Category: City Council

Trump BS

We know almost every government official does not tell what is going on truthfully or tell us their true feelings about issues. Lots of horse trading is going on that would make the public puke. Perhaps it is time to end a democratic republic as we know it and have a draft of ordinary citizens represent the local pubic. No campaigns and money spent marketing issues just common sense and a will to talk truthfully about the pros and cons of what leaders face.

The media has gotten way to powerful and a monopoly which is forming public opinion rather than the citizens having the data to make their own minds up about the issues. We should separate facts from entertainment and the media opinion.

Government Not Working

Criminals are increasingly spoofing caller ID using VoIP apps including Skype or Google Voice to hide their identity and location, according to a report released today by Pindrop Labs.
Call center fraud is rising at an astronomical rate, as technical weakness becomes one of the three key contributors to its rapid rise, according to the 2017 Call Center Fraud Report released today by Pindrop Labs.

Based on a review of more than 500 million calls last year, Pindrop found fraud rates soared 113% over the previous year. That has resulted in a fraud rate of 1 in 937 calls in 2016, compared to 1 in 2,000 calls in the previous year. And this problem has morphed from being a responsibility of the call center operations to one of IT security.

Behind the Curve

“More than a third of U.S. jobs could be at “high risk” of automation by the early 2030s, a percentage that’s greater than in Britain, Germany and Japan, according to a new report.

The analysis, by accounting and consulting firm PwC, emphasized Friday that its estimates are based on the anticipated capabilities of robotics and artificial intelligence, and that the pace and direction of technological progress are “uncertain.”

It said that in the U.S., 38 percent of jobs could be at risk of automation, compared with 30 percent in Britain, 35 percent in Germany and 21 percent in Japan.”

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Again Tupelo leaders are not thinking ahead. The future is not what Tupelo economic planners are working for. They are milking the last few cents out of the government supported poverty. Tupelo needs to export value not try to attract tourism. Tupelo needs to attract the young professional not blue collar workers. Tupelo needs research and cutting edge design in electronics, aviation, medical biology, water treatment, food production, drugs, etc. this will not happen as the old mafia fathers practice the same old buddy system that makes young ideas leave. Tupelo should be ashamed of taking government money and not standing on its own two feet.

It is just a matter of time for that the local retail powers collapse.

“The industry most affected by automation is manufacturing. For every robot per thousand workers, up to six workers lost their jobs and wages fell by as much as three-fourths of a percent, according to a new paper by the economists, Daron Acemoglu of M.I.T. and Pascual Restrepo of Boston University. It appears to be the first study to quantify large, direct, negative effects of robots.”

Driving Looking Backwards

The leaders of Tupelo declare that Tupelo will aways be a farming and industrial town. They plan for the future to be more of the past. History shows us things do not stay the same and will change sometimes radically. In the world that is connected with the world wide web and billions of people in poverty Tupelo can not reduce its future to the same as the past. We must be creative and innovative to survive long term. Most leadership has short term sight and refuses to sacrifice the present for long term. The educated children are leaving for better challenges than factory or farm work. The ignorant flock to places that have the only work they know. The kicker is they are not competing with equals but rather with people around the world making less than one dollar an hour. This is not sustainable.

Our leaders must be far sighted and look long term. Having a fiber world wide web connection is not an option but a requirement for competing in the world market. We must export more than we import and we must focus on innovation rather than the dead retail and tourist trade. Manufacturing will be robots not manual labor just as farms will be fully automated. Tupelo will be stuck with a large population of welfare people that live for drugs and commit crime.

Luddite

Why are the leaders of Tupelo not worried about low skill jobs going away. Retail, fast food, hotel work, factory work, construction, etc. are being replaced by robots and machines. The future belongs to the educated creatives. A conservative community locks the creative lifestyle out.

Our children are leaving for better opportunities as those in poverty are left behind. Why the city council is not addressing these issues rather than putting lipstick on a pig? (metaphor)

Confident Pluralism

Can we live with disagreement and diversity enough to tolerate aggressive behavior and restrain aggressive behavior that harms?

“Germany is now offering to pay countries to take back their migrants”

Entrepreneur?

What is the difference between a small new business and a startup? Most of Tupelo of the new businesses in Tupelo are retail or manufacturing expanding. We do not have the change the world spirt to change the way people live like Comcast did in the past. Comcast now has become a over stuffed obese organization that has lost it way due to greed and lack of creativity. The future is now and we need to be better. What are we doing to foster that great American spirit of the entrepreneur/

What are we teaching our children? To get a Job? Should we not be teaching them that they are their own leader? Children need to be comfortable with high tech in every day life. The poverty in Tupelo does not have the resources to do that and public school is not enough and is too strutted to foster creativity., too many rules and conditions. The fear of mistakes and failure are built into grades. A child can be taught at home how to do things that have value and allowed for failure. For example pay a child to do some tech task such as scanning business cards or ripping CDs. Maybe making all your computer cables or installing new devices to your equipment. They can go on to graphic design and manage your in home systems. Many parents are not willing to spend the time or knowledgable themselves about the new technical age.

When children get the hang of technology they see creative ideas and also run into problems that need to be solved. One of Tupelo’s down falls is Comcast with limited speed for tech businesses. Tupelo water and Light could build a new fiber system starting with schools and mini libraries all around town for the next generation to start new business that are not just small business but world wide enterprises that will change the future. The idea is to export from MS not be the bottom of the barrel state that lives on Government handouts.

Join me in talking to community leaders to put Tupelo on track to be a world leader that attracts new talent not the town that tells its children to move to someplace that has opportunities.

Transportation

“Yellow Cab Cooperative Inc., San Francisco’s largest taxi company, filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, the latest in string of traditional taxi companies to turn to chapter 11 amid the rapid rise of ride-hailing rivals like Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc.”

Who are the leaders of Tupelo protecting at the expense of the poor? We could have opportunities of many young people to make money on providing needed services. But the local laws prevent that from happening as they support the status quo. Change requires competition and that will not happen when the good old boy club protects its members.

Where are we going?

Tupelo has floundered for years. The leadership has blinders on making them look at a narrow path. Few want to learn new ways of doing things or new ideas that conflict old ideas.Life is short and we are losing our best creative youth to other places because of the strike held beliefs of the leaders. What can be done to change for a better quality of life?

“While ISPs are struggling to bring 25 Mbps Internet to customers, the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, a publicly owned utility, is bringing 10-gigabit internet to its customers. If they can have it, why can’t we?”

Is Government Qualified to Regulate Education?

Charter school “authorizers” are charged with making sure schools can be trusted with kids and with public money. Problem is, many lack the tools to do the job.
http://www.propublica.org/article/inside-the-wild-world-of-charter-regulation

Dansette