50 Random Questions

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If you are a big fan of The Office on NBC, then you probably know that Michael Scott considers autumn to be “the most contemplative of seasons”.  Well, while that may or may not be true, what I do believe is that Friday is one of “the most contemplative” days of the week.  Here in the great Pacific northwest there is still a couple of hours of daylight left before the sun goes down, and as the sun relentlessly continues its trajectory towards the horizon it makes me stop and reflect on how rapidly the world is changing.  In just about any field that you want to name – technology, politics, economics, education, entertainment and even religion – the pace of change these days is absolutely astounding.  We live at a time when we get to watch the world literally change right in front of our eyes.  In the age of the Internet our attention spans have been reduced to approximately that of a squirrel, but sometimes it is good to sit back and think about the bigger picture.  What does all of this change mean?  Is it good?  Is it bad?  What kind of a future are we headed for? 


This article is going to answer none of those questions.

Instead, I am going to share with you a whole bunch of questions that have been stewing around in my head.  Hopefully they will stimulate your thinking as much as they have mine. 

The following are 50 random questions for you to think about this weekend….

1- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that U.S. government agents can legally sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a secret GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of you everywhere that you go.  In light of this, how can anyone still claim that we live in the land of the free?

2 – 23 percent of all U.S. homes with a mortgage were “underwater” at the end of June.  So what in the world is going to happen if home prices go down another 10 or 20 percent?

3 – Is U.S. commercial real estate the next bubble to burst?

4 – Is the middle class being systematically wiped out of existence in America?

5 – Would saying that the U.S. government is spending money like a drunken sailor be unfair to drunken sailors?

6 – Is Vice President Joe Biden delusional when he says that Democrats will keep both the House and the Senate this election season?

7 – If having one out of every eight Americans on food stamps is considered “the new normal“, then what kind of future are the coming generations of Americans going to have? 

8 – If Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke insists that everything is going to be okay with the U.S. economy, should we believe him this time?

9 – How is it possible that a worker was paid for 12 years without ever showing up for work at a Norfolk, Virginia agency funded by federal, state and local money and nobody ever noticed?

10 – If housing sales are at record lows even with mortgage rates at rock bottom levels, is there any hope that this housing crisis is going to turn around any time soon?

11 – Why are bedbugs completely and totally out of control in so many major U.S. cities?

12 – Is Gerald Celente, the founder of the Trends Research Institute, right when he says that the United States is headed for “the Greatest Depression”?

13 – Should we forget our debts or is paying off our debts the morally right thing to do?

14 – Are Barack Obama’s socialist policies making the U.S. national debt far worse?

15 – Will the U.S. government start listening to the Tea Party movement or will it go into even more debt and tax us all even more?

16 – Is the state of Illinois bankrupt?

17 – If man is nothing but the random arrangement of molecules, what motivates us to care and to live honorably in the world?

18 – If the U.S. economy is getting better, why has the number of Americans receiving long-term unemployment benefits risen over 60 percent in just the past year?

19 – Intel hopes to be able to develop the world’s first line of thought-controlled computers.  So if our thoughts will someday be able to control computers, could computers be used someday to control our thoughts?

20 – Why do both major political parties relentlessly push the idea that free trade is good for us when the truth is that the cost of free trade is millions of good middle class American jobs?

21 – According to the CDC, approximately three quarters of a million people a year are rushed to emergency rooms in the United States because of adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs.  Why is this not talked about more?

22 – How did we get to the point where one out of every seven mortgages was delinquent or in foreclosure during the first quarter of 2010?

23 – Two out of every three people in the world now live in countries where religion is highly restricted.  Is freedom of religion rapidly dying out?

24 – Why do Russian bombers keep flying so close to North American airspace?

25 – How do you explain the high degree of design and order in the universe if there is no God?

26 – The U.S. birth rate has declined for the second year in a row.  Is there a reason why so few women are having babies?

27 – The U.S. Treasury has announced that China’s holdings of U.S. Treasury securities declined by about $30 billion between April and May of this year.  So if China quits buying U.S. government debt, who is going to absorb it all?

28 – What in the world is up with all the crazy weather in 2010?

29 – Some scientists claim that a massive solar storm could strike the earth during the next solar maximum in 2012 with a force of 100 million hydrogen bombs.  So what exactly would that do to all the computers and high tech equipment that we rely on so much?

30 – Is the U.S. government the last great source of middle class American jobs?

31 – How is it possible that Rwandan and Congolese rebels gang-raped nearly 200 women over four days within miles of a UN base in an eastern Congo mining district and the UN peacekeepers did nothing about it?

32 – Why has the number of mosques in the United States increased by more than 50% over the last ten years?

33 – Was the investigation of disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich cut short in order to protect Barack Obama?

34 – If the U.S. financial system is in the process of falling to pieces, then why aren’t more Americans storing up emergency food?

35 – Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak has instructed his government to start construction of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant at a site on the Mediterranean coast.  Now that nuclear technology is spreading so widely, is there any hope that it can be contained?

36 – Is the open society dying?

37 – Why aren’t U.S. politicians doing something about the fact that millions of U.S. jobs have been lost to outsourcing?

38 – Is the coming retirement crisis going to absolutely destroy the U.S. financial system?

39 – Everyone knows Mount Rushmore was the result of intelligent design. Do you think the human body is the result of intelligent design?

40 – The Transportation Security Administration has begun performing what it calls “enhanced patdowns” at two of the busiest airports in the United States.  Are these “enhanced patdowns” going to essentially be grope sessions?

41 – Is it possible that China could become the largest economy in the world by the year 2020?

42 – Students at a high school in Missouri have built a car that they claim can get up to 450 miles per gallon.  Do you think that the big corporations will ever let that technology get to the general public?

43 – Why in the world has the CIA been making secret payments to multiple members of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s administration?

44 – Do you have enough blind faith to believe that life just popped into existence from nonlife, and that such life just happened to have the ability to take in the nourishment it needed, to expel waste, and to reproduce itself, all the while having everything it needed to survive in the environment in which it suddenly found itself?

45 – How is it possible that King David was able to accurately describe the crucifixion of Jesus Christ approximately 1000 years ahead of time?

46 – Why is the U.S. poverty rate the third worst among the developed nations tracked by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development?

47 – Why are so many nations around the world adopting the strict population control agenda of the United Nations?

48 – If time never had a beginning, but rather goes backwards infinitely or has gone through an infinite number of cycles, then how is it possible that we are here today?

49 – The mayor of Philadelphia is defending a decision to require bloggers to pay $300 for a business license.  If this kind of thing spreads, will any of us be able to afford to blog?

50 – Is there any possible reason why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a crackdown on farm dust?

  • gw

    I love the blog, but I don’t appreciate the religious content.

  • Mr Carpenter

    1. No sane person could claim this, but we are surrounded by people who are literally insane with sin, spiritually blind and dead. So plenty of people will ignore it – until it affects THEM.

    2. I imagine 45-50% of homes with mortgages will be under water…

    3. Yes, probably.

    4. Theodore Roosevelt once (in)famously stated that if something happens in politics (and presumably therefore in life), it was not accidental but on purpose. Remember Ross Perot’s statement about that great sucking sound (being all the jobs leaving the US?) Remember how he stated the Repugnicans threatened the lives of his family if he didn’t step down from his campaign? He did, but he talked; so the backpedalled – but it was no use. After that, the powers that be made it know through their “owned” media that he would be a “bad” President becuase he didn’t have a spine… it was just more of the same o same o.

    5. Yes, unless the drunken sailor was also a counterfeiter…

    6. Perhaps, but this country has been run by Masons since the bloodless coup of 1789, and Masons essentially have been heard to say “it doesn’t matter who you vote for; you’ll be voting for us.”

    7. Life in fascist-socialist 2nd rate 2nd world nation, while the Chinese prosper.

    8. No, unless you are as delusional as he is!

    9. You mentioned “government” right? That’s the answer….

    10. Not bloody likely.

    11. Even nature knows its time is short, and it’s essentially going nutsoid. Earthquakes (“like the pangs of childbirth”), weather going nuts (“famines”) – it’s all in The Book. Towards the END if you catch my drift, folks….

    12. Yes, Gerald has been right about plenty of things and he’s right with this one, too. I’ve learned plenty from him, myself.

    13. As a Christian, technically speaking, we probably should not even get into debt at all. But once we do, we must pay it off with honor. And then not put heavy yokes of slavery (debt) onto ourselves in future.

    14. Clearly, and obviously, yes. See #6 again.

    15. Perhaps for awhile things will improved; but see #6 yet again. It only took 14 years for us to win a war against Britain to free our nation, then settle in as a nation, then lose that nation to the Masons’ control. (1775-1789) An illuminating fact: The first President (1775) was Peyton Randolph, a Lutheran protestant Christian. Lutherans make up 1/8 or more of the US population, but how many Lutherans have been President since 1789? Zero, none, nada. Why? Because Lutherans (and other protestant and catholic Christians who actually are what they say they are) will not worship Lucifer by becoming masons.

    16. Probably, along with about 40 other states and the entire Federal government being in the same sinking ship.

    17. I worked with a British research scientist (not forgetting that in Britain, only maybe 1-2% of the population are Christians) and he did electron microscopy. He became a Christian after looking so deeply into anatomy, that he realized that creation cannot be by accident. It’s absolute nonsense. We were created by a God who also created the universe.

    18. The government is expert at doing one thing – lying. It’s all they do well. OK, thieving, as well. Two things.

    19. Probably. But why would they bother when 99% of humanity are already hypnotized by TV?

    20. Because the wealthy 2% of the Untied Status of Amerika are sociopaths who over the past 100 years have glommed onto about 80% of the wealth, and 99.9% of the power, and they apparently could not care less about the other 98% of their “fellow citizens”.

    21. Probably because there are so many other pressing matters?

    22. See #4, #6 and #20.

    23. Has been since Christ’s day, but interestingly enough, Christianity prospers best in places of persecution and dies out in places where it may be practised freely.

  • US Debt: $100 Trillion and Not to decrease in the Next 10 years. Some say, “How can it ever decrease?” Are Americans and the world being led up the wrong garden path? By Whom? ASK until you get the answer.

  • Not so Mad Max

    If I may chime in I have been reading history for decades, from a strictly political stand point the US reminds me of Russia before the 1917 revolution.

    You have people who think something is wrong, and you have a Government that has badly screwed up the running of a major war, (two good size ones in our case). A power elite that is insolated, arrogant, and intoxicated on it’s own power and importance, and an economy that has been blasted by mismanagement and military spending.

    To add we have a drug war in Mexico that is being badly underreported, Mexico on the edge of becoming a failed state. Add to that the 30 to 35 million Mexican Nationals already here.

    I wont go into the other Global issues which you and most of your readers are well aware of . We’re heading for another Dark Age, and age of violence, hunger, and fear. Things will change radically the strong and ruthless will take what they want, an age when the Rich will travel around with hordes of bodyguards fearful for their own lives. It will not happen over night, it will start with a global economic failure, and things will slowly slide from there.
    good Blog

  • Greg

    #51 – does anyone believe that all of the crises mentioned above are random chance that occurred because “dummies” were in control and that they were not planned?

    #52 – will the antichrist use the same tactic that Obama used to get into power – capitalize on the chaos that was created to get the masses into a state of dissatisfaction and panic, then come in with the promise of change so that the masses will accept him?

    #53 – if Obama’s “change” can be viewed as being as appealing as changing messy diapers by swapping them off of two babies, how much worse will the change be that will be brought by the antichrist?

  • Mr Carpenter

    24. Because we have a wimp in the Whitehouse?

    25. Anyone who pretends to explain how random acts made the universe, is delusional at best, clinically insane and evil at worse.

    26. Responsible people who haven’t money to live on, don’t make babies?

    27. We the saps who make up the (disappearing) taxpaying “middle class” will do so whether we want to or not – via eventual hyperinflation since the Fed essentially gave CON-gress “permission” to do as much spending as they felt like on August 10, 2010 – a day which will eventually be taught as the actual end of the Republic of America, I suspect.

    28. Birth-pangs of the end times in world which is existing on borrow time?

    29. It could fry them all but it might not be more than a temporary setback – kind of like the Y2K thing.

    30. Only on the most tenuous and very temporary basis, since real middle-class jobs involve actually doing work, and actually adding something to the GDP rather than being leeches, and soaking money from the real middle-class.

    31. Because the UN is and always has been about as useless as a set of tits on a turtle?

    32. Because we in the West are slowly being taken over (ever seen the Borg in sci-fi shows?)

    33. Remember what Roosevelt said about politics? There are no coincidences.

    34. They are too busy watching television and texting friends and whining about how they only get 99 weeks of unemployment.

    35. I doubt it seriously. Especially when brainless national leaders like those in France, Russia and Germany, secretly and not so secretly export technology which can be aimed back at their citizens (and others), for mere money.

    36. Yes. See you in the FEMA kamps.

    37. See #33. They’re under the contol of people who have planned this all along, for their own purposes – we the people no longer have any control over the government of the United States. It’s not likely that we’ll be able to wrest it back because only about 1% to 2% of the population even gives a damn/understands what has happened and is happening/understands the Constitution and their rights and responsibilities.

    38. According to simply math, yes. Once “they” start fudging (lying) with accounting, it’s less clear.

    39. Of course.

    40. Yes, and the pervs who work for them will get kicks out of it, except that I’ll be flying even less than I am now so I don’t have to be SUBJECTed to this indignity.

    41. Very probably unless they start adopting chapters out of the “O’s” Book of Lies and Stupidities…

    42. The Fish Carburetor and other techno-wizardry have all been proven to be falsehoods over the decades. I’m dubious about 450 mpg’s in the first place!

    43. Because they’re all in the fascist-statist-kontrol freak club and they want to help out their friends?

    44. Nope, don’t have that much faith; I have faith in a much simpler explanation. That a creator of the universe exists and loves me (and you). See explanations above re: Christianity vs all the other religions.

    45. Because he was given this information on a spiritual level by the creator of the universe.

    46. Because we’ve been hypnotized by TV and kontrol freaks who have sold us down the river for their own reasons. They consider most of us “useless eaters”. Interestingly, a similar thing happened in the dark ages and the Lairds of the Manor types thought the same thing until the Plagues came through. There were so few able bodied men to work the fields that even without more plague, there was depravation. Interestingly enough, the real market came into play and people able bodied enough to work, started to demand some real living wages (for awhile) – and got them.

    47. They elitist powers that be think most of humanity are “useless eaters”….. in fact, they are the useless eaters.

    48. I dunno, but my head hurts thinking about it so I can’t say. I do know that I trust God and so imaginary conundrums can be put aside with an “I don’t know.”

    49. These elitists don’t want the internet to awken the people, so they will try anything to kill it… but it won’t work! It’s too late. Even if they take the internet down, people now know the elites don’t have anyone’s interest at heart except the elite’s.

    50. To totally kontrol and direct food supplies in order to make it possible to eventually direct food to the elites by force, while starving the masses – don’t say it can’t happen. That is what the British did in Ireland during the potato famine, and the Soviet Russians did this against the Ukranians 75 years ago.