"The mind is a compact, multiply connected thought mass with internal connections of the most intimate kind. It grows continuously as new thought masses enter it, and this is the means by which it continues to develop."

Bernhard Riemann On Psychology and Metaphysics ca. 1860

"It is clear that the minds are the most important part of the universe, and that everything was established for their sake; that is, in choosing the order of things, the greatest account was taken of them; all things being arranged in such a way that they appear the more beautiful the more they are understood."

G. W. Leibniz

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Necessary Needling of the Insolence of Some Filthy Rich Men (and Women)

This morning, in my daily perusals, this headline came across my screen: "Queen tried to use state poverty fund to heat Buckingham palace." Unfortunately, it has been my lot to experience (and hear of) much of this same sort of nefarious activity of the privileged set among us. For instance, it was reliably related to myself that one fine day W. Averell Harriman, erstwhile Secretary of Commerce, while attending some function with Manhattan Borough president Hulan Jack, stole dinner roles from the tables of the hotel where that event was taking place. Why would the wealthy scion of  railroad baron, employer of George H.W. Bush's father Prescott (himself a director of the Nazi war machine's Thyssen's Union Bank,) founder of Wall Street investment bank Brown Brothers Harriman & Co, and breeder of thoroughbred race horses (much like the Queen) act in such a manner? Perhaps there is something seemingly almost genetically predisposed in such unfortunately commonplace sorts of character flaws in this privileged set. The figurative stepping on the heads of one's underlings is to be seen ever and anon, as it were...The Queen (cousin of aforementioned Prescott Bush) is married to Phillip, who after all, along with Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands was an avowed admirer of Hitler's Nazi Party. Phillip, who so hates humanity that he wishes to be reincarnated as a deadly virus in order to cull the herd down.

So really, this morning's headline in The Independent is far from surprising to me, but rather in keeping with my experience and all of a piece, so to speak.

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