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Money, Money,Money: the voting illusion

It’s election season. The amount of significance that can be attributed to that term varies for each individual, and this writer can state early that when it comes to general elections, such events grab very little of my attention.My serious attention anyway.

Election campaigns are sensationally entertaining, whether your politically minded or not.


The UK has just announced the depressing results of the general election (Conservative majority), while canvassing and election campaigns are still ongoing in the US and Ireland. Ireland is more preoccupied with its referendum on Gay marriage as of late, so the US will be the focal point.

It’s safe to say Obama will be ousted, so who will take the throne?
Clinton, a token of traditional US political history, and slightly more approachable because of the possession of a female reproductive system, which enforces an illusion of change, reform, good warmheartedness?
Or Bush, another token for the more violent, radical, and- lets face it- stupid side of US political history?

Or a variety of other candidates: Romney, Paul, Cruz, Rubio?

Who will you, the people, vote in?
Who will you, the people, pick? Who will you, the people, elect into government?

The answer to all three?
No-one. lobbyists-1-300x230You, the people, in addition to your opinions, and votes, have very meager influence in the lobbying and campaigning that takes behind closed doors, or sometimes out in public. With the Multimillion and billion dollar fiasco that is US lobbying and Campaigning, best believe when you simply follow the money in politics, your going in the right direction.

Take the Koch Brothers for example. With the intention to spend $886 Million in the run up to the 2016 election, ensuring who they want in power gets power, only the naive could think they’re little box-tick is enough to change the system.

But we know that, right? It has to be largely accepted, whether we like it or not, that general elections and voting is largely just a show. We know how it goes- they stand up there, say some speech, make some promises to do this,that, and the other, and we watch and say “Great”.

But deep down we know it’s all bollox.

Its largely accepted: Politicians lie.
We Expect Them to Lie.

But we still go and vote, fueling this endless cycle of pointless nonsense.

If anything, the voting process is there to assure Politicians and Government, that it is they who still have the power.

Anyways.

From following US news, specifically honing in on whenever the Dangerous Duo  are involved, their names resound in my mind like some evil duo of boss’s in a video game; or a partnership of villains from a movie. Perhaps the New Avengers movie (I should state clearly here I am not familiar with comic books at all), with the creepy pale Brother and Sister, who, at the beginning, use their powers for evil; until they realize the extent of the mass destruction they’ve unleashed.

Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver=Koch Brothers.

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I can’t be the only one who see’s it.

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6 Scary Secrets About Flying

Whether you like flying or not, there are some things better left unknown. That blissful ignorance is about to be shattered.

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1. Pilot’s spend most of the flight asleep
Being an airpilot is an extremely exhaustive job, so its no surprise that flight crews work naps into their work schedule. I remember once on a particularly bumpy flight to Atlanta, a pilot plopping himself down in the row behind me, pulling over a curtain, and going asleep. In these circumstances the co-pilot is flying the plane, but it has become increasingly often for pilots to wake up and discover whoever is supposed to be flying the plane asleep also. In February 2013 two pilots fell asleep on a flight over Hawaii, flying past their destination. The Air France disaster on flight 447 found the pilot asleep moments before the crash killed 228 people. The NTSB has called pilot exhausting an ‘insidious’ problem. So chances are when your attempting an inflight nap, there’s others-namely the pilots- who are way ahead.
2. Planes are filthy
Airplanes-from the blankets to the trays are ridden with germs and bacteria. Recent studies have shown  bacteria such as MRSA and E.coli can live on planes for days. Millions of people travel everyday, and planes dont always have enough time to be cleaned down and disinfected in between flights. So keep a bottle of hand sanitizer handy. (excuse the pun)

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3. Plane water is filthy
Water for plane lavatories and even your tea and coffee come from the planes tank, which has been known to harbor bacteria such as E.coli and other harmful bacteria. So unless your water is coming from a sealed bottle, you should probably pass on the beverage.

4. Most of the time, pilot’s aren’t even flying the plane
Most commercial airliners are flown by computers (the autopilot), which means flight crews have very little to do after take off until landing. Arguably this may be safer as it reduces the risk of human error, but it also means pilots in the industry don’t get as much hands on practical experience with the aircraft they’re flying.

plane404_673848c5. Planes are old, but rarely get full inspections
During routine maintenance checks, only sections of the aircraft are inspected, as full checks can take months- which would result in a loss of business to airliners. In an extremely competitive and demanding industry, airline companies are always trying to reduce maintenance and fuel costs, even if this means postponing the maintenance of old planes (most of 20-30 years old) which have likely experienced wear and time, as some planes fly over 7 flights per day- thats 210 a month, thousands a year

6. Pilots don’t always tell you whats going on
“We tell passengers what they need to know. We don’t tell them things that are going to scare the pants off them. So you’ll never hear me say, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, we just had an engine failure,’ even if that’s true.” – Jim Tilmon, retired American Airlines pilot, Phoenix

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