The bill for global food imports will top $1,000bn this year for the second time ever, putting the world “dangerously close” to a new food crisis, the United Nations said.
I’ve been going 90 miles an hour, working 18 hour days for a week now, and I’m ready to drop. I am seeing a tiny drop in volume on food orders, which I am grateful for.Regarding a few website items: For years and years, I have always returned phone calls from callers who do not leave a message. This actually happens quite often, in fact, far, far more then people actually leaving messages. I don’t really know why people do this, it’s kind of strange behavior. You call and can’t get through, but don’t leave a message. You don’t want anybody to call you back?
I’ve always tracked these people down if I could and called them back anyway. But I’ve decided I am not going to do this anymore, so fair warning to all those hangups. Leave a message if you expect me to return your phone call, otherwise I’m going to assume you weren’t really that interested.
Email is still best and preferred. A written history is very helpful to help me keep all my ducks in a row. The more fatigued I get, the more mistakes I can make. Put your question in writing, I check email constantly.
I’m still seeing an astounding number of people who are falling for the “free shipping” scams going on out there. Sigh… basic mathematics should be in everyone’s repertoire. Here it is again: there is no such thing as free shipping. It is an advertising ploy used by everybody (including me, to set the record straight). You are paying for the shipping cost in the (far) higher product prices, period. These prices include the shipping cost.
Even worse, everybody in the entire country winds up paying these higher prices, because they are all priced for the farthest shipping zones instead of your zone which for 80% of the country is actually closer (and less costly). This isn’t particularly fair to anybody, especially customers, but this is widely practiced now throughout the industry.
Some incensed woman wrote me and wrote me and still could not seem to understand this basic concept. She never did present a sensible and logical case. Now I’m the devil incarnate somehow. Whatever. I really don’t care to waste my time trying to educate the uneducatable. Go piss up somebody else’s rope, I’ve got better things to do.
Businesses do NOT give out “freebies”. If they did — they would not remain in business very long. They stay profitable by a number of ways, including duping the gullible into believing that cows jump over the moon and ice cream can be had for free.
The problem that I have with all this is it is dishonest. Some call it “advertising” but whatever, then it’s dishonest advertising. If dishonesty floats your boat, please go shop somewhere else, you and I will not get along.
This does lead me to my final point, not related directly to the website issues. Lots and lots of people live by dishonesty. They’ve come to accept this as their way of life. They’re taught dishonesty by everything around them, parents, family, friends, employment, government, media. We’re actually swimming in dishonesty and it’s quite hard to keep your head above this tide.
When we are lied to by commercials, or by the news, or by government or by any other source, we’re not surprised or even bothered unless it just happens to be something near and dear to us, and then we might object a little bit. The (entire) country has come to accept this as the normal every-day course of events, dishonesty is pandemic throughout our society.
I think this is one of the reasons why we see so much apathy and indifference. When we accept dishonesty, we accept all the misrepresentations that go with it — including those deceptions and misrepresentations within ourselves. We’ve got no (honest) heroes or examples to turn to, those who encourage us to be better then what we are. So we accept like everyone else, the dishonesty and the mediocrity and that has come to earmark our entire society.
If you haven’t noticed, mediocrity is rampant. In food, music, culture, construction, education, medicine. Pretty much everywhere you look, you can find this. Surrounding most of it is the dishonesty that gift wraps it all up and presents this as something else entirely. Nobody will say to a prospective car buyer – “Yeah, it’s really a crappy car, breaks down on me all the time, and guzzles a lot of gas. Had to throw a few thousand dollars at it to keep it running and I’m really just trying to dump it off on the first fool that is willing to buy it. How about it? You interested?”.
Wouldn’t that be something? To finally hear the truth? But lots of Americans simply do not want the truth. This is demonstratable by their easy acceptance of dishonesty, mediocrity and a constant stream of lies that they never challenge. If they wanted something else — they’d actually already have it. Remember, it’s what people do that counts, including accepting lies.
Everybody who reads this blog should have a pretty good idea now that getting people to do anything is pretty hard. Including question the lies or the deceptions in our society. We’re just too comfortable for now to even really bother.
Well, fair warning — that is changing and already has for millions of Americans. The notion that this is a “free country” is being lost to those who are now being victimized by the system that is taking advantage of their situations. The notion that our media has presented us with the truth about almost every subject is being revealed as a pack of lies. I could go on and on with this theme, but the basic point here is our acceptance to deceptions has and will cost us everything in the end.
Every wonder why all of society is the way that it is today? Ever really think about it? Would it shock you to know that it is this way because this is exactly what we want? We have always had the power to change our society and our human-world. But we often as not don’t even bother. We accept the way things are and let them happen, including all the lies and mediocrity and dishonesty (and injustice) that goes with what we experience each and every day. We actually DO have the society that we want in other words, our “want” is demonstrated by our actions (and inactions).
Unfortunately, many of the these ills are terribly far beyond our ability to control now. So what? That does not change our responsibility to act on what we believe. Ghandi said “be the change that you want to see in the world“. I know it’s hard, I’m sitting here beating my head on the keyboard for years and years and it’s exhausting.
But what then is the alternative? Well, it’s what we have today and what we’ll have tomorrow and the day after that. If that is acceptable to you, then you are reading the wrong blog.
Change begins within, and ultimately, you even come to understand that only you can change. You can’t change the world without changing yourself first and foremost. Our politicians promise to change our world, our nation and even our times, but if you notice, they don’t change. Their the same deceptive, lying, deceitful, thieving scum as always. But the problem is much deeper then that — we are the same as always. We accept their deceptions and everybody elses. We haven’t changed either!
Basic math here I’m afraid. Everybody needs to understand this if there is even going to be a glimmer of positive change in our lives.