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

Or So It Seems to Me Today

Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA, Editor & Publisher

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

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

Doomsday Clock: About the same as last month.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 please go to my RESPONSES page and let me know about them.

I have no desire to sell subscriptions or advertising or solicit donations for THE EARTHIAN, but I would like to sell more books. If you feel you’ve gained value from this newsletter and would like to reciprocate go to the Effective Learning Publications page and purchase one or more books.


January 8, 2019

About time.

SOURCE: “9/11: Finally the truth comes out?,” by Paul Craig Roberts, INTREPID REPORT.COM,

January 8

Say it ain’t so Joe.

SOURCE: “Universal Basic Income is easier than it looks,” by Ellen Brown, INTREPIDREPORT.COM,

January 8

Sounds good to me.

SOURCE: “There is quick way to end Trump’s government shutdown,” by Bev Conover, INTREPIDREPORT.COM,

January 8

Say it ain’t so Joe.

SOURCE: “Freedom Rider: Elizabeth Warren and the trap for black voters,” by Margaret Kimberley, INTREPEIDREPORT,

January 8

Say it ain’t so Joe.

SOURCE: “How The Federal reserve Quitely Bankrupted The US Pension System,” by Stephanie Pomboy, Macro Mavens, ZEROHEDGE.COM,

January 8

So the US is not getting out of Syria?

SOURCE: “Reasons To Believe in Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Are Vanishing,” by Caitlin Johnstone, MEDIUM.COM@CAITYJOHNSTONE,

January 8

Is this the new Zeitgeist?

SOURCE: “Orbanonomics (Or The Return of National Economics),” by Guillaume Durocher, UNZ.COM,

January 8

Is this a game changer?

SOURCE: “Hypersonic Weapons Pose ‘Significant Challenge to World Peace,’: Expert,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE.COM,

January 8

Migration gone awry.

SOURCE: “Gun Ownership Surges In Europe Amid Wave of Terror Attacks, Migrant Crime,” by Tyler Durden , ZEROHEDGE.COM,

January 8

Immigration it seems is not working so well in France.

SOURCE: “France in Free Fall,” by Guy Milliere, GATESTONEINSTITUTE.ORG,

January 8

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

SOURCE: “Lira Slides After Erdogan Refuses To Meet Bolton For Blocking,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE.COM,

January 5

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

SOURCE: “Biggest Threat to Single – Payer? Democrat Support for a Public Option,” by Michael Corcoran, TRUTHOUT.ORG,

January 5


SOURCE: “Watching the World Burn: Truthout Readers Share Their Climate Stories,” by Dahr Jarmail, TRUTHOUT.ORG,

January 5

So be it.

SOURCE: “House Democrats Release Sweeping Legislation to Drain the Swamp,” by Jake Johnson, TROUTHOUT.ORG,

January 5

An interesting perspective.

SOURCE: “World is safe from global conflict in 2019,” by M. K. Bhadrakumar, INDIANPUNCHLINE.COM,

January 4

Nothing more insane than this.

SOURCE: “Trump ready to shut government ‘for years’,” Video and text, BBCNEWS.COM,

January 4

Say it ain’t so Joe.

SOURCE: “Top Trump officials are about to get a $10K raise while federal employees work without pay during the shutdown,” by Emma Ockerman, NEWS.VICE.COM,

January 4

So very sad.

SOURCE: “Rich Democrats Don’t Care About Income Inequality Any More than Rich Republicans,” by Ethan Wolff-Mann, BBC.COM,

January 4

Shows the dynamics of arguing.

SOURCE: “A transactional analysis of truth,” by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVELEARNING.NET,

January 4

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

SOURCE: “6 Fun Projects to Introduce Your Learning Disabled Child to the Arts,” by Joyce Wilson, EFFECTIVELEARNING.NET,

January 3

A hard hitting article pulling no punches backward or forward.


January 2

Here is where the money is.

SOURCE: “Visualizing The Extreme Concentration of Global Wealth,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE.COM,

January 2

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

SOURCE: “‘Pay The F*ck Up’: Hackers Threaten To Dump Secret 9/11 Attack Files If Bitcoin Ransom Not Met,” by Tyler Durden , ZEROHEDGE.COM,

January 2

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

SOURCE: “The Delusional Leaders of the Eurozone,” by Phil Dobbie, PATREON.COM,

January 2

Not good signs.

SOURCE: “New Year’s Hangover Hammers Markets – Stocks Slammed, Bonds Bid,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE.COM,

January 2


SOURCE: “How the War Party Lost the Middle East,” by Kurt Schlichter, TOWNHALL.COM,

January 2

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

SOURCE: “The American Dream is Being Held Hostage,” by Virginia Fidler, GOLDTELEGRAPH.COM,

January 2

A stable genius in action.

SOURCE: “Trump Trashes Mattis, Says “I Think I Could Have Been A Good General,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE.COM,

January 2

Yuk, money talks.

SOURCE: “The New Congress and the Rolling Catastrophe of the US Body Politic,” by Roger Harris, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG,

January 2

Go Warren

SOURCE: “Elizabeth Warren Announces 2020 Presidential Run,” by Jessica Corbett, TRUTHOUT.ORG,

January 2

Bad joke

SOURCE: “Pentagon Rings in New Year With Joke About Dropping Massive Bombs on People,” by Jon Queally, TRUTHOUT.ORG,

December 27, 2018

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

SOURCE: “Ralph Nader on Single Payer, Climate Devastation,” Video, by CP Editor, COUNTERPUNCH.ORG,

December 27

Good for them.

SOURCE: “Japan Suffered Biggest Natural Population Decline On Record In 2018,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE.COM,

December 27

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

SOURCE: “War Games in Vermont: Danger of Crashes and Permanent Hearing Loss,” by James Marc Leas, TRUTHOUT.ORG,

December 26

Say it ain’t so Joe

SOURCE: “We Know How Trump’s War Game Ends,” by Matt Taibbi, ROLLINGSTONE.COM,

December 26

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

SOURCE: “Ray Dalio Puts ‘Recent Market Moves in Perspective’,” by Ray Dalio, ZEROHEDGE.COM,

December 26

Food for thought.

SOURCE: “Reading Into Albert Einstein’s God Letter,” by Louis Menand, NEWYORKER.COM,

December 24

Is that so?

SOURCE: “What the US Can Afford vs. What the US Can’t Afford,” Video, Revere Politics,

December 22

Say it ain’t so Joe.

SOURCE: “Is The US Preparing For A War Between LatAm States?”, by Thierry Meyssan, VOLTAIRENET.ORG,

December 22

Sounds plausible to me.

SOURCE: “America’s Technology & Sanctions War Will Bifurcate The Global Economy,” by Alastair Crooke, STRATEGICCULTURE.ORG,

December 21

Say it ain’t so Joe.

SOURCE: “The Bombings Will Continue: US Military Role in Syria Won’t End,” Interview with Nermeen Shaikh, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!, TRUTHOUT.ORG,

December 20

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

SOURCE: “Radical egalitarianism can save the planet, the world, and our souls, by Roger Copple, INTREPEDREPORT.COM,

December 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more on this prolific non-candidate go here.

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

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

SOURCE: Mind & Its Languages of Reason, by William John Cox,



Just for the fun of it, play like you are a virtual Spaceship Earth, Inc. stockholder, owning one imaginary share of virtual stock, which I hereby figuratively grant you, along with all humans around Earth, giving you equal theoretical power to contribute to decisions about how to manage Spaceship Earth, Inc. Tell other stockholders what you think the problems and opportunities are, what the alternatives are, and what you think should be done to make for smoother sailing for everyone.

Also feel free to write what you think pro or con about anything I or any of the authors cited above have written in this issue of The Earthian.

Say whatever you want to say in response to the facts, analysis, conclusions, perspectives, etc. offered by the writers, pro or con, but please no ad hominem attacks, i.e., don’t try to prove you are right in your argument by illogically slandering or demeaning the personal characteristics, beliefs, behaviors, or integrity of the person you are arguing against.

To write what you think about anything relative to the management of Spaceship Earth, Inc. go to the Effective Learning Company RESPONSES page and just come out with it. Don’t worry about being “right.” No one knows it all and everyone knows something worth something to someone. Just say what you truly feel and think about an issue you consider relevant.

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