MR. GAFFE

August 15th, 2016

Note (22AUG2016): Did Mr. Trump read this posting last week? His change in rhetoric certainly reflects that which is written therein. Meanwhile “Crooked Hillary”, as he calls her, released another 15,000, problematic e-mails that she had hidden from authorities. Yet, with every announcement of her deceit, her status in the polls reportedly rises. If valid, what does this trend say about this nation on fire?

Is Donald Trump stupid? No.

Is he ignorant? No.

Is he incompetent? No.

Is he particularly corrupt? There is insufficient evidence that he is and, compared to the crooked Clintons, no.

Is he particularly dishonest? There is insufficient evidence that he is and, compared to the lying Clintons, no.

“An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.” -Simon Cameron (1799 – 1889)

Is he inexperienced in politics? No. Mr. Trump has plenty of experience buying favors from corrupt, dishonest politicians.

Ah, but is he inexperienced in his primary area of interest at the moment — politicking? Yes.

Mr. Trump never has held elected office; then again, four, previous presidents hadn’t either. He never has campaigned for political office. In politicking, Mr. Trump is a naíve neophyte; hence, he makes gaffes that even a first-term, municipal councilman wouldn’t make.

Yes, he frequently speaks his mind too freely. Yes, he easily and quickly falls into traps laid by his political opponents. Yes, not having scripted his lines, he sometimes contradicts himself even within the same speech.

So? That which his critics consider liabilities, others might consider assets. Why?

Those seeming liabilities reflect the man himself, such as the following:
1) He isn’t a member of the ruling, political, Democratic/Republican establishment dedicated to its own welfare at the expense of the rest of us, the American people.
2) He isn’t a polished, professional politician who holds the electorate to which he panders publicly in contempt privately.

From all appearances, Mr. Trump’s behavioral style is that of a narcissist who craves attention and adulation and is overly sensitive to unfavorable criticism and resistant to constructive criticism. As such, he became a successful showman with a successful, televised series. As such, during the political primaries he garnered billions of dollars of free publicity via statements considered by many to be outrageous even though often truthful.

Unfortunately for “The Donald”, his previous strategy has been failing him of late in the campaign for the presidency itself. The failing suggests that he needs to change his behavior to become not “more presidential” but more circumspect. “Presidential”? Think Barack Hussein Obama II and George W. Bush. Are those “presidential” types that which this nation on fire needs?

The change required actually would be small for most people but, perhaps, not for Mr. Trump. Given the apparent magnitude of his narcissism, he might be incapable of making it. If so, the consequences of his behavioral deficit likely will be inescapable. After all, behavior — including behavioral deficits — has its consequences. B = f(x) under c.

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FLYNN & FREEDOM

July 11th, 2016

The late author, Vince Flynn (1966-2013), died at an early age from prostatic cancer. A popular writer of contemporary “thrillers” set in the context of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), an appellation that some regard as an oxymoron, he left many aficionados mourning the loss of his entertaining, literary talent. His works employed fiction as a vehicle for criticism — criticism of those who themselves unjustly criticize, in his opinion, the governmental operatives dedicated to protecting that which remains of our American freedom.

In detail, Mr. Flynn described how power-hungry politicians subvert self-sacrificing actions of heroes in the field against enemies of these United States of America — enemies who would attack the national well-being here and abroad and, in doing so, kill and maim its citizens. Mr. Flynn described how these politicians posture for the public in order to gain publicity leading to popularity and votes in order maintain their positions of power, influence, and money not simply as citizen-politicians but as lifetime career-politicians.

Mr. Flynn described how the gullible, often ignorant mass-media promote the politicians’ misbehavior in order to gain viewers, boost their own ratings, and increase revenues from advertisers, which in so-called public broadcasting are called “underwriters”. Indeed, as Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) noted, the media massage the message.

In detail, Mr. Flynn described how self-serving bureaucrats connive, deceive, and manipulate in order to further their own, personal careers at the expense of the true heroes in the field; of the few, honest supervisors in the offices; and of the citizens of the nation that they supposedly serve. Their rewards are proximity to political power; enhanced authority; protection of their positions; and potential for further advancement. From them come “leaks” to the mass-media of highly secretive information that aid our enemies while undermining our allies and ourselves; the reward being enhanced prestige and other, secretive information to which they should not be privy.

The final consequence of Mr. Flynn’s telling of tales is the eliciting of frustration and resentment among those freedom-loving Americans who support the Constitution of the United States of America and promote most traditional ideals and values. To date, the frustration and rage has remained impotent. Ah, but for how long?

PART TWO

The Ideologues
Not all politicians and bureaucrats in Mr. Flynn’s tales were uni-dimensionally power-hungry and self-serving. Some were true ideologues who sincerely believed in their own self-righteous and inconsistent ways; in the self-assumed validity of that which they did in the name of the general welfare; in “lawyerism”; and in so-called humanitarianism, which itself has degenerated into a self-destructive obscenity. Whatever their beliefs, the consequences of their actions became liabilities to his heroes and assets to their enemies.

Right and Wrong
So, ask yourself, “Who was right? Mr. Flynn’s heroes or his villains?”

At first glance, his heroes. Ah, but first glances can be deceiving.

In this case, were they? Yes! Why?

Mr. Flynn neglected to include one crucial element in his tales — an element vital to the foundation of this nation now on fire. He neglected to mention that, for his heroic operatives in the field to conduct themselves as they did, pursuant to the Constitution Congress firstly must have declared a State of War and have named the enemy, which need not have been a sovereign nation.

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little, temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” -Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Without such a Declaration of War, Mr. Flynn’s heroes were committing mayhem and murder in the name of the liberty that they themselves were undermining. Yes, their targets were “bad guys and gals”. Yes, basically the heroes were “good guys and gals”. So?

Accordingly, Mr. Flynn put his readership into a bind — scientifically known as an avoidance/avoidance conflict. It relates to the old Zen-based question, Would you rather be shot or hanged? Answer? Neither!

Biobehavioral Science and the Scientific Method demand adherence to the following, three guidelines: specificity, objectivity, and accountability. If we Americans of whatever political stripe demand application of those guidelines — guidelines that have benefitted humanity so much — not just to government but to law, education, and medical delivery, we can escape the kind of bind that Mr. Flynn so deftly created.

Biobehavioral Science says, “ In a given context, behavior has specific consequences.”

Therein lies the story. Context and consequences.

Behavioral excesses such as governmental abuse of power have unfavorable consequences. Behavioral deficits such as refusing to enforce the law for political reasons have unfavorable consequences.

PART THREE

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke (1729-1787)

We Americans still have choices albeit choices amidst an enveloping, oppressive tyranny. We can exercise those choices via the balloting box, but we need actual not fictional heroes to speak with force and to seek political offices with determination. Currently, we have but few — understandably so. The system is corrupt to favor the incumbents from the two, major parties that pass power back and forth.

How can we change this currently dismal context eliciting anger and despair? Not in “sound-bites”; sham debates; nor bombastic, empty rhetoric.

We can find the answer in logical, rational policies and programs scientifically-based and scientifically-driven by honest, intelligent, thoughtful men and women who care more about this nation than about their own personal fame and fortunes.

“For every complex and difficult problem, there is a simple solution — and it is wrong.” -H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

What detailed blueprint for change should these courageous but currently absent leaders follow when comes the time? After all, as the saying goes, the devil is in the details.

A semi-fictional novel entitled Inescapable Consequences contains such a scientifically-based and scientifically-driven, detailed blueprint. No, the book is not brief. No, the sentences are not all short. No, the words are not all simple. No, the characters are not fanciful and uni-dimensional.

In January 2016, these United States of America entered another electoral year with the usual array of bozos and buffoons competing for the presidency — most talking down to an American electorate that most of them view with utter contempt as recently exemplified by the refusal of the federal government to prosecute Hillary Clinton for crimes that would have landed any other American in prison long ago . That contempt is mutual. The ultimate consequences potentially are lethal to the nation.

“An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.” -Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975)

Must we Americans follow Toynbee’s observation? Is there no alternative?

“I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” -Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Rebellion? Is it desirable? Is it warranted? If so, when? By whom? How? Will the supposed cure prove worse than the disease?

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MEDICAL MYOPIA

June 20th, 2016

“There are none so blind as those who will not see.” -John Heywood (1546)

We humans spend approximately two-trillion dollars annually to defend ourselves militarily against others of our own kind. We spend a relative pittance to defend ourselves medically against microbes potentially more deadly than many of our supposed enemies. Such behavioral deficits can have consequences rather ugly.

“The woman Folly is riotous; She is thoughtlessness and knoweth nothing.” -Proverbs 9:13

Congratulations, humanity! Our folly knows no bounds; for example, the consequence of our wanton misuse of antibiotics. A recent report told of the first case of totally-resistant, bacterial infection here in these United States of America. It will not be the last.

Some observers have looked away from their electronic devices and “apps” of the moment to ask, “Why aren’t there more new, novel antibiotics?”

Why, indeed? Well, Biobehavioral Science has the answer — schedules of reïnforcement. They control our behavior every day in every way.

“Schedules of reïnforcement? What are those?” someone with a modicum of curiosity might ask.

B = f(x) under c. Behavior is a function of its consequence in a given context. Want more of a behavior? Reward it. Want less? Don’t reward it or, unappealingly, punish it.

Consequences, such as pay following work, usually occur pursuant to a schedule. The schedule that generates the highest rate of behavior is the Fixed Ratio (FR); e.g., piecework, which is the reason unions hate it. The lowest rate? Fixed Interval (FI); e.g., midterm then final exams generating studying only just before the events, which is the reason that it is less effective than a Variable Ratio (VR) schedule .

For those interested in a detailed, yet entertaining, discussion of schedules of reïnforcement, read the semi-fictional novel, Inescapable Consequences. Worth the price and effort? You bet!

With regard to invention of new, novel antibiotics, consider the following, two examples:

1) Acute, pharyngeal infection by Streptococcus; i.e., “Strep throat”. A brief course lasting only ten-days of inexpensive penicillin cures the illness. Not a lot of profit there for the pharmaceutical company — unfavorable response:reïnforcer ratio.

2) Chronic, severe psoriasis. Lifelong treatment with very expensive medication. A lot of profit there — favorable response:reïnforcer ratio.

For which illness does a pharmaceutical company prefer to pursue new and novel treatments? You guessed it! Why? Schedules of reïnforcement.

Vaccines? Pharmaceutical companies find the schedule of reïnforcement really unfavorable.

Even when successfully developed and tested — given massive, oppressive, governmental regulations — the response:reïnforcer ratio remains unfavorable. Consider the following, two reasons:

1) Lawsuits from parasitic, avaricious lawyers who are crippling American industries if not killing them outright. Next time that a loved one is dying from a non-treatable infection, take a moment to thank the lawyers before suing the attending physician.

2) So-called humanitarian demands to surrender — essentially without charge — to the “vulnerable” of the world the fruits born of American capital, labor, creativity, and productivity.

So, should you bother considering the potential fate awaiting humanity from the next, virulent plague, blame not the alleged greed and malevolence of those in the pharmaceutical industry. Instead, think not only of the avaricious lawyers but of the self-styled, “humanitarian” ideologues; power-hungry politicians; and self-serving bureaucrats who paved your Path to Perdition. Also, do not forget to include your own response, or lack thereof, to the malicious, myopic behavior of those who paved your way to a destination that you are bound to find most disagreeable.

What’s it all about? No, not pharmaceutical profiteers — greedy or not; either here or abroad.

See “Secret Deal Squeezes Mexico Drug Sector

What’s it really all about? Context. Consequences. Schedules of reïnforcement.

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HOMOSEXUALITY FROM A MOHAMMEDAN PERSPECTIVE

June 13th, 2016

The great, anonymous, military strategist who coöpted Sun Tsu’s name emphasized the importance of knowing the enemy. To Mohammedans, we infidels are the enemy. They know us, and none among us is worse than a homosexual.

Do we know them? Do we even want to know them?

See “Americans?” under …
http://nationonfire.com/category/government/foreign-relations/ .

“Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with woman kind; it is an abomination.” -Leviticus 18:22

“And if a man lie with mankind as with womankind, both of them have committed abomination; they surely shall be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” -Leviticus 20:13

The Hebraic Bible is explicit and unambiguous. Homosexuality is an abomination before God, demanding of capital punishment.

The Hebraic Bible is the foundation firstly of Judaism then Christianity then Mohammedanism (aka/Islam). In this age of secular relativism gripping the West, such notions seem archaic and barbaric — not to orthodox Mohammedans (aka/Muslims), however. Make no mistake. Orthodox Mohammedans are no more “radical” than orthodox Jews or devout Catholics; they are orthodox.

As such, they respect The Book and that which it says. They act accordingly. Their recent, homosexual victims died in testimony to that respect.

To Mohammedans, homosexuals have made a mockery of sacred beliefs. They view so-called homosexual marriage as, perhaps, the ultimate affront to the Almighty. To them, these United States of America have degenerated into an immoral cesspool of depraved degradation, and this nation has transformed itself into the “Great Satan”. We infidels’ calling Mohammedans names does not diminish the force nor negate the substance of their argument.

“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” -Samuel Adams (1722-1803)

In fact, many Americans view homosexuality with disdain if not disgust, the media notwithstanding. They view a tiny, homosexual minority as having turned the morality of these United Stated inside-out and upside-down; thereby, imperiling its very existence as a republic. They believe that the Founding Fathers would agree with them.

Science tells us, “Behavior has its consequences.”

Homosexuality is a behavior. It has its consequences.

One billion Mohammedans consider it an abomination before God. They are not alone. Many in the East view homosexuality as unacceptable if not intolerable. Many in the West agree but mostly keep silent. Although most Americans rightly would not condone homicide, some may be quietly sympathetic to it, affrighted by the wrath of organized homosexuality and its supporters to admit their sympathy.

Omar Mateen, the alleged avenger in Orlando, was willing to die for his beliefs. In doing so, he quickly has been characterized as “mentally unstable”. Was he?

Meanwhile, we Americans hardly are willing to fight for ours. By the way, what are our beliefs?

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