Showing posts with label Politics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Politics. Show all posts

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Ratings Over Everything

We’re sheep. Being herded.
They control what’s on the screen, picking what will make us watch the most. Even furthering theories to entice people to act more in the future so that they can create more “news” stories.

The self-creating self-eating serpent. What a world.

Media companies have one job, to get ratings. If they lie for it, so what? If they create narratives that lead us to war, so what?

We have to at least acknowledge that some people value money over human life. What happens when they own the media?


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Nine Cop Cars

I’ve been in the back of nine cop cars. My only criminal record consists of two DUIs. When I see police, I see my freedom at risk. My first interaction with them on the street when I was 11 or 12 and got stopped and frisked, a short, mexican boy with a backpack walking in a mostly white neighborhood. Did it matter that I lived there? No. I was a suspect, automatically.

When others see police, they may not feel the way I do and that’s probably because of their experiences with police in the past. Cops need to do better. We need to make their job easier as well. One day at a time, all we can do is try to change the laws so that people like me and victims of much worse can live a little easier.


Thursday, September 26, 2019

How Destructive Are You?

Scale of 1-10. 1 being 5 sets of clothes and two pairs of shoes. 10 being you’d buy a mega yacht if you had the money. 

I think I’m a 2 or 3. 

This year, I’ve purchased nothing new besides underwear. Shockingly, my life has been wonderful. 

Amazon has not been happy with my change of habits I’m sure but I bet The Amazon would be grateful if it could show it. 

Consumption means destruction. Destroy less. 


Sunday, September 15, 2019

Media Bias

The media we consume, whether it be personal media like facebook posts or corporate media like news shows will have a bias. Even if it’s as benign as the creator wanting us to feel a certain way about them, it’s there. 

When we see expensive to produce media, we have to think, “What are they trying to get out of it?” More than likely, it’s money, but it’s not a direct transaction so they need to get sponsors or push an agenda that enriches the owners. These sponsors want more viewers. Corporate media does their best to cover and create controversy so that we tune in. Especially if that controversy lines their pockets by making us purchase things or fund certain industries. 

War gets people tuning in, so what do you think corporate media wants? More or less of it? What about the fact that the people that own media companies also have large stakes in weapons companies? 

Maybe we shouldn’t believe every narrative, from either side. Maybe if we follow the money a much darker truth will emerge.


Saturday, September 7, 2019

Regulation Changes People

You say everyone deserves a living wage. Well, not everyone needs to live in an expensive city. Not everyone needs a car, ten pairs of shoes, a $1,000 phone or a wardrobe that looks like a department store clothing rack.

When you make other people do what you want it limits potential. The person that would have loved to work for $7 an hour can’t, the owner who could have paid $7 an hour can’t pay $15. What happens? You’re seeing what happens. Small stores close, big stores close. Businesses set up with less employees boom.

Even though I support a $15 minimum wage, I also support the right to waive that, when I was 14 making $6 an hour working for a small business (completely illegal), it shaped who I am. If regulation would have gotten in the middle of that, I definitely wouldn’t be who I am today.


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Education vs. Skills

People say that we need a college-educated populace. Why? I mean it sounds good. It sounds wonderful, but it’s not true. I argue that we need a skilled populace much more than an educated one.

What good is a degree in whatever if you can’t use it to create value in this world? What’s worse is that taxpayers are subsidizing these loans with federal guarantees and now there’s talk of taxpayer funded college. It’s madness.

If you want to learn something, you have the Information Superhighway at your fingertips. If you want to spend $40,000 learning something, you better make sure that it’s a good investment and don’t take the debt on if it isn’t.


Saturday, August 24, 2019

Students Loans

How do I know that forgiving student loans is a bad idea?

If college was such a good investment, then student loans wouldn’t be a problem. Everyone would be gainfully employed, making their payments and the world would be better for it.

The world is not better for it.

The fact that there’s a student loan problem is telling us that college isn’t the answer.

College used to be affordable, what happened? Federal officials came up with the horrible idea to back loans. Colleges loved it, tons of new students and they all had their money upfront.

Look where it’s gotten us. Overeducated, underemployed and under-skilled.



Friday, August 23, 2019

Monopolies Are Bad

Look at what DMV employees do with their monopoly. If you make people feel unappreciated, upset and powerless then your business should fail. 

It usually does, but thanks to monopoly, it doesn’t. 

What they put people through would never fly in the private sector.  It comes down to one main issue. Power. Whenever power is in play abuse will likely follow. 

If your job has policies that make no sense or you’re tasked to do things that don’t make sense then fix them. Even if you have a monopoly, how hard is it to be a decent human being? 


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Immigration

Here’s a solution, jail the employers and managers, 1 year per employee.

As long as employers aren’t punished they’ll keep exploiting cheap labor. As long as we do nothing we’re complicit in their exploitation. The federal minimum wage law says very plainly that each employer must pay each of his employees $7.25 an hour. There’s no mention of legal status to work. So where’s the justice? Where’s the equality? Not here. 

I think it comes from the idea that we’ve been fed for so long, that something is better than nothing. Maybe it’s true, but it isn’t legal. I don’t think every law on the books is just or right, but this one is. I think it’s criminally low, but we need a bottom for sure. 

When we allow the most vulnerable to be criminalized and the wealthy to go free we really show what this nation has thus far stood for. 

Maybe my solution is simplistic and naive. But I know one thing for certain, we can do better. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Healthcare

Is it something that everyone should have access to? Yes, but not in its current form. In its current form, it’s largely ineffective. 

Why is it okay to abuse our bodies by ingesting chemicals and food like products until we’re sick? Why should this behavior be subsidized by other people on insurance plans or even by force via taxation?

The problem isn’t healthcare, it’s that we don’t care. We call critics shamers and whistleblowers conspiracy theorists. While preventable deaths outnumber murders by at least ten to one, which do we focus on? 

People say that it’s their choice when it comes to food but have no problem with people being caged for narcotics. I’ve already explained how sugar is a drug. Heart disease kills 600,000 Americans a year. Cocaine kills 14,000. 

As long as healthcare means pills and not lifestyle alterations, what are we really doing?


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Paying People Less


80% of people hate their jobs. 

What would happen if they got paid more? They might save up and quit. This is why employers will exploit, (pay less than they can), every employee for as long as possible. 

If an employer has someone stuck in the Zombie Loop and living paycheck to paycheck, then why would they ever willingly give that up? They have guaranteed profitable labor. All they have to do is kick back and watch their employees bring in the money. 


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Women

Because I’m not a woman, I have nothing to say in matters regarding women.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Minimum Wage

$15 an hour minimum and tie it to inflation so that it goes up 3-5% every year.

If a job can’t sustain life, it shouldn’t be called a job, it should be called for what it is, it isn’t indentured servitude or financial slavery but it’s something. It’s a system of control based on limiting resources. They pay you just enough to maybe need a little debt to get by and so that you’ll keep coming back to work or end up homeless.

Only a percentage of the cost for a product comes from labor, so maybe prices will go up, but it won’t be more than the raise in your wages. WIll some jobs go away? I hope so. Will more jobs come in to fill the gap because of people’s increased spending power? Most definitely.


Monday, August 12, 2019

Our Military

We spend the most, so we should have the best right?

The US Government pulls in about $3.6T in tax revenue and spend about $700B of that on the military. It’s about 20%. Imagine taking 20% of your paycheck and buying guns with it.

I’m not a general, I’ve never fought a war but I do know that $700B is a lot of money.

Do we need it? I don’t think so. We have nukes. We’re not going to invade any country for their land so why do we need such a large standing army? About 1.4M personnel. That’s kind of crazy too, 0.33% of our population gets 20% of our tax revenue. Sure, money goes to buying bombs and stuff but it all ends up in their hands.

As with a lot of things, we need to do better.


Sunday, August 11, 2019

The US Economy

Do you have six months of your monthly expenses in your bank account? Most Americans don’t. Actually, most Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. What happens when that paycheck disappears?

The news says the economy is great, that employment is at record highs. There are 130 million full-time workers and 230M working-age adults. But sure, record-level unemployment is a thing.

We need to stop and ask who is telling us a story before we believe it at face value. I don’t know when the next recession is coming but I do know that when jobs start getting cut it’s going to be a domino effect like we’ve never seen.


Saturday, August 10, 2019

Race

60 years ago laws were passed so that we could not be discriminated against based on race for certain things. Just this year Facebook had to pay a fine for racial discrimination for the way they let people advertise housing.

We can’t all get along. Most of us can, no doubt, probably 99% of people hold no racial prejudice that would cause them to get violent.

But it’s not just vocalized racism that affects us. It’s the judge giving people of color longer sentences than their European American counterparts for the same crime. It’s the hiring manager giving the entry-level job to the person that looks most like them. It’s 45 presidents, and only one being of color. It’s doctors not giving minorities the same level of care than others.

Everyone has the right to feel however they want to feel, but when it turns into actions that are harming others, we need to do better. 


Friday, August 9, 2019

Public Transportation


The chicken or the egg?

Ridesharing companies understood that they needed drivers on the road before anyone would use their app.

Why can’t city and transportation planners see that we need more frequent buses for there to be more riders?

Maybe because there's no incentive to actually be better at their job. If a year goes by and management can't show that they're getting drivers to switch over to the bus system at an acceptable rate, we should fire them. We're going to keep getting what we're allowing. Traffic and pollution will only get worse unless those who are supposed to be responsible do their job.


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Pollution

Pollution is a big problem. Almost everything we consume goes through a manufacturing process and those processes create waste. This is one of the main reasons that I’ve undertaken the practice of minimalism.

Since the beginning of the year, I have purchased two items from Goodwill and nothing else besides food.

Fashion is one of the largest polluters in the world. Look it up if you didn’t know and brace yourself.

Meat is another terrible polluter. I’m not a vegetarian and I probably will never be but my beef consumption is way down, maybe a pound per month.

Driving, I’m blessed to not have a job that requires it or a family that needs chauffeuring, if I need a car, I’ll rent one. Public transportation isn’t great and I think there is a lot of room for improvement.


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Climate Change

People that have little motivation to lie say it is.
People with an enormous motivation to lie say it isn’t.

Who should we believe?

I’m going to believe that releasing chemicals into the air that you’d never allow to be pumped into your home is bad. I’m going to believe what I see, ice melting and record-setting temperatures.

Climate scientists say emissions and animal raising are leading causes so I’m going to use public transportation as much as possible and consume less animals. I’m going to spread the word, and hope that you can spread it as well.


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Guns

When the 2nd amendment was written matters. Civilians could have the same weapons as the government. Weapons have changed a lot since, and the current level of disproportionate firepower is abysmal. We’re arguing over rifles and guns that fire too fast, while the government controls nuclear bombs. As far as weapons go, I think we should make moves toward how it used to be.

The majority of Americans want mandatory background checks, seeing how this hasn’t happened, it shows how our government officials are not doing what the populace wants.

Because of the technological advancements, I think we need testing and continuing education for gun safety. If you need continuing education to sell life insurance, you should need it for firearms too.

If someone is negligent with their gun and a crime is committed with it, I think that the owner should be legally responsible as well.

These weapons can inflict a lot of damage and as much as I’m for the right to keep and bear almost any arm, we have to do something politically. When our politicians take money from this industry, there’s inarguably blood on their hands.