To the Leaders of the Free World, consider using a “time-out”.

To the Leaders of the Free World, consider using a “time-out”

There were times as a student where I experienced a time-out. Standing in the corner, or my nose to the chalkboard, and the extreme time when my sixth grade teacher sent the whole class outside to march up and down the sidewalk while he got some work done.

But that was so long ago, I needed to refresh my memory, so I “Googled-it”. I found this site in my search:

According to the site: “Time-out means time out from positive reinforcement (rewarding experiences). It is a procedure used to decrease undesirable behaviors. The main principle of this procedure is to ensure that the individual in time-out is not able to receive any reinforcement for a particular period of time.


Dear world leaders, there is a child in charge of the most powerful military in the world and you need to put him in time-out, he has already demonstrated undesirable behaviors and should not be rewarded.

According to the site, you should set up a time-out area, “The time-out area should be easily accessible, and in such a location that the child can be easily monitored while in time-out.” 

Thankfully we already have many towers we can keep him in, easily identified with his name. Please use your sovereign funds to pay for his residence as that would expedite his departure from the world stage through impeachment (see Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution).

The amount of time spent in time-out, is generally based on age. According to the site, “Children from 2 – 5 years old should receive a 2 to 5 minute time-out. A 6 year old child should probably receive about a 5 minute time-out while a 10 year old child would receive a 10 minute time-out. A general guideline can be: 6-8 years of age, 5 minutes; 8-10 years of age, 10 minutes; 10-14 years of age, 10 to 20 minutes.

Generally the amount of time doubles every 5 years. So starting at 5 minutes for a 5 year old, a 70 year old would be 2 to the sixteenth power times 5, divide that by 60 to get the hours,  divide that by 24 to get the days. The answer is 227.5 days.

What would happen if you just ignored him for that time? What would happen if you did not take his phone calls? You and he have ministers and sub-ministers for that, but do not give him the attention he wants. What would happen if you didn’t invite him to your golf courses. What would happen if you did not allow him to meet your queen? What would happen if you did not give him the right time for the G7 or G20 photo? Or better yet, don’t invite him to the Group of 7 with the rest of the cool kids, invite Jerry Brown instead.

It is important that you specify the target behaviors that need to change. According to the site, “It is very important the child be aware of the behaviors that are targeted for reduction.

So phrase your conversations so he understands his errors in judgement:

  • “Donald, breaking trade deals is bad. Sorry, you can no longer visit the queen.”
  • “Donald, denying climate change is wrong. We are going to turn your golf course into a nature preserve.”
  • “Donald, banning refugees is not a good idea. We are going to turn your branded hotels and resorts into refugee centers.”

Dear world leaders, you might also want to consider this from the site:

Reward desirable behavior as much as possible by verbal praise, touch or something tangible such as a toy, food or money.

-just might work in his case

By the way, parents, don’t use any of this advice on your kids. Give them a hug and listen.

Stand Up to the Bully

Stand Up to the Bully

Stand up for your wife, your mother, and your daughter against the threats to their body, minds, and their spirits. Contribute to causes with time and money that support their rights. March with them no matter your gender, for their rights are your own.

Stand up for the first amendment of the constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Read. Be literate about the facts. Not only learn more about current issues, but learn about the constitution and its amendments. Support the press and ask more of the press. Donate to public radio.

Stand up against ignorance. Against those who would abandon our public schools. Against those who failed science and can not accept its conclusions. Demand your supermarkets remove tabloids from the checkout stands. Contribute and volunteer to Greenpeace or the Sierra Club.

Stand up to the bigots. Do not let their lies become the truth in any land. Challenge them.

Two children, two faiths, one message – from CNN

Stand up for anyone not like you. If you get to know them, you will find you have a lot in common. Trust me, somewhere in the world, you are the odd person. Diversity is a strength and that is why America is great.

Stand up for those who chose a life of public service and now face disrespect, including the one hundred and seventeen stars on the memorial wall in Langley, over a thousand dissenting members of the Department of State, and one brave woman lawyer from Georgia.

Stand up and use your wallet to support companies sympathetic to your views, and boycott those that don’t.

Stand up to the public servants you elected. They work for you. Call them, do not email them. Afraid of a long distance call? Get a gmail account and setup a hangout, or get a free Skype account. You can make free calls from anywhere in the world to a US number.

  • Senators can be found here: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/senators_cfm.cfm
  • House members can be found here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/

Stand up and run. Run for a local office, this is where all politics starts. Run for the school board, the local commissions, and the public committees.

Do not sit and fret.

Stand up and make a difference.

Trump School

I was recently at a pep rally at a school in Nepal named for the 16th President of the United States. As a good luck charm, Lincoln’s head is rubbed by each member of the team. It seems to work as the school has a lot of winning teams. But the head rubbing got me thinking, “Will there be a Trump School?”

The famous Republican above, has lent his name to at least 3 schools for expats around the world, and of course many in the USA. Just in Illinois 89 public schools are named for Lincoln.

Already there are schools named for President Obama in at least 6 states in the US.
The name Trump University has already been sullied. No turning the clock back on that one… it has been settled.

So “Will there be another Trump named school?” Without a doubt the answer is “Yes!” Most likely in some other country than the US, for example, Russia. Leaving out the obvious, what other schools might adopt the 45th president’s name?

Here are three schools that could adopt the Trump label tomorrow:
I put forward Trabajo Ya as a clear contender. Not familiar with the school? Currently not a catchy name, but what if it was called the School of Trump Tricks. It is a trade school in Spain. Trabajo Ya means “Work Now,” and reflects Trump’s values of women and employment. Look it up.
Then there is the legendary School of the Seven Bells in the Andes, where thieves and pickpockets learn their trade. Does it not already feel like some of the administration are alums of this school? Renaming the school to the Trump School of the Seven Hells would be an apt testimonial to the importance of the school in shaping the new American carnage.
Even with the recent closing of the Ringling Brothers, The Clown School is thriving. There is something inherently creepy and scary about clowns: No matter what they do, they sincerely expect you to enjoy it. Let’s hear it for TCS, the Trump Clown School!

S’mores

Yesterday we went shopping for groceries, including a trip to the commissary. As we were checking out, I saw a package of marshmallows above the chocolate section. I fought my primal urges (surely there were S’mores cooking at the caves of our ancestors), and did not buy that the tasty combo. Then REI sends me an email containing the photo below. Is there some cosmic message I missing? Has Google Search engines become so strong that even my looking at something at a grocery store now steers product placement to my inbox.  Perhaps my marathon watching of Mr. Robot is effecting my observations of the universe. I will try to stay strong, and deny the S’more ….

and please take my paranoia in jest. That said, a chili-chocolate S’more sounds crazy good, but REI, my membership is part of a healthy-life choice, help me out.