American Stupid: A Look at the State of American Culture, Business, Politics, People, Media, and More

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America has proven that time and time again, it is the land of the ignorant and the home of the confused. There is a lot to say on this topic. Unfortunately, WordPress is not the place to write a novel – so I’ll probably have to jump around trying to cover a lot of ground. But, here it goes:

Welcome to Imagination Land – the real one – where people live in a bewildered state of self-perpetuated and constantly shifting realities that collide  in mass explosions of idiocy, self-indulgence, and lunacy (thanks to Southpark for the original Imagination Land reference). There are not enough words in the English (or any) language, to describe the pathetically pitiful state of American culture. From the tops of the political monoliths (built on the backs of the poor) to the cesspool of “DIY” back-yard, not-so-smart “geniuses”, there is no corner of America that does not portray humanity at its worst.

I probably know what you’re thinking: “But, America can be great because there are so many wonderful things that happen!” And … you’d be mistaken. Heroes who save people from burning buildings are heroes … who are still overpaid, overworked, and fighting fires that started because an idiot put out a cigarette in a trashcan. There are doctors who miraculously save lives everyday, in a health-care system so corrupt that the rich get the special treatment, the poor live in health conditions equivalent to third world countries, and the universities still take your taxpayer dollars while forcing doctors to charge excessively high prices just to pay back overpriced student loans. Inventions? Don’t get me started on that one (I’ve already covered the wealthy “junk” of prestige) … but I digress. The point is that America is not a “well-oiled machine”, it’s not a “Republic”, it’s not a “Democracy”, and it’s not a place of miracles. America, except for a few who live here, is a place of chaotic and profound ignorance where nothing good happens unless something bad created it (yes, that is an umbrella / generic statement and I make it with full confidence that at any given time, Youtube, Imgur, Twitter, the news, or walking out your front door and watching people, will validate that statement to at least some degree):

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Let’s start with a system of misinformation. America (and in many cases, the entire planet as stupidity has spread like the disease it is), operates on a massive scale of misinformation that was mostly perpetuated BEFORE the internet, social media, or even television. For example, I was recently in a somewhat heated debate about why there are no new turbine designs for windmills and hydroelectric power. The “engineers”, “scientists”, and “experts” assured everyone that there were no new equations or possibilities to be discovered. Yet, several of us came forth with just that: new machines and models that did NOT fit the “norm” of what science understood. The “expert” counter-argument: “Well, if there was new technology with more promising results, why wouldn’t businesses invest in those better ideas?” Here was a discipline that changes more than 10% ever minute of every day with new concepts and understandings of how the universe works and yet, not one of these so-called “experts” in their field could comprehend that the only reason that no one used technology was because 1. No one had (“stuck” in their old ways because people are legitimately not that “open” to the idea of change or intelligent enough to grasp super advanced concepts), and 2. because the “scientific experts” kept telling them there was nothing new (which was a result of the scientific experts being stuck in ideas that were already over 100 years old)!

And, there are STILL, even with modern science and technology, no good 3-dimensional, dynamic models for wind or water but these “experts” are sure they know what’s going on. Another, more common problem (and by far, the largest problem that has inflicted the world), stems from intentional lies propagated through advertising. For example, since the 1950’s, children were raised to brush with Colgate and rinse with Listerine. Why? Listerine was a FLOOR CLEANING PRODUCT in the 1940s. What happened? Misinformation and misdirection in unregulated business (or “political lobbying atmosphere”) lied to people and manipulated them. In more recent times, sites like E-Harmony and Match.com offer “scientific” solutions with “proven” track records to track generations of lonely people and connect them for romance. Neither site has an actual profiler that can scientifically match people and neither site has any truth in their statistics. But, people keep subscribing to them. Why, in a planet with 7 billion+ people, when it’s almost literally impossible to find absolute loneliness no matter how hard one may try, do people then still subscribe to these? Probably for the same reason that Phillip Morris can print warning labels on the packages of cigarettes that they are going to kill you, but people still use them (and the same reason that Phillip Morris, today, touts itself as the top corporation for ending smoking and they STILL sell cigarettes … and people STILL buy them and believe in Phillip Morris’ goals!).

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Really? Sounds nice … but truthfully .. it isn’t. They are in the process of re-branding cigarettes now to be a “different / alternate” solution … which will still be … you know … smoking!

Does that make ANY sense? No; no it does not. Yet, knowing that your foods are filled with ingredients not safe for human consumption, that dieting is a lie, and that half of the laws in America are created for the sake of corporations making more money doesn’t seem to affect anyone! One of the problems with the media is that they are two-faced. On one hand, the Washington Post, Time, The Wall Street Journal, and others all provide articles that are honest and up-to-date on some of the news. On the other, they censor news, print out-right lies, use political commentary to stimulate the masses with drama, and are akin to being lead into safety by your worst enemy (who is also trying to kill you). It’s lunacy.

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Another problem is corporate America; and I’m not just talking about the greed or corruption. The idiocy in corporate leadership stemming from a lack of working, business and accounting, is unparalleled. The terrible decisions being made everyday toward automation, raising prices (while lowering content/quality), and so on, are irrational and unjustified. CEO’s are being fired every day for blatantly stupid decisions. Recently, I was in a somewhat frustrating debate with an international company doing business in America that was fighting about the results of a business proposal. They wanted an 8% internal rate of return (IRR). Well, unless you’re borrowing money to lend money, that’s ludicrous, especially in the energy industry (not to mention the foolishness of borrowing money to lend money). The compromise was to offer an actual return on investment (ROI), with a minimum 4% net present value (NPV) that was equivalent to a 25 year loan at a static 5% amortized, annual interest! Now, you don’t need to be a financial genius or some sort of super-advanced accountant to know that investing your money into a stable market with a 5% return is a pretty darn good deal (especially when you look at these <2% fluctuating interest rate standards). Maybe a long-term, stable investment is not for everyone, but for companies wanting the additional benefits that come with clean energy – it’s one of the best options on the table.

Yet, with the way they wanted to do the financials, they were going to have a negative NPV and wouldn’t do the deal. Are they wrong? Yes; yes they are; because they were taught in school that way, 15 years ago, and don’t know how to change. Why? Because, time and time again, large corporations that people believe are large due to always making super successful decisions (one more of these “misinformation” campaigns), are not actually all that smart. That’s why corporations grow and die in a heartbeat. Apple, Inc., recently invested billions in a company that they had to shut down within an extremely short period of time. Pharmaceuticals release drugs that literally kill people, and for the $100 – $200 million they get sued (and the few people who get fired), they use the remaining $10 billion in profit to keep on truckin‘. (just like the anti-depressant they recently put on the market with a side effect of causing – more depression!!), Don’t believe such ludicrous decisions are being made? Here are the headlines from the Hedgeco news network or August 4, 2017:

Boston Hedge Fund Manager Arrested and Charged with Ponzi Scheme

The Oil Trader Known as ‘God’ Is Closing Down His Main Hedge Fund

Overseas Stock Manipulator Settles SEC Charges

This is just ONE DAY. These things happen EVERY DAY! It’s not enough for some people that they make several hundreds of millions every year – they want more! But, the money has to come from somewhere. So, in their infinite, senseless, twit-brained campaigns, they manipulate, mock, hurt, and steal to get what they want. These are the highest income levels in the world!

And, this is the evidence, that “stupid”, knows no bounds!

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Another problem is that most of these issues arose over 100 years ago. And, because no one did anything then, the idiocy continued to trickle downhill until an entire country of lemmings (ignorantly blissful creatures with limited intelligence), happily marched on in life becoming drones, corporate slaves, and doing whatever they are told. Why shouldn’t they? After all, corporations, governments, and other unscrupulous, self-serving minions of darkness have worked hard to eradicate history.

They don’t want you to know. Why? If you knew today (for example), that the cross-walk button in your city was a lie designed around the fact that you had been trained to believe you can push a button and get results (as a primitive-level reward mechanism), you might start to realize something: “they” see you as NOTHING more than a monkey who occasionally needs a banana so you will keep dancing for that organ grinder and make him money (just like your bleeps and whizzes on cell phones!). So, they will create dissension and convince the people to tear down history, just like Al Qaeda terrorists, removing images from their visual sight in the false, imaginary pretense that it somehow changes the truth. It doesn’t matter what flags come down, what statues topple, or what books are changed. History – won’t change. What will change is the ability to convince future generations of the reality of the atrocities that occurred because they will see no evidence of it. So – the recent movement to tear down history is actually more destructive to the racial equality that has been won than they could ever imagine.

The results are white supremacists who are so misguided that they actually believe that it was “white” people that built America (you know, forgetting Indians, Mexicans, Chinese, Germans, and, oh … almost the entire world’s culture). There are black supremacists who are just as violent and dangerous yet, somehow, get hidden in the vail??!! When the President of America comes out and denounces racial violence – shouldn’t that be a good thing? Nope. News and media (including talk show hosts like Jimmy Kimmel), attack him because 1. He took two days to do it! (Which is outrageously beyond words, that I can even look up if I were to have a thesaurus with me, given the fact that it’s not the President’s job and the President has other things to do – so the fact he did it should have been enough); and 2. Because the white supremacists gave him kudos. What? Really? The level of racial inequality here is staggering. If I were to give Dr. Martin Luther King jr. kudos, no one would care. If the KKK were to say they liked what I did – instant hate. Who’s the one being racist? Well … I’ll let you draw your own conclusions. But, the fact is that racism is a LIE perpetuated by people who want to see America divided and frankly, who hate all people and I have said enough in past posts to validate it. This type of “I need to feel good” idiocracy lends support to the idea of herding people as sheep for their own good (which, is a very, very sad state of affairs for a nation that once prided itself as a world-leader, even if that was misplaced, too)! But, history keeps repeating, and this is why.

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The biggest problem in dealing with this is the fact that the ENTIRE CULTURE, from its top to its bottom, thinks of “people” as nothing more than just monkeys and “they” keep throwing you bananas so you’ll keep dancing for the organ grinder. Hatred, drama, stress, and manipulation – those are the ONLY labels that will apply to the 20th and 21st Centuries of American history -> You (well, for those of you in America that may happen to read this).

Ah, but you don’t like that, do you? It’s not just the shame, humiliation, and embarrassment of being called stupid (or having “acted” stupid in a way that you now see was unfathomably idiotic to the point you cannot understand why you did it in the first place), is it? Your sickly feeling of realizing that you are actually worthless (don’t worry – you are not worthless, it is just the feeling of being helpless that society has “trained” you to believe is worthless), crosses into social stigmas and even strips you of your control. No one wants that. So … you’ll keep tapping on your cell phones, drinking your overpriced and falsely advertised (sugar-filled) vitamin supplements, and going to work because you have to. Right? What else are you going to do?

Yeah … there is the real problem, isn’t it? What else are you going to do? To fight back, you would have to give up your conveniences. You would have to get less “stuff” than the other person. You would have to feel small, intimidated, and overwhelmed by the more powerful corporations and the law. You would have to … sacrifice. But, no one seems willing to do that.

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One of the reasons: the problems are not just with the people, corporations, or the media; the problems go much higher. Law enforcement is a very important part of this nation’s day-to-day operations. There are some people out there who have suffered some very serious trauma and in turn, hurt others. It sucks and is unfair, but it happens. To maintain a system of order, law enforcement provides an invaluable service by brave men and women who risk their lives everyday (and I know some members of law enforcement who I hold in the highest regard for their service). But, there is a flip-side to this. Law Enforcement hates to be wrong. From everyday police to district attorneys, they don’t like admitting their mistakes (or lies) and have no intention of doing anything to fix it. Thus, everyone in the country of so-called “freedom” and “liberty” knows, that you don’t actually have to do anything wrong to go to jail. Your life can be destroyed for no reason at all and while the truth may come out, the organ-grinder monkeys have already been trained to hate you and life as you knew it is over.

Even those who are supposed to be enforcing justice have been ground up in the political wheels that spin and crushed under its weight. In 2012, an Oregon District Attorney had to rehire an assistant District Attorney he had just fired. Terminated for some inappropriate legal management, the assistant DA was hired, given a promotion, and only a few years ago raised the bar against the taxpayers increasing the size of their department. This is just one example, in a small corner of the world, where counter-intuitive laws and systems don’t even involve the “people”, and the political machines do whatever they want. Thus, the people remain blissfully ignorant organ-grinder monkeys and the chain around their throat gets tighter.

Political leaders in America have a history of corruption, greed, and mistreatment of their constituents. In recent times, political leaders who stand against President Donald Trump (for their own, personal agenda), are not representing their constituents. In a time when change was badly needed, while the President stood ready to sign, the leadership was busy bickering like children. Don’t misunderstand, I am not rooting for or against the President. I have my own position and am leaving the door open for you to make your own choices (as it should be). I am only illustrating that the biggest, political failure in America has been to repeat the past atrocities of tyranny. Kings favored the wealthy. The Roman Republic, just before it fell, took from the poor and partied like it was 999 (I know, wrong year, trying to be funny … probably unsuccessfully). And, laws and decisions get made “for” Americans, with a multi-billion dollar Democracy lie to convince the “people” that they have some amount of power.

Yes, there are excellent men and women that serve in positions of political leadership. And, for the most part, they do what they can. But, the old saying rings true: absolute power corrupts, absolutely.

The Conclusion

Education, politics, media, Hollywood, commerce, business, science, law, religion, health, culture, environment, race, everyday-living, and so on and so on; these are all various “top-level” categories of American culture (very “top level” and intentionally generic), that exhibit some facet of stupidity that has been handed down through generations (and continue to build anew). Lies about our food, air, and shelter have gone on for so long that few people even know what the truth is; but they do know that there is a “truth” out there (just not the ones they have been told). That is, if people were being honest with themselves. As I said before, I could write a novel on this topic (and that is the point – there are so many lies, from the food you eat to the air you breathe, that is almost becomes difficult to know what’s real). But, hopefully, I’ve provided you [the reader] with a sufficient amount of links, ideas, and details that you can do your own research. There are so many incorrect ideas and understandings of the truth and what’s going in America, that the culture is literally living in an imaginary state of being. This is creating a divide financially, socially, racially, spiritually, and in every other way possible.

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But, what can you take from this? Ask yourself: are you living in the Matrix? Have you become so apathetic to the truth that you go along with whatever you’re told? Do you watch commercials for new prescription drugs with a hundred side effects worse than the original problem and not shudder? Do you listen to all the ignorant opinions and political blasphemy designed to drag you into drama and let it get to you? Or …

Do you feel overwhelmed, tired, and disgruntled to the point that you’re not sure what to do and are kind of in a frozen state? Do you wish it would all stop? Do you ever wonder if the only solution is for an apocalypse and wiping out the majority? If so – then at least you’re on the right track. At least you understand the epic scale disaster that defines the American culture. When America is gone and future generations of some intelligent group look back, they will see America in its totality. For every good, there is far more bad. And, it all came down to one problem: knowledge. So, stay educated. Educate others. Take the time to tell the truth. The other day, when offered a diet soda, I went into a 3 minute explanation of why that was a lie and not a solution. Sure, it was boring and didn’t win friends, but it was honest. And, one person in the room was actually educated.

So, it starts. One person here, two people there, and within, 20 – 100 years, maybe everyone sees what’s going on. Conveniences are no longer so “convenient”. “Stuff” is more of a painful reminder about how people are manipulated than a social status. Ignorant ideals of supremacy and race are set aside for improving education and building up our history to prevent future occurrences. And, maybe … just maybe … the government actually works “for” the people from whom they take money, income inequality is abolished, and we build a healthy society of educated leaders who bring an era of stress-free living, pleasant working conditions, and …

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The American Dream in 5 easy steps: Step 1: Steal the land from the natives. Step 2: Make a constitution that stops tyranny and capitalism. Step 3: Enact tyranny and capitalism. Step 4. Stand behind the curtain and tell everybody it’s all a lie and that everything is fine. Step 5. Wait … what? We made it this far? Wow … nobody thought that far ahead .. so, um, now what … gorillas on street corners with signs? Yep … it’s all working out according to our plan … !!

Hmm … guess who’s living in imagination land, now? Well, it’s fun to dream … isn’t it?

Thanks for reading (if you made it this far!! Sorry as there was not enough time to edit this one in greater detail!)


The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein

Sadly, the American dream is, has been, and shall ever be, nothing more, than a dream.” – JJ Kennedy

The Hardest Part of Single Parenting: Being Downgraded from a Planet to a Rock!

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When our children are young, we only want the best. After dealing with a particularly unpleasant relationship, some people are left alone as single parents, tasked with the responsibility of raising their children. For those folks who take their jobs seriously, the idea of getting back into a relationship is not an option. There is one priority in life: taking care of the little beings that were brought into the world, dependent upon their parent, and surrendering everything that was ever personally important to do what’s right … no matter how hard. Dreams don’t go away … they evolve into something greater, and the love grows stronger. But, it becomes far easier to seek isolation, like a mother-wolf guarding the den, taking great offense at criticism (the proverbial predator) and placing tremendous value on the few things that we will ever do right in life (and it usually seems like those moments are far too few in between).

While some people manage to find their way back into a relationship, it’s more often than not, typically a very rocky situation. So, the rest of us avoid those pitfalls. Sure, so-called “professionalsaccuse single parents of being “bad people because they deprive their child of a 2-parent household, but those so-called “professionals” have little to no factual studies upon which to base that decision and usually rely on their own, personal instinct (unbeknownst to the now hurt and ashamed single parent who feels like more of a failure than ever). The trials of single parenting are not easy – but they ARE important and they ARE WAY worth it. Life suddenly changes: working 10 – 15 hours per day, sleeping ZERO to a few hours per night (for months on end), never making ends meet, and never getting into a position of stability. Time with our little ones becomes restricted in ways that most other people cannot and do not choose to ever understand. Yet, it is clearly outweighed by the simple, few moments in life when we can see our children smile … see them laugh … and know that at least we did one thing right.

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Of course, it should never be a burden on a child to play the role of “parent” to their parent, but I personally believe (contrary to modern psychology and those so-called “experts”), that there is nothing wrong with taking joy from parenting (even to the point of it becoming the center of your universe!). All human beings derive joy from some outside source. Some people freak out over sports. Some people need to be married or own a pet … and some people find that the pleasure of raising a child is a reward of infinite measure. Yet, after 18 years of hard work, struggles, broken hearts, physical pains, emotional breaks, and a WHOLE lot of stress and public shame … the day arrives when our struggle comes to an end. The goal is achieved and our children…

Grow up.

Their ideals are their own. Their loves, likes, and dislikes, are what they have developed and it belongs to them. Their decisions, responsibilities, and accountability are solely on their shoulders … no matter how hard we may hang on. And … an empty house is a very … very sad house. Every laugh … every scream … every annoying Q&A period, every word that was ever said, whether you remember it or not … becomes a gift of gold. The good times … and the bad … are the memories that we have to hold on to. There is no spouse to turn to. There is no one to lean on. A lifetime of solitude leaves single parents … single. But, with any luck, our children will find friends, love interests, job opportunities, education, and all the great things that we could only wish they could have (that we never could).

Then comes the greatest struggle of all …

Letting go.

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Letting go is not easy. Nah … our kids are probably not “gone“. Some may still live at home for monetary (and hopefully, NOT “lazy“) reasons. Some will visit. They will have questions, need our approval, and still want our love. And, every treasured moment to give that love is even more spectacular than when they were tiny, little angels in our arms. But, there is no greater challenge (IMHO), than “emotionally” letting them go. It’s not healthy to use guilt, shame, or have “personal” reasons of gain and selfishness to keep kids at home. Sure – we’d love it if our little ones just kept being our little ones … but that just isn’t possible. As adults, they need their own life. So, what’s so difficult about seeing the greatest success of your life come to fruition?

Well, in truth, there’s loneliness. That part’s difficult to get past. There’s a bond that is terrifying to lose. And, worst of all, the “control” that brought a buffer of safety, turned single parents into savage beasts defending their home, and brought all those endless, sleepless nights – is gone. The truth is – we never “controlled” their lives … but we certainly did have a lot more control than we did on the day they could drive … go out with friends they choose … get jobs … and leave home. All that said – it’s still not the MOST difficult part about letting go. Remember … there was another parent in there …

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And, when the day comes (for those unfortunate enough to have it come), that the children want more time with their “other” family, as if it had somehow been denied to them before (because it’s all YOUR fault … NOT!) or suddenly became an “opportunity” they didn’t previously have. Really? 18 years of giving up on finances, goals, time, and health just to give them a better life and … they want to see their “other” parent? That hurts … a lot.

No, your child is not trying to hurt you nor are they even thinking about your feelings. Remember, they are adults, now. They have ALL sorts of new opportunities (including their own, personal matters to deal with), and the fact that they have another parent out there means love, closure, reason, and a slew of other possibilities that they need to explore.

So … here you are … all alone. The roof over your head came at a serious price. The food in the fridge came with many … many days of not eating. And, the money to send them to school or do whatever else you can, no matter how small … was not free. Even the love you’re ready to give solely to your child was born from your spouse or significant other not being around. At least … they weren’t there before … not when it mattered.

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Does the child know? Yes, of course they do. They were there. The difference is – they weren’t “jaded” by a spouse who left them alone. All they knew … and all they loved … was in one person. And, now, their wide open heart is ready to love more people. They can love the other parent … even long for them. They can love their friends and other family members. And, one day, they’ll probably meet a significant other of their own, with a whole different family to love. When the absent parent can suddenly be the “fun” parent, devoid of all those years of responsibility … the ugliness of their fly-by-the-handle timing creeps up like acid reflux. They don’t operate on your schedule … they interfere with it, take your time … and they don’t care. But … no matter how much it hurts … the single parent is stuck having to remember it’s not “their” time anymore. They never got to be that spontaneous, irresponsible “fun” guy or gal. That was traded to be the responsible parent who has to watch a child go “play” with a parent that they don’t (and may not ever) understand doesn’t love them in a way that has meaning (such as sacrifice, selflessness, and responsibility). The trade off was – you got to spend your life doing your best for your little one. And, it was an incredibly fantastic decision based on some very SERIOUS love … even though that doesn’t fill back up the oil lamps at the wedding procession…

And … there you sit … all alone … feeling a little lost … a little sad … and a little helpless. Yes … people tell you “Go out and get a hobby,” or “Go meet people.” But, those are easy things to say for other people who didn’t give up their hobbies and the chance to meet other people (and develop better social skills) already, all just to be a parent. It’s not only terrifying … but now, the chance that your little one may come home and need you is a rarity that you’re not willing to pass up. You don’t want to miss it because you did something “selfish” like go out on a date when they needed you (no … it’s not selfish … but it sure does feel that way).

Therein lies the rub. You resolve to spend the rest of your life single, ready for them and all the other people they’re going to bring into their lives. When they tell you that they’re going to visit your “Ex” (or as they like to call it, their “parent”), you get a shrill chill down your spine. A “parent” is someone who loved you enough to always be there. Everyone else is just a “donor” to the program. But, you can’t tell them it hurts. You can’t cry in front of them. And, you can’t let them know just how bad your heart is breaking or else … you’re being selfish. And … darn it … you spent too many years hiding every moment of pain the best you could to stop doing it now, too.

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So you smile on the outside while on the inside … you die just a little bit more.

But – it’s not the end. You can’t let it be. You want to never let them down and if it means an entire lifetime of solitude after 1 or a few bad relationships so that you’ll never know what it feels like to be loved by a significant other … then so be it. Nothing …

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In all the universe is quite as sweet as the love of the person you cared for. Why? Because, it’s confirmation that you did okay. Yep … that’s right … it still comes down to selfishness. Weird thing is – it’s not the same kind of selfish as not sharing a toy … it’s the kind of selfish that every human being struggles for: accolades, acceptance, approval, status, and personal gratification. So … while society may try to label you, shun you, and put you down … just remember … they’re being selfish because they want the same thing you do … their “own” accolades and confirmation that what they did and said was correct.

Pretty shallow answer … I know. In fact … it’s not really an answer. It’s just a confirmation that your broken heart really is … broken (and it’s going to stay that way for quite a long time). It’s confirmation that what you want (to be the center of your child’s universe), just isn’t an option. Suddenly, you’re just a lowly planet (Pluto) that gets downgraded to a “rock” (ever wonder why people took such offense at that? Maybe because we can see ourselves in it?). And, your child, who becomes their own sun at the center of their own universe now has all sorts of planetary bodies surrounding them and it’s almost as if you feel the love just a little less each and every day.

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But, I’m here to tell you to hold on. Even the sun needs help from time to time. And, when all is said and done, it will be that tiny little “rock” at the edge of the universe that was watching everything happen that will know exactly what to say when the time is right. It will be that lonely rock that heals all wounds and loves unconditionally when others do not. It will be that tiny rock that defines the boundaries of your child’s galaxy, still keeping them safe … unseen and unheard. And, in your deafening solitude where all you can hear is the emptiness of the life you made for yourself … you will have something that no other planet does:

You will have a view of the ENTIRE galaxy! You will be able to see the universe around you, unobstructed. And, best of all, at the center of that galaxy will be a giant, bright, ball of sunshine that still laughs … still smiles … still gets angry … still hurts … and still loves. It may not be much … but you will feel the warmth of that sun. You will know that it was because of you that your child grew into someone amazing. They don’t have to be president (and who would want that for their child?). They don’t have to be wealthy. They don’t have to be married or have families or be “metro” business folks. They can just be the wonderful, little baby you rocked so many years ago in your arms.

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Of course, that doesn’t make anything easier or take away the pain. But, I think of the planet Pluto so far out there … already pushed aside and a little lonely … behind everyone else … and without so much as a peep … it gets downgraded … and yet … it may very well be the most important component in the entire Galaxy – just … like … you! Well … hopefully someone takes that to heart or shares it with someone who needs it!

Thanks for reading!


Sometimes you picture me–
I’m walking too far ahead
You’re calling to me, I can’t hear
What you’ve said–
Then you say–go slow–
I fall behind–

….

After my picture fades and darkness has
Turned to gray
Watching through windows–you’re wondering
If I’m OK
Secrets stolen from deep inside

If you’re lost you can look–and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you–I’ll be waiting
Time after time.” – Cyndi Lauper (“Time After Time“).

Short Thought for the Day: The Heads of Presidents on Money – and Animal Head Trophies … a Link?

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So – just for fun, here’s a short query. The explanation for why the faces of presidents are put on money, apparently has to do with keeping to a recognizable theme that all Americans could acknowledge. But … does everyone know what the Presidents look like or who they were? (Really … I’m sure you just thought about George Washington and told yourself, “yes”, but what about James Buchanan? Huh? Yeah … see?). Then, I saw one of these …

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And, it invoked the question: at what point in all of human history was keeping the head of the victim as a trophy considered a good thing? It exceeds barbaric and goes to downright demented. Spending a lifetime looking into the cold, dead eyes of something you’ve killed (although, in full transparency here, I can’t relate so perhaps I don’t fully understand), seems like something that only a person with some serious emotional issues would enjoy. Yet, a lot of people actually do it and I struggled to find a correlation or other event in history where the decapitation and retention of a head, mounted on one’s own wall (not like pole mounted skulls outside a castle to keep people away), could have any other meaning.

Then, I thought about this:

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And wondered … hmmm … is there a correlation? Well, anyone can make any connection between two completely disconnected elements they want (if they try hard enough … just look at Glen Beck … hahahahaha … just kidding … sort of …). But, to me, when trying to find meaning in anything, it comes down to understanding the core “intent” (getting into those thinking error issues again…).

Supposedly, the point of keeping a dead animal head mounted on a wall is a constant reminder of power, strength over the elements (which otherwise seem beyond the control of normal human beings), and possibly invokes the wonderful memories of hunting and killing. One writer (here) even suggests that the use of animal head decor is an antiquated throw-back to the days of showing off wealth and power (<= maybe there is an even more subtle link to money?).

But, where does the use of President “head” money come in (if something as simple as wide-spread / easy recognition isn’t really the reason since … well … you know … no television or internet would have drastically limited wide-spread recognition!! Not to mention the fact that printing one’s face on currency was something British monarchs would do and America was supposedly trying to get away from that??)? It’s not too far-fetched that America uses President heads since busts of famous people are a world-wide norm. But, why not the whole person? Why not Washington crossing the Delaware or a picture of Lincoln at Gettysburg? Maybe, that was too detailed for printers at the time? The point is: there are plenty of justifications for the use of a President’s head on money – but there’s still room for speculation about many other reasons, too.

Yet, there is only one purpose for money: power. Commerce and trade exist without money. Unlike normal trade, currency provides for the only method of power and influence through hording … although even that is a scam in and of itself. Think about it … some devious dude in a top hot with the curly mustache leans over to buy your vote, raising and lowering his eyebrows, winking, and hands you a worthless piece of paper as the trade off (vs. a deer head)! Yes – it’s worthless. Money has no more value than what is assigned to it. The same paper used for $10’s, $100’s and $1000 dollar bills is the same paper used for $1 bills. It’s just a matter of ink and public acceptance. So … money is power. Just like a dead deer head is not a necessary reminder for a memory of “good times“, but rather, it’s a reminder of strength and power.

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Ever notice that the $1 pyramid is also shaped like the letter “A”, with the eye of the pyramid separated from the base like it is in the letter “A”? Does that mean that whomever is watching you really is an “A-hole”? 😉

Look, I’m not dissing on money or taxidermy. Some people enjoy their power and … so be it. Good for them. Every person is unique and has a different view on the world. I’m just thinking to possibility here … or rather, questioning rationale that otherwise has little justification behind it.

Because, if Presidential taxidermy money is still a part of that somewhat demented show-off power play that some people feel compelled to do … then … there’s something terribly wrong with that. It even lends to the saying: “Money is the root of all evil.” Power is … has been … and always will beinherently evil. There has never (and I do mean never), been a moment in all of history, fact-based, religious-based, or otherwise, that the rise to or use of power, has not come with problems. Even modern America is fraught with problems because of power and money.

Anyway … it’s just a fun thought. There has never been enough of an interest in the world of psychology to pursue this farther (as far as I am aware of … please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong). But, the next time you whip out your taxidermy president head paper and are about to hand it off to someone in trade for goods …

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Stop and look at it. Is this a 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 … (and so on) pointed buck deer antler? Or … is it just a worthless piece of paper that’s valued more or less than any other worthless piece of paper just because someone told you so. Perhaps, the way to keep you using money is to keep you feeling powerful – by ensuring that your hard work is rewarded with paper representations of taxidermy trophies and that’s the terrifying reason that people accept currency, horde it, willingly enslave themselves over it, murder over it, and destroy lives over it. Because … the bigger the trophy to hang on your wall … or in your wallet … the more powerful and recognized you’ll be!

After all … when you look in your wallet, pocket, money clip, or wherever and pull out a couple one dollar bills … do you feel as good as when you look through and find a 5, a 10, or even more? Haven’t you ever seen a group of $100 bills together? Because if you have … you know … you’ve been tempted to want to hold it … smell it … and look into those dead eyes of that dead president that now gives you power!

Spooky, isn’t it?

The world may never know ….

Thanks for reading!


Money is power, and rare are the heads that can withstand the possession of great power.” – Benjamin Diraeli

Fiction: “This Week’s Symposium: The H-Virus, Phase 2, a Q&A”

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“Friends, esteemed colleagues, doctors, scientists, and all who have come today, welcome. Over a century ago, our people were plagued with a devastating virus that we could not stop. Tens of millions died. It wasn’t until a team of scientists lead by Dr. Hinsdale, used innovative solutions and adapted technology that allowed us to learn about the virus in all new ways. As the one who discovered the virus, Dr. Hinsdale dubbed it, the ‘H-Virus’. The doctor discovered that the virus wasn’t just a random or simple organism. Instead, he discovered that it was a highly complex and advanced group of cells that had evolved into a sentient intelligence. So intelligent, in fact, that it had developed, in essence, its own culture and society; it was ‘evolving’. This provided the vital information, or the ‘missing link’, if you will, in understanding how the virus constantly overcame all of our previous efforts to stop it.

Yet, stop it, we did. After much hard work and an incalculable amount of time, two decades ago, Dr. Hinsdale discovered a way to destroy the virus. But, even more fantastic, Dr. Hinsdale’s work lead to a new discovery. The very nature of the virus that allowed it to overcome our efforts to stop it also gave it a unique quality that could be manipulated and controlled. Dr. Hinsdale discovered that this very same virus could be used as a cure. Not just a cure for any one, specific problem – but a cure for every problem. The virus could be engineered to work as a tiny organism, living within its host, healing, repairing, and helping it to grow. No longer would we be subject to the uprising of another virus. No longer would we be vulnerable. Dr. Hinsdale’s discovery offered new hope, and new promise, for our future. After decades of work, trial and error, successes and failures, Dr. Hinsdale’s research is ready to move onto the next phase. What comes next will be the most vital and important discovery of our time – an evolutionary advancement of a micronic organism to build the future of our society. You’ve read his research, followed his work, and here today, is Dr. Hinsdale himself, to answer your questions. I present to you an esteemed colleague, an amazing scientist, and a dear friend, Dr. Hinsdale.”

[There is a standing applause for some time. Dr. Hinsdale takes his place and smiles at the crowd, waiting for the applause to die down]

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– “Thank you, all. Your applause fills me with joy. Many have heralded my work as heroic, but I defy that claim. My work was necessary. It was my gift back to all those whom I love and whom they love. We are one. For me, personally, it has also been more than just work. For me, it has been the greatest discovery of my lifetime. As we move forward, I am filled with anticipation. For the first time, we believe that there will be success. Even if it is a failure, what we learn now, will surely guarantee our success on the next trial. For as much as the H-Virus was a curse, it may also be a blessing. What has been bestowed upon us is an opportunity greater than we could have imagined. Of course, you know all this. What I am here for today, is you. The importance of phase 2 of this project cannot be emphasized enough. And, so, it is important to me, and to my staff, that your questions about what has been, and what will be, are answered. So, without taking up more of your time, I now open the floor and rejoice in sharing what knowledge I can.”

“Doctor, thank you for your work. You said in your second publication that during your time with the H-Virus, its so-called ‘culture’ was unstable and you weren’t sure if it would fail like the others. Although I’ve read your other works, can you tell us, in your own words, what changed?”

– “Of course. As you know, after many other failures, we have now learned that the virus, if left to itself, is far too self-destructive during its infancy to survive. Like a spinning top, if you simply leave it to run, eventually, it crashes. By intervening at different points throughout the virus’ evolution, as we learned to do with its predecessors, the H-Virus adapted. One of the unfortunate benefits of trying to destroy the virus, and I say unfortunate for all those who were lost to the virus, was that we saw it adapt, time and time again. No matter our efforts, each planetary cell that was infected died, one after another, after another. Once we learned of its sentience (and how to stop it), it was the viruses ability to adapt to outside interference that inspired me to see if it would also adapt to our efforts to improve it, rather than just destroy it. And, the results speak clearly for themselves. The virus has evolved and grown along the path we have laid out for it. So, the change that made it possible for the H-Virus to evolve, was us being proactive. Destruction is not our way. Although we eventually learned to stop the virus, going back to who we are, as one, using our knowledge to interfere with the virus’ evolution, is what has brought the greatest achievement.”

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“Doctor Hinsdale, in the time you spent with the virus, how did you communicate with it?”

[The doctor laughs a little]

– “Very, very carefully.”

“Doctor, why didn’t you completely wipe out this virus strain and destroy it like the others? What made this one special?”

– “Thank you. An excellent question. In my publications, I have tried to reserve emotional commentary, so it may seem at times that there is a coldness in my actions. But, this is not true. As you noted, several times, we initiated an apocalyptic event for the virus culture to completely wipe it out. However, after the first event, using nearby cells to collide with the planetary cell, we soon realized that the next strain would take just as long to evolve; and, needless to mention, we did more damage to the planetary cell than we had hoped for. We needed a way to carry forward our work. So, after our use of fires to more centrally focus our efforts without causing destructive harm to the planetary cell, we spent more time with the virus, understanding its culture.

It was a slow progression that I was not happy about, but, as my wife keeps telling me, patience paid off. Soon after, we initiated the floods, the ice, and even the Atlantis project. See, our time with the virus allowed us to be more discerning about the application of destruction, selecting groups of viral cells that had been corrupted or failed to evolve, and deleting only those. We moved from planetary cell wide events to more focused systems, trying new and different ways to be successful. One of the first and foremost factors that made this virus special was that it had an incredible capacity for survival. Like any virus, it was a bane on the host organism. It consumed all the resources of the planetary cell, self replicated beyond capacity, was self destructive, and resisted most efforts to stop it. But, widespread treatment was only good for total annihilation. Instead, we focused our efforts on target destruction and the results have been incredible. Would our new methodology of helping the virus evolve have worked on other strains? Perhaps. But, that’s the purpose of trial and error, isn’t it?”

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[The crowd chuckles along with the doctor]

“Doctor, do you have any concerns about the success of phase 2, beyond the success of intervention … or rather clarified, have there been any issues that your team still struggles with?”

– “Ah, yes. In my 16th publication I discussed the culture of the virus, in its current form, in greater detail. On my last visit, I found that even after a decade of work with the H-Virus strain, that it still had one flaw we could not overcome: a lack of empathy. The virus still fed on fear, anger, and hatred. For all our intervention and hard work, the virus’ culture still persists to be self destructive. It wars with itself, consumes resources callously, and treats its own cells just as virulently as it treats planetary cells. The technology we introduced was abused and used by more powerful and destructive cells to encourage the weaker ones to continue to consume and feed on the planetary cell. It even delayed phase 2 to the point we were concerned that it would not happen. A portion of the problem is the physical nature of the virus. It’s design is a unique, carbon and hydrogen based system that, unlike other planetary cells, has a programmatic DNA that governs its behavior in accordance with its physical form. The virus has unique sensory perception that requires it to interact with its environment, making it hyper-sensitive to change. We believe this was the initial reason for the over consumption of resources. Yet, in time, I also found that this could be used to engineer the virus to recognize that it had a dependency on its surrounding for survival. This was the starting point for our work.

Our greatest hope was that the virus could evolve in its culture, learning to heal those cells which were ill, offer forgiveness, and lift them up. Although the virus has shown a propensity to protect the planetary cell on a small scale, it still fails, time and again, to protect its own. When a cell’s DNA, or its behavior fails to be in line with the other cells, they label it, marking it for the life of that cell and exclude it, hate it – and even destroy it. In its culture, the primal, viral destructiveness is quite apparent as cells are constantly segregated from the whole by prejudice based on physical, emotional, and even past-behavioral actions. Perhaps, this is a problem of all virus strains since we’ve seen it happen repeatedly. We couldn’t fathom how any cell, culture, or evolutionary form could develop hatred for one another. One colleague, seeing that this organism had the ability to hate life itself and manipulate one another, how I could ever hope to engineer a cure from an organism that had evolved without the basic capacity for compassion. And, that, is the issue, we still struggle with.”

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“So … how does this affect phase 2? Without that inherently culturally-preserving behavior, wouldn’t the virus just eliminate itself?”

– “Yes, perhaps. This is a concern, but not the primary concern. Right now, our goal is to utilize the virus’ ability to grow and expand to other planetary cells in order to spread the cure and begin healing. In the beginning, if you’ll recall, we destroyed a much larger planetary cell to create smaller ones. Two of those smaller planetary cells were initially set up to support the growth of the virus. One of them died. The planetary cell that fostered the growth of the H-Virus continued to cultivate it to this day. We took advantage of the dead planetary cell, leaving it in place, engineering the virus to focus on that as its point of expansion. When the virus expands to the nearby planetary cell, this will be the most sensitive and most important part of our project. At no other time has any other ‘engineered‘ virus strain expanded to a nearby planetary cell like the original, overly aggressive and solely destructive strains.

What the virus does with that planetary cell is of key importance. If, we can engineer the virus to continue to protect planetary cells, it should, over time, begin to rejuvenate and rehabilitate that nearby planetary cell. Then, we can watch it grow to other cells. If this works, we can eventually use this exact, same strain, injected into live, infected bodies, and watch the healing begin. However, if the virus continues to revert to its primordial, genetic coding and continues to be self destructive, it may wipe itself out before healing begins. Fortunately, the project has reached the point of success so that we can easily reproduce phase 1 again, and in an even shorter amount of time.”

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“Doctor, you claim that the H-Virus developed a sort of ‘culture’ or ‘society’; is there anything from their society that could be beneficial or contribute in some small way to ours?”

– “No.”

[The audience chuckles]

“Doctor Hinsdale, I’m a huge fan of your work. Why is it so difficult to engineer the virus to function the way we want? Can’t you simply alter the DNA?”

– “Ah, yes – an excellent question. DNA mutations at that small of a level continue to be a tricky challenge. In the beginning, most of our mutations died. Even the ones that survived, when we started interacting with them, we found them in only a very primal state. Our initial engineering was to take the strongest features of the viruses and create a more powerful strain that could survive the mutations. Other strains of the virus did survive, but the genetic, virulent primal code that governed their behavior, continued to be a problem. We rebooted the strain on this one, planetary cell more than 5 times, each with catastrophic consequences. With the H-Virus, we abandoned the idea of rapid DNA mutations and decided on a more, long-term cultural engineering to more gradually alter the DNA. And, as you know, even the H-Virus has been a problem for us. Even after slow mutation of their DNA, what did we encounter? Their destructive behavior initially became extremely dangerous to the host planetary cell. Even after the introduction of technological advances, from mass radiation exposure to warfare and even over-consumption of resources, the H-Virus continued to suffer every challenge the other viruses did, and more. When I was with the H-Virus cells though, I noticed something different about them versus the other strains. For example, just before the flood event, we saw that only a portion of the H-Virus cells had resorted to cannibalistic type behavior, having exhausted their resources and failing to evolve. The few who did overcome were our target focus group moving forward. We wiped out the destructive cells and allowed the healthy ones to continue on. While some good came out of it, leaving the cells on their own once again left us with less than pleasing results.

War, famine, and other problems were continuing to be an issue. At one point, we were going to wipe out the H-Virus using the anti-virus-virus through small rodent-like creatures on the planetary cell, causing a plague of epic scale proportions. This was, as you may know, the solution we found in the beginning to completely wipe out the virus. Yet, as we watched the cells die, many of the remaining virus cells struggled to find ways to survive and help one another. So, we stopped what we were doing and watched to see how they reacted. In the face of extinction, the virus found new ways to survive and become stronger. Soon, the virus learned that in order to survive, it must heal its own environment. By doing so, the H-Virus showed the greatest promise we could have hoped for in becoming a solution! And, so, we quickly moved to interject more than just advances in culture, but we also brought science and technology into the virus’ life cycle for the sixth time. Incorporating these elements, the virus quickly progressed toward expansion and is now set for phase 2.

Could we have force manipulated their DNA? No, I don’t think so. Only when we gave the virus time to adapt to the changes over long periods, and actively engineered its evolution along the way, did it begin to show real promise.”

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“Doctor, do you think the virus can ever become more empathetic toward its own and develop that kind of healing relationship with the planetary cells that will create a real effect any time soon?”

– “I am sorry to say that, no, I don’t know. The H-Virus is particularly unique in how it responds to different situations. We gave it fire, and it stared at wood waiting for it to spark on its own, so we engineered it to create its own fire. Yet, conversely, we gave it science, and it misused it, creating its own, unique and yet highly corrupted culture where a few virus cells began poisoning others through food and medicine. We gave it warnings when it began inhaling carcinogens, to which we have yet to fully understand why, but what we do know, fascinating enough, is that it ignored the warnings, further destroying itself. We gave it technology and it constructed weapons. In other words, the primitive side of the virus continues to persist through all of our efforts. After all, it is, just a virus. We can’t expect miracles overnight.”

“Doctor, that brings up a very good point. If the virus is sentient, at what point is our interference, destruction of, our manipulation of it a morally or ethically questionable act?

– “Hmm… I have spent many, many years contemplating this. Even from the very beginning, when I was brought in to destroy the virus, I wondered if we should – when we didn’t even understand where it came from. When I found the virus to be sentient, I again, wondered if we should, not sure of just how advanced it was. And, even now, I contemplate those issues. What I have to remind myself, everyday, is that my work here is vital to the continued existence of our people. These are not sentient beings like you and I. These are primitive, animal-like creatures with an overwhelming propensity for destruction. They may exhibit basic behaviors that we can readily recognize and work with – but they are nothing more than animals; less than that, even. They don’t think like us, feel like us, or even learn like us. They slaughter and consume without thought. And, as I said before, if left to their own, after murdering more of our innocent people, they would eventually destroy themselves. No, young lady, I don’t think there is a single, ethical question to be had. These cells can only serve one purpose moving forward and what we can do to them to improve our life-cycle and health, is too valuable to ignore. Yes – there are consequences for everything we do – but again – these are just cells.”

“Doctor, in your eighth publication, you dubbed this particular strain the ‘H-Virus’. I thought at first it was named after you, but the other strains didn’t follow the same pattern. I was just wondering if you could share with us how you came to that name?”

[The doctor chuckled]

– “Oh, how many times I get asked this question. If I were rewarded for each, I would be a wealthy person. No, you see, the name, ‘H-Virus’, is sort of an inside joke. The virus, named itself. I believe the short name they call themselves is, “human.” We had named the other virus strains by number or sequence. Since the H-Virus became our most important project based on the hope it would begin to make its own, positive decisions, we decided to go with the name the virus gave itself, as if it were somehow qualified. In fact, the project name for phase 2 is ‘Project Mars’, as ‘Mars’, is the name the H-Virus gave to the dead planetary cell. Even though these cells aren’t sentient or aware like us, we are amused by the small amount of intelligence it shows when it is outside its natural, destructive cycle.”

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“Doctor, if the H-Virus doesn’t change, whether or not phase 2 is successful as far as populating and beginning healing on another planetary cell, would there be a reason to destroy it completely, or, if there were a reason to wipe it out, would you do the same as before, and segregate a portion of the cells?”

– “So, this is the dilemma, isn’t it? Here we are, after only 10 years, ready to take the biggest step into the next phase of this project, and yet, uncertainty is still our mistress. The answer is perhaps yes, or … perhaps no? After all the energy we’ve put into evolving this virus strain, we mustn’t lose ourselves emotionally … remembering this is only a viral cell … not a living. thinking, advanced species like us. Political interjection, science, and the oft apocalyptic event – each of which took painstaking years of calculation and planning, have all been focused on the sole exercise of evolving the virus’ DNA. We have considered engineering a new virus strain along an identical path and with the current DNA, just to see how fast we can evolve it, but first, we must ensure the success of Phase 2. On a personal level, I want to emphasize, that this virus has been an integral part of my own growth and exploration as a scientist. It has been difficult spending time with the H-Virus cells, trying to understand why and how they think and behave the way they do and in some small part, I’m sure there is a personal attachment.

I will tell you this. I’m not going to give up on this project knowing that out there, somewhere, is another viral strain that could strike at any time. I will continue to push forward this project until I know that we have successfully engineered a cure that will stop any future virus while simultaneously healing old, dying planetary and other cells within. I believe there’s a possibility that the H-Virus may one day become more. But, until we can find a way to teach it to grow, heal one another, end its prejudices, abandon its fears, and learn to evolve into something greater than a destructive organism, then I will reserve the right to wipe it out and start anew. Maybe a time will come when I have to once again, select a few cells for preservation and let the rest go.

Yet, considering that in only a short period of time we are pushing the next phase where we can further engineer the virus to heal surrounding planetary cells, I am confident that this project will be successful and the H-Virus, whether the final strain or not, will have been the most significant and important contribution to this entire project. I am proud of my team and the work they have done.”

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[There is tremendous clapping that takes several moments to die down when a single hand raises up]

“Doctor Hinsdale … I’ve read your work and while I understand it, without knowing fully what gave raise to the first appearance of these viruses, should we continue to engineer it, or start with something less dangerous? I mean, if there’s even the remotest possibility that evolving it could make it too powerful to stop … is it not arrogant of us to continue?”

– “Good sir, that is the perfect question. Do we continue to work on whether or not we ‘can‘ without first considering whether or not … we ‘should‘? These viruses … they have an interesting culture. When they reproduce, the good ones that is, they protect the younger versions until they’re strong enough to go out on their own. Some of the viruses have even developed a sort of, well, spiritual aspect to their being that further fosters and nurtures this healing and positive type of behavior. The majority are more arrogant, self centered, and absorbed in their own, destructive power than anything you could possibly comprehend. First off, let me assure you, that as long as they’re isolated and can’t survive outside of the planetary cells, that in a simulated environment, they pose no threat to anyone. Their ancestor cells became airborne within days and rapidly spread. That’s another reason for our slow progression. We may not know where they came from, but we know the course to follow.

Second, as a virus, these cells are really no different than non-viral cells except that non-viral cells have a set, finite purpose. That’s not to say that non-viral cells are also not destructive, creating, breaking down, and building back up again. The difference is that non-viral cells have a limited programming and limited structure that’s not prone to grow, so it remains somewhat permanently confined in its evolution. The viruses that hit our people possess an increased capacity for intelligence. Again, I use the word “intelligence” loosely in comparison to what we understand it to be. But, when this virus evolved, not only did its destructive nature evolve, but so did its ability to be non-destructive. As much as its primal destructive programming exists, we have witnessed enough to see that we can manipulate and encourage the non-destructive programming to take its place.

I may not have been successful in yet figuring out how to engineer it to stop fighting, stop hating, and stop acting against itself, but I have been successful, thus far, in getting it to recognize the importance of its relationship to other cells. The next step, which I think we will see during phase 2, is getting the virus to recognize the value in overcoming its destructive, controlling, manipulative, and harmful nature. Once it does that, it will become a healer on a scale so epic that I think the small, lengthy steps we take now, will be well worth it.

But, yes, I have considered whether or not we ‘should‘. The only answer I’ve come up with, thus far, is understanding that this virus came to us for a reason, and whatever that reason may be, simply ignoring it, is not in our best interest.”

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[There is a roar of thunderous clapping. Then, the orator rises up and stands next to the Doctor]

“We have time for just one more question.”

“Doctor, you’ve described this virus as both fascinating and deadly. In your books, you continuously emphasize its destructive nature and danger, yet you were able to spend time with it, learn about it, and study it in a way no one else can. And, you’ve said here today that you saw enough to make you believe that the current direction this experiment is taking is the correct one because there’s a chance the H-Virus can somehow evolve into something greater. What would be the most important or valuable event you witnessed to make you believe that?”

[The Doctor smiles and nods at the image…]

“That in the darkness of its existence, it can find compassion enough to set aside what ails it, forget about its agenda to control, stop frivolously and violently consuming its resources, abandon destroying one another, forgive all, and in the most unexpected moments, find a reason … and the right way … to live.”

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[The audience rises to its feet in a deafening applause as the Doctor waves and leaves]

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Thanks for reading. Sorry – I’m not a good “writer”, but hopefully, the point of this came across well enough …


All that ever was, or ever will be, has been, and will be once more …” – me.

Tribute to an Eagle Scout

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Did you know that only 6% of Scouts, in 2014, made it to Eagle Scout? That’s 51,820 kids. Out of 73.6 million children, even if half of them were boys, that is under 0.15% of the entire population of the United States of American children. It’s less than 0.0015% of the entire world’s population of just boys. So, it’s no small thing to say that earning the rank of Eagle Scout is one of extreme challenge and rarity. You’re more likely to be injured by jewelry than become an Eagle Scout! But, what makes an Eagle Scout so different or significant?

  • An Eagle Scout is not wealthy and must work for what they do.
  • An Eagle Scout does not receive public admiration, social media status, or fame.
  • An Eagle Scout is not given instant success or privilege.
  • An Eagle Scout can be healthy – or disabled – and there’s no difference in the love, involvement, or excitement.
  • An Eagle Scout isn’t more loved, more liked, or better off than any other person.
  • An Eagle Scout is not entitled, not protesting, and not creating dissension somewhere in America.
  • An Eagle Scout can come in any color, race, religious preference, background, or upbringing, without discrimination, hatred, or fear.
  • An Eagle Scout isn’t a different type of person – just a person with a heart beat like the rest of the world.

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In 2012, 13.5 million hours of community service was reported with over $300 billion dollars in donated funds for services from the work of Eagle Scouts. What is it that Eagle Scouts, do?

  • Eagle Scouts serve others and their communities.
  • They build play centers for homeless children.
  • They build learning centers for the disabled, veterans, and victims of abuse.
  • They build bridges in your parks.
  • They clean-up trash in your cities, parks, and neighborhoods.
  • And, so much, more …

Every dime provided through the Eagle Scout program potentially offsets billions in taxpayer dollars. When Eagle Scouts rehabilitate public places – you save. When they help the elderly and disabled with food and shelter – you save. When they uplift the life of another human being and inspire them to do better so that person becomes a hard-working, taxpayer in the community: you save.

  • Eagle Scouts don’t look different – they are normal, every-day kids.
  • Eagle Scouts go through every hardship of growing up, puberty, distractions, curiosity, education, learning to drive, and having access to social media as any other child.
  • Eagle Scouts prove that in the face of drugs, peer pressure, a world divided politically, and a culture hell-bent on its own, self-destruction, that it is possible to be strong.
  • Eagle Scouts prove that in a world of non-stop labor, hard work, destruction of families, and a level of sacrifice by parents that is unparalleled in history – that there is time to love, to nurture, and to care … if you make it. (parents … you have no excuse …)

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Eagle Scouts live in every kind of neighborhood, from dumps full of crime, to wealthier neighborhoods where they learn to work harder than their parents before them (and appreciate the struggles of other people).

  • Neil Armstrong, was an Eagle Scout.
  • William Devries, M.D., was an Eagle Scout.
  • Gerald Ford, was an Eagle Scout.
  • Steve Holcomb, was an Eagle Scout.
  • Oswald “Ozzie” Nelson, was an Eagle Scout.
  • Frederick Reines, was an Eagle Scout.
  • Mike Rowe, was an Eagle Scout.
  • Jeff Sessions, was an Eagle Scout.
  • And, even Steven Spielberg, was an Eagle Scout.

Although it may be exciting for young men to see that some of America’s most important contributors to politics, culture, entertainment, national security, and science, (and many, many other fields) – with over two million Eagle Scouts since the beginning, there are many scouts who just live their lives the best they can, as normal human beings, without great accolades, magical prowess, or other supernatural achievement.

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It’s not doubt that the “Scouts” are named that way. After all, “Scouts” are the ones who go ahead of the group, alone, without guidance or help, to face the darkness ahead, and find a path of safety for all those who follow. The whole of Scouting is a great organization – but for those who went the entire distance and became Eagles, no matter what happens in their lives, they can stand a little taller … a little stronger … and a little longer than the rest of the people.

  • When you need help – an Eagle Scout will give it.
  • When you’re lost – an Eagle Scout can guide you home.
  • When your heart is broken – an Eagle Scout will listen.

They are not magical people because they are Eagle Scouts … they are Eagle Scouts because they are magical people.

Not every child will be given the chance to become an Eagle Scout. Even the Girl Scouts are fighting to be allowed into the Boy Scouts (albeit they are wrong and need better guidance), simply because they long for the opportunity to be something greater than the sum of their parts, too (and they deserve a chance, too). Not every child will succeed as an Eagle Scout, distracted by the world and lost in those teenage years. But, one thing is certain:

  • To live a little better …
  • To climb a little higher …
  • To stay strong to your convictions in the face of darkness …
  • And, to learn the value of helping others …

Is something this world really needs right now.

We can’t force our children to be what we want. We can only hope the best for them, try to set a good example of getting back up strong when we fall … (and we will fall) … and going that extra distance. When we …

  • Hold a door open for a stranger …
  • Say “hello”, with sincerity, to someone passing by …
  • Stop to lend a hand when someone is in need …
  • Give of our time, more than our money …
  • Refuse to be part of the nightmarish shopping crowds (like Black Friday) …
  • Honk a little less on the freeway …
  • Don’t jump aboard the Twitter hate machine …
  • Refuse to blog with anger and malevolence …
  • Quit giving the media accolades for hate reporting …
  • And do the things that makes the day better for one person …

Just … one human being …

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The results are profound (the Butterfly Effect). We may not see it directly. It may not come to us in our lifetime. But … it will come. The people of the world will lighten up – even if just a little. And, the amazing qualities that are held by every Eagle Scout, becomes a part of everyone’s lives. Do you want to make America “great”? Wouldn’t a country filled with charity, good will, knowledge, and integrity be a “great” start? If you’ve never considered it, learned about it, or participated, I suggest trying. The Scouts have tons of programs available – in the community and through some Church organizations. The worse case scenario is that you may get to camp somewhere you never thought possible, go somewhere you’ve never been, learn something you didn’t know, and make a friend.

  • Eagle Scouts climb where people stare from a distance in longing.
  • Eagle Scouts learn what most people take for granted.
  • Eagle Scouts do … what others have only wondered about.
  • Eagle Scouts help those that most people shy away from.
  • Eagle Scouts have a stronger faith and testimony in God than most religious leaders.
  • Eagle Scouts soar just a little higher than the rest of the world …

The requirements aren’t easy. Too many kids get to the rank too late, or too soon. Some organizations want kids to get there sooner so they aren’t distracted during their teenage years – but that’s the point of an Eagle Scout. They overcome the distractions of life that lead normal men and women down the primrose path. This may not be a path for everyone. But – it is the path that everyone tries to walk.

Oh – yes … yes it is.

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Humans are curious little things. Scurrying about, wanting to be famous, to sing, to write, to dance, to meet people, to do new things, try new ideas, be heard, be listened to, be admired … and so on and so on. It’s all a part of the hierarchy of behavior and is well proven with the direction the internet has gone! And, of course … there are always exceptions. Forget the exceptions. Forget the one or two “bad” experiences. If bad experiences were to be a reasonable cause for stopping our evolutionary progress … everyone would lay down and die as an infant. If you’re a Girl Scout and want to be more – demand it! (As a Girl Scout). Copy the Eagle path and demand your leaders follow it. If you’re a boy, just ask mom and dad to get you there and the Troop will do the rest. But, just know this:

The world will fight you. Television, music, media, and the culture in general, want to distract you, hurt you, and sell you into the “stuff” generation … a very powerful movement of over 60 years. Some peers will insult you, like bullies, because they’re afraid. Most peers, won’t understand and won’t even ask. This is something you have to do – for YOU.

To the adults, with whom I associate, who will never have known this privilege as a child … sponsor someone (if not your own). It’s time consuming, daunting, and overwhelming – you know … ALL the GREAT things that make life GREAT!

Anyway – here’s to you, Eagle Scout. You’ve kept alive the hopes and dreams of future generations that one day … maybe … with a little luck and a lot of faith … can walk in your path! I salute you! (Just don’t ask me to tie a knot … I struggle with my own shoe laces!!!)

Thanks for Reading!


Growing up doing those Kiwanis Clubs, doing those Cub Scout banquets, doing those church shows, I learned to find that sensibility that most people could laugh at – that all ages and demographics could laugh at.” – Jeff Dunham

I actually like snakes! When I was young, I was a boy scout nature camp counselor, and one of our projects was collecting snakes and creating an environment for them, so I’m quite familiar with snakes and think they’re fantastic creatures.” – Harrison Ford

My father was a very good Boy Scout. He was very skilled with knots, and he showed me how to tie a bow tie.” – Bill Nye the Science Guy

Throughout my life and career, I have continually been impressed with the importance of integrity – whether it was growing up as a Boy Scout, working in one of my first jobs as a university janitor, or being a leader in a Fortune 500 company.” – Rex Tillerson

 

Does the Bermuda Triangle Effect Work Both Ways?

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This is a short look into the oddity that is the Bermuda Triangle, and a few ‘supposedly’ disassociated events that may not be so separate. Of course, the Bermuda Triangle is not the only place with strange electromagnetic anomalies and associated disappearances. And, disappearances are not limited to “key” locations as several cities, towns, and individuals have all disappeared. Of course, there are always ‘explanations’ that stand alone, especially the mysterious inter-dimensional phenomenon and aliens. But, that’s for another day. Today, we’re going to combine a variant of String Theory I dubbed the Liquid Space theory, that still works on the premise of everything in the universe being connected and how this could be a significantly contributing factor to the Bermuda Triangle type phenomenon.

Of course, if the only thing that happened at the Bermuda Triangle was the spinning compasses and malfunctioning equipment, the totality of any discussion would be limited to the build-up of electromagnetic interference (from a potential multitude of sources). However, the disappearances, downed ships, and other strange happenings have created an entirely separate conundrum – where do they go? Like everyone else, we can spend all day speculating that a group of World War II airplane pilots are busy having lunch with some seafaring captains on a beach in an alternate dimension (even as you read this), but I’m far less interested in the ‘where’ – since without proof – that’s a completely moot argument. What’s more intriguing is the ‘how’.

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Here’s the interesting part: not all strange phenomenon of extremely unusual events in our world has been based on disappearances. Some of it includes ‘appearances,’ of a particularly unsettling nature. Sure, there are those individual people that have claimed that they don’t belong in this dimension or on this Earth because everything’s different – but at 6 am in the morning, I am pretty sure I don’t belong in my life either, getting ready for work, when I’m supposed to be living in a mansion being catered to like an omnipotent being! But, not to be derogatory toward things I cannot be 100% sure about, there have been out of place objects throughout all of history. And, I’m not talking about the Mayan carving of an individual who “could” be interpreted to be wearing a space suit – but actual artistic tapestries, paintings, stories, photographs, and other such solid data of possible unidentifiable objects (flying or not!).

This is not a conspiracy theorist argument and I am not interested (in this article) in debating whether or not these things are aliens trying to suck out our brains or the gods bringing down fire to mankind. No – I’m only interested (for this article), in the fact that the inexplicable has occurred. Why does it occur?

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It’s awfully challenging to believe that aliens have visited the Earth, having to clearly traverse unfathomable distances (as the Solar System is significantly far from everything else in the Universe), only to shack up with Russians and Area 51 so they can sneak around and never say, “hello!” It’s possible – but not overly realistic. Likewise, it’s challenging to accept that the Blair Witch wished the entire village of Roanoke into the corn fields (thank you to those who got the reference … 🙂 ) or that the ancient Sumerians (the same ones who gave us the Dead Sea Scrolls aka Old Testament), had a map of a 9 planet solar system and still believed the Earth was flat! Some things disappear – some appear – and neither has a good background story.

But, what if we’re looking at this wrong. Sure – there is almost an infinite number of possible explanations for every occurrence; but many of them may be more closely related than they seem.

What if … you know, just “what if”, the phenomenon of the Bermuda Triangle worked both ways? A sort of, “wormhole” type of effect?

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Well – it’s not really that far off the radar. Like String Theory, Liquid Space Theory also justifies that two points in space separated by billions and trillions of light years can be connected like they are next to each other (well … not “that” far, but you get the idea). And, like the Butterfly effect, one small shift in events at one location can have minor, or epic-scale consequences at another. Also, if we consider that the effects of concentrated electromagnetic radiation under specific wavelengths can have odd results that defy explanation, then there is a possibility that the Bermuda Triangle effect is only part of a series of interconnections between one point in space, and the Earth. (Okay – maybe multiple points in space, but I’m going to simplify it for a simple blog … unless some university wants to fund me writing a novel … you know … just saying!!! HAHAHAHA).

If the Spec particles (the basic “god particles” from Liquid Space Theory that govern all shape, movement, and function in the universe), can be aligned in such a way that they create a super-conducting effect and the specific frequency of electromagnetic radiation (now spread throughout the length of interconnected particles based on the same slipstream effect and superconducting energies) matches the quantum frequency of an object to which it comes in contact with, then that object’s movement through space and time is no longer bound by the ordinary mechanics of String Theory or Liquid Space. It’s like walking from dry land onto a hill covered in the slickest ice in existence. The second the circumstances are right – you can slip through space and time in the blink of an eye. And, with the unique effects of radiation to separate particles without additional energy, an object can be converted into energy so that it slips along that slope even faster. As it reaches the end of the aligned particles, faster than time itself, the Spec particles realign the shape, matter, and energy into what they were before and you have a wormhole effect.

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What supports this? At CERN, where they’re literally trying to see if they can suck the Earth into an alternate dimension (okay … maybe I exaggerate a little … they’re just trying to open a door to another dimension … not suck us in … sort of), they’ve witnessed the microsecond formation and dissipation of black hole-like forces. If the amount of force needed to create the devastating power of a black hole can be created and released in only a matter of microseconds without nuclear reactive consequences (especially since all it took was simply smashing a couple subatomic particles together), then it is possible for much larger occurrences, too (based on a culmination of small occurrences that can form and last for short periods of time due to small, specific energy-type bursts).

In this 2-way door theory of the Bermuda Triangle effect, we have a series of events that all have to take place in just the right sequence and order. They’re not overly rare and may be, to some extent, controllable. Between the electromagnetic and gravitational forces of the sun, planets, and the universe itself, let’s say that a giant nebula gets close enough to a magnetic source that spreads it out more laterally (or dark matter, or other particles), and that these particles are pretty evenly spread throughout space. As heavenly bodies shift around, and under specific radioactive circumstances where high concentrations of active energy and radiation are close enough to link (such as the Van Allen belts, a massive electromagnetic storm over a large magnetic substrate like the Bermuda Triangle, etc.), those nebula particles, thanks to the String Theory / Liquid Space theory, can be interacted on from one end to the other (aligning the particles and spreading them, and the radiation out so that it accelerates toward the center and slingshots out toward the end).

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The door goes both ways!

Normally – nothing happens. It’s just a long chain of uniquely aligned energies.

But, what if, at the other end, there’s a significant source of power, identical in almost every possible way to the originating source. Maybe it’s another planet, a star, or even the edge of a black hole. Regardless, if the two energies align, the “slipstream” effect occurs. The two points of similar energy become “anchors”, in essence. And, in doing so, whatever happens to enter into that radioactive field is affected at the quantum level so that the specific target frequencies align with the Spec particles, get converted to energy, and then slip stream along … “slip … whooooosh!” “DANG IT, SCOTTY!

If this is possible, it would have an incredible number of interference factors that could be used to give it some further validation. For example, where two planets may align within their star system could be impeded by the star itself. Perhaps a solar flare is a contributing factor. Maybe other planets or large objects also have to be out of the way or the rotation of two objects sharing the same inter-dimensional space would have such a near-perfect constant rate of rotation that one could measure when the two points would cross again. Either way, looking for these consistencies would quickly reveal that possibility. And, in a superconducting state, there’s no left or right. The door opens both ways. So, maybe things that don’t belong on this side of the gate visit, and unwitting sailors participate the other way. And, so on and so on.

Of course – without the theoretical scientist to do the math, that’s about all I can offer. But, the premise is there and the possibility makes a lot more sense out of the overwhelming number of oddities that occur in appearances and disappearances by linking those events. Not everyone of them is associated – but I’d wager that quite a few are. These events could be so significant as to even explain paranormal activity. The other thing to consider is this doesn’t have to be limited to distance. Depending on the reality of time energy manipulation and a multiverse, it is possible that the frequency of occurrences are based on two objects existing in the same space that are more readily aligned! (But … that’s way out of my spectrum for this short presentation).

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So … next time the planets are aligned, the stars are in order, and the conditions are right, put on yer’ space suit, ’cause you could be going for a ride!

(Well … let’s hope not, unless you want to go, and then I say, good luck and bring me back a souvenir … you know… like a snow globe … nothing that bites!!).

Thanks for reading!


To Boldly Go Where No One has Gone Before …” – Gene Roddenberry

A Misguided Commercial by the University of Phoenix – We Did It … But what did ‘we’ do?

The University of Phoenix has added a commercial to its growing list of annoying, repetitive Youtube commercial interruptions called, “We did it”:

While this is a very touching ad that creeps deeply into the heart of sensitive folks (like myself) and is supposed to encourage women to feel empowered, it falls so terribly short of having any value that it’s almost a cynical and nasty commentary on America and capitalism.

The commercial starts out in an industrial factory where workers are being slowly replaced by machines. One by one they leave until all that’s left is the single mom of two. In the background is the old, World War II poster with Rosie the Riveter promoting industrial labor equality with the words, “We Can Do It”. Inevitably, the big, bad boss who has determined that he doesn’t have to outsource jobs thanks to the growing trend of computerized automatons, eventually pink slips mom and sends her home, heart broken, scared, and feeling helpless. Suddenly, a computer ad from the University of Phoenix promoting a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Information Technology promises hope! From there, mom gets her online degree, bakes a poorly made cake to celebrate, and is suddenly directly involved with the network administration of a very large company (presumably, based on the gigantic servers in a specialized server room that she was interfacing with).

Now for reality …

Yes, it’s a beautiful commercial – superficially. In reality, it’s a terrible commercial. Why?

  1. Mom loses her job to computerized robots. How are they run? Computers … duh! What does mom see as her hope for progressing forward? A job in … computers! Yay! Now, while she can feed her family, she’ll simultaneously be contributing to the mass automation of other companies where thousands of other moms get to go home without a job and watch their families starve. Awesome.
  2. Rosie the Riveter was not only “not” famous during World War 2 as a “motivational” poster, it was a sad statement on abusive commercial tactics and manipulation. Companies needed workers because they had screwed up and sent too many men to war and in exchange they took women from their homes, starting the detrimental trend to home and family life that continues to this day – and underpaid them. Wow. I guess if you’re dumb and don’t mind being lied to – it’s a great poster! Maybe that sounds mean – but I think people are smarter than Corporate America likes to treat them and if given a chance, they don’t appreciate those who condescend to them.
  3. Mom got a “Bachelor’s” in computers. A “Bachelors” in computers is the equivalent of just not having much skill at all and that’s why it’s an easy “online” course (that’s my opinion only – being in the field). Sure, there are those companies that care. Most companies will hire people based on proven skill and if college is the preference – they’ll give it to people who have a Masters. On the other hand – there’s no way mom would be working in a secured server room or as a network administrator making much more than she did before with the Bachelors. But, hey, it’s a job, right? Boo.
  4. Mom has two children. She wasn’t going to be able to live well off of unemployment while paying some *still* pretty high prices for her online education (and a grant or a loan for a single mom with two kids, high rent, etc. etc. … yeah … right). So … while those kids are a tear-jerk addition – it really wasn’t appropriate to “use” children to sell a product – at all. Maybe mom wanted to get an education just because she’s smart, or capable, or wanted something better? Hmmm? Maybe give her some credit computer animation people!!
  5. Apparently – mom can work well with her hands, is good with precision, and intelligent enough to get an online degree … but can’t bake a cake?! I may not be mom, but as a single parent, baking a cake is not hard. It’s customary for commercials to make dad look stupid – but not mom. And, this commercial kind of brings home the truth as to why. Mom is proud of her work – and she should be. So … it wasn’t as ‘funny’ as it seems when you really give it that second look.
  6. Finally … mom scratches out “We can do it”, for “We can do IT”, where “IT” now stands for information technology. Ever worked in the computer field? I’m a systems analyst and very good at my job. Women have been doing IT for quite some time and are just as good as men – and the same holds true for any other job in any other industry. But, there’s a strange inference there …. by replacing the “it”, it almost implies that mom’s ability to be an industrial worker is dead … that industrial work is dead in general (thanks to automation and outsourcing) – and moms (and others) can now be successful as part of that outsourcing team that just tears down America. Fan … tas … tic.

Anyway – I’m sure many people will disagree with this analysis and I welcome it. Maybe I’ve read too much into the commercial. But, frankly, the imagery is pretty clear. I don’t know if it was just hastily crafted by the University of Phoenix without much care as to the content (other than to manipulate single women by demonstrating that they’re helpless against the system and if they really loved their kids they’d pay U of P for an online education), or if all the other imagery was intentional.

However, for those people who do care, we have to take a long, hard look at this type of advertising and ask ourselves whether or not promoting this type of advancement is good or not. Sure, single parents need jobs and opportunity to compete in the workplace. But, not everyone can be in the top, white collar jobs (and the industry is swamped with people – regardless of what you may have heard). Are the people working in lower end jobs any less? They really do matter, too. Perhaps it’s not about raising the lower end income that makes things better, but dropping the higher end income and not driving companies into automation and outsourcing.

Unfortunately – the real trend is that businesses have been increasingly pushing for college degrees in lower end / lower wage jobs and that is continuing to crush the human spirit in America to the point it may not be able to return …

Sorry – starting to rant. … Anyway – that’s all. Hope you enjoyed.

Thanks for reading.


If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality.” – Stephen Hawking.