Showing posts with label Think. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Think. Show all posts

Monday, May 4, 2020

Healing the Unfortunate

Universal Healthcare isn't a good idea. We shouldn't have to pay for other people's poor choices. If someone overeats and gets Type 2 Diabetes or if they ride a bicycle and break their collar bone in a fall, we shouldn't nationalize that cost. Doing so creates moral hazard. We should all protect ourselves as much as possible. But what happens when you can catch something just from breathing the air?

Tax Payer Funded Care for Airborne Ailments makes sense.

If someone contracts COVID-19, we should pay for that treatment because some people can't afford it. By one person going without treating their symptoms, they can infect countless others who may suffer much worse consequences.

Financially, it's better to stop it as soon as possible as well, maybe not for health care providers who make money per patient. But for the nation, the healthier we are, the more productive we can be.



Saturday, March 28, 2020

Where Government Dollars Go

In 2007 the national debt was $9 trillion, today it’s $23 trillion. Where did all of that money go? To the top 10% of course. As time goes on they get richer and richer.

These investors/gamblers took a chance, they were wrong, but will still win. This could be a great time for people who have been shut out of the investment world to be able to buy into companies they believe in. But the wealthy aren’t fans of that idea at all. So the wealthy get their friends in government to borrow money on all of our behalf’s, cut small checks for the masses and practically blank checks for the wealthy and try to get things back to how they were as fast as possible. Instead of letting stock prices drop and allow more people access to investing, the wealthy are capitalizing on the opportunity to take even more for themselves at the expense of everyone else.

Part of the solution is to get every senator and house representative that voted yes to the bailout out of office. They’ve shown us who their allegiance is to. 


Friday, March 20, 2020

When Money Meets Politics

10% of Americans own 80% of US stocks. The same people that oppose the $68B we give citizens annually for food are clamoring for the $700B+ made available by their friends in public office. It’s not that the 10% need 10 times as much food, they need yachts, mansions, servants, jets, etc. The bailout bill was turned into law within 24 hours of being introduced. 60% of Americans have wanted legal cannabis for years and it’s still a Schedule I drug. 10% of the population sees their wealth drop by 20% and within days, they’re having the rest of the nation pay for their losses. In 2030, when they own 90% of all stocks and prices drop, let them. If they aren’t sharing the profit, then let them keep the losses. Refuse to re-elect any politician that voted to give your future earnings to the wealthiest among us.


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Necessary Purchases

Before putting that item in your grocery cart make sure that it’s out of necessity and not an emotion, like fear, uncertainty, or panic. When you do the right thing, it gives other people the opportunity to follow your lead.

Regarding people overbuying to the point where they’re throwing away large amounts of spoiled food, I’m just glad I don’t suffer from whatever it is that they do.


Saturday, December 21, 2019

Politics are Broken, Fix It


The impeachment proceedings are evidence that the system is broken. The president broke the law, admitted the act, but because his party controls the senate, he stays in power. Imagine someone could take/offer/initiate/whatever a bribe at work, get found out, admit it, but because enough people back them in that company, they don’t go to jail for the crime and even keep their job. It's a broken system.

I don’t know which way this will go for republicans moving forward but I see a blue wave rising because these politicians refuse to do what’s best for the majority of their constituents. If your party is more important than your nation then your days are numbered. The nation will be here much longer than any party or politician. 


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Friday, November 22, 2019

Civilians

Stop breaking the law. Yes, sometimes the law is dumb. Yes, some of those laws will change in the future. Until then, make it your goal to avoid citations, jail, and prison. Make it so that the only way you could ever be incarcerated or even have to pay a ticket is to be framed. Why?

Because cops have better things to do than pull over people rolling stop signs. About 6,000 murderers didn’t get caught last year. 

While that cop was pulling me over to give me a warning for slow-rolling a stop sign, a drunk driver could have been up the road, and now home free. 

When it comes to how we should act as civilians, remember we outnumber police by nearly 350 to 1. They have better things to do and so should we. 


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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Police Pt. 1

In 2018 police officers killed 992 civilians and 55 officers were murdered in the line of duty. There are about 800,000 officers and about 243,000,000 adults in the US. That means, per capita, cops are almost 17 times more likely to be killed than to kill someone. If the ratio was equal, police would have killed 16,706 civilians last year. Their jobs are outrageously dangerous. Why don’t we help by making some changes?

Legalize prostitution, if you can do something for free, why can’t you get paid for it? Also, it would free up cops to go after human traffickers instead of street walkers.

Legalize every drug, lessening their load and decreasing all of the associated crime that goes along with black markets. 

The worst thing is, we can see other countries doing these things and benefiting. We see that it works to decrease crime, incarceration, and death. But we change little, because the news, which is paid for in part by pharmaceutical companies, tells us it’s scary and bad. I think putting people in harm's way when it could have been avoided is much worse. 


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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Winning Raffles

If you buy tickets early, you’re gambling.
If you can see how many tickets have been sold, can value the worth of the prizes, then it’s no longer gambling, it’s statistics. 

Sometimes we have to gamble, but most of the time we can wait and the results should be much better. This is one reason why math matters.



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Friday, November 15, 2019

Into the Ether

Where do the comments go? 

You see something, post something, maybe read a couple other comments and move on with your life. I can’t tell you the articles I read last week, or my thoughts about them, but I know I read something and I know that I commented something. 

Being busy is okay, but I feel that being productive is better. After a month off I can see what’s important more clearly. I’d rather be focused, creative and productive than busy. But in a world full of distractions, and more being created daily, all we can do is our best.  


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Monday, October 14, 2019

Thoughtleaders Are Still Employees

It’s rare to see someone on TV that wants to change the status quo. Major media companies are owned by wealthy people. The host, is usually a millionaire as well. How likely is it that someone in power will actively try to reduce their power? Before we take someone at their word, we should look at standing in society. 


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Regrettable Habits

What’s something you do and almost always regret?

Become aware of this habit. Do your best to stop.

You may even need to get help for this. Professional help isn’t the only answer. Getting a friend or trusted acquaintance to be your Accountability Partner can be quite effective.

If you’re past the oblivious and denial stages in your regrettable habit, the next step is to do something about it. Reach out for help if you feel like you need it.


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Complaining Can Be Productive

Progress comes from complaints. The first person to invent something has a complaint about the current state of affairs. 

A bag was probably one of the first inventions, dry out this animal hide, roll my stuff into it and all of a sudden I can carry more than a handful of things. But then someone tied that to their back, freeing their hands, changing the game. 

But what if we stopped complaining and said everything is as good as we need it to be? Then this will be as good as it will ever get. 

Complaining without changing something is borderline insanity. I don’t want to live in a prison of negativity built by my own thinking. 


Monday, October 7, 2019

Judging Consideration

Courtesy. Is someone thinking of you or not? 

Too often we think about what someone does for us and not what they didn’t. If someone knows you’ve been outside in the heat all day and the first or second thing out of their mouth isn’t “Can I get you something to drink?” then you might have a problem. 

Someone explained this to me much better a long time ago, but it’s worth pondering. What is someone not doing that would be nice if instead, they were doing?


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?


Friday, October 4, 2019

Kids Can Do Almost Anything

Consistency. 

If a child does two years of this or that, here and there throughout their academic life not much impact will be created. Imagine instead, that same child doing 10 years of math club. She’s going to Harvard, Yale, CalTech, pretty much guaranteed. 

Focus. 

You’re not a kid, but you probably know one. Just because your ship has sailed doesn’t mean you can’t be the wind in someone else’s sails. 

Even if your ship has sailed, in five years you’ll be five years older. How will you grow or shrink?


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Paying For Labels

People pay for labels. People will pay you if you have the right label attached. People will pay you if you will give them a label they want. 

Either with money or attention. 

Some people don’t want to be labeled, that in itself, is a label. Labels are inevitable. Embrace the inevitable. 


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Question Negativity

I recently read an article about a cartoon show I liked, Rick and Morty. The author broke it down simply. The show is about a grandpa abusing his family for laughs. 

How is that entertaining? Why is that entertaining?

Moving forward I don’t plan on watching this show again or shows similarly making light of serious and deplorable behavior. 

Maybe it is just a show, but I can’t come up with a better answer than that. 

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Listen to Your Emotions

I know there are people that say something like, “if you change your feelings the the world changes.” What if you can’t change your feelings? 

Maybe, just maybe, that’s when we need to listen to our emotions the most. 

Recently a family member was getting on my nerves.  I tried to change my thoughts, I meditated, journaled, claimed to accept it, I even prayed. You name it, I tried. I even asked the person doing what annoyed me to stop. They didn’t. 

Emotions can be a great tool to determine your next action. Instead of disregarding them, maybe it’s sometimes best to use those emotions as a call to action. 

My solution was to get out of the situation. Physically. As soon as the flight was booked, I felt relief. No, I’m not a perfect stoic, a part of me hopes to never be. I like having an internal gauge that helps me move through life. So far at least, it has worked out pretty well. 


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Abundance Myth

Abundance is a thing. 

Maybe you never saw abundance in your life and it’s hard to imagine. 

The truth is, abundance comes only to a small minority of people. Those lucky to have received it somehow and to a smaller number who have earned it. 

Abundance isn’t a magical mindset, it’s a state of being. If Warren Buffet decided to think negative thoughts and how scarcity exists, his $65,000,000,000 wouldn’t vanish. 

Abundance comes from actions, does mindset help? Maybe, but it can’t be the only thing. 

How will you earn your abundance? 


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Running Red Lights

What happens when most people walk up to a red light?

They look left, look right, no cars coming, they walk. 

Can a car make it across the street faster than a person? Probably. 

So why do we all wait for the light to change, when we’re driving but almost never when walking?

My proposal is simple. Treat red lights as stop signs unless there’s a sign that says no turn on red (blind corners usually) or a new sign that's for this specific purpose.
  
If 200,000,000 cars spent even a minute less on US roads per day imagine what that would do to decrease both pollution and traffic.