“what you can’t see will hurt you, count on it!”
Yeah, a new year, but, what does a couple of days make life in America? We have Congress coming back next week, big freakin’ deal, and most of you who had the luxury of taking 10 or more days off these past 2 weeks, well, ya rested and ready for hitting the floor to your occupational pursuits?
I think it is more apparent that too many have agendas and personal stakes in various goals that have no outward interest or concern to help people, just the few and selfish across the country, and let’s start with something I read in my last mailed issue of The Week magazine:
While it was a summary in the magazine, the article in it’s entirety should be a worthy read to anyone who comes here with regularity. I’ll just leave you with this one comment:
“There is plenty more like this to be found, if you look for it. A team of researchers at the New York State Psychiatric Institute surveyed 43,000 Americans and found that, by some wide margin, the rich were more likely to shoplift than the poor. Another study, by a coalition of nonprofits called the Independent Sector, revealed that people with incomes below twenty-five grand give away, on average, 4.2 percent of their income, while those earning more than 150 grand a year give away only 2.7 percent. A UCLA neuroscientist named Keely Muscatell has published an interesting paper showing that wealth quiets the nerves in the brain associated with empathy: if you show rich people and poor people pictures of kids with cancer, the poor people’s brains exhibit a great deal more activity than the rich people’s. (An inability to empathize with others has just got to be a disadvantage for any rich person seeking political office, at least outside of New York City.) “As you move up the class ladder,” says Keltner, “you are more likely to violate the rules of the road, to lie, to cheat, to take candy from kids, to shoplift, and to be tightfisted in giving to others. Straightforward economic analyses have trouble making sense of this pattern of results.” “
You could read this to mean a few things, but, when you read about what the pure antisocial brain is linked to from a pure physiological point of view, well, I will defer to the top choice when I google “physiological differences between regular and antisocial people”, you can do so yourself and look at other links to see if there are other choices to support any alternative opinions:
Why do you think courts don’t allow lie detector testing to be admissible in court? As George Costanza said in a Seinfeld episode, “if you believe the lie to be the truth, well, then you can’t be wrong”. Sums up the antisocial perfectly for me.
Anyway, regular readers here know I rail away about these issues with the usual commentary, but, reading the Michael Lewis article in the New Republic first linked above, it is so sad and disturbing how profiting really makes people scumbags. And, that is the agenda of health care these past what, 3 decades or more alone?
I am not going to link away articles showing what Obamacare will do to screw up so many of your lives in the next year or two, as you either have felt it directly, or, are living in an alternative universe, or, are an antisocial bastard and are directly benefiting already and don’t want to read or hear what is your reality. But, as health care is more profit driven by so many participating in the process, well, how do people with a conscience and drive to do what is right and responsible put up with all this chaos and criminal purpose?
I’ll finish with another short read in The Week, that shows we are surrounded by scum and treachery, and this will either startle or just annoy readers who are paying attention to the bullshit of bureaucracy gone amok:
Again, read the whole link, and if you don’t know what already is well known how the TSA process is the biggest piece of bullshit to make you sick and disgusted, well, I’ll leave you with this from the link:
“There were other types of bad behavior in the I.O. room [where the Image Operator stays to review the images of people being Xrayed]—I personally witnessed quite a bit of fooling around, in every sense of the phrase. Officers who were dating often conspired to get assigned to the I.O. room at the same time, where they analyzed the nude images with one eye apiece, at best. Every now and then, a passenger would throw up two middle fingers during his or her scan, as though somehow aware of the transgressions going on.
But the only people who hated the body-scanners more than the public were TSA employees themselves. Many of my co-workers felt uncomfortable even standing next to the radiation-emitting machines we were forcing members of the public to stand inside. Several told me they submitted formal requests for dosimeters, to measure their exposure to radiation. The agency’s stance was that dosimeters were not necessary—the radiation doses from the machines were perfectly acceptable, they told us. We would just have to take their word for it. When concerned passengers—usually pregnant women—asked how much radiation the machines emitted and whether they were safe, we were instructed by our superiors to assure them everything was fine.
We were also ordered to tell the public that the machines were 100 percent effective, security-wise, in the event that any citizens caught wind of rumors to the contrary.”
Human nature, it ain’t natural much these days. Civilization, makes us more and more uncivilized, and then we label it mental health impairment. But, another post for 2015, and I doubt many want to read what that will say…
Happy New Year? Come on, how many of you really say that like you mean it to be a good thing? Jaded and cynical, nah, cold hearted realist, with little hope I can make a difference in a sizeable portion of peoples’ lives. I look to help others help themselves, but, hitting Powerball is better odds these days, believe it!
can’t lose a good beach day just cause the guy down the beach is dead…