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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


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Reproductive Rights and Jobs. Reality. MittSpeak and Policy of Mindless Fecundity. Marge Piercy

Reproductive Rights and Jobs.
Marge Piercy * 
Testing the latest MittSpeak. 
 Testing. Testing. Wha?

Romney Policy of Mindless Fecundity.

Static. Bzzzt.

Real-time warning. Jobless and jobbed women have this real-time warning to other women, on jobs-talk vs. the effects of R-efforts to "legislate mineral rights in a woman" (another Piercy line, same poem).

If you can't control
Your reproduction, you lose.
Job goes to the guy.


Right to Life. "A woman is not a pear tree, thrusting her fruit in mindless fecundity into the world. ****"
Poet, Marge Piercy, see full poem Right to Life,  at

Blue book question.  Discuss. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Too Polite? Paratge. Malama. Leadership for Community, by Example, with Respect. Did Western Religion Skew our Gene Pool to Force.

The Killing of Paratge.
The West's Greatest Error

Religion became culture and unleashed the power demon.  Is that so? 
The wisdom of waiting to use force.  Have we lost our timing.

Debates, politics, creeds as weapons.

Western civilization could have been great. Over the centuries, however, those people who recognized vision and tolerance, mutuality, were killed off by the others who recognize only force and conformity in leadership style. A president notes, accurately for the times, that he was too polite when an opponent took off in vitriol and accusation, without supporting facts.  Let the wild one pass; I will respond when all has cooled, thought Prez. But it might be too late, in our times.  Paratge.  It had been a way of life, under that and other names, in many parts of the world. The term is known in particular for its expression in the Cathar Christian culture in the Languedoc, see  In our time, look to Hawaii and its concept of malama.  It (and Obama using it) has fostered a needed totality approach to current issues, see Malama and Bio-Fuels, Bio-Economy

We have few persons of tolerant mindset, problem-solving rather than domination-fetish, remaining.  And it is our own history that did it.

Examples of  the culling of the gene pool:  and it is also, perhaps, happening where there are other religious orientations elsewhere. 
  •  Religious institutions distorting gender into a hierarchy, and attacking normal variations of sexuality's continuum, so that those who forbid themselves from some forms could order the deaths (psychological and physical) of those who engaged in other forms; or religious institutions disguising land-grabs and riches-grabs as "religious" requirements.  
  • Political institutions, unrestrained by a moral sense of respect for the individual and strengthening autonomy within community, culled out dissenters, and rejected peaceful resolution with less economic reward, in favor of their own coffers and status.

Method.  Exclusion of dissent from the beginning, despite clear ambiguities in everybody's texts.  The view chosen by the Institution Du Jour, and once that got going, others have a more difficult time countering, was pressed and others suppressed. Soon gnosticism, dualism, other interpretations of texts and all with support in texts, became "heresy." Punishable by death.  A limited "Canon" resulted in the West.  Schism from the more tolerant branch, the Eastern Orthodox Christians. And dogma that supported the chosen view became a weapon.



Is this so:  that once religions get power, they become merely another element of culture.  Religion becomes itself culture, and not the religion of the founder that may well have recognized community and autonomy of individuals within it. Community-sense was sold as weakness, and works in that direction were relegated to low status members (like poor nuns or brothers), and sold it that way.  Far more important to maintain the status of the Institution and the lifestyle of the Big Ones in it,was conformity.  The three sides of the power order (church, nobility, the military) continued to thrive at the expense of the rest -- the serfs like the rest of us, ordered to serve them.  See, e.g., the Cistercians, an order of monks with a famous offshoot, monks licensed to kill, Templars (who also became the equivalent of bankers and very wealthy and powerful in their own right, leading to their virtual extermination), and other aspects of the organization, at

Fast forward, past Crusades not only against Islam, but also against fellow Christians -- in Constantinople, Zavas, and the Languedoc (see Cathar religious beliefs at, in the Baltic areas where Christians had already been converted by Eastern Orthodox Christian missionaries (like Cyril and Methodius), Inquisitions repeating. In the Canso, a long poem about the Albigensian Crusade, one speaker is incredulous that Cathars, the Christian targets of the crusade, who were tolerant of others' beliefs, non-forcing as to their own, and who also worked side by side with their serfs in the fields, we are told (or other forms of mutuality of effort, not top-down fear). See  The Cathars of the Languedoc: their origin, beliefs, ethics, and history. Catholic ideas about Cathar belief, and Cathar ideas about Catholic belief.The Albigensian Crusade against the Cathars, and the creation of the papal Inquisition to exterminate them.

Now to the present. Of course, a president can use force if he has to.  And it may be more effective for him to hold off until issues raised by a blusterer, unchecked, can air.  Or it may be too late. If it is too late, we all lose.  Leaders who live by paratge, profound courtesy, respect, tolerance; and malama, that great balance in all forms of life, can lead us.  Absence of paratge is exploitation.  Our choice.