Why So Serious?

I had this early morning dream: I was able to take from my computer screen the program that was running a Looney Tune program and then use the program with others to act-out any Looney Tune cartoon. It seems the dream image was of The Joker since an exclamation/question-mark was displayed. (04.05.2017 3:15)

“Why so serious?” seems appropriate!

Yesterday, I watched a clip of President Trump delivering a speech to the “North America Building Trades Unions,” where he was naming the individual trades, welders, roofers, sheet metal-workers, etc. – those needed to “re-build” America’s infrastructure. The cheers after each skill was named were not robust and at one time there were boos. I went to bed reading the new Time Magazine issue (4.19.2017) essay “What it will take to rebuild America

This morning on my Facebook feed was this clip on Does Donald Trump Know How to Read?


And then appears Trump Fails Basic Literacy Test. David Pakman reads non-verbal behavior well!


I then remembered Steve Allen’s excellent show Meeting of Minds, expecting to help Donald with his reading, literacy, and thinking challenges. Here we have in two parts Aristotle, Machiavelli, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Sun Yat-Sen in a dialectic-analytical-dialogue that should help prepare President Trump for his up-coming meeting with President Xi Jinping.

This is “Why so serious”! What possible impact could this Blog entry have on the upcoming meeting between Trump and Xi? None, I think. (04.05.2017 15:00)

Meeting Of Minds with Steve Allen, Season 03 Episode 03 [Part 1]

Steve Allen’s Meeting of Minds Volume 2 (1979) [Part 2]

This ‘meeting of minds’ is consuming, they were watched back-to-back with two broad observations. Browning brought ‘feeling’ to the meeting that could be set along side Aristotle’s ‘thinking’ personality – these can be seen as the work of C.G. Jung’s Personality Types.  The Sun and Machiavelli dialogue is like watching the difference between Clinton and Trump’s Presidential leadership style. We are now all waiting to see how ‘Machiavellian’ Trump will be. Getting to ‘know’ a little about these persons was really quite an experience!

(04.05.2017 18:00)
Post Script: At 15:00 when this was published, I joked with myself thinking there was no way this message from Fargo could be communicated to Mr. Trump. I then went to work in the yard and at 18:00 began watching the evening news. A major re-alignment in Trump’s administration had taken place – Bannon had been removed from NSC. I immediately thought what had taken place was the occurrence of a synchronicity – thinking, writing, and publishing this essay linked to Trump. This is a Chinese way thinking and we will be tending closely to what is unfolding between Xi and Trump.

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One Response to Why So Serious?

  1. I posted this entry yesterday afternoon. The next morning i added times, tracking when this blog was written. The postscript explains my reasoning for the time element.

    (04.05.2017 18:00)
    Post Script: At 15:00 when this was published, I joked with myself thinking there was no way this message from Fargo could be communicated to Mr. Trump. I then went to work in the yard and at 18:00 began watching the evening news. A major realignment in Trump’s administration had taken place – Bannon had been removed from NSC. I immediately thought what had taken place was the occurrence of a “synchronicity” – thinking, writing, and publishing this essay affected Trump. This is a Chinese way thinking and we will be tending closely to what is unfolding beginning today between Xi and Trump.

    I then saw this post “Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes Steve Bannon” [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HelSaMSy8HY&ytbChannel=teleSUR%20English] It was “published on Mar 14, 2017 describing how Steve Bannon has been propelled over the last year from fringe media outlier to top propagandist of the U.S. Empire as Trump’s Chief Strategist. From his Wall Street roots and apocalyptic film career to his cultivation of alt-right bigots at Breitbart News, Abby Martin exposes Bannon’s true character in this explosive documentary. Dissection of Bannon’s ideology of “economic nationalism” and desire to “Make America Great Again” reveals the danger of his hand in Trump’s agenda.” (Martin)

    Martin ends her essay staying “What Bannon fears most is a united progressive movement in the streets.” This is interesting in that Zizek’s makes the same point saying what is happening with the progressive left now will have a more lasting impact than if Clinton had been elected. What change is needed Zizek indicates is in the movement that Bernie is leading – what you ask… a closer look at capitalism – there the boogeyman is loose.

    Slavoj Žižek with Tavis Smiley (March 1, 2017) [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5udUpycu0Y&list=PLUce3U30I0clVGxVmFCuPJ-0ZgJdCwOg3&ytbChannel=The%20Zizek%20Times].

    Richard Wolff on “Karl Marx was a genius,” provides a specific response to Zizek’s call to “how to re-organize our society.” Zizek, own work is even deeper!

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