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Ode to Conjunctive Normal Form

Oh Conjunctive Normal Form, how do I love thee?

EVALUATE {
(
((Do I love you because you’re beautiful,)
[OR] (are you beautiful because I love you?))
[AND]
(([NOT] (Am I making believe I see in you a girl too lovely to be really true?)))
[AND]
((Do I want you because you’re wonderful,)
[OR] (are you wonderful because I want you?))
[AND]
(([NOT] (Are you the sweet invention of a lover’s dream))
[OR] (are you really as beautiful as you seem?))
)
}

Copyright © 2018 Henry Edward Hardy

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25 March, 2018 Posted by | Conjunctive Normal Form, Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful, logic, musical, Rogers and Hammerstein, scanlyze | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thoughts on #DeleteFacebook

I realize that by deleting Facebook I am risking something real and valuable to me–my extraordinary Facebook friends. Facebook has been the main way I keep in touch with my extended family. I have rediscovered many friends from college, from high school, and gradeschool.

As an INTP type introvert, it has always been a challenge for me to meet new people and let them into my private sphere. Facebook has provided me with a mechanism to connect with wonderful artists, intellectuals, craftspeople, musicians, writers, journalists, political figures, and it has been a privilege to know you all there.

When Facebook did an analysis a couple of years ago of the average degrees of separation between people on their network, Sheryl Sandberg’s was 3.2, Zuck’s was 2.7, and mine was 2.2. I could reach out to a friend of a friend of a friend and reach potentially something like a billion people.

But by exposing this network to unprincipled and frankly just evil people like the Mercers, Steve Bannon, the aptly self-named Doctor Spectre, Alexander Nix, Cambridge Analytica and their parent company, “Strategic Communication Laboratories Group,” and ultimately Zuckerberg and Facebook itself, I feel that I have betrayed the very people I so cherish.

No more. After April 2 I am shutting down my Facebook account.

Don’t continue to be an enabler for evil greedy people as I did for so long. It is time, now.

#DeleteFacebook

Copyright © 2018 Henry Edward Hardy

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24 March, 2018 Posted by | #DeleteFacebook, degrees of separation, don't be what you hate, Facebook, media, scanlyze, social media | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

To a neoliberal friend

Friend, you are precisely correct in identifying classical liberalism and neoliberalism as being economic philosophies and nothing but that in the strict sense of the terms.

I am using the term liberal in the American political context where liberalism is identified with FDR liberalism which is classic liberalism plus social programs borrowed from democratic socialism and new left liberalism which adds civil rights and anti-war planks to that platform.

In the US political context, neoliberalism is closely identified with the Clintons and has the following characteristics:

* Economic neoliberalsim including deregulation of the banks and industry.

* Rejecting social welfare programs “end welfare as we know it.”

* Support for the military-industrial complex and agressive use of a combination of propaganda and support for pro-American puppets through organizations such as the national endowment for Democracy plus a program of covert assassinations and multiple limited wars abroad, carried out through a combination of pinpoint air attacks and assassinations plus military, training, intel and economic aid for “moderate” terrorist militias.

* Triangulation, the political strategy of running to the left in the primary as a “progressive who gets things done” and then adopting in the general and as a governing strategy a position just slightly right of the Republicans, on the assumption that will create a solid governing majority from the center plus the left, the latter of which will be forced to take whatever crumbs they can get rather than nothing, or the worse republican alternative.

Neoliberalism failed with the Great Recession, and triangulation failed with the DNC and HC’s corrupt manipulation of the primary process.

We supported blue dog, right wing democrats for 50 years and it ended with a kick in Bernie’s teeth at the Convention. A friend of mine told me a lot of specifics about how they were spied on by infiltrators, decredentialled, had their pages taken away, were physically prevented from sitting together in blocks, were shouted down at every time they tried to speak or chant, and were physically manhandled and assaulted by HC and DNC operatives bullying them.

My delegate friend from Brooklyn said it was the saddest and most upset he has been since his father died. I heard similar stories from a number of other people who were there as Bernie delegates and whom I know and trust.

The machine right wing and neoliberal delegates aren’t getting a Mulligan for that, sorry. Not going to happen that we just say no worries well that’s just politics.

If that’s just politics then back at ya. How you liking it so far?

We will never support another Clinton or Clintonian triangulator unless we get equal support for our positions and our candidates. Yes to cooperation and alliance, but no to this entitled assumption that left wing democrats must support right wing democrats, but not the reverse.

Copyright © 2018 Henry Edward Hardy

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24 March, 2018 Posted by | democratic socialist, military-industrial complex, neoliberal, peace, politics, scanlyze, triangulation, war, welfare | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On Donald Trump

Trump is fundamentally a student of his father’s, with advanced lessons from Roy Cohn. He’s learned the New York way of schmoozing, exaggerating, telling people what he thinks they want to hear, being very slippery and blatantly lying seemingly about even things there’s no reason to lie about, in order to show disrespect to people he wants to hurt. From Cohn, a strategy mix of intimidation, implicit blackmail, clandestine forbidden sex, hard partying, international intrigue, seduction, and hard-nosed threats.

And that’s worked remarkably, even unbelievably well for Trump.

Until now. The Presidency is not a real estate empire or a mafia family. The nomenklatura, or institutional bureaucracy or what Erdogan and Trump like to call “The Deep State” are notoriously entranched and hard to control. A far more proficient sociopathic President, Richard Nixon, found this out to his dismay, as did Bill Clinton to a degree. Though the latter, by his Elmer Gantry/Huey Long talents, survived.

Bill Clinton and LBJ were extroverted people persons and were great at gladhandling/manhandling people to get what they wanted from Congress and the bureaucracy. Obama, an introvert, was less successful.

But Trump as President of the USA is disastrous. He is not unintelligent within certain parameters, but his judgment seems to be impaired much of the time, he seems to have limited medium term recall which he covers for by lying and his credibility with the apparatus is less than zero. Calling them out by name to insult them doesn’t help either. And backstabbing the NRA live on TV? That was in a way delightful but at the same time I have to go whaaat is thaaat? I can’t think of a worse thing he could have done politically to undermine his base and get a lot of heavily armed people very nervous and defensive than by publicly suggesting that arms should be seized from US citizens by law enforcement. “Take the guns first, go through due process second.” I mean he actually said those words quote unquote. Is this a will to self-destruction like Hitler in his bunker? The entire world hopes not! Is it all a theatre of the absurd he simply does. not. care? Is he an agent provocateur dancing to the tune of Putin’s “chef?”

I don’t know.

But we are all going to find out.

Interesting times.

Copyright © 2018 Henry Edward Hardy
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2 March, 2018 Posted by | corruption, crime, House Un-American Activities Committee, manufacturing consent, media, Orwell, politics, President, propaganda, Roy Cohn, scanlyze, security, seduction, sex, sociopathy, Trump, USA | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Speculations on the End of Star Wars Rebels

Just to speculate further on the end of the story of Star Wars Rebels from the current 4.10-11, “Jedi Night” and “Dume.”

We know from the trailers and TV episode two line previews that Ezra will confront Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sideous/The Emperor in the last episode. And though the wolves are not shown in frame together with The Emperor, the way the trailer is edited seems to imply that the Loth-Wolves will back Ezra up.

Here are my thoughts in no particular order.

Ezra is a guile hero, an Artful Dodger or Space Aladdin, so maybe the confrontation with Palpatine is some kind of a ruse. I hope that works out well for him. Because the Emperor as he was depicted in Clone Wars just toyed with Darth Maul and his brother, Sauvage Opress until he savagely curb stomped them, killing Sauvage and torturing Maul mercilessly. He literally says when Maul begs for mercy, “There is no mercy” and keeps on force lighting barbecuing him.

That leads to, regardless of whether Ezra being captured by the Emperor is part of some Batman Gambit or not, maybe he ends up getting force lighting melted and turns into Snoke. That would make the inglorious death of Snoke in Star Wars 8, whatever its called, in which Luke loses his mind and dies for no apparent reason, even more insulting to the fandom in retrospect.

Regardless of whether Ezra’s tale ends well or badly for him, surely he will be given some noble send-off which will both be a moment of awesome for him and the entire crew, and which will in some important way set up the events of the Original Trilogy. Maybe he will get hold of the plans for the *second* Death Star and many Bothans will die.

Ezra has to be taken out somehow. I don’t think he can use the Eowyn/by no man born factor of “I’m no Jedi” credibly here. “The Last of the Jedi will you be” is touchstone canon. Althogh perhaps, it means, “the last of the Jedi will you be, eventually.”

Since we have seen a lot of trailer material pointing to the Ones and even the Convoree monkey-bird specificly, I guess how things work out is something to do with Mortis.

My best tale goes something like this. Loth wolves take Ezra&co to Mortis. There, Ahsoka, living or dead or whatever, maybe in the form of the convoree, informs them the spirit world is running amok with nobody to guide it. Ahsoka will become the new “Father” (or “Mother”) with Ezra and Sabine filling the roles of the “son” (Ezra, dark after Palpatine tenderizes him) and “daughter” Sabine (light). It seems reasonable how Sabine must be strong in the Force as A) she is such a badass verging on Mary Sue, and B) she mastered the Darksaber, which was a Mandalorean Jedi weapon.

It is time for the wars of light and dark to end, and for a new life affirming balance. But it will be many years and hard work etc. The End.

Copyright © 2018 Henry Edward Hardy

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21 February, 2018 Posted by | Ahsoka Tano, Ezra Bridger, Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf, Jedi, Mortis, Rebels, scanlyze, Star Wars, tropes | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment