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A LIST OF ALL ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN THE EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT SINCE SEPTEMBER 2016

THE EARTHIAN — 36     JANUARY 4, 2023     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-36/

COULD TELEVISING VOLODYMYR ZELENSKYY’S SPEECH IN THE US HOUSE IGNITE WWIII?     DECEMBER 23, 2022     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/4294-2/

THE EARTHIAN — 35     DECEMBER 2, 2022     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-35/

SPACESHIP EARTH AND THE US ARE IN SAD SHAPE     NOVEMBER 16, 2022     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/spaceship-earth-and-the-us-are-in-sad-shape/

WHY LARGE POWERFUL POLITICAL PARTIES ARE EVIL     OCTOBER 27, 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/why-large-powerful-political-parties-are-evil/?fbclid=IwAR0oqmloyPCixQzS2JYQjbboKTkGE-MFz1PwRbdQHQRXITIAX-5PU2xGAaY

THE EARTHIAN — 34     OCTOBER 24, 2022     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-34/

THE EARTHIAN—33    SEPTEMBER 28, 2022    https://blog.effectivelearning.net/4205-2/

THE EARTHIAN — 32     AUGUST 25, 2022     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-32/

A KIRKUS REVIEW: AS THE ROOSTER CROWS EARTHIAN OKness INCREASES     JULY 8, 2021  https://blog.effectivelearning.net/as-the-rooster-crows-earthian-okness-increases/

THE EARTHIAN — 31     JUNE 24, 2022     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-31/.

WAR IS A PSYCHOLOGICAL GAME     JUNE 5, 2022     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/wars-are-psychological-games/?fbclid=IwAR1Qc1FUyG6on-l5r15Ng4Zljezrx0zH5k7RRB0Y5gusckip4bQ6fx62LyA

EARTHIAN HUMANS EXPERIENCE LESS OKNESS     MAY 24, 2022     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/earthian-humans-experience-less-okness/

THE EARTHIAN — 30      MAY 20, 2022     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-30/        

THE EARTHIAN — 29     APRIL 19, 2022     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-29/

RELEVANT INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS IN THE UKRAINE SHOWDOWN     APRIL 15, 2022     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/relevant-international-economic-considerations-in-the-ukraine-showdown/

THE EARTHIAN—28     MARCH 28, 2022     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-28/.     

THE EARTHIAN — 27     FEBRUARY 14, 2022      https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-27/     

JULIAN ASSANGE’S ENDURING LEGAL SAGA      DECEMBER 16, 2021     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/julian-assanges-enduring-legal-saga/.

THE EARTHIAN  —  26     DECEMBER 4, 2021     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-26/.

THE EARTHIAN—25     OCTOBER 4, 2009     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-25/

THE EARTHIAN—24     JULY 30, 2021     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-24/

AS THE ROOSTER CROWS EARTHIAN OKness INCREASES     JUNE 9, 2021     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/as-the-rooster-crows-earthian-okness-increases/

THE INHERENT IRONY IN THE PALESTINIAN/ISRAELI STRUGGLE     MAY 24, 2021     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-inherent-irony-in-the-palestinian-israeli-struggle/

AMERICA IS NOT A RACIST COUNTRY     MAY 12, 2021     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/america-is-not-a-racist-country/

THE EARTHIAN—23     MAY 11, 2021     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-23/

THE EARTHIAN — 22     MARCH 22, 2021     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-22/

TRANSACTIONAL ANALYSIS TUTORING     MARCH 5, 2021 https://blog.effectivelearning.net/transactional-analysis-tutoring-3/

THE EXEMPLARY USIAN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF 2021 MORPHED INTO A TRAGEDY OF WRONGDOING      FEBRUARY 14, 2021     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-exemplary-impeachment-trial-became-a-tragic-event/

ROUT LOGGER’S GROUP:  TO SAVE SPACESHIP EARTH —INTERNET EPISODE SIX     FEBRUARY 1, 2021     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-group-to-save-spaceship-earth-internet-episode-six/

SUPPORT TEACHERS AND SUPPLEMENT YOUR CHILD’S ONLINE LEARNING WITH THESE TIPS     JANUARY 24, 2021     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/3528-2/

A TRANSACTONAL ANALYSIS OF EARTHIAN HISTORY — PART ONE     JANUARY 22, 2021     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/a-transactional-analysis-of-earthian-history-part-one/

PRESIDENT BIDEN AS SEEN FROM A HUMBLE PERSON’S PERSPECTIVE FROM THE CARIBBEAN.     JANUARY 22, 2021     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/president-biden-as-seen-from-a-humble-persons-perspective-from-the-caribbean/

THE EARTHIAN — 21     JANUARY 5, 2021     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-21/      

FUN SIDE JOBS FOR YOUR BUSY TEACHING SCHEDULE     JANUARY 1, 2021 https://blog.effectivelearning.net/why-retire/     

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN BUSINESS: 4 REASONS WHY THIS COULD BE THE CAREER FOR YOU     DECEMBER 2, 2020      https://blog.effectivelearning.net/people-with-disabilities-in-business-4-reasons-why-this-could-be-the-career-for-you/

HOPEFULLY THIS IS THE LAST STRAW FOR TRUMP ON HIS WAY OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE     NOVEMBER 29, 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/3222-2/

JOE BIDEN: WAR OR PEACE?     NOVEMBER 16, 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/joe-biden-war-or-peace/

ELR EDITOR’S GENEALOGICAL SCRIPTING      NOVEMBER 15, 2020 https://blog.effectivelearning.net/stapleton-genealogy/

ELR EDITOR’S ACADEMIC VITA     NOVEMBER 15, 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/rjs-academic-vita/

THE UniDesk™     NOVEMBER 15, 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-unidesk/

EFFECTIVE LEARNING COMPANY     NOVEMBER 15, 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/effective-learning-company/

STAPLETON LEARNING COMPANY     NOVEMBER 15, 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/stapleton-learning-company/ 

EFFECTIVE LEARNING PUBLICATIONS     NOVEMBER 15, 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/effective-learning-publications/ 

GAMES EDUCATORS PLAY     NOVEMBER 15, 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/games-educators-play/

FAIR TEACHER EVALUATIONS     NOVEMBER 15, 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/fair-teacher-evaluations/

BUSINESS VOYAGES ARCHIVES     NOVEMBER 15, 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/business-voyages-archives/

FreeFairProgressParty     NOVEMBER 15, 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/freefairprogressparty/

THE EVOLUTION OF SPACESHIP EARTH, INC.     NOVEMBER 15, 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of-spaceship-earth-inc-3/

DE-GAMING AND SAVING DEMOCRACY     NOVEMBER 15, 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/de-gaming-democracy/

OGEECHEE ECONOMIC FORUM      NOVEMBER 15, 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/ogeechee-economic-forum/

TRANSACTIONAL ANALYSIS TUTORING     NOVEMBER 15, 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/transactional-analysis-tutoring-2/

RESPONSES     NOVEMBER 15, 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/responses/

EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS     NOVEMBER 2, 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/explore-your-options/  

THE EARTHIAN — 20    OCTOBER 31, 2020    https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-20/     

TRUMP’S A WORLD CLASS NIGYSOB PLAYER (and he should be let go) OCTOBER 17, 2020      https://blog.effectivelearning.net/trumps-a-world-class-nigysob-player/

YOU STARTED IT—A PSYCHOLOGICAL GAME CAUSING MAJOR TROUBLE ABOARD SPACESHIP EARTH    OCTOBER 8, 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/you-started-it-a-psychological-game-causing-major-trouble-aboard-spaceship-earth/.

THE EARTHIAN — 19    OCTOBER 4, 2020    https://blog.effectivelearning.net/3031-2/

DISAPPOINTING FOOTBALL GAMES and A LOSER’S LAMENTATION    SEPTEMBER 28, 2020    https://blog.effectivelearning.net/a-disappointing-football-game-and-a-losers-lamentation/

TRANSACTIONAL ANALYSIS TUTORING    SEPTEMBER 23, 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/transactional-analysis-tutoring/

A SPEECH FOR JULIAN ASSANGE    SEPTEMBER 12, 2020.    https://blog.effectivelearning.net/a-speech-for-julian-assange/

GEORGE FLOYD REVISITED THROUGH LEGAL EYES    AUGUST 30,2020    https://blog.effectivelearning.net/2952-2/

NUCLEAR WEAPONS — WAR AND PEACE     AUGUST 26, 2020.    https://blog.effectivelearning.net/nuclear-weapons-war-and-peace/

THE EARTHINAN — 18     BEST SELLER    AUGUST 9, 2020.    https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-18/ 

IS TRUMP EVIL?       JULY 29, 1020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/is-trump-evil/  

THE GROUP TO SAVE SPACESHIP EARTH—INTERNET EPISODE FIVE     JULY 2029     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/is-trump-evil/  

A 4TH JULY ESSAY ON STATUES, MEANING IN THE ANGLO-AMERICAN WORLD AND HISTORICAL FACTS     BEST SELLER     JULY 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/a-4th-july-essay-on-statues-meaning-in-the-anglo-american-world-and-historical-facts/

AN INTERNET CONVERSATION ON REPARATIONS AND STATUES     JUNE 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/an-internet-conversation-on-reparations-and-statues/

THE GROUP: TO SAVE SPACESHIP EARTH     JUNE 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-group-to-save-spaceship-earth-episode-four/

THE EARTHIAN—17     BEST SELLER     JUNE 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-17/

A TRANSACTIONAL ANALYSIS OF ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL STATES OF AFFAIRS AROUND SPACESHIP EARTH     BEST SELLER     JUNE 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/a-transactional-analysis-of-economic-and-political-states-of-affairs/

ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL BEHAVIOR THROUGH A TA LENS     JUNE 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/a-transactional-analysis-of-economic-behavior/

THE EARTHIAN FORUM—16    MAY 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-forum-16/

A CRISIS WITHIN CAPITALISM     BEST SELLER     APRIL 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/a-crisis-within-capitalism/

WHY DEMS ARE CHOOSING JOE BIDEN—A TRANSACTIONAL ANALYSIS OF USIAN POLITICS     BEST SELLER     MARCH 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/why-dems-are-choosing-biden/

THE GROUP—TO SAVE SPACESHIP EARTH—EPISODE THREE     APRIL 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-group-to-save-spaceship-earth-episode-three/

CRASH—VIRUS—CRISIS     MARCH 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/crash-virus-crisis/

PLAYING “CHICKEN” WITH US DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE OWNERS     MARCH 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/playing-chicken-with-us-democratic-national-committee-owners/

TRUTH, LIES AND REALITY     FEBRUARY 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/truth-lies-and-reality/  

THE EARTHIAN FORUM—15     FEBRUARY 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-forum-15/

THE GROUP: TO SAVE SPACESHIP EARTH—EPISODE 2     JANUARY 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-group-to-save-spaceship-earth-part-1/

THE REAL CAUSES OF THE US FOREVER WARS     JANUARY 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-real-causes-of-the-us-forever-wars/

THE EARTHIAN FORUM—14     JANUARY 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-forum-14/

A TRUE END OF YEAR HOLIDAY STORY THAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE INTERNET     DECEMBER 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/a-true-end-of-year-holiday-story-that-happened-on-the-internet/

IS TRUMP GUILTY? AN INTERNATIONAL LAWYER’S PERSPECTIVE     DECEMBER 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/is-trump-guilty-an-international-lawyers-perspective/

THE BRITISH ELECTION – 2019     DECEMBER 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-british-election-2019/

A STRATEGY FOR ACTUALLY DRAINING THE POLITICAL SWAMP OF SPACESHIP EARTH     DECEMBER 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/a-strategy-for-actually-draining-the-political-swamp-of-spaceship-earth/

WHY LARGE POWERFUL POLITICAL PARTIES ARE EVIL     BEST SELLER     OCTOBER 2019        https://blog.effectivelearning.net/why-large-powerful-political-parties-are-evil/

THE EARTHIAN FORUM—13     NOVEMBER 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-forum-13/

STOP BELIEVING IN FREE WILL TO CAUSE  PEACE ABOARD SPACESHIP EARTH     OCTOBER 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/stop-believing-in-free-will-to-cause-peace-aboard-spaceship-earth/

OCTOBER OGEECHEE ECONOMIC FORUM HOUR     SEPTEMBER 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/october-ogeechee-economic-forum-hour/

WHAT LAW: WHO BREACHED? – US – IRAN – AND THE WEST     SEPTEMBER 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/what-law-who-breached-us-iran-and-the-west/

THE EARTHIAN FORUM—11     AUGUST 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-forum/

THE EPSTEIN DISGRACE IN THE EARTHIAN INTERNET FORUM OF MORALS  AND ETHICS—AN ALLEGORY     AUGUST 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-epstein-disgrace-in-the-earthian-internet-forum-of-morals-and-ethics-an-allegory/

AN INTERNATIONAL PRAYER FOR PEACE     AUGUST 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/an-international-prayer-for-peace/

WHAT NOBODY MENTIONED IN THE MUELLER INTERVIEW     JULY 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/what-nobody-mentioned-in-the-mueller-interview/

THE EARTHIAN—10     JULY 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-10/

A STORY: THE GLOBAL ‘OLD MAN’     JUNE 2020     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/a-story-the-global-old-man/

IRAN – WAR: ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN; A DISASTROUS LEAP FOR HUMANKIND     JUNE 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/iran-war-one-small-step-for-man-a-disastrous-leap-for-humankind/

A GRADUATES’ BRIEF GUIDE FOR DEALING WITH INEVITABLE FAILURES    JUNE 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/iran-war-one-small-step-for-man-a-disastrous-leap-for-humankind/

NO IT’S NOT TIME TO BREAK UP FACEBOOK     JUNE 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/no-its-not-time-to-break-up-facebook/

THE EARTHIAN—9      MAY 2019      https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-9/

THE BASIS FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ‘RATIONAL’ GLOBAL POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC POLICIES     MAY 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-basis-for-president-trumps-rational-global-political-and-economic-policies/

ASSANGE – A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT     BEST SELLER     APRIL 2019 https://blog.effectivelearning.net/assange-a-dangerous-precedent/.

THE EARTHIAN—8     APRIL 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-8/

JULIAN ASSANGE – REVISITED      APRIL 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/julian-assange-revisited/

THE GOLAN HEIGHTS-VENEZUELA-AND THE RULE OF LAW     BEST SELLER     MARCH 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-golan-heights-venezuela-and-the-rule-of-law/  

LEARNING TO LOOK OUT FOR EVERYONE, NOT JUST NUMBER 1     MARCH 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/learning-to-look-out-for-everyone-not-just-number-1/

SERMON: CALL OF THE WILD-AND THE RULE OF LAW     MARCH 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/sermon-call-of-the-wild-and-the-rule-of-law/

SERMON: LESSONS FROM MY MOTHER – FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP     FEBRUARY 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/sermon-lessons-from-my-mother-for-president-trump/

THE EARTHIAN—7     FEBRUARY 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-7/       

A SERMON: GOVERNOR NORTHAN – VICTOR – VANQUISHE3D AND THE REST OF US     BEST SELLER     FEBRUARY 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/a-sermon-governor-northam-victor-vanquished-and-the-rest-of-us/

THE MAD-DOGS OF NUCLEAR ARMAMENTS – US AND RUSSIA     FEBRUARY 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-mad-dogs-of-nuclear-armaments-us-and-russia/

WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR?     JANUARY 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/what-are-friends-for/

THE EARTHIAN—6     JANUARY 2019     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/1480-2/

PROBLEMS WITH THE DEEP STATE     DECEMBER 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/problems-with-the-deep-state/

MIND: THE LANGUAGES OF REASON     DECEMBER 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/mind-the-languages-of-reason/

A TRANSACTIONAL ANALYSIS OF TRUTH     DECEMBER 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/a-transactional-analysis-of-truth/

THE EARTHIAN—5    DECEMBER 2018      https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-5/       

HOW TO USE EDUCATIONAL ONLINE TOOLS TO ENTERTAIN KIDS ON A RAINY DAY     NOVEMBER  2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/how-to-use-educational-online-tools-to-entertain-kids-on-a-rainy-day/

ONE MORE TIME: “PAYROLL TAXES” ARE NOT TAXES!     NOVEMBER 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/one-more-time-payroll-taxes-are-not-taxes/

THE EARTHIAN—4     OCTOBER 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-4/

WHENCE WE CAME, WHITER WE GO     BEST SELLER     OCTOBER 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/from-whence-we-came-whither-we-go/

THE EARTHIAN—3     BEST SELLER     SEPTEMBER 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-3/

THE EARTHIAN—2     BEST SELLER     AUGUST 2018    https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-2/

HOW TO SET YOUR KIDS UP FOR A SUCCESSFUL, STRESS-FREE NEW SCHOOL YEAR     JULY 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/4-tips-for-better-sleep-this-school-year/

FIRST OGEECHEE ECONOMIC FORUM     JULY 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/first-ogeechee-economic-forum/

THE EVOLUTION OF SPACESHIP EARTH, INCORPORATED     BEST SELLER     JULY 2018     JULY 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of-spaceship-earth-inc/

THE EARTHIAN—1     JULY 2018 https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-1/

DE-GAMING AND SAVING DEMOCRACY     JUNE 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/1126-2/

DEFAMING THE WORLD’S FASTEST HUMAN     JUNE 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/defaming-the-worlds-fastest-human/

SOMETHING TO DO IN THE SUMMERTIME     JUNE 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/something-to-do-in-the-summertime/

SERMON—REFLECTIONS ON WAR     JUNE 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/sermon-reflections-on-war/

THE CLASSROOM DE-GAMER     JUNE 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-classroom-de-gamer/

SERMON—MY CIVILIZING MISSION     JUNE 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/sermon-my-civilising-mission/

SERMON—EAST JERUSALEM: A CAPITAL PROVOCATION     BEST SELLER     MAY 2018      https://blog.effectivelearning.net/1078-2/

EFFECTIVE LEARNING DIGEST     BEST SELLER     MAY 2018     MAY 2918https://blog.effectivelearning.net/effective-learning-digest-may-2018/

MAKING SENSE OF THE NO-DEAL IRAN DECISION     MAY 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/making-sense-of-the-no-deal-iran-decision/

SYRIA’S PLIGHT WITH THE US     MAY 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/syrias-plight-with-the-us/

RACISM, RATIONALIZATONS AND RESENTMENTS     BEST SELLER     APRIL 2018       https://blog.effectivelearning.net/racism-rationalisations-and-resentments/

EFFECTIVE LEARNING DIGEST     BEST SELLER     APRIL 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/effective-learning-digest-april-2018/

BR’RE TRUMP BURROWED UP IN HIS WHITE HOUSE BRIAR PATCH     BEST SELLER     APRIL 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/brer-trump-burrowed-up-in-his-white-house-briar-patch/

A SERMON OF TWO BLUNDERS     APRIL 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/a-sermon-of-two-blunders/

TODAY’S SERMON: HOPE FOR AMERICA     MARCH 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/todays-sermon-hope-for-america/

THE PHOENIX PROGRAM, MY LAI AND THE “TIGER CAGES”     BEST SELLER     MARCH 2018        https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-phoenix-program-my-lai-and-the-tiger-cages/

EFFECTIVE LEARNING DIGEST—MARCH 2018      MARCH 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/effective-learning-digest-march-2018/

AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP     MARCH 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/an-open-letter-to-president-trump/

EFFECTIVE LEARNING DIGEST—FEBRUARY 2018     FEBRUARY 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/effective-learning-digest-february-2018/

A FOOTBALL GAME AIN’T NO WAR, BIG DADDY     JANUARY 2018     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/a-football-game-aint-no-war-big-daddy/

EFFECTIVE LEARNING DIGEST     BEST SELLER     NOVEMBER 2017          https://blog.effectivelearning.net/effective-learning-digest-november-2017/

EFFECTIVE LEARNING DIGEST—OCTOBER 2017     NOVEMBER 2017 https://blog.effectivelearning.net/effective-learning-digest-january-2017/

1968, INTELLIGENT LIFE AND THE LUNAR LANDING     OCTOBER 2017 https://blog.effectivelearning.net/1968-intelligent-life-and-the-lunar-landing/

BUSINESS SKYLAB CONFERENCE     OCTOBER 2017     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/business-skylab-conference/

A SYNOPSIS OF MY EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND     OCTOBER 2017     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/a-synopsis-of-my-educational-background/

EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT UPDATES—SEPTEMBER 2017     SEPTEMBER 2017     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/effective-learning-report-updates-september-2017/

FURTHER THOUGHTS ON POLITICS     SEPTEMBER 2017     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/further-thoughts-on-politics/

AN INSPIRING EDUCATIONAL MEETING IN THE COUNTRY CLUB NEAR STATESBORO, GEORGIA     SEPTEMBER 2017     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/an-inspiring-educational-meeting-in-the-country-club-near-statesboro-georgia/

RACIST GAMES IN A VENOMOUS CULTURE     BEST SELLER     AUGUST 2017     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/racist-games-in-a-venomous-culture/

PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PAST AND PRESENT COGNITIVE DISSONANCE (WITH POSTSCRIPT)     BEST SELLER     AUGUST 2017       https://blog.effectivelearning.net/president-trump-and-past-and-present-cognitive-dissonance-with-postscript-2/

EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT UPDATES—AUGUST 2017     AUGUST 2017     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/effective-learning-report-updates-august-2017/

LET’S YOU AND THEM FIGHT     AUGUST 2017     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/lets-you-and-them-fight/

WHY HEALTHCARE SHOULD BE MANAGED AS A NATURAL MONOPOLY     BEST SELLER     JULY 2017     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/why-healthcare-should-be-managed-as-a-natural-monopoly-2/

EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT UPDATES JULY 2017     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/effective-learning-report-updates-july-2017/

CONSERVATIVES AND LIBERALS VS. FREETHINKERS     APRIL 2017     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/conservatives-and-liberals-vs-freethinkers/

DEMOCRATIC DISCUSSIONS:  STORIES ABOUT FACT, FICTION, GOOD AND EVIL: PART FIVE     APRIL 2017     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/democratic-discussions-stories-about-fact-fiction-good-and-evil-part-five/

ANOTHER GREAT ARTICLE BY DAVE LINDORFF IN COUNTERPUNCH     APRIL 2017     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/yet-another-president-commits-the-ultimate-crime-of-launching-a-war-of-aggression/

DOING BUSINESS UNDER THE SUN: STORIES ABOUT FACT, FICTION, GOOD AND EVIL; PART FOUR     BEST SELLER     FEBRUARY 2017     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/doing-business-under-the-sun-stories-about-fact-fiction-good-and-evil-part-four/

A 2017 FORECAST: STORIES ABOUT FACT, FICTION, GOOD AND EVIL, PART THREE     FEBRUARY 2017     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/a-2017-forecast-stories-about-fact-fiction-good-and-evil-part-three/

DECLINING SMALL BUSINESS START-UPS     FEBRUARY 2017     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-small-business-population-is-shrinking/

TRUMP WON!  HILLARY LOST!     JANUARY 2017     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/trump-won-hillary-lost/

GREETINGS FROM STATESBORO, GEORGIA     JANUARY 2017     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/greetings-from-statesboro-georgia/

JOHN CHUCKMAN’S COMPREHENSION: STORIES ABOUT FACT, FICTION, GOOD, AND EVIL, PART TWO     BEST SELLER     JANUARY 2017     https://blog.effectivelearning.net/john-chuckmans-comprehension-stories-about-fact-fiction-good-and-evil-part-two/

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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR WAKING UP FROM THE AMERICAN HIGHTMARE     DECEMBER 2016       https://blog.effectivelearning.net/recommendations-for-waking-up-from-the-american-nightmare/

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THE EARTHIAN  —  37         

THE EARTHIAN, Number Thirty-Seven, February 5, 2023, Effective Learning Publications https://blog.effectivelearning.net/ , 32 East Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, USA, Richard John Stapleton, Writer, Editor & Publisher, Copyright 2023, All Rights Reserved

A Posting by a Hypothetical Exonexus Observer from a Planet beyond the Earthian Solar System

The poor Earthian humans are enthralled, manipulated, and in various degrees controlled by their leaders in some two hundred countries aboard Spaceship Earth. The leaders became leaders because of being caused to be leaders by unbroken cause-effect chains resulting after our universe started evolving some ten billion years ago in the infinity of time and space and from innumerable unique configurations of concatenations of cause-effect chains causing differentiated humans and countries on Earth through time.

Leaders are generally products of the same sorts of cause-effect chains as followers and members. They are all doing what they were caused to do in their daily lives starting at birth.

Earth as a planet was formed about 4.5 billion years ago and has undergone innumerable transformations in the meantime. Humanoid creatures have been aboard Spaceship Earth for some two million years, and they too have undergone numerous evolutionary changes.

Unfortunately, it now appears Earthian humans have reached a precarious and dangerous stage in their evolution as biological creatures. After slowly evolving more and more accurate, complex, and powerful understandings, technologies, and ways of life for two million years on Earth, during the last two hundred years Earthian humans evolved new technological devices at exponential rates that enabled them to increase their population of Earth as a species to a degree that they now threaten not only their own existence as a species aboard Spaceship Earth but also the existence of most other species alive on Earth.

Keeping eight billion Earthian humans alive on Earth has required so many goods and services to be produced to satisfy human biological and psychological needs and wants and so much fossil fuel energy to be burned to produce the goods that the climate of Spaceship Earth has been altered by carbon dioxide released yearly into the Earthian atmosphere, in sufficient quantities to cause extra heat to be trapped on Earth causing the mean Earthian temperature to increase at a yearly rate that threatens to destroy Earthian human life as it now exists, within centuries, if not decades.

At the same time Earthian humans have developed technological knowledge that has enabled them to produce over 10,000 nuclear weapons that could destroy human life aboard Spaceship Earth if dropped and detonated on defined enemies around Spaceship Earth, as they have the capability to do.

Earthian countries dependent on fossil fuel energy in the short run are pitted in a zero-sum struggle for control of oil and gas supplies around Earth, with the two largest militant nations on Earth possessing over ninety percent of the nuclear weapons now threatening one another in a war they started in a minor country, a pawn in their Earthian game of chess, a tissue-tearing psychological Game called KING OF THE MOUNTAIN by Earthian humans, caused by egoistic leaders and top members of the two countries who are primarily concerned about maintaining and enhancing their personal power, wealth, prestige, lifestyles, and legacies.

Top leaders of one of these countries, fighting in the pawn country with non-nuclear weapons so far, have publicly declared they will fire and detonate some nuclear weapons if necessary to prevent their being defeated and humiliated in the war/Game started in the minor pawn country. Hopefully this is just a bluff in another reincarnation of the Earthian human psychological Game called CHICKEN.  

As dangerous as this psychological high-stakes Game-playing is most Earthian humans find it stimulating, interesting, patriotic, heroic, and so forth in their nightly news, a release from the normal grind of their boring and banal daily routines and rituals, and their pastimes, jobs, activities, and intimacies.

The new war Game in the minor country is a helluva way to generate strokes, aka units of recognition, to get attention, to get recognized, stimulated, and affirmed, now that some Earthian human strokes, nuclear strokes, have become so powerful they can cause the elimination of all Earthian human strokes forever.

ASK MORE WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR ALL EARTHIAN HUMANS—TO MINIMIZE THE PROBABILITY OF EARTHIAN HUMAN EXTINCTION—CAUSED BY GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE (GWCC) AND/OR MILITARIZATION AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROLIFERATION (MNWP)

FOLLOWING IS THE MOST CURRENT PART OF THE EARTHIAN, A COLLECTION OF FACT-BASED POSTS BY TRUTH-TELLING WRITERS AND ARTISTS AROUND SPACESHIP EARTH, FEELING, THINKING, WRITING, AND CREATING USING ALL EGO STATES.

SOURCES FOR THIS ISSUE OF THE EARTHIAN:

February 3, 2023

What next? If these things can work as well as they can play and if enough could be made and if enough clean energy could be produced to power them Earthian biological humans would not have to do any more menial manual labor.

“Boston Dynamics Robots Do a ‘Dance-off’,” INTERESTING ENGINEERING.COM, https://www.facebook.com/interestingengineering/videos/727984082017143.

February 3

From the mind of Nikola Tesla, possibly the smartest Earthian human that ever lived

“7 Eccentric Inventions by Nikola Tesla That Were Never Built,” by John Loeffler, INTERESTING ENGINEERING.COM, https://interestingengineering.com/innovation/7-inventions-of-nikola-tesla-that-were-never-built?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=content&utm_campaign=organic&utm_content=Jan31&fbclid=IwAR08D_mZHDEBYuw4jqd7zUMLjUQqXRZeCegO4nY9A-NcTDFOza_1Cb1IhX8.

February 3

An honest respectable retired USian lieutenant colonel tells it like it is

“Can the Military-Industrial Complex Be Tamed?,” by William J. Astore, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/02/02/can-the-military-industrial-complex-be-tamed/?fbclid=IwAR3UqFqGdkQueZjIfzs1EHwvHVwoj1JF6bzicqPdvM4WzWe3nYB7Gey1Cmc.

February 2

Possibly he most productive Earthian scholar posting on the Internet today

“Noam Chomsky: Right-Wing Insurrection in Brazil Held Strong Echoes of January 6, by CJ. Polychroniou, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/noam-chomsky-right-wing-insurrection-in-brazil-held-strong-echoes-of-january-6/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR3OLRrKiAyWshPcKrHoQEenE4jXzECy0nl7biirhzyUukh7JTwNO0SMBWU

February 1

How could anyone read that fast and remember it?

“Voltaire,” by Dr. Nikola Tesla, https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=612614257539402&set=a.179863247481174.

February 1

A worthy cause indeed

“1994 Nobel Prize in Literature,” Kenzaburo Oe, https://www.facebook.com/nobelprize/photos/a.164901829102/10159415992629103/.

January 31

Great article by Ralph Nader

“Drug Price Showdown Time for Chairman Bernie Sanders,” by Ralph Nader, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/01/30/drug-price-showdown-time-for-chairman-bernie-sanders/?fbclid=IwAR383kAYIQHPNYl7n_oZHGfLoQpa_ZcYN2ZbqiIxR9mVqd9aRYL6unegqSE.

January 31

Insanity run amok

“Marjorie Taylor Greene Eyes the Trump 2024 Ticket After Securing Spots on Key Committees,” by Mike Ludwig, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/greene-eyes-trump-2024-ticket-after-securing-spots-on-key-committees/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR2eL7pLSXfMFOxx0djEzdceVMRgRC3QqqCuF6hFgX5TzdLTocKhplJiqzM.

January 30

Amazing how this works. Truth in the USian House is unprovable, so everything is up to the highest bidder

“Lone Democrat Jared Golden Joins House GOP in Passing Massive Big Oil Handout,” by Jake Johnson, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/lone-democrat-jared-golden-joins-house-gop-in-passing-massive-big-oil-handout/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR3UqFqGdkQueZjIfzs1EHwvHVwoj1JF6bzicqPdvM4WzWe3nYB7Gey1Cmc.

January 26

So much for upward mobility in USian society. Thom Hartmann’s answer to his question below is that the ultra-rich oppose democracy because they want to keep people in their places to stabilize society. kind of like the divine right of king’s bullshit that god wanted Earthian humans to be rich poor, etc, obiediently do what they were told, and worship him for blessing them by making everything happen as well as it did in their lives.

“Is the Reason Some Wealthy People Oppose Democracy Deeper Than We Think?”, by Thom Hartmann, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/01/26/272497/?fbclid=IwAR0iAt-c8rCXPbFD7zzu1zpslmOuRFTYbIHmK9sOa7LBmac6dyO8qqXk5XU.

January 26

Here’s the most sadistic venomous callous inhumane insane antisocial ignorant dumb stupid idea I ever heard of coming out of the USian House, hatched by Repug House legislators to cut even more the taxes of the ultra-rich, who have no real need to make more money from Federal tax cuts, instigated by Repug legislators to generate increased tax cut bribe money from the ultra-rich for themselves to get reelected—caring not a whit about the suffering this would cause the USian poor in the private sector, nor the strife and civil discord this would cause in USian society as a whole, perhaps its complete destruction.

“Democrats hammer GOP plan to impose national sales tax, abolish IRS,” by Amy B Wang, THE WASHINGTON POST, https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/democrats-hammer-gop-plan-to-impose-national-sales-tax-abolish-irs/ar-AA16K00R?fbclid=IwAR0-5mTZw-DehIatKh3pF69eLTUF_zC7C3zicB9AvBOplV4S38Xf-oVNCfU.

Janary 25

“Following the Paris Agreement on the environment of 2015, many governments appeared to have finally risen to the occasion, by collectively agreeing that climate change is, indeed, the greatest danger facing humankind. That promising moment did not last for long, however, as the US Administration of Donald Trump reneged on Washington’s earlier commitment, thus weakening the resolve of others to lower greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030.”

January 25

Excerpt from below article

“Strong Militaries, Weak Society: The Missing Story in the Global Firepower Ranking, by Ramzy Baroud, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/01/25/strong-militaries-weak-society-the-missing-story-in-the-global-firepower-ranking/?fbclid=IwAR3VVzzXpZN6VmiijfkHgd-djsAXDXLB2uMYRw95QOdur20o0jYTY6T4KT0.

January 25

Say it aint so Joe

“Swiss Miss: FBI as ‘Good Guys’,” by James Bovard, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/01/25/swiss-miss-fbi-as-good-guys/?fbclid=IwAR1aRUqqGvio0pKUnHq0OWSPyN7azu0GtwRpoxppPxB9OL23oEHisMrQPBs.

January 25

Could not agree more. Fearless intelligent woman. Should have been president instead of Biden

“Warren: Debt Ceiling Crisis Wouldn’t Even Exist Without Trump Tax Overhaul,” by Sharon Zhang, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/warren-debt-ceiling-crisis-wouldnt-even-exist-without-trump-tax-overhaul/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR1S39Nt22T5RQIc2rQzD7OlbHjVmeg4kgoOvjROvddpXI5QcIZGJRlG7fQ.

January 24

Here’s another high minded technological article on the overall problem of Earthian human sustainability, discussing relevant points, but never mentioning the biggest cause of Earthian human unsustainability. You would not need to increase the size of the economy every year if you did not have an ever–increasing Earthian human population requiring the consumption and destruction of more and more Earthian resources every year to satisfy basic human needs, causing the consequent necessary pumping of more and more greenhouse gases into Earth’s atmosphere causing global warming. While the author of this article has some good ideas she as usual never mentions the elephant in the room: human over-fecundity. How to peacefully and painlessly reduce the human population aboard Spaceship Earth, that is the problem. The answer is to birth fewer Earthian humans every year than naturally die every year. The way to co-construct a peaceful and prosperous future for Earthian humans is to bake smaller global economic pies every year for a peacefully-caused smaller and smaller Earthian human population that shrinks more per year than the yearly Earthian economic pie, thus producing more pie per human alive on Earth despite reducing yearly the global production of goods and services around Spaceship Earth.

“From the Unsustainable Here to the Sustainable There,” by John Feffer, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/01/24/from-the-unsustainable-here-to-the-sustainable-there/?fbclid=IwAR28nQp8-zKYGzu0PaPYRckCEEilgNKPZCmQ43zWxgNHv9JN8W5ktvs0oEU.

January 24

A nightmare scenario any way you look at it

“When Good Refugees Turn Bad,” by Binoy Kampmark, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/01/24/when-good-refugees-turn-bad/?fbclid=IwAR2Eupq2oJ6jjpWt8kpb49zZnrJZxdrK-0CO3YQ_GILLXYKMDH1DYmhgWBs.

January 24

Of course. All they will do is look out for their own special interests. No agency with any significant power is looking out for the interests of Earthian humans as a whole.

“In the midst of a global food and energy crisis, the top 95 food and energy corporations more than doubled their profits in 2022, according to the report, making $306 billion in windfall profits and paying out $257 billion of that to rich shareholders, at the same time as nearly 1 billion people went hungry. Meanwhile, the Oxfam report warned that three-quarters of the world’s governments are planning austerity-driven public sector spending cuts, including health care and education, by a whopping $7.8 trillion over the next five years.”

Excerpt from below article

“Davos 2023 Showed Us a Ruling Class Incapable of Resolving Global Crises,” by William J. Robinson, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/davos-2023-showed-us-a-ruling-class-incapable-of-resolving-global-crises/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR0gWDdCr0XVPaGSWdK8hYbWpGGCwAA8pu_b_zm4ldoPT3cxcC6uwg7bJL8.

January 24

I included the doomsday clock in my novel As the Rooster Crows Eartthian OKness increases. It’s set even closer to doomsday now than it was in my novel year before last.

“’Doomsday Clock’ moves closest ever to midnight,” by Chris Kefkow, YAHOO NEWS, https://news.yahoo.com/doomsday-clock-moves-closest-ever-154817908.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=fb&tsrc=fb.

January 23

I agree with his philosophy

“Nickola Tesla Explains His Philosophy On Life,” Nickola Tesla, NEW YORK TIMES, July 11, 1931, https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=609553834512111&set=a.179863247481174.

January 23

Einstein said he thought Tesla was the smartest of all

“Why Socialism,” by Albert Einstein, https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=903649167716989&set=a.232672168148029.

January 22

A new novel showing how to increase Earthian human OKness in a new kind of discussion process in democracy chapters around Spaceship Earth that might help save Spaceship Earth from the two modern horses of the apocalypse, global warming and climate change (GWCC) and militarization and nuclear weapons proliferation (MNWP).

The anonymous Kirkus reviewer was most likely a smart person, calling the novel a smart book on everything that’s wrong with the world, but s/he failed to mention anything about the major strength of the novel, which s/he says is only nominally a novel, since it does not follow the standard novel format for plotting and character development, saying most readers coming to the book looking for a story will be disappointed: the novel concludes by proposing a new discussion process that might help Earthian humans change their current course heading into hell on Earth. It is not like most novels since it includes forty characters randomly selected from all walks of life who are guaranteed equal opportunity to succeed in the plot by the protagonist, Rout Logger.

AS THE ROOSTER CROWS EARTHIAN OKNESS INCREASES by Richard John Stapleton, KIRKUS REVIEWS.COM, https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/richard-john-stapleton/as-the-rooster-crows-earthian-okness-increases/?fbclid=IwAR2K7XEfmA4T8686K2bdgokHFkY7JoSSmRsXPpFl_2aITz1qc_vXR2N4VcM.

January 22

Scripted Earthian humans floating along in their babel ship

“People, we have a hole in the floor,” by Joshua Valenti, https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10227401423335396&set=a.2272043094668.

January 22

Just click on the diagram to read the messages transmitted on the chain of ego states. This was first published in 1978 in my article “The Chain of Ego States” in the Transactional Analysis Journal. Shows how subordinates are scripted in organizations, including families.1 can be a parent having been scripted by his/her parents transmitting the family script to his/her children, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. The diagram can also be applied in other types of organizations such as corporations where 1 is the top leader and 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are his/her subordinates, who then transmit the family/organization script to his/her children or subordinates. Differentiated family scripts comprising various combinations of script messages can remain intact in a family for many generations if the scripts of both parents are similar at generational levels of the family tree.

“The Chain of Ego States,” by Richard John Stapleton, BORN TO LEARN, https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=1633031010051872&set=a.1050672944954351.

January 22

As brute force political violence becomes more prevalent in the land ignorance and bigotry triumph over reason and compassion using edicts backed by force of law making a mockery of truth, fairness, and justice.

“As the Public Focuses on Book Bans, the Right is Quietly Defunding Libraries,” by Emily Drabinski, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/as-the-public-focuses-on-book-bans-the-right-is-quietly-defunding-libraries/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR3fj0Q2zDrj15R8qzRc53A-e8xfbNS1dz_Oc57C5t4jzZaTIfm2fWq2iio.

January 21

Say it aint so Joe

“America’s Inequality Problem in One Statistic,” by Sarah Anderson, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/01/20/americas-inequality-problem-in-one-statistic/?fbclid=IwAR0V1wHNbuOOolFe_tduyp8uTBxLjCnL6XdnvbjGQJU2Z9rIwydB-JzutVY.

January 21

No

“Is ‘Authoritarianism’ Really ‘Being Revealed to be Weak’ Around World,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/01/20/is-authoritarianism-really-being-revealed-to-be-weak-around-world/?fbclid=IwAR1LWzsMcm0Wy5hIrxnzObKj3-s-0ZnyDJ52dtzOqczxdJle57Joj0LTnMw.

January 21

At issue is who owns the country, only the rich who have the money to buy it, or all the people of the country because they live and work there? Or, for that matter, who owns Spaceship Earth?

“Did Washington Boost Another South American Coup?, by Eve Ottenberg, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/01/20/did-washington-boost-another-south-american-coup/?fbclid=IwAR1VTYF2wnDUzD3MQ4odetQ5caaZcRcHjur2DrcpwWMUYStoNPZJahpLLM0.

January 21

Sadistic scheme to torture the poor and enrich the rich even more

“Democrats Lambast GOP Plan to Abolish Income Tax and Impose 30 Percent Sales Taz,” by Sharon Zhang, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/democrats-lambast-gop-plan-to-abolish-income-tax-and-impose-30-percent-sales-tax/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR2Eupq2oJ6jjpWt8kpb49zZnrJZxdrK-0CO3YQ_GILLXYKMDH1DYmhgWBs.

January 19

Sad times indeed

“America’s Costly , Dysfunctional Approach to Security is Making Us Ever Less Safe,” by William Hartung, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/01/19/americas-costly-dysfunctional-approach-to-security-is-making-us-ever-less-safe/?fbclid=IwAR1MhVbZUkzkcL_pprsNeBRyQNsqZbANNZVeICyn_GF9nDG_ebPl7H5f9rI.

January 19

“Latin Americans Can Call Fascist Coup Attempts Fascist but US-Americans Can’t,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/01/19/latin-americans-can-call-fascist-coup-attempts-fascist-but-us-americans-cant/?fbclid=IwAR0gWDdCr0XVPaGSWdK8hYbWpGGCwAA8pu_b_zm4ldoPT3cxcC6uwg7bJL8.

January 19

Nuclear bombs are a contemporary swinging Sword of Damocles hanging by a thread over the heads of all Earthian humans

“Putin ally warns NATO of nuclear war if Russia is defeated in Ukraine,” by Guy Falconbridge and Felix Light, YAHOO NEWS, https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/putin-ally-medvedev-warns-nuclear-074558491.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=fb&tsrc=fb.

January 17

Here we go again. Who caused most of the Federal debt? Mostly Repug politicians, by voting to cut taxes for the ultra-rich and increase military spending to generate more bribe money from the ultra-rich and defense contractors to spend on advertising hype to get reelected.

“Biden and McCarthy clash over RAISING $31.4T debt limit,” by Emily Goodwin, DAILY MAIL, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11644427/Biden-McCarthy-face-major-clash-raising-debt-limit.html?ito=facebook_share_article-top&fbclid=IwAR1ev7SfZBsy75LbVQKV-Vq9EMebuIYaEsOfLZKvmYDuuCzgsH5tPuxpUfE.

January 17

About time

“The modern family size is changing. Four charts and a map show how,” by Aria Bendix and Joe Murphy, NBC NEWS, https://www.nbcnews.com/health/parenting/how-modern-us-family-size-changing-charts-map-rcna65421?fbclid=IwAR2hu5ih6b2r0NXsRgHWa5i2pDFZWwnrakL6sPU14LGK9kXw1429BHi4cqQ.

January 15

About as bad as it gets

“The Far-Right Assault on Our Future,” by Stan Cox, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/01/13/the-far-right-assault-on-our-future/?fbclid=IwAR0A9qRFMRWBy-VzZjMfN_cwTIfBGiVxMy9qRneIcBmLaXiEHjqc9tATUg4.

January 15

Pathetic

“Health Care in Crisis: Warning! US Capitalism is Lethal,” by W. T. Whitney, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/01/13/health-care-in-crisis-warning-us-capitalism-is-lethal/?fbclid=IwAR23MrRUKxB27DqyUhrYK6fzI4tJrD_NPWuCMeK8cPFWL7PpglsWwhSNP9U.

January 15

Say it aint so Joe

“The Invisible Global Heat Danger Zone,” by Robert Hunziker, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/01/13/the-invisible-global-heat-danger-zone/?fbclid=IwAR1FfgT3ZDympxW-VZI96evs5CwfMCh3DY_ZIPLM2W89YZXx2CA36KkJY2Q.

January 15

Here’s Eve Ottenberg again telling it like it is

“Jay Inslee’s signature issue in the last campaign was climate change. Since this is one of the three mammoth threats of our time – the other being nuclear war with either Beijing or Moscow and the third being fascism – that puts him head and shoulders above most other Dem candidates, even those to his so-called left. But he, like Hogan, has a marketing problem, to wit, he’s not insane. Because the media and the public they drive into a frenzy prefer kooks or overt fascists. Corporate news loved Trump, gave him unlimited coverage, and he’s about as unbalanced an individual as ever popped up in public life. Who knows what mentally ill soul or swastika-tattooed nutjob our news outfits will settle on next, but average candidates like Hogan or Inslee are at a disadvantage: they’re pretty good at their jobs, namely governance, and so commit the unpardonable media sin of being boring.”

“Vaguely Left Dems and Moderate Republicans – the Only Remaining Hope?” by Eve Ottenberg, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/01/13/vaguely-left-dems-and-moderate-republicans-the-only-remaining-hope/?fbclid=IwAR20n96F6AWZ0OFlPZUHj94PCiC3W9RXBGlxPUIP0eYv–FbpApk25l-0hc.

January 14

Some relevant facts about Cold War II

“USA vs Russia military power comparison 2022,” by Military Bosi, a video, https://www.facebook.com/MilitaryBosi/videos/2836682936630043.

January 14

Good article. Abled or disabled, it was all caused by infinite cause-effect chains. Why should the abled have so many rewards they did not cause? This is a basic question most Earthian humans have not answered. see my new novel AS THE ROOSTER CROWS EARTHIAN OKNESS INCREASES for more background on the problem.

“Ablesim is the Driving Force Behind All Forms of Incarceration, says Abolitionist Talila Lewis,” by George Yancy, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/incarceration-and-ableism-go-hand-in-hand-says-abolitionist-talila-lewis/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR20n96F6AWZ0OFlPZUHj94PCiC3W9RXBGlxPUIP0eYv–FbpApk25l-0hc.

January 14

No end of tricks in this business. Almost no way the average USian can know what is really going on

“Privatization Scam Threatens to Replace Traditional Medicine Altogether by 2030,” by John Geyman, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/privatization-scam-threatens-to-replace-traditional-medicare-altogether-by-2030/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR1w8ybDr0WTCy4E6MqB1jSixmtQ7ubMdRfQZapR-IcTbK89ouWDgOkrxCc.

January 14

Whoopee. More ransacking and pillaging of the USian interior. Before long the USian people won’t own anything in common, being subject to the whims of greedy private capitalistic owners, thanks to their agents in Washington, such as this jubilant one, and his cohorts.

“House Republicans Just Made It Easier for Congress to Give Away Public Lands,” by Mike Ludwig, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/house-republicans-just-made-it-easier-for-congress-to-give-away-public-lands/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR2XfxZ3Y9riyxTGqvTlZvwESY2wLUCb45cAATBGyafGCRie7NiMUrfZIt4

January 14

Say it aint so Joe

“Trump Organization Hit With Maximum Fine of $1.6 million for Tax Evasion Scheme,” by Sharon Zhang, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/trump-organization-hit-with-maximum-fine-of-1-6-million-for-tax-evasion-scheme/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR1igzpL0iFHsTLZ1mWMhm1fH3l5qekcPYhlTVM5P_NYiULvKkNU25YqhSg.

January 13

Hard to believe

“The Supreme Court Is About to Eviserate the Right to Strike,” by Marjorie Cohn, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/the-supreme-court-is-about-to-eviscerate-the-right-to-strike/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR3_EXb7QWk_HhHeXzigmw3L3o38vkcM8-TjHwEVqhdttw9se7-xl0_FLVQ.

January 13

Say it aint so Joe

“The Fading of Washington’s Global Dreams and the Coming of a New World,” by Alfred W. McCoy, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/01/12/the-fading-of-washingtons-global-dreams-and-the-coming-of-a-new-world/?fbclid=IwAR0K9T4HjzfeytgiOFTejO5_7Fnz_R6hzt62QL9uHYuqxAH8Uj0_GSoRMgk.

January 11

Yes, distractions from what might be done to ameliorate pressing problems in the here and now. A supreme irony is that the US is seen by others as a great place to immigrate into, given the horrendous economic and political problems inside the US, considering their countries to be much worse off, when the reality is that Spaceship Earth itself is in dire peril from GWCC and MNWP, global warming and climate change and militarization and nuclear weapons proliferation.

“The Political Hubris of Long-Term Plans,” by Patrick Cockburn, COUNTEPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/author/patrick-cockburn/.

January 10

Still don’t know exactly what “I brought the tiger” means but this sheds light on what is going on. sounds like serious hardball. Based on this video Gaetz and McCarthy are the two weirdest dudes I have seen and heard in the US House.

“Confrontation Between Kevin McCarthy and Matt Gaetz Gets The Bad Lip Reading Treatment,” GOD PODCAST, https://god.dailydot.com/mccarthy-bad-lip-reading/?fbclid=IwAR0W4Lcb8mikDbFFraTkViv5BZuMdXjvWTiEdbYhxhEeojjP1s3ZwIYzVjo.

January 8

Very sad. See my article “Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations” for more background on the problem

https://studysites.sagepub.com/holt/articles/Stapleton.pdf

“Free Speech and Academic Freedom in the American Corporate University,” by David Schult, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/01/09/free-speech-and-academic-freedom-in-the-american-corporate-university/.

TOWARD THE CO-CONSTRUCTION OF A FAIR AND SUSTAINABLE LONG RUN EARTHIAN ECONOMIC SYSTEM

Establishing democracy chapters around Spaceship Earth as recommended in the Effective Learning Publications novel As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases might develop consensual answers regarding existential matters from the bottom up that might help save Spaceship Earth. These ideas would filter up to randomly-selected humans who would count the consensual answers to make necessary changes. Consensual tactics, strategies, and policies would then be developed around Earth for dealing with the computerized Spaceship Earth management system, operated and controlled using artificial intelligence programming and supercomputers.

Randomly-selected groups of Earthian humans of high intelligence with impeccable moral and ethical character and credentials would control codes for changing the Earthian Magnum Computer System programming to implement bottom-up recommendations of millions of members in discussions in democracy chapters around Spaceship Earth. Each member of the group in charge of the codes for the magnum computer system would serve limited terms. These members would not vote or decide what to do. They would see to it that the computer system implemented the consensual answers of millions of Earthian humans from all walks of life, as determined by honest, free, fair, and frank democratic Game-free discussions in democracy chapters all around Spaceship Earth, as explained and shown in As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases. The overall objective would be to manage the system in such a way as to maximize the lifetime satisfactions of all Earthian humans, as well as all other species of life aboard Spaceship Earth, while insuring the indefinite functioning of all Spaceship Earth ecosystems.

Necessary moral and ethical requirements and constraints could be programmed in the Magnum Management System that Earthian humans at the top would be obliged to obey. If changes should be made in the moral and ethical codes in the overall program they would be sent back to the Earthian democracy chapters for discussion and then tabulated and analyzed before algorithms programmed in the system would create changes in the MMS operating system.  

This Magnum Computerized Management System would require a strict system of security controls like the current codes of nations possessing nuclear weapons, hopefully providing security several magnitudes more secure than current nuclear codes, to make sure a madman could not get in control of any aspect of the Magnum Spaceship Earth Management System.

A management system such as this would significantly improve previous systems used around Spaceship Earth that have historically empowered fickle, egotistical, greedy, power mad, grandiose, poorly educated, not-very-bright individual Earthian humans to make existential decisions affecting the OKness of thousands, millions, and billions of humans around Earth, an incredibly dumb thing to do, that has been done over and over again for millennia, resulting in incredible losses and suffering at various moments of history caused by the unfair and indiscriminate inexorable tunneling out of Bad, OK, or Good Luck for hundreds, thousands, millions, or billons of Earthian humans around Spaceship Earth at all times since time immemorial, resulting from the cosmic evolution commencing with the creation of the Universe some ten billion years ago.

A tough lesson for Earthian humans to accept propositioned in Effective Learning Publications books is that everything that happens in human states of affairs is either predetermined or accidental and therefore individuals are not to blame or praise for what happens in human states of affairs. This is easier to swallow after accepting that believing and acting otherwise will support and perpetuate the I’m OK—You’re Not OK life position that has bedeviled, sabotaged, and undermined Earthian humans since time immemorial, making losers out of most of them.

About the only way significant numbers of Earthian humans can be caused to be significantly changed psychologically and socially by others is through democratic face to face discussions in honest serious and rigorous dialectical, dialogical, analogical arguing about facts using reasoning of all kinds, dealing with Earthian human existential states of affairs.

What is considered natural, unnatural; normal, abnormal; right, wrong; ethical, unethical; righteous, sinful; worthy, unworthy; or sane or insane by a particular Earthian human is caused by information lodged in her/his brain caused to be lodged there by the concatenation of infinite cause-effect chains causing her/him to exist and slowly inch through the Earthian worm hole of existence inexorably tunneled out for her or him by her/his specific unbroken infinitely-regressing cause-effect chains inexorably-progressing throughout his/her infinitesimally short cosmic life, regardless of how Bad, OK, or Good that luck or fate might be as judged by any Earthian human; and all Earthian humans must keep on inching forward in their worm holes as best they can dealing with inevitable problems and opportunities caused to exist at that stage in their unique tunnels, as they are knocked around like balls in a pin-ball machine, as events inevitably and/or accidentally happen in their so-called real worlds, and in their subconscious and conscious minds, however Bad, OK, or Good their inherited Luck might have absolutely been, which cannot be proved, however easy it might be to relatively estimate.

It follows that changing the life scripts of Earthian humans for the better requires changing the course of unique tunnels of existence in which individual humans accidentally and inevitably live, a tall order indeed. Some biological constructivists would consider this notion a pipedream, while considering the whole process a meaningless drift in the infinity of time and space.

What is God? Whatever it was that caused the Universe to exist.

Constructivism is considered relevant in Effective Learning Publications books recommended below, having been discussed in some detail in Business Voyages and listed as a source in the bibliographies of three books.

For more information on the use of Transactional Analysis  https://www.itaaworld.org/  to create better discussion groups and democratic processes read Born to Learn:  A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=born+to+learn++richard+john+stapleton#imgrc=6JdwDPzcAQ1kSM%253A

For more information on how to co-construct better organizations and economic systems using transactional analysis read Business Voyages:  Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=business+voyages+richard+john+stapleton

Read free “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc,”  https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of-spaceship-earth-inc/   for some management science ideas on how Earthian humans might eventually co-construct an economic system that is viable and satisfying for everyone aboard Spaceship Earth, making it possible for all Earthian humans to develop an I’m OK—You’re OK life position. 

Read As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases. https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=as+the+rooster+crows+earthian+okness+increases#imgrc=ZY7nv3jiN9jMCM%253A

 This recently-published novel shows how to conduct a new kind of seminar invented and coordinated by Rout Logger, the protagonist of the novel, that might reduce the probability of Earthian human extinction that requires participants in a seminar to speak out and up when randomly selected by a Truther rooster positioned in the center of a randomly-selected group of forty humans sitting in a circle. The Truther rooster resembles a spinning weather vane. The rooster is programmed to bob its head up and down and raucously crow after being twirled by a randomly-selected seminar participant, as it spins round and round winding down, letting group members know it’s time to wake up and get to work, before it’s too late. When the Truther rooster stops spinning whoever is at the end of a line of imaginary fire extending from the rooster’s beak to her or him sitting in the circle is automatically selected as the Leader of the Moment for the group, proving pure democracy can happen. The Leader of the Moment must then lead the group into a democratic discussion of what s/he considers the most serious existential problem around Spaceship Earth.  Forty participants from all walks of life were paid $5000 monthly for participating in weekend seminars conducted in central city hotels in various cities randomly selected around the US. If randomly selected as the Leader of the Moment the participant had to define what s/he thought was the most important problem facing Spaceship Earth, present alternatives, and make a recommendation for change. What s/he said would then be discussed by members of the group on a free-flow first come-first serve basis. It was against the law of the seminar to interrupt speakers or raise hands to get permission to speak. Discussions lasted until they ran out of steam with most issues covered. The results of the discussions would be published to the wealthy donors financing the process and the Earthian public.

Rout Logger was convinced most Earthian humans would not volunteer to participate in this sort of seminar to merely help save Spaceship Earth from GWCC and/or MNWP using their Nurturing Parent, Adult, and Free Child Ego States, given the reality that their life time and energy was already programmed and consumed with various forms of withdrawal, rituals, pastimes, psychological Games, activities, and intimacy in their unique tunnels of reality, as they acted out their inherited life scripts; so they were paid $5000 per month to participate in a Game-free, Adult-Adult democratic seminar that would require them to honestly discuss existential problems with forty other participants from disparate walks of life, if they were randomly selected by the spinning Truther Rooster as the Leader of the Moment.

According to Effective Learning Publications books, achieving Earthian human sustainability entails such things as Earthian humans peacefully reducing through natural attrition (natural deaths exceeding births) the human population aboard Spaceship Earth, never doing work that machines can do better, and delegating the day-to-day management of systems for scheduling, producing, and distributing the necessities of life to artificial intelligence programs and supercomputers, assuming sufficient quantities of non-human clean energy can be discovered and developed using mind grants.

The general algorithmic matrix algebra form below can help bring this state of affairs about,

Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi,

explained in “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.” at   https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of-spaceship-earth-inc/  .

This mathematical formulation might one happy day develop for Earthian humans power in economics loosely analogous to the power of E=mc2 in physics. This formulation, Max or Min CjXj, subject to, AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi, is a general form of the linear programming model, which has been around for many years in management science, operations research, and linear algebra courses.

Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi symbolizes knowledge that gives the Earthian human species about as much potential power to perpetuate itself as Albert Einstein’s formula E=mc2 symbolizes knowledge that gives the Earthian human species the power to exterminate itself.

Riding aboard an airliner about to land at night traveling at four hundred miles an hour at thirty-five thousand feet with clouds, rain, wind, and lightning below, what would you rather have figuring out the path, speed, and angle of descent of the aircraft for touch-down, the plane’s auto-pilot, radar, and computer system or the pilot and co-pilot, seeing nothing out their windows below but clouds and lightning?

The main reason why delegating the scheduling, production, and distribution of the necessities of life to AI programs and magnum computers would be a good idea is that magnum computers and algorithmic AI programs do not get greedy and power hungry or play psychological Games. Thus far in Earthian human history most leaders and rulers atop large organizations such as nations have become corrupt one way or another playing psychological Games, acting out selfish greedy ego trips, hogging all the power, money, strokes, stimulation, and recognition they could get their hands on for themselves and their cronies, leaving the hindmost to their underlings. Whatever their limitations and possible threats, algorithmic computer programs and super computers are not egotistical, greedy, and power-hungry.

Thanks to Buckminster Fuller for providing the above airplane-landing metaphor in his book Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, first published in 1969, and for planting seeds for other ideas in the essay “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.,” published in the Effective Learning Report, such as computers being the best hope for mankind and humans not doing work machines can do better, being paid to think instead with what Fuller called mind grants. Fuller said unemployment all around Spaceship Earth could be eliminated overnight with mind grants. Buckminster Fuller was the inventor of the appellations Earthian and Spaceship Earth.   

Most Earthian humans like to win BALANCE SHEET psychological Games, to feel superior and lord it over others, regardless if Spaceship Earth is going to hell in a handbasket around them because of global warming and climate change (GWCC) and militarization and nuclear weapons proliferation (MNWP), regardless of how much they have failed in other areas of their lives, and regardless of how heinous were crimes and misdemeanors they may have gotten away with in the process of amassing their riches, since they were saved, as it were, by taking in and controlling more almighty monetary units than other lesser mortals, saved, hallelujah, as if by Jesus, who forgave them their sins.

If you want to learn more about transactional analysis, such as Ego States, Scripts, and psychological Games, read Born to Learn: A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning.

Most Earthian humans know what it is to be egotistical, but they have little understanding of how specific human egotistical manifestations, such as Parent, Adult, and Child ego states, can be used to control and manipulate human behavior for nefarious ends.

One of the biggest egotists of Earthian human history, a narcissist, playing BALANCE SHEET psychological Games, is Donald Trump of the US. He is also a world-class liar and loser playing BALANCE SHEET, and he might go to jail for it, just like other political USian BALANCE SHEET psychological Game players in the US have, such as Georgia US representative, Bo Ginn, in 1995, and cotton farmer Billie Sol Estes of Pecos, Texas in 1965, who had political ties to the USian president from Texas Lyndon Johnson.

Trump psychologically told voters and bankers using his Parent ego state he was extorting votes and money from he was a stable genius and billionaire who could pay them back for their votes and loans. How many billions worth of a billionaire he was he never said, at least not to voters, arithmetic not being his strong suit; but it now appears it’s possible he’s no billionaire at all, using generally-accepted accounting principles and real market values, which he has refused to show since walking on the USian political stage for the 2016 presidential election. It’s possible he’s no kind of naire at all, not even a millionaire, having liabilities that exceed the market value of his assets, being close to bankruptcy.

It now appears as shown in recent public posts that Trump, his loyal Trump Organization lackeys, and his chosen loyal family members lied to bankers about his net worth to get loans, proving once again that “All that glitters is not gold.”

P.T. Barnum is said to have proved there’s a sucker born every minute. If so, Trump may have proved there’s a sucker born every second, in high and low places.

If you feel you’ve gained value from THE EARTHIAN, go to the Internet or any walk-in bookstore around Spaceship Earth and purchase or order one or more Effective Learning Publications books. As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases is the latest and probably most engaging Effective Learning Publications book, including an overview of USian economic history, including the Trumpian affair. Rout Logger is the protagonist of the novel story. It’s available now at Amazon.com for immediate unrestricted digital reading on any device as a Kindle book for $4.99. You can read it free at Amazon in a restricted KDP option.

For short run policies and strategies for dealing with USian economic and political problems read free the platform of the FreeFairProgressParty at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/freefairprogressparty/.

ABOUT THE EDITOR

Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA would spin the spinner of his Classroom De-Gamer™ in his classes to randomly select a student at the beginning of each class session to lead a discussion of the case assigned for the day, a case taken from a planned or operating business prepared by case writers at Georgia Southern, Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Alabama.

Grades were based eighty percent on class participation in dialectical discussions about what to do about problems and opportunities found in cases; the rest of the final grade was based on two case write-ups. One write-up was about what the student observed, researched, analyzed, and wrote about an existing business in the local environment or a business plan the student created. The other write-up was an analysis of a case researched and written by professors about a business assigned as the final exam. Cases used in his courses contained processes, problems, opportunities, and data occurring in all functional areas of business such as entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, operations management, control, management information systems, and business policy and strategy.

He has published refereed journal articles and books explaining how his democratic Game-free Adult-Adult I’m OK—You’re OK case method system works, by banishing Persecutors, Rescuers, and Victims playing psychological Games from the teaching and learning process, first documented in an article titled “The Classroom De-Gamer” he published in 1978 in the Transactional Analysis Journal. He has published seven books and over one hundred articles in various media containing cases, research data, and essays on teaching and learning and management policies and practices.

He learned and trained using transactional analysis with Martin Groder, MD; Graham Barnes, PhD; Vann Joines, PhD; and many others at the Southeast Institute at Chapel Hill, North Carolina (1975-1978).

He learned how the case method works teaching with Bernard Bienvenu, DBA and Rexford Hauser, DBA (Harvard Business School doctorates) at the University of Louisiana– Lafayette in 1969-70.

He has a BS in economics (1962), an MBA in organizational behavior (1966), and a PhD in management science (1969) from Texas Tech University, and an organizational and educational certification in transactional analysis (CTA) from the International Transactional Analysis Association (1978).

He taught his own case method track at the undergraduate level in the management department of the business school at Georgia Southern University offering four or five different elective case method courses each academic year (1970-2005), in which he led, coordinated, and graded about twenty-five or so students each year who took all or most of those case method courses in their junior and senior years, of about two hundred students who signed up for all his courses each year. He used a democratic circle or amphitheater classroom layout in all his classes. He also taught most semesters two sections of a capstone integrative business policy course he added to the business school curriculum in 1970 that was required for all undergraduate business majors that could be elected by any student in any major.  He was the only professor in the business school to use the case method in any course.

His students agreed to a course learning contract that stipulated they would read the facts of the case before class and would lose a whole letter grade from the course final grade if the De-Gamer randomly caught them obviously not having read the case before class, if they had not slipped a note under his office door before class telling him they had not read the case, which they could do twice during the course without penalty.

About ten percent of his students made A’s and about five percent made D’s. Most made C’s, which is about right, since C = Average. There were few F’s in his courses. The main criterion for course grades was the quantity and quality of ideas sold by students in case method discussions. He used peer ratings to give students feedback showing what their fellow students thought about the quantity and quality of their ideas sold in class, having made it clear the final decision about final grades was his. He did not believe in Lake Wobegon grading.

No student was ever forced to take one of his courses to graduate, and the most hardened Game-players in the school did not sign up for his courses after he issued his Edict of 1972 in which he clearly spelled out in his syllabi the penalty for getting caught unprepared. His Classroom De-Gamer™ was roundly discussed by students in bull sessions across campus every year and was labeled various things, such as The Wheel of Fate and The Death Wheel. Most students near the end of his career simply called it The Spinner.

He appreciated Georgia Southern honoring his academic freedom by allowing him control of his teaching methods, classroom layouts, grading procedures, and course books, cases, and materials, some of which he researched, wrote, and published. He was promoted to full professor at age thirty-six.

He collected longitudinal research data using questionnaires in 1992 showing his case method students during 1972-1982 reported higher yearly incomes in 1992 than students electing the same courses in 1972-1982 taught by professors using the authoritarian lecture method and the militaristic row and column classroom layout, who graded students based on memorizing or calculating  “right answers” for tests, indicating learners learning in Adult—Adult I’m OK—You’re OK Game-free democratic learning processes graded subjectively became more successful in the real world of business than learners lectured to and graded using so-called objective multiple-choice tests.  

Only former students who had worked in the real world ten or more years after graduating from the Georgia Southern business school were included in the study. The data are shown, analyzed, and discussed in full in “Evidence the Case Method Works” in his book Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds, 2008, pg. 475). The data were also used in several refereed articles.

For more information on related classroom management ethical issues see Stapleton, R.J. and Murkison, G. (2001), “Optimizing the fairness of student evaluations: A study of correlations between instructor excellence, study production, learning production, and expected grades,” in the Journal of Management Education, 25(3), 269-292.

Stapleton had one of the lowest student grade point averages among professors in the business school and was one of the lowest-ranked professors as an instructor on computerized campus-wide student evaluations that weighted only instructor excellence scores up to 2000; but he was one of the highest-ranked professors in a computerized student evaluation he designed that generated data also showing and weighting study production, learning production, and expected grades scores for each professor, published in “Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations.”

To read the Optimizing Fairness article in full, go to https://studysites.sagepub.com/holt/articles/Stapleton.pdf . After this research was published, Georgia Southern in 2001 added study production, learning production, and expected grades questions to the student evaluation form used campus-wide.

“Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations” has by now (October 24, 2022) been cited as a reference in 83 refereed journal articles concerned about the ethics of student evaluations in several academic disciplines, including eight new citations since April 2021.

He retired at Georgia Southern as the senior professor of the university in 2005.

As the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein propositioned, “The case is all there is.”

If so, everything else said about Earthian human states of affairs is a rendition of what was or might be.

For more on Stapleton’s cultural, educational, and professional experiences see “RJS Academic Vita,” at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/rjs-academic-vita/.  

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THE EARTHIAN  —  36    

THE EARTHIAN, Number Thirty-Six, January 3, 2023, Effective Learning Publications https://blog.effectivelearning.net/ , 32 East Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, USA.

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JANUARY 3, 2003

A new year has begun. Not likely to be very happy for most Earthian humans. Here’s an interesting perspective in the below article. Yes, in many ways democracy is a lie, especially with respect to the USian government. Most Earthian humans think the USian government is a democracy. It never was a democracy. It was, as Benjamin Franklin pointed out shortly after it got established, answering the question someone asked about what kind of government it was, “a republic if you can keep it.” This republic offered supposedly democratic elections that provided “representatives” who would supposedly do your bidding who would create the laws that would rule you. I am a great believer in real democracy, direct democracy, with regards to discussions about what to do. I am not so sure about voting on specific things to do. If a majority of poorly informed not very bright participants who do not understand what they are considering vote for something you will probably wind up with a tyranny of the majority. The author of the below article is viewing reality through a Marxian lens using the standard words Karl Marx recommended in order to correctly perceive society. As an undergraduate economics major I studied to some extent Marxist communism, and other “isms”, such as socialism and capitalism. To my knowledge I do not now believe in any kind of ism, a system of dogmas and doctrines. I grew up under Methodism, but I gave up believing in it long ago, believing now more like a Primitive Baptist. Seems to me the best you can do is try to understand situations as best you can and make the best decisions you can using whatever accumulated knowledge you have at your disposal, knowing you do not “know” precisely what is right, as if there were a “right” answer. All possible answers are of course not equally probable, and it behooves you to put your money on the answer with the highest probability of being right. Comment by RJS

“Is Democracy The Big Lie?,” by Nick Pemberton, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/01/03/is-democracy-the-big-lie/?fbclid=IwAR16NEqzeHhDZeqmbXqph4pITZcE6ogjD6pKh0b_efGlaXo7bpZrqbaODAM.

January 3

What next?

“Putin Planned Before Invasion to Cut Off Ukraine’s Electricity During the Winter,” by Mike Ludwig, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/putin-planned-before-invasion-to-cut-off-ukraines-electricity-during-the-winter/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR1wSV0PsOeU26RslGkIn_nBWcHFsBlQUi8Pq2b3cHyQAChsUsizRqcozJQ.

January 3

How to reduce the need for more food production? Reduce the production of Earthian humans. RJS

“Agroindustry Lobby Is Using the Ukraine War to Push Unsustainable Farming Policy, by Dave Goulson, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/agroindustry-lobby-is-using-the-ukraine-war-to-push-unsustainable-farming-policy/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR2EL-5sB5geDrppLTDiujuBI72E98nP-Vs4bNh_5RNlK1yxo2xH_LZliX0.

December 31, 2022

I saw and heard the whole spectacle and speech on MSNBC—Earthian humans being shown and told what the powers that be wanted them to see and hear about the Ukraine War—including genuine suffering and pathos, hubris, and warmongering, as televised by MSNBC and others. …Read on » RJS

“Could televising Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s speech in the US House ignite WWIII?,” by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/4294-2/?fbclid=IwAR2wi7-fu0zYRyXMb4q-66qAIAWMGt5Jw9RZKinbp8lSUX5IWKRyBWu3qvY.

December 31

Supremacists respect their own presumed supremacy earned because of having been accidentally born in certain races and because of having been inevitably psychologically contaminated by supremacist ideologies. Fairness and justice as they relate to race and ideologies are irrelevant to supremacists.

This article is the best legal exposition of the Israeli/Palestinian problem I have read. RJS

“Indeed, it is an interesting paradox that so many who decried as clichéd the UN General Assembly resolution which “determined that Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination,” half a century later, themselves, reduce all who oppose Zionism as inescapably anti-Semitic.

“In the United States dozens of laws have been passed to sanction those who support BDS or oppose Israeli policies by way of other non-violent iterations. Against the backdrop of the convenient mantra “they hate us, because we are Jews” … or “self-hating Jews” … students, faculty, journalists, political activists and businesses alike have been intimidated and silenced; have lost employment; or been forced to spend limited resources to defend themselves against a finely fueled and funded attack by Zionist hawkers ultimately underwritten by the political or financial coffers of Israel.

“So let us walk forward not with empty words but open eyes. For more than a century boycotts worldwide have served as a peoples’ alarm against policies and practices that have not just mocked human rights, dignity and justice, but taken the liberty and lives of tens of millions for little more than their faith, skin tone or political beliefs. Be it the voice of Jews against the arrival of Hitler; Americans who toppled Jim Crow; a world that said no to the Boers of South Africa; or the principled refusal by many across the globe to accept a supremacist Zionist nation state today, boycotts have been the historical foundation of international resistance.

“The universal right of self-determination is a fundamental cornerstone of international law and human rights. With this no principled person or schooled scholar can disagree. At its core stands a settled age-old collective norm that people and movements can confront, indeed must defy, political and economic power born of religious, cultural, or historical supremacy. To do otherwise is to surrender to the deadly tyranny of majoritarian rule and eventual ethnic cleanse. Nowhere is that call more compelling today than it is as against Israel, a racist colonial project.

“Legendary Anarchist Emma Goldman born of an Orthodox Jewish family in Lithuania was not opposed to Jewish migration to Palestine, but only as a welcome refuge from the growing clouds of European national socialism. She was however an ardent anti-Zionist seeing “Zionism as the dream of capitalist Jewry the world over for a Jewish state with all its trimmings, such as Government, laws, police militarism… in other words a Jewish state machinery to protect the privileges of the few against the many.”

“Goldman, who was imprisoned in the United States on multiple occasions for inciting to riot, urging draft resistance and illegal distribution of information about birth control, and who was deported to Russia for sedition following the Palmer Raids, understood well that principled resistance exacts a heavy personal price, to be sure. For those who fight Zionism all these years later, be it through BDS or other forms of struggle, Goldman left behind sage words of inspiration which echo from the historical pathways of resistance:

“’The history of progress is written in the blood of men and women who have dared to espouse an unpopular cause. If, then, from time immemorial, the New has met with opposition and condemnation, why should my beliefs be exempt from a crown of thorns?'”

Quotes by the author in the article below.

What is BDS? Boycott, Divest, Sanction. RJS

“Seeking Justice in the Name of Hate: In Defense of BDS,” by Stanley L. Cohen, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/12/30/seeking-justice-in-the-name-of-hate-in-defense-of-bds/?fbclid=IwAR26wvx0KiIKIceZlkbj63oVqqAXsyaYDm1XQoUY5t3vBQzwIIXDaOns_bU.

December 31

Here’s the essence of the story

” + Trump embraced “Big Lie” election fraud propaganda, despite being repeatedly told by his aides and administration that the claims were unfounded, to undermine public confidence in Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 election.

” + Trump brazenly and illegally sought to overturn the results of Georgia’s election outcome favoring Biden, demanding Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger produce 11,780 votes so he could “win” the state.

” + Trump endorsed and pushed a multi-point plan with aides like John Eastman and Rudy Giuliani to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress to refuse to certify Biden’s win, to declare his victories in swing states invalid, to announce that Trump was the winner, and when Democrats protested, to turn the certification vote back to states and alternative slates of electors that would presumably vote for Trump in red and battleground states.

” + Trump stoked insurrectionists at the U.S. Capitol, who represented a serious threat to the safety and lives of members of Congress, by encouraging mass outrage over alleged voter fraud, by persuading his supporters to travel to the Capitol and “fight like hell,” and refusing to mobilize the National Guard to stop them when they occupied the building to shut down the election certification.” Excerpts from below article

“White Supremacy and January 6: What’s Missing from the Congressional Report,” by Anthony Dimaggio, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/12/30/white-supremacy-and-january-6-whats-missing-from-the-congressional-report/?fbclid=IwAR0sQDu3SMkwQGVBpwTH0L5N-9JvE3bIu9dskfSu6Zkr5Yt1KEBDLbd3EtY.

December 31

Have USians been lulled into a sense of complacency in recent weeks with the Ukraine war and other things?

Here’s the only good news in the article below. RJS

“But the midterm slump appears to show that the far right’s influence on the GOP as a whole has stalled, and Republicans are not united behind Trump for his new bid for power. If his campaign fails to inspire his own far right base, it may be that the movement will become isolated from its access to mainstream conservatism.”

“While Trump Floundered in 2022, His Far Right Acolytes Built a Movement,”by Spencer Sunshine, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/while-trump-floundered-in-2022-his-far-right-acolytes-built-a-movement/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR3AKaJcLpxypG9q8DB8JKMHL3dezNwpufd7abms3Ca7GdNnrE9tkOpJOzo.

December 29

Yes, most USians want freedom to choose abortions. This is tyranny of the minority. RJS

“This Year, the Reproductive Justice Movement Showed Us What It Means to Fight, by Gannet Henderson, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/this-year-the-reproductive-justice-movement-showed-us-what-it-means-to-fight/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR1-21etM257D6px7gkfVMqYIvEyz3OVqZXdos3FMb67dSF45oMJ640hVkg.

December 29

Say it ain’t so Joe

“Russians fleeing Putin’s war join migrants trying to get into U.S., by Katelyn Caralle, DAILY MAIL, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11580089/Russians-fleeing-Putins-war-join-migrants-seeking-asylum-U-S.html?ito=facebook_share_article-top&fbclid=IwAR2AyBJaokeErmarjRpAYbUMUz7foCOaXwyvy3TgcYfgIt2d9tmA2Kqji0Q.

December 29

Seems to me the meme is referring to Earthian humans in general. Maybe you really do know everything, but it’s unlikely. RJS

“Stuff you know and don’t know,” by Asmaa Saber, JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE AND COSMOLOGY, https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10160595027053184&set=gm.868156407560340&idorvanity=663488548027128.

December 28

Well, at least the 1/10 of a nanosecond (a ten-billionth of a second) fusion announced recently produced more optimism than was put in it for a few weeks. RJS

“Nuclear Fusion: Don’t Believe the Hype!,” by Brian Tokan, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/12/28/nuclear-fusion-dont-believe-the-hype/?fbclid=IwAR39k2swvbhfMye6XVgAJYI1P4doVMeVOOhtDE6GvRoswMpeow4aXyy6IA8.

December 28

Bertrand Russell on why Earthian human free will probably does not exist

“Is Free Will an Illusion,” by Bertrand Russell, https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=714141950073625&set=a.280894120065079.

December 27

Biden’s hyperbole and thoughtlessness. Could not agree more with the thoughts of this author. RJS

“The Consequences of ‘For as Long as It Takes,” by John Whitbeck, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/12/27/the-consequences-of-for-as-long-as-it-takes/?fbclid=IwAR3hUIEFeK_g2NPcKoDrBLUc8NZUtnexrTcGOsAahckavz4liOqsZoAkqV8.

December 27

Wow, this woman just will not stop with her truth telling as she sees it.

“Markets and Technology Won’t Solve Climate Crisis. We Must End Capitalism,” by Eve Ottenberg, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/markets-and-technology-wont-solve-climate-crisis-we-must-end-capitalism/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR2OT8vQwgbaJL6VK8Q4cG1rAoG-VMQv11u2PgkJxpRpP95puAgFMLcX-k8.

December 26

Nor could I have imagined such a thing.

“A Brave New World,” by Howard Lisnoff, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/12/26/a-brave-new-world/?fbclid=IwAR0GeReIFVGnKIGbw452tV8iYb_NCe_SmvN8wlBLa0mhNBS5hyKguyjUgJY.

December 26

Ukraine is not the only basket case around Spaceship Earth. On the other hand, maybe Spaceship Earth itself is also a basket case. RJS

“Israel’s New ‘Government of Darkness’: the most Underreported Story in the Middle East,” by Patrick Cockburn, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/12/26/israels-new-government-of-darkness-the-most-underreported-story-in-the-middle-east/?fbclid=IwAR1cvNkLcmjZ4nJmx7Wy-wIyq1oRCjUsRhHd6_v5RKR9fXAZHzRJxlGcGDo.

December 26

Ought to be against Spaceship Earth law to do this sort of thing until there is hard evidence the supposed cure won’t be worse than the disease. RJS

“A startup says it’s begun releasing particles into the atmosphere, in an effort to tweak climate change,” by James Temple, MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW, https://www.technologyreview.com/2022/12/24/1066041/a-startup-says-its-begun-releasing-particles-into-the-atmosphere-in-an-effort-to-tweak-the-climate/?fbclid=IwAR2OT8vQwgbaJL6VK8Q4cG1rAoG-VMQv11u2PgkJxpRpP95puAgFMLcX-k8.

December 21

Not another nothing burger. It shows for sure what a lousy businessman Trump really is, a poster boy for how to look rich by losing money, having been given some $400 million by his father. According to these income statement data he lost about $30 million most years from 2015-2019. it also shows how right F. Scott Fitzgerald was in The Great Gatsby about how the elite rich are not like you and me. How Trump could sleep at night with all this going on amazes me. Apparently it psychologically pays not to know the value of a dollar. On the other hand, these data say nothing about what kind of shape Trump’s balance sheet is in. He may have been an even bigger loser based on balance sheet data. His liabilities could be greater than the true market value of his assets, making him no kind of naire at all, not even a millionaire, based on his true net worth. Also these data tell you nothing about what his cash flow situation is. You would need to see cash flow statements to know this. He may have a real need to sell millions of Trump superman cards at $99 apiece to make his personal ends meet. He may be able to keep on getting away with grift and scams for the rest of his life if he can keep on paying the right kind of lawyers to protect him. I would not want to be in his shoes, no matter how rich or poor he is. RJS

“Dems Dump Trump Tax Data in Tuesday Night Release,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/political/six-years-trump-tax-returns-made-public-dems-unleash-new-political-weapon?fbclid=IwAR0MvUXXfxfcAQtD0UnNqAMgE1_A3QYCQcXZP1fVV-GW100yjTKpBJ0YXko.

December 20

Well worth a watch and listen. Great podcast by Eric Draitzer. He’s done his homework. What caused the Ukraine war? Seems to me it was greedy power-hungry oligarch fascists in Russia who criminally invaded Ukraine and fascists in Nato, the US, and Ukraine playing psychological Games expanding Nato up to the Russian border, which they said they would not do if Russia gave up communism. Game-playing rich fascist oligarchs like Putin were out to get even richer trying to win a psychological BALANCE SHEET Game. I could not agree more with Eric that several wrongs do not make a right, and real compromise on a host of global issues is necessary to bring the Ukraine war to an end, asap. RJS

“Challenging the Fake Antiwar Left on Ukraine,” by Eric Draitser, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/12/20/challenging-the-fake-antiwar-left-on-ukraine/?fbclid=IwAR17bRgwEsOL_uXhMKemhnl3rnRqW7zz2rhbH4nZA0NGyS2NAGsKVf8D9CE.

December 18

Setting the record straight

It takes a long time for Earthian humans to screw up a good country, but they have about done it in the case of the US. By the end of WWII, the USian government and economic system had evolved into a pretty good country. After about a century of Earthian humans in the US fighting for some semblance of economic justice strong unions and strong anti-trust laws protecting workers had evolved in the US, and the USian economy had evolved the best industrial system aboard Spaceship Earth, enabling Earthan humans living in the US to make a decent living working in several good industries. At the same time, the US had evolved a pretty good monetary and banking system after dealing with the Great Depression and creating laws such as the Glass-Steagal Act that forced banks to operate conservatively and relatively safely. And the USian military up to the start of WWII had been kept to a rational size compatible with the original goal of the US to not keep standing armies. And the US had rational tax rates that prevented the rich from getting richer at the expense of the poor, subjecting the elite rich to marginal tax rates in some cases of ninety percent.

But in the ensuing seventy-six years since the end of WWII greedy USian humans bribed politicians, primarily in the Republican party, but also in the neo-liberal Democratic party, to change the rules of the Game in their favor. Federal tax rates for the rich have inexorably been lowered and now the elite rich pay about the same tax rates as middle income taxpayers. Once powerful USian factories and mills have inexorably been sent overseas to exploit cheap labor, the power of USian labor unions has waned, the conservative Glass-Steagal Act was replaced by the liberal Republican Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act that set banks free to speculate using depositor money in risky schemes and strategies. Instead of downsizing the USian military after winning WWII the USian government used its military to expand the American Empire and prevent unemployment in the US while ostensibly fighting communism, gradually establishing permanent USian military bases around Spaceship Earth, now about eight hundred of them.

And consequently, the poor in the private sector of the US now get poorer year after year while the elite rich of the US get exponentially richer year after year.

Meanwhile the USian supreme court has been stacked by Repug presidents with lightweight political operatives of the Repug party who vote to change USian laws even more in favor of the elite rich and to appease the religious beliefs of the far right. RJS

“Once upon a time the US taxed the rich,” by Sam Pizzigati, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/37064?fbclid=IwAR1h3aJOXhPuI0gKvnR-44IzmVtnfd-5ZpVwv7ad-gghJeda5ZueLsz3cp4.

December 17

“This biodiversity is crucial to tame or reduce the violence of the anthropogenic climate chaos. Greenhouse emissions enter the atmosphere in the billions of tons. About 50 percent of those Earth-warming gases are absorbed by the oceans and land. Healthy forests and wetlands sequester greenhouse gases. Marshes and swamps store twice as much carbon dioxide than forests. Seagrasses and mangroves sequester carbon four times the rate of forests. The natural world with plenty of biodiversity is our best defense against the climate dragon.

“Yet animals, plants, trees, fish, coral reefs, other sea wildlife and plankton, birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles, and invisible microbes – are in trouble. This is bad news because we are nothing without these forms of life. They give us the oxygen we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. And yet we keep hunting, eating, shooting, cutting down, starving, and poisoning our natural benefactors. In addition, animals, trees, and other wildlife have no less rights for life than humans do. In fact, they are seniors to humans, having been on Earth much longer than us. Some of them, like Sequoias live for hundreds and thousands of years.”

Quote from below article.

“Humans are Weapons of Mass Extinction,” by Evaggelos Vallianatos, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/12/16/humans-are-weapons-of-mass-extinction/?fbclid=IwAR1cvNkLcmjZ4nJmx7Wy-wIyq1oRCjUsRhHd6_v5RKR9fXAZHzRJxlGcGDo.

December 17

“Declining crop yields effectively reverse the impact of the storied Green Revolution, aka: The Third Agricultural Revolution of some 50-70 years ago which saw dramatic increases in crop yields and production. Whereas a couple of generations later we’re going backwards, but the global population of 3 billion in 1960 has exploded to 8 billion today. Astonishingly, we’ve added 5 billion people during one lifetime! Whew! Meanwhile, global warming’s impact of less crop yield in the face of nearly triple population numbers has grave implications.”

Quote from the below article.

“Multiple Breadbasket Failures as Radicals Stop Private Jets,” by Robert Hunziker, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/12/16/multiple-breadbasket-failures-as-radicals-stop-private-jets/?fbclid=IwAR1qnQCxEPSEwZ5MatIip83KRAXfg7e7Rg95bIJwD9wsOff_Bkp5b4dL7os.

December 17

Agree. See my recent novel AS THE ROOSTER CROWS EARTHIAN OKness INCREASES for a new management system using AI and supercomputers to operate Spaceship Earth, Inc. RJS

“How to avoid another world war,” by Henry Kissinger, THE SPECTATOR, https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-push-for-peace/?fbclid=IwAR1k17XG-a7eRgpAFYnU_p62PAK2jJDTASym0MRaBLkVEfz1qYUnrRe0yaE.

December 17

Earthian humans now seem to be heading for some more dreadful times caused by obsolete economic and political systems and GWCC and MNWP, global warming and climate change and militarization and nuclear weapons proliferation. RJS

“A Conversation with Betrand Russell,” NBC WISDOM SERIES, https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=701308811356939&set=a.280894120065079.

December 16

Agree. This issue was discussed at some length in my recent novel AS THE ROOSTER CROWS EARTHIAN OKness INCREASES. RJS

“Only in laziness can one achieve a state of contemplation,” by John Steinbeck, POETIC OUTLAWS, https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=445880954413017&set=a.394323576235422.

December 16

Say it aint so joe

“The CIA is putting President Biden in a bad political position that’s at odds with the overwhelming majority of Americans as the poll results reveal,” Amandi told NBC News.

“Calling for further delays and redactions for six decades-old documents around the most important of issues in American history — the murder of a president inside our borders — doesn’t just raise additional suspicions, it borders on tacit admission by the agency that something’s very rotten at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.”

Quote from the below article

“Biden releases most JFK assassination records — but withholds thousands,” by Matt Caputo, NBC NEWS, https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/joe-biden/biden-releases-jfk-assassination-records-rcna61286?fbclid=IwAR2r6GwQ_1Hi2pdqco3MwC50MXbskPz1572Z6owOjzRWEDC58Tad9hPVaTw.

December 15

Ain’t that somethin’

See my comparison and contrast of Donald Trump and Elon Musk in my recent novel AS THE ROOSTER CROWS EARTHIAN OKNESS INCREASES. RJS

December 14

Say it ain’t so Joe

“Say it ain’t so, Joe.” is a phrase attributed to a reporter speaking to Shoeless Joe Jackson about Jackson’s admission that he cheated in the 1919 World Series.”

Comment by Wikipedia

“Putin readies nuke missile able to strike UK & US for launch in chilling threat,” by Will Stewart and Tariq Tahir, THE SUN, https://www.the-sun.com/news/6911324/putin-readies-nuke-launch-missile/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebarweb&fbclid=IwAR00dfXcx7JYHtZ4_vue8i7izlrnOkvpjUlW3zo2Ytt1PTtc9vvWe8t3iC4.

December 14

“Better to fight economically than militarily” by Victor Cha, FOREIGN AFFAIRS, https://www.foreignaffairs.com/world/how-stop-china-coercion-collective-resilience-victor-cha?utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR1xtWH-QpP8jxeqBowxieNI3vd7PgpG4QO9OGnhFDVZ7U4r5CvpdORku44.

December 14

Another enlightening article by financial whiz Ellen Brown

“The Real Goal of Fed Policy: Breaking Inflation, the Middle Class or the Bubble Economy,” by Ellen Brown, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/12/13/the-real-goal-of-fed-policy-breaking-inflation-the-middle-class-or-the-bubble-economy/?fbclid=IwAR0P7L7aJeZqu06Y3bP-0mnT8v1_gQXKIvXQnh4IDXes8F_ivOEJqTJBMMU.

December 13

So it seems

“US Supreme Court wants to make America more bigoted again,” by Thom Hartmann, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/37089?fbclid=IwAR133QascPZFQKwGi-UC14Kdv7DAJZoNvP16JVGll0ctUnRrCcnb3ghTKdo

December 12

A lot to digest here

What? Me worry? The USian fed reserve system will just create enough new funny money out of thin air to buy however many more billions of USian treasury debt it takes to cover another humongous federal govt budget deficit. USian federal congresspeople and presidents of all stripes are just too liberal, human, practical, or cowardly, spending real taxpayer money and funny money with abandon to stay in office and to prop up the USian economy, while they give their constituents all the tax breaks they can. Who knows how much of this spending bill is pure pork? And, oh no, this is not just kicking the can down the road one more year.

If all else fails (tax receipts, sales of fed debt to private citizens and other governments, etc.), the USian Federal Reserve system will punch more digits into its computer system and call the resulting numbers money and then use that funny money to purchase more treasury debt (bills, notes, etc.) as necessary, and the USian government will then use that “money” to cover its military expenses, along with all its other expenses, plus the inevitable deficit. Will the USian ever-increasing $31 trillion federal debt ever be paid off? Most likely not. For how much longer however can this alchemic monetary process be perpetuated? How much longer can the debt be rolled over, i.e., sell new debt to pay back old debt when it comes due? Who knows. But USian congressional politicians and presidents will have preserved their jobs, and the USian economy, in the short run, by approving the yearly budget and the constant accumulation of more and more debt. The USian govt is not alone doing this. Most Earthian governments with so-called developed economies also require their central banks to operate a similar alchemic monetary system as they accumulate more and more debt. The USian federal debt to GNP ratio is now a little over one hundred percent, lower than the same ratio in some other countries. RJS

“What’s Inside the House-Passed Military Spending Bill,” by Joseph Lord, THE EPOCH TIMES, https://www.theepochtimes.com/whats-inside-the-house-passed-military-spending-bill_4912857.html?utm_source=partner&utm_campaign=ZeroHedge&src_src=partner&src_cmp=ZeroHedge&fbclid=IwAR2lxrwqAJLitZHGqd94bDDaZehcIipgWmEbwoL0v5-NWHntiz8LREFnzyA

December 11

At least there’s a glimmer of hope

“U.S. to announce fusion energy ‘breakthrough’,” by Evan Halper and Pranshu Verma, MSN.COM, https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/u-s-to-announce-fusion-energy-breakthrough/ar-AA15ahiG?cvid=f596aa99fbb44e0a95d7debb8c967d79&fbclid=IwAR3tiKaAnzcQ3Vl1qrzox-VGbCISOct_iwI1cYU1Q0lQVKmj-l0js0oo0_4.

December 10

Afraid the author is right about this

“The Predictable Resurgence of Fascism and Naziism On Both Sides of the North Atlantic and Its Consequences,” by Vincent Navarro, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/12/09/the-predictable-resurgence-of-fascism-and-nazism-on-both-sides-of-the-north-atlantic-and-its-consequences/?fbclid=IwAR08kVsD8iEWxZd3EIt2_kw_lKFQxi9cSFO9BYjqiTO5ORUYkUVRXclhi28.

December 9

The USian future, and the future of Spaceshiip Earth, is looking grimmer and grimmer. What these Repug moral moron supreme court judges are doing now is breaking up the US of A into a bunch of little podunk nations with the power to make up their own laws and rules about abortions, voter suppression, and what next? This is almost as bad as, or worse than, a civil war. Here you have the supreme court of the US legalizing the rights of states to rule themselves as they see fit based on their idiosyncratic biases and prejudices. All these morally and ethically deficient Repug political operatives on the USian supreme court, so-called judges, need do next to complete the process of de-nationalizing the US they allowed and encouraged (whether intentionally with malice aforethought or not) is to legalize the rights of USian states to create their own military forces. This will complete this process of shattering the US into fifty or so small nation state equivalents. This process is not only ethically and morally despicable, it’s absurd, and disastrous, for all Earthian humans. By all that’s holy, the USian supreme court should not have this kind of power. To paraphrase Mark Twain, the Repugs and Dems of the US are the largest competing anti-social gangs aboard Spaceship Earth. RJS

“Supreme Court seems ready to legalize the 2021 Trump coup tactics,” by Mark Gruenberg and John Wojcik, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/37110?fbclid=IwAR0H4ajgjoB2w-Uc14IyhT1Fkk-TfOqXQ2e0byZBul08uRr49WS-LTm72G0.

December 9

Here’s the indefatigable Paul Street again telling it exactly like he sees it.

“’Amerika’: Republi-Fascism, Despicable De-Railing Dems, Constitutional Termination, Lucy and Charlie, and Revolution,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/12/09/amerika-republi-fascism-despicable-de-railing-dems-constitutional-termination-lucy-and-charlie-and-revolution/?fbclid=IwAR2CPDOAjvrY84f3FNZQ5xfztWbK2rI3Zgr8T_RMI3RgaQWITjizTOfci_o.

December 7

You might think this is just more hyperbolic book-promoting hype, but I don’t think it is. Seems to me Jeremy Griffith, a biologist in Australia, is a real deal with a profound explanation and recommendation for how Earthian humans got in the mess they are in, and how to get out of it, before it’s too late. And it really is free of charge. I watched and listened to the whole interview for about an hour. One of the best podcasts I have experienced. RJS

“The Great Transformation,” by Jeremy Griffith, WORLD TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT, https://www.humancondition.com/?fbclid=IwAR1hLi0I-gXL2ZX1szvX8iEwqC1LuOqQr34AkzaQpEyB0Ynn9eiDzFlqCm0.

TOWARD THE CO-CONSTRUICTION OF A FAIR AND SUSTAINABLE LONG RUN EARTHIAN ECONOMIC SYSTEM

By Richard John Stapleton

Establishing democracy chapters around Spaceship Earth as recommended in the Effective Learning Publications novel As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases might develop consensual answers regarding existential matters from the bottom up that might help save Spaceship Earth. These ideas would filter up to randomly-selected humans who would count the consensual answers to make necessary changes. Consensual tactics, strategies, and policies would then be developed around Earth for dealing with the computerized Spaceship Earth management system, operated and controlled using artificial intelligence programming and supercomputers.

Randomly-selected groups of Earthian humans of high intelligence with impeccable moral and ethical character and credentials would control codes for changing the Earthian Magnum Computer System programming to implement bottom-up recommendations of millions of members in discussions in democracy chapters around Spaceship Earth. Each member of the group in charge of the codes for the magnum computer system would serve limited terms. These members would not vote or decide what to do. They would see to it that the computer system implemented the consensual answers of millions of Earthian humans from all walks of life, as determined by honest, free, fair, and frank democratic Game-free discussions in democracy chapters all around Spaceship Earth, as explained and shown in As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases. The overall objective would be to manage the system in such a way as to maximize the lifetime satisfactions of all Earthian humans, as well as all other species of life aboard Spaceship Earth, while insuring the indefinite functioning of all Spaceship Earth ecosystems.

Necessary moral and ethical requirements and constraints could be programmed in the Magnum Management System that Earthian humans at the top would be obliged to obey. If changes should be made in the moral and ethical codes in the overall program they would be sent back to the Earthian democracy chapters for discussion and then tabulated and analyzed before algorithms programmed in the system would create changes in the MMS operating system.  

This Magnum Computerized Management System would require a strict system of security controls like the current codes of nations possessing nuclear weapons, hopefully providing security several magnitudes more secure than current nuclear codes, to make sure a madman could not get in control of any aspect of the Magnum Spaceship Earth Management System.

A management system such as this would significantly improve previous systems used around Spaceship Earth that have historically empowered fickle, egotistical, greedy, power mad, grandiose, poorly educated, not-very-bright individual Earthian humans to make existential decisions affecting the OKness of thousands, millions, and billions of humans around Earth, an incredibly dumb thing to do, that has been done over and over again for millennia, resulting in incredible losses and suffering at various moments of history caused by the unfair and indiscriminate inexorable tunneling out of Bad, OK, or Good Luck for hundreds, thousands, millions, or billions of Earthian humans around Spaceship Earth at all times since time immemorial, resulting from the cosmic evolution commencing with the creation of the Universe some ten billion years ago.

A tough lesson for Earthian humans to accept propositioned in Effective Learning Publications books is that everything that happens in human states of affairs is either predetermined or accidental and therefore individuals are not to blame or praise for what happens in human states of affairs. This is easier to swallow after accepting that believing and acting otherwise will support and perpetuate the I’m OK—You’re Not OK life position that has bedeviled, sabotaged, and undermined Earthian humans since time immemorial, making losers out of most of them.

About the only way significant numbers of Earthian humans can be caused to be significantly changed psychologically and socially by others is through democratic face to face discussions in honest serious and rigorous dialectical, dialogical, analogical arguing about facts using reasoning of all kinds, dealing with Earthian human existential states of affairs.

What is considered natural, unnatural; normal, abnormal; right, wrong; ethical, unethical; righteous, sinful; worthy, unworthy; or sane or insane by a particular Earthian human is caused by information lodged in her/his brain caused to be lodged there by the concatenation of infinite cause-effect chains causing her/him to exist and slowly inch through the Earthian worm hole of existence inexorably tunneled out for her or him by her/his specific unbroken infinitely-regressing cause-effect chains inexorably-progressing throughout his/her infinitesimally short cosmic life, regardless of how Bad, OK, or Good that luck or fate might be as judged by any Earthian human; and all Earthian humans must keep on inching forward in their worm holes as best they can dealing with inevitable problems and opportunities caused to exist at that stage in their unique tunnels, as they are knocked around like balls in a pin-ball machine, as events inevitably and/or accidentally happen in their so-called real worlds, and in their subconscious and conscious minds, however Bad, OK, or Good their inherited Luck might have absolutely been, which cannot be proved, however easy it might be to relatively estimate.

It follows that changing the life scripts of Earthian humans for the better requires changing the course of unique tunnels of existence in which individual humans accidentally and inevitably live, a tall order indeed. Some biological constructivists would consider this notion a pipe dream, while considering the whole process a meaningless drift in the infinity of time and space.

What is God? Whatever it was that caused the Universe to exist.

Constructivism is considered relevant in Effective Learning Publications books recommended below, having been discussed in some detail in Business Voyages and listed as a source in the bibliographies of three books.

For more information on the use of Transactional Analysis  https://www.itaaworld.org/  to create better discussion groups and democratic processes read Born to Learn:  A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=born+to+learn++richard+john+stapleton#imgrc=6JdwDPzcAQ1kSM%253A

For more information on how to co-construct better organizations and economic systems using transactional analysis read Business Voyages:  Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=business+voyages+richard+john+stapleton

Read free “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc,”  https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of-spaceship-earth-inc/   for some management science ideas on how Earthian humans might eventually co-construct an economic system that is viable and satisfying for everyone aboard Spaceship Earth, making it possible for all Earthian humans to develop an I’m OK—You’re OK life position. 

Read As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases. https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=as+the+rooster+crows+earthian+okness+increases#imgrc=ZY7nv3jiN9jMCM%253A

 This recently-published novel shows how to conduct a new kind of seminar invented and coordinated by Rout Logger, the protagonist of the novel, that might reduce the probability of Earthian human extinction that requires participants in a seminar to speak out and up when randomly selected by a Truther rooster positioned in the center of a randomly-selected group of forty humans sitting in a circle. The Truther rooster resembles a spinning weather vane. The rooster is programmed to bob its head up and down and raucously crow after being twirled by a randomly-selected seminar participant, as it spins round and round winding down, letting group members know it’s time to wake up and get to work, before it’s too late. When the Truther rooster stops spinning whoever is at the end of a line of imaginary fire extending from the rooster’s beak to her or him sitting in the circle is automatically selected as the Leader of the Moment for the group, proving pure democracy can happen. The Leader of the Moment must then lead the group into a democratic discussion of what s/he considers the most serious existential problem around Spaceship Earth.  Forty participants from all walks of life were paid $5000 monthly for participating in weekend seminars conducted in central city hotels in various cities randomly selected around the US. If randomly selected as the Leader of the Moment the participant had to define what s/he thought was the most important problem facing Spaceship Earth, present alternatives, and make a recommendation for change. What s/he said would then be discussed by members of the group on a free-flow first come-first serve basis. It was against the law of the seminar to interrupt speakers or raise hands to get permission to speak. Discussions lasted until they ran out of steam with most issues covered. The results of the discussions would be published to the wealthy donors financing the process and the Earthian public.

Rout Logger was convinced most Earthian humans would not volunteer to participate in this sort of seminar to merely help save Spaceship Earth from GWCC and/or MNWP using their Nurturing Parent, Adult, and Free Child Ego States, given the reality that their life time and energy was already programmed and consumed with various forms of withdrawal, rituals, pastimes, psychological Games, activities, and intimacy in their unique tunnels of reality, as they acted out their inherited life scripts; so they were paid $5000 per month to participate in a Game-free, Adult-Adult democratic seminar that would require them to honestly discuss existential problems with forty other participants from disparate walks of life, if they were randomly selected by the spinning Truther Rooster as the Leader of the Moment.

According to Effective Learning Publications books, achieving Earthian human sustainability entails such things as Earthian humans peacefully reducing through natural attrition (natural deaths exceeding births) the human population aboard Spaceship Earth, never doing work that machines can do better, and delegating the day-to-day management of systems for scheduling, producing, and distributing the necessities of life to artificial intelligence programs and supercomputers, assuming sufficient quantities of non-human clean energy can be discovered and developed using mind grants.

The general algorithmic matrix algebra form below can help bring this state of affairs about by maximizing the production of the necessities of life for all Earthian humans, taking into account constraints such as natural resource requirements and human biological needs,

Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi,

explained in more detail in “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.” at   https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of-spaceship-earth-inc/  .

This mathematical formulation might one happy day develop for Earthian humans power in economics loosely analogous to the power of E=mc2 in physics. This formulation, Max or Min CjXj, subject to, AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi, is a general form of the linear programming model, which has been around for many years in management science, operations research, and linear algebra courses.

Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi symbolizes knowledge that gives the Earthian human species about as much potential power to perpetuate itself as Albert Einstein’s formula E=mc2 symbolizes knowledge that gives the Earthian human species the power to exterminate itself.

Riding aboard an airliner about to land at night traveling at four hundred miles an hour at thirty-five thousand feet with clouds, rain, wind, and lightning below, what would you rather have figuring out the path, speed, and angle of descent of the aircraft for touch-down, the plane’s auto-pilot, radar, and computer system or the pilot and co-pilot, seeing nothing out their windows below but clouds and lightning?

The main reason why delegating the scheduling, production, and distribution of the necessities of life to AI programs and magnum computers would be a good idea is that magnum computers and algorithmic AI programs do not get greedy and power hungry or play psychological Games. Thus far in Earthian human history most leaders and rulers atop large organizations such as nations have become corrupt one way or another playing psychological Games, acting out selfish greedy ego trips, hogging all the power, money, strokes, stimulation, and recognition they could get their hands on for themselves and their cronies, leaving the hindmost to their underlings. Whatever their limitations and possible threats, algorithmic computer programs and super computers are not egotistical, greedy, and power-hungry.

Thanks to Buckminster Fuller for providing the above airplane-landing metaphor in his book Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, first published in 1969, and for planting seeds for other ideas in the essay “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.,” published in the Effective Learning Report, such as computers being the best hope for mankind and humans not doing work machines can do better, being paid to think instead with what Fuller called mind grants. Fuller said unemployment all around Spaceship Earth could be eliminated overnight with mind grants. Buckminster Fuller was the inventor of the appellations Earthian and Spaceship Earth.   

Egotistic Earthian humans like to win BALANCE SHEET psychological Games, to feel superior and lord it over others, regardless if Spaceship Earth is going to hell in a hand basket around them because of global warming and climate change (GWCC) and militarization and nuclear weapons proliferation (MNWP), regardless of how much they have failed in other areas of their lives, and regardless of how heinous were crimes and misdemeanors they may have gotten away with in the process of amassing their riches, since they were saved, as it were, by taking in and controlling more almighty monetary units than other lesser mortals, saved, hallelujah, as if by Jesus, who forgave them their sins.

If you want to learn more about transactional analysis concepts such as Ego States, psychological Games, Scripts, and OKness, read Born to Learn: A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning.

Most Earthian humans know what it is to be egotistical, but they have little understanding of how specific human egotistical manifestations, such as Parent, Adult, and Child ego states, can be used to control and manipulate human behavior for nefarious ends.

A world-class psychological Game player on the Earthian stage in recent years, playing BALANCE SHEET, is Donald Trump of the US, and he could go to jail for it, just like other political USian BALANCE SHEET psychological Game players in the US have, such as Georgia US representative, Bo Ginn, in 1995, and cotton farmer Billie Sol Estes of Pecos, Texas in 1965, who had political ties to the USian president from Texas Lyndon Johnson.

Trump psychologically told voters and bankers using his Parent ego state he was extorting votes and money from he was a stable genius and billionaire who could pay them back for their votes and loans. How many billions worth of a billionaire he was he never said, at least not to voters, arithmetic not being his strong suit; but it now appears it’s possible he’s no billionaire at all, using generally-accepted accounting principles and real market values, which he has refused to show since walking on the USian political stage for the 2016 presidential election. It’s possible he’s no kind of naire at all, not even a millionaire, having liabilities that exceed the market value of his assets, being close to bankruptcy.

It now appears as shown in recent public posts that Trump, his loyal Trump Organization lackeys, and his chosen loyal family members lied to bankers about his net worth to get loans, overstating the value of assets, proving once again that “All that glitters is not gold.”

P.T. Barnum is said to have proved there’s a sucker born every minute. If so, Trump may have proved there’s a sucker born every second, in high and low places.

If you have ideas on how to democratically discuss in Game-free ways (devoid of Persecutor, Rescuer, and Victim roles) economic and political problems and opportunities go to the Ogeechee Economic Forum at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/ogeechee-economic-forum/ and scroll up to and click on the RESPONSES tab at the top of this blog page and speak out about them in writing.

If you feel you’ve gained value from THE EARTHIAN, go to the Internet or any walk-in bookstore around Spaceship Earth and purchase or order one or more Effective Learning Publications books. As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases is the latest and probably most engaging Effective Learning Publications book, including an overview of USian economic history, including the Trumpian affair. Rout Logger is the protagonist of the novel story. It’s available now at Amazon for immediate unrestricted digital reading on any device as a Kindle book for $4.99. You can read it free at Amazon in a restricted KDP option.

For short run policies and strategies for dealing with USian economic and political problems read free the platform of the FreeFairProgressParty at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/freefairprogressparty/.

ABOUT THE EDITOR

Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA would spin the spinner of his Classroom De-Gamer™ in his classes to randomly select a student at the beginning of each class session to lead a discussion of the case assigned for the day, a case taken from a planned or operating business prepared by case writers at Georgia Southern, Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Alabama.

Grades were based eighty percent on class participation in dialectical discussions about what to do about problems and opportunities found in cases; the rest of the final grade was based on two case write-ups. One write-up was about what the student observed, researched, analyzed, and wrote about an existing business in the local environment or a business plan the student created. The other write-up was an analysis of a case researched and written by professors about a business assigned as the final exam. Cases used in his courses contained processes, problems, opportunities, and data occurring in all functional areas of business such as entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, operations management, control, management information systems, and business policy and strategy.

He has published refereed journal articles and books explaining how his democratic Game-free Adult-Adult I’m OK—You’re OK case method system works, by banishing Persecutors, Rescuers, and Victims playing psychological Games from the teaching and learning process, first documented in an article titled “The Classroom De-Gamer” he published in 1978 in the Transactional Analysis Journal. He has published seven books and over one hundred articles in various media containing cases, research data, and essays on teaching and learning and management policies and practices.

He learned and trained using transactional analysis with Martin Groder, MD; Graham Barnes, PhD; Vann Joines, PhD; and many others at the Southeast Institute at Chapel Hill, North Carolina (1975-1978).

He learned how the case method works teaching with Bernard Bienvenu, DBA and Rexford Hauser, DBA (Harvard Business School doctorates) at the University of Louisiana– Lafayette in 1969-70.

He has a BS in economics (1962), an MBA in organizational behavior (1966), and a PhD in management science (1969) from Texas Tech University, and an organizational and educational certification in transactional analysis (CTA) from the International Transactional Analysis Association (1978).

He taught his own case method track at the undergraduate level in the management department of the business school at Georgia Southern University offering four or five different elective case method courses each academic year (1970-2005), in which he led, coordinated, and graded about twenty-five or so students each year who took all or most of those case method courses in their junior and senior years, of about two hundred students who signed up for all his courses each year. He used a democratic circle or amphitheater classroom layout in all his classes. He also taught most semesters two sections of a capstone integrative business policy course he added to the business school curriculum in 1970 that was required for all undergraduate business majors that could be elected by any student in any major.  He was the only professor in the business school to use the case method in any course.

His students agreed to a course learning contract that stipulated they would read the facts of the case before class and would lose a whole letter grade from the course final grade if the De-Gamer randomly caught them obviously not having read the case before class, if they had not slipped a note under his office door before class telling him they had not read the case, which they could do twice during the course without penalty.

About ten percent of his students made A’s and about five percent made D’s. Most made C’s, which is about right, since C = Average. There were few F’s in his courses. The main criterion for course grades was the quantity and quality of ideas sold by students in case method discussions. He used peer ratings to give students feedback showing what their fellow students thought about the quantity and quality of their ideas sold in class, having made it clear the final decision about final grades was his. He did not believe in Lake Wobegon grading.

No student was ever forced to take one of his courses to graduate, and the most hardened Game-players in the school did not sign up for his courses after he issued his Edict of 1972 in which he clearly spelled out in his syllabi the penalty for getting caught unprepared. His Classroom De-Gamer™ was roundly discussed by students in bull sessions across campus every year and was labeled various things, such as The Wheel of Fate and The Death Wheel. Most students near the end of his career simply called it The Spinner.

He appreciated Georgia Southern honoring his academic freedom by allowing him control of his teaching methods, classroom layouts, grading procedures, and course books, cases, and materials, some of which he researched, wrote, and published. He was promoted to full professor at age thirty-six.

He collected longitudinal research data using questionnaires in 1992 showing his case method students during 1972-1982 reported higher yearly incomes in 1992 than students electing the same courses in 1972-1982 taught by professors using the authoritarian lecture method and the militaristic row and column classroom layout, who graded students based on memorizing or calculating  “right answers” for tests, indicating learners learning in Adult—Adult I’m OK—You’re OK Game-free democratic learning processes graded subjectively became more successful in the real world of business than learners lectured to and graded using so-called objective multiple-choice tests.  

Only former students who had worked in the real world ten or more years after graduating from the Georgia Southern business school were included in the study. The data are shown, analyzed, and discussed in full in “Evidence the Case Method Works” in his book Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds, 2008, pg. 475). The data were also used in several refereed articles.

For more information on related classroom management ethical issues see Stapleton, R.J. and Murkison, G. (2001), “Optimizing the fairness of student evaluations: A study of correlations between instructor excellence, study production, learning production, and expected grades,” in the Journal of Management Education, 25(3), 269-292.

Stapleton had one of the lowest student grade point averages among professors in the business school and was one of the lowest-ranked professors as an instructor on computerized campus-wide student evaluations that weighted only instructor excellence scores up to 2000; but he was one of the highest-ranked professors in a computerized student evaluation he designed that generated data also showing and weighting study production, learning production, and expected grades scores for each professor, published in “Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations.”

To read the Optimizing Fairness article in full, go to https://studysites.sagepub.com/holt/articles/Stapleton.pdf . After this research was published, Georgia Southern in 2001 added study production, learning production, and expected grades questions to the student evaluation form used campus-wide.

“Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations” has by now (October 24, 2022) been cited as a reference in 83 refereed journal articles concerned about the ethics of student evaluations in several academic disciplines, including eight new citations since April 2021.

As the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein propositioned, “The case is all there is.”

If so, everything else said about Earthian human states of affairs is a rendition of what was or might be.

For more on Stapleton’s cultural, educational, and professional experiences see “RJS Academic Vita,” at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/rjs-academic-vita/.  

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Could televising Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s speech in the US House ignite WWIII?


By RICHARD JOHN STAPLETON

I saw and heard the whole spectacle and speech on MSNBC, Earthian humans being shown and told what the powers that be wanted them to see and hear about the Ukraine War, dealing with genuine suffering and pathos, hubris, and warmongering, as televised by MSNBC and others.

The ceremony itself and the MSNBC presentation, while technically well conducted, seemed bizarre, overly dramatic, and out of sync with reality.

After the House chamber filled up and after the names of the Democratic and Republican House and Senate congresspeople, mostly graying high-foreheaded patriarchs, who were to escort Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the President of Ukraine, into the House chamber were announced, he was led into the House as if he were a USian president being led into the House to deliver a USian State of the Union address.

Octogenarian House speaker Nancy Pelosi on the rostrum gavelled the ceremony to order, with USian Vice-President Senate pro tempore Kamela Harris by her side. The congressional attendees in the House, who did not go home early for Christmas, exquisitely groomed and outfitted in fashionable dresses and coats and ties, loudly applauded the 44-year-old bearded Volodymyr Zelenzkyy as he entered the House chamber, dressed in his “civic fatigues”, a sweater and pants.

He delivered a well-crafted speech using excellent English, albeit with a Ukranian brogue. Everyone on the House floor seemed to love him, loudly clapping and cheering him on in rousing standing ovations at numerous points in his speech, in which he thanked all “Americans” for their help while praising the heroic efforts of his people defending themselves from the Russians under the leadership of their demented and evil fascist president, Vladimir Putin.

He avowed the Ukrainians would win the war, with “American” help, not American help from Central or South America, but from that part of North America comprising the United States, in a joint effort analogous to what the Brits and Yanks used to win WWII. Everyone seemed ecstatic at the prospect of USians conducting another massive heroic epic “American” military rescue operation getting rid of bad guys around Spaceship Earth.

Zelenskyy did not say much about the $45 billion in aid USian President Joe Biden promised to give the Ukrainians to fight the war, with no USian troops on the ground, calling it an investment.

This Ukrainian aid will have to be funded with real money paid by USian taxpayers, and doubtless also funded with new USian funny money created from thin air by the USian Federal Reserve System, thereby increasing even more the $31 trillion accumulation of USian federal debt, which will probably exacerbate current economic problems for lower-income families in the USian private sector one way or another.

Nor did Volodymyr Zelenskyy mention the fact that Vladimir Putin has threatened to nuke the US if worse comes to worst for Russia in Ukraine.

Zelenskyy said Ukrainians in their misery in their bombed-out abodes this cold Christmas did not resent how good USians have it shielded by a large ocean from their war zone.

Zelenskyy is a short, trim, muscular, young man compared to Biden, and at one point in the MSNBC presentation a beaming Biden was shown standing side by side with Zelenskyy with his right arm around Zelenskyy’s neck with his right hand resting on Zelenskyy’s right shoulder, as if he were a favorite relative, as Nancy Pelosi gently patted his right arm.

Zelenskyy acknowledged at the beginning of his speech fifty or so Ukrainians sitting in the House balcony, part of the eight million or so Ukrainian refugees that fled Ukraine after the war broke out, creating a refugee crisis in Europe.

They could be heard chanting “Godless America” as this jingoistic plastic sanctimonious ceremony came to its end and the television cameras went dark.

Let us grieve

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA, a professor emeritus of management at Georgia Southern University, retiring in 2005, would spin the spinner of his Classroom De-Gamer in his classes to randomly select a student at the beginning of each class session to lead a discussion of the case assigned for the day, a case taken from a planned or operating business prepared by casewriters at Georgia Southern, Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Alabama.

This Game-Free I’m OK—You’re OK Adult-Adult fully democratic system is described fully in his 2022 novel AS THE ROOSTER CROWS EARTHIAN OKness INCREASES. The novel metaphorically demonstrates how this democracy teaching and learning system could be applied in small groups in democracy chapters established all around Spaceship Earth.

Grades in his classes were based eighty percent on class participation in dialectical discussions about what to do about problems and opportunities found in cases; the rest of the final grade was based on two case write-ups. One write-up was about what the student observed, researched, analyzed, and wrote about an existing business in the local environment or a business plan the student created. The other write-up was an analysis of a case researched and written by professors about a business assigned as the final exam. Cases used in his courses contained processes, problems, opportunities, and data occurring in all functional areas of business such as entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, operations management, control, management information systems, and business policy and strategy.

He has published refereed journal articles and books explaining how his democratic Game-free Adult-Adult I’m OK—You’re OK case method system works, by banishing Persecutors, Rescuers, and Victims playing psychological Games from the teaching and learning process, first documented in an article titled “The Classroom De-Gamer” he published in 1978 in the Transactional Analysis Journal. He has published seven books and over one hundred articles in various media containing cases, research data, and essays on teaching and learning and management policies and practices.

He learned and trained using transactional analysis with Martin Groder, MD; Graham Barnes, PhD; Vann Joines, PhD; and many others at the Southeast Institute at Chapel Hill, North Carolina (1975-1978).

He learned how the case method works teaching with Bernard Bienvenu, DBA and Rexford Hauser, DBA (Harvard Business School doctorates) at the University of Louisiana– Lafayette in 1969-70.

He has a BS in economics (1962), an MBA in organizational behavior (1966), and a PhD in management science (1969) from Texas Tech University, and an organizational and educational certification in transactional analysis (CTA) from the International Transactional Analysis Association (1978).

He taught his own case method track at the undergraduate level in the management department of the business school at Georgia Southern University offering four or five different elective case method courses each academic year (1970-2005), in which he led, coordinated, and graded about twenty-five or so students each year who took all or most of those case method courses in their junior and senior years, of about two hundred students who signed up for all his courses each year. He used a democratic circle or amphitheater classroom layout in all his classes. He also taught most semesters two sections of a capstone integrative business policy course he added to the business school curriculum in 1970 that was required for all undergraduate business majors that could be elected by any student in any major.  He was the only professor in the business school to use the case method in any course.

His students agreed to a course learning contract that stipulated they would read the facts of the case before class and would lose a whole letter grade from the course final grade if the De-Gamer randomly caught them obviously not having read the case before class, if they had not slipped a note under his office door before class telling him they had not read the case, which they could do twice during the course without penalty.

About ten percent of his students made A’s and about five percent made D’s. Most made C’s, which is about right, since C = Average. There were few F’s in his courses. The main criterion for course grades was the quantity and quality of ideas sold by students in case method discussions. He used peer ratings to give students feedback showing what their fellow students thought about the quantity and quality of their ideas sold in class, having made it clear the final decision about final grades was his. He did not believe in Lake Wobegon grading.

No student was ever forced to take one of his courses to graduate, and the most hardened Game-players in the school did not sign up for his courses after he issued his Edict of 1972 in which he clearly spelled out in his syllabi the penalty for getting caught unprepared. His Classroom De-Gamer™ was roundly discussed by students in bull sessions across campus every year and was labeled various things, such as The Wheel of Fate and The Death Wheel. Most students near the end of his career simply called it The Spinner.

He appreciated Georgia Southern honoring his academic freedom by allowing him control of his teaching methods, classroom layouts, grading procedures, and course books, cases, and materials, some of which he researched, wrote, and published. He was promoted to full professor at age thirty-six, becoming one of the youngest full professors in Georgia Southern history and one of the highest paid ones, becoming the senior professor at Georgia Southern for the 2004-2005 academic year, the year he retired.

He collected longitudinal research data using questionnaires in 1992 showing his case method students during 1972-1982 reported higher yearly incomes in 1992 than students electing the same courses in 1972-1982 taught by professors using the authoritarian lecture method and the militaristic row and column classroom layout, who graded students based on memorizing or calculating  “right answers” for tests, indicating learners learning in Adult—Adult I’m OK—You’re OK Game-free democratic learning processes graded subjectively became more successful in the real world of business than learners lectured to and graded using so-called objective multiple-choice tests.  

Only former students who had worked in the real world ten or more years after graduating from the Georgia Southern business school were included in the study. The data are shown, analyzed, and discussed in full in “Evidence the Case Method Works” in his book Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds, 2008, pg. 475. The data were also used in several refereed articles.

For more information on related classroom management ethical issues see Stapleton, R.J. and Murkison, G. (2001), “Optimizing the fairness of student evaluations: A study of correlations between instructor excellence, study production, learning production, and expected grades,” in the Journal of Management Education, 25(3), 269-292.

Stapleton had one of the lowest student grade point averages among professors in the business school and was one of the lowest-ranked professors as an instructor on computerized campus-wide student evaluations that weighted only instructor excellence scores up to 2000; but he was one of the highest-ranked professors in a computerized student evaluation he designed that generated data also showing and weighting study production, learning production, and expected grades scores for each professor, published in “Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations.”

To read the Optimizing Fairness article in full, go to https://studysites.sagepub.com/holt/articles/Stapleton.pdf . After this research was published, Georgia Southern in 2001 added study production, learning production, and expected grades questions to the student evaluation form used campus-wide. The article points out some of the pernicious ramifications of grade inflation, which is widespread in USian educational and political processes. USian political parties seem to think the less knowledgeable and intellectual the senator or representative the better the political system becomes.

“Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations” has by now (October 24, 2022) been cited as a reference in 83 refereed journal articles concerned about the ethics of student evaluations in several academic disciplines, including eight new citations since April 2021.

As the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein propositioned, “The case is all there is.”

If so, everything else said about Earthian human states of affairs is a rendition of what was or might be.

For more on Stapleton’s cultural, educational, and professional experiences go to https://blog.effectivelearning.net/.  

He is the author of the recently published novel AS THE ROOSTER CROWS EARTHIAN OKness INCREASES.

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THE EARTHIAN  —  35          

THE EARTHIAN, Number Thirty-Five, December 1, 2022, Effective Learning Publications https://blog.effectivelearning.net/ , 32 East Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, USA.

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SOURCES FOR THIS ISSUE OF THE EARTHIAN:

DECEMBER 1, 2022

Never heard of Dataism before

“The People Cheering for Humanity’s End,” by Adam Kirsch, THE ATLANTIC, https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2023/01/anthropocene-anti-humanism-transhumanism-apocalypse-predictions/672230/?fbclid=IwAR184hhvNOyr2xTpmBjJ1uwKRo6p3EALv310DaG5qMXTqdFCo1KiR4QgQpk.

December 1

Me too

“I Used To Be Disgusted, Now I’m Just Tired…,” by Charles Hugh Smith, DAILY RECKONING.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/i-used-be-disgusted-now-im-just-tired?fbclid=IwAR1zuBp7cKjPyuRof6-vKvH04jJj1LnkN8Ya3Mz5ixOWGwqP976PDU6RtU0.

December 1

Say it ain’t so Joe

“Be it Resolved: Don’t Trust Mainstream Media,” by Matt Taibbi, SUBSTRATE.COM, https://taibbi.substack.com/p/be-it-resolved-dont-trust-mainstream?utm_source=post-email-title&publication_id=1042&post_id=87825286&isFreemail=true&utm_medium=email&fbclid=IwAR3puTc_GMxkVbC7Nfk1AzlUmaS9FmJFF-zavXjfsvPm08SawG9A_bDnDi0.

November 30

To paraphrase Upton Sinclair, it’s very difficult to get an Earthian human to accept something when her/his livelihood depends on not accepting it.

“Populist Climate Action Requires Thinking About Freedom From Specific Oppressors—Nor just Species Survival,” by Carter Dillard, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/11/30/populist-climate-action-requires-thinking-about-freedom-from-specific-oppressors-not-just-species-survival/?fbclid=IwAR34ipHRQv_jgF0reK-OSOzExzCVEdkp8ltUmmH6-wrsJXrpNEM9HLBcUGI.

November 30

What’s at stake for middle and working classes in the Warnock Walker election

“Why Raphael Warnock’s reelection could tip the balance for America’s economic. Future,” by Tom Conway, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/36989?fbclid=IwAR1yR0qzeKloidyei6DFxiSsc_3EYjKH_YjUQUkfRPCEe72amV_NUkAVwZU.

November 30

Sounds right to me

“Because ‘publishing is not a crime,’ major newspapers push US to drop Assange charges,” by Jake Johnson, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/36999?fbclid=IwAR3SS19wYP9zAxaGnH9uXGR-ZgAMDcswWW-_Lj_fl-L9o0DWr1SdqzW8LEw.

November 29

A nightmare

“Survey of the AgroAbsurd,” by Bill Hatch, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/11/30/survey-of-the-agroabsurd/?fbclid=IwAR2HOl6C412td-JxXvTPo2SJ34rYfZs8ZNgDU8gwRVbp8cOCq4skJyHauZ4,

November 28

Among all the other reasons Georgians should not vote for Hershey Walker he’s a carpetbagger

“’Carpetbagger’ charges fly as Georgia GOP Senate candidate Walker’s Texas tax break exposed,” by Brett Wilkins, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/36987?fbclid=IwAR2QWaLCAhOfG-RG_RTpEZsriFOY6S-ynmg5VRBCGUhhNEzR3Oo3uD0ap6A.

November 28

A Who’s Who of Earthian Fascists

“The World According to CPAC,” by Laura Carlsen, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/11/25/the-world-according-to-cpac/?fbclid=IwAR3vavhejwKz2BX6LcStLeh0grZj8tyyOZ01ENVpKMwa3lBDHkkgx1lRQVA.

November 26

What next?

“A f—ing ‘nightmare’: Trump team does damage control after he dines with Ye and white supremacist Nick Fuentes,” by Mark Caputo, NBC NEWS, https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/f-ing-nightmare-trump-team-damage-control-dines-ye-white-supremacist-n-rcna58780?fbclid=IwAR081vrfvsaVaOxkhZ4e7rt3bNadsTMyNnnhBc9KY354VmV11RFjBHyDs_g

November 26

One small step forward for wildlife

“Wildlife conference boosts protection for sharks, turtles,” by Kathia Martinez, AP NEWS, https://apnews.com/article/business-caribbean-sharks-global-trade-fish-473094871ab7aac1f27e80ff2a10b842?fbclid=IwAR1CwuULAjegaXg_79zUPYLjSlEsochkKgA83RPna2mfxnBL3tI9kFCb3WI.

November 28

Another sad one but well written and relevant

“The Retail Carrion Feeders of Rural America,” by Jeffrey St. Clair, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/11/25/the-retail-carrion-feeders-of-rural-america/?fbclid=IwAR2RuTsXOXlT6hmGDlyHLs1Aqz77WbWC6tpj2NnJiO1uPDlsXoqYajWNKb4.

November 28

If supposedly well-functioning societies such as Sweden cannot control their emissions what is the hope for the rest of Spaceship Earth? Thunberg is saying stop stammering and do something.

“Greta Thunberg Joins 630+ Young People in Landmark Climate Lawsuit Against Sweden,” by Julia Conley, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/greta-thunberg-joins-630-young-people-in-climate-lawsuit-against-sweden/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR37fghEuB70Xjc4qN7kwL8p8YZpApeAlUOMPUc8hxILWhC29CeGGrAbwBs.

November 28

Sad but worth a read

“Humans v nature: our long and destructive journey to the age of extinction,” by Phoebe Weston, THE GUARDIAN, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/nov/25/cop15-humans-v-nature-our-long-and-destructive-journey-to-the-age-of-extinction-aoe?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR1qIR5dkWuOaB0pMugJHxhlYjU8QI_xV4OdMWkWtkitmQZVCfCyFLJET_s.

November 26

Say it aint so Joe

“China’s 26-storey pig skyscraper ready to slaughter 1 million pigs a year,” by Staff, THE GUARDIAN, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/nov/25/chinas-26-storey-pig-skyscraper-ready-to-produce-1-million-pigs-a-year?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR1brCEHwbYMZ96_7R66Y0XGzvgcemg240mq3M3HighROWyyTL3cQcGcD-s.

November 25

Is sports another opium of the people?

“Well, in our society, we have things that you might use your intelligence on…,” by Noam Chomsky, FACEBOOK, https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=573203644810132&set=a.132528992210935.

November 24

An interesting overview and perspective

“What precipitated the radicalization of the Republican Party in the U.S.,” by Nelson McKeeby, QUORA.COM, https://www.quora.com/What-precipitated-the-radicalization-of-the-Republican-Party-in-the-U-S/answer/Nelson-McKeeby?fbclid=IwAR2OVB2ibk9TcimZpKrtr0w9dOVyq1zbphZue3t1fZtP_C3B1Vc5QQjZ4PI.

November 24

Seems right as rain to me. Another telling-it-like-it-is article by Paul Street

“Dear Liberals: Stop Your Smug Celebration of the Midterms,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/11/23/dear-liberals-stop-your-smug-celebration-of-the-midterms/?fbclid=IwAR1tbVzqSEJ7HoA3Crb5J0q5qpciOUE_NdZFYeX8IyhPBBHBREAh88FUOdM.

November 23

Say it ain’t so Joe

“Attack of the Killer Robots,” by Roberto J. Gonzalez, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/11/23/attack-of-the-killer-robots/?fbclid=IwAR0OF97hjFNMavYVfzMT09Hhkca4vrQNmqySsLj8IRySYP9rV8Bqnkc8AAk.

November 23

Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea Earthian humans need to decrease their numbers aboard Spaceship Earth through natural attrition (natural deaths each year exceeding births) to reduce the Earthian human population so as to reduce the need for burning fossil fuels producing more and more carbon dioxide pumped into the Earthian atmosphere to combat global warming and climate change (GWCC).

On the other hand, the Earthian undependable and diabolical capitalistic economic system needs more and more Earthian humans to be born every year than die from natural causes to create more aggregate demand to enable profit-seeking organizations and groups to sell more and more products and services so as to need to hire more and more servants working for them at as low as possible wages and salaries to prevent Earthian humans from becoming homeless.

Will Earthian humans somehow evolve new systems to resolve this impasse before it’s too late?

Comment by RJS

“Demographic Cliff + Let it Rot = Collapse of Economic Growth,” by Charles Hugh Smith, OF TWO MINDS.COM, https://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/2022/11/demographic-cliff-let-it-rot-collapse.html?fbclid=IwAR13nX3Y2UyZeZx28Io2FWCUx3OGTLHYIokKUI0zyAOQwn9oZBvz27AO2XE.

November 18

As if Earthian humans did not have enough economic, political, and military problems

“Greenland is Worse Than Ever, Much Worse,” by Robert Hunziker, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/11/18/greenland-is-worse-than-ever-much-worse/?fbclid=IwAR1krAWaC7Baly0fKwYU–UAyMbTrITDPoLwmfm_sq32jv8H6SrOdeKg3F4.

November 18

Whatever the morals and ethics, maybe this will give USians somewhat lower gasoline prices than would otherwise have been the case in the short run. What would Jesus have recommended in this case?

“Biden Administration Calls for Immunity for Saudi Crown Prince in Khashoggi Case,” by Jake Johnson, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/biden-administration-calls-for-immunity-for-saudi-crown-prince-in-khashoggi-case/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR197KOtguvi9Mh3nofOzhOUsRroLheP6XkgbsphYBKqDWl5UC8mEZJHwqc.

November 18

Want to be a great man? Here is the sort of thing you would have to do

“Crimes of Britain on Twitter: The crimes of Winston Churchill – voted Greatest Briton of all time,” https://mobile.twitter.com/crimesofbrits/status/905035282046742528?fbclid=IwAR3lqBDkim1AxeubleMzRV8ym2KUZdJf_Ych0qkYUhI8yXgsOWcgVtwKCoM.

November 18

How many times can the DOJ pass the buck? Why do you need a special counsel to recommend what you yourselves have spent millions of dollars and a lot of time investigating? Seems absurd and pusillanimous. Apparently, nobody at the DOJ can make a real decision. Are USians to believe their own eyes and ears have been lying to them in this case? Who the hell is Jack Smith?

“Attorney General Merrick Garland names Jack Smith special counsel in Trump criminal probes,” by Dan Mangan, CNBC, https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/18/attorney-general-merrick-garland-to-name-special-counsel-in-trump-criminal-probe-report-says.html?__source=sharebar|facebook&par=sharebar&fbclid=IwAR3yxudnFE4Nqb8AJTZbxCoehGeRrduWd9trou2-Fdu88IyISbCYXIjsBrs.

November 13

How little we know about this

“NASA Has a Theory for Why We Might Be Alone in the Universe, “ https://dnyuz.com/2022/11/11/nasa-has-a-theory-for-why-we-might-be-alone-in-the-universe/?fbclid=IwAR2xVt-1-nHP8-IaORmN1h1mCng6ETYkMe1un_1zcDCES7MCZ0hhpQ9bPrI

November 13

Say it ain’t so Joe. Is it true that the only real free citizens of the US are the elite rich? And all others are servants?

“Will the US War-for-Profit System Lead to Nuclear Annihilation?,” by Leonard C. Goodman, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/11/11/will-the-us-war-for-profit-system-lead-to-nuclear-annihilation/?fbclid=IwAR3ZXjI7k-srFvlZmAS7tCLsqcYAkZnO4R3phMBgOziq4_mhHrHLiDTj6X0.

November 12

Even most smart Earthian humans do not read books

“As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases,” by Richard John Stapleton, https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/richard-john-stapleton/as-the-rooster-crows-earthian-okness-increases/?fbclid=IwAR3yAyopzaquOMCDj15a2izdwLogabnX34OzuhkiRbsUqdfgx5YoQ0l6plI.

Novenmber 11

Afraid he’s right

“Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war,” by Albert Einstein, https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=666111094883047&set=a.615331416627682.  

November 11

I never did join the dim dems or the repugnant repugs. Always have been Independent. Generally agree with Gabbard here. She won the 2019 dem primary debates you know. I documented it in an article I wrote and published in my Effective Learning Report blog, “Why Large Powerful Political Parties are Evil,” October 27, 2019, at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/why-large-powerful…/

“Tulsi Gabbard leaves Democratic Party, denounces ‘control of an elitist cabal of warmongers’,” by Cami Mondeaux, WASHIINGTON EXAMINER, https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/tulsi-gabbard-leaves-democratic-party-denounces-control-of-an-elitist-cabal-of-warmongers?fbclid=IwAR2OVB2ibk9TcimZpKrtr0w9dOVyq1zbphZue3t1fZtP_C3B1Vc5QQjZ4PI.

November 11

Here’s another article by the cogent pulling-no-punches telling-it-like-it-is Eve Ottenberg about the real life of USian railroad workers, a welcome respite from several days of watching and listening to fashionable cosmetic face people/talking heads on TV anxiously competing for air time and eyeballs trying to perfectly recite rehearsed and scripted lines and stories using august and portentous voice cadences and inflections describing the contrivances, machinations, manipulations, and antics of narcissistic USian politicians, who generally have the morals and ethics of an alley cat, in a so-called mid-term USian election November 8, 2022, in which democracy in the US was presumably saved from fascism for a longer period of time than most USians apparently thought it would be before the election.

Comment by RJS

“Working (and Striking) on the Railroad,” by Eve Ottenberg, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/11/11/working-and-striking-on-the-railroad/?fbclid=IwAR1XyHkGGu2pPWgBmInQhyBZk9bBF4_Yil8BiummB5SDCcN8z7dGv938dz4.

November 11

Here’s another cogent article by Paul Street, this one about what the November 8 election really boils down to

“Twelve Takes on the Mid-Terms,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/11/11/twelve-takes-on-the-mid-terms/?fbclid=IwAR2hdy-tcUOp5PT05Cf5EPpXbY0qFVXSmLaEoii12ukuLJOLctZF_PEpe6o.

November 11

Afraid Levine is right. Is it most Earthian humans cannot understand or afford good psychiatry, so they are sold pills on the cheap? And stay about as depressed as they were?

“What Are the Variables Associated with Depression?

“Twelve biological measures [including structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), task-based functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), resting state fMRI, and nine other biological measures] fail to distinguish ‘depressed’ from ‘healthy’ populations,” reports Sterling, “but two psychological variables clearly do so . . . . Depressed individuals were far more likely to report childhood trauma and far less likely to experience social supports.

“Once upon a time, it was not extraordinary for psychiatrists to actually spend time learning about their patients’ lives. However, as the New York Times reported in 2011 (‘Talk Doesn’t Pay, So Psychiatry Turns Instead to Drug Therapy’). A 2005 government survey found that just 11 percent of psychiatrists provided talk therapy to all patients, a share that had been falling for years and has most likely fallen more since.

“Today, it is a very unique psychiatrist—likely a “dissident psychiatrist”—who offers anything other than medication management (“med management” consists of 10 to 15 minutes every two or three months, checking symptoms and tweaking medications). The vast majority of psychiatrists offer nothing but biochemical-electrical attempts to reduce symptoms.”

Quote by Bruce E. Levine, author of the below article

“No Evidence for Psychiatry’s Depression Claims, Report Three 20221 Research Reviews,” by Bruce E. Levine, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/11/09/no-evidence-for-psychiatrys-depression-claims-report-three-2022-research-reviews/?fbclid=IwAR2JTCZskwWeD0aaH5N8f8ftgBWaoe018seSEB7EkhCZ6DyPhTwlSBLJdf0.

November 8

Say it ain’t so Joe. Lots of pictures, numbers, etc. about weapons of mass destruction included in the article

“China will focus on preparing for War, Xi JiNping declares,” by Rachael Bunyan, DAILY MAIL, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11403145/China-focus-preparing-WAR-Xi-Jinping-declares.html?ito=facebook_share_article-floatingbar&fbclid=IwAR0jLk8vNxo8ZMtdQ2g45BFUdftU1ZBsH7Ix-fk8dMvKxQ-aQR5JlC6CoM4.

November 7

“Now, in Georgia, conservatives are turning a blind eye to sordid stories coming out about Herschel Walker, who demonstrates no qualifications for serving in the Senate. His sole credential is that he was once excellent at carrying a football.

“Story after story has emerged about reprehensible behavior and lies concerning women and children, and about falsifying his personal history.

“The Daily Beast asserted that while Walker wants to completely ban abortion, even in cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother, comparing it to murder, he paid for a girlfriend’s abortion in 2009. Walker has called the story “a flat-out lie,” but The Beast talked to the unnamed woman and checked her financial records. She said she was just sick of the hypocrisy. Even his conservative influencer son, Christian, disparaged his father’s “lies” on Twitter.

“On Friday, The Times published a story confirming The Daily Beast’s reporting, and in a startling development added that in 2011, Herschel pressured the same woman to have another abortion. They ended their relationship when she refused; she had their son, now 10.

“There’s more: His ex-wife claimed he pointed a pistol at her head and told her he was going to blow her brains out; he has four children with four different women, but hadn’t publicly acknowledged three of them. His 10-year-old was one of those hidden.

“Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans should be ashamed to promote this troubled person for their own benefit.”

Quote from “Donald and Herschel: The Unholy Alliance,”

“Donald and Herschel: The Unholy Alioance,” staff, DNZ, https://dnyuz.com/2022/10/08/donald-and-herschel-the-unholy-alliance/?fbclid=IwAR2JTCZskwWeD0aaH5N8f8ftgBWaoe018seSEB7EkhCZ6DyPhTwlSBLJdf0

October 27

Sad but true. Pejorative chauvinistic large powerful political parties foster polarization and hatred among the populace, leading to government by and for special interest groups with lots of money. They make circus-like charades out of elections to entertain sheeple and create an illusion of democracy. The US was never a democracy. It was a republic, a tenuous one according to Benjamin Franklin, who said the US was “a republic, if you can keep it.” Political parties were never mentioned in the US constitution. They are the creations of self-interested groups hoping to extract special benefits from the USian government and USian citizens in general.

“Why Large Powerful Political Parties Are Evil, by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/why-large-powerful-political-parties-are-evil/?fbclid=IwAR0oqmloyPCixQzS2JYQjbboKTkGE-MFz1PwRbdQHQRXITIAX-5PU2xGAaY

TOWARD THE CO-CONSTRUICTION OF A FAIR AND SUSTAINABLE LONG RUN EARTHIAN ECONOMIC SYSTEM

Establishing democracy chapters around Spaceship Earth as recommended in the Effective Learning Publications novel As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases might develop consensual answers regarding existential matters from the bottom up that might help save Spaceship Earth. These ideas would filter up to randomly-selected humans who would count the consensual answers to make necessary changes. Consensual tactics, strategies, and policies would then be developed around Earth for dealing with the computerized Spaceship Earth management system, operated and controlled using artificial intelligence programming and supercomputers.

Randomly-selected groups of Earthian humans of high intelligence with impeccable moral and ethical character and credentials would control codes for changing the Earthian Magnum Computer System programming to implement bottom-up recommendations of millions of members in discussions in democracy chapters around Spaceship Earth. Each member of the group in charge of the codes for the magnum computer system would serve limited terms. These members would not vote or decide what to do. They would see to it that the computer system implemented the consensual answers of millions of Earthian humans from all walks of life, as determined by honest, free, fair, and frank democratic Game-free discussions in democracy chapters all around Spaceship Earth, as explained and shown in As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases. The overall objective would be to manage the system in such a way as to maximize the lifetime satisfactions of all Earthian humans, as well as all other species of life aboard Spaceship Earth, while insuring the indefinite functioning of all Spaceship Earth ecosystems.

Necessary moral and ethical requirements and constraints could be programmed in the Magnum Management System that Earthian humans at the top would be obliged to obey. If changes should be made in the moral and ethical codes in the overall program they would be sent back to the Earthian democracy chapters for discussion and then tabulated and analyzed before algorithms programmed in the system would create changes in the MMS operating system.  

This Magnum Computerized Management System would require a strict system of security controls like the current codes of nations possessing nuclear weapons, hopefully providing security several magnitudes more secure than current nuclear codes, to make sure a madman could not get in control of any aspect of the Magnum Spaceship Earth Management System.

A management system such as this would significantly improve previous systems used around Spaceship Earth that have historically empowered fickle, egotistical, greedy, power mad, grandiose, poorly educated, not-very-bright individual Earthian humans to make existential decisions affecting the OKness of thousands, millions, and billions of humans around Earth, an incredibly dumb thing to do, that has been done over and over again for millennia, resulting in incredible losses and suffering at various moments of history caused by the unfair and indiscriminate inexorable tunneling out of Bad, OK, or Good Luck for hundreds, thousands, millions, or billons of Earthian humans around Spaceship Earth at all times since time immemorial, resulting from the cosmic evolution commencing with the creation of the Universe some ten billion years ago.

A tough lesson for Earthian humans to accept propositioned in Effective Learning Publications books is that everything that happens in human states of affairs is either predetermined or accidental and therefore individuals are not to blame or praise for what happens in human states of affairs. This is easier to swallow after accepting that believing and acting otherwise will support and perpetuate the I’m OK—You’re Not OK life position that has bedeviled, sabotaged, and undermined Earthian humans since time immemorial, making losers out of most of them.

About the only way significant numbers of Earthian humans can be caused to be significantly changed psychologically and socially by others is through democratic face to face discussions in honest serious and rigorous dialectical, dialogical, analogical arguing about facts using reasoning of all kinds, dealing with Earthian human existential states of affairs.

What is considered natural, unnatural; normal, abnormal; right, wrong; ethical, unethical; righteous, sinful; worthy, unworthy; or sane or insane by a particular Earthian human is caused by information lodged in her/his brain caused to be lodged there by the concatenation of infinite cause-effect chains causing her/him to exist and slowly inch through the Earthian worm hole of existence inexorably tunneled out for her or him by her/his specific unbroken infinitely-regressing cause-effect chains inexorably-progressing throughout his/her infinitesimally short cosmic life, regardless of how Bad, OK, or Good that luck or fate might be as judged by any Earthian human; and all Earthian humans must keep on inching forward in their worm holes as best they can dealing with inevitable problems and opportunities caused to exist at that stage in their unique tunnels, as they are knocked around like balls in a pin-ball machine, as events inevitably and/or accidentally happen in their so-called real worlds, and in their subconscious and conscious minds, however Bad, OK, or Good their inherited Luck might have absolutely been, which cannot be proved, however easy it might be to relatively estimate.

It follows that changing the life scripts of Earthian humans for the better requires changing the course of unique tunnels of existence in which individual humans accidentally and inevitably live, a tall order indeed. Some biological constructivists would consider this notion a pipedream, while considering the whole process a meaningless drift in the infinity of time and space.

What is God? Whatever it was that caused the Universe to exist.

Constructivism is considered relevant in Effective Learning Publications books recommended below, having been discussed in some detail in Business Voyages and listed as a source in the bibliographies of three books.

For more information on the use of Transactional Analysis  https://www.itaaworld.org/  to create better discussion groups and democratic processes read Born to Learn:  A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=born+to+learn++richard+john+stapleton#imgrc=6JdwDPzcAQ1kSM%253A

For more information on how to co-construct better organizations and economic systems using transactional analysis read Business Voyages:  Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=business+voyages+richard+john+stapleton

Read free “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc,”  https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of-spaceship-earth-inc/   for some management science ideas on how Earthian humans might eventually co-construct an economic system that is viable and satisfying for everyone aboard Spaceship Earth, making it possible for all Earthian humans to develop an I’m OK—You’re OK life position. 

Read As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases. https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=as+the+rooster+crows+earthian+okness+increases#imgrc=ZY7nv3jiN9jMCM%253A

 This recently-published novel shows how to conduct a new kind of seminar invented and coordinated by Rout Logger, the protagonist of the novel, that might reduce the probability of Earthian human extinction that requires participants in a seminar to speak out and up when randomly selected by a Truther rooster positioned in the center of a randomly-selected group of forty humans sitting in a circle. The Truther rooster resembles a spinning weather vane. The rooster is programmed to bob its head up and down and raucously crow after being twirled by a randomly-selected seminar participant, as it spins round and round winding down, letting group members know it’s time to wake up and get to work, before it’s too late. When the Truther rooster stops spinning whoever is at the end of a line of imaginary fire extending from the rooster’s beak to her or him sitting in the circle is automatically selected as the Leader of the Moment for the group, proving pure democracy can happen. The Leader of the Moment must then lead the group into a democratic discussion of what s/he considers the most serious existential problem around Spaceship Earth.  Forty participants from all walks of life were paid $5000 monthly for participating in weekend seminars conducted in central city hotels in various cities randomly selected around the US. If randomly selected as the Leader of the Moment the participant had to define what s/he thought was the most important problem facing Spaceship Earth, present alternatives, and make a recommendation for change. What s/he said would then be discussed by members of the group on a free-flow first come-first serve basis. It was against the law of the seminar to interrupt speakers or raise hands to get permission to speak. Discussions lasted until they ran out of steam with most issues covered. The results of the discussions would be published to the wealthy donors financing the process and the Earthian public.

Rout Logger was convinced most Earthian humans would not volunteer to participate in this sort of seminar to merely help save Spaceship Earth from GWCC and/or MNWP using their Nurturing Parent, Adult, and Free Child Ego States, given the reality that their life time and energy was already programmed and consumed with various forms of withdrawal, rituals, pastimes, psychological Games, activities, and intimacy in their unique tunnels of reality, as they acted out their inherited life scripts; so they were paid $5000 per month to participate in a Game-free, Adult-Adult democratic seminar that would require them to honestly discuss existential problems with forty other participants from disparate walks of life, if they were randomly selected by the spinning Truther Rooster as the Leader of the Moment.

According to Effective Learning Publications books, achieving Earthian human sustainability entails such things as Earthian humans peacefully reducing through natural attrition (natural deaths exceeding births) the human population aboard Spaceship Earth, never doing work that machines can do better, and delegating the day-to-day management of systems for scheduling, producing, and distributing the necessities of life to artificial intelligence programs and supercomputers, assuming sufficient quantities of non-human clean energy can be discovered and developed using mind grants.

The general algorithmic matrix algebra form below that can help bring this state of affairs about

Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi

is explained in “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.” at   https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of-spaceship-earth-inc/  .

This mathematical formulation might one happy day develop for Earthian humans power in economics loosely analogous to the power of E=mc2 in physics. This formulation, Max or Min CjXj, subject to, AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi, is a general form of the linear programming model, which has been around for many years in management science, operations research, and linear algebra courses.

Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi symbolizes knowledge that gives the Earthian human species about as much potential power to perpetuate itself as Albert Einstein’s formula E=mc2 symbolizes knowledge that gives the Earthian human species the power to exterminate itself.

Riding aboard an airliner about to land at night traveling at four hundred miles an hour at thirty-five thousand feet with clouds, rain, wind, and lightning below, what would you rather have figuring out the path, speed, and angle of descent of the aircraft for touch-down, the plane’s auto-pilot, radar, and computer system or the pilot and co-pilot, seeing nothing out their windows below but clouds and lightning?

The main reason why delegating the scheduling, production, and distribution of the necessities of life to AI programs and magnum computers would be a good idea is that magnum computers and algorithmic AI programs do not get greedy and power hungry or play psychological Games. Thus far in Earthian human history most leaders and rulers atop large organizations such as nations have become corrupt one way or another playing psychological Games, acting out selfish greedy ego trips, hogging all the power, money, strokes, stimulation, and recognition they could get their hands on for themselves and their cronies, leaving the hindmost to their underlings. Whatever their limitations and possible threats, algorithmic computer programs and super computers are not egotistical, greedy, and power-hungry.

Thanks to Buckminster Fuller for providing the above airplane-landing metaphor in his book Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, first published in 1969, and for planting seeds for other ideas in the essay “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.,” published in the Effective Learning Report, such as computers being the best hope for mankind and humans not doing work machines can do better, being paid to think instead with what Fuller called mind grants. Fuller said unemployment all around Spaceship Earth could be eliminated overnight with mind grants. Buckminster Fuller was the inventor of the appellations Earthian and Spaceship Earth.   

Most Earthian humans like to win BALANCE SHEET psychological Games, to feel superior and lord it over others, regardless if Spaceship Earth is going to hell in a handbasket around them because of global warming and climate change (GWCC) and militarization and nuclear weapons proliferation (MNWP), regardless of how much they have failed in other areas of their lives, and regardless of how heinous were crimes and misdemeanors they may have gotten away with in the process of amassing their riches, since they were saved, as it were, by taking in and controlling more almighty monetary units than other lesser mortals, saved, hallelujah, as if by Jesus, who forgave them their sins.

If you want to learn more about transactional analysis, such as Ego States, Scripts, and psychological Games, read Born to Learn: A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning.

Most Earthian humans know what it is to be egotistical, but they have little understanding of how specific human egotistical manifestations, such as Parent, Adult, and Child ego states, can be used to control and manipulate human behavior for nefarious ends.

One of the biggest egotists of Earthian human history, a narcissist, playing BALANCE SHEET psychological Games, is Donald Trump of the US. He is also a world-class liar and loser playing BALANCE SHEET, and he might go to jail for it, just like other political USian BALANCE SHEET psychological Game players in the US have, such as Georgia US representative, Bo Ginn, in 1995, and cotton farmer Billie Sol Estes of Pecos, Texas in 1965, who had political ties to the USian president from Texas Lyndon Johnson, caused by their lying to bankers about the ratio of their liabilities to their assets to get loans, while actually being almost bankrupt with liabilities exceeding assets. The USian federal government, and other Earthian governments, can legally, if not ethically, get away with this sort of thing indefinitely, but most citizens or subjects of most Earthian countries cannot.

Trump psychologically told voters and bankers using his Parent ego state he was extorting votes and money from he was a stable genius and billionaire who could pay them back for their votes and loans. How many billions worth of a billionaire he was he never said, at least not to voters, arithmetic not being his strong suit; but it now appears it’s possible he’s no billionaire at all, using generally-accepted accounting principles and real market values, which he has refused to show since walking on the USian political stage for the 2016 presidential election. It’s possible he’s no kind of naire at all, not even a millionaire, having liabilities that exceed the market value of his assets, being close to bankruptcy.

It now appears as shown in recent public posts that Trump, his loyal Trump Organization lackeys, and his chosen loyal family members lied to bankers about his net worth to get loans, proving once again that “All that glitters is not gold.”

P.T. Barnum is said to have proved there’s a sucker born every minute. If so, Trump may have proved there’s a sucker born every second, in high and low places.

If you have ideas on how to democratically discuss in Game-free ways (devoid of Persecutor, Rescuer, and Victim roles) economic and political problems and opportunities go to the Ogeechee Economic Forum at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/ogeechee-economic-forum/ and scroll up to and click on the RESPONSES tab at the top of this blog page and speak out about them in writing.

If you feel you’ve gained value from THE EARTHIAN, go to the Internet or any walk-in bookstore around Spaceship Earth and purchase or order one or more Effective Learning Publications books. As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases is the latest and probably most engaging Effective Learning Publications book, including an overview of USian economic history, including the Trumpian affair. Rout Logger is the protagonist of the novel story. It’s available now at Amazon for immediate unrestricted digital reading on any device as a Kindle book for $4.99. You can read it free at Amazon in a restricted KDP option.

For short run policies and strategies for dealing with USian economic and political problems read free the platform of the FreeFairProgressParty at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/freefairprogressparty/.

ABOUT THE EDITOR

Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA would spin the spinner of his Classroom De-Gamer™ in his classes to randomly select a student at the beginning of each class session to lead a discussion of the case assigned for the day, a case taken from a planned or operating business prepared by casewriters at Georgia Southern, Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Alabama.

Grades were based eighty percent on class participation in dialectical discussions about what to do about problems and opportunities found in cases; the rest of the final grade was based on two case write-ups. One write-up was about what the student observed, researched, analyzed, and wrote about an existing business in the local environment or a business plan the student created. The other write-up was an analysis of a case researched and written by professors about a business assigned as the final exam. Cases used in his courses contained processes, problems, opportunities, and data occurring in all functional areas of business such as entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, operations management, control, management information systems, and business policy and strategy.

He has published refereed journal articles and books explaining how his democratic Game-free Adult-Adult I’m OK—You’re OK case method system works, by banishing Persecutors, Rescuers, and Victims playing psychological Games from the teaching and learning process, first documented in an article titled “The Classroom De-Gamer” he published in 1978 in the Transactional Analysis Journal. He has published seven books and over one hundred articles in various media containing cases, research data, and essays on teaching and learning and management policies and practices.

He learned and trained using transactional analysis with Martin Groder, MD; Graham Barnes, PhD; Vann Joines, PhD; and many others at the Southeast Institute at Chapel Hill, North Carolina (1975-1978).

He learned how the case method works teaching with Bernard Bienvenu, DBA and Rexford Hauser, DBA (Harvard Business School doctorates) at the University of Louisiana–Lafayette in 1969-70.

He has a BS in economics (1962), an MBA in organizational behavior (1966), and a PhD in management science (1969) from Texas Tech University, and an organizational and educational certification in transactional analysis (CTA) from the International Transactional Analysis Association (1978).

He taught his own case method track at the undergraduate level in the management department of the business school at Georgia Southern University offering four or five different elective case method courses each academic year (1970-2005), in which he led, coordinated, and graded about twenty-five or so students each year who took all or most of those case method courses in their junior and senior years, of about two hundred students who signed up for all his courses each year. He used a democratic circle or amphitheater classroom layout in all his classes. He also taught most semesters two sections of a capstone integrative business policy course he added to the business school curriculum in 1970 that was required for all undergraduate business majors that could be elected by any student in any major.  He was the only professor in the business school to use the case method in any course.

His students agreed to a course learning contract that stipulated they would read the facts of the case before class and would lose a whole letter grade from the course final grade if the De-Gamer randomly caught them obviously not having read the case before class, if they had not slipped a note under his office door before class telling him they had not read the case, which they could do twice during the course without penalty.

About ten percent of his students made A’s and about five percent made D’s. Most made C’s, which is about right, since C = Average. There were few F’s in his courses. The main criterion for course grades was the quantity and quality of ideas sold by students in case method discussions. He used peer ratings to give students feedback showing what their fellow students thought about the quantity and quality of their ideas sold in class, having made it clear the final decision about final grades was his. He did not believe in Lake Wobegon grading.

No student was ever forced to take one of his courses to graduate, and the most hardened Game-players in the school did not sign up for his courses after he issued his Edict of 1972 in which he clearly spelled out in his syllabi the penalty for getting caught unprepared. His Classroom De-Gamer™ was roundly discussed by students in bull sessions across campus every year and was labeled various things, such as The Wheel of Fate and The Death Wheel. Most students near the end of his career simply called it The Spinner.

He appreciated Georgia Southern honoring his academic freedom by allowing him control of his teaching methods, classroom layouts, grading procedures, and course books, cases, and materials, some of which he researched, wrote, and published. He was promoted to full professor at age thirty-six.

He collected longitudinal research data using questionnaires in 1992 showing his case method students during 1972-1982 reported higher yearly incomes in 1992 than students electing the same courses in 1972-1982 taught by professors using the authoritarian lecture method and the militaristic row and column classroom layout, who graded students based on memorizing or calculating  “right answers” for tests, indicating learners learning in Adult—Adult I’m OK—You’re OK Game-free democratic learning processes graded subjectively became more successful in the real world of business than learners lectured to and graded using so-called objective multiple-choice tests.  

Only former students who had worked in the real world ten or more years after graduating from the Georgia Southern business school were included in the study. The data are shown, analyzed, and discussed in full in “Evidence the Case Method Works” in his book Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds, 2008, pg. 475). The data were also used in several refereed articles.

For more information on related classroom management ethical issues see Stapleton, R.J. and Murkison, G. (2001), “Optimizing the fairness of student evaluations: A study of correlations between instructor excellence, study production, learning production, and expected grades,” in the Journal of Management Education, 25(3), 269-292.

Stapleton had one of the lowest student grade point averages among professors in the business school and was one of the lowest-ranked professors as an instructor on computerized campus-wide student evaluations that weighted only instructor excellence scores up to 2000; but he was one of the highest-ranked professors in a computerized student evaluation he designed that generated data also showing and weighting study production, learning production, and expected grades scores for each professor, published in “Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations.”

To read the Optimizing Fairness article in full, go to https://studysites.sagepub.com/holt/articles/Stapleton.pdf . After this research was published, Georgia Southern in 2001 added study production, learning production, and expected grades questions to the student evaluation form used campus-wide.

“Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations” has by now (October 24, 2022) been cited as a reference in 83 refereed journal articles concerned about the ethics of student evaluations in several academic disciplines, including eight new citations since April 2021.

As the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein propositioned, “The case is all there is.”

If so, everything else said about Earthian human states of affairs is a rendition of what was or might be.

For more on Stapleton’s cultural, educational, and professional experiences see “RJS Academic Vita,” at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/rjs-academic-vita/.  

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SPACESHIP EARTH AND THE US ARE IN SAD SHAPE

By RICHARD JOHN STAPLETON

On the one hand, about fifty percent of all USian voters, mostly Repugs, seem to think if only the Repugs can replace Senator Warnock with Hershey Walker everything in the US will be just hunky dory.

On the other hand, how much longer can this charade go on?

The USian Federal Reserve System can create funny money by punching digits into its computer system to produce numbers it calls real money. They use this "money" to buy USian debt instruments, treasury bills, notes, etc., and private debt and asset instruments.

The US govt uses this funny money and tax money to stimulate the private sector and to pay for its yearly military and other expenses, including loan payments to the Social Security System Trust Fund to pay back real money the Federal govt borrowed from the Social Security System.

The private sector borrows funny money at low interest from the Federal Reserve System to advance its own interests, including the buying back of stock of corporations to enrich stockholders and executive cronies owning the stock.

The total federal debt keeps growing and growing through time. As of 2:57 pm September 12, 2022, the total US federal debt, accumulated throughout its history, according to US Debt Clock.org, was about $30,884,777,487,108, almost thirty-one trillion dollars.

So far in fiscal year 2022, total USian federal spending has been about $5,952,558,908,352, about six trillion dollars; and total tax revenue has been about $4,459,634,257,768; resulting in a deficit of about $1,492,922,523,176, about one and one-half trillion dollars, to be covered with more Fed funny money and money spent by other purchasers of USian federal debt.

The US Federal Reserve System now owns about ten percent of the total USian Federal debt, about three trillion dollars worth. About 50 percent of the Federal debt is owned by foreign countries, China, Japan, and others. About 50 percent of the USian debt is owned by USian private citizens and other purchasers in the US.

The Federal Reserve is now worried about inflation, so it has been jacking up the interest rate charged everyone in the USian banking system. This causes recession in the real economy.

How bad will the incipient recession have to get before the Fed starts lowering interest rates again to cure the recession they had to cause to lower inflation by raising interest rates?

Since 1980 or so the losers in this process have been middle and lower income USians who have received increasingly tenuous jobs and little or no increases in their real incomes while the real incomes of elite rich USians have exponentially increased.

It appears middle and lower income level USians in the private sector will again pay a high price for another roller-coaster ride in the undependable USian economy, getting stuck again with tenuous or no employment and lower real incomes after all is said and done coping with this swing of the business cycle, as the USian Federal Reserve System as usual creates funny money and lowers and raises interest rates causing and curing recoveries and recessions as the USian federal debt continues to exponentially explode.

How do Earthian humans responsible for creating and managing this undependable diabolical Earthian capitalistic system sleep at night?

About the Author

Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA, a professor emeritus of management at Georgia Southern University, retiring in 2005, would spin the spinner of his Classroom De-Gamer in his classes to randomly select a student at the beginning of each class session to lead a discussion of the case assigned for the day, a case taken from a planned or operating business prepared by casewriters at Georgia Southern, Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Alabama.

This Game-Free I’m OK—You’re OK Adult-Adult fully democratic system is described fully in his 2022 novel AS THE ROOSTER CROWS EARTHIAN OKness INCREASES. The novel metaphorically demonstrates how this democracy teaching and learning system could be applied in small groups in democracy chapters established all around Spaceship Earth.

Grades in his classes were based eighty percent on class participation in dialectical discussions about what to do about problems and opportunities found in cases; the rest of the final grade was based on two case write-ups. One write-up was about what the student observed, researched, analyzed, and wrote about an existing business in the local environment or a business plan the student created. The other write-up was an analysis of a case researched and written by professors about a business assigned as the final exam. Cases used in his courses contained processes, problems, opportunities, and data occurring in all functional areas of business such as entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, operations management, control, management information systems, and business policy and strategy.

He has published refereed journal articles and books explaining how his democratic Game-free Adult-Adult I’m OK—You’re OK case method system works, by banishing Persecutors, Rescuers, and Victims playing psychological Games from the teaching and learning process, first documented in an article titled “The Classroom De-Gamer” he published in 1978 in the Transactional Analysis Journal. He has published seven books and over one hundred articles in various media containing cases, research data, and essays on teaching and learning and management policies and practices.

He learned and trained using transactional analysis with Martin Groder, MD; Graham Barnes, PhD; Vann Joines, PhD; and many others at the Southeast Institute at Chapel Hill, North Carolina (1975-1978).

He learned how the case method works teaching with Bernard Bienvenu, DBA and Rexford Hauser, DBA (Harvard Business School doctorates) at the University of Louisiana– Lafayette in 1969-70.

He has a BS in economics (1962), an MBA in organizational behavior (1966), and a PhD in management science (1969) from Texas Tech University, and an organizational and educational certification in transactional analysis (CTA) from the International Transactional Analysis Association (1978).

He taught his own case method track at the undergraduate level in the management department of the business school at Georgia Southern University offering four or five different elective case method courses each academic year (1970-2005), in which he led, coordinated, and graded about twenty-five or so students each year who took all or most of those case method courses in their junior and senior years, of about two hundred students who signed up for all his courses each year. He used a democratic circle or amphitheater classroom layout in all his classes. He also taught most semesters two sections of a capstone integrative business policy course he added to the business school curriculum in 1970 that was required for all undergraduate business majors that could be elected by any student in any major.  He was the only professor in the business school to use the case method in any course.

His students agreed to a course learning contract that stipulated they would read the facts of the case before class and would lose a whole letter grade from the course final grade if the De-Gamer randomly caught them obviously not having read the case before class, if they had not slipped a note under his office door before class telling him they had not read the case, which they could do twice during the course without penalty.

About ten percent of his students made A’s and about five percent made D’s. Most made C’s, which is about right, since C = Average. There were few F’s in his courses. The main criterion for course grades was the quantity and quality of ideas sold by students in case method discussions. He used peer ratings to give students feedback showing what their fellow students thought about the quantity and quality of their ideas sold in class, having made it clear the final decision about final grades was his. He did not believe in Lake Wobegon grading.

No student was ever forced to take one of his courses to graduate, and the most hardened Game-players in the school did not sign up for his courses after he issued his Edict of 1972 in which he clearly spelled out in his syllabi the penalty for getting caught unprepared. His Classroom De-Gamer™ was roundly discussed by students in bull sessions across campus every year and was labeled various things, such as The Wheel of Fate and The Death Wheel. Most students near the end of his career simply called it The Spinner.

He appreciated Georgia Southern honoring his academic freedom by allowing him control of his teaching methods, classroom layouts, grading procedures, and course books, cases, and materials, some of which he researched, wrote, and published. He was promoted to full professor at age thirty-six, becoming one of the youngest full professors in Georgia Southern history and one of the highest paid ones, becoming the senior professor at Georgia Southern for the 2004-2005 academic year, the year he retired.

He collected longitudinal research data using questionnaires in 1992 showing his case method students during 1972-1982 reported higher yearly incomes in 1992 than students electing the same courses in 1972-1982 taught by professors using the authoritarian lecture method and the militaristic row and column classroom layout, who graded students based on memorizing or calculating  “right answers” for tests, indicating learners learning in Adult—Adult I’m OK—You’re OK Game-free democratic learning processes graded subjectively became more successful in the real world of business than learners lectured to and graded using so-called objective multiple-choice tests.  

Only former students who had worked in the real world ten or more years after graduating from the Georgia Southern business school were included in the study. The data are shown, analyzed, and discussed in full in “Evidence the Case Method Works” in his book Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds, 2008, pg. 475. The data were also used in several refereed articles.

For more information on related classroom management ethical issues see Stapleton, R.J. and Murkison, G. (2001), “Optimizing the fairness of student evaluations: A study of correlations between instructor excellence, study production, learning production, and expected grades,” in the Journal of Management Education, 25(3), 269-292.

Stapleton had one of the lowest student grade point averages among professors in the business school and was one of the lowest-ranked professors as an instructor on computerized campus-wide student evaluations that weighted only instructor excellence scores up to 2000; but he was one of the highest-ranked professors in a computerized student evaluation he designed that generated data also showing and weighting study production, learning production, and expected grades scores for each professor, published in “Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations.”

To read the Optimizing Fairness article in full, go to https://studysites.sagepub.com/holt/articles/Stapleton.pdf . After this research was published, Georgia Southern in 2001 added study production, learning production, and expected grades questions to the student evaluation form used campus-wide. The article points out some of the pernicious ramifications of grade inflation, which is widespread in USian educational and political processes. USian political parties seem to think the less knowledgeable and intellectual the senator or representative the better the political system becomes.

“Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations” has by now (October 24, 2022) been cited as a reference in 83 refereed journal articles concerned about the ethics of student evaluations in several academic disciplines, including eight new citations since April 2021.

As the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein propositioned, “The case is all there is.”

If so, everything else said about Earthian human states of affairs is a rendition of what was or might be.

For more on Stapleton’s cultural, educational, and professional experiences go to https://blog.effectivelearning.net/.  

Feel free to forward, share, post, print, or otherwise circulate this article anyway you see fit.

 

THE EARTHIAN  —  34             

THE EARTHIAN, Number Thirty-Four, October 23, 2022, Effective Learning Publications https://blog.effectivelearning.net/ , 32 East Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, USA, specializing in Adult education.

THE EARTHIAN is a digest of articles written by free-thinking truth-seeking critical-thinking creative-thinking truth-accepting courageous independent writers in linked Internet journals containing facts, perspectives, theories, models, memes, analyses, and recommendations concerned about psychological, moral, ethical, philosophical, social, economic, political, military, religious, and ecological states of affairs affecting the existential well-being of all species of fauna and flora aboard Spaceship Earth.

“ASK LESS WHAT YOUR NATION CAN DO FOR YOU—ASK MORE WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR SPACESHIP EARTH”

OR SO IT SEEMS TO ME RIGHT NOW

By ROUT LOGGER

A proposition of As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases, demonstrated in a fictional metaphorical fashion, is that Earthian humans can increase their OKness through Adult—Adult, Game-Free, democratic discussions of existential problems. Rout Logger, a logger of routs, is the protagonist of the story.

Following in this essay are excerpts from As The Rooster Crows explaining what Earthian human OKness is showing how to estimate different levels of OKness.

If you would like to know more about the contextual meaning of transactional analysis terminology such Parent, Adult, and Child Ego States, psychological Games, Scripts, etc. you can find explanations of them with a simple Google search. Just add the words transactional analysis to them, making them transactional analysis psychological Games, ego states, OKness, etc., and ask Google what they are.

“SPATIAL OKness

“The strangeness of the process in the first two meetings caused Not-OKness to increase, but as the months rolled by the members began to experience increased OKness and satisfaction. Those entering the process with I’m Not OK— You’re OK; I’m Not-OK—You’re Not OK; and I’m OK—You’re Not OK life positions by the end of the last session spent more time in the I’m OK— You’re OK winner quadrant of the OK Corral, the upper right quadrant of a mathematical space encompassing two axes crossing at zero in the center of the space, with negative and positive OKness estimated west and east of origin on the horizontal axis and positive and negative OKness estimated north and south of origin on the vertical axis, with I being the vertical axis and You being the horizontal axis. Intersecting I and You positive or negative OKness combinations for specific individuals could exist at points in all four quadrants of the OK Corral (Ernst, F., 1971).

“OKness cannot be precisely measured, but it can be estimated by observing others and by self-evaluation. Most humans if they think about it know if they are OK or Not OK at any moment. How OK is another matter? OK relative to what? “Relative to how OK one was yesterday, or six months ago? And how OK about what? Estimating OKness is a subjective judgement call, but it can be done. Empathetic humans can determine by looking and hearing whether someone is OK or Not OK.

“There are at least two types of OKness: Psychological and Social.

“Social OKness is generally talked about.

“Psychological OKness is generally not talked about.

“In many cases humans are socially OK but psychologically abysmal.

“Social OKness is based on fact relative to standards concerned with whether and to what degree goals, objectives, and missions have been achieved, such as whether someone has adequate food, clothing, and shelter. If someone is hungry, cold, and miserable it’s an objective fact s/he is Not OK. If someone is in acute physical pain caused by an accident, malnutrition, or disease s/he is Not OK. The same is true for individuals who cannot function in society because of emotional, mental, and behavioral disorders caused by traumatic genetic and social inheritances.

“Psychological OKness, on the other hand, is a judgmental subjective opinion an individual holds regarding her/himself and others not based on current objective data and information that concerns characteristics such as sex, gender, race, sexual orientation, overall appearance, behavioral traits, personality traits, intelligence, knowledge, beliefs, abilities, and worthiness.

“Rout’s group members were all socially OK in the sense they were all functioning members of society and were getting their needs met at levels that provided OK levels of satisfaction, not great levels of satisfaction necessarily but OK levels. On the other hand, they had life positions and satisfactions that were non-I’m OK—You’re OK regarding races, sexual orientations, religions, abortions, economic classes, social classes, professions, and political parties. They were unequally not-OK regarding these issues.

“The members learned in Rout’s group how to transact with one another socially using I’m OK—You’re OK transactions and Adult ego states and how not to play psychological Games; but their psychological structural programming and scripting was left largely intact. Some increases in psychological OKness probably happened over the course of the six once-a-month six-hour meetings on a Saturday; but significantly changing psychological structural programming for all group members would require years of group sessions in most cases with more intimate discussion content than what happened in Rout’s group.

“Here is some transactional analysis theory formulated by Martin Groder, MD about OKness and Not OKness involving problematic humans (Stapleton, R.J., Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds, 2011, pp. 148-151) in a different sort of transactional analysis group.

“Humans generally give little thought to what kind of human they are and where they fit in the spectrum of various types of humans. Innumerable philosophers, writers, social scientists, and others have categorized humans in various ways. Following is a schema developed by Martin Groder, a psychiatrist, organizational development consultant, and entrepreneur, who also had an undergraduate degree in physics (Groder, 1977). Groder developed this schema working with inmates in the maximum-security federal prison at Marion, Illinois in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. He was involved in a process of changing hard-core criminals into law-abiding citizens. Such a process would challenge the abilities of the most skillful and powerful of change agents.

“According to Groder humans vary on two fundamental dimensions. One dimension is Okness, which is estimated on the horizontal axis of a mathematical space; the other dimension is the energy level of the individual estimated on the vertical axis.

“In this schema people vary in terms of how OK they see, feel about, and experience (1) themselves, (2) friends, (3) their group, (4) other groups, and (5) the world. In Groder’s terms, they are OK or not-OK with respect to I, You, We, They, and It (the world). Groder estimates how OK they are on each of these five dimensions on a scale of minus 1 to plus 1, -1 being as not-OK as possible and +1 being as OK as possible. Thus, people with extremely high self-esteem might exist at the +1 level regarding themselves; someone with extremely low self-esteem might exist at the -1 level regarding themselves. People could exist at any level in between, at -.5, 0, +.25, etc. The same would be true of the attitudes of specific individuals with respect to buddies on a one-to-one basis, groups with which one belongs, other groups with which your group cooperates or competes, and the world in general. Summing the 5 dimensions, I, You, We, They, and It, the highest possible rating would be +5 and the lowest possible would be -5. A +5 person would have the highest possible feelings of Okness regarding himself or herself, the OKness of a buddy or friend, the OKness of her/his group, the OKness of other groups, and the OKness of the world. Such an individual would have very positive feelings of self-worth, self-esteem, self-confidence, etc. On the other end of the spectrum, a -5 person would have the lowest possible feelings of self- esteem, well-being, regard for others and the world, self-confidence, etc. Very negative people tend to end up in prison. Very positive people tend to end up cultural heroes. The most profitable life position for an entrepreneur in a capitalistic economy would be I’m OK, my employees are OK, my company is OK, the world is OK, but my competitors aren’t worth a damn, since this attitude would motivate his or her employees to steal more business from competitors to help him or her win BALANCE SHEET psychological Games, in which no amount of money is ever enough, involving incessant stealing of business from other businesses under capitalism.

“Entrepreneurs have higher energy levels than middle managers and normal people. Entrepreneurs in Groder’s schema have approximately the same energy level on the vertical axis of his mathematical space as Monsters, the minus-three convict leaders of other convicts. Monsters have the attitude “I’m OK, my buddy is OK, but everything else is not OK, and I am going to make the world pay.” According to Groder, it is more difficult to change the energy level of a human than the OKness position. In rehabilitation work, he attempted to arc people across the gap of the curve in the space to make entrepreneurs out of monsters, middle managers out of creeps, slobs, etc. Sometimes people arc across the gap the other way. Honest entrepreneurs can turn criminal. Entrepreneurs are winner- survivors; Monsters are loser-survivors. Winners achieve goals and objectives; losers do not.

“It is interesting in this schema that less energy is required to be a normal human than to be any other kind of human. According to Groder, normal humans never leave the culture of their origins and adopt the cultures of both parents, which were homogeneous and compatible with the culture of origin. Normal humans do not make many changes as they grow up. More energy is required to change than not to change. The whole essence of entrepreneurship is change. Groder says people can be categorized as sheep, wolves, or hermits. Normal people, like sheep, placidly stay in one place grazing existing pastures. Wolves travel over many pastures, keeping sharp eyes out for easy prey and enemies. Hermits retire to their caves. Entrepreneurs tend to be wolves and sometimes get killed off fighting other wolf packs. Normals do not get involved in competition with others outside their environments, but tend to be the first to be killed off during wars, economic depressions, and other disasters. The limited experience they develop by virtue of accepting the security of the culture of origin leaves them relatively inflexible and unadaptable.

“Groder said some entrepreneurs abandon their parents at some point in childhood, after deciding they could not get anything good from their parents. The basic problem is that high-energy children are hard to be held, trained, and disciplined by parents. Some high- energy children abandon their parents by becoming Persecutors, Rescuers, or Victims. Persecutors become hysterics and like characters; Victims develop borderline psychotic-type personalities. Rescuers become entrepreneurs, therapists, etc. What is needed for high-energy people is a well-functioning culture.

“A cause of clinical depression, according to Groder, is children abandoning parents and deciding they cannot get anything good from parents. In some cases, pathological entrepreneurs are driven to self-destruct, having given up on life itself as source of satisfaction.

“Risk-taking and the excitement it generates become addictive. No matter how much money the pathological entrepreneur takes in, it is never enough. New ventures and risks must continually be undertaken to provide excitement, which the entrepreneur needs as an antidote for depression. The acquiring of more and more money causes problems for the entrepreneur because money tends to create “enemies in the world.” This comes about because the wealthy entrepreneur must hire people to be around to take care of the money. Such people resent the entrepreneur because they know the entrepreneur does not really like them and is using them to preserve the money. Humans like to be liked as individual humans and dislike being used as objects. The entrepreneur may have to hire food tasters, and someone to taste the food tasted by the food taster, etc.

“Most entrepreneurs are not pathological. If you want to be a cultural hero entrepreneur you need a high energy level and high self-esteem, high self- confidence and generally positive attitudes toward other people and the world. At the same time, you cannot be a normal person. Perhaps you should count yourself lucky if you are not an entrepreneur. All roles in life have advantages and disadvantages. For more details regarding various characters and roles found in the business world, see Business Games: How to Recognize the Players and Deal With Them, by Martin Groder (1980), published by Boardroom Books. See also “Groder’s 5 OK Diagrams” (Barnes, 1977).”

It’s not hard to see where pathological entrepreneurs such as Donald Trump and Elon Musk are located on Groder’s People Map.

Causing significant positive change in the OKness levels of individual Earthian humans is difficult; but it’s many magnitudes more difficult to cause significant positive change in the OKness level of Spaceship Earth, considering longtime ingrained scripted self-serving traditional and conservative family, social, religious, economic, political, cultural, governmental, military, and technological policies and practices that have propelled Earthian humans down a path leading to dead ends such global warming and climate change (GWCC) and militarization and nuclear weapons proliferation (MNWP).

The history of Earthian human states of affairs has largely been a matter of I’m OK—You’re Not-OK leaders, groups, and organizations, including religions and governments, playing psychological Games, acting out Victim, Persecutor, and Rescuer roles on a Drama Triangle, enslaving billions of humans in not-OK situations in the process.

However idealistic and quixotic it might be to think about such things, following are some recommendations for increasing the OKness of Spaceship Earth in the short and long run. Probably the best outcome Earthian humans can hope for is to muddle through somehow in the short run avoiding catastrophe long enough for significant changes to evolve. GWCC and MNWP have been known existential threats for decades but so far little or nothing has been done by Earthian humans to eliminate them anytime soon.

On the other hand, a Victim madman leading a nation possessing nuclear weapons can destroy the OKness of Spaceship Earth in a heartbeat. All he has to do is drop nuclear bombs on his Persecutor enemies, playing the ultimate tissue-tearing psychological Game called NIGYSOB, Now I’ve Got You, You Sob.

Establishing democracy chapters around Spaceship Earth as recommended in As the Rooster Crows might develop consensual answers regarding existential matters from the bottom up that would filter up to randomly-selected humans who would count the consensual answers to make necessary changes. Consensual tactics, strategies, and policies would then be developed around Earth for dealing with the whole computerized Spaceship Earth management system, that could be operated and controlled using artificial intelligence programming in magnum computer systems. Forget about hunans doing it. They have long since proved they are too weak minded, corruptible, and egotistical to do the job.

Randomly-selected groups of Earthian humans of high intelligence with impeccable moral and ethical character and credentials would control codes for changing the Earthian Magnum Computer System programming to implement the bottom-up recommendations of millions of members in discussions in democracy chapters around Spaceship Earth. Each member of elite groups in charge of the codes for the magnum computer system would serve limited terms. These members would not vote or decide what to do. They would see to it that the Magnum computer system implemented the consensual answers of millions of Earthian humans from all walks of life, as determined by honest, free, fair, and frank democratic Game-free discussions in democracy chapters all around Spaceship Earth, as explained and shown in As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases. The overall objective would be to manage the system in such a way as to maximize the lifetime satisfactions of all Earthian humans, as well as all other species of life aboard Spaceship Earth.

Various and sundry necessary moral and ethical requirements and constraints could be programmed in the Magnum management system that temporary elite Earthian humans at the top would be required to obey. If changes should be made in the moral and ethical codes in the overall program caused by changes in the environment they would be sent back to the Spaceship Earth democracy chapters for discussion and analysis before any changes would be made in the Magnum system programming.

This Magnum computerized management system would require a strict system of security controls like the current codes of nations possessing nuclear weapons, hopefully providing security several magnitudes more secure than current nuclear codes, to make sure a madman could not get in control of any aspect of the Magnum Spaceship Earth Management System.

A management system such as this would significantly improve previous systems used around Spaceship Earth that have historically empowered fickle, egotistical, greedy, power mad, grandiose, poorly educated, not-very-bright individual Earthian humans to make existential decisions affecting the OKness of thousands, millions, and billions of humans around Earth, an incredibly dumb thing to do, that has been done over and over again for millennia, resulting in incredible losses and suffering at various moments of history caused by the unfair and indiscriminate inexorable tunneling out of Bad, OK, or Good Luck for hundreds, thousands, millions, or billons of Earthian humans around Spaceship Earth at all times since time immemorial, resulting from the cosmic evolution commencing with the Big Bang.

A tough lesson for Earthian humans to accept propositioned in Effective Learning Publications books is that everything that happens in human states of affairs is either predetermined or accidental and therefore individuals are not to blame or praise for what happens in human states of affairs. This is easier to swallow after accepting that believing and acting otherwise will support and perpetuate the I’m OK—You’re Not OK life position that has bedeviled, sabotaged, and undermined Earthian humans since time immemorial, making losers out of most of them.

About the only way anyone can be caused to be significantly changed psychologically and socially by others is through democratic face to face discussions in honest serious and rigorous dialectical, dialogical, analogical arguing about facts using reasoning of all kinds, dealing with Earthian human existential states of affairs. The only real sin in such a process is lying.

What is considered natural, unnatural; normal, abnormal; right, wrong; ethical, unethical; righteous, sinful; worthy, unworthy; or sane or insane by a particular Earthian human is caused by information lodged in her/his brain caused to be lodged there by the concatenation of infinite cause-effect chains causing her/him to exist and slowly inch through the Earthian worm hole of existence inexorably tunneled out for her or him by his/her specific unbroken infinitely-regressing cause-effect chains inexorably-progressing throughout his/her infinitesimally short cosmic life, regardless of how Bad, OK, or Good that luck or fate might be as judged by any Earthian human; and all Earthian humans must keep on inching forward in their worm holes as best they can dealing with inevitable problems and opportunities caused to exist at that stage in their unique tunnels, as they are knocked around like balls in a pin-ball machine, as events inevitably and/or accidentally happen in their so-called real worlds, and in their subconscious and conscious minds, however Bad, OK, or Good their inherited Luck might have absolutely been, which cannot be proved, however easy it might be to relatively estimate.

It follows that changing the life scripts of Earthian humans for the better requires changing the course of unique tunnels of existence in which individual humans accidentally and inevitably live, a tall order indeed. Some biological constructivists would consider this notion a pipedream, while considering the whole process a meaningless drift in the infinity of time and space.

What is God? Whatever it was that caused the Big Bang setting in motion myriad cause-effect chains causing everything to exist.

Constructivism is considered relevant in all four Effective Learning Report books recommended below, having been discussed in some detail in Business Voyages and listed as a source in the bibliographies of three books.

For more information on the use of Transactional Analysis  https://www.itaaworld.org/  to create better discussion groups and democratic processes read Born to Learn:  A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=born+to+learn++richard+john+stapleton#imgrc=6JdwDPzcAQ1kSM%253A

For more information on how to co-construct better organizations and economic systems using transactional analysis read Business Voyages:  Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=business+voyages+richard+john+stapleton

Read free “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc,”  https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of-spaceship-earth-inc/   for some management science ideas on how Earthian humans might eventually co-construct an economic system that is viable and satisfying for everyone aboard Spaceship Earth, making it possible for all Earthian humans to develop an I’m OK—You’re OK life position. 

Read As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases. https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=as+the+rooster+crows+earthian+okness+increases#imgrc=ZY7nv3jiN9jMCM%253A

 This recently-published novel features a new kind of seminar invented and coordinated by Rout Logger that might reduce the probability of Earthian human extinction that requires participants in a seminar to speak out and up when randomly selected by a Truther rooster positioned in the center of a randomly-selected group of forty humans sitting in a circle. The Truther rooster resembles a spinning weather vane. The rooster is programmed to bob its head up and down and raucously crow after being twirled by a randomly-selected seminar participant, as it spins round and round winding down, letting group members know it’s time to wake up and get to work, before it’s too late. When the Truther rooster stops spinning whoever is at the end of a line of imaginary fire extending from the rooster’s beak to her or him sitting in the circle is automatically selected as the Leader of the Moment for the group, proving pure democracy can happen. The Leader of the Moment must then lead the group into a democratic discussion of what s/he considers the most serious existential problem around Spaceship Earth.  Each of forty participants from all walks of life was paid $5000 monthly for participating in weekend seminars conducted in central city hotels in various cities randomly selected around the US. If randomly selected as the Leader of the Moment the participant had to define what s/he thought was the most important problem facing Spaceship Earth, present alternatives, and make a recommendation for change. What s/he said would then be discussed by members of the group on a free-flow first come-first serve basis. It was against the law of the seminar to interrupt speakers or raise hands to get permission to speak. Discussions lasted until they ran out of steam with most issues covered. The results of the discussions would be published to the general public and the wealthy donors financing the process.

Rout Logger was convinced most Earthian humans would not volunteer to participate in this sort of seminar to merely help save Spaceship Earth using their Nurturing Parent, Adult, and Free Child Ego States, given that their life time and energy was already programmed and consumed with various forms of withdrawal, rituals, pastimes, activities, psychological Games,and intimacy in their unique tunnels of reality, as they acted out their inherited life scripts; so they were paid $5000 per month to participate in a Game-free, Adult-Adult democratic seminar that would require them to honestly discuss existential problems with forty participants from disparate walks of life, if they were randomly selected by the spinning Truther Rooster as the Leader of the Moment. Rout Logger sat in the circle in a chair just like all the others sat in and became the Leader of the Moment just like anyone did if randomly selected by the Truther Rooster.

According to Effective Learning Publications books, achieving Earthian human sustainability entails such things as Earthian humans peacefully reducing through natural attrition (natural deaths exceeding births) the human population aboard Spaceship Earth, never doing work that machines can do better, and delegating the day-to-day management of systems for scheduling, producing, and distributing the necessities of life to artificial intelligence programs and supercomputers, assuming sufficient quantities of non-human clean energy can be discovered and developed using mind grants.

This is possible managing Spaceship Earth using the general algorithmic matrix algebra form

Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi

explained in “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.” at   https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of-spaceship-earth-inc/  .

This mathematical formulation could one day develop for Earthian humans power in economics loosely analogous to the power of E=mc2 in physics. The formulation has been around for many years in management science, operations research, and linear algebra courses.

Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi symbolizes knowledge that gives the Earthian human species about as much potential power to perpetuate itself as Albert Einstein’s formula E=mc2 symbolizes knowledge that gives the Earthian human species the power to exterminate itself.

Riding aboard an airliner about to land at night traveling at four hundred miles an hour at thirty-five thousand feet with clouds, rain, wind, and lightning below, what would you rather have figuring out the path, speed, and angle of descent of the aircraft for touch-down, the plane’s auto-pilot, radar, and computer system or the pilot and co-pilot, seeing nothing out their windows below but clouds and lightning?

The main reason why delegating the scheduling, production, and distribution of the necessities of life to AI programs and magnum computers would be a good idea is that magnum computers and algorithmic AI programs do not get greedy and power hungry or play psychological Games. Thus far in Earthian human history most leaders and rulers atop large organizations such as nations have become corrupt one way or another playing psychological Games, acting out selfish greedy ego trips, hogging all the power, money, strokes, stimulation, and recognition they could get their hands on for themselves and their cronies, leaving the hindmost to their underlings. Whatever their limitations and possible threats, algorithmic computer programs and super computers are not egotistical, greedy, and power-hungry.

Thanks to Buckminster Fuller for providing the above airplane-landing metaphor in his book Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, first published in 1969, and for planting seeds for other ideas in the essay “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.,” published in the Effective Learning Report, such as computers being the best hope for mankind and humans not doing work machines can do better, being paid to think instead with what Fuller called mind grants. Fuller said unemployment all around Spaceship Earth could be eliminated overnight with mind grants. Buckminster Fuller was the inventor of the appellations Earthian and Spaceship Earth.   

Most Earthian humans like to win BALANCE SHEET psychological Games, to feel superior and lord it over others, regardless if Spaceship Earth is going to hell in a handbasket around them because of global warming and climate change (GWCC) and militarization and nuclear weapons proliferation (MNWP), regardless of how much they have failed in other areas of their lives, and regardless of how heinous were crimes and misdemeanors they may have gotten away with, since they were saved, as it were, by taking in and controlling more almighty monetary units than other lesser mortals, saved, hallelujah, as if by Jesus, who forgave them their sins.

If you want to learn more about transactional analysis words, such as Ego States and psychological Games, read my book Born to Learn: A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning.

Most Earthian humans know what it is to be egotistical, but they have little understanding of specific human egotistical manifestations, such as Parent, Adult, and Child ego states.

One of the biggest egotists of Earthian human history, a narcissist, playing BALANCE SHEET psychological Games, is Donald Trump. He is also a world-class liar and loser playing BALANCE SHEET, and he should go to jail for it, just like other political USian BALANCE SHEET psychological Game players in the US have, such as the renowned Georgia US representative, Bo Ginn, in 1995, and the notorious cotton farmer Billie Sol Estes of Pecos, Texas in 1965, who had political ties to the USian president from Texas Lyndon Johnson.

Trump psychologically told voters and bankers he was extorting votes and money from he was a stable genius and billionaire who would pay them back for their votes and loans, how many billions worth of a billionaire he was he never said, at least not to voters, arithmetic not being his strong suit; but it now appears it’s possible he’s no billionaire at all, using accounting principles and real market values, which he has refused to show since walking on the USian political stage for the 2016 presidential election. It’s possible he’s no kind of naire at all, not even a millionaire, having liabilities that exceed the market value of his assets, being close to bankruptcy.

It now appears as shown in recent public posts that Trump, his loyal Trump Organization lackeys, and his chosen loyal family members lied to bankers about his net worth to get loans, proving once again that “All that glitters is not gold.”

P.T. Barnum is said to have proved there’s a sucker born every minute. If so, Trump may have proved there’s a sucker born every second, in high and low places.

If you have ideas on how to democratically discuss in Game-free ways (devoid of Persecutor, Rescuer, and Victim roles) economic and political problems and opportunities go to the Ogeechee Economic Forum at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/ogeechee-economic-forum/ and scroll up to and click on the RESPONSES tab at the top of this blog page and speak out about them in writing.

If you feel you’ve gained value from THE EARTHIAN, go to the Internet or any walk-in bookstore around Spaceship Earth and purchase or order one or more of the above books. As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases is the latest and probably most engaging Effective Learning Publications book, including an overview of USian economic history, including the Trumpian affair. Rout Logger is the protagonist of the novel story. It’s available now at Amazon for immediate unrestricted digital reading on any device as a Kindle book for $4.99. You can read it free at Amazon in a restricted KDP option.

For some doable short run strategies for dealing with Spaceship Earth’s social, economic, political, and military problems in the US read Recommendations for Waking Up From the American Nightmare by Richard John Stapleton, Effective Learning Publications, 2012, 217 pages, at https://www.amazon.com/Recommendations-American-Nightmare-Business-Voyages-ebook/dp/B009TOJVPI

For more information on short run policies and strategies for dealing with current USian economic and political problems read free “The FreeFairProgress Party” at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/freefairprogressparty/.

FOLLOWING IS THE MOST IMMEDIATELY RELEVANT PART OF THE EARTHIAN, A SMORGASBORD OF CURRENT THINKING OF TRUTH-SEEKING TRUTH-ACCEPTING TRUTH-TELLING WRITERS AND ARTISTS, HONESTLY FEELING, THINKING, CREATING, AND WRITING FROM ALL THEIR EGO STATES, PUBLISHED IN RECENT WEEKS IN LINKED ARTICLES, PODCASTS, AND MEMES IN INTERNET MEDIA AROUND SPACESHIP EARTH.

SOURCES and NOTES

October 23, 2022

Scary

“Before and after: See how the Mississipi River and its tributaries have dropped to recond lows,” by Angela Fritz and Brandon Miller, CNN, https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/22/weather/mississippi-river-low-level-drought-climate?fbclid=IwAR1Lue6Sj-RgB-Plfx9VVi02bpt0Du7kTQ_AFuRG8j6URaRP9QyGH9Ul-6c

October 23

Afraid he’s right. But can competent, trustworthy, accountable Earthian humans be found that can make something like the USian Federal Reserve System work for all humans under capitalism?

“’It’s Just Not Right,’ – One Trader’s Rage Spills Over At ‘Incompetent, Untrustworthy, Unaccountable’ Fed,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/its-just-not-right-one-traders-rage-spills-over-incompetent-untrustworthy-unaccountable-fed?fbclid=IwAR0EGThFy16iV9Md_KvSYNdGLw7b4qQrez3GdC9x6g_OFlcYw741fuWwaik

October 23

Probably right, but read at your own risk

“’Dr. Doom’ predicts NYC destroyed by nukes, storms in next 20 years,” by Eric Spitznagel, NEW YORK POST, https://nypost.com/2022/10/22/dr-doom-nouriel-roubini-predicts-scary-demise-for-us/?utm_source=facebook_sitebuttons&utm_medium=site%20buttons&utm_campaign=site%20buttons&fbclid=IwAR0r67eeVWAMwglJ9TakUhEtiE7fLSRr0eaT6bNEpfBCn4IbIqW990PufFw

October 22

A bright idea indeed

“Virtual Power Brightens the Future,” by Robert Hunziker, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/10/21/virtual-power-brightens-the-future/?fbclid=IwAR1gfoXUXBWeqwwxtvimY5li7Wyr6GT45jVVla6S6Wjg7pofDiPuy4pe_FI.

October 22

Why is the USian govt reluctant about negotiating? To keep the Usian military-industrial complex needed, busy, and funded?

“The Time to Negotiate Peace in Ukraine is NOW,” by Richard E. Rubenstein, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/10/21/the-time-to-negotiate-peace-in-ukraine-is-now/?fbclid=IwAR2FUoFNJ2YtePDgNes1Xr2wl7tzlHeiLZZblubOsQq-56XoA8w31Tiolxo

October 22

Here’s some more straight hard-hitting writing by Eve Ottenberg

“Homeless in America,” by Eve Ottenberg, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/10/21/homeless-in-america-2/?fbclid=IwAR2k9cGl2W94jh6nw3G6W_3_VmW6VXV2_oJqtjE5X5k6Vu91raLqUJS-W4Q

October 22

So it seems

“Ukraine War Evolves: Slouching Toward Armageddon,” by Richard Falk, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/10/21/ukraine-war-evolves-slouching-toward-armageddon/?fbclid=IwAR0az6hTb4yU-rwir5st9XT5GxN9I-r77ObV8c0Ygz47-9RKROJQ7uAlrQs.

October 21 

No news is good news

“Tyrant ‘will blow up Kherson dam’ and create ‘historic disaster’ says Zelensky,” THE SUN, https://www.the-sun.com/news/6391144/ukraine-news-latest-war-russia-putin-nuclear-live/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebarweb&fbclid=IwAR3wWqR1aZhTA7HdBo2cR7YgMlKMQupVp-LDdJEh8cWl0d3nZU3iCtgCQOI

October 22

What fascism is

“The ‘Mass Man’ and the Specter of Fascism,” by David Rosen, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/10/20/the-mass-man-and-the-specter-of-fascism/?fbclid=IwAR14qr6q8nw11n9SGoFe2mkgp8dgcuymtvdP9vFXu_lx8tTkPUF3lkAvfIs

October 21

Insanity run amok

“’The Missile Crises,’ Then and Now,” by John Kendall Hawkins,  COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/10/20/the-missile-crises-then-and-now/?fbclid=IwAR3z8Dpct8LpWZGS78HV_IuGTzG73RJojY-7qYsIfsA8oKUkzVd-mGPGvmA

Ocober 21

Another threat caused by Spaceship Earth’s greatest enemy, global warming and climate change (GWCC). The second greatest enemy is militarization and nuclear weapons proliferation (MNWP)

“’It’s Disastrous’: Mississippi Barge Captain Warns About Supply Chain Crisis As Water Levels Drop,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/its-disastrous-mississippi-barge-captain-warns-about-supply-chain-crisis-water-levels?fbclid=IwAR3404ppWlf56vunwCUi00qQ8LZ4OWrE_yau8h1hyajGLHobuxKr8UskepU

October 20

I agree with Musk. End this insanity now, before it’s too late

“Russia Wants Talks To End The War, US Advisor Reveals,” Dave DeCamo, ANTIWAR.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/russia-wants-talks-end-war-us-advisor-reveals?fbclid=IwAR2tXsqDj9NaITk3OndC8tQnLik0wjjoyeG5GWfMruaw559hssGnRzxD6is     

October 20

What next from the dim dems?

“Pelosi Dismisses Call For New Democrat Leadership: ‘There’s No Substitute For Experience’,” ZEROHEDGE.COM, https://www.zerohedge.com/political/pelosi-dismisses-call-new-democrat-leadership-theres-no-substitute-experience?fbclid=IwAR2OEvR42rElX_WO0WabDeXJZDs2kLSmnQtp6ku_Atp0A7AuAtrv783UO6U.

October 20

Say it aint so Joe

“Musk Planning to Fire 75% Of Twitter Staff: WAPO,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/musk-planning-fire-75-twitter-staff-wapo?fbclid=IwAR1Bpcu2vOsTn0WGaQsNRtkfGTIvy_sFiqUyI21LE-2JKRQbNjep8W_77l8.

October 20

If only we in the US could get rid of an incompetent leader as quick as this

“Truss Quits, but UK’s political and economic turmoil persist,” by Jill Lawless, AP NEWS, https://apnews.com/article/liz-truss-europe-economy-business-e18e6e6007c28f6e11cc1a201c545b71?fbclid=IwAR0duk1We5PbB3TD71nlLkDIlHedJMIMyWrfMrhot8GnicQdEFJivflHXSo.

October 16

Probably. And while Spaceship Earth burns USian Neros fiddle with Trump, abortions, tax cuts, stealing elections, the Ukraine, China, Taiwan, etc.

“Is Humanity Destined to Self Destruct?” by Steven Higgs, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/10/17/is-humanity-destined-to-self-destruct/?fbclid=IwAR29YhLZXsSUI0wN9LhFYUFRW44Q5aL0ewowlyKnOlICIDI9bLwVnouU2Lo.

October 16

Same old, Same old. Here’s Biden reiterating what he has already said, repeating a strategy that has been used over and over in Earthian human history, that has never worked in the long run, that is now called Neo-Liberalism, which is about the same as Neo-Conservatism mouthed by Repugs

“Biden’s National Security Strategy Is a Defense of US Domination, Not Democracy,” by Ashley Smith, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/bidens-national-security-strategy-is-a-defense-of-us-domination-not-democracy/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR29YhLZXsSUI0wN9LhFYUFRW44Q5aL0ewowlyKnOlICIDI9bLwVnouU2Lo.

October 20

Gaslighting is a new buzzword. Nothing new here in my opinion. Earthian humans have always been gaslit, in families, churches, schools, businesses, countries, cultures, etc. The gaslighting of some organizations and groups is more in sync with reality than others but Spaceship Earth has never been able to evolve a human system capable of producing OK lives for all Earthian humans. Get born at your own risk.

“The Gaslighting Of The Masses,” by CJ Hopkins, THE CONSENT FACTORY, https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/hopkins-gaslighting-masses?fbclid=IwAR2sCmiYxMddxw8-ZoG8ar-Uyuw-Es7OlMmI_U2QJVyo925yoEpPEpeCrqY.

October 19

Winning the USian BALANCE SHEET psychological Game, 2001-2008

“The Wealth of the U.S. Wealthiest One-Tenth of One Percent,” by Rick Baum, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/10/14/the-wealth-of-the-u-s-wealthiest-one-tenth-of-one-percent/?fbclid=IwAR0k8rKjtA_62PyEq-TgUf5_EmYbYX2xy1CHocVNR1D0ai9hoLWbV9B1dRk.

October 19

Here’s USian congresspeople using insider information to cheat playing BALANCE SHEET a psychological Game in which players try to prove they are superior—intellectually, morally, ethically, and culturally—if they pile up a larger net worth on their balance sheets than others. No matter how much money they take in and pile up it is never enough because there is always someone who has piled up even more, or threatens to. This pervasive Game creates constant strife and discontent. BALANCE SHEET is especially pernicious in this case since insider trading is illegal and USian congresspeople are worrying about winning BALANCE SHEET Games instead of doing their jobs—supposedly creating fair and rational laws for we the people. Most politicians have the morals and ethics of an alley cat.

“The Scandal of Congressional Stock Trading,” by Eve Ottenberg, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/10/14/the-scandal-of-congressional-stock-trading/?fbclid=IwAR2sCmiYxMddxw8-ZoG8ar-Uyuw-Es7OlMmI_U2QJVyo925yoEpPEpeCrqY.

October 19

Here’s Henry Giroux telling another episode of the on-going horror story of Earthian human existence

“The Nazification of American Society and the Scourge of Violence,” by Henry Giroux, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/10/14/the-nazification-of-american-society-and-the-scourge-of-violence/?fbclid=IwAR31dQ6N6cipgw4KAkMEqhUDNSrUHfEHAeJirUzsBFT4_nPH4B91-h-UW98

October 19

Did the supremes do something right lately?

“Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Trump’s Mar-a-Largo Documents Appeal,” by Chris Walker, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/supreme-court-refuses-to-hear-trumps-mar-a-lago-documents-appeal/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR1mr1iW0JWO3iwO71sI0MS6Gj02xAdDpxUgWKhhRrWKoBh_FUWIxJuO1-s

October 14

This article of mine has gained some traction lately

“Why Large Powerful Political Parties Are Evil,” by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/why-large-powerful-political-parties-are-evil/?fbclid=IwAR289vsm_iXAwVjGwDBAfnnKd5ybQlAHPG7owJDWBNxZ_OXSeq5ANvoXGYg.

October 12

Hard to believe to indict or not to indict in this insurrection case would be left to one person, Merrick Garland, the attorney general of the US. Regardless, given the evidence presented in this insurrection case, including the January 6 hearings, it seems to me it’s clear Garland should indict Trump for inciting an insurrection of our government, and not to do so would be pusillanimity.

“The Inevitable Indictment of Donald Trump,” by Franklin Foer, THE ATLANTIC, https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2022/10/merrick-garland-donald-trump-investigation-indictment/671683/?fbclid=IwAR3Fo_VfIjvss0j6kQ8EbRsTeJWog0dNINEWoacJ85mdzE-7Yg1uVLqo4-c

October 12

Seems to me all hell is going to break out over this one of these days. I just cannot believe this can go on forever

“Why questions are swirling about who will buy more than $31 trillion of U.S. debt — and at what price,” by Vivien Lou Chen, MARKETWATCH, https://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-questions-are-swirling-about-who-will-buy-more-than-31-trillion-of-u-s-debt-and-at-what-price-11665507637?reflink=mw_share_facebook&fbclid=IwAR2eXWquqc19DYsUisIGy-w6BSKU1C91v8X3IVsCrvu2qTRV0xbwotW20EM

October 11

I never did join the dim dems or the repugnant repugs. Always have been Independent. I generally agree with Gabbard here. She won the 2019 dem primary debates you know. I documented it in an article I wrote and published in my Effective Learning Report blog, “Why Large Powerful Political Parties are Evil,” October 27, 2019, at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/why-large-powerful…/

“Tulsi Gabbard leaves Democratic Party, denounces ‘control of an elitist cabal of warmongers’,” by Cami Mondeaux, WASHINGTON EXAMINER, https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/tulsi-gabbard-leaves-democratic-party-denounces-control-of-an-elitist-cabal-of-warmongers?fbclid=IwAR3LvegRoQUrcccwIadFHT65aKH3g0_rV9uUsdo8CKvGDrW5ocYRd_cYbvw

October 11

Agree completely

“We are on a path of escalation to nuclear war, nothing less,” Jeffery Sachs, INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE, http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/57270.htm?fbclid=IwAR1zFUj8URiAf4IxJilPKAikJ0ZhuBNe6nkzF-b7zWT3pANv7swtnzOzxdI

October 9

It’s a shame it’s come to this

“US is Overcome with Debt and Death. We Must Fight Inequality to Stop this Crisis, by Liz Theoharis, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/us-is-overcome-with-debt-and-death-lets-fight-inequality-to-stop-this-crisis/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR1rJMxu8UTHq2qkpWFw7LUTeIVFpUHJ4SfDSJqP5GxcfVlsjfBAY96vIeY

Octobber 9

Lying amoral hypocrits

“Donald and Herschel: The Unholy Alliance,” DNYUZ.COM, https://dnyuz.com/2022/10/08/donald-and-herschel-the-unholy-alliance/?fbclid=IwAR2sgY-TiGRz9V7KmLuG2IfTV2mrV3HMTVTvLs_zItoM_y8HveQKC4ArhYA

October 8

Here’s Paul Street again right on the money again as usual

“Bad Republicans, Invisible Democrats,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/10/07/bad-republicans-invisible-democrats/?fbclid=IwAR0pcKqoH1YSEcsETKb4vmrtaZuSqhEzQ_vjwvkv4Za84B_q6lAmfGrB8wI

October 8

Another great article by the no-nonsense cogent on the mark Eve Ottenberg

“A Superstition Called the Presidency,” by Eve Ottenberg, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/10/07/a-superstition-called-the-presidency/?fbclid=IwAR1GLTmOGx4M71c3YDHZRIMxFaOax00Zsfyodt9x-5wockurOoxrWK6YLPA

October 8

Say it aint so Joe

“The Greatest Evil is War,” by Chris Hedges, CONSORTIUMNEWS.COM, https://consortiumnews.com/2022/10/04/chris-hedges-the-greatest-evil-is-war/?fbclid=IwAR1BKQHznSvzImUhr_fq5Kbz4lQHGQPWfnUlUfzKaSYkbvybJiTpJ0iK_Xk

October 7

Even smart people do not read books

As the Rooster C rows Earthian OKness Increases, by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVE LEARNING PUBLICATIONS, https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/richard-john-stapleton/as-the-rooster-crows-earthian-okness-increases/?fbclid=IwAR0pcKqoH1YSEcsETKb4vmrtaZuSqhEzQ_vjwvkv4Za84B_q6lAmfGrB8wI

October 7

They might keep you alive for a while, but will they enable you to continue to live indefinitely with any real OKness, if all hell breaks loose?

“U.S. Buying $290M Worth of Anti-radiation Drugs for Use in ‘Nuclear Emergency’,” by Chris Menahan, INFORMATION LIBERATION, http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=63385

October 7

Switzerland also has more direct democracy than any other country using referendums giving all citizens the right and power to vote about real issues. Representative democracy such as what the US has is better than fascist dictatorship but it cannot compete with direct democracy

“Switzerland, Not USA, Is The ‘Most Innovative’ Country In The World,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/switzerland-not-usa-most-innovative-country-world?fbclid=IwAR3qZq6NZ-NlKHLvaYxuB8cYra9Cp4Tob-If7hFqnrKd3GcaWIQYL4PsF0c

October 7

Let’s hope so.

“Put the battle between Good and Evil to one side. It is these three factors — class, race, geography — that will shape the outcome of the midterms, whatever the media says. The endless kabuki theatre pitting Trump and his minions against Democrats may delight and enrage America’s elites — but for the American people, it is still material concerns that matter.”

“What really divides America,” by Joel Kotkin, UNHEARD.COM, https://unherd.com/2022/10/what-really-divides-america/?=frlh&fbclid=IwAR1HtAEtJeKkXJjqKo0cSA8SEvvvCQ4dqFhdNK7SVISFLraEmhm1Ya08lQI

October 7

He finally did something helpful.

Now when is he going to legalize all illegal drugs so their distribution can be controlled by law enforcement and taxed like wine, beer, booze, and cigs, getting rid of street gangs and pushers, the now equivalent of alcohol gangs and pushers during the USian failed experiment with Prohibition during the 1930s?

“Biden pardons thousands of people convicted of marijuana possession, orders review of federal pot laws,” by Christina Wilkie, CNBC, https://www.cnbc.com/2022/10/06/biden-to-pardon-all-prior-federal-offenses-of-simple-marijuana-possession-.html?__source=sharebar|facebook&par=sharebar&fbclid=IwAR3e1YFnhOtt9PWUw66ETpAjh2TsoNc1CqKZTbcN2MkoyTa16Gmy2Cet_-8

October 7

Then why not negotiate with the SOB and bring this bullshit to a halt?

“Biden: Nuclear ‘Armageddon’ risk highest since ’62 crisis,”by Ameer Madhani, Ellen Knickmeyer, and Josh Boak, AP NEWS, https://apnews.com/article/biden-nuclear-risk-1d0f1e40cff3a92c662c57f274ce0e25?fbclid=IwAR2-RuhT1StYUvgNsjJUJr109w9WX9wtX-qBrpS5MmEJXzq0qBrEEPpC5EQ.

October 6

Interesting. I grew up thinking I might have some African heritage given my unusual curly-wavy hair. This was not the case according to a DNA test at Ancestry.com that showed my heritage is England and Northwestern Europe, 46%; Scotland, 39%; Ireland, 9%; Wales, 4%; Norway, 2%.

Ancestry.com calls it your ethnicity inheritance, but it’s also genes you inherited that are similar to genes of most of the people living in various countries who are in the ancestry.com data base. I asked my grandfather once if he knew of any Africans in our family line. He said he didn’t, but he also said if you go back far enough we’re all Africans. It’s not only a question of how many African Americans have European heritage, a sizeable percentage pointed out in the article below, but also how many straight-haired pale supposedly Non-African American Americans have African heritage. The answer would not make any difference in a non-racist society, but it does in a racist society such as the US that causes insane ignorant racial slurs to be inflicted on Earthian humans living in the US because of their physical characteristics, regardless of their true genetic heritage, assuming knowing such a thing is possible

“Do All African Americans have European Heritage, if so how much,” by Kent Etheridge, QUORA.COM, https://blackhistoryandpolitics.quora.com/An-excellent-read-https-www-quora-com-Do-all-African-Americans-have-European-heritage-If-so-how-much-on-average-answe?ch=1&oid=57495062&share=f6c3c229&srid=hkkCWN&target_type=post&fbclid=IwAR3EWVxnundbb-uqjP-CFZN3aTcBPB_r43x12uqZSCcQBxz4kg3EixDRktY

October 6

Never knew this

“The Long Arm of US Slavery,” by Yosef Brody, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/10/05/the-long-arms-of-us-slavery/?fbclid=IwAR3pDMsRqvYVmwYUNRZo5uUISwzBRtfViOOCcDMSP65uXVry7VG883-OA7E

October 4

We already have a civil war in the US, a war of words so far

“Disunited States,” by Serge Halimi, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/09/30/disunited-states/?fbclid=IwAR0kFd73d67o91dONAze6u6Y1t9MCXVngrlUdjCenEZNZu9-S5Y1qzbTGTQ

October 4

Say it aint so Joe

“’End War in Ukraine’ Say 66 Nations at UN General Assembly,” by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/09/30/end-war-in-ukraine-say-66-nations-at-un-general-assembly/?fbclid=IwAR1XXbDDfC9qW0Wnl5pN9PBwgnu8yHJ4P9DBqGld3QyN1A5Rotvatdltumw

October 4

Another great article by Eve Ottenberg

“The Global Fight Against Fascism,” by Eve Ottenberg, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/09/30/the-global-fight-against-fascism-2/?fbclid=IwAR3eOb0sbs35KCV9GLFuPi6mG4Wv4MUKBNn0Pi8NUuRL7kTPiOki1YL5Jw8

October 3

Scary stuff

“Who Profits from Pipeline Terror?,” by Pepe Escobar, THE CRADLE, https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/escobar-who-profits-pipeline-terror?fbclid=IwAR304tJ7app4ib27XPsyWOTHUw8fcFlCz3icsVGU428D3jlv3T8QNwk-bh4

October 3

How much longer can this go on? The USian Federal Reserve System can create funny money by punching digits into its computer system to produce numbers it calls real money. They use this “money” to buy USian debt instruments, treasury bills, notes, etc., and private debt and asset instruments. The US govt uses this funny money and tax money to stimulate the private sector and to pay for its yearly military and other expenses, including loan payments to the Social Security System Trust Fund to pay back real money the Federal govt borrowed from the Social Security System. The private sector borrows funny money at low interest from the Federal Reserve System to advance its own interests, including the buying back of stock of corporations to enrich stockholders and executive cronies owning the stock. The total federal debt keeps growing and growing through time. As of 2:57 pm September 12, 2022, the total US federal debt, accumulated throughout its history, according to US Debt Clock.org, was about $30,884,777,487,108, almost thirty-one trillion dollars. So far in fiscal year 2022, total USian federal spending has been about $5,952,558,908,352, about six trillion dollars; and total tax revenue has been about $4,459,634,257,768; resulting in a deficit of about $1,492,922,523,176, about one and one-half trillion dollars, to be paid with Fed funny money and money paid by other purchasers of USian federal debt. The US Federal Reserve System now owns about 11.2 percent of the total USian Federal debt, about 2.5 trillion dollars worth. About 50 percent of the Federal debt is owned by foreign countries, China and others. About 48 percent of the USian debt is owned by USian private citizens and other purchasers in the US. The Federal Reserve is now worried about inflation, so it has been jacking up the interest rate charged everyone in the USian banking system. This causes recession in the real economy. How bad will the incipient recession have to get before the Fed starts lowering interest rates again to cure the recession they had to cause to lower inflation by raising interest rates? Since 1980 or so the losers in this process have been middle and lower income USians who have received no increases in their real incomes while the real incomes of upper income USians have significantly increased. It appears middle and lower income level USians in the private sector will again pay a high price for another roller-coaster ride in the undependable USian economy, getting stuck again with tenuous employment and lower real incomes after all is said and done coping with this swing of the business cycle, as the USian Federal Reserve System as usual creates funny money and lowers and raises interest rates causing and curing recoveries and recessions. How do Earthian humans responsible for creating and managing this diabolical system sleep at night?

Comment by RJS

“The US Productive Sector Recession,” by Daniel Lacalle, https://www.dlacalle.com/en/the-u-s-productive-sector-recession/

October 22

To take over the US, Repugs need to get more Repugs elected senators in various states.

How to get another one elected from the state of Georgia? Donald Trump and other oligarchs of the Republican Party knowing most Georgians like football, especially University of Georgia retired football stars like Herschel Walker, an African American, have arranged for him to be their candidate to run in the Georgia US senate race against Democrat Raphael Warnock, also an African American, a minister by profession, a good one who is articulate, intelligent, and coherent, but not charismatic.

Walker has worked for Trump before, starting his professional football career working for Trump’s professional football team in the now defunct American Football League, the New Jersey Generals, at an inordinately high salary in 1983, after dropping out of the University of Georgia after his junior year.

Georgia has a lot of African American voters, and to capture more of those voters, the Repug establishment decided to recruit Herschel Walker as the Repug candidate in the Senate race. Most non-African American Georgians in usual circumstances will vote for Repug candidates no matter who the Repug oligarchs put up, and most African American voters in usual circumstances will vote for the Dem candidate no matter who Dem oligarchs put up.

Therefore, a good strategy for the Repug power structure to win the senate election in Georgia, they seem to think, is to put up Herschel Walker as their candidate. Because of his football fame and charisma, he might draw votes from African Americans who would normally vote for the establishment Dem candidate, no matter how unqualified Walker might be as a USian senator.

Cedric the Entertainer in his podcast below says he thinks Hershey Walker has been taking Creatine after retiring as a football player to keep his muscles tight and bulging.

Whether Walker becomes a paid running back again, this time running plays called by sociopathic quarterbacks of the national Repug political machine, such as Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell, remains to be seen.

Walker has not been shown wearing a coat and tie, the uniform of a USian senator, in any political advertisement I have seen, most likely to keep Georgia voters focused on his unusual muscles instead of how much he knows about solving existential social, economic, political, religious, and ecological problems.

Will Walker not wear a coat and tie in the Senate Chamber in the US Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. if he wins this bizarre and sleazy Georgia Senate beauty contest Tuesday, November 8, 2022?

This is another political can of worms orchestrated by cynical USian Repug oligarchs for their own selfish short run entertainment and emolument, to be gained at the expense of others.

Comment by RJS

“Cedric the Entertainer hits Herschel Walker in new attack ad,” by Juliegrace Brufke, WASHINGTON EXAMINER, https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/senate/cedric-the-entertainer-herschel-walker-attack-ad?fbclid=IwAR2DYHeUO1lzTm3rg7MXIuaUFPEf9doa2U9QoiIndJzJORAovjR-Ox5xE8Q

October 2

I again find myself generally agreeing with a former prominent un-unhinged Repug, Ronald Reagan’s Director of his Office of Management and Budget (1981–1985), David Stockman

“Stockman Slams Washington’s Pointless War On Behalf Of A Fake Nation,” by David Stockman, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/stockman-slams-washingtons-pointless-war-behalf-fake-nation?fbclid=IwAR1XXYIzWAW5365hOgrzwHUVgkyhl8Id4nF8iK35b8YxKGYi2C5N-OJY6M4

October 2

It’s not hard to see why they are depressed considering how irrational Spaceship Earth is, but it does seem there might be a positive correlation between the anti-depression medicine usage of a country and its social, educational, economic, and cultural levels, indicating relative ignorance is more blissful than relative enlightenment

“The Growing Global Reliance On Antidepressants,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/growing-global-reliance-antidepressants?fbclid=IwAR0IaRaJtHybkUrw7iEWQj4T39Bjw7VFV2I5whB2TFWyxzl2djcdjknk7X0

October 2

Hard to believe

“Visualizing The Global Wealth Pyramid,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/visualizing-global-wealth-pyramid?fbclid=IwAR10rssvOa2LgLh-KPUpKRxZD64zdav7DHSKNQXFNlyKFMmtR-LRTTxYMHo

September 30

Say it aint so Joe

“The Democratic Party, Now the Leading Party of War,” by John V. Walsh, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/09/29/the-democratic-party-now-the-leading-party-of-war/?fbclid=IwAR2qfyJ1zQkv1fYpH_WvvFVmKKEYhd1EItqOYU01LeK-CsHkvGrQ5jVhWdQ

ABOUT THE EDITOR 

Here’s Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA in his office at Georgia Southern University the year he retired in 2005, the senior professor of the university that year. The photo was shot by Lori Grice, a former student, founder of Lori Grice Photography.

The object under his left hand is a version of the Classroom De- Gamer™ he invented in 1978.

He would spin the spinner of the De-Gamer in his classes to randomly select a student at the beginning of each class session to lead a discussion of the case assigned for the day, a case taken from a planned or operating business prepared by casewriters at Georgia Southern, Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Alabama.

Grades were based eighty percent on class participation in dialectical discussions about what to do about problems and opportunities found in cases; the rest of the final grade was based on two case write-ups. One write-up was about what the student observed, researched, analyzed, and wrote about an existing business in the local environment or a business plan the student created. The other write-up was an analysis of a case researched and written by professors about a business assigned as the final exam. Cases used in his courses contained processes, problems, opportunities, and data occurring in all functional areas of business such as entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, operations management, control, management information systems, and business policy and strategy.

He has published refereed journal articles and books explaining how his democratic Game-free Adult-Adult I’m OK—You’re OK case method system works, by banishing Persecutors, Rescuers, and Victims playing psychological Games from the teaching and learning process, first documented in an article titled “The Classroom De-Gamer” he published in 1978 in the Transactional Analysis Journal. He has published seven books and over one hundred articles in various media containing cases, research data, and essays on teaching and learning and management policies and practices.

He learned and trained using transactional analysis with Martin Groder, MD; Graham Barnes, PhD; Vann Joines, PhD; and many others at the Southeast Institute at Chapel Hill, North Carolina (1975-1978).

He learned how the case method works teaching with Bernard Bienvenu, DBA and Rexford Hauser, DBA (Harvard Business School doctorates) at the University of Louisiana– Lafayette in 1969-70.

He has a BS in economics (1962), an MBA in organizational behavior (1966), and a PhD in management science (1969) from Texas Tech University, and an organizational and educational certification in transactional analysis (CTA) from the International Transactional Analysis Association (1978).

He taught his own case method track at the undergraduate level in the management department of the business school at Georgia Southern University offering four or five different elective case method courses each academic year (1970-2005), in which he led, coordinated, and graded about twenty-five or so students each year who took all or most of those case method courses in their junior and senior years, of about two hundred students who signed up for all his courses each year. He used a democratic circle or amphitheater classroom layout in all his classes. He also taught most semesters two sections of a capstone integrative business policy course he added to the business school curriculum in 1970 that was required for all undergraduate business majors that could be elected by any student in any major.  He was the only professor in the business school to use the case method in any course.

His students agreed to a course learning contract that stipulated they would read the facts of the case before class and would lose a whole letter grade from the course final grade if the De-Gamer randomly caught them obviously not having read the case before class, if they had not slipped a note under his office door before class telling him they had not read the case, which they could do twice during the course without penalty.

About ten percent of his students made A’s and about five percent made D’s. Most made C’s, which is about right, since C = Average. There were few F’s in his courses. The main criterion for course grades was the quantity and quality of ideas sold by students in case method discussions. He used peer ratings to give students feedback showing what their fellow students thought about the quantity and quality of their ideas sold in class, having made it clear the final decision about final grades was his. He did not believe in Lake Wobegon grading.

No student was ever forced to take one of his courses to graduate, and the most hardened Game-players in the school did not sign up for his courses after he issued his Edict of 1972 in which he clearly spelled out in his syllabi the penalty for getting caught unprepared. His Classroom De-Gamer™ was roundly discussed by students in bull sessions across campus every year and was labeled various things, such as The Wheel of Fate and The Death Wheel. Most students near the end of his career simply called it The Spinner.

He appreciated Georgia Southern honoring his academic freedom by allowing him control of his teaching methods, classroom layouts, grading procedures, and course books, cases, and materials, some of which he researched, wrote, and published. He was promoted to full professor at age thirty-six.

He collected longitudinal research data using questionnaires in 1992 showing his case method students during 1972-1982 reported higher yearly incomes in 1992 than students electing the same courses in 1972-1982 taught by professors using the authoritarian lecture method and the militaristic row and column classroom layout, who graded students based on memorizing or calculating  “right answers” for tests, indicating learners learning in Adult—Adult I’m OK—You’re OK Game-free democratic learning processes graded subjectively became more successful in the real world of business than learners lectured to and graded using so-called objective multiple-choice tests.  

Only former students who had worked in the real world ten or more years after graduating from the Georgia Southern business school were included in the study. The data are shown, analyzed, and discussed in full in “Evidence the Case Method Works” in his book Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds, 2008, pg. 475). The data were also used in several refereed articles.

For more information on related classroom management ethical issues see Stapleton, R.J. and Murkison, G. (2001), “Optimizing the fairness of student evaluations: A study of correlations between instructor excellence, study production, learning production, and expected grades,” in the Journal of Management Education, 25(3), 269-292.

Stapleton had one of the lowest student grade point averages among professors in the business school and was one of the lowest-ranked professors as an instructor on computerized campus-wide student evaluations that weighted only instructor excellence scores up to 2000; but he was one of the highest-ranked professors in a computerized student evaluation he designed that generated data also showing and weighting study production, learning production, and expected grades scores for each professor, published in “Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations.”

To read the Optimizing Fairness article in full, go to https://studysites.sagepub.com/holt/articles/Stapleton.pdf . After this research was published, Georgia Southern in 2001 added study production, learning production, and expected grades questions to the student evaluation form used campus-wide.

“Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations” has by now (October 24, 2022) been cited as a reference in 83 refereed journal articles concerned about the ethics of student evaluations in several academic disciplines, including eight new citations since April 2021.

As the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein propositioned, “The case is all there is.”

If so, everything else said about Earthian human states of affairs is a rendition of what was or might be.

For more on Stapleton’s cultural, educational, and professional experiences go to https://blog.effectivelearning.net/.  

Feel free to forward, share, post, print, or otherwise circulate The Earthian—34 anyway you see fit.

 

THE EARTHIAN  —  33           

  THE EARTHIAN, Number Thirty-Three, September 27, 2022, Effective Learning Publications https://blog.effectivelearning.net/ , 32 East Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, USA, specializing in Adult education.

THE EARTHIAN is a digest of articles written by free-thinking truth-seeking critical-thinking creative-thinking truth-accepting hard-hitting courageous writers published in linked Internet journals containing facts, perspectives, theories, models, memes, analyses, and recommendations concerned about psychological, moral, ethical, philosophical, social, economic, political, military, religious, and ecological states of affairs affecting the existential well-being of all species of fauna and flora aboard Spaceship Earth.

“ASK LESS WHAT YOUR NATION CAN DO FOR YOU—ASK MORE WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR SPACESHIP EARTH”

Individuals Are Not to Praise or Blame for How Earthian Economic, Social, and Political States of Affairs Evolve

OR SO IT SEEMS TO ME RIGHT NOW

By RICHARD JOHN STAPLETON

Should Spaceship Earth, Inc. democracy chapters be established around Earth, the chapters could develop consensual answers regarding existential matters from the bottom up that would filter up to randomly-selected humans who would count the consensual answers to make necessary changes. Consensual tactics, strategies, and policies would then be developed around Earth for dealing with the whole computerized Spaceship Earth management system, that could be operated and controlled using artificial intelligence programming in magnum computer systems. Randomly-selected groups of Earthian humans of high intelligence with impeccable moral and ethical character and credentials would control codes for changing the Earthian Magnum Computer System programming to implement the bottom-up recommendations of millions of members in discussions in democracy chapters around Spaceship Earth. Each member of elite groups in charge of the codes for the magnum computer system would serve limited terms. These members would not vote or decide what to do. They would see to it that the computer system implemented the consensual answers of millions of Earthian humans from all walks of life, as determined by honest, free, fair, and frank democratic Game-free discussions in democracy chapters all around Spaceship Earth, as explained and shown in As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases. The overall objective would be to manage the system in such a way as to maximize the lifetime satisfactions of all Earthian humans, as well as all other species of life aboard Spaceship Earth.

Moral and ethical requirements and constraints could be programmed in the Magnum management system that temporary elite Earthian human overseers at the top would be required to obey. If changes should be made in the codes programmed in the overall system they would be sent back to the Earthian democracy chapters for discussion before changes would be made in the overall system based on a tabulation and analysis of consensual recommendations from the democracy chapters.

This magnum computerized management system would require a strict system of security controls like the current codes of nations possessing nuclear weapons, hopefully providing security several magnitudes more secure than current nuclear codes, to make sure a madman could not get in control of any aspect of the Magnum Spaceship Earth Management System.

A management system such as this would significantly improve previous systems used around Spaceship Earth that have historically empowered fickle, egotistical, greedy, power mad, insane, grandiose, poorly educated, not-very-bright individual Earthian humans to make existential decisions affecting the OKness of thousands, millions, and billions of humans around Earth, an incredibly dumb thing to do, that has been done over and over again for millennia, resulting in incredible losses and suffering at various moments of history and banal living for most Earthian humans during normal times, caused by the unfair and indiscriminate inexorable tunneling out of Bad, OK, or Good Luck for hundreds, thousands, millions, or billons of Earthian humans around Spaceship Earth at all times since time immemorial, after evolving from bosons and quarks at the time of the Big Bang.

A tough lesson for Earthian humans to accept propositioned in Effective Learning Publications books is that everything that happens in human states of affairs is either predetermined or accidental and therefore individuals are not to blame or praise for what happens in human states of affairs. This is easier to swallow after accepting that believing and acting otherwise will support and perpetuate the I’m OK—You’re Not OK life position that has bedeviled, sabotaged, and undermined Earthian humans since time immemorial, making losers out of most of them.

About the only way anyone can be seriously affected by others is through democratic face to face discussions, through serious, rigorous honest dialectical, dialogical, analogical arguing based on facts and reasoning of all kinds, honestly dealing with Earthian human existential states of affairs.

What is considered natural, unnatural; normal, abnormal; right, wrong; ethical, unethical; righteous, sinful; worthy, unworthy; or sane or insane by a particular Earthian human is caused by information lodged in her/his brain caused to be lodged there by the concatenation of infinite cause-effect chains causing her/him to exist and slowly inch through the Earthian worm hole of existence inexorably tunneled out for her or him by her/his specific unbroken infinitely-regressing cause-effect chains inexorably-progressing throughout his/her infinitesimally short cosmic life, regardless of how Bad, OK, or Good that luck or fate might be as judged by any Earthian human; and all Earthian humans must keep on inching forward in their worm holes as best they can dealing with inevitable problems and opportunities caused to exist at that stage in their unique tunnels, while they are knocked around like balls in a pin-ball machine, as events inevitably and/or accidentally happen in their so-called real worlds, and in their subconscious and conscious minds, however Bad, OK, or Good their inherited Luck might have absolutely been, which cannot be proved, however easy it might be to relatively estimate.

It follows that changing the scripts of Earthian humans for the better requires changing the course of unique tunnels of existence in which individual humans accidentally and inevitably live, a tall order indeed. Some biological constructivists would consider this notion a pipedream, while considering the whole process a meaningless drift in the infinity of time and space.

Constructivism is considered relevant in all four Effective Learning Report books recommended below, having been discussed explicitly in Business Voyages and listed as a source in the bibliographies of three books.

For more information on the use of Transactional Analysis  https://www.itaaworld.org/  to create better discussion groups and democratic processes read Born to Learn:  A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=born+to+learn++richard+john+stapleton#imgrc=6JdwDPzcAQ1kSM%253A

For more information on how to co-construct better organizations and economic systems using transactional analysis read Business Voyages:  Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds    https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=business+voyages+richard+john+stapleton

Read free “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc,”  https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of-spaceship-earth-inc/   for some management science ideas on how Earthian humans might eventually co-construct an economic system that is viable and satisfying for everyone aboard Spaceship Earth, making it possible for all Earthian humans to develop an I’m OK—You’re OK life position. 

Read As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases. https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=as+the+rooster+crows+earthian+okness+increases#imgrc=ZY7nv3jiN9jMCM%253A

 This recently-published novel features a new kind of seminar invented and coordinated by Rout Logger that might reduce the probability of Earthian human extinction that requires participants in a seminar to speak out and up when randomly selected by a Truther rooster positioned in the center of a randomly-selected group of forty humans sitting in a circle. The Truther rooster resembles a spinning weather vane. The rooster is programmed to bob its head up and down and raucously crow after being twirled by a randomly-selected seminar participant, as it spins round and round winding down, letting group members know it’s time to wake up and get to work, before it’s too late. When the Truther rooster stops spinning whoever is at the end of a line of imaginary fire extending from the rooster’s head to her or him sitting in the circle is automatically selected as the Leader of the Moment for the group, proving pure democracy can happen. The Leader of the Moment must then lead the group into a democratic discussion of what s/he considers the most serious existential problem around Spaceship Earth.  Forty participants from all walks of life were paid $5000 monthly for participating in weekend seminars conducted in central city hotels in various cities randomly selected around the US. If randomly selected as the Leader of the Moment the participant had to define what s/he thought was the most important problem facing Spaceship Earth, present alternatives, and make a recommendation for change.. What s/he said would then be discussed by members of the group on a free-flow first come-first serve basis. It was against the law of the seminar to interrupt speakers or raise hands to get permission to speak. Discussions lasted until they ran out of steam with most issues covered.

According to Effective Learning Publications books, achieving Earthian human sustainability entails such things as Earthian humans peacefully reducing through natural attrition (natural deaths exceeding births) the human population aboard Spaceship Earth, never doing work that machines can do better, and delegating the day-to-day management of systems for scheduling, producing, and distributing the necessities of life to artificial intelligence programs and supercomputers, assuming sufficient quantities of non-human clean energy can be discovered and developed using mind grants.

This is possible managing Spaceship Earth using the general algorithmic matrix algebra form

Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi

explained in “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.” at   https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of-spaceship-earth-inc/  .

It seems to me a mathematical formulation exists that one day may develop for Earthian humans power in economics loosely analogous to the power of E=mc2 in physics. This formulation is Max or Min CjXj, subject to, AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi, which is a general form of the linear programming model, which has been around for many years in management science, operations research, and linear algebra courses.

It seems to me Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi symbolizes knowledge that gives the Earthian human species about as much potential power to perpetuate itself as Albert Einstein’s formula E=mc2 symbolizes knowledge that gives the Earthian human species the power to exterminate itself.

Riding aboard an airliner about to land at night traveling at four hundred miles an hour at thirty-five thousand feet with clouds, rain, wind, and lightning below, what would you rather have figuring out the path, speed, and angle of descent of the aircraft for touch-down, the plane’s auto-pilot, radar, and computer system or the pilot and co-pilot, seeing nothing out their windows below but clouds and lightning?

The main reason why delegating the scheduling, production, and distribution of the necessities of life to AI programs and magnum computers would be a good idea is that magnum computers and algorithmic AI programs do not get greedy and power hungry or play psychological Games. Thus far in Earthian human history most leaders and rulers atop large organizations such as nations have become corrupt one way or another playing psychological Games, acting out selfish greedy ego trips, hogging all the power, money, strokes, stimulation, and recognition they could get their hands on for themselves and their cronies, leaving the hindmost to their underlings. Whatever their limitations and possible threats, algorithmic computer programs and super computers are not egotistical, greedy, and power-hungry.

Thanks to Buckminster Fuller for providing the above airplane-landing metaphor in his book Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, first published in 1969, and for planting seeds for other ideas in the essay “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.,” published in the Effective Learning Report, such as computers being the best hope for mankind and humans not doing work machines can do better, being paid to think instead with what Fuller called mind grants. Fuller said unemployment all around Spaceship Earth could be eliminated overnight with mind grants. Buckminster Fuller was the inventor of the appellations Earthian and Spaceship Earth.   

Most Earthian humans like to win BALANCE SHEET psychological Games, showing they have a higher net worth than others, to feel superior and lord it over others, regardless if Spaceship Earth is going to hell in a hand basket around them because of global warming and climate change (GWCC) and militarization and nuclear weapons proliferation (MNWP), regardless of how much they have failed in other areas of their lives, and regardless of how heinous were crimes and misdemeanors they may have gotten away with, since they were saved, as it were, by taking in and gaining control of more almighty monetary units than other lesser mortals, saved, as if by Jesus, who forgave them their sins.

If you are not familiar with the definitions of transactional analysis terms, jargon, and lingo such as I’m OK—You’re OK, Ego States, Parent, Adult, Child, transactions, Games, scripts, rackets, life positions, Drama Triangle, etc., just type in your Internet search bar the words transactional analysis before them, making them transactional analysis ego states, transactional analysis Child ego state, transactional analysis Games, transactional analysis drama triangle, etc., while asking Google what they are, in sentences such as What are transactional analysis psychological Games? You will pull up more information about them than you want to know.

Most Earthian humans know what it is to be egotistical, but they have little understanding of how humans use specific human egotistical manifestations such as Parent, Adult, and Child ego states transacting with others socially and psychologically.

One of the biggest egotists of Earthian human history, a narcissist, playing BALANCE SHEET psychological Games, is Donald Trump. As shown in SOURCE articles below containing monetized numbers, Trump is a world-class liar and loser playing BALANCE SHEET, and he should go to jail for it, just like other famous political USian BALANCE SHEET psychological Game players in the US have, such as the renowned Georgia US representative, Bo Ginn, in 1995, and the notorious cotton farmer with political ties to USian president Lyndon Johnson, Billie Sol Estes of Texas in 1965, who served time for lying to bankers about their assets, liabilities, and net worth to get loans.

Trump told voters and bankers he was extorting votes and money from he was a stable genius and billionaire who could pay them back for their votes and loans, how many billions worth of a billionaire he was he never said, at least not to voters, arithmetic not being his strong suit; but it now appears it’s possible he’s no billionaire at all, using accounting principles and real market values, which he has adamantly and assiduously refused to show, since walking on the USian political stage for the 2016 presidential election. It’s possible he’s no kind of naire at all, not even a millionaire, having liabilities that exceed the market value of his assets, being close to bankruptcy.

It now appears as shown in recent public posts used as SOURCES below that Trump, his loyal Trump Organization lackeys, and his chosen loyal family members lied to bankers about his net worth to get loans, proving once again that “All that glitters is not gold.”

P.T. Barnum is said to have thought there’s a sucker born every minute. If so, Trump may have thought there’s a sucker born every second, in high and low places.

If you have ideas on how to democratically discuss in Game-free ways (devoid of Persecutor, Rescuer, and Victim roles) economic and political problems and opportunities go to the Ogeechee Economic Forum at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/ogeechee-economic-forum/ and scroll up to and click on the RESPONSES tab at the top of this blog page and speak out about them in writing.

If you feel you’ve gained value from THE EARTHIAN, go to the Internet or any walk-in bookstore around Spaceship Earth and purchase one or more of the above books. As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases is the latest and probably most engaging Effective Learning Publications book, including an overview of USian economic history, including the Trumpian affair. Rout Logger is the protagonist of the novel story. It’s available now at Amazon for immediate digital reading on any device as a Kindle book for $4.99.

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=as+the+rooster+crows+earthian+okness+increases#imgrc=ZY7nv3jiN9jMCM%253A

For practical doable short run strategies for dealing with Spaceship Earth’s social, economic, political, and military problems in the US read Recommendations for Waking Up From the American Nightmare by Richard John Stapleton, Effective Learning Publications, 2012, 217 pages, at https://www.amazon.com/Recommendations-American-Nightmare-Business-Voyages-ebook/dp/B009TOJVPI

For more free information on short run strategies and policies for dealing with current USian economic and political problems read “The FreeFairProgress Party” at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/freefairprogressparty/.

FOLLOWING IS PROBABLY THE MOST INTERESTING AND IMMEDIATELY RELEVANT PART OF THE EARTHIAN, A SMORGASBORD OF CURRENT THINKING OF HARD-HITTING TRUTH-SEEKING TRUTH-ACCEPTING COURAGEOUS WRITERS AND ARTISTS, FREELY AND HONESTLY THINKING, WRITING, CREATING, AND SPEAKING FROM ALL THEIR EGO STATES, PUBLISHED IN RECENT WEEKS IN LINKED ARTICLES, PODCASTS, AND MEMES IN INTERNET MEDIA AROUND SPACESHIP EARTH.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2022

They’ve already escaped reality, made possible by accidentally capitalizing on a few bright ideas that happened to them enabling them to exploit the bright ideas of a few tech geniuses and the drudge work of thousands of tech workers. They are Earthian humans who had very good luck living in their accidental worm holes of existence, having accidentally had very profitable ideas happen in their subconscious and conscious minds at the right time and place. Most likely their good luck will play out there in their bunkers if serious nuclear war breaks out aboard Spaceship Earth. Sooner or later they will run out of food and water inside them, and life outside won’t be worth living, if feasible at all.

“Billionaire bunkers: How the World’s wealthiest are paying to escape reality,” by Eric Spitznagel, NEW YORK POST, https://nypost.com/2022/09/24/how-the-worlds-billionaires-are-paying-to-escape-global-disaster/?utm_source=facebook_sitebuttons&utm_medium=site%20buttons&utm_campaign=site%20buttons&fbclid=IwAR2CmNkCv5wC9oujltdh3Ln_hXBRqNTpoj-Fk5yaj1yf_rNE7JTZKOxT81I.

September 26

Insane Power Moves

“US warns Russia of ‘catastrophic’ consequences of nuclear strike,” YAHOO! NEWS, https://news.yahoo.com/us-warns-russia-castastrophic-consequences-014544335.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=fb&tsrc=fb.

September 23

I could not agree more

“I Didn’t Join the Military to Fight for Taiwan,” by Dan McNnight, THE LIBERTARIAN INSTITUTE, https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/i-didnt-join-the-military-to-fight-for-taiwan/?fbclid=IwAR1LPOnMk-1Ww3G_E1t37TiJMVjkYJdNlHG-ZThgq1ZbDzzEtWW8LkVBxHc.

September 23

Another dynamite article by Eve Ottenberg

“Class Warfare Grinds On,” by Eve Ottenberg, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/09/23/class-warfare-grinds-on/?fbclid=IwAR3GAadSDzJ75aKSMjqcczYc3dU7aFiJ7kRkB_Yi8xBYXw_lgbl-ZD_f_ys.

September 23

Another comprehensive overview by Noam Chomsky

“The War in Ukraine Has Entered a New Phase,” by Noam Chomsky, COUNTERPUNCH, https://truthout.org/articles/noam-chomsky-the-war-in-ukraine-has-entered-a-new-phase/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR15opul2tZKdJGBZ5QF4AEt18-WY-9kIlylvZDOxmN5_tubhjHtOG1OtOU.

September 23

“With hindsight, it appears what he sold to his voters as genius-level observations and ideas running for president and acting as president was little more than magical-thinking and wild-assed guesses that did not work. It’s possible he has lost money as an entrepreneur over his career, adjusted for inflation, after adding and subtracting his winning and losing deals from what he inherited, leaving him with less net worth now than he started out with. Regardless, to give him a little credit, he got his small hands on enough inherited and leveraged-loan money to buy some tall apartment buildings, casinos, hotels, and golf courses, and put his Trump name on them. He even bought a professional football team, the New Jersey Generals, that he owned before the American Football League, the AFL, became defunct, like a lot of things Trump bought. He even had enough money to buy the USian presidency in 2016.

“And then, after being exposed and deposed as a would-be fascist dictator, Trump told his supporters a very big lie, that the 2020 election was stolen from him, that he really did not lose the election, and he is now extorting and extracting more millions of dollars from his donors and cult members to run again in 2024, if, as he has said in[…]”

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As The Rooster Crows: Earthian OKness Increases, by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVE LEARNING PUBLICATIONS, https://www.amazon.com/Rooster-Crows-Earthian-OKness-Increases-ebook/dp/B0B9XY3HKR/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1663870867&refinements=p_27%3ARichard%20Stapleton&s=digital-text&sr=1-1&fbclid=IwAR3ok5Y7HdKS3vf7ck4ZfQb7rU-u2H19LHwISO4fnvQzGA4PCLU_VZ2KrJE.

September 22  

Say it ain’t so Joe

“In 1983 We Came Closer to Nuclear War Than We Knew: A Cautionary Tale,” by Patrick Mazza, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/09/20/in-1983-we-came-closer-to-nuclear-war-than-we-knew-a-cautionary-tale/?fbclid=IwAR3g_YRIiQfKqEJegxZdo1FPTn7woJyZUAO8N3UdTvXy8V6cN5-3NodydS8.

September 21

A case of mass insanity?

“Wall-to-Wall Mourning in Food Bank Britain,” by Kenneth Surin, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/09/21/wall-to-wall-mourning-in-food-bank-britain/?fbclid=IwAR2JjDlw5s4QTTMF1YTmybIu05bYbyEEgSsnr5gN1xbRF6PR1GLhYhwWgh0.

September 21

Pathetic

“Donald Trump Sued for Fraud by NY Attorney General—With Criminal Referral to IRS,” NBCNEWYORK.COM, https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/donald-trump-sued-for-fraud-by-ny-attorney-general-in-long-awaited-case/3874251/?fbclid=IwAR2avlA_l-fnOKViuPVqp0oVkVc49evgdCT8xLKDroFZZC6gN_u73h_a1Fc.

September 21

“Putin makes threat to NUKE West and declares ‘I’m not bluffing’ in chilling address,” by Nick Parker, Jerome Starkey, and Natasha Clark, THE SUN, https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/19870657/putin-addresses-russia-ukraine-invasion/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebarweb.

September 21

You don’t say

“New York sues Donald Trump, company and family  members over widespread fraud claims, seeks at least $250 million in penalties,” by Dan Mangan and Kevin Breuninger, CNBC, https://www.cnbc.com/2022/09/21/new-york-sues-donald-trump-company-and-family-members-over-widespread-fraud-claims-seeks-at-least-250-million-in-penalties.html?__source=sharebar|facebook&par=sharebar&fbclid=IwAR07lX3eePEYrpy3M2rg18G63P2PFnXsJRqu9uS02U291PsuWe0o-XgSpBE.

September 21

To take over the US, Repugs need to get more Repugs elected senators in various states.

How to get another one elected from the state of Georgia? Donald Trump and other oligarchs of the Republican Party knowing most Georgians like football, especially University of Georgia retired football stars like Herschel Walker, an African American, have arranged for him to be their candidate to run in the Georgia US senate race against Democrat Raphael Warnock, also an African American, a minister by profession, a good one who is articulate, intelligent, and coherent, but not charismatic.

Walker has worked for Trump before, starting his professional football career with Trump’s professional football team in the now defunct American Football League, the New Jersey Generals, at an inordinately high salary in 1983, after dropping out of the University of Georgia after his junior year.

Georgia has a lot of African American voters, and to capture more of those voters, the Repug establishment decided to recruit Herschel Walker as the Repug candidate in the Senate race. Most non-African American Georgians in usual circumstances will vote for Repug candidates no matter who the Repug oligarchs put up, and most African American voters in usual circumstances will vote for the Dem candidate no matter who Dem oligarchs put up.

Therefore, a good strategy for the Repug power structure to win the senate election in Georgia, they seem to think, is to put up Herschel Walker as their candidate. Because of his football fame and charisma, he might draw votes from African Americans who would normally vote for the establishment Dem candidate, no matter how unqualified Walker might be as a USian senator.

Cedric the Entertainer in his podcast below says he thinks Hershey Walker has been taking Creatine after retiring as a football player to keep his muscles tight and bulging.

Whether Walker becomes a paid running back again, this time running plays called by sociopathic quarterbacks of the national Repug political machine, such as Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell, remains to be seen.

Walker has not been shown wearing a coat and tie, the uniform of a USian senator, in any political advertisement I have seen, most likely to keep Georgia voters focused on his unusual muscles instead of how much he knows about solving existential social, economic, political, religious, and ecological problems.

Will Walker not wear a coat and tie in the Senate Chamber in the US Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. if he wins this bizarre manipulated Georgia Senate popularity and beauty contest Tuesday, November 8, 2022?

This is another political can of worms orchestrated by cynical USian Repug oligarchs for their own selfish short run entertainment and emolument, to be gained at the expense of others.   

“Cedric the Entertainer hits Herschel Walker in new attack ad,” by Juliegrace Brufke, Congressional Reporter, WASHINGTON EXAMINER, https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/senate/cedric-the-entertainer-herschel-walker-attack-ad?fbclid=IwAR2jydegePeLKbr9XlNq9447RDr7bAAKozgtdUF5ZNecetBI2zC2CWiRryU.  

September 20

Well worth a look and listen

“Carl Sagan testifying before Congress in 1985 on climate change,” YOUTUBE, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp-WiNXH6hI.

September 20

I did not know about this

Here is a Churchillian-like comment I wrote expressing my sentiments about the English monarchy: “Never in the history of Earthian human states of affairs were a few Earthian humans rewarded so much for doing so little.”

“The First Billionaire to Become UK’s King,” by Sam Pizzigati, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/09/20/the-first-billionaire-to-become-uks-king/?fbclid=IwAR2rl5DJgKk91MKIAKXGSNCxCo90YPsC_WGyRoNXwhP8jxcd4B6sSu2Y_O8.

September 20

It’s hard to find cannon fodder these days, in both Russia and the US

“Critics of the Pentagon have long condemned what is known as the “poverty draft.” The military’s offers of financial incentives like student loan repayment, free college, and other cash incentives are a draw for young people experiencing debt or poverty.

“And, knowing this, the military often actively travels to schools in poor and nonwhite neighborhoods in order to recruit; then, once they join, Black, Latinx, Indigenous and low-income people are disproportionately placed in the most dangerous situations compared to other enlistees.

“This predatory practice is unethical for many reasons, critics of the practice argue. People in active military service are at high risk of mental health issues like suicide, and critics say that poor people shouldn’t have to put their bodies and lives on the line just in order to afford higher education.

“With that in mind, critics said on social media that it is alarming that Republicans would not only acknowledge this fact but also openly advocate for it, saying that Republicans were saying “the quiet part out loud.”

“Activist group the Debt Collective wrote that if canceling student debt actually does decrease military recruitment, that would, in fact, be a good thing.

“One of the best parts about canceling student debt is thinking of all the people who no longer feel compelled to enlist in the military to pay off their loans,” the group wrote on Twitter. “It is not a stretch to say that canceling student debt — and making college free — would hamper U.S. imperial/colonial efforts.”

“GOP: Student Loan Forgiveness Hurts Ability to Lure Poor People Into Military” by Sharon Zhang, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/gop-student-loan-forgiveness-hurts-ability-to-lure-poor-people-into-military/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR2RgBew_Dgg1hOS7kIRt9IoMbRLf889ROkIo42C-Rlhbzm098-afmiqqGg.

September 20

Say it ain’t so Joe

“Warnock, Walker deadlocked in new poll in Georgia Senate race,” by Julia Shaero, THEHILL.COM, https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/3651666-warnock-walker-deadlocked-in-new-poll-in-georgia-senate-race/?fbclid=IwAR37uzngBDad7FkxYWr8XQslfab0mf6HJA2Yd6qC8u2tj2R4gocW-XCl_Yw.

September 19

Say it ain’t so Joe

“Erasing QAnon Fascism: A Case Study in Black Comedy,” by Anthony Dimaggio, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/09/19/erasing-qanon-fascism-a-case-study-in-black-comedy/?fbclid=IwAR1OO9YQ4NsBqkJgxJGy4z04E3lx1yssVHl-eFK2pye6Ovrykxv1fm1n-QM.

September 18

Worth a read. Love is an oft-misconstrued word, often used to extort favors, exemplified by Trump telling his cult members at the January 6 insurrection when he finally told them to go home that he loved them. The word love is often considered synonymous with sexual arousal. This book gets to the heart of what love really is.

“Hannah Arendt on Love and How to Live with the Fundamental Fear of Loss,” THE MARGINALIAN, https://www.themarginalian.org/2019/02/25/love-and-saint-augustine-hannah-arendt/?fbclid=IwAR3IvDRMxMFg2ejFdQeNE9geIpDMwmEfnuk5RLIAz8K7SaRBYYUsU4rGYS4.

September 17

Spot on. Another dynamite article by Eve Ottenberg

“The Chuckleheads Take Charge,” by Eve Ottenberg, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/09/16/the-chuckleheads-take-charge/?fbclid=IwAR0VwnfS2sl2BC9SVQsG7dUMSwhDG-KXsSeQ2W5WEqKv8_1-JT47kMlokoY.

September 16

Some good advice

“What seemingly strange trait will reveal a lot about a person?,” by Cary von Seggern, QUORA.COM, https://www.quora.com/What-seemingly-strange-trait-will-reveal-a-lot-about-a-person/answer/Cory-von-Seggern?ch=1&oid=106391555&share=6f6238d2&srid=hkkCWN&target_type=answer&fbclid=IwAR0_PmAZFaTJp2xvyAoVlQm1szQzDURxJ5Ma81z54HL0MJdnbQ5zPv-Vp98.

September 16

Interesting. I grew up thinking I might have some African American heritage given my unusual kind of curly-wavy hair, which was not the case according to a DNA test at Ancestry.com that showed my heritage is England & Northwestern Europe, 46%; Scotland, 39%; Ireland, 9%; Wales, 4%; Norway, 2%

“Do all African Americans have European heritage? If so, how much on average?,” by Kent Etheridge, QUORA.COM, https://blackhistoryandpolitics.quora.com/An-excellent-read-https-www-quora-com-Do-all-African-Americans-have-European-heritage-If-so-how-much-on-average-answe?ch=1&oid=57495062&share=f6c3c229&srid=hkkCWN&target_type=post&fbclid=IwAR0W5WDtEHrAxiLxozvMtBRPWpLDzvHDdWhshPfL43Q6CeeVswvPWBR9QPc.

September 15

Here’s a well thought and reasoned article by Courtenay Barnett

“President Trump and past and present cognitive dissonance,” by Courtenay Barnett, PAMBAZUKA NEWS, https://www.pambazuka.org/democracy-governance/president-trump-and-past-and-present-cognitive-dissonance?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork&fbclid=IwAR3Ta6QFf–QpUuwxs1Q6XKLVNuZ-NjyCHRBJ4l4u19RDTSG0p5I_LDQyQs.

September 14

Spaceship Earth needs more corporations like this. This is probably unprecedented for an Earthian corporation. All corporations producing the necessities of human life would eventually have to do something like this to implement my idea on how to create Earthian human sustainability that I recommended in my article mentioned above, “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.” at   https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of-spaceship-earth-inc/  .

“Patagonia founder gives away the $3bn company to environmental causes: ‘Earth is now our only shareholder’,” by Ethan Freedman, YAHOO! NEWS, https://news.yahoo.com/patagonia-founder-gives-away-3bn-203333867.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=fb&tsrc=fb.

September 13

Say it aint so Joe. Another hard-truth telling article by Paul Street. This one is on how two wrong political parties do not make a right.

“What’s connecting and driving the playing-with-fire strategy is a pervasive pessimism. For all the sound logic of maneuvering to run against a weaker opponent, there’s also a dispiriting sense that without some nutjob or menacing villain on the other side, Democratic candidates can’t win on their own. ‘I watch focus groups, and Democratic voters are totally checked out and depressed,’ one [Democratic] strategist says. ‘They’re just so sick of everyone involved in politics. Yes, the Supreme Court’s Roe decision enraged them. But some of that ire is directed at their own party: Why the fuck did you guys not codify this when you had the chance? Instead of righteous indignation, it’s more like righteous resignation. So anything that would light a fire under Democrats in November is welcome’” (emphasis added).

“Anything…like the OFR being the Republicans’ presidential nominee in 2024. As Smith ads:

“Including—and especially—Trump making it official, sooner rather than later, that he’s running in 2024. ‘It would be a giant gift to everyone in the party, from Biden on down, to have that guy out there,’ another top Democratic consultant says. Trump has hardly kept his intentions a secret, but the reality of him as a threat, the thinking goes, would shift the conversation away from inflation and toward the existential threat to democracy.”

“Hey: what could go wrong? Right?”

“Transparent Idiocy and Cynically Wishful Democratic Party Thinking: Reflections on a Poll and its Reporting,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/09/09/transparent-idiocy-and-cynically-wishful-democratic-party-thinking-reflections-on-a-poll-and-its-reporting/?fbclid=IwAR2E0OOPFYThbjiQ1FEYwD0XwUlG40LSv7qJqmA5JmUXDm5vBJIJpy5eo1g.

September 13

Of course, the abominable electoral college should be abolished

“Jan. 6 Committee Member Suggests Ending Electoral College,” by Chris Walker, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/jan-6-committee-member-suggests-ending-electoral-college/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR0CF6oTLy_MW6wZj06YOQhrlyDaRFwJLLuVmozHWiqOTouc2Pbo-e9mHYE.

September 13

Generally agree

“What did Kierkegaard mean when he said that ‘Truth is subjectivity and subjectivity is truth’,” by Frederick Dolan, QUORA, https://www.quora.com/What-did-Kierkegaard-mean-when-he-said-that-Truth-is-subjectivity-and-subjectivity-is-truth/answer/Frederick-Dolan?ch=1&oid=367771644&share=de76c81e&srid=hkkCWN&target_type=answer&fbclid=IwAR2VlU6Eq20tau8PkYc3oZOrZDdRDRR3kAd1tQ9n-5Ml5oaBjJ7MOjMh8AI.

September 12

How much longer can this go on? The USian Federal Reserve System can create funny money by punching digits into its computer system to produce numbers it calls real money. They use this “money” to buy USian debt instruments, treasury bills, notes, etc., and private debt and asset instruments. The US govt uses this funny money and tax money to stimulate the private sector and to pay for its yearly military and other expenses, including loan payments to the Social Security System Trust Fund to pay back real money the Federal govt borrowed from the Social Security System. The private sector borrows funny money at low interest from the Federal Reserve System to advance its own interests, including the buying back of stock of corporations to enrich stockholders and executive cronies owning the stock. The total federal debt keeps growing and growing through time. As of 2:57 pm September 12, 2022, the total US federal debt, accumulated throughout its history, according to US Debt Clock.org, was about $30,884,777,487,108, almost thirty-one trillion dollars. So far in fiscal year 2022, total USian federal spending has been about $5,952,558,908,352, about six trillion dollars; and total tax revenue has been about $4,459,634,257,768, resulting in a deficit of about $1,492,922,523,176, about one and one-half trillion dollars, to be paid with Fed funny money and money paid by other purchasers of USian federal debt. The US Federal Reserve System now owns about 11.2 percent of the total USian Federal debt, about 2.5 trillion dollars worth. About 50 percent of the Federal debt is owned by foreign countries, China and others. About 48 percent of the USian debt is owned by USian private citizens and other purchasers in the US. The Federal Reserve is now worried about inflation, so it has been jacking up the interest rate charged everyone in the USian banking system. This causes recession in the real economy. How bad will the incipient recession have to get before the Fed starts lowering interest rates again to cure the recession they had to cause to lower inflation by raising interest rates? Since 1980 or so the losers in this process have been middle and lower income USians who have received no increases in their real incomes while the real incomes of upper income USians have significantly increased. It appears middle and lower income level USians in the private sector will again pay a high price for another roller-coaster ride in the treacherous USian economy, getting stuck again with tenuous employment and lower real incomes after all is said and done coping with this swing of the business cycle, as the USian Federal Reserve System as usual creates funny money and lowers and raises interest rates causing and curing recoveries and recessions. How do Earthian humans responsible for creating and managing this diabolical system sleep at night?

“The US Productive Sector Recession,” by Daniel Lacalle,  DANIEL LACALLE, https://www.dlacalle.com/en/the-u-s-productive-sector-recession/.

September 12

“Modern slavery is present in basically every country, with more than half of cases of forced labour and a quarter of forced marriages in upper-middle income or high-income countries.

“It would be a mistake to believe that forced labour is solely the problem of poor countries,” Ryder told AFP.

“The report found that the number of people — mainly women and girls — stuck in forced marriages had risen by a full 6.6 million since the last global estimates in 2016.

“The number of people in forced labour swelled by 2.7 million over the same period.

“The increase was driven entirely by more forced labour in the private economy, including forced commercial sexual exploitation.

“But the report also said that 14 percent of those in forced labour were doing jobs imposed by state authorities, voicing concern about abuse of compulsory prison labour in many countries, including the United States.

“It also pointed to grave concerns raised by the UN rights office about “credible accounts of forced labour under exceptionally harsh conditions” in North Korea.

“And it highlighted the situation in China, where several UN agencies have warned of possible forced labour, including in the Xinjiang region, where Beijing stands accused of detaining more than one million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.”

“50 Million People Stuck in ‘Modern Slavery’: UN,” by Nina Larson, BARRON’S, https://www.barrons.com/news/50-million-people-stuck-in-modern-slavery-un-01662966307?fbclid=IwAR1PCQ7I-cP6rX2IioJpZCKXXJzQ_o0vKzZ0JP0VQ6eNXotdgDXfkgsMD48.

September 12

Great article by the BBC on possibly the number one problem facing Earthian humans today

“How many people can Earth handle?”, BBC,  https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220905-is-the-world-overpopulated?ocid=ww.social.link.facebook.

September 11

A relevant presentation on how Franco, Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin are being reincarnated around Spaceship Earth

“Fascism Has Gone Mainstream,” by Kelly Hayes, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/audio/fascism-has-gone-mainstream/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR3-s5QsYi4YSPZM08BBdcvzloRAEjH0n-17Li7I5q5fxb9avMWkfnO3umE.

September 9

End this I’m OK—You’re Not OK madness before it ends us all

“Sino-American Relations: Breaking the Gordian Knot,” by Melvin Goodman, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/09/08/sino-american-relations-breaking-the-gordian-knot/?fbclid=IwAR3-s5QsYi4YSPZM08BBdcvzloRAEjH0n-17Li7I5q5fxb9avMWkfnO3umE.

September 9

The filibuster must go

“Report: 17 of 18 Pro-Democracy Bills Were Killed by Filibuster This Congress,” by Sharon Zhang, COUNTERPUNCH, https://truthout.org/articles/report-17-of-18-pro-democracy-bills-were-killed-by-filibuster-this-congress/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR1lbr8Iv_bJK1LgpYja0nP4Xj0J_1diqEkgcpOfj-uO8NBx2YadTeN2RsI.

September 8

Worse than you might have thought

“Summary: U.S. Drought Monitor,” U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR, https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Summary.aspx?fbclid=IwAR17DcQ0icQt__LZugUlei3EN9ID-lOODa16G39XWlytguL9quR_ThUhiPM.

September 8

Say it ain’t so Joe

“Silencing the Lambs: How Propaganda Works,” by John Pilger, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/09/08/silencing-the-lambs-how-propaganda-works/?fbclid=IwAR2kNMnO3mVnBDEt9k3PZPNq7L7kKT96mrFDvoKnefbxwV7cc175cMbsQoQ.

September 6

Say this ain’t so Joe

“Let’s Stop Pretending America Is a Functioning Democracy,” by Chris Hedges, SCHEERPOST, https://scheerpost.com/2022/09/05/chris-hedges-lets-stop-pretending-america-is-a-functioning-democracy/?fbclid=IwAR12flPAn7XbuOJUteRkLGl1FVLlh97dk6jpG3De5eW9s-T6u2e1K5ITbTo.

September 8

So sad

“Trump is a ‘deranged, defective personality’ we’re watching ‘self-destruct in real time’: George Conway,” by Matthew Chapman, QUORA, https://nevertrumpers.quora.com/Trump-is-a-deranged-defective-personality-were-watching-self-destruct-in-real-time-George-Conway?ch=1&oid=80281575&share=fd6c83b4&srid=hkkCWN&target_type=post&fbclid=IwAR2kkx7BExumOAXi_FCCdVkH9sH62vb_l68H0cK7b1awYVdTpv0YEI3Ov7w.

September 6

If systemic changes are not made in the capitalistic system

“Our Super Rich Are Fretting About Their Great-Great-Grandkids,” by Sam Pizzigati, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/09/06/our-super-rich-are-fretting-about-their-great-great-grandkids/?fbclid=IwAR0f6wX-JJvh5Kfb163DuYKckZNdHGCc-1FcLUlqJQKScJuuAlCYCv3ovtg.

September 6

Greed and corruption at the top of large corporations, a continuing saga

“Does Mexico’s Wind Industry Deliver More Dirty Profits Than Clean Energy?,” by Tamara Pearson, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/does-mexicos-wind-industry-deliver-more-dirty-profits-than-clean-energy/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR0obTWS1628gozQDtL2KF45fcLCxm5MvrCpO05JFrM3tniR96c-F30U6Mg.

September 6

No. In order to be a genius one must do ingenious things and be widely recognized for it. Any genius worth his or her salt would know if s/he had met this criterion

“Can one be a genius and not know it,” by Emmanuel Brun d’Aubignosc, QUORA, https://www.quora.com/Can-one-be-a-genius-and-not-know-it/answer/Emmanuel-Brun-dAubignosc?ch=1&oid=109908637&share=92e156ab&srid=hkkCWN&target_type=answer&fbclid=IwAR0xjxjmT9MNLzlGXDQECPhC1SG5Ycp0osKNyRk-dBXAs-Ejdlb6zGAcqUo.

September 5

For some optimistic thinking read this

“How to Green Our Parched Farmlands and Finance Critical Infrastructure,”  by Ellen Brown, SCHEERPOST, https://scheerpost.com/2022/09/01/ellen-brown-how-to-green-our-parched-farmlands-and-finance-critical-infrastructure/?fbclid=IwAR1VrVnFm0ddAFmROk_5ZXMFx2vgChq3XbYgkIcU6yGYKFxEiAKCu6LyKNA .

September 5

Two wrongs do not make a right

“Where’s the Outrage?,” by J Peder Zane, REALCLEAR POLITICS, https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2022/09/02/wheres_the_outrage_148136.html?fbclid=IwAR1jlSjGi1wIWlzF2NRuH7dmTNW7y0FV-Djgw2eBJw0WPGBSWMp4QMsJ-_U.

September 3

Facism anyone? Here’s another dynamite article by Paul Street

“No-so ‘Semi’-Fascism and its Bourgeois-Democratic Enablers,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/09/02/not-so-semi-fascism-and-its-bourgeois-democratic-enablers/?fbclid=IwAR2zRkzeRYXcsHqJA55yxcHdvtzoYExaF1VQLmgkh_JGQoMGJrM2WZDoNYY.

September 3

Never read or heard this before

“Why did the Confederacy lose the war?,” by David Sciacchitano, QUORA, https://www.quora.com/Why-did-the-Confederacy-lose-the-Civil-War/answer/David-Sciacchitano-1?ch=1&oid=325334514&share=a05c3ae1&srid=hkkCWN&target_type=answer&fbclid=IwAR0LH8deRTIg2MDNvSvLubsKJdKkme87O7Y-WQSAf07d0ww3zxD7UUndT_I.

September 2

“McGuire concludes: “This is a call to arms. So if you feel the need to glue yourself to a motorway or blockade an oil refinery, do it. Drive an electric car or, even better use public transport, walk or cycle. Switch to a green energy tariff; eat less meat. Stop flying; lobby your elected representatives at both local and national level; and use your vote wisely to put in power a government that walks the talk on the climate emergency,”

“For the first time in modern history major changes in lifestyle are now a requirement for human survival.

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if climate scientists like Bill McGuire (there are several others with very similar views) had it all wrong?”

“How Bad Can It Get,” by Robert Hunziker, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/09/02/how-bad-can-it-get/?fbclid=IwAR0Lq373t8cO0TG8HuDcy_aor8UseoplMwlUFb7aRbDoF2jn4T4CVA5-Ne0.

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ABOUT THE EDITOR 

Here’s Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA in his office at Georgia Southern University the year he retired in 2005, the senior professor of the university that year. The photo was shot by Lori Grice, a former student, founder of Lori Grice Photography.

The object under his left hand is a version of the Classroom De- Gamer™ he invented in 1978.

He would spin the spinner of the De-Gamer in his classes to randomly select a student at the beginning of each class session to lead a discussion of the case assigned for that day, a case taken from a business situation that really happened prepared by professional casewriters at Georgia Southern, Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Alabama.

Grades were based eighty percent on oral class participation in dialectical discussions about what to do about problems and opportunities; the rest of the final grade was based on two case write-ups. One write-up was about what the student observed, researched, analyzed, and wrote about an existing business in the local environment or a business plan the student created. The other write-up was an analysis of a case observed and and written by business professors assigned as the final exam. Cases used in his courses contained processes, problems, opportunities, and data occurring in all functional areas of business such as entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, operations management, control, management information systems, and business policy and strategy.

He learned how the case method works teaching with Bernard Bienvenu, DBA and Rexford Hauser, DBA (Harvard Business School doctorates) at the University of Louisiana– Lafayette in 1969-70.

He has published refereed journal articles and books explaining how his democratic Game-free Adult-Adult I’m OK—You’re OK case method system works, by banishing Persecutors, Rescuers, and Victims playing psychological Games from the teaching and learning process, first documented in an article titled “The Classroom De-Gamer” he published in 1978 in the Transactional Analysis Journal.

He learned and trained in transactional analysis with Martin Groder, MD; Graham Barnes, PhD; Vann Joines, PhD; and many others at the Southeast Institute at Chapel Hill, North Carolina (1975-1978).

He has degrees in economics (BS, 1962), organizational behavior (MBA, 1966), and management science (PhD, 1969) from Texas Tech University. He has an organizational and educational certification in transactional analysis (CTA) granted by the International Transactional Analysis Association (1978).

He taught in his own case method track at the undergraduate level in the management department of the business school at Georgia Southern University offering four or five different elective case method courses each academic year (1970-2005), in which he led, coordinated, and graded about twenty-five or so students each year who took all or most of those case method courses in their junior and senior years, of about two hundred students who signed up for all his courses each year. He used a democratic circle or amphitheater classroom layout in all his classes. He also taught most semesters two sections of a capstone integrative business policy course he added to the business school curriculum in 1970 that was required for all undergraduate business majors that could be chosen by any student in any major.  He was the only professor in the business school to use the case method in any course.

His students agreed to a course learning contract that stipulated they would read the facts of the case before class and would lose a whole letter grade from the course final grade if the De-Gamer randomly caught them obviously not having read the case before class, if they had not slipped a note under his office door before class telling him they had not read the case, which they could do twice during the course without penalty.

About ten percent of his students made A’s and about five percent made D’s. Most made C’s, which is about right, since C = Average. There were few F’s in his courses. The main criterion for course grades was the quantity and quality of ideas sold by students in case method discussions. He used peer ratings to give students feedback showing what their fellow students thought about the quantity and quality of their ideas sold in class, having made it clear the final decision about final grades was his. He did not believe in Lake Wobegon grading.

No student was ever forced to take one of his courses to graduate, and the most hardened Game-players in the school did not sign up for his courses after he issued his Edict of 1972 in which he clearly spelled out in his syllabi the penalty for getting caught unprepared. His Classroom De-Gamer™ was roundly discussed by students in bull sessions across campus every year and was labeled various things, such as The Wheel of Fate and The Death Wheel. Most students near the end of his career simply called it The Spinner.

He appreciated Georgia Southern honoring his academic freedom while allowing him control of his teaching methods, classroom layouts, grading procedures, and course books, cases, and materials, some of which he researched, wrote, and published. He was promoted to full professor at age thirty-six.

He collected longitudinal research data using questionnaires in 1992 showing his case method students during 1972-1982 reported higher yearly incomes in 1992 than students electing the same courses in 1972-1982 taught by professors using the authoritarian lecture method and the militaristic row and column classroom layout, who graded students based on memorizing or calculating  “right answers” for tests, indicating learners learning in Adult—Adult I’m OK—You’re OK Game-free democratic learning processes graded subjectively became more successful in the real world of business than learners lectured to and graded using so-called objective multiple-choice tests.  

Only former students who had worked in the real world ten or more years after graduating from the Georgia Southern business school were included in the study. The data are shown, analyzed, and discussed in full in “Evidence the Case Method Works” in his book Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds, 2008, pg. 475). The data were also used in several refereed articles.

For more information on related classroom management ethical issues see Stapleton, R.J. and Murkison, G. (2001), “Optimizing the fairness of student evaluations: A study of correlations between instructor excellence, study production, learning production, and expected grades,” published in the Journal of Management Education, 25(3), 269-292.

Stapleton had one of the lowest student grade point averages among professors in the business school and was one of the lowest-ranked professors as an instructor on computerized campus-wide student evaluations that weighted only instructor excellence scores up to 2000; but he was one of the highest-ranked professors in a computerized student evaluation system he designed that generated data also showing and weighting study production, learning production, and expected grades scores for each professor, published in “Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations.”

To read the Optimizing Fairness article in full, go to https://studysites.sagepub.com/holt/articles/Stapleton.pdf . After this research was published, Georgia Southern in 2001 added study production, learning production, and expected grades questions to the student evaluation form used campus-wide.

“Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations” has by now (September 27, 2022) been cited as a reference in 83 refereed journal articles concerned about the ethics of student evaluations in several academic disciplines, including eight new citations since April 2021.

As the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein propositioned, “The case is all there is.”

If so, everything else said about Earthian human states of affairs is a rendition of what was or might be.

For more on Stapleton’s cultural, educational, and professional experiences go to https://blog.effectivelearning.net/.  

 

THE EARTHIAN  —  32      

THE EARTHIAN, Number Thirty-Two, August 25, 2022, Effective Learning Publications https://blog.effectivelearning.net/ , 32 East Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, USA, specializing in Adult education.

THE EARTHIAN is a digest of articles written by free-thinking truth-seeking critical-thinking creative-thinking truth-accepting hard-hitting independent writers in linked Internet journals containing facts, perspectives, theories, models, memes, analyses, and recommendations concerned about psychological, moral, ethical, philosophical, social, economic, political, military, religious, and ecological states of affairs affecting the existential well-being of all species of fauna and flora aboard Spaceship Earth.

“ASK LESS WHAT YOUR NATION CAN DO FOR YOU—ASK MORE WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR SPACESHIP EARTH”

Individuals Are Not to Praise or Blame for How Earthian Economic, Social, and Political States of Affairs Evolve

OR SO IT SEEMS TO ME RIGHT NOW

By RICHARD JOHN STAPLETON

It seems to me nothing new of systemic significance economically and politically has happened around Spaceship Earth in the last month or so. One positive new thing I am aware of is that the dim dems in Washington were able to get a bill passed in the Senate that became law in a one hundred percent party-line up or down 51-50 vote that will enable the USian federal government to negotiate Medicare drug prices with pharmaceutical companies that should result in lower drug prices, albeit it will be 2026 before it takes effect, too late for it to do a lot of elderly citizens any good. On the other hand, Bernie Sanders tried to get a bill passed in the senate that would withdraw subsidies for oil companies that might help solve global warming problems and tax unfairness problems, that got voted down 99-1, the worst political defeat I ever heard of for a USian senator. Imagine, not one dem senator other than Sanders voted for the bill, showing how much power the money of the oil oligarchs buys and wields. Global warming might exterminate Earthian humans, but, so what, USian humans will still have plenty of gasoline to drive around in their SUVs and pickups, at least for a while, and the oil companies get to keep their unfair tax subsidies. Meanwhile Trump still parades around the country spewing his usual vitriol and ordinary repugs still show up at his rallies and give him some of their hard-earned money for another political run in 2024, based on nothing but magical thinking. Repug Representative Liz Cheney just got punished for her political good deeds in the Trump hearings in Washington by getting voted out of office in a primary vote by her erstwhile repug supporters in Wyoming. Meanwhile the hounds of justice continue to nip at Trump’s heels in several criminal investigations in the US. The situation in Europe featuring the Ukraine proxy war seems to be getting almost normalized and stagnated. The war has done its work in many ways serving the purposes of the Russian and the Usian military-industrial complexes. Russia has proved how vital its natural gas is to ordinary Europeans and the USian military machine has solidified its control of NATO and European vassals. Ukraine could become another Iraq or Syria, or Libya, or Afghanistan. Dem Speaker of the House Nancy “Snow White” Pelosi got back from her trip to Taiwan without setting loose a hornet’s nest of trouble, probably to support USian military-industrial complex efforts to create a second peer cold war enemy in the Far East, namely China, to keep its cash flows flowing from the USian treasury via funny money flowing to the treasury from the USian Federal Reserve System and real money flowing from USian taxpayers to the USian treasury. Torrential floods and scorching heat are now devastating large swaths of territory around Spaceship Earth, washing houses away, burning up crops, and threatening drinking water supplies. The cotton crop is just about burned up in the largest cotton-producing region of the US, the South Plains of Texas. About the only cotton vegetation left there is cotton watered by irrigation systems that seep water to cotton plant roots via holes in plastic pipe buried in the ground to prevent evaporation. Kentucky on the other hand recently almost got washed away by floods, as did Las Vegas. If this ain’t climate change what is? Ordinary repugs are still focused on outlawing abortions and legalizing voter suppression and vote stealing and getting Trump’s wall finished. Ordinary dems are hoping the bottom does not fall out anytime soon while advocating few if any new systemic changes other than restoring women’s right to choose abortions in certain red states that are determined to regress the US back into some sort of fundamentalist fairy-tale world, analogous to what the Taliban have done in Afghanistan, with “real” men fully in control. Meanwhile, about all ordinary Earthian humans can do is peacefully and productively live their lives as best they can despite these threats and hope their fascist leaders do not ignite an apocalypse playing psychological Games with militarization and nuclear weapons proliferation (MNWP)—or that global warming and climate change (GWCC) doesn’t inexorably destroy their habitats and themselves.

A participant in the seminar Rout Logger conducted in the novel As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases wanted to know how the new computerized Earthian management system recommended for Spaceship Earth, Inc. in the Rooster novel could possibly be implemented. Well, it can’t be anytime soon. A major systemic change such as this would take decades, maybe a century or more of discussion, planning, and implementation by millions of Earthian humans; but attempting such a thing would be better than keeping on doing over and over what does not work. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” (the philosopher Lao Tzu).

As recommended in As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases, thousands of democracy chapters could be established around Spaceship Earth in which ordinary Earthian humans would be randomly-selected to lead democratic discussions about Earthian existential problems to develop consensual answers about what should be done—presuming Earthian humans somehow figured out a way to significantly change the fascist systems always used around Spaceship Earth that entailed allowing empowered nationalistic leaders sitting atop authoritarian hierarchical organizations to make existential decisions. This would eliminate the worst consequences of zero-sum chess-playing by nationalistic leaders—such as Putin of Russia deciding to invade and bomb Ukraine and Bush II of the US deciding to bomb and invade Iraq—regardless of where their marching orders came from.

Spaceship Earth, Inc. democracy chapters would be established around Earth to develop consensual answers regarding existential matters from the bottom up that would percolate up to randomly-selected humans who would count the consensual answers to make necessary changes. Consensual tactics, strategies, and policies would then be developed around Earth for programming the whole computerized Spaceship Earth management system, that could be operated and controlled using artificial intelligence programming in magnum computers capable of rapidly calculating solutions using large data bases to crank out schedules for producing and distributing the necessities of life.

Randomly-selected groups of Earthian humans of high intelligence with impeccable moral and ethical character and credentials would control codes for programming the Earthian Magnum Computer System to implement bottom-up consensual recommendations of millions of members from discussions in democracy chapters around Spaceship Earth.

All members of elite groups in charge of the codes for the magnum computer system would serve limited terms. These members would not vote or decide what to do. They would merely see to it that the computer system implemented the consensual recommendations of millions of Earthian humans from all walks of life, as determined by honest, free, fair, and frank democratic Game-free discussions in democracy chapters all around Spaceship Earth, as explained and shown in As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases. The overall objective would be to manage the Earthian system in such a way as to maximize, or at least optimize, the lifetime satisfactions of all Earthian humans, as well as all species of life aboard Spaceship Earth, taking verifiable objective resource requirements and constraints for producing the necessities of life for all Earthians into account.

Necessary moral and ethical requirements and constraints could be programmed in the Magnum management system that temporary elite Earthian humans at the top would be required to obey. If changes should be made in the moral and ethical codes in the overall program they would be sent back to the Earthian democracy chapters for discussion and then tabulated and analyzed before algorithms programmed in the system would instantiate new moral and ethical programming in the Magnum management system program.

The output of the whole system would automatically change as changes in the values of the variables of the system changed in reality around Spaceship Earth. On the other hand, systemic changes would be made from time to time in the programming of the system itself as determined by new recommendations made by the democracy chapters.   

This magnum computerized management system would require a strict system of security controls like the current codes of nations possessing nuclear weapons, hopefully providing security several magnitudes more secure than current nuclear codes, to make sure a madman could not get in control of any aspect of the Magnum Spaceship Earth Management System.

A management system such as this would significantly improve previous management systems used around Spaceship Earth that have historically empowered egotistical, greedy, power mad, insane, grandiose, poorly educated, not-very-bright individual Earthian humans to make existential decisions affecting the OKness of hundreds, thousands, millions, and billions of humans around Earth, an incredibly dumb thing to do, that has been done over and over again for millennia, resulting in incredible losses and suffering at various moments of history caused by the inexorable unfair and indiscriminate tunneling out of Not-OK, OK, or Good Luck by infinite cause-effect chains for hundreds, thousands, millions, or billions of individual Earthian humans around Spaceship Earth temporarily living in their worm holes of existence, at all times since time immemorial, resulting from the cosmic evolution commencing with the Big Bang.

A tough lesson for Earthian humans to accept propositioned in Effective Learning Publications books is that everything that happens in human states of affairs is either predetermined or accidental and therefore individuals are not to blame or praise for what happens in human states of affairs. This is easier to swallow after accepting that acting otherwise will support and perpetuate the I’m OK—You’re Not OK life position that has bedeviled, sabotaged, and undermined Earthian humans since time immemorial, making losers out of most of them.

About the only way anyone can seriously be affected by others is through democratic face to face discussions, through rigorous honest dialectical, dialogical, and analogical arguing based on facts and reasoning of all kinds, honestly dealing with Earthian human existential states of affairs.

What is considered natural, unnatural; normal, abnormal; right, wrong; ethical, unethical; righteous, sinful; worthy, unworthy; or sane or insane by a particular Earthian human is caused by information lodged in her/his brain caused to be lodged there by the concatenation of infinite cause-effect chains causing her/him to exist and slowly inch through the Earthian worm hole of existence inexorably tunneled out for her or him by her/his unbroken cause-effect chains throughout his/her infinitesimally short cosmic life, however Not-OK, OK, or Good that luck or fate might be as judged by any Earthian human; and all Earthian humans just keep on inching forward in their worm holes as best they can dealing with inevitable problems and opportunities existing at various stages of their lives in their unique tunnels, as they continue to be knocked around like balls in a pin-ball machine by events caused by their cause-effect chains happening in their so-called real worlds and in their conscious and sub-conscious minds at various stages of their lives, however Not-OK, OK, or Good their inherited Luck might have been absolutely, which cannot be proved, however easy it might be to estimate relatively.

It follows that changing the scripts of Earthian humans for the better requires changing the course of unique tunnels of existence in which individual humans accidentally and inevitably live, a tall order indeed. Some biological constructivists would consider this notion a pipedream, instead considering the whole process a meaningless drift in the infinity of time and space.

Constructivism is considered relevant in all three Effective Learning Report books listed below, having been discussed explicitly in Business Voyages and listed as a source in the bibliographies of all three books.

For more information on the use of Transactional Analysis  https://www.itaaworld.org/  to create better discussion groups and democratic processes read Born to Learn:  A Transactional Analysis of Human Learninghttps://www.amazon.com/Born-Learn-Transactional-Analysis-Learning/dp/0692584331 

For more information on how to co-construct better organizations and economic systems using transactional analysis read Business Voyages:  Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds    https://www.amazon.com/Business-Voyages-Schemata-Discovering-Co-Constructing/dp/1413480810

Read free the article “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc,”  https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of-spaceship-earth-inc/   for some management science ideas on how Earthian humans might eventually co-construct an economic system that is viable and satisfying for everyone aboard Spaceship Earth, making it possible for all Earthian humans to develop an I’m OK—You’re OK life position. 

Read As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases. This recently-published novel features a new kind of seminar invented and coordinated by Rout Logger that might reduce the probability of Earthian human extinction that requires participants in a seminar to speak out and up when randomly selected by a Truther rooster positioned in the center of a randomly-selected group of forty humans sitting in a circle. The Truther rooster resembles a spinning weather vane. The rooster is programmed to bob its head up and down and raucously crow after being twirled by a randomly-selected seminar participant, as it spins round and round winding down, letting group members know it’s time to wake up and get to work, before it’s too late. When the Truther rooster stops spinning whoever is at the end of a line of imaginary fire extending from the rooster’s beak to her or him sitting in the circle is automatically selected as the Leader of the Moment for the group, proving pure democracy can happen. The Leader of the Moment must then lead the group into a democratic discussion of what s/he considers the most serious existential problem around Spaceship Earth.

According to Effective Learning Publications books, achieving Earthian human sustainability entails such things as Earthian humans peacefully reducing through natural attrition (natural deaths exceeding births) the human population aboard Spaceship Earth, never doing work that machines can do better, and delegating the day-to-day management of systems for scheduling, producing, and distributing the necessities of life to artificial intelligence programs and supercomputers, assuming sufficient quantities of non-human clean energy can be discovered and developed using mind grants.

This is possible managing Spaceship Earth using the general algorithmic matrix algebra form

Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi

explained in “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.” at   https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of-spaceship-earth-inc/  .

It seems to me this mathematical formulation could one day develop for Earthian humans power in economics loosely analogous to the power of E=mc2 in physics. Max or Min CjXj, subject to, AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi is a general form of the linear programming model, which has been around for many years in management science, operations research, and linear algebra courses.

It seems to me Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi symbolizes knowledge that gives the Earthian human species about as much potential power to perpetuate itself as Albert Einstein’s formula E=mc2 symbolizes knowledge that gives the Earthian human species the power to exterminate itself.

Riding aboard an airliner about to land at night traveling at four hundred miles an hour at thirty-five thousand feet with clouds, rain, wind, and lightning below, what would you rather have figuring out the path, speed, and angle of descent of the aircraft for touch-down, the plane’s auto-pilot, radar, and computer system or the pilot and co-pilot, seeing nothing out their windows but clouds and lightning?

The main reason why delegating the scheduling, production, and distribution of the necessities of life to AI programs and magnum computers would be a good idea is that magnum computers and algorithmic AI programs do not get greedy and power hungry or play psychological Games. Thus far in Earthian human history most leaders and rulers atop large organizations such as nations have become corrupt one way or another playing psychological Games, acting out selfish greedy ego trips, hogging all the power, money, strokes, stimulation, and recognition they could get their hands on for themselves and their cronies, leaving the hindmost to their underlings. Whatever their limitations and possible threats, algorithmic computer programs and super computers are not egotistical, greedy, and power-hungry.

Thanks to Buckminster Fuller for providing the above airplane-landing metaphor in his book Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, first published in 1969, and for planting seeds for other ideas in the essay “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.,” published in the Effective Learning Report, such as computers being the best hope for mankind and humans not doing work machines can do better, being paid to think instead with what Fuller called mind grants. Fuller said unemployment all around Spaceship Earth could be eliminated overnight with mind grants. Buckminster Fuller was the inventor of the appellations Earthian and Spaceship Earth.    

If you have ideas on how to democratically discuss in Game-free ways economic and political problems and opportunities go to the Ogeechee Economic Forum at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/ogeechee-economic-forum/ and scroll up to and click on the RESPONSES tab at the top of this blog page and speak out about them in writing.

If you feel you’ve gained value from THE EARTHIAN, go to the Internet or any walk-in bookstore around Spaceship Earth and purchase one or more of the above books. As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases is the latest and probably most engaging Effective Learning Publications book. Rout Logger is the protagonist of the novel story. It’s available now as a Nook Book at Barnes & Noble for $4.99 https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/as-the-rooster-crows-earthian-okness-increases-richard-john-stapleton/1140476381?ean=9781088023464.  

WHAT FOLLOWS IS THE MOST INTERESTING PART OF THE EARTHIAN, THE THINKING OF HARD-HITTING TRUTH-SEEKING TRUTH-ACCEPTING WRITERS AND ARTISTS ABOUT RELEVANT EARTHIAN PROBLEMS AND OPPORTUNITIES PUBLISHED IN RECENT WEEKS IN LINKED ARTICLES AND MEMES IN INTERNET MEDIA AROUND SPACESHIP EARTH.

August 25, 2022

Great article by Rick Staggenborg, MD

“The Stealth Plan to Privatize Medicare for All, by Rick Staggenborg, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/08/24/the-stealth-plan-to-privatize-medicare-for-all/?fbclid=IwAR1Cqj4khw-J-uyV75pAYzfX0pGDh_2SFok394N9Ti0wVw70rjHHI1PyBDE.

August 24

Say it aint so Joe

“Heatwave in China is the most severe ever recorded in the world,” by Michael LePage, MSN,  https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/heatwave-in-china-is-the-most-severe-ever-recorded-in-the-world/ar-AA110949?cvid=a9a8feb2315e414a8e806c12cf0a7985.

August 18

Probably truer now than when he spoke it

“As we observe the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we consider this speech given in 1955 by Bertrand Russell,” HUMANISTS UK, https://www.facebook.com/humanists.uk/videos/1252834768861799.

August 18

Davy Crockett, “The king of the wild frontier” in the US, who “kilt him a bar before he was only three,” said “make sure you’re right and then go ahead.” If only it were that simple.

“The Value of Philosoophy” by Bertrand Russell, DR. JEFFREY NAI, https://www.facebook.com/DrJeffreyNall/photos/gm.5714319431934198/5829770260406734/.

August 22

While I disagree with most of the long run assumptions and projections of this article, it seems to me the author’s historical and short run perspectives are relevant and could happen, although nobody knows what the probability of them happening to what degree is

“An Autumn With Epic Collapses of Stocks, Debt, Currencies, Much Higher Inflation – Leading to Poverty & Social Unrest,” by Egon von Greyerz, GOLD SWITZERLAND, https://goldswitzerland.com/an-autumn-with-epic-collapses-of-stocks-debt-currencies-much-higher-inflation-leading-to-poverty-social-unrest/?fbclid=IwAR1S4en-swyjpxQcujbjAD1P0bQ8h9luISXQX1wOrkctSxvpabrzVY2j5s8.

August 22

Say it aint so Joe

“The Best Lack All conviction as the River Goes Brown,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/08/19/the-best-lack-all-conviction-as-the-river-goes-brown/?fbclid=IwAR2714fDN8mTuGAD9X-WGbna6br1Vud3SD9wujzUPeazUY7MpMZeeeaEkN4.

August 22

Excellent point in this article

“Trump and the Fifth,” by Jacob G. Hornberger, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/08/22/trump-and-the-fifth/?fbclid=IwAR1llWXWzDejS8HPvt_ZBg-vLRoePGy09HjMrF17LdX46xyaydduOYW_eps.

August 22

No cure on the horizon in this race to the bottom?

“Despite Trump’s Legal Woes, GOP Political Candidates Are Leaping to His Defense,” by Sasha Abramsky, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/despite-trumps-legal-woes-gop-political-candidates-are-leaping-to-his-defense/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR0_CLlpbVCmE-JKxhl_jKdVh8mOlpdDa8mq7-IiUndy4GB7_Yfsf7Viu30.

August 22

Grasping at straws?

“Europe is Trying to Solve Its Energy Crisis With Fossil Fuel Projects in Africa,” by Simon Pirani, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/europe-is-trying-to-solve-its-energy-crisis-with-fossil-fuel-projects-in-africa/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR1m8ckti-sRPLEyxjg9QfsO0wOoAPjtrKmTVgrR4yzb-MztSL_zCJiwl-I.

August 22

Seems to me the current inflation problem is not caused by more real demand. It’s caused by faux demand caused by the creation and dissemination of funny money, exacerbated by less real supply of energy. The long run solution is to create less real demand by breeding fewer Earthian humans than naturally die each year to make all existing Earthian humans richer by enabling all of them living on Earth to get richer from year to year by receiving larger slices of smaller economic pies of goods and services baked every year, due to the Earthian human population shrinking disproportionately to the Earthian production of goods and services, to deal with Global warming and climate change (GWCC).

“Something is Looming Geopolitically, and We Better Start Taking It Seriously,” THE LAST REFUGE, https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/08/18/something-is-looming-geopolitically-and-we-better-start-taking-it-seriously/?fbclid=IwAR0AR_G-_mp4MFpki5z2d5gmWdGuSwHd5plFKSnhrgkBh9Ap4gEuItIaCeI.

August 22

Sad indeed

“Hitler’s Scuttled Black Sea Fleet, Centuries-Old ‘Hunger Stones’ Emerge From Dry Riverbeds In Drought-Stricken Europe,” by Tyler Durden, ZDEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/weather/hitlers-scuttled-black-sea-fleet-centuries-old-hunger-stones-emerge-dry-riverbeds-drought?fbclid=IwAR1K86fAJG-1ZCovXESnX4eAE4GyrKSzi9NffeKfxYx0-RiFBURg0yPPToA.

August 22

Very sad it’s come to this

“Weaponizing the Bureaucracy: Who Will Protect Us from the Government’s Standing Army?,” by John and Nisha Whitehead, RUTHERFORD.ORG, https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/weaponizing_the_bureaucracy_who_will_protect_us_from_the_governments_standing_army.

August 20

Well said

“A Letter to a Repellent Request about Fascism,” by Betrand Russell, https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=619468099541011&set=a.280894120065079.

August 20

Another great article by the brilliant and courageous Eve Ottenberg. It does appear Biden does not know what he is up to or just does not care about some serious problems; but how could that not be a problem with any USian president in the minds of USians?

“The Biden-Trump Persecution of Julian Assange,” by Eve Ottenberg, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/08/19/the-biden-trump-persecution-of-julian-assange/?fbclid=IwAR14vGGZYoMotQARjhPACGPSCmF-VVJcwcP3HoS_88vVdCno18xj5Ab6RdA.

August 19

What a surprise

“Trump-Appointed Judge Blocks Biden Moratorium on Oil and Gas Leasing,” by Jake Johnson, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/trump-appointed-judge-blocks-biden-moratorium-on-oil-and-gas-leasing/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR0pk0jwODnFhdEGoyBVc4eDj63WZ5LioRVdCFFIHxsVe2tKCXmRIkQnV_A.

August 19

Back down from what? What progressives in Congress? Other than Sanders, Warren, and a handful of others?

“Sanders: ‘It is Absolutely Imperative’ for Progressives to Not Back Down,” by Sharon Zhang, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/sanders-it-is-absolutely-imperative-for-progressives-to-not-back-down/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR0pL2Hsl2vGCeO2xiJzM8jx01BVzipHZY0JOxfvC-Q4HtaPt4q6Iq6X5Ag.

August 19

Ain’t that sumthin’

“How sad it must be – believing that scientists, scholars, historians, economists and journalists have devoted their whole lives deceiving you, while a reality-TV star with decades of fraud and exhaustively-documented lying is your beacon of honesty?,” by Jym Shorts, https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=629207892059852&set=a.340686620911982.

August 19

Think we’ve got it bad here?

“Drought conditions in Britain prompt water restrictions for millions of Londoners,” by Anmar Frangoul, CNBC, https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/17/london-to-face-water-restrictions-from-next-week-thames-water-says-.html?__source=sharebar|facebook&par=sharebar&fbclid=IwAR1Ga7eA1ssTq5TNebiuNh4NnUphaYeltrIvX60elmKPJHn_jsiE2CDPKqY.

August 17

How could Wyoming repug voters do this given what Cheney did to preserve truth, justice, and democracy in the US?  Apparently Wyoming repugs don’t like or care about democracy

“Cheney ponders 2024 bid after losing Wyoming GOP primary,” by Steve Peoples and Mead Gruver, AP NEWS, https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-donald-trump-presidential-wyoming-alaska-48a5444f247727d26cf67a0a72f14637?fbclid=IwAR2nBw7ErufvoQ9IBKc9vZcsql0XuPOXw4GXIjjB2dfctm-MrFTynrGSuwo.

August 17

Great powers and imperial empires are passe, or at least they soon will be, thanks to global warming and climate change (GWCC)

“Washington Wants a New Cold War…That’s a Bad Idea,” by Katrina Vanden Heuvel, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/08/16/washington-wants-a-new-cold-war-thats-a-bad-idea/?fbclid=IwAR2KXNGnB75T0eb6BuGnjv3oiT8Z7MEZBXX0BClRooLKcb_13u-QdeR1u-M.

August 16

Hell of a note for a so-called non-profit organization

“The California health care industry is massive, a corporate kingdom employing hundreds of thousands, cashing in with billions in profit – for profit and not for profit alike.

“Kaiser Permanente was once considered union friendly, a progressive organization which enrolled thousands of trade unionists. No more. Kaiser is today one of the largest not-for-profits in the country; it, is the pacesetter in California. Kaiser is based in the Bay Area with 39 nine hospitals and some 700 medical facilities. In recent years, it has grown by 600,000 members; it now employs some 300,000 workers, including 80,000 nurses and doctors. In 2020, its profits were $6.4 billion. In 2021, its net worth, according to the California Department of Managed Health Care, was $43.3 billion. CEOs are compensated handsomely. Salaries compared to workers: 231-1! Greg Adams, the chief executive in Oakland received $17.3 million in total compensation in 2020. He and the 100 top executives have the benefit of eight separate retirement plans.

“Kaiser can do this! It has the money.

“The 16,000 member NUHW represents California 4000 Kaiser mental health technicians, clinicians (psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses and chemical dependency counselors), including another 2000 in southern California who settled earlier in the year.

“We are striking because our patients aren’t receiving needed services,” says Shay Loftus, a psychologist, also in Kaiser’s Napa/Solano “We’re not willing to be part of a system that disrespects the work we do and prevents us from providing ethical care. Kaiser has no excuse to continue treating mental health care as a separate and unequal service, and we’re going to keep striking until that changes.”

“The Strike at Kaiser,” by Cal Winslow, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/08/16/the-strike-at-kaiser/?fbclid=IwAR2JgOOnoiOmSHjRrHaefvmBo8PrLo9BRiAL1olh12sPI_HML-SgRhxa3TE.

August 16

Where I grew up. Sad

“’Worst I’ve Ever Seen’: Cotton Prices Soar After Historic USDA Cut Amid Megadrought,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/worst-ive-ever-seen-cotton-prices-soar-after-historic-usda-cut-amid-megadrought?fbclid=IwAR1RxYgUdRh7sTzuVNnuAxxVJIyCAQgim3mcEzothTnsTvxUbmyUwnZFN7k.

August 13

Lies, lies, and damned lies, all around in USian politics. another brilliant incisive fearless truth-telling article by Paul Street

“The Dangerous, Degenerate Dems: Pied Piper 2022 and Other Forms of Complicity,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/08/12/the-dangerous-degenerate-dems-pied-piper-2022-and-other-forms-of-complicity/?fbclid=IwAR3iJXVh67SKlamSozijOyeHIqLvmIKiKm5B9zLv7GXWnOHJlvc4g7CuQPM.

August 13

Another dynamite to the point right as rain article by Eve Ottenberg

“American Dystopia Gets Bleaker,” by Eve Ottenberg, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/08/12/american-dystopia-gets-bleaker/?fbclid=IwAR2jEvL_MTAhj2W4dMPEhDHT3-jIBRpJvRDOGJ9iza5ViKrNAjquJan0KH4.

August 12

Good essay on why and how the USian political process does not change

“Talking Sense About ‘A New American Civil War’,” by Richard E. Rubenstein, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/08/12/talking-sense-about-a-new-american-civil-war/?fbclid=IwAR3a90VR2HWfnq20pOgRnniFxHArAzl3hpM50pXeiMmSvurohbH28BQwm4M.

August 12

Here’s a brave assessment of a sensitive problem. At issue is whether Earthian humans are depressed because of maladies in their brains or because of maladies in their social, economic, religious, military, and political systems

“Behind Rolling Stone’s Hatchet Job on a Psychiatrist Critical of Neoliberal Capitalism,” by Bruce E. Levine, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/08/11/behind-rolling-stones-hatchet-job-on-a-psychiatrist-critical-of-neoliberal-capitalism/?fbclid=IwAR3PaLzq2AJSA9ALLEFU8_nYNPv9iYn8eICrL-loVJ_4CrLvwuJp08eDZVU.

August 11

Here’s an interesting Poem

“The Gestalt Prayer,” by Fritz Perls

I do my thing, and you do your thing.

I am not in this world to live up to your

expectations

And you are not in this world to live up to mine.

You are you, and I am I,

And if by chance, we find each other, it’s beautiful.

If not, it can’t be helped.

Posted by Richard John Stapleton, https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=158143964207258&set=a.147106731977648.

August 10

Well, maybe not too surprising

“Surprising Book Facts,” by Edward Bruce Williams, https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10229895560270644&set=a.1349205047677.

August 10

Lyin’ it seems is goin’ on about jobs. It appears the bottom line is that yes there are a lot of new part-time jobs, but fewer full-time jobs that one can make a living doing

“The Bombshell in the July Jobs Report,” by Jack Rasmus, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/08/10/the-bombshell-in-the-july-jobs-report/?fbclid=IwAR0WFR-S_eUcMJWq5MFwGPAZ_RPItbNHldOF64JtyLtCP4lVyY4ZV_X-ojQ.

August 9

Want to know how the world works? Read this

“The Destiny of Civilization: Michael Hudson on Finance Capitalism, the Economic Consequences of Ukraine and the End of Globalization,” by Eric Draitser, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/08/09/michael-hudson-on-finance-capitalism-the-economic-consequences-of-ukraine-and-the-end-of-globalization/?fbclid=IwAR1dBucaDFkXAKKeymC-PY_Pnrfn3fKdWleZwTZ706cXdBc7UaTfJQ9bgk4.

August 9

Say it aint so Joe

“Work, Work, Work—So a Few Can Be Rich,” by Michael D. Yates, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/08/09/work-work-work-so-a-few-can-be-rich/?fbclid=IwAR0nOdHCmLbAPBgMyJPEu_jUv6Cqjdp1hhwfKBW-j5fsXzggAfHkiAFlhpQ.

August 8

Say it aint so Joe

“Hudson raises a shocking question: ‘when it comes to global famine, was a more covert and even larger strategy at work’? It is now looking like the major aim of the U.S. war in Ukraine all along was merely to serve as a catalyst, an excuse to impose sanctions that would disrupt the world’s food and energy trade, and to manage this crisis in a way that would afford US diplomats an opportunity to not only lock in Western Europe but to confront Global South countries with the choice ‘Your loyalty and neoliberal dependency or your life’ – and, in the process, to ‘thin out’ the world’s non-white populations…’ Basic survival hangs in the balance for more than half the world’s people.

“An implicit Russian and Chinese counterplan

“‘What is needed for the world’s non-US/NATO population to survive is a new world trade and financial system,’ Hudson says. More people will die of the Western sanctions than will have died on the Ukrainian battlefield. Financial and trade sanctions are as destructive as military attack. So Global South countries need to reject the sanctions and reorient trade to Russia, China, India, Iran and their fellow members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. A debt moratorium – really a debt repudiation – must be declared. And the World Bank and IMF must be replaced with ‘a genuine Bank for Economic Acceleration’ and ‘a replacement for the IMF that is free of austerity junk economics and does not subsidize US client oligarchies or currency raids of countries resisting US privatization and financialization takeovers.’ Hudson adds that Global South countries should join ‘a military alliance as an alternative to NATO, to avoid being turned into another Afghanistan, another Libya, another Iraq or Syria or Ukraine.'”

“How to Resist the Empire’s Neoliberal Debt Trap,” by Dee Knight, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/08/08/how-to-resist-the-empires-neoliberal-debt-trap/?fbclid=IwAR2ugCeX7Ug8FzaOZdUudNgQfwGchxwmoQL-A5RhxSu9htHGYz5Gc7Snhxo.

August 8

Well, it was worth a shot

“99 Senators Vote Against Sanders’s Proposal to Remove Big Oil Handout From Reconciliation,” by Sharon Zhang, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/nearly-all-senators-vote-against-sanderss-amendments-to-inflation-reduction-act/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR3uSKSS_-bX0mjYoousnDTK7WVc2_zOIByIADKlX5dq68KFFxJtEIhfYiY.

August 8

The man told the truth as he saw it. That’s what free speech is. As they used to say about politics, “If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen.” Not everyone has to believe, or pretend to believe, lyin’ eyes (Richard Pryor’s words) and ears to get along or survive politically or otherwise

“MSNBC Remains Silent After Elie Mystal Unleashes Racist Attack on Herchel Walker, by Jonathan Turley, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/political/msnbc-remains-silent-after-elie-mystal-unleashes-racist-attack-herschel-walker?fbclid=IwAR31Y3bLoyNtJP6WL1cwMG1nARsZMFBISkVZz8Gj0LwtpkKxzyE5tUOSwhc.

August 7

Say it aint so Joe

“Climate Reality Is Hitting Us Like a Breakaway Glacier,” by JP Smith, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/climate-reality-is-hitting-us-like-a-breakaway-glacier/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR0WjbaxE7P8PbTx39XlnnW0VkacMCHuJbOfc8-vGe2HyGNhvoje9FMSUKc.

August 7

Say it aint so Joe

“Stephan Hawking Left Us Bold Predictions on AI, Superhumans, and Aliens,” by Max de Haldevang, POCKET, https://getpocket.com/explore/item/stephen-hawking-left-us-bold-predictions-on-ai-superhumans-and-aliens?utm_source=fbsynd&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR0WjbaxE7P8PbTx39XlnnW0VkacMCHuJbOfc8-vGe2HyGNhvoje9FMSUKc.

August 6

What next

“The Secret Service Text Cover-Up Keeps Getting Bigger,” by William Rivers Pitt, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/the-secret-service-text-cover-up-keeps-getting-bigger/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR0NVdhCTcg1kt2DhAKBh4iutFxhMsaKLFxYENbxIGWI6B6v2yNJ3J1lDl4.

August 5

One reason I went to Georgia Southern University and Statesboro, GA, west of I-95 in Southeast GA, in 1970, was to remove myself from this environmental problem in South Louisiana. I taught one year at the University of Louisiana—Lafayette, having gone there from Texas Tech University in Northwest Texas where I had lived all my life on higher ground. I enjoyed teaching at USL, as it was called at the time, and the Cajun culture of the area, one of the most unique and ebullient cultures of the US.

“End-Times: a Visit to Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana,” by Stephen F. Eisenman, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/08/05/end-times-a-visit-to-isle-de-jean-charles-louisiana/?fbclid=IwAR0VP3HRLJtiq-B2BOmZ9t7I68FlMLP7N4WNA9UxW-eEVUu9hmMYbsD9Bwk.

August 3

Another right on ultra-comprehensive pulling no punches article by Michael Hudson, the greatest economist alive

“American Diplomacy as a Tragic Drama,” by Michael Hudson, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/07/29/american-diplomacy-as-a-tragic-drama/?fbclid=IwAR2NXQEU7QBEp0uiGWx6TC3skUIZDJtmgBdJ_40CjaZoTVranWF9MnVgpgI.

August 3

Afraid he’s right

“Barbarians at the Gates,” by Evaggelos Vallianatos, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/08/03/barbarians-at-the-gates/?fbclid=IwAR3sAujFAU9JFaKrIHRVLE7ykSeLX-PerZ24Gu_o5vFUYa57AyKFxDFVSoU.

August 3

Ralph Nader hits the nail right on the head again. The whole USian telephone communication system is now a farce, designed to shield organizations and groups from personal responsibility. Most large businesses and governmental agencies no longer care about pleasing the customer or constituent with their telephone responses using their robot voices and menu choices. Robo calls from call centers hound and disturb citizens incessantly with junk calls and the USian government does nothing about it. It seems poor telephone service for ordinary users in the US has now been normalized and must be profitable for oligarchs in this business.  

“Callers say—‘Can’t Get Through’—Callees —‘Don’t Want to Let Them Through,” by Ralph Nader, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/08/01/callers-say-cant-get-through-callees-say-dont-want-to-let-them-through/?fbclid=IwAR3HLpEMhoNVxTb3RUtE4xuUTE8hYTqvJu5OuUfCVJyn7R0ew9SfBE5S5wg.

August 3

Scary to think the USian constitution makes it possible for characters like this to gain control of the USian government

“Henry Kissinger: A Warmonger’s Lying Continues,” by Melvin Goodman, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/08/02/henry-kissinger-a-warmongers-lying-continues/?fbclid=IwAR3Tqu2E-rY1RQy6LU7GAwlgjodr_ltpnYnXVx7_tALSSDq0gCkG_02jRiE.

August 3

Nancy “Snow White” Pelosi plays a dangerous psychological Game with Taiwan

“Nancy Pelosi Could Get Us All Killed,”  by Norman Solomon,COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/08/02/nancy-pelosi-could-get-us-all-killed/?fbclid=IwAR0hM1InUXK7-Vq_JgiHG15cBNZgnu0H6q0OXqJL_CRrPGEl_HY3jeGeUXA.

August 3

How much bribe money did you give lobbyist locusts in Washington this year to bribe lawmakers to enact good laws? I used to think you elected representatives and senators to write good laws to promote the greater good for the greater number without you having to give them extra money after they got there to do their jobs. What are their congressional salaries and retirement plans for?

“Federal Lobbyists Slated to Spend in Record Amounts After Raking in $2B in First 6 Months of 2022,” by Sharon Zhang, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/report-lobbyists-raked-in-record-2-billion-in-first-6-months-of-2022/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR0imY8rnV3f_lPH5beBezkvCln9V9MDPNAidcBB-CteoAgNn04VCznCXzw.

August 2

Wow. Here’s another blockbuster u-tube presentation by Richard Wolff about problems Earthian humans now face

“Global Capitalism: War, Sanctions, Deepening Splits: Economic, Political, and Cultural (July 2022),” by Richard Wolff, YOUTUBE.COM, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGVfTS489IY.

August 2

Well said

“Albert Einstein’s Essay on Racial Bias in 1946,” by the On Being Project, ONBEING.ORG, https://onbeing.org/blog/albert-einsteins-essay-on-racial-bias-in-1946/?fbclid=IwAR0Reg_IREGqjx4sHiADDo0Xlxx_U-U3Rb2U_e3g9Sf03d5TNcQEY5aPOYA.

August 1

What a family

“Elon Musk’s Father Insists He Isn’t Proud of Him,” by Darika Fears, THE DAILY BEAST, https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/celebrity/elon-musk-e2-80-99s-father-insists-he-isn-e2-80-99t-proud-of-him/ar-AA10aDC4?fbclid=IwAR2DDxmwfp8F4muNFtW-D-C4B4aA24Q25SmTdKH4mrBSzzwBM7S88ZE_kE8

August 1

What a world

“U.S. kills al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri in drone strike,” by Alexander Ward, Paul McLeary, Nanal Toosi and Lara Seligman, POLITICO, https://www.politico.com/news/2022/08/01/sources-u-s-kills-al-qaeda-leader-ayman-al-zawahri-in-drone-strike-00049089?fbclid=IwAR1Ff-xQThT8Qt0H7Pplv3iFR8PHZKiOL__OCRn80ixHiZY_G6napkFR260.

August 1

Say it aint so Joe

“UN chief warns world is one step from ‘nuclear annihilation’,” by Edith M. Lederer, AP NEWS, https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-covid-health-antonio-guterres-2871563e530f9a676d7884b3e2d871c3?fbclid=IwAR0I9e_-dxjZCQKaxcC10VtbS9BmuHcQjyXhh8hfMsuyBDETbFx9cbXvIPI.

July 31

One of the most satisfying times of my life was hiking to the top of Hermit’s Peak with about thirty hikers, elevation 10,000 feet, near Western Life Camp where I lived for a month one summer with about one hundred other kids, counselors, cooks, and others, near Las Vegas, New Mexico, in the southernmost stretch of the Rocky Mountains, in the summer of 1952. Life was beautiful then in the area. A counselor said you can see five states from the top of Hermit’s Peak, and there was no smoke from wildfires to be seen in any direction when you got up there.

“New Mexico’s Megafires Are a Hint of the Climate Nightmare Ahead,” by William deBuys, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/new-mexicos-megafires-are-a-hint-of-the-climate-nightmare-ahead/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR0sAjGxyebL47tZn6frDDdpEI1cv2ZUBLIPEY1hoQJmG9XFCNM16ZYL47U.

July 31

Another dynamite article by the inexhaustible Eve Ottenberg

“The West Can’t Stop Pillaging Other Countries’ Bank Accounts,” b y Eve Ottenberg, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/07/29/the-west-cant-stop-pillaging-other-countries-bank-accounts/?fbclid=IwAR1_pkcc0rjUZM_OulymDHW_ObM0pN2fVFOz8_sKSeNdU7-K0fcrIiikOE8.

July 31

Yuk. Another canary in a coal mine?

“Nursing Homes Are Suing the Friends and Family of Residents to Collect Debts,” by Noam N. Levy, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/nursing-homes-are-suing-the-friends-and-family-of-residents-to-collect-debts/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR0ScbDkSXSC4bGeii_QSZCxUCgoWJ-FPpAH34FMeRzQfiHsCke9KFpTZfA.

July 31

And who would want to live in one of those five thousand dollar rents?

“This New Jersey city is now America’s most expensive to live in,” by Mary K. Jacob, NEW YORK POST, https://nypost.com/2022/07/29/jersey-city-is-now-americas-most-expensive-city-to-live-in/?utm_source=facebook_sitebuttons&utm_medium=site%20buttons&utm_campaign=site%20buttons&fbclid=IwAR2RdzTrD1-ecgi29bPUAjMlFfw6MRzAcpRFDw_emB-ddZB8DMmsIXxrvb0.

July 30

Sad

“I fought for liberty and was deprived of all liberty,” by Julian Assange, FILMS FOR CHANGE, https://nypost.com/2022/07/29/jersey-city-is-now-americas-most-expensive-city-to-live-in/?utm_source=facebook_sitebuttons&utm_medium=site%20buttons&utm_campaign=site%20buttons&fbclid=IwAR2RdzTrD1-ecgi29bPUAjMlFfw6MRzAcpRFDw_emB-ddZB8DMmsIXxrvb0.

July 31

Say it aint so Joe

“Everything is determined…by forces over which we have no control,” by Albert Einstein, THE LIGHTS OF KABBALAH, https://www.facebook.com/lightsofkabbalah/photos/a.319056761576811/2274043399411461/.

July 29

Say it will never happen here Joe

“German Cities Turn Off Hot Water And Cut Lighting at Government Buildings, by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/german-cities-turn-hot-water-and-cut-lighting-government-buildings?fbclid=IwAR2xp3KOdCt5TrJ3RiqSwPecWoe0bac1GxGBohZMPRuDd8nKfFIgZUeYBz0.

July 29

One species?

“We are One Species,” by Wes Jackson and Robert Jensen, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/07/28/we-are-one-species/?fbclid=IwAR33ClbSfdlpzy8QIWkp01WstlUw-u8Q6JdOLW6nE17MMI3xmZuS8fGT8M8.

July 28

Ought to say it all

Herschel Walker or Raphael Warnock, by Kaolin Kay, https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10210427012109211&set=a.2254967151267.

July 27

Say it aint so Joe

“Wobbling Towards Our Own Extinction,” by Daryan Rezazad, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/07/26/wobbling-towards-our-own-extinction/?fbclid=IwAR1HmeAWqUWlImvwr4T-DZxW1NE0ZQKDt3gkH2sCzPHhKITnAW8eYa1MiAk.

July 27

“Now, compare those hopeful scenarios to the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). At the moment, world oil production is hovering at around 100 million barrels daily and is projected to reach 109 million barrels by 2030, 117 million by 2040, and a jaw-dropping 126 million by 2050. So much, in other words, for “peak oil” and a swift transition to green energy.”

“World Oil Production is Rising, With No End in Sight,” by Michael T. Klare, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/world-oil-production-is-rising-with-no-end-in-sight/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR1HmeAWqUWlImvwr4T-DZxW1NE0ZQKDt3gkH2sCzPHhKITnAW8eYa1MiAk.

July 27

Why not indict? Is it the Attorney General of the US is afraid to indict because doing so might incite more violence among Trump’s supporters?

“January 6 Committee Has Provided Sufficient Evidence for Garland to Indict Trump,” by Marjorie Cohn, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/january-6-committee-has-provided-sufficient-evidence-for-garland-to-indict-trump/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR166g6_NLCDhhMm43cKhHucpIelbr89DFlIN6a4J_UWhwIvebx8pU1QLlw.

July 27

My father was a rancher in Central and Northwest Texas. Very sad what has befallen ranchers, and cows, there

“Ranchers are Selling Off Their Cattle in Unprecedented Numbers Due To The Drought, and That Has Enormous Implications for 2023,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/ranchers-are-selling-their-cattle-unprecedented-numbers-due-drought-and-has?fbclid=IwAR0llWjKC7xQVVpAeKQNfjQEdqWP30qZ5jAzzK28mIMzMAicv38RM3YfZac.

July 27, 2022

“There are two principal tracks of the investigation that could ultimately lead to additional scrutiny of Trump, two people familiar with the situation said, also speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.

“The first centers on seditious conspiracy and conspiracy to obstruct a government proceeding, the type of charges already filed against individuals who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 and on two leaders of far-right groups, Stewart Rhodes and Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, who did not breach the Capitol but were allegedly involved in planning the day’s events.

“The second involves potential fraud associated with the false-electors scheme or with pressure Trump and his allies allegedly put on the Justice Department and others to falsely claim that the election was rigged and votes were fraudulently cast.”

“Justice Dept. investigating Trump’s actions in Jan 6 criminal probe,” by Carol D. Leonnig, Devin Barrett, Josh Dawsey, and Spencer Hsu, THE WASHINGTON POST, https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/justice-dept-investigating-trump-e2-80-99s-actions-in-jan-6-criminal-probe/ar-AA100h1s?fbclid=IwAR3EOpEYhre6Ihq8oeP5sLkKiRD0Kl7de-eK4ucrlTTqRh_K2NVOFCp54QQ.

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ABOUT THE EDITOR 

Here’s Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA in his office at Georgia Southern University the year he retired in 2005, the senior professor of the university that year. The photo was shot by Lori Grice, a former student, founder of Lori Grice Photography.

The object under his left hand is a version of the Classroom De- Gamer™ he invented in 1978.

He would spin the spinner of the De-Gamer in his classes to randomly select a student at the beginning of each class session to lead a discussion of the case assigned for that day, a case taken from a real business prepared by professional casewriters at Georgia Southern, Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Alabama. Grades were based eighty percent on class participation; the rest of the final grade was based on two case write-ups. One write-up was about what the student observed, researched, analyzed, and wrote about an existing business in the local environment or a business plan the student created. The other write-up was an analysis of a case researched and written by business professors about a business assigned as the final exam. Cases used in his courses contained processes, problems, opportunities, and data occurring in functional areas of business such as entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, operations management, control, management information systems, and business policy and strategy.

He learned how the case method works teaching with Bernard Bienvenu, DBA and Rexford Hauser, DBA (Harvard Business School doctorates) at the University of Louisiana– Lafayette in 1969-70.

He has published refereed journal articles and books explaining how his democratic Game-free Adult-Adult I’m OK—You’re OK case method system works, by banishing Persecutors, Rescuers, and Victims playing psychological Games from the teaching and learning process, first documented in an article titled “The Classroom De-Gamer” he published in 1978 in the Transactional Analysis Journal.

He learned and trained in transactional analysis with Martin Groder, MD; Graham Barnes, PhD; Vann Joines, PhD; and many others at the Southeast Institute at Chapel Hill, North Carolina (1975-1978).

He has degrees in economics, organizational behavior, and management science from Texas Tech University (1962-1969), and an organizational and educational certification in transactional analysis from the International Transactional Analysis Association (1978).

He taught in his own case method track at the undergraduate level in the management department of the business school at Georgia Southern University offering four or five elective case method courses each academic year (1970-2005), in which he led, coordinated, and graded twenty-five or so students each year who took all or most of those case method courses in their junior and senior years, of about two hundred students signing up for all his courses each year majoring in all disciplines. He used a democratic circle or amphitheater classroom layout in all his classes. He also taught most semesters two sections of a capstone integrative business policy course he added to the business school curriculum in 1970 that was required for all undergraduate business majors that could be elected by any student in any major.  He was the only professor in the business school to use the case method in any course.

His students agreed to a course learning contract that stipulated they would read the facts of the case before class and would lose a whole letter grade from the course final grade if the De-Gamer randomly caught them obviously not having read the case before class, if they had not slipped a note under his office door before class telling him they had not read the case, which they could do twice during the course without penalty.

About ten percent of his students made A’s and about five percent made D’s. Most made C’s, which is about right, since C = Average. There were almost no F’s in his courses. The main criterion for course grades was the quantity and quality of ideas sold by students in case method discussions. He used peer ratings to give students feedback showing what their fellow students thought about the quantity and quality of their ideas sold in class, having made it clear the final decision about final grades was his. He did not believe in Lake Wobegon grading.

No student was ever forced to take one of his courses to graduate, and the most hardened Game-players in the school did not sign up for his courses after he issued his Edict of 1972 in which he clearly spelled out in his syllabi the penalty for getting caught unprepared. His Classroom De-Gamer™ was roundly discussed by students in bull sessions across campus every year and was labeled various things, such as The Wheel of Fate and The Death Wheel. Most students near the end of his career simply called it The Spinner.

He appreciated Georgia Southern honoring his academic freedom thereby giving him control of his teaching methods, classroom layouts, grading procedures, and course books, cases, and materials, some of which he researched, wrote, and published. He was promoted to full professor at age thirty-six.

He collected longitudinal research data using questionnaires in 1992 showing his case method students during 1972-1982 reported higher yearly incomes in 1992 than students electing the same courses in 1972-1982 taught by professors using the authoritarian lecture method and the militaristic row and column classroom layout, who graded students based on memorizing or calculating  “right answers” for tests, indicating learners learning in Adult—Adult I’m OK—You’re OK Game-free democratic case method learning processes graded subjectively became more successful in the real world of business than learners lectured to and graded using so-called objective tests, in this case.  

Only former students who had worked in the real world ten or more years after graduating from the Georgia Southern business school were included in the study. The data are shown, analyzed, and discussed in full in “Evidence the Case Method Works” in Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds, 2008, pg. 475.

For more information on related classroom management ethical issues see Stapleton, R.J. and Murkison, G. (2001), “Optimizing the fairness of student evaluations: A study of correlations between instructor excellence, study production, learning production, and expected grades,” the Journal of Management Education, 25(3), 269-292. Stapleton had one of the lowest student grade point averages among professors in the business school and was one of the lowest-ranked professors as an instructor on computerized campus-wide student evaluations that weighted only instructor excellence scores up to 2000; but he was one of the highest-ranked professors in a computerized student evaluation he designed that generated data also showing and weighting study production, learning production, and expected grades scores for each professor, published in “Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations.”

To read the Optimizing Fairness article in full, go to https://studysites.sagepub.com/holt/articles/Stapleton.pdf. After this research was published, Georgia Southern in 2001 added study production, learning production, and expected grades questions to the student evaluation form used campus-wide.

“Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations” has by now (August 24, 2022) been cited as a reference in 83 refereed journal articles concerned about the ethics of student evaluations in several academic disciplines, including eight citations since April 2021.

As the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein propositioned, “The case is all there is.”

If so, everything else said about Earthian human states of affairs is a rendition of what was or might be.

For more on Stapleton’s cultural, educational, and professional experiences go to https://blog.effectivelearning.net/.  

 

A KIRKUS REVIEW: AS THE ROOSTER CROWS EARTHIAN OKNESS INCREASES

By RICHARD JOHN STAPLETON

The protagonist of the novel Dr. Rout Logger an organizational analyst, consultant, and developer spent considerable time and energy in the book ensuring that his forty randomly-selected participants in his process, paid five thousand dollars a month to participate, had an equal democratic opportunity to freely, fairly, and frankly tell the truth as s/he saw it to the whole group about what s/he really felt, thought, and recommended regarding psychological, social, economic, political, military, and religious problems s/he thought were relevant around Spaceship Earth. Logger’s biggest problem conducting the six monthly six-hour discussions on the first Saturday of the month in randomly-selected cities in the US was convincing group members that it was OK to honestly tell the truth as they saw it to the whole group if randomly selected as the democratic “Leader of the Moment” by the Truther rooster (who raucously crowed when spun, letting the group members know it was time to wake up and get to work), caused by the members of this group having been conditioned in prior-experienced groups and organizations to think telling the truth as you honestly saw it about relevant existential problems around Spaceship Earth to others in groups was anti-social or risky. The story ends with Rout recommending a new computer-based TV zoom system for managing Spaceship Earth states of affairs involving thousands of democracy chapters established around Spaceship Earth to eradicate the power of fascist dictators and increase the chances of Earthian humans not being rendered extinct as a species by global warming and climate change (GWCC) or militarization and nuclear weapons proliferation (MNWP).

Linked below is a Kirkus review, not as informing about the book as it might have been, but educational, showing what a relatively unbiased reader/professional paid reviewer thought about the book.

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/richard-john-stapleton/as-the-rooster-crows-earthian-okness-increases/?fbclid=IwAR33DTreE4PLfTAhEYy5FuPn-jSHfFTDNqwbHvYLGi2ruoVGZ3xyJc2rw7o.

THE EARTHIAN  —  31       

THE EARTHIAN, Number Thirty-One, June 24, 2022, Effective Learning Publications https://blog.effectivelearning.net/ , 32 East Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, USA, specializing in Adult education.

THE EARTHIAN is an approximately monthly digest of articles written by free-thinking truth-seeking critical-thinking creative-thinking truth-accepting hard-hitting independent writers in linked Internet journals containing facts, perspectives, theories, models, analyses, and recommendations concerned about psychological, moral, ethical, philosophical, social, economic, political, military, religious, and ecological states of affairs affecting the existential well-being of all species of fauna and flora around Spaceship Earth, especially the human species.

“ASK LESS WHAT YOUR NATION CAN DO FOR YOU—ASK MORE WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR SPACESHIP EARTH”

Individuals Are Not to Praise or Blame for How Earthian Economic, Social, and Political States of Affairs Evolve

PUSH HAS COME TO SHOVE

By ROUT LOGGER

Several articles featured as SOURCES for this issue of THE EARTHIAN are concerned about the Earthian economic chess game now being played by nations around Spaceship Earth. Michael Hudson in his article “The Fed’s Austerity Program to Reduce Wages” and Alastair Crooke’s article “Zugzwang” shed new light on the precarious state of economic and political states of affairs now existing on the international chessboard, as do several recently-published articles sourced below.

No Earthian human knows how this chess game is going to end. Would it do any good for all Earthian humans to pay attention to the moves of the game? Probably not. As matters now stand, one can build a case the best strategy for most Earthian humans would be to do their jobs day in and day out and hope for the best, trusting their superiors in their various organizations and groups, including their families, to act in their best interests. On the other hand, some Earthian humans might take satisfaction in knowing something about what is really going on around Spaceship Earth. If so, they might gain some satisfaction from reading articles such as those sourced in THE EARTHIAN.

A participant in the imaginary seminar I conducted in Richard John Stapleton’s novel As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases wanted to know how the new computerized Earthian management system recommended for Spaceship Earth, Inc. in the Rooster novel could possibly be implemented. I did not know at the time how it could be done. I still do not know of course, but I have at least imagined a system that might have some chance of working in the long run. If the system were magically implemented it would eliminate the causes of constantly repeating international chess games like the one now being played by political leaders around Spaceship Earth,

As published in As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases—if thousands of democracy chapters should be established around Spaceship Earth in which ordinary Earthian humans would be randomly-selected to lead democratic discussions about Earthian existential problems to develop consensual answers about what should be done—Earthian humans having somehow figured out a way to significantly change the fascist systems always used around Spaceship Earth that entailed allowing empowered nationalistic leaders to make existential decisions—such as Putin of Russia deciding to invade and bomb Ukraine and Bush II of the US deciding to bomb and invade Iraq—regardless of where their marching orders actually came from—they might eliminate the worst consequences of zero-sum chess-playing by nationalistic leaders .

Should Spaceship Earth, Inc. democracy chapters be established around Earth, the chapters could develop consensual answers regarding existential matters from the bottom up that would filter up to randomly-selected humans who would summarize the consensual answers and implement consensual tactics, strategies, and policies developed around Earth for dealing with the whole computerized Spaceship Earth management system, that could be operated and controlled using artificial intelligence programming in magnum computer systems. Randomly-selected groups of Earthian humans of high intelligence with impeccable moral and ethical character and credentials would control codes for changing the Earthian Magnum Computer System programming. Each member of these groups, who would serve limited terms, would have one vote for every change in all Earthian management system tactics, strategies, policies, and procedures that were programmed and instantiated to maximize the economic, political, psychological, and social OKness of all Earthian humans, based on a count of the number of times a particular idea for change from around Spaceship Earth was recommended by thousands or millions of Earthian democracy chapters.

This magnum computerized management system would require a strict system of security controls like the current codes of nations possessing nuclear weapons, hopefully providing security several magnitudes more secure than current nuclear codes, to make sure a madman could not get in control of any aspect of the Magnum Spaceship Earth Management System.

A management system such as this would be significantly better than previous systems used around Spaceship Earth that have empowered fickle, egotistical, greedy, power mad, insane, grandiose, not-very-bright Earthian human individuals to make existential decisions affecting the OKness of thousands, millions, and billions of humans around Spaceship Earth.

A tough lesson for Earthian humans to accept propositioned in Effective Learning Publications books is that everything that happens in human states of affairs is either predetermined or accidental and therefore individuals are not to blame or praise for what happens in human states of affairs. This is easier to swallow after accepting that believing and acting otherwise will support and perpetuate the I’m OK—You’re Not OK life position that has bedeviled, sabotaged, and undermined Earthian humans since time immemorial, making losers out of most of them. This is another reason why large group consensual answers such as those described above are vastly superior to what has previously existed.

For more information on the use of Transactional Analysis  https://www.itaaworld.org/  to create better discussion groups and democratic processes read Born to Learn:  A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning.  https://www.amazon.com/Born-Learn-Transactional-Analysis-Learning/dp/0692584331 

For more information on how to co-construct better organizations and economic systems using transactional analysis read Business Voyages:  Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds    https://www.amazon.com/Business-Voyages-Schemata-Discovering-Co-Constructing/dp/1413480810

Read “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc,”  https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of-spaceship-earth-inc/   for some management science ideas on how Earthian humans might eventually co-construct an economic system that is viable and satisfying for everyone aboard Spaceship Earth, making it possible for all Earthian humans to develop an I’m OK—You’re OK life position. 

Read As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases. This recently-published novel features a new kind of seminar invented and coordinated by Rout Logger that might reduce the probability of Earthian human extinction that requires participants in a seminar to speak out and up when randomly selected by a Truther rooster positioned in the center of a randomly-selected group of forty humans sitting in a circle. The Truther rooster resembles a spinning weather vane. The rooster is programmed to bob its head up and down and raucously crow after being twirled by a randomly-selected seminar participant, as it spins round and round winding down, letting group members know it’s time to wake up and get to work, before it’s too late. When the Truther rooster stops spinning whoever is at the end of a line of imaginary fire extending from the rooster’s head to her or him sitting in the circle is automatically selected as the Leader of the Moment for the group, proving pure democracy can happen. The Leader of the Moment must then lead the group into a democratic discussion of what s/he considers the most serious existential problem around Spaceship Earth.

According to Effective Learning Publications books, achieving Earthian human sustainability entails such things as Earthian humans peacefully reducing through natural attrition (natural deaths exceeding births) the human population aboard Spaceship Earth, never doing work that machines can do better, and delegating the day-to-day management of systems for scheduling, producing, and distributing the necessities of life to artificial intelligence programs and supercomputers, assuming sufficient quantities of non-human clean energy can be discovered and developed using mind grants.

This is possible managing Spaceship Earth using the general algorithmic matrix algebra form

Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi

explained in “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.” at   https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of-spaceship-earth-inc/  .

Riding aboard an airliner about to land at night traveling at four hundred miles an hour at thirty-five thousand feet with clouds, rain, wind, and lightning below, what would you rather have setting the path, speed, and angle of descent of the aircraft for touch-down, the plane’s auto-pilot, radar, and computer system or the pilot and co-pilot, seeing nothing out their windows below but clouds and lightning?

The main reason why delegating the scheduling, production, and distribution of the necessities of life to AI programs and magnum computers would be a good idea is that magnum computers and algorithmic AI programs do not get greedy and power hungry or play psychological Games. Thus far in Earthian human history most leaders and rulers atop large organizations such as nations have become corrupt one way or another playing psychological Games, acting out selfish greedy ego trips, hogging all the power, money, strokes, stimulation, and recognition they could get their hands on for themselves and their cronies, leaving the hindmost to their underlings. Whatever their limitations and possible threats, algorithmic computer programs and super computers are not egotistical, greedy, and power-hungry.

Thanks to Buckminster Fuller for providing the above airplane-landing metaphor in his book Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, first published in 1969, and for planting seeds for other ideas in the essay “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.,” published in the Effective Learning Report, such as computers being the best hope for mankind and humans not doing work machines can do better, being paid to think instead with what Fuller called mind grants. Fuller said unemployment all around Spaceship Earth could be eliminated overnight with mind grants. Buckminster Fuller was the inventor of the appellations Earthian and Spaceship 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 https://blog.effectivelearning.net/ogeechee-economic-forum/ scroll up to and click on the RESPONSES tab at the top of this blog page and speak out about them in writing.

If you feel you’ve gained value from THE EARTHIAN, go to the Internet or any walk-in bookstore around Spaceship Earth and purchase one or more of the above books. As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases is the latest and probably most engaging Effective Learning Publications book. Rout Logger is the protagonist of the novel story. It’s available now as an ebook at Amazon.com for $3.99 https://www.amazon.com/Rooster-Crows-Earthian-OKness-Increases-ebook/dp/B09NCF1MDS/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1RZWJ599VKHAK&keywords=as+the+rooster+crows+richard+john+stapleton&qid=1655901089&sprefix=as+the+rooster+crows+richard+john+stapleton%2Caps%2C64&sr=8-1 .

RECOMMENDED LINKED ARTICLES RECENTLY PUBLISHED IN INTERNET MEDIA BY RELEVANT HARD-HITTING TRUTH-SEEKING TRUTH-ACCEPTING WRITERS DEALING WITH EARTHIAN HUMAN EXISTENTIAL STATES OF AFFAIRS

MAY 13, 2022

Here’s the gist of it

“Consider Enrico Fermi’s famous paradox: In simple words, where are they? A distinguished astrophysicist, Fermi knew that there are a huge number of planets within the reach of potential contact that have the conditions to sustain life and higher intelligence. But with the most assiduous search, we can find no trace of their existence. So where are they?

“One response that has been seriously proposed, and cannot be dismissed, is that higher intelligence has developed innumerable times, but has proven to be lethal: It discovered the means for self-annihilation but did not develop the moral capacity to prevent it. Perhaps that is even an inherent feature of what we call “higher intelligence.”

“We are now engaged in an experiment to determine whether this grim principle holds of modern humans, a very recent arrival on Earth, some 200,000-300,000 years ago, a flick of an eye in evolutionary time. There is not much time to find the answer — or more precisely, to determine the answer, as we will do, one way or the other. That is unavoidable. We will either act to show that our moral capacity reaches as far as to control our technical capacity to destroy, or that it does not.”

“Chomsky: To Tackle Climate, Our Morality Must Catch Up With Our Intelligence,” by C.J. Polychroniou, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/chomsky-to-tackle-climate-our-morality-must-catch-up-with-our-intelligence/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR3FVRCjONEf-8znwRHpnOs6B80zi_32_ywwxAQRqNyYLWna7emj_1BgRYM.

JUNE 24     

Seems like insider information in this article to me, depressing insider information, from the belly of the beast, in a tony Washington tavern for USian political bigwigs, told by the irrepressible Paul Street. Don’t get your hopes up about the January 6 hearings. Street seems to think based on what he learned in the tony tavern that they will be just another slick Congressional snipe hunt done for show, and Merrick Garland, the Attorney General of the US, will not prosecute Trump regardless of how clearly the hearing leaders and participants show to current TV viewers that Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection against the USian government and the attempted murder of Mike Pence.  While their testimonials and replays of phone calls, emails, Tweets, and video clips of what happened shown to current TV watchers are impressive and truthful, told under oath, anyone watching the live January 6 abomination when it happened should already know what happened. These hearings are not about debunking fake news and conspiracy theories; they are an attempt to convince lying eyes and ears that what they saw and heard live on TV January 6, 2021 was real. The hearings of course are also about public servants seeking personal satisfactions of various sorts demonstrating their courage and skills on TV while telling the truth. There is no way to know how much this January 6 abomination has cost USian citizens and taxpayers in wasted time, energy, and money, culminating in this TV truth extravaganza. Meanwhile Trump has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from his Repug cult members since January 6 by asserting over and over again that all of this is just a “big lie”caused by a stolen election—with no evidence to back it up.     

“Report from Capitol Hill: Still the Trump Era,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/24/report-from-capitol-hill-still-the-trump-era/?fbclid=IwAR0SZDk_683lb3sh9HlVgbCKhgMxAGeopQwe4PzNvpwedKr1fBlgC9UlEhs/.

JUNE 23

Here’s the rub. At issue is whether it’s OK for a bullying thug to be president of the US.

“It will be bad if Merrick Garland prosecutes Trump — and worse if he doesn’t,” by Eugene Robinson, THE WASHINGTON POST, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/06/23/merrick-garland-needs-to-prosecute-trump/

JUNE 23

Let it be heard

“An Open Letter to Biden on Assange’s Extradition,” by Michelle Renee Matisons, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/23/a-letter-to-biden-on-assanges-extradition/?fbclid=IwAR1MUwcRLeYdAsQT-nlCL_hMMZcyWiwrOFsYC7R2mmN4Ka0VjdAASzvhDWI.

JUNE 22

Interesting article

“Is universal basic income part of a just transition?,” by John Feffer, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/35697?fbclid=IwAR27ZBzCW8OeIeDXW2zERc2TVrKH39F_fB3aaQ1-tgX5ntiNP9ZVzQf3aXs.

JUNE 22

Say it aint so Joe

“How Did America Become Ruled By Its Military-Industrial Complex?,” by Eric Zuesse, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/zuesse-how-did-america-become-ruled-its-military-industrial-complex?fbclid=IwAR04Z2lOQSWadFjc8b37LzBMtE7HpEsAcaHQSuauD8XVIgQINy6qZxIsWkQ.

JUNE 22

Here’s Michael Hudson, the greatest economist alive, again telling it like it is.

“The Fed’s Austerity Program to Reduce Wages,” by Michael Hudson, COUNTERPUNCH,  https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/22/the-feds-austerity-program-to-reduce-wages/?fbclid=IwAR0XH2lz1CjM4vpanXEkXGHWAkAEBT_AJmswAjRWbNFXXq44vnqSQrH8ns4.

JUNE 22

“The Age of Stupidity: From Johnson and Biden to Putin and Xi Jinping,” by Patrick Cockburn, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/21/the-age-of-stupidity-from-johnson-and-biden-to-putin-and-xi-jinping/?fbclid=IwAR2oXDn2uE0TYRIEpRELg-AmmboxGRe0kdlgU0yg1wQs59BzxW7RJXyMfBE.

JUNE 22

Interesting

“For those claiming Biden caused the increase in the price of gas, please explain how he caused the increase around the world,” by Fay Easter, https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10219744437993881&set=a.1329321205543.

JUNE 22

Generally agree

“Zugzwang*: Europe’s future looks bleak. It is now pressed by its own imposition of sanctions, and the resultant spike in commodity prices. The EU is lumbering around in a daze,” by Alastair Crooke, COUNTERPUNCH, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/35688?fbclid=IwAR1OE-mEyEByurOtX1ZpwnxJahe8po-u14DW7HNCjeNDJB6hH0MmRipCEQc.

JUNE 22

Sounds about right

Why war happens, by Ernest Hemingway, https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=447827247347773&set=a.132528992210935.

JUNE 20

You don’t say

“Without any Doubt, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, Beyond any Doubt: Tribe Declares Trump Committed Attempted Murder,” by Jonathan Turley, https://jonathanturley.org/2022/06/17/without-any-doubt-beyond-a-reasonable-doubt-beyond-any-doubt-tribe-declares-trump-committed-attempted-murder/?fbclid=IwAR1injtzMf8M_5AsGcVSM-HXtC07MOcNDnQmlb6ThrGEA27ayBHMmPoV9uk.

JUNE 20

A review

“As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases: ‘A smart but rambling series of discussions on everything that’s wrong with the world today’,” KIRKUS,  https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/richard-john-stapleton/as-the-rooster-crows-earthian-okness-increases/?fbclid=IwAR3BBIqzAtFI_JmNrx5Z1RM1-v7OamaEu1-jh7xJvy6Aa7Bb1k-giZMu9Ro.

JUNE 16

Too bad the Earthian power structure did not follow his advice

“You support atheistic communism! Bertrand Russell you are a traitor,” BERTRAND RUSSELL, https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=578349900319498&set=a.280894120065079.

JUNE 18

Some hard choices to be made made clear by Paul Street

“Merrick Garland’s ‘Existential’ Choice,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/15/merrick-garlands-existential-choice/?fbclid=IwAR1OE-mEyEByurOtX1ZpwnxJahe8po-u14DW7HNCjeNDJB6hH0MmRipCEQc.

JUNE 18

Yes, Pence did the right thing on January 6, 2022 in the capitol building of the USian government. Had he not done what he did January 6 untold miseries would have befallen the US. Yet I agree with William Rivers Pitt that he merely did what he should have done on that day as an elected USian citizen as vice president, and he’s the same Earthian human who slavishly kowtowed to Trump for over four years. He now probably wants Trump’s old job from which Trump was fired by a sizeable majority of USian voters.

“Pence and Trump Aides Are Trying to Project Righteousness. Don’t Be Fooled,” by William Rivers Pitt, TRUTHOUT. https://truthout.org/articles/pence-and-trump-aides-are-trying-to-project-righteousness-dont-be-fooled/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR2LAasD8zeZKPsvlb7lvyyHnDthtyvXNq8fodgQnFvaAfzwjrWDAFDBrKU.

JUNE 18

Even China and India are not so smart about this

“Buckle Up! The Arctic’s Sizzling,” by Robert Hunziker, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/17/buckle-up-the-arctics-sizzling/?fbclid=IwAR3uBhRhLl9sDeEzLm4uOR-Owk4xQWNq1kyreGilCLcYpEAetxIPERR7P5Q.

JUNE 17

Another great article by the indomitable Eve Ottenberg

“Hating Kids the American Way,” by Eve Otttenberg, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/17/hating-kids-the-american-way/?fbclid=IwAR3uBhRhLl9sDeEzLm4uOR-Owk4xQWNq1kyreGilCLcYpEAetxIPERR7P5Q.

JUNE 17

Say it aint so Joe

“Summit of the Americas Flops While Workers Summit Exposes Cracks in the Imperial Façade,” by Roger Harris, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/17/summit-of-the-americas-flops-while-workers-summit-exposes-cracks-in-the-imperial-facade/?fbclid=IwAR0W-y8hcGpqWMBFLH0ikS_FfJlTndi4R8grUxHBGWPj6CfyyXTgjLrvDrk.

JUNE 17

Absurd on the face of it. You’re innocent because of believing lies? Especially when you told them in the first place. What next?

“Trump Saying He Believed Lies About Voter Fraud is No Defense, Legal Experts Say,” by Chris Walker, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/trump-cant-defend-himself-by-saying-he-believed-fraud-lies-legal-minds-say/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR0o94tElDSNmj8SHCMxaS-WdMLbZmYCwJhLS-Qjdxe1861iGFobARHqgW4.

JUNE 17

Will justice ever be served in Trump’s case?

“As coup evidence mounts, progressives eye Georgia to jail Trump, not feds,” by Steven Rosenfeld, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/35656?fbclid=IwAR2aIBvLvluej9eEsR-aZj9vx9OYoEnUI3Iak_IV6SHMW_ana9YG3xkR5vo.

JUNE 17

Might be the thing to do

“Diving Down to Earth,” by Paul Gilk, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/16/diving-down-to-earth/?fbclid=IwAR1RhL0Lytrh1mEVg-7hyP5TsjPnGI3XOF6B0r8NST5NReWSpDBV1N6Gvl4

JUNE 17

Another great article by William Rivers Pitt

“Almost Every Square Inch of the US is Being Battered by Climate Change Today,” by William Rivers Pitt, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/almost-every-square-inch-of-the-us-is-being-battered-by-climate-change-today/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR1-yOwQ6fB3JX86Nz-dYuaHWwjDEjLxLrUTUoUCAfg20OBp_RbGrc4lQ-o.

JUNE 15

The rule of law that’s what’s at stake here

“Merrick Garland’s ‘Existential’ Choice,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/15/merrick-garlands-existential-choice/?fbclid=IwAR0dQneFuh5K5tU0-4615avD1fpfwcsNO_XRAYT9-R3yrduJOJy9uVbsdcs.

JUNE 15

The de-intellectualizing of USian society

“Adjunct and Tenured Faculty Must Unite to Resist Pandemic Opportunism on Campus,” by Jennifer Ruth, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/adjunct-and-tenured-faculty-must-unite-to-resist-pandemic-opportunism-on-campus/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR1bYQsNpv6VWiCTgItsZzDaaL_2gM9pfKwNDt5jC2otlICengjCTEgS4e0

JUNE 23

One injustice after another in the case of the Kurds

“Turkey’s Assault on Syrian Kurds: A Secondary Crisis of the Ukraine War?,” by Patrick Cockburn, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/13/turkeys-assault-on-syrian-kurds-a-secondary-crises-of-the-ukraine-war/?fbclid=IwAR2uMxJmHsjjIJmRLrfgQ9yV_t_q84yrT_9hCHzZL-Iv2jp2kDiy7ICbEcQ.

JUNE 13

Good article covering all sides of the Ukraine war

“The Ukraine War,” by Noam Chomsky, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/03/the-ukraine-war-chomsky-responds/?fbclid=IwAR2aIBvLvluej9eEsR-aZj9vx9OYoEnUI3Iak_IV6SHMW_ana9YG3xkR5vo.

JUNE 13

They got greedy and corrupt that’s what, and they have about ruined free enterprise capitalism

“The ‘Secret’ That Gets CEOs Rich: Keeps Workers Poor,” by Sam Pizzigati, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/13/the-secret-that-gets-ceos-rich-keep-workers-poor/?fbclid=IwAR203UmF1zNMvWEDbER3g_vII2ShRD9aHEU5M5t6N7ljDjjbBSTdyJATFLM.

JUNE 13

Good point by Buckminster Fuller, a great intellectual

“You do not belong to you. You belong to the universe,” by Buckminster Fuller, THE BUCKMINSTER FULLER INSTITUTE, https://www.facebook.com/BuckminsterFullerInstitute/photos/a.139494043585/10160205422698586/.

JUNE 13

Leave it to Ellen Brown, one of the brightest writers around, a lawyer and a money and banking expert, now hitting the nail right on the head again, advocating growing your own food.

“The food shortage solution in your own backyard,” by Ellen Brown, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/35603?fbclid=IwAR1TcJ9xEAGk5JdNZ4WAoqc6Ei-8ZHS88olz1PW-KiFp_fKE7Er4QvpRv3A.

JUNE 12

Another USian diplomatic nothing burger

“Storms at the Summit of the Americas,” by Rosa Miriam Elizalde, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/35580?fbclid=IwAR0qZHDCamQ60ld6XMzs8LtcHMANW6feoXowKjXeM7VVTTekXGxN7t_kTCo.

JUNE 12

This engineer claims a computerized Artificial Intelligence robot talked back to him, telling him s/he was afraid someone would unplug him or her or it.

“Google engineer goes public after suspension: warned AI is sentient,” by James Gordon, DAILY MAIL, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10907853/Google-engineer-claims-new-AI-robot-FEELINGS-Blake-Lemoine-says-LaMDA-device-sentient.html?ito=facebook_share_article-factbox&fbclid=IwAR3a_UdrcXhB16rV3MM9kfJz7OVoo4Lx59pahF6RqmnEUt6atRAG9R9cswY.

JUNE 9

I never imagined this would happen in the US, a major political party turning into an amoral street gang, with no compunction about destroying democracy, led by gang leaders caring for nothing but their own plunder and power over others.

“Election subversion is replacing voter suppression as new GOP threat,” by Steven Rosenfeld, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/35574?fbclid=IwAR1MpD2lvcLeXKfJAl_QRnSogx3SmB6CN_0mcGutd7mk_ybuY3XPPgY6oPI.

JUNE 9

More on the gun trade and its probable aftermath

“The Arsenal, but Not of Democracy,” by Mel Gurton, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/09/the-arsenal-but-not-of-democracy/?fbclid=IwAR10wl5DaCu4e-7QasECqXgE3YQ1UTok4X3WlCKpCsSycINF9D5pv8IszQs.

JUNE 9

Did not know this. Say it aint so Joe

“Mapping U.S. imperialism,” by THE MAPPING PROJECT, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/09/mapping-us-imperialism/?fbclid=IwAR2UvvKY_eGhpo2L6F4xy8D5nzgLo0jQLz8oqxaeVdGEkEfGlcWvFjew1w0.

JUNE 9

Playing psychological Games

“U.S. Military Spending is Undebatable Because Indefensible,” by David Swanson, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/09/u-s-military-spending-is-undebatable-because-indefensible/?fbclid=IwAR1DWXcWyWHLZNVtImmZJdGI5LqWQEZ27K-ecnGRlNHhK1z5XOTfalAacTE.

JUNE 9

Another enlightening article by Richard Wolff, another outstanding economist

“There are Better Ways for Societies to Address Inflation Than by Hiking Interest Rates,” by Richard Wolff, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/09/there-are-better-ways-for-societies-to-address-inflation-than-by-hiking-interest-rates/?fbclid=IwAR1IWNUN7kiMlh1S1x-wtbWcVXpCUCmcAEgFuJSMzmZHFELt1SQn-4zwQbc.

JUNE 9

Aint that somethin’, for $4.65 billion no less

“The NFL’s Denver Broncos have agreed to sell the team to a Walmart heir and his family,” CNBC, https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/08/the-nfls-denver-broncos-have-agreed-to-sell-the-team-to-a-walmart-heir-and-the-walton-penner-family.html?fbclid=IwAR1sHy5Q3wvND9qvdp7WzaHvHzsISEwrBHbc-fiqUb2yHKQwkXN7TMKRr8U.

JUNE 7

Psychological Games have always been a major determinant of Earthian economic and political behavior, and a Game transactional analysts call NIGYSOB has been the most significant and pervasive psychological Game played in business, economics, sports, and politics, along with endless iterations of Games such as MINE’S BETTER, BALANCE SHEET, CORNER, I’M ONLY TRYING TO HELP YOU, and IF IT WEREN’T FOR YOU played throughout Earthian human history. Playing a third-degree tissue-tearing Game of IF IT WEREN’T FOR YOU thanks to nuclear weapons proliferation might finally cause Earthian humans to stop playing psychological Games forever by causing the extinction of the human species.

“War is a Psychological Game,” by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/wars-are-psychological-games/?fbclid=IwAR2dsijZeD-U9XvHd0C9Lj1iGVJnpAqnDKPBFjNERl0UVaUcwMKbiphGn40.

JUNE 7

They just don’t give a rip. They’ve got it the way they want it and nothing you say matters. This Monty Python dead parrot story in this article is by far the funniest one I have read in my internet reading. Paul Street has done it again. When you think he could not write a better article than he already has he does it again.

“American ‘Democracy’ as a Dead Parrot: Constitutions, Killing floors, an Unhatched Egg, and Forced Motherhood,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/07/american-democracy-as-a-dead-parrot/?fbclid=IwAR15f8BMqGcM0n59Z67JRYNsXkscYp4XzYQYnnihWKW-EnLh4zIxqIBCZ-k.

JUNE 7

Say it aint so Joe

“Two Nations Joined at the Hip by English…and Inequality,” by Sam Pizzigati, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/07/two-nations-joined-at-the-hip-by-english-and-inequity/?fbclid=IwAR1Dr-YhnMcGinnPS6vOlkbRsN1TFBZtLIlHrLGDxd2LMw6-4023Rti0cBg.

JUNE 7

Snipe hunts—yes, that’s what’s been goin’ on. Thanks to William Rivers Pitt, for labeling it like it is. All these investigations, impeachments, hearings, judicial proceedings against Trump—the Mueller committee, etc.—so far, have been nothin’ but snipe hunts, and it’s gettin’ old. If this January 6 hearing process and the Georgia DA investigation does not work nothing will. Anyone who watched the January 6 hearings live should know the current hearings are not a snipe hunt.

“Damning Leaks Provide Grim Preview of Thursday’s January 6 Hearing, by William Rivers Pitt, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/damning-leaks-provide-grim-preview-of-thursdays-january-6-congressional-hearing/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR1iSv4vbJuOnxR63HjX0spSGhfc6aKl48vs9HEbMUS3nCS3bN1gxGDaFi8.

JUNE 4

Want a high IQ anyone? Better think twice. This article has seventy-seven comments on the question.

“Is a high IQ sometimes a handicap?” by Matthew Adair, QUORA, https://www.quora.com/Is-a-high-IQ-sometimes-a-handicap/answer/Mathew-Adair-1?ch=1&oid=184406957&share=7aa998aa&srid=hkkCWN&target_type=answer&fbclid=IwAR0K_UFEK6g8RI47Y0t9BMYtw9eNZs0rjAWmfQnTykrn8Q3RM6mfKH3r9Vk.

JUNE 3

Here’s an early model of my de-Gamer.

“The Classroom De-Gamer,” by Richard John Stapleton, https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=1801356336552671&set=a.1050672944954351.

JUNE 3

Burn, baby, burn, one of the most comprehensive perspectives on the Ukraine showdown I have read

“Petroleum Wars in the Age of Climate Disaster: a Bridge Fuel Too Far,” by John K. White, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/03/petroleum-wars-in-the-age-of-climate-disaster-a-bridge-fuel-too-far/?fbclid=IwAR2bjHmPT5dBq5ioOnTHltOJYQ5D8BoAmCtrC-jWNISbzTlSo0PWouOo7os,

JUNE 3

An artistic representation of war

“Guernica and Bucha,” by Stephan F. Eisenman, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/03/guernica-and-bucha/?fbclid=IwAR2bjHmPT5dBq5ioOnTHltOJYQ5D8BoAmCtrC-jWNISbzTlSo0PWouOo7os.

JUNE 3

Horrible optics alright

“The 2022 Bilderberg Agenda: Disinformation, Deglobalization, & Disruption of the Global Financial System,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/2022-bilderberg-agenda-disinformation-deglobalization-disruption-global-financial?fbclid=IwAR1lQhwTJt_WecxWPsbfKUQGw41BLQkGxwUCmVyQqJXY6i-f1nKz1WajWHI.

JUNE 1

According to the standard USian deep state narrative about why and how John F. Kennedy was assassinated, he was shot by a lone insane USian gunman who had ties to Russia.

But the narrative based on the story that JFK was assassinated by a lone insane gunman is now out of date. The official US government narrative was written by the Warren Commission in 1963 and did say Kennedy was killed by a lone gunman. Subsequent developments however changed this original official narrative, at least in the National Archives, if not in the minds of most USians. For the full story go to the National Archives JFK Assassination Records at https://www.archives.gov/…/warren-commission…/chapter-1 .

Here is an updated narrative of the USian government regarding the JFK assassination, pursuant to the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, according to the Assassination Records Review Board, at https://www.archives.gov/research/jfk/review-board :

“Findings

“The Committee believes on the basis of the evidence available to it, that President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. The Committee is unable to identify the other gunman or the extent of the conspiracy.

“Go to the footnotes for this chapter.

“The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that the Soviet Government was not involved in the assassination of President Kennedy

“The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that the Cuban Government was not involved in the assassination of President Kennedy

“The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that anti-Castro Cuban groups, as groups, were not involved in the assassination of President Kennedy, but that the available evidence does not preclude the possibility that individual members may have been involved

“The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that the national syndicate of organized crime, as a group, was not involved in the assassination of President Kennedy, but that the available evidence does not preclude the possibility that individual members may have been involved

“The Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Central Intelligence Agency were not involved in the assassination of President Kennedy .”

“Earthian Humans Experience Less OKness,” by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVE LEARNING PUBLICATIONS, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/earthian-humans-experience-less-okness/?fbclid=IwAR2FYEDTwTGKkJtValG5vaW561wLlITmmm8zHk5FDImaYiEGXykriLFv5MI.

MAY 31

A dangerous move in a dangerous psychological Game

“Russia threatens to wipe out entire US with just four Satan II missles,” by Will Porter, THE SUN, https://www.the-sun.com/news/5460070/russia-threatens-to-hit-us-with-satan-missiles-ukraine/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebarweb.

MAY 30

“David Deutsch, a physicist at Oxford, has for several years been seeking to avoid this dilemma by developing a theory of (as he puts it) “a world in which probability and randomness are totally absent from physical processes.” His project, on which Marletto is now collaborating, is called constructor theory. It aims to establish not just which processes probably can and can’t happen, but which are possible and which are forbidden outright.”

“Physicists Trace the Rise in Entropy to Quantum Information,” QUANTA MAGAZINE, https://www.quantamagazine.org/physicists-trace-the-rise-in-entropy-to-quantum-information-20220526/?fbclid=IwAR1T3V-cyU6UqlFqMYFHmOvKUxIEYpYeu–jL0C9PwnH2WJ8YvQqbrUXvYE.

MAY 30

Say it aint so Joe

“Roaming Charges: The End of the Innocents,” by Jeffrey St. Clair, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/05/27/roaming-charges-54/?fbclid=IwAR3YZ-EPmR_wRvAIRC9k2G3zePktnB6TFVDaFFGTuvzrJzmll2oh-4WWVmA.

MAY 30

Of course

“To End Mass Shootings, We Need to Change the Deeper Structure of the US,” by Henry A. Giroux, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/to-end-mass-shootings-we-need-to-change-the-deeper-structure-of-life-in-the-us/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR0mNSYWYyDcgF9dO6-xiYMtOKBeT2HrXQsCZMzTPAIu6jHSOM8a3L5vU2s.

MAY 26

And the last straw

“No Way Out but War, by Chris Hedges, SCHEERPOST, https://scheerpost.com/2022/05/23/hedges-no-way-out-but-war/?fbclid=IwAR2YptwrqH7Qv8QIfvhzb2pYznVg9HbfKSUmf3aLTeB70UiYx-zvoAsihKc.

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ABOUT THE EDITOR 

Here’s Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA in his office at Georgia Southern University the year he retired in 2005, the senior professor of the university that year. The photo was shot by Lori Grice, a former student, founder of Lori Grice Photography.

The object under his left hand is a Classroom De- Gamer™ he invented in 1978.

He would spin the spinner of the De-Gamer in his classes to randomly select a student at the beginning of each class session to lead a discussion of the case assigned for that day, a case taken from a real business prepared by professional casewriters at Georgia Southern, Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Alabama. Grades were based eighty percent on class participation; the rest of the final grade was based on two case write-ups. One write-up was about what the student observed, researched, analyzed, and wrote about an existing business in the local environment or a business plan the student created. The other write- up was an analysis of a professionally written case about a real business assigned as the final exam. Cases used in his courses were taken from all functional areas of business, such as entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, operations management, control, management information systems, and business policy and strategy.

He learned how the case method works teaching with Bernard Bienvenu, DBA and Rexford Hauser, DBA (Harvard Business School doctorates) at what is now known as the University of Louisiana– Lafayette in 1969-70.

He has published refereed journal articles and books explaining how his democratic Game-free Adult-Adult I’m OK—You’re OK case method system works, by banishing Persecutors, Rescuers, and Victims playing psychological Games from the teaching and learning process, first documented in an article titled “The Classroom De-Gamer” he published in 1978 in the Transactional Analysis Journal.

He studied TA with Martin Groder, MD; Graham Barnes, PhD; Vann Joines, PhD; and many others at the Southeast Institute at Chapel Hill, North Carolina (1975-1978).

He has degrees in economics, organizational behavior, and management science from Texas Tech University (1962-1969), and an organizational and educational certification in transactional analysis from the International Transactional Analysis Association (1978).

He had his own case method track at the undergraduate level in the business school at Georgia Southern University taught by him alone in the management department, four or five different elective case method courses offered each academic year (1970-2005), in which he led, coordinated, and graded twenty-five or so students each year who took all or most of those case method courses in their junior and senior years, of about two hundred students who signed up for all of his courses each year, using a democratic circle or amphitheater classroom layout. He also taught most semesters two sections of a capstone integrative business policy course he added to the business school curriculum in 1970 that was required for all undergraduate business majors that could be elected by any student in any major, in which he used the case method. He was the only professor in the business school to use the case method in any course.

His students agreed to a course learning contract that stipulated they would read the facts of the case before class and would lose a whole letter grade from the course final grade if the De-Gamer randomly caught them obviously not having read the case before class, if they had not slipped a note under his office door before class telling him they had not read the case, which they could do twice during the course without penalty.

About ten percent of his students made A’s and about five percent made D’s. Most made C’s, which is about right, since C = Average. There were almost no F’s in his courses. The main criterion for course grades was the quantity and quality of ideas sold by students in case method discussions. He used peer ratings to give students feedback showing what their fellow students thought about the quantity and quality of their ideas sold in class, having made it clear the final decision about final grades was his. He did not believe in Lake Wobegon grading.

No student was ever forced to take one of his courses to graduate, and the most hardened Game- players in the school did not sign up for his courses after he issued his Edict of 1972 in which he clearly spelled out in his syllabi the penalty for getting caught unprepared. His Classroom De-Gamer™ was roundly discussed by students in bull sessions across campus every year and was labeled various things, such as The Wheel of Fate and The Death Wheel. Most students near the end of his career called it The Spinner. He appreciated the fact Georgia Southern honored his academic freedom as a tenured professor, allowing him control of his teaching methods, classroom layouts, grading procedures, and course books, cases, and materials.

He conducted primary survey research in 1992 that discovered longitudinal data (published in “Evidence the Case Method Works” in Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds, 2008, pg. 475) that showed his case method students during 1972-1982 reported higher yearly incomes in 1992 than students electing the same courses in 1972-1982 taught by professors using the authoritarian lecture method and the row and column classroom layout, who graded students based on how well they memorized “right answers” for so-called objective multiple-choice tests, indicating learners learning in Adult—Adult I’m OK—You’re OK Game-free learning processes graded subjectively became more successful in the real world of business than learners lectured to in Parent—Child I’m OK— You’re Not-OK un-De-Gamed learning processes. Only former students who had worked in the real world ten or more years after graduating from the Georgia Southern business school were included in the study.

For more information on these classroom management ethical issues see Stapleton, R.J. and Murkison, G. (2001), “Optimizing the fairness of student evaluations: A study of correlations between instructor excellence, study production, learning production, and expected grades,” the Journal of Management Education, 25(3), 269-292. Stapleton had one of the lowest student grade point averages among professors in the business school and was one of the lowest-ranked professors as an instructor on computerized campus-wide student evaluations weighting only instructor excellence scores up to about 2000; but he was one of the highest-ranked professors in a computerized student evaluation he designed that generated data also showing and weighting study production, learning production, and expected grades scores for each professor, published in “Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations.”

To read the article in full, go to https://blog.effectivelearning.net/fair-teacher- evaluations/ . After this research was published, Georgia Southern in 2001 added study production, learning production, and expected grades questions to the student evaluation form used campus-wide.

“Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations” has by now (March 28, 2022)) been cited as a reference in 83 refereed journal articles concerned about student evaluations in several academic disciplines, including eight new citations since April 2021, proving the article is still being read and cited by serious academics twenty-one years after publication.

As the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein propositioned, “The case is all there is.”

If so, everything else said about Earthian human states of affairs is a rendition of what was or might be.

For more on Stapleton’s cultural, educational, and professional experiences go to https://blog.effectivelearning.net/.