THE EARTHIAN ­       –         1

Effective Learning Publications, 32 East Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, USA, www.effectivelearning.net, June 15, 2018


Or So It Seems to Me Today

Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA, Editor & Publisher


I’ve decided to change the name of the Effective Learning Digest to The Earthian, to project a clearer message regarding purposes I intend to pursue publishing this Internet blog given the time on Earth I have left at age seventy-seven.

It seems to me the name Effective Learning Digest more or less implies you should learn new things just for the hell of it to maybe make yourself feel good or be a little more able to deal with problems and opportunities in your own daily life.

I have used the word Earthian for many years, since encountering it back in the 1970s in Buckminster Fuller’s great little book Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, one of the most satisfying books I have read. Apparently Fuller invented the word Earthian, and the appellation Spaceship Earth, implying Earth is something that has to be maintained by humans monitoring regular interdependent scientific processes in the infinity of airless time and space, by keeping trees and other plants emitting oxygen that humans breathe, humans that emit carbon dioxide that plants ingest, to make more oxygen in perpetual motion closed systems. Such production systems have to be kept in synchronous interdependent regularities, requiring not cutting down and burning up too many trees, and not putting too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere burning fossil fuels, otherwise serious trouble can happen, as most humans should know given what they have been exposed to in various media about global warming.

 What is an Earthian? The term applies mostly to humans aboard Spaceship Earth, aka planet Earth; but it includes more than humans: it includes all sentient species of fauna and flora aboard Spaceship Earth.

In other words, the purpose of The Earthian is to preserve all species aboard Spaceship Earth, not just right wing or left wing political humans living in the United States, or in any other country. The purpose is not to just cause humans to learn something just for the sake of learning it, something that might make their personal lives a little better, but to learn something that might make smoother sailing for Spaceship Earth.

The purpose is to learn something that might preserve life for all creatures large and small living aboard Spaceship Earth in any country or political entity.

I can’t keep from thinking there is a resemblance between President Trump in the White House and the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, especially since his performance discussing tariffs at the last G7 meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada June 8-9, the 44th such meeting, where he pissed off every good ally of the US with his rude crude boorish off-the-wall comments and threats. Seems about the only international friends he has left are Kim Jong Un, Netanyahu, and the new King of Saudi Arabia. There is no way to predict what he might say or do at any given moment.

Not long ago Trump blurted out in a cabinet meeting in his White House, “Where are my tariffs? Get me some tariffs,” like an impetuous king demanding some sort of favorite food or candy, and by golly his underlings got him some tariffs, apparently a lot of them, enough to set off a trade war. Another US president who liked tariffs was Herbert Hoover before the Great Depression started, who also raised interest rates. The US Federal Reserve is now raising interest rates. Let’s hope the Mad Hatter does not bring on another great depression with his impetuous demands. The Great Recession of 2008 we are now supposedly out of was bad enough.

According to mainstream media the US economy is now in fabulous shape, thanks to the Mad Hatter, with unemployment, counting only unemployed people looking for jobs, of only 3.8 percent and economic growth of about four percent, with about two percent inflation. Unfortunately counting all people of working age not in the work force, counting unemployed people who have given up on finding a job, no longer looking for a job, unemployment in the US is about twenty percent, and the four percent economic growth number counts a lot of jobs that do not pay a living wage and a lot of jobs that do not produce anything real, such as the reported profit increases of too big to fail banks, apartment rents, gambling profits, and what have you; and inflation may be as high as ten percent when you count price increases in drugs and medicine, education, food, and other things.

Hopefully the Mad Hatter and his buddy Mad Dog Mattis in the White House will not impulsively decide one day the way to get the US out of its depression and make it great again is to start World War III, since WWII worked for getting the US out of the Great Depression started in the Republican Hoover administration in 1929 with a trade war because during the Democratic Roosevelt administration in the 1940s WWII created lots of new real jobs in factories making tanks, airplanes, bombs and such in massive quantities, and because the US had relatively little debt at the time.

There is no telling what will happen if Trump starts WWIII with the US down its Alice in Wonderland financial rabbit hole, with over 21 trillion dollars in debt already piled up, most of it coming from real money, not funny money created out of thin air by simply punching digits in computers at the Federal Reserve and calling the resulting numbers money, which is used to “buy” US treasury bonds creating spending money for the US federal government to pay its worldwide standing army, navy, air force, and its military hardware manufacturers — and its obligation to the US Social Security Trust Fund for money it borrowed from the SS Trust Fund, over three trillion dollars, SS surpluses generated through decades caused by SS cash inflows paid by citizens making their FICA payments for their social insurance system exceeding outflows remitted to SS insurance beneficiaries. Unfortunately SS cash outflows to beneficiaries now exceed inflows from FICA contributions, but it will take a long time for the federal government to pay back with yearly payments what it owes US citizens who produced the SS surplus with FICA payments deducted from their paychecks, paying back what the SS Trust Fund loaned the federal government, which was thought necessary by politicians to balance the federal government’s total cash inflows (composed of real money tax receipts, borrowed real money, and borrowed funny money from the Fed) and cash outflows (mainly military cash needs and social security Trust Fund loan payments).

In the short run there is no danger the federal government cannot balance its budget: if worst comes to worse it can just keep on having the Fed punch more funny money digits into its computers and use the resulting numbers to buy more treasury bonds from the federal government, presto, producing money in treasury accounts for the US to pay for its standing worldwide military machine, and what have you, manna from heaven you might say. Unfortunately if the US keeps making funny money for too long, making too much of the stuff, eventually interest payments on the debt will become absurdly large and the debt itself will become absurdly large, so large that hyperinflation will ignite in the economy at large, causing financial hell on Earth.

What’s the chance the US would default on or repudiate its debt in WWIII? Pretty high I would say. What sort of chaos, anguish, and suffering would that cause for citizens with savings and pension plans? Would all intangible assets, including so-called money, become worthless? It’s happened before in collapsed countries.

And then there’s the suffering, tragedy, and chaos of the millions of people dislocated, killed and crippled—and the property and cultural treasures reduced to rubble—in countries in which soldiers invaded and on which bombs dropped, likely including people living in the US the next time around.

According to the US Congressional Budget Office the federal budget deficit was $600 billion during the first half of 2018. Forget about Trump’s tax cuts eliminating the deficit through trickle-down voodoo economics, like he said they would. Cutting the corporate tax rate from thirty percent to twenty percent will cause the rate of increase in the federal debt to increase, not go away, like he said it would. It will enrich the rich and make things tougher for everyone else.

This sort of risky and precarious financial behavior is not confined to the US and its Federal Reserve System. The central banks of China, Japan, the European Union, and England are essentially doing the same thing. Thus Spaceship Earth is awash in debt that will never be paid back, and central bankers, like Odysseus lost at sea, are attempting to sail a course between two siren-calling monsters:  the Charybdis of runaway inflation and the Scylla of extreme morbid deflation, attempting to give their populations hope and some additional prosperity by creating enough funny money to cause some economic growth without igniting hyperinflation, while at the same time not failing to create enough funny money to prevent extreme illiquidity, morbid deflation, maximum unemployment, and a maximum collapse of aggregate demand, causing the worst of depressions, under capitalism.

As I point out in “Toward the Creation of Spaceship Earth Incorporated,” the long run solution in my opinion entails getting Earthians off the treadmill of pursuing constant economic growth that ruins the ecology of Spaceship Earth by reducing the human population through peaceful attrition, natural human deaths exceeding natural births, causing more prosperity and economic security for individuals by dividing a shrinking global economic pie by an Earthian human population that shrinks even more, thereby causing natural Spaceship Earth ecological processes to improve enough to eliminate the possible fatal consequences of global warming. It’s better to do it via natural peaceful attrition than World War III.

Economic, religious, military, and political affairs aboard Spaceship Earth seem to be worsening, especially now in Yemen, the most poignant hellhole on Earth at present; and here we are stuck with this Mad Hatter-like president only caring about himself and his right wing voters, most of whom having no idea what is really going on, wildly stirring the global political pot any way he can to get personal attention, while the US aids and abets the Saudi attack on the helpless Yemenis.

As usual in the Effective Learning Digest, now named The Earthian, this month’s issue links and cites recent articles written and published by clear deep thinking hard hitting independent writers in various Internet publications on current ecological, economic, and political affairs around Spaceship Earth. I included an article, not the clearest and deepest in this issue by any stretch, I recently wrote and published in the Effective Learning Report titled “De-Gaming And Saving Democracy,” in which I point out democracy is waning in the Western World and capitalism has failed to satisfy a majority of citizens. I proposed in the article a democratic way to rejuvenate democracy. The upshot of the article is that the fate of Spaceship Earth depends on people like you. We need your help. Read the article and set up a De-Gaming Democracy group in your community.

This The Earthian issue includes an interesting article by Effective Learning Report colleague Courtenay Barnett titled “Defaming the World’s Fastest Human,” and an article by a new ELR colleague Joyce Wilson titled “Something to do in the summertime.”



June 15, 2018

Here is my latest article in the Effective Learning Report.

SOURCE: “De-Gaming and Saving Democracy,” by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT, http://blog.effectivelearning.net/1126-2/.


June 14

Yemen: possibly the worst current tragedy aboard Spaceship Earth

SOURCE: “With Explicit US Backing, Saudi Attack on Yemen’s Humanitarian Lifeline Begins,” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, TRUTHOUT.ORG, https://truthout.org/articles/with-explicit-us-backing-saudi-attack-on-yemens-humanitarian-lifeline-begins/.


June 14

As usual when a government in South America does not do what the US deep state wants send in the CIA and get rid of it. To heck with what their own people want.

SOURCE: “Media scoundrels urge coup d’etat in Venezuela,” by Stephen Landman, INTREPIDREPORT.COM, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/24302.


June 13

Say it ain’t so Joe.

SOURCE: “Predatory Gambling in the USA,” by Russell Mokhiber, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/13/predatory-gambling-in-the-usa/.


June 13

Here is another sermon by international lawyer Courtenay Barnett on problems meting out justice for Olympics athletes.

SOURCE: “Defaming the World’s Fastest Human,” by Courtenay Barnett, EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT, http://blog.effectivelearning.net/defaming-the-worlds-fastest-human/.


June 13

Enterprising ideas for educators by Joyce Wilson a new ELR colleague

SOURCE: “5 Ways Teachers Can Make Summer Side Gigs Last Through the School Year,” by Joyce Wilson, EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT, http://blog.effectivelearning.net/something-to-do-in-the-summertime/.


June 13

Say it ain’t so, Joe.

SOURCE: “Antarctica Is Melting Three Times as Fast as a Decade Ago: The continent’s rate of ice loss is speeding up, which is contributing even more to rising sea levels,” by Kendra Pierre-Louis, NYTIMES.COM, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/13/climate/antarctica-ice-melting-faster.html.


June 13

Can you believe this?

SOURCE: “No Coke, no Pepsi: Bottlers leave Mexico city hit by crime,” by Mark Stevenson, YAHOO.COM, https://www.yahoo.com/news/no-coke-no-pepsi-bottlers-leave-mexican-city-210937975.html?soc_src=hl-viewer&soc_trk=fb.


June 13

And we thought democracy was in sad shape here in the US.

SOURCE: “113 Politicians Have Been Killed Ahead of Mexcio’s Election. There Are Still Two Weeks To Go,” by Karla Zabludovsky, BUZZFEED.COM, https://www.buzzfeed.com/karlazabludovsky/113-politicians-killed-this-election-season-in-mexico?utm_term=.yj0X1DyQO&ref=mobile_share#.weAVlmBJ8.


June 13

We’ve got more complexes than I knew we had.

SOURCE: “’If only We’d Listened to Ike…’ – Inside The Deep State,” by Kevin Paul, ZEROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-12/if-only-wed-listened-ike-inside-deep-state.


June 13

Trump thinks he is more powerful than kings were after Magna Carta was signed in 1215.

SOURCE: “There is no ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card for the president,” by John W. Whitehad, INTREPID REPORT.COM, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/24247.


June 12

Repug administrations have tried to ruin just about everything for we the people, and this is the next step. Do what you can to make sure the House of Reps goes along with the Senate and overrules the corrupt bums in the Trump admin on net neutrality.

SOURCE: “Net neutrality ends, battle to save it continues,” by Stephen Landman, INTREPIDREPORT.COM, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/24283.


June 12

This is a very sad commentary on Spaceship Earth’s political and economic system. See my 2013 article “Toward the Creation of Spaceship Earth Incorporated,” at http://mwcnews.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=31023&catid=38&Itemid=125   for a better perspective.

SOURCE: “The War of Hunger That Afflicts the World’s Poor,” by Vijay Prashad, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/12/the-war-of-hunger-that-afflicts-the-worlds-poor/.


June 12

This article provides new insight into the root causes of political troubles. Well worth a read.

SOURCE: “American Rage,” by William Hawes, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/12/american-rage/.


June 5

Here are some videos created by my longtime friend William John Cox. Wm says he is getting tired of writing books and articles and just wants to talk about what is on his mind in the morning. Well worth a listen.

SOURCE: “Somethings Can’t be Said in 280 Characters: William John Cox discusses our Rights of Liberty and Consent…” YOUTUBE.COM, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSZ9Uf3R1Js.


June 5

This article is about as pessimistic as it gets, but it’s worth a read.

SOURCE: “Very little or no hope,” by Missy Comley Beattie, INTREPIDREPORT.COM, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/24195.


June 5

Here’s another hard hitting truthful article by Paul Craig Roberts.

SOURCE: “Democracy is fighting to survive the rise of Western authoritarianism,” by Paul Craig Roberts, INTREPIDREPORT.COM, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/24220.


June 4

Here’s another great article by Courtenay Barnett.

SOURCE: “Sermon – reflections on war.” By Courtenay Barnett, EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT, http://blog.effectivelearning.net/sermon-reflections-on-war/.


June 3

Somewhat similar to what Israel is now doing to the Palestinians.

SOURCE: “How the Nez Perce were kicked off their land and never allowed to return, despite repeated promises,” by Meteor Blades, DAILYKOS.COM, https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/5/28/1766504/-How-the-Nez-Perce-were-kicked-off-their-land-and-never-allowed-to-return-despite-repeated-promises.


June 3

Here is another article explaining principles, procedures, problems, and opportunities posed by educators using a Classroom De-Gamer in teaching and learning situations.

SOURCE: “The Classroom De-Gamer,” by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT, http://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-classroom-de-gamer/.


June 3

Here is another relevant article by ELR colleague Courtenay Barnett on his efforts to instantiate Free Child Caribbean ego state energy and culture into his Critical Parent London culture during the 1970s.

For more on what it is to instantiate ego states read my book Born to Learn: A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning at https://www.amazon.com/Born-Learn-Transactiona…/…/0692584331.

We now desperately need to instantiate more Free Child ego state energy into US culture to combat creeping fascism and the bowling alone phenomenon.

Richard John Stapleton, Editor & Publisher, Effective Learning Report, June 3, 2018.

SOURCE: “Sermon – My Civilizing Mission,” by Courtenay Barnett, EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT, https://www.facebook.com/richard.stapleton.397.


June 1

Very sad it’s come to this.

Has the NFL also outlawed Tebow’s kind of kneeling on the field?

Kaepernick had a good cause but one unfortunately outlawed by the NFL because it hurt its bottom profit line.

Consequently Kaepernick has been persecuted, and he can no longer find a job playing pro football, despite his considerable competitive skills as a quarterback, having been blacklisted by owners of teams in the NFL.

What was the big deal in the first place about his kneeling instead of standing for the national anthem?

Kaepernick courageously refused to pretend to cathect his Adapted Child ego state in a ritual designed to force obedience to and reverence for the militaristic powers of the US.

For more on what an Adapted Child ego state is read my book Born to Learn: A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning at https://www.amazon.com/Born-Learn-Transactiona…/…/0692584331.

SOURCE: “Colin Kaepernick vs. Tim Bebow: A Tale of two Christians on their knees,” by Michael Frost, WASHINGTONPOST.COM, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/09/24/colin-kaepernick-vs-tim-tebow-a-tale-of-two-christianities-on-its-knees/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.db39af6f1216.


June 1

Well, here it is folks. The US govt admits it uses fake news to manipulate its own people. It’s no wonder mainstream media is saturated with fake news.

SOURCE: “The Council On Foreign Relations Says Domestic Propaganda is Necessary,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-31/council-foreign-relations-says-domestic-propaganda-necessary.


June 1

Say it ain’t so, Joe

SOURCE: “Taxpayer-funded mercenaries serving both U.S. & foreign aristocracies,” by Eric Zuesse, INTREPIDREPORT.COM, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/24193.


May 31

Here is an egregious example of the media letting us know in the last few days that over four thousand people died in Puerto Rico in the last hurricane there, September 20, 2017, not less than one hundred as we were told up until the last few days. How is it news like this can be suppressed this long? To quote that intellectual paragon Bush II, the stupidist president of US history, this was a heckuva job investigating and reporting (ie, ignoring and suppressing) by media reporters and publishers for eight months, no doubt as instructed by the current lying US federal administration.

SOURCE: “May You Live in Stupid, Corrupt and yet Fascinating Times,” by Michael Krieger, LIBERTYBLITZKRIEG.COM, https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/05/30/may-you-live-in-stupid-corrupt-and-yet-fascinating-times/.


May 31

Say it ain’t so, Joe

SOURCE: “The can-do people of America have forfeited thinking to the Corporatocracy who have colonized them,” by Denis A. Conroy, INTREPIDREPORT.COM, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/24177.


May 31

Positive evolutions and gruesome machinations in the electric power industry.

SOURCE: “Trump has plenty of accomplices in his reckless energy policies,” by Harvey Wasserman, INTREPIDREPORT.COM, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/24180.


May 30

Another great article by Ellen Brown who knows more about money and banking than almost anyone.

SOURCE: “Blackstone, BlackRock or a public bank?” by Ellen Brown, INTREPIDREPORT.COM, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/24169.


May 30

Say it ain’t so, Joe

SOURCE: “I Pledge Allegiance to the United States of Sociopathy,” by Elizabeth Keyes, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/05/30/i-pledge-allegiance-to-the-united-states-of-sociopathy/.


May 30

Repugs have about ruined everything.

SOURCE: “Blue Cross Blue Shield exec blames Republican obstruction of Obamacare for rising premiums,” by Wagatwe Wanjuki, DAILYKOS.COM, https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/5/23/1759894/-Blue-Cross-Blue-Shield-exec-blames-Republican-obstruction-of-Obamacare-for-rising-premiums.


May 30

Say it ain’t so, Joe

SOURCE: “Making Sense of America’s Empire of Chaos,” by Tyler Durden, via TomDispatch.com, ZEROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-28/making-sense-americas-empire-chaos.


May 29

The following chart at least helps.

SOURCE: “US Foreign Policy Explained: David Sylvan and Stephen Majeski reveal the imperial logic behind US diplomatic and military interventions around the globe…” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-29/visualizing-imperial-logic-us-foreign-policy.


May 29

Not much of a surprise here.

SOURCE: “Pharma paid and Trump delivered,” by Martha Rosenberg, INTREPIDREPORT.COM, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/24134.


May 29

Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was a big mistake.

SOURCE: “Europe and the US: Dawn of an Era of Mutual Indignation,” by Gary Leupp, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/05/28/europe-and-the-us-dawn-of-an-era-of-mutual-indignation/.


May 28

Say it ain’t so, Joe

SOURCE: “The Cost of War at the End of Empire: It’s a lethal machine to exstract profit,” by William Rivers Pitt, TRUTHOUT.ORG, https://truthout.org/articles/the-cost-of-war-at-the-end-of-an-empire/.


May 27

A fine kettle of fish. Here we have this beautiful military as Madelyn Albright called it, the most powerful military force in history to protect and expand the US empire, and yet it cannot win any wars. The Romans used to just crucify large numbers of people and leave them alive, their cries and moans audible for all to hear, nailed hanging on crosses on roads leading into towns to cow local populations into submission; but nothing the US military does now with all its airplanes and bombs cannot cow any enemy into submission. Somebody started the war on terror by knocking down the World Trade Towers supposedly with hijacked airplanes that cost about four hundred thousand dollars, but the US military after spending some five to seven trillion dollars cannot end it. Absurdity of absurdities.

SOURCE: “The United States is a Force for Chaos Across the Planet: The US’s endless war has resulted in endless failures,” by Mark Karlin, TRUTHOUT.ORG, https://truthout.org/articles/the-united-states-is-a-force-for-chaos-across-the-planet/.


May 27

Capitalism run amok, proving it does not work for most people.

SOURCE: “When CEO’s Earn 5,000 Times as Much as a Company’s Workers,” by Sarah Anderson, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/05/25/when-ceos-earn-5000-times-as-much-as-a-companys-workers/.


May 27

A sad commentary on human nature and life, replete with tragedies, and joys, indiscriminately distributed among the lot, inevitably and accidentally caused, a tale of human lives prematurely ended en masse.

SOURCE: “You Can’t Commit Genocide Without the Help of Local People,” by Robert Fisk, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/05/25/you-cant-commit-genocide-without-the-help-of-local-people/.


May 27

Round and round she goes, where she stops nobody knows, because nobody knows what will cause what in international affairs; but here is a man who knows more than almost anyone else.

SOURCE: “Noam Chomsky on Donald Trump and the ‘Me First’ Doctrine,” by C.J. Polychroniou, TRUTHOUT.ORG, https://truthout.org/articles/noam-chomsky-us-foreign-policy-under-trump-follows-me-first-doctrine/.


May 27

Not the country I thought I was born in.

SOURCE: “With Haspel Sworn in as CIA Director, Let’s Stop Pretending That Her Atrocitie4s Run Counter to American Values,” by Maha Hilal, TRUTHOUT.ORG, https://truthout.org/articles/with-haspel-sworn-in-as-cia-director-let-s-stop-pretending-that-her-atrocities-run-counter-to-american-values/.


May 22

Wish it weren’t so, but it probably is, sad, inevitable, stupid. The human world has always been an unfair screwed-up place, and things are coming to a head. How long it will take for the collapse to happen is another matter. Nobody knows.

SOURCE: “The Coming Collapse,” by Chris Hedges, COMMONDREAMS.ORG, https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/05/21/coming-collapse?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork.


May 21

You don’t say?

SOURCE: “Fake News No Problem: Internet Totally Dominates Advertising in the US. Only 2 Companies Divvy up nearly 60% of the Spoils,” by Wolf Richter, WOLFSTREET.COM, https://wolfstreet.com/2018/05/18/internet-dominates-advertising-2017-u-s-2-companies-divvy-up-nearly-60/.


May 21

Well said.  No, it’s about a lot more than guns, primarily males who fell through the cracks developmentally caused by not being able to learn how to relate to people in general caused by the social environments in which they accidentally or inevitably had to live as children.

SOURCE: “You Think It’s All About Guns?” by James Howard Kunstler, KUNSTLER.COM, http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/you-think-its-all-about-guns/#.WwOUTcPccY4.facebook.


May 21

Another article on the changing of human consciousness.

SOURCE: “The Friendly Mask Of The Orwellian Oligarchy is Slipping Off,” by Caitlin Johnstone, MEDIUM.COM, https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/the-friendly-mask-of-the-orwellian-oligarchy-is-slipping-off-b896a0a25b5f.


May 21

Say it ain’t so, Joe

SOURCE: “An Extreme Climate Forces Extreme Measures as Worst-Case Predictions Are Realized,” by Dahr Jamail, TRUTHOUT.ORG, https://truthout.org/articles/an-extreme-climate-forces-extreme-measures-as-worst-case-predictions-are-realized/.


May 21

Another sermon by Courtenay Barnett on a bad mistake.

SOURCE: “Sermon – East Jerusalem: A capital provocation,” by Courtenay Barnett, EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT, http://blog.effectivelearning.net/1078-2/.


May 10

… and all those one tenth of one percent richest people earned all their money by doing honest hard work with their minds and hands, don’t you know, and there’s no reason for them to give you any of it, especially by paying higher tax rates than poor people … and now it’s time to go seepy-seep, and put your pretty little head on your pillow, and don’t you worry about a thing …

SOURCE: “The American Dream is Dead: The top 0.1% owns as many assets as the bottom 90%,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-08/american-dream-dead.


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Br’er Trump Burrowed Up In His White House Briar Patch

By Richard John Stapleton

What connection does Donald Trump have with Br’er Rabbit in Joel Harris’s Uncle Remus folktale about a rabbit that tricked a fox into throwing him in a briar patch?

Trump said he really didn’t want to be president. Running for president was just another Game he was playing to get structure, recognition, and stimulation, and to make more money. He thought the free publicity he would receive from complicit mainstream media running for president would more than pay for whatever he had to pay in his own money to run, causing the sales of his various “brands” to increase—selling and renting hotel rooms, rounds of golf, apartments, condos, office space, retail space, steaks, wine, beauty pageants, reality TV shows, college courses, books, casino gambling, and what have you.

Br’er Rabbit got caught in a tar pit and got so much tar stuck to him that he couldn’t run fast enough to escape a fox that caught him and wanted to eat him for supper. Knowing his situation was dire the rabbit pleaded with the fox to do whatever he wanted to do with him, “except please do not throw me in that briar patch over yonder.” After listening to several alternative punishments suggested by the rabbit other than throwing him in the briar patch the fox decided throwing the rabbit in the briar patch might be an interesting thing to do, so he threw the rabbit in the briar patch just to see what would happen. The rabbit licked the tar off him in the briar patch and escaped, making a fool of the fox. Adding insult to injury, Br’er Rabbit taunted the fox as he merrily ran away, letting him know he had been born and raised in a briar patch.

Not only did Trump say he didn’t want to win the presidency, he said he didn’t think he had a chance of winning; and reports are he and his wife were initially distraught when he did win, even shedding tears, crocodile tears perhaps. Unfortunately for Trump, assuming this story is true, he over-estimated his Republican opponents in the primaries; and after he won the Repub nomination, a smart rich hedge fund fox, Robert Mercer, decided he wanted to see what would happen if Trump won the general election, so he shelled out big money and helped craft a winning strategy for his campaign, thereby throwing Trump in the briar patch.

“Winning” the general election showed reverse psychology can work assuming Trump really did want to be president; or his original plan and scheme failed, if he truly did not want to be president of the US. Regardless, he is now burrowed up in a political briar patch in the White House, having been thrown in there by oligarchs and his voters. It remains to be seen whether Trump can escape his briar patch to merrily live happily ever after, as the rabbit presumably did in Uncle Remus’s folktale.

Although Trump appeared shocked and dismayed at first because of winning the general election, after giving his “victory” more thought, the story goes, he decided it must have been a good thing for him to win or it would not have happened, proving he really was special, so he decided to get on with the job in a manly forthright way, switching on the Drama Triangle from the Victim position to the Rescuer position.

Trump would have looked foolish indeed if, after winning the general election, he had said something like, “Look, guys, I was just kiddin’ about wantin’ to be president. I just ran for the fun of it. I was just foolin’ around. I’m not gonna do it. You gotta find somebody else.”

In any case, alas, it now appears Trump must have decided he likes being president for some reason, since he has hired a campaign manager for the 2020 election, implying he wants to “win” a second term.

Trump’s story about his election experience and Uncle Remus’s story about a rabbit thrown in a briar patch are not fully analogous, but there are some interesting parallels, one of the most salient being that neither the rabbit nor Trump could be believed about not wanting to be thrown in the briar patch.

Some Red State evangelical religious folks said after he won the election they thought Trump was chosen through some sort of divine intervention, and decided he would help them promote their religious brands. The current Catholic Pope who is fine with Trump recently blurted out to a reporter in a private conversation that hell does not exist, which the reporter reported in a mainstream medium, which was quickly denied by lawyers in the Vatican who know the Catholic religion needs hell to sell their brand of religion to sinners. What better promoter of sinning and possibly going to hell could evangelicals and Catholics find than Donald Trump as president to promote their brands?

President Jimmy Carter, by far the least sinful of US presidents of my lifetime, who was not very popular with a lot of religious folks in Red States when he left office after one term, recently appeared on a late night mainstream TV show hosted by Stephen Colbert where he said he was praying for Trump and he hoped he would do a good job.

It’s hard to know what doing a good job is as a US president. Most people probably consider doing a good job as a US president to be taking actions and working for and signing rules, legislation, and laws that will make them better off at someone else’s expense, which is not exactly Christian-like. On the other hand, US presidents are supposed to entertain people and make them feel good about themselves, which is why most US presidents have movie-star looks with good teeth and nice smiles, and can memorize humorous lines in speeches, or at least read lines from teleprompters with effective emotional body language. Probably the more sinful presidents are the more entertaining they are for most viewers. Who wants a boring president who is only concerned about justice, reality, fairness, productivity, paying bills on time, and that sort of thing? That would be worse than having a boring teacher in school.

A good leader of a good organization according to organizational behavior educators such as I is a person that causes an organization to do what the sign on the door says, whether it says building houses, growing food, selling clothes, educating people, curing the sick, enforcing laws, creating good laws, or protecting people from miscreants and criminals. Organizations can either do the work they were supposed to do or play Games, that is engage in entropic activities that waste the potential productive energy of the organization for doing what the sign on the door says they’re supposed to do. The US government has been wasting an incredible amount of time, energy, and money playing Games since Trump got elected, probably more than most administrations, dealing with scandals, investigations, making paybacks to supporters, stupid wars (Trump’s words), and budgets.

According to sayings among members of the International Transactional Analysis Association back in the 1970’s there are five deadly organizational sins—money, power, righteousness, smarts, and sex.  This may sound a bit counter-intuitive since all these things but sex are required for an organization to succeed in external markets; but if any of the sins are applied in excess internally by participants they will sub-optimal organizational performance.  If all organizational participants care about is their personal money received from the organization, they will not focus as well as they might on the organization doing what the sign on the door says.  If all  participants care about is their personal power in the organization, the organization will be less successful than it otherwise would have been.  If all organizational participants are concerned about is proving how smart they are the organization will not be as successful as it would have been.  If all participants care about is proving how right their ideologies are the organization will not be as successful as it would have been.  And if all organizational participants care about is proving how sexually functional they are obviously the organization will be less successful than it would have been, in competition with other organizations.

To maximize organization performance good leaders cause internal participants to focus on doing what the sign on the organization’s door says it is supposed to do, rather than play their individual Games.

In this light, all organizations are somewhat sinful, but some are worse than others.  The US government is unquestionably a world leader in light of the five deadly organizational sins, which are often considered job requirements for participants, especially presidents and their close advisers.

There is no way a president of the US can please everyone. According to recent surveys, despite his past sins coming home to haunt him, e.g., Stormy Daniel, or perhaps because of them, Trump is now pleasing from thirty to fifty percent of the US electorate, possibly the most sinful segment of the population.

Unfortunately, sins, as most preachers, priests, and people commonly consider sinning—adultery, lying, cheating, stealing, murdering, and the like—are now job requirements for a president of the US, with the possible exception of adultery. Presidents have to lie by keeping state secrets secret; they have to murder by ordering drone strikes and bombings; they have to steal from other countries by erecting tariffs against them and sometimes bombing them to steal their resources. Loving his neighboring countries as he loves his own would be considered insane and traitorous in a US president.

Trump may have been better qualified for being president than most past presidents were, with one possible deficiency. I have yet to read an article in any supposed information medium alleging Trump had someone whacked or rubbed out by a mafia-style hit man to cover up his sins and crimes, which is not the case with Lyndon Johnson, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. But, Trump is fully qualified to legally steal for the US as evidenced by his bankruptcies he has bragged about, enabling him to walk away with bundles of cash in his bank account, with creditors left holding an empty bag. He is also very good at legally stealing by avoiding taxes, and not paying his bills, which he said proves he’s smart, maybe even a stable genius. For sure he has not loved his neighbor as himself, being a firm believer in always putting himself first. Stuff like adultery is chump change to him. He has said most people are too moral to make any money.

Most people would readily agree a good US president should want to make the US money at the expense of other nations. This is almost guaranteed with Trump, since he can make money for his Trump Organization as he enriches the US.

I think Trump is probably one of the most experienced and skillful psychological Game players we have had as a US president. Psychological Games have various outcomes in which people win and lose, not merely money, but self-esteem, power, and high positions. Born with money, high self-esteem, and a high social position in his environment, Trump does not know what it is not to have these things. How much money he has actually made with his own intelligence after the fortune he inherited is adjusted for inflation is debatable, since he refuses to publish financial statements or tax returns; but, to his credit, he has not yet lost it all. Evidently his supporters think he is a real winner, financially, and presumably in other ways.

No doubt about it, Trump is a good NIGYSOB player, Now I’ve Got You, You SOB, a one-upmanship Game. He knows how to get in one-up positions relative to people around him, I’m OK—You’re Not (or less) OK, having had much experience playing the Game all his life. As he has demonstrated in the White House, all a person in his position has to do to win a NIGYSOB Game is fire anyone who will not at least pretend they think he is superior. People like Rex Tillerson, no matter how superior they may actually be as managers, almost never can call a boss like Trump a f*****g moron and get a way with it. Trump has by now fired several people close to him who were unwilling or unable to act as if he is superior. Robert Mueller and his congressional inquisition team may be Trump’s only remaining serious antagonist. Whether Trump NIGYSOBs Mueller before Mueller decides to indict him or not remains to be seen.

Psychological Game-players act out Rescuer, Persecutor, and Victim roles. Trump was elected as a Rescuer of his supporters and as a Persecutor of their scapegoat Victims, emigrants primarily, necessitating constructing a Great Wall between the US and Mexico to keep illegal immigrants out, but also including of course Trump’s supporters’ heinous Persecutor internal antagonists and scapegoats—those abominable liberals—plus all foreign countries who would dare compete economically against the morally pristine always-right US, playing the most common political psychological Game of all, If It Weren’t for You, in which people assert everything about the US would be just hunky dory if only it weren’t for Demos or Repubs, or that idiot Trump in the White House, or Obama, or whoever, or Iran, or Russia, or North Korea, or China, or whatever.

Unfortunately the US has never been fully OK and has steadily become less OK for decades regardless of who was President or which party was in power, although I must say it does seem to me the Repubs during their terms caused the US to become less OK at a faster rate than the Demos.

To his credit or discredit, Trump has tried to get that wall constructed for his voters, however foolhardy it might be. He has also tried to please his voters in the Rust Belt by starting a trade war for them, however insane it might be for everyone else. He has also repaid his rich donors by signing a new tax cut bill and the largest military budget increase in history. Yesterday he decided to send the military down to the US southern border to keep Central Americans out of the US, who were marching through Mexico in caravans with intentions to enter the US, since he had not been able to get his wall built in time to stop them.

Where he is having the most trouble Making America Great Again is dealing with the US military. During his presidential campaign he promised to Rescue peace lovers, by getting the US out of stupid wars (Trump’s words), the worst sort of briar patch to be thrown into, by stopping fighting unnecessary wars against nations not posing a military threat to the security of the US, unlike what he said Crooked Hillary would do, as seemed likely to me. In the interests of full disclosure I voted for Jill Stein of the Green Party.

After getting elected Trump promptly forgot about that promised reduction in military activity after getting confronted face to face by the deep state, the US military-industrial-intelligence protection racket, the largest Game-playing Persecutor and Rescuer on Earth, that needs wars to keep its cash flow flowing and meet its payroll, that not only starts wars but destroys nations because they posed an economic threat to the US. Shortly after the confrontation Trump began Tweeting messages from the Persecutor Game role to various possible external enemies, threatening to wipe them off the face of the Earth so to speak if they did not do what he said, since he was commander in chief of the most powerful fighting force on Earth and he would not put up with any s**t from any foreign country.

But here lately he seems to have changed his Tweeting tune about using the US military to enforce his will, switching from Persecutor to Rescuer on the Drama Triangle in a few cases. He has now apparently become a buddy of Kim Jung-un of North Korea, having planned a trip to go see him; he has maintained his friendship with Vladimir Putin of Russia; and, all of a sudden, a few days ago, he Tweeted that the US will be getting out of Syria very soon, ISIS or no ISIS.

Let’s You and Them Fight is a common psychological Game played by people who like to start fights for others to fight but who do not like to fight them up close and personal themselves, including most US presidents, politicians, and military planners and plotters. Such Games are played to alleviate boredom, and to gain money and power; and Trump is probably pretty good at it, having played Let’s You and Them Fight most of his life within his Trump Organization dealing with departmental conflicts, and externally doing battle with competing organizations to steal and protect business and market share.

Psychological Games vary in terms of hardness. First degree Games involve mainly insults, tricks, discounts, threats, and humiliations, such as those used by Br’er Rabbit; second degree Games involve shouting, yelling, threatening, and serious insults; third degree Games, sometimes called tissue-tearing Games, entail consequences such as going broke, or getting fired, divorced, sued, or being put in a jail, hospital or morgue. All psychological Games entail deceiving, belittling, or “discounting” the worth and right to exist of the opponent, or “mark”.

By various accounts first and second degree Games are omnipresent in the Trump White House. On the other hand, it’s possible Trump can’t abide third degree tissue-tearing Let’s You and Them Fight Games that entail killing masses of people and causing widespread wanton destruction of property and treasure in foreign countries. Let’s hope so. It seems he is attracted to and enjoys pretty people and buildings more than most people, especially big tall pretty ones with his name on them, so he might be less inclined to destroy buildings and people with bombs in foreign countries than most presidents.

Disagreeing with what President Jimmy Carter told Stephen Colbert, I don’t think praying for Trump will do any good, since most people Trump’s age are set in their ways. It seems to me we the people are currently at the mercy of his life script and the scripts of people he hires and doesn’t fire that he personally communicates with making decisions. On the bright side, it does seem to me there is some evidence his life script is not as anti-social as it appeared to be when he first came on stage as a possible new dear leader of the US.

The briar patch Trump is now burrowed up in is probably stickier and thornier than he ever dreamed it would be. I don’t know how he stands it, just knowing about the possible consequences of decisions and actions coming across his desk every day, especially knowing more than anyone else what the US deep state is doing to people all around Spaceship Earth.  The last time a US president seriously played Games with the deep state, John F. Kennedy, he got assassinated in a third degree NIGYSOB Game, involving covert operators in the deep state. Barack Obama said he didn’t want to wind up like John F. Kennedy. He cooperated with the deep state, and he merrily vacated the White House briar patch after eight years unscathed.

Who knows what sort of tar pit Trump fell into doing business before he got thrown into his White House briar patch. Most people would never think of Donald John Trump as a psychological Victim, but in some ways he is, like most of us. Most likely he won’t seriously try to reduce the cash inflows and power of the deep state, having already given them the biggest military spending increase in history, as his protection racket payment; but it seems to me there is some chance he might reduce military attacks as the so-called commander in chief of the military more than most presidents, letting the chips fall where they may, at least trying to do the right thing for most people in some ways—trying to do some of what he said he wanted to do when he was running for office—get the US out of stupid wars, create new infrastructure at home, and rationally interact with other countries around Spaceship Earth. He could even decide to become a martyr, at age seventy-plus, if necessary script messages were automatically absorbed into his life script before he was eight years old, that are now stored somewhere in his brain cells, that might get cathected.

What’s the probability this might happen? I have no idea, but it’s not very high. Regardless, we can always hope for the best.

Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA is an emeritus professor of organizational behavior and business policy and a certified transactional analyst, who writes on business and politics at www.effectivelearning.net. He is the author of Born to Learn: A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning at https://www.amazon.com/Born-Learn-Transactional-Analysis-Learning/dp/0692584331.

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My attitude, believing it’s educational for people to hear, and read, alternative opinions, is “if the shoe fits wear it.”  If not, believe whatever you want to believe.

This issue was covered more comprehensively in my book Business Voyages:  Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds.  See “Inside the Book” Business Voyages by Richard John Stapleton free at Amazon.com to see the table of contents and some of the writing.

Unfortunately in today’s Internet Facebook world many members of political parties regard people expressing opinions contrary to their party and personal propaganda, dogma, doctrine, lies, and opinions to be what they call “trolls”.  A troll is someone who infiltrates the psychological, intellectual, or physical boundaries of a group or organization, such as a group of Democrats or Republicans, with the mission of changing the minds of members to further the aims and purposes of a competing group or organization.

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Check out our article, “Optimizing the fairness of student evaluations:  A study of correlations between instructor excellence, study production, learning production, and effective grades,” by Stapleton & Murkison, published in 2001 in the Journal of Management Education, by the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society, using Sage Publications.  This article presents a new metric I invented, the CITP, the Composite Indicator of Teaching Productivity, which has now been cited in sixty-one refereed professional journal articles in several disciplines, from physics to psychology.

Here is a pdf copy of the article “Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations: A Study of Correlations Between Instructor Excellence, Study Production, Learning Production and Expected Grades.”


Published in 2001 by the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society in the Journal of Management Education, this article by Stapleton & Murkison has now been cited in 61 refereed professional journal articles, providing insights into how to evaluate teaching and learning in schools, colleges, and universities, showing how difficult it is to fairly evaluate teaching and learning and why relative expected grades questions should always be included on student evaluation forms to provide a modicum of fairness.

To verify the 61 citations just punch Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations into Google and read the sources.

Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations gets to the heart of intractable problems of the teaching profession, the most serious of which is probably teacher evaluations. How can you or a teacher know how well a teacher is doing his/her job? What sort of criteria can you use for making this judgment? Certainly the purpose of teaching is to cause learning to occur in students, but how do you measure this? What kind of learning? How much learning? How much learning relative to what? What percentage of a prescribed content or syllabus a teacher causes students to memorize? Or how much learning a teacher produces in students relative to how much peer teachers produce? In other words are you attempting to measure absolute learning or relative learning?

Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations presents a unique Composite Indicator of Teaching Productivity (CITP), one of the most sophisticated metrics of teaching productivity yet developed in the teacher evaluation literature.

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By Courtenay Barnett

Good day my beloved and welcome once more to the altar of the almighty truth.

Ah! – please, please – no standing ovation – no cheering. Not at this hallowed site. This is not a football game nor is it the American Congress. Please be seated – thank you.

The recent news cycle in America has featured  the ‘Blackface’ issue concerning the Governor of the state of Virginia. As this sermon unfolds – and it shall be a long one today – the totality of Virginia’s immediate problems in its political leadership reads more like a soap opera than does it seem to reflect actual events occurring. A good place to start is at the beginning.

So, what is ‘Blackface’?

The idea behind Blackface, in relation to its comedic intent, is that persons of African descent, are such that they represent the epitome of stupidity, laxness, shiftlessness and insobriety.  African-Americans were  elevated to comedic prominence by a White man named Thomas Dartmouth Rice (1808-1860). He would place black shoe polish on his face to ascend to the high degrees that his stage character would be at his best. His most famous and popular character, where he, Dartmouth, portrayed the ‘Blackface’ character both in the US and in England, was a stereotype stage figure named “Jim Crow”. A buffoon, a dunce, an ignoramus – and all those wonderful things that all Blacks are and would want their children to grow up to be. Dartmouth, to the amusement of fully entertained White audiences, expressed and explained the true nature of the African -American. “Explained”, for many a Caucasian at the time would not have met nor interacted with a person of colour of direct African descent post-emancipation of slavery – and so they were both informed and entertained by this stage figure’s  “explanation”. The term “Jim Crow” became synonymous with the segregation of African-Americans. That is the background.

Now, we fast forward to the Governor of the State of Virginia in 2019 A.D. to  one Ralph Northam, a White man who found  comfort  and pride in his blackfacing. He, in his college days thought that blackfacing with two prominent figures posted in his college yearbook as a ‘Blackface’ character standing next to a hooded member of the Ku Klux Klan ( that all White humanitarian group) was – oh – so funny and was suitable as a picture for his college yearbook. He was found out and then he first profusely apologised. The next day he denied that it was him. He, at a press conference, even thought that having said that he also blackfaced  for Michael Jackson was willing  do his own little performance with Jackson’s famous ‘Moon walk dance’ moves. His wife thought better of it and reigned him in before he could get ‘on stage’ so to speak.

Are we serious here?

Based on the facts – Governor Northam could never have been. But – I am sure that I am speaking from the altar of the Almighty truth – so I definitely am quite unequivocal in my outright condemnation of Northam and people of his ilk and what they then, as now, represent. I even have gone as far as condemning President Trump for comparable sentiments ( see: below – the article ‘President Trump and past and present cognitive dissonance’). So, if in the largest all Africa  online publication, I have so spoken, why then should I not be equally serious when I am speaking of Northam?

But, let me be fair, backtrack to the Caribbean, to Jamaica where I was born, then forward to England where I studied, and cross over to the US for just some  quick personal examples of deeply engrained ‘racial attitudes’ then conclude today’s  sermon.

My view is that in the Caribbean, when the Europeans were in colonial control there was institutionalised racism. Post-independence, I would say that there still is ‘shadism’. What do I mean?

Slave society in the Caribbean, in economic terms, on the global stage practised  the world’s first form of industrialised production. It mass produced mainly sugar cane and cotton by way of utilising in the millions ( both in monetary and in human terms) the physical machinery accompanied by the ‘human  manchinery’ of slaves, Africans. And so in the English form of colonial plantation society the slaves, in point of law were actually designated as ‘res’ – things – not people – but – property to be bought and sold with no consideration for separation from loved ones, family, nor having any rights to develop and maintain normal human bonds. For, in point of English law, as the famous ( infamous?) case of the Zong, the jettisoned slaves were treated by His Lordship, the then Chief Justice of England, Lord Mansfield,  as property as one might an animal- and  – as  he so said:-

“… case of slaves was the same as if horses had been thrown overboard,”

In fact, based on Lord Mansfield’s designation – some 132 “horses” – not human beings, were thrown overboard.

That is where White European sentiments and historically shaped attitudes are coming from.

More specifically, in the Caribbean/Jamaica, post-independence,  the plantation society populations had had their  attitudes towards ‘race’ historically shaped for them. Whites at the top – owners, overseers and any European riff-raff or vagabonds who happened upon the soil of the West Indies ( you were automatically White and privileged). Next, the offspring of the raped slave women – the Browns  (Mulattos)  the next step down. Last – the broad base of the  majority – the Blacks at the bottom of Caribbean societies. A truly colour coded society of socio-economic demarcations. That is what happened and relating thereto is how Caribbean attitudes on ‘race’ came into being – thus my turn of phrase ‘shadism’ versus overt ‘racism’.

So to my mind, when, as in the current US case, the good Governor is so misunderstood in his conduct, it is to be much ado about nothing, for nothing should so offend the “Negroes” as like animals they are (or should be) devoid of feelings. What about my feelings? Well let me share five racial experiences. Four from England and one from the US.

At age sixteen, my father sent me to England to obtain my matriculation subjects, under the English educational system – then called “Advanced level subjects” – or “A levels” for short. I needed two to enter the Inns of Court and then could proceed to my English Bar examination to become a Barrister  (what the Americans call a trial lawyer).

Approaching examination time the college student counsellor, Mr. Gill, a man from the north of England, who had lived and worked in then Apartheid South Africa, did his counselling with me  and it went like this, his blond hair and his blue eyes and his pipe being puffed:-

“So laddy, what are you going to do after exams?”

“ I want to be a lawyer, but I think that I want to go to university first”

“Which one do you have in mind?”

“ London University Sir”

“Oh,  its very hard to get  into London; maybe you should try …” and he proceeded to rattle off  a list of ‘no-name’ second to third tier universities.

I listened but did not respond.

At the time I only needed two good passes and London would consider my application. To make sure of my place I sat and obtained four A levels. My thoughts ( never uttered) were thereafter  – well fuck you Mr. Gill.

And on to my attendance at a concert in the ‘West End’ ( i.e. London’s equivalent of Broadway) with my then Jamaican girlfriend. I took her to see the African-American soul singer, Lou Rawls.

As these shows go there will be minor pre main show performances.

The curtain was pulled back and there was a man sitting at a piano with a gorilla mask on. He started to play the keys and then began singing the famous Ray Charles song, ‘Take these chains from my heart’ while pulling from his pocket a long chain with a big red heart at the end.

Laugh – it was supposed to be funny, the ‘monkey man’ singing  that  famous song.

A voice in an America accent blurted out from two rows behind us, “That is disgusting; if this were the States, this could never happen”.

I looked over my shoulder and saw a blond girl who said it sitting next to her blond female friend discussing how outraged and disgusted they were.

Well sweeties,  it was the 1970s when I attended London University; the 1980s when Governor Northam went to his college; and it is the year 2019 and he still wanted to do a ‘Blackface’ Michael Jackson for his audience – the people of the US and more particularly the State of Virginia.

So, post- graduate London University and  now Law School, still during the days when Apartheid South Africa existed.

Adrienne, was her name, a fellow post-grad student who said to me while we discussed the ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ of  Apartheid South Africa:-

“ Courtenay, you do not understand, the Africans are stupid”.

“Well Adrienne, I am of African descent so I guess I am stupid?”

“I don’t mean you, I mean the Africans in South Africa.”

So, if we reflect on this for a moment – with the then White racist regime spending on average some eight times as much on the education of  every White child versus the state expenditure on any Black child – duh – huh?

In effect South Africa constituted an explicit form of ‘racial capitalism’ and Adrienne’s whiteness made her a primary beneficiary. She simply did not comprehend that fact and as with attitudes towards ‘race’ across the ‘white world’ many people still do  not comprehend the historical sources of contemporary socio-economic disparities. There has been a colonial process wherein conquest after invasion, led to expropriation of both resources and identity in the Caribbean and similarly elsewhere on the planet.

Law School revelations and learnings did not end there. Now we get to the Dean’s husband, Mr. Jack Phillips, a lecturer in Trust Law and the student advisor. Kathryn Cronyn, an Australian, a bit older than the rest of us, who was in her late twenties and had completed her doctorate came over to  a cafeteria table where I was sitting with fellow students and said:-

“ Do you know what Jack Phillips just said to me; Kate why do you worry about them so much and they have only just come down from the trees?”

Well – this ‘monkey’ decided that he would not share any more of the peanuts he had to  get from each of us to be  a lecturer in the law school; some were on scholarship, others on partial state grant, others paid for by their parents. However received it was our attendance and our ‘peanuts’ that kept him in a job.

So, we called an urgent student meeting which seemed to be a mini-UN. A vote was called and by a majority of one – the vote ended as 18 to 19 and the 19 decision vote ( mine included) ousted him from the Law School and “ta..ta..Jack Phillips and no more peanuts either”.

I am big, I am grown, I am a lawyer, I am earning and I am earning well. So well from an offshore insurance owner who my law firm represented and I had earned some substantial legal fees – not – mere ‘monkey money’ and my US client convinced me to bank and invest in the US in the bank he used in  Coral Gables, Miami. I took his advice and he set up some paperwork and my money was wired into account.

The Bank Manager had never met me, but obviously saw some substantial money and a message came to me that when next in Miami, I should come in and meet him. So said, so done,  and it was a morning meeting and I was on time. He was in a back room; there was an opaque glass divider for the  cubicle where the secretary sat, and in the front were chairs for visitors/attendees to the Manager’s office. There I sat on time all alone and well dressed in a  business suit when his secretary looked out and saw me:-

“Mr. Barnett is not here yet Sir.”

About fifteen minutes later with two White males now present she looks out and this time comes out. She goes to the nearest White male:-

“Are you Mr. Barnett?”

Then to the next.

“Are you Mr. Barnett?”

She retreats and her voice is heard, “Mr. Barnett is still not here yet Sir.”

About five minutes later she comes out and – having watched and played the game of assumptions long enough – I simply stood and said, “I am Mr. Barnett”. Says a lot.

Too much money; wrong colour.

I conclude from my years as a youngster until now, with such that I have experienced and/or learned from my tutors, my lecturers and Professors and life itself in its entirety, that a largely victor’s history has been false fed.

The current world does not go as far back as Egypt and beyond, if one listened only to that ‘white narrative’. It starts with Greece and Rome and it advances without any Caribbean labour, as in Haiti having had at the time of its slave revolution contributed and constituted  fully 40% of the wealth of France. The industrial revolution in England bears no reference in terms of capital accumulation to the slave labour and its produce exported to  Britain to build universities, cathedrals, factories, libraries, schools etc. while the slaves languished in poverty. Oh no! It was Lord Mansfield who set the Black, James Somerset, free. But, only him, Somerset alone, a case specific decision, so that his  fellow slaves in the West Indies could continue to labour on to generate more riches for Britain. And so all the accomplishments, the capital accumulation of which Dr. Eric Williams so brilliantly analysed in his tome, ‘Capitalism and slavery’,  is to be historically  disjoined as irrelevant ‘fake news’ ( in modern Trumpian terminology) and never be acknowledged as  the actual monetary umbilical chord linking  the development of Western European societies to the slave plantations of the Caribbean. So upset were the British with Dr. Williams revelation, that not one publisher could be found ( not one in Britain from extreme conservative to liberal and even radical left publishers) would embrace at that time,  the truth and let it be told and widely known. Dr. Williams had to take the product of his Oxford University doctoral thesis to the US to get it published and he taught there as a Professor for about a decade until he returned to the Caribbean to become the  first Prime Minister of independent Trinidad and Tobago.

In our contemporary world the White men, descended from Europe, have been the victors and continue to write and expound victor’s histories and accounts. It is only they who can craft any accurate account of history and thus to them our understanding is beholden. Someone thus wrote this:-

“Using the modern-day weapons of capitalism and war-time technology they have dismissed diasporic Blacks, Indigenous New Worlders, women and the monoliths of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Entire dynasties were eradicated. The number of genders was winnowed down to about one and a half.”

Walter Mosley

I prefer to be the pleasant dissident who speaks of, writes of, experiences his own personal history and understands with open eyes the place, the history, the destiny of my people – then extrapolate therefrom, as did the White men before me, to an epistemological place I designate accurately and truthfully as my own. For, if I did not so do, I would become an apologist for people such as Mr. Gill or Jack Phillips or Adrienne or even for Governor Northam. That is my choice, my place to stand with human dignity intact, my point of departure from the White man’s history. I am aware of race discrimination but can think well beyond that about climate change, nuclear arms, manufactured wars  (e.g. war in Iraq or subterfuge in Venezuela for their oil) and many other global issues. For as the famous  biologist Edward O. Wilson so eloquently stated:-

“Humanity today is like a walking dreamer, caught between the fantasies of sleep and the chaos of the real world. The mind seeks but cannot find the precise place and hour. We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions, medieval institutions, and godlike technology. We thrash about. We are terribly confused by the mere fact of our existence, and a danger to ourselves and to the rest of life.”

And, all said and done, my place on the planet  does have room for not just me, for the Asians, the Africans, the White man, and all other life forms, but I  do not see as the White man sees ‘others’ – for ‘they’ too  are my people; it is as  if at my mental best I am one with ‘them’, yet psychologically not one  of ‘them’,  viewed through my telescope looking back at history and thinking from the past and envisioning a more promising future.

Governor Northam and your associates and people of that ilk  – do take advice from a good lawyer and may you one day be redeemed – but only after demitting office and then rejecting racist fantasies. The real world of the UK, the US and the entire planet needs to move on to a better place.

And so endeth my sermon for today.




* COURTENAY BARNETT is a graduate of London University. His areas of study were economics, political science and international law. He has been a practising lawyer for over thirty years, has been arrested for defending his views, has been  subjected to death threats, and has argued public interest and human rights cases.



Dearly beloved, we are gathered today at the altar of the almighty truth to consider a very serious matter. It is the existence of weapons of mass destruction and the potential annihilation of our species. More particularly, the focus is on the conduct of the United States of America and Russia.

Context and a quick grasp of the motivating factors for production of these weapons can be gleaned by listening to President Eisenhower’s warning from the 1960s and then considering the stark clarity of the words of George Kennan ( he was the US architect of the ‘Cold War’).


“Were the Soviet Union to sink tomorrow under the waters of the ocean, the American military-industrial establishment would have to go on, substantially unchanged, until some other adversary could be invented. Anything else would be an unacceptable shock to the American economy.”

― George F. Kennan

Interesting to note that the foregoing does not comprise, my thoughts or ideas or opinions – but rather the  reality as expressed by highly placed US leaders.

The idea and objective of International Law is to provide a framework and set of international rules for nations and persons to conduct  international relations by  abiding by same ( The rule of International Law). The UN Charter and Treaties are just two demonstrable examples of International Law’ s intention as to how it is intended to  work. It is not a perfect system, but without it ( or something close to it in place) – then what is the option for intended  civilized and peaceful dispute resolution – brute force – or – war?

Thus, post World War 11, not only the United Nations, but a series of Laws and Treaties, such as the Geneva Conventions, set out to establish the legal  new architecture for the world. In the specific context of nuclear weapons the following can be noted:-

The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM Treaty or ABMT) was signed in 1972 between the US and the then Soviet Union. The terms of the Treaty permitted each side to be limited to two ABM complexes – and – each complex was further limited to 100 anti-ballistic missiles.

In 2002 the US already had  destabilised the nuclear balance when they decided to get out of the ABM Treaty. In 2002, and when you look at a map,  the United States was putting missile defense bases all around Eurasia, creating a feeling of encirclement in Russia and China.

The US  ideology was to put sovereignty above international law, and they wanted to have a totally  free hand to keep their supremacy in the world as long as possible, and these Treaties were constraining them.

The  Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (  INF Treaty) collapsed; it had been established between the then Soviet Union and the US at a time when Gorbochov and Reagan were leaders of their respective countries. The broad objective, as with the 1972 Treaty, was arms-control.  The INF Treaty sought to eliminate all land-based ballistic and cruise missiles and the  launchers for such missiles.

Citing Russian non-compliance as  the reason for withdrawal, on the 20th  October 2018, President Donald Trump announced that he was withdrawing.

It is not hard to discern the pattern of attempted rationalisation,  by way of blaming deviation and/or violations to justify withdrawal. Yet, withdrawal defeats the long-term objective of an intended symmetrical containment under International Treaties.

It is also not hard to discern from the withdrawals, that  one nation  is seeking superiority and dominance; by placing emphasis on its “exceptionalism” in preference for  assertive sovereignty over co-operative submission to International Law.

The waste of global resources and corresponding stupidity should also  be noted. That approach places us ( all human beings on planet earth) at risk.

What logical, rational – or – in any way sensible route is it for a nation to squander so much resources on building these nuclear weapons; when – it is known by both sides that direct use, the US against Russia or vice versa is guaranteed Mutually Assured Destruction ( MAD)?

On the 2nd February, 2019 President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was also suspending the INF Treaty.



So, endeth my sermon for today.

Courtenay Barnett is a graduate of London University. His areas of study were economics, political science and international law. He has been a practising lawyer for over thirty years, has been arrested for defending his views, and has argued public interest and human rights cases. He lives and works in the Caribbean.  



By Courtenay Barnett

Dearly beloved, we are gathered once more at the place of the holy truth, to preach yet again about truth, rights and justice. The sermon today asks the question:-

What are friends for?

Many in the congregation may think that this is a simple inquiry regarding likes and dislikes – loyalty or disloyalty. To some extent that is correct, but the actual dynamics of friendships or lack of friendships or waning friendships or abuse of friendships is what we shall weigh and consider from the pulpit today.

May I use a personal example to get to the topic of concern – Venezuela/Jamaica relations are very much on my mind. The personal example shall lead to the broader and more important issue of political friendships on a global scale.

During my time at London University there were some eight Caribbean fellow students. We ranged from Black British of Caribbean parentage to latter day migrants’ children to British born to persons such as myself who had been shipped off to get an education. We bonded in that we realised that we were the so-called ‘minority’ and not necessarily with overt disapproval of our presence we were nevertheless colourfully noticeable, be this by dint of our complexion or the lively personalities of some of us. Not to say that the Anglo-Saxons had disavowed our right to be there, for we accepted them as friends to the extent that such friendships were invited and/or welcomed. So, within this demographic sub-group of said Caribbean students there was a person, like myself, who had sights ultimately set on a career in the business and professional world. The majority of the others went on to earn doctorate degrees, become a professor or lecturer in a university or in one way or another remained directly affixed to academia. Note that I have chosen not to call this person’s name. Some, like myself and this “friend” ended up back in the Caribbean – while others remained in Britain.

Thus, a young lawyer and a migrant from Jamaica to the Turks and Caicos Islands ( where I built my career), I would frequently visit Jamaica and spend time with my beloved ( now deceased) mother. On a Sunday my habit was to drive and visit friends and have discourse, meet their families and wish them the best for their futures. The kind of things friends normally do with true friends. Upon returning to my Mom’s home she asked this particular Sunday, “ So Courtenay, who did you visit today?” I was not in a pleasant mood for reason of something I had experienced and I shared it with her.

I drove to this “friend’s” home up to the security gate and sought entry to visit “X”. The security guard rang up and I replied, “Tell him Courtenay, he will know who.”

Word came back, “He is in the bathroom.”

I replied, “Tell him I will wait.”

Another message came back, “He says he won’t be out for another twenty minutes”.

Well, kiss mi neck back and another part of mi anatomy thereafter. Mi kiss mi teeth, tun mi vehicle and proceeded to visit true friends.

My mother understood fully my feelings, for she had visited me in London at my flat, helped cook food for my party guests, met friends ( including this “friend”) and remembered all, and did inquire at times how “X” or “Y”, as the individual may be, was getting on in life. She was like that; she meant people well and had genuine concern for human welfare. Her reply came to me in a memorable one liner, “Courtenay di higher monkey climb, di more ‘im backside expose”, and we proceeded to discuss more pleasant things and persons. I have not exchanged words with “X” since then, chalked him up as shallow and opportunistic, and have elected to walk through life on the other side of the road with true friends instead.

Dearly beloved, we must reflect in this fleeting passage of time we call “life” and ask ourselves, “ what are friends for?” For, it is sagaciously said, “a friend in need is a friend indeed.” If I were in need when I sought to visit “X”, be assured, he was confirming – I am fine and rich and mighty; do not come knocking; I am fine; I don’t care how you are; I have neither time nor care nor concern for your piddling friendship for there are more important persons in life for me to engage. Yes – I heard and understood your message loud and clear.

Let us therefore reflect and now turn our minds to the really big question regarding Venezuela and Jamaica’s friendship with our said Latin American neighbour. I shall do so, not with any sense of grievance and/or resentment as I felt about my assumed personal friendship – but – by reference to standards of international law and global political values.


The post World War 11 era has seen several Latin American coups and dictatorships installed – and many of them were either supported by, approved of, or directly engineered by the United States of America.

Following the 1953 CIA led coup in Iran, the next one was in Guatemala to assist the preservation of the Dulles brothers’ interest in that country to the advantage of Chiquita bananas and to the manifest disadvantage of the Guatemalan people in this notable example which gave its literal name to the now well known phrase – ‘banana republic’.

The facts do reveal that be it the military in Argentina or in Brazil or in Chile under Pinochet, the patterns have only changed to the extent that elections take place and the question for the US is not one of real concern for preservation of democracy ( recall the US support for the short lived coup against Chavez and the overnight reversal when the OAS renounced the action of the military) – but for support of the supplicants who can support US foreign policy. This brief background serves well to address the current Venezuelan crisis with facts and direct questions:

A.       Did a paper ballot validate the electronic votes in Venezuela?

B.       Why when Macron in France was voted in with the same turnout at 48% as was Maduro voted in with is there an assumption that there is not a broad ( even as so declined) base of support for the elected government?

C.      Why evidentially and in point of law are the Venezuelan elections fraudulent?

If there were European Union election observers, it would be interesting to read their assessment and analysis and conclusions about the Venezuelan elections.  But, those are issues of the internal affairs of Venezuela, which interestingly, while I can discern same as being vital and important in getting to the truth regarding the ultimate question of legitimacy of an elected government ( leaving aside for the moment the paramount legal issue of ‘sovereignty’) – there is no such valid questioning and provisions of analysis which directly provide verifiable answers in the mainstream Western media.

My long-term observation is that the US has consistently embraced regimes across the world  doomed to failure while  threatening  reformist and/or revolutionary governments which make the promise of betterment for their people more difficult to achieve in practical terms. Likewise,  Britain and the other European powers reflect this same pattern of opposition, be that in Rhodesia or then Apartheid South Africa.

In the 1980s when Reagan was the US President, he had this to say about then President Mobutu of then Zaire and his ‘Kleptocracy’ – now  Congo:-

Reagan, astonishingly, described the dictator Mobutu: “A voice of good sense and good will.”

Not in the least surprising for Mobutu Sese Seko, as a leader acceptable to both Belgium and Western multinational interests, was installed as President and dictator in 1965, when the democratically elected Patrice Lumumba proved objectionable. It was the Belgians and the CIA that had worked jointly and murdered Patrice Lumumba, a man who at the independence ceremony openly critcised the Belgians for their exploitation of the Congo. In 1956 the Congo had its first university graduate. Between 1908 and 1960, when the Congo became politically independent, there were a mere 17 university graduates from the already decimated Congolese population of some 13.5 million. Belgium was offended by the truth as spoken by Lumumba – and the CIA quite helpfully installed a compliant and plundering leader to continue the looting of the Congo (likely the world’s richest territory with its oil, uranium, minerals, gold and diamonds). That is the truth; that is the established historical pattern. Belgium subsequently acknowledged its wrongdoing and apologised to Lumumba’s children.

I was a student in the 1970s in London when I noted that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was working actively to prolog Apartheid’s racism in South Africa, which she found desirable and acceptable. Not surprisingly, it was no other than her husband, Denis Thatcher, who had substantial investments in Apartheid South Africa at the time.

All the above to give context. And now back to Latin America and Venezuela.

China now happens to be the world’s most dynamic economy. President Trump finds himself continuing to embrace failed and losing strategies. He is embracing Bolsonoro’s Brazil while confronting China, in a manner reminiscent of the ‘opium wars’ when the European powers unilaterally dictated to the minions and lesser breeds across the world.

What are Brazil’s President, Jair Bolsonaro and President Trump trying to achieve? They both want  to reverse nearly a century of state directed economic growth.  They both believe that privatization of the entire – or –  most as possible of the public sector, including the strategic finance, banking, minerals, infrastructure, transport, energy and manufacturing sectors  – or – so  much of it as politically they can in their respective countries force to take effect – is the path to greatness. In Brazil, priority is now given to the sellout to foreign multi-national corporations. Interestingly, previous authoritarian civilian and military regimes both had protected nationalized Brazilian firms as part of tripartite alliances which included foreign, state and domestic private enterprises.  I use this example to contrast what had happened under Chavez in Venezuela, for he had significantly reversed foreign ownership and consequentially also reduced the net capital outflows from Venezuela while simultaneously raising living standards – which – now, admittedly for reasons both domestic and international are under serious threat of reductions, if not ultimate reversals. That is the truth; those are the realities being faced by the Latin American and more particularly, for purposes of this sermon, the Venezuelan people.

Venezuela and Jamaica

One does not need to be a student of international law to accept and recognise that Venezuela is a sovereign nation.

Jamaica, for its part, as a small state should be able to exercise its sovereignty in its best interest to command respect, trust towards finding avenues of constructive and beneficial of co-operation in and with the international community.

Have we done so in response to Venezuela?

  • At a time when oil prices were souring on the global market, and when small oil dependent Caribbean nations, such as Jamaica, saw their entire economic future facing dire consequences once required to purchase oil at those prices – what happened? Under the Pertocaribe deal, it was Venezuela which came to the rescue of the Jamaican economy, and on generous terms of payment for extended periods of payment made oil affordable for the Jamaican consumer. What Jamaica received was in excess of US$3.2 billion in deferred debt.
  • Venezuela paid Jamaica an equity cheque of US$63 million.
  • It was Venezuela via the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica ( Petrojam) in 2006 agreed with Jamaica to a 49/51% ownership between Venezuela and Jamaica where the long-term objective was towards having the facility move from hydro-skimming to catalytic cracking technology – all to the advantage of Jamaica. Application of that technology would make the petroleum product more aligned to the energy-consumption patterns of Jamaica.
  • Venezuela bought back Jamaica’s debt at 50 cents on the dollar where some US$3billion is accepted as satisfied for a mere US$1.5 billion.

Venezuela, way beyond the few facts stated above, has been a friend to Jamaica for a very long time.

So, what does our foreign minister do to this friend?

What does the Jamaican government do to this friend?

Recall the loving relationship between Presidents Mobuto and Reagan and note that genuine concern which Prime Minister Thatcher had for democracy in South Africa. Care? Concern? For those people?

First I ask, whether Jamaica’s Foreign Minister asked the questions I did above. Then if she did, did she bring her findings to the Prime Minister, the Cabinet and the Jamaican people before rushing to judgment on the recent Venezuelan elections? At the very least, if a friend is flawed or coming up short, then as a true friend, would one not engage, discuss and then make an informed decision? International law recognises the principle of non-interference in the domestic affairs of all nation states, one to the other around the globe. If, for a small nation state, there were findings that a big power did interfere in the internal affairs of a middle range or small state’s domestic affairs, should not enlightened self-interest give pause for concern and questioning? Well, our foreign minister voted not to recognise the elected government of Venezuela.

Moreover, there are moves afoot to effect a hostile take over ( buy out – more like “sell-out”) of the Venezuelan held shares in Petrocaribe.

Are all these moves by the Jamaican Government, principled, enlightened, right, justice, fair, loyal – or demonstrating any of the attributes of true friendship?

As with my long lost once assumed “friend” – I raise these questions, for as a student I was proud of Jamaica’s stand against Apartheid, from the colonial days when then NW. Manley ( small as Jamaica is) took a stance of non-importation of South African produce through to the respectful relationship under both political parties in respect for and response to Nelson Mandela and the ANC. If Usain Bolt earned his respect on the international stage by virtue of sterling and consistent performances on the international track; then Jamaica did too earn its respect for sterling performances in joining with the global forces standing up for justice  – as distinct from being supportive of – oppression.

Jamaica finds herself having to service debt, while education, health care and provision of other vital social necessities go wanting. Thus, did the Venezuelan government’s direct assistance in reducing the debt burden while assisting in securing energy security not serve well Jamaica’s long term economic and social developmental prospects?

Tell me – for I am truly concerned – my friend was not a friend. Does Jamaica show herself acting comparatively much the same as my “friend”?

Is that what friends are for?

And so endeth my sermon for today.


Courtenay Barnett is a graduate of London University. His areas of study were economics, political science and international law. He has been a practising lawyer for over thirty years, has been arrested for defending his views, and has argued public interest and human rights cases. He lives and works in the Caribbean.  





THE EARTHIAN    —     6


Effective Learning Publications, 32 East Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, USA, Spaceship Earth, January 8, 2019

Or So It Seems to Me Today

Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA, Editor & Publisher

Weltanschauung:   Doom, gloom, increasing competition and agitation, untrustworthy governments and economic systems, uncertainty, unease.

Zeitgeist:    To migrate or not to migrate and to get or not to get more aggressive to improve one’s own lot in life at the expense of others.

Doomsday Clock:   About the same as last month.

There remains fulsome talk and writing around Spaceship Earth about the consequences of global warming and climate change, the consensus among experts being that if significant reductions in atmospheric carbon dioxide and methane do not occur in the next ten years there is going to be hell to pay by humans alive after that. There seems to be increasing awareness and conviction among ordinary humans that something has gone wrong with local weather patterns.

It will do little good to play AIN’T IT AWFUL, a psychological Game identified and labeled by transactional analysts , to stroke humans for being passive Victims of obsolete economic, religious, and political systems manipulated and exploited by rapacious sociopathic Persecutor oligarchs and leaders and their corrupt bought and paid for lackey politicians for selfish gain, however true that might be in reality.

On the other hand, it will do no good for Earthians to stick their heads in the sand or passively pretend everything is just hunky-dory and swell, with everything coming up roses for everyone, living in small imaginary Candide-like best of all possible worlds, playing a psychological Game labeled GREENHOUSE by transactional analysts, in which players are rewarded with plastic strokes for making nonsensical positive comments about the environment and their lives.

Regardless of the causes of the Earthian plight, it seems to me individual humans should assume responsibility and take action for conserving energy as best they can in their daily lives to reduce greenhouse gases; but more importantly they should select politicians who will create economic and political policies and actions to correct environmental and social problems on a mass scale.

In the past four months I have endeavored to set up a De-Gaming Democracy group here in Statesboro, hoping to engage citizens of various persuasions in discussions of relevant economic and political problems and opportunities, in what I call the Ogeechee Economic Forum meeting the third Saturday of each month.  It appears most people have little interest in, or are insecure about, transacting in Game-free Adult ways in public dealing with economic and political problems and opportunities. Hopefully interest in this forum will pick up during the new year, 2019.

For more information regarding the nature, purposes, and uses of Transactional Analysis click here.

For information on how to create Game-free democratic learning processes see inside my book Born to Learn: A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning.

For more information on how to co-construct better organizations and economic systems read free my book Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds.

See my article “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc,” for some management science ideas on how Earthians might eventually co-construct an economic and political system that is viable and satisfying for everyone.

Human migration is now on the mental radars of most humans around Spaceship Earth. Migration problems in the US have caused a shutdown of the US government. The elected president of the US is now holding the government hostage by refusing to sign a new federal budget if Congress does not appropriate him funds to build a wall across the southern border of the US to keep humans from Latin America from migrating into the US.

Much has been researched, written, taught, and published about human migration problems in academia. One of the pioneers in the migration academic field is Kurt Lewin, who wrote Principles of Topological Psychology (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1936). Lewin pointed out human migration happens because of push and pull forces, or vectors, propelling and compelling people to move from one country to another. Few would move from their country of origin if the place enabled them to get their natural human needs met, physical needs for food, clothing, and shelter, and social needs for safety, love, acceptance, belonging, and self-actualization.

It seems to me almost all emigrants emigrate because their countries of origin fail to enable their subjects or citizens to get their legitimate human needs met, and that includes Europeans emigrating to the US.

Unfortunately, as I pointed out in “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.,” moving farther west to escape problems at home is no longer an option for most humans.

I wrote about some of my ancestors who immigrated into what is now the US in “A Synopsis of my Family Background.”  My ancestral gene pool started migrating to Virginia before the US Revolution in the 1700s, and according to Ancestry.com it’s composed of genes similar to those of humans now living in Ireland (about twenty percent); Scotland, Wales, and England (about fifty percent); France, Holland, and Belgium (about twenty percent); Spain, Italy, and Greece (about five percent); Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland (about five percent); and Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, and Russia (about two percent).

My ancestors in what is now the US were mainly farmers and ranchers generally producing families of six to ten offspring per family. Thus there was never enough land where they were to support all their children and grandchildren when they grew up, so some offspring in most generations had to migrate to the western frontier of their recently conquered and expanding country to acquire enough cheap undeveloped land to make a living as independent Calvinist patriarchal landowners. My ancestors on this continent created two main paths on their westward journey across what is now the US, some migrating from Virginia to North Carolina to Tennessee to Texas, with most of the rest migrating from Virginia to South Carolina to Georgia to Alabama to Mississippi to Texas, generally staying in each state for a generation or so before someone in the family had to move farther west to pioneer new territory to act out the family script.  I cover in more detail the causes and consequences of family scripts in Born to Learn.  Yes, some of my ancestors owned slaves and some were Indian fighters, not something to be proud of.

I was born November 3, 1940 at Corpus Christi, Texas where my father worked as a carpenter at a Naval Base at the outset of World War II. My parents soon moved back to Northwest Texas near Lubbock to be near their relatives who were cotton farmers. My father, Richard Gathright Maury Stapleton, soon acquired a cotton farm himself, which he sold after about two years, later starting a lumber yard and hardware store selling lumber and hardware to cotton farmers surrounding the town of Wolfforth, where I grew up and lived to age twenty-four. He and my mother, Ida Belle Coston Stapleton, a preacher’s daughter, had two children, my brother, James Clay Stapleton, three years younger than I, and me.

My father volunteered for the Seabees after he sold his farm and worked in Okinawa during World War II on construction projects. He returned to Wolfforth after the war and became a businessman.

His father, Sidney Clay Stapleton, had migrated as far west as New Mexico, owning a ten thousand acre ranch near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, “The Old Bear Ranch,” with a Spear-X brand, which he sold during the Great Depression. He then moved himself, his wife, his two daughters, and his four sons back east to Oklahoma, where he moved to be near a brother who owned a Chevrolet dealership in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma.

My Stapleton grandfather was born on a cotton plantation in Mississippi, where he taught school for a while, from whence he migrated to Jasper, Texas, where he managed a sawmill, where my father, the next to youngest of six children, was born.  My grandfather and his family later migrated to New Mexico where he bought a ranch with some Mississippi plantation money he and his wife inherited, where they lived and ran their ranch for ten or so years.  His wife Catharine Gathright Maury Stapleton served as a midwife in those years, sometimes being gone from home weeks at a time helping birth babies.

My father graduated from high school at Carnegie, Oklahoma at age twenty, having had to drop out of school at fifteen to help support his family because of the depression.   The Great Depression declassed his father from patriarchal landowner status to itinerant carpenter status, managing his crew of four sons building barns, houses, corrals, loading chutes, and what-have-you in the wide-open spaces of Oklahoma and Northwest Texas. I remember him saying, “A rolling stone gathers no moss.” My father said he changed schools five times before he finally graduated from high school.

Those days are over, not only in the US but also around Spaceship Earth. There is no cheap undeveloped agricultural land left for migrants to take over and develop. Humans migrating now are generally so desperate that they will do jobs that most natives won’t do, hard, poorly paid, low status work. They are pushed out of their countries of origin because of collapsed economic, political, and social systems, being generally willing to migrate anywhere that is better than where they are.

A relevant consideration is what caused the economic, political, and social systems of their countries of origin to collapse? A simple answer is that their support systems were purposely collapsed by the wars, intrigues, sanctions, and machinations of imperialistic nations to acquire cheap resources in their countries, primarily oil. Other causes include natives producing more children than the natural resources of their countries can support. Other causes include the greed and callousness of top leaders of their countries who hog most of the resources for themselves.

Unfortunately, human migration problems around Spaceship Earth have increased in recent decades because of the US’s overt military destruction of regimes and governments in the Middle East and North Africa and its covert clandestine destabilization of Latin American regimes and governments, sometimes replacing socialist governments with right-wing dictators and fascist regimes who terrorize their own people, causing them to flee, causing them to flood European countries and the US, or at least try to. Whether Trump’s wall or anything else can keep them out of the US remains to be seen.

Who were the prime allowers of unauthorized immigrants into the US? Clinton and Bush II. According to the Pew Research Center unauthorized immigrants into the US increased from 3.5 million in 1990 to 8.6 million in 2000, the Clinton years, and from 8.6 to 12.2 million during 2001 to 2007, the Bush II years, and then declined to 10.7 million by 2016, during the Obama years. According to the Center for Migration Studies there are now ten to eleven million unauthorized immigrants living in the US.

At the same time, conditions have become so agitated and uncertain in some so-called developed not-yet-collapsed countries that some fairly well off humans born there would like to migrate to other countries to escape local conditions in their countries, which they perceive to be more onerous and oppressive than those in other countries, to escape high taxes and social unrest (in some cases caused by having to live cheek by jowl with recent immigrants who will not assimilate), feeling and thinking the grass might be greener in several places on the other side of the fence.

Some people now claim the US has become a third world country because of poverty, inequality, debt, and dysfunction and corruption in all branches of the US government, largely caused by corporate private money being used to bribe lawmakers, presidents, and bureaucrats to pass and create rules and laws to advance the interests of corporate oligarchs and the elite rich rather than we the people.

I studied migration problems writing my doctoral dissertation, “An Analysis of Rural Manpower Migration Patterns in the South Plains Region of Texas,” at Texas Tech University, which was supported by a $6500 grant from the Office of Manpower Policy, Evaluation, and Research of the US Department of Labor in 1969. Young people at the time were migrating out of the South Plains of Texas for the same reasons their parents and grandparents had migrated in: It had become hard for children born in farm families to make a living growing cotton when they grew up where they grew up. Most Northwest Texas rural high school graduates around where I grew up were migrating to Dallas and Ft. Worth for the same reasons humans today all around Spaceship Earth are migrating from rural areas to urban areas, primarily because that’s where the money is. I used t-tests to determine whether rural out-migrants from Northwest Texas got better off than those that hung around.

Moving from rural to urban areas won’t work if everybody does it. All around Spaceship Earth Earthians need humans to stay where they are to farm small organic farms. To solve the Earthian environmental problem a case can be made that the status levels of agricultural lifestyles should be higher than those of bankers sitting in offices atop skyscrapers in New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Berlin, Hong Kong, Moscow, Brasilia, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Lima, Mexico City, or Ottawa, or generals sitting in the US Pentagon and in equivalent command posts in other countries, or top leaders sitting in the US White House and in equivalent houses in other countries.

I included and quoted original research data I acquired by questionnaires as well as published academic secondary research and literature in my study of migration. The management science idea I explained in “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.” for ultimately solving the Earthian migration problem, published in 2015, happened to me in 1969 when I was writing my dissertation, and is affixed to the dissertation as an appendix.

You can download a free copy of “An Analysis of Rural Manpower Migration Patterns in the South Plains Region of Texas” from Texas Tech University.

As usual this month’s THE EARTHIAN links and cites as SOURCES recent articles written and published by clear deep-thinking hard-hitting independent writers in various Internet publications on ecological, economic, social, political, religious, and military affairs around Spaceship Earth. I generally agreed with these writers about what is most relevant about Spaceship Earth states of affairs, but each of them brought up facts, analyses, conclusions, ideas, or perspectives that were new to me when I read them during the last thirty days or so, thereby teaching me something, which is why I included them in THE EARTHIAN.

It’s not easy, impossible some say, to separate relevant from irrelevant focal points to see what’s really going on while being inundated with the incredible volume of noise, facts, and information generated daily around Spaceship Earth and disseminated by various media.

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January 8, 2019

About time.

SOURCE: “9/11: Finally the truth comes out?,” by Paul Craig Roberts, INTREPID REPORT.COM, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/25869.

January 8

Say it ain’t so Joe.

SOURCE: “Universal Basic Income is easier than it looks,” by Ellen Brown, INTREPIDREPORT.COM, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/25854.

January 8

Sounds good to me.

SOURCE: “There is quick way to end Trump’s government shutdown,” by Bev Conover, INTREPIDREPORT.COM, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/25859.

January 8

Say it ain’t so Joe.

SOURCE: “Freedom Rider: Elizabeth Warren and the trap for black voters,” by Margaret Kimberley, INTREPEIDREPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/25865.

January 8

Say it ain’t so Joe.

SOURCE: “How The Federal reserve Quitely Bankrupted The US Pension System,” by Stephanie Pomboy, Macro Mavens, ZEROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-07/how-federal-reserve-quietly-bankrupted-us-pension-system?fbclid=IwAR16aTmeBx2-H_JNqw6UPxcwWedGVaF8R0Q8n4KpLR_aX_UuBNbgM9XFSlE.

January 8

So the US is not getting out of Syria?

SOURCE: “Reasons To Believe in Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Are Vanishing,” by Caitlin Johnstone, MEDIUM.COM@CAITYJOHNSTONE, https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/reasons-to-believe-in-trumps-syria-withdrawal-are-vanishing-280b0a90b1bb.

January 8

Is this the new Zeitgeist?

SOURCE: “Orbanonomics (Or The Return of National Economics),” by Guillaume Durocher, UNZ.COM, http://www.unz.com/gdurocher/orbanomics-or-the-return-of-national-economics/.

January 8

Is this a game changer?

SOURCE: “Hypersonic Weapons Pose ‘Significant Challenge to World Peace,’: Expert,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-06/hypersonic-missiles-pose-significant-challenge-world-peace-says-expert?fbclid=IwAR2qzzwCv1jlgFA2kjhDXNCts_BJv0H8fGptp-rHXa7genUJ4OZQkieURrg.

January 8

Migration gone awry.

SOURCE: “Gun Ownership Surges In Europe Amid Wave of Terror Attacks, Migrant Crime,” by Tyler Durden , ZEROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-07/gun-ownership-surges-europe-amid-wave-terror-attacks-migrant-crime?fbclid=IwAR0sowEWPfltdODbqLmh2htKWFjlDsSmpBhMxjp4fpQ6WmmbKGO5ePl-25A.

January 8

Immigration it seems is not working so well in France.

SOURCE: “France in Free Fall,” by Guy Milliere, GATESTONEINSTITUTE.ORG, https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/13500/france-in-free-fall.

January 8

Having lived in Turkey three months in 1982 teaching in a management science program with Troy State University at Incirlik Air Base near Adana I learned something about Turkish culture and the Kurdish issue. This was a touchy problem then and little has changed in the meantime. Trump wants to get out of Syria. The US deep state including the military does not. What will give?

SOURCE: “Lira Slides After Erdogan Refuses To Meet Bolton For Blocking,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-08/lira-slides-after-erdogan-refuses-meet-bolton-blocking-syria-withdrawal?fbclid=IwAR3bebKgiE1punbr2KCfFGIiCI3MII4SSuF0E3gfM_lBoeGh_sUA702ODWg.

January 5

What percentage of Democrat politicians in Washington have been bought off?

SOURCE: “Biggest Threat to Single – Payer? Democrat Support for a Public Option,” by Michael Corcoran, TRUTHOUT.ORG, https://truthout.org/articles/biggest-threat-to-single-payer-democrat-support-for-a-public-option/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare&fbclid=IwAR07CAF4d6x6cRI7GLynjLNLttKyjqiQX9ftOwEKskDk6NO52R3S-0an7XU.

January 5


SOURCE: “Watching the World Burn: Truthout Readers Share Their Climate Stories,” by Dahr Jarmail, TRUTHOUT.ORG, https://truthout.org/articles/watching-the-world-burn-truthout-readers-share-their-climate-stories/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare&fbclid=IwAR06sIDqjxTPA8TKXl7RpHKno9Drj_q7TW1csxc6BRIW3R9nzhDoGVp6-M4.

January 5

So be it.

SOURCE: “House Democrats Release Sweeping Legislation to Drain the Swamp,” by Jake Johnson, TROUTHOUT.ORG, https://truthout.org/articles/house-democrats-release-sweeping-legislation-to-drain-the-swamp/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare&fbclid=IwAR0FmHSFu1LouX4wR6SaE4GOqoXTeGaXxlA1JHwxJczaD4ufA1uCWXxpK_8.

January 5

An interesting perspective.

SOURCE: “World is safe from global conflict in 2019,” by M. K. Bhadrakumar, INDIANPUNCHLINE.COM, https://indianpunchline.com/world-is-safe-from-global-conflict-in-2019/?fbclid=IwAR3C-ad64C8iGzlk86VX8wq3p4YWby8tq5jjPZPVQ5gxHWC8ybNaI3tybtw

January 4

Nothing more insane than this.

SOURCE: “Trump ready to shut government ‘for years’,” Video and text, BBCNEWS.COM, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46763940?fbclid=IwAR2tmvO7cEXslXZ35DswX6D2p7R77k9litsG3KQ69YdEDa_XeJnIh-4USlE.

January 4

Say it ain’t so Joe.

SOURCE: “Top Trump officials are about to get a $10K raise while federal employees work without pay during the shutdown,” by Emma Ockerman, NEWS.VICE.COM, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46763940?fbclid=IwAR2tmvO7cEXslXZ35DswX6D2p7R77k9litsG3KQ69YdEDa_XeJnIh-4USlE.

January 4

So very sad.

SOURCE: “Rich Democrats Don’t Care About Income Inequality Any More than Rich Republicans,” by Ethan Wolff-Mann, BBC.COM, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46763940?fbclid=IwAR2tmvO7cEXslXZ35DswX6D2p7R77k9litsG3KQ69YdEDa_XeJnIh-4USlE.

January 4

Shows the dynamics of arguing.

SOURCE: “A transactional analysis of truth,” by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVELEARNING.NET, http://blog.effectivelearning.net/a-transactional-analysis-of-truth/?fbclid=IwAR0NF3RVJkkdduPBGkFWimuavwElOoca56at08-jUQj43EeysJ6a9uN9dvI.

January 4

Another useful article on how to educate your children by Joyce Wilson.

SOURCE: “6 Fun Projects to Introduce Your Learning Disabled Child to the Arts,” by Joyce Wilson, EFFECTIVELEARNING.NET, http://blog.effectivelearning.net/a-transactional-analysis-of-truth/?fbclid=IwAR0NF3RVJkkdduPBGkFWimuavwElOoca56at08-jUQj43EeysJ6a9uN9dvI.

January 3

A hard hitting article pulling no punches backward or forward.

SOURCE: “2019 FROM A FOURTH TURNING PERSPECTIVE, Administrator, THEBURNINGPLATFORM.COM, https://www.theburningplatform.com/2018/12/31/2019-from-a-fourth-turning-perspective/?fbclid=IwAR1t_WivgHMeBhQytKzbj0I1CtSQmKzzLywT8keHUWJA3G6ujnmQEbRqwUo.

January 2

Here is where the money is.

SOURCE: “Visualizing The Extreme Concentration of Global Wealth,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-01/visualizing-extreme-concentration-global-wealth?fbclid=IwAR0Nq63PeXvHAx1naCZEH863OcKlbB1jg9WgyvDer4fgr0b_jZTyca2OVAI.

January 2

How many secrets are there to be hacked about the World Trade Center blow up in September of 2001?  Thousands?

SOURCE: “’Pay The F*ck Up’: Hackers Threaten To Dump Secret 9/11 Attack Files If Bitcoin Ransom Not Met,” by Tyler Durden , ZEROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-01/pay-fck-hackers-threaten-dump-secret-911-attack-files-if-bitcoin-ransom-not-met?fbclid=IwAR2OP4RnBnuSLsRWDI1P8IBglXrDnKM8zjzT9Ab87XDizWRGp6T8U_cCIt8.

January 2

Telling and chilling. Seems as though the Euro has not been so hot. Maybe there’s more to it than paper money. Maybe such things such as number of mouths to be fed and resources to produce things to satisfy those mouths have something to do with it.

SOURCE: “The Delusional Leaders of the Eurozone,” by Phil Dobbie, PATREON.COM, https://www.patreon.com/posts/delusional-of-23670929.

January 2

Not good signs.

SOURCE: “New Year’s Hangover Hammers Markets – Stocks Slammed, Bonds Bid,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-02/us-futures-tumble-ahead-eu-open-new-years-hangover-hits?fbclid=IwAR2Y5W5hWZLUmmlXOwz3GbqMNdsPq7slJPLL8qbq8oU76eeLSTCI7ygcE9k.

January 2


SOURCE: “How the War Party Lost the Middle East,” by Kurt Schlichter, TOWNHALL.COM, https://townhall.com/columnists/patbuchanan/2019/01/01/how-the-war-party-lost-the-middle-east-n2538314?fbclid=IwAR2t9swxdoKf73V9hNj35WWsUs83tnMYEtrEtuTmeBLYZVe_VDgfKQqj8Pc.

January 2

A ship of fools, sub-optimization to make a loose cannon president look good in the short run, and to hell with the long run. He actually said he won’t be around for the long run.

SOURCE: “The American Dream is Being Held Hostage,” by Virginia Fidler, GOLDTELEGRAPH.COM, http://www.goldtelegraph.com/the-american-dream-is-being-held-hostage/.

January 2

A stable genius in action.

SOURCE: “Trump Trashes Mattis, Says “I Think I Could Have Been A Good General,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-02/trump-trashes-mattis-says-i-think-i-could-have-been-good-general?fbclid=IwAR3LSRb4miTiqAXyENlBvkMJkISaGeMTpZEkhfoMaCmMID2RrNyxCrdaxqI.

January 2

Yuk, money talks.

SOURCE: “The New Congress and the Rolling Catastrophe of the US Body Politic,” by Roger Harris, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/01/02/the-new-congress-and-the-rolling-catastrophe-of-the-us-body-politic/?fbclid=IwAR0oUY1eBtcvwPpGXCGBbiBQMvVPj7flWjXniD23rZjjMDK4xiIZcuZiyUg.

January 2

Go Warren

SOURCE: “Elizabeth Warren Announces 2020 Presidential Run,” by Jessica Corbett, TRUTHOUT.ORG, https://truthout.org/articles/elizabeth-warren-announces-2020-presidential-run/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare&fbclid=IwAR3eUaoYIdMvzA1_-afHJr-LN83WrwNtDHoPim8mOM9627ooqO2h3Y8uhrA.

January 2

Bad joke

SOURCE: “Pentagon Rings in New Year With Joke About Dropping Massive Bombs on People,” by Jon Queally, TRUTHOUT.ORG, https://truthout.org/articles/pentagon-rings-in-new-year-with-joke-about-dropping-massive-bombs-on-people/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare&fbclid=IwAR3gQvLkJ4x7EUox_vcFlDUfpxFfOo9MqJ_ikOI_NUp4-N7NJlU9-ijiftg.

December 27, 2018

Here’s Ralph Nader’s take on single payer.

SOURCE: “Ralph Nader on Single Payer, Climate Devastation,” Video, by CP Editor, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/12/21/ralph-nader-on-single-payer-climate-devastation/?fbclid=IwAR3GZK-zZ1tQbEjC_4j_eaQ3pBV4ovUeUKmspKrOuquQRmTqusyeL5CEhCs.

December 27

Good for them.

SOURCE: “Japan Suffered Biggest Natural Population Decline On Record In 2018,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-26/japan-suffered-biggest-natural-population-decline-record-2018?fbclid=IwAR0PpUSmJ9nCUgHSd6nCdt5VtGDc54dQ9dPAtOfVIAusRzLmRNqXTH54tMU.

December 27

Could not agree more about the F-35, apparently one of the most egregious US waste of money Pentagon lunacies of all time.

SOURCE: “War Games in Vermont: Danger of Crashes and Permanent Hearing Loss,” by James Marc Leas, TRUTHOUT.ORG, https://truthout.org/articles/war-games-in-vermont-danger-of-crashes-and-permanent-hearing-loss/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare&fbclid=IwAR24EZ9z-t0Bg9Hmrfpwk69VD9nuIvUOpfX-dgEqxA8U733Dofe2GJ3CXfo.

December 26

Say it ain’t so Joe

SOURCE: “We Know How Trump’s War Game Ends,” by Matt Taibbi, ROLLINGSTONE.COM, https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-syria-withdrawal-772177/?fbclid=IwAR0P6lxPDkC5yQJr-yCs22hwMS8jHTOEalZxSuwHNqt5IohtmfiXQW-704w.

December 26

This is a long winded but plausible explanation of how capitalist economies work. I agree everything operates according to cause-effect chains, but whether it’s possible for mere mortals to track, much less predict, their progressions in economic states of affairs is another matter.

SOURCE: “Ray Dalio Puts ‘Recent Market Moves in Perspective’,” by Ray Dalio, ZEROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-26/ray-dalio-puts-recent-market-moves-perspective?fbclid=IwAR2X3gUZCif7kdR8as_eEH7gqPE48_VGPw2eT4m-r1M6pURsvVRdHP-GGGU.

December 26

Food for thought.

SOURCE: “Reading Into Albert Einstein’s God Letter,” by Louis Menand, NEWYORKER.COM, https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/reading-into-albert-einsteins-god-letter?fbclid=IwAR1dThw-P6gcYwjFLUgnaSjpStdtLd_o0toViRgdSdTE8B9wkffesVUJ11E.

December 24

Is that so?

SOURCE: “What the US Can Afford vs. What the US Can’t Afford,” Video, Revere Politics,https://www.facebook.com/ReverePolitics/videos/262594257767209/UzpfSTEwMDAwMDM0OTY1MTE4NjoyMDk5NDE2NjE2NzQ2NjQw/.

December 22

Say it ain’t so Joe.

SOURCE: “Is The US Preparing For A War Between LatAm States?”, by Thierry Meyssan, VOLTAIRENET.ORG, http://www.voltairenet.org/article204400.html.

December 22

Sounds plausible to me.

SOURCE: “America’s Technology & Sanctions War Will Bifurcate The Global Economy,” by Alastair Crooke, STRATEGICCULTURE.ORG, https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/12/18/america-technology-sanctions-war-will-end-by-bifurcating-global-economy.html.

December 21

Say it ain’t so Joe.

SOURCE: “The Bombings Will Continue: US Military Role in Syria Won’t End,” Interview with Nermeen Shaikh, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!, TRUTHOUT.ORG, https://truthout.org/video/the-bombings-will-continue-the-us-military-role-in-syria-isnt-over/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare&fbclid=IwAR1KpWn4J572FAS1-Sq0U11gGLGVudsFoZBJ9DcwCBoUho53Ig_MdXEqUpo.

December 20

Copple’s overview of how the US got where it is today and where we need to go is one of the best analyses of what the problems and opportunities are and what should be done that I have read in some time. A must read for any concerned conscientious citizen.

SOURCE: “Radical egalitarianism can save the planet, the world, and our souls, by Roger Copple, INTREPEDREPORT.COM, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/25715.

December 8

William John Cox and I started our lives on Earth living in or near Wolfforth, Texas, in Northwest Texas in the 1940s, ten miles southwest of Lubbock in the Texas Panhandle. We were both descended from cotton farmers living in the Deep South going back to the American Revolution and spent our early lives living on and around cotton farms in the same vicinity. Wm had a tougher time of it than I did, becoming orphaned when he was ten years old. He moved away in high school and we never saw one another again in person, having renewed our friendship on the Internet about ten years ago. He became an officer for the Los Angeles Police Department who wrote the police manual for the LAPD, a distinguished lawyer who defended a Jewish holocaust survivor in a case he won that was made into the movie, Never Again, and a prolific author, writing several books on government, politics, science, mathematics, and philosophy. He now serves as a public interest attorney, having once run for president of the US.  He recently formulated a new strategy to improve the US government, his Declaration of Non-Candidacy:

“I, William John Cox, do hereby declare that I will not be a candidate for President of the United States in the 2020 election; however, should a majority of American voters write in my name, Wm Cox, on their ballot, sufficient to carry the Electoral College, I would be honored to administer the executive affairs of the nation, to the best of my abilities, for at least one term, under two conditions.

“That, between now and the election, the Women of America select from among themselves, a Vice President to preside over the legislative portfolio in Congress and in the States, an Assistant President to preside over the domestic portfolio, and an Assistant President to preside over the international portfolio.

“That, the Women immediately commence organization of a shadow government to publish policy papers and to identify highly qualified leaders, so as to be prepared to take control of the government on January 20, 2021, and to competently manage the government thereafter. My limited role would be to coordinate administrative policy, necessarily retaining the defense, justice, and intelligence portfolios to ensure justice and to sustain peace.

“I have already written and published on a wide variety of relevant subjects, all of which is freely available, and there is probably little I could add, in addition, at this time, that would make a difference. So, for now it is up to the Women of America, who are increasingly alarmed about the colossal corruption that is destroying our government, to take charge of our future.​

“There are six hundred and eighty-eight days until the election—time enough to make a difference.”

For more on this prolific non-candidate go here.

I have read several of Wm’s books and have found them original, fact-based, insightful, well thought out, and well written. He is also a self-taught mathematician and physicist and this book, Mind, has been commended by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator.

If you want to respond with comments or a review of this book, go to our RESPONSES page and say what you want to say.  Just click on the link below to read a complimentary copy of the book.  Here is a YouTube link to a reading and video scroll of Mind by the author.

SOURCE: Mind & Its Languages of Reason, by William John Cox, https://williamjohncox.com/mind.pdf



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6 Fun Projects to Introduce Your Learning Disabled Child to the Arts

By Joyce Wilson


Learning doesn’t come in one set format. As Friendship Circle points out, “some children learn most effectively through the arts.” The arts make academic subjects more accessible to children with learning disabilities, promote the development of social skills and self-esteem, and reduce stress and anxiety so children with special needs are able to focus. The result is a higher academic achievement and stronger social skills for differently-abled kids.

Arts education needn’t be limited to childhood tinkering. A childhood foundation in the arts can lead to a fulfilling career in adulthood. Just look at the many successful artists, musicians, and actors with learning disabilities — Daniel Radcliffe, Chuck Close, Woody Harrelson, and Justin Timberlake are among the famous names who struggled with learning disabilities in school.

Unfortunately, as schools increasingly focus on academic instruction, kids have fewer and fewer opportunities to engage in the arts at school. As a result, it’s up to parents to provide their children with ample access to arts education.

Ideas for Arts Education at Home

Preschool and Elementary School

Arts and crafts are an excellent way for parents to introduce children to the arts at home. From an early age, kids can take simple materials and transform them into imaginative creations. Arts and crafts stimulate a child’s creativity and problem-solving skills, and they’re a fun way for families to spend quality time together. Angie’s List suggests a bunch of crafts that are perfect for kids ranging from toddlers to middle schoolers. These are some of the standouts:

  • Make paper bag puppets: Animal puppets made out of paper bags are simple, but they delight preschoolers who not only get to design the puppets but also invent stories to share with their attentive audience — whether that’s you or a gallery of stuffed animals!
  • Create clay-dough animals: Clay dough is ridiculously easy to make at home and provides endless entertainment. Instruct kids to mold animals to hone their fine motor skills or ask them to use their imagination to invent a new kind of creature!
  • Design DIY bedroom decorations: Crafts with a purpose appeal to kids in the later elementary school years. Arm your child with supplies to make their own bedroom decorations, like blinged-out picture frames, faux flowers, beaded curtains, and more.

Middle and High School

As tots mature into adolescents and teens, they’re ready for higher-level arts instruction. The following ideas are perfect for older students:

  • Recreate famous paintings: Challenge your teen to recreate famous pieces of art like Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” Magritte’s “The Son of Man,” or Picasso’s “Three Musicians.” Instead of using paint, have kids recreate the works with a different medium entirely. Your kids will get an art history lesson and an exercise in creative problem-solving!
  • Write a screenplay: Tweens and teens might not be impressed by puppet shows, but they still love a good story. Gather a group of kids to write a screenplay and put on a performance for a live audience. From writing the script to building the set, this activity is full of interesting creative and educational challenges.
  • Build DIY musical instruments: From homemade banjos to xylophones made of driftwood, the sky’s the limit when it comes to DIY musical instruments. A2Z Homeschool has links and resources to get kids started on their musical journey.

Also, don’t limit yourself to activities at home! Community theaters, arts-based summer camps, and arts and crafts lessons at the public library are all wonderful ways for differently-abled children to get involved in the arts.

No matter their ability, engagement in the arts is incredibly rewarding for children. However, for kids with learning disabilities who struggle in traditional academia — both in performance and confidence — the arts are an invaluable resource. When kids have a place they can learn, do, and grow without limitations, both ability and confidence soar.

Contact Joyce Wilson at joyce@teacherspark.org, Teacherspark.org.


Problems with the Deep State

by Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA, Editor & Publisher

This is the first time I have posted an advertisement for selling a newsletter, but this advertisement contains some hard truths, told in an effective fashion by a fearless storyteller, David Stockman, who was the US budget director under Ronald Reagan and is sometimes called the father of Reaganomics. While I think Stockman has cut some of the truth here, I admire his courage in telling it like it is in most cases in this article using blunt no-nonsense language. What he does not spell out enough here in my opinion is that Reagan “voodoo” economics, so-described by Bush I, was a dismal failure.

The Reagan administration tripled the federal debt in eight years, by far the largest percentage increase of federal debt of any peacetime president in US history, proving beyond a reasonable doubt that simultaneously significantly cutting the income taxes of the rich while significantly increasing military expenditures for the poor, not only does not work, but is disastrous from a macro economics fiscal standpoint.

And Stockman waxes simplistic about the evils of socialism and the virtues of capitalism. Capitalism is inherently undependable and untrustworthy for many people, producing inevitable disasters from time to time, turning whole economies into the equivalent of individual humans suffering from manic-depressive emotional and behavior disorders. And socialism as commonly conceived while also undependable and untrustworthy is not as evil as Stockman implies. The bottom line is that no economic system to date has been fully successful for all humans around Spaceship Earth.

For my view on what to do about the Earthian economic system read my article, “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth Incorporated.”

Nevertheless, here is David Stockman’s magnum newsletter sales pitch on what is wrong with the US economy and what you should do about it now, which I agree with in most cases:

The Real Cause of the Coming Market Crash

This uncensored document reveals the shocking details behind the Deep State’s plan to steal your retirement.

Mind: The Languages of Reason

Here is a new book authored by William John Cox


and a YouTube link to A Reading and Video Scroll of Mind by the author.


Wm Cox and I (Richard John Stapleton) started our lives here on Earth living in or near Wolfforth, Texas, in Northwest Texas, in the 1940s, ten miles southwest of Lubbock, Texas, in the Texas Panhandle. We were both descended from cotton farmers living in the Deep South going back to the American Revolution. Wm had a tougher time of it than I did, becoming orphaned when he was ten years old. He moved away in high school and we never saw one another again in person, having renewed our friendship on the Internet about ten years ago.

I have read several of Wm’s books and have found them thoughtful and amazingly insightful using scientific and mathematical concepts.

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A transactional analysis of truth

by Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA

Individuals A and B had known one another for over fifty years, at one time being best friends.

After not seeing one another for thirty or more years they had a face-to-face reunion.

Everything seemed to go well.

They discussed old times and what had happened in their lives in the meantime. Both seemed to enjoy the visit.

About one month after the visit however A telephoned B on his/her cellphone and told him/her Bush I was one of the best presidents the US ever had, kind, gentle, and civil, and was very sad about his having died.

Individual B said s/he disagreed, saying Bush I was a lying two-faced hypocrite, a war criminal, a toady for the establishment, and one of the prime conspirators assassinating JFK.

After twenty or so minutes of heated discussion B told A s/he could not believe what A was saying, telling A s/he knew A was an intelligent person, but was worried if they kept this up they could destroy their relationship.

A continued to make her/his case from a one-up Parent position; B also continued to make his/her case blow by blow.  B said again the best thing to do was end their telephone conversation now before they destroyed their friendship.

A continued trying to convince B of the truth as defined by A.

B finally exploded, “Goddamn it A I’ve had enough of this shit.”

A then said, “Well, now that you have insulted me, I might as well hang up.”

The two have not spoken to one another since.

Here is a transactional analysis of the case:

Both A and B in their face-to-face visit realized they differed politically but had the good sense to say nothing about it so as not to destroy their visit. Unfortunately their differences grated on A after the visit, causing him/her to telephone B to straighten the situation out.  A had been older and dominant in their earlier lives and wanted to reestablish the previous psychological structure, to again become one-up and more OK than B psychologically.

B having grown up would have none of it wanting to be I’m OK—You’re OK in the relationship.

A started the episode from the Parent Persecutor Game position socially and from the Child Rescuer position psychologically.  B responded from the Adult position socially and the Rebel Child position pyschologically.  A ended up trying to lay a guilt trip on B for insulting her/his character and hurting his/her feelings from an Adapted Child Victim position, insinuating B caused A to suffer by being so harsh and callous with his/her explosive uncouth language.

Transactional Analysts call this Game SCHLEMAZAL.  A broke the relationship by making the telephone call and saying what s/he said, psychologically attacking B, causing a loss for B, but ended the Game accusing B of immorally insulting A by saying what B said using the language and tone s/he used, with A finally switching to a woeful hurt Child ego state Victim position, having lost as much or more in the Game as B.

Most likely what A was primarily looking for in the first place by telephoning B were strokes, i.e. units of recognition.  A is getting up in years and lives alone and wanted to talk to someone.  Unfortunately this conversation with B did not go well, the primary currency being traded in the transaction being negative strokes, not positive strokes.  The positive stroke bank accounts of both A and B were depleted by the Game they played during the transaction, causing both to be more depressed than they were before the Game was played with lowered self-esteem as payoffs for the Game.  Both A and B had been relatively successful in their careers and had probably been playing SCHLEMAZAL and its complementary cognate Games all their lives, proving once again that money cannot buy happiness in all cases.

Psychological Games are often described by transactional analysts as bridges to intimacy.  Game players not being fully honest start off conversations with ordinary chickenshit or bullshit transactions about the weather, sports, politics, and such hoping they might get to something serious and honest, such as whether they and their marks really like one another, and what they really think and feel about things, intimacy, which rarely happens.  Transactions between people are structured in a hierarchy from least stoke intensive to most stroke intensive—withdrawal, pastimes, rituals, activities, Games, and intimacy.

An individual’s definition of truth is caused by the facts, analyses, and conclusions s/he was exposed to in life and by what was required to be believed by individuals to be accepted, survive, and make a living in particular authoritarian groups and organizations.  Since individuals have been exposed to different facts, analyses, and conclusions in various amounts and have accidentally been exposed to different kinds of authoritarian groups and organizations they now quite naturally store different kinds of truths about various issues, problems, opportunities, etc.

For more on truth and psychological Games read my book, Born to Learn: A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning at https://www.amazon.com/Born-Learn-Transactiona…/…/0692584331.

What most people cannot accept is how difficult it is to convince an individual her/his truth is not the real truth if you disagree with it.  The following linked article sheds important light on this problem.

SOURCE:  “Manufacturing Truth,” by C. J. Hopkins, The Unz Review:  An Alternative Media Selection, A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media, http://www.unz.com/chopkins/manufacturing-truth/?fbclid=IwAR0nv5goF8LADiBk9Z_FDhIHqEML2Ngt8g5SK8uhrEZG8fHIo7EqjvVw1M8.

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THE EARTHIAN    –     5

Effective Learning Publications, 32 East Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, USA, November 30, 2018

Or So It Seems to Me Today

Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA, Editor & Publisher  

My weltanschauung and zeitgeist have not changed much since the publication of The Earthian   4   but it seems to me the Doomsday Clock has moved a bit closer to Midnight.

There has been increasing talk, writing, and chatter around Spaceship Earth about the almost certain dire consequences of global warming and climate change, the consensus among experts being that if significant reductions in atmospheric carbon dioxide and methane do not occur in the next ten years there is going to be hell to pay by Earthians alive after that.  There has also been more conversation about the possibilities of another world war, entailing the risk of a nuclear Armageddon.

It’s hard not to play AIN’T IT AWFUL, a common transactional analysis psychological Game, in this blog by citing and linking nothing but articles painting Earthians as Victims of obsolete economic and political systems manipulated and exploited by rapacious sociopathic Persecutor oligarchs and their corrupt bought and paid for lackey politicians, however true that might be in reality.

On the other hand, it will do no good to play the transactional analysis Game of GREENHOUSE, citing and linking nothing but upbeat articles encouraging humans to stick their heads in the sand, or pretend everything is just hunky-dory with everything coming up roses for everyone, to live in Candide-like worlds.

In the past three months I have tried to set up a De-Gaming Democracy group    here in Statesboro, to engage citizens of various persuasions in face-to-face discussions of relevant economic and political problems and opportunities, in what I call the Ogeechee Economic Forum meeting the third Saturday of each month, with little success. So far two attendees have shown up. It appears most humans are not interested in, or are afraid of, transacting in a Game-free Adult way in public dealing with economic and political problems and opportunities. Hopefully interest in this will pick up in the coming year.

For more information regarding the use of Transactional Analysis to create better democratic processes read my book Born to Learn: A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning.

For more information on how to co-construct better organizations and economic systems read a free Kindal copy of my book Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds.

See my article “Toward the Creation of Spaceship Earth, Incorporated,” published in MWC News (Media With Conscience) September 2013 for some management science ideas on how humans might eventually co-construct an economic and political system that is viable and satisfying for everyone.

As usual this month’s THE EARTHIAN cites and links as SOURCES recent articles written by clear deep-thinking hard-hitting independent writers published in various sorts of Internet publications around Spaceship Earth dealing with ecological, economic, social, political, religious, and military affairs around Spaceship Earth. While I generally agreed with these writers about what is most relevant about Spaceship Earth states of affairs, before I read their articles, they all brought up facts, analyses, conclusions, ideas, or perspectives that were new to me when I read them during the last thirty days or so, thereby teaching me something, which is why I included them in this issue of THE EARTHIAN.

This issue of THE EARTHIAN is linked with 78 articles published in Internet publications of various sorts around Spaceship Earth.

It’s not easy for humans to separate relevant from irrelevant focal point entities and issues to see what is really going on when they are inundated and saturated with propaganda, fake news, sanitized pablum, and sensationalized drama produced by mainstream and government media around Earth.

If you have ideas on how to democratically discuss in Game-free ways economic and political problems and opportunities in something like the Ogeechee Economic Forum to separate relevant events from irrelevant events go to my RESPONSES  page and let me know about them.

I do not want to sell subscriptions or advertising or solicit donations for THE EARTHIAN, but I would like to sell more books. If you feel you’ve gained some value from THE EARTHIAN and would like to reciprocate go to our Effective Learning Publications page and purchase one or more copies of my books. Born to Learn will be an unusual and potentially useful gift for anyone who can read English.




November 30, 2018

If nobody else wants to buy treasury bonds to finance the US budget deficit the US Federal Reserve can buy them by just punching digits into computers and calling the resulting numbers money and then buy Treasuries by depositing the numbers in the US Treasury bank account, with which the US Treasury can write checks to pay for things, such as its military adventures and its social security loan repayment obligations, at least for a while longer, maybe a trillion-plus dollars worth a year of these numbers for another decade or so before everything goes to hell in a handbasket.

“These Countries are Dumping the Dollar,” by Robert Wheeler, THEORGANICPEPPER.COM, https://www.theorganicprepper.com/dumping-the-dollar/?fbclid=IwAR1MkSTV3Qg8YmwwDK33smoGwCh6QXlQ_oKtBDEK2iNGe6My2x4-p9Sw9YY.

November 30

Sounds right to me.

“When you want to sanction States, you call them terrorists,” by Thierry Meyssan, VOLTAIRENET.ORG, http://www.voltairenet.org/article204116.html?fbclid=IwAR1qgkEVSWyG6TQm-phR76iE3DaH6HVQqIOL_dB4rwIY_p7R9SQzeEiLKuQ.

November 30

Say it ain’t so Joe

“Eyewitness Juarez: There’s no ‘you break it, you buy it’ policy here,” by Jane Stillwater, INTREPIDREPORT.COM, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/25648.

November 30

Sounds right to me.

“Freedom Rider: The Democrats win and black people lose,” by Margaret Kimberly, INTREPIDREPORT.COM, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/25651.

November 30

History it seems really does repeat itself.

“Who’s funding Bannon’s Fourth Reich?,” by Wayne Madsen, INTREPIDREPORT.COM, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/25656.

November 30

Most Demo politicians in Washington like to stay in office and selfishly hog power as long as they can about as much as Repug politicians, consequently at the end of the day doing what their party bosses tell them to, regardless of what is best for we the people. What a nasty business.

“Demcratic Party ‘Leadership’ is Upside Down,” by Norman Solomon, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/29/democratic-party-leadership-is-upside-down/?fbclid=IwAR3ZVvGe9b81Pva6qTjyNR6eKvlva8Du7azysbs6Aorm4MDWELzjplVDGFw.

November 30

I am not in favor of worshiping labels and ideologies such as capitalism and socialism, although I agree with most of the policies of this article. See my FreeFairProgressParty platform showing what I think should be done ASAP to get the US back on track.

“The Principles of Socialism,” by Charles McKelvey, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/29/the-principles-of-socialism/?fbclid=IwAR0nkFVW87rrXICyel36VddW6uR1WXVTceEV8jMKejv5_BNMYBVRGwpNHm4.

November 30

Say it aint so Joe

“The Audacity of Struggle,” by Ron Jacobs, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/29/the-audacity-of-struggle/?fbclid=IwAR3miekxBHaUBXsOSAImnRk-DBiano7Zbo7J95S4-ZxplQb8F8zIuqngTpA.

November 30

A positive step. About time.

“The Senate’s Yemen Vote is a Historic First,” By Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now, TROUTHOUT.ORG, https://truthout.org/video/the-senates-yemen-vote-is-a-historic-first/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare&fbclid=IwAR0BjvJIYlz9N9aHahR7kYUe7Q7-BcU6FPIeu2OEpKRTEzLrTRwbmFoMtfU.

November 30

This is a new one on me.

“South Koreans lock themselves up to escape prison of daily life,” by Minwoo Park, REUTERS.COM, https://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-prisonstay/south-koreans-lock-themselves-up-to-escape-prison-of-daily-life-idUSKCN1NS0JB?fbclid=IwAR0vuR_C7BZ6pE98oOyNRTCzYojION8cQQ2iMhivsmXUDNbwKe-Zl2mybeE.

November 28

This may be the most sordid and pathetic sex story of modern times. Human nature run amok. Sick sexual desires and behaviors, intelligence, and money causing the exploitation and further degradation of pubescent girls caught in the worst of circumstances not of their making. Where is the fairness in the world? What caused it all? What causes some children to be born into these situations? Is it the capitalistic economic system causing some highly intelligent perverted people to acquire enough money without working to afford to do something like this, while causing some people to live miserable homeless lives? Is it the greed of less guilty people causing them to make money by helping the prime crime perpetrators evade common law to live opulent lives devoid of generally accepted decency, fairness, and morality? What causes the prime crime perpetrators to do what they do in the first place? Are the causes primarily biological or psychological? What can be done to stop the progression of their cause-effect chains in society? Are we all victims to some extent in a hierarchy of worst off to best off? Bill Clinton and Alan Dershowitz flew around with this guy on his Lolita Express airplane to private events.

“How a future Trump Cabinet member gave a serial sex abuser the deal of a lifetime,” by Julie K. Brown, MIAMIHERALD.COM, https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article220097825.html?fbclid=IwAR3LOI5DDa13dVV720CwvRZEoy20eUOh4fZhD-9NpTlHdpehg5lOvvaus10.

November 28

Would be an interesting precedent since the Demos could do the same thing the next time one of them gets to be president. Maybe Trump is not as antisocial as he seems to be most of the time.

“Exclusive: Trump threatens to declassify ‘devastating’ docs about Democrats,” by Marisa Schultz and nikki Schwab, NYPOST.COM, https://nypost.com/2018/11/28/trump-threatens-to-declassify-devastating-docs-about-democrats/?utm_source=NYPFacebook&utm_medium=Native&utm_campaign=NYPFacebook&fbclid=IwAR23dH6NUWPjbhR7diSEJNJtysyF-7T9Hor2VeoPW0kq1STzNvKmNpXJOb0

November 28

Growing up in Northwest Texas various people told me I looked like I was part Cherokee Indian. About eight years ago I paid Ancestry.com to check my DNA. According to the Ancestry.com test I am ninety-eight percent European and two percent Western Asian. Because of the early assertions about my ancestry I learned to appreciate better than most what it feels like to be subjected to racial slurs. I have read several accounts of the Trail of Tears disaster, one of the most heinous acts of the US government against natives of this continent. Therefore this poem resonates with me more than it would with most.

“Poem of the Day: ‘Trail of Tears: Our Removal,’” by Linda Hogan, https://us12.campaign-archive.com/?e=f9ab7e9ce1&u=c993b88231f5f84146565840e&id=6af868b6f5&fbclid=IwAR3CIzg5S_MXyX1Mgw8E12jiamNeWTRBe85YWjSOebNpnyT4XZSq_bSk6so

November 28

Ever heard of Katharine Hayhoe? Neither had I until I read this. This strong intelligent brave lady is doing what all of us should do if we had the brains and means to do it, argue against these people who deny climate change.

“Author of U.S. Climate Assessment drops epic Twitter thread: ‘I’m here to set the record straight,’” by Walter Elnenkel, https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/11/27/1815601/-Author-of-US-Climate-Assessment-drops-an-epic-twitter-thread-I-m-here-to-set-the-record-straight.

Novenber 28

How would Trump know what is or is not fake news. Most likely he cannot keep up with the facts of any of it, since he is apparently suffering from dementia. But this article discloses a new twist, once again making the Russians conveniently look like the bad guys. One thing is for sure: this is pure soap opera, diverting human attention from serious issues, such as over population, climate change, and nuclear weapons.

“Here’s what Paul Manafort was lying about—and it’s the missing piece between Moscow and Trump,” by Mark Summer, DAILYKOS.COM, https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/11/27/1815508/-Here-s-what-Paul-Manafort-was-lying-about-and-it-s-the-missing-piece-between-Moscow-and-Trump.

November 27

Talk about a narcissistic egomaniac. This self-described genius thinks he can do no wrong since he has a divine right to reign superior. Whatever he says and does is right because of his superior intelligence. He said so in this article. We, mere average mortals, are supposed to believe or pretend to believe his bullshit no matter what he says like adapted children.

“Trump slams Fed chair, questions climate change and threatens to cancel Putin meeting in wide-ranging interview with The Post,” by Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey, and Damian Paletta, MSN.COM, https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-slams-fed-chair-questions-climate-change-and-threatens-to-cancel-putin-meeting-in-wide-ranging-interview-with-the-post/ar-BBQaAmg?fbclid=IwAR1ElBdRloCfwErbEgLHPTid2p10vxSR4XtgEDRQBgoTXYZdATJ45g56oHk.

November 26

Say it aint so Joe

“It’s Getting Hot in Here,” by Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank, COUNTREPUNCY.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/23/its-getting-hot-up-in-here/?fbclid=IwAR1AEzl86SFrPQhbTqXiHqzKWdvmf2ADAdux8UJqpvtB-Y5FNINfVrZ3xdI.

November 26

Leave it to the French students.

“Employment, Ecology, Extinction: French Students Take on the System to Save the Species,” by Kristine Mattis, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/26/employment-ecology-extinction-french-students-take-on-the-system-to-save-the-species/?fbclid=IwAR1wjyJKb0QGJaTyEU_lVTnflPiQkhKFWKQsreaA6VsifolKltjDbGBFxKQ.

November 26

Right way to go.

“A New Economic Model for the South: Ditch Corporate Welfare and Fund Farm Co-Ops,” by Valerie Vande Panne, In These Times, TRUTHOUT.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/26/employment-ecology-extinction-french-students-take-on-the-system-to-save-the-species/?fbclid=IwAR1wjyJKb0QGJaTyEU_lVTnflPiQkhKFWKQsreaA6VsifolKltjDbGBFxKQ.

November 26

Say it aint so Joe

“Neoliberalism Has Vandalized Latin America: The Roots of the Migrant Crisis Go Back Decades,” by Natalia Segura, TRUTHOUT.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/26/employment-ecology-extinction-french-students-take-on-the-system-to-save-the-species/?fbclid=IwAR1wjyJKb0QGJaTyEU_lVTnflPiQkhKFWKQsreaA6VsifolKltjDbGBFxKQ.

November 26

Raise taxes on all of them back to where they were before the Reagan administration lowered them from eighty percent in the 1980s setting in motion the catastrophe that has been gradually unfolding ever since.

“Restore Higher Tax Rates for Corporations That Can’t Contain CEO Pay,” by Dean Baker, TRUTHOUT.ORG, https://truthout.org/articles/restore-higher-tax-rates-for-corporations-that-cant-contain-ceo-pay/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare&fbclid=IwAR20VCLLNOpv7Uuw9hb_IoLCYpe8MxVKxN1VVFL-ZGJfBs2koMlhAVH6p30.

November 26

What the heck is going on here?

“CDC identifies 31 states with 116 confirmed cases of AFM,” by Debra Goldschmidt, CNN.COM, https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/26/health/acute-flaccid-myelitis-afm-numbers/index.html.

November 26

The most nitwit idea yet by a nitwit president.

“Trump Seeks to Reignite Feud With CNN, Proposes State-Run Television,” by Jeremy Barr, HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM, https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/trump-proposes-state-run-television-seeks-reignite-cnn-feud-1163920?fbclid=IwAR0VaL09ETPi3imWvLqJmc3FZXOvYsriYkhGn2EYwk1ATFSzcKbqcEAq2HM.

November 26

Unbelieveble. You mean MAGA Trumpie could not keep these jobs from leaving. I wonder how many cars and trucks this CEO ever built

“GM to halt production at several plants, cut more than 14,000 jobs,” by Robert Ferris, CNBC.COM, https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/26/gm-unallocating-several-plants-in-2019-to-take-3-billion-to-3point8-billion-charge-in-future-quarters.html?__source=sharebar|facebook&par=sharebar.

November 25

Another evolutionary change.

“Exclusive: Chinese scientists are creating CRISPR babies,” by Antonio Regalado, TECHNOLOGYREVIEW.COM, https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/26/gm-unallocating-several-plants-in-2019-to-take-3-billion-to-3point8-billion-charge-in-future-quarters.html?__source=sharebar|facebook&par=sharebar.

November 25

A dangerous witches’ brew.

“The next crash,” by Robert Reich, INTREPIDREPORT.COM, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/25582.

November 25

Sounds about right to me.

“Lessons From the California Wildfires,” by George Wuerthner, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/23/lessons-from-the-california-wildfires/?fbclid=IwAR0icEVuS85tVZQmett847duG9rW2uneOlQTNFBPR9TlbLGKhaqgSC0gaZ4.

November 25

I can believe this.

“Afghanistan is Collapsing. Get Out: Now!” by Brian Cloughley, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/23/afghanistan-is-collapsing-get-out-now/?fbclid=IwAR0VDBnnp5kRiIkHhiKS9gdCPBC_XhOEJNo0RQUsJoXsnf3iwGPWh5dBd30.

November 25

Amazing recall of facts of states of affairs underlies Chomsky’s success.  No wonder he is not president, having been blacklisted by mainstream media for decades.  Chomsky may be the smartest man alive.

“Noam Chomsky Turns 90: How a U.S. Anarchist Has More Than Survived,” by Bruce E. Levine, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/23/afghanistan-is-collapsing-get-out-now/?fbclid=IwAR0VDBnnp5kRiIkHhiKS9gdCPBC_XhOEJNo0RQUsJoXsnf3iwGPWh5dBd30.

November 24

Gasoline now costs $7.06 a gallon in Paris. What would happen in the US if gasoline suddenly cost that much?

“French protesters angry over fuel taxes clash with police,” by Thomas Adamson, APNEWSLCOM, https://apnews.com/d3033b920af449b594e66b51890b517b?fbclid=IwAR2gytfeuhqq7CH1xer3F4EEc-W6fdyTiPagEpIey6anNx6ns8xR3NLafoA.

November 19

About what I have been saying for about twenty years, albeit much less eloquently. See my FreeFairProgressParty to see what I have been saying.

“Barack von Obamenburgh, Herr Donald, and Big Capitalist Hypocrisy: On How Fascism Happens,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCY.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/16/barack-von-obamenburg-herr-donald-and-big-capitalist-hypocrisy-on-how-fascism-happens/?fbclid=IwAR2SSoqLyei_ngnU9-rqXfnsEh_c2QHAzruHEfXOZp2N99x17lICId3lnVE.

November 18

Another MUST READ poignant article before the shtf by one of Earths’s smartest humans, Chris Hedges.

“Scum vs. Scum,” by Chris Hedges, TRUTHDIG.COM, https://www.truthdig.com/articles/scum-vs-scum/.

November 18

Sure looks that way.

“Noam Chomsky Calls Trump and Republican Allies ‘Criminally Insane’,” by John Horgan, SCIENTIFICAMERICAN.COM, https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/noam-chomsky-calls-trump-and-republican-allies-criminally-insane/?fbclid=IwAR0qXiErXv9ZiBWX4nT2TTRGWptGuu8ZasjeY7qONFt82ZyS1h5WQjIEyR8.

November 18

Sad and insane beyond belief.

“Mitch McConnell Calls to Cut Social Security, Medicare,” by Nicole Goodkind, MSN.COM, https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/mitch-mcconnell-calls-to-cut-social-security-medicare/ar-BBOtGyE?ocid=sf&fbclid=IwAR1ThbakoneuoO_5VhdQ9pulev5bFkGJtICpO_EDNz9A7YKSedoD6gSVR20.

November 17

Interesting but simplistic. There is no way corporations would spend money on employees if it did not increase productivity, and there is no way they would want to increase productivity if they could not sell what was produced. Since they are already selling enough to satisfy what people can buy there is no reason for them to want to increase the ability of their employees to produce more, by spending more money on them. If they did and productivity per employee increased with sales remaining the same they would reduce the number of employees. Therefore there is no way reducing stock buybacks would automatically help employees, unless corporations for some reason just got more fair minded and gave them significant raises, which is not likely to happen anytime soon, since they have almost never willingly done it.

“The STOP Walmart Act is Rewriting the Rules of Stock Buybacks,” by Lenore Palladino, Roosevelt Institute, TRUTHOUT.ORG, https://truthout.org/articles/the-stop-walmart-act-is-rewriting-the-rules-of-stock-buybacks/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare&fbclid=IwAR3wvHsrKhYBEmuOvk2lnRAUZ7caAJ3qNF8t6-yzPezQ_NM8fGpVJAR3pw8.

November 17

True or false?

“Dozens arrested after climate protest blocks five London bridges,” by Matthew Taylor and Damien Gayle, THEGUARDIAN.COM, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/17/thousands-gather-to-block-london-bridges-in-climate-rebellion?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR1t0q3rEIeZgQO0Jd_jvH5pvH0VEBzhkX4T9uyjM908y30fDZGwA88hqlg.

November 17

Should go without saying.

“Trump is NOT above the law,” by To: US Congress, from Your Name, ACTIONNETWORK.ORG, https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/trump-is-not-above-the-law-protectmueller?source=facebook&&fbclid=IwAR3lJwcBxYgKnaBJbqV703fJzuFFDxOQb6waWAa6T2oLMDxmH1R-5dwUzKw.

November 17

Could not agree more, since I wrote this one.  This article was also reposted in the INTREPID REPORT.

“One More Time: “Payroll taxes,” ARE NOT TAXES!,” by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVELEARNING.NET, http://blog.effectivelearning.net/one-more-time-payroll-taxes-are-not-taxes/?fbclid=IwAR0bvZngxb4lzCq9K0wrpKUy24wAFM6yHuzZS9iUmINN6-x3koysh_fhH5Q.

November 16

Does Trump have dementia?

This article presents compelling evidence he does. To see and hear for yourself how Trump has declined mentally and physically see this U-Tube interview by Tom Brokaw when Trump was thirty-three years old. Back then Trump did not have problems speaking grammatically correct compound sentences or accessing and using words more specific and relevant than “wonderful,” “beautiful,” and “great.”


“Is Something Neurologically Wrong With Donald Trump?,” by James Hamblin, THEATLANTIC.COM, https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/01/trump-cog-decline/548759/?utm_source=fbb&fbclid=IwAR2sFsesZh5kE0lpp4QCiDCYF0VNMVScu_vjsjrhDDWMD3LBHzhW72Y7-7U.

November 16

Meanwhile Assange is dying in his room in the Ecquadorian embassy in London after six years of solitary confinement.

“As the Obama DOJ Concluded, Prosecution of Julian Assange for Publishing Documents Poses Grave Threats to Press…,” by Glenn Greenwald, THEINTERCEPT.COM, https://theintercept.com/2018/11/16/as-the-obama-doj-concluded-prosecution-of-julian-assange-for-publishing-documents-poses-grave-threats-to-press-freedom/.

November 16

What a fine kettle of fish.

“Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi’s assassination: CIA,” by Shane Harris and Greg Miller, SMH.COM, https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/saudi-crown-prince-ordered-khashoggi-s-assassination-cia-20181117-p50gn3.html?fbclid=IwAR1mOZ_NWYLSfvN_1WfLc7O17eFYZV6rq9iWRSw7_C3oXiIAVyMuwiYAyBs.

November 15

Here is the hard part: “Based on the science,” reads the group’s website, “we have ten years at the most to reduce CO2 emissions to zero, or the human race and most other species are at high risk of extinction within decades.”

True or False?

“The Global Extinction Rebellion Begins,” by Dahr Jamail, TRUTHOUT.ORG, https://truthout.org/articles/the-global-extinction-rebellion-begins/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare&fbclid=IwAR1zXarsOw_bj4NMt6bprXkX7VoZMKgVenfzfj_m4H8gOqGu5_6OkHsh2ZE.

November 15

Not much has changed since his time has it?

“Words of Wisdom from Harry Truman,” furnished by Gordy Teller, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=362843557802391&set=a.158713731548709&type=3&theater.

November 15

Can you believe Russia’s GDP is as small as it is? I guess having some ICBM’s and big nuclear bombs left over from their Soviet Union days makes people think they are much bigger than they are. The Russian economy is about 1/12 the size of the US economy, as this chart shows.

“The $80 Trillion World Economy in One Chart,” by Tyler Durden, ZEDROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-28/80-trillion-world-economy-one-chart?fbclid=IwAR0WKbS2UeKw0MVfqhQv0bwzy89PC7BrFkuX4dhDWR-_WKErDFY53wOroNQ.

November 15

Roy Clark and Hee-Haw: One of the best TV shows ever.

“Roy Clark, country music legend and ‘Hee Haw’ star, dead at 85,” by Sasha Savitsky, FOXNEWS.COM, https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/roy-clark-country-music-legend-and-hee-haw-star-dead-at-85.

November 15

Save the wolves!

“Gray wolf population could lose federal protection under GOP bill,” by Kellen Browning, MCCLATCHYDC.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-28/80-trillion-world-economy-one-chart?fbclid=IwAR0WKbS2UeKw0MVfqhQv0bwzy89PC7BrFkuX4dhDWR-_WKErDFY53wOroNQ

November 14

Good article but simplistic. The author says wars are not deterministic, WWI in this case, that “we” “made” it happen, not deterministic forces of history. I beg to disagree. “We” did not make it happen. Something caused the people who actually started WWI to start it. They did not just get out of bed one day and “poof” start WWI without being caused to do it, and whatever that something was was also caused, and so on back into infinite time in unbroken interconnected cause-effect chains. Whatever they were feeling, thinking, and doing, “something” caused them to feel, think, and do what they felt, thought and did—ideas, beliefs, and feelings previously stored in their brains—which were also caused by something. Which is the scary part now. “Something” can cause world leaders to do something mega dumb and stupid again, such as start WWIII. But maybe not. Hopefully the inevitable ineluctable cause-effect chains of history are now such that they will not cause another world war. That’s possible.

“For What?” by Dennis Morgan, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/14/for-what/?fbclid=IwAR0QQJz9prKhNWtTo82V2xd1acU0U50XnvwAPPPO9n9Mxbe22b7i52bHOxI.

November 14

Another article I agree with, having written it myself.

“Whence We Came, Whither We Go,” by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVELEARNING.NET, http://blog.effectivelearning.net/from-whence-we-came-whither-we-go/?fbclid=IwAR2Jh21L0f30ctoTlpyZLmJJNnvbm83p_96Du6gWwNVwIxGWiEhKnjwtdL8.

November 14

As anybody should have known, the Trumpies significantly lowering federal income taxes for elite rich civilians would increase the budget deficit, as would increasing military expenditures for poor soldiers, sailors, and airmen and their staff, and their fat cat corporate suppliers. According to this article the federal deficit reached about $800 billion for fiscal 2018. It is expected to rise to about $1 trillion in fiscal year 2019, the worst ever, starting October 1, 2018. As shown here https://www.thebalance.com/current-u-s-federal-government-s… the federal budget is composed of mandatory spending for such things as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid for US citizens and discretionary spending for such things as military employees, hardware, wars, and adventures. Much lying and confusion goes on regarding the funding of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Most of the time in mainstream media people say money ordinary people pay for Social Security from their paychecks and organizational revenues are “payroll taxes,” which is a misnomer, or a lie, depending on the knowledge and intention of the writer or speaker. Those payments are FICA or Federal Insurance Contribution Act insurance payments. Social Security payments to recipients are not welfare or operating expenses of the federal government; they are insurance benefits paid to people who paid into the Social Security insurance system, a quid pro quo. I can build a case Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid should not be listed as part of the federal government budget. This whole operation is a large insurance company run by the federal government for the health and welfare of US citizens, producing monetary benefits related to premiums paid, potentially a very successful insurance company, given federal power to determine by law fair prices for drugs, surgeries, and hospital stays charged policy holders. During various years after the creation of the social security system in 1935 social security payouts to beneficiaries were less than premiums paid into the system from deductions from payrolls and organizational profits and revenues, now about 6.2 percent for employees and about 6.2 percent for organizations, about 12.5 percent of yearly income per insured person overall, up to a certain level of income, now $128,400 per year. This formula generated a surplus of over $3 trillion dollars up to 2018, piled up in a Social Security Trust Fund, which the federal government borrowed from in various years to pay its bills for discretionary activities and operations, including dramatic and unnecessary military adventures, and all the rest. Unfortunately yearly social security premiums paid in are now less than social security payments paid out to beneficiaries, counting Medicare and Medicaid, and the federal government is now having to borrow money elsewhere yearly to pay back what it borrowed/robbed from its Social Security Trust Fund piggy bank through time, robbing Peter to pay Paul you might say, caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. Unfortunately this borrowing is not reflected in the yearly stated US budget deficit. The US federal government in fiscal 2019 will have to borrow more than $1 trillion, maybe as much as $1.3 trillion, assuming it can continue to find ordinary people, corporations, central banks, and government agencies willing and able to buy its treasury notes, bills, and bonds. For more background and details go here, https://www.ssa.gov/oact/TRSUM/.

“Yellen says rising deficit is unsustainable: ‘If I had a magic wand, I would raise taxes’,” by Fred Imbert, CNBC.COM, https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/30/yellen-says-rising-us-deficit-unsustainable-if-i-had-a-magic-wand-i-would-raise-taxes.html?__source=sharebar|facebook&par=sharebar.

November 14

Trump has told us he is a “stable genius,” whatever that means. Seems to me he would have to be some sort of idiot to say and do some of the things he comes up with, such as blaming Californians for the unprecedented wildfire disaster that has befallen their state, and threatening to withhold federal aid to deal with the aftermath. Not only does he ignore the facts of situations and their causes and consequences, an indicator of low intelligence, he is almost devoid of tact and empathy, prime characteristics of sociopaths.

“Forty-Eight Dead and Counting From California’s Deadliest Wildfire,” by Dahr Jamail, TRUTHOUT.ORG, https://truthout.org/articles/48-dead-and-counting-from-californias-deadliest-wildfire/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare&fbclid=IwAR0jl_F5dVmxMohQHYGPeuUi_9OEBpWOLTiufgCCeWHmWGQzedXrbtEyyvI.

November 12

Pathetic the way world wars happen.

“I felt then, as I feel now, that the politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organizing nothing better than legalized mass murder,”
by Harry Patch, the last veteran of WWI, who died in 2009 at 111 years old, presented by Christopher Lyden, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157019945019802&set=a.204060384801&type=3&theater.

November 12

Another peace advocate

“Albert Einstein: Rebel, failure, genius,: by Facebook Watch, https://www.facebook.com/LifeStories.Goalcast/videos/552138715245509/UzpfSTEwMDAwMDM0OTY1MTE4NjoyMDQxODc1OTQyNTAwNzA4/.

November 12

MAGA should be M”S”A”F”GA, make “some” Americans “feel” great again, maybe twenty-five percent of eligible US voters. That’s all Trump can accomplish.

While Paul Steet’s wording in this article may be inflammatory and overly harsh in the eyes of some he paints a relatively true picture of the subject state of affairs. One can build a plausible case the taking of the territory of the US, Canada, Mexico, and the nations of Central and South America from native inhabitants was caused by the greed of rich Europeans and the desperate grinding poverty of poor Europeans. Had Europeans not been moral and economic failures they would not have destroyed the original human inhabitants of “America”. They would have stayed where they were.

“When America Was Great, Savage White Un-Settlers Raped a Continent and Assaulted a Planet,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/26/when-america-was-great-savage-white-un-settlers-raped-a-continent-and-assaulted-a-planet/?fbclid=IwAR2kin4kjL1AGjw9bou205JF9dzK4y3cDqpvSHjd7yhcl0QoxCJ234KqL3M.

November 12

More than a grain of truth here.

“The Republican Plan to Dumb Down America,” by Colbertepisodes, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10217817168845016&set=a.10202176615200950&type=3&theater.

November 12

Say it ain’t so Joe

“The Best Way to Honor War Veterans Is To Stop Creating Them,” by Caitlin Johnstone, https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/the-best-way-to-honor-war-veterans-is-to-stop-creating-them-a034a2714499?fbclid=IwAR1F8WdXz4FMo-w2TL-oRs0IFGMlooDcukPnWpqzl4r-edcw87zSJpZpV68.

November 12

David Stockman rides again.

“Stockman: The Nation’s Fiscal Doomsday Machine is Now Unstoppable,” ZEROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-11-09/stockman-nations-fiscal-doomsday-machine-now-unstoppable?fbclid=IwAR0oEQ1JW1RKQUJLSQ3_s4PKjV2Sq-Nqd45zXYFCmIPK_n1PCt6HYoscpZI.

November 12

Relevant facts on healthcare.

“Half of Health Spendoing in the US is Now Government Spendng,” Ryan McMaken via The Mises Institute, ZEROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-11-09/half-health-spending-us-now-government-spending?fbclid=IwAR0CS9xoAmsZzikWkwAAZrYCvU4N2w-noVwZY3rjlFWoUhJTEoT1KXNXd3w.

November 12

I still cannot get rid of the idea that the US is supposed to be the good guy. This sort of thing is what Josef Stalin used to do in his communist Russia with his gulags.

“Crucifying Julian Assange” by Chris Hedges, TRUTHDIG.COM, https://www.truthdig.com/articles/crucifying-julian-assange/.

November 12

Say it ain’t so Joe

“56 U.S. Military Interventions in Latin America,” by LiberationNews.Org, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156245035571936&set=a.386595276935&type=3&theater.

November 11

I never knew England and France started WWI. Unfortunately WWIII won’t be like WWI. It will be many orders of magnitude more horrible, if it happens.

“Margolis: We Are Heading For Another Tragedy Like World War I,” Eric Margolis, ZEROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-11-11/margolis-we-are-heading-another-tragedy-world-war-i?fbclid=IwAR3vmkSYswHjega8OVNwsoVAE96yEUtAtIGEEq7c2gW_HtmH2PCtrkDuTiQ.

November 11

Unfortunately this well written article is relevant.

“The Second Time as Farce: We’ve Seen It All Before,” by Jason Hirthler, INTREPIDREPORT.COM, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/25542.

November 11

Right on.  According to the article, “The good news is that Democrats will take over the House of Representatives and hold onto or take back governorships in the upper Midwest and elsewhere.  That less odious duopoly party also did well in statewide elections all over the country, and about as well as could be expected in gerrymandered state legislatures.”

“What now?” by Andrew Levine, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/09/what-now/?fbclid=IwAR3WsIZ-dT2kDY9W2S135Q_I4yTopTp4C1PwfVK0bitAAYkwrJlCxFrMRnc.

November 11

The whole idea and plan is outdated. It’s absurd that small rural states should be given disproportionate power to run the whole country. Two senators per state might have been a good idea to sell the US constitution in the first place, but it’s no longer rational. The US is no longer a union of independent states, just like a state is not a union of independent counties. How absurd would it get to call each state the United Counties of whatever the name of the state is? Or each county the United Precincts of whatever the name of the county is? Either abolish the US Senate or increase and decrease the number of senators per state to make representation in the senate proportional to population in the state, thereby making all votes equal in power. And maybe come up with another name for the United States of America, such as Murica.

“The Senate is an Institutional Barrier to Democracy,” by Sohale A Mortazavi, TRUTHOUT.ORG, https://truthout.org/articles/the-senate-is-an-institutional-barrier-to-democracy/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare&fbclid=IwAR2MtTnGIbTGOxl9cEiXEVxli_lwxph9mztoEb-ubgMmLIkxreQ33FOazoo.

November 11

Life not being easy for most people living in the US most don’t want to know about the economic, political, and military atrocities of their people that have been a significant cause of living conditions getting so bad in various countries south of the US border that millions of people born there were and are willing to do almost anything to get inside the US to compete for a better life.

“US Must Take Responsibility for Asylum Seekers and Their History That Drives Them,” by David L. Wilson, TRUTHOUT.ORG, https://truthout.org/articles/us-must-take-responsibility-for-asylum-seekers-and-their-history/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare&fbclid=IwAR3flV92yskZtbsCU-1Yhc_tO3X2AtMvfCSILiZMLaxssQt_KFsq9i16mEc.

November 9

Here is another helpful article by Joyce Wilson, an Effective Learning Report correspondent, for teaching your children at home.

“How to Use Educational Online Tools to Entertain Kids on a Rainy Day,” by Joyce Wilson, EFFECTIVELEARNING.NET, http://blog.effectivelearning.net/how-to-use-educational-online-tools-to-entertain-kids-on-a-rainy-day/?fbclid=IwAR1jzar5UMu7e7M5sT3_17DcdPWFgfzhBP1v4cYu1B-lQJnEjW1TnHGrdrE.

November 9

What is going on here? Ordinary life, sex, religion, alcohol, street drugs, and other narcissistic thrills and comforts are not enough to produce dopamine highs? Hopelessness? How can anyone be truly happy with all the corruption and idiocy going on around Spaceship Earth? So you have to do something like this to prove you exist or have significance? Do some ecociders think they are making heroes out of themselves by killing others and themselves, thereby reducing environmental stress and decay by removing human genes from the causative factors, thereby improving the chances of long-run survival for all Earthians? If so, who are the worst survival threat contributors? Happy superior-feeling joyous horny cis-gendered humans with plenty of dopamine who sexually produce too many future selfiecidal depressed offspring?  Is it more moral to be depressed than happy?

For more on the natural purposes, uses and effects of dopamine read this, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dopamine.

“Selfiecide,” Sunday Chronicle Cover Story, DECCANCHRONICLE.COM, https://www.deccanchronicle.com/sunday-chronicle/cover-story/050217/selfiecide.html?fbclid=IwAR0QwLGD5oFahZDoUPhD35qgObnUMVsUhCU-xPeMERdfxd-0EamFcyHWFRY.

November 9

They don’t “make” money they “take” money.

“Billionaires Made More Money in 2017 Than Any Other Year in History,” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, TRUTHOUT.ORG, https://truthout.org/articles/billionaires-made-more-money-in-2017-than-any-other-year-in-history/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare&fbclid=IwAR32gHZ-2iqY_cX_ZV25X0UjDIJUADtv1KGC1MT303iv2OZkYnVfb8qdXSM.

November 9

Of course, we’ve had it.

“How Aristocracies are Born,” by Josh Hoxie, COURNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/09/how-aristocracies-are-born/?fbclid=IwAR1MNMdfNLyXvPfhwfGIjDLF7DgT6ZMAoZep2XCNr4CZZbv-LWO-uH2cIso.

November 9

And I used to think the US was the good guy.

“The Malevolent Hypocrisy of Selective Sanctions,” by Brian Cloughley, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/09/how-aristocracies-are-born/?fbclid=IwAR1MNMdfNLyXvPfhwfGIjDLF7DgT6ZMAoZep2XCNr4CZZbv-LWO-uH2cIso.

November 9

Say What? We have no defense against it, you say?  You mean the finest fighting force in history is powerless to shoot this thing down?  I thought the biggest problem the US’s finest fighting force in history had was finding enough enemies to fight to justify the money it costs US taxpayers, based on a cost/benefit analysis.

“Russia Deploys Its Avangard Hypersonic Glide Vehicle,” by Andrei Akulov via The Stragegic Culture Foundation, ZEROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-11-08/russia-deploys-its-avangard-hypersonic-glide-vehicle?fbclid=IwAR3LmGQGwFnaCAqmIfALOlqVDQMqHbmN8W4r4K7k05OwYO13d9TpwMV6cg0

November 9

An abomination of our time, hungry phone jackals scavenging for any scrap of cash they can swindle at any time; it’s not that all of them are inherently malevolent, they just have to make a living doing what they do. What a world. Looks like the US Federal Communications Commission ought to be able to do something to stop this.  I get my privacy and my productivity interrupted about ten times a day by these jackals, and it’s pissing me off more all the time.  And, no, there is no way I can block them by punching something on my phones.  Apparently you can block some of them with a smart phone, which I have no intentions of buying.  You have to respond to the jackals if you receive any relevant calls at all from ok people, otherwise you miss out on something valuable.

“Why robocalls have taken over your phone: The scourge isn’t going away,” by Colin Lecher, THEVERGE.COM, https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/7/18069178/end-robocalls-lawsuits-do-not-call-registry-ftc?fbclid=IwAR2vQaglzKF2IPFP2xmI5ITgIKA26RmHLhBNJnkHxBkiKFCM8-tRQgkstws.

November 9

The way to grow GDP is to produce more goods and services, not create and borrow more money.

“Why we get bad diagnoses for the world’s energy-economy problems,” by Gail Tverberg, OURFINITEWORLD.COM, https://ourfiniteworld.com/2018/11/07/why-we-get-bad-diagnoses-for-the-worlds-energy-economy-problems/?fbclid=IwAR0MMP7xnh8bWeuf6rRooCK8OF-5VWMW5uzIbiiCywKmJrH5tIf7DeZrYqg.

November 9

Hopefully close to zero.

“What are the chances that America’s disunion turns into Civil War?” by Ian Morris, MARKETWATCH.COM, https://www.marketwatch.com/story/what-are-the-chances-that-americas-disunion-turns-into-civil-war-2018-11-07?mod=mw_share_facebook&fbclid=IwAR0RTFRuoR9ANeFT_NfRJoBnL1p-ezyyutKZdITmyoXdvmGqXfVCj4wZuUI.

November 9

Excellent article. I vote for alternative three.

“It’s Not the End of the World,” by Jeff Thomas, INTERNATIONALMAN.COM, https://www.deccanchronicle.com/sunday-chronicle/cover-story/050217/selfiecide.html?fbclid=IwAR0QwLGD5oFahZDoUPhD35qgObnUMVsUhCU-xPeMERdfxd-0EamFcyHWFRY.

November 8

I used to think computers could not do anything humans did not instruct them to do. The problem is that humans may not be smart enough to be aware of everything they have allowed computers to do within the bounds of their instructions.

“The Dystopian Future of Facebook,” by Mark Kernan, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/08/the-dystopian-future-of-facebook/?fbclid=IwAR0_3O3Yt-w_JmmEoLn9Y39MRPZVNbvqW_xe0vqH3Zdds92baVktOOAAsH8.

November 7

Say it aint so Joe

“The Troika of Tyranny: The Imperialist Project in Latin America and Its Epigones,” by Roger Harris, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG, https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/07/the-troika-of-tyranny-the-imperialist-project-in-latin-america-and-its-epigones/?fbclid=IwAR1GciQ1aLnj2_9x3bngd2YsiURRHhR5z4UVGjNAe84TlB0b7SKTxNyQrr8.

November 5

Scary article, but small business people are not rich. There never was much to tax there.  There is a big difference between small business and big business.  Small business owners are mostly like we the people, having little wealth and power relative to the billionaire big business oligarchs who run the world.

“Turn Off, Tune Out, Drop Out – Small Business On The Brink,” by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, ZEROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-11-05/turn-tune-out-drop-out-small-business-brink?fbclid=IwAR30BRRTLapyIymXnaYF5PT0PtaNuPp0Ea6jZ2pE5Y5Bv4Kb1oU3XjtkQag.

November 5

What is a fourth turning?

“The Fourth Turning & War Of The Worlds,” by Administrator, THEBURNINGPLATFORM.COM, https://www.theburningplatform.com/2018/11/04/the-fourth-turning-war-of-the-worlds/.



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How to Use Educational Online Tools to Entertain Kids on a Rainy Day

 By Joyce Wilson

Being stuck inside on a rainy day can be a bit boring for students. With autumn and winter keeping temperatures cooler and weather wetter, educators and parents need to be prepared to keep kids busy when they’re stuck inside. Here are some engaging, educational activities you can prepare to keep students from getting bored:

Work on Everyday Math Applications

Math is an essential life skill for children to learn. But for many children, math isn’t always their favorite subject. When it’s raining outside, try coming up with fun and interesting ways to help children work on math applications in everyday life. Use these math lesson plans to help get the fun started. From architecture to space exploration, there are so many ways for students to use math in interesting, practical ways. Kids will learn about real-world applications for math, which will strengthen their academic ability while setting them up for success in their potential future careers.

 Engage in Simple Science Experiments  

Science is another vital subject for students to learn. Along with technology, engineering and math, science is an important part of the all-important STEM field. Since so many future jobs will be based in STEM (all of which will have great financial opportunity), getting students interested in these subjects is crucial to preparing them for their adult lives. Science experiments are wonderful visual and hands-on tools to teach children. By engaging them in a simple science experiment, like making a glass of lava, you can open up their minds to the wonders of science.

 Create Some Arts and Crafts

For busy students, art can be a great way to release stress and calm any anxieties. This is especially helpful for students who may be fearful of storms and bad weather. Create some lesson plans centered on helping children create some colorful crafts and artwork. They can make their own homemade puffy paint or use materials you’ve already purchased to be prepared for these rainy autumn days. Stock up on paper, brushes, markers and any other basic art materials. Be sure to cover floors so they don’t get messy, and provide aprons or encourage children to wear clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty.

Burn Off Some Excess Energy  

Kids can get a bit antsy when the weather keeps them from playing outside. Play is such an important part of children’s development that the UN designated it a basic human right for children. You can get kids active while they’re stuck inside by following along with some exercise videos. Exercise videos geared toward kids are set up like play, and allow children to stay active while having fun. If you’re in need of something a bit more calming, try switching on a fun yoga tutorial to help children unwind.

Put on a Concert

Music is an entertaining and engaging way to pass the time during rainy weather. If you have instruments handy, look up some lessons online to help children practice their musical skills. No instruments? That’s not a problem, since children can use some basic materials to craft easy-to-make instruments of their own. Even without any instruments at all, kids will enjoy singing and dancing along to their favorite tunes. There are so many ways to use music to help kids learn and stay alert on those rainy days.

Act Out a Play

The arts, including theatre, are an important part of any comprehensive academic experience. If you need to keep kids busy while stuck inside, why not help them put on a play? This can even be a multi-day activity, where children can build their play from start to finish using online tutorials and resources. You can have them build the sets using practical math skills, put together costumes, write a script, and learn lines for scenes. There are so many elements to theatre that are educational and fun for children to experience.

Rainy autumn and winter weather doesn’t have to keep students from having fun. There are so many resources online to help you plan your rainy-day lessons and activities, so don’t let bad weather get your children down!

Contact Joyce Wilson at joyce@teacherspark.org, Teacherspark.org.