Someone is looking at whatever you do, so always present your most charming you ~ FlyingSnail graphic by C. Spangler ~ Open Flying Snail Views in new tab or window
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. ~ George Orwell

Paul Krassner ~ Investigative Satirist


Bob Sarles / Ravin' Films, Inc.

Dear Friends of Paul Krassner,

We now have a stand alone website for our documentary film about Paul:

We will be updating this site regularly, along with our Facebook page, with information about the documentary AN IMPOLITE FILM ABOUT PAUL KRASSNER as things develop.

We are just beginning our fundraising effort for the film. Currently we are accepting donations of $50 or more through our new non profit fiscal sponsor, Berkeley's The Catticus Corporation which has a long history of helping raise funds for worthy film projects. Securing the Catticus Corporation as our non profit fiscal sponsor is a huge step forward in making this film a reality.

We are currently scheduling on camera interviews to be shot in the coming weeks and months and the funds to produce these interviews is needed.

From our blog: Paul Krassner documentary secures non profit fiscal sponsor.

Ravin' Films, Inc. is pleased to announce our recent partnership with Berkeley's Catticus Corporation to be our non profit fiscal sponsor moving forward on our fundraising effort to secure the financial resources needed to complete our documentary AN IMPOLITE FILM ABOUT PAUL KRASSNER.

Catticus Corporation Executive Producer Shirley Kessler, a long time figure in the SF Bay Area film community said, "I am so pleased to be supporting Bob Sarles and Christina Keating in their film about this irreverent and important icon of the 60’s."

Having Catticus Corporation as a fiscal sponsor for the film will allow donors to the film project to take a tax deduction on their contributions and be assured that all funds will go directly to the production of the film project with documentation and reporting so donors and producers know how funds are being spent.

AN IMPOLITE FILM ABOUT PAUL KRASSNER needs to raise $150,000 in order to cover the costs of travel, production, post production, rights & clearances, film festival expenses  and legal fees.  Donations to the project can be made to our page on Catticus Corporation's website at  Credit cards are accepted directly on the site for convenience, but checks sent to:

2600 Tenth Street #619
Berkeley, CA 94710

are preferred. Please note on your check that the donation is for the Paul Krassner documentary.

Please make your donation today! We need to raise $150,000 to complete the film.

All who donate $50 or more will receive a private link to the documentary when it is completed.
For larger donations: all donations of $500 will receive an on screen "Thank you" with their name listed on the film.
Donations of $1,500 will receive a credit of "Contributing Producer."
Contributors of $5,000 will receive a "Co-Executive Producer" credit.
Contributors of $25,000 will receive a single card credit as "Executive Producer."
Any donations of $50 or more are tax deductible when made to the Catticus Corporation for the Paul Krassner documentary.

Please donate whatever you can so we can continue production and complete post production.

Thank you for your interest and support of our film project. ...Best, Bob

Boptime w/Even Steven Leech

Even Steven's Boptime

Boptime begins at 6am (EST) Saturday morning with a batch of oldies back to back to back. At 7am (EST) on Rockabilly Ridge Michael Ace keeps time rockin’ around the clock. At 8am (EST) we bop back to this day in 1958, or within a day of it since there was no leap day that year. One thing is certain, we’ll find ourselves at the zenith of late 1950s rock n’ roll. At 9am (EST) it’ll be Beatlemania at its most frenzied because we’ll bop back to this day in 1964. The Beatles had come to America, appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, and had five songs in the top three slots on the list of hits. It was the beginning of the British Invasion – in music that is. ~ Steve

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Nobody for President ~ NONE of the ABOVE should be a choice on voter ballots

Trump Divided America With Psychology
Here's How We Heal

by Bobby Azarian Ph.D., Mind In The Machine, Dec 27, 2017, Source

Trump-induced existential anxiety has torn the nation apart, but it's fixable.

No matter who you are, or what side of the political spectrum you fall on, it is likely that President Donald Trump has significantly increased your anxiety levels, distorting your perception of the world and negatively affecting your behavior in ways you are unaware of. But the good news is that these cognitive biases and behavioral changes can be reversed if one becomes cognizant of their existence and makes a conscious effort.

The human brain is a statistical machine that must constantly be making judgments and predictions based on beliefs, feelings, and past experiences. Trump’s fear mongering and fiery rhetoric is designed to heighten emotions and alter beliefs, offsetting this fine-tuned and calibrated system. If there’s one thing that Trump understands, it’s how to benefit politically from manufacturing fear and division. He may only be following his gut instincts, but it’s strategic psychological manipulation nonetheless.

Trump provokes anxiety in both the right and the left perhaps equally, albeit in very different ways. For the right, he fuels their fears about minorities and dissimilar others, calling Hispanic immigrants “murderers and rapists,” and stating in blanket-fashion that “Islam hates us.” His demonization of the “liberal media” and the Obama administration has transformed many right-wingers into full-fledged conspiracy theorists.

For the left, President Trump is the fear. His narcissistic personality and unpredictable, unrestrained behavior makes him a dangerous commander-in-chief—one that is liable to get the U.S. into a game of nuclear chicken with countries led by similarly erratic leaders, like North Korea. Trump’s policies and willingness to please his most extreme supporters threatens the rights of gays, transgender folk, and women across the country. The only thing liberals might fear worse than Trump himself is the sentiment he brings out in his supporters, which has already proved deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia.

As a result of the amplified fear and anxiety on the right and the left, the nation is more polarized than ever, and tensions seem to be at an all-time high. So how is this heightened collective anxiety affecting us, exactly? What measurable effects does it have on our cognition and behavior?

Mortality salience increases tribalism and aggression toward out-group members.

Hundreds of studies in peer-reviewed journals have shown that when people are reminded of their mortality  or exposed to a perceived existential threat — in other words, mortality is made salient, the result is a clear and predictable change in our attitudes and behavior toward others. Specifically, stimuli or events that conjure up thoughts about death cause people to cling more strongly to their cultural worldviews, increasing their support for those who share their national, ethnic, or political identity, and increasing their intolerance and aggression toward those who do not. According to Terror Management Theory , this happens because cultural worldviews — like religions, political ideologies, and national identities — help curb existential anxiety by instilling life with some form of meaning and value. Essentially, intense anxiety over a perceived threat to one’s well-being promotes tribalism, and no one is immune to it.

In fact, studies  have shown that when participants are primed to think about their mortality, with something like a video or a story about death, their nationalistic bias significantly increases. We can see evidence of the psychological effects of Donald Trump’s fear mongering in the dramatic increase in nationalism and xenophobia displayed by the alt-right movement.

More evidence for this effect comes from a psychology study that found that making mortality salient increased support for extreme military interventions  by American forces that could kill thousands of civilians overseas, an effect that was present only in conservatives.

By constantly emphasizing existential threat, Trump fuels the fears of Americans who will bolster their support for him in an attempt to feel safer. While this strategy keeps his supporters energized and loyal, the whole country suffers from the prejudice, aggression, and division it creates.

But the existential fear associated with Trump’s reign doesn’t just affect those on the right side of the political spectrum. Mortality salience can cause centrists and moderate liberals to shift their voting towards the right, and it can also cause liberals to be pushed further to the left.  Since mortality salience fosters aggression towards those with opposing cultural worldviews, the perceived threat posed by Trump and his supporters has shifted many liberals towards more extreme positions than would be normally expected. In accordance with this concept, America has seen the rise of the militant left-wing group known as Antifa, whose tactics have progressively grown more violent towards the alt-right and neo-Nazis in a number of recent real-world confrontations.

Liberals who fear the nationalist surge the nation is witnessing become less tolerant of those they see as supporting Trump and his views towards immigrants, and more sympathetic towards the violent antics of Antifa because they are seen as well-intentioned, despite the fact that violence will ultimately be counterproductive to the liberal cause. Additionally, due to the worldview bolstering effects of existential fear and anxiety, liberals who feel threatened ideologically will tend to enforce their left-wing norms more than usual. While this might seem like a positive thing on the surface, given liberal ideals, a recent study  has shown that the over-enforcement of PC norms actually serves to increase support for Donald Trump.

So, what’s the solution? How do we break the polarizing positive feedback cycle that Trump-related anxiety and fear has established? How do we reverse the division and aggression and begin to come together?

First, we must become acutely aware of the polarizing effect of Donald Trump’s presidency on both sides of the political aisle. We must openly acknowledge that the anxiety and fear created by Trump is pushing us all to our extremes, leading to tribal behavior and biases that can cloud our rational judgment.

Second, we must act in ways that alleviate these effects, and that means making a conscious effort to de-escalate confrontations and curb aggressive attitudes toward those who don’t share our worldviews or national identities. Don’t just delete those friends on social media who have opposing political opinions, no matter how much you may despise some of those beliefs. We must engage each other in rational discourse, and we must strive to see the legitimate points made by all sides, regardless of the abundance of illogical ones. And throughout this engagement process, we must stay calm and collected, as aggression only makes the division worse by increasing mortality salience. While this idea might seem futile to many liberals who have long given up on trying to talk sense into Trump supporters, we must remember that trying to heal the division is our only option. Simply letting it get worse will only lead to further chaos in America, and could contribute to another four years of this administration.

Lastly, we must not only try to build bridges when possible, we should monitor ourselves from becoming too extreme, especially when behavior towards ideologically dissimilar others becomes aggressive and violent. When that happens, the moral high ground is lost. As satisfying as it might be to watch a neo-Nazi like Richard Spencer get punched in the face, it is imperative that we remember that, in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “Hate begets hate; violence begets violence,” a concept that is supported by the results of Terror Management Theory and mortality salience studies.

If we all truly strive to make these efforts and resist getting discouraged by the inevitable challenges, then the nation will slowly begin to come together, and a new, stronger form of order will emerge from the current sea of chaos.

Bobby Azarian, Ph.D., is a cognitive neuroscientist and science writer in the Washington, D.C. area. ~ Online: www.bobbyazarian.comTwitterFacebookLinkedIn, Psychology Today

45 Declared Goals For The Communist Takeover Of America

We will take America without firing a shot. We do not have to invade the US. We will destroy you from within.” Nikita Khrushchev, Russian, 11/18/1956, First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964

The Original Complete List Of The
45 Declared Goals
For The Communist Takeover Of America

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N. [Finally ended 3 October 1990]

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N. ~ [Albania, 14 December 1955 ~ Poland, 15 October 1945 ~ Bulgaria, 14 December 1955 ~ Romania, 14 December 1955 ~ Czech Republic, 24 October 1945 & 19 January 1993 ~ East Germany, 18 September 1973 ~ Hungary, 14 December 1955]

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a "religious crutch."

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture--education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use ["]united force["] to solve economic, political or social problems.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike. ~ [Green means there is proof this has occurred and eventually links will be posted here.]

Nobody speaks through the teethNobody speaks through the teeth

Touch Of Grey, Grateful Dead via William Panzer

Boptime w/Even Steven Leech

Even Steven's Boptime

Boptime begins at 6am (EST) Saturday morning with a batch of oldies back to back to back. At 7am (EST) on Rockabilly Ridge Michael Ace spins some tunes about the “golden idols” of Rock & Roll. At 8am (EST) we bop back to this day in 1962. John Glenn had just become the first American to orbit the earth, and Patsy Cline had made an appearance on American Bandstand. At 9am (EST) we jump to this day in 1963. It was the beginning of President Kennedy’s final year in office, when women began to record a lot of hit rock & roll music, and the beginning of the modern folk music movement. ~ Steve

BOPTIME: Saturday, 6 AM Eastern time, 3 AM Pacific time
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Click on a listening link below the WVUD logo:
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Metal Gear Solid 2

A game from about 20 years ago... ~@~

Colonel Campbell outlines the birth of The Patriots and a new digital system of control:

Rose: Raiden, you seem to think that our plan is one of censorship.

Raiden: Are you telling me it's not!?

Rose: You're being silly! What we propose to do is not to control content, but to create context.

Raiden: Create context?

Colonel: The digital society furthers human flaws and selectively rewards the development of convenient half-truths. Just look at the strange juxtapositions of morality around you.

Rose: Billions spent on new weapons in order to humanely murder other humans.

Colonel: Rights of criminals are given more respect than the privacy of their victims.

Rose: Although there are people suffering in poverty, huge donations are made to protect endangered species. Everyone grows up being told the same thing.

Colonel: "Be nice to other people."

Rose: "But beat out the competition!"

Colonel: "You're special." "Believe in yourself and you will succeed."

Rose: But it's obvious from the start that only a few can succeed...

Colonel: You exercise your right to "freedom" and this is the result. All rhetoric to avoid conflict and protect each other from hurt. The untested truths spun by different interests continue to churn and accumulate in the sandbox of political correctness and value systems.

Rose: Everyone withdraws into their own small gated community, afraid of a larger forum. They stay inside their little ponds, leaking whatever "truth" suits them into the growing cesspool of society at large.

Colonel: The different cardinal truths neither clash nor mesh. No one is invalidated, but nobody is right.

Rose: Not even natural selection can take place here. The world is being engulfed in "truth."

Colonel: And this is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but a whimper.

The S3 plan is MGS2’s plot device to warn us of behavioural manipulation based on two main pillars: massive-scale profiling of personal data, plus behavioural engineering using this data as a guide. The events of MGS2 – as lived through the eyes of Raiden, the player – demonstrate how our social weak points, like our insecurity about identity, could become glowing targets. 17 years later, we’re learning that these ideas have already been put into action, only not in defence of a political system but rather in assault on it. Somewhere near the centre of it all is a company called Cambridge Analytica, who might be the tip of the iceberg of our modern surveillance society. [Continue reading: How Metal Gear Solid manipulated its players, warning us of an age of Fake News, Cambridge Analytica and data surveillance by Dan Dawkins & Chris Parnell @]

Devin Nunes’ Cow Has a First Amendment Right to Call Rep. Nunes a ‘Treasonous Cowpoke’

Remembering "Freaky Ralph" Eno

"Freaky Ralph" Eno

December 6, 1948 ~ February 17, 1984
Ralph EnoRalph Eno

On February 17, Ralph Eno, local performer, died of burns at S. F. General.

Ralph was definitely the bull goose loony of even such an already fringey scene as San Francisco's.

In the early '70s he was the only male member of the women's theatre group Les Nickelettes, doing comedy rock when the Tubes were still the Beans.

As "Freaky" Ralph, he founded his one-man "progressive surf music" movement, several years before something called "new wave" would hit the covers of the glossy magazines. When punk started becoming a household word, he was already moving into his modem romance phase as Ral Pheno and the Twitchers, presaging the new English invasion.

When the local comedy scene (which he helped found at Frank Kidder's coffee house in the Intersection) finally achieved some viability, he was right there at the open mikes, singing the same songs he'd been performing as "straight" in his previous incarnations.

Through it all he was a courageous, sincere, and passionate stage performer, a prolific songwriter, a terrible businessman (releasing four independently produced records), a fervent supporter of every aspect of the Bay Area performing community, a bottomless well of junior high jokes, and a tremendous inspiration to every one who knew him well.

Some audiences found him hysterical, some unbearable, and a few thought him a genius. No one could write him off casually, except maybe Ralph himself.

[Note: Although Ralph caused his death by pouring five gallons of gas on his body and setting himself on fire, he was my friend and I miss him. ~ United State Cafe Link ~ Podcasts]

Below are two MP3 songs written and performed by Ralph Eno, Jeff Ross, and the Pointless Sisters that have been placed here to honor his memory ~@~



Nobody for President ~ Happy 24th Web Birthday

Nobody for President In '76 Bumper Snicker

On February 17, 1996, twenty years after Nobody first ran for President:

Nobody's first page appeared at:

Nobody's Songs: 

Nobody for President by Country Joe McDonald

Nobody for President by Jim Maxwell & The Sundown Band:

Founding Fathers Sing Do Not Let Democracy Die via JJBWorks

I Am Not A Virus

Boptime w/Even Steven Leech

Even Steven's Boptime

Boptime begins at 6am (EST) Saturday morning with a batch of oldies back to back to back. At 7am (EST) on Rockabilly Ridge, and only a day after Valentine’s Day, Michael Ace plays those tunes about looking for a girl. We return to our final Dream Hour installments at 8am (EST), this time Dream Hours back to back. First it’s Joan’s Dream Hour, and at 9am (EST) Phil joins us for his. The couple always brings surprises. Expect some yodeling~ Steve

BOPTIME: Saturday, 6 AM Eastern time, 3 AM Pacific time
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Simon Hurley Quartet, My Funny Valentine via Nadir Khan

Mr. Rogers says, "Life is deep and simple, and what our society gives us is shallow and complicated."
Life is deep & simple & what our society gives us is shallow & complicated. ~ Mr. Rogers

Prevent Destruction of Democracy
Turn Your Televisions Off,
Don't Give Them Ratings
Or Buy Anything Until
U.S. Sanity Returns!

We don't let 1 person control the water for 2.5 billion people.

We don't let 1 person control electricity for 2.5 billion people.

Why do we let 1 man control the information seen by 2.5 billion people?

Facebook needs to be regulated by governments, not ruled by an emperor!

via Sacha Baron Cohen & Elon Musk @ #DeleteFacebook

BASTARDS OF IMPERIALISM, “Homeland Insecurity” via Shanzhai Laowai

The Impeachment Rag via JazzPoetry Ensemble

Throughout America's adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among people and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance, or our lack of comprehension or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt both at home and abroad. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Corruption is Legal in America via Doku Mentor

Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. ~ Declaration of Independence

Esurance ~ Election Insurance via Rene Delgado

How many? 51?

Forget the politicians. They are irrelevant! The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice! You have OWNERS! They own you. They own everything! They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They've long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. ~ George Carlin

The Nodrogs, All Politicians Suck via Logan Reynolds Video

How many Fascists does it take to screw over Democracy? 51?

Pathological Lying

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ Source

Pathological lying (also called pseudologia fantastica and mythomania) is a behavior of habitual or compulsive lying[1][2] It was first described in the medical literature in 1891 by Anton Delbrueck.[2] Although it is a controversial topic,[2] pathological lying has been defined as "falsification entirely disproportionate to any discernible end in view, may be extensive and very complicated, and may manifest over a period of years or even a lifetime".[1]


Defining characteristics of pathological lying include

  • A definitely internal, not an external, motive for the behavior can be discerned clinically: e.g., long-lasting extortion or habitual spousal battery might cause a person to lie repeatedly, without the lying being a pathological symptom.[2]

  • The stories told tend toward presenting the liar favorably. The liar "decorates their own person"[3] by telling stories that present them as the hero or the victim. For example, the person might be presented as being fantastically brave, as knowing or being related to many famous people, or as having great power, position, or wealth.

Some psychiatrists distinguish compulsive from pathological lying, while others consider them equivalent; yet others deny the existence of compulsive lying altogether; this remains an area of considerable controversy.[4]

Blondie_Vs._The_Doors_-_Rapture_Riders via joao reininho


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ Source

The term cult usually refers to a social group defined by its religiousspiritual, or philosophical beliefs, or its common interest in a particular personality, object or goal. The term itself is controversial and it has divergent definitions in both popular culture and academia and it also has been an ongoing source of contention among scholars across several fields of study.[1][2] In the sociological classifications of religious movements, a cult is a social group with socially deviant or novel beliefs and practices,[3] although this is often unclear.[4][5][6] Other researchers present a less-organized picture of cults saying that they arise spontaneously around novel beliefs and practices.[7] Groups said to be cults range in size from local groups with a few members to international organizations with millions.[8]

Beginning in the 1930s, cults became the object of sociological study in the context of the study of religious behavior.[9] From the 1940s the Christian countercult movement has opposed some sects and new religious movements, and it labelled them as cults for their "un-Christian" unorthodox beliefs. The secular anti-cult movement began in the 1970s and it opposed certain groups, often charging them with mind control and partly motivated in reaction to acts of violence committed by some of their members. Some of the claims and actions of the anti-cult movement have been disputed by scholars and by the news media, leading to further public controversy.

The term "new religious movement" refers to religions which have appeared since the mid-1800s. Many, but not all of them, have been considered to be cults. Sub-categories of cults include: Doomsday cultspersonality cultspolitical cults, destructive cults, racist cults, polygamist cults, and terrorist cults. Various national governments have reacted to cult-related issues in different ways, and this has sometimes led to controversy. ~ [Continue Reading]

Dunning~Kruger effect

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ Source

In the field of psychology, the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which people of low ability have illusory superiority and mistakenly assess their cognitive ability as greater than it is. The cognitive bias of illusory superiority comes from the inability of low-ability people to recognize their lack of ability. Without the self-awareness of metacognition, low-ability people cannot objectively evaluate their competence or incompetence.[1]

As described by social psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger, the cognitive bias of illusory superiority results from an internal illusion in people of low ability and from an external misperception in people of high ability; that is, "the miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others."[1]


In 2011 David Dunning wrote about his observations that people with substantial, measurable deficits in their knowledge or expertise lack the ability to recognize those deficits and therefore, despite potentially making error after error, tend to think they are performing competently when they are not: "In short, those who are incompetent, for lack of a better term, should have little insight into their incompetence—an assertion that has come to be known as the Dunning–Kruger effect".[2] In 2014 Dunning and Helzer described how the Dunning-Kruger effect "suggests that poor performers are not in a position to recognize the shortcomings in their performance".[3]

Original study

The psychological phenomenon of illusory superiority was identified as a form of cognitive bias in Kruger and Dunning's 1999 study, "Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments".[1] The identification derived from the cognitive bias evident in the criminal case of McArthur Wheeler, who robbed banks while his face was covered with lemon juice, which he believed would make it invisible to the surveillance cameras. This belief was based on his misunderstanding of the chemical properties of lemon juice as an invisible ink.[4]

Other investigations of the phenomenon, such as "Why People Fail to Recognize Their Own Incompetence" (2003), indicate that much incorrect self-assessment of competence derives from the person's ignorance of a given activity's standards of performance.[5] Dunning and Kruger's research also indicates that training in a task, such as solving a logic puzzle, increases people's ability to accurately evaluate how good they are at it.[6]

In Self-insight: Roadblocks and Detours on the Path to Knowing Thyself (2005), Dunning described the Dunning–Kruger effect as "the anosognosia of everyday life", referring to a neurological condition in which a disabled person either denies or seems unaware of his or her disability. He stated: "If you're incompetent, you can't know you're incompetent ... The skills you need to produce a right answer are exactly the skills you need to recognize what a right answer is."[7][8] ~ [Continue Reading]

Politicians are turning America into US?

GOD: THESE ARE HUMANS ~ ANGEL: HOW DO THEY WORK? ~ GOD: [rubbibg temples] NOT...NOT WELL... via conscious robot @robots_feel

should be a choice on voter ballots

Boptime w/Even Steven Leech

Even Steven's Boptime

Boptime begins at 6am (EST) Saturday morning with a batch of oldies back to back to back. At 7am (EST) on the Legends of Wilmington Jazz we’ll hear some of the final recordings of Wilmington songstress Betty Roché, then hear some rare recordings from Millie Cannon. We’ll get a sampling of the musical career of Wilmington jazz pianist Gerald Price. At 8am (EST) we meet on Clifford’s Corner with Kitty and Larry with those choice and rare jazz and R&B sides.  ~ Steve

BOPTIME: Saturday, 6 AM Eastern time, 3 AM Pacific time
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Why Watch What Can't Be Seen?

Why Watch What Can't Be Seen?

10 things to do instead of
watching Super Bowl LIII

NewsWest Article Source

Binge watch a show

Maybe there’s a show you’re just three or four episodes from finishing, or maybe there’s one you’ve thought about starting but haven’t gotten around to. Now’s the time to put your feet up and watch.

If you include the hours of pregame coverage before kickoff, you can probably get through an entire season. This same idea goes for that podcast your friends have told you that you must listen to.

As an alternative, you can go to the theater and catch one or even two of the movies up for Oscars this year.

Go shopping

Consider this: about one-third of Americans will be watching the game (more than 100 million every year this past decade). That means the stores will be relatively quiet. Do some research ahead of time for some sales and hit the mall.

It’s also a good time to do some grocery shopping, particularly if you need to stock up at warehouse stores like Costco.

Go to a popular restaurant

Is there a great place that you’ve never been but requires a reservation? Now’s the time to check it out.

Get a project done around the home

Does your garage desperately need some attention? Do you want to install new shelves in the kitchen? Is your carpet begging for a deep clean? Now's a good time.

Organize your digital photos

When you upload digital photos, your computer assigns it some alphanumeric name, but you have to click on every single one to see what they really are. Now is your chance to go through them, give them names, and organize them into folders.

While you're at it, take some time to freshen up your music library.

Delete some “friends” on social media

You may have built up quite the cache of “friends” on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram that you either don’t even know or who don’t enrich your life. Take a closer look at your friends list and consider cutting it down a little.

Learn something new

Go visit a museum, zoo or aquarium. This is an especially great idea if you have young kids who also aren’t into football. You can also go to the library for some quiet reading time.

Another idea: plop down at the computer and take an online course, such as a Master Class or on And there's always the classics: learning to knit or crochet.

Do a puzzle

Is there a jigsaw puzzle that has been sitting in your closet forever that you’ve never started? Are you still trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube? Are you ready to try a harder Sudoku puzzle? Put your brain to work.


If you’ve been putting off starting that New Year’s resolution, don’t put it off any longer. Go for a walk, run, hike or some cross-country skiing. And if you’re mildly interested in the game, you can go to the gym which will likely have the Super Bowl playing on TV while you work out.

Take care of you

Time for some self-care. Get your nails done. Get a pedicure. Change your hairstyle. Or just go outside somewhere and enjoy some peace and quiet.


Ira Cohen ~ Poet, Artist, Film Maker

Remembering Ira Cohen
February 3, 1935 ~ April 25, 2011

Petra Voght (Living Theater) and Ira Cohen - Photograph: Ira Cohen
Petra Voght (Living Theater) & Ira Cohen (Wikipedia) ~ Photo: Ira Cohen

Curtis and Ira Cohen - Photograph: Robert Pruzan
C. Spangler & Ira Cohen, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Ca ~ Photo: Robert Pruzan

Thinking About Petra Vogt

Petra Vogt (right)


Lucia de Vries, October 12, 2018

How two female flower children joined East and West in the streets of Kathmandu 50 years ago.

In the early 1970s, two women from very different backgrounds met in Kathmandu and became intimate friends. Both were ‘hippinis’ whose unique stories will be part of the Photo Kathmandu festival next four weeks. 

Petra Vogt was a German actress, model and muse, a member of the experimental Living Theater and partner of American beatnik poet and photographer Ira Cohen. Petra and Ira traveled overland to Nepal during the hippie era and settled in Kathmandu. Together with former Velvet Underground drummer Angus MacLise they published books and magazines on rice paper under the name Bardo Matrix Starstreams.

Petra acted as a model for Ira’s hallucination photography, using Kathmandu of 50 years ago as the backdrop. She experimented with different art forms and created notebooks filled with visionary drawings and writings, inspiring Nepali hippies like Jimmy Thapa and Trilochan Shrestha and had a special interest in the aghori baba cult, skulls and cremation grounds. 

Ira and Petra’s home in Yatkha became the hangout for itinerant bohemians to share their passions. Petra, nicknamed Cleopetra, used to organise the occasional ‘Be-In’ — gatherings of hippies for ‘goat head soup parties’ which she did not attend herself. 

Petra’s friends William Forbes and Susan Burns, who still lives in Nepal, remembers her as dressed mostly in black and purple, never leaving the home without her dramatic outfits and make up.

She was a foreboding person who lived in a small world of which she was the queen,” Burns remembers. 

But Petra had a softer side too, which is evident from her correspondence with friends. Among her close acquaintances was Vidhea Shrestha, a rare Nepali hippini. At various times Vidhea lived with Ira and Petra, and modelled for Ira. 

Vidhea was born into a well-to-do family in eastern Nepal and was educated in Darjeeling. With her sister, she ran a boutique in New Road catering to foreigners.

Through Petra and Ira, Vidhea met countless other artists, participating in wide-ranging discussions on every imaginable subject. ‘They opened up this whole world for me,’ she said in an interview with Mark Liechty, author of Far Out, Countercultural Seekers and the Tourist Encounter in Nepal. Vidhea credits Petra and Ira with showing her a world of possibilities ‘that I could have never gotten from my own family or society.’ 

Wearing short skirts, drinking, smoking and spending time with hippies, Vidhea broke every norm, and paid a price. 

In the late 1970s, Petra moved to India to spend time with aghori babas, and is now believed to be a nun with the Brahmakumari in Europe. Vidhea became a semi-professional jazz singer and died of cancer in 2010. Her son Yanik is a well known RJ in Kathmandu.

Petra Vogt, IMDb

Travels in the 1970s (Ira Cohen)

In company with former Living Theatre member Petra Vogt, [3] Cohen went to the Himalayas in the 1970s where he started the Starstream poetry series under the Bardo Matrix imprint in Kathmandu, publishing the work of Charles Henri FordGregory CorsoPaul Bowles and Angus Maclise. Here he developed bookmaking art, working with native craftsmen. In 1972 he spent a year in San Francisco reading and performing, and then returned to New York to mount photographic shows.

Boptime w/Even Steven Leech

Even Steven's Boptime

Boptime begins at 6am (EST) Saturday morning with a batch of oldies back to back to back. At 7am (EST) we do some dancing to the tunes Michael Ace serves up on Rockabilly Ridge. At 8am (EST) the Heart & Soul of Delaware Rock ’n Roll we’ll hear some mid to late 1950’s doo wop from Wilmington, followed by the Morrie Sims Show. At 9am (EST) on the Club Baby Grand we’ll have selections from Wilmington jazz drummer Wilby Fletcher with Ron Carter as well as with Alfie Moss and Dexter Koonce. We’ll have a couple selections from the Boysie Lowery Big Band with singer Sylvia Jackson. After that a selection from local jazz pianist Dennis Fortune, followed by Lem Winchester as side man for Shirley Scott, Oliver Nelson, and Jack McDuff. And if there’s time left, we’ll end with some early sides from Clifford Brown~ Steve

BOPTIME: Saturday, 6 AM Eastern time, 3 AM Pacific time
Go To:
Click on a listening link below the WVUD logo:
WVUD 91.3

Available locally in DE on WVUD-FM 91.3, Shoutcast [Search: WVUD], and TuneIn

Disclaimer #3

3. The most powerful tool on the planet today is Tell-A-Vision. That is where I tell a vision to you, and you tell a vision to me. That way, if we don't like the programming we're getting, we can simply change the channel.

Distant Relatives [Patience] via nabil elderkin

Disclaimer #4

4. Life is like photography. You use the negative to develop.

Leningrad Cowboys, Happy Being Miserable via Leningrad Cowboys Official

Disclaimer #5

5. It is true. As we go through life thinking heavy thoughts, thought particles tend to get caught between the ears, causing a condition called truth decay. So be sure to use mental floss twice a day. And when you're tempted to practice tantrum yoga, remember what we teach in Swami's Absurdiveness Training class: *Don't get even, get odd*.

Beethoven’s 5 Secrets ~ OneRepublic ( Cello Cover) ~ ThePianoGuys via mzeyimateos

Disclaimer #6

6. If we want world peace, we must let go of our attachments and truly live like nomads. That's where I no mad at you, you no mad at me. That way, there'll surely be nomadness on the planet. And peace begins with each of us. A little peace here, a little peace there, pretty soon all the peaces will fit together to make one big peace everywhere.

Nothing else matters, Metallica arr. Karianne Brouwer violin, Maaike Schoenmaker cello

Notes from ~@~

Freedom of expression and freedom of speech aren't really important unless they're heard...It's hard for me to stay silent when I keep hearing that peace is only attainable through war. And there's nothing more scary than watching ignorance in action. So I dedicated this Emmy to all the people who feel compelled to speak out and not afraid to speak to power and won't shut up and refuse to be silenced.~ Tom Smothers

Carlin Step, DJ Steve Porter & Eli Wilkie from Roland Kardeby

The Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering) from R Smittenaar

Beautiful Child

One Day, Matisyahu via ShalomLearning

Unsung Hero from Rattakarn Srithavatchai "Garn"

The Sacred Clowns ~ Heyókȟa

The Heyókȟa symbolize and portray many aspects of the sacred, the Wakȟáŋ. Their satire presents important questions by fooling around. They ask difficult questions, and say things others are too afraid to say. By reading between the lines, the audience is able to think about things not usually thought about, or to look at things in a different way.

Principally, the Heyókȟa functions both as a mirror and a teacher, using extreme behaviors to mirror others, thereby forcing them to examine their own doubts, fears, hatreds, and weaknesses. Heyókȟas also have the power to heal emotional pain; such power comes from the experience of shame--they sing of shameful events in their lives, beg for food, and live as clowns. They provoke laughter in distressing situations of despair and provoke fear and chaos when people feel complacent and overly secure, to keep them from taking themselves too seriously or believing they are more powerful than they are.

In addition, sacred clowns serve an important role in shaping tribal codes. Heyókȟa's don't seem to care about taboos, rules, regulations, social norms, or boundaries. Paradoxically, however, it is by violating these norms and taboos that they help to define the accepted boundaries, rules, and societal guidelines for ethical and moral behavior. This is because they are the only ones who can ask "Why?" about sensitive topics and employ satire to question the specialists and carriers of sacred knowledge or those in positions of power and authority. In doing so, they demonstrate concretely the theories of balance and imbalance. Their role is to penetrate deception, turn over rocks, and create a deeper awareness.

Develop Your Mind, Not Sacred Sites

Develop Your Mind, Not Sacred Sites

Cree Prophecy

Only after the last tree has been cut down,

Only after the last river has been poisoned,

Only after the last fish has been caught,

Only then will you find money cannot be eaten.

Nobody for President ~ NONE of the ABOVE should be a choice on voter ballots

Curtis Spangler & Wavy Gravy, Nobody for President San Francisco Rally, October 12, 1976 - Photograph: James Stark
Curtis Spangler & Wavy Gravy, Nobody for President, 197610.12 ~ Photo: James Stark

American Dream, George Carlin via Ishtar [Not Work Safe] Nobody should have that much power

Nobody for President 2020 = NONE OF THE ABOVE on Voter Ballots
should have that much power!

should be a choice on voter ballots!

Message via Mike Pinder

Oh, I hope that I see you again I never even caught your name As you looked through my window pane ~ So I'm writing this message today I'm thinking that you'll have a way Of hearing the notes in my tune ~ Where are you going? Where have you been? I can imagine other worlds you have seen ~ Beautiful faces and music so serene ~ So I do hope I see you again My universal citizen You went as quickly as you came ~ You know the power Your love is right You have good reason To stay out of sight ~~ But break our illusions and help us Be the light ~ by Mike Pinder

Why I Think This World Should End, Prince EA via Prince EA
Without love in the dream, it will never come true. ~ Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter
And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make. ~ John Lennon

Artist, John Flores

The man whispered, "God, speak to me" and a meadowlark sang. But the man did not hear. So the man yelled "God, speak to me" and the thunder rolled across the sky. But the man did not listen. The man looked around and said, "God let me see you" and a star shined brightly. But the man did not notice. And the man shouted, "God show me a miracle" and a life was born. But the man did not know. So the man cried out in despair, "Touch me God, and let me know you are there" Whereupon God reached down and touched the man, But the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.

Somebody is looking at whatever you do, so always present your most charming you
Don't miss out on a blessing because
it isn't packaged the way you expect!

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