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The Health Effects of Apathy

I spent 11 days with practically no internet connection, no news sources, and not a care about anything in the world. Eleven days of training in a room full of conservatives that sometimes were so far to the right I would cringe. It was great.

Spending time away from the news was a huge relief for me. I almost feel as if a heavy burden was lifted from my shoulders. I probably shouldn’t feel like this, I’m not a policy maker, my life doesn’t hinge on the news. But when I’m in my regular routine I’m a total news junkie. I read everything, news stories, newspapers, columns, blog posts. It’s fairly intensive. I do this to be an informed citizen. I do it to be a better radio talk show host. I do it so that I have a good blog.

But man, you just can’t beat some time away from it all. I suppose that free feeling is how the other half of society lives. The apathetic half. Those that don’t vote, don’t care, and live their lives with only occasional interruptions from the outside world.

I envy these people, and I’m glad we live in a nation that allows the ignorant and apathetic masses to flourish. For a person starving, for people oppressed, for people who are sick, news is important. People under dictators need information so that they can avoid angering the dictator. People starving need news about where food is, if there is aid coming, is there any chance the drought will end. People who need news, and need to vote, and need to be active are typically in a bad situation.

People in America can pretty much ignore what the government is doing most of the time. This is because typically the American government is doing anything that interferes too much in their lives, and they aren’t worried about being executed for not recycling. The fact that we have a great apathetic mass of people who don’t participate is a healthy sign. It means we’re still “free enough.”

Sure, I believe that we need to keep a watchful eye on government. I also believe that some things need to change for us to keep our society, and that right soon. For that reason us “well off” news junkies have an important role in doing what we do. Having far reaching vision and noting when the government needs to be checked is a necessity. Oppression can happen overnight, but it is more likely to be the product of a long slide away from freedom. That’s in essence why I do what I do.

I understand all too well the history of the Roman Republic, a light of civilization and innovation that persisted for 5 centuries, where our forms of government originated. That Republic fell to an empire, and that empire fell like empire’s do. History is on a geologic timescale, and we can play our small part in keeping the light of civilization on.

But it is still a joy to get away from it once in a while.

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Seperation of Church and State in Minnesota:

Here’s a little taste of what it feels like to work for a PC paper, this is an actual email I received on the “all staff” forward list of the Minnesota Daily:

JERRET

This is a perfect example of why we need reporter minority group sensitivity training. Why do the police reports include Somali and Ethiopian in the description? Is it important that we report it just because they reported it? And Fu Manchu — is that important, and possibly insensitive?

CHAD

Good lead. Good use of quotes.

MOLLY

This was another example of insensitive reporting. What’s older? To a 20-year-old writing this story, maybe the 40-somethings in our story are older. But to the 60-year-old professors reading this story, this might be offensive reporting.

These are excerpts from the daily “critique” email sent out from the editor of the paper critiquing all the articles in a particular issue of the Daily. Concerns about political correctness and sensitivity were nauseating and numerous. This particular editor was always concerned about this stuff. At one point she complained about the decision to publish the picture of a man suspected of murder because he was black, and she was worried about racism. Since I lose access to the MNDAily’s email system in a little bit, I’m doing my best to try and find as many gems of idiotic PC as possible. I’ll publish them if I find anymore blatant examples of liberal worldview interfering with the reporting of the real world.

I’m fairly certain this happens at all newspapers, but I’d love it if others came forward and showed just how insane the PC pirates have gotten. Fu Manchu is not a racist and insensitive term. It is descriptive of a style of facial hair that anyone can wear.

This is when I became a Captain on the 727 in 1997

John Wayne
You scored 50% Tough, 9% Roguish, 14% Friendly, and 28% Charming!
You, my friend, are a man’s man, the original true grit, one tough talking, swaggering son of a bitch. You’re not a bad guy, on the contrary, you’re the ultimate good guy, but you’re one tough character, rough and tumble, ready for anything. You call the shots and go your own way, and if some screwy dame is willing to accept your terms, that’s just fine by you. Otherwise, you’ll just hit the open trail and stay true to yourself. You stand up for what you believe and can handle any situation, usually by rushing into the thick of the action. You’re not polished and you’re not overly warm, but you’re a straight shooter and a real stand up guy. Co-stars include Lauren Bacall and Maureen O’Hara, tough broads who can take care of themselves.

Find out what kind of classic dame you’d make by taking the Classic Dames Test.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 45% on Charming

Link: The Classic Leading Man Test written by gidgetgoes on OkCupid Free Online Dating

Random Link o’ the Day:

http://www.michaelyon.blogspot.com

Radio show recap:

My verbal pause problem is about gone, not bad for two weeks’ worth of work. Esmay was a fun interview, and the rest was standard stuff. Articles mentioned and other details available from Tony Garcia.