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Friday, February 10, 2017

In Trumpland by Michael Moore

The movie Trumpland brought me to tears.
There were many moving moments.
He painted a portrait of Hillary that exalted her.  It did not have the scars of media or mudslinging, it was pure in it's existence.
Her service as First Lady to initiate health care which was ultimately rejected; her careful planning to launch universal health care was her brainchild.
Moore mentioned the average of 50,000 people a year who die with a medical condition prior to Obamacare because they did not have adequate health care.
The slanted feelings of hostility toward her by misguided conservatives and their projection that her intentions were evil all become political waste because someone with a greedier heart try to kick her to the curb.  
Well, America got what they wanted now but now all the institutions of the federal government can see just how dangerous and small minded Trump can be.
The litmus paper will turn color by summer.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

10 years of my life in a pictorial slide show

Basically, this slide show is a pictorial of all the pictures I have posted on this blog.  That covers over 9 years.  I have some duplicates that I could have weeded out but I did create it in the YouTube Studio.  Please enjoy and if you were in my life in the last decade, there's a good chance you are in this slide show.

Also, Albert rejoined the show last night and he brought in some excellent callers from Riverside County.  One is a delegate for the Democratic State Convention and one is an original creator of the Occupy Movement in 2011.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Another radio conflict that in the end adds up to nothing.

     I do realize over time that people who have never gone to college end up repeating the same recycled garbage and analogies that revolve around in their head.  My friend, Jon, is very good at examining spiritual complexities that people have to face in their everyday walk with God.  He has breadth and depth on the subject.
     When it comes to politics, he has a tendency to "label" friends of the opposite party such as "liberal" "feminist" "socialist" "communist" "comrade" etc.  He has pre formed definitions about these labels and surrounding ideology as well as uninformed conceptions of the American communist movement and terrors of maximal capitalism.
     He has become simply adamant about his support and stronghold for Donald Trump and what that represents for the future of America.  He won't accept anything less or any contrasting ideology or he also berates Don, I and others constantly about Hillary Clinton's qualities and physical stamina.
     I think working 12 hours a day with a dog and bossy woman has gotten under his skin.  He has always been tremendously fair and tolerant of other people with longstanding patience.
     He went off the rails last night just because I was trying to classify voters as urban, educated in major cities as opposed to rural, Southern voters who rallied around Trump.  He thought I was trying to pigeonhole him as a so called dumb voter.  But I was only strictly talking about demographics, NOT HIM.
     Either way, he feels his Trump voice can't be heard even though 7 of our 8 last callers were clearly conservative and had an hour of air time a piece.  Albert has replaced Jon as one of the three key cohosts and I doubt Jon will be back on the show for 5-6 months.  He has a demanding job 7 days a week which is 12-15 hours a day and rarely has time for himself.
      I am not sad about it.  It was meant to be.  We completed 301 episodes since March, 2014.  There was a lot of tension on the show the last few weeks and now a mitigating circumstance led to the departure of Jon by his choice.  Don, Albert and I will bring more local politicians and local/regional activists into the mix which will appeal to the Youth/Gen X and millenials.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

I'm not going to cry for anyone

I'll cry for you briefly if you die.
But I'm not going to cry a long time for anyone.
I am done crying.
You chose your path.
You turned your back against the God you never wanted to know.
I can't cry for you.
If my body becomes crippled and slows down enough in a way
I am forced to think.
Then I might cry for you.
I have other outlets.
I have a 12 step meeting and people who are positioned to care.
I have kindergarten kids I watch all day.
I am in a position where I do not want to care for you anymore.
You are drainage on my soul.
Go find yourself in the godless world you have invented
through XBox, Netflix and erroneous friends
Go embellish in those loose trades and carnal desires.
I am so done with you
and will engage in my own passtime rebellions
You strive so hard to be successful
but you are a burden on my soul
You are the prayer
St. Francis never answered
You are the false pride of Baal
you are Satan's handheld toy
you are massively deceived
Stay in the quagmire of electronic creation
God's ax will blow your mindset in two
when he decides to drop it
Then you will snap out of it
Your gutterless insubordination
will be your fate
and you weep at St. Peter's gate
keyless and forlorn
never finding the home you longed for.

Friday, December 30, 2016

20sixteen Twenty16

Overall, I have had a better year.

I worked all year long.
I made about 5 trips to Minneapolis and a few shorter trips.

Loran graduated from high school.  He was certified as a manager of a popular restaurant in August, 2016.

He has a career path and wants to be a cop.

He is starting college in January.
He moved out with his friends on 11/25/16.

I have adjusted well to living alone.  I would like a roommate but because of the long hours I work 12-18 a day, opposite weeks 110 hours, shorter weeks 40, I feel like it would be a security risk being away from the joint so long.

I might get a pot head smoking student or a sex craved man.

Naw, being alone has it's benefits.

I will be moving back to Calif. by 2017 mid year.

the only thing that mega sucked about 2016 was Trump.  He doesn't have the proper background to run a nation of 300 million people.  He doesn't have the intellectual capability or proper vision.  He discounts a lot of Americans that don't fit into his idea of what America should be.

to be continued.....

Monday, December 26, 2016

Every year you wonder why you are alone at Christmas

Because of your arrogance, you burned 90% of your bridges except perfect strangers you acquired on the Internet.

You live in a fantasy so it should be your pseudo fantasy pleasure to have a celebrity die on Christmas.  That way, you have something to relish in.

Too bad Brian's mom still won't let you come for Christmas after 20 yrs. #whatashame

I can't feel sorry for someone who put Hate at the centerpiece of their life and destroys true friendships including those who had sympathy for your #weaknesses.

Go make a cooking show then feed the homeless.

Even when people looked out for you, you looked out for yourself.

And you made sure Marguerite suffered in the end.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Origin of rational thought, Socratic reasoning, Plato's Allegory of the Cave plus radio broadcast....

Listen to this radio episode of origin of human thought, Western Civilization, Eastern influence and how it translates into modern day attitudes.

The Republic by Plato - Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and Modern Man’s Perception

In a world void of forms and limited materialism, self-awareness and enlightenment may be easier to achieve. In Plato’s “allegory of the cave,” true belief is like a moving statue that can change forms through elevated perception. The allegory of the cave is an eternal conflict of appearance versus reality.  It sets out to find the nature of truth to define the ultimate state of man’s existence. In the game of shadows where mirages of forms appear across our media and television, modern man has cultivated these forms tailored to his own desire and longing-ness.  When Plato imagined his allegory of the cave on the basis of being visually and mentally chained, he strove for a higher interpretation of existence that would create an idealized society.
The Republic begins with Socrates explaining his claim that the just man is the happy man. Socrates argues that in order to have a happy and good life, man must first have an idea of the ends of human existence.  Plato clung to an ideology in which he groped for a transcendent, supreme being who authored the idea of perfect forms that could translate common forms or objects into a divine realm of being, where they could exist at their highest perfection. However, Plato was discriminatory and believed that only few were capable of drawing this knowledge outside of their selves. He believed that knowledge was innate—it existed within and had to be cultured and refined through perception. There were three states: being, becoming, and non-being. The existence of being was eternal or fixed.  The essence of becoming was a non-static state of changing particles in which forms participated in the nature of existence to provide some type of quality or value.  What divided man’s perceptions or striving toward a better purpose or existence?  It was simply his ability to conceive and perceive.
In the allegory of the cave, there is a group of people chained to a structure. They cannot move their head or limbs and are forced to stare at a wall.  Behind them is a well-lit, continuous fire and a catwalk that objects move across. These objects can be animals or man-made things like vases or swords. Plato doesn’t define the regulation of these objects.  He only notes that the people chained to the floor can only see the shadows created by the fire behind them as these objects move across the catwalk. The chained individuals start believing that the shadows are the actual forms, that the objects do not exist in material form. People begin naming these objects.  If they hear echoes from outside the cave, they may attribute sounds to particular objects. 
There are also stairs leading outside the cave, where one comes into the light of the sun. In Plato’s world, the sun is the perpetuation of enlightenment.  The closer to the sun one becomes, the closer to the truth. The sun provides light but is not the light.  The sun is the cause of sight itself.  Man must will himself out of the cave by expanding his innate knowledge to conceive of more perfect forms. It is not necessarily contingent on a material world of objects but can include ideas like justice, ethics, and civil matters.
Is it in fact possible that all of our knowledge comes from within?  St. Augustine believed in divine illumination, in which God imparts certain key knowledge to man. We live in a world now of standardized, text-driven education where thoughts and ideas are organized in a constructed formula, issued within a relative time frame of periodic intervals in which a student digests material and then regurgitates it.  Plato lived in an age prior to the recognition of holy books like the Talmud or Bible.  His conceptions were based on his own observations. Like many cultures around the world, he could conceive of a higher being who ordered and shaped the universe, but he did not ascribe it to a certain named deity. 
I find that Plato’s flaw even in his allegory is that he perceives that man starts out chained with sketchy knowledge. Some people are born content and digest the world around them in a literal or abstract way but are not at odds with their environment.   Nowadays, people construct their world not through distorted perceptions of discourse but by linear modules of television and social media through the tool of a sun-like source known as the internet.  We define our beauty, our ambition, our careers through shared values that are exalted. In the U.S., the development of a career and the ultimate contributions to society we make are measured through our self-perceived gifts or ability to master certain subjects in school.  We can also develop a sense of being by things we are drawn to, such as likes.
Plato’s inevitable distinction was that higher forms such as justice, ethics, and the organization of society could only be envisioned by a polished philosopher king who weighed these matters through discourse.  As the sun is in the visible realm, the form of good is in the intelligible realm. It is “what gives truth to the things known and the power to know to the knower.” Whatever knowledge we attain of the Forms must be seen through the mind’s eye, while ideas derived from the concrete world of flux are ultimately unsatisfactory and uncertain. Plato maintains that degree of skepticism that denies all permanent authority to the evidence of sense. In essence, Plato suggests that justice, truth, equality, beauty, and many other things ultimately derive from the Form of the Good.  However, in the modern world, people’s perception of beauty and value, such as whom they love, is individualized.  Congress continually has disputes over social value aiming at individual preferences of what government should provide or approve.
Thrasymachus argued that the unjust man demonstrates his superior intelligence in appearing to be just. Thrasymachus attempts to demonstrate that this type of individual always gets his way through the affronted appearance of justice. If man is smart enough to duplicate justice, he can deceive and put on false airs, according to Thrasymachus.
In conclusion, there is, as Plato says, a part of the world that lives in self-sustaining ignorance.  In my perception, it is people who are chained to their own desires who cannot sacrifice for their own survival or for the common good.  Yet there is no law or restriction in America for serving one’s own desires, as long as it is within the law.   Plato left a permanent mark through his ability to imagine a higher existence and social entity, yet it is only through individual trial and error that we can gain wisdom.  We live in an age when many of our physical needs are met, which may stymie urges of exploration to wander and discover.  The definitive is everywhere and an imposition to place value on our lives.  The struggle to interpret our higher thoughts as we are exposed to them or find them is within our realm.