frankilin roosevelt

It's not about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.

Check out my old  Voice of the People page.

Gino Napoli
San Francisco, California
High School Math Teacher

Loyalty without truth
is a trail to tyranny.

a middle-aged
George Washington

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Monday, 9 July 2018 at 20h 44m 22s

Hunter S Thompson back in 1972

“The main problem in any democracy is that crowd-pleasers are generally brainless swine who can go out on a stage & whup their supporters into an orgiastic frenzy—then go back to the office & sell every one of the poor bastards down the tube for a nickel apiece.”

~Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72

Monday, 2 July 2018 at 21h 56m 51s

The US Chamber of Commerce puts out an interactive info graph

The US Chamber of Commerce interactive map shows how each state will be affected by tariffs.

Louisiana will have 5.9 Billion in sales threatened : Click here for a pdf.

Monday, 2 July 2018 at 1h 12m 12s

Alienated Dysfunctional Society

What is an alienated dysfunctional society? Good question. Let’s look at each of those three words separately, one by one.

Alienated. Alienation occurs when individuals feel no connection or relation towards other people or institutions. Sometimes the sentiment is such that there is a largely negative, fearful connotation. As a result, avoiding connections becomes a preferable option, resulting in a lack of communication and feedback, magnifying the feeling of alienation, often warping their views about individuals and institutions that can be drastically different from any bearing on reality.

Dysfunctional. Dysfunctional literally means “against the function”, or not serving to benefit the purpose of the function. Dysfunctional behavior involves doing things that are actually harmful or not helpful. Irrational behavior or irrational thinking can be a symptom of some central dysfunctionalism. So you might encounter people who have a certain phobia that justify said phobia with illogical thoughts, and develop extensive behaviors in order to avoid instigating the phobia involved. For instance : my mom used to be so afraid of bridges that she would make me drive her 15 miles out of the way to use a dangerous unregulated 30 year old (often crowded) river barge, instead of traveling 2 miles across the river on the modern 3 year old four lane bridge that had very little traffic.

Society. An organization of people who collectively perform activities that sustain the overall existence of its members.

So an alienated dysfunctional society is a group of people who are harboring irrational attitudes, having negative and/or fearful sentiments about other members of the society, and organized in a manner that might be beneficial for some of the members, but is not beneficial for society as a whole.

We have a society now in which large sub-groups are incubated into group-think outlets reacting to and manipulated by vague inaccurate portraits of events. The overall structure now of society is one of wealth extraction, not wealth distribution, and the ongoing relentless extraction of such wealth from the resources of the earth is ignoring the inherent balance of our planet’s ecosystem, acting as if resources are infinite and endless. Large economic entities owned by very small numbers of people insist on making more and more profit, even while more and more people struggle with a basic means of existence. Granted a little struggle is inherent in life, but that is quite different than a large monolithic weave of corporate ownership structures narrowing down and limiting pathways for all of those individuals not lucky enough to be born into prosperity.

In the days before the rise of merchants and the modern middle class, servants and peasant children sometimes found their way into a life style that was above the vast majority of everyone who was not an aristocrat, but that’s not the same thing as working hard and rising up the social ladder based upon merit. The forces of acquisition forget about the concomitant feedback loop of economic distribution that sustains a functioning social order. Machines cannot buy the products that the machines produce, and shrinking the accumulation of wealth to a smaller number of people cannot support a large sprawling market system unless the uber-wealthy replace the economic distribution created by large numbers of smaller wealthy individuals by putting everyone else on their payroll. However, instead, the uber-wealthy prefer to fund think tanks promoting ideology, buying media outlets to control information, funneling money to compliant politicians who pass the laws they want, and spend their money excessively on costly extravagance for leisure and carnival solipsism. Or do you think an economy can run on private jets, private yachts, gold bathtubs, and million dollar sales of paintings and sculptures?

The non-wealthy are pushed to the edge in an alienated dysfunctional society. The rewards of the efficient production system largely accrue to the owners and stock holders, with very little trickling down to the lower classes that do the actual work of the production system. Marginalized and struggling, the mental day to day pressures of managing to find meaning in life is very difficult for even those who have strong instincts and mental acuity. Not everyone manages to stay sane, and some of those who lose the balance turn violent. This is what it means by statistics when the percentages of a subgroup are much larger than that of another subgroup. It’s not an indictment but a statement of an expected rate of increase due to the circumstances the alienated dysfunctional society places upon some subgroups in the society.

However, rather than become self-introspective, those who benefit from this alienated dysfunctional society chose blame or comforting biased explanations. Hence, black people are said to be more violent, liberals or socialists are just lazy people looking for a handout, and the homeless are just losers who cannot cut it in the modern world. Victimization is the glue that holds the fragile belief system together when the abundance of evidence cries bunkum.

Meanwhile those who benefit from the alienated dysfunctional society dabble in peddling nationalistic narcissistic racism in order to divide and conquer the minds of the beleaguered, who must be convinced that the alienated dysfunctional society is innocent of the designs by human actors. For some of the beneficiaries, it is difficult to be willing to admit that there is some responsibility on their part to reform the alienated dysfunctional society. So they ignore feedback loops and bottom up management systems, because it is too easy to believe in facile natural solutions that don’t actually address the underlying factors that create the alienated dysfunctional society. It is too easy to hide behind easy philosophies which remove the human from the precepts of the philosophy and presume unrealistic human behavior, because the end result must lay blame and personal responsibility on the individuals within the subgroups in order to justify the accruing of benefits to the other subgroups. Those who have advantages will explain these advantages are due to their own strengths and find weaknesses in others who lack such advantages. They will focus upon superficial individual characteristics and ignore the macroscopic systemic reality.

As a result, all human progress is an inevitable struggle, which is why war and revolution are periodic hallmarks of the human species.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 at 6h 18m 5s

Lyndon B Johnson understands racial politics

If you can convince the poorest white man that he is better than the negro, then you can pick his pocket all day long
~~ Lyndon B. Johnson

Sunday, 24 June 2018 at 0h 59m 46s

A fortune cookie aphorism

Semi-regularly (lately once a week) I get a twice-cooked pork dish with no rice from a Chinese restaurant around the block on Clement and 32nd. I love the fortune cookie sayings that come on the little pieces of paper after you crack open the cookie, getting some lucky number combinations and a free Chinese word too. Sometimes the pithy aphorism really hits home. That was the case yesterday.

Here is the quote:

Your dream must be bigger than your fear.

Friday, 22 June 2018 at 16h 39m 10s

The Majority of all voters have a favorable view of immigration

Here is the latest Gallup Poll

[SOURCE: Megan Brenan | Gallup Poll | 21 June 2018]

Thursday, 14 June 2018 at 22h 32m 8s

My neighbor

Today I spoke with a fellow who is a neighbor to a fellow teacher whom I have worked with for 20 years. His name was Steve. He said he was from Chicago. He said he joined the military in the 1960’s and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He lives around the corner from my favorite San Francisco cafe. I have seen him before — even perhaps spoken with him before — but we don’t usually connect except when I am on Summer sabbatical, spending my free time reading books in the morning at my favorite San Francisco cafe. Steve is now retired, and has served on the board and as President of a local Waldorf school.

He is a typical San Francisco “conservative” in that he isn’t Republican, is open minded to reason, is not blatantly judgmental or overly racist, tends to be parochial, and is staunchly supportive of a local view of property rights. Like every typical San Franciscan who intends to live here for the long haul — as opposed to being a temporary station in life — Steve is engaged with his fellow neighborhood citizens, which is why we strike up a conversation most of the time we are in the same vicinity. I mean, how else do you explain a guy pushing (or beyond) 70 years talking to a 49 year old long haired hippie who looks like Frank Zappa vintage 1972.

Our city recently elected London Breed mayor of San Francisco. She is a mainstream darling funded by large real estate interests, developers, internet and big-tech moguls, and is backed by financial slush funds such as Save and Affordable San Francisco slurring opposition candidates with 3 million dollars over the last 3 weeks before the election date -- conveniently registered out of Sacramento in order to not have to immediately file or disclose for the city ethics board. Steve called her a politician. Then Steve commented on our common district supervisor Sandra Fewer. He was upset with our district supervisor because of an instance a few years back when she was on the school board and voted against continuing the JROTC programs — apparently because our district supervisor has a gay son and she was upset about don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy of the military.

We got into a conversation about education, partly because I mentioned that I am a high school math teacher. He mentioned about how the United States was behind. I cut in and mentioned that if you look at the International PISA scores you are looking at an average, which is quite different than the median, and that furthermore, if you remove all the schools which have more than 20% school free lunch students (a good proxy for poverty) American students rank anywhere from number 1 to number 3. The real issue is not addressing the underlying needs of a large segment of the students in our public schools -- single parents, drug addiction, alcoholism, constant moving because of shifting job markets, unstable and unhealthy community environments, low nutrition. Steve agreed. He went back to the JROTC matter as a means of giving kids structure and leadership opportunities. I was not in disagreement, although I think those same goals can be achieved without the military being involved. But we agreed on the same principles.

Which is my goal when I converse with other people. I want to learn how they feel and how they think and discover what we have in common. I have no agenda or delusion that I can convince anyone of anything. Every encounter with another human being is either an exchange or it’s just an exercise in egotistical banter, the latter of which is a waste of time if you are a sentient being. Whereas, for the insentient and inobservant, egotistical banter is perhaps a necessity. The view of self cannot be separated from the engagement with others because any engagement with others must support the view of self.

Monday, 11 June 2018 at 4h 3m 15s

The falsehoods

Headline: In 500 days Trump has said 1655 falsehoods.

Click here.

Source: The Toronto Star

Wednesday, 6 June 2018 at 19h 55m 0s

My recent lunch

This is what I ate the last 3 days. OMG it's delicious. It takes 5 minutes once you have the boiled eggs. I also like to steam the broccoli for 5 minutes.

The spices are important btw. Turmeric in particular has a compound called curcumin that stimulates the enzyme production in the liver that increases metabolism of the fats that build up in the liver.

This salad also has 235 mg of Vitamin C, the same as 2 cups of raw orange juice without the 40 grams of sugar that you get with orange juice, about 10 to 15 grams of which is fructose. Whereas this salad only has 15 grams of sugar, only 4.5 grams of which is fructose.

For those of you who care about Calories .. this is about 1100.

Kale mixed greens olive broccoli feta tomato pecan chia seed salad

1 cup or handful kale
1 cup or handful mixed spring greens
4 hard boiled eggs (or 4oz Smoked Salmon)
½ cup crumbled pecans
10 cherry tomatoes, sliced into halves
1 cup of broccoli florets
8 large olives with pimentos, sliced into thirds
⅓ cup of feta cheese, cut and slightly crumbled
(optional) 2 medium peperoncini peppers

1 teas chia seeds
(optional) ½ T apple cider vinegar

2 T hemp oil (or olive oil)
1 T balsamic vinegar
1 teas paprika
1 teas turmeric
¼ teas coriander
(optional) pinch of cayenne pepper

Soak paprika, turmeric, cayenne and coriander in the oil and balsamic, and just enough water to make it a little runny. Let it sit for 5 minutes, stirring before and after.

Cut the eggs in half. Mix all the other ingredients together, then mix in the oil-vinegar spice mixture. Add salt and black pepper to taste.

Eat your greens y'all !!!!!!

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at 4h 29m 40s

California's Common Core Mistake

From the Hoover Institute ...

California's Common Core Mistake

Yep. Trying to solve underlying issues with a top-down mismanagement schema system that might work when you have a relatively homogenous society like Japan or China; or a society like Finland where the ancillary social support system diminishes the issues and factors exogenous to the school system.

Mathematics and numbers are unique, in that they are completely dependent upon the environment and culture from which humans arrive. Tribes cannot contemplate numbers greater than five, and often have no conception of linearity or division, because it doesn't come up in their environment. We in the West however expect young people to automatically have some innate capacity for mathematically ability, completely ignoring the concomitant background environment that is critical for success in mathematics. I still have seniors in statistics who get confused about the decimal point and percentages, even though that is a 7th grade math concept. Why is that? We must realize that there are various and different capacities for mathematics that exist in students and that there is not a one size fits all. Otherwise we don't address the misconceptions and weaknesses in the large sub-group of students who have weak mathematical conceptions.

Expecting children to ramp up and "struggle to solve hard problems" can be an immense challenge for students who are 3 grades behind, living in stressful social situations, poorly nourished by eating processed food and high sugar diets, and being largely raised by devices that are eroding their focus and memory retention. It would be one thing if these other more relevant issues were addressed, but they aren't being addressed at all -- and maybe cannot be addressed by the school systems but are the result of a larger social/government policy environment.