Category: Government

Fuel Tax

The law makers in Jackson are not looking out for the best of the citizens. Roads and bridges are falling apart and the government does not have the money to fix them. So they want to add more taxes on fuel while giving a small break on income taxes. What is wrong with this picture? First few Mississippi citizens are getting raises above inflation and an added tax will mean cutbacks some place such as less driving fewer trips to the mall and fast food. Not taking low pay jobs far away and an increase of costs that are passed on to the customer such as lawn care deliveries etc.

What we need is a better quality more efficient way to have roads. We could use recycles plastics for road beds and have roads last three times as long. Who would be the losers? The road building companies and the law makers that get campaign contributions from them.

We need to elect law makers that are bright enough and wise enough to see the big picture and act with virtue not personal greed.

School Busing

Mandatory school busing for racial integration was one of the more controversial policies in American public education. Although busing was necessary for dismantling dual school systems in the south, this unpopular policy drove many middle class and white families away from city school systems, thereby contributing to greater segregation between city and suburban school districts. Were the costs both human and economic worth it and justified?
There is a relatively common finding that African American student achievement is enhanced by less segregated schooling…. the earliest studies tend to focus on the effects of court ordered desegregation, and therefore, to combine the impacts of racial composition per se with various policy actions.

The community and children lose when they have to spend time being transported. Countless hours on buses by children rob them of other beneficial experiences they can have walking to school. Behavior problems on buses create a negative start of the school day. Cultural differences take teacher time away from learning. Children are forced to leave school at the same time not allowing after school help and tutoring. Parents are taken away from neighborhood relations with other parents. The social structure collapses and isolates members of the community. Different learning styles and levels are mashed together to benefit no one.

All for some utopian idea that everyone has and equal I.Q. and abilities? What can be done to improve public education for all children and what can be done to prevent children being born into poverty to parents that do not have parenting skills?

Can the U.S. afford to pay huge sums to drivers, corporations, to fleet a pollution causing transportation that has never been proven to improve education?

Cloning

“Chinese Scientists Clone Monkeys Using Method That Created Dolly The Sheep”

Regardless of religious beliefs science moves on. The mistake in Mississippi is they always want to be last. This leads to crime and suffering. Poor people want socialism health care when in fact it is impossible to provide the maximum health care to everyone. There simply are not enough resources as the cost to extend a life another year can cost more than the lifetime earnings of that person. Cloning and DNA repair are examples of high cost care that can not be available to everyone. For example look at the UK health care system.

Britain’s National Health Service is overwhelmed with patients waiting for care, as doctors lament that they have to practice “battlefield medicine” while conditions are so dire.

Earlier this month, the New York Times reported that hospitals are declaring “black alerts,” a warning that they are unable to fulfill patients’ needs. Patients fill waiting rooms and hallways while waiting hours for care, sometimes only to be turned away, and hospitals have been ordered to halt “nonurgent surgeries” until the end of January.

Fact is earning and saving for extended life is the individual’s choice not a right from government.

Tax Dollars to Grants

Here are some of the research projects selected for NEH grants:

A study of “18th century sexuality”
A study about bells in Bulgaria
A propaganda study based on the theory that Fox News can brainwash liberals
A virtual exhibition of more than 90 pieces of New Deal art from the town of Gallup, New Mexico
A book-length study documenting California wine history and its intersection with labor relations
An “immersive” video game about alchemy

When the citizen does not spend money, it does not have, the government spends money it does not have, to employ people. Even if nothing is accomplished. How long and how much debt do we let government debt get before it collapses?

Educationism

For those who are less educated due to their disadvantaged background, they face a subtle but pervasive bias. A new report in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology named the term “educationism” and for the first time found clear evidence for what Fusarelli and many others have long suspected: educated people are implicitly biased against the less educated. And this has unfortunate, unintended consequences that often stem from the gap between the rich and poor.

Active thinking has to give up time to accommodate those with less cognitive ability. Having abilities in common is a natural way people discriminate. Society or government can not force people to be the same. The gene lottery and the family lottery ends up making people not equal.

Last Again

The 10 least healthy states:
Mississippi
Louisiana
Arkansas
Alabama
West Virginia
Tennessee
South Carolina
Oklahoma
Kentucky
Georgia
For the second year in a row, Mississippi (No. 50) has the greatest opportunity for improvement in
overall health. Why are we building monuments with tax money instead of improving the health of the citizens?

Gentrification

Gentrification is a sore subject in many parts of Denver, as an influx of people moving to the city from elsewhere and a surge of new development drives up rents and homes prices and forces some longtime residents to consider moving from neighborhoods they have long called home.

Tupelo government is trying to upgrade poverty areas. This move has winners and losers. To climb out of poverty people need skills and a business to use them. The city can renovate housing but lacking opportunity and people with the cognitive ability to take advantage of it will result in the same old trap Tupelo is historically known for. Increasing menial low pay employment does not solve the drug and crime problems.

The big question is what do the city leaders do with the number of people that do not have the skills and ability to better themselves? Mississippi is famous for taking Federal government handouts they did not earn. How do we improve and create a state that exports more than it imports? That includes intellectual property.

Better family education would be a improvement of the way many spend their time rather than on entertainment.

I am just pointing out subjects that many politically correct leaders are embarrassed to discuss in public. Please understand we must solve these problems to survive.

Inovation

“Here’s something that may sound like a contradiction in terms: low-fat pigs.

But that’s exactly what Chinese scientists have created using new genetic engineering techniques.

In a paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the scientists report that they have created 12 healthy pigs with about 24 percent less body fat than normal pigs.”

““Doctors are doing amazing things with [human] stem cells,” says Jebelli, including reprogramming them into brain cells that are then implanted into Alzheimer’s patients’ brains. This treatment will require more research and time, but Jebelli says it’s “still a possibility.”

Given the potential of stem cells and drugs that could prevent the disease from developing, Jebelli is quite optimistic about the future of Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment. He says: “We’re at the beginning of the end.”
While Mississippi outlaws cloning and shoots its economic self in the foot.

Added-HOW LIFE BEGAN: MISSING LINK CHEMICAL IN FIRST LIVING CELL DISCOVERED
A team of scientists working to replicate the conditions of early Earth in modern lab experiments may have cracked one of the key problems in understanding how life began. They think they’ve found a compound that plausibly could have been present and could have handled phosphorylation, a step required to produce several building blocks of life.

Fear that beliefs are not an accurate description of life on earth prevent the needed research in Mississippi to find out what really happened to start life. When do we start to question traditions?

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.

Dansette