KAT GOT YOUR TONGUE — PERCEPTIONS, PERCEPTIONS

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Sat, May 18, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Hello, dear Kat people !

Today’s topic is one that we often ignore. Hint: we do it all day and don’t realize it. It’s a subconscious, involuntary, and oblivious action we fixate ourselves on daily.

Is your curiosity aroused? Do I have your full attention? Drum roll please!

The hot topic of discussion is “PERCEPTIONS”. Ta-dah! Perceptions are how we interpret everything around us. Although simple in theory my topic is rather complex in its dynamics. Everything we encounter is actively being analyzed on an extroverted level. The complexity of perceptions is unique to each individual. For example, how we view ourselves is usually inconsistent with those around us. Perceptions tend to be exclusive in the sense, that no two people identify an object identically.

If you have read this far I feel it’s safe to say, “Get a mirror”.

I apologize for engaging you, my readers, in so cruel a manner, but remember : there’s a point to be made, so let’s get to it, OK ?

Hair colors obviously unnatural and artsy hair styles have been resurrected; but so has misconception. News Flash: It doesn’t look good on everyone! If I somehow managed to offend some people by saying that, I place complete blame on the media. Everyday we’re bombarded with perception-altering ideals and images. More ladies should reflect their own perceptions inwards prior to dyeing their hair electric red — and please drop the Wahl clippers! You are not replicating a Rihanna/ Miley Cyrus hybrid. Instead you resemble a strung out Ronald McDonald suffering from ringworm of the scalp.

Personally, I hold perceptions to the same standards as I apply to drugs. Perceptions alter judgment and hinder responsible decision making. And so I conclude, if perceptions are a drug, some people are higher on them than the ceiling in Charlie Sheen’s private opium den.

—- Kat Gottlich / “Kat Got your Tongue”

Here and Sphere in Syria : direct reports from the horror

The founders of Here and Sphere are proud to announce that we will now be reporting direct from the battle fronts in the horror that is Syria today. A connection has been forged between here and Sphere and the Free Syria News.

By no means does Here and Sphere advocate American military involvement in this horror. There are simply too many factions, sides, and interests alive on the ground in the lives of real people. Any side that we take will end up grievously injuring real people. especially at risk, in our opinion, are the Christian communities in Syria, which represent at least 16 % of its population — many millions of people. These are among the oldest Christian communities in the world and link up to a world-wide Syrian Christian diaspora that we respect completely.

That said, we are inclined to favor the side that has risen up against the truly brutal Assad regime of torturers and murderers, a regime resting on a power base numbering less than 10 % of Syria’s entire population. It is time for Assad to go and for his Alawite power base to start sharing power with Syria’s Sunni, Christian, and ethnic Kurdish communities.

Getting to that will be most painful — if it can be gotten to at all. Meanwhile we have vicious, brutal war, the brutality emerging now on both sides. Part of that story of courage, idealism, viciousness, retribution, and battle will now be reported right here, at Here and Sphere — your place for news and reviews, lifestyle and crazy stuff from Here and from the entire Sphere.

— Michael Freedberg and Heather Cornell

 

 

HERE AND SPHERE : OUR MISSION — AND A WELCOME

The beginning of any new venture in the media world should be a time for celebration. And we the editors of Here And Sphere are celebrating.

We celebrate the desire of people to know what other people are doing, locally and world wide.

We celebrate that people talk about what people — including themselves — are doing.

We celebrate the written word, the languages that guide and protect words and give them collective shape in the service of meaning; of information; of intention and inclination. For without language, we could not exist or serve.

We also celebrate Here and Sphere and its mission: to bring to YOU, the reader, the information we care about; information that we find interesting, or useful, or necessary, or any combination thereof.

Here and Sphere means what the name says : we live in the entire world of information, from Earth to Cloud; and we also live in specific places. The world is Sphere; specific places are Here. We shall report from both and about both.

Here and Sphere will report the news and opine on it.

Here and Sphere will review arts performances — the good, the mediocre, the lousy, and the great.

Here and Sphere will talk your lifestyles — and the life observations of our bloggers.

Here and Sphere will talk Cars; Pets; Social advice; Parenting; and “Crazy Stuff.”

We will not be all things to all people. Other media have their priorities, and we will have ours. We are trying not to replace other publications but to add to them.

We will have an identity, readily noticeable, distinct in tone, content, and look.

Lastly, Here and Sphere will report politics and opine about them. Our outlook is that of a sensible progressivism: we believe that all people matter; that all have full civil rights and are entitled to have their civil rights rigorously defended; that all people deserve meaningful health care; the right to a job and pay sufficient to survive and even prevail; and that all people deserve a place to call home, sufficient food, and the quiet enjoyment of their lives and the lives of their family, friends, and neighbors.

We affirm that governments local, state, and federal exist to assure and promote these basic rights, expectations, and aspirations; and that all of us are equally responsible, morally and politically, to see to their application to all of us.

We rue the negativity in today’;s political discourse; the fear; the grasping after illusions; the retreat into mythologies; the disinclination to facts and evidence; the rush to judgment; the attempts by some to use the law to impose this or that religious regulation on the entire community;, the self-promotion at the expense of others; the attachment of many to guns and ammunition; and the lack of patriotism in those who attach the word “patriot” to their profiles.

We prefer hope to gloom; inclusion to exclusion; and a fruitful imagination to a diet of self-deceptions.

We shall rigorously pursue the good and never shrink from spotlighting the bad. And in both Sphere and Here there is plenty of each.

And that, dear readers, is what Here and Sphere now sets forth to do. We are honored to have your company as we journey forth.

—– From the Founders and Editors of Here and Sphere

Michael Freedberg

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and Heather Cornell

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HERE AND SPHERE : OUR MISSION — AND A WELCOME

The beginning of any new venture in the media world should be a time for celebration. And we the editors of Here And Sphere are celebrating.

We celebrate the desire of people to know what other people are doing, locally and world wide.

We celebrate that people talk about what people — including themselves — are doing.

We celebrate the written word, the languages that guide and protect words and give them collective shape in the service of meaning; of information; of intention and inclination. For without language, we could not exist or serve.

We also celebrate Here and Sphere and its mission: to bring to YOU, the reader, the information we care about; information that we find interesting, or useful, or necessary, or any combination thereof.

Here and Sphere means what the name says : we live in the entire world of information, from Earth to Cloud; and we also live in specific places. The world is Sphere; specific places are Here. We shall report from both and about both.

Here and Sphere will report the news and opine on it.

Here and Sphere will review arts performances — the good, the mediocre, the lousy, and the great.

Here and Sphere will talk your lifestyles — and the life observations of our bloggers.

Here and Sphere will talk Cars; Pets; Social advice; Parenting; and “Crazy Stuff.”

We will not be all things to all people. Other media have their priorities, and we will have ours. We are trying not to replace other publications but to add to them.

We will have an identity, readily noticeable, distinct in tone, content, and look.

Lastly, Here and Sphere will report politics and opine about them. Our outlook is that of a sensible progressivism: we believe that all people matter; that all have full civil rights and are entitled to have their civil rights rigorously defended; that all people deserve meaningful health care; the right to a job and pay sufficient to survive and even prevail; and that all people deserve a place to call home, sufficient food, and the quiet enjoyment of their lives and the lives of their family, friends, and neighbors.

We affirm that governments local, state, and federal exist to assure and promote these basic rights, expectations, and aspirations; and that all of us are equally responsible, morally and politically, to see to their application to all of us.

We rue the negativity in today’;s political discourse; the fear; the grasping after illusions; the retreat into mythologies; the disinclination to facts and evidence; the rush to judgment; the attempts by some to use the law to impose this or that religious regulation on the entire community;, the self-promotion at the expense of others; the attachment of many to guns and ammunition; and the lack of patriotism in those who attach the word “patriot” to their profiles.

We prefer hope to gloom; inclusion to exclusion; and a fruitful imagination to a diet of self-deceptions.

We shall rigorously pursue the good and never shrink from spotlighting the bad. And in both Sphere and Here there is plenty of each.

And that, dear readers, is what Here and Sphere now sets forth to do. We are honored to have your company as we journey forth.

—– From the Founders and Editors of Here and Sphere

Michael Freedberg

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and Heather Cornell

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