Posts filed under ‘apologias for power’

worldmark

worldmark

the world begins
just outside my door.
here: see the mark? i’ve traced it

quite clearly, i think.

do you understand
why so often
i keep my door so firmly closed?

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Written days before I entered the Navy in August of 1971.

 

Odd, it seems particularly applicable now in these days of the media screaming about Trump, pro and con, and constructing a consequently distorted image–with the sole intent of selling more “news”.

 

My new definition of ‘news’; a current, popularized icon-oriented [icon: “A conventional religious painting in oil on a small wooden panel; venerated in the Eastern Church.”–a stylistic representation of a person that represents a form of belief; quite often they were used in the form of triptychs from what I’ve seen and read] which exists for the sole purpose of acquiring power or value.

 

Unfortunately that statement will inevitably please the naive members of both sides and quite possibly even the members of various news-oriented media.

 

Media is the plural of medium; language is a medium; a medium is necessary for any and all forms of communication.  Those who simply refer to the  media generally don’t know that the root word exists and haven’t a clue as to what it might mean.

September 30, 2017 at 1:57 pm Leave a comment

Trump Acting Like a Showbiz Type

Trump has shown a complete, repeated inability to anticipate others’ reactions.  Negative reactions do tend to spread more rapidly than positive ones; he has publicly repeated that “Any attention is good attention.”  That’s a ‘showbizness’ strategy and tactic that has always eventually backfired according to my memory, although Rush Limbaugh has had quite a run. The National Enquirer claims Trump’s IQ is 156.  Since IQ tests are based on pattern recognition and manipulation, we have considerable divergence between two views.  We also–no matter whether Trump is a clown or not–have a sizable segment of the population [I’m one, remember] which has declared itself unbelievably stupid.  Either it’s the ones supporting Trump or the ones against it.  I mean him.  Trust me, I’m not calling him a complete idiot.  Really I’m not.

[reaction to a comment at https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-again-criticizes-sessions-this-time-over-fbi-leadership-1501084563 .  I’m showing the link because it is Wall Street Journal and it may be a subscribers-only article.  Trump lining up another symbolic sacrifice has been variously covered in other publications and the bare news itself can be obtained.  After, mind you, reading as much about the subject as possible and then attempting to discard inconsistencies which were because of the accuracy/inaccuracy of an inevitably biased ‘reporter’.

 

What Trump frankly reminds me of most is a bad (as in poor) actor becoming a bad (as in morally and in performance and in credibility and consistency) politician who is frankly interested (to my eyes) in only himself, his experience and what pleases him.  Anyone who disagrees with him is automatically, obviously wrong.

 

This brings to rise the notion of a head of government who not only cannot take criticism but cannot tolerate advice, whose ego is so fragile he must assure himself each morning that he is “The Donald” in front of the mirror.  A man whose advisors and assistants have repeatedly announced “doesn’t drink or use (recreational) drugs” but has shown up on more than one recording very obviously very, very drunk (once was with the Patriots, no less, with him obviously using the podium to maintain his balance).

 

And then let us note his supporters, who instantaneously label anything that might even be interpreted (The Declaration of Independence being the latest example) as critical of him, let alone removing him from office.  Most don’t even remember that most of the Republican party was extremely not in his favor, although all of them “won the election” now.

 

Alternative truths, indeed.  “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”

July 26, 2017 at 4:42 pm Leave a comment

Personalized Searches

Or “I want to stick with only what I know, I absolutely am not looking for anything I don’t know or have, and I certainly don’t want to know about a service or product that I haven’t just searched for, unless I want my entire search history to be kept permanently.”

 

The day just arrived, for me.  Do a Google, and examine the choices.  Then don’t forget to check “all” as many times as necessary, and if it’s every time–QUIT USING GOOGLE.

 

This is the first in an unending series of violations (think sodomy rape) gifted on us by our [Republican] Congress.  You have no right to privacy.  It is not an accident that we have the highest per capita amount of prisoners and that it will rapidly increase.

 

Funny story, I once thought I had prevented this from happening.

 

At least they’re protecting the world from threats like welchers, right?  Well, poor ones anyway.  I mean, terrorists.  [That amounts to an implicit comment on motivation in this case and I stand by it.  Through experience and research and I cannot elaborate.]

 

Welcher; fairly ancient slang for someone who doesn’t pay debts.  Incorrectly noted on the web except in origin; it was part of sailor slang through the mid-70s and lived on after that in the slang of certain types of criminals in certain areas.

July 25, 2017 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment

Deflection of Blame

Trump deflected blame for the confusion at airports over the weekend on protesters and on a computer outage at Delta Air Lines Inc. that caused flight cancellations, even though that occurred more than 48 hours after the president’s order and lasted only three hours.

 

There was a president who served three terms.

 

There is a mode in which the country allows extraordinary powers to the president.  Martial law can (and as I recall is) be enforced without any other approval–I mean martial law is the default in this situation.  Rights are abrogated.

 

Trump came into office claiming this mode.  This mode is called “a state of war”.  As I recall it must be formally declared (in order for these powers to be invoked).  As I recall during both World Wars trading was suspended on the stock market/funds were simply held.  Surely I’m wrong.

 

There is a Republican majority which is apparently eager to join with the Russians in a (Russia-defined) fight against ISIS.

 

Trump is first and foremost a salesman.  That defines his morality.  He is very wealthy, which makes it impossible for him to identify with the average citizen of this nation–of whatever race, creed or other identifying characteristic.  Examination of his business records with an eye to honesty I found less than totally reassuring.

 

If you read The Art of War or The Prince (the latter I found easier, I admit), you will find that the best way for the King to deflect blame is declare an enemy and blame everything on him.  This would also be an ideal step toward creating a tyranny, and it’s not clear at all that that would be widely resisted.  It would be welcomed by some, clearly.

 

I was forced into my job in the Navy because of what they fancied a certain talent at pattern analysis, and familiarity with a somewhat large class of ideas, hypotheses and theories.

 

“This is not a drill.  This is not a drill!  All hands on deck!”

January 30, 2017 at 3:32 pm Leave a comment

Being Prepared

It would be well for those of you who can afford to do it (it’s an old book, and should be findable–it is on Amazon, don’t buy the deceptive Nook version which is a discussion of the book)…buy Robert Heinlein The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress.

 

It’s unlikely that the current structure will change for the better.  The triad pattern discussed there should be impenetrable.

 

Time to wake up, unfortunately.

 

Luck to us all.

January 27, 2017 at 4:03 pm Leave a comment