Not seeing the “alternate” of alternate reality.

FDR statue with his dog
FDR statue with his dog
FDR Memorial Quotation

When the word “games” is mentioned the natural inclination is to associate it with entertainment and the experience of having fun. Subsequently those two terms take on meanings which are specific to the person or group who experience the activities. For instance, some people watch a football game and find the bodily collisions and struggle to move an oddly shaped air bladder up and down a gridded field to score points at the end zone. Others, are left completely cold by the activity.

To some people, a circular ride on a merry-go-round in a park is fun while others would prefer to be spun around and upside down going fast in a captive car on a wild and twisted track. …


The meter points to Empty

orderly bricks progresing toward chaotic alignment
orderly bricks progresing toward chaotic alignment
Image: Robert Carlson

In America we have two concepts of information. One is the 1st Amendment of the Constitution that has been construed to means any person can say anything they want as protected since the government is restricted from making any laws limiting Free Speech. The other concept is that people in positions of governance shall conform to honest, factual and consistent information.

Elected official are not entitled to speak their opinions as fact and use their authority to impress upon the people policies and regulations based solely of that opinion. News media used to have to adhere to the Fairness Doctrine, which has subsequently been abandoned. Broadcasters formerly engaged in presenting the news and have turned to “making the news.” …


Will he become a permanent fixture in the public square?

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Doomsday Clock v Trump

Immediately after the election of 2016 were Donald Trump was declared President-elect he announced his candidacy for reelection in 2020. In doing this maneuver he was able to preserve his practice of bi-weekly campaign rallies and provide himself with the perk of holding office and seeking office once again. It provided him with “time off” from the job to pursue a “legitimate” political endeavor while using Airforce One, Marine One and the SUV Beast for travel for self and entourage including family, media and security. …


If you are not part of the solution…

1) 2) 3)
1) 2) 3)

There are three ways to not get the COVID-19 virus. 1) block its transmission to your body with a physical barrier, distancing from people who might have it and staying away from frequented public venues. 2) become immune through vaccination. 3) stay lucky.

The reliance on #3 is a fools method since eventually it will fail even when initially effective. It’s the double or nothing fools gambling gambit. Try shuffling a deck of playing cards. Cut the deck each day and turn over the top card. If it is Black you are okay until the next day. If Red, you are infected. If the card is 8 or above, you become ill and if it’s a face card you die. Playing Russian roulette with a six-shooter revolver is a 1 in 6 chance of shooting yourself. …


Few brands ever recover

“Trump Brands” gold lettering on a bark blue field
“Trump Brands” gold lettering on a bark blue field

Back in the days of his youth Donald Trump was flying high on his fame and fortune as a New York and international real estate developer. He had his hands in Office towers, hotels, casinos and golf courses spanning the globe. He was known for his self-made successes and extravagant lifestyle. He married beautiful women in succession and sired 5 children with them. As they grew up they were the darlings of the jetset and clung to the coat tails of their famous father.

Donald Trump built a brand around his name and alleged prowess at The Art of the Deal and a myriad of business ventures including a Trump University, The Taj Mahal Casino, Trumps Airlines, Trump Steaks and Trump Wines. Everything Trump was the order of the day. Gold played a significant role in the decor of everything his name was attached to. His brand was sought after by investors who saw the big bold TRUMP name on a building they owned. …


The beginning and end of every Administration is etched in the Constitution

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img: paid-shutterstock

It is fortunate that nobody has a say in the last day of a President’s term of office. The Constitution specifies the moment of termination as noon, January 20th in the calendar year following his (her) 1st or 2nd election. The text also provide for the succession plan should a duly elected president-elect cannot be sworn in to office at that time.

An incumbent president cannot over rule the specification and refuse to depart. At the stroke of noon, his authority magically disappears and reappears with his successor. No amount of whining and foot stomping can alter the transition. No Executive Orders can delay the transition. …


Will the silence be deafening?

Due to the inter-connectedness of all things it is impossible to disentangle objective truth of the nature and extent of the COVID pandemic from the politics which have grown up and became entwined with it. There is no doubt there is a coronavirus encircling the planet at this time and it will be doing so for many years to come. The severity of the contagion and its subsequent illness will change as is the case of every virus organism which ever arose. As does the virus evolve so will human society. Daily activities once taken for granted are inexorably altered.

After the attack of September 11, 2001 the world changed. New barriers to travel by various people were severely curtailed. Suspicions were increased. Physical barriers were erected and civil liberties were constrained in major ways. The impacts of those immediate security measures are still being solidified these 20 years later. No longer can a person be dropped at the airport departure circle and walk directly to a plane and board it. Spouses, parents and children cannot kiss and hug their hellos and goodbyes at the gate or even the base of the stairway to the plane as people once did in the relaxed and romantic past. …


America is being bombarded with silent ordnance

Nesting Doll with Lady Liberty
Nesting Doll with Lady Liberty
Nesting Doll with Lady Liberty

After the shooting and bombing of WWII was over the world moved into a new realm of conflict commonly referred to as The Cold War. A fair amount of that continued conflict was thanks to the detonations of atomic bombs ushering in the Atomic Age and a whole new stage on which to act out the power-plays among nations.

Throughout Europe the victors and former allies-of-necessity, the US, UK and Russia, carved up the continent after Germany had so methodically assimilated territories and ethnicities for its grand vision of global empire. Make no mistake, Russia and the US both had designs of empire too. …


The Nudge has Happened.

Public domain image of the Greek goddesses: the three Fates
Public domain image of the Greek goddesses: the three Fates
The Three Fates

Ancient philosophers and societies personified certain human behaviors as being sentient gods and goddesses who embodied the specific behaviors. Hence, fate was personified as The Fates, Hybris was the Greek goddess of hubris.

The Principle of Imminent Collapse has many facets on which I have written; hubris being one of them. There is the “When Technology Moves Faster Than Society” where a simple thing as the cellphone used in a civil society makes keeping in contact with one’s children or being contactable in an emergency is also used in violent conflict areas for a lookout on one side of a mountain to tell his sniper a target is about to appear from around the curve of the road. …


Civil war is not the only battle for the US

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Paid shutterstock — Global conflagration

The Election for President of the United States this November comes at a pivotal point in world events. The reelection or replacement of Donald Trump, though fraught with perils however which way the voters vote, the ballots counted, state legislatures are employed or the Supreme Court rules there will be unrest. Given the necessary Nudge this unrest can be ignited into violence which spreads like the wild fires now ravaging California and the Pacific Northwest. …

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Robert Carlson

Robert Carlson is a writer & photographer who has been active since the mid-1960s. His writing spans many genre & can be found in venues across the Internets.

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