Category: City Council

Myth of Unlimited Resources

It has come to my attention that many political figures believe they can produce unlimited resources and want to save the world from poverty. There is a great difference between having unlimited money and unlimited resources. Money is just a promise by humans to deliver products and services at some time in the future. No one really nows what the future will bring so a promise is not 100% probability. Nations go bankrupt, people die, droughts, wars, mistakes, and just plain greed wipe out resources which money is based on.

The U.S. through the Federal Reserve creates the money supply and they have very few resources to back those promises up with. It is only the belief that the system will keep going that motivates people to work for money. In the big picture resources are limited such as air, energy, land, and clean water. It takes energy to make water clean. It takes clear land to grow food. The land needs a good climate and water to grow crops. If we clear a forrest to make way for a farm we change the environment which provides the right climate. If we produce energy we change the climate, If we dirty the water we change the climate. Changes in the climate changes living things some for the better and others it destroys.

The next time government approves a project that increases population of humans at the expense of the climate research all the problems it creates.

Tupelo Bus Service

It does not take a consultant to figure out a transit system in Tupelo is not cost effective. Consultants tell you what you want to hear for a fee. It is true a small number of people in Tupelo have a difficult time getting places they need to go if they are alone. Most have family and friends help them. Some can afford a taxi when they need it. Very few ride bicycles in all kinds of weather but they do not have daily obligations like a regular employment. Many employers help organize car pools to get their workers to the business. The city would have spent better having a website where workers can share rides. Then we come to Uber, a service that helps both the car owner and the person needing a ride. But the greedy regulations set by the rich people in town to protect profits of the members of Create and CDF prevent competition to the taxi company. We need creative thinking not the slavery of old Mississippi to control wages, education and standard of living of those stuck in the poverty loop. Having children that they can not afford is a direct result of the strict abortion laws. Going into debt is a direct result of local marketing and low wages.

Lack of high paying vocations is a direct result of regulations in Mississippi like laws against cloning or needing a license to make a coffin. The education system is focused on making workers for corporations rather than the learning of the philosophy of life and how to pursue a life worth living. Technology is always changing so learning an obsolete technical skill is wasting time. Learning how to teach yourself is a skill that never becomes obsolete. A great community is measure by the virtue it teaches not the quest to get an award.

When we get better qualified people elected to the city council we will have a better community without public pools, public transit and recycle programs that cost the public rather than reward them for their efforts. Perhaps we should make roads with the recycled plastic. But that just might cut into the profits of the asphalt company member of CDF.

Why Tupelo does not Improve the Quality of Life

CDF and CREATE hold the power in Tupelo. There boards and membership is the Who’s Who of Tupelo, all the people that own the businesses and hold the economic power. These people are the big fish in the small pond. They do not want to be small fish in a big lake. The world is always finding out new things and ways to change life. People in local power do not want the completion of change. Many are second and third generation wealth holders that do not have the abilities of their ancestors. Mississippi is ranked last or close to last in many polls that add up to the quality of life. Health suffers as well as crime and education. Beliefs drummed into our children have trained them to obey and not create new and better ways to live. The dogma of the powerful controls the citizens to be workers for the elite. The leaders will do anything they can both legal and underhanded contrary to the morals they profess to hold to maintain control over the other citizens. Many of these leaders are not even aware of the ramifications of their actions as they too lack the view of a bigger picture of what quality of life is.

Violence and Aberrant Behavior of Youth

In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School, Gov. Greg Abbott has repeatedly stressed the vital role school counselors and mental health professionals play in identifying troubled students When I hear about another case of needless violence and carnage, I get upset. I have always liked to believe that the U.S. is a great nation. It’s hard to see things that way when there’s a mass shooting nearly every day in this country and it seems that our hands are tied as to how to deal with it.

One cause of this problem that is often cited pertains to mental health problems. Sure, a lot of these killers have histories of being mentally unstable. But mental health problems are on the rise in this country. So if we really think that the issue of mental health is the primary issue at hand here, then we are in big trouble moving forward. Just saying “be vigilant” is not going to solve the problem.

As school budgets shrink, school-based mental-health services are losing resources and support. Children spend the majority of their day in schools,” says Tammy Hughes, PhD, a professor of counseling, psychology and special education at Duquesne University. “Further, because school psychologists work with parents and teachers, they are uniquely situated to help children across multiple settings.”Students who can’t focus, or are dealing with difficult family problems, won’t succeed in schools no matter how many reforms are put in place by governors or presidents,” he says.
He and others point out that education reform has focused on increasing academic test scores without considering students’ emotional well-being. “And there’s a direct correlation between emotional health and academic success,”
Lazarus says. We focus so much on teaching teenagers’ facts and getting them to pass exams, but perhaps we ought to pay at least as much attention to helping nurture their personalities
Bottom line is a failure of parents and teachers to raise fully functioning human beings. Then we also have genetic differences where one size does not fit all.

Medical Science

Mice With 3D-Printed Ovaries Successfully Give Birth

The gelatin-scaffold ovary could one day help restore endocrine function in young cancer patients and treat infertility

The future does not aline with archaic religious interpretations of the metaphors written to live by. The rules to live by change with a changing environment.

Quality Employees

“Instead of offering incentives to employers, towns with unfilled jobs are handing out money, student-debt relief and home-purchase assistance to lure potential employees–one by one. It’s an uphill battle to compete with the opportunity and amenities found in larger U.S. cities.”

If Tupelo wants to improve it needs to think ahead. Better paid employees bring better spending and better quality of life. Finding low paid jobs for low educated citizens only brings more of the same. The quality people require a quality community.

Recycled

“The U.S. generates more recyclable waste than any other country and China is the top customer for that scrap. China’s 25% tariff on U.S. scrap aluminum would make reusable metal from other countries more appealing. ”
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If a community can not recycle materials in less than 50 miles it is not saving anything. All recycling needs to be done locally to have energy savings and it be profitable. For example tupelo sends its waste plastics over 100 miles away and charges the citizen on top of the effort it expects the citizen to do. When it much more feasible to use the recycled plastics processed into road sections that last 4 times longer than asphalt.

What is the problem? Could it be the good old boy club protecting old money interests? Or is it just lack of ability to change into a better way of doing things? Mississippi is last place in so many things because it refuses to change. This drives the next generation top students to other places.

Fab Lab

It all started at MIT. Bringing the future to small places around the world. Fab lab is a shop with all the modern equipment to design and make anything. It is interconnected with a network of computers and over several thousand of other Fab labs. The equipment is donated by non profit funds as long as local organizations supply a building and upkeep. It is open to all ages and has mentors to help the learners make anything they dream up.

Then we have MIT Media lab and the Computer Clubhouse that helps young people to learn how to build things and program them using simple programing language like Scratch that can control circuits like those made by Lago.

Just the thing needed in Tupelo to creative minds make creative things starting out young before then are stamped into worker/consumers. Why is CDF not taking up the slack of our failing schools? Where is the creativity people had in kindergarten? Classrooms are not the way everyone learns. Sharing ideas over a network around the world works well for budding creative artistic minds. Team work with knowledge.

Opportunity or Marketing?

Many doors are called opportunities when they are opened by a marketer. The only real opportunities are those you create yourself. Those successful billionaires that started with nothing did not wait for some big corporation to build a plant or government to give them a job.

An example is the marketing for Presidents Day is presented by the news media as and opportunity to buy for less when in fact the retailer pays the same for the goods as he does all year unless he is getting a volume discount. This means you can get the cheaper price anyway as long as you talk with the owner. Many people are suffering from the psychological manipulation of propaganda and never ever know they are pawns used by the people in power.

Perhaps public schools should teach the psychology used to make the citizen into a worker/consumer.

artificial intelligence (AI)

All the knowledge of humans can be saved and stored for algorithms to take advantage of and to control the very needs of human survival. The quest for better quality and more efficient use of energy and resources is always continuing improvement. What is local government doing to improve its efficiency and lower cost of its services? Will machines be controlling humans? Why are we accepting the same old ways of doing things when AI is passing the backward humans?
Who is responsible for improving government operations?

How about higher human intelligence? Maybe eugenics? Gene manipulation? Implants in the brain? Where are poor decisions taking humanity? We can do better with better parenting skills.

How would humans keep AI from taking over and destroying humanity?

The bottom line is power corrupts so be careful who or what you allow to have power.

Dansette