THE EARTHIAN, Number Twenty-Eight, March 28, 2022, Effective Learning Publications https://blog.effectivelearning.net/ , 32 East Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, USA, specializing in Adult education.
THE EARTHIAN is an approximately monthly digest of articles written by free-thinking truth-seeking critical-thinking creative-thinking truth-accepting hard-hitting independent writers in linked Internet journals containing facts, perspectives, theories, models, analyses, and recommendations concerned about psychological, moral, ethical, philosophical, social, economic, political, military, religious, and ecological states of affairs affecting the existential well-being of all species of fauna and flora around Spaceship Earth, especially the human species.
“ASK LESS WHAT YOUR NATION CAN DO FOR YOU—ASK MORE WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR SPACESHIP EARTH”
Individuals Are Not to Praise or Blame for How Earthian Economic, Social, and Political States of Affairs Evolve
NO MORE WAR!
By ROUT LOGGER
I had a dream today, not a dream like Martin Luther King had, but a real dream, asleep in my chair before five o’clock pm, in which there was a vote on who is right in Ukraine, the US or Russia. Over and over the votes were tallied, and over and over it came in that the US won by one vote. My wife came home and she asked me what I had been doing. I told her I had been asleep and had this weird dream. Still discombobulated by the dream, I told her it’s insane this has happened. Here we and Russia were friends in WWII and here we are fighting them after all these years. We, Reagan at least, told Russia in so many words if they would give up Communism in 1989 we would be their friends. Instead of that we have forced them into a bad situation. Yes, Putin had to have been crazy to have done what he did invading Ukraine as he did. But it’s time the US and NATO gave up their paranoid power Game in eastern Europe. This juvenile crap in Ukraine should be stopped now!
Now that the milk has been spilled in Ukraine there is no telling how things are going to turn out from here on. About the best thing ordinary Earthian humans can hope for is that the Ukrainian and Russian govts will soon reach some sort of agreement and bring this abominable war to an abrupt halt. Even if this happened however how could Putin ever compensate for thousands of people killed, cities destroyed, and millions of refugees displaced by his costly spiteful retribution to the US and NATO for expanding in eastern Europe? Provocative as this was, nothing the US or NATO did to Russia after WWII leading up to the Ukraine invasion caused anywhere near as much physical damage, human suffering, and death as what Putin has caused in Ukraine.
Bush II of the US did the same sort of thing Putin did in Ukraine in Iraq in 2003 with fewer good reasons than Putin had in Ukraine, but that’s another story.
The problem now is that the Ukrainian invasion could escalate into World War III. About all ordinary Earthian humans can do now is grieve.
Ordinary Earthian humans all around Spaceship Earth, regardless of the evolution and duration of this war, are chronically threatened by Two Modern Horsemen of the Apocalypse, global warming and climate change (GWCC) and militarization and nuclear weapons proliferation (MNWP). In theory the probability of imminent Earthian human extinction caused by MNWP is easier to eradicate than the extinction probability of GWCC.
MNWP can theoretically be eliminated overnight by all aggressive imperialistic and possibly-genocidal nations now existing around Spaceship Earth declaring peace against one another, waging peace instead of war, and destroying all their nuclear weapons. Relatively few Earthian humans percentage-wise would be affected by edicts necessary to make this happen, primarily those humans making their livings working for militaries as soldiers, pilots, sailors, etc. and military contractors working for and supplying militaries.
On the other hand, eradicating the probability of human extinction caused by GWCC will require lifestyle changes for almost all Earthian humans living aboard Spaceship Earth, and those lifestyle changes will require structural sub-conscious psychological changes in the ways all Earthian humans feel, think, believe, know, and behave.
Bringing about changes to combat both GWCC and MNWP will entail upsetting the apple carts and vested interests of millions of organizations and billions of individual humans, and most humans are loathe to give up their personal perks and vested interests, however much they harm the whole system. One of the most difficult-to-make and most necessary changes to eradicate the probability of human extinction is changing the competitive dog-eat-dog economic system historically used internationally by I’m OK—You’re Not OK nationalistic governments.
A tough lesson for Earthian humans to accept propositioned in Effective Learning Publications books is that everything that happens in human states of affairs is either predetermined or accidental and therefore individuals are not to blame or praise for what happens in human states of affairs. This is easier to swallow after accepting that believing and acting otherwise will support and perpetuate the I’m OK—You’re Not OK life position that has bedeviled, sabotaged, and undermined Earthian humans since time immemorial, making losers out of most of them.
For more information on the use of Transactional Analysis https://www.itaaworld.org/ to create better discussion groups and democratic processes read Born to Learn: A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning. https://www.amazon.com/Born-Learn-Transactional-Analysis-Learning/dp/0692584331
For more information on how to co-construct better organizations and economic systems using transactional analysis read Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds https://www.amazon.com/Business-Voyages-Schemata-Discovering-Co-Constructing/dp/1413480810
Read “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc,” https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of-spaceship-earth-inc/ for some management science ideas on how Earthian humans might eventually co-construct an economic system that is viable and satisfying for everyone aboard Spaceship Earth, making it possible for all Earthian humans to develop an I’m OK—You’re OK life position.
Read As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases. This recently-published novel features a new kind of seminar coordinated by Rout Logger that might reduce the probability of Earthian human extinction that requires participants in a seminar to speak out and up when randomly selected by a Truther rooster positioned in the center of a randomly-selected group of forty humans sitting in a circle. The Truther rooster resembles a spinning weather vane. The rooster is programmed to bob its head up and down and raucously crow after being twirled by a randomly-selected seminar participant, as it spins round and round winding down, letting group members know it’s time to wake up and get to work, before it’s too late. When the Truther rooster stops spinning whoever is at the end of a line of imaginary fire extending from the rooster’s head to her or him sitting in the circle is automatically selected as the Leader of the Moment for the group, proving pure democracy can happen. The Leader of the Moment must then lead the group into a democratic discussion of what s/he considers the most serious existential problem around Spaceship Earth.
According to Effective Learning Publications books, achieving Earthian human sustainability entails such things as Earthian humans peacefully reducing through natural attrition (natural deaths exceeding births) the human population aboard Spaceship Earth, never doing work that machines can do better, and delegating the day-to-day management of systems for scheduling, producing, and distributing the necessities of life to artificial intelligence programs and supercomputers, assuming sufficient quantities of non-human clean energy can be discovered and developed using mind grants.
This is possible managing Spaceship Earth using the general algorithmic matrix algebra form
Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi
explained in “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.” at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of-spaceship-earth-inc/ .
Riding aboard an airliner about to land at night traveling at four hundred miles an hour at thirty-five thousand feet with clouds, rain, wind, and lightning below, what would you rather have determining the path, speed, and angle of descent of the aircraft for touch-down, the plane’s auto-pilot, radar, and computer system or the pilot and co-pilot, seeing nothing out their windows below but clouds and lightning?
The main reason why delegating the scheduling, production, and distribution of the necessities of life to AI programs and magnum computers might be a good idea is that magnum computers and algorithmic AI programs do not get greedy and power hungry or play psychological Games. Thus far in Earthian human history most leaders and rulers atop large organizations such as nations have become corrupt one way or another playing psychological Games, acting out selfish greedy ego trips, hogging all the power, money, strokes, stimulation, and recognition they could get their hands on for themselves and their cronies, leaving the hindmost to their underlings. Whatever their limitations and possible threats, algorithmic computer programs and super computers are not egotistical, greedy, and power-hungry.
Thanks to Buckminster Fuller for providing the above airplane-landing metaphor in his book Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, first published in 1969, and for planting seeds for other ideas in the essay “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.,” published in the Effective Learning Report, such as computers being the best hope for mankind and humans not doing work machines can do better, being paid to think instead with what Fuller called mind grants. Fuller said unemployment all around Spaceship Earth could be eliminated overnight with mind grants. Buckminster Fuller was the inventor of the appellations Earthian and Spaceship Earth.
If you have ideas on how to democratically discuss in Game-free ways economic and political problems and opportunities in something like the Ogeechee Economic Forum https://blog.effectivelearning.net/ogeechee-economic-forum/ scroll up to and click on the RESPONSES tab at the top of this blog page and speak out about them in writing.
If you feel you’ve gained value from THE EARTHIAN, go to the Internet or any walk-in bookstore around Spaceship Earth and purchase one or more of the above books. As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases is the latest and probably most engaging Effective Learning Publications book. Rout Logger is the protagonist of the novel story. It’s available now as an ebook at Barnes and Noble for $4.99 at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/as-the-rooster-crows-earthian-okness-increases-richard-john-stapleton/1140476381?fbclid=IwAR3iCgbUb4GxgKUAkGOJNBQlbEQmAkKMMQ6DVcc3B085PbntX_VWVi3G-Pg.
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Here’s another fearless article by Michael Hudson, the most comprehensive economist I have read. Seems to me it would have been better for the US after WWII to have fairly competed in global markets like any other market participant under free enterprise capitalism, paying the same supply and demand prices for goods and services globally as everyone else; but, no, it seems the USian deep state and military-industrial-intelligence-banking complex did not want to fairly compete globally: they wanted to unfairly compete using force to grab and take what they needed at lower prices than would have evolved under laissez-faire competitive free market capitalism. So they created an imperial empire to invade and bomb countries, occupy countries with military bases, replace and undermine governments, sanction governments and civilians, and manipulate and rig markets to take the lion’s share of whatever the US needed globally at the lowest price by hook or crook,thereby creating enemies around Spaceship Earth, while devastating countries defined as enemies. This USian imperial empire strategy may have technically worked for seventy or more years after WWII, causing many USian civilians to become richer than they otherwise would have, however immoral this strategy might have been, but the glory days for this empire are ending, just like they did for all previous Earthian imperial empires. Seems to me all Earthian humans should now outlaw the imperial empire strategy around Spaceship Earth.
“The American Empire self-destructs. But nobody thought it would happen this fast,” by Michael Hudson, THE SAKER, http://thesaker.is/america-shoots-its-own-dollar-empire-in-economic-attack-on-russia/.
“Immune to War Fever, Some Countries Stay Neutral to Russia”, by Eve Ottenberg, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/03/25/immune-to-war-fever-some-countries-stay-neutral-to-russia/?fbclid=IwAR3Nl2iXkz0tsTvRiSB828NJJ2UaTyVodu7K_y4xj0WQmdLC-FTNEhTcf9A.
Say it ain’t so Joe
“Roaming Charges: Both Ends Burning,” by Jeffrey St. Clair, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/03/25/roaming-charges-both-ends-burning/?fbclid=IwAR2srVHBrWlusWQ9MD2GZzvaOa9MDZcOYpvGE2GL9pNPOxL-AQVm_UjOq2o.
Seems to me the only hope for Earthian humans is for all Spaceship Earth nations to cease this demented international competition, carnage, and plunder asap and cooperate with each other to combat global warming and climate change. Otherwise, all Earthian humans will sooner than later be toast. As usual Michael Hudson, the greatest economist alive, spells out what is going on in this article.
“The Blowback from Sanctions on Russia,” by Michael Hudson, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/03/25/the-blowback-from-sanctions-on-russia/?fbclid=IwAR3q97LlIbEXjEmf9UUqSNy2a9_2Ncv8TjKSmN815rTWS-EPVZiXcuLRBK8.
Russia has once again become hell on earth for its own people, however hellish Ukraine is now after the Russian invasion, thanks to Trump’s buddy Putin. Let’s grieve Trump or someone of his ilk does not ever become a USian dictator like Putin did in Russia. As discounted politically as ordinary USians are they are less discounted than ordinary Russians under the yoke of Putin and his fellow oligarchs, as this article points out. On the other hand, ordinary USians are losing their freedom to choose abortions and vote in the US at a rapid rate as repugs increase their power in right wing authoritarian states. If this repug fascist trend continues indefinitely…
“Imperialism and the Struggle Against It Begins at Home,” by Stanley L. Cohen, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/03/25/imperialism-and-the-struggle-against-it-begins-at-home/?fbclid=IwAR0-vrapZ_RU1BSPPIq36hKMkp6Lz0vpHvKoiNR6Fk7J-3eLXgMf1M8PyAg.
I am afraid Ferguson is right that Biden and the USian deep state want to keep the war going to further humiliate and weaken Russia, doing more of what they have been doing to them since Reagan told Gorbachev to take down the Berlin Wall in 1989.
“Putin Misunderstands History. So, Unfortunately, Does the US,” by Niall Ferguson, BLOOMBERG OPINION, https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2022-03-22/niall-ferguson-putin-and-biden-misunderstand-history-in-ukraine-war?fbclid=IwAR0Cp8dPF-loNTErb_wljSc8-kOpBToV0Q3YKsmm6g0VNkF6jFR0tZGx2BI.
“Disillusioned With Dems and GOP, Independents Now Largest Voter Group in the US,” by Josephine Lee, TROUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/disillusioned-with-dems-and-gop-independents-now-largest-voter-group-in-the-us/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR1wa9QW-BT0Nj6TGwkitEuvl2i2mZysZx8SFj64ke8YXzUAfb2Ykhs7qqU.
This article does not include the legal stealing caused by the USian elite and large corporations paying politicians to lower their taxes
“Commercial Defrauding of Uncle Sam—Biggest Booming Business, by Ralph Nader, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/03/23/commercial-defrauding-of-uncle-sam-biggest-booming-business/?fbclid=IwAR3te4ARxnlphUsXvza9hRcTxOwodRQAXOK-wHbb4azeigInr5IcJ0EgCt4.
Say it ain’t so Joe
“Major media in the U.S. become cheerleaders for war in Ukraine,” by John Wojcik, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/35177?fbclid=IwAR3Z_GsoXnqfE0FyBoiFcD4bcMtW5FLeODeXbrhwM1F_2KVy5jDU-kYQIRY.
Sounds about right to me
“It’s All Oligarchs All the Way Down,” by Chuck Churchill, COUNTERPUNCH, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/35177?fbclid=IwAR3Z_GsoXnqfE0FyBoiFcD4bcMtW5FLeODeXbrhwM1F_2KVy5jDU-kYQIRY.
Unethical and immoral protecting of vested interests by a large organization
“Why is Russia’s church backing Putin’s war ?,” by Scott Kenworthy, THE JERUSALEM POST, https://www.jpost.com/christianworld/article-701967?fbclid=IwAR1RNp7PSSMKcMutgj5j1D4eC_TPLi2dCxOd9wZ9aus8Ybs2bdsEvPIw5W4.
A good summary by Spaceship Earth’s most articulate newsperson
“Gravitas Plus: Did NATO push Ukraine into war?,” YouTube, https://www.jpost.com/christianworld/article-701967?fbclid=IwAR1RNp7PSSMKcMutgj5j1D4eC_TPLi2dCxOd9wZ9aus8Ybs2bdsEvPIw5W4.
More than a grain of truth here
“We Need an Economy Without Bosses and Managers, Participatory Economics is How,” by C.J. Polychroniou, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/we-need-an-economy-without-bosses-and-managers-participatory-economics-is-how/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR1Nx0lmvzZnxSX44KB_GcUPg7q433JD9b4sMc2l-N3gEOMcGbDJCPv-foM.
Say it ain’t so Joe
“Severe Drought & ‘Dust Bowl Conditions’ Threaten Disastrous Winter Wheat Harvest In The US,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/weather/severe-drought-dust-bowl-conditions-threaten-disastrous-winter-wheat-harvest-us?fbclid=IwAR1Nx0lmvzZnxSX44KB_GcUPg7q433JD9b4sMc2l-N3gEOMcGbDJCPv-foM.
This novel is about a fictional management professor and consultant Dr. Rout Logger who secured funding from wealthy donors for an on-going discussion process that was conducted in central city hotels in randomly-selected cities of the US on the first Saturday of the month starting in October 2019.
Forty participants were randomly-selected from pools of USian citizens based on demographic criteria designed to maximize diversity among the group members, including members living in and identified with widely divergent psychological, social, economic, political, religious, educational, and philosophical states of affairs.
The major purpose of the process was to increase the OKness of the group members by causing them to engage in rational Adult ego state democratic discussions of serious problems facing all Earthian humans. The group members were paid five thousand dollars per Saturday session in which they participated. The meetings entailed morning and afternoon sessions of three hours. Each session was started by a roulette-like spinner, a copper rooster, called the Truther rooster, that would spin and crow when twirled. Whomever was sitting at the end of an imaginary straight line of fire extending from the rooster’s beak to the circle of forty participants would be randomly selected as the Leader of the Moment, proving true democracy can happen. Each Leader of the Moment was required to answer three existential questions: What do you think is the most serious problem right now? what do you think the alternatives are for dealing with the problem? and what do you recommend for dealing with the problem?
The story includes dialogues between Rout Logger and the group members and between group members dealing with the issues the randomly selected members brought up answering the existential questions and dealing with psychological and social problems group members had adjusting to the group process.
The process lasted six months, to March 2020. Rout told the group members at the outset that the process might be continued for a year or more. Instead, it was terminated after the March meeting because of Covid-19.
Rout was convinced the process did increase the OKness of the group members in six months. How much would be impossible to prove but he was convinced their OKness level went up, as he defined OKness. His donors were also convinced OKness increased based on transcripts and video Rout furnished them. Rout used some transactional analysis lingo and jargon in the process but he also explained how it could be understood by all members. The story ended with Rout and his donors working on a new computer-based Game-free democratic discussion system based on zoom technology that could be rolled out around Spaceship Earth, hopefully to help save Earthian humans from imminent extinction.
“As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases,” by Richard John Stapleton, BARNES & NOBLE, https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/as-the-rooster-crows-earthian-okness-increases-richard-john-stapleton/1140476381?fbclid=IwAR3e1tHCB1Ia719fEye372lCg2HcwaCxQcMLzxO6Ld6Y-WEgQYp08xUZTz0.
Repugs like this one, and most repugs and dems in Washington for that matter, should go jump in the lake
“Republicans Supporting a No-Fly Zone Are Putting Us at Risk of Nuclear War,” by William Rivers Pitt, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/republicans-supporting-a-no-fly-zone-are-putting-us-at-risk-of-nuclear-war/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR0ugi_sbKI0ZmEn_VlkNl4QvfOCljouFBWilCs1hRUIZqhLu3W72zLMj_Q.
“Mapped: All The World’s Military Personnel,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/mapped-all-worlds-military-personnel?fbclid=IwAR1luIhIn37nQDQxEElPRLNRTf4_CgyZWc38XU38upa8IHbM_IGSRzMU5ZU.
Say it ain’t so Joe
“Waltzing to Armageddon,” by Chris Hedfges, CONSORTIUM NEWS, https://consortiumnews.com/2022/03/15/chris-hedges-waltzing-to-armageddon/?fbclid=IwAR08gbipE9eAJRvjOgmMxRjEkTmVag4sMgctOFW-1Z6E9E-H9oiUbZ6JKrY.
Enslaving women in forced motherhood, that’s what it is. Why? Especially considering enslaved motherhood causes the Earthian human population bomb to explode even more every year, causing the need for more and more resource depletion and the burning of more and more fossil fuel, thereby increasing the probability of the imminent extinction of the entire human species.
“’Worse than Texas’: Extreme anti-choice bills advance in multiple states,” by Brett Wilkins, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/35150?fbclid=IwAR1R1tip67H5L0XNozrFi4czZUIPc4K5VEw4cKHuq7Xq7DcZroPUdSC6_Ng.
Yes, Brother Ben, history is repeating itself again, except this time the consequences may be much worse. Never before have all ordinary Earthian humans been subjected to a probability of imminent extinction caused by the greed and power needs of nationalistic leaders as high as it is now.
“War, Generations, and Historical Memory,” by David Schultz, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/03/18/war-generations-and-historical-memory/?fbclid=IwAR3n5Zs01LPNknZx8zH-jIkWKzc2eX94UYxxzKMfK3xCGL_bCiREXwXaPe0.
Seems right as rain
“Arming Scientists and Society for the Climate Crisis,” by W. T. Whitney, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/03/18/arming-scientists-and-society-for-the-climate-crisis-2/?fbclid=IwAR1prxLkvCXWv1cFZlPP4NCDg0JwljXSHACm0yEAnaf6XEStmD1oFDeRoGs.
A bunch of wrongs do not make a right, and we ordinary Earthian humans are in a hell of a mess
“Let Us Not Talk Falsely Now: Reflections on War, Peace, and Ukraine,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/03/18/let-us-not-talk-falsely-now-reflections-on-war-peace-and-ukraine/?fbclid=IwAR2BvdYyXBW9sAd8a3piUpFvE3vCbwgbCj2w7vfaz1lo8JBfbbesfLnGIIs.
Say it ain’t so Joe
“Starving a People, Committing a Genocide: Biden’s Sanctions on Afghanistan,” by Eve Ottenberg, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/03/18/starving-a-people-committing-a-genocide-bidens-sanctions-on-afghanistan/?fbclid=IwAR0qTjo734u415cmZwYIFWLcLFawocyBgCkOSMV3QcbFFMgpVfIEsk-WOK8.
Here is a real update today, 10:24 ET, eight minutes ago. let us grieve this goes through and the madness stops ASAP
“Stocks Spiking on Report Ukraine-Russia Drawing UP ‘Neutrality Plan To end The War’,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/russia-sparks-ceasefire-hope-after-kremlin-says-neutral-ukraine-army-could-be-compromise?fbclid=IwAR1ioq-SXNboWelMMa2k0AXbRKC-ox_nXI7IyCRGhhs_0ze09sRC8ACeq8s.
Interesting perspective from a right of center Princeton history professor
“The Weakness of the Despot,” by David Remnick, THE NEW YORKER, https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/stephen-kotkin-putin-russia-ukraine-stalin?utm_source=pocket-newtab&fbclid=IwAR3e1tHCB1Ia719fEye372lCg2HcwaCxQcMLzxO6Ld6Y-WEgQYp08xUZTz0.
Who wants to think about methane and global warming when waging war is much more exciting?
“Methane Acceleration Sets Record,” by Robert Hunziker, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/03/15/methane-acceleration-sets-record/?fbclid=IwAR1lxILPN4zxAnUXyj9pjWwWdXZ3b4AshKR9RzMOix0r8A1BnshhH2EJHJA.
Sad and scary hyperbolic inflammatory lunacy, worse than Rescuer Trump inciting his Victim cult members to violence in an insurrection against the USian govt at the USian capitol building January 6, 2021 playing NIGYSOB, Now I’ve got you, you SOB. Here is Rescuer Trump now inciting his not-OK Victim cult members to violence against Persecutor socialists throughout the US playing NIGYSOB. If you do not know what psychological Games are just add the words transactional analysis to psychological Games, making them transactional analysis psychological Games and ask Google what they are. Payoffs from winning NIGYSOB Games include satisfying feelings resulting from venting pent-up anger and temporary feelings of one-up superiority and patriotism caused by putting Game Victims in a one-down position, producing temporary increases in psychological OKness for the Victim/Persecutor so-called winners, but leaving their social, economic, and political OKness levels as not-OK as ever in reality. Trump’s cult members are suckers, to say the least, being played by a master NIGYSOB player, Trump. Yes, make America great again indeed. What did Trump do for his non-rich ordinary supporters in four years as president, socially, economically, or politically? Nothing, that’s what. They may have temporarily felt psychologically better after winning the 2016 NIGYSOB presidential election, but their economic, social, and political OKness levels are no higher now than they were in 2016, probably lower, and certainly their current not-OK economic, social, and political OKness levels were not caused by Biden in one year as president.
“Trump Commands Followers to ‘Lay Down Their Lives,’ to Stop Critical Race Theory,” by Chris Walker, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/trump-commands-followers-to-lay-down-their-lives-to-stop-critical-race-theory/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR2ESJ7IXtChzCkXHi8k4UHpzwz7BsR5CCfTo97qCSJvmvS_pk5hZ4kBiMU.
Yuk. The best rendition I have seen on what is really going on in Russia
“Inside Putin’s circle—the real Russian elite,” by Anatol Lieven, FINANCIAL TIMES, https://www.ft.com/content/503fb110-f91e-4bed-b6dc-0d09582dd007?fbclid=IwAR3hlmVIwG58A0jzKjwwF8jOqYfvoplqJUxJDlqNyUPf4qSFjVy6tGclqr0.
“The instinct to return home, and the planning, saving and grappling with under insurance that requires, is unfolding amid the backdrop of the western United States’ worst drought in 1,200 years and what’s morphed into a year-long fire season. Winter wildfires by the names of Emerald and Airport have scorched thousands of acres in California; led to the destruction of over 100 structures in Kansas; and amid this writing, prompted the evacuation of 1,100 houses in the Florida Panhandle — at a time of year when those with intimate knowledge of the cycles of burning and regeneration once relied on wetter and cooler conditions to keep blazes at bay.”
“Western US’s Worst Drought in 1,200 Years Brings Year-Long Fire Season,” by Leanna First-Arai, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/western-uss-worst-drought-in-1200-years-brings-year-long-fire-season/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR2-Kz5f9aGo_dl4_r9A0M9Cq-LRLMdzOAHAQRbyVWP5Td0_Z9ZX0p-gs2I.
THE EARTHIAN, specializing in Adult education, is an approximately monthly digest of articles written by free-thinking truth-seeking critical-thinking creative-thinking truth-accepting hard-hitting independent writers linked in Internet journals containing facts, perspectives, theories, models, analyses, and recommendations concerned about psychological, moral, ethical, philosophical, social, economic, political, military, religious, and ecological states of affairs affecting the existential well-being of all species of fauna and flora around Spaceship Earth, especially the human species.
“The Earthian—27,” by Richard John Stapleton, Editor, EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-earthian-27/?fbclid=IwAR1NOqN4eagSmi0bUuEzva06q5ODGQSBGB-w0gD7vAiCzwg7k8YhirNxY1Y.
This article seems well documented
“How U.S. has empowered and armed neo-Nazis in Ukraine,” by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas JS Davies, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/35091?fbclid=IwAR2-Kz5f9aGo_dl4_r9A0M9Cq-LRLMdzOAHAQRbyVWP5Td0_Z9ZX0p-gs2I.
Well said Brother West
“Cornel West Sees a Spiritual Decay in the Culture,” by Vinson Cunningham, THE NEW YORKER, https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-new-yorker-interview/cornel-west-sees-a-spiritual-decay-in-the-culture?fbclid=IwAR0CWuWFEov36Gs34-02r5Kj9c3kfb8jttXwznoxopzGbnfnoyEJdDgQ120.
Seems right on
“The Only Non-Totalitarian Solution to Resource Scarcity: Decentralized Degrowth,” by Charles Hugh Smith, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/only-non-totalitarian-solution-resource-scarcity-decentralized-degrowth?fbclid=IwAR2GwCUbn1PaZplX44v2zsMpcBNtejRXnEqqPyz-OjbHimHZqGu9ag80NV4.
Another great article by Paul Street, one of the bravest truth-telling writers alive. Contains the first mention I have seen of the schizophrenic spectacle of mainstream tv news media broadcasting attractive talking heads solemnly detailing and showing gory events and scenes of mass murder and misery among civilians still in Ukraine and refugees getting the hell out, and then abruptly switching to the commercials of their advertisers touting exciting episodes in the lives of beautiful, successful, happy ordinary USian humans, living blissful, satisfying, and fulfilling lives in the US, caused by ordinary USian humans buying the advertised products and services.
“Stop This Imperialistic War,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/03/09/stop-this-imperialist-war/?fbclid=IwAR13z4TSLKPgPlbCLGZdNKjfIxo332Bl6Fir4t1Ea47_EUNwZWUCCvamlAw.
Excellent article. Contains suggestions like those in my “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.,” article.
“Climate Mitigation Isn’t Just a Matter of Ethics; It’s Life and Death,” by C.J. Polychroniou, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/climate-mitigation-isnt-just-a-matter-of-ethics-its-life-and-death/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR2-Kz5f9aGo_dl4_r9A0M9Cq-LRLMdzOAHAQRbyVWP5Td0_Z9ZX0p-gs2I.
Another comprehensive article by Michael Hudson, the greatest economist alive, telling it like it is around Spaceship Earth. A must-read article for all thinking Earthian humans
“The American Empire Self-Destructs, But Nobody Thought That It Would Happen This Fast,” by Michael Hudson, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/03/08/the-american-empire-self-destructs-but-nobody-thought-that-it-would-happen-this-fast/?fbclid=IwAR0lHzkNazwBgNbqCC5EUk9NgD2Jj5bY4TG7K42U7_-OpRSnPOm7ydT9Z94.
Seems nobody knows how to teach yet
“American Children Losing Motivation and Creativity, Teachers Say,” by Jackson Elliott, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/political/american-children-losing-motivation-and-creativity-teachers-say?fbclid=IwAR1rRFRcPcyXa9kEQSH7fdgx0kvDt7rA94j9j3XLfitR7cOr_WW_KAahsKs.
“Supreme Court Says Torture at CIA Black Site Is a ‘State Secret’,” by Martha Cohn, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/supreme-court-says-torture-at-cia-black-site-is-a-state-secret/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR0CWuWFEov36Gs34-02r5Kj9c3kfb8jttXwznoxopzGbnfnoyEJdDgQ120.
Might come to this
“Will ‘Victory Gardens’ Make Comeback As Global Food Crisis Worsens?,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/will-victory-gardens-make-comeback-global-food-crisis-worsens?fbclid=IwAR1oArarX_ApD_EShSIjIzhIfNvSAiOqBJSpW6zMUuPnZx77KjaFnDUzRQI.
I watched and heard the whole thing on tv when it happened, January 6, 2021. It seemed clear to me Trump was inciting an insurrection, but maybe my eyes and ears were lying to me
“January 6 Committee to Start Public, Likely Televised, Hearings Next Month,” by Chris Walker, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/january-6-committee-to-start-public-likely-televised-hearings-next-month/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR3ecGa7M40enhwc8Fw5yHk0_1LOpw_zZWlbPlKZboQWcDTgmN-wGVNOGxo.
Enlightening article. Never knew this. Thanks to Paul Ziegler for sharing the article
“What Our Founding Fathers Said About Political Parties,” by Bill King, https://billkingblog.com/what-our-founding-fathers-said-about-political-parties/?fbclid=IwAR1Nl4qA4gC3_BP058Lo0K9uxUuAwL9wNY4DfX1giU2AfgW3nnJ2-gX1llk.
And right now here in southeast Georgia spring has sprung again. the trees are leafing out, the grass is getting green, flowers are blooming, the sky is blue, white clouds look like giant cotton balls, the birds are back, singing…
“Patti Smith on Dreams, Loss, Love, and Mending the Broken Realities of Life,” by Maria Popova, POCKET, https://getpocket.com/explore/item/year-of-the-monkey-patti-smith-on-dreams-loss-love-and-mending-the-broken-realities-of-life?utm_source=fbsynd&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR2-Kz5f9aGo_dl4_r9A0M9Cq-LRLMdzOAHAQRbyVWP5Td0_Z9ZX0p-gs2I.
Yes, Stop the madness now. Wage peace not war
“The War-Profiteering Gangsters Will Kill Us All Unless We Unite Against Them,” by Roger Waters, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/03/04/the-war-profiteering-gangsters-will-kill-us-all-unless-we-unite-against-them/?fbclid=IwAR2eEarK00XvAO9KShuwCdSBQzPPRKsHsnIk-_f0khW2nsZvfrEGM1zO9Ac.
Richard Rubenstein the author comprehends the system causing war in Ukraine and he tells it like it is in this Counterpunch article discussing relevant focal points not generally recognized and explained in mass media articles, many of which incite and inflame fear and hatred among poorly informed Earthian humans, to attract readers and advertising revenues, focusing more on form than substance. As usual good and evil in the imperial world system are relative, not absolute. Stop the madness now, before it’s too late to avert catastrophe. Escalate the cease-fire and peace negotiations between Ukraine and Russia. Declare peace! Wage peace, not war!
“The Ukrainian Conflict and the Imperial World System,” by Richard Rubenstein, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/03/04/the-ukrainian-conflict-and-the-imperial-world-system/?fbclid=IwAR2UWiCim64SfcreSwNIAVrc0L0-JgydIreayOLf1fyJa490THA9N9FBLeo.
No doubt this egged it on. Why did the US and NATO do it? Was it to build up business for military industrial complexes and keep politicians in power? Were the Europeans ever once seriously threatened by Russia after WWII? Did the US and NATO have any reason for expanding eastward other than to keep on occupying Europe?
“The Ukraine War Follows Decades of Warnings That NATO Expansion Would Provoke Russia,” by Ronald Suny, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/03/03/235816/?fbclid=IwAR0BF3d5qK98SXU_ZCPYiuVJcb_sco_JGoFmPBq6Zri9YEBa17yqZcLH1eI.
Beware the Ides of March
“What are the Ides of March?
“If you’ve heard of the Ides of March, you probably know you’re supposed to beware them. Why? In ancient Rome, the Ides of March were equivalent to our March 15. In the Roman calendar, this date corresponded to several religious observances. The Romans considered the Ides of March a deadline for settling debts. But – in our modern world – if you’ve heard of the Ides of March, it’s probably thanks to William Shakespeare. In his play Julius Caesar, a soothsayer attracts Caesar’s attention and tells him….” Read the rest of the story here: https://earthsky.org/human-world/beware-the-ides-of-march/.
A sad day. A major not-ok fascist move has been made on the Spaceship Earth I’m OK—You’re Not OK chessboard.
Pathetic. A complete disaster. SHTF once again. It’s yet another fascist-caused unnecessary war.
Some say Putin is now the richest Earthian human. He was nothing but a KBG agent after Communism collapsed in Russia in 1991. He is now a Russian fascist dictator running Russia like he own’s it. He’s Trump’s role model for what Trump had in mind for himself in the US, Trump having failed to realize his fascist dreams after the last USian presidential election; but he’s still trying, extorting money from his cult followers for another run as president, having not given up on his dream of becoming the first USian dictator, like Hitler, Putin, Kim, et. al. around Spaceship Earth. Putin and his cronies in Russia stole most of the assets of the Soviet Union after it collapsed in 1991, supposedly owned by the Russian people under Communism. Now in 2022 Putin and his cronies have ordinary Russians enslaved again as peasants in their Russian fascist oligarchy, with ordinary Russians being not much better off than serfs were under Russian czars before the Russian Communist revolution led by Lenin in 1917 got rid of hereditary Russian czars. Hopefully Putin’s invasion of Ukraine will not evolve into something much worse militarily than his invading and trying to conquer Ukraine to prove how superior and heroic he and his Russian followers are, playing a possibly-suicidal and possibly-genocidal psychological Game, NIGYSOB, NOW I’VE GOT YOU, YOU SOB.
Putin’s a power-mad drama stroke addict, just like his buddy Trump in the US, just like all fascist dictators have been and are around Spaceship Earth since time immemorial.
On the other hand, Putin is probably a better chess player than Trump, and the chess game in this case at checkmate might entail Russia and China controlling Spaceship Earth in a new We’re OK—You’re Not OK alliance, using the same OK position and script against the US and NATO that the US and NATO used against them.
How to get rid of this international I’m OK—You’re Not OK chess game played over and over by egotistical greedy power-hungry fascist dictators is probably the most serious problem ordinary Earthian humans face trying to stay alive around Spaceship Earth.
“Zelenskiy Says Ukraine Has Suffered ‘Serious Losses’ After Russian Air Strikes Pound Dozens of Targets,” by RFE/RL, RADIO FREE EUROPE/ RADIO LIBERTY, https://www.rferl.org/a/putin-ukraine-military-operation/31719680.html?fbclid=IwAR23eRgRIqOEoe88-eGh3XE5L_RVA8tM0PZyq18N6u867T_1K4CPeHiy5k0.
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ABOUT THE EDITOR
Here’s Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA in his office at Georgia Southern University the year he retired in 2005, the senior professor of the university that year. The photo was shot by Lori Grice, a former student, founder of Lori Grice Photography.
The object under his left hand is a Classroom De- Gamer™ he invented in 1978.
He would spin the spinner of the De-Gamer in his classes to randomly select a student at the beginning of each class session to lead a discussion of the case assigned for that day, a case taken from a real business prepared by professional casewriters at Georgia Southern, Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Alabama. Grades were based eighty percent on class participation; the rest of the final grade was based on two case write-ups. One write-up was about what the student observed, researched, analyzed, and wrote about an existing business in the local environment or a business plan the student created. The other write- up was an analysis of a professionally written case about a real business assigned as the final exam. Cases used in his courses were taken from all functional areas of business, such as entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, operations management, control, management information systems, and business policy and strategy.
He learned how the case method works teaching with Bernard Bienvenu, DBA and Rexford Hauser, DBA (Harvard Business School doctorates) at what is now known as the University of Louisiana– Lafayette in 1969-70.
He has published refereed journal articles and books explaining how his democratic Game-free Adult-Adult I’m OK—You’re OK case method system works, by banishing Persecutors, Rescuers, and Victims playing psychological Games from the teaching and learning process, first documented in an article titled “The Classroom De-Gamer” he published in 1978 in the Transactional Analysis Journal.
He studied TA with Martin Groder, MD; Graham Barnes, PhD; Vann Joines, PhD; and many others at the Southeast Institute at Chapel Hill, North Carolina (1975-1978).
He has degrees in economics, organizational behavior, and management science from Texas Tech University (1962-1969), and an organizational and educational certification in transactional analysis from the International Transactional Analysis Association (1978).
He had his own case method track at the undergraduate level in the business school at Georgia Southern University taught by him alone in the management department, four or five different elective case method courses offered each academic year (1970-2005), in which he led, coordinated, and graded twenty-five or so students each year who took all or most of those case method courses in their junior and senior years, of about two hundred students who signed up for all of his courses each year, using a democratic circle or amphitheater classroom layout. He also taught most semesters two sections of a capstone integrative business policy course he added to the business school curriculum in 1970 that was required for all undergraduate business majors that could be elected by any student in any major, in which he used the case method. He was the only professor in the business school to use the case method in any course.
His students agreed to a course learning contract that stipulated they would read the facts of the case before class and would lose a whole letter grade from the course final grade if the De-Gamer randomly caught them obviously not having read the case before class, if they had not slipped a note under his office door before class telling him they had not read the case, which they could do twice during the course without penalty.
About ten percent of his students made A’s and about five percent made D’s. Most made C’s, which is about right, since C = Average. There were almost no F’s in his courses. The main criterion for course grades was the quantity and quality of ideas sold by students in case method discussions. He used peer ratings to give students feedback showing what their fellow students thought about the quantity and quality of their ideas sold in class, having made it clear the final decision about final grades was his. He did not believe in Lake Wobegon grading.
No student was ever forced to take one of his courses to graduate, and the most hardened Game- players in the school did not sign up for his courses after he issued his Edict of 1972 in which he clearly spelled out in his syllabi the penalty for getting caught unprepared. His Classroom De-Gamer™ was roundly discussed by students in bull sessions across campus every year and was labeled various things, such as The Wheel of Fate and The Death Wheel. Most students near the end of his career called it The Spinner. He appreciated the fact Georgia Southern honored his academic freedom as a tenured professor, allowing him control of his teaching methods, classroom layouts, grading procedures, and course books, cases, and materials.
He conducted primary survey research in 1992 that discovered longitudinal data (published in “Evidence the Case Method Works” in Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds, 2008, pg. 475) that showed his case method students during 1972-1982 reported higher yearly incomes in 1992 than students electing the same courses in 1972-1982 taught by professors using the authoritarian lecture method and the row and column classroom layout, who graded students based on how well they memorized “right answers” for so-called objective multiple-choice tests, indicating learners learning in Adult—Adult I’m OK—You’re OK Game-free learning processes graded subjectively became more successful in the real world of business than learners lectured to in Parent—Child I’m OK— You’re Not-OK un-De-Gamed learning processes. Only former students who had worked in the real world ten or more years after graduating from the Georgia Southern business school were included in the study.
For more information on these classroom management ethical issues see Stapleton, R.J. and Murkison, G. (2001), “Optimizing the fairness of student evaluations: A study of correlations between instructor excellence, study production, learning production, and expected grades,” the Journal of Management Education, 25(3), 269-292. Stapleton had one of the lowest student grade point averages among professors in the business school and was one of the lowest-ranked professors as an instructor on computerized campus-wide student evaluations weighting only instructor excellence scores up to about 2000; but he was one of the highest-ranked professors in a computerized student evaluation he designed that generated data also showing and weighting study production, learning production, and expected grades scores for each professor, published in “Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations.”
To read the Optimizing Fairness article in full, go to https://blog.effectivelearning.net/fair-teacher- evaluations/ . After this research was published, Georgia Southern in 2001 added study production, learning production, and expected grades questions to the student evaluation form used campus-wide.
“Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations” has by now (March 28, 2022)) been cited as a reference in 84 refereed journal articles concerned about student evaluations in several academic disciplines, including nine new citations since April 2021, proving the article is still being read and cited by serious academics twenty-one years after publication.
As the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein propositioned, “The case is all there is.”
If so, everything else said about Earthian human states of affairs is a rendition of what was or might be.
For more on Stapleton’s cultural, educational, and professional experiences go to https://blog.effectivelearning.net/.