanschauung is the result of objective evolutionary processes that confer some survival value to the humans cultivating this powerful idea - "the world only exists in your eyes". But then, again, in that case "the world" is pretty objective and darn real... 

December 25, 2015

Oh Holy Night - Jon Anderson

"O Holy Night" (French: Cantique de Noël) is a well-known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem "Minuit, chrétiens" (Midnight, Christians) by a wine merchant and poet, Placide Cappeau (1808–1877).

Three Ships - Jon Anderson

Traditional Christmas carol from England - 
Jon Anderson (YES)

"just a Christmas song".... Jethro Tull

"Once in Royal David's City stood a lowly cattle shed,
where a mother laid her baby.
You'd do well to remember the things He later said.
When you're stuffing yourselves at the Christmas parties,
you'll laugh when I tell you to take a running jump.
You're missing the point I'm sure does not need making;
that Christmas spirit is not what you drink.

So how can you laugh when your own mother's hungry
and how can you smile when the reasons for smiling are wrong?
And if I messed up your thoughtless pleasures,
remember, if you wish, this is just a Christmas song.

Hey, Santa... pass us that bottle, will you?"

December 23, 2015

Politice - la scadenta

Unliked Klaus Iohannis. Perioada de gratie de 1 an a trecut. Ar fi multe de spus, dar picatura care a umplut paharul a fost tembelismul cu cainii ciobanilor. Apropos, parlamentarii care dorm in post ar trebui sa restituie contribuabililor sumele corespunzatoare perioadelor de somn la serviciu. Din pacate, masuratoarea e cam greu de implementat. Dar nu imposibil.

December 19, 2015

"La început voi pune Fapta"... (Goethe - Faust)

"Stă scris: La început a fost Cuvântul.
Mă şi opresc. Cine m-ajută să fac pasul?
Cuvântul? Nu pot să-l preţuiesc aşa de mult.
Să nu fac nici aici popasul…
Din ce adâncuri vine şoapta?
M-ajută duhul şi-mi dă sfat.
La început voi pune Fapta."

J. W. Goethe, Faust (trad. L. Blaga)

Who am I?... a thought of Jorge Luis Borges...

“I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.” ― Jorge Luis Borges

December 18, 2015

Om si animal...

Sigur, ambele specii sunt locatare ale Domeniului Eukarya si, mai departe, ale regatului Animalia... Numai ca animalele ne-umane nu dau cu fleanca despre moralitate, ci actioneaza pur si simplu... (sursa imaginii). Cruzimea impotriva animalelor a atins cote alarmante in Romania, infama "Lege a lui Ionut" fiind un catalist evident.

December 17, 2015

Wolf behavior. Sick/injured wolf in pack?...

Best Answer [Yahoo Answers]: Wolves would never abandon a member of the pack - they are intensely social animals that rely on each other for everything. They are extremely loyal and devoted to one another. This includes feeding, protecting and caring for sick or injured pack members - wolves have been known to recover from serious injuries like a broken leg or jaw because of the support of the pack. For a lone predator, such injuries would mean death since they would prevent hunting or feeding (wolves with a broken jaw cannot feed normally, by tearing chunks of flesh from a carcass, but the others will regurgitate food for a wolf so injured, just as they would for their cubs).

In the past, wolf hunters would use their loyalty as a way to catch them. They would set a trap and capture one member of a pack - the others would then come and try to help it, enabling the hunter to catch them all.

A wolf pack is basically an extended family, and usually has less than 10 members, though up to 30 have been recorded. The pack is led by a dominant pair called the alpha male and female - they mate for life and are the pack's only breeding pair. The rest of the pack is made up of their siblings and/or offspring. Below the alpha pair is a second-in-command called a beta wolf. Then come mid-ranked individuals, and at the bottom of the heap is the omega wolf, the lowest-ranked pack member. All members of the pack help to hunt, defend the territory and raise the alpha pair's young.

The strict heirarchy of the pack is maintained through displays of dominance and submission, which eliminate the need for physical violence. A dominant wolf will stand tall with its head up, ears pricked and tail raised. A submissive wolf will crouch low, with head down, ears flattened and tail tucked between the hind legs. It may even roll over on its back as a gesture of complete submission. Members of the pack are very affectionate towards each other, often licking and nuzzling, and play together every day. Maintaining the bonds between them is essential for their survival, and they have been observed to mourn when a member of the pack dies - they cease play for around 6 weeks, and howl often as though calling to the missing member. There are even cases known in which, when one of a mated pair dies, the other will stop eating until it too dies.
Source(s): I used to be a zookeeper and have studied animals all my life.
Leolupus · 7 years ago

December 16, 2015

„Dacă vii să-mi împuşti câinele, mor cu tine de gât!” Ioan Bercea, cioban de 78 de ani din Satu Mare


Asigurarea sociala la lupi...

Lupii formeaza societati extraordinare in care spiritul de camaraderie si intr-ajutorare este eficient si bine organizat. Au o adevarata "masina" de "asigurare sociala". Urmeaza un interesant material preluat de pe pagina Parcul Natural Vanatori Neamt

Haita de lupi

Primii trei lupi sunt cei mai slabi si bolnavi. Ei imprima ritmul de mers intregii haite. Daca ar fi invers, ei ar ramane in urma si vor pieri. In caz de ambuscada, ei sunt primii sacrificati. Mergand in fata, acestia batatoresc poteca prin zapada, pentru a economisi puterile celor din urma lor. Sunt urmati de cinci lupi puternici care formeaza avangarda, iar in mijloc se afla averea haitei - 11 lupoaice. Apoi, alti cinci lupi care formeaza ariergarda. Si ultimul, aproape izolate de haita, este conducatorul. El trebuie sa-si vada toata haita, pentru a o controla, dirija, coordona si a da comenzile necesare. // P.S. Postarea este preluata de pe pagina de facebook Andrey Matveev, noi doar am tradus din limba rusa in limba romana. Photograph: Chadden Hunter/BBC NHU

Specificare: Este vorba despre Timberwolves in "Wood Buffalo National Park" (British Columbia - Canada). A se vedea comentariul la imagine, aflata la

December 15, 2015

Too good to be true?...

“A theory that explains everything, explains nothing” 
- Karl Popper

Victorie sau progres?...

“The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory but progress.”
― Karl Popper

December 14, 2015

Teoria constructiva a chipului

“A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face.”
― Jorge Luis Borges, The Aleph and Other Stories

December 8, 2015

The First Friend...

"When the Man waked up he said, 'What is Wild Dog doing here?' And the Woman said, 'His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always. Take him with you when you go hunting.' " 
Rudyard Kipling

Women and cats...

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
— Robert A. Heinlein

John Lennon in memoriam, 75th Birthday Concert

John Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980)

Image source & credits

Below: Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson & Chris Stapleton at John Lennon's 75th Birthday Concert 12-5-15

December 6, 2015

Sentience and animal cruelty

"Sentience is the ability to feel, perceive, or experience subjectively. Eighteenth-century philosophers used the concept to distinguish the ability to think (reason) from the ability to feel (sentience). In modern Western philosophy, sentience is the ability to experience sensations (known in philosophy of mind as "qualia"). In Eastern philosophy, sentience is a metaphysical quality of all things that requires respect and care. The concept is central to the philosophy of animal rights, because sentience is necessary for the ability to suffer, and thus is held to confer certain rights." (cf. Wiki - Sentience) RELATED NEWS: "Quebec bill calls animals 'sentient beings' and includes jail time for cruelty"
Figure source and caption: "According to the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, "near human-like levels of consciousness" have been observed in the African gray parrot."

December 3, 2015

Bob Dylan - The Night We Called It A Day

A most interesting comment: 
"I think this video tells a story of Bob Dylan. Tracy Phillips could be a symbol for the people of the public. Robert Davi could be the establishment (Political/Commercial/Religious powers). Bob Dylan could be himself. So the establishment(Davi) pretends to love the people(Phillips), but really is just controlling her. She wants to be free and leave Davi for Bob and the freedom and justice he represents. Bob really loves the people(he understands the suffering of the poor ever since he was young in Hibbing, Minn. He loves Justice. Its in every one of his songs- just like Woody Guthrie). PLOT: Bob tries to rescue the people from the injustice of the establishment in the 1960's. The people try to kill the establishment with chloroform and a fireplace poker(the revolution of the 1960's). It looks like the people love Bob and are trying to protect him while he has his back turned on the establishment. But then the people try to kill Bob because he is a witness and they blame him for the whole mess. But Bob is one step ahead of them all and with a sad heart Bob has to protect himself and survive. The people of the 1960's revolution do themselves in as Bob defends himself and escapes with his life. whew! What a story! Thus the title: "The Night We Called It A Day". The End :) "

Laurence van der Post

"Man is never alone. Acknowledged or unacknowledged, that which dreams through him is always there to support him from within." - Laurence van der Post

"Paleo peach pits: Was the sweet, juicy fruit in China before humans?" - CS MONITOR

Paleo peach: Was the sweet, juicy fruit in China before humans? 
Scientists found 2.5-million-year-old peach pits in southwest China, and they're remarkably similar to those found at the center of today's fleshy fruit.
Read the full article HERE.

Bob Dylan - music and words, vision music/mathematical music... 50 years ago

Bob Dylan: San Francisco Press Conference (Dec. 1965)

December 2, 2015

"Dogs given new legal status as sentient beings in France" -

"Former education minister Luc Ferry signed the petition and said the Napoleonic legislation was "absurd". He said, "No one has ever tortured a clock. Animals suffer, they have emotions and feelings. It is not a question of making animals subjects of the law…but simply of protecting them against certain forms of cruelty.""

December 1, 2015

President Obama's Climate Change Speech


"Wherever we want to go, we'll go. That's what a ship is, you know. It's not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that's what a ship needs but what a ship is... what the Black Pearl really is... is freedom." Captain Jack Sparrow