9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out, Vol. 1 by David Ray Griffin

By David Ray Griffin

I feel it is very ridiculous to imagine our govt could wipe out over
3000 TAXPAYERS and TAXPAYING businesses, or supply colossal tax writeoffs to the
damaged companies.
Now, if it have been homeless shelters or executive housing projects--that I
may think. Our executive cannot squeeze a lot funds out of the terrible and would
be prepared to sacrafice them. the folks within the Towers, the planes and the
Pentagon have been quite often the kind of wallets the govenment values.
Our executive values not anything over our funds.

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But the traditional characterizations were nevertheless pointing to some overall differences in cognition, in the understanding of and approach to the world, that are related to the ways in which communication takes place. If we are more specific and deal, for example, with the proportion of nouns to verbs in text and utterance, respectively, we encounter a domain in which writing is more abstract than speech. < previous page page_22 next page > < previous page page_23 next page > Page 23 Such observations do not necessarily mean that we cannot, for example, find relatively decontextualized lists in oral cultures (not to mention the speech acts of members of written cultures), let alone an interest in the past, rationality, and so on.

The disparity between the written text and some oral utterances was of course present from the beginning, even if we assume exact transcription without any transformation. Baines notes that the texts give no expression to dialects, though we know they always existed (1983: 581). Written languages have to select one of many speech forms to establish as the standard. The consequences are important: "The standardized written form aided communication over the country, but must have been for many at best half-way to a foreign language" (Baines 1983: 581).

In the first published version it runs as follows: 4 The Invocation to the White Bagre Gods, ancestors, guardians, beings of the wild, the leather bottles [which hold the divining cowries] say we should perform, because of the scorpion's sting, because of suicide, aches in the belly, pains in the head. ' " However, I have now recorded some dozen versions of these lines, and none of them is precisely, word for word, the same as any other. If an elder corrects a recital, it is on the basis of his own memorized version, his personalized model, which differs slightly from that of others.

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