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Every System Has A Leader

crazypants letter

I was on my way out of the store, pulling out my keys to unlock my car. A man and woman were walking away from their car, parked next to mine, when the man addressed me. "Hey man, you know, I think Trump's gonna turn us all into chaos."

Uh. Okay sir.

Then he pressed a piece of paper into my hand, and the woman said "he wants you to read that." I made that sound you make when you just want to get away without being dragged into some weird situation, got in my car and locked the door.

Then I opened the paper.

Every System Has A Leader
Outside the money system is the Family World

Take a look through the eyes, ears, heart and mind of mankinds Ancient Common Father. Equalize as his children forever. Our thoughts become self guided. Love, honor, trust, cooperation starts flowing through hearts minds and muscles in true family form. The (GAP, the Father, Great Ancient Parent) gathers mankind as brothers and sisters to keep strong, free, well fed with good food, balancing with nature in nice houses. The GAP is the Father, the Master of the Family World who gives mankinds mother her most perfect life with peace and rest. Spirit forever strong with unity. The life supporting factory of good deeds. You are placing your Earth home in the Universe of Heaven.

To have the GAP is to call all secret and non secret Public, Governments, Corporate, Religious, Non Religious and Racial Forces to be treated as family wherever they live work travel or vacation on Earth, from the bottom of the Underworld to the top of the Heavens, as everyones family and childrens friends travel all around. Entering the GAP makes you (family) rich without cost. The Atheists believe he is human, the Religious believe he is God. Together they agree to Love their neighbor as family, stand firm for neighbors, Love always protects with worth weapons when necessary. So you know your loved ones are safe when away doing good deeds. Glory and honor organizes supply and demand. Whoever tries to prevent uniting mankind in family spirit is an enemy of all. Condemning themself.

The big idea to create money needed a new leader to watch for system defects. (We did not leave the family world behind) when we donated love, honor, trust and cooperation to put the money system to the test. Earth home was turned into property, good deeds became work and work forces. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. The new leader found a defect. The more the world lives as family, the less power money has over the Earth. An evil influence grew within the leader. And the Earth became everything a thief wants to steal. The influence became the new master. Separating hearts and minds. Feeling glory and honor over the dead. Creating new enemies and plagues to spread. Dividing Races and Religions to cause wars. The Underworld guided to damage to damage economies, enviroments, food and fuel supplies to cause competition to stay alive. Because the more the World competes to survive, the less we live as family. So that is why in sam hill the rich compete for tiny pieces of Earth to call home.

Stop falling one by one, throw away the evil influence by resurrecting Family force again. Let all the Worlds leaders stand up with the GAP as the Master of all leaders. As brothers and sisters of all mankind. Resurrect the Worldwide Family Force with (100% mercy and forgiveness.) People of Communism, Capitalism, Socialism need the GAP to be the Way. To remove fear from our hearts, minds and muscles, the GAP of all Humankind can never be destroyed. Love honor trust and cooperation is the soul blood that keeps the family system alive. Protect the Family. To open the GAP for your neighbor and every passerby is a vote against the evil influence worldwide.

I think I just met the world's first human Markov Chain. Or a future speechwriter for the Trump administration.

Review: Liquid Ice Energy Drinks

Liquid Ice Energy Drink – the "hidden gem" of the energy drink industry, according to its maker, aiming to be the "highest quality performance" and "best tasting" drink on the market.

Full disclosure: the manufacturer sent me free samples of these two drinks along with some assorted merchandise in exchange for this review. No other compensation was involved. These are my own opinions of these drinks.

According to the official website, this brand has been around since 2003 but with a somewhat limited distribution. No stores near me seem to carry it, so I hadn't heard of it until now.

Product Overview

Liquid Ice comes in three varieties: Blue, Red, and Zero. Note that these aren't flavors, just labels: one is blue, one is red, and one has zero sugar or carbs. (This review only covers Blue and Red.)

The stated nutritional facts for an 8.3oz can of Liquid Ice are comparable to an equivalent 8.4oz can of Red Bull, probably its closest competitor. (If you're super concerned about sugar content, you probably shouldn't be chugging energy drinks to begin with.) Both brands state 80mg of caffeine per serving in almost identically-sized cans. What Liquid Ice adds alongside that is 1000mg of taurine for a "sustained energy level" rather than a huge upfront jolt (Red Bull states only 1mg of taurine).

Liquid Ice Blue

It took a while to figure out how to describe the taste. It's sort of a blue raspberry flavor, very sweet and sugary but without any discernible aftertaste. If you liquified blue cotton candy, you might get this drink.

I did feel somewhat more alert after drinking the can, though I can't say whether that was due to the energy blend or the sugar. I'm inclined to think it was the caffeine, since there wasn't a sense of a sugar rush other drinks bring on.

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Liquid Ice Red

As with the Blue, the taste is tricky to describe. One press release even went so far as to call it a "unique, captive and unidentifiable flavor". My girlfriend suggested it tasted like carbonated red Kool-Aid, or maybe those red popsicles in plastic tubes. Personally, I liked this flavor more than the Blue.

As with the Blue, there was definitely an energy boost within about 20 minutes of emptying the can, and that sense of heightened alertness lasted perhaps an hour. For someone with a less-intense caffeine addiction habit, this would likely last longer.

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Sweet but not too sweet, enough of an energy boost to help you focus for an hour or so but without the sharp crash at the end. As with most drinks of the sort, you'll want to limit how many of these you drink in order to save your teeth and your waistline. Side note: while you can certainly drink this at room temperature, I'd recommend chilling it to near-freezing for the best experience.

The company says these drinks make great cocktail mixers and provides a number of suggested recipes. I'm not big on mixing alcohol and caffeine, but it's easy to imagine this would in fact make for some tasty drinks if you're into that.

After all that, my professional opinion here is not bad. Definitely a contender in the industry for those of us that prefer our caffeine fix come from a can rather than a coffee mug.

Why is there no maximum wage?

Wanted to capture this series of tweets by @sargoth in regards to a post-work society, where our lives aren't based on and determined by our capability to find and consistently do work.

She continues:

I wonder how many would keep working after the maximum wage limit had been reached. #

The implicit critique of the contemporary labor market found in the last tweet. It astounds, even as it flabbergasts. #

Let's see. What's the motto of the labor market as we know it? #

"You work or you die. This has to be, as no one would work if their survival didn't depend on their working." #

Funny how work is a right, a duty and a necessity, all three in one. #

"You are free to work if you want, but if you don't want we will use symbolic violence on your ass until you do." #

I'm not sure this is a crowning achievement when it comes to sustainable societal designs. #

What's the reason behind this insistance that everyone absolutely must Have A Job? #

Surely it can't be because there's a lack of things in the world. On the contrary - the world has more stuff than the economy can handle! #

If one wanted to improve the moral character of everyone, then one could surely devise a scheme less roundabout than a labor market. #

I have this nagging suspicion that it might have to do with class. #

Imagine class in a society which is not based on everyone working. #

One would have to revamp the structure of social stratification. Find new ways to make it clear to everyone that some are more than others. #

This would - as you are right to point out - include somewhat of a change. And change never comes easy to those who would lose from it. #

We have the technology, production capabilities and the distribution mechanisms in place. A post-work society can be done. #

It's funny how it's not the massive unemployment in the West that's causing the economic crisis. Funny, and quite telling. #

I somehow can't imagine David Cameron speaking to the people, saying that we must all work to fill this year's quota of Abstract Work. #

Not any particular work. Just work in the abstract, general sense of something being done in a workplace. #

Cameron: as you all know, our new alien overlords will blast our planet to bits if we don't all contribute to the Work Effort. #

Not quite feeling it. #

But if we're not working for an externally imposed will that will kill us all if we don't-then who, what and why? #

Replacing "evil alien overlords" with "the economy" seems somewhat lacking. In general. #

Never before has the gap between what is and what could be been greater. #

If you want proof that ideology is still at work, then casually mention the possibility of a post-work society. It will manifest itself. #

A post-work manifesto. Brought to you by the forces of industrial overproduction, global communications and labor market oversaturation. #

Let's call it a [/rant]. #

Johanna Drott, aka @sargoth

My Top Five Strengths, according to some report

I recently completed a “strengths finder” analysis through my work, intended to highlight areas in which you excel or are naturally inclined to. The result of the analysis is a list of your top five strengths that are "very important in maximizing the talents that lead to your successes."

Without much further comment, I’ll just leave this here:

  1. Intellection

    You like to think. You like mental activity. […] This need for mental activity may be focused; for example, you may be trying to solve a problem or develop an idea or understand another person’s feelings. […] On the other hand, this mental activity may very well lack focus.

    You are the kind of person who enjoys your time alone because it is your time for musing and reflection. You are introspective. In a sense you are your own best companion.

    Introspective? I like spending time on my own? You don’t say.

  2. Analytical

    Your Analytical theme challenges other people: “Prove it. Show me why what you are claiming is true.” In the face of this kind of questioning some will find that their brilliant theories wither and die. For you, this is precisely the point. You do not necessarily want to destroy other people’s ideas, but you do insist that their theories be sound.

    This is one I have to defend quite often. My stance on a lot of work that comes my way is this: I’ll do whatever needs to be done, so long as you can convince me that it does need to be done.

    Prove your idea to me. Use facts, not opinions. I’m not going to waste my time working on some random idea you came up with in the shower if it’s not going to add value to someone’s life.

  3. Input

    You are inquisitive. You collect things. You might collect information […] or you might collect tangible objects. […] With all [sorts of] possible uses in mind, you really don’t feel comfortable throwing anything away. So you keep acquiring and compiling and filing stuff away. It’s interesting. It keeps your mind fresh. And perhaps one day some of it will prove valuable.

    It doesn’t feel like this one describes me particularly well, but maybe I just don’t see myself this way. Throwing stuff away has never been a problem for me – quite the opposite, usually.

  4. Harmony

    You look for areas of agreement. In your view there is little to be gained from conflict and friction, so you seek to hold them to a minimum. When you know that the people around you hold differing views, you try to find the common ground. You try to steer them away from confrontation and toward harmony.

    When others start to argue about their pet theory or concept, you steer clear of the debate, preferring to talk about practical, down-to-earth matters on which you can all agree. In your view we are all in the same boat, and we need this boat to get where we are going.

    Hate arguing. Hate it. People start arguing, I tune out. There’s a difference between debating different viewpoints and arguing that yours is right, and not many people know how to stay on the debate side.

  5. Deliberative

    You are careful. You are vigilant. You are a private person.

    If some people don’t like you because you are not as effusive as others, then so be it. For you, life is not a popularity contest. Life is something of a minefield. Others can run through it recklessly if they so choose, but you take a different approach.

    I tread carefully. Perhaps too carefully sometimes, but so far I’ve managed to avoid a lot of metaphorical land mines that would have left others limbless. Metaphorically.

What would life be like immediately after a pandemic?

Post-apocalyptic fiction is a popular genre, and there’s no shortage of it. But from the books I’ve read and movies I’ve watched, most of it is set either during the early phases (pre-apocalypse) or years later, with people aimlessly roaming the countryside. Being fiction, and being meant to entertain, most of what I’ve seen has been lacking on the discussion of logistics. (Please, if you’ve seen books or movies that delve more into this, please let me know. This is fascinating to me.)

I initially asked this question on Twitter, but 140-character tweets aren’t really conducive to a proper discussion: What do you think would realistically happen if a pandemic wiped out 75% or more of the world population?

The key word here is “realistically“. Setting aside romantic notions of finding a secluded cabin stockpiled with food and water and “waiting for it to blow over”, what would actually happen in the immediate aftermath of a worldwide catastrophe?

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