According to the theory put forward by Miguel Alcubierre, it is theoretically possible for a vessel to move very slowly…while at the same time (from the point of view of an outside observer) moving faster than light.
According to the theory put forward by Miguel Alcubierre, it is theoretically possible for a vessel to move very slowly…while at the same time (from the point of view of an outside observer) moving faster than light.
It was the middle of one of the worst winters in Washington, DC. Snow and ice were so deep and thick that special horseshoes (with spikes) had to be put on the horses carrying the newly elected President as his carriage moved through the city towards the platform where he would give his inaugural address.
Spikes weren’t enough.
To keep the horses from slipping and falling down, a dozen men – the strongest that could be found – walked alongside the horses to help prevent them from slipping on ice so thick that even the weight of the carriage couldn’t cause it to crack.
William Henry Harrison, at 68 years old, was determined to prove how tough he was., after the latter caught pneumonia and died just one month following his excessively long inaugural address in a cold spring rain.
As President, William Harrison would go down in American history for only two things: Having spent the shortest time in office and being the first President to die while in office.
Dubbed “His Accidency” by his detractors, John Tyler was the first Vice President to be elevated to the office of President by the death of his predecessor. A strict constitutionalist, he vetoed Congress’s effort to establish a national banking system. An act which left the nation at the mercy of for-profit banks. Over the next 80 years, this mistake would send the nation into an economic boom-bust cycle every 20 years until at last, in 1929, the entire banking system collapsed.
President Herbert Hoover, who had given a speech only weeks before the collapse that sent the entire global economy into a tailspin, refused to nationalize the banks. Instead, he did nothing while millions lost their jobs, their homes, and entire fortunes.
With tent communities pitched in cities across the nation, and even on the White House lawn, dubbed as “Hooverville”, the inaction of the Republican President, coupled with the replacement of the taxation of alcohol via the introduction a new income tax system (which heavily favored the wealthy) Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt would handily win the election simply by addressing both issues in his nomination acceptance speech, which was broadcast for the first time to the entire country.
Taxes for the wealthy went up, laws were passed banning business with the new authoritarian leaders of Germany and Japan, and Roosevelt would go on to be the longest serving President in American history. FDR worked tirelessly to get the nation back on its feet, despite the nation being plunged into a world war brought about by Adolph Hitler and the Empire of Japan.
Sadly, despite the continuing need for government to take charge of its own currency and its own financial future, Congress turned down Roosevelt’s request for a national banking system. Instead, Congress decided to try a different approach: Heavy regulation of the banks. This stablized the banks until 1980, when newly elected Republican President Ronald Reagan began demanding an end to regulations.
Over the Next 27 years, the Republican party worked tirelessly to gut and repeal all the legislation passed in the early 1930’s which was designed to keep the economy stable. At the same time, they demanded ever increasing cuts for the wealthiest corporations and individuals, with the balance of the budget being balanced on the backs of the poor and middle class.
They blamed the poor for needing housing and food assistance, while pursuing policies of gutting funding to higher education designed to help the poor learn to escape poverty. Republicans also worked to increase taxes on those who were not rich, slashed banking regulations, invented new regulations allowing corporations to sell “Junk Bonds”, and finally eliminated regulations which required solid collateral for loans.
Today, the Republican Party continues to blame the poor for needing assistance, but now they are blamed for the actions taken by Republican leaders as well.
By 2007, banks went bust again. It happened because they had openly violated what few regulations there were. Regulations which made it a crime for banks to use savings accounts to trade on the stock market or manipulate credit scores. The Republican President at the time, George W. Bush, had the perfect solution…he thought: Ignore the crimes and just pay off the debts for the banks with public money.
It didn’t matter to him that the national debt would skyrocket. This was a President who had already declared war on a nation that hadn’t attacked us in order to help his friends in the oil industry. His view was the Republican view: Never worry about money, just borrow more.
His democratic successor, Barack Obama, argued in vain for addressing the spiraling national debt…but to no avail. The Republican controlled Congress refused to consider fiscal responsibility.
What we learn from this is that Republican presidents do not care about the nations debt, and a two party system has made a one party government happen often enough that real, mandatory fiscal accountability is not likely to happen without a constitutional amendment. I propose that, since the problem is that both major parties are elected using corporate funds, that maybe its time that we took away their corporate funds. We could do this with a simple amendment ending corporate personhood.
Ending Corporate Personhood would end the stranglehold private banks have obtained over the nations future. In addition to the obvious problems that come when the government borrows its working capital every year from the federal reserve (a for-profit corporate banking company), the idea that we should pay taxes and then pay interest on the money we just paid is insane.
Clearly, the natationalization of banks might not be so bad if the government could be relied upon to manage it back to health according to sound business principles. The trouble is, that the government does not act on sound banking principals.
Perhaps we could make it so.
I propose that, in addition to sweeping aside the corporate personhood which currently controls the value of our nations currency and grants corporations the right to influence our elections (in re: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission) that we take the power of the purse away from Congress. Permanently.
I propose a fourth branch of government: The Fiscal Branch. Unlike all other members of other branches, the Fiscal Branch would be headed by someone appointed by the United States Supreme Court. Their term of office would be ten years. Like any other branch, that person could be impeached, but only for violations of the same laws which applied to members of Congress, the President, and the laws which governed business in the United States.
Any impeachment attempt for any elected or appointed member of any branch of government would require a special prosecutorial investigator appointed by the United States Supreme Court. This is to put an end the use of politics as a means of smearing any politician or appointee.
The Fiscal Branch would be charged with two responsibilities:
1: To maintain a stable economy by creating and operating a fiscally and economically sound national banking system. One that does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, gender identity, sexual preferences, or political ideology. Any attempts at the use of political pressure, or threats of any kind would be considered an act of high treason and punished to the fullest extent of the law.
2: To properly inform Congress of the annual necessary revenue, and to set the maximum annual spending amount that Congress could spend based on economic realities and the needed revenue.
Congress may still have the power of the purse, but the amount of money available to the purse should be limited to what was best for the nation.
With apologies to Bob Dylan:
This man “belongs on the pavement
Talkin’ bout the government
Cuz he got Paid off”
Look out kids, its something he did. Just like then, he’ll be doing it again.
I think we’ve all known for quite some time that the Republican party was part of the Trump/Russia scam. I mean, they’ve been bending over backwards to ignore the Constitution since the first day he was in office.
Can we really be surprised when we start finding their hands in the cookie Jar?
I strongly suggest that EVERYONE checks out THIS LINK
It says it all.
I think that its safe to say that, if we believe Trump, we are safe from Russia meddling in any American election that Trump isn’t personally running for office in. If he is, then the electoral college and Russia will work hand in glove to rubber stamp Trump as President for life…which is really the goal of the Republican party.
The GOP is, of course, fine with open admissions of violations of the law and the constitution, just so long as Trump doesn’t attack the United States, its people, and its institutions on the world stage. When he does, then they very forcefully will say “naughty naughty” before going back to ignoring anything he does.
Thankfully, Trump has a skill he developed early on in life as a professional bully. Its called lying. What he does is this: He punches you in the nose and then denies that he did it, and accuses you of lying about the blood streaming onto your face.
Trump is a man who makes me long for life as a disembodied brain aboard a spacecraft headed as far from this planet as can be reached within the limits of technology. Think a thousand light years away for starters.
The most exciting news in the last decade was the M.I.T. experiment which kept the disembodied brain of a pig alive for 36 hours.
When that day arrives, we will not only have defeated death, we will have defeated racial prejudice as well. At least, as far as the Democrats are concerned. I have a feeling that Republicans will still be looking for an excuse to look down their noses at people. It’s what they are good at, after all.
What is most interesting about the pig brain, though, is that when they made it live, it had been dead. So technically, they brought the dead back to life. I wonder: When mankind finally learns to restore extend life, will the religious nutbags who have been pointing at everyone who is different than them and saying that they need to be treated differently because of a mythological “Mark of Cain”… will those people apologize? or at least stop spouting bullshit?
We are all living beings. Treating someone because they are different may help you win the presidency, but the only thing trying to institutionalize racism will do is create chaos.
I’m reading a book now by a Doctor who researches the effect of psychedelic drugs on consciousness. I’m wondering what sort of things he might find…and whether or not there will be a version of booze or drugs for machines.
The book is by Michael Pollen and is called “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence”
As soon as I finish up on what is becoming a two part series on why America is so screwed up, I am thinking of getting into a discussion about drugs, consciousness, and the things I know about them.
Having spent some time in my youth as an amateur scientist, I have done a bit of experimenting myself.
So I know a lot
Of course, I didn’t have a lab, or the degree, but I learned a lot by doing – so I did a lot. I still do quite a lot more than people think I should…but that’s only because I need my weed. For medicinal purposes.
It helps me cope with a lot of things. Including Trump.
Politicians are for sale to the highest bidder, the will of the majority is ignored by both houses of Congress, and our voting system does not allow third parties a fair chance. Anybody who runs as a third party candidate is seen as what they are… a spoiler who wants you to split the vote and give the election to the other side.
If we are to have any hope of fixing it, its going to have to be permanent and carved in stone…so that the next batch of morons to bribe their way into office can’t just change it back. To do that requires four (4) constitutional amendments:
1: The Elimination of Corporate Personhood as a legal vehicle for corporations to interfere with the legislative process, our judicial system, or the value of our currency. Currently, corporations are able to use this principle to do all three with impunity.
Corporate Personhood, in greater detail, has been used by corporation to effectively pick and choose which politicians people vote for. Whoever wins, they win. Whoever loses, they still win. They accomplish this by backing only two major parties (The Democrats and Republicans) and then backing the candidates put forward by both – on condition that they meet certain requirements. Those requirements are always whatever political agenda that corporations wish to see accomplished during that particular election season.
Once an election is over, the real work for the “winners” begin. They are handed laws that have been written by corporate lawyers which will most benefit the particular industry (and often the corporation itself) wants to see passed. If those laws aren’t passed, elected officials find funding harder to come by during the next election season.
This has been going on since a clerical error in 1866 claimed that the United States Supreme Court had ruled corporations to have the same rights as people. Even though no such ruling had been made, the error was used as the legal foundation to GET corporate personhood established. After an actual decision by the United States Supreme Court was made decades later which provided personhood rights to corporations, they spent the next 150 years pushing for legal decision to expand those rights until finally, through the landmark Citizens United v FEC decision, corporations were handed the right to openly influence our electoral process.
Prior to this, corporations had always been forced to use back channel maneuvering techniques. But with that one decision, democracy (which was already on life support) was given its death blow.
The only way to restore democracy to a point where free and fair elections are possible would require an end to corporate personhood; clearly spelling it out for all to see and carving it into the Constitution of the United States of America:
Amendment 28: Only residents of the United States can be viewed as people under the laws of the government of the United States of America. Any resident not otherwise lawfully incarcerated may exercise the right of personhood or any attending rights. No business establishment of any form may hold or exercise the right of personhood or its several attendant rights.
a) Any rights described in this amendment previously granted to any form of business are hereby declared as privileges revokable at any time and for any or no reason by any magistrate.
b) Any business dependent on the privilege to own or distribute goods (such as firearms) or services which loses its privilege to retain ownership of said goods shall have not more than ninety (90) days to sell or otherwise divest itself of the offending goods and/or cease providing the offending services.
If you are wondering why the founders didn’t think to put that it, its probably because they never thought the nation would ever become so stupid as to think otherwise.
2: The establishment of Ranked Choice Voting. By definition, a ranked choice voting system is a process which requires more than one vote be cast. Even a simple “indicate your first, second and third choice candidate” procedure creates votes for third parties. And why should we consider this? Simple:
Elections under the single-winner district system are broken:
3: The outlawing of gerrymandering as a legal activity. Admitedly, this may require the intervention of an artificially intelligent machine to fairly draw district lines based on pure census data.
4: The restoration of the constitutional procedure for the selection of Senators. Under the original constitutional provision for the selection of Senators, they were selected from among the membership of the state legislature by members of the state legislature.
This method of selecting senators did three things:
1: It was a clear vehicle for making Senators directly accountable to their state legislature.
2: People who were unhappy with how a Senator was representing them had a way to “petition the government for a redress of grievences” outside of the normal election process.
3: Because Senators had to first establish themselves as caring about their district, and then establish themselves as caring about their state, the opportunity for them to buy their way into office with advertising dollars was strictly limited.
These steps, taken together, would increase the separation of powers intended by the original framers of the Constitution.
With the two party system we have now, the problem isn’t that my donkey beats your elephant or vice versa. The problem is that, quite often, the party of the President and the party which dominates one or both houses of congress is the same.
When the President’s party and one or both houses of Congress are all the same, what you get is effectively no different than a government of, by, and for a King.
If memory serves, the founders of the nation were rebelling against that sort of thing.
The NRA represents gun manufacturers, who have no interest in thought. They deal in death and fear and so that’s what they promote:
Be afraid of big government, your neighbor, the police, the stranger. Shoot first and ask questions later.
You never know 🙂
I’m not saying that a well thought out national red flag law wouldn’t take time to consider. Like I said, trying to pass any national law is trying to craft a one size fits all solution. That means much of the law would have to include areas that States would need to address, and make clear that the federal government expected them to address those issues.
Not all states, for example, are going to have a cop on every block. Most states don’t. For that matter, there are a lot of cities that can’t afford that kind of security anymore. Aside from the problems of funding, finding enough qualified people can be very difficult. Problems like racism are well known. Theism (the belief that one’s religion makes them superior to others, or that the lack of religion makes one subhuman) is less well known but is practiced just as often as racism. Trying to legislate religion though, is like trying to legislate skin color; it just doesn’t work.
The best we can hope for, where police are concerned, is to help multiply their eyes. In the old days, this was done by using a population with a firm grasp of the history of the nation and a solid working knowledge of the Constitution. Those days, thanks to cuts in education spending, are gone.
Classic’s like Civic’s and History were relegated to the same dust educational dustbin as basic music and art training (which improved skills like math and critical thinking.) Let’s face it: Some things are just not part of an agenda seeking an easily compliant population. Corporations want people just smart enough to run the machines, but just dumb enough to accept slave wages and not ask any questions.
Why else do you think the race is on to replace human labor with machines?
Many think that when I call for increased powers for the police, I am endangering their right to defend themselves against an overzealous government. I’m not. I’m all for a vigorous defense of an oppressive government. I just don’t think that a pistol is the best way to defend your home against a nuclear bomb dropped on it from fifty-thousand feet in the air.
Lets face it, if it gets to the point where you are looking at a tank rolling down your street, things have gone too far. Better to pull the weeds before they turn into swamp monsters the size of Godzilla than to try taking on a twenty foot tall monster with what amounts to a stick.
I am fully aware of the pressure that makes you feel the need to fight back, but we can multitask, can’t we? We can deal with the people who are not able to handle the strain of living in the 21st century…while at the same time working towards giving ourselves the tools we really need to combat what is quickly becoming an oppressive government.
It’s not hard to do. All we need to do is remember two things:
1: Having an honest discussion about situations where we do NOT want to see people holding a gun is just as important as parroting situations where we do. We do not need to create a police state to lower the number of mass shootings in America, nor do we need an unarmed population.
It bears repeating: Zero flexibility means zero thought, and zero thought is an open invitation to fascism and oppression.
2: Ending corporate personhood is the first and best way to sweep aside a government that is increasingly becoming interested in forcibly drugging children and jailing babies.
Stripping incompetent political puppets of their corporate financial support is the first and most important step towards slamming the door on outright fascism and death camps. In fact, there are two ways to do it, and the United States Constitution doesn’t include provisions for either.
If we truly wanted to “Make America Great Again”, we could and should start by talking about Red Flag laws, but that’s not where the discussion should end. If it did, it would be pointless to bother with conversation.