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The art of moral hegemony, bad logic, and Jeet Heer

Posted 13-Feb-2016 at 02:55 AM (02:55) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

I was interested in some recent tweets on the Vietnam War by @HeerJeet, who is Jeet Heer, a senior editor at the American New Republic. What interested me was the one-sided view of things. I hold that his worldview is a set of rather close-set blinders, so it's really up to me to justify that view of his own views. It would also be upfront to list what other claims I am making here (which I will then back up below in this post).
1) The view that Jeet Heer espouses of the Vietnam War is a
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The gamification of human society and control: Modelling markets, protest, regulation, cooperation, planning and freedom

Posted 11-Dec-2014 at 03:06 PM (15:06) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 11-Dec-2014 at 05:28 PM (17:28) by Gurdur

Gamification of human society has gone on a lot longer than you might think. There is the ancient game of chess, which came to to the West via Persia (checkmate, IIRC, comes from shah-mak, meaning death of the Shah). Chess, which has Chinese (象棋, Xingq) and Japanese (将棋, shōgi) forms as well, models both human society and ritualized warfare. Much more ancient is the game of Go ( 囲碁, igo). The game of course models conflict, though not with as much...
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Avatar, the film: sources, themes, origins, inspirations

Posted 16-Jan-2010 at 02:53 AM (02:53) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 29-Mar-2010 at 02:17 AM (02:17) by Gurdur

In my previous blog entry, I tackled to some degree the accusations of racism surrounding the film Avatar; now I would like to begin looking at sources, themes, origins, and inspirations for the film.

A long time ago, a new movie had just come out, being about a woman schoolteacher and a small school class, out in the countryside, who were being held hostage by a criminal. If I remember rightly, the woman schooteacher ends up overpowering the criminal. I believe it was the woman...
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