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Blog – EINSTEIN 9/30/2015

EINSTEIN

September 30th, 2015

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” (Albert Einstein) There are many explanations for what Einstein meant. Here are a few:

(1) He was referencing the idea that it is impossible to prove that anything exists other than what’s in your mind. So, reality can be viewed as only what is in your mind – which can be viewed as an illusion.

(2) I am the black hole of experience! Nothing can escape me because I can only ever see things from my perspective. Does everything take place within the context of my imagination? Is this just a long dream that I keep waking up to? *How much* of what I experience am I making up as I go along?

How big a role does the subconscious (by this I could mean events occurring in parts of our brain that do not translate into experiences we’re aware of, or experiences we’re aware of only very subtly) play in our thinking and our experience in waking life?

I know that to most people (although other people are just part of MY reality), and even to me a lot of the time, pondering such an idea might feel “just silly”.. but are there REALLY any good reasons to believe that most of the world functions independently of me being able sense it?   

(3) All matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, everything you think of as the material world dissolves on the sub atomic levels. Literally reality is and illusion, albeit a very persistent illusion 

These solutions remind of an age old question – If a tree falls in the woods and know one’s there to hear it, does it make a sound? The answer is no. Sound is only an interpretation of vibration. Therere will still be the vibrations from the fallen tree but no ears or brains to translate them.

I’ve always taken Einstein’s quote to mean existence can’t be proven mathematically. Thus if it can’t be proven reality must be an illusion. I don’t think existence needs to be proven mathematically. Our inadequate system of math doesn’t solve for the infinite number of infinities within every infinity. I think existence can be explained philosophically and that’s exactly what I’ve attempted to do in The Perceivable Universe. The page will bend the imagination to it’s limit which brings me to my favorite Einstein quote (s) .

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” (Albert Einstein) The imagination must evolve to encircle the Universe.

There are so many things that Einstein and I disagree about. I’m a huge believer in a strong military; marching and sounding off cadence; the works. Albert Einstein held such things in contempt. I am not a pacifist though I was as a child. In the school of hard knocks I learned that fighting is a part of a baser communication process; like reindeer games. I also fought a lot because I was considered “black” among Caucasians. If there was a bully  looking for some fun, I stuck out like a sore thumb. I learned never to be a bully by getting my ass kicked. I am certainly no moral giant. I’m very different than Einstein was and still I think Einstein’s dreamy. Not in a sexually attractive way but in the way of admiration. He was able to remain humble though all indicators were telling him that he was great.  I’m a stay at home dad and I share my love of solitude with Albert Einstein but Einstein’s solitude was no doubt in part to not finding a lot of intellectual equals.

Why There Will Never Be Another Einstein

Sometimes I wonder what Albert Einstein would think of me. My hope is that he would have found me inspiring. If not inspiring at least amusing. Either one or both are acceptable from Albert Einstein. Until next week; keep your homes well.

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Blog – Should Homosexuals Be Denied Marriage 9/23/2015

Should Homosexuals Be Denied Marriage?

September 23rd, 2015

The 1st Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances

Really that says it all but it does bring up other questions. Are you an American first or a Christian, Muslim,  Jew etc. first. America does not have a religion and is unable by law to legislate religious beliefs. I’m glad for it. “In God We Trust” applies to anyone’s higher power. I think being a better American makes me a better Christian. Two keystones allow me to say that, “Judge not lest ye be judged” and “Do unto others as you would have done unto you”. I think these are the spine of the American outlook.

I believe homosexuality is abnormal by sheer numbers alone. I also find it abnormal because one can not procreate by it. Left to itself the human specie would die out in one generation.  I won’t pretend to understand how a hairy, or muscular, or, any other manly attribute is appealing but that wasn’t always the case. When I was a little boy I was curious about other little boys and their body parts. It goes to say at that age there were very few manly attributes. A few years later my boyhood behavior worried me. Was I gay? After I got over my fear of being gay I learned that in today’s research they’re finding that being curious about the same anatomy is more normal than not. I certainly didn’t find the ground to persecute homosexuals.

To this day I use the word “fag” though I know I shouldn’t and some will call that persecution. I will not, however, legislate my personal religious belief onto others. If homosexuals were not allowed to patronize any businesses under the religious beliefs of their owners they could not enjoy an industrial existence. If America gets into the business of legislating religion what religion should hold the highest merit or office?

“Do unto others as you would have done unto you”. If I was born with the chemistry of a female it would be a hard pill to swallow. If I was gay for any reason I could only hope that I would find some understanding. “Does the vessel ask the potter why hast thou made me such?” Surely I would ask God that question and I would walk to my judgment day with it knowing that it is not man who can condemn me to hell but God alone. So I would not worry about man’s judgment only God’s. “Judge not lest ye be judged.” I am not the authority of God and would not condemn an axe murderer to hell. It would be of no effect.  If you do believe you can condemn someone to hell or speak for God it is your 1st Amendment right to do so. The Supreme Court has also upheld that it is another’s right not to listen.

If an establishment is a public establishment they must serve the public and all that it entails. If it is a private establishment they can pick and choose who they want to serve.

The 1st Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances

If two people having the understanding to consent to marriage and all the obligations, trials, and benefits there of I would let them marry. WWJD. Maybe he would simply touch them and change their chemistry. I can’t. Until next week; keep your homes well.

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A List Of Reasons To Quit Smoking 9/16/2015

A List Of Reasons To Quit Smoking

September 16th, 2015

I am a smoker and I’m trying to get myself stoked about quitting. I’ve listed 35 reasons why anyone should quit smoking. Today is my day to give it a shot. Many have quit and many have failed. I really hope to beat cigarettes. You may not even know me but I sure could use your positive thoughts a prayers. Thank you.

Most of the information is from Smoking-health risk. I want the list to be as comprehensive as possible so if you can think of a reason that’s not already listed please put it/them in the comment box at the bottom of this page. Most of these are in the order they appear on the webpage. You will also find more of information about each item listed.

Death                                                                                                                                                               Lung cancer                                                                                                                                                 Cardio obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)                                                                                          Emphysema                                                                                                                            Cardiovascular disease                                                                                                         Atherosclerosis                                                                                                                                 Coronary thrombosis                                                                                                                        Cerebral thrombosis                                                                                                                               Dementia                                                                                                                                                   High blood pressure                                                                                                                             Kidney failure                                                                                                                                          Mouth cancer                                                                                                                                      Bladder cancer                                                                                                                            Oesophagus cancer                                                                                                                               Kidney cancer                                                                                                                                    Pancreas cancer                                                                                                                                  Cervical cancer                                                                                                                                    Macular degeneration                                                                                                                               Bad breath                                                                                                                                                      Ulcers                                                                                                                                                    Vitamin A deficiency                                                                                                                          Reduced blood flow to the skin                                                                                                       Wrinkles                                                                                                                                                 Erectile dysfunction                                                                                                                       Premature babies                                                                                                                                 Leaving loved ones behind                                                                                                                      Bad influence on children and teens                                                                                                   Being remembered as foolish and weak willed                                                                            Expensive stays at hospitals                                                                                                          Cigarettes are a complete waste of money                                                                                           Life insurance is more expensive                                                                                                            Low self esteem and confidence                                                                                                           Easily winded                                                                                                                                         Higher risk of blood clots                                                                                                                       Being a drug addict/dependency

I think how I will be remembered by my daughter is the most important reason for me. Until next week; keep your homes well.

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Blog – Living Safely 9/9/2015

Living Safely

September 9th, 2015

Wow, how far reaching is “living safely”? We all know not to leave the handles of the pan overhanging the stovetop and no running with sharp objects. But in todays world there’s so much more.  I used to live in fear of an accident injuring or taking my daughter’s life. Now I’ve thought of so many scenarios that I’m desensitized. Don’t get me wrong, the thought of my daughter being abducted by some wack job is met with anxiety but I have to be able to function.

I’m not afraid to say I’m prejudiced. It’s just smart and can save your life or the lives of others. I think prejudice is “prejudgement”. It would be like telling your child not to be in a certain part of the town or city at night fall. I am not a bigot however. For me bigotry is have a feeling of hatred toward a group of  individuals and making up a reason to explain that feeling. It would be like saying “blacks shouldn’t have equal rights because they’re inferior.” I believe if someone seems sinister don’t just write it off as prejudice. Your intuition may be telling you something.

Let’s move to a world scope. If a person looks like they’re Muslim I hate to say I am more leery of them in this day and age. It is prejudging and it’s warranted. Many prejudices are, statistically speaking. If the Muslim that I’m trying to observe is my American brother with no malicious intent all the power of freedom and American pride to him but if he’s affiliated with terrorist I want to know.  I am more skittish about African Americans and Hispanics when it comes to blue collar crime and more suspect of Caucasians in white collar crimes.  I mention Occupational Parenting quite a bit. It’s because I can’t overstate the positive impact it would have on our existence. With political awareness it would weed out the undesirables and it’s the only system that will. It’s a part of living safely.

“Police”, what mixed bag of tricks they are. I both admire and detest the police. I know what it is to follow orders and protocol. The thing that sticks with me most from being in the Army, is we were not to follow unlawful orders and I think the same is true of  cops. We depend so much on the police and policy makers for our safety. That’s why it’s so detestable when a police officer or politician takes advantage of that dependency. If they break the law or violate the constitution the criminal justice system should treat them more harshly because of their position not more leniently because of their position. They should be model Americans because they’re charged with keeping us safe from each other and the world around us.

Child Safety: A police officer is the first person your child should look for if they get lost or separated from you. It turns out if your child can’t find a police officer they should find a woman. A woman is less likely to abduct them and will have more follow through in regard to their safety. Here is a “Master List of Missing Children“. Also here are Abduction and Kidnapping Prevention Tips.  If an adult is abducted, being taken to a second location greatly reduces the chance that they’ll survive. “How to Escape a Kidnapper as an Adult” gives some valuable tips about how you may escape.

Stop It Now” is concerned with child sexual abuse. It provides a lot of reading material and resources. If you have concerns of this nature it’s worth checking out. The site also lets you know when you should be concerned. “Stop It Now” distinguishes natural and normal behavior from troubling signs to look for. God knows when I  was a child I had my share of experimental and curious behavior and you probably have too. There are points beyond that innocent child’s play. Some interesting facts from the site are as follows:

Never accept a background check alone as an indication that your child will be safe with the person in question. 88% of sexual child abused cases aren’t reported until the child has reached adulthood. A predators background is in many cases as clean as a whistle.

It’s ok even prudent to be suspect of other children. 1/3 of child sexual abuses are carried out by persons under the age of 18.

Let your child’s “no” count. When tickling or playing if the child says “no” stop the behavior. Let them say “no” to hugs. It will instill the knowledge that it’s aright to say “no”.

We are learning more and more about what are acceptable sexual behaviors and how to talk about them. Much of the confusion in previous generations is starting to dissipate. Teenagers are getting a much clearer message about right and wrong and boundaries. The younger these things are taught the better. If you have any concerns about home, community, or workplace you can call 1-888-PREVENT (1-888-773-8368) or go to www.stopitnow.org.

Now more safety around the house. I love the Kid’s Health webpages. They’re going to do all the work for me on Household Safety Checklists. Some of these my seem unnecessary and I will admit I hadn’t done many of these things while my daughter was growing up. You decide what’s important for your household. God forbid anything happen to you, a family member, or close friend. Until next week; keep your homes well.

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Blog – To Kill Or Not To Kill, Capital Punishment 9/2/2015

To Kill Or Not To Kill, Capital Punishment

September 2nd, 2015

There is a distinct difference between killing and murder. You kill a fly or a deer when hunting for meat. You kill when in defense of your life. So if capital punishment is none of these is it murder? Yes, but only if the defendant is innocent. If the defendant is guilty it’s just another case of killing. Much like a rabid dog.

All of that being said, I do not support capital punishment at this time. If in our criminal justice system we could be 100% positive about guilt I would surely support it. Every convicted felon receiving LWOP (Life Without Parole) is worth not murdering even one innocent life. I compare it to murdering a civilian in war and stating that he looked just like the enemy. Our court system is the soldier who fires upon the civilian. The civilian is someone innocent of the charges brought against them. The act of killing them is murder.

Here is a death penalty fact sheet from Amnesty International. Let’s get started.

The death penalty and human rights standards: fact sheet The first fact states the death penalty is out of sync with international human rights. 141 countries have abolished the death penalty. I tried finding something else 2/3 of the world did that was still inherently wrong or right to spite the numbers but let’s face it 2/3 of this world doing anything together is rare, and a spectacle. I tried  to see if 2/3 of the world ever owned slaves. The answer is no. Only 1/7 of the world drives cars so I tried to look for something positive to contrast it to. On this map 2/3 of the world is neither democratic or other than democratic. So in conclusion the sheer numbers of countries that don’t practice the death penalty is something to consider. It would be nice to know each country’s reasoning. Could be that it’s the same as mine.

The death penalty is racially bias: fact sheet The death penalty is racially biased is a concern on the fact sheet. I agree. I think ethnical bias is so shrewd it can escape the knowledge of it’s host. I became aware of mine during the final sentence of the summation for the defense in “A Time to Kill”. The crime seemed far worse when Jake (Matthew Mcconaughey) said, “now imagine she’s white”. I think with honesty leading the way most people would tell you there was significant shock value for them as well. The next statistic tells us that we place a higher value on Caucasian -lives; this includes African American jurors and judges. 77% of death row inmates have been executed for murdering a Caucasian victim while African Americans make up about 50% of all homicide victims. Also African American judges were slightly less likely than Caucasian judges to send offenders to jail. This judicial leniency, however, did not favor African American defendants. African American defendants were sentenced more harshly than Caucasians by both African American and Caucasian judges. Ethnical bias is deeply rooted and even genetically reinforced. The Rule of Socialized Genetics on the Environment page explains.

The death penalty claims innocent lives: fact sheet I think the death penalty becomes murder when the defendant is later proven innocent. Even if the sentence is carried out by mistake it’s still negligent homicide. If it is not by mistake (withholding evidence) it is blatant, unsuppressed murder and the people or person withholding should be charged as such. For this reason and this reason alone I can not support capital punishment.

The death penalty is not a deterrent: fact sheet The fact sheet states that the death penalty is not a deterrent. I’m not convinced because they compare incidence at the state level to incidence at the national level. I want to see a comparison of states that use capital punishment to states that do not.

The death penalty cost more and diverts resources from genuine crime control: fact sheet Amnesty International says it is more costly to utilize the death penalty than a sentence of life without parole (LWOP). This should not be the case. The balance of guilt or innocence should be tipped by forensics not litigation. Lawyers should not be getting some absurd amount of money because it’s a murder trail or appeal. It’s the same as saying that cases with lesser pay aren’t decided as fairly because it takes a boatload of money to get the truth.

The death penalty disregards mental illness: fact sheet Inmates with mental illness are not supposed to be executed. If a person doesn’t understand what they did they should get life in a mental facility because they are too dangerous to live with the rest of society. One that isn’t on the fact sheet is amnesia. If a person can’t recall the crime they can not defend themselves. They should live out life in an institution that will try to help them regain their memory. If they regain their memory they should stand trial. If they never regain their memory, sadly they should be detained for life after assessing the possible danger to society.

The death penalty is arbitrary and unfair: fact sheet Almost all death row inmates could not afford their own attorney at trial. A social scientist named Alan J Lizotte found that the length of sentencing was more if a defendant could not make bail leaving those with less money to serve more time in jail. Lizotte also said that “to view extra-legal characteristics of the defendant as the prime mover in the criminal justice system would be as naïve as claiming that they have no effect at all on criminal sanctioning”. It really is a battle of methodology. The one thing that can’t be accounted for today is if an arrest takes place at all. A police officer has the discretion to book one person while letting another go for the same exact crime. I also think corruption plays a role. Politicians and cops can be paid off in multitude of ways; favors or out and out money. This effects capital punishment. Still not the reason that I don’t support the death penalty. This paragraph just means society has to use a system of economics and governing that will minimize the filth and corruption. The only system that will work is Occupational Parenting. The system thrives on and drives on the truth.

The death penalty and foreign nationals: fact sheet It’s a problem when folks who get arrested are not informed of their rights. I don’t believe this happens more to foreign nationals than it does to native born Americans.

The death penalty can never be voluntary: fact sheet If someone who has been arrested for murder wants to be killed; kill them. It’s ridiculous to have a rule that says if someone wants to be killed that you can’t kill them. I can safely say this is where I agree with the death penalty. If the person is innocent they shouldn’t have asked to be killed. If they are mentally ill, that should be assessed and of course they shouldn’t be killed.

The death penalty is arbitrary and overreaching: fact sheet The decision for capital punishment should remain in the hands of the State unless someone has murdered across State lines.

Some would say it’s impossible to be 100% sure of guilt. I say it’s definitely possible in the future depending on forensic technology (DNA matching, computer models ), methods of criminology, and fairness of law (Body Cams, Social sciences, the Constitution).

We can provide a safe and everlasting existence for our posterity. Until next week; keep your homes well.

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