Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The Worry Story

The WattsUpWithThat crowd wrote up an interesting piece today....over a university study piece (by Chapman University)....studying 'fears' of people.

The study crowd says that climate change/global cooling.....really isn't high up on the list of fears by Americans.  Shocker, eh?

In fact, more Americans believed and feared paranormal things (like ghosts)....more than climate change.  I think if you did the same survey on Germans....it'd be the exact opposite.

On the top fears or worries for Americans?  Number one: corruption of government bureaucrats. Amusingly enough....fear of Trumps reform of the Healthcare Act came up as number two on the fear list.

Fear of North Korean nukes?  Way down as number nine.  In fact, folks worried more about not having enough money (ranked five on the list).

I sat and pondered over the listing. 

From the list of the top ten fears that most Americans showed fear over?  I kinda have to admit that I don't sit around and worry much about any of these. 

Oh, I worry about snakes if I'm in a snaky area and there's high grass.  I worry about food poisoning if I'm at a questionable one-star restaurant.  I don't worry much about ghosts, cannibals, meteors, wild dogs, or angry elephants.  I do worry about nutcases who talk to themselves, Brahma bulls, driving in snow-storms, real Nazis (not the fake Nazis), and people who appear to have leprosy.  I don't worry about meth-heads unless they seem totally out of control.

The problem I see with this survey business is that they aren't really going out into country settings and asking regular people about this stuff.

Most folks from where I grew up would hype up their worry over tornadoes, their car transmission failing, the county voting to go dry, their wife finding out about their mistress, the water heater failing, meth-heads, corrupt cops, and some Alabama governor making a play on their wife or girlfriend.  Folks worrying about climate change?  I doubt if it'd even make the top forty worries.

This worry discussion?  I guess someone worries about what makes you worry. 

My Idea for a TV Show

I have this idea for a television script.....with all the fake reality being played out in politics today in America.

So, various people have threatened to leave the US....to mostly Canada....because of the Trump win.

My script idea is to take some guy, and his family (of course) and go through the Trump exit.

The guy would discover about ten minutes into the show that Canada won't accept him (some marijuana charge from the 1980s).  Eventually, he'd settle on Costa Rica.  The family would haul all of their belongings onto a 1982 school bus and drive down through Mexico.

Eventually, they'd arrive at the designated immigration point for Costa Rica....to discover the town that they are encouraged to settle into....is El Trump.  There's some unease with dad as he discovers this.

The rest of the plot would revolve around the family discovering that secretly....each of them had some attraction to Trump-like thinking.  At the end of the first season, they'd all stand and admit....they were Trump enthusiasts but just never knew it.  And now, will they leave Costa Rica to return?  Or will they bring Trump-enthusiasm to Costa Ricans?

Europe Rehab Story

For a week, off and on, I've been following this Harvey Weinstein story.  To be honest, on my rating scale....in terms of real news, from one to ten....it's rating near a '1'....meaning that it's not really news. 

It's basically a story of a wannabe big-wig for some Hollywood studio who sat around for three decades hitting on women and no one said much of anything.  Not the women, not the studio, and not the journalists (they actually had the story available for a decade). Now, for some odd reason....one gal mentioned something, and the NY Times did a fantastic 180-degree turn to briefly tell the story.  Why?  That's a complete unknown.

Now?  I read off TMZ that Harvey got on a private jet and flew off to Europe yesterday.....heading to a private rehab clinic that does sex addiction treatment.  No one says much over where the clinic is located.

I sat and pondered over this.  To be honest, most places where you'd go in Europe....folks would be generally hyped up over lusty stuff.  Desensitizing you from sex addition?  It's a curious thing to imagine.

This might be some Swiss clinic on top of some mountain....with Swiss therapists who get all chatty about internal feelings and harmony with nature.  Maybe two a day....you go and have goat cheese, with some glacier water....then you roll around in some freshly cut hay to chill out.

This might be a Finnish clinic by some lake....with Finnish therapists who get all chatty about your intellectual side, and how you need to use such-and-such Finnish technique to control your urges.  Then the lunch folks will wheel out some bear meat, moose steaks, and 9-percent beers, letting you sweat out things in some sauna and then jump into the icy waters of the lake.

Or this might be a British clinic in the midst of some rolling hill area of England....with Brit therapists  getting all chatty about Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, and Herbert Spencer.  They'd bring you into some room with two Scottish thug guys who assault you a bit, and insist upon proper manners when dealing with women.  After that, they'd bring you over to a pub....give you a hefty gammon sandwich with an ale, and then make you watch six hours of BBC every night.

Personally, I have my doubts about how this will improve any guy but at least he can say that he's been to a clinic and done the rehab program. 

The Lifestyle Story

This got brought up today with WattsUpWithThat.com, and I thought it was a a bit amusing.

In Europe, the university system goes out and does a lot of research that US universities would not touch....let's say for political reasons.

So the folks at Cambridge University....wanted to know how Conservationists think and react....in the real world.  These are the people who get peppy about saving the world, cramming global warming/cooling down our throats, and get all chatty about climate change.  It would be logical then to assume that they really take this stuff serious and live stoic-climate change lives.  Well....NO.

From the group of Conservationists selected....they are just plain regular people.  They are no different from the anti-climate change crowd, which ought to freak journalists out.

You would think that lifestyles would change and people would be different. For example....Conservationists fly frequently....as the college discovered...on average of nine times a year.  You can figure two of those are for vacations, and the rest for conferences that they need to attend.  All of that....does more damage....if you buy into their argument.  But even they aren't buying into their argument.

These are also the same people who eat fish/meat five times a week.  They don't convert to vegan like you'd suspect.

Buying carbon offsets on their airline tickets? Never.

I sat and pondered over this story.  It's like some heavily-consumed anti-alcohol guy doing his big chat, and you find out a year later that he still sips two shots of brandy every night before bed, or you have someone trying to convince you to reseed your yard but the guy lives in some upscale condo surrounded by concrete. 

What happens now?  I'm guessing that some anti-climate change people are going to start forcing the Conservationists to modify their lifestyles, and live the way that they chat.  The less meat thing?  That probably won't go well....and the suggestion of only attending one single conference a year....maybe at a campsite in Bolovia with no room-service or wine?  You can forget about that.

Just something to think about.