A Man’s World

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Things have gone beyond the 24 news cycle looking for something to talk about.  It’s about ideas.  Ideas that you may have, ones that are shared with you, and for the media sloth it is about ideas that they can persuade you to believe in.  There are much more people with minds and hearts plowed deep to where nearly every seed of thought brings about some type of reaction.  People are torn in two and a very dangerous reality of folks having their beliefs and identities wrapped so tightly together as a contorted reality. The result now exists in the form of if a person doesn’t believe the same way that a contorted identity fill in the blank believes, they take it as their identity is denied.  What does this now make the non-believer?  Let’s use racist because that is pretty popular these days.  Micro-aggression, hate speech, and melting snow flakes.

This surely needs to stop

This is generating a very harmful and possibly a crisis state in America as an entire generation is not maturing to grow into the kind of adults which can continue to lead and prosper in a country like America.  If so many folks can’t stand their current leaders, blame the past leaders, and at the first sign of opposition begin to feel violated and victimized requiring a latte and a safe zone.

The tongue in cheek joke for many years and especially this year is that the Mike Judge movie “Idiocracy” is looking like it is going to be true after all.  America may be getting slimmer in some areas in the IQ pool, but it is the spineless contorted reality team which is getting its participation trophy in the game of reducing the IQ pool. Never before has such a small mouth created such a racket, but maybe I should not have said small mouth because I may have offended someone with a tiny mouth.

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Winning

Eventually, something will either cause the game to change for having winners and losers, or the players will change and start leading again.  Winning is not about “making America great again”, taking things back to a more moral time, putting the type of leader in office, or providing for every social, physical, and human need.  Winning is the process of adding and giving back to the real strengths of the humans of the United States.  Winning is about most of the issues we discuss, protest, and march for.  Winning is about real leaders who do their best for others.  Finally winning is having the right things in place for a safe, sustainable, and prosperous place to live.

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I believe in strong leaders and even stronger followers.  It is how things get done.  Great ideas are formed into marching orders and carried out to completion.  It may offend, but the skill of being a man is one of the most dangerous weapons against the corrosion and weakening that is taking place today.

Let me make it simple….

A mans job is to take care of the present and providing for the future for those who count on him.

If every man would just take this thought and make a short list of five things they will do forever for the ones that rely on him (spouse, kids, family, co-workers, and others), things start to get taken care of and we all start to win.

If a man is taking care of the present and providing for the future for those who count on him, then many of the plights that tear down families would not exist because the space these things live in is not longer there.

The list is long on the impact of a true man in this world.  Ladies you have your part too, but this is for men.  It’s a big job to take care of the present and provide for the future.  A real man does not do it for himself, but for others.  What a paradigm shift from the way young men are being influenced by media and other sources.

A mans world consists of every man being a real man and just think of the changes that will come forth if this is a reality.

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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.