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Written by Jude Cowell

July 10, 2010 at 12:44 am

Posted in art, astrology, news, Politics

Netflix Instant: Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Blonde at the Film

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and I’ve picked eight romantic classic films perfect for the holiday. I compiled a list of Great Classic Movies for Date Night last Valentine’s Day, but this time my choices are all available to stream on Netflix. (For more movies you can watch instantly, check out my other Netflix Instant posts.)

So whether you’re watching with a sweetheart, a buddy, or your dog, settle in for some lovely, romantic classic films! Plus two about murders and one in French.

1. An Affair to Remember (1957)

If you want intense romance, grab some tissues and get ready for one of the most romantic movies of all time (ranked #5 on AFI’s list of Greatest Love Stories).

via: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/66847/An-Affair-to-Remember/#tcmarcp-248243 via: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/66847/An-Affair-to-Remember/#tcmarcp-248243

When Cary Grant meets Deborah Kerr onboard an ocean liner sailing from Europe to New York, sparks fly immediately. They’re both in serious relationships with other people, but…

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Written by Jude Cowell

February 11, 2016 at 10:26 pm

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Democrat Super Delegates

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In so many ways the fix is in:

The Oligarch Kings

Sadly the only balloons here are the voters.

Last time I did a piece wondering at its end if the closeness of the election might increase the odds of political assassination. Rightly I was picked up by commentators on the remarks. But it did make me wonder why there have been fewer shootings of presidential candates since 1968 and I think I can see the reason.

It’s called Super Delegates. And their function is to game the system.

With Super Delegates there is no need anymore to shoot candidates you do not like – you can just smother them at Convention.

Nominating Conventions are the only Parliaments in the American System and these are mighty short lived. They are luminary frenetic events and as Alistair Cook once said “They burn out in a few days of feverish activity”. Here, all those previous arguments for this or that nomination’s statesmanship, character…

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Written by Jude Cowell

February 8, 2016 at 7:26 pm

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Why Bernie vs Hillary Matters More Than People Think

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Forget the popcorn. Here is the clearest overview that you’re likely to find regarding what’s really at stake for our nation come November 8, 2016. As Thom Hartmann often says, Tag, you’re it. And as Senator Sanders often says about billionaires, You can’t have it all:

Benjamin Studebaker

Lately the internet has become full of arguments about the merits and demerits of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been discussing and pondering all the various views about this, and I’m increasingly of the opinion that most of the people engaging in this debate don’t really understand what is at stake in the democratic primary. This is in part because many Americans don’t really understand the history of American left wing politics and don’t think about policy issues in a holistic, structural way. So in this post, I want to really dig into what the difference is between Bernie and Hillary and why that difference is extremely important.

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February 8, 2016 at 4:15 am

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Aristotle´s Nichomachean Ethics: “Three Types of Friendship” (Based on Utility, Pleasure and Goodness).-

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an amazing feature on Aristotle who is, it turns out, still relevant!

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♠Aristotle´s Nichomachean Ethics: “Three Types of Friendship”

(Based on Utility, Pleasure and Goodness):





In Book VIII of “The Nichomachean Ethics”, Aristotle makes reference to three kinds of friendship.

1) The first is friendship based on utility, where both people derive some benefit from each other.

Aristotle describes a friendship of utility as shallow, “easily dissolved” or for the old. He views them as such because this type of friendship is easily broken and based on something that is brought to the relationship by the other person. Aristotle uses the example of trade and argues that friendships of utility are often between opposite people, in order to maximize this trade

2) The second is friendship based on pleasure, where both people are drawn to the other’s wit, good looks, or other pleasant qualities. Aristotle says that riendship of pleasure is normally built between the young as passions and pleasures are…

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February 5, 2016 at 3:46 am

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Cemetery Dance has spoken

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Go Jonathan!!

Martuk ... the Holy

“a great read … powerful and jarring”

For my Eidolon Avenue?

For real??????

(cue collapse onto the fainting couch)

Read the rest of the review over here.


Available now from Crystal Lake Publishing

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Written by Jude Cowell

February 1, 2016 at 9:07 pm

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Black Holes: A Silent, Secret Essence

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Black holes and Edgar Alan Poe, an intriguing combination!


rings_full Rings of X-ray light centered on V404 Cygni, a binary system containing an erupting black hole (dot at center), via https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/nasa-s-hubble-finds-evidence-of-galaxy-star-birth-regulated-by-black-hole-fountain

I.“He had begun by speaking of mines and metals, of gold and diamonds and all precious elements buried deep in the earth, but now, without my knowing how, he had ranged out into the depths of space, and was telling me of quasars and pulsars, of red giants and brown dwarfs and black holes, of heat death and the Hubble constant, of quarks and quirks and multiple infinities. And of dark matter. The universe, according to him, contains a missing mass we cannot see or feel or measure. There is much, much more of it than there is of anything else, and the visible universe, the one that we know, is sparse and puny in comparison. I thought of it, this vast invisible sea of weightless and transparent stuff…

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Written by Jude Cowell

February 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm

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The tragedy of the meme

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Here’s an interesting look at memes:

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memesIt was the geneticist, Richard Dawkins, in his book The Selfish Gene, who first proposed the idea of the meme. Dawkins defined the meme as a unit of cultural transmission, an idea, pattern or concept that could be passed from person to person, changing or evolving as it propagates, such that successful memes or their variants spread rapidly, and unpopular memes die out. Dawkins, a scientist and an atheist, no doubt had in mind the notion that scientific and rational memes would steadily gain acceptance, and that religious and superstitious memes, when exposed to the harsh light of analysis and debate would gradually fade away. What a tragedy then, that the memes that seem to spread like wildfire are trivial nonsense at best, or ignorant bigotry at worst.

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January 26, 2016 at 5:21 pm

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