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It is good that steps were taken by The US early on to prevent the spread of Corona Virus, steps such as a ban on travel from China. I think such efforts will lead to a return to routine lifestyles and improving economic activity sooner than later. There is clearly a lot of cooperation within the government at all levels along with industry.

I think we should do this more often, minus the virus. Not so much as shut everything down but simply stop normal production for a period of a week or so. Here is why. I live near a watershed, a large area of tall marsh grasses and vegetation that a river runs through. It is a travel route for all kinds of animals with birds in particular and they are in there making more noise than I ‘ve ever heard them make in several years. There are flocks of birds everywhere.

The drop in the combustion of fossil fuels that has resulted from the decrease in travel and commuting has cleared the air of a lot of pollution. I think the animals recognize the improvement in the air quality and perhaps the drop in human activity and they are as a result very active. I walk along the river and jog there and I have never heard it this active. Geese, water birds, ducks, song birds are flying in various flocks.

There seems to be an awful lot of the dramatization of events in the media concerning things that are happening with the Corona Virus and I hope policy is not being determined by media sensationalism, such as the government over-reacting to something based on what they think the public is thinking based on a story that has been dramatized, media dramatizations skewing government responses, particularly in a negative manner.

So I think there is something to learn from that. If the timing was planned, sort of like a vacation for everyone, it could be like a vacation for the planet as well. Wherever you were at that time, you had to stay there and wait for the seven days to be up and then normal travel would resume, you could get on a plane and fly home if you were somewhere else, vacationing or maybe work related, and things would start right back up again.

Yeah Bill, that’ll go over just great.

Just sayin’, that’s all. Just sayin’.

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You know what I don’t get, when the price of oil goes up, USPS, FedEx, and UPS all claim they need to raise rates. And boy do they!

But when the price of oil goes down, way down, like recently, USPS, FedEx, and UPS rates don’t go back down, do they?

It’s not like all of their major inputs, resources, go up in price. Their primary cost aside from labor is fuel. So, it is understandable for them to raise rates when fuel goes up in price. But when they raise rates when fuel costs go down, such as during this Corona Virus Pandemic, well then you have to question how genuine they really are.

Not even do USPS’s rates go down. That’s your good ole quasi-government agency for you bilking the consumer. $80 to return a package that weighs 7lbs and has dimensions of 24/14/14. Ridiculous. Greed. US Postal service greed. I look forward to the day when they all use electric vehicles so we don’t have to put up with the fossil fuel system of greed and bs. It should lend stability to the economy and the two-bit no-talent management screams around the world about the cost of oil can be done away with so real, talented managers can run the businesses profitably instead of relying on Saudi Arabia and OPEC to screw the American consumer for them.

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Biden’s delegate lead isn’t the result of a majority of voters favoring his platform. Party politics (party bosses) merely intervened and told several candidates to get out of the race “now” (did you see that, they all bowed out within 24hrs) and those candidates were told to endorse Biden so that their supporters would be forced into Biden’s camp when prior, most probably would not have voted for Biden.

Biden is now in the lead because of party machinations, not because the public wants to vote for him.

If I could liken it to anything you might come across in real life, to me it is the classic bait and switch as enacted by The Democratic Party. You see an ad, go to the store, and find out that the product in the ad isn’t the same piece of you-know-what that’s in the store.

Originally, the democratic debate stage was full of candidates with completely disparate positions and platforms on a large number of issues. The debates themselves were lively and full of ideas that ran the full spectrum of political belief. Biden seemed to be the only candidate without any new ideas or profound solutions to the country’s problems. AND he was losing all of the debates and caucuses.

But suddenly now we are supposed to believe/accept he is in the lead? What gives? And you were worried about the Russians meddling in US elections.

Now that the party has told the other candidates to bow out, Biden is the de facto leader when there were other candidates with a solid lead prior. Not that I favor all of the other candidates compared to Biden, but that is what just happened, practically overnight. Practically overnight half of the country’s voting population just re-evaluated its entire belief system we are to accept. Yeah, right.

What just happened is the absence of democracy. We are living in a vacuum of democracy today.

Or, “How modern party politics has signified the end of democratic participation.”

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Workers’ Compensation Claims Decline In States With Medical Marijuana, Study Shows

Well if that’s not good for business, then I don’t know what is. Legalization has been found to increase workplace creativity and performance and now this. So why are politicians dragging their feet? Must have something at stake other than the public’s best interest.

Click on the following link:

Workers’ Compensation Claims Decline In States With Medical Marijuana, Study Shows

Now, before I start, I’d like to say that I once worked right across the street from where they used to stage the Oscars and we’d all stay late at work to watch the parade of actors and actresses walk into the theater. That was in the 80’s. It was something to see.

That being said:

I’m not watching the Oscars tonight because I think a lot of what Hollywood is putting out nowadays is just propaganda, plain and simple.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Hollywood has almost always been about propaganda. When there is a world war on, Hollywood is there fighting along with the rest of the country. When there is a national crisis, Hollywood is there, often making an incredible profit, and that’s a good thing. Hollywood has always been about propaganda, to be sure, and profit, which is good.

Hollywood has even more so been about propaganda than it has been about entertainment for much of its existence. Hollywood was still killing The American Indian in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, long after America had stopped, stopped killing the American Indian in an overt sense, anyway.

But these days the propaganda emitting from Hollywood seems to me to be aimed more at Americans than anything else. Often Hollywood sets its sights on the individual I’d have to say, too.

Americans with lifestyles Hollywood doesn’t find “fashionable” are often ridiculed directly or indirectly in contemporary films. People with ideologies that don’t fit the mainstream are portrayed as backwards or perhaps even anti-social, and all the time Hollywood is making buckets and buckets of money on such portrayals, except at tax time when most studios of course claim a net loss on even the most successful films.

Yet, Hollywood claims to be and portrays itself as the most liberal industry in the country and accepting of everyone, including those with conservative ideologies and those who believe in individualism and conservatism, such as myself, as opposed to collectivism.

After watching film after film this year, many not originating in Hollywood, I have to say that I’m not buying it and that’s why I’m not watching the Oscars. I know what I like and I don’t need a bunch of cherry picking posers and socialists to tell me what it is.

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Many believe that socialism is the best antidote to unfettered capitalism. I am not so sure that is the case. Instead, I believe the best way for the larger public to benefit from the fruits of capitalism is through proper regulation.

One of the things you will hear one party suggest during campaigns is that there is too much regulation, that government is too big.

I would agree that government is involved in way too many activities, primarily too many social welfare activities. But candidates who know they can gain in the polls will conflate the various types of regulation in order to attract voters.

Regulation and the regulation of industry in particular and the products and the byproducts of industrial production such as the regulation of industrial waste and where it ends up whether it be in our water or air and how it affects the population who pay taxes to that government is indeed one of the most important activities of government.

Many such regulations are costly for business which is why you hear candidates practically chanting that we need to end all regulation. That’s where they are wrong. Some such matters may be subject to over regulation and regulations that are founded on faulty science, but there is little more important to the public than clean drinking water and breathable air. One only needs to look at pictures of people walking on the streets of Beijing, China with air filters on their faces because of the smog or many urban centers here in The US where people are afraid to drink the tap water.

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