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A Quick Look at Now

The world is a mess. War in the middle east, disease spreading in western Africa, stocks on a roller-coaster ride, pirates on the east coast of Africa, and many other things going on.

What many people don’t realize is that these things have been happening again and again over the centuries. Most recently, in the 1910’s through the 1930’s when we maintained through WWI, the Spanish Flu, Black Tuesday on Wall Street, and the Great Depression.

Before that there were other instances when the world was in rough waters. It seems to happen at least once every century. And we always seem to muddle through, a little changed, but not unrecognizably so. We will do so again.

Look into the history of the decades and events mentioned. You might be the one to see the solution to the situation we are in now.  And if you do see it, let the rest of the world know.

(Post written in response to request for a 10 minute blog.)

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3D Printing Impacts Us in More Ways Than We Imagined

In an age where we have machinery to plant and harvest the crops, tend to the cattle, repair the infrastructure and in general take care of every need we have; In the age we are approaching where we can tell a computer to print a pizza for us and it will be ready in just a few minutes without having to go to the door to greet the delivery person;  In this same age where we can have body parts printed for people who have been injured or abused their body to the point that they need new parts; In this age which is quickly approaching there will no longer be a need for the masses to work.  Then, in that age, what shall we do?

One will need to work only if they want something to do which cannot be satisfied by the entertainment systems of the day.  TV, in the new sense, will be able to stream, on demand, whatever programming the viewer desires.  Sports on the professional level could be virtual, to prevent injuries to the athlete, or they could continue to be actual physical events where people play for the thrill and the danger of injury.  After all, we will be able to replace injured body parts by just printing the correct one.

If a person is not being productive in some way, what is their raison d’être?  Why should they continue to carry on with life?  Will we enter the Twilight Zone or Doctor Who episodes where people are judged based on their contributions to society?  And if they don’t meet the criteria for being productive, be put on a game show to play for their right to live?  Should the masses be used as tokens to be pleased, with the person having the most on their side the one who gets the extra ration of whatever they desire?

These are all very morbid thoughts.  It is better to go into the future with a clear idea of what we are facing than to stumble blindly forward.  If we start thinking about the problems that choices cause before the decisions are made, we will have a better chance of making the right decision.

What impact do you think 3D printing will have on our economy?

Will 3D printing be used in the food industry?  Or will there be another technological breakthrough used there?

Please leave a comment, I’d like to hear if you think anything will come of this.

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Voting Time

Tomorrow is voting day in the US.  Not to sound preachy, but:  Have you researched your issues and candidates?  This being an off year, most of the voting items are local only.  This is where your one vote can make a huge difference.  While you still have a day to study the question, do so.

Vote only on those issues you have researched.  If you have not looked into an issue, how do you know you are voting for what you want.  Politicians sometimes word the issues confusingly to get people to vote how they (the politicians) want not how the people want.  It’s cases like this where ‘no’ really means ‘yes’ and vice versa.  (Insert your own bawdy comment here.)

Don’t “not vote” because you think your vote doesn’t count.  If we did that, then only one side of the matter would be heard.  Years of that will lead to discontent and the discontent will lead to rebellion.  Isn’t that why we revolted against English rule in the first place?  Because old King George wouldn’t listen to us and treat us like the good upstanding citizens we thought we were?

Don’t skip voting because you think everyone agrees with you and they don’t need you to show up.  Your judgment of everyone else’s opinions might be wrong.  Or, almost everyone else might feel the same as you do…  “My candidate is a shoe-in and doesn’t need my support at the polls.”  Then the opposition comes in and takes over.  Now, the opposition has the office for a couple of years, and the incumbency, which makes it easier to get elected the next time.  Is that what you really want?

One more thing to think about before you go vote.  Are you voting for the lesser of the two evils or do you really want that person in office.  If you don’t like either of the main candidates, can you write a name in?  Or does your state have a ‘none of the above’ option on the ballot.

Keep all of this in mind and GO VOTE.  (But only on the things you’ve researched.)

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