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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Friend or Foe or Shoeless Joe

This is a good article for combining perspective and reality, 30 Reasons Why You Should Be Really Nervous About The State Of The U.S. Economy by Michael Snyder.

What we have is classic self-fulfilling prophecy coming home to roost. America, from jump, has operated from a single core principle/fallacy. We can do anything, anytime, anywhere and use deception and wars (of all types both foreign and domestic) to fix it/hide it/cover it up/deny it. In other words, this is the fallacy many parents warn their immature teenage children about. "You're not going to live forever so quit behaving like you can act now and consider the consequences later and then dodge them." America suffers from the selfish dementia known as Daffy Duck Syndrome: The world is mine, mine, all mine.

America, by way of Europe, is the quintessential pathological liar and needs help. It's coming in the form of forced rehabilitation by the emerging, converging and surging markets led by China. (Fasten your seatbelts for a different kind of turbulence other than the one you've become accustomed to. Americans will have to re-balance their common and normal-seeming off balance understanding.)

If America was a person, it would be a poor choice for a friend.

The linked article above does not take into account basic problems that says everything about the nature of America. Despite being the mis-conceptualized but properly idealized "land of opportunity" it does not adequately provide such for its children and elders. Not good. There is much to be said here, but by simply looking at public education and services and assurances afforded to its senior citizens you can tell that America is not a good parent or a good Uncle or a good person despite how many of its patriots obligatorily parrot the phrase, "America is a great nation."

Sadly, many will still continue to be offended by the truth and want to hear something different and ask, "Say it ain't so, Shoeless Joe."

Monday, October 11, 2010

Immortality, Death & Crooked Rugs

My son is showing much earlier promise than I did in questioning what society is promoting as okay.

He calls Aspartame and other such chemical concoctions camouflaged in food, “immortal substances” because it's impossible for the digestive system to change them into anything useful.

He made an analogy regarding the healthy potato's transformation into a french fry. If a potato was a person it would be like wearing a grease jacket from Deathdriana Furs.

To a large degree, Aspartame and french fries are as American as baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and Honda. I try to keep him aware that in many instances, it is best to do the opposite of what America promotes. He then reasoned the only thing America doesn't do the opposite of is the opposite (of it's current backwards way of thinking).

After all this I notice the rug is every which way for the umpteenth time. Is this the way kids silently rebel – kicking up rugs? I'll straighten all the rugs if it allows him to stay straight on health by focusing his attention on the food fight and larger life issues by simply questioning what is natural and normal.