The potential agreement, as outlined in an internal report obtained by The New York Times, would represent a diplomatic breakthrough for American counterterrorism officials, who have clashed with the European Union over demands for personal data. Europe generally has more stringent laws restricting how governments and businesses can collect and transfer such information.
Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against your passion and your appetite.
Would that I could be the peacemaker in your soul, that I might turn the discord and the rivalry of your elements into oneness and melody.
But how shall I, unless you yourselves be also the peacemakers, nay, the lovers of all your elements?
Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul. If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas.
For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.
Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion, that it may sing;
And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes.
I would have you consider your judgment and your appetite even as you would two loved guests in your house.
Surely you would not honour one guest above the other; for he who is more mindful of one loses the love and the faith of both.
Among the hills, when you sit in the cool shade of the white poplars, sharing the peace and serenity of distant fields and meadows -- then let your heart say in silence, "God rests in reason."
And when the storm comes, and the mighty wind shakes the forest, and thunder and lightning proclaim the majesty of the sky -- then let your heart say in awe, "God moves in passion."
And since you are a breath in God's sphere, and a leaf in God's forest, you too should rest in reason and move in passion.
If you are in New York June 23, 24, consider attending Personal Democracy Forum. I will be joined by Craig Newmark, Joe Trippi, Scott Heiferman, and Brian Behlendorf on the closing plenary panel where we will discuss Redefining Leadership in a Networked Age, Tuesday at 5:15 in the Rose Theater. I will brag shamelessly about the accomplishments of Netroots Nation and also talk about the next challenge in democracy and technology: we know what technology has done for politics, now what will it do for government?
From a blogging perspective “Netroots: What’s Next?” was of the greatest relevance to what we do here in the blogosphere. Baratunde Thurston, writes for Jack and Jill Politics which – as Thurston puts it — “call out bullshit when we see it”.And call it out they do. Substitute political for sports media, and it sounds like SOMM’s very own mission statement! With the mainstream media’s bullshit-o-meter reaching all-time high decibels this election cycle, be sure to put JJP in your daily web-check rotation. Gina Cooper represented Netroots Nation, an annual convention that organizes politically-motivated bloggers that use the Internet as primary tools for changing the status quo. Interested participants can still register for their upcoming conference on July 17-20 in Austin Texas. The panel also included Duncan Blackfrom Eschaton, Robin Marty from Center for Independent Media, and received excellent moderating performance by Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks.
The challenges of change are always hard. It is important that we begin to unpack those challenges that confront this nation and realize that we each have a role that requires us to change and become more responsible for shaping our own future. -Hillary Clinton