Posts Tagged ‘politicians’

Our Psychopathic Government

After reading The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronsom, which among other things, investigates whether psychopaths are running the world.

I decided to do my own “research” and see what score our government representatives (as a whole) would get on the Hare checklist.

First I’m not a doctor or qualified to give the test ( I just did it for entertainment). Second I didn’t rate each person individually. I just took congress as a whole and went through the checklist.

I ended up giving our elected politicians a scored 31 (to be diagnosed as a psychopath you need a score of 30 or more). I would be interested to see what score you ended up giving them.

After my 2 minutes of research I have concluded that if the most powerful country in the world is run by a psychopathic group then, as a whole, the world is run by psychopaths!

There are 20 traits on the checklist. To score you give either 0, 1, or 2 points for each item (0 for not at all, 1 for applies somewhat and 2 definitely fits).

The twenty traits assessed by the PCL-R score are:
glib and superficial charm
grandiose (exaggeratedly high) estimation of self
need for stimulation
pathological lying
cunning and manipulativeness
lack of remorse or guilt
shallow affect (superficial emotional responsiveness)
callousness and lack of empathy
parasitic lifestyle
poor behavioral controls
sexual promiscuity
early behavior problems
lack of realistic long-term goals
impulsivity
irresponsibility
failure to accept responsibility for own actions
many short-term marital relationships
juvenile delinquency
revocation of conditional release
criminal versatility

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Nuclear Power

I have always been against Nuclear power.  I have yet to hear an argument for nuclear power that makes sense if you really think about it.

Nuclear power is cheaper, really? The Congressional Budget Office reported in May 2008 that the actual costs of building 75 of the existing nuclear power plants in the U.S. exceeded industry quoted estimated by more than 300 percent. The industry, in other words, reported average construction costs for these plants at $45.2 billion (in 1990 dollars) but the facilities ended up costing $144.6 billion (in 1990 dollars). This increased their construction costs from $938 per installed kW to $2,959 per installed kW. That doesn’t include the cost to “store” the waste, which is billions to build the storage site and I don’t even know how to begin to calculate the cost of the man power it will take to guard it for a million years.

Nuclear power makes up about 22% of our electricity and a government study said that Americans could cut the amount of electricity we use by 25% through conservation.

Nuclear power is cleaner? Not really.  Even though nuclear power produces no CO2. Only 7% of world C02 comes from U.S. coal, oil, and gas plants; and worldwide, CO2 represents only half of the problem. Nuclear power does nothing to reduce the other greenhouse gases such as methane, chlorofluorocarbons, halons, etc. Increasing gas mileage on our vehicles is a far better and faster way to reduce CO2.   What a nuclear power plant does produce are spent fuel rods, which are poisonous and dangerous for over a million years.

Nuclear power is safe? Let’s look at history to answer this one. Chernobyl, 3 mile island and now Japan. 3 major accidents since 1960 (Dresden 1  designed by General Electric was started) wouldn’t be so bad if the potential for a large number of deaths and wide area of contamination wasn’t present. According to a 1982 study done by Sandia National Laboratories, a severe (but not necessarily “worst-case”) nuclear power accident in Illinois would result in deaths in the tens-of-thousands, casualties and latent cancers in the hundreds-of-thousands, and property loss in the tens-to hundreds-of-billions of dollars.

Making tons of nuclear waste that will be dangerous for a million years is irresponsible. It is foolish to think we can safely  store nuclear waste for that long. That’s much longer than modern mankind has been around. Just a look at how much the world has changed in the last 2,000 years, then tell me how we can predict what will be safe for a million years.

Nuclear power is big business and they have spent around $700 million on lobbying at the federal level in the last decade. It seems to me that once again our politicians are being bought to push an unnecessary and dangerous business and to hell with what’s right.

Please contact your representative (to find yours go to: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml) and tell them to say no to nuclear power.

Instead of subsidizing nuclear power with billions of dollars they could take that money and hold national raffles to put solar panels on homes and buildings.

American Conspiracies by Jesse Ventura

This book was a really nice surprise. I’m not a huge fan of conspiracies nor am I a fan of Jesse Ventura. However, after seeing an interview with Jesse on Larry King I thought I would read the book, the interview piqued my interest.

The book is filled with some very interesting, and lesser known, facts. Facts that I think should be more widely known. Even though the book failed to convince me of all the conspiracies it did make me stop and think, which is never a bad thing for people to do. One of the biggest surprises was that the same “groups” kept coming up throughout the book from trying to overthrow FDR to the wall street mess and beyond.

Since everyone knows that power corrupts, why do we believe those in power so easily?

Overall I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. And Three cheers for Smedley Darlington Butler!

Change (I Want To See)

Our politicians don’t seem to represent the average person in the U.S. anymore. They are worried more about keeping their jobs than they are about doing their jobs. (Don’t they always accuse each other of being out of touch with the real America?)

I have come up with a solution that I think will refocus their (politicians) attention back to doing their job (and keeping them in touch) and in the process will fix the economy and bring back the attitude that made America great.

Since our politicians are suppose to represent us, shouldn’t their pay also be representative of ours? In 2007, the median household income rose 1.3% to $50,233.00 according to the Census Bureau. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Household_income_in_the_United_States).

My plan is simple, politicians get paid based on the median income. Right now the current salary (2010) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year. Senate Leadership:
Majority Party Leader – $193,400 Minority Party Leader – $193,400. House leadership: Speaker of the house $223,500 Majority Leader – $193,400 Minority Leader – $193,400. (http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/congresspay.htm).

I know they will argue that better pay gets better people (same argument big business CEO’s make). There is a difference between good pay and over pay. Seems to me that the latter gets greedy people not good people. Remember the saying: Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I also believe that those who seek power are those most likely to abuse it.

There is also the argument that they (politicians) need to live in D.C. and back in their home state. Well to this I say “Barracks” or some other type of basic government housing and for traveling back and forth I say “Coach” tickets or the upgrade comes out of their own pocket. Remember they are really just “public servants” who suffer from delusions of grandeur.

I will no longer listen to or believe their hype: “The other party is destroying or will destroy America”.  “That candidate is a Washington insider and will continue abusing the system”.  “I am an established politician who knows how to work with the system”.  “This election is the most important election”.  And for post elections, one of my favorite”, ” the people have given us a mandate”, (there are many more).

I know that there is no way they will take a pay cut and I know they will do what it takes to keep their jobs (and not really do their jobs). I also know that the greatest thing about America is that the real power is in the hands of the voters. So if enough of us get together we can change our world. I myself have taken a personal oath that I will no longer vote for any politician that has had 3 terms or more. And if I don’t like the candidate of the other “major party” there is always a 3rd party candidates to consider.

If a politician’s pay was tied to the median income the middle class would start to grow. The economy goes as the middle class goes. To quote Henry Ford: “There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible”. Once when asked why he pays his workers so much Henry Ford replied, “someone has to be able to afford my products”.

Throw Away Vote (Take the Poll)

 

Normally, one would think that its not the right time for this post. In Minnesota (as of today) the Senate race still isn’t settled, which is part of the reason I’m writing this. A couple weeks ago, at a party, a friend mentioned that he voted for the “third party candidate” and someone commented that he threw his vote away. Over the years I too have been told that I’ve thrown my vote away just because I didn’t vote for either of the “main candidates”. Like my voting for candidate “C” made candidate “A” lose to candidate “B”. To that I say Bull!  If they don’t earn my vote they don’t get my vote (but I still vote). So I thought I would say here in this post what I have been telling people for years. I believe that everyone who is eligible to vote should vote (there really are no excuses). The only votes that are thrown away are the ones not cast. If you don’t like the democrat or the republican candidate then don’t vote for them,  if you don’t like anyone else on the ticket (“third party”),  write a name in. The more votes third party candidates or write ins get the stronger the message is to the main parties that we are not happy with them and that they need to change. In my opinion it’s time for the politicians to put the people above the politics of their party. If they do not and if everyone would exercise their right to vote, Mickey “Freakin” Mouse (or some other fictional character) might end up winning a few elections (I would like to see the candidates explain that one).

 

Definitions

Definitions of a few words I think we and our public servants should read to refresh our memories. These are words that Politicians use to divide and manipulate us.

Conservative: Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change.

Liberal: Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry. Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded.

Moderate: Opposed to radical or extreme views or measures, especially in politics or religion.

Activist: Of, relating to, or engaged in activism.

Activism: The theory, doctrine, or practice of assertive, often militant action, such as mass demonstrations or strikes, used as a means of opposing or supporting a controversial issue, entity, or person.

Then there is the word politician (the reason the world is a mess).

Politician: 1. One who is actively involved in politics, especially party politics. One who holds or seeks a political office. 2. One who seeks personal or partisan gain, often by scheming and maneuvering: “Mothers may still want their favorite sons to grow up to be President, but … they do not want them to become politicians in the process” (John F. Kennedy). 3. One who is skilled or experienced in the science or administration of government.

This last word I think is the most important one.

Compromise: A settlement of differences in which each side makes concessions. The result of such a settlement.

After reading these definitions feel free to email them to you public servants, or, as they like to be called, ”leaders of the free world”.

Definitions taken from the American Heritage talking dictionary.