notes Sept 7 2008
September 7, 2008 § Leave a comment
Are places like the Getty threatened by declining share prices?
The two best political articles of the week
Billy couldn’t read Tralfamadorian, of course, hut he could at least see how the books were laid out—in brief dumps of symbols separated by stars. Billy commented that the dumps might betelegrams. . . “There are no telegrams on Tralfamadore. But you’re right: each dump of symbols is a brief, urgent message—describing a situation, a scene. We Tralfamadorians read them all at once, not one after the other. There isn’t any particular relationship between an the messages, except that the author has chosen them carefully, so that, when seen all at once, they produce an image of life that is beautiful and surprising and deep. There is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects. What we love in our books e depths of many marvelous moments seen all at one time.”SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE —KURT VONNEGUT, JR.
Nietzsche says that great action can only occur forgetting history, being anti-historical.. from Stern problem of values
The tragedy in Haiti
As Ike pounds Haiti with torrential rains today, it is clear that Haiti will need massive assistance to recover from this latest disaster. If you’re looking to contribute to the cause, I recommend the Lambi Fund of Haiti charity. I’ve been a contributor for a number of years, and have been impressed with their leadership and aims. The charity seeks not just to provide much needed temporary food aid, but to make investments in sustainable development in an effort to restore environmental integrity and reduce poverty. One of the main places my donations have gone is to fund the purchase and planting of thousands of trees on Haiti’s denuded mountainsides. These treeless slopes, missing more than 98% of their original forest cover, allow flood waters from hurricanes to rush down and cause the mind-numbing loss of life we’ve grown to expect with each hurricane that affects Haiti. If you’re looking to help out in the country in the Western Hemisphere that needs the most help, consider a donation to the Lambi Fund.
Figure 4. The flooded city of Gonaives after Hurricane Hanna, September 3, 2008. Image credit: Lambi Fund of Haiti.
note the simple humanity of protect environment and reduce poverty. the mantra for the 21st century.