Monthly Archives: September 2012

Political parties encourage extremism

Continuing with my “Are political parties the problem?” theme, we see many examples of extreme either-or thinking that partisan politics encourages, depends on, and exploits.

Consider the issue of the governments role in job creation and associated matters.  If you ask a normal non-political person about this, they will respond with common sense wisdom.  If you ask someone who is politically savvy and aligns with a political party you will get a distortion, a critical extreme thinking, an either-or, no subtlety, un-nuanced, non reflection of the complexities involved.  In other words, to put it bluntly, you get stupidity.

Clearly, government is not the problem, as the right would argue.  And, government is not the solution as the left would argue.   But, this left/right dichotomy is a cartoon world.  Government is PART of the problem.  And, as any entity in space-time, sometimes it exhibits more or less problems.

Grown up people realize this and will act accordingly.  It is time to get grown up people involved in the political process.  I don’t think that will happen when political parties demand stupid.

 

 

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Cannabis and driving

The day after I wrote a post asking about drivers and a trance state I was rear ended while driving to work.   When the other illustrated man tattooed driver opened his door a reek of pot wafted out and enveloped me.

Lets be proactive here.  Lets not wait for some heartbroken person starting a crusade after losing a loved one to an accident caused by someone behind the wheels and stoned and grooving on cheech and chong (or its modern equivalent).   Maybe MADD should be renamed Mothers Against Drugged Driving?  Or, since fathers grieve too, there should be a Fathers Against Drugged Driving.

But, this is uncool right.  The liberals and libertarians argue that this is a personal matter, war on drugs failed, blah blah.  And, medical pot could be a revenue enhancer to suffering municipalities.  And, of course, it is so trendy to be addicted to drugs isn’t it?   (Yes, cannibis is addictive, spare me).

The arguments for and against Cannabis are so funny.  One article’s theme is if you smoke pot you won’t drink so much, thus, less accidents.  Huh?  How about if you do heroin you not only will drink less or smoke pot, but you will drive less.

You know what is better then pot?   A clear mind and an open heart.

Further Reading

  1. Search ‘marijuana car accidents
  2. Search ‘does cannabis impair coordination
  3. Drugged Driving: A Growing Threat on Our Roadways
  4. Cannabis dependence
  5. MADD
  6. MADD statistics
  7. Cannabis Use Mimics Cognitive Weakness That Can Lead to Schizophrenia, fMRI Study Finds

  8. Long-Term Cannabis Users May Have Structural Brain Abnormalities
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Is there a driver's trance?

Ever look at other driver’s on the road or at a stop light? Their eyes don’t move. I don’t remember, do they even blink? It seems they are in a trance. Yet, these same people are traveling at more then 70 mph on two lane roads separated from the car in front of them by a few feet, tailgating.

I think this is really a horror movie. This is shown on some alien trans-galactic family network. Some teen blobs are shaking with fear as they watch the bipedal life forms and the machine things they build.

Oh oh. Another driver finally moved. He’s looking at me and wonders, why am I in a trance.

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