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    As I continue to dig into gun control in other countries I found that Cuba has, under it's socialist/communist control, managed to find a answer to the gun control issue. In this socialist state most people are so poor no one can afford a gun.

    Is this what is in store for US?
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    Socialism begins by slowly making the general populace more and more dependent on government to control more and more of their daily lives. I'd say, in general, we as a society have been slowly moving in this direction for at least a couple decades now.
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    This is not an original thought (as if I ever have an original thought) but it bears repeating. If you create a class of people that are totally dependant on the government for things like income, food, and healthcare those people will only vote for those that promise more of the same.

    People that produce nothing and have never done anything but take do not exactly contribute to the Gross National Product. There comes a breaking point.

    Lets put it this way if you fill up your car and drive until it reads empty then only fill it half way you will not go nearly as far as if you had filled it up. Next time you need fuel you put in half of what you did last time. You continue this trend of only puting in half of what you did last time you will never run out of gas but there will come a point where you are moving mere feet.

    This is the way I am seeing the US economy is headed. More and more jobs going overseas, fewer people with disposable income, more people wanting the cheapest thing they can purchase which means a trip to walmart, walmart buys overseas because it is made by people not making the US minimum wage. So the walmart heirs become richer as a ever larger segment of the population becomes poorer because we can't afford to buy products made in the USA.

    Then as we become more like the Communist ruled countries more funds are given to the non producers so that those in office will be popular and continue to be reelected. At some point it totally breaks down.

    This the main reason the government does not want armed citizens instead of a population of sheep. They are afraid of a second American Revolution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlfaDog View Post
    If you create a class of people that are totally dependant on the government for things like income, food, and healthcare those people will only vote for those that promise more of the same.

    Therein lies the political success of the far-left.
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    Several years ago a book titled The Tipping Point entered my awareness. Malcolm Gladwell shows us how trends start and gives us clues as to why they either catch on or disapear.

    Think about a cold in a preschool and what happens when most of the students catch it and it spreads out of the school and into the local population. The teachers get it, and the cold spreads to parents and their coworkers. The result is a spike in cold treatments and visits to the Dr.s office where the person that came in because of a sprained wrist is now exposed to the cold bacteria.


    One unexpected result of colds in schools is a product called Airborne developed by a second grade teacher who was tired of being sick all the time.


    I tell you all of this to get you to think about what I have to say next. I am going to attempt to use some of Mr. Gladwells concepts to point us to trends that I see coming.


    No one can say that the U.S. space program has not changed our lives. I am just old enough to remember my father pulling the back off of our television set. This was in a time when you were lucky to recive three TV channels. The reason he pulled the back was to see if one of the vacum tubes was not heating up. He would remove the suspect tube and take it to the drug store where he would plug it into a tester; if it failed he would buy a replacment tube and take it home. Back in those days you also had people called TV repairmen that would come to your house and do repairs for you if you did not have the common sense to do it yourself. Now if my TV does not work I call the cable company. You see the space program developed a thing called transistors which led to ever smaller and more powerful gadgets. Chances are the handheld device you are reading this on owes its entire existance to the U.S. space program.


    Bear with me on this I am going to try to predict the future here.


    A few years ago we saw a culture develop that embraced the seemingly endless aray of what came to become known as body art. Of course I am refering to tattoos and body piercings. A whole subculture developed with TV shows and publications dedicated to this new form of self expression. Eventually it became mainstream with even society moms getting one of these social cool markings.

    Along a totally different line, again made possable by the U.S. space program, checks began to vanish from the American way of life. No longer do you have to wait in line to be handed your check, you don't even have to set foot inside of a bank to cash it. You can now walk into almost any place of business hand them a piece of plastic which they give BACK. In return you walk out with food in your belly, a new shirt, or little Lonishia with new braces.


    At the same time crime has been evolving. Stay with me I am getting there.


    Thanks to technical progress it is now possable for people in another country a country that you nor any of your friends have ever visited to steal your good name, reputation and your savings and worse of all to create accounts in your name. This was at least in part made possable because you are no longer handed a check.


    There are people that walk among us daily that owe their lives to technology. Without the current level of technology their lives would be altered or cut short because of life sustaining insulin being metered into their system moment by moment. Some of these insulin pumps can be connected to computers and information provided to doctors to give blood sugar levels and insulin being used.


    The space program again comes into play when we are trying to use GPS to help us find that new Sushi place that just opened. Also it has become the new social norm to twit and tweeter about what we had for lunch and about the movie we are going to see.


    Can you see where I/we are headed from the clues I have provided?


    Ever smaller electronics play an increasingly larger roll in our life. What we are and where we are is no longer a private matter.

    We blab it to the world and even post pictures of our latest tattoo for the world to see. We have come to think that electronics can save our life and be the tool that brings us joy.

    I recently watched three teen girls have lunch, they texted the whole time and never spoke to one another. Makes me wonder who is more important than the ones you are with?


    Does your dog have an implant to tell you where he is? With RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology no larger than a grain of rice these implants can give ownership information and shots records. In farm livestock it contains breeding records, milk production, feeding habits and much more. Just one problem here, in some areas if you pet fido is picked up off the street an implant is placed in your pet without your permission. You may not even know it because it is so small.

    How much of a leap is it from house arrest wearing an electronic ankle bracelet to an implant to tell us where sex offenders are hanging out? Everyone will want an implant for their son/daughter incase some pervert does grab them. With a simple set of keyboard instructions your childs exact location shows in google maps. We have been conditioned to accept implants because so many of our population already have drawings on their skin and studs in their body.

    Your idenity is stolen for the forth time in as many months. As a result you get an implant to identify yourself with an electronic signature. Dear old dad needs one too as he keeps wandering away from the nursing home. These implants over time become the social norm. Eventually implants will be required by law.

    In time inplants could serve another purpose this one with medical underpinnings. It may be that you are given a green light or are red light that runs in an app on your handheld device when you are chosing a sexual partner. The basis would be history of sexual disease, mental health or diseases that are heredity. This could even be manuplated so that a "perfect race" is eventually created. Population growing too fast? The government just increases the controls that trigger a red light and your right to choose who you want for a life partner is forever changed. If you choose to mate anyway and complications occur the new socialized state run medical insurance would simply refuse to pay.

    Future generations of implants will make drugs from the chemicals already in your bloodstream. No more trips to the drug store. The doctor sees an imbalance and has the implant make the drugs needed right in your own bloodstream. Of course in the early days there will be some issues like the guy that goes from 359 pounds to 101 in four months.

    If you are suspected of a crime the local police, which are now private companies due to the ecconomic collapse of local governments, are hooked in to track you and the judge approves a drug via your implant to make you passive to arrest. With less crime the law enforcment companies now in place demand ever tighter and more restrictive laws to justify their existance and insure their profitability to shareholders.

    With the improvments in technology that have made us one with the world, and yet so removed from it, we will not mind that U.N. troops have just invaded Ohio. Seems like a group in Ohio wanted to have a peaceful protest. But then you live in Nebraska the U.N. invasion is their problem.

    Besides you trust the president whats his name to do the right thing. At least that is what you tweet to the 200000 followers from India you just hired to make you look popular.

    These concepts will soon find their way into a major motion picture. Remember you saw it first on ASD.
    Last edited by AlfaDog; 08-13-2012 at 05:15 AM. Reason: Less rant more sense
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    Wink The Times They Are A-Changin'

    Come gather 'round people
    Wherever you roam
    And admit that the waters
    Around you have grown
    And accept it that soon
    You'll be drenched to the bone
    If your time to you
    Is worth savin'
    Then you better start swimmin'
    Or you'll sink like a stone
    For the times they are a-changin'.

    Come writers and critics
    Who prophesize with your pen
    And keep your eyes wide
    The chance won't come again
    And don't speak too soon
    For the wheel's still in spin
    And there's no tellin' who
    That it's namin'
    For the loser now
    Will be later to win
    For the times they are a-changin'.

    Come senators, congressmen
    Please heed the call
    Don't stand in the doorway
    Don't block up the hall
    For he that gets hurt
    Will be he who has stalled
    There's a battle outside
    And it is ragin'
    It'll soon shake your windows
    And rattle your walls
    For the times they are a-changin'.

    Come mothers and fathers
    Throughout the land
    And don't criticize
    What you can't understand
    Your sons and your daughters
    Are beyond your command
    Your old road is
    Rapidly agin'
    Please get out of the new one
    If you can't lend your hand
    For the times they are a-changin'.

    The line it is drawn
    The curse it is cast
    The slow one now
    Will later be fast
    As the present now
    Will later be past
    The order is
    Rapidly fadin'
    And the first one now
    Will later be last
    For the times they are a-changin'.

    Bob Dylan 1964
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    Sadly, I'm old enough to vividly remember two things here, my father testing TV tubes at the drug store, and my excitement at being allowed to spend my birthday money to purchase Bob Dylan's third studio RECORD ALBUM at the RECORD STORE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Trueblood View Post
    Sadly, I'm old enough to vividly remember two things here, my father testing TV tubes at the drug store, and my excitement at being allowed to spend my birthday money to purchase Bob Dylan's third studio RECORD ALBUM at the RECORD STORE.
    Thankfully you are old enough and wise enough to remember both. Those were some good times when songs still had meaning and Dad was around and knew how to get things done.
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    The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
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    Albert Einstein

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    One of your basic rights as an American is the right to vote. Historically for many Americans even that right was a hard fought battle. So you are registered to vote right? RIGHT?

    If not get off your lazy butt and register right now! If you don't vote you have no right to whine about government. I know that is one right you don't want to give up.

    In most states you can register with as little as 20-30 days lead time. If overseas there is still time but do it now.

    Make sure that everyone in your family has registered and your coworkers and your golf buddies, and the guys at the shooting range, and your .... Well you get the idea.

    Then when November 6th rolls around be sure you get to the poles and vote. If not I may come looking for ya.
    To be vigilant, prepared and capable is more than a motto;
    it is a duty to those we love and care for.


    The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
    but because of those who look on and do nothing."....
    Albert Einstein

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