We Need to Solve the Stinky Problems

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. — Albert EinsteinurbanProblems

It is very compelling to imagine going to the top in Washington with a superior plan for one of our stinky problems and winning the hill with this solution and revolutionizing America. The mental image of this rings with a pseudo Jimmy Stewart like personal with a vision and courage. The actual truth is that in this state of national government nothing worth while will ever take place, no matter the value, promise, or future. Sad, very sad. Thank you Albert for seeing this one coming.

Where the problems, or the results of failure which is producing the problems exist, is often not the place where visionary problem solvers are headed. Why, because it is stinky there. The problems there stink. They stink because of too many causes, not enough results, and lack of fresh air and ideas.

Now with that said, many folks do with open hearts and since clean hands go and take care of the aftermath of the problems, the people and places left behind from the continual fallout. But the result is still the same, stinky problems exist.

Where are the problems? Follow your nose, not your ears.

There are a couple of really stand out stinky problems today. Here is one, the outrageous cost of medical care. Not fancy facelift care, but common care for colds, cuts, hearts, heads, and blood. Basic stuff. I don’t know what to do here, but it isn’t what Washington is doing. My opinion, what is happening now with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the rest will go down as one of the most expensive and costly mistakes of our stupid bi-partisan government. No incumbents should be allowed back in office in 2018. Just my humble opinion.

This is a stinky problem for many folks. If you work (and work hard) but you do not have health insurance, that stinks. If you are a small employer and can’t afford to pay for health insurance for your employees, that stinks. Granted both here pay taxes and more to the government. What do they get back, news material ( I use the word news lightly) for the cable channels. This stinks.

Jobs. Indeed is full of jobs. Jobs that not many folks want to do or can do. That is another stinky problem. Education for real world Americans. Another stinky problem. The problem is here among use at our level. It is right here. When I drive through town it is all of the blighted areas I cross over to get to work. It is the poor and over used emergency rooms because of the lack of clinics that can stay in business. It is the busting job lists with lots of folks who want to work, but education or their home situation when they were in school failed them. You know what also stinks, multiple generations of folks who haven’t worked full time stacked up like sandbags in a flood. This really stinks.

It really stinks.

This all really stinks. While the news and the town crier are bellowing out the pablum of the masses, real stinky problems exist. I wish I knew what to do about them. I am starting with doing some thinking everyday about them and writing about them as I dissect and discern them. I am going to start something. Something that helps. Something that may take away some of the stinky problems. I will need more who can start thinking as well to create something to solve a stinky problem. We can’t throw money at it but we can do something to solve it.

Go ahead, follow your nose, and there you will be soon to find a stinky problem looking for you to solve it.

 

News Aggregator not News Agitator

Just inserting a thought I had this morning while looking over some news on my phone.  On a personal note I like a variety of news and prefer it to not be too one sided or the other or sensationalist.  That makes things slim to none right?

Here is where a news aggregator comes in handy and and saves the day.  Your typical news sites such as MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, and the others all have an agenda (shocked I know) and a “here is what we are serving up appeal to them.  For folks like me who really just want news and a variety of it in a collection like news aggregators.  The aggregators can collect news stories that are trending or based on personal selections and bring them into a central location for fast headline browsing and deep dives if the story is interesting.

The opposite is the new agitator.  Fox, CNBC, MSNBC, and CNN are agitators in that with an agenda and trend on stirring the pot and amping the nerves and brains of the audience, the news is served up with a purpose.  And it is not to be fair and balanced (you believe that one heh?)

My favorite news aggregators are the following:

  • Mashable – I have always liked this fun and good looking news-a-palozza site.  It does gear toward techy geeky nerdy trendy folks.  Like me!
  • Google News – This is my home page in Mozilla.  Google does a nice job with the aggregation and it is very clean and wickedly easy to dive in and drill down.
  • Flipboard – This is more of an app than just an aggregator but it allows you to pick content specific to your likes.  I can get lost in here.  And it is one of the best user interfaces on Windows 8, Apple, and Android devices.  One of my favorites.
  • News Bento – This is fun Windows 8 store app that allows you to build content based on choices that the app is tied into.  Great to use on a Windows 8 tablet.
  • Stitcher Radio – Another phone app but you can select content and news that plays one right after another and is a mixture of streaming audio and podcast excerpts.

And there are more, many more.  Buzzfeed, Reddit, The Daily Beast, and etc…

Search up a few in Google and maybe download a new app or two and explore the world through aggregation, and ditch the aggravation.