Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Fandango is one of my favorite movies, not to the fact some parts where
filmed in Tulsa and  "Truman Sparks" kind of fits me, character wise
more at the time. It's just something that hits me as funny.

"Oh, no. She's not my wife, she's just my old lady."

"I'd rather burn in at 200 mph and have some laughs, then to eat it in
a car accident, I mean thats a really dumb way to go."
I told my college friend that once when we got in my car before we took off.
It was just something funny I thought of at the time.

In the 90's I was working at the Marriott hotel this table I was working at
a banquet was full of sort of redneck / south women and they where bugging me
a lot, nothing was good for them. This lady at the table wanted something she said
hold out your hand, look at this, it was a overheated bread roll dry as anything.
I looked at it and there was a plant next to me at the time.
So I grabbed the plant lifting it up and threw the roll down in the bottom
of the pot and put the plant back and with my water pitcher gave it
some water and went on. She later got the banquet manager and
told him to look under the plant and he did I never seen him laugh so hard.
From that time on he would tell me to give no rubber biscuits out today!

So the Truman character does fit me that's why I like the movie.
You got to have character in life!

The real purpose of this story is to note about something I did not know.
The luck of Chuck Bush getting the part getting the part walking into a 7-11 store.
Usually to win the lottery you have to buy the ticket, he won with no ticket!

And to note the need to join the Screen Actors Guild and get into it.
Other than that the need to be easygoing with a need to point something out
that would help, don't hold back!


Getting the role

Back in 1981 Kevin Reynolds was at the University of Southern California making 
his graduate student film, called Proof. This short film was basically the parachute school 
sequence we all know from Fandango. At that time I was a member of the 
Screen Actors Guild (I still am), which ran a program with the American Film Institute 
called the SAG/AFI Conservatory. Among other things it serves as a means of connecting 
SAG members with student filmmakers. Actors submit a picture and resume, which are 
made available to student directors at the LA schools that have film programs 
(AFI, USC, Cal Arts, UCLA, etc.).

I joined as soon as I found out about it and not long after that Kevin arranged an audition 
for me, where I read for him and Mark Illsley. They liked it enough to cast me, 
and over several weekends we shot the film up in the Palmdale area. 
It was a terrific experience, which turned out exceptionally well. 
Then Steven Spielberg saw the film and gave Kevin money to write a feature screenplay. 
That led to the deal with Amblin and Warner Brothers to make Fandango.
Kevin wanted to re-create the Proof section as closely as possible for Fandango 
and hired me to reprise the part of Truman Sparks. (He did make a few changes and 
additions, including the blackboard speech. Also, the later scenes when I fly in to collect 
Suzy Amis 'turn left at band-aid' and the helicopter chase were added for Fandango). 
While mine was still not the usual route to getting cast, interviews and readings, 
it was much less unique than that of Chuck Bush, who was spotted by Kevin and 
Mark at a 7-11. The reason Chuck's story is so interesting is that it happens so seldom.

The Texas heat

I almost dehydrated myself while out walking on my first day in El Paso. 
Luckily one of the film's prop masters, I don't remember if it was Rick Young or 
Tom Shaw, was out on an errand and spotted me, giving me a ride back to the hotel 
the fates were with me!

Working with the cast and crew

Fandango was unique among my location-shot experiences. It is the only film about 
which I can truthfully say that every person who worked on it, in the office, on the crew 
and in the cast, had a good time. I was not on for the entire shoot, I did three and 
one half of the ten weeks, but while I was there other people affirmed my observation. 
My time was a drop and pick-up so I was there in the early stages and at the end.
I saw this part as a major career move and tried to behave accordingly. 
I made it a point to be as professional, open and friendly as I could. 
I interacted with during the shoot returned that behaviour to me. 
The rest of the cast were all great to me and very open to my style of working.

I especially enjoyed working with Glenn Headly [who played Trelis, Truman's 'old lady']. 
She was terrific on every level - I should have paid closer attention and learned more from 
her but I was so focused on what I was trying to do that I missed the opportunity. 
But, as I said, everyone was great. I also want to mention Randy Deluca and Bill Warren, 
the two stunt pilots for my character. Randy was also the co-ordinator for the film. 
Mike Hancock applied my make-up, Jean Austin managed to make my 
hair consistently dishevelled, and Michelle Neeley and Art Brouillard handled my wardrobe. 
A quick story of their ingenuity-my flight jacket looked much too new for something Truman 
would have. They tied it to the back of one of the production cars, which then dragged it 
down the highway as it went from the office to the set.
That created the desired appearance. I could mention more people but suffice it to
say everyone there helped make my job easier;  I credit and thank them all!

The last thing I would like to add is to credit the caterers, and Tim Zinnemann and 
Barry Osborne for finding and hiring them. It was a company called 'For Stars.' 
They were helped in getting started by Francis Coppola (to drop a name). 
Saying they were first class all the way is an understatement. 
It is very unusual for a film with the budget of Fandango to get food, and service, 
of the quality they provided. Frank and Bubba (master of the bubbaque) and their crew
(time has not served me in remembering the other names) were amazing
from start to finish. The difference a great caterer makes on a movie set is not very
often mentioned and should be more. 'For Stars' were the vanguard of a movement of
major improvement in movie catering. They were, as I said, a major reason for the
great atmosphere on the set. Please don't think I am forgetting Kevin Reynolds.
The absence of pressure on the set, considering the amount he must have been under
(his first film, the first film for Amblin Productions, people watching because of
Steven Spielberg's connection to the project)
is a huge achievement and helped the cast more than any other factor.

Getting recognized

I don't get recognized very much, but when I do it is usually for Fandango
I do get recognised from other films too, usually those which are televised more.

Playing a pilot

To answer your question, there was not the prerequisite of being a pilot - there very seldom 
is of any such skill in any picture. The company has no interest in risking the actors and 
prefers to hire experts.

Mark Illsley did all of the flying in Proof and Randy Deluca and Bill Warren 
did the plane work in Fandango. Mark went on to direct Happy, Texas
Bill Warren flies in air shows (Bill Warren's Aerial Circus); he flew a bi-plane and had a 
two woman wing-walking act when last I saw him. Unfortunately, Randy died a short time 
after we finished Fandango - he was as great a friend as he was a pilot. I still miss him. 
All three of them were great to work with, and to know. I always appreciate people 
who make my job easier and make me look better on screen. The two helicopter pilots, 
Ross Reynolds and Karl Wickman, were also terrific, both personally and professionally.

The freeway scene

We shot the freeway scene in Oklahoma, on an interstate just outside of Tulsa 
(as Don Williams would sing, we were 'living on Tulsa time'). 
It was originally supposed to be shot outside of Dallas, Texas, but the police there said 
they would not be able to shut down the freeway. 
The film commission in Oklahoma said it would not be a problem, so off we went. 
Only those involved in the stunt were allowed to be at the freeway, 
so I did not get to see the actual landing. Bill Warren flew the plane, and got it in one take.

The picking-up-the-girl scene

The scene where I picked up the girl was shot is a suburb of Tulsa. 
Randy and Bill did the driving of the plane. I did a very small amount, just enough to 
get the plane moving so they could cut to a shot of the plane.
Just as a quick aside, has anyone mentioned that the plane was nicknamed 'Picasso'? 
It was a moniker Randy Deluca came up with. In another aside, I was responsible for the 
Rolls Royce being in the driveway of the house of the girl. 
If you look you can see it when she runs out the door to the plane.

The man whose lawn was being used to film from owned a Rolls Royce. 
I suggested that we put it at the house being filmed, to show that the girl's family
had money. The owner said fine. A crew driver took it over and parked it. 
Just before the filming was to start I noticed that it was parked face in. 
I explained that it should be parked with the front showing because the grill
is the most identifying feature of a Rolls Royce.
They turned it around and shot the scene. 
I don't know how interesting that is, but to me details like that help a scene.

Filming the flying scenes

There was absolutely no blue screen used in Fandango. The entirety of the plane interiors, 
with Judd and me, were filmed on the ground. Camera angles and wind machines created 
the illusion of being in flight. All of that was filmed in one day.
Judd and I worked in the morning, and I did my solo scenes in the afternoon. 
Because we had filmed it all before in Proof, with a different actor (Clifford Martin) 
than Judd, and Kevin wanted to re-create the shots and pace of Proof
(he and the Tom Del Ruth, the DP, used Proof as a storyboard) we were able to 
move quickly. It was a wonderful day. There is nothing better for an actor's ego than to 
have the entire crew concentrating solely on him.

The scene with the helicopter rising to tell me to follow it to Love Field was shot
in Oklahoma. The plane was placed on top of a cliff. The helicopter pilot,
Karl Wickman, took the helicopter below the cliff's top and, on cue,
brought it up into the shot. When the time came he took the helicopter away from
the plane to create the look of me turning the plane.
He was, as I have said, a terrific pilot. I got to work with him again on   
Short Circuit. Karl also flew the helicopter in the chase scene.
Ross Reynolds flew the camera copter. Bill Warren was my double for that, 
and all else shot in Oklahoma. I did shoot some stuff flying the plane,
but none of it was used.

Truman's Dialogue

No one could ask for a better working relationship than the one I, and I assume the rest 
of the cast, had with Kevin Reynolds.
Most of my dialogue came with the script, and most of that was in Proof. Kevin's attitude 
was that if I had an idea to either let him know or just try it. If it worked, it stayed. 
The dialogue did not have to be done word for word, although that was almost always 
the best way to do it (and the way most of it was done). 
The important thing was the spirit and energy of the scene.
I did contribute a few things in Proof, some of which even made it through editing, 
and we kept for Fandango. I appreciate to this day that Kevin let me keep in calling 
Gardner Barnes "Mr. Burns". It is not a big deal, and few people have commented on it, 
but I think it says something about the character, and helped me in doing Truman.

The best illustration I can give you is the blackboard scene. As I mentioned, it was
not in Proof. Before he left for Texas Kevin told me about the scene,
and gave me the script and a handbook on parachute jumping.
He told me if I wanted to change or add anything to go ahead and 
we would go over it when I got down to the location.
I wrote a version that even Leo Tolstoy would have considered long. 
If filmed it would have consumed more screen time than the rest of the movie,
which, while not my intention, I wouldn't have objected to. 
What I wanted to do was add as much parachuting nomenclature as I could. 
So I put in every example in the book. After he read it and we discussed it Kevin 
edited the scene down. When we got ready to shoot his only direction was 
"Have fun with it." Everyone was happy with take one, but I had thought of a bit
I wanted to add and Kevin agreed to another take, in which I added my bit. It, 
I'm happy to say, made the movie.



Monday, February 23, 2015

Large Hadron Collider Butterfly Effect and Big Bang

Being the Large Hadron Collider is getting ready to be fired up again, this story is needed!

Not to scare the crap out of you, but this is something I was thinking about
It's more of a what if kind of story.

What if like, what Terence McKenna said about "Timewave Zero" was true?
That it might of ended by some event, time travel or other.

~~~~Timewave Zero: Did Terence McKenna *really* believe in all that
2012 prophecy stuff?
So what did McKenna really think would happen on December 21, 2012?
“If you really understand what I’m saying,” he replied,
“you would understand it can’t be said. It’s a prediction of an unpredictable event.”
The event will be “some enormously reality-rearranging thing.”
Scientists will invent a truly intelligent computer, or a time-travel machine.
Perhaps we will be visited by an alien spaceship, or an asteroid.
“I don’t know if it’s built into the laws of spacetime, or it’s
generated out of human inventiveness, or whether it’s a mile
and a half wide and arrives unexpectedly in the center of North America.”

But did he really think the apocalypse would arrive on December 21, 2012?
“Well…” McKenna hesitated. “No.” He had merely created one mathematical
model of the flow and ebb of novelty in history.
“It’s a weak case, because history is not a mathematically defined entity,”
he said. His model was “just a kind of fantasizing within a certain kind of vocabulary.”
McKenna still believed in the legitimacy of his project, even if his particular model
turned out to be a failure. “I’m trying to redeem history, make it make sense,
show that it obeys laws,” he said.

But he couldn’t stop there. His eyes glittering, he divulged a “huge–quote unquote
coincidence” involving his prophecy. After he made his prediction that the apocalypse
would occur on December 21, 2012, he learned that thousands of years ago
Mayan astronomers had predicted the world would end on the very same day.
“And now there has been new scholarship that they were tracking the galactic center
and its precessional path through the ecliptic plane.
What does all this mean?” McKenna leaned toward me,
his eyes slitted and his teeth bared. “It means we are trapped in software written
by the ghost of Jorge Luis Borges!”
He threw his head back and cackled. “Tell that to the National Academy of Sciences!”

Now to the part about the Large Hadron Collider being active in 2012.
And will go up in power on 2015

~~~~Large Hadron Collider Finds New Particle Unlike Any Other Form Of Matter
A series of experiments at the LHC have confirmed that a new particle called Z(4430)
catchy! actually exists, and it’s the best evidence to date of a new form of 
matter called a tetraquark.

Now the scary part. I have to note what if one particle from what
was going on at the test time travels into the future and is enough to
pop the setting of Quantum entanglement of every particle being 
connected in a unknown way.

You can't say how safe the LHC is when the laws you are judging it's
safety by is linear when it really is a nonlinear system.
The laws of nature of a nonlinear format is natural selection.
Nature fixes it's self in that way! The same kind of things the LHC is doing
might happen in space but really how do you know what is really happening 
when you are no where to see it. Your thinking is linear looking far away!

There are many forces at work in those test done who is to say
if it will pop something! Many have been seeing a flash of light in their room
is it a reaction of the LHC?

Making sort of a Butterfly Effect as the particle comes in to the future
and throws everything off. Like a Butterfly making a hurricane by flapping
it's wings 100 miles away beforehand causing a new Big Bang in reaction.

Also in the Gnostic. The Big Bang started in a particle or something small.

18. The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us, how will our end come?"
Jesus said, "Have you found the beginning, then, that you are looking
for the end? You see, the end will be where the beginning is.
Congratulations to the one who stands at the beginning:
that one will know the end and will not taste death."

Anyway you see it the LHC does fit in with "Timewave Zero" ending in 2012!
I hope it's from all the new stuff we are learning and not the "Time Travel" part!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Walmart pay raise less than sales revenue

It is good that the workers get a raise. In small towns the $7+ after taxes pay
does not make good sales at all. Better pay is better sales, more taxed etc...

Keep in mind this is Walmart a $485.65 billion sales revenue
and a 120.57 billion gross income going up corp.
The cost of higher wages would be covered by the sales revenue
also to the fact Walmart workers shop at Walmart so the cost
of raising the pay is not costly to the consumers as Walmart gets
the money back in ways. http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/wmt/financials

The misguided fear that Walmart will raise their prices to cover the cost of the wages,
is a cop out or an excuse to raise the prices to get more income for the store.
It takes care of it's self as many poor will just not buy those things that raise in price,
they will go to a lower priced item. Or buy it anyway taking more of their income,
so sales would still be less as they run out of money sooner spending more.
In the end raising the prices will make less sales and is not needed as Walmart makes
billions with sales and can cover the cost.

I am sure local Walmarts will try to raise their prices. In that case walkaway from the sale
and print up the Walmart Berkeley study and give it to the manager.
"There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company
from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else."
Sam Walton.

"Paying $12 an hour: The move would cost Walmart $3.2 billion if applied to all
workers in the U.S. which amounts to about 1 percent of the company’s annual sales.

Even if Walmart passed the entire cost of the wage increase on to consumers,
we estimate shoppers would pay about $12.50 more per year, or 46 cents per
shopping trip less than the cost of a pack of Tic Tacs at the check-out stand.

The benefits for Walmart’s lowest-paid workers far outweigh the small costs
distributed among its many shoppers. Increasing minimum wages to $12 per hour
would mean average annual pay increases of $3,250 to $6,500 for workers making less
than $9 an hour, and $1,675 to $2,930 for workers now earning between
$9 and $12 an hour.

We found that more than 41 percent of the pay increase would go to workers in
families with total incomes less than two times the federal poverty level ($21,660
a year for a single worker and $44,100 a year for a family of four).
These workers represent the low-income populations that
Walmart often courts as its customers."


Info about Walmart!!! http://walmart1percent.org

~~~~~Walmart Minimum Wage Of $12 Wouldn't Drive Up Prices, Says Study
If Walmart were to pay its employees a minimum of $12 an hour,
what would that wage baseline do to the retail behemoth’s famously low prices?
According to a new study, probably not much.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research
and Education argue that such a wage bump for the retailer’s lower-paid associates
would translate into an extra cost to shoppers of about 46 cents per trip, or $12.49
a year, if the brunt of the increase was passed on to consumers. The study’s lead author,
Ken Jacobs, claims that the findings support the idea of a “big box”
wage ordinance that would set a minimum wage for large American retailers like
Walmart who are entering urban areas. Such an ordinance failed to make it into law
in Chicago a few years ago. “It wouldn’t affect the competitiveness of their prices,
but the benefits could be substantial on the worker side,” said Jacobs, who chairs
UC Berkeley's labor center. “There’s this assumption that if Walmart was to improve
its wages and benefits they couldn’t exist as they do. But most of what they do to
bring down prices is based on the supply chain. Labor is only one part of that picture.”

Dan Fogleman, a spokesman for Walmart, said the company already offers good wages,
in many cases better than those paid by competing retailers.
“At Walmart we create jobs that offer competitive wages, competitive benefits,
and the chance to have a career,” he said. “Time and again we’ve seen examples
of store managers who started out as associates.”

Jacobs argues that since the higher product prices would be absorbed by customers
across the socioeconomic spectrum, a minimum wage of $12 would disproportionately
benefit working-class people. Walmart employs more than 1.4 million workers in the U.S.,
and the average wage of a Walmart associate is $11.75 an hour, according to Fogleman.
In recent years, Walmart has made a big push into American cities, where it has been
met with resistance over wage issues and the potential impact a big box store could have
on local businesses. Unions and working-class advocacy groups have recently held rallies
and collected signatures opposing the opening of Walmart stores in Washington, D.C.,
where the company has settled on four sites. Walmart has also been fighting battles
recently in New York City, where politicians and unions have so far managed to
keep the retailer out, and in Chicago, where the effects of Walmart's entry into the
area several years ago are still hotly debated.

According to Fogleman, associate wages are typically higher in the company’s urban stores.
Even so, some advocacy groups say the wages aren’t enough to live on, particularly
in expensive metropolitan areas. “This report shows that Walmart can clearly afford
to pay associates a fair wage,” said Jennifer Stapleton, assistant director of
Making Change at Walmart, a campaign led by the United Food and Commercial
Workers International Union. Stapleton pointed out that the increase
“would cost [consumers] less than the cost of a pack of gum at the cash register.”
The UC Berkeley labor center produced a 2007 study that found the opening of one
Walmart store in an area pushed down local retail wages by about 0.9 percent,
a drop that Jacobs attributes to the need for other retailers to compete.
For their most recent study, the center made statistical projections based on wage
figures that have trickled out in Walmart litigation, in some cases several years ago.
Jacobs said he and his colleagues were unable to get up-to-date figures from Walmart.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Zombies and the road of readiness

Is there a U.S. Government 'Zombie' Plan? Well yes and that is ok being
there are many things out there that are kept secrets.
There could be many unknowns out there!

Like some kind of reaction with a flu vaccine with the medicines today.
Like Chantix side effects with other messed up drugs.
Drug research does not look at drug side effects all mixed up together.
It really makes me wonder what people would be like all messed up,
like a PCP like reaction with the mixed up drugs people take all together.
I can see that as the most noted cause of a Zombie like reaction by the masses!

Also "Low waged Zombies." The kind that stay home on the weekend and wipe
out your local businesses! Also bad but highly fixable, raise the pay!

~~~~~A U.S. Government 'Zombie' Plan?
In 2011 a plan drafted by the U.S. Government called CONPLAN 8888-11,
“Counter-Zombie Dominance” was revealed to the public.
The document details a strategy to defend against a zombie attack. And, yes, it’s real.

We verified that the U.S. Government did in fact publish this report. And while reading it,
we discovered some truly fresh thinking. In its own way it was innovatively brilliant
especially coming from a place where we might not expect such creative thinking,
the United States Government.

Creators of the tongue and cheek “Counter-Zombie Dominance” document purposely
chose zombies to disrupt their own tired-out thinking. The design of the plan produced
serious strategic value. It is used to help defense plan creators and trainers explore
unexpected, unplanned-for threats and learn how to strategically develop defenses for
any possible variable or threat.

According to the DISCLAIMER in CONPLAN 8888-11, document creators write,
“This plan was not actually designed as a joke. During the summers of 2009 and 2010,
while training augmentees from a local training squadron about JOPP, members of the
USSTRATCOM component found out (by accident) that the hyperbole involved in
writing a ‘zombie survival plan’ actually provided a very useful and effective training tool.”

Basically, planners realized that disruptive political fallout could ensue if they were to train
using specific named enemies. By using zombies as the enemies, planners avoided the risk
of the public assuming there was a real current threat, but more importantly they opened
a new level of thinking the fictional nature allowed planners to break out of their old mindsets.

Even more interesting was the document’s release to the public. The writers of the plan
stated in the DISCLAIMER, “Our intent was to place this tool ‘into the wild’ so that
others who were interested in finding new and innovative ways to train planners could have
an alternative and admittedly unconventional tool at their disposal…”

Basically, planners were having a blast with the new, innovative way of thinking.
And, it worked. But, should “out-of-the-box thinking” really mean “out-of-this-world thinking?”

We all have comfort zones. We all can get stuck focused on the reality and seriousness of
our businesses. Playing with ideas like a zombie attack might at first seem like a juvenile
and pointless approach to problem solving. But, look at how it opened the eyes and ideas
of those in the U.S. Government—a group who takes their jobs extremely seriously.

If you’re looking for some fresh thinking, consider stepping out of the comforts of your
day-to-day business and into your discomfort zone.

Here are some guidelines to getting “uncomfortable”:

1. Identify your own zombies: What are the biggest potential threats to your business?
What is it about them that reveals your own vulnerabilities. Do the threats exist because
of a real weakness in your business model, or because you just don’t want to change your
business? If you came up with an idea to neutralize the threat, what would that look like?
Who would fight you over it? Why?

2. Dump Your Inner Circle for a Day: Look for perspectives of people who may not agree
with you. A study conducted by Forbes Insights and the O.C. Tanner Institute which culled
through 1.7 million cases of award-winning work, found that people who reached beyond
their inner circle, to purposely have conversations with people who may have opposing,
different, unbiased or even outlandish perspectives are 3.4 times more likely to create
bottom-line financial results.

3. Find the Opposites and Opportunities: One of the most interesting aspects of
CONPLAN 8888-11 was that the planners even removed and reversed fictional
stereotypes of zombies. Vegetarians? Really? Consider product innovations that bring
opposites together. For example, what if you could offer the highest quality and the lowest
price, like Costco did. By exploring the outlandish and playing out “What would happen if…”,
you’ll consider things you never would have thought of before.

When it comes to comfort zones at work, the scariest option is “no change” at all because
that’s when we all become the walking dead. Get uncomfortable and see what it does for
new thinking and new growth.

Also at: Really no kidding!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Liquid Zen

FREEDOM:  The mighty ocean has but one taste, the taste of salt.
Even so, the true way has but one savor, the savor of freedom.

LIBERATION: This inconceivable door of great liberation in in everyone.
It has never been blocked, it has never been defective.
Buddha's and zen masterands have appeared in the world and provided
expedient methods, with many different devices, using illusory
medicines to cure illusory illnesses, just because your faculties
are unequal, your knowledge is unclear, you do not transcend what
you see and hear as you see and hear it, and you are tumbled about
endlessly in an ocean of misery by afflictions due to ignorance,
by emotional views and habitual conceptions of others and self,
right and wrong. The various teachings and techniques of
Buddha's and zen masters are only set forth so that you will
individually step back into yourself, understand your own
original mind and see your own original nature,
so that you reach a state of great rest, peace, and happiness.

LIBERATION IN ALL PLACES: Don't seek a Buddha, don't seek a teaching,
don't seek a community. Don't seek virtue, knowledge, intellectual understanding,
and so on. When feelings of defilement and purity are ended, still don't hold to
this non seeking and consider it right. Don't dwell at the point of ending,
and don't long for heavens or fear hells. When you are unhindered by bondage or
freedom, then this is called liberation of mind and body in all places.

~~~~~CHAOS AND SELF (From me at DuGBuG office, Liquid Zen page.)
FREE SELF: Chaos seems to be everywhere a rising column of cigarette smoke
breaks into wild swirls. A flag snaps back and forth in the wind.
With the flag you know that it's the wind that snaps the flag around.
But with out mind you wouldn't know that. and you would not know that the
wind came from the weather, and the weather came from the sun and moon.
The moon and sun came from the beginning of life itself. Yet people live seeing
only the flag snapping in the wind, with no idea what is going on.
Be true with yourself you feel it, so believe what you feel.
Not believing in yourself only holds you back and only gives you regrets.
That's no freedom.

PIGEONS AND FREE WILL: Are pigeons intelligent enough or dumb enough
to be trained to fly suicide missions during wartime? The answer is yes.
Using the principles of positive reinforcement, skinner trained pigeons during
W.W.II to peck at keys that controlled the bomb they were riding.
As the enemy ship moved, the pigeons would peck the controls to maintain
the missile on track of its target. The pigeon bomb never saw battle,
but simulated tests proved successful.

So humans being the only animal that possesses self awareness, imagination, and reason,
humans are the "freak of the universe" (R.FROMM)
You would think we would have the free will to not let our self's be trained to
peck at a key, dropping to our demise. "Are we man or pigeon"?

NO CONCERN: Just put thoughts to rest and don't seek outward anymore.
When things come up, then give them your attention; just trust what is functional
in you at present, and you have nothing to be concerned about.

A BAD DAY: What from the magnitude of the shock might have been a column
of water running upright in the dark butted against the ship, broke short and
fell on her bridge crushingly, from on high, with a dead burying weight.
A flying fragment of that collapse, a mere splash, enveloped them in one swirl
from their feet over their heads, filling violently their ears, mouths, and nostrils with
salt water. It knocked out their legs, wrenched in haste at their arms, seethed away
swiftly under their chins; and opening their eyes they saw the piledup masses
of foam dashing to and fro amongst what looked like the fragments of a ship.
"And you were thinking your day was bad"!
((( The raft of Medusa )))

ILLUMINATING PERCEPTION: When you illuminate your perception, your eyes
are like a thousand suns, so that nothing can escape notice.
Ordinarily, people just never been so observant, but they should not give up
in frustration because of underestimating themselves.

MIND'S EYE: It is though you have an eye that sees all forms but does not see
itself this is how your mind is. Its light penetrates everywhere and engulfs everything,
so why does it not know itself?

DON'T RUSH: Ying Shaowu said to Zen master Zhenjing Wen.
Whatever is rushed to maturity will surely break down early.
Whatever is accomplished in a hurry will surely be easily destroyed.
What is done without making consideration for the long run, and is hastily finished,
is not of a far reaching and great character.
Therefore it is said "When you want to be quick, you don't succeed; act carefully
and you won't miss!"

REFLECTION: In managing affairs one must weigh the heavy and the light;
when speaking out one must first think and reflect. Strive to accord with the
middle way, do not allow bias. Hasty and careless actions seldom bring success.
Even if you can get done in this way, after all you cannot complete anything totally.

KNOW YOURSELF: I tell people to get to know themselves.
Some people think this means what beginners observe, and consider it easy to
understand. Reflect more carefully, in a more leisurely manner,
what do you call your self?

TRUE SELF: How do you understand your true self? What are you? Do you know?
If you don't know, only go straight don't know. Then this don't know mind mind cuts
off all thinking, and your online situation, online condition, and online opinion disappear.
Then your correct situation, correct condition, and correct opinion appear very simple.

THE FREE SELF: If you want to be free, get to know your real self.
It has no form, no appearance, no root, no basis, no abode, but is lively and buoyant.
It responds with versatile facility, but its function cannot be located.
Therefore when you look for it you become further from it,
when you seek it you turn away from it all the more.
"Are we, are we ourselves?" ((( THE FIXX--1984 )))

CONFUSION: Due to confusion, people mistake things for themselves;
covetousness flares up, and they get into vicious cycles that cloud perceptions
and enshroud them in ignorance. The vicious cycles go on and on,
and people cannot be free.

Empty and calm and devoid of self is the nature of all things.
No individual being in reality exists.
There is no end or beginning, nor any middle course.
All is illusion, as in a vision or dream.
All beings in the world are beyond the realm of words.
Their ultimate nature, pure and true, is like the infinity of space.

More is at: http://www.angelfire.com/bug/dugbuglas2/ZLQZEN.html

****The start of my website in 1997 I was working on aiming the site to
be a mix of Zen and Chaos Theory because I was interested in
that in college at the time. But for the time it was over my head for
the site to be 100% that way. The "DuGBuG database" page is setup
with Zen and Chaos Theory in mind. The more you look the more you find.
Like a fractal zoom of links all on one page, down loadable for offline use,
a mind blower for the time.

All things take time, making my site is like:

THE IMPASSABLE BARRIER: Even if you attain realization of the emptiness
of persons and things, this does not measure up to the way of Zen.
Even if you embody complete function and complete perception,
this is still not the essential wonder of Zen.
You must break through the impassable barrier and
get to know the opening beyond.

So in your life, I hope you get to know.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tell the truth!

In these times it does get bad fast. But as a reporter, story bomb dropper,
you know there is a need to tell the truth, no matter if the story you
want to do is all shiny polished & overdone!

The people will know, someone will notice! Those story's are wooden nickels!

Report for the people not your one & only own view, because we all are
in the same boat together! Have others in mind.
( http://www.angelfire.com/bug/dugbuglas2/HOPE.html )

***This is a reprint of a story I did when I was on the Current TV website
posting stuff. My archive is at:  https://app.box.com/s/6dc0ayppezmqm4edrlkk

Cross that line, now going into the truth? That's ok, there is always a new day!
With my stuff I post here, it does not matter if people don't believe it's
from my past or others past, the ending has a beginning or something like that.
So the point is to make better.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Out of all respects a co-worker that recently died

Out of all respects, goes to a co-worker that recently died.
Also to all the co-workers, sisters, brothers and family,
we are all family!

I worked with him in a past workplace.
He worked hard to make him a place in life,
worked hard like you wouldn't believe!

He won't be forgotten!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Why Do Conservatives Vote Against Their Own Interests?

Michigan Congressman John Conyers, Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus,
raised a compelling question in a conversation the other day: “Why do conservatives
vote against their own interests?” If we can answer this, we might reach the
common ground to solve the country’s economic, debt,
and growing income disparity issues.

Let’s get this much out of the way: conservatives do vote against their own interests.
Pundits on the right may try to undermine Conyers’ question as being couched in
terms that favor the Democratic Congressman’s side of the aisle, but deflecting the
question means explaining away historical facts. Under Democratic presidents since 1930,
who pursued agendas emphasizing people programs while pressing tax breaks for middle
and lower incomes and resisting tax breaks for the wealthy, the average GDP
increased by 5.4%, compared to a 1.6% average GDP increase during the presidencies
of their Republican counterparts. The Republicans moved to cut taxes on
the wealthiest Americans and gained support by calling them “job creators.”

This data from the Commerce Department and OMB proves that business and the
economy boom under Democratic presidents, but bust under Republicans.
The data counters the Republicans’ claims that the rich tax cuts ever really “trickle down”
or are good for business or anyone but the very rich. By the numbers, votes for tax-cutting
Republicans since 1930 actually have been votes against businesses’ financial security.
“Trickle Down” has not worked since Herbert Hoover tried it and failed.

So the question stands: why do conservatives vote against themselves?
Inaccurately perceived self interest seems to be the reason. People want to get money
from greater tax cuts if they are already wealthy (and if they are not, they believe
the Republicans’ illusion that they will become rich quicker or make a company
do more business by the policy). The accurate legacy of the Republicans tax-cutting
agenda is smaller paychecks for the average American. The numbers are irrefutable.

The conservatives’ campaigns, when candidates can take time away from attacking
each other, boil down to little more than incessant repetition of vague promises to
resurrect the American Dream with pure rhetoric, beating voters over
the head with tax-cutting.

Recent studies from both at home and abroad detail a disturbing trend: it is now harder
to transcend class in the U.S. than in our Western European counterparts like
England, Denmark, and Sweden. We no longer lead in our own American dream of
upward mobility. We’ve done it to ourselves. There is an ever-growing “mobility gap”
in the U.S. keeping poor people from being able to rise while keeping the wealthiest
of Americans more financially secure. For the first time in generations, it is actually easier
for people at the lowest income levels in those countries, which conservatives
keep attacking in the debates as “socialist”, to rise than it is for Americans.

While both sides of any debate assume they are working with all the facts,
conservatives are more likely to point fingers at President Obama than to address
the fact that their tax-cutting programs amount to corporate welfare.
As Bill Clinton says in his new book, Back to Work, the outcome of three decades
of conservative fiscal policies focused on cutting taxes and deregulating industry has
left voters facing high unemployment while executives collect six and seven figure bonuses.
The top 1% in America increased their income 18-fold over the last 30 years while the
rest of the country has stayed stagnant. The U.S. Government Accounting Office
reported that tax policy favoring the rich has helped cause the income disparity
and the highest poverty numbers since the Great Depression.

The Koch brothers have been exposed as major funders of the “grassroots”
Tea Party movement and the money has meant advertising, a big influence in
how voters vote. When conservatives cut taxes on corporate bosses and defund
social programs, the very-very rich get richer and everybody else including the
overwhelming majority of conservatives get poorer, yet conservative politicians
somehow gain from that.

Conservatives campaign on promises of restoring the American Dream,
but they ignore the facts concerning whom their policies actually benefit.
In the end, their policies diminish overall economic mobility.
When conservatives talk about “focusing on the family”, what they really mean is
they want you to worry about your family to deflect the economic issues that they
are not solving and in fact are making worse. If you are preoccupied with your
empty wallet, you are less likely to notice their sponsors’ bulging pockets.
The liberty conservatives espouse should actually cause them to support more
equitable taxing.

So to answer Conyers’ question, conservatives must be voting to make the top
1% rich because under their policies, no one else ever gets there.


( ( ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7wc55oXWf8 ) ) )

***Also because they like to suffer. Thus the phrase "Sadomasochist Voters."
Like why small towns have nothing like they do in bigger city's.
The people keep themselves suppressed overall also keeping things down
like the pay and the lack of sales from low pay, noted like in many peoples
cars they drive in small towns, there are some really bad ones out there,
that says a lot!

If they wanted things to get better they would of raised the pay to give
the people more money to burn. The higher pay would be all over town
and so would be the better sales! But like in Oklahoma many here don't
like to pay higher wages and so low does the sales go as many try to get a car
and hear "Sorry your income is too low!" Really I don't need one I need to walk!

Or like Human services in Oklahoma with food stamps. If they wanted to get you
out of poverty you would get the help to get out. Not only get a small amount of
food stamps to make sure you are stuck in it because they want more
people on food stamps they get more government money that way.
Like a granny getting $10 a month. Makes you wonder how much
Government money they get for that? Go call them and ask!

It all goes down to people voting so they can make things better for themselves and
not to be a "Sadomasochist Voter." You would think they would have enough by
now and make things better for themselves!

Everything many does to stop poverty or to bring up education is kept
down by conservative policy's in the end.
It all takes care of it's self in time. It's like bad voting is like burning the weeds
making room for grass to grow! Sometimes you have to let it burn.
Let it burn and take cover!