Hockey Sticks, Golf Clubs, Baseball Bats – TSA Ruling

Great news for Airline Passengers to fly without fear through domestic skies.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) declared each passenger on a domestic flight may soon carry on at least one the following for domestic flights:

  • 1 Hockey Stick 
  • 2 Golf CLubs
  • One small pen type knife with a small blade
  • Limited size baseball bats, less than 24 inches in length

Sounds like a protest uproar is being led by the Airlines. How about domestic Airline Passengers not in an uproar over terrorists bringing these items on board?

Think about this. If every domestic airline passenger brought one hockey stick or two golf clubs as carry on, what chance does any possible terrorist have?

A possible terrorist can wield one hockey stick. Say there are three or four terrorists. That is three or four combinations of hockey sticks or golf clubs.

Let’s pretend the flight has one hundred passengers, most being adults carrying their hockey stick or golf club to their seat.TSA Hockey Stick

I say bring it on!

No contest!

Round one, and any remaining rounds going to the now armed passengers.

Take advantage of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) ruling and protect yourself as you fly. We have guns at home, or on our person. We have mace in our purses or on our side. Some of us have golf clubs in our front seat next to us as we drive.

Get eighty plus percent of passengers on any given flight armed with a club of their choice, and I am confident there will be no trouble on any domestic flight.

 

 

 

Death by Vegetable

Be careful, your vegetables amy be killing you? Wow, I have heard some slanted news as I was a teenager in the late 1960’s when the Vietnam War was going strong. The media would report almost anything except the war news. War news would often only receive a brief one line mention right before commercial break.This media hype has all the stink of big money in the background making a big story about nothing. In the bigger picture death by vegetable poisoning is not even a blip on the radar screen.

Let’s look at some other sources and some other non vegetable facts. Here is the abstract from the Center For Disease Control’s findings which prompted the death by vegetable hype:

Each year, >9 million foodborne illnesses are estimated to be caused by major pathogens acquired in the United States. Preventing these illnesses is challenging because resources are limited and linking individual illnesses to a particular food is rarely possible except during an outbreak. We developed a method of attributing illnesses to food commodities that uses data from outbreaks associated with both simple and complex foods. Using data from outbreak-associated illnesses for 1998–2008, we estimated annual US foodborne illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths attributable to each of 17 food commodities. We attributed 46% of illnesses to produce and found that more deaths were attributed to poultry than to any other commodity. To the extent that these estimates reflect the commodities causing all foodborne illness, they indicate that efforts are particularly needed to prevent contamination of produce and poultry. Methods to incorporate data from other sources are needed to improve attribution estimates for some commodities and agents.

So a few hundred people died this year from food borne illness on vegetables. Let’s look at other health facts. Starting with the eating of red meat:

Per the Los Angeles Times, a pretty reputable news source, they had this to say back in March. It is also supported by the China Study.

All red meat is risky, a study finds

Eating any amount or type increased the chances of early death among adults tracked more than 20 years. …any amount and any type — appears to significantly increase the risk of premature death, according to a long-range study that examined the eating habits and health of more than 110,000 adults for more than 20 years.

For instance, adding just one 3-ounce serving of unprocessed red meat — picture a piece of steak no bigger than a deck of cards — to one’s daily diet was associated with a 13% greater chance of dying during the course of the study.

The London Telegraph ran this story this month:

The Department of Health was last night urged to review its guidance on red meat after a study found that eating almost half the daily recommended amount can significantly increase the risk of dying early from cancer and heart disease.

The Food Poisoning Bulletin wrote what foods were involved in 2012 food poisonings:

10 Largest Multi-State Food Poisoning Outbreaks Of 2012

Three of the foods: tuna, cheese and mangoes were imported.  Five of the food sources: cantaloupe, ground beef, spinach and spring mix, clover sprouts, and peanut butter, were produced domestically. (The specific food source for two of the outbreaks was not determined.)

Here comes the hype, led off by The Huffington Post:

Leafy Greens Leading Source Of Food Poisoning Illnesses, Study Shows

A big government study has fingered leafy greens like lettuce and spinach as the leading source of food poisoning, a perhaps uncomfortable conclusion for health officials who seem to not want us to eat our vegetables.

Now lets look at some other data presented as fact from the Center For Disease Control (CDC)

“Heart Disease Facts

  • About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.1
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.1
  • Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing more than 385,000 people annually.1
  • Every year about 935,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 610,000 are a first heart attack. 325,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.2
  • Coronary heart disease alone costs the United States $108.9 billion each year.3 This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.”

Moving on to death by Drunk Driving. I found these numbers as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The figures are from 2010. The data compliments of The Century  Council.  I suppose these numbers are harder to come by than death by vegetable.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 32,885 people died in traffic crashes in 2010 in the United States (latest figures available), including an estimated 10,228 people who died in drunk driving crashes, accounting for 31% of all traffic deaths last year.

On smoking, the CDC weighs in with these numbers:

In the United States, smoking is responsible for about one in five deaths annually (i.e., about 443,000 deaths per year, and an estimated 49,000 of these smoking-related deaths are the result of secondhand smoke exposure) (Worldwide there are over an estimated 5,000,000 smoking related deaths a year as reported by the CDC.)

There have been about 600,000 deaths by Heart Attack in America each year, helped along by eating red meat per the CDC data. The CDC also reports that there were about 443,000 smoking deaths. World wide the same source estimates more than 5 million people die each year from smoking. Let’s not forget the 32,000 that died from drunk driving,  We had less than 500 deaths by vegetable poisoning in 2012 verses over a million deaths from eating red meat, smoking, and drunk driving.

From a 2008 harris poll as noted on wikipedia:

…found that “approximately 0.5%, or 1 million [Americans] are vegans…

I haven’t heard any Vegetarians whining about vegetable deaths, what gives? They should be up in arms, writing every government official they can, shouldn’t they? Perhaps Vegetarians realize they could be accidentally killed before they leave their home in the morning, and certainly before they make it back home for the night.

Yet there was the media hype on several major web pages about a few hundred deaths brought about by contaminated fruits and vegetables. Would you like some raw broccoli to go with your red meat, wine, and after dinner cigar or cigarette?

Disclaimer: I eat red meat, I eat white meat, I occasionally eat fish. I also eat a large amount of vegetables to go with my meat. I have nothing against meat eating. I am more than familiar with smoking as a number of family members died from the same smoking related illness. I have yet to hear of anyone I know die from vegetable poisoning. And I thought politics was full of biased information.

I am never sure if the media is that desperate for Shock Value, or it is manipulation by big money somewhere to change the focus of the average American onto something that is not important in the long run.

America is in fiscal crisis.  The War in the Middle East is not slowing down. Floods have devastated major areas of our coastline. Global Warming has not gone away. Yet there is a rash of hyped up articles about something that does not really have a major impact on America in light of other things we take into our bodies.

Quick, look at that!

Oh, you missed it….

 

New Years Worthwhile Resolutions

We are rolling along up to that date again. The date almost everyone pretends is not looming before us, now a few days away. The day the rubber meets the road. The day we can no longer limp along with crummy habits we want to get rid of.

Here is how it works for most of us. We waver back and forth on what we think we can do without, verses what we know we should change. We do not want to give up the things we know we should because they are satisfying. The things we can give up easily are things we embarrass ourselves telling others we are thinking of giving up for the new year.

When starting ‘Something’ involves some amount of physical effort, pain, or other discomfort. It too usually fails after a short run in the sun.

The sad fact is most of our New Years resolutions are forgotten either by convenience or neglect a few months down the road. We end up with another plate of guilt from yet another failure.

I believe the reason we go through this cycle of putting off resolutions, making resolutions, and letting our resolve slide into the late winter sunset is because they do not mean anything. Give up sweets, so what? Go to the gym to get in shape, so what?

After a few months negative reinforcement rears its ugly head, and we respond with positive re-enforcement which is going back to those things we pretended we were done with.

How about this year doing something different? Something that makes you happy and adds enrichment to your life? Do this: Make resolutions that are not self centered and self directed. Make resolutions that make a real difference, not some vague abstract accomplishment, but something concrete.

Make a resolution to do something over the next year for someone else. Who that person(s) is (or are) is completely up to you. What you can do to make a real difference in their life is also up to you. As long as you make a resolution and stick to it, it does not matter.

Here are some simple ideas that are also free. Over the next year, I am going to:

1. Open and hold doors for people just because I can.

2. Thank people meaning it, when they use good manners, or show an act of kindness for others.

3. Spend 10 minutes a week picking up litter on the street around my home.

4. Make or bake something for a neighbor, the one you like the least.

5. Everyday, look for something that needs doing that you can do for someone else.

6. Find something special or unique that someone is wearing and compliment them on it. Jewelry, perfume, hair style, and good taste in clothing,  are things people enjoy being complimented on.

Moving on, if you have extra cash there are good ways to use it too.

1. Pick up the check for someone in a cafe or coffee shop who looks like times are tough for them. Talk to your waitress/waiter quietly and tell them you want to buy the meal for the him/her dressed in ____ . They do not have to know it was you.

2. Go through your home and collect worthwhile items you are not using and donate them to a thrift shop, or put them out on the curb.

3. Buy some flowers, and give them to a stranger who looks like they could use something nice in their day/life.

4. Send some money off in an envelope to someone you have never met at an address where you would not want to live. Include a note suggesting they can:  Give or resend your money to another, add to your money and resend it, or use your money for their own use if they really need to.

5. Go buy some food you would like to eat and bring it to a homeless shelter. A few packages of cookies if there are children, toiletries you use yourself. New socks, underwear, etc. are all very appreciated.

6. Plant some flowers or a rose bush this spring in an empty space in your neighborhood where people walk, and take care of the flowers/bush over the summer.

I know, if you change your ho-hum New Year resolution(s) to resolutions along the lines I have suggested, your world will become a more vibrant, fun,  and thankful place. You will start living in awareness and gratefulness, and you will be happier and more fulfilled than ever before.

Your life can be richer and have more meaning. You can make a New Years Resolution you will be proud of and easily keep. Or you can give up cookies and start exercising more. Which type of resolution sounds better? You might even make new friends, or land a better job along the way!

Guns, Mass Murder, and Suicide; Acceptable Fear

The question is not who kills people, the question is who kills people with what? If guns are banned, another method will be used to kill innocent strangers such as were used in the mass murder via Sarin Gas in the Japan Subway System a few years back, and Jim Jones using cyanide in Kool Aid a few years before that.

Guns are only one device used for killing people and not really that effective in accomplishing mass murder. What guns have going for them is availability and simplicity.

The bigger question we should ask ourselves about these repetitive mass murders is what is the price we are willing to pay for our right of freedom? What price is acceptable, allowing deranged people to kill other people, and the killing is tolerated because eliminating guns would further erode our already greatly reduced personal freedoms?

One the extreme side of protectionism there are people who value personal safety above all else. They would be perfectly happy allowing camera and microphone monitoring into their homes 24 x 7 if it would guarantee their safety. They eat right, exercise on a regular basis, and never do anything that would be considered a risky behavior by an average adult.

On the other side, we have Gang Bangers, Red Letter Motorcycle Clubs, Drug Dealers, Prostitutes,  and Extreme Sports risk takers. Their values are quite different than the first group, and personal safety is not their highest priority. Most of the people in this group with the exception of extreme sports people, will use violent behavior to protect their way of life. Lifestyle of freedom reigns supreme and will be protected over an individual or group.

Which group would we identify with, when our personal safety is at risk? Do we want to be safe. Do we want to live without fear. What price are we willing to pay? Is our personal safety worth everything or is complete freedom worth more?

Is taking away freedom to provide more safety the right thing to do? Is it correct to legislate which weapons are acceptable in America and which weapons are not? To a large extent this is already been decided. The average American does not legally own any weapon outside what would be considered a hunting or sporting weapon. I do not own legally or otherwise any weaponry typically associated with the military in a war type environment.

Everyday we pay other people to take total control their daily life. Individuals and businesses take over our individual safety needs. Our insurance agents, Bus and Taxi Cab Drivers, the local Police and Fire Department, our Doctor. They all take charge of our personal health and welfare. Our children are taken care of by their Teachers, and School Bus Drivers. Maybe a Family Member, Sitter, or Day Care Center takes responsibility for our children’s safety after school and before us.

Up until a century ago, it a given that an individual living on one end of America could not pack up a few belongings, and travel across country without facing a large amount of personal risk. This is still true today if one chose to hitch their way meandering across the country. It is not a normal part of a safe life style to wander about in any inner city. Travel into some other countries, and one is likely to disappear without a trace.

There is no answer to the mass killings we see today except to compare them to almost any time and anywhere before the 1900’s. A time when one undertook great personal risk to travel too far away from home. Far being as little as a few miles in some circumstances. In those days public protection afforded strangers today did not exist as we know it today.

More regulation or more gun control will not make us safer. Nor will restricting certain types of weapons, and sizes of ammunition clips. Safety can only be legislated so far. After that it is up to us individually. At present, the only thing that will halt mass murder in America is time.

Eventually we will be sickened by people being murdered to change our cultural mores, ethics, and thinking. We should not feel the need to have one or more assault rifles next to our bedside, and pistols under our pillows. We will not need the false comfort of having multiple weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition about us. We will as a people grow tired of living in fear, and start living in life instead.

America is entrenched in groundless fear of fear itself. We are drenched in fear daily by the media, and indirectly by our own government. We fear our neighbors. We fear teen age boys who dress and act differently than we think they should. We fear strangers. We fear anyone who is not us. We fear murky, unnamed heads of unnamed states trying to impose their way of life on us by force. We fear those things we can not see. We fear the stranger in the black car, or the brown van. We fear dogs.

We fear the boogie man. We fear the Devil. We fear ourselves. Until we decide to tame and manage our totally irrational fear, mass killings and suicides will be a part of the network news. We live in the most peaceful and safe time the world has seen in our known history, and we still choose to cling to fear.

What for? Are we happier living in fear? Is fear the control method of our modern life? Do you enjoy being afraid?

Can We End Afro American Affairs in America?

I listened to a morning radio talk show about current events this morning. The topic of discussion was an event happening this week. The Event was, “The Current State of Afro-American Affairs in New Mexico”. I hope I have the title right. If I do not it is close to what I typed. I also read there is a nationwide event(s) of the same type.

When the Civil Rights movement of the sixties came along, it was overdue. Like the oppressed state of Women and Children in America before 1900. It was well past time for White America to be forced to integrate. Integration was what some of White America did not want to do. I thought optimistically by the seventies, certainly by the eighties, Whites and Blacks were about as integrated as we were going to get.

We were mostly going to the same schools, mixing together in churches, parks, and other activities. Intermarriage between Whites and Blacks though not welcomed with open arms, was happening; increasing in numbers each year. I thought we had at long last accomplished what should have happened one-hundred years earlier.

Now it is 2012 and the world is going to end in a few months – if you believe some accounts. The global economy, and by default the U.S. economy is circling around the toilet bowl, ready to disappear down the drain, never to recover. Some people think the world, if it does not end, is about to fall apart. Feudalism and/or anarchy will return to replace current political systems.

It is the end of times as we know it, and here we are still discussing the state of Black America and what yet needs to be done. This is almost mind boggling to me. Here we are connecting the world through computers, shrinking the world, and tying our country economies to one big global economy. One people on a small blue marble we call Earth. We have not yet allowed Black America to be responsible for itself, or join mainstream America. Something still keeps us apart.

If I were part of Black America, I think I would renew the words, “Let My People Go”. Let my people join fully into the American way of life and remain a part of American life. Let my people rise and fall under the same rules White America lives under. Let my people find their own way through their lives on the same terms as the rest of America does. Let my people become masters of our destiny. Let the rest of America be relieved of the burden of caring for and coddling Black America.

We needed the civil rights act. We needed other bills and laws that were passed so Black America could become part of America, and not remain a separate but equal people. Each day, we have people from all over the world coming to America, and becoming part of the American Dream. Isn’t it about time we allow and encourage Black America the do the same?

Maybe it is too simplistic to think that all Americans are equal. Driving from one side of the city to the other side of the city supports this thought. We are not all equal in every respect. If we substitute the world for the city, it is even more obvious there is a huge disparity in the quality of life around the world.

This disparity may never be erased around the world, but it can be here in America. Isn’t it time for America to insist all her citizens have the same opportunity to be one people instead of a group of people sharing a lopsided ownership with their brothers and sisters of a different skin color?

When we have children and our children grow up, we cut the apron strings so to speak. We do this to help our children to join and take their place in adult society. Don’t we have the same obligation to another group of Americans?

Most of us live up or down to the expectations others have of us. These conferences on the state of Afro-American affairs makes me wonder why Black Americans are not able to compete on equal footing with the rest of America, and need to be taken care of. This is not a thought that feels natural, nor is it formed easily.

It is time to let this thought go, and get on with being American in America. Being American should be special enough. It is for all the people who risk their life to get here illegally. It is for all the people who immigrate here legally. Why isn’t it enough for those of us that already live here?

Excuse Me, I’m Sorry

Excuse me, and I’m sorry have to be two of the most overworked phrases I hear when out and about around town. For example, I was walking towards a door yesterday and a Mother and her Teen Daughter where also approaching the door.

Of course the Mom, being a responsible Mom had taught her daughter manners. We arrived at the door an door almost together and the Teen Girl started to open the door and enter ahead of me. She remember her manners and stepped back saying, “I’m sorry”.

As I went to open the door the Teen stepped in front of it again as if to walk through. When the door opened she remembered her manners again and said, “Excuse me”. She then stepped back and we both allowed her Mother to go through the door first.

As we both meandered the aisles, I ran into the mom and daughter three more times. Three more times I heard the phrases, “I’m sorry, Excuse me”. After the third time, I thought that was a lot of sorry excuses jammed into ten or so minutes.

I know the young woman was trying to be polite, but it seems to me the words, Excuse me, and I’m Sorry are  a little more import an than words to be uttered in awkward social situations. Over use of these phrases to me is like the little boy who cried wolf. If your sorry and asking to be excused too many times in one day, when do those phrases carry any weight or meaning?

There seemed to be an excessive amount of I’m sorry, and excuse me’s this week as I found myself thinking about it as I brushed my teeth last night. Whatever happened to, Pardon me, after you, please go first, or some other kindly comment as it applies to the situation. Pardon me, is a lot more empowering and meaningful than excuse me.

Today I watched ‘Real Sports’, which is the only sports show I ever watch. They did a story about fan violence. A comment was made that 7,000 fans were removed form their seats and expelled from the stadium last year. Millions of fans attended the games however. All 350 NFL games, which works out to about 20 fans per game.

Twenty fans per game sounds like a real small number which it when the seating capacity of a stadium is tens of thousands of fans. What caught my ear was this was the number of fans asked to leave the stadium for bad behavior.

The segment on fan behavior added balance to my thinking about the over sorry, excused young woman. At her age, there is so much going on in her life as she is going through the transformation of child to adult. She has a lot of outside pressure on her, her Mom is probably not even aware of, let alone a complete stranger at a doorway, or being passed in the aisle.

After watching the clip on fan behavior and realizing how rude and inappropriate we have become as a society, I am happy the young woman is overly concerned with good manners even is she overuses the wrong phrases. One action producing an opposite reaction? Maybe.

 

Illegal Immigrants are We

Read on the back of a T-Shirt worn by a  Native American last week: “Confused about immigration? Ask an Indian how they feel about it.”  All of us ‘real’ Americans, meaning not illegal Mexicans, Chinese, or other nationalities living in the U.S. come from an immigrant family.

Perhaps if we knew enough about our family history we would see our families have immigrated from one place to another for literal eons and eons. And we are not through immigrating yet. We have our eyes on the stars, the biggest pie in the sky we can imagine.

We want to go to the stars presumably to start human life on a new planet or moon to ensure when the Earth is destroyed, Humanity is alive and propagating somewhere. If will be life forms who oppose our being there, well that will be too bad for them if we possess superior technology. We as people have never been overly concerned about those who were living somewhere before we arrived.

Is this our human way of ensuring survival of our species? Unlike the other animals, plants, and insects, we pretend we are more civilized. We can think and reason after all. We are the top dog in the survival game. Some animals are known to kill the young when they acquire a new mate.

Some plants, especially in a desert environment spread poison around themselves to ensure they thrive and survive.  Some insects devour their mates. We humans, if forced due to survival needs, kill off the weakest, usually children, and others who are not currently useful and cannot protect themselves.

Will we ever stop running over other peoples in the name of expansion, growth, or survival? Is emigrating and taking over one a different peoples land the correct choice for humanity and it survival? Do those people who can not or will not defend themselves, their country, and their race have the right to exist as they always did?

What of the possibility we do find another place to live on another Earth? What will the rules be for settling a new planet or moon? We are for the most part aggressive as a race. The farther we live from the equator, the more aggression we are display towards each other. How will we, or can we manage our aggressiveness when we are far from our Earth? Especially if wherever we end up, we are not welcome or wanted?

We need to start taking steps to resolve our aggressiveness these issues. If we have not learned to get along with each other by the time we send a pod of people into and through space to another earth, will they even survive long enough to arrive? Will they be able to build a culture together as one people?

Will our future hope for Humanity have become so splintered through years of space travel, they land preformed as separate tribes? Separating to the far habitable ends of their new home? How will they deal with life forms already present? Peaceful Coexistence, Command and Conquer, or socialize and integrate? Will we on Earth survive long enough to see the possibility happen?

Minimalism, no Remodeling, & Eating In for Economic Growth

One lifestyle that carries a lot of momentum these days is going minimalist. This means living well below your means for a variety of reasons, or pretending it is the sixties or seventies all over again and doing with the electronic toys of the 2000’s.

This is all well and good for the chosen few and it does allow one to have extra cash. The downside is all the people who do not receive any benefit from these families and individuals who live below their means.

In general they do not have cell phones, cable television, high powered computers, or other electronics. I know this is a sweeping statement and there are many exceptions, but you get the idea. The electronics, entertainment, gaming and other companies employ less people because not everyone is on the cable and electronics bandwagon.

Remodeling is a popular pastime of home owners. Unfortunately many home owners do their own remodeling. Doing the work yourself provides an outlet for using ones free time for something useful. Homeowners also help the economy by buying power tools, and keeping the housing industry employed. They could all use licensed contractors to do the work, but they cost so much, and would over run the home remodeling budget.

Having a home garden saves money but puts field workers out of work. Not remodeling your home every few years hurts the housing industry, and Borg stores. Going minimalist hurts a lot of industries, as does living as if it were the sixties again.

I heard there is one home area where we do more than our part to keep people employed. It has been recently estimated from surveys we throw away 47% of the food we bring into our home. That has to be a boon for farmers, ranchers, and field hands.

Of course if we consumed that 47% of food we throw away we would not be doing our part to keep the fast food industry going. There would be a sharp rise in unemployment in this sector leading to a larger pool of unskilled labor who cannot or will not find other employment.

Putting America to work?

I thought maybe tutoring would be a good way to jump start the economy until I arrived at the bottom line. Few people spend any money on education if they can help it.Other than the taxes collected by various governments, most people do not spend much time thinking about education. Unless they are unemployed of course.

Those who are doing well and care about the financial success of their children, already have paid tutors working with their children. The rest of the people hope for the best outcome for their children’s future. Everyone who can afford a tutor for their children already have one.

As we have no excess brain pool in America, it may be time to turn focus to creating jobs the average unskilled person can actually do. The average unemployed American is essentially unskilled because when they lose their job, they have little in the way of needed skill sets to propel them into a new line of work.

Some fortunate people jobs they can support themselves and their family on. The rest end up settling for jobs that pay less than they used to make, or end up not working at all, because there is no need to work for almost nothing.

We have a pool of generally unskilled labor which needs to be put to work, both for their own well being and for the country’s well being. What can unskilled labor do for a living? Or perhaps a better question is what is unskilled labor willing to do for a living?

In some developing countries (by choice or politics) people take the place of heavy machinery. A few hundred people can replace heavy road building equipment if they have to. Hmmm, removing several hundred thousands of dollars in machinery and putting people to work could work?

Except for the people who build, maintain, and operate that heavy machinery would not be part of the manual labor pool. Americans in general are not too excited about doing manual or menial labor. If they were we would not have the illegal alien numbers in our country we have today. I think manual labor involving actual work and/or low pay is not acceptable to the average American worker.

Oregon has people at the gas stations that pump your gas. The ‘official’ reason as I understand the situation is environmental protection. A good secondary reason is having someone pump your gas puts people to work. Perhaps we could adopt this policy in every state. Of course the price of gas would go up to cover the costs of the people manning the pumps. Most of us are price conscious and we would not support this idea either.

When I was in the Air Force, the on base grocery stores had baggers that worked for tips. If we carried this over into the general population all we would be doing is putting people out of work as the baggers are now employees of the store where they work.

Maid work and gardening are possibilities, but that falls into the line of paying a tutor to tutor your children. How many people can or would be willing to help someone stay financially solvent by parting with their own hard earned income.

There does not seem to be many unskilled workers needed in America other than the labor force which is already in place. No one is happy with the situation except the immigrants, some of whom are illegal, but we accept it as the way it is. Who else wants to do the type of work they are willing to do for those low wages? Not many hard working Americans, that’s for sure!

Where’s my job?

We have the ability to produce and sell the most technologically advanced products in the world. The problem is not many countries in the world have the buying power of the average American, reduced as it is. So we have a lot of ability and not enough market. At least not enough market for products we want to share with the rest of the world. So what should do we do for job creation?

The only real solution I can think of right now is to grow sustainable jobs for Americans. Americans making products that we can use right here in America. This way we put more people to work, and the money stays in country helping to make our economy stronger.

One or two small problems with this idea already, and I have not even started roughing it out yet. We have surpassed the limits of our brain power here in America. We currently buy brain power from other countries. Try as we might we can’t produce enough American born and raised rocket scientists to fill the jobs we have waiting for anyone with enough on top of their shoulders to take one of the jobs.

Maybe we should spend more money on education? Not on schools or teachers though. I think we are spending more than enough money there already. That money we are spending on teachers and education does not seem to make down to the Teachers. I feel this is a different problem yet similar to what some third world dictatorships suffer from. Drop 50 tons of free rice on the dock to help with the starvation problem, and about a pound makes it past the shipyard gates to the people who need it. The other 49.9999 tons of rice show up for sale in the local markets. Spending more money on schools and teachers is not a viable solution.

Throwing money at schools and teachers appears to disproportionately inflate the office staff, both in quantity and pocket depth (personal income). How about instead we spend our hard money on Tutors for our children?

Most adults are smart enough they could tutor school children and perhaps have a positive effect on those children. Children being tutored get better grades and have a better shot at being rocket scientists which is something we desperately need because rocket scientist’s children are more likely to be only a little above average than rocket scientists themselves, at least when considering those Grandkids of rocket scientists.

The problem with this idea is the cost burden for each family with children who could be tutored. How many families can afford to pay someone a living wage to tutor their children? About the same amount of parents that can afford a sitter for their children more often than those few and far between special occasions when they get out for a night, alone.

I guess that idea will never take off. We are stuck with a failing school system, unrealistic college education costs for those who score well enough in school to consider entering college, and unemployed adults who could tutor children and perhaps other adults successfully.