More reasons why our education system is performing worse with massive resources

This is an addendum to my blog on why education costs so much.

That blog was very short so it could be published by the newspaper. I will try to go into more detail here.

In general our society has abandoned republicanism for socialism. Republicanism is not about a party but about the concept of “do no harm” codified by law. It is a form of government designed to honor the rights and choices of every individual and group that “does no harm”. Socialism is about “the ends justifies the means” to create a utopian state which in reality most of the time is just a marketing gimmick to eventually concentrate all power into the state. It is about protecting the rights and power of a select class of citizen while the rest effectively become slaves to the state. Between a republican form of government and a socialist form of government is the transition form of democracy which protects the rights of the majority. Beyond socialism is communism which basically removes all rights from everyone.

Behind this transition is the idea of “fairness” and then “equality”.

Many school teacher’s I know will bring this up. “How is it fair that a school in a poor neighborhood gets less money and poorer teachers than one in a rich area?”

This is a core socialist concept that pushes society in general towards more concentration of power and loss of liberty. It is something our founders fraught hard to prevent from happening here by limiting the power of government by constitutions and actually defining the very purpose of government in the Declaration of Independence – to protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and basically takes a “do no harm” stance. It is not governments job to “fix society” and thus also not its job to “educate society”.

This common idea of equality and fairness historically seems to have driven just about every society to the point of self-destruction eventually. America has been a huge exception for a long time but organized sources have finally pushed us to the point where the people will swallow just about anything and allow themselves to be imprisoned by “fairness” and “safety”.

We have actually migrated from the idea that a crime does harm to someone to the idea that disobeying the states will (misnamed a “law”) is the crime and that the state has the right to “modify or control behavior” in any way it sees fit. The veil of “democracy” is used to push this change.

Once these ideas become wide-spread the idea of collective theft becomes justified and eventually results in everyone robbing everyone instead of taking responsibility for their own prosperity and this leads to economic collapse and the excuse for the government to become a totalitarian state to cope with the “crisis”.

Your tax dollars typically go up to the state or even federal level and then comes back to your school in the form of funds all with strings attached. Curricula standards as well get centralized and then come down uniformly on all the schools within that jurisdiction. Even school boards are known to oppose the will of parents because the parents don’t directly fund the schools but go through this circuitous path the removes control of the local school from the parents.

In the Bible, God makes it the responsibility of the father to educate of his children. It doesn’t give this responsibility even to the church and certainly not to the state.

This doesn’t mean that God wants everyone home schooled, it just means that the family decides how much and what kind of education their children will receive.

When each family dictates the education we gain a massive diversity of quality and quantity and philosophies of education that promotes critical thinking, massive competition and a “well rounded” society with numerous points of view.

The only thing that must exist for this decentralized education to work is a common morality that keeps families from “doing harm”.

When education becomes centralized we get problems like the recent “Critical Race Theory” issue that can change the philosophy and viewpoint of an entire generation and if that collective opinion is wrong, the entire society can go into an error that could actually destroy the society itself.

Collectivized education actually enables a society to literally destroy itself within a few generations.

Collectivized education also destroys competition and generally drives quality down and cost up.

We now live in a time where a parent can home-school a child sufficiently to have them then learn for themselves with no need for any expense to have higher educational institutions.

The parents must only impart sufficient common sense, morality, self-control and critical thinking to guard their children from “fake news” and lies. Those desiring institutionalized education can do it privately where the funds for it are not taken at gunpoint by the government.

Because our collective educational system actually opposes critical thinking and morality/God, it sets up the next generation to be vulnerable to propaganda, peer pressure, and immorality. This is a natural byproduct of collective thinking. We are taught by grades which are generally tied to age which is an absolute false assumption. This concept was cemented in long ago with truancy laws.

A one-room school house that teaches all ages together removes the false impression that everyone is equal. Collective education creates the impression that everyone is equal and entitled to the same education and in a way that causes an entire state or nation to generally believe the same history and truths. This has the advantage of promoting unity of the state mind and conditions all to accept majority (or apparent majority) opinion as generally correct.

The only way to reduce education cost and increase its quality is to allow true competition between both schools and ideas and that will require local, even parental, control and voluntary local funding.

You cannot make a population of diverse talents, resources and attitudes into one without enslaving everyone.

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An open letter to Elon Musk

First I want to let you know that I have the highest respect for your amazing accomplishments. You are truly a visionary genius. You also appear to be a well intentioned inventor, looking into the future of mankind and wishing to enthrall your customers with superior products.

I write this letter because I am baffled.

I am baffled how you manage to obtain phenomenal success where other inventors have been squashed by governments and even killed for attempting to change the rules of the game.

Perhaps you have a skill-set and connections these other inventors didn’t have. Or perhaps there is some fundamental difference between the technologies you are creating vs the ones that other inventors have tried to create but failed.

One pattern I have noticed in your accomplishments is that each technology you create such as tunnels, sky networks, virtual power plants, and electric cars, are all connected via a network or are large-scale efforts that require massive amounts of capital to build and maintain.

All of your technologies I know of can eventually be used to monitor and control individuals via government or an elite despite your making the claim that such technologies will reduce government control over individuals. Even your home solar panels, which could enhance independent power generation are connected via a (smart) power grid which could monitor and control all power distribution and use.

Current technologies that have revolutionized life as we know it such as cell phones, the internet, air travel, and the power grid are all now used to monitor and/or control/influence individuals centrally. Flying cars can’t seem to get off the ground but centralized airport systems routinely pierce our privacy and deny us the use of a firearm to defend ourselves in the air.

On top of this pattern, it appears that true safety, privacy and security take a back seat for both the government and silicone valley. We still use insecure protocols such as SMTP and any encryption technology that can’t easily be broken by hardware is considered a military weapon. Privacy in economic transactions is called money laundering and is outlawed yet spam and virus propagation seems to go unpunished.

This is very similar to the old-school legal system that invents endless victimless-crimes to control behavior yet does not enforce perjury except in special circumstances where the perjurer threatens the status-quo power structure.

The technologies developed by the other inventors I know of that have been stopped such as Nikola Tesla’s turbine, his resonant coils and harnessing of natural energies technologies or other inventors that have tried to create anti-gravity, magnet motors, cars that run on water or HHO, and game changing improvements in fossil engine fuel efficiency all are independent and individual enhancing devices that are relatively simple for a small enterprise to make and use independently of any centrally controlling network or metering. These, it seems, can never quite make it to the general public.

The NSA routinely declares patents illegal for national security reasons. and squashes any ideas that grant an individual power to be both independent and resist government intrusion and control.

Admittedly, criminals continue to use any technology available to exploit others. What we lack is true justice and technologies that could be applied to this area of life just don’t seem to be applied to enforce it. Perhaps ubiquitous monitoring of everyone will allow perfect law enforcement but first we must have laws that protect individual rights and prevent the collective swallowing of all liberty that ubiquitous monitoring enables.

Give a man a fishing poll and he can live off the oceans and rivers independently of anyone.

Build a man a fish factory and he will never be free of it.

I watched some collections of your interviews over the years online and noticed little mention of your efforts to create a brain-computer interface. Again, a very powerful tool for augmented reality yet also a very scary tool for mind control and exquisite torture.

I approve of your warnings about AI getting out of control, but, being the individualist that I am, I wonder if you are worried that AI will get out of control of the elites preventing total control by them of every human being on the planet rather than trying to protect mankind in general. You are, after all, building “skynet” which was a key infrastructure for the machines in the Terminator series of movies.

I admire your goal to get off-planet with colonies to create a backup for possible catastrophic failure of earth but if such colonies are connected by the same technologies we are using on earth, will not remote control of those colonists still exist? Will they really survive the loss of earth?

You have said you value more those that point out mistakes or flaws in your thinking so I was moved to write this for your benefit.

I admit, any technology can be used for good or evil and I can’t blame you or any inventor if his ideas intended for good turn into weapons implementing evil.

My advice would be to observe human nature and attempt to promote moral ethics and justice that prevents the wrong use of technology rather than just be an engineer that gives the world the tools needed to destroy or enslave itself.

I certainly wish you well in your efforts but I wanted to warn you that your dreams may not match the dreams of those that may eventually use your technologies once you are no longer around or able to stop them.

Or you could be, like Bill Gates, possibly one of the most evil persons on the planet.

I really can’t tell from here.

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The core issue behind educational funding

Public education has proper boundaries we no longer observe

Sandra Goffinet in her letter to the editor dated April 22nd, 2021 reveals to me the underlying differences between her thinking and that of Rep. Priscilla Giddings and the IFF (PG&IFF).

Sandra’s view reflects the collectivist perspective which involves the vision of a utopian society and thus a utopian citizen where the “ends justifies the means” while PG&IFF reflect the idea of “do no harm”, choosing to limit government education to that which does not attempt to limit the choices and rights of individuals.

Sandra’s heart-felt goal of fairness and equality for all are laudable but she does not see that such a wonderful goal is being used to justify the use of collective theft (involuntary taxes) to engineer society by creating the “utopian mind”. A goal that is impossible to achieve.

Public education has become an empty pit for resources because it is trying to produce an impossible goal instead of simply providing enough moral and technical training to allow a free individual to flourish in a free society.

We see this happening now very clearly in the utopian “be safe” goal being driven by the enslaving mask and vaccine passport mandates, bypassing constitutional limits. Again, the end of eradicating a common cold virus is impossible to achieve yet this “end” justifies the most draconian “means”. This cripples the very society it claims to be trying to save.

PG&IFF are not “cold hearted right wing extremists” which is trigger language based on an emotional appeal, but are simply trying to stop the overzealous social engineers from further harming our society with “mandates” for the utopian mind using the force of government to achieve their goals.

There is so much more to explain here but space limits me for now.

See a follow up blog entry here.

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Education vs Training

Education has always been a hot button.  It was mentioned in the Northwest Ordinance almost 2 centuries ago to allocate massive territorial lands to promote education and even today it receives tons of tax monies most of which is applied by the state and federal governments with strings attached.

There is a difference, however, between education and training. 

Education teaches you how to learn and think with a base of moral training that helps one discern right from wrong. Training, on the other hand, teaches you what to think and how to follow directions. The two are diametrically opposed to each other.

President Eisenhower alluded to a Military-Industrial-Complex in his infamous 1961 farewell address. It is telling that he did not mention the word “Academic” that was written in his original notes, making it a “Military-Industrial-Academic Complex” which he was trying to warn us about. 

The Universities feed the corporations with trained graduates that can quickly plug into projects and learn what to do but not think too hard about whether or not what they are doing is right or wrong.  So we now have trained geniuses creating AI, designed obsolescence, deadly drugs and bio-weapons, robots and drones that create tech dynasties and possible military threats to people and they continue to travel down a very sick road towards trans-humanism that is submerging all we know as human.

This is because the correct goal of true education is not knowledge or conformity or efficiency but the development of character and wisdom.
More than ever, with the internet, all anyone has to know is how to read (or watch videos) and virtually all knowledge is open to them.
The only way to navigate this flood of information is to have wisdom to discern the truth from fiction and that requires common sense and moral character.
The Main-Stream-Media (MSM) is trying to act as our moral compass and it is succeeding because many graduates of our educational system have neither discernment nor character and so swallow and believe whatever the news tells them that fits the narrative gained from their training.

Moral character is extremely important to have in a free society. We cannot be free if we cannot govern ourselves and a moral cage, so to speak, is what enables a society to exist without enslavement to regulations and thought police.

Anyone that votes for whoever is most popular or takes a social justice warrior stand because that is what they think their peers want to hear has no moral courage or compass. They have been converted into the drone of a demagogue or enslaved by fear, selling their soul for a bowl of porridge.

We now have a significant split between people that follow the MSM narrative and those that think for themselves using common sense.
This lack of discernment and common sense is literally dividing our country.
Our educational system is systematically destroying the greatness that was once called America.

Consider the fact that our state legislature is considering some important budget measures that will effect whether or not our higher institutions of learning (paid for by your taxes) will teach Critical Race Theory as not only a requirement for the students but for the teachers as well.

What will it take to salvage ourselves from the self-enslaving institution of government education? I suggest we walk away from centralized and institutionalized government schools and pursue excellence locally and on our own. The age of the institutionalized government funded education systems is over and this dinosaur must soon die or we shall die trying to keep it alive.

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My thoughts on the whole COVID mess

It’s hard to talk about this stuff with friends. I want to respect those that are submitting to official advise and simply trying to protect themselves and follow the authority of their governments… but…

They are wrong (IMHO).

COVID is a major step in a very long thought-out plan to convert the world to communism. The globalist movement has been clearly seen since the League of Nations and is backed by the elite rich from Rothchild to Gates.

The pattern is very clear if you look at history.

I think the best way to present this is by asking a bunch of questions.

Did you know:

  • That Faucci was active in the creation of the HIV scam that caused the death of millions via AZT and other toxins used to fight a virus that did no harm?
  • That Bill Gates owns near controlling stock in every vaccine company involved in COVID?
  • That the 5G protocol crosses the 60GHZ range which resonates with Oxygen?
  • That if you pump enough energy into an O2 molecule you will cause its spin to exceed that level absorbable by a blood cell?
  • That at Wuhan there were multiple instances of people dropping to the ground as if unable to breathe?
  • That Manchester England had to cut down almost all green vegetation to make the 5g systems work?
  • That the communications companies are exempt by law to research the health consequences of any system they might invent?
  • That the COVID outbreak at Wuhan was preceded only weeks before by event 201 which was a rehearsal of what to do in case of a pandemic?
  • That The WHO and CDC are majorly influenced by Bill Gates who owns large interests in each company?
  • That the media has outright lied about masks making any significant difference in transmitting the COVID virus?
  • That no random and double blind testing has ever shown a statistically significant effect of mask wearing vs CORONA infection?
  • That anti-vax and plandemic views of the COVID crisis are consistently removed by social media such as Facebook and YouTube?
  • That many-many scientists and doctors do not endorse the current lockdown policies being enforced all over the world?
  • That several people have found there to be contamination of COVID virus in PCR test kits?
  • That the PCR test is not recommended for diagnosing a virus by its inventor?
  • That the PCR test can be made more or less sensitive to a positive result by altering the number of duplication cycles used?
  • That even the CDC has admitted that false positives happen 80% of the time using the approved PCR test?
  • That alternative testing methods are often blocked by governments?
  • That alternative COVID treatments such as Hydroxychloroquine are outlawed and blocked by many governments even though they are proven safe and endorsed by many health practitioners?
  • That the anti-COVID vaccines are experimental and can cause permanent DNA damage to a user?
  • That people are discovering Nano-worms and the like in PCR test swabs?
  • That many mayors, county counsels and governors are violating their oaths of office in enforcing lockdown policies?
  • That false reporting has been admitted by the CDC resulting in inflated COVID case numbers?
  • That if you die and it looks like COVID it is recorded as death by COVID but if you die from the vaccine and it might be caused by something else, it is recorded as a non-vaccine death?
  • That the current distance between two people for satellite signal isolation is 6 feet?
  • That 5G is a necessary system to achieve the bandwidths needed to support the internet of things?
  • That as COVID was spreading over the earth, communication companies and governments were building up 5G systems as quickly as possible?
  • That Elon Musk plans to launch some 24,000 satellites into orbit to support the 5G and 6G systems covering every spot on the globe?
  • That states and nations that did not lock down are no worse off than those that did?

All these ideas and more I believe are true but proving them is very difficult to do. I could attempt to link you to dozens of articles and videos supporting these views but I doubt they would change a skeptics views.

All I can say is, I see a very consistent pattern of forcing totalitarian policies onto people all over the globe using the COVID crisis as an excuse to do so.

IMHO we are in the final stages of a centuries long plan to enslave mankind where the would-be masters need to quickly consolidate power, exterminate all opposition, and prevent any possibility of revolt in order to achieve their goals.

I challenge the reader to investigate each of the above statements as to whether or not they are true using their own resources to do so. I suggest that you not limit yourself to the Main-Stream-Media or Main-Stream-Internet sources to find the evidence to support these assertions.

I believe you will find, if you are honest and open, that most or all of these assertions are reasonably probable and true and that the pattern I allude to is quite in line with the preponderance of the evidence.

We have little time to stop this coup and will likely find millions dead soon from the vaccines and other scams being propagated as I write.

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Lets be a little more creative

In the March 4th, 2021 issue of the Clearwater Progress, state senator Carl Crabtree posted a featured editorial opposing a plan by Congressman Mike Simpson to apparently destroy our dams in the Northwest. In the following March 11th issue, Mike Simpson responded to this editorial stating that his “plan” was just an idea and was looking for feedback on that idea though he didn’t really have room to describe his plan.

So here are my thoughts on that idea.

First of all, we know we need cheap power and the dams to a damn good job of that already.

Fisherman line the clearwater river these days working on a nice steelhead run so from my observations the fish are managing to get over those dams ok.

Technology is improving fast in key areas like material science, battery technology, and turbine design (more on that later).

Power demands will just go up especially if Biden has his way to shut down all petroleum based fuels.

There is a project in Idaho County working on developing a tesla turbine, a revolutionary design that Tesla himself claimed could produce a turbine 3 to 10 times more efficient than normal turbines used today. He predicted that it would take about 100 years for society to accept it – I think he was about right.

What if we could replace the turbines in all of our dams with ones that are 10 times more efficient? Seems like the potential of that technology is worth waiting on before destroying the dams themselves.

But there is an even better way to ensure dependable power for us in the northwest. Simply allow people to build private dams and generation systems on local creeks on their private property. All the legislature needs to do is to provide for approved fish ladder designs and then just let private owners go for it.

I personally invested many thousands of dollars into an expensive and weak hydro system on my property but had I been able to use the creek on my property directly, it would have been not only a lot cheaper but would have generated so much power I’d be feeding the grid enough to power all my neighbors!

I think we lack reliable and cheap power in many places in this country because we have centralized it’s generation and controlled and regulated it to death. Let’s give freedom a chance.

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Sorry about that chief. Would you believe…

What I am about to describe is half serious and half… well… unbelievable.

After watching the movie “In the shadow of the moon” on netflix, I began to put together some data points in my life.

As you may suspect, from other posts and blogs of mine, I happen to hold the belief that we are in a massive spiritual war and that war affects our lives in all kinds of ways. I have pursued understanding this war in this world with its effects on geo-politics, economics, law, language, culture, history and religion.

So data point 1:

Mandella effect evidence from the KJV bible:

  1. Matthew 9:17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
  2. Mark 2:22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.
  3. Luke 5:37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.
  4. Luke 5:38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.

I and other people remember these verses as talking about wineskins and not bottles. Now I may be missing something here but I fail to see how a bottle wears out and the wine in it must be poured into a new bottle to avoid breaking or leaking. I first heard about this in a video on the mandela effect which I can no longer locate online but here is another article talking about my same point here with even more startling evidence in that the author claims that they saw her old KJV bible change within 3 minutes.

To me this one example is one of the best I know of to support the idea of the Mandela Effect, but the sheer number of testimonials of weird changes that seem to have happened to history should add even more weight than just this one example.

Now you will either accept this datapoint or not and I am not going to belabor the point. If you don’t accept this as a possibility, then stop reading here. Go enjoy a movie.

Data point 2:

The 2019 movie “In the Shadow of the Moon” [!!!Spoiler alert!!!] I reference above, the story is a time-loop story about a cop that stumbles upon a serial killer that turns out to be his own granddaughter who every 9 years reappears and murders people in this mysterious way. Turns out she was killing early followers of a right-wing “Real America” group that in the future causes WWIII and massive death.

This is typical of our movie propaganda, assuming that wanting what the founding fathers wanted is a cause of violence and death when in fact, anyone that tries to slow down or stop the NWO elites from achieving their nefarious Georgia Guidestones goals will cause violence by the elites.

Hypothesis:

So… the Mandela effect happened from about 2012-2015 as I recall. People hypothesised that it was caused by CERN and their experiments to discover the “God Particle”. CERN did this weird ritual to celebrate its 60th anniversary and the symbolism used points to a spiritual dimension not usually associated with “science”. There is a more recent video of a satanic ritual at CERN which some have tried to debunk.

I surmise that this period of time was an experiment to see if history could actually be changed. Some postulate that we slipped into parallel universes rather than changed history. Whichever happened, it effectively changes history for US. It also proves to be a useful experiment to see how easily people might be induced to accept changes in accepted historical facts.

The insidious propaganda of the “In the Shadow of the Moon” movie to me is further evidence to me that the satanic elites intend to completely erase any history of the American Revolution and its ideas. Most likely this will be done by monument and historical site destruction combined with propaganda from the age of 5 and up and by a purge of all of those that remember the reason why this nation became so great. It may however even be done by time travel and the actual changing of history. (Yah, this is the crazy idea I warned you about.) Maybe I ate too much popcorn watching that movie.

The odd disappearance of Trumps words from public access since his un-conceded removal from office perplexes me and I wonder how this fits in. At the time of this writing I am still awaiting the possibility of Trump reappearing to assume power in March of 2021, as rumor has it. We shall see.

Or maybe this all just shows how incredibly deep the propaganda our movies deliver to us, leading us to believe time travel is actually possible and that history can actually be changed – just in case some of us crazy’s that remember what the American Revolution was all about are left to tell a tall tale or two.

Talk about a psyOp!

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It’s so simple that absolute chaos is needed to hide it.

We appear to be under a PsyOp of global proportions. Most Americans don’t trust their own press. Wild points of view are propagating through the internet because there seems to be no accepted information source with integrity. Censorship is rampant and is not a cure for the problem.

The pattern is clear as chaos.

An election has been clearly stolen. The Supreme court has refused to hear the evidence. A politically manufactured pandemic is causing panic. Contradictory information abounds. Constitutional limits are being completely ignored and propaganda against citizens is now legal and clearly taking place.

Keep the simple truth in mind my friends. A concept so profoundly unifying, logical, and simple was well stated in our Declaration of Independence:

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness—-That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed,… 

This is the mandate for proper republican/lawful government. Government’s job is to protect both life and rights so we can be happy. ANYTHING that is contrary to this simple mandate is by definition un-republican/lawful and is thus un-constitutional by definition even if it is found in a constitution itself no matter what any court may say.

The only way to keep government within our cage is to only follow lawful laws and policies and to exercise our lawful rights with vigor to stop and prevent such breaches of our trust. If we allow ourselves to become conditioned through propaganda, fear, threats, or decrees, we will no longer be free and we will no longer be happy and we may even no longer be alive.

Jus sayin… if you are not doing anything about it, get off your butt now.

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It is Treason – right there in front of us

I was at a hotel in Washington recently that was fiercely enforcing mask rules. It was midnight and I was taking some things out to my car to prepare to leave the next morning very early.

When I came back into the hotel, I decided not to wear my mask. There was just one attendant at the desk and he was tied down taking care of that area.

I figured it was a good chance to do what I have wanted to do many times before but was too chicken, afraid that I would get arrested or fined.

So as I came in, the attendant told me I needed to have a mask. I took out my mask and said “I have one”. Then he said I had to put it on. I said what I have wanted to say to these mask enforcers forever:

You are enforcing an unconstitutional law. Your legislature has not approved this law. Besides, it is infringing on my unalienable right to control my own body.

I walked to the elevator for my escape as I said this and there were no consequences.

I can’t describe how good it felt to speak my mind to these Gestapo weenies that are literally destroying our economy and our freedoms by enforcing these completely bogus and unconstitutional mandates.

Then it occurred to me….

What to say to a mask enforcer when you don’t want to wear a mask:

You are enforcing an unconstitutional law that has been mandated by a governor acting under color of martial law. You are infringing on people’s inalienable right to control their own bodies. You are contributing to the destruction of the US economy and are making it easy for would-be dictators to take away our rights and freedoms.

Come to think of it, doing these kinds of things would be aiding and abetting enemies of the United States and this is the very definition of TREASON which is punishable by death!

Do you want me to prosecute you for committing treason?

Why don’t you let people decide what to do about their health and get together with other businesses and sue the government for attempting to force you to commit TREASON?

It’s really that simple.

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Cognitive Dissonance – what it is, why it is, and how to help

This post was inspired by a long-time friend that warned me that our relationship was in jeopardy if I persisted in sending her emails with a viewpoint she disagreed with.

While listening to a podcast the other day, I found a perfect example of how strongly cognitive dissonance can effect our thinking and perception.

But before I get into that example I want to explain some things first.

Cognitive Dissonance (COGDIS) happens when you receive the perception of a fact that contradicts your world view. For example, you hear a cat bark. Did that cat really bark like a dog? Were your ears playing tricks on you? Are you being messed with? Even though you have never heard a cat bark, have any of your friends?

You have two choices:

  1. Ignore the input. It doesn’t matter or it can’t be true.
  2. Change your viewpoint.

To decide how to respond you must go through a “cost analysis” of your decision, asking yourself questions like this?

  1. Will people think I am crazy if I believe cats can bark?
  2. Will I lose my friends if I ever tell them cats can bark?
  3. Do I have enough proof of my perception to know that what I just heard is real?

Two general types of people

There are cognitive driven people which are more concerned with an accurate worldview (Truth) than they are with social status or internal comfort. I call this the Dimension A (DIMA) group.

Then there are the more socially driven types of people who would rather be socially accepted and mentally comfortable with a worldview that agrees with most of their friends. This is the Dimension B (DIMB) group.

Today it appears the majority of people are DIMB type. Social members naturally wants unity and cohesion. Another reason why the majority of people are DIMB is likely due to our “socialization” training we received in public school from the time we were very young until through much of our adult life.

In the past, these different types of people rarely had big issues. Simple social rules like “don’t talk politics or religion at the dinner table” sufficed to keep the peace between the two groups. The DIMA types would go into the smoking room and get into their philosophical and political discussions while the DIMB types would chat in the kitchen while doing the dishes. The two types of conversations were comfortable with each group but were completely different in nature. (This example is not meant to imply that females are DIMB while males are DIMA though that could be true!)

But today we have much more stress happening on society

There are two main drivers for the heightened stress of the two groups ever being together.

  1. Vast increase in information quantity yet with lower quality.
  2. Vast increase in light social (virtual) interaction with less deep social interaction.

Information overload

According to this article, human knowledge is doubling almost annually and is headed for a doubling rate of every 12 hours. Yet one must ask if this doubling of knowledge is all true or not. What is the quality of this knowledge? Much knowledge is based on assumptions of previous knowledge. What if those assumptions are wrong? What if a common premise used in our everyday research turns out to be incorrect? How much un-true knowledge are we creating that is derived from other un-true knowledge? If the knowledge doubling continues for a long time based on a false premise, what does that do to the quality factor of our overall knowledge?

The faster information proliferates, the less time there is to test its quality and the more likely that quality will suffer.

The lower the overall quality of information, the more rapidly that quality will decay as the information builds upon itself.

The less educated a populace is concerning grammar, logic and rhetoric, the more likely false information will propagate.

Today we see major areas of research falling into crisis. The gravitational model of the universe if falling apart with more and more need for inventions like “dark matter” and “dark energy” to explain what we see. Evolutionary-biology is struggling to explain how all the latest discoveries in bio-chemical pathways discovered within and between the cells could possibly come from chance. Standard energy systems are beginning to give way to revolutionary new energy ideas that will change the world forever. Standard Medicine is making less and less sense in light of holistic and natural modalities.

All this implies that for a long time much of our research has been on a wrong path.

Socialization

Over the past two to three centuries, the analysis, institutionalization and application of socialization has grown in importance and effect upon us all.

Socialization, is a term used to refer to the lifelong process of inheriting and disseminating norms, customs, and ideologies, providing an individual with the skills and habits necessary for participating within their own society. Socialization is thus “the means by which social and cultural continuity are attained”.

As the influence and availability of public education has increased over the centuries, each successive generation receives more and more “guidance” on what is socially acceptable. This process has generated such things as “political correctness”, “hate speech”, “gender sensitivity” and “social justice”.

Online social networks have exponentially increased in reach and influence in our society over the past two decades and has created a huge social force that must be dealt with by individuals everywhere.

We now have the “social justice warrior” role and “trolls” that monitor and selectively harass proponents of various memes and ideas online.

Our culture is also rapidly transforming itself from a more individual controlled society into a more centralized social structure where there are the “trend setters” or “elites” and then there are the masses of “followers” that are expected to conform to social expectations.

With the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, a strong damper has been put into place that is restricting deep social interactions with more tenuous and surface “virtual” relationships.

These are all factors in why COGDIS is becoming more intense and frequent in our society.

The Media

An even larger influence on society, historically, is the mass news media that is on TV, online, and in the prevailing newspapers. As the traditional channels of information dissemination have changed and multiplied, the ability of mass media to “control the narrative” of society has diminished even though it appears that 90% our mass media is controlled by only 6 corporations.

I have also seen a remarkable decline in the quality of news and research done in the public mass media. The alternate channels of information like social networks, cell phones, podcasts, and online videos and sound files have created a sea of data that flat contradicts what the daily paper is telling you.

Shocking events like 911 present to the public ideas that defy all logic and physics. This further reduces the believability and trust in mass media, especially by those that are DIMA types.

It is not my goal here to say who is right or wrong. I want to stay in a place where DIMA and DIMB types can both keep reading.

The Example

Now that I have all that said, lets just look at a specific media example of a “fact” that is “commonly believed” and yet is not true.

The “common fact” is that President Trump has irresponsibly suggested that the American people drink bleach to cure Covid-19.

This interview by Piers Morgan with Nigel Farrage has to be heard to get this point.

A clip from Piers Morgan interviewing Nigel Farrage

Now if you want to just hear the trump clip alone a few times, here it is:

Trump clip that is the basis of the meme that implies that Trump asked America to drink bleach.

Nowhere in this Trump clip can you hear the word “Bleach” or “Drink” yet both those words are believed to have been said in this clip by Mr. Morgan. It appears that Piers has equated what trump said, which was to see if some kind of disinfectant could be put into the lungs to fight the virus, was equivalent to the phrase “drink some bleach”.

There is nothing even remotely unreasonable about Trump’s query to his medical experts if his idea could work. He is not addressing the crowd or the nation. He is not asking anyone else to do anything.

Yet the media has created a meme that has been so repeated and so broadcast that millions of people believe it is true, and some, like Piers, can’t even realize the misrepresentation of Trump the media has done when listening to the clip several times.

How to help

So this brings me to the question “How can I help my tortured DIMB friend without loosing my relationship with her?”

The level and number of miss-representations made by the media on normal people that just want to live in peace has created a minefield of bad data that “fact checking” and “arguing” can’t seem to fix.

As information grows, this bad data grows with it in amount while the general quality of knowledge declines at faster and faster rates.

There is now so much bad-data out there that it has become impossible for most people to find what is true. The more bad-data you have already swallowed, the harder it is to recognize new bad-data. The DIMA and DIMB types are parting ways further and further every day.

As the void widens it also becomes all the more painful for a DIMB to come over to the DIMA way of thinking.

I remember the “Walk Away” movement that had various YouTube videos of once-liberal democrats deciding to leave the ever-more-radical democratic party. Some lived in lifestyles that simply could not exist in a conservative world-view and had to face complete loss of all their friends and support people simply to gain the freedom to think for themselves.

I think the first thing to be is compassionate and understanding.

How do you open a door to a person that is personally threatened by contradictory information?

Give them space.

Give them time.

Be there for them.

And…

let them know…

that you love them.

No Agenda Show clip where the example came from – thank you No Agenda for a great example to use.

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