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MOVIE SEEKING PRODUCT PLACEMENTS

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, April 24, 2023, In : books and movies 

JET Progress is currently seeking product placements for its film short, WINNOWING — https://winnowing.yolasite.com — now in post production in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. A film about human perseverance and hope, WINNOWING features actor Daniel S. Janik and actress Setsuko Tsuchiya of STATIC — https://ksmediagroupinc.com/the-static-movie — fame in a film about two actors, stretching their acting abilities to persevere through multiple live, screening auditions for possible lead roles in a...


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THE NEED FOR GREED

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, March 10, 2023, In : books 

OVER the years, I've come to know various governments like people, some friendly, some not so; some balanced, some not so; some greedy; some not so. Reflecting on our United States of America, I would have to characterize us as prickly, individualistic, not so balanced, and, with money seeming to be the new god and business the new religion, greedy without limit. But it's more than just that. It's easy to say that money and business under our capitalistic (ever increasing profit) approach res...


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SUBSCRIPTIONS ET AL

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, In : books and movies 

SUBSCRIPTIONS are clearly the way the business of humanities is going. I say business, because thus far business has penetrated almost every aspect of our lives. I recall watching business invade medicine when I was in practice, attempting to turn my love of helping others to love of money. Later, I watched the same happen in education, culminating in the private “for profit” colleges and universities, where the love of truth, knowledge and wisdom languished secondary to love of money. I ...


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HOW MUCH DO I DESERVE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, January 21, 2023, In : books 

THAT pivotal question comes in many forms throughout one’s life, like, “Why should I vote for so-and-so?” or “What starting pay do you want?” or “Should I join the military?” or “Is this a good person to date?” or “Isn’t it okay to simply pay myself more?” or “Should I accept the bribe?” It all gets down to how much one believes he or she deserves. Unfortunately, while a specific answer isn’t always simple. the general one, in my opinion, fortunately is, which re...


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THE “NEW” WAVE OF PROTESTS

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, In : books 

SEVERAL have attempted to engage me in debate over the nature and effect(s) of the global wave of protests that seem to be attacking the heart of governance using chaos as it’s modus operandi. I say shades of Trotsky! This approach is neither new nor particularly effective, especially as it typically offers “down with the establishment” but nothing of value with which to replace other than money and/or power for the few: A story as old as humans attempting to govern — to control other...


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MINIONS

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, September 25, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

AUTHORS like me, Daniel Janik (aka Raymond Gaynor/Gary Martine), used to call them our “readers” in a respectful voice. ACTORS like me, Daniel S. Janik, used to call them our “fans,” treating every fan like royalty with appreciation. POLITICIANS, BUSINESSPERSONS, ADVERTISERS and INFLUENCERS typically call them or at least regard them as minions, with a decidedly derogatory tone, and, unfortunately, that attitude is spreading from business to everything business touches these days. In ...


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RECESSION OR RELAXATION?

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, September 23, 2022, In : books 

WITH all the hype these days about recession/no recession, I’m going to take the long view and say that this may rather be the long needed relaxation — a deep, deep breath — after the Hyper-Velocity-Business years championed by former President Donald Trump. Personally, I feel it’s time to take a breath and be human, letting go of the frenetic chase for money and power.


It’s important in this decade of immense change to remember that we are meant to steward and enjoy the blessings ...


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IMPUNING EDUCATION

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

LET’S face it: The split in politics that strongly divides us is being reflected in government, foreign affairs, legislation, health care, transportation and, yes, education. But what’s with the extreme splitting at the expense of the quality of our lives? I’m going to take a big leap and say it’s not really politics (the “pop” explanation) or COVID (the shot across the bow) as so many claim, but simply lack of an effective future infrastructure from which to develop. This is, in ...


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CRUISE CONTROL

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, In : health care reform etc. 

Just to be clear, I’m not referring to that little switch that maintains a car at a select speed. I’m talking bit time cruise control here, being a cruising enthusiast and baffled about when it’s really safe to return to cruising. The answers run the whole gamut from totally safe (no COVID test needed, no masks, no special onboard infection controls necessary to its simply not safe to crowd together on a cruise ship).


According to Bloomberg — https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletter...


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IT’S JUST ANOTHER DAY…

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, June 24, 2022, In : books and movies 

IT’S hard to comment about about something that appears like “ghost” marketing (marketing an “unavailable” product), though this new approach to seems to be popping up more and more these days. You know the basic story: A product or service fails “due to COVID,” and whether the failing is real or not, public response results in a rush of demand, creating a sales boom, often with the product being offered at higher price. Clever, if, in fact, it’s all true. But whether true or ...


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FROM THE MOUTH OF AN ADDER

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, June 17, 2022, In : books 

ACCORDING to Wikipedia, the common European adder or common viper, is a venomous snake that is extremely widespread and can be found throughout most of central and eastern Europe and as far as East Asia, so you can see that we’re not talking mathematics here. What we’re talking is talk. Conversation. Discussion. Dialog. Debate. In short, viperous praddle, intentionally so.


I’m not talking propaganda or prepared speeches, public or private. I’m talking more of intentional gossip that ...


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THE BUSINESSIFICATION OF THE WORLD

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, May 2, 2022, In : books and movies 

I’VE had the unique experience of watching America transform from a nation of creative manufacturers and traders into a nation ruled almost entirely by business — an industry that neither creates nor produces, bent almost wholly on “making money” typically through management. I watched with horror the businessification, sometimes commercialization, of health care, then food production, then technology, then education, then transportation, now politics. What’s left from which to “t...


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WHAT’S GOING ON IN PARA-DICE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

GAMBLING – GAMING – WAGERING – PUNTING – SPECULATION – TAKING A CHANCE ON LADY LUCK. Gambling is as old as mortality, which is pretty old, don’t you know? We gamble every day, every hour, every minute, sometimes every second with our lives. No wonder that gambling in that first virtual world of money is so tempting. Win and you get more; lose and all you lose is money. And when that get’s boring, gambling in that second virtual world of power is even more tempting, lying between...


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RUST

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, March 10, 2022, In : books 

IN yesterday’s post, I delved into trust, the thing, I claim, makes a business work. Today, I’d like to touch on the opposite in business of trust: namely, what I call “rust.”


Rust is defined by Oxford Lexico as “1 A reddish- or yellowish-brown flaky coating…” “1.1 A state of deterioration or disrepair resulting from neglect or lack of use” and “2 a…[state of] disease,” the latter typically in reference to plants. In summary, I would say, a “coating” (“desert va...


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THE LAST BOOKSTORE

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, February 21, 2022, In : books and movies 

WELL, as the real “The Last Bookstore” in Los Angeles, California states on its incredible website, “We’re not really the last bookstore – thank goodness – but we are the largest new and used bookstore in California. Plus, we’re the only one that’s 22,000 sq. feet with a record store, comic book store, 5 art studios, an epic yarn shop, a famous book tunnel, a mammoth head, and unexpected nooks of funkiness. Also we are in a hundred-year-old bank building, so we have vaults and...


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WHAT’S A WORLD WAR, ANYWAY?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, February 10, 2022, In : books 

HEY, we’ve already had two and survived, supposedly better for the experience. At least, that’s what I’m often told. But, hey, we’re better today. More experienced. More technologically advanced. More mature. And, the world’s overpopulated, anyway, and we who are doing the overpopulating just can’t stop. So what’s so bad, really, about another world war? After all, it would definitely be good for the world’s worsening financial situation. Always was, supposedly always will be....


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...AND I’VE HEARD ENOUGH ABOUT BUSINESS!

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, In : books 

YEP! Yesterday’s rant about airlines, applies equally to trains, buses, events, grocery stores, churches, tourism, hotels…all those businesses that depend on “crowd sales” and haven’t yet begun to make the move to “individual service.” Can’t say I feel sorry for businesses that can’t make the transition. Savant Books and Publications made the transition 12 years ago, before the pandemic’s “shot across the bow.” I keep wondering how many recurrences are necessary for bu...


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THE ALREADY “REVISED” WORLD OF 2022

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, January 14, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

I generally avoid making predictions outside my soon to be completed work, “Prophecy,” the sequel to THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor — https://savant-bookstore-honolulu.square.site/product/the-edge-of-madness/136; however, given it’s still early January, I do feel compelled to comment on upcoming 2022. Last year saw the resurrection and meteoric rise of an old anti-ethic, namely the “normalization” of misinformation, be it in government, business or society. Bo...


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THE NATURE OF THE BEAST…

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, In : books 

THE “beast” plays a prominent roll in much of humanity’s literature, religious tomes, contemporary conspiracy theories and social media. Oxford Languages (defines “beast” as (1) an animal, especially a large or dangerous four-footed one; and/or (2)a domestic animal, especially a bovine farm animal.


In the Christian book of Revelation, two beasts are described: The first comes “out of the sea” and is given authority and power by “the dragon” (alt. Satan, the Devil, Lucifer);...


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THE NEED FOR SPEED

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, In : books 

YESTERDAY about noon I was driving on the H1 freeway in Hawaii to the North Shore for some much needed R&R. The speed limit where the freeway passes through Honolulu is 45 miles per hour. The lanes are small, the cars are big and H1 being the major East-West artery, totally crowded. What was freaky was that I was the only one going the speed limit. Not the minimum or recommended, but the speed LIMIT. My estimate was that everyone around me was going at least 55, with some easily entering the ...


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GOOD NEWS

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, May 11, 2020, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 
It's becoming harder these days to find unbiased news. What used to be dry factual reporting seems to have swung to its counterpoint: interpretation and opinion. What's missing, in my opinion, is BALANCE. But by balance I don't mean the "mean." 

Good news reporting involves presenting the facts (to be interpreted in various ways by the viewer/listener) and meaning (as be interpreted in various ways by the preparer/broadcaster). "Weighting" the news based on popularity moves it into the realm o...
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AN UNEDUCATED DEMOCRACY SPELLS CHAOS

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 
As a "modern" educator, I feel compelled to remind myself that education is more than business and "making money." It's the foundation of democracy. 

Ever since business pushed its way to the forefront of post secondary education, with its emphasis on publicity (modern translation = unlimited gossip/name-calling/misrepresentation/creating chaos), advertising (modern translation = saturation misrepresentation), profit (actually increasing profit), money over service and humanity, control over f...
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AD HOMINEM MR. TRUMP!

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, September 27, 2019, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 
I don't typically comment on politics, but as a retired academic, I've watched with appall the governance of our great nation under Mr. Donald Trump, a businessman extraordinaire (though not necessarily in the positive sense). I've watched our nation become a corporation, with a single dominant, overbearing CEO focused on one main area: money. I say money, rather than economy, which is an entirely different governmental topic. 

I was, at first, primarily surprised, when I learned that Mr. Trum...
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FAKE NEWS AND WHAT IT PORTENDS

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, April 23, 2018, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 
"Fake news" isn't new. It's been around for centuries in the form of gossip. But society's never had a platform whereby gossip could be shared on a mass global basis, where its mere repetition and topic popularity could elevate it from believability to assumed truth. Bad news in a rapidly globalizing world, where politics and governments can depend on popular "news" to remain in power. 

The ancient Greeks taught us that there are five appeals that we as humans tend to accept: 1) logos (well-re...
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In the Throes of Birth

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, In : health care reform etc. 
It's easy to lose the big picture in the throes of birth, and that, I believe is what's happening to health care reform.  I don't usually wax politic but this situation screams out in need. 

As an educator and physician, I believe we desperately need health care reform, though not, perhaps in the way that we're intent on pursuing it.  You see, there are several "big pictures" that have been lost that are absolutely essential for health care reform to really happen.  The first is to realize, a...
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The New "Dark Ages"

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, May 31, 2009, In : assessment 
I'm often asked where in the great scheme of things educational I think our current American system of education falls.  On the surface it seems like an easy question that begs a simple "rank" answer.  Think about it awhile, however, and both the question and any answer that might result become complexly rank.  As an academician, I value clearity, completeness and conciseness, in that order, so, I have decided to take on this "simple" question as the topic of today's entry. 

Hold your nose!  ...
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