Friday
Jan062017

Lord of the Flies 2016

For we who are "70 something" we have been reminded all of our adult life that, without supervision, young men tend to operate in "primitive mode".  How many times has Hollywood remade the 1954 Golding allegorical novel "Lord of the Flies"?   Through the years I have though about the, "British School Boys Stranded on a Remote Island Turning Viscous Plot", without linking this adolescent phenomena to the present-day visible devolution of modern society.

Yes, we  all know that ISIS's maraudering is attractive to some disenfranchised young men everywhere, but generally modern cultures normalizes these occasional defections as rare and isolated cases. We rationalizie that these expressions are either genetically or mystically propagated, neither origin of which represents a clear and present personal threat.  As long as we are not vacationing in Syria, shooting heroin, or playing Russian Roulette on Friday nights, it's "out of sight-out of mind", but

     Widespread "primitive mode" expression in local public space is a different matter, pointing by example to the timely Chicago Teenager Abuse Story.  There are increasingly more  explicit signs that "going viral" is , well....."going viral".  Isn't this what happened on that fictional Lord of the Flies island where the weaker school-boys had no where to hide.  Perhaps a societal response beyond not withholding the  funding for "Planned Parenthood" is in order....you think!

PS:  I have read that some Australian Universities are responding to the widespead instances of "just for fun"pedestrian assults by impromptu, cyber coordinated, Somalian Gangs.  They are offering free Consolment Teddy Bears and "Cry Therapy Counciling" to victims.

                                         Everyone's a Victim - Long Live Inclusivity....BS

 

Monday
Jan022017

Ozark Social Security at "82"

 

     My guess is that in 1935, when the Social Security Law was enacted, few in Congress thought that in 2015 there would be 7 million 80+ year old retires collecting an average 0f $1295 monthly.  Along with our +65 friends and disability recipients, this year it will cost taxpayers around a $100 Billion a month.  Here in the "low-mojo" Ozarks, we may not be getting our proportionate per capita retirement share..... (cause we ain't killing ourselves trying to make $3000 mortgage payments like the suburbanites) but at least we are in the high percentiles when it comes to disability awards.  Yes, we still farm, a little, and we do sell a lot of pizzas to one another, but our most vibrant industries are auto accidents claiming and disability claiming.  Hell, our TV viewing is underwritten by Aaron, Dr. Brad, Thomas, and the other "strikers".  

     Assessed from a  pragmatic, albeit a morally relatavistic, point of view, it's a damn good thing that we've got this disability industry going for us. Just go to Walmart and look at the population age distribution.  With liberal promoted statins, novel antibiotics and hyperbaric chambers, we are supporting a staggering numbers of the surviving very old. We can't do this without increasing transfer payments.  Only 40% of our people are get paychecks and most of them are making $10 an hour.  It just doesn't add.

     As the Jurassic Park guy said, "Life finds a way".  So, have a "fender bender at the #248/65 interchange and call your lawyer!

Saturday
Dec312016

So I Don't Have To Do "Real Work"

Reading and refining my understanding as to why 95% of the people dont give a shit about the dynamic forces that define their lives.

Thursday
Dec292016

Scratch an English Gentleman and you will find a........

     Depending on the purpose in berating the 19th Century "Culture Class", the derogatory reveal was either a pirate, a rogue or a crazed beast.  A half dozen generations forward these inferences would be no more believable than would be arguing that Trump is at core a populist. Yes, the "Culture Class" is still with us, perhaps more elitest than ever.  We still think they are pirates in the definitional form that includes "pay to play", but surly not rogues or crazed beasts.  The many generations of practiced superficial civility suggest that a more timely 21st Century reveal might be.....Scratch a NATO Gentleman and you will find a pampered whimpering man-child!

Wednesday
Dec282016

Home-Schooled.....Take Two!


     In the current sci-fi movie, Passengers, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are the sole conscious persons on a 90 year trip through space.  As the story is told, they lived an isolated life.  Whether they had children was not revealed; however, if they did have children, we can presume that they were “Home-Schooled”.
     Under less taxing circumstances than deep space, namely the real world, the Home-Schooling Decision is a parental choice made by only a very small number of parents.  My sense is that the majority of us who looked forward to little Billy and Susan getting on the bus, believe that Home Schooling Parents are almost always those parents whose lifestyle has been informed and constrained by Conservative Religious Dogma.  
     In the Ozarks, where Christian Fundamentalism is well, as fundamental as country music; interacting with the Home-Schooled is a daily experience.  My sense is that normally the Home-School Effect is not socially or culturally of much note.   Yes, the Professional Class and the Night Life Crowd are both under represented by the Home-School Alumni, but in turn Food Pantry Drop-offs and Disney Movie Ticket Sales are skewed the other way.  I just don’t see any serious aberrations.
     Unfortunately, there is more to this story.  When you look closely at the Home-School Claimers, you find a growing subset that aren’t wearing Scripture Message Shirts.  They are the “secular kids”, and there is something very different about them. These “non-faith based” outliers appear to have had almost no exposure to the human drama other than from their nuclear family.  They are the “no church-no TV-no internet-no Games-no Books kids.  They’re shy, submissive, often frail, and have underdeveloped communication skills.  They are overtly sensitive to money and possession issues and always speak from the family (we) perspective.  My reactionary to having often seen this profile is that it is an unintended consequence of our ever modern "tolerant and inclusivity" addicted culture.
     Yes, I am old, anti-fundamentalist, and as liberal as is possible at +70.  I disagree with narrow educations for any reason, but  I do believe that Scriptural Literalist are well intentioned. I acknowledge that a life lives in adherence to the time tested Christian moral platform is not a bad thing........but, absent this religious under pinning, as in the case for the secular home-schooled, it looks a lot like 19th Century “child labor abuse,”
     Surly over the last half-century our liberalizing of schooling policies to accommodate belief diversity was not intended to patronize indolent parents seeking to enjoy cheap, reliable 24/7 domestic help and ego gratification from dominating, all under cover of faux-Libertarian convictions.  Just because bio-droids can be home-grown and home-preserved, it doesn’t mean that society should just look the other way. How about some “Kid Rights” push-back.