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2017-01-19 00:19:51 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Turned out better than I envisioned. I only bled three times making it!

Most reshares: 2

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2017-02-18 23:28:18 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Here is a Republican I have the highest respect for

Most plusones: 14

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2016-09-01 02:34:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Magnificent moisture.
Now, imagine this painted by the sunset, and you will understand why I love the Colorado front range.

Latest 50 posts

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2017-02-18 23:28:18 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Here is a Republican I have the highest respect for

Here is a Republican I have the highest respect for___

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2017-02-18 23:20:33 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Saw this about a year ago, and still can't grasp the scale

I struggle to understand how some people believe you can dump gigatons of carbon into the atmosphere year after year and it won't have an affect.

Saw this about a year ago, and still can't grasp the scale

I struggle to understand how some people believe you can dump gigatons of carbon into the atmosphere year after year and it won't have an affect.___

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2017-02-15 22:10:16 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Prejudices are what fools use for reason - Voltaire

Prejudices are what fools use for reason - Voltaire___

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2017-02-15 01:01:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

""There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of a comfortable past which, in fact, never existed." - Robert F Kennedy

Jack Ma speaks out Trump's criticism of China. This man is the person Trump should have been.___""There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of a comfortable past which, in fact, never existed." - Robert F Kennedy

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2017-02-07 03:19:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Electrical storage
Has been the limiting factor to solar.

The evolution away from fossil fuels is a beautiful thing. We can begin to limit and eventually undo the damage we wrought through our technological adolescence. Very encouraging.
Coal mining is an outdated business model, and Elon is dragging them kicking and screaming into the future.

Via +Gideon Rosenblatt

___Electrical storage
Has been the limiting factor to solar.

The evolution away from fossil fuels is a beautiful thing. We can begin to limit and eventually undo the damage we wrought through our technological adolescence. Very encouraging.
Coal mining is an outdated business model, and Elon is dragging them kicking and screaming into the future.

Via +Gideon Rosenblatt

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2017-02-02 16:34:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Enlightening Perspective

Consider we are all different, and all the same.

"And then suddenly, there's us" ❤___Enlightening Perspective

Consider we are all different, and all the same.

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2017-01-31 23:53:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

"Is it only a dream that there will be no more turning away?"

Perfectly describes my feelings regarding the immigration ban.
Talk about an ugly American... speaking as a veteran, I am embarrassed for my Country. 

"Is it only a dream that there will be no more turning away?"

Perfectly describes my feelings regarding the immigration ban.
Talk about an ugly American... speaking as a veteran, I am embarrassed for my Country. ___

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2017-01-29 21:52:44 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

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2017-01-25 19:55:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Takitus is really putting his pre-release Glowforge through it's paces

Be sure to zoom in for an appreciation of the detail!
The idea was posted to try a multi- colored acrylic on a depth engraving like this.

Takitus is really putting his pre-release Glowforge through it's paces

Be sure to zoom in for an appreciation of the detail!
The idea was posted to try a multi- colored acrylic on a depth engraving like this.___

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2017-01-25 19:27:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Independent Review

Independent Review___

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2017-01-19 00:35:48 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

An Earthling's answer to the Klingon Bat'leth

48" long. Hold my beer and watch this!

An Earthling's answer to the Klingon Bat'leth

48" long. Hold my beer and watch this!___

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2017-01-19 00:34:36 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Free-hand plasma cut.

Free-hand plasma cut.___

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2017-01-19 00:32:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

3/4 inch pipe, slotted on the edge. Time for some fun with the MIG!

3/4 inch pipe, slotted on the edge. Time for some fun with the MIG!___

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2017-01-19 00:30:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Now for some serious grinding...

Now for some serious grinding...___

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2017-01-19 00:29:09 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Ready for the clear coat and the leather handle wrap.
Grinding the edge took a while. It was a challenge to achieve an unbroken even sheen down the entire edge... both sides.

Ready for the clear coat and the leather handle wrap.
Grinding the edge took a while. It was a challenge to achieve an unbroken even sheen down the entire edge... both sides.___

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2017-01-19 00:21:12 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Light plays nicely on the finish.

Light plays nicely on the finish.___

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2017-01-19 00:19:51 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Turned out better than I envisioned. I only bled three times making it!

Turned out better than I envisioned. I only bled three times making it!___

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2017-01-17 19:14:42 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Awesome Machine

Crafty gentleman by the name 'Takitus' has a pre-release Glowforge and printed this Aztec calendar with material presets. This 4 inch coaster is done at 340 LPI (lines per inch). The machine maximum is 1355!

Anyone interested in one can save both of us $100 with this referral code;
https://glowforge.com/referred/?kid=uwlP5v

Awesome Machine

Crafty gentleman by the name 'Takitus' has a pre-release Glowforge and printed this Aztec calendar with material presets. This 4 inch coaster is done at 340 LPI (lines per inch). The machine maximum is 1355!

Anyone interested in one can save both of us $100 with this referral code;
https://glowforge.com/referred/?kid=uwlP5v___

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2017-01-13 23:44:54 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Radar Control Interface

How cool is that?
'Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic'
-Arthur C. Clarke

Radar Control Interface

How cool is that?
'Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic'
-Arthur C. Clarke___

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2017-01-06 18:58:24 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

This is interesting

This is interesting___

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2017-01-06 00:08:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Informative and funny

Debt buying industry.
A symptom of a capitalistic disease.

Informative and funny

Debt buying industry.
A symptom of a capitalistic disease.___

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2017-01-03 18:50:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Looking forward to creating my own solutions

Looking forward to creating my own solutions___

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2016-12-18 21:03:45 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Scan hand drawn art and Print to Laser!

A very talented Glowforge Beta tester, maryellen, produced this wonderful Halloween wreath, bringing the organic quality of sketching to her laser engraving!

Scan hand drawn art and Print to Laser!

A very talented Glowforge Beta tester, maryellen, produced this wonderful Halloween wreath, bringing the organic quality of sketching to her laser engraving!___

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2016-12-18 20:38:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

3D Engraving

With a camera for continuous focus, this can be done on curved surfaces within the half inch focal range!
The maple is 1/2 inch thickness for scale.

3D Engraving

With a camera for continuous focus, this can be done on curved surfaces within the half inch focal range!
The maple is 1/2 inch thickness for scale.___

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2016-11-27 19:18:55 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Integrity in Journalism

Moving speech regarding truth in Journalism.

Integrity in Journalism

Moving speech regarding truth in Journalism.___

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2016-11-19 19:46:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Reading his autobiography gave me the highest respect for this man

The movies give you no idea of his intellect.
"If the muscles and the accent make people think I'm stupid, that's OK, it works to my advantage."

Tell it Arnold 😁___Reading his autobiography gave me the highest respect for this man

The movies give you no idea of his intellect.
"If the muscles and the accent make people think I'm stupid, that's OK, it works to my advantage."

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2016-11-15 22:38:52 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Via +Oliver Malinur

Many cultures, One race

___Via +Oliver Malinur

Many cultures, One race

2016-11-15 18:04:14 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Immigrate to Canada
Are you a patriot or a nomad?

Even as I am in disbelief of the election results, and concerned for the consequences, this is my country and I will not abandon it in a time of turmoil and challenge. This is when America needs the support of its citizens more than ever.
Threatening to leave or give up on her is a stark betrayal of all who have worked, fought and died to forge this country. They didn't throw their hands up and quit because they were unhappy with the situation, they dedicated themselves to working to change and improve it.
That is what made America (and any country) what it is... and what it will be.

The path forward has always been circuitous. Mistakes have always been made. We may stagger right or stagger left, but the path is always forward. A true patriot doesn't cut and run when his country missteps, faces a challenge... more »

Immigrate to Canada
Are you a patriot or a nomad?

Even as I am in disbelief of the election results, and concerned for the consequences, this is my country and I will not abandon it in a time of turmoil and challenge. This is when America needs the support of its citizens more than ever.
Threatening to leave or give up on her is a stark betrayal of all who have worked, fought and died to forge this country. They didn't throw their hands up and quit because they were unhappy with the situation, they dedicated themselves to working to change and improve it.
That is what made America (and any country) what it is... and what it will be.

The path forward has always been circuitous. Mistakes have always been made. We may stagger right or stagger left, but the path is always forward. A true patriot doesn't cut and run when his country missteps, faces a challenge or elects a president you don't like. The only way around it is through it. Quitting is not an American ideal, we have survived much worse -Together.

Our political arena has become a centrifuge forcing everyone to the extreme periphery, the middle ground is vacant. The founding fathers would still be bickering in a Holliday inn in Pennsylvania if they hadn't compromised.
Misinformation has distorted our views. What we really need is for the media to give us the facts. If they shine a favorable light on a particular political position, that's your first clue you are in an echo chamber, not an information source.
Let us rise above the contentious obstruction that paralyses our government and pitts us against one another. Lincoln recognized the threat when he said "A house divided cannot stand."

We have a 200 year history of overcoming challenges. That is the legacy bequeathed to us by our brothers who died on the battlefield, and all who spent themselves in a struggle to build a better America tomorrow. America has always been great, and It will take more than a single misguided president of either party to undo that.
It is tribalism that eviscerates us. Stand by your country, and each other. Therein lies our strength and our future. Together.
Speaking as a Veteran - America will always be great. The torch light may flicker - but it will not be extinguished.



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2016-11-09 15:42:12 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Irony

On this date in 1938 the Nazis burned synagogues and Jewish homes and businesses on "Kristallnacht".
In 1989 the Berlin Wall fell.
In my opinion the election of this guy ranks in magnitude.

Irony

On this date in 1938 the Nazis burned synagogues and Jewish homes and businesses on "Kristallnacht".
In 1989 the Berlin Wall fell.
In my opinion the election of this guy ranks in magnitude.___

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2016-11-07 18:59:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

First Apartment Furniture

First Apartment Furniture___

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2016-11-02 16:14:42 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Commit election fraud - because he is afraid of election fraud
Brilliant.
This guy's moral character is so thin it's invisible.

___Commit election fraud - because he is afraid of election fraud
Brilliant.
This guy's moral character is so thin it's invisible.

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2016-10-29 15:06:43 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

The man with a plan

Warren Buffett, "I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/17. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term's), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.

If you agree with the above, pass it on.___The man with a plan

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2016-10-15 21:59:11 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Laser Engraver for the Home, Shop or Studio

40 - 45 watt CO2 light saber that can scan your artwork and then cut/engrave it on a wide choice of materials.
Interfaced through WIFI. Driven by the Google cloud, drag, drop, resize from your laptop, tablet or phone!

I got in on the pre-sale and bought the basic 40w offering
I can hardly wait!
If you find the capabilities of this machine as attractive as I did, use this link to get $100 discount for both of us!

http://glowforge.com/referred/?kid=uwlP5v

Laser Engraver for the Home, Shop or Studio

40 - 45 watt CO2 light saber that can scan your artwork and then cut/engrave it on a wide choice of materials.
Interfaced through WIFI. Driven by the Google cloud, drag, drop, resize from your laptop, tablet or phone!

I got in on the pre-sale and bought the basic 40w offering
I can hardly wait!
If you find the capabilities of this machine as attractive as I did, use this link to get $100 discount for both of us!

http://glowforge.com/referred/?kid=uwlP5v___

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2016-10-03 20:38:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Nice Mars Panorama

Pause the video to pan around

Nice Mars Panorama

Pause the video to pan around___

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2016-09-26 16:06:02 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Thank you Ron!
I haven't been in orbit, but the work of yourself and others has given me a clearer sense of the biosphere as this living skin on a rocky planet that has evolved as a self nourishing balance.

We have only recently become aware of the importance of sustaining the balance. Our awareness of being a participant in a larger organism is new to our understanding. The negative influence of our technological adolescence has become measurable, and as the only creature this planet has spawned that has this awareness, the job of protecting and cultivating the biosphere is ours.
The well being of every creature is dependent on our ability to do so.

Now, I avoid even stepping on an ant. Imagine the revelation if an ant was seen walking on Mars... How far do we have to travel before we would encounter a creature as glorious? How far to the next oasis?
The work of you... more »

___Thank you Ron!
I haven't been in orbit, but the work of yourself and others has given me a clearer sense of the biosphere as this living skin on a rocky planet that has evolved as a self nourishing balance.

We have only recently become aware of the importance of sustaining the balance. Our awareness of being a participant in a larger organism is new to our understanding. The negative influence of our technological adolescence has become measurable, and as the only creature this planet has spawned that has this awareness, the job of protecting and cultivating the biosphere is ours.
The well being of every creature is dependent on our ability to do so.

Now, I avoid even stepping on an ant. Imagine the revelation if an ant was seen walking on Mars... How far do we have to travel before we would encounter a creature as glorious? How far to the next oasis?
The work of you who have looked down on ourselves is having an effect, it has changed me.
Thank you

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2016-09-01 02:34:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Magnificent moisture.
Now, imagine this painted by the sunset, and you will understand why I love the Colorado front range.

Magnificent moisture.
Now, imagine this painted by the sunset, and you will understand why I love the Colorado front range.___

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2016-08-09 18:06:13 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

How about a professional phycological evaluation

Wow! I understand him now...
Thanks to +John Baez​

What's wrong with Trump?

More and more people are wondering.  Here's an insightful analysis from a psychiatric social worker.  Please reshare.  It's not light reading, but we need to understand what we're dealing with here.

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The Billionaire's Baffling Behavior Explained

Recently, Mr. Trump's words and actions in various situations have become headline news. Suddenly, many people are alarmed and are questioning temperament, his emotional stability. Dementia? Campaign tactics?

No, it's not an illness that can be treated so he can return to his usual state of health. It's not like when a car's brakes don't work and the mechanic fixes them. It's more like the car came off the assembly line without them.

It's a structural problem.

We're witnessing textbook Cluster B Personality Disorders come to life, revealing his intra-psychic structure, particular lens on reality and associated defense mechanisms.

Clinically, it's fascinating.

Politically, it's frightening.

This is who Trump is, how he sees the world and others in it and how he will continue to function. At 68, without acknowledging any internal difficulties and/or any desire to change them, this is how he will continue forever. Introspection and self-analysis are rarely typical of personality disordered individuals. These behaviors are no surprise; in fact they're utterly predictable.

Before I continue though, let me head off some opposition.

YES, everyone has some level of narcissism; a certain amount is actually healthy. It allows one to advocate for oneself, not be taken advantage of and, based on a reasonable assessment of one's strengths, take risks to apply those abilities to start a new business, try out for a minor league MLB slot or take a step up the occupational ladder, for instance. Politicians, ALL of them, have more than the average person, required to withstand the vagaries of our current election process.

But, "healthy narcissism " differs from Trump's version. His is "grandiosity ", a rigidly held, yet fragile exaggerated sense of self-importance where one is special, unique, superior to others, often without the associated level of grand accomplishment.

"Healthy narcissism " is reasonable self-confidence when an accomplished person says "I have some good ideas that could help solve this problem."

In contrast, you see Trump's "grandiosity " in the statement "I alone can fix it."

How grandiose to believe one can run for the highest political office in the land without a day of previous experience or even a modicum of interest in geo-political issues. Trump's grandiosity led him to waltz into the casino & "education" businesses with no prior experience and look at the results. Anyway, back to psychology:

A personality disorder is essentially a developmental arrest, a mosaic of maladaptive personality traits which create a distorted lens through which one views self and others and influences one's interactions. We all have these aspects to our personalities, but with PD's [personality disorders], it's a matter of greater frequency and degree. Certain psychic defense mechanisms are correlated with specific phases of development in more or less chronological order. They basically function to help the person moderate internal needs and desires to the demands of reality. When those are at odds, defenses are meant to help protect the core "self" from the resultant anxiety. When lower level, more primitive defense mechanisms are the characteristic mode of behavior one relies on, it moves into the personality disorder category.

Underlying all PDs, no matter the external "flavor", is the failure to have reached the psychic developmental level where disparate, opposing aspects of self and other are able to be mentally integrated into a cohesive whole. This underlies one of the most important associated defense mechanisms, that of "splitting ", which becomes the filter through which self, others & events are perceived.

In splitting, discrepant aspects of an image or object cannot be held in consciousness at the same time. Everything's either "all bad" or "all good" but never both together at the same time. Look at Trump's constant usage of these superlatives when describing others. No integrated "sometimes he's ok, sometimes not." If you listen carefully, you won't hear this type of response unless the wording has been previously crafted by another in a speech or statement. No supportive factual content, just one sided emotional reactivity. Never an explanation why a person is "horrible, the worst" or "very good guy, great person", just the judgemental superlatives.

This non-integration usually goes hand in hand with "projection" and "projective identification " (it's complicated.) It's much simpler to categorize others that way and initially, it wards off anxiety associated with cognitive dissonance,but it prevents the assimilation of all information. Without all the discrepant data about self or other though, invariably the "unexpected " will appear, for which one is unprepared, then: anxiety! This leads to that chronic hyper-vigilance often seen with PDs. The fear provoked by this amorphous unknown is then "projected" onto an object, which becomes a concrete target.

Negative aspects of the self cannot be integrated into a positive self-image (i.e. criticism like "ignorant " or "arrogant ") so are often projected onto another and then denigrated. The most recent example of projective identification is that for the past week, people have been questioning Trump's mental stability. Yesterday, he called Hillary Clinton "unstable" and "unhinged ", the same words recently used to describe him. No example to support the claim... I imagine he was vaguely instructed to criticize Hillary without specific guidance. Although there is more than enough ammunition, his obsession with "self" and "image" is apparent in his choice of off the mark insults.

Back to splitting:

Because self and others aren't seen in their full conflicting, complex reality, PDs hold mental representations akin to superficial caricatures. They tend to disregard the thoughts and feelings of others and fail to consider the consequences of their own actions on others because their mental representations of others just aren't imbued with these qualities. The self focus of NPDs is so constant and obsessive, there's no room or concern for consideration of others. In other words, others just don't matter. This behavior is what some happily, but mistakenly announce is his not caring about being "politically correct". Actually, it's really a symptom of his disturbance.

Splitting is also the explanation behind what are his constant examples of contradictory statements about a multitude of subjects over time. It differs qualitatively from "lying" per se, although I'm sure he does that too.

Lying is an intentional deceptive act often associated with some secondary gain, such as avoidance of consequences. The person is fully aware that what they are saying differs from the actual facts. In splitting, the contradictory concepts cannot mentally coexist at the same time. Trump believes what he says when he it. Because his mental state may differ today from two weeks ago, his view point on the same subject will vacillate too. Contradictions for most cause conflict but his psychic makeup disavows discrepancy before it gets to that point. But remember, this is an unconscious process... it just doesn't go in, it remains foreign, it's not "owned" and explained (in spite of video). Contradictory statements will, at best, be minimally acknowledged in terms that they've occurred, but disregarded as unimportant, shrugged off because they no longer connect on an intra-psychic level. He's almost surprised that these discrepancies are attributed to him all. Thus, they cause no anxiety.

I truly pity his team of campaign strategists having to negotiate this mine field. PDs are notorious for leaving chaos and distress in their wake while they go happily along without any care in the world.

PD's are a product of both nature and nurture. As one goes through maturational phases, the demands of reality increase and through experiencing the invariable failures, frustrations and disappointments, more evolved mechanisms like "repression " or "rationalization " ideally develop and replace the more inadequate primitive ones. For most people, but not all.

We are seeing Mr. Trump struggle to use his inadequate set of rigid, primitive defense mechanisms to manage real world demands, apparently for the FIRST TIME.

The very rich really ARE different.

If you recall, while Donald was growing up, his father Fred was one of the richest men in the world.

The very wealthy have the resources to create a universe which, while protective, also serves to reinforce any dysfunction. Critics or nay-sayers are removed from their orbit, replaced with loyalists who rationalize or ignore the dysfunction. Often in the presence of celebrity or great wealth, otherwise intelligent reasonable people become fawning syncophants.

Trump never had to follow any rules; they didn't apply to him. Punch a teacher? Simple fix: change schools. Potential draft material? Find a doctor to submit a medical deferment (bone spurs in the foot prevent military service but don't prevent playing baseball?). He went into the family business so never had a critical boss. Keep digging and you find his claims of great ability exaggerated or actually non-existent; doesn't matter that the narrative is false as long as it reinforces the self-image.

Anyway, back to the present:

The goal with an NPD [narcissistic personality disorder] person is to protect & reinforce the simultaneously fragile & grandiose core. It's almost as if without the constant attention, it's feared that the self may disintegrate. Because the self-image is so tenuous, they need inordinate amounts of external approval & rely on a defense called "mirroring"... You're great because you think I'm great, etc.... He gets this at his rallies with core supporters. This inordinate need for excessive approval may also underlie his reluctance to disavow questionable supporters, like David Duke.

With criticism, an ego this brittle experiences it as an impending attack which threatens the very existence of the core self and triggers what's called "narcissistic rage" followed often by a reflexive aggressive response.

He calls it "counter-punching" but it's truly acting out in response to the rage.

This has always been his response.

Within the security of Trump World, no one criticized this behavior before, ever. In one video of him, he seems truly baffled that anyone would view him differently than he views himself. He says "Even if you don't like me, you have to vote for me. You have to."

He's had no prior experience with this type of ego threat from long-term microscopic scrutiny. Previously, it's been intermittent or his public presentation has been structured to coincide with his inflated self-image, such as his reality show.

Someone with such a fragile self-image will take the bait constantly , whether it's from a Gold Star American family or another world leader.

He cannot help himself. It's ego life or death.

Splitting also explains his lack of coherent political philosophy; issues are presented piecemeal, disconnected from other. If some of the data is conflictual it can't exist in the consciousness, so no possible way to create a grand plan based on a cohesive frame of reference. Just not possible. It also explains the apparent self-defeating behavior toward prominent Republicans. Each slight is responded to in isolation without any comprehension how one spat, like with McCain or Ryan, affect his relationship to the whole group.

No, he isn't "calculating" and "crazy like a fox", although he may be decompensating under stress.

He may not become truly psychotic in the classic Axis I sense of the definition; however, there seems to be more paranoia emerging as he hasn't developed psychic resources capable of effectively warding off the disequilibrium brought on by the onslaught of scrutiny and criticism. Recently he's said the current administration has allowed "thousands upon thousands " of terrorists into the country, fears the election will be "rigged" without ANY factual basis for support.

This kind of thinking will probably remit when there's less pressure, but it will resurface anytime stress intensifies.

It is no surprise that his children function better than he; for much of their lives they were raised in separate home environments by his ex-wives. Both divorce settlements were accompanied by "non-disclosure agreements", aka "gag orders".

Trump's "missteps", "misstatements" and "walk backs" which characterize his campaign are not due to his "rookie" politician status. They are a true reflection of how he functions.

And the "he tells it like it is" assertion? That actually used to be a euphemism meaning "truthful ". He tells you what he's thinking at the moment but it doesn't mean it has any connection to reality or fact.

Please stop "Waiting for him to change". He cannot. (There's no Easter Bunny either, by the way.)

Just admit you were star-struck, misled by his grandiosity or made incorrect assumptions about his business acumen based on 24k gold bathroom fixtures and call it a day.

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This is from here:

https://www.yabberz.com/post/the-billionaires-baffling-behavior-explained/86689585/

I thank +Boris Borcic for pointing it out.___How about a professional phycological evaluation

Wow! I understand him now...
Thanks to +John Baez​

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2016-07-21 17:03:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Gravitational Lens
Ancient photons brought to us by the curvature of spacetime.

New Hubble Space Telescope photos give us a deep look into a distant part of the universe
http://mashable.com/2016/07/21/hubble-space-telescope-deep-galaxy-photo/


Gravitational Lens
Ancient photons brought to us by the curvature of spacetime.

New Hubble Space Telescope photos give us a deep look into a distant part of the universe
http://mashable.com/2016/07/21/hubble-space-telescope-deep-galaxy-photo/
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2016-07-18 16:55:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

We have our space program back

So inspiring!
I see SpaceX igniting the passion in our youth that encouraged us to reach for the Moon.
SpaceX launches at a fraction of what it used to cost. A salute to the efficiency of private enterprise, the vision and tenacity of Elon Musk and of the SpaceX team!
"Only a few countries have achieved spaceflight. It has always been a Country thing, not a company thing."

This guy, he identifies technology that needs to evolve and inserts himself as the catalyst.
The industries he has dragged into the future are Banking, Solar energy, batteries, automotive and aerospace.
Major innovations in any one of them would be the apex accomplishment of a lifetime.
I would very much like to meet him and shake his hand. He is changing our world, because "the man does not take no for an answer."
The... more »

About 10 minutes from launch. Watch here → http://www.spacex.com/webcast___We have our space program back

So inspiring!
I see SpaceX igniting the passion in our youth that encouraged us to reach for the Moon.
SpaceX launches at a fraction of what it used to cost. A salute to the efficiency of private enterprise, the vision and tenacity of Elon Musk and of the SpaceX team!
"Only a few countries have achieved spaceflight. It has always been a Country thing, not a company thing."

This guy, he identifies technology that needs to evolve and inserts himself as the catalyst.
The industries he has dragged into the future are Banking, Solar energy, batteries, automotive and aerospace.
Major innovations in any one of them would be the apex accomplishment of a lifetime.
I would very much like to meet him and shake his hand. He is changing our world, because "the man does not take no for an answer."
The Russians laughed at this guy with big dreams when he wanted to buy engines from them. He walked out of the room. They are not laughing anymore.

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2016-07-12 16:55:21 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

The Reef Gallery
Most of my casting revolved around this line I produced after becoming certified in SCUBA. Had a lot of fun designing, and learned a lot from vulcanizing molds for it all.
The fish, limpets and eel ring have diamond eyes.

Alloyed my own 14k from fine gold. Last time I did this, gold was $200 an ounce. Yeah, it's been a while.
Still have my fondness of metalworking though!



The Reef Gallery
Most of my casting revolved around this line I produced after becoming certified in SCUBA. Had a lot of fun designing, and learned a lot from vulcanizing molds for it all.
The fish, limpets and eel ring have diamond eyes.

Alloyed my own 14k from fine gold. Last time I did this, gold was $200 an ounce. Yeah, it's been a while.
Still have my fondness of metalworking though!

___

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2016-07-11 14:28:09 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Convoluted History

The US dearly wanted a port on the Pacific coast, and tried to negotiate a lease with Mexico who repeatedly refused.
General Grant who commanded the force said he had never been involved with such a one- sided war.
There is a painting that showed the American flag flying in the center of Mexico City. The US could have taken all of Mexico, but only screwed them out of half their country.
The people who sneer "go back to your own country" have no idea how we claim jumped Mexico.

General Grant's conquest would have been poetic to the Aztec, Mayan, Columbian and Peruvian cultures that were trampled and robbed by Spain. Talk about a one-sided conflict, mounted Calvary and guns against essentially neolithic (stone age) cultures.
Throughout history it has been the same, those who could took from those who couldn't
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http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21595434-old-mexico-lives___ Convoluted History

The US dearly wanted a port on the Pacific coast, and tried to negotiate a lease with Mexico who repeatedly refused.
General Grant who commanded the force said he had never been involved with such a one- sided war.
There is a painting that showed the American flag flying in the center of Mexico City. The US could have taken all of Mexico, but only screwed them out of half their country.
The people who sneer "go back to your own country" have no idea how we claim jumped Mexico.

General Grant's conquest would have been poetic to the Aztec, Mayan, Columbian and Peruvian cultures that were trampled and robbed by Spain. Talk about a one-sided conflict, mounted Calvary and guns against essentially neolithic (stone age) cultures.
Throughout history it has been the same, those who could took from those who couldn't

Via +Scott Montague​

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2016-07-10 17:59:38 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

The Gravitational embrace of our Star

I love how the light source direction and the moons of Jupiter outline the orbital plane of our solar system - the ecliptic. A fossil remnant of the accretion disc our star formed in.
An orbital dance choreographed by gravity.

Moon Meets Jupiter
Image Credit & Copyright: Cristian Fattinnanzi
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap160710.html

What's that next to the Moon? Jupiter -- and its four largest moons. Skygazers around planet Earth enjoyed the close encounter of planets and Moon in 2012 July 15's predawn skies. And while many saw bright Jupiter next to the slender, waning crescent, Europeans also had the opportunity to watch the ruling gas giant pass behind the lunar disk, occulted by the Moon as it slid through the night. Clouds threaten in this telescopic view from Montecassiano, Italy, but the frame still captures Jupiter after it emerged from the occultation along with all four of its large Galilean moons. The sunlit crescent is overexposed with the Moon's night side faintly illuminated by Earthshine. Lined up left to right beyond the dark lunar limb are Callisto, Ganymede, Jupiter, Io, and Europa. In fact, Callisto, Ganymede, and Io are larger than Earth's Moon, while Europa is only slightly smaller. Last week, NASA's Juno became the second spacecraft ever to orbit Jupiter.___The Gravitational embrace of our Star

I love how the light source direction and the moons of Jupiter outline the orbital plane of our solar system - the ecliptic. A fossil remnant of the accretion disc our star formed in.
An orbital dance choreographed by gravity.

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2016-07-02 20:03:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Anchor Chain
The most time consuming casting project I ever did, 18 inch 14k, a bit over 45 grams. No scale in this bad picture, but the gauge is slightly smaller than a pencil.
Executed an original in silver and made a rubber mold to reproduce it. Links are closed on one end and open on the other.

The burnout and cast were the only operations that happened all at once. The wax injecting, sprueing, assembly, soldering, smoothing and polishing were one link at a time.
Turned out nice.
Mine

Anchor Chain
The most time consuming casting project I ever did, 18 inch 14k, a bit over 45 grams. No scale in this bad picture, but the gauge is slightly smaller than a pencil.
Executed an original in silver and made a rubber mold to reproduce it. Links are closed on one end and open on the other.

The burnout and cast were the only operations that happened all at once. The wax injecting, sprueing, assembly, soldering, smoothing and polishing were one link at a time.
Turned out nice.
Mine___

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2016-07-02 19:43:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Natural Art
Picked up a shell on a beach that inspired me. A relative of Tridacna, the giant clam, it has some neat geometry that made me a nice belt buckle.

I made a rubber mold of the shell and reproduced it in wax for casting in silicon bronze.

Natural Art
Picked up a shell on a beach that inspired me. A relative of Tridacna, the giant clam, it has some neat geometry that made me a nice belt buckle.

I made a rubber mold of the shell and reproduced it in wax for casting in silicon bronze.___

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2016-07-02 19:34:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 


largest single cast piece (the helm was cast separate), a reflection of my love of SCUBA and my favorite sea creature.
Centrifugal cast, silicon bronze. The stone is 8 inches across the front for scale.


largest single cast piece (the helm was cast separate), a reflection of my love of SCUBA and my favorite sea creature.
Centrifugal cast, silicon bronze. The stone is 8 inches across the front for scale.___

2016-07-02 19:26:32 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Greetings

Thank you for the invitation Curtis!

Threw molten metal around for 30 years, but don't do much casting any more. Still in the blood though. I always enjoy seeing the work of others, and might have an insight for someone...
I look forward to participating.

Greetings

Thank you for the invitation Curtis!

Threw molten metal around for 30 years, but don't do much casting any more. Still in the blood though. I always enjoy seeing the work of others, and might have an insight for someone...
I look forward to participating.___

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2016-06-16 16:07:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Want a window into the night sky?

Want a window into the night sky?___

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2016-04-10 16:31:13 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Pretty innovative...

Diamond Butterfly Ring
http://i.imgur.com/DSdGYtJ.gifv
 
seems cheap :D___Pretty innovative...

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2016-04-05 17:41:17 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

His message still needs to be heard

I think Carl would be very disappointed if he knew that absolutely none of the things he talked about in this collection of videos has changed since his death. It's almost eerie to watch some of these again.___His message still needs to be heard

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2016-04-03 23:54:23 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President

I'm beginning to believe it.
~Clarence Darrow~

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President

I'm beginning to believe it.
~Clarence Darrow~___

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