News is bad for you !!!

News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier

In the West we think we are not good citizens unless we keep up with what is going on.  But the question is With Whom?  With What?   What is important to me?  Is what is covered by the news outlets really important???

I stopped watching the news and reading the news after the last Presidential election.  I do skim headlines frequently and very rarely read a whole news article.

I am freer. I am happier.  I am healthier.   I concur with this article.

From The Guardian

News is bad for your health. It leads to fear and aggression, and hinders your creativity and ability to think deeply. The solution? Stop consuming it altogether
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 Out of the ­10,000 news stories you may have read in the last 12 months, did even one allow you to make a better decision about a serious matter in your life, asks Rolf Dobelli. Photograph: Guardian/Graphic

In the past few decades, the fortunate among us have recognised the hazards of living with an overabundance of food (obesity, diabetes) and have started to change our diets. But most of us do not yet understand that news is to the mind what sugar is to the body. News is easy to digest. The media feeds us small bites of trivial matter, tidbits that don’t really concern our lives and don’t require thinking. That’s why we experience almost no saturation. Unlike reading books and long magazine articles (which require thinking), we can swallow limitless quantities of news flashes, which are bright-coloured candies for the mind. Today, we have reached the same point in relation to information that we faced 20 years ago in regard to food. We are beginning to recognise how toxic news can be.

News misleads. Take the following event (borrowed from Nassim Taleb). A car drives over a bridge, and the bridge collapses. What does the news media focus on? The car. The person in the car. Where he came from. Where he planned to go. How he experienced the crash (if he survived). But that is all irrelevant. What’s relevant? The structural stability of the bridge. That’s the underlying risk that has been lurking, and could lurk in other bridges. But the car is flashy, it’s dramatic, it’s a person (non-abstract), and it’s news that’s cheap to produce. News leads us to walk around with the completely wrong risk map in our heads. So terrorism is over-rated. Chronic stress is under-rated. The collapse of Lehman Brothers is overrated. Fiscal irresponsibility is under-rated. Astronauts are over-rated. Nurses are under-rated.

We are not rational enough to be exposed to the press. Watching an airplane crash on television is going to change your attitude toward that risk, regardless of its real probability. If you think you can compensate with the strength of your own inner contemplation, you are wrong. Bankers and economists – who have powerful incentives to compensate for news-borne hazards – have shown that they cannot. The only solution: cut yourself off from news consumption entirely.

News is irrelevant.

News has no explanatory power.

News is toxic to your body.

News increases cognitive errors.

News inhibits thinking.

News works like a drug. 

News wastes time.

News makes us passive.

News kills creativity.


Stance on Illegal Immigration

So, we know Bill Clinton’s stand in 1995.  President Obama open the border gates to immigrants and created the immigration catastrophe we still see in the USA.

Is was so sad to see groups of Central Americans headed through Central American country borders and for the USA back in December.   I wonder what happened to those individuals and families.  Americans care for those people but there is a legal process to enter the country.   Most of those non-Americans do not know the process.

I have friends who are H1B visa immigrants right now in my community.  Both are very productive members of this community.  The husband works productively with in an American company.   There are many productive, valuable-to-America immigrants who offer so many benefits to America by their presence.

There is a way to find the balance for America and valid legal immigrants to this country.

Church Fires in France

Stories of recent church fires in France resurface as Notre Dame burns

According to Snopes: “According to data provided by two official sources (France’s Interior Ministry and the national police), around 700 to 877 acts of vandalism occurred at Christian places of worship in France in 2018, a rate of 1.9 to 2.4 per day.”