The Rabid Independent, Nonpartisan solutions, independent policy ideas

There are certain things in life that are set up to make you feel like a fool or as though your time is being utterly wasted. Many of them you can’t avoid even you if try your hardest. This is my list (if you have any favorites then let me know):

  1. Being forced to watch ads before a movie that I paid to see. There is no way to get away from the giant screen showing the same things I mute, FF, or turn away from at home.
  2. Watching any political party convention – these are just farcical, content free, political ads represented as news so that each party candidate can get a ratings bump.
  3. Watching any movie where the studios have simply used the success of a previous movie to get me into the theater, eg Jason Bourne
  4. Watching CNN – anytime. There is  simply never enough world news to fill up a 24 hour news cycle. By tuning in you are hoping that there is something going on – against all odds.
  5. Going through 4 levels of security at the airport where I have to keep showing my passport over and over again even though I could never have made it to level 2 or 3 without already having successfully passed through level 1 or 2.
  6. Attending a wedding  where I am forced to watch adults dance with six year olds, while the crowd collectively sighs, “Isn’t that cute!?” – right after the woman next to me has spent 30 minutes describing her new kitchen reno.
  7. Watching the Grammy Awards and expecting them to be different from the Teen Choice Awards.

There is one other situation that everyone should understand – if you spend time liking, following or kissing the derriere of a narcissist, you are wasting your time. They already love themselves so much that whatever extra adulation you offer won’t mean anything. You must bow and scrape or they’ll dump you and when they do, they’ll mock you behind your back.

Donald Trump presumes that people will be sycophants. When they try to do real work and offer real advice he is not appreciative. He won’t listen to them because he thinks he already knows everything. Their fandom makes them the suckers. He will reverse every position he ever took and offend every voting demographic eventually, as if to say: “Did you think I was serious?” There is only one kind of person he will listen to – his own blood.

Defending him or spending time listening to his “beliefs” is no different than surfing through click bait websites all day.

 

There are a group of men who have written books over the last twelve years devoted to exposing religion as magical thinking. They include:

Christopher Hitchens (R.I.P.) Richard Dawkins Sam Harris Michael Shermer Bart Ehrman Daniel Dennet

There are other notables like Douglas Murray, Lawrence Krauss, and Maajid Nawaz (who is trying to lead an […]

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Liberalism Betrayed

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What does it mean to declare you are a liberal? Are you open minded, sympathetic to the less unfortunate, willing to listen to reason over myth and superstition? I want to be considered liberal in these ways. The Democrats are supposed to be the party of liberalism but it or its constituents are twisting some […]

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I seem to be condemned in perpetuity to listen to social chatter along the lines of – “Can you believe the price of condo prices in Manhattan?!” The same line starts many conversations in San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver and London. It’s sort of half amazement and half celebration as though we can take pride that […]

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Free traders will all tell you that the reason it is so powerful is because we make the stuff we are best at making and our partners make what they make best. Sounds perfect. Their proof for why this works is the 1970’s. We had severe restrictions on car imports so when they started to […]

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Both the Brexit vote and the Trump related polls show a consistent pattern. Young people are OK with globalization, immigration, economic integration. Older(er) people are not. The presumption or implied conclusion is that old people can’t adjust to the new world. Perhaps thy are racists or just nostalgic for a time that never existed. They […]

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A key principal behind the European Union is the idea that all citizens of member states are free to relocate to other countries inside the union just like in the United States. That sounds great for economic efficiency right? It did when the union consisted of a set of countries with similar labor market conditions, i.e. wages. […]

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I’m sure we can agree that there are plenty of nut jobs, sad or depressed people, teens who got no love from their parents and some who have brain deformation. Perhaps you have dated some of them. The overwhelming majority are harmless, both to themselves and others but they are logical candidates to reach out to find […]

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After a primary season ends we expect to see a “pivot” back to the center by every candidate as they pursue swing voters. In the case of Donald, one would expect to see him use teleprompters rather than go off the cuff. He did use one last week for the first time but the rhetoric didn’t really change. […]

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Yes Trump is a dark figure who apparently knows nothing about economics or international relations. He is a cartoon character defined by and for reality TV. Hillary is the perfect example of experience without achievement. Her fame stems from being someone’s wife. She has no intention of doing anything if she becomes President. The result […]

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Irritations

Here’s my list of things that bug me. Some are big and some are petty. Feel free to offer new additions.

Irritations

Mottos, Creeds, Rules

As we search for legitimate solutions to America’s problems everyone must obey these rules or we’ll never get anything done.

Mottos, Creeds and Rules

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