THE EARTHIAN — 23

THE EARTHIAN, Number Twenty-Three, Effective Learning Publications, https://effectivelearning.net/effective-learning-publications/ 32 East Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, USA, May 8, 2021, Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA, Writer, Editor & Publisher   

THE EARTHIAN 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 articles written and published by intelligent hard-hitting truth-seeking writers in Internet journals about psychological, social, economic, political, military, religious, and ecological states of affairs around Spaceship Earth are posted and linked below as recommended sources of relevant reading to help Earthian humans comprehend larger and larger systems to develop consensual answers for dealing with existential problems.

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

That object under my left hand in the picture above is a Classroom De-Gamer™.  It has a spinner attached and there are concentric circles of numbers around its circumference to accommodate different numbers of students in classes. Each student got a number and whoever’s number got selected when the spinner was spun got to be the leader of the moment leading a discussion of assigned reading, mostly long factual cases in my courses. I have published some refereed professional journal articles and book chapters attached as references to this issue of The Earthian explaining how learning De-Gamers de-Game psychological Games in learning situations, including an article I published in 1978 in the Transactional Analysis Journal titled “The Classroom De-Gamer” in which I first explained how and why my invention worked. Learning De-Gamers can work in any situation in which there is teaching and learning going on, involving parents and children in homes, teachers and students in schools, bosses and employees in businesses, preachers and Sunday school teachers and members in churches, and leaders and members in groups and organizations of all kinds.

Learning De-Gamers cathect (activate) all Ego States in all participants. I used a Classroom De-Gamer™ in my classes thirty-five years producing management learning with university students, and I used one with a large manufacturing corporation, dealing with current problems in a plant with several hundred employees from all functions and levels of the plant, lecturing three hours on transactional analysis concepts and techniques to thirty or so plant employees per group in classes at a university setting and spasmodically applying TA to interrelated plant problems over a five year period on-site on an as needed basis with small mixed groups of ten or so members, with each member of a small group having an equal shot at being selected the leader of the group. Whoever got selected by the plant De-Gamer became the leader of the moment to start a discussion about whatever he or she thought was the most significant problem facing the plant. I wrote about this experience in my ebook Recommendations for Waking Up From the USian Nightmare, at https://www.amazon.com/Recommendations-American-Nightmare-Business-Voyages-ebook/dp/B009TOJVPI .

Learning De-Gamers facilitate a democratic way of teaching and learning involving sortition wherein everyone involved is OK with an equal shot at being the leader of the moment, a process ancient Greeks used to create democratic government during one of the more OK periods of Earthian human history. I think Learning De-Gamers based on sortition should be used around Spaceship Earth today in as many teaching and learning situations as possible, including governmental legislative groups, such as the USian House and Senate.

Learning De-Gamers cause more and better learning to happen by causing Adult Ego States to be cathected (activated) in participants and by preventing the learning process from being corrupted by Persecutors, Rescuers, and Victims playing psychological Games. When the Leader of the Moment is randomly selected psychological power struggles do not happen at the start of discussions and participants cooperate from then on.  

For more detail regarding learning de-gamers read the latest episode of my serially published Internet novel, Rout Logger’s Group: A Novel Approach for Increasing Human OKness at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/rout-loggers-group-to-save-spaceship-earth-internet-episode-8/

Following are some transactional analysis terms and concepts that might help Earthian humans think and talk more clearly about psychological, social, economic, religious, and political processes that might help develop consensual answers to bring about salutary feeling, thinking, and doing processes around Spaceship Earth for dealing with existential threats such as global warming, climate change, and nuclear war.  

Ego states are states of being including thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, feelings, gestures, body language, and other signals determining how people come across with others in communication episodes that are parent-like, adult-like, or child-like.  People switch ego states depending on who they are communicating with and what sort of circumstances they are in, whether they are parenting, working, socializing, teaching, having fun, or playing Games.  They transmit messages from three ego states in themselves to three ego states in others in pair vectors, Parent-Parent, Adult-Adult, Child-Child, Parent-Child, Child-Adult, Adult-Parent, or whatever possibility.  These transmissions or transactions are especially meaningful in situations in which there is some sort of authoritarian system involved, such as parents parenting children in homes, teachers teaching students in schools, or bosses bossing subordinates in a business, political, religious, or military organization, which normally entail primarily Parent-Child transactions. In most cases the more Adult-Adult transactions there are the better things go in families, schools, businesses, churches, military units, political organizations, and governments. 

A life script diagram shows three stacked circles metaphorically representing Parent, Adult, and Child ego states depicting transactions between real parents and children. The solid lines in the diagram denote overt spoken social messages on vectors from ego states in the parent to ego states in the child, and dotted line vectors denote covert psychological unspoken ulterior messages transmitted from the Child ego state of the parent to the Child ego state of the child. Social messages are verbalized overt auditory messages; psychological messages are covert non-spoken ulterior messages transmitted by body language, emotional states, and after the fact positive or negative stroking as people react to situations and feel and do things.

Strokes are units of recognition.

Scripts in families are created automatically when parents transmit various messages to their children from various ego states socially and psychologically, in and out of awareness.  Scripts are life plans are generally decided before the age of eight by offspring based on script messages transmitted to them by their parents and others.  Since parents by and large transmit the same script messages that were transmitted to them before they were eight years old script messages in families can remain intact for many generations.  According to transactional analysts script decisions made before the age of eight have lasting effects determining three general life outcomes:  winner, loser, and non-winner.  These decisions can be redecided and updated later in life but it’s not easy for most people. 

Psychological Child-Child ego state script injunctions are what cause the most trouble for people in their lives.  These script injunctions forbid appropriate behavior in the here and now. Script injunctions are caused by emotional and behavioral requirements created by families through time as they adapted to and coped with problems and environmental forces that may have been appropriate in past environments, but which are inappropriate and ineffective in different here and now environments. 

Opposing script messages transmitted by parents can put a child in a Not-OK bind in childhood and throughout adolescence, assuming a divorce has not already occurred, causing considerable trouble within a family, since the child cannot please both parents in the presence of both parents, which can put parents in worse Not-OK positions if the child makes a decision about which parent is right, increasing Not-OKness in the family system as a whole.  

What many people need is psychological permission to violate and ignore their psychological outdated obsolete family Child ego state script message Injunctions, not only to increase their own OKness but the OKness of all living members of the family system, and the OKness of Earthian humans in general.

Two common family script Injunctions in most cultures are Don’t Think seriously about the true nature and causes of states of affairs and Don’t Feel certain feelings, such as mad, glad, sad, and scared, when certain things happen in certain environments.

Joe Biden at least socially comes across projecting an I’m OK—You’re OK life position. Donald Trump on the other hand comes across socially and psychologically projecting an I’m OK, my buddy is OK, nothing else is OK, and we are going to make the world pay life position.

Here is some writing of mine based on the teachings of Martin Groder, MD, a founder of transactional analysis and one of my TA mentors, published in my book Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds, 2011, pp. 148-150:

“The Human Spectrum

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

“According to Groder, humans vary on two fundamental spatial dimensions. One dimension is Okness, which he estimates on the horizontal axis of Figure 1; the other dimension is the energy level of the individual estimated on the vertical axis of the space.

“People vary in terms of how OK they see, feel about, and experience, (1) themselves, (2) the other individual, (3) their group, (4) other groups, and (5) the world. In Groder’s terms, they are OK or not-OK with respect to I, You, We, They, and It (the world). Groder estimates how OK they are on each of these five existential dimensions on a scale of -1 to +1, -1 being as not-OK as possible and +1 being as OK as possible. Thus people with extremely high self-esteem would exist at the +1 level regarding themselves; someone with extremely low self-esteem would exist at the -1 level regarding themselves. People could exist at any level in between, at -.5, 0, +.25, etc. The same would be true of the positions of specific individuals with respect to buddies on a one-to-one basis, groups with which one belongs, other groups with which your group cooperates or competes, and the world in general. Summing the 5 existential OKness positions for an individual (I, You, We, They, and It), the highest possible OKness rating would be +5 and the lowest possible would be -5. A +5 person would have the highest possible feelings of Okness regarding his or her OKness, the OKness of buddies, the OKness of his group, the OKness of other groups, and the OKness of the world. Such an individual would have very positive feelings and thoughts for self and others. Groder called such people myth-makers. On the other end of the spectrum, a -5 person would have the lowest possible feelings and thoughts for self and others. Very negative people tend to end up in prison. Very positive people tend to end up cultural heroes. Probably the most profitable attitude for an entrepreneur in a capitalistic economic system would be I’m OK, my employees are OK, my company is OK, the world is OK, but my competitors aren’t worth a damn, since this position would motivate his or her sales employees to steal business from competitors to increase the profit of the company.

“Entrepreneurs have higher energy levels than middle managers and normal people. It takes less energy to be a normal person than anything else. Entrepreneurs in Groder’s schema have approximately the same energy level on the vertical axis of Figure 1 as Monsters, the -3 OKness level convict leaders of other convicts. Monsters have the attitude “I’m OK, my buddy is OK, but everything else is not OK, and I am going to make the world pay.” According to Groder, it’s more difficult to change the energy level of a human than the OKness position. In rehabilitation work, Groder attempted to arc people across the gap of Figure 1, and make +3 OKness level entrepreneurs out of -3 monsters, +2 OKness middle managers out of -2 OKness creeps, slobs, lunch buckets, etc. Sometimes people arc across the gap the other way. Honest entrepreneurs can turn criminal. Entrepreneurs are winner-survivors; Monsters are loser-survivors.”

The trick to it all is setting appropriate goals and objectives, doing what you really want to do, can do, and should do given your natural abilities, scripting, and education, and the requirements and options of your environment that will produce satisfaction for you. How much money you get your hands on in the process beyond a certain level necessary to satisfy needs for food, clothing, shelter, belonging, and good health is irrelevant, if you aren’t addicted to playing psychological Games caused by poor scripting. Most really rich people are playing a psychological Game called BALANCE SHEET, a Parent ego state Game in which the winner thinks s/he wins by piling up more money on a balance sheet than others.

 I became a certified transactional analyst in education and organizations, a CTA, after passing written, oral, and experiential comprehensive exams administered by the International Transactional Analysis Association in 1978, after undergoing three years of once-a-month training, all day Saturday and half of Sunday, at the Southeast Institute at Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

I have covered ego states, scripts, Games, and OKness in my books Business Voyages  and Born to Learn: A Transactional Analysis of Human Learninglisting common Parent ego state script messages and Child ego state injunctions.  All parents do not transmit the same script messages creating considerable variety among family scripts and outcomes.  Certain life scripts conveniently fit certain roles, jobs, professions, careers, and what have you more than others, providing fresh recruits already scripted for job openings, slots, roles, and positions in an economy, which is fine so long as the economy does not change very much.  In recent years in the United States the offshoring of high wage blue collar jobs to foreign low wage countries and the use of more and more automation has rendered many family scripts obsolete. 

A bitter pill for some people to swallow postulated in my books Business Voyages and Born to Learn is that everything that happens is either predetermined or accidental and therefore no one is to blame or praise. Believing and acting otherwise will perpetuate the same sorry I’m OK—You’re Not OK life position that has bedeviled humankind since time immemorial.

For more information regarding my use of Transactional Analysis  https://www.itaaworld.org/  to create better discussion groups 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 transactional analysis read my book   Business Voyages:  Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds    https://www.amazon.com/Business-Voyages-Schemata-Discovering-Co-Constructing/dp/1413480810

Read 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 human Earthians 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. 

This entails Earthians peacefully reducing through natural attrition 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.

This is possible based on the general algorithmic matrix algebra form

Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi

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

Flying aboard an airliner about to land at night moving at four hundred miles an hour at thirty thousand feet with cloudy and rainy weather below, which would you rather have landing the plane, the plane’s radar and computer system or the pilot and co-pilot, seeing nothing out their windows but clouds and lightning?

The main reason however for turning over the scheduling, production, and distribution of the necessities of life to AI robots and magnum computers is that they do not get greedy and power hungry or play psychological Games. Thus far in human history sooner or later corrupt Not-OK leaders atop large organizations such as countries, large corporations, and big banks got control acting out their life scripts playing psychological Games, hogging all the power and money they could get their hands on for themselves and their cronies, ruining everything for everyone. AI robots and computers are not egotistical.

I am indebted to Buckminster Fuller for teaching me in his book Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth the airplane-landing metaphor in the above paragraph and for planting seeds for other ideas in my essay “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.,” 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. To my knowledge Fuller was the inventor of the appellations Earthian and Spaceship Earth.   

For details regarding my transactional analysis and management science qualifications see my RJS Academic Vita at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/rjs-academic-vita/ .   

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Born to Learn has not been a best seller but it has had some impact as this review in the Texas Tribune shows at https://www.texastribune.org/2016/10/26/bookshelf-oct-26-2016/?fbclid=IwAR3ctGFk_zCH5QOyvLjqUiulkAcEPUQ4deUq1-tZIS6OuwaYhI-bmrM4Ebw . A German orthopedic surgeon discounted Born to Learn with a customer review at Amazon.com, causing the book to be algorithmically lowered from a five star to a three star Amazon rating. The orthopedic doctor said I did not “come across” like a real transactional analyst, the book title promised more than it delivered, and he could understand why some students did not like my teaching. Seems to me the Kirkus review in the Texas Tribune is fair and accurate. Both reviews comment on admittedly a debatable issue with Born to Learn: Is the book useful only for teachers and students in schools or is it useful for all teachers and learners, including parents and children in homes, bosses and employees in businesses, preachers and Sunday school teachers and members in churches? Is it useful for leaders and members learning in all kinds of groups and organizations, boy and girl clubs, civic clubs, chambers of commerce, street gangs, political parties, military units, and governments? I say it can be useful in all organizations and groups and can help increase human OKness.

Read both reviews above for yourself and write a review of Born to Learn at Amazon.com.( https://www.amazon.com/Born-Learn-Transactional-Analysis-Learning/dp/0692584331/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510510282&sr=8-1&keywords=born+to+learn++++richard+john+stapleton&dpID=414yiE-4%252BIL&preST=SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40&dpSrc=srch ). The more reviews the better.

Born to Learn: A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning by Richard John Stapleton was featured in “20 Great Indie Books Worth Your Time,” in Kirkus Reviews, VOL. LXXXV, NO 21, 1 November 2017, Page 130:

“Illuminating if quirky at times; insightful eye-opening observations about the interplay of teachers and students in the classroom. A refresher course in Transactional Analysis emphasizes its application in the classroom.”

SOURCE READING FOR THIS ISSUE OF THE EARTHIAN

May 12, 2021

Would you believe this?

“America is Not a Racist Country,” by Courtenay Barnett and George Garwood, EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/america-is-not-a-racist-country/.

May 10, 2021

The USian government has decided waging war is far less dangerous for the USian economy than waging peace.

“Programmed for War,” by William Astore, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/05/10/programmed-for-war/?fbclid=IwAR1tIlzjOp4pwKXQT4Ejf1vUX8DUSqvPIUV6Kh5lgFTPLgilnjTh2wNt81U.

May 10. 

Yeah, right, what do you really think is the problem and the alternatives, and what do you recommend for the best way forward?

“Venezuelas: And Yet It Moves,” by Chris Gilbert, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/05/10/venezuela-and-yet-it-moves/?fbclid=IwAR0iWd69bkpxMMCropv6y2PaKXKB9v3sWnrHuFvlBJVVYQbsjUUubtQ4AE8.

May 8

Give a shout out to the French Revolution of 1789, but cringe about its aftermath. Let us all grieve together that Spaceship Earth today should not evolve and degenerate similarly. Let us grieve that Biden does not become another Napoleon Bonaparte. Seems to me Earthian humans need no more republic democracies. They need real democracies. This article is by far the best summary explanation of French Revolution stadia I have read.

“Napoleon Between War and Revolution,: by Jacques R. Pauwels, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/05/07/napoleon-between-war-and-revolution/?fbclid=IwAR3Vpp_VWhU5rGXulpwE8zeYW3LIzDbLeyi-74FQ9NLbArFE0g8s4SVYgE4/.

May 8

If Trump and his big lie and his insurrection against the Usian govt would not cause repugs to lose government seats what would?

“Trump’s ‘Big Lie’ Could Hurt Republicans in 2033, GOP Pollster Says,” by Chris Walker, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/trumps-big-lie-could-hurt-republicans-in-2022-gop-pollster-says/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR3LMjRC_HDrGVY27_B6zdZ9tbagdk4x3iHhd4vOhIgcbpjgtcnCN35Smfs/.

May 8

Whoopee!

“Nearly half of Americans think they’re a better person than EVERYONE they know!, by Chris Melore, STUDYFINDS, https://www.studyfinds.org/half-americans-think-better-person-than-everyone/?fbclid=IwAR1VsTv-wwe5P7H7EJ2vMaFXelHPLiSl_LxBbRznpRXbDFvZhojlAveTx7I.

May 6

Out on a limb, you might say

Grundlach—”Between the stimulus checks, which were supposed to be temporary, and all the expansions of unemployment and other benefits, the percent of personal income comprised of government payments soared, something we also saw in recent spending data when we observed that 34% of household spending last month came from the government.

“A lot of weird things happened once the pandemic hit….it was a steady march to dependency on the government by a larger and larger fraction of the US population went absolutely vertical what this chart represents is what percent of personal income which is a government statistic what percentage of government of of personal income is made up of government giveaways which we call transfer payments back in the 60s it was down near five percent.

“The trillions in Congressionally-approved payments caused the deficit, already blown out under President Trump, to widen further.”

“Gundlach Warns America’s ‘Unfunded Liabilities’ Are $163 Trillion, More Than 5x National Debt,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/gundlach-warns-americas-unfunded-liabilities-are-163-trillion-more-5x-national-debt?fbclid=IwAR08Cr0LZ5QMnZJArJmb7nea3NQ5IHoYR_67ALJ8L7Ca79Df4jcaJCsTlLA.

May 5

A must read for any thinking person.

“Escobar: The Brave New Cancel Culture World,” by Pepe Escobar, THE ASIA TIMES, https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/escobar-brave-new-cancel-culture-world?fbclid=IwAR2ML3WWtUDIpOIE3FO449GWpW4W01Kh_KxA3xpuQN2fkrsbjp27qqt0txg.

May 5

Now here is an interesting read for you. A major irony is that a dictatorial lawgiver is required to install democracy, such as Rout Logger in my serial Internet novel in progress, “Rout Logger’s Group: A Novel Approach for Increasing Human OKness.

“The Laws,” by Plato, INTERNET ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY, https://iep.utm.edu/pla-laws/?fbclid=IwAR08Cr0LZ5QMnZJArJmb7nea3NQ5IHoYR_67ALJ8L7Ca79Df4jcaJCsTlLA.

May 5

Here’s more than you probably wanted to know about what the USian senate is up to regarding China. Read the whole senate bill for yourself.

Pepe Escobar—

“The concomitant wishful thinking envisages a world economy that will “move closer to a cleaner capitalist model”. One of its features is a delightfully benign Council for Inclusive Capitalism in partnership with the Catholic Church.

“As much as the pandemic – the “opportunity” for the Reset – was somewhat rehearsed by Event 201 in October 2019, additional strategies are already in place for the next steps, such as Cyber Polygon, which warns against the “key risks of digitalization”. Don’t miss their “technical exercise” on July 9th, when “participants will hone their practical skills in mitigating a targeted supply chain attack on a corporate ecosystem in real time.”

“A New Concert of Powers?

“Sovereignty is a lethal threat to the ongoing cultural revolution. That concerns the role of the European Union institutions – especially the European Commission – going no holds barred to dissolve the national interests of nation states. And that largely explains the weaponizing, in varying degrees, of Russophobia, Sinophobia and Iranophobia.

“The anchoring essay in Raging Twenties analyzes the stakes in Eurasia exactly in terms of the Hegemon pitted against the Three Sovereigns – which are Russia, China and Iran.

“It’s under this framework, for instance, that a massive, 270-plus page bill, the Strategic Competition Act , has been recently passed at the US Senate. That goes way beyond geopolitical competition, charting a road map to fight China across the full spectrum. It’s bound to become law, as Sinophobia is a bipartisan sport in D.C.”

“S.1169—Strategic Competition Act of 2021,” by the 117th Congress, IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES, https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/senate-bill/1169/text?fbclid=IwAR0nQK9uFfyEEuJq0EluNTzl9Mo_sHSqj29XV2Dagrb4s0IY_HRoK6gq3pk.

May 5

So it seems

“Time for a great reset of the financial system: A 30-year debt supercycle that has fuelled inequality illustrates the need for a new regime,,” by Chris Watling, FINANCIAL TIMES, https://www.ft.com/content/39c53b9f-f443-4dde-9cdb-07e8999ec783?fbclid=IwAR1FJ3WgTIspGNEsqKUZj4MyCqsSVbc6GaEDckhBQL3oOYN-_d4yy4w0yCI.

May 5

If most repugs are unethical enough or gullible enough to believe Trump’s ‘big lie’ that the election was stolen from him then they can believe any lie McConnell tells them.

“Sanders Accuses McConnell of Hypocrisy and Corruption in Scathing KY Speech,” by Sharon Zhang, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/sanders-accuses-mcconnell-of-hypocrisy-corruption-in-scathing-kentucky-speech/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR2ML3WWtUDIpOIE3FO449GWpW4W01Kh_KxA3xpuQN2fkrsbjp27qqt0txg.

May 5

Say it aint so Joe

“Epic New Documentary Series Exposes Brutality of European Colonialism Worldwide,” by Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, DEMOCRACY NOW, https://truthout.org/video/epic-new-documentary-series-exposes-brutality-of-european-colonialism-worldwide/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR0ZzobZ-KxLHgG5EwElVEobRqGC-5zD9CR14pu3FciLbBl89unwf3nw7Pw.

May 3

A paean to serious hard manual work, which a smaller percentage of humans do anymore, because there is less hard human manual work per capita to do anymore, AI robots having taken over more and more hard labor lately.

“In the Smithy of His Soul: A Steel Worker and Scholar,” by Peter Linebaugh, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/04/30/in-the-smithy-of-his-soul-a-steel-worker-scholar/?fbclid=IwAR0y2q-hh15lBe9L2OqIaStuuSb27Yd0xJcrVZ9e0zvt3Aer60b61juKnVs.

May 3

Declaring and waging peace is thought to be more dangerous than declaring and waging war for the Usian economy.

“American-Style War Until the End of Time,” by Tom Englehardt, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/04/30/american-style-war-until-the-end-of-time/?fbclid=IwAR3qN2dmO9sfH25gIYXKXWciy6yJ6gB8xwp2A7WHHbpPynSrRY9VNX2i1mQ.

May 2

Words of wisdom from an elder USian economic myth-maker

“’Bernie Sanders Has Won’: Munger Says Millennials Will Have ‘A Hell of A Time Getting Rich Compared to Our Generation’,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/bernie-sanders-has-won-munger-says-millennials-will-have-hell-time-getting-rich-compared?fbclid=IwAR3qN2dmO9sfH25gIYXKXWciy6yJ6gB8xwp2A7WHHbpPynSrRY9VNX2i1mQ.

May 1    

Never heard of hail like this before. Climate change anyone?

“Hailstorms Bombard Texas, Oklahoma, Causing Billions of Dollars in Damage,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/weather/hailstorms-bombard-texas-oklahoma-causing-billions-dollars-damage?fbclid=IwAR2wyomw6N6Ba7kfI9FUG_pR-BYw-sT9DyrRLiJqclXhVSEu0TAgwZ1UBs0/.

May 1   

Sounds too good to be true, but if true, would it be worth it, counting the total cost of the fuel necessary to produce the laser beams, including environmental degradation costs caused by the fuel feedstock production process?

“Farm Robot Zaps Weeds With High-Powered Lasers, Eliminates Need for Toxic Herbicides,” ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/farm-robot-zaps-weeds-high-powered-lasers-eliminates-need-toxic-herbicides?fbclid=IwAR0ROnkIGsxDShrj1_Pj51QxA3eVTJqV3K0ZL-P1Q75lniwdAk-3b4hgmCw/.

April 29

Is money now worthless as an investment? Pretty hard to live on your savings if money pays zero in interest.

“US Sells Treasury Bills at 0% For The First Time Since The Covid Crash,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/us-sells-treasury-bills-0-first-time-covid-crash?fbclid=IwAR2eA8-xQWKfsN44nTMDBr07bl023h7PN9_NhX8r1i66dMvIt0wOH-TAmSw.

April 28

In this well-conducted U-Tube round table discussion some big brains two years ago at Davos discuss what they knew about what’s going to happen. Not much has changed since then economically or politically besides deposing Trump.

“Is Another Financial Crisis Looming? Tom Keene, David Rubenstein & Experts Debate,” WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM, Davos 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WOs6S0VrlA.

April 28

During the last five years common sense and good conservative judgment did not pay off in the USian economy. A few unethical reckless fools were the big winners.

“Value Investing Icon Jumps Off Manhattan Skyscraper To His Death After Liquidating Fund,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/value-investing-icon-jumps-manhattan-skyrscraper-his-death-days-after-liquidating-fund?fbclid=IwAR3ypB355KSWduPasEfsP-0K40xEGmR7j_2cA3IkhZWWQC4bzIFKNvQIM-w.

April 28

Best summary of the problem I have read

“Why is America getting a new $100 billion nuclear weapon?,” BULLETIN OF THE ATOMIC SCIENTISTS, https://thebulletin.org/2021/02/why-is-america-getting-a-new-100-billion-nuclear-weapon/?fbclid=IwAR2eA8-xQWKfsN44nTMDBr07bl023h7PN9_NhX8r1i66dMvIt0wOH-TAmSw#.YIlBAaHfje8.facebook.

April 28

Truth is dangerous. That’s why it’s so hard to find in political states of affairs. Better to believe and espouse pleasant falsehoods than to wind up a dead or abandoned hero. Necessary lies they are sometimes called.

“The incompetent, negligent, mishandling, miscalculating elite blunderers,” by Edward Curtin, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/32313.

April 27

I taught three months at Incirlik in the fall of 1982 for Troy State.

“Key U.S. air base in Turkey sits on property stolen from Armenians during the genocide,” by David Boyajian, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/32305.

April 26

Here’s a U-Tube discussion with two of the best storytellers around Spaceship Earth discussing free speech and democracy worldwide. Well worth a look and listen.

“Elif Shafak and Wole Soyinka: Studio B: Unscripted,” AL JAZEERA ENGLISH, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvcUANjP_6o.

April 25

The FBI finally admitted it was investigating this case all along, a fact withheld till now. Most likely Hillary is again railing against a vast right wing conspiracy persecuting her and Bill.

“FBI Releases Documents on Investigation into Death of DNC Staffer Seth Rich,” by Zachary Stieber, THE EPOCH TIMES, https://www.zerohedge.com/political/fbi-releases-documents-investigation-death-dnc-staffer-seth-rich?fbclid=IwAR2AHmFPohpuJpIe3h0cTLA9g3HAQePYNAj9Fk9lJld0ptCyzUV7o5Ajmt4.

April 24

Another interesting and relevant perspective by Paul Street

“Slaves to the Constitution,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/04/23/slaves-to-the-constitution/?fbclid=IwAR35WGGUKvJBqxfsOj5gH3El6jWyYWkU-LCsEKlG_NkImiyJfnHQ2dVnqyg.

April 24

As Pogo said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

“Reject Greenwashing. At This Point, Only An Ecological Revolution Will Do,” by William Rivers Pitt, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/reject-greenwashing-at-this-point-only-an-ecological-revolution-will-do/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR25noW43PcqStdfnrvh85XNriqPUb-Yho42GO9LP1pu2juYrx91yy5Fhew.

April 24

Who started it? They started it, of course!

“The Rising Threat of Nuclear War Is The Most Urgent Matter In The World,: by Caitlin Johnstone, MEDIUM, https://caityjohnstone.medium.com/the-rising-threat-of-nuclear-war-is-the-most-urgent-matter-in-the-world-d39336f7e442.

April 23

Hopefully it means increased OKness

“What Chauvin’s Conviction Means for Black Communities,” by Kerry Mitchell Brown, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/04/21/what-chauvins-conviction-means-for-black-communities/?fbclid=IwAR2mla-iYBTo15ok0SMVuvDQCDL4pf3QrYe_ZlChYSzI92m3HuYEMzI2Fts.

April 23

Why produce the documentary now?

“Ken Burns; and Lynn Novick’s ‘Hemingway’: Nobody Called Him Ernie,” by Jonah Raskin, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/04/18/ken-burns-and-lynn-novicks-hemingway/?fbclid=IwAR18TqR7aGtG2eTgNqHsTRmqQgrJT1fkOdZ6S6Fpl1zdxRu1FiWz1uPNmXs.

April 23

Capitalism may be the worst system, but none of the alternative economic systems have worked either, so far.

“The ‘Innocence’ of Early Capitalism is Another Fantastical Myth,” by Pete Dolack, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/04/18/the-innocence-of-early-capitalism-is-another-fantastical-myth/?fbclid=IwAR3koTC5ovIdOaUtUtjG60Z_PKYkQsA-zG0DCwBC5dwQI83AtSGAayeEMvU.

April 23

Never knew this before

“How ‘representative’ is US democracy?,” by Thomas L Knapp, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/32281/.

April 23

Say it aint so Joe

“Comply or die: The only truly compliant person in a police state is a dead one,” by John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/32288.

April 21

Sounds like Dr Strangelove stuff to me. Now we have to worry about what mere “adversaries” might dream up to do to us, so we should give the Pentagon all the money they want to protect us.

“US Strategic Command Issues Random Warning Over Nuclear Strike,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/political/us-strategic-command-issues-random-warning-over-nuclear-strike-enemys-least-bad-option?fbclid=IwAR3ypB355KSWduPasEfsP-0K40xEGmR7j_2cA3IkhZWWQC4bzIFKNvQIM-w.

April 21

This was news to me last night. According to O’Donnell the Minneapolis police department told the public Floyd had died of heart problems while being transported to a hospital in an ambulance before learning of the existence of the video recording showing what really happened.

“If not for a teenager’s recording of George Floyd’s murder, the world would have believed the police lie,” MSNBC Daily, https://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/if-not-for-a-teenager-s-recording-of-george-floyd-s-murder-the-world-would-have-believed-the-police-lie-110564933535?fbclid=IwAR1Nkk1qPrwmCcZUynBRtEsPepztuWrru9u028LSbyS5Xrz0d7ir6icQ99I.

April 20

Won’t be the end of real america. American history should start with native history, including not only the natives of the USian part of North America but also including the natives of the rest of North America and the natives of Central and South America. Hubristic limited European-USians are so mistaught in families, schools, churches, newspapers, and in Internet memes they believe they are the only “americans” aboard Spaceship Earth. All three of the above continents were delineated after Amerigo Vespucci landed in what is now known as Central America in 1497, discovering what he called a “New World,” after sailing west from Europe to reach the east, specifically India, European humans by 1497 having mustered the courage to test the theory Earth was a globe by sailing on and on in wooden ships farther than the eye could see across the Atlantic Ocean, causing the extermination in the next few centuries of most of the millions of native inhabitants of the “new” world, who had been there for over a thousand years.

There never was an “America”. What the author refers to here as “America” is a part of the North American continent now known as the United States of America, maybe one fourth of the land mass discovered by Amerigo Vespucci. However, assuming the author of this post is right, it is sad the USian part of North America is ending. In any event it seems to me it’s about time USian schools, parents, teachers, professors, writers, newspapers, etc. started teaching the truth about the matter of what america is by giving natives that had been in North, Central, and South America more credit and consolation for what they did and what happened to them before and after the Europeans arrived. They also need to stop calling USian History American History. Surely the inhabitants of non-USian territory in the Americas also contributed something to real American History on three continents. Most USians, alas, seem to hubristically think they are the only Americans aboard Spaceship Earth that count.

“The End of America?,” by Naomi Wolf, AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH, https://www.aier.org/article/the-end-of-america/?fbclid=IwAR1kYf7M67q42I5K1FV9dgGtZ2AzBqM9cAkKJJLC-X0UPAeFQw-l71IkQmI.

April 19

There should be no place aboard Spaceship Earth for hate.

“The Spread of Global Hate,” by John Feffer, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/04/19/the-spread-of-global-hate/?fbclid=IwAR0O62Kli5XwO5SWJmapeIYFBZodnCvlln7KesMgN9qakwEwjTi1hhGhmt4.

April 19

Hate should become a barbaric relic, but it won’t so long as massive psychological, social, economic, and political injustice exists.

“What Einstein and Freud can teach us about the psychology of hate,” by Bill Blum, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/32231.

April 19

But what can a therapist do about it?

“Therapists Are Seeing More Patients Struggle With Climate Anxiety,” by Isobel Whitcomb, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/therapists-are-seeing-more-patients-struggle-with-climate-anxiety/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR0au2BgfDMeu5fQFF8D1AUS-83PIO7Z6kPkTXWvtEFRWbNnkBa3suxSzoc.

April 17

Another cogent relevant article by Michael Hudson, one of the greatest economists alive. But even he does not seem to know what america is in his title for his article.

“America’s Neoliberal Financialization Policy vs. China’s Industrial Socialism,” by Michael Hudson, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/04/16/americas-neoliberal-financialization-policy-vs-chinas-industrial-socialism/?fbclid=IwAR1xw837AEbM-qNNesIeDUv-BbI6Uv4UBxAORl1v557-ISBvQUrxlPdfZUA.

April 17

You don’t say

“Pentagon: Unclear if Contractors Will Leave Afghanistan,” by Dave DeCamp, ANTIWAR.COM, https://news.antiwar.com/2021/04/16/pentagon-unclear-if-contractors-will-leave-afghanistan/?fbclid=IwAR3-2Z99oZl3kTGWpZx2Q8QsqIjitQPW7Nsp1_EGDNuyan3wIjsTSGHNB_c.

April 17

Now here is some truth for you if you can believe it. The bottom line: Who can you trust and believe?

“Greenwald: Journalists, Learning They Spread A CIA Fraud About Russia, Instantly Embrace A New One,” by Glenn Greenwald, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/political/greenwald-journalists-learning-they-spread-cia-fraud-about-russia-instantly-embrace-new?fbclid=IwAR0IUJc_inxNj9o8BGXiFvcxjn0EOy1n8-n4IqqlHryn5XjWqwQbd-vSWbE.

April 16

Great article and discussion

“Yet Another Imperialist Occupation of Afghanistan Ends in Disaster,” by Craig Murray, CRAIGMURRAY.COM, https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2021/04/yet-another-imperialist-occupation-of-afghanistan-ends-in-disaster/?fbclid=IwAR2AHVV5PALFgpDVuVabI2OXL7_u88w5JSmQhaFy6bX3SL2AsTiN_jkOqeA.

April 11

Rout Logger’s Group: A Novel Approach for Increasing Human OKness is a work in progress. While settings, plots, theories, objects, and narratives in this novel may be loosely analogous to the same that have happened in various realities, the names, actions, and attributions of characters cast herein are fictional. All parts of this novel will be published in the Effective Learning Report at various intervals on the Internet, subject to revision at any time, hopefully culminating in a final print edition offered to the public.

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To refresh yourself about what happened in earlier episodes, go to the following website addresses:

Internet Episode 1, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-group-to-save-spaceship-earth-part-1/.   

Internet Episode 2, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-group-to-save-spaceship-earth-episode-2/.

Internet Episode 3, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-group-to-save-spaceship-earth-episode-three/.

Internet Episode 4, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-group-to-save-spaceship-earth-episode-four/.

Internet Episode 5, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-group-to-save-spaceship-earth-internet-episode-five/.

Internet Episode 6,  https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-group-to-save-spaceship-earth-internet-episode-six/  

Internet Episode 7, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/rout-loggers-group-to-save-spaceship-earth-internet-episode-7/

A list of names of forty cast characters with a short biographical blurb about each is presented in Internet Episode 1.

“Rout Logger’s Group: A Novel Approach for Increasing Human OKness—Internet Episode 8,” by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVELEARNING REPORT, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/rout-loggers-group-a-bright-idea-to-save-humanity/?fbclid=IwAR0au2BgfDMeu5fQFF8D1AUS-83PIO7Z6kPkTXWvtEFRWbNnkBa3suxSzoc

THE EARTHIAN — 22

THE EARTHIAN, Number Twenty-Two, Effective Learning Publications, https://effectivelearning.net/effective-learning-publications/ 32 East Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, USA, March 18, 2021.   

THE EARTHIAN 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 intelligent hard-hitting truth-seeking writers in Internet journals about psychological, social, economic, political, military, religious, and ecological states of affairs around Spaceship Earth are linked below as sources, following a usual 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

Hallelujah, we almost got rid of Trump being thrown in our faces daily on computer and TV screens, at least for now, except for a muchly-reduced flow of posts and news reports about the civil and criminal court cases he now faces and what he’s doing to harvest more millions of dollars from his marks and gang members, aka followers and supporters, while playing his usual psychological Games with the Repug party, with an eye toward running again for president in 2024, thanks to his Repug gang members in the USian senate Rescuing him by voting to acquit in his 2021 impeachment trial, insulting common sense and consensual truth, given the exemplary Dem impeachment trial managers proving beyond a reasonable doubt Trump incited an insurrection against the US government on January 6, 2021.

Now that Trump has waned from view we are seeing and hearing more posts about Joe Biden, the new USian president, pop up on our computer and TV screens. He seems to be doing a decent job domestically, getting Covid vaccinations jabbed into the arms of millions in relatively short order, doing a good job compared to what Trump did about Covid, very little.

Biden and the Dems have passed with a party line vote a Covid relief/rescue package worth $1.9 trillion to recipients. The Biden administration has now started bombing Syria again reinstating the neoliberal Dem foreign policies of Obama and Clinton, while maintaining the sanctions Trump and his cronies in the State Department imposed on Venezuela and Iran.

After the end of World War II in 1945, a war the US helped win, rather than lay down its arms and live peacefully with other sovereign nations at war’s end, the US has been since that time up to the present day almost constantly at war with someone, having not won a war in the 75-year interval. While fighting in WWII may have been necessary for defense, the US having been attacked and threatened by Japan at Pearl Harbor, all USian wars since have been discretionary offensive wars designed to create advantages and benefits for the USian military-industrial-intelligence-financial complex and presumably for the USian people, and all Earthian humans, for that matter. The wars have been sold as global do-gooderism, doing things such as spreading democracy; stopping the spread of communism; controlling global oil, scarce minerals, and other natural resources; and maintaining the reserve currency status of the “American” dollar to facilitate global trade.

Up until 1980 or so it appeared these discretionary wars paid off economically for most USians. Real incomes in the US generally increased from year to year after 1945 for all classes, lower, middle, and upper, up until about 1980. Since then however real incomes stagnated or declined for most of the USian lower and middle classes while incomes and wealth of the elite rich, the upper one percent, dramatically increased, creating gut-wrenching inequality. If discretionary offensive USian wars paid off after 1980 it was primarily for the elite rich.

These discretionary wars have entailed the US playing psychological Games internationally such as IF IT WEREN’T FOR YOU, regime change wars, and NOW I’VE GOT YOU, YOU SOB, punitive wars for heinous actions against the US economy and the American dollar. Here of late the US government has developed a new form of warfare known as “sanctions”—punishments inflicted on other countries and their people, actions such as freezing foreign bank accounts, and preventing certain countries, such as Iran and Venezuela, from selling their oil in certain markets, creating economic hardships and suffering for their people.

Joe Biden has come across socially in his speeches as president as a compassionate and considerate good guy, speaking courteously in humble tones, espousing desires to work for the good of all USians, not just those who voted for him. This is refreshing compared to Trump who went out of his way to come across socially in his speeches as an arrogant, bellicose, threatening, wise-ass, cocky crime boss, not caring about anyone or anything but himself and his aggrieved loser-survivor supporters, vowing to make “America” “great” again for them.

Psychologically Biden’s historical voting record during his fifty-years-plus in the US congress has not always been compassionate or considerate. When it came time to vote for bombing Iraq or vote for Clinton’s crime bill that greatly increased the USian prison population, Biden sided with his cronies in Congress and the elite rich, not we the people. Nor has his record been psychologically compassionate or considerate for USian people suffering from exorbitant pharmaceutical bills, predatory student loan debt, and predatory credit card interest and special charges.

It would be nice to think happy days are here again, with Biden as president rather than Trump, but for sure that’s not the case. Yes, it’s good there’s light at the end of the Covid tunnel, aided and abetted by Biden. Hopefully the US will get the Covid disaster under control by the end of this year as more and more people get vaccinated and more and more become immune, but the overall Usian plight has not changed much. Biden socially told the deep state before he got elected there would not be any major changes if he got elected.

It’s one thing to change the social and psychological transactions and personalities of egotistical presidents; it’s another to change the policies of neoliberal Dems and conservative Repugs. Both parties are right of center bought and paid for by big money donors in big banks, the for-profit health care industry, the oil industry, the defense industry, high tech, and large corporations of various stripes. Since the Reagan revolution of 1980 the US has more and more become a plutocratic corporate state.  

What is normal? Is normal the economic conditions the US had before Covid hit in March 2020, what Trump called the greatest economy in US history, all caused by him of course. Seems to me however the burst of retail sales growth and job growth (mainly gig jobs with no security) at that time was largely due to Trump’s tax cuts and increased military spending that significantly increased the federal budget deficit and debt, now some twenty-eight trillion dollars in piled-up debt and three trillion dollars per year in deficit red ink, which will significantly increase as the treasury borrows new money to fund the new stimulus and/or rescue package. And what will happen after the stimulus money is paid out? Will the Fed govt have to do it again over and over to avert market bubble collapses and social unrest? And how many times can they do it again before the US govt goes bankrupt? According to one of the Sources listed below in this issue of The Earthian the USian Federal Reserve system will keep creating more funny money out of thin air, by punching digits into their computers and calling the resulting numbers money, to buy US treasury bills and notes to fund the budget deficit, knowing full well sooner or later this is going to ignite serious inflation, which is OK with them since all this funny money creation and helicopter money dissemination in rescue packages will make it easier for the US treasury to service their Federal Reserve debt with cheaper funny money dollars that will buy less and less per dollar in the real economy, aka debasing the dollar. Meanwhile Fed overnight interest rates and US Treasury bond and bill rates will stay low, sometimes get below zero, as far as the eye can see, to stave off as long as possible the macro financial process reaching the end of the line. When will that be? Nobody knows.

Seems to me “normal” would mean USians working in stable fulltime jobs that pay a living wage with good benefits, such as health insurance and retirement plans, with only frictional unemployment temporarily caused by people changing jobs or looking for jobs after graduating from high school or college, about four percent per year. This sort of normal started becoming less normal around 1980 when USian corporations started seriously outsourcing high wage blue collar jobs to low wage countries and using more and more robots and automated processes instead of human labor. Seems to me the only way to get back to pre-1980 happier days in the US is to redefine what work is and pay humans to think with mind grants, not to do physical work that robots and machines can do cheaper and better, while decreasing the USian human population through natural attrition, natural deaths exceeding births, to increase the size of yearly economic pie slices for lower and middle class people taken from a smaller and more rational national economic pie baked each year (aka GNP), requiring less resource consumption and less fossil fuel energy to control global warming and climate change, and prevent nuclear war.

Bringing changes such as these about will require significant changes in the way humans feel, think, and behave around Spaceship Earth so as to create new psychological, social, economic, religious, and political systems and processes, creating a “new” normal that has never existed. MAGA-type magical thinking will not get the job done because the US and all Earthian countries have never produced satisfactory jobs and incomes for everyone. Some countries may have made “progress” here and there through time but none have ever been “great”.

No country can be OK unless all countries are OK­—not great but OK.

We’re OK—You’re Not OK life positions used to formulate foreign policy by rogue countries (such as the US under Trump) exacerbate Earthian Not-OKness, causing premature deaths, poverty, suffering, destruction, and population dislocations.

Biden’s new crisis on the USian southwestern border caused by thirteen thousand or so unaccompanied children from Central America and South America being left on the USian doorstep in North America exemplifies the problem. The best foreign policy for curing the “immigration” problem is to help all countries become OK, so no one will be forced by necessity to emigrate. Seems to me undermining the OKness of other countries, however Not-OK they might be, with wars, sanctions, and covert intelligence agency operations, will only make the problem worse. 

Before presenting in this issue of The Earthian Sources of new perspectives by various authors on current economic, psychological, social, religious, and political states of affairs around Spaceship Earth, I herein present some transactional analysis ideas, variables, and processes that I think might help all Earthian humans make changes in the ways they feel and think about psychological, social, economic, religious, and political processes that might help bring about salutary feeling, thinking, and doing processes around Spaceship Earth for preventing and eliminating existential threats such as global warming, climate change, and nuclear war.  

Ego states are states of being including thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, feelings, gestures, body language, and other signals determining how people come across with others in communication episodes, whether parent-like, adult-like, or child-like, in all kinds of situations.  People switch ego states depending on who they are communicating with and what sort of circumstances they are in, whether they are parenting, working, socializing, teaching, having fun, playing Games, or whatever.  They transmit messages from three ego states in themselves to three ego states in others in pair vectors, Parent-Parent, Adult-Adult, Child-Child, Parent-Child, Child-Adult, Adult-Parent, or whatever possibility.  These transactions are especially meaningful in situations in which there is some sort of authoritarian system involved, such as parents parenting children in homes, teachers teaching students in schools, or bosses bossing subordinates in a business or political organization, which normally entail primarily Parent-Child transactions. In general however the more Adult-Adult transactions there are the better things go in families, schools, businesses, and political organizations. 

Script messages are transmitted socially and psychologically as I have shown and explained with diagrams in my books. Unfortunately I have not shown one of these diagrams in this article, having not invested time and energy to get jpeg pictures of them made and get them posted to my computer desktop to download into this WordPress program. Ah, the joys of desktop publishing. Yeah, right, I probably am a little lazy. If you want to see what a transactional analysis script diagram looks like right now scroll to the top of this page and click on ELR Editor’s Daily Shares. You can see a picture of a TA script diagram in the assemblage of pictures on the top left of the page that will pop up, having been accepted by my Facebook program in a non-jpeg format.

A TA life script diagram shows the three stacked Parent, Adult, and Child ego state circles representing parent, adult, and child ego states for each parent and child. The solid lines in the diagram denote overt spoken social messages and dotted lines denote covert psychological unspoken ulterior messages.  Social messages are verbalized overt auditory messages; psychological messages are covert non-spoken ulterior messages transmitted by body language, emotional states, and after the fact positive or negative stroking as people react to situations and feel and do things.

Scripts in families are created automatically when parents transmit various messages to their children from various ego states socially and psychologically, in and out of awareness.  Scripts are life plans are generally decided before the age of eight by offspring based on script messages transmitted to them by their parents and others.  Since parents by and large transmit the same script messages that were transmitted to them before they were eight years old script messages in families can remain intact for many generations.  According to transactional analysts script decisions made before the age of eight have lasting effects determining three general life outcomes:  winner, loser, and non-winner.  These decisions can be redecided and updated later in life but it’s not easy for most people. 

Psychological Child-Child ego state script injunctions are what cause the most trouble for people in their lives.  These script injunctions forbid appropriate behavior in the here and now. Script injunctions are caused by emotional and behavioral requirements created by families through time as they adapted to and coped with problems and environmental forces that may have been appropriate in past environments, but which are inappropriate and ineffective in different here and now environments. 

Opposing script messages transmitted by parents can put a child in a Not-OK bind in childhood and throughout adolescence, assuming a divorce has not already occurred, causing considerable trouble within a family, since the child cannot please both parents in the presence of both parents, which can put parents in worse Not-OK positions if the child makes a decision about which parent is right, increasing Not-OKness in the family system as a whole.  

What many people need is psychological permission to violate and ignore their psychological outdated obsolete family Child ego state script message Injunctions, not only to increase their own OKness but the OKness of all living members of the family system, and the OKness of Earthian humans in general.

Two common family script Injunctions in most cultures are Don’t Think about the true nature and causes of states of affairs and Don’t Feel certain feelings, such as mad, glad, sad, and scared, when certain things happen in certain environments.

Joe Biden at least socially comes across projecting an I’m OK—You’re OK life position. Donald Trump on the other hand came across socially and psychologically projecting an I’m OK, my buddy is OK, nothing else is OK, and we are going to make the world pay life position.

Here is what Martin Groder, MD, one of my transactional analysis mentors at Chapel Hill, NC in the late 1970s, the best mentor I ever had, thought about life positions in what I called Martin Groder’s People Map, in a passage I wrote and published in 2011 in my book Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds, pp. 148-150:

“The Human Spectrum”

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

“According to Groder, humans vary on two fundamental spatial dimensions. One dimension is Okness, which he estimates on the horizontal axis of Figure 1 (sorry, I could not get the Figure 1 image to copy and paste here, so you’ll just have to imagine it); the other dimension is the energy level of the individual estimated on the vertical axis of the space.

“People vary in terms of how OK they see, feel about, and experience, (1) themselves, (2) the other individual, (3) their group, (4) other groups, and (5) the world. In Groder’s terms, they are OK or not-OK with respect to I, You, We, They, and It (the world). Groder estimates how OK they are on each of these five existential dimensions on a scale of -1 to +1, -1 being as not-OK as possible and +1 being as OK as possible. Thus people with extremely high self-esteem would be at the +1 level regarding themselves; someone with extremely low self-esteem would be at the -1 level regarding themselves. People could exist at any level in between, at -.5, 0, +.25, etc. The same would be true of the positions of specific individuals with respect to buddies on a one-to-one basis, groups with which one belongs, other groups with which your group cooperates or competes, and the world in general. Summing the 5 existential OKness positions for an individual (I, You, We, They, and It), the highest possible OKness rating would be +5 and the lowest possible would be -5. A +5 person would have the highest possible feelings of Okness regarding his OKness, the OKness of his buddy, the OKness of his group, the OKness of other groups, and the OKness of the world. Such an individual would have very positive feelings and thoughts for self and others. On the other end of the spectrum, a -5 person would have the lowest possible feelings and thoughts for self and others. Very negative people tend to end up in prison. Very positive people tend to end up cultural heroes. Probably the most profitable attitude for an entrepreneur in a capitalistic economic system would be I’m OK, my employees are OK, my company is OK, the world is OK, but my competitors aren’t worth a damn, since this attitude would motivate his or her sales employees to steal business from competitors to increase the profit of the company.

“Entrepreneurs have higher energy levels than middle managers and normal people. It takes less energy to be a normal person than anything else. Entrepreneurs in Groder’s schema have approximately the same energy level on the vertical axis of Figure 1 as Monsters, the -3 OKness level convict leaders of other convicts. Monsters have the attitude “I’m OK, my buddy is OK, but everything else is not OK, and I am going to make the world pay.” According to Groder, it’s more difficult to change the energy level of a human than the OKness position. In rehabilitation work, Groder attempted to arc people across the gap of Figure 1, and make +3 OKness level entrepreneurs out of -3 monsters, +2 OKness middle managers out of -2 OKness creeps, slobs, lunch buckets, etc. Sometimes people arc across the gap the other way. Honest entrepreneurs can turn criminal. Entrepreneurs are winner-survivors; Monsters are loser-survivors.”

The trick to it all is setting appropriate goals and objectives, planning to do what you really want to do, can do, and should do given your natural abilities, scripting, and education, and the requirements and options of your environment that will produce satisfaction for you. How much money you get your hands on in the process beyond a certain level necessary to satisfy physical needs for food, clothing, shelter, and good health is irrelevant, if you aren’t addicted to playing psychological Games as compensation for poor scripting, in my opinion.

Without doubt Trump has a high energy level, but his OKness life position may be -3 or lower. Whether he’s a winner-survivor or a loser-survivor remains to be seen. Seems to me he has made his plight worse doing what he has done since losing the 2020 USian presidential race fair and square, such as his scripted telephone performance threatening and demeaning the Georgia Secretary of State and the Georgia Governor, not to mention all the honest hard working public servants who did their jobs well conducting the Georgia election. How seventy million or so USian voters could have voted in the first place for someone with Donald Trump’s kinds of personality and behavioral dysfunctions amazes me. This implies there might be seventy million loser-survivors in the US.

Trump had a hard life psychologically and emotionally undergoing his family scripting in his early years, despite what the billions of dollars he got his hands on could buy, including the USian presidency, resulting from leveraging about four hundred million dollars of family money he inherited.

No kind of economic or political system will work for everyone if bad guys get control of them at the top, which is why Georgians voting for Warnock and Ossoff for the US Senate in Georgia was so important, making it possible for Dems to pass with a party line vote in the US Congress the Covid Relief Act of 2021. One of the worst bad guys still at the top of the USian government right now is Mitchell McConnell, the Repug Not-OK now-minority leader in the USian senate, thankfully no longer the majority leader in control of the US Senate. If Warnock and Ossoft had not gotten elected….

In my opinion it’s not that Dems are paragons of virtue, intelligence, fairness, and compassion for all USians and Earthians but it seems to me right now they really are the lesser evil in USian politics. In my opinion they should have elected Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren as president and vice president nominees in the 2020 primary races. Had they it seems to me Earthian humans would now be living in happier days than they are; but no one could prove that beyond a reasonable doubt. Trump might have beaten Bernie in the general election based solely on personality factors. Kurt Vonnegut once made an an astute comment about how awful it was for him to wake up one morning and realize his senior class in high school was now running the country.

I became a certified transactional analyst in education and organizations, a CTA, after passing written, oral, and experiential comprehensive exams administered by the International Transactional Analysis Association in 1978, after undergoing three years of once-a-month training, all day Saturday and half of Sunday, at the Southeast Institute at Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

I have covered ego states and scripts in my books Business Voyages  and Born to Learn: A Transactional Analysis of Human Learninglisting common Parent ego state script messages and Child ego state injunctions.  All parents do not transmit the same script messages creating considerable variety among family scripts and outcomes.  Certain life scripts conveniently fit certain roles, jobs, professions, careers, and what have you more than others, providing fresh recruits already scripted for job openings, slots, roles, and positions in an economy, which is fine so long as the economy does not change very much.  Unfortunately in recent years in the United States the offshoring of high wage blue collar jobs to foreign low wage countries and the use of more and more automation has rendered many family scripts obsolete. 

Unfortunately, a bitter pill to swallow found embedded in my books Business Voyages and Born to Learn is that everything that happens is either predetermined or accidental, as the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein postulated in his book of propositions, Prototractatus; and therefore no one is to blame or praise. Believing and acting otherwise will simply perpetuate the same sorry I’m OK—You’re Not OK life position that has bedeviled humankind since time immemorial contributing to if not causing repeats of historical abominations such as genocides, wars, economic depressions, famines, mental illnesses, and social collapses.

For more information regarding my use of Transactional Analysis  https://www.itaaworld.org/  to create better discussion groups and democratic processes see 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 transactional analysis see my book   Business Voyages:  Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds   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 human Earthians 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. 

This entails Earthians peacefully reducing through natural attrition 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.

This can be done using linear programming based on the general algorithmic matrix algebra form

Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi

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

Flying aboard an airliner about to land at night moving at four hundred miles an hour at thirty thousand feet with cloudy and rainy weather below, which would you rather have landing the plane, the plane’s radar and computer system or the pilot and co-pilot, seeing nothing out their windows but clouds and lightning?

I am indebted to Buckminster Fuller for teaching me in his book Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth the metaphor in the above paragraph and planting seeds for other ideas in my essay “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.,” such as computers being the best hope for mankind and humans not doing work that machines can do better, being paid to think instead with what Fuller called mind grants. To my knowledge Fuller was the inventor of the appellations Earthian and Spaceship Earth.   

For details regarding my transactional analysis and management science qualifications see my RJS Academic Vita at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/rjs-academic-vita/ .   

Learning De-Gamers

In case you might be wondering what the flat circular object under my left hand is in the picture above, it’s a Classroom De-Gamer™ I invented.  It has a spinner attached and there are concentric circles of numbers around its circumference to accommodate different numbers of students in classes. Each student gets a number and whoever’s number gets selected when the spinner is spun gets to be the leader of the moment leading a discussion of assigned reading, mostly factual cases in my courses. As you can see in my academic vita by clicking on the ELR Editor’s Academic Vita tab at the top of this page, I have published some professional journal articles and book chapters explaining how Learning De-Gamers de-Game psychological Games in learning situations. They will work in any situation in which there is teaching and learning going on, parents and children in homes, teachers and students in schools, bosses and employees in businesses, leaders and members in groups and organizations. Basically Learning De-Gamers cathect all Ego States in all participants and drastically reduce Rescuing, Persecuting, and Victimizing among participants, focusing Adult attention on solving relevant problems and issues not winning psychological Games. I used a Learning De-Gamer in all my classes for thirty-five years producing management learning with university students, and I used one on an as-needed basis over a five-year period consulting with a large manufacturing corporation discussing current problems with participants from all functions and levels of the plant in small mixed groups of ten or so participants, in a plant with several hundred employees, getting individuals out of their functional silos to discuss with others interrelated plant problems. I wrote about this experience in my ebook Recommendations for Waking Up From the American Nightmare, at https://www.amazon.com/Recommendations-American-Nightmare-Business-Voyages-ebook/dp/B009TOJVPI .

Learning De-Gamers facilitate a democratic way of teaching and learning involving sortition wherein everyone involved is OK with an equal shot at being the leader of the moment, a process ancient Greeks used to create democratic government during one of the most OK periods of Earthian human history, it seems to me. I think sortition and Learning De-Gamers should be used around Spaceship Earth today in as many teaching and learning situations as possible, including governmental legislative groups, especially in the USian House and Senate.

TO RESPOND:

As usual this month’s THE EARTHIAN  links and cites as SOURCES recent articles written and published by clear deep-thinking hard-hitting independent writers on various Earthian states of affairs.

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 they think is really going on.

Unfortunately it seems to me one can build a case politicians spend most of their time playing psychological Games, mostly wasting their time and energy pastiming (bullshitting) and engaging in rituals (shuffling paper, filling out unnecessary forms, attending useless meetings with lawyers and others, and the like), running around like chickens with their heads cut off. Almost everything done in so-called foreign policy is a move in a psychological Game it seems to me.

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 psychological, social, economic, or political states affairs is absolutely true. About the best humans can hope for is to develop consensual answers that are generally acceptable and true based on probability.

It’s better to be honestly wrong than dishonestly wrong. Telling someone something you know is fake as if it were true is worse than telling someone something that’s fake because of genuine ignorance. A good case in point these days is most USians calling FICA insurance premium payments “payroll” taxes. It’s hard to know if sayers calling FICA payments payroll taxes really do not know any better or if they really do know better but are overtly lying about it go along with the crowd to get political brownie points for conforming to a group lie.

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, telling people things you know are false and fake, is debatable, as is proving whether it’s getting easier or harder for most people to know what’s fake and what’s not. Political parties, Earthian governments, and Mainstream media lie by omission with alacrity, information about the Julian Assange case being a case in point.

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/ go to our RESPONSES page and let us know about them at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/responses/ .

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SOURCES:

March 18, 2021

It would be interesting to say the least.

“’Soul-less’ Putin Challenges ‘Killer’ Biden to a Live Debate,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/putin-responds-biden-killer-slur-it-takes-one-know-one?fbclid=IwAR1UmMkMSTxt2DZJg92rLhnE3imN1fwIjyNSvpjBoOFResCBrIhIU9tQExA.

March 18

A good idea

“Sanders’s Bill Would Hike Taxes on Big Corporations That Pay CEOs Over 50 Times More Than Median Workers,” by Jake Johnson, COMMONDREAMS, https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/03/17/sanders-bill-would-hike-taxes-big-corporations-pay-ceos-over-50-times-more-median?fbclid=IwAR3pug1cM3jSelBphHztrDP3E9wGYtRIZZVOLJhqRS1MigpiBXk3J-me8Aw.

March 17

Never saw nothin’ like this before

Robots at Work Inside a Mercedes Factory, Skeffa Chimoto, https://www.facebook.com/richard.stapleton.397.

March 17

Seems right to me

“Racially Motivated Extremists, Militias Pose Most Lethal Domestic Threat, Report Finds,” by Warren P. Strobel and Rachael Levy, WALL STREET JOURNAL, https://www.wsj.com/articles/racially-motivated-extremists-militias-pose-most-lethal-domestic-threat-report-finds-11616011558?fbclid=IwAR0L4kucZsOIE4jumn54mgbBJEjmLZH_Tnltc9HmXRb3D1YiuI2jJWChY4I.

March 17

Assuming Ellsberg is correct in this article, the US already is a de facto military dictatorship, still pretending to be a democracy.

“Daniel Ellsberg Talks About Whistleblowing, The Pervasiveness of Official Lies, and The Dangers of The Espionage Act”, authored by Matt Taibbi, TK News, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/political/daniel-ellsberg-talks-about-whistleblowing-pervasiveness-official-lies-and-dangers?fbclid=IwAR0YVdtqtNSs9JIc96SdzdN_JpQ4nqMjSxkOpyB8X6nfYVEmvwIihCE4xV8.

March 17

Might be spot on; but one reason why this would not happen is that Earthian humans would make structural changes in their social, religious, economic, and political systems successfully dealing with the causes of today’s confluence of dire problems. What the probability of this happening is is anybody’s guess. Also gold, however valuable it might be in terms of whatever the Spaceship Earth reserve currency becomes if the Earthian ecosystem collapses, due to global warming and climate change or nuclear war, won’t do you much good if there is nothing to buy with it.

“Getting Ready for Gold’s Golden Era,” by Matthew Piepenburg, MATTERHORN ASSET MANAGEMENT, https://goldswitzerland.com/getting-ready-for-golds-golden-era/?fbclid=IwAR0azdtHw6vnrlSzNe7uyChNiuPwPpH3NAyXIV8Rp3SPydOI1_ydJlW0u_k.

March 17

USian Dems and Repugs formulating foreign policy are like Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum in Alice in Wonderland.

“Biden Persists with Failed Venezuela Policy,” by Ramzy Baroud, CONSORTIUM NEWS, https://consortiumnews.com/2021/03/17/biden-persists-with-failed-venezuela-policy/?fbclid=IwAR1UmMkMSTxt2DZJg92rLhnE3imN1fwIjyNSvpjBoOFResCBrIhIU9tQExA

March 17

Hard to believe

“There are More Socialists Than Democrats or Republicans,” by Ted Rall, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/03/17/there-are-more-socialists-than-democrats-or-republicans/?fbclid=IwAR39wNQ3GcRjDBFfztYAG7hXpsWPuPOs1ZYXICXabuGmM41b6tjnOQjYD-s.

March 17

Almost no real stories about immigration to what is now the US have ever been told in any detail in USian schools to more than a smattering of students. The fact is most people in the US are descended from immigrants who came to the USian part of the American continents to escape poverty in the countries they came from caused by individual and collective irresponsibility and malfeasance in those countries, primarily over-fecundity and over-population, but also political and religious corruption, superstition, persecution, and strife.

“The Real Irish American Story Not Taught in Schools – Zinn Education,” by Bill Bigelow, ZINN EDUCATION PROJECT, https://www.zinnedproject.org/if-we-knew-our-history/the-real-irish-american-story-not-taught-in-schools/?fbclid=IwAR2PdzJPRoE_xt9AbchKy60-tSf4aWSB7I9aKHzbuoSTtNplHRo-9StM75Q.

March 17

Scorched earth my ass. Get rid of this repug thug once and for all at Kentucky ballot boxes.

“McConnell’s Warning of a ‘Scorched-Earth’ Senate is an Empty Threat,” by Erin Levitz, INTELLIGENCER, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/03/dems-shouldnt-take-mcconnells-advice-on-the-filibuster.html?fbclid=IwAR3-LcLOUZoIScHWaK5KTO17-OH7hgLXDHdi5FzbOOl66x_xY2tRAzqNGSQ.

March 17

Probably another sexually frustrated young male gone berserk. The fact this shooter targeted three Asian businesses and killed six Asian women probably proves his motives were caused by sexual and racism problems.

“8 Dead in Atlanta Spa Shootings, With Fears of Anti-Asia Bias,” THE NEW YORK TIMES, https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/03/17/us/shooting-atlanta-acworth?fbclid=IwAR3pug1cM3jSelBphHztrDP3E9wGYtRIZZVOLJhqRS1MigpiBXk3J-me8Aw.

March 16

Pretty much what we have been experiencing as time goes by. No USian citizen is smart enough to understand this drug bill crap in detail without spending untold hours trying to figure it out, listening and responding to robots and so-called menus on the telephone, trying to talk with a human about the problem at responsible insurance companies. How much politicians have been bought off by pharmaceutical companies is also hard to fathom. All we seniors know for sure is that our out of pocket pharmacy bills (copays etc.) for glaucoma, blood pressure, and other maladies keep going up, taking ever larger shares of our total disposable income, even if we have health insurance. It appears the pharmaceutical companies have no mercy for those held over a barrel, who have to go blind, get crippled, die early, or pay up, whatever they say.

“Perfidy Meets Putty – Congressional Democrats Betray Voters,” by Ralph Nader, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/03/16/perfidy-meets-putty-congressional-democrats-betray-voters/?fbclid=IwAR0azdtHw6vnrlSzNe7uyChNiuPwPpH3NAyXIV8Rp3SPydOI1_ydJlW0u_k.

March 16

“The idea that China or Russia pose a threat to you is so self-evidently ridiculous, so transparently absurd, that the only way to make you believe it would be is to propagandize you, writes Caitlin Johnstone.”

“Countering the Establishment’s Message,” by Caitlin Johnstone, CONSORTIUM NEWS, https://consortiumnews.com/2021/03/05/countering-the-establishments-message/?fbclid=IwAR3V4aRQivFkPPTPrXVsFMeL2nQoFIH_Aa_p9Wa0pcyri0XDHjtaMwD_nMw.

March 16

Hopefully they know what they are talking about.

“Phasing Out Fossil Fuels is Possible. These State-Level Plans Show How,” by C. J. Polychroniou, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/phasing-out-fossil-fuels-is-possible-these-state-level-plans-show-how/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR09mRHFEqr69M4MtGsMDJ7_ADSMZmIoG8ggvptOZgE6lZBbA53vnob6xcw.

March 15

“I don’t want you telling me to go back to Africa unless you going back where you come from…”

A Compelling Photo and Statement of Fannie Lou Hamer, by Nancy Davis-Sanders, RJS Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/richard.stapleton.397.

March 15

More authoritarianism may be inevitable. If so let’s hope it will be a benevolent authoritarianism, which seems possible if humans delegate control of economic and political affairs and operations to computers and artificial intelligence at the top. Given human historical experience I do not have any hope for individual humans making wise and fair economic and political decisions at the top of society. It seems historically all top dog decision makers became corrupt one way or the other given the opportunities and freedom they had at the top of their societies in their lofty positions to gratify their personal human egotistical needs and wants, irrespective of the needs and wants of others. Computers and AI do not have egotistical needs, wants, and human weaknesses.

“Expect Government Crackdowns in A ‘Global Depression’,” by Bruce Wilds, ADVANCING TIME, https://brucewilds.blogspot.com/2021/03/expect-government-crackdowns-in-global.html?fbclid=IwAR1R3Eku9NcAqKcci_F87Efpwh0CZaDNzhXTzhwXadL8gypO89k7mRo_K28.

March 14

Denmark is a democratic socialist/capitalist country that works better than the US for all its people. In order for the US to pay its McDonald’s, Walmart, and Amazon workers a living wage those at the top of the USian corporate state would have to take a smaller piece of the total USian economic pie every year. As shown in this picture such workers make $22 per hour in Denmark and have benefits and paid vacations. What gives?

“The Other 98%,” https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/fastfoodglobal,

March 14

Here’s a way you can learn at low cost how you can improve your performance to increase your satisfactions communicating with others using transactional analysis no matter how bad the economy or the environment might get.

“Transactional Analysis Tutoring,” by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/transactional-analysis-tutoring-3/?fbclid=IwAR3gn-JAAc0P9hDUDTaVxyJhOH3a7L1HE06GOajfcHCM6E1cpE5rXbqsaQU.

March 14

Hedges is the first economic, psychological, social, and political writer I have read other than me to advocate sortition in groups, embodied by my Classroom De-Gamer™, shown over and over in my social media picture fifteen years, a spinner to be spun, to democratically select a leader of the moment, to democratically discuss three existential questions: what is the problem? what are the alternatives? what do you recommend?

“These flash mobs pose no threat to the elites unless they build disciplined organization structures, which takes years, and articulate a vision of what can come next. (This is why I support Extinction Rebellion, which has a large grassroots network, especially in Europe, carries out effective sustained acts of civil disobedience and has a clearly stated goal of overthrowing the ruling elites and building a new governing system through people’s committees and sortition.)”—Chris Hedges

“Chris Hedges: Bandaging the Corpse,” by Chris Hedges, CONSORTIUM NEWS, https://consortiumnews.com/2021/03/12/chris-hedges-bandaging-the-corpse/?fbclid=IwAR1zir4tDK9XWwpmsm5O9zPUPEZDu3Nvy95bGVzD0tozAhSXePIDInaTDJc.

March 13

Another interesting and probably true story by Eve Ottenberg.

“Leaving Afghanistan by May 1? Alas, Not Likely,” by Eve Ottenberg, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/03/12/leaving-afghanistan-by-may-1-alas-not-likely/?fbclid=IwAR2mJ46rx_Yt1tjfRDyeBT2NQm3cILidXQhz3nNJVop95fvK167vIxaCgzw.

March 13

A gruesome tale by Charles Hugh Smith

“The Cannibalization Is Complete: Only Inedible Zombies Remain,” by Charles Hugh Smith, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/rabobank-inflation-being-hidden-because-belief-our-whole-fantasy-system-collapsing?fbclid=IwAR3QYul0YBTsN-jHjiF4eoMfo2wVspe2nej5SaKNUTW9iJAZKB5Cw_llPoo.

March 12

Read at your own risk

“Rabobank: Inflation is Being ‘Hidden’ Because Belief in Our Whole Fantasy System is Collapsing,” by Michael Every of Rabobank, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/rabobank-inflation-being-hidden-because-belief-our-whole-fantasy-system-collapsing?fbclid=IwAR3QYul0YBTsN-jHjiF4eoMfo2wVspe2nej5SaKNUTW9iJAZKB5Cw_llPoo.

March 11

Yep

“Economic Growth is the Cause of Climate Change, Not the Solution to it,” by Rob Urie, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/economic-growth-is-the-cause-of-climate-change-not-the-solution-to-it/?fbclid=IwAR1UzBoMjlua2J_vj6z-7kT9scmraz0zkLVM03rxqLjvON9jo8F90fjJKfE.

March 11

Straight talk about where USians are

“The Republican War on America,” by Evaggelos Vallianatos, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/03/10/the-republican-war-on-america/?fbclid=IwAR2aabkes8grRL1hybFHlBrORDYhayOkzikSMO-ZB9ElyyooHH5JofFEqqA.

March 10

Here’s an old style windmill with Texas flag colors painted on the windvane. We had a wooden windmill like this on our farm in 1944. We used to sell sucker rods for such windmills in our lumber yard, Stapleton Lumber Company, at Wolfforth, Texas. Wind was a significant power source for drinking water for cattle and people in Northwest Texas in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.

“Wind Power Is A Disaster In Texas, No Matter What Paul Krugman Says,” by Robert Murphy via The Mises Institute, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/political/wind-power-disaster-texas-no-matter-what-paul-krugman-says?fbclid=IwAR1mybn-i10Ux0aqHlif1j5VK8V3Penh28vPjhGxKgpO4TJvoDjTfPGqaVs.

March 10

Yuk

“Fears Of A ‘Return Of The 1930s Dust Bowl’ Rise As Record Drought Sizzzles Southwest,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/weather/record-drought-sizzles-southwest-fears-return-1930s-dust-bowl?fbclid=IwAR3hYwhLC0oqXB19FRqBTem4vn6HDEFhpLYm0ZUfU25kRKfTQgnzmxcoc2s.

March 10

Yes, of course

“Abolish the Filibuster Now,” by William Rivers Pitt, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/abolish-the-filibuster-now/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR0T_JS5cKX-Qp6UIIw4wM_xjCluWMYSxNostCIQayOJwDVWEJ8Ahd51utc.

March 9

Pathetic

“Georgia Senate votes to eliminate no-excuse absentee voting,” by Mark Niesse and David Wickert, THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, https://truthout.org/articles/abolish-the-filibuster-now/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR0T_JS5cKX-Qp6UIIw4wM_xjCluWMYSxNostCIQayOJwDVWEJ8Ahd51utc.

March 7

“They should have insisted on calling witnesses when they had the chance no matter the risks or how long it took. Nothing was more important than doing everything Dems could to convict Trump in the eyes of all Earthian humans, to send a permanent powerful message proving that democratic consensual truth can rule when threatened and confronted by the lies, machinations, violence, and crime of gangs.

“In this case two hundred or so of the gang members will be punished with fines and jail time for their crimes, but the gang leader got away with his crimes scot-free, thanks to 43 Repugnant Senators voting to acquit, of 100 Dem and Repub senators voting. Seven non-repugnant Republicans voted to convict.”

“The Exemplary USIAN Impeachment Trial of 2021 Morphed into a Tragedy of Wrongdoing,” by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-exemplary-impeachment-trial-became-a-tragic-event/?fbclid=IwAR1bHQmo8Nw0C0clIZdLLdlezaZhjoIdy2BZTIwlOY91n8RCg0zQT23L8vc.

March 7

Hell of a note. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Destroy Earthian human life if you go to nuclear war or destroy the USian economy if you declare peace, lay down your arms, and cooperate.

“Full-Spectrum Extinction,” by Paul Atwood, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/full-spectrum-extinction/?fbclid=IwAR1qfawU2BQThNXExkDe1UXjkp1c3rtwUDz2Vs4J6aTw-4xpoTCjHPbvowg.

March 7

Excellent video embedded, a must watch and listen to summary of the situation in Syria. Tulsi Gabbard won the early 2020 Dem primary debates according to Drudge Report polls as I documented in the Effective Learning Report. Now she is no longer in the USian congress.

“Tulsi Gabbard Calls Out The US Dirty War on Syria That Biden & Aides Admit To,” by Aaron Mate at The Grayzone, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/tulsi-gabbard-calls-out-us-dirty-war-syria-biden-aides-admit?fbclid=IwAR3Xst49kVPY6jbmfPkUEtqQd4-HJCCUUwEfKg4XATushK3ARdkYl57MrEQ.

March 7

Say it aint so Joe

“Kroger Opens Fully-Automated Ohio Fulfillment Center As Fears Mount Of Rising Technological Unemployment,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/kroger-opens-fully-automated-ohio-fulfillment-center-fears-mount-rising-technological?fbclid=IwAR1M6inodZZIu6DjN2EtB_-tAfuXGMIRICw7IwBumaZFHftykKByk09Cv5g.

March 6

A good history lesson

“March 5, 1857: Dred (and Harriett) Scott Decision,” ZINN EDUCATION PROJECT, https://www.zinnedproject.org/news/tdih/dred-harriet-scott-decision/?fbclid=IwAR390Uijp0GEvoTUs0SnAhHZIxtvVDuNF1Ky3FnvBJK-8-pGvIT9vxTIiYE.

March 6

Because Georgia elected Warnock and Ossoft

“Senate Passes $1.9 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package,” by Chloee Weiner, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO/GEORGIA PUBLIC BROADCASTING, https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/03/06/973126199/senate-passes-1-9-trillion-coronavirus-relief-package?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR2FHHjGKZRvpflakjpqcC1kjZX5ef5IJabkBmOwOqWFCn84rIcLC9p74BQ

March 5

Is it we have not had inflation yet because most people have gotten poorer and poorer and thus unable to bid up the price of goods?

“One Bank Turns Apocalyptic: ‘The Fed Will Inevitably Move to YCC’ As ‘Rates Are No Longer Anchored’,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/one-bank-turn-apocalyptic-fed-will-inevitably-move-ycc-rates-are-no-longer-anchored?fbclid=IwAR2sn_YeGm9ImKZEBm1wxOWMXOpLcicRViToK17mG7Mgats_z5gcY863Nfo.

March 5

Dogs having fun

“Pure happiness,” by Chitra Basarkar, Video, RJS Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/richard.stapleton.397.

March 4

Without a doubt

“The Pentagon, First, Last, and Always,” by Mandy Smithberger, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/03/04/the-pentagon-first-last-and-always/?fbclid=IwAR3PFmnElPY0tuoqSd3niQnR52ZxqVhpTMYuthOa3XBlxtLkf7_7XTzrCDA.

March 4

Yuk. Just like I thought. Why oh why didn’t they elect Bernie in the 2020 Dem primaries?

“Biden’s Foreign Policy: No Joy in Mudville,” by Thomas Knapp, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/03/04/bidens-foreign-policy-no-joy-in-mudville/?fbclid=IwAR3OLJU7nHFne1Q8ukoX0CEnWaUgoB_dy7et83-28xFhkxM-00_w4ya3kzI.

March 4

Neoliberalism not the way to go, as I have said before

“Skeletons in the Neoliberal Cupboard,” by Thomas Klikauer and Norman Simms, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/03/04/skeletons-in-the-neoliberal-cupboard/?fbclid=IwAR1BOgHrI_fybhc-sjuW5r-xvZWjg0zIirbdOmqWcg4cAliVsZAGJXg4Qg8.

March 4

Caving to the Pentagon or just a war mongerer on his own?

“Senators Move to Repeal Some Presidential War Powers After Airstrikes in Syria,” by Jessica Corbett, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/senators-move-to-repeal-some-presidential-war-powers-after-airstrikes-in-syria/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR1p3VbOmE4QTT4pMSe3lSaw9CgIo2zKCieVd4K4nqalIbkdg5X-7mQlSLc.

March 4

How bad can it get?

“Louisiana Hunger Strikers—Already in Solitary—Are Being Brutally Punished,” by Frances Madeson, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/louisiana-hunger-strikers-already-in-solitary-are-being-brutally-punished/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR1rbdG5XdLbVMj4M3p04zt4HrYPNIqpyP-CdBSQyk9_5vaaLEf_iQ9lNb4.

March 4

This exemplifies what’s wrong with the US government. Rules are passed to favor political parties and persons not to cause efficiency and effectiveness of operations. This penchant for rule-making has turned the process of USian government into a process of Game-playing, rewarding connivers and manipulators, Adapted Child and Critical Parent people, who enjoy adapting to and using petty rules and playing psychological Games, such as NIGYSOB, Now I’ve Got You, You SOB, fostering constant competition and conflict, requiring I’m OK — You’re Not OK life positions to function, almost obliterating Adult ego state objectivity performing their duties, causing an incredible waste of time, energy, and money to get anything done resulting in real improvement for we the people of the US or citizens of Spaceship Earth. As shown in the embedded photo in this article what congress people need to do is use a Classroom De-Gamer™ I invented to randomly select members of committees and leaders of the moment to start Adult discussions of relevant issues, a Congressional De-Gamer to cut down on psychological Game playing that is almost destroying the functioning of congress. All you have to do is spin the spinner. The process is known as sortition. Ancient Greeks used it to create real democracy for free citizens.

“The Exemplary USIAN Impeachment Trial of 2020 Morphed into a Tragedy of Wrongdoing,” by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-exemplary-impeachment-trial-became-a-tragic-event/?fbclid=IwAR3e4T75pZcHRam70WMVhikDvk1T6weryRkTannKgWosQjFLa3KU3kRU0hk.

March 4

A fine kettle of fish

“Fed Has Left Us With A Bond Market That’s ‘All But Destroyed’,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/jim-grant-fed-has-left-us-bond-market-thats-all-destroyed?fbclid=IwAR0lMglSAdbTrjqfNk5g_SA5gHqJmFLpoJP8KslJpV60kBGea1gRtWXmRbA.

March 3

Right. If you are worth something only if you are working for some sort of boss for wages or a salary what sort of world is this?


Mike Rowe: Everyone is Essential,” by John Stossel, PJMEDIA,
https://pjmedia.com/columns/john-stossel/2021/03/03/mike-rowe-everyone-is-essential-n1429583?fbclid=IwAR07yFQZNG6PySKy3-5lu7BHOyDVMOFlRwHfPPRAbZL3bWwPHg7gaRPxKis.

March 3

In my estimation there is greater than a .50 probability Biden will cave to the Pentagon more than Trump did.

“Biden’s Quandary: Proxy Wars and Endless Wars,” by Melvin Goodman, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/03/03/bidens-quandry-proxy-wars-and-endless-wars/?fbclid=IwAR2YCokMEz1p-C7_vUi6cUSCPQDS1mUIqjgeG9ft-jJObIHjL-BPOso_7wE.

March 3

Aint no fairness in the world

“Latinx Farmworkers Risking Their Lives During COVID Struggle to Access Vaccines,” by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/video/latinx-farmworkers-risking-their-lives-during-covid-struggle-to-access-vaccines/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR3qHR5KlAmmHOS5KJ_i7FiFfu7k64olnri8miAuUf8zxAATgCC67WnrN1g.

March 3

Goes without sayin’

“To Renew Our Democracy, We Need to Tax the Ultrarich,” by Madeleine Johnsson, Inequality.org, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/to-renew-our-democracy-we-need-to-tax-the-ultrarich/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR0UZVRidFH-H3DRpHG1vP-VINgg3D2lOO9rSh9RFi3agE766BEqKZGNFV8.

March 2

And so it goes. Ralph Nader asks a very relevant question.

“Why Didn’t Speaker Pelosi Want Witnesses?,” by Ralph Nader, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/02/22/why-didnt-speaker-pelosi-want-witnesses/?fbclid=IwAR2cTnOKwoxpdwWU–YILyoxtUTMozP_t9yrvFol8nEA6gAXdWs_TkhgSJ0.

March 1, 2021

How complicated it is. Paul Street speaks at length. and maybe on the mark. We’re in deep doo-doo, no doubt about that.

“The Anatomy of Fascism Denial,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/02/28/the-anatomy-of-fascism-denial-2/?fbclid=IwAR3sA0axHcePQJxhGQW7w4B6V-JYW8TfuMHlEKOjQ-DIAUS_7_F4LLqoJA8.

March 1  

If citizens of France can imprison a former president why can’t USians?

“Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy Sentenced to Prison in Humiliating Corruption Conviction,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/political/former-french-president-nicolas-sarkozy-sentenced-prison-humiliating-corruption?fbclid=IwAR1zPkjpairIFQiHfhPaovYwXvqBWknlEfr08FvhS_Kr5E4yn5U3m_9UWxM.

February 27

Amen. It’s even worse conspicuous consumption than what went on during the Gilded Age. We’re living in an age of capitalism run amok enriching the rich at increasing rates, largely caused by computers and artificial intelligence. We need to find a way to make sure computers and artificial intelligence work for all humans not just those owning the copyrights and patents for computers and artificial intelligence programs.

“We Need Democracy, Not Billionaire Philanthropy,” by Jill Richardson, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/02/26/we-need-democracy-not-billionaire-philanthropy/?fbclid=IwAR11rAp6381tLwe1FUPo_eSsUtXt1g8V_jUN8PjNsc2waDFgicJSmeFRHDY.

February 27

As reality sets in

“’America is Back’: Make the Best of It,” by Andrew Levine, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/02/26/america-is-back-make-the-best-of-it/?fbclid=IwAR0UZVRidFH-H3DRpHG1vP-VINgg3D2lOO9rSh9RFi3agE766BEqKZGNFV8.

February 27

Whoopee. The deep state is back.

“Joe Biden’s US Foreign Policy: Return to the Old Normal,” by Roger Harris, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/02/26/america-is-back-joe-bidens-us-foreign-policy/?fbclid=IwAR3qHR5KlAmmHOS5KJ_i7FiFfu7k64olnri8miAuUf8zxAATgCC67WnrN1g.

February 27

Without one shred of factual tangible evidence he did win. Unbelievable. How can anyone lie like this with a straight face over and over again.

“Two-Thirds of GOP Voters Still Buy Into False Claims of Election Fraud,” by Chris Walker, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/two-thirds-of-gop-voters-still-buy-into-false-claims-of-election-fraud/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR3-d92or5lMlZJ8YX7URvq-IJX6Aad9kuL92dWjHguRXdSDCz9BRRomJUQ.

February 27

Thank goodness the US is not Burma.

“Factory Workers in Burma Are Resisting the Military Coup With Strikes,” by Kevin Lin, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/factory-workers-in-burma-are-resisting-the-military-coup-with-strikes/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR3CeXAG5ge1Ahi7dbbCPEXUpoPI2Ngm2vfBv3Yb3msVepv9ISLPZvWXmtg.

February 27

Oh, the joys of being a billionaire while serving, eating, and drinking hamburgers and coke.

“’Eventually, The Party Ends’ – Buffett Releases Annual Letter, Repurchases Record $25BN in BRK Stock,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/never-bet-against-america-warren-buffett-releases-annual-letter-berkshire-hathaway?fbclid=IwAR10GS0tJupbM4tCmhuMrrE5DjTV4WI7m4nZ_3Y3306_Rzd6z1RV5XYmw4Q.

February 27

Here we go again with neoliberal policies back in force.

“’Letting a Murderer Walk’: Leading Dems Outraged MbS Gets ‘Free Pass’ From Biden,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/leading-dems-outraged-mbs-will-get-free-pass-biden-despite-intel-findings?fbclid=IwAR2yMvoa2eDl6ml3P3eRCzVxDZWS9XYNyPFB73oJzwDfA2FBMiC3qV48FAo.

February 27

Crimea has always been basically Russian as I understand it. Why antagonize the Russian govt over this? To justify keeping US and NATO troops and bases in the region? What right does Biden have to decree that USians will never accept something?

“Biden Says US will ‘Never’ Accept Russia’s Annexation of Crimea,” by Dave DeCamp, ANTIWAR.COM, https://news.antiwar.com/2021/02/26/biden-says-us-will-never-accept-russias-annexation-of-crimea/?fbclid=IwAR3UV9xI8-GShokjxpInwTJ7febaJpVLNPbL98WQ4vB2wC-5ZBx6qauH-_M.

February 26

How much was wasted on this? $1.5 trillion? Think what that could have bought for good causes.

“The U.S. Air Force Just Admitted The F-35 Stealth Fighter Has Failed, by David Axe, FORBES, https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/02/23/the-us-air-force-just-admitted-the-f-35-stealth-fighter-has-failed/?fbclid=IwAR0B7-Q4DYxNgAW48taPNjbuLvhlAGLyY_kyLSeV85AhGo__-pYyOafQ1F8&sh=579823a31b16.

February 25

Corruption of the highest order. Trump was the highest paid non-professional golfer in history, paying himself to play golf with federal money on his own golf courses, over one hundred million dollars over four years. Nice work if you can get it. He did not “make” $1.6 billion while he was president. that was gross revenue generated by all his vanity enterprises, hotels, golf courses, etc., some of it not generated by himself counted as expenses to be paid with his govt expense acct. No individual can really “make” money. only the federal reserve and banks can do that, by punching digits into their computers and calling the resulting numbers they loan out money, whether loaned to the fed govt, corporations, or individuals.

“A large portion of the former president’s Trump Organization revenue came from properties that he would often visit during his presidency, according to the report. Mar-a-Lago, the Trump hotel in D.C. and his golf courses in New Jersey, Florida and D.C. were responsible for over $620 million in revenue for Trump while he was in office, and he visited those properties a combined 399 times, says CREW. In all, Trump visited his properties 547 times over his presidency, CREW found in another report.”

Do you think he did not do any sort of work, make decisions, etc., managing those properties on those visits? If so think again. Being president in the White House was a part-time job for him, counting the time he spent entertaining his “rallies” and making tweets, and visiting his properties and playing golf.

“Trump Salary Donation Was Only 0.1 Percent of the $1.6 Billion He Reported Making While President,” by Sharon Zhang, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/trump-salary-donation-was-0-1-percent-of-reported-1-6-billion-he-made-in-office/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR1ndJygYblBgMK9hmaWB_AvUKK_6qlfg7APzTh_IoYcHgk4kUXdXRj7Ia0.

February 24

Will Biden become a bigger and better war-mongerer with NATO than Trump, Obama, Bush II, Clinton, or Bush I did with NATO? Is NATO and the US the biggest threat to Earthian peace? Ostensibly doing what they do to control oil supplies and other Earthian resources for their chosen people?

http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/32120

February 23

Well done article

“Yemen: The bigger lie,” by Gwynne Dyer, HURRIYET DAILY NEWS, https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/opinion/gwynne-dyer/yemen-the-bigger-lie-138280?fbclid=IwAR1PYuxsC1CcNCSSqJeiTH4f_ivzgqVsXvYrCq2TlDqhOJIWyXTQlb-tvhI.

February 23

Agree

“It will take more than dumping Trump to stop the neo-fascists,” by John Wojcik, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/32095.

February 22

Let’s hope not

“The Trumps Have Fueled a Far Right Media Monster That Is Not Going Away,” by Mike Ludwig, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/the-trumps-have-fueled-a-far-right-media-monster-that-is-not-going-away/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR1PYuxsC1CcNCSSqJeiTH4f_ivzgqVsXvYrCq2TlDqhOJIWyXTQlb-tvhI.

February 22

Abolition as World-Making

“At the heart of each of these approaches is a commitment to building community safety and well-being by strengthening capacity for solidarity and standing up to/dismantling white supremacist violence in its many social, cultural, political and economic guises. The transformative power of abolition doesn’t pass the buck to someone else to “take care of things.” It asks us to create the world in which we want to live without relying on white supremacist, patriarchal, heterosexist and ableist structures of violence, exploitation and greed to triage the worthiness of anyone.”

“Jail Won’t Solve White Supremacist Violence. Here’s How to Truly Confront It,” by Kay Whitlock, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/jail-wont-solve-white-supremacist-violence-heres-how-to-truly-confront-it/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR1PYuxsC1CcNCSSqJeiTH4f_ivzgqVsXvYrCq2TlDqhOJIWyXTQlb-tvhI.

February 22

Agree. What is needed is more face-to-face dialectical discussion among people from all walks of life about existential questions, especially in the halls of congress: what is the problem? what are the alternatives? what do you recommend?

“Education won’t stop conspiracy theories,” by Jill Richardson, INTREPREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/32085.

February 21

Convicting Trump would have led to his disqualification from ever again holding a USian political office, and this vampire-like MAGA fascist Nazi authoritarian fantasy of his would have figuratively had a wooden stake driven through its sadistic heart. But, alas, his fantasy can now rise again with him as its supreme gang leader, thanks to 43 Not-OK Repug gang members voting to Rescue him in his impeachment trial.

What are grade school teachers supposed to tell their students about this in history lessons?

https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-exemplary…/…

“No compromising with the GOP cult,” by Robert Reich, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/32058.

February 17

Don’t get me wrong. I am not a Marxist, but I do have a degree in economics and I studied Marx’s writings in a history of economic thought course. While I disagree with Marxist thinking less now than I did then for sure I do not advocate any sort of communist revolution. Unfortunately Marx or no Marx there is no doubt that capitalism has not worked for most humans in recent decades, especially in the US where lower and middle income humans have gotten poorer and the rich have gotten richer at an increasing rate, which is a major cause of the social and political unrest and violence USians are experiencing now. Here is what I have been advocating for dealing with Earthian economic, social, and political problems and plights for some time now, in my essays “FreeFairProgressParty” at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/freefairprogressparty/ and “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.” at https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-evolution-of…/

“Capitalism is unfolding exactly as Karl Marx predicted,” by Olivia Goldhill, QUARTZ, https://qz.com/1269525/capitalism-is-unfolding-exactly-as-karl-marx-predicted/?fbclid=IwAR38JlBNEZRl6EtkrLsUigDTbkrBElzCkZPrD4A28I6G7QdVzoifuzyVGfY.

February 16

Agree

“Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not a ‘magician with a magic wand’,” by Alan Withnail, THE INDEPENDENT, https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pope-francis-declares-evolution-and-big-bang-theory-are-right-and-god-isn-t-magician-magic-wand-9822514.html?fbclid=IwAR3ylNM0p3MM3NTxy_topaMRyJOuTTtyZFrM9udlU62E0jb5yTrcRj0Vrkk.

February 13

Rejected by dim Dems in the 2020 presidential primaries, Bernie is now still hard at work as a senator getting thing’s done for working people. What a pity he’s not now president.

“Bernie on the Budget Committee,” by Eve Ottenberg, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/02/12/bernie-on-the-budget-committee/?fbclid=IwAR1DLxSJJyXtRxay5ZJvcFbYKB_zJekl_yx8PYFdIH3oinuTfiOFRFHedPU.

February 11

Loser-survivors

“A majority of the people arrested for Capitol riot had a history of financial trouble,” by Todd Frankel, MSN NEWS, https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/a-majority-of-the-people-arrested-for-capitol-riot-had-a-history-of-financial-trouble/ar-BB1dyUcH?fbclid=IwAR3o4m4xJ_xflj79lDovpcNvpy53gu93n_vO5qnQ7YS9SXRaFRU1NH5mhaI.

February 8

Rout Logger’s Group: To Save Earthian Civilization is a work in progress. While settings, plots, theories, objects, and narratives in this novel may be loosely analogous to the same that have happened in various realities, the names, actions, and attributions of characters cast herein are fictional. All parts of this novel will be published in the Effective Learning Report at various intervals on the Internet, subject to revision at any time, hopefully culminating in a final print edition offered for sale to the public.

“Rout Logger’s Group: To Save Earthian Civilization, Internet Episode Six,” by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-group-to-save-spaceship-earth-internet-episode-six/?fbclid=IwAR0dCQWRAKMIBMw-uqWt8EZZ_3TVXU7CifKys7BkaLnz_kdRPcaA_StERy0.

 

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The Exemplary USIAN Impeachment Trial OF 2021 Morphed into a Tragedy of Wrongdoing

By RICHARD JOHN STAPLETON

I agree with Ralph Nader and Bruce Fein in their opinion.

The Impeachment Managers, especially Jamie Raskin, made excellent presentations to the full Senate, clearly and logically building and analyzing their case; but a few cowardly dim Dems made a poor call in the final minutes of the Game behind closed doors, which cost Dems the Game, assuming they really wanted to win, once again selling progressive Dems down the river.

They should have insisted on calling witnesses when they had the chance no matter the risks or how long it took. Nothing was more important than doing everything Dems could to convict Trump in the eyes of all Earthian humans, to send a permanent powerful message proving that democratic consensual truth can rule when threatened and confronted by the lies, machinations, violence, and crime of gangs.

In this case two hundred or so of the gang members will be punished with fines and jail time for their crimes, but the gang leader got away with his crimes scot-free, thanks to 43 Repugnant Senators voting to acquit, of 100 Dem and Repub senators voting. Seven non-repugnant Republicans voted to convict.

Most of the 43 Repugs voting to acquit did so because they thought it would help them get reelected, and/or they were afraid of violence or sanctions against them emanating from their own voters back home, or from Trump himself. They were cowards afraid of being considered a traitor to the Repug gang and cause. So they made themselves traitors to truthful law-abiding humans everywhere by voting to acquit. Repug senators now resemble gang leaders and members more than they do truthful law-abiding citizens.

In this case democratic consensual truth was overridden by yet one more arbitrary Senate rule, that required a sixty percent majority vote to convict a president in an impeachment trial. Why not require a seventy percent majority? Or just a simple majority? It’s as if US senators through time have tried to minimize real democracy in the senate by adopting arbitrary petty unfair rules.

This is not rule by constitutional law; it’s rule by whim and conniving capricious Game-playing, designed to protect the vested interests of political parties, senators, representatives, and presidents who want to keep their jobs. I was taught in history lessons back in grade school that “our wonderful American democracy” was supposed to be governed by elected citizen representatives who would go to Washington for a few years to use their common sense to vote their consciences on various issues and then go back home to live happily ever after managing their farms and businesses. I never dreamed back then that most of them would want to hang out in Washington for a living the rest of their lives.

This exemplifies what’s wrong with the US government. Rules are passed to favor political parties and persons not to cause efficiency and effectiveness of operations. This penchant for rule-making has turned the process of USian government into a process of Game-playing, rewarding connivers and manipulators, Adapted Child and Critical Parent people, who enjoy adapting to and using petty rules and playing psychological Games, such as NIGYSOB, Now I’ve Got You, You SOB, fostering constant competition and conflict, requiring I’m OK — You’re Not OK life positions to function, almost obliterating Adult ego state objectivity performing their duties, causing an incredible waste of time, energy, and money to get anything done resulting in real improvement for we the people of the US or citizens of Spaceship Earth.

As this televised invasion and Impeachment Trial made clear and obvious, tremendous energy is required to get anything done in Washington because the rules of the Game have been rigged in all sorts of ways to protect the vested interests of various individuals, groups, and organizations, almost destroying real democracy in governmental operations. Consequently what is needed in the US Congress is something that will eliminate most of their arbitrary petty rules and master-servant processes that limit real democracy. Rather than waste time trying to rig committees and elections to give various members unequal power, such as the obscene unfair power possessed by the villainous and treacherous Mitchel McConnell as the Senate “majority” leader, the now-“minority” leader, what they need to do is use a Classroom De-Gamer™ I invented such as the one demonstrated above. Give each member of Congress a number, and when openings on necessary committees arise or discussions of bills need to be conducted spin the spinner and select new committee members or a member to start a discussion in a group, wherein all members have an equal chance to say what they think about problems, alternatives, and recommendations, using their common sense, after the randomly-selected De-Gamer-selected leader of the day decides to stop talking. That would create real democracy and eliminate most of the psychological Game-playing that wastes untold time, money, and energy day in and day out managing states of affairs of the US Government, which are now in considerable disarray considering all branches around Spaceship Earth.

Based on what I saw and heard on TV in shots of halls, offices, and other rooms in the Capitol Building, and in commentary, watching the insurrection and the impeachment trial start, escalate, and play out, it seems to me today’s senators and representatives plodding about in and occupying the halls, offices, restaurants, pubs, gyms, beauty shops, and other rooms of the Capitol Building ought to enjoy their habitation and its amenities and perks, catered to by hundreds of excellent well-trained servants. The architecture, paintings and other art objects, overall decor, and intricate details of the building are exquisite and awe-inspiring. Several people on TV during the invasion and impeachment trial remarked about how easy it is to get lost in the Capitol Building, containing hallways heading in various directions at various angles, secret rooms and what have you, in a linked labyrinth. It’s no wonder gang leaders needed to take reconnaissance tours of the place allegedly led by senators or representatives the day before the invasion in order to be able to find specific senators and representatives they wanted to capture, once they broke into the building. One capitol policeman was clever enough to trick invaders into following him down a wrong hallway instead of knocking down a door where the invaders were, behind which several congresspeople were hiding. It’s likely the anger of the loser-survivor gang invaders of January 6, 2021 was to some extent caused by envy they felt for winner-survivor congresspeople.

Mark Twain in his time said the US Congress was the largest criminal class in the world. Many of the January 6 gang invaders thought much the same about today’s Congress members, having been primed to hate them by their supreme gang leader, former president Trump. On the bright side, senators and representatives might now have less concern than they did about getting reelected, since they now know violent gangs can break into the Capitol Building in broad daylight. They might now think running a boring farm or business back home might not be so bad after all.

I also agree with this article, “The Capitol Siege Was White Supremacy in Action. Trial Evidence Confirms That,” by George Yancy.

Mainstream TV media generally lied by omission about this white supremacy issue during the invasion during the early stages. I told my wife I have yet to see a single non-white face in the crowd, but they’re not saying anything about it. It’s also interesting that some of the violent white gang members had no compunction about chanting and saying they wanted to do serious harm to white congresspeople, especially Nancy Pelosi and Mike Pence, by violent means, including gunfire and hanging. In some ways they resembled a very large lynch mob.

I watched the whole thing, both the insurrection and the trial, on MSNBC, occasionally switching to Fox So-Called News to see what kind of picture they were painting of the invasion and trial for their audience. At times the events were riveting and horrifying; at times the presentations were inspiring and exhilarating, watching the good guys; at times they were disgusting, watching and listening to the bad guys, Trump’s dissembling lightweight lawyers; but the whole psychological Game was sickening and depressing in the end, like watching your team lose an extended days-long Superbowl game by deliberately fumbling the ball on the one yard line as time ran out.

MSNBC did a good job technically showing the Game in real time, the greatest show aboard Spaceship Earth at the time, a massive panoramic extravaganza started, promoted, partially orchestrated, and starred in by one of the biggest con artists of all time, reality-show star Donald T. Trump, surpassing by far the circuses of P.T. Barnum & Bailey. Maybe Trump really is a “stable genius”, a strange and evil genius, a pantomime clown with the vocabulary of a sixth-grader.

This was the sickest part: “McConnell Says Trump ‘Responsible for Provoking’ Attack, After Voting to Acquit; Trump Says MAGA ‘Has Just Begun’.”  

Trump also possesses magical Houdini-like skills extricating himself from seemingly hopeless predicaments, and so far he’s been lucky. McConnell and the other 42 Repug senators voting to acquit and Rescue Trump, despite the facts of the case that were clearly and professionally presented and explained by the very competent House Impeachment Managers, proving beyond a reasonable doubt Trump incited an insurrection against the US government, won the Game for Trump at the end with their 43 acquittal votes, thereby insulting human common sense and decency in a display of greedy, thuggish, disingenuous, despicable, cowardly human behavior, which, thanks to an arbitrary rule requiring a 60 percent Senate majority to convict a US president in an impeachment trial, can now result in disastrous consequences for all USian citizens, possibly anarchy and civil war, leading to military states of affairs in the US resembling states of affairs happening in the Middle East and North Africa in the last seventeen years, with war lords and gangs roaming about the country conquering and controlling whatever they can as long as they can.

If so, hopefully the USian military will be more successful fighting a “war on terror” inside the US than it has been fighting a War on Terror outside the US.

Since January 6 internal agitations between political gangs and between political gang leaders and political gang members in the US now resemble more and more the internal agitations of war-torn Game-playing countries in the Middle East and North Africa, aided and abetted in some cases by the Game-playing USian government and its military forces, ostensibly to spread and preserve “democracy” around Spaceship Earth, to control oil supplies for chosen people in NATO countries and elsewhere, and to preserve faith in the “American” dollar as the Earthian reserve currency in international trade.

Regardless of what common sense might tell you, a 57 percent majority of the US Senate voting to convict Trump was not good enough to really convict him. Trump was three votes away from conviction, a very narrow Houdini-like escape from his much-deserved condemnation.

Convicting Trump would have led to his disqualification from ever again holding a USian political office, and his personal vampire-like MAGA fascist gang in the US, containing probably at least thirty million true-believer loser-survivor followers, would have figuratively had a wooden stake driven through its hard heart. Instead, tragically, because 43 Not-OK Repug gang members and leaders in the US senate Rescued Trump with their acquittal votes to win the psychological Game, Trump and his gang members can now continue to threaten, harass, and recruit Victims inside the US, as they try once again to install an authoritarian fascist regime in the US, with Trump as president in 2024, depending on the verdicts of civil and criminal trials Trump faces in the meantime. May the 43 Repug senators voting to acquit Trump, thereby Rescuing him in this monstrous psychological Game, live in infamy for their flagrant discounting of facts, common sense, consensual truth, and human dignity.

What are grade school teachers supposed to tell their students about this psychological Game in Usian history lessons?

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Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA, certified transactional analyst, educator, octogenarian emeritus professor of management, writer, editor and publisher at Effective Learning Company.

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ROUT LOGGER’S GROUP: TO SAVE EARTHIAN CIVILIZATION — INTERNET EPISODE SIX

By RICHARD JOHN STAPLETON

Rout Logger’s Group: To Save Earthian Civilization is a work in progress. While settings, plots, theories, objects, and narratives in this novel may be loosely analogous to the same that have happened in various realities, the names, actions, and attributions of characters cast herein are fictional. All parts of this novel will be published in the Effective Learning Report at various intervals on the Internet, subject to revision at any time, hopefully culminating in a final print edition offered for sale to the public.

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Internet Episode 3, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-group-to-save-spaceship-earth-episode-three/.

Internet Episode 4, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-group-to-save-spaceship-earth-episode-four/.

Internet Episode 5, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/the-group-to-save-spaceship-earth-internet-episode-five/.

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INTERNET EPISODE SIX

SESSION FOUR

FEBRUARY 2020

DALLAS, TEXAS

The Truther Selected Martin as the rooster crowed

Martin—Here we are in the Heart of Texas, or should I say in the heart of Texas traffic.  I don’t think I have ever seen such a tangled mess of traffic in my life, cloverleaf intersections and entrances and exits everywhere.  I’m lucky I took a cab in from the airport.  I can’t imagine how anyone could learn to get around in this mess of highway mazes.  I never realized Dallas was as large a city as it is.  On the other hand, once you get into the hotel, it’s like we are home again.  One central city hotel is about like another. 

As a religious studies professor it seems to me the biggest problem right now is people not having a firm set of anything they can believe in, something to put their faith in, not knowing whether there really is a god, and if so, what kind of god. It seems to me the alternative prescriptions are all authoritarian, dogmatic and doctrinaire, telling people not to question what the bible says. On the other hand, can humans develop some sort of non-authoritarian god , a non-anthropomorphic god, with no human characteristics, that does not care for anyone personally or human relationships, who merely creates certain scientific principles and phenomena, such as what we can see, hear, and feel in the physical world, the verifiable world of cause and effect, somewhat akin to the great  spirit of native peoples on north America, as mentioned in that article Rout made us read during our last session. 

It seems to me this is what is most akin to what is really going on in reality.  I have not seen one scintilla of evidence with my own eyes that any sort of god has ever told anyone to do anything or who has ever done anything because of having been asked to do something in any sort of prayer.  Thus there is no way to have any sort of human-like relationship with any sort of god.  On the other hand one can believe in and have faith in the laws of nature.

This kind of god created by humans themselves would simply be a human spirit that infuses humans with confidence and courage, and an ability to see reality for what it is.  This god is similar to what was recommended in ‘The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.’  This is what I recommend today, that humans evolve such a god and spirit and forget about heaven and hell and dogma and doctrine and authoritarian threats.

Ellen—I am inclined to agree with you, Martin.  On the other hand, I do not believe most people would take this view.  Most people have been so ingrained with authoritarian religious notions and threats of everlasting hells and such, and even physical punishment on earth, such as beheadings, floggings, and stonings, and the like that they would never go along with this. Some people even remember that humans were burned at the stake for not believing certain religious dogmas and doctrines not too many years ago.

Margaret—As a civil servant for the government I can tell you in our current political culture you had better keep your mouth shut about such things when at work and at most places or you can damage your career.  You might not get fired for talking about such things but you can be punished in other ways, not promoted or not given decent raises.  The best thing to do about religion is not say anything about it in public.

Clarence—As a lawyer it’s interesting to me how religious people especially evangelicals keep trying to cram religious oriented laws down the throats of people, even the idea that there should not be separation of church and state, and god runs everything.  There are those in the US who are just like the Taliban in Afghanistan, who want to turn the US into a religious theocracy of some sort.  There are those who think that god should actually run the country. Remember Bush II telling us god told him to invade Iraq? We have had presidents in recent decades, such as Bush II who told the USian people that they actually did things like start major wars because a god told them to.  Now this is really problematic.  Did Bush II actually hear a voice in his head that he really thought was god who told him to go to war?  I doubt it.  Was he lying about this?  Most likely but who could prove it?  The problem is nothing about god can be proved, and consequently manipulators and despots can use the notion of god to manipulate people at will, which is lying of the worst kind, but there is nothing anyone can do about it. Trump does this sort of time all the time, even participating in religious rituals with a sanctimonious look on his face, and later saying to others in private he thought it was pure bullshit.

Napoleon—It’s similar to the don’t ask don’t tell policy of the military regarding homosexuals.  Just pretend it does not exist. Even if you believe it does.  There ain’t no way in hell to win that war.  People have been fighting over religion for centuries and nobody has ever won one yet.  Yet the major religions are as strong financially now as ever.  True enough there are more nonbelievers percentage-wise than there used to be.  I’m not sure about the numbers on this but I am pretty sure most people are not as brainwashed by religion as they used to be.

George—There is no way you can win an election in the US today if you do not pretend to believe, without saying things like god bless you and God bless America and such.  Bush II is a good example.  He got religion here in Texas when he lost an election for a minor post, and vowed he would never get out-Christianed again.  That’s why he started hearing god talking to him in his head, maybe after he gave up drinking.  When you get right down to it religions are like political parties.  People, some people at least, are so fearful of what will happen to them after they die that they will pay money to preachers to save them from hell, and some are so greedy that they will sell their souls on earth to get a better seat in heaven, but most in my opinion join religious organizations to gain political power and support in their communities to satisfy their own selfish day in and day out needs, or to help insure that they are not marginalized or punished in some way.  Joining a church makes people feel more secure, especially politicians, in their daily lives and careers, not only in their presumed afterlives.

Luke—I’ve stood it as long as I can.  I sold my soul to the devil for five thousand dollars a month to come to these meetings and put up with the blasphemy I’ve heard, and I have tried to keep my mouth shut, knowing full well it was hopeless trying to convince you sinners of the error of your ways.  I am now convinced this group is the work of the devil, a plot of Satan conceived in the very bowels of hell, where you people, or at least most of you, most assuredly deserve to go.  I have tried to pray for you and for your immortal souls, but I am losing my patience. You are damned for questioning and criticizing the holy word of the Lord. 

Julia—I wish we didn’t talk about this.  It makes me sick to my stomach. 

Paul—I wish we didn’t too, but we have to.  Who can sit back and watch and listen to what is happening to our world and not say something about what one thinks is the truth of the matter?  For sure some of the most serious hatreds and problems including wars are still being caused by or partly caused by religions and religious beliefs, dogmas, and doctrines.  What is the major cause of war?  I think the main cause is simply a lust for power and arrogance. People not only want to possess power but to have the ability to tell others what to do, bullies fighting other bullies just for the fun of it, but the next major cause of war is poverty, too few resources poorly distributed to satisfy needs, so one group or organization or country is always trying to steal resources from others. It’s built in to society, but religion is a factor since it enables people to get power, as has been discussed today.  What is the solution?  Outlaw religions?  Communist Russia tried that.  Look what happened. They not got poorer and poorer economically while they got politically more powerful developing nuclear bombs and military might, but they wound up getting rid of not only communism but atheism, after realizing shooting off their nuclear bombs would surely result in their own destruction.  Putin and Russia are now as hypocritical about religion as were Russian czars. The place is now run by Putin as a military dictatorship and oligarchy for the rich, using their longtime orthodox religion much the same as Russian czars did to manipulate and exploit serfs before the Russian Revolution of 1917.

Joan—As you know I work for an insurance company and I can tell you religion is not something you want to talk about at work in in a large insurance company.  In fact you don’t want to talk about anything but what you have to talk about doing your job.  Most people who work for a living do not have time to think about religion.  It is not only irrelevant it is unproductive. It saps the productive energy of workers.  One fringe benefit to having a good job like I have is that you do not have time for or any responsibility for even thinking about religion, you are free of it at work.  I think all people should be.

SESSION FIVE

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

MARCH 2020

Much discussion had occurred on various subjects but it was disjointed and unorganized.  Should Rout start writing some sort of book or report for the donors now letting them know what had transpired?  It was not easy keeping track of all the common threads in the discussions in terms of content, but it was even more difficult to accurately note and assess the changes that had occurred in the personalities of the group members.  The group had become more cohesive and more Game-free and it appeared some of them were now enjoying participating in the discussions rather than just going through the motions.

It was becoming clear the new Corona virus, Covid-19, was a real and serious threat and would cause The Group to cease operations in its current face-to-face format. Rout decided not to open this for discussion in this session. He would let the group members know what the donors had decided to do about the Covid pandemic during the first two weeks of April.

The Truther selected Marshall as the rooster crowed

Marshall—Well, being a weatherman it seems to me the biggest problem today is climate change, caused by human-caused global warming, burning too much fossil fuel. As you know there are no easy answers.  But probably the major problem is that must humans have not accepted the fact that human caused climate change has happened.  Personally, I think it goes back to the religion problem.  It seems to me most people believe a god will solve all their problems regarding the environment.  They do not believe the problem has to be nor can be managed by humans.  They believe since god is all powerful he must want the climate to be the way it is, since he created the earth and all its processes, including the climate.  And to some extent they are right. What power does the average person have to affect the climate working alone? Absolutely none if only a few individuals worked on the problem, but if all humans, all seven plus billion of them now on Earth, worked on the problem they could perhaps help correct the problem, by doing things such as driving cars less or changing their diets to consume less food produced by processes requiring fossil fuel.

Factory agriculture is a problem.  It requires using automated machinery instead of human energy to plant and till crops, machinery requiring the burning of fossil fuel as an energy source and instead of controlling weeds and insects by human energy chemical fertilizers are required, many of which are chemically derived from fossil fuel that has to be heated and processed.

I watched the town hall meeting last night and listened to the democratic candidates giving their opinions on climate change.  I was surprised that most of them agreed that climate change is real and is a threat.  Some of them hammered the point home that humans only have about eleven years before it will be too late to prevent catastrophic consequences, possibly extinction.

As several of them pointed out hundreds of human species are being rendered extinct right now, largely caused by increases in human population.  The human population has about doubled in the last fifty years requiring quantum increases in resources to feed and house them.  If the human population should double again in the next fifty years this alone could insure human extinction and the extinction of most other species on earth, largely because of habitat destruction.

As some of the candidates pointed out humans need to start thinking about Spaceship Earth more and worrying about their nations of origin less.  Selfishly pursuing your own interests as an individual or as a group, especially as a member of a large nation, could cause human extinction.  Selfishness is a major problem. Humans have got to think more altruistically and benevolently or else the end is nigh, or so it seems to me. 

How to get humans to do this it seems to me is a major problem.  This sort of change will require changing not only economic systems and but also religious systems. The capitalistic economic system is basically obsolete. How to shift from what we have now to a viable and feasible economic system is perhaps the greatest problem. 

Quite naturally this is going to require cooperation between nations and much less competition.  I agree with the author of the Evolution of Spaceship Earth that this is the way to go.  I’m not sure however whether we have enough time left for this sort of evolution to naturally occur and correct the problem.

John—it might be feasible to write computer code to use something like linear programming as suggested in the Evolution of Spaceship Earth, that Rout had us read back in the Asheville meeting, but how could you possibly make the required political and religious changes.  In all organizations the biggest problem is not writing computer code to make the organization more efficient but resistance on the part of managers and others who do not want their power an perks to be reduced.  If you look at this problem within countries the problem is horrible.  Can you imagine getting heads of all corporations worldwide and current stockholders within corporations worldwide to consent to turn over their power and perks to computer programmers who would write computer code to determine what and how resources would be used to produce and distribute the necessities of life to all humans around Earth in an optimum manner, including using clean green energy sources instead of fossil fuel.  It would require a massive redistribution of wealth the likes of which has never been seen on Earth before.

Socrates—Right on John. People have a will to power and having power is what makes the world go round.  You can build a case if you were to cut the power of people to this extent it would cause widespread depression, loss of self-esteem, life satisfaction, and whatnot.  What good would life be if there was nothing to work for as goals?  If all you had to do every day was sit around and wait for your dividend checks to get deposited in your bank account what sort of purpose in life would be this be.  In effect there would be no purpose for humans.  Relative to computer artificial intelligence systems they would be worse off than children relative to their parents in terms of dependence and the like.  Buckminster Fuller’s notion that humans should never do work that machines can do better is one of the most dangerous propositions I have ever heard of.

Sam—Yes, but what option do we have but to at least try to bring something of this nature about?  I assure you I will continue to write articles advocating this sort of thing,  the problem though is how do you get people to read such articles?  One of the major problems right now is that there is so much information out there from so many different sources on the Internet that no can possibly absorb it all.  How can anyone have any impact as an individual?  The national security administration right now can capture just about any human transmission that is made electronically, emails, Internet posts, and what have you.  They have a data center out in the middle of a desert capable of storing billions of transmissions daily.  The problem is even using computers they have no way of sifting through the data so as to pick out what is most relevant.  Most writers and social activists are preaching to their own choirs, small numbers of people.

Barbara—As a housewife I feel as if I am a fish out of water here but I will say something.  Most of you people are far more qualified than I am to say things to this group.  But what difference does it make if  you are qualified or not.  Nobody knows anything for sure.  When I am not taking care of my kids or doing chores around the house I do sometimes listen to the news and learn a little about what you are talking about here.  I have no idea what linear programming is and I know nothing about computer programming.  I have no idea how it’s done.  But I can tell you most of what you are talking about here would never be mentioned on the TV programs I watch.  Most people like me are totally shut off from these kinds of questions and issues.  I can’t imagine how anyone like me could possibly be of any value in working these sorts of problems out.  Why would you want to pay me five thousand dollars a day to just sit here and listen and say something about something I have no idea about is beyond me, but so long as you keep on payin’ out the money I have no choice but to keep on comin’ to these meetings.  I need the money for my family.

Albert—I’m with you Barbara, except I am a university professor, not a housewife, a professor of sociology, and I can assure you I am not qualified to write computer programs or depose corporate chief executives or convince politicians we need a new economic system.  But I can say something about class structures which are relevant here.  As Karl Marx pointed out most economic activity is class based, and classes evolved from high to low with a hierarchy and various levels of well-being, prestige and power.  It seems to me so far in history class structures have never been eradicated in societies.  This Spaceship Earth idea involves  a basically classless society, one class of shareholders in a giant monolithic corporation, owning one share of stock, who receive all their necessities of life as a dividend on their one share of ownership stock.  They in effect own Spaceship Earth, which if it were to be implemented today, would entail about seven and one half billion stockholders.   On the other hand, this system would allow humans to do other things on their own in small businesses and careers for additional money and rewards, based on their inherited abilities, whether artistic, athletic, or whatever, or do mundane service jobs for extra money if they wished.  In this sense there would still be a status hierarchy in such a society.  How you would regulate the winners in this process to prevent what the winners do now by exploiting the less fortunate I don’t know.  Would the AI computer system somehow do this.  Some people are now afraid AI robots could become so much more intelligent than humans that they would rule the roost at the top of the status hierarchy, and possibly decide to exterminate some or all humans.  If AI robots should develop general intelligence that exceeds human general intelligence as much as computer accuracy and data processing speed doing mathematical calculations now exceeds human capabilities, then what hope would humans have of ever controlling them? Quite a few smart people are beginning worry about this.

John—Yes, but bear in mind that up to now computers can only do what they have been programmed to do, and they cannot make mistakes.  They have to do what they are told at all times.  Abraham Lincoln said there are two types 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. Computers and AI up to now fall into the latter category. They are very useful efficient idiots. The issue is whether computers can ever learn to program themselves about something that has not already been programmed into their computer memories.  If they are never able to truly program themselves then if humans make sure they never tell them to do anything antisocial then nothing bad will happen.  At the same time one can also build a case that humans are incapable of programming themselves to do something that has not already been caused to happen in their memories. 

Ellen—I majored in accounting in college and I took some computer courses and learned a little something about programming but nothing we studied was remotely like what you are talking about here.  It is one thing to figure out how much money a business made in one year or what its assets and liabilities are but to think you could develop a system to produce and distribute goods all around Earth in an optimal fashion is off the charts.  I don’t think it could ever be done.

Bubba—I’m with you Ellen. I’m a farmer and I sure don’t want anyone telling me what to produce and who to sell it to.  Why that is pure socialism or communism.  And its un-American. Hell, anybody should know that is nothing but bullshit. Excuse my French.

Hellen—Being a nurse I can tell you no computer can ever take over my job.  Somebody has got to be there face to face to help people when they get sick or hurt.  You can use all the computers you want to diagnose diseases and prescribe treatments but there is no way you can program a  computer to do what nurses do, such as giving someone a shot for example, or taking blood pressure.  Such treatments would be part of the necessities of life, but it could not be allocated or produced by a computer, or would the computer decide who would be given treatment or not, in effect making decisions about who would live or die because of having some sort of disease but who could not have treatment?

Judy—I’m just a housewife too and I can tell you it would be nice for many of us to know that we would be entitled to food, clothing, and shelter because of owning one share of stock in Spaceship Earth.  What would it do? Have it delivered to your door using something like Amazon or Fed Ex.  I’m all for it.  Bring it on as soon as possible.

Andy—I would assume police services would be considered a necessity of life.  How would a computer allocate what us cops do?  Some things just cannot be decided by computers.  Or is it this wonderful computer system would somehow get rid of bad guys.  Would everyone being born rich so they did not have to work eliminate crime?  I doubt it. Some criminals just enjoy being criminals. They do it for the fun of it.  They get bored just sitting around doing nothing.  Seems to me this Spaceship Earth idea would make life boring as dirt.

Adam—It is interesting that the economics profession has historically had very little to say about the problem of boredom.  It was assumed if there were no limited resources that people would have sense enough to figure out how to entertain themselves.  Besides this Spaceship Earth idea assumes certain people would want to entertain others for extra pay.  Are you saying Andy that you think some people can only entertain themselves by committing crimes.

Andy—No, not necessarily, but I am saying I think some people like to commit crimes to entertain themselves.  They get some sort of kick out of it, some sort of psychological charge.

Trudy—For whatever it’s worth I can tell you as a psychotherapist that some people do like to commit crimes to satisfy their psychological needs.  There is a psychological Game called Cops and Robbers that has been identified by transactional analysts.  People get used to certain kinds of strokes for doing certain kinds of things in early childhood, such as being naughty and trying not to get caught.  People play psychological Games of all sorts for stimulus, structure, and recognition.  There is more to life than food, clothing, and shelter.

Martin got selected next by The Truther as the rooster crowed

Martin—It seems to me homelessness is one of the greatest problems in the US and around Spaceship Earth. For sure poverty is the majority cause or symptom but mental illness is also a cause.  Many of the homeless are indeed mentally ill.  The alternatives include constructing better mental health facilities and more treatment centers, and of course programs to eliminate poverty.  President Lyndon Johnson in the sixties in his Great Society program attempted to eliminate poverty in places like Appalachia and elsewhere.  Needless to say it did not work, or at least it did not work for long.  Poverty in the US is now increasing.  Curing poverty entails possibly doing many things, creating more government jobs, infrastructure jobs, requiring raising taxes and cutting military expenses among other things.  But you can also build the case that the capitalistic system is also to blame.  Some stay the solution is more socialism or socialism period.  I agree that we need more government ownership and control, more socialism.  That’s what I recommend.  And for sure I recommend Bernie Sanders for president in 2020.

Thank you Truther for selecting me to start a new discussion.

Marian—I am not sure I agree with you that homelessness is the most serious problem right now. I fully agree it is a serious problem for far too many people.  As a retired school teacher I am one of the lucky ones in that I have a defined benefits pension plan, something that is becoming more and more of a rarity in the US.  Corporations stopped providing them for most workers many years ago.  Thus my husband and I have a better retirement than most people, and we are not particularly worried about homelessness for ourselves.  On the other hand, many older retired people are.  Most of the homeless I am sure do not have even Social Security benefits if they are old enough to be retired.  Almost no one could live on the maximum Social Security benefit payment right now.  But for sure it helps.

I recommend that the government increase Social Security benefits by requiring rich people to pay the full Social Security premium on their full incomes, more than only on up to two hundred thousand dollars per year or whatever it is they now pay. That might be enough to keep Social Security solvent for a long time.  I have no idea whethwe it would be feasible to increase Social Security payments but for sure they need to be increased for most people.

Paul—I agree with you Marian, but the problem is that many people today will never have even the full Social Security benefit however inadequate that might be for retirement income. There are probably millions of people in the US who do not contribute to the Social Security system for a lifetime.  There are people working in the so-called underground economy who are paid in cash.  They are not listed as employed or unemployed with the government or employers.  Many are undocumented migrants.  This ties in with the whole employment problem, which is worsened by automation and AI.  More and more jobs are being taken over by machines. I read just a few days ago that McDonalds has now figured out a way to automate its order-taking process. Someone has invented a robot that can take orders and somehow dispense food. So even these low paid manual labor jobs could be eliminated. Truck drivers are at risk of having their jobs eliminated.  If you eliminate jobs currently requiring humans to drive some sort of motorized vehicle you are talking about a lot of unemployment. 

More and more the Spaceship Earth article Rout had us read in Asheville is becoming more and more relevant.  I have seen several Internet articles advocating basic income schemes.  One of the democratic presidential candidates, Yang, advocates allocating one thousand dollars a month to all citizens, which is more than the Social Security benefits of some citizens who retire now.  While the one thousand a month would help it would not be enough to live on.  The Spaceship Earth plan advocated distributing the necessities of life to all Earthian human citizens which for sure would cure the problem of retirement.  In effect no one would ever have to retire under this scheme since the necessity of life shipments would never cease until death, speaking of which, the article assumes natural deaths will result in a serious lowering of Earth’s human population through time through natural attrition, natural deaths exceeding births, until Earth’s human population reaches a sustainable level.

The overall problem however is horrendous.  What it boils down to is that billions of would-be workers alive around Spaceship Earth are basically unneeded as workers. You don’t need that many manual labor workers anymore.  What you need are thinkers and problem solvers, mind workers, if you will. Buckminster Fuller was quoted in The Evolution of Spaceship Earth as saying governments could eliminate all unemployment overnight by awarding mind grants to all citizens.  And for sure you don’t need that many billionaires, people who don’t work for a living but who travel around and do whatever they want to do thanks to the wealth they have inherited and/or amassed. And you sure as hell don’t need billionaires to provide surplus money for investments, grants, and such. Central bankers can create all the new funny money you need for this by just punching digits into computers and calling the numbers money.

To rationally allocate resources in the short run given where we are technologically and maintain even a semblance of the quality of life and human dignity we have now billions of humans would have to be provided the necessities of life free or the small percentage of humans alive who are currently needed for thinking and problem-solving work would have to sit back and watch billions of humans starve.

On the other hand, it seems to me there is little chance Yang’s idea of even one thousand dollars per month of basic permanent income happening in the US would have a chance of passing anytime soon.  And imagine trying to implement something like this around Spaceship Earth, now populated by almost eight billion humans.

I recommend however at least trying to implement something like Spaceship Earth Inc as soon as possible, which would require a serious overhaul of the capitalistic system.  Just saying we need socialism is tantamount to saying nothing because there is nothing concrete in such a statement, just poppycock and blather.

The Truther selected Sam as the rooster crowed

Sam—Well, it seems to me right now that the biggest economic and political problem around Spaceship Earth is this matter of polarization.  Not only in the United States but around the world people are getting more set in their ways and are getting angrier as their economic and political plights worsen, as their incomes stagnate or go down, as their lives become more and more precarious.  Here we are on the cusp of another global recession or depression, maybe worse than 2007, maybe as bad as the 1930s.  Trump is in the White House and Biden is being touted as the front runner of the Democratic National Committee.  He’s the obvious choice of the corrupt DNC and the Deep State as the Democratic presidential candidate for 2020 to run against Trump.  We will again be faced with the choice of choosing between the lesser of the evils, picked and manipulated to serve the interest of establishment politicians and the deep state. 

Maybe the most worrisome thing is what seems to be increasing anger and tendency to violence between extremists on the left and right.  I read on the Internet that regardless of who wins in 2020 there could be violence and bloodshed.  We have scattered shootings now by extremists or terrorists or whatever you want to call them in the US against other groups.  This sort of thing could worsen after the presidential election in 2020.

Regarding the alternatives for dealing with this I supposed the best thing we can do is resort back once again to the Hope for a Better Day Strategy.  Since there are no known answers at present.  What could be done that has not been tried.  This Game-free seminar approach was supposed to help correct this problem.  Well we have been talking in this group for several months now and I can’t tell it has done one whit worth of good in the broader environment.  Sure we have learned to tolerate one another more in this group given our diverse backgrounds, but what about similar groups in the outside world in the meantime. For sure they have not gotten any better off. Most are locked into their small worlds seeing and hearing the same stuff over and over. We have got nothing but politics as usual and more kicking the can down the road.  Humans not only in the US but in most European countries are following a similar path, and if anything right-wing extremists are gaining the upper hand.  It looks like humans are inexorably heading into a dystopian fascistic world, less freedom, less human dignity, less human security, with global warming and climate change hanging over their heads like a Sword of Damocles.

Of course I recommend that Rout and his donors make public what has happened in this group and spread the word that people can learn to get along better and see the viewpoints of other polarized people better if subjected to a Game-free group such as this one, especially if you pay them five thousand dollars a month to do it.  The problem is where are you going to get the kind of money these rich donors have coughed up for this experimental group.  Sure you can bribe people to get together in a group such as this if you have enough money, but how could this ever happen generally in the real world?  Rich people like being rich and they are not going to willingly give up their riches and power, which they think they honestly won and deserve.

But that’s about all I can think of recommending right now.  For sure I do not recommend any sort of military action.  That has been disastrous in the last five or six decades. All it’s done I can see is cause more and more military expenditures every year. Socialism? Big deal. How is it possible to even dream of making something like this happen anytime soon.  And what is socialism? There is no clear-cut definition of socialism, what degree of socialism etc.  More taxes? Sure raise the taxes of the rich as much as you can, but good luck, since they have already bought off the politicians, and voters keep voting for their friends who will also be bought off in Washington, inundated as it is with billions of dollars of lobbying bribery money flowing around the place like flood water from a massive hurricane. Infrastructure spending? Yes for sure. But where is the money to come from? Yes seriously raise taxes on the rich sending tax rates back to eighty percent or more, but good luck making it happen. Do you want to keep creating more funny money? Money is almost worthless now; seventeen percent of all sovereign debt around the world is now in negative interest rate money. People are loaning their worthless digital money to their governments at negative interest rates just hoping they will get some of it back to buy things with in ten or more years. How fucked up can an economic system get?

So I recommend to you my fellow Spaceship Earth DeGaming group members that you keep taking five thousand dollars for one day’s work or bullshitting as long as the donors see fit to dole it out. And I recommend trying to set up similar groups around Spaceship Earth as soon as possible by any means possible.  The only hope is to create new peaceful consensual answers to new economic and political systems.  What Earthians have now is not working.   

Paul­—I agree with you Sam.  Somehow Earthian humans have to improve their communication systems.  One can build a case right now the Earthian human world is insane.  Most economic and political systems are obsolete and dysfunctional for eighty or so percent of humans alive on earth, but some are satisfied, the rich, and powerful, and the brainwashed, the poor who think believing what they are told is somehow satisfying since they are actually superior to non-believers, believing believing what they believe will cause them to live in eternal bliss eternally after they die.

The only hope somehow is for Earthian humans to construct better educational systems.   And I am not talking about the current school and university educational systems around Earth. I am talking about the total educational process, starting at birth, the whole set of messages humans are exposed to from biological parents and others in their earliest years, and even the electro-chemical messages they receive in the wombs of birth mothers.  Somehow Earthian humans have to be given permission to think about reality itself, from an early age, not just believe what they are told, in many cases told by parents who do not have a clue about what is really going on, and may not care what is really going on, who spend their time watching soap operas, sports and entertainments and distractions of all sorts, political, religious, or Hollywood fantasy.

Luke—Ah, the one and only Paul, the fount of wisdom has spoken. And after several months of brainwashing I must say I am beginning to agree with him.  I must admit I don’t believe like I did.  I mightily fear in my heart of hearts that this might get me sent to hell for losing my faith. I still believe the one true Lord God is merciful. Maybe He will understand how I fell in with this group, knowing how much I needed the money. Maybe he will forgive me since this group made me do it.

Albert—Don’t worry Luke.  I think you will be fine.  One thing no one has brought up in our discussions is that in the beginning there was nothing in the universe except bosons and quarks.  There were no people.  Everything evolved from those basic particles over eons.  Humans came along several billion years after the first bosons and quarks started evolving into higher matter. If we go back to that so what. It will be part of a natural process, global warming or no global warming on Earth, a trivial event in cosmic history.  

As to there being an alternative universe nobody has ever seen before, even with the most powerful telescopes, I doubt there is such.  There is the slightest chance there might be I suppose, but I doubt it. 

Regarding the argument there must be something there or millions of people would not believe like Luke used to believe, it seems to me all religions came about because of the inherent unfairness, precariousness, and banality of human life.  People knew they would inevitably die, which was sad enough, and they knew that pain and misery could befall them at any time. Were they happy? Sure for fleeting moments but most of the time they lived under dread and anxiety, which caused them to fight for more resources than they really needed, trying to steal for gain and power and wealth, and so forth, and it caused them to assume there must be some sort of god-like forces making things happen, so they developed various religious systems.  In my opinion those who imagined there were multiple gods making things happen were more correct than those who imagined there was only one god making everything happen.  Any reasonably bright human would have known that various natural events were causing the plights of various members of their family and community.  Some died of this that or the other, some were killed by wild animals, snakes, and so forth, some were killed by hostile tribes. Some seemed to get through their short lives much easier and better than others. Many people assumed some sort of god must have blessed them, while they thought those who had horrible difficulties and problems probably brought it on themselves one way or another. 

In reality these effects observed by humans were the results of inevitable cause-effect chains existing in infinity.  Most likely there is no free will; if so everything is either accidental or inevitable, depending on how you look at it. Events are like dominoes falling in infinite cause-effect chains. Every event is both an effect and a cause of other events.  Rather than see that some people were merely unlucky enough to be the results of cause-effect chains producing certain diseases and negative events and others were lucky enough to be the result of cause-effect chains inevitably producing good health, good looks, intelligence, wealth, prestige, power, etc., they assumed gods and humans were making these anomalous unfair events happen, and thus various individuals deserved to be reviled, pitied, admired, praised, rewarded, condemned, punished, exterminated, etc. This un-managed unfair process enabled various kinds of power people (priests, preachers, kings, queens, barons, presidents, fascist dictators, corporate CEOs, generals, etc.) with communication skill and charisma to dominate weaker humans who believed power people were chosen favorites of the god(s), and thus were entitled to require weaker humans to hand over to them as their god-ordained rulers labor, food, money, and other necessities of life, for performing rituals and playing psychological Games, i.e. for Persecuting, Rescuing, and Victimizing various kinds of humans, groups, and organizations, practicing mumbo-jumbo.

The best hope for Earthian life is that new and better imagoes, scripts, schemata, and behaviors will be caused in human brains, hopefully causing humans around Earth to implement Game-free democratic I’m OK—You’re OK groups such as this one, that will help change a disastrous mindless master-servant I’m OK—You’re Not OK authoritarian course, that humans around Spaceship Earth have set, heading full-sail into hell on Earth.   

TO BE CONTINUED…

Support Teachers and Supplement Your Child’s Online Learning With These Tips

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By LISA WALKER


Regardless of what shape school takes for your child, be it remote, in-person, or some combination of the two, you’ve probably figured out there are advantages and disadvantages to learning at home. During these uncertain times, many parents have questions about sustaining their children’s mental and emotional well-being, supplementing their education, and accommodating specific needs while also supporting the teachers. We hope the following guidance will help.

Working With the Teacher Helps You and Your Child

You and the teacher share a common goal: providing the absolute best learning experience for your child. Supporting their teacher can give you an even better understanding of your kid while also offering you a chance to partner for your child’s best interest. There are a few things you can do to show your support and appreciation to the teacher.

Be Patient

Being patient and forgiving as the teachers try to figure things out is the best thing you can do. Everything changes rapidly – like guidelines teachers have no control over whatsoever – and because some parents have a hard time understanding this, it can create friction between you and your child’s teachers. Remember, you have a common goal: your child’s education.

It is also essential to check your emails and read them carefully. Because things are always changing, it’s critical to stay updated about what is happening at your child’s school.

Let the Teacher Know If Something Isn’t Working

Many things that are happening in schools and online are new for teachers and students alike, so if you notice something isn’t working, you should speak up. Open communication is crucial, and teachers are willing to work with parents to change how they do things.

‘Thank You’ Goes a Long Way​

Write a short thank-you note or an email showing you value them or have your child make a card. Just let the teacher know you appreciate their efforts in a friendly way.

Supplement Your Child’s Education

Depending on your child’s learning style and age, you may need to support them differently; however, you can do a few things – no matter your child’s age and study style – to keep them on track while they are learning online.

Plan a Routine Together

Try to set up a routine that factors in online learning, homework time, and age-appropriate programs to watch online or on TV. Also, include playtime, reading time, or various Look for ways to enjoy these activities together so you can spend quality time with your child.

Have Open Conversations

Encourage your child to ask questions and voice their feelings. Keep in mind that your children will each have a different stress response, so be understanding and patient. You can do this by inviting your child to share their thoughts about something and follow their lead. Also, ​​make sure your child has the materials necessary to complete all assignments, whether it’s a laptop, schools supplies, a Wi-Fi connection, or a PDF reader – whatever they need to complete their work.​

Provide an Environment Conducive to Learning

Providing a great environment that helps your child with learning isn’t always easy. If they’re isolated, it can be challenging to check in with them, but if they learn at the kitchen table, for instance, they may be too distracted. It is even more difficult when everyone is at home, and the family is complaining or arguing.

For one thing, tension and clutter can cause major distress. To alleviate these triggers, it’s crucial to make some changes around the home. Open the blinds or curtains to allow in as much natural light as possible; a lack of natural light can negatively impact mood and focus, making you and your child feel tired, which can hamper concentration levels. Decluttering and cleaning can infuse your home with positivity, which in turn helps to relieve stress, eliminate tension, and improve the whole family’s sense of well-being.

Provide Immediate Positive Feedback

​Every time your child concludes a distance learning instruction, provide positive feedback. This can be as simple as placing a checkmark or a sticker on the assignment, but it can make a significant contribution in helping to motivate your child.


With a bit of creative thinking and effort by you, as well as your child’s teachers, your child will continue to build their skills, knowledge, and confidence, and have a great learning experience.

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Lisa Walker is the proud SAHM (Stay at Home Mom) of two adorable but feisty sons. She enjoys trail hiking and beach-coming with her husband Jake when not busy with her boys and home improvement projects. She created NeighborhoodSprout.org as a passion project to share her love of homeownership with others.

PRESIDENT BIDEN AS SEEN FROM A HUMBLE PERSON’S PERSPECTIVE FROM THE CARIBBEAN.

By COURTENAY BARNETT

We all can breathe a sigh of relief that Donald Trump is no longer in the White House. Yes, but I am now a bit older than in 2008 when Obama made his way in for a first in Presidential history and along with many others I then felt a sense of satisfaction that America had finally moved on. However, reality did set in as the events unfolded. 

This time around there is no real thrill nor anything but a willingness to make a calm and less than enthusiastic assessment of what America really faces. I think I can categorise into three sections – the knowns – the unknowns – and the in-betweens 

Knowns 

America faces an unprecedented combination of challenges. On the economic front if one is to remove  the blinders, then the country is comparable to 1930s depression days challenges; on the cultural and political front the country is deeply divided – if only one considers the need to have thousands of troops and disinvite the public at large from celebrating the inauguration of their new president; and on the health and medical front America finds that it has had more people who have died from covid-19 than soldiers lost in all of World War 11. These ‘knowns’ are  more than a handful for any President – but there are more to the ‘knowns’ . 

Biden will ( rather already has) reversed via Executive Orders a significant list of Trump era policies.  

Unknowns 

There are big issue items for Biden to deal with and these can be but guessed at right now. Troops will remain in Afghanistan and in northern Syria. There may be some reversal on the excesses of Israel in seeking to have East Jerusalem as the unified capital and on-going settlement expansions ( maybe Biden  will seek to rein in these provocations). He is unlikely to comment on the recent Apartheid law which reserves certain offices for Jews only. The fundamental support of the US for Israel will not change otherwise. At a guess the Biden will return to the Iran deal. I assume that Biden will want to restore the Obama era rapprochement with Cuba. 

In- betweens 

I can but gawk at the US approach towards Venezuela in seeking to dictate to the Venezuelan people who should be their president as chosen by the US for them. It remains to be seen whether or not Biden will move in the direction of less bullying towards Venezuela. Note – I said ‘less bullying’ – for I still anticipate bullying to continue – only question is to what degree.  

With regards to China, Biden being a rational person, I assume, will not pursue Trump’s trade war but instead will seek to engage in negotiations with China over trade rules.  

Overall 

It is the economy and the structural instability which is America’s present really big challenge. I do not see or anticipate Biden doing here what is logical and necessary ( albeit overall I see him as a rational and sensible man). America knows its problem of having a massive deficit and permitting the military-industrial complex to command almost half of its entire budget. The latter exacerbates the former. Yet, each new president continues down that path which  serves well to worsen the overall economic problem. What Biden will do is pump in a massive stimulus package which will serve well to boost the economy and improve the jobs situation.  

My approach would be a 1930s form of stimulus from bottom up; Biden, at a guess, will be closer to a Obama 2008 top down form of injection of funds.  

So there – that is how I see it. 

Congratulations President Biden! 

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COURTENAY BARNETT is a graduate of London University. His areas of study were economics, political science and international law. He has been a practising lawyer for over thirty years, and has argued public interest and human rights cases. He has published numerous articles in the Effective Learning Report. He lives and works in the Caribbean

A TRANSACTIONAL ANALYSIS OF EARTHIAN HISTORY — PART ONE

By RICHARD JOHN STAPLETON

Most of this essay was recently published in the Effective Learning Report in The Earthian —21. About seventy people read it, which was a relatively high number for ELR articles. Given that the major mission of the ELR is to educate humans around Spaceship Earth, hopefully publishing some of this content again with some new content under a new title will pick up a few more readers.

Here’s to all Georgians: Vote for Ossoff and Warnock tomorrow, January 5, 2021. Enough is Enough!

Unbelievable. I never heard about anything like this before, happening yesterday. I listened about one hour to Trump in a telephone call last night browbeat and threaten the Georgia Secretary of State and the Georgia Governor using churlish demeaning street language, with his mealy mouth lawyers protecting and backing him up, ganging up on the Georgia Secretary of State and his lawyers, squelching them, with one harangue, tirade, psychological threat, and flight of fancy after another, riddled with lies.

Much of what Trump said was scurrilous and unprovable, but in the attack Trump psychologically insulted and demeaned the Georgia Secretary of State and threatened the secretary and his family with bodily harm, not overtly socially saying he would do the secretary or his family bodily harm but psychologically implying the secretary and his family were in danger of harm by angry Trump supporters, “notifying” the secretary he was in danger because of not overturning the election for Trump.

The bottom line is that Trump lost the 2020 USian presidential election fair and square by seven million popular votes nationwide; but he magically thinks if he can overturn just one state by force that will be enough to override the whole election thanks to the insane USian electoral college…when if Biden supporters had done for Biden what Trump supporters did for Trump digging up quasi-plausible evidence of voter fraud in various states they could have found just as much quasi-plausible evidence of voter fraud working against Biden as Trump.

Yet this monster of a president and some of his radical right supporters would have you believe there was zero voter fraud working to Trump’s advantage, and to them the only possibility is that this poor little innocent Lord Fauntleroy of a president was seriously picked on and cheated by bullies. And they magically think if only the Georgia Secretary of State will just “find” poor Donald eleven thousand or so fraud votes he can stay in office.

Just when you think USian culture can’t sink any lower it takes another nosedive.

Here’s the leaked telephone conversation posted yesterday for your listening education furnished by the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-raffensperger-call-transcript-georgia-vote/2021/01/03/2768e0cc-4ddd-11eb-83e3-322644d82356_story.html.

Ego states are states of being including thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, feelings, gestures, body language, and other signals determining how people come across with others in communication episodes, whether parent-like, adult-like, or child-like, in all kinds of situations.  People switch ego states depending on who they are communicating with and what sort of circumstances they are in, whether they are parenting, working, socializing, teaching, having fun, playing Games, or whatever.  They transmit messages from three ego states in themselves to three ego states in others in pair vectors, Parent-Parent, Adult-Adult, Child-Child, Parent-Child, Child-Adult, Adult-Parent, or whatever possibility.  These transactions are especially meaningful in situations in which there is some sort of authoritarian system involved, such as parents parenting children in homes, teachers teaching students in schools, or bosses bossing subordinates in a business or political organization, which normally entail primarily Parent-Child transactions. In general however the more Adult-Adult transactions there are the better things go in families, schools, businesses, and political organizations. 

Here is a passage from my book Business Voyages, pp 167-168, presenting an overview of psychological Games:

“When psychological Games are going on, psychological transactions are being conducted simultaneously with the social level, overt transactions. Ulterior, non-verbal hooks exist.The straight spoken messages are transmitted on the solid vectors. The ulterior messages are transmitted in a non-spoken covert way on the dotted-line vectors. Psychological Game players seek various payoffs for their Games. Many attempt to make fools of their mark or target. They may seek a payoff of triumph or one-upmanship. Some seek payoffs of justifiable anger, dejection, humiliation, etc. Some games are self-debasing. Games involve basic dishonesties of various sorts. Game players pretend reality is not as it is. Discounting occurs. A discount is any act that has the effect of reducing the significance of objects, events, people, problems, or possible solutions to problems (Schiff & Schiff, 1971). When people “cut one another down,” they are discounting one another and are playing games. If you “feel in your gut” someone is belittling you or is trying to make a fool out of you in some way, chances are you are being lured into a psychological game.

“The Drama Triangle, invented by Stephen Karpman, MD (1968), is probably the best Game detector available. Psychological Games are designed to create drama strokes. What creates drama, in soap operas, movies, stage plays, etc., as in real life, is the existence of Persecutors, Rescuers, and Victims. What makes movies, soap operas, and other dramatic episodes dramatic is the existence of some poor helpless damsel in distress who must be rescued from some heinous villain by some knight in shining armor. Or a fairy godmother must rescue some poor dwarf from an evil witch living deep in the forest, or some such. Some people still like to act out these sorts of roles on the stage of life. If you find yourself being chased around a Drama Triangle as a Persecutor, Rescuer, or Victim, you are in a psychological Game. It is possible there are real good guys and bad guys and helpless victims in some situations. Where real problem situations exist due to scarce economic resources, etc., people compete out of necessity and may not be involved in psychological games. But when people start unnecessary competitions because they are bored, or need strokes or recognition, or want to be parented properly, or want to be in a superior or inferior position, they start Games and create the Game drama roles. A psychological game is a fake war.”

Script messages are transmitted socially and psychologically as I have shown and explained with diagrams in my books. Unfortunately I have not shown one of these diagrams in this blog, having not taken the time to get jpeg pictures of them made to get them posted to my computer desktop to download into this WordPress program. Ah, the joys of desktop publishing. Yeah, right, I probably am a little lazy. If you want to see what a transactional analysis script diagram looks like right now scroll to the top of this page and click on ELR Editor’s Daily Shares. You can see a picture of a TA script diagram in the assemblage of pictures on the left of the page that will pop up, having been accepted by my Facebook program in a non-jpeg format.

A TA life script diagram shows the three stacked Parent, Adult, and Child ego state circles representing parent, adult, and child ego states for each parent and child. The solid lines in the diagram denote overt spoken social messages and dotted lines denote covert psychological unspoken ulterior messages.  Social messages are verbalized overt auditory messages; psychological messages are covert non-spoken ulterior messages transmitted by body language, emotional states, and after the fact positive or negative stroking as people react to situations and feel and do things.

Scripts in families are created automatically when parents transmit various messages to their children from various ego states socially and psychologically, in and out of awareness.  Scripts are life plans generally decided before the age of eight by offspring based on script messages transmitted to them by their parents and others.  Since parents by and large transmit the same script messages that were transmitted to them before they were eight years old script messages in families can remain intact for many generations.  According to transactional analysts script decisions made before the age of eight have lasting effects determining three general life outcomes:  winner, loser, and non-winner.  These decisions can be redecided and updated later in life but it’s not easy for most people. 

Psychological Child-Child ego state script injunctions are what cause the most trouble for people in their lives.  Script injunctions forbid appropriate behavior in the here and now. Script injunctions are caused by emotional and behavioral requirements created by families through time as they adapted to and coped with problems and environmental forces that may have been appropriate in past environments, but which are inappropriate in here and now more benign and hospitable environments. 

Opposing script messages transmitted by parents can put a child in a Not-OK bind in childhood and throughout adolescence, assuming a divorce has not already occurred, causing considerable trouble within a family, since the child cannot please both parents in the presence of both parents. This Catch-22 can put parents in worse Not-OK positions vis-a-vis each other if the child makes a social or psychological level decision about which parent is right, increasing Not-OKness in the family system as a whole, including the child.  

What many people need is psychological permission to violate and ignore their psychological outdated obsolete family Child ego state script message Injunctions, not only to increase their own OKness but the OKness of all living members of the family system, and the OKness of Earthian humans in general, for that matter.

Two common family script Injunctions in most cultures are Don’t Think about the true nature and causes of states of affairs and Don’t Feel certain feelings, such as glad, mad, sad, or scared, when certain things happen in certain environments.

Joe Biden at least socially comes across projecting an I’m OK—You’re OK life position. Donald Trump unfortunately comes across socially and psychologically projecting an I’m OK, my buddy is OK, nothing else is OK, and we are going to make the world pay life position. Even more unfortunate for all Earthians around Spaceship Earth Trump’s buddies Putin, Kim Jong Un, Bolsonaro and others also operate from this sort of life position.

Here is what Martin Groder, MD, one of my transactional analysis mentors at Chapel Hill, NC in the late 1970s, had to say about this sort of thing in what I called Martin Groder’s People Map, in a passage I wrote and published in 2011 in my book Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds, pp. 148-150:

The Human Spectrum

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

“According to Groder, humans vary on two fundamental spatial dimensions. One dimension is Okness, which is estimated on the horizontal axis of Figure 1 (sorry, I could not get the Figure 1 image to copy and paste here, so you’ll just have to imagine it, or read Business Voyages or Born to Learn); the other dimension is the energy level of the individual estimated on the vertical axis.

“People vary in terms of how OK they see, feel about, and experience, (1) themselves, (2) the other individual, (3) their group, (4) other groups, and (5) the world. In Groder’s terms, they are OK or not-OK with respect to I, You, We, They, and It (the world). Groder estimates how OK they are on each of these five existential dimensions on a scale of -1 to +1, -1 being as not-OK as possible and +1 being as OK as possible. Thus people with extremely high self-esteem would be at the +1 level regarding themselves; someone with extremely low self-esteem would be existing at the -1 level regarding themselves. People could exist at any level in between, at -.5, 0, +.25, etc. on all five of the OKness positions, the positions of specific individuals with respect to themselves, buddies on a one-to-one basis, groups with which one belongs, other groups with which your group cooperates or competes, and the world in general. Summing the 5 existential OKness positions for an individual (I, You, We, They, and It), the highest possible OKness rating would be +5 and the lowest possible would be -5. A +5 person would have the highest possible feelings of Okness regarding his OKness, the OKness of his buddy, the OKness of his group, the OKness of other groups, and the OKness of the world. Such an individual would have very positive feelings and thoughts for self and others. On the other end of the spectrum, a -5 person would have the lowest possible feelings and thoughts for self and others. Very negative people tend to end up in prison. Very positive people tend to end up cultural heroes. Probably the most profitable life position for an entrepreneur in a capitalistic economic system would be I’m OK, my employees are OK, my company is OK, the world is OK, but my competitors aren’t worth a damn, since this position would motivate his or her sales employees to steal business from competitors to increase the profit of the company.

“Entrepreneurs have higher energy levels than middle managers and normal people. It takes less energy to be a normal person than anything else. Entrepreneurs in Groder’s schema have approximately the same energy level on the vertical axis of Figure 1 as Monsters, the -3 OKness level convict leaders of other convicts. Monsters have the life position “I’m OK, my buddy is OK, but everything else is not OK, and I am going to make the world pay.” According to Groder, it’s more difficult to change the energy level of a human than the OKness position. In rehabilitation work, Groder attempted to arc people across the gap of Figure 1, and make +3 OKness level entrepreneurs out of -3 monsters, +2 OKness middle managers out of -2 OKness creeps, slobs, lunch buckets, etc. Sometimes people arc across the gap the other way. Honest entrepreneurs can turn criminal. Entrepreneurs are winner-survivors; Monsters are loser-survivors. Winners achieve goals and objectives; losers do not.”

What is winning in this context?

Feeling good about yourself, your best friends, your groups, other groups, and the world.

Trump has a high energy level. His OKness life position at present unfortunately may be -3 or lower. Whether he’s a winner-survivor or a loser-survivor remains to be seen. Seems to me he has made his plight worse doing what he has done since losing the 2020 USian presidential race fair and square, his latest last straw being his orchestrated and scripted telephone call performance yesterday threatening and demeaning the Georgia Secretary of State and the Georgia Governor, not to mention all the honest hard working public servants who did their jobs well conducting the Georgia election.

How seventy-four million USian voters could have voted in the first place for someone with Trump’s feeling, thinking, behavioral, and personality dysfunctions is astounding.  Donald Trump has had long-standing problems getting his psychological, social, and sexual needs met in OK ways, probably from his birth to now, despite what the billions of dollars he got his hands on could buy, made possible by leveraging the four hundred or so million dollars his parents gave him to play with buying vanity gambling casinos, luxury hotels, golf courses and the like.

It’s even harder to believe seventy-four million voters in the US voting for Trump might see themselves and others as having zero to minus three (0 to -3) loser-survivor Not-OK life positions; but maybe that’s possible, come to think of it.

No kind of economic or political system will work for everyone if bad guys get control of them at the top, and the worst bad guy at the top of the USian government right now, now that Trump is done, is Mitchell McConnell, the Repug thug majority leader in the USian senate, and the only OK way to get rid of him is to vote for Warnock and Ossoff, which will give Dems control of the USian federal government, with the unfortunate exception of the USian nine-member supreme court controlled by six appointed Repug radical right judges.

On the other hand, how much good this will do remains to be seen.

The US has a decent constitution created and written at the end of the 18th Century by lawyers and rich merchants in the north and lawyers and rich slave-owning plantation owners in the south of the territory on the east coast of North America recently conquered and stolen from American Indians by Europeans in the names of their monarchs, linking together several previously quasi-autonomous states subservient to the English monarchy. These merchants and slave-owning planters got tired of putting up with the rules and taxes of the English monarchy, so they rebelled and won their independence, making themselves the new powers that be in the “new world,” creating their own rules and regulations. The new constitution was designed to protect their vested interests couched in noble idealistic language glorifying the natural rights of humans based on the proposition, they said, that all humans were created equal, which according to most definitions of the word equal was a lie. It might have been they were created to be equal, but if African slaves were born equal they did not remain that way for long in the real world, for many decades up to the Civil War. This same sort of unequal state of affairs still exists among USians. Humans now living in the US may have been born to be “equal” but they did not stay that way for long after birth, thanks to the nature of the USian culture, economic system, and political system, an evolving miasma emanating from a nauseating profusion of superstitions, beliefs, customs, rules, regulations, and laws imagined and enacted through time in myriad groups and organizations to increase inequality among participants. Mitchel McConnell did not acquire the power he had in the USian senate because of his good looks or what is written in the US constitution. It came about because of rules senators passed to make it easier for Repugs and Dems in the Senate to gain unfair advantages in the management of states of affairs. The USian congress, senate and house, now has almost no real face to face democratic discussions of any issue among all senators or representatives. Business is done behind closed doors by small committees who decide what will be voted on, legislation initiated and written in many instances by lobbyists for powerful corporations; and the senate majority leader now has the right and power to personally decide what will be voted on by the Senate as a whole, regardless of what committees decide. There is almost no face to face I’m OK—You’re OK democratic discussion of any issue in the Senate as a whole. A similar process has also been co-constructed in the House through time for the same reasons.

Unfortunately this I’m OK—You’re Not OK process is not confined to the USian federal government: It’s pervasive in families, schools, churches, and organizations and groups of all sorts, thanks to a Little Fascist some transactional analysts think is embedded in the archaic Parent ego state in the Child ego states of most humans, harboring a deep-seated desire to reign superior over others.

Postscript. It’s not that all Dem voters are paragons of virtue, intelligence, compassion, fairness, and justice working for the good of all USians and Earthians. In my opinion, most dim Dems did not have enough good sense to vote in their own best interests for Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren for president in the 2020 Dem primaries. On the other hand, they did at least get rid of two major threats and impediments to USian progress, Trump and McConnell.

One USian King of the Senate reigning about one decade has now been deposed. Will the next one be any better? Not much if nobody changes the rules of the senate for how senators do business, that were designed to foster inequality and to pay back powerful special interests, leaving scraps for inferior losers.

I have covered ego states and scripts in my books Business Voyages and Born to Learn: A Transactional Analysis of Human Learninglisting common Parent ego state script messages and Child ego state injunctions.  All parents do not transmit the same script messages creating considerable variety among family scripts and outcomes.  Certain life scripts conveniently fit certain roles, jobs, professions, careers, political parties, and what have you more than others, providing fresh recruits already scripted for job openings, slots, roles, and positions in an economy, which is fine so long as the economy does not change very much.  Unfortunately since 1980 in the United States the offshoring of high wage blue collar jobs to foreign low wage countries and the use of more and more computer technology to increase the profits of USian corporations has rendered many family scripts obsolete. 

Donald John Trump did not invent himself. He was scripted to do what he has d0ne. The feeling, thinking, and behaving patterns that caused Trump to do what he has done have existed in Trump’s family for generations. His parents knew full well what Trump is like. His mother said so, saying she worried about him getting into politics, saying he had “no common sense.” She and her husband had to have known giving him four hundred million dollars was dangerous, like giving a very young child matches or a loaded gun to play with. Yet they knew he had a lot of energy and a physical presence, demeanor, and cachet that appealed to a lot of people; and they knew he might make a big mark in the world in their name, in one of the biggest ego trips of Earthian history.

A bitter pill to swallow found embedded in my books Business Voyages and Born to Learn is that everything that happens is either predetermined or accidental, as the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein postulated in his book of propositions, Prototractatus; and therefore no one is to blame or praise. Believing and acting otherwise will simply perpetuate the same sorry I’m OK—You’re Not OK life position that has bedeviled humankind since time immemorial contributing to if not causing repeats of historical abominations such as genocides, wars, slavery, economic depressions, famines, mental illnesses, and social collapses.

For more information regarding my use of Transactional Analysis  https://www.itaaworld.org/  to create better discussion groups and democratic processes read my book Born to Learn:  A Transactional Analysis of Human Learninghttps://www.amazon.com/Born-Learn-Transactional-Analysis-Learning/dp/0692584331

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

This entails Earthians peacefully reducing through natural attrition 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, humans having shown time and time again they are not up to the job.

This can be programmed using linear programming based on the general algorithmic matrix algebra form

Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi

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

Flying aboard an airliner about to land at night moving at four hundred miles an hour at thirty thousand feet with cloudy and rainy weather below, which would you rather have landing the plane, the plane’s radar and computer system or the pilot and co-pilot, seeing nothing out their windows but clouds and lightning?

I am indebted to Buckminster Fuller for teaching me in his book Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth the metaphor in the above paragraph and planting seeds for other ideas in my essay “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.,” such as computers being the best hope for mankind and humans not doing work that machines can do better, being paid to think instead with what he called mind grants. To my knowledge Fuller was the inventor of the appellations Earthian and Spaceship Earth.

For details regarding my transactional analysis and management science qualifications read “ELR Editor’s Academic Vita” at https://www.effectivelearning.net/rjs-academic-vita.html or by scrolling to the top of this page and clicking on the post for my vita on the masthead of this blog.

TO RESPOND:

Unfortunately it seems to me one can build a case politicians spend most of their time playing psychological Games (Persecuting, Rescuing, and Victimizing people), wasting high percentages of their time and energy pastiming (bullshitting) and engaging in rituals (shuffling paper, filling out unnecessary forms, attending perfunctory meetings with lawyers and others, making up and passing petty rules to advance their selfish interests, etc.). Almost everything done in so-called foreign policy is a move in a psychological Game it seems to me.

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 psychological, social, economic, or political states affairs is absolutely true. About the best humans can hope for is to develop consensual answers that are generally acceptable and true based on probability.

It’s better to be honestly wrong than dishonestly wrong. Telling someone something you know is fake as if it were true is worse than telling someone something that’s fake because of genuine ignorance. A good case in point these days is most USians calling FICA insurance premium payments “payroll” taxes. It’s hard to know if parrots calling FICA payments payroll taxes really do not know any better or if they really do know better but are covertly lying about it to go along with the crowd to get political brownie points for conforming to a big group lie slandering and defaming Social Security.

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, telling people things you know are false and fake, is debatable, as is proving whether it’s getting easier or harder for most people to know what’s fake news and what’s not. Political parties, Earthian governments, and Mainstream media lie by omission with alacrity, information withheld from ordinary humans about the Julian Assange case being a notorious current case in point. Mainstream USian media not mentioning there were no visible black rioters among Trump’s invaders of the US Congress when it was in session to declare national state votes for president valid is another.

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THE EARTHIAN — 21

THE EARTHIAN, Number Twenty-One, Effective Learning Publications, https://www.effectivelearning.net/effective-learning-publications.html 32 East Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, USA, January 4, 2021.    

THE EARTHIAN 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 intelligent hard-hitting truth-seeking writers in Internet journals about psychological, social, economic, political, military, religious, and ecological states of affairs around Spaceship Earth are linked below as sources, following a usual 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

Here’s to all Georgians: Vote for Ossoff and Warnock tomorrow, January 5, 2021. Enough is Enough!

Unbelievable. I never heard about anything like this before, happening yesterday. I listened about one hour to Trump in a telephone call last night browbeat and threaten the Georgia Secretary of State and the Georgia Governor using churlish demeaning street language, with his mealy mouth lawyers protecting and backing him up, ganging up on the Georgia Secretary of State and his lawyers, squelching them, with one harangue, tirade, psychological threat, and flight of fancy after another, riddled with lies.

Much of what Trump said was scurrilous and unprovable, but in the attack Trump psychologically insulted and demeaned the Georgia Secretary of State and threatened the secretary and his family with bodily harm, not overtly socially saying he would do the secretary or his family bodily harm but psychologically implying the secretary and his family were in danger of harm by angry Trump supporters, “notifying” the secretary he was in danger because of not overturning the election for Trump.

The bottom line is that Trump lost the 2020 USian presidential election fair and square by seven million popular votes nationwide; but he magically thinks if he can overturn just one state by force that will be enough to override the whole election thanks to the insane USian electoral college…when if Biden supporters had done for Biden what Trump supporters did for Trump digging up quasi-plausible evidence of voter fraud in various states they could have found just as much quasi-plausible evidence of voter fraud working against Biden as Trump.

Yet this monster of a president and some of his radical right supporters would have you believe there was zero voter fraud working to Trump’s advantage, and to them the only possibility is that this poor little innocent Lord Fauntleroy of a president was seriously picked on and cheated by bullies. And they magically think if only the Georgia Secretary of State will just “find” poor Donald eleven thousand or so fraud votes he can stay in office.

Just when you think USian culture can’t sink any lower it takes another nosedive.

Here’s the leaked telephone conversation posted yesterday for your listening education furnished by the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-raffensperger-call-transcript-georgia-vote/2021/01/03/2768e0cc-4ddd-11eb-83e3-322644d82356_story.html.

Before I get into the meat of recent relevant states of affairs around Spaceship Earth I would like teach a little transactional analysis theory, being a compulsive teacher. If it bores you skip down a few paragraphs to where I get into why Joe Biden is a better deal than Donald Trump and why you need to vote for Warnock and Ossoff rather than Loeffler and Perdue.

Ego states are states of being including thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, feelings, gestures, body language, and other signals determining how people come across with others in communication episodes, whether parent-like, adult-like, or child-like, in all kinds of situations.  People switch ego states depending on who they are communicating with and what sort of circumstances they are in, whether they are parenting, working, socializing, teaching, having fun, playing Games, or whatever.  They transmit messages from three ego states in themselves to three ego states in others in pair vectors, Parent-Parent, Adult-Adult, Child-Child, Parent-Child, Child-Adult, Adult-Parent, or whatever possibility.  These transactions are especially meaningful in situations in which there is some sort of authoritarian system involved, such as parents parenting children in homes, teachers teaching students in schools, or bosses bossing subordinates in a business or political organization, which normally entail primarily Parent-Child transactions. In general however the more Adult-Adult transactions there are the better things go in families, schools, businesses, and political organizations. 

Script messages are transmitted socially and psychologically as I have shown and explained with diagrams in my books. Unfortunately I have not shown one of these diagrams in this blog, having not taken the time to get jpeg pictures of them made to get them posted to my computer desktop to download into this WordPress program. Ah, the joys of desktop publishing. Yeah, right, I probably am a little lazy. If you want to see what a transactional analysis script diagram looks like right now scroll to the top of this page and click on ELR Editor’s Daily Shares. You can see a picture of a TA script diagram in the assemblage of pictures on the left of the page that will pop up, having been accepted by my Facebook program in a non-jpeg format.

A TA life script diagram shows the three stacked Parent, Adult, and Child ego state circles representing parent, adult, and child ego states for each parent and child. The solid lines in the diagram denote overt spoken social messages and dotted lines denote covert psychological unspoken ulterior messages.  Social messages are verbalized overt auditory messages; psychological messages are covert non-spoken ulterior messages transmitted by body language, emotional states, and after the fact positive or negative stroking as people react to situations and feel and do things.

Scripts in families are created automatically when parents transmit various messages to their children from various ego states socially and psychologically, in and out of awareness.  Scripts are life plans generally decided before the age of eight by offspring based on script messages transmitted to them by their parents and others.  Since parents by and large transmit the same script messages that were transmitted to them before they were eight years old script messages in families can remain intact for many generations.  According to transactional analysts script decisions made before the age of eight have lasting effects determining three general life outcomes:  winner, loser, and non-winner.  These decisions can be redecided and updated later in life but it’s not easy for most people. 

Psychological Child-Child ego state script injunctions are what cause the most trouble for people in their lives.  Script injunctions forbid appropriate behavior in the here and now. Script injunctions are caused by emotional and behavioral requirements created by families through time as they adapted to and coped with problems and environmental forces that may have been appropriate in past environments, but which are inappropriate in here and now more benign and hospitable environments. 

Opposing script messages transmitted by parents can put a child in a Not-OK bind in childhood and throughout adolescence, assuming a divorce has not already occurred, causing considerable trouble within a family, since the child cannot please both parents in the presence of both parents. This Catch-22 can put parents in worse Not-OK positions vis-a-vis each other if the child makes a social or psychological level decision about which parent is right, increasing Not-OKness in the family system as a whole, including the child.  

What many people need is psychological permission to violate and ignore their psychological outdated obsolete family Child ego state script message Injunctions, not only to increase their own OKness but the OKness of all living members of the family system, and the OKness of Earthian humans in general, for that matter.

Two common family script Injunctions in most cultures are Don’t Think about the true nature and causes of states of affairs and Don’t Feel certain feelings, such as glad, mad, sad, or scared, when certain things happen in certain environments.

Joe Biden at least socially comes across projecting an I’m OK—You’re OK life position. Donald Trump unfortunately comes across socially and psychologically projecting an I’m OK, my buddy is OK, nothing else is OK, and we are going to make the world pay life position. Even more unfortunate for all Earthians around Spaceship Earth Trump’s buddies Putin, Kim Jong Un, Bolsonaro and others also operate from this sort of life position.

Here is what Martin Groder, MD, one of my transactional analysis mentors at Chapel Hill, NC in the late 1970s, had to say about this sort of thing in what I called Groder’s People Map, in a passage I wrote and published in 2011 in my book Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds, pp. 148-150:

The Human Spectrum

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

“According to Groder, humans vary on two fundamental spatial dimensions. One dimension is Okness, which is estimated on the horizontal axis of Figure 1 (sorry, I could not get the Figure 1 image to copy and paste here, so you’ll just have to imagine it, or read Business Voyages); the other dimension is the energy level of the individual estimated on the vertical axis.

“People vary in terms of how OK they see, feel about, and experience, (1) themselves, (2) the other individual, (3) their group, (4) other groups, and (5) the world. In Groder’s terms, they are OK or not-OK with respect to I, You, We, They, and It (the world). Groder estimates how OK they are on each of these five existential dimensions on a scale of -1 to +1, -1 being as not-OK as possible and +1 being as OK as possible. Thus people with extremely high self-esteem would be at the +1 level regarding themselves; someone with extremely low self-esteem would be existing at the -1 level regarding themselves. People could exist at any level in between, at -.5, 0, +.25, etc. on all five of the OKness positions, the positions of specific individuals with respect to themselves, buddies on a one-to-one basis, groups with which one belongs, other groups with which your group cooperates or competes, and the world in general. Summing the 5 existential OKness positions for an individual (I, You, We, They, and It), the highest possible OKness rating would be +5 and the lowest possible would be -5. A +5 person would have the highest possible feelings of Okness regarding his OKness, the OKness of his buddy, the OKness of his group, the OKness of other groups, and the OKness of the world. Such an individual would have very positive feelings and thoughts for self and others. On the other end of the spectrum, a -5 person would have the lowest possible feelings and thoughts for self and others. Very negative people tend to end up in prison. Very positive people tend to end up cultural heroes. Probably the most profitable life position for an entrepreneur in a capitalistic economic system would be I’m OK, my employees are OK, my company is OK, the world is OK, but my competitors aren’t worth a damn, since this position would motivate his or her sales employees to steal business from competitors to increase the profit of the company.

“Entrepreneurs have higher energy levels than middle managers and normal people. It takes less energy to be a normal person than anything else. Entrepreneurs in Groder’s schema have approximately the same energy level on the vertical axis of Figure 1 as Monsters, the -3 OKness level convict leaders of other convicts. Monsters have the life postion “I’m OK, my buddy is OK, but everything else is not OK, and I am going to make the world pay.” According to Groder, it’s more difficult to change the energy level of a human than the OKness position. In rehabilitation work, Groder attempted to arc people across the gap of Figure 1, and make +3 OKness level entrepreneurs out of -3 monsters, +2 OKness middle managers out of -2 OKness creeps, slobs, lunch buckets, etc. Sometimes people arc across the gap the other way. Honest entrepreneurs can turn criminal. Entrepreneurs are winner-survivors; Monsters are loser-survivors. Winners achieve goals and objectives; losers do not.”

What is winning in this context?

Feeling good about yourself, your best friends, your groups, other groups, and the world.

Trump has a high energy level. His OKness life position at present unfortunately may be -3 or lower. Whether he’s a winner-survivor or a loser-survivor remains to be seen. Seems to me he has made his plight worse doing what he has done since losing the 2020 USian presidential race fair and square, his latest last straw being his orchestrated and scripted telephone call performance yesterday threatening and demeaning the Georgia Secretary of State and the Georgia Governor, not to mention all the honest hard working public servants who did their jobs well conducting the Georgia election.

How seventy-four million USian voters could have voted in the first place for someone with Donald Trump’s feeling, thinking, behavioral, and personality dysfunctions is astounding.  He’s had long-standing problems getting his psychological, social, and sexual needs met in OK ways, probably from his birth to now, despite what the billions of dollars he got his hands on could buy, made possible by leveraging the four hundred or so million dollars his parents gave him to play with buying vanity gambling casinos, luxury hotels, golf courses and the like.

It’s even harder to believe seventy-four million voters in the US voting for Trump might see themselves and others as having zero to minus three (0 to -3) loser-survivor Not-OK life positions; but maybe that’s possible, come to think of it.

No kind of economic or political system will work for everyone if bad guys get control of them at the top, and the worst bad guy at the top of the USian government right now, now that Trump is done, is Mitchell McConnell, the Repug thug majority leader in the USian senate, and the only OK way to get rid of him is to vote for Warnock and Ossoff, which will give Dems control of the USian federal government, with the unfortunate exception of the USian nine-member supreme court controlled by six low-OKness Repug radical right judges.

On the other hand, how much good this will do remains to be seen.

The US has a decent constitution created and written at the end of the 18th Century by lawyers and rich merchants in the north and lawyers and rich slave-owning plantation owners in the south of the territory on the east coast of North America recently conquered and stolen from American Indians by Europeans in the names of their monarchs, linking together several previously quasi-autonomous states subservient to the English monarchy. These merchants and slave-owning planters got tired of putting up with the rules and taxes of the English monarchy, so they rebelled and won their independence, making themselves the new powers that be in the “new world,” creating their own rules and regulations. The new constitution was designed to protect their vested interests couched in noble idealistic language glorifying the natural rights of humans based on the proposition, they said, that all humans were created equal, which according to most definitions of the word equal was a lie. It might have been they were created to be equal, but if African slaves were born equal they did not remain that way for long in the real world, for many decades up to the Civil War. This same sort of unequal state of affairs still exists among USians. Humans now living in the US may have been born to be “equal” but they did not stay that way for long after birth, thanks to the existence and nature of the evolving USian culture, economic system, and political system, fostering a maddening frustrating miasma of nauseating superstitions, beliefs, customs, rules, regulations, and laws imagined and enacted through time in myriad groups and organizations to increase inequality among participants. Mitchel McConnell did not acquire the power he had in the USian senate because of his good looks or what is written in the US constitution. It came about because of rules senators created to make it easier for Repugs and Dems in the Senate to gain unfair advantages in the management of states of affairs. The USian congress, senate and house, now has almost no real face to face democratic discussions of any issue among all senators or representatives. Business is done behind closed doors by small committees who decide what will be voted on, legislation initiated and written in many instances by lobbyists for powerful corporations; and the senate majority leader now has the right and power to personally decide what will be voted on by the Senate as a whole, regardless of what committees decide. There is almost no face to face I’m OK—You’re OK democratic discussion of any issue in the Senate as a whole. A similar process has also been co-constructed in the House through time for the same reasons.

Unfortunately this I’m OK—You’re Not OK process is not confined to the USian federal government: It’s pervasive in families, schools, churches, and organizations and groups of all sorts, thanks to a Little Fascist some transactional analysts think is embedded in the archaic Parent ego state in the Child ego states of most humans, harboring a deep-seated desire to reign superior over others.

Postscript. It’s not that all Dem voters are paragons of virtue, intelligence, compassion, fairness, and justice working for the good of all USians and Earthians. In my opinion, most dim Dems did not have enough good sense to vote in their own best interests for Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren for president in the 2020 Dem primaries. On the other hand, they did at least get rid of two major threats and impediments to USian progress, Trump and McConnell.

One USian King of the Senate reigning about one decade has now been deposed. Will the next one be any better? Not much if nobody changes the rules of the senate for how senators do business, that were designed to foster inequality and to pay back powerful special interests, leaving scraps for inferior losers.

I have covered ego states and scripts in my books Business Voyages and Born to Learn: A Transactional Analysis of Human Learninglisting common Parent ego state script messages and Child ego state injunctions.  All parents do not transmit the same script messages creating considerable variety among family scripts and outcomes.  Certain life scripts conveniently fit certain roles, jobs, professions, careers, political parties, and what have you more than others, providing fresh recruits already scripted for job openings, slots, roles, and positions in an economy, which is fine so long as the economy does not change very much.  Unfortunately since 1980 in the United States the offshoring of high wage blue collar jobs to foreign low wage countries and the use of more and more computer technology to increase the profits of USian corporations has rendered many family scripts obsolete. 

Donald John Trump did not invent himself. He was scripted to do what he has d0ne. The feeling, thinking, and behaving patterns that caused Trump to do what he has done have existed in Trump’s family for generations. His parents knew full well what Trump is like. His mother said so, saying she worried about him getting into politics, saying he had “no common sense.” She and her husband had to have known giving him four hundred million dollars was dangerous, like giving a very young child matches or a loaded gun to play with. Yet they knew he had a lot of energy and a physical presence, demeanor, and cachet that appealed to a lot of people; and they knew he might make a big mark in the world in their name, in one of the biggest ego trips of Earthian history.

A bitter pill to swallow found embedded in my books Business Voyages and Born to Learn is that everything that happens is either predetermined or accidental, as the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein postulated in his book of propositions, Prototractatus; and therefore no one is to blame or praise. Believing and acting otherwise will simply perpetuate the same sorry I’m OK—You’re Not OK life position that has bedeviled humankind since time immemorial contributing to if not causing repeats of historical abominations such as genocides, wars, slavery, economic depressions, famines, mental illnesses, and social collapses.

For more information regarding my use of Transactional Analysis  https://www.itaaworld.org/  to create better discussion groups and democratic processes read my book Born to Learn:  A Transactional Analysis of Human Learninghttps://www.amazon.com/Born-Learn-Transactional-Analysis-Learning/dp/0692584331 

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

This entails Earthians peacefully reducing through natural attrition 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, humans having shown time and time again they are not up to the job.

This can be programmed using linear programming based on the general algorithmic matrix algebra form

Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi

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

Flying aboard an airliner about to land at night moving at four hundred miles an hour at thirty thousand feet with cloudy and rainy weather below, which would you rather have landing the plane, the plane’s radar and computer system or the pilot and co-pilot, seeing nothing out their windows but clouds and lightning?

I am indebted to Buckminster Fuller for teaching me in his book Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth the metaphor in the above paragraph and planting seeds for other ideas in my essay “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.,” such as computers being the best hope for mankind and humans not doing work that machines can do better, being paid to think instead with what he called mind grants. To my knowledge Fuller was the inventor of the appellations Earthian and Spaceship Earth.   

For details regarding my transactional analysis and management science qualifications read “ELR Editor’s Academic Vita” at https://www.effectivelearning.net/rjs-academic-vita.html or by scrolling to the top of this page and clicking on the post on the masthead of this blog.

TO RESPOND:

As usual this month’s THE EARTHIAN  links and cites as SOURCES recent articles written and published by clear deep-thinking hard-hitting independent writers on various Earthian states of affairs.

Some Game playing goes on in the articles, i.e., a writer is psychologically Persecuting, Rescuing, or Victimizing someone or some group or organization; but it seems to me the writers are generally trying to paint accurate pictures of what they think is really going on in relevant significant Earthian states of affairs using their Adult ego states.

Unfortunately it seems to me one can build a case politicians spend most of their time playing psychological Games, mostly wasting their time and energy pastiming (bullshitting) and engaging in rituals (shuffling paper, filling out unnecessary forms, attending useless meetings with lawyers and others, and the like). Almost everything done in so-called foreign policy is a move in a psychological Game it seems to me.

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 psychological, social, economic, or political states affairs is absolutely true. About the best humans can hope for is to develop consensual answers that are generally acceptable and true based on probability.

It’s better to be honestly wrong than dishonestly wrong. Telling someone something you know is fake as if it were true is worse than telling someone something that’s fake because of genuine ignorance. A good case in point these days is most USians calling FICA insurance premium payments “payroll” taxes. It’s hard to know if sayers calling FICA payments payroll taxes really do not know any better or if they really do know better but are covertly lying about it to go along with the crowd to get political brownie points for conforming to a big group lie slandering and defaming Social Security.

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, telling people things you know are false and fake, is debatable, as is proving whether it’s getting easier or harder for most people to know what’s fake and what’s not. Political parties, Earthian governments, and Mainstream media lie by omission with alacrity, information withheld from ordinary humans about the Julian Assange case being a notorious current case in point. Mainstream USian media not mentioning there were no visible black rioters among Trump’s invaders of the US Congress when it was in session to declare national state votes for president valid is another.

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SOURCES:

January 4, 2021

Carl Bernstein ought to know what he’s talking about, being one of Earth’s foremost expert witnesses dealing with the problem of lying by omission.

“Carl Bernstein: This is the ultimate smoking gun,” CNN video,

www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/01/03/trump-georgia-votes-raffensperger-call-tapes-bernstein-sot-vpx.cnn?fbclid=IwAR2l6n8Jl73Nzgb0KwO6AO0ut4vz3p6blrhq3Z3_4ymFEbKS1_DwAMm0Q_g.

January 4

Do it again, along with their dear leader Little Lord Fauntleroy Trump who finally got what he deserved.

“Congress expelled 14 members in 1861 for supporting Confederacy,” by Biba Adams, YAHOO!NEWS, https://news.yahoo.com/congress-expelled-14-members-1861-163055839.html.

January 3

It’s a good thing Assange will not be extradited to the US because US prisons are too harsh in the opinion of the Brit judge. It’s not good the judge did not disagree with the US about the charges.

“UK judge blocks US request to extradite Assange,” Aljazeera, https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/4/julian-assange-extradition-2.

January 3, 2021

A major issue alright, meriting much thought and discussion.

”2020’s Legislative Attacks on Gig Workers Will Change Labor Forever,” by Robert R. Raymond, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/2020s-legislative-attacks-on-gig-workers-will-change-labor-forever/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR2hp4UENOHcLHXHQsVKUYKdl1jqw0SEKhkSNbFZqqmBWvKu5AIE_0yhadM.

January 2

Here’s how the USian Deep State does business as usual making good on their psychological agreements with their friends in the USian federal government.

“Here Are All the Banks That Paid Janet Yellen $7.3 Million in Speaking Fees in the Past 2 Years,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/here-are-all-banks-paid-janet-yellen-73-million-speaking-fees-past-2-years?fbclid=IwAR3JRclo44yteRFmQ_0fnYeMdNmu0FeZIzixxJ45JgY3jkzpt3DARD3rGXc.

January 2

Single pay Medicare for All anyone?

“Big Pharma Rings in New Year by Raising Prices on 300 Medications,” by Kenny Stancil, TRUTHOUT, https://truthout.org/articles/big-pharma-rings-in-new-year-by-raising-prices-on-300-medications/?utm_campaign=Truthout%20Share%20Buttons&fbclid=IwAR04nzEMmmAypwy0HzrLSoHdlpOYrIklDqBzsGGZghrgYxZwGyWEA489y7w.

January 2

Now here is a real party pooper.

“Petit-Bourgeois ‘Normalcy’ Pining at the New York Times,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/01/01/petit-bourgeois-normalcy-pining-at-the-new-york-times/?fbclid=IwAR1g9optROgXFL_XdfefhuMUVGXiyyX1w3asnmycF3qNCfycou_d6Y2XnHQ.

January 2

My opinion expressed on Facebook: “But there’s no evidence of significant voter fraud, you liar! (me playing like I was speaking to Ted Cruz).”

A repug response to me on Facebook: “With all respect, I could say you are lying too. The commit (sic) about Hitler (believe if you tell a big lie over and over sooner or later most people will believe it). Pelosi on video made that same commitment stating that was how the Democrats did it. There is so much fraud in our government it amazes me how it is still functioning at all. I’ve read your articles and the majority of what you are stating is just your opinions, not fact.”

My response to the repuglican on Facebook: “Just proves it’s impossible to win an argument with brainwashed people like you and me. The only hope is that the better brainwashing will win in the end.”

“Ted Cruz Leads Senators in Challenge To Wednesday Electoral Count; Demands Emergency Audit,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/political/ted-cruz-leads-senators-challenge-electoral-count-demands-emergency-audit?fbclid=IwAR01nA1-pt4p2XY7X6JiTwK4PBmmoPKw6Hqfv_SIekHSCCa7XMXtJ2l5fJs.

January 2

Great contemporary environmental overview

“Roaming Charges: It is What It is But is That All There is?,” by Jeffrey St. Clair, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/01/01/roaming-charges-it-is-what-it-is-but-is-that-that-all-there-is/?fbclid=IwAR1Ua70thWd2PLz8OnS4Y2JsWJUVhoHPMh3T6GnzgwMGJ5k0MgzVm-NWsqg.

December 31

Say it aint so Joe

“Yes, Americans are Fat. The US Military is Fatter,” by Thomas Knapp, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/12/31/yes-americans-are-fat-the-us-military-is-fatter/?fbclid=IwAR10hclcbd9lJKdBM5lcW-5ZiWPI3ZUuAsOQll50hk59pjD5yE0oav9LT38.

December 31

Back to business as usual

“Biden and the World: A First Look at His Foreign Affairs Team,” by Mel Gurton, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/12/30/biden-and-the-world-a-first-look-at-his-foreign-affairs-team/?fbclid=IwAR19UpSON_ciML6TCcREAwbnGQEkwLHMrNfOfJNauzVuB1Jk8au32Zb7zaY.

December 31

Say it aint so Joe

“2020 Latin America and the Caribbean in Review: the Pink Tide May Rise Again,” by Roger Harris, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/12/31/2020-latin-america-and-the-caribbean-in-review-the-pink-tide-may-rise-again/?fbclid=IwAR1EUt3Spx5nzCBmM1ffnqTWBPOaCLWHvnm2BfQwSEdyEB_JAXgBiYq-Gdg.

December 31

Generally agree. Trump looks and acts more like a fascist dictator than he really is; but he was and is an authoritarian nevertheless, and he seems to be doing everything he can to destroy I’m OK—You’re OK democracy any way he can before he leaves office three weeks from now.

“The Threat of Authoritarianism in the U.S. is Very Real, and Has Nothing To Do With Trump,” by Glenn Greenwald, SUBSTACK.COM, https://greenwald.substack.com/p/the-threat-of-authoritarianism-in?fbclid=IwAR3yanm9SJ3P_eiT2Y2gY8gXSQmgaaLd-rsYLAjdUGIGgGLYquKuvDH73QQ

December 31

Excellent article. Seems to me the only way for everyone to get survival needs met from here on is to peacefully reduce the Earthian human population through natural attrition (natural deaths exceeding births every year) so living humans can enjoy an adequate slice of a smaller pie year after year until sustainable levels are reached all around Spaceship Earth.

“2020: The Year Things Started Going Badly Wrong,” by Gail Tverberg, OUR FINITE WORLD, https://ourfiniteworld.com/2020/12/23/2020-the-year-things-started-going-badly-wrong/?fbclid=IwAR1De64WK9I1pKJ9z6r6VuCipV_fAGhJZ6MqRndt15bwMHJcRv58BHBQ1tU.

December 31

This linked list of articles published in the ELR covers Trump’s time running for office and living in the White House since 2016, up to now with about three weeks left to go.

“A List of All Articles Published In the Effective Learning Report Since September 2016,” by Richard John Stapleton, Effective Learning Report, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/a-list-of-all-articles-published-in-the-effective-learning-report/?fbclid=IwAR0MaJqOKIsryZ8aDz3Zv67tW0LiZfA2JCy-nb6smTVLkn8fNrL1E2qOWbQ.

December 23

One positive aspect of Trump’s latest impulse here is that it exposed the selfishness and greed of members of congress paying back their supporters in business as usual dirty Washington pork barrel payoffs embedded in the 5600 pages of this bill all USians will have to pay for one way or another sooner or later. If you think the two hundred or so thousand dollars US reps, senators, and presidents are paid as salary per year is their real income when in office you are sadly mistaken. Most of their money is made on the side one way or the other, including trading in the stock market, as Perdue and Loeffler exemplify .

“Covid-19 catch-22: Regime-change policies come packed with US pandemic relieve,” by Alexander Rubinstein and Jeb Sprague, THE GRAY ZONE, https://thegrayzone.com/2020/12/22/covid-regime-change-us-pandemic-relief/?fbclid=IwAR1EUt3Spx5nzCBmM1ffnqTWBPOaCLWHvnm2BfQwSEdyEB_JAXgBiYq-Gdg.

December 23

Insidiousness

“Trump Kicks Covid Bill Back to Congress; Demands $2,000 Stimulus, Shreds Lawmakers Over Mountain of Debt,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/trump-kicks-covid-bill-back-congress-demands-2000-stimulus-shreds-congress-over-mountain?fbclid=IwAR3O0dB9tornqM0sxMSqwAiBWJ0quTchOHr_od1sdJSL90LmRybp6gW7WyQ.

December 23

Genealogical scripting makes a difference for anyone.

“ELR Editor’s Genealogical Scripting,” by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT, https://blog.effectivelearning.net/stapleton-genealogy/?fbclid=IwAR0iXQJ2rIL6aRR3dD2fGXzWlPFyYWjmC0lQo-LAOC8-qXi_tRAiQc-dX8w

December 21

Some more great research by Ellen Brown

“Tackling the infrastructure and unemployment crises: The ‘American System’ solution,” by Ellen Brown, INTREPID REPORT, http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/31597.

December 19

Say it aint so Joe

“Donald Trump’s Final Act: Snuffing Out the Promise of Democracy in the Middle East,” by Vijay Prashad, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/12/18/donald-trumps-final-act-snuffing-out-the-promise-of-democracy-in-the-middle-east/?fbclid=IwAR2ws2iLE2NOOFSIf8j01yIkYPdoDatCTgLa3HME9Ok__7jY8Uesw4kUc4k.

December 19

An interesting well-written story about the evolution of the USian culture and economy

“What Shall We Call It?,” by John Davis, COUNTERPUNCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/12/18/what-shall-we-call-it/?fbclid=IwAR0kkjfBXsMFMCVlkoqFKGmk_nYLJ6Mv8b11f73IHjc6e9okOSq_GV-hcfE.

December 17

Chavez could be right. How did the billionaires get to be billionaires? Not by working, by owning stock and other assets that increased in value astronomically as they slept, significantly caused here of late by highly intelligent and creative computer technology hired hands working for billionaires writing computer software that eliminated jobs previously requiring human physical labor.

If there are no physical labor jobs what are the alternatives right now? Let people starve or UBI? Or what else?

You can’t eat computer technology that’s for sure. And most people aren’t skilled and knowledgeable enough writing computer software to work for billionaires owning the stock of corporations.

“Former Goldman CFO Calls for Universal Basic Income ‘To Stave Off Revolution’,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, https://www.zerohedge.com/political/former-goldman-cfo-marty-sachs-calls-universal-basic-income?fbclid=IwAR12ECNFAXHESk2dOrb3rrUL1Uf26mXJGMu3d4ANeygGatGktx2vy00v08Y

 

Fun Side Jobs For Your Busy Teaching Schedule

By Lisa Walker

Fitting fun side gigs into your busy teaching schedule doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, there’s a variety of flexible opportunities that you can do part-time during the school year. Side gigs are not only a great way to make extra money, but they also allow teachers to enhance their skills and expertise in various fields that may be beneficial to students. These also give teachers the ability to apply their skills to relevant fields like computer science, engineering, math and technology. Below are some examples of fun side gigs that any teacher can fit into their busy teaching schedule.

Tutor

Teachers already have an advantage if they want to take up tutoring because of their teaching skills. This is a great way to spend personalized time with a student who is having trouble in certain subjects. This may also be done after school, and you can even set your own hours and rates. There are also a variety of tutoring-based websites for both on-site or online tutoring.

Camp Counselor

Being a camp counselor is a fun way to delegate duties and activities to kids during school breaks. Camps also tend to fill up quickly since school is out of session, which creates a high demand for camp counselors. You’ll also have the opportunity to go on field trips and adventures with kids, so this job is perfect for teachers who love the outdoors. Check out your local community organizations to apply for a camp counselor spot.

Babysitter

Babysitting is a great way to make extra money after school throughout the school year. You’ll be helping out other parents while watching and playing with other kids. This can be as easy as helping kids with homework, watching TV or playing board games. You can make a profile on various babysitting-based websites or connect with parents in your neighborhood for child care opportunities.

Tour Guide

Being a tour guide is a fun way to spend time outdoors while discussing the fun aspects of the city you live in to tourists. You’ll also get to spend time with people of all ages, including kids, elderly folks and everyone in between. This is also a fun way to incorporate exercise into your schedule, since some tour guides spend time walking tourists around the city. You typically receive a base hourly wage plus the potential for tips from tourists, so a little personality goes a long way. Call your local tour guide company for openings.

Dog Boarding

Dog boarding is an easy way to make extra money while playing with dogs in a home environment. This job is ideal for when a friend or neighbor is out of town and needs someone to take on dog sitting tasks. Duties may involve walking, feeding and playing with dogs, so this is great for teachers who want a relaxing side job during the school year.

Dog Walking

For teachers who just want to spend some time playing with dogs, dog walking is a fun way to get some exercise while catching some sunshine. This is also a great job for teachers who want some quiet time from kids and school activities. Ask your neighbors if they’re in need of dog walking services, or create a profile on dog walking websites, which allows clients to contact you. You can also charge your own rate and set your own hours, making this a flexible opportunity for the busiest of teachers.

Bonus Tip: It’s time to select your entity type!

Registering your services as a legal business entity with the state requires selecting an entity type. While there are more than a dozen different types of business entities recognized by state governments, including the traditional C-Corp corporation, many business owners are opting to form an LLC. LLCs provide a number of advantages, including their flexibility, security to owners, and the ease in setting them up. An LLC can be created in about five steps.

Fitting a fun summer job into your busy teaching schedule is easy thanks to the variety of options that are available. Not only are these types of jobs a great way to make extra money, but they also offer flexibility, potential exercise opportunities and rewarding benefits for helping out friends, neighbors and students.

Lisa Walker is the proud SAHM (Stay at Home Mom) of two adorable but feisty sons. She enjoys trail hiking and beach-coming with her husband Jake when not busy with her boys and home improvement projects. She created NeighborhoodSprout.org as a passion project to share her love of homeownership with others.