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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Would a Change in Law Change Behavior? More Gun Control-While Ignoring Causes and Cures.


 

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Would a Change in Law Change Behavior? More Gun Control-While Ignoring Causes and Cures.

Blaming the NRA is like saying GM or Smirnoff is responsible for drunk driving deaths…CNN and other left wing, anti-gun media drool over these incidents and the press in general have a policy “If it bleeds, it leads.”

   It has become a cliché in America.  After every gun shooting, the same players trot out the same failed arguments about why need more ‘gun control.’  They NEVER examine the root causes of why people conduct these horrific acts.  Instead, it is always the same ass-backward, senseless mantra-blame the gun, not the person.  Now they’re trotting out small-minded individuals who suggest boycotts of the NRA are the solution which is typical simian thinking.  The NRA had nothing to do with this or any other mass shooting.  Indeed, the group promotes responsible gun ownership and training.

We already have scads of gun laws in place but what we don’t have are enough safety checks for individuals either through schools or for families.  Other nations have automatic weapons in their homes but nearly zero gun related shootings.  Why is America so different?  It wasn’t always this way.  What has changed in our society and why do people think changing laws will change behavior?

They rarely air protests about opioids which kill more people or drunk driving which also kill more people and are almost always overlooked by much of lamestream media.  Their lack of logic baffles me.  After all, we don’t demand the ban of vehicles or the ban of doctors and pharmacies.

  Manipulated student protests are aired to a salivating press which has had an anti-gun bent for years.  But what exactly is ‘more gun control?”  Most of us know it is a code for a complete ban on all guns as they’ve done in Australia and the elimination of our Second Amendment [most high school students aren’t taught American history or the Bill of Rights at this point any longer so they probably don’t know what I’m referring to].

When I was growing up virtually every boy in our city owned a BB gun.  I spent summers at my Grandfathers’ cottage where my uncle, an avid hunter shot clay pigeon over the canal.  He let me shoot his 12 gauge once.  It promptly put me on my ass much to the amusement of everyone watching. He owned a lot of guns but I didn’t have to be told not to touch them.  It was the RULE!   When I joined the Boy Scouts, I owned a .22 rifle.  When I was 16 I got my first hunting rifle as did many others in our area of Ohio, MI and PA.

In those days I purchased a survival .22 [everything concealed into the stock] from a Sears sporting goods department for about $60.  A bargain considering what they sell for today.  No identification was required, cash and carry.

 Eventually, I purchased a semi-automatic carbine.  I’ve never caused anyone harm as a result of firearm ownership and to the best of my knowledge, neither have any of my uncles, cousins, grandfathers, or friends…most of which have been lifelong hunters.

What has changed since I graduated high school are the rise in broken homes, single-parent families on welfare, deteriorating schools, increasing numbers of children placed on psychotropic drugs, an increase of discipline problems in our schools, a decrease of parental involvement with the upbringing of their children or involvement with their school work, a tremendous increase in the disconnect of family as a result of electronic devices [too much time spent with cell phones, video games, tablets, - people are addicted to shiny objects and no longer communicate with each other face-to-face as much like at family dinners each evening for example.]
 
 

Gun control begins (and ends) at home.

As James Davenport recently pointed out in FEE, there are reasons why Congress doesn’t act on gun violence. (“The reality is,” says James Davenport, “Congress isn’t, and can’t be, responsible for anyone’s personal safety.”)

There’s growing sentiment (at least that’s what the media wants you to believe) that the (at least) 60,000,000 gun owners, in possession of over 300 million guns shouldn’t have some, or in the most extreme positions, all of them.

And, at the very least, they shouldn’t have those devious machines deemed “assault rifles.” (Of which, contrary to popular thought, the “AR” in “AR-15” does not stand for.)

But would a ban on AR-15’s quell shootings or terror attacks?

Would it, like a well-received rain dance, wash the violent impulses from the loonies and sprout rainbows from the pastures?

Unlikely.

In reality, it’s a tiny, shriveled, used band-aid applied on an incredibly deep and complex gash (a band-aid which, no less, could cause drastic unintended consequences from its use).

It is, I propose, one of the least effective ways of quelling violence. 

 
 
Here are seven reasons why.

- Guns or violence? Is getting rid of guns wholesale the sole goal? If so, why?

Those sincere to the cause can find common ground with those they deem as “gun nuts.”

The incredibly vast majority of this country want the same things...

Namely, for the despicable, deranged acts of violence to go away. Most people want to live in peace.

(There are, of course, exceptions…)

But wishing violence away with a law (enacted by... wait for it... more violence) is one of the least effective ways to get it.

Seeking common ground with our fellow citizens is more effective.

- War on Poverty… War on Drugs… War on Terror…

It’s a strange phenomenon.

Whenever the federal government declares war on something, we tend to receive more of the very same thing.

A “War on Guns” would be, behind the smoke-screened doublespeak, a “War on Violence.”

How would you wage such a war on violence? With violence.

Soft power, making peace appealing and attractive in communities, rather than beating disobedient individuals into submission, is a more effective, and less disastrous, strategy. (But where’s the political clout in that?)

What you resist persists.

Wholesale bans empower the criminal class and enrich the black market.

Blanket bans in any form are almost always unfavorable to the most vulnerable.

Not only do all laws create criminals  (which is why they should never be applied lightly), they often have a way of emboldening and empowering the criminal class through perverse incentives. (AR-15s, for example, become a hot ticket item on the black market. Profit margins go significantly up.)

Incentives which weaken the honest and most vulnerable. 

As the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, author of the Tao Te Ching, sagely said: “The more laws and restrictions there are, the poorer people become.”

 
 
- The right to self-defense is a negative right -- a right which doesn’t inherently, by its nature, infringe upon the rights of others.

Positive rights entail government taking action, infringing upon individual rights for the “greater good” of the collective.

Rarely is the “greater good” how such interventions turn out in the long run.

Power that is so absolute to have free reign to roll over the individual (the smallest minority) as it pleases is always in danger of being perverted.

“Shall not be infringed” leaves very little room for ambiguity.

- The right to self-defense.

Guns represent one’s right to defend one’s own self, one’s own spark of existence, one’s own life from unprovoked attack.

Historically speaking, they’ve helped to turn the tables on physically strong predators who wish to prey on the weak, meek and most vulnerable.

Like all technological innovations, they ushered in a new paradigm. Each paradigm has its own set of pros and cons.

Each paradigm is also a psychological construct.

To demolish this psychological paradigm for an illusion (yes, illusion) of safety, even just by chipping away at the idea of it, sets, as history shows, monumentally dangerous precedent.

It’s a step backward.

- Healthy homes and communities heal.

Mass shootings, defined as four or more deaths by one or a few hands, happen year-round.

The amount of press one will receive, unfortunately, depends on the zip code.

Local action and soft power is more effective and humane than pleading for more force.

For example, on a micro scale…

Adding beautiful green spaces or community centers to a downtrodden place (park, urban garden, etc.) has been shown time and again to reduce crime in that area. 

Getting children engaged in community activities (or, heck, allowing young kids to work) reduces the time they have for dwelling on untoward things, gives them a sense of responsibility for themselves and those around them.

Strengthening community ties allows for individuals to see more clearly who is a danger to the community and might need some form of intervention. (Nosy neighbors are good for some things.)

Although all of this might sound insignificant, it’s not. It’s the grassroot. It’s where the action happens.

It’s where the wild things live and grow.

Violence is always a situational issue and can never be painted with a broad brush.

We are individuals, each with our own individual needs. 

Abstracting the problem, then outsourcing the solution to the house on The Hill does little.

It makes us feel, erroneously, that such violence is something which can be fixed nationally with the flick of a switch.

It reinforces the idea that collective response is the only option.

That our energy should be funneled into changing the minds of the out-of-touch political class (who saunter around with armed bodyguards) rather than hacking at the root.

 
 
- Violence emerges from individuals. Individuals are responsible.

The Parkland shooter reportedly killed animals for pleasure, self-harmed, acted out violently, had the cops called on him over 30 times, threatened to shoot a school, had the FBI tipped off about him twice -- all clear signs of a compulsive and incredibly violent and dangerous individual.

He was essentially a Jeffrey Dahmer reincarnate. (They both had similar impulses and both killed 17 people, except Dahmer didn’t use guns.)

Where are the parents? The community? The people who deal with this person on a regular basis? (Dahmer’s parents were absentees, too wrapped up in their own lives to see what was happening.)

Historically, communities would’ve been much more likely than they are today to take action and intervene.

It was, for them, a matter of keeping everyone safe and the bonds strong in the “tribe.”

You are, after all, only as strong as the weakest link.

 
ALSO NOTED:


Half of parents recently surveyed said they are at least "somewhat concerned" that their child's mobile device usage is negatively affecting their mental health.
 


I’ve been tracking the connection since 1999, when I wrote a long white paper, for the Truth Seeker Foundation, on school shootings and psychiatric drugs. The paper was titled: “Why Do They Do It? School shootings Across America.”



What about you? Got anything interesting to share?


Bruce, the Poor Man, free thinker, social critic & cynic

 


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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Juvenile Journalism and the Rise of Fake, Socialistic Media


 

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Juvenile Journalism and the Rise of Fake, Socialistic Media

From Buzzfeed releasing a fake [and ludicrous] Trump dossier to the Huffington Post, or as I call them –the PuffPost- slamming the First Lady for the shoes she wore to visit disaster victims to Brian Ross of ABC News reporting the fake story that President Trump ordered former national security adviser Michael Flynn to contact Russian officials [untrue] to CNN and virtually all mainstream media news outlets constant pumping out biased, less-than-truthful attacks on Trump – fake news is a real problem.

Media coverage both online [especially online via the new Verizon-owned Yahoo] and through major network news outlets has been so negative of Trump that according to Newsbusters.com, the American public has become increasingly polarized over the coverage.  Nearly 76% of those the Poor Man polled via Morning Consult believe the news media actually invent stories about Trump and his administration. 

An analysis from the Media Research Center revealed that ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts covered the Trump presidency for one out of every three minutes of their evening news airtime.  Not surprisingly, the tone of coverage was incessantly hostile.  A full 90% of the network coverage was negative, compared to only 10% positive.  [We monitored the wording used when reports were given and compared them to similar reports of Obama and invariably, negative words were used more often even in such cases for example where job numbers increased substantially versus those under Obama].

Additionally, more than two-thirds of the coverage focused on controversies rather than policy, with the bogus Russia investigation alone accounting for one-fifth of all the coverage.  Contrast that with Obama’s secret spending of $350,000 trying to influence the election in Israel and the main three networks barely mentioned the incident despite the large amount of coverage it received in the foreign press!

The PEW Research Center, not a pro-Trump group by any stretch, found that the news coverage of Trump has been 62% negative and only 5% positive.  Not surprising, journalists are overwhelming Democrat or Socialist.  Also, most are not the cream of the crop when it comes to IQ or objectivity [this is especially true for the writers at the “PuffPost” or Newsweek, which has nosedived in quality during the past few years].  In fact, a study released last year by neuroscientist Tara Swart suggests members of the mainstream media are ill equipped to do their job.

As reported by Business Insider [May 2017], Journalists brains show a lower-than-average level of executive functioning, according to a new study, which means they have below-average ability to regulate their emotions, suppress biases, solve complex problems, and show creative and flexible thinking.”

 
Investigative journalist and activist James O’Keefe just released his book on the subject of fake news, American Pravda:  My Fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News.  O’Keefe is famous for his undercover sting against ACORN and most recently Twitter.

Employees of the social media site were caught admitting they manipulate users’ news feeds and try to limit the reach of right-leaning voices through shadow-banning, suspending, or outright terminating their accounts.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai criticized Twitter for its digital censorship practices, “Let’s not kid ourselves.  When it comes to an open internet, Twitter is part of the problem,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Facebook and Google have taken to filtering and so-called fact checking content put out by conservatives [are they doing the same to progressives and socialists]? 

No one in Congress to date has introduced legislation proposing any kind of “Shall Not Censor” rules forcing social networks to live up to their original promise of protecting free speech.  Perhaps the free market might offer a better alternative with platforms such as Gab.ai and Minds.com

 

What about you? Got anything interesting to share?


Bruce, the Poor Man, free thinker, social critic & cynic

 
 Final Notes…

Contributors and subscribers enable the Poor Man Survivor to post 150+ free essays annually. It is for this reason they are Heroes and Heroines of New Media. Without your financial support, the free content would disappear for the simple reason that I cannot keep body and soul together on my meager book sales & ecommerce alone.

 

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Investing in Yourself is the Best Way to Go!


 

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 Investing in Yourself is the Best Way to Go!


Since 2009 the drearier edge to retirement is that more people realize they are unprepared financially to stop working. Shortsighted government policies and oversight which began with the Clinton administration [when he eliminated the 90-year-old safeguard of the Glass-Steagall Act, effectively turning Wall Street into a casino with your money] wiped out most stock portfolios, savings accounts and many Americans lost their jobs and homes as a result.

The Washington Post has called it “the new reality of old age” and quoted one 74-year-old man saying he will need to work until he dies. For those who have retired, a Fidelity study found that 55 percent are at risk of running out of money before their lives end. Think of this statistic—more than half of those surveyed aren’t prepared. Are you?

 

When the stock market was falling in 2008, I had friends and associates share with me they had lost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, and some even shared how many years of work they had lost. They wanted the losses to stop, and they were desperately looking for help.

In addition to the recession, several other factors contributed to their retirement woes. Most businesses no longer offer pensions, so retirees must rely more on their savings. People also need to rely more on Social Security, but Social Security replaces usually only 40 percent of a person’s pre-retirement earnings. In addition, the Social Security Administration has shared on its website that Social Security may end up paying just 75 cents on the dollar in 2033.

All of this raises the question: Is it even possible to retire in today’s economy?

 

If you haven’t gotten your tax return yet, it isn’t too late to do something responsible with it. Before making a reservation at the swankiest restaurant in town, consider making that money work for you and your financial future.

 

Here are a few ways to do it:

 

  • Pay down debt This might feel like such a letdown, but: the faster you pay off debt, the quicker you can be on your way to investing or building your savings.
  • Invest in yourself It’s easy to forget about personal development, but making it a priority will keep you sharp (and sane). Whether it’s developing your skills for work or taking a class for your favorite hobby, it’ll keep you growing.
  • Use the 50/30/20 rule Never heard of it? You break down your income (or your tax return) as follows: 50% goes to “needs,” 30% is spent on “wants,” and 20% is saved. With this budgeting method, it’s an all-around win.

 

Over the past decade my wife and I got out of the stock market and invested in land, precious metals and other hard goods.  This was a personal decision that we’ve not regretted at these items continue to go up in value while the stock market continues its rise and fall like the proverbial roller coaster.

 

What about you? Got anything interesting to share?


Bruce, the Poor Man, free thinker, social critic & cynic

 

 Final Notes…

Contributors and subscribers enable the Poor Man Survivor to post 150+ free essays annually. It is for this reason they are Heroes and Heroines of New Media. Without your financial support, the free content would disappear for the simple reason that I cannot keep body and soul together on my meager book sales & ecommerce alone.

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Additional Resources

 
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You Have a 16-Cylinder Brain-Learn How to Use it & Re-Awaken the Genius Inside You!

 

I know everyone is short on time in this hectic world so I’ve kept this PDF short and to the point with links to expert how-to articles and guides including:

 

·         How to Increase Your Intelligence

·         6 Step Brain Exercise Steve Jobs Used to Boost Creativity

·         6 Simple Habits to Boost Your Intelligence

·         The Best Vitamins to Increase Brain Function

·         How a Harvard Brain Specialist Keeps Her Brain Healthy

·         A Review of the Top 10 Brain [Limitless] Pills

·         How to Protect Your Cognitive Function

 


 

 

 

 


 

 
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