Thought Overflow…Golda’s BlogIf memes are like genes, then having a conversation in which you share ideas and come up with new ones is like…?

Spending a week in SF, first impression is the beautiful buildings, the busy foot traffic, and the grime. It feels like a city where everyone is pushing to the limit all the time, with clean airy offices but streets too busy for planters, despite the friendly climate. And the homeless. SF is kinder to its homeless than many cities, with the result that they are everywhere on the streets.

I kept thinking, I’d like to go around and ask them, how they’d feel about having the opportunity to clean a bit when they liked, for small payments. Like a nonprofit that supplies cleaning materials and goes around donating to those who keep their area clean, and maybe leave a plant or street garden to be cared for too. In Tucson we have public little mini gardens with edible plants, like in front of the main library. The climate in SF should make those much easier to grow.

I love San Francisco, but it also makes me appreciate the breathing room we have in Tucson. Relaxed co-ops and organizations like Bicas, not having to justify so many thousands in rent or property costs, can help people fix bikes for a couple bucks an hour, or provide shared pottery wheels and glazing ovens.

Of all the flimsy excuses of why children of the rich and powerful should have privileges from birth, meritocracy is perhaps the most blatantly illogical. Divine right of kings is more rational.

to write up properly:

very close analogy – pull from GrannyD’s speech; and the guy on Trevor Noah this week about data-basd and fact-based agencies having most problem with Trump

cancer cells defect in repair = repressing dissent/truth

the pathway to cancer is similar to the pathway to corruption

also humor / comedy as immunization

attacking the immune system

but also uniquely – because fewer heads can be more coordinated in its attacks on people, very systematic

attacks on the schools

Had a really interesting conversation with some long time Russian friends of mine. My friend Inna told me that because of all the discussions about it she decided to read Ayn Rand’s book; she said it was practically unreadable, and really reminded her of communist propaganda pieces.

The thing that both have in common, also with current propaganda about ‘great russia’, is ways to make people who feel low or put down feel better about themselves by feeling like their country or system is somehow great and better than others.
So its sort of a cheap way of making people feel good about themselves, but manipulating them in the process.

0 Vizzini…

Golda to Booknotes, RandomWrites  

Just finished “Its kind of a Funny Story”, great book, looked up the author and found he committed suicide in 2013, 9 years after he wrote the book about depression and real friends and creativity and his 5 days in a psych ward.

And tried to find his writings, like blogs, and found this – another fan, her words made a lot of sense to me:

“If there is one thing I have learned from Vizzini, it’s that struggles are not written in pencil. You can’t erase the past, and if you try to cross it out, it only looks worse. If you try to rip out the pages of your story that you don’t like, the book won’t make any sense.”

https://twloha.com/blog/thank-you-ned-vizzini/

Fun times and cool stuff at Unrig the System – it was lovely spending days in the company of organizers and activists, and tech innovators working on fixing things.

Wrote it up on Medium here:

The Jazz Fix: a riff-off of solutions to political corruption and gridlock

In the intro, Hamilton wrote

“It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force.”

And, he expected Americans, common man in the street, to read it! Its ok to communicate complex ideas to each other, really it is…

Wrote the piece here Here’s my take on conservative economic theory: SuperFreakonomics SuperFreakonomics the book is consistently entertaining, sometimes fascinating, genuinely thought-provoking, excessively glib, fundamentally flawed, and viscerally disturbing. Let me explain….