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To Be or Not To Be a Consumer

Is the simple life a better life? Is free time better than being busy? Is thinking more rewarding than doing?

Our economy is based on being a worker/consumer but when basic needs are met does working more for material goods bring the purpose of life better meaning? Lots of questions with very complicated debates.

Anomaly

What do we really known about the future and chaos? Most humans use a heuristic approach to solving problems they do not have a strong background in dealing with complex problems.. This concept creates many unintended results for our future and the direction of the whole mass. Our expectations are based on math and a calculated results based on information of the past. Cause and effect to work, needs a high probability of past actions. When we lack the data and or experience of our every action and have no control of other people’s actions we have a future that has many anomalies.

Free Speech and Slander

Dawkins called Islam “the most evil religion in the world” in a speech last month.

Upon hearing the news that his talk was canceled, Dawkins fired back an open letter to KPFA. One of his questions gets right to the point: “I am known as a frequent critic of Christianity and have never been de-platformed for that. Why do you give Islam a free pass? Why is it fine to criticize Christianity but not Islam?”

Being a critic is part of free speech but promoting lies is not. Everyone has opinions and that is what makes this country great. There is a big difference between opinions and facts. Then the facts have got to have evidence to make them facts. When government forces people to to withhold opinions because of emotional distress it has stepped beyond its bounds. It is culture and virtue that expresses the wisdom to be careful of other people’s feelings. To not have virtue and wisdom is not a crime just a characteristic that does not win friends.

If a radio station has the right to cancel a guest so does the cake maker for being required to go against his beliefs.

MS Sales Tax on Amazon

The retail business is not supporting the state as in the past. We are moving into the 21 century to more efficient markets cutting out the middle man and reducing jobs. Consumption drives employment but it depends where the product is made. Many products are not available in MS retail stores so people buy them on line from all over the world. It is impossible to tax all the imports to MS. It would be a bigger job creator if MS had more exports than imports. This does not happen when the government is supported by sales tax. The incentive is to get people to spend money rather than invest it. How about a tax deduction for saving of income and a tax on the amount of income not saved? This would be a lot cheaper to enforces than trying to collect taxes from all over the world.

New Year

1. The most important person in your life is the person who agreed to share their life with you. Treat them as such.

2. You might live a long life, or you might live a short one — who knows. But either way, trust me when I say that you’re going to wish you took better care of yourself in your youth.

3. Stuff is just stuff. Don’t hold onto material objects, hold onto time and experiences instead.

4. Jealousy destroys relationships. Trust your significant other, because who else are you supposed to trust?

5. People always say, ’’Make sure you get a job doing what you love!’’ But that isn’t the best advice. The right job is the job you love some days, can tolerate most days, and still pays the bills. Almost nobody has a job they love every day.

6. If you’re getting overwhelmed by life, just return to the immediate present moment and savour all that is beautiful and comforting. Take a deep breath, relax.

7. Years go by in the blink of an eye. Don’t marry young. Live your life. Go places. Do things. If you have the means or not. Pack a bag and go wherever you can afford to go. While you have no dependents, don’t buy stuff. Any stuff. See the world. Look through travel magazines and pick a spot. GO!

8. Don’t take life so seriously. Even if things seem dark and hopeless, try to laugh at how ridiculous life is.

9. A true friend will come running if you call them at 2am. Everyone else is just an acquaintance.

10. Children grow up way too fast. Make the most of the time you have with them.

11. Nobody ever dies wishing they had worked more. Work hard, but don’t prioritize work over family, friends, or even yourself.

12. Eat and exercise like you’re a diabetic heart patient with a stroke — so you never actually become one.

13. Maybe this one isn’t as profound as the others, but I think it’s important… Floss regularly, dental problems are awful.

14. Don’t take anyone else’s advice as gospel. You can ask for advice from someone you respect, then take your situation into consideration and make your own decision. Essentially, take your own advice is my advice…

15. The joints you damage today will get their revenge later. Even if you think they’ve recovered completely. TRUST ME!

16. We have one time on this earth. Don’t wake up and realize that you are 60 years old and haven’t done the things you dreamed about.

17. Appreciate the small things and to be present in the moment. What do I mean? Well, it seems today like younger people are all about immediate gratification. Instead, why not appreciate every small moment? We don’t get to stay on this crazy/wonderful planet forever and the greatest pleasure can be found in the most mundane of activities. Instead of sending a text, pick up the phone and call someone. Call your mother, have a conversation about nothing in particular. Those are the moments to hold onto.

18. Pay your bills and stay the hell out of debt. If I could have paid myself all the money I’ve paid out in interest over the years, I’d be retired already.

19. If you have a dream of being or doing something that seems impossible, try for it anyway. It will only become more impossible as you age and become responsible for other people.

20. When you meet someone for the first time, stop and realize that you really know nothing about them. You see race, gender, age, clothes. Forget it all. You know nothing. Those biased assumptions that pop into your head because of the way your brain likes categories, are limiting your life, and other people’s lives.

Is your life that taken for granted that you’re okay wasting a day of it, possibly your last day? Do you want to die with thoughts of regret about what you didn’t do? Do you want to know you lived your life to the fullest even if you don’t get to live a statistically full life?

Thinking

Thinng

Witness to a Revolution Again

Unrest seems to be the normal in today’s world. There has always been cycles of clam stable communities and upheaval with carnage. People get restless when their emotions are not tingled enough and the emotional roller coaster is a slow elevator.
The founding fathers had their ride on the coaster also. People like Ben Franklin with all his wisdom and virtues took the risk of signing the declaration of independence knowing he was putting his life on the line and could be arrested. But what qualities does it take to have a quality of life society? Wisdom and virtue are real behaviors. We need to use them in making the laws of this country. Why have laws that you would not enforce on your own family? Would you report a family member for jaywalking? Some laws should be guidelines and not be tax collection schemes. Government needs to make laws for the protection of rights not laws that benefit a few at the expense of others.

As long as the government practices favoritism, selective enforcement and corruption with goals based on money we the people will have reasons to have a revolution. Just laws are laws we would enforce on our own families. We the people need reasons to testify against our brothers and sisters. When this happens we will be back in the calm part of the cycle.

How do we get there?

“Don’t argue about regulation.
Build Uber.
Don’t argue about monetary policy.
Build Bitcoin.
Don’t argue about it.
Build the alternative.”

“War and chaos have plagued the world for quite a long time, but each epoch creates its own special pulse-beat for the artists to interpret.”

Open for Business

Up and running now.

Education, where is Tupelo?

China has been building the equivalent of almost one university per week.
It is part of a silent revolution that is causing a huge shift in the composition of the world’s population of graduates.
Reflecting this former supremacy, among 55 to 64 year olds almost a third of all graduates in the world’s major economies are US citizens.
But that is changing rapidly among younger generations. In terms of producing graduates, China has overtaken the United States and the combined university systems of European Union countries.
In the United States, students have been struggling to afford university costs. In Europe, most countries have put a brake on expanding their universities by either not making public investments or not allowing universities to raise money themselves.
It isn’t simply about bigger student numbers. Students in China and India are much more likely to study mathematics, sciences, computing and engineering – the subjects most relevant to innovation and technological advance.

While the U.s. limits the number of doctors and puts focus on jobs not research.This suggests that an increase in “knowledge workers” does not lead to a decline in their pay, unlike the way that technological advancement and globalisation have pushed down the earnings of poorly-educated workers. While Tupelo puts its money to tourism and low wage service work. Most manufacturing will be done by robots so when CDF pats itself on the back for making jobs it will bring a high unemployment future and pollution.
The real challenge for Western countries is to prepare for future competition with Asian economies in the knowledge sector.In the latest round of the OECD Pisa tests, the 10% most disadvantaged 15-year-olds in Shanghai scored higher in mathematics than the 10% most privileged 15-year-olds in the United States.

We have a big problem as we put all the efforts into integration we lost the goal of education.Success will go to those individuals, universities and countries that are swift to adapt, slow to complain and open to change. The task for governments will be to ensure that their countries rise to these challenges.

Economic Progress

“This is a New York City based program created by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the City University of New York (CUNY). IN2NYC is by far the most ambition program to date. It will help up to 80 selected entrepreneurs gain access to the visas they need to grow their businesses in New York City and is projected to create more than 700 jobs for New Yorkers in the first three years.”

Tupelo falls way short as it refuses to think outside the box and bring in new ideas and people. Why are we not looking for a fiber company to challenge Comcast?

Study: Immigrants Founded 51% of U.S. Billion-Dollar Startups

http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2016/03/17/study-immigrants-founded-51-of-u-s-billion-dollar-startups/?mod=WSJBlog&utm_content=buffer3a119&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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