Approximately the 11th anniversary of starting this blog. 10th required a long piece with picture;
11th only triggers one small thought.
As I noted before,
1950's radio and TV shows constantly used drama and comedy to help us spot frauds and scams. Media now do the opposite because everything is a scam.
The best rule was given in complete and exact form by 'This Is Your FBI':
You can't cheat a careful man who checks things before acting on them.
Checking things was somewhat difficult in 1950; now it's easy but too many people still fail to check. Investment schemes still use nonexistent patents or dummy corporations, and still fool upper-middle victims like doctors and lawyers who could afford
The last part of the sentence, before acting
, is crucial as a constraint. You can't spend time checking everything that you believe or hear or think about. Some of your beliefs and thoughts are going to be based on poor assumptions or bad facts. Unavoidable. But you need to check before you use the belief
to spend money, or make war against a country that didn't attack you, or write the belief in a published and paid book, or turn the world into a black hole. Those ACTS have a wide range of consequences, but all of them are big enough to justify CHECKING.
Acting on a belief, even at the limited stage of writing, seems to trigger an innate need to check. I noticed this inverse effect after a couple years of writing this blog and making pictures where Polistra interacts with the beliefs. Before I started committing my thoughts to "paper", I trusted the government to make war. The assumptions looked wrong, but I hadn't laid them out and examined them. After I organized them with Polistra's help, I could see that Bush was not acting for America. I still haven't figured out exactly WHO he was working for; probably a combination of Israeli and Saudi interests; but it's dead certain that he's not on our side.
One more step: When you see someone acting consequentially and profitably
on an assumption that you KNOW to be wrong, you can conclude someone is a criminal. The Global Warming scammers have ALL the resources necessary to check their theory. They can read the long-term temperature records just as well as anyone else. But they read the records backwards. No doubt about it, no accident. The data is perfectly clear, and the reversal is perfectly clear. Therefore the Global Warming pushers are running a racket. Same with economics. Nearly all economists use theories and "facts" about human economic behavior that are INSTANTLY disprovable, TRANSPARENTLY bizarre. Wrong in the same way as assuming that people walk upside down using their hair for pseudopods. You've never seen anyone walking on their hair, so an entire discipline based on that assumption would be laughed out of existence.
The econ assumptions about 'substitutable' purchases and 'equilibrium' are equally absurd and laughable, but we allow econs to destroy the world. Why?
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Well, that was a long piece with picture after all.