Podcast 272

Christmas Insanity. Stories we are missing because of all the reporting on Congress, Oil, Australia and … Christmas. Suddenly we have to be told how to ‘deal’ with the Christmas Holiday, by practicing ‘abundance without attachment’. In english, that means we should not criticize commercialism, or judge materialism, but be unattached to money and just enjoy ‘the experience’. (Editor’s Note: I am well acquainted with the concept of practicing non attachment, but I don’t think it has anything to do with the rash of lazy journalism regarding spending money during the ‘holiday season’.) The biggest problem is expectations, being generating because of all the emotional stimuli in commercials and these incessantly cheerful all christmas all the time radio stations. Maybe the bad reporting comes from the fact that this is the worst time of the year to be doing issues or news based media, since people are checking out. Nothing is wrong with materialism, even the love of money. What’s wrong is the media’s obsession with predicting economic performance based on individual sales days like black Friday and Cyber Monday. The whole season becomes an economic bellwether? The truth is, its only since about the 1930’s in the US that Christmas per se, has become this macro holiday, with all its attendant markers for the wider economy. The best Christmas gift so far? The Sony Hackers. Revealing how Hollywood is actually the rapacious capitalist, rather than Wall Street. Anyone want to see if millionaire Senator Elizabeth Warren will take on greedy Hollywood execs? Why is it always Wall Street Banks, or dirty industrial companies. Eew. Do we still value people who actually make things? Or do we care more about the perfumed princes and princesses of Hollywood and the whales, global warming, public-private partnerships to preserve water and other nonsense. MSNBC’s days may be numbered. A new digital service called MSNBC Shift will be testing programming for the ailing progressive mouthpiece no one is listening to. Don’t rule out a completely new approach’ sports or entertainment. While Fox enjoys huge audience numbers, they sit astride a delivery channel (cable television) that may actually have an expiration date. Remember when Global Warming enthusiasts said warming causes tornadoes? The US had fewer tornadoes in the last three years, since they started measuring these things back in the 1950’s. And finally, the dumbest story of the week; “Scientists” say the warmer it is, the less you make. 54 degrees is the optimal temperature for productivity. Sigh. Sponsored by Baklund R & D

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MIchael Steiner
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There is no way to play or download this podcast

Bob Davis
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Got that fixed. Thanks Michael!

Ron
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“there’s nothing wrong with materialism, even the love of money”

Sure there is.

Bob Davis
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Really? What? The next step of course is to ‘pass a law’ or ‘shame’ people into ‘changing their behavior’. So, how do you do that without destroying liberty? In my view, you can’t. So, there’s nothing wrong with materialism, even the love of money.

Ron
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You’re right in that you can’t legislate or shame people into changing their behavior. The love of money is a character issue rooted in the corrupt nature of man, and is all about self. There is nothing good about it. Making money is one thing, loving it is altogether different.

Bob Davis
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Materialism is nothing more than a tendency to consider material possessions and comfort as more important that spiritual values. The context of my comments was the constant scolding we hear from certain quarters about the evils of ‘materialism’ which in their parlance also means ‘capitalism’, even though they are different things. ‘The Love of Money is the root of all evil’ is an opinion, and a valid one, but just saying it doesn’t make it right for everyone. I still don’t think there’s anything wrong with it, and everyone has to make their own choices regarding spiritual versus worldly pursuits. Personally we could use a little money love in this country to get the economy back on track, because praying doesn’t seem to be doing it.

Ron
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Another point I’d agree with you is that certain quarters use a parlance concerning capitalism, money and materialism as the problem, and in general are hypocrites. Capitalism isn’t the problem, it’s the people who live within it. As for the love of money being the root of all kinds of evil (it’s not the only root) it is either a universal truth or is nothing. Jesus either embodied truth as he claimed, was a liar, or was insane. Since I believe the was not a liar or insane I take it that the love of money is a primary cause of evil and human misery. A truth that is not changed by human opinion. Unfortunately many who scold on that basis do not address their own love of money. They do it from a sense of superiority, not a genuine concern for the well-being of others.

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