Over hyped memo is such a waste of time

Yes, it is a waste of time, but, it’s only 4 pages long so if you don’t read it and instead base your opinions on what you hear in the news you’re being irresponsible.  Here’s a link to the  over hyped memo.

The funny thing is that the Democrats and the media were deathly afraid of this thing getting released to the public and they spent the entire week laying landmines in our brains about how this memo is misleading and inaccurate. The Republicans were no better by over hyping this thing as if it was going to blow the doors off the special counsel’s investigation into “Russian collusion” with the Trump campaign prior to the election.

The things in the memo have already been alleged in the court of public opinion. What we need to see or hear is the testimony before Congress that proves the allegations. Otherwise THIS IS A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME!

I can’t wait for the Democrat’s memo which promises to be 10 pages long and probably praises the FBI and Justice Department and calls them consummate professionals only interested in seeking the TRUTH.

My predictions about the reaction to President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight.

Here are my predictions about the reaction to President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight. No matter what is in the speech I predict that it will be portrayed as the following:

  • Xenophobic
  • Racist
  • Sexist
  • Nationalistic
  • Dark
  • Negative
  • Homophobic
  • Transgenderphobic
  • Mean spirited
  • Protectionist
  • Populist
  • Demagoguery

What did I miss?

Burger King should stick to making burgers rather than trying to explain the Net Neutrality debate.

Burger King should stick to making burgers rather than trying to explain the Net Neutrality debate. In the video below they use the wrong analogy for having different prices for different speeds of Internet access.

In the video they make you wait longer to get your Whopper or pay extra to get it fast. But the analogy is totally incorrect.

The proper analogy should be different prices for different size burgers. You can buy a regular cheeseburger for much less than buying a Double Whopper with Cheese. This way people of almost any income range have access to burgers.

Hyperloop technology should be for freight not people

By Camilo Sanchez – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=43739482

Hyperloop technology should be for freight not people and the reason is that a hyperloop is really nothing more than an oversized enormous pneumatic tube kind of like the one you use at a bank to make your deposits at the drive through. It’s a point to point technology and once constructed not flexible. Think freight trains but underground and super super fast.

An article in the Wall Street Journal today talks about the increase in airfreight because of all the stuff that’s getting shipped world wide. The speed and flexibility of air cargo outweighs the added cost of the lack of capacity per shipment. Shipping things over the ocean is simply too slow and subject to many issues such as labor problems and weather. Shipping cargo by plane is also subject to the same issues that could slow shipments.

As online shoppers come to expect faster home delivery, passenger jets and dedicated cargo planes are picking up more kinds of cargo traditionally carried by container ships, trains and trucks. Global airfreight traffic climbed almost 9% year-over-year in November as a jump in e-commerce orders supercharged the holiday rush, according to cargo data provider WorldACD. Rates for airfreight were up 17% annually that month.

Strong global economic growth also is spurring demand for goods long ferried by air, such as automotive and manufacturing parts. The dual surge is creating some of the stiffest competition for air-cargo space in years, and prompting companies to search for older, idle jets to convert into freighters.

“You’re literally begging and pleading to get on airplanes, leveraging any contact you can,” said Neel Jones Shah, global head of airfreight for Flexport Inc., a San Francisco-based firm that helps customers arrange freight shipments online.

Just think if a hyperloop was constructed between major shipping ports. The cargo containers would be loaded on one end and at extremely high speeds get shot underground to their arrival point. No people even need to be inside the cargo vehicle underground. It wouldn’t take weeks or months as it does now to ship something overseas in fact it would be as quick or quicker as a cargo plane with the capacity of a freight train or several cargo ocean ships. There are no weather issues under ground and there are fewer labor issues as long as you can load and unload containers from either side.

This could also be installed between major cities in every country. This would remove trains and trucks from the nation’s highways and rails. This would serve to reduce traffic both on the ground and in the sky making life a little better for leisure travel.

Read more in the Wall Street Journal

Hyperloop technology on Wikipedia

Rifle or Assault Weapon? Tribune expose on gang use of these weapons seems to have missed the memo.

A tribune article dedicated to exposing the increasing use of AR-15 and AK-47 type rifles curiously didn’t call these weapons “assault rifles”. In fact the article uses the phrase exactly once while quoting a police officer.

The gunman hit the bike but not the driver. An officer found .223-caliber casings, the kind used in rifles modeled after the AR-15. The rounds leave large, jagged wounds. If used by someone trained to shoot, they can hit a target from 650 yards. A city block is 220 yards.

Two gangs — the Saints and La Razas — had been sporadically using rifles for six months. This was the fourth rifle shooting in seven days. It would get much worse in the months ahead, something an officer at the scene seemed to sense.

“We got a problem with the two gangs running around. Each one of ’em has a military assault weapon,” he radioed, asking for an evidence technician. “This is one of the rifles they used today. We need those rifles off the street for police safety and citizen safety.”

The rest of the article refers to these weapons merely as “rifles” 63 times as I counted. Why? Haven’t we been conditioned to think of AR-15s and AK-47s as “assault rifles”, “assault weapons”, or “military style weapons”?

I’m wondering why in a news story about the use of these guns by gangs in Chicago is different than the news stories about lone gunmen that use the same weapons in a different context or setting.

Read the article in the Chicago Tribune

North Korea and the United States have much in common when it comes to propaganda and conditioning the citizenry.

North Korea and the United States have much in common when it comes to propaganda and conditioning the citizenry. Almost everyone in the West thinks that North Korea is this backwards little communist nation. In watching this video of interviews with people from North Korea I find some of the tactics and policies of the North Korean government uncomfortably similar to tactics and policies administered in the United States.

Here they talk about their perceptions of Americans while they were young living in North Korea.  They are taught to hate Americans from Kindergarten and are taught to “smash American bastards”. There was a game in school during their physical education class where the fastest person to stab a mannequin dressed as a US solder and return would win.

How does that relate to education in the United States? When I was growing up the founders of the United States were revered. Take that in contrast to what’s happening today. The founders are being repainted as evil rich slave owners that only wanted to make themselves richer. Children from a very young age are being propagandized here to believe in the popular political ideology of the day. The difference here is that you have the freedom to go against what you’re taught and seek out other information. But, how much damage is already done when you’re taught in K – 12 education that the founders are evil?

In this part they talk about what North Koreans think about the possibility of war. What strikes me here is the way the North Korean government keeps the population scared that war could break out any minute by conducting drills. They manufacture fake crises in order to condition people that this is normal and inevitable. They keep the population in a heightened state of fear.

This directly translates to the United States and what our kids go through with “active shooter” drills that are conducted in schools. Forget the facts and statistics that show it’s so highly unlikely that any of this will ever happen in any school. The language and actions of “shelter in place” or the acronym ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) seem to me to be typical of conditioning and training kids to think they will be attacked at any moment.

Think also of anti-terrorist drills that are conducted in cities across the country. The TSA with the authority to prevent you from carrying breast milk in a bottle for you to feed your baby. The militarization of the police with their military weapons and gear. This conditions the population to be in constant fear of an attack and it conditions the police that the people are the enemy.

This is why we need to look at everything with a critical eye. Condition yourself to be a skeptic. Never just believe what you’re told. Always require the proof.

The full video is below.

Healthcare in Canada might be “free” but you have to wait 21.2 weeks on average to see a specialist

Healthcare in Canada might be “free” but you have to wait 21.2 weeks on average to see a specialist. If you have to wait that long is your healthcare really free? Nope.

Waiting for treatment has become a defining characteristic of Canadian health care. In order to document
the lengthy queues for visits to specialists and for diagnostic and surgical procedures in the country, the
Fraser Institute has—for over two decades—surveyed specialist physicians across 12 specialties and 10
provinces. This edition of Waiting Your Turn indicates that, overall, waiting times for medically necessary
treatment have increased since last year. Specialist physicians surveyed report a median waiting time of
21.2 weeks between referral from a general practitioner and receipt of treatment—longer than the wait of
20.0 weeks reported in 2016. This year’s wait time—the longest ever recorded in this survey’s history—is
128% longer than in 1993, when it was just 9.3 weeks.

Here’s a link to the study by The Frasier Institute, a research and educational organization based in Canada.

When there is a scarcity of a good or service two things happen. You either increase the price or increase the time it takes to get that good or service.

Uber is a good example that almost everyone understands now. They call it “surge pricing”. What this does is ensures they can provide a ride for anyone that wants it during times of high demand. Let’s say a ride that is priced at $20.00 under normal circumstances suddenly increases because some event just ended and there are thousands of people wanting an Uber. The price will continue to rise while demand increases.

But what happens on the supply side? People who drive for Uber but are not actively driving for the company see that the prices are going up because so many people are requesting rides. So they enter the supply chain to make some extra cash. As more drivers enter the supply chain the price of that ride starts to fall until the price eventually goes back to normal while the high demand for rides subsides. This process ensures that people who want a ride and are willing to pay for it get one.

What would happen if the government stepped in to put in price controls on Uber like they do with regular cabs? You would have to wait longer and longer because the price would be out of balance with the demand. That’s why before Uber existed people found it difficult to find a cab during times of high demand.

Back to the Canadian healthcare system. Because they are under a single payer system and individuals don’t have to pay for service themselves the costs of healthcare services are tightly controlled. If there are a lot of people that need to have a particular procedure and there are only a finite number of doctors that can perform that procedure there is no choice but for a patient to wait until a doctor comes free. There is no way for doctors to start charging more to slow the demand and there is no incentive for other doctors to enter that supply chain to perform that service.

It may be nice to say that they get their healthcare for free but is it really free if the price is your quality of life or the length of your life? Economics is blind to politics.

The Frasier Institute’s Executive Summary

The Frasier Institute’s complete report

Former top Facebook executive explains how Facebook and social networks are bad for society. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMotykw0SIk&feature=youtu.be&t=21m21s

Former top Facebook executive explains how Facebook and social networks are bad for society. I’m not using Facebook ironically either to help spread this message.