Fox News America’s Election HQ – Never Trump 6/18/16

Ethan Bearman on Fox News 6-18-16

Ethan Bearman on Fox News 6-18-16

I appeared on Fox News Channel’s America’s Election HQ to discuss my issues with Donald J. Trump as the GOP’s candidate for President. Once again my opposing panelist was the lovely Angela McGlowan.

If you are curious about my reference to Kohlberg’s stages of moral development, this is from Wikipedia:

The pre-conventional level of moral reasoning is especially common in children, although adults can also exhibit this level of reasoning. Reasoners at this level judge the morality of an action by its direct consequences. The pre-conventional level consists of the first and second stages of moral development and is solely concerned with the self in an egocentric manner. A child with pre-conventional morality has not yet adopted or internalized society’s conventions regarding what is right or wrong but instead focuses largely on external consequences that certain actions may bring.

In Stage one (obedience and punishment driven), individuals focus on the direct consequences of their actions on themselves. For example, an action is perceived as morally wrong because the perpetrator is punished. “The last time I did that I got spanked, so I will not do it again.” The worse the punishment for the act is, the more “bad” the act is perceived to be. This can give rise to an inference that even innocent victims are guilty in proportion to their suffering. It is “egocentric,” lacking recognition that others’ points of view are different from one’s own. There is “deference to superior power or prestige.”

An example of obedience and punishment driven morality would be a child refusing to do something because it is wrong and that the consequences could result in punishment. For example, a child’s classmate tries to dare the child to skip school. The child would apply obedience and punishment driven morality by refusing to skip school because he would get punished.

Stage two (self-interest driven) expresses the “what’s in it for me” position, in which right behavior is defined by whatever the individual believes to be in their best interest but understood in a narrow way which does not consider one’s reputation or relationships to groups of people. Stage two reasoning shows a limited interest in the needs of others, but only to a point where it might further the individual’s own interests. As a result, concern for others is not based on loyalty or intrinsic respect, but rather a “You scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours” mentality. The lack of a societal perspective in the pre-conventional level is quite different from the social contract (stage five), as all actions at this stage have the purpose of serving the individual’s own needs or interests. For the stage two theorist, the world’s perspective is often seen as morally relative.

An example of self-interest driven is when a child is asked by his parents to do a chore. The child asks, “what’s in it for me?” The parents offer the child an incentive by giving a child an allowance to pay them for their chores. The child is motivated by self-interest to do chores.

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Lower Carb, Lower Glycemic, Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies cooling - ©Ethan Bearman 2016

Lower Carb, Lower Glycemic, Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies cooling – ©Ethan Bearman 2016

Lower Carb, Lower Glycemic, Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are delightful treat. So why not go for a lower carb, lower glycemic, gluten free version?

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put everything in the mixing bowl except the butter. Then melt the butter (I do it in a microwave safe ceramic dish) and pour over the ingredients in the bowl. Run the mixer blending thoroughly until it starts forming a nice dough ball. Put in refrigerator for a few minutes if you find the mixture too sticky to work with. Line a cookie sheet (or two) with parchment paper. I use a tablespoon or so per cookie. Bake for 13 minutes or brown to your liking. Let stand for 5 minutes and enjoy!

Ingredients:

This recipe takes me about 10-15 minutes to prep and about 10 minutes for clean up in the kitchen. Makes 25-35 cookies, depending on size

These are sweet and delicious and my family wipes them out quickly without feeling heavy or gross.

An alternate method is to reduce the almond and gluten free flour to 1/3 cup and add a very ripe banana. That changes the cookies to have a little banana flavor added (duh), a lighter and fluffier texture, while adding the nutrition from a banana which I’ve also found to NOT spike blood glucose levels.

Calories Fat (g) Cholesterol (mg) Potassium (mg) Sodium (mg) Tot Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Sugars (g) Protein (g)
Whey 250 4 100 250 110 3 0 3 50
Almond 320 28 0 0 20 12 6 2 12
GF 240 0 0 0 30 52 0 2 4
Swerve 0 0 0 0 0 90 0 0 0
Dolcedi 84 0 0 0 0 20 0 20 0
Butter 813 92 244 27 653 0 0 0 1
Baking Soda 0 0 0 0 629 0 0 0 0
Vanilla 19 0 0 10 0 1 0 1 0
Walnuts 392 39 0 265 1 8 4 2 9
Choc chips 140 10 0 170 4 16 4 12 2
Egg 72 5 186 67 70 0 0 0 6
TOTAL 2330 178 530 789 1517 202 14 42 84
Per cookie 77.7 5.9 17.7 26.3 50.6 6.7 0.5 1.4 2.8
if 30 total                
Nutrition Information pulled from labels and caloriecount.com

Here is a clip of the pictures from making and baking the cookies:

Ethan on Fox News Election HQ 6/8/2016

Hillary Clinton wrapped up the Democratic Party nomination on Tuesday, June 7th and gave a presidential victory speech in Brooklyn, New York. Heather Nauert anchors Fox News Channel’s Election HQ on this late Tuesday night appearance and Jehmu Greene argues for the Hillary camp. I point out the uphill battle she faces to win over the electorate.

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Low Carb, Gluten Free, Nearly Paleo Bread

Low Carb, Gluten Free, Almost Paleo Bread

Low Carb, Gluten Free, Nearly Paleo Bread

Low Carb, Gluten Free, Nearly Paleo Bread

Whether you are a body-builder, a diabetic, have celiac or Crohn’s disease, there are many reasons that eating regular store bought or homemade bread might not be your thing. We have family in more than one of those categories and have been greatly disappointed with the products we can buy online or in the store. So, I decided it was high time I make a low carb, gluten free, nearly paleo bread.

I began by scouring the Internet for body builder and diabetic sites for ideas. I found a couple for inspiration (Bulletproof Bread and Soul Bread), and as I always do, came up with my own version.

This is definitely low carb (in the 1 to 1.5g carb per slice range), gluten free, and I am not into paleo but think this almost meets the paleo diet as well.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. First whip the egg whites until firm. Then melt the butter (I do it in a microwave safe ceramic dish). Follow by pouring the remaining ingredients in the mixing bowl with the egg whites and blend thoroughly. Pour into bread pan of your choice, I use a standard bread pan with parchment paper for lining. Bake for 45 minutes or brown to your liking. Let stand for 5 minutes and slice away!

Ingredients:

This recipe only took me about 10 minutes to prep and about the same 10 minutes for clean up in the kitchen.

And don’t miss my newly posted tasty treats – Lower Carb, Lower Glycemic, Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

EDIT 6.6.2016 19:30 PDT – Reddit user today05 requested a video showing how the bread slices, added at the end of the post.

Low Carb, Gluten Free Bread, fresh out of oven

Low Carb, Gluten Free Bread, fresh out of oven

Ethan on Fox News Americas News HQ – Trump in California

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I appeared on Fox News Channel America’s News HQ with Leland Vitter hosting and joined by Angela McGlowan on Saturday, June 4th, 2016. We discussed how many conservatives and Republicans (let alone NPP and Democrats) are not behind Donald J. Trump in California and what he needs to do to start winning over the holdouts.

By the way, Leland calls it “Ethan’s Movement” at 1:13 and Angela follows suit at 1:19.

Here is a snippet of the Los Angeles Times/USC poll I referenced:

Trump has contended in recent days that he could make a run at California in November, but the poll showed that to be implausible, at best.

Fewer than three in 10 likely November voters in California had a favorable impression of Trump, and Clinton led him in a hypothetical matchup by 26 points, a margin that would represent the biggest victory in recent California history, larger even than Barack Obama’s historic 24-point win in November of 2008.

Clinton’s advantage would be even more dominant were she receiving the support of more of Sanders’ loyalists. 
Among those siding with the senator in the primary, 65% said they were certain to support Clinton in the fall. 
Of the remainder, 10% said they would vote for Trump and 13% said they would not vote in the general election.

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Ethan Explains RICO and Karma 6/1/16

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What comes around goes around. Greenpeace wants the Department of Justice to use the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act on those who oppose climate change legislation. One of their targets, Resolute Forest Products has filed a RICO suit against Greenpeace.

From The Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy by Jonathan H. AdlerNo peace for Greenpeace“:

In December, Greenpeace urged the federal government to investigate oil companies and organizations that dispute the risks of climate change under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. 
Specifically, Greenpeace media officer Cassady Sharp called upon the Justice Department to undertake a “broad” investigation to “look into the role of [ExxonMobil and] other fossil fuel companies, trade associations, and think tanks in sowing doubt about the risks of climate change.”
Earlier today, Resolute Forest Products filed a civil RICO suit in a federal district court in Georgia, alleging a pattern of defamatory and fraudulent behavior by Greenpeace and allied organizations.  
According to the 100-plus-page complaint (and appendix), Greenpeace and its affiliates are a RICO “enterprise” that have waged a deliberately defamatory campaign against Resolute, misrepresenting the company’s practices and environmental record in order to raise funds and promote Greenpeace’s environmentalist agenda

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Ethan Explains Defamation Privacy 5/27/16

shutterstock_391180594Hulk Hogan won a $140 million invasion of privacy suit against Gawker. Come to find out tech billionaire Peter Thiel funded this suit and others against Gawker because founder Nick Denton outed Thiel in 2007. What is the balance of slander & libel versus a billionaire who can hold journalists accountable?

From The Washington Post:

“It’s less about revenge and more about specific deterrence,” Thiel told the New York Times. 
“I saw Gawker pioneer a unique and incredibly damaging way of getting attention by bullying people even when there was no connection with the public interest.”

Gawker founder Nick Denton disagrees. 
On Thursday, he posted an open letter to Thiel, in which he wrote, “Your revenge has been served well, cold and (until now) anonymously.”
In the letter, Denton offered his opinion as to why Thiel in particular is funding this litigation:
I can see how irritating Gawker would be to you and other figures in the technology industry. 
For Silicon Valley, the media spotlight is a relatively recent phenomenon. 
Most executives and venture capitalists are accustomed to dealing with acquiescent trade journalists and a dazzled mainstream media, who will typically play along with embargoes, join in enthusiasm for new products, and hew to the authorized version of a story. 
They do not have the sophistication, and the thicker skins, of public figures in other older power centers such as New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

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Science Fiction Future is Now

Science Fiction Tilt Brush By Google

The world is about to dramatically change, disrupting massive sets of industries, because science fiction is about to become real. Are you ready?

The Motorola flip phone and the Apple iPad are basically devices dreamt of and put on screen in Star Trek.

I’ve been talking about three dimensional (3D) printers for a couple of years and how they are going to dramatically alter manufacturing, shipping, and pollution as you won’t need to buy an item manufactured inexpensively in China, shipped across the Pacific Ocean in giant polluting freighters, transported to a brick and mortar facility or retailer, and then your house. Soon, you’ll see a new toy for your child, or doorknob for your front door, pay for the plan, and then print it at home. This will change our economy in massive ways.

Virtual Reality (VR) has been discussed for a very long time. It has always been clunky, causing some people dizziness and sickness, and for others a difficulty balancing after taking off the headsets. Further, little of what I’ve seen from VR has been beyond games, pornography, and travel immersion, all of which might have entertainment or minimal educational value.

Now, Google has released Tilt Brush. This appears to be an amazingly disruptive, creative technology. In the video below, you can see people painting and creating in a virtual 3D space with materials that simply are not available in our real world. Stunning!

Here is where I think it goes, though. This tool becomes the basis for adding tremendous value or even revolutionizing civil engineering, architecture, and other industries that now rely on Computer Aided Design (CAD) technology. A designer could build a building in that Tilt Brush space, and if properly programmed, can test their ideas out for seismic, strength, and other engineering issues before even presenting the concept to another person.

Finally, I can see how the home 3D printer gets a new source of ideas for printing. Any idea I might have for a residential or commercial purpose I could create out of materials available for the printer, design the idea in the Tilt Brush VR space, and then print the final item out on my 3D printer.

Science fiction is about to become real.

Ethan Explains White House Visits 5/18/16

Google employees made over 425 White House visits, with 128 of them by their lobbyist, since President Obama was inaugurated. Plus large funders of the Obama Foundation participated in small, private meetings with the President. Money buys access in D.C. so if you don’t like the system will you vote to change it this year?

From the Maplight Foundation article by Andrew Perez:

Some of the other visitors to the White House residence that evening were titans in their own industries. 
One couple in attendance, private equity executive Mark Gallogly and his wife Lise Strickler, had recently contributed $340,000 to the Barack Obama Foundation. 
Tom Campion, founder of the surf wear clothing chain Zumiez, and his wife, Sonya, donated $500,000 to the foundation in the months before the event.

Obama has frequently opened the White House doors to the wealthy donors who have financed his political campaigns, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and Organizing for Action, a nonprofit the president created to mobilize grassroots supporters to advocate for his agenda. 
Those doors have also been opened to those making substantial contributions to Obama’s private foundation, as it seeks funding for the construction of a monument to his presidency.

Altogether, 15 of the 39 named donors to the Obama Foundation have been invited to small meetings with the president at the White House, according to a MapLight review of visitor logs, the foundation’s website, and its tax returns to the IRS. 
Four of those people were first invited to small meetings with Obama at the White House following their foundation donations. 
Nearly three-quarters of the contributors the foundation has disclosed have been invited to the White House for events with Obama, including every donor whose family or foundation has contributed more than $100,000.

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Ethan Explains Happiness 5/17/16

Do you see those happiness indexes on your social media feed? I explain what’s wrong with them and what you should focus on instead.

From the Quartz article “Denmark beats Switzerland to become the world’s happiest country“:

This isn’t the first time that Denmark appears at the top of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)’s list of happiest countries. 
The Nordic nation also ranked first in 2013, in the SDSN’s second-ever world happiness report, before falling to third place in the organization’s following report, published in 2015.

The SDSN measured average levels of happiness by looking at variables like GDP per capita, healthy years of life expectancy, social freedom, and absence of corruption. 
However, in this year’s report (pdf), the researchers looked something new: the SDSN has decided not just to look how happy people are, but also how that happiness may be unequally distributed across individuals. 
In other words, for the first time, the SDSN is looking at how inequality affects national levels of well-being. 

The researchers found that the happiest countries were also more equal—where the distribution of well-being was more even across a nation’s population. 
The group measured the distribution of happiness in this year’s report by analyzing responses to something called the Cantril ladder: Imagine a ladder with rungs numbered zero through 10, with 10 at the top representing the best possible life you can have. 
Where do you stand on the ladder at this time? This year’s report looks at the average ladder scores for more than 150 countries, averaged from roughly 1,000 survey responses collected across 150 countries in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

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