SPEED, plague of our times?

Nowadays almost everything must be fast, that is what all media preach, that is what is being inserted in the brains of people. Races of any kind, cars, horses, dogs, people, quiz shows are based on the speed of the responses, not on knowledge, a data base of very little sounding content but trickery, shallow and media gossip on celebrities, films, songs, rock groups, politicians, not useful for anything else but for quiz shows, they are made to block everyone’s minds to learn the real and meaningful culture, the commercials technique.

Meanwhile the professionals are “built” in universities under the scientific, technological and cultural-social principles, with emphasis on giving adequate responses to problems based on knowledge, study, evaluating things, taking the time to do it well, the world outside is molded by media and it asks for exactly the opposite, be fast, don’t think it for long time if not somebody else will take your place and so on.

Speed only leads to mistakes, nothing steady, durable, meaningful, be prepared, take your time, apply the old diving say we are taught to become divers: plan your dive and dive your plan, if not, abort your dive to save your life. It applies to everything in life, see, think and touch afterwards.

Plagiarism, disguise for stealing?

Plagiarism; The practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.

Music plagiarism: surpassing a specific number of bars in a new composition or using musical pieces that are not yours, have not been bough,  have not the authorization of the  author to use it.

Video/Photo Plagiarism: using images that are not yours, have not been bough,  have not the authorization of the author who owns the rights (social media, the new plague…)

Science Plagiarism: probably the worst of all, too much used today for my taste.

Plagiarism on speeches.                                                                                           Very common these days, first I’d had to ask why public figures do not write their own speeches, the answer is obvious, they are not capable of. Second, are they not ashamed having someone talking about his/her points of view on any subject, feelings, political plans, and just read a teleprompter? The answer is NO, but they are who will lead nations into its future.

Man can surpass any limits on what can be considered ethical, honest, professional, getting easily into hate, hipocrissy, racism, narcissism, abuse of power,  extreme ego, plutocracy, freak control over anything…… I even listened recently to someone talking about the Science of Plagiarism. enough for me, stupidity is forever.

 

Is something free or 100% feasible?

The news bring all the time to our attention to what journalists  interpret on  Science related topics because they make some news from time to time., mostly medical,  they do it with full affirmations on total cure, 100% effective, totally free and so on.                            Since the discovery of the first Newton’s Law and the later and wider concept that includes it all: “Law of Conservation of Energy” for the transformations occurring in this world, natural or man made, we, people who studied some sort of Science, know pretty well that there is nothing free, nothing applies for a 100% anywhere, anytime on the real world. Everything has a price in terms of energy consumption, energy lost as heat or increasing Entropy, the most perfect transformation is done by human beings, that converts 35-40% of the energy ingested by food into vital processes of life, the rest to keep the body working at 37 Celsius for such purposes. So ANY affirmation that calls for 100% of anything in any aspect of life, transformations, production, even in love, is bullshit, nothing is free, everything has a price of some sort. This is called an Energy Balance, on any process, with the most unthinkable parameters involved.   Any title you read about these matter shows at least ignorance of the journalists, politicians or entrepreneurs, few interested scientists and they are swallowed by the same masses who eat willingly what media, advertising and the culture of celebrities give them everyday, by the way these people elect presidents and prime ministers…..Be responsible, do not talk or spread what you do not know, do not turn yourself into  an accomplice of deceiving, to say the less. I am  aware it is almost impossible due to human nature but at least we should  try!

Same shit, different flies….

I am a newbie  In Australian politics but  I am about to see the 6th Prime Minister in 6 years, that does not sound good anywhere. In this Parliamentary Democracy you do not vote for a Prime Minister, the Party decides who is he going to be. A supposed party leader and leadership can change within a year if the “party” considers the present  one will not lead them to a new winning election. In merely 3 years of government, the first one is typically devoted to clean the house mess left by the previous one, the second year trying to amend tand propose new ways of action and the third year is devoted on how to win again.

I am told that I vote for a candidate in my electoral area, an MP (house of representatives, 150 in total), the most MPs for a party determines who the PM will be and you need 76/100, under that you have a hung parliament, meaning deadlock  followed by  alliances with opposition minority parties, a win win for them, not for the Country. The worst is that I really do not cast a vote for the  candidate I consider suitable, I am obliged to put numbers or preferences  (1 to 6 or 1 to12), so I have to give “points” not only to my candidate but to the others, like in a beauty contest, a system well designed to keep in the game the rubbish of Australian politics, never going to happen for me. I do not want to bring in here the names and activities proposed by some minority parties  because I feel ashamed as an Australian for that, really ashamed, do not confuse liberty with license.

So…..in our own way the last decade of australian leadership goes from one peak of crisis to another, pleasing groups of “voters”, a growing unemployment, public health where you can wait years to be seen if it is not a “deadly situation”, among other substancial issues. Politicians do not have a Nation plan for the future, they are just grabbing $ from everywhere to cover the immense debts acquired by arrogant and ignorant representatives that are the best paid in the world. If this sounds familiar to anyone who has lived in a 3rd world country for as long as I had….yes same shit, different flies. The worst mankind has done is to let “politicians” (yes, lowercase) rule their countries and ruin their lives.

Our postal service….why?

If anyone reads the ratings on line about AUSTPOST,  they are overhelming: 1.7/5 on 1824 reviews, of them 1280 people rated the service as 1….

http://www.productreview.com.au/p/australia-post.html

Reasons I encountered:

Some years ago, in order to put some order in place a CEO was hired from the bank business but it does not seem to be working and look what he earns……

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-11/critics-question-australia-post-ceos-multi-million-dollar-salary/5514682

Australia has a very low one figure inflation but the cost of the service goes up whether the oil prices go up or down, time of delivery is longer, want it as before?, you got to pay more., one out of ten employees shows interest attending public, very few offices are friendly, they seem to make you a favor when you get there to post something.

If it is a letter you have no way to send it but by Austpost but if you have a parcel, you better read this:

All packages are more expensive by AP than by any Courier, take more time in transit and most likely they arrived crashed….

A 1 Kg box with a pair of shoes, interstate,  will cost you around 20$ by AP but if you use a Courier or a courier service like smartsend, they send you one of the couriers they work with to pick up the unit at home, the shipment is cheaper (less than 18$ the above) and time of delivery is up to two days. By the way they sent this time the Courier of Austpost, Star Track, so the Courier earns its share, Smartsend earns its share and even so the package is cheaper and picked up at home, ah, you do not have to wrap it if you do not want, it travels safe and sound. With bigger packages the difference turns bigger and bigger.

As everywhere, the Government is the worst entrepreneur of all, in democracy, in socialist-comunist schemes, in dictatorships, why is this happening in Australia? I know why, and you?

 

Social media and nudity…..

The title might be deceiving but in a sense people are nude when they publish something on the net. Photographs, videos, comments, reviews, they can be jumping around forever, I personally catch sometimes some of the above,  20 years old and still up there, can’t be erased, modified, they are simply laying there and when the search word is the right one, they come up.

Social Media is the simplest way to post photos, videos, comments and unfortunately “other” stuff. Anybody feels the necessity to say something, to publish something and this is where the title comes into life. Most people write with huge shortcomings on their native language, mistakes of any  kind can be found, if they went to school, school did not work for them, they are nude on the web, As part of the ignorance problem they do not know they are and do not even take the 30 secs check up  -at least- on a  spelling corrector.

Anybody feels entitled to give an opinion of anything, no matter how ignorant is on the matter, not having the qualifications to do so and not taking the simple step of visiting the easiest, Wikipedia, The result…..another way to show nudity.

Personal fanaticism, lack of consideration to others, lack of respect for others thoughts, filling their messages with information that is totally irrelevant (or embarrassment) to others, personal feelings for the person beside them are other ways of showing nudity on social media.

There is a line between what is personal (all of it) and what can be shared but most people -the majority- do not seem to find it, it is like the TV reality shows (reality craps) now, there are no boundaries, everything seems to be fair to get their personal goals, for me it is the sickening view of advertising and celebrities, what seems to be driving this world to its future, not precisely the brightest one.

Doomsday, really?

There are three million millionaires in the USA that do not pay taxes because their assets are registered in tax paradise “countries” around the globe, many have another citizenship, a great prove of patriotism, no doubts about it.

There are also three million doomsday preppers, they have even a convention, a TV series in NatGeo, websites, facebook and social media pages and a whole industry that provides them with all what they need, costly, ridiculously fashioned and very successful but …..what is a doomsday prepper? A doomsday prepper is a guy, working alone, with friends, with his family, that believes de-facto that in case of a catastrophe the federal/state government will not help him/them to survive any life threatment situation, it can be an earthquake, a cyclone, a hurricane, a tsunami, a nuclear plant explossion, economic crisis, a war of any kind, bio threats, nuclear attacks from other countries, terrorism, comets, asteroids, solar flares, magnetic fields, gamma rays and whatever you can put into your imagination.

The rule of thumb is that you need a supply of food, water, energy, a bunker, hundreds of guns and ammunition (easily there) and training to stop any of their hungry citizens that did not prepare for that, to invade your space to take advantage of what you did to protect your family.

My conclusion is simple, there are out there at least six million guys who do not care about their country, government, society, institutions, marines, armed forces, FBI, CIA, NSA, DEA, fellow citizens, for them God Bless America and The Land of the Free are just a songs they sing on baseball games, the only important people are them!

https://www.quora.com/Why-are-there-so-many-preppers-doomsday-survivalists-and-people-distrusting-of-modern-society-in-America
http://fortune.com/2013/11/11/what-i-saw-at-the-doomsday-prepper-convention/
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/industries-making-most-money-doomsday-103557775.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2099714/Meet-preppers-Up-3-MILLION-people-preparing-end-world-know-it.html

Global warming, a lost war?

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-14/february-smashed-all-time-global-heat-record/724635

Are we loosing the the war against global warming?, yes…. ignorance, apathy and personal interests are winning.

The 6th mass extinction began with the last ice age and now it’s being catalyzed by man on a geometric progression. Honest scientists agree with the evidence so far. Dishonest scientists (there are a bunch who sold their soul to the devil), politicians and big economic powers deny the truth because they can not see beyond their own generation, do not want to see, do not care beyond that. Ignorance and stupidity of the people (who associate dinosaurs to cavemen) help them a lot with their behavior. The results are obvious, when the conveyor belt that regulates the temperature on far north and south of the globe will really slow down, we will have a new ice age, now with 8 to 10 billion people instead of the few millions of 10.000 years ago, with depleted resources of all kind, famine, lack of water, deserted oceans and more. Apocalyptic, yes it is,  but the scientific evidence so far and the projection based on it shows no bright future. How many honest people in the world know about this? Is there a future? Emissions control right now is like a band aid put on a terminal ill patient and since advertising controls the mind of the week, there is no doubt about what will happen.

Politicians, politicians, politicians…..

Many many years ago a friend told me: you realize what kind on a person he is when you hear him talking drunk or needing money. The simple phrase, taken in a more ample  context by considering it a metaphor, can say it all about how people react when it has to face many circumstances in life.

It is a common place the association of 3rd world countries with  iliteracy and low life expectations (not entirely truth though). The fact is that masses are dragged by politicians promises very easily, promises that normally are not fulfilled when they get into power and -sometimes- they take the Country by assault for themselves to do whatever they want, increasing powerty and making people more dependant on the government bread crumbs or left overs.

But it happens to be that humans are more alike than we can imagine and the 3rd world countries do not have the monopoly of the above. It happened before on the past century and it seems it might happen again, this time  in the northern “most advanced economy and powered country  in the world”. Only facts will tell the true, only facts will show if more educated  people can escape or can also fall for the need of money, services and a “few more things”  an amateur politician showman  is offering over there.

Ignorance can be softened or eliminated by reading, studying and learning, stupidity is forever.