Is Hating President Trump Against Your Religion?

First: Take the Nationalism quiz.

Next: Realize your problem is with the American political system and virtually all politicians.

Last: Read my quick thought on all of the vitriol directed at President Trump…

Are not your words & thoughts going directly against the teachings of whatever religion you claim to practice?

According to this study, ~84% of Americans claim one religion or another, with ~70% of those claiming they are Christians. ~16% of us claim no religious affiliation at all.

While there may be a religion that advocates hatred like the kind being lobbed at Donald Trump, it isn’t yours!

The next time you are about to criticize or condemn Trump (or anyone for that matter) ask yourself: What would (insert deity or Dale Carnegie here) do?

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Simple Solution To The Opioid Crisis

President Trump is expected today to declare a public health emergency for opioids. I find that kind of ironic considering it was the lack of actual freedom in the United States that led to this crisis in the first place.

Why a public health emergency? Perhaps the 150 Americans that die every day at the hands of an opioid is a start. (That’s a new 9/11 every twenty days…)

But aren’t opioids safe? They are sold by the big pharmaceutical companies and prescribed by doctors! They must be the best option for us!

Opioids are NOT our only option! Opioids are NOT safe! In fact they are very toxic. Let’s review.

An opioid is a substance that “acts on opioid receptors to produce morphine-like effects.”

Morphine is a “pain medication of the opiate type which is found naturally in a number of plants and animals. It acts directly on the central nervous system to decrease the feeling of pain.”

Sounds great, no?! A substance that occurs naturally in the Universe that can alleviate our pain!? Sign me up!

BUT WAIT! Are there any negative side effects associated with opioids?

There sure are.

According to Wiki:

The side effects of opioids may include itchiness, sedation, nausea, respiratory depression, constipation, and euphoria. Tolerance and dependence will develop with continuous use, requiring increasing doses and leading to a withdrawal syndrome upon abrupt discontinuation. The euphoria attracts recreational use, and frequent, escalating recreational use of opioids typically results in addiction. An overdose or concurrent use with other depressant drugs commonly results in death from respiratory depression.

So opioids may decrease the feeling of pain but will definitely include side effects as serious as DEATH.

Should another option be available, would it not make more sense to replace the toxic pain reducing substance with something that cannot lead to death?

I believe it would. And I’m not the only one.

Multiple studies (and common sense, if anyone uses that anymore) show that cannabis usage is associated with lower opioid usage.

Lower opioid usage leads to fewer opioid related deaths.

Fewer people dying because they were legislated into using one naturally occurring (potentially deadly) pain reliever over another naturally occurring (non toxic) pain reliever is a very good thing.

Click here and here for more reading from better sources and many more studies citing similar results. Click here and here for more of my thoughts on this subject!

The National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine states: “Legalization of cannabis in Colorado was associated with short-term reductions in opioid-related deaths. As additional data become available, research should replicate these analyses in other states with legal recreational cannabis.” (source)

Yet cannabis remains illegal in some form in two dozen states and in all forms under Federal Law. This is insane!

For a country that self-proclaims it “leads the world in freedom” America certainly does not lead the world in “allowing its citizens to pick and choose what they put in their own bodies.”

As long as Americans are forced to play the USA prescription drug game where drug companies, politicians and bureaucrats have more control over the individual than the individual herself, people will continue to needlessly die at the hands of the opioids they are forced to use.

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The Killers: Why Do I Keep Counting?

TURN UP YOUR SPEAKERS TO 11 AND ENJOY THE POETRY!

Lyrics below were found here

There’s a plane, and I am flying
There’s a mountain waiting for me
Oh, these years have been so trying

I don’t know if I can use them
Am I strong enough
To be the one?
Will I live to have some children?

Help me get down
I can make it
Help me get down
Help me get down
I can make it
Help me get down

If I only knew the answer
I wouldn’t be bothering you

Father
Help me get down
I can make it
Help me get down
Help me get down
I can make it
Help me get down

If I only knew the answer
And if all our days are numbered
Then why do I keep counting?

My sugar sweet
Is so attainable
This behavior so unexplainable
The days just slip and slide
Like they always did
The trouble is my head
Won’t let me forget

I took one last good look around
So many unusual sounds
I gotta get my feet on the ground

Help me get down
I can make it

Help me get down
I can make it
Help me get down
Help me get down
I can make it
Help me get down

If I only knew the answer
I wouldn’t be bothering you

Father
Help me get down
I can make
Help me get down
Help me get down
I can make it
Help me get down

If I only knew the answer
And if all our days are numbered
I wouldn’t be bothering you

Would you help me get down?

If I only knew the answer
If I change my way of living
And if I pave my streets with good times
Will the mountain keep on giving?

And if all of our days are numbered
Then why do I keep counting?

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Peter Schiff Talks With Joe Rogan. A Must Listen For You.

Please do yourself a favor and bookmark the video below. Give it a watch or a listen. Save it so you can come back to it from time to time when you lose your understanding of things like economics, minimum wage and healthcare.

This is not Peter’s first visit to the show and hopefully it will not be his last. If you enjoyed this talk be sure to check out their other talks.

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The Most Powerful Weapon On Earth

What is the most powerful weapon on Earth? Nuclear bombs have to be near the top of the list, no?!

Perhaps. But no bombs of any kind are a match for the most powerful weapon on Earth: Education.

Nelson Mandela said it in a speech and many other wise humans have echoed his thoughts: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” (-Mandela, 16 July 2003)

We know that the goal of true education is to create intelligent, benevolent individuals. These like minded people, free from the biases of todays fake-news culture and way it’s been mentality, will work together toward a goal of a better world for all.

Educate yourself. Learn to think critically and for yourself. Learn to acquire skills and knowledge and to apply them in a way that makes the world a better place without negatively affecting another.  Be a world changer!

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The Goal Of True Education

Martin Luther King, Jr. is quoted as having written:

“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

Intelligence, which is the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills, simply is not enough by itself. We must learn to use intelligence in a way that defines us a person of sound moral character.

Below is the text and here is the link to more by one of the greatest forward thinking individuals to have ever lived (emphases added by yours truly). King’s explanation is far better than anything I could ever write. But I can understand it and hopefully you can too!

As I engage in the so-called “bull sessions” around and about the school, I too often find that most college men have a misconception of the purpose of education. Most of the “brethren” think that education should equip them with the proper instruments of exploitation so that they can forever trample over the masses. Still others think that education should furnish them with noble ends rather than means to an end.

It seems to me that education has a two-fold function to perform in the life of man and in society: the one is utility and the other is culture. Education must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the ligitimate goals of his life.

Education must also train one for quick, resolute and effective thinking. To think incisively and to think for one’s self is very difficult. We are prone to let our mental life become invaded by legions of half truths, prejudices, and propaganda. At this point, I often wonder whether or not education is fulfilling its purpose. A great majority of the so-called educated people do not think logically and scientifically. Even the press, the classroom, the platform, and the pulpit in many instances do not give us objective and unbiased truths. To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.

The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.

The late Eugene Talmadge, in my opinion, possessed one of the better minds of Georgia, or even America. Moreover, he wore the Phi Beta Kappa key. By all measuring rods, Mr. Talmadge could think critically and intensively; yet he contends that I am an inferior being. Are those the types of men we call educated?

We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living.

If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, “brethren!” Be careful, teachers! -Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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Doug Polk Is Not A Gambler

Doug Polk is one of the best poker players in the world. Luckily for poker players and fans of the game, he also hosts one of the most widely viewed YouTube Channels around. I’m a big fan of this channel and highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in poker, gambling or investing.

However, I must humbly disagree with Doug as he and many others like him consider themselves to be “professional gamblers.” I consider them to be professional investors, not gamblers.

A professional, by definition, earns enough money at their profession to support their lifestyle.

A gambler, by definition, wagers on uncertain outcomes that often consist of a negative expectation.

An investor, on the contrary, invests (or wagers) on uncertain, nearly certain, and sometimes exactly certain outcomes, that mainly consist of positive expectation.

It seems to me that the term “professional gambler” is an oxymoron. Or just describing someone on a lifelong heater!

Doug and his peers take calculated risks that may not always return a profit but over time their risks are rewarded with enough income to maintain their lifestyle. Whether they realize it or not they are not very different from a real estate investor or a stock trader.

Check out Doug’s channel, you won’t be disappointed!

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Can Altruism Solve Healthcare?

Healthcare and health insurance are widely debated topics in America today. I can barely get a few minutes in to a good NPR podcast before hearing some debate over ‘repeal or replace?‘ Everyone seems to have an opinion on what is the best way to provide healthcare for all Americans. Some of these plans include spending your money for you while some simply eliminate Obamacare and let Americans fend for themselves.

I wonder if the answer is not somewhere in between? Can Americans decide if they want insurance or not and then pick and choose insurance in a free market environment while those who cannot afford insurance are not forgotten about? At the same time those who are wealthy enough may choose not to buy insurance and instead to pay cash for their family medical care as needed.

Simply put, the choice gets put on the individual. Chose to be insured or not. After all, insurance is not the desired end result. The desired end result is for everyone to remain healthy. For those who want to be alive to remain alive. Everyone has a right to live. Everyone does not have a right to insurance. There is a big difference.

Instantly critics will state the obvious, that everyone can not afford insurance and most can not afford to pay for services as needed. This is where the Altruism Fund comes in.

Altruism is defined as “the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.”

Thanks to the TV show, ‘Friends‘, we know that there is no such thing as a selfless good deed. However altruistic efforts are about as close as it comes.

I believe that if an Altruism Fund existed where donations are 100% tax-deductible, most healthcare issues would instantly be solved. The super wealthy and super liberal and anyone else are free to donate to the fund as they choose. People who are below a certain benchmark in yearly earnings qualify to use the fund for medical treatment as needed. Use of the fund could be on a sliding scale so higher earners could still utilize the fund to pay for a smaller % of their medical bills.

Insurance companies can still play their part, offering insurance in a free market environment. I believe that once the insurance companies stop paying for the uninsured, they will be able to offer a much lower rate for much better coverage. The improvements in the system would trickle down as costs decline across the board. As suggested by Senator Susan Collins, if insurance companies publish their prices the market will do the rest. I do not believe insurance companies should be forced to publish prices, after all that would be unnecessary government interference. I believe that an existing company or a new player will emerge, integrating a fair and open pricing structure and blowing up the market as we know it. This will force other insurance companies to change their business models in order to survive.

The end result? Affordable insurance for those who want it. Freedom to choose for all. Subsidized medical payments for those in need funded without theft via taxation. Most importantly, everyone who wants to be healthy is now healthy.

 

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History Of The World In 20 Minutes

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Cannabis > Opioids

Just do the research. Start at http://www.NORML.org or similar. Or do web search and keep an open mind.

From NORML.org:

“Recent scientific research has informed us that medical marijuana access is associated with reduced levels of opioid-related abuse, hospitalization, and mortality. It’s time for our federal policy to follow science, evidence, and common sense

For too long, federal marijuana policy has rejected the reality presented by basic scientific facts. The Journal of the American Medical Association, Internal Medicine reports that “states with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8 percent lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate compared with states without medical cannabis laws.”

The opioid crisis demands real solutions, not empty rhetoric. If the Trump administration is serious about addressing this epidemic, then it is time for them to acknowledge what works: medical marijuana.”

I couldn’t have said it better.

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