The Corporate Swindle and Destruction of Individuality.

In the past people ate foods they grew or hunted for. Large scale agriculture brought by division of labor was more efficient and allowed for new occupations such as philosopher or artist. In today’s world, monopolies such as international food companies make one size to fit all. The makings such as corn syrup or processed corn are in most of what you buy in the supermarket. Now much of this corn is also genetically modified. There is no long term data to prove that a large part of human food made from genetically modified and processed corn is healthy.

The bigger problem is we lack a choice in the food available to our society as we are forced to buy from the company store or grow our own with heirloom seeds.

What is religion?

Judges often have to decide what “religion” means for legal purposes. For example, the American Supreme Court had to decide whether, when Congress provided a “conscientious objection” exemption from military service for men whose religion would not allow them to serve, an atheist whose moral convictions also prohibited service qualified for the objection. It decided that he did qualify.The Court, called upon to interpret the Constitution’s guarantee of “free exercise of religion” in another case, declared that many religions flourish in the United States that do not recognize a god, including something the Court called “secular humanism.” Ordinary people, moreover, have come to use “religion” in contexts having nothing to do with either gods or ineffable forces. They say that Americans make a religion of their Constitution, and that for some people baseball is a religion. These latter uses of “religion” are only metaphorical, to be sure, but they seem parasitic not on beliefs about God but rather on deep commitments more generally.

Thinking about the Road to Follow

In a variety of dystopian fantasies, many writers have questioned how humanity might face its own demise. Enslaved under the boot of Big Brother’s surveillance? Defeated by a revolution of robots we once considered our tools? Perhaps plummeted into a culture of stupidity, where “retweets” and “likes” are a form of currency and people spend all day being entertained into complacent obesity?

The biotechnology field seeks to improve our complex internal mechanics, and is making strides in a variety of industries.DNA sequencing has become cheaper and more accessible – opening the doors to highly personalized medication replacing one-pill-suits-all approach. Wake Forest university researchers are making milestones in the 3D printing of organs and cartilage, hoping to soon cure arthritis and long waits for organ replacements. Mind-controlled prosthetics allows patients who’ve lost limbs or suffered spinal injuries to regain their dexterity through complex robotic arms controlled by microchips in their brain. Researchers keep discovering genes in mice that can be deleted to end obesity – genes that humans also posses. Is the fine-tuning of our genetics not the final frontier of all these repair endeavors? Wouldn’t it be better to avoid disease and illness altogether rather than fight it?

Of course, people fear the possibility of a technological class system, which separates “naturalists” from those who can afford or choose scientific enhancements. These issues, however, seem more related to policy rather than science. You cannot be blamed for discovering fire, if someone chooses to burn a house down with it.

The discussion of any form of eugenics can cause visceral reaction in the public. Forcibly sterilizing people on a basis of poverty, education or health is monstrous. Allowing all parents to choose the healthiest possible outcome for their baby less so. The scientific ability to improve the human genetic stock, and desire to do so, is not inherently evil. It is only how we pursue that path that defines whether we maintain the moral high ground. I once had a Political Science professor who proudly stood left of Lenin on most social issues. But after volunteering at a hospital to treat crack babies, she grew to despise the addicts who were having 5-6 children, and abandoning them with all their health ailments for someone else to take care of. She suggested a policy that would give repeat offenders a choice: if you abandon more than two crack babies, you either go to jail or have your tubes tied. Reasonable, or tyrannical?

It’s perfectly sensible to debate where our pursuits might lead us, and to tread carefully in the shaping of our collective future. But life is the result of complex chemistry, evolving biology and our own will. We should always discuss, monitor and regulate our actions, but not to the point of never moving forward. We’re still debating abortion in this country, while the rest of the world experiments with far more radical ideas. Private, military and government labs around the world are already working on genetic engineering; to think we can stop it is naïve. The best we can hope to do is ensure that it serves mankind’s best interests, and doesn’t leave anyone behind.

Wage rip-off locally and state wide

How many workers in Tupelo are caught up in the “temporary worker” and “contracted worker” schemes? Everywhere that I turn it seems that the most promising opportunities for meaningful employment at a livable wage are only available if the prospective employee is willing to work with a blood sucking eel stuck to his/her back. If a factory or construction company is willing to pay the “contractor” $13/hour and the worker gets $8.50/hour who splits up the $4.50 balance? Maybe there’s a kickback to the local business manager? Or maybe a kickback to a corporate H-R manager? Everyone just seems to accept the situation as being “company policy” and that’s a crock. Of course, the Daily Urinal’s position is to pat the company’s management on the back and congratulate them on their generosity in being here. The Daily Urinal has ZERO concern for the thousands of their subscribers who work hard for a living and see a significant part of the amount they are worth being bled off to someone in management. It appears like a 19th century coal mine camp scam.  The situation is pouring money into the pockets of some wheeler-dealers and their buddies at the employer’s office.

The city council’s gracious acceptance of the Carnation plant followed by the Spain Home debacle

I am not alone in my poor opinion of the city councils current and previous. In the Daily Urinal’s earliest forum  I made some pointed criticism regarding the council accepting the Carnation Milk plant when it was offered as a gift from Tommy Morgan. It seemed so obvious that the property was a catastrophe looking for an owner. Mr Morgan most likely used the “generous donation” as a tax write off saving himself $10s of thousands of in federal and state taxes while throwing the city tax payers the responsibility and liability of a deteriorating eyesore with a 153 foot smokestack that will one day find its way to the ground. Was the soundness of that smokestack investigated prior to accepting it? Was an insurance company estimate made of the potential for liability of ownership?

And now, the current council has involved the city in the movement of the Spain home to its current location under the shadow of that smokestack and throws some public announcement out to imply that they are looking out for the city’s interest concerning the $5,000 deductible on liability insurance for the old house.  That’s such a JOKE. a $5,000 deductible is laughable relative to the entire situation of the city owning the smokestack which is across the street from the Health Department and directly adjacent to the “historic” Spain home which is to be a tourist attraction.

The Daily Urinal and WTVA have passed along whatever information that the council wants to make public but as usual neither the paper nor the station asked any obvious questions. No surprise there.

Qualifications for Mayor.

A recent letter to the Editor of the DJ pointed that part of Mr. Pitts’ qualifications “he is a Christian, a church member and a deacon…… He also informed us Tupelo is in great standing with $18 million in reserve. His goal is to advance Tupelo by speaking to people of all the “positives” that the city has to offer and not dwell on the negatives” I guess he does not want to talk about the negatives. I have a hard time finding one item that he can claim as his own that has passed the council that did not come from Mayor Jack Reed. In fact he could not muster the votes to pass several proposals. I can think of several things he needs to to plan on. Start with roads. transit. Library and a  Humane Shelter. I’m not interested in his history I want to know where he would like to take Tupelo.  He says he will not make age an issue. He is 70 and Jason Shelton is 36. I look around and see all the new industry and technology and I don’t see any monoliths creating new technology or new industry. The time has come to give some of the power to those young creative people before they become corrupted by the “been there done that and wanna keep doing it to us group”. If we continue as we have there will be no one wanting to be Mayor or council persons. That is where we are now. Do you think I support Jason ?

Is The Banking System safe?

Cyprus bailout: President says crisis worst in decades:

A one-off levy of up to 10% on bank deposits has sparked public anger.

When the world banking allows governments to dip into your savings and take money to pay off national debt we have a loss of faith in banking and the system collapses.

Could this happen in the United States?

The estimated population of the United States is 314,609,887
so each citizen’s share of this debt is $53,143.56.

Plane crash report?

Will the FAA conclusion regarding the crash last year have any effect on the Tupelo Airport Authority? I trust that those who have ties with the airport know more than me and more than the Daily Urinal reported. The Urinal’s story sounded somewhat ominous for TAA.

NASCAR rules change at BRISTOL.

With Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich planning to attend the Bristol race NASCAR will have the race run clockwise on the track. The cars will make only RIGHT TURNS in honor of the prominent guests.

Tupelo City planning, Gentrification?

Gentrification is a dynamic that emerges in poor urban areas when residential shifts, urban planning, and other phenomena affect the composition of a neighborhood. Urban gentrification often involves population migration as poor residents of a neighborhood are displaced. In a community undergoing gentrification, the average income increases and average family size decreases. This generally results in the displacement of the poorer, pre-gentrification residents, who are unable to pay increased rents, and property taxes, or afford real estate. Often old industrial buildings are converted to residences and shops. New businesses, which can afford increased commercial rent, cater to a more affluent base of consumers—further increasing the appeal to higher income migrants and decreasing the accessibility to the poor. Often, resident owners unable to pay the taxes are forced to sell their residences and move to a cheaper community.

Political action, either to promote or oppose the gentrification, is often the community’s response against unintended economic eviction. However, local governments may favor gentrification because of the increased tax base associated with the new high-income residents, as well as because of other perceived benefits of moving poor people and rehabilitating deteriorated areas.

The problem is being poor not moving them out of town. Tupelo fails to address the reasons why its citizens are poor. The next Mayor better have solutions, and building a low pay tourist industry is not going to move the poor to middle class.