CDDC Issues Public Health Warning on Momentumb

CDDC Issues Warning on Momentumb

​ December 27, 2014 — Atlanta, GA USA – Center for Digital Disease Control – Momentumb – Bulletin #: GS122714-M

 

CDDC Bulletin
CDDC Bulletin

 

The CDDC issued the following public health warning today:

 

According to CDDC research scientists, 2014 was the year when the digital weapons of mass distraction (​D​WMD) continued to wreak havoc on the health of humans. The like, link, +1, tweet, share​, apps, friend​, ​​feed​, ​follow​, ​favorite craze possesses an unencumbered​ inertia that continues to numb the ​lives of significant segments of the human species.

The CDDC has now officially recognized this syndrome as Momentumb – a disorder whereby one’s life begins to tumble amidst the energy the digital daze inflict​s on humans  – without regard for the potential​ life numbing consequences of the same.


 

 

Did you spend 2014 tumbling through yet another year submerged in the digital universe?

 

Clearly, the ongoing evolution of the digital dimensions of human life provides opportunities for enhancing the quality of human life. However, new evidence confirms the existence of epidemic proportions of a new form of digital disease – now infecting human populations across the globe.

 

​The CDDC urges both the public and health care providers to be aware of the following questions to determine if they may be suffering from the onset of Momentumb:

 

1. Time – ​During 2014, did the amount of time the digital universe ​devoured in your life increase? Be honest. What benefits did the quality of your life derive from this immersion? What sacrifices did you make to allow this to occur? ​ Did you ever find yourself surprised about the amount of time that had transpired while immersed in the digital universe? Did an app or apps begin to eat into your time in 2014 to a greater degree vs. 2013?​

 

2.  Like-minded – If you surround yourself with friends, feeds, follows and favorites ​- ​people, perspectives and/or ​points of view that you ​favor, ​like or agree with​ – what has become of the ​value of the alternatives? (​eg., ​the priceless gift of dissent, diversity of opinion, behavior, ​lifestyles, ​belief systems, tastes​ ​and difference). ​

 

3. Contraption Contraction​ – Did your horizons expand or contract in 2014? Translation: Did the amount of time you spent developing human-to-human interpersonal relationships in 2014 expand​ or contract? Did your focus on access to/expansion of/time dedicated to contacts via social media platforms expand or contract? Did the amount of time you spent developing​/investing in​  human-to-human interpersonal relationships ​ decrease or increase?​ Did the quality of your life expand or contract in 2014 due to your participation in the digital universe?

 

​4. Immediacy vs. intimacy​ – Did the immediacy (instant notification via feeds, follows, friends, and favorites) of social media intrude further into your life in 2014? ​Did your choice to allow social media’s immediacy intrusions into your life cost you time that could have been invested in more intimate human interactions (like face-to-face) and/or other personal enrichment activities?

 

5. Craving – Did you find yourself craving a digital connection? Did this craving increase during the year? Did the craving make you annoyed, distracted or intolerant?

 

6. Attention Degradation Disorder – During 2014, did you find yourself avoiding books, lengthy articles or other materials that require you to concentrate on reading?

 

According to the CDDC, the disease of Momentumb ​is both subtle​ and accretive…it’s like the numbness that comes over a portion of your leg or foot – you rarely notice how it has intruded upon your body until you attempt to change your posture…and tumble attempting to stand on an appendage that has become numb.

 

As 2015 is about to begin, the CDDC recommends that the public become vastly more aware of the health risks of  Momentumb.  This is a new reality worthy of your consideration – as you ponder your goals and objectives for the new year.

 

According to the CDDC, hit the off button in 2015. Disconnect and rediscover the dynamic dimensions of life that the digital daze precludes you from enjoying. Set healthy goals for your life in 2015 – disconnected from the digital universe.

 

Momentumb – you need not succumb.

 

Don’t be dumb – avoid Momentumb in 2015.

 

Fiction?

 


 

 

Think about it.

This piece is the first in my new 2015 series entitled “Fixion – Public Policy Perspectives Where Non-Fiction Has Not Yet Traveled.”

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Why We Lost – A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars by Daniel P. Bolger

Why We Lost – A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars – By Daniel P. Bolger

 

The 21st Century U.S. Military Post-Mortem

 


 

 

 

Daniel Bolger is a 35 year veteran in the U.S. Army. He retired in 2013 as a Lt. General. During his career he was awarded five Bronze Stars.

 

As a U.S. citizen, this book should be required reading for the lay person with no military experience. Why?

 

Bolger provides unparalleled access into the lives of U.S. military men and women who were engaged in these wars – and provides uniquely, frank and descriptive accounts of the conditions and challenges they encountered. Bolger’s insightful accounts provide the reader with an appreciation of their service, sacrifice, courage and bravery that one simply cannot garner from the mainstream media coverage of the same. You walk away from this book with a deep and renewed sense of appreciation for the bravery and courageous contributions of our men and women who were/are involved in these conflicts.

 

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Finally, Bolger’s insights into “now what” regarding the lessons learned from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq provide fertile ground for the essential dialog that must take place regarding the role of the U.S. military in the 21st century.

 

Who is the enemy? This is a central theme throughout the book, and remains the question today embedded in the threats to geo-political stability that continue to inhabit our globe. There are some quotes Why We Lost that should serve to provide the basis for a dialog far too many in the U.S. choose to avoid. Here are a few:

 

“The war cost the U.S. a lot of money, almost a trillion dollars since September of 2001, about two-thirds for Iraq, the rest for Afghanistan. Just how much permanent damage this did to our country’s economy is hard to determine. War funding certainly elevated the Federal government’s already burgeoning annual deficits and added a few more unwelcome strata to the accreting mountain of long-term debt. Both political parties pointed accusing fingers even as the spending continued. By any measure, fighting a protracted war on the opposite side of the world with a volunteer military and a lot of expensive contractors is no cheap” (p.419).

 

“We did not understand our enemies. Indeed, drawn into nasty local feuds, we took on too many diverse foes, sometimes confusing opponents with supporters and vice versa. Then we compounded that ignorance by using our conventionally trained military to comb through hostile villages looking for insurgents” (pp.429-430).

 

“The record to date shows that no senior officers argued for withdrawal. Instead, like Lee at Gettysburg, overly impressed by U.S. military capabilities and our superb volunteers, commander after commander, generals up and down the chain, kept right on going. We trusted our invincible men and women to figure it out and rebuild two shattered Muslim countries and do so under fire from enraged locals” (p. 430).

 

“Stay the course. Add forces. Pull out. Over time, in both countries, all three approaches were tried. Only the third one, pulling out, worked, and that in the finite sense that it ended U.S. involvement. But it left both friends and foes behind, sowing the seeds for future troubles” (p. 431).

 

As Dwight Eisenhower warned decades ago, the military-industrial complex is – well – a business. Like any organization, it knows what it knows and does what it does – learning along the way.

 

However, after reading Daniel Bolger’s Why We Lost – A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, I came away with an appreciation for another reality of organizational behavior; inertia.

 

Inertia is an energy that propels an organism/object/organization ahead, knowing what it knows, doing what it knows how to do. The problem with the energy of inertia is that it possesses an intrinsic characteristic; motion. Once you combine energy and motion and a huge organization begins lumbering downhill into vast and remote terrain – it is terribly difficult to pause, take account of oneself, change direction and rethink what we thought we knew. It is difficult for organisms and organizations to unlearn, reconstitute themselves and become more fit for the challenges that will undoubtedly unfold in the future.

 

In my mind, the dialog about the role of the U.S. military in the 21st Century is the unequivocal contribution of Daniel Bolger’s Why We Lost – A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

 

This is a superb contribution for anyone desiring to become more informed about the role and future of the U.S. military…a discussion that we should not avoid or postpone.

 

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