Tuesday, August 27, 2019

A Waste of Time!

Feeling pressed for time these days?  Then don’t waste your time on the following:

Trying to make sense out of irrational, inconsistent, contradictory tweets coming from you know who.

Keeping the generations straight.  Is she a boomer, a GenX, a millennial, GenZ, etc.  If you must know, make a list you can refer to.

Sorting out the differences in the Democrat candidates various plans for health care, the economy, climate, etc.  Again, if you must know, wait until the field narrows to one or two and then figure it out.

Guessing who the National League playoff teams will be.  It’s a jumble and will change many times between now and the end of the season.  One thing you can count on, though – the Giants will not be there.

Converting Celsius to Fahrenheit or vice versa.  I’ve used 9/5ths + 32 or F x 5/9, but you’re better off just looking it up.  Too confusing otherwise.  Same for kilometers to miles or vice versa.  Look it up.  I’m sure your phone has an app to help you out.

Keeping up-to-date on the ever-changing airline mileage programs.  They tell you the basics and then when you go to use them they’ve changed.  Bottom line, though, especially for business class?  Highly unlikely that you’ll be able to use your miles to get seats, since so few are available.

Protecting your phone or computer from the bad guys.  Use the Internet?  You will be hacked.  Buy anything on line?  Your preferences will be tracked.  Go anywhere?  Your location will be known.  Search for something?  Your behavior patterns will be known and sold.  AI is here.  You are at its mercy.

Friday, August 09, 2019

Thoughts for Today!

The U.S. is making a deal with the Taliban that will provide safe-saving cover for us to get our military out of Afghanistan.  So far the current Afghan government has not been a part of the negotiations.  What will happen?  We will leave and say we’ve won and the Taliban will come back to rule the country and it will be as it was before we became involved, a short 18 years ago.  Is there something I don’t understand, or does it look like there is something wrong with this picture?

Staying in South Asia, how about what’s going on in Kashmir?  The Indians have revoked part of their constitution that gives special status to Kashmir, which will make it possible to further clamp down on the predominantly Muslim Kashmiri people and open up the state to non-Kashmiri Hindus.  Remind you of something?  Like the Israeli settlements in the West Bank, started out as a small settlement here and then and became an irreversible tidal wave of people and occupation.  Pakistan is, of course, apoplectic about what India has done.  These countries have fought three wars so far.  The difference this time is that now they both have nuclear weapons they can use.  Good luck to us all.

Speaking of weapons, the breathless 24/7 talk since last weekend’s mass killings has been about gun control.  Will we or won’t we?  The people say they want some and the politicians in charge say they’re not sure.  We’ve heard this song before.  After every mass slaughter we hear it.  I can see some incremental gun control is possible.  Will anything really meaningful happen?  Not likely.  And even if it does, will it ever be possible to stop a hate-driven individual from acting out his desire to kill?  Not a chance.

Have a nice day.

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Debate Takeaways!

Sanders is a grumpy old man who yells too much.

Warren is a true wonk who is soooo serious.

Harris is a very angry woman.

Biden is showing his age.

Booker is trying too hard to please.

Delaney is better than his poll numbers.

Yang won’t be around for long.

Neither will  Bennet, Williamson, Gabbard, , Ryan, Inslee, Bullock or Hickenlooper.

Castro and Klobuchar are on the cusp.

Gillibrand is a smile that is not to be trusted.

O’Rourke is a lightweight.

Buttigieg is maybe too smart for his own good.

deBlasio is an arrogant blowhard.