Super Bowl, & Land Of Opportunity

I have to admit that Super Bowl LI was exciting. This was the first time in ten years that I watched. I must admit, however, that I didn’t see the entire game. Atlanta was winning 21-0 when I tuned in. I watched the half-time shows and then kept watching to see if the Pats would come back. I felt certain that if they could score quickly in the second half they would win. I saw the Pats score one touchdown. That’s about the time I noticed my wife Peg beginning to fall asleep in the wheelchair.I turned the tv on mute and we put peg to bed. It has been my habit to hold her hand and to say my prayers while she falls asleep. This can take anywhere from fifteen minutes to forty-five minutes.  The idea of living with regrets doesn’t appeal to me, so I made myself follow the ritual even though the game was not over.

I finished my prayers, Peg was fast asleep and I covered her with a second blanket then dressed down into my PJs. I emerged from the BR to see the score was at 28-28. Oh well. I watched the overtime and thought the Pat’s deserve the win for such a remarkable comeback. They are certainly a model for positive thinking and that it ain’t over till it’s over attitude.

Everyone always remarks about the fabulous commercials during the Super Bowl. I want to comment on two that stood out. The first was a picture story about a mother and daughter from a Central American country who leave home to find a better life. The story ends too soon with a message to go to the sponsors website for the conclusion. Someday, I may do that. There is no doubt that this mother-daughter team prevailed some awful hardships to make it to America. I was near tears watching them overcome the hardships of their journey. The message was they are willing to undergo tremendous hardship to get to the land of opportunity, except for one thing, they didn’t bother to get a proper entry VISA. I’m sure no one ever told them they needed such a document, but someone else must have told them to just walk in because America’s doors are wide open.

The second commercial was also about immigration. This one involves a young man with big dreams and proper credentials who journeys from Germany to Saint Louis, Missouri. There, he meets a fellow immigrant and the two of them team up to form the Anheuser-Busch brewery. The immigrant is not well accepted in this story. He is different, and people tell him so, but he overcomes the hardships and he prevails. His story is not different than those of my father and the many immigrants I lived with growing up. My dad was called  Hunky, others were called Dago, Kraut, Kyke, Pollack, Chink. There was a degrogatory name for every ethnic group in America. My parents and the parents of my many childhood friends all overcame the slurs and prevailed. They worked hard, they  learned the language the best they could, and became citizens. Their safe space was America, and they did not need the ACLU protecting them. They didn’t want to change America into their home country with their ethnic culture, but they didn’t give up celebrating in their howetown garb, or to play their failiar music, or to dance the dances they left behind. When their clebrations ended they reverted to being Americans.

Both stories are compelling. They tell the story of America. They show that America has a huge heart. The M-D  story, however, told me that we seem to have forgotten that our responsibility to immigrants is to give them a key to enter the house, i.e. a proper VISA. With the VISA the laws permit free and equal opportunity, but breaking into the house without an invitation marks them as unwanted criminals.

The immigration laws of the United States are very fair and well drafted. However, over the years our leaders from both sides have decided to ignore them. Instead of asking Congress to revise the law to allow free entry, they have opted instead to disregard the laws, and to complain that the system is broken. The system is not broken, it is a sensible workable law. If we want to accept more immigrants we should change the law to raise, or to remove the limit. Evidently, we don’t pay our Congress enough to work very hard on writing law. They spend more time worrying about becoming reelected than they do about keeping America viable, and strong.
Congress has invented many ways to circumvent the laws to allow more immigrants in. One way is the add-on to allow family members of those who are already here to come without vetting. Another is a law called DOCA passed to allow children without adult accompaniment to enter and to stay. There are many more ways.
So, instead of changing we continue to allow free entry and then complain about illegals spreading about the country.
Refugees are another exception. We have taken huge numbers of Vietnamese, Cuban, and Syrians. The Cubans and Vietnamese have assimilated, we are not yet certain about the Syrians. Maybe they will, and maybe they won’t only time will tell. If they don’t I am sure we will pass laws to change our ways. Except, the horse will be out of the barn when we finally close the door.

Those Were The Days

One of my most favorite times was the nineteen fifties. Those were the years I went to high school, and college. This video represents everything we loved and hold sacred to this day. I remember listening to Elvis’ big hit “You Ain’t Nothin’ but A Hound Dog” on my first day in college.  The  iconic Chevy and Ford car designs are still loved and most recently are being popularized by the car companies with updated 2016 looks. Those days all predated cell phones, computers, and video games. Heck, we were just getting used to black and white TV. Girls were still pure, and boys were just as horny as ever. If you wanted sex you got married. Religion was still a big thing, and most of us are still active believers. Democrats and Republicans fought like cats and dogs, but somehow managed to agree on issues that were good for the country. Foul language was not tolerated although it existed in private. Women were respected, could cook, could raise babies, and clean, and work too.  The one thing women were not, was educated like they are today. doctors still made house calls, and accepted payment in installments. Emergency rooms, if they existed, were for the mortally wounded. Jobs were plentiful, but did not always require brainpower, rather common sense ability to talk to people and to sell. Most of our fathers were laborers or tradesman. Mothers stayed home to babysit us as did every woman in the neighborhood. There was no need for surveillance cameras everywhere because our mother’s eyes and ears were everywhere. They even had eyes in the back of their heads. Telephones were just coming into homes, some even had private lines. TV broadcast from six in the morning until midnight, and the stations signed off with a prayer, or the Star Spangled Banner. Political conventions were not televised, but were covered extensively by reporters. Newspapers were everywhere. Men made a living selling news, and magazines on busy street corners. Milk, and ice were still being delivered to the front door. Vendors sold fresh fruits and vegetables out of the back of a truck by stopping at several places along a street to shout out their wares. Coal was still a big way to heat homes, and was delivered at your curb. Some people even had the coal company shovel it into the house. My dad shoveled and hauled the coal from the street to the back of the house down the steps into the basement and back through the house to the bin at the front. When I was thirteen I began helping by shoveling, and by fifteen I got the job done by the time dad came home from work. Mother saved and collected old clothes to send to her niece in Yugoslavia, a communist country. Their small two acre farm was confiscated for the good of the common people. They went hungry in Yugoslavia. My Dad did the same for his parents in Czechoslovakia, another communist heaven.

Those were the days, my friends, I would relive them without any complaint.

What To Do?

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This BLOG has been going through the doldrums, and is slowly evolving into a huge pile of excrement. Grumpa Joe has let his personal life affect his attitude towards most of the enjoyable things in life. When he first initiated Grumpa Joe’s Place his goal was to spread positive thinking, and the merits of personal development. Not long after he opened the doors wonder boy Barack Hussein Obama arrived on the scene by declaring a run for the presidency. Grump Joe saw through him instantly, and spent the next eight years trying to educate the public about the man’s socialist (communist) background. Then, life stepped in, and rolled the dice causing Grumpa Joe to point his priorities into another direction.

Currently, Grumpa is trying to resurrect his motivation toward blogging. He is seriously thinking that Grumpa Joe’s Place is dead. He struggles to point himself into a new direction while also maintaining focus on taking care of his wife. He still has a few faithful followers from whom he would like an opinion. What direction should he take?

  1. Quit, and shut the blog down
  2. Shift the focus to educating the world to the evils of Islam
  3. Focus on writing fake news articles of obvious absurdity
  4. Publish a series of love letters to former girlfriends
  5. Re-publish other people’s work on current affairs
  6. Republish memes by others that satirize politics
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  8. Original fictional short stories
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  11. A log of personal thoughts about anything or everything
  12. Serialize my book Jun-e-or

Beliefs

Birth Certificate shows that we were born.

A Death Certificate shows that we died.
Pictures show that we live!
Have a seat. Relax . . . and read this slowly.

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I believe
That just because two people argue,
It doesn’t mean they don’t love each other.
And just because they don’t argue,
It doesn’t mean they do love each other.

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I Believe…

That we don’t have to change friends if
We understand that friends change.

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I Believe….
That no matter how good a friend is,
they’re going to hurt you,
every once in a while
and you must forgive them for that.

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I Believe…..
That true friendship continues to grow,
even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.

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I Believe…
That you can do something in an instant
That will give you heartache for life.

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I Believe….
That it’s taking me a long time
To become the person I want to be.

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I Believe…
That you should always leave loved ones with Loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.

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I Believe….
That you can keep going long after you think you can’t.

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I Believe….
That we are responsible for what
We do, no matter how we feel.

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I Believe…
That either you control your attitude or it controls you.

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I Believe….
That heroes are the people
who do what has to be done
when it needs to be done,
regardless of the consequences.

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I Believe….
That my best friend and I
can do anything or nothing
and have the best time.image014.jpg

I Believe….
That sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down will be the ones to help you get back up.

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I Believe…
That sometimes when I’m angry
I have the right to be angry, but that
doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.

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I Believe…
That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had
And what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.

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I Believe…..
That it isn’t always enough,
to be forgiven by others.
Sometimes, you have to learn
to forgive yourself.

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I Believe…
That no matter how bad
your heart is broken,
the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

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I Believe….
That our background and circumstances
may have influenced who we are, but,
we are responsible for who we become.

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I Believe…
That you shouldn’t be
so eager to find out a secret.
It could change your life forever.

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I Believe….
Two people can look at the exact same
Thing and see something totally different.

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I Believe…
That your life can be changed
in a matter of hours
by people who don’t even know you.

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I Believe…
That even when you think
you have no more to give,
When a friend cries out to you,
you will find the strength to help.

 

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I Believe…
That credentials on the wall
do not make you a decent human being.

 

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I Believe…
That the people you care about
most in life are taken from you too soon.

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‘The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything;
They just make the most of everything they have.

Locker Room Talk

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An empty locker room, the only place where there is no lewd, lascivious, and bawdy talk.

I am laughing about the furor Donald Trump caused when a ten-year old audio tape of him speaking frankly on an open mike was aired. The Progressive media played it and spun it their way non-stop for the last few days. The morally corrupt Progressives who leave God out of everything, and who reject Christianity while embracing Islam have exposed themselves and their behaviors. I read a comment on a news article spewing the terrible nature of DT’s locker room talk,  “Progressives are all deriding such language and use of the word pussy as contempt for women, then went home to watch Fifty Shades of Grey.”

I have been in a lot of locker rooms over the years, and I can vouch to that kind of language and conversation goes on in many places beside the locker room. It seems to fall under the guise of testosterone loaded men who love to express their bodacious exploits among their competitive buddies. So what is the big deal?

To me the big deal is all the Republicans who turned 180 degrees and ran like hell, and are still running are the real pussies of the day. House speaker Paul Ryan is number one among them. It is his type of politician that the country is rebelling over. There was a time when Paul Ryan was my hero, then he became the House Speaker and he immediately adopted the role of puppet within the house. If he had any balls (oh excuse me please for using such a vulgarity) he would have stood tall and kept moving like nothing happened.

In the meantime, the Progressive colony in Hollywood continue to make films that fill our heads (and those of our children) with ideas that it is okay to kill, rape, have public sex, and a myriad of other sick sexual tendencies (50 Shades) all under the guise of art. Make a perfectly normal comment about a hot woman and the whole community goes into a snit.

Many men have two demeanors, one that lives within the man’s world and another that lives in the world of family. The two are rarely exposed or mixed. Wives are often shocked when  a husband screws up and uses the word fuck in a conversation. The same guy goes red and blushes apologetically for breaking his code. In modern times, like now, women have an equal tendency to use improper slang words. For instance, Hillary Clinton has been documented  using really foul slang in her discourse with men, most notably Secret Service Agents, and her husband. Perhaps it is because she wants to be more manly and tough sounding.

The bottom line is this. Find something worthwhile to talk about, and stop wasting my time on your liberal rants and hypocritical arguments about how bad your enemy is. Instead, begin to do your job by examining issues from both sides of the fence. Expose corruption, do not defend it like you do now. The Founding Fathers counted on  free press to keep the government straight. How else will we the people learn about the crooks in office?  What we have now is a reporting system that is under the spell of the crooks in office. Snap out of it! There was a time when I really believed that Obama’s many corrupt policies would be exposed by honest driving reporters just like Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein who exposed the Watergate case, and wouldn’t let it go until justice was served. They were real journalists, what we have now are people who read news from a teleprompter, and have no inclination to investigate or probe the leads that take them to the truth. Editors and producers are just as inept as the journalists. It is too easy to get your official words sent to you by the Government information agency. Our great communication organizations have become Tass and Pravda.

God’s Gift

Early this past week my thoughts and emotions were morose. Peg moved to another low. She began sleeping twenty hours each day. She was not responsive, nor in a mood to eat or drink. Then, on Thursday morning she awoke before me and I received a good morning smile. She even spoke a few words. Her mood remained happy throughout the day. She even had a few moments of laughter. I was overjoyed. At three-thirty, her caretaker and I lifted her from bed and placed her into a wheelchair. As usual, I wheeled her around the house and showed her what a beautiful day it was. The sun shone brightly, it was warm, and there were billowy white clouds rising to heaven in an azure sky. The views of the 2016 Monet Vision-Patriots Dream held her attention as she gazed at the pond in what seemed like a stupor.

Finally, I parked her chair at the table and we had supper together. By seven-thirty she crashed while watching TV, and we promptly put her back to bed.

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Friday morning was the same and we enjoyed another glorious day. I played an Elvis album of gospel music while we held hands, and napped.

Today promises to be a similar day, however, her smile is missing and a frown on her face signals a bit of unhappiness, perhaps it is pain. I can’t tell for sure, and she can’t tell me, nor would she if she could. Before she began this journey, and I suspected she was in pain and commented she responded with “it is nothing I can’t take.”

I’ll take these good days and I thank God for them. I know there are dark days still ahead and there will be plenty of them to brood over, but now I bask in the sunshine of her smile.

 

Back To The Future?

Back in the ancient days of the 1980’s I read a book that changed my life. Megatrends by John Naisbett was a compilation of things that were coming. It was all based on gathering information bit by bit from across the country to predict coming trends. My personal opinion and experience was that the trends predicted were 100% accurate. Naisbett followed the first book with Megatrends 2000, also predicting things to come. When I read the following e-mail from a close friend it reminded me of the Megatrend books. The predictions being made are not just someone’s vision of what the future will look like, but rather a forward thinking picture of what is coming based on activity happening right now.

One of my wishes is to live a hundred years from now so I can see what the world will be compared to what it is now. That won’t happen, because men just don’t live to be two hundred years old, at least not yet.

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From the Singular University Summit

Into the future
Reported By Udo Gollub at Messe Berlin, Germany

In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt.

What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years – and most people won’t see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on film again?

Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore’s law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a long time, before it became way superior and got mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs. Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution. Welcome to the Exponential Age.

Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.

Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world.

Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties.

Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected.

In the US, young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans.

So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain.

Watson already helps Doctors diagnosing cancer, 4 times more accurate than human doctors. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.

Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don’t want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving. Our kids will never get a driver’s license and will never own a car.

It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% fewer cars for that. We can transform former parking spaces into parks. 1.2 million people die each year in-car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 60,000 mi (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 6 million mi (10 million km). That will save a million lives each year.

Most car companies will probably become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels.

Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; are completely terrified of Tesla.

Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.

Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.

Electric cars will become mainstream about 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can now see the burgeoning impact.

Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. Energy companies are
desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that can’t last. Technology will take care of that strategy.

With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination of salt water now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter (@ 0.25 cents). We don’t have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.

Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the “Tricorder” from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breathe into it.

It then analyses 54 bio-markers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world-class medical analysis, nearly for free. Goodbye, medical establishment.

3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies have already started 3D printing shoes.

Some spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past.
At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home.

In China, they already 3D printed and built a complete 6-story office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that’s being produced will be 3D printed.

Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, ask yourself: “in the future, do you think we will have that?” and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner?

If it doesn’t work with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the 21st century.

Work: 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a small time.

Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all day on their fields.

Aeroponics will need much less water. The first Petri dish produced veal, is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we don’t need that space anymore. There are several startups who will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labeled as “alternative protein source” (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).

There is an app called “moodies” which can already tell in which mood you’re in. By 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions, if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it’s being displayed when they’re telling the truth and when they’re not.

Bitcoin may even become the default reserve currency. Of the world.

Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it’s 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more that one year increase per year. So we all might live for a long, long time, probably way more than 100.

Education: The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. By 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That means, everyone has the same access to world-class education.

Every child can use Khan academy for everything a child learns at school in First World countries. We have already released our software in Indonesia and will release it in Arabic, Suaheli and Chinese this Summer, because I see an enormous potential. We will give the English app for free, so that children in Africa can become fluent in English within half a year.

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