March Madness

Sports controls men’s focus at certain times of the year. The past two days have been a basketball junkie’s dream, with 32 games in 40 hours. This year we had many major upsets – which sorta kinda like follows as a fractal of the big picture of life on earth – everybody seems upset about something.

Not me. To quote James Brown – I feel good … Yesterday i spent a couple hours chatting with the Feral Hippy on Revolution Radio. Then I went and saw that my alma mater – the Oregon State Beavers lost to Virginia Commonwealth and my entire interest in the basketball field waned.

Sports is a mass weapon of distraction. The rise of big time sports in place of big time science was a power play to devolve the intellect of the individual. We were taught to root for teams and show loyalty, even as the players got freed from their slavery and could change teams on their own volition, once or twice per career. Rest in peace Curt, for opening the Flood gates of free agency.

Sports produces entertainment, with the absolutely best (imho) human performance tracking systems ever invented. The metric of sports statistical measurement is leagues above the education system; imagine what a child could do if he accurately knew where he stood in his learning of a topic. That is a bucket list goal – to develop a learning system based on the learner as teacher and teacher as learner directed by the inquisitive nature of the participants involved.

Back in time, doc created Bug Zone. The topic was benthic macro-invertebrate entomology – bugs that live on the bottom of streams and morph into flying critters, like mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies. A dozen teenagers and half a dozen adults immersed in the water on weekends to learn how to collect the critters, identify them and provide an accurate count. The result was information on water quality.

My good friend Donna the docent was the omega investigator after the training. The alpha was a BLM biologist Nancy. Doc, Bob, Jim and Claude were the conduits, the support staff that learned with the kids and allowed various detailed concepts to be filtered back and forth through the entire group. We trekked out and collected bugs at nearly a dozen sites – even starting our own micro-test experiment when a fire swept through one of two adjacent sites. I never got to see that data, as life changed and took me off to different illusions.

The entire Bug Zone was scored as a series of sports events, with each activity generating a game score for the event. We kept a sort of box score and a line score and had performance measures that meant something within the particular groups. People were rewarded for their unique observations and set in complementary roles to enhance group performance. We had a good three year run until the time when no child left behind introduced the concept of handicapping smart kids for equality.

Sports is also used as a political weapon. As we watched the European Union castrate the Greek people over their overburdened debt load to the banksters, we failed to ask, how did the people of Greece obtain that debt? If I recall, the 2000 Olympics were held in Athens to celebrate their origin; the Greeks overspent on their cultural day in the sun – the security bill was enormous.

Now just watch how the whirled treats Brazil – with cost overruns and polluted water and a true circus as the powers that used to be attempt to thwart the new BRICS Olympic package. The money to be made off the athletes doing amateur sports is a source of major whirled corruption. Nowhere is that more apparent than the games they play with college athletes, unpaid warriors. Which is what march madness is about – a distraction that takes us away from the changes that we need to make to be where we are going.

Namaste’ … doc

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