The Criminal Mind

The object ia primarily attention. So surveillance is not a deterrent and doubling down is to be expected.
Individuals who are reluctant to expose themselves to restraint are content to share in the escapades vicariously via schadenfreude: pleasure experienced not because an enemy has been chastized, but because an icon has provided an example criminal behavior and avoided meaningful restraint.
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The Many Faces of Manipulation

PROPAGANDIZING
ADVERTISING
PROSELYTIZING
MARKETING
BOOSTING
PERSUADING
IMPACTING
PROMOTING
INFLUENCING
SCHOOLING
MENTORING
SOCIALIZING
The notion of the blank slate satisfies both the impulse to control and to negate autonomy. Autonomy is the antithesis of authority even as the negation of autonomy creates the demand for authority.
I am not anti-social, but I am against socializing.

Celebrations

Why do I dislike celebrations of all kinds? Because they are artificial and designed to manipulate the participants. I am anti-social, happy to be solitary and disconnected. ‘Tis a guilty pleasure that must not be over-indulged.

Purple in the yard

In addition to the wisteria, there are virginia day flowers and a host of weedy things, which are probably lyreleaf sage. I should probably take a picture since the front yard is carpeted.

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