Tuesday, June 28, 2016

List: 5 best sentences you'll ever read


Sharing what is ours?  With whom?

These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
 
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Scott Adams: Why Gun Control Can’t Be Solved in the USA

You can read this on Scott's blog here.
On average, Democrats (that’s my team*) use guns for shooting the innocent. We call that crime.
On average, Republicans use guns for sporting purposes and self-defense.
If you don’t believe me, you can check the statistics on the Internet that don’t exist. At least I couldn’t find any that looked credible. 
But we do know that race and poverty are correlated. And we know that poverty and crime are correlated. And we know that race and political affiliation are correlated. Therefore, my team (Clinton) is more likely to use guns to shoot innocent people, whereas the other team (Trump) is more likely to use guns for sporting and defense.
That’s a gross generalization. Obviously. Your town might be totally different. 
So it seems to me that gun control can’t be solved because Democrats are using guns to kill each other – and want it to stop – whereas Republicans are using guns to defend against Democrats. Psychologically, those are different risk profiles. And you can’t reconcile those interests, except on the margins. For example, both sides might agree that rocket launchers are a step too far. But Democrats are unlikely to talk Republicans out of gun ownership because it comes off as “Put down your gun so I can shoot you.”
Let’s all take a deep breath and shake off the mental discomfort I just induced in half of my readers. You can quibble with my unsupported assumptions about gun use, but keep in mind that my point is about psychology and about big group averages. If Republicans think they need guns to protect against Democrats, that’s their reality. And if Democrats believe guns make the world more dangerous for themselves, that is their reality. And they can both be right. Your risk profile is different from mine.
So let’s stop acting as if there is something like “common sense” gun control to be had if we all act reasonably. That’s not an option in this case because we all have different risk profiles when it comes to guns. My gun probably makes me safer, but perhaps yours makes you less safe. You can’t reconcile those interests.
Our situation in the United States is that people with different risk profiles are voting for their self-interests as they see it. There is no compromise to be had in this situation unless you brainwash one side or the other to see their self-interest differently. And I don’t see anyone with persuasion skills trying to do that on either side.
Fear always beats reason. So as long as Democrats are mostly using guns to shoot innocent people (intentionally or accidentally) and Republicans are mostly using guns for sport or self-defense, no compromise can be had.
If we had a real government – the kind that works – we would acknowledge that gun violence is not one big problem with one big solution. It is millions of people with different risk profiles voting their self-interest as they see it.
So stop acting like one side is stupid. Both sides of the gun issue are scared, and both have legitimate reasons to be that way. Neither side is “right.”
*I endorsed Clinton for president for my personal safety. I write about Trump’s powers of persuasion and it is not safe to live in California if people think you support Trump in any way. Also, I’m rich, so I don’t want anything to change in this country. The rest of you might have a different risk profile.

You can read this on Scott's blog here.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution


Governors of 35 states have already filed Suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.

This will take less than thirty seconds to read. If you agree, please
 pass it on. An idea whose time has come!

For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest was to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform .... in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn't seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law.

I truly don't care if they are DemocratRepublicanIndependent or whatever. The self-serving must stop. A Constitutional Convention - this is a good way to do that. It is an idea whose time has come.

I'm asking each addressee to forward this Email to a minimum of 
ten people on their Address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.
            ***Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution***

"Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the 
United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States ."

Monday, June 6, 2016

Dinner in the fifties


DINNER IN THE FIFTIES

Pasta had not been invented. It was macaroni or spaghetti.
 
Curry was a surname.
 
A take-away was a mathematical problem.
 
Pizza? Sounds like a leaning tower somewhere.
 
Bananas and oranges only appeared at Christmas time.
 
All chips were plain.
 
A Big Mac was what we wore when it was raining.
 
Brown bread was something only poor people ate.
 
Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking.
 
Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green.
 
Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.
 
Chickens didn't have fingers in those days.
 
None of us had ever heard of yogurt.
 
Healthy food consisted of anything edible.
 
Cooking outside was called camping.
 
What is a taco 
 
Seaweed was not a recognized food.
 
'Kebab' was not even a word, never mind a food.
 
Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold..
 
Prunes were medicinal.
 
Surprisingly muesli was readily available. It was called cattle feed.
 
Pineapples came in chunks in a tin; we had only ever seen a picture of a real one.
 
Water came out of the tap. If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more than gasoline for it they would have become a laughing stock.
 
The one thing that we never ever had on/at our table in the fifties...was elbows, hats and cell phones.
 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Dubai

Dubai in 1990

The same street in 2003

2008

Dubai is said to currently have 15-25% of all the world's cranes.

The Dubai Waterfront. When completed it will become the largest waterfront development in the world.

All of this was built in the last 5 years, including that island that looks like a palm tree.

The Palm Islands in Dubai . New Dutch dredging technology was used to create these massive man made islands. They are the largest artificial islands in the world and can be seen from space. Three of these Palms will be made with the last one being the largest of them all.

Upon completion, the resort will have 2,000 villas, 40 luxury hotels, shopping centers, movie theaters, and many other facilities. It is expected to support a population of approximately 500,000 people. It is advertised as being visible from the moon.

The World Islands . 300 artificially created islands in the shape of the world. Each island will have an estimated cost of $25-30 million.

The Burj al-Arab hotel in Dubai . The worlds tallest hotel. Considered the only '7 star' hotel and the most luxurious hotel in the world. It stands on an artificial island in the sea.

Hydropolis, the world's first underwater hotel. Entirely built in Germany and then assembled in Dubai, was completed by 2009 after many delays.

The Burj Dubai. Construction began in 2005 and was completed by 2008. At an estimated height of over 800 meters, it is easily be world's tallest building when finished. It will be almost 40% taller than the the current tallest building, the Yaipei 101.

This is what downtown Dubai looked like around 2008-2009. More than 140 stories of the Burj Dubai have already been completed. It is already the worlds tallest man made structure and it is still not scheduled to be completed for at least another year.

The Al Burj. This will be the centerpiece of the Dubai Waterfront. It will take over the title of the tallest structure in the world from the Burj Dubai.

The final height of this tower is 1200 meters. That makes it more than 30% taller than the Burj Dubai and three times as tall as the Empire State Building .

The Burj al Alam, or The World Tower . It ranks as the world's highest hotel. It was finished by 2009. At 480 meters it is only 28 meters shorter than the Taipei 101.

The Trump International Hotel & Tower, is the centerpiece of one of the palm islands, The Palm Jumeirah.


.Dubailand. Currently, the largest amusement park collection in the world is Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando , which is also the largest single-site employer in the United states with 58,000 employees. Dubailand is twice the size.


Dubailand was built on 3 billion square feet (107 miles^2) at an estimated $20 billion price tag. The site included a purported 45 mega projects and 200 hundred other smaller projects.

DubaiSports City . A huge collection of sports arenas located in Dubailand.

Currently, the Walt Disney World Resort is the #1 tourist destination in the world. Dubailand will easily take over that title since it is expected to attract 200,000 visitors daily.

The Dubai Marina is an entirely man made development that contains over 200 high-rise buildings when finished. It is the home to some of the tallest residential structures in the world. The completed first phase of the project is shown. Most of the other high rise buildings were finished by 2009-2010.

The Dubai Mall is the largest shopping mall in the world with over 9 million square feet of shopping and around 1000 stores. It was completed in 2008.

Ski Dubai is the largest indoor skiing facility in the world. 

Some of the tallest buildings in the world, such as Ocean Heights and The Princess Tower , which will be the largest residential building in the world at over a 100 stories, will line the DubaiMarina.
The UAE Spaceport would be the first spaceport in the world if construction ever gets under way. I'm not joking...
Some other crazy .. The Dubai Metro system is the largest fully automated rail system in the world. The Dubai World Central International Airport is the largest airport in size. It is also the busiest airport in the world, based on passenger volume. There are more construction workers in Dubai than there are actual citizens.

How Donald Trump is not Hitler

A sizable portion of Hillary Clinton's supporters are violent and unstable. They are also simple enough to believe that Trump is actually Hitler. So...

Here is how Trump is not Hitler:


  1. Hitler wanted to conquer other countries. Trump is opposed to war unless for defense. That’s sort of a big difference right there.
  2. Hitler tried to exterminate minorities. Trump’s policies lean pro-minority
    1. Veterans are disproportionately minorities. Trump frequently talks about helping the veterans.
    2. Aborted babies are often minorities. Trump is anti-abortion.
    3. Trump wants to avoid people “dying in the streets” with no healthcare, and that benefit is good for minorities.
    4. Trump wants to keep Social Security strong, which helps everyone, but mostly people at lower incomes.
    5. Trump’s spokesperson is half African-American.
    6. Trump’s daughter converted to Judaism.
  3. Stopping illegal immigration reduces job competition for lower-income families. Some say it also reduces violence to women of all ethnicities. Hitler would not have supported this.
  4. Trump wants citizens to be armed. Hitler didn’t want that.
  5. Unlike Hitler, Trump is happy to invite anyone with useful technical skills to the country, no matter their ethnicity.
  6. Unlike Hitler, Trump has never made reference to ethnicity. Trump often mentions countries of origin and also religion. But so far, not ethnicity. Not ever.