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Deeply Held Misconceptions

Oh my.

I am a firm believer that you make your own future.  Sure, doodoo occurs, but in general, the beasts you feed the most are the ones that walk with you.

To whit:  I was raised in a liberal California town in mostly the 1970’s.   There was something in my head that loves to doubt and be the contrarian, so by the time my socialist teachers got done with me, I realized they were mostly just greedy haters who wanted what they wanted and if others were forced to pay for it, so much the better.  I now view liberalism and socialism as mental illnesses, but is it too late for me?

You see, you act, desire, fear, and hate based on your beliefs.  What you think affects your disposition.  Furthermore, your view of life is built on a foundation of your deepest beliefs.  It’s like a house of cards, or as one wise man put it, it’s building a house on the sand.

For instance, when I was a young lad in Catholic school, I was taught that the highest ideal was Christ, who sacrificed himself for others.  This is the perfect way we all should strive to live.  That’s a foundational concept and a grievous misinterpretation and error.  You see, when you tell a 6 year-old that, it means this: You must throw your own life away for anyone else on the planet that may require it.  This leads to the next brick in this tilted wall: You must always regard your life, your existence as the most worthless thing on the planet.  This leads to an overall nihilism, and the notion that you are just worthless.

My little soul cried out, I don’t want to be meaningless.  I want to matter!  But the foundation was poured, and had hardened.  It led to another egregious error: depression and hedonism.  If you are meaningless, to Hell with it: just have as much fun as you can.

When it came to the concept of work, well, what is work?  The expending of decades of massive energy to acquire skill,  learn the ropes, become excellent.  But why would a worthless lump care about doing any of that?  Especially when coupled with the liberal notion that the evil corporations will just co-opt your success and steal all the rewards, or the conservative notion that the evil government will just tax you and steal from you and ruin you if you don’t hand the rewards over to them.

Politics

You see, modern day politics is 100% designed to create a false dichotomy that you are a helpless victim because of them, and only the transfer of power to us will help with that.  This is why conservatives promise tax cuts and deregulation they never deliver, while liberals promise handouts and free goodies that they never deliver.

If they ever did deliver, we’d be up a creek because then we’d have no excuse why we are not as successful as we’d like.  It would be our responsibility that we fail!  We can’t have that!  We don’t really want that!  We want there to be a reason why we can’t succeed, because we think we are worthless failures anyway, and we are loathe to blame ourselves.

It’s all a game to them, they get your votes, and it’s another 2, 4, or 8 years until they need to fool you again.  Try calling your senator sometime.  You’ll leave a voicemail with a million other people, but since you aren’t a million dollar donor, and they don’t need you right now, you’ll never even get a response.

But the bottom line is this:  BOTH SIDES need you to feel victimized by the other side.  That makes for a lot of people feeling like perpetual victims.  And it’s the ones who care about society and are trying to be politically informed.  I am saying that any casual involvement in politics is harmful.  It’s all lies and misrepresentations designed to make you so hopeless and hateful that you panic.

The word work.

So you turn 17, and  you need a job to pay for not starving, so you work.  But you don’t view work as the ultimate expression of your individuality, creativity, and industry, to you it’s that bullshit society makes you do in exchange for not letting you die.  Because you view yourself as worthless, you feel like you’re exchanging your second-rate efforts for a deservedly low salary.  But you do as little as possible, in an effort to make it feel more fair.  Eventually you have a goal of working as little as you can for as much pay as you can, all the while hoping that no one will really take a look at what you accomplish in a day.  This leads you to despise your managers and coworkers because any halfway involved manager would see through your shit and reprimand you daily.  You actually wish they would, because you see that you’re not growing or improving, you’re only becoming more savvy at hiding your inadequacies.

Once I loved photography.  And that was back in the film days where you had to take the film to Fotomat and wait a week to get them back.  I took photography classes, and took long drives to get pictures to add to my portfolio.  But then I got hired to do a photo spread for a local business.  I was initially jazzed.  My mind started thinking, hey, maybe we can parlay this into a career!  But the minute I attached the word work to it, it became a drudgery, and I barely made my deadline because I – for some reason – hated doing it, even though I loved photography.  You see the inter-twisted hoops my mind went through?

Video Games

Video games are where truly hopeless minds go to find an ordered world where their lives matter.  I may be worthless in real life, but I matter as a Jedi Knight.  I can see the evil and actually fight it.  Sometimes I even win!  And there are others – lots and lots of others – who will join me in the fight.   My soul is fed, and for a moment (and by moment I mean 60 hours a week) – in this preferable universe far, far away – I matter.  My actions and heroism push back the borders of darkness and I actually matter.

Of course time spent in this illusion deducts from time in the real world, where we are meant to be cooperating with real people against real darkness, and attaining some measure of real greatness.  Many gamers, after decades of pissing their time into the internet, find that the real world has got along fine without them.

If you started gaming at age 17 and now you’re 40, you find that you interact in the real world like a 17 year old because you missed out on all the growth that would have occurred if you had been part of society.

The Reality Stack

So your reality stack ends up looking like this.

  1. The highest goal is to toss your life away.
  2. You are worth less than every other person on Earth (and the few in space).
  3. Your highest goal is to become nothing without starving.
  4. You are convinced that they want to take everything from you.
  5. You are perpetually hopeless, helpless, a victim.
  6. You know your opinions are wrong and don’t matter.

Except that it’s not true.

First, let’s go back to Christ.  Christ didn’t model the act of throwing His life away to show us how to throw our lives away.  He did it instead of us having to do it.  Christ didn’t get crucified because you are worthless and needed to be shown how to die for others.  He did it because you are valuable, and He wanted to save you.

Get it?  The Omnipotent Creator thinks YOU are VALUABLE.  Supremely valuable.  You were not meant to toss your life away and constantly defer to others, you actually have a place in life.  Your energy, drive and industry have meaning and this world misses them when you withhold them.  You are here for a reason.

Now we see the true roots of evil.  The Bible calls the Devil “the Father of Lies”, and “The Accuser of the Brethren”.   I see him not as a powerful fire demon from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but more as Grima Wormtongue from Lord of the Rings.  He hovers around whispering in your ear about how worthless and inadequate you are,how scary the world is, and how no one truly loves you.

Seemingly his goal is not to get us to do evil, but rather not to act at all in the face of evil.  Video gamers who should have been designing Mars cities and writing great literature and solving the air and water problems are fooled into withdrawing their efforts from the family of man and pissing them away into the internet or just refusing to develop themselves because of their own hopelessness.  Great thinkers who could be pursuing marvels that mankind only dreams of are instead wasting their talents fighting idiotic things like microaggressions  (an aggression so small it can’t be noticed) and male privilege (the notion that men holding doors for women, fighting to give them votes, going to war for them and protecting them constitutes oppression).  How many people have been born, raised and died fighting their whole lives because of some offense that occurred in the far reaches or history?  What could those minds have accomplished if they were set on bettering mankind instead of feeding a 10,000 year old grudge?

So come to the truth:

  1. You are so valuable that God sent Christ to suffer instead of you.
  2. You are meant to be part of the answer, not the problem.
  3. You can fight against evil and make the world a better place.
  4. There is hope if you know where to look.
  5. You don’t fight evil by punching it in the face: you fight evil by doing good.
  6. You have a place in the family of man, and what you do matters to everyone, even into the future.
  7. The Family of Man is one family.  It survives or dies as one.

Once you embrace truth, you have a hard but necessary road to walk.  You must unlearn all that crap you believed since you were 6.  That means that the barriers in your mind – all of them – need to be re-evaluated.  Those things you feel trapped about: the business idea, the love you seek, conquering porn, drug, alcohol and video game addictions, and everything – you are probably not as trapped as you think.  You have to tear down the wall brick by brick and figure out if the lies that have kept you trapped really have you trapped at all.

It is for freedom’s sake that you have been set free.  Don’t let yourself  be put back in shackles again.

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Unions Make Robots (but not the way you think)

I was thinking about sex robots, and after a prudish giggle I thought why sex robots?  Well maybe this goes hand-in-metal gripper with the notion of things that humans are too expensive for.  The Cotton Gin and McCormick Reaper happened because innovation was cheaper than paying people.  This is 100% the reason why humans make robots.

  • It’s way less expensive to send an SUV into space than Elon Musk.
  • It’s too expensive to hire all the bank tellers people require to do all the transactions people want.  Think of all your auto-deposits, ATMs, credit and debit card purchases, and online bank transactions.
  • It’s cheaper and more accurate to put satellites into space than it is to hire weathermen everywhere (and have spies everywhere).

So someone somewhere decided that wives, girlfriends, and prostitutes were too expensive and unreliable.  Hence the sex robot.  Oh stop with the indignation girls, your toys are the same thing, and you’ve had them forever.

What makes workers too expensive for their jobs?  Think about the industries that have been automated.

  • Farming
  • Auto Manufacturing
  • Textiles
  • Mining
  • Roadwork

These are all very unionized fields.  And it stands to reason.  When a union comes in, you have to

  • pay people more,
  • give them more sick and vacation time,
  • you can’t fire them,
  • you have to pay their pensions forever, even if they put virtually nothing into it,
  • you can never reduce pay or benefits.

Even if your industry is tanking, you can’t cut back on any of these when you are dealing with a union.  Even if you went to your workers and told them it’s either take a 10% pay cut or take a 100% job loss.  In fact they’d probably riot if you told them they aren’t getting a cost-of-living raise every year.

I am from the San Francisco Bay Area.  Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).  When BART was designed back in 1972, it was completely possible to automate the whole thing.  Driverless trains, Automated ticket sales, computerized turnstiles controlled from central computers.  But the Transit Unions sued the system to make them require that a train operator be on every single train.  They had to redesign the nose cone on the trains and put in a room with a mirror and like 2 buttons and a seat.  And the cost-savings of automation went out the (unopenable) windows.

Furthermore, BART was prevented initially from running all the way to San Francisco Airport because the Cab Drivers Unions forbade it.  They rightly felt that their low quality, overpriced service would take a major hit.  Even today with BART 90% of the way to the airport, you still need that 10 minute bus ride from the station.

So I posit that there is a causal relationship between unions and robots (and mechanization in general).  I also posit that automation may not always make the world better, but unions always make things lower quality and more expensive.  This is exactly what makes automation more affordable than them.  You did this to yourselves.

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My Version of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

This comes from the perspective that illegal immigrants broke in to our country – illegally.

This might be because

  • the shit-holes they are from suck so bad they wanted to come here,
  • or because they wish to do us harm.

Regardless, they came here without screening, approval, or application of any kind, and since they did, they deserve to be deported.  Period.

But, it’s not practical to deport such a vast number of people, so we need some kind of a procedure to fold these people into the country.  So here is my “Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act”.

This applies to all people here illegally regardless of how long they have been here.

This applies to all children of people here illegally, or here legally on a temporary basis (i.e. on vacation, traveling, on a work visa etc.)

This act will create a program for currently resident illegals, which they can voluntarily sign up for.

New arrivals will be deported and may not be employed in the US.

Illegals who do not sign up for it are subject to deportation and asset seizure.

Illegals who do sign up for the program (Dreamers) are subject to the following rules.

  • They can not vote.
  • Their children are not citizens.
  • They are not subject to the minimum wage.
  • They are not allowed to own a gun.
  • Any government services they receive will be billed to the country of their citizenship.
    • including medical care and emergency room costs
    • including education
    • including imprisonment, court costs, police expenses
    • including fire and ambulance services
    • Any country that does not pay can expect to have it deducted from any foreign aid they receive from the US
    • Any country that still can’t pay can expect boatloads of deportations
  • They must pay a fine for breaking the law by entering illegally – let’s start that at $25,000.
  • They are not allowed to join labor unions.
  • They are not allowed to sue US citizens or corporations in US courts.
  • They are not eligible for Medicare, Social Security, Disability, or any other government welfare programs.
  • They are only eligible for state welfare programs if the states permit it.
  • They can be deported for any felony.
  • Employers must pay a small fee for each dollar they pay a “dreamer”.
  • Employers must provide current identity information on all dreamers they employ.
  • Legal aliens with current, legal visas are not required to sign up for  this program.

Illegals who do not sign up for the program are subject to immediate deportation and asset seizure.

A wall is largely a symbolic gesture, but the border patrol must protect the border, whether they use a wall, surveillance equipment, drones, satellites, robots, or any other means that can be shown to work.

Why is any of this important?

Because the US is a nation of laws.  If one segment of the population can just ignore a section of the law then order breaks down.  For instance, I have my eye on ignoring the tax code.  Why can’t I just ignore that?  I mean I’m here legally, why should I be treated WORSE than someone who broke in?

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The Worker, The Union, and the Economy

You have a job.

You are a worker.

You make a wage.

You want a raise.

Your boss eventually agrees, and raises his prices to give you a raise.

All the other bosses at all the other companies do the same.

You take your 10% raise and find everything at the store costs 10% more.

You have not gotten any benefit from your raise.

You sit down with your boss and ask him how you can get ahead.

Improving efficiency.  Make 5 widgets for every one you made before.  That way, prices hold or fall, and wages stay steady.

So the real way to increase quality of life is to increase worker productivity.

Enter the labor union.

What do labor unions do?  The stated stuff, not the corrupt stuff.

  • They fight for increasing wages
  • They fight a boss’s ability to fire unproductive workers
  • They fight to increase paid time off
    • More holidays
    • More vacation
    • Maternity/Paternity leave
  • They fight for endless medical and retirement plans, sometimes more than the worker has contributed to their plan
  • They make it so the union gets to decide who gets jobs, and no worker may be brought in on his own contract

All these things directly impact productivity.  That leads to increasing prices without increasing quality.

Union workers like to imagine that their higher wages make them wealthier, but that assumes all other companies are not raising wages and prices.  There was an ad years ago that said, In 1900, a $20 gold piece would buy you a really nice suit.  Today, a $20 gold piece is worth about $1300.  The gold piece will still buy you a great suit, but your $20 bill won’t pay for the alterations.

If you really want to become more wealthy (real wealth), then figure out how to do your job better, faster, more efficiently.

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One Strike. You’re out!

MIlo Yiannopoulos was un-vited from speaking at CPAC, lost his book deal, and forced to quit his job at Breitbart News.

What was his crime?

It was speaking on a podcast a year ago in such a way that when heavily edited, seemed like he supported pedophilia.

None of this is true – Milo detests pedophiles, but the damage is done, the left has won.

I have never understood this.  People can devote their love and energy to a cause or job for decades, but commit one wrong move (or in Milo’s case only appear to have committed a wrong move) and that’s it.  You’ll never work again.

There was a time when I offended someone at work.  I was notified by management that I had done something to offend someone.

“Wow.  I had no idea.  Who was it?”

“I can’t tell you that.”

“Well then what did I do or say?”

“You should know that.”

“I don’t.”

Look, I am a christian, and was at the time a republican, but pretty quiet about those things in the workplace.  But given the number of times when a public person lost everything for an off-color comment in a bar, I wanted to go and smooth things over with whoever complained, and make peace.  I have a family, and my job was important to me.

But they didn’t want peace.  They wanted me to shut up and work.  They wanted me to live in fear that something I might say to someone might get me fired and blacklisted in my industry.  Furthermore, when politics or religion came up they wanted me to quietly listen as my side was bashed and ridiculed.

This had the expected result.  I now couldn’t be sure who was so small that they had taken a trivial comment to management.  I stopped going to lunch with everyone.  I never chatted about anything non-task-related with anyone.  I became a miserable old hermit in my dark little cube.  I also sold all my company stock options.  That was my little dig at them.

There is no cure for this sickness.  There is no way to fight a nameless, faceless hatred that refuses to stand up and face us like real people.  I weep for western culture.

To all my current and future coworkers: I vow that if I am offended by anything you do or say, I will respond in one of two ways.

  • I will talk to you face to face about it.
  • I will let it slide, though I may seethe for a little while about it.

I will never, ever go to management to anonymously shut you down and possibly get you fired though.  That’s just cowardly.

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Donald Trope

Tilting at Windmills

There is a mean person who was elected president. He planned to evict all gay married couples, sending jack-booted police to pummel kind, loving partners apart and force them to marry the disgusting members of the opposite sex. He planned to – in full Nazi style – test all the people of the land for genetic purity, and shove the unworthy out into the sea, or across the border to Mexico.

He woke up in the morning and dreamed of oppressing any man who wished he was a girl and and girl who wished she was a guy. He had a 4,000 year old redwood cut down to make a high-grade pen so he could close down welfare and social security and make the old people work as slaves until they die.

He met with secret organizations to make sure only the wealthiest white families could send their white sons to college, and only if they paid millions for the privilege. He had horses’ heads put in the beds of his rivals and dissenters. He ate baby seals and shot polar bears for fun.

He had his construction companies build a giant wall – bigger than the great wall of China – and stationed right-wing bearded wackos every 50 feet in towers with beer, corn chips, giant piles of armor-piercing ammo, and orders to shoot any poor or helpless children they saw.

He rounded up the impure and tossed them off the wall into Mexico and told them to run before the guards opened fire.

This man is pure evil. People – helpless humanitarian people – rioted and protested and (for some unknown reason ) looted to make this man stop. This man, this awful man elected by reactionary, stupid neanderthals, had to be stopped at all costs.

This man hates women despite having a wonderful, smart wife and daughter. He thinks of them all as sex objects and likes to randomly humiliate them for no reason. He thinks women are best when chained to a stove or ironing board, and shouldn’t be allowed to go to school or vote.

There is just one problem. This man, this Donald Trope, is pure fiction. He is an incoherent concoction of lies and memes. The liars know that soon it will be revealed that the real man is not this 10-eyed flaming demon they have constructed, and they have an urgent need to whip their idiots into a frenzy before the whole construct comes tumbling down. There is an Armageddon coming for these people, but it’s only their concept of reality, not reality itself that is going to burn this time.

Well, once their useful idiots finish burning things to the ground.

Reality Check

If you think the real guy is going to round up all LGBTQ(plus whatever letters get added this week) and make them break up, step back from your anger. It’s not going to happen.

If you’re worried that McDonald’s is not going to let transgenders into the wrong bathroom, or that they won’t be force to create a separate restroom for each of the 27 defined genders, then chill. Work in your state to get whatever action you need. The president has more important things to do. Hillary wasn’t going to address this either.

If you think that opposing gay marriage equals hate of gay people, relax. It’s not hate to disagree about what marriage is. It’s just opinion.

If you think that stopping people from illegally crossing the border is racism, have your head examined. It’s the job of nations to protect their people. They can’t do that in an open-border world. If you disagree, take all the outside doors and windows off your house, or you’re a hypocrite. It’s not racism to protect your people. All nations do it. The ones that didn’t are not nations anymore.

If you think that Muslim refugees don’t need to be allowed to immigrate carefully, then have them move in by you. We’ll make sure they are not screened at all. As for me, I have daughters, and I would really not like the thought of my neighborhood filling up with terrorist jihadists. By the way, Islam is not a race. It isn’t racism to watch and/or carefully screen them.

On this topic, why are you so anxious to have so many of them come here? Do you want the murders, rapes, and terror attacks? It sure seems that way when viewed from the right.

If you think he is going to cut Medicare, look at what the ACA did. It redirected a large chunk of medicare funds to itself. In essence, Medicare is already raided.

Relax

Remember, the real man has donated money to Democrats. He lived in New York. He is not as conservative as you fear. The real man wants repeal and replace. I am not happy with that, I think the free market can do better. The real man is not putting tea-partiers into all the key jobs. Not even close. He seems to be walking a more moderate, reasonable path. Though it’s only been one day in reality, so we’ll have to see.

So turn off your fear and hate, stop watching fake news like CNN (when a news organization vows to take a president down, how fair can they really be?). Engage your eyes and ears and mind. Think about what is actually being done, and not what you fear might happen next.

When Clinton and Obama were elected, the right was demoralized and angry, just like you are now. Our fears were far greater than the reality we ended up facing. Some wacko right-wing bloggers made dire predictions and even promoted lies and rumors about them. The mainstream right rejected these wackos and watched what actually happened before they made judgments and formulated opposition. It’s the only reasonable way to be.

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My thoughts about the 2016 Presidential Election – Shocking Insights!

I just don’t care.

Update: Trump wins!

Still don’t really care.

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The People of Earth

Wars and rumors of wars (Matthew 24:6).

By and large, the people of Earth want to live their lives, raise their children, and put away something for their golden years without getting it snatched away by tyrannical government.

Governments on the other hand, spend all their waking hours (and pay lackeys while they are asleep at the wheel) thinking about the consolidation of their own power, their accumulation of wealth, and presenting a public image that will aid them in getting re-elected perpetually.  For them, war and the threat of war is a valuable tool that aids them greatly in that cause.  It’s much safer to ply the people with pick me or the Huns will slaughter your goats than it is to go on about the subtle nuances in your economic policy.

International war and aggression happen when the leadership gets so caught up in their own rhetoric that they have no option other than to escalate. If they don’t escalate, they are viewed as impotent blowhards and liars, even if the public does not want war beyond maybe going over there (wherever there is) and blowing some shit up.  The whole notion that Muslims for instance ‘want us all dead’ cannot possibly be true, or the world would be in open combat in nearly every country, province, and city.  It’s just not remotely possible that so many people are waiting secretly in the background until we are least expecting it.

I therefore posit that the leaders of governments are the ones who desire (and benefit) most from ongoing war, international aggression, and wildly overblown propaganda about perceived enemies (as well as enemies among us).  This is true of ISIS, Washington, Moscow, London, Beijing, and Jerusalem.  The ones who want never-ending aggression are the leaders, while the citizens mostly wish it would all end, so they can raise their families.

There are two possible approaches to deal with this disparity between the people of the world and warmongering governments.

  1. Refuse to listen to their bullshit and throw the bastards out.
  2. Let them live in their own political world while we live at peace in ours.

The latter only works well, however until they call us up and take our kids to go die in some hellhole to secure their power.

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