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Problems Viewing Adam Curtis’s BBC series The Century of the Self and Why You Should Find a Way to View It

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Unfortunately, one of my favorite, most ‘revered’ links is now almost (but not quite) unavailable. Adam Curtis’s “The Century of The Self” BBC mini-series has practically vanished! … Today, (6 August 2013) I’ve researched it’s availability. … Here’s what I’ve learned re the availability of The Century of The Self series, and notes on its value in understanding manipulation … Continue reading

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Courage of Consciousness – Stones and Newborns – Thomas Merton and e.e. cummings

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Who are you? (From before you were born?) Who was your mother, your father, who were their parents, who was that person called ‘the enemy’, who was that broken person sleeping awkwardly in a doorway, … who was any one … before they began to learn “the stuff”? Continue reading

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How “Being Human” Influences Self-Governance

Freud’s nephew, Edward Bernays, started PR marketing. We’ve bought snake oil by the tanker-load over the last century! Have fairly bathed, drunk, and fully splashed the stuff about! Continue reading

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Whom Is “Entitled” to What? – Defintions, Please!

… definition of “entitlement as abuse of public purse” is well represented at some very high levels! … “entitlement” is used intentionally to manipulate and divide us among ourselves. Continue reading

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Clean Up Washington: Effective Use of Internet Campaigns

Effective use of “paper pitchforks”: “The whole point” of representative democracy is for citizens to openly participate in their own governance – hard to do with massive practical restrictions on ordinary incomes in ordinary lives! Continue reading

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Questioning “Being Cool” is Decidedly “Un-Cool” – Effect on Economic Policy

“Economic” belief, attitude, and policy drives and reflects “who we want to be” in human endeavor. None ..has ‘no’ effect; everyone participates …If…we cannot “tame the wild ox”, then I do not think “improvements in economic theory and practice” will be deep enough to prevent disaster on a very large scale. Continue reading

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America’s Warring Ways: Questions Long Overdue

And far too many Americans give our warring brutality no thought at all! We instead speak of “shoes and ships, and sealing wax, and whether pigs have wings…” (Lewis Carroll: “Walrus and the Carpenter”). Continue reading

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Cultural Confusion: Manipulation, Straight-talk, Tribalism, Forgiveness, Co-dependency, Enabling, and Politics – The Answer To Everything Human!

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We should not be so outraged…The practice to figure out what’s happening is diagnostic, analytical. We do this so we can learn about ourselves, our societies and governments …instead of hanging around the kitchen or patio, wondering what that smell is, we go find out … and we discover it comes from the basement. Continue reading

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Letter to Washinton Policy Makers: NO means NO MORE ‘Same old, same old’

I am “looking you straight in the eyes” and telling you NO! No more same-old, same-old. I am telling you to do what is needed from all of us: GROW UP! Continue reading

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Function of Law and Regulation** – Simplified Model

Shifting brow-furrowing examination of complex adult culture to a highly simplified, stripped down ‘model’ can allow helpful insight. Behaviors of 9 year olds can shed light on behaviors of the adult community. Continue reading

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