Counting Sheeple

You’ve got to be kidding or dozing.  The American electoral process has to be one of the most costly and assinine ways to seek representation.   I suspect the duration is warranted to give enough spin time to influence the sheeple and allow more time for the wolves in sheeple clothing to work their influence.

I would like to live in a country where money does not dictate who gets elected; where political donations are limited; where corporations don’t override the people; where politicians receive no more compensation or benefits than those that serve on the front lines, or, for that matter having no more benefits than those homeless.

There should be a political IQ and conscience sobriety test.  Of course a synonym for sobriety is abstinence. 

We’re spending way too much time “de-spinning” what political parties, UN, IMF, NATO, Federal Reserve, etc. reports.  We should be spending the time building from a grass roots endeavor, building community networks from grass root endeavors.

As an aside, a Bruce Cockburn song, “Call It Democracy”, from 1985, which I first heard today, , makes me wonder where in hell, quite literally, have I been for over 25 years as the lyrics can’t be more relevant today as they were then. I guess we really get caught up on living our own lives trusting others as conscientious bellwethers without realizing how badly we are being misled as sheeple through propaganda and irrelevant statistics.

I mean really, how in the hell does a UN report, United Nations Global Broadband Report (23 Sept 2012) , get published in the first place that measures fixed or wireline broadband connections per capita, instead of per household.  I know quite often I’m in the doghouse but it doesn’t have any broadband connection that I’m aware of.  If we really want to de-spin something, then de-spin all the broadband statistics here in the United States which includes DSL which for the most part offers only 896 Kbps upstream.  That’s all that I can get in suburbia.  Whereas, the FCC has defined broadband as 1Mbps upstream and 4Mbps downstream.  Does that ever blow current broadband statistics away and puts us into the dark ages of broadband.

You have to love those ads though saying that they can give you up to 50 Mbps of throughput and don’t tell you how much upstream.  The word “up” of course is misleading and really implies that you only get a mere fraction of that during busy times.  Try recalling the times when you attempted to call your family on Christmas Day on the landline and all you got was a busy signal.  That’s called oversubscribing and it is done with broadband as well.

If you really want accurate statistical information then have each household count the number of times per hour that their online movie gets suspended while waiting for the video stream.


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