Saturday, July 30, 2011
My attempt goes something simple like this: The wealth discribed by the word billionaire = one thousand millions of dollars. There are in the world 1210 people who have at least this much money. When we add the wealth of these few people together, the least we can realize as a sum (given that there are those who have more than one billion) would therefore be 1210 billions of dollars. The wealth described in one trillion dollars = 1000 billions of dollars. The wealth represented by the national debt exceeds the wealth of all the (solitary) billionaires in the world by a factor of 11.8181818182 x. Stated another way, to pay off the National debt would require 11.8181818182 thousand. (solitary) billionaires to each pony up a thousand million or one billion. The world does not contain this many people who have become at least (1) billionaires. In the words of one of the James Bond movies: "The world is not enough". How can sane people ( we represent ourselves as such) contemplate such grandure while ignoring the slip towards tyranny servicing such a staggering debt imposes?
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I just saw Captain America. It reminded me of Max Payne. I liked my own stint in the service better. This is not a substitute for spending a few years in the military. Everything that happens there can not be reduced to good versus insanity. The process of human growth from inexperience is not found in laboratory test tubes, failed scientific experiments or stoic exploits. Good training is more than inspiration and for the most part, less than heroic. War seems to teach only the wise.
Friday, July 22, 2011
From the movie "Beyond Thunder Dome" Master Blaster to Auntie Entity : "Who runs Barter Town?" Auntie Entity to Master Blaster: "Master Blaster runs Barter Town!" Master Blaster: "Release (methane) embargo!" Will the United States end it's tenure as a super power as Rome did at the end of the Roman empire, (sacked by the Visigoths ) or as England did after the American Revolution? Will we devolve into a low energy profile barter town as portrayed in the movie "Beyond Thunderdome"? Does any of this affect Congress or the Federal Reserve at all?
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
There are 1210 billionaires in the world as of march 2011 accordimg to the World billionaires list of Forbes. To retire the U.S.A. debt. you would need 14.3 thousand billionaires to pony up $1000 million each (1 billion dollars). Put another way there are over 310,000,000 people in the USA. For them to retire our 14.3 trillion in debt each would have to give over $46,000. Isn't it easier to quit budgetary over runs?
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
My work history has illustrated in a small company, what you know is valued to the point where it eventually runs up against what other people know. For example, in a small company where the drug free workplace is NOT enforced at the administrative level but only at the work site; the drug addled supervisor wants subordinates to be knowledgeable. S(he) has to do less work when subordinates know what is going on. Yet when a sober compliant subordinate (scs) realizes an administrator or supervisor is drug dependant and blatantly addled by it, it becomes difficult for the (scs) worker to lend support to a work situation that is being demonstratably sabotaged from above. In a large company with more thorough compliance on the drug free workplace human resource management front what the (scs) worker knows is often discounted against what administration does not know about the work process. To the degree administrative competancies (a/c) fail to comprise real work processes a/c will act towards defacilitation of scs workers in Lew of micromanagement. Management itself only happens in requisite knowledge / competency pools (k/cp), and not in knowledge / competency vacuums (k/cv). K/cv is experienced in the often pejorative MBA influence on work places lacking engineering and regulatory k/cp (and personnel). The (scs) worker who has been thus defacilitated, soon run out of challenges to stimulate growth and any sense of accomplishment in their work place. The challenge of good human resources management is traded off for efficiency where it can be justified / quantified on a spread sheet. The "I don't have to know your job to manage your job" white collar myth is thus empowered. At this point, if the (scs) worker(s) don't need to face this kind of scale down without the input engineering and training can add to administration; (scs) workers leave in droves for new challenges found on the nearest horizon or cubicle farm. So "married with a mortgage" in an scs worker looks better to administration than single with talent in an scs worker who may be lured away. This creates a restaffing, retraining management crisis which may lead to mission impossible at the work site since economic conditions vary. It can only be resolved by k/cp in engineering.
Monday, July 4, 2011
In New York after passage of the Rockefeller drug laws 38 years ago; a large part of gubernatorial politics consisted of prison building to hold vast numbers of illegal narcotics criminals who became over night felons. Movies like "the French Connection" and other exploitation flicks helped desensitize the public to the incarnation of this new class of criminals. Prison jobs became a kind of social welfare for economically blighted upstate New York. (Although Cannabis is still classified in law as a dangerous and useless narcotic, alcohol poisoning kills people. Cannabis can not equal the toxicity of any narcotic while alcohol is classified as a beverage that kills.) Carcinogenic materials in foods are prohibited by the Delaney clause. Some foods contain natural substances which are carcinogenic, such as safrole, which occurs in sassafras and sweet basil. Such substances are covered by the Delaney clause, so that safrole may not be added to root beer in the USA. Had the Governors and legislatures in New York (and U.S.A. at large) instead reverted to one of their namesakes (Hempstead) and grown hemp, they could have ended the dearth of jobs and gained needed tax revenue without wasting all of that money on prisons for Cannabis users which they conflated with other opium based & synthetic narcotics traffickers. The point of the inner party members in the book and the movie "1984" WAS to waste money! They could then remain in control while everybody else had the boot heel of an oppressive and canniving state stepping on their faces forever. Aspartame is many ways toxic to humans. European flight crews comming to the U.S.A. are warned not to use soda fountains incase aspartame canasters get switched with the regular soft drink canisters. Among it's effects Aspartame effects fitness for piloting aircraft . Yet, it holds the coveted GRAS (generally regarded as safe) status among food additives; a blatant violation of the FDA Delaney clause. This food additive / chemical compound of 50% phenylalanine, 40% aspartic acid and 10% methyl ester is in the class known among neurologists as exciter toxins + a poisonous methyl ester. The first 2 ingredients are present in amounts well beyond that found in foods (4%). They excite and then kill neurons. The last ingredient with it's weakly bound (and absent pectin) so called methyl ester becomes wood alcohol above 86° Fahrenheit. Methanol is then made into formaldehyde (embalming fluid) when digested. See www.dorway.com for more on aspartame. Since alcohol and aspartame are each more toxic than cannabis and it's complete food the hemp seed; why don't lawyers make an equivalent legal class for the cannabis leaf equal to "alcoholic beverage" only call it a "psychoactive herb class"?? Hemp seeds themselves are not psychoactive and are legal as a complete food. Plenty of potential revenue can be had from the remaining leaves and cordage and unlike the neurotoxin alcohol, or the carcinogenic diketopiperazine- a break down product from aspartame; Cannabis kills no one. Put warnings on tins and pouches not to mix anti-nausiants with alcohol and tax the growers. Lets dispense with one law that has bred contempt for the law for about 40 years. Again, we should not allow Aspartame in food or pop as it is a blatant violation of the Delaney clause which prohibits the secretary of the FDA from allowing things in foods that cause cancer in humans or have caused cancer in animal studies. What is clearly wrong with the minds of the people who have allowed this mess to proliferate is they don't follow their own laws or rational self interest.