They become corrupted, having been
bribed by the elite rich and large corporations, having created voting rules
and processes that require politicians running for high office to take billions
of dollars in bribes to purchase air, screen and print time and space from
Mainstream Media to broadcast campaign propaganda to targeted audiences to get
elected; are authoritarian; evolve into fascism and oligarchies; cause humans
to act like sheep; accomplish nothing of significance obvious to everyone when
terms of office end, after promising to solve everything, after spending
billions of dollars on elections; function like gangs fighting other gangs;
encourage intolerance, polarizations and enmity among the populace; cause
conformity and group think in organizations everywhere; create dependence; foment
wars and warlike behaviors; foster obedience to party lines; waste money and resources;
function with faux democracy like high school students winning popularity
contests, where most of the time only those with narcissistic movie star-like
looks, mannerisms, and speech win; create grandiose illusions that turn to
ashes when terms of office end and poor people realize their lives have
continued to deteriorate, causing anger, disillusionment, and depression; play
psychological Games instead of doing things to solve real problems, such as
poverty, inequality, and the like; exploit family scripts, preying upon
generationally ingrained dysfunctional scripted family feeling, thinking and
behaving, rather than encourage learning, growth and script-free feeling,
thinking, and behaving; dumb people down; cause and reward immoral and
unethical behavior, selecting leaders who have character and intellectual defects,
often selecting sociopaths with little enough empathy to be able to maim and destroy
nations and people with a straight face and keep a clear conscience, while
presenting an innocent-looking face in public; use ad hominem slurs,
innuendoes, and verbal attacks to slander humans who argue against their party
line doctrines, dogmas, and slogans; create discord, mayhem, sanctions, and
wars, frustrating, undermining, bullying, and destroying other countries and
people around Spaceship Earth, playing one-upmanship psychological Games and
plundering resources that justifies war making behaviors and expenditures to
combat blowback and create jobs, profits, and votes internally; ignore global
warming and climate change, to maintain their grip on the populace, telling
their sheeple fairy tales instead of the truth, while not doing things to
prevent the extinctions of Earthian species of fauna and flora, probably
including sooner or later the Earthian human species.
on my Facebook page a Drudge Report poll October 16, 2019 showing Tulsi Gabbard
handily won the sixth Democratic National Committee primary debate televised by
CNN, garnering 40 percent of some 47,000 votes clicked in by respondents at
that time, which by today October 22 has grown to 207,726 votes clicked in for
this poll, of which Tulsi Gabbard garnered 38 percent of the total votes in the
last count, Yang being second with 18 percent, Buttigieg being third with 12
percent, Warren being fourth with 7 percent, Klobuchar being fifth with 6 percent,
Biden being sixth with 5 percent, Sanders and Steyer being tied with 4 percent
each, O’Rourke had 2 percent, Harris 1 percent, Castro 1 percent, Booker 1
percent. These percentage ranks changed
very little from October 16 to now October 22. The poll was programmed in such
a way that no respondent could vote more than one time. I tried to vote twice
after deciding to cast another vote for another candidate in addition to the
one I had already voted for. The program would not accept the click and
reminded me I had already voted, indicating the process was legit.
I included the following comment with my Drudge Report poll post where it says Say Something on my Facebook page October 16 shortly after seeing the DR poll results.
“Now here is an
interesting post, showing clearly something is wrong with political reporting
in MSM (Mainstream Media), and in CNN and DNC land. According to this poll
Tulsi Gabbard won the sixth DNC debate handily with forty percent of the vote,
far ahead of the next best, Yang, with about twenty percent. Biden and the rest
got less than seven percent each. Gabbard also won another DR poll about
another CNN debate I saw s month or so ago with about the same results as this
one, which unfortunately I did not post on my Facebook page.
“Yet there has been no
mention of this I have seen in MSM, which does not say much considering I
rarely watch or read MSM, but my wife does and she has not said anything to me
about seeing or hearing any news about Gabbard handily winning the DNC CNN
debates. Apparently it’s not that MSM publishes fake news so much by commission;
apparently they primarily publish fake news by omission. According to MSM, CNN
and the DNC Tulsi Gabbard is not a serious Democrat candidate. Are these Drudge
Report Internet polls anomalies? Or what?”
To which I received the
following post in response on my Facebook page.
“Why would anybody even consider
paying any attention to Drudge on the Democratic debate? Like listening to what
a dog has to say about a cat beauty contest, run by cats, for cats.”
To which I responded with:
“There have been 205,918 Total Votes cast in this poll so far. Are you saying this is irrelevant? Or that everything posted on the Drudge Report is fake news? i watched the debate on CNN, and i think Tulsi and Yang were the smartest and the best. Unfortunately they have little chance of being nominated given the way “democracy” works in the US. On the other hand, I voted for Steyer, probably a mistake.”
Which prompted this response:
“The purpose of the Drudge Report is
to present fake news. Sometimes this goal is best served by telling the truth
but this does not make them a trustworthy source. About a (sic) reliable as
DT’s tweets. And everybody knows you solicit any result you want in a poll.”
Which prompted this response from
“Wrong in your first sentence. Basically the Drudge Report is an aggregator. It links articles from all over, the New York Times. Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and Internet blogs nobody ever heard of, such as my Effective Learning Report. Yes, it’s basically a tabloid type thing primarily designed to attract casual readers and thinkers, but some of the shit linked is pretty good, overall giving any reader one of the best general pictures they could find free in a hurry of what is going on in the minds of all Earthian humans right now, of all persuasions and faiths, caused by hundreds of publication sources that are linked, MSM or social media, just by reading their headlines. Who needs a “trustworthy” source? If you need a “trustworthy” source that means you cannot think for yourself, and are being indoctrinated, being unable to figure out what is fake and what is not. Of course all the responses were solicited or the Drudge Report would not have gone to the trouble to make this voting process available. Did they try to manipulate people into voting as they did? Hell no. The Drudge Report is less contaminated by bias and prejudice than MSM since they are not dependent on charging customers for subscriptions. I have never paid the Drudge Report a cent for the information I have received from them. Don’t believe me, ask Google “how many hits does the Drudge Report get per day?””
Which elicited this response:
“Good topic for next time I can make
The Ogeechee Economic Forum.”
There is nothing like face-to-face political discussions in small groups to get to the truth of the matter. You can often tell by looking at the faces of people in a group when they are lying and telling the truth. These truthful body language signals are not as obvious in mass media. On the other hand, unfortunately despite emailing to one hundred or more people within driving distance of Statesboro inviting them to the Ogeechee Economic Forum meetings, and inviting them to invite their friends, most people are not interested. Having moderated the forum about a year once a month by now, no more than three participants have shown up for any meeting. Unfortunately this small group is like most groups and organizations; we are mostly preaching to our own choir. Almost all the participants have been well-educated relatively intelligent relatively unprejudiced white males. In order for face-to-face groups such as this one to produce significant learning you need participants of all persuasions, faiths, sexes, ages and races in the group to generate dialectical give and take Adult-Adult ego state transactions that can produce consensual answers capable of generating peaceful life-sustaining policies and processes. Unfortunately, based on my experience trying to establish a Game-free open free fair face-to-face Adult-Adult ego state economic and political discussion group in my town, it appears to me a good bet is that most Earthian humans are too apathetic or too afraid to engage in such groups. One Ogeechee Economic Forum participant said most humans do not have psychological permission to discuss economic and political problems in public, being afraid their bosses and cohorts in various groups, primarily at work, will “talk down to them” about participating in such activity.
Having gained satisfaction from the above Facebook exchange about Tulsi Gabbard on my Facebook page with one of the participants in the Ogeechee Economic Forum, I decided to venture forth with some other folks on my Facebook page newsfeed who were posting comments about various articles about Tulsi Gabbard that had been recently posted on Facebook, mostly about Gabbard’s reactions to her treatment by the DNC, having accused the DNC of trying to hijack the primary debates, and her truthful and courageous responses to Hillary Clinton’s allegations that she was a “Russian asset”, framing Hillary as a hypocrite, calling her the “queen of warmongers” and “the embodiment of political corruption,” as reported at https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/10/19/20922122/hillary-clinton-tulsi-gabbard-queen-warmongers-russia-2020-election. .
Other Democrats in various posts
have accused Gabbard of plotting a third party challenge maybe in the Green
Party if Jill Stein would let her, to which Gabbard allegedly promised she
would not run as a third party candidate if she did not get the DNC nomination,
which, if true, seems to me to be a mistake. Being a Jill Stein voter in 2016,
I posted a video October 22, 2019 on my Facebook page presenting Jill Stein in
an interview truthfully and courageously telling Hillary Clinton what she
thought about Clinton’s comments about Gabbard and herself being Russian assets.
See this U-tube video interview posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY5KIcK2iug&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3Ysm8XKxqna5Zhb8SqFdOZ2UQA7NSV-xDXm__huGigKEqgfvmAuv2Whsw/
Most of the respondents and
commenters on my Facebook newsfeed I randomly got involved with as mentioned
above apparently were Democratic true believers, being convinced Biden, Warren,
and Sanders were clearly the leaders in the primary process and the rest should
just willingly drop out to make things smoother for the DNC, to which I responded
with, “But what about Tulsi? She is obviously a strong candidate? Have you seen
this Drudge Report poll? According to this poll Gabbard won the sixth debate
hands down,” posting the comment and the Internet address for the DR poll
showing the above results in the thread of comments.
And then three or four of the participants immediately started attacking me for having the temerity to post a Drudge Report post in their august midst, posting Parent ego state tirades about how low brow and fake the DR is, as anybody should know. One of them said she hoped I was getting paid for this since I was making such a fool of myself, implying I was a troll.
One person in the thread allowed
they should at least cut Tulsi some slack and wait for more information, but
none of the rest would hear of it, being convinced Warren, Sanders, and Biden
were the only candidates worth considering. And then one of them posted a fact check
website in response to one of my posts in which I asked them if they had any
evidence the DR was an untrustworthy fake news site? According to the fact
check site the DR did publish some fake news, also conspiracy theories, and was
generally untrustworthy, recommending fact checking any post you might want to
remember and use posted by the DR. The fact check site also criticized the DR
for linking articles posted in ZeroHedge, another so-called conspiracy theory
site. The fact check site said about seventy-five percent of DR readers were
conservatives some of whom listened to Rush Limbaugh and others of his ilk.
Having never listened to Rush Limbaugh nor watched Fox So-called News,
considering myself a staunch Independent, I nevertheless began to think I might
be more conservative than I thought I was.
ANALYSIS OF THE CASE
The Facebook posts mentioned above convinced me the Drudge Report is labeled and villified as a fake news conservative site by a lot of Democrats, which I had not considered or concluded in four or years of perusing and reading the DR, mainly reading headlines just to see what is going on around Spaceship Earth, which I am still convinced is worthwhile, the DR being one of the best sites for this sort of thing. The negative posts about the DR and the fact checker information caused me to do a Google search about the DR in which I found out the DR now has probably the greatest number of hits per day of any web news source anywhere, over one million hits per day.
If some seventy-five percent of the DR hits per day are conservatives that means some of the other twenty-five percent could be people like me, Independent Jill Stein-voting-for Progressives, and many are people like Democrats of various persuasions, ranging from true believers to ordinary liberals, and that means a sample of 207,726 Total Votes cast in a DR poll over a week or so about a CNN DNC televised primary debate would be biased to some extend by an overweighting of conservatives, all other things being equal, but it would not necessarily be biased about what most US presidential eligible voters think, including about 50,000 non-right wing conservative eyeballs, and it is worth noting that the DR poll no doubt included eligible voters who voted in 2016 and those who did not vote in 2016, and those who will not vote in 2020, increasing the accuracy of the picture the poll painted about who won the debates, namely Tulsi Gabbard.
As I understand political polling in
the US, the sample sizes for most polls are not that large, much smaller than
the DR poll referenced here, and thus would be more biased than the DR poll
based on sample size alone. According to this CNN article about a CNN poll at https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/23/politics/cnn-poll-biden-lead-increases/index.html,
Biden is way out in front as the winner of the DNC primary process, having the
support of 34 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters, as of
October 23, with the next best Warren having 19 percent support and Sanders
having 16 percent.
Here is a CNN comment from the above
article: “But Biden has seen big spikes in
support among moderate and conservative Democrats (43% support him now, up from
29% in the September poll), racial and ethnic minorities (from 28% among all
nonwhites in September to 42% now) and older voters (up 13 points since
September among those 45 and older) that outpace those among younger potential
Democratic voters (up 5 points among those younger than 45)”.
The CNN poll write-up went to say
Biden was considered by Democrats to be most likely to vote for issues that
could be passed in Congress and he had the best grasp of foreign policy. The
article said however that viewers of the last debate in their poll, the sixth
one referenced by me above, viewed Biden less favorably than those who did not
watch the debate.
Here is the CNN description of the
poll size in the above referenced CNN article: “The CNN Poll was conducted by SSRS from
October 17 through 20 among a random national sample of 1,003 adults reached on
landlines or cellphones by a live interviewer, including 424 registered voters
who are Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents. Results for the full
sample have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.
For results among potential Democratic voters, it is plus or minus 5.8 points.”
you want a view of what US voters as a whole think it seems to me the above
referenced CNN poll was more biased than the above referenced DR poll, based on
sample size alone, plus the CNN poll targeted Democratic true believers and
likely Democratic voters with no mention of the political leanings of the
remaining five hundred or so of the sample. In any case, a sample size of one
thousand in the case of the CNN poll pales in comparison with the DR poll sample
size of 207,726. Not
being a statistician I have no idea how you would go about proving which poll
had the highest statistical reliability and validity, but it seems to me the DR
poll paints the clearest picture about who won the debates, and that picture
shows most US eligible voters prefer Gabbard rather than Biden.
On the other hand, my
homegrown sample of one, my Democratic professor emeritus statistically-expert
mathematician wife had this to say: “So what, all those conservatives in the DR
poll said they think Gabbard won the debate because they think she is the best
looking, and they think she would be the easiest one to beat in a race with
it seems to me the statistical reliability and validity of the DR poll would most likely be just as high as the
reliability and validity of the CNN poll.
The question remains, who do
most US eligible voters think is the best presidential candidate: Gabbard or
Seems to me it boils down to
what you think is most enlightening, relevant and least fake, your own eyes and
ears watching and hearing the debates, the above referenced DR poll, or the
above referenced CNN poll?
While there are several
possible arguments one might make based on an analysis of this case, I have
neither the time nor the energy to discuss them here. I also realize it is
impossible to prove anything about the candidates or the DNC primary process
based on the facts of this case; and I also know it is always impossible to
find or generate provably-true right answers for political, economic, and
social states of affairs anywhere anytime, the best you can hope for being to
generate consensual answers satisfactory to most of the humans subject to them.
Nevertheless, following are my conclusions based on evidence presented in this
case. Call it fake news if you will.
It seems to me the DNC is again rigging their primary election, with Biden as the new Hillary, as Michael Moore has pointed out in a Facebook post. It was obvious to my eyes watching the first CNN debate referenced above that the show was rigged in favor of Biden. The debate questioners over and over referred to Biden as the “frontrunner,” giving him more deference and air time than the others. It was less evident in the sixth debate but it was still there. CNN has conducted the debates to generate advertising revenues and then proceeds to conduct a poll about who won and then writes up the poll results for their advertisers and viewers. How unbiased is that?
I have no idea what is really
going on internally within the DNC, but it seems to me there are parallels
between their behind the scenes machinations now and whatever it was they did
to sidecar Sanders in 2016. Warren in recent days has been saying the 2016 DNC
primary election was rigged against Sanders, which seemed obvious to me at the
time. Gabbard has recently said the DNC is trying to “hijack” the primary
election now. Rigging, hijacking, whatever, this sort of the thing seems to be
standard operating procedure for the DNC.
It seems to me the DNC is
primarily interested in finding a presidential nominee who they think will
preserve the perks, legacies, jobs, and careers of Democrat politicians and
bureaucrats in Washington than they are in finding a nominee that can defeat
Trump and improve conditions for we the people, humans not only living in the
US, but homo sapiens and other species still alive all around Spaceship Earth,
including about fifty percent of eligible US voters who did not vote in the
2016 election, which no doubt was to some extent caused by having to vote for a
supposed lesser of two evils.
There is no proof that Trump
has been more evil in office than Hillary would have been. At least Trump has
not destroyed any more nations yet. Look what Hillary did to Libya when she was
secretary of state under Obama.
It seems to me Tulsi Gabbard would have a much better chance of beating Trump and doing something to significantly improve the functioning of the US government than Biden, but she apparently does not stand a chance of getting the DNC presidential nomination, primarily because of the way the DNC primary process has been hijacked and rigged, primarily by forcing DNC presidential primary candidates to solicit large sums of money from elite rich and corporate donors to stay in the race, donors who in general will not donate to young highly intelligent creative and energetic progressive female candidates they cannot trust to do their bidding in office, in a process that in effect forces most presidential primary candidates to accept bribes psychologically obligating them to pay back their elite rich and corporate donors after they get in office by voting in their favor. Bernie Sanders was an exception in this regard in 2016 but it did him no good in the end, thanks to the rigging of the DNC.
It also seems to me most Democratic true believers are naively playing a DO ME SOMETHING psychological Game, socially pretending they primarily want a presidential candidate who will improve the US government and benefit we the people, whereas psychologically they want an older not so bright pork barrel male politician who they falsely think will help them personally (rather than elite rich and corporate donors) with more perks and benefits, which in my view are necessary in many cases, but which should not be the driving force behind voting in US presidential primary elections, otherwise the US and Spaceship Earth will continue their downward spirals.
Richard John Stapleton, PhD,
CTA is an emeritus professor of operations management, management information
systems, organizational behavior, business policy, and entrepreneurship at
Georgia Southern University, using the case method in all courses. He is a
founder and owner of Effective Learning Company, and the founder and moderator
of the Ogeechee Economic Forum at https://www.effectivelearning.net/ogeechee-economic-forum.html .
The Ogeechee Economic Forum Hour will again be open for discussion this coming third Saturday of the month, October 19, 2019 during 11-12 a.m.
This Saturday we will again meet at the Eagle Creek Brewing Company.
Franklin Dismuke, entrepreneur, owner, and CEO of Eagle Creek Brewing Company, a graduate of the Georgia Southern Parker College of Business, agreed to us doing the forum while his pub is open for business.
Invite your friends who are also invited and drop by Eagle Creek Brewing Company at 106 Savannah Avenue in Statesboro at eleven a.m. this coming Saturday, October 19, for an hour of interesting and stimulating economic, political, and social discussion. We’ll have more room and better parking than we had at my office.
The main purpose of the Ogeechee Economic Forum is to provide an equal opportunity for responsible citizens to test their ideas for dealing with economic, political, and social problems and opportunities. If you don’t know a good answer for a problem maybe someone else in the group will. Hopefully the process will make us all better citizens.
The process utilizes a Classroom De-Gamer™. A spinner attached to the De-Gamer will select the LEADER OF THE HOUR who will create the agenda by answering three questions, whatever pops into mind, about what s/he thinks is the most significant economic, political, or social problem or opportunity right now.
What is the problem?
What are the alternatives?
What do you recommend?
Rarely will the De-Gamer select a leader who knows right answers for these sorts of problems and issues, since there are no “right” answers for them, or at least there are no provably-true right answers.
Once something is codified into a rule, law, or doctrine, it’s true that the rule, law, or doctrine entails such and such, and if one knows what is codified s/he knows a “right” answer; but it’s almost impossible to prove that what was codified should have been codified in the first place, or as it was. It’s even more difficult to prove, even with hindsight, that economic and political decisions were “right”, so anything the LEADER OF THE HOUR brings up will generate interesting and stimulating discussion.
Anyone can respond to what the De-Gamer-selected leader said with what s/he thinks are better answers, on a first-come first-serve basis, after the De-Gamer-selected leader stops talking.
One spin of the De-Gamer most of the time generates about one hour of back and forth discussion about what the De-gamer-selected leader said and about what others said. If the discussion runs out of steam before the hour is up we can spin the De-Gamer again, or quit for the day.
The purpose of the discussion is to learn and educate, not to indoctrinate, by co-constructing consensual answers. About the best you can hope for in most groups, organizations, and systems is to co-construct consensual answers that are good enough to satisfy most people affected by them.
The Ogeechee Economic Forum is non-partisan. Persons of all political persuasions and faiths are welcome.
The “Spinner” makes sure all participants (including me the moderator) have an equal shot at being the Leader of the Hour. If the spinner lands on me I will present and answer the three questions just like any other participant would. Once the De-Gamer-selected leader breaks the ice it’s free flow from then on. Anyone can become the LEADER OF THE MOMENT by diving in the discussion first. There’s no holding up of hands to get permission to talk to the whole group. No one can be interrupted once s/he starts talking to the whole group, assuming s/he does not talk too long. If someone talks too long I will clang my cowbell to give someone else a chance. There are no side conversations. All talking must be to the whole group. Anyone can get up and leave at any time if s/he has any sort of personal problem.
A major purpose of the group is to create democracy, not autocracy.
Another purpose is to learn how to avoid playing psychological Games such as BALANCE SHEET, AIN’T IT AWFUL, GREENHOUSE, MINE’S BETTER, NIGYSOB, KICK ME, POOR ME, IF IT WEREN’T FOR YOU, LET’S YOU AND THEM FIGHT, DO ME SOMETHING, and I’M ONLY TRYING TO HELP YOU.
A major purpose is to learn how to create win-win economic, political, and social outcomes rather than win-lose outcomes.
Lastly, another purpose of the forum is to learn how to have fun while coping with serious problems.
Believe it or not, in most sessions this Game-free process generates a full hour of interesting, stimulating, informative, and satisfying experience for all participants, and the time passes quickly.
At the end of the forum hour Saturday I recommend recognizing the contributions of Coach Erk Russell, who named a drainage ditch running through Statesboro, that bordered his football practice field, Eagle Creek, who won three national championships during his tenure at Georgia Southern University, who stopped by my office one day and told me he appreciated what I was teaching some of his football players.
According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in 1954 I was probably the youngest and smallest Class A high school starting quarterback in the US.
I think I could do a better job quarterbacking the US than Donald Trump, if only a great football coach, such as Joe Moring, my high school coach in 1954, or Erk Russell in 1985, or some sort of national presidential Classroom De-Gamer™, could send me in the game and put Trump on the bench.
It also seems to me most reasonably bright US adult citizens with decent educations could do a better job quarterbacking the US than Trump. I read recently his approval rating is now thirty-eight percent. If you participate with the Ogeechee Economic Forum you will have an opportunity to tell me and the group why you think Trump is doing a better job as president than I could, or why you think Trump’s doing a better job than a reasonably bright well-educated adult US citizen selected by a Classroom De-Gamer™ could.
Come to the Ogeechee Economic Forum Hour this Saturday to participate in some Saturday Morning armchair economic, political, and social quarterbacking. Armchair quarterbacking about Ogeechee Economic Forum problems and opportunities is more relevant and satisfying than armchair quarterbacking about football games. There’ll be plenty of time to watch and talk about football over the rest of the weekend.
Please share this invitation with your friends who are also invited.
THE EARTHIAN FORUM, Number Twelve, Effective Learning Publications, 32 East Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, USA, October 13, 2019
EARTHIAN FORUM is a digest of
articles containing facts, analyses, perspectives, and recommendations
concerned about existential states of affairs affecting all species of fauna
and flora around Spaceship Earth. Recent articles written and published by
writers in Internet publications on ecological, economic, social, political,
religious, and military states of affairs around Spaceship Earth are linked
below as sources.
“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 Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA,
Editor & Publisher
Well, here we are again. Good to have you here again
as readers, whomever or whereever you are.
Rich, poor, well educated or not; working with your hands or working
with your mind; or not working at all as a member of the elite rich or as a
member of the retired class with a defined benefits pension plan and social
security, or with a well-funded 401 (k); or not working period as one of the
unemployed looking for a job, or one of the unemployed who would like to have a
job but who are not counted as unemployed because they have given up on finding
one; powerful or powerless; living in mansions or homeless; smart or not so
smart; handsome or beautiful or plain; eloquent or too shy to speak up, this
article’s for you.
So to whom am I really writing? Who knows.
Maybe only to myself.
Given the general scope of what my mind tends to land
on these days, economics, politics, transactional analysis, life experiences
and script messages and such, what should I write at this moment that might be
of some significance? Should I write a story that might entertain or one that
might cause readers to learn something?
Unfortunately I can’t spin a Classroom De-Gamer™ to
select a topic. My subconscious mind has to do it somehow. Here it comes,
maybe. Still have not had a real thought about something to write about. Do we
force our thoughts, or do they just spontaneously bubble up from the
subconscious? How does the subconscious mind do this? Don’t have a clue, but
here comes a thought, almost. Well maybe not. Maybe I should just forget about
doing this now and go to town and get some supplies at the Little Walmart,
almost a daily ritual for me these days. Maybe just walk around the store and
observe some real people doing something necessary right now. Better than just sitting here waiting to make
up something to write about. No, write something. Write whatever pops into your
As you can see from the following articles selected as sources for this issue of The Earthian Forum, number twelve, I as usual have been reading about our superhero Donald Trump and his adventures around Spaceship Earth, so it looks like he has just popped into my conscious mind for something to write about for this article. Does he pose a threat to all Earthians, not caused by maliciousness or malevolence necessarily on his part but caused by incompetence and irresponsibility? Is he unfit for the office of president of the US?
For starters it seems to me right now anyone would have to be mentally deranged to want to be president of the US in the first place given the dire consequences of what a US president can cause in the job intentionally and unintentionally. Those possible consequences would worry me to death.
Should he be impeached? I don’t know, and probably
nobody knows for sure.
As is implied in a comment I made about one of the articles sourced below, it seems to me the biggest problem most people have comprehending Trump is caused by the fact he is so unusual. I for one had never heard of or seen anyone quite like him before, so-called billionaire, poor student, barely able to read, telling his staff he wants to read as little as possible, maybe dyslexic, having no morals or ethics to speak of, yet having no criminal convictions with jail time, considered a messiah of sorts by evangelists, hated and vilified by millions, loved almost as s saint by millions, yet there he is, president of the US.
Love him or hate him, despite his being a narcissist or sociopath, or whatever he is according to the DSM, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Trump is not insane since he has been doing his shit for several decades having fun and lording it over people, and he still has a relatively large net worth on his balance sheet, the exact number of dollars of net worth he has having been seen by only a few people working for the Trump Organization, some CPAs and IRS agents, and maybe some family members.
Sourced below is a good article with public data showing the market value of Trump’s properties exceed the money borrowed against them, thus it appears his assets exceed his liabilities, and he’s not almost bankrupt, assuming he doesn’t owe humongous debts hidden from public eyes that are not collateralized, and assuming his physical collateral is worth what it’s appraised at, marked to market, sellable. If so he is indeed a wealthy man, irrespective of how much wealth he inherited from his father and grandfather, his grandfather having started Trump’s family fortune by starting, owning and running a restaurant and whore house in Canada servicing miners during the Klondike gold rush days in Alaska, as shown here. https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-trump-family-fortune/?fbclid=IwAR1Vpewy-HZk6GD
Most people believe free will exists and subconsciously think humans have caused themselves to be what they are though their decisions and actions, therefore believing that individual Earthian humans are thus deserving of blame or praise; but it seems to me, not only right now, but since I was about twenty-one years old, that everything is caused, including human feelings, thoughts, beliefs, decisions, and actions. I never did fully believe there could be a non-caused cause, which I now concede there may have been, somehow, some sort of god-like thing, the most potent phenomenon imaginable, that always existed and therefore was not caused, that for some reason started the evolution of our universe some ten billion years ago, and maybe also other universes, then, or at other times.
To find data and evidence as to whether free will exists you can ask Google “does free will exist” and if you do you will find, as I did, 875 million results. No Earthian human could possibly read all these sources, but I would be willing to bet if a supercomputer did at least half the sources would support the proposition that free will does not exist.
Free will is rarely discussed in polite society or in politically-correct
media. In general it’s a taboo subject. Most people want to read and hear the
same public narratives, that everything is basically hunky dory as it’s always
been and god is in his heaven and bibles are all you need to know and all you
have to do is believe and have faith and go to church, temple, or mosque and
pay the preacher, priest, rabbi, or imam, and recite the doctrines and dogma,
and you will be fine, throughout eternity.
What a deal that is, which Trump seems to support.
It’s surprising that some percentage of USian citizens now think Trump is some sort of messiah, who will save them, and say they will take up arms against other USians to keep him in power, regardless of how many votes he gets in the next election. Many of them are angry that some USian citizens have the temerity to criticize their dear leader in public, considering it a form of blasphemy.
What caused these hateful thoughts and stories?
It seems to me hate stories are caused by various things such as over-population, increasing poverty, dysfunctional political and educational systems, increased militarism, and ever-widening income inequality; but one of the most insidious psychological causes of hatred is Earthian humans believing free will exists.
If humans did not believe free will exists they would have no justification for hating anyone, being forced to realize all humans have been caused to feel, think, decide, and do in ineluctable inexorable cause-effect chains infinitely regressing and progressing through time, and therefore they are not to blame, praise, or hate for what they believe and do.
Earthian humans are merely lucky or unlucky and syntonic or dystonic in their environments.
If Earthian humans could miraculously stop believing in free will hatred around Spaceship Earth would diminish immediately, and possibly disappear.
This is not to say that Earthian humans do not need rules and laws and should not reward or punish derelict deleterious humans (regardless of what caused their harmful effects) to cause them to stop doing harmful things and to do beneficial things.
Despite the probability free will does not exist, major structural changes have to happen right now on Earth to prevent more and more extinctions of native fauna and flora, including homo sapiens. Some structural changes are happening, but are the right kinds of changes happening at a fast enough rate? If they’re not most Earthian species, homo sapiens included, are probably toast, kaput, done, sooner or later.
Scientists estimate that about two hundred Earthian species of fauna and flora now go extinct daily around Spaceship Earth as shown here.
How much longer do Earthian humans have before the extinction process reaches them? I don’t know and probably nobody knows. Hopefully Earthian humans have a decade or more to go before it’s obvious the show’s over if drastic changes are not made ASAP.
In the halls of the USian congress right wing politicians commonly assure their voters there is nothing to worry about in regard to global warming and climate change because throughout Earthian history there have been random variations in temperature and climate, and what Usians have been experiencing of late is just another normal anomaly, and therefore human production and consumption systems have not caused any permanent observable changes in the climate; so just vote for me and everything will work out for you and yours just hunky-dorily.
Which is bosh and bullshit, a fairy-tale told to adults.
Given that the average Earthian temperature has been rising in recent decades, polar ice caps are melting at an increasing rate, sea levels are rising, and devastating weather events around Earth occur with increasing frequencies—floods, droughts, cold spells, wildfires, and hurricanes—Earthian humans had better hope they caused it.
Because if Earthian humans caused it they can theoretically do something to correct it.
On the other hand, if humans did not cause it, they are at the mercy of natural cosmic evolution, no better off than any Earthian species rendered extinct by natural causes in any Earthian Ice Age.
Be sure to ask your cocksure self-righteous all-knowing right-wing politician if s/he thinks observable devastating changes in weather patterns will revert back to normal soon enough to save the Earthian human species from extinction, regardless of who or what caused it?
As the saying goes, “If it (human-caused global
warming and climate change) walks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck, and
it looks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.”
Unfortunately, one can build a case that what will happen to Earthian humans is already baked in the cake.
Most Earthian humans seem to assume the on-going process of change will inevitably work in their favor and will result in structural improvements in human life that will insure indefinite sustainability; when it’s possible infinitely regressive and progressive inexorable ineluctable cause-effect chains now in place will inevitably cause worse causes, not better, causing even more Earthian extinctions per day, part of a natural cosmic process that may have already run its course on thousands of planets once harboring life in various solar systems, galaxies, and universes.
Various planets may have produced life forms
intelligent enough to produce AI robots that wiped them out, their suns may
have burned out, a large asteroid could have hit them, and probably other
things could have done them in, such as nuclear weapons, or global warming and
climate change they caused on their planets.
Thank you, my subconscious mind, for giving me some content today for my usual “Or So It Seems To Me Right Now” column in The Earthian Forum. Most likely you produced what you did because you were caused to do it by what I have been caused to read in the last month or so, including the articles listed below as sources, and because of whatever it was that caused the writers of the sourced articles to write what they wrote, and on and on through time in unbroken cause-effect chains.
Unfortunately Trump caused a lot of what was written about in the sourced articles because the USian electoral college contains mistakes made by the writers of the US Constitution that unfairly gave Trump the US presidential election in 2016, irrespective of his having lost the popular vote, causing him to do what he did recently that caused him to get written about, entangled with myriad cause-effect chains moving forward at various speeds at various angles through time, part of the magnum web of Earthian cause-effect chains determining human experience around Spaceship Earth.
It’s possible that natural entropic processes might eventually reduce everything in all universes back to mere fermions, bosons, quarks, and similar particles in space.
If you ask Google “is human extinction inevitable” as I did you will find almost seven million results, some asserting human extinction is inevitable, some saying it’s not inevitable. My guess is nobody knows for sure. Regardless, it seems to me it can happen as a force majeure.
As the writers of the song Que Sera Sera were caused to write, “The future’s not ours to see; whatever will be will be.” You can see and hear this truism sung right now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZbKHDPPrrc.
A fundamental teaching of transactional analysis is that humans should learn to “see what is really going on” with themselves and others as they transact with one another socially and psychologically living their daily lives so as to maximize their chances of living with satisfaction, despite how not-OK their economic, social, psychological, and political worlds might be.
Transactional analysis, or TA, teaches there are three naturally occurring life outcomes caused for humans: winner, loser, and non-winner— caused by the sum total of inherited characteristics and “messages” one is exposed to from the moment of birth, including electrochemical messages one is exposed to in one’s mother’s womb some say—and by the decisions irrational offspring are caused to make about the messages—that become permanent determinants of emotional, intellectual, and behavioral responses throughout life that determine the three generic life outcomes, or life scripts.
In other words, it’s all a matter of luck in the naturally-occurring unfair world of inevitable cause-effect chains causing human scripts and outcomes, a blind unfair process that produces in the aggregate predictable outcomes that recur in about the same proportions within the Earthian human population generation after generation.
A major purpose of TA is to help clients add new artificial causes of causation to alter the path of the naturally-occurring cause-effect chains determining an individual, group, or organization so as to increase life satisfactions for clients, helping them to escape banal and harmartic “scripts” naturally causing their outcomes.
Changing a loser script to a winner script requires a lot of hard work but it can happen if a person somehow acquires artificial script messages powerful enough to control the naturally-occurring deleterious or debilitating script messages. TA can provide people basic concepts and tools for attempting such a thing, requiring perhaps the use of different ego states and transactional patterns, learning how to communicate in more effective ways psychologically as well as socially, psychological messages being ulterior and non-spoken, social messages being overt and spoken.
Changing a loser script may also entail changing the way one structures one’s time, learning how to spend more time working rather than playing Games, or learning how to spend more time being intimate instead of chit-chatting and bullshitting about pastimes such as casual sex, sports, and soap operas, or reciting rituals, or playing Games, especially playing Games similar to those Trump plays, who probably rarely achieves real intimacy, as evidenced by his baggage of failed marriages and corrupt relationships. Trump is now one of the most visible Game-players around Spaceship Earth, constantly persecuting, rescuing, and victimizing individuals, groups, and organizations somewhere around Spaceship Earth, one way or the other.
One can build a case it’s better not to try to change a loser script, however unfair the script might be. The Prayer of Serenity goes something like this: Lord give me the intelligence and strength to change what needs changing, and the wisdom to know what I can and cannot change, knowing full well that some suffering, losing, and grieving are inevitable.
A basic problem or question is whether serenity is possible in today’s world, beset as it is by global warming and climate change and by escalating hostilities and agitations within and between organizations and groups around Earth, especially between big organizations and groups, such as the US and Iran, with the US government trying to goad Iran into doing something rash that will give the US government an excuse to tear Iran to shreds with another war in the Middle East, a gruesome Game indeed, called by transactional analysts IF IT WEREN’T FOR YOU.
How could anyone be serene knowing his or her country is being led by a misogynist leader such as Trump? And how serene could anyone be knowing the US Supreme Court is ruled 5-4 by prejudiced and biased right wing judges, including at least one or two misogynists?
TA never promised anyone any rose gardens on Earth, or eternal bliss in heaven, but it does advertise that it can help specific individuals, groups, and organizations become more ok, not only in terms of achieving personal goals but becoming more ok transacting with others so as to live with more dignity, satisfaction, peace, and tranquility, based on Adult mutually agreed to social contracts.
No one could blame you if you believe in tuning out TA and blogs such as this one. One can build a case the best strategy is to tune out the world, burrowing up in your burrow as much as possible, reading no newspapers and not watching television, with no Internet, to maximize your mental health, and serenity. The problem however if you do this is boredom. Most humans have an innate need for stimulation, achievement, and recognition.
Regardless of what sort of cognitive structures you use, TA or whatever, sooner or later you have to take action, requiring defining the problem, delineating the alternatives, and making recommendations for changing things, and choosing things, and then trying things, trial and error, over and over, till something works.
is the problem?
are the alternatives?
do you recommend?
Unfortunately this Adult problem-solving process does not seem to work with nations, at least for long for most. Who would be idealistic or grandiose enough to think he or she could define the problems of a nation, generate alternatives for solving them, make recommendations for change, and then start an action plan of things to do to cure the not-OKness?
seems nations never solve their problems. All they ever do is change the actors
of roles required by the script, which may involve trivial script changes over
time, say changing from a monarchy to a republic, or from feudalism to
capitalism to socialism to communism to fascism, and maybe back again to
capitalism; but so what, the dynamics remain the same. The top leaders wind up
manipulating and exploiting the members regardless of the economic or political
system de jure, caused by the innate greed and corruption of top leaders
competing for more money and power, playing Games, trying to be the top
far humans have kept on muddling through somehow despite their chronic problems
doing about the same things over and over, despite the fact no single human or
nation has been smart enough or wise enough or powerful enough to start and
implement an action plan that results in real improvement and correction for
problem now however if climate change and global warming are real in ways
thousands believe they are we may be living in
Age of No More Muddling Through.
Politicians promise to start and implement action plans for real improvement if you will just vote for them. Most of their promises are snake oil such as “socialism” or “cutting taxes” or “more military spending” or “Make America Great Again”—but It never happens or does any good, despite the billions of dollars spent on campaigns, and the new characters acting out the same roles after the elections; and the country keeps sliding downhill, as if the purpose of the whole charade was to give winners of elections the pleasure of winning something and acting out the roles they tried out for, giving them a taste of power and recognition as a top dog, with no real achievement for everyone.
live in precarious times, but it will do little good to play AIN’T IT AWFUL, a psychological Game identified and labeled by
transactional analysts, in which psychological Game players collect strokes
by constantly complaining about the evils and troubles of the cold cruel world,
positioning themselves as Victims of obsolete economic, religious, and
political systems manipulated and exploited by greedy self-interested power-mad
sociopathic oligarchs and leaders and their corrupt bought and paid for
lackeys, especially lobbyists and politicians, however true that might be in
it seems to me humans should discuss serious economic, political,
environmental, social, and psychological problems in Adult Game-Free ways to
develop consensual bottom-up policies and strategies, and the more groups
around Earth the better, which increases the odds of developing workable and
cooperative approaches for staving off the dire consequences of global warming
and climate change.
At the same time, it will do no good for Earthian humans to stick their heads in the sand to 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 (fake) strokes (units of recognition) for making nonsensical positive cheerful upbeat comments about the environment and political, economic, social, and psychological states of affairs.
But it seems to me the riskiest psychological Game played politically right now is IF IT WEREN’T FOR YOU, involving polarized extremists that continue to experience increasing insecurity and hopelessness as they continue to blame others and find scapegoats for their plights, escalating their anger as they transmit threats from their dogmatic Parent ego states to the Parent ego states of others, sometimes attacking others verbally and physically for their perceived misdeeds (as if they did what they did of their own free will). Some of the threats include international and civil war. The dishonesty of the psychological Game IF IT WEREN’T FOR YOU entails Earthian humans psychologically pretending to believe that opposing evil parties have decided using free will to cause the heinous actions and problems they are accused of diabolically causing, when the Game players probably suspect at their Adult social levels that other things caused the problems. Getting rid of the other will not solve the problems, whether the other (the enemy) is a competing political party or a regime. The real causes of extremist plights such as over-population, poverty, poor educational systems, poor family scripts, poor religions, and unfair economic policies and systems are ignored and unresolved; the insecurity, anger, and misery escalate until finally the shooting starts; things get blown up and destroyed; millions of humans are killed; societies collapse, and somehow rise from the ashes; and then the Game begins again.
Unfortunately, Earthian humans have now progressed technologically to a level where they may be powerful enough to blow up and destroy things to such a degree that there will be nothing left to rise from again, if they start seriously shooting and bombing again in an all-out no-holds-barred war, in which case there will be no live Earthian humans left to play IF IT WEREN’T FOR YOU again.
Regardless, individual Earthian humans should assume responsibility and take action for conserving energy as best they can in their daily lives to reduce greenhouse gases and the effects of climate change; but especially they should help select politicians who will vote for economic and political policies and strategies that will help correct environmental, economic, political, social, and psychological problems on a mass scale, not just play psychological Games, before it’s too late.
least two centuries humans have lived under the illusion that technology and
labor-saving devices, new chemical applications in agriculture (fertilizers,
herbicides, and pesticides), and new scientific discoveries of all sorts would
enable them to live happily ever after, while producing as many offspring as
they wished, thereby increasing the world human population without limit,
despite the admonitions of humans like Thomas Malthus, an English parson, who
published in 1798 in an essay titled “An Essay on the Principle of Population”
what became known as the Malthusian Concept, namely that human population grows
geometrically while the human food supply grows arithmetically, and therefore
most humans were doomed to suffer food shortages, poverty, subsistence living,
and premature deaths. Up until the last few years economists have
generally taught that Malthus was wrong, arguing that technology, chemical agriculture,
better seeds, and better irrigation would enable an ever-increasing human
population to be adequately fed and housed. Unfortunately it now appears that
Malthus was right after all. World hunger, poverty and misery are increasing,
even in the United States; and, even worse, it appears that some forms of
technology, however beneficial and enjoyable they have been in the short run,
have led human Earthians down a precarious path to possible extinction, namely
electricity and the internal combustion engine used to power billions of cars,
pickups with big tires, trucks, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, John Deere riding
lawn mowers, tractors, airplanes, boats, ships, houses, refrigerators, central
heating and cooling systems, factories, computers, and what have you around
Spaceship Earth, requiring the ignition and burning of many millions of
barrels, cubic feet, and tons of fossil fuel (oil, gas, and coal) every day as
an energy source, the burning of which is causing global warming and climate
change by putting ever more tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in Earth’s
atmosphere. All forms of technology aren’t good things; and humans have to
learn how to use good technology instead of bad technology, however addicted to
bad technology they may be; and the Earthian human population should be
peacefully reduced through natural attrition, natural deaths exceeding births,
thereby reducing the need to deplete resources necessary to sustain the
Earthian human population in the short run, irrespective of long run
consequences. Bringing that about will require many different kinds of changes
not only in the behavior of human Earthians but especially in the behavior of
large human institutions controlled and manipulated by mentally-bounded self-interested
sociopaths, such as the US. The situation is especially ominous when one
considers that if humans were to give up all their addictions to bad technology
cold turkey they would immediately cause an economic and political catastrophe
of unimaginable proportions, possibly immediate extinction. Humans are cornered
or trapped in a Global Catch-22 or Gordian Knot—in a
damned-if-they-do-and-damned-if-they-don’t situation—and there are no easy
answers for getting loose.
See my article “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc,” at http://www.effectivelearning.net/spaceship-earth–inc..htmlfor 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. This entails Earthian humans 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. This can be done using linear programming based on the general algorithmic matrix algebra form Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi , as shown in “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.”
Flying aboard an airliner about to land at night moving at four hundred miles an hour at thirty thousand feet with cloudy and rainy weather below, which would you rather have landing the plane, the plane’s computer system or the pilot and co-pilot, looking out their windows with their hands clutching their steering wheels?
usual this month’s THE EARTHIAN FORUM 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 agree 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 this issue of THE EARTHIAN FORUM.
not easy, impossible some say, to separate relevant from irrelevant focal
points in order to comprehend global cases, systems, and processes, while being
inundated with fake news and true facts of states of affairs generated daily
around Spaceship Earth, made public on the Internet, and elsewhere, to see
what’s really going on, using primarily inductive and analogical reasoning,
based on probability, not deductive logic, or irrelevant authoritarian
make-believe certainty, to be memorized and obeyed as dogma and doctrine by
have ideas on how to democratically discuss in Game-free ways economic and
political problems and opportunities in something like the Ogeechee Economic
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Now here is an interesting post, showing clearly something is wrong with political reporting in MSM and CNN land (Mainstream Media), and in DNC land. According to this poll Tulsi Gabbard won the sixth DNC debate handily with forty percent of the vote, far head of the next best, Yang, with about twenty percent. Buttigeig got ten percent. Warren, Biden, and Sanders and the rest got less that seven percent each. Gabbard also won another such debate I saw and Drudge poll with about the same results as this one. Yet there has been no mention of this I have seen in MSM. It’s not that MSM publishes fake news so much by commission; apparently they mainly publish fake news by omission. According to MSM and the DNC Tulsi Gabbard is not a serious Democrat candidate. Are these Drudge Report Internet polls anomalies? Or what?
Here’s a sophisticated video by a talented presenter taking
advantage of state of the art facilities and computer technology, maybe the
best I have seen, telling and showing you how your brain works. Well worth a
watch and listen for about twenty minutes.
Here’s a spot on snapshot meme showing how Repugs and Dems (especially Johnson, Clinton, and Obama) crippled the USian economic system since 1965, Johnson escalating the Vietnam War and going in debt with guns and butter; Clinton signing one of the worst pieces of economic legislation in US history, the Gramm-Leech-Bliley Act that got rid of the Glass-Stegall Act of 1933, that allowed the USian money and banking system and regulated capitalism system to become a gigantic gambling casino, funny money machine, and war machine; Obama caving in to Wall Street too-big-to-fail banks and the Pentagon; and bought and paid for Repugs since 1980 lowering tax rates for their elite rich and corporate paymasters and starting unnecessary wars, all of the above causing the angry, precarious, unfair, unequal, highly polarized, militarized debt economy the US has now, that could implode at any time.
The DNC is still playing MOTHER KNOWS BEST, now doing to Tulsi Gabbard what they did to Bernie Sanders in 2015, just pretending they care about real democracy, only caring about preserving the perks and privileges of the DNC establishment, and hangers-on within the party, and DNC funding from rich patrons in the Deep State.
“All that said, it’s not clear
there’s any real geopolitical reasoning behind Trump’s decision to let the
Turks run roughshod over Kurdish Syria. The president, like his predecessors,
is always willing to sacrifice masses of peoples to some greater interest, but
in this case it’s unclear what that interest is, other than perhaps to declare
an empty victory against the Islamic State and try to claim credit for ending
one of the U.S.’s smallest and newest military engagements. That, at least,
fits with the nationalist “populism” that brought him to power. “He’s just
pulling us out of the Middle East, into an isolationist position,” Baer told
me. “There’s no constituency [for this] other than ‘Why are we wasting all this
money on these ragheads?’” “
Acceptance my foot. They used him to assert their family scripts. To learn about the significance of family scripts in political states of affairs, read my book Born to Learn: A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning at http://www.effectivelearning.net.
But they were taught and learned how to accumulate a family fortune. Trump is where he is today, like everybody else, because of his family script. He became what he was scripted to be. He did not invent himself using free will. Read my book Born to Learn: A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning to learn more about the significance of family scripts in political states of affairs. Despite being venal they look almost angelic in this picture, resembling most televangelists. Trump’s grandfather Fred got his start running a restaurant and whore house servicing miners during the Alaskan gold rush days.
Most detailed and thorough critical
review of Trump I have read. puts heavy reliance on the DSM, the Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual, giving lengthy descriptions of mental illnesses such as
narcissism and sociopathy, as have numerous writers, including psychiatrists
and psychologists, on the Internet. For sure Trump is on the spectrum for both
of them, but as this author points out quoting a supposed expert in the field,
Trump is not technically mentally ill because the
man can function given his goal to have fun in the here and now and lord it
over people. He has been doing his shit for decades now and he still has a
large positive net worth on his balance sheet. What most people can’t get their
heads around is that Trump is just like all people. He is what he is becasue of
family scripting, not free will. He did not invent himself. He was caused to be
what he is by inexorable unbroken cause-effect chains running through time. To
better understand family scripts read my book Born to Learn: A Transactional
Analysis of Human Learning at www.effectivelearning.net.
Yes, empathy is beneficial in
ordinary human affairs. But under corporate capitalism empathy is mainly
appreciated by bosses when it somehow profits them personally. Bosses may want
employees to have empathy working with peer employees, to get along and create
harmony, but empathy’s considered detrimental much of the time in overall
corporate affairs, especially when dealing with competing corporations. A common
attitude among corporate winners is I’m OK and everyone working for me is OK,
but everyone else is less OK, especially competitors.
Gabbard was probably the smartest
and most truthful candidate in the DNC debates, now silenced and marginalized
because of DNC rules and pork barrel politics. She won a Drudge Report poll i
saw after one of the debates she was in that showed she won hands down, about
forty percent of the total votes of eighteen thousand or so cast. This is DNC
“democracy” in action, playing the psychological Game MOTHER KNOWS
BEST, and to hell with the truth, get the man, in this case, you want, Biden,
to keep everybody in Washington and throughout the Deep State in the US employed
and well fed, especially DNC hangers-on, with better than average income
increases. Sad state of affairs.
The Netherlands is a beautiful and
intellectual country. I lived there three months in 1983. It was the most Nurturing
Parent, Adult, and Free Child country I ever lived in, and the happiest and
most satisfied. Apparently they have slipped a bit in recent decades, largely
caused by problems in the Middle East, but they probably remain one of the most
advanced and happiest countries around Spaceship Earth, far ahead of the US in
I went back to Holland for a
transactional analysis conference is about 2003. They have some of the best
transactional analysts around Spaceship Earth.
I taught at Soesterberg, Holland in
the winter of 1983, living in the village of Leersum, teaching in a masters of
management systems program offered by Troy State University in the US at a US
NATO fighter pilot base there, also teaching at a US base in Hessich, Germany. I
would teach in Soesterberg on Tuesday and Thursday nights and then travel by
train to Hessich, Germany to teach there on Friday nights. This was by far the
most educational and satisfying winter quarter of my teaching career.
I got to know some Dutch TA people
at Zurich, Switzerland in about 2001 at an International Transactional Analysis
Association conference, and got to know them better at Utrecht, Holland at a TA
conference in 2003, and then touched base with them again in Edinburgh,
Scotland in 2005 at another ITAA international conference.
While I had a natural affinity for
Dutch TA people, Scottish TA people in Edinburgh seemed like the least foreign
native people of any country I ever lived in outside the US, probably because I
am about forty percent of Scottish descent.
Notice Trump’s tweet embedded in the
presentation congratulating Chairman Xi on the success of the Chinese communist
party, for this gruesome display of military might, a major escalation of the
new cold war insuring more money will be spent on the USian military, putting
all Earthians aboard Spaceship Earth in even graver danger of near term
Could not agree more with the Republican
air force congress person shown here. It’s like Trump is doing anything he can
to keep himself in power, maybe indefinitely as a dictator. Evidently he must
like the stuff, power and attention.
Right. Penny wise and pound foolish,
like ethanol. Takes more fossil fuel to cook the stuff from corn than it saves
when burned in an infernal combustion engine in a car instead of gasoline, but
it makes some corn farmers a little more money.
Sad news out of Sweden, and to think
I talked with a Swede on a bus in Montreal, Canada, also a tourist, about
twenty years ago, who proudly and adamantly told me, “Sweden does not have
any social problems.”
Minutes of the Ogeechee
Economic Forum Hour, September 21, 2019
As announced the forum
took place at the Eagle Creek Brewing Company at ten o’clock before the pub
opened for its normal business hours at eleven, per the invitation to the
public posted below. Three participants attended, A, B, and C. Near the end of
the hour C suggested that next time the forum start at eleven o’clock so the
participants could order something to eat and drink during the forum. This will
happen at the next meeting, the third Saturday of October, at eleven o’clock
instead of the usual ten o’clock hour of the forum, at Eagle Creek.
The Classroom De-Gamer™
selected B as the Leader of the Day. B said he thought the major economic and
political problem right now is the increasing polarization between extremists
on the right and left caused by economic inequality and frustration that seems
to be causing increasing violence and fascist attitudes and actions around
Spaceship Earth. He said he had no idea what alternative for change would be
best, being convinced everything that could be done has been tried at one time
or another, such as higher or lower taxes, voting for different politicians,
more government regulation, civil wars, world wars, regime changes, monarchies,
republics, democracy, socialism, communism, fascist dictatorships, religious
revivals, and what have you. He said he recommended hoping for a better day and
the accidental or inevitable evolution of new and better economic, political,
and social systems through synergistic learning, similar to what is recommended
in the article “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.” posted in a page on the
Effective Learning Report masthead at the top of this page labeled Spaceship