Monday, April 30, 2018

Volume Four: Number Eighteen



o.T.
Paul Gosch
(1928)

Billionaires
In our country and many others, the poor live a life of luxury unseen by even the rich, of over one hundred years ago. We can personally communicate with anyone (well, almost anyone) on this planet, instantly with a telephone call. We can drive, on a moments notice, to either coast in a few days and fly to Europe in eight to ten hours. We can eat fresh food, out of season, eat animal protein at every meal, and store a years supply of food in our homes. We can ... The list is endless.

This wealth has been brought to us by mechanization. Our factories pump out untold riches, such as towels, bed linen, clothes for every season, shoes for every fashion, and ... Again, the list is endless.

This mechanization has allowed us to become wealthy. It has even allowed some people to become billionaires, like Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, and many others.

But, ... What do these people do? What do they produce?

For some, like Warren Buffet and the Koch Brothers, they own or run companies that make things.

That's right; they have bought companies or inherited companies, started by other people, that produces some of the riches that we enjoy.

For others, they have started companies that provide a service, like Ms. Winfrey. She produces entertainment. Mr. Zuckerburg's company distributes advertisement while Mr. Gates' company produces a product called software to run computers.

Large technology companies, like AOL, Yahoo, Google, and others have replaced the library, postal service, and other traditional services.

But, ...

What would happen, to these people, if someone turned off the electricity?

Would they continue to be billionaires?

If they couldn't be billionaires, what would you and your family be?


Doom and Gloom

Artists

Brothers

Buses 

Co-Workers

Earthquake

Goose

Helicopters

Ice Circles

Mortar Shell

Noise

Oceans 

Parents

Phones

Robots

Running

Sugar, Not

Tornadoes


Things You Might Want to Think About

$4.5 Million
How about you run for President, a few more times, Mr. Bloomberg

Amazon
Ooooh My Gosh!!!

The next thing you know, they'll discover Brits can buy kitchen knives on Amazon

So, ...

Do we also punish the law abiding because legitimate tools can be used for criminal purposes?

Amazon, Too
Yeap, I want a company to have the ability to open my car, especially with all the recent data breaches.

Fake News
They made me look!

Joy Reid
Admit it Ms. Reid, you're homophobic.

Knives
They efficiently cut of our food into little pieces, so we can eat.

Also, ...

Knives, Too
Yeap, ...

All we need to do is ban firearms and school violence will immediately stop.

Measles
Just so you understand, ...

Death, Brain Damage, Deafness, Pneumonia, Rash, and other less threatening complications

Punishment
Some members of the Black Liberation Army kill two police officers, in 1971. At least one is convicted but can't be executed because it's against the law.

Well, ... He has been paroled.

That'll teach all those radicals, no matter their color, a lesson.

Scouts


Sears
Let me get this straight, the bossman wants the company to sell the crown jewels, to his hedge fund.

If I did this at work, they would arrest me, convict me, then throw me under the prison because I would never get out, until I died.

Security Services
Repeat after me, ... The Police don't have to respond to your family's emergencies.

Selfish Act
This is why I prep, to take care of my family, not yours

Slavery
It's simple. If you can't strike, then you're a slave

Substitution
Ooops, ... We can't play, my favorite game.

Why?

Classic media wouldn't have reported the cost of Ms. Obama's clothes.

Terrorism
As the days pass, it looks more and more like mental illness.

However, ...

Ten people still died.

Unemployment
These last few years, have been hard on the economy.

I bet you never thought we would be discussing the dangers of low unemployment?

Yeti
Before I begin, ... I'm waiting for the 'rest of the story' because I haven't heard the whole story, yet.

With that said, ...

Someone suggested selling your Yeti products on e-Bay. This will cause the company to loss money because folks buying a used product, really an already purchased product, won't buy a new item, staving the company for cash.


Overheard

"Next time around, if the shit hits the fan and there are going to be mass graves, I fully intent to be filling them, not lying in one."

"New York is a criminals wet dream. NY banned less than lethal pepper spray, they banned non lethal tasers, and getting a concealed permit to carry a sidearm is next to impossible."

"The EU decision could have global ramifications, according to Prof Nigel Raine, at the University of Guelph in Canada: “Policy makers in other jurisdictions will be paying close attention to these decisions. We rely on both farmers and pollinators for the food we eat. Pesticide regulation is a balancing act between unintended consequences of their use for non-target organisms, including pollinators, and giving farmers the tools they need to control crop pests.”"

"The university-run program also costs much more for students"

"The U.S. economy slowed in the first quarter as consumer spending grew at its weakest pace in nearly five years, but the setback is likely temporary against the backdrop of a tightening labor market and large fiscal stimulus."

"... the politicians are also discussing many other models of social security, rather than just basic income"

"Two mass murders took place within 48 hours this week. Both attackers were adherents of extremist ideologies. Both terrorized people. But one of these two attacks was clearly terrorism, and one was apparently not. What’s the difference?"

"Overrated and obscenely priced. No loss."


What Others Wrote

Ace of Spades HQ: The Morning Report, 4/27/18

Defense One: The D Brief, 27 April, 2018

Shall Not Be Questioned: Wednesday News Links, 2018/04/25

 Survival Blog: The Survivalt's Odds 'n Sods, 26 April, 2018

Yer Ol' Woodpile Report: Index 526

Z Man Blog: The Hater's Ball


That's Just the Way it Was: Divide County, North Dakota (ca 1937)


Family of John Baker, a farmer.



Daughter of John Baker in the kitchen of the farm home



Baby in front of dresser in John Baker's farm home.



Upstairs bedroom in farmhouse

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