Following on from my previous post, and the events I experienced with my aunt. I couldn't help but notice the change in her character when she was upset. This got me thinking about the emotions that possess us.

She had a misplaced belief about her air purifiers, even though they did little or nothing to improve air quality. But her belief was steadfast. Immovable. Unshakable.

When we carry these "unshakable" beliefs, they become a part of "me". And if any body threatens these beliefs, they threaten "me". That's why people will sometimes kill for their beliefs. Its almost as though, "I am" my beliefs, and if you destroy them, you destroy me.

Therefore, I will kill you, or at least attack you, insofar as I need to, so I can defend my beliefs. Ultimately defending me.

This may seem crazy, but dig a little deeper. Fundamentalists of all persuasion, kill for their beliefs.

  • Muslims suicide bombers kill innocents.
  • KKK kill innocent blacks.
  • Catholics kill protestants.
  • Communists kill Capitalists.
  • Capitalists kill Communists.
  • Fascists kill Jews.
  • Jews kill Arabs.
How else can you explain such attrocities?

The problem with beliefs is they change. They are slippery. Without foundation.
  • 500 years ago, every one believed the earth was flat
  • If you sailed to the edge, you would fall off into space
  • The sun revolved around the earth
  • Heaven was just above earth
You can cling to those beliefs, but it creates a problem. Disharmony. You're out of tune with Nature and mankind.

The crazy thing is that many of us still do it. My crazy aunt still believes her air purifiers work and that when she dies she will go to heaven and sit at the right hand of god. She cant sit still for 5 minutes, without some distraction. How she's gonna sit at the right hand of god for eternity with no TV, no newspaper or any other form of distraction. I have no idea.

Its a crazy notion but thats what she believes.

I guess that's the problem with beliefs. Only the believer needs to believe in them.

Ad Man's Dream

They Wouldn't Be Allowed To Advertise If It Wasn't True

Its interesting to watch how people behave at times. Its particularly interesting to observe them when they feel threatened. How they cling to petty notions and unfounded beliefs.

I was staying with a relative recently, an elderly female. A septuagenarian. Some time back, she had purchased several ionizers and placed them in each room. I switched off the unit in my room, as it produced a high-pitched whistle when working. My aunt, was going deaf and could not hear the whistle.

Each time she came into my room she would switch the unit back on. I could hear it whistling away and quickly hit the kill switch. My aunt asked my why I kept switching the unit off. I explained about the high-pitch it gave off. She responded: "I can't hear anything". Enough said.

A couple of days later, she showed me an advert for the same unit in a Sunday supplement magazine. I laughed and suggested the only thing they cleaned up was the amount of money they made. This irked her.

I suggested the units did nothing but burn electricity and you were better off opening a window to freshen the air. This inflamed her even more. I could see her getting more agitated by the minute.

I googled for: "Why ionizers dont work". Read through a few posts and found a couple that explained why they didn't work. Why they were a waste of money, and if you bought one, to return it and get your money back.

This infuriated her. I was attacking her heart-held belief. And that's not allowed.

Her: "Of course they work". She retorted.
Me: "Why do you say that?"
Her: "They must work, or they wouldn't be allowed to sell them".
Me: "What? Can't believe I'm hearing this"
Her: "They advertise them, so they must work".
Me: "Are you being serious?"
Her: "Yes. Look at the advert in the paper".
Me: "That proves nothing".
Her: "They wouldn't be allowed to advertise if it wasn't true".
Me: "Who's gonna stop them?"
Her: "What are you talking about?"
Me: "I'm talking about advertising and who polices the adverts."
Me: "Tell me who stops them printing what they like in an ad?"
Her: Silence
Me: "Come on. Tell me. Please explain who stops them?"
Her: Now fuming. Steam coming out of her ears
Me: "Well? Please elaborate".
Her: "You know nothing".

She storms out the room.

A little while later when she had cooled down a I tried to explain to her that anybody can produce any ad they like and the papers will print it as long as you pay for the ad. She called me a liar. My aunt carries some incongruent belief that the "Ad Police" will stop you producing and advertising malevolent products or fraudulent claims. Little does she know.

Really I could not make this stuff up. Ad men love my aunt and the millions out there just like her, that truly believe that ALL adverts are true, honest and factual. Nothing could be further from the truth.

An ad-man's dream.


Trouble At Anfield

Woe Woe And Thrice Woe
Liverpool have been dire in many games this season. At times, they've produced scintillating football. Other times, they've play like a Sunday pub team. Inconsistency has been the norm. Too many times, they have struggled against mediocre and lesser opposition .

Yesterday, Liverpool were held to a 0 - 0 draw against Swansea, who were promoted from the lower division last season. It should have been a walkover for the 'Reds". Instead, Swansea in white kit, stormed 'Fortress Anfield' and almost took 3 points. Swansea were only denied all three points, by a poor call from the referee. Liverpool struggled and could not unlock the Swansea defence. Liverpool hung on for a lucky draw. What does that tell ya?

Liverpool were held 1 - 1 by lowly Norwich few weeks ago. Again, Norwich were promoted from the lower division last season. On paper, Liverpool should have thumped them, but they didn't. Liverpool just scraped through and were lucky to get a point from the game.

At the beginning of September, Stoke, a middling premiership team, beat Liverpool 1 - 0. In the middle of August, Sunderland, another middling team, held Liverpool to a 1 - 1 draw at Anfield.

In mid September Spurs thumped Liverpool 4 - 0. Spurs like Liverpool are vying for a top four finish to qualify for the Champions League.

So what's happened. Where has it gone wrong?

From the online dictionary.reference.com:

regression - noun

1. the act of going back to a previous place or state; return or reversion.
2. retrogradation; retrogression.
3. Biology. reversion to an earlier or less advanced state or form or to a common or general type.
4. Psychoanalysis. the reversion to a chronologically earlier or less adapted pattern of behavior and feeling.
5. a subsidence of a disease or its manifestations: a regression of symptoms.
6. of, pertaining to, or determined by regression analysis: regression curve; regression equation.

How can this be? Considering the new American owners have spent £100 million on players?

Suarez was an inspired buy. The moment I saw him, in his first game for Liverpool, I knew he was magic. I labelled him "The Wizard". Carroll on the other hand, has been a poor buy. A disaster. An unknown quantity. Untried, untested. His performances this season have confirmed this. He's missed too many chances, and performed poorly when starting games. I'm confident he'll be the same for the rest of the season.

Downing and Jordan, have been poor to middling. Sometimes good, sometimes, forgettable. They may yet produce. Time will tell.

Charlie Adam has been great. He's performed peerlessly, scored goals, created chances, great vision, great crosses, and commanded the midfield. Adam has been an excellent buy.

I have views on why the Liverpool locomotive has been derailed.

Thats for my next footy post.

Don't Talk To Cops - Part 2

Bite Your Lip
Following on from the previous post, here's the second part of Don't Talk to Cops. Appropriately titled: The Other Side of the Story.

In Part 2, George Buch a police officer with the Virginia Beach Police Department, gives his take on why you should NOT talk to the police or answer any questions, without your lawyer present. The second talk gives the police view of getting a statement or a confession.

After a brief intro, officer Buch opens his talk with a few questions;

"Are any of you guilty of anything? How many drive here today? Anybody go above 55 on the interstate? Hold your hands up."

People raise their hands.

Professor Duane off-screen, admonishes them for admitting guilt:

"Why are you holding your hands up. I told you about that."

Uproarious laughter.

Officer Buch continues: "And there you go. People are inherently honest, and that's the problem."

"When I was a police officer in uniform on patrol, I could follow a car however long I needed to and eventually they will do something illegal. And I can pull them over."

"When you get stopped for speeding. Everyone likes to be somewhat honest. First thing police officers asks you? Do you know how fast you were going? If the speed limit is 35, you say, oh 38 - 40. You wanna be kinda honest even though you were doing 50. You just said you were doing 38 - 40. You just admitted to breaking the law. You just confessed. They can go to court with that. That you confessed and get a conviction."

Its worth watching to get an insight into how the police view their work.

Officer Buch: "People are stupid. They do stupid things. They talk to the police." "I've dealt with a 1,000 felonies and 2,500 misdemeanors with a 98% conviction rate. 80% of those I don't even have to go to court. Why? Cos they confessed."

"People like to talk to the Police. They like to tell their story."

"My job is to get you to talk. To develop a great case. A great case is a case with a confession."

Later on in his talk officer Buch honestly states:

"The defence attorney's job is to get to his client and stop him talking to me."

Here's the link to the video: Don't Talk to Cops, Part 2


Don't Talk To Cops - Part 1

Silence Is Golden
If you haven't watched it yet, take time to view an excellent video posted on YouTube, given by a Lawyer. His name is James Duane a Professor at Regent Law School.

Professor Duane starts by explaining the top ten reasons for not talking to the police (without your lawyer present), or helping police with their inquiries. No matter how trivial it may seem, or how innocent you may actually be. He goes on to give several examples of how your statements or your answers can be used against you, and in many instances may be the only grounds on which you are convicted, even if you are 100% innocent.

He also explains that police officers are human, and sometimes make errors when collecting or giving evidence.

Its funny and essential viewing, and may one day save you from being convicted of an offence you did not commit. (Or even one that ya did).

The video runs for 28 minutes, but its worth the time invested.

Here's a link to the video: Don't Talk to Cops, Part 1