Today’s Truth Was Yesterday’s Conspiracy Theory

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Today’s Truth Was Yesterday’s Conspiracy Theory

Much of what we accept as fact today was considered a conspiracy theory a year ago. In this episode, Jim Stroud reviews the narratives of the mainstream media related to the pandemic and how the story changed over time. Jim also interviews Jason Davis of the “Don’t Tread On Liberty” podcast and Dr. David Wilcox, author of “How To Avoid Being a Victim of the American Healthcare System.”

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Special Report: Robot Sex Dolls are Evil (… this is why.)

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Did you know that I have interests that go beyond politics? As proof of that, I am sharing this special report on robot sex dolls. Why this topic? I find it fascinating and once my imagination is captured, I tend to fall through a rabbit hole of research and here we are. I will be writing on more topics that interest me in the future. As such, if you have any ideas, please send them my way. Cool? Thank you in advance.

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Special Report: Robot Sex Dolls are Evil (… this is why.)


Okay… This was is a doozy. Check out this quote from a short article that was published by The Daily Star on February 16, 2019.

An emerging sexual identity known as “digisexuality” is said to be gaining traction among open-minded youngsters in Britain, Japan, Russia and the United States. 

Research by academics Neil McArthur and Markie Twist, who co-authored a paper titled “The Rise of Digisexuality”, suggests the trend is becoming more commonplace. 
These digisexuals are forgoing humans in favour of intimate, and even sexual, relationships with advanced computer software and lifelike robots, according to Markie and McArthur. 

So, how do you feel about that? I think the trend and movements like it mark the end of all humanity.  Sound bizarre? Hear me out.

The whole idea of sex with robots does not compute with me, pun intended. That being said, I can understand why some people choose it as an alternative. No, not for the thrills or to satiate some perverse curiosity; but because loneliness is a very real issue in modern society. For example, did you know that 3 in 4 Americans struggle with loneliness, to one degree or another? Senior researcher Dr. Dilip Jeste, a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience with the University of California, San Diego has been studying the loneliness epidemic. Here are some of his findings.

Dr. Jeste observed that loneliness peaked at certain points in a person’s life, during the late 20’s, mid-50’s and late 80’s..   

  • The late 20s are a time when people are making choices that will affect the rest of their lives, such as their career, their choice of life partner and where they will settle. “It really puts a lot of responsibility on you,” Jeste said. “It’s a really difficult period. And when you compare yourself to others, you might feel you aren’t doing as well as your peers.”
  • The mid-50s are when people tend to experience a mid-life crisis, as signs of aging highlight the fact that their time on Earth is limited. “You see some of your friends dying, sometimes family members,” Jeste said. “You become aware of your mortality for the first time.”
  • The late 80s are a time of increased helplessness. Half of people at this age have dementia, and their physical abilities are in decline. “Often you’ve lost your spouse, and you don’t have many people left around you, either family or friends,” Jeste said.

So, all that being said, are robots, really, the best way to cure loneliness? Several companies seem to think so; you certainly notice it in the elderly care space. For example, Japan has been experimenting with robots in assisted care living for the elderly. The Robobear is a robot designed to scoop elderly folks from their beds and deposit them in a wheelchair.  The Care-O-Bot  has been deployed in a number of German assisted living facilities. It is able to ferry food and drinks to residents from the kitchen as well as keep them entertained by playing memory games to help keep their minds sharp. And the robot – ElliQ tracks its users pill regimen and connects them to family, friends, and medical professionals through video calls and social media. It also acts as a companion. From what I have seen, these solutions make sense. After all, there is a shortage of careworkers worldwide. Yet, as I consider this, from a global perspective, there is no shortage of people to have sex with. Sure, it may be challenging connecting with the right person for you, nonetheless there are a lot of people out there. So, why sex with robots? For a while, I just did not understand then, I had an epiphany.

If you were to ask a millennial if they would have sex with a robot, there is a 27% chance they would say “yes,” according to Havas, a French multinational advertising and public relations company. I suppose some of that 27% are members of the the digisexual trend I mentioned at the beginning of this article. So, if there is already a market for digisexuals, people open to relationships and sexual intimacy with robots, why wouldn’t human traffickers focus on this as a viable alternative to kidnapping innocent children? Its legal, has low financial risk and high profits. Case in point… 

Lumidolls is a robot sex brothel. It was founded in 2017 by a group by Spanish entrepreneurs from Barcelona seeking to capitalise on the expanding market for sex dolls and robots. The opening of the first Lumidolls venue, just off Barcelona’s famous La Rambla boulevard, opened in February 2017. By the end of April, 2017, Lumidolls opened a second franchise in Moscow after striking an agreement with Russian investors keen to export the brand to the city. Today, they have brothels in four countries.

Umm… wow.

If you were to ask the Sexdoll makers what were the benefits of their products beyond gratification, they are quick to say that their products provide a mental health benefit, promote safe sex or therapy for people with companionship issues. They could also alleviate social isolation. And they would say all of that with little scientific research to back it up. (I found one study referenced here. I also found one that said the exact opposite.) But for argument’s sake, let’s assume that sex dolls are rewarding beyond personal gratification. Do those rewards outweigh the consequences? I think not.

What if people became so used to having sex with robots that they forget how to have a  traditional  relationship with another human being? Or worse yet, refuse to be intimate with another human being altogether. It can happen. Case in point…

Once upon a time on Reddit, a social news and discussion website, there was a community called MGTOW, or Men Going Their Own Way. Their first rule? Abandoning all romantic relationships with women. More than 15,000 readers were subscribed to the MGTOW page which declared it was for “men going our own way by forging our own identities and paths to self-defined success; cutting through collective ideas of what a man is.” The forum was later banned from Reddit for hate speech and inciting violence, according to Newsweek. If you do a web search for MGTOW, you will find several websites supporting their philosophy. And despite their alleged hatred for women (they see themselves standing up for men’s rights rather than hating women), homosexuality isn’t accepted, either.” In other words, and this is what I think this movement is inferring, who needs women? I have my brothers for companionship and sex workers (or robots) for sexual gratification. (This is only my initial impression. I admit to being ignorant on their philosophy beyond what I related.)

Could sex robots stop human trafficking? Possibly. Yet, the widespread use of sex bots could bring about an even bigger issue – the end of humanity. And just in case you think I’m joking, Japan’s birth-rate fell below one million in 2017 (and another record low in 2020), a trend that has partially been blamed on the rise of sex dolls by some demography experts. A 2018 documentary by RT, titled “Substitutes” explores the concerning trend of Japanese men opting for sex dolls instead of women and how it fuels “a national mood of loneliness and alienation.” I highly recommend checking it out.  In a nutshell, the message is this, people are having less sex and as a result, there is a declining birthrate in Japan and that’s a problem. In fact, in the documentary, Kanako Amano, of the NLI Research Institute is quoted as saying, “The Japanese are at a crossroads, facing the threat of extinction.”  

Okay, let’s jump 15 minutes into the future and sexbots are in the mainstream. What then? What about all the issues I brought up? What could be done to save humanity! Well…

  • Psychologists could help people come to grips with how human relationships traditionally work. 
  • People of faith could steer people to a greater morality that would promote the sanctity of marriage, celebrate monogamy and the rewards of fatherhood.
  • Hollywood and Pop Culture could assist as well by sending messages along that same theme.
  • I imagine that the education system could step in and offer more classes like “An Introduction to Dating” which is an actual college level course at Dongguk University in South Korea. 
  • Umm… that’s all I can think of, for now.

I think it would take a unified effort of all these things to change the global culture and greatly reduce, if not eradicate, the growing popularity of sexbots. I would like to think that the demise of humanity would be a big enough incentive. But, I could be wrong. What do you think? 

Jim

P.S. I produced a video on this topic a few years back. If you want additional insights on this topic, check it out.  

P.P.S. If robot sex goes mainstream, how long before the robots begin demanding rights? Hmm… maybe something to consider for a future special report?


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PODCAST – Vaccination Mandates Result in Obligatory Firings, Causing Reference Headaches for Job Seekers

PODCAST – Vaccination Mandates Result in Obligatory Firings, Causing Reference Headaches for Job Seekers

Have you been fired or have you quit for not being vaccinated. Countless employers nationwide are firing or modifying employment status of those who will not get vaccinated. Plus some employees are leaving rather than get vaccinated. If you are one of those affected, how do you navigate the implications to best ensure that a lack of being vaccinated affects not only your last job, but your future employment opportunities as well?Overall, your objective should be to minimize potential damage by discussing – ideally at the time of your exit interview before leaving your last employer – how they will respond when contacted by potential new employers.

4 key questions to discuss with the employer:

  1. Will I be eligible for rehire status in the future if I get the vaccination or the company decides that it should be mandatory?
  2. When you offer a reference for me, will you agree to confirm that I am eligible for rehire or, at a minimum, give a neutral response? (This will not cause toxic “not eligible for rehire” response.)
  3. Overall, what will you tell a prospective employer when your name or HR is given as a reference?
  4. Will you allow me to collect unemployment, thus considered a layoff?

In this special episode, Jim Stroud speaks with Jeff Shane – President of Allison & Taylor. Together they discuss the above questions, the latest Supreme Court ruling on President Biden’s mandates and other things job seekers should be considering. Among them: Are potential new employers allowed to ask your former employer if you were terminated due to your refusal to be vaccinated?

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Vaccine mandates are waning worldwide. Is it finally over?

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Vaccine mandates are waning worldwide. Is it finally over?

The Supreme Court struck down President Biden’s mandates. Biden said there are no immediate plans to reissue similar edicts. Hallelujah!

Is this the beginning of the end for vaccine mandates? Possibly.

Starbucks announced that they were backing off vaccine mandates and others major companies have done the same. Globally, we are seeing a reversal from mandates as well in Czech Republic and England.

I don’t know if this a verified sign of a return to our old normal but I will take what I can get. At the very least, news from the past 2 months keep me encouraged. (see below)

This week…

Chicago Sun Times:

In a statement after the Supreme Court ruling, Biden expressed disappointment with the outcome but said the mandates have already had their desired effect on reducing the number of unvaccinated adults.

“Today, that number is down to under 35 million,” he said of the unvaccinated. “Had my administration not put vaccination requirements in place, we would be now experiencing a higher death toll from COVID-19 and even more hospitalizations.”

While the court left open the possibility for the U.S. to pursue more targeted mandates, White House officials said there were no immediate plans to seek a redo of the regulation.

“It’s now up to the states and individual employers to put in place vaccination requirements,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday.

Associated Press:

Starbucks is no longer requiring its U.S. workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, reversing a policy it announced earlier this month.

In a memo sent Tuesday to employees, the Seattle coffee giant said it was responding to last week’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 6-3 vote, the court rejected the Biden administration’s plan to require vaccines or regular COVID testing at companies with more than 100 workers.

“We respect the court’s ruling and will comply,” Starbucks Chief Operating Officer John Culver wrote in the memo.

CNBC News:

General Electric suspended its Covid vaccine and testing requirement on Friday after the Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration’s mandate, a company spokesperson told CNBC.

ABC News:

PRAGUE — The Czech Republic‘s new government on Wednesday dismissed the previous government’s plan to require older adults and people in some professions to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Last Month…

NY Post:

England has scrapped plans to make COVID-19 vaccine passports mandatory for nightclubs and other crowded spaces, a top health official said Sunday.

Health Minister Sajid Javid confirmed that the country won’t go forward with its plans to begin requiring proof of vaccination later this month at the venues.

“What I can say is that we’ve looked at it properly, and while we should keep it in reserve as a potential option, I’m pleased to say we will not be going ahead with plans for vaccine passports,” Javid told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.

The Hill:

Amtrak suspended its coronavirus vaccine mandate for employees following a federal court’s decision to halt President Biden’s health directive. 

In a memo to employees on Tuesday, Amtrak Chief Executive Bill Flynn said employees could opt to get tested weekly instead of getting the vaccine. 

Biden’s mandate required all federal contractors to get the coronavirus vaccine or face termination. 

A federal court halted the mandate pending litigation, causing some companies to rescind the policy.

3 News Now:

CLEVELAND — Two days after a federal judge put in a preliminary injunction against the start of President Joe Biden’s mandate that health care workers become fully vaccinated, University Hospitals and Cleveland Clinic have both announced that its caregivers may continue to provide patient care service regardless of vaccination status.

Becker’s Healthcare:

Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare is pausing its COVID-19 vaccination mandate amid recent federal court decisions, except for states in which it operates that have their own mandates, according to a statement shared with Becker’s.

HCA announced a mandate in November to comply with CMS requirements for healthcare workers.

Before CMS created a mandate, HCA had encouraged workers to get vaccinated and made shots readily available but had not mandated inoculation, the for-profit hospital operator said. 

For now, that’s it from me. Back later after a quick Starbucks run eventhough I do not drink coffee. Its important to show support.


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For Democrats, The End is Near

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For Democrats, The End is Near

Joe Biden has been in the White House for one year. Since then, public opinion on Biden and the Democrat party has shifted dramatically. Consider this Gallup poll that shows the rate of people shifting from being a Democrat to being a Republican. To quote…

Gallup asks all Americans it interviews whether they identify politically as a Republican, a Democrat or an independent. Independents are then asked whether they lean more toward the Republican or Democratic Party. The combined percentage of party identifiers and leaners gives a measure of the relative strength of the two parties politically.

Both the nine-point Democratic advantage in the first quarter and the five-point Republican edge in the fourth quarter are among the largest Gallup has measured for each party in any quarter since it began regularly measuring party identification and leaning in 1991.

The rate that people are deserting one party for the other is dramatic. I think it signals more a dissatisfaction in how things are going verses an attraction for the Republican party. Why? Consider the following quote on Independents.

The broader trend toward an increasing share of political independents has been clear over the past decade, with more Americans viewing themselves as independents than did so in the late 1980s through 2000s. At least four in 10 Americans have considered themselves independents in all years since 2011, except for the 2016 and 2020 presidential election years. Before 2011, independent identification had never reached 40%.

To paraphrase, there is a large and growing set of Americans who do not like either party but who will likely vote Republican because they are presently seen as the lesser evil.

No matter how you slice it, things do not look good for those seeking to retain power as the mid-term elections loom. With the writing on the wall, I predict that we will see a lot of frustration as incumbents seek to reset their strategies for wooing voters. Expect to hear the left avoid their accountability for how they have governed. Instead of the voters repudiating how Democrats have governed, the big red wave will be branded an insurrection in slow motion. And while it would be prudent for Democrats to stop, reassess and listen to the constituency, lookout for zealots who absolve their leadership of any blame and instead point fingers at their followers.


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