Thursday
Jun142018

I am in hiding...Now be honest, aren't you?

     Once in a land not so far away there lived a prosperous and prolific species.  They were dualist, having noted that their realm was divided into day/night, hot/cold, etc.  They learned to embrace this splitting strategy and commenced to divide everything into "twoes".  They divided their peers into friend/foe, their agendas into work/pleasure, and their undertakings into success/failure. 

      In not so long they came to know that their species was blessed/cursed with divergence, in that some of their kind were strong and others weak, while some were smart and others were, well...dumb!  In that they were social creatures it took but a Plank Moment for the quadrants arising from strong/weak and smart/dumb to coalesce into a natural four tier hierarchy.  The hierarchy yielded bounty for 75T+, survival for 25B- and uncertainty for the middle.

     Soon there were corporations and cartels, and governments and LLC's, all with hierarchies moving bounty up and pain down.  But throughout the spectrum there was this unwavering knowing that their realm was dual and that where one found pain most likely there was comfort at the opposite.  Those aligned to the T chose "seek" and those aligned to the B chose "hide".

    Again, in not so long, the imbalance favoring the T's, for whom "the good of the few outweighed the good of the many" resulted in unrestrained "hiding" throughout the realm.  The realm went to hell!  Then, in not so long, as in "ring-around-the-rosie", they all fell down....and then..... the game started over!

              The moral of this story is that "HIDING" is a powerful fucking strategy!

 

Tuesday
Jun122018

enragés...not so much!

     Media pundits, correspondents, contributors, hosts, and anchors, all pushing some brand of Libertarianism in fair exchange for advertising revenue and thereby their personal slice of the American Pie. One might guess that a laissez-faire (right) libertarian is culturally more tribed with an anarchist (left) libertarian than with his base, i.e., the silo dwelling deplorable down in Booger County, or conversely, the equally silo comfortable  progressive waiting in a Marin County queue for a latte. 

     Seriously, the #MSNBC and the #CNN crews never stop reporting that Trump has turned America into a TV show.  Indeed they seem to delight in recognizing that they are supporting actors in RealityTrump.  "Hurray, for the news tonight, we will offer up the latest about how "we" create the news"....bad metaphor-Russian Dolls.

     Enough said.  Even the push-back is tired and trite.  No "enragés here.   Save that a Deerslayer/DiNiro type goes radioactive, were pretty much screwed!

Tuesday
May292018

Goodby Eric Greitens!

     After a few months of negotiated compromise constraining his criminal exposure, the Missouri Governor resigned, of course claiming the high ground even as he retreated.  His was a short stay after winning a decisive election victory in gun fanatic Missouri by a campaign centered around showing him firing various high powered military armaments. 

     In finality, it is somewhat sad.  He was young, handsome, a Rhodes Scholar, a Navy Seal, a Veterans Advocate, a family man and a Christian.  But alas, these attributes would not prevail...you see he was foremost a REPUBLICAN!  #Eric Greitens

Friday
May252018

Dispositional Mindfulness

     Recently I read the abstract of a Neuro-Journal paper that I noticed because of the title which was "Dynamic functional connectivity markers of objective trait mindfulness".  The paper, lJulianLimJamesTengAmiyaPatanaikJesiscaTandiStijn A.A.Massarhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.04.056Get rights and content
provides an insight from the authors fmri research that offers a WHY CLUE pointing to my "Nike Factor" obsession.

     I had never heard of High Trait Mindfulness (HTM),  DFC (Dynamic Functional Connectivity or how these states relate to the human DMN (Dynamic Mode Network), a Neuro Research consensus pattern that,  "represents brain areas that are more active during times of rest compared to times of cognitive activity (e.g., the medial prefrontal cortex, posterior cingulate cortex, precuneus, inferior parietal lobules, and medial temporal regions)".  Using this baseline, the researchers subdivided a test population according to their natural inclination to maintain activate cognitive focus, and to correlate the spectrum with the participants static/permanent DMN marker. 

     The claimed results showed a strong correlation between mindfulness and how resistant individuals were to shifting from a "task-ready state HTM to the baseline DMN state.  The result, as offered was: "In sum, DFC features robustly distinguish HTM and LTM individuals, and may be useful biological markers for the measurement of dispositional mindfulness."  One more hard science finding pointing to nature and away from nurture as the explanation for the Nike Factor.  Please do not mention this evidence to the "alt-left" as they live on a precipice, both revering science yet advocate "equality of outcome".  If they fall off, we'll be screwed.  Trump will be President forever!

Friday
May252018

The Nike Factor

     In my life I have seen the Nike Symbol millions of times.  At some level of consciousness, I always think about the correlated motto, "just do it".  At my present, more reflective age, my attention is far too often drawn to wonder about why some people do "just do it" and other people seem to most often  "not just do it".

     In the current polarized culture, the query does not get a lot of attention.  The liberal tribe, (the thinkers) who control the mainstream media, are "identity obsessed" and dare not vere from their "unconstrained equality" platformThe conservative tribe (the feelers) are so busy abusing everyone not in their tribe that they never stop to reflect on why this strong and increasing divergence exists.

     But it does.  We all see it every day.  We name it a thousand names and pretend it away and/or scheme it to our self advantage.  It will not subside.  It frustrates despots and gnaws at democracies. It is the "Nike Factor"!


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