Wilderness — A Meditation

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Putin's Trumped Up Story

If I were the author writing this modern dystopian novel, this is the plotline.

First, the relationship between Russia and North Korea would be established.  Readers know that the North Koreans did not, by themselves, have the technology to move as quickly as it appears they did. Neither the ballistic missile technology npr the advances in nuclear technology materialized in one year or even a year and a half as Trump moved toward and into his presidency in 2016-2017.

Putin, the consummate tactician, figured out a way to keep Trump in line – threaten the USA via North Korea.  A simple little pee-pee tape was insufficient to assure that Trump would tow the line.

Secondly, this latest trumped up news about the Secretary of State being kicked out of office is a never/never prospect.  Tillerson said when asked about the most recent news leaks, ‘that’s laughable’.  Readers realize in this dystopian novel that as a man of few words, most often he seems to know whereof he speaks.  He may pretend otherwise, but in our fictional story his job via Putin is to keep the North Koreans in hand publically while Putin et al keep them in hand privately. 

Makes a great novel.  Why would our antagonist, posing as Secretary of State, agree to this subterfuge?  Because when all is said and done, when the planned lifting of sanctions against Russian banks et al is considered, it is he would have been in the perfect place to assure the initial plan’s success in a fail-safe manner.

However, in an unexpected turn of events a problem develops for Putin and his wealthy cronies. Trump’s dementia moves too quickly. The Russians always consider him expendable although readers may be sure that he doesn’t realize this fact, nor would a narcissist, even a demented narcissist consider such a possibility. Trump still thinks that Putin intends to allow him to build hotels in St. Petersburg as well as in Moscow and that the Russian oligarchs will forgive the loans on which his empire is based if only he can get those sanctions lifted.

Final scene in our novel?  Putin realizes his plan is based on pretty shifty sand, reactive soil, if you get my drift.  What has to happen now is that Trump needs to be disposed of, the North Koreans need to be paid off in order to save face. Robert Muller, our hero, comes to the rescue along with his posse' of over worked and over educated prosecutors.  

Instead of trying to take down the USA, Putin moves back to his 2016 plot, uses the same bot and hack related processes he used in 2016 against France and the USA. He  takes down the legislative bodies of Hungary, then Poland, and then Germany as he attempts to destroy NATO. 

He is a patient oligarch. He’ll wait a day or 500 before sanctions are lifted by the USA. In the meantime, he plots to take over the legislative branches of the governments of those countries on his southern borders. He enlists them as co-conspirators in his attempt to destroy the Great Satan, the USA, that is, unless we manage to destroy ourselves first.

Actually, this all begins to look a bit more like a three volume boxed set. 
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And didn't I end up being correct.  Which country provided needed oil to North Korea? The former USSR, of course. I am frustrated by media who will not simply say what they know. In Australia and Great Britain and America that media is controlled by vastly wealthy media moguls like Rupert Murdoch as well as by theAmazon mogul Jeff Bezos.  What hope do we peons have of ever knowing the truth of the matter until we spend hours and days investigating.  And how will the moguls stop us? Yep, destroy Net Neutrality and we no longer have access to information.  The world is a scary place these days - not just for the Middle East and Burmese Royhinga, but for all of us!! 


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Porus Leunig — My Favorite Australian Poet

Two In One Day — Unheard of, But Heidi Has Posted Again And I just Have to Share

What We Underestimate Most in Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type

INFJs are often stereotyped as highly sensitive and deeply in tune with their emotional atmosphere. And while these traits aren’t absent from the INFJ’s psyche, they almost always come second to what the INFJ does best, which is perspective shifting and analytical reasoning. INFJs are intuitives first, which means their natural state is one of contemplation and analysis. Many people would doubtlessly be shocked to find out that these empathetic types can actually be quite cold and detached in their initial method of reasoning. They seek truth and understanding at all costs. And in order to arrive at the truths that will help them to make things better for others, they must first understand every perspective they can conceive of—even the cold, inhumane and detached ones.

If you would like to read what Heidi has to say about your type, you will find her 'opinions' here:

The End of Our Species?


Climate Change and the Human Mind: A Noted Psychiatrist Weighs In

The Trump administration, in rejecting climate change and global warming, is doing profound damage every day. And it has to do with canceling regulations and trying to silence scientists and prevent them from expressing and bringing truths to the public.

“The mind can contradict itself; it can believe one thing one day and something else another day.”

Lifton: It’s sometimes assumed that when one reaches the last stages of life, one shouldn’t have to care about the human future. One, after all, won’t be there. But it can be the reverse for many of us, and I think I’m hardly alone in this. If one considers oneself, as I do, part of the human flow, part of the Great Chain of Being, part of human connectedness, which extends from generation to generation, of course it includes one’s own children and grandchildren — and I have those. But it’s more than that. It’s continuing the human chain that one has been a part of. And in my case, that I sought to in some ways contribute to, in a modest fashion, all through my life in my work.

(to read the entire article head to the web address below)

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Russian Bots/Trolls Are Back

Yep, they're back.  There have been 105 Russian hits on this blog so far this week. 

If I post, they will come.

Not to read my posts, but to spring board off my web addy onto some unsuspecting Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, Pinteresque page.  I hate the thought that I am being used in this way. 

However, I also know that there aren't 105 internet users in Russia who care enough about my point of view to actually stop in for a quick read.

When I was posting regularly, these 105 grew to well over 350 hits a week. That was back when the American election was in full flower and the Russians were working overtime to exert some influence. 

When I realized what was happening — that Russia really wasn't in the least bit interested in my posts, but that those same Russians were using my blog to hop-scotch onto other media without having their own web identity discovered, I simply stopped posting....and they went away. 

Seems the blog has to be actively engaged by me for them to successfully use the site for their own purposes.

What to do?  I seriously thought of discontinuing my blogging.  Actually, I did discontinue as those of you who come regularly know. 

However, this little window on the www is very important to me.  I have missed the sharing. 

Any ideas about how to handle this dilemma?  I'd love to hear from anyone who has an idea to share.

Thanks ever so much..

p.s. Below is the addy of a Mother Jones article on the subject that may be of some interest.

Need I Say More?

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Almost Like Praying — Donate to Puerto Rico

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

In a Country Gone Crazy, I Offer You an Article on Loving

The Most Lovable Thing About Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type

The careful thought they give each passing question. The whirring, reeling look inside their eye. The raw and childlike energy they exude when the people who they love are truly thriving. The way they let their weirdness out in bursts. The measured nature with which they plan the future. The hurried nature in which they share their thoughts. The way their eyes light up when they’re engaging with their passion. The even, tempered consideration they give to each new perspective that comes their way."

The measured, thoughtful nature of their speech. The wild, unstructured pattern of their thoughts. The way they break down every pre-determined concept. The way they question and cast doubt onto themselves. The curiosity that fuels their every action. The open-mindedness with which they approach people. The patience they apply to deep complexities. The biases they recognize within themselves.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bill Kirton
 from Facebook
Simply because we need to keep reminding ourselves that some of us are still relatively sane (although that'll be read by some as hubris), I offer the opening verse of a little parody. You're welcome to add verses of your own.
Hey! Mr. Tangerine man, what is wrong with me?
I'm confused and just don’t know what place we’re going to.
Hey! Mr. Tangerine man, what is wrong with me?
With your jingle jangle half-brain I'm not following you.
Though I know that humankind will only finish up as sand
Vanish from the land
Leave no-one here to stand after the weeping,
Your idiotic posturing in every manic tweet
Will hasten our defeat,
Bring emptiness to streets which once were teeming.
Hey! Mr. Tangerine man, what is wrong with me?
I'm confused and just don’t know what place we’re going to.
Hey! Mr. Tangerine man, what is wrong with me?
With your jingle jangle half-brain I'm not following you.

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The current political circumstances in which the USA finds itself consumes me these days.  I find myself unable to write about the racism, the bitterness, the dishonesty that we face in the moment.  One day when I have had the opportunity to sort through my reaction to this entire morass of meanness, I will write. In the meantime there are moments when Facebook gives me material that I am willing to share here.  Today, one of those posts caught my attention and so I share with you via Bill Kirton.  Feel free to add verses of your own.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Being Present

Being present
In a relationship you are missing
a space you no longer fill) 
A deep well threatens to run dry 

It only rains 
because the earth calls forth the clouds

The sun only rises 
because humanity seeks the dawn

We love because we are loved.