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Above: Lake Geneva, Switzerland. At Montreux.

Fodderize v.t. 1. To break down individual components; to make fungible; to disregard difference; to render one easily substituted for another 2. To impose sub-quality goods or services upon, with little recourse 3. To cap role choices, hinder access to resources regardless of merit, and so avoid competition 4. To manage perception by propaganda-spin techniques, while concealing dispositive facts 5. To manipulate, lure, exploit, deceive


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Respite before launch: Doggerel for Balance

A Place for Philosophy

Hello, Fodder.

Hello, Buyer.

Here we are, stuck:

In the mire.

Watch our World col-

Lapse around us,

Under water, drying up, so have a nap.

Hello, Worn-out,

Hello, Pooh-bah*,

Each in big tubs

Each with loofah.


Through the landa,

Run offshore, and cook the books, pension in handa.**

Hello, Fodder,

Hello, Buyer.*

What is it that

Crossed the wires?

Cave-folk knew it,

But we blew it:

Travel light, and share the feast.

Take time to chew it. ***


* Pooh Bah
: self-important individual, influential, many titles including Lord Chief Justice, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Master of the Buckhounds, Lord High Auditor, Groom of the Back Stairs, and Lord High Everything Else; from Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, "The Mikado."

See://; and

"The Mikado":

Click there for the cast: at Plot Summary -

an alternative grouping for People of the Nations --

1. The Mikado himself

2. Nanki-Poo, his son who loves Yum-Yum

3. Katisha, an older lady who loves Nanki-Poo

4. KoKo Lord High Executioner of Titipu

5. His wards:

5.1 Yum-Yum,

5.2 Pitti-sing, and

5.3 Peep-Bo

6. And the choruses - school-girls, coolies, guards and nobles,

Pooh-Bah, The Lord High Everything Else

Pish-Tush, a noble, a lord

** Doggerel rejectus: Can't use square rocks for our wagons - spread some wheels. Nobody understood it. We did. See doggerel - 14th Century roots, ://

** See background of original "Camp Granada", to be sung to "Dance of the Hours," at ://,_Hello_Fadduh; and the full verses at ://

Saturday, October 27, 2007

How Fodder Survives: Stockholm Syndrome

Stockholm Syndrome

The Stockholm Syndrome refers to the response of persons who are captive, believe they have no hope of escape, are in fear of death or harm or further harm.

Where their captors show an occasional kindness, within days the captives may begin to try to please the captors, identify with them.

Description. See the description at // A simplistic view is at:// focuses too much on fear of physical "violence." How about psychic violence, violence to one's entire future, being swept along, trusting.

There are varieties in defining Stockholm Syndrome, but all appear to be within similar parameters: :// Here is their list - is it just us, or does this sound like the reaction of the family dog? or the devoted party member?
  • emotional bonding
  • seeking approval
  • dependency on captor for survival, needs
  • "loving" (in sense of caring for, befriending) the captor
  • seeing situation through eyes of captor
  • fawning at every gesture of kindness, even being allowed to live a little longer
  • refusing freedom, even when it is offered
Who is included. The group includes prisoners of war (think McCain who was, at least for the time it took to discover that his father was high ranking in the military, and he then got special treatment).

It includes other abused, in a psychological dance with the abuser, prisoners of war, those victims of human trafficking, ordinary prostitution where there seems to be no escape, dependency imposed by drugs or psychological overwhelm.

Consider Uncle Remus, others in slavery and recovery after. Survivors, and to be respected for developing any means for staying alive. See Uncle Remus Tales, Stockholm Syndrome post.

New idea: Stockholm Syndrome similarities, and the rich and famous:

How about those in political "traps." Caught in a special way. Consider: Scott McClellan, White House news liaison while Scott was in his 30's, has now written of his experiences, his reactions at the White House, his willingness to let the deceptions of his employer "be" and present to the world the requested narrative and fed to the press and others. See, among other sources, ://

That Administration narrative, parroted over TV and radio for years, for us to trust, now is presented by McClellan as flawed; and his own narrative about the Administration is in his book, see ://,0,6516974.storyand. Predictably for anyone critical of current power, he is vilified by people who value loyalty to power over ones' view of truth. See :// Loyalty first idea.

Relevance to the citizenry. Is Scott McClellan instead part of a larger phenomenon - not just the simplistic loyalist vs. the one who comes to independent thinking after the fact. Consider another issue: Is Scott McClellan showing evidence of a political Stockholm Syndrome, not as a captive in a jail; under threat of execution.

But was McClellan in a comparable position as a controlled person, walking on eggs. By analogy, could be. Scott is to Administration as Captive is to Captor? Too rough? By simile, then. Scott's experience is like that of a captive of sorts, pleasing the captor. See:// For a list of terms used in language to describe '"figurative" uses, see that site at :// Try periphrasis.

See Joy of Equivocating, the Schmeer on Experience. Will you buck it? Can you? Should you. At what point do you trust your employer, until you know better.

We dare you to consider: Stockholm by Deprivation of Choice.

Who else can be "Stockholmed" - by Deprivation of Choice. Can propaganda put a citizenry in a position of feeling they have no choice but to appease their own government? How about an Administration that buys staging for its theater - a ranch bought for staging. It was purchased conveniently in 1999. See :// Were you impressed? Did you believe.

How about Stockholming by Dogma. Go further with the concept: Believe or be damned. Same thing. Evangelicals, take note. Saddleback? Listening?

Take it to the girls at the ranch in Texas, whose "consent" to the "spiritual marriages" with older, polygamous men, is apparently deemed valid once they come of age, even though they have been deprived of actual evaluation experience - were they ever told there was another way. Theft of consent to them? Are they then to be deemed responsible for accepting these older men when they had no real choice, trained since childhood to acquiesce?

Stockholm, you are everywhere.

How Fodder Survives: Fables from Slavery,

 People Treated as Expendable.
How Do They Rise Above?

How people survive in economic, ethnic and social groups that are treated as expendable.  We know of some ways - identify with the captor, as in the Stockholm Syndrome. Act to please the captor. This is now a medical term: see ://

Now see the role of Imagination, and Pride.

Fodder surviving through Fables, Folk Tales - Themes include the Weak overcoming, outdoing or outsmarting the "Strong." Inversion of the dominant power structure. Their characters in literature, story, include those in slavery and slavery-rooted social roles:

1 Brer Rabbit, the weakest of animals, is victorious time and again over Brer Fox, Brer B'Ar, all the rest. And the Tortoise surpassing the Hare.

These are stories about subversion of the entire culture -spread from plantation to plantation, with roots in fables from Africa, South America, native Americans South and North, eastern Europe, Egypt. Read them in a new light - not just how the good and virtuous may well lose to cunning - and usually do -- but as a way for subject peoples to maintain their human dignity, even if under the table. See Uncle Remus Tales and Stories.

2. The slave story-teller. A recurrent role. Look at about Aesop. He, like Uncle Remus had been, was a slave, and both much beloved. Both told tales of wits saving the day; or, of characters getting their just desserts, or not - just like real life. Read all 655 fables online at //

3. The tale-teller from the exploited group who addresses audiences of the dominant group, in hopes of bettering their lot. See Gypsies, Roma. Read about Zoli, the main character in the novel of the same name by Robert McCollum, Random House NY 2006 at that site. The Zoli character, storybased in Poland and Slovakia, was based on an actual Roma, or Gypsy, poet in Poland, Branislawa Wajs, who told her stories in this way, with the same result - banishment by her own people.

This is a complex area. The telling was seen as a betrayal by her own people. The government, and those tales and poems were used against her and her people to buttress the governmental movement to restrict the caravan way of life.

Survival is costly.

Military Fodder: Extremes of World War I - II, Civil War.

Expendable People in the Military
Social roles waft through the enlistment door.  When is a massacre a military necessity? When it is targeted against blacks?

1. Civil War, Fort Pillow. Massacres, or military "necessity" - read about the Battle of Fort Pillow, 1864, at :// Fort Pillow.There were 295 white troops, Union side, and 262 US Colored Troops also on the Union side.Confederates finally overran the Union troops, driving them to a river, but at the end, only 62 Colored Troops survived, of the Union.

How many white survived, from the Union? The issue of a southern massacre of blacks remains, debate continues. War: seldom clear. The 62 survivors: at this site, says 62% of blacks were killed, and 33% of the whites. See://

General Nathan Bedford Forrest, Confederate, was later (on information) head of the Ku Klux Klan after the war. See :// See :// Also, valorous - he had 29 horses shot out from under him during the war, says this site: ://

Fort Pillow: In Tennessee. Photos at :// See ://

2. World War I Mutiny. Desertion. Long histories of soldiers responding to war, to incompetence. Retaining the rights of the citizen even while in uniform. Or, despicable?

French soldiers at Verdun, 1917, World War I. Being mowed down by artillery, wave after wave hacked apart, thousands and thousands, month after month, bring more on, until finally - and this did not stop the lunacy - the soldiers revolted and refused to go. See World Wars I and II, Europe, Verdun post.

Mutiny of 1917. Officers making huge tactical mistakes, and neither side backing down. Soldiers saying no more. Still, they were forced. And as they passed the officers on their way back to the front, they turned to them and bleated, "Baa-ah. Baa-ah." Sheep to the slaughterhouse.

The mutiny failed, but the rank-and-file conducted successful negotiations with the leaders on conditions of their continuance. See World Wars I and II, Verdun post.

Social Groupings. Attitude Traps. World-Wide Fodder: Gypsies, Roma.

Cultural Role.  Fodder.
Social groupings.
Gypsies, Roma. A Perpetual Bottom Rung.

Gypsies (Roma)  with hand-cart, Levice, Slovakia

1. Social roles.

Who creates human fodder, and why is that needed.Economic and resource allocation: who decides, and why. This is a global issue, see it in Iran, this by way of an update to 2009, see an economic anthropology approach at ://

Looking at behavioral roles, is it the extractors and partisans among us who most feed the fodder roles.  Is it the citizens, the fiduciaries, the accomplishers, who care and are willing to expand attitudes. Social justice movements require funding, and cutting back on spending hits the social justice issues most heavily, is that so. Social justice vs. the self and the self's wealth accumulation.  Showdown.

Roma: The Travelers, the Gypsies, the Roma, the Romani. Here, Roma in Slovakia, with a push-cart, and keeping out of view as much as they can.

We tried to get back to our car to move it away from the curb so they could pass more easily - they showed disbelief, and hustled across the busy street before we could get out of the way. Luckily, made it across.

2. What feeds fodder.

Ignorance feeds issues of fodder, and fear. Religions address fodder issues, read about the Buddhist philosophy at ://  Social stratification -- if the view is that a person's moral behavior in an earlier life leads to the consequence in a later life of being at the bottom, then what is the motivation to help.  They deserve it.  They have to live through this on their own and hope for better in another life.  Is that the idea? But Buddha believed that caste could be changed, according to the site. The content is beyond me, as an outsider, but the concept is hopeful.

Education.  A group's history, how their own cultural patterns enabled survival in a hostile environment.

Learn about Gypsies, for example, before discounting them. Read a modern novel about a real Roma (Gypsy) young woman, growing up in Slovakia-Czech Republic, the old Czechoslovakia, in "Zoli," by Colum McCann, Random House 2006. She learned to read, became a poet, and finally (had to) leave her past. Example of Gypsies as fodder: time is the fascist 1930's; this is from the beginning pages:

While she and her grandfather were away in their wagon, her family and others of her community were driven with their wagons and horses onto the ice of the lake by the Hlinka guards. The Hlinka are, according to Wikipedia that is a good start then check things out, the Hlinka's Slovak People's Party, a "right-wing party with strong Catholic and national orientation 1905-13 to 1945. Then the guards set fires around the lake, weakening the ice that ultimately collapsed with everyone in the gypsy community and every horse and every wagon going down.

Read reviews at Amazon - //

That is fodder: groups considered expendable, worthless, or there to be used even to their deaths, to further the psychological, economic, religious, political, social or other interests of other groups with more resources and power. Does that cover the fodder-role?

Read Isabel Fonseca's "Bury Me Standing, The Gypsies Journey", Alfred A. Knopf NY 1995. A contemporary look at life among them in Eastern Europe, and their histories.

3. Ignorance about disability.

This is not a matter of education;  it is a matter of pragmatism and actual contact.  Meet some. Some with so-called disabilities have more sensitivity and street-smarts and social skills than the college graduates.

Fodder no longer. Intellectual disability gets recognition. Anvon Citizen of the Year.

Not that unusual.

Thanks, UNICO. Here, a "disabled" Citizen of the Year.

The government gives Medals of Honor to Heads of SNAFU's - good work on Katrina, says a President, to those who dropped the ball.

Compare. This recipient of a Citizen of the Year Award in our town is deserved. Go, Dan. Town honor, town citizen, citizen of the world, and here, a citizen of the year.

Anybody treat you like fodder, Dan, and this citizen applies FORCE; in some way.

Special thanks to agencies and groups that foster abilities that may otherwise go unsung. We are resources for each other and that has made this country great, so far, but in jeopardy these days.

3. Laziness, complacency, self-satisfaction, about real conditions.

Fits all of us, is that so. Vet attitudes. Can we. We pay for everything we accept without vetting.

Social Groupings. Behavioral Culture Roles. Add Con Artist. Meet Victor Lustig, Where Roles Lead.

Behavioral Culture Roles.
The Creative Con Artist. Hoaxmaster.
Other Roles
Different disciplines arrive at different categories for people:  how they operate, behave, think, the roles they take or are boxed into.
A.   Set up categories that make sense.
B.  Here we add the Con Artist to the usual listings; and analyze one such -- a Victor Lustig who could even sell a dupe the Eiffel Tower.  How did he do it? 
C.  Explore the categories in a more practical way, less psychological, more experiential and Aha.
Here is Everyman Daniel Widing at the Eiffel Tower. Will he buy? No.
A.  Personality Inventories
Do a search for "personality inventories" and find many, many.  Real people, however, may or may anot agree with the categories or their own cubby in it.  See the MBTI for one, at  The MBTI has lasting appeal because of its downfall - it lends itself to facile grouping images, web-designed, see /   The lettering system gets confusing, also,  as they are not necessarily intuitive as to meaning. I have to keep looking up again what INFP means. Do a search for "personality inventories" and find many more.
Do your own.  As a regular person's alternative, here are other ways of looking at behavioral and mindset categories: I came, I saw, I saw, I boxed. 
1. Fodder -  Expendable
2. Lifestyler - Consumer, Cash
3. Imitator - Copyist
4. Citizen - Fiduciary
5. Partisan-Loyalist
6. Visionary  - Expressive, Arts, Philosophy, Humana
7.  Sales -  Persuasion specialist, with or without concern for value to the taken-takee
8.  Extractor - Taker. No concern for value to takee.
9.  Con Artist - delights in deceit, the whopper . 
B.  The Con Artist

Meet Victor Lustig. Or is Lustig, this photo from Germany, a concept as well, or a company?
Lustig, Germany. Victor?

Victor Lustig was a con artist, successful and creatie, born in Czechoslovakia, and who lived 1890-1947. 
Victor Lustig once sold the 1889 Eiffel Tower in 1925 to some poor soul, who was too humiliated to seek compensation, see the full and complex transaction that involved. 

Victor Lustig also schnockered Al Capone out of some $40,000.00  - see  How could people be so taken in?  See an everyman's summary at Wikipedia at
Lustigness. Is he at work in our own culture, as a creative con artist, convincing people against all rationality that this is so. And it, of course, is not.  Old social positions, vs. our own interest today. How did we get sold, a la Lustig. Such enthusiasm.
C.  Other Roles.  Explore the methodology.  

Persuasion into buying a bill of goods extends from the trivial to warfare. See also Studying War.  There, see how these interact to product the big bang. Behavioral categories.  More practical than getting into heads. Are people in these categories, including us, destined to stay there, or is there a way up and out?
1. Fodder, Expendable
Immigrants without papers, the poor without healthcare, those without the education or information with which to challenge who decides, what papers they must sign.  By way of update, consider the Occupy Wall Street protests, now worldwide.  Peasants revolting, see!/2010/12/peasants-v-overlords-people-v.html
2. Consumers, Lifestylers
Focus on trendiness, the search for the ideal purchase in whatever category.  Fashion defines.
3. Imitators
What do the celebrities do? What is the tone of voice du jour. What do I need to say to get elected?  What did someone do before that worked?  Will it work for me?
3. Citizen, Fiduciary
These people do their own research, do not merely follow an authority.  They demand accountability, clarifications and verification from those who make claims.
4. Partisan, Loyalist
My party or issue, right or wrong, regardless of counter-facts.  Sign an oath, stick to it regardless of what is really happening, for the sake of the identity with the oath-requirer and the perks that ensue therefrom. By way of update, see!/2011/07/pledges-oaths-shackles-bind-her-feet.html
5. Visionary, Expressive
What else can be done here?
6. Extractors
Wall Street, those who game the system, use corporate "business judgment rules" to justify profits to the corporation and its handlers over a public interest. Extractors are also the con artists.  Sociopaths.  I count.  You do not. See!/2011/10/global-vocal-majority-worlds-99-per.html
7. Politico, Head of State, other Leader/ Government.
Those we elect, or thought we did.