The only good thing about this year was its hindsight.
When I was a kid, while driving with my mom and dad, to go visit relatives or friends, I would imagine that I was controlling a remote control car behind us to pass the time. I would imagine that the the deflectors on the highway had microchips and that they would help guide my RC car from other traffic. I would imagine it taking turns and passing other cars and making it go at high speeds. Those microchips in the highway, that were powered by solar panels that were attached to the median, or maybe the medians were made of solar panels on the top, with wires that led to a battery pack underneath the concrete highway would make that technology self sufficient. It’s funny because we now have those autonomous cars with brain chips that could read microchips that if they were on the highway, could probably prevent accidents and guide those autonomous cars safely. I think it would be a great idea, if feasible, to probably do something like that. You could probably even team up with some high tech companies that are willing to come up with the tech to offset the costs and they would in turn lease there tech to the big car companies for a certain amount of time until the tech became public domain. This would save the government, more to the point, the tax payers money and boost the economy. I guess I’m saying that it’s time for infrastructure to catch up with the modern world.
The easiest way to fix social security is by combining it with CMS (Medicare) and then going to a medicare for all system. The money involved will make Social Security solvent permanently and it would reduce the costs of medical insurance as well as boost the economy because it will put money in the tax holders hands and they would spend it on consumer goods. It would mean getting rid of insurance companies that are constantly in the top ten of the fortune 500 companies but I’m sure other companies will take their spots.
Not only will this work, it will eventually increase what you receive in Soc. Sec. retirement when you hit 65. With the current system, you might not receive anything when you are 65 but the fortune 500 companies will still be getting 30 million payouts for their CEO’s with golden parachutes and retiring on their yachts and villas. This is only my opinion but I don’t think death should be profitable.
The President that fixes Soc. Sec. will be guaranteed to be listed as one of the top three President’s to ever serve. It’s one of the heftiest tasks ever to be undertaken and will guarantee his/her legacy as it will guarantee Americans the financial security they paid for. If you look at history, the top two Presidents, Lincoln and Washington, the only two Presidents to serve in a ground war on American soil are almost impossible to surpass but the person that brings this country to financial solvency is guaranteed spot three.
From the magazine Fortune that prints the fortune 500 list, coming at number 7, drum roll please….
The nation’s largest health insurer fired on all cylinders in 2019, with a 7% increase in revenues that brought the company to a total of $242 billion. Its UnitedHealthcare division grew by $10 billion last year, but the insurer’s real not-so-secret weapon continued to be its Optum unit, which provides an array of health care services including data analytics and pharmacy benefits management. Optum revenues climbed 12% year-over-year to $113 billion. UnitedHealth Group also has considerable ambitions for its Medicare Advantage business, which had its best-ever enrollment last year, adding 325,000 elderly Americans.
Even though it’s technically possible to track someone through a cell phone, it’s not always legal. Unless you are part of a law enforcement agency and have a warrant to do so, it is usually illegal to track the physical location of an adult person through his or her cell phone without his or her consent.
While law enforcement can use this technology to locate kidnapped kids, Kidnappers can use this technology to locate kids.
Biden and Harris ran an excellent campaign of letting his opponent twitter himself into a one term Presidency. My suggestion is, if you’re going to tweet as a President, is have a PR team translate what you are trying to say to the masses. It made all the difference of riling up his opponents into a record breaking turnout.
The one take I got is that civility and the message of unity won out and you can see that in the states that went from red to blue in the presidency while still voting in those congresspeople on the red side. Manners and quiet confidence took the day.
Soooo…. crossing my fingers that the outgoing President doesn’t decide to launch a nuclear attack on Pennsylvania or any foreign entity. You think I’m kidding.
Democracy….. It seems to work… no matter the final outcome. And my baker who is selling those canola’s like crazy this morning. Why he keeps yelling cannoli’s is beyond me. I just tell him Trump vs Biden. Maybe cannoli is running for the senate.
When government employees pay taxes, are they paying taxes or are they offering a rebate?
With the debates mentioning the commodity crude oil, I feel like Americans should take a look at this industry and what role it plays in our lives. Now there are many kinds of oil, olive oil being my favorite and, in my opinion, the best, as it reduces LDL and has a decent smoke point but other people have mentioned Canola being just as good if not better. Now, I don’t use canola oil because, mainly, I don’t know what a canola is and when I go to the bakery and buy one, I can’t for the life of me figure out how they get oil from those things. Of course the baker always says “that’s a cannoli dumbass”, I just think tomato .. tomatoe. What’s the difference. But this isn’t about olives and crazy looking pastries that you can turn into cooking oils unless they find a way to make cars and stoves and water heaters run on vegetable oil, btw and oddly enough, the worst cooking oil for you when it comes to your health, remember that when they tell you to eat a vegetable that you don’t like, brussel sprouts, this is about fossil fuels.
Now look at these statements provided by the Department of Energy:
- Globally, we currently consume the equivalent of over 11 billion tonnes of oil from fossil fuels every year. Crude oil reserves are vanishing at a rate of more than 4 billion tonnes a year – so if we carry on as we are, our known oil deposits could run out in just over 53 years.
- The United States gets 81% of its total energy from oil, coal, and natural gas, all of which are fossil fuels. We depend on those fuels to heat our homes, run our vehicles, power industry and manufacturing, and provide us with electricity.
- There are 6,923 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of proven gas reserves in the world as of 2017. The world has proven reserves equivalent to 52.3 times its annual consumption. This means it has about 52 years of gas left (at current consumption levels and excluding unproven reserves).
- What is the amount of world coal reserves? As of December 31, 2016, estimates of total world proved recoverable reserves of coal were about 1,144 billion short tons (or about 1.14 trillion short tons), and five countries had about 75% of the world’s proved coal reserves.
These statements all point to a reckoning in about 100 years, on the long side, closer to 50 years because consumption is going to grow as the world’s population expands. With 81% of all motorized vehicles running on oil, the preferred method of, well, 81% of the people, then we have to think about our grand kids and how they’re going to get around if we don’t find a better way to to create propulsion, which rhymes with compulsion, seeing where I’m going with this? Yeah, me neither. The fact remains though that there is no better way, yet, to move a vehicle at high speeds, especially large vehicles like rockets and tanks and aircraft vehicles, submarines, gunships. Now do you see where I’m going with this?
Our military won’t be such an effective military if they have to push that aircraft carrier (most run on nuclear reactors but the planes don’t) because people think it’s patriotic to buy gas and not use renewable energy. And this could happen, if you factor discovering new fossil fuel depots, in the next 200 years. If we don’t then it could happen in our lifetime. This is why I think the Dems and Repubs that push for renewable energy are geniuses. They are thinking long term. They’re thinking future world domination shit, while also thinking climate change. The fact is that oil is a commodity, like palladium and gold, and trades on the open market because it has a finite amount. It has an expiration date a lot like the Dodo, extinct for 332 years, according to google, not my mother who says she gave birth to one, of course I rationalize she has two other kids, it could be them except she always points when she says it and I’m the only one in the room. Well this is not about my loving mom and her endearing gestures, who points with their middle finger, weird, it’s about how we need to start using renewable energy and storing crude oil in massive underground oil refineries. We need to start thinking about tomorrow today not tomorrow or next week but maybe yesterday. What day is it? Again, if we don’t plan for the future right now, if we don’t get smart and start making that number of 81% of homes use renewable energy, then we could be looking at a crises where the smarter nations of China and Russia have stock piled trillions of tons of crude that can power these larger vehicles and rockets and we can use our muskets to defend ourselves from any invasion. Sounds horrifying, I don’t even own a musket. I’m going to Amazon right now to get one.
The moral of this possibly true story is that renewable energy is not only good for the environment but also our way of life, our democracy, our country as we know it. And don’t wait to late to start implementing these changes because there’s this guy, Murphy, and he has this law, and he loves to implement that law at the worst times. So, when oil is starting to run out and we waited to long to get ready, Murphy is going to start another pandemic that will make this one seem like a merry go round.
Now, do they deserve subsidies, no, the government overpays for everything and they are going to be the biggest consumer. They’ll be lucky that, like other nations, don’t get taken over by the government. Will oil people lose their jobs, no, they might make more money if we go green as the commodity becomes more precious. Funny how things work. If we actually go green, the oil industry will become bigger than ever.
And on an unrelated note except for the fact that Texas makes much of it’s profit from oil, Dallas Cowboys… Kaepernick is still available, that’s if you want to win.
Pandemics were rare, especially the ones… the kind that could wipe out the human race, how do I know? Because I’m writing this shitty blog, therefore, some of us idiots are still alive. But the fallacy that pandemics only occur every one hundred years is a fairy tale like Cinderella, Snow White or the rule of law. All make believe stories that are made to make you feel better. The fact is that the H2N2/Asian flu in 1957-1958; the H3N2 flu virus in 1968; and the H1N1/swine flu in 2009 all come in a short period of time but science was ahead of the curve in those cases and able to stave off any mass hysteria. Well, we’re getting to the time where the viruses are starting to surpass science’s ability to negate any detrimental affects… effects… no it’s affects… of the harm it could do to society. One thing that goes hand in hand with these outbreaks is the ever changing climate and the advancing industrialization and deforestation of the planet. The planet, like my spine, is not in balance. It’s off it’s axis, a lot like the rare deformation of the C-1 spinal disc in my back. One has to wonder if these two phenomena (a plural of phenomenon, weird right, I didn’t know that either) climate change due to deforestation and industrialization and the pandemics are somehow linked. If it is, then look for a worse pandemic in the next twenty years as Brazil makes the whole country into a beach town by steadily removing the Amazon from existence. If there isn’t an eco-balance then I’m guessing that the world will find a way to balance itself out and what better way than to release a virus that would stop the culprits, in this case humans, from destroying it completely. That’s if you believe that the world is a living thing that lives on a homeostasis sort of ecology. I believe it. My point is we have two options, become a whole lot more eco friendly or have a way better pandemic solution than masks. Preferably both would be great.
Pete Buttigieg says Trump disrespected US military since the day he let a ‘sucker’ serve in Vietnam in his place.
Lol… hahaha… that’s a good one, yep…. that’s a heck of a dig. Where I grew up, that’s called playing the dozens.
and not to date myself, but that’s one hell of a diss….
In the debates, Presidential nominee Biden is going to need something Pete who should have been the Presidential nominee has, the ability to hit back in a way that makes you say goddamn, I know that hurt.