Povery in the US, books, knowledge (November 9th 2017)

The Other America from 1962 Michael Harrington.

“Ralph Nader”

“Charles Murray”

“Poverty in the United States.”

Charles Murray, The Bell Curve

“War on America”

“Homelessness in America.”

“Class Conflict”

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

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Politics (What is the Point?)

Why do republicans favor the rich?   Why should I care about Politics?

POLITICS is about power and the corruption of man (humankind).

Democracy creates a platform for corruption because decisions and policy are controlled by “votes” and essentially controlled by “men in power.” (it can also be women)

Humans have desires: Money, Power, Sex, Self-Preservation.

A Congressman or US Senator is SUPPOSED to make decisions in the interest of the “public” or the “people” or the “public good.”  HOWEVER, with politics you often have to “Follow the Money” and if you do this you can find the “Smoking Gun”

An Example: President Richard Nixon and the Watergate Scandal

When watching things like “Batman” and “Superman” or “Star Wars” the wonderful beauty of what you are watching is that you are seeing GOOD triumph over EVIL.   A good way to get understanding is to look for corruption – “The Justice Lords” or “Lex Luthor as President” or “Senator Palpatine becoming Galactic Emperor.”

The Corruption of Man involves large themes: Greed, Ambition, and a desire for Power (sometimes it can also be lust)

Various shows deal with these issues: in the television show “Naruto,” Naruto’s rival, Sasuke Uchiha, has a burning desire to take revenge and kill his older brother (Itachi).  He decides that he must become stronger and he goes to Orochimaru (who is evil and depicted as a “Snake Ninja”) because he seeks power and he thinks Orochimaru can make him strong.

In Avatar The Last Airbender, The Avatar AANG must self-actualize so that he can defeat Firelord Ozai.  Ozai has declared war on the world and he seeks to spread the Fire Nation across the planet as “his world” is superior and they are the “greatest of the four nations.” (cough cough Hitler cough cough)

Power is a common theme.  It is often used in the show Justice League Unlimited.  On Earth, humans are worried that the Justice League will use their Satellite Laser to attack Earth and the humans are scared that Superman (and the League) will become power hungry and take over the planet.  In one episode, the military creates their own “heroes” and also use “Captain Adam” to attack the Justice League.  Often humankind subscribes to fear.  They are afraid of things like “losing control.”  FOX news is a news channel that focuses on SENSATIONALISM.  They want to “stir the pot.”  They don’t really tell the news, they simply push their bias:  Down with the Democrats, UP with the Republicans.

A better way to grasp politics is to align yourself as Neutral so that you can look at things OBJECTIVELY without BIAS.

A good way to examine it is through the use of Comedy … … many comedians are satirists and they simply try to “see it as it is.”

Stephen Colbert on “The Colbert Report” often provided good insight despite his character being “an idiot.”

John Stewart on “The Daily Show” often provided piercing insight.

The KEY is to ASK QUESTIONS!  “Why is it like this?”  “Why does this other thing not happen?”

Recommended reading: “1984” and “Brave New World”

MONEY IN POLITICS?  Yes.

Humans and families need money.  So do man-made systems.

A government is not a business so it does not produce profits.  It earns money by TAXING the people.    (This is a deep issue and basically you could spend a lifetime examining this using a PHD in Political Science)

Politicians are BOUGHT and PAID FOR.

The Rich have “interests” and they have things that they “want to happen” so … the money starts flowing.

The KOCH BROTHERS are extremely rich so their money floods the system and they try to push their “agenda.”

Wikipedia Investigation Needed  — The Koch Brothers, The Justice Lords, The Watergate Scandal, Human Nature, Bernie Sanders, Noam Chomsky, Ayn Rand, Machiavelli

With Politics — The Topic is complex.

You have to look at Political Science, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics, and Satire to gain a “well rounded” grasp of the implications and the happenings.

In 2016, a big part of the Presidential Race is:   — That Donald Trump is self-funded (not “in the pocket”) and — Bernie Sanders only takes small donations

The whole point being that they are not paid for by big money and Super PACs, meaning they speak their own views instead of the views of the money that is backing them

To Deeply Understand Politics …

You MUST ask questions!

You MUST try to seek out answers.

You MUST try to examine the issues without bias.  Try to see what happened and how EVERYONE was impacted.

In America, the two party system forms bias because you have to align with either party … … However, if you choose to be an INDEPENDENT you can try to examine the issues with empathy and logic.

A great philosopher once said that the best ruler would be a “Philosopher King.”  That was definitely not George W. Bush.

The Connected Countries of Western Pangea (A North American Satire)

“In recent news, an innocent man was shot dead.”  The newswoman was talking.  She was a pretty girl, with blond hair and blue eyes (obviously born and groomed to read the news on television).  “The 26 year old man, Michael Johnson, was shot and killed by a 55 year old Timothy Flanders.   The car of Timothy Flanders slid off the road due to ice, as Johnson parked his car and tried to come to Flanders’ aid … Flanders emerged from his car behaving in a belligerent way and fired his automatic pistol into Johnson.   While Johnson was on the ground, Flanders fired 3 more times, killing Johnson.    Flanders then got back into his car.   The Police and SWAT team came to arrest him; he resisted arrest.”  The blond girl looked into the camera, only slightly phased by the story.  “A tragic story indeed.   In recent news, a local bakery produced the world’s biggest cookie … … ”

Over in Eastern Pangea, 26 year old Graduate Students laughed at the stupidity of the people of Western Pangea.    “Can you believe this?”  “It is totally crazy over there.” “This is what happens when anybody can get a gun.”  The Eastern Pangea students laughed and laughed and drank some tea.

In Western Pangea, The supporters of guns were preparing their comeback.

White Leadership candidate #1:  The people of this great nation MUST have guns!  Without them we will be victims of terror!

White Leadership candidate #2: As human beings it is our God-given right to have access to guns!  I have faith that the people of Western Pangea will do the right thing and support our civil liberties!

White Leadership candidate #3:  It is a tragedy for that young man to lose his life, HOWEVER, it can not be calculated how many lives guns have SAVED as a result of the people of this GREAT nation having access to guns.   And once I am elected as your White Leader, I will ensure the supply of guns flows easily to the people!  So we may guarantee our safety on Domestic Soil!   God Bless Western Pangea!

“That’s our man right there,” spoke Bob Smith.   Bob Smith and Alan Ryan sat in high-backed chairs in their local Golf-and-Swim Club.  “White Leadership Candidate #3, I think he has our best interests at heart.”

Alan Ryan spoke up.  “It looks like this is the kind of man that the Western Pangea Gun Association can throw its vast resources behind.”

“All of these damn liberals are going to get up in arms about this young man’s death.  We are going to have to double down and make sure the people of Western Pangea know of the constant danger they are in.”  Bob Smith looked confident.

Members of the WPGA prepared to make numerous appearances on POX News and educate the people of Western Pangea about the Absolute Need for widespread access to guns.  Also, they made sure to prepare arguments in regards to the “Paper of Rights” and the necessary Freedom of the people to own guns.

Meanwhile, the Parents of Michael Johnson mourned the senseless death of their only son.

— January 25th, 2015 ; Dr. DJ Robo Biscuit