At times NobodyisFlyingthePlane will be a diatribe about the current state of affairs in the US and the world at large, at other times it will be an evidentiary discussion of the problem, and most of the time it will just be a collection of links I wanted to share.
The NRA is one of the best examples of NobodyisFlyingthePlane.
The people who support it don’t actually know what it does or what it supports. They continue to support it based on an irrational fear that the big bad gubment gonna git their guns.
Who the N.R.A. Really Speaks For http://nyti.ms/1j3jmlq
This is NobodyisFlyingthePlane.
We fear the wrong things and we act to assuage those fears not the actual dangers and issues in real life.
Things we should fear more than violent crime.
Flying (jk ;-), climate change, political polarization and gridlock, fundamentalism, economic inequality, loss of privacy, data breaches, corporate malevolence.
With corporations and corporate think running our country we miss the big picture. The holistic view that a healthy, community, and care focused society would be better for all gets missed in the short term pursuit of profit above improvement. Also lost in the race to the bottom is the evidence that societal and family wellness improve bottom lines.
We get hung up thinking that the world has to be the way it is because its always been that way, but it doesn’t. This is the Same Same But Different Parallax.
I grew up in a society where my mother set out little vases of cigarettes on the table at dinner parties, where blacks and whites had to use different bathrooms, and in which almost everyone claimed to be heterosexual. That seems a lifetime ago, but I’m not so old. Our world has changed over the past 50 years, vastly for the better from the point of view of African-Americans, the L.G.B.T. community and families who lost loved ones to lung cancer. Given the magnitude of that change, think about how much we can still do.
A Toxic Work World http://nyti.ms/1KVRnAT
The important part of the article is that they can do something in California to adjust and adapt.
What’s hard for Californians, Americans, and the world at large to accept is that there is a new normal and we can’t keep doing things the same old way.
Eliminating 150 year old water rights is a good start. Let farms compete as businesses with access to scarce resources.
A Wet Winter Won’t Save California http://nyti.ms/1LnFVN1
This is why we need the government to function as a strong regulatory body.
We all know we can’t count on corporations to do the right thing, but this shows that we should count on them to do the wrong thing.
Who else is there to hold them to task for their malfeasance?
VW Is Said to Cheat on Diesel Emissions; U.S. Orders Big Recall http://nyti.ms/1MvDn0V
It used to be that there was no hope for the common man. Now there is now hope for anyone common or otherwise. The role of the governed in campaigns has been suborned by corporations and special interests.
This is not good!
Can Anything Be Done About All the Money in Politics? http://nyti.ms/1QF57yz
Americans are so preoccupied with the illusion of safety, that we can’t get behind mitigating real threats.
We’d rather have airport security prevent one shoe bomber than protect our government and private IT infrastructure.
Cyberthreat Posed by China and Iran Confounds White House http://nyti.ms/1Le0WJZ