IM2 Opinionated is a site that tries to look past the words muttered by our leaders in an attempt to get people to use senses other than their ears. Hopefully this will help people get a true sense of what is going on in their world and the world around them. Although most subjects will be of a serious nature, there will be humor involved as well, because jokes can also shed light on the truth.
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Can one get excited about anything these days? Maybe I should be more specific. Can anyone get excited about anything that isn't a material possession these days? I for one, have my doubts. It seems that since all of mankind's current knowledge was put on the internet, it became very uninteresting. Think about it. An individual can find out anything about anything and what do most people spend their time doing? Watching Youtube and the plethora of boobs (not breasts) that make stupid faces or act outrageous for no reason than to act outrageous. And I can't say that I blame them or disagree with them because I have wasted my fair share of time on the Star Wars kid; Fred and the many other stupid, yet funny viral videos. Maybe the reason for the Internet (scientific discovery and collaboration) should reconsidered. Maybe people would feel more of a thirst for knowledge if it weren't so readily available. Like they say absence make the heart grow fonder.
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It seems odd to me that all of those Christian activists (from the 80s) who complained so much about backward, demonic lyrics in rock and roll and rap songs don't seem to have an issue with all of the overt advertisements that tell people to be bad. It seems quite hypocritical that they took groups like Judas Priest to court over some muddled message that could only be understood if you played the record backwards, but not said a word about advertisements that openly attempt to influence the public.
Think about this: It is a marketing firms job to get people to believe the message in their commercials and they are advertising bad behavior. It's not their job to possibly influence behavior or maybe get a few people to lean towards whatever product they're peddling. It is their job to get as many people as possible to not only buy the product, but to also buy the implied way of life that their product promises . . . and it works. Otherwise, we would not have lines aroun…
If our leaders refuse to take action, we must. America is falling behind the rest of the world in so many ways it's difficult to name them all, but here are a few: Our roads and bridges are catastrophes in waiting; poverty is on the rise after decades of supply side or trickle down economics; the banks have taken millions of homes away from families who now live in cars, motels or on the street; we incarcerate non-violent offenders and illegal immigrants at alarming rates that serve only to disenfranchise far too many of our fellow citizens; our laws seem to protect and represent only the most affluent in society more than not and seem immoral upon close scrutiny. And, all the while, we're all forced to live by the actions of fewer than 600 people, who oftentimes have agendas which are not conducive to a cohesive, fair and compassionate leadership.
We can sit, watch and wait as things continue to get worse for the majority or the people of the United States or we ca…
As frustrating as the decision of grand jury in Ferguson was, America must face a much larger issue: An issue that's not only festering, but seems to be metastasizing in large cities around the United States of America. It is an underlying illness with symptoms that manifest in decisions made by Darren Scott on the day that Michael Brown died, and choices made by George Zimmerman in regards to Trayvon Martin. Though these acts do warrant reaction(s), they are merely the result of actions taken or lack thereof by our current leadership.
As with any behavior, those bad behaviors that go unpunished might as well be labeled as good behaviors.
When bankers lie and commit fraud to not only enrich themselves, but to also cause harm to others and their punishment is to be allowed to change the laws in such a manner as to legalize their thefts, the majority suffers.When prison corporations invoke their ability to lobby for laws that legalize a…