Posted by: lecubiste | October 22, 2016

How Can Trump Get Away with His Many Outrageous Statements?


Here are some of the shocking things Donald Trump has said while running for President:

  1. Referring to his opponents with insulting nicknames – Lying Ted, Crooked Hilary and others.  This technique was so surprising that 16 Republicans had no defense.  They couldn’t believe that he would resort to such elementary school age talk, or that voters were OK with it.

  2. Blocking all Muslims from entering the US – this idea is racist and a violation of the US Constitution’s freedom of religion.  In  the history of our country we have never done this. We passed laws against entry from many countries, we interned Japanese US citizens during WWII, and  African-Americans were enslaved before the passage of the 13th Amendment, but freedom of religion has been with us from the beginning.

  3. The Access Hollywood tape in which he admits to sexually assaulting women. He now denies the events that he confessed to ever took place. This makes him at best a braggart and a liar, and at worst he should be on trial for sexual assault.

  4. His reference to Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers.  Ironically he is currently being sued for rape by a woman who says he raped her when she was 13.

  5. His statements about women’s looks – everything from beauty pageant contestants to depicting Megyn Kelly as having menstrual blood coming out of her, to Rosie O’Donnell. This includes stating that some women who have accused him of sexual assault aren’t good looking enough for him to have assaulted. At first we thought that we must have misunderstood, but no, that’s what he meant.

  6. His statement that African Americans have “nothing to lose” by voting for him and that they live in Hell.

  7. His statement that John McCain was not a war hero because he was a POW. How can any soldier vote for him?

  8. His exhortations to his followers at his rallies to beat up protesters at those rallies.

  9. His statement that he won’t necessarily defend our NATO Partners.

  10. That maybe Saudi Arabia, Japan, and South Korea should obtain nuclear weapons.

This is an abbreviated list but you get the idea. In any other election year any one of these comments would kill a campaign. Trump knew it was different this election when he said he “… could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters”. How is this possible?  What has happened?

How is it that these inane views can pass muster with any section of the electorate? Other statements add to the list of juvenile, conceited, misogynist, racist, and utterly self -centered ideas expressed by this socially retarded man. He appears to have been a rich and spoiled child that never grew up and is used to always getting his way.

As I pointed out in a previous post, the freedom to say whatever you want in the media without being corrected or without even any alternative point-of-view spawned hate radio and now hate TV. A large part of the Republican Party, formerly known as the Tea Party and now known as the Freedom Caucus, has disconnected itself from any allegiance to American traditional political values including civility and loyalty to the government. These values have been replaced by libertarian free market fanatics and evangelical extremism when it comes to the Supreme Court.

This group has identified Donald Trump as their spokesperson. The real Libertarians of the Republican Party, the Bushes, McCain, Paul Ryan, and other mainstream politicians have rejected Trump and his values.  Yet this is so far having little effect on the Freedom Caucus. 

We should thank Trump in a way for exposing this ulcer on the American body politic.  It shows how much work must be done to heal our society. Bernie Sanders also tapped into the angst of America, but Sanders played by the rules, and he and Clinton have made peace. It is clear that Ms. Clinton will side with the Democratic core values of equal rights and freedom of choice.

After the election, assuming that Trump loses, there will be much work to be done to clean up this mess. If a Republican Congress or a majority in either house can obstruct government from doing business, such as blocking budgets and/or Supreme Court nominees, then the election of 2018 will be fought over obstruction. This year’s election heralds the beginning of something, not its end.

Posted by: lecubiste | October 12, 2016

Trump? Why is this Happening!!??!! Seriously…


How can we explain this election cycle and the phenomenon that is Donald Trump?

Let’s start with the rise of conservatism in the time of Carter and Reagan. This was a time when deregulation began to catch on, starting with the deregulation of the airlines under Carter. A novel experiment in pure market economics, it has led to the bankruptcy of over 100 airlines ( With the onset of conservatism under Reagan, deregulation sounded like a good idea.  In 1987 the FCC under Reagan eliminated the “Fairness Doctrine”, which required media outlets to offer equal time to alternative viewpoints.

If there was an editorial opinion on CBS radio for example, the station had to offer an alternate viewpoint by a representative of groups advocating that alternate view. With the elimination of the Fairness Doctrine, fairness in media was gone.  Not all outlets dropped the alternate view practice, but in 1988 Rush Limbaugh began what was to become known as “hate radio”. Limbaugh was soon syndicated all over the country.

In 1994, following the failure of health care reform under Hilary Clinton’s leadership, a Republican majority was elected in the house, in the wave election led by Newt Gingrich.  The polarization of America had begun. In 1996 Fox News, owned by the tabloid newspaper owner Rupert Murdock, began its biased and one-sided coverage of news along the lines of Rush Limbaugh, with the slogan “fair and balanced.”

 Fox News was neither fair nor balanced. Hate radio morphed into hate TV. Eight years of Clinton culminating in a ghastly impeachment and trial of Clinton was followed by the election of George W. Bush, a born-again Christian.

The election of Bush in 2000 had led to the splitting of the Supreme Court along partisan lines. As the Bush Administration went forward conducting the war in Iraq, within the Republican Party something was stirring. In a new era of transparency online, no requirement for fairness, and cable television news, the old style of politics that had always dominated the parties began to disappear, replaced by uncompromising ideological extremism.  This manifested in the Republican Party as the Tea Party.

During the presidency of Barack Obama the Tea Party began to take over the Republican Party. Ideological extremism combined with post-Civil War racism as the Republican Party finished its takeover of the South and the Bible Belt. The Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated by a Tea Party member in his own primary in 2014, and finally last fall John Boehner was forced to retire to make way for a Speaker acceptable to the Tea Party.

In this chaos emerged Donald Trump. Trump promoted the “Birther” movement, something that clearly appealed to the racist elements in the Tea Party who rejected the idea of a first Black President. Along with Fox News and hate radio, Trump slowly gathered steam. Hate radio and hate TV personalities perpetuate a kind of conspiracy-theory fantasy world, one that was both plausible to its listeners, largely uneducated white men, and frightening enough if believed to cause near panic in enough listeners and viewers that extreme views and actions resulted.

White nationalism began to appear, and Trump fed the fire with fuel by pushing the immigration issue.  Muslims and Mexicans were both favorite targets of the white nationalists, and soon after came the traditional African-American prejudice and the racist trifecta was complete. This was soon followed by violence advocated by Trump and carried out by his followers at rallies. The comparison with the rise of National Socialism in Germany under Hitler in the 1920s and 30s bears a resemblance, and similarly with Fascism under Mussolini in Italy during the same time. Nationalism, racism, absolutism, violence to suppress one’s political rivals, are all hallmarks of the rise of dictators.

Trump’s extremism and bullyboy tactics are reminders of previous eras. He appeals to America’s extremist elements that have slowly come to dominate the Republican Party. It is only the real-time news and the modern tendency to record everything, even when the mike is supposedly off, that has tripped up Trump.  The Internet has similarly dogged Hillary Clinton through emails and hacking, though Clinton’s offences are less important or extreme.

Donald Trump understands Reality Television and the importance of sex tapes in garnering media attention.  After all, who are Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian but reality television stars whose fame goes back to “leaked” sex tapes? When Trump wanted to denigrate Alicia Machado, the Miss Universe who exposed his Boorish nature, of course he invented a non-existent sex tape for her. This is his milieu, his subculture, of Howard Stern sex talk shows and name licensing of products from pizzas to steaks to wine and golf courses to real estate school a la Trump University.

This election is an odd mix of modern communication technology, the increasing polarization of America due to the elimination of the Fairness Doctrine, and a Republican Party that cannot any longer control its members. Trump has nearly completed his party takeover, just as the whole kluge goes flying over a cliff. Oddly enough, if Trump loses the election he still wins the takeover of the Republican Party. The next question will be, does Trump start his own news empire? Even if he does, it will most likely fail as most of his business enterprises have. He is still in the middle of several law suits over Trump University.


Posted by: lecubiste | July 24, 2016

The Freedom of Being with You

Like the Lionman,

Alone in his cavern,

Just you to make him feel whole.

The freedom of our kiss,

The end of unfulfilled desire,

The end of loneliness,

The achievement of the whole,

The freedom of being

With you.



Sedona, 7-2016

Posted by: lecubiste | April 6, 2016

Sanders and Trump – Technology?

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Technology changes the world. Increased productivity from new technology increases profits. Old world political economies distribute profits upward, leading to greater economic inequality and polarized politics.  The working classes feel left behind, as society becomes 2 tiers instead of 3 tiers, eliminating the middle class. This causes a political reaction that is predictable. Those who long for the old world – the 50s as an example – reject science because it hasn’t benefitted them.  Their wages are stagnant while greater wealth has accumulated in fewer hands, All technological progress has meant for them is greater disenfranchisement.  Old world values including religion and politics – and isolationism and fear- have free rein.  Technology benefits consumers but without concomitant distribution of wealth through wages for workers.  A smaller cadre of engineers and scientists, and their banker and lawyer partners, make decisions that benefit them as corporate leaders, siloed by fiduciary responsibility into self and corporate benefit at the cost of society as a whole.

The future of this is more technology, greater economic and hence political inequality as the wealthy buy the political process,  and ultimately two polar opposite outcomes become possible: 1- Vast quantities of unemployed and alienated poor on the dole, paid for by upper class charity; or 2 – an entirely different system of economic gain and financial distribution. In the first case, such a towering edifice of inequality cannot stand forever. The result would be revolution in some form or another. In the second case, a new form of wealth distribution would emerge based on the increased productivity and minimum wages for workers such that the lower class becomes more uniform and homogenously financially secure. The latter case could happen without a revolution if the upper class and the intellectuals communicated these ideas.  This does not require violence to repair, but rather an enlightened leadership class that has both a global view and moral integrity.

We see the contemporary effects of this in the Sanders and Trump campaigns. Sanders represents a vision of a more fair and equitable distribution of wealth and legal/political system. Trump represents the alternative – retrogressing violence of a fascist reaction based on fear and hatred. Both contain the seeds of change within the context of society as a whole. Both are indicators that the result of the disenfranchisement of the working classes through the financial control  of the media and government by the wealthy have reached a breaking point.  Both Sanders and Trump are leaders of movements that have been created by the history of technological progress in America, and that has spread to the entire world. We see the same economic inequality in Europe, China, Africa, in essence everywhere.

The “establishment” media and political parties first erroneously predicted the failure of these movements, proving that their understanding of these changes is limited at best. The Republicans may lose control over their own party, as a fissure opens in their ranks. The Democrats, just as divided though not so violently, again show the polarity between the Clinton establishment party regulars, and Sanders who does not represent “business as usual”.

This campaign season is showing the manifestation of these movements as the Tea Party has reached the power to take control through candidate Trump; and the democrats show the latent reach toward Socialism through Sanders, reversing a century old trend toward Socialism’s complete suppression and denial in America. The political landscape is evolving, regardless of the outcome.

Posted by: lecubiste | January 31, 2016

There are Times and Places of Death

Sedona Winter 2016

There are times and places where dying

Is commonplace.

Winter, in the North,

In the cold,

The leaves fallen, the bare limbs naked;

The old man, feebly walks in the park,

White hair, wrinkled skin.

The old woman greets him.

They touch, souls feeling souls,

Nearing the end.


Posted by: lecubiste | January 12, 2016

How to Activate Your Kundalini

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The kundalini has become more and more frequent in the new age media over the years. What is it?  How does it function? There are many would-be gurus who claim to know all about kundalini and have the answers. There is kundalini yoga. There are research foundations and networks. I cannot sit in judgment of any of them.  I can only provide my own ideas based on my own research and experience.

My kundalini became fully activated in one fell swoop on an October night in 1973. It has been an adventure ever since. I particularly followed the books by Gopi Krishna, whose expository writings and poetry spoke volumes to me.  Krishna had researched the kundalini in India as a modern student rather than one steeped in the traditional and mythological aspects of kundalini.  In fact, Krishna was advocating a scientific research project to measure the activity of kundalini, to observe its effects in the body, and to create a body of scientific theory about it.

The path to kundalini activation is a slow and challenging effort. It requires a capacity for mental concentration, physical health and stamina, emotional balance, and spiritual guidance. Otherwise, if any one of those faculties is not present, the pursuit of an active kundalini can lead to illness, confusion, and in some cases even death. This one topic could be a subject of books itself. One thinks of the suicide of Van Gogh and other artists (I use the term “artist” in the general sense, meaning painters, writers, composers,and other creative souls).

In general terms, here is my prescription for activating kundalini:

  • The ability of the mind to concentrate should be developed. This is done through some form of meditation. There are many ways to meditate, but the number one goal is the cessation of the activity of the intellect, often accomplished with the aid of diaphragmatic breathing.  The intellect can serve as a useful tool but it can also become reflexive and unstoppable, even addictive. The intellect can also serve as a means of alienation from life experience both emotional and spiritual, what psychologists call projection. The power of the mind to concentrate must be achieved from within. In many cultures an entheogen (a mind altering plant used in religious ceremonies) is used for this purpose.  It helps to suspend the ego and allow the intellect to relax, opening the internal and external senses.  This is what was meant by Aldous Huxley’s Doors of Perception, based on his experience with a cactus based entheogen. In Siberia mushrooms are used. In Mexico peyote and mushrooms are used, in the mountains of Peru it is another cactus, in the jungles of the Andes it is a vine. Christians use wine to evoke the spirit of Jesus. The use of entheogens can allow the individual to experience the cessation of the intellect, but it is only an introductory experience.  The rest of the work must be done by the mind alone. Overuse of entheogens can damage the mind.

  • Physical health must be good. This means a strong and healthy body and a good nutritious diet. The body is the repository of the mind, heart, and soul. It must support these things. A weak or diseased body cannot support the rigors of achieving an activated kundalini, or the rigors that follow.  Also, the body must be balanced and in control by the individual. Coordination and dexterity should be good.  Overall a strong constitution is important.


  • A gentle heart and calm demeanor. Emotional balance and centeredness are very important. Psychological demons may at one time or another threaten all of us. It is best if there are no monsters in the unconscious. These serve as divergent distractions to the mind, which is otherwise trying to focus itself on emptiness and non-being to quiet itself. Powerful emotions demand attention. Such issues must be at rest for the mind to open to activate kundalini.


  • A healthy and wholistic belief system, open to spirit. Belief matters. If the aspirant has a belief system that invokes fear at the possibility of self-knowledge, or has a belief in an ultimate deity of evil for example, or harbors the false notion of original sin, then said aspirant will find it very hard to reconcile the evidence of their senses with a dualistic model of the spiritual world. The activation of the kundalini leads one to Cosmic Consciousness and the experience of a unified creation of which one is a part. A dualistic model that posits an ultimate yin and yang cannot achieve the experience of being one with the Tao, for this experience has no duality.


  • After achieving the aforementioned states of mind, body, heart, and spirit, one must find ultimate humility. This is not found through self-abnegation. Hair shirts and self-flagellation are only further manifestations of a misguided and ego driven practice. True humility brings the acknowledgement that we are no better than any other being. It is the exercise of letting the ego, which serves as a mirror of the self, be smashed in an act of ultimate letting go so that the true self beneath becomes evident. This state has been described as “The Dark Night of the Soul.” The feelings that are involved may be recognitions or revelations of aspects of one’s personal history that one may feel utterly humiliated to recognize. Yet these are a stepping stone to the ultimate release of the dragon at the base of one’s spine. Why?  Because those feelings, however humiliating and painful to confess, are nothing compared to the effect of the kundalini. The kundalini, once activated, will reshape the entirety of one’s being. Only ultimate truth about one’s self, recognized at the base of one’s emotional being, can allow the kundalini to emerge. This is why a healthy kundalini activation cannot lead to evil, which is based on false beliefs and dualism.


  • Having experienced the dark night of the soul, one must yet return to the meditative state and further plumb the depths of one’s being. Now one must face the lions that guard the gate. Whatever fears that lie dormant will now awaken. One must focus the mind in pursuit of the evolution of the self. This whole process is an evolution of the self towards a mystery that lies deep at the base of the spine. The readiness is necessary, for the power of kundalini is like no other. It cannot be achieved for selfish reasons.  These are ego-driven motives that depend on falsehoods that are barriers to the true self underneath. Humility must be found, the humility that is simply the realization that we are all humble beings in this tremendous universe. It is our natural state and simply the truth.  All glorification of the individual is predicated on false and ego driven thinking.


  • If one follows this prescription, one can activate kundalini. For me, it was a moment of convergence of pressures and tensions in the mind, heart, body and soul that suddenly resolved into an opening of the channel at the base of my spine, and all those pressures disappeared, replaced by an ecstatic energy that rose up my spine, chakra by chakra. This kundalini energy mounted up to my brain and finally I was immersed in an ocean of cosmic ecstatic energy, a cluster of stars in which I perceived the stars while I was simultaneously the stars themselves.


  • Following the activation and ascension to the highest state, I descended back into my body. I became aware of my surroundings and was back in my body, back in the room. But inside I had changed. My mind had permanently expanded and the energy of kundalini was loose in me, moving from point to point, changing me, transforming me into the being that I have become. I can compare my prior self to a caterpillar, and from the kundalini experience I metamorphosed into a moth or butterfly.

The years that have followed, 42 of them, have for me been an adventure, a roller coaster ride of experiences.  They have not been without ups and downs physically, emotionally, and spiritually. To be honest, one is well within the bounds of sensibleness to never pursue such experiences. The truths and insights are rich, but the experience is not an easy one. This life is approached in danger and experienced in danger. I was impelled to it like a moth to the flame.  In my case there was a sort of inevitableness to my reaching this point starting when I was quite young. This is probably not the case for most.

I would not advise pursuing kundalini activation unless one is truly inspired within to go there. It is a bit like being a high diver.  It is not for everyone. It may be best to satisfy one’s self with gentle yoga and meditation, a happy family life and a pleasant society of friends and community. I don’t know if I chose this route or it chose me, but in any event it became my path. If you do feel that this is your way, then I offer the counsel above. Don’t be in a hurry.  Don’t be ambitious. If you feel the wave drawing you in, ride that wave and stay balanced.

My best of wishes to all who come to this blog. Sincerely,

Neil Bethell Sinclair II

Posted by: lecubiste | December 13, 2015

On the Death of Jesus

Carrying the wooden beam, his grave marker,

Soon to be the symbol of his life.

Tortured, crowned with thorns,

Yet still practicing forgiveness

To all who assailed him,

Here was the finest of humans.

Diligently showing love until the end.

It’s that for which he is remembered,

Termed the Son of God, so great his glory.

Great suffering in the name of higher purpose,

Is remembered, worshiped even in this day.

Socrates, Joan of Arc, others received his fate,

And they too are remembered, heroes of their day.

Yet the lashes of the whip,

The nails in his hands and feet,

The blade into his side,

The thorned crown that cut into his scalp,

These things cannot be denied.

So when I hear of this infamy,

I barely can contain myself,

This desecration of holy flesh,

This putrid behavior I deride.




Posted by: lecubiste | December 6, 2015

Art and Poetry


Here are a few poems from yesterday…


Poems are like birds.

If I am very still,

Very quiet, they come

Sit by me, so

I can observe them,

See their lines,

Their form and color,

Get the details just right.


Art is a prime number. It’s factors

Are only one and itself.

Unique, asymmetrical,

Like the old Chinese saying,

“I never step into the same river twice.”

Art and life – every moment is

Idiosyncratically different from

Every other.

Undefinable, incomparable,


Like the Tao.




Posted by: lecubiste | November 21, 2015

The Misinterpretation of the Meaning of the Text

The Misinterpretation of the Meaning of the Text


The Misinterpretation of the meaning of the text,

Jihadists wearing suicide belts or bombs strapped to their vests,

The word Islam means peace in Arabic. I wonder what comes next?

Christian Fundamentalists trying to micromanage sex,

Ultra-Orthodox rabbis kneeling, bobbing necks

While Israeli tanks kill the leaders of Palestinian protests.


Has religion just become a tool for political contests?

How does the search for deeper meaning lead to military conquests?

Do God and Jesus, Moses, and Mohammed require such duress

In an endless retaliatory match, putting survival to the test?


The original purpose of religion was to reach a higher state

Of Consciousness, of morality where soul and genius mate.

The endless creation of systems of rules by priests with balding pates

Has no relation to religion, but more with a zealous State –

A political imposition of laws, a prison made of hate,

An inferior mentality, a small mind, not a great.


The original lives of the prophets was a model to imitate,

To follow their path as they followed God, a better world to create.

The text was meant to guide the way, to help initiate

The elevation of the soul to reach the higher state.


Beware the self-appointed leader whose ambition is to emulate

Those with political power, the leaders of the empire state.

When holy texts are twisted into a rule-making template

And movements are spawned to achieve goals that are manifestly reprobate,

Then false belief and cynicism have come to rule the date.

We must turn back this craven crowd before it is too late.


VOC  11/20/15



Posted by: lecubiste | October 22, 2015

I Am Sick and Tired of the Internet


  • Identity thieves
  • Malware
  • Hackers
  • Popups
  • Pop Up blockers
  • Chrome autofills that get it wrong
  • Viruses
  • Antivirus ads
  • Software billionaires under 25
  • Passwords that ask for new and more complicated rules
  • Power cycling failed routers
  • Video streaming that wasn’t
  • Ads
  • Ads
  • Ads
  • Ads
  • Ads
  • Ads that aren’t what they look like
  • Blocked websites in China
  • “Free” that isn’t
  • Cookies
  • Unreadable contracts that have to be agreed to
  • News that’s just opinion, or propaganda
  • Attacks on websites
  • The internet of things
  • Smart phones that run out of electricity in 3 hours
  • Another new cable interface for an Apple device
  • Computers that are valueless and obsolete in 3 years
  • Bill Gates
  • Another biography of Steve Jobs
  • MBAs looking for the next killer App.
  • VCs
  • Donald Trump
  • 3D Printers
  • UBER
  • India
  • China
  • Syria
  • Bashar al Assad
  • Putin
  • Boko Haram
  • The Middle east
  • oil
  • Texas
  • Republicans
  • The Koch Brothers
  • The Tea Party
  • Climate Change deniers
  • The KKK
  • Increasing economic inequality
  • Carly Fiorina
  • Fox News
  • Rupert Murdoch
  • Roger Ailes
  • Rick Santorum
  • Scott Walker
  • Televisions in elevators
  • Televisions in gas stations
  • Televisions in Taxis
  • Rents going through the roof
  • Instructions that are written in English in Taiwan
  • Lying politicians
  • Pornography in hotel rooms


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