This is my second blog.

My first blog chronicled my experiences over three years caring for my dad as he lived through and finally died from Alzheimer's. That is the book that is for sale.

This second blog kind of chronicles of life, what it is like to start your life over in your late 50's. After caretaking, you are damaged, file bankruptcy, and the world doesn't care what you did. After 8 months of unemployment, you wake each day knowing the world doesn't want you. Finally you do find a job, 5 weeks before homelessness, but doing what you did 30 years ago and getting paid what you did 30 years ago. So this is starting over.

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Monday, September 29, 2014


This is a blog I may post tonite but want to add to over the week as I flush out the idea, and the idea is China.

Nixon opened up China to build an ally against Russia in the 1970's.  Let's see how that has worked out for the good ol' USA.

First, in theory, it was a good move.  I mean if you are China and wanted more land, eastern Russia, which looks like western Russia to me because it's west of me, but eastern Russia would be fairly easy pickin's for China just to flood across with a 100 million soldiers and what could Russia do?  It's not like China wants all the land, just the land next to theirs.

But, somewhere along the lines, we've managed to piss off the Chinese to the point they see a better future in teaming with Russia against us.

And what have we done to piss them off?  Danged if I know.  First, we sent them millions of jobs to provide employment and affluence to millions of chinese.  Damn us!  Then we showed them how to build plants of all type of industry, closing all of our plants, so we can't make chips, computer or potato, here anymore - or washers, driers, TV's, Stereos, computers, clothing, furniture: you name it, we moved it to China, trained their workers how to build it.

And, not being too slow, they also stole all that knowledge to build knockoffs and now make all sorts of things that violate patent rights of thousands of US companies.  Got a great idea, get a patent, and before you can say mushu pork, they are building it in China and you don't get a cent.  A couple of years ago it was discovered there were a couple of Apple Stores in China that were not really Apple Stores and not really Apple products but nobody could tell the knockoffs were so realistic.


And thanks to millions to the Clinton's, we gave them access to a whole crapload of defense secrets and allowed their military to make a 30 year jump in technology in about 5 years.

Of course, this isn't all bad if you are in the elite, because you've made millions of dollars and are looking at billions more selling to the Chinese market.

Here is the thing, if you can make a speaker in America for 500 bucks, sell it for 750 and move the plant to China and make it for 100 bucks and sell it for 750; you don't care if China makes a knock off as long as they also are selling it for 750 because everybody is rolling in the dough.

And China, in the meantime, has brought in trillions of US dollars to their shores that use to be spent in this country and with our money buys our debt, so they used our money to buy our debt and we owe them now 2x each dollar, plus interest.  And they have plenty left over to build cities no one lives in, build high tech subs with our stolen technology and our dollars, build missiles to reach the US.

Think of this for a moment, close your eyes, wait, that won't work, you're reading this, okay, just imagine how different the USA would look today if all those jobs, factories, etc that went to China never left our shores.  Apple, Intel, Dell, AMD, Westinghouse, and all those other companies in clothing, hardware, etc etc etc were still in the USA: what would the unemployment rate be?

Yes, stuff would cost twice as much but we'd all be earning two or three times as much; heck even phone support pays less today than it did in the 1980's.

But the middle class would be huge, the upper middle class would be huge, unemployment would be below 4% which is about the best you can do.

We gutted our country for cheap toys, we'd rather save a buck than save a job.  No worries until your job was next in line.

So Nixon's goal failed, we are the odd country out.  And in the process, because of greedy politicians, greedy corporate board rooms, greedy stockholders, and a greedy population, we've sold off everything that made this country great; our innovation, our manufacturing, our job base, our middle class.

Not much else to say.

We watched the tragedy unfold
We did as we were told
We bought and sold
It was the greatest show on earth
But then it was over
We ohhed and aahed
We drove our racing cars
We ate our last few jars of caviar
And somewhere out there in the stars
A keen-eyed look-out
Spied a flickering light
Our last hurrah
Our last hurrah
And when they found our shadows
Grouped around the TV sets
They ran down every lead
They repeated every test
They checked out all the data on their lists
And then the alien anthropologists
Admitted they were still perplexed
But on eliminating every other reason
For our sad demise
They logged the explanation left
This species has amused itself to death
No tears to cry, no feelings left
This species has amused itself to death

Roger Waters