Random thoughts.... post yours!

Tom

An Old Friend
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I also wrote:
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A + B = Tuesday
1 + 1 = Purple

There are a lot of people angry, frustrated, confused about reality because they don't understand it.
It causes people to expect something that will not happen and they act to try to make it happen.
This confuses it even more.

The first step is to try to understand the reality that surrounds you.
This requires looking at it with a clear understanding.
We are taught, all our lives, delusional concepts that attempt to rewrite reality to our own will but it doesn't work that way.

When reality rears its cold ugly head, it scares us or angers us and we start closing our minds to it.
As a defensive action, we despise the reality before us and work that much harder to change it to something we expect.
Problem is, reality doesn't care, it just is.

Most will heap delusions onto delusions trying to make reality bend to their will. It causes constant conflict in how we understand our lives.
Only by stripping away the delusions can we find contentment.

Before someone can change their reality they need to understand the reality that currently exists. If deluded about the current reality, any action plan will fail because the changes that are made will be changes to the delusion and not the reality. The reality will persist, thus, the action plan fails.

When action plans repeatedly fail, we start blaming things for the failure. In this case, money.
Sometimes reality can't be changed individually and sometimes it can't be change no matter what. Laying blame is merely an attempt to understand reality rooted in delusion.

Frankly, I doubt many people can understand the concepts I am referring to and it really doesn't matter to me. There are however, some people that understand what I'm writing and to them it makes a lot of sense.
They do matter to me because they are not prone to blaming or delusional thinking.

Having lived on both sides of the delusional mind-barrier I choose to embrace reality no matter how cold and dispassionate it is. To me, delusional thinking causes depressive thinking and I will no longer feed that monster at my expense.
I embrace reality and change what I can and accept everything else.
It gives me personal contentment.
 

Kevin

Code Monkey
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Location
Pennsylvania
So I'm checking my email this afternoon, waiting on an a particular email from GitHub, and seen a notice from Amazon that my order for some hanging LED 'rainfall' lights has shipped.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074SJNFC1/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I... I don't remember ordering them. :eek: I remember seeing them last night while I was exploring options for solar powered LED light strings for mason jars but I sure don't remember clicking the '1 Click Buy' button and I sure as heck didn't go through the checkout process.

I remember now why I try not to surf the net when it's late & I'm tired.
 

Kevin

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BBC America is showing the letterbox version of Terminator 2: Judgment Day this weekend. Great movie, makes me want to watch T1 & T2 back-to-back.
 

screenersam

This is news, Vincenzo, NEWS!
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forest fires are a natural event. the forest must burn occasionally to clear out for new growth. Forest Service policy of put-all-fires-out is counterproductive. dead wood accumulates and makes things worse.
 

Kevin

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Location
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forest fires are a natural event. the forest must burn occasionally to clear out for new growth. Forest Service policy of put-all-fires-out is counterproductive. dead wood accumulates and makes things worse.
Unfortunately most of the major devastating fires the US has seen in recent years can all be tied back to some type of human related instantiation. Natural fires on their own have posed far less danger than those that were self-inflicted.
 

Tom

An Old Friend
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Location
Gulf Coast
Here, I have an idea on how to get a handle on illegal immigrants in any country that is part of the United Nations.

A Variable Fine

Here's how it could work...

Anytime a nation (any nation) has to catch and deport illegal immigrants, the immigrants parent nation is fined.
They are fined for all the costs related to removing that individual from their country. In addition, there is a fine assessed for each offense.

The fines would consist of the costs related to that individual including:
$ Costs to search out that individual.
$ Costs to apprehend that individual.
$ Costs to hold and deport that individual.
$ Lost tax revenue related to that individual.
$ Damages related to persons or property by the illegal immigrant.
$ Percentage of costs to prevent additional violations based on the number of violators reported during the assessment period.
$ Standard violation fee.

That means, all the costs that are currently being covered by the nation's INS enforcers, detainers and paper-pushers that would normally be submitted as costs involved to the federal budget.
All the damaged property, fences (or a wall), any lawsuits from deaths related to the apprehension, salaries of employees, job benefits for the employees and any moneys required to return the violator to their country of origin.

All costs are collected and assessed against the originating nation twice a year. With paper proof to back up the claim.

What I think would happen if the nation is hit in the pocket for violations of immigration laws is that those nations will start doing everything in their power to reduce or stop the violators.

Nations might initiate a "declaration of separation" that requires acceptance from the receiving nation. Every immigrant would be required to have proof of separation.

So, yes, Mexico might cover the costs to build a wall but it will be their wall, not ours. Same with any other country with illegal immigrant problems.

Perhaps the 'effective' solution is to hand off the problem to the nations that are producing illegal immigrants. Let them spend their money to prevent violations.
 

Tom

An Old Friend
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Location
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If nations can regulate who comes in, why can't they regulate who goes out?
Start holding nations responsible for the illegal exodus of their people and you might see a reduction over-all.
Ya might be surprised how effective it is once it gets started.

Personally, I think everyone should be able to migrate to any place on Earth if they so choose.
 
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