Sunday with my thoughts – Stuff, just stuff

Feeling a bit under the weather. Not quite sick (I rarely get sick), but also not 100% — so I thought I should spread it around a bit. 

And, what better way than to put up my long (seriously; not a short read), rambling, opinions about various topics? None I can think of.

Changed minds

By the way . . . I don’t own any of the graphics and/or videos contained in this post. Should anyone claiming ownership wish me to remove me, please let me know. 

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End of Life

This coming week, the Colorado House of Representatives will consider the End of Life Options Act. Some might remember my previous rant about the bunch of useless gelatinous political flesh failing to pass this most basic of human rights. 

I did try to follow up on who voted to kill the legislation in committee, but never got a clear answer.

I have little hope for any compassion from those morons, quei disgraziati diseased coglioni di porci con merda per brains che non possono cagare senza chiedere permesso from an imaginary being so despicable that it ranks as the number one killer of the weak and innocents in human history . . . un fatto che i disgraziati diseased coglioni di porci con merda per brains are proud of.

But, while I expect the same results, I go through the motions. I left out the above appellations, but I did send the following letter. I’m fairly respectful of people who bought their political office; see if you can see where I restrained myself:

“This is why I support the Colorado End of Life Options Act . . . because I strongly believe in personal freedom and sovereignty of the individual over the tyranny of the state, especially when said tyranny is fueled by superstition coupled with the desire to control other people’s lives.

Please remember the oath of your office is to first and foremost act in service to the people. Not some people, but all people. Do not presume your beliefs trump my beliefs. Do not presume other people’s beliefs trump my beliefs. Do not presume you know what is best for me and thousands more.

Believe whatever you want, but remember your belief does not grant you the right to make decisions benefitting my quality of life at a time when I will need it most.

People opposing this legislation will never be bound to exercise the freedom it affords, and denying thousands of Coloradans and me this most basic of rights is to willingly assume the responsibility for extending unnecessary suffering.

Unless you support this legislation, you follow in the footstep of tyrants throughout history who unjustifiably reserved for themselves the power of life and death over others. When it comes to my life, I and only I have a right to carry that responsibility.

For this legislation does not grant any rights we don’t already have. It merely offers the option of a dignified death should one so chooses.”

Like I said, it won’t do any good, but I tried. 

liberty-Douglass

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World Population

I recently came across this video:

The associated site can be found HERE.

One can find many arguments regarding the maximum sustainable population the Earth support. Mostly, those in favor or reproducing like rabbits point to previous scientific advances having come to our rescue — better and more efficient food production, better infrastructure, and so on — whenever the human population seemed to strain existing resources. 

I think those people miss the point . . . even as people decry the inhumane conditions of chickens, picks, and cows stuffed into feedlots, they do not see the equivalent in the human condition. Life is not just about being alive, but also about the quality of said life.

And yes, there are those who argue we live, as a whole, a much better life than at any time in history. We have more food, more fresh water, better shelter . . . to me, it still sounds a bit like a commercial chicken farm, except substitute chicken with consumers. 

There is one aspect of our scientific prowess that some people either ignore or don’t think about. There is no question that with increased automation there will be a corresponding decrease in the demand for human workers. This will be especially true as companies are under pressure to increase pay and benefits. At some point, it’s cheaper to buy a robot.

And yes, people argue new jobs will be created because of it . . . yes, and robots will do those as well. 

But, it need not be only greed . . . it’s more humane to hire robots to work in mines, do back-braking work in rice fields, and do pretty much any of the crap jobs currently done by humans. 

I think I will see it within my lifetime, and I don’t have that much longer to live. Think about the fact that in an ideal society no one would have to work, and we could dedicate our lives to blogging. That ideal depends on eliminating greed. Not gonna happen.

Think about times past . . . when human populations exceeded the limits of their environment, they moved. But, that’s the other thing; we used to have frontiers. Some say space is our next frontier. They have no clue just how hostile space is to human life.

It doesn’t matter if climate deniers believe it or not; a large population affects everything, if not directly, indirectly. Whatever efficiency gains we have made in the past decades are instantly wiped out by the numbers we add to our species. Bottom line? Any which way I look at it, we are in for some rough times, and I think they are imminent. 

I would love to be proven wrong, but I still think it would be nice if more people would join 

Capture

Of course, we’ll keep going, and are likely to

Live Short

One cartoon I like very much tangentially touches on the issue (renewable resources) . . . 

Wind Chair

And, one more . . . 

Vintage Birth Control

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Politics

Nowhere is my pessimism for the future exemplified with more chilling clarity than in the political arena. I believe we are witnessing the start of the decline of the USA as we head into a virtual civil war. You just have to listen to the candidates.

But not just listen. Hear what they are saying, but do so while placing yourself in the shoes of the “other guys”. What are you hearing? 

I can tell you what you don’t hear: compromise, statesmanship, a desire to find the best path forward, or, if not the best, a workable path that won’t further divide the country. 

Oh, I know . . . you are reading this and saying “My candidate is great!”

The Candidates

The thing is, even as “reasonable” people decry Sanders and Trump, they fail to realize that the basis for their support is formed by people who clearly see the two parties failing to take care of the majority of constituents. They are tired of promises, but if they are going to listen and support empty promises, they might as well be huge and unrealistic empty promises.

But, supporting Trump or Sanders means supporting people who speak as if they would rule as Kings as opposed to Presidents subject to Congress and constitutional law. 

But . . . all the candidates speak thus. None of the promises I hear are even remotely possible. Or, if they are, it’s not explained how these things would come to pass. The biggest lie of all is candidates promising to bring back jobs for the shrinking Middle Class . . . while promising to lift the poor, make everyone equal, keep us safe, and “make this country great again” by bombing the shit out of someone while forcing everyone to live by tenets steeped in superstitious nonsense. 

Trump Writers

Always, always, always remember . . . when a politician is promising you something, they are taking something away from someone else. 

In an ideal world, I would like my choice of candidates to include someone who says “Look, we’re in a pickle. There are no easy answers. We can’t dictate our way out of this one. We’ll have to work hard to find a reasonable solution. Not a perfect solution, but a solution allowing us to go forward.”

There are no such candidates. Before you start with “but my candidate”, see the above cartoon.

Blame him

One thing in common with all people affiliated with one party or another is that they do not recognize the very arguments they used when they are applied to themselves. 

For instance . . . 

All gun owners are to blame

I can almost hear it . . . but, but . . . that’s different!

Prejudice.vs logic

Old Pundists

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Religion

Justice Scalia died. Right away, the Republicans embarked on a despicable path of obstructionism . . . previously forged by Democrats . . . which was an amplification of previous Republican tactics . . . which were borne out of machinations by Democrats . . . and so on, and on, and on. 

Yes, that’s politics, so it could have been included in the above segment, but I want to touch on the religious arguments associated with this matter. 

See, both sides wave the vapid pieces of paper that are our Constitution. But, they only wave it out of their personal convenience. OK, it’s always been so, but at one time we could at least pretend we — the constituents and the politicians — actually cared about the Constitution.

Now, it’s out in the open . . . we must elect someone to the court who will grant our wishes, agree with our views, forward our agenda, and FSM forbid we put someone in there who bases their decisions on reason, studied interpretation of the law, and irrespective of their personal biases. 

The SCOTUS is supposed to provide a balance to the other screwed-up branches of government, and here we hear candidates and elected officials openly speak of stacking SCOTUS with no more than sock puppets who will do their bidding. Depending who’s in there, attacks on First Amendment, or attacks on the Second Amendment . . . and no mention of ever bringing back the Fourth Amendment.

And politicians wonder why people are losing confidence in government and their elected officials. (question; why the fudge do we keep electing these idiots? Oh, yeah . . . we’re also idiots. But wait! President Trump will fix everything.)

And what is the point of contention? Religion. Republican candidates have big agendas, and they need the facade of support from an “impartial” court to further their delusional plan for this great country.

How is religion a factor? Well, if you listen to the No-Spin Zone, Scalia was a great legal mind.

No Spin Zone

I have a different take on the man.

You can read THIS, and if you agree with the man, you and I live in a different plane of rationality. Or, if you read THIS and agree with the man, you and I live in a different plane of morality. And, if you read THIS and agree with the man, you and I are on a different plane of fairness.

But, most of all, those and other examples of the man’s thinking prove to me that his rulings and opinions were not borne from the rule of law or the rational application of it, but rather from the presupposed validity of religious doctrine. 

It’s no secret I am an atheist. There are two thousand plus religions in this world, and if you count the different sects within those religions, you easily multiply that number by a factor of ten. But, here are some things nearly all have in common . . . they believe they have the right to impose their will on others. That is especially true of the three major world religions. They believe it so strongly that they are willing to kill themselves and others for that belief.  

And here are good summaries of those beliefs . . . 

I’m not picking on Christianity (they do love to see themselves as victims) over other religions. But, as this is an overwhelmingly Christian country, I’m giving you my view of the main religion, and leave it to Christians to mock all other religions (as they do).

The bottom line is that, as an outsider, I can look at any of the religions and marvel at the willful ignorance and suspension of critical thinking necessary to buy into their origin stories, and by extension, their screwed-up beliefs building on those origin stories. 

Shellfish

No Likes

700 club A little respect here Eve eats Adam's laundry

For all the jerks Blond White Dude

Pregnant with myself Creationist incest

Discrimination versus Persecution

Every bible action circle

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Respite

I don’t want to end on a negative note. Mind you, I am the fountain of non-negativity, but sometimes what I write leads others to sprout negative feelings . . . often, about me. 

So, here comes some relief in the form of cartoons I find amusing. I occasionally post them on Facebook, and that means that for some of you, this is a stroll down memory lane.  

critical thinking

my kid is obnoxious

Eat n Run Cafe untattooed man Free Nicknames too fast

Brevity

Brevity

Simple but wrong grownup

ThoughtPolice

post shit on Facebook

Finally, something I’m not likely to hear.

Liked a post

WAIT! Maybe this will get me a like or two . . . endless chocolate.

Chocolate

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24 Responses to Sunday with my thoughts – Stuff, just stuff

  1. margie says:

    Emilio these politicians need to FOCUS….ON THE FRESH WATER…GERMS….NATURE.REMEMBER THE SONG …WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE….
    IT WILL BE .. WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOODIES GONE…FOOD, WATER, FRESH AIR.
    I NEED TO WATCH THE MOVIE OF SOILANT GREEN ALL THE WAY THROUGH.I WAS TOO SCARED A FEW YEARS AGO.
    I MIGHT LEARN SOMETHING I ALREADY KNOW.

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  2. oneowner says:

    I’ll write something funny when I stop laughing.

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  3. Eddy Winko says:

    Enforced vegetarianism and the banning of agro and farm machinery. It solves all the worlds problems! Plenty of food, plenty of work growing and picking the food and everybody starts to pray to the sun and moon again like it should be!

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    • disperser says:

      I would love to see the citizens of every major city in the world head out to the country every morning to go harvest their breakfast . . . then come back to their office jobs, then head out to harvest lunch, then back to the office until quitting time before heading out to harvest dinner. Oh, and hunting too. Everyone with guns, looking for cows.

      . . . the world would be so much better . . .

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  4. PiedType says:

    I’ve written several times to my Colo. rep. urging him to support the End of Life bill. He does, but I’m afraid the whole thing will be shot down just like last year’s bill was. It’s so selfish and inhumane to oppose such legislation. I can’t wait till those who oppose the bill get old and sick …

    That world population video pretty well says it all, doesn’t it? Everything else pales in comparison. To me the only solution is education, which leads to understanding, knowledge, and birth control.

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    • disperser says:

      Not a “solution” per se, but it’s likely that wars and disease will contribute to culling the herd, so to speak. Wars because resources and land disputes will increase, and disease because high population density and our food animals practices make for what could be a deadly combination.

      I dread the possibility of an influenza outbreak like we saw in the 1918-1920 when up to 5% of the world’s population succumbed.

      In today’s numbers, that would be 375,000,000. Likely, that number would be higher due to the high population density making it spread faster and farther.

      . . . something to look forward to, I guess . . .

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      • PiedType says:

        But we’ve always had wars and disease. And they’ve yet to stop the population explosion.

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      • disperser says:

        Not to sound optimistic about wars and disease, but we’re brewing conditions unprecedented in human history.

        On the war front, we are back to having two major powers (US and China) rattling their sabers over territorial disputes dwarfing the mess in the Middle East. India is on track to pass China in population and in a much smaller area. Russia too is pushing old boundaries with (like China) claims to historical lands. The difference with all these countries from previous conflicts is the weapons available today versus one hundred years ago.

        It’s probably true that war alone will not stem population growth . . . unless the big boys get into a huff. It has been said that the next World War will be our last for a long while because it will throw us back to the stone age.

        Disease is another thing . . . that is not really within our control. The Black Death in Europe did stem the population growth in the area (see the video). Sure, it recovered, but remember that was a primarily agrarian society. Today, the vast majority of people have no idea how to survive without modern amenities. They simply don’t have the skills.

        Take New York City . . . roughly 145K deaths per year, most related to health and age. Assuming a conservative 5% death rate from influenza, that’s an additional 400K per year. The thing is, these are not restricted to any particular class of people. Cops, doctors, utility workers, delivery workers, restaurant workers, etc.

        And, that’s just the death rate . . . the infection rate in 1920 was upwards of 30% of the people. That means around 2.5M people sick (plus, count the people who are taking care of them). I estimate the impact of a 1920’s style influenza outbreak would be much deadlier and devastating today.

        Now, multiply that by all the overcrowded cities in the world . . . I don’t think the infrastructure would support those numbers, especially since some of our food comes from halfway across the world. As interconnected as we are, a worldwide pandemic will severely tax our delivery infrastructure in addition to our production infrastructure (for example, we have far fewer farmers, and how many people can fly big jets and steer huge ships?)

        Sure, eventually the virus would go into remission, but now you are left with rebuilding . . . I don’t think all these Facebook and Twitter experts have what it takes to rebuild and maintain infrastructure.

        Mind you, I could be wrong. I was wrong when I assumed people were basically decent and relatively smart.

        Interesting reading:
        https://research.stlouisfed.org/publications/review/08/03/Garrett.pdf
        http://www.nyu.edu/intercep/lapietra/Osterholm_PreparingforPandemic.pdf

        There are preppers . . . perhaps considered outside mainstream, but they think about disaster far more than most people. Here’s an interesting prepper article:
        http://survivingmodernlife.com/2012/06/prepared-for-a-pandemic-not-that-hard-right/

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  5. Hope you are feeling better today!
    Great ramblings on some VERY important subjects!
    Endless chocolate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)
    The cartoons had me snort-laughing! Especially the Thought Police and The Oscar Wilde Things! :-D
    We all need a respite at times…from the jerks, idiots, maroons (as Bugs Bunny says), knuckleheads, and window-lickers, etc.!
    HUGS!!! :-)
    PS…I used Google Translate so I could read the Italian!
    PSS…I try not to think on Sundays! ;-)

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    • disperser says:

      Sore throat and runny nose . . . some lowlife must have left their germ-infected residue somewhere and crossed path with it. Both Melisa and I have something and we both came down with it at the same time, so it must have been either at the Gym or while shopping.

      Other than being a bit of a bother, nothing major. Thanks for asking

      My favorite of Bugs is “what a maroon” which was later expanded to “ultramaroon” (but not by Bugs).

      I did check the Italian translation before I put that up there . . . while it comes close, it misses on the idiomatic meaning of those words which do not translate very well. Suffice it to say they are not flattering.

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  6. mvschulze says:

    The long read, flagged and consumed a little later, away from interruptus stupidendus dogs, cats people, grandchildren, obligatioustaratariums, etc.
    “Consumed” may be a little mis-leading, as that does not necessiarily denote properly digested. But even under the best of conditions, I can’t pretend I wholly comprehend all your words or all those of the links, (not your fault, mine) . But I do respect them, and your sources are far better than my relatively meager reading habits.
    Regardless, since I do like the sound of the striking the keyboard and throwing words out into cyberspace, I continue, and certainly agree with your thoughts on…
    END OF LIFE,
    WORLD POPULATION – (What’s up in northeastern India?)
    POLITICS (with exception to the Obama cartoon in that he repeatedly has shown no contention against gun ownership – but rightfully (in my opinion) advocates licensing user and limiting firearms to common sense personna, via testing (a basic filtering proceedure favoring competency) and registration. (I think the analogy to a valid drivers license and vehicle registration is appropriate – it strives to keep the incompetent from driving hideous vehicles.) And…
    RELIGION > (my take: To each his own, and don’t bother me!)
    Thanks as usual, for the thought provoking post…. M :-)

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    • disperser says:

      I’m all for the equivalent of driver licenses with required training (and same benefits) . . . that’s not what’s being proposed by anyone in the “anti-guns” camp.

      And, I’ll repeat what I often say . . . what’s common sense? To me, it not believing in made up fairy tales. To others, it’s completely the opposite. Who decides?

      Regardless, thanks for the read and comment.

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  7. disperser says:

    Here’s the prototype for workers of the future . . .

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  8. How you doing today, Emilio?!
    (((HUGS)))

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    • disperser says:

      We are both still valiantly fighting this thing. Also wondering where we got it since it hit both of us at about the same time (very unusual for us to get sick, and rarely at the same time). Scratchy throat, stuffy nose, occasional cough.

      We’re not fully miserable . . . more like 63.47% miserable, mostly because it has disrupted our exercise routine. Sleeping is also a bit disrupted, but not overly so.

      All in all, much better than literally millions of other people, possibly even a billion, thanks for asking.

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  9. colonialist says:

    That had a lot of entertainment and agreement value. Short form – we need far less humans, and the ones we would be best off without are politicians and religionists.
    It took me ages to get an angle on how that chocolate works!

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