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Nomophobia: A Rising Trend in Students

From Psychology Today:

Nomophobia: the fear of being without a mobile device, or beyond mobile phone contact.  YouGov, a research organization found about 58 percent of men and 47 percent of women suffer from the phobia, and an additional 9 percent feel stressed when their mobile phones are off. The study sampled 2,163 people.

In the U.S., it’s gotten worse…

  1. Sixty-five percent, or about two in three people, sleep with or next to their smart phones. (Among college students, it’s even higher).
  2. Thirty-four percent admitted to answering their cell phone during intimacy with their partner. (Hey, what happened to valuing the person you are with in-person?)
  3. One in five people would rather go without shoes for a week than take a break from their phone. (It’s a good way to lose your sole and your soul).
  4. More than half never switch off their phone. (I’d call that anaddiction).
  5. A full 66 percent of all adults suffer from “nomophobia.”

Tens of thousands in Hong Kong are spending the night occupying a major highway, demanding free and fair elections independent of Beijing’s influence. Beijing has responded with militarized police, and is censoring photos of the protests on social media.
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Tens of thousands in Hong Kong are spending the night occupying a major highway, demanding free and fair elections independent of Beijing’s influence. Beijing has responded with militarized police, and is censoring photos of the protests on social media.

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CA Begins Water Rationing

Two days ago, local newspapers reported that per-person water rationing could become a reality in California. Three days later, it’s official.

From Natural News:

Millions of Californians are about to be hit with strict water rationing — daily “allocation” numbers that represent the maximum amount of water you’re allowed to use for any purpose. Households that exceed the allocation limit will face stiff fines of hundreds of dollars per violation.

"In July, the State Water Resources Control Board passed stage one emergency regulations, giving powers to all local water agencies to fine $500 per violation," reports the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. [1]

Keep in mind that these are only “stage one” emergency regulations. Stages two and three have yet to be invoked and will only become more severe.

The amount of water each household is allowed by water districts will be determined by government employees viewing satellite imagery of private properties, then calculating how much water that property should be allowed to use.

"Using census records, aerial photography and satellite imagery, an agency can determine a property’s efficient water usage," says the SGVT.

Read the rest.

Mentally, you are truly imprisoned. You don’t even know the degree to which you are tormented by fears of medical bankruptcy, job loss, homelessness and violent crime because you’ve never lived in a country where there is no need to worry about such things.

An eighth grader in Northern California receives detention after offering a fellow student some of his lunch.

As a society becomes more complex, new rules (read: force) must be employed because you cannot organize society efficiently enough through only voluntary means. You can have a highly efficient industrial society or you can have freedom, but not both. This level of minute control will continue to accelerate until human freedom is stomped out or industrial civilization destroys itself. At this point, it’s anyones guess which will happen first.

Modern Technology Kills

From a much longer piece by TruthOut:

If you would like to be the laughingstock of your next dinner party, challenge the cultural presumption in favor of technological progress. Other than a few head nods about how we really should unplug from our hand-held devices for a few minutes a day, you will likely be scoffed at as a backward-thinking loser whose resentment probably lies in your pathetic inability to figure out how to organize your iTunes library.

You might even be called a Luddite, because most people, liberals included, think the Luddites were knee-jerk reactionaries scared of any form of technology when, in fact, they were tradesmen and artisans engaged in a class protest against “all Machinery hurtful to Commonality” (i.e. forms of mechanization that damaged people and uprooted communities by forcing skilled workers to become wage slaves in factories). To be labeled a Luddite today is to be intellectually and culturally dismissed even by class-conscious leftists who have a blind spot when it comes to the politics of technology.

Read on.

[Neoliberals] put supposedly infallible markets in place of God, competition in place of the Holy Spirit as the way by which the divine will acts in the world and elevated greed (one of the seven deadly sins) to pre-eminence as the organising principle for society. In a secular age this is a non-theocratic religion that justifies and enables looting exactly as Bastiat predicted.


Woman Arrested for Possessing Spoon Covered with Dried Spaghettios

Another from Police State USA:

GAINESVILLE, GA — An innocent woman had several months of her life destroyed when she was arrested and charged with a felony because of a spaghetti-encrusted spoon found in her possession.

Ashley Gabrielle Huff, 23, had no criminal history and insisted that “there’s no way in hell” that there could have been any drugs in her possession during a traffic stop in July. Nonetheless, a Gainesville police officer honed in on a spoon that was “on her or near her” in the vehicle in which she was riding as a passenger.

Suspecting that the spoon had drug residue on it, the officer arrested Ms. Huff and charged her with possession of methamphetamines. Even for trace amounts, the charge of possessing “Schedule II substances” Georgia is punishable by 2-15 years in prison.

After her July 2nd arrest, she spend an unconfirmed number of days in jail before she was released and required to attend a number of obligatory drug appointments. When she was unable to make all the appointments, she was rearrested and made to sit in jail from August 2nd until September 18th.

Ms. Huff insisted that she wasn’t a drug user, but had little means with which to defend herself. She relied on a public defender to represent her in court.

Finally in late September, a crime lab analysis revealed that the “residue” on the spoon was not an illegal drug. It was actually tomato sauce from a can of SpaghettiOs, as the woman had claimed all along.

From Police State USA:

COLUMBIA, SC — Dashcam video captured the moment an unarmed man was shot by a state trooper while being confronted about alleged not wearing a seatbelt.

The motorist, 35-year-old Levar Jones, pulled into a Columbia convenience store parking lot on September 4th, 2014.

South Carolina State Trooper Sean Groubert was lurking in his cruiser adjacent to the parking lot, and watched as Mr. Jones slowly pull his white pickup truck into the lot. Officer Groubert waited a moment for Mr. Jones to park, then pulled his cruiser up behind the truck.

The reason for approaching Mr. Jones, it was later revealed, was that Officer Groubert allegedly witnessed the driver pulling into the parking lot without a seatbelt on.

Video shows that Mr. Jones had already parked and exited his vehicle when the officer pulled up behind him. Officer Groubert exited his cruiser, and gave instructions for Jones to produce his driver’s license.

Mr. Jones responded to the officers directions by turning around and leaning into his vehicle to find his license. Seeing this, the trooper immediately drew his gun and began to shout at Jones.

“Get out of the car!” the trooper shrieked. He began firing his pistol at Mr. Jones’ back.

Jones, who was unarmed, was struck in the hip with a bullet, and pleaded for the officer to stop.

After 2 shots were fired, Mr. Jones backed up, with his hands clearly in the air. The trooper fired at least 2 more times.

“I just got my license. You said get my license,” Mr. Jones could be heard saying on the video.

“Sir, why was I shot? All I did was reach for my license,” Mr. Jones asked the officer. “I’m coming from work.”