Friday, March 7, 2014
T. Rex was a British rock band, formed in 1967 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan. Originally called Tyrannosaurus Rex, they released four underground folk albums under that name.
In the early to mid 1970s, T. Rex hit it big with 14 top-20 UK glam rock hits: "Jeepster", "Get It On", "Ride a White Swan", "Solid Gold Easy Action", "Children of the Revolution", "Hot Love", "Telegram Sam", "20th Century Boy", "Debora", "Teenage Dream", "The Groover", "New York City", "I Love To Boogie" and "Metal Guru". The band also released 6 UK top-30 albums, including Electric Warrior, which hit the top of the album charts.
Four other band members also met untimely ends: Steve Peregrin Took died from asphyxiation from a cocktail cherry after his throat was numbed from ingesting morphine and magic mushrooms in 1980, Steve Currie also died in a car crash, in 1981; Mickey Finn succumbed to illness in 2003. Peter 'Dino' Dines died of a heart attack in 2004.
T. Rex was a trail-blazing phenomenon, influencing glam rock, punk rock and Britpop genres.
T. Rex is referenced by The Who in the lyrics of their 1981 hit song "You Better You Bet", David Bowie in the song "All the Young Dudes" (which he wrote for Mott the Hoople), B A Robertson in his 1980 hit "Kool In The Kaftan", the Ramones in their song "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" and R.E.M. in their song "The Wake-Up Bomb." Their early acoustic material was influential in helping to bring about progressive rock and 21st century folk music-influenced singers. The lyric "Glimmers like Bolan in the shining sun" is featured in My Chemical Romance's song "Vampire Money," a direct reference to Bolan, taken from their most recent studio album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. Additionally, Oasis "borrowed" the distinct guitar riff from "Get It On" on their single "Cigarettes and Alcohol". Oasis's guitarist, Noel Gallagher, has also cited T. Rex as a strong influence. The music of T. Rex is featured in the soundtracks of various movies, for example Velvet Goldmine, Death Proof, Billy Elliot and others. The cover of The Slider album can be seen in the Lindsay Anderson movie O Lucky Man!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
|Baron von Münchhausen|
Münchausen syndrome and the Münchhausen trilemma are named after him.
In Münchausen syndrome, the affected person exaggerates or creates symptoms of illnesses in order to gain attention from medical personnel. In some extreme cases, people suffering from Münchausen's syndrome are highly knowledgeable about the practice of medicine and are able to produce symptoms that result in lengthy and costly medical analysis, prolonged hospital stays and unnecessary operations. The role of "patient" is a familiar and comforting one and fills a psychological need in people with this syndrome. The disorder is distinct from hypochondriasis and other somatoform disorders in that those with the latter do not intentionally produce their somatic symptoms.
One may develop Münchausen syndrome from childhood traumas, or growing up with parents/caretakers who were emotionally unavailable, or because of a serious illness as a child, failed aspirations to work in the medical field, personality disorders, or even low self-esteem. Münchausen syndrome is more common in men and seen in young or middle-aged adults. Those with a history of working in healthcare are also at greater risk of developing it.
For example, Arrhythmogenic Münchausen Syndrome describes individuals who simulate or stimulate cardiac arrhythmias to gain medical attention. The syndrome differs from malingering, in which a patient fabricates symptoms for an apparent purpose, such as financial compensation, absence from work, or access to drugs.
The Münchhausen trilemma was also named after Baron Münchhausen, who allegedly pulled himself and the horse on which he was sitting out of a swamp by his own hair. It ia also called Agrippa's trilemma (after Agrippa the Skeptic), a philosophical term coined to stress the purported impossibility to prove any truth even in the fields of logic and mathematics. It is the name of an argument in the theory of knowledge going back to the German philosopher Hans Albert, and more traditionally, to Agrippa.
If we ask of any piece of knowledge: "How do I know that it's true?", we may provide proof; yet that same question can be asked of the proof, and any subsequent proof. The Münchhausen trilemma is that we have only three options when providing proof in this situation:
|Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa|
2. The regressive argument, in which each proof requires a further proof, ad infinitum (i.e. we just keep giving proofs, presumably forever)
3. The axiomatic argument, which rests on accepted precepts (i.e. we reach some bedrock assumption or certainty)
The first two methods of reasoning are fundamentally weak, and because the Greek skeptics advocated deep questioning of all accepted values, they refused to accept proofs of the third sort. The trilemma, then, is the decision among the three equally unsatisfying options.
In contemporary epistemology, advocates of coherentism are supposed to accept the "circular" horn of the trilemma while foundationalists rely on the axiomatic argument. Views that accept the infinite regress are called infinitism. Advocates of fallibilism, on the other hand, point out that while it is indeed correct that a theory cannot be proven true, it can be proven false (test method) or it can be deemed unnecessary (Occam's razor). Thus conjectural theories can be held as long as they haven't been refuted. This position is taken for granted in the natural sciences.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Most Americans are sold on their own opinions. That's okay except when they coincide with the current group-think of either political party. That's when an individual voice becomes dangerous. I should include the Tea Party as a 3rd party because it is obvious the TP is swaying hearts and minds, much to the chagrin of both Republicans and Democrats. The difference is, the TP seems to hold common sense opinions while those in the other parties are all about power.
For myself, I've decided to no longer support any of them. Why? Because it's too late to save our country, our freedom. America is no longer a place where our leaders are concerned with individual freedom and no amount of rhetoric is going to convince me otherwise.
Can anybody tell me why the Democrats want to disarm Americans? Can anybody provide the real reason, not some trumped up nonsense about saving the children from mad gunmen in pre-arranged, orchestrated, government-controlled productions intended to deceive the general public? Oh, and if you believe all those children died, you are simply being foolish, you poor, deceived child.
The media is a propaganda machine. Our leaders are lying to us. The guy you voted for is lying. The people he appointed are lying for him. If you support this insanity, you are contributing and deserve nothing short of my own disgust.
And what, you might ask, is being done about these crimes against the free and sovereign citizens of the US? Nothing. Nothing is being done. Our social contract with government is broken. They recognize this fact -- indeed, that was their intention all along. Remember? They called it change you could believe in. Dangling preposition and all. Like our worthless paper money which is backed by nothing except IOUs, they have selectively thrown out our Constitutional guidelines until our laws no longer bind us to obedience. That is why they want to remove firearms from the American public.
Corruption is the order of the day. Tyranny is the form of government we've invited into our lives. And the thing is, we get the form of government we deserve. For those of you on the civil rights bandwagon, bear in mind there can be no equality, ever! It is a pipe dream, an excuse to further divide people and to further restrict freedom. Yes, I know these are archaic notions that support the natural state of mankind, notions that are now deemed too dangerous for the general public.
However, when chaos reigns and when anarchy and revolution finally break loose, you will have no recourse to any law other than natural law. Are you prepared for that? If not, why not? After all, it was your own short-sighted thinking that got us here.