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Patient refers to it as stargate-four-two

A Manipulator.2






With it! Stashed around.

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—We are. Draw down.

The mystery of it all. 




The Authority of the Many — Plays on our sense that others know better than we do. Popular consensus does not prove something is true – They're bears of very little brain, working to preserve the memory of the worst people they ever met in their life — What about the actual honey (inside!) that's food for the spark?





[psychopathology of management] - "A chain of avoidable errors" - These people upset the apple cart whispering taboos in your ear at inappropriate moments - They're very clever - Awash in emotion and cleverness, not even giving you a chance to breathe, they smother you in their hysteria - It's like a little country club of death - You're lucky if you can feel hurt - It's a great talent to be driven to solve problems, too - Phonies have a strategy: First they compliment you, trying to boost your "self-esteem," ... then they let you have it!

The Age of Self-Expression, ages 8-11




Exactly what someone said [or did]
... usually not very original.

The thoughts of a "bad child"
... to free your mind again.




"All people are liars."

—The mystery of it all.

—Why did you say that?

"Maybe it's no good." [This website]

—The mystery of it all.

—If you can't pay attention to details, you can't drive a car ... If you can't pay attention to details, you can't get a driver license ... Learn something and recite it ... Learn some things by heart ... And you can say it when someone's yelling at you ... Maybe it will improve your inner position ... Let them scream their heads off ... You're just learning something ... "Excuse me, I'm memorizing something!"

"And how's that work out for you?"

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—"There's an old saying, 'If it ain't on the page, it ain't on the stage.'" (–Denzel Washington, quoting Fred Franklin Findlehoffe)

"How's everything, Richard?"

—The mystery of it all.

—Give me four days.

"Why is 42 the answer to everything?"

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

Room 237.

"Hi, how's your day today?" [From a stranger on the street] :: WildCard-5

—With it! Stashed around.

—For keeps?

"How's it going?"

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—It's either chew gum or kick ass!

"Shoot all the whining Niggers!"

—The mystery of it all.

—You don't have to say that.

"Shoot all the whining Canadians!" [In restaurants, "Canadians" is a code word for "Black people," as in, "bad tippers." Technically, there is no such thing as "race." What we call "race" is really a loose collection of characteristics, not limited to habitual facial expressions, tones of voice, ready-made attitudes, collective "tribal" postures, and even habitual constellations of emotions which people pretend are "real." These are simply emotional ruts. What we all are is people. Complexly textured skin tones are well-understood by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Édouard Manet, Mark Twain, Stevie Wonder and good Will Shakespeare. What's missing in righteous muggins is a sense of humor. It's that simple. Uh-oh! Here come the screaming Niggers!]

—The mystery of it all.

Chicken bones! ... Here come the screaming Canadians!

"Stop whining."

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—You're hurt – You're hurt badly.

"You'll get your chance in a moment – I'm still speaking." (–Mitt Romney in the televised presidential debate, October 16, 2012) :: WildCard-10

—With it! Stashed around.

Cut back! ... What about Silence of the Lambs?

"You know I don't agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don't all agree with everything I believe in. But I need to get 50.1 percent or more and I'm appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people." (–Mitt Romney)

—With it! Stashed around.

—Just an adornment.

"What does it say about the college coed Susan Fluke [sic], who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex." (–Rush Limbaugh attacking Sandra Fluke on a radio program broadcast on February 29, 2012)

—With it! Stashed around.

—It has nothing to do with sex.

"She was having so much sex, it's amazing she can still walk. ... She was having sex so frequently that she can't afford all the birth-control pills that she needs." (–Rush Limbaugh)

—With it! Stashed around.

—That's all you can have on this earth – the desert wind, and the tinkle of the camel bell.

"You get paid for this?"

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—Sooner or later everyone has to light a fire under their own stove.

"You paid for it?"

—The mystery of it all.

—You can't just count money twenty-four hours a day.

"You're going to laugh at me? You can laugh at me for a while."

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—What am I going to do next?

"To me it showed her brittleness, her coldness, her spoiling for a fight. She's so good at this war machine stuff, it's sad." (–Representative Jim Cooper, referring to Hillary Clinton)

—We are. Draw down.

—A lot of people will kill to get a job, and that's who gets them.

[Blowing a police whistle at you] "Very good! Very good!"

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—What a smarty! Join the Nazi Party!

"Food is good."

—We are. Draw down.

—Turkeys don't vote for Thanksgiving!

"How's it going there?"

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—And then you get an eye patch – It's a bargain! – Maybe not as good, but who cares? – Do I know you from somewhere? – Have we met?

[A long-winded joke]

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—Words fail me.

"That's one of the things that shocked me, that everybody runs to the front and bottles things up." [After watching East Coast drivers race past even after signs make it clear that a lane is about to close ahead]

—We are. Draw down.

—Different people have different ideas.

"You have a good day there."

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—Go for it, man! Knock yourself out.

"You be good."

—The mystery of it all.

—Pretty natural – It's hard to tell.

"It's working like a charm!"

—We are. Draw down.

—I will save all my money for the Lord.

"But there's one thing ... Well, it shouldn't be ... the tables aren't even."

—We are. Draw down.

—Hanging on to your money tight, huh?

"Leadership matters."

—We are. Draw down.

—Slowly everyone gets to know you.

"Is Aaron alright?"

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—Maybe get a tin can with a string that goes nowhere, and I'll get a tin can with a string that goes nowhere, and we can talk!

"It's so sad."

—We are. Draw down.

—You might have it elevated, right?

["I'm a throwback."] "It's good to know yourself." [Condescendingly]

—With it! Stashed around.

—I'm in solidarity with dogs and angry children.

"You're a sad little man." (–Catholic Bishop Richard Lennon to Joe Cultrera, who is filming Hand of God out on the street, May 19, 2004)

—With it! Stashed around.

—All these revivals and traditions are on the way out ... It's all evaporating ... Anyone who believes in God somewhere down deep believes They're God.

"Ralph, you're a cynic."

—We are. Draw down.

—Living proof.

"I'm a cynic."

—With it! Stashed around.

—Expect the worst.

"You're friggin' me out, man!"

—With it! Stashed around.

—Why get stuck in one place?

"Those dogs are off-leash. They're supposed to be on a leash. They're running in that field over there." [These people appear out of nowhere]

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—Did anyone ever choke you?

[Noticeably greasy door knobs & dishes, different from sweaty hands and feet, or "palmer hyperhidrosis," a mild symptom of diabetes]

—We are. Draw down.

—Somebody's probably using some hair product, or rubbing in a lot of foot lotion at night, and don't know they're getting it all over the place.

"You've got some bird shit on the window."

—With it! Stashed around.

—I'd call it more than sentiment – I'd call it green passion!

"That was so funny, I forgot to laugh."

—With it! Stashed around.

—In a way we can't even imagine.

"Don't laugh at me."

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—You just made me forget what I wanted to say.

"I hope my window is still there."

—We are. Draw down.

—Out of sight, out of mind.

"How did your seminar go?"

—We are. Draw down.

—Well, the more books you read, the more you can earn a living ... not in the short run ... you learn how to get around.

"What's your schedule this week?"

—With it! Stashed around.

—Why should we be cheap?

"What does your schedule look like?"

—With it! Stashed around.

—Can't imagine.

"You're hebephrenic."

—The mystery of it all.

—There was an office the size of a pirate ship.

"How's that business doing for you?"

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—It's all right if you feel hurt.

"Did you have a good day?"

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—Unlimited fuel.

"Reminds me of the Catholic church." [Link from The Brandon Abell Experience]

—The mystery of it all.

—Uh, boring.

"A quaint hacker."

—With it! Stashed around.

—It must have been somebody else.


—With it! Stashed around.

—You know, profit comes from low overhead.

"A no-brainer."

—With it! Stashed around.

—A longing for success and frequent experience with failure.

"You could make a contribution to the Irish Peace Settlement."

—We are. Draw down.

—They go through stages.

"But instead, I'm here with you – no offense – but a moron pushing the last legal drug."

—With it! Stashed around.

—Maybe when you go out at night, good things can happen.

"So how's it going with the girl you're after?"

—We are. Draw down.

[See Icarus and the Gutter Snipe]

"How's Havi?"

—We are. Draw down.

—What about you?

"I'm impressed."

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—If that's what you want to call it.

"Are you getting psyched?"

—With it! Stashed around.

—I don't know what's going to happen.

"It's kind of sad – Very sad."

—We are. Draw down.

—It's starting to come out.

"That was a sad movie."

—We are. Draw down.

—How little we know.

"Naked eleven-year-old girls are really great!"

—We are. Draw down.

—Selling third-world hoo-hahs.

"Oh, noisy!"

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—It isn't any more.

"You're too noisy in the house!"

—With it! Stashed around.

—Just another person.

["I'm waiting for life to help me."] "An opening."

—With it! Stashed around.

—Sophisticated, huh?

"That's good – I'm glad to hear you're going to find it."

—With it! Stashed around.

—The wand chooses the wizard.

"Tire's no good! You don't look in the morning, huh?"

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—Just before.

"You're a good man."

—The mystery of it all.

—Wait until Halloween, that's all I can say.

"Now be good."

—With it! Stashed around.

—I'll have to look at my calendar.

"Oh, that's good."

—We are. Draw down.

—No, no! – It's just nutty.

"So, think good thoughts! Think good thoughts!"

—The mystery of it all.

—San Francisco! And so forth.

["HOW ARE YOU DOING?" "All right."] "GOOD!"

—With it! Stashed around.

—That's it – A little extra comes in handy.

"You're good!"

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—Words don't say anything.

"That's good!"

—With it! Stashed around.

—It's good enough.

"Damn, I'm good!"

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—There's no such thing as bad.

"Good to hear."

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—You can just say – You don't have to be vague.


—The mystery of it all.

—How good can a person be?

"If the proposal be sound, would the Saxon have passed it by? Would the Dane have ignored it? Would it have escaped the wisdom of the Norman?"

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—Buy the book and find out.

"Gee, Havi, I didn't know you had executive powers."

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—There's not much to do.

"That's good to know – I won't call them."

—The mystery of it all.

—They're still in business.

"Increase the volume of your ejaculation."

—With it! Stashed around.

—Do you think the holidays have anything to do with it?

"Don't look at me like that – It makes me feel uncomfortable."

—Effortless. Unperturbed.

—Because you're pretty? Because you're smart?

"Okay, Mister Pacifist."

—The mystery of it all.

—Something much more efficient.

"Good-bye – It's been original."

—The mystery of it all.

—Just be present to yourself – That's all you have to do around a baby.

"Nice talking to you, Richard – You're a nice laugh."

—We are. Draw down.

—Why should I walk on bugs?
























Other People's Parents

"How's Havi?" Havi's mother asked Virginia.

(—Leave me out of it!)


Virginia felt frightened, not so much by the question itself, but by the ominous silence that followed. What was Havi's mother calling Virginia for? What business did anybody's mother have calling her daughter's friends? When somebody who is older than you calls you up and goes through the pretense of being friendly, it doesn't necessarily mean they are being harmonious or judicious. I mean, when was the last time you met a really wise parent? They're really treating you like an imbecile. They might as well be saying, "How's Havi, you moron?"


Other people's mothers and other people's fathers can be especially treacherous, so it's well to prepare yourself in advance. On another occasion somebody's mother asked one of my nieces, "It must be so hard for you since your parents got a divorce." Real sympathy, right?



On Liking Something

Liking something is worth much more than What's good for you.

Because what's doing the liking?

You have to decide what's worth more, you or your parents.

You're not a nun — You can listen to yourself.







As follows

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"Water monster"

—Effortless. Unperturbed.