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Watch Joe Biden's full 2021 Memorial Day address

 A pretty good speech. America really is only an idea that we live out in our daily activities. It is one of those countries were we have an opportunity to create a truly open advanced society that moves beyond the paradigms of the past. Republican or difference......we should all have the same end goal even though we may need to compromise on the methodology. 

Memorial Day-Honoring the Warriors of the Past While Keeping an Eye on the Future (Budgets and Battleships)

We as a society have a lot of choices to make over things that range from domestic affairs to military budgets. Our soldiers and warriors of the past gave us an opportunity to make more choices today. They made sacrifices so that the rest of us could continue to have maximum options to create new opportunities. We should keep an eye on the future of our nation and how cyber warriors matched with advanced military tactics and equipment can blaze the trails need to give the next generation their chance to carry the nation's torch of freedom.  Let us remember that freedom is not free! Its responsibility lay at all of our doorsteps and no one gets a skip over responsibility pass. There are some who recognize the work of freedom and there are others who desire to stifle it for their own self interest (Self-oriented behavior can get in the way of collective goals).   The assumptions of the past no longer serves the realities of the future. We are in a transition stage where the work of f

Attracting Multinational Headquarters to Innovative Locations (Delta County Model)

Continue to work on the concept of allowing for greater intellectual draw to the U.S. along by finding a tax system that draws corporate headquarters (HQ) and its associated intellectual capital to the United States to better calibrate its tax system to the future of digital economics. You can read more about the overall piece of HQ and Infrastructure Invest  (Which will be adjusted when new info arises) and the overall theory in which it will be placed Transactional Clusters . Its important explore modern and emerging tax structures to keep the nation competitive and moving into higher performing economic platforms. The problem of our growth and failure often is in the political realm and not in the ability to find new methods ( Why we should support R&D and allow science/evidence based to guide our decision making).  There is a difference between a full functioning HQ and one that has been hallowed out to a shell. Unfortunately companies like to play legal games and keep their le

Florida Shooting-We Should be Getting Tired of This!

What is it with people who pick up guns to solve problems. In this case, it wasn't a single disgruntled person but a van carrying multiple people. Almost looks like it could be gang related or initiation related. A thorough investigation will likely uncover more information. They will look at things like ballistics, training, who was hit, who in the crowd had problems, videos/photos, car registration, type of equipment build a total "file".  We have this weird concept of manhood in this country. We think then men pick up guns to handle issues; instead of actually addressing root issues. It would be great if guns were used only for self defense and hunting. They are increasingly being used to "get back" and that is dangerous. So many possibilities and not enough solutions.  I'm not sure what the solution is. The research Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms makes sense for lone wolfs but not for a group effort. It

Targeting Children for Manipulation and Damaging Them for Ethnic/Religious Concerns

Money and prestige are important things for people. In this case, the money is so important that they were willing to target, manipulate, damage and finally discard a child when they don't have a use for him anymore. While this wouldn't be acceptable in most civilized nations it was acceptable in this situation. There are a few things that can happen here and I hope as a society we can overcome this challenge. There has been a problem brewing for some time. An embezzlement and fraud issue that was in the back of my head but I never truly grasped that people would do such things so I bypassed it. When I saw my child being targeted for manipulation to spread rumors I became more aware of the wider purpose and intention.  Its hard to protect your children in an environment where a larger social group views you as an outsider. Even worse, when members of the group refer to your children as "nigga babies" and have indicated on multiple cases they don't want Muslims nea

White House Investigating COVID Origin Theories (Labs, Markets and Make Believe?)

The Intelligence Community is tasked with determining the origin of the COVID-19 virus. First, we don't want to make snap judgements or rule out alternatives until the data is collected. That will help researchers find other places to review for additional information. Leading theories should be provided with a "theory bucket" to further explore possible outcomes. I would start with hypothetical bucket for each theory and then as new data comes arises it is placed buckets in which it applies (Its not mutually exclusive). Go through all of the data and continue to put them into the buckets. Eventually, you will move through all of the data and determine which theories capture the most data points. Extra information will likely be scrubbed to ensure its accurate and to see how the leading theories can be adjusted to explain the misc. data. We talk a lot about conspiracy theories. The data either fits and provides the best explanation or it doesn't. There are just theori

Thursday May 27, 2021 Downtown Development Authority Meeting

 I couldn't hear anything so the audio might be off or maybe its my computer. Hopefully, you have better luck. 

Hate Groups and Access to Social Media

Social media is a popular tool for hate groups and helps keep them intact as a social entity. People have become smarter with social media and how to spread hate like lightning. As a person who had to defend himself and family against coordinated hate behaviors I have a few things to say about it. First hate can spread verbally, social media and text. The medium is less important  than the actual message. We have become much more sophisticated at using Artificial  Intelligence  to scan for key words and flag for review. When this occurs in a blatant manner authorities should take notice. Aggressive people use social media to rally their supporters to do their dirty work through an extension of misaligned values. That constitutes an online crime by most standard of virtue. I say most because  laws are not always applied fairly across different  groups and people (If they were we wouldn't be experiencing social upheaval).  The Capitol Riots taught us that just because someone "l

Live Cyber Attack Map?

This is really interesting to have something that shows liver cyber attacks. I would like to know how they pull this data and how often is it refreshed. If this is a legitimate system then it would need to be able to update in near real time and that would seem very difficult to me. As a science guy I want to know how this process operates and works from a data standpoint.  However, I can also say that we do in the U.S. need to update our infrastructure for competitive and protective reasons. We just haven't been able to muster the political influence to take a big step in to the next era so we will limp alone and lose market position until we do.  Its like this...if what we have been doing....with the same policies isn't working we might want to try something new? At least test it out in a single place to see if it work for the rest of the nation? I guess I will leave to the experts....they seem to have a pretty good understanding of the types of trees in the forest in 1for1 b

Biden's Discussion on the Economy (05-27-2021). Bottom Up Economy?

 President Biden's budget isn't up yet HERE.  but you can get some idea of what he wants to put into his budget. He mentions building the economy bottom up.  As a Republican I don't fundamentally disagree with building an economy from the bottom up (nothing in my personal ideology disagrees with that concept). There are different ways to build the economy and often there are different strategies that play out in the political field but I would imagine that everyone could agree that whatever strategy is likely to work is one that we should explore (bottom up, top down, a little of both, none, etc...) I think its important to find a way to attract manufacturing and resources to improve high paying jobs. That will also require changes in our tax structure and changes in higher education to meet those demands. I'm thinking about Headquarter Taxes and how to draw in additional resources and their suppliers to help increase return on infrastructure investments. You can read a

Jobless Claims Ending May 22nd 2021 Decreased by 38K

Some good new on the job side indicating a labor market that is recovering. There will continue to be a shift in the types of jobs available based upon shifts to a more virtual Information/Digital Age. As pressure mounts on labor we should see wages rise. We we will also see is companies again thinking about outsourcing overseas.  This is my suggestion. If you are a company that needs low cost production invest and partner in Mexican companies. I'm sure they would love the investments. (I have to put this plug in for the orphans of Mexico. If you do well you should give some back to the people who really need it through corporate sponsorships and grooming young bring minds in the area to produce greater good will.). I would like to see companies innovate. Pressure on wages requires productivity to rise to maintain cost parity. When we invest in innovation we improve the productivity of of workers through new labor enhancing developments (i.e. suits, robotics, learning, etc...). Its

UFO Report to Congress-Electric Solar Propulsion?

SciFi people are probably loving the new UFO news. I believe someday we may find out we are not alone in the universe but we should always rule out the most plausible answers before jumping to extraterrestrial explanations. I'm curious what the official reports are going to indicate. I'm not a UFO guy but sometimes unique things spark my interest and because I don't have a solid explanation I want to know more. More likely either top secret technology or something that was adapted from the old Tesla notes that hasn't been commercialized.  Government created the  Establishment of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force  to understand what is going on with tese UAP's. First we have to stop thinking about things in fossil fuel conceptions. There are lots of other options that people don't think of for flight. For example, Nicolli Tesla, a Serbian engineer/scientist, invented supersonic electric spacecraft without fuel ( See Tesla Inventions . As a side note Tesla

San Jose Railyard Shooting Highlights The Need for Better Mental Health Intervention

The recent shooting in a San Jose railyard is tragic and may have been prevented with better legislation. We have a problem with violence and extremism in this country. When people get upset they pick up a gun and that isn't the way to handle these issues. In this case the investigation will determine the motives (....likely mental health related depending on who the perpetrator targeted.).   There is entirely too much anger and rage in this country. We glorify violence for some reason. Real men (meaning mankind) say what needs to be said but they don't pick up a gun and take out innocents!  Pressure form the pandemic and global displacement (the inability of the U.S. to find a strategy to compete globally) likely has some level of indirect influence on the uptick in violence (...stress impacts mental health coping mechanisms).  Coping in the Aftermath of Community Violence: Self-care Strategies I think they could be preventable. If we have better mental health screening and in

What Does Queen City Shipwreck in Delta County Michigan Look Like?

Someone sent me a book on the name of the person the Queen City ship was named after. Some of you know that I'm on a little ad hoc team to find the Queen City sunken ship; partial hobby and partial serious. It was named after Queen Marinette. I'm looking into that association but it seems to make some sense considering the area and location. I will be spending a little time reading through this book just to see if there is anything worthwhile. If nothing else it provides some contextual information of the era and possible associations with local peoples and tribes. Hopefully this summer, slips were all taken in Escanaba boat size so we have to check on Gladstone. I should be heading back to the area for a few weeks to get some housework done. Queen Marinette by History

The Benefits of Boxing! Beyond Fitness and into Social Benefits

Boxing, the sport of quick feet and even quicker hands. Not everyone who boxes will go into the ring, some are hopeful of winning a title, and others only hit the amateur circuit. No matter what your goals are you will find that boxing has benefits far beyond self-defense and into developing character and spirit.  Fitness is an important part of why I do it, while the other side is more psychological. Boxing is real. Its not theory, mathematics, or complex. Its where we came from as a biological entity (i.e. mammals and mammal behavior. We may have become complex but we are pushed by the same bio-psychological urges.) similar to what we find in nature. It is padded version of two rams smacking their heads together.  That might not make a lot of sense to people who had everything provided to them in life. It might make more sense to people who had to step up to a bad hand in the cards of life. That is probably why martial arts, MMA, and boxing seem to attract certain crowds.  A couple o

Golfing for Orphans and Charity (Virtual)

I know some golfers so maybe they would be interested. If you have no other reasons to find an excuse to golf you might want to bring this up to your friends. While golfing needs no excuse to be played you may need an excuse to get together with your friends. I've been supporting these kids from time to time and I hope to be a little more involved at some point.  WIN A WEEK IN PARADISE. NO PLANE REQUIRED. You can be the winner of a perfect weeklong Baja getaway for you and 3 of your favorite couple friends in a 4 bed-5 bath beautiful ocean view home! Casa Corazon is located in the upscale gated marina community of La Salina, just 45 minutes south of San Diego between Rosarito and Ensenada, and has 24-hour guard service. With some of the most beautiful coastal vistas of Baja California, this Villa is ideally set up with 2 masters and 2 additional rooms all with ensuite. Enjoy panoramic ocean views from the expansive rooftop terrace, perfect for dining and entertaining or quietly enj

Productivity is Up. (05-25-2021) Digital Economic Boom

Its really great that productivity is up and it has something to do with new digital advancements. I wrote a little something about 2021 Digital GDP growth. I had hoped it would be a benefit to someone but seems to not make much of a difference. That is really awesome we have used hardship to create new ways of dealing with problems and pushing us into a more competitive positions. Maybe we could do a better job of drawing back manufacturing and raising the value of our labor. Seems like we already have some plans in place.   GDP Contracts 1st Q of 2020-Is It a Short Lived Shock and Digital GDP Recovery?  (April 30, 2020). How the Economy Might Change After COVID-19? (March 19th, 2020).  Digital GDP on Government's Mind. Can We Maximize Growth Through Cluster Development? (November 27th, 2019) Economic Recovery-Are My Projections Still on Track? (September 13th, 2020) I have come to realize there are different stratifications in society and there are definite barriers to some peo

Pictures of the Beach at Sunset-Two Different Impressions

I'm thinking about these two pictures. I think both of them are really good. Worthy of touching up and submitting somewhere. Picture 1 is more romantic and captures the essence of sunset and fun. Picture 2 is more peaceful, a perfect quite beach. Pic 2 is better than Pic 1 I think.

When the Laws Don't Apply-Damaging Children for Self Gain

Children were once seen as an important population to protect but as I get older I find that their needs are often swept under the carpet because the adults have something they want. When the intent to damage a child for religious reasons is clear and stated publicly, we have a different kind of bad behavior going on. The failure step up to hate is a pretty good indication that others have come to accept that children are practical tools in adult games. If one were to dig deep enough they would also find that there are other places and times other children have been used as tools in what appears to be a narcissists need to "win at all costs". When this group has a history of using children (not to mention other intimidation tactics employed against people in the community at various times, places, and points in history) to win arguments.....we have more than poor judgement going on. The struggle to find accountability for alleged crimes has been a long road and it was a path

Escanaba DDA Plans Marketplace Kitchen Grand Opening. Opportunities to Revitalize Downtown

Fun downtowns can people to the area and encourage other businesses to move "where the action is". Older downtowns have been successfully vitalized in other areas and it is possible to do the same thing in Escanaba as well. Hosting fun events and other activities downtown on a regular basis not only creates "press" but also increases positive affectively and in turn repeat visitors (i.e. increased tourism and investment.) Jack Hall, a Reporter at Radio Results Network put together a nice little piece  Escanaba DDA Plans Marketplace Kitchen Grand Opening  that discusses the new Marketplace Kitchen. While these changes seem small they do add up to an overall impression on vacationers and local residents.  Executive Director Scott Czasak of the Escanaba Downtown Development Authority (DDA) states, " The Escanaba DDA is proud to announce the completion of the Shared Kitchen project at the Escanaba Marketplace located in Downtown Escanaba. This project is another st