January 20th, 2006

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Yes, it's really bin Laden; plus more on illegal Bushist spying before 9/11

First, bin Laden. There are lots of people who suspect or 'know' that the bin Laden tape was Big Brotherish fear-mongering by the Bushists. This is an example of why it is important to realize that Protector Bush has a narcissistic personality disorder: there is therefore almost zero chance that the tape is Bushist, because it mocks Protector Bush.

Regardless of bin Laden's health problems, which believe some to assume he has died, I believe the tape is from him. He has informed us once again that what he wants is the U.S. out of his region, and I believe that in this he tells the truth. This was his stated goal from the start a number of years ago; it's why he initiated al Qaeda in the first place. Go read his interviews, see for yourself what he says he wants. The war in Iraq in some ways serves bin Laden's goals, by generating more resentment towards the rulers of some countries, but one does not abandon long term strategies just because some lunatic started a war in Iraq. If bin Laden can actually get the American people to demand disengagement from the Middle East, he is much closer to his goals.

As for the pre-9/11 Bushist spying: I've been working on stuff, and also I have poor vision in my left eye due to one of my neurological episodes, and so haven't read the stuff much yet, but the little bit I saw was a doozy. (It was a Dusenberg automobile? This language makes no sense.) Check it out yourself at http://www.theleftcoaster.com/archives/006585.php and http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/printer_011706Y.shtml.

Oh, but I did watch my new DVD of the William Shatner movie in Esperanto, Incubus, and it's actually better than your average horror flick. It's got a lot of padding, but it's a mid-60s black and white horror flick, what do you want? With the padding and the many points at which one is reminded of a Star Trek scene, the film is very Shadowrama-worthy, but what do you expect? It's a horror flick.

BTW has Shatner ever made anything in French?
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George Will-Soar

George Soros was originally George Schwartz, but his family was Esperantist and changed their name to Esperanto for 'will soar'. I have verified that 'sori' indeed means 'to soar'. Probably it is just the English word transliterated. It's unusual in that there is an unrelated word with the 'sor' root, 'soro', which means some sorts of living things.

See http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110004764
CJK autograph

Another little bit of general semantics

Another little bit of general semantics. I want to warn the reader first that, with very few exceptions, a nod of agreement followed by disregard of what I say is the 'best' I can hope for. The old habits remain. My persistence is because in the rare instance where someone breaks the habits it is only because of such persistence, and even short of that there are such things as partial success, occurring without the outright cooperation of the improved person.

Now to it. I need not explain how disagreements over the meaning of 'truth', in the as yet unscientific fields of politics and religion, sometimes result in bloodshed. So how come scientists don't pick up arms and fight for blood even when they disagree about what is 'true'? Indeed, the most vicious fights come when 'scientific' work is done in an unscientific manner. An example somewhat known to many might be B. F. Skinner's extremism; I imagine that some reading this know more about the Skinner case than I do.

Simply, in science or anything done scientifically, the people involved recognize at least on some level that 'truth' is an ambiguous term. There are different kinds of truth, depending on context, learning, experience, etc. What's more, and this is much more important than is widely realized, 'truth' is multiordinal, meaning that the term can talk about itself. For example, the comparison of different research techniques is a matter of 'truth' about the 'truths' proven by the different techniques. Such 'truths' are of completely different types. So work done scientifically automatically avoids extremist positions on a term like 'truth'; teaching children habitually scientific behavior, such as recognition of multiordinality, would help prevent extremism.

The not-widely-realized importance of multiordinality rests upon its following property: it lets us use a single term to represent any number of different types of things. An analogy in mathematics is the infinite sequence, where a letter like a can represent any number of items in the sequence, by indexing: a1, a2, a3, etc. Such indexing can be used with English words, too, where it might be helpful, and this sort of indexing is a key training tool for the scientific habit.
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Woops!

I've been saying Bush treated the Iraq resolution as his Enabling
Act. I think I might have meant the resolution okaying his token
attack on the Taliban.

Sorry. It makes little difference.