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  1. First you need to understand the system and its constraints. You can't change the container, because then you would have to change everything, rewrite all the, say, 510K submissions that would probably dismantle your entire business plan. Or, you could think out of the box. You could stop selling a certain size, And decide to go small. HOW do you deal with a problem? Ask someone who worked all their life at your company. Ask them why they still work there. The cash cow, the product life cycle. Lets pretend you went to business school, and yeah, Harvard, or Yale, or Trumps favorite name sake, the Wharton school, and then were given the reigns. Do you diversify and if so, by just how much? What company did you buy last week, does your corporate ideology apply to what they do? Surely it must. Surely, you could benchmark all the salaries paid by the companies you buy. Since you are an international corporation, Shirley, you must know a thing or two about economic disparity in that country, one would hope How do you deal with a problem. Who put you in charge (Shirley), who do you hire to help you figure things out so that the matter will be taken care of immediately before things get out of hand? What about logistics, do your marketing heads all around the world speak each and everyday, do they understand the regulatory constraints, do they, do they? Do you have a team of legal experts, and people with know how, who can be counted on? I think it is wise to go into accounting, you should be an accountant. Finance is too hard. Finance is crazy, loony tunes. Can you write, instead of being a god darn poet, perhaps you should be a marketing wiz, but don't try to sell, you can't sell poop, to China, or can you, Can you sell poop to China? And I am talking about re-populating the human microbiome here. Peace!
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    Emma Goldman

    This rerun of her life on American Experience on PBS the other night was great! Way before her time, she was so smart and so exceptional. American exceptional, until she was deported. She herself claimed she was wrong and way off base after talking to Lenin. She told Lenin that he needed to push for Free Speech, while the Bolshevik revolution was being played out. Lenin joked, do you know what is actually going on here, what with all the looting and killing, and you want Free Speech??? I kind of feel as though we are kind of in that same situation these days. Peace!
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    Emma Goldman

    More E-40
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    Emma Goldman

    We used to be so sullen in our use of words and political thoughts and ideas. But slowly over time the eloquent execution of the colloquial verbiage changed, we, some of us thought for the good of us all, intellectuals would show the way. Somewhere in the orbit of all things past and present and possibly in the future too, is the truth. Noting nothing is black and white, regarding what is right and what is wrong in this world we all inhabit, we still do have the same constraints we always might have been lucky enough to properly write down or illustrate, and in many ways we have achieved the necessary steps towards activism that could possibly help to alleviate our collective suffering - yet it's a quandary still of what is the best move, or if there is any movement at all - since fear is the biggest roadblock to change - see the Bolshevik revolution / or collectively trying to go from one extreme to another, which we are constantly reminded of. I think I am waxing poetic when I say we have a chance, a good one. And this is dependent on a lot of smart folks. Actually, most human beings are smart if given the tools. But what are the tools? I was a good speller once. What good did good spelling do for me? Where does it end, where does it start? What about Reparations, why not pay for college for those who work hard, for all those who have been systematically undercut? Wait, wouldn't that also be something that would be good for society as a whole? How can you possibly learn about history, what it means, if you continue to repeat? Surely you never want to put other poor folk at opposite ends when it comes down to any growth. I love learning about people like Frederick Engels and Jean-Paul Sartre as well as John Maynard Keynes, and Amartya Sen. I want to learn and grow up in a place like Fishkill, NY https://www.bestplaces.net/economy/city/new_york/fishkill I like winter, and I like pronounced seasonal changes, as well as good advise. Peace!
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    How do you deal with the problem

    you know, sometimes, actually mostly, I do wax poetic in a sense. It certainly is not straight-forward. The problem sometimes cannot be well defined politically enough. Huh??? So anyway, we still have systemic problems that have been around all my life. Stuff nobody has really defined well enough, or more to the point outlined the problem and how to deal with said problem. But it's not black and white. Ha, wouldn't you like a politician that talks like I do? No, I know the answer is, No you would not. There are too many homeless people - the cities need to deal with that. College is even more expensive than it ever was. We test kids to death from grade K-12, but for the most part our educational system has gotten worse and not better. When you talk about medicare for all in a big way - somehow, rate increases from private health insurance corps don't go up as fast. After you half-way institute the ACA, the rate increases flattened out a bit. It's a Macro, view, fight, battle, that is slow. But we have to comprehend this world economy, and who makes out and whether or not it truly makes sense for all. Efficiency works in Denmark, in Finland. I'm just throwing stuff out there like the idiot in the room who sometimes throws off a good spark. And btw, that sign is magnificent! Peace!
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    Biden is the only hope for beating THE PIG

    I vote for whomever wins the Democratic Primary - as I must. We have a long way to go as Bludog mentioned previously. We do need to invigorate the stage with policy, and integral ideas that will right some of the wrongs we all are worried about in our Democracy. The US has a long way to go regarding rebuilding our infrastructure, our voice in the world regarding climate change. I hold out hope for Elizabeth Warren, but whomever wins the Democratic Party Primary gets my vote. Before then, we need to be critical and weigh in with what we feel is needed from a president. One of the major issues I see politically is picking up more congressional seats as well as winning back the Senate. I would love to see Buttigieg in the Senate for awhile. Peace!
  7. A lot of folks who promote supply side economics aren't dumb. I'm sure many have high IQ's respective to the populace statistically. They are the ones who are the problem, not those who have the low Intelligent Quotient, whereas if IQ can be empirically determined. I guess it would need statistical assessment, and then, in broader terms, as stated previously, there is propaganda which is utilized to keep the most uninformed people uninformed or in a bubble. Call them the quintessentially uninformed - or if you like, the perpetually ignorant folk. Peace!
  8. absolutely - stop the madness of recycling all this plastic, much of which winds up in landfills and slowly disintegrates spewing carbon into the atmosphere. We need to highly praise good food a lot more than we do. I'm a vegetarian and have been for thirty years. I'm not against eating meat, but we as a people eat way too much. Imagine if the whole world ate as much meat as the US... Not to mention the total destruction of the natural rain forests/ https://rainforestpartnership.org/the-beef-industry-and-deforestation/
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    1. Trump ridicules Muslims and Latinos with racists statements. He has painted most Latino immigrates as criminals. 2. Beyond the obstruction that is well documented by the Mueller Team, Trump gives his hand picked Attorney General full power to investigate what he calls a Coup on his presidency, a coup that was generated by what he calls the Deep State. 3. At a scheduled meeting with Democratic leaders regarding infrastructure, Trump waltzes in and says that you can't have it both ways. You can't investigate (him), and then get anything done that will take his help. Further proof of obstruction in front of the whole world. 4. After his little temper tantrum, and after everyone sees him and his administration for what it actually is, he paints Nancy Pelosi as losing touch with reality. They take filmed Pelosi public statements and doctor them to make her look as though she is losing her mind. This is shown on Fox News and amplified all over the internet on Far Right Nut job sites. 5. His hand picked Attorney General, Bill Bar, agrees that US intelligence agencies, namely the FBI, has spied on the president. 6. The Fake News - How many times has Trump complained about the fake news while at the same time spreading Fake news is a good question. 7. Trump has done all he can to make Putin look good. He has tried his best to protect the Saudi Prince Mohammad Bin Salmon. To shield him from his ordered killing of an American. And to shield the Saudi Kingdom from bombing thousands of innocent civilians in Yemen. Just a couple of things I thought I'd mention. There are scores more. He said non-stop during his campaign that he wanted to deal with China and the way they keep the Yuan low so that American workers cannot compete in a fair way. Instead, he's placed tariffs on 200 billion dollars of trade in an effort to protect US corporate patents. So that US company's can manufacture their goods in China and still have their US patent rights protected. This amounts to a tax on US consumers to support the rich. The new antiabortion laws are put in place to challenge Roe Vs Wade because they finally got the Supreme Court Mitch McConnell has worked for his entire career. Pelosi is doing the right thing here. Oversight in order to set the records straight for all Americans. Impeachment won't be a choice, it will be a necessity very soon. Peace!
  10. This piece by Dean Baker really nails it. http://cepr.net/publications/op-eds-columns/trump-s-trade-war-with-china-is-waged-to-make-the-rich-richer Peace!
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    Jim Carrey is a pretty good artist

    Jim Carry is a very good artist fur sure. Peace!
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    "In a brazen act off aggression"

    Very funny. Trump is an idiot who employs who, John Bolton. The Saudi's and BB, all move in to take over the world. They tear up the Iran nuclear treaty and then they bomb innocent civilians in Yemen, and then we support them. We support them, those people. Oil, we support oil. We boosted Saddam in Iraq, even after he gassed the Kurdish. I remember the Iraq Iran war that started when I was in junior high school. Funny, Ha Ha... ..., Saudi's were behind it - and we supported the Saudi's...(Shah was gone)... I am going on memory alone here...And it took a great man (Frederic Douglas)... to end that... .... But you got to lay low, and hope for the best sometimes...(or so I have read)
  13. How does a country make good trade policy? Who makes trade policy? Where is the evolution of the species when billions of people are still poor? Where is the evolution of the planet when millions of species are becoming extinct? It is a difficult issue to change the system that controls just about all of the market capital which is decidedly controlled by few. You have to educate women, and people in poverty, and how do you do this, what would motivate them? What would motivate the poor enough to take the reigns in a more salient way to finally find a way to conserve and become much more efficient? I think Ben Franklin wondered about this, but when he was alive it was a completely different planet. At least, there were wide open expanses, a lot of the world back then was still idyllic, untouched, what's the word, pristine, or back in his time and for thousands and thousands of years before he lived no matter what you did, the world was wild. We have come a long way since then. And yet we now have a whole lot more challenges. A whole lot more. And while we are creating more billionaires, many times over, we are coming to days where most people in the back of their minds wonder what the hell is going to happen in the not to distant future. Are we all going to be billionaires someday? What would that be like? Less law suits, I'm sure. Nobody to screw, to make more money, because they would screw you first if you ever even tried. So what, Robots? Peace!
  14. in 2050 we will need to produce twice as many calories as we do today to feed the world population. This is real if you have kids today. That is only 30 years away. My 19 year old will only be 50 in 2050. Consider the poorest nations that really did not cause this issue. Most in the poorest nations will be forced to migrate in order to survive. In Syria, people who were sheep herders were forced to move closer to the cities due to climate change in an already arid land. Remember the folks who fled Iraq during the US invasion in 2002/3, where they went across the border into Syria fleeing from the dangers of that war? Where is the best place to go in the coming years to be safe, that's a good question, a lot of people will be asking soon. We are doing nothing but accepting the inevitable - when we could be helping to save the world. The Green New Deal has to be all encompassing, but we are stuck in the rut, seeing how nothing much has been done thus far. I know, I know, Teddy Roosevelt was wild, but man he was virtuous regarding saving natural resources. Little did he know what we now know. It was a completely different world back then. How long ago was it when he stood with this Scottish son, John Muir Peace!
  15. I also want to suggest that there are a myriad of ways for the government to raise revenues that would not hurt the poor, the lower middle class or even the middle class, whatever that is these days. A modest financial transaction tax of 0.001 % would raise 60-80 billion a year for starters. It is the system that has created inequality where CEO's now make - I don't know the number, something like 360 times as much as the average worker. Here's a graph I plucked off the internet in the last few years alone. I think it shows that American Shareholders are doing well. They must be. And this has been the blueprint behind Congressional inaction.
  16. The housing bubble collapsed leading to the Financial banks collapse. The Glass-Steagall Act after the 1929 stock market crash that led to the Great Depression separated commercial banking from investment banking and was repealed in 1999. The market economy is dependent on demand and not supply. The collapse of the housing market led to a collapse of the big banks that didn't hold enough money for the shortfall of trillions of dollars not just in the US but in the EU as well. And of course this crippled demand. What was propping up the US economy prior to 2005 was an over reach on housing bonds that were bundled and sold as stocks. S&P over-rated these bonds big time and then the bottom fell out. The supply and demand economics that John Maynard Keynes used had to do with the fiscal use of government spending. The government should stimulate demand in anyway possible when the business cycle hits a standstill. Modern Monetary Theory took over the day slowly by making the interest rate equal almost zero. But then that didn't work, so they went to a totally new strategy called quantitative easing. The Fed didn't call it quantitative easing, they called it large scale asset purchases. It is sort of like printing money, but it is in theory, electronic production of money to buy bonds in order to inject money back into the banking system. On the other side, Obama wanted to stimulate the economy fiscally using Keynesian economics. This would take deficit spending big time in order to stimulate demand. Some economist think the economy would have grown much faster if the deficit spending would have been at least twice the amount that Obama was allowed to spend through Congress. Slowly, through allowing the economy to grow through quantitative easing, the Fed has kept a close eye on inflation. The non-accelerating inflation rate of unemployment (NAIRU) has in the past always kept the full employment number as 5.4 percent. But a lot of economists have pushed back against this number. Currently we have reduced the full employment numbers closer to 4 or even below that, and still inflation has been kept just below or at 2%. Tax cuts for the rich and corporations did contribute to a rise in the GDP in 2018, however, that was a one off, and also, those tax cuts have added to the Federal debt. I guess we are now rolling along, even though, we need massive infrastructure spending, as well as massive spending to counter climate change. Our Healthcare spending has not been reduced, medicare and SS are both adding to the debt. Meanwhile millions of people in the US have no healthcare at all. The big fiscal spending required for action at this point in time sits where it did decades ago - dead in the water. The point here is efficiency. And no, it's not the same thing as a Corporation investing capital to make future profits. It has more to do with the future of this country, and certainly the future of this very planet - that is mostly, all the people who live on it. As George Carlin once said, the planet of Earth doesn't need people. You think you can F the planet that's been here 4.5 billion years, it'll be there long after humans. I betcha!!! I like most of you am not waiting, holding my breath, waiting for Trump, or anyone in the Republican Party to make any smart, cogent move. Peace!
  17. Great points Bludog! But I have always thought the definition of American Exceptionalism has been misused so much that no one seems to remember what it was meant to mean. The Free World - open land ownership, freedom from debtors prison and more. It was a grand experiment when the term exceptionalism was used by Tocqueville who once said, "American is great because she is good.If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." But this was back around the 1830's and there was a lot that Tocqueville did not mention regarding slavery and the whole business of genocide of the American Native people. I never thought American Exceptionalism to mean this was a better nation by some mandate of God. We were separated by oceans in an incredible land and the country was formed to be a true democracy - Where of course only rich land owners were allowed to vote in the beginning. But however you cut it, the term has been misused the wrong way and I think to our own peril. We changed a lot after the two world wars and the use of the two nuclear bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The beacon of light that American Exceptionalism could be became just another Imperialistic super power. We are a Super Power - but that doesn't mean we are good. Peace!
  18. Went to a sports bar a few weeks ago where they served me a beyond burger - I am already a vegetarian however I really truly thought I had been served an actual meat burger. I really thought the waiter made a mistake. Honestly it would fool anyone. What are there something like 34000 McDonald's fast food restaurants alone? Peace!
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    Joe Biden is in the race

    I'm starting to make sense out of Captain Beefheart now, as I sadly wonder why...
  20. Nobody has their ideas tied to the yoke Somebody has to bend, a leader has to say, You gotta say, somebody has got to bend somehow, in someway. Otherwise nobody does what they say they will do. How could they. How could they. How could they. Say that they could do something when if they were being truly honest they knew that they could not. And that seems to be a good excuse And that seems to be conditionally a genuinely accepted premise For a long long time now, it seems as though there are no Giants, no Super Heroes Even though most people wish there could be just a simple example of someone who tried to be true If they did, And if they did, How, and Why, How, and Why? Good questions. How, and why? Since you got a heart so big. To rebuild Notre Dame. It's vital that you do. Nobody ever said anything about the trees in the rain forest being cut down with the same conviction. Somehow that got marginalized. Not too many people in power make it clear what it means to have no healthcare and lose your house because you cannot pay the rent. I'm sorry, they just don't. Peace!
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    How do you deal with the problem

    Marketing people are mostly sales people, they sell, and don't know anything about making something to fill a need. They don't understand anything about planning, purchasing all the required raw materials, the constraints on the raw material markets, quality, safety stocks, how to hire the best people, how to retain the best people, etc... It's a nice restaurant, you got to work there pretending that it's as important as your own home. Just what does that mean to some of the young kids who came up in a dirty house? But you got to make people hope to raise the bar and somehow, give a darn. And I guess that's not easy. I was talking about 510K approved immunoassay's that are sold in 500 mL bottles that break during shipping all the time. The problem after seeing a few pictures is easy to resolve. The bottle is a cheap, plastic, hard and thin, too big. You need to be a plastic expert, to understand. All plastic is good. All plastic if you google HDPE, has its use. They all say. Can we get it together, can we all stand side by side. Can we make it last and sell it cheaper and ship it all around the world at a big discount that everybody likes. If you are in the business you know it comes down to how many samples can you test from the size of the bottle that you sell and ship. If you find that the bottle type breaks you are left with this horrible Quality issue. If we change the bottle type then we have to change the 510K submissions regarding a whole host of IVDP assays. Or, you could sell smaller 100 mL bottles that you already sell that don't break as easily. The guy in shipping said. Peace!
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    How do you deal with the problem

    Excellent questions. I myself spent a long time working at a couple of corporations. I then went to a small company where I found myself in management, before it was sold off. And then, back again to the big corp where one learns new tricks. They buy companies, get bigger, but diversification I learned in business school is tricky business. Sometimes it doesn't matter how connected you are with your counterparts around the world. It just doesn't matter, if the size of the container needs to be changed, or, whether it's right or if it's wrong. Maybe you could only sell a smaller sized bottle, that you already sell, some dumb kid in me thought because the people in Quality don't know what the heck to do, and the people working in Regulatory just never seem to be sure. Peace!
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    How do you deal with the problem

    I think you get the juice behind my post, it's a diamond shaped yield sign with a gravel road leading towards a tunnel, and we know we got to protect the tunnel from the onslaught of a flood, but we ain't exactly sure why.
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    Notre Dame Rebuild

    good questions. That is all I am saying.
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    Notre Dame Rebuild

    It does not to me. I just read about it in books. I have never been there. I have never been to Aleppo. It's much older. What is more important? I mean really. But then again, I don't have a lot of money that I could give either way. I could give twenty bucks, or five hundred, if I really did care. Would most families in the US be willing to give five hundred bucks to rebuild Notre Dame? And if they would, how great would that be? It's not the most pressing thing, just a nice gesture towards a collective past. Peace!