Thursday, September 20, 2007

What You Know That Isn’t So, Is What Hurts You

Most of the things that people “know,” are not true, but they have no way of finding that out, because most of what they know, cannot be tested and verified -- because that is not one of the things their education “teaches” them. If people could learn on their own and determine the truth for themselves, what would happen to job security for teachers and all that money for capital improvement projects to build more institutions for that manner of “learning”? It is unfortunate that the value of anything, is determined by how much revenue or funding can be obtained (usually from the federal government) to solve a massive problem that only massive government funding can provide virtually unlimited, unaccountable monies, and so communities become vested in these problems because that’s where the money is -- even if it means undermining much more fundamental human values.

Then the objective of each massive undertaking, is not because it will solve the fundamental problem, but that is what is required to secure that funding. It becomes a lifestyle in itself -- which on the individual basis, would be call “welfare,” and in government activities, pork barrel projects when they are so blatant and obvious. But people living under such values, come to regard the basic production of goods and services as secondary to going through the motions to appear busy doing a job. Thus, results are not as important, and may even be irrelevant, than to seem to be busily at work -- doing something or other, without actually doing anything (of consequence and value). In advanced cases, that busyness is often to prevent anybody else from doing anything productive either.

If the problem is truly solved, what would happen to all those jobs that exist to “eliminate” the problem? So a culture and its institutions must be established to see that such problems are never solved -- but continue in perpetuity and get worse, to create even more high paying jobs to “solve” those problems. Of course the “solution,” must be to get worse, so more (federal) funding can be justified for a situation threatening to grow out of control without desperate measures to resuscitate them to their level of chronic dysfunction of “full employment.”

Real problems are usually temporary; when problems become permanent, then it is the solution that is the problem -- which is a matter of proper understanding and insight -- and not more money and effort into "the solution" that is the problem. Once a society finds out how successful and lucrative a perpetual problem can be, there is obvious and understandable reluctance to solve that problem, because perpetual problems don’t come along every day. In fact, as we move into the future, it is realized that the nature of problems is that they are a lack of the proper understanding -- and not that a whole society needs to be educated to propagate them as their cultural heritage and legacy.

The problems are solved by the few individuals who see and understand this -- whether in or out of government, because such individuals break these chains of ignorance and misunderstanding with that awareness that is no longer the problem. Those few, are the true leaders in every society, and create another way entirely.


At September 23, 2007 9:01 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

Can you believe these guys?

“City optimistic about commuter ferry
Star-Bulletin staff

The city's ferry ran less than one-third full during its first week of service, but the numbers are still good, a city official said Friday.

"One-third, that's pretty good," said Melvin Kaku, Transportation Services director. "Like any new initiative we believe the start will be relatively slow, but the numbers seem to indicate that there's a fairly good interest."

Kaku said he anticipates ridership on TheBoat to increase this week because fares are free starting tomorrow through Friday.

Kaku said a second 149-passenger vessel, Rachel Marie, should receive its Coast Guard certification and begin operating tomorrow. The Rachel Marie will add another four trips to last week's schedule.

Darin Mar, project manager for the ferry project, said he is more concerned with enhancing service to attract riders rather than actual ridership numbers.

He is using onboard surveys and feedback from the Web site to make improvements. "That's what will increase the ridership," he said.

Ridership numbers came in at 290 on Monday, 233 on Tuesday, 273 on Wednesday and 250 on Thursday. There were 96 riders Friday on two trips. TheBoat was more popular in the afternoon with about 200 more passengers than in the morning.

Using only one ferry, TheBoat can carry 149 passengers. It made four round trips a day, amounting to 1,192 seats Monday through Thursday. The average ridership for that period was actually 22 percent, or closer to one-fifth full. Part of the decrease in ridership was because there were no riders on the 3:05 p.m. departure from Kalaeloa to Aloha Tower. Mar said that departure probably was too early for commuters.

The city created TheBoat as a pilot project offering a transportation alternative for one year. Officials hope to continue the project if it is deemed a success.”


One wonders what part of “actual” and “no” the city officials don’t get. -- Me

At September 23, 2007 9:07 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

This is a textbook example of how the newspapers (this isn't even an opinion-editorial) tries to convince us of that which isn't true -- but exactly the opposite of what is true.

They've been hoodwinking the public like this for years -- and getting worse with each edition.

At September 23, 2007 9:11 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

The only way to get them to change is to start canceling those subscriptions en masse.

Then maybe we can get some honest reporting -- and public service.

At September 23, 2007 9:32 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

I know the newspapers will protest, "It's not our fault -- we're just reporting what somebody else told us and we have to faithfully report what they told us -- even if it is a distortion/manipulation of the truth -- because that is their First Amendment Freedom that they can say anything they want to -- even if it is a total misrepresentation of reality."

"We're just here to be objective" -- as though allowing a favored few while disallowing it for those they don't favor, met those objectives -- of "objectivity."

It's long been my contention that modern information processing and distribution has to be done by modern information processors who do it on an entirely greater level of reliability, validity and truthfulness than the old newspaper paradigm of spinning the news. There is no lack of opinions about the "facts." What is overlooked, is that the facts, more often than not in the old media, are really opinions, if not outright deceptions and manipulations, disguised as facts -- which the old journalism curriculum does not prepare one to deal with.

"Journalists" are the specialists of writing -- for a time in which many other specialists weren't capable of doing their own communications (writing and speaking), but with dramatically increased education over the last fifty years, almost everyone was taught to write, and speak publicly.

And so more often than not, a person who is the foremost expert in their field, has enough communication abilities to transmit that knowledge to a wider, less specialized audience more clearly and effectively -- than one who supposedly can write about anything, but has no understanding or familiarity with any authentic discipline in knowing anything -- for a fact, and what that means.

At September 23, 2007 9:39 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

Despite the tremendous evolution of communication and information technologies, "journalism" is one of the few disciplines that haven't evolved but instead, resisted the changes because it regarded the new media and its resulting culture as a threat to their hegemony -- and while now, too late, when the handwriting is clearly on the wall of history, they are making a futile and desperate claim that it was their idea all along -- and they invented it!

At September 23, 2007 9:45 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

In another time and age, it was typical to have engineers and doctors who would proudly announce, "The operation was a fantastic success; unfortunately, the patient died."

Now we have boats and trains that run wonderfully on time -- with more capacity being added daily -- with nobody riding them, and that's "Not their job!, or concern."

At September 23, 2007 9:53 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

Is this the same ferry operation that keeps coming back every six years or so to grab that lucrative $5 million dollar grant and disappears after a few months of operation because the ridership doesn't justify such an operation?

That's the story that needs to be told -- but that's the one we won't read all about in today's newspapers.

Instead, they'll criticize the President or Governor for actually doing a good job! I guess that's the crime in their dysfunctional parallel universe of reality.

At September 23, 2007 12:13 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

Meanwhile, the "supreme" courts are upholding protests to prevent services that people might actually find useful and use -- from having an impact on life in the islands.

Apparently, all the useless pork barrel projects that will have no impact and significance -- is the kind of projects they fully "approve" of.

At September 23, 2007 12:21 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

Did you hear the one about the Hawaii resident who wore a fake bomb into Boston airport?

She was voted class valedictorian.


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