Sunday, September 25, 2011

Plains Pops: Asking Some Random Questions About Recent South Dakota Blog Posts

I have not been able to keep up on posting or reading posts, so these may not be timely, but no one has asked or answered any of the questions.

MC at the Dakota War College posted the following paragraphs about proposed federal regulations banning all cell phone use for truck drivers.
A professional knows their limits. A doctor, knows when a problem is beyond them and asks for help. A quarterback knows when to pass, hand-off, or sit out the game. A professional driver knows when stop and take a break, when they can turn on the radio listen to some noise, and when to turn it off and pay attention to the traffic around them. . . .
As a former professional truck driver I can speak with some authority on this. I have seen some people do some things while driving, that are totaly insane; and make using a cell phone seem minor.  There are some drivers, of trucks, cars, motorcycles, and even bicycles, that should not be on the road. The operators can be too distracted to operate that equipment safely.
I don't have any knowledge about long haul trucking, and I agree with most of the above quotation.  My question is a little off topic.  Why I'm supposed trust professional drivers, accountants, business people, lawyers, or doctors when they announce they have expertise in their area, but no one wants consults or trusts a teacher when he or she claims to know something about education?  I would guess  that there are no more bad teachers per capita than there are bad lawyers or doctors or truck drivers.

Denise Ross posts about possible career trajectories of John Thune and Brendan Johnson, son of Senator Tim Johnson.  Bob Mercer muses about the possibility that Thune will suffer the same fate as Senators McGovern, Pressler, and Daschle who lost re-election bids after they moved into Senate leadership roles.  Both posts ignore a question I've had for a long time: what has Thune ever done to earn to a leadership spot?

The Madville Times discusses a potential South Dakota impact to the discovery that neutrinos move faster than the speed of light.  Meanwhile, A Progressive on the Prairie links to this Diatribe Media post with the following quotations:
Because we can. As Bucky Fuller pointed out, we have the technology and capability to feed, clothe, house and provide for every human being on the planet our most basic needs. But instead of doing so, we buy into a belief of scarcity, of hoarding, of fear of losing what little we have. . . .

To quote the words of one of the 20th century’s greatest philosophers, Bill Hicks:
…it doesn’t matter, because it’s just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one.

Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.” (italics in original)
I hope we really do feed the world and go into space, but don't I have enough policy debate counterplans to worry about this season without adding ban the military to the list?  (Yes, high school debate does dominate debate coaches' every waking moment.)

Although this question doesn't fit the "South Dakota" part of this post's title, I am left wondering the following:  Is there any good news coming?  Congress is deadlocked over billions when the problem is trillions, and Greece, Italy, and the whole of Europe seem to be pushing the world into another financial crisis.

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