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Why the Occupy Movement REALLY Matters

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment

I had a brief discussion with my PI today about education. In class, we have this issue where students don’t remember a thing from prerequisite classes. They probably don’t even remember what they “learned” two days ago. The Occupy movement really matters because if used properly, it can benefit education.

I still disagree with Occupy Wall Street (OWS). However, I do agree that some things are worth protesting. One of the roots of the occupy movement was the issue of economic mobility. Mobility relates to the ability of an individual to get a promotion, a raise, and climb the income ladder.

Higher Education Gap May Slow Economic Mobility. TL;DR: “We may well have an economy that rewards certain traits that are typically passed on from parents to children, the importance of education, optimism, a propensity to work hard, entrepreneurship and so on.”

It is apparent that education is the root of the problem. Children who have parents with a means to send them to better schools get better educations, and generally end up higher on the income ladder. Parents who have not gone to college might not have the same urgency and their children end up at the bottom. Economic mobility stems from education.

Recently, unemployment has not only been a deficit of jobs, but also a deficit of skills. Instead Of Whining About The Skills Gap, Use Training To Close It. The OWS movement has more than enough supporters to make a change to this skills gap. Offering subsidized classes for under-educated individuals can aid in lowering unemployment and also help to lower the education gap. It’s still very possible for people to achieve the training they need to qualify and succeed at some vocations without ever attending college.

Therefore, I find that education is an incredibly pressing platform to address in the upcoming election. But presidential campaigns and debates can be extremely misleading. A majority of voters lean toward the candidate with the most moderate platform, we’ll call him AgreeableCandidate. Mr. Agreeable can simply say “you make a good point, yes I agree” to everything that comes his way. Raise taxes? That might help! Lower taxes? Also good! I’m exaggerating, but you get the point. Being AgreeableCandidate definitely gets votes.

It amazes me that the guy with the most radical ideas is the outcast. It’s mind blowing that people think Mr. Agreeable can possibly get things done when his goal is to simply stay out of trouble rather than make real changes.

Compromise and finding ways to be agreeable is what got Obama in trouble. Perhaps this time voters (OWS) will pick the candidate who will get things done.

Profiting From Occupy: I Approve.

November 22, 2011 1 comment

Occupy Wall Street applies for trademark – Oct. 31, 2011.

Summary: OWS organizers filed to trademark “Occupy Wall Street” and “We are the 99%” among other things. What other reason to trademark than to turn a profit?

To OWS coordinators, congratulations you’ve earned it. I nominate you all for hypocrites of the year. You’ve diminished your own cause, but I approve.

This is honestly pretty brilliant. What better idea than to take advantage of unwitting protesters who barely have a clue what they are complaining about?

And to Ray Agrizone, the guy who runs TheOccupyStore.com, touché.

If You’re That Dumb, You Deserve to Get Maced

November 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Firstly, to the “99%”:

Shame on the police? Maybe. Shame on the protesters? Most definitely. Shame on them for taking advantage of weak-minded masses of followers who believe they are protesting something that makes sense. The Occupy movement has taken over my radio. Everyday on NPR, I hear an interview with OccupyIdiot who thinks people are too rich, and OccupyIdiot is too poor.

I’m not sympathetic toward either group. The police execute laws set by the government, and sometimes things get out of hand. But if you think this is a justified protest then you deserve to get maced.

What are your goals? I once heard OccupyIdiot say they are seeking “economic equality.” Refer to Archives: October to read arguments against. If I ever meet that guy someone is going to have to restrain me before this happens.

The Occupy Protesters are more greedy, and less hard working than the “1%.” You’ve spent months complaining about how difficult it is to make money.

Perhaps you should start cooking meth. Maybe then you won’t be complaining.

Yeah, science!

How To Be More Efficient

November 14, 2011 Leave a comment

It's wasting away as you read this caption.

There are only 24 hours in the day. What I find incredibly annoying is the amount of time we waste. I find that the best technology not only saves you time, but makes multi-tasking much easier.

Take for example, the shower radio. It couples entertainment with hygiene, saving you valuable time during the day that you would normally spend reading a newspaper. The iPhone has allowed us to carry our work, books, phone, and social networking in our pockets, giving us easy access to it whenever we might have a minute to spare.

Imagine this with cars.

Although it may seem overwhelming, I still think we don’t save enough time. We always complain that there aren’t enough hours in the day. We should take efficiency to a whole new level. Dish washers should be self-feeding. Wet laundry should immediately feed into the dryer. We should shave and brush our teeth in the shower, saving not only time but water as well. We could definitely cut on travel time if we installed escalator belts on highways.

Most importantly, people need to get smarter. I mean that people should get their point across without the delay of pleasantries. It’s frustrating when I know where this conversation is headed before you even say it. If your opening word is “football,” I know where you’re going with it before you even say anything. Yes, Denver ran all day. Ok, Larry Fitz destroyed you this week. No, the NBA lockout isn’t over.

Let’s streamline our conversations. You can talk to me while I’m browsing the news. Send me texts and e-mails while you’re walking somewhere. But don’t waste time complaining about how little time you have.

I wasted time complaining about people who waste time complaining about how little time they have. Inceptioned.

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Really? THIS is Newsworthy?

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment

CNN ranks their articles by popularity. In theory, the most important news would be at the top and the least at the bottom. Today, I saw this:

The things we care about… Sigh. I had to find what all the fuss is about and in the end it was not worth my 5 seconds. It has become increasingly difficult to find someone other than my PI to discuss real current events with.

I remember in elementary school we used to have presentations each week about a current event. Now I realize why that was so important. Because people live in bubbles.

How many people really pay attention to the news? Of the dozens of people I encounter on a daily basis, only one or two ever have thoughts on “news.” For some reason I’ve heard more about Justin Bieber’s illegitimate child than the Greek collapse (or “recovery”, whichever you want to call it). This irks me.

When does this apathy end? Well, maybe it’s not apathy but rather selfishness. What you don’t realize is that foreign affairs eventually end up affecting your day to day. You might not care about the eurozone crisis, but when your IRA plummets 50%, you’ll see that it matters. You don’t care about overseas drilling affairs? Your gas tank and wallet beg to differ.

Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. There are an innumerable number of resources available at your fingertips. Most of you who don’t care will simply fall behind and become the “99%”, the rest of us will eventually become your worst nightmares, the “1%”.

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How Was Your Weekend? No Thanks.

November 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Let’s face it. You’re probably asking me as a gateway into bragging about how awesome your weekend was. Maybe you’re asking because you’re nosy. Or perhaps the real reason for your overbearing curiosity is your inability to find something interesting to talk about. Sorry but either way, I’m incapable of dealing with your social ineptitude.

Every week we see the same people. I’m sure you’ve noticed, as I have, that people routinely ask about your weekend like something drastic happened. No, I didn’t get a tattoo. I didn’t go hunting, camping, get married, win the lottery, kill terrorists, or have a threesome. In fact, this weekend was very much like my last and I’m fairly certain yours was, too.

I propose the integration of a new protocol. Let’s keep our conversations to things we actually care about. You’re trying to be polite, but frankly that’s not how things work. If I had dinner with Kobe Bryant, I’d probably be bragging about it right now. It’s not that I don’t feel comfortable telling you about my weekend, it’s just that I probably don’t care about your weekend either.

If you have something you want to talk about spit it out. I don’t care how ridiculous your views are; I’d much rather have a debate about which color Power Ranger was best than discuss pleasantries.