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Patient refers to it as stargate-five-five

A Provocateur.3






—Not the least.

—Why not? The journey.

Until something better. 

—Certainly not.




Convoluted Logic — They like to push people around, so they tie you up with psychological gestures that don't make much sense ("I thought that you thought that I thought") — or outright lies — to constrain your psyche and steal your attention. Then they tell you what's really on their mind. Don't try to put a six thousand watt experience into a five volt mind.





[puncturing, convoluting] - Some of these people are very narrow - They have these little power games they play, to feel important - They're playing favorites - All they can understand is rank, class, and money. They say other people have little jobs - so they have big jobs. It's really so stupid, it's hard to understand - You don't count, that's what they're saying, you don't mean anything - That's gutter put-down methods - The day has to come when you don't take shit from anyone.

The Age of Insanity, ages 12-15

Wild Expectations



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

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




"I like your little responses." :: WildCard-5

—Why not? The journey.

—Little by little.

"Could you give me a fifteen-minute capsule sketch of your entire philosophy?"

—Until something better.

—They use aggressive verbal dirty tricks (propagated from one person to another) to hijack the theater of your mind – It's your birthright to take back your own awareness of the here and now, and to reestablish a strengthening connection with the part of you that dreams at night, no matter what Paul Allen says. Just like subatomic particles, life is an energy field; it starts in the womb with mitosis, including an empathic connection with your mother; every dog knows this. Much of what passes for artificial intelligence comes from lying, one way or another, and it's very easy to trip up a liar. Life is an experience. How can you simulate experience, or qualia, without lying? You'd have to send the damn computer to Dartmouth, teach it windsurfing, and so forth. Here's how to pass the Turing test: Have the computer make muffled sounds and play a tape of a baby crying in the background, then call 911. If the police come, the Turning test will have been passed, showing a simple computer simulation is indistinguishable from an actual human cry for help. Then you can go directly to prison where you can use their exercise equipment, which has been designed to be stronger than you are, to create a quiet or imposing musculature. So, too, with creating a quiet mind. Pursue any book or dynamic intelligence that helps YOU smarten up. While in prison, stay away from rats.

"That's what you say." [Your core philosophy] (–Ray Kurtzweil, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, Viking Penguin, The Penguin Group Inc., New York, 2012, p. 241) :: WildCard-4

—Not the least.

—The person who made my molds probably attacked me.

"Let's pretend we don't exist – Let's pretend we're in Antarctica."

—Why not? The journey.

—No money.

"I'm prepared for anything, Richard."

—Until something better.

—Ice and all.

"Are you prepared?"

—Not the least.

—Clear and concise.

"You're mentally ill."

—Not the least.

—Do you think penguins stand together on the ice floes for the same reason you guys stand together on the steps?

"Okay, Kevin, it's all squared away, huh?"

—Until something better.

—You just keep hammering away.

"YOU GOT SOMETHING TO SAY?" [They think you "snuck up on them." What they're really angry about is the sudden surge of adrenaline they feel, just below their level of consciousness]

—Until something better.

—Say It Out Loud! ... I'm Black and I'm Proud! ... For crying out loud! ... I'm Black and I'm Proud!

[Someone showing you the Yiddish way of enumerating Christians, finger by finger, folding down their fingers in such a way they end up giving you the bird]

—Until something better.

—They all fall down.

"Estrella, do you think Richard is a child or an adult?"

—Not the least.

—Let them meet.

"Sounds like the taxpayers are paying you to stonewall." (Senator Patrick J. Leahy to Karl Rove aide, J. Scott Jennings)

—Not the least.

—Up on top ... Someplace safe where the baby isn't going to get it ... Rarely ... Some at the bottom, some at the top.

"What is the biggest sin you've ever committed?"

—Until something better.

—The seven deadly sins ... pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, anger, sloth ... Life is funny, isn't it? ... Usually the way mothers shampoo their children ... No, I'd rather sleep.

"You live like an animal – You are an animal."

—Until something better.

—Maybe you're cheating yourself.

"What was it like firing a musket? What were the dinosaurs like?"

—Until something better.

—Wow! Times have changed ... The older you get, the more you need to be warm ... Time flies, doesn't it?

"You chose the wrong one."

—Why not? The journey.

—You may be on first base again.

[Someone rummaging through your private things when you're gone, leaving one item menacingly upside-down]

—Until something better.

—The old days ... It's totally different ... You can't understand how dangerous and stupid people were ... That'll keep me busy, looking, looking.

"I told you ... to stay ... off the grass."

—Why not? The journey.

—There's a lot to learn.

"What would you say if someone said, 'You're fat?'"

—Until something better.


"So what do you say when someone says, 'I'll bet?'"

—Until something better.

—That's what helps.

"Oh, there's Richard! [Talking to someone else on her cell phone] Don't stop and say hello!"

—Until something better.

—On a mission!

"Something clever to say."

—Until something better.

—I don't have enough money to feed my horses.

"That's because you're not reincarnated."

—Until something better.

—It's Kafkaesque.

"You don't say that when you're saying hello." [You used an inappropriate Vietnamese expression]

—Why not? The journey.

—Easier said than done.

"Why don't you just say, 'Up yours?'"

—Certainly not.

—With her lace underpants.

"Oh, no! Don't say that!"

—Certainly not.

—You needn't make excuses.

"Say, 'Thank you!'"

—Certainly not.

—It's p.r.

"You shouldn't say that."

—Until something better.

—You don't think?

"Don't be nasty!"

—Why not? The journey.

—Have a bug!

"How do you say 'little' in French?"

—Until something better.

—Not for me!

"You should just say Piss off! to everyone."

—Certainly not.

—Rage is the word ... What about lessening the pain?

"What about privacy?"

—Until something better.

—I don't have it now.

"I didn't say you could talk yet."

—Until something better.

—Holy shit! You're killing me.

"There are certain things I can't say around you."

—Until something better.

—That's the spirit! Never say die.

"Don't say a word."

—Until something better.

—Don't snap!

"I didn't say they're stupid."

—Not the least.

—They're so cheap.

"That's easy for you to say."

—Not the least.

—Do it the wrong way.

"What did you say? Say that to my face."

—Not the least.

—It's nice to have something open.

"Now you made me forget what I was going to say."

—Not the least.

—You had a lot of fun when you were a kid, didn't you?

"You're going to get towed ... because I'm going to rat on you."

—Why not? The journey.

—With music or with bubbles?

"Hmmm, so let me get this right.. Someone calls me a 'Sucker!' and I'm supposed to say, 'And there'll be a present for you ... after the program.'??? You would say that??? I read taxi1010 for about an hour, picking for usable snippets among the oddness. Why would anyone want to diffuse a question like, 'Are you walking the dogs?' I tried, but I don't get it. —Mark"

—Until something better.

—Everybody, without thinking, thinks whatever they learned when they were little, is right.

"Would you mind if I took this call?"

—Why not? The journey.

—Go ahead.

"This is a private meeting."

—Until something better.

—A big powwow.

"Can we have some privacy?"

—Until something better.

—Hatching another plot.

"Can we meet in private?"

—Why not? The journey.

—I'm not telling anyone.

"You don't mind if I open this window, do you?" [Having already opened it]

—Not the least.

—Don't get caught!

"I don't want to interrupt your lunch."

—Until something better.

—Not any more.

"Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, None but ourselves can free our minds." (Bob Marley, "Redemption Song")

—Until something better.

—You know, I'm Brahmin caste.

"Did you have a nice little cheeseburger?"

—Not the least.

—Don't say I didn't tell you.

"Oh, humor me – Come on!"

—Until something better.

You're confused ... It's upside down ... Upon encountering another human being, drastically reduce your expectations, sense your lower abdomen, and adhere to a sense of beauty in yourself.

"Before you go, I just want to show you three rugs, down in the basement." [They won't let you go]

—Until something better.

—No rugs this year!

"Lothar! Do you know who Lothar is? Mandrake the Magician's assistant."

—Until something better.

—Oh! Like Swedish royalty.

"Go get a marker – You're an adult."

—Not the least.

—That's a sign.

"It's not a matter of catching up – It's a matter of you being responsible."

—Why not? The journey.

—Every minute.

"You ought to wake up, man! – You're in the taxi business."

—Until something better.

—It's a very small circle of people.

[Someone "secretly" pulling back so you have to reach a little too far to take what they're handing you ... because they're dwelling inside a Betty and Veronica comic book grudge or are trying, somehow, to "even the score."]

—Until something better.

—And you thought you had troubles – Find somebody in the business – Forget it! – Sorry, I'm not a psychiatrist, but you certainly may need one. [You're better off "swallowing it" (meanness) because ... let sleeping dogs lie ... Slow down, almost falling asleep, yet stay very alert – sense your hand and play with your fingers – sense your genitals]

"He's our chaperone."

—Until something better.

—Gee, I have trouble following rules, too, but I try to.

"You drive like a little girl."

—Until something better.

—Or a nervous wreck.

"This is my horrible little sister."

—Until something better.

—Horribly naïve.

"I enjoy it – little tool." [Personal computers]

—Until something better.

—It's an investment that pays off.

"Yeah, it is – A little bit."

—Until something better.

—My contribution.

"I saw it on your little sign."

—Until something better.

—Thanks for telling me that.

"You're a little slow tonight."

—Until something better.

—The ground is sinking.

"I have a friend who drives a van so he can feel he has his own little entrepreneurship."

—Until something better.

—If someone's getting results, why shouldn't they do it?

["How do you write women so well?"] "I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability."

—Why not? The journey.

—You have to use your sensation.

"Thinking about buying that?"

—Certainly not.

—No plan.

"I got rid of all my junk!"

—Until something better.

—A good horse does it all.

[Ac-c-c-h-t! spit!]

—Until something better.

—So talented.


—Until something better.

—Out of the darkness and into the light.

[Spit redux]

—Until something better.

—One spit leads to another.

[Spit over and beyond the call of duty]

—Not the least.

—Your cup runneth over.

"Is this what you've reduced yourself to, Melissa?"

—Why not? The journey.

—It's better than I deserve.

"Why don't you write a note to your Aunt Charlotte?"

—Certainly not.

—Will power.

"Will you write things down if you can't remember?"

—Why not? The journey.

—What's the sense in having all that money if you don't know what's funny?

"I'm going to write you up."

—Until something better.

—Just because I was honest one time doesn't mean I'll be honest again.

"Well, I want your name ... I'm going to report you."

—Why not? The journey.

—Well, I want YOUR name, and I'm going to report you to MY superior for interfering with my job ... Next! ... I don't need any more confrontation.

"You mind?" [They grabbed your spot]

—Until something better.

—I'm not fussy ... Glad to share.

"Hey, Roberto! ... Can you put on the golf channel? [As if no one else at the bar is watching TV]

—Until something better.

—They're like lightweights.

"Oh, is this your chair?"

—Until something better.

—Put all your eggs in one basket and watch that basket!

"Do you mind if I open the window?"

—Why not? The journey.

—Please do!

"Do you mind if I watch? I take Tai Chi at [Another] Tai Chi."

—Until something better.

—Stick around – It's a good investment.

"Never mind! – Never mind!"

—Until something better.


"Do you mind?"

—Certainly not.

—Don't suffer too much.

"Make up your mind!"

—Until something better.

—Me and my big ideas, huh?

"Are you on your lunch break?"

—Until something better.

—That's done!

"Are you on duty?"

—Until something better.

—And hoping it rains!

"Boy, am I an observant guy, or what?"

—Certainly not.

—Life in the city.

"Allow me to help you, Icarus. I understand how you felt the last time you got rejected. I already knew it from the beginning when you were going after that girl, nothing mysterious here. And I knew you wouldn't succeed."

—Until something better.

[See Icarus and the Gutter Snipe]

"You don't have to get snippy about it."

—Until something better.

—Let me see how it ends.

"You're the weakest link – Please leave."

—Until something better.

—Where did you go? Out. What did you do? Nothing.

"I'm here to turn off your AT&T cable."

—Until something better.

—My ordeal is over.

"End of conversation."

—Until something better.

—There's always something else to do.

"So how does your mom feel about the breakoff of your engagement?"

—Not the least.

—That solves many problems.

"Go write."

—Not the least.

—Now on to other things.

["I'm a taxi driver – Can I use your restroom?"] "It's for customer only."

—Certainly not.

—Allow me to dream a little longer.

"Restroom for our customer!"

—Certainly not.

—It must be hideous.

["Can I use your restroom?"] "No, they mop it."

—Until something better.

—Stop shaking your head! It's your brain wobbling.

"She who smelt it, dealt it!"

—Until something better.

—Look at that guy go!
























A Philosophy of What Makes
Life Easier for People

The more you understand, the easier you have it. When you understand the ways you're the same as everyone else, things get really easy.

All verbal interactions have an understanding component, which is based on exact knowledge and specific experience, and a spoken component, which in Non-escalating Verbal Self-Defense, starts with two-word responses. This limitation checks the temptation to throttle another person with long boring lectures or with the bitter sting of unbridled truth. (Even though a sophisticated understanding of honesty and an altruistic desire to be of some use to other people come from the same place — which grows if you quiet your mind.)

People have something like a stinger built into their psyche poised next to a vulnerable inner child. All you have to do is say something like, "Do you mind?" and they'll sting themselves with it. Whenever you interact with another person, they're constantly stinging themselves with whatever words they hear, and there's not much you can do about it.

However, you can do something nice about your own stinger, so when another person speaks to you, a gentle dragon inside of you intercepts their words and keeps you from becoming excessively frightened, angry, shocked, bitter, or sad. Then when someone says,

"Do you mind?" you can say,

—Certainly not.

This new habit can become as automatic as so-called manners — "Thanks," "I'm sorry," "Excuse me," and all the other apologies people use for simply being alive.







As follows

CODE WORDS: accountability, adult, animal, Antarctica, assistant, breakoff, buying, cable, capsule, catching, channel, chaperone, chose, customer, dinosaurs, duty, emancipate, end, fifteen-minute, [fingers], given, [go], grass, [grudge], heck, humor, insurmountable, link, little, Lothar, lunch, mentally, mind, minds, mop, musket, mysterious, mystery, nasty, observant, ought, prepared, privacy, private, reduced, reincarnated, report, restroom, rid, rugs, [rummaging], sake, say, sin, sketch, smelt, snippy, [spit], squared, stonewall, succeed, taxpayers, towed, tried, weakest, write



—Until something better.