Thursday, May 29, 2014

Affirmative Action & Diversity Goals Solution: How About Cap And Trade?

How can we reconcile affirmative action and diversity goals in our society without sacrificing meritocracy and efficiency? Actually we can have both ways with a cap and trade system. Pollution problems have been addressed by polluters buying credits from non-polluters.For example, a Google spokesman was on the PBS News Hour last night. He was owning up to Google's past which didn't include enough diversity in the ranks. There were not enough women and minorities. The firm was made up mostly of white males. He cited a recent MIT study which showed that a more diverse employment results in higher profits. One wonders if Google is making the right choice in changing directions going forward. After all they are one of the most successful companies of all time by pursuing their narrow merit based hiring . Why change now? Maybe they have succumbed to the PC harpies.Whatever.Suppose Google had an alternative to its lack of diversity without actually being more diverse?We all know Congress is filled with all the diversity that no one really wanted or needed. But that's the nature of mature democracies. Odd balls rise up as more and more of them reach voting age. What if Google could send a check to Congress in lieu of hiring some one they really didn't want? That would be a win -win. Because we know that Congress wants a check more than it wants diversity.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Liberal Media: Historical Reason

The roots of a liberal media are imbedded in the quest to increase circulation. Telling people about the facts of a story is comparatively dull to adding reasons , real or imagined , behind the facts of the story. Add discrimination as a reason behind the story and immediately the paper will tap into a baited audience.Any subject has a yin and yang.The paper has to pick one side. Circulation necessarily demands that the paper seek out the lowest common denominator of readership.That also helps ad sales with mass marketers . So we end up with stories that glorify or support generally the have nots against the haves.Even if there are no "haves" the editor would have to invent one to have a target for his "have nots". And then comes the politicians who declare " If I'm elected I will address this unbalanced situation to the reward of the discriminated". George Bernard Shaw said, " Most people shouldn't have been born". Newspaper editors would never allow that Shavian truth to guide their publishing efforts.ERGO that's why we are where we are.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Genghis Khan Killer App : Sharing Community

Genghis Khan a.k.a. Temujin (1162-1227)together with his Mongol hoard controlled China, Asia and parts of Eastern Europe. He was in the east what the Romans were in the West. He killed like the Romans killed. But the Romans left a culture behind including magnificent architecture.The Great Khan left only carnage. Some was buried. Most rotted. Genghis Khan led a mass of poor. They had nothing . That was an asset. They had nothing to lose. So like locusts they spread and migrated out to neighbors near and far. They took and killed. They were akin to day labor. But they didn't ask for jobs. They just took living day by day.Genghis Khan was the leader of this sharing community.Todays 21st century middle class is under a similar pressure of need to find a living fro day to day as did the Mongol hoard. With the internet as their quasi emperor opportunity are every where. Mandrins like airbnb, Lyft, Alibaba, Uber and others offer platforms to auction excess personal property to anyone for hire/rent.Unlike the Mongols the modern day hoard use money as the medium of exchange. But that could default into a barter if someone could keep score of products for barter.A true cashless society would emerge. Freedom from large parts of government intrusion could be eliminated.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Disneyland Rides Pricing & Availability: Higher Price & Less Availability

Recently Disney reported record income from all divisions.It's theme parks were particularly profitable.I was in Disneyland the year of its opening with my parents. It opened in July, 1955. Last year I was in the neighborhood for a fencing competition and included a revisit to the Magic Kingdom.I found it crowded.What I saw in 2013 were long lines.Prices have gone up, but the rides have been almost static in their capacity for riders. Hence the long lines. Some were 1-2 hours before getting to the head of the line.I don't know how long the public will put up with this over selling of attendance. But the laws of physics are closing in.

Boko Haram: Pros And Con

As the saying goes, " It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good." Boko Haram translates " no western education".So that would preclude a Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Beyonce, Gloria Steinem, Michelle Obama or Barbara Boxer ad nauseum from being raised in Nigeria.So that's pro for Boko Haram.But Boka Haram uses western educated enabled weaponry to kill and maime. So BH is lying about being true Luddites and that's a con.BH attacks western backed natural resource extracors form their country. The oil and mining companies polute the land. So BH work like that is a pro for environmentalists philosophy. BH is against the corrupt government of Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan. This pres supports an oligarchy to the detriment of his lands and peoples.If Bill Clinton were black he would be a Goodluck Jonathan So BH deserves a pro for opposing Goodluck.If Boko Haram prevails and takes over Nigeria. The world should honor the BH philosophy of no western educated institutions or products in Nigeria.To that end there should be an embargo of all antibiotics to that country. And that would answer broad objections on both sides of the clash of civilizations.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

New Anarchy Of The Politically Correct Makes Repeal Of Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Necessary

The ancient Greeks used shards of broken pottery to register their objections to people in their society.Pottery was called "ostra" a yes or no vote was marked on the back of the broken pottery shards. Hence "ostracize" was established to boot people from their midst.Don Sterling was booted from the NBA based on peer pressure generated by an illegal taped recording of his private opinions. Those opinions were made to a girlfriend who set him up.But the analogy of peer pressure is valid. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed codified segregation. But the Act constructively codified inclusion and by extension took choice of association and personal opinion out of the individuals control. We have had two generations of social engineering because of this law.Now the children of LBJ's Great Society want to be free of all criticism. But they have the law on their side. We have to level the playing field of public opinion.I don't know whether Sterling's free speech violation will be recognized by the court. But if it isn't than more of this high-handed behavior will be coming more often and sooner. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 should be expunged. If peer pressure is the new norm then no one side should be handicapped.People like Sterling were effectively made by the tax code.A simpler tax code would make modern day black ghetto ball a lot less profitable. I was an avid fan of basketball during the golden years of the Celtics, Knicks, Baltimore Bullets etc. In those days one had to dribble the ball when he moved.Guys like Bob Cousy, K.C. Jones, Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe and Jerry West and others were something to watch. Now guys like LeBron James are human bowling balls striking ten-pin-bodies on the way to the basket. That's black ghetto ball.A new tax code would eliminate Sterling and force fans of ghetto ball to go to the ghettos to watch their wallets and their favorite half backs.