Yet Another Code Word

Grant observes:

President Bush used the phrase “hard work” 11 times in his debate with Senator Kerry last night. (more)

It worked, I think, as a code word, a way of reaching out to a very particular, but very large, group of voters.  …

“Hard work” was perhaps a code word. Those who live by risk got it immediately. Those who do not heard it as everyday language. Clever President Bush. He managed to sneak a rallying cry into the most ordinary little phrase. It allowed him to claim common purpose with Republicans, real and potential.

Dan Pink says that Free Agent Nation has a population of 33 million and notes, “Even this […] figure means that free agents easily outnumber all manufacturing workers and all government workers—and may be the largest single cluster of workers in the economy.” If we add to this the people who work in the corporate world without the protection of union contracts or tenure, the number of people who “risk for a living” must be very high.

This is a natural Republican constituency. These are people who believe, or must at least act as if they believe, in the necessity of hard work. Whether the Republican party has found a way to recruit this group remains to be seen. The notion of the “ownership society” is apparently one such attempt. It is possible that President Bush’s “hard work” phrase represents the beginnings of a second, more comprehensive, strategy.

Leave it to a ‘real’ Anthropologist to continue to chronicle this shadow discourse…

blivet – dreams

Have a great evening!

Faith manages. We just got through watching The Deconstruction of Falling Stars, the last episode of Babylon 5’s fourth season. What a great episode! I couldn’t get the Lurker’s Guide to respond, so here is a goggle cache of the page.

Doc has a link to a Bay Area earthquake hazard map generator provided by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). very cool!


Today’s quote comes from Guy Kawasaki’s interview in the LA Times (article pointer via MacWeek Quick Links):

  Q: Will Apple survive?

  A: As a geek, one of the most compelling proofs of the existence of God for me is Apple’s continued survival. So yes, Apple will survive, but God is going to switch to a Vaio [Sony laptop] if Apple doesn’t make a PowerBook that has a footprint smaller than Shaq’s pretty soon.

I had this dream last night… I guess its part of what is apparently an unfolding Father motif. Its not just a story, though it probably reads that way. The dream was that vivid.

blivet – everything is possible

First day back to work and we’re heading out to do more fieldwork. The sound of mental gears shifting as the harness is donned. Have a great day.

Some of the pictures from the cactus salvaging we did on December 13 are circulating through the office. We were given certain ones they got duplicates of. Why do I love the desert? I’m working in a t-shirt at 10 am in the middle of December. The payback comes in the middle of July when it is 115°+F.

cactus salvaging in the Las Vegas Valley on Dec 13, 2000

Ray Walston dead at age 86. He died of natural causes, at home, with his wife at his side. It sounds like a peaceful way to do it. I loved My Favorite Martian when I was a kid. Thanks Mr. Walston.

yesterday garret posted an amazing piece of prose from memory in the context of Al‘s story.

life is a shirt of flame that mortal man has no power to remove. some incorrectly perceive it as burning with the deeds of our past, the life we have lived. but the shirt of flame is our own flesh burning with the desires which we have yet to actualize, the life we have yet to live.

I did a google search for life is a shirt of flame and came up with two possibilities from references in one of the search results: Promethus Unbound by Shelly and an unreferenced T.S. Eliot poem. Does anyone have a better idea of the source of this prose fragment? Its so rich and wonderfully Jungian, I’d love to see it in context. Thanks. Later: A bigger thanks to Dan for the URIs. I’ll let you all know what I find out. First though, I have a cat that is insisting on some attention from the big cat and I’ve been putting him off for a couple of hours.

OK, the cat is about as appeased as this cat gets … If you knew how crazy I am about this pud you may understand how much it take for me to say enough! Back to the quote. In a nice bit of synchronicity (heh!) Ken and I ended up barking up the same tree. (I could have saved myself some time if I would have just checked my mail ’cause Ken’s results were queued on the server.) On The C. J. Jung Page, in the article The Erotics of Blame by Greg Mogenson, M.A., Jungian Analyst, London, Ontario originally published in The Journal of Analytical Psychology, Vol. 37, no. 2, 153-171. Copyright ©, The Society of Analytical Psychology, 1992. This is about halfway down:

… because life itself, a[s] Eliot reminds us, is an “intolerable shirt of flame that human power cannot remove.” Though we would all like to take off this garment, and may even attempt to do so by identifying ourselves as the victims of those we blame, our efforts are in vain.(15) The shirt of flame is our own flesh burning with the desires which we have yet to actualize, the life we have yet to live.

The reference (15) is:

In Prometheus Unbound, Shelley depicts Prometheus as having spent three-thousand years blaming Jupiter for chaining him to a rock. This psychology of blame, Shelley wishes to suggest, characterizes the last three-thousand years of culture. In the poem it is when Prometheus decides to take back the blame that he is unbound. Likewise, for Shelley, the “new age” begins when we let go of blame.

Thanks to Ken and Dan for help in this. And of course garret and Al for being who they are, smart, intelligent, open human beings. Yeah, like I said, webloggers!

Susan has an explanation of how American Retailers’ calendars differ from the Christian liturgical one. My particular favorite is the Great Lenten Paradox. Great writing Susan!

Ken is following (as in actually doing research for crying out loud) the sonar article from yesterday. Meander on over and have a look. Also, my thanks to Dave for his comments.