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Exercises

Rabbits love to be petted. Ananda (bliss) was named for his response to being scratched and stroked. My two like to snuggle close while I’m petting them, letting me simultaneously stroke one with each hand, typically for five or so minutes at a time. Ananda has deep, profoundly soft fur that he likes to have quickly tugged, especially around his face and ears. Luna’s hair is shorter and soft in an ineffably different way. She prefers to be scratched slowly on the neck and back. They can sense if you’re paying full attention as you pet them or if you’re starting to get mechanical. They let you know.

It helps keep me relaxed and focused. Feels pretty nice too.

Luna and Ananda

I am the ride

They told me I should live my life like I was driving a bus. Slowly and carefully along a pre-defined route. It turned out to be more like riding a trail bike. Point, power, correct, point, power, correct … “Hey! Where did the track go? Fuuuuck!” … Keer-ash! … “Oww!”. Check for breaks. Pick myself up. Get back on. Maybe a bit more careful for a while, but pretty soon back to crossing up and getting airborne again.

I think I prefer it like that. We’re all heading for the same destination. Might as well have some fun on the way.

Professional modesty

Here‘s the letter the American Psychological Association (APA) sent to the Senate Intelligence Committee about the imminent promotion of Gina Haspel to CIA Director. It seems they’re concerned about her history of torturing people and destroying the evidence; traditional CIA practices that doubtless drew President Trump’s attention to her resume in the first place.

The letter’s second paragraph establishes the APA’s credentials as an organisation made up of loads of highly professional people dedicated to the betterment of mankind who are considerably smarter than you. But they’re understating their qualifications.

Many members of the APA are uniquely placed to assess CIA torture programs, having designed and implemented them for decades across much of the world. In fact close cooperation between APA members and the CIA in illegally abusing people goes back to the latter’s founding in 1947 and includes such highlights as Projects Bluebird, Artichoke, MKSearch and MKUltra.

In 2015 an independent investigation reported that APA officials, particularly the ethics director Stephen Behnke, were at the heart of efforts to bring APA guidelines into line with CIA and Department of Defense requirements, facilitating employment of members in the torture of detainees at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere; including the black site in Thailand run by Gina Haspel. Behnke simultaneously managed a lucrative sideline personally training CIA torturers. A former director of the Physicians for Human Rights campaign against torture described the APA’s collaboration as “the single greatest health professional ethics scandal of the 21st century”.

I wonder if the APA now bars members from senior positions if they’ve helped the CIA torture people. That would narrow the field a bit.

not me

it’s not so much the not or don’t
it’s more the from and to
the everything of nothing
the is no me or you
when i am me
She is She

Rumblings

Dunno about you guys but I’ve seen the sort of unvarnished bullshit we’re now being fed by our leaders and media a few times before. It’s always presaged war. Started by ‘our side’.

I mean the sort of war you have when you’re having a war. Not the Clayton’s sort where you fill battlefields with well armed proxies and pretend it’s just the other guys having a war.

Iran is most obviously in Trump’s gun-sights but there’s a lot of aggression being directed at Russia too.

I hope not. I sure fuckin’ hope not.

Balance sheet

Punishment is the price of dissent. The cost of compliance is your soul.

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