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1/14/19 – ‘Zombie Geezers’ Brady and Brees

Zombie Geezers!  That’s what two particular quarterbacks in the NFL are being called.  One is 41-years of age, and the other 40, and both men are only one game away from the Super Bowl.  “If they weren’t playing next weekend for a shot at the Super Bowl, they’d be side-by-side in a mummy exhibit,” writes one overly-eccentric journalist.

But these two men, Tom Brady and Drew Brees, have something much more important in common.  Amazingly, both star quarterbacks are #9 FCARs.  For those out-of-the-know, this means both Brady and Brees are Front brain dominant (high energy), Conceptual (imaginative, “big picture”), Animate (personal, subjective, driven by “feelings”), and Right brain dominant (flexible, adaptable).  Both men are anomalies in a sport commonly dominated by #13 FCIR quarterbacks who rely on their quick-thinking objective, spatial decision making.  LIke #13s, FCARs are dominant Conceptuals.  When relaxed, they can have very good spatial-vision (being Right brain dominant), but when things tighten up, they tend to “imagine” what’s there (i.e. the open man) when reality might be otherwise.  This fundamental difference between the #5 FEIR (dominant Empirical) and the #13 FCIR is what has made Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, John Elway, and Joe Namath household names.

But guess what?  There’s another Animate quarterback one game away from the Super Bowl.  He is Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams, a #2 BEAR.  Other #2s have included Eli Manning, and Steve McNair..  Again, when calm and relaxed, they can really zing the ball with great accuracy (big muscle EA gross motors).  Because Goff has such a talented football team, he need only play decent for the Rams to go all the way.  Remember, Eli himself has two Super Bowl rings on his fingers!

At any rate, it will be quite interesting to see how the Animate QBs fair in the next couple weeks during the BIG moments, especially when playing on the road!

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1/9/19 – Steven Spielberg crosses $10 billion mark

It is an amazing feat, one unsurpassed by anyone in movie history.  Last year, with the release of the box office smash “Ready Player One,” director Steven Spieldberg became the the first director in history to cross the $10 billion mark worldwide.  As one journalist puts it, “Steven Spielberg is far and away, financially speaking, the most successful director of all time … and nobody else is even close. So, not only is he one of the most beloved and respected directors to ever do it, he’s quantifiably one of the most successful.”

It’s Interesting to note his use of the words “beloved” and “respected” when describing Steven.  As Brain Type enthusiasts know, Spielberg is a rare #14 BCIR, the same as Nelson Mandela, William F. Buckley Jr., John Lennon, or Jane Goodall.  They are deep, thoughtful, introspective people, searching for answers to life’s problems and calculating how they might solve them.  As such, they can be awkward, too.  Steven once said, “I never felt comfortable with myself, because I was never part of the majority. I always felt awkward and shy and on the outside of the momentum of my friends’ lives.”  Also, BCARs are not typically pretentious.  “I’m not really interested in making money,” he said years ago, but “I dream for a living.”  Amazingly, Steven even dropped out of college to follow those lofty dreams.  “I quit college so fast I didn’t even clean out my locker.”

And dream Steven does!  He is the master of science fiction, with his highest-grossing effort being “Jurassic Park” in the early 1990s ($983.8 million).  Of course, “Jaws” and “E.T.” are also on his resume.  Remember, BCIRs live in the creative world of concepts and ideas.  Even existence can be an abstract to them, as they pursue the next impossible theory or grand idea, sometimes to the disregard of reality itself.

For now and the foreseeable future, Steven’s reality is movie making. “Even though I get older, what I do never gets old, and that’s what I think keeps me hungry.”

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1/3/19 – The slap heard round the world

How often do you see an NBA owner slap a player?  Really, when have you EVER seen that happen?  Before a few weeks, we couldn’t think of a single time.  The Charlotte Hornets were playing the Detroit Pistons last week when Malik Monk (#13 FCIR) ran out onto the floor to congratulate Jeremy Lamb (#13 FCIR) after a game-winning shot.  The time hadn’t run out, however, and he was called for a technical.  After Malik returned to the bench, he got a serious “love tap” from Charlotte owner Michael Jordan (#6 BEIR), sitting in the second row.  To be sure, it was a little more than a “love tap” and more like a nice slap to the back of the head.  In this day and age of political correctness, it was a risky move on Mr. Jordan’ part, and after a bit of controversy over the move he told the Associated Press, “It was like a big brother and little brother tap.  No negative intent. Only love!”

Monk himelf was cool with it (what else could he do? After all it was the icon owner!) and afterwards stated, “It’s Mike, and whatever he does is going to make [news] because nowadays it’s all social media and everybody has their phone out there and I wasn’t surprised.”  Yes indeed, it was Mike, and had Monk and Mike been behind closed doors when the incident occurred, Monk would have likely received much more than a slap!  Remember, the #6 BEIR is arguably the most competitive, fiery design of the 16 Brain Types (especially males—wired in the fight, not flight cerebral region), and when you pull a non-thinking move like Malik did, watch out!  MJ channeled his inner Mike Tyson (#6), and he was noticeably TO’d.

If you watch the video, Malik was nearly on the opposing team’s foul line when Lamb’s shot went through the basket!  You talk about dominant Conceptual (and logic secondary)!

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12/17/18 – The epic battle between Pelosi and Trump

Wow, did you catch the verbal exchange between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump the other day?  Here’s just a bit of the bantering regarding the infamous border wall.

PELOSI: You have the White House. You have the Senate. You have the House of Representatives. You have the votes. You should pass it.
TRUMP: No, we don’t have the votes, Nancy, because in the Senate we need 60 votes, and we don’t have it.
PELOSI: No, no, but in the House, you could bring it up right now.
TRUMP: Yes, but I can’t — excuse me, but I can’t get it passed in the House if it’s not going to pass in the Senate; I don’t want to waste time.
PELOSI: Well, the fact is, you can get it started that way.
TRUMP: The House we could get passed very easily, and we do.
PELOSI: OK, then do it. Then do it.
TRUMP: But the problem is the Senate, because we need 10 Democrats to vote, and they won’t vote.
PELOSI: That’s not the point, Mr. President. The point is that there are equities to be weighed. And we are here to have a conversation in a (inaudible) way.
TRUMP: Right.
PELOSI: So I don’t think we should have a debate in front of the press on this, but the fact is, the House Republicans could bring up this bill if they had the votes immediately and set the tone for what you want.
TRUMP: If we thought we were going to get it passed in the Senate, Nancy, we would do it immediately. We would get it passed very easily in the House. We would get it…
PELOSI: That’s not the point.
TRUMP: Nancy, I’d have it passed in two seconds. It doesn’t matter though, because can’t get it passed in the Senate because we need 10 Democrat votes. That’s the problem.

Check out YouTube to see the entire exchange, as it goes for quite a bit longer.  As veteran BTInsiders know full well, Nancy and Donald are both #15 FCILs, and neither would back down in the discussion.  Pelosi pulled no punches afterwards, even bringing Trump’s “manhood” into question. “It’s like a manhood thing for him.  As if manhood could ever be associated with him. This wall thing.”  She went on to say, “I was trying to be the mom.  I can’t explain it to you. It was so wild. It goes to show you: You get into a tickle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you.”

And we thought Trump was demeaning!  At any rate, Nancy continues to cling onto power as we’ve predicted in the past.  She is Hillary Clinton 2.0, with just a tad bit more personality than Mrs. Clinton; yet as depicted in the media multiple times in recent years, Nancy’s 78-year old neural connections aren’t firing as they once did.  She now often slurs and stumbles in speech.  It’s been reported that Trump actually brought the media in just shortly before the meeting began, completely unannounced.  Trump knows he has many supporters for the wall (after all, that’s a major reason how got elected), and he wanted to show the world what (or who) is standing in the way.  “If we don’t get what we want, one way or the other … I will shut down the government,” Trump said.  Nancy replied, “We came in here in good faith, and we’re entering into a — this kind of a discussion in the public view.”

Yep, and that’s just what the strategic #15 Donald wanted!  And for the grand finale, do you believe he’s serious about shutting down the government (a misnomer—with less than 15% being affected)?  Though few in the world know Trump’s Brain Type, they’ve witnessed the past 2 years a resolved #15 in action, and few rightly doubt he won’t follow through—if need be.

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12/13/18 – Competitive Kirk runs over sister Candace

So siblings Candace and Kirk Cameron were out with family for a fun time go-cart racing recently, when something (or someone) went terribly wrong.  The Fuller House star Candace was sent to the hospital’s emergency room after her feisty, competitive brother Kirk “ran me over” during the intense race.  In pictures shared on Instagram, Candace showed her severely swollen and bruised hand.  “I’m waiting to see if I broke my hand or fractured it or what,” the actress said from her hospital bed.

Anyway remember Kirk’s Brain Type?  He’s an energetic #9 FCAR, who has a tendency to push reality aside (as dominant Conceptuals) and go for the gusto, especially when “extraverting”, whether that be in sports, or vocation, or yes, even go-cart racing.  “Hi everybody, I’m the culprit. I’m the crazy driver,” wrote Kirk.  “It was my fault completely, I tried to cut her off and take the lead, bad.”  Yes, Mr. Cameron apparently got a little too excited and, like the #9 and #13 NFL QBs who get too amped, lost his spatial reasoning, imagining he saw an opening that just wasn’t there.  An innocent mistake, but it nearly cost his sister her hand!

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12/3/18 – The death of George H.W. Bush

He was the only #11 FCAL President in all of American history (as far as we know), riding the coattails of one popular #15 FCIL named Ronald Reagan.  He wasn’t particularly sharp, or particularly a talented leader, or even just particularly Presidential, yet he possessed a likable grace that, even if you disliked his politics, you couldn’t help but like the person.  Just a few days ago, George H.W. Bush passed away at the ripe age of 94 years, just 8 months after the death of his beloved wife, Barbara (#3 FEAL).  When asked if he wanted to go to the hospital, he replied, “No,” and that he wanted to be with Barbara again.

Does anyone remember when Newsweek magazine published a cover story questioning whether the President was beset by the “wimp factor?”  He was also known as having a “tongue-tied” political style, something not surprising knowing his dominant Animate inborn design.  He once said, “I may not be the most eloquent, but I learned early that eloquence won’t draw oil from the ground.  I may sometimes be a little awkward, but there’s nothing self-conscious in my love of country. I am a quiet man — but I hear the quiet people others don’t.”

When it came to action, however, George was no wimp.  At 18 years old he became the youngest naval pilot following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, and as a “flyboy” he flew 58 combat missions and won the Distinguished Flying Cross.  Even as an old man he still loved his thrills, jumping out of an airplane for his 90th birthday ala fellow #11 Tom Cruise (and wouldn’t you know it, they’re both left handed as well?  Left-handedness typically provides an extra dimension of behavior.)  What also seemingly drew people to H.W. was his sense of humility.  He was no show-boat.  Even when speaking of his feats during World War II (he was miraculously saved by a submarine after being shot down over the Pacific), he continually evaded any accolades.   “It was just part of my duty. People say, ‘war hero.’ How come a guy who gets his airplane shot down is a hero and a guy who’s good enough that he doesn’t get shot down is not?”

Bush was a unique, thoughtful, fatherly, soft-hearted man, epitomizing the #11 FCAL to a ‘T’.  Truth be told, it’s unlikely America will ever see a President quite like him ever again.  Despite the #11’s verbal charm, winning a series of political debates, especially with #’s 15 and 16 Inanimate Conceptuals, is unlikely. And speaking of #11s, Billy Graham is another we lost in 2018.

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11/26/18 – Martha Stewart’s first Uber drive

So if you’re an Uber driver planning on picking up a famous millionaire, you’d better have a nice ride ready for them.  If you’re an Uber driver picking up a #15 FCIL female millionaire, you’d REALLY better have a nice ride ready.

So decoration goddess Martha Stuart had never called an Uber driver before and recently decided to give it a try.  Afterwards, she posted a lengthy Instagram rant about her first ride and how it turned out to be a “mess inside and out.”  Apparently, her first Uber didn’t even show. The second arrived 10 minutes late and at the wrong address.  Stewart wrote on her Instagram that it stopped halfway down the block and she “could not see the license plate.”  And that wasn’t all.  Inside the vehicle it was extremely messy with water bottles and dirt and leaves all over the floor.  Stewart showed the world by taking plenty of pictures, and she was particularly disappointed because she called for a high-end Uber driver, not your average run-of-the-mill versions (Uber offers lower and higher levels of service).

Maybe #1 FEAR Dolly Parton would have been more forgiving?  Probably.  Still, Stewart posted that “I have been a fan of the concept since day one!!!!!”

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11/12/18 – The beaming Shannon Bream

She’s not world-famous, or even that big of a name, but while you’re flipping through television channels from time to time you may see her bright, beaming face as she relates to you the latest news from around the world on the Fox News channel.  Her name is Shannon Bream, and she’s an energetic, motivated #9 FCAR.  Truth be told, there aren’t too many female #9s in the on-camera news business, where one must be professional, organized, concise, and just plain logical, but Shannon pulls it off well in her own friendly, relaxed way.

Off screen, she enjoys fly fishing, relaxing at the beach, playing the piano, and composing music, all very quintessential #9 interests and traits. “I was a kid who tried everything from gymnastics to drama classes. When I sat at the piano keyboard at five years old, something clicked. It felt so familiar, like I wasn’t learning something new as much as I was finding my way home. I find playing, and now composing, to be very therapeutic.”

Any #9s out there who can relate?  As Niednagel writes in Brain Types and Parenting, “For the FCAR, every day new possibilities come into view and are acted upon.  A highly active imagination drives the FCAR to bounce from one activity to the next, creating even more energy and bringing passengers along.  There is never a dull moment.”

That’s for sure!

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10/15/18 – Kanye’s visit to the White House

Who would have ever dreamt a #9 FCAR would be making political headlines?  Yes, Mr. Kanye West, the controversial superstar known for his rapping as much as his ranting, just can’t keep himself out of the limelight these days.  It’s no small wonder.  He’s a lone Donald Trump (#15 FCIL) supporter in the vast sea of the leftist entertainment industry.  And, as everyone well-knows, he’s black, making him an even more rare public figure.

Yesterday Kanye met with President Trump in “dramatic fashion, leaping from his seat at a White House meeting to hug the president.”  West went on to exclaim, “I love this guy!”  The two met to discuss prison reform, black gun crime, and a number of related issues.  In a rather hilarious statement, one journalist wrote, “Kanye left the normally talkative president almost speechless with his performance.”  Yep, leave it to the high-strung, “look at me!” #9 to outshine the #15 FCIL!

Then yesterday, Football legend Herschel Walker called for the firing off CNN’s Don Lemon after the “CNN Tonight” host laughed when the rapper Kanye was referred to as “the token negro of the Trump administration”.  Ironically, Walker is another Trump-supporting African-American #9 FCAR!  He went on to Tweet, “Went to bed appalled over Don Lemon’s despicable behavior laughing at Tara Setmayer and Bakari Sellers’ awful remarks about Kanye West’s visit with [Trump]! Woke up wondering why CNN doesn’t take all three off the air? #Shameful.”

So for now, Trump has two “Ra Ra” FCARs helping support him and his Republican party in November’s elections.  Will it be enough?  Experts are saying it will be close, with the margins recently narrowing between the Reds and Blues (Dems were ahead).  We’ll just have to wait and see if see if the Trump train keeps on steaming, despite the massive political donations of Left-wing billionaires (G Soros, et al) into the upcoming election.  As you see far more Democratic ads than GOP, just realize they have far more money to spend.  Whatever happened to the good ‘ol days when elections weren’t blatantly bought and dead people not voting?

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10/1/18 – The passing of Burt Reynolds

He had “easy-going charms”, a no-nonsense type of guy who embodied the very definition of the term ‘manly’.  Last week saw the passing of Burt Reynolds, and what made Mr. Reynolds so unique was not his world-renowned mustache, or his iconic, ladies-man smile.  Instead, it was his genetic, inborn Brain Type.  Yes, Burt Reynolds was one of a few non-#13 FCIRs in Hollywood.  Think of John Wayne.  Think of Clint Eastwood.  Yes, think of #5 FEIR Burt Reynolds.

And lo and behold, Reynolds, like most other #5s who made it big on the big screen, wasn’t initially headed there.  Burt was a football player, a half-back, and a good one at that.   In fact, he “made a name for himself as a football star and earned an athletic scholarship to Florida State University.”  Only after a debilitating injury did Reynolds look to Hollywood.  He landed a reoccurring role in the 1950s TV series “Gunsmoke” (what is it with #5s and cowboys???), and by 1974 he hit it big as an an ex-football player who landed in prison in the film “The Longest Yard.”  Of course, none of us will ever forget “Smokey and the Bandit”, but did you also know Reynolds turned down the role of Han Solo in “Star Wars”?  The reason he did is only too FEIR “I took the part that was the most fun,” he said in an interview.  “I didn’t take the part that would be the most challenging.”  

Yep, for the #5, life is all about having fun, and Burt was no exception.  Like his other fellow filmstar #5s (including Schwarzenegger and Stalone), he was a realistic, down-to-earth tough guy, and he will be missed by many.

Burt Reynolds was 82 years old.

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