April 11th, 2007

jay-southpark

Dreams, dreams, dreams

Dear subconscious,

I don't really mind dreams about Nigerian spammers, mudding in old Geos, and various excessively Freudian symbols. That's your job, after all, integrating the detritus of my daily experience. But given that you have always been dedicated to ensuring that I dream in music, could we please get a different freaking soundtrack than disco-funk mashups!!!

Love,

Jay
flowers_wasp

The dream poll

Poll #964285 The dream poll

Do you remember your dreams?

Yes
58(36.7%)
No
9(5.7%)
It depends
90(57.0%)
Remember them? I live them.
1(0.6%)

How do you wake up?

Quickly
48(30.4%)
Slowly
38(24.1%)
It depends
66(41.8%)
Not sure
3(1.9%)
Something else I'll explain in comments.
3(1.9%)

If you're a writer, poet, artist, etc., has your ability to remember your dreams changed as your skills have developed?

Yes
29(19.6%)
No
81(54.7%)
Not sure
32(21.6%)
Something else I'll explain in comments.
6(4.1%)

Do you dream in color?

Yes
142(89.9%)
No
3(1.9%)
Maybe
10(6.3%)
Something else I'll explain in comments.
3(1.9%)

Do your dreams have music?

Yes
65(41.4%)
No
69(43.9%)
I'm not telling, because the RIAA might sue me.
18(11.5%)
Something else I'll explain in comments.
5(3.2%)

Are your dreams...

Organized
2(1.3%)
Chaotic
4(2.5%)
Surreal
8(5.1%)
Lucid
3(1.9%)
Under your control
1(0.6%)
Out of your control
1(0.6%)
Recognizable outbursts from your subconscious
7(4.5%)
Mysterious transmissions from Planet Freud
1(0.6%)
Eaten by clowns
2(1.3%)
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Your Conservative Values in Action

Paul Wolfowitz seems to be in some serious trouble for shenanigans at the World Bank. In a nutshell, he appears to have used his role as president of the institution to manipulate his long time girlfriend's salary there by an astonishing factor, very much against policy and apparently common sense. Now that the news is leaked, he is pursuing an investigation into the leakers. (Not into the salary irregularities, of course.)

Remember Wolfowitz? Prominent Republican, neo-con thinker, architect of much of the Iraq War? Now imagine if a Clinton era figure, prominent liberal Democrat, had done such a thing. Or even been alleged to do such a thing. Of course, this is nothing like Clinton -- he had sex with an intern, while Wolfowitz abused his authority to manipulate his lover's salary to a $200,000 level. Nothing so serious.

And of course I'm sure that Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage would have been most understanding about the girlfriend's ethnicity. She's of Arab extraction, born in Libya. Certainly any prominent liberal with a girlfriend with that background would meet with nothing but understanding and respect from the media and the commentariat.

I forget. Is this family values or good government that Wolfowitz is demonstrating? In either case, thank God he's not a liberal, otherwise this might be a serious character issue.
jay-electrode

The dream poll

The dream poll seems to be cooking along, with some terrific comments. Go vote, if you haven't, and read the comments even if you have voted.

I have this half-baked theory about dreaming. I've noticed that I can doze off at 5:07, wake up at 5:11, and have experienced a long, complex dream. I think that dreaming is perhaps heavily encoded while it's going on, and only in remembering or reviewing the dream experience after the fact do we unpack it to symbols our conscious mind interprets, themselves drawn from memory and imagination. Sort of like running machine code on a chip, and having to interpret it up to the application layer. In other words, what we see in dreams is a second order filtering of a much deeper process in the subconscious.
politics-report

We appear to be hiring a prime minister

"The White House wants to appoint a high-powered czar to oversee the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with authority to issue directions to the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies, but it has had trouble finding anyone able and willing to take the job, according to people close to the situation."

    -- Washington Post, April 11, 2007

Huh? Isn't that the president's job? Issuing directions to the State Department, the Pentagon and other agencies?

Am I the only person who finds that bizarre, both politically and Constitutionally?

(Off to write now, in any case.)
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Snurched from Talking Points Memo

Snurched from Talking Points Memo, this little item off the AP wire:

The White House said Wednesday it had mishandled Republican Party-sponsored e-mail accounts used by nearly two dozen presidential aides, resulting in the loss of an undetermined number of e-mails concerning official White House business.


http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/17062173.htm

Aw, shucks. Sorry, Congress. Guess that US Attorney investigation isn't going to go so far now. Who knew something like this could have happened?

One of the great lessons of Iran-Contra and Oliver North: Destruction of evidence is almost always less of a problem than turning the evidence over to the investigators.