Author Archive for Mr. Stomp

24
May
16

Of Perfecting the Human Genome

What do we do when we’re all physically and mentally perfect? Congratulate ourselves on eradicating the need to help each other?  Shouldn’t everyone fend for themselves?  Is human society evolving or turning neanderthal?

It’s always best to start a philosophical piece with questions.

How perfect is the human race today?  We still have a world of broken people: financially, mentally, physically, spiritually and socially.  Yet you hear this idea from the Elite that we have evolved into something better.  What are those people smoking?

These social engineering types talk of eradicating illness and defect from the human race. They want to see a perfected human genome.  Like they can control the breeding habits of 7 billion (and counting) people.  Their goal is to eliminate those who are the carriers and not just those who are disabled by the mutations?  But to find those mutations and defects what a police state  we would live in?

types of loveRichard Dawkins recent tweeted that the human fetuses who were known to be genetically inferior, like that of a mongoloid or with Down’s syndrome should be aborted.  Is that the goal then why not stop women from having kids altogether after their eggs start going bad starting a age 30?  If you can take away the human right to copulate and reproduce, why not do it to perfect humanity (paradox for sure).  Why not just have test tube babies where pregnancy is illegal.  Hell why not fix everyone so they can’t reproduce.  It’s a Brave New World!

The idea that we can eradicate illness and disability through human engineering mightcreate other problems for mankind.  First there would be less need to have empathy for others, if everyone were well, had great genetics and were resistant to all forms of disease.  Without human empathy, what type of world would we have?

When you are around people who don’t know love, it is funny to see them talk about how there day was.  Oh, I broke a nail.  Oh, I had a ding on my car door.  Those are their problems.  Isn’t it nice that  there are no real problems for those people.  Don’t tell them how their sick, poor, dying and suffering fellow human beings are doing?  You don’t want to get them in a fluster, do you.

Great engineering and design work require human empathy.  Empathy is a human trait that make the world a better place; for we decide to make it better.  That motivation alone is a great source of human improvement.  Instead of planning how everyone else should live, maybe those societal engineers who go live off the streets with the homeless and learn empathetic ways.  George Orwell did.

In some ways empathy is much greater than human love.  Or maybe more precisely Empathy is a higher form of love.

Human love can be selfish.  It can be a give and take.  You do this for me and I’ll do that for you.  Scratch my back, and I’ll return the favor.  Even worse is familial love where things are selfish extended to out families while the rest of the world can go to hell.  The concept that even the wicked do nice things for their families.  The bit about eliminating people’s babies for whatever reason is usually justified by a selfish motivation like not having to support those babies by your taxes.  No empathy there at all.  Such a love is shallow and can breed contempt of fellow men suffering in the world.

Disability, illness and brokenness are reasons to develop a better society. Without these challenges many awesome improvements to mankind would never have happened.  And when that improvement is assimilated into human society, it produces a better life for all – except when those who benefit have no empathy.  Helping someone and not yourself is what gives life purpose.

The reason people need a spiritual life and not a religious one is that it empathy is the outcome:  love thy enemies, means going out and helping those who despise you, not sheltering yourself away from them.

If you accept Dawkin’s idea of a genetically superior society, where taking care of a sickly or disabled person is a waste, then you may be godless too.  The Nazis had this thinking as well. It is noteworthy that the men behind such schemes were executed.  Yet isn’t it true thatgenome manipulation most of the past civilizations destroyed their disabled.  I read about a Roman bath house where thousands of babies bodies where plugging up the sewage track.  It is believed that these were babies born to prostitutes, who most likely serviced men at the bath house. Those prostitutes were the sex slaves of the time who had no means of supporting children.

When we accept those who are impoverished, down and out, or mentally sick and use their challenges to design something to help them overcome, we are growing spiritually.  The evolution of mankind is spiritual and not physical.  Some of the wealthiest people are those who have the worst of lives.  Happiness comes from serving others.  Personally helping another individual requires a heart, and many people are too frightened to love at that intimate level.

Will our society evolve and make it our business to take care of others, learning how to improve their condition in life, or will be de-evolve and put our genius at ending life, aborting fetuses, and euthanizing our sick and elderly.  Infanticide for whatever reason stands as a testament against mankind.  Even if you use the by-products to make adults healthy (stem cells).  Someone once said that as a whole groups of people are much more amoral than individuals.  When the society has grown calloused and inhuman to its youth, and committed infanticide, then sure the elderly, the disabled, and the sick are one step behind, until civilization falls.

What difference is today’s world from ancient pagan times as people give up their children for abortion, so as to improve their economic opportunity.  In ancient times families would sacrifice their newborn children, so that they could secure a good harvest.  Moloch was one of the false gods that Israel would worship during its periods of apostasy. I suppose that deity has arisen again under banner of the God of money.

MolochWe should be able to learn from the past and in this area the problem is that those who are religious are not necessary merciful or empathetic.  They fail at being the representative of a God of Love.  Then there are people who are always trying to live lives that improve the lives of others, but they have moments of completely stupid thinking, like trying to create a better world by eliminating things that aren’t perfect, especially other people.

Some people believe that by eliminating others who think differently from them will cause peace in this world.  But people who only tolerate others like themselves are no more different than the selfish rich man who gives his money to his children and does nothing to improve the society in which they live.   Killing off all the outsiders leaves you the worst type of person.  Taking care of your own and not others all your life, leaves you with life devoid of value.

 

 

Reference Articles

Discovery of Mass Grave:

Suggested Reading: Six Habits of Highly Empathetic People

Euthanasia News

More Associated Reading:

3 Person Babies

Pig-human mix breeding

 

 

 

22
Apr
16

Quesalupa Cheesy Breaking News

Convenience Foods

People are about convenience foods, and now it seems that fat cats who own the news marketplace are about serving up news that is just as cheesy. They also don’t want to have to do the research to know what is fact or fiction on the internet. Actually companies have cookie which track content you look at and spin everything into your ear that falls within the confine of your tastes, all to drive traffic.  News no longer is about truth.  The Kardashians (Sociological reasons) are news, Sarah Palin is news.  Prince William is news.

fat cats of the press

Fat Cat Press

Blogs

The quality of news is degraded by the blogosphere, many say. That’s because we can cut and snip out portions of news articles from reputable news sources, but the reputable is corrupted by the capitalism of the internet.  Yes, the advertising is what is paying the bills, and the fat cats who make money need the dollars to stay fat.  So really what is news on the web is only what fat cats think will draw money into their coffers. The chart below show the difference between what the public wants to hear about and what the news agencies place as content.

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Oh, those two percent-ers. They could care less what is in the news, and they don’t see their owning newspapers, radio and TV stations and internet news sources as related to public service.  No, they see it from the penthouse view of looking down on their bludgeoning financial statements.  [Did I mention fat cats???]  Did the company make quarterly sales figures, and what we are left with is a Quesalupa new diet?  Cheesy and full of links to girls showing off their skin, what the hell has that to do with news?

the outrageous crap mixed in your news

Outrageous Carp mixed with News

Even news references are often paid spaces from those advertising, or those selling something, as I’m sure you are aware of half the links are pay-by-click sites driving money into someone’s pocket, and not yours or mine.  Having food, sex, fashion and popular culture, the popular menu items just waters down organization ability to generate decent news coverage.

speaknstomp readership

Write it and they won’t come; Unless you link to popular culture! Then write consistently or your relevance fades fast.

As a blogger, I’m always microblogging and linking to content or cultural aspects of what I’m writing so that I can draw more points from the digital bots, (Google mainly) that reflect the relevance of my pieces. I’m at least up front about it.

[Notice that the first three years I was a super blogger, and now I’ve rejoined the rank ranks]

tower_of_boxes_by_darkvixen8Do you really think my writing is good enough to put my blog up in front of a quarter million viewers, as it has over the past few years.  I’m writing this thing infrequently, and so I’ve found that to have a voice, I have to build a complex system of other people boxes to get up high enough to broadcast in the world of news and social commentary.  Maybe you are like me and lose interest if no one is reading your posts.  Sites like Yahoo and MSN are full of content they did not create, but snagged from other sources like the Huffington Post, New York Times, Reuters, Associated Press, and a load of sponsored site.   Companies like Taboola are helping drive information regardless of its character, authenticity and accuracy.  The ethic is making money now providing reliable news.

 

clockwork orange gangMy social experience is that you need Darth Vader, Clockwork Orange, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Prince and Michael Jackson type focus to get any real traction on the slippery slopes of blogging. Without them, your content is just zeros and ones floating into a blackhole of the unseen.  Digital conversations with the ether.  The tags are the communication that connects us, not the content.  People are not caring or even wanting your insights and commentary blog world.  They want you porn, your gossip, your pictures of the famous or notorious.  If I could place Osama bin Laden ‘s corpse up, I’d have something that many might like to see especially if it had a video, regardless if the picture was real or not.  Heck didn’t they make an Osama movie focusing on that death scene????  You need some violent psychopathic tendencies to illicit the type of traffic in this “dog eat dog” world.

Advice Point:

When placing popular cultural items in you blog, who cares if they make any sense, they will drive people to your site.

Internet News and Regular News is Corrupt

This graphic depicts the real world of how news doesn’t meet the public’s interest in content. The lines are out of whack.  This is the same reasoning that keeps the cheesy fattening goodness of the Taco Bell Quesalupa on the menu.  Everyone knows this meal is more like a cholesterol and sodium through the roof.   As CEO Creg Greedy, oh I mean Yum Brands Greg Creedy has stated, “Easy trumps better!”  As Yum does care about nutrition and quality, neither does the news agencies we read each day.  So enjoy your cheese, and also don’t worry about indigestion.  The fat cats want your money and they don’t care if you grow stupid by reading the poor quality news and information they  control.  What are you going to get cancer – if it were so they would own medicine?  Oh know, perhaps they do?

Article References

http://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/taco-bells-quesalupa-what-exactly-is-it-w163753

Schnell writes: While many lament the seeming lack of quality, in-depth journalism today, a darth fader close upGawker article argues that the inescapable problem is that you need a paying (in some form) audience (of a large enough size) to do it. There are plenty of free “news” sources to be found online, especially blogs simply regurgitating and putting a spin on wire news reports. But as the article notes, “The audience for quality prestige content is small. Even smaller than the actual output of quality prestige content, which itself is smaller than most media outlets like to imagine.” Even highly respected news sources like the New York Times are resorting to wine clubs, and the Washington Post is giving free subscriptions to Amazon Prime members to drive more corporate synergy and revenue. Rich parent companies are giving up on boutique, high-quality, niche journalism projects like ESPN’s Grantland and Al Jazeera America because there simply aren’t enough TV viewers/online ad clickers to pay the bills. So how do we reconcile our collectively-stated desire for high quality journalism with our (seeming) collective unwillingness to pay for it?

3 stylized facts: i) particular quality news markets are dominated by merely a few providers, ii) demand for quality news appears stable, but provision of news has become specialized; mainstream news is decoupled from quality news, and iii) the dominant business model of internet news mirrors that of radio, television, and newspapers in that costs of news production are recouped via advertising.

6 companies own the America news media are swimming in the money:

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15
Apr
16

The Trash Economy

In the trash economy, they even pay you for picking up trash.
You get fully state benefits, medical, and retirement. All
you have to do is vote!  The state will give you all you need
to live in one handy-dandy, little white-plastic shopping bag.

It’s all about the taxes. Without a balanced approach, states are left with serious problems economically to provide needed state services.  Seems the Republicans are buying power to budget cut their states at the benefit of big business by lower corporate taxation.  But there are serious consequences to this new right wing movement, and that is the cut trash economyof education and government services.

You see the logic used by these politicians was that if you cut the cost of government, people will be awarded with more jobs and less of a tax burden, but the tax burden was only lifted really for the businesses in those states. Were they afraid that businesses might move out of state to build plants and operations overseas, or even worst place their corporate headquarters under shell companies on remote islands and in places like Panama, so as not to pay any state or federal taxes at all. panama papers

The problem here is that American governance has been sold by power hungry politicians to those with the money, big money, especially Wall Street banks and investment banks.

States where the governments have been taken over by republicans are in the worst shape – and remember we aren’t yet even discussing federal level politics, though that is also a huge problem. But the states are in sorry shape with the mantra of “Cut Government Spending” has actually taken place, where prisons have been emptied, education budgets halved and all sorts of services have been trimmed.  So who is going to pick up your trash, keep your water clean, your roads fixed, teach your kids, and incarcerate your drug addicts and sellers?

The combination of corporate America taking its work out of the control to improve the bottom line and the trashing of governance and public services has really screwed up states. Tax revenues are down. Stagnation has occurred.  The reduction in revenues has impact what states and local governments are willing to pay people as well.  In one state no one will work at the community centers because they can make more money working elsewhere.  And who really wants to be a prison guard after all for so little pay? Shell bermuda companies

Whacked by our politicians

How whacked is it? Think about it.  If the jobs are in the public sector and not the private sector, than the money generation for state taxes is taxing those who work for the state – smells like socialism.   We are a socialist country already, as the government already controls too much.  And the real problem is that that government officials are not beholden to the people, but to those who finance their campaigns, and who pay them to pass legislation, or to pull old legislation.  Do you remember the Glass-Steagall Act?

Glass-Steagall Act

Remember or learn that BACK IN 1999, Democrats led by President Bill Clinton and Republicans led by Sen. Phil Gramm joined forces to repeal Glass-Steagall at the behest of the big banks. Yes, the big banks wanted to make more money by handling investments.  When they earn more money, no new jobs are created, only more money enters the hands of their companies, their shareholders and consequently the rich get richer and nothing improves for the poor. The original reason for the Glass Steagall Act was to protect the country from the conflict of interest between investment and banking which caused the great depression in part.  The great serpent, that lying beast, the economic devil in disguise of glad tidings raised its head back at the Bush administration bailouts.

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Corporate Bribery

 

Another reason things went south was by letting rich people and corporations hide their profits in shell companies.  That should be illegal.  Those con men selling that to the American people need to go to prison.  Also tariffs need to be place on foreign produced goods, so that manufacturing is driven back to American shores and so that real jobs are created for people to work at, and where they can get off government subsidies and aid. Just think about how many other panama type exposures could happen to reveal how much of America wealthiest hide their money!

 

The politicians have made their masters very happy, and they have gotten fat and rich, but they have devastated their local state economies, gutted state education and ruined state employees’ benefits and pay.  Educators need resources, people need education, and innovation comes from education, not in tax shelters, tax breaks and incentives to invest in the infrastructures of other countries.  Again the rich benefit, and they PAY THEIR FAVORITE POLITICIANS to keep it that way.  Just how the 2016 election is paid for by Wall Street.

Look at the following examples to see how screwed up state economies have gotten:

Misssissippi:

“County officials across Mississippi are warning of job losses and deep deficits as local jails are being deprived of the state inmates needed to keep them afloat. The culprit, say local officials, is state government and private prisons, which are looking to boost their own revenue as sentencing and drug-policy reforms are sending fewer bodies into the correctional system.”

Response; why should the local economy be tied to the working in prisons and drug law enforcement efforts. This is madness. Economies should not be derived from the business of government. Read the article about how screwed up Mississippi is here.

Kansas:

“The bulk of Brownback’s tax moves in 2012 and 2013 revolved around state income tax rates for individuals. Those cuts, which primarily benefited those already wealthy enough to shoulder a greater share of the cost of schools and roads in Kansas, are politically untouchable even in the current calamity. But Brownback’s other signature move has lost the support of several of his fellow Republicans and will likely be at the epicenter of any budget deal lawmakers ultimately achieve.”

Response: another case of cut taxes for the rich, and lose state services like education.  Who needs an educated population?  Voters need to be stupid to vote for republicans who slice the education budget in half.  Who needs trained engineers, nurses, scientists, doctors, civil servants and academics?

Final Thoughts:

What has destroyed state economies is the same thing that has created the Wal Mart American society, the trash economy. What has depleted the Middle class, made the poor dependent on Uncle Sam, and ruined the livelihood of regular Americans, is that the government is now in charge of ensuring the rich get richer.  Without productive jobs to go to, everyone can only afford to buy cheap foreign made goods.  The quality of American life, the American dream in is glory, is fading.  This is the Trash Economy.  Relying on jobs in the public sector where half the country, especially the darker colored ones, is the only economical solution, is bizarre at best. What has to be fixed is how we earn our money.  The rich need to have rules that apply to them.  Throw out congress and elect people who will change the rules on how profits are made, close the tax shelters.  Bring the jobs home, and make it unprofitable for companies to take their work overseas.

New Jobs for the Middle Class

Now hiring: Workers are seen sorting as the conveyor belt moves recyclables to be sorted at the Waste Management Elkridge Material Recycling Facility on June 18, 2015 in Elkridge, Md. D.C. and other local jurisdictions send their recyclable materials to the Waste Management facility in Elkridge for recycling. The cardboard and paper products are baled and shipped to China for new product production. The facility is a one thousand ton facility, where it takes in a thousand tons and sends out a thousand tons daily. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

 

Articles referred to in this blog piece

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/mississippi-jails-are-losing-inmates-and-local-officials-are-devastated-by-the-loss-of-revenue/ar-BBrLU3D?li=BBnb4R7&ocid=SL5BDHP

http://sandiegofreepress.org/2012/08/how-mitt-romney-set-up-offshore-shell-corporations-bank-accounts-and-paid-no-taxes/

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/economic-intelligence/2012/08/27/repeal-of-glass-steagall-caused-the-financial-crisis

http://www.thenation.com/article/what-happens-when-republicans-try-destroy-public-education/

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/secret-and-lies-of-the-bailout-20130104

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/wall-street-is-putting-money-behind-these-presidential-candidates_us_55b143e7e4b08f57d5d414ad

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-03-25/what-s-destroying-middle-class-wages-china

http://usuncut.com/class-war/the-trickle-down-disaster-in-kansas-is-so-bad-that-even-republicans-are-trying-to-cover-it-up/

 

17
Aug
15

America the oligarchy: Cheating for the rich

Ever since I was a kid, I hated the idea of cheating. I didn’t like cheating because cheating made competition null and void. When someone cheated, they were usually a bully type of person. I suspect that’s the same today. People who are really highly competitive, and love to grind down opponents tend to want to cheat. They take drugs, anabolic steroids for one, that make them stronger, leader and meaner. When I see people cheating, I want to mess them up. I want them to feel pain for their cheating. I want to see righteousness not corruption. It still makes me angry even though I’m much older now.

So where people cheating around you? What are they doing that makes you feel cheated. What part of life’s game are they playing and breaking rules. Well for one those who have money and influence over political figures often get privileges in their tax structure, and in other ways that lets them become richer while the rest of us are poorer. That makes me angry.

It also makes me angry about how many of these sports figures are being caught cheating. Make the Barry Bonds a baseball and Roger Clemens. They cheated and they perform better than everyone else around them. For many in America that’s the idea: do whatever it takes to be on top.

That makes me angry about politics too. When people have name recognition: such as the Bush and Clinton families. What are we living in, a land of monarchy or democracy? Either way, supporting Bush and Clinton is like supporting oligarchy. The only person I’ve heard mention anything about this is Donald Trump. He seems like a clown most of the time to me, but a lease he understands that rich people are controlling the election. And him being a rich person, doesn’t that make him part of the oligarchy?

22
Aug
14

Love Your Enemy or Else!!!!

The Devil is known by those of the Christian faith to want to bring death and destruction on God’s people. He hates humanity. That is part of the reason so many uneducated Americans think that servants of Allah worship the devil. The world’s recent events have painted a crystal clear picture of those perpetuating criminal attacks on innocent people in the name of Allah. One was the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, held hostage in Syria. The other was the abduction of school girls by Boko Haram. Americans look on these events, and their attention is drawn to the spectacular, the criminal and the crazed world of the middle east and central Africa, but is America ready for its own Jihad?

Ibeheadingf these groups were residing in Georgia, or California or even Texas, these abductions and murders would be investigated by the FBI. But for now, they only appear on TV a world away. If the USA had people beheaded and their children stolen from out of a government sponsored school, Americans would seethe with anger and take actions. Yet, clearly a faith-based genocide has gone on in Iraq with the destruction of the Christian minority in the northern provinces and what has the US done? — well that’s a world away, remember!

Westerners can’t get their head around it. But the psychological message which metaphorically blazoned in our psyche is clear: Western thought, education and intelligence is outright rejected by those of the radical Sunni Muslim faith. Lope off his head, and he can’t think, can’t speak, and can’t question Islamic culture. Juxtaposed with the train of thought or the ideas westerners are taught; namely to be tolerant of others belief systems, divergent thinking and lifestyles. It is only when militants use alternative lifestyles and religion as a reason to execute people, that westerners take notice and writhe in horror.

The head of the journalist is the symbol that can’t be denied. It might as well be hosted up on a pike, with the blood dripping down the shaft — brutality in all it’s glory! One man thus becomes an image we can all feel. Western thought is to be rejected and those whose heads a filled with western thought need to be removed, violently.

What is in the Sunni thinking that so hates western ideas and western logic? This is a legitimate question, but the roots of why this problem has come up is so detailed and complex it spins the head, wrenches the neck, and stuns the brain. Unlike the modern west, the Muslim world still teaches the state and religion go hand in hand.

What actions have western nations taken to be hated so?

american imperialism viewed by muslim worldIn my opinion what the US did when they attacked Iraq was clearly an act of war, and it was not done lawfully according to the constitution. It was justified by very flimsy reasoning as being connected to the terrorists attack on 9/11. Where was the actual proof? How was it legal, peaceable, and reasonable? Governments in the west aren’t living up to the standards of right and wrong, aren’t following their own tenets and rule of law, and therefore are guilty of crimes against humanity. If we did this personally, we’d be sitting in prison awaiting judgement.

Then there are several hundred years of British colonialism that plagued the Middle East, the far east and many other parts of the world. It is the domination of the strong societies over the weak that make men cast off enlightened western beliefs. Medicine and engineering, mathematics and sciences all grew to where they are today through the western school of thought. Western Imperialism affected the whole world, oppressed people and systematically, and exploited human societies everywhere their greedy hands went — always at the tip of the sword or barrel of a gun. So the west’s immoral exploitation of the world’s resources is what propelled them to the top.

AnotherForeign Culture

The Boko Haram operates like a gang of thugs. Their idea of eliminating western education, is reflected quiet well in abducting school children. They are like a bunch of gang-banger dropouts who want to take over the governing, replacing a civil society with the rule of force. Terror allows them to manipulate people, paralyze them with fear, and to rob from the weak.

Though this radical form of Islam and the indoctrination it produces is a danger to the world, we are more at risk due to internal illegal acts are committed at home. The fact that our government doesn’t enforce immigration laws, spies on the congress, uses the CIA to disrupt foreign nations affairs, has done illegal operations such as arming terrorist in central America and Mexican drug cartels, doesn’t bode well for Americans.

But more importantly, the rise of most of these powerful extremist groups overseas is associated with one thing: poverty. They associate that with the influence of the west.

boko haramIn Nigeria Boko Haram rose because people were living on one dollar a day, the barest subsistence income. Recruiting the impoverished and the neglected — especially children the cling to their faith for intellectual guidance. Having rejected western teachings about how the world works, they have a crazy idea that the Koran teaches that the earth is not round and that the only book they can study is the Koran. Most Muslims across the world do not reject western thinking and western ideas, especially when it brings better medicine and a better standard of living, but Boko Haram uses it as the premise for their argument against the western-influenced Nigerian government.

So for centuries the groups who did not benefit from Western Imperialism and the “global economy” lived in impoverished and prosperous conditions. When their neighbors, tribes and foreigners where making big bucks by being aligned with the ruling european powers. Western thought talked of savages and bring civilization, improving the social, political and economic infrastructure of the nations they possessed. But Imperialism of the west sucked the resources out of the native lands and brought prosperity to Europe and America. Starving people do not look fondly on the fetted rich, but “everyone is enlightened” when they eat well, have clean cloths, have cars, have entertainment – just look as Maslow’s theories for confirmation.

FATTEN YOUR ENEMY TIL HE CAN’T LIFT HIS WEAPON

In this world of great iniquities, the poor gather to the purveyors of “truth” who give them hope to throw of their oppressors. They don’t want this, but they have no hope. If they had food and clothing, they would chose a very different path, and one not filled with rhetorical nonsense. The wisdom of the west should bring about better conditions across the world. That’s a goal everyone should work for, but greedy, power-hungry men are bent on living lives of luxury. They aren’t interested in righting the social imbalances, bring a higher standard of living to all. Anyone from the west is seen as rich and become the targets of the militant poor.

Manufacturing.Job.Loss-2001-2009How long will it be until Americans are living in third-world subsistence living. It may take another hundred years or so as it is still a very effluent nation. But the corporations of capitalism who control the western governments disconnect themselves from any nation states government, to avoid being controlled and taxed.   The duck social responsibility, and have no concern if their decisions are detrimental to a county like America.  When corporate entities are not beholden to a nation, then they push to find the most favorable and least restrictive environment so maximize profit, the only God they know. As the jobs are stripped from the USA, over time the same economic conditions begin brewing. Throw in social racism against blacks, and you create a highly volatile mix of economics and social unrest. Everyone knows that manufacturing jobs that once were the heart of America industrial cities have gone to China and India, Bangladesh and Taiwan.

But as middle class and blue-collar decent jobs give way to poor paying retail and service sector jobs, the great American buying power will wilt. This in turn will further erode the strength of America.

Ideologies

Radical ideologies drive e members of ISIS and Boko Haram. The impoverished and oppressed look to overthrow their oppressors and to take control of the government. Eventaully the impoverished oppressed groups of the west will radicalize their beliefs like groups on the fringe of the American polital scene, namely, the KKK and the neo Nazis? Any group that has hatred as the core of its rhetoric will gather strength as the nation’s economic power wanes? Today we hear the beginnings of a possible volcano of trouble when it comes to immigration reform. As poor white Americans find their standard of living continuing to fall, they will turn their frustrations against the rising illegal Hispanic population. The immigration reform rhetoric is already filled with hate and abuse. Americans are currently concerned as their standard of living continues to shift downward.

People in the US already fill powerless against the policies of the federal government which fosters the growth of the global economy so that corporate America can gain. This policies are truly a madness. Americans without work and a decent standard of living will like the Boko Haram and ISIS members begin looking for militancy to address their grievances.  Jihad is inevitable.

To prevent social unrest, wealth has to be better distributed. But that isn’t happening. Actual what is happening is that rich Chinese folks are buying up stagnant industrial areas like Toledo and Detroit. The rich are selling off American assets. Striping them from American use. Not a pretty picture for the poor and middle class looking for work. Unless this bleeding of America stops, violence will ensue. Yet, the government’s response has been to militarize the local police forces.

Americans may not be able to stop the beheadings and the abductions internationally, but they better well work toward improving the American economy, and ensuring everyone gets jobs or radicalized Americans will rise to unleash a wave of crime the country has never seen before. This is most especially true for black men living in America cities like Detroit, St. Louis, Memphis, Little Rock and Kansas City. We need to revitalize these cities, and start capital new ventures. But as long as everyone else is making a killing using coolies in Chinese factories, the bleak future of America is the only picture I can paint. Maybe not tomorrow, but at least in one hundred years.

As the core of Americas cities continues to disintegrate the criminal element will recruit the disenfranchised just like Boko Haram. They will eventually take up arms against the police state. At first the clashes will be limited, but eventually David will take done Goliath, and once law enforcement is stopped, the madness will begin. The ideologies of the organized hate groups will be let loose on the streets. The strong will rise up and kill maim and destroy. That’s why the rule of law must be kept in place. You don’t want American Jihadists stepping forward, the neo Nazis and the motorcycle gangs, you don’t want the rule of order from the Mexican Mafia or the Aryan Brotherhood, the Crips and Bloods. Without law and order, you would see our own Boko Harams and ISIS of our own cultural making.

What Nigeria and Iraq need are western ideas of law and order. They need school and education, and logic and reason. They need to arrest those who commit genocide and murder, kidnapping and extortion.

But the US is not the only nation with similar trouble. Look at Europe, with their wholesale open doors to foreign immigration, especially from the Muslim world. Yikes! Euro Mad Max in the making. As long as the rich seek to suck money and profit out of the world, and as long as they control the political machinery of nations worldwide, the situation will get worse.  Remember it’s all about the money!

19
Aug
14

Radio Station Publicity Tricks

radio-station-microphoneWRITERS WANT TO SELL BOOKS and consumer perceptions are the reason people buy books.  They have certain things in mind that cause them to lay down their green to get your black and white.  They have this good feeling, or this desire to learn, or to know, and they look for things that will fill their hungry little baby book-reading bellies.    You need to build a following of hungry readers.

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Those who publish their own work will find that they have the following problems starting out.  Book buyers believe the following:

  1. Self-published books are trash that no publisher will touch.

“But the flood of these books has convinced many people—wrongly—that all self-published books are ill-coselling books networknceived and poorly produced, and the prejudice remains.”

  1. Bookstore and amazon are where they buy books, not from authors.
  2. Reviews for self-published books are written by novices, so the book must be written by a novice.
  3. Social marketing tools are worse than reviews.
  4. I don’t trust a book author I don’t know.

cool barIt doesn’t matter that these perceptions are wrong.  It matters that they carry them.

I tell people to think of their work as a small radio station broadcast.  They need to keep their writing in focus and develop a fan base.  They should be willing to listen to their listeners.  Social media is the way to do that.  You should be willing to give stuff away.  You need to think on terms of building a fan base and fans like stuff that is free.  Giving people your time and effort to write a blog, or to give out a free short story, or to feature portions of a book you’ve written, is a way for them to sample your style.

oldies-but-goodiesTrust is something that is built.  Trust comes from developing it like any other relationship you have, you are in.  If you aren’t willing to put the time into that relationship, then it will die on the vine.  Too often people are not willing to taste the sour grapes of criticism and analysis.  Readers and critics should have a stab at your work.

At the radio station, you go in for a three hours shift every day.  You may have the shift no one else wants the 3 am to 6 am shift.  That’s much like releasing your own book.  You have an audience of ten.  You sell those first ten copies, and you notice not everyone is really into your work.

At 3 in the morning, not many folks are going to be into whatever style of music you have, but if you are playing Jazz, then there  will be some lovers of Jazz around.  You are focusing in on them.  You don’t start adding country and rock when you are attracting jazz listeners.  So don’t deviate from the format.  You’d better darn well love writing in the genre you choose so that those who love that genre can hook into your groove.  Give ‘em that jazz, all the jazz you’ve got.

cool jazzOne record doesn’t make a musician.  One song doesn’t make a set.  Keep composing.  Get that next tune down.  Quit thinking about being on top of the mountain when you are at the bottom.  It takes a great deal of time and effort to climb a mountain.  Do the work; build that set of music your station plays, all in the same genre.  Give it some time – lots of time.  Build that following.  Go from 5 to 10 to 100, and see if you can’t mix up that to 1,000.  You as a DJ out to get out with one of those colorful vans and drop some tunes on college campuses or at an event like the Surfing International competition.  Hand out stickers, give children balloons.  Give out this (maybe use a lottery ticket system):

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Here is a great page to learn more about Publicity>>>>>>

Here are two more  cool ideas:

On Kindle Use Authograph or used KDP Select Promotion.

Add a Mailing list to your web site or blog.

Here are 30 steps to marketing a kindle book.

If you want to go crazy, have your car covered in a skin:

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17
Aug
14

Wrestling Psyches in the Gemini phase

GEMINI 3DI seem to have a dual personality.  Maybe it’s in the stars. After all I’m a Gemini.  Do the gods mock me with this internal striving of tastes and desire?.  I find that I go into a self-imposed exile and spend 7 months by myself to write and illustrate.  “Working on a new project.”  Making my own decisions, and staying out of contact.  But then the other personal nature wrestles me over and pins me so that my social nature can arise.

Being a creative spirit is a painful course of life.  You rarely find anything others who understand the gift.  You are living with others in isolation of soul.  There is this clawing and scratching to find a place of connection with other humans.  A place to ride the same vibe.

cups and cord communicationThe closest I’ve gotten to this type of rapport is to play music with others, though that is not a true soulful connection.  But we all can catch the groove of a great song, and that seems to patch human spirits together, ever so transiently. We get great community connected through both music and food. Though you eat the same dishes and dance to the same beat, we really have trouble keeping the thread taut. It reminds me of the two cans with the cord we used to have as kids. Never worked really well, did it.

Being a writer can come from desiring this connection so strongly that you’ll do about anything to get the communication process started. Some of us have torn souls, ripped by the indiscretions of family or an evil neighbor who soiled our childhood innocence.

We spit out words and though to make a connection. We tried this as children and were often abused for trying to bother adults with our demands for shared moments. They slapped us and belittled us when we stepped forward with our fledgling efforts to make music, write stories or color a picture. But the more we (our feelings) are trounced upon by heavy sarcasm and mean-spirited comments, we grow in hunger to connect.

It’s like living as an alien in an alien world. A Stranger in a Strange Land. Jo Walton writes this review.

Pink Floyd's WallWe then turn intelligently defensive, and withhold out thoughts and ideas from others. Or we build unclimbable walls. We then create in isolation. But that same powerful desire to connect keeps throwing us into the painful fray in our efforts to make that singular connection. Aren’t we all still looking for approval.stranger-in-a-strange-land

I’m at a place in my personal life that I’ve gotten some balance, and my soul is stronger now. It’s time to venture out into the world of humankind again. But this time, I’ll seek the company of artists and writers, poets and screenwriters, sculptures and musicians & of course, comedians.

My First Step

I’m considering joining a writer’s group. What do you think? I live in Orange County, California, so I know there are writer’s groups here.

My first search results:

oc writersIf you are like me, living in your isolation? Are you sensing it’s time to step out and meet someone? Are you a writer or illustrator, poet or painter? Have you joined a community-based group? You may want to if you would like some companionship on this road to achieving success in your passion. You may want to try out www.meeting.com. On Google Plus I searched for “Writer’s Group” and got connected. But I live in OC not LA.

The LA Writer’s Group page

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