What is most needed for learning is a humble mind

A great man is always willing to be little.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Knock knock”

“Who’s there?”

“Guess”

“Guess who?”

  • I’m much more humble than you would understand.”
  • I have the best temperament or certainly one of the best temperaments of anybody that’s ever run for the office of president. Ever.”
  • I’m the most successful person ever to run for the presidency, by far. Nobody’s ever been more successful than me.”
  • I’m the least racist person you have ever interviewed”
  • I’m the least racist person you’ll find anywhere in the world.”
  • “Number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. Number two, racism. The least racist person
  • I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to the Secret Service.”
  • I am the world’s greatest person that does not want to let people into the country.”
  • No one has done more for people with disabilities than me.”
  • Nobody in the history of this country has ever known so much about infrastructure as Donald Trump.”
  • There’s nobody who understands the horror of nuclear more than me.”
  • There’s nobody bigger or better at the military than I am.”
  • There’s nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and the CIA than Donald Trump,”
  • There’s nobody that’s done so much for equality as I have”
  • There’s nobody that has more respect for women than I do,”
  • “I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me”
  • “I am going to save Social Security without any cuts. I know where to get the money from. Nobody else does .”
  • Nobody respects women more than I do”

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He who truly knows has no occasion to shout.

-Leonardo da Vinci

A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing.

-Albert Einstein

Burning the rain forest to make room for Brazilian cattle industry

Cattle ranching is “the largest driver of deforestation in every Amazon country, accounting for 80 percent of current deforestation rates,” according to researchers at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Greenwashing, political influence, destroying the Amazon – This story has it all.

The Amazon is being burned down to make way for the cattle industries to meet the demand for Brazilian beef, and it’s backed by a major investment firm that touts Corporate Social Responsibility, BlackRock investments, and is a huge backer of Joe Biden.

JBS, the exporter of Brazilian beef, is mainly responsible for this. JBS is backed by not only BlackRock, but other investment firms such as, Capital Group, Fidelity Investments, and Vanguard.

So let piece this together, the Amazon is being burned to satisfy the markets demand for beef.

Is it possible that if the demand for beef didn’t exist, that maybe JBS wouldn’t be killing the rain forest?

As the screws tighten…

The “witch” in the hunt might have been found–at least that’s what Michael Cohen’s plea deal indicates.

Cohen pleaded under oath, and without any pressure, that “the candidate” gave him instructions to pay hush money to women for the purposes of influencing the election. This is a violation of campaign finance laws.

If Trump wasn’t president, he would be indicted based on the Cohen’s plea deal alone. Cohen was only the messenger here, and in a crime of this nature it’s not the messenger the feds are after–its the one who gave the order.

Mueller has more up his sleeve and Cohen has more cards to play, hence the plea and the quick resolution to this small but important part of the investigation. The implication was just the beginning.

And let’s not forget about Manafort. His case was never about taxes as much as it was about access. He represents loose connections to the other side of the equation. And he was found guilty in front of a jury.

This whole thing is just warming up.

Thoughts on the new plans to rollback fuel efficiency standards…

As the US continues to drop bombs on its war against reason as it relates to climate change, consumers need to act.

If the market demands cars with improved fuel efficiency, or electric cars, whatever rollbacks the Trump administration implements on fuel efficiency standards will not matter.

Automakers will be forced to comply with market demands.

Our dollars and decisions drive the market, not Trumps war on science and reason.

Screaming on social media doesn’t help, especially if you go out and buy a gas guzzling SUV afterwards.

Gas prices are rising. The petroleum industry and car manufacturers win if these proposed rules go into effect. In the long run, auto-consumers loose at the gas pump and via continued environmental degradation. But that doesn’t mean we quit and blame Trump.

Buy smart if you care about climate change–and don’t get sucked into the noise, such as the argument about safety as it relates to cars with better fuel efficiency standards. That’s crap.

Oh, and by the way, fuck you EPA. Remember, you make the rules we make the calls.

NY Times Op-Ed: Get Out of Facebook and Into the N.R.A.’s Face

Here’s an op-ed by Thomas Friedman reminding us that the fight for gun control needs to move beyond social media, and needs to be bigger than marches and protests.

The NRA has a comfortable seat at the table and uses republican lawmakers as puppets.

We can scream gun control until we are blue in the face in person and on social media, but nothing changes until we elect lawmakers that haven’t been purchased by the NRA.

The Master of Puppets—REVEALED

Recently, the New York Times reviewed a book entitled THE SECOND COMING OF THE KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition, By Linda Gordon. You can read the review by clicking here. Below is an exceprt:

“Unlike the first and third Klans (the third appeared during the civil rights era), the 1920s Klan was well integrated into American life ‘The KKK may actually have enunciated values with which a majority of 1920s Americans agreed,’ Gordon writes.”

In other words, the KKK was normalized and its reach into the everyday is what made it powerful. It was embedded into society, culture, and politics.

This got me thinking smarted thoughts with my brainy-brain.

Considering where we are today, is it plausible that although the KKK label is poisoned, the ideals, values and hate associated with it might be just part of the American fabric? Let’s think about this using the concept of the “deep state”. Administrations might change, political directions might shift, but those embedded in the national security apparatus hold on to secrets and shadow agendas regardless of who holds power. Alternatively, as ideals and values are passed from generation to generation, the values of hate are normalized and become part of the whole. Similar to the concept of the invisible hand of the free-markets, this is the invisible hand of hate. And this generational hate is the root cause of the structural violence prevalent in our culture, laws, and systems of government today.

The invisible hand of hate is dangerous because it operates on its own. It’s institutionalized. And as a result, laws might be passed and regulations proposed without consciously having racist intent, but they have racist results, because, well, they are racist. For example, mandatory minimum rules.

“No place for hate” signs are everywhere. If we want to get rid of the hate embedded in our culture we have to do better than lawn signs. Let’s begin with examining who benefits and why. For example, let’s very sincerely explore the reasons why affordable and quality healthcare is so exclusive, or the reasons and history of why marijuana is illegal, or the reason for the continued existence of funding schemes for public schools that create a known imbalance of funding for black and brown schools compared to white schools. From there we’ll have better insights as to how to purge hate.

I’ll make a bold prediction (and here it is, the great reveal) – once we begin asking why and follow the path backwards, we’ll be walking down an very narrow path that leads to nondescript doors of a extraordinarily big, nameless building, and there will be an ancient white-man greeting us. His name is Midas, and he is the god of greed, and he is responsible for institutionalizing the concentration of power, and weaponizing people’s differences, to remain in power.