Monthly Archives: January 2017

Thoughts On: Jobs

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President Trump talks about bringing manufacturing jobs back to America. There’s nothing wrong with that. He’ll get the big press release of 1,000 here, or 5,000 there. He’ll brag about how awesome he is for making them come back or how companies are reinvesting in America. But, up to 88% of manufacturing jobs that were lost were taken by robots/automation, not China. And that’s just the beginning.

Advances in artificial intelligence, automation, renewable energies, and self driving vehicles are going to drastically going to change the American workforce in the next decade. Many jobs will become obsolete.

Artificial intelligence and automation will impact us in ways we cant even imagine. A.I. systems like Watson have already begin to help doctors diagnose patients in ways no human even could. A.I. will also power manufacturing automation and self driving vehicles. According to Fortune:  “The Bank of England estimates that 48% of human workers will eventually be replaced by robotics and software automation, and ArkInvest predicts that 76 million U.S. jobs will disappear in the next two decades.”

Renewable energies will also drastically change how we allocate jobs. Politicians continue to pander to coal states, but that industry is gasping for life in the new alternative energy economy. Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years. It is imperative to cut carbon emissions from petroleum and coal before CO2 levels cross a point that ruins our planet’s eco system for generations to come. There are exciting developments in solar, nuclear fusion, and nuclear fission. A recent NOVA episode showed the significant improvements in nuclear reactor technology that is making the next generation far safer than ever before. Nuclear fusion is also starting to show promising results. Oil and coil jobs will be a thing of the past. We cannot and should not pander to coal and oil.

Self driving vehicles are nearly ready to hit the roads of America, and that’s a good thing. Every year, there are over 30,000 Motor vehicle deaths in United States. Self driving cars will eliminate most to all of those fatalities. Self driving cars and trucks will also eliminate the need for cab drivers, chauffeurs, and truck drivers. Some even think self driving cars will spawn a new industry of “call as you need them” cars, which would decrease the sales of automobiles, thereby decreasing automobile production and reducing the required labor. How will cars that crash less impact insurance companies? No one even knows that yet.

All of these are examples of how the labor force will change in the coming decades. We cannot burry our heads in the sand like an ostrich and say the jobs that always were will always be. We need to look to the future, not cling to the past. This will require continuing education or job retraining. But, it will need to be addressed sooner rather than later.

Thoughts On: Being A Democrat

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Just because many people of my generation have different views of how we want to see the future of our country and how we want to raise our children, that does not make us “libtards” (yes, a phrase I have seen used by people I know) or “dumb millennials” (also used by someone I know). It means we view things differently.

  • Some support women’s reproductive rights.
  • Some support LGBTQ rights.
  • Some want a true single payer universal healthcare system where ALL America’s are covered equally.
  • Some support free college for kids to provide them an opportunity to compete in a global economy without crushing debt.
  • Some want us to be better stewards of the global environment to preserve it for our grandchildren.
  • Some support a global economy without borders, because in the end we are all humans.

Just because some people have a different view of the future, they are not libtards or dumb millennials. We just view things differently than the status quo. We have the right to craft the country how we want to, and how our children want it (more on that in a later post). Someone shouldn’t live in fear of not being a “true Christian” because the have different views.

As for me, I support some of the things I listed above, some I don’t. But, I won’t stay silent on topics I find important. I won’t be silent on causes I believe in. I am always open to a respectful and factual debate.

Jason’s Gluten Free Deep Dish BBQ Chicken Pizza

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Makes one 14″ deep dish pizza, 8 slices.

Ingredients

  • 32 oz – LiveGFree (Aldi) Gluten Free Pizza Dough Mix
  • 3 oz – Olive Oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups – Hot Water
  • 2 cups – Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce
  • 2 8oz. – Mozzarella Cheese Bricks
  • 2 cups – Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • 8oz – Chicken Tenders
  • 6 Strips of Bacon

Preparation

  1. Slice chicken tenders into small pieces. Fully cook chicken. Set aside.
  2. Cook bacon until crispy. Chop into tiny pieces. Set aside.
  3. Chop mozzarella blocks into ⅛”-¼” thick slices. Set aside.
  4. Combine pizza mix, eggs, hot water, and olive oil. Mix until fully mixed.
  5. Oil a 14” deep dish pan with olive oil until fully coated.
  6. Place dough in the center of the pan and spread out. Push up the sides to create an edge. Set aside for 1 hour to rise.
  7. After the dough has risen, flatten the center. Cook for 10 minutes at 425.
  8. Remove pan from oven.
  9. Place the mozzarella to cover the entire pizza (there may be small gaps, they will fill in when the cheese melts)
  10. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese evenly throughout the pizza.
  11. Warm the BBQ sauce in the microwave to increase viscosity. This makes it easier to spread. Pour sauce over the cheese and spread to cover the whole pizza.
  12. Evenly distribute the chicken and bacon over the pizza.
  13. Back at 400 for 15-20 minutes.
  14. Cool for a few minutes, cut into 8 slices.

Thoughts On: Russian Influence in the Election

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Yes, Russia influenced an American election. Here’s why…

Donald J. Trump won Michigan by 11,612 votes, Wisconsin by 22,871, and Pennsylvania by 68,236. That is a total of 102,719 votes. Prior to the “Podesta emails“, Clinton had a significant or out side the margin or error lead in the polls in all 3 states. In the 3 weeks following the release of the Russian hacks, the race tightened. She started falling or Trump started pulling undecided voters.

A modest 2% change in voting in Michigan is 95,000+ votes (8x the margin of victory). A 2% change in voting in Pennsylvnia is 118,984 votes (1.74x the margin of victory). So, yes, it is VERY likely the Russian hacks influenced the election. How much? We can never know. But, a 1.5% change means Hillary Clinton is president. A 3% change is more than enough to drastically change an election. A 3% change means she wins WI, PA, MI, FL, and possibly NC.