Face-ing, the facts

Written by BL on November 11, 2016 – 9:46 am -

I have just completed a 3 month Political experiment on Facebook. During these 3 months I doubled my “Friend” count and lost about a dozen “friends” by conveying my feelings about government in general and the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Once the election was over I conveyed my assessment of the results as a great unknown, the “winner” as the epitome of ignorance, with the election process and, now the country, to be ruled by hatred (on both sides).
As “friends”on the winning side became overly defensive and losing “friends” became excessively despondent, many disturbing images came into the “feed”:

Emboldened KlansMEN,

Ignorant “losers” taking to the streets to protest a democratic process that didn’t allow them to win.

Candidates on both sides, pretending 18 months of divisive and hateful rhetoric could be undone with a one simple statement,

and finally, “winners” pretending that nothing has really changed.

I ended my experiment knowing that I helped one candidate win the majority of the votes,
BUT my goal was to raise the level of political awareness among those who called me friend.
I was trying to encourage people to understand what they were voting FOR, not who they were voting against.

As we head into the great unknown, led by a MAN who just wanted to WIN, and supported by
a largely re-elected congress (don’t tell me the voters wanted to fix Washington)
it is time for this adaptive design scientist, to assess the data, evaluate the significantly altered environment, and determine what to do next.

But be advised, I love sarcasm but I am committed to PROtent,
so even if every one of my experiments in (small) world changing fail,
I will not follow the hateful path, just to succeed.







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Re-Considering SomeplacElse

Written by BL on October 13, 2016 – 10:45 am -

Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of the one and only novel I ever wrote. Many have asked me to write another.  My standard retort remains: “They say to write what you know and everything I know is in that book”.

I have had several readers point out to me that the womanizing playboy, with his inherited millions, running for Governor of Arizona, with the slogan “I’ll make ya rich, just like me” is remarkably similar to the current RepubliKlan candidate for president.

So let us set the record straight, Adam Wainwright is an arrogant, egomaniac that thinks he deserves and has, somehow, earned all that he has. Adam Wainwright has no real redeeming qualities. However, the slimy creature that is Adam Wainwright is a mere composite of detestable qualities I gleaned from real politicians.  As much as reasonable people have found him disgusting, he is an Eagle Scout compared to Donald Trump.  If I had made him more like little Donny nobody would have believed he was a credible character!

The energy generated by the hatred in the current political cycle is being wasted on absurd “issues”. I don’t for one minute believe that 35 or 40% of America so hates Hillary Clinton that they would vote for an individual that lacks a fundamental understanding of the constitution, the law, decency even the difference between right and wrong.

In my book Adam has millions of followers, not because he preaches hate, but because he makes them feel like they are being heard.  He tells them the lies that they feel justify why they haven’t been able to achieve success.  He tells them that they don’t have to change or adapt to advance all they have to do is vote for him.

I think it is basically the same thing in this presidential election, with one major difference, Little Donny is telling them that they don’t have to change or adapt to advance all they have to do is keep hating everyone that isn’t like them, everyone that doesn’t vote for Trump.  This is totally irresponsible and would have been totally unbelievable in a reasoned work of fiction created almost 10 years ago.

In my mind the Bernie Sanders campaign hinted that this country is ready to start Considering SomeplacElse. Hillary represents an ENORMOUS change in leadership.  The country is finally, really considering putting a woman in charge.  She is no Bernie Sanders, but she understands that his ideas are what she and the rest of the country NEED to consider.

In our current reality it may appear that civility has been lost and we are descending into chaos, but in my book, chaos is merely a catalyst that allows us to stop wasting time and resources and “Consider what can be accomplished merely by allocating our resources someplace else”.


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Data Wrangler Humor

Written by BL on October 9, 2016 – 2:36 pm -

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YES I AM with HER!

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Coming of Age at Miller’s “Rocket Ship” Church

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Growing up Lindstrom in Miller

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OOOO WA OOO – That’s my Mom

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How to Take Mom to Vegas for her Birthday

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The Street (Boulevard actually) where we lived

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Swede and the other Macho Lindstrom Boys

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