Friday, November 18, 2016

The Intelligentsia Problem

Hi! Happy Friday!

The US and the World governments have an intelligentsia problem that has long been predicted so often that it is a trope in speculative science fiction.

http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/john-oliver-responds-trump-presidency-what-fck-do-we-do-now-two-things


What has gotten lost amidst all of the demagoguery,  sensationalism, click-bait hate and histrionics that is Donald Trump has been Trump's complete and total incompetence. The odds of Trump succeeding at being President are exactly the same as the Infinite Monkey Theorem:
The infinite monkey theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare.
Or, as John Oliver stated, the odds of Trump being successful are the same as a wombat successfully piloting an airplane.

There is a lot of punditry that could splayed here. For example, people assume that a billionaire must be competent because a billionaire has a billion dollars. To which one can easily point to any lottery ticket winner. George Bush Jr. and Donald Trump were both lottery winners in life's accident of birth lottery. Being rich has absolutely no correlation with competence but people think it does.

But Irreni World Scale is not about punditry, instead, Irreni is about solutions.

The problem is Intelligentsia


Intelligentsia is a problem and the problem is best captured by a quote from William F. Buckley Jr.:

I am obliged to confess I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University.
-William F. Buckley Jr.
Would anyone hire a plumber to perform brain surgery on themselves? That's the problem with Buckely's thinking, and Republican voter thinking today. The travesty here is that Buckley's education was Yale, equal to Harvard.  This is called cognitive dissonance. It is also called a lack of self-awareness. We need political competence and education the same way Buckley used political education and competence to make a career out of criticizing political education and competence.

The intelligentsia problem is a fundamental problem in Democracy today. Republicans don't trust intelligentsia precisely for the same reason Buckley didn't: they are perceived as all liberals even though they are not. George Bush Jr. was a guy you could have a beer with. Al Gore was seen as too intellectual, even though his grades in college were average. Were either one of the really competent?

There is no mechanism for testing competence for office. Imagine, though, if members of Congress and the Senate had to pass competency tests in order to get elected and then also to re-qualify annually to stay elected. We wouldn't need term limits. I'm convinced 100% of members in Congress today couldn't pass any test.

Competency testing could solve the intelligentsia problem because conservatives would pass the test same as liberals, thus breaking the misconception with Republican voters the intelligentsia are all liberal.

So why don't we test for competence? Why didn't the founders of the US provide for competency testing as a qualification for office? The short answer is that the testing itself would become political. For example, imagine religious questions being added to competency tests. Religious people would claim that these questions are for moral and character competency. Ugh. Who would make the test?

The future Intelligentsia, Irreni solution is teams as governments


I'm currently in the process of writing a book describing the Irreni World Scale government platform and have yet to write the chapter on teams as governments. I need to introduce the concept here. The best intelligentsia solution is for us to all mingle together, whether we want too or not.

I'll be brief and tease out in one paragraph about how mingling in Irreni works. Irreni turns power on its head and starts authority using government of teams, not the Federal government. Team sizes are initially pegged to be 30 people where this number is subject to experimentation. Irreni World Scale has a single, Federal, world-wide government with a sole power; the power to determine the members of these small government teams using a recipe of dependency and productivity, talented and untalented, low-to-high intelligence, and so on. Why determine the make-up rather than self-selected groups? Because the systemic problem with social groups today is birds of a feather flock together. As a consequence people with negative social problems such as drug addiction get outcast from the community at large today into prisons and streets. With respect  the intelligentsia problem the liberal intelligent people flock to the Ivy-league college towns or Silicon Valley. The liberals have amassed in cities that are not represented at all in the US Constitution and these cities have come to be much larger than any State in the Union when the Union was originally conceived. Birds of a feather flock together needs to be broken up. Irreni World Scale does that by ensuring all walks of life get mixed together. Now, how the small government teams are orchestrated so as  to build teams-of-teams is for another day, you'll just have to wait for the book.

The now Intelligentsia solution is national competency tests


Irreni World Scale will take a couple of hundred years to complete. We need solutions now.

It would be nice if we could use competency tests for the likes of being President so that we don't ever again have a wombat fly this plane.

But how?

The solution is two-fold:
  1. Direct democracy voting to approve competency tests.
  2. Applying national competency tests in the same device that delivers the results publicly.
Direct democracy used today for legislation like ballot measures is a tragedy and anathema to the very objectives desired. It's for the children, the bond measure is always for the children.

However, Internet-age, direct democracy for non-legislation purposes is a huge opportunity being missed today.

For example, have you ever asked yourself why are we still polling when we could all just fill out forms on the Internet? Why not just have people fill out surveys on the Internet? Why indeed. I imagine the answer to that question is the exact same answer that applies to many of our political problems today: money.

The upshot is that Irreni World Scale does provide a direct democracy solution that can be implemented immediately: the Vote Bank using the Device of Loving Life (DOLL). The DOLL is simply a government smart phone given to everyone with a vote-bank application.  Everyone having a DOLL empowers everyone voting to use the Vote Bank; which is software that flips voting on its head. Instead of casting a vote on a single day and having the vote counted, one deposits a vote permanently. For example, the day after a Presidential election then a vote for the next President in four-years is deposited immediately, available to be changed any time until election day. No reason to take polls if the data is real. No reason to get out the vote because votes are on deposit.

Depositing votes is a mighty powerful tool. However, before using this novel idea we test. The plan for Irreni is to test out direct-deposit votes for other political purposes such as replacing polling.

We can use the vote bank today for our little intelligentsia problem. The intelligentsia solution is to create competing competency tests that we can vote on now using direct democracy for choosing the tests to be given. The test with the most votes wins. The tests would be administered on the DOLL and the results  made public via the DOLL immediately, no media or other intermediary. No monkey business. :-)

Solutions, not punditry


Solutions are what we need today. That's what Irreni World Scale brings to the table.

Voluntarily Reject Demagoguery!

Politics as Science!

Demand Irreni World Scale!

Anti-theism is feminism!  

Think disruption!

Empathy for all!

Moral relativity: think it, breath it!

Prove it or lose it!

Conversations equal consensus! 

Welcome to the 21st century!

Scale your empathy, scale the world! 

Find your tribe!

Be sexy people!

The future is coming! 

Innovate at a rapid pace!

Slow speed ahead!

Well come! and well met!
















Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Succession

The Succession


I labeled the California Succession Amendment using the word "Succession" as a kinda joke. This is not about secession. This is about the continuation, the next in a sequence, of what country carries forth American ideals. We are asking red state America to remove California from the Union via a Constitutional Amendment so we can continue our cherished American ideals.

Succession:
2 c :  the continuance of corporate country personality
Climate change is a very real threat and our American heritage is to lead on liberty and justice. We here in California will lead on climate change as a continuance of the American way. In addition California will lead on the great global refugee crisis due to climate change that is about to beset liberty and justice throughout the entire world.

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:

I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
--Emma Lazarus
The golden state wishes to still be the golden door. California is requesting that the United States remove California from the Union precisely because California wishes to take up the torch of liberty; take up that burdensome, awesome yoke of leadership by example assumed that day in 1776 when we the people became the first world Democracy. California is requesting to be the next in succession of liberty and justice for all.

Our current President elect has said climate change is not real. Our current President elect has said he will kill not just the terrorists, but their families. Our current President elect is a wanna be terrorist: he has repeatedly said he will kill civilians as a military strategy of non-surprise. Killing civilians is a strategy of terrorists. We are not terrorists. Our current President elect denies climate change and would deny Muslims entry into this country. Our current President elect has stated that the use of nuclear weapons is on the table. And they voted for him. And they voted for him...with eyes wide open...knowing full-well these things.

We here in California aim to continue the sequence of American ideals we still  demand from ourselves today: liberty and justice for all. Denying climate change, killing civilians, killing families of terrorists, denying refugees and threatening nuclear arms is not liberty and justice for all. It is not the American way. The denial of liberty and justice for all cannot be tolerated, especially with the compassionate world need of climate change response. 

Over the last two decades the Trump voters have made it clear how much they support the policies that have culminated with the President elect, crowned if you will with a crown of fear and withdrawal and not liberty and justice. Make America Great Again is a cowardly,  inward looking philosophy at a time the world needs us to have courage and be prepared to make sacrifices for world good.  Consider that three-fourths of the states have Republican governors and legislatures; that Republicans control the Congress, the Senate and the Presidency; and it becomes clear what we Californians must do: Act.

Act and act now. Climate change is upon us,  we do not have time to wait even four more years. Liberty and justice cannot be put on hold while the rest of America comes to its senses, or not.

We must act now. We must act today. We must Calexit.



Voluntarily Reject Demagoguery!

Politics as Science!

Demand Irreni World Scale!

Anti-theism is feminism!  

Think disruption!

Empathy for all!

Moral relativity: think it, breath it!

Prove it or lose it!

Conversations equal consensus! 

Welcome to the 21st century!

Scale your empathy, scale the world! 

Find your tribe!

Be sexy people!

The future is coming! 

Innovate at a rapid pace!

Slow speed ahead!

Well come! and well met!















Sunday, November 13, 2016

Talking Calexit and California Succession Amendment

Hi! Happy Sunday!

Just a reminder that Irreni World Scale is about solutions not punditry.

The solution discussed in this blog post is the proposed "California Succession Amendment" (CSA).  

The CSA was a blog post without comment to make for ease of dissemination.

Here I present short, brief talking points for California becoming its own country.

The Succession


I labeled the CSA using the word "Succession" as a kinda joke. This is not about secession. This is about the continuation, the next in a sequence, of what country carries forth American ideals. We are asking red state America to remove California from the Union so we can continue our cherished American ideals.

Succession:
2 c :  the continuance of corporate country personality
Climate change is a very real threat and our American heritage is to lead on liberty and justice. We here in California will lead on climate change as a continuance of the American way. In addition California will lead on the great global refugee crisis due to climate change that is about to beset liberty and justice throughout the entire world.

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:

I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
--Emma Lazarus
The golden state wishes to still be the golden door. California is requesting that the United States remove California from the Union precisely because California wishes to take up the torch liberty; take up that burdensome, awesome yoke of leadership by example assumed that day in 1776 when we the people became the first world Democracy. California is requesting to be the next in succession of liberty and justice for all.

Our current President elect has said climate change is not real. Our current President elect has said he will kill not just the terrorists, but their families. Our current President elect is a wanna be terrorist: he has repeatedly said he will kill civilians as a military strategy of non-surprise. Killing civilians is a strategy of terrorists. We are not terrorists. Our current President elect denies climate change and would deny Muslims entry into this country. Our current President elect has stated that the use of nuclear weapons is on the table. And they voted for him. And they voted for him...with eyes wide open...knowing full-well these things.

We here in California aim to continue the sequence of American ideals we still  demand from ourselves today: liberty and justice for all. Denying climate change, killing civilians, killing families of terrorists, denying refugees and threatening nuclear arms is not liberty and justice for all. It is not the American way. The denial of liberty and justice for all cannot be tolerated, especially with the compassionate world need of climate change response. 

Over the last two decades the Trump voters have made it clear how much they support the policies that have culminated with the President elect, crowned if you will with a crown of fear and withdrawal and not liberty and justice. Make America Great Again is a cowardly,  inward looking philosophy at a time the world needs us to have courage and make sacrifices for the greater good.  Consider that three-fourths of the states have Republican governors and legislatures; that Republicans control the Congress, the Senate and the Presidency; and it becomes clear what we Californian's must do: Act.

Act and act now. Climate change is upon us,  we do not have time to wait even four more years. Liberty and justice cannot be put on hold while the rest of America comes to its senses, or not.

We must act now. We must act today. We must Calexit.

Amendments


If California is gone then then the US government will be conservative enough to pass the following constitutional amendments. Note that because of the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment then these necessarily have to be federal amendments.

Here are just some of the conservative amendments possible with California out of the picture.
  1. Marriage is between one man and one woman.
  2. Abortion is illegal.
  3. Bathroom usage must be by birth-certificate gender. 
  4. Anyone can discriminate based upon religion. 
  5. Everyone has the right to open carry guns.

Why California? 


So why California? Why not some other liberal state like New York, Hawaii or Oregon?

  1. Liberal media. Hollywood is a core piece of liberal media. Eject California and then you eject Hollywood. When California becomes a country Hollywood will necessarily have to turn to California national politics. Liberal newspapers and web sites are in all large metropolitan  cities. Hollywood is only in California.
  2. Largest economy. Central to the CSA is transferring the US National Debt to the state being kicked out. Only California has a large enough economy to support the most debt.
  3. Isolated. New York, Chicago and other large metropolitan bastions of more tightly integrated with the continental US.
  4. 53 Representative vote count. Getting rid of California representatives will increase the percent of Republicans in Congress more than any other single state and thus ensuring an easy path for passing amendments.
  5. 55 Electoral vote count. The President will be permanently conservative.

Why a Constitutional Amendment?


Because it can be repealed.

When I talk about Calexit and the CSA everyone thinks secession like with Texas.  People think of a civil war. People think of guns and violence.

No. This is a digital age. Computers move at the speed of light and so can repealing this amendment.

What's being proposed here is a Constitutional Amendment. Repeal the amendment and California is now a State again.

If the amendment can be easily repealed then isn't that a huge risk?

Major Risks

  1. California currency. Foreign investors may be reluctant to engage the California currency. 
  2. California failure. What if California financially fails?
  3. Cold feet. The US gets cold feet and immediately reinstates California.
The sole insurance policy needed for these risks is to have California assume the entire US National Debt.

National Debt Risk Insurance?


The debt assumption first and foremost is insurance against cold feet. Repealing the CSA means taking back on the entire US National debt.

  1. Cold feet insurance. The debt is a 16 trillion dollar poison pill.
  2. Cutting taxes. Cutting taxes is Trump administration necessity. Trump wants to cut taxes that will initially induce huge deficits until trickle-down economics creates jobs. That's the theory anyway. Trump can't do that today because of the existing debt. If Trump starts with no debt then he has a green light to cut taxes.
  3. Long-term insurance with the two debts. Assuming CSA passes in Trump's first year of office then he will have eight years to run trillion dollar deficits. He can do this because an 8-10 trillion debt is sustainable as has been already proven and even without the California economy. If the US works it way into another 10 trillion dollar debt over eight years then repealing the CSA  is no longer an option.
  4. Currency insurance.  To quote Donald Trump, "If a man borrows $100,000 from the bank and can't pay it back, the man is in trouble. If a man borrows $2 billion from the bank and he can't pay it back then the bank is in trouble." By assuming the full debt of the US today then this ensures that foreign countries will invest with California so as to keep interest payments coming. This is insurance for California currency stability and financial success. 


Mass Liberal Migration


The CSA admits reality, an already existing reality that liberals are going to start fleeing the red states in terror and in fear for their lives. Muslims, Mexicans young people will flee the red states. Women who believe in abortion will flee. The mass exodus of liberals from red states to California will only continue to solidify an already untenable political party imbalance existing today.

The CSA is just an affirmation of today's reality. California is ideologically juxtaposed to conservatives and will only become more so under Trump. We are a nation intractably divided.

Social Experiment and Financial Competition


Today each side of the liberal-conservative divide is shouting over the other that one society is better than the other. Or that one financial system like trickle-down economics is better than the other.

So, why not have a bake off? Why not let both liberals and conservatives play out their social and financial ideals and see what works out? There are four possibilities:

  1. US succeeds, California fails. This is proof liberal policies don't work and if Californians come to their senses then the CSA can easily be repealed.
  2. US succeeds, California succeeds. No harm, no foul. Liberals and conservatives have gone their separate ways.
  3. US fails, California succeeds. California can help out the US where if today the US fails due to Trump policies there is no other option.
  4. US fails, California fails. Then the CSA can be repealed in an attempt to overcome divided we fall. 
For me personally I think the social experimentation and financial competition are the only ways to heal today's current party divide. Talking is not going to cut it. We need to see both liberal and conservative plans in real-world action working side-by-side, unfettered by current party obstructionism.

Constitutional Opportunity


Red state America has an opportunity with the CSA to kick California out, amend the constitution, and then repeal the CSA after a few years. How could this work? Easy, assuming conservative economics work then the Trump administration economy will eventually be going gang busters with no national debt. In that case then repealing the CSA reinstates the debt but now the US is ready to meet the debt challenge. 


Voluntarily Reject Demagoguery!

Politics as Science!

Demand Irreni World Scale!

Anti-theism is feminism!  

Think disruption!

Empathy for all!

Moral relativity: think it, breath it!

Prove it or lose it!

Conversations equal consensus! 

Welcome to the 21st century!

Scale your empathy, scale the world! 

Find your tribe!

Be sexy people!

The future is coming! 

Innovate at a rapid pace!

Slow speed ahead!

Well come! and well met!
















Saturday, November 12, 2016

How To Treat Trump

Hi! Happy Saturday!

Irreni World Scale is about solutions, not punditry.

Problem: How do we treat Trump, his supporters and his voters?


Should we give Trump a chance? Should we condone but not approve? Should we put the country first? Should we work with his voters but not him? What's the right answer here?

Solution: Treat them like terrorists.


The reason we don't negotiate with terrorists is we don't want to encourage the behavior.

Trump is a bully. Trump said on national TV during a Republican primary he would kill not only the terrorists, but their families.  Trump's go-to methods are insults and threats. If anyone anti-Trump is thinking about "reaching across the aisle" or "Ameri-cans vs Ameri-can'ts" then they need to ask themselves: are you encouraging future political campaigns in America to use the means of hate to get elected?

This is definitely an "ends doesn't justify the means" argument. The same as with not-negotiating with terrorists.

Trump is 100% about bullying and 0% about understanding politics. Trump is on record stating he had no idea about any Obama-care replacement but only a one word answer, "terrific". And his voters bought it. Is that the kind of campaigning you want at every level of government going forward? Do you want to encourage that kind of voting? If not then we need to to tow the line: do not negotiate.

This is not a case of minor bullying or gaffes. Bullying is who Trump is. He mocked, derided and ridiculed the free press every single campaign stop in front of millions of his supporters. This is a country with a core value of freedom of the press. Pile onto that the Donald loves press favorable to him when Trump used his friend at the National Enquirer to smear Ted Cruz then you have all the trappings of a despot.

Trump is a real extensional threat to everything we hold dear.

Trump Supporters and Voters


Love Trumps Hate. Trump supporters are mocking protesters because the argument is that there is hate behind the protest.

Wrong. The protesters are showing solidarity with the LGBT and people of color who are about to be oppressed bigly during the Trump years.  That is the love that is trumping hate.

So how do we treat the supporters and voters?

The voters are easy.


Rub their noses in it continuously for four years. Any political discussion needs to be ferociously met with "nasty woman", "grab them by the pussy", "Mexicans are rapists", "build a wall". Do not talk policy. Do not talk politics. Just remind them that if someone votes for a racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, fat-shaming, ugly-shaming, free-speech hating bully then they have to own it. And by own it I mean there is no "but". I mean there is no 'but' as in "but Clinton..." For shame, for shame, for shame.

That's how to treat the voters. Whenever discussions turn to politics then just shame away.

And his supporters?


As to his supporters, well, it needs to get more real. His supporters not only need to be shamed, but rejected. Under no circumstances does this mean violence.
I'm not talking government force or violence. I'm talking about denying them any attention in the media. Ignore them in public, shame them in private.  I'm talking do not hire them for jobs. Do not wait on them at a restaurant. If Newt Gingrinch sits down at your table, walk out.

We cannot normalize Trumps behavior, the price is too high.


Why isn't it okay to cooperate, even a little, with the Trump regime? Because the Fourth Estate is dead. Trump got billions of dollars of free media time precisely because his bullying theatrics sell, bigly.

The only firewall, the only bulwark, against a torrent of future bullying by all political candidates is the complete and total rejection of everything Trump.

Media time is expensive. Trump has now cleared a path for free media time. Do you really think your future politicians can avoid that click-bait honeypot?

The ends doesn't justify the means. What's at stake here if we treat with Trump is nothing less than a total collapse of our political class into nothing more than a steaming pile of bullies.

The stakes are high and that's why this must be treated on par with terrorism. That means the commitment to not negotiate with Trump must as equally as high as not negotiating with terrorists. 

Do not politically acknowledge, negotiate, or treat with Trump, or his supporters or his voters. Just "you voted for Mr. grab them by the pussy" shame them.

The entire future of our political discourse is at stake.

Voluntarily Reject Demagoguery!

Politics as Science!

Demand Irreni World Scale!

Anti-theism is feminism!  

Think disruption!

Empathy for all!

Moral relativity: think it, breath it!

Prove it or lose it!

Conversations equal consensus! 

Welcome to the 21st century!

Scale your empathy, scale the world! 

Find your tribe!

Be sexy people!

The future is coming! 

Innovate at a rapid pace!

Slow speed ahead!

Well come! and well met!















Thursday, November 10, 2016

The California Succession Amendment.

Be it hereby resolved that The State of California is no longer a state of the United States but to be legally recognized as a new country in exchange for assuming the entire US national debt of an amount determined on the date of ratification of this amendment.

Links:

 



#Calexit, Calexit

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Election Joy!

Hi! Happy Election Day!

Today we are having an American melt-down, an Ash versus the Evil Dead level of anxiety...

Ash vs. Evil Dead

 Irreni recommends:
Try Buddhism,

or, or, cut off your hand and strap on a chainsaw! :-0
Wait, what? Why is Irreni recommending a non-scientific solution?

It's true, Irreni is about science. However, any government solution is a human management solution. Human management solutions for which the science today is still very early on. So we still need to manage unknowns and sometimes those unknowns have well established practices handed down through the ages that work simply based upon trial-and-error.

I don't have anxiety about this election...because I practice Buddhism. In fact I don't have anxiety about anything out of my control. I never worry about things out of my control.

Why not?

Because in my early twenties I discovered the practice of Buddhism. Key word here is practice. I'm still an atheist and a militant anti-theist. I do not believe in anything supernatural.

See the thing is that Buddhism represents something no western religion could ever dream up: discipline and exercise of self-control. Where the 12 step program just tells you to have the serenity to accept the things you cannot change, Buddhism actually gives you the tools.

Discipline: there's a four letter word for you. Exercise is another. That's like work. As opposed to say, praying. Oh Buddhism teaches prayer as well, but that is not what is being recommended here. What's being recommended here are only the exercises like meditation that discipline the mind.

Buddhism represents  real-world mental exercises such as meditation that produce real-world results. Nothing supernatural about it.

In fact, Buddhism contains within its teachings multiple ways to achieve the same ends. Because, as we all know, one size does not fit all. It even says in the manual, "WARNING: if this doesn't work or is harmful for you then don't continue."

Meditation, yoga, visualization, and breathing techniques are just some of the ways to discipline your emotional state.

In other words, Buddhism is about growing the fuck up and so that you quit catering to your fucking impulsive emotions.  :-)

Here's the ironic thing. There isn't a single tradition, a single practice, in the western religions like Judaism, Christianity and Islam worth keeping. Not one. Western religions offer nothing of value to the non-religious. There isn't a single practice of the Christianity I was raised with that I practice in my daily life. Western religions are utter garbage at best.

On the other hand, Buddhism and eastern religions when stripped down of all the mysticism, tradition and supernatural crap represent real discipline and exercise with real world benefits.

Buddhism and eastern philosophy teach the following emotional states have no value. Here's a list of the some of the negative energies:
  1. hate
  2. low self-esteem
  3. anxiety
  4. guilt
  5. fear
  6. anger
  7. stress
In other words, the objective of the discipline and exercise of Buddhism is to remove the items in that list completely from your mind as much as possible.

I started practicing Buddhist disciplines in my early twenties, right as I moved to California from Indiana. Driving in California is a lot more stressful than driving in Indiana. I wanted to remove that driving stress so I put my Buddhist practices to the test. My ultimate solution, i.e. not the first attempt, was a video game visualization. Whenever I drive I now visual the objective as winning a video driving game. I score points whenever I avoid cars that try to hit me. I transitioned from stress to reward. I transitioned from the stress of anger and cussing at people for cutting me off to new rewards given to myself for avoiding the collision. I'm drive safely without stress and always enjoy myself. I love driving no matter how bad the drivers.

And here's the thing, I'm the better driver for it.

Buddhism has long taught that hate, low self-esteem, anxiety, guilt, fear, anger and stress do not produce the healthy mental state required to make decisions; and further these emotions do not produce the optimal state of mind to achieve ones best effort. Buddhism gives you the tools to use your mind. And that's cool.

My mind is clear in this election year. Is yours? I have no election 2016 fear. Do you? It is not a matter of blissful ignorance  but disciplined mental conditioning so as to accomplish accepting the things I cannot change...with Serenity:



Try Buddhism. Just the discipline and exercises. Strip out the supernatural, traditions and mysticism. You may find that works for you if you find yourself stressed on this election day about things out of your control. And if not? Then just walk away.

Or try Yoga. :-) Try Yoga.

Voluntarily Reject Demagoguery!

Politics as Science!

Demand Irreni World Scale!

Anti-theism is feminism!  

Think disruption!

Empathy for all!

Moral relativity: think it, breath it!

Prove it or lose it!

Conversations equal consensus! 

Welcome to the 21st century!

Scale your empathy, scale the world! 

Find your tribe!

Be sexy people!

The future is coming! 

Innovate at a rapid pace!

Slow speed ahead!

Well come! and well met!
















Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Day The Music Died

Hi! Happy Tuesday!

Nov. 8, the day the democracy died.

A long long time ago
All Presidential election talk =  Congress overlooked and re-elected.
I can still remember how
Plea deal for all felony charges = no jury trial.
That music used to make me smile
Arbitration replacing small claims court = can't win at trial at all.
 
And I knew if I had my chance
Sworn to secrecy = arbitration hidden.
That I could make those people dance
Banks shopped State's with laxest laws = health insurance companies soon will too.
And maybe they'd be happy for a while
Banks consolidated to too big to fail = health insurance companies soon will too.
But February made me shiver
Clinton polled win in California the day she announced =  my vote is nothing except to spend a year talking about.
With every paper I'd deliver
1999 Telecommunications Act = media companies consolidated to a few.
Bad news on the doorstep
For profit news = sensationalism lowest hanging fruit.
I couldn't take one more step
 Consolidated media's profit = fourth estate.
I can't remember if I cried
American fight club of left vs right = permanent profit machine.
When I read about his widowed bride
Hate Obamacare scare but the solution promise is only a single word, "terrific" = hate and fear is the only there.
Something touched me deep inside
We talk like neither the co-equal Congress nor the required political party exist = President trained in our brain as a dictator with no one else that matters.
The day the music died
November 8 = we vote 99% of Congress back in place but with whom we don't approve and with two Presidential candidates of record breaking ratings of public distaste. 
This'll be the day that I die
Or, or, you can get behind Irreni World Scale = woo hooo!

Voluntarily Reject Demagoguery!

Politics as Science!

Demand Irreni World Scale!

Anti-theism is feminism!  

Think disruption!

Empathy for all!

Moral relativity: think it, breath it!

Prove it or lose it!

Conversations equal consensus! 

Welcome to the 21st century!

Scale your empathy, scale the world! 

Find your tribe!

Be sexy people!

The future is coming! 

Innovate at a rapid pace!

Slow speed ahead!

Well come! and well met!