Friday, October 20, 2017

The new, socially acceptable KKK hood

Humanity's changing metaphors of nature

Continuing this post, Lent explores the significance of metaphors and how those have changed regarding nature with the implications thereof. Not surprisingly, Lakoff's work is referenced.

The Young Turks on the DNC purge

Continuing this post, TYT examine the DNC's progressive purge from its ranks.

Progressive Caucus budget reveals its values too

Compare and contrast the Repugnantan values with those exemplified in this budget.Which is more in line with your values? E.g., from the Executive Summary:

Invest In America

Invests $2 trillion to transition to a 21st Century Infrastructure to transform our energy, water and transportation systems
Closes loopholes so our government agencies use materials made in America
Expands our commitment to efficient renewable energy and green jobs
Invest $100 billion to increase access to reliable, high-speed internet

Affordable Health Care

Maintains critical coverage gains under Affordable Care Act
Lowers costs of prescription drugs
Allows states to transition to single-payer health care systems
Expands access to mental health care and treatments for opioid and heroin addiction
Repeals excise tax on high-priced health care plans for workers and replaces with public option

Fair Tax System for Working Families

Ends corporate tax break for offshoring American jobs and profits
Stops companies from renouncing their American citizenship to dodge U.S. taxes
Closes wasteful corporate tax loopholes that cost billions of dollars
Taxes Wall Street to fund Main Street
Ensures profits from investments are finally taxed at the same rate as income taxes
Raises revenue from the wealthiest few who can afford to pay more
Expands the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Care Credit

Justice and Fair Elections

Ensures the justice system is fair and effective for all Americans by increasing funding for voter protection and legal assistance programs
Rebuilds trust in the justice system by developing community oriented policing reforms
Protects American election systems from any interference and increases
protections for voting rights by strengthening key election reforms
Funds public financing of campaigns to curb special interest influence in politics
Supports policies and initiatives to significantly reduce gun violence

Senator Warren: Repugnantan budget reveals their true values

She tells us just what it will do, and it takes from working families and gives to the rich. See this clip for the factual details. As she so rightly notes, it is about values, and just what Repugnatans actually value despite their lying spin.

Solar is the cheapest electricity ever in any technology

And this is the unsubsidized version.

"In April 2016, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) reported that the record low unsubsidized solar energy price was 3.6 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), in a March 2016 contract in Mexico. This month, every single bid that Saudi Arabia received for its 300-Megawatt (MW) Sakaka solar project was cheaper than that. The lowest bid price was 1.79 cents/kWh. For context, the average residential price for electricity in the United States is more than six times that, 12 cents/kWh."

DNC ousts Sanders supporters

According to this story, the Democratic National Committee has kicked out some Sanders supporters because they are critical of DNC chair Perez, himself the epitome of the corporatist wing of the Party. "Among those ousted was James Zogby, head of the Arab American Institute and prominent Sanders supporter, and Barbra Casbar Siperstein, the first transgender member of the DNC." Does Sanders (and Hartmann) really think the DNC is going to reform back into a Party of the people? They are just appeasing the Sanders wing, meanwhile neutering them or outright kicking them out. Also see this story.

Word of the day: Perlocutionary

From It's what I hope to achieve with this blog.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

What can each of us do to change the system?

Individually we can recognize the dominant narrative and not participate. We can refuse to mass consume and live more simply. We can choose to buy those products that mesh with a sustainable view. But we also have to get involved in changing the overall political infrastructure, the dominant narrative. We can support candidates that enact those values in their own lives so we can trust they will do so in government. We can propagate said values in mass social media, strengthening that meme until it becomes the dominant narrative. And we organize via that media so that we each do our own passionate part in that larger organized effort.

Senator Sanders gives Senator Cruz a dose of reality

Cruz makes a speech full of lies about the estate tax and how it hurts employees and small employers. Sanders then gives the facts and quotes the sources. The estate tax only affect the top two-tenths of the 1% and has no effect on everyone else. It's a tax break for the very rich and nothing else.

Even Dubya Bush thinks Dump is the Biggest Loser

Dubya gave a speech at the Spirit of Liberty forum in NYC and, while not naming Dump, made it clear he rejected everything the latter is doing to our country. Bush condemned nativism, protectionism, anti-immigrant rhetoric, bigotry, bullying, prejudice, white supremacy, conspiracy theories and outright lies, all things where Dump is King. You know things are dire in the US when ever Dubya is critical of our Presidunce and his dumpsters.

The myth of the selfish gene

Continuing this post:

Kimmel interviews Howard Stern

On the show last night. Very entertaining.

Borowitz on Dump and devolution

Borowitz speaks at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on Nazis, Dump and impeachment, and starting his own movement, élitism. Yes, elitism is good and we should be proud of it, for that is exactly what we need in a President and representatives.

Reich polls Dump voters in TN and KY

Granted the sample is small but interesting nonetheless. I hope enough of the Dumpsters feel this way to vote Dump out next time around, if he gets that far. From his FB post:

"Kentucky and Tennessee voted for Trump. In my free-floating focus group over the last couple of days in both state I’ve spoken with nearly 20 people who said they voted for Trump. Almost all of them told me this:

1. The reason they voted for Trump is they “hated Hillary” or “wanted to shake things up” in Washington, or "I thought we needed a businessman."

2. They don’t like the job Trump is doing as president. (“He’s embarrassing,” “makes me ashamed,” “behaving like a child,” "chronic liar.")

3. Every one of them told me they regret voting for him (“never would have if I’d have known what an as*hole he is,” one told me).

4. They said their own personal economic position hasn’t changed from what it was last year, and Trump’s policies favor the rich (“he just cares about wealthy folk,” “said he’d drain the swamp and the swamp is worse.”)

5. Most are worried about Trump's mental capacity (“I don’t think the man has all his marbles,” “he could get is into a goddamn nuclear war,” "weird as hell,” “crazy as a loon.”)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Senator Warren questions Big Pharma

In this clip she asks why, if Pharma wants market solutions, that they instead resist two effective market solutions: Importing drugs from Canada to create competition and allowing the US government to negotiate lower bulk prices. Seems Pharma isn't really interested in market solutions after all but prefers monopolies.

Sanders on what the people want via polls

And what the Repugnantans give them, the complete opposite. Once again this is proof positive that the Repugnantans don't give a shit about the majority of people but are the just lap dogs of the wealthy who literally buy them. And that's the facts, not at all hyperbole.

Even Dump said so during the campaign, although he is himself one of those oligarchs and was lying when he said he'd change it. Again, the facts of his own tax proposal, as well as everything he's done since in office, speak plainly to which side he's on. And it ain't we the people.

David Letterman on the Kimmel Show last night

Letterman gives us an update on what he's been up to since retiring.

Jeremy Lent interview

Continuing the last post, this interview covers some of the broad strokes of Lent's new book. Particularly that climate change is driven by the current core metaphor that human flourishing means growth and consumption.

Review of The Patterning Instinct

A member of this  FB IPS forum, Wayne Lewis reviews Jeremy Lent's book The Pattering Instinct. It has convinced me this book is a must read. A teaser:

"In The Patterning Instinct, Jeremy Lent begins with a simple observation: Root metaphors combine to create a cultural worldview that shapes societal values, and these values shape history. He attempts (quite successfully) to answer the question: If the confluence of our core metaphors constrain the way we see the world and the paths we follow, is it the case that to change the disastrous direction of our society we must change these core metaphors? But if we hope to change them, we must both identify their essence and understand how they have evolved. With an understanding of the evolution of root metaphors, and how they constrain societal directions we may hope to change the direction of history before it is too late."

Several interviews with him are here. Here's a link to his articles. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Poor understanding correlates with religious/supernatural beliefs

According to this article in Applied Cognitive Psychology. The summary follows. The entire article can be accessed at Sci-Hub.

"Although supernatural beliefs often paint a peculiar picture about the physical world, the possibility that the beliefs might be based on inadequate understanding of the non-social world has not received research attention. In this study (N = 258), we therefore examined how physical-world skills and knowledge predict religious and paranormal beliefs. The results showed that supernatural beliefs correlated with all variables that were included, namely, with low systemizing, poor intuitive physics skills, poor mechanical ability, poor mental rotation, low school grades in mathematics and physics, poor common knowledge about physical and biological phenomena, intuitive and analytical thinking styles, and in particular, with assigning mentality to non-mental phenomena. Regression analyses indicated that the strongest predictors of the beliefs were overall physical capability (a factor representing most physical skills, interests, and knowledge) and intuitive thinking style."

While California burns

Dump chips in a bottle of water. Such a compassionate, kind, caring Presidunce.

McCain criticizes Dump, again

Thanks to this Republican who speaks truth to power. McCain said this during the ceremony to receive the Liberty Medal Award:

"To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of Earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”

Spurs coach Popovich on Dump

He says what we all know:

"This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner—and to lie about how previous Presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers—is as low as it gets.  We have a pathological liar in the White House: unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this President should be ashamed because they know it better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all."

Psychedelics reboot the brain

So says this Science Alert article, examining a study in Scientific Reports. "Several of our patients described feeling 'reset' after the treatment and often used computer analogies. For example, one said he felt like his brain had been 'defragged' like a computer hard drive, and another said he felt 'rebooted'."

Supreme Corp is allergic to science and math

Funny, but aren't conservatives always harping on how we need to dump the liberal arts and focus on science, technology, engineering and math? And yet the conservative justices on the Corp refuse to accept the math in the gerrymandering case. Instead they want what they claim to despise in other cases: Cultural relativism in that their ideology has equal if not predominant say over science and facts. Underlying all this is the fact that they want elections to be rigged so will strain any and all credibility in order to achieve it.

SNL: Last call with Larry David

Funny skit.

Amy Schumer with Kimmel

Her tampon story (7:20) is LOL funny.

Frankie & Whitney

And a close 2nd place with a score of 29. If Argentine tango was danced like this socially I'd do it; but compared to this social tango is tame and lame.

Jordan & Lindsay

On DWTS last night got the first perfect score of the seasons 10s from all 3 judges.

Monday, October 16, 2017 on healthcare cost-sharing subsidies

The video below first describes what they are. Then they provide the facts on what will happen because Dump said he's eliminating them. According to the CBO this will require insurers to raise premiums by 20% next year. See the CBO report here.

What have liberals and conservatives done for us?

Hartmann runs down the list and then debates a conservative about it.

The NRA is a domestic terrorist organization

Let's call it what it is, since it has sacrificed over 3000 children under 18 this year so far to its religious jihad.

Trickle down economics is a failure

Robert Reich lays down the facts. It's a failed ideology in denial of reality because if true it would destroy one of the prevailing myths Repugnantans believe, causing their entire house of cards to crumble. Thing is, that house has fallen into ruin a long time ago and they refuse to see what's in front of their apparently lying eyes.

This is why NFL players kneel

And this sort of shit happens on a regular basis. So how is it possibly right to not only kill black men for no reason but then get away with it? Isn't that something that should be protested? This sort of thing is the stated reason for the NFL protest. It has nothing to do with dishonoring our country or flag. Those who claim the latter do not get to frame the real and legitimate reason for the protest. #kneelwiththeNFL.

Dump budget cuts $300 million from firefighter programs

It's right there in his 2018 budget. California is still burning out of control and the Biggest Joke wants to cut this money from the US Forest Service? And nary a word of concern or help from that stinking pile of Dump? Time to wake up and smell the shit for you Dumpsters.

How America came apart

Van Jones explains that both Parties colluded on trade deals that decimated our industrial base, as well as Wall Street deregulation that destroyed our financial system. Both supported privatizing prisons which just exacerbated the problem and both supported endless war that killed our and other populations and enriched the war machine. Hence the rebellions in both Parties via Sanders and Dump, the former promoting that we support each other, the latter that we turn on each other. The former makes America great again, the latter tears it apart.

He's also critical of the elitist Democrats who have abandoned the white working class. They've turned to elite professionals for their money and support and no longer promote the working class as did Sanders. And it's not only Sander's message framing but his history of sincerity and authenticity of fighting for the working class that is needed to bring those oppressed white working class back into the progressive fold instead of the false profit Dump.

Government is a public service

Excellent blog post by Lakoff on shifting the metaphorical frame from President as our nation to government officials as public servants. We must hammer home that their job is to serve the public, not the President. And when the President only serves himself and his oligarchic buddies, which is always, we must continue to hammer incessantly that Repugnantans have to choose between the country, i.e. we the people, over a greedy and mentally ill President. If they don't then we will not choose them again to serve us.

Dump and ALEC

Birds of a feather. More like turds of a toilet.

Asimov on the cult of ignorance

It's always been there. But now it's been elevated to new heights and power.

US has regressed to feudalism

Excellent editorial by Thom Hartmann in today's Alternet. He provides ample evidence that what's left of democracy in the US is merely a shell game. That we've been taken over by the oligarchy, aka neo-feudalism or fascism. And that we citizens are in a state of denial, for to admit it implies that we've sat idly by and enabled it. So we must first admit it in order to change it, then fight like hell to overcome it. That is, if we really want our freedom? Or are you comfortable in your slavery, getting whipped daily by the grind of oppression?

DNC picks anti-$15 minimum wage guy for finance post

And corporate Dims and their lackeys wonder why we still don't trust the DNC? Seriously? Daniel Halprin was chosen by DNC chair Tim Perez to be one of the Deputy Finance Chairs and Halprin was head of an anti-minimum wage lobbying group. So is the DNC really in favor of not raising the minimum wage to a living wage? Then WTF is up with this choice?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bannon: Dump ended healthcare subsidies to destroy Obamacare

Yep, even Steve Bannon, former Trump adviser pulling puppet Dump's strings, admits it. Dump will no longer pay insurance companies the subsidies for those who cannot afford to pay for health insurance. And it's intention is specifically to get those companies to raise premiums beyond most people's reach or leave the market.

Climate change denier named to head White House’s Council on Environmental Quality

It's true. And in keeping with all the other Toxic Dump appointments.

"Hartnett White has argued that carbon dioxide levels are good for life on Earth, the shift to renewable energy amounts to “green folly” and “a false hope,” and that “carbon dioxide has none of the attributes of a pollutant.” She lambasted the Obama administration’s environmental policies as a “deluded and illegitimate battle against climate change,” railed against the Paris climate agreement and attacked Pope Francis’ stance on global warming."

The origin of terrorism

Well, one of them anyway.

The Metaphorical Brain

An open access ebook edited by Seana Coulson and Vicky T. Lai, published by Frontiers Media SA in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (March, 2016). The blurb:

Metaphor has been an issue of intense research and debate for decades (see, for example [1]). Researchers in various disciplines, including linguistics, psychology, computer science, education, and philosophy have developed a variety of theories, and much progress has been made [2]. For one, metaphor is no longer considered a rhetorical flourish that is found mainly in literary texts. Rather, linguists have shown that metaphor is a pervasive phenomenon in everyday language, a major force in the development of new word meanings, and the source of at least some grammatical function words [3]. Indeed, one of the most influential theories of metaphor involves the suggestion that the frequency of metaphoric language results because cross-domain mappings are a major determinant in the organization of semantic memory, as cognitive and neural resources for dealing with concrete domains are recruited for the conceptualization of more abstract ones [4]. Researchers in cognitive neuroscience have explored whether particular kinds of brain damage are associated with metaphor production and comprehension deficits, and whether similar brain regions are recruited when healthy adults understand the literal and metaphorical meanings of the same words (see [5] for a review).

Seth Myers gives his fans the Eminem ultimatum

He discusses Eminem's rap against Dump and gives his own fans the same ultimatum. Something tells me that there already were zero Dump fans in Meyer's camp.

Kellywise on SNL

Funny skit of McKinnon playing Kellyann Conway as the clown from the movie It interacting with Anderson Cooper.

Baldwin plays Dump again on SNL

He covers Dump at the trucker convention, as well as his feuds with Corker and Tillerson, the rap battle with Eminem and Pence's lack of any spine.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Tax cuts for the rich are stupid

Billionaire Steyer gives us an Economics 101 (introductory) lesson. It's a lesson Repugnantans have yet to learn. You know, that elite education stuff and all. Think is, this is just common sense.

Puerto Rican Congresswoman reams Dump

Dump gets a well deserved spanking for his inhumane (and inhuman) comments.

Olbermann on Mueller researching limits to Dump's pardon power

In addition, he gives an update on the latest developments in Mueller's investigation.

Dump and Tillerson enter the Thunderdome

Colbert jokes about Dump's challenging Tillerson to an IQ test.

Charlie Puth: Attention

This song is hot on the west coast swing dance circuit. Here's the live performance on The Late Late Show last recently.

Sanders on Dump's and Repugnantans' budget proposals

To paraphrase Dump himself: The Biggest Disaster in the modern history of our country. Only unlike Dump this isn't hyperbole. In the next decade nearly 80% of the tax benefits go to the top 1%, about $2 trillion. Repealing the estate tax would give $269 billion in tax breaks to the top two-tenths of the 1%. And how do they 'balance' this? Massive cuts ($5 trillion) in healthcare, education, nutrition, housing and environmental protection: They steal from the poor and working families to give to the rich. See the clip below for the very specific details. Again, it's reality and right in their budget, not hyperbole.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The X-Files Season 11

Coming in 2018.

Uber for potheads

Kimmel discusses how on January 1 recreational pot will be legal in CA, with new rules on pot delivery.

Police thwart white terrorist attack

TYT gives us the story, one which got nary a peep from corporate media? Why? It was a white terrorist, not a Muslim.

Renewal energy is affordable

Here's atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe debunking the myths of fossil fuels and providing the facts on the cost of renewal energy sources. E.g., the cost of solar without subsidies has dropped below that of fossil fuels. In some countries bids for solar are around 3 cents per kilowatt hour. And when the sun isn't shining or the wind blowing? She discusses various energy storage methods, with new ones developing rapidly. She also dispels other myths.

How Americans lost touch with reality

This short video provides a chronology of magical thinking in the US. It was there since the beginning, including distrust of the intellectual elite. The 60s promoted 'do your own thing' multi-culturalism and the internet provided a global forum for everyone to espouse their own truth, despite its relationship to reality. America then became a culture of celebrity, meaning not necessarily about earning fame through achievement but just being famous without the merit. It was more about the fantasy and illusion celebrity, which 'reality' TV shows exploited. All of which set the stage for Dump: The magical illusion of celebrity while the reality is, as Secretary of State Tillerson so aptly noted, a f*cking moron.

Colbert: Dump's tax plan will help truckers

But only about 30 trucking companies out of 186,000, that is, 0.016%. You know, 1% of the top 1%. This is referring to the elimination of the estate tax, which applies only to individuals worth more than $5.5 million, and couples worth more than $11 million. As you can see, this benefits only the wealthiest trucking companies, not truckers per se.

Mark Johnson on language and the embodied mind

In this lecture he brings in his interpretation of aesthetics: "Aesthetics concerns everything that goes into our ability to grasp the meaning and significance of any aspect of our experience. And so it involved form and structure, the qualities that define a situation, our felt sense of the meaning of things, our rhythmic engagement with our surroundings, our embodied interactions, and so forth."

Embodied Cognition and Language from a Neural Perspective

Continuing this post, which gave a quickie on embodied cognition and philosophy in response to a question, the video below is the lecture Lakoff gave prior to that Q&A -- Cascade Theory: Embodied Cognition and Language from a Neural Perspective.

Thursday, October 12, 2017


Lindsey Stirling does it yet again, with music, dance, vocals and images that transport us into another dimension.

Dump's executive order sabotages Obamacare

Since the Repugnantans in Congress couldn't eliminate Obamacare the Presidunce has decided to further sabotage it with his new executive order. The new order allows healthy people to buy cheaper policies with more limited coverage. Therefore without those people in Obamacare prices will go up drastically for those with medical issues. When most if not all of sick patients are in Obamacare it can't help but go under the eventual disastrous losses. Then those sick patients will be subject to all those restrictions again, like lifetime caps and no pre-existing coverage. It's a regressive step that benefits only the insurance companies and those temporarily healthy while screwing the rest of society. Yeah, sound just like Dump.

Victim of Nazi assault in Charlottesville charged with assault

Yes, that is true. You know, real news, reality. This beating was documented via photograph and eye witness accounts. The victim of being severely beaten by several Nazis with weapons has been issued a warrant for arrest and charged with assault because he tried to defend himself, one guy against several. There's justice for you, eh?

Dump rap battles with Eminem

In Fallon's monologue he does an edited rap response from Dump.

Eminem freestyles on Dump

#1 on trending.

Colbert on Dump's unraveling

Continuing the last post, Colbert jokes about Dump's decent into insanity. Actually Dump has always been that way; those with cognitive dissonance are just finally waking up to reality.

Dump's own staff on how unhinged he is

Robert Reich's commentary on this story is below, depicting how Dump's own staff are worried the Presidunce is unhinged. So why the f*ck aren't they getting together and invoking the 25th Amendment to get his dangerous menace away from the nuclear trigger?

"Trump's latest public outbursts are only the tip of the iceberg. New reports out of the White House paint a picture of a president who is unravelling and on the brink of breakdown. The situation has reportedly gotten so out of control that:

1) Chief John Kelly and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis have discussed ways to stop Trump should he order a nuclear attack.

2) Kelly has tried to keep Trump focused by intercepting outside phone calls to the White House and restricting access to the Oval Office. This has apparently frustrated Trump, and Kelly could soon be on the way out.

3) Many his of advisors believe he is "unstable" and "unravelling" quickly.

4) Trump has reportedly told his longtime bodyguard, “I hate everyone in the White House! There are a few exceptions, but I hate them!”

Who benefits from Dump's tax plan?

Hint: It isn't you and me. This more than anything should tell all of us who Dump is.

Pence's protest preferences

This should tell us quite a bit about Pence and his boss, the Presidunce.

Repugnantans won't learn from Kansas

Congress is proposing very similar budgets as that enacted in Kansas, and the Kansas experiment failed miserably. Even the Kansas Repugnantans who originally supported the plan admitted its failure and ended it against the wishes of the Governor.

It's the same old failed ideology: tax cuts for the rich and corporations will pay for themselves with a booming economy. That boom never happened in Kansas and it won't happen in the US. All this strategy ever does in further enrich those already wealthy in power. And that, after all, is exactly the desired result the Repugnantans want. And as usual, they will take from the poor and declining middle class and give to the rich.

All hail Dis!

Fortunately I'm not marketing amodal hier(an)archical synplexity, a takeoff on the model of hierarchical complexity. It's strictly for the elite paraformal operators of the Illussionati. We share our (dis)information freely. All hail Dis!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Who throws our budget out of whack?

As if you didn't already know. Only in Dump's case, we get nothing for that money.

Dump threatens freedom of the press

The Biggest Dictator is proceeding like other dictators, now wanting to crack down on the press. He has now suggested removing NBC's FCC license for what he claims is fake news. "The National Association of Broadcasters — the leading trade association for radio and TV — quickly issued a statement condemning Trump’s threat. 'The founders of our nation set as a cornerstone of our democracy the First Amendment, forever enshrining and protecting freedom of the press. It is contrary to this fundamental right for any government official to threaten the revocation of an FCC license simply because of a disagreement with the reporting of a journalist.'”

Also see Robert Reich's FB post on this.

Integral Ecology: Toward a Perma-Circular Society

From Arnsperger's blog post, copied below:

"My colleague Dominique Bourg (also from the University of Lausanne) and myself have just released a new book in French, entitled Ecologie intégrale: Pour une société permacirculaire (translation: Integral Ecology: Toward a Perma-Circular Society), published in Paris by Presses Universitaires de France. It’s the culmination of a two-year effort we engaged in between mid-2014 (when I arrived at Lausanne) and mid-2016 to spell out (a) what sustainability really means and (b) what the social, cultural and political conditions for the emergence of a genuinely sustainable society are. It’s during this period that we published our article, Vers une économie authentiquement circulaire: Réflexions sur les fondements d’un indicateur de circularité” (“Toward a Genuinely Circular Economy: Reflections on the Foundations of a Circularity Indicator”), in which we first coined the word permacircularité. (In French, we don’t hyphenate it. I’m thinking of soon going over to that spelling convention in English as well – since the related word “permaculture” has no hyphen either.) 
Our basic intuition, which we started out by developing in a series of articles, was that a genuinely sustainable society requires a circular and regenerative economy which, as a result, needs to give up growth as it guiding and regulating principle. We adopted the insights discovered by the French engineer François Grosse, who has posted previously on this blog and who contributed a short text to our book. You can see the book’s webpage and order it atégrale.

For English-speaking audiences, I need to add immediately that the way in which we use the word “integral” in our book’s title is rather different from the meaning that word has acquired, in the USA in particular, over the past decade. The philosopher Ken Wilber coined the term “Integral” in a specific sense, meaning an all-encompassing perspective on reality that combines inner and outer perspectives on the individual and the collective. For Wilber, all of reality is constantly mobilizing an “It” dimension (the outer-individual), an “I” perspective (the inner-individual), an “Its” perspective (the outer-collective) and a “We” perspective (the inner-collective). I have worked on, and with, Wilber’s model quite a bit in the past, attempting to apply it to economics in my book Full-Spectrum Economics: Toward an Inclusive and Emancipatory Social Science (Routledge, 2010). Sean Esbjörn-Hargens and Michael E. Zimmerman have attempted to use Wilber’s approach to understand the multiple perspectives on, and facets of, ecological issues, in their book Integral Ecology: Uniting Multiple Perspectives on the Natural World (Shambhala, 2009). In our book, Dominique Bourg and I use the expression “integral ecology” in a rather less ambitious but nevertheless relevant sense, meaning an approach that “consists in considering that ecological and social problems are like the two sides of the same sheet of paper, with inequality linking them indissolubly” (p. 12).

Carpool karaoke with Miley Cyrus

The next installment in Corden's popular series.


Colbert's commentary on Elon Musk's paranoia over artificial intelligence.

Colbert found Dump's IQ test results

And as expected they confirmed he is, as Tillerson accurately proclaimed, a fu*king idiot.

Nazis return to Charlottesville

And this time they included in their chants: "Russia is our friend." Of course Russia is a Nazi's friend, both being anti-democracy and pro-fascism. Oh, and DonCon Dump's best friend since they installed him in the Blight House.

Uncle Sam comes clean as he nears death

I guess even the symbol of the US has a conscience as he nears death, so has decided to openly confess his agenda.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Blade Runner 2049

I just saw it. Like the original there are some things that jump out at you, while others take some time to settle in after extensive pondering. While obviously not written by long dead Dick, it does his original justice. And his incessant theme of manufactured reality is still at play, more relevant today than ever with Dump's gaslighting and fake news.

The limitations of evolutionary meaning making

Continuing this post (and predecessors), Dave linked to this article on the difference between integral and peak oil perspectives on ecology. A key point is that for AQAL, so-called ever increasing complexity is the solution to evolution. And everything, for that matter. But as I've extensively explored, there are different kinds of complexity: The kind AQAL draws from and the kind that takes account of thermodynamic systems. And when the former doesn't take into account the latter, it separates from the 'real' domain (e.g. Bhaskar, Bryant) and if fact leads us headlong into collapse.

Edwards also explores this theme, that an over emphasis on one of the developmental lenses, while not taking into account how it meshes with a myriad of other lenses, leads to altitude sickness. Castles made of sand...


Jordan & Lindsey on DWTS

The top score of the night with two 10s, the first of the season. If you want to skip the lead in the performance starts around 1:45.

Jeopardy champ is Corden's new bae

I've seen this guy on Jeopardy, a virtual know it all while also being a weirdly funny guy. Corden shows clips on why he's enamored with him.

Senator Corker fires back at Dump

Colbert jokes about the Twitter was Corker and Dump are having, and how Corker is getting the upper hand. Not all that hard, given the competition.

Colbert interviews Dump

Of course it's a 'fake' interview, but more real than fake Dump.

Jon Stewart just can't be nice to Dump

In this skit Colbert tears Dump down while Stewart has to say something nice about him. He really tries but he just can't do it.

Taking a knee is freedom of expression

That's right, and it's guaranteed in the Constitution. Let freedom ring!

Control the narrative: taking a knee is patriotic

Dump challenges Tillerson to compare IQ tests

That I'd love to see. Dump no doubt has a rigged or fake IQ test lying around somewhere. But I'd love to see him take an legitimate IQ test to reveal what we all know: He has the intellect of a 3-year old. And his behavior in this case, as in every case, proves as much.

Monday, October 9, 2017

John Mero's blind audition on The Voice

Amazing voice and performance that turned all 4 chairs.

Nonsensical rifle addiction

This comedic public service announcement has a very brief introduction in I think Dutch?, then switches to English.

49ers Eric Reid on Pence's walk out

VP Pence walked out of their game this weekend after some 49ers continued to protest during the national anthem. So Reid responded that the protest has nothing to do with the flag or the military; it is a protest about systemic oppression. He also rightly noted that Pence's walk out is a clear signal of that oppression by those in power, the very thing the protest is about. Reid is also right that it is necessary to control the narrative, and he will continue to do so. Kudos to him and the protesters.

Mueller exploring Dump's power to pardon

In particular, the power to pardon people involved in the Russian collusion investigation.
  • The FBI's special counsel's team is digging into the limits of President Donald Trump's pardon powers.
  • Because there is little precedent for governing presidential pardon powers, the special counsel, Robert Mueller, is likely to research state-level cases with elements that could be applied to the Russia investigation.
  • Experts say Mueller is taking unprecedented steps to ward off efforts by the White House to guard itself against the investigation.

Secretary of State McCord on fake news

The fictional Secretary of State on the TV show Madam Secretary gave a scathing diatribe against fake news last night. And I'm talking about the real fake news that doesn't base stories on facts but seeks to bolster an ideology with lies and manipulation. Which they then turn around and accuse the real news of being fake because it reveals their deception. It is a direct attack on Dump and his tactics, and nice to see it addressed in prime time drama.

We need a Wall all right

Just not the one Dump wants.

Whom the US government protects and serves

Alternative trajectories of technological development

Continuing this post, this article argues that "there are alternative trajectories of technology appropriation that encompass small-scale, decentralized, environmentally sound and locally autonomous application. The aim of this short essay is to shed light on seeds that may exemplify new or revitalized techno-economic trajectories for post-capitalist scenarios."

Republican Senator Corker on Dump's instability

In this article Corker said Dump could very well lead us into World War III due to Dump being "irrational, ill-informed, impulsive, unfit for command, and increasingly a danger to the country and the world." Corker said: "I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him."

This is accepted as fact by most Repugnantans, and yet they still refuse to do anything about it because they can get Dump to sign their inhumane legislation. They are willing to let World War III happen due to ideological attachments. It's only if Dump refuses to continue to be their puppet with a pen that they'd act. And some wonder why I call them Repugnantans?

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Senator Warren reveals the true intent of Dump's voter commission

That intent being further suppression of the vote. Warren debunks the false claims (aka fake news) of voter fraud while bolstering the valid facts (real news) of voter suppression. The Dump committee is a voter suppression tool based on the factual evidence. And even conservative courts have ruled against State legislative voter suppression efforts based on the factual evidence.

Obama destroys gun rights talking points, aka lies

At a town hall this audience member asks why Obama wants to take away responsible gun owners' rights and Obama sets him straight.

Are you giving crapitalism a free pass?

Not me.

AQAL: A stick man skeleton without a body

Continuing this post, I asked McLeod if he was familiar with the book Integral Ecology by Esbjorn-Hargens and Zimmerman. And if so, if they address a thermodynamic, ecological perspective. He replied:

No, they do not address this issue in Integral Ecology. Kind of surprising that in this 796 page book, the word "energy" does not appear in the index. There is on page 166 a short discussion on different schools of ecology, mentioning Ecosystem Ecology in two sentences as looking at the interactions of organisms with energy and matter.

Economics is mentioned in one brief sentence on page 206. Thermodynamics comes up on page 106: "J. Baird Callicott interpreted Eugene Odum's thermodynamic ecosystem ecology to mean that organisms are merely temporary configurations of energy flowing through ecosystems... In Wilber's view, thermodynamic ecosystem theory has validity but only within the limits imposed by its perspective and methods. Insofar as ecosystem theorists ignore or discount the validity of environmental truths of other legitimate perspectives, such as population dynamics, environmental ethics, 1st-person experience, and so on, ecosystem theorists commit what Wilber calls 'quadrant hegemony.'"

Reich on psychopath Dump

Continuing the last post,  Robert Reich posted the following on FB in response to the new book. He wonders if Repugnantans will have enough concern for the country above their agenda to invoke the 25th Amendment to challenge Dump's fitness for office, since it is obvious that the Amendment applies in this case. He said:

"My mind keeps going back to the 25th Amendment, which contemplates precisely what we have today – a president who is mentally unfit to hold the office, and therefore poses a danger to the nation. I remember being struck many months ago when Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Trump “has not demonstrated he understands the character of this nation” and “has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful.” And then when former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. said: “I really question his ability to — his fitness to — be in this office, and I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it.”

"I've also been reading whatever I can by specialists who study personality disorders. For example, Robert Jay Lifton, a psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst, and Judith L. Herman, a professor at Harvard Medical School who has done pioneering research on trauma, have written that Trump’s “repeated failure to distinguish between reality and fantasy, and his outbursts of rage when his fantasies are contradicted” suggest that when faced with crisis he “will lack the judgment to respond rationally.” Lifton and Herman have expanded on their diagnosis in introductory articles to a collection called “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President,” edited by Bandy X. Lee, a psychiatrist at the Yale School of Medicine. Other contributors find Trump to be a sociopath, malignant narcissist, hypomanic suffering from delusional disorder, and cognitively impaired.

The dangerous case of DonCon Dump

This article is about some of those who wrote the new book diagnosing Dump and feel a duty to warn us of the dangers. They said that his “repeated failure to distinguish between reality and fantasy, and his outbursts of rage when his fantasies are contradicted [suggest that when] faced with crisis, President Trump will lack the judgment to respond rationally.” They also said he is an “extreme present hedonist. He may also be a sociopath, a malignant narcissist, borderline, on the bipolar spectrum, a hypomanic, suffering from delusional disorder, or cognitively impaired." 

SNL: Weekend Update

Topics covered are gun control, Puerto Rico, ending transgender protections, and a special appearance by Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Somehow they manage to turn dire news into some comic relief.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Maher interviews Billy Crystal

Very engaging, wide ranging and funny interview. Being a geezer myself I especially appreciated the discussion and jokes about aging.

Maher's monologue

This week it included Dump's worst responder award for Puerto Rico and his Las Vegas fiasco. And for course Tillerson calling Dump a moron.

Results of white supremacist DNA testing

Colbert comments on the growing DNA testing services. Around 3:30 he jokes about white supremacists being disappointed by the tests because they sometimes show mixed races, including African. Not to worry though, Colbert has a cure.

Mueller wants the pee pee tape

Colbert jokes about Mueller's investigation now wanting the dossier from a former British intelligence agent that contains the Russian prostitute urination story. For some reason the embed code is not working so the video is here.

Integral energy

Continuing this post, I'm reminded that David McLeod did a Ning IPS thread on this topic: Integral Energy. His initial post follows:

Obviously the title of this discussion is a playful plagiarism of the book on Integral Ecology by Esbjorn-Hargens and Zimmerman. I do believe that the subject of gross physical energy has been woefully under-discussed in the integral community.

A great place to begin is a recent essay by Richard Heinberg that has been received to high acclaim over on the website, which is operated by the Post Carbon Institute, for which Heinberg is a senior analyst. Heinberg has been writing about energy for 12 years, and is the author of books such as Cloning the Buddha: The Moral Impact of Biotechnology; The Party's Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies; Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World; Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines; Blackout: Coal, Climate and the Last Energy Crisis; The End of Growth: Adapting to our New Economic Reality.

In his latest essay, Our Renewable Future, Heinberg demonstrates that he is what I would call an energy realist. He does not demonize the fossil fuel industry, but he clearly lays out the formidable challenges we face as the climate crisis worsens and as easy access to these fuels continues to recede.  Nor does he communicate as would a lobbyist for the renewable energy industry, hyping the benefits and downplaying the problems in this field.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Dump is the fake news

Kimmel comments on how Dump is the Biggest, Bestest Liar ever. Politifacts reports that only 5% of Dump's statements are true, with more than 69% false. The Washington Post said in the last year Dump has lied 1145 times.

California becomes a sanctuary State

Governor Brown signed the Senate Bill making the entirety of CA a sanctuary for illegal immigrants. That means CA is defying Dump's attempt to threaten sanctuary cities with cutting of federal funds. Basically CA gave Dump the middle finger, since CA's booming economy can afford to get by without the federal funds.

Gun facts about the US

See this article for the details. The bullet points (pun not intended) are below.

1) America has six times as many firearm homicides as Canada, and nearly 16 times as many as Germany

2) America has 4.4 percent of the world’s population, but almost half of the civilian-owned guns around the world

3) There have been more than 1,500 mass shootings since Sandy Hook

4) On average, there is more than one mass shooting for each day in America

5) States with more guns have more gun deaths

Progressive wins Birmingham AL Mayoral race

Yep, in Alabama, this progressive backed by the Bernie Sanders group Our Revolution defeated the incumbent Repugnantan Mayor. This is huge news and yet I've not heard one peep out of corporate media about this. The Working Families Party also helped to elect him. I'm hoping this is a big trend going into the '18 mid-terms.

DeVos defends Dump

A funny new one from Borowitz:

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos offered a spirited defense of her boss’s intelligence on Friday, bluntly asking reporters, “Would a moron hire me?”
“My intelligence can be very intimidating,” DeVos said. “And if Donald Trump was a moron, he would not want to be around people who are intelligenter than him.”

As evidence that Trump does not feel inferior around highly intelligent people, DeVos singled out other members of Trump’s Cabinet. "Leave me out of it for a second,” she said. “If Donald Trump was such a blithering idiot, why would he have hired Rick Perry?”

Colbert's gun regulation analogy


Russia's Facebook posts during the last election

This article goes into the details. Some examples are the "Secured Borders," "Heart of Texas" and "Beyond Patriotic" pages. See the link for sample posts. How many of you so-called progressives were let astray by this Russian manipulation?

Wisdom of the Crowd

There's a new TV show called Wisdom of the Crowd about crowd sourcing criminal investigations. This collaborative commons stuff is finally going mainstream.

3-D printing threatens global trade

Michel posted about this on FB and provided the executive summary, below. Sure it threatens global trade but empowers local trade and economies.

Executive summary

3D printing is still in its infancy. For now it has very little effect on cross-border trade.  This will change once high speed 3D printing makes mass production with 3D printers economically viable. The first technical steps have already been taken.  3D printing will lead to less trade growth because 3D printers use far less labour, reducing the need to import intermediate and final goods from low wage countries.  It is tricky to define the exact potential of 3D printing, but some experts expect a share of 50% in manufacturing over the next two decades. Tentative calculations show that, if the current growth of investment in 3D printers continues, 50% of manufactured goods will be printed in 2060 in scenario I, with this figure possibly being achieved as early as 2040 in scenario II in which investment doubles every five years.  This is estimated to wipe out almost one quarter of world trade by 2060 under scenario I (or two-fifths by 2040 under scenario II).

Justice Sotomayor's questions in the gerrymandering case

The Supreme Corp has been hearing the Wisconsin gerrymandering case. Sotomayor gets to the heart of the issue when she asked the attorney representing Wisconsin: "Could you tell me what the value is to democracy from political gerrymandering? How does that help our system of government?" The attorney hemmed and hawed word salad because there is no good answer to that question.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Swingin with my eyes closed

New one from Shania Twain performed on Corden's show.

House Repugnantans pass cruel and inhumane budget

That's exactly what it is. It cuts "more than five trillion dollars in cuts to key safety net programs like Medicare and Medicaid to pave the way for massive tax cuts for the wealthy and massive corporations." And it includes a parliamentary procedure that requires only 50 votes in the Senate. Here's Senator Sanders analysis of the Senate version, which reveals the reality of exactly what's in this inhumane travesty. 18 Repugnantans voted against the House version. Hopefully we can 3 of them with a conscience to do so in the Senate and once again stop such cruel legislation.

Kimmel on Tillerson's moron comment

This real news is making the late night rounds.

Corden jokes about the moron comment

Colbert on Tillerson calling Dump a f**king moron

You just know Tillerson said this because it's so accurate and obvious.

Solar energy growing faster than all other energy sources

So says this article. And this according to the International Energy Agency. China is leading the way with half the global market, at least partly due to Jeremy Rifkin's influence. Even if the current US Administration is doing everything to thwart this transition, at least China and the EU are getting on board. And some US companies are also doing so despite the Dump obstruction.

Dump shoots paper towels at Puerto Ricans

A paper towel slogan paraphrased to good use.

Stats on those killed by guns in the US

This should have some impact, but with Dump and the Repugnantans apparently not. While the stats in this graphic are debatable (see these stats), still it is significant.

Matter, energy and a thermodynamic perspective

Excellent paper (in two volumes) that can be found here. The blurb:

"The Commons movement is facing a challenge: to articulate the optimum rate at which a resource can be harvested or used without damaging its ability to replenish itself. The next economy will have to balance the needs of Earth’s expanding population with the shrinking level of resources which are available to everyone. This dynamic equilibrium is called carrying capacity. It is a middle path between the ‘entropic’ faster, geometric growth rates of human population, individual consumption and economic production, and the ‘negentropic’ slower, arithmetic replenishment rates of water, food and fossil fuels.

This means that the carrying capacity rate for renewable resources will have to follow a carefully guided policy of maintenance and sustenance to ensure that resources are replenished sustainably in meeting the needs of people. The carrying capacity rates of non-renewable resources are much more challenging and will have to be treated very differently. Society will have to decide scientifically how much non-renewable resources to use in the present and how much to save for the future.
This study in 2 volumes leads to an analysis of the thermodynamic downside of free trade and the thermodynamic potential relocalization of production and distribution.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Jakub & Emeline

West Coast Swing Lead and Follow Demo by Jakub Jakoubek and Emeline Rochefeuille in Kazan, Russia for the Kazan El Fest (August 2017)

Alien invasion

As in the movie Aliens. Imagine coming upon this and not knowing what it is.

Former Supreme Corp Justice Burger on the 2nd Amendment

And Burger was a conservative. They don't make them like this anymore. The source of this quote is here.

Meyers does a Blight House press briefing

Meyers lampoons such briefings with asking questions and inserting answers out of context.

Kimmel on Dump's humanitarianism

Kimmel shows us just how much Dump really cares about others.

Colbert: Dump blames Puerto Rico again

Dump can't help himself, since blaming the victim is ingrained in the worldview of the wealthy. This time he tells them it's expensive to rebuild after modern history's worst hurricane, perfect timing for someone that has absolutely no empathic connection to humanity. And he proved yet again that he is also a complete idiot.

Ginsberg shuts down Gorsich in the Supreme Corp

In the gerrymandering case currently before the Court Gorsich spoke up, trying to destroy the plaintiff's argument, saying that telling States how to conduct elections is not explicitly in the Constitution. Ginsberg immediately retorted that in fact the Court has already decided in a number of precedent cases that the Court indeed has such authority. Whereby plaintiff counsel proceeded to cite those very cases. This shut up Gorsich for the rest of oral arguments. Ginsberg might be getting on in age but she's still sharp as a whip and still knows her law and Constitution. Gorsich apparently does not.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Thoughts and prayers are all Repugnantans got

It's the only button they have in response to repeated and escalating gun violence. And it is completely ineffective in stopping it. They do though rake in the money from the gun lobby, so there's that.

Are you too stupid to own a gun?

This quick test should answer that question.

Be like Australia

At least in this regard.

David Bollier on the collaborative commons

From this article:

"I argue that the commons paradigm offers a refreshing and practical lens for re-imagining politics, governance and law. The commons, briefly put, is about self-organized social systems for managing shared wealth. Far from a tragedy, the commons as a system for mutualizing responsibilities and benefits is highly generative. It can be seen in the successful self-management of forests, farmland, and water, and in open source software communities, open-access scholarly journals, and 'cosmo-local' design and manufacturing systems."

"Rather than try to manage themselves as hierarchical organizations with proprietary franchises, reputations, and overhead to sustain, activists see themselves as part of social movements working as flexible players in open, fluid environments. Their network-driven activism enables them to more efficiently self-organize and coordinate activities, attract self-selected participants with talent, and implement fast cycles of creative iteration."

Musician at Las Vegas shooting changes his mind on gun control

Caleb Keeter, guitarist of the Josh Abbott Band, was at the shooting and realized he's been wrong all along on gun control. This clip asks the great question as to why conservatives have to have this sort of thing happen to them personally before they understand common sense.

Lindsey & Mark on DWTS

They got the highest score of 27 last night, top of the leader board.

Kimmel on the Las Vegas shooting

He too asks why we as a country, meaning our lawmakers, refuse to do anything to curb this kind of repeated mass killing. Other countries with reasonable gun laws do not have this kind of problem. And spare me the fake freedom argument, as it we need the freedom to kill a bunch of people.

Colbert gives Dump a trophy for handling Puerto Rico

Back to his more humorous take on things.

Colbert's serious message to Dump on the Las Vegas shooting

He challenges Dump to do something about this, meaning initiate some sensible gun control legislation.

Monday, October 2, 2017

New and improved Dump University

This curriculum is sure to dumb you down into a mindless Dumpster.

Buddhist trial against Ken Wilber

The Buddhist Tribunal of Human Rights - International Buddhist Ethics Committee case against Ken Wilber. See the last link for specific details. FYI, I also posted this on FB. It entertaining to see the kennilinguists squirm with cognitive dissonance and denial. Check it out at the link.

Case 31-2017

The International Buddhist Ethics Committee finds him RESPONSIBLE for the following charges: 

  • Academic dishonesty
  • Spiritual scam and False Buddhism
  • Violations of the Buddhist Law
  • Crime against Buddhist Cultural Heritage
  • Violation of Human Rights 
The home page is here. Click on the governing council. I'm waiting for a debunking of all the members of the administration and jury. Jury members: