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  • Or like, "It's all just cooked right in to that big pasketti casserole-dish in the sky."

  • Or um, "Society is the Product"

  • Or, "Think Inter-Planetary"

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    Now, don't get me wrong... I like the people of [ random culture ]. I really do; they're just plain nice folks. But they're wrong about [xyz], doggonit.

  • Or uh, "Like a car rally, not a care race"?

  • Or, "We're a genius"

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If you're like me, you find yourself thinking (on big issue after big issue):


  • The conservatives are sort of right. Kind of. Their grounds make sense. That's good stuff, but it's partial.

  • The liberals are kind of right. Sort of. Their grounds make sense. That's good stuff, but it's partial.

  • They both make points that don't decay. I wonder if there's a patch we could lay on that puppy, get it to settle down.

The world is beautiful for its variety. I learned everything I've got from people not like me.

The First Amendment - Freedom of the Mouth to Fail to Stop Talking :D

It's a free country. There's going to be people that don't belong to your religion, and don't care to. People who belong to religions you don't care about. There's going to be gays. Whatever. There's going to be one of everyone.

They all want to be treated well, and you're the jerk if you can't bother. Just get used to it, you know?

Just so personally, I think the machinery needs it. I think God made us complementary to one another, as teacher-learners.


Self-Correcting Systems (Be Critical of Your Big Ideas, Too)

I don't like systems that can't correct themselves. Are you super conservative about enjoying cake? An area to be as strict as you can? Are you super liberal about your ability to fly? Figure, hey, why not, I'll give it a whack?

We need a variety of eyes on it to get good stuff out of the machinery.


"Are you new here, pal?"

This probably sounds hokey, but we're going to say it: calling people stupid is bad for the works. There's no such thing as stupid.

They're just new at this or that; they need something explained better. Stop hating, start educating.


Sometimes the other fellow will freak out and windmill at you.


"Gravity is Up"

No! Gravity is down. That's what everyone thinks, on every side. So not just every issue really has two sides with merit, if you see what I mean.


Being a Jerk to Make My Point, But Dag
(Freaking out about how nobody is even listening to you, for seriously)

Does anyone else find it basically impossible to get other people to listen unless you get all bent out of shape? Well, I do. I hate that.

The only thing that ever works is to start with some compliments, to show you're there to learn. "You gotta bring cookies."


Politics in General

I think we're all such good people at heart, we've gone overboard trying to find a bad guy. Well, we're all the bad guy at times, ain't it? Everyone's way off about everyone. Most folks are just plain nice. 'Cancel politics,' a little, you know?

This is "a big planet."


Sustainability - The Whole Point, Right?

We're all about systems that are set up to last. If your plan depends on anything that can run out, it's bad.

So we have to become self-sustaining, a machine we could sell to aliens.

Stop pretending, stop wasting time. Get a little of that "team fire" in your belly.

"Stabilize the system."
It's like SimCity 2000?

Moderate Capitalism

Capitalism is what works in a shrug-ish way, but it only works when it's in check. Like, some people are jerks. We need laws and social programs and stuff. Human rights are sort of why "government" exists.

But it has all the coolest stuff, this capitalis-mo. Free society, great products at low low prices, a productive life working for The Enormously Large Company Whom We All Love So Dearly

The Constitution favors this "limited-style" government, de-centralized government, sandbox government; that appeals to the engineer in me.

But then, look at slavery!

Communism failed, capitalism fails without feeling it all the time. Look in between, see what is like [police, fire, school, army, health] and what is just business. They're all just part of the picture, you know?

On that subject, KILL THE ROBOTS.

(See also Small Business Owners)
(See also Internalized Economies)

I been working in the flea market so early
(...I've been working here since me mother was a baby...)


The Size of the Government

Gigantic. Just gigantic, way huge. A personal assistant/super-cop for every man, woman and child. Just one guy, namely you, has to work 20 hours a day while everyone else laughs at you.

No, tiny, total anarchy. The powerful using the weak as serfs; armed robbery in the open streets.

No, somewhere in between. Whatever works.

"Not much guidance there," I guess, but the extremes are pretty useless too.

[See Kill the Robots]
[See Internalized Economies]

Small Business Owners

... are not part of the super-rich. They shouldn't be taxed out of business. I know small business owners, and they're middle class and in debt.


"The Admission Fee"

I think of taxes as the admission fee to an amusement park. If you don't like the prices, or the way they're being spent, hey, say something. But there's going to be a fee.


Campaign Finance Reform

It's not fair for corporations to write their own laws. Get money out of politics, it don't mix good.



Ranked Choice Voting / Instant Run-off Voting (IRV)

Instant Run-off Voting is even better than Voting Classic! Yay for it.

(See also the "real vs. fake" page)

You rank the candidates, and if your first-choice candidate doesn't get a majority, your vote falls off to your second choice, third choice, and so on. That way, your vote always goes to your preferred candidate.

They're already using this successfully in Australia for the Parliament, so you know it's good. Crikey!

See also
See also


Turn Off the Robots

"We need job creators, not ah belly-ache-ers."  :D 

(Or, "You mean to tell me that this robot-ical man can sit there and make my money instead of me all day and night?! And I'll be off on my boots again at age 45, and a wife and teens? Well, finally!")

Robots can ultimately do just about anything, including your job, friend !!! Call it a "modern mess."

Robots don't need jobs, you know? That's "ash cash," as they say. Let's turn 'em off. Some of them. Anything you don't need a robot for, you know?

Let's measure wealth in cubicles instead of billions.

Look, I made a delightful graph:
More Robots
More Robots
+ More People
More People
= Less Jobs
Less Jobs

Any more, when I see a building, all I see is one big potential robot, and more people who can't support their families.

Why do we need-need even one employee working in a McDonald's? You know?

We're going to have to decide to start turning some of them off to keep society working.

The trickle down is broken because of the robots.  Profits -> Jobs -> Spending -> Profits only works if Profits -> Jobs

See also Over-Population
See also Internalized Economies


The Deficit

So what's the problem, we can't balance a checkbook here? Some kinda checkbook problems? Actuarial tables, tap-a-tap-a-type-type? Sounds like you need an accountant? Increase income, cut spending? Try Mark Minglebury, 804 Taft Ave, he's professional and affordable.



"So what's the problem, we can't balance a checkbook here? Some kinda checkbook problems?"  If we need to, I guess we'll probably set up tax disincentives for having more than two kids?

Same graph:
More Robots
More Robots
+ More People
More People
= Less Jobs
Less Jobs


Gay Rights & Marriage & Such

Now folks, this is going to come as a shock, but some people are gay.



No way, call it profiteering and say no way. Out-sourcing boo.

(See Internalized Economies)


Internalized Economies

I don't know anything really about economics, to be honest. :D

But, I have this idea that every country can produce its own goods and services, and just not trade much with the others. Like "start your own" Local Pepsi© franchise or whatever. I think that would create a lot of jobs, and help stabilize all the countries that can't compete in the global market.

Also, turn off the robots, if I didn't mention, is a recurring theme. Measure success in business primarily as jobs created, not just by profit.


The Gold Standard

I don't know anything about that, really :P Ask someone else. Ron Paul is smart, and he says it is important. Ask that guy.


Universal Healthcare

Or, "Capitalism Rules at Everything Except [...]"

It's cheaper (75% or so) across dozens of countries for decade because it cuts out a do-nothing middleman (the insurers). It's every bit as much a human right as education or police protection. If you're working your whole life like most people, you shouldn't be living in fear of bankruptcy over a broken arm or whatever.

On the other hand, should we all pay for your vices? Is that fair to folks? I ask of your for serious now.

I don't think wealthier folks really understand how terrifying it is to try to raise kids when you're one medical emergency away from bankruptcy. Like, this is life or death, this is not a fair playing field.

The math, the facts, history - Canada, Australia, etc for decades - say this way is better; this way works. Why can't you look at the data?


Gun Controllers

What, you don't like gun controllers? Totally fun, for like with that game, Duck Hunt? Naw, we're fooling around.

But seriously, we have a right to armed bears, it's in the Bill of Rights. We will protect ourselves whether you like it or not!

The right to bear arms?

It's my stuff, and my family, and we're apt to have a gun to protect it. "If you outlaw guns, only guns will have..." Wait, that's not it.

It's like how there will always be drunk driving deaths, but we don't ban alcohol? It's very sad, but it's already against the law.

We support, you know, background checks and waiting periods and fun stuff like that. Like, guns are dangerous. Whatever's clever. Maybe those fingerprint things?

While we're in the neighborhood... Folks should also recognize (if they haven't) that the arms industry has a vested interest in cultivating war. Well, they do. Uh-huh. Do to.


The Environment

Where else you think we're gonna live, my man? Like, get your head right, we have to live sustainably, quit wasting time and energy.

It doesn't matter what caused it; it matters how we're going to fix it.

Have a little team spirit.


Pro- Marijuana
(I Mean Seriously, it's Like a Dang Beer, Guy)

We have a right to throw awesome music parties; it's in the Constitution to enjoy awesome music parties.

Good with music and cheese puffs. What's the beef, Chief? See [Mandatory Marijuana .com]


Some Kind of One-World Government

Nope. One-world government sounds like a bad idea. We do have global concerns, and need global conferences and such, but I fear centralized, corrupt power and the loss of autonomy.  The Constitution favors a limited-"style" government.


The Unions

Thank goodness for the unions. The unions made life livable in this country. Some people greedy, working people need to stand up for themselves.


Abortion - What about Pre-Natal Incubation?

Abortion is a tough topic. We're sensitive to the arguments made by both sides and believe abortion should be "safe, legal, and rarer and rarer." There is no perfect solution here, and not much room for a compromise.

After years of trying to work this out, it occurred to us... this may sound wacky, but what about pre-natal incubation as an option? "Very early adoption?"

Here's an article about the technology. Dr. Yoshinori Kubawara of Japan has had great early success.

Where this conversation goes next is, what about the additional burden on our already-overburdened and deeply flawed foster care system? Who will watch these kids?

So one thing is, we can majorly fix foster care. With money. Take money out of the perpetual war budget and make it a priority.

But it will still be an issue. Maybe charities could emerge, maybe the pre-natal incubation companies would limit you. Nothing's perfect. But we still like this answer a lot more than any we've heard.

We also strongly favor free birth control available at any age, and in general the rights of both parties. "Extended sphere of concern."


Farm Animals Are Fluffy

My idea was "feedlot radios," play them some nice music that they like. The research shows it's good for them and they like it. Healthier for everyone, right? Come on, don't be a stick-in-the-mud, ham-pops! :D "SKRAWK! It's a living!", as the bird said.

If God gives you dominion or "stewardship" over something, you had better do a good job! I think we should try to treat farm-lot animals like a sort of a co-worker, a fuzzy farm friend. "It's gotta be proper," as they say. "Vegan factory farming," let's call it. Farm radios, close-quarters laws, zonked-out slaughter, that kind of thing.

'Skrawk! It's a living!' - The bird from 'The Flinstones'
"Skrawk! It's a living!" - The bird from The Flinstones



Islam means 'peace,' and most Muslims are every day, hard-working, moral people. Let's not let their Angry Young Men take their religion.

What's this all been about? Can we just drop it please? The creator of the universe's name is Mike; no, it's Dan; how dare you to call the guy Mike; the heck you say, it's Steve.


Israel and Palestine

It's going to have to be a two-state solution. Everyone has a claim, no one's backing down. They're all from there.


Cultures - "Yay, Some of Those!"

Yay, whacky variety! Why do you want to have everyone in the world look and act just like you? Doesn't that sound, I don't know, boring?

Or I think like, "is a sandwich better, or a soup?" Well, if they cancel either one, we're going to cry! The question is wrong.

Coke vs. Pepsi


Some 'Closing Thoughts' Type of Thing...

We're just people. We're the mere Earthlings that get this planet - let's not self-destruct now. Think like we're trying to sell this planet to some aliens, take this show on the road. We'd need to make it cooler and more self-sustaining than this.

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