Sunday, September 30, 2007

This is Public Occurrences

"And I am convinced that from the head of all ponderous

profound beings, such as Plato, Pyrrho, the Devil, Jupiter,

Dante, and so on, there always goes up a certain semi-visible

steam, while in the act of thinking deep thoughts."

-Herman Melville, Moby Dick.

Friday, September 28, 2007

China's Great Wall of Silence: The Murder of Bian Zhongyun

Link to video in Chinese language on the murder and on Song Binbin (nom de guerre, Song Yaowu; American name Yan Song) and Deng Rong (daughter of Deng Xiaoping).

Link posted at

Thursday, September 27, 2007


"Look not too long in the face of the fire, O man!"

"Give not thyself up, then, to fire, lest it invert thee, deaden


-Herman Melville, Moby Dick.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Homer yea! Plato and progeny nay!

"So, when on one side you hoist in Locke's head, you go over

that way; but now, on the other side, hoist in Kant's and you

come back again; but in very poor plight. Thus, some minds for

ever keep trimming boat. Oh, ye foolish! throw all these

thunder-heads overboard, and then you will float light and


-Herman Melville,
Moby Dick.

Plato. Aristotle. Descartes. Locke. Kant. They produced

Rationalism which produced World War I which killed


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Cursed Plato

"Only one sweeter end can readily be recalled--the delicious

death of an Ohio honey-hunter, who seeking honey in the

crotch of a hollow tree, found such exceeding store of it, that

leaning too far over, it sucked him in, so that he died

embalmed. How many, think ye, have likewise fallen into

Plao's honey head, and sweetly perished there?"

-Herman Melville, Moby Dick

Monday, September 24, 2007

Melville,Kuhn, Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, Rorty.

"There is no steady unretracing progress in this life;"

"Let faith oust fact; let fancy oust memory; I look deep down and do believe."

"Science! Curse thee, thou vain toy..."

-Herman Melville, Moby Dick.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

This is Public Occurrences

"We simply lack the capacity to protect New Orleans," Robert Giegengack, University of Pennsylvania, in the August, 2007 National Geographic.