Nader, Yale, UW Data Group
In the space of one week, traveling to three states, I returned my ranking on academia.edu to the top 5% in site visits the last thirty days. I found a new friend in Ralph Nader, made a big splash at Yale, and withstood peer review scrutiny in the local University of Wisconsin Madison Data Discussion Group at the new Discovery Center.
Ralph Nader, Rowe Campground, Massachusetts
The event in the Bay State was Ralph’s way of working on the “Citizen Summons” concept where you build support for an issue one congressperson at a time, getting a core group of 15 volunteers to bring a group of 300 to 500 people to a meeting with the congressperson about that issue. This way, multiplied across the whole US Congress, a group of citizens less than 1% of the population can start a social movement on any issue that has majority support in the opinion polls.
I used the law of return to my advantage, that is, as you give so shall you receive in return. I shipped a case of 100 of my videos on Peace Economics to the conference, so that everyone who came got a free video. Ralph talked to me privately at the first dinner before the first session as I sat down next to him when I had the fortunate opportunity. I didn’t know if he would stay the whole conference or turn proceedings over to a confederate after a while. Fortunately, he stayed the whole conference, with his sister as his confederate intently listening the whole time and often participating. I later found out that the first conference he held at the same site a half year earlier was much more participatory, but feedback from that event encouraged him to play a much stronger lecture role in the three day conference.
Ralph generously announced my gift of a documentary on the military economy in the first of four sessions. He acknowledged my research efforts at all the sessions. In the third session he opened the floor for five minute speeches from the audience as I led off followed by another Wisconsin colleague. Then I passed a flyer around with the 10 domestic effects of military (empire) spending. In the final session Ralph talked about how empires decay and are brought down by internal forces rather than external forces, reinforcing the empire concept my video leads logically into. During the conference a half dozen or so people of the fifty two in attendance personally thanked me for the video, and at the end I passed out more videos requesting that they donate those videos to their local library, for a total of 71 videos distributed. One person actually viewed the DVD during the conference and gave positive feedback. After the conference there were significant activity increases on my two or three main websites.
Yale Legal Fiction Conference in New Haven, Connecticut
The “legal fiction” conference in Yale the two days before returning home May 20th, also went very well. I met the first speaker, a professor from Germany, one hour before the conference was to start. She took my card as I said I had invented new better macroeconomic and global warming theories, and later on in the conference called on me by name. The two of us from Wisconsin left a big impression asking questions during the conference, and heads turned to look at me in the last role when I clearly laid out the biased situation in the Ferguson Missouri grand jury case in the shooting death of Michael Brown by policeman Darren Wilson. The key facts were that the policeman testified first, as if Michael Brown was being investigated and the policeman was testifying against him. This set up the policeman’s fiction as authentic and was supported by testimony of a white woman. This white woman was never at the scene the prosecutor admitted, one month after the decision not to charge the officer, when the prosecutor was interviewed on a local radio station.
Later I went to the Yale Law School in search of the Reuschlein Room mentioned in an internet listing of a distant relation, Harold Reuschlein, who graduated from Yale Law School in the forties and helped to found Villanova Law School in the fifties as well as writing a famous law text book. The gatekeeper at the door lead me to someone else in groundskeeping who might know of this Room, who led me to another person, who led me to another person in the library in the top three floors of the building. Together we discovered that Harold had come from Burlington, Wisconsin, a small town in Southern Wisconsin not unlike my great great grandfather’s home town of Plain, Wisconsin. In fact, Burlington had the church that notable Madison journalist John Nichols attended as a child. John Nichols now frequents the book store of Spring Green, Wisconsin, the next town over from Plain, Wisconsin, and he also knows of the Reuschlein clan. Most Reuschleins, a rare name in the Munich phone book, either live in Wisconsin or Kulmbach, Bavaria, Germany according to the world book of Reuschleins with about 100 listings in the whole world. So when 52 year old Heinrich Reuschlein moved from Tauberbischoffsheim, Baden, Germany, to Plain, Wisconsin in 1854 (1852 by some accounts) with my then 16 year old great grandfather Sebastian, he started an explosion of Reuschleins from Wisconsin. Small world. Harold was my father’s third cousin.
Data Discussion Group in Wisconsin
The next day, May 21st, I gave a presentation on how to construct a model in 28 steps to a Data Discussion Group at UW-Madison’s Discovery Center that had started February 5th. My article consisted of 17 pages of my collected works from my first book in 1986, two papers in 2014 and one in 2015. I had impressed the group with insightful observations and questions for months now, and my suggested topic was finally taken up. Unfortunately, attendance was light as the semester had just ended with grades turned in just days before. But interest was high and one participant by teleconference from Marshfield viewed two of my papers online afterwards, as did a few from Madison before and after. So peer review of my work by this group went well. I am looking forward to presenting a hundred year history of the US military budget, deficit, and economic growth in La Crosse Wisconsin at the Economic and Business History Society next Friday, May 29th, 2015. I also will participate in the University of Toledo Peace Education symposium July 26 to August 2nd later this summer.
Current version of the class I have created to teach this ground breaking material:
Cover Letter, Proof of Concept, Nine Areas of Mastery, Creating Model, 31 Class Sessions:
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