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Why do politicians, of all parties, say such stupid things?
Why do politicians, of all parties, say such stupid things? Why must a politician have an opinion of everything? Look at the headlines, on just about all media platforms, and you see statements supposedly from prominent politicians that just do not seem logical. First, we need to examine the platform and its own political bias, they all have them. Some are so extreme in their devotion to a particular political ideology that everything they say has to be treated with great caution. They will make claims that rival ideology statements are dangerous and evil when in reality the rival ideology has not made any such statement. Even less extreme platforms will “misinterpret” the meaning of innocuous quotes that a rival politician has made. All parties have begun to operate in the same way and democracy itself is suffering because of it. Fake news, disinformation, inuendo and downright lies have become normal to such an extent that they are accepted and not even vilified anymore. This is not healthy for the future.
Perception rules over reality
Perceptions and reality Is the perception more important than the truth? We all have perceptions and the collective of large numbers of people’s perception affects reality. For example, there is a general perception, in Britain, that the police will send six officers after someone who is anonymously alleged to have committed a “hate crime” but will totally ignore a person who is the victim of a robbery.
Ageing. An unavoidable fact of life The transition from birth to death affects all things, from an ant to an oak tree, from a human to a mayfly. The speed of this transition varies from species to species and between individuals within each species. Why some humans live longer than others, has always been a fascination to both medical science and to journalists. Many theories and claims have been made, often with a religious claim or with a sales pitch attached. Statistics are published claiming life expectancy has improved, that is on average people live longer, but like all such figures, the number of variables which can affect the end number, make it unwise to base a great deal on it. Certainly, it would be unwise to base any decision on a worldwide global figure for average life expectancy.
Protest needs a rethink
Protest needs a rethink. Protesting is having opposite effect to the one claimed to be the objective. Protests, from the time those organised to try and get atomic bombs banned, have changed and today we have stop oil and extinction rebellion- both of these have financial backing and organisation leadership. Neither of these facilities existed for ban the bomb marches. In the main the ban the bomb protests were peaceful, that is they did not involve much violence or anti-social behaviour. Modern protestors are different, they seem to glory in causing as much social disturbance as they possible can. This new trend does not appear to be aimed at gaining support for a selected set of opinions, but aimed at causing as much nuisance and aggravation to as many members of the public as they can. The result is that very large numbers of “the general public” regard the protestors as selfish, self-indulgent, ego driven, arrogant and disconnected from reality. Because of this, the protests have lost all chance of exerting political pressure. They are just exhibitionist demanding the world takes notice of them. It is widely accepted that these new protestors get paid “expenses” for disrupting the law-abiding activities of other people. This is nothing other than rent-a -mob dressed up in middleclass clothing.
Why do we have legs and arms
Why do humans only have arms and no tail? Way back in the time, before time itself began, three sorts of creatures began to walk upright, rather than scamper about with four limbs bearing the weight of their body. All three creatures came into being because of the same need, the ability to hunt in tall grassland. Tall prairie grass covered many miles and the grass stood tall, except where grazed short by the wandering herds of bison and antelopes. A hunter need only make one kill a week, from either of these herds, to feed his family, and the rest of his time was his own, which made hunters very keen to stand up and see into the distance. Because the herds could not see over the taller grass, that had not yet been grazed, a humanoid standing on 2 legs could watch the herds from the margins of that which had not yet been grazed, and only had to wait for a beast to lower their head and start to munch away at the taller grasses, then a flint tipped spear brought down the family food. So, standing up on two legs made for an easy life. So, all of the three plains humanoid tribes, started to do it.