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Stars – Beyond Horizons

Dated May 23,2017

Always an enticing vision causing man to look beyond, beyond the ground, beyond the sky into the New Horizons that have kept calling since the beginning of time.

As a young man with friends, we would set off in September (the nights were getting cold and so kept the mosquitoes at bay), sitting by a warm fire after a long day of paddling in the Boundary Waters, sipping a muscle warming brandy and water staring at the stars. Oh so brilliant, no city lights to dim their glory, to be transported to the land of imagination. What if? I wonder when? Who would have thought? How often?

The wonder of it all.

 

Trump’s Deep State Part 5

from my hubpages blog post

 

1423 words 5 min 3 sec read time

republished May 12, 2019

I have been writing about trump since at least March of 2015. The research has been grueling but enlightening. Entertaining as I learned the tricks of the master fraud and disheartening as I have seen how many people still follow him.

What will be the outcome of the 2020 election. If he loses the vote will he surrender his throne as the preeminent facist American has known?

I did not realize that extremely intelligent scientists were studying the very topics that I was researching in my quest to understand.

I have only scratched the surface of all the studies that are available.

As you have read I am partial to the work of Dr. Bobby Azarian as published in Psychology Today.

Also David Dunning of the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

And so many other brilliant researchers that have been able to pinpoint the exact tools trump uses to bamboozle his loyalists.

These aren’t all stupid or dumb people. They are United States Senators and United States Congressman. Obviously many follow the follow money spread out by Russia as it seeks to dismantle its most feared enemy.

But then, how can Americans, many of them military, lay down their oaths they swore to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and see it trampled by trump, putin and other despots.

Surely, there will be a serious hotseat in hell that awaits them.

How to understand why people would choose to follow trump. Why would they follow him after two years into his presidency when he was making me gag on his criminality?

How Trump hoodwinked his supporters

Dr. Azarian wrote an article that appeared in “Alternet” on July 23, 2018. The heading read:

“Those who score low on political knowledge overestimate their expertise more when greater empahsis is on political affliation.”

I stated this in the last post a different way “People that think they know what they are talking about, (those in trump’s sphere of influence) rarely know what they don’t know!

Does that make sense?

Maybe I should say “too dumb to know that they are too dumb”. A bit harsh? Maybe. This, you will recall, is the DUNNING-KRUGER EFFECT.

A new study by Ian Anson, a political scientist at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, ‘found that the Dunning Kruger Effect applies to politics, but it also appears to be exacerbated when partisan identies are more salient.’

Huh?

Maybe try this: The more emphasis that is placed on political affiliation, the more those who score low on political knowledge the more they overestimate their expertise.

Is that better?

“Perhaps this helps explain why trump supporter seem to be tricked into believing obvious falsehoods.” Daniel Efron, London Business School, associate professor organizational behavior, Why Trump Supporters Don’t Mind His Lies, New York Times, April 28, 2018.

Deliver ‘alternative facts’ boisterously and sprinkle in some ‘dog whistles’ that appeal to their baser instincts and we see results like these:

“In 2016 and experiment found that 45% of Republicans believe the Affordable Care Act included ‘death panels’ and a 2015 study found that 54 percent of Republican primary voters believed then President Barach Obama to be a Muslim.”

Perhaps the scariest study was the one that found only 25% of Republicans believe human activity contributes to climate change.

Even more scary  is the study that showed that in just two years 2015 to 2017 Republicans came to believe that 58% say that a college education “negatively impacts’ the state of the nation!

The last time I recall these activites George Wallace was hammering out ‘dog whistles’ to drump up support for his run at the presidency. An assassin’s bullet felled him before the votes were cast.

Now that we recognize these voices from the past have not been quieted or change how do we move on?

Fear-mongering is a powerful tool that has been used for a very long time. Fear has been the number 1 go-to emotion.

But the new tool of the political right is ANGER. It is the new tool to divide and conquer.

The politics of fear are pretty well understood so I will insert some scientific stuff now.

In the Journal ‘Cell Biology’ studies show that ‘liberalism is associated with a larger volume of gray matter in the anterior cingulate cortex. Conservatism is associated with an increase in the size of the right amygdala (but not the left amygdala).You can review the findings in this edition of Current Biology

I will leave this topic with this tidbit: “Stronger liberalism is associatated with increased sensitivity to cues for altering a habitual pattern.”

For those that value nit-picking this is an excellent place to start.

MRI scans of 90 healthy young adults (61% female) who self reported their political attitudes from ‘very liberal’ to ‘very conservative’.

To really explore the neurological makeup of politics please start with this PowerPoint

Conservative respond to threatening situations with more aggression than do liberals and are more sensitive to threatening facial expressions.

Trump is constantly fueling anger towards the media, and liberals whenever he feels he is being treated unfairly. The Washington Post lays out many of trump’s triggers and discusses their implications

Dr. Suhay (Elizabeth Suhay Ph.D. and Cengiz Erisen of American University are authors of an anger study and its role in political formation. Their results “suggest that both conservatives and liberals are experiencing great biased assimilation of political information.” To find out how anger fuels our political beliefs I suggest you dig into this a little bit.

A name you should familiarize yourself Glen Gerher Ph.D. How did we get so polarized and how do we undo it.

Trump is using oppenents toward more extreme political stances that are less popular with the average voter. We are starting to see this with the Democrats as they wrestle with impeachment or some other course of action. Of course we have to ask, can we stay calm rather than let our feathers get ruffled over trump’s hateful messages and his appeals to tribalism?

So what’s next? Anger feeds the beast.

How do this all play out?

My great fear is how long will it take this country to stand tall again? How long will it take to right the ship of state.

It will never be held in the high regard it once was. It will never again be a beacon on a hill for other nations to follow.

How will our young people turn from the bitterness, the hatred, the anger, the atrocious deeds inspired by this lout?

Generations will ponder the solutions. I just hope they are smarter than I.

It is a subject that has turned my head inside out. The answers from this research are now starting to make sense.

How people could 1: believe in him in the first place; 2: vote for him; 3: continue to hold him up as the next messiah even though he has stomped on their dreams and finances so many times.

I have mentioned that I have relied on articles by Dr. Bobby Azarian, a neuroscientist, titled “Mind in the Machine” for documentation. I have also relied on my published posts for topics and research materials.

Some of the blog posts I have published on ‘dabblerduckbutts.com’ are:

“How do I Understand? aka New Information into Old Thinking” “How do we Recover? The Rise of the Intolerants”

“Who is this Man? akaRepitition Makes it So”

“NEVERMORE” Anguished

“My Rant 3 Let’s Talk” “Temper Tantrum”

“Cognitive Dissonance” Series

“Bossman” Series

and many more.

I think you will find that a majority of posts to this site are in some way connected to trump. I hope this post draws them together so that they are not so far-flung and disorderly.

I had hoped this series would be a catharsis and I would be able to cast trump and his rats from my spirit. But I now fear that may not be so.

My hope is in the women. My hope is in the young people. My hope is in the millenlials whose own hope in earning a piece of the American Dream is dimming.

Hopefully they will step forward and step up to cast this blight and restore the old order in a new form.

I hope that never again will people not carry out their duty, their responsibility to seriously consider for whom they cast their vote.

The activities that have brought this division in our country to light are beyond counting. The upheaval is beyond measure.

Thanks for stopping.

Craig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trump’s Deep State Part 4

from my hubpages blog post

1033 words 3 min 46 read time

I started researching and studying material on trump more than a year ago. Actually my first blog post was in Google’s Blogger in May 2016. I communicated with one other person regarding my dire misgivings regarding trump. I wish I had saved those original thoughts. Craig Martineau

republished 5/10/2019 (originally published on Hubpages January 2019)

I started this series as a continuation of two posts I had made on another blog “dabblerduckbutts.com:

How do I Understand? aka New Information into Old Thinking.com

How do We Recover? The Rise of the Intolerants.com

 

In the Prologue to this series, I defined “Deep State” as it was originally used and how I transferred the power of these words to be Trump’s activities since it describes “a clandestine

 network entrenched inside the government “. (Dictionary.com)

In addition to the research I have done since the time trump started to run for the primary nomination (approximately March 2015), I have leaned heavily into the work of Dr. Bobby Azarian, a neuroscientist, for the post.

Dr. Azarian’s work is “Mind into Machine” and appeared in Psychology Today.

Dr. Azarian uses works by UC Santa Cruz psychologist and professor Thomas Pettigrew, psychologist Sheldon Solomon‘s work “Terror Management Theory” and psychologist David Dunning’s work “The Dunning-Kruger Effect“.

The first posts in this series discussed Dr. Azarian’s topics:

 Practicality Trumps Morality

 The Brain’s Attention System is more Strongly Engaged by Trump

 America’s Obsession with Entertainment and Celebrities

 “Some Men Just Want to Watch the World Burn”

 The Fear Factor: Conservatives are more Sensitive to Threats

 The Dunning-Kruger Effect: Humans often Overestimate Their Political Expertise

 Relative Deprivation – A Misguided Sense of Entitlement

 Lack of Exposure to Dissimilar Others

 Trump’s Conspiracy Theories Target the Mentally Vulnerable

Moving On

I am going to continue with a few new topics. The last post in this series will complete Dr. Azarian‘s main topics and I will introduce a few new ones.

10. Trump Taps into the Nation’s Collective Narcissism:

This narcissism is the shared belief “in the greatness of one’s national group”. We have seen how the unrealistic belief, I label it a curse, has been unleashed many times in our history.

A study published in 2017 in the Journal “Social Psychological and Personality Science found a direct link ‘direct link between national collective narcissism and support for Donald Trump’ by Thomas F Pettigrew.

“Collective Narcissism involves negative attitudes and aggression toward ‘outside’ groups who are perceived as threats.”

Trump “exacerbates collective narcissism with his anti-immigrant, anti-elitist, and strongly  nationalist rhetoric.”

He refers to his supporters as true patriots or “real Americans” and pushes his brand of superiority, success and wealth.

12. The Desire to Want to Dominate Others:

This desire is “a distinct trait similar to an authoritarian personality.” It “refers to people who have a preference for the social hierarchy of groups.”

These groups have a high social status and trumpet their dominance over low-status groups. These people are “typically dominant, tough-minded, and driven by self-interest”.

A 2016 study in “Science Direct” compared cognitive (relating too) ability and authoritarianism to understand support for Trump and Clinton.

Some of the first recollections I had of trump was his “grand sense of self” especially as he compared himself to others.

I cannot imagine how people work for this man. He is domineering, ‘bossy’, heartless and I could go on and on.

This study test “two ideological beliefs, right-wing authoritarianism, and social dominance orientation.

The results are illuminating.

High right-wing authoritarianism and social dominance predicted that people had more favorable attitudes of trump.

Lower cognitive ability predicted that people would have greater intentions to vote for trump and lower intentions to vote for Clinton.

Why is this not a surprise? I believe this study and others point to results I think are pretty self- evident.

As we go to the next points, try to tie them back, in your mind, to earlier discussion threads to see if you too find the truths almost self-evident.

13. Authoritarian Personality:

This explains trump’s and also his follower’s tendencies to be obsessed with rulers like Putin, Xi Jinping, and Duterte of the Philipines.

Please take note that ‘authoritarianism refers to the advocacy of strict obedience to authority

at the expense of personal freedom and is associated with the lack of concern for the opinions or needs of others”.

Authoritarianism is not only displayed by the ruler, i.e. trump, but also by his supporters.

As trump drags our federal workers through his shutdown not only does his disregard for the welfare of others shine through his actions but we see the same characteristics in many of the Republican legislators that don’t stand up even for their own constituents.

Wikipedia defines ‘authoritarian personality’ as a belief in total and complete obedience to authority. It is displayed in “aggression to outgroup members, submissiveness to  authority resistance to new experiences and a rigid hierarchical  view of society.”

“Authoritarianism is triggered by a fear which makes it easy for leaders who exaggerate threats or fear monger to gain their allegiance.”

In my post “How do we Recover? The Rise of the Intolerants we see that these people are willing to overthrow the democracy they were raised in for a total and usually cruel rule of a dictator.

I think the relationship between Hitler and Joseph Goebbels illustrates this precisely (see my blog post “Who is the Man? aka Repetitions Make It So.com” dated August 8, 2018.)

Goebbels slavishly followed Hitler and lifted him in grand spectacles of the Third Reich.

If you are interested in an in-depth study of authoritarianism I recommend: “The F Scale as a Predictor of Fascism: An Overview of 40 Years of Authoritarian Research” . The author is Joseph Meleon

Trump laces his speech with absolutist terms like “losers” and “complete disasters”. His loyal supporters lap this slop up like rabid dogs.

Matthew Mac Williams in a Politico article, defined the trait predicts whether you are a trump supporter. In fact, that is the title of his article “The One Weird Trait That Predicts Whether You’re a Trump Supporter published January 17, 2018.

Care to guess the trait? Authoritarianism followed by terrorism.

Trump plays directly to these inclinations of his supporters at his pep rallies.

A surprising fact: the political scientist Professor Marc Hetherington found that authoritarianism matters more than income, ideology, gender, age, and education ” that predicted whether voters preferred Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.”

Max Boot in The Washington Post December 11, 2018 America Now has a Party of Authoritarianism ” after 14 years of polling, authoritarians have steadily moved from the Democratic to the Republican Party.”

The Corruption of the Republican Party George Packer December 14, 2018 The Atlantic.

I have written two blog posts on trump  as a bossman Bossman  Nov 15 , 2018 and Bossman Part 2 Nov 18, 2018. I stole the ideas (and the graphic) from Dushan Skorich.

In the last post in this series I will attempt to wrap up the salient points and further impress upon you what is at stake in the election of 2020.

Thanks for stopping.

Craig

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Trump’s Deep State Part 3

from my hubpages blog post

1019 words 3 min 43 sec read

republished May 12, 2019

I can’t stop. I originally published this post in Hubpages in January 2019. I have been  researching and studying the material for over a year. Hopefully you will find it as addicting and SCARY as I have. Craig Martineau

In the Prologue, I explained my choice of the title: Trump’s Deep State. The dictionary.com’s definition of ‘deep state’ we found that the origin of the term is from the secret Turkish network known as derindevlet.

This group was founded in 1923 by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk with the purpose of undertaking clandestine acts to preserve the current government structure.

If you have followed Rudy Guglani’s antics on television trying to obfuscate the activities (most illegal) of the trump administration you have seen how trump is using the deep state to subvert the government of the United States of America.

The Last Hurrah

I keep saying I am going to clean out my WordPress blog of all the political stuff so that I can unhook myself from the depressing topic of trump.

But one last hurrah – this series may be my catharsis – I hope.

I have spent over a year researching the question: “How did Trump attract such a following, why, and why do they continue to support him?”

This series will be my final post on the downfall of America. However, I retain the right to comment again as that day gets closer.

I have to find a real part-time job so I can supplement our Social Security income. THAT isn’t much fun to live on.

I believe that trump (Note the t is not capitalized. I cannot give him even that much respect.) will dismantle the federal government. The Republicans will grab the pieces and privatize them. That is their ticket for staying with trump. They will get rich of the skeleton.

How can I say that?

Just today in the  Huffington Postthere is an article titled ” Republicans Cynically Demonized Government for Decades. The Shutdown Belongs to them.” (dated Jan 23, 2019).

Several bits from that post: Reagan’s catchphrase  that Republicans still parrot “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

Republican plutocrats like “the Koch brothers have spent millions convincing ordinary Americans that government is the enemy”.

They have been successful. “A 2015 Gallup poll showed that 57% of Americans favor reducing the size of government.”

A real telltale doozy “Cut it or shut it” Mike Pence chortled in 2011.

A jarring tidbit “96 percent of trump supporters expressed generalized anger at federal policies.”

Real scary but true “many Americans who benefit from government assistance are literally in denial. “The classic example is the angry constituent who told his congressman “Keep your government hands off my Medicare. But this ignorance is too pervasive to amuse.

In 2011, Cornell political scientist Suzanne Mettler surveyed the number of recipients of government benefits who deny receiving benefits. The current political circumstance is an existential threat to American democratic order.

The numbers are shocking: depending on the program, they include a range of 50 to 65 percent of those that benefit from 529 tuition savings plans, the home mortgage deduction, student loans, or childcare tax credits; 40 to 50 percent of those receiving Social Security, Pell Grants, unemployment insurance, veterans’ benefits; and 25 to 40 percent of those receiving Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps.”

“Left unanswered was whether these folks believed their benefactor was the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy!”

These delusions are particularly prevalent in red states, which contribute the least in federal revenues and rely most heavily on federal services.”

You will note that Republicans are the ones most frequently scapegoating federal employees.

An article by nbcnews.com heralds the statement that the trump admin is planning on many more weeks of the shutdown.

One last tidbit showing the immense control trump has over the republican party. “The RNC just voted unanimously” to cancel the 2020 Republican Primary so trump would be able to run unopposed.

Back to Dr. Bobby Azarian:

8. Relative Deprivation – A Misguided Sense of Entitlement:

This is a main topic of one of my blog posts.

“Relative deprivations refers to the experience of being deprived of something to which you believed that you are entitled to.”

“It is the discontent felt when you compare your position in life to others” who you feel are unequal or inferior to you. But these people have more success than you.

This is common in “swing states like Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.”

These feelings can be economic, racial, immigrant-based. These feelings ignore the fact you are not keeping pace with the ‘accelerating pace of education.

I cover this subject in a blog post “Capitalism Overreach and the West Virginia Coal Mines” explores how we will repeat the plight of the coal miners. They saw the 20th Century pass them by.

We will witness this as the Fourth Industrial Revolution pass our citizens by.

9. Lack of Exposure to Dissimilar Others:

“Racial and ethnic isolation of Whites at the zip-code level is one of the strongest predictors of trump support.” Enough said.

10. Trump’s Conspiracy Theories Target the Mentally Vulnerable:

They may appear to be just odd quirks in modern society but the followers of crackpot allies of trump “and like Alex Jones and the shadowy QAnon” some may have psychological illnesses like paranoia, delusions like schizophrenia, or at least are vulnerable to them.

I wondered as I read that farmers in Iowa have been kicked in the teeth by trump but will still vote for him. Do they suffer from this?

The link between schizotypy and belief in conspiracy theories is well-established. A study in the Journal “Psychiatry Research shows that this condition is still very prevalent in the population.

Other things this personality type may believe in magical thinking, the government created the AIDS epidemic, etc.

Trump and his media allies target these people directly.”

Visit the alt-right websites and discussion boards to the evidence of this manipulation.

There are additional topics that range from trump tapping into the nation’s narcissism to understanding the racist brain.

I will follow up with those and more shortly.

Thanks for stopping.

Craig

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A Complete Psychological Analysis of Trump’s Support | Psychology Today

 

 

Social Psychological Perspectives on Trump Supporters | Pettigrew | Journal of Social and Political

Social Psychological Perspectives on Trump Supporters

 

 

Whom are you voting for? This guy can read your mind. – The Washington Post

 

 

Schadenfreude – Wikipedia

 

 

Free Copy! Conservative Brain

 

 

Current Biology Larger Amygdala

 

 

Liberal or Conservative by looking at brain activity

 

 

Death Reminders helped George W Bush

 

 

Zip-Code Level

 

 

Schizotypy – Wikipedia

 

 

Still prevalent

 

 

A neuroscientist explains how Trump and his media allies stir up paranoid delusions in vulnerable pe

 

Capitalism Overreach The West Virginia Coal Mines

Trump’s Deep State Part 2

from my hubpages blog post

571 words 2 min 5 sec read

Published May 11, 2019

This post is part of a series that I published in Jan 2019.
I have studied and researched material on trump since March 2015. I hope that I will be able to find that material.
The events of the last few weeks increase the urgency of republishing this material so that ‘normal’ people, who may not give a hoot about politics have a touchstone where they can find out how trump amassed his loyalists, to include senators and congressman, and how he keeps them in line.

This post is surgically removed from a post published in Hubpages in January. I also added a little more meat to meat to flesh out some earliers hints as to the direction we are heading.

I am leaning heavily on articles by Dr. Bobby Azarian published in Pyschology Today. He also leans on fellow researcher David Dunning for the Dunning- Kruger Effect.
I realize that this material is above the reading level in which I usually publish. In fact as I re-read it is absolutely brutal to understand. But I hope that you will bear with me.

Perhaps you will even offer suggestions on how I can make this presentation easier to read inside of being the heavy tome that it is.

Hopefully this series will be a catharsis. I want to put my angst about trump to bed at least until it gets closer to the elections.

I am sure you are aware how taxing his pronunciations can be: without merit, without sound reasoning and without a shred of good public speaking skills. In addition his shills such as Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Bill Barr, Ruby Guiliani, Bob Jordan, Mark Meadows et al. add to his crassness and belicosity.

Let’s crank up this machine again and move along in our effort to dismantle trump.

A short review:
I have appropriated trump’s term ‘Deep State’ to describe how his machinations have infiltered and seized the inner workings of our government from food safety inspections (the lack thereof); barbaric treatment of immigrants especially along our Southern Border; his idiotic foreign policy which relies  on his supposed personal relationships which dictators and fascists.

A case in point is the increase in the tariffs on Chinese imports. To quell their appropriation of our technology he beats up the average American citizen instead of fashioning policies to deal with the actual problems.

China retaliates by not purchasing our farmers soybeans because he did not target the real item of his wrath so now he puts farmers on welfare and pays them what they would have earned had he not deconstructed the market system.

Oh I could go on but let’s return to how and what means trump has used to get the US into this mess.

In addition to Dr. Azarian’s research and others that I mention in this series, I need to make you aware of even stronger research.

An article in The Washington Post on January 23, 2016 by Jacob Bogage tells the story of neuroscientist Ryan McGarry who applies so electrodes to your head, shows you a video clip and can tell who you are going to vote for. SCARY?

Maybe we can discover how trump won without dissecting millions of brains.

An article in Politico Magazine by David Dunning on May 2016 introduces us to the
Dunning-Kruger Effect

A brief glimpse at this postulate and then we will come back to it.
The Dunning Kruger Effect states: Humans often Overestimate Their Political Expertise. Indeed people are unaware of how misinformed they actually are!.

Other points that we need to consider:
The Power of Mortality Remindrs and Perceived Existential Threats
Relative Deprivation – A Misquided Sense of Entitlement
Lack of Exposure to Dissimilar Other
Trumps Conspiracy Theories Target the Mentally Vulnerable.

I tried to make this short since the preceding posts have been pretty ugly. I hope that you will refresh and come back to join me for more of this series.

Thanks for stopping.

Craig

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