Date: Dec 4, 2012 5:26 PM
Author: kirby urner
Subject: Re: WG 13 Announcement: CERME 8 [Turkey]

On Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 1:39 PM, Haim <> wrote:

> Lou Talman Posted: Dec 4, 2012 12:20 PM

> >He may also use "TEM" without limit and without
> >admitting that he is doing so.

> Et tu, Lou? So, you are really not sure what "The Education Mafia"
> means? Really? I'd bet you are pretty sure what your socialists friends
> mean when they talk about "Big Oil", or "Wall Street", or "Banksters" (a
> portmanteau of "banker" and "ganster"), or "capitalists", or "petty
> bourgoisie". How about "The 1%" and "The 99%"? No problem there, eh?
> But, somehow you just can't wrap your brain around the idea of "The
> Education Mafia". Gosh, Lou, I wonder who has more explaining to do.

When intelligent laypersons asked Sean Carroll, doctor of physical science,
why the Higgs boson was called "the God particle" he laughed and said

I was / am quite active in Occupy and my friends appear in Occupy
Unmasked by Citizens United (a so-called "right wing" 'expose'"). That's
Troy bawling out the interviewer -- they cut to him several times, show him
using uncouth language (tsk).

So do I know what the "1%" and the "99%" mean? "Marketing" I say (tip of
the hat to Sean).

Just because you're some rich dweeb with a yacht in the marina you're too
busy to use and a few houses here and there, doesn't make you some "ruling

Gandhi didn't have a ton of dough yet was taken seriously by many, much as
Winston Churchill thought he was a buffoon (the feeling was somewhat

So this myth that there's a 1% elite of financially well-to-do that rules
the world -- that's as dumb and stupid an idea as the Protocols of Zion
(which hoax Henry Ford fell for, at least until he snapped out of it, many
screeds later).

It's Madison Avenue style advertising and PR that helps move the levers,
capitalists being much better at propaganda than communists.

Madison Avenue and it's "mad men" (mostly an historical chapter as the
advertising industry is everywhere now) were always more powerful than Wall
Street in my account. Motivational psychology is way more developed than
most investment theories.

Investors depend on advertisers to work their magic, to make those profits
role in (as people continue to consume what they maybe don't need).

A really big part of advertising that doesn't get talked about much is
continuing to develop the brand loyalty (including to a religion, to a
nation) of those who've have bought in, those who've drunk the kool-aid.

Occupy is the same way. "You didn't bet on the wrong horse, as there's a
future for you too" -- what they were told at Washington High School that
night (something of a local headquarters). We were showing them a positive
future that was more democratic, more egalitarian.

My point: these terms need have no specific meaning in order to sway
opinion and lead to plot developments.

There is no such thing as the 1%, or the 99%, but it helps to have a peg to
hang your mask on anyway.

Haim's "Education Mafia" was useful as it helped me develop my "Education
Yakuza" meme, a gangsta underground, Asia influenced, that is challenging
authorities on the Pacific west coast, in cahoots with Hollywood at some
level (and TV more generally).

We mock east coast publishing houses and their fat / stupid K-12 textbooks
(similar to Dom Rosa in that way).

We set up learning institutions not staffed by rank and file teachers.

We're geeks. We collaborate globally and "world domination" is our game,
what else could it be? -- a self mockingly promulgated meme:

We don't buy in to the silly obsolete concepts they still buy "back east"
where the infrastructure is more decayed and the people think more like
Euros and Brits (poor slobs).

Like Haim, they think it's all about "socialism" versus "capitalism". In
the meantime, social engineers develop Facebook as a free service and issue
stock. Facebook helps tilt the election.
(oh wait, that's Bahamas, not Obamas, try again...)

Is that socialism or capitalism at work? Who knows and who cares. Those
old ways of thinking are of little relevance anymore.