Always Be Skeptical of Conspiracy Theories

Today is November 25th 2015. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day and right now there is an article on Yahoo News about how oil prices are set to hit a record low by Christmas. Just today I was a bit shocked to see the price of gas had fallen to $1.75 per gallon. I honestly didn’t know if I’d ever see gas that low again.

Just a few years ago gas was hovering at $5.00 per gallon. More than double what it is today. And we haven’t even hit the bottom yet. All of this change has been driven by the fact that new technology has been perfected and brought online quickly so as to access oil reserves in the United States that were not easy to access before.

So how does all this relate to conspiracy theories?

Well one of the major underlying ideas out there where conspiracy theories is concerned is that “Big Oil” has the world in a stranglehold. I bet that everyone out there has stumbled on some article or blog post about how years ago some inventor came up with some simplistic “carburetor” that would allow you to split water into its elemental parts of hydrogen and oxygen and then burn the hydrogen as a fuel in a car. Water powered cars.

In fact, the only reason why we didn’t HAVE these things was because Big Oil had bought the patent long ago and had “shelved” the technology so the public couldn’t use it. They had also done the same thing with a bunch of other technological advances. Big Oil. Holding the world back so that they could realize their obscene profits.

Well apparently they are not as good at this whole buy-it-and-bury-it thing as we would have been lead to believe because if they WERE…then fracking sure as heck wouldn’t have been allowed to see the light of day. How could they encourage the development and implementation of technology that would certainly lead to what it HAS lead to….a SIGNIFICANT drop in oil prices?

Anyway, my point is that “Big Oil” doesn’t have the world under its thumb anywhere to the degree that Alex Jones and Company would have us believe. Nor does the Military Industrial Complex. The fools out there who believe that some shadowy puppeteer keeps the world perpetually at war so that Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and Halliburton can rank in profits year-in-year out don’t understand that NOBODY has the world under their thumb to that degree. Furthermore, a world at PEACE is a world where people spend, spend, SPEND….which means more gross domestic product being shipped and sold, more income being generated, and (cha-CHING)…more TAX dollars.

Keep them tax dollars flowing.

It’s not in the politicians best interests nor the best interests of the vast majority of all the monster businesses out there to have anything but perpetual peace. If you think that lots of dollars are enough to turn the course of the entire world where global security is concerned just so that you can sell more bombs and stuff….then apparently whoever has the most MONEY should be able to have the final say in which way the world turn. Whether to war…or to peace.

So which is more likely? Lockheed Martin, with profits of $3.6B in 2014 using their money and power to ensure that the world goes TO war…or Apple, with $40B in profits using THEIR money and power to ensure that the world does NOT go to war so people feel fine spending their money on another iPad?

Big Oil doesn’t control the world. Big Pharma doesn’t control the world. The Military Industrial Complex doesn’t control the world. Period. If you believe that then you’re trying to look for simplicity in an incredibly complex system.

Humans crave simple answers, even when none exist. So if you swing that way it only means your human. But recognize it for what it is. Old-school, tribal thinking. The desire to draw a line and say that anyone who lives on THAT side of the line is an enemy and everyone on THIS side of the line is a friend and that over in THEIR camp there are shadowy wizards with mysterious powers that they wild in secret and that few people can comprehend. I mean…common…they even CALL the Illuminati the “shadow government”.

Whenever you first start swiming in the conspiracy theory pools the major underlying question is, “What if the world isn’t what it seems to be?” But upon closer examination, it may be the case that the deeper and better question is, “What if the world is EXACTLY as it seems to be?”

Setbacks Can Make Life Feel Like Hell

We’ve all had setbacks in our lives.  Some come at what seems like the worst time.  I just went through one myself in recent weeks.  This video helps reframe the negative thoughts that tend to overwhelm us when that happens.  At least it has for me.


Maybe Michigan Should Lend California a Helping Hand

Lake Drought

Today I read an alarmist article about how the drought in California is so bad that they only have 1 year’s worth of fresh water left in their reservoir system.  To put it in perspective right out of the gate, the article explained that the amount of water lost in California reservoirs amounts to twice the total volume of Lake Mead – which happens to be America’s LARGEST reservoir.

Sounds pretty scary, right?

Let’s talk about Lake Mead for a moment.  This body of water, located in Nevada, is man-made being the result of water from the Colorado River backing up behind the Hoover Dam.  Here’s some pictures for perspective:

Some quick wiki research reveals that Lake Mead has a volume of about 32 cubic kilometers of water.  That’s a lot of water.

Or is it?

Enter Lake Superior.

This, the largest of the Great Lakes, is comprised of truly super-massive proportions of fresh water.  It is the largest lake in the world by surface area and the third largest freshwater lake for total volume of water.  It’s so large in fact, that all of the other great lakes could fit inside of it.  Have a look.

Lke Size Comparison

How much water you ask?

Nearly 12,000 cubic kilometers of water.  Lake Mead represents less than 3/10 of 1% of the amount of water that is in Lake Superior.

You know about all that ruckus about stopping the Keystone Pipeline?  I wonder if there would be as much backlash if we Michiganders decided to lend our California brethren a helping hand with a pipeline of our own.

I mean, seriously.  We could throw 2x the volume of water that’s in Lake Mead their way and it wouldn’t even be noticeable over here.  More water probably evaporates off the face of Lake Superior in a hot summer than that.

And that would be a one-time thing.  Build the pipeline, give them water, close pipeline.  In 10 years, when there’s another drought…we open the pipeline again.  Seems simple to me.

Of course, we’d let those rich people in Cali pick up the bill for it.

Can the Red Cross See What I’m Thinking?

The Red Cross just raised their game to a whole ‘nother level. Recently I’ve been thinking that the organization is a For Profit company masking itself as a non-profit. After all, they hire professional nurses and have a very well organized telemarketing thing going in order to get me coming back in to donate blood on a consistent basis. It’s clear that the hospitals are paying them money to for the blood that they get from the organization and they’re probably paying BIG too.

My guess is that the pint of blood that I donate for free sells to a hospital for $250 to $500 when all is said an done. Probably closer to the $500 mark. Maybe more. It would have to in order to keep the buildings open, the nurses employed, paying for all that tubing that they use to get the blood OUT of me, all the testing that goes on in the background to ensure my blood isn’t tainted with AIDS, and all the rest. It’s expensive and I’ve gotta believe that people are NOT throwing truckloads of cash at the Red Cross.

Susan G. Coleman has the race for the cure to raise money all over the place…but where do you hear about the Red Cross doing consistent organized fund raising? Where’s their version of the Walk for the Cure? Me thinks that it doesn’t exist because they don’t NEED it. They have a constant flow of people coming in to donate at centers all over the nation and they convert those pint-sized bags of blood into cash on demand.

They’re always call up saying that there’s a severe shortage of blood. How can that be? They have the most organized and consistent follow up program in the world? Count out 7 weeks from my last donation and they call again to set up that next appointment. I’m busy so I send those calls to voicemail all the time. No problem. They call back. Different days. Different times of the day so they can catch me when I’m more available. If I cancel an appointment, give it a week and they’re calling again to reschedule. If they’re doing this with MILLIONS of people, then I gotta believe that there is no shortage of blood. The only way that can be true is if by “shortage” they mean that there’s not enough bags of blood in the Red Cross refrigerators – because they sold it all and need to get some more if they want to be able to get some more cash anytime soon.

Anyway, that’s the long way of saying that while I try to be consistent about donating blood, I feel a little bit weird about it. Like I said before, it feels like the Red Cross is a bit of a for profit company that is masquerading as a non-profit. I don’t even want to Google up how much their CEO gets paid each year for fear I’ll never commit to donating again.

But check out what they just sent me in my email today!

Red Cross Email

You see that? This was the SMARTEST thing that they could ever do. I have always wondered where my blood goes once I donate it. As they have 40 different bar codes on all the various elements of the donation “stuff” in order to track it through the screening process and such, it’s clear that they could look it up and tell me where the blood went.

But now they’re doing it!

This was pure genius! With millions of donors on their email list, telling them where the blood actually went goes a long way toward giving the donors a reinforced vision that their consistent pattern of donating really DOES go to help real people in need. After reading an article about America’s Worst Charities I was a bit freaked about going to the Red Cross. What if they were just a giant money pit too?

This short email shored up my doubts. I’ve always wondered where my own blood was going and it appears that the Red Cross was able to see my thoughts because they pushed that very real hot button.

Even if the Red Cross really IS getting paid truckloads of money for every pint of my blood that they sell to a hospital, ultimately that blood is going into the veins of a real person who really does need it. I think I might just use their handy little app to lock in my next donation appointment.

The Mind, the Person, and the Twilight Zone

So I was doing my quite time this morning and at the end my thoughts were wandering and I was thinking about “the I”.

As in, it’s weird that materialists (atheists who believe that everything that exists actually exists because of a series of guided accidents ) think that simply connecting a bunch of wires together can create a self-aware person. That’s what they believe. That if you connect enough neurological electrical connections together that mass of connections can become a self-aware person.

They’d never say that if you connected a bunch of extension cords together randomly and plugged the mess in that it would create self-awareness….but they believe that all that “we” are is just electrical connections firing off in some way that we think that we are something more than a giant twisting of electrons….when we’re not. We’re just playing a trick on ourselves in order to pass our genes on to the next generation more reliably and when we die, that “I” illusion ceases to exist and so do we.

Say they.

Of course I don’t believe that. I would point out that we can connect two neurons together in a petri dish and make them fire off manually and of course the materialist would say that, no, that’s not a “person”. I’d say we could string 2, 3, or 300 neurons together and the materialist would say that’s not a person. So when DOES the connects become a person? Why believe that the connection are both the hardware AND the software of the mental computer?

Why do we not instead see it as the electrical connections form nothing more than the hardware component and maybe a small system bios while the “I” – the person – is a software component that cannot be identified? That it’s origin may not be able to be seen or discovered through the instruments of science? It certainly exists – we have ample evidence for that – but what if “personhood” is cloaked from view forever because it extends from the Divine? From God? And because we can’t “see” God with science we can’t see the part of us that is made in his image? The person. The “I”. The “we”.

That was where my thoughts ended and I stood up.

I came into my home office, turned on my email and saw THIS waiting for me from a motivational speaker that I follow. Can you say TWILIGHT ZONE?


The Secret to High Self Esteem

I never saw this connection before Neil Schwartz pointed it out in this video.  The idea is really revolutionary and it makes perfect sense.  It can be applies to all areas of life…not just if you’re involved in real estate.

If you’re breathing air then you owe it to yourself to watch this video, take what it says to heart, and see how you can apply it in your own life.


Comments Worth Considering #1 – Contrasting Transgender People and White People

Aniston Thinking About It

I’m guessing that I’m like a lot of you in that I read a lot of news articles online. Just like major news outlets pumped through television, it’s pretty clear that certain online news portals like to focus on “their thing”. So Fox News is conservative and wants to promote the Tea Party agenda. CNN wants to push a more liberal agenda while at the same time trying their best to disguise that and appear truly balanced. Yahoo News seems want to go down in history as the media site which single-handedly launched the gay marriage and LGBT-rights causes while wrapping it in “other stuff” to try and seem like that’s not the only thing that they care about.

Over time I’ve discovered that often, the most interesting aspect of news stories can be found in the comments. Some individuals will post a thought related to the article that is so clear and invoking that it turns the message of the article on its head and you just go, “Why did I think of that?” It’s so often the case that I’ve decided to start up a new series here on my personal blog entitled “Comments Worth Considering”.

Our first post in this series will center around a piece found on Yahoo News praising a local public school for supporting a transgender man who wants to become a non-man by sending out a voice broadcast to the school parents alerting them to the fact. You can read the piece here: School Tries to Support Transgender Man With Voice Broadcast

The comments were, of course, wide and varied – and often nasty. The one nugget of gold found in the mire though was put up by John Matthews who said:

If I’m born a white man and tell people I’m black because I always felt black and should be eligible for black scholarships I’d be considered crazy. If I’m born a man and tell people I’m a woman because I always felt like a woman and should be allowed to play womens’ lacrosse nobody blinks an eye? What’s the difference? Biology chooses your race, your gender, your species, etc. We don’t get to pick and choose.

I thought that this was really insightful. It points out clearly how society will just “decide” that a particular cause needs to be supported and another is completely irrational. As far as I can tell, there’s no real “reason” for this. Oh people will come up with reasons, but those reasons could have been brought up before and they would not have been accepted as valid by the public and in 50 years, if social sentiments change, the reasonings of today could be decried as without merit.

Let me put it another way to make it a bit more clear.

If you could jump in a time machine and zoom back 50+ years and sit down in the lunch room of a Ford plant, an engineering firm, or a fabric store and tell the workers who were munching down their bologna sandwiches that in the not-so-distant-future you’d have a hue and cry pushing for gay marriage and both passively and actively shunning and shamming those who would speak against it – you’d either be called a nutcase or laughed out of the room.

If you told these same group of workers that the news media would be positioning a school as heroic and forward-thinking for sending voice broadcast messages out to the families that a man wanted to mutilate himself in an effort to try and mimic the physical characteristics of a woman as closesly as possible and that they would not only believe that there would NOT be some type of backlash from the families, but that the families would be EXPECTED to fall-in-line and embrace such a situation as “normal” and “progressive” and something to be championed by all…again, you would receive a sharp and harsh negative reaction.

Time passes though and opinions change. That’s the weird part about it. Those same young workers in the lunchrooms of our thought experiment are now “older and wiser” and are some of the most vocal supporters of this new wave of change. They would adamantly deny that they would ever have been the ones who would have spoken out again homosexuals back-in-the-day and would most likely position themselves as the ones who would have been “neutral” on the subject at that time.

The fact that there is no rhyme or reason to the thinking of the public is what we’re focusing on here and is the theme of Mr. John Matthew’s comment. It has to make us wonder, if the public can do a 180 on this whole gay marriage / LGBT rights issue…

What Else Will They Flip Flop On?


Let’s just imagine that the current trend of embracing “alternative lifestyles” has the unintended consequences of destroying the family matrix of the nation and sending it down the gutter with people starving and chaos reigning in the streets. Blood and destruction is everywhere and in a time of crisis a charismatic leader arises. You know – a Hitler type. He points out that it’s the fault of the gays and the public’s failure 50 years prior by embracing them that has brought the nation to such a desperate place and that the “scourge must be purged” in order to restore peace and normalcy to the country.

Everybody signs up, including the most vocal gay-marriage supporters of the Millennial generation (now in their 60’s and 70’s), and there’s a new holocaust perpetrated against homosexuals.

Think it can’t happen? Well the people in the lunch room didn’t think that what you’re seeing today could happen either.

Another Reason to Give Blood

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I went to the Red Cross yesterday to donate blood.  One of the things I like about it is that you essentially are scheduled to check your blood pressure a few times per year without having to pay to see a physician.  You can then try to take measures to address heart-health issues because you’re not young and foolish pretending that nothing could possible start to go wrong in your mid-30’s.

They tell me that the “bottom number” is the important one where blood pressure is concerned.  Anything over 90 is “high” with “really healthy” being in the 60’s.  Low 60’s and high 50’s are pretty much reserved for long distance runners and triathletes.  Scoring 56 or below is in the danger zone and indicates that there is an issue that needs to be addressed FAST.

Back in September when I donated my “bottom number” was 90 exactly.  I happened to have drank an entire coffee on the way IN to donate that day though, so I thought the super-dose of caffeinne might be to blame.  (Caffeinne raises blood pressure when present in the blood)  Fast-forward five months to February of this year when I donated again and it had only dropped 2 points to 88 and I had NOT consumed coffee on the way in.  Not a good sign.

Since the weather has been warmed up though, I’ve been getting up early and taking long, brisk walks for about 45 to 50 minutes.  I’ve heard from multiple sources that consistently walking at least 6 days a week is THE best thing that you can do for your health over the course of a lifetime.  Perhaps “they” are right because, as you can see from the picture, my diastolic figure has dropped 10 points to 78.

I’m starting to fall into the “healthy” range again.  Woo hoo!  My best that I have a handy record of is 124/74 in December of 2008.

In addition to the walking, I’ve also been taking fish oil supplements and between 3 and 5 grams of Vitamin C per day.  That might have something to do with it too.


More Propoganda to Lead Us to Believe That We’re Not Unique

More info spilling out from the scientific oligarchy regarding the Kepler space-based, planet-seeking telescope.  The verdict?  They found a planet that is so similar to earth that it can be considered a “cousin” planet.

Or so they would have us believe.

If you read the article, you can see how hard “they” are continuing to push to convince the public that our planet is not unique in the universe.  It even comes with pretty pictures depicting a place that looks very much like our own home.  After all, if Kepler found a bunch of planets in the “Goldilocks Zone” and they’ve only surveyed a fraction of the billions and billions of galaxies in the universe, then even if the planet in question does NOT support life, it just goes to show that given enough planets situated similarly in their own galaxies, then surely one of them must support life, right?  If life sprung up from rock dust all by itself here then it must have done it elsewhere too – or so goes the line of thought.

The general public, who DO regard the scientific community in the same way as past societies viewed their own shamans, are not really looking deeply into this entire “other earth” idea.  There’s a LOT more that goes into why our planet is UNIQUELY able to support life than size and distance from a host star.  I’ll just touch on two below.  Oh yeah, let’s remember that the same scientists readily admit that these factors MUST be in place to find life as we know it to exist.

  1. Magnetic Iron Core – the earth has a gigantic iron core which works to create a gigantic magnetic field that surrounds the entire planet.  At any given moment, this field is protecting the earth from uncountable billions of megawatts of harmful energy radiated from the sun.  Without this magnetic filed, life on earth would not be possible.  Any planet that lacks a magnetic core similar to ours then, would also not likely be able to support life.  Interesting how only ONE planet in our own solar system has one uniquely tweaked to maintain life.
  2. Water – go ahead and google “Where did earth’s water come from?” or something like that.  You’ll find recent pieces which go into detail on the theories of how the water arrived here.  Those theories are pretty crazy.  They pretty much center around the concept that the umpteen billions of gallons of water that are found in earth’s oceans, rivers, lakes, streams, polar ice caps, and glaciers hitched ride here over time by meteor impacts.  Apparently all this water-attraction happened BEFORE life somehow spontaneously arose from non-life – as this new “life” would need the water to be present already in order to survive.

    Everyone should check out the true-to-scale map of the solar system which shows how small each of the few planets in our solar system really are in comparison to size of the solar system itself.  Go ahead and scroll through that baby and make sure you get all the way out to Pluto.  It will give you some perspective on how small everything really is.  The idea of asteroids hitting our planet with enough water to fill the ocean basins becomes an obvious-to-the-eye joke.  If you were to fill up even ONE typically-sized asteroid with water and try to shoot it at the earth it would be like trying to shoot a pin-head with a rifle from 5 miles away by aiming up into the sky’s horizon and hoping that it arched down and connected with the pin at the end.  It’s statistically impossible.

    Now the idea that not only did this happen, but it happened a LOT is outright ridiculous.  The idea that it happened TWICE on another planet somewhere else should show how willing the scientific community is to grasp at straws in regards to our planet not being unique in the universe.  And we all know what the motivation behind THAT type of behavior is, don’t we?

Just those two should do it for now.  If both of the above are true (and they are) then we all should be wondering why we’re spending billions of dollars on the space program just so that we can help scientists try to build up “proofs” that everything has come about by accident as a result of stuff just smashing into each other over time after the big bang.  I tend to think that it requires more faith to lean that way instead of admitting that everything has been organized by an all-powerful creator who knew exactly what he was doing when he carved out a special place in the universe that he wanted to focus on – at least for a time.

It’s Things Like This That Make You Wonder if the Federal Government Knows What It’s Doing

Department of Treasury Check

So apparently the Department of Veterans Affairs overpaid me when they were distributing my Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits to the University of Michigan.  That being the case they had the Department of Treasury contact me to setup a payment plan where I’d pay $50 p/month for 5 months this year to square up.

That’s fine with me.  So I sent the check in last month and yesterday I scratched out another payment and went to put in in the mailbox.  The postman had already been by for the day so I pulled out our new mail, slipped in the payment, and put up the little red flag.

I started shuffling through the mail while walking back toward my home and, wouldn’t you know it, there was an official envelope from the Department of Treasury.  My first thought was that it was going to be some notice saying that I needed to pay even more so I didn’t even open it until a while later.

When I did open it though, it was a check!  From the Department of Treasury.  The memo line said it was for my Post-9/11 G.I. Bill Benefits!?!?!?

So I’m sending them payments and they’re sending me payments.  It’s things like this that make me wonder if the Federal Government even knows what it’s doing.