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“We bring them the plague and they do not know it.”; Propaganda and President Trump

I do feel secure in presuming that I’m not the only American who didn’t vote in 2016. I also feel no guilt watching President Trump on TV, reading his Tweets, listening to his “alternative facts,” or learning more about how his decisions and actions ruffle and offend my fellow human beings at home and abroad. However, my hope President Trump’s banter or rather verbal jousting, would turn into instructive talking points is fading. 

CNN had a clip of John McCain righteously criticizing Trump over his pro reconciliation stance toward an ancient country by European  standards. The largest Eurasian country that ever existed, originally was called Russia. After the October Revolution, for sixty some odd years the country was known by more pseudonyms than any other country in Europe. McCain’s opinion of Trump’s stance was crystal clear. But his logic…. failed with me in a curious way. That’s right. Pardon me sir for saying as much.

John McCain begged the question folks. While it may be standard rhetorical practice and while the intent does retain integral power, I’m questioning its deployment. He used the word MORALITY and he used it AS AN ABSOLUTE VALUE and he didn’t blink or pause. 

Mr. McCain I know you of all people don’t need me to ask YOUR PARDON for pointing out that you know what begging the question is in visceral way. You don’t need the likes of me, who never served in the armed forces, who doesn’t and hasn’t attended church in quite sometime, to tell you or explain to anyone how and why that move to speak on your part, constitues one step forward and at least one step back. All global humanity still has time to make time. Time to think of Freud and Wittgenstein as some cross their fingers while others around us make a sign of the cross, that your word choice includes more THAN TWO STEPS in logic.  

Absolute value? After Bosnia? Absolute value after Benghazi? Absolute value. Is the Bowling Green massacre an example of an absolute value on the same scale? Why not? For whom? The Ivy League University that is developing the meme further or the pizza joint that a client told me yesterday coined the meme?

Donald Trump is what the private sector allowed him to become and until now, has permitted him to be. Mr. McCain, I’m not going to tell you or anyone anything about anything at all. I am going to mention what I didn’t hear you say. I didn’t even hear it implied in the CNN news clip of you addressing Congress. 

I did not hear you say: 

a.) The freedom of American citizens to travel abroad has been theoretically impinged by the ACA (affordable care act’s) reliance on interstate commerce. 

b.) The President’s comments are a bit too close to Free Speech – the bigger problem Trump’s comments are creating by example can be tied to ideology thru The First Amendment and from there, they could destabilize The Fourth Amendment’s role as a privacy shield. Doing so places an undue burden on the interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment. Etc. 

c.) The President’s nominee to The Supreme Court, Gorsuch, is comming from Colorado that for the last few years has actively been testing a new policy toward a critical and crucial juncture in the legalization of Schedule I marijuana. 

Mr. McCain I didn’t hear you explaining to Congress WHAT THEY ALREADY KNOW. I didn’t hear the Fourth and Fifth Columns of American government telling me what to think or how to interpret your rebuke either. 

Senator McCain, I haven’t yet watched Dame Helen Mirren’s performance in the movie Winchester but I do plan to make time. Hopefully I’ll be able to view it before I complete my paralegal associates in lieu of Graduate School. I didn’t realize my choice to continue my professional growth and development was a cause of national concern. I appreciate being notified of my subversive transgressions against the 99% of American citizens that aren’t narcissists. That aren’t fascist or communist. Free Speech indeed, that my new android phone just permitted me to write the previous sentence and didn’t label it a fragment in need of revision. 

Artificial Intelligence. Oh really? With a gambler in the house?

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The limits of the literal: Satanism 2016

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Is Satanism more than human or just a modern day “Tartar Yoke”?

The video above was filmed 2015 in Lansing Michigan on the steps of the State Capitol. I almost think I’ve seen it elsewhere and prior to 2015. I’ve never been in interested in Satanism or it’s history. The history of domestic propaganda circulated thru Facebook however is a documented phenomena.

I recently purchased two copies of the Pulitzer prize winner Richard Ofshe’s 1994 book Making Monsters False memories, psychotherapy and sexual hysteria. As of now, I haven’t made it to the chapter on the “Satanic Panic” but I already suspected that eugenics was the body in question.

Given the global trauma of 911, what are those of us who still inhabit the middle ground of intellectualism to do or say about Satanism or reactions to it circa 2016?

Trump and the recent news that a California court has cleared Trump University for misleading students in the schools Real Estate division under the liability in question says something and nothing.

Humanism is not only purported to be one, if not “the” link to Marxism but also Satanism and ONLY WITH THE CAVEAT of Art via Axiology to differentiate both and either from a definition of “essentialism” that purports to have a decentered monopoly.

I am afraid my response is that it’s time for me to throw in my towel and cast a “No” vote. I am not educated enough in all the necessary angles. Turn off your Facebook news feed.

I say this as a sexual abuse survivor, as the daughter of a recovered anorexic and bulimic, as a child briefly raised Jehovah’s Witness until the age of 6, as the daughter of a believer in Christian Identity, as a CAM practitioner, the niece of a transcultural psychotherapist that practiced mental health in Japan and the UK and a former foreign correspondent for NBC Asia. As the niece of a human resource manager under the State Department for embassies overseas and occasional lecturer in Washington. I say this again as the sister of a recovered substance abuser, the relative by marriage of retired a Air Force vet who survived Don’t Ask Don’t Tell with a son in tow.

I’m honest enough to call a spade a spade. And smart enough to know I don’t know enough.

Good night Ladies and Gentlemen. Please Excuse Me. I thought the US had a President. Not a political prisoner and former Governor from Alabama’s Grid Iron auditioning for a future role in Steven Spielberg’s Star Wars franchise.

Letter to recovering addicts and those who loved one

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Atonement: satisfaction or reparation for awrong or injury; amends.

Atonement AA (Step 8): Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

Atonement in a Religious context: Thereconciliation of God and humankind through Jesus Christ.

Closure is the end of something. After being caught sending naked pictures to minors or someone other than your spouse (for those of you who are married or cheating), expect theclosure of your political career and a boycott of your business for example. The cookie cutter definition of psychological closure (which is the topic of this post) is “… an individual’s desire for a firm solution as opposed to enduring ambiguity.”

Closure comes from the Latin claus (“shut”), and has numerous synonyms and linguistic or contextual applications. A road closure blocks that road from traffic. If you find closure after an emotional hardship, you’re ready to move on. An obstruction in a small passage, like a pipe, is also a closure, as is the button on your sweater. In debate, closure (usually cloture), stops debate and starts the vote.

Closure is a principle from Gestalt psychologyand Grief counseling as well.

I did not lose a battle with addiction and did not struggle with chemical dependency.I did not get lost in pop science trying to stabilize my perception of why I could not stop using drugs of any kind.Make a note, that I have just listed TWO reasons why I am blessed and I will return to this at the end of this post.

Process Philosophy:

My first exposure to the drug scene was straight out of a movie and far less glamorous. I was six years old and my father was arrested in the early 1980’s for what the DEA and RCMP said was his role in a 12 million dollar drug sting. He was arrested in Buffalo New York and his face was plastered all over the evening news on all three major news networks. My mother had just graduated from college with two degrees and was denied any opportunity to use her education degree in our community. She was presumed to be too emotionally unstable due to the public nature of my father’s arrest and of course, she was guilty before she was innocent in the eyes of many. Privately, neither of my parents used any kind of drug other than alcohol though they were both children of alcoholics. Of my grandparents, my father’s mother was the only one who did not drink at all.  I saw addiction and abuse from other angles than one would expect.

What do I know about drugs and addiction personally?

I am a sexual abuse survivor: I was a drugfor a sick grandfather and neighbor who could not control himself and who would not and presumably ‘could not’ stop. His excuse I presume would have been PTSD had he been confronted.My mother was anorexic and bulimic until my sister was born when I was 7 years old and used food as a drug. My parents raised me as a vegetarian which was promoted by their religious views at the time and abandoned the practice when she became pregnant with my sister.I have a step sibling who thru a variety of personal challenges of her own, was placed into rehab with Bradford at the age of 13. She relapsed 20 years later and has now recovered but at a price. I have also dated a recovering addict in my youth and as recently as three years ago for a brief time.Due to the fact that I live and breathe and survived childhood (Freud and Jung critics beware) I have had and still have ‘friends’ who used to various degrees. I also have done various drugs both legal and illegal.

What do I know about atonement and closure professionally?

I have a degree in Health and Wellness and have practiced Professional Massage Therapy since 1998.

Why am I writing this post?

I am writing this post for personal therapeutic reasons on several levels. When I began this post, I was thinking about the animosity I hold toward members of my family and how various facts of their lives and my own have been butchered in order to feed conspiracy thinking privately and publicly and how this fostered a burden of liability that cannot and has not been rectified or atoned for privately or publicly. This morning as I continue to draft this post, the topic of criticism of the AA model and religion has reminded me again of yet another angle on my need to compose this post.

When I hear addicts talk about their experiences I am reminded of why group therapy has value. In no other setting are the actions of others and their value systems so exposed. My ex who twice went thru rehab was an accountant. His profession is or was, to use mathematical skills to assign value. Need it be said that group therapy is closed for a reason just as many circles and distribution channels are closed to outsiders? Addicts remain addicted for a variety of reasons.

When friendships and family ties suffer for the sake of an addiction addicts often go thru various stages of grief and denial when they are informed of just how heinous the behaviour and actions of former associates turned out to be. My step sister talked about a theft ring that that bartered for drugs and I know I have heard similar tales as most casual drug users have. What addicts close the door on by speaking only in peer groups are the stories of bodily horror. They leave economic scandals to political media commentators to opine about so they can justify their own narcissism while still using and waving the flag of their choice. Its the stories of rape, child molestation, aggravated assault, forced or cohersed prostitution that trips their PTSD triggers that drive them underground into treatment out of horror and shame. Even then, for some, the horror only becomes real when they lose their teeth thru addiction.

I do not forgive my step sister or her family. All of them, including my father’s wife. As my ex who was an accountant reminded me thru accusation rather than reason mind you, is that addiction paradigms are not without flaws. One of the excuses my step sister and her family used to justify a number of significant transgressions and abuses was a mind body paradigm which presupposed a biological basis for mental processes which veered into hard core scientific reductionism and determinism. In the process of excusing various issues they abused far more and I fear that in their stupidity they allowed and facilitated the projection of larger societal issues into inappropriate contexts.

As an individual, I may one day accept my step mother again. I will always accept my step sisters children. For the time being, I despise her 13 years later. Infinity. Along with her brother and ALL the former friends and associates from two counties that she spread her lies in and MOST of my own home county.

Biological paradigms that mimic horror stories of “the gulag” coming prior to and on the heels of 911 could not be trusted – then or now. That was the genius of Osma Bin Laden and the germ of conspiracy post 911. They lend themselves to the ideas of eugenics and yet more conspiracy. When you know what I do and whom I know and you sit and watch what falls away after the fact you realize how little we know and just how much.

But back to closure and why it is often elusive. Closure is not about acceptance of bullshit decisions, choices or actions. Closure is about reaching a point where free will returns to us.

For those dealing with these issues, remember that free will is not a logical fallacy. Information and paradigms may contain them. Finding peace requires a clear mind. Peace is not a endless journey. It is available. It does exist.

And actions have consequences.