Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Can we end world hunger? Short answer: yes.

People are starving. And that's a bad thing. There's more than enough food to feed every single person on this planet. And that's a good thing. People can't afford to buy food and therefore starve to death. And that's a bad thing. The good thing is that something can be done about that. The bad thing is that apparently ALL governments prefer to spend money on weapons in stead of on people. As The Donald would say: sad.

In my humble opinion the biggest problem here is greed.


Here are some figures: http://www.worldhunger.org/2015-world-hunger-and-poverty-facts-and-statistics/


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Why is it so funny to make fun of another person's handicap?

Why is it so funny to make fun of another person's handicap?

It is usually done by bullies. Like Donald Trump. Remember this?


Now, Donald Trump is known for making fun of people. Like people who think he is serving their best interests. A close friend of his is former UKIP frontman Nigel Farage. Here they are standing in front of golden doors. Just before stating they want to tax millionairs more. Yes, they are lying. Again.


But why is it considered a handicap when you're not like most others? Well, most others get very uncomfortable thinking of being different. That's why they laugh. It's really - originally - not because they find it amusing but a show of strength: 'Look how big and sharp my teeth are. I eat raw meat with those, you know. So you should be no problem, should you wish to fight.'

Back in ye'ole days you had to be strong - or at least to be able to pretend to be strong - because that was the only way to survive. These days we have guns. And supermarkets. On top of that we developed another skill to make us live another day: cleverness. But soms still find it enough to (pretend to) be strong.

Basically: people who make fun of other people because of their different appearance are simply scared sh*itless.

So no, having OCD is NOT funny. It really isn't. And no, you don't have OCD but are simply annoyed at things being not the way you want them to be. Listen to this guy:





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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Robots are stealing our jobs

Every year around 98,000 people die of medical mistakes that could be easily prevented. In America alone! So forget terrorists. When it comes down to killing civilians doctors and nurses do a much better job. Thing is - although some find it hard to believe - doctors and nurses are people. People get tired, cranky, distracted. In short: people make mistakes.

Wouldn't it be great if people could be taken out of the equation when it concerns other people's lives? Good news! Remember Watson, the IBM computer that won Jeopardy? A similar computer program can be used for medical diagnostics, reducing the chance for medical errors almost to zero. So what are we waiting for? Two things: people to stop being afraid of computers and people to stop being afraid of losing their jobs. Of course it is up to us what we do with our newly acquired spare time. We may claim we would like more free time. But do we really?

What is often not considered is that people who don't make money working in a job, don't spend money so replacing people by computers and algorithms is not really that good for the economy. A possible solution: a basic income for everyone! As a bonus: out of two working parents, now one can stay at home to actually raise the kids and  leave a job opening for someone else to take.

Here's a glimpse of our possible future:


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Monday, May 08, 2017

'Mr. Trump: are you against or in favor?' -'Yes.'

'NATO is obsolete!'
'NATO is NOT obsolete!'
'Let's keep Assad!'
'Let's oust Assad!'
'Russia is our ally!'
'Russia is our biggest threat!'
'We should invade Syria!'
'We should NOT invade Syria!'

It's really hard to understand what president Trump wants or means.
Mainly because he keeps twisting and turning his opinions. Sometimes there are less than a few days between one opinion and the complete opposite.

But perhaps it's part of his tactics: making people dizzy to avert their attention from other data. Like his business ties.

His staff is confused too. Take Press Secretary Sean Spicer, trying to state Assad is worse than Hitler because the latter 'did not use gas to kill people'. I for one hope his history teacher did not hear him say that.



http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/sean-spicer-assad-hitler-holocaust-offence-gas-his-own-people-donald-trump-doesnt-know-his-history-a7679641.html

Mr. Spicer did try to correct himself. But failed in doing so.


By the way: where is Melania?

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Embrace technology or die

New technology puts people out of work. That's not something new. When people started driving cars it put carriage manufacturers out of business. Some went into the business of building car parts. Others simply moved on to new jobs. Or stayed unemployed for the rest of their lives. Even newer technology will put even more people out of a job. That can not be stopped but is simply a reality. New technologies replace old ones.

Even today there are not enough jobs in every field to provide a living for everyone capable of working. Perhaps we should abandon the idea that only people who get paid to work are useful to society. Maybe economists, sociologists and politicians should look into new ways of living in a society. Or combine efforts to turn back all the advantages of technology and return to the dark ages. When there were less people to feed, was more work to be done and everyone who did not work or had people working for them, simply died. So, do you embrace technology or would you rather die from starvation or easily preventable diseases?

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Monday, May 01, 2017

A positive world

There are times when it does not look or feel that way but there really is a lot of positive stuff going around in the world!

Yes, we're all people. No, we're not all the same. Some people show this concept in a perfect way:


And what happens when people give the good example? Others follow!




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