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  •  Unfortunately, you don't. (13+ / 0-)
    How do we get his message out to the people who only read gossip magazines?

    Until they wake up, that is.

    Usually, people are only willing to reconsider their patterns of perception and action only when there is an immediate, pressing need to do so - in the case of emergency or catastrophe.

    A majority of Americans is lazy, under-informed, apathetic. They have been brought up to be apolitical. Look at turnout in national elections.

    They will only wake up when their personal livelihood seams threatened. Solidarity is weak in a society that's been shaped by Puritanism, racism and anti-unionism.

    The cynic in me wants the Republicans to go all out on the crazy, to really, lastingly antagonize the American people...

    "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect." Mark Twain

    by aufklaerer on Fri May 06, 2011 at 01:01:52 AM PDT

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    •  it's all about the consumer goods. (38+ / 0-)

      The reason Americans have gotten fat and lazy is that they've been stuffed with consumer goods and pampered in so many ways.  

      Think of this for example:  automobiles with video entertainment systems in the back seat.   We can't seem to do much for fuel efficiency, but oh boy the kids can watch color TV as they're being driven to school (and we can't seem to keep the school buses running either).  

      Another example: electronic devices that can't be repaired, so they get thrown out and replaced with something shiny and new.   Along the way people become insipid, afraid to take things apart and figure out how they work and how to fix them.  

      Another example: house as investment rather than house as home.   Gone are the days when you might actually build something innovative or interesting or merely personally quirky in or onto your own home: it might impact the sale price.    

      And so we devolve from tool-makers and even tool-users to mere spectators of others who use tools for a price that steadily declines, eroding the perceived value of tool-using much less tool-making.  

      Yes, tool-making is a sign of an intelligent species.  

      As we now discover in certain species of crows.

      Bye-bye, birdie!

      •  So true (15+ / 0-)

        technology has been good, but completely made life more complicated with the consistent need to keep up dating equipment that can't be repaired or upgraded with someone like the old TV repair guy.  Technology is moving to fast for the average person like me to keep up and to be able to afford it.

        I'm beginning to get a built up of useless devices that are out dated within years of coming on the market, my closet looked like a junk yard for technical devices.  Next to the VCR is the printers that no longer work, the TVs that no longer work, the computers that have gone wonkey, and now with the digital TV change I'm afraid my DVD player won't work with the TV I had to purchase because my old analog TV was dying.  And I still refuse to get cable or satellite because I just can't afford another monthly payment.  Then what do I do with the converter box.  As I look at this pile of crap I want to scream when I think of what it has cost me, because prior to all this life was a little cheaper to live and less complicated.  As I try to live a simple life without all the technology and keep it to a minimum, I start to feel like I'm the new Amish, but I still have electricity.

        If you are digging yourself into a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging!

        by zaka1 on Fri May 06, 2011 at 05:23:38 AM PDT

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      •  Automation will have a curious effect on (3+ / 0-)
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        human evolution.

        Thinking of the depictions of aliens I always see of them with their enormous heads and frail little bodies. Fingers just about useless for anything but button pushing.

        This I guess, the supposed evolutionary result of living in a super-sophisticated automated world? If so, why would allowing machines to do all the work and thinking for a species result in larger brains? And how do those frail little bodies support those enormous heads?

        Wish I could come back in a hundred thousand years to see what earth and humanity, if it still exists given the damage we've done in the .02% of the first hundred thousand, looks like.

    •  Check the polls (3+ / 0-)
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      They're awake already.  The majority is also not blaming it on unions, etc.  All that shit is backfiring on the GOP, but lack of action from Obama means its backfiring on DC Dems too.

      The public knows there's a problem, the know the problem is in DC. They're just waiting for Dems to do something about it.

      When the public realizes that Obama and DC Dems aren't going to do anything to fix the economy, all hell will break loose.  IMHO, we're still very, very vulnerable to a third party candidate.

      It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. ~ Aristotle

      by Betty Pinson on Fri May 06, 2011 at 11:43:49 AM PDT

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