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LIONEL PODCAST: Watch The Norway Massacre Meme – It’s Not Some Not But A Right-Wing Nut

This is what the story’s about. This is what the story’s become. The meme. A meme is an idea, behavior, style or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture or group. More specifically, it’s defined a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes and was coined in 1976 by evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins in “The Selfish Gene.”

The meme here is that the Norway disaster was committed by a nut, a right-wing nut. That this murderer was ideology-motivated and politics-inspired. This labeling is most dangerous because the meme will be conflated and attributed to any and all positions or policy masters in opposition to the reigning powers. And it’s started already. Just watch. Beware of labels and watch carefully and with great trepidation who gets to label first.

LIONEL PODCAST: Don’t Be A Kelvin

This is Lord Kelvin. William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (1824–1907). The Kelvin scale is an absolute, thermodynamic temperature scale using as its null point absolute zero, the temperature at which all thermal motion ceases in the classical description of thermodynamics. Absolute zero at 0 K is −273.15 °C (−459.67 °F). A friend of mine and I refer to people with absolutely nothing of worth to say or add to public discourse as Kelvins, i.e. because they’re absolute zeroes. Don’t be a Kelvin.

Today’s disquisition begins with my thoughts about school systems around the country voting to make the teaching of cursive writing an elective and non-mandatory in the school’s constantly winnowed curricula. The reaction has been most fascinating heretofore. The usual old school (literally) camp hates change and the more realistic folks who embrace modernity (me) applaud realistic course adaptation. But the message to be gleaned from this logical exercise is how critical thinking (a constant in my worldview) when applied to the issue of discontinuing Palmer method didactics never incorporates nostalgia into issue consideration. Plus, it makes a wonderful analog to myriad issues presented to the sentient. Enjoy, enjoy, my friend.