S4 E3 — Rocky-like Struggle Against Evil Touching Us All

Weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars. “Zelensky was giving it everything he had, trying to build rapport with the president, flattering a notoriously egotistical character, steering the conversation toward the military aid … “

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s 3rd Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 5th day of March in the spring of 2022.

We concluded the three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed — during the “normal” pre-pandemic year compared to the pandemic year, and more recently to the paradoxically normal year. 

Season 4 continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E2Suffering Through Little Big Lies Insurrection Season; S4 E1 — Shell Shocked into the 4th Season

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E3A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?; S3 E2Preview of the New Post Pandemic Season; S3 E1 — Preview Day One in Season Three of the New Abnormality

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E3Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment; S2 E2New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming; S2 E1Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?”

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment ; S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “Experiment with different ways to express yourself. If there’s a script to follow, you’re the one writing it. Nothing is fixed here, and you are absolutely free to try what you wish.” Capricorn

Evidence

In the first episode of Season 4 I rediscovered a section about money laundering written by Ben Lewis in his “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting”. 

Elena began trying to freeze her husband’s, Dmitry Rybolovlev,  assets, including his yacht in the British Virgin Islands and prohibit him “from removing from Singapore twelve paintings by various artists such as Modigliani, van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Gauguin, Degas and Rothko.”

“He had been buying a lot of art, and—divorce be damned—he was going to buy much more, including the Salvator Mundi.” 

Alexander Vindman describes in his book, “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” that he knew the president had clear and straightforward talking points: 

“Because I’d written them. Congratulate Zelensky on his victory, show support for Ukraine’s reform anticorruption agenda, and urge caution regarding the Russians. Trump began speaking, and I knew right away that everything was going wrong.”

Weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.

“Zelensky was giving it everything he had, trying to build rapport with the president, flattering a notoriously egotistical character, steering the conversation toward the military aid … “

In the infamous “Quid pro quo” phone call, Vindman documented the conversation.

“The president didn’t miss a beat: ‘I would like you to do us a favor, though,’ he said. I paused in my note taking. What was this?”

To counter the evidence about Russian email hacking assistance, the president  worked into their conversation the conspiracy theory that Rudy Giuliani had recently been promoting publicly.

Not only didn’t the president stick to the call script Vendman has prepared,  but he substituted his own fabrications.

“Ukrainian actors were supposedly behind the DNC server hack. To that end, he asked Zelensky to cooperate with the U.S. attorney general, William Barr.”

The president’s administration actively blamed actors in Ukraine for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, commonly named “The Witch Hunt” in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

And, then the president drove off the road at high speed careening up and over a guard rail.

“‘The other thing,’ the president continued, ‘there’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son.’”

Unlike our former president, Zelensky transformed from a rookie, having been a former comedian, to an authentic leader. 

Many of our Ukraine ambassadors and diplomats called before congress during the hearings leading up to the impeachment 1.0, now years later, admit to wondering how Zelensky would meet the crisis unfolding in front of him and daily streamed to our screens. 

“Rocky-like” and against all odds he masterfully inspires his citizens to resist the brutal attacks and has managed to turn the narrative (Putin propaganda) to Ukraine’s advantage.

Holiday Theme for The Day: 

Struggle and frustration seem like common states that are part and parcel of being alive, when in fact they are entirely optional. These states are caused by resisting change or attempting to control the uncontrollable… What do you really have control over? Where will your effort make a difference?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “For reasons unapparent, someone keeps popping into your mind. This is your intuition connecting on invisible wavelengths. Follow through. In retrospect, this will all make sense.” Aries

Okay, I look forward to it.  My first guess is Jazzy.  But, I think I know why. 

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “As much as you’d like to catch up on people’s lives, you feel pulled to catch up on something internal first. Unplug and get back to being the sort of human that existed for thousands of years before pocket information streams.” Taurus

Really, I should go all Neanderthal?  But, wasn’t it very cold then?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “The heroes of yesteryear paved a trail for you. Maybe they weren’t thinking of you when they did it. They were looking out for their own well-being. When you do the same, you never know who you’ll end up helping.” Leo

I’m getting older and even reconsidering donating my DNA to pinpoint more clearly who is and who isn’t a yesteryear trailblazer in my family’s ancestory.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “There’s a decision to make. The risk is minimal, and the upside is obvious, yet this is not an easy “yes.” There are other unseen complexities at work here. Trust your intuition.” Virgo

I would, but which decision did you have in mind?  Adding expenses into a Schedule C since we owe way too much on our taxes?  Lot’s of taxing complexities at work, for sure.  

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Exercise helps with moods, stress, sleep, energy, circulation and just about anything that could ail you now. When you think about the many benefits, you’ll wonder how you don’t make this a more sacred part of your life.” Libra

Especially now that it’s been about 6 weeks since my last physical therapy session for building back my artificial knee better.  

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “Sorting, organizing and planning are in order. The tough part is deciding what stays and what goes. To say yes to your desire is to say no to something else. You’re ready.” Sagittarius

Why is it I can always find it easy to sort and organize what Emma the Baroness finds difficult, especially deciding what goes and what remains?  As she can for me?

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “Experiment with different ways to express yourself. If there’s a script to follow, you’re the one writing it. Nothing is fixed here, and you are absolutely free to try what you wish.” Capricorn

Well, the opportunity to pivot presents itself here in Season 4.  I guess the one question I must ask myself is if this path still has a heart for me.  Stay tuned.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “There’s a wall of privacy and an aura of mystery surrounding you. Some struggle with knowing what information should be kept private, but you understand the appropriateness of sharing information.  Aquarius

Both Emma the Baroness and I value privacy.  For most of my careers I advised clients in confidential settings and relationships.  So are you saying bottling messages and setting them adrift from KnowWhere Atoll is too opaque?

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 11945 this week to 12044 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 180 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting” by Ben Lewis. Review: “In 2017, Leonardo da Vinci’s small oil painting the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction. In the words of its discoverer, the image of Christ as savior of the world is “the rarest thing on the planet.” Its $450 million sale price also makes it the world’s most expensive painting. For two centuries, art dealers had searched in vain for the Holy Grail of art history: a portrait of Christ as the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. Many similar paintings of greatly varying quality had been executed by Leonardo’s assistants in the early sixteenth century. But where was the original by the master himself? In November 2017, Christie’s auction house announced they had it. But did they?”
    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.”

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