Historic memory vs Human lifespan

I believe that our historic memory is longer than our physical lives and that is what causes many of our continuous wars. We don’t forget because we’ve never learned to forgive in our brief lifetime. We live too short a life. “Forgive so you can forget.”

*The Mongols fought the Chinese back in 1200 AD, but the Chinese still suppress the Hyghurs and the Tibetans who descended from the early Mongols.

*Southeast USA lost the civil war to the Northeast USA back in 1865, yet the South still feel slavery is their civil right.

*The Christians tried to kill off the Muslims during the Crusades back in the 1400s, and are still “anti Islamic”.

*The Pope never defeated the slant eyed Easterners, and so now white Westerners don’t trust the Chinese.

*The Romans couldn’t defeat the “Huns” and so now don’t trust the Russians nor anyone from the “stan” countries.

Face it, we are all in this together, no matter who your ancestors had a fight with. Global Warming will defeat us all if we don’t join hands against this common enemy


the work week is an antiquated political view

If you look up “work week” in Wikipedia, you will find that a periodic pause to daily working was originally developed either for religious purposes presumably to give people time to support their local priests or for farmers to create a market day for the sale of their goods.

I propose that we ban the work week entirely. Our modern society needs to keep businesses open 24/7. Like health care, banks, police & fire, computer systems, infrastructure, internet, and on and on.

At the same time, over population coupled with higher productivity has created the ability to give everyone a job if we work fewer hours per person.

Not wanting to ban calendars with weeks right off, I purpose we work 5 hours a day for 4 days in a row, and then have 4 days off. (Yes, 20 hours every 8 days.) Meanwhile, companies would be required to be open every day so they would need to facilitate a “staggered” work environment. Salary would be required to provide a living wage for every employed person, a living wage vs. the minimum wage. New calendars would have 8 days per week.

If someone enjoys their work enough to work more hours, fine. But no one else should loose their job because of this. Volunteering would be allowed! Overtime would also be allowed during emergencies.

If I could, I would ban inequality at the same time. But I figure moving too fast might be met with resistance. 🙂

Btw, I do mean that the 5 work day week is a political view. Yes, teachers might argue that we have 2 days off per week because business’s care about people. Those are the same people who take summers off!

100 years from now, this time will be history. Write it well.

The Dunning Kruger effect is a well-known and proven condition where the less someone knows about a subject the more strongly they both believe in it AND
believe they are experts in the field despite lacking any real understanding.

We see this in actual flat earthers who really exist today. Also in anti-vaxers, and people who believe the moon landing was faked.

The lower the IQ the more strongly this effect is felt. Always remember that the average IQ is only 100 despite former VP Dan Quayle’s supposed announcement that he wouldn’t rest until “all our students are above average.”

Wear your mask, at least then you might appear smarter than average.

Still, he was impeached twice!

The ending of the impeachment trial feels predictably anticlimactic. The idea that it would bring Trump to justice was always wishful thinking.

All the more reason to honor these honest Republican’s who stood up to Trump today:

Richard Burr, North Carolina, 65
Bill Cassidy, Louisiana, 63
Susan Collins, Maine, 68
Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, 63
Mitt Romney, Utah, 73
Ben Sasse, Nebraska, 48
Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania, 59

If you see them, thank them for me.

“Don’t let the bees follow the butterflies.”

Top scientists warn of ‘ghastly future of mass extinction’ and climate disruption

The first article is an overview by TheGuardian newspaper, the second link is to the actual paper written by the scientists. We need to take this seriously.



“Don’t let the bees follow the butterflies.”

Google Capping Storage – 2021 June

Heads up. Google has announced that free online storage for files, photos and videos will be capped at 15GB starting next summer.

From 1 June 2021, any new files created in Drive, as well as photos and videos uploaded to Google Photos, will count towards the 15GB of free storage included with every Google Account. Customers who go over that limit risk having excess content stored in Gmail, Drive, Docs and Photos deleted. 15 gigs seems like lots for just email, but combined with photos, videos and docs and 15 gigs is just too small.

Those who wish to extend their storage beyond 15GB can pick up a Google One account, which starts at $1.99 per month for 100GB storage. Or start cleaning, moving, deleting!

Many folks have become accustomed to using Gmail as a giant storage box for their research. I have created labels for different subjects and stored emails, including those with pictures and even big MP4 files, there. The searching methods Google provides made my email storage spot better than Evernote or DropBox! And many people I know, my grandkids included, have chosen to skip Microsoft Office and are using Google Docs instead, using the free storage area too. And how many of us are using Google Photos for vacation pics, genealogy pics, kids pics…. you get the picture!

Congress told Google and Facebook that they are too big. So, Google said “Yup, our free stuff is too big. The party is over, folks.” Thanks a lot, Congress. You just don’t know how to negotiate!

Well, we have 6 months to figure out how to fit into 15 gigs or get a Google One account. When “the system” decides to delete data from your stored files, they won’t do it “judiciously”. Files or emails will just disappear. So, start now — look for offline storage for those treasured items in your Photo albums; delete those stupid jokes you trade back and forth and never delete. Clean your email by searching for mail with attachments first.

I fear I will be looking seriously at the Google One account. But I must also remember that if Congress pushes hard at breaking up Google, I had better be simultaneously copying files to offline storage. The pandemic has shown us that we should be prepared, just in case.

There is also Microsoft or Adobe or Apple cloud storage that can be used instead of Google’s plan. But, we gotta decide within 6 months. Don’t delay.

Updated: to find out how much space you are using now – First sign in to your Gmail account. Then open a 2nd tab in your browser and go to one.google.com/storage. Your data will be there.