Wednesday, April 17, 2013

animal emotion thinking logic territorial imperative niche and survival

"Let us imagine that the aboriginal-original human specimen was one of two brother apes, A and B; they were alike in every respect; both were animal space-binders; but something strange happened to B; he became the first time-binder, a human. ... He had thus a new faculty, he belonged to a new dimension; but, of course, he did not realize it; and because he had this new capacity he was able to analyze his brother "A"; he observed "A is my brother; he is an animal; but he is my brother; therefore, I AM AN ANIMAL." This fatal first conclusion, reached by false analogy, by neglecting a fact, has been the chief source of human woe for half a million years and it still survives. ... He [then] said to himself, "If I am an animal there is also in me something higher, a spark of some thing supernatural.""

-- Uma Thurman, Jeddah, 2009
  • Junior Bear Alfred Korzybski "Manhood of Humanity : The Science and Art of Human Engineering" (1921)
    Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg.
  • William Adelman That's the guy who came up with the phrase "the map and the territory"!
  • Junior Bear But he is wrong. We are animals that think. Evil men demarcate between men and animals not at all and use man as animals. Enlightened men demarcate between men and animals not at all and understand we are part of the whole of all demensions.
  • Junior Bear "the map and the territory..." was recast in the 1970's as the "Territorial Imperative". All animals (perhaps all life) have a territory and they demarcate it (map it) on the the ground and in their minds and along the borders they fight for more an to protect what they have. Even plants, lichen on a rock, do this. Territory is niche, and niche is required for life and life is required for evolution.

    The next may not be earth animal.  It may be AI or Grey Goo or it may not be any more than what has been, but in a parallel form.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

How Much Profit Is there In a Non-Profit?

Want to help in Boston? Careful about sending money. Eighteen years ago $15 million was collected for the Oklahoma City Bombing victims. After the Governor got through all those funds were consolidated into one fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Now after all these years we find that the nearly $15 million made $4.5 million in interest to a sum of $19.5 million but that only $5 million was ever paid out to victims. So remember as you help the victims, don't become one yourself.
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  • For Your Information: Past Trustees of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation since 1995.
    James Young 1995–97
    J. Edward Barth 1989–98 
    Frank McPherson 1989–98 
    George J. Records 1989–99
    Ben Demps 1996–2000 Raymond Hefner 1994–2000
    Richard Sias 1995–2001
    Linda Lambert 1993–2002 
    Robert Butkin 1999–2002
    William O. Johnstone 1994–2003
    Anne Hodges Morgan 1994–2003
    Jeanette L. Gamba 1995–2004
    James H. Holloman Jr. 1997-2006
    Ronald J. Norick 1998-2007
    Paul B. Odom Jr. 1998-2007
    William Shdeed 2000-09
    Paul W. Dudman 2001-10
    John E. Green 2001-10
    Jim Daniel 2002-11
    Judy Love 2002-11
    Nancy Coats-Ashley 2003-12
    Kirland Hall 2003-12
  • For your Information current trustee of the Oklahoma City Foundation:
    Our Trustees

    The bylaws of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation require that six of the 15 Trustees be nominated by outside organizations and the remaining nine be appointed by the current Board of Trustees. Nominated for three-year terms, a Trustee can serve up to nine consecutive years. Below are the Trustees for FY2013. 

    Steven C. Davis, Chairman
    Attorney, Hartzog Conger 
    Cason & Neville
    Appointed by the Trustees

    Dr. Steve Agee 
    Dean, Meinders School of Business
    Oklahoma City University
    Appointed by the Trustees

    Mary Ann Bauman M.D.
    Medical Director, Women’s Health and Community Relations, 
    INTEGRIS Health
    Appointed by the Trustees

    Jim C. Clark
    B.C. Clark Jewelers
    Appointed by the Trustees

    Leslie Hudson
    Community Volunteer
    Appointed by the Trustees

    Oscar Jackson
    Secretary of Human Resources & Administration, State of Oklahoma (retired)
    Appointed by the Trustees

    Jane Jayroe
    Writer/Community Volunteer
    Nominated by the Oklahoma City Mayor and City Council

    Ann Johnstone
    Community Volunteer
    Nominated by Allied Arts

    Steve Mason 
    Cardinal Engineering
    Appointed by tUnited Way of Central Oklahoma 

    Harry Merson
    Private Investor
    Nominated by the 
    U.S. Judge, Western District 
    of Oklahoma

    Jenny Love Meyer
    Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores 
    Nominated by the Trustees

    J. Larry Nichols
    Devon Energy
    Nominated by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

    P.B. Odom III
    P.B. Odom III Land Development Companies
    Appointed by the Trustees
    Bond Payne
    Heritage Trust Company
    Appointed by the Trustees
    Tony Tyler
    Tyler Media
    Appointed by the Trustees

    Christian K. Keesee
    Kirkpatrick Bank
    Ex Officio

    John L. Belt, Secretary & General Counsel 

    Nancy B. Anthony, President & Assistant Secretary 

    Rhonda Godwin, Assistant Treasurer
  •  You ask, if you've read this far, what I expect will happen republishing all this info? Not a damn thing actually, but it seemed appropriate. Having served on a board or two or so I know how hard it is sometimes to get an organization to do the correct thing. This one however I Think the IRS needs to take a Hard Look at. I hear that the Internal Revenue System is trolling Social Media to find Fraud and Abuse by Taxpayers and Not For Profit Institutions Misusing Funds by using word and phrase detection programs to pick up on those doing a dirty deed. Some Eleemosynary Organizations have nary an elee in their mosy.

    Here is a statement from the foundation holding the $10 million not distributed.
    We are disappointed the March 1, 2013 episode of "Rock Center with Brian Williams" failed to provide a more balanced approach in their story about the Oklahoma City Disaster Relief Fund. Not only did the news staff fail to document the accuracy of the erroneous claims made in the story but they also...

    "Watson said the foundation has encouraged survivors and their families to get on public assistance before requesting help from the fund for medical bills and the like." "Let's see, if I made a donation to help the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing and Nancy Anthony decides it appropriate to deny it to the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing, that makes it ok?
    Let's see, if Nancy Anthony and the OCCF decide to build themselves a new office to dwell in to the tune of 6 million dollars and purchase the land that the property sits and the money it takes to do this involves money donated for other reasons, that makes it ok?
    Let's see, Nancy Anthony makes $232,000 a year salary to manage the Disaster Relief Fund. Really?? That's 5 times the median income in Oklahoma..... That's ok?"
    In the wake of complaints from some survivors of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing and their families, the Oklahoma City Disaster Relief Fund is being audited. The critics claim that the Oklahoma City Community Foundation (OCCF), which oversee...

Monday, April 15, 2013

Let It Go She Said....Grump Spit Sputter Growl & Piss

There were 40 people on the tour's motor coach originally built for 60. thus there was 30% more leg room and 30% more ability to recline and 30% more window for everyone.  Of course things weren't wider, but it made for a pretty nice comfortable tour.  One I would recommend to anyone over 50.

There were two sub-groups within the tour. One from Kansas City which numbered 25 or so (never figured it out for sure) and a group of six from different parts of the country that were kinfolk to one another or long time friends.  Then there was the rest of us.  At the very first boarding, the tour coordinator watched how slow I was moving with my cane and all and tagged me as his "aisle blocker" as opposed to any of the others. So he took me aside and assigned me the front right seat reserved for the handicapped and ask me to get on and off either last or first.  At my speed that meant always last.  The seat actually had less leg room than the other seats because there wasn't a seat in front of it, but it looked directly out of the front window.  As a photographer that pleased me greatly, and even offset to some degree the "handicapped" designation which I found embarrassing.

Forty people on board, 38 of who were gracious friendly kind and helpful.  Then there was me and this other guy.  He was in the group of six.  He was 69, slim trim and healthy and very active, as were all in his cadre.  They were the ones that went to all the shows and river rafting and the little hiking trips and so forth.  He and his wife had claimed the seat across from us and just behind the driver.  3&4 of his group was behind them and 5&6 were right behind us. They were all nice people.  He, not so much as nice.  It seems somewhere in the process he wanted the best seat for photographs. (His camera was a Nikon DSLR with lens that inter-changed)  But instead I had it.  Whoops.

He really wasn't a photographer.  He was a poser.  Double meaning that word.  He posed as a photographer and as a photographer he like to com-pose his photographs by posing people in them.
Now you begin to see why my wife says, "Let it go!"  No, no, not me.

He took away a big chunk of my peace of mind with little side remarks, none so offensive that anyone could challenge him on them. He didn't appreciate that the tour guide had placed us in the handicapped seat, where he wanted to be. So for five days he nibble away, and I behaved.  But still I hate his type.  Just saying, my meds really are working and he is a lucky guy that they are.  The wife says he will always be miserable because nothing will ever be quite good enough for him.  Well I don't do schadenfreude, I like immediate open revenge or let revenge grow cold then have at it.  I don't remember his name.  Made a point of that. So I'm writing this little tirade to dispose of my last bit of spite for him, knowing that there are others others out there like him.  I just hope they sit several seats down from me next time and I'll take my tunes to block out their mutters.


In all of life and art there is an underlying theme of order and mathematics.  Make of it what you will, but no mater how and why the universe functions there is this underlying connection of everything to everything and back again. Whether by design, random  occurrence, or utter chaos the connections are never broken. Meaning or no meaning, they are always there, and they are always satisfying and beautiful.