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The gravity-of all city situations is in constant danger of
escaping — which is why everyone over there must act so serious.
Only the simple criticize —– only the simple have
anything to criticize.
One man had an imaginary business card made up that said:
“Hi! — I work for life and am aware of it — how about you?”
There are two battles that every man must ultimately lose:
those with inanimate objects, and those with routine distraction,
passing for intelligence. …And — who!?, who?! amongst such a
fine-looking audience as is assembled here before us tonight,
could have the impudence to ask me if the two are not actually
one-in-the-same. “Who!?” — I humbly ask you — “Who!?”
A man who has been watching these news shows and reflecting
on their content, so says: “If it is life itself, through human
institutions, that continues to tell man that he’s not ‘doing
enough’ — AND since it continues to have its guilt-producing
effect, then that can only mean that indeed, man is not ever
‘doing enough’! BUT, we are then faced with the quandary that
life must not want him to!, or else it obviously could cause him
to do so.” Such comes tantalizingly close to actual independent
The “city” — the collective, civilized base of man’s
ordinary intellectual operations — is his natural home, and
thus, inter alia, it may be noted that: City thought is safe
Hormones hold herds together; hormones and neurons hold
civilizations together — and a man’s own skin keeps him in his
proper form. But what then, along these lines, could be imagined
regarding a thinker-who’s-straying-away!?
The rebel sergeant told the plotters: “Once you have
exhausted your present captivity you may take a quick nap before
moving on to the next one.”
Huh? ! ? Do the simple attract simplicity — or is it just
their natural environment?
Two examples Of Things That Are “Self-Fueling”: Habits, and
a thinker’s hunger to be free therefrom.
Exemplifier’s Addendum: Do note that in the above listing,
that is the way one of them is supposed to be, and how the other
one could be.
After reading the newspaper’s Classified Section for some
fifty years or more, one kid finally thought to himself: “Why
come you never see any “Help Wanted’ ads for ‘Someone To Tell Me
The Unbiased Truth’!?”
The “Hope Of The Routinely Civilized”: I may be crippled —
but there is always the possibility that I’ll become even more
Allegory Courtesy Of The USPS: A viewer writes: “After
hearing your many less than positive comments regarding such
matters as aging, death, and religion, and even your inference
that they are all spurious, if not downright specious, I wonder
why you even continue to mention them!?” A most pertinent
inquiry, dear viewer, and I will tell you that amongst real
thinkers such subjects do never arise.
City thought is established thought.
“Civilization” met head-on, once again at our New
Intelligence Definitions Desk: The Civilized: Contented
captives of a brand new prison.
Hormones said: “We can make ourselves happy almost any time
we want to.”, and neurons just pouted.
New Intelligence News Show Footnotie: Notie: In the above
it was said that “neurons just pouted” — it did not say that
they could “only pout”! You see — that is always the unexpected
distinction between what is “natural” and what a thinker might
think about it otherwise.
This, from a viewer: “I sometimes really enjoy your
program, but let me ask you: Is it possible that you could make
it seem even more complex and unaccustomed?!” Do you think
that’s a real “question” — or an expression of — fear!?
…..More from our, “Field Spotter’s Guide For Certain Indoor
Sports”: A city critic can talk almost anyone “into a corner” —
while a real thinker could, EVERYONE! — and then even make the
corner get jumpy.
A man thought: “It has reached a place that every time I
say, ‘I’, a certain unpleasantness occurs.”
Simplicity IS captivity.
Now a follow-up and further-focusing of a story from last
week, wherein will be presented a direct definition based on a
few people’s individual, intellectual efforts amidst the everyday
hormonal directed affairs of city life: A Thinker: A supposed,
dead man, who refuses to lie down.
A child asked his father: “Why are there never any
comedians leading nations, or heading religions?” And the old
man replied: “I thought you knew that by now.” From our
Definitions File: History: An excuse to keep from looking in
your own mind.
A Formidable Battle Cry: Long Live The Unfinished!
City thought is no-risk thought.
Some Financial — No, Medical — No, I guess it’s
“Financial-Or-Medical” Advice For Those Who Don’t Normally Care
For Advice: Nonphysical suffering requires the use of memory.
A gentleman in our viewing audience immediately responds
thusly: “For god’s sake, people! — I mean, the sentence makes
rhetorical sense and all, but what in god’s name do you expect
me to do with such information!?”
If there’s something you think, about which you’re
uncertain, say it aloud, and, all doubt will go.
The simple are never free — nor even suspect the
possibility. A man ponders: “Is it that the simple never
‘suspect’ it, or that they have no desire for it?!”
A thinker — acting stupid — has no place to hide.
There is a difference between being guilty and being caught,
but local civilization doesn’t particularly care if you’re aware
of this or not.
One city thinker’s “secret” — and I do mean, secret,
personal motto: “Only sissies criticize! — real men and women
punch each other out!”
Query: Is information you can’t use, not “useless”
information!? Ah so!, but now let me inquire of your mental
faculties, this: “If there is certain information that you don’t
want to use, would not one way to avoid the possibility be to
simply conclude it to be “useless”!?
City thought is reliable thought — even when it’s not.
By numerous requests, we will now repeat a story we first
brought to you last Friday, (to wit, more or less): One man
asked his cousin: “Why don’t you take all of that extraordinary
stuff you know and start a religion with it?”, and he replied:
“For the very reason you unintentionally mentioned.”
History, Revisited, Revised, And Otherwise “Straightened
Out”, For Your Increased Driving Pleasure: The true “father” of
our neural laws of levers, and the efficient movement of inert
objects, was he who first declared: “Give to me drugs in
sufficiently large quantities, and I can — move the world.”
Second Principle Of Secessionary Dynamics: That which works
— a thinker can always — make work.
After much trying, failing and frustration, one man decided
to attempt a kind of “turn-around-approach” and said:
“Henceforth my name is spelled with three ‘I’s’ù — or even five
or six for all I care.” When poison is no longer a possibility,
it is no longer a threat.
…..Hint: The only serious — and thus, foolish & meaningless
— “I’s” a man possesses are — those he thinks, and those he
The “Secret Password” for next Wednesday will be: “If
everyone knew how tasty the unknown custard was then everybody
would want some, and there probably wouldn’t be enough then for
us.” ……(Pass it along — if possible.)
A certain nonstandard mother told the child just before
their first city visit: “Over there — support the positive —
smile and walk away from the otherwise.”
Thinking Viewer’s Sidebar: The problem with ordinary
“advice” is that it is always weighted, partisan, and less than
fully revealing, and thus of no ultimate use for increased
From the heights of a thinker’s mind, ’tis noted: “Up here
— it’s even light at midnight.”
Then there was this other lad who promised his father that
after he arrived in the city, and just as soon as he was able —
he would personally — leap from a large structure — in the old
One day, life said to one man who was trying to think-too-
much — “Watch it!, buster!” And believe it or not, but from
that day on, the man always thought of himself as, “Buster”.
If tombstones are a monument to a man’s death, what to look
for regarding his life?!
City thought is non-threatening thought.
A certain thinker told a good friend: “Intentional silence
is perhaps the most consistently appropriate mode of
communication one can have with the ordinary, in ordinary
circumstances.” A viewer lets roll about in his mind:
“Sometimes I think that everything I hear on your show I’ve heard
before, and sometimes I think, surely not! I feel myself
approaching a position wherein it matters not.”
From our Picturizations Desk: Extrinsically-Perceived,
“Non-Partisan Thinking”: The war against plagiarism — waged on
Outside of town, in rebel camps, fires are stoked with
Attention All Truckers! — Stay In The Far Right Lane: City
Scales Now Open For a Reweighing Of Your “Wide-Load” Sense-Of-
Justice: One old aggressive man said: “I only get aggressive
with other people under two conditions: One is, when they get
aggressive toward me first; and the other is, when they don’t.”
Okay, another run at it, via our old Definitions Desk: A
Thinker: One doing the intellectually “improper” in a manner
proper to him.
Deep lust, as with all hormonal hungers in man, causes
daydreams. But who is there to do the dreaming!? …And
moreover: Why the need?
One man called the neural family together and told them the
following: “Forget about routine notions of ‘guilt, pain,
suffering, and self-pity’ — for if life truly wanted to ‘clamp-
down’ on you, it could do better than that! And do further note:
It never has, as yet.” But still: Turtles are little comforted
by encouragement intended for eagles. This is why religion, and
other human institutions both succeed, and do not succeed —
which, in a binary world, become operationally indistinguishable.
Signs Of A Thinker’s Progressing Journey As Reflected In The
Thought Of One Traveler: “I know I have walked this way before
— but why does not the past come out to greet me.” …(This
being mused with a smiling satisfaction, I might add.)
City thought is comforting thought — even when it is
One line from one man’s most recent monologue: “I know the
battle is near — I can hear the glorious moans of relief.”
(A little “Insider’s Gossip”): Once you do begin to “think
more independently”, one of the real challenges then becomes:
How to redefine the concept of “overboard”. …Not in the
nautical sense, but as reflected in the admonition: “Now don’t
go overboard in what you’re doing.”
That Supra Noted, “Second Principle” Restated: That which
works — a thinker can always — make work.
More than any form of illness, drugs, guilt-producing-
morality, or fear, is a thinker’s energy drained by acts of
neural laxity and misadventure.
* That’s why the active minded don’t need anyone to tell
them what time it is. *
One kid, not quite too far past being ordinarily “grown,”
one day thought/questioned/pondered: “Fun that hurts is a funny
kind of fun!?!?”
Once upon a never-ever time, a potential “city thinker” who
life cut down pret-tee quick, I might add, stood one day and
said: “Since you’re going to progressively age — and then, up
and die — and, know about it! — what possibly worse could
A Personal Observation: It is my suspicion that life’s
displeasure with such expressions is its fear that some men might
begin to take them as comments relating to the possibility of
expanded, nonstandard thinking. What do you think?
Another Picture & View Of The Intellect And Man: A
potential volcano in a less-than-anxious-to-be-so mountain.
City thought is non-strenuous thought.
Some guy, pretending to be a “viewer” submits this imaginary
hunting question: “Well, if criticism is not a proper part of a
thinker’s arsenal, then tell me how one is to drive away
stupidity if one never fires at it!?”
No matter where you wish to go — the distance between here-
and-there is measured in steps of increased complexity.
Okay, all you dogs and parakeets, get away from the TV,
this is a quiz just for humans: What is worse than, “being
alone”? Believing that you are.
The ordinary think: “Things must be as they appear to me or
else how can you explain me!?”
Not a medical — not a psychological — not even a
theological, or anthropological — but!, An Overall Update: If
you can’t do the hoo-doo on you — you can’t do the hoo-doo.
City thought is honorable thought — even among scoundrels.
Just as guilt is intended to wound the ordinary, so is true,
intellectual shame damn-near fatal to a thinker.
Book News: One new city best seller is entitled: “14 Ways
To Tell If You’re In A Coma.”
The operational distinction between “being crazy” and “being
a thinker” is that in the first instance people are afraid that
they’re “losing their grip,” while in the second, a thinker fears
that he’s not “letting go” — fast enough!
“Special Announcement” from the Executive Management of
“The News” as brought to you by the New Intelligence
organization: Unless people are made to “feel bad” they won’t
ever try anything new! Okay, all you people — feel bad!,
Another, “Song Of The City”: A mask for a mirror — a
mirror for a mask.
If men did not talk to themselves, the voice of the
collective would carry no weight.
A man in the city so spoke: “This thing must be going
somewhere — just listen to how noisy the engines are!”
If men did not take the voice of the collective to be their
own, then the voice of the collective would have no weight.
From a man’s city clothes, his aroma can never be washed.
Nor should it be.
Even though his road is one of ever increasing complexity,
there is one area made simpler by being an independent thinker:
All guilt, shame, fear, and the like is narrowed smartly down to
one thing — Stupidity.”
And another viewer reacts to some of our news: “I ain’t!,”
(counters he), “NO body’s — ‘after-thought’!”
It is not unusual for even those with 20/20 hearing to
sometimes mistake the sound of a “T”, or an, “E”, or an “I” for a
Revel In The Extraordinarily Strange Mathematics Of Non-
Partisan Thought: A thinker only suffers through omissions.
Re Questions Of, “Mortal Captivity”: You must be free to
“be free”. ……..OR: Those still talkin’, still ain’t walkin’.
A Thinker’s Shopping Attitude: If it’s cheap, expensive,
discounted, or comes with a bonus — I don’t want it. In other
words — if it’s for sale in the city — forget it!
Although illness can surely sap a man’s physical strength,
it is lack of alertness that does so intellectually. It is thus,
that thinkers dread stupidity much worse than mere death.
City thought is non-challenging thought. All-in-all — city
thought is exactly what city dwellers need.
After making a quick study of his present position amidst
the sane and civilized, one man declared: “I am so-o-o pleased
to be here, that I’m damn-near actually pleased to be here.”
Another, “Positive Report For Neural Urbanites”: Over in
the city you don’t have to be a boy genius to pass for a “boy
Okay — I guess, “turn about’s” fair play — so here’s some
more of that kind of questionable “Good News For Thinkers”:
Compared to the simplistic — the complex is in constant danger
of coming unraveled.
Forget “ambrosia” — all you hearty “pretenders-to-a-
thinker’s-throne” — the true food of the neural gods will always
be the one with OUT a name.
All “magic” is but the contrast of the more complex with the
And now for your final question of the evening: What is it
that can be held but not captured?