Welfare

Just about everyone in America understands welfare to be a benefit to the needy. Welfare is kind of a fail safe for those without the means to survive without our government’s help. This help usually comes in the form of food stamps and cash to women with children who have no other means of support. What the good and trusting citizens of our country don’t realize is that the lion’s share of welfare in the US goes to the greedy, not the needy. Corporate welfare in the form of “loopholes” allows huge chunks of corporate revenue to be ignored for tax purposes, and yet every worker on a payroll in America sees every dime of his or her income taxed. In fact, hundred cent dollars are something the American payroll earner never sees except as a line item in a box.

So are tax benefits to corporate America welfare? Untaxed income to corporations for things like a depletion allowance (this is the oil company welfare program and amounts to billions of dollars annually) and for crop subsidies to our agribusinesses (which amounts to more billions annually) add up to many times what the government spends on food stamps and welfare for women with dependent families. The difference between what is welfare and what is not appears to be that the money given to a “person” is welfare and money generated but untaxed on corporate income is good business and a job creator.

Another form of federal welfare which goes under the radar is the tax exemption federal workers enjoy. If you get a federal paycheck no federal income taxes are deducted from those earnings. Most people in America earning $50,000 or more annually are obligated to pay federal income taxes of at least $10,000. In addition to that they have to pay all or most of their own health care costs. Free healthcare is another privilege provided to federal employees. If these perks are available to some citizens they should be available to all citizens and considered welfare payments. Everybody should have free healthcare as long as every federal employee does, but for some reason our congressmen don’t see it that way.

Clearly what is welfare and who is receiving it is a matter of opinion, but if we look at corporations and federal worker tax subsidies as free income or extraordinary benefits, and are willing to call a spade a spade, that would make our federal employees and corporations the largest welfare recipients in the country. If we look at free healthcare for federal employees and look at what the rest of America’s expected to live with we begin to realize just what exalted status are federal employees have.

We have created a sector of our society which believes they are entitled to more than the rest. We have put some real low riders on high pedestals and allowed them to dictate policy to us, the peasants, as if they are distributing alms to the poor. What is amazing to me is just how many people in this country, those who are on the low-end of the totem pole, support the policies which keep them firmly in place at the bottom of the barrel.

(Sorry about the mixed metaphor.)

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The Simple Truth About Truth

The truth is there is nothing simple about “the truth”.

Truth is supposed to embrace reality, to conform to fact and what is accepted as common knowledge, and to fit into the belief systems we have established like those of organized religion. Guess what? All of the above criteria are subject to change without notice. None of the above “standards” which are designed to measure “truth” can withstand the test of time. Therefore, “the truth” is not absolute but subject to modification as new information becomes available.

What people are giving you when they are “telling the truth” is giving you a version of truth from their point of view. Frequently their version of truth is based on nothing more than hearsay, biased news reports, or hand-me-down beliefs regurgitated over the centuries and which may never have been true to begin with. For example…

Every truth the people in the Middle East believed about their life and destiny in year 100 BC was, for the most part, either turned upside down or challenged by the year 400 A.D. Everything society thought they knew about the Earth and sun surrounding them in the year 1000 was proven to be false by the year 1500. Everything the entire world had gained in knowledge about itself doubled from 1500 A.D. to 1850 A.D. By the time the year 2000 A.D. rolled around the knowledge base of the planet was doubling every other year. Incredible as it sounds, very little of what we thought was true one thousand years ago, let alone 2100 years ago, turns out to be true today.

A significant amount of what we were taught as children turns out to be false by the time we reach adulthood. For example, when I grew up we had nine planets. My favorite planet was Pluto. A few years ago Pluto was de-planetized and reduced in stature to a gigantic iceberg full of sand and dirt. So it turns out there is very little we know about our world today that can withstand the test of time. We are gaining in knowledge and experience at a ferocious rate. The new information we have now paints a different picture than the one we grew up with.

The universe, as it is now understood, is as different to our population of 7 billion people today as the year when the Earth was host to less than 1 billion people. These were people who were taught about 600 years ago that the Earth was flat. Advances in all intellectual disciplines are so astounding daily anymore that everyone paying attention is gasping for breath!

It now appears as though rivers once ran on Mars!

Folks, as we learn more, life just keeps getting better and more mysterious. Can real progress fail to be far behind our increase in knowledge?

Unfortunately the answer is yes. Intelligent people in this country still deny the truth revealed by modern science and insist that fairy tales and hand-me-down beliefs thousands of years old still hold water. There is room for one only correct sequence of events that contains the kernels of truth important for us to utilize going forward.

It is important for our future generations to believe in a truth which contains as much factual knowledge as we are capable of developing. Superstition and biblical references offer no help when included in a foundation necessary to build our future. That is about as smart as building a home on a seashore cliff or building below flood level. Unfortunately we still do both of those also.

Truth may come in more than one variety. People equate “feelings”, especially if they come from “the heart”, as being the purest form of truth because they believe feelings come straight from the depths of our soul. It is important to note that just because we fervently believe in something, or someone like Jesus, our most devout belief does not automatically convey the property of truth to our belief.

Those less romantic believe truth must pass some form of empirical test, like a math test, and a theory must have some scientific verifiability before it can be accepted as truth. Pragmatists reject the “heart felt” component people use to justify their belief system. They believe feelings have no part in the truth behind the universal truths and “feelings” should be considered irrelevant to any meaningful description of “the truth”.

At any rate, the United States can no longer afford to have its antiquated belief system interfere with providing our children an up to date education. Our attempt to build a proper foundation in our colleges and universities for our children going forward must embrace the most current information available. Otherwise, we will continue to fall behind the rest of the planet, just as those in the Middle East, stuck in Middle East beliefs, have done for thousands of years.

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What could possibly be greater than God?

In some belief systems God created the universe, earth and man within the space of six days; and then rested on the seventh.

According to mathematicians, physicists and astronomers worldwide the universe was created as a result of a big bang which occurred during a very small piece of 1 trillionth of a second. A tiny, incredibly dense ball of trillion degree temperature, highly energetic strings of pure energy expanded at a rate faster than the speed of light until they passed through the Higgs-bosun field and acquired the “God Particle”. This particle field gave these tiny strings of energy the property of gravity. Outfitted with gravity these tiny strings could now begin to assemble, as they cooled, into subatomic particles, atoms, and eventually the universe as we now see it.

But back to everyone’s theory of a God. In the almost universally held opinion of every Western religion a God created the universe we inhabit. Even Eastern religions have a central figure (Buddha for example) who encompasses the very spirit of their religion. Whether this God went further and created the “heavens and earth” and “mankind” in particular are other subjects entirely.

Here is my question. If you accept that current string theory is as close to putting everything we currently know about the universe into as homogeneous theory as possible, you must also agree to the possibility of alternate universes. According to Stephen Hawking’s and other geniuses there may be as many as 10 or 12 or perhaps an infinite number of alternate universes.

If a God created each one, who is behind the curtain pulling the strings for the entire universal performance? Pythagoras may have been the first person to recognize that numbers seem to be the basis behind everything. The atoms, molecules, planets and galaxies, not to mention alternate universes, can all be described by and all dance to a music mosaic of numbers.

We have been able to develop an extraordinary perspective from an amazing array of analytical tools using the simplest of all numbers, zero and one. I can’t imagine what being able to investigate and differentiate each primary number universe or to carry each Fibonacci sequence to its mathematical end would mean in terms of cosmic knowledge.

It seems the more we learn about the universe the more we realize we don’t know much about what we just learned. Knowledge is not finite but grows. Infinite knowledge requires an entire and growing universe to contain it and we have an infinite amount of knowledge yet to learn. I guess the answer to my own question, “What could be greater than God?” would be the chief what’s in charge of all the gods in charge of individual universes in the multi-verse, or in other words, the ONE who controls the sum of all the knowledge contained in all universes. WOW

Can you imagine the entourage necessary to carry that ONE’s baggage?

Prisoner Production

Over the past five decades America has been invested in an ongoing policy aimed, supposedly, at cleansing our society of every imagined threat to our inherited, Victorian-style morality, or to our religious based 10 commandment style code of conduct. During the process of cleaning up our society we have made victimless crimes our number one priority. We have built thousands of prisons and jails sufficient to accommodate an influx of millions of new inmates, staffed them with hundreds of thousands of jailers, and then massively increased government payrolls for local and federal law enforcement officers to feed the funnel.

Court officials oblige the need for an ever growing prison population by sending everyone not financially able to afford an adequate defense to jail. If the truth were known, our court-appointed system for defending indigent defendants is a farce. Think about it. Why would any legislative body vote to spend as much money to defend the accused as they do to prosecute the accused? They might lose as many or more cases than they win which would be an obviously and egregiously, in your face, huge loss to society for prosecuting victimless crimes in the first place.

Nationwide statistics on time invested per case by public defenders on behalf of their clients indicates that court-appointed attorneys, on average, provide less than 8 seconds per defendant on any one individual case; this statistic includes capital murder cases where the death penalty could be in play. Folks, money talks, and most public defenders are dump trucks who’s real job is to speed the accused into jail, not to keep them out.

Bottom line is, if you’re broke, whether you are guilty or not, you’re going to jail.

We could save the taxpayers in this country a fortune if we weren’t concerned with providing the appearance of a fair trial. This is one of the best, or worst, arguments in favor of a dictatorship (what I say is what is true!). Image is everything in a democratic society and unless you can control your image by controlling the media you had better appear to be on the right side of law enforcement and the wrong side of crime (even if you are one of its biggest beneficiaries!).

This process seems to be irreversible. Since at any given time only about 2% of our society is behind bars, or in the system, most of us feel immune to prosecution. Our society, however, delights in seeing our neighbors go to the gray bar hotel if for no better reason than to provide fresh gossip for the coffeehouse. The interesting thing about the prisoner production process is that sooner or later it may expand to the point where it includes you.

By any objective world measure we are a jail happy, uniform crazy society. Our solution to the inevitable erosion of an obsolete moral code is to “fight another war” against all perceived immoral behavior. Legislators pass laws which they know will statistically slide another slice of our society into jail. Society rolls over on its brother and accepts another limit on the freedom of expression here in America.

Fellow Americans, we have been so successful at identifying and prosecuting nonviolent victimless offenders of obsolete morality statutes that fully 86% of our prison inmates are in jail for victimless crimes. We are spending 2 billion a week prosecuting and incarcerating, for the most part, pot and sex offenders, whose only crime is sharing a different moral code of conduct than our legislators act like they adhere to.

If you follow the headlines in any given week you could get the very real impression that the lawyers who write the laws don’t follow their own laws. If Congress was held to a strict honor code and members were forced to admit to their own law violations, I wouldn’t care to guess how many congressmen would remain seated but I can guarantee that the members remaining wouldn’t amount to a quorum.

As more and more citizens become outraged by the massive amount of money being squandered by law enforcement trying to enforce antique moral codes still on the books, legislators will be forced to find fresh meat to prosecute. Until citizens everywhere realize they are being swindled on a massive nationwide prison scam, more and more of our money will be wasted on harvesting new and different slices of society to feed our prison system.

The next time a politician puts pen to paper it could be your own slice of vice on the line and your own freedom in jeopardy. Beware!

Bill Nye and Truth: “Creation Views Threaten US Science”.

Bill Nye, known as the “Science Guy”, has waded into the evolution debate with an online video (You can see the video through this link) that urges parents not to hand down their religious based doubts about evolution to their children. Religion is a leading contributor to our decline in world standings in math and science according to testing conducted here in America. This fact is responsible for a growing loss of employment to our society. We, the job creators, are failing to provide our children the next generation education they can use to get the next generation jobs they need to provide for their own families and futures.

The angels we pray to and the demons we fear are figments of our imaginations, nothing more. Like noises in the night, thoughts of angels or demons can cause anxiety and fear but always remember this; while fear feels real and causes great anxiety, fear can never kill you, and neither will an imagined angel or demon. Fear is a reflex reaction hardwired in humans to make life’s hard choices clearer, quicker and easier to make; fight or flight for example. Nothing could be simpler or more necessary to our continued survival than primal fear, and the ability to get out of harm’s way instinctively.

Where we have trouble as a very diverse population trying to live together is in reconciling our belief system with our life experiences and education. We can’t help being “a little bit jumpy” (this quote from the movie Starman starring Jeff Bridges) since it is in our nature to spook easily. Smart orators learned thousands of years ago that to control a man’s mind all that is required is to implant the seed of fear in him. Feed that fear, control the “antidote” to that fear, and you can very easily control the person.

Religion has fulfilled this role in society for thousands of years. Priests, claiming a direct link to those who control the afterlife, kept ever larger numbers of people in fear for their immortal souls and as a direct result, under their, the priests, control. By the simple expedient of offering a place in heaven a gifted orator could manipulate entire civilizations into doing his bidding for the entire duration of their lives on earth.

Take Christianity for example. The premise behind this religion is very simple. First instill the fear of damnation in everyone, and next provide the guarantee of everyone spending an eternity surrounded by hellfire and brimstone should damnation befall them. Next, provide an “antidote” to spending this eternity in “hell” by providing a better choice. For admission into an eternal life in paradise all that is required is for you to accept Jesus as your personal Savior. Presto, your troubles are over! Come on down! The price is right!

(Psst… Don’t forget to leave a healthy donation in the collection plate as you leave.)

Where society is having trouble is in reconciling religion and its roots with modern science. Almost 50% of the people in the United States accept creation as a viable theory to the birth of the universe. Bill Nye, in his viral YouTube video, states that a belief of this nature undermines the value of science and truth in our society. What he is suggesting, in my opinion, is that allowing this belief to continue to circulate in our society is similar to excusing half the adult population in the United States for believing in Christmas and never realizing the truth about Santa.

So what difference does it make how old the people in the United States believe the universe to be? The answer to that lies in understanding the nature of truth. Truth is not some flexible silly putty structure capable of being morphed into any theory desired. The truth is not something to be manipulated to fit an imaginary set of circumstances.

Discoveries revealing the nature of the atom and the math calculations deriving the speed of light are not figments of our collective imagination. Man really did set foot on the moon. Water has been discovered on planets thousands of light years away. Animals have been cloned in labs. All of man’s advances in math, science, medicine, etc. are all based on a belief that one plus one equals two. Each discovery is built upon a real foundation of empirical evidence proven beyond a shadow of a doubt…

Except to those who believe in the theory of creation. The route to a creation believer’s belief is not based on facts, mathematics, physics, astrophysics, or a single bit of empirical evidence. It is based on nothing more than faith. Creation theory is based upon a book written thousands of years ago by dozens of different people over the course of hundreds of years. This “theory” of creation is without factual “evidence” and it contradicts scientific discoveries proven true.

Unfortunately, to believe in the 10K theory (this theory states that God created the universe, Earth and man within the last 10,000 years or so) requires the holder of this belief to ignore everything that points to a different conclusion. Frankly I find it easier to believe in Santa Claus.

Philosophically speaking…

As one ancient philosopher, Anicius Manlius Severinus Boëthius, once opined, (I take broad license to paraphrase here; who reads literal Greek anymore?)

“Life is like a giant Ferris wheel. As you progress through your life you will experience times of great peace, joy, and well-being analogous to being at the top of a Ferris wheel. At other times in life you will feel great despair, depression, or a sickness in your soul and body representing the bottom of life on the Ferris wheel. In order to appreciate and truly understand those moments of peace and beauty we must be able to contrast them with moments of turmoil and grief”.

Boethius
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Anicius Manlius Severinus Boëthius,commonly called Boethius(ca. 480–524 or 525 AD), was a philosopher of the early 6th century. He was born in Rome to an ancient and prominent family which included emperors Petronius Maximus and Olybrius and many consuls. In 522 he saw his two sons become consuls.[5] Boethius was imprisoned and eventually executed by King Theodoric the Great,[6] who suspected him of conspiring with the Eastern Roman Empire. While jailed, Boethius composed his Consolation of Philosophy, a philosophical treatise on fortune, death, and other issues. The Consolation became one of the most popular and influential works of the Middle Ages.


As long as we are alive we all experience the highs and lows of a Ferris wheel ride given to everyone living, without the hand of God involved. Such is life. Life comes in cycles, or waves if you prefer, creating the ups and downs our lives are filled with. The trick in life is to keep your head above water at all times. What we get from life boils down to a brief ride through the cosmos on our spaceship Earth. We don’t get to board the ship with anything but a blank slate of a mind waiting to be written upon. We don’t get to leave life with anything either. Life is a zero sum game; no one wins, no one loses, we live until we die and we hope to pass our DNA along to the next generation. That is our only reward for a life spent here on earth.

So where does heaven fit into this scheme of life? Some say heaven is paradise. However, all who have experienced love, peace, and contentment on earth, and those who have seen and recognized great beauty have all had a taste of paradise on earth. So what better does heaven have to offer? Some say you get to sit next to God. Humm?? Billions of souls sitting at the hand of God, assuming they all get past the pearly gates and are qualified to stay, whose reward is to spend an eternity in praise of the Lord. Even the most devout humans would probably agree that after a millennia or two of constant worship life could become pretty dull. Clearly heaven and paradise are not the same thing. So I ask again, what is heaven?

Before we get to heaven we still have a choice to make here on earth. We can choose which ride we want to get on. We can play it safe and stay on the kiddie rides, never going very high or very fast. Or we can get on the cyclone and get the thrill of a lifetime; maybe get more than we bargained for or can handle. Those wheels on my ride that keep my boat afloat are these; 1) hope, 2) passion, 3) understanding, and 4) acceptance.

If any of the above wheels goes flat on me along my travels my energy flags, and I lose focus; then I spin out! What do you do?

Things too hard to swallow.

Of course a rake or a shovel would qualify. So would a big fat whopper from either Burger King or a congressional politician; at least in one bite!

The most critical thing to become too hard for society to swallow lately is our nation’s educational output. The nation’s high school graduation classes are down to 50% of freshmen class size or less in many parts of the country. Our children are rejecting the nation’s traditional educational content, relevance to life, and overall truthfulness.

Of the three above, the truth is probably the most critical quality to a good education. As the old computer axiom says, “garbage in = garbage out”. Unless they are taught the right stuff our kids don’t stand a chance at competing for the best jobs in the world, and they are aware of it. With access to up-to-date information at unparalleled levels all across the globe, it is no longer possible to research world events without being exposed to all points of views. Dogma wrapped around centuries old, incorrect information can no longer stand the scrutiny of today’s forensic lenses and eyeballs everywhere.

Our educational system, based as it is in most parts of our country on religious dogma, is simply false, or at best at least misleading. The damage the Bush administration caused by insisting that, for example, the Grand Canyon according to the creation theory was placed there by God less than 10,000 years ago, has troubled every student touring the Park who has the slightest grasp of recent math and science developments. We just can’t ignore science in favor of voodoo or superstition and ignorance any longer.

Nation, we need to fix our educational system before every third world nation passes us by over the next couple of decades. World knowledge shifts around the globe to more productive areas just like capital and manpower. Those nations unburdened with national policies tied to false prophets and backward thinking leaders will prosper like none before. The longer we cling to dumb ideals based on false pretenses the steeper our decline will become among the world’s nations.

To realize that Cuba has a better healthcare system than America simply because we are wasting the nation’s resources is hard to swallow. Instead of blowing up countries like Iraq and Afghanistan we could be building roads and bridges and infrastructure for them and ourselves. Three trillion dollars and thousands of lives have been wasted on a lie. This fact is a national blemish that will never go away, is inexcusable, and should not be tolerated. Trillions of dollars of home equity and life savings were wasted over the last five years by unscrupulous bankers while these same bankers made themselves billions.

Clearly we are now too stupid to prevent our own slaughter and harvest. One thing is for sure; God will not help us. God, if he cares, would not side with the world’s butchers in the slaughter of the world’s lambs and sheep people.

Ignorance of the Law Is No Excuse!

Really? Why not? Are we so desperate for jail inmates we feel it is necessary to prosecute and incarcerate large numbers of people for breaking laws they were not even aware of, let alone aware they were breaking?

We have so many laws on the state’s and nation’s books not even those responsible for enforcing them are always aware they exist. Laws in some states go back hundreds of years and are essentially meaningless today; yet they stay on the books. John Stossel, of FBN fame, is fond of displaying the truckloads of paper it takes just to embody our tax code. Guaranteed just about every citizen is breaking a law somewhere in that pile.

A simple solution to over legislation and regulation efforts would be for Congress to pass a law requiring an expiration date for every new law enacted. Laws funding wars, for example, would be good for one or two years, not for a decade or forever. Concurrent with the new law requiring a stale date on all new legislation will be the requirement that for every new law enacted an expired or useless law must be repealed. After one session of Congress our legislators would be so busy trying to figure out what to eliminate from existing laws, so they can get their new law passed, they wouldn’t be able to get any new regulation legislation passed for years. Talk about a nationwide stimulus package!

Soon, loopholes created during a specific period of need would expire without leaving a gaping wide federal revenue windfall for evermore for a few lucky beneficiaries. A good example would be the oil company tax bonanza created over 100 years ago. Somehow oil barons convinced the legislature that their product was becoming ever scarcer. I suspect the oil barons greased the wheels of Congress to an extraordinary degree to get this law passed. In America a “depletion allowance” was created to offset the “declining” value of a supposedly limited resource and to provide an incentive for those same oil companies to go find more oil. (It seems as if gigantic profits were not enough incentive at the time, and this law was enacted during a time when oil was trading at or below three dollars a barrel.) This tax loophole, which allows all oil producing companies to write off a portion of their income for no real reason, costs the American taxpayers billions of dollars in corporate welfare annually.

New technology has rendered the entire justification for a tax break of this nature obsolete. We are now discovering more oil yearly than the world uses due to the advances in shale oil recovery! But who cares about oil? The United States is the Saudi Arabia of natural gas and could be energy independent in a few years if we weren’t strangled by the oil companies. Oil companies are the proud owners of a product soon to be less and less in demand at a time when more and more is being found and brought to market daily. Incessant demand for more revenue for a less than necessary, obsolete, and environmentally destructive product has been harming the American economy for over 20 years. It’s time we moved on.

Another current body of law being used against the citizens of the world, and in particular against the citizens of this country, involves warrantless searches of our personal computers and digital equipment by the new generation of cyber cops spawned since 9/11. Say, for example, you are curious to discover what is available in the world of pornography. You could be in for a huge surprise! Although it is the largest generating revenue source on the planet, taking the wrong route to pornography can lead you straight to jail. Let’s say you join a chat room for “younger children” to see what your child could be exposed to online. You follow a few links to some streaming video sites and are horrified to discover children are being used as porn stars in some of them.

You get interrupted, it is time to prepare dinner, so you save the videos to review later to see if there is any possible exposure your own kids could have to this threat. Like any busy mom you may not get back to the link for a few days, and without your knowledge, a cyber cop may have followed your link to the file or files you saved to investigate later. You now have an uninvited snoop looking into every facet of your digital life. Based upon the “evidence” you created when you obtained the file, your life can now be turned upside down forever, and a visit from the cyber SWAT cops is probably in your future.

Why? You ask this question in complete innocence. What law could I have broken? The truth is you just tripped over a hair trigger. By law it is perfectly legal to watch anything your heart desires or anything you are curious about. In other words, if kiddie porn is your thing, you can watch children being sexually abused 24/7/365 and never break the law. But… The second you download a tagged movie because you didn’t choose to view it at the moment you acquired it, you just broke the law and entitled law enforcement officials to destroy your life. Does that sound fair or make sense? Who would have any idea such a ridiculously written law even exists?

An even more horrific scenario can unfold. Back in its heyday a service called LimeWire provided a platform for file sharing and boasted a membership of over 100 million subscribers worldwide. Not every country shares the same sexual taboos we do so you need to be very careful what you download. For example, you might be looking for classic movie called “Lolita” starring James Mason. You type in “Lolita” into the search box and you get dozens of modern versions of what are known as “Lolita” movies. These are movies starring children engaging graphic adult videos! Although this content had nothing to do with what you were looking for, by downloading these mislabeled films for viewing later you just bought yourself a lengthy stay in prison!

The tragic part is that justice is blind. You can have the best excuse in the world for downloading a mislabeled movie but no law enforcement department cares. They are looking for inmates and they don’t care where they get them from. The system will gobble you up, swallow you whole, and reduce your life to a pile of detritus.

I am writing in part to suggest most of our justice system is based upon outmoded, obsolete, puritanically biased nonsense. We are bankrupting ourselves putting people who are nonviolent figments of our legislators’ imaginations into prison. By way of compensation for these unfairly jailed victims of our society we provide them the equivalent of what I like to call a poor man’s health retreat. We supply them with a balanced diet, free healthcare while under state or federal supervision, and plenty of entertainment and exercise. Someone like Britney Spears would spend a half $1 million a year to get the same benefits our prisoners get for free. We provide these benefits to our victims of excessive democracy for the bargain price of only $50,000 per inmate per year!

Aren’t we wonderful the way we treat our prisoners? Perhaps, in our heart of hearts, we realize most of them didn’t need to be prisoners in the first place.

WordPress bloggers

I don’t own my own WordPress blog site but I have had phenomenal success with a few of my blogs using the host WordPress site…Until recently.

During July the entire site was shut down (at least in my neighborhood) for approximately four days. When the site came back online over half my blogs were closed to comments due to “the abuse of comments”.

I am not sure what that means. I checked a few other iblog@blog articles and found those articles to be closed to comments also.

Does anyone using the WordPress site know what this was about? With over 50 million bloggers using this site this radical change to the comments section must’ve caused a loss of millions of dollars in revenue. For those of us who use blogs to feed our websites this drastic action has caused the entire site to lose its best feature; that of author/reader direct communication.

In short, a great deal of the “fun” and “engagement” between a writer and reader has been lost. I will have to move to another blog site.

After tens of thousands of comments I am at a loss to understand why such a radical action took place. Any explanation would be appreciated. Please write me directly if you have an answer, or even a clue, since comments to this blog will no doubt be closed “due to abuse”.

You can reach me at my email address: bobparmelee4@gmail.com I hope to hear from every one of WordPress’s 50 million viewers to see if we can’t pinpoint the culprit responsible for causing such disruption and loss of revenue.

Thanks for listening, Bob Parmelee

Outrageous

The US is hooked on war like a junkie on meth.

I am old, going on ancient. As a young man I suffered through the Vietnam War during prime time. I was an engineering student in a military/industrial college during the 67-71 period in American war history and I saw two distinct forces at work at the time.

On the one side stood my potential employers; the military-industrial complex. This was the enormously powerful group of companies which took global hold after the Second World War. At the end of WWII the war machine was a huge piece of the American economy. There were giant profits in war matériel, a huge skilled labor force in place to make weapons of war, and an entire Third World of nations to use them on. On the other side of the war machine were students and people of peace.

We have been terraforming and terrorizing large pieces of world real estate for over half a century now. We haven’t accomplished anything of significance, but we have spent trillions of taxpayer dollars needed elsewhere trying to bend the world to our way of thinking. The peasants who have been on the receiving end of our smart bombs aren’t pleased but they haven’t had any success at repelling our invasions.

So what does it say about Americans that we are willing to support one of the bloodiest military regimes on the planet? In case you haven’t noticed, our war machine grinds on regardless of which party controls the White House or Congress. Death panels do exist. These are the military-industrial CEOs who decide where their air cannons and smart bombs will be used next.

We are not directly involved in every conflict on the planet, so not all war deaths have our fingerprints on them, but our agents are always in there somewhere. Google Mexico/ the drug war/ weapons supplier and guess which country pops up? So are we a country without a conscience? Is profit our only motive, our core value? Is everything our leaders say or do from Congress on up to the President just lip service to protect our war machine? Weigh in on this America. I for one am tired of seeing America being spelled in blood all over the globe.

We don’t have to be the biggest supplier of weapons of mass destruction on this planet. If we took the money we are wasting blowing Afghanistan to smithereens and spent it building our own roads, bridges, schools and hospitals, believe me this country and the rest of the world would be far better off for it. If we used the money spent in Afghanistan on humane and beneficial projects for the people in that poor country do we actually believe they would be trying to kill us for our kindness?

I won the draft back then and so was spared the direct experience of war but many of my friends weren’t so lucky. I saw these people I grew up with come back after a tour duty changed forever. Some died, some survived but no one was ever the same again. Being forced to participate in the most barbarian of human activities is the most soul corrupting activity imaginable. Being involved in the deaths of millions of women and children, not to mention their husbands and brothers, for the sake of profits of soulless corporations makes all of us somewhat less than human.

For men of good conscience an experience of this nature is utterly demoralizing.

Sex, Love, and War

Since most people living today have been able to put their personal survival in the rear view mirror, most of us are free to busy ourselves with what are clearly less critical areas of life than continuing living. We can begin to fine-tune our environment now that the lions and tigers are in their cages, and we can begin to concentrate on the less threatening but still clear threats to our society.

We send men off to war to die on a regular basis but that, for some inexplicable reason, doesn’t impress us much anymore. We see love and marriage and divorce and heartbreak on videos 24/7/365; we seem to have an insatiable appetite for this type of trivia. Affairs of the heart we seem to be able to take in stride, no problem, but when it comes to sex in this country, we fall completely apart. Our false modesty is showing everywhere.

Anyone visiting this country through the lens of the media would conclude that our country is obsessed with sex. While the love part seems to be pretty spin free in our lives, beyond the movies and sitcoms, , we are terribly conflicted about the place sex plays in our lives. We spend a fortune on sex. Here is a quick look at a some fast statistics: (These numbers are from 2006 data)

Pornography Time Statistics:
Every second – $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography
Every second – 28,258 Internet users are viewing pornography
Every second – 372 Internet users are typing adult search terms into search engines
Every 39 minutes: a new pornographic video is being created in the United States (Stats courtesy of Google Search)

Statistics abound but aren’t very recent. Nevertheless, you can believe this; sex sites enjoy the largest slice of Internet visitors online. More money is spent on pornography, just one segment of the sex market, than the entire combined sales of the top 10 tech companies in America. Add up the sales of IBM, Apple, Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, etc. and you haven’t yet made a dent on the money spent on sex.

So what you say, the money spent on porn or sex is not money out of my pocket. Guess again. More people are in jail for sex crimes than any other segment of prison populations except pot crimes. Who do you think supports these prisoners while they are in jail? Whether someone in your family is paying for a prostitute or buying porn online or not, and a ridiculously high percentage of both men and women are, you are paying to support your fellow citizens while they are in jail, to the tune of about $1000 a week per inmate on average. To be blunt about it, when someone gets busted for engaging in sex for money, you help pay the bill to prosecute them. When you take into consideration the number of people currently sitting in jail on your dime you will be amazed at your actual contribution in dollars annually. (Talk about getting no bang for your buck!)

Folks, 5 out of the 6 people you support through your taxes are in jail for victimless crimes or offenses like consensual sex and pot possession. Consider this. If I walked up to you on the street and asked you directly to give me $100 to help prosecute the hooker or the dime bag pot salesman I saw working the other side of the street, you would tell me to get lost, and you should. If you don’t have at least 1000 better ways of spending $100 you should be ashamed of yourself.

Ha, gotcha! The government takes far more yearly from the average taxpayer to provide this service for you; you just don’t make the connection. People in more advanced countries like those in Europe (it pains me to remember America used to resemble that remark; we are now about 25th from the top and falling rapidly) realized that they were supporting a fruitless persecution of harmless individuals, similar to the Salem witch trials in our country, and turned their attention and their money to better purposes.

We are still in our infancy here in America. Our society is barely 350 years old and our democracy just a few decades past 200 years of age. We are still drooling over salient gossip like teenagers, relishing every detail of the numerous sex scandals grabbing the headlines daily. Isn’t it time we started showing a little maturity? Isn’t it time to recognize that wasting $2 billion weekly on pot and sex-related offenses is just plain stupid? Can’t we citizens find some better way to spend the $500 average cost per taxpayer to house these nonviolent offenders? Wouldn’t an extra $500 help you and your family? Couldn’t we spend the money more responsibly on education, healthcare, and our country’s infrastructure?

While it’s said democratic nations, theoretically, always end up getting the government they want, I don’t believe the citizens in this country have the first clue about the government they got. We haven’t made any real social progress since Martin Luther King forced us to open our eyes and see blacks as people. The next great step in our society will be to recognize that, low and behold, we are all sexual creatures, and we should look at each other without feeling the need to censure each others behavior. A simple change in attitude from sticking our noses into everybody else’s business to leaving each other alone would save us 2 billion bucks a week. How smart does that sound?

The Two Theories of Creation

There are two distinctly different theories about the birth of the universe. I believe I am fairly representing the points from both sides of the debate.

Astrophysicists have determined there was an event called a singularity and have given it the name “the big bang”. This event sparked the conversion of energy into matter. As this matter cooled, condensed and passed through the Higgs bosun particle field it acquired the property required to hold our universe together (gravity) and became everything in existence. This process started some 15 billion years ago and has advanced to where we are today.

On the other hand, we have what I call the 6K theory. This theory suggests that a supreme being created the heavens and earth and everything in between approximately 6000 years ago. Early civilization produced some of the greatest minds in all history, but… They didn’t have the math and science we have today or the tools we use to measure our world, so they made a few mistakes. They looked upon the midnight sky as if it were a giant canvas. Everything shining down on earth appeared to be the same distance away except for those bright lights in our immediate solar system they could see moving about. They drew their astronomical conclusions from this false set of data. They concluded that the Earth was the center of the universe. They didn’t realize that as they looked into space they were looking back in time. It is possible they overestimated the importance of this world and mankind’s place in the grand scheme of the universe.

For the 6K theory to be correct “God” had to do one heck of a lot of backfilling; 15 billion years worth, or thereabouts. Background material in the form of billions of galaxies and trillions of stars had to be planted throughout the universe in order for the universe to be discovered by us in the shape it is in today. Four billion years of background and false trails, including fossil records hundreds of millions of years old from creatures no longer on earth today had to be planted around our world. Geological evidence of vast tectonic plate movements and ice ages and meteorite impacts had to be created in order for them to be discovered by us.

So what makes more sense? Let’s look more closely.

On the one hand man has evolved over the last 2 million years within a universe that has been evolving for 15 billion years. Or, mankind started out from within the Garden of Eden with a brand spanking new universe, artfully arranged to look 15 billion years old, just 6000 years ago. According to the Bible God created man. Shortly after God created His perfect universe and plan for it, He realized His first error. He realized Adam would be incomplete without a mate, and to guarantee man would be incomplete forever God took a rib from Adam and created a woman He named Eve. Now this second adjustment to the plan was a real doozy at the time. Apparently God neglected to take into consideration the behavior of His second human creation, Eve, and the havoc she would soon create in the Garden. All we know for sure is that God was so disgusted with the behavior of Adam and Eve He kicked them out of his paradise forever, or at least from the time he caught them seeking knowledge until now.

If you are still on the fence about which theory makes more sense perhaps these ancient words from a philosopher known for his clarity and common sense will help. Occam’s razor states that whenever more than one solution presents itself to a problem the correct solution will inevitably turn out to be the simplest solution. Either we have 15 billion years of evolution that got us to where we are today, or we have 15 billion years of false trails and background story for the 6K theory to be correct. You decide.

The God Particle:A Plethora of Surprise and Delight

Surprise is a light in our brain that goes “on”, and while on connects us to the AH HA moments of discovery which are the true learning exercises throughout our lives. From our earliest moments we delight in discovery provided for us by those common elements in all our lives. Smell, taste, touch, and our senses all develop to accommodate our new environment. I believe one of our first spontaneous reactions to life is to clap our hands in delight at each new discovery; we clap our feet also until toddler age.

As we grow older we gain some sophistication in the “delight” and “surprise” departments. Not all moving objects and pretty colored lights thrill us as much as they once did. We begin to look for more stimulation. We begin to crawl; to expand our universe beyond mom, her breasts, and the crib. This process of surprise and delight should never end. It is one of the things in life that refresh humanity like none other.

But here is what happens.

Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, and all our childhood heroes are introduced into our lives at our most impressionable ages. We learn that the triumph of good over bad means we get more presents. We learn that the reward for pain, the loss of a tooth for example, is compensated for by a coin of the realm. This system of naughty and nice, no pain no gain, and other ways of compelling compliance through award and punishment remain with us for the rest of our lives.

Until we begin to grow up. We finally notice dozens of Santas in malls at Christmas time and bust our moms and dads buying presents and stuffing them under the tree. We lose our naïveté and so begin our lifelong slide into cynicism. We become hip to the game of myth belief and realize we are being played by the very people we trust the most, our parents and our institutions, and we forget that our deception is for a good cause, the betterment of society.

People are incredibly resilient. As Jeff Bridges said in his famous “Starman” movie of the 70s, (sorry for the paraphrase) “you humans are amazing. You are at your best when things are at their worst.” People everywhere are becoming bored. We are tired of war (at least I hope so), we are tired of big business controlling everything that big government doesn’t control, and we need a transformative event. We need some new discovery or invention which revitalizes our imagination as a nation and will unite the world as Buckminster Fuller suggested a half a century ago, and that will encourage a worldwide recognition and appreciation of our life on spaceship Earth.

Well, I think that moment is about to be revealed. We have learned over the last millennia how little we really know about the universe we live in. Today, advances in math and science and astrophysics are solving the riddles of the universe at a ferocious rate. 1500 years ago the concept of our universe was that Earth was in the center and everything revolved around our planet. 500 years ago it was common knowledge that if you sailed too far across the ocean, and reached the edge, you would simply fall off the world. Within the last hundred years we busted up the atom and discovered the true building blocks of the universe, and in just the last year we have discovered proof of the “God” particle.

The Higgs Bosun mystery has been with us for about 50 years. It wasn’t until technology caught up with theory, and engineering caught up with technology, that we were able to produce the equipment necessary to prove the theory. The recent data pouring out of the Large Hadron Collider in CERN may have provided the information necessary for our gigantic computers to crunch out those forces which were present at the birth of our universe.

This information, coupled with the astrological data being provided by the new Hubble telescope, should be enough to tie up the loose ends still remaining concerning the birth of the universe.

Folks, the surprise is that it won’t be long before we are the gods we dream about; unfortunately, that technological advance will not include a corresponding growth in empathy and understanding necessary for the survival of humanity. It may take another couple universe sized evolutions over many more billions of years to straighten out humanity.

If you Google the God particle you may come across this entry:

“My friend and collaborator Ainissa Ramirez, a Yale University materials scientist and TED Talker, likes to call herself a science evangelist and her passion and expertise at science education is unparalleled. So this week, with the announcement about the discovery of the Higgs Boson, was both exciting–because of an amazing opportunity–and frustrating–because she thought the science world largely blew it. Here’s her guest post about this defining moment in the history of modern science.
By Ainissa Ramirez, Yale University

Here’s what you need to know about the God Particle.

The Higgs boson (Higgs is a guy’s name, BTW, and a boson is a particle that’s smaller than an atom) is the biggest scientific discovery of the 21st Century. Period.
This discovery is up there with Copernicus.

If we did not find the Higgs boson, everything that we understood about how the universe works would have been wrong. We would have had nice equations that describe things we observed in the world, but they would have been crap. That would have been $10 billion flushed down the toilet with the creation of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and we would have gone back to the drawing board with our tail between our legs after fifty years of an aimless pursuit.”

Fortunately this does not appear to be the case. Math and science appear to join forces and collaberate when it comes to the birth of our universe. Only religious doctrine seems to be out of phase with new realities.

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Victimless Crimes Part II

An interesting reversal fortune has befallen tens of thousands of inmates in jails all across the country. Law enforcement budgets artificially inflated due to 9/11 hysteria have lost their charm a decade later. Reality has finally forced legislators to bring budgets and expenses back in line with revenues.

Paying to house millions of inmates all across the nation at an average cost of close to $50,000 per inmate per year takes on the features of a luxury item in budgets, even in formerly sacrosanct areas where over bloated egos and pompous asses have managed to plunder and waste public funds for decades. When it is their own pensions and insurance policies that are in danger of shrinking or their perks disappearing legislators scramble to ensure proper funding. The first things to go from the budget are the things that never needed to be in the budget in the first place.

So who are the beneficiaries of our budget shortfalls? Actually they are in huge measure inmates accused of or convicted of a group of crimes called “victimless crimes”. These are crimes like pot possession or prostitution. No specific person or property was harmed in any way during the commission of the alleged crime. These are crimes of a moral nature, the definition of which changes frequently over the years. The beneficiaries of an early jail release from our prison system are people who would not have been in jail anywhere in Europe, for example, or in Asia. We are busting the public bank enforcing immature, antiquated moral laws created  by a few moral dictators leading from a pulpit. Laws written to modify (or add a fun tax to)  common social behavior.

Uganda, a tiny little country in Africa, finally got tired of wasting money chasing pot criminals and became the first country in the world to legalize pot for everyone. Now the government is making money regulating the sale of pot in Uganda like we do with liquor in this country . All that red ink is now turning into green ink on their bank and budget balances. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention and in this case innovation. By taking the lead in this area Uganda will be fast tracking its economy and will begin catching up with the world in education and health care in no time.

So are we, as a society, really putting ourselves at  more risk by releasing millions of our people from our prison system? Do we really need to be spending in the neighborhood of $50,000 per person per year rather than release people guilty of victimless crimes back into society? If people have more sex and smoke more dope do I really care? Do you? Do we really need to afford public servants earning $150,000 year in salaries and benefits to sit and watch people in cages all day? Why are our jails filled with cameras if we don’t trust them enough to use them? Are we really this paranoid?

Issues like these need to be brought to the attention of the public. Unfortunately “good” news is “bad” news for networks and newscasters. The fact that crime rates have been on a decade-long decline is seldom mentioned as long as law enforcement basks in the euphoria of 9/11 hysteria. The fact that huge numbers of people recently released were apparently incarcerated for no good reason or benefit to society will continue to go unreported. The reason is obvious. To suggest to the public that we need fewer numbers of policemen, fewer judges and far fewer jailers just seems, well, un-American. This is probably one of the smartest things we could do to be saving money around the country. Unfortunately that would also be un-American.

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Every day is a new day.

The Day Begins

Most of us slip into old age without a whisper or a clue. We start forgetting things without being aware of our loss. We lose our keys and misplace our bills. We can’t find our car at Wal-mart without a neon sign pointing the way. We talk about past events which may have happened but would not ring a bell in anyone else’s belfry. Should anyone attempt to align our memories with theirs we defend our memories like a dog with a bone. Somehow being right about everything becomes more important than ever.  Never mind that our our information could be decades out of date.

At some point our hearing begins to lose frequencies. I recall working in a noisy factory when management decided to avoid possible lawsuits by requiring everyone to take a hearing test. Management was attempting to establish a baseline for insurance purposes. Interestingly enough everyone seemed to have hearing losses in the frequency ranges where air tools and high-speed drills operated. Gee, no surprise. In my opinion I could hear perfectly, but after the test I joked that the lost of certain frequencies was an acquired ability developed to filter out the frequencies my exes spoke on. I was concerned about the result nevertheless.

Our eyes go on the blink. At first we can’t see up close as well as we used to. Our arms are just not long enough to achieve focus. We develop squint lines around our eyes and credit them (to ourselves anyway)  to being laugh lines. Finally the indignities begin to occur. We hear a funny joke and during our laughter we sense dampness in our nether regions. Women are accustomed to leakage from the onset of puberty and are well-equipped to handle this situation. Men however, well let’s just say this; we replace our yellowing underwear more frequently.

Next to afflict us seniors, nature seems to attack our reproductive organs. Women develop uterine or breast issues and a high percentage of men experience prostate and erectile dysfunction problems. Some or most of the fun goes out of life at this point.

Our daily diet?

Finally, if we manage to live long enough, we begin to lose our mental acuity and short-term memory. Events occurring decades ago may be as fresh as yesterday’s news, but yesterday is gone completely. This may be the silver lining in a darkening cloud. Peace of mind comes to troubled minds as each new dawn brings a clean plate to the breakfast table.

I am of an age where this subject has a special significance. Death becomes a real possibility for the first time in life. For most of our lives we live without consciously dwelling on our own mortality. We know we will not escape this life alive, but death is on a far distant horizon. It may be visible in every direction but it has left us untouched for the moment.

If we haven’t already been questioning ourselves about who we are or what we have become we do so now. We look at who we say we are and try to match that up to someone else’s point of view. Some people make it to this point in life without having spent a single moment of their lives in serious introspection.

I feel sorry for these people, though, because I believe the worst forfeit anyone can make in life is to fail to recognize who they really are. Most of us are treated like silly putty. We are pressed into a mold from birth and never break out of it. Our ink is readily transferable.

Whether our lives have made a difference to anyone else’s life is irrelevant. If there is a God I believe She could care less. The big question is what your life has meant to you. If you, on your judgment day, can honestly say you did your best, who could ask for more? No God would love his fallen children less than those most gifted and rewarded.

The idea that you have to pass some type of test to get into heaven could not possibly be correct. Simply put, it takes all kinds of people, both in line and across the line, good and bad, weak and strong to make a village. We wouldn’t recognize one without the other. It takes many deaths and much pain to make up the rich tapestry that is the signature of  humanity.

The only thing every human being has in common with another is the gift of life. From the moment of birth forward we all go our separate ways to the grave. I would much prefer to present myself as someone who knew himself, and lived life on his own terms. I would prefer to move on with my eyes wide open; not, as Tom Cruise’s movie suggests, with eyes wide shut.

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Staring into the face of the future…

And the face that stares back at you is not human! How does this concept grab you?

I looked hard at the possibilities the future could hold for us. Of course there will be medical “miracles” and technological improvements. Nanotechnology will shrink electronics to the point where implants in our eyes, ears, and limbs will enhance our engagement with our world. To the expression “better living through chemistry” we can now add the expression “better living through nanotechnology”.

As a result of our continuous wars, advances in prosthetics are giving people new arms and legs. Some people are now able to compete in downhill skiing and long-distance running on these artificial limbs. Soon the government will probably propose the addition of some magnetic ink in the form of a nanobot inserted somewhere under our skin to keep better track of us.

Developments like man/machine interfaces, growing our own replacement organs, and genetically enhancing our own natural abilities are easy to predict. I go one step further though. I predict the big one, the monumental, astronomical, Google to the nth degree biggie. I predict we discover evidence of other life beyond our immediate solar system. I do concede it is likely we are the only living forms of life circling our sun at the moment.

That may not have always been the case. Mars, for example, being much further from the sun, would have cooled off and turned into a water world as many as 1 billion years before Earth cooled to the point where it could sustain life in its most primitive forms.

The more we learn, the more we realize that life might have begun elsewhere and just landed in our solar system, by accident (or by fate if you prefer) after riding on an asteroid from who knows where.

As science marches forward, Western religions are digging in their heels and, as incredible as it seems, still insisting the universe is only a few thousand years old. In fact, some polls in America indicate that a majority of our citizens believe in the theory of divine creation.

In order to retain these archaic beliefs religion is interfering with politics. Religious leaders are heavily involved in insisting creation be imprinted on our young school-age minds. To accomplish this they seem to have taken control of the content in most school textbooks in use today. Instead of focusing on science, or the future of technology and its impact on civilization, religious leaders attempt to brainwash future generations into irrationally clinging to the past.

This may explain why we’re falling behind the rest of the world in the important disciplines of math and science. It may explain why we have to import thousands of people to work in our high-tech industries. American schools are failing to provide the education necessary to supply the human capital required to fill these types of jobs. This is shameful policy that needs to be corrected before we fall further behind the rest of the planet in these critical areas.

A recent movie release titled, “Paul”, brings us back to the concept that we are not alone in the universe. If you have not yet had a chance to see this movie you should put it on your agenda. The movie points out that if we were the only source of life in the universe it would be the most incredible waste of space imaginable. For those who believe in the “intelligent design” concept this fact alone stands in absolute contradiction to the “intelligent” part of the equation.

After all, what would be intelligent about creating billions of galaxies and trillions of solar systems and then allowing life to exist in just one of them?

To my way of thinking that would be the stupidest design possible and the worst utilization of a brand-new universe imaginable. Surely a “God” would do better.

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Fair game??

A recent segment on 60 Minutes put a spotlight on an interesting philosophical battle going on between two groups of people supposedly working for the same cause, the conservation of endangered species. The battle is over exotic animals and the battleground is in Texas. On the one side we have 5000 cattle ranchers raising endangered and exotic species. This group, represented by Charly Seale, executive director of the Exotic Wildlife Association of Texas, has been successful at increasing some exotic herds to the point where they are no longer endangered. In the opposite corner, but on the same side of the street supposedly, is the “Friends of Animals”, an international animal rights organization led by Priscilla Feral.

What the argument and seven-year legal battle is about is how these animals are being used by the ranchers. Here is the back story.

Three species of African antelopes were in extreme danger of extinction in their own indigenous countries in Africa. Concerned American ranchers, at their own expense, offered to set aside grazing lands from their own property to try to save these species. They got breeding stock from American zoos, the last safe habitat for these rare animals, and hoped for the best. These ranchers just liked the look of a springbok or African Giselle mingling with their herds of Black Angus.

Long story short, the animals thrived. In fact, some of the animals closest to extinction have come back from the brink in spectacular fashion. They’ve done so well the ranchers have figured out a commercial use for these rare animals. Without these ranchers help the world may have lost some of the most beautiful animals on the planet to extinction in their own home countries. So where is the controversy you ask? Since the goal of conserving many endangered species from extinction has been a resounding success, why would an international animal rights organization be suing the pants off the ranchers doing the conserving?

Well it turns out the problem rests with the word conservation. Over the years the ranchers realized there was a commercial value to raising endangered animals; sport hunting. Rich trophy hunters from all over the globe formally made treks to the African Safari to bag one of these rare animals… until the supply ran out. Now they take their trips and money to Texas. The money they spend, up to $50,000 for a water buffalo, goes to the ranchers who raise these animals and pays for their upkeep and protection. Raising stock for sale is what ranchers do. Instead of raising a cow worth $1000, they are now raising animals worth tens of thousands of dollars. Sounds like kudos go to the ranchers and American capitalism is in good working order!

Not so fast. Remember Priscilla Feral from the international animal rights organization? Her idea of conservation of a species does not include the harvesting of a single one of them. In spite of the fact that these animals may have gone extinct already were not for the intervention of Texas ranchers, she feels using them for sport is wrong; morally, ethically, and legally wrong. The ranchers limit the amount of permits they sell to hunters to 10% of the herds for each of their exotic species, so as to assure a continuing growth in the herd population They use the money they raise for a good cause, rescuing nearly extinct animals from the dustbin of history, but apparently using an animal for a trophy is simply unacceptable regardless of the good it does.

So should American ranchers be allowed to raise exotic animals for profit to preserve a species which would probably go extinct without their intervention? The American government seems to think so. The US Fish and Wildlife Service, a branch of the Department of the Interior, states that “Hunting… provides an economic incentive… for ranchers to continue to breed these species.” Further, they state that “…hunting…reduces the threat of the species’ extinction.”

Nevertheless, it would appear the people suing the ranchers would rather a species go extinct than to see them being used like the cattle they are. They expect the ranchers to discontinue the very program which supports the whole conservation effort rather than to permit the harvesting of a few animals for the good of the herds. The sad part is they may be successful. Absent a reason for breeding these animals, ranchers will most certainly turn to other ways to earn their living. It is too bad that such an action will inevitable put these animals back on the road to extinction.

Radical Change Is Coming To America

As amazing as it sounds, democracy may have overstayed its welcome in this country. I know, really radical thinking, huh?

Such, however, appears to be the thinking in Pontiac Michigan where a crisis manager was solely responsible for selling off the Silver Dome, which cost the residents of the city $50 million to build. He picked the poorest time imaginable to unload this property and received a paltry half million from a single bidder in a no reserve auction.

This same crisis manager is now back in the saddle working for the guy who bought the dome. In his new capacity he is currently engaged in an effort to lobby City Hall into providing the permits necessary for converting the property into a casino. This project could be worth who knows how many millions. But no matter how bad this transaction smells, it may turn out to be the best thing for Pontiac Michigan.

(The details for this blog are from the Rachel Maddow show, MSNBC, 5/11/2012)

Now back to our democracy, or the loss of it. The people of the good city of Pontiac Michigan are now screaming “wait a minute, that was our dome. We reject your sale and want the dome back!”  So the citizens of Pontiac raised over 100,000 signatures on a petition to repeal the emergency measures law. This is the law which allowed the crisis manager such incredibly draconian and extraordinary powers over the duly elected city Council members.

Guess what happened? The crisis manager, in effect, tossed out the petition. The council had granted him the power to do that! So the moral of the story is, grant unto Caesar what he wants and he will take everything. It worked for Julius Caesar 2000 years ago, and it works in Pontiac Michigan today. But here is the thing. Council members argued for years about what to do with the dome. In the meantime it sat unused, decaying, and producing no revenue for the city of Pontiac.

In other words, the city Council was so polarized on the subject of the dome that absolutely nothing was likely to ever be accomplished to replace the revenue the city counted on from the stadium. Finally one guy with enough authority and the intestinal fortitude to act may have put Pontiac on the fast track to being the next boom town in Michigan.

Perhaps the little town of Pontiac should become a model for the nation. Perhaps a monarchy or dictatorship is the only form of government able to avoid terminal legislative constipation. Heck, we can even give turnaround Romney credit for his crisis management philosophy which should eventually lead to a complete turnaround in this town. But as for taking credit for Detroit’s turnaround in the automotive industry, Romney had better walk away.

Nobody in Michigan is likely to buy that story.

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So we have God the father, and God the son.

Have you ever wondered why we don’t have God the mother, or God the daughter? If the father and son concept isn’t the best example of sexism on the planet I don’t know what it is.

In all of nature it is the female of the species which gives birth. How I know this is that by definition the females have the ovaries and the ovaries produce the eggs; that makes females the women. Males are merely the sperm donors.

So here we are, men only, sitting around, smoking our bowls and contemplating the birth of the universe. Under ordinary circumstances, say if we were discussing cows, chickens, or children, we would have no trouble conceding that it is the females who do the birthing. But when the conversation shifts to the birth of the universe men seem to have a huge brain fart. Apparently we can give the female member of all species on this planet credit for the birth of everything under the sun, but when it comes to the birthing of a sun, that is a man’s job.

What changed? Where did God’s ovaries and eggs (the germs of a new universe) come from? In nature an egg has been known in extreme cases to develop into a fetus without benefit of a sperm cell. I know of no case in nature where a sperm did anything on its own but die and unfulfilled short life. Our universe came from the egg of life, not the sperm.

Give a woman a chance and she’ll tell you who, and only who, is capable of giving birth to anything besides a brain fart. But really, folks, the argument is academic. According to the Bible, at first there was only God. My best guess is if we could peer into that brilliant ball of light to see the image we created, we would find God equipped with both a beard and boobs. That’s right folks… God was a hermaphrodite. God was the ying and the yang, all +s and -s rolled into one, a pure ball of energy. Sex was not a factor; the procreation of a universe was only a thought away.

So when God split into both energy and matter (E= MC X C),  SHE also spawned two forms of matter; matter as we know it and the opposite number where a negative charge is on the inside of an atom and the electron has a positive charge. Matter and antimatter. Yin and Yang. It is quite simple really, and sex had nothing to do with it; at least it didn’t until  the Big Bang. Since then men and women seem to be at opposite  polarities.  More on this subject to follow.

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“We double down on dumb” in America.

I wish I could take credit for this quote but unfortunately somebody beat me to it. I heard it from journalist Jeremy Skahill while watching Bill Maher’s Friday night HBO series. The above comment was made during a discussion about the war currently going on in Mexico.

What??, there is a war going on in Mexico??

The Mexican war was the topic of discussion when Jeremy made the above title remark. Bill Maher is of the opinion the media has overlooked what should be a daily front-page story. He contends that the media has given scant attention to Mexico’s war on drugs. This war has accounted for the deaths of over 50,000 people since Felipe Calderon declared his country’s war on drugs. Mexico’s war on drugs and drug cartels is the equivalent of our war in Iraq in terms of casualties.

We know daily every move that Britney Spears makes, and usually the color of her underwear if she’s wearing any, and yet we get no news about this giant war going on across the border? I can’t blame Mexico. Why would they advertise that they are attempting to duplicate our failed war on drugs? As everybody knows by now, our war on drugs has cost us hundreds of billions and has been a dismal failure. Mexican lives are being lost at the rate we were losing our people in Vietnam and their  war is having about as much success, which is to say no success at all.

The reason is simple. Big business supports this war. Guns are flowing across our border to supply the drug cartels via the black market, which is good for American business. Money is flowing across the border from our government to help support the Mexican government’s fight against the cartels. The Mexican government spends that money buying guns and munitions from American manufacturers. Man oh man are we slick! American businessmen make billions by keeping both sides in a fruitless war! In the meantime people die.

But enough about people and their futile lives when there are billions of dollars to be made. Everybody wins but the American taxpayers and the people who lose their lives and/or neighborhoods, and they don’t count. So no worries, right? The military gives the slaughter of soldiers in battle or civilians on streets the user-friendly name “collateral damage”. This term is not quite as insensitive as “cannon fodder” but it means much the same; and makes the same difference to the military musclehead’s.

So where does “doubling down on dumb” fit into this blog? Simple. We are wasting tons of our money (government money, not business cash) to help the Mexican government wage a war our own fifty-year “drug war” proves cannot be won. That has to be stupid beyond belief unless throwing good money after wasted money makes sense to you. It is doubly stupid because anybody that has been paying any attention for the last decade is now aware the only way to win the war on drugs is to follow the European example and decriminalize them, not militarize them. Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, during the same Bill Maher show, was the journalist to make this point.

We here in America either militarize or criminalize everything. If we legalize drugs like intelligent countries everywhere have done already or are now doing, and if we demilitarize the war on drugs, we will begin to make rapid progress in correcting this socially spreading disease in a civilized manner. If we begin to regulate and tax drugs we will win the war on drugs, just like we won the war against alcohol. If promoted correctly drugs could have as much appeal as a case of VD, or at least no more appeal than a beer.

Well, okay, maybe we can only claim a Pyrrhic victory where alcohol is concerned, but any victory we can claim is better than another loss of face or outright smack down and would be a whole lot better than we have managed so far… and so so much smarter. But don’t count on any kind of victory anytime soon. As Jeremy Skahill noted, “we double down on dumb all the time in this country.”

  • PS: Bill presented one amazing, will blow you away kind of statistic which relates to our attempt to militarize and criminalize everything. During the entire year of 2011 — across the entire country of Germany — the entire police force fired a total of 85 bullets. During just a few minutes of one day last week LA cops used 90 bullets on just one guy.

Should serious people be taken seriously?

Serious people always baffled me. These are the people who walk around with a frown, acting as if the entire world rested unsteadily on their shoulders. Dour is a word I always used to describe serious people; cynical with a serious bias to the negative side would be another, and grave is one of my personal favorites.

Serious people have always had a way of making me feel guilty for some reason. Perhaps it is because I never had a reason to feel very “serious” about anything. I don’t mean I am frivolous or ditzy, that I can’t be hurt or feel fear. I just mean that as an eternal optimist I always look at the bright side of life, which automatically squeezes a great deal of the “serious” out.

Here is my question. What good is serious or what good does it do? Does being “serious” about a problem mean you care more about the income from or outcome of it than someone with a more casual attitude would? Does taking your job seriously mean you are automatically better at it than someone with a nonchalant attitude? (Bosses sure seem to think so.) Is being “serious” about someone a good thing? Can you be happy without being serious? Can you be successful or trusted without having a “serious bone” in your body?

Serious is associated with a sign of maturity. Nobody expects kids to be serious. Most people around the world seem to think that a person’s chronological age makes all the difference and as soon as we become adults by law we should become serious about life. It didn’t work that way for me. I refused to “grow” up or develop a serious side.

I could never see very far into the future and therefore never saw any reason not to have fun and enjoy whatever I was doing in the present. Some people say grow a frown, get some worry lines going on and begin to act your age. Having fun and playing are inconsistent with getting serious about life and being responsible. Wipe that smile off your face!

I never felt like I was shouldering more than I could carry and therefore I never felt the weight of the world pressing down on me. I don’t mean to suggest I never carried any weight; I ran businesses and had many employees. I just carried the weight with a good attitude so the weight was never hard to carry. I never ran into a problem which couldn’t be better solved with a smile than a frown. I never ran into a situation where a more serious attitude would have improved or affected the outcome one way or another.

So I traded in the worry lines I earned in life for laugh lines and learned to fake being serious, as befitted my station in life. But inside I never grew a serious bone. As I grew older I accumulated some serious baggage but I kept it in the trunk. Sh*t happens but I never saw any reason to allow the bitter ugly in life to ruin my good disposition.

Serious has a place in life, no doubt. It reinforces lessons we need to learn. We should take learning seriously. We should take love and family seriously. But to become a serious person would be entirely too serious a thing for me to do.

Author’s note: I wrote this blog in part to encourage people to lighten up a little. I also wrote this blog because many people who have read my blogs have asked how to attract more traffic to their sites. This blog is an example of SEO, otherwise known as search engine optimization.

As you can clearly see, I sprinkled the word serious all over this blog. In no time at all this blog will show up on the front page, if not in the number one position, for the search word “serious”. (At least I think it will. )To increase your page rank pick a word that relates to what you are trying to sell or say and paste it all over your blog or website. Do this in an intelligent manner, not in nonsense sentences, and the search engines will love you.

At least, that is the theory. Keep an eye on “serious” over the next few months to see my results.

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European Crossroads

Is Germany about to let the money genie out of the bottle?

It is a real possibility that the European Economic Community could lose its only solvent member, Germany. While the rest of the continent was busy borrowing money to support the best lifestyle in history, for the most people in history, the Germans were busy working their butts off and saving money.

Recent European elections have nailed austerity measures to a cross, doused them with gasoline, and then firebombed them. You can’t blame the people entirely. Asking citizens brought up on caviar to agree that eating porridge is really much better for them was bound to be a hard sell. In a lot of ways the people who oppose austerity measures in Europe are like the Republican Party here in the states. None of them wants to make any real spending cuts and yet nobody wants to pay more taxes either.

So there is really only one solution… Inflation; print more money. Pay off the “old” debt with “new” dollars which are worth considerably less than the old dollars were worth when you borrowed them.

This is “to hit the nail on top” as so many of my readers like to say, or the problem in a nutshell. Nations like Germany that have been financially responsible over the last half a century will be severely penalized for their thrifty ways. The money that they have been saving at the expense of a lavish life style will suddenly be worth considerably less.

So either Germany goes along with inflation and takes a huge hit in their wallet or they pull out of the EU and let the rest of the continent sink in a sea of its own red ink.

I’d say that puts the European Economic Community at the crossroads.

What do you mean I’m difficult?

Speaking for myself, and probably for anyone else who knows me well, I guess I can be difficult.  When I first heard myself described this way I was outraged and perplexed, but after I thought about it I realized I resembled that description. Oh well, deal with.

Here is a litany of my epiphanies: those realizations which caused me to agree with my detractors:

1)    First of all, as a general rule, I am impossible to agree with. There’s no point taking my side; I have already contradicted myself or changed my mind. No point in disagreeing with me either, for the same reason.

2)    I have a problem agreeing with anyone else’s opinions about anything also. This probably started when I was on the debate team in high school and apparently I never grew out of it. It’s not that I’m a snob or anything, but other people’s opinions just count, well, less.

3)    I love to argue. It really doesn’t matter about what, or why; I just like to argue. I don’t mean I like to be mean. Well, okay, maybe a little, but I deplore violence on any level. I just like to get people’s juices flowing.

4)    I consider myself to be the premier contrarian. I don’t try to argue day into night… But just about. I’m somewhat proud that I can manage to find something wrong with everything. Sometimes it is difficult to find something wrong with a beautiful day, but more than once I have risen to the occasion.

5)    I don’t like people to fuss over me. Get away from my long and bushy eyebrows, or my earwigs. These are signs of character and wisdom. And don’t even think about approaching my nose with clippers. Someone could get hurt that way.

6)    I don’t pussyfoot around anymore. People’s feelings used to matter to me; that was before my own feelings were crushed by those same people. I say it the way I see it and I don’t care who believes it. I’m Carlin to the core, don’t need to say no more.

‘nough said.

So I’m going down without a frown. By now you’ve guessed my tongue is stuck in my cheek and I’m of an “advanced” age. However, my mind is still sharp enough to poke fun at myself, my friends, and you. By the way, how are you doing?

Who is ED anyway?

All over the TV I hear tell about this ED guy. I don’t care what channel you surf to and land on, if you sit through a couple of ad cycles, commercials for ED will appear. (Appear – explode onscreen with beautiful, scantily clad models and pretty pills is more like it.)

So who or what is ED? Why, erectile dysfunction of course. In layman’s language that means you have lost either your urge to procreate, or your ability to perform with the necessary rigor, or both.

For men this can seem like the end of the world for several important reasons. First, our manliness is tied to our sexuality. Our sexuality is so interconnected to who we think we are we even measure ourselves by the size of our “love” handle. When our equipment deflates so does our ego. Sometimes our ego deflates to the point where we no longer consider ourselves men anymore.

Sex is also very good for everyone’s overall health and sense of well-being. Scientists have discovered that during an orgasm, in both men and women, endorphins are released into the brain. These are the real “feel good” agents in our brains which account for the “afterglow” and “sense of contentment” that accompany our body’s release of tension. Sex is one of the best sleep aids known to man for this very reason. After the release of an orgasm and subsequent sleep the body seems to be able to repair itself much more quickly and easily than it can without the release those of endorphins.

So it’s easy to see how despair can easily set in when we think our sexuality is doomed to the dustbin of history.

Well, buck up me hearty, all is not lost! It turns out the whole problem is a plumbing problem and easily repairable.

Compare a man’s equipment, if you can for a minute, to one of those long skinny circus balloons. Once inflated the balloon is tied off to prevent the air from escaping. Otherwise the balloon would lose its shape and deflate to a wrinkled caricature of its former glory.

Men have a muscle to do the same thing in our body to keep blood in our penis. When it closes it effectively allows blood to be pumped into our penis but not to go back out. Our penis has no choice but to inflate like a balloon. It will stay that way until something, like an orgasm, allows that valve to reopen, which in turn permits the blood to flow back out. Of course the penis deflates as a result. If the valve never closes tight the penis never inflates right.

To fix the problem we merely need to encourage that lazy old valve to close tightly again. Today’s new drugs do this very effectively.

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Life Gives Us Two Choices

When we are born into this world we are all given a vessel to live in. It is our own body; to grow in, to learn from, and to use as we see fit. Many people of different beliefs think that body and soul are one, a package deal. One can’t survive without the other. When the body dies, that vessel and all its contents are gone forever.

For many others, the soul lives on after the body dies; more on this subject later.

Based upon a belief in theory one, that when the body dies so does the soul, we could look at our lives like hourglasses. When we are first born we are most full of life, and as we live our lives we use up time like sands in an hourglass; only when the sands fall through the hourglass, there is no bottom vessel to catch them.

If we get lucky in life nothing ruptures our vessel and the sands of time run out slowly. A long lifespan is a result, but still, when the sand runs out of the vessel, the vessel is empty. What that life was, so full at birth, is now gone. Many lives end abruptly, their vessel gets broken, and for those people the sands of time ran out all at once. But all life ends in a blink. Even after a long protracted illness life still blinks out in an instant.

In this theory of life, all life on this planet (carbon-based life forms anyway) is alive one minute and gone the next; atoms to ashes, dust to dust. The atoms in our used up vessels get recycled into the next life. It’s interesting to me that eternal atoms are a fact of life. Sharing a unique combination of eternal atoms gives all of us an everlasting quality doesn’t it?

The second theory is that humans (as far as I know no other animals or life forms on earth, just humans) have two separate parts and when the vessel itself dies the soul lives on. We make a choice while living whether we want to have a blissful hereafter or spend an eternity roasting in hell. Humm, millions and billions of lives have come and gone on this planet and only one man had the courtesy to come back from the dead to speak of life on the other side, and at that for mere moments.

Here is my question. Didn’t that person have a special advantage to begin with? I mean, it is an acknowledged fact that his birth was unique in the entire world; nothing like the birth of Christ, before or since. No other person, not even his sisters and brothers, or the vessel of his birth, his mother, had his special DNA.  A 50% X 50% blend of DNA; half human/half God. In my mind anyway, therein lies the fly in the ointment.

So to continue my question, given the uniqueness of this one individual in all of humanity, what gives anyone the idea they could replicate his feat? I mean, Jesus was half God to begin with. He had all the power of the universe on his side and it still took Him three days to muster up the strength for a brief visit before moving on to his reward for being crucified permanently. I mean, not one visit in some 2000 years! You could say that Jesus left earth without a backward glance at humanity. And who could blame him? Look at the suffering he endured while in the company of his half brothers in humanity, earthlings!

So we have two choices. Either we are one body and one soul, or we are body and soul. The odds are one billion to one that since our bodies and souls come into this world together they go out together. Occam’s Razor speaks to the truth on this point. In all matters with multiple solutions the simplest solution invariably turns out to be the best solution.

Here is my answer to life. Live life as if your life will never be fuller than it was at your birth. Live life releasing the sands of life slowly and fill the vacuum they leave in your vessel with knowledge. Gain knowledge about this journey, unimaginably difficult, and yet at other times fabulously rewarding, this gift of life we all share for a brief moment in time. Knowledge, or wisdom, is the only thing that can replace the sands of time.

One last thought. Some people spend their whole lives attempting to fill the hole they feel growing in them as the sands of time run out. Too many people try to fill that hole with stuff; stuff like, money, cars, houses, boats, stuff. Stuff will never fill you. Stuff is like concrete. Stuff can never swell or expand like knowledge can to fill the virtual space inside you. Your virtual self, you see, is as big as the universe you choose to live in. Your universe can be as big as your imagination or as small as one man.

It is up to you to decide.

Victimless Crimes

Almost everybody understands a robbery or murder. These are crimes, no question, and the people who commit these types of crimes are criminals. Everybody understands violence, or threats of violence, and the people who commit these types of crimes are also criminals, no question. The only question in my mind is how long do we keep these people in cages?

Unfortunately, most crimes are not that well defined. There is always a gray area between what the law says is illegal and what people think and do. If you can visualize a crime pie you’ll see that a gray area covers the entire pie. No part of the pie is absolutely guilty nor is any part positively innocent.

The victimless crime is in my opinion a crime apart from other crimes. Wikipedia defines “victimless crime” as a term “used to refer to actions that have been ruled illegal but do not directly violate or threaten the rights of another individual.” I googled the term victimless crime and discovered this top five list of someone’s.

  1. Soliciting Alms Without a Permit: (panhandling) (That’s ALMS, not arms. ed)
  2. Failure to Dog or Cat or Ferret Vaccination (expired pet vaccination tags)
  3. School Attendance Law Violation ( woman withheld child from school to provide better education at home)
  4. Failure to Secure Child Under the Age of 16 (seat belt removed by teen while car in motion)
  5. Possession of Marijuana (legal in some states; possession laws in some states ridiculous)

All of the above incidents resulted in someone being taken to jail in handcuffs. The fact is, folks, we are bankrupting ourselves with our outsized and overblown criminal justice system. My question is simply this. Are we out of our freaking minds? We are, in my very informed opinion, wasting money by the trainload incarcerating nonviolent defendants whose crimes don’t include any victims.

The European people, who over the many centuries have grown far more mature than we, have come to realize that people do not need to be put in cages for violations which have no victims. They spend the money saved by not putting people in jail on free education and healthcare for their citizens and vacations that last on average 2 to 3 times longer than ours.

In my opinion this European attitude toward public priorities makes total sense. In some places in our country attitudes are beyond ridiculous. So people, let’s get a grip on the idiots (I am sorry but there is no other more suitable name for the people who write ridiculously counterproductive and horribly expensive laws) who are wasting our money on false pursuits.

Consider paying for a trip for yourself and your family to the beach instead of paying to send someone to jail. On average we’re spending close to $50,000 per year to keep someone in a cage. Freeing half the people in cages in our country would make no difference whatsoever to your life should they be released.

Here’s what a change of priorities would look like to me.

First we let every nonviolent offender currently housed in our prison system out of jail. Gee, we could save enough for free higher education for the entire nation with this move. For victims of fraud or theft we could actually afford a relief fund.

Now let’s let all the low-level druggies, potheads, and prescription perpetrators go free. With that move we now have enough federal and state savings to give everyone within our borders free healthcare.

And last, let’s let all the sex freaks out of jail. Forget about sending women to jail who don’t require a “lasting relationship” to become intimate. And as for their counterparts, let’s forgive men for being shallow and superficial and for believing that a “date” need not last longer than 20 minutes to be worth the price of an evening. Why is that anyone else’s business anyway?

With that last move toward saving money we can now afford to give everyone in the country an extra 10 days (stretched out to two weeks with weekends) paid vacation. Finally, I have some skin in the game! This works for me and mine!

So people let’s change the laws on victimless crimes and give ourselves and our children a better future with the money we save. Make sense; sound fair?

For a look at some startling statistics follow this link:

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Are Generic Medicines Safe?

I get frequent requests for more information on the subject of generic medicines. Most consumers are aware that generic versions of their prescriptions are far less expensive than their namebrand counterparts. Naturally they suspect that there is something different about them and that the generic version is probably inferior in some way.

The truth is a generic version of a drug may not be identical to the namebrand in all particulars. For example, buffering agents or coatings may be altered slightly, or the color and size may be different from the namebrand version of the product.

These are merely cosmetic changes. The actual chemical composition of both generic and original versions of any medication should be identical. Sometimes drugs induce adverse side effects and manufacturers attempt to lessen any negative reactions to their drugs. What you end up getting is a kind of a cocktail with the main ingredient being the same as a generic product.  In addition you also get a few extra ingredients targeted at mitigating any side effects commonly associated with the main product. (Like the olive in a martini )

Many of the most widely used medications today have been or soon will be seeing their patents expire. Drugs like Lipitor and Viagra, perhaps two of the most widely recognized names in the entire pharmacy pharmacopeia next to aspirin, are both now available in generic versions.

Parmsplace has concluded that generic medications are, in the overwhelming number of cases, identical to their namebrand counterparts. All medications may cause side effects or adverse reactions but reactions are specific to an individual person. Not everybody has the same reaction to a medicine. Therefore, there is no reason to assume you will be any better off buying a more expensive product.

If you have been offered a generic replacement for something you are paying an arm or a leg for, try it. You shouldn’t notice anything different besides the extra jingle in your jeans.

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Please write us back to tell us your impression. Thanks for reading.  Bob

Goodwill is on a one-way street now.

As a sign of our national goodwill American taxpayers have provided our elected officials extraordinary, some might even go as far as to say outrageous, salary and benefit packages. The reason for our extraordinary generosity is to relieve our most trusted officials from the everyday challenges in life so they will be free to concentrate exclusively on the affairs of the nation. To further free themselves from daily concerns our legislators also removed the burden of taxation from themselves. Heaven knows we wouldn’t want them to have to spend valuable time on the onerous burden of keeping track of income and expenses, and then be expected to send a piece of their hard-earned money back to the government like the rest of Americans do.

(The Lord knows if our legislators had to prepare their own tax returns they would rewrite the code to something intelligible, or at least intelligent.)

So our elite are well fed, they get first-class service everywhere, tax-free incomes, and diplomatic perks like paid vacations (junkets) anywhere around the globe they have a yen to visit.

Speaking for myself, I would be inclined to do the best job for my employer, the American taxpayer, as humanly possible. Assuming all the other elected officials elevated to godlike status adopted the same selfless dedication to their constituents, we should be the most satisfied electorate of any democratic society on earth.

If our congressmen and senators loved us as much as we love them, and did for us as we do for them, they should enjoy at least a 90% favorability rating.

 Right?

I mean you can’t please everybody. You can miss a few hard cases and still get an A grade. Pleasing 9 out of 10 people who voted for you shouldn’t be a problem if you are doing what you were elected to do.

 Right?

So riddle me this. Congress has an approval rating in the very low double digits, perhaps even as low as 9%. How is this even possible? How can the Goodwill we extend to our elected officials go almost completely unreciprocated?

Clearly the love affair between Congress and those who elect its members is over. It is time for divorce.

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If I got lost navigating that menu or became too frustrated I would call their 800 number and within minutes I would be connected to someone expert enough to figure out where I went wrong, fix my mistakes and get me moving forward again.

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Resveratrol to the rescue…

… heart rescue that is. Resveratrol was fairly recently discovered hiding among nature’s seeds and roots and fruits primarily in the color red. I know, weird, apparently just another of life’s mysteries, but researchers following up on an old wives tale discovered it. The old wives tale maintained that wine was good for the heart. I always assumed that the rosie glow one gets from drinking wine and the romantic spell it can create were what the tale was about.

Well I was wrong. The wives tale was actually referring to the benefits our heart “the actual organ” gets from wine. Wine is loaded with antioxidants which help to prevent heart disease. They do this by increasing the good cholesterol levels in our blood and thereby help to prevent arterial hardening and plaque from building up in your cardiovascular system.

But don’t worry. You won’t have to start drinking gallons of wine daily to keep your heart healthy. Researchers began to investigate what substance in red wine could be responsible for the healthy benefits. They boiled these choices down to the flavonoids in wine and in particular one they named resveratrol.

They zeroed in on this particular substance because it does the same cellular repair work for the plants which create it as it seems to do in lab animals. It protects plant cells from the effects of poor nutrition or bad growing conditions, and the plant itself from insect attacks and plant diseases.

After looking at resveratrol levels in dozens of plants it turns out resveratrol is found in the highest concentration levels in an herb called knotweed. This herb is almost exclusively found in China and Japan and that’s where most of the world supply comes from now.

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Republican Progress Plan… Back The Truck Up

 Is attempting to govern the future by divining the “true” meaning of the Constitution the way to move forward? Is interpreting what was in the minds of the founders when they created our Constitution originally still relevant to life in the U.S.A. today? Advice, especially good advice, extends through time, but advice is not a roadmap to anywhere. The conditions our founding fathers lived with 200 years ago bear little resemblance to the conditions we are living with today.

Simply put, the world of today bears no relationship to the world of 1789. Our numerous amendments to the Constitution over the years bear witness to that fact.

We are now in the dawn of the 21st-century. My question is, just how relevant can a document over 200 years old be in deciding our way forward? Back then it took over three days for a message to get from Philadelphia to Boston on horseback. Today it takes about 30 nanoseconds by microwave.

No one doubts the times have changed but shouldn’t our interpretation of our laws change with the times? Currently one of the most progressive legislative accomplishments to benefit US citizens since social security, Obamacare, is being reviewed by the “Supremes”. In every industrialized society but our own nationally mandated affordable healthcare is considered a right for all citizens.

We have finally begun to catch up to the rest of the modern world in agreeing that providing national healthcare, free education, and a reasonable standard of living should rate as high on the nation’s agenda as waging wars. For one thing, it’s far cheaper. For another, it is the civilized thing to do.

To me at least it sounded like we were beginning to make real progress. We were finally putting easing people’s lives on a par with taking people’s lives. Providing health care to our own poor citizens was almost on a par with providing death and destruction to our “alleged enemies”, the poor people in other countries.

We should never be allowed to forget that the people who create wars, from which the only output is death and destruction, are never at risk themselves. We can never forget that the people who make huge fortunes dealing in wars, their implements and their aftermath, people like Dick Cheney, are never, ever, in harm’s way themselves.

So what do you agree with, America? Should we devote our future to assured destruction by backing the truck up on human rights and continuing spending our treasure on fruitless wars of attrition; wars which will inevitably lead to retribution? (How soon we forget both World War I and World War II when Germany thought it was destined to rule the planet.) Should we use whatever means necessary, even if it means resurrecting Ben Franklin and the other founders, to defeat Obamacare before it even gets going?

Or should we give ourselves a break here in our country and tell the war mongers to start fighting their wars themselves and leave the poor people out of it?

The Truth About Lies

Lies are all around us. We live our entire lives among them.

They percolate among us until they takeover our thoughts and emotions, our finances and finally our freedoms.

• Lies which lead us into phony wars.
• Lies about the true cost of those wars and their results.
• Lies, which lead us into phony mortgages. These were even called liar’s loans.
• Lies that scare us into forfeiting our privacy.
• Lies that promise us security and cost us our freedoms in the bargain.
• Lies about global warming.
• Lies about national health care.
• Lies from our congressmen and senators, and even our presidents.
• Lies from our news media.
• Lies from our parents, siblings, children and friends.
• Lies from our lovers.

The above list is by no means a complete liars list. Lies are as common as cornflakes. But how about we add in the misconceptions, half-truths, exaggerations and distortions, and hundreds more cracks the truth can fall into or slip completely through.

Is it any wonder nobody listens to anybody anymore? Why bother, what’s the point? I have known people who would rather tell a lie when the truth was 10 times easier to tell.

Some of our most prestigious federal agencies are based on deception. One of the most secretive professions to spring up recently is called “perception management”. This profession involves creating a “truth” and then selling the “truth” to a gullible public wholesale. PM people are to spin doctors as neurosurgeons are to witch doctors.

So does the truth, which is as often as not a matter of individual perception, matter? After all, we seem to be able to function without very much of the real deal.

We have lost our way here in America.

 

Life has simply become too confusing for many people to cope with. When we see the roots in our foundational concepts like religion and morality challenged daily we become fearful.

Advances in science and technology have led to recent improvements in our picture of the universe. Our new knowledge is forcing major changes in those concepts at the very core of our society’s belief system. A direct result of our society’s discontent and growing fear has been the ability of a few shrewd operators to manipulate us with that fear.

Wealthy and powerful people have managed to set aside our basic rule of law. Our country’s original premise was to be governed by a rule of law which provided equal justice to everyone; no one was above the law. That system has been replaced with a two-tiered justice system. We are now governed by the elite, who by means of their wealth and power have been able to place themselves above the rule of law.

Therefore, it is no wonder that many of those over 40 have a tendency to want to cling to the past when things seemed less uncertain and more comfortable. Taking a nostalgic look backward feels much safer to us than looking forward into an uncertain future.

But do we really want to go back to the age of the telegraph and give up our iPhones and the ability to communicate all over the world in an instant with twitter?

Going back to the past, in spite of the movie, is not possible. Clinging to that past will only cause major social disruption and stymie progress. Not only are we experiencing change at a pace bewildering to everyone, but the rate at which changes are occurring is increasing as well. The “old faithful” security blankets of the past are gone forever, to be replaced with…

Well, that is the question really, isn’t it? Even the best and brightest among us seem to have no idea what the future has in store as people and capital move more and more freely about the globe.

When we grow older we become more experienced, and as a direct consequence to that increasing wisdom, we become more conservative.  Keeping things the way they were has the appeal of bag balm for a fearful psyche. We grow nostalgic for a past we conflate with glory and greatness. Our view to the rear is through pink lenses polished to a rosy perfection.

Sooner or later progress will have its way with its reluctant backward looking dreamer and society will move inexorably toward that uncertain and fearful future. Has it ever been any other way?

Genetics Made Easy (Ha)

There has been an enormous amount of progress made since Watson and Crick first discovered the double helix structure of DNA in 1958. The original and deceptively simple version held that genes encoded proteins in our cells. These proteins, in turn, did the work necessary to keep an organism alive. At that time it was thought that only 1.5% of the genome was actually used for this purpose. The other 98.5% of the genome was dubbed “junk DNA” assumed to have been left over from a millennia of mutations during life’s millions of years of evolution on this planet.

What is amazing , to me at least, is the fact that, as complicated as we humans are, we only have about 2,000 more genes, or about 10% more, than the microscopic roundworm. And the roundworm doesn’t even have a brain! What we do have in abundance are RNA transcripts which are produced by these genes of ours. It turns out these RNA transcripts do the real work of differentiating us from roundworms.

A good analogy would be to picture the building of a garage versus the building of a hospital. The basic materials like dimension lumber, sheet rock, plumbing pipes or wiring and roofing are the same. The tools necessary to assemble these materials, like hammers and nails, saws and screws are the same also. What is different is the complexity of the structure or the blueprints. The construction of a hospital involves the orchestration of thousands of rules which specify which materials are used, where they are used, and when. In our cells the RNA transcripts provide the assembly instructions for our body’s blueprints, and they tell each stage of a body’s development when to spring into action.

Although it took less than a decade to sequence our DNA once the tools were available, it will probable take decades to unravel the regulatory function of our RNA transcripts. The complex interweaving of genes, transcripts, and the regulation each provides has spawned an alphabet soup of anacronyms describing these newly found roles. One thing is certain. The evolution of our understanding of our genetic coding will get a great deal more complicated before it begins to get sorted out again.

For other articles like this, and a myriad of other topics please visit:

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Hubble Has Changed The Odds

Caution, this article is, while controversial, very thought provoking!

The new orbiting Hubble telescope has just added an alarming dimension to humanity’s concept of our place in the cosmos. Where we once thought we were all alone in the universe, it now appears that our galaxy must be teeming with life. We just went from being at God’s left hand to being on the edge of nowhere in a tiny galaxy far from the center of our expanding universe.

Recent Hubble photos of distant stars have revealed the presence of planets in orbit around most of them. That means that among the billions of stars we can currently see there must be hundreds of billions or trillions of planets and moons that we can’t yet see. If our planet can support life I guess it would only be fair and make sense to suppose a similar planet or Earth sized moon could do the same.

We just lately identified a planet around a far sun which has a water-based atmosphere similar to our own. The major difference between Earth and that distant planet is it is twice our size and much hotter and wetter. Nevertheless, life forms we have living here in our oceans next to thermal vents and lava flows could probably survive there.

Out of approximately 500 planets recently discovered orbiting suns within our galaxy at least one has been determined to have an organic atmosphere similar to ours here on earth, capable of supporting life similar to or identical to ours. Therefore, the odds of another planet besides our own supporting life of some sort out in the cosmos just switched from zero to infinite.

Can you imagine the about-face all the pretenders to “sacred truths” and their devout followers of “divine inspiration” will need to make to get back in step with this new reality?

If you can conscience thinking outside the box, and if controversial articles like these don’t have you pushing the panic button, or if you’d just like to give us a piece of your mind and your own opinion, please visit me at:

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Herbs and the bugs that munch on them…

Fellow health devotees,

From what we can gather, cures for all diseases known to man have their roots in the natural pharmacopeia provided by the earth. From the rain forests of the Amazon to the caterpillars of Tibet, nature’s herbs and the bugs that munch on them have kept man alive and thriving throughout our entire history.

The Chinese have been perfecting the use of herbs in cures for just about everything for thousands of years.

They learned how to combine herbs in ways that increase each herb’s healing potential; just like the drug companies try to do with synthetic replacements.

However, the difference between the natural healing proteins and their synthetic versions is the hangover you get from side effects which always seem to accompany synthetic drugs.

For more information on herbs visit:

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Warmest regards, Bob Parmelee

What is in a name?

Huge savings, that’s what!

If you find yourself suffering from old sports injuries, or a touch of arthritis, something out of ancient history may provide relief. The Chinese have been perfecting herbal remedies for thousands of years. So we looked into it, and…

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In addition to herbal or generic versions of household names like Lipitor and Viagra,you can also find those medicines you need whose names are too hard to pronounce….

Always at unbelievable prices.

Just type the name of your prescription in the search window to find out whether we can supply your needs and to see how much you can save.

(In case you didn’t know.)

A generic product name is just the unflattering birth name given to a product by scientists before it gets it’s more user-friendly name from the marketing department.

Like Marion Morrison deciding that he would get along better in life with a more macho  name like John Wayne, pharmacy companies prefer to give their products names  more easily remembered.

I would bet you’ve never heard of atorvastin calcium, but I would bet you have heard of Lipitor before. These products are the same thing. So ….

Please bookmark this link and prove to yourself you can save a fortune by replacing those name brand medicines with the same chemicals but at savings of at least 50%.

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Health care, and in particular holistic and herbal medicines are the way of the future.

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Warmest regards, Bob Parmelee

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Want to live forever, or at least a lot longer?

Not everybody does, you know, but if you do, surprise surprise, you may not have long to wait.

Now that we can manufacture new cells using our own DNA, living longer becomes a simple plumbing problem; out with the trash  in our cells which cause errors in cell replication and on with producing exact duplicates to the original cells.

However, we’re not quite there yet, so maintenance is still the key to longevity.  If you keep in tip top condition through proper diet and exercise chances are good you will, if you are still under 40, live to well over 100 years old!

One of the key ingredients to life everlasting turns out to have a lot to do with free radicals crashing round and about our bodies and doing irreparable damage to our brain cells and our cardiovascular network.

Science has recently focused in on one of the key molecules discovered to help us live longer. It has hidden itself in the color red among natures fruits, seeds, and roots but is found in abundance, relatively speaking, in the

Honorable Grape;

or more particularly in red wine.  The name of this incredible antioxidant is

RESVERATROL.

What this molecule does is it goes to work on a cellular level ridding the body of those aggressive molecules that gang up on and in individual cells in your body, and whose action results in imperfect cell reproduction.

This, in turn, causes cellular degeneration which results in early aging.

As I said earlier, aging is simply a nano sized plumbing problem of flushing out the trash which collects in our cells. If you would like more information or how to obtain this product, in combination with a host of other anti-aging nutrients and minerals, follow the link below:

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When you land on the page scroll down to the link for Chinese Herbal Remedies and be prepared to be amazed at the variety of medicinal herbs available.

Warmest regards and great health to all, Bob Parmelee

Police tactics

The role of the police departments in this country is changing. Originally lawmen were charged with the responsibility of keeping the peace in society. This meant that after some bad act occurred the police would arrive to sort out the mess. Jails were build as needed to accommodate the increase in our slowly growing prison population.

Over the years the police departments began to take a more proactive role in crime. Police agents actively sought out crime organizations to infiltrate and as “gang members” the police were forced into acting like the people they were investigating. As a result of being undercover these policemen were then, technically, just as guilty as the actual gang members who they are trying to catch. (Aiding and abetting?)

The acceleration of the drug wars marked the first major deviation in police tactics. Originally the nature of crime required a crime to occur before police could get involved. The change in police policy now suggested that the best way to prevent crime was to “get out in front of it”. Police agents would infiltrate drug gangs by the simple expedient of supplying vital ingredients or equipment to aid in the commission of a crime. The reasoning went like this. Sooner or later the gangs would accomplish their nefarious goals so why not accelerate the process? Police would assist the gangs along the way to, say, producing drugs so they can harvest both the drugs and the gangsters in one tidy bundle.

The increase in arrests was impressive. Of course along the way mistakes were made so drugs and money went missing, and successful drug lords lawyered up and went free. But you can’t win them all. There is no way to tell whether society got a net benefit from police assistance in drug manufacturing but the prison system began to swell.

The most recent iteration in police activity in “getting ahead of the crime” involves the Internet. By a strange quirk in the law a shareware service called LimeWire, with over 100 million users worldwide, is providing a virtually unlimited resource for inmate production. The service was originally started as a music club whose members were able to share their favorite music with each other. Members would upload their songs or albums to the server so others could download them. As technology changed video sharing became as popular as audio. Police cyber cops recognized a potentially huge bonanza of fresh inmates.

These new criminals are being harvested as a result of a quirk in the way a law “encouraging child sexual abuse” is interpreted. By some absurdly defective reasoning it is legal to watch anything online your heart desires, including child pornography, but, as incredible as this seems, if you download an illegal video for viewing later you have just committed a crime. This subtle distinction has put every member of LimeWire at risk and here is how.

Let’s say you are looking for a classic video called “Lolita” starring James Mason. The LimeWire server performs a search for keywords and produces a list of movies to choose from. In order to see if what you want is in the list you must download the video to view it. Whether the video you got was what you were looking for not, or whether the movie was a Lolita movie starring a child pornography actor makes the commission of a crime possible without the downloader even knowing in advance whether the movie was what he was looking for, or more importantly, illegal. As a result of this absurd police practice thousands of people nationwide are falling victim to and are having their lives destroyed by accident.

It is up to society to decide whether it is better served by a police department actively seeking to add to our prison population by prosecuting nonviolent accidental victims of a shareware service, or not.

One thing is for sure. Affording the 2 billion we spend weekly housing prisoners in this country is busting budgets in every state. Scarce resources are going begging for more socially beneficial projects. Allowing the police department unlimited funds to prosecute “thought crimes” may be the stupidest thing we Americans can do ourselves going forward.

Global Positioning Accuracy – Wow!

The Earth is surrounded by satellite network of 31 spacecraft equipped with incredibly accurate clocks. To synchronize these clocks with Earth time an adjustment was necessary because the satellite clocks gain about 1 billionth of a second, when compared with surface clocks, every three days. That means that time travels faster in space than it does here on the Earth’s surface. If this time differential were not accounted for and adjustments to global positioning made, the coordinates provided by the satellites would be off by as much as 6 miles per day.

With measurements accurate to the billionths of centimeters and seconds it is difficult for me to imagine how anyone can doubt the conclusions our scientists have reached with regard to the birth of the universe. Taking the simple step from realizing one plus one equals two to measuring the volume and age of the universe only took mankind a few thousand years. And yet…

Accepting global warming, evolution, the “Big Bang” theory, and acknowledging the “God” particle seem to be beyond the imagination or understanding of our religious right. What could go wrong with giving them charge of the country?

Is militarizing our state and local police forces a good thing?

Reality is always uglier than the virtual reality we all spend hours watching on cop TV. Over the last decade TV shows featuring the police have flourished, and police agencies of all descriptions have been glorified. Since no one dares question the “hero” status our men in blue achieved during the 9/11/2001 crisis, the light shining upon these public servants is positively glowing at all times.

Let’s get back to reality. Deaths due to officer involved shootings are at an all-time high countrywide. In fact, a new method of suicide, coined “suicide by cop”, has become a legitimate reason for police officers to gun down unarmed citizens. For a few horrifying incidents visit this site: Police brutality.

Incidents like those on many college campuses of police abuse of pepper spray, and taser abuse by law enforcement officers all over the country are spiraling out of control. Tactics employed by the Mayor of New York City to disband the Occupy Wall Street movement were absolutely draconian. Consider this. New York City has the third largest standing army on the planet. The city is under police control and the police are controlled by just one man, the mayor.

Although we would like to believe we are in control of our country’s private armies nothing could be further from the truth. That delusion is similar to the delusion that “we the people” control our own military forces. Somehow the right to wage war has been usurped from Congress, which was given the right under the constitution, and has been revested in the office of the President. We avoid a conflict between our government’s branches by no longer declaring war; We just start bombing whoever our President decides is the “enemy”. One man now controls the largest military force in the history of the planet. The last decade of Presidential warfare gives ample proof of concept; and ample proof of abuse of power.

As police departments everywhere gain more power and influence, the abuse of that power by individual people becomes irresistible. We all have causes, and what is the point of accumulating power if you can’t use it to further your own causes, right? If a police officer should have a racial, sex, or religious bias instilled from birth it will be impossible to control. Racial profiling, so rampant in the South, is already an accepted practice and written into law in Arizona. The tendency for geographical regions to propose their own brand of law and social justice recently surfaced when Texas politicians started making succession type noises over immigration policy.

The possibility of a local style civil war occurring over immigration or racial issues is never far from the surface. As local police departments accumulate more and more power regional tensions will increase. The probability of armed conflict or organized military style activity breaking out along our Southern border increases daily.

As we bring home our brainwashed and battle hardened trained soldiers we find it difficult to assimilate these “heros” back into society. They become employed in paramilitary style organizations; the police, the private security industry, bounty hunting organizations, and investigation agencies are a few choices. What is it we expect to happen when millions of people seasoned by war are turned loose in our society? Can more “Rambo” style mass murder situations fail to happen? The suicide rate among returning veterans has never been higher. Is this a good thing?

The truth is war is hell on earth. We have a barbarian practice of subjecting millions of our most highly impressionable youths to military style brainwashing. This is required training to survive a tour of duty ending in incredibly hostile territory, and renders those soldiers unable to cope in a normal society. Life’s millions of decisions can overwhelm soldiers not used to having choices. These people have been programmed to follow orders and in the absence of such a controlled environment they are like pool balls caroming around the country without borders to restrict their behavior or to give them direction.

Killing people, even if you are following the direct order of a government, does not make actions of that nature sane, honorable, or even legal. We discovered after World War II that “just following orders” was no excuse for those involved. Everyone captured for war crimes was convicted and hanged. Just how faulty an excuse “murder by following orders” became should have been burned into our psyche forever. Alas, the lesson barely lasted a single generation.

So here in this country our future is certain. We will become an increasingly more violent nation. Civil unrest will rise to levels not seen since the Vietnam era. Budgets will be strained by paranoid state and local governments attempting to protect themselves from civilian unrest by adding ever more people to the government side of the equation. All that waste of money will accomplish will be to increase tensions.

So as our upper crust achieves the excesses of the Roman Empire at its height and glory, our empire, as did the Roman Empire, will continue to crumble. Either we become a peaceful nation without the need for an excessive military and police force, or we will explode under the weight of those forces as all empires before ours have done.

Since comments have been disabled on this site, you can leave your comments or opinions at my mirror site: The Bitchin’ Post Hope to see you there! Bob

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