The Great Wall of America : Afraid of Everything Except Wasting Money

Indebting America’s children for a “fantastic” landmark

I think walls are pretty cool, the Great Wall of China and Hadrian’s Wall are very interesting accomplishments.  Both are great historic landmarks and were very expensive ways attempts to protect against military invasions.  Given visions of invading immigrants and drug smugglers sneaking across the desert I can understand the appeal of the the refrain we all know:

Build The Wall!
Build The Wall!
Build The Wall!

But those walls of the past were built to protect against MILITARY invasion, and they were built well before airplanes.  The reality is we want commerce to happen, in fact our capitalist system thrives on it. This means smuggling happens through the air sea or roads where it is far easier to move quantities of merchandise and people.  Adding walls simply won’t have much of an effect.  So that refrain really is:

Waste That Money!
Waste That Money!
Waste That Money!

But wait that somehow seems incomplete…  Oh yeah! I forgot given that we’ve gone from about $700 Billion in 2017 to about $1 Trillion in 2018 WITHOUT spending on the wall.  So the full refrain is:

Waste That Money!
Waste That Money!
Waste That Money!

And Who is Going to Pay for It?

OUR GRANDCHILDREN!!!

Destroying America One Lie at a Time : Why we should value truth

Politcal fighting is never the answer

I love a good competition, sometimes even a shouting match but the amount of lies that permeate the remains of political discourse is just disgusting.  America stands for freedom and democracy, we control our destiny.  I am proud of that to my core.

But that also depends on all of us being informed.  As we vote it is hard enough to understand different points of views and arguments to cast that vote. As an American I feel a responsibility to do my best each time a vote comes up.  To make it my choice not to be led by some sticking talking point even if I like the person its coming from.

But the pure amount of lies being generated everyday now tears the heart out of me.  Those political leaders that lie to the US public are the most despicable un-American, un-patriotic politicians. They are simply avoiding or trying to change the truth to be more successful.  Even if they thin it forwards and agenda best for us it destroys our ability as Americans to make that choice.  I am sorry if they don’t have the balls to tell us the truth.  If they feel so week that lying is necessary it is simply wrong in a democracy.

As Americans we can tell lies are happening based on the disagreement over basic facts.  I’m not trying to tell you  how to believe.  But we must expect and hold our leaders responsible for then the truth.  If we catch them in lies or don’t believe them we simply must vote them out.  We can make up our minds who are the liars and who trusts us with the truth.

In this case political boundaries don’t matter.  Our American democracy thrives under truth and falters under lies.  So there are two sides the the American side and the lias’ side, lets Throw the Liars Out!!

A Madman has spoken….

The Evidence is in: All Hail America’s Twithead and Chief : Too scared to call a terrorist a terrorist?

Well President Trump like you I wait for all the evidence to be in, and well now it is.  You are without a doubt America’s Twithead and Chief.  It should have been obvious given your twitter addiction.

But the real proof is when you somehow blamed “both sides” when a shithead white supremacist drove a car into people walking and carrying signs. He killed three Americans and injured several more.  And yes he clearly fell threatened but not by clubs but rather simply that these people believed in a free and equal America for all races.  Clearly he was scared by Americans with a different point of view.

By the way it’s a pretty big clue when David Duke thanks you and strokes your ego.  Maybe you and he should get a room.  Perhaps then he can explain the history of these groups terrorizing your fellow Americans.

We should also call it like it is, driving a car into people to stop them from protesting is terrorism.  So as a reminder in addition to being our twitched and chief you are also president and should protect all Americans from terrorism,  Just so you know this includes protecting black and brown Americans from shithead  white terrorists.  Perhaps you can get your balls back from David Duke and actually do something about this.

A Madman has spoken….

The newest Senate Healthcare plan is “WTFcare”! : Alternative "improvements" arrive!

I have to admit some Republican Senators are swinging pretty large sack to release the latest round of “healthcare” legislation.  They don’t hide their complete disregard for the average working American one bit, and It’s not clear what they think is an “improvement”.

Case in point the plan will reduce Medicaid and cut Planned Parenthood two ways currently many expecting mothers get prenatal care.  With the cuts proposed many won’t be able to afford these services.  These are not guaranteed services, they are paid for out of healthcare. So yes this proposed “healthcare” legislation will literally put the health of babies at risk, well at least those of people who can’t afford it.  Those of use lucky enough to make more well we are just fine, “Thanks Mitch!”.

We do need to improve healthcare, by this improve means more effectiveness / better outcomes, reduced costs, and covering more Americans.  But instead the current plan does nothing to reduce the cost of healthcare that is hurting some many Americans and simply cuts support for far too many working Americans. It’s amazing how much worse their legislation is  than the current system.

The newest legislation being discussed in not only immoral it is also stupid.

A Madman has Spoken….

The Truth!? We don’t value the TRUTH!! : But maybe we could try….

Avoid the Lies and clicking on RruthDo we value truth?  Do you know why  fake newsies so persistent?…   Because it quite literally pays.  News items that get clicked on the most end up getting revenue.  And the more attention the more it drives those clicks.  Fake news is simply created to capture those clicks. Different stories crafted with words, memes, images and people that cry out to click me!! And truth doesn’t drive clicks…

Though it seems like an art form there is also a lot of science behind it.  For example marketing research companies study subject lines that will cause email to more likely be read.  Studying the click behavior of many different populations.  All aimed at finding the most effective communication to reach your audience.  Unfortunately Fake News uses this science making falsehoods payoff but not caring about truth.  Can data science make truth more valuable?

I’m not sure we can get there today but it is conceivable, and here’s how.

  1. Build a “Truth Grader” that reads ahead “news articles” that appear in your browser
  2. Then the grader breaks the article into opinion vs fact, capturing the fact / opinion ratio
  3. Next the grader tests the facts against trusted sources and determines an overall fact score
  4. Finally the Truth Grader puts a code based on the strength of facts with rill over details for the reader

Technically we’re actually not as far off as it may sound.  Step 1 and 4 are relatively straight forward, Step 3 maybe possible with a Watson like interface. Though determining “trusted sources” would likely be an area of much “discussion”.  It’s step 2 that would currently be the only real blocker.  And of course this gets harder with video and pictures

Of course the real question is would knowing that some juicy sounding story was probably fake stop us from clicking on it…  I am hopeful we’d teach the web we do value truth.  But at least we’d have a way to find out.

A Madman has Spoken….

Why not double check? : Deflating the stolen election trial balloons

Maintaining the confidence of the vote

Dear Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn,

I don’t believe the election was hacked or a significant voter fraud occurred, but I have to disagree with your decision. The problem I have is that there would be no significant evidence of a hacked electronic voting system.

The only way to detect a hack would be to compare paper output of the machines to the electronic count. In fact such a test should always be done on a random basis as a simple security measure. I would suggest if any candidate is willing to pay to do such a hand recount it is a wise thing to do just to understand vulnerabilities.

Given that we have the President-Elect and Dr. Stein talking about voting irregularities it would seem a more reasonable decision to do the most rigorous type of recount possible that those candidates are willing to fund.

Sincerely,
Your friendly Madman….

Ok Maybe We’re Completely Crazy : Idiotic Violence is Never an Answer

I’ll be very brief here, violent protests against the Trump election are wrong, and hurt our democratic principles.  They are simply the result of way too much hype and fervor of the past campaign.

If you are about to throw a rock, hit something or someone just stop now.  If you want to make a change figure out how to work with someone you disagree with.  Until we can actually work positively with hose we disagree with this insanity won’t stop.  And it doesn’t matter if the candidate you agree or disagree with gets elected.  All that changes is who will be throwing that idiotic rock!

A Madman has Spoken….

Are We Half Crazy? : What's broken in American Elections

what-happenedWell here we are after the election, and no matter who won you were going to end up with half the country with a huge pit in their stomach wondering what went wrong why did the other side win.  And the other half breathing a sigh of relief.  But no matter what side you we’re on the world is not coming to and end.  Of that I am relatively sure…

But having these elections where we have such a polarizing feeling portraying total destruction by either side is a real problem.  We really need an election where we feel like multiple candidates could do the job are running for. There are a few real problems in our elections:

One is a natural tendency people to want to gather tougher and support “their team” no matter what.  Basically we don’t have political parties that represent policy opinions, we have “teams” that we rally around. Unfortunately given our American tenacity in pursuing winning at all costs we eat ourselves alive.  Rather than looking at how to make the country and American’s thrive we get caught up in brining the other team down.  And losing sight of the fact that “other team”, well it is made up of another set of Americans.

Making this tendency worse is how money gets used in politics.  Money itself isn’t the issue, but that the vast majority gets spent in ad campaigns.  Ad campaigns by their nature are trying to find the most effective way to get one candidate / team to win.  Trying to present what the issues are, weigh multiple points of view and pick the best option is simply too long, tedious and uncertain for a political campaign,  It is far more effective to tie your candidate / team to a brand and make it a right / wrong choice.  So basically money in politics today is trying to make us all stupid…

Finally money in politics today has gone dark. The biggest problem I see with the Citizens United Ruling is not how much money is allows to flow into politics its that is misses the very important difference between free speech and money.  When I speak out on a subject you know it is me speaking, even if I use a megaphone.  But now people can “talk” via money and leave no trace.

We simply need to find a way to counteract this and work toward real information, discussion and debate on what is best for our country.

 

A Madman has Spoken…

Wasting Your Vote! : An American guide to democratic apathy

wasting-votesWell its that joyous voting season today.  A time where we get to make our opinions heard but at the same time somehow feel powerless. Its a time when many Americans seem determined to throw away their privilege to vote.

Well in case you are looking for effective ways to toss your option out the window here are three suggestions…

  1. Simply don’t vote, probably the most popular due to use ease.  In fact this is often the goal of candidates.  They know if they can get some parts of the populace not to vote they have a better chance of winning.  Basically this method guarantees the opinion of those who do vote get more weight.  So if you really want to protect the interest of older white people this should be your preferred method!
  1. Vote, but don’t get informed.  By the way ads and rallies don’t count, as they are designed to simply sway you by the most effective means possible.  And giving you real information is way too time consuming to be effective. Voting without really knowing where the candidates stand and what they would really do in office is giving your opinion over to random chance, the biggest star or the biggest spender.
  1. Finally a savvy way waste your vote is to only vote for someone you think can win even when you really prefer another candidate.  So after getting yourself informed and actually voting you’re choosing NOT to let your actual opinion known.  It is hard because as an American I know I want to WIN…  But that is not what voting is for.  Voting is a chance to let your voice be heard.  If any candidate gets more than a few percentage points they get noticed and over time the policies and characteristics that get votes become adopted.  A reminder it may have taken 108 years but the cubs did win again, so maybe give an Independent, Libertarian on Green a chance…

If your objective is not to waste your vote then do your best to be informed.  Try to find real policy information. There are a growing number of sites out the to help such as: https://votesmart.org, http://maplight.org, or http://votersedge.org. Once informed then simply show up and cast your vote for whoever you truly think is best person to do the job for your community, state or country.

A Madman has Voted…

Stop Trump Conspiracy?!?! : Trump is right its real and its BIG

stop-trump-conspiracy

While we all know Trump could beat any conspiracy.  Trump’s maybe right about such a  conspiracy out to stop him.  I was doing a little bit of research and there is very strong evidence that a small group of 63,060,041 American voters is out to prevent him from becoming President.

But I was equally shocked when I found out that there is also a conspiracy trying to stop Hillary.  And this conspiracy has 51,794,094 voters.  Dong a bit of math I can see why Donald would see this as rigged.  Why how can it be right when more voters support Hillary than him.

But maybe there is another name for not getting as many voters to back you in a democratic election….