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The 13 Step Chump Smartener Program to Cure Stupidity

Nature provides a gift to to help all species to survive. That is the ability to correctly discern the level of danger or opportunities relevant to the present moment.. Continue reading

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Second Amendment Support is Mostly Virtue Signalling

Please understand, I am just fine with open carry and everything else the gun lobby promotes. For the individual members, this is all virtue signalling and will do very little in the way of making the country more peaceful. Lets give the gun lobby credit. There is an actual agenda and they get things done. They claim to be conservatives but all they do is related to firearms. They do have specific goals and objectives. This is evidence that they are committed to accomplishing their goals.

If the second amendment folks were devoted to bringing free market discipline to the country, violence would be reduced without the aid of carrying firearms. Free markets are the the first and only cause of peace. They reduce incentives for violence.

The fact is that gun people are almost all socialists. There is no agenda with respect to repealing laws like the Full Employment Act of 1978. To maintain free market principles, this law would have to repealed because it serves as a way to dismantle the free market system. Even Americans who constantly rave against socialism, do not dream of doing things that would bring about its demise. The standard position is to rail against traditional socialism and stand firmly behind top down socialism. There is no free market movement in the United States. The Second Amendment is mostly a safe place to park oneself when wanting to appear as part of the conservative movement.

 

 

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The Healthcare Paradox

Here is the paradox. It is working out this way just as it should given natural law and self interest. The more health insurance there is in force, the less healthcare doctors will provide.

Patients everywhere are discovering that doctors are now treating patients as if they are following a script of some kind. A doctor’s income now depends more on satisfying the needs of different insurance carriers than it comes from actually treating patients. Service from medical practices is getting worse with each passing day. Do not expect any improvement as long as a mandatory insurance law is in place.

The healthcare industry is now completely devoid of any free market influences. Guess what? Free markets are the only generators of good will that exist.

The worst possible circumstance in any market is the situation where buyers are 100% bound by free market forces and sellers are completely free from free market influences.

In the current environment a doctors spend 7 to 15 minutes with patients and rely totally on blood work and statistical models for advising patients.

The health insurance driven healthcare system is the one Americans have let their representatives adopt. It is expensive to do it that way but in days to come the biggest cost will come from lost lives.

 

 

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Do You Have a Problem?

Do you have a problem?

If you do, there are experts available to exploit your problem for a price.

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A bigger Threat Than ISIS

Are we at war with ISIS? For sure ISIS is at war with us. Unfortunately we don’t get to choose how the enemy fights. We use bombs and drones against them and they use terrorism against us.

For mid east wars it is not actually the U.S. military that is engaged. The U.S. Army as it is used today is a branch of the Army of the Deep State. The Deep State owns all of the most powerful nations and determines what fighting is done in the mid east.

U.S. troops are not actually fighting for freedom. They are fighting for corporate profits, mostly energy related.

ISIS is misguided in attacking citizens of Deep State countries. U.S. citizens, for example, have absolutely no control over what the government does. Citizens of Deep State nations do die in small numbers due to terrorism, but Americans may die in the millions if war breaks out with one or more of the non Deep State nations like China or Russia.

For years the Army of the Deep State has been the true aggressor in world military conflicts. The goals and aspirations of the Deep State are the actual cause of military and civilian casualties.

ISIS wrongly believes ordinary Americans have control over government. We must protect ourselves against terrorism regardless of the motives of the terrorists.  The true cause of casualties is the agenda of the Deep State in the mid east.

 

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How Smart is Your Doctor?

I caught myself wondering today, if medical doctors are really as smart as believed to be, why is their wisdom never shared with their patients? Perhaps they are not very smart at all.  The odds of getting a correct diagnosis from a doctor might actually be worse than getting a correct diagnosis from a total layman, like a truck driver or a janitor.

Don’t get me wrong, any doctor can diagnose something like a bacterial infection or some other malady that reaches right out and makes itself obvious. Most can sew up wounds and apply bandages. Doctors almost never diagnose conditions that are not completely obvious. Some surgeons are highly skilled in terms of cutting and sewing. That being said a routine office visit is generally a complete waste of time for anything other than getting prescriptions filled.

Am I being too harsh? In a completely moral world, people are paid in keeping with their utility to society. If medical doctors were paid what the market would bear based on natural economic forces, I wouldn’t even be writing this article.

My goal here is to smarten up chumps. The situation with physicians is similar with what I found among folks who lose fortunes in the financial markets. They don’t seem to mind if their losses result from the advice of an expert. It seems to work the same way with medicine. People don’t seem to mind dying if it happens under the care of a doctor.

So, are doctors really all that smart? I am betting not but it doesn’t really matter. A doctor who is brilliant and doesn’t use what he knows or apply it to his practice is just as bad as one who really doesn’t know anything.

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Trump and Climate Change

Donald Trump, totally by accident, did the right thing. Where do things like climate change treaties come from? Are governments around the world working tirelessly to do what is best for humanity?

We would all like to think governments act selflessly on behalf of their citizens. Instead, governments work tirelessly to accomplish the goals of their most politically powerful citizens. In all of history there has not been a government which has operated any other way.

The purpose of any world wide climate treaty is to regiment and control the general populations of all the world’s countries. Centrally controlled populations are much easier to exploit. To support a worldwide climate treaty is in essence a way of volunteering for slavery.

The fastest way to empower a world government under which ordinary citizens serve the interests of the elite class is to begin by establishing treaties, one after another, which subordinate individual nations to a higher order

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The Paradox of Stupidity

So, what paradox must we attach to stupidity? Stupidity is the cause of most suffering in the world. That is not not hard to fathom. Stupidity is the main cause of happiness in the world also. For sure stupidity is the leading source of pleasure.

When stupidity in an aggregation of people reaches the astronomical levels present in the United States today civilization can not progress forward. Notice that among the very wealthy, pleasure and happiness abound at levels best described  as giddiness.

Do not forget that suffering is the inevitable consequence of stupidity. The positive relationship between stupidity and happiness is intriguing.

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Why Stupidity Matters

Indulging in stupidity is a great coping mechanism. The universe is harsh. Pretending that the universe is a more friendly place than it is certainly makes the stay here on earth more pleasant. Indulging in stupidity is kind of like using anaesthesia when going under the knife. All of the pain takes place and the patient sleeps through the whole thing, Being stupid is kind of a way of sleeping through life. Sleep through life and you only die once. Who is to say that the stupid are any worse off than the totally aware who deal with reality just as it is for the duration of their lives?

There is a problem when stupidity engulfs entire nations. When that happens, wars start, depressions occur and people starve. The years prior to and during both world wars were times when big clouds of stupidity covered citizens of all nations. Survival depends on a minimum of three percent of a population seeing life close to how it really is.

Stupidity disappears somewhat in these periods of great suffering, but why wait? I encourage everyone to read through the Chump Smarteners 13 steps to cure stupidity.

It is o.k. to be stupid, but it needs to be on purpose. Every person deserves the choice of smartening up. The afflicted will suffer much less during the hard times which are right around the corner.

 

 

 

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The World’s Biggest Waste of Time

Conservatives and liberals tirelessly debate philosophy. Both sides imagine themselves and their political ideas as being important with respect to what is decided in the political arena. Political power determines government policy. Those with political power have complete control over lawmakers and which laws get passed. They operate completely outside the formal political system.

Nothing makes an elitist happier than having individual citizens argue among themselves as if someone is listening. Conservatives are the worst. They act as if changing minds to their way of thinking is going to turn the country in a conservative direction, just because their thoughts and opinions sound good. Despite all of the rhetoric there is not one conservative initiative in the United States today.

While the debate continues, both sides are getting their pockets picked. The only reward any of the participants get is a feeling of being right minded and being respected by peers.

So, how do folks accomplish anything through government? Find a way to work outside of the formal system. That is how your betters do it and they always get what they want.

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Fight or do What’s Right?

The relevant question is this? I the U.S. presence in the Mid-East moral? As long as we are engaged in a war when we shouldn’t be, the costs will be greater than the benefits. That is based on a principle of natural law that is a major theme in both the Old and New Testaments. I do not know of a single case in history where this principle has not held. An act that has an immoral beginning will have a negative outcome. I have no idea why natural law works but it does.
 
It is tempting to reason, that we must do what is wrong for a while to bring about circumstances where it is easier to do what is right. That is self delusion. Do what is right, always in the present moment and that always brings about the best results.
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