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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.

 

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.

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.

I die for a selfie

On these days, shallow people measure their achievements by the “friends” on social media, the “likes” they get on every post, the amont of “selfies” they make and publish. As I mentioned in other posts, this is what advertising and media want, these are the false values they seed in the absence of family or school values, now vanishing in this modern absurd world, where ficticious needs are created and people embrace them as if it was life or dead.

In a world where now “celebrities” rule, not precisely a role model to follow, people have always taken pictures of themselves, in old times you always could get someone  kindly taking a photo of you (or couple) at a site but the invention of the name “selfie” and the adoption and spreading of it in the showbiz, the paraphernalia around it, has reached ridiculous and unbeareable limits of indecency and bad behavior, showing the dark side of most people.

If you travel, in/out of your Country, you will see bunchs of people arriving to iconic places and in five minutes they get the camera/phone/Ipad out and take selfies, they do not spend but a few seconds looking or enjoying the site, the selfie is enough, no matter if a number of people are there trying to enjoy their visit. Noisy, uneducated, arrogant, jumping and screaming all over the place, the goal is the selfie, not the place. A paralell can even be made for most of those 4×4 aficionados running with their expensive machines anywhere just for the fun of 4×4, all what they say about the places they visit is bullshit (just a way to justify the absence of crowds) , they do not admire the scenery or anything, only their machines, they do not even  take photos, only if it is a TV program.

This behavior is turning worse by the day, as this recent report in Costa Rica shows

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/19/world/americas/tourists-thwart-turtles-from-nesting-in-costa-rica.html?_r=0

Selfies or selfishness is reaching extremes that only human race (Homo porcinus) is capable of doing. What is next? Anything is possible.

Man is a freak of Nature, a mistake in Evolution.

Man…inhuman?

Man has broken all the schemes in the animal world, all other organisms of all kinds show a behavior based on their strict genetic code that regulates them and Nature takes care to mediate before any alteration on the balance occurs, ensuring the Biological Diversity that has allowed life on Earth shortly after its formation (some 3,000-3,500 million years ago) and the development of advanced life dating back around 500 million years.

The man began to write its own evolutive storyline about 7 million years ago, won the title of Homo sapiens merely some 100,000 back and reached adulthood after the last ice age, 10,000 years ago.

Since then he has been able to bring to extinction countless species of plants and animals by wholesale hunting, poaching or destroying the habitats and biodiversity. Man sets a price on everything, not only to products and services but to land, environment, animals, plants and even human life. Wars are a way to use his animal inherited component to go beyond reason and reach his ultimate goals. Man kills but not to get the kill to eat, man kills to obtain power, kills for money, kills for sex, he even kills for pleasure. The other fellow humans are only worth to the extent that they are useful, cities are important because they focus their chances on economic revenues, now cities are almost miniature polluted countries. Man closes his eyes and turns his head to the limited capacity of the planet’s resources, breeds wildly in numbers and not even cares about the impoverished world he will leave to his descendants. On the one hand we see billionaires showing off their fortunes, mainly obtained over the innocence or human stupidity and shallowness and at the same time over a billion people are starving or eating very poorly but a billion pets are fed as parasites buying its “love”….

Humanity is a concept based on a the human capacity to show a whole set of feelings that animals can’t because they do not have them but this man is getting more and more hypocritical by the day, more heartless, more cruel, more inhuman.

Environmentally Friendly? Really?

The dawn of the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain on the second half of the XXVIII century brought the biggest economical, technological and social changes in human history since the Neolithic age.

The increase in urban population in cities with medieval layout meant overcrowding, unsanitary conditions and the appearance of the first social pathologies: alcoholism, prostitution and crime, from 800 million inhabitants 250 years ago we increased to almost ten fold today.

That huge population expansion with virtually no control, has produced enormous changes in the ecosystems on earth, disturbances that Nature effectively could regulate before through natural processes of transformation and degradation, now were no longer possible because there were millions of new substances for which she has no natural processes of transformation, on the other hand the amount of waste produced by the man is so big that it constantly accumulates as environmental pollution.

Man can NEVER understand completely Nature, had to split it in a myriad of small fields trying to explain how it works and in the end many of these fields, known as Sciences, can not be paged together.

On the last decades, pressed by some tragic consequences appearing on the environment, man has invented the term “environmentally friendly” as an umbrella masking many of the commercial activities leading to pollution, putting in the data base sheet many chemical limits lower that the previous ones but never what –on my opinion as a Chemist- can be called friendly with the environment, first because man do not fully undestand how the environment works and second because none of those limits are near to what they are in Nature.

Lets face it, lets be honest, scientist are hired by private companies to “test and establish limits of chemicals of human waste products (of any kind), the governmente hire another group of acientists to prove it and once the bill is established, companies are free to exploit the resources legally. It happens in almost all kinds of human enterprises, mining, manufacturing, food industry, water recycling, building industry, fisheries, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, the list is limitless.

I do not want to introduce any discussion about corruption, either in Science, Government or private companies, that factor, absolutely stuck in Homo sapiens genes, can be a matter of another discussion.