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Word for the Day, Tuesday June 11, 2013

Posted on 06/11/2013 5:08:47 AM PDT by SoothingDave

Word For The Day, June 11, 2013



In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".

panopticon [pan-op-ti-kon]

-n
a building, as a prison, hospital, library, or the like, so arranged that all parts of the interior are visible from a single point.

[1760–70; pan- + Greek optikón sight, seeing (neuter of optikós; see optic)]


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1 posted on 06/11/2013 5:08:47 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: Fierce Allegiance; Jack Deth; K4Harty; miskie; Dutchgirl; cardinal4; MoochPooch; NeoCaveman; ...
Mark Steyn has been using this word to refer to our all-seeing state.

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architectural form for a prison, the drawings for which were published by Jeremy Bentham in 1791. It consisted of a circular, glass-roofed, tanklike structure with cells along the external wall facing toward a central rotunda; guards stationed in the rotunda could keep all the inmates in the surrounding cells under constant surveillance. Although Bentham's novel idea was not fully adopted in the plans for penal institutions built at that time, its radial plan was immediately influential, and its design clearly had an impact on later construction. For example, the Stateville Correctional Center, a prison near Joliet, Ill., U.S., incorporates essential features of the panopticon.

2 posted on 06/11/2013 5:10:05 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

The NSA Utah ‘Data Center’ is a panopticon
for Obama, his Moslem Brotherhood,
and his handlers like Jarret, as it enables spying
on innocent Americans over the entire country
and delivers it to THEIR desk at the WHITE HOUSE.
This modern computized panopticon gives the White House
the CHOICE to delete the info
(e.g. for DNC RICO information which is inadvertently exposed,
or to delete prior notification of terrorists like the Boston terrorists),
or to conveniently pass it on (e.g. Tea Party to IRS,
or Judge Roberts' --or other SCOTUS-- family data to Holder).

3 posted on 06/11/2013 5:18:44 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: SoothingDave
this guy positioned himself in the cross-hairs of a panopticon, by choice.
4 posted on 06/11/2013 5:25:28 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Diogenesis

If you are forced into looking at the world through a liberal’s fuzzy-viewed narrowly-focused rose-colored glasses, are you panoptimystic, or do you need a pan-optimolorealigist to fix your mythology?


5 posted on 06/11/2013 5:27:42 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: SoothingDave

Each day, in another way, we are revealed yet another manner in which America has become less a free nation, and more a highly monitored panopticon.


6 posted on 06/11/2013 5:28:35 AM PDT by theDentist (FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: SoothingDave

Panopticon

Pan opti con: Sounds like the frying pan examiner at the prison. Could be, right? English is flexible, isn’t it?..

Come on...I didn’t mean to make you cry.....sorry...


7 posted on 06/11/2013 5:43:07 AM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: SoothingDave

Obama campaigned as a paragon
Of virtue, an upbeat emoticon
Now he taps us and tapes us
Electronically rapes us
Stoking the NSA panopticon


8 posted on 06/11/2013 5:46:40 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration Uof Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: SoothingDave

9 posted on 06/11/2013 5:47:15 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: SoothingDave
and he left behind a stunning semi-nude pole dancer, yet.
10 posted on 06/11/2013 6:30:04 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: SoothingDave
she sounds like your type:

On the face of it they are totally different people - she is an extrovert who enjoys walking around naked whenever she can, spends her Sunday evenings in circus classes and surrounds herself with bohemian eccentrics. The title of her blog reads: ‘Adventures of a world-traveling, pole-dancing super hero.'

11 posted on 06/11/2013 6:32:38 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

I thought running away to join the circus meant no more classes.


12 posted on 06/11/2013 6:39:31 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

Partly cloudy with a chance of rain later-and I’ve got to go do an estimate shortly...

When almost every other word
Spoken by the media every day
Is transparency, why believe
Anything at all that they say?

Now spying and taking most of
Our money is the ultimate goal-
And panopticon is the new word
For that monitored goldfish bowl

There are those of us who warned
Of this happening years ago-
Now, we’ll drop out, sit back
And watch the long-predicted show...

I’m off to estimate a job-back later...


13 posted on 06/11/2013 8:32:15 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: SoothingDave

The largest open air panoptican ever, the United States of America.


14 posted on 06/11/2013 8:53:36 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (DC, it's Versailles on the Potomac but without the food and culture)
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To: NeoCaveman

NSA’s panoptican.......the rest of us thought we had some privacy.


15 posted on 06/11/2013 8:58:38 AM PDT by tioga
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To: NeoCaveman

I watched the first episode of “The League” the other day. Pretty funny and inappropriate. Taco’s “birthday song” he wrote for the little girl.

The main character is throwing off a Jim Halpert vibe.


16 posted on 06/11/2013 8:58:48 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave
Contrary to his personal positioning, the White House of Peter Panopticon is not a "Neverland" where POTUS never knows what's going on until someone tells him…
He is always aware either directly or indirectly on whatever his Administration is involved with.
17 posted on 06/11/2013 9:03:54 AM PDT by mikrofon (Ol' Boys Club)
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To: SoothingDave
Center stage is a type of panopticon. Here's your daily earworm.
18 posted on 06/11/2013 9:15:40 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden


19 posted on 06/11/2013 9:27:24 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

They’re really talented. I like their arrangement better than the Lumineers.


20 posted on 06/11/2013 9:38:49 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

I don’t understand any of the words you are saying. Never heard of any of them.


21 posted on 06/11/2013 9:40:32 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

That’s because you live outside of Steel City and I’m in Music City. ;)


22 posted on 06/11/2013 9:42:45 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

That and my music collection froze somewhere around 1997.


23 posted on 06/11/2013 9:50:58 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: tioga

Nah, I knew we were in the largest open air prison in the world. I just forget sometimes.


24 posted on 06/11/2013 9:53:15 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (DC, it's Versailles on the Potomac but without the food and culture)
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To: SoothingDave

You would like the show Nashville. It has Hayden as one of the stars and we see people we know on there(friends from church, daughter’s teacher, neighbors, lots of familiar face extras). And you cannot beat T Bone Burnett for the soundtrack. Nashville is a big small town.


25 posted on 06/11/2013 9:55:29 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

I like it.


26 posted on 06/11/2013 9:59:07 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (DC, it's Versailles on the Potomac but without the food and culture)
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To: SoothingDave

And it stays funny and inappropriate.


27 posted on 06/11/2013 9:59:53 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (DC, it's Versailles on the Potomac but without the food and culture)
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To: xsmommy

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/point-state-park-welcomes-back-its-fountain-after-four-year-rehabilitation-690825/

The fountain’s back on ‘n’at.


28 posted on 06/11/2013 11:06:22 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: secret garden

I was watching it for awhile. Interesting.


29 posted on 06/11/2013 12:06:41 PM PDT by tioga
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To: SoothingDave
A barn builder in my town was using this design for animal barns 150 years ago. They call them Clausing barns, and the builder was famous for the design which promised to reduce work because the farmer could stand in the middle and service all of the stalls. Most of them are gone now (one is preserved at Old World Wisconsin where it is used as a restaurant) and a church was built in that design on the footprint of an old barn.


30 posted on 06/11/2013 12:32:57 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: secret garden; SoothingDave

That was a disappointing trip-proof positive that people are getting really uneasy about their already limited finances again. Now I’m bummed out, and it is too hot and humid to walk in the woods...

A couple of months ago, that customer asked me to come in June and estimate doing the master bedroom and vanity/dressing area in a monterrey texture-my personal favorite-and 3-tone hand-sponged faux adobe look.

Now they can’t afford the handwork, so it is just going to be rolled on sand texture and tone-over-tone two color rolled paint-and half the price of the hand work.

I had my sights on a new monterrey roller and some cool texture tints, but I’ll wait till I can really use them-even if it is until I build my own hobbit hacienda...


31 posted on 06/11/2013 12:51:20 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: xsmommy
oh, boy....
32 posted on 06/11/2013 1:14:07 PM PDT by tioga
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That is neat-I’m keeping the picture of the bracing in the angle(s) of the building-maybe one day I might have occasion to use that. I really like the cupola, too-are there stairs to it, like an aerie/lookout?


33 posted on 06/11/2013 1:17:09 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5

Is the truck shifter still acting up?


34 posted on 06/11/2013 1:29:06 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: Texan5

These barns are not really huge. I don’t know about the cupola. Probably it was reached by a big, ol’ ladder, back in the day. You can see more pictures by Googleing “Clausing barns images”.


35 posted on 06/11/2013 1:42:12 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Texan5

The Clausings were very inventive people. In addition to their barn business, they established several machinery businesses. One of the descendants worked for my husband at one time as an engineer.

My husband’s employee loaned my a family history that a cousi had put together for a big reunion upon the occasion of their barn being moved to Old World Wisconsin, restored, and made a permanent exhibit.

One of the anecdotes in the family history is that the Clausings hold the Wisconsin record for the shortest marriage. The couple lived on neighboring farms and the mother of the birde got into an argument with the father of the groom over the size of the “bride price” and the house where the couple was to live. The mother of the bride was so incensed that she grabbed her daughter and marched her right out of the wedding reception. An annulment followed several months later, and the groom married somebody else.

Our early German settlers had rules about everything and that is how the older generations got along without Social Security. They wrote contracts within in the families, laying out exactly who was to live where and how much of the crop belonged to the elders after they retired and moved to the smaller house on the property.

It was fascinating reading.


36 posted on 06/11/2013 1:52:45 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Germans who like rules and organizing things?

Color me surprised. ;-)


37 posted on 06/11/2013 2:03:58 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That is interesting-I have some part-west Prussian distant relatives on my dad’s side, but they are nearly 1/2 Hispanic-apparently as soon as they got here in the 1820-30’s, they became enamored of their mestizo/Texican ranch neighbors and intermarried, adopting the frontier culture.

Most of the Europeans-and native Americans-did have dowries, bride prices and such, and I’ve heard some funny stories about fights over that-especially where alcohol was involved. But I’ve never heard of a marriage that only lasted to the reception because of that...


38 posted on 06/11/2013 2:44:57 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: SoothingDave

Yes, but I’m just parking it in neutral with the brake on. If I need to get into park, I have my trusty screwdriver with me so I can get out of it again-my mechanic friend will look at it as soon as he has time...


39 posted on 06/11/2013 2:48:20 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: SoothingDave; Texan5

Most of the early German settlers here came from Pomerania. They came as a group from Pomerania in 1832 after they were expelled by the Prince for religious differences. They were released from prison in the old country and came to Wisconsin on the promise to the prince that they would never again return to Germany. And none of them did (or so they say) until about 15 years ago when their community Oompah Pah band went back to Germany to perform at a festival.

Although their descendents are at least 4th and 5th generation American, some of the ones my age still speak with a German accent because they taught school in German here until WWII. And they also spoke German in the home, as well. One farmer I know has traveled all over the world connecting these emigrants from Pomerania, and he told me that the relatives he found in Argentina speak the exact dialect he does.

I thought their social rules were very interesting and wise and revolved around keeping the land in the family which is why many of their farms are flourishing to this day, despite the pressures of modern development. Everything was done by written contract that spelled out exactly what the annual payments would be to the elders (10 bushels of corn, 2 pigs, etc.) And they married their cousins — the better to keep the farms in the family.

Their community is totally surrounded by my town. They call it Freistadt (Free State) and is the home of the oldes Lutheran Church in Wisconsin. Still run by German rules. And they don’t allow the women to vote! (in church)


40 posted on 06/11/2013 3:18:56 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The folks from Pomerania make the west Prussians sound like libertines and adventurers-and they certainly did stay away from Germany-can’t blame them for that, though-prison is a great disincentive to return...

They sound a bit like the Amish and other similar groups who also speak a Germanic dialect-they are said to have left for religious reasons, too.


41 posted on 06/11/2013 3:45:59 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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