The So-Called ‘Scientific’ Mind

I’m not afraid of facts, I welcome facts but a congeries of facts is not equivalent to an idea. This is the essential fallacy of the so-called ‘scientific’ mind. People who mistake facts for ideas are incomplete thinkers; they are gossips.

— Cynthia Ozick

Prediction or Plan? The Future From the Past

I’m listening live to “No Agenda” right now and after hearing Adam and John talk about the Japanese islands issue, I just had to get some thoughts out.

I’ve been reading The Next 100 Years by George Friedman released in 2009. It came recommended to me by a grad school professor in an unrelated field as an “interesting” book. I don’t know enough about Friedman to know whether he’s laying out the plan because he’s privy to it or if he’s just incredibly perceptive. Continue reading “Prediction or Plan? The Future From the Past”

Observing Memorial Day

Memorial Weekend Scramble MessageI got the above message pushed to me from the Scramble with Friends game on my iPhone. Today, May 28th, is Memorial Day in the US and the preceding weekend usually gets included as a “holiday weekend.” According to the Book of Knowledge:

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

So, the word “free” makes sense given the context of the holiday and the idea that soldiers fight for our freedom. Loyalty, too, makes some sense since soldiers are known for their loyalty.

It’s the third word that gets me. Observe. Observe what? What is the Ministry of Truth getting at here? Is this a “see something, say something” play? What am I suppose to observe this weekend?

Maybe they mean observe the holiday, as in “celebrate”. If that’s the case, it doesn’t seem to go with the other words, which relate to the theme of the holiday. Celebrate freedom, celebrate loyalty, celebrate…observing? Lucy Napolitano must be loving this.