Puppetry: Leaking Whistle

Puppetry: Wrongfully controlling, or attempting to control another immorally or illegally, without disclosing the existence of strings.

When a leaker hits a moral dilemma, there is always a choice:  So, remember:

When you hear a leak in a pipe, you may hear only a hiss or a whistle indicating something is wrong.  Be thankful you hear it, for it may warn of disaster or catastrophe.  Appropriately, when you hear a leak by a human (more intelligence involved than a failing pipe or improperly connected pipe), the whistle is a signal.  In the case before us the human is a”leaker.”  Every Whistle Blower is leaking something.  If you truly think about it, every Whistle Blower is, essentially, a leaker.

Calling a name with a negative connotation (leaking is “bad”) and out of context should be crime itself. Actually, when I think about it, lying is a crime in many instances.

Life Is a No-Trump Game

Life: A Trump Card is Useless …

I am aware that the inventory of houses for sale on the market has increased (even as prices have decreased), even in the $700 k range in my neighborhood. In addition, landlords are finding tenants moving out, having multiple families living in single family dwellings and garages.  A guy around the corner just had to do a lot of work to restore his rental to a habitable condition -- including having a disabled vehicle towed away that was left by the last tenants.

Coupled with that fact is there has been an increase in the number of rental units on market, based on large apartment/condo construction projects that have been completed. I find the Bay Area ripe for increases in population, without the infrastructure to support the higher density of residents.  Traffic is often 405 branded on 101 these days. It takes 45 minutes to get from Oakland to SF via the Bay Bridge from 6 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Prospective sellers should taken the money (lower price offered for real property) and ran with it.  There is some hope, however. When people flee the stock market, as it compresses, they will seek other places to park their cash. Real estate is more secure than stocks or corporate bonds. Government bonds are most secure; however, the return on capital is very small. Thus, capitalist investors are stuck with parking their bucks in real estate. They've already done that, as that's why real estate prices have inflated so much.

Last note on the subject:  It takes a minimum wage of $50/hour to afford rent payment on a 2 bedroom, 1 bath dwelling unit in the SF Bay Area (in the Chronicle a couple of days ago). Now, couple that with the post WW2 standard that you spend not more that 25% of your income on housing, save at least 10% of your income for the future, reserve at least 5% of income for emergencies, use the rest for food, clothing and big ticket items (like refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, cars, etc.) and have 5% form mad money (Las Vegas is as good as anything else for leisure activities) -- and personal income builds in enough to take a vacation with family every year (for quality of life) by one man working (i.e., the living wage of the one man working and the woman home making), you've got the middle class dream fulfilled.

OK, that changed to 50% of income allocated to housing, and assuming the woman is no longer working exclusively inside the home a few years ago.  You can clearly understand the dilemma of the government (which prints dollars), whether here or around the world. Related are social and political issues (both domestically and abroad) that radically effect what can and cannot be done.

I lied:  One last thought (which should have come first).  Donald Trump gets it all wrong, unfortunately and stupidly. He's now given a General the power to set troop needs for the Afghanistan blunder.  Since Trump is ignorant of history, he fails to see that sending in more troops only increases the certainty of more casualties, which only increases the need to send in more troops to stabilize and solve the problems there.  Gee (a euphemism for "Jesus Christ"), looks a lot like Viet Nam to me. And, we know what the results were there.  But, those opposed to the tactical and tactful political move of Obama made (the "haters") are bound and determined to have it their way.

The legacy of Trump will be that he, and his administration, was a card those seizing power attempted to play in a game that had, at its core, cards that were held in a world declaring a game of "no trump."  For those unaware of the game of Bridge or Spades or Hearts, you must play the hand dealt and there is no special card that is better than the Ace of Spades or King of Hearts!

Trumpetry -> Impeach

The man is guilty of Puppetry, plain and simple.  The High Crime and Misdemeanor is blatantly obvious, beyond a reasonable doubt.   This was not the sophisticated puppetry associated with soap opera villainy.  No, people, this was Puppetry that can only be called treason.  His villainy shall henceforth live historically about the United States of America and be called “Trumpetry!”. The political strategy normally works in the game of cards — until the one who won the bid of hand dealt calls the game, “No Trumpetry”.  Get it?  “Trump e Try”.

How does a foreign national have a greater need to know than a citizen?

Will someone in authority give me the classified code-name, as it’s been compromised.  Oh, I see. The classified code-name has now been changed as it’s been compromised.  Even a better reason to let me know what it was, since we have public knowledge of what the result was (laptops being transported in the cargo hole of airplanes).

By the way, can someone tell me how putting laptops in a suitcase in the belly of a plane is less risky than a person carrying the laptop?  Never mind.  I’m not flying anywhere.  Period. Thank you, John Madden.

The Beautiful Man

The Beautiful Man
Uses hand
Because he can
In peace
Integrity in word and deed
Whitewashed graves
Lies Deceive
Avoid their traps
In truth he
Leads

As a human he hates
As we all do
But finds a way to be true to
Love and lead the ones he
Needs to use his hands and stand in
Peace

The beautiful man
In no man’s land
Avoids building hope and love on
Sand

Avoid the girl
Casing pears to swine
Guzzling wine
With friends in kind
She knows not the ways of love of
The Beautiful man
In
Peace
Stands


Dedicated to Charlie Salim Channel

Thanks, Ed! = Tributes

Eddie Williams just let me know, via v-mail, that I’ve been immortalized in Down Beat magazine. Thanks, Ed.  I’m pretty deep in the vibes and somewhat unaware of what is being published. A special thanks to you, Esther, John Santos, Living Jazz, Ratzo B. Harris, ISB and every other bassist in the world of “Bassie”. Of course, that includes drummers and percussionist.

Tributes, also, to Wayne Shorter, John Patitucci, Ron Carter, Rufus Reed, Mr. Klinghoffer, Ray Brown, Marcus Miller, Dawan Muhammad, Richard Fenno, Jeff Sanford, Bill Murphy, Kevin Murray, Dan Magay and so many others (including Jacqui Channel-Miller, Salim, Amani, Leslie, their mother and Dizzy and everyone else),

ProLife ProLove Provide Prolouge

Mr. Pence celebrates Prolife. Eliminating abortion now means, in simple terms, that the Society must take care of unwanted children.  And, of course, tax dollars must be allocated and used for that purpose.

The equation is simple: Father absent. Mother unable and without ability. Child needs sustenance and covering and security.  How does this work?

Adoption
Fostering
Accountability

If, therefore, you cut federal government funding to entities that provide sanctuary, likely the only place to cut will be the police departments. And, of course, places of sanctuary will, undoubtedly offer forbidden services — which, incidentally, may include birth control and medical services (that include abortion).

What if a veteran is unable or unwilling to support his child? Many veterans were not, and are not, saintly. Some have even been terrorist.

Ultimately, the crime problem has to be addressed. The cost of imprisonment is not limited only to housing inmates. So many things are interrelated.

So, I applaud the Right to Lifers with their human start. I encourage them to pursue anti-hypocracy and cease federal government funding of war, instigation of political instability that leads to war and geopolitical exploitation that creates orphans.

Hope for All Humankind

There is no hope for all humankind. That doesn’t mean that peace is elusive, or that humankind will not prosper, evolve and move towards perfection in life. It does mean that peace will never be universally applicable to every human being.

The reason is simple: If in a given family, there exits strife, confusion, mistrust, abuse, warring or warfare (of any kind) or selfishness, those conditions will exist in the clan, the tribe, the nation, the continent and the planet.  Specifically, the Universe as we know it.

My hope is the “i” will manifest in “be’i’ng” the truth, the peace and the reality i see towards all.

With that knowledge and belief, i encourage all to embrace participation in, creation and manifestation of a most perfect union of spirit and love.

Rousey 48 Out!

For those who have been reading my blog, you’re probably aware of my opinion about Rousey’s beating the last time she fought.  My theory is very simple:  With a trauma or abuse (of any kind), brain function is altered that affects the mind.  Basically, at a subconscious level, the organism is re-programmed at the emotional level.

The example is those individuals who become “gun shy” after being in combat.  A loud noise will set off an emotional startle reaction.  It’s simply a matter of self-preservation, as the organism “learns” from the experience.

With Rousey’s last thrashing, she was finished as a boxer at the subconscious level. In short, the body doesn’t want to take that sort of punishment.  It’s only at this higher level of consciousness that an individual attempts to affect, through “will” that which the subconscious wants to avoid.  Thus, “fear” is imbedded that affected Rousey’s ability to effectively engage in combat.  Make no doubt about it, the fight game (and football) is mortal combat.

The odds were against Rousey from the moment she lost the last fight.  She’s got no fight left in her.

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African American Oddyssey – Virtual Class

Good morning.  My clock shows 9:33 a. Apologies for being a bit tardy. No classroom class was held today.

I avoided traffic today and got my necessary exercise.  Consider this post a virtual class, for those interested. Dr. Wilson’s illness has been disruptive, I’m sure. She is on the mend. “Giddin’ bedders” someone said is the saying.

I’ve completed reading, reviewing and scoring the essays submitted. Some did outstanding. One hasn’t submitted an essay, yet. There’s always one.

It’s not often I have a captive audience.  Hopefully, you’ll spend time with the text book and outlines to gather the “gist” of the matter as you prepare for your final examination.

Today’s Lecture (optional)

As we look at the condition of humankind, as it is related to:

  • economics
  • religion
  • nationalism
  • tribalism
  • racism, and
  • sexism,

What is the emerging constant?
How does the constant affect You?
What will you do about its effects?

Those questions are directly related to the African-American Odyssey, as the journey is one upon which each of us travels in time. It absolutely does not matter where or how or when you began existence on the planet.

Let me put the question to you differently. What useful function does any political word (for example, “woman,” or “gay” or “immigrant”) under those categories (bulleted above) serve?

Think about this:  Abuse can be not only defined and experienced, but empathized and sympathized. It doesn’t matter if its “economic,” “tribal,” “racial,” or “sexual.”

Similarly, I believe, for the African-American so-called “race” is a marker identifying  whether or not the consciousness of each human being has evolved to see and experience the truth of unity of humanity.  And, in my opinion, it’s not a matter of superiority or inferiority. That is simply superstition, like so many others that have been held by groups of people at one time or another.

At the collective level in the unit we call “society” the word “abolition” notes such change in the text book. Thus, ‘self evident truths’ manifest their destiny, too.

Welcome Home!

I’ll end by wishing you success in the final examination.

 

 

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