Repeal and Replace: “We’re doing THE DEMOCRATS a service.”

Like many of us around the world, I’m watching President elect Trumps press conference. Am I the only one staggering over the idealism in play? Apparently not: this news conference is being held in part over stock market fluctuations related to some of his comments. I’m not ready to speak to what I’m hearing point by point, but I stand by the insight and measured appraisal of my fellow citizens that this man may prove to be the best choice for America and the global economy right now.

It’s an exciting time for me, to be starting a new semester-quarter working toward my paralegal with Trump heading into office. I’ve had and continue to have, personal baggage that is worthy of grief, bitterness and THERAPY. I’m almost confused by the combination of reality and motivation Trump seems to clarify for me, simply by being HIMSELF. I realize that many people around the world find him to be out of sync with his fellow human beings. The degree of his deviations from what many DO CALL idealism, obscures difference about natural philosophy and definitions of idealism generally. Folks, this is THE BIG STUFF…My eyes truly are wide as flying saucers and I’ve not felt so comfortable IN HISTORY as I do now. I’ve been uncomfortable for OVER TEN YEARS. I’m not comfortable now but I’m a bit more comfortable than I’ve been which is an improvement. Wiggle Room! 

I am holding back an opinion for the interim about idealism. Here’s why: For any conscious actor, any individual, seeking to erect universal standards applicable for human beings IN ADDITION TOO oneself, dualism is the most insidious counterpoint. Dualism itself includes double standards by default. At LEAST TWO SETS OF BOOKS: AXIOLOGY.

Since I’m my first and only student, this is MY QUESTION: At what point is AXIOLOGY REFLEXIVE? My question for others, is at what point, does the question two paragraphs above depart FROM “Both-And” and become an equivocation fallacy that creates a separate “peace,” politely speaking?

Ideology is suspected of solipsism around the world logically. Given this, what am I, what are we, how are YOU DEAR READER, categorizing and allocating VALUE?

2017 and Kon Mari Method

Marie Kondo’s book The life changing magic of tidying up became a best seller not too many years ago. She followed up with a guide book titled Spark Joy: an illustrated master class on the art of organizing and tidying up.

I picked up her guide book last November and I’m slowly putting her method to work for me. The Kon Mari Method as it’s now known is basic, which truly is more delightful than may first be apparent. There are six principles or rules to work within.

Principle 1: Commit yourself to creating change in your habits and manner of living.

Principle 2: Imagine your IDEAL lifestyle. Really devote some time to describing the way you want to live. It may NOT be a bad idea for the introspective to also note how you feel, not only about your distance from your goal, but also IF attaining your ideal living style may change you. Why is this a valuable step? As the author says, “When you imagine your ideal lifestyle, you are actually clarifying WHY YOU WANT TO TIDY and identifying the kind of life you want to live, WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED.”

Principle 3: Finish discarding first.
Begin by discarding – EVERYTHING. When you think you have, check again. Cleaning and storing your belongings is not “tidying.” How can you plan to store belongings unless you first know what’s in your inventory? No “business” could be financially successful if it didn’t track it’s goods. Respect yourself and your earnings by discarding what doesn’t add to your values.

Principle 4: Tidy by category not location. The Fly Lady Cleaning Method makes good use of room by room tidying for those who struggle to focus. For others, the 15 minute bursts of cleaning as you travel room to room often results in shuffling items through the home and changing their locations which can obscure taking a full inventory of the items they own and possess. If you are confronted with a heap of clothing in your laundry room but do not place this heap beside all the clothing in your bedroom closets, the clothing in your storage, your coat rack beside your front door etc, you will not be able to take stock of any category of clothing that may be overabundant, under represented, or simply unnecessary.

Here is some inspiration for you!

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These are simply the pictures I am willing to share…what does this tell you?

It actually is SLOWLY turning into this:

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The lighting is awful it’s true. I will update with some pride as it happens. But back to the principles of Kon Mari…

Principle 5: Follow the correct order. In Kon Mari practice the correct order (taxonomy) is clothing, books, papers, komono (miscellany) and last, sentimental items. She is adamant that it’s this way for a reason that becomes self evident with practice. Her reasoning is the distracting affect that all inventory of ones personal investments can have on us. It’s also the spring that gave The Fly Lady cleaning method it’s readership and adherents.

Principle 6: Does it “Spark Joy?” If an item, ANY ITEM, DOES NOT THRILL YOU – GET RID OF IT. Don’t ask Padwan. Throw it OUT, donate it, take it to Good Will, Salvation Army, your place of worship, a school etc. But THANK THE ITEM and allow others to give it new meaning, value, purposes and say goodbye. You aren’t choosing what to discard; Your choosing WHAT TO KEEP! As she states eloquently on page 8, “By letting go of the things that have been in your life with a feeling of gratitude, you foster appreciation for, and a desire TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF, the things IN your life.”

So have I just made it sound extreme? It is for some of us I think. I think she’s right. I’ve been working on clothing for over a week. So far, I have organized each and EVERY clothing drawer and closet in an orderly fashion so I CAN ACTUALLY SEE WHAT I HAVE TO CHOOSE FROM! The horrors of ill informed decisions indeed have global impact. If you doubt me, remember that a true David Bowie fan once said “What is wrong with a mullet?”

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And then they saw this twist on the mullet:

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But we can all see the presence of prison agent orange…hanging in there…and so sprung a Revenge of Grunge 2015 moment on unsuspecting but “thoughtful” bohemians that looked (s) like this:

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But we all know it didn’t END here did it? This is where it ends…

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Remember those messy, unsightly, bat-crap-shit crazy disordered pictures above that display my disrespectful attitude towards my own earning power? The ones with obscene clutter on top of every surface in my domicile? For every “Joe Dirt” there is a “Bargain Betty” who shops Wal-Mart for everything she owns, in six rainbow colors that are worn a few times rather than one single piece of true tailored fashion that carries it’s value over DECADES. EVEN a simple Wal-Mart sweater that is WORN WITH JOY MORE THAN ONCE A MONTH UNTIL IT’S TOO THREADBARE TO BE WORN AGAIN is more respected than a drawer full of color coordinates beautifully stored but worn only twice a year.

Pick and choose for life is NOW. It’s not for “someday” in a “galaxy far, far away.”

Live now. Be joyful as much as one can. Regrets happen. War happens. And life ends sooner or later. Joy also happens. Miracles are ‘relative’ in the eyes of the witness not the recipient.

Let Go.

Thought for the day: historical amnesia

http://steamboatinstitute.org

Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska

“Your always one generation away from the loss of freedom.”

“41% of Americans under 35 polled, believe the First Amendment is DANGEROUS.”

“In the Carter administration, the average duration at a firm was STILL 26 years.”

“The number one issue of concern in New Hampshire right now is drug abuse.”

Recommended Reading:

Sam Harris: Free Will

Susan Martinez: Delusions in Science and Spirituality

Daniel Wegner: Illusions of Conscious Will

Question: What will a robust defense of the first amendment look like in the future?

Random comment: President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are touring Pearl Harbor together. I’ve just started crying. I see them walking together. Two men strangers to one another and to me. Brought into my experience by the daughters of my maternal uncles and as men influencing the world that my cousins and I have inherited from our father’s. I see my younger self and little girl fights about who wouldn’t share toys, who said something mean, who is the real tattle “tale” and I see Lindsey and Ana’s fathers, both having lived in Japan, both holding different levels of professional practice in mental health. And then there is MY DADDY…and I wonder. I wonder about De Tocqueville and the admission he made about the surprise Europeans then had about voluntary uncohersed American community involvement and action. I see the Prime Minister and his last name and wonder not if, but when Paris Syndrome will descend upon the next generation?

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I look at President Obama, and it so happens I can admit that I appreciate Cspan’s programming choice to broadcast Romeo and Juliet’s mock trial immediately after the story above, in anticipated acknowledgement of viewers such as myself and others.

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Senator Sasse is a Historian by training. I attended my father’s Alma Matter where he majored in History and had a professor who it could be argued, “indoctrinated” him with an eye on a narrow glance at European American historiography and governments from DeTocqueville. The Senator made a simple an accurate philosophical statement that “society” predates government.

And yet I’ve paused. I can’t bring my mind turn some inner corner, as if doing so would negate my own experience or being. And I’m almost confused…as if a question is missing. As if a memory somehow forgotten or misplaced is preventing me from recognition of a crucial difference that requires and deserves respect and the perceived absence inhibits me and my understanding and awareness.

Ah! The Cspan audience is now voting on whom has a greater liability: Friar Lawrence or “the parents” in Romeo and Juliet. Fittingly, red and blue are symbolic tokens to denote each vote.

Deep Christmas morning thoughts.

Merry Christmas Everyone. May we all appreciate our unique blessings, individually, culturally and as human beings. Namaste.

The audience freed Friar Lawrence from liability (red chips) and indicted the PARENTS (blue chips.)

The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin Review

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Random Musings: Global Decentralized Money is Real…?

I’m sitting in bed, watching The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin. I’ve had a small business idea brewing for awhile. I remember seeing a news blip in 2013 about the first bitcoin crash. I’m truly stunned at how far it’s come. There is SO MUCH information in this Documentary!

Questions:

1. Since WHEN (Teleology) is Epistemology (Ontology) a branch of Axiology (Cosmology?)

2. The price fluctuations in bitcoin SO FAR have brought it around for several turns that HAVE expanded the participant pool. How LONG MAY this continue?

3. It’s entering 4 years of bitcoin discussion. One founder in bitcoin has been arrested on money laundering charges. The RISK IS REAL. And so are the GAINS…Bitcoin is ALREADY creating change. Money however is NOT THE ONLY objective.

4. Utopia people. Think and Dream. And WATCH YOUR STEP… The film has a spokesman who makes a statement that “bitcoin changes the way money works.” But just as toying makes the statement “They. (The Reserve System and Governments ) can’t stop a MATHEMATICAL PROBLEM. They can point their finger at two plus two but it still equals four.”

5. I am excited and uncertain. But I’m smiling.

Product Review: Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum

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I’ve been with Massage Envy just a month shy of two years. We exclusively utilize Murad skin and body care. In the time I’ve been with Massage Envy, I have only tried the Environmental Shield line.

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Why only one?

Because it turned out to be that good!

Perhaps it was the insight and measured discretion of the esthetician who recommend it, or perhaps my situation was unique. It could also be that subconsciously I didn’t realize I AM OFFICIALLY MIDDLE AGED. Denial runs deep in family Padwan’s. Only the Force can combat so deep an evil!

I rely on public transportation. This means that I am exposed to harsher elements of nature than those who only drive and don’t exercise outdoors.

Be that as it may, I noticed results after only 72 hours of applying Murad’s Active Radiance Serum morning and night.

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Here are the details:

1. I used approximately a quarter sized amount each time.

2. I am 41, fair complexion with blue eyes.

3. I am a heavy smoker.

4. I eat healthy on average 2-3 times a week and I don’t drink 8 oz of water a day. I do however typically consume that amount in soda and coffee.

72 HOURS AND THE RESULTS WERE NOTICEABLE.

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Try it. Today Ladies (and Gentlemen.)

Southern Courtesy: Thunderstruck 2016

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Nashville is quiet. And it’s ok that it’s quiet. My lyft cab driver this morning and I spoke quietly about the President Elect. I told my driver who has been in the USA only a year “thank you for trusting us enough to come live here.”

My Lyft driver is a native of Iran. These are the images he will see on the news for……how long? This is NOT NORMAL in the USA but it will become the new normal possibly and if it does, I do NOT think it will be because American society is collapsing.

Existentialism. It’s part and parcel of both philosophy and religion.

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New York City November 9th, 2016

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The Return of the Repressed? Freud dethroned? Nah. These protesters are the very people, I at least, expected to guard my interests due to my current health concerns. I didn’t vote. I’m not going to insult my fellow citizens who are MAD AS HELL, and who recognize they are responsible for all of us. They have shouldered my civic burden. I’m not going to tell them to shut up, grow up or go home.

Not yet.

Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen. I will cover your behinds from this blog as long and often as I see fit. For the time being. Time enough.

Susswerzel

A few nights ago the evenings crossword puzzle contained the term “susswerzel.” I was tickled enough to add it to my phone dictionary.

Susswerzel.

Suss is a term that means “to discover by thinking.” To me it’s an emotive term but I’m not 100% on why. It’s something simple but my brain is tired.

Wurzel is a term that means “root” however, in it’s German origin, it comprises appendages like “hand” and “feet.” Foundation therefore makes more sense to me and makes me batty about why I find ‘suss’ to be emotive.

Susswerzel my fellow Americans!!

I am not registered to vote. And I am not alone. I will not throw my unregistered voter status in the faces of my fellow citizens like gas on a bonfire, by requesting to volunteer for either campaign, just to sneak in a ballot. I have no inclination to pander to anyone.

I have made an anti-intellectual move. I’m abdicating my civic responsibility. I’m relying on millions of strangers to make a crucial decision on my behalf. I’m a cracked bit of pottery folks. I live with occasional flashbacks of violence from my childhood. Until I turned 35 I didn’t have this problem. Occasionally it is distressing enough that I need anxiety medication.

It’s never a good idea to put your life in another’s hands. Especially in my experience. However I’m of the opinion that at present I am personally too fragile to get into the trenches and vote.

Which is the reason in fact, that I’m not voting today.

“Trust. The word has always made me apprehensive. Like wine whenever I’ve tried it, the after effects have not been good. So I’ve given up wine. And trusting.” ~ Julius Caesar (Cleopatra 1963)

“Louie! Louie….still whining Louie? Have you heard enough? I’ve had to listen to that for centuries.” ~ Lestat (Interview with the Vampire)

I have no reason to not err on the side of Meritorious virtue and allow others to pilot our shared future.

I live in a near state of perpetual shock 24-7. My coworkers see the subtle telltale signs every few days. The longer I am away from my family the healthier I seem to become. Its been argued that I am the poster-child of a insidious kind of dysfunctional Fascism.

I’ll awake to find out what choice my fellow citizens made on November 9th, in spite of the purely aesthetic choice that “we the people” have been bludgeoned with. I pray that someone, somewhere in America also sees the irony of this current election cycle. To me, the current election is a bit of a logic puzzle and propaganda.

Look at this picture and what do you see?

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This is the same geometric form below.

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Notice how flat the blue one appears to be? Marx and Hegel young idealists.

Marx and Hegel? With a war on?

My decision to not vote, is a choice and a vote of sorts. The message of responsibility remains. I would almost like to think that somewhere in America, in temples, churches, synagogues, and mosques, that an accounting of negatively rendered votes like mine will be tallied, with the awareness of the Bene Gesuit ala Frank Herbert.

First came Bush the Second.
Then came A CONSTITUTIONAL LAWYER PEOPLE…NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS….
And now we have Trump. A self made man who has won and lost fortunes big enough to power small countries. It fits.

It fits. Susswerzel.

"Every person must choose how much truth he can stand." — Irvin D. Yalom (When Nietzsche Wept)