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August 23, 2013

To Flouride, or not to Flouride… that is the question

I’ve really been trying to keep out of the political rants over the last months… But recently there has been a lot of crap coming up that just makes me shake my head… Why do we have to be in everyone elses lives?

Okay, so what sparked this? Portland, Oregon. If you spend any amount of time following the news I’m sure you’ll soon hear about Portland rejecting flouride being added to their water supply. Doesn’t sound like a big deal huh? Yeah, it’s not.

I follow Ars Technica because sometimes they have an interesting perspective into the world of technology… You see, Ars is a part of a much larger network, that at one point I tried to join, but didn’t really put much effort into it. Ars Technica is a part of a large blogging network of amateur writers that includes some 30ish blogs where amateur bloggers are paid between $5 and $20 per article they submit in their given genre.

Anyways, being that Ars is the science genre of this blogging network they get a lot of “science as a religion” types that kinda just repeat what “all the cool science kids are saying” to be cool and sciency… So, when Portland rejected, yet another measure to add flouride to their water ars published an article from one of these science as a religion types that starts by saying “The treatment of drinking water with trace amounts of fluorine has a clear, positive effect in preventing tooth decay, and extensive studies (including some cases where water sources are naturally high in fluorine) have indicated that the levels used in water supplies have no adverse effects on health.”

These people have a very different definition of “clear” than myself though… Oregon published a health report on the rate of tooth decay in areas with flouride added to their water, and areas that do not.

53.7% of the kids in the non-fluoridated areas had one or more cavities
52.03% of kids in fluoridated areas had one or more cavities
47.81% of kids in the Portland water district (which is currently fluoride-free) had one or more cavities

Now, I’m not that into statistics… but I believe depending upon population, vs. number of those studied (which was far lower than the population) a 1.67% difference is essentially a tie in terms of the benefits of flouride in the water… not a clear positive effect… And so what if those apposing the bill are focusing on the trace amounts of impurities in the sodium flouride being used… Personally I don’t see any “clear” benefit to adding flouride to their water… and guess what I don’t live anywhere near Portland, so why would I spend so much time berating them for rejecting a “potential health risk” for something that obviously does not have clear health benefits… sounds like an extra cost to the people with absolutely no clear documented benefit.

October 5, 2012

Cycle of Liberty

There is a cycle to liberty… And right now I think we’re witnessing a race for the kingdom. Democrats and Republicans are racing their “ponies” to see who can capture the throne of America. America will probably only live another 200 or so years… those 200 years will most likely be under a tyranny of one form or another. In an attempt to pay back our insane debt a dictator will arise, forcing us into a system of labor that produces the most for the state. That will most likely also translate into forced military time and constant war (not that we’re not already in constant war). People will get tired of being controlled and we will most likely see a dark ages for a time (well I won’t necessarily see it, I’ll probably be dead… maybe) and then we’ll have an enlightenment period where the cycle will begin anew. The following I did not write, but backs up my claims:

Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: “A democracy is always
temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent
form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until
the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”

“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the
beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200
years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.”

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in
St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning
the last Presidential election:

Number of States won by: Obama: 19 McCain: 29
Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000
McCain: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million
McCain: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:
Obama: 13.2 McCain: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory
McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens
of the country. Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare…”

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the
“complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of
democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population
already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase.
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million
criminal invaders called illegal’s – and they vote – then we can say
goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.

September 9, 2012

Get insured quick!

Well, the time when we will all be required by law to have health and dental insurance insurance is quickly approaching. If like me you’re not looking forward to your taxes going up as a result of being responsible with your money and having a health savings account instead of wasting money on insurance, but now must waste money on insurance… well you’re not alone and many millions of responsible Americans are being punished for their responsible nature. That’s the world we live in, a world of credit, debt, and as the irresponsible sink in their “now” attitude the responsible get sucked under into the mud by legislation designed to allow the responsible live irresponsibly for the rest of their lives, putting the bill on their children, and the children of their children. I’ve tried explaining this to a lot of people before… most of them completely fail to grasp the concept though… Or get past the rhetoric of our debt infused society to see the light of day. Insurance is debt. Insurance companies have tens of thousands of employees, and CEO’s that make millions of dollars… where do you think that money comes from? If you pay $500 a month (which I understand is pretty low, but it’s hypothetical) for health insurance do you expect that company to pay out the same amount, or more than you pay in? Of course not… how could they? They’ve got bills of their own, and thousands of paychecks to fill, so most of your money is already gone. If you took that same $500 a month and put it into a savings account within one year you would have over $6,000 in the bank. That would continue to grow with interest after two years you could have $15,000 in the bank, and in 5-10 years you can have a self funding health insurance policy. Can you imagine what you could do with an extra $500 in the bank every month? Insurance is just another way to keep you chained down struggling paycheck to paycheck to keep afloat… just like debt does… so why would you ever voluntarily choose slavery?

September 5, 2012

Ignorance is bliss…

Everybody is hypocritical, generalizing hypocrisy to a group of millions of people, while ignoring that group is made of millions of people, with millions of opinions is ignorance plain and simple. It happens on both sides of the coin, many conservatives claim to be pro-life but then push for wars that kill hundreds of thousands, and ruin many millions more lives. Republicans often use the “Conservative” label, but then there are those like Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney who push for more government, bailouts, and a continued unrestricted run of the Fed.

Groups are made up of individuals, each individual has their own personality, their own life experiences, and their own perspective. They may join a group for one reason or another, but groups can both be powerful and dangerous. With a group you can echo your voice louder than you ever could alone. However groups are often used as a way to generalize and dehumanize others so you don’t have to feel bad about yourself as you mock them, belittle them, and oppress them. Be careful how you view others, especially when you’ve dehumanized them to this or that ignorant label.

I also want to keep up with reviews, otherwise I’ll fall so far behind it’ll be impossible to catch up. Hoover MaxExtract Dual V Carpet Cleaner Review is a new one I’ve written recently. It’s actually different than others I’ve done before 😛 I don’t know how much longer I’ll be keeping this up… Probably not gonna do four vacuum cleaner reviews a day, I’ll still keep up with four updates on here a day, and try to catch up with my other sites on the reviews. I will probably get back to coding on AnimationCoalition.com before long.

September 4, 2012

Did you know that a vote for someone, is a vote for that person?

It seems odd to most people these days, or somehow foreign but if you support a candidate for office, you’re supporting that candidate! When I talk to my fanatic democrat friends (otherwise known as Goldman-Sachs Team Blue) they complain that a vote for Ron Paul, or Gary Johnson is a vote for Romney, but my fanatic republican friends (Goldman-Sachs Team Red) say that it is a vote for Obama. So I have to wonder… who came up with this logic? How did they come to this logic? If a vote for someone other than a Goldman-Sachs candidate is both a vote for Romney, and a vote for Obama… is it really a vote for either of them? Wouldn’t my dual vote cancel itself out eventually? So I ask again, who came up with the logic that a third party vote is a vote for both of the mainstream candidates? Obviously the only answer is who has the most to lose, the obvious answer is the big bankers and corporations that benefit so much from the “two” party system. I just wonder why so many people freely go along with this flawed logic.

In other news I reviewed the Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge… again. Lol, didn’t notice it until today, but I had reviewed this Hoover SteamVac before… even more reason to do more intense reviews, with a test rig that I can show exactly what each vacuum cleaner leaves behind, under the carpet. I was thinking of building a rig that has carpet mounted with a border of plywood, on a layer of plywood… that way I can lift away the carpet and show the padding and under layers. I could also weigh the test dirt before hand, and afterwards to see how much gets left behind. I was thinking of using a cup of flour (it’s very fine and similar to house dust), several strands of thread (to simulate human hair), some fishing line (same deal, human hair simulator), then some stuff to really tear up the vacuum and test its limits… like small nails, pennies, and sand. I can use intense bright lights to show any dust accumulation in the air. Of course I’ll do it on video, it’ll add consistency, and prevent duplicate reviews.

Clint Eastwood Follow Up Conversation

Jordan M Mackey You do realize that by supporting a person that isn’t running. And the candidate that was actually recognized and nominated by the Republican party you’re essentially supporting four more years of Obama…?

Cody Elliot Sortore You know that by supporting someone you’re supporting that person? The only reason I’d vote for Romney is that he’s the greater of two evils in the two evils race. If the goal is to push for socio-economic collapse faster, then Romney is your man. If you’d like to prolong the doldrums as long as possible until the collapse is inevitable then Obama is your man. If you’d like to see a recovery before a complete collapse, well then you’re kinda SOL.

Romney wasn’t nominated by the Republican party, the nomination process was circumvented because the vote would have been too close between Romney and Paul. Since they’ve been promoting Romney as the “winner” for the last several months, anything but a shut out would have made “them” look dumb… so they changed the rules with an audible vote that every reporter called in as “too close to call” saying they’d have to go to a paper vote to count the votes to see who won… it was then announced that with a “clear aye vote” for the rule changes they would be proceeding.

The feeling this time around is a bit somber for me… I know that there is no way to get a “liberty” candidate elected. But there is a part of me that knows that is part of the plan. I think a full on socio-economic collapse is the only way things will get better (I’m too exhausted to put all the ideas down as to why… but you can start by reading the book of Habakkuk) . I’ll write a post at some point clearifying my position… I am currently working on writing four posts a day on six of my most profitable blogs (24 posts a day) so my brain is a bit fried right now.

I know a lot of people feel like you do Jordan… hence the melancholy promotion of Romney by Clint Eastwood. I know for a fact from what Clint Eastwood has said in the past, that he doesn’t agree with many of Romney’s positions… he even voiced some of those disagreements during his performance at the RNC. But he feels let down by Obama, and like you feels like there are only two horses in the race… he just hopes that the Romney horse is better than the Obama horse that has been weighed, measured, and found lacking.

Too many people believe that it’s a two horse race… to revamp this false belief I think a full on government reset will be necessary. In order for that to happen we’re going to need about a generations worth of “meet the new boss, same as the old boss” we’ve already had 30 years of it, so all we need is 20-40 more years of more of the same candidates 10x the GDP in debt and absolute hopelessness and despair… then we can have a “dark ages” style financial collapse where all forms of government, and corporatism are shunned… then we can finally have an American Renaissance that brings another era of peace and prosperity.

You do realize that voting for Goldman-Sachs (Romney’s number one campaign contributor) you’re really voting for Goldman-Sachs (Obama’s number one campaign contributor). If Goldman-Sachs doesn’t think that any change will come about from either candidate, why should we?

Jordan M Mackey Its not a feeling its logical fact… You’re pretending like Ron Paul would ever actually have a chance in hell. Its politics you must have some allies and be willing to compromise. Ron Paul is his own island and yes a bunch of hippies follow him, but politics require money and business support and he rallies against both of those things. So yes Romney may not be perfect, but at least has experience with running a business, a budget and busting through red tape to get things done.

Cody Elliot Sortore So you’re voting for Goldman-Sachs team red because Romney ran a business? Some of what you said is true, he has experience with manipulating a budget to make a profit for himself and other top executives while his bank (sorry, he didn’t run a business, he ran a bank) bleed money. He does have experience busting through the red tape, especially that of taxes, because only the poor should have to do ridiculous things like pay taxes. Ron Paul rallies FOR money, and against faux currency… didn’t you just post an article at how you were shocked that the unaccountable, unrestricted printing press gave away 16 Trillion “dollars” to their friends? Ron Paul also rallies for businesses to be able to compete in a free market… this is exactly what big businesses and corporations are alway saying they want. Of course they don’t actually want the restrictions to be lifted as that would mean more competition, and the ability for small businesses to succeed simply by building and marketing better products, or being more environmentally responsible. I guess it’s a bit flattering to say that Romney ran a bank… if it were a bank instead of an “investment company” he would of been under more scrutiny and had to of had some accountability in how he managed things.

Clint Eastwood’s promotion of Ron Paul (well… sort of… not really)

Sometimes polls and pundits are wrong… When you have to change the rules of your convention to get your bought and paid for chosen candidate in office rather than a wild card 77 year old man who would have been swept into position by a loyal following… well, you might want to reevaluate your polls that had been saying your candidate who only won through cheating was always the front runner. How can you be the frontrunner if you can’t win a simple voting contest?

http://hotair.com/archives/​2012/09/03/​just-how-wrong-did-the-media-ge​t-clint-eastwood/

I understand this article is an analysis of Clint Eastwood’s performance at the RNC. And one of the reasons it made such a profound impression getting such a wide range of responses from so many people is because Clint Eastwood knows how to push the right buttons at the right time to get an emotional response that opens peoples minds. It’s the main reason he is one of the top screenwriters/directors in the world. Anyways, there are millions of Americans who feel as Clint Eastwood does, let down by Obama. Polls everywhere show this, but polls can’t measure emotional responses… only a watchful eye can.

Unfortunately liberty loving folk don’t quite have a consistent message this year any more. A third of them will write in Ron Paul no matter what because he’s the only candidate they trust and the only fiscally conservative candidate who also has a good record with those that Abortion is their primary issue. Another third of them will vote for Gary Johnson since he’s actually still running, and they know Ron Paul never really wanted to be president, so they’re letting him take some much needed time off. Then there is the rest of them who aren’t really sure where to go from here. Another four years of depression, big wars, big spending government types might wake even more people up. Or it may bring a collapse that forces government to scale back.

August 13, 2012

Discriminatory discrimination

There is no doubt that the political landscape among “the people” of America is very polarized. Of course Washington remains pretty much neutral on all subjects pertaining to… well everything… and that’s one of the big problems that has caused so much polarization. The fact that any American is guilty of a minimum of 5 felonies a day just for living is a cold hard reality that we cannot live with the laws put in place by our government. Yet, most people on either side of the fence demand more laws. For instance, there are a lot of people demanding more changes that make it easier for certain groups of people to get jobs. Mostly minorities of course. And while I know that unemployment is at an epidemic high, and largely unfavorable to minorities… I don’t think the solution to the problem is through legislation, allowing fair competition to take place may be the only way to get rid of the discrimination. I’ve been watching a lot of the Spy Kids movies because Connor loves them… Written, directed, and produced by Robert Rodriguez. Robert Rodriguez makes a lot of movies, and chooses to hire almost exclusively actors and actresses of Hispanic origin… which is his right. Now if a white guy hired exclusively white people for a job it would be discrimination… in fact he would be required to have a certain percentage of minorities and women working for him. I think this mindset actually hurts minority workers. I think it hurts all workers, but because the law is targeted at minorities I believe it adds greater oppression to them.

April 11, 2012

Half Truths

I’m not a fan of half truths any more than lies… because lets face it, a half truth is a lie. So I came across this the post on facebook the other day:

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– Delivered 4,000 babies, never lost a mother, never performed an

abortion, never lost a child.

– Is a practicing, Southern Baptist Christian

– Has TWO brothers that are practicing Christian ministers

– Supports Israel’s sovereignty and Independence from foreign influence

and their right to defend themselves

– Is Morally opposed to abortion and legally opposed to Roe V. Wade as it

pertains to state’s rights and Federal power

– Has NEVER voted for a tax increase

– Is opposed to pre-meditated mass murder through aggressive war and

invasion.

WHERE IS RON PAUL? WHO IS RON PAUL?

What do YOU … believe?

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Not a bad sentiment… and some of it is true. However, fighting for the cause of Ron Paul and liberty, we can’t be caught spreading half truths, lies, or deception just to swing sentiment in our favor. I actually just about reposted it to my wall before I spotted something terribly false in the first statement. So I left a message on this fellow Ron Paul supporters post “Several children were lost under Ron Paul’s practice… Some times there is nothing anyone can do, not even Dr. Paul. He never charged a family if they lost their child though, that does set him apart from other doctors.” The admin of the page deleted the post… but not before accusing me of lies, deception, and having no proof for my horrendous claim and attempt to smear Ron Paul’s name. I found it a little bit odd but felt the need to reply again, with some “evidence” I had seen earlier in the campaign that supports what I just said.

Do you really believe that since 1969 when Dr. Paul opened his clinic he never saw a “still born” child? Really? You believe it so much to not even give time for someone to respond before you delete their comments?

The first statement of this cannot be validated. It’s a good sentiment and if you shorten it to “-Delivered 4,000+ babies, and never performed an abortion” it would be true. He’s said many times that he’s never found a case where performing an abortion would save the mothers life (as many left wing folks claim is so frequently necessary… or at least they bring it up as an example every time abortion bans are brought up). Doesn’t mean he never lost a child, or necessarily that he never lost a mother. I don’t have any documentation on whether or not he ever lost a mother, patient doctor confidentiality blocks those records, as you would hope that they would. I do have a testimony from a man who had a still born child under Dr. Paul’s care… which would make your ridiculous effort to cover up the truth naive, foolish, and counter productive towards the Ron Paul Revolution. You should never fear truth… truth can only do harm to those who have been dishonest.

http://www.youtube.com/​watch?v=8Rv0Z5SNrF4

So maybe I was a little bit harsh in the reply, but also didn’t find it necessary for a supposed truth lover to accuse me of hating truth before deleting my post.

March 13, 2012

A response to my last entry

What my friends had to say:

Nah, too many people prefer to be employees. Stability beats opportunity.

My response:

There is only stability in corporatism because it has rooted itself in our lives over the last 400 years. When EIC was first established it had its hard times, many believed that the corporate world would never survive because it would be the death of creativity. Back then people lived and died on creativity, if you weren’t creative you were a beggar in the gutter. No one understood how you could increase value without creativity, except a few men who first pitched the multi-million dollar loan to the bank of England. After less than a year of operation they went back to a large central European bank for a bailout (once again worth millions of dollars, and over 400 years ago). EIC ended up successful in their endeavor to squeeze value out of time. On average the corporate world has managed to squeeze a 4% value increase out of their work force every year, compounding, for the last 400 years. Wal-Mart was the most successful at leveraging local governments (that gave them free land just to have the opportunity for them to build there), state governments (that often gave them 0 taxes for up to 10 years for building new stores), federal governments (both US and China that helped to subsidize their manufacture and shipping costs). The success of Wal-Mart forced other corporations to keep up, then the house of cards started to crumble in the late 90’s. It’s a little known story, but the corporate world has been slipping for nearly 15 years now… it’s why over 11,000 new pages of law are added to the books every year. Corporations are trying to keep themselves relevant with the forceful arm of their conglomerate (the government). However, the government is broke… so people have to go somewhere.

It is unlikely that any of us will see in our lifetime the full potential of collaborative efforts… There is a lot that must happen before we do.

I do agree with you most people just want to be told what to do. Before the corporate world we had the feudal lord system, both center around a few people telling large groups of people what to do. These small businesses that emerge in the collaborative effort will need workers to update their sites, pick up supplies, deliver finished goods, etc. But I really think we’re headed away from the corporate world, and more into an artist driven collaborative approach.