Trump’s Hater Nation

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Seeking negative attention for attention sake fosters a culture of hate that, if not contained, spreads like wildfire.

It’s the WWF model for corrupting and destroying a nation…a bit extreme but true. There are 2 reasons why people go to see professional wrestling…because they want to see their favorite wrestlers and to see the wrestlers they hate…the villains. To the WWF, the only thing that matters are the people that watch. The reasons why they watch doesn’t matter. However, if more people are watching to see the wrestlers they hate, of course the WWF will accommodate.

The Barr phenom is not that different. Rosanne Barr has a history of doing things that fuel hate and in turn, increase her rating. When she made a mockery of the Star Spangled Banner in the 90’s, she increased her hater rating and made her more appealing…more marketable. As a result, media corporations ignore the negative consequences of her actions because they see dollar signs in respect to her ratings…people will seek her out because they hate her.

Trump and his, “right hand troll,” Stephen Miller is no different.

Personally, I would do the opposite.

There was a friend of mine on Facebook that made it her business to say things or support a point of view that was completely far fetched and would not listen to reason or consider that she may be a bit off base on some of the issues that she was supporting. This created an environment that kept people engaged if only to tell her that she was completely nuts. To her it didn’t matter because people kept supplying her with attention. Needless to say I had to Face-block her because I would not continue to support her with my attention.

As a matter of fact…I also deactivated my Facebook account because it serves the needs of others but not myself.

Fortunately, Rosanne Barr is now on everyone’s poo poo list. However, It’s only a matter of time when another company is going to see dollar signs because of the amount of haters that she has amassed.

So how will it all end…what’s the end game?

There are so many angry people in this country that Trump’s motto should be, “Make America Hate Again” and without any safeguards or a moral compass, this country is going to go careening off the rails.

The best that people can do is to not tune in. Whenever you encounter a person that is craving your attention through hate…don’t scream and shout, tune them out.

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The End of Facebook…for me

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I deactivated my Facebook account for the following personal reasons. I want to stress the word personal because people use Facebook for various reasons and I don’t want to insinuate that everyone uses it in the way that I have experienced.

I hoped that Facebook would be a place to share and debate ideas and opinions on current events with “friends.” Unfortunately, What it turned out to be was a place where people advertise events, vent frustrations, boast of their accomplishments or speak of their failures. In a word…it felt selfish, which seems like an impossibility for a social networking site.

To make matters worse, I have no idea who is using my information and for what purpose. Every click can result in granting a company access to all of my personal information regardless of what security measures I take. If I choose to engage in something, I like to feel like I am getting more or equal out of the deal rather than the deal getting more out of me.

So I am going back to blogging which I find more satisfying than facebooking…if there is such a word.

NASA should be more…

NASA is sending something else to Mars and although I’m all for exploration, I have to ask, what is the end game?

The mission this time is to, “dig deep,” while in the meantime we have to dig deep in supporting this mission.

It’s not cheap to send these things into outer space. The least NASA could do is to answer the “so what” question and don’t tell me it’s because you are looking for water or classifying rocks. I want to know what NASA is doing to help this planet such as finding ways to remove CO2 from the air or help to design zero emission vehicles or planes that don’t have windows that blow out at 35000 feet or passenger planes that don’t pollute the sky.

NASA has the means of being a department that can be a big contributor to our environmental challenges.

why isn’t it?

The Illusion of Power

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Does “Power” exist?

Of course is does, in the traditional sense,

  • Electricity powers our homes and devices
  • Gas powers or vehicles, lawn mowers and stoves
  • Sun and wind are also a sources of power

Obviously, this is not the power that I wish to focus on, it’s the other one. The one that makes us feel invincible. The one that makes us feel that we are entitled because we have the “Power” to do so; the Weinstein’s, Trumps and Martins out there, to name a few, that believe that just because they have reached a place of status in their careers that they are entitled to whatever they please…without retribution.

But power is but an illusion; do we say that men and women that have arrived at a high level of status in their careers are guided by some external fuel source that govern their choices…I hope not.

We should not confuse “Power” with status.

The ones that have reached a level of status in their field and used their influence for personal pleasure with malice, made the conscience choice to do so.

As victims, we can never forget that we are all humans and humans are fallible.

  • The only difference between a member of the Corps de Ballet and a Principal Dancer is the level of craftsmanship.
  • The only difference between a student and a professor is the level of scholarship.

I guess what I am trying to say is that we should never put anyone on a pedestal…they can’t handle it. instead, people that have aspired to a higher level of status in their career should be commended for their accomplishments but not worshipped or feared.

We are all humans, and we are all fallible.

The Value of Life

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The recent bombing in Manchester was horrible. The thought of people having the time of their lives, children and teenagers, and having that joyous experience shattered by someone that blew himself up is unthinkable. As time goes by I have to accept that at some point in my life, I may also be in the midst of a person with the intention of using his or her life as a tool to take the lives of many. This got me thinking about life; it’s meaning, and what it may mean to others.

Life is a precious thing to waste. I’ve always believed that life happens as soon as it begins to grow; a seed is just a seed until it sprouts. From that time on, life…all life moves closer and closer to death. Not to sound morbid but, we are not living; we are dying. All life has a finite amount of time on this planet so with the time remaining, what will be my contribution. I can’t contribute if I cut my life short and we are only stronger if we work together.

Back to this question, why would someone use his or her own life as a weapon of mass destruction? In thinking about this question it dawned on me that other people/cultures may think of life differently than I do. In that there are some who believe that life is something to value and others that believe that life is something of value.

To value life is to love and believe in the give and take that can only occur while being alive; loving someone to the end of time, experiencing the growth of your children, taking a walk and breathing in the air, the clouds, the magic of the seasons, knowing and looking forward to your own growth and the inevitability of old age.

To see your life is something of value is to see yourself as a tool, one that can bring great wealth such as a sports star, prostitute, a suicide bomber. On the other hand, I don’t think people actually see themselves as something of value…I think it’s others that see other people’s lives as something of value. Managers of athletes, actors and musicians must see the value in people in terms of dollars or they wouldn’t manage them. I think people can also see the value in themselves in that they believe that due to whatever qualities they possess, they are worth a certain amount of dollars.

I think the problem I have is people seeing themselves as a tool of destruction. Although an athlete may sell himself to the highest bidder, selling his soul to the devil sort of speak, he or she still believes that life is something to value because it is that very life that is bringing in the bucks. In addition, the athlete will want to reap the rewards of wealth after he or she retires. But, to believe that your life is something of value such as the case of a suicide bomber, he or she has to be manipulated into believing that ending his or her life for whatever reason is more important than living it and I just can’t fathom the processes that occur when being manipulated into using your life as a tool of destruction for the sake of something or someone else.

I’ve written enough. Honestly, I don’t think that I got any closer to answering my question and in the meantime, I’m waiting for the next one to happen. I just hope that it’s not at our doorstep.

Revelation: “Not Your Typical Bible Tale”

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I had a revelation…and no, it had nothing to do with the end of the world. It had more to do with the beginning.

I am not religious. That’s not to say that I don’t believe in doing things religiously – I just don’t pray to something that hasn’t proved to me that it exists. To be honest, I’d sooner believe in Santa Clause. However, I do believe that there are stories that were written in the bible by men that contain morals that can be incorporated or discarded.

One thing I do believe is that man was created in god’s image – when man looks in the mirror, he sees himself – so who is god.

Anyway, I was thinking about the story of the Tower of Babel. Basically, all people spoke the same language until they got together to build a tower. When god saw this tower, he decided to, “confound their language” and scatter them across the planet.

The way I see it, god punished the people for working together to build something great.

What if we all believed in Kennedy’s words when he said, “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” I may be naïve but I think if we pooled all of our talents with every country on this planet, we would be able accomplish wonders beyond our imagination.

Until then, we are going to have to endure our present condition, which I have to admit, is not optimistic. Ironically, it seems as if we are inching closer to an apocalypse to rival Revelations.

 

 

TrumpmurT: Trump Flipped

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It seems as if Trump may have finally come to his senses. As of today, Trump has made an about-face on several of his campaign promises. He has backed down on his claim that China was a “currency manipulator,” NATO is no longer “obsolete,” he seems to have more compassion for the atrocities that have befallen the Syrian people, and he now believes that Russia may be up to no good – most likely ending the bromance between him and Putin.

What happened?

I think he finally decided to get his head out of his ass.

I don’t want to sound naive but I believe that most of America, and the world for that matter, have had their eye on the news since Trump has been in office, wondering, what in the hell is this knuckle-head thinking?

Believe me, I am not a Trump supporter. However, there is that part of me that has always rooted for the underdog. So, if this is the hand that the house has dealt to me, no matter how butt-ugly the cards look, I still have to make a choice – do I fold, or do I hold on to my cards and pray for a miracle. Let me see…I don’t gamble, I don’t believe in god, and I don’t believe in miracles.

Damn…I better start praying.