Where the wild things are…

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Published on: March 16, 2012

Well, talk about serendipity… I just found out, in a bit of news about a Maurice Sendak’s exhibition at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia that the museum houses a copy of the Yijing circa 900AD. That’s late Tang Dynasty! Pre-Zhuxi, pre-Cheng Yi, pre-Shao Yong, pre-Zhou Dunyi, pre-The biggest names in Neo-Confucianism, and it is sitting some 45 miles from home. I wonder if I could convince anybody there to make a copy or allow me to do so, white gloves and all.

‘Sendak in Spring’ weekend a raucous time for kids of all ages | Courier-Post | courierpostonline.com

Even in this hushed, climate-controlled space patrolled by docents and curators, home to incredibly rare books including a copy of the I Ching from about 900 A.D., Sendak’s characters reign, stomping by on walls, through pages and into hearts.

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Rare W.A. Sherrill book scanned and available in PDF

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Published on: March 7, 2012

A good friend, Harmen Mesker, has taken the trouble to scan a very rare book by W.A. Sherrill, Heritage of Change – a Background to Chinese culture and Thinking, and is available in his site.

Thanks Harmen!

The lost work of Wallace Andrew Sherrill

Sherrill is mostly know by his co-authorship with W.K. Chu. They wrote An Anthology of I Ching, which gives some divination techniques that are (sometimes loosely) associated with the Yijing,  and The Astrology of I Ching, which is their adaptation of Heluo Lishu, a kind of numerological system that calculates birth and life hexagrams. They were both good friends with Nan Huaijin 南懷瑾, a well-known Buddhist teacher.

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Sarah Palin taking cues from Bill Clinton’s…

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Published on: August 29, 2008

…book of propriety… Of course, she didn’t inhale either…

It reminds me of the tale of the “confirmed straight man;” you know, the one that tried sex with another man and confirmed that he wasn’t gay because he didn’t like it…

Sarah Palin – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Details of Palin’s personal life have contributed to her political image. She hunts, eats moose hamburger, ice fishes, rides snowmobiles, and owns a float plane.[12][54] Palin holds a lifetime membership with the National Rifle Association. She admits that she used marijuana when it was legal in Alaska, but says that she did not like it.[9]

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Soledad O’Brien’s shoddy reporting of the DNC

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Published on: August 28, 2008
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I posted the comment below in Jack Cafferty’s blog. I’ll post it here, just in case the “moderation” works against me…

Cafferty File: Tell Jack how you really feel Blog Archive – What can Obama say to get your vote? – Blogs from CNN.com

August 28th, 2008 2:19 pm ET
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

He already has my vote. He could say or do something stupid and lose it though. A strong possibility with any politician, mind you.

Now, I couldn’t find a blog for Soledad O’brien so I’ll post an opinion of her work as daytime host for the DNC coverage right here: Could somebody ask her to stop being tendentious and leading in her questioning of the panel commentators and field reporters? Seriously, at least with you, Jack, everybody knows you’re a masterful cynic (cynic as in the M-W: 2: a faultfinding captious critic; especially : one who believes that human conduct is motivated wholly by self-interest) and with you is expected and oftentimes very cute. Soledad, on the other hand, is not there yet and needs to attend your school for at least another 30 years to graduate at your level. With her, the result is not the least funny, it is self-serving and, even most important, it is bad reporting.

Unless, of course, she’s vouching for a seat right next to Glen Beck and Lou Dobbs. Sad prospect, IMO…

Update

Indeed, the comment was never approved. It is good I posted my opinion here.

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The other pieces on the board of Russia’s thoughts…

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Published on: August 13, 2008

IndianExpress.com :: As Russia shows Georgia its iron hand, a look at the love-hate relationship it shares with Soviet Union’s former ‘republics’ since USSR’s dissolution in 1991:

As Russia shows Georgia its iron hand, a look at the love-hate relationship it shares with Soviet Union’s former ‘republics’ since USSR’s dissolution in 1991:

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Well, duh!!

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Published on: August 12, 2008

One only has to hear McCain talk yesterday…

Asia Times Online :: Central Asian News and current affairs, Russia, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan

What is playing out in the Caucasus is being reported in the United States media in an alarmingly misleading light, making Moscow appear the lone aggressor after it sent troops into the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia following a Georgian offensive on that territory.

The question is whether President George W Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are encouraging Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili to force the next US president to back the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) military agenda of the current Bush administration. Washington may have badly misjudged the possibilities, as it did in Iraq, and there are even possible nuclear consequences.

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Dogs and Ghosts

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Published on: October 20, 2006

I came across this this nice quote about Chinese paintings:

The royal painter of Ch’i was asked by the king what objects were the easiest and what objects were the most difficult to paint.

“It is the most difficult to paint ddogs and horses; it is the easiest to paint ghosts.” the painter replied.

“Why?” asked the king.

“People know what dogs and horses look like. When I paint them, I have to make them look like dogs and horses, which is rather difficult. But nobody knowss what ghosts look like. I can paint them anyway I wish, and yet  no one can contradict me. That is why, Your Majesty. I have always preferred to paint ghosts rather than dogs and horses.”

The king nodded in agreement.

–Han Fei (d. 233 B.C.)

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Is anyone paying…

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Published on: September 28, 2006

…attention to Kurdistan and the Northern Irak? If you think sectarian violence is bad for Irak just add to the equation Turkey and Iran uniting their wills to take Kurds out of the it…

PUK alleges TSK launched artillery fire on northern Iraq – Turkish Daily News Sep 28, 2006

Over the weekend, a senior member of the peshmerga force in northern Iraq said that Turkish artillery units had opened fire on PKK camps in the Haftanin province of northern Iraq on Saturday night. A resulting fire burned for four hours, the peshmerga commander said, without elaborating as to whether anyone had been killed or injured in the blaze.
The PUK’s report yesterday also didn’t elaborate whether anyone had been killed or injured in the blaze.
Last month, the same Web site reported that a peasant was killed and another injured in artillery fire by Turkish and Iranian armed forces targeting PKK members based in a camp known as Hakurk, located near an area where the Turkish, Iranian and Iraqi borders meet.

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Switch to Apple, now!!

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Published on: June 28, 2006

WTF!!

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Published on: April 10, 2006

I don’t care about what they say (the franco-phobics I mean) but, once again, the French have taught the rest of the world a lesson on how to deal with government unilateralism and arrogant, draw-from-the-hat laws and measures. Vive la France!!
Xinhua – English

PARIS, April 10 (Xinhua) — French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, sponsor of the controversial First Employment Contract (CPE) job law, stated in a televised broadcast that he regretted the law could not be applied.
“The necessary conditions of confidence and calm are not there, either among young people, or companies, to allow the application of the First Job Contract,” Villepin said after meetings with Chirac.
President Jacques Chirac announced earlier Monday that the highly controversial Article 8 of the equal opportunities law would be replaced with measures to help disadvantaged young people find work.

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