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We ACTUALLY elected an anti-science bigot.

November 9, 2016 Leave a comment

In my mind, Trump’s willful ignorance of science is the scariest part of all of this.

Forget the sexism, racism, and bigotry for a second. The worst thing about all of this is we’ve actually elected someone who doesn’t believe in SCIENCE. In vaccines. In climate change. In renewable energy.

I’ve never been so disappointed in my life. The warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the finals. That was NOTHING compared to this bullshit.

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.