title: 2 Chess Variants
“King without a crown” (or crown-less King)
→ Basically before the game begins, each player chooses from their 16, which piece will be their true king, and the king piece will be their figurehead; this will not be revealed to their opponent until that piece is captured (ending the game). All pieces are still to move as they normally would, so if black’s E-file pawn is their king, it can still only move as a pawn. Check on the figurehead king (which might be the real king) is still part of the game, and must be defended against, but checkmate of this piece if it is a false king will not result in the end of the game, but merely a capture if the opponent so chooses.
→ 8 pawns, 1 king, 7 queens replacing the other minor/major pieces in the backfield. I don’t know that this would be much fun after a few goes, but I liked the name and cultural idea behind it from a jesting point of view (I’m much more fond of polyamory!)
“this shit’s chess it ain’t checkers” to which I reply “perhaps that’s why it’s shit” – Today forward is your Untraining Day
title: Facebook Note On Trump
[posted this on facebook, and thought if I put it on that insidiousness, I should put it here]
Ahead of Trump’s official beginning, wanted to share some thoughts… My feeling” is that the vast majority of Trump “supporters” chose him to be their champion to “take back this land” despite his racism, NOT because of it. I think its a poor choice on their part anyways because I don’t think a champion, especially one like trump, is what is needed to truly solve our problems, and seeking a single person or group beyond those immediately/locally around us is what perpetuates the problem, and so can never be the solution.
But, the question is begged: who/what do they want to take the land back from if not majorly the immigrants that the most flagrant among them purport to hate/blame so much?
I think it’s the same entities that most of us have long wanted (or would want) to be free of, who really deserve most of the blame (along with their engineers long dead), long before the distraction of our energies and anger towards Trump—
The Fascist Corporate Control, the 1% and their bought institutions, along with all the nefarious entanglements to the state which have us now in a time of a leviathan “deep state”, expressed as countless industrial complexes. Whether under Trump or Clinton, the oligarchs as a class are joyously squeezing more wealth/resources than ever unto themselves. I think supporting Trump will prove to be foolish, but I think we would be foolish for making his supporters our prime enemies… seems a lot like a gladiator fight to me. We need to look out and see the engineers of our oppression and the infrastructure that condition and cage us, not other victims who harbor such antiquated racist notions that I pity them more than I fear them (an honest check-in though, is that I am a white male, so I cannot speak to the real fear that some of you have, and I am always learning and up for new learning).
I was angry long before trump came around, and was against the american empire’s imperialist agenda long before trump started campaigning against it to appease the libertarian camp; I listened to my zinn/chomsky/roy like a good boy. I had great sorrow for the obviously dying planet long before trump started piling on new promises of injury to that which is already deeply ailing.
Most importantly, long before trump and still to this day and onward now that he is somehow part of the political landscape we must endure, I still think the solution to all these problems is the same:
We must live in tight communities, work locally for local interests (not corporations!!!), be vigilant of the life around us (especially protecting the water!! and soil!!). As far as living, we have many beautiful examples of how to “take back the land” from any neo-feudalism that the corporations would have us blindly wander in to; these examples are both the native tribes as well as the migrant communities that have not caved in to weak WASP nuclear-family styles. Very foolish to want to kick out one of our greatest hopes! The central and south american, middle eastern, far east, and south asian communities that I have the benefit of being surrounded by have within them the wisdom that the rest of us can emulate and join in with. We are all human and those important aspects of us that have been repressed by this dystopia—love, compassion, immediacy, tenderness with others—can all come quickly roaring back, for we ARE that and not our veneers. It is still here despite its cultural neglect, and is far more powerful if we just give it a small window to reemerge by taking some leaps of faith. I was fortunate enough to have more than a decade experience in an Indian family that taught me unimaginably important life lessons about the need for others, I hope I can pay this forward. It is not just us that need this new tribal closesness, but the ecosystems we are a part of too. If we don’t do this, the human race is lost, it will reach its finish line (along with many many other victim species).
So, summarize here a bit, I think our energies are best put towards rebuilding community, shifting our lifestyles to local living (no working for corporations!) that has us not dependent on distant places for food, energy, social relations, and not letting money, laws, cultural norms, hierarchies, get in the way of treating each other as humans that we see (“I see you” from avatar). The solution is all immediately around us. When we look far for the solution, the solutions move farther. We need more mirrors and windows, not telescopes. ¡Venceremos!
title: Morpheus Swung By, otra vez (9 memes)
he was more wordy than last time, though perhaps less profound
title: Deep Thread Of Evil In The (western) Human Psyche
This insidiously twisting (not curving) root has become visible to me, being the base poison to many different motivations and phenomena that have something akin to envy within them. Simply stated (best), it is felt as the great pain knowing that others—especially those one felt close to at times—experience happiness and joy without one’s presence or influence. It is deeply painful, though it reveals a symptom to a deeper wound that is the loss of the tribal… this is my go-to disease when in doubt. But it intuitively fits, and if one was completely present with an intimate group and their vibrations, these jealousies of the joy of others happening concurrently and distantly would not have space to fit in. The feeling of distance can only exist without the full feeling of closeness (tautological).
So then a cure (I am quite reluctant to say “the” cure) would be to become present, as we all ought to be, in our own surroundings. But as stated elsewhere, our living environments are generally not conducive to being fully present.
In lieu of such a primitive fix being immediately available, I can only say that awareness of the clawing at your insides from feelings stemming from this want for being part of other’s immediate worlds is a good start. It can feel as a sheer wall that could plague one eternally, but life has climbed over inverted walls and ceilings, so take on the challenge with me!
related post – Globalization Does Not Exist