Salsa America: How To Make Salsa Great Again.

5 Aug

The following references are from:
Crippled America:  How To Make America Great Again
by Donald J. Trump ».

A salsa policy book by the 2016 GOP nominee.

Chapter 4: Foreign Policy: Fighting For Peace, Page 31:
The career diplomats who got us into many foreign policy messes say I have no experience in foreign policy. They think that successful diplomacy requires years of experience and an understanding of all the nuances that have to be carefully considered before reaching a conclusion. Only then do these pinstriped bureaucrats
consider taking action.

Look at the state of the world right now. It’s a terrible mess, and that’s putting it kindly. …”

Chapter 4: Foreign Policy: Fighting For Peace, Page 31

I think the World would be a better place if everyone danced salsa, or were at least allowed the freedom to dance salsa if they wanted to. Of course, I’d support a US foreign policy based on salsa dancing, because Canada would follow. The future US President might ask himself/ herself, “Would this intervention improve salsa in America? Would this regime change improve salsa in the World?”

Chapter 10: Lucky To Be An American, Page 107:
Las Vegas Review-Journal summed it up correctly in 2014, saying, ‘The Department of Veterans Affairs finally is under intense scrutiny for its bogus waiting lists and the unconscionable treatment delays that have caused an untold number of preventable patient deaths. But new information shows that malfeasance, malpractice, and outright corruption within the VA is worse than Americans could have imagined — much worse.’

That needs to end. Right now the VA is run by people who don’t know what they’re doing. They’re getting more money from the government than ever before and yet the care gets worse. The list of men and women waiting for care is growing and their wait times are longer. How can the VA possibly be so inefficient? We need to put people in charge who know how to run big operations. We have to get the best managers and give them the power, the money, and the tools to get the job done. We owe our veterans nothing less.

One way or another, we are going to take care of our veterans. If the VA hospitals can’t do the job, then the veterans go to private doctors, private hospitals. The government will reimburse those doctors and those hospitals because we must fulfill our obligation to our veterans. …”

Chapter 10: Lucky To Be An American, Page 107

That’s not to say that the current salsa world is all bad. We should thank and honour our salsa veterans for bringing us forth into the current salsa world. I’m sure there are salsa gigolos and salseras in the World, who risk their lives when they go out to dance. If all the women in the World danced salsa, would all the men drop their arms and sign-up for salsa lessons?

Chapter 16: A Tax Code That Works, Pages 153-154:
The first goal of the plan will be to provide tax relief. If you are single and earning less than $25,000 or married and earning less than $50,000, you will not owe any income tax. This will immediately remove some nearly 75 million households from the income tax rolls.

Second, the tax code will be simplified. Instead of multiple tax brackets with multiple variations, there will be only four brackets: 0%, 10%, 20%, and 25%. This new code eliminates the marriage penalty and the Alternative Minimum Tax while providing the lowest tax rates since before World War II. Further, this plan eliminates the death tax, thus allowing families to keep what has been earned.

The proposed policies will allow the middle class to keep most of their deductions while eliminating many of the deductions for the very rich. With more money in middle-class pockets, consumer spending will increase, college savings will grow, and personal debt will decline.

Third, we need to grow the American economy. For the past seven years our economy has been at a virtual standstill. Growth in the Gross Domestic Product of less than 2 percent per year is pathetic. We need to spur production, bring home jobs, and make it easier to invest in America.

The plan states that any business of any size will pay no more than 15 percent of their business income in taxes. This low rate will make corporate inversions unnecessary and will make America one of the most competitive markets in the world. This plan will also require companies with off-shore capital to bring that money back to the United States at a repatriation rate of only 10 percent. Right now that money is not being brought back because the tax rate is so high.

Finally, this plan will not add to our deficits or our national debt. With disciplined budget management and elimination of waste, fraud, and abuse, this plan will allow us to balance the budget, grow the economy at record levels, clear the backlog of workers sitting at home, and begin the process of reducing our debt. With moderate growth, this plan will be revenue neutral. These changes will ensure huge economic growth, and this country will be on the road to extraordinary prosperity. …”

Chapter 16: A Tax Code That Works, Pages 153-154

If everyone in the World danced salsa, I wonder what would be the optimal size and number of public dance halls, to accommodate all the dancers? For Canada, it’d probably be the same size and number as our skating rinks and swimming pools. Imagine a salsa room, a bachata room, a kizomba room, a skating room, and a swimming room … and a steam room, and a hot tub room, and a LGBT shower room.

Go ahead and build a big beautiful public salsa room with our tax dollars, or better yet, make Mexico pay for it, and don’t let anyone in, who isn’t willing to go through beginner’s hell. MSGA


Empty City.

1 Aug

By Yoon Jong Shin » ft. Gaeko »:

Salsa Gigolometer 100

Are All Salsa Gigolos Assholes?

1 Jul

The following references are from:
Are All Guys Assholes?
by Amber Madison ».

A relationship self-help book for women.

‘A Fake Reputation Is All a Man Has’: Unlearning ‘Guys’, Pages 25-26:
As Dr. Michael Kimmel concludes in his book
Guyland: “Maculinity is a homosocial experience, performed for, and judged by, other men.” And this is where it all comes full circle. You have a bunch of guys running around feeling like they’re supposed to act like indiscriminate horndogs. They put up this front because if they don’t, they’re afraid they’ll be ridiculed. And the outcome then is that guys actually believe this is how men truly are, because it’s how they’ve seen their peers act their entire lives. Many become convinced that other guys are acting out their authentic feelings when they act like freewheeling sex fiends. So even if a guy knows that he himself does not represent the stereotypical image of a “guy,” he remains thoroughly convinced that the other guys around him do. …”

'A Fake Reputation Is All a Man Has': Unlearning 'Guys', Pages 25-26

When talking with fellow salsa gigolos, we don’t talk about our feelings. Instead, we joke about each other’s displays of horndog-ness, a friendly competition of who’s the greater horndog.

Does He Want Me or ‘The Chase’?: Meeting Guys, Page 51:
Being unwilling to approach a guy means that you never get to choose for yourself — you only get a chance with the guys who were bold enough to approach you. And really, what’s the worst that could happen? He acts uninterested. Or you ask him out and he says no. And then so what? Your heart explodes out of your eyeballs? The world blows up? Life as we know it gets eradicated? No. You shrug him off, have a greater appreciation for how guys feel when you’ve rejected them, and move on to someone else. Being turned down (especially if it’s by a stranger) just isn’t that horrific. Guys’ advances get blown off all the time, and they still live to tell about it. I think that we’re strong enough to endure the same “suffering.”

A guy once told me, “Meeting girls is 80% effort. It’s not about being amazing-looking, or the coolest and most interesting guy in the bar, it’s about putting yourself out there, realizing you’re going to get rejected a lot, but continuing to go for it anyway.” This approach works for us too. In my experience, it’s the girls who aren’t afraid to go for it who end of getting the most (and best) guys. …”

Does He Want Me or 'The Chase'?: Meeting Guys, Page 51

And I’m sorry, but sometimes we joke about who we want to dance with, and who we don’t want to dance with. I find it particularly funny when a fellow salsa gigolo’s trying to not make it obvious that he’s dating a salsera … by not asking her to dance. Generally, I don’t like to dance with other salsa gigolos’ wives or girlfriends. Let them do their own work.

In terms of asshole-like behaviour, I’m probably most guilty of not asking salseras to dance. And it’s not just about not asking, but it’s also about avoiding being asked. Averting eye contact is good. Standing near an exit or washroom is good. If a salsera sneaks-up and manages to start a conversation, but doesn’t ask for a dance, then no dance.

Kissing Assholes Good-bye: How to Identify One, Break Free, or Get One to Change His Tune, Page 221:
Because so many guys are convinced that being “too nice” will make you lose interest, it’s important to be able to distinguish an impostor asshole from a real one. An impostor asshole is a guy who plays it cool and acts like he’s not blown away by you even when he is. He doesn’t return your calls right away (though returns them eventually), sends you some short text messages, give you “two compliments and one ‘neg'” (a playful insult), and acts only mildly interested. Basically, if you’ve just started dating a guy who’s actively trying to see you but acting a bit aloof, that’s an impostor asshole.

A real asshole is a guy who doesn’t want to do anything with you that doesn’t take place in his bed or on his couch, even though you want something more. He’s a guy who only calls you when he’s drunk. He’s the guy you’re really into, have been seeing for months, but won’t let the relationship progress or won’t fully commit. …”

Kissing Assholes Good-bye: How to Identify One, Break Free, or Get One to Change His Tune, Page 221

The truth is, I may want to dance with a particular salsera only once on any given day. And sometimes only once, ever. Salsa friends? Fuhgeddaboutit. Grindchata friends? I might consider it.


1 Jul

By Taeyeon »:

Dance version:

Live version:

Salsa Gigolometer 100

Salsaclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking).

9 Jun

The following references are from:
Dataclysm:  Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking)
by Christian Rudder ».

A book about big data and what it tells us about male-female attraction.

Part 1: What Brings Us Together – Chapter 1: Wooderson’s Law, Pages 34-36:
That’s the data’s way of saying that until thirty, a woman prefers slightly older guys; afterward, she likes them slightly younger. Then at forty, the progression breaks free of the diagonal, going practically straight down for nine years. That is to say, a woman’s tastes appear to hit a wall. Or a man’s looks fall off a cliff, however you want to think about it. If we want to pick the point where a man’s sexual appeal has reached its limit, it’s there: forty. …

… A woman’s at her best when she’s in her very early twenties. Period. And really my plot doesn’t show that strongly enough. The four highest-rated female ages are twenty, twenty-one, twenty-two, and twenty-three for every group of guys but one … And after he hits thirty, the latter half of our age range (that is, women over thirty-five) might as well not exist. Younger is better, and youngest is best of all, and if “over the hill” means the beginning of a person’s decline, a straight woman is over the hill as soon as she’s old enough to drink. …”

Part 1: What Brings Us Together - Chapter 1: Wooderson's Law, Pages 34-36

Big data tells us what is obvious and observable on the dancefloor:
40-year-old salsa gigolos like to grindchata with 20-year-old salseras.
50-year-old salsa gigolos like to grindchata with 20-year-old salseras.
60-year-old salsa gigolos like to grindchata with 20-year-old salseras.
70-year-old salsa gigolos like to grindchata with 20-year-old salseras.
And yes, 80-year-old salsa gigolos like to grindchata with 20-year-old salseras.

Part 1: What Brings Us Together – Chapter 3: Writing on the Wall, Page 70:
Sitewide, the copy-and-paste strategy underperforms from-scratch messaging by about 25 percent, but in terms of effort-in to results-out it always wins: measuring by replies received per unit effort, it’s many times more efficient to just send everyone roughly the same thing than to compose a new message each time. I’ve told people about guys copying and pasting, and the response is usually some variation of “That’s so lame.” When I tell them that boilerplate is 75 percent as effective as something original, they’re skeptical — surely almost everyone sees through the formula. But his last message is an example of a replicated text that’s impossible to see through, and, in a fraction of the time it would’ve taken him otherwise, the sender got five replies from
exactly the type of woman he was looking for. And let me tell you something. Nearly every single thing on my desk, on my person, probably in my entire home, was made in a factory alongside who knows how many copies. I just fought a crowd to pick up my lunch, which was a sandwich chosen from a wall of sandwiches. Templates work. Our social-smoking architecture-loving backpacker is just doing what people have always done: harnessing technology. In this case his innovation is using a few keyboard shortcuts to save himself some time. …”

Part 1: What Brings Us Together - Chapter 3: Writing on the Wall, Page 70

And chances are, a 20-year-old salsera is going to be a novice. So a 40-year-old salsa gigolo should learn how to dance with beginners. Or better yet, a 30-year-old salsa gigolo should spend 10 years dancing with beginners, so by the time he’s a 40-year-old salsa gigolo, he’ll have amassed the skills and experience to make a 20-year-old novice salsera happy on the dancefloor.

A 40-year-old salsa gigolo will have learned that a 20-year-old novice salsera won’t notice that the moves he leads are really basic, or that he’s used the same moves all day long, day after day, week after week, with one 20-year-old novice salsera after another. The 40-year-old salsa gigolo, who hasn’t learned, is trying to lead the 20-year-old novice salsera through all sorts of complicated crap that he thinks will impress her. Or worse, he’s showing her how to count 1-2-3, 5-6-7, as if it’s her fault he can’t lead her into a basic step. No excuses necessary, just don’t do this.

Part 2: What Pulls Us Apart – Chapter 6: The Confounding Factor, Page 107:
These matrices show two negative trends, and two positive. Blacks are again unappreciated by non-black users, but Asian men have joined them in the red. On the positive side, women clearly prefer men of their own race — they’re more “race-loyal” than men — but they also express a clear, secondary, preference for white men. …”

Part 2: What Pulls Us Apart - Chapter 6: The Confounding Factor, Page 107

If you blindfold a salsa gigolo and ask him to lick the ear of an Angolan salsera, a Korean salsera, and an Irish salsera, he’d still choose to grindchata with the 20-year-old salsera.

Part 2: What Pulls Us Apart – Chapter 7: The Beauty Myth in Apotheosis, Pages 120-121:
Success and beauty are correlated for both sexes, but you can see that the slope of the red line is always steeper. On Facebook, every percentile of attractiveness gives a man two new friends. It gives a woman three. On Shiftgig, the curves aren’t even comparable in this way. The female curve is exponential and the male is linear. Moreover, they hold whether the
hiring manager, the person doing the interviewing, is a man or a woman. In either case, the male candidates’ curves are a flat line — a man’s looks have no effect on his prospects — and the female graphs are exponential. So these women are treated as if they’re on OK-Cupid, even though they’re applying for a job. Male HR reps weigh the female applicants’ beauty as they would in a romantic setting — which is either depressing or very, very exciting, depending on whether you’re a lawyer with a litigation practice. And female employers view it through the same (seemingly sexualized) lens, despite there (typically) being no romantic intent.

It is hardly fresh intellectual ground that beauty matters, and that it matters more for women. For example, a foundational paper of social psychology is called “What Is Beautiful Is Good.” It was the first in a now long line of research to establish that good-looking people are seen as more intelligent, more competent, and more trustworthy than the rest of us. More attractive people get better jobs. They are also acquitted more often in court, and failing that, they get lighter sentences. As Robert Sapolsky notes in the Wall Street Journal, two Duke neuropsychologists are working on why: “The medial orbitofrontal cortex of the brain is involved in rating both the beauty of a face and the goodness of a behavior, and the level of activity in that region during one of those tasks predicts the level during the other. In other words, the brain … assumes that cheekbones tell you something about minds and hearts.” On a neurological level, the brain registers that ping of sexual attraction — Ooh, she’s hot — and everything else seems to be splash damage.

To my second point, that beauty affects women in particular, Naomi Wolf’s bestseller The Beauty Myth showed that better than I ever could. In short, my raw findings here are not new. What is new is our ability to test ideas, established ones, famous ones even, against the atomized actions of millions. That granularity gives strength and nuance to previous work and even suggests ways to build on it.

The paper “What Is Beautiful” was based on a research sample of only 60 subjects — barely adequate to prove the effect, let alone its many facets.* But now we can go from “What Is Beautiful Is Good” to asking “How Good?” and in what contexts. In sex, beauty is very good. In friendship, it’s only somewhat good, and when you’re looking for a job, the effect really depends on your gender. As for Wolf’s seminal work, we can confirm the truth behind her broad observation that “today’s woman has become her ‘beauty'” — three robust research sets agree that the correlation is strong. And, better, we can extend some of her most cogent arguments about beauty being a means of social control. Think about how the Shiftgig data changes our understanding of women’s perceived workplace performance. They are evidently being sought out (and exponentially so) for a trait that has nothing to do with their ability to do a job well. Meanwhile, men have no such selection imposed. It is therefore simple probability that women’s failure rate, as a whole, will be higher. And, crucially, the criteria are to blame, not the people. Imagine if men, no matter the job, were hired for their physical strength. You would, by design, end up with strong men facing challenges that strength has nothing to do with. In the same way, to hire women based on their looks is to (statistically) guarantee poor performance. It’s either that or you limit their opportunities. Thus Ms. Wolf: “The beauty myth is always actually prescribing behavior and not appearance.” She was speaking primarily in a sexual context, but here, we see how it plays out, with mathematical equivalence, in the workplace. …”

Part 2: What Pulls Us Apart - Chapter 7: The Beauty Myth in Apotheosis, Pages 120-121

However, it is a very rare 20-year-old salsera, who can give a seasoned salsa gigolo his salsa fix. She has to be pretty, too.

Technology – 2
Salsa Gigolo – 4

Free Somebody.

9 Jun

By Luna »:

Live version:

Salsa Gigolometer 100

If Osho Danced Salsa (3)/ When The Salsera Fits.

3 May

The following references are from:
When the Shoe Fits - Stories of the Taoist Mystic Chuang Tzu
by Osho ».

A book of stories of Chuang Tzu, and Osho’s transcribed talks on those stories.

Chapter 4: Fighting Cock, Pages 76, 97:
Chi Hsing Tzu was a trainer of fighting cocks for King Hsuan.
He was training a fine bird. The king kept asking if the bird was ready for combat.
‘Not yet,’ said the trainer. ‘He is full of fire. He is ready to pick a fight with every other bird. He is vain and confident of his own strength.’

After ten days he answered again, ‘Not yet. He flares up when he hears another bird crow.’
After ten more days, ‘Not yet. He still gets that angry look and ruffles his feathers.’
Again ten days. The trainer said, ‘Now he is nearly ready. When another bird crows, his eye does not even flicker. He stands immobile like a block of wood.
He is a mature fighter. Other birds will take one look at him and run.’

The whole secret is to fight without the ego, and if you can fight without the ego then you will be capable of doing everything without the ego. Because the fight is the climax of the ego: if you can do that then you can do everything. Right now you cannot even love without ego.

So this is the training of a samurai, of a Zen warrior — to fight without the ego just like this cock. …”

Chapter 4: Fighting Cock, Pages 76, 97

The whole secret is to dance without the ego. And if not the ego, then certainly not the superego. That just leaves the id. Give yourself permission to make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes. Give yourself permission to be embarrassed. Be embarrassed for a moment, and then move on. Give yourself permission to be crude, to be rude, to be politically incorrect.

Chapter 7: Autumn Floods, Pages 157, 180-181:
Chuang Tzu told the story of the autumn floods:
The autumn floods had come. Thousands of wild torrents poured furiously into the Yellow River. It surged and flooded its banks until, looking across, you could not tell an ox from a horse on the other side.
Then the River God laughed, delighted to think that all the beauty in the world had fallen into his keeping.
So downhill he swung, until he came to the ocean.
There he looked out over the waves toward the empty horizon in the east, and his face fell.
Gazing out at the far horizon, he came to his senses and murmured to the Ocean God, ‘Well, the proverb is right: “He who has got himself a hundred ideas thinks he knows more than anybody else.” Such a one am I. Only now do I see what they mean by expanse!’
The Ocean God replied, ‘Can you talk about the sea to a frog in a well? Can you talk about ice to a dragonfly? And can you talk about the way of life to a doctor of philosophy?’

A philosopher is the falsest thing in existence, and the more you become philosophic, the less you live. Then you think about love, you never love; then you think about God, you never become divine. Then you go on talking and talking and talking and your whole energy is wasted in words; there is not a single moment to enter into existence.

Chuang Tzu says: Be aware of all philosophies, because their base is the same — they depend on words. And reality is not a word. Move into the real: you are real, existence is real. Move into the real. Don’t create a wall of words between you and reality, otherwise it is impenetrable; you will be enclosed within your wall. And then it will become almost impossible to come out of it.

Don’t be a philosopher. And everybody is a philosopher! It is difficult to find a man who is not a philosopher. Some philosophers are good, some bad, but everyone is a philosopher. Some are more logical, some are less, but everybody is a philosopher. Drop out of the trip — the trip of philosophy. Only then you enter the real, the existential. …”

Chapter 7: Autumn Floods, Pages 157, 180-181

When I go to dance, everything I need or want to say to a person, to a salsera, is in the dance. Sometimes a salsera asks me to dance, and I ask them, “Is this your song?” The answer is almost always ‘no’, or they don’t even like this song. I was like that once, not really caring what song came on or who I would ask to dance to that song. Now, it’s all about the right salsera to the right song, at the right time. Then let go, and just dance.

Chapter 10: Man Is Born In Tao, Pages 235, 237, 260:
Fishes are born in water, man is born in Tao. If fishes, born in water, seek the deep shadow of pond and pool, all their needs are satisfied.

If man, born in Tao, sinks into the deep shadow of nonaction to forget aggression and concern, he lacks nothing,
and his life is secure

There is a story told of one old wise man whose name was Mencius. He was a follower of Confucius and he died when he was very, very old. Somebody asked him, ‘If you were given life again, how would you start it?’
Said Mencius, ‘I would pay more attention to my needs and less attention to my desires.’ …

When you want to, be active, but remember that this activity should follow your bodily need, not your mental desire. Become active when energy is flowing and you feel the energy has to be used — because energy needs action, energy delights in action. If you cannot do anything, at least dance. And remember, energy needs action. If you suppress energy then you will become aggressive — don’t suppress energy. This is one of the deepest problems for modern man. …”

Chapter 10: Man Is Born In Tao, Pages 235, 237, 260

When I ask a salsera to dance, it’s because I feel a need to dance to this song, and after looking around, she was the best fit for this song. I may desire to grindchata with a different salsera, but I’ve learned to get my salsa fix by asking the salsera, who fits.