It isn't, I suspect, that Liberals in the West are crying "foul" because in Europe and the US, they got Politically Hammered by Cambridge Analytica, via Facebook.  After all, it was just one election cycle.  It is not as though the "psychops" ground crew who carry the load for Mercer, Bannon, Farage, are, to the man, a bunch of white nationalists from Alabama. To the contrary, they are mostly apolitical milennials just trying to make a buck.  AggragateIQ is not the only "nerd gang" smart enough to identify, source, and manipulate enough individual voters to "get their boy elected".   The problem for Liberals, is that all this "military grade cyber manipulating crap" only has limited potency.  Sadly this "Manchurian Candidate Voter Management Scheme" plays out almost exclusively in the Right Wing Precincts around the world where "gettin likes" is "the force".  Speaking of...."likes"..... how many 30 something MBA's with weighty mortgages and ICloud accounts see Facebook Feed as their North Star? 

     The Liberals simply need to find a way to "dumb down" their base so political competition is played on a level field.  Indeed many Liberal platform priorities suggest that they are proceeding.  It certainly is Liberals best hope, because, for certain, they are not going to enlighten the Right Wing Consciousness.  Once Cyber-Psychops "ingested the game and built the algorithm"...well it's kinda like Deep Blue vs. just know whose gonna win!

     For great press coverage of the "state of the game" see: 


Can Trump make America more Cynical....probably not!

     In but a year the American Cynical Index (ACI) has more than tripled.  Of course this is not all a consequence of a "truth defying president".  Long before we were urged to distrust Trump ravings, we were skeptical of partisan politicians, detergent ads, cyber-evangelist, gymnastic scoring, and on and on.  In fact, for years, many delighted in the entertainment value of Trump's celebrity persona offering overtly manipulative and deceitful comedy.  Clearly our national cynisym was not amped by Celebrity Apprentice, Professional Wrestling or Jon Lovitz, but when one of these skilled magicians showed up on the world stage, well...cynicism went viral.

      Liberals and Progressives. for whom it was still fashionable to support Democratic Institutions, found the misplaced comedy to be despicable.  Conservatives, as always coming in two flavors, gullible and ego-manical, either pretended the comedy was reality, or genuinely believed it was reality.  Had either extreme on this spectrum just let the show run, most likely a state of normal would have prevailed.  But no, Fox had to antagonize the Liberals by making them watch Celebrity President, and the MSNBC had to pull out all stops to undermine the "comedy claiming reality" soap opera.  And, if this wasn't enough, the Liberals had to annex Russia into the match as a presumed co-producer of CA-Washington, i.e. Celebrity Apprentice - Washington. Accordingly...

     now we are in one hell of as mess.  The Liberals are absolutely certain that all discourse is corrupt, including the hyped allegations of their Liberal tribe, even when the origin is family or friend.  The Machiavellian Conservatives have been forced to adopt ever more deceitful personas in defense of their faux allegiance to arguments that they never believed in from the start.  Only the Conservative Gullible have been spared the anxiety of this extreme cynicism onset. However, even for this neurological challenged, Easter Bunny believing subset, numbering about 20%, there are some boundaries. It may be the case that, imminently no American will believe anything and as such all Americans will simply choose to act on nothing.

     Perhaps, before this full onset state arises, we might all agree to discontinue red/yellow/green intersection light symbols, in favor of random coloring... just as a mass training exercise, you know.  We might all like a reality where we live "down the rabbit hole" 


Trump Showed Us the Way.....

     and we are now happier.  Maureen Dowd, the New York Times columnist, wrote this week a scathing editorial chronicling and berating the Trump Image.  Quickly, the impassioned right countered with their standard "Deutschland uber Alles" defense.  One commentator, posting under the moniker "Lover of the Right Truth", provided the following "meme-gem".

     For eight years we had a far left, American hating, monarch. Now we have a flawed, America loving, fighter.  Get used to him, he IS after all, a man who stands before the bullies of the world and screams to them just how much America Is RISING and SHINING.  Better America soars under a flawed man than drowns under a closet commie.

     This Machiavellian "self above all" meme runs so deep in the human psyche that it is hard to imagine that, somewhere over the rainbow, we will not, in the normal course of human events, simple obliterate our species.  Yes, I know that Steve Pinker keep pointing out how much more enlightened and civil the world has become, but....there is no denying that there has settled in, at least in America, an ominousness about each new tomorrow.  My sense, is that the post script which "Lover of the Right Truth" would liked to have added to his above Trump Defense,  would go something like:

     My mommy and my daddy taught me to protect what is mine.  I will not yield to the muslims, the blacks, the jews, the commies, the gays, the elitist, or any new identity group that my feeling deem a threat.  Further, I will consider it morally justified, given the danger, to put forth my best defense...  spontaneous preemptive attacks. 

     Further, I speculate not






Money Follows Persons (CBA)

    Back in the '90s, noting the rapidly expanding FedDebt required to fund Nursing Home Care, both red and blue politicians saw opportunity.  Not that "Community Based Alternative" CBA was fiscally significant but politically it served both sides well.  The Blues promoted returning frail elderly constituents to their nurturing communities by allowing dedicated Fed Dollars committed to Medicaid to support their sustainment out there...anywhere but in the Medicaid supported Nursing Home NH. The Reds talked possible percentage cuts in entitlement causing deficits.  Yes, it was kind of a win-win, politically, but as to improving the well-being of the nation's most vulnerable, not so much.

    For most Nursing Home patients, their mandatory 90 day In-Facility Stay was so debilitating that they were functionally unable to re-enter the community.  This was particularly so when the state & fed bureaucracy extended approval periods well past patient's life expectancies.  In some States, when even then, the Per Diem NH cost was $3000, to $6000,  assuming these funds were really reallocated to Community Based Residency options, it made a few Congregate Care Developers rich.  Mostly, however,  CBA was a second rate political spin game.

      So why mention it?  Well mostly just to conceptualize that Trump's past, present, and future fuckups are nothing new. Social engineering is almost always screwed up almost always.  Anyway, I wanted to example how one dubious program like CBA has survived and morphed over the last 25 years.  I don't know,about all States, but I do know a little about how it has been adapted to the Missouri political will.   Our States CBA initiative is called "Money Follows Persons".  It is alive and well under the Missouri Social Services Agency.  It has enabled a small staff of well educated but low apparitional persons to get steady employment for a couple of generations, and perhaps it has sent a few of our States poorest home......although only those who preachingly had been Medicaid Eligible, which by law meant that they could have no more than $936 monthly income and no more than $2000 in assets, and of course they had met the States "damn near ready to die" medical qualification test to have gotten admitted to the NH to start.

      How are these fortunate few awarded the CBA status going to make it out there in the community.  Other than their own diminished resources fullness, Missouri Department of Health & Aging will give then $2400 plus a few hours a week of In-Home support, specifically by an unlicensed and untrained, bottom of the labor pool, $10 hour, aide.  The State cost for this alternate care program is of course not the $6000 to $10,000 the State had been paying for skilled nursing care, but closer to $600.  This is astounding in it's immorality, but wait.... that's not all folks.

     If you didn't know the Missouri Medicaid Program that pays for virtually all NH care receives typically 60% of their cost in contributions from Washington.  Would you believe that when the "Money Follows Persons" group sends someone home from the NH, the Feds not only continue to pay Missouri Treasury, but they increase their payment by 30+ percent.  So when Orville goes home, the State gives him $2400 in cash, which is likely more than he has had in his life.  He spends it almost immediately and then again relies on his $800  SS or SSI check to survive.  Meanwhile Gov.Geitner picks up about $5000 for Orvills having been discharged.  GovIFightGeit can use the $60,000 a year however he pleases.  I guess he could use it to support, at the current Tax-emplt Bond rate, about $3,000,000 in debt which would be enough loose cash to buy a couple of Stinger Missies.

     The only light in this dark story is that the $60,000 that Washington will send to Geitner is money Trump has borrowed from the Chinese who can't stop loaning us money for fear we will make our own smart phones. If we can continue to screw China over for another couple of generations, without the great push-back, we may make America so great again that we can properly care for the vulnerable.....nay, let's just euphonize them.



Controlled Hallucinations

     The Consciousness Community is forever talking about the "hard problem" and the "easy problem", generally referring to inquire about how the human brain directs complex phenomenal experiences (easy), and how this molecular process could possibly explain why humans have this subjective experience called consciousness (hard).  It is, as most agree, the most important question in the world. It has preoccupied humanity unceasingly since the beginning.  The Neuro's, the Philo's, the Theo's, the Psycho's, the Bio's, the Physio's, the IIT's,  and virtually every other academic discipline, is hot to be a part of the answer to this ultimate question.

     For most of us, reflecting on the wide range of Consciousness Commentary,  produces little more than a headache. However, recently I came across a simple phrasing that, at least for me, (whoever and or whatever that me is) yielded a spark of clarity, I think.  Again presuming that there is a me, the insight that the reality which surrounds me provides only very fundamental sense information, i.e. sight,sound, touch, etc., that which I experience as consciousness is my  cumulative and evolving memory, priotized as to relevance, by current sensory input.... hence the "controlled hallucination" characterization.

     Although, I do not know that I experience hallucinations, nor has anyone suggested that I appear to hallucinate, I have experienced a lifetime of dreaming, and the occasional remembrances of dream content.  It seems palpable that the dream state and the hallucinatory state are very similar except for the obvious "navigation engaged/sleep walking" attribute of what we call hallucinating.    If then hallucinating is a state in which memory being accessed randomly, with little sensory input, then normal waking consciousness, it seems,to follow, is the same, but just more structured. Specifically, the consciousness state seems to be when sequencial memory is selected, cohered and constrained by my changing sensory field. 

     Yes, I am a zombie, just wandering around all day remembering memory vignettes of memories of previous memories. Fortunately these memory vignettes are being sensory played according to a "real time playlist" being imposed by external events in my sensory field.  In this, for now postulate, for sure I have to add that these external events include sensory input from the body most comprehensively remembered by my brain...."the body me"  What turns on and off this memory loop and where in time/space this memory loop can be located is too hard to think about.  Long ago, I came to  conceptually understand "emergent phenomena", as in "where the hell in this piano is that chord?"  Further, me sayeth not, except to acknowledge that I do enjoy this ongoing fantasy minimally influenced by whatever is really out there.