Sunday, May 24, 2009

Wine

I don't drink, at all, but there have been many moments when I wish I could have washed away my pain and sorrow with waves of alchohol.  I am really sick and tired of people trying to push me to drink, with claims like the health benefits of Wine.  The fact is that any health benefits of wine come from the GRAPES, and has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the fermentation process.  You could drink grape juice, the real stuff not the fake stuff, and get the same benefits, without the probability of getting drunk.  Here is another fact for you, alchohol damages the liver, and maybe other organs too I dunno, so it is better to use it in moderation, rather than stupid things like binge drinking.  OMG, binge drinking is completely insane, you might as well go shoot yourself, that would be about as effective.

So every time I see stories about things like Resveratrol, a really great anti-oxident that could be an amazing boon for people all over the world, I get angry, because they always talk about Wine, in this case Red Wine.  Yah, they talk about how you have to drink like 1000 bottles of Red Wine a day to get the benefits from this cool stuff.  Something I'm sure some people would love to at least attempt, but the benefits of the resveratrol would be absolutley blown away by the damaging effects of all that alchohol.  Gosh, dang, that's way too much wine to be drinking every day.  

So, when someone tells you to have a glass of wine, if you want to, you can have a glass of grape juice instead, same effect, without the alchohol.  Although, I'm sure the taste is very different, I wouldn't know from experience though.  Whatever, if you like wine, drink with wisdom, don't over do it, that's crazy nuts.  If you don't drink, cool, you don't have to, no matter what anyone says.

I have no idea how long people have been fermenting plant stuffs to make alchoholic drinks of all kinds, probably since the beginning of time or something, but if you use the alchohol right you can keep people healthy and strong and able to work hard and live a great life.  If you use it wrong, you can destroy families, and society in general.  Beer may well have saved the human race from extinction at one time, but, I doubt very much that people were stumbling around drunk all day long every day, causing everything to grind to a halt.  Even in those ancient times, people understood the importance of being sober, or mostly sober, in order to have a functional society, and a happy life.

Happiness is not the bottom of a bottle, nor the barrel of a gun.

Ok, my chest hurts a lot, my heart is going frakin nuts, and I'm gonna have to go lie down.  ugh.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Medical Tyrany

Should someone be forced to be medically treated against their will, by doctors who don't allow any choice in the matter, and judges who use the force of law to give those doctors all the power they want?  There is a 13 year old kid who has a form of cancer, the doctor has said there is no known alternative treatment for this cancer, and therefore the kid must be put through chemo-therapy and radiation, maybe even surgery.  First of all, there are a LOT of alternative treatments that people have found actually work, second of all one of the biggest arguments against any particular treatment is that it hasn't passed a double blind test, which was only created to eliminate the possibility of placebo effect.  If placebo cures cancer, we don't need any frakin drugs!!  Take that!

I know there are plenty of people trying to push products for their own financial gain, and are willing to lie and cheat to get what they want.  Sure, we need to protect ourselves and our kids from people like that.  The thing is, there are plenty of respected doctors who do a lot of research into and support alternative treatments for all kinds of diseases, including various forms of cancer.  So you can't lump all of those alternatives together in the same category as mirracle snake oil crap, which is what the FDA was really created to protect us from.

I do think that a kid with a life threatening disease should be treated, and be monitored by doctors.  To force him or her to take chemo-therapy, a horrible bunch of poisons that could kill you or even cause cancer, get radiation, again horribly damaging and could cause cancer, as well as surgery, always very risky no matter what the reason, is all very very wrong.  The parents should, of course, have the right to decide what kind of treatments their kid gets, even if thier doctor doesn't agree, they should have the right to seek the advice of as many other doctors as they choose.  

But, noooooo, the government has decided to control our lives and save us from the most horrible thing in the universe, Liberty.  Or so they seem to think.  If this kid's parents, and the kid himself, do not want that horrible, cancer causeing, method of treatment for cancer, they should be able to seek out alternatives.  And there ARE alternatives that DO work.  I know it for a fact, from personal experience, and don't you dare tell me I'm lying.  I will smack you in the head with a large wet trout, prefferably dead since I'm not cruel to animals, just MORONS!

I know, I'm an idiot, and it seems to me I deserve quite a lot of smacking in the head... I do get some you know, people don't always like me, and sometimes they beat me down.  Sometimes I come to agree, eventually, that I deserved to be smacked, but most of the time I don't agree, and I get mad, and stay mad, for a long time.

Enough about me!!  This is about a kid with cancer who is being forced, no matter what he or his parents think, to have horrible treatments!  Oh, and the doctors are claiming that these treatments will cure the cancer.  HA!  Since when do they tell you your cancer is cured when it's gone into remission?!  They never tell you that!  They know that their treatments, horrible though they are, cannot possibly wipe out 100% of the cancer, and that it could come back some day.  And, yes, those nasty chemicals and horrible radiation blasts can cause cellular damage that creates other cancer cells!  Frak!  Would you take a drowning man and force him to drink a glass of water?  Would you take a man who is on fire, and hose him down with gasoline?!  OOoo, you are doing something, that's for sure, you are being proactive!  But that doesn't mean that what you are doing is the RIGHT thing to do.

Now, about my experience with cancer treatment, it's actually through my mom, she had skin cancer, and later breast cancer, one cancer she absolutely cured beyond any shadow of doubt with alternatives, the other she opted for standard treatment including chemo, and surgery.  As a result of the standard treatment she is in horrible pain all the time, has trouble walking, or even getting out of bed, has to wear a special sleeve on her arm to control swelling for the REST of her life, and has to deal with the fact that the cancer may come back some day even though it is in remission right now.  In my opinion, maybe not humble, the standard treatments have done far more harm than good, and I wish she had gone with alternatives for both cancers, rather than just one.  But, at least they didn't amputate body parts, which is something they really like doing when it comes to women.  If it's men, it's a different story, for some reason.  But that's another story for another time.

I am in a lot of pain most of the time from a lot of different things, and I have no medical coverage or help of any kind in dealing with it all.  I need relief, cures, whatever I can get, I'm desperate!  If there is a mirracle pill that cures all the stuff I'm dealing with, I'll pay for it, I'll take it, whatever it is.  But I'm paranoid, I will have to do a lot of research on it and see if I trust it or not.  Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean there aren't people out to get me!  Why are you still reading this?!  Are you a spy?  Aaaahhhh!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

PIctures

Here is a slideshow of the amazing things I see every night at work, well, not really, it's just the crap that fills my night up with something to do.  Here ya go.


Madness!

I'm very angry, and very tired, which is usually not a good combination, but I am going to write a few things here and go take a nap. Ok, I am angry because of the madness of what my job is doing to me! Let me explain in words that make no sense, ahem... Naarf, poit!

Now, for something that makes just as much sense, but in words you may understand... My boss called me today to tell me that Dispatch is getting confused, so now I have to start working an entire hour earlier than usual, and leave an hour earlier too, so they don't get their silly little brains all twisted up into pretzels. But, here's the thing, they will still get confused!! Let me explain a little bit better, on monday, tuesday, and wednesday I am supposed to do two patrols each night, that's call on duty, do some stuff, then call off duty, and then some time later do that a second time, and I'm done. Now, on the other days it's a normal 5 hour shift of calling on duty, doing stuff, and more stuff, then calling in for post check, and of course doing more stuff, then eventually calling off duty after 5 hours. They are getting confused because I'm starting my first patrol when I would normally start my regular 5 hour shift, and ending my Second patrol when I would normally end my normal 5 hour shift. So, they are going "duh!!!" and thinking that I'm doing a regular 5 hour shift on those days that I am scheduled for 2 patrols, even though I clearly state in my calls to dispatch that I'm calling on duty, and off duty, for my first, then later my second, patrol, and I'm clearly marking in my reports that it is 2 patrol hits, and I'm clearly recording in my Time Sheet that it's 2 patrol hits. So, now I'm going to be doing the exact same thing, only an hour earlier on both ends, I have no idea what I'm going to do when they Continue to be confused as a result of their mental disability.

So, because Dispatch, and maybe even the clients, are MORONS, I have to work a whole hour earlier three nights out of the week, for no other reason than to attempt to relieve their poor brains from having to think!! All they have to do is PAY ATTENTION when I call them, and READ the freakin reports and time sheets! Why is that too difficult for them to do? I dunno, maybe they are sitting around smoking pot or something.

There, now I've expressed my anger in an irrational manner on a stupid blog that nobody cares about, and I'm gonna go take a nap. I'm seriously in need of escape from reality.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Not a salesman

Please note that I do not sell anything, I am horrible at convincing people to buy something, and even terrible at convincing people to do something that costs them nothing at all. Any claims I have made of knowledge of cures for things, like acid reflux disease, (which isn't an actual disease but is a made up disease to convince people they don't have indigestion), or cancer, or whatever, are my personal opinions based on research and personal experience. I have no vested interest whatsoever in the sale of any product by any manufacturer. If I told you Oxygen is a cure for insomnia, you could just as easily hyperventilate for free as opposed to buying an oxygen tank somewhere.

If any of my claims turn out to be incorrect, correct me. If you convince me I'm wrong, which I do not guarantee, then I will change my mind. If you fail to convince me, which is admittedly more likely than not, I will at least treat you with respect while continuing to believe whatever crazy thing you are trying to correct me about.

I ask that you treat me with as much respect, even if we both know that privately we are both calling each other every nasty thing we can think of, while remaining convinced beyond all rational thought that we are each correct. Or is that just me? Whatever.

Did you really think I would stop there? Uh... well, ok, I'll stop. I'm gonna go bark at a tree for a few minutes.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Fascism?

I just heard about a news story last night about how my state government is paying companies from outside of Arizona to do various contracts. This upsets me, because that's MY state taxes that is leaving the state, it's not staying here and helping keep people employed HERE. The reasoning for this is that they are encouraging competition by purchasing services or products for the lowest price. Walmart is my government now, right?

Normally, I would agree that competition is a good thing, I mean that is one of the most important features in a capitalist system. But governments are inherently monopolies, they force us to pay them, and they do what they want. It's not like I can just choose to have the California government perform necessary functions here, right? So, if we all have no choice but to have our own state government do things for us, then we should at least expect that our government will support us in ways that we need, like for instance providing jobs that support our own economy.

They say that if they become preferential towards Arizona companies, that would cause a backlash in other states that would make it hard for Arizona companies to do business in those other states. My thought is this, so what? No, seriously, so what? If Arizona's government contracts are available only to Arizona companies, that means more business being generated by OUR tax dollars, HERE. If other states do the same thing, cool, seems like it would be good for Their local economies, just like it would be good for ours. Prove to me there is actual reciprocation from awarding contracts to companies in other states that basically balances things out, and I'll say fine, just keep doing it like this for as long as ya want. But if you can't prove to me that just as much local business is being generated for us by other states as the amount of business being awarded to companies in other states by our state government, then I'll tell you to go eat a dirty sock... I've got a few for you if you can't find any.

Then Dad said that he thinks there is no difference between a State, or even Federal, government and any corporation. As we all know, a corporation, especially if it is publicly traded, is expected, and even legally required, to make as much money as possible while spending as little money as possible, which means that the focus of all of their activities has absolutley no moral or ethical bias one way or another. That means corporations can become corrupt, do illegal things, do really wrong things, all for the sake of the bottom line. I say, as long as a corporation can get away with it, they'll do it, and if they think they might get caught, they still might do it if they have the resources to manipulate the system that is supposed to keep them in line. For one really good example, let's look at Microsoft. Or maybe let's look at a company that has actually been taken down and put out of business for the wrong things they are doing, what was that energy company called... uhm, Enron, yes, that's it. Very good examples, one evil corporation that went down hard, the other is still around, still strong, still up to their evil plots.

And now for why I titled this "Fascism?", one of the definitions I have read or heard about what Fascism actually is says that it is a combination of Corporatism and Government. Now, we do not currently live under the most repressive and violent regime possible, there is still plenty of wiggle room, but I am very conserned about how close we may be getting to that. Are we living in a Fascist state? Let's look at our Federal Government paying private contractor companies to go fight over seas, or provide building and food services for our soldiers, etc. etc. Is all of that fascism? Our military, our government functions, everything that runs our country and our lives is all made up of Corporations?! Is that not Fascism?!

Well, let's look at what wikipedia says about Fascism. Wow, I'm just as confused as ever... my head hurts. Can someone please be clear about this? What exactly does Fascism mean?! I've watched a weird sci-fi show that takes place in South Africa called Charlie Jade, which is about parallel universes. Charlie's home universe is way frakin converted over to Fascism, in every possible way, it is government by Corporations. You are not a citizen of anything, you are an employee. Corporate competition includes armies killing each other, corporate armies, employees killing the employees of a competitor. Is this where we are heading? Are all of the governments in our country just Corporations? What about the governments of other countries? Is our current economic hardship really all planned by Fascists trying to convert every government into corporations that can be purchased, owned, and run by private groups or individuals?!

I'm freaking out here. I'm going completely bonkers. I need some pills. Oh wait, those were provided to me by Corporations! Aaaaah!! Aaaaahh!! Aaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!

Maybe I'll just start smashing my head against things like walls, desks... cars.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Voynich Manuscript

I have read this article and find it fascinating! I also have a theory, and you may laugh at me about it but I really do think it makes sense. My theory to explain the existence of this manuscript depicting plants that don't exist anywhere on our world, in a language unrelated to any known language, is that it came from another parallel world. I don't mean a space faring race that brings paper books with them to other planets, or a race of people who use advanced technology like ours to travel to other worlds through portals.

I think that a race of people called the D'ni, who had a magical yet scientifically approached means of travel from parallel world to parallel world, which they call Ages, had taken this manuscript from one of the many worlds they visited a very long time ago and brought it here to study it and that world. Somehow, this manuscript wound up among us, confusing the heck out of scholars and scientists for decades.

My definition of a D'ni Age is a place in time, rather than a particular time, or erra, like what we would usually think of it. Like, the stone age, or the bronze age. A D'ni Age could be another planet in a parallel universe exactly identical to this one, or a planet actually in this universe but in a different time than what you and I consider to be the present. But since the D'ni Link, or travel, directly to a world in a parallel universe, there is no way of knowing the spacial or temporal coordinates of that world as compared to any other world traveled to.

The D'ni became isolated and xenophobic after a race of people tried to kill them a very long time ago, so this manuscript couldn't have been procured after that event. The vast majority of D'ni wanted nothing to do with us Humans, they considered us to be far too primative, war-like, and not worth knowing. The D'ni, unfortunately, were mass murdered by a mad man, and the survivors will not likely return to their home here on earth.

I think this manuscript came from one of the vast uncountable number of Ages, Leaves on the Great Tree of Probabilities, of which our world is but one. I believe there is a vast and unknowable multiverse of universes, many like our own, and many so utterly different from our own that it would boggle the mind.

I believe that imagination is not the ability to create worlds, but the ability to sense them, to glimpse a parallel world that DOES exist somewhere in the multiverse. Just think of what it would be like to travel to a world you have seen in your imagination. Maybe the world you travel to only vaguely matches your imagination, because human perception is often error prone. But wouldn't it be the most awesome adventure ever to actually travel to those worlds, and know without any doubt that they are all real, in their own separate universe?

Ok, I'm done with my insane burst of bla bla bla, yackety schmackety.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Kleftik


The game Dad and I have been working on is really coming along, we've got the rules all hashed out, a game board that looks nice, pawns and dice, chips, and a box. Here is the label for the box, and rules page, I think it's perfect. See if you can guess what this game is about. Well, ok, I'm not very good at suspense, Kleftik is based on another game called Quandary, but Dad and I have made so many changes it's barely the same thing at all. The whole thing is all about confusion, randomness, but it's also got a lot of strategy. Oh, it's really fun playing it with Dad. I hope we get this thing published by some game maker, won't that be awesome!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Heartburn, a conspiracy

Ok, this is a repost of something I posted earlier, but I'm gonna make changes, I honestly think the pharmaceutical companies want us to become totally dependent on their "treatment" regime, and by regime I mean evil power bent on ruling everyone.

Do Not Believe the Lies told by the pharmaceutical companies about heartburn, acid reflux disease, and GURD, or whatever, and the supposed cure they claim to be antacids. Do NOT take antacids, unless you want to be hooked on them. They set you up for a painful fall. Here is my explanation for my insane rant!

A while ago I decided to start taking Tums, because of the calcium, I need it since I don't drink milk as I'm allergic to it. I had never had a problem with heartburn before, and I didn't think anything was wrong with eating a couple tums in the morning. Much to my painful surprise, I began to have heartburn every evening before bed, so I would take tums. Then I had heart burn in the morning so I took tums. Then I had heartburn in the afternoon, so I... yes, took tums. The heartburn kept getting more painful, and I also started having really painful abdominal cramps and constipation. Finally I figured out my problems all started when I started taking tums. So I stopped, cold turkey, and just suffered through the constipation, cramps, and heartburn. Oh yes, it hurt, it hurt and hurt like the word hurt had lost it's meaning and gained a whole new dictionary definition. When finally it subsided and my system returned to normal, I decided to research this thing that happened. Now I Know, and I'm telling you the truth and the facts! READ!

Heartburn and acid reflux disease and GURD are all the same thing, Indigestion. Ever had a backed up toilet? Ever had a backed up sink? Stinks doesn't it? This is what is happening to you, your digestive system is not breaking things down and moving it along properly, so it's backing up, and what happens to that acid that is trying hard to get that stuff moving? It's coming up your throat and it burns and hurts. They are Lying to you when they tell you that your problem is that you are making too much acid. Nonsense! Did you know that one of the most common side effects of antacids is constipation?! You are BACKING UP YOUR SYSTEM when you take antacids. So, you take an antacid, it does NOT shut down the acid making little pump things in your stomach, it acts as a chemical off switch for the acid itself, that is called a base or basic salt. The thing that Makes the acid only knows one thing, stuff isn't getting digested very well, must make more acid. So they rev up the acid production. So what happens when the antacid can no longer counteract the acids in your stomach, AND the acid makers have been trying their hardest to speed up and increase acid production? Heartburn times 2, or more!!! So you go take some more antacid to fight back! STOP Attacking your own body! OMG, seriously.

So, you are wondering what the frak you should do about your painful heartburn to make it stop eating up your throat. Well, that's easy. HELP your digestive system digest and move stuff along. What do you think happens when a residential septic system gets backed up? I've seen it on a movie, nasty stuff comes up in the back yard, they have to dig up the yard, remove the tank or whatever, and replace it. Horrible. Now, normally a septic system has stuff in it to help break down the crap you flush so it can move along. What happens when you pour, I dunno, toxic chemicals that kill the stuff that is supposed to break stuff down? Back up like crazy. I've seen an ad on TV for stuff to flush that will Help your septic system break stuff down. THAT my friend is what you should do to keep things moving.

So, how do you help your digestive system? Well, one way is to eat something called digestive enzymes, but I've also found out that something acidic really helps get things going. A little Apple Cider Vinegar, nasty horrible stuff that burns all the way down, will absolutely cure your heart burn, and you will be heart burn free for weeks if not more after just one dose. You think I'm kidding? I'm not. This is the truth about antacids, they attack and destroy your ability to digest. Indigestion IS what causes acid to reflux, or back up. Stop attacking your body, Help your body instead. For crying out loud.

There, that ends one of my many rants against the corporate/fascist world I see around me. I could be wrong, but I refuse to admit it right now. :)

Abortion

I may have posted my thoughts on this subject somewhere, some time ago, but I don't remember where, when, or even if I did. For several hours at work tonight I was thinking about posting on this topic, so I'm going to bla bla bla, yackety schmackety...

Ok, here goes. From a religious point of view, and I am Mormon, I think abortion is not the right choice to make in most situations, although I do think there are situations where it is understandable. But I am a Libertarian, which means my Political and Legal point of view is that women should not be forced to continue a pregnancy against their will. I believe that an all out ban on abortion will cause a great deal more harm than good, and force women to seek out under-ground, illegal abortion doctors who very well might kill them in the process.

I do not believe that aborting a fetus in the early stages of development is the same thing as murdering a fully developed infant, and the only form of abortion I would absolutely ban no matter what the circumstances is late term, aka partial birth abortion, which is absolutely horrific beyond words, but I'll try to spell it out anyway. In partial birth abortion a fully formed, healthy, baby is pulled out of the womb, feet first, until the head is almost about to come out, then a pointed hollow vacuum tube is stabbed into the skull of the kicking and struggling baby, and the brain is sucked out. When the infant is dead, then the body is fully removed, and thrown away. There is no funeral, no proper burial, it is not treated like a person/human being, it is treated like so much trash. THAT is murder, THAT is infanticide, and there is absolutely no excuse whatsoever for it.

One of the major reasons I don't think all forms of abortion are basically murder is because of the personal and social reactions to natural abortion, in other words when, for some reason, a woman's body stops the pregnancy, without her or anyone else choosing to cause it to happen. This happens from time to time, it happened to women I know in my own life. It's sad, and all, but people individually, and society in general, do not treat those events the same way that the death of an infant is treated. I mean, there is no funeral, no casket, no burial, no groups of mourners weeping. In fact, usually, only a very few people are even aware that such an event even occurred. So, if people in general do not treat the natural loss of a pregnancy, sad though it is, the way they would treat the death of a child, then surely choosing to abort is not the same thing as murder. Do you follow the logic? I hope so.

As for earlier term abortions, which I am against remember, I do think there could be circumstances in which it would be the right decision, like if a child is raped, and impregnated. Should she be forced to bear the burden of carrying that child to full term, giving birth, and having to take care of it, or arrange for it to be adopted? And what if that child was raped by her father, or some other family member? If the baby is born, would it have genetic problems? What about probable social stigma for the girl and her baby? Maybe that is a situation in which abortion is the right choice. I don't like it, but... maybe. What about any woman at all who is raped? Should she be forced against her will to carry an unwanted child to term, and give birth, and bear the burden of caring for it? What about the hospital bills, and all the other costs?

Or how about crack addicted babies? Do you really think it's better to force a crack addicted pregnant woman to continue her pregnancy against her will, even though her baby has likely suffered developmental problems, either it's body, brain, or both, and will likely be born in unspeakable agony due to withdrawal? Even though the baby will likely be born premature, suffer horribly, and die within weeks of being born? Even though the baby will probably not enjoy a normal life even if it does survive those first few weeks? Why should any child be put through that if there is a way to end it before it even begins?

Some people believe that a child that dies before being baptised and "saved" will be sent to hell, or purgatory, or something. This belief sounds absolutely horrible to me, I don't care what religions preach it, it's WRONG! What kind of God would do such a horrible thing to a perfectly innocent, pure, sinless little child?! Any God that would do that is no God at all, in my book, and is instead an evil demon who should not be obeyed or worshiped by anyone for any reason. But, hey, I'm not telling you what religion to follow, or what faith to believe in, I'm just saying, if that's your idea of God, I feel freaking sorry for you.

I believe, as do all Mormons as far as I know, that any child that dies before the age of accountability is pure, sinless, and perfectly innocent, and will go to Heaven to live with a loving Heavenly Father forever and ever, with out end. No child that is aborted in the early stages will suffer in hell, period. The mother who chooses abortion might have to face some eternal consequences, but, I don't judge souls, that's God's jurisdiction. As far as I'm concerned, there usually is no good reason to abort, and so it's not the right decision, MOST of the time. But I cannot support any law that would absolutely ban all abortion, for any reason at all.

So, basically, I'm Pro Life and Pro Choice at the exact same time, without conflict, or very much anyway. There, berate me and hate me if you like, but that's how I feel and think about this whole thing. Have a great day, and stay out of trouble will ya?

.shorah b'shehmtee

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Map of Uru/Myst Fans

Hahaha, I love this idea, we can all see where everybody is. :) Ok, I'm on the map now too. Will you join in and show us all where you are?

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Give

I believe in sharing, in giving to others without requiring them to give back. People have given me so much in my life, and I am very grateful for everything I have received. I have a lot to deal with, as I'm sure you do too, and so I doubt you want to give anything at all to me. It's ok, you can if you want, I have a Donate button!








If you don't want to give anything at all, not even one dollar, fine, I won't push it. But I do have a number of issues I am having great difficulty dealing with, so I would be very happy to get any help at all. I am very glad I received an economic stimulus thingy, but the state wants half of that for taxes. :( The rest is going to have to go to bills. Which doesn't take care of much of my bills, believe me. I don't know what to do, and I'm only working 20 hours a week (officially), I'm taking home a very small paycheck. It's better than nothing, but still, absolutely not nearly enough.

I am a Gift Economist, I believe giving does more than just move money around, or redistribute resources, it brings people together and forges relationships. A gift economy can cause love and kindness to thrive and spread. But pure capitalism, in my humble opinion, fosters anger, distrust, selfishness, and can cause a lot of harm and poverty. Communism and Socialism are not the same thing as a gift economy, those are centralized systems that can quickly become horribly damaging repressive regimes.

A gift economy, or, as an economist guy I talked to calls it, a social capitalism, is not centralized, and depends largely on personal relationships, but does not necessarily require that. In any system, no matter what, there will be bad people doing bad things, and in a gift economy there will be takers who refuse to give for selfish reasons. But those people are dealt with, not with prison and other severe punishments, but with social separation, they generally will not have friends, will quickly lose friends, and therefore will quickly run out of resources. Theft, the taking of things that have NOT been given freely can still be punished more harshly, like with prison, but in a gift economy it seems to me theft would be very unlikely. There are people who will freely give to perfect strangers, just because giving feels good. There doesn't seem to be much reason at all for muggings or carjackings, in such a system.

I admit that a gift economy wouldn't scale up very well, too many people, too many strangers, not enough relationships forming in order to make the system work really well, but fortunately there is no need for any kind of violent revolution in order to get a gift economy up and running. All you need is liberty. The freedom to choose to give to someone, and the freedom not to give to someone, for whatever reasons you might have. As long as liberty lives and thrives, capitalism's damaging effects can be mitigated by giving. As long as people are giving, even if it's just a small thing that doesn't really matter to them, love and peace can thrive.

I believe in love, and I want peace for everyone.

.shorah b'shehmtee