Open Thread

Here is the basic idea of an open thread. This is where a comment, idea, link, or whatever can be posted when it doesn’t necessarily fit the subject matter of any available post. This also can be where people can lodge their complaints or make suggestions, including possibilities for future posts.

Plus, this would be a good place for rants, as I’ll be less discerning in my moderation of comments here. I encourage open discussion. But there are limits. If your comment creates a negative atmosphere or simply lessens my happiness, then it will not be approved. I will use my discretion. Make sure your comment is worthy of your time and my own.

10,762 thoughts on “Open Thread

    • I don’t doubt there are many factors, including opioids. But as far as I know, there isn’t a higher than average of opioid use among the younger generations that are showing greater mortality. If anything, their drug addiction rates were lower, at least in the past. Something else is going on. And you know from my writing, that I’d suggest diet.

      Over this past century, there has been a steady increase of starchy carbs, added sugar, and omega-6s (margarine, shortening, seed oils). This was at the same time as the increase of highly processed foods with additives and tainted with farm chemicals, toxins, hormone mimics/disruptors, etc.

      Worse still, the data shows that foods are less nutritious than in the past because the soil itself is nutrient deficient. The chemical-laden mono-crop big ag is not helping. In Iowa, we’ve already lost more than half of our top soil and that mostly happened over the same past century.

      It is interesting that this change isn’t limited to middle age and rural whites. That it is hitting the young is worrisome. But the fact that it also is harming non-whites proves that we can’t blame everything on whites. Trump wasn’t elected because some whites are dying more, considering some non-whites are also dying more.

    • One of the side effects of this kind of community intervention in parenting is that, over time as enough of the population was influenced, the societal tendency toward authoritarianism would decrease. That is the problem in trying to get this put into practice on a large scale. The authoritarians and the social dominators who manipulate them would sense that this is a threat to their worldview and the social order their trying to enforce. They need traumatized people to be successful in their aspirations of social control

  1. So now they are posting that generation Y is even more screwed.

    Millennials are worth less on paper than members of older generations are, and are worth less on paper than members of older generations were at the same point in their lives. The net worth of your average Millennial household is 40 percent lower than for Gen X households in 2001 and 20 percent lower than for Baby Boomers’ households at the end of the 1980s.

    Yeah this is getting worse.

  2. How is it possible that the liberals seem to be the pro war, pro authoritarian party in todays world? Most of the older gernaetion, the ones taht support someone like Joe Biden. Aren’t these the same people that were part of the counter culture back int eh 60s? It boggles my mind.

    • I often write about that. I have many posts where I try to make sense of what makes liberals tick.

      It’s kind of personal to me since liberalism is the world I’ve spent most of my life. I’m surrounded by liberals. On an individual basis, I like most liberals. And I enjoy living in a liberal community where arts and literature are highly appreciated.

      But there are other aspects of liberalism that boggles my mind and plain hurts my soul. Liberals too often fail by their own liberal standards.

      I’ve sort of come to terms with the liberal phenomenon. I feel like I have a kind of understanding at this point. In studying history and social science, one begins to see the pattern. Liberals have always been this way.

      • Apparently, a lot of the “counter culture” youth of the 1960’s became educated professionals later on – becoming the Reagan Democrats of the 80’s and DLC-Clinton Democrats of the 90’s. Once people get older and become part of the establishment, they take on the values of the establishment. That’s my best guess.

        • There was some of that. But that isn’t all of it. There were plenty of Americans who remained well on the left. The thing is leftist organizing and movements, once able to influence public debate and Democratic policy (even pushing Nixon left), was smashed and neutered and silenced by the COINTELPRO of the late 1960s and into the 1970s.

          The 1960s was the last flash in the pan of radical politics, following a long period of oppression that began generations earlier. If you really want to see when the left was strong, look to the Populist and Progressive eras. Once the counter-culture youth came around, the authoritarian forces such as the FBI had become extremely powerful and invasive.

          Most Americans simply gave up on trying to change the system. There had been a struggle over whether America would become a genuine democracy or continue on the path toward empire. Well, the imperialists won. And in defeat, the American public was defeated and, for the most part, became apathetic and cynical.

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