Inventions we are better off without- the musings of a Neo-Luddite

There is no shortage of candidates in the competition for ‘worst invention ever.’ In the last half century especially, we have seen hundreds of inventions unleashed upon humanity, some of them useful, most unnecessary, and many downright absurd and truly obnoxious.

The Leaf Blower

Growing up in the tranquil suburbs of Washington D.C., I enjoyed plenty of quietness and serenity. That is, until the invention of the leaf blower. These detestable machines became commonplace in the neighborhoods around my house in the mid to late 1970s, and by the 1980s were ubiquitous. I recall many times sitting in my house reading a book or chatting with a family member when suddenly the ear-splitting  scream of a leaf blower would shatter the peacefulness.  I would peer out the window and inevitably saw a group of  (Hispanic) landscapers fanning out across the expansive lawns of my neighbors with the leaf blowers strapped to their sweaty backs, gas motors revved up and long nozzles blowing leaves around. The fumes from the cheap two-stroke engines polluted the air.

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This was a weekly ritual. Even when their wasn’t much leaf matter or debris to gather up, they still used the blowers as a matter of course. On and on and on the nerve- wracking noise went, until my peace of mind was gone. Given the decibel range of these diabolical machines, the morning serenity was disturbed even when the blowers were a kilometer away.

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What about the good old-fashioned rake and broom? In fact, the rake and broom are examples of appropriate technology: simple to produce, cheap, and effective. Additionally, the user of these tools gets the added benefit of some mild aerobic exercise. But if you want to keep up with the Jones’, you better hire a landscaping team with leaf blowers and demonstrate that you are with the times.

The Weed Whacker

Closely allied with the leaf blower is the ‘weed whacker’, sometimes called ‘weed eater’ or ‘string trimmer.’ Gaining widespread usage around the same time as the leaf blower, the weed whacker became a standard tool for all landscaping companies and for any respectable suburban dweller with a yard in the 1970s. My family bought one when they became widely available and affordable and I used it to ‘trim’ the lawn around my house. But I always hated it. For one thing, they can be quite dangerous. They can easily cut your foot or leg if you are not careful. They are noisy; they throw grass and debris in all directions, some of which can even fly into your face.  Most of all, they were, and are, unnecessary. They are simply an expensive, loud, and polluting machine designed and created to feed the vanity of America’s growing legions of suburbanites. Everybody with a lawn dreams of making their yard look like a golf course, just like on TV!! Therefore, the weed whacker is necessary to trim those edges and make everything look ‘perfect.’ In other words, the suburban yard should not look like anything remotely resembling nature.

The Paint Spray Gun

The paint spray gun is yet another loathsome invention, completely redundant and ridiculous. I recall a few years ago watching a group of painters performing a job on the apartment complex where I was living in the suburbs of Seattle. A man stood on a ladder with a spray gun in hand, moving it back in forth in rhythmic motion a couple of feet away from the building’s exterior. Standing below him , I immediately observed something: more than half of the paint from the gun was not hitting the wooden panels but was instead simply flying off into the air. I could literally see the paint droplets missing their target. The painter was unconcerned. Back and forth, up and down the spray gun went.  The worker was blithely indifferent to how much paint was being wasted. Of course, the wasted paint is only half of the problem. All of that toxic paint which goes into the air eventually falls to the ground or even gets inhaled by unsuspecting passers-by with the microscopic  droplets easily penetrating into the respiratory tract.  The workers used respirators, but did nothing to warm the neighbors about all the toxicity.

 

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Just last week, I drove by a painter who was using a spray gun to paint some furniture on the sidewalk. This was in the middle of a city.  He had no protection whatsoever. Waiting at the intersection, I watched as he clumsily waved the gun all over the furniture, with perhaps only 20 or 30 percent of the paint hitting its target. Even though I was 20 meters away, I immediately tasted the paint particles in the back of my throat. I can only imagine what the people around him were exposed to.

I have a radical idea. Let’s go back to paint brushes. Similar to the broom and rake, the paint brush is simple to produce, simple to use, and is extremely cheap and durable. It requires no moving parts, no machinery and wastage is kept to a minimum. But such notions place me squarely in the Neo-Luddite camp, a very lonely place indeed.

 

 

 

The smartphone is not a tool, it’s a drug

When it comes to smart phones, the question must be asked: who is the master and who is the slave?  Do you control your smart phone, or is it the other way around?

Although most owners of smart phones will laugh good-naturedly when queried about this and admit, “Yeah, I’m addicted to my iphone,” they are unwilling to look at the extent and ramifications of their addiction full in the face.

Most of my teenage students no longer bother to talk to one another before class, during breaks or after class. They file into the classroom one by one, take a seat as distant from the other students as possible, and then take out their gadgets and sullenly scroll thru the screen, thumbs working hard. Often, I will a half-dozen or more students in the room, and you can hear a pin drop, it is so silent. Nothing happening but eyes glued to screens.

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Less than 20 years ago when the first crude cell phones began appearing, there was at least some, but not much, discussion about when it was appropriate to interrupt a conversation to take a call. That brief discussion has ended and it is now taken for granted that it is permissible to answer the phone or a text message at any time, anywhere, for any reason.  It is acceptable to interrupt a deep and intense conversation between a mother/daughter, father/son, boss/employee, boyfriend/girlfriend, best friends, grandfather/grandson, husband/wife, and other relationship one can think of simply to answer a call. Sure, you can still ask, politely, for the person you are conversing with to put away their phone for the duration of the conversation, but be prepared for strange  and sometimes downright hostile looks from them.

Most of the phone carriers where I live in Southeast Asia do not provide voice messaging. There is nowhere for someone to leave a message if you do not answer the phone. But really, who needs such a service nowadays?  The phone is with you all the time, and when it rings you answer it. Period. If someone calls and you don’t pick up, they assume you have mysteriously disappeared or perhaps died. They don’t even follow up the missed call with a text message. The notion that someone might  purposely decline to answer a call is inconceivable to people now, especially the under-35 generation.

 

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It’s humorous to observe people when the phone is in their pocket or handbag and a call comes in. They  immediately spring into action, almost like they are in a fight-or-flight response. They appear to think that if the phone buzzes more than once or twice, it is an insult to the person who is calling.  There is nothing casual at all about the way they reach for their smartphone. Their master – the phone-  is calling, and they reach for it with the utmost sense of urgency.

The common scene now at restaurants, bars , and cafes is for hipsters and pseudo hipsters to have a whole arsenal of digital gadgets spread out on the table before them.  I recently sat across from a young twenty-something girl at a cafe who was so desperate to appear cool that she took no chances. She had not one, but two smartphones in front of her, plus a tablet. She hid her face behind oversized sunglasses and earphones. She chain smoked marlboro cigarettes and drank aspartame-laced Diet Coke. She had a notebook with some scribbles open on the table, but never once touched it. The Lost Generation on full display.

 

 

The NFL and CNN spearhead the charge to destroy grammar

Readers of George Orwell will recall that one of the primary methods to destroy people’s mental and intellectual capacity that he described  in his novel ‘1984’ was the destruction of language itself. Government in Orwell’s  dystopian future either removes all meaning from words and concepts or inverts them completely to mean the opposite of their true meaning. Hence, ‘War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.’

It would make sense that governments and their globalist  overlords in the NWO would desire to destroy grammar and logic along with word meanings and concepts. Hence, we witness today the rapid degeneration of grammar in the media, academia, and politics.

A couple of years ago, I began to notice a trend in the media that has become so prevalent now that it is not even commented upon: the disappearance of the paragraph. Go to any online news story published by a mainstream media outlet or even an independent blogger and you see a never-ending sequence of one or two sentence paragraphs. The paragraph form that has been taught to students for countless generations, and which is still taught in most schools today, has been abandoned entirely. We teachers have always taught students that an average paragraph length is four to five sentences with some being shorter and some being longer. Now, so-called journalists, writers and bloggers just tap the space key after every sentence or two. Articles and stories have no rhythm, cohesion or flow. Sure, some of them have good information and some are even entertaining to read, but the lack of the paragraph and transitional phrases severely reduces an article’s readability  and illustrates  the undisciplined writing that is so widespread in news media today. In turn, this undisciplined writing feeds the dumbing down of the population.

Another extremely disturbing trend is the replacement of the past tense, past perfect and even future tense with the all-encompassing present tense. Again, I noticed this for the first time a couple of years ago, especially amongst sports commentators. Now, I see it everywhere in the mass news media, including old reliable CNN.  For example, instead of saying the grammatically correct, “If he had caught that ball, they would have won the game,” the commentator will simply say, “If he catches that ball, they win.” What the hell is that? Is it simple laziness, stupidity, or something more conspiratorial? Likewise, when discussing the future, instead of writing, “Will he return next year?”, journalists now write, “Does he return?” And another will respond, “Yes, I think he returns next year,” instead of “I think he WILL return next year.”

We’re now taking our grammar cues from these guys?

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I find it hard to believe that so many writers and journalists have forgotten the past and future tense so suddenly. Perhaps they are being told by their editors to ‘simplify’ their language so as to hold on to as many viewers and readers as possible. Regardless, the result is the same- a massive evisceration of grammar to go along with the destruction of words and concepts.

Another one that bothers me is the use of the ‘historical present.’ If you are not familiar with that term, this is when a writer or narrator will consistently use the simple present tense when describing a sequence of historical events. Some of my favorite historical documentaries use this convenience , and it perplexes me and bothers me to no end. What is the point of it? I surmise that the editors and writers feel that using the present tense gives their documentary a more visceral feel and immediacy  than using the  past tense,  but is that really true? Does it sound better to say, “As the battle rages, many soldiers die,” instead of “As the battle raged on, many soldiers died”?  For me, the use of the present tense here does nothing to heighten the impact of the sentence.

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Another strange recent trend is taking about oneself using the second person. It’s weird enough to use the third person, but the second person sounds especially bizarre. Athletes again are at the forefront of this trend. A reporter asks, “How do you feel about losing the game today?” and the athlete responds, “Well, YOU just do the best YOU can,,,,,,YOU go out and fight hard, and hope YOU get the result YOU want, but today it didn’t work out….”

Huh?

These are not the idle gripes of a ‘Grammar Nazi.’ These are issues that everyone who speaks English, cares about education, and follows the workings of the NWO should be concerned about. Grammar matters, as it is the foundation for logic and rhetoric which are in turn the building blocks for the Quadrivium:

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chemtrail update from Southeast Asia- the onslaught continues

If someone were to pose to me the question, “What is the greatest crime being perpetrated against humanity,” I would respond with either ‘chemtrails’ or ‘GMOs’, though in fact these conspiracies are intimately connected and intertwined aspects of a larger agenda. That agenda is, of course, the elimination of most of the earth’s population and a radical alteration of  Earth’s biosphere.

Chemtrails continue to be heavily sprayed in almost every country, though reliable data is hard to come by, as a global monitoring system manned by independent skywatchers is still not a reality, though the people at globalskywatch are working hard to do just that.

The tireless Dane Wigington who runs the excellent website geoenginneringwatch continues to research and post articles which are reposted on many sites such as zengardner and waking times. Wigington believes that there is no longer such a thing as ‘normal weather’ ; the geoengineers are utilizing chemtrails and HAARP to manipulate weather events around the globe, including the current drought in California and recent instances of the so-called ‘Polar Vortex.’ In other words, daily weather in your hometown is now more of a result of men manipulating Tesla-based technology  and airplane aerosols than ‘mother nature.’ The future has arrived.

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The cartoonish ‘Weather Channel’ where reality shows now comprise fully 60 percent of programming, continues to spin weather stories with its paid actors; oh, I mean ‘meteorologists.’  “HAARP? Chemtrails? Geoengineering? Weather manipulation? Sorry, don’t know what you are talking about,” say  the talking heads at the Weather Channel. I’m not even sure the actors at the studio there are human. Last time I watched a clip online , the guy talking looked so freakish, I could barely believe my eyes. His teeth were so large, square, straight and white that they hurt my eyes. His skin was totally free of even the slightest blemish or wrinkle. He looked like he was manufactured in some lab.

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I am residing in Southeast Asia, and the chemtrail program is in full play here. Yesterday, I woke up to a beautiful azure sky which immediately put me in an upbeat mood, as it always does. I ducked into my favorite cafe to have breakfast and when I finished an hour later and walked outside, everything had changed. Directly above my head, a fat white plume of chemtrail toxins was inexorably spreading outward. Judging from the size, length, and  density of the plume, the plane had flown over just 30 minutes prior. When you study chemtrails, you quickly learn that where there is one, there is bound to be many others and  sure enough the Western and Southern skies had morphed into the tell-tale whitish haze which only an hour or two before had been a clear sky.

As the chemtrail bombers continued to spew their poisons directly on top of the sleepwalking masses below, I noticed the people busily going about their lives, never once bothering to glance upward. Ignorant, apathetic, and lazy, the average human will never comprehend what is being done to him. A young woman stood next to me with a curious expression  on her face, as she undoubtedly noticed me making strange faces as I observed the sky. I tried my best to explain what I was seeing and why it should matter to her. She nodded politely and went about her business, probably thinking that she had never heard of something so strange.

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One should never waste a teachable moment and later that morning I took my class of young teenage students  outside to inform them that ‘those are not clouds.’  Their big question was ‘why?’ The answer to that lies at the heart of  the biggest conspiracy at work in our world and I told them we would approach that topic another day. For now, just the exercise in awareness and observation was enough.

That afternoon, I passed a number of billboards at a construction site on my way home. They were photos of famous local landmarks. Each one had a long, fat chemtrail streak prominently shown in the background sky. Yet another reminder of the constant barrage of conditioning that ‘consumers’ are subjected to. Humanity has a long, tough fight ahead of us to reclaim our home: planet Earth. Are we up to the task?

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Italy to halt ‘Mare Nostrum’ but the agenda moves on

The issue of illegal migration has been a hot topic in the news during the last few months, and it will undoubtedly remain so for the foreseeable future. The root causes of the problem have little to do with the perfunctory explanations given in the mainstream media and have everything to do with a global agenda being pushed by the zionist global elite.

Let’s look at Italy. Last year, the Italian government launched a program called ‘Mare Nostrum’ which was ostensibly a humanitarian mission to rescue the hundreds of thousands of poor and desperate migrants from Africa and the Middle East who were attempting to reach Italy by way of wooden boats across the Mediterranean Sea. Stories of overcrowded boats sinking with hundreds of people drowning had made headlines in 2013 and the government had a good cover story to launch the mission. I am using words and phrases like ‘ostensibly’ and ‘cover story’ on purpose here, as I don’t believe for one moment the government’s glib explanations to devote manpower and money for this program when the country is in such economic dire straits and when poor Italians cannot get government assistance for basic needs. The government’s words ring hollow, as usual.

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According to reports,  Italy deployed 32 boats, two submarines, planes, and helicopters and the 900 man crew picked up an average of 400 migrants a day. These people were then taken to Italy for ‘processing.’ Many, perhaps most, of those people will eventually file for asylum in Italy or perhaps another EU country if they can manage to make it somewhere else.

The latest word is that, after massive popular backlash at home, the government will shut down ‘Mare Nostrum’ and the EU will pick up the slack with its own program called ‘Triton.’

The backlash is not surprising. The Italian masses are not that stupid. They see what is happening. The government is simply ferrying in immigrants with ‘Mare Nostrum’ instead of dissuading them from coming. Remember, these people are attempting to illegally enter a country. That is grounds for immediate deportation in most cases, but here we have a government actually assisting them to enter.

So, what is the real story here?  The leaders of the Italian government are receiving orders from a much higher place and the Renzi government is merely a mouthpiece for those elites higher on the pyramid scheme. As always with these agendas, there are primary, secondary, and tertiary benefits. The primary benefit is in line with what is happening throughout most of Western and Northern Europe. That is, push in huge numbers of immigrants from foreign countries who have vastly different cultures from the native cultures of Europe and shove the ‘multicultural’ meme down people’s throats. The ensuing dilution and  weakening of native cultures will serve to benefit the agenda of one world government, by way of the NWO.

Secondary benefits would include a new infusion of cheap labor into the market.  For example, many young Italians no longer wish to work in the country’s farms doing manual labor , but the newly-arrived Africans are more than happy to pick fruit. Wages will of course be depressed further as the new workers will lack the language and organizing skills to avoid being massively exploited.

Tertiary effects include  the divisive wedge the immigrant issue will surely drive into the country’s populace.  It’s already happening. Protests against ‘Mare Nostrum’ and the wave of illegal migrants have been met with the predictable charges of ‘racism’ and counter-protests have been organized by misguided and/or manipulated useful idiots on the Left.

But Italy and Europe are just one piece of the puzzle. The globalists don’t have that name for no reason. Over in the USA, Barry Obummer and his merry band of handlers are busy writing legislation and executive orders to give blanket amnesty to hundreds of thousands of illegals even while more are continuing to cross the border.

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A recent story from the Inter Press Service News gives some insight into the agenda at work in America. According to the article, some 70,000 children were apprehended at the border during the fiscal year 2014. Most of these children came from Honduras and El Salvador and will be given temporary asylum; this ‘temporary’ asylum will surely become permanent under Obummer’s plan.

Already, the children are receiving free health care and free education. One of the school districts in Texas which is currently taking in a number of these students is called Sommerville. An administrator from the district, a real do-gooder, said, “As soon as the student comes to Sommerville, they are our students, period, and we don’t need to know, and we’re not interested in knowing, , about their residency status.”

She’s ‘not interested’ in knowing a child’s residency status? I guess she knows Obummer’s got her back. Texas is not alone in having such an open policy toward illegals. All children in Massachusetts have the right to free public education, regardless of immigrant status or national origin.

It’s interesting to observe  the tone of the article and the subtle ways in which it takes its stance. It presents the administrator and teachers in Texas as paragons of righteousness. The terrible conditions in Honduras and El Salvador are meticulously noted. The article states that the U.S. constitution ‘guarantees’ education for all children , regardless of status. The heart-wrenching stories of a young man named “Pedro” is given many column inches. You get the idea. The agenda relies on the media to do much of the front line work to brainwash the masses. It has often been called social engineering. Uproot people, make them refugees, move them far away and dilute culture wherever and whenever you can. The zionist plan at work.