Thursday, April 20, 2017

Why you should support Single-payer Healthcare

I work two jobs and both of them involve a lot of driving. Even though I feel like I'm always working, I'm still pretty broke. I have a little more than a hundred dollars in the bank and there is no way I'm giving that to a greedy health insurance CEO. Even if I bought into the health insurance scam, I know that there would be a large deductible. If I had the money to pay the deductible, then I wouldn't need insurance anyway, would I?
So I know that if I get hurt in a car accident, my options are either die quickly, or spend the rest of my life giving every cent I make to someone who neither needs it nor deserves it. If I see that I am headed towards a serious crash, then I will hit the accelerator instead of the brake to ensure that I die. That's not to say I will drive more recklessly, in fact I'm a very cautious driver. But I know that a serious injury will ruin my life and I would be better off dead. If I happen to accidentally take you out too, then I'm sorry, but don't worry, because I did pay my car insurance, and I'm sure they will be overjoyed to help you in any way they can.
You probably think I'm either crazy or stupid, but we both know that I am not the only person caught in this dilemma. So the next time you get behind the wheel, you better hope that the guy in the other car makes enough money to buy health insurance.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Real Conspiracy vs Fake Conspiracy


There are many conspiracy theories going around, each one more absurd than the last. The real conspiracy is that all these fake conspiracies are designed to discredit anyone who knows what the real conspiracies are. I shall give you examples.

Fake Conspiracy: they don't want us to know that we never went to the Moon because the Earth is flat.

Real Conspiracy: they don't want us to understand basic science so that we will vote Republican.

Fake Conspiracy: Hillary Clinton is running a child prostitution ring under a pizza parlor.

Real Conspiracy: The NRA is is scaring you with fears of gun control so that their backers can keep selling more and more guns, no matter how many kids die in school shootings.

Fake Conspiracy: Big Agro is injecting our food with GMOs so that we will be poisoned.

Real Conspiracy: Organic food is a marketing gimmick to get you to spend more money for less food. The USA has the safest food supply in the history of ever. If every farm went organic there would be mass starvation the likes of which have never been seen before.


Fake Conspiracy: Doctors know that vaccines cause autism, but they make more money from selling vaccines.

Real Conspiracy: Drug companies actually make a LOT more money from gullible parents that don't vaccinate their kids. Vaccines are cheap.


Fake Conspiracy: Climate Change is hoax so that greedy scientists can make more money.

Real Conspiracy: Oil Companies promote this myth so that SUV drivers can convince themselves that they are not really greedy selfish babies.


Fake Conspiracy: airplanes are producing chemtrails full of mind altering chemicals, and hundreds of thousands of pilots, mechanics, and stewardesses are so involved that they won't even tell their families.

Real Conspiracy: Lead is an actual mind altering chemical that lowers IQ and increases violent tendencies. Violence and lower IQs mean more people in jail and more money for the Privatized Prison industry. That is why Flint and East Chicago still have lead in the water.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Capitalism kills more people than nazis and terrorists combined

I am going to get a medic-alert bracelet today. It will say "don't take me to the hospital, I have no money. Throw me in a dumpster". I don't plan on giving one cent to any health insurance company. I have had car insurance for years, and I've seen what happens when you actually have a claim. They drop you like a hot potato. Nope, I plan on dying at home, alone and in pain, because the health care industry doesn't deserve any of my hard-earned money. Sure, some doctors and nurses are in the business because they want to to help people, but what about all the insurance executives and hospital administrators; do you think they want to to help you?

One of the biggest houses I've ever seen belonged to a pediatric oncologist. OK, right now you're saying "well he helps kids; he deserves to be rich", but I want to tell you, this house was not just big, it was ostentatious. From my point of view, he got rich from the worst kind of tragedy that can befall a family. Are there that many kids with cancer that he is working his fingers off to save them all, or is it that when a kid does get cancer he knows the parents will pay any outrageous price he can come up with? That's a vulture, not a doctor.

I have an abscess in my jaw because a greedy dentist destroyed my teeth, and it is well on it's way to becoming septicemia. I've got 2 jobs and $29 dollars in my pocket. You think I'm going to the doctor? Hah! I know with the money I have I can get a huge package of horse antibiotic from the feed store. With a little bit of math I can figure out the dosage based on my body weight. I can get 100 doses for $20 and still have $9 left. If I were to get a prescription I would be lucky to get 20 doses for $100.

So maybe if I can make until I'm 65, I can get medicare. Of course by then, I'm sure the corporate media will have convinced you that it's in everyones best interest to raise it to 70, so I'm not optimistic. So go on and keep watching your lame sitcoms and insipid reality shows, but don't come running to me when you need help. I've seen how much you care.

If you think Obama-care is Socialism, If you think Hillary is a Liberal, If you think Liberals are Communist, If you don't give a shit about your fellow Americans, If you think a millionaire who says "You're Fired" is a job-creator, you're not a patriot, you're a fool.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Butchers Knife

The King was inspecting the royal kitchen and he came to the section where the meat was butchered. He watched the first butcher quickly convert a slab of meat into a pile of chops. "Very good!" said the king, "how long have you been working here?"
The first butcher replied, "I have been here five years. I have sharpened my knife so many times that it is now an inch smaller than when I got it." The king nodded his approval and moved on to the second butcher.
"I see that your knife has been sharpened many times. How long have you been here?" he asked the second butcher.
"your Highness is very observant," said the second butcher. "I have been here ten years. I can de-bone a chicken in 30 seconds without wasting any meat."
The king told his assistant to give the man a raise.
Coming near to the end of his tour the king saw the final butcher and told his assistant "this man is either very lazy or very inexperienced. I don't want him here. Get rid of him."
The third butcher was shocked. He fell to his knees and begged the king to tell him why he was being fired.
The king said "the first butcher has been here 5 years and his knife has been sharpened so many times it is an inch shorter. The second butcher has been here 10 years and his knife is half gone. Your knife is brand new. You must be a very bad butcher."
The sad butcher told the king, "Your Highness, I have been here 20 years. My knife skillfully slices through the meat and no longer touches bone or tendon, therefore it never goes dull. Why should I sharpen a knife that isn't dull?"
The moral of the story is left as an exercise for the reader.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Memetic Engineering

The Right Wing in the United States have convinced the religious that they represent "Christian Values”. They are trying to divide us so that we never get too strong. We need to mirror their strategies and undermine the GOPs shaky alliance with Christianity. I propose that we use modern philosophical tools such as “Street Epistemology” and “intuition pumps” to channel thinking of the religious to be more antagonistic towards vulture capitalism (incidently, a position closer to that of Jesus). These skills require practice, so get out there and do it.
Toxic memes are unlikely to be eliminated any time soon, but they can be replaced with less virulent strains. Then they can be directed to perform alternate functions or to be less destructive. A major goal would be to see the return of Black liberation theology to its default position in the African-American community, replacing the heretical pyramid scheme that is the “Prosperity Gospel”. Another goal is helping the White working class realize how they have been duped and used to keep the working class from uniting and becoming stronger. Rehabilitating the image of labor unions may be a good first step here. These can be called forms of “memetic engineering”. It is our patriotic duty to become Memetic Engineers. (Facebook style picture memes are a respected tool in our arsenal, but any contagious idea can be used for memetic engineering) . Once we systematize the tools and methods , we can spread the meta-meme of how to do memetic engineering to other groups and slowly change the world.


study materials

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerrard_Winstanley#The_New_Law_of_Righteousness

http://www.hsv.com/editorials/davidbrin/dbrin2.htm

http://coolhaus.de/art-of-controversy/

http://www.aleph.se/Trans/Cultural/Memetics/meme_lex.html

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Religious_views_on_capitalism

http://www.diggers.org/diggers/religion_winstanley.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJsD-3jtXz0

https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZf8JOv0Nm8

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

An Artificial Plague

There is an artificially induced plague of mental illness rising to epidemic levels in our country. It's no secret that rich people own the media; how many poor people do you know that own a radio station or TV network? They have used the methods of marketing, cognitive neuro-science and mob psychology to turn ordinary conservatives into reactionary madmen. It seems an extreme measure just to promote an agenda, but wealth addiction is a powerful vice.
  Perhaps you have had conversations on a blog or other social media discussing the facts of a certain issue, and all of a sudden a voice chimes in with a comment along the lines of "Because liberals are stoopid". Maybe you paused and wondered how this person thinks this non sequitur is relevant to your hitherto non-partisan discussion. It is because this person every issue as black and white; you either think exactly the same as him or you are diametrically opposite. I know it's difficult, and I'm not very good at it myself, but please try to be kind to this victim of cognitive manipulation.
   One of the most visible symptoms of this illness is called "Psychological Projection". Here are some example sentences followed by their unspoken sub-text:

"Sandyhook was a false-flag to have an excuse to take away the guns of white people" because he would have no problem using a false-flag to take away the guns of minorities if he could.

"Obamacare means death panels for your mother" because he would like death panels for people not like him.

"Climate change is a lie so scientists can get more money" because lying to get more money is his version of the American dream.

"Evolution is a lie so that scientists can deny Jesus" because lying FOR Jesus is de rigueur.

"liberals are always nominating activist judges" because that's what they've always done so that must be what everyone does.

Or how about the classic "VOTER FRAUD!" because because Democrats are to stupid to commit election fraud like Republicans

So you see, in his world, everyone who is not ultra-conservative is obviously a far-left radical that wants to destroy everything he holds dear, and every scientist seeking consensus is obviously a greedy atheist with an agenda. Have pity on the poor deluded child.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Pan-Galactic Deism


I had a religious experience yesterday. It was a profound feeling deep in my brain, and now I understand the religious experience a little better, and I will try to be a little nicer to believers.
I suspect most christians and muslims don't understand what it means to truly believe. Belief can only come from inside, not outside. You can't be coerced, tricked, or debated into believing, you either believe or you don't. I listened to and talked with christians for years and they never came up with any evidence that I would consider convincing, but alone in my room, with no outside influence, I became a believer.
So now, overnight, I believe in god, but not your god. My god doesn't talk to us, and it's unlikely we will ever meet him. My god is he who was here first. He came upon a star with little balls of mud circling around it. On three of these mud-balls he planted seeds. Two of them withered, but the third ball flourished and evolved into a beautiful bouquet of life. So Earth is gods Chia Pet.
  If he even ever notices us, perhaps all he sees is a weed trying to take over his Chia Pet, so un-important he doesn't even bother to pull us out by the roots.
 That being said, Humans have a noble history and a glorious future among the stars. We, here and now, are the history of that future, and it is our duty to strive toward that future as rapidly and painlessly as possible. Alone, with only Science as our greatest tool, we fought our way from the caves to the modern civilization we have now. Everything we have achieved, we have achieved on our own with no outside help. That is something to be proud of.

It has come to my attention that some of the few people who have read this post have misunderstood the intent. I am merely trying to express that an experience can be profound and powerful, even if it only exists in your head.Have empathy for those who can't tell the difference

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Happy Birthday Douglas


I came to be a fan of Douglas Adams a bit late. Occasionally I would encounter a friend at the bookstore (back when there were such things) and he would ask if I ever read Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. Well I've always been a bit of a sci-fi snob (I've seen most Star Trek films but only 2 of the 7 Star Wars) so I muttered something about comedy not having any place in science fiction. Then one day I was watching a Dr Who rerun, and I noticed it was written by that Adams fellow, and it was a good episode. So I promised myself I would check this guy out after all. Sometime later I ran across a used copy of Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency; I was baffled but hooked. I then read everything I could get my hands on.
So I told my friend he was right and when could we expect another book from him. That's when I found out he had died a short time earlier. Just my luck to have a new favorite and to never have the joy of a new work from him. So long, Douiglas, and thanks for all the laughs.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Do you suffer from cognitive dissonance? Too bad

Anyone who has looked into libertarianism, or even anyone who has plodded thier way through one of Ayn Rand's tedious novels, must have realized that this "philosophy" is at odds with any kind of virtue one might be able to extract from the meanderings and fallacies of the Bible or Koran. Indeed, any thinking individual must have by now come to the realization that the primitive beliefs of ancient men have been superceded by the reality of scientific investigation. Rand, however, makes her atheism an integral part of her world view. The preachers and pundits who espouse this doctrine of "greed is good" attempt to convince all of their fans that there is no contradiction between loving thy neighbor and cutting his benefits. At first this seems incongruous, but I think I have the discovered the key passage in the Bible: 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12. Of course I don't think anything from this tripe is relevant in our day and age, but if you are a believer perhaps you should take a look. Maybe something will click in your head. I'm not holding my breath, though.

Monday, April 07, 2014

“Your report, Taskmaster?” The land-owner was rich, but not very enthusiastic, and you could tell by his voice.

“The sheep are well-fed and pacified with entertainment, as you suggested. We have led them to believe that their little problems like buying toys and finding sex partners are the only things to worry about. They have no idea whats in store for them.”

The Taskmaster was fidgety and this didn't go un-noticed by the land-owner. It was obvious something was bothering him.

“Is there something else?”

“We have a malcontent who isn't falling for it. He's trying to spread discontent and refusing to be a good flock member. So far none of the others pay any attention. But that just makes him more determined. It's worrying to think that his ideas may spread to others and eventually the Department of Agriculture might get wind of it.”

“Deal with it! That's what you get paid for!”

“Do I have permission to use the secret weapon?”

“Is it absolutely necessary? If the other find out it may wake them from their stupor.”

“I have a plan that will allow us to kill two birds with one stone.”

~~~~~~~~~

KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK! The wolf answered the door and the Taskmaster was standing there with hands folded in front of him. “I have a job for you.”

“i don't like having a boss. What's in it for me?”

“All the lamb-chops you can eat. They are outside in the trunk of my Fiat”

“I can get squirrels and rabbits for free. Your fiat lamb-chops are worthless.”

“Worthless, maybe. But oh so tasty. If you're not hungry perhaps you could trade some for a new flat-screen TV”

“You have a point there. What do you want me to do?”

“Clean off your sheep suit”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Number 436 was laying down in the barn eating the hay that the land-owner was saving. This wasn't really allowed, but he didn't care. The wolf sidled up to him. “Why aren't you out there eating some fresh grass?”

“Why should I? The land-owner took away my freedom and the Taskmaster whips me and steals my wool. I think they owe it to me.

“Yea, it's rough. But I bet if the land-owner didn't have to pay so many taxes, he would give you more freedom. And if the Taskmaster didn't have many rules to comply with he wouldn't take out his frustration on you.”


“Are you saying that it's all the fault of the Department of Agriculture?”
“You catch on quick. I can tell you are different and special, so I'm going to tell you a secret...”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

“Wake up, 667! I got something to tell you!”

Number 667 groggily lifted his head to see what his friend wanted. He was tired from searching out the tastiest clover, and somewhat perturbed that 436 wasn't. “This better be important.”

“It is. I just figured it all out. If it wasn't for the Department of Agriculture the landowner would give us more freedom and the Taskmaster wouldn't be so pissed off.”

“Why do you always want to talk about complicated issues when I'm half asleep? Listen, if it wasn't for the Department of Agriculture, the landowner would scrimp on our food and shelter and the Taskmaster would abuse us even more. They are protecting us from greed and avarice.”

“No no, you don't understand! If you talked to the people I talked to, and read all the books I read you would see for yourself.”

“Where did you get all those books?”

“From the new guy.”

“So you got all those books from the same guy? And they all say the same thing? Thats not research, that's thought control. Why don't you read one of mine?”

“But they might tell me something I don't want to hear, and since I know I'm right, they must be wrong.”

“That is a logical fallacy, and if I had some coffee I could tell you which one.”

“No you're not getting it. I have learned the secret words that once spoken will bring us everything we've ever wanted. Don't you see, words are magic. That's why they call it spelling. Get it? Spelling? Magic spells? It all makes sense.”

“Words are words. There is no such thing as magic. Getting 'spelling' mixed up with 'spells' is like saying that there must be a heaven because it rhymes with seven. If it only works in English, it can't be some sort of mystical truth, or else it would be true in German and Spanish and all other languages too.”

“But the new guy told me and I believe him because I want it to be true.”

“Then why is he here? If he knows magic, he should just create himself a magic land and go there and forget about this place.”

“He did! He said the magic words and got what he wanted. He just came here to tell me that I can do the same thing. I now have special knowledge, and that makes me free.”

“Let me guess; for just $299 he will tell you how Fiat Currency is worthless. This is a huge scam and he wants you to be a Guinea pig.”

“You're wrong. He cares about me and wants me to get what I deserve.” He stormed out of his friends stall in a huff.

~~~~~~~~~~~~

Number 436 marched into the office of the Department of Agriculture without an appointment. He wrote his name with the magic ink and spoke the magic words, and was promptly handcuffed and led away to the echoes of laughter. As the knife came closer to his throat, he regretted believing the wolf and not reading some of 667s books.


The Investigator for the Department of Agriculture talked to the landowner and the taskmaster, and they decided to shoot the wolf. The wolf was dangerous, but he was outnumbered.


667 lived to a ripe old age. Sure he gave up his wool once a year, and he wasn't always in the best of health, but at least he was alive and free to read any book he chose.


Nothing else changed.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Alternative Medicine That Actually Works



Due to the rising costs of health-care, many people are looking into "alternative medicine". With an unemployment rate of 9% (closer to 16% if you include the people who have given up looking for work and the under-employed)it's no wonder many are looking for home remedies. I've heard stories of people using pet medicine because it's cheaper. I wouldn't recommend that course of action unless you've had some college level chemistry, although I suppose you could call it "alternative".
Health care costs are still rising and thanks to free trade any new jobs we do create are likely to be low-wage service industry jobs resulting in fewer trips to the doctor, thus raising costs again. If the Republicans are able to bust the unions like they want there will be even fewer patients for the doctors so they will have to raise the prices even more. Not that the Doctors give a shit anyway; higher prices plus fewer patients equals more golf. When I was a young idealist I thought that doctors and teachers were the most noble professions because they help people. I still think teachers are noble because they do it for a LOT less money than doctors. Now I think Doctors are for the most part spoiled rich kids who disguise their greed with patriotism. Being patriotic implies concern for your fellow country-men; I wish I knew how greed became a virtue.
Enough ranting; here is the list of Alternative Medicine That Actually Works. Anything not on this list has either not been proved to work or been proved not to work.
1. Herbal medicine
Some herbs actually do have pharmacological properties, but they can be variable in quality. Most of the good ones are well known and available over the counter. Before you try herbs you should do research first, but be careful. There is a lot of misinformation out there. Also remember that anything you ingest is changed by the digestion process. That's why things like rhino horn and bear bile could never work even if they had the claimed properties. In other words, eating dolphin brains won't make you smarter.
2. Maggots
If you get a massive infection and have no money for the doctor you could get gangrene. If you do, don't kill the maggots. They will eat the dead flesh and may keep the infection from spreading. Letting them live will actually increase your chances of survival. Kill the maggots and without medical science you could die too.
3. Helminth therapy
If you have an obesity problem, infecting yourself with tapeworms is a cheap solution
Well, that's about it. Accupuncture works as well as a placebo; chiropractic is glorified massage. If you can't get to a doctor you are fucked. Tough luck Charlie, that's the American Way. What are you, unpatriotic?

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