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Internet Constitutional Scholar

Internet Constitutional Scholar: (Noun) One who learns all they need to know about the constitution from scrolling facebook memes in the bathroom after coffee and a bran muffin. The term only applies in vaguest terms to the US constitution, but their morning porcelain constitutional, and their crappy grasp of the aforementioned document.

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Chernobyl Click-Bait

News sites are getting a bit click-baity. Yes, there is a fire in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Yes, radiation levels at the fire are elevated. No, the exclusion zone isn’t on fire, just 50 acres of it. They also fail to mention that the fire. according to Google Maps, is 432 km (268 miles) away from Chernobyl, with the City of Kiev between them. Radiation levels at Kiev and the power plant are normal, for them. But you see headlines like: “The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is on fire and radiation levels are spiking”, “Chernobyl radiation levels spiked 16 times above normal amount as forest fires rage across the deserted area”,

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Socialized Medicine?

People that say they don’t want socialized medicine annoy me. If the medicare for all would ever pass, your premiums are deducted from your paycheck, it is insurance that you’ve paid for. That is capitalism, you pay money for a good or service.

On the same vein, social security is not a freaking entitlement. You paid into it, the problem is that years ago LBJ signed off on a bill that allowed congress to use it as a piggy bank, if social security collapses, it was sabotaged by your elected officials who collected your premiums and defrauded you of the value of your policy.

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Nestle Water Videos

Nestle won’t appeal ruling on bottled water pumping

Video Description: Nestlé Waters North America has effectively abandoned plans to increase its groundwater pumping rate near Evart, with the company announcing it would not appeal a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling.

Nestle Waters – Big and Controversial

Video Description: Nestle is one of the largest food companies that exists today. A big portion of their business comes from the sales of bottled water. This video attempts to express the size of their bottled water division, as well as profile some of the many controversies surrounding it.

Controversy After Nestle Given New Permit To Bottle More Michigan Water | NBC Nightly News

Video Description: Nestle has been bottling water outside Grand Rapids for almost 20 years and was recently given a new permit for just $200 to nearly double their pumping capacity. The public, still shaken by the water crisis in Flint, submitted more than 80,000 comments about the deal, with just 75 in favor.

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Roaches & Nukes

Apparently roaches aren’t as resistant to a nuclear environment as is commonly thought, saw a short science bit on it while back and there are several species of insect more resistant. Then I saw an ad for something else, and now I’m stuck with the mental image of millions of dead cockroaches surrounding a building. The Waffle House is still open. Good grief, what did they put in these antihistamines?

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“Generation” is a method to Divide

Ok, a little secret for you. There is profit in division, especially for the media and politicians, they need division and fear to generate ad revenue and donations. So, they have people working for them that find ways to keep people divided. Liberal vs conservative is losing its impact because nobody knows what the hell a liberal or a conservative is anymore. So, the new conflict term du jour is between the generations. boomer vs millennial apparently the major point of contention. Side note, ha;pf of the people I see sharing this stuff don’t even know what generation they are in, which is amusing, butthurt by proxy I imagine.

Not that it is easy to keep track, when I was little my Dad and I were both considered baby boomers, years later I’m 20 days too young to be a boomer and Dad is 5 months too old, sorry Pop, you don’t get a generation I guess.

Baby Boomers: Baby boomers were born between 1944 and 1964. They’re current between 55-75 years old (76 million in U.S.)
Gen X: Gen X was born between 1965 – 1979 and are currently between 40-54 years old (82 million people in U.S.)
Gen Y: Gen Y, or Millennials, were born between 1980 and 1994. They are currently between 25-39 years old.
Gen Y.1 = 25-29 years old (31 million people in U.S.)
Gen Y.2 = 29-39 (42 million people in U.S.)
Gen Z: Gen Z is the newest generation to be named and were born between 1995 and 2015. They are currently between 4-24 years old (nearly 74 million in U.S.)

So, now, I’m Gen X. Guess what. Don’t mean squat and it never has.

So, TLDR: Every time you click on an article bashing gen this or that, every time you share articles bitching about some generation or another, you’re generating ad revenue for people exploiting the urge that many have to be outraged about something that distracts from the things that the media and the politicians don’t want you to be outraged about.

To put it bluntly, they are capitalizing on a refinement of the phenomena called the Useful Idiot: useful idiot is a derogatory term for a person perceived as propagandizing for a cause without fully comprehending the cause’s goals, and who is cynically used by the cause’s leaders.

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