Turning Your Back On The Dream

Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.

That doesn’t mean there’s anything inherently wrong with owning material possessions. Today’s problem seems to be the meaning we assign to our stuff: we tend to give too much meaning to our things, often forsaking our health, our relationships, our passions, our personal growth, and our desire to contribute beyond ourselves. Want to own a car or a house? Great, have at it! Want to raise a family and have a career? If these things are important to you, then that’s wonderful. Minimalism simply allows you to make these decisions more consciously, more deliberately. – The Minimalists

You were told to spend money and buy things to keep up with the rest of America. You have succeeded in doing some of that. Can things make you happy, fill the void? Or is your life cluttered and complicated?

There is a rule that some people say they use: If you haven’t used it in the past year – get rid of it. So much of what we have is NEW – not USED. We buy things to have things, but we don’t need those things and we often don’t use those things. It may be time to take stock of what we have and start giving things away – and stop buying things like that. There is money to be made on eBay.

Hitler’s Nazi Code Writers Developed Social Media

Enough has been written about the technological advances used behind-the-scenes at Facebook to cause me to close my account. Spying, collecting viewing habits/opinions, and selling information to third parties, it goes way beyond advertising and demographic info mining. -according to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, “Facebook in particular is the most appalling spy machine that has ever been invented.” Assange explained that Facebook is “the world’s most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations, their communications with each other, and their relatives, all sitting within the United States, all accessible to U.S. Intelligence.” The NSA used Internet companies to gather massive amounts of data about consumers. The only way to escape data mining is to ditch these services completely…Donald Trump prefers social media to mainstream media. Mainstream TV has attacked Trump relentlessly since he announced his intentions. Now that he is in office, even comedy tv shows, like SNL, have doubled their effort to embarrass and degrade the President. How bad is Saturday Night Live? It used to be ‘must see TV.’ A review of last night’s show from the New York Times, beyond all the Trump-bashing, “the best moment of the night was when Mr. Baldwin appeared to flub a line, saying “cookie chillout” instead of “chili cookout.” Facebook and SNL are a waste of time.

Avoid At All Costs!

DO NOT PURCHASE the SAMSUNG NOTE 4 SmartPhone. It ain’t that Smart. The issues I have had recently:

  • The phone locks up while texting. Phone has to be re-started to allow texting functionality. Until it locks up again.
  • The battery will not hold a charge longer than 5 hours.
  • I don’t stream music, video or play games with my phone. The issues with this phone cause me to seriously consider purchasing an iPhone. Such a step up to Apple technology might blow my hair back. But, at least I would have decent communication capability. So they say.
    Next thing I know, this will probably catch fire while setting on my coffee table.

    Score! Eating burgers in The Matrix

    These minor victories are sweet! The local Fred Meyer store mis-priced the 3-lb packs of hamburger. Instead of $10.47, they were marked $3.99 each. This had to be an error. But, an error in my favor. I bought two, saving approximately $6.50 each.  I also saved 38 cents for each can of tomato sauce. In fact, the $1 cans of Hunt’s spaghetti sauce, in various recipes, were larger. They did the work for me and I took home the savings. Half gallons of milk were marked at 99 cents each, while the gallon jugs were $2.69. Someone give the kid with the pricing gun a raise!

    The next day, I returned to buy some groceries and paid with pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. It took longer to pay, dropping the coins in the machine like playing the slots in Vegas. The coins were from one coffee mug that had been filled with pocket change. There are jugs and mugs remaining. The coins will just keep piling up if not spent. Coins must be spent before the United States moves to some other form of payment, such as a computer chip in the wrist or forehead.

    Such a computer chip could store an itemization of all purchases and payments. The same chip could track your location and possibly – your thoughts. The government could manipulate the price of hamburger and your desire to purchase hamburger, even at full price.