It’s known that Roger Goodell’s father, Senator Charles Goodell, was a close friend and associate of twice-Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Like Rumsfeld, the younger Goodell sent out thousands of memos, known as “snowflakes,” to his staff, detailing his thoughts and observations.
These are the snowflakes concerning suspended Baltimore Ravens running back and domestic abuse suspect Ray Rice.
February 20, 2014
Re: Ray Rice
There are known knowns, things that we know that we know, and known unknowns, things that we know that we do not know. There are also unknown knowns, things that we know, but do not know we know.
We know that Ray Rice had a physical altercation with Janay Palmer, and that he was dragging her unconscious body out of an elevator; these are known knowns.
But even though it can be known from what we know that he knocked her unconscious in this altercation, we would best keep this known an unknown known rather than a known known so that we can avoid the burden of knowing it.
The preponderance of evidence need not be exacerbated by the evidence of ponderance.
April 9, 2014
Re: What We Know About Ray Rice
There are known knowns and unknown knowns, but there can also be known known knowns, things that people know we know we know, and unknown known knowns, things that people do not know that we know we know.
We now know that we know that Ray Rice has knocked Janay Palmer unconscious; we have seen the video, and we know that we have seen it.
But it is not known that we know that we know this; it would be best to treat this unknown known known as an unknown known so that we will not be confronted with the responsibility of dealing with our knowledge.
The absence of evidence of the presence of evidence can be as useful as the absence of evidence itself.
September 8, 2014
Re: What They Know About What We Know About Ray Rice
There are known known knowns and unknown known knowns, but there can also be now-known now-known knowns, things that they now know that we now know that we know, and now-known then-known knowns, things that they now know that we then knew that we knew.
People now know that we now know that we know about Ray Rice knocking Janay Palmer unconscious, because the public now knows it and they know that we know what they know.
But they do not know that we knew then what they know now. It would be best to keep this then-known known as a now-known now-known known, so that we can act now as we responsibly should have acted then and be judged on what we now did knowing what we now know rather than what we then did knowing what we then knew.
The presence of current evidence can be represented as evidence of past absence of evidence.
September 12, 2014
Re: What They Now Know About What We Then Knew About Ray Rice
There are now-known now-known knowns and now-known then-known knowns, but there can also be known now-known then-known knowns, things that we know that they now know that that we then knew, and unknown now-known then-known knowns, things that we do not know that they now know that we then knew that we knew.
The public now knows that we knew that Ray Rice knocked Janay Palmer unconscious, because people who knew that we knew it have told them that we knew it.
But if we can willfully not know that they know that we knew, then we can act as if we did not know it and thus avoid having to act in the knowledge that it is known what we know, even if they know that we know that they know that we knew.
The act of acting as if there were an absence of evidence can serve as evidence of the absence of evidence even in the presence of the evidence of the presence of the evidence of the presence of evidence.
September 13, 2014
Re: What We Know About How Things Are Known
We think that we know that there are knowns and unknowns, but if there is no difference between our actions when there are knowns or unknowns, then it does not matter what we know.
It is not whether we know or do not know things that determines our actions, but rather our actions that determine what we can be said to know.
Therefore, let us no longer make it our cause to find out what we know, but rather to take an action that we wish to take and have it be known that these are our actions, no matter what else is known about us.
The absence of concern with knowledge is the freedom of action.
September 14, 2014
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