The progression that we’ve made in researching and developing modern inventions has resulted in a variety of technological advancements in fields such as medicine/health, recreation, transportation, as well as many more. But have all of those “progressions” really benefitted us, or have they only raised our dependency for ring-tones, flip-up display, false internet identities, and a longer-lasting erection? Some say we’ve come a long way with technology. Other’s disagree and say that it’s doomed us all like a plague. One thing’s for sure, and I’m sure most can agree with, is that technology, no matter how good and beneficial it’s suppose to be, is absolutely annoying Sure, I’m a hypocrite, as I sit here and type on my computer so I can post this paper on an internet “blog” site. But don’t think for a second that I’m not aggravated There have been many of times that my computer, and the internet as well, has made me irate to the point of wanting to throw my shit straight out the window.
The home PC is easily one of the most hated advancements, yet at the same time, are probably one of the quickest progressing technological advancements ever. It seems like the instance some new program comes out someone figures out how to “hack” in and fuck everything up. With the past decade’s advancement with the internet, there’s has been a lot of money made in PC security, and internet security companies. But even with an expensive security program, my PC is still vulnerable to viruses, worms, moles, bugs, and all sorts of other animals, infections, and infestations. And the price for these programs consistently goes up as we “progress”. And some might argue that technology is also an advancement for our economy. But if it puts people out of work, that leaves the job market solely to tech-trained candidates. This would mean that after getting laid off, one would need to go back to school, or take some classes of some sort, which costs money. But “advancement” causes a rise in tuition, and instructors become limited, therefore becomes difficult to become a candidate in a technological job market. So, unemployment rises, costs go up, and we continue to “progress”.
I tell you another progression that was doomed from the start is the pharmaceutical industry. And it’s just my opinion, but I think this all started with MKULTRA. Now we have pills for everything. And if for some reason we don’t, we have surgery! “Progression” and “advancement” has given us means for altering physical features for personal enjoyment. But of course, because it’s a technological advancement, it costs an arm and a leg to get a new face. Which, in my opinion, if someone wants a new nostril, or a bigger smile, or a permanent wink, they should have to pay. I just think it messed up we have to charge so much for a new heart, or even a doctor visit.
Even aside from the cost of technological “advancement”, there’s the annoying stuff. Like those roller-shoes that jack-ass’s buy their kids. This idea was genius I remember when there was a day when kids didn’t wander off from their parents because they’d get their ass kicked. And for those kids that might stray, the parents had them on a harness. Now kids get roller-shoes so they can not only stray away from their parents, but also cause chaos. It’s kind of like those monkey’s with roller feet on that Oz movie. Chaotic That annoying invention made someone very rich, very fast. And what about the bright idea of having those coupon dispensers as you walk around the grocery store? I get enough wasted trees in my mailbox And what about all of these bull-shit products on T.V. at 3 in the morning? Who actually buys this crap? There’s even products for products. It’s called “accessorizing”. Just more “advancements” that allow for consumers to waste those little pieces of paper that come from that printing
machine.......you know.......our nation’s greatest “progression”.............the making of the dollar. Individually, we have shoved so much value into the dollar that now it costs more and more money for less and less product or service. It’s crazy to think that just in the last two decades, our cost of living has gone way up, and keeps rising. Hell, back in 1980 you could get a gallon of gas for just over a buck, milk for 2 bucks, and a new car for less than 8 grand. Now you gotta have almost 3 times that for a new car. And have you seen the cars that they’re coming out with these days, and the options and accessories that come with some of them? It’s ridiculous!
Just driving to the grocery store in one of these new cars is a technological adventure It’s as if the manufacturers want us to believe we’re going to the moon, with the buttons, lights, gauges, and all other sorts of “advanced accessorization”. And a lot of people don’t know how to operate half the stuff, and the other half are what some might consider to be “dumb technologies”. Some of those auto-accessories are dangerous if operated by the wrong people, which makes those advancements, not advancements, really. Don’t get me wrong, I like having my car (even though it is a “beater”), but does everyone really need one? I’ve seen some people out there that probably have trouble operating their T.V., much less a big-ass F-250.
The other day I was approaching a stop sign while going down a one-way street. As I got near the stop sign, an elder pulled onto the one way street (going the wrong freakin’ way) and, after noticing me and then realizing his mistake, was still determined to go down the wrong way. There just wasn’t enough room, so I waived for him to back up and get back onto the road from which he turned off of. He then waived for me to fuck off and go to hell. This guy made the mistake, and I was the asshole. The point is, not everyone should have access to a license. This is where public transportation could be enforced, thus making it even more of an “advancement”. Besides, with all the pharmies floating around out there (thanks to the pharmaceutical progression), I’m quite sure a lot of drivers are buzzin pretty good, and I just assume stay the hell out of their way.
Technology isn’t all bad, though. Millions of people can vouch for the fact that
technology, in many ways, can make everyday life easier. Transportation accounts for a lot of things, like consumers being ensured that their products are made available. And driving can be really aggravating (especiallywith “progression” of improvements on our major highway and interstate systems), but it makes it worth while when we go to work to make money, or go vacation. But as long as technology advances, criticism and annoyance shall continue. Products that I will never have a use for, and improvements for products that I will never have a use for, will continue to appear on my T.V. at 3 in the morning. The rate of internet transactions will rise, and so will the vulnerability of internet security. Dashboards will fill up with more buttons and
lights, and more and more drugs will become available for the “improvement” of the well-being of consumer America, including the “annoyed”.
I still remember that last hour. I said “good-bye” to my family, posed for one last picture, and crossed the “Mighty” as I began my search for what I was determined to be my get-away from the brain-washing of young minds that had been known to take place for generation after generation down that desolate highway, which, to this day, serves merely as a vein to the heart of Po-dunk. “Why do you have to leave?” asked my oldest niece. “We don’t want you to leave!,” my youngest niece reminded me. My mother didn’t say much at all. She just kinda stood there with that look on her face. This look, in a way, comforted me on the decision I was about to make. It calmly told me, “I’ll miss you. I’ll see you soon. Make me proud.” A few years later I had received a copy of that picture via email. I printed it, and still have the copy to this day. I would return from time to time to see the ones that I had missed. And every time I would go back, my new, self-formed decisions regarding my own opinions would be stronger and stronger. The familiar forms in which I was reminded of my escape to a self-comfort within the choices I had made usually appeared in a disfigured form of racism, simple-minded ignorance, or even a bright display of abuse and neglect shown towards the land in which they live. Yet, I do go back to visit.
However, now when I go back, I am more quick to see the ideas and ways of thinking in which I strayed from. I now see that these ways of thinking, which contribute to our way of life, is something that we are socially surrounded with from birth. However, that doesn’t mean we are forced to accept it for the rest of our lives. I wanted to be in cleaner surroundings, where not littering is just rule of thumb. I needed to escape the sounds the rednecks make when they convey their ignorant racial slurs to people in which they don’t even know. And the racial slurs from African-Americans that came from people who were born into the misfortune of having to deal with the rednecks. The thought of sitting around the house 24/7 while shoving my face with grease was another idea I didn’t share. The Po-dunk region is overwhelmed with people who do their most exercise while eating. I needed to get out, so get out I did.
One of the more recent times visiting, I had made it to the general region in which I consider to be the outer boundaries of po-dunk. I remember merging into another lane, and noticing out of the corner of my eye, four very, very large men riding in a brown land yacht. They had obviously just come from the drive-thru window at Krystal’s (equivalent to White Castle), due to the fact that I could hear the rush of their caloric intake from all the way inside my car. As the front passenger was trying ever so hard to dominate every last of his fries (at the same time), he was also trying his best to keep up with the conversation he and the driver was having. The passenger’s efforts in conversing while eating resulted in the driver defending himself from french-fried projectiles. While this was happening, I was driving, thinking to myself, “This grease feast is exactly why there is an obesity problem down here. I wonder if they’ve seen Super-size Me?” About that time, as I was driving behind them, I noticed the driver roll down his window. Resembling debris in a tornado, I was soon surrounded by burger boxes, french fry boxes, and empty ketchup packets. I was disgustingly amazed at this time, due to the fact that I hadn’t seen someone throw litter from their vehicle since I had moved away. The fact of the matter is, the sides of the highways and local streets throughout Po-dunk are embedded with trash and litter. But I guess being away from it for a bit, and then coming back to witness this desecration, it was ridiculously “redneck”!
A different time visiting, I was going down a back-road, enjoying some herb, music, and lovely scenery that is produced there every year when the trees, which form a tunnel over the back-roads, start to turn to brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. As I passed a small dirt pull-off, which farmers use to access their plots with their tractors, I noticed a small car, and a man on the far side of the car. I didn’t think anything of his presence as I proceeded to pass by. I then soon realized that I was going the wrong way down this back-road. I turned around, and proceeded past the fellow with the car. As I did, he was pulling out of the small dirt pull-off, revealing the more than half a dozen garbage bags that he had just dumped. This pissed me off to the point of tailing the guy until, finally, my surroundings started to look like a scene off of that movie “The Wrong Turn”, or “Deliverance”. I certainly did not want to be screaming like a pig, so I turned around. Again, I was shocked. If it had been no more than five years earlier, and I witnessed this, I might not have thought twice about it. I guess growing up and being accustomed to people who do these types of things will leave you blind to the consequences, and can quickly and easily dissolve any opinion you might try to form independently. Such an opinion might be the realization of the damage we are doing to the ground on which we work and play.
On yet a different visit, I was enjoying the river sites once with a man and his family. As we pulled up to the banks in his boat, he asked me if I would gather the trash from the boat, and carry the trash up to the trees and “toss it”. It amazed me how the thought of not being able to enjoy that day, due to dumb-ass’s littering up the pristine wilderness, had never crossed their minds. And two seconds into my attempt at allowing the family to understand the consequences of our pollution, I could tell that my effort affected noone. I’ve known this family for years, and they are good people. Down to Earth. Nevertheless, these are the times when I am back there visiting, and I am very easily reminded of the way of thinking that I declined in exchange for my own mental freedom, which led to a life-style that was not pre-determined by my cultural ancestry, social peer pressure, or even social status. Just pure decision derived straight from the conflicting events which my opinions are formed. Sure, I’m not on the list at the hottest club in Hollywood, but I never wanted to be like those ass-holes either!
Time spent on the choices I’ve made, the places I’ve been, the faces I’ve seen, and the places I’ll go again, has all led up to the dissolving of my socially perceived identity, which has resulted in a discovered self-comfort within a self-perceived identity which allows me to give two shits less about my socially-perceived identity. I prove this to myself every time I go back. People who knew me, no longer know me anymore, and people who meet me, instantly assume that I damn well I don’t agree with a majority of their outlooks on life. This is not because of their personal choices, which give them their opinions in which I disagree with. I can still have respect for people who get an idea, research the facts, then form an opinion. Instead, it is because most of them constantly ignore the opportunities that would allow them to expand their way of thinking beyond that of which they attain from being brought up in po-dunk America. The idea of “settling down” before you’ve ever taken the opportunity to “travel wide” is deeply implanted into the youth of Po-dunk. Girls want a baby before they grow up, and guys want full ownership of their pick-up, fishin’ rawd, and shawtgun. And as long as a fella can have that, and a little southern girl to consistently bring him a beer, he’s in redneck heaven. People tend to accept the labels they’re born into without question. And without consideration of different ideas. Be reminded, this my own personal Po-dunk stereo-type. Therefore, this doesn’t include everyone there. I personally know a lot of good people in Po-dunk, and wouldn’t trade their friendship for anything. I guess all in all, that place just isn’t for me.
So, the instant that camera flashed, I realized that the next time I was in town, I would be reminded of the decisions I made in order to have “ownership” of my identity. Me in that picture meant one less kid stuck inside of predetermined po-dunk. One less person to be blinded from a world of conflicting events in which to form opinions, which, in turn, support decisions we make that, when collaborated, display a personality. From time to time, I sit at my desk, which overlooks a significant amount of Open Space (where I am currently a Park Ranger at), and I look at this picture. I think about, and miss people and places from my past in Po-dunk, but am quit sure I made the right decision.
By definition alone, people can identify and define global warming as a rise of the
Earth’s surface temperature. Most people that have even a minuscule understanding of global warming realize and understand the fact that the emissions released from the vehicles driven by humans all over the planet play a role in “the greenhouse effect”. That is, they contribute to the amount of trapped gas within our atmosphere. A lot of this trapped gas is carbon dioxide, which is produced from the burning of fossil fuels. However, most people do not understand that, in order for this trapped gas to not have a negative affect on our Earth, our natural resources, such as trees, must be able to process the trapped gas. Yet, at the rate humans are burning fossil fuels (oil, coal, and natural gas), combined with the massive deforestation practices used by humans, the natural process doesn’t stand a chance. This very concept was confronted by the work of a scientist over a decade ago, but was not given the proper recognition and attention it needed to be revealed by the public eye.
Ben Santer, of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, believes the effects that come from the burning of fossil fuels to be irreversible at the rate we are going, and has published studies that might suggest the depletion of our global air supply due to greenhouse gasses (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, etc...) emitted by human-used products. Santer was the first person to link the mass burning of fossil fuels to the considerable change in the Earth’s temperature, over ten years ago. He did so by analyzing the assumptions from Taylor and Penner, which were formed at an earlier point in time, and suggested that our climate can be greatly affected by the use of sulfate aerosols. Aerosols can be quickly described as fine liquid or solid droplets suspended within a gas. All three scientists have become globally recognized due to their extensive work on this study, and are famed for aiding in the revelation that our globe is affected by human interactions. Studies of this sort have, over time, caught the American government’s eye enough to the point of now having limitations, regulations, initiatives, and basically the proper attention they deserve for the well-being of our planet’s, and of our humanly existence.
The United States government has identified certain economic regions as “major
greenhouse gas emitting sectors”, and has plans to reduce the amounts of pollutants in each sector. Electricity, transportation, industry, buildings, agriculture/forestry, and the federal government were all acknowledged as pollutant-contributing regions. The government has begun to reinforce these plans within these regions through ongoing studies and uses of renewable energies, hybrid transportation methods, transportation limitations, industry restrictions, and energy policies. In 2002, when President Bush introduced the Global Warming Initiative, the Bush Administration revealed their focus to be on “the amount of greenhouse gasses produced per dollar of gross domestic product,” as opposed to focusing on the actual amount of greenhouse gases emitted annually. This “focus-shift” is said by some to be the wrong way to monitor this problem, and might surely be looked back upon, as a mistake. Although our government’s current administration has claimed to strive for strategically reducing the amount of emitted greenhouse gasses, this is but only a fraction of the problem.
The real problem is said to lie within the mass population of individuals whom don’t take their own strategic precautions in reducing the amounts of pollutants that they individually release on a daily basis. A 1997 publication from the World Meteorological Organization appoints carbon dioxide as the most important of the greenhouse gases, and also stated that up to 85% of the contributing carbon dioxide is from the burning of fossil fuels for our global energy needs (heating/cooling, transportation, manufacturing/industry). This boils down to every aspect of everyday living. Work, what we make at work, driving to work, climate controlling our houses and cars, the things we buy, the things we make to buy, the driving to work in a climate controlled car to make things that we buy for our climate controlled homes....
The human race drills for oil, mainly, so transportation can remain a major factor in the economy. The fuel emits into our atmosphere as the most important of greenhouse gases, meaning the biggest threat of the greenhouse gases. The 1997 WMO publication assigned methane as the second most important of the greenhouse gases. This gas is emitted into our atmosphere from “leaky gas pipelines”, cultivation of rice, and also when we drill for oil. But even aside from the corporate, industrial, and governmental greenhouse gas contributions, there are the smaller-scale contributions that come from the consumption of products and services that are provided to the public by these corporate, industrial, and governmental agencies. Examples of this consumption-turned-contribution by the public can range from hair spray, automobile fuel, residential heating and cooling, cigarettes, lawnmowers, etc...
And according to the results of research done by numerous agencies and organizations, a sudden change in how we consume, manufacture, and regulate is needed in order to ensure that we sustain a quality air supply, and ultimately, future generations here on Earth.
According to the American Society For Microbiology, these steps that must be taken by consumers, industrial, corporate, and governmental agencies and organizations include reinforcing regulation, and further funding for proper research. Especially for the advancement of carbon management. In hopes of mitigating the negative effects of greenhouse gases, and to reduce the massive amount of pollution humans contribute to their own atmosphere, studies will continue, and more people will feel as if global warming is relevant. Integration of biological technology advancement and continuing research and development into the minds of the general public will continue to take place, but at a slower rate than the human-imposed desecration of the Earth’s atmosphere.
|My neighbor came home the other night to a burglarized home and a missing car. Two days later, he got a call from the police, saying they found the car that he called in stolen. The car had been cleaned out, with the exception of the Kenwood stereo (smart thieves). Immediately after finding the stolen vehicle, the police department impounded his car, and then called my neighbor. When he got down there, he learned that our tax dollars aren’t enough for the police to find our stolen cars. As it turns out, the police department allows for the hand of a tow company to dip into the cookie jar. Then the tow company lets the impound yard dip into the jar. And since his keys were stolen during the robbery, a locksmith would also get to reach in for a cookie. The registration to the car was kept above the passenger visor, which also kept a hold of my neighbor’s cd collection. This was taken as well. This meant that the DMV got to reach into the jar. Why is everything such a process, with variables and obstacles in every direction, from every angle? Why is our society one which fiends for profit?|
So today I had to attend a mandatory orientation for where I work. I worked there for a few months last season, and I’ve been here this year since the beginning of this season. Because of the fact that I’ve been there, doing my job, for a bit now, makes the mandatory orientation really annoying. Then there is the fact that it’s nearing the end of my semester, and I have plenty of other stuff to do besides listening to someone read paragraphs to me out of the same employee handbook that I got last year, and again two months ago. What do they think they’re accomplishing by this? Do they realize they’re paying us to sit and waste time? They better, damn it! We had to do “games” which consisted of us going around to other people to see if anyone knew how to juggle, play an instrument, and other dumb shit like finding someone who had been in a hot air balloon. There was shitty snacks (with nothing to wash them down with), and on top of that, my boss had scheduled me to open at the same time the orientation was suppose to end. Which gave me absolutely no time to get 40 minutes across town to work.
And tomorrow, I get to go to a different mandatory seminar, then get 20 minutes to get from there to class, then after class I’ll have an hour to get to go to work. Tomorrow should be fun though. I get to attend a seminar on sexual harassment. Because we all know how sexually harassed things get around the batting cages! Balls....Bats.....Pitching machines!! Thank God for these seminars!