Thursday, June 13, 2013

Is Public Education an Arm's Length Transaction?

Why does the general population seem so ignorant to the big lie of government? The biggest reason is that most everyone garners their knowledge of “how things work” through some level of “education” vis a vis the public school system.

There are the private schools of course, but really a small percentage of the population is privately educated. Not the least part of which is due to the constant struggle parents face when trying to free up their tax dollars from special interest control so they can take their child to the school of their choice. The Government, and its employee unions, have no use for privatized education, and fight to maintain control of that money for their approved school system with tooth and nail. Which school system does the government sponsor? The public school system of course, the one they control the curriculum for, the one that teaches exactly what the government needs everyone to believe so that they can perpetuate the great lie of government.

Doesn’t it scare the heck out of anyone else that citizens are placed into, indeed in some cases required by law to attend, an “education system” that perpetuates a curriculum designed and approved by the same people that we are supposed to vote for and then pay our taxes to? That must be the single greatest scam any history book could tell. It is definitely a most horrific abuse of power. The con is pulled off so well, that without making a terrific effort to seek out opposing views, most people who have been through the system actually stand up and fight for it. A sort of Stockholm Syndrome.

The very concept of a “public school” is just as scary to me as a “religious government.”

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Home of the Slaves?

When you type a phrase into a search engine, are you seeking information, or is the search engine seeking information? Both right?

You see, if we compare the internet to a stereo system, it has recently become clear, web sites like Google are viewed as speakers, telling us all the information we want to know, however, in reality, web sites like Google are actually microphones, recording everything about you.

This is not news. It has always been true that typing phrases into search engines was akin to sharing your secrets with the world, and that world would use your secrets to sell you stuff you might need. For me, even though I found the data mining distasteful, it was so darn convenient that it was hard not to get involved. What helped me get over my concern of being recorded was the person doing the recording was just trying to do business. Provide me with services I want, and profit from it.

Now that has all changed. Now the microphone is being employed by the Government, to record the actions of it’s citizens, and probably has been all along. And that government is also trying to do it’s business, but that business is not a mutually beneficial exchange. The potential for social control through campaign shenanigans, opposition censorship and midnight disappearances is too great for comfort.

For decades, I have had friends sound very paranoid about their cellphones and laptops, concern over the cameras and microphones being used to record their activities always seemed somewhat paranoid if not plausible. Now it is known as a fact, proving once again that just because you are paranoid, doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.

My third grade teacher, Mrs. Anoni, she was the first one to teach us about the evils of Soviet Russia. Of course, this was during the waning years of the cold war, so it was a hot topic to discuss how poorly their country was run and how well our country was run. I wonder how that plays in third grade classrooms now? Mrs. Anoni taught us about the failures of communism, the lines for toilet paper, the one color shoe selection, etc. But most of all, she taught us about the KGB, and how it surveiled it’s citizens, how it wasn’t safe to speak out against the government, how citizens were encouraged to turn in their family and friends for speaking out against the government, you know, like China now, and North Korea, and now, like the US.

The Land of the Free used to be just that. It was only a few years ago that I never really considered the government actually spying on it’s citizens. Now as I type this, I not only worry, but I know full well that somewhere in a dark office, some Bush/Obama crony is monitoring every keystroke. I loved The Land of the Free, I believed in The Land of the Free. I believe we can still get back there, but this administration is clearly not interested in the The Land of the Free, but more interested in The Home of the Slaves. Any person who tries to defend this administrations increasing intrusions on American’s birthright of freedoms is complicit with the police state and will only realize their folly once they realize the microphone is pointed at them too.

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Pension Plan

The amount of literature foisted upon unsuspecting parents, scaring the crap out of them in regards to how little their child will earn if they don’t get a secondary degree should be proof enough that it is a scam. It’s like a time share in Baja, or a whole life insurance policy: the harder the sell, the more expensive the mistake. And an expensive mistake can college be.

Pay no attention to the six and seven figure earning college presidents and faculty, who cry each year for tuitions and tax payer funding to be increased alongside their pay increases, in the shadow of enormous corporate sized endowments. And never mind that parents and students must then take on insurmountable piles of debt to finance that “education,” just sign up and go to school, or you will be left out of society’s warm hug.

How about the fact that most entrepreneurs I know make more than, or definitely as much as their ‘educated’ peers. Or that a very small percentage of people I know are doing a job they ‘studied’ for in university.

For many people, college is little more than the most expensive, most drawn out, most date rape enabling, most being arrested for assault or petty drug charges encouraging, keg party of their lives. For many others, those of a more straight edge mentality, it is little more than an extended afternoon in the library with interesting councilors and cohorts, that only later does one realize they would have encountered anyway had they gone into the business or field of their choice to start with, and foregone the mountain of debt they now have to service with a job that likely has nothing to do with their degree. Often, after one graduates and works for a couple years they realize how much further ahead they could have been had they simply forgone the expensive diploma, and got to work.

Medical doctors, atomic engineers, those whose professions are of a certain ilk, are to me possible exceptions, although I would guess that a lot of the lower level stuff could just as easily be learned with a thorough mentor, a rigorous study habit of readily available literature, and an extended period of apprenticeship. But my main point being, unless you are going to be splitting rib cages or splitting atoms, you likely would be better off simply getting to work.

There are countless professions that require various levels of certification, by whom else but the government.

This accomplishes a couple things.

First, it allows the government to control labor flows, holding millions of prospective workers back for a minimum of 4 years, and likely another 4, to earn whatever brand of accreditation has been deemed necessary to perform said task. During this time, each individual is accruing massive debts that will then require the individual to be a good boy or girl for the rest of their lives and pay the vig on the loan as they toil in a falsely created realm of inflation and interest. Which brings us to the second major necessity government has for a growing university population.

This Ponzi scheme is in particular interest to those individuals who staff the halls and offices of government buildings nationwide. Three words: Government employee pensions. Is it really that unthinkable as the reason your high-school corrals students towards a university? Often with a full time financial aid office, helping each student get the loans they need to attend the college of their choice? Did you know that student loan debt is the only debt not dischargeable in a bankruptcy? Do you know what state employee pension funds invest in? Do you recognize it is the same government that makes those laws as well as sets the interest rates on the loans?

The greatest gift this system gives to government is of course the extended years of ‘education’ that the government now gets to indoctrinate the populace with their pro-government ideals. To gain evidence of this, one must only study the curriculums of public universities and find that far too often, Economics, is not a required course, but an elective.

Economics, the only concrete universal reality we all share, is not required to be learned to earn a degree, in fact, it is quite heavily admonished by those in the liberal arts wing of the establishment, whose classes are not only required, but are part and parcel of the brainwashing design of the university system itself.

Economics is likely the only worthy thing an average person should study. It is the one thing they deal with every day of their lives, without exception, and it is not required to graduate. The arts and sciences are awesome, but one doesn’t need a degree in literature to write a book, one does not need a degree in acting to perform, one definitely doesn’t need three quarters of biology to sit in a cubicle, nor does the director of human resources need a semester of physics.

Filling the bloated halls of state schools everywhere are piles and piles of professors who know everything there is to know about their subject, and yet could find no gainful employment with that knowledge other than to teach it to someone else. Very little taught in a liberal arts program could not be learned with a similar amount of time spent walking galleries, sitting in libraries, or debating with friends in a coffee shop. For one to really get along in this world, no matter what their profession, they need to be skilled at Economics. It touches everything you do.

Scarcity, supply/demand, opportunity cost, these things aren’t just figments of Wall Street's imagination, they exist in colonies of field mice, and for damn sure they exist in a complex society such as ours. How can we be surprised that people vote, live, and act the way they do when the most important subject they could have ever learned was only an elective. People argue that the university provides critical thinking skills, that the courses they mandate allow an individual to learn problem solving skills, and therefore, whether or not they actually use the specific information they majored in, it benefits them none-the-less.

That sentiment completely ignores the concept that a properly functioning elementary and high school system should have well accomplished the goal of critical thinking and problem solving years before a student took on the debt required for “higher” education. But that wouldn’t leave much of a pension fund, would it?