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Shaving Cream
Has there ever been a more useless product?  Shaving cream is a movie invention that didn't exist before WW2.  Real men use bar soap.  Real barbers, pre-Aids epidemic and the fear of drawing blood, used bar soap with a brush.  The brush is unnecessary and so it the pressurized can of shaving cream that surprisingly, are bought and used by so many men like it was a stapled requirement in their lives.
This is a perfect example of brain washing the herd through the mass media.  That men a half a billion dollars a year is the reason why shaving cream is number one.

The California Edmund Brown Canal
Circa 1986 Northern California tried to succeed from Southern California and become the 51st state.  They failed.  There are many, many issues between the two areas but in the 80's the building of this Canal was the biggest.  Los Angeles County, 99% illegal alien was losing its water from the Colorado River and LA relied upon the Colorado for 40% of its needs.  But LA lost its water rights to Phoenix Arizona and needed to replace this loss with water from the San Francisco Bay.  In order to do so they built the 600 mile long Edmund Brown Canal and diverted water from the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers North to South.
With no fresh water left to hold back the Pacific Ocean over night salt water moved inland into the fresh water sloughs and tributaries of the Sacramento Delta.  Destroying hundreds of miles of fresh water marshes and farms and river land:  Just to provide water to Mexican Illegal Aliens.

Cable TV - The Lack of TV Censors - Subscription TV - And Advertisements
The lack of censorship on TV started with Cable TV circa 1970.  Before this time the FCC monitored Antenna TV for bad, sinful, evil, etc. words and images.  And they did this in order to protect the innocence of Children.  For example, two gorgeous woman in bikini's ravishingly kissing and making out during a commercial would be considered bad for children to see on Antenna TV.  But Cable TV was growing broke and the Government released and removed all of these laws in order to stimulate Cable TV sales by providing the consumer with something he couldn't get from Antenna TV:  Uncensored words and images.
That the Government never put the laws back may be the worst thing to come out of the 20th century.
During the era of Antenna TV there were maybe 10 channels.  General Electric owned NBCwas the first TV network and broad-casted out of New York.  Then came CBS and ABC and another one to three or four local TV stations, depending upon your area of the country.
AND TV WAS FREE because advertisers paid for the expense of broadcasting.  There was no large scale of Cable TV because for years and years my parents generation, the primary consumers of the time, resisted paying cable charges.  TV didn't mean that much to them and didn't need TV and neither did there children.  So this is how we were raised:  Without TV or limited TV.  As a child, and I had probably the best of childhoods, I was limited to maybe 3 hours a day of TV and was then expected to be outside.
(* But outside there were outdoor sports and neighborhood games like 'gang tag' and 'hide and seek' and 'two-hand touch football' and baseball and tree climbing and bike riding and roller skating and tree houses and gutter dams.  At 6, I could spend an entire day building a dam of pebbgles and dir and twigs and leaves in the gutter;  And then stopping the flow of water from the front lawn.  Or an entire day in the back yard Elm tree with a bunch of kids as we played tag in the branches.  The tree house was home base and ropes were to swing down to the ground on like Tarzan.  *)
(* Tarzan, by the way, was every child's hero while growing up.  We yelled like Tarzan to call our friends in the neighborhood and watched every replay whenever on *). 
(* And we got hurt.  Everything I know about first aid I learned from watching my mother as she pinched out splinters or washed with hydrogen peroxide or applied merthyolate and then bandaged.  And Merthyolate hurt like hell.  It stung and burned and if the wound was bad enough you cried.  But you knew it was coming so it became a test to not cry.  And to not move and display only calmness.  *)
(*  Learning not to cry from Merthyolate and displaying only calmness during its application was truly, and definitely, a childhood rite of passage in my day. *)
(* Later on and during the school year and from approximately 3rd grade on, or whenever my Mother thought I was old enough to go down to the field after school by myself, I played baseball.  I had a glove and several balls and bats.  At first I batted from the right side and then from the left and actually could hit the ball farther from the left side even though it was not my natural side. *)
(*  Football, especially football in the mud and rain didn't come until something like 8th grade and basketball was almost unheard of. I don't think I learned to properly dribble until 20's at SFSU when I was playing the neighborhood black kids with my roommate. *)
Note:  Back to Cable:  But now we have what?  2-3,000 channels of Cable and satellite TV and there's nothing on?
Lost is the community event that less than 10 channels use to provide.  For example, one a year the movies "The Wizard of Oz" and "Gone with The Wind" would come on.  Never any other time of year and everybody watched them for decades.  When "All In The Family" played once a week, that's all anyone would talk about the next day at school.  So great an impact it had on the community and the country as a whole.
Finally, we pay enormous amounts of money for TV today and it's not supposed to be like that.  Our forefathers were smart enough to develop advertisements and have advertisers pay for the expense of TV.  Now we have both expensive monthly subscriptions as well as more commercials than I ever saw as a kid.  Commercials as a kid were 30 seconds to one minute long.  Then they might package a few commercials together on Sunday night for 3 minutes.  Now, ever commercial is 10 minutes long and comes every 10 minutes.  Viewers spend more time getting brain washed than they do watching what they tuned in for.
The loss of the community Cable TV, subscription TV as well as advertisements are the worst thing to come out of the 20th century.  For this is how a handful control the masses.