The decline in mental power in Canada

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Feb 9, 2015 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

Maybe there is an explanation for the mind boggling actions of so many people charged with keeping Canada running smoothly.

Maclean’s published an article about digital games stunting the development of kids’ brains. Saturday last the London Free Press ran a front page story about children losing their sight by over-use of hand held digital screens. The damage is permanent according to the authors.

How do these articles explain adult decision making? These digital devices have been in use for long enough that many current adults must have to some extent crippled minds.

My own experience of mental slow down is most likely the result of normal aging rather than of using computer screens. I was well past the years of neural development when I got my first computer. However, I may have endangered my sight, both from reading screens and reading books. Some years ago I experienced an alarming visual event. The messages reaching my optical machinery suddenly split in two. I was seeing double, one picture a notch above and to the side of the other. I looked out the window for a few minutes, not trying to focus on anything. Was I happy when normal vision came back!

I told my optometrist about this. He told me I did the right thing. He didn’t seem to be alarmed about it.

Without being told, I started resting my eyes when they began to feel uncomfortable, and they’ve behaved pretty well since then.

Now that I think about it, the double field experience was much like what I see during my annual check up. The doctor projects letters on a screen in two groups. He starts moving them and tells me to let him know when they merge. Makes me a bit dizzy.

What sort of decision by a judge, say, makes one shake one’ s head?

Did you hear about the man who defended himself against a home invasion and was given more jail time for using violence than the invader got for invading the home?

How about the huge compensation lately granted a farmer for crop damage from salt that was spread on the roads to keep them safe for drivers and passengers? Where will that lead? Municipalities and provinces have already been stinting on salting roads because of the economic costs. Too many lives have been lost from this practice. Compensating property owners for crop and other damage could bankrupt those institutions.

Someone once did a study that found a correlation between the population of unmarried women in an area to the population of clover. The more spinsters the more clover. Why? Spinsters often have pet cats. Cats eat mice. Mice eat the honey stored by bumblebees. Bumblebees pollinate clover.

Last week a survey asked if there should be a law prohibiting feeding feral cats. If memory serves me, killing feral cats in cities resulted in an increase of rats. Rats carry fleas. Fleas carry bubonic plague. You know the rest of the story.

Don’t overfeed the cats. They’ll become welfare bums. Mice and rats will multiply, and so it goes.

A paper came last week asking, “Should Canada’s laws be tough on dangerous offenders?” Two options to check in reply: “Yes, we should help make our streets and communities safer; or “No, I’m not worried about dangerous criminals.”

Some say we have laws on the books to deal with dangerous offenders but they are ignored. If this is true is this another case of stunted brains?

Given the number murdered by known dangerous people in the recent past, why would anyone check the “No” option?

Possibly it would be the choice of people who have stunted their minds with electronic games and texting. They don’t pay much attention to news broadcasts.

Article source: http://www.tillsonburgnews.com/2015/01/28/various-veins

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