Gun Violence…

Here is an answer that might help address gun violence to a greater extent, without infringing on second amendment rights. And this blog entry in the face of 10 people killed in Buffalo, NY by an 18 year old on May 14th…

This solution will take away the “due process” rights of gun violence offenders. Due process means no justice department involvement (lawyers, courts, police time, etc.). The tax payers do pay for all of it.

Here is the solution: (And this does not infringe on any type of gun ownership)

If you are found, captured, using a gun, of any type, to injure, shoot, or kill another human being, you face an automatic death sentence. No attorneys, no hearings, no pleas, no psychiatrists, no due process.

It is not the perfect solution but it might cause one to think twice about committing gun violence.

Someone has to do something. It is crystal clear now that Congress will not act as the majority are bought off by the NRA.

Congress could enact this solution and stay in the good graces of the NRA (not that his blogger cares).

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Learning, leading, through Listening

As I think back on my corporate career, and then relate the article below to that experience, my take is that the article (link below) is spot on.

Thinking of people you know, and your face to face work and social experiences, I suspect there are many who can “appreciate” poor listeners. The signs are evident and easily observable. They visibly are not paying attention, they interrupt, maybe start a conversation in the midst of yours, talking about oneself incessantly, you exchange background information with others but they don’t remembers yours, it can be infuriating to say the least.

What is notable is that those with substantial listening skills have a “one up” when it comes to getting ahead.

There are skills associated with good listening: focus, empathy, self-control, and inclusion to cite a few. “To some degree, the power of listening can be explained by the fact that good listening is rare. We live in a world in which people are often rewarded for self-promoting, being the center of attention, and talking as much as they can, even when they have nothing to say.” That is almost humorous!

Here’s the article, maybe an opportunity to add to one’s tool box!

One would have to ask oneself if a poor listener would bother to read this post?

Improved listening skills probably require some behavioral change. Behavior change is usually challenging.

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$7 billion

From CNN, “5 Things”, 4/28/22, $7B

You may have read this previously…

That’s the value of the military equipment the US left behind in Afghanistan after its 2021 withdrawal from the country, a Pentagon report says. The equipment is now in the hands of the Taliban — the very enemy the US was trying to drive out over the past two decades. The Defense Department has no plans to return to Afghanistan to “retrieve or destroy” the equipment, according to the report provided to Congress.

That just says it all!

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Help me understand this…

1.22.2022. As of this entry, about 35% of the USA adult population are unvaccinated. 63% are vaccinated. The implications, the unvaccinated:

  • Pose a great risk to each other
  • Pose some level of risk to the vaccinated
  • Pose a risk to health care workers, other first responders, and all those they interface with
  • Are the majority of Covid related hospitalizations
  • The cost of hospital care for the unvaccinated is huge (one way or the other we all pay for that)
AT Risk
  • Cause medical facilities to refuse or delay care to others
  • Impact many businesses and industries, driving job loss for others

Vaccines have proved to be beyond safe.

Some causes: Bad information on social media, anti-vac (all vaccines) mentality, the political mess and mismanagement, the belief that individual freedom in the USA is a right, not a privilege (see footnote). To the list one might add Ignorance. Stupidity.

One might ask if it is a right of the unvaccinated to infect others; possibly kill others. Is that a right?

It is all beyond all reason and logic!

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The Bill of Rights of the US Constitution protects basic freedoms of United States citizens. … The Bill of Rights protects freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, the freedom of assembly and the freedom to petition. (It does not give others the right to harm or threaten others).

150 miles and $2000+

The Multiple Sclerosis organization sponsors a nationwide fund raising event each year in cities across the US. The event, “The MS 150” occurs on a weekend. Bicycle riders raise a minimum of $300 each to participate in the two day ride, 75 miles each day. It takes about 8 weeks of training to prepare and in most cities 1000’s participate on the weekend ride.

So well organized! MS recruits 100’s of volunteers to manage registration, safety, rest stops, and medical and equipment support along the ride route. Many, many organizations volunteer their time and resources to support the ride.

We have biked the event several times. Recently, my son and I completed the event on September 11 & 12. 50 miles, total ride time 13 hours, 24 minutes. (almost equal time each day, a little over 6.5 hours).  Average speed 11.1 mph.  It was challenging, with the afternoons hot.  The second afternoon, the last four hours, was grueling due to the lack of shade, wide open farm lands that offered no cover from the almost constant wind. The equipment held up just fine. Together we raised more than $2000 for MS. In this event more than 1000 riders participated and raised more than one million dollars for MS.

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January 6th Commission on the DC Capital riot?

(some congress people describe the event as “like an ordinary tourist’s day” while they hid behind their desks in locked offices). Our Leaders.

Yes, let’s form a commission!

Congress is debating if we need a commission to investigate the January 6th capital riot.

Why do we need a commission? The FBI has arrested 400+ people, many of the the hate groups that participated are now known, a cop was killed, government property destroy, and the media and private videos do a great job of documenting the “typical day”.

An ordinary tourist day…

They will never touch Trump.

This blog is not about political stuff but some things it just can’t let go…

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World Traveling

The cover on the Kindle Reader shows a sailing schooner and the title, “Time to Travel”.

Lucky as it was, the job progressed in size and complexity to where it spanned extensive travel over the course of 19 years, 30 percent of the time, to all world continents. Three years was spent looking over Asia Pacific while living in Shanghai (China).

Busy, Busy… between family and work and many days it went well past the 8 to 5 window, and some weekends, and some weekday nights. There was little time for much else. But no complaints — few have the opportunity for such a rich, diverse and challenging career and life. Anyway, “hung it up” on May 1st.

T-Shirt Art Work

So years into retirement and living the retirement “plan” reading increased 10 fold. It was on the “list”… not calling it a bucket, rather what to enjoy in later years. To cement the plan, or at least to have some commitment to the plan, to have a direction, there was a t-shirt created (better than a mug, a little). It was given to domestic and international co-workers and family as a thanks for my traveling adventures and their friendships, and loyalty and patience.

Back to traveling… the wonder of books is they can take one anywhere, whenever one wants to take the time to go. And one can choose the destination!

(Also, had to put the real travel on hold while the world gets a handle on COVID-19).

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The True Cost…

This entry is based on information from https://www.thebalance.com. It is listed under Success as it is good to understand what our government is doing with our money. Just to get readers interested, below are some highlights from an article on the USA’s Military Budget. The link at the end of this entry is the full article. “US Military Budget, Its Components, Challenges, and Growth”.

Apparently, despite closing hundreds of bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States still maintains nearly 800 military bases in more than 70 countries and territories abroad—from giant “Little Americas” to small radar facilities. Britain, France and Russia, by contrast, have about 30 foreign bases combined.

The true cost ???

Congress won’t allow DOD to close bases. The Bi-Partisan Budget Act of 2013 blocked future military base closings. Few elected officials are willing to risk losing local jobs caused by base closures in their states. Blog comment: Another great example of vision and leadership! It’s about elected officials’ jobs, not the country!

Since 2010 the military spending will be about $10 Trillion.

Some perspective: In 2018, US military spending was about three times more than China’s military budget of $250 billion and 10 times bigger than Russia’s budget of just $61.4 billion.

The Defense Department knows it needs to become more efficient. It now spends a third of its budget on personnel and maintenance. That will rise to 100% by 2024, thanks to retirement and medical costs.

Ironically, the DOD base budget does not include the cost of wars. That falls under Overseas Contingency Operations.

https://www.thebalance.com/u-s-military-budget-components-challenges-growth-3306320

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