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From Craptocrats to Platypi.

A "Platypus,"is Pirsig's term (in "Lila") for what Kuhn called an anomaly, an aberration that current descriptions cannot explain adequately.

The more anomalies, or platypi, that build up, the more need there is for new descriptions and theories.

I'm in the Platypus business.

We've got mammals (Public) and reptiles (Private) and that's how it is, right? And when we say "Private" we actually mean owned by a dinosaur variant of reptile...(aka a Corporation).

Well, I'm pointing out the existence of a Platypus which is not only not going away but laying its eggs every bloody where.....

The Public sector can only borrow to invest, right?

Well actually, no, and here's a couple of community investment Platypi to prove it

You have to have banks to create credit, right?

Well, 'er actually here's a mutual credit "guarantee society" Platypus and and a production sharing "capital partnership" investment Platypus.

As Joni Mitchell sang

"you don't know what you've gone". The platypus demonstrates that you don't know what you haven't got 'til you see it.....

Let's just point out the Platypi.

PS...and if anyone can lift the image off the article and park it somewhere accessible I'll be their friend for life....

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sat May 10th, 2008 at 01:49:21 PM EST
Well actually she sang "you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone", but whatever....

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson
by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sat May 10th, 2008 at 01:52:59 PM EST
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"Don't it always seem to go..."

The blurker formerly known as ignorant bystander.
by b--- (budr at hughes net) on Mon May 12th, 2008 at 11:54:41 AM EST
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Arrrgh.  Now that song is looping around my head.  Good thing I like the song.

Don't it always seem to go,
That you don't know what you've got til it's gone.
Pave Paradise, put up a parking lot.


The blurker formerly known as ignorant bystander.

by b--- (budr at hughes net) on Mon May 12th, 2008 at 02:02:49 PM EST
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Frankly Chris. Quite brilliant.

Platypus probably change structures, script incoherence generates converts.

but I am not sure if you can have one without the other...after all who is going to detect them and propose new narratives if noone is going to listen (besides your side)... And , on the other hand, how youc an convert anybody if there are not common insitutional descriptions.

MMhhhh.. I think I will need some time to digest your comment:)

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Sat May 10th, 2008 at 01:57:24 PM EST
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Ah, but do you not realise that these Platypi are Killers?

The reason is that they feed off dinosaur eggs.

What I mean is that they are emerging because they work and actually crowd out (dis-intermediate/ "Napsterise") and out compete the dinosaurs.

Those who do not Platypise will be at a disadvantage to those who do....which is why they are "emerging".

Ethical is Optimal.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sat May 10th, 2008 at 02:08:24 PM EST
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On the ball once again Mr Viking ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sat May 10th, 2008 at 02:32:01 PM EST
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Emerging structures and insitutions.. oh yeah...

Buy media and create new structures/institutions which outcompete!!

both media and new property/work/ structures...

You have convinced me.. both are equally important.

Buy media as the scream of the narrative (symbolic anthropologists guy)... create insitutions/strucutres from the strucutral antrhopologist guy.

We need them.. indeed.

Spot on...

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Sat May 10th, 2008 at 03:36:22 PM EST
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Actually male platypi have venomous spurs on their rear legs. A dose from one of these can kill you or make you think you are going to die. The genome has recently been sequenced.  See:

www.nytimes.com/2008/05/08/science/08platypus.html

Along the lines of your metaphor, one of my favorite platypi from the "City of the Fallen Angles" was former Mayor Richard Riordan's "public-private partnerships," which appeared mostly to be a means of putting public money into private pockets.  In this case the the venom is injected into the property tax ratepayers, the school district and families using LAUSD.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue May 13th, 2008 at 12:53:53 AM EST
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