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A View From the Edge

Dark side of free viral media

I get asked, “How can the paper afford you…” Good question since they don’t (and shouldn’t) pay anything (including a free paper.) Ah, you wonder, thinking of the hours and research, then why’s he doing it? Let’s put this in today’s jargon: I get the benefit of cross-platforming, expanding reach and viral media response, expanding my platform. I should. I don’t.

Lights at night must not be so bright

If you swap out one street light from incandescent or sodium to LED, and turn it’s intensity down deep into the night, you can save the town $25 a year. I swapped all my household lightbulbs to LED this last year. My electricity bill has dropped $30 a month. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? Translate to a town’s whole street light bill and the town could save a couple of thousand per month. So far, so good, right?

The real world: a brief update

In these times, it has become clear we need to look out for each other. Charity is up (thankfully), food programs are expanding, neighbors are helping neighbors. In our household, at least six working days a month are devoted to just helping neighbors. Me? Other than time, one thing I can do is share information — information the mainstream, advertising-managed media may not be giving you.

The (new) race to the moon

A non-funded mandate to go to the moon undertaken with a flourish of a worthless pen notwithstanding, the actual science and governmental programs already underway around the world are likely to see moon landings within the year. What? You didn’t know? Of course not, because the news you get is filtered down to marketing platforms meant not to fill your head, leaving room for medical remedies you must desperately want to pester your doctor about.

What’s going on in the real world these days

In these times, it has become clear we need to look out for each other. Charity is up (thankfully), food programs are expanding, neighbors are helping neighbors. In our household, at least six working days a month are devoted to just helping neighbors. Me? Other than time, one thing I can do is share information — information the mainstream, advertising-managed media may not be giving you.

Self-preservationists know, signs are everywhere

As a child, you learn to recognize the signs confronting you. You look up at the sky and see clouds rolling in, grey clouds, and you know to leave the field before a downpour. On the playground, you see a bunch of kids gathering, see their body language, their peering over at you or your group and are forewarned that conflict is about to begin.

Spinoffs from society

The computer age is enabling workers to mask deficiencies (like spelling) and odd work times behind productivity and work-load achievements. Sitting at home, an over-65er who can’t sleep anyway and tomorrow’s young work force can both catch up on paperwork, statistics, sales, whatever, and transmit the results over the internet. Up to today, the measure of the output of a worker (productivity) was set against piecework standards or office overhead. Soon pay will be linked to company profit. 

Lies pretending to be truth are common

In the United States, we have a two-party system. No, we don’t. We have Libertarians, Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, Peace & Freedom, Independence, Tea Party, Socialist, Christian Liberty, Citizens Party, Communist, Constitution, and another 40 or so. It is generally accepted that Congress is a two-party governing body, but tell that to the Tea Party or the Freedom Caucus.  The system may be two-party, but the individual members are clearly not in any sort of agreement or moral positions.