A non scientific poll of HubPages community.
Question: what do you think is the most dire problem facing our nation in 2018?
Only choose one answer.
Here are a few 1. National Debt
2. Gun violence
4. Climate Change
5. Drug abuse
6. Illegal immigration
8. Public Education system
9. Infrastructure - bridges and roadways and airports and trains...
10. Race relations
11. Politics - divided nation.
12. Other. (Please specify)
Silicon Valley-AI technology. Governments not stopping or making AI cater to the people. (AI has intuitive learning abilities).
Only a few who will own/rule globally as they hold all the data and technology.The rest of us idle and resentful with perhaps a flat given income? I think something quick needs to happen at grass roots level and spread quickly. The change that is set in place is said to breakdown society in the next 5-10 years.Do we need to get a petition to the UN? What or who to do, I don't know. Do you?
Actually, the threat of AI is over blown. I have been folowing AI research for years. We are not even close to getting it let alone getting to the first base... The threat of singularity is not in the cards. We humans have many advantages that AI cannot duplicate. For example, the self driving vehicles being tested now in our roads and highways... it is proven to be much more difficult than these companies such as Tesla and Google and others anticipated.
The technology is still in its infancy. The reason is actually obvious to anyone who observes the real world. The real world is messy and full of nuiances and contradictions. It takes a human with knowledge and experience and intuition and human skills even manual dexterity which robots and AI have a difficult time. It has little to do with computing power or speed or sensors... it is problem solving that AI have troubles with. When there is no clear cut solutions, humans make simple compromises on the fly where as computers needs to be “programmed” or instructed on how to handle such situations.
Computer learning is a new field and just starting to realize that some skills cannot be taught in a text book. It has to be learned by actually doing. That is one reason self driving cars are not succeeding as quickly as one might think. There are just too many unknown scenarios... what ifs? And the computer is just not sophisticated to handle every situation where as a human, even one that does not have a college degree, can drive with little problem...
Good list. My hunch is that most of these are symptoms of an underlying problem.
Trump Impostor Presidency which has corrupted, undermined and sabotaged the United States irreparably is without a doubt the most dire problem on Earth:
Have you taken your meds today, Sir? Do people in your community not care enough about you to get you the help you need for your condition? I'm terribly saddened by the evidence I've seen of your state of mind.
Imposter? Do you know the definition of that word? Are you suggesting that isn't Donald Trump, and that it is, in fact, someone pretending to be Donald Trump? Or is it that you are using words without knowing the definitions of said words? Or is it that you've completely lost your mind?
Undermined and sabotaged? Do you have any examples for either of those things that are rational, reasonable, logical or at least partially true in the legal sense?
Irreparably? Sir, are you attempting to make your own self look like a less than sane, less than adult personage?
When facts to support an impostor Trump presidency are virtually non-existent with zero accomplishments for the American people but corrupt wealth giveaways to his elite Wall Street pals are plentiful,, I can certainly understand why some individuals resort to personal attacks:
Are you suggesting that persons like myself are not of the American people? Are you THE GUY who determines who is and is not a member of the American people?
When you refer to personal attacks, I assume you are referring to yourself, and your less than rational descriptions of, well, reality and our 45th POTUS. What else am I to think you refer to?
Yes that's exactly what is being suggested, furthermore, a person who still supports Mr. Trump after he endorsed an alleged child molester and insulted our war heroes is also incapable of being of the Christian faith, and that includes Jerry Falwell Junior:
Personal attacks? I think anyone with eyes can go back and read your previous comment to discover who is actually practicing this kind of rhetoric:
Yes, the most dire problem we face today is indeed the oval office occupant, his complicit staff and repugnant republican congress persons::
So in your mind, an allegation is the same thing as a fact. Well, what if someone alleges that you are a child molester? You know, I bet I could even pay someone fifty cents to allege that about you. Then by your own standards - you'd have no right to any sort of career in politics.
BRAVO! BRILLIANT! So much earthshine.....
Who cares if Donald Trump is a Christian or not? Is this a Christian nation? Or are you THE GUY who gets to determine whether or not someone is a Christian?
So you are in charge of determining not just whether or not someone is an American, meaning US citizen, but also if they are a Christian?
Buddy dude, you are simply too dang important to be spending time here in these forums!
So to sum up Mr. Earthshine today:
1. Earthshine alleges that Donald Trump isn't Donald Trump, but an imposter pretending to be Donald Trump.
2. Is in charge of deciding who is and is not a citizen of the United States of America.
3. Is in charge of deciding who is and is not a Christian.
4. Thinks it is insulting to inquire about his mental health.
1. Mr. trump is absolutely an impostor: He's illegally placing his name on an Indonesian project in which China invested millions and Donny Boy will profit from, shortly after China announced monetary support for the project, Donny Boy 'flipped' a position from sanctioning a Chinese company called ZTE, which spies on Americans, to SAVING the company: That's called bribery and a violation of our constitution at an absolute minimum:
All this while absolutely nothing is accomplished for the American people:
a person who pretends to be someone else in order to deceive others, especially for fraudulent gain.
2. Mr. Trump has tried to execute an agenda that any rational individual would consider a playbook straight from Russia: Why would any American support this?
3. The bible says a genuine Christian could never support an evil charlatan like Mr. Trump who is the antithesis of Christianity and the epitome of dark karma: He never asks for forgiveness, endorses individuals accused of child molestation, undermines law enforcement, sabotages our healthcare system, tries to cut funds for children's healthcare, commits multiple counts of adultery etc etc etc:
3. Harvard and Yale experts have determined Mr. Trump is mentally unsound and a danger to the world, I happen to agree with their credible diagnosis that's one reason why his tenure as short in duration as it may turn out to be is the most dire problem we now face as a crumbling nation:;
1) Who is President Trump pretending to be? Donald Trump?
2) No, President Trump is executing an agenda that reasoning people find improves America, for Americans. Irrational people say it's all for Russia, but that only stems from their TDS, which has destroyed their ability to reason.
3)Chapter and verse, please? As if what you think your mythological god says has any bearing, but willing to look at your quote anyway.
3) Untrue. False, Incorrect. Not a single Harvard of Yale "expert" has conducted an examination of the President; they just sit back and make claims without having a shred of real data to base them on. We can reliably conclude that they, too, have a bad case of TDS; no one else would make such ridiculous statements without ever examining a patient. (Of course, no "expert" would ever publicize their conclusions, either!)
1. A President
2. Read the holy bible
3. An examination is not required to determine if a public individual is paranoid, delusional and or psychopathic: Experts have more than enough information from his television appearances and crazy tweets to diagnos this extreme case:
A legally elected and sworn president is pretending to be a president. I really have to question your reasoning here.
I should read your holy scripture to find out what Trumps "agenda" is? Again, I have to question your reasoning here.
Sorry, but an examination IS necessary. Only a total quack would try to make a diagnosis without one, and only an unethical quack would then publicize any diagnosis made, with or without supporting evidence.
Your assumption is that we still live in a country of rules and regulations which is a false assumption at best: The rule you're referring to is just that, a 'rule', it doesn't say it's impossible to diagnos mental illness without seeing the person: It's essentially recommendation:
This is not a 'rule' it's an actual laws within the constitution that Mr Trump violates presumably every day he sits in the oval office: It's referred to as the 'emoluments clause': It's designed to prevent individuals like Mr. Trump from being bribed etc:
As you've provided no evidence of my 'false' assumption, I'll keep operating under that assumption until proven otherwise.
The rule is meant to point out the unethical conduct of diagnosing a public figure and making that diagnosis public. Clearly you don't care about that, so I'll simply ask that you provide evidence that it's possible to diagnose mental illness without conducting an in-person evaluation.
?? Of course ethical standards and requirements are not a concern. Not if the action produces dirt on our President! It doesn't even matter if it's true - just that it sounds bad and can be used to convince gullible people of something.
Seriously? Mr. Trump and many of his repugnant republican congressional accomplices have burned the the book of rules, regulations, laws and constitution of this collapsing country and you expect expert psychiatrists from Harvard, Yale and everywhere else who published alarming results about Mr. Trump's degrading mental state to simply comply with an antiquated 'goldwater rule' which was established decades ago when breaking laws was the exception not the rule as it is today?
You actually expect Psychiatrists to conceal or quash their Earth shattering, disturbing findings because a few of his fans refuse to hear it or some rule says it shouldn't be published? I don't think so, not in this ultra dangerous time we live in: When Mr. Trump is imprisoned for violating our constitution by accepting money from foreign entities including our enemies, and a normal, mentally sound individual is once again in charge of this critically wounded nation, then maybe we can once again follow the 'goldwater rule':
Extreme circumstances require extreme measures and the thousands of hours of archived films, raving tweets, printed articles make it very easy for professionals and even amateurs to diagnos Mr. Trump, experts have answers to every question they could possibly ask and every test they could possibly give this angry delusional old man and it's much easy to understand him than any stranger who walks into their office:
I still see no evidence that psychologists can make accurate diagnoses without an in-person evaluation.
If the United States is a collapsing country without laws, why stop at the Goldwater rule? Why not go to further extremes to get what you want? If you're living in such an "ultra dangerous time" I expect nothing less than war. Or is your grand plan to convince the public with a poorly edited YouTube video spoken by a text-to-speech robot?
Don’t bother responding to Jake. I have discovered a while ago that he is a total lost cause. His TDS has taken the best of him. He is obsessed with Trump and sees nothing else. Sad indeed.
Actually, I've come to believe that particular persona is fake. I can't believe anyone could be that out of touch and be free to post without supervised computer access.
i know what you mean. It is disturbing that the web is prone to these trolls...that has nothing better to do with their time and energy.
I think the worst problem we have is the break down of civil discourse. You can't have a reasonable and respectful conversation without someone attempting to bait. Their hatred is worn on their sleeves.
If we could find a place where everyone was respectful of other views we could create consensus and tackle the issues we face.
Biggest problem facing our nation in my estimation is 12, the disintegration of the natural family. Divorce is high and the commitment to marriage is seen as a personal choice now rather than a covenant the binds families through good and bad times. Because marriage is a personal liberty option instead of a responsibility, it cheapens the spousal relationship and elevates the parental relationship above the couple. It does not work. Kids need parents to love each other and represent stability. It helps with their self-esteem and the mental health of the couple working on having a healthy relationship. Bad marriages are the result of selfishness of one or more partners. If we can work on loving who we are with and treating them with love and respect we can get past most problems and save marriages. Saved marriages equates to less crime and more honesty and integrity in society.
Hybrid wars are the most dire problem facing nation in 2018 and in the future.
Of those you mentioned (good list!) I'd probably go with politics and a divided nation. Our government has put itself into a position where there is almost no possibility of agreement, of compromise, even of rational discussion. In that state there is also no possibility of actually accomplishing the things we need done.
All of the others can be addressed and fixed or at least softened...with a functioning government. We don't have one.
Every one on the list is serious enough for sure but before we start to change much of anything we have to go with your # 5 and add alcohol to the mix , Sobering up Americans and detoxing all of our generations is paramount . Between illicit and prescription drug abuses and alcohol over half of America is living in an altered state of consciousness !
Jacklee , Page two --A simple Poll .
And it's already devolved to this ? You can see why America will never improve much particularly from the caustic ideology of the left because that's all they offer , I've always said that generally the conservatives will keep America sane , traditional , less government involvement in our lives , more liberties . All our social ills will evolve on their own with common sense approaches and solutions .
Until some from the above left puts their hands in the mix.
Well Jacklee I hope that you are certainly good and happy now . I guess we had to know that such a question would open the pandora's box or bring out the "creatures of the night " in response to your lists ! Us old guys tend to go through our days now just shaking out heads huh ? I know that I thought that growing up in the sixties and seventies that I had "seen , heard and even experienced it all " . And believe me , I thought I had !
Today however we have entered the twilight zone of ideological divide , in particular , the alt-left or whatever half baked idea of an ideology they really are . When I read some of the responses to this threat all that I can amount to is a shake of my head and a chuckle . The biggest problem that I see however is that this what-ever - you -call -it ideology actually is about to raise it's own families , in other words ..................it breeds.
12. (other) :Moral degradation.
Same old stuff: Greed, Revenge, Pride, Selfishness , Cruelty, injustice, Deception. Lies, Misuse of power, Bullying, Brutality, insincerity, ego, Emotion, Rage, Pessisimism, Laziness, Fear. etc.
I think I'd have to go with #11. While we have plenty of problems, I think the divisiveness and animosity over politics in the US is toxic. It seems like no topic of discussion can escape dissolving into nasty namecalling.
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