Scariest Halloween Costume?

What would be the scariest Halloween costume? Well, we’ve probably seen them all, except possibly one. So, is the scariest a vampire? Skeleton? Witch? Dragon? Demon? Or some other character of fear?

Well, how about this? Politician!

Politician? Yes. And possibly the only costume we haven’t really seen, other than famous past politicians who were not really politicians but true leaders, like George Washington or Abraham Lincoln.

So, just how scary is a politician? Well, for starters, they do nothing. Well, actually, that isn’t completely true.

They do everything you don’t want and nothing you do want, despite what they tell you at election time.

They take money out of your pocket and the only ideas they ever have are those that will take even more money out of your pocket.

They often screw up that which is working well and should be left alone.

They often never get to those problems you want addressed and in the rare instances when they do, they take forever to do it!

And their solution often either makes the problem worse or gives you a new one that’s worse than the one that was solved.

Then, there’s election time. When they have their staffs, which you pay for, bombard you with ads and phone calls, and emails, and probably texts, too, often starting 6 months before the election. Some people get 10 or more calls daily at all hours! I’ve heard of no businesses or even any debt collection agencies that bombard anyone like this, and if they do, they eventually get into trouble!

But the scariest thing about politicians? THEY’RE REAL!

Have a happy and safe Halloween, everyone!

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Want Immortality? Cloning Yourself is Not the Answer!

The issue of cloning has largely fallen off the radar, but for a while in the 1990’s, with the news of Dolly the cloned sheep, it was.

Then, there were stories which either had cloning as an issue or where something akin to it was being employed, either physically or mentally, such as the book and movie, “The Boys From Brazil”, and of course, the “Jurassic Park” series. And, there is the idea of cloning oneself to gain immortality or to make someone who thinks and acts the same.

But can this really be done? The making of a viable clone? Yes, it’s possible though the science today is still in its infancy. And no, you can’t make yourself immortal, nor can you produce a “personality twin” of yourself, either, through cloning.

All cloning does, if successful, is produce a biological twin of the person or animal, or organ or body part, being cloned, that is much younger than the original.

So, if you cloned yourself, you would not gain immortality, as the clone would not be you. It would only be a genetic copy of you and younger by as many years as you are old. You would not be seeing or feeling through the clone any more than you do through any other person. The clone is a separate being.

So, would a clone think and act as you? Again, no. Mentally, the clone could be anyone. And it would not likely matter even if the clone were raised in a duplicate way and environment as you. This is why the story, “The Boys From Brazil” could not possibly be made true. There are just too many variables within the human mind itself so that even a duplicated environment and parenting style, and even putting the same kind of people in the right places and times, if that could even be done, would not guarantee a clone being the same kind of person as the original!

So, to those who want to ban cloning because of fears of someone creating another Hitler, or of wealthy people using their money to buy immortality and having yet another advantage over the poor and middle class, your fears are completely unjustified.

What cloning can do, is bring about the possibility of making duplicate organs and body parts for people whose organs are failing. This would mean no more need for transplants, no waiting for new organs, and no fear of new organs and body parts being rejected! In addition, the stem cell controversy could also be ended, as stem cells could simply be cloned to fill the need.

This is why the banning of all forms of cloning is a bad idea!

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When’s The Best Time for Christmas Shopping? October!

What’s the rush? Christmas is still two months away! Right? Sure. But, the best time to go Christmas shopping is actually, now! That is, October!

Why October? Well, July may be too early, as you may not really know what to get for whom, yet and you may be too busy with summer activities.

But, why wait till December, or even Black Friday, when the crowds will be intense and things will get crazy and crowded very quickly. I know of at least one mall area in California that is a constant traffic jam from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve! And I’m sure it’s not the only one!

Also, I’ve heard that those “sweet deals” that you see advertised during the holidays may be artificial, that is, their low prices may be only relatively low. What happens is that some retailers may slowly raise prices on items they believe will be popular for gift giving during the holidays, so that the holiday  shopping season lowering of prices on those items is really just bringing the price down to their normal level, and you’re not really getting a true bargain! I could be wrong on this, but it is something I once heard.

In October, the focus is on Halloween, which covers a smaller niche of items. Everything else will probably be normally priced and the crowds won’t be insane. You’ll be able to get a parking space less than 3 miles from the store! And it won’t take you 3 hours to get out of the mall parking lot when you’re done shopping!

And many stores will also be featuring Christmas decor by this time, so you can even get those items for decorating in October as well.

And perhaps best of all, you can smugly smile in December, knowing your Christmas shopping is done, as your friends tell their tales of struggle as they shop in the thick of the holiday shopping season!

So, think about shopping for Christmas now, in October. It just may make for a less stressful shopping season.

Happy shopping!

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