I only like 2 flavors of Kool-Aid; Cherry and Grape. Not "environmentally paranoid", not "Don't Think, just let us do style of governance", not "Minority means everything we say is right" flavor. And yet, for not just chugging 40's of that Kool-Aid, it seems i have become a minority that is interestingly enough, excluded from that last tangy flavor i mentioned. When a Nobel Laureate/expert tells Conan O'Brien that the center of the earth is thousands of times hotter than the sun, no one corrects him. Not even Conan. we are supposed to just laugh and ignore it. I don't buy TF's from Ebay if the seller tells me that Strawberry Shortcake doll is a G1 Overlord, and i won't buy his environmental disasters for the same reason. i just don't get how it is considered a bad thing to abstain from Kool-Aid these days. When bells and whistles go off in your head when you hear something that isn't jiving, shouldn't you pay attention? Shouldn't you question the popular notion sometimes? I can't comprehend the horror of Jonestown because I can't imagine 800 or so teens and adults, holding children and listening to a man say, "Time to die, so get your dixie cups and drink poison." Hell, i won't climb on to a Ferris Wheel even with a naked Jessica Alba and a suitcase filled with C-Notes because the heights set off every alarm in my body, telling me not to go. So why are we expected to accept people that won't even read life changing laws before voting, accept flawed research, or be influenced by a celeb who can't even find Tibet on a map to fight for causes without knowing anything more than, "i feel bad for them." I just had an epiphany.... this isn't new. not at all. we've had it all our lives. it's peer pressure. you aren't cool, hip or in the know unless you jump into it without looking. It's that old experiment where the high school kid tricked people into signing a petition to outlaw water merely by using its scientific name and the fact that is corrodes and erodes and can carry pollutants if abused. or better yet, if there is a physical activity that is called "the little Death" would you try to avoid it? You betcha. Problem is, that is another name for sex. Burn.... "everybody's doing it," is what i hear now when i check the news. not me. I think i'll have some sweet tea, sip on it and make up my own mind before i follow the herd. and in my early 50s, use my minority status as a free thinker to demand my place in the world. /rant.