Corporate Welfare Vs Social Welfare Spending

via Corporate Welfare Vs. Social Welfare Spending … It's Not Just A $40 Billion Gap.

"Market subsidies, market protections, market interventions, regulatory favors, favorable legislation, legal protections, ex-post facto reclassification's, government spending (Keynesian), artificially low interest rates (monetary policy), government takeovers of private sector “assets” (not what you think), and government bailouts (all discussed here and here) are only the tip of the ice berg."

45 percent of American jobs will be done by computers in 20 years

And then the “third stage” [my words, not theirs] will be when people realize how irritating and stupid these computers are. Consumers, otherwise known as “people,” will stop using services that are overly-computerized, and bosses everywhere will be forced to trash their computerized systems in favor of good old-fashioned humans.

via Gizmodo.

"For workers to win the race, however, they will have to acquire creative and social skills."

Sunday Ride

Elizabeth dragged me onto another one of her outings this morning. If nothing else, she keeps me in shape. This time, she was on her motorized scooter (the kind you stand on), while I rode my bicycle. No fair making the old man use pedal power while she rides a scooter, giving only her throttle hand a workout.

But first, I had to fix my flat. I had just put a new tire on it last weekend, how did it have a flat already? Oh well. I don't have a patch kit, so I took a tube from another bike instead. Removing my old tube, I wasn't thinking straight. I pulled the tube out from under the tire, but forgot to first take the wheel off the bicycle itself. I did it right a minute earlier with the first bike. How did I get it wrong this time?

Anyway, Elizabeth says, “You don't need to take the wheel off. Here, I'll show you.” I'm smirking at the confidence she has in her ability to achieve what appears to me a physical impossibility. But I let her try. Maybe she's a genius and I'm an idiot. But, she couldn't do it, after all, saying, “You go ahead.” 🙂

Maybe I'm not an idiot, at least not all the time. I still think she's a genius, just not all the time. I like that she tried. She just naturally assumed she could do it, unlike so many others who assume they can't without even trying.

We rode all the way down to the neighborhood entrance, about half a mile. I wanted to turn around and come back, but she wouldn't let me. We crossed the street over to the next neighborhood and circled all the way through it, the far end of which includes a very steep hill. We both got off and walked for that.

On the way back, I picked some berries growing wild in our neighborhood. Elizabeth says they're called “blood berries” according to “everyone” at school. They do “bleed” and look like blood on your hands. I'll have to look them up and see if they're edible. If so, I'll plant them in our back yard.

I guess that's it for today.

Free Lunch, or Is It?

I've been chosen (with 5-6 others) to “Have Lunch With ****!” (one of the VP's at work) tomorrow. I've been instructed to “come prepared to discuss real issues and solutions” regarding my job. Not looking forward to it. At least it's a free lunch … but is it really? The price is I have to Have Lunch With ****! and talk about work. 🙂

At least I wasn't “chosen” like the other Bill was today. He was chosen for a random drug test! Isn't that awesome?! If they ever choose me for another one of those (they've rounded up the entire staff once already in the 3 months I've been there), I'd be tempted to just pee in a cup right there in front of everyone. 🙂

Good Start

The NFL got off to a good start today (2013-09-10), the first real games of the season. Both of my teams, the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers, won! The Titans were a surprise over the Steelers. The Niners won “as expected” even though they were playing the Packers. Normally, I'd be rooting for the Packers, but not against either of the above teams.

I'm going to assume from all of this — mark my words! — the Titans will play the 49ers in the Super Bowl… someday!

UPDATE: And it almost happened in 2020 (2019 season). The Titans lost in the AFC championship game, just one game away from the Super Bowl, which the 49ers lost to the Chiefs after leading most of the game.

Must See Sights Around the World

A list of must-see sights around the world. Less obvious places, such as Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory in Vermont, or the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, etc. Hopefully fun, interesting, different sorts of touristy things that people might not have thought of.