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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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Friday, October 26, 2018

How to Think About Trump. Dictatorship process. Prescience of Peter Drexler.

Biography missing for Peter Drexler, whose essay, How To Think About Trump, is helpful for these times. I am searching for the original, the only version I have is one received attached to an email.  Use the internet to find someone for permission for broader use of intellectual property, and if the email is accurate.

Location so far:  That fine essay is presented with some added paragraphing for myself, Germany Road Ways:  The site seemed appropriate because of the focus on the German experience.

Essay Peter Drexler, historian and other pursuits? 2016.  How to Think About Trump. 


Germany: has been there, has done that. 

Who is Peter Drexler?  Mr. Drexler, Dr. Drexler. Where do we find thee?  Do we have your permission to present your work substantially: the dictatorship signs and signals, Trump essay. there. I received a copy of your essay by email, no source attribution.  

1. I see you have published other material on Germany, and at JSTOR, ee JOURNAL ARTICLE, The German Courtroom Film during the Nazi Period: Ideology, Aesthetics, Historical Context,, Peter Drexler, Journal of Law and Society Vol. 28, No. 1, Law and Film (Mar., 2001), pp. 64-78
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Cardiff Universityhttps://www.jstor.org/stable/3657948

See abstract  at Journal of Law and Society
2.  Do not get distracted by another Drexler, Anton. Or one at CNN, Peggy.  There is a Hans-Peter, a brewmaster.

3.  I have tried searching for the title, "How to Think About Trump," and no results. I can only refer anyone to the Germany Road Ways post, above, part of Europe Road Ways.  If Mr. Drexler gives permission for broader use, excellent, but that one post is all I think I can do.

4.  There is a scientist P. Drexler (Peter Drexler) at a publication site, https://www.researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/10241397_P_Drexler -- Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz.

5,  Another wth theater interests, see Peter Drexler and Lawrence Guntner, eds. Negotiations with Hal: Multi-Media Perceptions of Henry the Fifth, Braunschweig, 1995. 132 p. ISBN 3-00-000018-6.
Bill Naismith, a collaboration with German researchers, half in German, half English (here, Cambridge Press).  See https://doi.org/10.1017/S0266464X00010071
Published online: 01 January 2009  [now, this would be a fun read -- fine break from Trump]

Monday, September 24, 2018

Omerta of the wealthy. The shunning. Entitled kids can act in entitled ways for free. Learning supremacism takes practice. it is worth it, to them..



Kavanaugh.  Had enough?  The topics will go on.  Why we do not report? Look at the background.

I.  Entitlements. Open a dialogue, in retrospect, where teen and young adult choices were made. and there was no report, or report late made when some safety was offered.  Does entitlement affect delay.

Q.  Just how entitled am I? Asks the wealthy student, surrounded by the trappings of his class.  What can I get away with, how far can I go to use others without negative consequence to me, the great Me.

A.  Very entitled.  Try us.  Go ahead. Try out the forms as you grow.  We will protect. The cause is good:  You will learn that you can control. The others will learn their subservience.

II.  Kavanaugh.  Follow the concepts.

How is secrecy self-imposed.  From that class protectionism, buttressed by the financial and cultural resources to see all intrusions into power are minimized, kept private, comes Omerta, the rat, the shunning. No wonder so few report, and often well after the event(s).  Alternative? Minimize what the entitled are entitled to get:  Andrew Carnegie and his Gospel of Wealth.  See below.

A.  Omerta of the wealthy.  Omerta'.  From the Italian.  This began as a concept of humility, submitting to the interests of the group, see https://www.etymonline.com/word/omerta.  It became a watchword for protecting criminal interests, see http://www.memidex.com/omerta

B.  You better not squeal.  To squeal, to inform on someone else, was an old Norse word, skvala sound-alike, from the 1300's, sounds like squall,  that emerged in about 1865 with the new meaning, see https://www.etymonline.com/word/squeal -- to rat somebody out.

To squeal. Perhaps to rat.  What dreams may come?

C.  You dirty rat No, it wasn't that.  It was, "You yellow-bellied rat,"   Go back to Cagney in 1932.  Either way, who, who will risk that label, defining them ever after, if they want a future.

So, scurry, all who know a truth, or believe you do.  Say nothing.  Hide back in the walls, the cone where silence rules and protects.

To rat:  not just the rodent, but also what the rodent does in adverse circumstances:  the rat abandons the leaky ship, which leads to leaving one's fellows in the lurch, the self-saving traitor. See all this at https://www.etymonline.com/word/rat

D.  The Shunning.  Life-altering. See https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-time-cure/201302/shunning-the-ultimate-rejection.

What happens to the teen or others not yet fully formed (anyone, really) who breaks omerta, even thinking it a jest to call the police when a drinking party is going on among elites?  Ask one.  Is there a shunning, a heart breaking, a taint imposed, denial of all social normalcy to the one who broke the code.  Apparently so, and we disrsegard it at our own peril in assessing context, see  https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/beyond-bullying/201309/the-silence-shunning-conversation-kipling-william

  • Kava-gnawing. Kavanaughing.  Chew on the facts some more. What is known, uncorroborated, does absence of corroboration mean absence of act? and what if lack of corroboration was part of the plan.  A hundred others later working with this fine person, who never saw an errant act.  Is that enough?  Are the rest of us dark and light at once, and not this one? 
  • Yet we expect women who have been abused, humiliated and devalued particularly in front of others, but more often where there are no witnesses at all, to come out and report, and to whom?  
    • Report to the ones who support the purpose of the abuse, whose interest is in seeing it set aside as an anomaly, not worth following up?
    • Purpose emerges:   To control an identifiable group by race or gender or other stigmata,  that, if given opportunity, could challenge the rulers on merit.
III.  Who gets the consequence (clue: not the perptrator) when:

Examine punishment. None for the perpetrator at the time, unless another breaks the code of silence, cone of silence over years;  even then, the tarring of the rat begins, not the punishment, deterrence, of the actor. Boys will be boys?

IV.  Alternatives, if entitlement entrenchment is the basic issue.  I think it is.

1. .  Opportunity and merit. How can they be allowed to flourish where that challenges the entitled to their entitlements?   The battlefield emerges.  'How to keep the challengers, potential challengers, down.  Opportunnity and merit in theory, 'tis an outcome devoutly to be wished, say those kept out; but reality shows it is dangerous to those who coast on entitlement -- particularly based on gender and patriarchy -- and will be fought to the psychological death.

2.  Pipedream.  Originally, a context with opium.

3.. Is it a mere pipedream to be able to cage the trappings of entitlement, counter the heavy foot of birth, by fostering opportunity and merit in all people.
Tty Andrew Carnegie.  Talk about pipedreams.  
  • Alternative to entitlement:  Andrew Carnegie's idea.  Reduce the inheritance.
    • Idea:  No income taxes, but any property still in the name or control of the named owner at his death, even if that person is incapacitated, shall escheat to the state. No transfers upon death;  death is too late.  Give it away while you can.  His approach was to give just enough to his heirs, but the rest went to philanthropy.
    •  His heirs have managed with their private lives.https://www.forbes.com/sites/chloesorvino/2014/07/08/whats-become-of-them-the-carnegie-family/#5a31b5847b55 
    • Carnegie, though, could have given far more away to his heirs than he did, to satisfy their need for status; and that is one resolution to his bare-bones approach. Just give it away to them while you can.
  •  The other mogul-heirs, not Carnegies, were not faced with the need to be self-sufficient, and still rule the roost.  Is that a good idea? 
    • Can the entitled take it? The patriarchy that has entitled itself by its translations and teachings that self-serve, No. Still, try. 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

John McCain: Hero by the common measure. James Stockdale. Hero by the exceptional measure.

Military Heroism: 
Level 1. Duty and endurance heroism.
Level 2. Duty and endurance, and add altruism, heroism

Issue. Captivity heroism. Heroism in degrees. Trumpeted opinions. What are the facts?

1.  Does a military captive, who endures great hardship while doing his military duty to serve the nation; stand on equal heroic ground with another captive who  a) similarly endures and does his military duty, but also  b) undertakes additional great risk, even sacrifices self, to help others who are enduring with him. The issue is not new, see http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2013/05/29/john-mccain-war-hero-or-something-less/

Military heroism. Captive heroism.  Heroism by the common measure; heroism by the exceptional measure. Which is John McCain?

2.  Overview.  What facts and analysis apply to the nature of the captivity heroism of Senator John McCain, now that He Who Trumpets Himself has raised the same issues as were raised back in 2008. Do a search for McCain military service.  Why should anyone pillory the Trumpeter? Why not vet facts instead, and only then draw conclusions.
  • Compare to the similarly situated Vice Admiral James Stockdale, now deceased, see http://www.usna.edu/Ethics/bios/stockdale.php  Did either or both move beyond endurance and duty in captivity, to the level of altruism. What choices did each have, or make possible. What choices were chosen, and for whose sake. 
  • Sometimes choices depend on character, personality, and does a person control elements of that.ndurance with limited choice is also heroism, like the heroism of the person battling disease, for example.
  •  It always remains clear, however, that undertaking military service, performing duty under conditions of great hardship and risk, is itself heroic.  
Military heroism: Service and fulfilling duty is heroic as to protecting the nation. Is there additional heroism, however, for assuming further risks, even sacrifice of self, to help others in the immediate context? 
So, who helps whom in times of trouble.  Is only looking out for self "heroic"?
 
3.  Discussion.  Vet records and define terms, for anyone, any time the concept of heroism becomes the glow that will not be penetrated. Skip opinions at the outset. Look for facts. *

Compare the choices and records of John McCain and the now deceased Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale, for example, both captive, both in Vietnam, same era, both endured great hardship.  See http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/sto0bio-1.

Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale, however, appears -- absent further McCain facts that may emerge -- to have put self in substantially further harm's way for others that were with him, and over and over again. Is his heroism, for whatever reason, in a different, and in a more worthy, realm. Is a presidential candidate who raises the issue to be vilified for doing so -- even when the issue is not new, just used to be more acceptable (see 2008)  in political back-and-forth..

So far, McCain: McCain is Hero by the common measure. He enlisted, he served, he endured.  Stockdale, however, is Hero by the exceptional measure. He accepted what was on the duty plate, was steadfast in it and lived even with such wounds; but also risked self and survival for the sake of others.

Hero by the exceptional measure.

Choice: Who had what choices, what choices did each see.  What is the role of choice.  
  • This angle does not ascribe blame for not choosing altruism as a choice, because altruism that is not prescribed by military duty is a moral issue.  
  • What if a person is so incapacitated and over years, that no altruistic choices were possible?  
    • Fine. Still, even with limited choices, some do act beyond duty, beyond endurance and steadfastness. Of course endurance and duty heroes also are heroes just because they served, yes, but some rise to a different kind.  X factor heroism..
With that view, is Trump right in his inartful, blustering way, in acknowledging the endurance and Duty Heroism of Senator McCain; but also right in not attributing the X factor of altruistic Heroism to McCain as well. That higher honor goes to people like John Stockdale, see discussion of this same topic several years ago, at http://joyofequivocating.blogspot.com/2008/09/john-mccain-and-pow-tortured-hero-vice.html?q=john+mccain

Tentative conclusion:  Clearly, anyone who signs up for the military and serves with honor, doing all that duty requires even under unspeakable conditions, especially if injured in the course, is a hero.

Nonetheless, there are heroes in that group who exceed that criteria.  The heroes with extra credit ares those who risk self for others.  As a proposal for weighing all the opinions in this Trumpeted  debate, explore factual elements on your own before signing on to an enhanced degree of adulation for anyone.

 Did the serviceperson risk self to act to improve conditions for or save lives of companions, others similarly situated.  Did the serviceperson receive special treatment, ameliorating initial harsh conditions.

With that vetting focus, it is even possible to consider and sort views by groups otherwise not in my mainstream, such as the New Totalitarians *. Their research, however, may turn up information helpful to any vetting.

Heroes sort themselves when the ship goes down.

Heroism or not. When the great ship goes down: some self-preserve, others do base-bones duty, others help those in the context as well.
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*  See also 

1. John McCain as a POW.  Author:  Gerald L. Atkinson, April 15, 2008.  Note that McCain's father was an admiral, not a general, as I had earlier understood.  This is not to endorse the group sponsoring the post; it instead is to emphasize that facts are to be vetted whoever raises them.
2.  Issues of comparison of forms of heroism first raised in 2008:  as to James Stockdale
and as to another POW, tortured, Elizabeth Choy  Elizabeth Choy?  Vet her as well. To which category of heroism does she belong.  Why is she virtually unknown.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

All Ye with Ears. Hear. Ear marks and Ear Ye, Ear Ye. Ear Analysis, Origin of Earmarks, or Quackery. Spock Ears, Ear Bumps, Lobes and Other Earie Aerie Eeries.

Update:  This began as a mild interest in the little pointy protuberance on one side or the other as to news talkers on the telly; and among friends.  What did that little antenna, or signal mean?  No answers on that, but ears newly in the news for the importance of shape and what is heard from above and below:  "The shape of your ears affects what you hear"  -- see NYT https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/06/science/ears-shape-hearing.html 

We used to be limited to speculations of phrenology, digit ratio, face-reading. Now, expand the observations and await expert opinions:

    •  Of the approximately 7,000 warriors made of terracotta in China, Mausoleum of the first Qin emperor, apparently no two sets of ears are alike.  
    • The conclusion so far is that each warrior is part of a real army.  How many still to check?  13,000 ears.  For them to check.

  • Otioplasty:  Pointy ears. 
    • Update on otioplasty, and cosmetically pointy ears:  we note with regret the death of Leonard Nimoy, and with gratitude, his life that offered thought and entertainment.  Hear ye.
 Past updates:  Ear-reading Update 4/6/2012.  Earily, the topic persists.  Here, a crease in the lobe and heart issues, see http://www.webmd.com/heart/news/20121106/4-signs-aging-heart-risk

Earlier update, a fashionista approach.  Surgery to achieve the Star Trak Pointy.  April 7, 2011 ABC News.  Surgery for Elfin Ears Newest Trend. Oh? Not newest trend at all.  Been around a long time.  Surgery for the pointies?
What do natural pointy ears say about the holder. 
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1.  Background of ears as identifiers. The term apparently originated in 1591 with herdsmen-farmers notching their animals' ears tor identification.  See http:/www.users.tinyonline.co.uk/gswithenbank/curiousc.htm/  

It was later, in the 19th Century, that earmarking came to mean "designate."  In Congress, earmarks used to be commonplace -- attach your notch to other legislation, and if the odd thing is to pass, people had to take the earmark with it.  That has changed somewhat, but if financial earmarks are on the way out (this is a lookback), the technique remains.  What else can be added by earmark to something else, and rammed through?

2.  Here, we note ear shape characteristics and cultural ways of deducing character from ear "marks" and shapes. Bunkum or a grain? Fashion in ear shapes, and surgery to attain the ideal?  Spock ears.

I. Why this interest in ears?

Fear first enters through the ears. Hear that cry. That noise. F(ear)ful.  The head whips around to find the source.  They eyes squint, may even be unseeing at this point.
















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Here looks like an ideal ear:  A Joe Citizen Slovakian, a real unknown since this possessor of The Ear was in line for the tickets for a festival at Bojnice SK. He is probably unrelated to Joe the Plumber whose ears are small but piggy. Joe the Slovakian was present at a festival event with his small son, whose ears were concealed under a hoodie, so excluded here.Fear enters through the eyes (surpr-eyes-ed at first).  But reliance on eyes means you have to be there.  Fear comes through ears without your being in sight; fear enters by way of 24/7 Fear TV, for example.

Then there is fun.  Fun first enters through the ears. Hear that chuckle, are you drawn to find out what's up? And then the eyes - but the drawback of having to be there to see it. Telling a funny joke about an event is not the same as seeing it -- thus the success of YouTube.  You, too, can see it.

Then think of wonder, and interest, all that makes life a kaleidoscope of changing color, perceptions, all that comes in through the senses. So examine the differences among us. Do the shapes of our external ear equipment make a difference in who we are, what we see, how we react. Just asking.

Structure, Appearance:
What Meaning?
When people have one pointy ear, why is it on their right? Is it?  Start looking.
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Mian Xiang.  There is a Chinese field of knowledge and observation about entire face-reading, called Mian Xiang.

Mian Xiang principles enable the practitioner to analyze personality, predict wealth and health, and the kitchen sink, all from facial characteristics.  This article, at ://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2010/7/4/lifefocus/6579597&sec=lifefocus/.  It uses as subjects Steve Jobs of Apple Mac, and Bill Gates, of PC-land.

Read the bit on ears:

Fleshy lobes are good, and high placement on the head excellent.

Read PC vs. Mac byJoey Yap and Tee Lin Say.  Mian Xiang: see Joey Yap in a long comment from 2008 at ://www.fengshuilogy.com/?cat=9/  He has a book at ://www.masteryacademy.com/estore/itemdetail.asp?iid=41/

Otoplasty.  Ear work.  What would Mian Xiang do with cosmetically created (or even natural) Spock ears. 

Did you know that you can create Spock ears cosmetically? Elfin. Puckish. Spockish. Magic. Surgeons can give you Spock ears, a recent trend - see http://uk.gizmodo.com/2007/11/01/pointy_spockear_modification_i.html; http://www.nodium.com/articles/500_pointy-ears-with-cosmetic-surgery/

Do it yourself elf-ears.  This is a self-help elf-ear article: http://www.boingboing.net/2008/08/05/how-to-give-yourself.html Why? Why?

The term is "otoplasty" for ear work. See ://www.entauckland.co.nz/Prominent%20ears%20surgery.htm; outpatient basis at this site, India - make it part of your tour - ://www.tour2india4health.com/ear-surgery-india.htm. FN 2

Libraries report overruns on the computers, with fans of various mythological cultural-origin constructs, seeking resource material on elvish shapes. See://tolkien.slimy.com/essays/Ears.html. Visit this site and scroll down to Galadriel in "Lord of the Rings," at ://www.skinema.com/SpotLOTR2.html.

Spock? Star Trek.

The Spock shape is seen at http://www.tcclinic.com/learning_centre/ears/eardeformities.php/. Why is that considered a deformity? Because this is a cosmetic surgery site and they are drumming up customers who would otherwise feel just fine about themselves.

History of using body distinctions to clue character.

Body parts analysis.  Not a new idea. Science and folk practitioners and quacks, all three, love or hate to examine what the variations on body part shapes mean. Our society asks: is this random, or can you read a body.

III. Become a Watcher

1. Step one. Life list.

TV. The bus. The movies. You know you have watched too much TV when you begin to focus on the ears of talking heads, not the rabbit ears soon to be extinct.

2. The Perfect Ear

For standards of measurements purposes, see Joe Citizen Slovakian above.  Here is the castle where he was in line.  Talent is everywhere.


3. Cultural Appreciation

Never underestimate the ear.  Friends, Romans, Countrymen.  Lend me your ears. Into the porches of mine ear. In your ear.  Play it by ear.  Wordplays.  See ears quotations at ://thinkexist.com/quotes/ and at ://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/ears.html /with/keyword/ears/

Add it to your meditations. This inquiry into ears is particularly theologically supported.
  • You may recall that Peter (of Saint fame, and be mindful of the Square in his honor, Roman branch of interpretation) cut off the ear of Malchus. 
  • See this hack job at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, at Chartres. France. We recall a site with pictures in detail from Chartres, and number 31 was of the ear situation, but cannot locate it now.
4. Uses of Ears

4.1 Ears as Entry Points for Treatment. Massage.


In contemporary times, , the ear is alleged to be a great massage target, with trigger points just as in the more familiar foot massage, see p://health.yahoo.com/experts/intentblog/316/dont-overlook-the-ears-during-massage/. Try itself. Pull your earlobes occasionally? Feel better?

4.2. Ears as Topical Interest Points for Cartoonists.

Sightings. This is March 10, 2009. Comic strip. Funky Winkerbean. Cory. Fourth square in the strip, has a pointy ear!

Note that asymmetrical ears, particularly involving a pointy on the person's right, is also called "A Colbert Ear"! And it is, yes, on his right. Another sighting. Mark it well.

Has anyone ever seen an Elfish Ear on the person's left?

Here, however, we skip the therapy angle and look at the Ear Distraction effect.

4.3. Ears as Distractors.

Once the idea has entered the brain, that ears might be interesting, the attention wanders to them. See yourself view, or hear, a talking head, and let your attention drift to the side appendages. The talk becomes vaguely entertaining again: see those ear shapes - lobes. Little pointy areas on the perimeter, stick out places, tubby lobes, narrow, flatty lobes. Ear studies and character, personality.

The power of the ear, the eye. The ear sends to the brain and carries more persuasion capability than mere rationality once the brain is hit. Is that the point?  HIghjack the ear with rhetoric, spin, slogans, scapegoating, all the techniques at //www.propagandacritic.com,  before facts are in.  The ear exceeds the power of the brain, the written word. The power of the ear in taking in persuasion. Persuasion by ear is stronger then persuasion by the written word

Information received through ears multiplies in effect because the hearer has no immediate access to vetting what is heard.  Fox on all day, all night, Fox is watchin' over me, my Lord.  Keep the pretty pictures on, get the sounds right as the lady irons, and she absorbs it all.

A viewer on a computer can do some clicks to a fact check and go check out what is viewed. Not so the listener, barely paying attention.  Remember your last house-interior painter listening to loud people for two hours each day at lunch while they paint your house.  Background ear virus.

It gets to the point where the homeowner can't wait for the guy to Leave! Leave! When will you be done! Once the inflammatory stuff is in there, it stays. Never hire him again.

"In the porches of mine ear" .... bemoans Hamlet's father's ghost.... and the poison did its work. See ://www.online-literature.com/shakespeare/hamlet/6/

Ears. We pay too little attention to what gets in there. We try to analyze only the outsides, and that does not get us far. See Aural Structure - Lobes,

5. Become concerned.

Ears as Facilitating Media Ponzi Schemes

Our lack of attention, to the potency of what comes in by ear, helps explain the radio and TV Audio Ponzi Schemers. It explains the vulnerability of at least some of their followers.Get one person to believe, that person repeats to another person, who then believes, and the Ponzi grows.

5.1 Red Ear Blue Ear

Ears, as outward, visible signs of inward spiritual grace or lack of it. Can ears be outward and visible signs of inward political leaning, or other characteristics?

Upon first tallies, there appeared to be no difference between Red Ears and Blue Ears, classified by state of origin; but this is being reassessed with new data.

However, of interest to researchers: do larger, relatively thicker ears, with pendulous fattier lobes, signify conservative viewpoints and financial success?  Step up, Warren Buffett. Give us a look.

For wacky research:  Is fear of the different or new, or fear of loss or challenge, stored in the lobes such that more swingy, fatty round lobes relate to conservatism; while modest-sized thin. even if long, lobes indicate overall tolerance.

You check.

Although Alfred E. Newman was brights-challenged, was he a good listener as indicated by ears sticking out, aiming carefully at the speaker speaking? Obama, with generous sized ears, that tilt toward the speaker.  A good listener.  And he is.

Animals with ears aiming forward are good at catching prey? Is that so? Does that mean that Obama may take his time to listen, but has all the predator instincts we know and love in heads of state when appropriate.

Prey:  Then it follows that prey have ears that swivel back and around, to hear what is coming?
  • Study: Left-wing brain; right-wing brain.
We have heard that tendency to fear or tolerance are hard-wired, see CNN report at ://scoog.newsvine.com/_news/2008/09/19/1884407-study-conservative-fear-liberal-tolerance-may-be-hard-wired. Next study: tolerance as seen in lobes and whorls. Add this to your voter talking points.

6. Ethnic Eardoms. Variations.

Ears display racial-ethnic differences. Maybe race correlates with shape of lobes more than political leanings. If that is what the research shows so be it.

Caucasians and Japanese have larger lobes generally than India Indians. In India, a study showed lobes growing up to age 15, then being quiet for a while, and increasing in size after age 45. This can be an issue for biometrics, identifying people by ear shape. Less reliably identifiable as they age.

Researchers hope to have some answers by February 2009, so stay tuned. Use our Lobe Hotline to report sightings of interest. There does seem to be a connection in common lore - now for Science.















6. Income Opportunities. Bookies.

Money is also being made as we speak.

7. Birds and Animals

Moving ears.


Bunny ears; disguise coloration

In owls, the tufts are not ears, but are used for communication. Perk up when inquisitive. See http://ruralchatter.blogspot.com/ Some humans can wiggle ears. Learned or hard-wired? We learned.

8. Asymmetry and Its Meaning
Separate but Unequal.

Aural aficionados also report that there can be a striking lack of balance in the cranial adornment arrangements visible during this voting season, in high def. See also RAPPP, below.

Asymmetric ears are not unusual - one roundy, for example, one pointy, see Figure 11 at this Biometric Identification site - ://www.cse.nd.edu/Reports/2006/TR-2006-01.pdf/ See the Comedy Channel.

Point Counter Point. Single Knob Bump.

The RAPPP. The Single Knob Bump. This is a subgroup of elfin or elvin. Observers note a common phenomenon long documented by this researcher: known as the the Right Appendage Perimeter Pointy Place (RAPPP). This is different from an overall elfin shape - it is a distinct point or bump, not as often on the left ear?

This is a little angled, upper outer ear point, and it may signify great intelligence. Wits, as in elves? Or, perhaps, it serves as a tolerance repository, pointing to new directions. Exit pollsters will be at the polls with little cameras to correlate voter statements of candidate voting with ear quirks.

Update. News Flash. November 5, 2008 - President-Elect Obama has a little right ear point, external angling to leadership. Note similarity, but not much, to ear pointy are of Stephen Colbert. Is that so? Then we have Will Smith the Actor - oh, dear, we are addicted. Fox has fatty lobes? Dobbs? Distrust! Distrust!

8. Ear Placement in Cranial Measurement Index.

Also, it has been posited that ear to nose-tip distance and large ear size may indicate that the person has "energy to be alert, inventive, and stick his nose out." See "Face to Face with Facts," a Google book at http://books.google.com/books?id=boX_nBruUngC&pg=PA71&lpg=PA71&dq=large+ears+and+personality&source=web&ots=piUutGxtYa&sig=U1AzJ4CTjiz1ZparwdwEQMW00Ss&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=10&ct=result/.

Our own ears at this site, for example, are not at all symmetrical, with lobes of different sizes and even angle to the Main Tete, so, when pierced (ultimately abandoned) never looked as though the earrings balanced. One harked east, and the other harked west. This is a common community of the afflicted. Was that the doorbell or the microwave?

Further research at *.

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* Auto-Aural Research.

For those interested in developing observational expertise in this esoteric subject, we recommend the following enrichment activities:

1. Habitat. Specimens, for Auro-Watchers: TV Cable or Network people substituting themselves and their opinions for what the candidates themselves directly say, which footage is locked in the vault.

2. Equipment. Get a sketch pad and charcoal from a hobby store and begin your own collection. For use on buses, small pads are best.

3. Camera. Begin a photographic record. Keep near TV and in car.

4. Catalogue shapes, uniqueness in sound receptor areas: Do an Images search for ears.

5. Self-diagnosis. Sketch your own. Get a mirror and view yourself from behind.

6. Home decor. Ink them and press along chair rail areas; or create a stencil.

5. Fine Arts. Chorale: Turn up sound. //kids.niehs.nih.gov/lyrics/doyourears.htm

Begin your own photographic collection of talking heads to isolate the most common individuations, with attention focused on the RAPPP. Those do seem to appear on the heads of highly intelligent persons, is that so?

When people pursue ears instead of issues, the real thing you know is that it is time to end the agony.

Voter focus amok.

Noise in the forest. If noone there to hear, was there sound?


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FN 1 Lobes and politics.

Query I. Do lobe pendulosity indices, large long lobes on the commentator, correlate with tendency to find socialism under every rock?

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Did Marx have big ears? See "McCain Suggests Obama Tax Policies are Socialist," at ://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iE2JCSH5p9r2GBkQWS9TWAMzmuvQD93T0HGO0; and unfairly depriving the comfortable of their entitlements and unjust enrichments. See Joy of Equivocating, Tax and Funding.

Is McCain a big lober? Yes, so far. Do an Images search and look at blog,kir.com.

Query II. On the other hand, if lobes increase in size with age in Caucasions (others?), and if huge lobes signify repositories of change-resistance, and fear; does this mean that the elderly become more fearful and resistant, and thus the tendency of older talking heads to press FUD?

FN 2 Curious - Can Medicare patients choose treatment services, including for ears, that are more than the standard included in Medicare. Just saw this site, from some time ago, when personal payment for additional services from a Dr doing Medicare was not allowed, see ://www.ncpa.org/ba/ba243.html.