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XXIV (‘Well-born spirit, in whom we see reflected’)

Elizabeth Jennings Carcanet Press Ltd. PDF


Well-born spirit, in whom we see reflected

All that is noble in man’s character.

How much by heaven and nature is effected

When nothing mars what they have both made clear.

Spirit of grace, in which we put our trust

With inward faith, since on your face appear

Love, pity, kindness, qualities so rare

That seldom with such beauty are they blest.

Love casts a spell and beauty has a hold

Unbreakable upon my eager heart.

Pity and kindness rule me with their glances.

What government or custom in the world,

What cruelty in time or random chances,

Would not from death set such a face apart?


‘Tell me, I beg, Love, if my eyes indeed

See all the truth of beauty which I claim,

Or if I have within me now the same

Power to see all the beauty that I need?

You ought to know the answer since you came

With her to break my peace, disturb my rest.

I would not let the smallest sigh be lost

For such a love, nor ask a lesser flame.’

‘The beauty that you see is truly hers,

But as it grows it rises higher still

If through the eyes it reaches to the soul.

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5. Selecting and Traversing

Sal Mangano O'Reilly Media ePub

I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.

Francois-Auguste Rodin

I have [traversed] the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year.

The editor in charge of business books for a major publishing company, 1957

Doing anything remotely interesting in XSLT involves two related operations: determining which XML nodes to visit (selecting) and determining in what order you want to visit them (traversing). Selecting is largely in the domain of XPath, a separate specification but one intimately related to XSLT. Traversing is a function of built-in control structures of XSLT and how you organize your templates to harness them.

XSLT veterans are unlikely to find much revelation in this particular chapter. Nevertheless, it is important for two reasons. First, the ideas presented in these recipes distinguish XSLT from other programming languages and therefore tend to be things that trip up novices on their first attempts to master XSLT. Second, the examples covered in this section are the primitive building blocks of many more complex recipes covered in later chapters. Virtually everything one does in XSLT involves application of selection and traversal. By analogy to cooking, knowing how to make a good brown stock is a prerequisite to making a sauce espagnole![1] This chapter is comprised of examples of the "brown stock" variety and should be mastered before proceeding to more advanced applications of XSLT.

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15. Anti-Zionist Connections: Communism, Radical Islam, and the Left \ Robert S. Wistrich

Alvin H Rosenfeld Indiana University Press ePub

Robert S. Wistrich

Most historians tend to regard the ideologies of communism and radical Islam as mutually incompatible. Certainly, there is little in common at first sight between the Communist Manifesto and the Holy Qurʾan. Nor does the Islamist cult of death or martyrdom for Allah seem to have much to do with the secular rationalist worldview that influenced Bolshevism and the Western Left a century ago. But the communists who came to power in Russia in 1917, beginning with Lenin himself, were nonetheless quick to see the tactical benefit to themselves of sparking off a Bolshevik-led jihad against Western imperialism in Asia and the Near East. At the Second Congress of the Communist International held in Baku (1920), its president, Grigorii Zinoviev, aggressively called for “kindling a real holy war against the robbers and oppressors . . . a true people’s holy war in the first place against British imperialism.”1 The close to two thousand delegates, representing the “enslaved popular masses of the East” (Persia, Armenia, Turkey, Russia, the Arab lands), were ecstatic. About two-thirds of the delegates were Bolshevik Party members. But they made a point of “respecting the religious feelings of the masses” even while educating them (in Zinoviev’s words) “to hate and want to fight against the rich in general—Russian, Jewish, German, French.”2 Zinoviev was not the only Bolshevik internationalist of Jewish origin to play a central role in such incitement to holy war.

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3. The Terrible Tale of the TARP

Dean Baker Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

The passage of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, in the fall of 2008 was a demonstration of the extraordinary power of the financial industry and what it will do when its fundamental interests are threatened. The industry was quickly able to unite the leadership of both political parties behind a massive $700 billion bailout program that imposed few serious constraints on the industry. The industry was also able to enlist the media in this effort, turning many reporters into TARP cheerleaders until the bill passed Congress. The opponents of the bill, which included many of the country's most prominent economists, were portrayed as knuckle-scraping Neanderthals.

The American public must clearly understand the forces at play in the passage of the TARP, as the industry will undoubtedly muster similar forces in the future to prevent major reforms that threaten its profitability. The passage of the TARP was, in fact, a remarkable political accomplishment deserving of a certain kind of respect. Although Wall Street banks were never very popular institutions, they managed to get themselves a massive bailout when the country was suffering from a serious recession that was a direct result of their greed and incompetence.

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3. File Management

David Brickner O'Reilly Media ePub

Learning where files are on your system and understanding how to manage them is essential to truly mastering the use of a computer. Once you know how to work with files, you can expand this knowledge and learn how to manage files on remote computers, which is useful when you work in a networked environment.

Be sure to read Chapter 11 if you are interested in learning how to manage your files using the Linux command line (a popular method among most Linux users).

Though there are dozens of file managers in Linux, this chapter only covers one: Konqueror, the same program you just learned how to use for web browsing. Konqueror can work in two different waysas a web browser and as a file managerdepending on how you launch, or start, the program.

Since you already know a bit about Konqueror, it should be easy to learn how to use it as a file manager, so let's just dive in and get started. To open Konqueror as a file manager, just double-click the Home icon on your desktop. (As you might guess, it's the icon that looks like a little house.)

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