Ha yeah! Or when pigs grow human organs! Hahaha--
Ha yeah! Or when pigs grow human organs! Hahaha--
Of course it's safe, there's no doubt about that -- provided of course people believe in it.
You're absolutely right about iMacs.
But I've had a Mac Mini for over five years and it still performs nicely. Swapping out the RAM chips is pretty easy, and using a torx wrench is no big deal. Haven't had to change the HD so can't speak to that.
Relatively cheap too. Pickup a Mac Mini along with a monitor of your choice and a couple peripherals and you're set. Again, I'm five years in and still humming nicely. I mostly use it for writing code and running a development web server.
Now Apple's software...that's another issue...
The entropy that builds up from clueless users tying their business processes into these low-code systems is staggering. I have a client that got setup with QuickBase years ago and has been using it to store data culled from their web site and generate reports based on it, sometimes with an interactive UI to sort and filter. Because nobody who created these QB "apps" has any technical training, including the mastermind who set it all up to begin with, these reports are horrendous monstrosities that over the years have built up into a pile of increasingly useless garbage. Instead of intelligently building an app with a sanely normalized data structure that can simply modify itself every year to report on the requested data set, the client has to create new apps every year, replicating last year's, to view the relevant data. The data structures look like they were cobbled together by, well, someone with no technical training. It's a big morass that their employees spend ridiculous amounts of time dealing with. If they had just hired a developer to build a simple web UI to view, filter, sort, and generate the occasional PDF, all tied into their web database, they could have saved tons of man hours and money.
But no. They were sold on "Build your own apps! You don't need to pay an expert! You're already all the expert you need!". Such bullshit. But then, I suppose it makes more work for those of us who are called in to build what should have been built in the first place, once the company can no longer function under the weight of empty promises.
Is it ironic that the minds of people who believe in mind control are being controlled by the belief in mind control?
How sad that so many Americans could seriously believe in this bullshit, but that's what happens when you're fed a steady diet of FOX News and a constant drumbeat of right-wing conspiracy theories
FOX controls more minds than HAARP ever did. Easy to do when minds are weak.
Here in Chicago they are now charging $10/month rental fee for their modems. But if you buy your modem, and they have to send a tech out to you, they charge $50 per visit even if the problem has nothing to do with the modem. Insane price hikes all over the place with these crooks and the service isn't very good to begin with. But because I live in an apartment building, I don't have a choice of providers.
They're already harming consumers. They should be forced to sit down, STFU, and be given a government regulation colonic that purges the excrement from their consumer policies.
Moreover, adult chimpanzees (our nearest animal cousins) are known to literally tear to pieces young chimps from other chimp communities. Rip them limb from limb. Male adult walruses in heat will try to have sex with baby walruses when they can't find an available adult female, usually resulting in killing the baby.
Religion was put in place to control human behavior, usually for a rich/powerful governing structure or leader. But the honest search for God (an abused term, perhaps "Spirit" or "universal consciousness" or "higher intelligence we cannot adequately explain") has nothing to do with top-down controls and doctrine. But I am digressing. Animals fuck each other up pretty good.
Because all you are is a bunch of chemical reactions and mechanical synaptic firing, occurring in a miraculously organized soup of random intelligence, that can be decoded and "downloaded" to a computer.
When you treat the human being as a machine, you end up with a dead world.
You're right about talk therapy being expensive. I consider myself lucky -- I had the right people, teachers, helpers that could see what was going on for me and give me the appropriate advice, hug or kick in the ass, without having to pay through the nose for their services. If only we lived in a more humane society! But then I think human consciousness creates conditions like depression to teach us how to be more collectively humane (pardon the Schopenhauer-ian digression).
Of course it's not like I consider myself "cured" -- but what I mean about making depression positive is to look at it as a teaching ally. What sort of depth does depression give you? How does it make you more able to empathize with others? How has it forced you to become stronger and wiser? That's different from morbidly attaching to depression as your identity, obviously not healthy. But not everything that's good for us pleases us, and I find being fierce with myself about seeing the good in what's going on for me helps a great deal in improving my life.
My vehemence comes from seeing depressed folks prescribed medications when it is not at all clear that they actually need it. And their healing and overall life possibilities are hampered as a result. I have one friend who committed suicide while on meds due to a badly thought-out prescription -- this after months of work on his personal problems and cleaning up his alcoholism.
I did not mean to imply that this is true for everyone, or for you. My apologies if it sounded that way. I'm sure there are valid cases for prescription meds, I'm just against the blanket approach of solving all mental/emotional problems with drugs.
Exactly what does chemical imbalance have to do with feeling broken or like a victim?
What I mean is, if someone with depression is told by someone with entrusted authority that their mental/emotional problems are due to a physical disruption that cannot be fixed, but only medicated with drugs, it leaves that person feeling dependent on the drug. Their healing is no longer in their own hands. I'm certainly not talking about every case, but I believe folks can heal depression (and other mental health issues) without drugs far more often than is normally realized. It has not to do with "fixing" the problem but giving it the right expression, turning it from enemy to ally. We can learn much from what we cast as abnormal.
Money isn't everything -- but it's a long way ahead of what comes next. -- Sir Edmond Stockdale