Neurotic Man Interviewed

I don’t know how it happened, but it did, this Neurotic Man was interviewed!  At least I think so, but who knows, I am already questioning what happened.  Let’s cut to the chase, it’s just another thing to worry about.  Anyway, I was interviewed by a real life reporter!  With real questions!

I still don’t know for sure how she found the NM, probably a stroke of good luck on her part.  I was quick-witted, urbane, smiled on occasion and hardly sulked through the process.  I am not sure if she got the essence of the NM.  I kept on getting the impression that she thought I was a complete nutter instead of the very cautious individual that I believe I am.  We first met in a very open setting as I believe it made her comfortable that a quick getaway was possible.  Likewise, for me.  You never know, what if she wasn’t a reporter?  Or the first serial reporter?

Anyway, she was very nice, and much shorter than me, so my anxiety disorder dissipated quickly.  I told her about NM and we had a pleasant discussion.  I couldn’t tell if she understood that underneath all the phobia there was something that made sense, in some ways a whole lot of sense.  Such as wiping the door handle of a public bathroom both on the way in and the way out with a paper towel.  You never know what pesky germs will be lurking there.  Besides, if the bathroom is the germiest place in your home imagine what a public bathroom is like.  The reporter looked at me skeptically but I didn’t mind, I get that a lot.  In fact, when I don’t get it I think the person may not have been listening.

She wrote an article which I think is very fair.  Here’s the link:   

The other day I went to the local library and there was a towel dispenser attached to the exit door with wipes to be used for the door handle when exiting.   Just like Neurotic Man.

Neurotic Man

Ha!  How you like me now?

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Neurotic Man Creates Fake News

This Neurotic Man is still searching for a job but I have some good news.  I hit upon another Fake News story and it’s like being put under for hypnosis.  Fake News, Fake News, Fake News, and then it struck.  Much of the fake news accusations has one thing in common – it comes from overseas.  I’m not saying it actually came from overseas only that’s what certain people claim.  I’m  considered a nutter already –  fake news is not like cheese or wine – I don’t think there’s cachet from it coming across the pond somewhere in Boris town (my level of sophistication has grown).   Making up stupid fake shit is surely easy with a big paycheck attached.  And there’s so much to write about.  It’s all the news not fit to print.  Hah!

“The head of the Trump digital camp, Brad Parscale, has reportedly been summoned to appear before the House intelligence committee looking into Moscow’s interference in the 2016 US election. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee carrying out a parallel inquiry, has said that at least 1,000 “paid internet trolls working out of a facility in Russia” were pumping anti-Clinton fake news into social media sites during the campaign.

Warner said there was evidence that this campaign appeared to be focused on key voters in swing states, raising the question over whether there was coordination with US political operatives in directing the flow of bogus stories.

Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed by the justice department to oversee the investigation into the Russian role in the election, is thought to be looking into all these issues, as well as possible links between Russian fake news factories and far-right sites in the US.

It is a wide-ranging investigation that is examining the unusually large number of contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials during the campaign, as well as the possibility that the Kremlin has personal or financial leverage over members in the Trump camp, including the president himself according to his own remarks on Twitter.

The role of Russian generated fake news is a separate strand which has gained less attention up to now, but the part it played in depressing the Clinton vote in key states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania in the critical last days of the 2016 campaign could have helped change the course of recent American history.


“We set ourselves up to be victims of an international cyberwarfare campaign. We were very effective pawns

A huge wave of fake news stories originating from eastern Europe began washing over the presidential election months earlier, at the height of the primary campaign. John Mattes, who was helping run the outline campaign for the Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders from San Diego, said it really took off in March 2016.”

“In a 30-day period, dozens of full-blown sites appeared overnight, running full level productions posts. It screamed out to me that something strange was going on,” Mattes said. Much of the material was untraceable, but he tracked 40% of the new postings back to eastern Europe.”

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Word Salad

The TV Series, Boston Legal, had a segment about word salad.  In many ways Word Salad describes the Donald who makes up news so that he even has to make up a news station.  It is sad, no pathetic, that our government has sunk so low that they are in the news business – actually making up news and act like it is real.

Word Salad

“When asked about the numbers, Schlapp said he would have to “check the poll,” and from there he pivoted to questioning the “science” behind climate change and celebrating “science” around abortion.

“I don’t see the legitimacy of your premise,” host Chris Cuomo said at one point. Republican commentator Ana Navarro called out Schlapp for what he was doing.

“You’re trying to make the segment about something that it isn’t even about,” she accused.

She went on to pivot back to the CNN poll that shows only one in four Americans trust Trump, who she called a liar. Schlapp was so overcome by the accusation he accused all media of calling him and Trump supporters liars.

“You’ve talked abortion, you tried to make it about science,” Navarro said. “It’s about the fact the president of the United States goes out and lies either by Twitter or in person daily. Last week he told us he had phone calls he did not have with people who did not call him on the phone! Who he claimed told him things they did not tell him! That is a lie! Some of you may choose to believe ‘alternate facts’ and live in another universe. Some of us choose to believe in a factual universe.”

“Don’t call people liars!” Schlapp exclaimed.

“But he lies!” Navarro slammed. “He is a compulsive, pathetic, daily, liar! … that’s the definition of a lie. It’s a good one. I think you show own it.”

“You need to relax,” Schlapp said.”

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While the word, Obsession, conjures up images of ads selling perfumes, in this case it conjures up the Donald. While others see tax acts and several tax bills, this President sees the ObamaCare Act over and over.  Not the Affordable Care Act but Obama Care.  Not seeing no from Congress as a no.  While other matters ferment, it is the Obama Care Act that remains front and center.  Does Donald have trouble with someone else getting credit?

“Republicans acknowledge that the aggressive timeline they have set up for overhauling the tax code this fall leaves them little room for error.

There could be one problem with that: Obamacare isn’t going away.

President Donald Trump has dropped hints that he might stop the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing reduction payments, through which federal funds flow to insurance companies to keep down coverage costs for low-income people.

At the same time, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the health committee chairman, is working with Democrats on potential measures to shore up the health care law.

That’s left key Senate tax writers frustrated that there’s potentially another issue to take precious time away from their tax reform efforts. Senators left Washington on Thursday for a monthlong recess and will return to a September already overloaded with legislative deadlines. With key Trump administration officials and some congressional leaders having said they want to get a tax revamp signed into law this year, tax writers believe they’ll need to make serious progress starting next month.”


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Pulpdiddys Permutations on Sunday

For quite some time at Pulpdiddys Permutations I have had a Sunday column in which I explain why I no longer write a regular column on Sunday and instead use this explanation column and take the day off.  I’ve tweaked this Pulpdiddys Permutations column that appears on Sunday from time to time but the story remains the same – I take the day off.  I have taken to use this Sunday space so that it is a little bit about me and a lot about what I am trying to do with the blog.  It has become apparent to me that the roots for the blog come from three things.  First of all, I love to write.  I enjoy the process and especially how attempting to communicate with others forces my thought process to focus in a way that not having the writing would not cause.  Secondly, I have been fascinated with how we interact with each other from an early age.  My political and social precociousness led me to turn away from the almost brutal focus on scholasticism and athleticism that dominated my early years.  In my case, this break was a good thing as it expanded my interest in understanding my empathy.  And last of all I realized I had developed a way of looking at the world that focused on want. When I explained this to others I found they often shared my thoughts but that for the most part they did not desire to consciously understand or express the theme of want, or if they did, found they had shuttled it off to the recesses of their mind – a way of living that contained the shuttling as an inconvenient truth*.

The inconvenient truth is that we drown in want.  The want may be the search of fame or sex or health or power or toys but these wants ultimately have the same catalyst and that catalyst is money.  Some theorists and analysts think we only see that want in our dreams and that dreams are healthy.  The problem is that this want invades our day to days and we make decisions based on that want that often has far reaching and sometimes tragic consequences.  The want may be quite basic such as the quest to survive or quite advanced like controlling politicians or having a lobbyist team to market your ideas of law.  The thing about want is we largely are embarrassed about it, especially if the want becomes public and obvious and though at times we may expose our want it is often done in a non serious game show sort of way.  The other thing about want, especially in the most unconscious of us, is that we trample our fellow human beings in an attempt to achieve whatever it is that is our want.

I have found that magazines, blogs, and newspapers don’t understand want but instead focus on an agenda even if that agenda is to work hard in not appearing to have one.  Somehow the media has failed to see that in reality their own agendas are full of fiction and as such, are as much want as that of anyone else.  As for these agendas, most are political in nature.  The problem with an agenda is that it blinds you to certain realities – at least for a while.  So a journalist at the Washington Post 50 years down the road realizes the paper missed the mark by ignoring Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech when it was delivered, instead focusing on crowd control that day.  Or journalists at the New York Times realizing that they were too enthusiastic in support of the Vietnam War.  Or ditto for the enthusiasm of both papers when the misdirected terrorist war known as the Iraq War took place.  Of course this is an over-simplification and I mention it only as an illustration.

As I do my research for what to write at Pulpdiddys Permutations I think about the want that each of us has – the want we may not know exists.  Hopefully I can glean enough of the want to make an intelligent observation.  While personally I remain far more liberal then not regarding economic, political, and social issues I bring up the question of want in my analysis of issues and how the issue will affect all, most, or some of us.  So when President Obama does something that I find wrong I am not loathe to mention that wrongness at this site.  When Senator John McCain takes a position that I found courageous I find no problem in expressing praise for that position.  When Paul Krugman takes on an economic or social position that I find a bit silly I will also comment so.

Love of writing, looking at the world with empathy, and focus on want are the triumvirate that has brought about Pulpdiddys Permutations.  Though I believe I am eventually found out to be correct more often then not and certainly more so than any pundit I know that’s out there, I certainly am not infallible.  But I give you my pledge that I’ll continue to do the research, continue to consider the matter using the frame of reference of want in the material posted by me at this site, and correct myself when my opinion eventually is shown to just be wrong.  And if you’d like some lighter reading there’s always my e-book:

*I apologize to Al Gore, for using your title as a phrase.  It just fits.  And in this context, Mr. Gore, you are also a good example of an inconvenient truth.


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San Francisco Grows Up

San Francisco had just lost its mayor and one of its Supervisors due to a one-time Supervisor now in disgrace.  It wasn’t pot or crystal meth or cocaine to blame but somehow, twinkies.  Music was free and so was sex and there was a ready acceptance of drug use.  Experimentation of our actions didn’t set us free but reminded us how far we had to go.

The boys played pool and drank till dawn and told humorous, painful stories and with all the horrible things people did to each other there was always running the table. We played pool and silently hid our pain and our concern for each other.  And we would momentarily forget with the bad taste jokes and each other and pool, the endless pool game.

San Francisco

“SAN FRANCISCO — Luxury condominiums, organic ice cream stores, cafes that serve soy lattes and chocolate shops that offer samples from Ecuador and Madagascar are rapidly replacing 99-cent stores, bodegas and rent-controlled apartments in the Mission District, this city’s working-class Latino neighborhood.

As San Francisco has become the preferred bedroom community for Silicon Valley, the Mission, with its urban edginess, has become the hottest location. Close to the center of the city, it has historically been home to Mexican and Central American immigrants whose large families live in small apartments in narrow Victorians and older buildings. Taquerias, bakeries, bars and auto mechanic shops line the streets where Spanish is spoken. Like Chinatown, this distinctive neighborhood helps define San Francisco, but the gentrification — fueled by technology workers and the popularity of Airbnb — is faster and more drastic here than elsewhere.”

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Pulpdiddys News Update

Pulpdiddys news update is that for a couple of days this sight will be posting nothing new as I will be on vacation!  Though I could post on vacation I need time from the keys.

Love you guys but also love my days.

News Update

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Neurotic Man Sizes Up the Housing Market

The Donald is reported to have called the White House a dump something this Neurotic Man would never do.  I love the symbolism of our nation – Mount Rushmore, The Statue of Liberty, the Washington Monument, and the White House.  That FDR, or the Kennedy brothers, or Lyndon or all of the other presidents great and small did their planning about the future in the White House.

55,000 square feet a staff of many, stuffy as it may be it is our past – and our future.

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“The White House ― the storied, 55,000-square-foot mansion that’s housed America’s first families for centuries ― is apparently not up to snuff for President Donald Trump.

“That White House is a real dump,” Trump reportedly told members of his Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey, before teeing off recently. The remark was included in a lengthy Golf Magazine feature published Tuesday exploring Trump’s complicated relationship with the sport. The article also appears in the Aug. 7 issue of Sports Illustrated.

It’s no secret that Trump enjoys spending time away from the White House at his own resorts. He’s taken four trips to the Bedminster club since his inauguration, the feature noted. Another site tracking Trump’s leisure reports he has vacationed on 11 weekends out of the 28 in his presidency, costing taxpayers around $29 million.

Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, commented that the White House, which was rebuilt in 1817, does show its age. But that’s kind of the point, the former president wrote in his 2006 book, The Audacity of Hope. Here’s how Obama described the first time he walked into the building as a freshman senator.

The inside of the White House doesn’t have the luminous quality that you might expect from TV or film; it seems well kept but worn, a big old house that one imagines might be a bit drafty on cold winter nights. Still, as I stood in the foyer and let my eyes wander down the corridors, it was impossible to forget the history that had been made there—John and Bobby Kennedy huddling over the Cuban missile crisis; FDR making last-minute changes to a radio address; Lincoln alone, pacing the halls and shouldering the weight of a nation.”

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The Work of Many, the Voice of One

There are many crazy things about the current administration, perhaps the craziest is the Donald’s administration becoming the voice of one.  It is inevitable when you have the President acting and saying that he is the smartest of us all that eventually he would become frustrated by all the attacks and take the voice of his allies away.  Or that they would let him. The voice of one is frustrating but It is especially frustrating when the voice of one is so often wrong.

the Voice of One

“According to the Washington PostTrump personally intervened to prevent senior White House advisers from issuing a full and truthful account of the meeting on 9 June 2016 in which Donald Trump Jr, the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushne  The voice of one is a very dangerous place to be.r, and then presidential campaign manager yPaul Manafort came face-to-face with four Russians. One of the Russian visitors was the well-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

The report, based on multiple though largely anonymous sources that included the president’s own advisers, has the potential to cause political, and even legal, trouble for the White House because it draws Trump himself much closer into the fray over the Trump Tower meeting, which has become a lightning rod in the Russian affair.

In the release the 2016 meeting was presented, in Trump’s own words, as “a short introductory meeting” dominated by discussion of the adoption of Russian children that was “not a campaign issue at the time”.

That statement was presented to the New York Times on 8 July, and duly included in the newspaper’s first account of the meeting. But within 24 hours, highly damaging revelations had emerged that made clear the meeting had been much more charged than that.

On 9 July, the Times revealed that Trump Jr had been lured into talking to Veselnitskaya by the promise of negative intelligence on his father’s presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, and two days after that the email chain was published that showed the younger Trump reveling in the idea of receiving dirt on the Democratic presidential candidate, uttering the gleeful phrase: “I love it”.


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We Don’ Need No Stinken Science

Lack of understanding of science is not surprising in the Trump Presidency.  People get nominated for science jobs because that’s the place to dump supporters who squawk about payback jobs. Since each Department has more than one scientist, the theory goes, having one scientist who is not a scientist is no big deal.  The Trump team, not noted for its vast knowledge, has been slow to understand how important the team concept is in the scientific arena.  I guess having fake scientists is the next step to having real scientists that you refuse to believe in.

Being adept at politics or the sciences or statesmanship is not a necessity for the employees of the Trump White House.  It’s quite understandable as the occupant of the White House is used to do overs thanks to bankruptcy laws.


“Sam Clovis, President Donald Trump’s pick to be the Department of Agriculture’s chief scientist, has been many things in life: He’s an F-16 fighter pilot turned defense contractor turned academic; he was a conservative radio host in Sioux City, Iowa; and he was a failed U.S. Senate candidate in the Hawkeye State who managed to become co-chair of the presidential campaign of a New Yorker who won — against all odds.

These days in Washington, Clovis’ critics are obsessing over what he is not: He’s not an agricultural scientist, nor is he an agricultural economist, nor does he appear to be qualified for a position that, by law, must be drawn from “among distinguished scientists with specialized training or significant experience in agricultural research, education and economics.”

Senate Democrats, activists deeply concerned about climate change and left-leaning science groups predictably seized on Clovis’ weak credentials to attack his selection as yet another sign the Trump administration rejects science-based policymaking and endangers the integrity of federal research.”

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