Technology and our failure to fail

August 5th, 2014 Comments off

Recently over a lively dinner conversation the topic of education came up, which it often does as my children are getting of age to start looking at Universities and colleges for their next leg of their own journey.

Today however higher education comes at a very high price tag and often results in children or young adults graduating and coming back home with no prospects of employment in their chosen field, many end up in careers or employment that has little or nothing to do with their dreams or field of study.

This is usually no fault of their own as economies and sometimes geography make the connections difficult, as has been quoted many times “life happens when you are planning other things” Why then does it seem to be more prevalent today than ever before, this was one of the points of discussion over dinner.

Today we have no lack of information, often even at a dinner table during a discussion anyone with a smart phone can jump onto the web and pull down a limitless array of information to settle an argument or perhaps ask the next question.

So It started me thinking about research and what does that mean today, often times it means Wikipedia and the web in general, granted there is a lot of information at ones fingertips, some of it is excellent but then again some of it like the food we may consume at a restaurant, may be filled with just filler.

Research is a form of building blocks, which is why playing with blocks was such an important thing to do as a kid, Lego changed all that as the Lego blocks stick together, so did the web with information. Research is forming opinion based on fact finding, building a case, understanding the under pinning and foundation of reason, seeing the faults and grasping the motivation.

Getting an answer from the web may be expedient but it does not buy you anything, there is no knowledge base, no growth, no higher understanding, results without foundation is akin to cheating on a test, you may pass the test but you have little or no actual knowledge.

Enter our current education system, everyone must excel, everyone must win, no one left behind, everyone must go to college and get a degree. These are noble aspirations but keep in mind many of the world’s great industrialists and entrepreneurs have never set foot into a university.

Oh my god what is he saying, I am not opposed to education not at all, I think it is important, but so is experience, technology has allowed us to gain information without substance, education alone is not enough without experience. In order to succeed you must fail, it is imperative.

The education system is failing our children by pumping them through no matter what their capability might be, not all together different from today’s medical coverage, a virtual conveyor belt (here is your prescription) few doctors spend enough time on your case to truly get to understand your health and well being (another topic for another day).

Why the rant, This dinner conversation brought me back to a heated discussion I had at a board meeting a couple of months ago, We had a controversial situation occur where our institution became a member of an organization with a questionable background.

I conducted some research and went into this meeting well prepared as I always have in the past (I never went into a business meeting, whether for a major contract or dealing with a calamity) without knowing what the outcome would be beforehand.

In order to be successful in anything, you need to understand the motivation and the level set of every situation. back to the board meeting, I asked questions that I already knew the answers too. Don’t most people?

The opposition met my argument with a simple (that’s not true) with no back story and no facts to back up that amazing and predictable declaration, but because no one else did any research of their own, most remained silent; you can’t speak to a topic if you don’t know about it.

That is what is wrong with our entire system, education, politics; many people just don’t know so they remain quiet and they move along en masse and are eventually led down a path of mediocrity.

People will make excuses for being unaware, I am too busy with work, I can’t dedicate any more time to this. Ignorance of the law does not work in a courtroom; it should not work in life.

Welcome to the Democratic Party…

As for myself I don’t profess to know everything or anything about anything, but I do my own research, my failures exceed my success’s but to me that is my greatest gift to myself.

We all learn from our failures, or we should.

To all of you that voted for and support Barack Obama this rant (if you will) is faithfully dedicated to you, you went along to get along, you spent your vote on a person not worthy of the price of that vote and the resulting failure is yours… WILL YOU LEARN FROM IT?

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Thank you

June 7th, 2014 Comments off

To all those that have left comments on my blog, I do appreciate them, I normally have the comments section turned off as I just don’t have the bandwidth to respond, if interested there is a contact page on this website and I will respond to all direct contacts.

 

My other website is also up and running for anyone who is interested www.sethblockphotography.com

 

Thank you again

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February 18th, 2014 Comments off

It does not require many words to speak the truth.  

Chief Joseph, Nez Perce (1840-1904)

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Our ships of Steel

December 8th, 2013 Comments off

One of my ships, my ship, why do grown men fawn over hunks of steel…

To each of us home,  A piece of America.

No matter where we may be, these ships of steel beckon like the sea for us to return…

Without us they are cold steel without them we are orphans longing to go back one more time.

Long gone, but never forgotten…

Our ships of steel…

 

USS Luce  1979 bw

 

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The Knockout Game… No longer an urban legend.

November 26th, 2013 Comments off

There has been a rash of sneak attacks by groups of marauding young Black teenagers and young men and women, sneaking up on their intended victims and with a full sweeping hook, delivering a solid punch to the side of the head of the victim.

The intention is to knock out the victim with a single punch, the results have been concussions, loss of equilibrium and in a couple of cases death has resulted from what I have heard (unconfirmed).

These cowardly assaults have been directed at white people, primarily Jewish people and several Asian people so far. The locations of these assaults have been in urban areas where the gangs can quickly disseminate into the population where they don’t stand out as outsiders.

These are in fact hate crimes, the cruel and violent nature of these assaults are felonies and need to be addressed by law enforcement, the local politicians and the citizenry, there also needs to be more media attention focused on the exact nature of these crimes and call them what they.

Black on White racial attacks, please let’s not try to sugar coat this any longer, it is bad enough that the Black leaders long the mouth pieces whenever a black person is attacked even if they are the perpetrator the call so of racism echo along the airwaves, these same leaders have been eerily quiet despite the video proof of these brutal acts of violence.

Jesse Jackson, Where the hell are you?

Apparently whites are fair game in this society, so let’s examine what we can and should do about this. First and foremost contact the media and politicians as often as possible and let them know what you think.

Secondly and more importantly, unless you never walk a street and live inside your home 24 x 7, I suggest take stock in your own personal protection and make preparations on what to do to prevent these attacks for yourself.

In my opinion the first rule of thumb is to be vigilant and not let your guard down, don’t get zombied out with your smart phone, stay alert and take note of who is around you at all times. When I say around you I mean around you, 360 degrees, develop a swivel neck, look at reflections of store or car windows and don’t allow yourself to be surprised by anyone.

If you see something , anything that is questionable, that is the moment to act, change directions get off the street do what you have to do to make yourself unavailable for attack, don’t ignore the feeling of fear, fear is good it is our natural alert system don’t ignore it, it will save your life.

None of us were brought into this world to be victims or punching bags, don’t allow yourself to be vulnerable no matter how silly you may feel about taking evasive action, just do it.

If you find yourself in a situation that confrontation may be unavoidable, I have a suggestion, this may not be for everyone but it will work. You have to understand these punk kids, they are cowards they derive their bravery from the group, alone they will yes m ‘am and yes sir you to death.

If a group is headed for you and you have no escape route, either take a defensive posture and wait for them to pass and keep your eyes on them (not my first choice).

Move directly at them, hands out of your pockets, walk fast and hard look as mean and pissed off as you can, never take your eyes off of them, there is a good chance they will move out of your way, these cowardly punks are not going to want to tangle with someone who may be able to hurt them.

I would also have with me some kind of implement, a flashlight preferably a tactical one, made of aluminum designed to be used as a weapon already in your hands.

This is not a game folks, people have been seriously hurt and there are no rules in this save one, survival.

Lastly if you are properly trained and are considered street ready and are legally able to carry a firearm that is also an option, the complications get compounded, Bernie Getz, Travon Martin among others are examples of the complications resulting from using deadly force, this is not a game either.

Understand the risks, understand the threat and evaluate for yourself what risk is warranted based on the threat and the possible loss, the answer will be clear.

The bottom line is to avoid trouble at all costs and if that proves impossible, never give up, never give in, never allow yourself to be a victim.

The ultimate poker hand, whoever has the winning hand wins, the loser may die.

Ask yourself, which hand do you want to play?

 

The above is my own opinion based on my life experience and the stories of many others who survived to tell about them, dead men tell no tales…

 

Good luck out there and be safe.

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Veterans Day

November 10th, 2013 Comments off

To my veteran friends, enjoy tomorrow, no matter why nor when at some point in your life you made a decision to serve our Nation, what ever reason brought you there you stood up and took an oath, you forever have a place in our nations storied history as a member of the United States Military.

No matter what you do or have done with the rest of your life for the very rest of your life we all share this one thing… Veteran, and we can thank god for it, there is no greater title one can have…

I am proud to be among you and to my shipmates, I remember all of you with great fondness and appreciation… godspeed…

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“The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits” Albert Einstein

November 4th, 2013 Comments off
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The new world order is here…

October 26th, 2013 Comments off

After three years of dire warnings from some of the worlds most competent and informed security agencies, it appears that Iran is now less than one month away from having enough weapons grade material to produce upwards of three nuclear weapons.

This can be added to Obama’s inability to act, inability to lead, his refusal to recognize the danger not only to the entire region but specifically to Israel.

Add this to Obama’s embracing of Islam and his Islamic faith, lets stop kidding our selves shall we, he is a Muslim, Barry speaks the language, his articulation whenever he speaks of Islam takes on the Arabic cadence in his speech with the proper inflection of his voice and the gleam in his eye, you don’t have to be an expert in behavioral science to see the transformation that occurs every time he speaks of Islam and the “Holy Quoran”

To ignore these signs any longer only requires one to be a historical ignoramus, sorry there is no other way to put this and the time for pleasantries is over.

The seriousness of this threat is beyond anything we faced in the cold war, even as the soviets were building launch sites in Cuba, there was always the MAD (mutually assured destruction) aspect of normal people that allowed room for discussion and kept us all from blowing the earth to pieces.

This does not exist with the Muslims as their embrace and hatred of life has been proven time and time again at airports, bus and train terminals, shopping malls, schools and in villages all over the world, life has no meaning, killing is a virtue, does anyone need any more proof of this?

The impending destruction of the State of Israel which is becoming more likely, could very well occur sometime in 2014, This human disaster will be the responsibility of the progressive left, Obama’s administration and the Islamic brotherhood… It is not easy making a distinction between any of these three groups any longer.

The world is in a countdown, only Israel is left to combat this, in doing so Israel will have to be the aggressor and will take the blame and the wrath of every left wing zealot on the planet, No doubt this fits well into the Obama doctrine as well.

Once the fury of nuclear destruction is unleashed there is no turning back, no way to fix the damage and no apologies, this is happening right now this is not a movie script or a video game where the action can be stopped or reset, this court has no appeals and the judgement will be final.

Do we have to see the mushroom cloud over Israel to understand this? I wonder…

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The bell is ringing…

October 8th, 2013 Comments off

In my opinion the biggest issue we face as Americans is that our system, toted as the best form of Government on the planet is broken, by design the founding documents had insight and vision that exceeded the times that they were living in and took into account the foibles of mankind.

Over time people have abused this system, manipulated and circumvented it’s basic premise of decency and rights. It was not perfect and improvements have been made along the way but we have come to this time, 237 years after the fact. This Nation born out of defiance is again facing similar issues as our founders did.  The abuse today is not from a monarch a world away, the abuse is here among us, it divides us and it is near a boiling point.

Those that are part of the system and their are legions of people who are, don’t want change as either they are benefiting from the status quo, or they are afraid to lose what they do have. Those in government and I include in that the lobbyists and large organizations that employ them (on both sides of the political aisle) these lobbyists are generally attorneys and other specialists who are paid huge amounts of money (millions per year in some cases) to persuade, cajole and buy political favors to ensure the system favors their particular interest.

The other government benefactors are the “have-nots”, those who rely on the government for every aspect of their existence, these people who have been conditioned sometimes over generations not to let go of the government teet and so this perpetual welfare mentality guarantees the need for government, which in itself is a crime against those very people.

The rest of us get by some less than others in varying degrees of success or struggle, we are plagued with distractions from the media which are nothing more than giant conglomerates (with their own lobbyists) of sorts that entertain and distract the masses through movies, music, sports, radio and television. We “the people” become over whelmed with information and paralyzed as a result we end up squabbling over crumbs on social media another distraction, while the system that is enveloping us grows ever stronger.

It is us however “we the people” who can decide who we are and what we will become, maybe not in this generation but in the next, do we sit back and let our children become brain washed with programs like “common core” do we allow a flagrant abuser like Obama and his cohorts continue this rampage over our fundamental rights. Those on the left , liberals who have just as much to lose as those on the right. Do you really think you matter? Like those of us on the right you add up to nothing in the eyes of those in power, except that you rubber stamp your own demise with each nod of approval. The looming fiscal crisis won’t care who you voted for we are all just as vulnerable as our neighbors no matter what you may think.

America has always thrived when we had a common thread, our house is divided that is what keeps us down and that is by design, this administration has corrupted our foundation and a house that continues to be divided will fall.

While we still have some leverage it is up to us “we the people” to contact our representatives and tell them enough, this shutdown has proven the enormous inadequacy of government, This same excess is replicated at the state level and often in local politics as well.

It is enough, vote, write, call, in this age of communication there is no excuse for complacency, no excuse for non participation in the process, if you fail to act you are then complicit and approve of exactly where you are in this time and this place.

Remember when the bell tolls, it tolls for thee. What are you prepared to do about it.

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September 23rd, 2013 Comments off

“Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error”

Andrew Jackson

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