Stealing Trade Secrets

When you are in business and working your ass off to develop a new product, and someone sneaks into your building and steals that secret, and then builds a competing product that beats yours to the market place would you be angry? I would, and I am. I don’t have any secrets because I’m not researching or developing a product, at least not anymore. When I did work, I was researching and developing new products continuously. I can vouch for the amount of energy it takes to do that. Thankfully, my boss, who happened to own the company had a tough security policy in place. His philosophy was that he pays for developing new products and his competitors should do the same. He refused to give competitors the keys to the factory.

There was nothing he could do about a competitor buying our product and reverse engineering it, or giving it to one of our material suppliers to have them analyze it. I did the same thing, but that is fair. What is not fair is stealing the key design features and or the process for making a product from the producer.

Today, I read another news article about how China has infiltrated so many of our institutions of learning and research to find shortcuts to their success. They don’t have the brain power to do the job so they use any method they can to take products to market. It seems they have the money to bribe employees within key markets but not the money to develop the same information. Actually, I think they have the money. What they don’t have is people smart enough to think for themselves.

Why does China do this? Because they can. We let them in and open the files for them to see. Yes, they are thieves and they take advantage of our country at every opportunity, but that is because we let them do it. We look upon them as a country with too many people to feed and as a backward nation so we tend to be loose with our information. It is my opinion that America will continue to get raped by China until we take action against that happening. A few new laws might help, but what will help the most are tough security policies within companies. If a company is complaining that China is stealing its secrets then that company should take a look in the mirror and examine its security rules and its philosophy on transparency. Transparency and security don’t always mix. The most secure companies operate under handicaps in the industry. I for one thought our policies about not speaking to vendors about our processes and designs made my job a thousand percent tougher because i couldn’t get technical information from vendor experts without divulging my information. The result was we had to expend more time and effort to learn what we needed when experts in companies like DuPont, Monsanto, Celanese had super labs with a myriad of Ph.D.’s hired to help customers.

Competition is what makes capitalism work as well as it does. Competition keeps companies sharp and focused. All it takes is for a competitor to tweak a design to make it better than yours and bingo you just lost. The end result is you spend more money catching up and out doing the foe. If the profit is there it is worth doing, if not, you may just give it up and sell it cheaper than him to save your initial investment. All products have a life cycle and the first one on the market may last for forty years as did the products I worked on. In today’s world the life cycle may only be eighteen months, meaning your product will be out dated by a newer product that people will want more than your tired old eighteen month one. With products that have such a short life cycle security is imperative.

What really gets me is the auto industry. Have you ever wondered how new cars always look eerily similar to each other? Sure they are noticeably different, but their general shapes and lines are similar. Many times I have seen cars in the parking lot that looked like mine but it wasn’t mine. I blame that on poor security within the auto industry. These guys must be sending each other design files via internet to compare shapes and features. Of course cars require a lot of tooling to make, such as dies, and molds. The tools are made by outside companies. This outside source is ripe for picking and giving the competition free peeks at designs. The owner I worked for understood this and insisted that all tooling needed for making our products will be done in house. Now that is expensive, but he felt it worth the money.

My advice to companies, hospitals, laboratories, etc that are losing information to the Chinese is simple, adopt a policy of ‘if you need to know it you get to know it.’ If you don’t need the information on your job you won’t get it. The key is to adopt the policy, and then to enforce it. If you don’t you will be raped over, and over, and over again. You know what is said about doing the same thing over, and over and expecting a different result, that is the definition of insanity.

Okra

Strange thing okra. I learned of it some years ago and have developed a taste for it. Okra is not found on grocery shelves very often where I live. It is listed as a fruit, but used as a vegetable. Many people dislike it because of the seeds. They are described as being slimy. I kind of like that taste.

My first introduction to okra was at a Country Kitchen restaurant where it is served as a side dish. They slice the fruit into disks, battered and fried. My first taste was that of nothing special, yet I kept ordering them as a side for my usual entree.

This summer, I have been finding okra in the vegetable section of my local grocery chain. I buy a package of the green pepper-shaped fruit and eat them raw. By the and, they work well as a KETO snack. A cup full of this fruit provides the following nutrients:

  • Calories: 33
  • Carbs: 7 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Magnesium: 14% of the Daily Value (DV)
  • Folate: 15% of the DV
  • Vitamin A: 14% of the DV
  • Vitamin C: 26% of the DV
  • Vitamin K: 26% of the DV
  • Vitamin B6: 14% of the DV

Okra is grown in sub-tropical climates such as Africa and South America, although I have grown it in my salad garden just to learn what it looks like on the green. I planted six seed clusters and got six robust thigh-high green plants resembling those of green pepper. I got lucky while exploring in the garden one day by looking under the leaves and found some rather attractive large pale yellow flowers resembling hibiscus blooming there unseen. That is when I began to watch more closely because I didn’t know when to pick the fruit or how they would present. Sure enough the long skinny green fruit developed from the flower. The next step was to learn when to pick them. I started picking when they were very young, maybe two inches long. Because I like them so much I tasted what I picked right off the plant. They were tender and delicious. In a couple of days they were between three and four inches long, and still tender. I picked more and learned it was time to harvest; except they never made it to the table. I ate them all as I picked. They were luscious. I let the plants rest for a week and picked again. This time I learned that if they are too aged they turn into fibrous pieces of rope. Ugh! The older longer fruit develop an outer layer of very stringy, tough, hard to chew fiber. I likened it to hemp rope. The time to pick okra is when it is young, tender and delicious. Maybe old okra can be saved by cooking it in a stew or gumbo, but I would prefer not to use it at all.

There are many ways to use okra. One is in fresh green salads, or french fried, or in a gumbo with other vegetables like tomatoes, onions, and peppers. Some people grill okra until it is charred, others broil it, then there are those who roast it. I am at a point where I will try it any way it comes.

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Q: Where can single men over the age of 70 find younger women who are interested in them?

A: Try a bookstore, under “Fiction”.

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A: Keep busy. If you’re handy with tools, you can finish the basement. When you’re done, you will have a place to live.

Q: How can you increase the heart rate of your over-70 year-old husband?

A: Tell him you’re pregnant.

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A: Yes, but usually in the afternoon.

Q: Where should 70-plus year olds look for eyeglasses?

A: On their foreheads.

Q: What is the most common remark made by 70-plus year olds when they enter antique stores?

A: “Gosh, I remember these!”

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Sunsets

There is something about a beautiful sunset that turns me on. Over the years I have been photographing the end of day event trying to get that perfect scene. I want perfect hues of pink and orange with shades of grey blue with plenty of sky and clouds, and a streak of orange light streaming toward me over the water. I came close a couple of times and have the photos hanging in my house. I tried again last night, and it might be the one I have been longing for.

What a beautiful way to end a great July day. The only thing missing was Taps.

As good as I think this photo is I believe there is an even better one in the days ahead.

All Lives Matter

Yes, I know the title is a statement meant to incite a riot. I have my own opinions about the Black Lives Matter movement but have refrained from exposing them until now. Black Lives Matter is nothing more that a front for a threat to the sanctity of America and the beliefs that we hold dear. Having been born in an age when the communists were expanding to take over the world much the same as Muslims are today, it is easy for me to spot groups like BLM. Black Lives Don’t Matter would be a more appropriate name for the group.

Here is how I think about BLM.

  1. I believe the USA would be in a much more racially united if we had not allowed nineteen millions black babies to be aborted over the past thirty years. Think how many of those kids might have grown up to make a difference? How many genius kids did we slaughter ? How many artists, scientists, preachers, teachers, etc. did we prevent from happening? We will never know, but if BLM really meant something they would put abortion as the highest priority on their list of things to protest. Lastly, think about how many fewer immigrants we would need to allow into the country to fill jobs that no one wants to do.

2. I believe that the USA would be much more racially united if we didn’t have more than forty-five nationally recognized African America gangs in America. Most of them providing father figures for underprivileged boys who join the gangs. They are fatherless because of our effort to make a Great Society. Lets just say the Great Society has failed. BLM should be protesting its failures.

I believe the USA would be much more racially united if blacks would refrain from killing each other. More than 3000 murders of black people are killed by black people every year. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but over thirty years that is 60,000 people. Why doesn’t BLM take offense to that?

3. I believe that the USA would be a less racially divided if the diseases that rack blacks over whites were leveled off. Why do blacks have more deaths from Lung disease, Heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, asthma, and on and on? If BLM was truly what their name implies they would be directing the millions of dollars they get from George Soros and the Ford Foundation toward changing the outcome of disease in the black community. They would certainly save a hell of a lot of more people than they do by picking on the police.

I believe the literal meaning of black lives matter, not just the random killing of a black man by a rogue policeman during an arrest.

I Believe that the BLM movement is a communist front organization. In my generation a front is the face page of an organization that is different once you turn the page. In this case the front is “Black Lives Matter” a very civil sounding humanitarian cause, what is it really?

“Black Lives Matter is a decentralized movement in the United States advocating for non-violent civil disobedience in protest against incidents of police brutality and all racially motivated violence against African-American people. Wikipedia

Who founded the group and why?

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors said in a newly surfaced video from 2015 that she and her fellow organizers are “trained Marxists” – making clear their movement’s ideological foundation, according to a report.

Cullors, 36, was the protégé of Eric Mann, former agitator of the Weather Underground domestic terror organization, and spent years absorbing the Marxist-Leninist ideology that shaped her worldview, Breitbart News reported

Who funds BLM?

The BLM Movement founders have connections to large “radical Left organizations.”[72] The connection to the Left has provided the BLM Movement with two “big bets” needed to have an influential social movement.

It is estimated that groups associated with the BLM Movement have taken in $133 million since 2013. Organizations associated with liberal billionaire George Soros are said to have provided at least $33 million to various BLM movement groups since 2016.[73]

In 2015, the fundraising club Democracy Alliance, led by liberal donors like George Soros and Taco Bell heir Rob McKay, recommended “its donors step up check writing to a handful of endorsed groups that have supported the Black Lives Matter movement.” [74] BLM Movement groups which received support from the Democracy Alliance were the Black Youth Project 100, the Center for Popular Democracy, the Black Civic Engagement Fund, Color of Change and the Advancement Project.[75]

Additionally, the Ford Foundation and the Borealis Philanthropy created the Black-led Movement Fund,[76]a funding vehicle for the Movement for Black Lives, the coalition of groups responsible for the extremist “Vision 4 Black Lives.”[77] The fund has received “pledges of more than 100 million dollars from liberal foundations and others eager to contribute.”

https://www.influencewatch.org/movement/black-lives-matter/

The name cited in the article above, George Soros, is a known organizer bent on taking down America. He was born in Hungary as a Jew. During WWII he denounced his Judaism to belong to the Nazi party where they used him to seek out jews in hiding for execution during the holocaust. He later made a fortune by manipulating currencies of countries. Although he is a citizen of the USA, his allegiance to the country is questionable. He has funded over two hundred organizations with names like ACLU, Open Societies Foundation, Media Matters, Planned Parenthood, etc, the list goes on and on.

https://www.huntingfishing.com/index.php/organizations-funded-george-soros/

Why am I disclosing these facts and my opinions on this matter? Because my own sixteen year old grand daughter has been sucked into the BLM protest/ She proudly declares that she marched and waved her hand made sign protesting police brutality along with her friends. I know my grand daughter and what she is thinking. None of what she thinks includes George Soros or the millions of dollars he spends to keep BLM growing in size. What matters to her is the literal meaning of Black Lives Matter. She has been brought up in a loving Christian home and trained in a private parochial school based on Christian principles. Her protest is not political by any means.

In the final analysis, I believe Black Lives Matter as do all lives. The BLM movement is a communist front and a joke perpetrated on America to divide the country.

What peeves me is that the BLM movement and the press that reports its activities as news worthy have pulled my kid into their clandestine movement of dividing America for the purpose of moving the populace toward communism (under the banner of socialism and progressivism) by making them think the issue is police brutality toward blacks (statistics in no- way support such a premise). In the meantime the BLM solution is to eliminate the police altogether to make a happier world. The money cities will save on police protection can be moved toward more social programs benefiting the protesters.

Defunding Police Will Result in a Melted Gooey Mess
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