So, this morning, frustrated by yet another Twitter convo that couldn’t be carried forward effectively on Twitter, and that anyway deserved to be preserved for the eternal archives, I decided to automate the process.
* Let's render a series of tweets without extraneous/redundant conversation
* Add to functions.php - substitute desired post-format for 'link' below
adding support for the “status” format to my theme so I can use it instead of “link,”
some other bells and whistles
…on the way to a plug-in or distributable custom function, but I think it’s already pretty neat and usable as is, if I do say so myself, and I do, on the way further to another objective recently discussed on Twitter, and a good candidate for another post of this general type: On the “Tweet Storm” as rickety bridge between old-fashioned blogging and unsatisfying social media.
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The word "hero" in contemporary usage is an unambiguously affirmative, but anodyne, secular-sounding term for the conversion of the "fallen" from tragic victims into celebrated martyrs within a long tradition, indeed within a trans-generational chain of sacrifices all the way back to the founding of the nation in revolutionary war. To deny access to this form of transcendence, as Hayes and many like him seem to want to do - are in a sense ideologically compelled to do - is to reduce whatever act of war into killing and mayhem merely, the conduct of a state possibly unworthy of allegiance at all, much less of even one individual's life, liberty, and happiness. It is to convert the martyr symbolically into the pitiful dupe at best, the murderer or war criminal at worst.
The un-clarity or confusion, or confusion of confusions, regarding the meaning of these two terms is typical of this historical moment, which in one sense can be thought to have simply befallen us, having never been willed into existence by anyone, but in another sense can be viewed as the predictable and desired product of choices made over the course of at least two or now three presidential elections, in as self-conscious a manner as a mass democratic system is able to undertake.
Don’t Read “Don’t Read the Comments” Comments September 20, 2014 "Don't Read Comments" (@AvoidComments) says: Yes, sometimes comment sections contain insight and reasoned discussion. But do you really want to take that chance? The tweet was originally submitted on September 9, and re-tweeted yesterday, September 20, by Cathy Young (@CathyYoung63, an interesting writer and excellent "follow"). The more I look at it, the less well…
radically for Obama September 7, 2012 David Sessions explains why he is going to vote for Obama this Fall, even though, put simply, he believes the Whole Thing is an atrocity - that the politcal system and the security state are sources of evil, and so on. He implicitly describes his own orientation in one telltale phrase: "committed to radical inclusion…
approximately August 28, 2012 Why does a scorpion defecate in the desert? Because it's in his nature. Every action produces an equal and opposite reaction. Therefore, whenever a scorpion poops, a galaxy explodes. That's how many galaxies there are!
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