When things are investigated, knowledge is extended. When knowledge is extended, the will becomes sincere. When the will is sincere, the mind is correct. When the mind is correct, the self is cultivated. -- Confucius
Politically correct ideals are garbage: true wisdom comes from decades of deep thought and neutral observation. Only a so-called sociopath could ascertain wisdom from this crazy world in a neutral way. Cool thoughts- uncorrupted by modern politics, social norms, or societal ideals- are required for wisdom. Questioning everything, and going against the grain on all universally accepted norms is the path to true intelligence. The Gods notice this.

3/29/11

Murder Hobby

Hunters make me sick. They are nothing but ignorant, psychotic, half-retarded rednecks.

I admit that when I was younger, about 13 or 14, I used to think it was awesome. I read hunting magazines, and got a 20 gauge. I thought I loved animals and nature so much that I was doing them a favor by culling a few for the good of the rest. I thought I loved their fur and feathers so much when I touched it, I just had to possess it: obsessed like a kid. I ended up killing a rabbit and a squirrel, and a few songbirds with my bb gun, and then I started wondering- how does loving animals mesh in with killing them? If we like to feel fur, pet cats are a good option to stroke on without killing anything. If we want to eat meat, there is plenty in the grocery stores. And if we want to appreciate nature, just go outside- no shooting necessary.

So after a year or two I GREW UP. And now I am so sorry I didn't do it sooner. What is the excuse of the 20-, 30-, 40-, 50- year olds that still hunt: when will they grow up? (Or 90 years old, in the case of Prince Philip!). Do they need medication for psychosis? And should people that immature be allowed to possess guns??

You have to wonder about someone that is obsessed with putting on scent masking fluids- usually skunk spray, or raccoon or coyote urine (no kidding, you can buy bottles of animal piss at walmart)...




...then dressing up in camouflage and putting bait out under sniping stands in trees; then using binoculars, spotting scopes, audio enhancers, mechanical or electronic animal call devices; and then shooting them with powerful guns. And this is called a 'sport'. So killing an animal is a challenge with all this equipment to your advantage? And can the animals outrun the bullets? Some think it's more 'sporting' to shoot from shorter distances, so they hunt with handguns, blackpowder rifles, muzzleloaders, or arrows. Have you seen the selection of arrowheads available? Some are designed to saw through bones, some pop open after entry, some are jagged for maximum bleeding; you just have to see them. And when it is deer season, look for shotgun shells called 'sabot slugs'. Open the box and look at them. Maybe that would be necessary to kill a moose, but I bet there ain't much meat left after shooting a whitetail with one of those things. It's all about tricking animals into getting in range of your gun. How hard can it be to trick them with all that camo gear, scent maskers, and other stuff? Walk down the 'sporting goods' aisle and you will see why I wonder. Once you do kill something, there's a wide array of special knives to gut them on the spot. These include gut hooks, 'butt outs' and other ghastly things...





In the end what does all this equipment cost- guns, ammo, camo clothes, other gear, licenses, and so on? It has been estimated several times at around $50. per pound of meat obtained. I guess it's a rich man's hobby. Who would pay 50 dollars a pound for meat? A hunter. Some people are so obsessed with killing that they make trips around the world to slaughter innocent animals. Look at this nauseating article about psychos who pay 10 grand to murder defenseless and noble giraffes. All so they can brag about how skilled they are to have used all that equipment to kill an animal 100 yards away...what losers. And also so they can brag about how manly they think it is to kill an animal with a gun for their amusement...what cretins.

I have yet to meet a hunter that isn't a redneck and/or farmer. They think they are so tough- but could they hunt these animals down with a club just as well, with no camo or piss or other equipment? If so I would be impressed (but would still condemn them for being so stupid). Meat causes cancer and clogged arteries, but they are so tough- they don't care! Because it is so cool to kill a little animal and then cut it up and eat it, that they laugh at the cancer it will cause!...And I will laugh at them as they suffer later.

Every excuse they come up with turns out to be ridiculous. Like the claim that humans must control the population for the animals' own good. So, what did they do before humans started hunting them? How did the deer get by? Maybe they begged wolves to eat them. Or, maybe they had population surges and setbacks like usually happens in natural cycles. It would also help if people would stop killing the natural predators. In this state there is open season on coyotes all year: no limit. In other states the federal laws protecting wolves are completely unenforced, as it frequently is with mountain lions. A reintroduction and protection of wolves and pumas would go a long ways to reduce deer populations. And it would be natural. It seems all the fear mongering about the supposed danger of wolves and wild cats is perpetuated by hunters and farmers. They are so afraid there wont be 20 deer per acre anymore that it might become a challenge to shoot one someday. And farmers think a wolf may eat one of their cows. Doubtful since there are all those deer, rabbits, and other animals to eat first.

For every 3 animals a hunter shoots, 2 get away to die a long death from gangrene or infection later. But some hunters nobly proclaim- 'only hunt if you are going to eat it'. Who eats the other two? Possums and vultures? In the end over 250 million animals are killed yearly by hunters.

Hundreds of hunters get killed and thousands injured in accidents each year as well. At least there is one positive statistic here.






(c) james platt

3/27/11

Why Were American Industries Exported?


American factory labor has been, and continues to be, exported so much that it will soon be a memory.

We all know unscrupulous corporations and other large companies build new factories in other countries to pay less wages and insurance to the foreign workers. People in China and third world countries have lower costs of living, and demand less pay. Most other countries also provide free healthcare for their people as well, along with everything we see as fringe benefits: retirement accounts, workplace insurance, etc. (people will argue this, citing how horrible it is to live there and so on, but it is true most people in the world outside america have better healthcare access). By the time companies pay the standard American demanded wages for factory work- 12.ish - plus insurance and benefits, it totals nearly 25. per hour per employee. This is average, meaning lots of people make much more: the managers, supervisors, maintenance, electricians, inspectors, etc. Even if temps are used, and paid 7.25 an hour, the temp service charges a huge premium and the company pays almost the same. Usually they are trying to save on paperwork more than money. There is so much more to this though than wages.

The work ethic is rarely if ever mentioned. I worked in several factories for many years, and can assure you there are very few dedicated workers. Most talk more than work. Many wander the plant and visit one another. Some even read books or write letters. When they are working, many drop everything when the line stops. If there is a maintenance issue, nearly all will wander, talk, and even go have a sit somewhere. Very few will start cleaning, helping maintenance fix it, or help other lines out. The ones that do are rare, and are never rewarded for it. The slackers likewise are virtually never punished.

A rare few factories run tight ships, but most let their workers run amok with talking and taking extended breaks. At a couple I worked at, the employees stretched their 15 minute breaks into 30, and their half hour lunches into 1 and 1/2 hours. Except weekends- then they took even longer breaks.

This is American labor: high wages and extensive benefits for mediocre labors. Introduce foreign workers into American plants and you will always see a shocking difference in work ethics and standard practices. These differences are noticed by plant managers. They are reported to district and corporate level managers.

The few hard workers that exist in America- and there are some- object and preach about American labor and quality. Meanwhile, the rest- mostly slackers- simply do not care and continue the practices mentioned earlier. The real workers are rare. This becomes a money problem for companies. Why is it they are paying us so much when people of other countries will do the same and more, for much lower pay??

Good question.

I posit that it was not policies or laws or ignorance that exported American industrial labor- it was American laziness and arrogance. Asinine laws such as NAFTA and free trade policies enabled companies to export jobs, but they would not have utilized these if our labor was worth keeping to begin with.

As far as I am concerned, factory work sucks ass, to put it mildly. Let them do it if they want to. Pity the Chinese. We as Americans think we are smarter; better. Let's act like it then. Retrain into new careers: white collar stuff, whatever. And those of us who do not or cannot, well, blame the American lazy asses that created the situation to start with. The Chinese are just people trying to make a living like you and I. They are humans with families to support and food to buy for their kids. If you want to work in some other blue collar type business, then there is the mexican problem to deal with- but that is another subject.

Find a way, somehow. There is no choice.

(c)  james platt