Saturday, December 24, 2011

When the Absurd Becomes Reality (Part 5)

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Dumb and Dumber, Watching TV
I am concerned that television is turning too many people—young and old—into complete, mouth-breathing trolls
Alan Caruba
Monday, January 30, 2012
I am pretty sure that, in their heyday, the Three Stooges, were looked down upon as low comedy by some folks. To this day, I still do. The truth is, however, even chimpanzees yuck it up when one of their fellow primates falls out of the tree. Since we share a great deal of our DNA in common with them it should come as no surprise that many people tune into “America’s Funniest Home Videos” to watch other people sustain a variety of injuries and humiliations.
In these horrid times, we all need a bit of entertainment and a few laughs, but it is hard for me to scan the evening’s television schedule without concluding that what passes for popular culture these days suggests that our collective IQs are scraping the bottom percentiles.
I will skip the usual stuff on the networks. Cops, lawyers, physicians are the stuff of most TV dramas from its earliest days. Many of these shows are well written, acted, and produced. The situation comedies, however, are the lowest, most vulgar stuff imaginable. The animated versions, “The Simpsons”, “Family Guy” or “American Dad” are generally cringe-worthy and, if you think about it, a wholesale attack on everything society generally regards as virtues. If you tear them down, what is left?
A show like “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” gets a bunch of fairly smart kids together and some really dumb adults to demonstrate how much they have forgotten or never learned when they were in fifth grade. There is a serious aspect to the question it asks.
I once wrote that if you wanted to lower your IQ, you should just watch the so-called History Channel, but to that I would have to add Animal Planet with shows like “American Stuffers” featuring a taxidermist and folks who had Fido and Fifi stuffed so they can be around in perpetuity. One can only hope they don’t feel the same way about the rest of their family.
This is the same channel that insists on broadcasting shows whose theme is that aliens from outer space are responsible for teaching the ancient Egyptians or Incas how to build pyramids. Let me repeat that, aliens from outer space! On a similar note, if the National Geographic channel keeps telling us that global warming is real, it should be dragged into court and heavily fined for every time it repeats this hoax.
Moving along, Animal Planet offers “Gator Boys” and the incomparable “Finding Bigfoot.” Why anyone would waste a minute’s time looking for Bigfoot defies the imagination, but watching them do so is comparable to announcing that you have reached a level of stupidity that embarrasses everyone who knows you.
Some shows are a category unto themselves like “Jersey Shore” in which a colony of morons is created solely for the purpose of providing viewers the satisfaction of saying they are not as stupid as the people they’re watching. There are gradations of this formula such as “The Real Housewives of” wherever, “The Bachelor”, etc.
I keep wondering when people who watch these shows will realize that “reality TV” has the same relationship to reality as junk mail does to a notice of eviction.
Over at TLC you can watch “Extreme Couponing” and shows about demented people who hoard everything until they are dragged from their homes for fear the stuff will fall and kill them. It’s mental illness as entertainment.
The ultimate channel for unremitting stupidity is TrueTV. They run “The Dumbest” series as a constant reminder that people who look and sound remarkably like your friends or relatives are morons. It’s truly a global thing as the clips come from all over. If you want to lose all hope for the future of the human race, watch this series.
I have come to suspect that far too much of what passes for “entertainment” on television is produced and aired by people who are convinced that if they provided anything intelligent, they would be off the air in days, if not hours. This stuff is an insult to the intelligence of most people, many of whom are smart enough to be doing something else to pass the time.
There was a book titled “They Became What They Beheld” and I am concerned that television is turning too many people—young and old—into complete, mouth-breathing trolls. It says a lot about our short attention spans and national mood swings during this election year.
Alan has a daily blog called Warning Signs.
Alan can be reached at acaruba@aol.com
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Race and Politics Based Law Enforcement
By Lloyd Marcus
January 3, 2012
NewsWithViews.com
Six months ago, I returned home to discover a family had moved into my backyard storage shed. Displaying an incredible sense of entitlement and off the chain arrogance, the family refused to leave, arguing they were simply seeking a better life. Adding insult to injury, their TV, computers and etc were powered by an electrical cord plugged into the exterior outlet of my home.
Infuriated, I immediately sought help from law enforcement to remove the squatters from my property. After inquiring about the race of my intruders, law enforcement accused me of racism. Law enforcement declined to assist me. I yelled, “These people are breaking the law! What about my rights as a property owner?”
Law Enforcement scolded me, “Don't try to hide your racism behind the law!”
I returned home frustrated to witness more of the trespasser's family and friends setting up residency in my backyard. One invader brought an old piece of crap RV. My Home Owner's Association is fining me daily until
its removal. There are tents and people living in an old Chevy station-wagon; all powered by a dangerous poor imitation of a MacGyver style electrical hookup into my power including a maze of electrical cords.
To stop further invasion, armed buddies volunteered to secure my fence, take turns keeping watch. Local media caught wind of my buddies sympathetic generous offer and branded them an angry racist mob of vigilantes. Law enforcement threatened my buddies with arrests if they intervened in any way.
With city elections only a few months away, the mayor showed up at my home with fruit baskets for the invaders. His honor assured the invaders that he supported their honorable pursuit of a better life 100% and would not tolerate the “racist” property owner (me), evicting them. After the thunderous applause subsided, the mayor's assistant made sure each invader filled out a voter registration form which he collected before the mayor and his entourage departed.
So, here I am. My monthly electric bill has tripled. Cited for code violations, I was forced to install more outlets and electrical power. My backyard landscape with my wife's prize-winning flower garden is now a mud-pit resembling a scene from the movie, “Woodstock”. Invaders now occupy every inch of our exterior property.
Local media continually write stories about what a cruel, heartless, evil and racist SOB I am for not providing food for my “guests” and adding them to my health insurance.
Upon returning home from school, we keep our kids in the house. Our neighborhood has become unsafe and in rapid decline; selling drugs and lord knows what illegal activities are taking place in our backyard.
The Home Owner's Association sent a petition to the city demanding they do something to stop the invasion spreading all over our community. In response, the city is suing us. The local media has joined the city in their effort to portray us as racists who are somehow breaking the law.
Unbelievably, to assist the invaders, the city has raised our taxes to provide by-lingual signage throughout our community, food, education and health care for our “guests.”
Please understand. Our history of swiftly coming to the aid of people in need around the world confirms that my neighbors and I are a charitable, generous and compassionate people. Thus, we wholeheartedly support anyone seeking a better life.
But, there is a right and wrong way of doing things. An illegal invasion is not the correct way. It is also immoral to send a message that it is acceptable to break our laws; a slap in the face to all who play by the rules.
What happened to “equal justice for all”? Law enforcement and government lending a deaf ear to lawbreakers for political reasons is the worse kind of corruption. Their motives are not about compassion, but rather securing potential new voters. Such a self-serving exploitation of power is shameful, despicable and ugly. How can my city, with a straight face, instruct kids to obey the law and not sell drugs when the city decides to enforce laws based on their agenda or the race of the offender?
Got to run, the Spot-O-Potty delivery guys have arrived. Yes, it is another expense, but it is worth it.
Lloyd Marcus, Proud Unhyphenated American
Self proclaimed Black Unhyphenated American, Lloyd Marcus is a featured columnist on American Thinker, Renew America, Canadian Free Press and numerous other Internet websites. A speaker, activist, singer/songwriter, recording artist and entertainer, Marcus was a featured act on the historical 2009 Tea Party Expressed Tour. The finale event was the Sept. 12th Taxpayers March and Rally in Washington DC where Marcus performed for a million people.
His appearances include FoxNews, CNN, PJTV and numerous TV and radio programs. He emcees and performs his patriotic original songs at rallies and special events across America. He was the featured entertainment at the 2009 Free Republic National Convention. Marcus' mission is to use his God given gifts to spread the "truth" that Conservatism is best for all Americans. He resides in Central Florida.
An elected official, Marcus is Chairman for Precinct 424, Volusia County Florida. He is also Creative Director for the Republican Executive Committee of Volusia County.
Lloyd Marcus, Singer/Songwriter of the national "American Tea Party Anthem." President, NAACPC (National Association for the Advancement of Conservative People of Color)
Website: LloydMarcus.com
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High Speed Rail Boondoggle
By Attorney Jonathan Emord
Author of "The Rise of Tyranny" and "Global Censorship of Health Information"
January 2, 2012
NewsWithViews.com
Like almost all government infrastructure projects, the President’s high speed rail plan has proven to be an enormous boondoggle. In 2008, the President announced plans for a joint federal-state-private sector project that would construct bullet train rail service in ten corridors around the United States. The President earmarked $8 billion for the project. Now, four years later, almost every state originally interested in the program has bailed out, unable to afford its share of the cost—almost all, but not California. California wants all the federal money rejected by the other states to be devoted entirely for its high speed rail train planned to link Los Angeles with San Francisco.
Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) wants to kill the project. He and other house members are calling for a Government Accountability Office audit which they think will assuredly show that the proposal is a massive financial black hole, drawing ever greater dollars to finance one of the greatest boondoggles in United States’ history.
For their part, the President and the Vice President continue to advocate high speed rail, quite jolly in their view that consumers want the trains and need them. In fact, however, there is little consumer interest in the programs and considerable doubt that consumers will ride the trains. One primary problem is that to reach top speeds of over two hundred miles an hour requires straight through transportation, when consumers are more interested in multiple stops.
The California project is an excellent case in point. Communities along the rail route have been objecting to the plan because it would permit passengers to get on and off the train at just two points, Los Angeles and San Francisco, but if more stops are added, the train will not be able to reach high speed and the entire investment in high speed rail will be a waste.
Evidence now strongly suggests that government projections of ridership for the California high speed rail are grossly inflated. Initial cost estimates were in the $33 billion range. Now the California project is estimated to cost $98 billion, but no one knows for sure what the ultimate price tag will be. Moreover, estimates of the cost of government subsidies needed to make tickets affordable are skyrocketing. It is now estimated that for each trip the government would have to pay about $100 per passenger. In addition, construction of the rail is now estimated to require an additional thirteen years, thus causing it to be completed at a time when no one presently can anticipate relative demand.
Original estimates were that the California high speed rail project would employ one million people. Now, government planners admit that it is more likely that several thousand people will be employed, nowhere near the million employee projection originally given.
The high speed rail boondoggle is all too typical of this administration. Grandiose concepts of government planned economies abound at the White House. Obamacare is another horrendous government planned approach that is presently riddled with projected financing problems and market dislocation effects that could well force all health insurance premiums through the roof.
Although history is replete with dozens of examples of how and why planned economies fail, politicians remain addicted to grandiose promises, committing the government to them, and then letting others worry about how to afford them. That pattern has brought us to our present financial crisis and will keep that crisis going until the public throws the big spenders out of office.
Jonathan W. Emord is an attorney who practices constitutional and administrative law before the federal courts and agencies. Congressman Ron Paul calls Jonathan “a hero of the health freedom revolution” and says “all freedom-loving Americans are in [his] debt . . . for his courtroom [victories] on behalf of health freedom.” He has defeated the FDA in federal court a remarkable eight times, six on First Amendment grounds, and is the author of Amazon bestsellers The Rise of Tyranny, and Global Censorship of Health Information. He is also the American Justice columnist for U.S.A. Today Magazine. For more info visit Emord.com.
Website: Emord.com
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Genetically Modified Mosquitoes to be Released in the US for the First Time
Mike Barrett
NaturalSociety
December 23, 2011
http://naturalsociety.com/genetically-modified-mosquitoes-release-us-first-time/
To those of you who have been eager to hear the latest news concerning the potential release of genetically modified mosquitoes – here it is. It turns out that the genetically modified mosquitoes could be released into the U.S. environment as early as January of 2012. A private firm plans to initiate the release of the GE mosquitoes in the Florida Keys. Florida will be the first beta testing grounds to determine whether or not the mosquitoes lead to detrimental environmental and genetic impact. Residents in this area will also be subjected — without choice — to these genetically manipulated insects, unless the private firm decides to seek permission.
Genetically Modified Mosquitoes
An Unknown Dangerous Experiment
The first mosquito release took place in the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean in 2009. On Sunday, October 27, the release was discussed in a scientific paper by the journal of Nature Biotechnology with the report concluding the releases’ success. A second trial occurred in 2010, where 6,000 mosquitoes were released in Malaysia for further experiments. The mosquitoes are genetically modified with a gene designed to kill them unless given an antibiotic known as tetracycline. Offspring of the GM mosquitoes will receive this same lethal gene which will kill the offspring before it can ever reach adulthood. As more genetically modified mosquitoes mate with wild mosquitoes, the idea is that more and more offspring will be produced with the lethal gene, thereby reducing the mosquito population.
Of course the risks these mosquitoes pose both on the environment as well as the health of all living creatures are highly unknown, leaving everyone with many more questions than answers. We have already seen how terribly genetic modification can threaten the environment and human health, yet people are still moving toward a genetically modified world. With the release of genetically modified insects could come the downfall of both local and global ecosystems as well as negative consequences concerning the food chain. There is simply no way of knowing what could happen by replacing the naturally born life forms on planet earth with genetically modified creations.
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Some questions that still remain unanswered:
· Will Oxitec, the creator of the insects, need to acquire the free and informed consent of residents in Key West for the release of the GM mosquitoes? With the previous release of the mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands there was no public consultation taken on potential risks and informed consent was not given from locals.
· With 0.5 percent of the released insects being female (the gender which bites humans), what happens to humans if bitten by the female mosquitoes?
· What could happen to the ecosystem and local food chain with the major decrease in the Aedes aegypti mosquito population?
· Who will regulate the release, and who will be responsible in the event of complications – to any degree?
If Florida and the US approves Oxitec’s planned release of these genetically modified mosquitoes, we will become that much closer to future genetic modification of living creatures as well as the potential collapse of environmental and human health. Luckily, judging by the widespread opposition of genetically modified foods, it is likely that this experiment won’t turn into a reality without a fight.
Sources:
Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes in the U.S. http://libcloud.s3.amazonaws.com/93/df/1/959/1/Issue_brief_GE_mosquitoes_in_U.S.pdf
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Also See:
When the Absurd Becomes Reality!
(Part 1)
23 March 2009
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.com/2009/03/when-absurd-becomes-reality.html
and
(Part 2)
07 August 2009
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.com/2009/08/when-absurd-becomes-reality-part-2.html
and
(Part 3)
21 February 2011
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.com/2011/02/when-absurd-becomes-reality-part-3.html
and
(Part 4)
21 November 2011
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.com/2011/11/when-absurd-becomes-reality-part-4.html
and
Science Fiction or Future Reality?
01 November 2008
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.com/2008/11/science-fiction-or-future-reality.html
and
What is Truth? - Is Everything Relative? Does the End Justify the Means?
28 August 2009
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.com/2009/08/what-is-truth-does-end-justify-means.html
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