"Did Obama Just Take Default Off the Table?"
(Flashback) Business Insider:
"Obama Ad, 'Table,' Lays Out President's Vision"
"In a lengthy new television spot, President Barack Obama lays out his pitch to American voters in a direct-to-camera style that has been well-received in the past. In the ad, called 'The Table,' Obama summarizes his four-point plan for a second term...'[I]f I could sit down with you in your living room or around the kitchen table here's what I'd say..." (Source)
"Table" (definition) "Old English tabule, variant of tabula < Latin: plank, tablet..." (Source). "Tablet" (definition) "early 14c., 'slab or flat surface for an inscription' (especially the two Mosaic tables of stone), ...'slab'..." (Source) "late 12c., 'board, slab, plate,' from Old French table 'board, plank, writing table, picture' (11c.)... from Latin tabula 'a board, plank, table,' originally 'small flat slab or piece' usually for inscriptions or for games, of uncertain origin, related to Umbrian tafle 'on the board.' [Cf.]...the ...Latin word ... mensa...Figurative phrase turn the tables (1630s) is from backgammon (in Old and Middle English the game was called tables). Table talk is attested from 1560s, translating Latin colloquia mensalis. ...The adjectival phrase under-the-table 'hidden from view' is recorded from 1949; under the table 'passed out from excess drinking' is recorded from 1921." (Source)
"The Tablets of Stone, Stone Tablets, Tablets of Law, or Tablets of Testimony (in Hebrew: ...Luchot HaBrit - 'the tablets [of] the covenant') in the Bible, were the two pieces of special stone inscribed with the Ten Commandments when Moses ascended Mount Sinai as recorded in the Book of Exodus. Exodus 31:18 refers to the tablets as the 'Tablets of Testimony'. According to the Bible, there were two sets. The first, inscribed by God, were smashed by Moses when he was enraged by the sight of the Children of Israel worshiping the Golden Calf; and the second, later cut by Moses and rewritten by God. According to traditional teachings of Judaism in the Talmud, they were made of blue sapphire stone as a symbolic reminder of the sky, the heavens, and ultimately of God's throne. Many Torah scholars, however, have opined that the Biblical 'sapir' was, in fact, the lapis lazuli..." (Source) For more on sapphire, see HERE.
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Many people today are now carrying around a sort of modern day "Air Tablet." Amongst the popular brands of "Tablet computer" currently available is the "HTC Air." The so-called "Tablets" run on "Android." "Android is a Linux-based operating system designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. ...Android, Inc. was founded in Palo Alto, California in October 2003 by Andy Rubin (co-founder of Danger),... Rich Miner (co-founder of Wildfire Communications, Inc.),... Nick Sears... (once VP at T-Mobile),... and Chris White (headed design and interface development at WebTV)... to develop, in Rubin's words 'smarter mobile devices that are more aware of its owner's location and preferences'" (Source)
The Outer Limits: "Blank Slate," (Season 5, Episode 8, 2 April 1999): "This well-manicured man is being change by somebody and is carrying all of his memories in a box." (Source)
"Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon...The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray."
~ Revelation 12:3, 9, NIV
(The "SnapDragon" logo manages to combine elements suggestive of the dragon [lexically] and phoenix [symbolically] on a stylized Taiji [Yin-Yang Symbol]; Image Source)
"Snapdragon is a family of mobile system on chips (SoC) by Qualcomm. Qualcomm considers Snapdragon a 'platform' for use in smartphones, tablets, and smartbook devices. The original Snapdragon CPU...[was] dubbed Scorpion..." (Source)
Another important sort of table is the "Periodic Table of the Elements." For more on elements, see Here. But let me just make a few points.
Here's a bit of movie review text that - to my eyes, anyway - is just bristling with Forteana:
After a rash of red-baiting anti-communist films in the early 1950s, the popular cinema of the English-speaking world largely abandoned communist villains in favour of conspiratorial freelance crooks (like "Spectre" in the Bond movies) and trouble-making renegades. This canny practice continues, and in the fourth big-screen spin-off of long-running TV espionage series Mission: Impossible the villain is Kurt Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist), a deranged Swedish nuclear scientist trying to create a third world war by fomenting conflict between the United States and Russia. The plot is much the same as that in the latest Sherlock Holmes [Cf. 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7] picture, though the aim here is the quite literal end of civilisation as we know it so that a newly cleansed world can open up for mankind. (Source)Now (fairly or not) People magazine summarized "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" as being about "about a flim-flam man bombing select targets in Europe in an effort to start a world war" adding, parenthetically, that "WWI ignites a mere two decades after the film is set" (Source).
Compare: "Eve of Disaster. Why 2013 eerily looks like the world of 1913, on the cusp of the Great War" (Source).
"Ghost Protocol" (which name evokes specters of the past, does it not?) centers around the efforts of a physicist-cum-terrorist, code-named "Cobalt" to incite a global nuclear cataclysm. "Cobalt is a chemical element with symbol Co..." (Source) "CO" is also the abbreviation for a certain US state, host of shooting tragedies from Columbine to Aurora (See here and here). Physics (particularly in its quantum aspects) has sometimes been called the "new alchemy" (Source).These quantum-atomic alchemical-physical musings are associated with the WWI era...oh, say...around 1911-1912.
The dastardly corporation in Inception is also called "Cobol." One commentator wrote: "Cobal (sp?) - This unseen corporation has a very comic book feel to it. The name sounds like 'cabal' or 'cobalt'" (Source).
An additional worthy mention goes to the notion of the Tabula Rasa or "Blank Slate," perhaps most well known as a facet of John Locke's epistemology, but certainly not without its antecedents. According to this conception, associated with naïve formulations of empiricism, the mind is more or less "empty" (i.e., a "blank slate") until it is "filled" (or, inscribed upon) by sense experience. However, empiricists can (and do) dissent. For example, Francis Bacon is often cited as opposing the tabula rasa position. An overview of certain aspects of the philosophical debate can be glimpsed here. A related discussion, termed the "nature-nurture debate," has taken place in psychology.
"A fly lands on President Barack Obama while he speaks in the White House"
Thought experiments are often employed when considering issues of this sort. One may appeal to various literary visions to make one's case - pro or contra. For example, "one [might]...envision an...extreme experiment: the depositing of a population of pre-adolescents on a desert island, Lord of the Flies-like. A tabula rasa quickly ceases to be a clean slate (if it ever was...)" (Paul Kerswill, "Contact and new varieties," Raymond Hickey, The Handbook of Language Contact [Wiley-Blackwell, 2012], p. 238).
"BAAL-ZEBUB [, BEELZEBUB or BEELZEBUL] ...Philistine [god] mentioned in...II Kings i. 2, 3, 6, 16)... As the word stands, it means 'Baal of flies'...the god who expels or destroys flies; though it may also mean the patron or controller of flies. ...A [Zeus Apomyios - APOMYIUS/Apomuios, 'Averter of Flies'/'driving away the flies,' a surname of Zeus at Olympia. On one occasion, when Heracles was offering a sacrifice to Zeus at Olympia, he was annoyed by hosts of flies, and in order to get rid of them, he offered a sacrifice to Zeus Apomyius, whereupon the flies withdrew across the river Alpheius...] was worshiped at Elis in Greece as a disperser of flies...[The name is commonly explained after the Septuagint and Josephus, 'Ant.' ix. 2, § 1, as the 'Lord of Flies'...Plagues [are] often ascribed to the influence of flies...Apollo Apomyios [Cf. HERE, HERE, and HERE - Ed.] [was another Greek] god who dispelled lies...[T]he fly was regarded by the Jews in particular as more or less impure and demonic. 'The evil spirit [ye-er ha-ra] lies like a fly at the doors of the human heart,' says Rab, with reference to 'the flies of death' in Eccl. x. 1 (Ber. 61a and Targ. Yer. to the passage). 'A fly, being an impure thing, was never seen in the slaughterhouse of the Temple' (Abot v. 8), nor did one cross the table of Elisha; which fact, according to Rab, gave proof to the Shunammite woman that he was 'a holy man' (II Kings iv. 9; Ber. 10b). The devil in German folk-lore also appears in the shape of a fly..." (Sources: 1, 2, & 3; For more information, see here and here).
Of (Fortean) interest are the numerous cultural references to the tabula rasa, or "blank slate." Here is a sampling.
A 2002 work by author Steven Pinker, in the vein of evolutionary psychology, is titled The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature. Wikipedia's summary describes it as "a best-selling...book...[that argues] against tabula rasa models of the social sciences." (Source)
("Amazo," the Android; Image Source)
(Amazon selling Android Tablets; Image Source)
"The Shulchan Aruch (...literally: 'Set Table')...also known as the Code of Jewish Law, is the most authoritative legal code of Judaism. It was authored in Safed, Ottoman Eyalet of Damascus, by Yosef Karo in 1563 and published in Venice two years later... Together with its commentaries, it is the most widely accepted compilation of Jewish law ever written" (Source; For more information, see HERE.)
Sefer Sheva Mitzvot HaShem ("The Book of the Commandments of the Name"): Chabad views: A Shulchan Aruch for Gentiles[:] After the late Rebbe of Chabad Lubavitch, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, started his Noahide Campaign in the 1980s, the number of Gentiles willing to keep the Seven Laws of Noah as described in the Torah increased...A codification of the exact obligations of the Gentiles in the spirit of the classical Shulchan Aruch was needed. In 2005 the scholar Rabbi Moshe Weiner of Jerusalem accepted to produce an in-depth codification of the Noahide precepts...The work is called Sefer Sheva Mitzvot HaShem, (The Book of Seven Divine Commandments) published 2008/2009. As it is approved by both Chief Rabbis of Israel, Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar and Rabbi Yonah Metzger, as well as other Hasidic- and non-Hasidic halachic authorities like Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz and Rabbi Jacob Immanuel Schochet, it can claim an authoritative character and is referred as a 'Shulchan Aruch'... for Gentiles at many places" (Source - Stamped: "This page was last modified on 15 January 2013 at 19:39.")
("Over the Rainbow"; Image Source)
(The so-called "awakened Crown Chakra" is here depicted as radiating a Rainbow
(The so-called "awakened Crown Chakra" is here depicted as radiating a Rainbow
Shalila Sharamon & Bodo j. Baginski, The Chakra-Handbook; Image Source URL)
To go further "over the rainbow" see here, here, here, here, and here).
See Maurice Pinay's entries HERE.