Setsuko "Betty" Tsuchiya (Author) and her Dance Partner, Daniel S. Janik (Author)'s shared Blog


June 6, 2019
I don't like to write about politics, but feel compelled to take up a topic that's close to my academic heart: Truth. In academia, we say undergraduate degrees are all about acquiring the skill of critical thinking: critical reading and writing; critical listening and speaking, and the thought processes involved in determining if what's being said is true. If not, one must ethically discard the information and not propagate it. If true, one can refer to and propagate the information, but only with sufficient critical citations. 

Critical thinking employing good reasoning and logic is one aspect of critical thinking; another is, when evaluating a work, always looking for logical fallacies (rejecting works that employ them) and avoiding logical fallacies when writing or speaking. There are three classical logical fallacies: non sequitur; post hoc ergo propter hoc and ad hominem. In the past, the first two were employed by professionals to misdirect. Today, increasing numbers of individuals, businesses, institutions and governments are employing the latter. Ad hominem is to ignore what the person is saying or writing and instead attack his or her character. Name calling is one of the meanest and pettiest forms. Today, name calling is rapidly replacing outright lying as a means to misinform or misdirect. 

Another approach is to deny the truth of something said by name calling it a "lie" or "fake" (e.g. "fake news") without sufficient justification and citation. 

An everyday example of the use of these two forms of this logical fallacy is USA President Donald Trump and his associates' use of name calling to disinform and misdirect the public. 

The problem is that the general public is highly susceptible to this fallacy when it is perpetrated by or under the name of an authority figure, especially one democratically elected. In the criminal world this would be called a "con" by a "con man(or woman)". While "short con's" are particularly powerful in the moment and can garner the perpetrator lots of publicity, it's the long term effects of one after another short con's, sometimes called the "long con" or "endgame" that are particular damaging, not so much to the perpetrator but those conned into believing him or her. 

In today's techie terms, academia used to be the crucible and firewall from which truth would eventually emerge. Nowadays, the "fire" in both seems to have been put out as part of the long con, and, as fewer people acquire and apply critical thinking, the truth is in danger of being overwhelmed by "real" fake news. 


June 3, 2019
Today, I have two husbands. Dan just finished writing a new book entitled "The Edge of Madness." The story is like future science fiction, and he wrote it under one of his author pseudonyms, Raymond Gaynor. He uses this name for thrillers and has published two already: TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2009) with William Maltese, and QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2017) with A. G. Hayes. His new story begins where TOTAL MELTDOWN ends; namely the downsizing of the USA to form a much smaller NewAmerica, mu...
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May 26, 2019
When I woke up this morning, I suddenly had a new idea about somatic therapy.

When I am frustrated, irritable or in a bad mood, I have begun going to a gym and moving or do exercising, rather than just talking with someone. This action supports my theory of somatic therapy (emphasizing first correcting the body with the mind following - Dr. Wilhelm Reich's version) verses somatic therapy (which, being largely regarded as a form of psychology, emphasizes correcting the mind through talking with...
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May 12, 2019
Betty and I are about to return to our home in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA after our yearly 14 day vacation. It all began towards the end of April, when we jumped aboard the Celebrity Eclipse for a cruise around Maui and Big Island, and then five days at sea traveling to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Three days there and it's back to Honolulu. 

This is our fifth cruise and our first with Celebrity. Our first four were with Carnaval from Los Angeles or San Diego to Mexico, and our fifth was wi...
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March 11, 2019
Over the decades, I've had the opportunity to watch American society change. That it inexorably does change is close to a truism. Each generation that's born into the work begins assuming what they experience is "normal" and becomes a baseline for trying to ferret out what "true" and what's, well, untrue. That task has become a lot harder this decade. What with coercive advertising, spun facts, "fake news," "social reality" (largely via the internet), superheroes everywhere and a level of pro...
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March 11, 2019
Nope. Not a new fossil from China. Not a deformed fillet either. We're working on a new and unique figure for our Quickstep; namely a Zig-Zag, followed by a Cross Swivel amalgamated with a Fishtail. Neither is new, of course; in fact, they've been around so long few competitors are dancing them in Quickstep, focusing instead on a variety of novel runs. Amalgamated, however, these three classic figures create a unique break to the rhythm and flow of Quickstep. 

Looking over the over 30+ revisio...
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January 17, 2019

I reviewed human anatomy tonight. This is the first time in 2019.

First I did a quiz on what I learned about muscle anatomy last year, namely the muscles of the upper and lower arm. I knew the major muscles names and actions, but I really didn't understand these muscles' origins and insertions or their direction (for Swedish massage). The human body is so complicated, especially when studying it in English rather than my native Japanese! My husband, who is a retired physician, r...
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January 10, 2019
My husband (and dance partner) and I talked about how to explain rumba today. Our instructor, Mr. Albert Franz, always said what made a dance particular was foot position, rise and fall, sway, contra body (Modern or Standard Ballroom) or Cuban motion (Latin), timing and rhythm, direction/allignment, turn, footwork, and finally, precede/follows, but it is timing and rhythm that seems to give the biggest problem and cause the most confusion in dancers. In my book, IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (...
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January 7, 2019
Happy New Year!

It is already Jan. 6th. Time goes so fast.

My husband and I went to Hawaii Kai Retirement Center to host a monthly dance. It's strictly volunteer, and I love it!

This is the first event of 2019. We hold it on the first Sunday of every month. This month was New Year's Party!

From 6:00 pm, retirement center residents gathered at "The Ice Cream Parlor" in the Center next to the dining room in Phase Two. We danced to Glen Miller's music for 20 minutes, then we did a Tango performance,...
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December 31, 2018
I am reviewing bones and their muscles, and how to use them in ballroom and Latin dancing.

Arm to hand:

Upper arm - humerus bone (one bone) with three major muscles -- biceps, deltoid and triceps. Biceps flexes the arm like a flower closing. Triceps extends the arm  like a flower opening. Deltoid moves the arm to the side like a bird's wing. 

Lower arm - radius and ulna (two bones) with two major muscles -- pronator teres and pronator quadratus. Both muscles pronate (turns the hand palm down) ...
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