THE EARTHIAN FORUM, Number Fifteen, Effective Learning Publications, https://www.effectivelearning.net/effective-learning-publications.html 32 East Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, USA, February 15, 2020
THE EARTHIAN FORUM is a digest of articles containing facts, perspectives, theories, models, analyses, and recommendations concerned about existential states of affairs affecting all species of fauna and flora around Spaceship Earth. Recent relevant articles written and published by writers in Internet posts on ecological, economic, social, psychological, political, religious, and military states of affairs around Spaceship Earth are linked below as sources.
RECENT RELEVANT READING source articles are posted and updated immediately following the introductory comment by the editor.
“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
I have decided humans are polarized
intellectually between two general extreme categories that might be best
described as democratic idealists and authoritarian nihilists, with most humans
being clustered near the middle of the continuum.
Democratic idealists are not necessarily members of the Democratic Party in the US; and all authoritarian nihilists are not necessarily members of the Republican Party.
A democratic idealist in my view is
someone who visualizes new states of affairs that might make an unsatisfying
situation more efficient, effective, just, and satisfying through consultation,
collaboration, and cooperation with others.
Authoritarian nihilists in my view are dissatisfied with states of affairs as they are but who do not visualize changing them by creating new states of affairs through democratic processes such as consultation, collaboration, and cooperation, believing instead that strong leaders in positions of authority should simply make existing systems and processes work better for them by out-competing or destroying others.
Most so-called liberals and
progressives would be included in the democratic idealist category and most
so-called conservatives would be included in the authoritarian nihilist category.
An extreme democratic idealist would care less than most about the here and now and would focus primarily on ideal states to be achieved in the future; extreme authoritarian nihilists would be primarily focused on the here and now, caring less than most about achieving better imaginary states of being in the future.
Abraham Lincoln once remarked there are two kinds of people who never amount to much in life: those who cannot do what they are told, and those who cannot do anything but what they are told. People who can only create imaginary air castles often have a hard time making a go of things in life; and people with no goals and imagination are pretty much stuck where they are, if they’re lucky. Probably most successful people lie somewhere in between the two extremes of idealism and nihilism.
Extreme democratic idealists are worry warts; extreme authoritarian nihilists just don’t give a rip about anything in the future.
I agree with most transactional analysts that Earthian humans are scripted to be what they are (whether idealist, nihilist, or whatever) emotionally, intellectually, and behaviorally in early childhood by injunctions that are psychologically transmitted from the child ego states of parents to the child ego states of their offspring.
According to Robert Goulding, MD and
Mary Goulding, MSW, quoted in my book Business
Voyages, page 160, there are about fourteen injunctions widely transmitted
in family scripting:
Don’t Be You (the sex you are)
Don’t Be A Child
Don’t Make It
Don’t Be Important
Don’t Be Close
Don’t Be Well (or sane)
Think About X (forbidden subject)
Don’t Think What You Think, Think What I Think
Don’t Feel X, Mad, Sad, Glad, Scared, etc.
Don’t Feel What You Feel, Feel What I Feel (Goulding &
These injunctions are transmitted primarily psychologically, meaning they are not overtly spoken. Rarely would a parent socially tell a child what one of the above injunctions requires. They are transmitted non-verbally largely outside of conscious awareness primarily by the ego states parents display in response to what a child naturally feels, thinks, and does. On the other hand, children are scripted by the ego states they observe parents using when parents feel, think, and do things in response to various stimuli. Children psychologically “introject” in living color the ego states of parents, including the accents, mannerisms, facial expressions, tone of voice, and behaviors of parents as if by osmosis, as parents and children deal with life events. To introject is to take in or absorb the personality and behavioral characteristics of another. Children more or less replicate their parents, and the replications become hard-wired in their brains for life in most cases.
For good or ill, the scripting process may determine not only the
personality and behavioral characteristics of a child but also his/her life
position and role in life.
That includes determining whether a child becomes a democratic
idealist or an authoritarian nihilist.
And the scripting process also determines which political parties
win in any culture.
Ergo, the fate of Spaceship Earth depends on changing the scripting of Earthian humans, which entails a process of change that includes not only changing economic and political systems, but also psychological and social systems.
of transactional analysis is that humans can 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 increase their chances of living
satisfactory lives, regardless of how not-OK their economic, social,
psychological, and political worlds might be.
According to transactional analysis theory there are three naturally occurring generic life outcomes caused for humans: winner, loser, and non-winner— caused by inherited physical characteristics and “messages” —script and otherwise—one is exposed to throughout life—and by the early decisions offspring make about the messages that become determinants of emotional, intellectual, and behavioral responses throughout life.
Whether one inherits a winner, loser, or non-winner script is determined by naturally-occurring inevitable cause-effect chains one is accidentally exposed to that cause the “messages” and the “decisions” to happen. Some transactional analysts assume proportions of winner, loser, and non-winner scripts in the population remain relatively constant from one generation to another.
of TA is to help individuals and groups insert new causes into natural
cause-effect chains so as to increase the probabilities and proportions of
winner outcomes in the populace.
Changing a loser script to a winner script requires hard work but it can happen if a person somehow acquires new script messages powerful enough to control frustrating, debilitating, or harmartic script messages recorded in his/her sub-conscious mind. TA can provide people basic concepts and tools for attempting to make such changes, perhaps requiring learning to use different ego states and transactional patterns and learning how to communicate in more effective ways psychologically and socially.
seem to think if only Earthian humans could solve their economic, political, military,
and religious troubles then everything would be wonderful for everyone. Not so,
many people would not be happy and successful living in paradise because of
script messages indelibly recorded in their sub-conscious minds before they
were eight years old. In order for everyone to live happily and successfully
humans would have to solve not only economic, political, religious, and social
problems, but also psychological problems.
Changing a loser script may entail changing the ego states one uses and the way one structures her or his time—learning how to spend more or less time in different ways, spending more or less time withdrawing in their heads, pastiming (shooting the bull) with others, performing rituals, working in activities, playing psychological Games, or engaging in intimacy.
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 is probably inevitable.
Using TA in some cases can help people become more serene, by enabling them to see more clearly what is going on to make salutary changes, or by learning to accept one’s script and focus on finding a niche in which it fits. On the other hand, a basic problem or question is whether serenity is possible in today’s world, beset by global warming and climate change and by escalating tensions and agitations among competing and warring organizations and groups (including nations) around Earth.
TA never promised anyone any rose gardens, or eternal bliss in heaven, but it does indicate on its website (https://www.itaaworld.org/) that it can help individuals, groups, and organizations become more ok, ok not only in terms of achieving goals but more ok transacting with others so as to live with more dignity, satisfaction, peace, serenity, 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. Maybe the best strategy is to tune out the world as much as you can, burrowing up in your burrow as much as possible, reading no newspapers and not watching television, with no Internet. The problem however if you do that is boredom. Most humans have an innate need for stimulation, achievement, structure, and recognition.
Regardless of what sort of cognitive structures Earthian humans might use, TA or whatever, sooner or later they have to take action, and this entails defining problems, delineating alternatives, making recommendations, choosing things, trying new things, trial and error, over and over, till something works, attempting to manage their lives and their personal affairs and social, psychological, economic, political, and military states of affairs around Spaceship Earth.
is the problem?
are the alternatives?
do you recommend?
We live in precarious times that probably encourage people to play AIN’T IT AWFUL more now than in the past, a psychological Game in which Game players collect strokes for complaining and talking about the evils and troubles of world, positioning themselves as Victims of obsolete economic, religious, and political systems and policies manipulated and exploited by greedy self-interested power-mad sociopathic Persecutor oligarchs and leaders and their corrupt bought and paid for lackeys, especially lobbyists and politicians, however true that might be in reality, often inviting Rescuers to play another psychological Game known as LET’S YOU AND HIM, HER, OR THEM FIGHT.
same token, it will do no good for humans 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 called GREENHOUSE by transactional analysts, in which players
are rewarded with plastic strokes for making nonsensical positive cheerful
upbeat comments about the environment and political, economic, social, and
psychological states of affairs, regardless of how bleak they are in reality.
It seems to me the most dangerous psychological Game played politically right now is IF IT WEREN’T FOR YOU, involving polarized individuals, groups, and organizations who experience increasing insecurity and hopelessness causing them to blame others and find scapegoats for their plights, escalating their anger as they transmit threats from their angry Parent and Child ego states to the Parent and Child ego states of others, sometimes attacking others verbally and physically for their perceived misdeeds and beliefs. Some of the threats include the threat of international and civil war. Trump is playing IF IT WEREN’T FOR YOU with Iran and Venezuela right now, and one can build a case he spends almost all his time playing psychological Games with political adversaries, supporters, and others.
WEREN’T FOR YOU entails aggrieved humans psychologically believing that
opposing warring or competing parties maliciously and arbitrarily decided using
free will to commit the harmful or heinous actions and deeds they are accused
of committing, instead of realizing the others were caused by circumstances and
script messages to do what they did just like the aggrieved aggressive people were.
Getting rid of the other will not solve problems such as poor educational
systems, poor family scripts, poor religions, and poor economic policies and
For more information regarding the use of Transactional Analysis to create better time structuring patterns and democratic processes read my book Born to Learn: A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning. https://www.amazon.com/Born-Learn-Transactional-Analysis-Learning/dp/0692584331
For more information on how to co-construct better organizations and economic systems using TA read my book Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds at https://www.amazon.com/Business-Voyages-Schemata-Discovering-Co-Constructing/dp/1413480810 .
See my article “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc,” https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of-spaceship-earth-inc/ for some management science ideas on how Earthian humans might eventually co-construct an economic system that is viable and satisfying for everyone aboard Spaceship Earth. 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
s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi
as explained in “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.” https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of-spaceship-earth-inc/
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
For details regarding my transactional analysis and management science qualifications see my RJS Academic Vita at https://www.effectivelearning.net/rjs-academic-vita.html.
RECENT RELEVANT READING:
As 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.
Some Game-playing goes on in the articles, i.e., a writer is psychologically Persecuting, Rescuing, or Victimizing someone, but it seems to me the writers are generally trying to paint accurate pictures of what is really going on economically, socially, psychologically, and politically. Unfortunately one can build a case that all politicians spend most of their time playing psychological Games, mostly wasting their time pastiming (bullshitting), engaging in rituals (shuffling paper, filling out unnecessary forms, attending useless meetings, and the like), and playing psychological Games. Almost everything done in so-called foreign policy is a psychological Game, and everyone knows very little real work ever gets done in Congress anymore.
It’s 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. Almost never can anyone prove with deductive logic that a general proposition about economic, social, psychological, or political states affairs is absolutely true. About the best humans can hope for is to develop consensual answers that are generally acceptable and relatively true based on probability.
It’s better to be honestly wrong than dishonestly wrong. In other words, it’s worse to tell someone something you know is false than it is to tell someone something that is false that you really thought was true.
It seems to me most lying is lying by omission, people not telling people things they know are true that others need to know. Whether lying by omission is more or less harmful than lying by commission is debatable, and it’s getting harder for most people to know what’s true and what’s not. Politicians, political parties, the US government, and mainstream media do more lying by omission than they do by commission. On the other hand, Trump is a world-class liar by commission and omission. Obama mainly lied by omission.
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If this is real it seems to me it will have economic consequences around Spaceship Earth, could bring on a global recession and shortages of various products.
“China is Disintegrating: Steel Demand,
Property Sales, Traffic All Approaching Zero,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/china-disintegrating-steel-demand-property-sales-traffic-all-approaching-zero?fbclid=IwAR0qI9-hnSqAJCn-MzB1EnBqT1ScQKMcK975O6oAGS6xGCTJlMsNdm_tBrQ.
More bad news
“’It’s Coming: CDC Director Warns Coronavirus to
Become Widespread Throughout United States, ‘Probably Beyond 2020,” by Tyler
Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/health/its-coming-cdc-director-warns-coronavirus-become-widespread-throughout-united-states?fbclid=IwAR2TAjZhSIW_fWeoYNFt8Liitx3Fcsa5azZXuFikXjPpDJS4day7I4La7e4.
Here’s an update on the coronavirus
“Coronavirus live updates: China’s Hubel reports
14,840 new cases, 242 additional deaths,” by Weizhen Tan, CNBC, https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/13/coronavirus-latest-updates-china-hubei.html?__source=sharebar|facebook&par=sharebar&fbclid=IwAR3bTvJRjFRXMrpgdLAHCZkxIbblqFr3u63PY9V1jQxbaQP5ylrLrPOUIRQ.
a new publishing adventure featuring Rout Logger in a fictional serial novel,
the second episode, which links with the first one, if you want to start at the
Group: To Save Spaceship Earth—Episode 2,” featuring Rout Logger, EFFECTIVE
LEARNING REPORT, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-group-to-save-spaceship-earth-episode-2/?fbclid=IwAR1v0oTQx-rWkSY7lxB5mbi4Endmmw_BQbKWB-RpV8Gt_g4HT23QyYHWm7U.
Here’s a well researched and written
article that I hope isn’t true about US theories about what really caused the
JFK, MLK, RFK and other abominations of US history. Who wants to think the CIA
and other agents of the US government have done what they are alleged to have
done in this regard? Whether it’s true is one of the biggest questions of US
history. Unfortunately so far no one has been able to prove it’s true or not
true. If lone nut Oswald did the JFK killing by himself he was one of the most
powerful individuals in human history, since he changed the course of USian
history. The quality of life of the US has been going downhill ever since JFK
was killed in 1963. If it is true the CIA and others did it it would be nice if
it were proved true so USians could get on with a serious grieving process
dealing with the psychological loss they would suffer caused by knowing how
amoral their government has been so as to bring about a more moral government.
“The USA’s Doll House: A Vast Tapestry
of Lies and Illusions,” by Edward Curtin, OFF-GUARDIAN, https://off-guardian.org/2020/02/09/the-usas-doll-house-a-vast-tapestry-of-lies-and-illusions/?fbclid=IwAR3DD-_HrX3WUohWbAq–xDqwgt-Ccuci0VsnPW3_y_Hi3W1AwyyzaUrpcU.
Could not agree more
“2020 is Going To Get Much Crazier.
Prioritize Your Mental Health,” by Caitlin Johnstone, MEDIUM, https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/2020-is-going-to-get-much-crazier-prioritize-your-mental-health-7334d7ca38a0.
Great article. Maybe the best I have read regarding the possibilities of life on other planets and what it might be like, and what might happen to life there, including rational considerations of what might happen to life aboard Spaceship Earth. Several excellent science-based articles are referenced and linked in this article discussing global warming and climate change from a cosmic perspective. Must reading for intelligent Earthian humans.
“Alien Nations: Why Life on Other
Planets Will Resemble Ours,” by Steve LeVine, ONE ZERO MEDIUM, https://onezero.medium.com/alien-nations-why-life-on-other-planets-will-resemble-ours-15fb4ede6fe7.
Perish the thought, but author Haque
may be right here. Afraid he is.
“What Soviet Collapse Has to Say about
American Collapse,” by Omar Haque, EUDOMONIA, https://eand.co/is-bernie-americas-gorbachev-9a5340e9bf16.
Say it aint so Joe
“NATO and the impeachment Trial,” by
Gary Leupp, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/02/04/nato-and-the-impeachment-trial/?fbclid=IwAR07zCd964JyK5I2iLEXrk6wWb6pWGqHdOnQcCpWduCq3XZiid_RtipjpFg.
Here it is folks, the real truth about
the Dems and the Repugs, by Paul Street, the greatest writer alive.
“The Game is Rigged,” by Paul Street,
So it may be. James Kunstler tells it
like he constructs it.
“Slapstick Suicide,” by James Kunstler,
As I have said many times, it’s corruption, and this lady, Caitlin Johnstone really nails it with hard data from Iowa. the DNC elite just don’t give a rip about improving things for the majority of we the people. They only care about preserving their own positions and perks within the DNC establishment..
“I keep seeing the word “incompetence” thrown around.
“Gosh these Democratic Party leaders are so incompetent!”, they say. “How can
anyone be so bad at their job?”
“Well, they are not bad at their job. They are very,
very good at their job. It’s just that their job isn’t what most people assume
“Their job is not to win elections and garner public
support, their job is to ensure the perpetuation of the status quo which
rewards them so handsomely for their malignant behavior. Toward this end they
are not incompetent at all. They know exactly what they’re doing, and they’re
doing it well.” Caitlin Johnstone
“The Myth Of Incompetence: DNC Scandals Are A Feature, Not A
Bug,” by Caitlin Johnstone, MEDIUM, https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/the-myth-of-incompetence-dnc-scandals-are-a-feature-not-a-bug-4f264352d4f7.
Not easy to understand
“Here it is: One Bank Finally Explains How The Fed’s Balance
Sheet Expansion Pushes Stocks Higher,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/here-it-one-bank-finally-explains-how-feds-balance-sheet-expansion-pushes-stocks-higher?fbclid=IwAR3fRbuWNgaxKnDgjZbCJ163cJ1gbzcB0nr7qTl_0YaNLQWc0M7STJeLU2o.
I wonder if
anyone has actually counted the number of lies Trump told in his speech. Here’s
Robert Reich’s reaction to some of his biggest lies about the economy. May I
mention his Space Force as another lie he brought up in his speech. Unfortunately
it’s not a lie about something existing, since he has created such a thing, the
dumbest, most wasteful, most dangerous thing he has done yet. Yet it’s a lie
the Space Force is a good and worthwhile thing. It’s not only dangerous and
wasteful, It’s stupid and juvenile, another paranoid authoritarian agency
similar to Bush II’s unnecessary and wasteful Homeland Security agency.
State of the Union,” by Robert Reich, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/29226.
it does not come to this, an unhappy story with an unhappy ending; but it is an
interesting piece of fiction.
World Ends: a Story,” by John Stanton, COUNTERUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/02/05/how-the-world-ends-a-story/?fbclid=IwAR2FADncPvuhhK3TuIIco2ZSnGTIkFnwVYMwc5rcCzyWvudRInryRWtrFAg.
did not technically lie about this, by a long shot he did not tell the full
truth. If you ask Google—is Maduro the elected president of Venezuela?—you will
find he was elected president in 2018. Unfortunately the political situation in
Venezuela is complicated by legal and political actions taken after the death
of Chavez that make it difficult to discern the truth of the matter. Several US
vassal nations support Trump’s view that Maduro is not the legitimate leader of Venezuela. This article was written by a
Maduro-supporting Venezeulan expat living in Canada who asserts a majority of
people now living in Venezuela support Maduro, considering him a hero and Guaido
a thief. Unfortunately this is one of those situations where no one can prove
they’re right. On the other hand, if you have enough power you can simply tell
people what the right answer is; and Trump, being the dictator he is, enjoys
making up right answers; and his repug senators and his repug voters enjoy
memorizing them, as if holy writ, to preserve the status quo of their
“Trump’s Imaginary World, Maduro’s Real World,” by Maria
Paez Victor, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/02/06/trumps-imaginary-world-maduros-real-world/?fbclid=IwAR0tGgi3hC6CVNwW3ff7h6nf_hWEJ3W5sOI64CnbV22xydsYkOf363FO_s0.
and more lies about reality in the speech, yet Trump continues to win the
political propaganda Game between authoritarian nihilists and democratic
idealists. It was a dark night for Spaceship Earth and human Earthians. This
author, Jack Rasmus, tells it about like it was.
‘Red Meat’ SOTU Speech: US Political Crisis Now Deepens,” by Jack Rasmus,
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thoughtful article on how to deal or not to deal with neo-Nazis, a problem
Practice and Impossible Non-Violence,” by Natasha Lennard, “EVERGREEN, https://evergreenreview.com/read/anti-fascist-practice-and-impossible-non-violence?fbclid=IwAR0nbqntElL5O4gsp2qEf_Ma8gbDcY0pugOlvqb6haDv0Hi55U82UTQnQrE.
ought to be running the US government.
be easy to defeat Trump, but corporate Democrats look ready and willing to blow
it,” by Ralph Nader, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/29207.
window on US foreign policy
Mid-East policy led to Nazi rebirth in today’s Germany,” by Eric Zuesse, INTREPID
power produced by nuclear fission is safe, we have been told over and over
again by employees in the nuclear power industry; and it may be, assuming there
are no accidents, and if a way can be found to store nuclear waste. But is it
worth the risk? Does anyone know? Most likely not.
appalling act of industrial vandalism: Japanese officials do PR for plan to
dump Fukushima water into ocean,” by Andrea Germanos, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/29223.
i have read lately on USian foreign policy. Both Dems and Repugs are trying to
convince we the people of the US Russia is a serious enemy to cement their
funding internally in the US from their deep state sugar daddies to satisfy
their never-ending insatiable lust for power and money, playing the
psychological Game Top Dog trying to make their lives seem meaningful.
the Impeachment Trial,” by Gary Leupp, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/02/04/nato-and-the-impeachment-trial/?fbclid=IwAR1BoZyXiTkcmLWqGvEgYZIQGl-sBq6sTpTWBSRRc5_wAdS-3buRAv-OdvE.
interesting wisdom here
Sedationd?: Liberalism and Neuroses,” by Kim C. Domenico, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/02/04/sedition-or-sedation-liberalism-and-neuroses/?fbclid=IwAR1ATfmvp-uNE4yl6Mcu1SyEa4ezImMa90EJHmOdTIFD2KsDDfDBy9xV74U.
“We Liver in
a Disintegrating World,” by Patrick Cockburn, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/02/04/we-live-in-a-disintegrating-world/?fbclid=IwAR02W9wxaQ8CNtbRCg8NyK7l8JwMKMj_AwZGMPClpsnwyUv5oI7yURf09l4.
Say it aint
used on 9/11 say commissioners,” by Craig McKee, COMMON GROUND, https://commonground.ca/explosives-used-on-9-11-say-commissioners/?fbclid=IwAR3ywseu-vYr0YdtLCCxFGTavZMlKWe3CbA4YsqIefs0ai3SBEntyMGjt-o.
almost nothing but lies in the speech, a few trivial facts here and there. It
was a pathetic disgusting spectacle. Serious regard for truth was absent,
exemplified by the fake news clapping of the Repug senators no matter what
Trump said. Intellectual honesty and respect for truth was irrelevant among
Users Hail ‘Queen’ Pelosi For Ripping Up Trump’s ‘Garbage’ Speech,” by Ed
Mazza, HUFFPOST, https://www.huffpost.com/entry/nancy-pelosi-trump-speech-rip-reaction_n_5e3a3f12c5b670682953ab4c?utm_source=politics_fb&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=hp_fb_pages&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013§ion=politics&fbclid=IwAR3Llm3TNLLD5So6iZia4X9VC8YpyLMUZV6IBHWlY8S_FebyUp-OPwl_N8c.
Fascism,” by Peter Harrison, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/02/04/re-contextualizing-fascism/?fbclid=IwAR3DLSyXjpqOURof6qkLdkVA-VF2NT0USuPZVG2xkUin5BnMGc0npSRxAj8.
it all. Well said. Unbelievable incompetence for sure and possible fraud.
“The Iowa Caucus
Has Choked Itself to Death at Last,” by William Rivers Pitt, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/the-iowa-caucus-has-choked-itself-to-death-at-last/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare&fbclid=IwAR1FKAWaUGn1dgrcGd6PVn1aKC8vcrqcYSJjJEYcOP8ZWaTQdrOucihQ43o.
done to deny Bernie his moment of glory in his probably-won victory speech. This
is not a conspiracy theory, merely a theory. I assure you I am not part of any
conspiracy regarding the facts of this case, the incredible DNC trainwreck in
Iowa. It’s also my opinion the abomination happened because the dim Dems were
trying to sabotage Sanders; and the last time i checked, any USian citizen is
allowed to have opinions. On the other hand, I suppose anyone who supports any
political candidate could be labeled a
conspiracist, conspiring against other candidates s/he deems inferior to
his/her choice. In this sense I plead guilty to legally conspiring against all
Dem candidates still in the race except Bernie, who it seems to me the corrupt
DNC is again sabotaging; and, yes, it is my opinion (not a conspiracy theory)
that the DNC establishment is crooked as a barrel of snakes, as they also
demonstrated in the 2016 primaries.
“’it’s a total meltdown’: Confusion seizes Iowa as officials
struggle to report results,” by Natasha Korecki, Alex Thompson, and David
Siders, POLITICO, https://www.politico.com/news/2020/02/03/iowa-caucus-2020-election-110600?fbclid=IwAR0qmMc6Ijfluj2GmFHXi9Eh8XKTqNDl93qskUFod80DJ4IqYEa6OakQEVY.
Maybe a bit
cavalier and overly certain, but generally correct. What the US needs to do is
restore its social democratic immune system to ward off the morbid consequences
of unfettered capitalism, especially authoritarianism and fascism.
American Collapse is a Warning to the World,” by Umar Haque, EUDAMONIA, https://eand.co/why-american-collapse-is-a-warning-to-the-world-810a15a7eeb.
agree. Zerohedge should not have been banned from Twitter for life. I read
Zerohedge most days. It has some of the best content out there on economics and
politics, albeit posting a few conspiracy theories, aka fictional theories, now
and then. But so what, a little creative writing won’t hurt anyone. As to Zerohedge
posting fake news, one can build a case all news about economics and politics
is fake in the sense that the true causes and consequences of the matter cannot be proved true. Making up facts and posting them as
if they are real is indeed lying by commission, and should be punished.
Assuming Zerohedge habitually did this (which i have not observed) the facts of
the misdemeanor(s) should be proved and posted and appropriate punishment
should be meted out; but lifetime banishment is extreme. How about banning a
few mainstream media for lying by omission—not telling the public about things
they need to know (often falsely labeled conspiracy theories) to protect the
guilty rich and powerful, or the US government?
“Zerohedge’s Twitter Account is Permanently Banished,” by Michael Krieger,
LIBERTY BLITZREIG, https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2020/02/03/zerohedges-twitter-account-is-permanently-banished/?fbclid=IwAR1wSqUVhJSrr3QGpyL5VPQgnnCQLSHNla80Nn7_XZBeiZHCBgqD8F3A5RA.
Have they no shame
“The Bernie Blackout is Real, and These Screenshots Prove
it,” by Nolan Higdon and Mickey Huff, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/the-bernie-blackout-is-real-and-these-screenshots-prove-it/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare&fbclid=IwAR3MFdM_gLKVqESrzDVFr1pyltjLw48wqiM-5LrqSbW-5iao2wUXGI6Luak.
“Right-Wing Business Billionaires Launch Attack on Bernie
Sanders, by Alex Kotch, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/right-wing-business-billionaires-launch-attack-on-bernie-sanders/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare&fbclid=IwAR1JUOUp0LuykSwSph6EkYhsnNTexG_0MNjln2y9IeAwTxoIGPyw_pK2te0.
Say it aint so Joe
“The Super Bowl is a Grift Of Epic Proportions,” by Dave
Zirin via THE NATION, Zerohedge, https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/super-bowl-grift-epic-proportions?fbclid=IwAR1DCqDmx2QhY3J-GR2PWHGvevDUgKAnzO5KUsn3Pym0k1cO3fNxsZbUi44.
Because Bernie is for we the people, not for large corporations and the elite
rich, and the DNC political hacks, who kiss up to the supers, aka the dishonest
DNC bought and paid for super delegates.
Are Back: DNC Members Planning Move to Block Sanders…Again,” by Jonathan Turley,
thing socialism means is that the people run the country, not large
corporations and the elite rich for profit. While any military is basically a
fascist top-down controlled system, the US military
is also one of the best socialistic meritocracies you can find, doing its duty
every day, totally funded by tax and borrowed US government dollars, having
almost eliminated racism in its ranks, having no democratic processes or
expressed profit making objectives. I don’t think you could argue our
socialistic military has failed as an organization.
“Analysis: 10 Things You Should Know About Socialism,” by Richard
D. Wolff, YES MAGAZINE, https://www.yesmagazine.org/democracy/2020/01/30/socialism-understanding/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=YTW_20200131&utm_content=YTW_20200131+CID_9ee99f1f3d058106441a8ae595752cac&utm_source=CM&utm_term=10+things+you+should+know+about+socialism&fbclid=IwAR02BKNZXu8NA-yeivBCtpOHk7YnikAp8_SS7bDRxBUjirDvTFGOFEazccM.
The height of insanity
“US military prepares for war with Russia: Report,” PRESSTV,
A heavily redacted smoking gun
“The FBI Has Been Lying About Seth Rich,” by Craig Murray,
What are the chances they will stick with their guns on
“’No Blank Check For War’: House Votes To Bar Trump Military
Action on Iran,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/political/no-blank-check-war-house-votes-bar-unapproved-strikes-iran?fbclid=IwAR3JKOvnF49McJUjCjs5wY3qNrclxegEEYHdU6jXYTYT5ZwXdhttw88ENBE.
Here’s the details of the bribery process that is ruining
“Influence of Wall Street Donors Has Exploded in Decade
Since ‘Citizens United’.” By Tatyana Monnay, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/influence-of-wall-street-donors-has-exploded-in-decade-since-citizens-united/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare&fbclid=IwAR2XjDdSJhBXQpAPOO-ThEs-Fee6dZM6DpJ7Z1oh5aINPI4vWnm3I7v6LHY.
about it, Howard Zinn had a large impact during his time aboard Spaceship
Earth; but unfortunately democratic idealists have been losing the ultimate
Game with authoritarian nihilists for decades.
After His Passing, Howard Zinn remains a Threat to the Status Quo,” by Anthony
Arnove, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/10-years-after-his-passing-howard-zinn-remains-a-threat-to-the-status-quo/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare&fbclid=IwAR3gm37VYAQNUR2t80VUN16xyTJUW57HmOJ0sPZKryeA59atGJ19IW3z6O8.
So it seems
doesn’t negotiate, it demands,” by Eric Zuesse, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/29159?fbclid=IwAR2dZtIrT6y8M9Qj6gWlQ4XvF0AfZ1CFeokbeG0BvmR-TYXaaCAqoiofLu4.
dissent by the US and West threatens speech, media and academic freedoms,” by
Stephen Landman, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/29151.
Could be a
major strategic issue before long.
“Why the New
Silk Roads are a ‘threat’ to US bloc,” by Pepe Escobar, THE SAKER, http://thesaker.is/why-the-new-silk-roads-are-a-threat-to-us-bloc/?fbclid=IwAR2CdBCv-wYsCIJsAnxpcxu5tLCcDllWlVVDiXbOoXqF2wE2QY-jrj1MY-k.
does he have a plan? I have one. See my Spaceship Earth, Inc. essay posted on
the masthead of my blog at https://www.effectivelearning.net/spaceship-earth–inc..html.
“We need a
new economic model or the planet will burn, Prince Charles warns,” by Mark
Thompson and Max Foster, CNN BUSINESS, https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/22/business/prince-charles-climate-davos/index.html?utm_source=fbbusiness&utm_content=2020-01-26T06%3A01%3A05&utm_term=link&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR1rzLSjYbkVwJqndguG9v1SPpG78BicraGHYhe57YkFEw78IoDF9NiCNn8.
“Theocracy is a form of government that draws its authority from religion. Advocating for Judeo-Christian moral standards in favor of reason and our Constitution, as attorney general Barr does when he claims that those standards are “God’s instruction manual for the best running man and human society,” is, in essence advocating theocracy. That is at odds with the first amendment of the Constitution he has sworn to uphold. And to see where that might lead us, we need only look at the theocratic regimes in the Middle East. To address the problems of today, like global warming and wealth inequality, it will be far better for USian citizens to emulate the founding fathers and understand that the solutions are not in the Bible, but rather in the minds of intelligent well-informed citizens.” Topper
“The Better Moral Creed,” by Bob Topper, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/27/the-better-moral-creed/?fbclid=IwAR22qppf1-ZGxH-ovLgAp-uFerNFKyLuobnCq2eA191NnQvIkzO27wkdwHM.
Sad shape we’re in, no doubt about that.
“Bill Moyers: Government is Now a Protection Racket for the
1%,” by Michael Winship and Bill Moyers, MOYERS AND COMPANY, https://truthout.org/video/government-is-now-a-protection-racket-for-the-1/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare&fbclid=IwAR1efl6gHy6uZ_Qag_ez4MHTN4D_w6lrtlEqAtljBrRv7X11DbMKzxwNisM.
Here is some good and relevant reading
authored by my long time friend William John Cox. Wm and I played on the same
high school football team at Frenship High School at Wolfforth, Texas in 1954.
Wm is pictured on the first row at far right in our Frenship High School team
picture for 1954 shown in the Photos section on the left side of this Facebook
It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me,
but I’ve been busy writing. It seems the older I get, the worse things seem to
be getting, and as the decade of my 70s nears its end, my greatest worry is the
mess we’re leaving for our children and grandchildren to clean up, and my grave
fear is that they will fail, and our humanity will become extinct within the
lifetimes of some who are living today.
Starting the first of December, and writing each day from early in the
mornings, I just completed and published the fifth and last of The Gift of Mind
Series of papers organized as little books. The Choices of Mind: Extinction or
Evolution? will also be the last such task these tired old hands will ever
undertake, but it was undoubtedly the most important. Choices incorporates my
previous work and focuses it on the most critical issues we are confronting
Please take a minute to consider the following description of The Choices of
Mind, and if you can, please forward to all your contacts. Paperback and eBook
copies are available from Amazon, but Choices which serves as my digital
autobiography and the first four of The Gift of Mind Series can be downloaded
for free at the https://mindkind.info/ website, or along with
all my books is available at the williamjohncox.com website,
Forgive me for imposing on all we’ve ever shared, but the reality of extreme
crisis is all too real, and what I fear most is doing nothing to protect our
children and their future, while waiting for someone else to do what must be
done if we are to survive.
Thanks for sharing my message, and as always, you have
My Best Wishes for these very interesting times in which we find ourselves.
Dedicated to and written for the young people of the world, The Choices of
Mind: Extinction or Evolution? is a handbook for human survival of the menacing
dangers of global warming, casino economics, corrupt governments, endless wars,
and intolerance that threaten near-term human extinction within the life times
of those living today.
The Choices of Mind is written as a trial brief by public interest lawyer,
William John Cox, who prosecuted Holocaust deniers and published the suppressed
Dead Sea Scrolls. The book is organized into crimes—“The Extinction Papers”
(the bad news) and remedies—“The Evolution Papers (the good news).
The Extinction Papers presents indicting evidence of the multiple threats to
humanity resulting from crimes committed against the environment; a casino
economy addicted to gambling; governments that are corrupt and
unrepresentative; corporate militarization and its endless wars, and
intolerance, an inherited, latent disease of Mankind.
The Evolution Papers prescribes a series of remedies flowing from an awareness
of mind. By unleashing the evolutionary and exponential power of tolerance
through compassion, collaboration, concentration, compromise, and cooperation,
our collective minds will have the power to resolve these deadly threats, and
to ensure our grandchildren have the chance to achieve their destiny and to
visit places far beyond our imagination or present comprehension.
“Mindkind,” by William John Cox,
Here are some Christians making up conspiracy
“Top Christian Academic Professor says Muslims
didn’t do 9/11,” U-Tube Video, THE DEAN SHOW, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqxY3p4O094&fbclid=IwAR1ksns2HHpv-vY0OhcLfmrglIUx9R37d1iq8Z8gpzA_wFIwrI0WGgR6iiE.
is a fearless truth teller if ever there was one. This guy may be wrong, but if
he is, he is honestly wrong. He is not trying to manipulate you for personal
gain, in my opinion.
distractions: Laying the groundwork for the next civil war,” by John W.
Whitehead, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/29128.
it’s not a hoax
in Britain May Have Just ‘Acidentally’ Found A Cure for Cancer,” by Tyler
Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/health/scientists-britain-may-have-just-accidentally-found-cure-cancer?fbclid=IwAR3UNY_LApHaTgWo3h4b4k-iZOTICxsbAP2m7Os99S_d4Us1PIM2eV0wP8Q.
Nothing but a bunch of party line-voting greedy careerists in both parties.
Hedges: Democrats Have No Moral Authority on Impeachment,” by Chris Hedges,
makes most poor people believe they are entitled aristocrats just temporarily
out of funds.
Happens When People Find Out Capitalism Was a Lie? Or, the Age of
Disintegration,” by Umar Haque, EUDAIMONIA, https://eand.co/what-happens-when-people-find-out-capitalism-was-a-lie-78137aca7072.
moved out of solitary in UK prison,” THE CANBERRA TIMES, https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6597815/assange-moved-out-of-solitary-in-uk-prison/?cs=14232&fbclid=IwAR2a_M0MLgwRtTauJuTGD3ifag-UeuVbdVvUFoZOfRPjOUdhwIUXqm-50-E.
great article by Paul Street, detailing the insanity of our times.
Letter From Iowa,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/a-letter-from-iowa/?fbclid=IwAR17CGNG7JRX4E20Yuq9mYvXC8_I5hrda7WismyrlraCuZbCNfQ2ZLrd45o.
article by Caitlin Johnstone
to be a mentally sovereign human,” by Caitlin Johnstone, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/29112.
Best Messages for Waging Peace,” by Richard Moser, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/23/ten-best-messages-for-waging-peace/?fbclid=IwAR2dNkZ8iTmNTnB4B_2z5PqUP_AyDjWqGI3mUltGL6iudUYbrsDvx1h0tJE.
per woman sounds about right for several generations to shrink the Earthian
human population back to a sustainable level.
Author Calls on Germans to Stop Having Babies to Save the Planet,” by Paul
Joseph Watson, SUMMIT NEWS, https://summit.news/2020/01/22/feminist-author-calls-on-germans-to-stop-having-babies-to-save-the-planet/?fbclid=IwAR1zxykc8z2KzonsmeMSImZHwK9F7x7m02TO0nZvHQk3eFRev-l6D3ob8Zk.
to keep the US dollar the global reserve currency.
Real Causes of the US Forever Wars,” by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVE
LEARNING REPORT, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-real-causes-of-the-us-forever-wars/?fbclid=IwAR0ECpjbTm7dfyVq1mC1nbR0ndmxJxG5Ut1IjmJJ-zLs-715zXBQnVDIsqY.
Why Trump Killed Soleimani
Here is an excerpt from Michael Hudson’s article linked
below explaining in my opinion the major reason why Trump assassinated
Soleimani. It’s a sad and grisly tale with no good guys and no happy ending in
“Finally, what can U.S. anti-war opponents do to resist the
neocon attempt to destroy any part of the world that resists U.S. neoliberal
autocracy? This has been the most disappointing response over the weekend. They
are flailing. It has not been helpful for Warren, Buttigieg and others to
accuse Trump of acting rashly without thinking through the consequences of his
actions. That approach shies away from recognizing that his action did indeed
have a rationale—do draw a line in the sand, to say that yes, America WILL go
to war, will fight Iran, will do anything at all to defend its control of Near
Eastern oil and to dictate OPEC central bank policy, to defend its ISIS legions
as if any opposition to this policy is an attack on the United States itself.
“I can understand the emotional response or yet new calls
for impeachment of Donald Trump. But that is an obvious non-starter, partly
because it has been so obviously a partisan move by the Democratic Party. More
important is the false and self-serving accusation that President Trump has
overstepped his constitutional limit by committing an act of war against Iran
by assassinating Soleimani.
“Congress endorsed Trump’s assassination and is fully as
guilty as he is for having approved the Pentagon’s budget with the Senate’s
removal of the amendment to the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that
Bernie Sanders, Tom Udall and Ro Khanna inserted an amendment in the House of
Representatives version, explicitly not authorizing the Pentagon to wage war
against Iran or assassinate its officials. When this budget was sent to the
Senate, the White House and Pentagon (a.k.a. the military-industrial complex
and neoconservatives) removed that constraint. That was a red flag announcing
that the Pentagon and White House did indeed intend to wage war against Iran
and/or assassinate its officials. Congress lacked the courage to argue this
point at the forefront of public discussion.
“Behind all this is the Saudi-inspired 9/11 act taking away
Congress’s sole power to wage war – its 2002 Authorization for Use of Military
Force, pulled out of the drawer ostensibly against Al Qaeda but actually the
first step in America’s long support of the very group that was responsible for
9/11, the Saudi airplane hijackers.
“The question is, how to get the world’s politicians – U.S.,
European and Asians – to see how America’s all-or-nothing policy is threatening
new waves of war, refugees, disruption of the oil trade in the Strait of
Hormuz, and ultimately global warming and neoliberal dollarization imposed on
all countries. It is a sign of how little power exists in the United Nations
that no countries are calling for a new Nurenberg-style war crimes trial, no
threat to withdraw from NATO or even to avoid holding reserves in the form of
money lent to the U.S. Treasury to fund America’s military budget.”
Read this article for the full context and explanation.
“America Escalates Its ‘Democratic’ Oil War in the Near
East,” by Michael Hudson, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/06/america-escalates-its-democratic-oil-war-in-the-near-east/?fbclid=IwAR0pvikShfrewhM_dgXc_thOwTm8WdO8Ghu_3rWKojMu2sqHESBim5D_0_8.
A prescient article
“Oil, conflict and the future of global energy supplies,” by
Courtenay Barnett, GLOBAL RESEARCH, https://www.globalresearch.ca/oil-conflict-and-the-future-of-global-energy-supplies/1781.
How serious is this?
“The Rumbling Methane Enigma,” by Robert Hunziker,
hope for we the people is to go full blast for Bernie as Dem presidential
nominee. Then go after the fifty percent of US eligible voters who have not
voted for president. Convince enough of them to vote for democratic socialist
Sanders, for higher taxes for the elite rich and large corporations, who will
hopefully raise taxes back to what existed in the US before 1980, while attacking
global warming full on. This is more likely to attract enough voters in 2020 to
beat Trump than a pedestrian ethically-challenged politician like Biden.
Sanders is the only viable Dem candidate with original ideas and real
determination to do what he says he thinks should be done, which is also what i
think should be done. On the other hand, I am not a Bernie buster. If he does
not get the nomination more than likely I will vote for whoever is nominated by
blatantly targeted Bernie Sanders and the anti-establishment,” by Jim Naureckas
and Julie Hollar, NEWSWEEK, https://www.newsweek.com/cnn-debate-blatantly-targeted-bernie-sanders-anti-establishment-opinion-1482620?fbclid=IwAR060eTrvZOoqGv4Xqs0brdSpiJ4Jsqu8O-2e76JI7xZ6zBlzeDPoc_Fu1k.
US healthcare system is a for-profit system
system costs four times more to run than Canada;s single-payer system,” by
Melissa Healy, MSN NEWS, https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/newspolitics/us-health-system-costs-four-times-more-to-run-than-canadas-single-payer-system/ar-BBYK8o9?fbclid=IwAR2LX-5L_kEgtB7woHidjzmXxd4gRuWuWAx0oxq27SLovbkinBXWMkv23xo.
Droughts Engulf Countries,” by Robert Hunziker, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/10/mega-droughts-engulf-countries/?fbclid=IwAR0LWBd_18x7qynCSiswrYwQ-yioOrFbtdbReCIb3qrpFY3K_YvAfoy5Nus.
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