If only(LOL)

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If only we would have watched the sun come up that one last time,

 

If only the scent of flowers would have reached our noses as the most fragrant smell ever tasted,

 

If only we can actually hear what we say to each other,

 

If only we would have seized the opportunity to know and to love each other in a most special and endearing set of ways,

 

If only we could have considered those other sets of choices for decisions we made,

 

If only we would have learned what it was like to feel loved and to know what made us feel loved,

 

If only we would have seized the opportunities in front of us and seen them as opportunities instead of solutions to problems,

 

If only in this moment and in every moment, we choose to cherish the special, beautiful moments life brings,

 

If  only we can now stop tolerating apologists in any form and meet them with fields of fact,

If only the apathetic in the land of quit will awaken from the trance of narcissisms and inaction to stand with a more universal set of values in loving consensus,

If only we wouldn’t have to turn ourselves into solutions and we could keep ourselves in a gaseous state, not believing in much not worrying about anything. Only moving forward believing that the best possibilities will go beyond the worst outcomes…

 

 

 

 

 

 

©mhumunculero2017

 

 

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Honesty and Dishonesty

The facts are in – almost everyone acts dishonest at least occasionally.

Seemingly most of it entails situations which don’t have much importance to the individual lying.

So those of us who think we practice complete honesty and transparency may find ourselves from time to time lying or engaging in something not quite transparent. 

The Matrix Experiment found most people will cheat to some extent

https://www.elsevier.com/editors-update/story/publishing-ethics/a-fascinating-experiment-into-measuring-dishonesty

 

“Over 40,000 people, from all walks of life, participated in The Matrix Experiments.

What did we find?

  • On average, people solved four problems but reported solving six.
  • Nearly 70% cheated.
  • Only 20 out of the 40,000 were “big cheaters”, people who claimed to have solved all 20 problems. They cost the experiment $400.
  • We also found more than 28,000 “little cheaters” who cost the experiment $50,000.”

One study has shown up to 60% of people lie

“The study, published in the journal’s June issue, found that 60 percent of people lied at least once during a 10-minute conversation and told an average of two to three lies.”

https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/umass-amherst-researcher-finds-most-people-lie-everyday-conversation

Men and women lie for distinct reasons:

““Women were more likely to lie to make the person they were talking to feel good, while men lied most often to make themselves look better,” Feldman said.”

” “It’s tied in with self-esteem,” says University of Massachusetts psychologist Robert Feldman. “We find that as soon as people feel that their self-esteem is threatened, they immediately begin to lie at higher levels.”

https://www.livescience.com/772-lie.html

So possibly it boils down to self-esteem.  If our self-esteem gets mostly genuine and we practice impeccability with our words, thoughts and actions we might lie a little bit less.  In doing this it gets very helpful to realize while we aim for 100% honesty, the first step of this may come in remaining honest with ourselves and when we discern we have lied to ourselves, stop it at the level of belief and thought so the poison doesn’t flow well from our mouths.  This means non-judgement, positive or negative.  It also means we will do our best to practice feeling loving toward ourselves individually.

In my own life, this provided an opportunity to use honesty to improve my life.  In work, it meant telling the truth about products and services so customers could make their decision based on facts with little embellishment.  It also meant telling my friends and family the truth more consistently.  Mostly I found I had to say less.  I didn’t have to support anyone with false embellishments or unnecessary compliments as making someone feel better about themselves with a lie will sooner or later get discovered and my credibility with them would suffer and the relationship would weaken seriously.

I have looked at my beliefs about myself.  The teachings from parents as a child served as helpful contradictions.  My mother gave me statements about me being a special person with extraordinary talent and ability and my father told me I would never amount to anything unless I learned to work hard for everything and this would start with deprecating statements about my behavior.  I had a lot of shame to overcome and it’s not all gone.  This affords me the opportunity to work with it consistently.

A new belief which helped me had to do with first accepting I had ultimate worth on the eternal scale of value, this served me until the realization came regarding the nonexistence of self.  No self, no self-esteem needed.  This contradicted the pop psychology of its reverse theories.  In this model, all seems connected to doing and actions which come from beliefs, thought, and feelings.  Seemingly we a feedback cyclicity of thoughts producing feelings and behaviors feeding back on prevailing beliefs many of which wound up erroneous.  In changing the beliefs and stopping the limiting thoughts from guiding actions I had to do less to keep myself honest.  It also meant offering less up in unsolicited feedback, something which seemed to prevail in the “meetings” of the twelve-step cult I attended for a couple of decades.  One of the best actions I took had to do with getting away from it and the toxicity in words spoken there, when really the only thing which worked well came from the love in unspoken support.  Knowing I am loved and encouraged to love myself made me feel love for myself and others almost unconditionally.

Since moving on from there I have made beneficial and limiting decisions about my life and I dedicate myself, imperfectly, to improving beliefs, thinking, and behaviors and calling up humble, loving feelings for myself.  Much of this has come in taking better care of my body and general health.  Along the way I have been able to genuinely help some others, giving me more loving feelings in general.

In the ongoing set of conclusions, having a multifaceted set of perspectives helps me to less judgmental conclusions and statements.  Looking at what I say based on observations before I say them – this takes a lot of mindfulness to do it effectively and I have sometimes gone to almost angry extremes to defend my stated perceptions about situations only to have to make amends for the behavior in stopping myself from doing it again and making things right in my best way possible.

Honesty it seems, ought to concern the truth and truth comes from knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt.  Reporting what happened, how I thought and felt seems like about all I can do regarding this.  Mostly, I strive to practice concise brevity as it gets too easy to slip into conjecture and verbose rhetoric.  In the utmost sense it looks like the less I believe about anything, the better as it leaves me more open to varied interpretations and perceptions which may have more objectivity.  If this seems self negating and contradictory, that will turn out a reader perspective.  I tend to characterize it more as a paradox like many other things human.

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©2017MHumunculero

The Next AMERICAN (WET) DREAM –

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Here’s your “out of thin air” ludicrous conspiracy theory of the week.

Once upon a series of moments in the political past, Trump and the Clintons were great pals.  He secretly invested in some of their foundation’s enterprises and reaped the benefits of exclusive referral introductions to profitable investment revenues.

Somewhere in the last two years Bill and Donald had a couple of conversations.  The latter explained to Bill he needed to rebrand himself and double or triple his billions, most of which were tied up as property assets.  Bill explained that Hillary needed to be President and maybe Donald could help by running with a ridiculous, outlandish campaign based on a plethora of the many things wrong with America.  He would use his best hypnotic language to engage the middle class white people who’d been left behind by Reaganomics and Neoliberalism.  He would appeal to their rage and disappointment and appeal to the hatred of government instilled in them by Repugnikans from Nixon forward.  He would appeal to all the Obama and Hillary haters, the bigots, the xenophobes, and the sexists through their victims’ eye view of the USA.

He would spin the big lie and gradually be exposed as by far the worst of two options.  The DNC Clintonites would take of the rest.  Trump might get the nomination and foil all the wacko extremists and weak kneed conservatives and moderates.  If so, he would self-sabotage his campaign, give the election to Hillary and rebrand himself with millions more potential customers.  The Clintons would extend their dynasty through much controversy as always and find themselves further beloved by the middle class and oppressed, all the while padding their beds for retirement after eight years.  This would cause the party of Lincoln to burn and rebirth, sucking back the moderates and realist conservatives into their fold and rebuilding with new and more appealing white people candidates.  This would cause the emergence of the Democratic Party as a moderate center – center party and give the Greens and Progressives the grass roots impetus to become the dominant party, working hard to save the Earth from climate change and to give the workers greater ownership in the means of production.

Oh well, I can dream, right!

MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! ;)

MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN(?)

 

 

Many citizens will tell you they would defend their freedoms to the death-and many have gone to their demise thinking they have. There had to be a sizable number who have believed they’re doing the right thing for the right reasons. Many citizens will tell you they live in the greatest country in the world because they too can become wealthy and live a rich and famous lifestyle. In fact, about 2-5% have. This gives the rest of us a dream for the opportunities which supposedly are at our finger tips. People, especially those of the wealthy “Conservative” or Repugnikan ilk have, through the media paid them off to perpetuate the delusion of the “American Dream”.

Here’s what some of the data says:

http://blogs.wsj.com/wealth/2011/09/19/what-are-your-chances-of-becoming-a-millionaire/

“Before 2007, Americans generally opposed higher taxes on the wealthy because they thought they would be wealthy too someday.

Not anymore.  One reason President Obama’s “Buffett Rule” (applied to those making $1 million or more a year) may be politically popular is that most voters no longer see themselves reaching the $1 million mark – let alone $1 million a year.

According to a new poll from the Associated Press and CNBC, 79% of Americans say it’s unlikely they’ll have $1 million or more in assets over the next 10 years. Fully 61% said it is “extremely” or “very difficult” to become a millionaire in the U.S. today…”

Here’s one more:

http://www.investopedia.com/financial-edge/1110/getting-rich-what-are-your-odds.aspx

Do you hope to be rich some day? The United States had 2,886,200 millionaires in 2009, meaning that about 0.9% of Americans, or about one in 106 people, were millionaires as of last year. In the same year, 391 Americans were billionaires – that’s about one in 785,166 people or around 0.0001% of the population. Given these numbers, how good do you think your odds are that you could join the ranks of the wealthy? …

Earning a Six-Figure Income
According to the Current Population Survey’s 2010 Annual Social and Economic Supplement, 13,269,000 men and women earned a six-figure income in 2009. With the U.S. population estimated at around 307 million for 2009, the data means that one in 23 Americans, or about 4%, earned six figures in 2009. Almost three times as many men as women earned six figures. 1,460,000 men and women, about one in 210 people or 0.5% of the population, earned $250,000 or more in 2009.

As these figures come from 2010, I wonder what the odds are today? (at the end of this article, the author attempts to sell you a stock investment program…go figure huh?)

Yes, we do have a lot of freedoms here, especially for having a population of over 330M. Yes, we can write or say whatever we want and most of it will never reach the mainstream.

People join the military thinking they are protecting all these freedoms by engaging in the Imperialism which begets terrorism and fosters belief in religions composed of almost total nonsense albeit with some “Universal” humane values plugged in for control purposes. All they’re doing is protecting the interests of USA centered, multinational corporations and virulent private corporate interests. Very little of this trickles down to us. The industries which prop up the perpetual war machine don’t employ as many as they did in the Cold War or Vietnam. Let’s make America great again, indeed

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/08/defense-industry-shrinking-110321

These fucks are employing less and less people…

“As the prospects for growth have decreased in the defense industry, the way that defense companies can attract investors is by showing that they can increase profit margins,” said Philip Finnegan, director of corporate analysis at the Teal Group, an aerospace and defense market research firm. “There’s been a drive in the defense industry to increase profit margins and return more to shareholders.”

It seems the realities we used to think helped our chances for opportunity have become worn out delusions.

Manufacturing employs about 8.8% of our work force, but these numbers have declined from previous decades:

Manufacturing industries generated $2.1 trillion in GDP (12.5 percent of total U.S. gross domestic product) in 2013. But even these figures do not fully capture manufacturing’s role in the economy. Manufacturing provides a significant source of demand for goods and services in other sectors of the economy, and these sales to other industries are not captured in measures of manufacturing sector GDP but are counted in the broader measure of its gross output. U.S. manufacturing had gross output of $5.9 trillion in 2013, more than one-third (35.4 percent) of U.S. GDP in 2013. Manufacturing is by far the most important sector of the U.S. economy in terms of total output and employment. The manufacturing sector supported approximately 17.1 million indirect jobs in the United States, in addition to the 12.0 million persons directly employed in manufacturing, for a total of 29.1 million jobs directly and indirectly supported, more than one-fifth (21.3 percent) of total U.S. employment in 2013.

The manufacturing sector is also a particularly important provider of jobs with good wages for workers without a college degree. This can be seen in the manufacturing wage premium—the dollar amount by which the average manufacturing worker wage exceeds the wage of an otherwise comparable worker outside the manufacturing sector. The average wage premium for all U.S. manufacturing workers without a college degree was $1.78 per hour (or 10.9 percent) in 2012–2013.

The United States lost 5.7 million manufacturing jobs between March 1998 and 2013. The principal causes of manufacturing job losses were growing trade deficits, especially with China, Mexico, and other low wage nations, and the weak recovery from the Great Recession since 2009.”

http://www.epi.org/publication/the-manufacturing-footprint-and-the-importance-of-u-s-manufacturing-jobs/

Here’s some of the why this has happened:

http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2014-04-28/why-factory-jobs-are-shrinking-everywhere

Reading the latterly, what is going to save our economic asses? NOT Donald Trump, readers.

The Bern’s ideas are part of what will help us. We need to retrain, we need free higher education, we need a complete infrastructure overhaul. We need to purge the Repugnikans and their lobbyists out of all of our branches of government, along with payola Democrats. We need to shrink the military and give the maimed the treatment and care they deserve. We need massive STEM efforts to bolster the services industries. We need to kick oil and toxic hydrocarbons to the curb, permanently. Energy should be sustainable, renewable and available to all and we need to take a leading role in helping the rest of the planet do the same…YES, I know this is tired rhetoric spewed by us on the LEFT for a long time. Most of us know this now. We know we need to act. However, so long as the financial power base controls our destiny, we are fucked by their short to medium range disastrous efforts. How are we going to stop the madness? I am not so sure it can occur peaceably…oh I wish we could change it all from the ballot box. Many are feeling a depressing desperation about the state of things and meanwhile remain in the nutless dysfunction which keeps us under the boot of corporatism. Too many are looking for the ONE LEADER who can pull us out of the quagmire. It won’t be a businessman, people and probably not a career politician, it will have to be a massive effort with many of the right kind of objectives (err left, maybe?) It’s going to take change on the local levels, city, county, state, region, national, and international levels. It will take all of us doing our parts-we already know this and most of it is a simple attitude change.

The extremism of the right wing appeals to people who think a strongman can save us by kicking ass. This is why the Dump(Trump)has a lot of popularity. A great deal of people want someone running the show who has assertiveness and guts…WTF, too many are ignoring the positive things Obama has done. Don’t get me wrong here, he was a sellout from day one and to the contrary he attempts to do things now we’d love to have seen earlier on if he’d had a progressive House and Senate working with him to get us up the road to a much better place than we are now. We have a SCOTUS with some fuckers like Scalia, Roberts, and Thomas who need to be run out of the high court to teach others the ways we don’t want things to go…The right wing, since Reagan have caused many to hate government. And yes, there are many wasteful practices and inefficiencies there which reducing govt. will not fix. The popularity of Libertarian ideas is indicative of the laziness we have when it comes to the personal responsibilities that citizens, businesses, and government have toward the fostering of the republic.

I have grown tired of the overuse of the word “democracy”. We don’t have a pure democracy, we never did. It has always been a historic struggle between the people and the oligarchy in most of the country. The Bundy’s of the world are not these people. They’re squatters and wasteful pricks when it comes to range management. I would love to see how these creeps have improved the BLM land’s carrying capacity since they’ve been running their herds on it. If I could see this data, I might be sympathetic to their cause. Right now, the Tea Party slime and their Repugnikan sympathizers want to privatize all public lands to generate profits for the few and strip the many of their free access to the aesthetic enjoyment of parks and public lands…Oh, but we’ll improve the land by charging for access and having the funds to do it…wrong. They will exploit and destroy.

What do the candidates in all elected government offices do to better things for the common welfare of their constituents? This is the perennial question we must all ask them.

Just because Trump seemingly has big balls doesn’t mean he has the plight of the common man in mind. His rhetoric shows he doesn’t as does most of the rhetoric on either side of the political fence, Repugnikans acting consistently as the major offenders.   The Bern will only be a cool deterrent to these useless shitheads unless he has a progressive Congress working with him and covering his back. In the end, we need to take all the money out of political elections. All media, as a service to the Republic, needs to donate equal time to all the candidates, devoid of profit with equal time for all those running. We need to run the for profit motivated lobbyists like the insurance industry, pharmaceutical industry, hospital industries, defense industries, banking industries, and the like out of Washington and state and local governments for good. Most of this shit needs to be nonprofit, serving the needs of citizenry. We need to install a sense of personal responsibility in our citizenry so this shit rarely gets out of hand again.

This is how we’re going to make America great. It won’t work through war and toxic industries and the perpetual cycle of haves and have nots.

The supporters and members of the oligarchy are lucky that the majority of the over 300M firearms are not in the hands of those who would turn them on them to take their country back and participate in making it a great place for all to live. We must work hard to make a socially conscious environment so that the oligarchs are disempowered and serve the interests of those they are allowed to exploit. It is a must that all religions become deconstructed so they have only positive influences on the hearts and minds of people. These might be some of the ways we make America truly great. If we can spread this throughout the world as we do it, we won’t have to worry as much about illegal immigration, the drug war, and terrorism.

GTFO-Phoenix-leave if you MUST and Stay and be responsible if you Love it…

THAT’S CORRECTO!!!

Wahhhhhhhhhhhh!! I hate this heat, I am going to move to a cooler climate…” 

“I am moving to San Diego, I want to live by the beach…” 

“I am moving to Oregon…”

I have been very happy when you have done this, because it shows me you don’t like it here in Phoenix for whatever reasons.  Personally, I am pleased you have done this because it shows you feel no responsibility rooted in a sense of place here.  So will you do the same thing when you move to the other place?  I am wagering most will(however, I do know some who do and have) NOT!

Naught. 

Nil. 

I love it when bands leave because they thought the “golden opportunity” was in LA.  Cool, you can pay to play.  Cool, you can get tossed out of A&R-which has changed drastically in the last several years only to find you’re better off making it on your own with a real business plan centered around live performance and merchandising revenue…blah, blah, blah…the rest of the entertainment world wannabes actors, film writers, and etc. 

Why is it many have moved back here or to here in Phoenix AFTER making it big?  Read ’em and weep y’all. 

Let me go on by saying I love the desert and I love Arizona, the land, the summer heat, and the natives…you expatriate motherfuckers are excused so long as you feel a sense of community and duty to the community by supporting local enterprise and investing in the people already here. 

AZ desert

And to you shit media consumers of the alarmist variety hung up on illegal immigration bullshit. 

Guess what you patriotic knuckleheads? 

This area was invaded by the US Army and annexed overtime from Mexico.  So when Mexican nationals come here, some of them think of it as an age old right of  “la Raza”.  When indigenous tribes want a piece of the action, please know where that comes from too…  The real deal comes when we invest well in Mexico so that jobs are plentiful and of livable wages there-most nationals would rather be there with their families enjoying the prosperity.  Please note; most of the responsibility for this comes from employers HERE who don’t want to pay a local fair wages and are more than willing to hire a “illegal”…whom BTW, mostly contribute a great deal economically to our local economy with their earnings, just like “legal” citzen/consumers. 

And to those of you aching to move to “Cali” to live by and go to the beach:  WTF will you do when the motherfucking place runs out of water and people start really freaking out?

Tell me how you like the traffic and the overpopulation and the economy.

You might wish you lived back in the desert where we do a better job of water conservation(with the exception of groundwater).  You motherfuckers from back East who bitch about the heat and etc…PLEASE GO HOME for fuck’s sake…most will be moving there anyway when the water problem peaks here. 

Lastly, have you “I love to fly and travel” motherfuckers looked at your carbon footprint lately and how you contribute to man made climate change rather than becoming a climate denier because the climate change shit interferes with your life style? 

Have you looked at the air at 30,000 feet where jets travel on inter continental flights lately?

30K air

So piss on you and your shitty selfish, “I want to see the world” mentality.  You ought to be developing WIN-WIN scenarios locally and socially so the bullshit in this photo comes to an end…

OH and here’s a couple of Cali shots for you wanting to emigrate there….

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