Monday, May 18, 2015


WHICH, in my previous posting, was not an error.

WHO, I am told, describes a human while WHICH dscribes an object. Which chicken produced the egg?

What (or who) elevated humans above chickens? Let me guess, it was NOT the chickens!

So too is race (like reality) a hypothetical construct. Perception is everything (errant).

Take Detroit:

Even the folks that live in Detroit (e.g. who could not escape) have an errant perspective.

By now, the informed are aware of DinoChicken.

Chickens are feathered lizards - the bible says it, I believe it, enough said!

The above lecture was aimed at elementary students so that it is SHE (and not me) talking down to you in words that, perhaps, most of you can comprehend (even if the concepts are a brain stretch).

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Special Needs Kids...

While many professionals are trained to assess many kinds of children, few are specifically trained to assess [gifted - talented children]. The general perception is that these youngsters, with wider abilities and greater strengths in many areas, have no special needs, educational or otherwise, that merit serious attention. For this reason, it is important that parents who have reasonable evidence to suggest that their child may be gifted/talented search for a professional with experience in working with this unique population. (Julia Osborn)

Mainstreaming these youngsters is NOT the best answer but it is an economic reality. (Underachievement among gifted youngsters represents a major problem.) [a gifted student’s limited school performance and apparent ability indicates a resource is being wasted].

Since I was in the fifth grade, my older sister and I have had a running argument of sorts over WHICH scored 145 or 155 on the infamous (and obsolete) Stanford-Binet. [a PDF] Back when it was administered in the third grade [she had ben subjected to the same ordeal in her third grade]. We were BOTH aware of being flagged as smarties but beyond that, nothing in school changed [except our peers were a bit more distant in terms of any attempted social interaction].

Well, to make a laboriously long story somewhat the shorter, owing to introductions in grad school ('90-'93) I have recently collected a number of retired Educational-Psychologists among my coffee-pals at PEETs. Most are in that transition of 'cashing out' of the bay area and either moving up to the gold country or moving out-of-state altogether. The foothills beckon only those hearty few with $500,000 or more in retirement savings. We just barely qualified... but not in the Republican-at-the-wheel sense of the concept.

Before I had a heart valve replaced, I scored a lowly 135. With the restoration of blood flow, I was again assessed (e.g. a battery of tests to increase the granularity, reliability, and validity of the score) and the answer is now clear:

I don't know.

I seem to consistently hit above +2 (e.g. 130) but never 155. Hoot, man, what is going on here?

My sister, on the other hand, scores above me in every area accept math, twisted humor, (and baseball).

There is a sub-cult of IQ.

+3.25 represents a score of 149 - my highest recent mark.

However, I also diss this (another MYTH) here.

And this is OK too.

Besides, this "reality" is just the running of a hypothetical simulation*, anyway. In short, "It doesn't matter."

In another running of the hypothetical simulation, neither you or I or Moses or Jesus or Muhammad would exist - a pleasant simulation, indeed!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Empathy v. Sympathy

Empathy and sympathy are two different (and deferent) abstractions concerning other people.

Sympathy is literally 'feeling with' - compassion for or commiseration (co-misery) with another person. This like being in the same boat at the same time (e.g. the sinking Titanic).

Empathy is literally 'feeling into' - the ability to project one's personality into another person in an attempt at understanding that person. Through the painting you can experience the emotional thrust of the artist (and the next day it snowed).

Sympathy is another Latin corruption of a Greek word meaning 'being a fellow in feeling'.

Latin sympathia is borrowed directly from Greek sympátheia. Equivalent to sympathe; stem of sympath?s ( sym- sym- + páthos (suffering sensation) -os) + -ia.

The term empathy originated in psychology (from translation the German word Einfühlung, c. 1903) and has evolved to mean the ability to project oneself through the painting into the artist and experience the perceptual sensations involved in the artist's situation. It's an out-of-body experience based upon emptiness - it didn't snow because the cloud was dry.

We felt sympathy for most of the republicans who sank with the Titanic in '08. We certainly hope their diapers were dry.

Or provided cheap beer (Buckhorn Beer) for the folks who voted for them... (e.g. a 6 pack was $1.49 in 1970 at U-Save).

We felt empathy for the children with asthma whose parents could not afford the vacuum needed to remove dust from the household (e.g. despite having been brought up in a different environment).

It's only a question of PRIORITIES (and who is collecting the rent and/or hoarding the money).

Good Xtians 'render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's' - pay their taxes (turn the other cheek and house the homeless, feed the hungry, cloth the naked, etc.). Come to think of it, I don't KNOW any 'Good Xtians' on the far Right... Damn! Too bad.

Mark 12:17

Matthew 22:21 in context Matthew 22:20-22

Luke 20:25

Read all of Mark Chapter 12 using all available Bible translation versions. Weigh the evidence and then decide for yourself.

Not ALL of Xtianity is recycled Buddhism! The Flavians wanted their TAX income!

Titus Flavius Sabinus Vespasianus was born in AD 9, north of Rome. His father Flavius Sabinus was a tax-collector and held the equestrian rank. Vespasian and his brother Sabinus both managed to become senators.

In AD 39 Vespasian married Domitilla. She was not even a full Roman citizen (gasp!) and had been the mistress of a Roman equestrian in Tripolitania. Flavia (the fem form) and Vespasian had three children together.

In AD 66, as a member of Nero's imperial entourage in Greece, Vespasian committed the ultimate sin by either walking out or falling asleep during one of Nero's recitals. (To fully sympathize, it would be akin to uttering 'Jesus f*cking Christ' during one of Richard Baker's EST-like dharma talks). He fell from grace and fled to some obscure country town (or distant city block) and went into hiding. (Pattern recognition [PDF Notes Pages] is not always an asset) (e.g. when this Zen starts looking like that EST, your perception is FAILING you. Drat!)

But in AD 67 Vespasian was offered a province and an army command of three legions by Nero. If the emperor was once mad at Vespasian, he got over it because he needed him now. The Jewish rebellion of AD 67 called for a commander who knew of ways to oust the Jews (an Ottoman term c. 800) from their walled cities. At the age of fifty eight Vespasian headed for Judaea and began the preparations for the siege of Jerusalem. When ZC rebelled, Baker needed a Vespasian, but he was born at the wrong time. (O.K. obviously oozing sarcasm, sorry)

Shortly thereafter, however, Vespasian headed for Rome (to become Caesar), leaving his son Titus behind to actually capture Jerusalem (October AD 70). Soon after Titus brought the Jewish revolt to a conclusion. In effect Vespasian, an old military veteran, was the man who could finally deliver peace to the empire - and become Pont. Maxim. (e.g. Pope) And, it was Titus, not Jesus, that rode into Jerusalem on 'the back of a colt' - that is NOT a war horse. It would not be kosher for an observant ibbaru to bring in a live animal. irbar 'two' is identical with Tamil iruvar. Remember, Jesus had a twin (Thomas Didymos) which combines Judean Thomas (twin) with Greek Didymos (twin) to make it clear we are writing of an identical TWIN (e.g. the TWIN twin). (remember, Pisces?)

Friday, May 1, 2015

This, I have heard (but do not know)...

Apparently, Hate Talk radio has politically polarized the country to the extent that a white Democrat would MUCH rather have an offspring marry a gay person (LGBT) or person of color than have that same offspring marry a self-identified republican.

"There have been times when intellectuals were fired, persecuted, even killed for unpopular views. Views such as the once-horrifying ideas that blacks were the intellectual and social equals of whites or that women should have the right to vote."

In fact, the Grimm Brothers BOTH lost their jobs for researching folklore, creating the study of linguistics, and suggesting that - due to a consonant shift (T=D and G=Y) Tag (Gr.) became Day (En.). Language does NOT evolve - especially from India (e.g. the Indo-European Language Group). Languages were CREATED (by god) when the tower of Babel fell.

So, my point is this: "Due to the preponderance of Hate-Talk, there will be no 'kumbaya moments' to point at in the 2016 election. (only the moon)

"In both parties, the shares expressing mostly ideological views have increased, but in very different ways."

Political polarization is the defining feature of early 21st century American politics... the Pew Research Center has conducted the largest political survey in its history... It finds that Republicans and Democrats are further apart ideologically than at any point in recent history. Growing numbers of Republicans and Democrats express highly negative views of the opposing party.

Polarization of the parties on economic issues [a PDF] - e.g. the 1%ers now have more wealth (and lower taxes) than at ant time since the Crash of '29.

Here are daily, weekly, and monthly charts of the 1929 Crash. The October ... The tremendous concentration of wealth in the hands of the few... [a PDF]

Lessons are learned ONLY where the ability to learn is available. I wonder...

I'm not going to decry income distribution, I am retired.

I can not even imagine living in San Francisco at this point. It has become America's most expensive city. It means that I moved out - never to return. It's o.k. The situation is extreme in San Francisco, where real housing prices increased by 385 percent from 1970 to 2010.

$150,000 a year is a good rate of pay for an entry-level job in the city by the bay!

We remember the Dvorak PRANK.

Be careful what you wish for...

Monday, April 27, 2015

EPIC Failure of Biblical Proportions

You must have heard by now:

Corinthian College bit the dust.

The for-profit higher education industry has long been under investigation for defrauding students, but it survives nonetheless because it hires the top lobbyists to protect it against regulation.

What you didn't hear is this: "Who lost money in the last stock swap?" has strived for more than four years to consistently bring readers the truth about for-profit, drive-by predatory colleges and the effect they are having on society and the individuals caught within the jaws of predation, monetization and exploitation.

The story that is NOT being told is this: "Public Employee and Union Pension Funds Commonly Invest in Stock Market Investments."

So, more than the students got bilked! Taxpayers pay into the systems behind public employee pension funds and the wall street hogs feed on that trough!

If I said corporate greed is undermining America, not one ear on the right would hear it.

Just this month, Corinthian was fined $30 million by the Department of Education for overstating job placement rates for graduates.

"Instead of providing clear and accurate information to help students choose which college to attend, Corinthian violated students' and taxpayers' trust," Department of Education Under Secretary Ted Mitchell said earlier in a statement.

Once a cash cow industry, for-profit education companies have struggled to overcome criticism of their (high) costs and the (low) quality of instruction.

So I will say this in the most gentle way that I can imagine:

Republicans and Tea Partiers are not just fools (easily fooled), they are...


It that clear enough?

P.S. It wasn't always this way, from the time of the American Civil War until the 1970s, Heald College once provided training for the army of secretaries (before PCs) that once greased the wheels of San Francisco commerce. I taught an electronics class in the building below back in 1974. The building was demolished in 1983.


CCSF reaching out to displaced Heald College students amid sudden closure: "... 8 to 10 CCSF staff stationed at Heald would reach hundreds of stranded students... including counseling faculty, admissions and records technicians, counselors to help with applications and financial aid staff."