The U.S. Postal Service isn’t the only group that would prefer we conduct our lives via “cluster boxes”. It seems that the culture dictates we should all remain within the confines of perfectly labeled boxes. During this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri discuss what happens when you venture beyond your box, as illustrated through current events.

Topics discussed include Spike Lee fundraising on Kickstarter.com, how nothing is viewed as legitimate until the celebrities show up, Mos Def and how he proved himself to me more than “just a rapper”, Charles Barkley saying he supported the Zimmerman verdict, people who love to discuss the Trayvon Martin case but haven’t even taken the time to view all of the evidence, the pre-school teacher who was fired for stepping away from sleeping children to put out a fire that could have killed the children, post office wanting to promote cluster boxes and discontinue at-home delivery of mail, the future of online ordering, asking people to explain what they would want to happen in the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict , police in Oregon using body cameras to better prosecute people, video of a man beating and punishing a young boy for misbehaving in school, corporal punishment, and more!

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  • Heit discusses thinking about one of his favorite movies–Requiem for a Dream. It doesn’t end with everything being resolved, just like life.
  • Discussion about Spike Lee fundraising on Kickstarter. The famous people have taken it over. The regular folks can’t have anything without it being commandeered by the wealthy elites. We’ve seen this with sites like YouTube. Their goal is to silence the independent voice.
  • Why is it that nothing is viewed as legitimate until the celebrities show up? Entertainers are entertainers. Let them entertain… Just because they are entertainers does not mean that they are qualified to be exalted to the level of thought leaders as a default. They need to show and prove…
  • Discussion about Mos Def, and how he proved himself to me more than “just a rapper”.
  • Discussion about everyone being mad at Charles Barkley because he said he supported the Zimmerman verdict.
  • The people who are chosen to be idolized are a reflection of the masses–we need to hold ourselves to a higher standard. When we do this, we will automatically raise the bar on those whom we admire.
  • Discussion about people who love to discuss the Trayvon Martin case but haven’t even taken the time to view all of the evidence.
  • These days the news is basically cheap verbal block quotes from other people.
  • Discussion about the pre-school teacher who was fired for stepping away from sleeping children to put out a fire that could have killed the children. This is ridiculous!

    When day care teacher Michelle Hammack briefly left her classroom to extinguish a nearby fire, she probably did not expect her actions to lead to her own firing.

    Hammack was supervising children at her Florida day care center job last week, when she smelled something burning and found a small fire in an adjacent room’s oven. Hours after successfully extinguishing that fire, she was terminated, according to local outlet WTEV-TV.

    Hammack’s employer fired her on the grounds that she should not have left the room where her students were sleeping, even though she did so to investigate a potential fire. However, Hammack believes that the fire would have escalated if not for her actions.

    “I fired her only because she left her room,” Hammack’s employer, Olga Rozhaov, told the TV station. “It’s not acceptable, and if anybody else does the same thing, I will fire again. I will fire them. No question.”
    Source: Huffington Post

  • Discussion about the post office wanting to promote cluster boxes and discontinue at-home delivery of mail.

    You see them all over the place. Cluster boxes are places where you can use a key to collect your mail from a centralized location. In new neighborhoods, they’re being installed instead of curbside mail boxes or boxes near the front door.

    “I like it at my door. Convenient and safe,” said postal customer Amie Quattrocki. She does not like the idea of having to trudge down the block to get her mail. “If it’s raining or what have you, I just go to the door and don’t have to go out. I don’t have to worry about anything that’s going on. It’s convenient,” she said.

    But that delivery to your door costs the Postal Service more than $350 a year for each customer. Curbside delivery runs about $224. And, a cluster box reduces the cost to about $160.

    In a year, the U.S. Postal Services estimates that could add up to $4.5 billion in savings.
    Source: WFLA

  • This issue is related to pensions and the USPS’s obligation to pay peoples’ retirement money.
  • Will these boxes be close to home? Will people have to pay?What do people even receive in the mail anymore? How will they deliver packages?
  • Perhaps, due to technology, we don’t have the same need for mail delivery as we did 100 years ago.
  • Discussion about the future of online ordering. Maybe you buy a template and print whatever you want on a 3-D printer. Or, perhaps just have your item teleported to your home.
  • Discussion about asking people to explain what they would want to happen in the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict on our Facebook page.
  • Discussion about the police in Oregon using body cameras to better prosecute people:

    The Hermiston Police Department gets some brand new video cameras to capture exactly what police officers see as they respond to incidents and crimes throughout the city.

    Officers clip the small body cameras to their uniforms.

    They can turn the cameras on as they approach incidents or prepare to write a ticket, and they can turn them off when they’re done.

    The video is recorded onto a micro SD card and downloaded onto a server.

    Officers say these cameras will help them build better cases against criminals, because video doesn’t lie.

    “The other benefits are there’s an archive of what we do. So when a person has a complaint against an officer, that video can be used to exonerate the officer, or sustain that complaint” said Administrative Captain Travis Eynon, Hermiston Police Department.

    The police department has 20 cameras right now.

    Officers got the cameras thanks to a grant from the city’s insurance carrier.
    Source: KVEWTV

  • Discussion about getting all the instances of police brutality and murder on camera, but the police will still get off.
  • Discussion about the video of a man beating and punishing a young boy for misbehaving in school that’s making social media rounds. This is a clear case of child abuse. The man in the video, Devery Broox (you can look him up), is not even the child’s father. He claims to be the child’s “mentor”.
  • Why is it okay in this country to assault a child? If you did this to another adult, you would be in jail.
  • Some people justify beating kids by saying this is discipline and saying they were spanked as a child.
  • Also, why did this man record the video and put it on YouTube? This was done purposely to demean the child.
  • If the child acted out violently, people would suggest that something was wrong with the child. Never mind this beating is excused in the minds of many adults.
  • These beatings season the child to take abuse from authority–like the government, the local pastor, and others.

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