Category: Government

Hypocrite

It seems that much of the public awareness is just watching acting. The news media is hype to stir emotions, marketing tries to get you to buy, groups want you to join their cause and donate. Many service workers put on a smile or show to please you even when they hate your guts. It is all about money or some type of greed. Look at the republican congressman that is against abortion until it is his girlfriend that gets pregnant. Police that take bribes or steal from those they arrest. Corporations that tell you the customer comes first but then are cheating to increase profits. Charities that pay executives high salaries and expenses. Religious organizations that abuse children and hide it then pay because of the courts but do not punish the offender.

Fake news is the result of hypocrites that want the truth but lie about it. Government is for all the people not just special causes that benefit a few. What ever happened to the truth that most people just do not know what is happening? Most people do not know if the media is telling the truth. I do not think the media even knows if what it is reporting is truth or some kind of marketing stunt. Have you seen those stories about some product or service that looks like a news story only to find out it is written by a corporate person as a news release.

In these days of mass communication less and less of what we see and read is truth.

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.

Compassion

Does society have the power to demand the people have compassion? In the tale about the Good Samaritan several people passed without giving help. It seems the percent of people being good is a minority. In a democracy that would not be enough votes to pass.

Today’s world has a lot more rules and control over people. So much so that they can not be enforced so the government selectively enforces and that creates propaganda to get the others to follow the rules. But what about the requirement of the citizen’s obligation to report crime? When 90% of crime goes unpunished, I have to wonder about the system’s ability to protect me and my rights. Then we have local and state governments refusing to obey Federal laws. Where does that leave us?

I suspect we need to discriminate which people we are Good Samaritan’s to and which we have a natural fear to abandon. Do emotions always give us the best signal for survival for our selves and all of humanity? Those with the survival genes pass them on. Those that take more high risks do not live long enough to pass on their irrational emotional judgements. Yes some high risks pay off and some risk taking is necessary for progress. Are you smart enough to choose which?

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.”

Anomaly

What do we really known about the future and chaos? Most humans use a heuristic approach to solving problems they do not have a strong background in dealing with complex problems.. This concept creates many unintended results for our future and the direction of the whole mass. Our expectations are based on math and a calculated results based on information of the past. Cause and effect to work, needs a high probability of past actions. When we lack the data and or experience of our every action and have no control of other people’s actions we have a future that has many anomalies.

Marijuana the Lost War

But because marijuana remains illegal in so many states, smugglers can take advantage of the patchwork of laws. A pound of marijuana might sell for about $2,000 in Colorado but could fetch three times as much in a large East Coast city.

Again the South refuses to admit defeat. It is costing Mississippi millions to enforces obsolete laws which drag down its economy. Let people destroy themselves on drugs while the better intelligence survives to make humanity progress.

The alternative is what is happening now. “Citing the fact that 142 Americans die from drug overdoses every day, the commission said, “America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.”

“Sen. Cory Booker on Wednesday introduced legislation that would legalize marijuana, expunge federal marijuana convictions and penalize states with racially-disparate arrest or incarceration rates for marijuana-related crimes. The changes are aimed at undoing some of the harm the nation’s decades-long war on drugs has inflicted on poor and minority communities.”

Illeagal sales

Big Pharma Scam

Hospitals and pharmacies are required to toss expired drugs, no matter how expensive or vital. Meanwhile the FDA has long known that many remain safe and potent for years longer

If we are going to fix the health care industry we need to fix the concept of growth in consumption of the industry.

Another problem is marketing drugs and using drugs for pain of problems that are not life threatening. Comfort drugs should not be an option especially paid for by insurance.

finite resources

Health, Follow The Money

We all want to enjoy being healthy. Most health problems come from two main sources. Genetic and environment are the main reasons for problems with health. Today we have testing for genetic problems before birth and it is up to the parents to decide the fate of the unborn child and it life long adjustment to its genes and all the issues that come with being unique.

On the other side is the environment which entails many factors such as education, food, experiences, drugs, parental care and directions, etc. Much of life long health is controllable before it becomes a costly problem. It takes willpower for example to eat right, exercise or understanding of risks in sports and other activities. Each individual has to weigh the risk problems against their behavior. How has the incentive changed when the government forces everyone to pay for health care regardless of having the willpower to do things to avoid health problems. When you have to pay why avoid the risks?

Then we have the issues of who profits from poor health? The health care industry has no incentive to see you do not need their services. Insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, medical equipment industry, millions of care takers and doctors, investors in these industries all want as many consumers as they can muster. Not to mention the malpractice Lawyers all do not want to see the population not needing health care.

If we are going to fix the system we need to follow the money and make incentives to not need the products of the health care industry.

Dansette