Category: Tupelo Schools

Cultural Fashion

What role does eye candy play in our culture of consumption? When I came to Tupelo the thing I was told was the furniture industry is a fashion industry. Most of the commercials on TV are about how things look and not how they work. Nothing of what they are made of or who makes them. What makes one product better suited for the application than another? The auto sales pitch is a prime example. It is all about your emotions and how much others admire your purchase. The sales pitch is all about savings. You save nothing when you consume and spend money. The concept they use, as a ploy about savings, is how much less you pay from the imaginary retail price. Keystone is setting the retail price at double of what the retailer pays the manufacture for it. In cars the price is keep from the customer by bate and switch tactics. The dealer price is not what the car cost the dealer. There are holdbacks and other dealer incentives to make more dealer profits. Then the advertised price is not what it is going to cost you. They did not mention the cars they have are not the base cars as they have options. Then there is several dealer add ons such as cleaning, inspecting, marketing costs, sales tax, and the list goes on.

Why do we consume more than what it takes to survive a comfortable life? Most of it is status and how we look to our peers. We are a trained people to consume from the time we are born. The system requires growth to cover debts. Psychological manipulation has us working and buying. Planned obsolescence has us buy more and replace what we already have. We even pay to go places to be marketed to. The local home show is an example of that. Many people are not educated Engineers able to ask the right questions about the quality of the product. The sales man could not answer them anyway. What role does art play? Do collections bring happiness? In a finite world that sells tomorrow for a bit of fashion today, the total number of consumers plays the biggest role in humanity’s survival.

Doing Something Is Better Than Doing Nothing

That depends on many factors. First is it talking about one particular issue or just the fact that having nothing in mind is bad. Is clearing your mind bad? What is the default of doing nothing? What is the probability of the default? Is the default a bigger problem than the first problem? How do you know the future? Cause and effect?

Many times doing nothing about the problem is the best solution as we have time to learn more or not need a solution. Many times acting on limited information gets us bigger problems. Acting on emotions can even kill us if we do not take time to think. Life is never simple enough to act on simple slogans.

Eugenics

Not forced eugenics but rather voluntary manipulation of your genetic code to promote health and better human beings. I understand the religious resistance in Mississippi against things like cloning but what if we could eliminate birth defects? There is no doubt humans being biological, that selective breeding could result in designer humans. There are many questions our children are going to face as morals and ethics always change.

The more we know what genes do and we have the ability to edit them, eggs can be fertilized grow to 8 cells and then decode the DNA and decide if it should be implanted to create a child. It will not help to put our hands over our eyes and ears and make believe that this is not available now and only be improved in the future. Life was never simple.

Hate Leads To Violence

“So I went to get a shake after the chiropractor and as I got out of my car all I hear is “you one of them neo-nazi?” As the dude was swinging a small pocket knife over my car door …. then he took off running and I was just sitting there in shock like what the heck dude

I have no tattoos that would indicate anything like that
There is nothing on the car that I am aware of that might suggest it
My head is not shaved

I just don’t understand this world anymore lol people are crazy”
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Then we had a alt left winger pepper spay a news cameraman filming the demonstration. It would seem to me people have a right to their views and are free to express the words. They are not free to physically harm others expressing their views. Threats and damage to public and private property no matter what your views is against not only the law but against humanity. People do not have to like each other but the line is drawn when hate turns into physical damage.
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On another note. “Absolutes solve nothing, help no one and in the end alienate possible like hearted individuals from helping in the stewardship conversation. Sane use of the planet and not the me conversation of how much can I get out of the moment to fill my ego and pockets, is the conversation we must all be part of if we ever hope to have a future holding as core a saner use of our one and only world.”

Pick or Choose?

Most educational systems are designed by psychological standards to measure efficient use of money. The problem is education has gotten more and more costly due to standard regulations. What is the purpose of education in the first place? To produce consumer/workers? What is happiness?

I suspect that a system that is measured and designed to limit choice has made life simpler. Children only have to know the correct answer out of five choices rather than an infinite picks that life really offers. Do we spend time trying to find the best pick or do we make a quick choice that is just mediocre? The difference between being good enough and being great is how much you say “No”.

What is Education?

“Exclusive Test Data: Many Colleges Fail to Improve Critical-Thinking Skills”

“Freshmen and seniors at about 200 colleges across the U.S. take a little-known test every year to measure how much better they get at learning to think. The results are discouraging.”

The standard college model is not education but rather job training. Thinking requires people not to be politically correct or memorize and feed back facts. Thinking requires the ability to use experience to be creative to solve problems you never faced before. Today’s colleges just provide reasons which may not be all facts but based on cultural traditions.

“Harvard University revoked admission offers to at least 10 incoming students after the school discovered the individuals were posting explicit and obscene memes in a Facebook chat group that advocated sexual assault and mocked the death of children.”

Harvard is shielding students from getting experience in the real world. Some of these students will be fighting wars and crime. No wonder the students do not improve “Critical-Thinking-Skills’.

Failing Heath Care

“Authorities say two addiction counselors at a suburban Philadelphia halfway house have died of opioid overdoses.

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan says, “If anybody is wondering how bad the opioid epidemic has become, this case is a frightening example.”

When people are not responsible for their own health the system fails to be their keeper. Never in history has society been able to control people’s craving to get high. It comes down to parenting and teaching the wonder of living and learning. Virtue is not automatic it has to be learned. If not taught by caring parents then the risk is death. If all those in poverty have to look forward to is a life on the factory floor they will turn to drugs for a reward rather than the awe of learning and doing great things.

Another issue, “A new survey found that when it comes to recreational drug use, magic mushrooms appear to be the safest drug.

Only .2% of almost 10,000 people who reported taking psilocybin hallucinogenic mushrooms in 2016 reported that they needed emergency medical treatment, according to the annual Global Drug Survey. The survey, of more than 120,000 participants in 50 countries, found that the rates of emergency medical treatment for MDMA, LSD, alcohol and cocaine were almost five times higher.”

Why Education?

SUNY Is Set to Make Kristina Johnson, an Engineer, Its Chancellor “What’s important is that we help our students find their purpose and their passion,” she said.

What are Tupelo schools doing to develop the unique abilities of each student?
They need to shift from thinking about jobs and careers to think about challenges and problems.

The cost of education has been driven by government laws that feed an army of people that never add to the betterment of the student.
The federal Parent Plus loan program has millions of borrowers, many with subprime credit ratings. Its default rate exceeds the rate for U.S. mortgages at the peak of the housing crisis, and the debt is almost impossible to extinguish through bankruptcy.

The educational industry has milked the public and created debt that can not and will not be paid. This is another economic bomb that will explode.

Behind the Curve

“More than a third of U.S. jobs could be at “high risk” of automation by the early 2030s, a percentage that’s greater than in Britain, Germany and Japan, according to a new report.

The analysis, by accounting and consulting firm PwC, emphasized Friday that its estimates are based on the anticipated capabilities of robotics and artificial intelligence, and that the pace and direction of technological progress are “uncertain.”

It said that in the U.S., 38 percent of jobs could be at risk of automation, compared with 30 percent in Britain, 35 percent in Germany and 21 percent in Japan.”

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Again Tupelo leaders are not thinking ahead. The future is not what Tupelo economic planners are working for. They are milking the last few cents out of the government supported poverty. Tupelo needs to export value not try to attract tourism. Tupelo needs to attract the young professional not blue collar workers. Tupelo needs research and cutting edge design in electronics, aviation, medical biology, water treatment, food production, drugs, etc. this will not happen as the old mafia fathers practice the same old buddy system that makes young ideas leave. Tupelo should be ashamed of taking government money and not standing on its own two feet.

It is just a matter of time for that the local retail powers collapse.

“The industry most affected by automation is manufacturing. For every robot per thousand workers, up to six workers lost their jobs and wages fell by as much as three-fourths of a percent, according to a new paper by the economists, Daron Acemoglu of M.I.T. and Pascual Restrepo of Boston University. It appears to be the first study to quantify large, direct, negative effects of robots.”

Worker/Consumer

“Facing five times the debt of previous generations and relatively small savings, many retirees are making fundamental lifestyle changes. Some senior citizens will either have to work longer, move to less expensive places or pare back their spending” WSJ

The baby boomers are a product of pubic education to make workers/consumers to make the economy grow. They did not grow up in the depression and failed to learn a philosophy of life early. The marketing propaganda telling these gullible souls that spending is the way too happiness but failed to present the real math. With schooling putting its efforts into sports, entertainment, fashion, socialism, integration, and testing, the education goals were lost to the businesses who lobbied for workers rather than intelligent people with wisdom. The top private schools taught Greek and Latin along with all the ancient sapience. The name of the game like the Pied Piper was to enjoy sentience. Never put off a purchase if you can borrow the money. Spend your tax return before you get it. Have children you can not afford. Drive a new car. Eat at fast food. Etc., etc., etc.

Now the government promised Social Security, Medicare, a senior life of travel and having fun with grand children. The population went from 200 million in 1964 to 320 million today and most new workers are immigrants making much less unable to support the government programs. The country has had a trade deficit for decades with more money leaving the country that our production can trade for. Years of political propaganda and spending to boost employment have failed to keep up with costs and lifestyles. So what happens when we have to tighten our belts? We spend less and buy less which means less workers are needed. This creates unemployment and underemployment which reduces income taxes paid to the government. In turn the government has to borrow more and or spend less. That is a cut in benefits for people already in debt.

Can you see where this is going? Perhaps we need to change education to fit reality instead of wishful thinking. Start thinking about the pharmaceutical industry and how its marketing supports TV news and why the news will never tell you that drugs do not solve problems they just mask it. Do you want your children to be slaves to industry?

Dansette