Entries by An Unnamed Baldnobber (219)

Wednesday
Jun122019

Identity Perspectives....a Russian Doll metaphor

     How many post-modern illuminating tweets/posts are necessary for us to accept that what we think, say, write and vote is perspectival, based on our history.  Having, I think, fully internalized this "truth", the obvious question is...."so now what"?

     Should we abandon our sense that humans are social creatures.  Should we think only about ourself, live isolated, only write secret journals, and never do politics.  After all, who wants to be berated for allowing their lack of empathy, or assessed faux empathy, to be revealed.  Or should we "mindfully" move our "self-identity" to the most all-encompassing universal sub-set hoping to "just get along".  Perhaps, if we all identified only as "quark collections", we would not need an aisle in Congress.

     Or, rather obvious, we could teach that "identity perspectives" are like musical notes or Russian Dolls.  We should take-up a standpoint as close as possible to the "affinity field" where we do our living.

    We can't undo "I am me and you are not", but we can become more "entangled"....quantum speaking!

Friday
Jun072019

Nirvana, Heaven, Paradise, etc....

     For thousands of years the Buddha, and like discerning humans across the globe, have internalized a simple core life-insight....detachment from finite phenomena ends suffering and yields bliss.  The "nirvana" root word means "extinction".  Other cultural "final state" concepts speak to the same beyond/after reorientation.  The idea seems simple enough, yet our species seems increasingly addicted to hedonistic consumer ism.  My sense is that, at both personal and group levels, reciprocal moralities emerge more robustly in information rich yet materially sparse environments.  You can grow a tomato in the shade, but not a very good one, and you can raise a man in a carnival, but not a very good one!

Saturday
May252019

Mueller the Mute!

     The phrase most common to our polarized political parties is "The American People".  Used across the media spectrum to co-align with the forces of light presumed to have been revealed to humanity as democracy, the reference is ubiquitous.  After 2+ years waiting on the Mueller probe findings, it is surely true that "The American People" have either "heard enough" or they need to "hear further" what Mueller has to say. 

     It is credibly estimated that less than .05% of the US registered voters have read the redacted published report and that a Congressional closed session hearing would, in published format, likely reach no more.  Although both sides generally agree that if televised "The American People" would have a more informed opinion about Muellers' findings, whether this is desirable is of course all a matter of bias intent.

     Presumably Mueller does not want to report publicly, for now much speculated reasons, all of which seem either selfish, or pitiful, or corrupt.  Literally not one pundit has offered a satisfactory reason for his reticence.  Perhaps it is encouraging that these pundits think we are not so far "down the rabbit hole" that they feel compelled to awaken extreme explanations.  That's fine, but for christsake many of us really would like to know.  Are we looking at an MS13 takedown, or would the verbalized findings send the Dow to 3000, or would a Charlottesville like outbreak go viral?  Whatever.... the status quo is now so exasperating that we "The American Public" will welcome anything that is beyond the daily "audience management bullshit".  Bring it on!

Tuesday
May212019

The "Digital Iron Curtain"

     It's mine and you can't have it!  So speaks the fearful American Dictator and his sycophant cronies. China has long since said that they will not accept our most prized asset, i.e. "google/utube", but they have helped themselves to the underlying technology that enables these digital age miracles. Now, when it appears that Huawei might well outperform the world in selling tech to the world, Trump wants to respond, not by becoming more competitive, but by imposing an "intellectual embargo", a digital iron curtain. 

     Aside from the obvious reciprocity question as to concern that Detroit UAW's  may not be able to manufacture iphone 11's, there is also a deeper ethical issue.  No one wants to mention, when shouting robbery, that the robbed is a construct, a derivative. The Chinese Bandits are stealing from Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, etc. who enticed the smartest Chinese brains to "employee create" the "intellectual property" that these corporate overlords now "OWN". but can only sell at the Dictator's whim.

"The Commerce Department announced last week that it had placed Huawei and its dozens of affiliates on a list of firms deemed a risk to national security. The listing will prevent Huawei from buying American parts and technologies without seeking United States government approval."

     Yes, Alexa Skills are more portable than wheat and the Dictator may have a hard time maintaining his Intellectual Fort Knox, but he can try.  After all, Jeff Bezos will listen to Chris Wray, who has to listen to AG Barr, who always listens to our 20th Century bullyman King!

Thursday
May162019

The "Ozarks" is Hiring 

     "The war on guns, like the war on drugs, is primarily waged on poor people by small operations units that drive around in unmarked cars looking for trouble,"