"Snowflake Babies" $8000 each.....Get'm while they're cold! 

     I did not know that 300,000 IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) proceedures are done each year or that 2M+ millennials started IVF.  I kinda remembered that the procedure involved lab production of multiple embryos precedent to transfering a selected embryo into a females uterus, and then discarding or freezing the excess embryos.  I certainly did not know that a growing market for these "extra embryos" (EE"S) existed or that there are an estimated one million EE's in inventory.  

     Needless to say this is complicated, not biologically or procedurally, but very much so at the morality and sociological levels. EE dispositions are caught up in the fundamentalist "right to life" theology, the biological profiteering concerns, the legal issues regarding "personal identity", and reproductive health costs.  Sex is free, but often unsuccessful, IVF is health taxing and often not successful (260K attempts/ 150K transfers in 2016), and costs $15k.  An EE transfer costs about $8k and has a high progeny rate.

     There is, of course, something "just not right" about the "EE Market". But, I must conceed that it plays well across the sociological spectrum.  At alt-right it is "rescuing souls", and at alt-left it is "sanitized selectivity".  Perhaps, with a "snowflake baby"...everyone wins!


IAM & YAN....not really!

     You don't need String Theory, or D-Theory, to intellectually grasp that IAM & YAN (I am Me & You are Not) is a bad algorithm.  We humans are obviously inter-dependent at every level of being.  Most likely just reflecting on the quality of your life will be sufficient to confirm that IAM & YAN (aka "Individualism" today's mainstream human operating system), is not only egomaniac,  it is regressive, anguished, and altogether dangerous. Surely, we post-moderns, who now need not gather our world view from the 3 dubious sources, (parent/preacher,teacher), can grasp the advantage of a more diverse "ontology compiler". 

     At this ominous moment in history, I would think that more people would have figured out that, while "self" has been a valuable evolutionary meme,  either "self" must give way to "us"....or there aren't going to be any "selfs" to stand their ground.          you are that


Four "joint tasking" Configurations

     Often we are asked to share a task with another person who is not relationally defined as either the leader or the follower.  In such instances the joint effort performance reflect not only the participant skills, but the emerging cooperation pattern that they adopted.  These configurations identify into the four subsets of the "affirm/defect" duality.  More specifically defined, they are: (a) We are both competent, (b) Neither of us are competent, (c) I am competent and you are not, and (d) You are competent and I am not.  The New England Patriots example "a", The White House leaks "b", Telsa screams "c", and Senior Care Residents weaponize "d".

                                 * applaud when you confirm "a" 

                                                * disbelieve "b", (even if you suspect true) 

                                                          *  go full-out mindful if you suspect "c" 

                                                                 *  run like hell from "d".




Yahoo now serving......Pure Vanilla

     How do you report the particulars of a human event without offending 49% of your audience?  Humanity is now pretty much in a state of "auto-polarization".  Tribal media, ravenously competing for "souls/sales", has pushed virtually all of us into our opposing corners. Yes, the perils of this state are obvious to many, and from their insight/response is emerging a new "attractor".  Predictably the early adopters of the next attractor will be those who, in the present market/dynamic system have faired least well. Probably it will not be FOX or MSNBC who will start shouting "new news".  Yahoo is more likely.

     Today's Yahoo lead is a screaming example.  "Abducted college student, suspect killed while fleeing from troopers"  The  elaborating report was, no doubt by design, offered in, what I call, "flex-prose".  No matter where Yahoo's audience self-aligns on the identity spectrum, the narrative will confirm their bias.

     I carefully read the article, with as little bias as I was capable, and concluded that Yahoo had told me that either Event A or Event B occured yesterday. I believe that I had been implicitly invited to choose which story I liked more.

     Event A:  In a small Kentucky town an estranged black couple with a history of domestic conflict about their children aroused the suspicion of customers at a store, which led to a police alert and a car chase.  While in chase, the officers heard shots coming from the fleeing car and, fearful for the wellbeing of the woman passenger, returned sufficient fire to kill all occupants in the car.  PS: the deceased female had been enrolled at Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio.

     Event B:  An Ohio State University Coed was kidnapped from a local store by an armed assailant.  In a following dramatic car chase to save the student, the assailant was killed. Regrettable the female student also died from wounds sustained in the confrontation.

     Welcome to the age of "flex-prose"


"Little Mobs of Scolds"

     As is often the case, not my words, but worthy of highlighting.  There is an emerging backlash directed against the current wave of public outcry from the "social warrior" subset.  The "scolds" are  ostenibly aligned with the progressive left, but their unrelenting attention to every minute infraction is splitting the left into the "Progressive R's", i.e. Eric Weinstein & Annie Applegate, and the "Progressive E's (emotions)". i.e. AOC & Drake. It is not obvious which of these sub-brands is the better choice, given our perilous times.  Hopefully this intra-progressive battle will not obscure the real war against the regressive right, also sub-branded into "Conservative F's (fundamentalist), i.e Huckabees,  and the Conservative E's (egocentrics), i.e. Senate Republicans.

     Sometime this year, Mueller is going to stop doing whatever the Special Council has been doing. Hopefully, "mum" will continue to be the word until late 2020, because unless Mueller looses his redact pen, unseals everything, publically presents his finding, and at minimum indicted Potus, plus the entire Potus family, and half of the Senate....well, the "Progressive E's are gonna go ballistic. In that this eventuality is extremely unlikely, Humpty-Dumpty, aka Uncle Sam, may well not survive.

     Perhaps, before it comes to this existential faceoff, perhaps the Progressive R's can manipulate the Progressive E's into a more balanced strategy for waging the, us vs. them, dualism driven perenial human war.  Christopher Hitchens said it well:  "Those who are determined to be 'offended' will discover a provocation somewhere. We cannot possibly adjust enough to please the fanatics, and it is degrading to make the attempt....