Energy costs of trucking bulky items to Portland, sorting them in a mechanized facility, and shipping them to China where they might be turned into consumer items and resold to us, perhaps proudly bearing a “green” label, greatly exceed those of the local reuse and recycling of sixty years ago.
I coined this term about a year ago as a descriptor for a person or entity whose superficial trappings of progressive liberalism conceal a corrupt, harmful, downright diabolical core.
Bubbles and balloons, however, eventually burst and our present economic conditions have the semblance of a gaudy Mylar balloon from the Dollar Tree, one, perhaps, with a smiley face on it, already beginning to show signs of deflation from having been too long on display.
Information channels on which we rely conspire, not entirely to suppress inconvenient truths challenging the dominant paradigm and its bottom line but to present those viewpoints in a biased way which leads people to reject them and hold them in contempt.
What is a hoax, and when does it cross the line between legitimate satire and a deliberate attempt to capitalize upon, or sway public opinion by, a piece of manufactured evidence which the creator knows to be fictitious?
Whatever the history, eating seed corn in the literal as well as the metaphorical sense has now become business as usual, as we consume the means of generating future sustenance in the name of present advantage. The explosion of credit boosts the phenomenon exponentially.
People on both sides of the political spectrum, under the guise of the midterm elections, are putting out feelers for the 2020 Presidential elections… History shows us that a democratic system in crisis can fall prey to demagogues with the unquestioned ability to lead a nation down to perdition.
What is wisdom? I think of it, in theory at least, as the capacity to look at a complex human social situation and arrive at a decision or course of action which is at least close to optimum for all concerned, more or less in proportion to the degree of individual involvement.
People with Korsakoff’s syndrome can be very suggestible and easily manipulated. This is also true of people with other undiagnosed memory disorders who are clinging to autonomy by denying and covering up their deficits.
Bellingham, having resolved to murder somebody in the hopes of being hanged, went to the House of Commons on May 11 intending to shoot Leveson-Gower, whom he hated, but was having second thoughts because of Gower’s sinfulness.