It Occurs to Me

Back when I was a kid in the 50s and 60s the villains were the Nazis and the Commies. Later they were replaced by Muslims and Terrorists, but I get the feeling we have a different set of bad guys. For those in the non-white and female communities they would be white men. Speaking as a white man I have to ask of my fellow honkeys and ofays, would you cut it out. We don’t need you alienating the rest of humanity.

Don’t we have enough problems without some crackers harassing and hassling young black men? Do we really need to act all so morally superior to faggots and pudding packers. Would it kill you to just let them be?

I’m autistic and I don’t need the stress, it won’t kill you to chill. We’ve got incompetents in politics and government, and we really could use a bit of good hard work to find replacements for them. If nothing else the Kavanaugh affair has brought some of those fools to light, and you can expect them to have a hard time getting reelected when it’s their time.

Ask yourself this, are bigots really working on your behalf? I’d say “no”, but I’m a contrarian. Be honest with yourself and acknowledge your failings. Maybe then you can get your act together and actually contribute to society instead of tearing it down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Insecurity Ain’t Nice.

UC San Diego’s Jane Willenbring pleased that the change is made

Source: Sexual harassment case leads to renaming of glacier in Antarctica – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Coupled with jealousy it’s a real pain.

Guess maps will have to be updated now.

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Why we stick to false beliefs: Feedback trumps hard evidence: New study finds that feedback rather than hard evidence makes us more confident that we’re right — ScienceDaily

Ever wonder why flat earthers, birthers, climate change and Holocaust deniers stick to their beliefs in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary? New findings suggest that feedback, rather than hard evidence, boosts people’s sense of certainty when learning new things or trying to tell right from wrong.

Source: Why we stick to false beliefs: Feedback trumps hard evidence: New study finds that feedback rather than hard evidence makes us more confident that we’re right — ScienceDaily

We like being right. Even when we are right about being long, for we are a species to feels safest when we’re certain.

Being uncertain scares us, and we’ll do most anything to avoid having to admit to error. It can take a lot of hard work to get us to admit error, and God forbid we ever have to confess to anything that just had to be true.

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Teaching our Young

Yesterday I was coming home on the bus after getting a chore done. We get to our stop and I and a number of other passengers start to get off.

Only to be rushed by a pack of teenagers just out of school. Kids I expect who are courteous and well behaved when supervised. But that’s when supervised—my emphasis.

Children 14, 15, even 16 years old are still children. Thoughtless, heedless, impulsive. They’re not adults and are incapable of acting like adults without an adult around to wake them up. Hell, at their age they can’t even fake it.

So I got their attention, and now aware that there were people getting off, they let us off. Once they were aware they could act responsible.

But we assume they are adults like us. We assume they have adult capabilities and adult capacities, and that they can be responsible for themselves. An attitude that gets parents arrested for providing liquor to minors. It’s an abrogation of responsibilities.

A responsibility we all have, for we know things and are capable of things the kids are not. And to be honest with you, they are our responsibility.

And the man asked, “Who then is my son?”

And the Preacher replied saying, ” Once a lad of 15 was sent for some items his father needed at work. On his way to get those items he fell in with other boys his age who counselled wicked things. Having no one there to guide him he joined his fellows in mischief.

“Upset many they did, and there were many who reviled them, who cursed them. But being heedless youth the boys continued with their acts.

“Until, that is, one man stopped our youth and asked him, ‘Are you not Michael, son of Robert the Tailor? What are you doing here with these ruffians when I know your father had a chore for you to do? For I know that my friend Robert is not into raising fools.’

“So once having chided the boy he sent the child on his way, and after a sharp word to the others he tagged along after Michael, for the purpose of keeping an eye on him.

“In time they came to the boy’s destination. By which time the two were engaged in conversation, for Michael was a smart kid and caught on quickly to what was going on around him. His father’s materials obtained Michael headed back home, promising to be responsible.

“Now who would you say was the boy’s father?”

And the man replied, “Why, the one who take responsibility for him.”

And said the Preacher, “Be you like him.

Isn’t it about time we started taking responsibility for those who can’t take responsibility?

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Consequences

I expect you’ve heard of the saying, “Penny wise and pound foolish.” It’s British in origin, but I expect that were you to change “pound” to “dollar” it would still apply here in America. For it speaks of those who won’t think of the future, who won’t plan for it. They assume that everything we do will be getting replaced, and that we’ll always have the money and resources to replace it.

And a good part of this has to do with ego. With the belief that it is your work that must be implemented to take the place of an earlier effort some may consider inferior.. And even when it isn’t it’s still not yours.

For we very often have a need to put our impression on the world, and that in turn needs to be totally unique. It just doesn’t occur to some that what they do with a property can and will have an effect on how others see it. A Mr. Jones may be the man who built the Steinfeld towers, but it will be the third owner, A Mr. Steinfeld the towers are remembered for.

So we build temporary, knowing our work is going to be replaced. Since it is temporary it is thus shoddy requiring more maintenance than it otherwise would. And since maintenance costs money, that’s money that can’t be used for other things. Which means the small and the petty end up costing us much and wasting our time and resources.

An office tower is not a computer. Buildings don’t become obsolete just because there’s a new toy on the market. If the tower is well designed then the new toy can easily be incorporated into it. Why waste a perfectly good thing just because somebody else built it.

We’re just too rich, that’s my conclusion. We need a bout of poverty to teach us the value of a buck. A century or two where the money is tight and we have to scrimp and save. And expect it to come, for we are as wastrels and spendthrifts casting about the Pecans of Plenty refusing to acknowledge that the trees that produced the pecans die centuries ago and we are now looting treasures that were meant to last for much longer than they apparently will.

Good times never really last for long, and there will always be times when life is hard and costly. Fortunately we are investing in our future, for even the old has value. But when just spending so we can say we spent we’re wasting out time. We need to learn how to be foresighted.

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