Posts filed under “Philosophy”

What Should Be Done In the Wake of the French Terror Attack?

“The Proper Response to Today’s Tragic Events Should Be for EVERY Publication On The Planet To Print Depictions of the Prophet Muhammad”

 

We at Washington’s Blog have done as much as anyone to dispel the myth that all Muslims are terrorists. (Herehereherehereherehere, and here).

And we’ve written as much as anyone on the dangers of false flag terror: carrying out terror attacks and then falsely blaming in on your enemy.

We don’t yet have many facts on the horrific French terror attack which killed writers and cartoonists who satirized Islam.

However, our initial gut reaction is that every website in the world should run the new cartoon which the paper published yesterday which allegedly was the cause for the terror attack.

Paul Joseph Watson – a smart, prominent, alternative blogger who has written widely on false flag attacks, Western aggression and related topics – had the same reaction, writing:

The proper response to today’s tragic events should be for EVERY publication on the planet to print depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

(Islamic teachings forbid any depictions of Muhammad; and the publication against which today’s terror attack was launched had been firebombed 3 years ago when it printed a cartoon depicting Muhammad in a satirical manner.)

We don’t condone attacking an entire religion for the murderous acts of a crazed few.  We are also in favor of cultural sensitivity.

On the other hand, we are big believers in free speech and satire. As we’ve previously noted:

There is a well-known tradition thousands of years old – called “crazy wisdom” – which uses humor as a path for speaking truth and waking people up from their erroneous beliefs and their coma of sleepwalking. (Famous rock and roll dj Wes “Scoop” Nisker wrote a great book on the subject, which I strongly endorse).

We think there may be a way to harmonize these competing ideas.   Every website and traditional media publication in the world could satirize ISIS and the other extreme, murderous Islamic fundamentalists … while respecting – and pretty much leaving alone –  the overwhelming majority of Muslims who are peaceful and sane.

What do you think? Please let us know how you would approach this issue.

Category: Philosophy, Really, really bad calls

60 Minutes: Inside the Vatican

Scott Pelley profiles Pope Francis, a pontiff who is surprising the world by spurning tradition; and, Morley Safer gets a rare look inside the Vatican Library.   Source: CBS  

Category: Philosophy, Television

The Lessons of Mr. Market, Philosopher in Chief

Once again, the markets prove that nobody knows nuthin’. Following a bit of oil-driven turmoil the past few weeks, financial markets took off on Wednesday and Thursday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index had the biggest daily back-to-back gains since March 2009. Underinvested fund managers, short-sellers and even long-only, fully invested money managers worried that…Read More

Category: Markets, Philosophy

The Risk That Will Bite You Next Is NOT The One That Bit You Last

Cassandra Does Tokyo is an Investment Banker now relocated to Japan ~~~ The Risk That Will Bite You Next Is NOT The One That Bit You Last Traumatic and painful events burnish their effect upon our brains. This happens profoundly in childhood, as well as in relationships, and most definitely as readers will know,  in…Read More

Category: Investing, Philosophy

Zombie Ideas? Blame the Billionaires…

  “We are in the business of making mistakes. The only difference between the winners and the losers is that the winners make small mistakes, while the losers make big mistakes.” -Ned Davis   I began my career in finance on a trading desk. You learn some things very early on in that sort of…Read More

Category: Bad Math, Philosophy, Politics, Really, really bad calls, Regulation

The Instagram Generation

“The ‘Instagram Generation’ now experiences the present as an anticipated memory”
-Professor Daniel Kahnema, Psychologist and Nobel Prize winner

 

 

Category: Philosophy, Technology, Video

On False Belief Systems . . .

I stumbled on this gem earlier today: “Earlier this year, the Dow had dropped over 5,000 points in 6 months. One of the collective fallacies our culture operates under is the delusion that the market is some kind of astute forecasting machine. It is not — it represents the collective wisdom of 10 million panicked…Read More

Category: Philosophy, Psychology

The Rule of Law is Vastly Under-Priced

Cassandra Does Tokyo is a former hedge fund manager and ex NY Trader, who is now living abroad.  This was originally published on September 23, 2014 ~~~ When people prattle-on about tax, it is mostly made from ground-level, with a focus on tax rates. When my most rabid libertarian friends weigh in on the subject,…Read More

Category: Legal, Philosophy, Really, really bad calls

Time Is Finite: The Life of a Typical American in Weeks

Source: Know More via Wait But Why

Category: Data Analysis, Digital Media, Philosophy

Weekendend Homework: Sources & Research on Shiller’s CAPE

I have a fairly long piece coming out looking at CAPE, but for those of you interested, here are the research and resources I used: Fixing the Shiller CAPE: Accounting, Dividends, and the Permanently High Plateau   PHILOSOPHICAL ECONOMICS December 13, 2013 @Jesse_Livermore An Old Friend: The Stock Market’s Shiller P/E, Clifford S. Asness, Ph.D., AQR’s…Read More

Category: Markets, Philosophy, Valuation