Very important six minute video

A good friend turned me onto this six minute video. Please take the time to watch it. It contains an important message, displayed in a manner that everyone can easily understand.

As an engineer, someone once asked me why I love math and numbers so much. I was surprised. I didn’t think that I did. But, I came to realize that compared to most people, I do like math and graphs and such things better than normal people.

Not to worry. This is displayed quite well for even the “graph – a – phobic.” In case you just can’t bring yourself to click the play button, the punchline is that, the top 1% of the wealthy in America own a staggering amount of America’s wealth, and 50% of the stocks and investments. To the author of the video, and to me, that seems like a very unstable situation.

A democracy is a long way from perfect, but has the idea is that everyone’s vote is counted. When we have virtual kings and a massive majority of the people are very poor, bad things happen. We know that from dozens of historical examples.

The video says it so much better than I do, please watch the video.

There are good solutions to this problem, without using the swear word, “socialism”. Warren Buffett thinks that the very rich, and he’s often the very richest person on the planet, should pay more taxes.

President Reagan talked us into drastically reducing the tax on those unbelievably, unimaginably rich people. When we closed that source of income of money to operate the government, the debt was 32.5% of the gross domestic product. And I remember in his campaign ads, that he thought that the debt at that time was outrageous. Now it is 102%. Does this sound like a good idea? Not to me.

Actually, I thought he meant that it was outrageously large. Apparently he meant that it was outrageously small.

Here is where I got that information. There are other sources.

There are many ways to be fooled with numbers, either intentionally or accidentally. If you look at the number of dollars in the debt at that time, versus the number of dollars in the debt today, you will be quite justifiably terrified. But, the per capita debt or the debt as a percentage of gross domestic product, is probably more representative. You decide.

Inflation, is one big variable that is hard for most of us to wrap our minds around, and especially hard to find useful data. Inflation is a way the government’s fund themselves by taking money out of your pocket. Even if you bury $100 bill in a mason jar in the backyard, inflation can remove the value of that bill, magically, without digging up the jar. I think most people have no idea how that works are they would get mad.

I have probably lost everybody by this stage, so I will close with, what I hope is a very simple idea.

The government needs money to pay the bills that we all agree need to be paid. There are other bills that most of us disagree on in one direction or the other. But, to run up big, unpaid bills that will require that our children’s children pay them off, or will require that the government collapse in order to remove those debts, seems really stupid.

Rational people only borrow money for a short-term need. Our government has not been rational since 1967. And it was no great shakes before that.

Clearly our system is seriously broken. I’m sure that the answers extremely complicated, but if we don’t start working on it, there is no hope at all.

And I predict that most of you think that the other political party, which everyone that is is the cause of it. Guess again folks. Every single one of us is the cause of it.

In this chart, the green countries are low debt:



Microsoft stock down 11% almost overnight

It is a shame for the good people that have their money tied up in Microsoft stock, but I, like many others, have been complaining for countless years, that Microsoft does not have a clue what people really want in software. They don’t seem to grasp the idea that people would like reliable software as the first priority. Of course, perhaps they are quite aware of that, but have no idea how to generate reliable software.

I suppose that they assume that all of those people that want reliability, already have Macs.

I’m pretty sure that I have far more trouble with computers that anyone else that I know. I would love for someone to explain to me what I’m doing wrong. But, since that does not seem to be forthcoming, I bungle along, getting more gray hair every day.

Well, actually, probably getting less hair of any color, every day, because I keep tearing at it.

I was having so many mystery problems in my main computer, running Win 7 pro, that I reloaded a backup. But, that had problems, and so I loaded an earlier backup. But, that had problems.

So, I installed Windows 8 Pro. The latest and greatest from Microsoft, right?

I find it to be really, really stupid. One of the things that I like to do. I would almost say that I must be able to do, is to have several windows, open and visible, on the screen at the same time, and to be able to move back and forth easily from one to another. But, it seems that that is impossible with Windows 8. Navigation is very difficult.

Thanks for letting me whine. I will beat my head against the wall for another couple of days, and then I will load ‘Classic Shell.’ This is some third-party software that gets Windows 8, to have the same appearance and functionality as Windows 7. But, I really, truly, wanted Windows 8 to work, without needing that.

Then, why change away from Windows 7 you ask? Because I am told that Windows 8 operates much more efficiently. That is, it uses fewer resources and the same computer runs faster when using Windows 8 plus the Classic Shell, than when running Windows 7.

Some say, including me, that I’m having a lot of problems, but I try hard to consider them ‘learning experiences.’ Although, I do admit that I whine a lot about my learning experiences.

Time to beat my head against the wall some more,