The Digital Revolution

Two things drive change: the ideas of man and tech breakthroughs.

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In living memory there have been three civilizing waves: the Agricultural, the Industrial and now the Digital-Electronic Wave. The changes we now experience are fast and furious and are akin to a gigantic wave that is descending on us.  It is because of this that we need new leaders, men of vision who can help us to see where we are going.  It takes men of courage to stand firm and hold a true course as we let go of the old corrupt order. We need new honest leaders to provide the balance that is essential while we negotiate what are profound changes.

Imagine a powerful sea, with large waves breaking. The force of each new wave is met by the force of the prior wave receding. At the place where the two waves meet, their force is broken into a thousand swirling eddies. Is this not what our society is experiencing right now?.
It is not the first time two powerful civilizing waves have met and wreaked havoc on society. It was the force of the Industrial Revolution that undid the old agricultural order of Kings and the Aristocrats. The difference was that in those days it was easy to see unfair advantage and inevitable that justice and fair play would go in. The world was smaller but even then the changes brought by the new industrial wave fighting an entrenched corrupt agricultural order wreaked havoc on the world.

The French Revolution was ugly.

DIGITAL WAVEAs the Industrial wave now meets the Digital Wave, the conflict is both bigger and more subtle. This is because in the industrial order it is easy for bad men to hide because of the split between the consumer and the producer. Those taking advantage have learned to steal from both producer and consumer and they have perfected the art of hiding in the middle.

When men do not act to serve the greatest good, their activities MUST be conducted in secrecy.

How do we track corruption – we go looking for the secrets.

The New World Wide Web was created free. Information is now widely available to everybody on almost every subject. The web empowers the individual, connects people and groups, but most of all it mandates transparency. Those who have bad secrets are running scared and we can know them by their efforts to curb the Freedom of Information Act and the freedom of the World Wide Web.

On a scale of one to ten any politician messing with the freedom of the Internet is INTO MONKEY BUSINESS and is a risk of ten or higher.  They will seek to hide their evil behind a screen of smoke and mirrors but keep it simple: know them by their efforts to curb the Internet. Such politicians are not to be trusted and if an audit is done of their actions and policies you will FIND BETRAYAL AFTER TRUST.

In 1913 a financial cabal persuaded Congress that they did not know enough about money, and nor did we the people. They suggested they would be better at the helm. Our economy is in confusion and disarray with too much debt and too much unemployment with the Federal Reserve to this day, still operating in an unacceptable secrecy. 

As the corrupt industrial and financial model crumbles, it is actually possible to replace the corrupt industrial order with a better culture, maybe even a golden age. This may be hard to see as the water swirls around us and the banking and corporate and military and political powers fight to maintain what has been an unfair and CORRUPT privilege. Yet we still have a chance to fix the world, a chance to keep our freedom and to get back our prosperity. This will only happen if we rise to the challenge of this election and choose good leaders. Judge your leaders by their transparency.

For those who have looked to the gravy train as a solution to survival in the digital age, they will have to find a job.  And Government will have to discover that their main function is putting America back to work.

Know that the Industrial Order could well be replaced by something far worse than what we now have, the signs of decline are out there. What we are doing is riding the digital wave on the cusp, and it is almost ready to tip over.  We can ride and command this new electronic wave, keep it free and use it to create a far better system – or we can let it crash and engulf us.

We can fail to take action, fail to elect the right new leaders and we can let the electronics that drives this new wave be used by those still in charge to spy on us, to force and control us and to trap us and knock us back into a new dark age.

Mr. X at WorkHow do we fight back? Collectively we DEMAND transparency.   Only then can we trace the puppet masters. George Soros is being exposed as Clinton’s secret handler and we will find more bad manipulators for there is not only one.

Exposing the corruption was never before considered politically correct, some of what we are discovering in Wikileaks was previously called “WHACKO” or “CONSPIRACY” Now we are finding out the truth, and it is being shown to us all in writing as we peal away the email secrets.

The truth is that we dare not fail to bring in positive reform, for if we do how will our world look?

  • The elites will continue to enjoy more and more opulence. There will be scarcity by design – all in our best interests, of course.
  • In a new super-regulated society we will find a high ratio of cops (AKA Security Officers) to every working man. They are there to protect us, of course.
  • We will begin to pay a Local Tax, a City Tax, a State Tax, a National Tax, a Federal Tax and a World Tax. This new tax is going to be introduced gradually but it will grow and grow. There will be no representation, of course.
  • The idle rich and the idle poor, both parasitic on society, will continue to collaborate to steal the fruits of the labor of the producers. There will be no fair exchange with producers of course.
  • There will be the appearance of democracy but the election process will be manipulated. There will be no freedom of course
  • The elites will be there by divine right and it will behoove us to support them, of course.
  • The one percent rich will grow richer and the ninety nine percent will grow poorer of course.

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I want to be part of things that are tangible, beautiful, and soulful, rather than just give in to the digital age. But when I talk to people about this they say, “Yeah, I know what you mean” and stare at their mobiles – Jack White
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 About the Author
Lynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) has published two books, “Politics IOU” and “Magic Money” both on Kindle.  The first is satirical about banking and the second, examines the conflict of our times, Globalism vs Patiotism. You can read more at fb Grandma Thunder – an Independent Voice or Blog/Grandma Thunder  or  Free Books by Grandma

Independence Day


Grandpa asks, “What is independence?”

There is something very wrong with the modern form of government. Demonstrating this is government’s inability to prevent wars, take effective steps in reducing unemployment, maintaining a stable currency, protecting individual liberties, or providing equal justice for all. In fact, there is hardly any area in which government succeeds, except in its own expansion and the oppression of its people. That is not how it is supposed to go. Government is supposed to serve the people, not the other way round.

How could things go so far wrong? Of course we can say that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. There is also the weakness of democracy that people tend to vote for their own benefit, rather than the greatest good. Very true, but there is something more fundamental underlying the way things are structured.

 

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America – In Loving Memory

Modern government consists of three main branches: legislative (law-making), judicial (law-interpreting) and executive (law-enforcing). What’s wrong with this system? It’s the accent on laws!

Laws are basically rules that tell you what to do and what not to do. They are rules that limit your independence. A preponderance of laws, too many laws limit freedom, and that is what has gone wrong. In the days of Moses there were just ten laws, instead of the thousands we have today, and people had trouble obeying even them!

There is the maxim that ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking the law, but even lawyers don’t know all the laws and courts are needed to interpret the laws. What chances do individuals have of not inadvertently breaking any laws?

Why this concentration on laws?  It must be that the purpose of government is not to serve the people, but to control them. And so it is. This is sad, but true. That’s not to say that all politicians are crooked, but that well-meaning politicians will have a hard time protecting our freedoms, because the system is rigged against them.

We yearn for freedom

 Set Us Free Again

For a society to function properly, some ground rules are of course necessary, but the vast majority of people are basically decent folks who will do the right thing if encouraged to do so. And the society will continue to function well if the few anti-social and criminal persons are locked up, so they can’t continue to do damage.

How to fix this faulty system? In America we have a federal government, a state government in each of the fifty states, as well as county and city governments. Instead of having all these governments trying to have us all march to the same tune, it would be a good idea if the federal government just concerned itself with having good relations with the rest of the world and that the 50 states “play nice together.” That is, to settle disputes between the states and to ensure that people can travel freely from state to state, and that each state obeys the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Within these constraints, each state should be free to make its own rules, which, in turn, should deal mainly with how to interact with the federal government and with its county governments. There should be no duplication of function between the various levels of government

Only the lowest level of government should deal directly with the individuals in its area. That way, if people don’t like the officials who represent them, they can replace them quite easily. Having governments based on these principles will greatly reduce their size and cost. In fact, there would be no need for professional politicians. Congress could be made up of volunteers who meet a few times a year to scrap outdated laws and to tweak a few laws that need to be revised.

What are the chances of replacing the current broken system with a new, more effective one? Not great, but then, the pen is mightier than the sword and if enough people start thinking in the right direction, the world can become a better place.

 Happy Independence Day!

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Quote of the Week

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity.

Thomas J Watson 

Is America the Greatest Country in the World?

The first step to solving a problem is recognizing there is one.

Why did Forbes Magazine put Stockton at the top of its “most miserable cities” for two years in a row?

The Broken City of Stockton

The Broken City of Stockton

Stockton is home to the University of the Pacific, where jazz artist Dave Brubeck once studied; it is situated in the Central California Valley, with a strong agricultural economy in what has been called the nation’s most productive agricultural region; Stockton even has a thriving port built on a channel that comes inland from San Francisco Bay. It has locally owned banks that didn’t give out loans to people who couldn’t pay them back, and these banks even remained solvent all through the downturn. With all that is positive going for it, why is Stockton a broken city and why is it on the verge of bankruptcy?

There are those in the city trying to declare bankruptcy. In the Private Sector when a company goes bankrupt it can wriggle out of not only its its debt, but its pension obligations and perhaps this looks like an attractive option. Up until now municipalities have not been able to o this but Stockton spends $30 million a year to pay its pension liabilities, money going to workers who are now long gone.

What concerns Grandma is that it is the Taxpayers that are expected to fund this liability.

Here is a true story:

In late 2008 Grandma & Grandpa were visiting Stockton for a mobile gallery staying overnight at a motel. In the new morning Grandpa returned to the motel room with his eyes as big as saucers.  “The van is there,” he said, “but the trailer has gone.”  Criminals had cut the trailer from the van and stolen it in the early hours of the morning.

Grandma asks you to look at  Stockton as the microcosm that represents the macrocosm that is America today.  Is what is ruining America a strange kind of mindset that demands something for nothing?

The Picture Lady Home Products in the trailer were unique and couldn’t be found in Stockton. This had been established by survey.  Then, too, all the products had been photographed there was a full (in color) photographic record of the inventory in the stolen trailer. It should have been easy for the police (if they were doing their job) to locate the stolen goods. Grandma with the help of a friendly clerk had these photos put on the police Intranet.

Then she called the supervisor in charge of the case (theft of the trailer)

The supervisor didn’t bother to call back.  After several failed efforts to reach him, she finally got him on the phone. . Explaining the situation, she told him all he had to do was  go to the swap meets on the weekend where it would be easy to identify the stolen product – it was after all different.   This would lead him to the stolen trailer and the criminal.

“Can’t be done,” said the supervisor.

Grandma’s eyes narrowed “and why not?”

“I don’t work on the weekend.”

“Excuse me!”

Grandma was flabbergasted.  She was in the private sector working 24/7 which she had done for twenty years. She was also over seventy years old.

“I work only Monday through Thursday,” he said smugly.

So Grandma contacted the Stockton chief of police hoping that he would get his junior to do his job.

“I am so sorry I can’t help you,” said the chief. His tone indicated he was not sorry.

“You don’t have anybody handling stolen goods.”

“Not any more, Mam., they had to close the department,” he said. “Taxes are down.” It was a make wrong.

She was close to tears. Losing all that inventory was likely to close her business down.

She asked just one last question,” “As a matter of interest, what are your hours Sir? I have been trying to reach you also for a couple of weeks.”  (Not much luck, for she knew that after all this delay the inventory would be long gone)

“You can always reach me but only on a Tuesday to Friday,” he said smugly.  “I also don’t work on the weekend.”

City employees have a cushy job that is funded by the taxpayers contributions and they have this while they are working, but it gets even better after they retire. Municipal pensions are typically 50% or more of the salary they were earning when working. The average pension paid out per ex city worker per year (including those working for much less than a full career) is a generous $31,653; and then they also get Social Security after age 65.

Grandma tells this story because she wants you to see the similarity to the nation. With a lot still so much that is positive going for it, why is America on the verge of bankruptcy?  Is it the free-loaders that are taking America down? It seems to Grandma that the rich and the idle poor now both live off the efforts of the middle class producers.  Of even bigger concern is how long we and our children will enjoy freedom if too many of us have lost the will to work?

Take three minutes out of your busy life and watch this video: 

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 Quote of the Week

“The first challenge to solving a problem is recognizing there is one.” Carla Sequist

 

Rhetoric

Grandpa on How to Filter Out the Noise

“Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.” – Plato 

 My dictionary defines rhetoric as, “Language with a persuasive or impressive effect, but often lacking sincerity or meaningful content.” This is something to be mindful of during this time of election fever.

Some decades ago, I read a small paperback book that had a profound influence on how I saw things in life and my response to rhetoric. Entitled, Straight and Crooked Thinking, by Robert H. Thouless, this book put forward the concept that people are often swayed more by the emotional content of speech than its logical content.

Straight and Crooked thinking Book CoverFor example, someone who does not change his mind might be called steadfast by his friends, or pigheaded by his opponents. Someone who does change his mind easily could be called unbiased by some and fickle by others.

While speech without emotional content is boring, we should not be fooled by emotionally charged words, but instead extract the essence of what is being said. Add to that an alertness for generalities and distortion of facts and many times you will conclude that very little of substance has been said.

Had the Germans followed this advice in the 1930s, when listening to Adolf Hitler, there probably would not have been a World War II.

I highly recommend this little book. It is a good antidote against mob mentality. It has been out of print for some time, but is now again available. You can order it from Amazon here: Straight & Crooked Thinking