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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

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Political MIschief in Redistricting. Nefarious Gerrymander. Census: Stealth Democrats in South and West

Political Mischief in Redistricting -- On and On

Redistricting Voters Out of Existence
Stealth Democrats Defend Against Nefarious Gerrymander

TROMPE NEWS FLASH. DNC Prime to the Square Root. The new census shows a shift in population from traditionally Democratic areas in the Northeast and East, to the nation's South and West. Any Democrat who has so relocated is encouraged to join the nearest Stealth Democrats Association, and refrain from firm identification of their political affiliation to any third parties not also certified members of the Association.  Upon arrival, many such relocatees report that they are inundated with requests for personal political affiliation information under the guise of  "polls"  by groups refusing to disclose their funding.

Research into the names provided for the groups strongly suggests a connection to partisan political machines, not a new phenomenon, see ://www.albionmonitor.com/12-21-95/stealthstrategy.html/.  The intent appears to be to provide gerrymander recommendations to the resident majority in those states undergoing district boundary changes. The goal of such gerrymander is to fragment the Democratic population so that they cannot form a majority in their districts.

Preliminary calculations suggest that such stealth Democrats may sway the opposing political party's turnout in areas in unsuspected ways, providing great fun in the next election. They may have moved but their allegiances remain ideologically strong:  access to the tools needed for productivity for every resident in the country. These tools for productivity include healthcare, education and facts, mobility, sustenance, and freedom from fear.


Or, as recent article suggests, add more representatives -- re-enfranchise voters. See ://www.npr.org/2011/01/24/133184399/Op-Ed-America-Needs-A-Larger-Congress 

Sunday, December 12, 2010

No frontier. Three Strikes against Immigrants. Immigrants Lose the Geographic Game

 
Immigrants Lose the Geographic Game

Strike 1. No frontier and its consequences.

Immigrants here have always, until now, had a frontier.  Go there, start on your own. 

People in our borders now have no place to go but to stay where they are; or if they are elsewhere, to come to where they may be welcomed. If we boot them out from whence they came, they will have to come back.  So what to do? 
  • Spend our money in a combination of limiting who comes in, to weed out malfeasors, if possible; then integrate those here. They are staying. No way to deport millions. Carve out Arizona and give it to Mexico.
  • Perhaps initiate a Bump system of employment. Employers can hire anybody who applies; but if someone with papers applies the employer must bump the undocumented. 
Strike 2. Internal dissing and its consequences.

The Democratic system has dissed those it earlier welcomed, to death.   Bush v. Gore. 

Let power speak its will, and the court will follow. If economics and power determine judicial outcomes, what chance has the immigrant.


Respect for Court ran out right then.

The highest Court in that case became overtly political, and the tenuous balance of power, so carefully outlined,  has never recovered.  The judicial branch dissed the electoral system, then the legislative branch began to diss the executive; and we are waiting and hoping it does not happen full circle, that the executive finds both the judicial and the legislative more lacking than they already have.

This is like cussing out your parents. At our house, we never would even think of it, never even knew the words. Now? Ha!

Strike 3.  Against the Immigrant is the Roman heritage.  There find the Militaristic Authoritarian Hierarchy Approach, and its consequences.

All is stacked against the immigrant now. See how the old welcoming America absorbs, and how much, the old Roman militarism, hierarchy and empire, the whole approach morphed itself when the empire died, into the religion that was brewing at the time.

Take it over! 

Shall we continue to employ the unemployed?  No.  We, in power, must set directions!  Regardless of the religious Founder's precepts, no compassion.

Think back:  Once the Church moved to Rome, the Christians from tolerant Jerusalem and the East, it was all over.

What happened to James when Paul took over. Give us back James. Thomas. Nestorians.

This was 'way back, but watch this:

Enter deadly western religious concepts to demonize others, like blasphemy, Evil-doers, Inquisitions and heretic. Our religious traditions have never recovered. To be fair, Nestorians also counted heretics, so that idea was something Rome already put in the wind. Rome, founded by wee abandoned babes nursed by the Wolf, the milk of wolfness absorbed and spewed out thereafter. Wolf in the clothing of the lamb. Is that so, or an exaggeration? Do other countries see us as the wolf or the lamb? WWII -- reluctant saviors. Now -- greed 'n grab Inc.

I guess that's it. This usually verbose person is signing off in a fit of pessimism. Only the 2% need rejoice this season.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Piggle-Wiggle Congress Cure: Let Consequences Happen


Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Goes to Congress
The do-nothing Congress approach to legislation
The Radish Cure At Work
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Let Consequences Happen
From a fine children's book.
The Revenge of the Radish
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What to do, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. Fair use of name, registered trademark copyright certified brilliance in books. * The children will not do as they are told by the people who put them there; their approach is to let consequences of bad policy simply happen.  Can that be flipped?  Can the do-nothing approach actually accomplish steps for the common good? 

More important, can we afford to wait for the do-nothing consequences to happen, to let the radishes grow in the country's ears, before our legislature takes some action against the accumulating dirt?  As an update, Occupy Wall Street is already proof of the radish cure.  Do nothing and people rise up.  The accumulating "dirt" is fertile soil for the World's Radishes.
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Here is what our children are doing.In Washington DC, this Branch opposes that Branch undercuts the Other Branch. Finally, the one exhausted by efforts to reason, use compromise, gives up.  Or is he using different timing, letting consequences happen as the policy-makers have chosen?


Says Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, from the book (skip the TV mimic fools -- even Maureen Stapleton should have known better), try the Radish Cure. The real Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle was consulted by distraught parents whose child would not wash.  Fine, said Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.  Plant radishes in the dirt. On arms, in ears, wherever. Let the radishes grow.

The child then decided it was time to wash. Responsibility, accountability. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle says, You want it? You get it. If talk and reason do not work, let the consequences happen. For those who want no spending for the public good, that may interfere with personal wealth accumulation?  Skip repairing the henhouse. Let the chickens walk in the mall, and people can gather their own eggs.



Will that change anything?  No, because those insulated in their gated communities need not go downtown.
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Is persuasion a matter of who prevails in PsyOps, or has facts and a strong correlation with truth? Edward Bernays, see http://joyofequivocating.blogspot.com/2010/01/manipulating-people-edward-bernays.html, super salesman, would say that persuasion is its own entity, and need not connect with fact. Create the facts you need.

Run your own facts up your own flagpole and see who salutes.
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How to vet the facts up the pole? If the seller owns the media, you have little chance.

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle is considering other options, while the radishes grow. Even as we speak. This is a difficult one. Trust her. Two percent petulence. Let it be. It speaks. By way of update, the 2% is now aimed at the 1%, on Occupy Wall Street around the world, but that is better than not aiming at any percent to pay a fair share.  If sense can't be talked into people, let the radishes grow. Revenge of the radish.
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* Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, by Betty MacDonald, from 1947, http://books.google.com/books?id=-0YMuW2GD-0C&printsec=frontcover&dq=mrs+piggle+wiggle&source=bl&ots=XY6ibRBnmh&sig=753bTnDImETWu6WIDmC4rRfAfIY&hl=en&ei=Pv_5TOukL4H48Ab8sPilCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CEEQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q&f=false

** Also, as you get your own book, try the won't-pick-up-the-toys cure. Let them clutter until the dear kid can't even get out of his or her own room, then send up dinner on a pole, and ultimately he or she will clean up the room just to get a life. Do that in Congress.

Then ask: Negotiated agreements. Always best? No. What is the Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement (BATNA); and the Worst Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement (WATNA). Sometimes a negotiated agreement is not best. See Getting to Yes, Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, Roger Fisher and William Ury at ://www.colorado.edu/conflict/peace/example/fish7513.htm/ Let everything expire, use reconciliation, do or don't do, turn off the TV OFF OFF because all we get is slant and opinion except for PBS. Propaganda to the right of us, propaganda to the left of us, volley etc. Edward Bernays would be proud. Look him up.