A Crazy Idea

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This morning as I looked over today’s latest news, I came across this disturbing news items in The Guardian:

In 23 US states, Republicans hold the governorship and the legislature, giving the party near total control to advance its policies.

Do you realize that is nearly HALF of the total number of states that are considered part of this country?

And without doing a Google search, I would imagine there are other states that are borderline “Republican.”

It truly makes we wonder if there is a way to set these states apart from the rest of “us.” Perhaps they could band together and elect their own “Leader.” (The Democratic states could do the same.) That way, the “red” states could enforce their “conservative” values among the people that support them instead of forcing them on the entire population via the Supreme Court.

In my scenario, the office of POTUS would remain, but would primarily be focused on infrastructure, be the “contact person” for international affairs, and of course have the final word on any kind of military action. (There are most likely scores of other areas, but this is from the top of my head.)

I know … it’s a crazy idea and I also know I haven’t considered the total ramifications of such an action. But I do wish we could come up with some sort of solution because as many of us know, this country is slowly but surely being torn apart at the seams.

I would love to know your thoughts and ideas. Is there ANY kind of feasible solution? Or are we simply destined to live in a country that is slowly being fragmented by two separate ideologies? 

P.S. Don’t be too harsh on me with your comments/opinions. 😔

Reblog: Trickle Clowns

Clay zeros in on just ONE of the problems we deal with, but a very important one.

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Trickle down economics used to be a theory. I say “used to be” because it’s been debunked.

The theory was that lowering taxes on the richest would stimulate the economy. All those savings for the rich would gradually “trickle down” to the poor and middle class. The rich would be all like, “What do we do with all this increased income? I know….let’s invest it in our employees and community, and not spend it on swanky Manhattan penthouses, yachts, and robot dogs.” It’s a theory that was made into an economic policy. The only problem with it as an economic policy is that it relied on greedy rich assholes not being greedy rich assholes. Did the rich hire more people and increase salaries? No. They bought robot dogs.

Ronald Reagan was the first president to implement this policy but it didn’t work. I mean, it did work in that it…

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Did You Miss Me?

If you did … it’s because I’ve been out-of-service for a couple of days. (If you didn’t, you don’t need to read any further.)

Long story short … I had some very sharp stomach pains that started early, early Monday morning. After about four (!) hours, they finally let up. I ended up sleeping the rest of the day (surprise!) and felt a bit better when I woke up. However, later that night I developed a fever, so I decided it might be a good idea to go to Emergency and see what was going on.

After an entire night of tests and more tests, I finally got a diagnosis late Tuesday morning. 

End result – they performed an ERCP (I’ll let you look it up) on Thursday. (The wheels of medicine often move slowly.)

I got back home yesterday (Friday) — a bit worse for the wear, but slowly returning to normal.

I checked posts and comments as I felt like it during my “adventure,” but I’m way behind. Do hope I’m forgiven.

P.S. Thoughts and prayers for my return to full health are neither needed nor requested. 😈

Other-Worldly? Or … ?

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No doubt many of you have read about the recent and “much-awaited” preliminary report on the government’s assessment of UFO phenomena.

According to this article, “The report finds that an overwhelming majority of more than 120 sightings in the past 20 years did not come from any U.S. military or other government technology.”

So the next question automatically becomes: Where did they come from?

Some have promoted the theory that they are super-advanced foreign military craft. Others have commented that the phenomena may be “alien” spacecraft — not necessarily “extraterrestrial” but rather “experimental technology” developed by other countries. 

Both of these scenarios are naturally a chief concern for the United States because if hostile countries are involved, that would threaten the world’s largest military power.

Of course there are untold numbers who insist the objects are most certainly and definitely “otherworldly.” 

From my personal perspective, I tend to agree with Michael Shermer, editor of Skeptic magazine. Michael is a science historian and a longtime analyst of UFO theories and other phenomena – and he points out the blurry and hazy element to the sightings. He notes that several billion people have smartphones that take crisp, clear images, not to mention satellites that can precisely render detail on the ground.

He then puts forth this challenge:  “Show me the body, show me the spacecraft, or show me the really high quality videos and photographs … and I’ll believe.”

I admit that when I was considerably younger, I fancied the idea of visitors from other parts of the universe. Looking back, I’m sure it had a lot to do with my love of sci-fi movies. In fact, one of my favorites was “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (the 1951 version), in which an alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. (Actually, the warning in the movie is not so far-fetched even today.)

However, as I matured, I began to see things differently. Based on my current perspective, there are simply too many rational thinking hurdles to overcome for me to accept the idea of extraterrestrial visitors.

Yet … stranger things have happened.

What’s your take? Will these blurry images that move and shift and disappear in the blink of an eye be explained in the final governmental report? Or will they remain in the UFO file with a “to-be-determined-later” notation? 

P.S. Further reading on this topic can be found here.