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The “I” Gene; The “We” Gene: Searching For The Genie In All Of Us (April 3, 2017)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Book Reference, Community, Genetics, Genius, Song Reference on April 3, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “As the philosopher and geneticist John Prine observes, ‘You are what you are, and you ain’t what you ain’t’ in this life.”

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K          “Someday someone will discover that each of us is born with either a dominant ‘I’ gene or a dominant ‘We’ gene.”

J          “The ‘Tom’ gene versus the ‘Huck’ gene.”

K          “The ‘Fear’ gene versus the ‘Hope’ gene.”

J          “The ‘Take’ gene versus the ‘Give’ gene.”

K          “The ‘Reagan’ gene versus the ‘La Follette’ gene.”

J          “The ‘Do not let them immanentize the Eschaton’ gene versus the ‘Do let them immanentize the Eschaton’ gene.”

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K          “As the play plays out, epigenetics play a part.  We need to ‘mind our p’s and q’s’ and also mine our ‘a’s’ and ‘g’s’ and ‘c’s’ and ‘t’s’ for insight.”

J          “Nurture can temper nature.  A person with access to more resources is able, if so inclined, to give things away, material and spiritual.  A little more truck allows us to be a little more Huck.” 

K          “And yet Nature is providing all of us with dwindling resources.”

J          “So, if Tom is a huckster once in a while, is Huck a tomster once in a while?  . . .  No.  Maybe not.”

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K          “So many of the events today are calculated and calibrated to induce fear and trigger the Tom and the Take and the Reagan gene in all of us.”

J          “Research is likely to be advanced if we elect politicians who believe in science and perhaps more importantly in the scientific method.  They should give a Crawfoord for any advance in understanding.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Immanentize The Eschaton.  Say What? (August 22, 2016)”, “Humanity’s Motto:  To Enslave And To Colonize (January 27, 2014)” and “A Taxing Explanation (August 22, 2011)” and the discussion of Martin Luther King’s famous Riverside Speech fifty years ago on April 4, 1967 at “Bush Escalates World War III (January 15, 2007)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

I, Tom, fear; We, Huck, hope.

I, Tom, fear and take; We, Huck, hope and give.

I, Tom, fear, take, vote for Reagan and do not let them immanentize the Eschaton; We, Huck, hope, give, vote for La Follette and do let them immanentize the Eschaton.

What if they made a “WePhone”?

“I Me Mine” Beatles (1970)

“America is, and always has been, undecided about whether it will be the United States of Tom or the United States of Huck.  The United States of Tom looks at misery and says:  Hey, I didn’t do it.  It looks at inequity and says:  All my life I busted my butt to get where I am, so don’t come crying to me.  Tom likes kings, codified nobility, unquestioned privilege.  Huck likes people, fair play, spreading the truck around.  Whereas Tom knows, Huck wonders.  Whereas Huck hopes, Tom presumes.  Whereas Huck cares, Tom denies.  These two parts of the American Psyche have been at war since the beginning of the nation, and come to think off it, these two parts of the World Psyche have been at war since the beginning of the world, and the hope of the nation and of the world is to embrace the Huck part and send the Tom part back up the river, where it belongs.”  George Saunders, “The United States of Huck” The Braindead Megaphone (2007).

“Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority.  The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong.  All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them.  The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others.  His culture is based on ‘I am not too sure’.”  H.L. Mencken

Swilling The Swamp (January 9, 2017)

Posted in Deep State, Genius, O'Bama, Presidency, Trumpi on January 9, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Cunning and catchy phrase.  Donaldo Trumpi fooled the populace into believing he would do something to change the epidemic and endemic corruption, cronyism and incompetence in Washington.”

J          “But it is just another grand lie.  Salt water crocodiles are supplanting fresh water alligators.”

K          “What he meant is that he would drain the swamp in the financial sector in New York City and decant it into the D.C. swamp.”

J          “O’Bama appointed Timothy Geithner and Eric Holder.  Trumpi nominated Steve Mnuchin and Jeffrey Sessions.  Same old, same old; same new, same new.”

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K          “Remember when President Jerry Ford nominated Edward Levi who was a calm hand as Attorney General at Justice.”

J          “Finding a lawyer with a tutored intellect, integrity, courage, judgment and wisdom in the United States is almost impossible today.”

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K          “By the time he was inaugurated, O’Bama had surrounded himself with the ‘D’ apparatchiks of the ‘War and Wall Street Party’.  By the time he is coronated, Trumpi will surround himself with the ‘R’ apparatchiks of the ‘War and Wall Street Party’.”

J          “Same old, same old; same new, same new.”

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K          “They say ‘in vino veritas’ or ‘in wine, truth.’  Trumpi does not drink, Twitter is his drink.  Yet ‘in Twitter veritas’ is insightful.  And imprudent.”

J          “Communicating in 144 characters is gross.  Yet the communications are refreshingly candid in a town that runs on deceit and dishonesty.”

K          “They say the Presidency is the ultimate bully pulpit, and he is the ultimate bully assuming the pulpit.”

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K          “He grew up or at least got older in opulence, yet so many of his antics are those of the parvenu.  He was and is not accepted by the old money in New York City and was and is not trusted by the Deep State in D.C.  He had the chance to end run all of them by appointing talented individuals who would assist him challenge the status quo and implement his more rational campaign pronouncements.”

J          “If he had done it right, he would have had the satisfaction of knowing that the old guard and the old hands know he did it right even though they would never acknowledge his accomplishments or accept him as a person or the President.”

K          “And the personal satisfaction of knowing that he did it right.”

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K          “Sometimes, if you want to be a genius, you need to be a genius.” 

J          “Not.  gonna.  happen.”

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[See the e-commentary at “The ‘Ownership State’ and ‘Bush, Inc.’ (April 11, 2005)”, “Corporations United (February 15, 2010)”, “Commodities Futures / Future Commodities (March 8, 2010)”, “Schooling The Apparatchiks For the Kleptocrats (December 7, 2015)” and “On Merit and the Meritocracy (January 11, 2010).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Faking America Great Again

Keeping America American Again

Keeping America Hoodwinked Again

Draining the swamp into the swamp

Crocodiles replacing alligators

We did get fooled again.

There is a disturbance in the farce.

“You campaign in poetry.  You govern in prose.”  Mario Cuomo

You campaign in doggerel.  You govern in derision.  Donaldo Trumpi

“All you need in this life is a tremendous sex drive and a great ego.  Brains don’t mean a shit.”  Mayor Anthony “Captain Tony” Tarracino

Nero – Caligula In 2020  For a clear vision of the future

The Driverless Car Of Tomorrow . . . Is Here Today! (December 19, 2016)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Genius, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Nobel Prize, Technology, Transportation on December 19, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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K          “At the Complexity Lecture in August, the engineering professor promulgated what he posits are the five technological plateaus to achieve the transition from a car that stops when it perceives another object or person to the transportation platform of the future that permits you to slip on board and sleep while being delivered to your destination.”

J          “Public transportation.”

K          “Exactly.  They do not realize how close they are to the solution.  Yet that is the sixth level of spiritual enlightenment that they cannot perceive because they do not recognize that the fifth plateau is what climbers call a false peak.”

J          “I went to a similar lecture, looked around and noted that I was the only one in the room who was not an engineer.  When done listening to the lecture and the question and answer session, I realized that I may have been the only one in the room who was an engineer.”

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J          “To be nice, do you want me to e-mail Elon and you e-mail Senor Google?”

K          “While you are at it, let them know that Mother Nature has promulgated some immutable restrictions that are challenged but will not be surmounted by humans.  Those who control buckets and barrels of fossil fuel resources – and substantial government largesse – may be able to travel to Mars and take a selfie, but there will never be sustainable human colonies there.”

J          “Not having any vision or imagination is so debilitating.  The way I see it, many humans have an impulse to travel and explore.  Some who are imagining a colony/land fill on Mars do not realize that they are unwittingly manifesting their ‘fight or flight’ response by attempting to abandon and flee the great Superfund Site for another promised land.”

K        “And all in an electric driverless car.”

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J          “As I recall, we retrieve our Nobels in December?”

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[See “Google Wants Driverless Cars, but Do We?” by Jamie Lincoln Kitman.]  

[See the e-commentary at “Amtrak – The (Rail) Road to National Security (January 23, 2006)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Be the first on your block to take the transportation device of the future . . . today

The FBI File:  The American Imprimatur Of Success (January 18, 2016)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, FBI, Genius, Kleptocracy, Police on January 18, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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K          “In grammar school, they extol the sacrifices and accomplishments of Woodrow Guthrie, Martin King, John Kennedy and their like and ilk.”

J          “Artists, patriots, visionaries.  The usual suspects in America.”

K          “Only a few keep reading and realize that the true mark and measure of greatness in America is to be monitored and harassed by the FBI.”

J          “Nobels, Pulitzers, Grammys and Oscars are SO overrated.”

K          “How about calling it a ‘Hoover Award’ because he and his clan were hoovering information long before data mining was all the rage.”

J          “Outrage?”

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K          “Some of the rank and file in the FBI have quietly and patiently collected a file on the real economic criminals in America, yet they are not allowed to act.”

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J          “The machine gun demonstration at the end of the tour made an impression on a young mind.”

K          “Amazing that they still call it the ‘Hoover Building’ despite all the revelations.”

J          “I thought about becoming ‘Efrem Zimbalist, III’ every week.”

K          “Me too.”

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[See the e-commentary at King Daze (January 20, 2014).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

FBI:  America’s Stasi?

On Standards & Quality (July 20, 2015)  

Posted in Genius, On [Traits/Characteristics], Society on July 20, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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4          “If I look up and can see the bar, I drop everything and raise the bar until I cannot see it.  Even with a pair of 10 by 40s.  I am not interested in surmounting a bar I can see.  I then move the bar down the field and out of sight.  Outta sight, inna mind.”

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4          “That is true.  They say that if you hold someone to a higher standard, the person may aspire to reach the higher standard.  When I look around, however, at the end of the day the only way others can pass the bar is to drop the bar on the floor.  Maintain even low standards and no one passes.”

8          “So much gross incompetence and ineptitude today.  Perhaps it has always been that way.”

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4          “If you hit a target they cannot see, they say that you missed the target they can see.”

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4          “Build a better mouse trap and you may trap a few more mice.  Build it and you will need to buy a riding lawn mower.”

8          “Bloom where you are planted.  You may be able to trap more mice in your nicely manicured field.  Or you may decide to let the mice roam in a wild field.”

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8          “Perhaps nobody cares.”

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Bumper stickers of the week:

“Talent hits a target that no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see.”  Arthur Schopenhauer

“There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first or last time, I owe him my best.”  Joe DiMaggio

“A Thing of Beauty is a Joy For Ever.”  John Keats

Nobody cares.

American Foreign Policy: Amoral or Immoral? (June 9, 2014)

Posted in Foreign Policy, Genius, Hypocrisy, Middle East, On [Traits/Characteristics] on June 9, 2014 by e-commentary.org

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1          “Makes you wonder why America threatens to blow up the world when Russia moves into territory within its sphere of influence and then finances additional West Bank settlements without hesitation.”

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2          “The test for genocide turns on whether those in power in America like the people being killed and whether the killers threaten or advance America’s economic interests.”

1          “Makes you wonder why America’s policy toward East Congo is shaped largely by Western bankers.”

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2          “If there is no morality, then too many American foreign policies are amoral.  If there is some moral underpinning, then too many American foreign policies are immoral.”

1          “No wonder why so many in the world are skeptical of American intentions and actions and often respond irascibly.”

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Bumper stickers of the week:

“Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.” Albert Einstein

Too often in America today, what passes for genius is eleven percent flash and eighty-nine percent fluff.