Archive for May, 2013

We Look At Smartphones Too Much

Every day as I ride the bus through Santa Ana, Anaheim, and Costa Mesa, I see the masses plugging away at the Smartphones.  It seems that we see people addicted to them.  No longer do you find people reading a long novel  on the bus. Rather, you just see looking at 4-inch screen and squinting their eyes at the screen.  I have to confess that I am addicted to the social media and Smartphone craze.  However, I am concerned that our addiction to the smartphones is entering into a full-blown addiction.  As reported by CBS Washington,

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A new study finds that Americans spend nearly one hour looking at their smartphones each day.

According to data collected by Experian Marketing Services’ Simmons Connect, the average U.S. adult spends 58 minutes on their phones on a daily basis. On average, smartphone owners devote 26 percent of the time they spend on their phone talking and another 20 percent texting.

Social networking consumes 16 percent of smartphone time while browsing the mobile web accounts for 14 percent of time spent. Emails and gaming account for nearly 10 percent of daily smartphone use. Camera use and GPS tack on another 2 percent of phone time.

There are differences between use of the iPhone and Android.

Users of the iPhone spend more time on their devices a day (26 minutes more) but a smaller percentage of time talking and surfing the Web than their Android counterparts and more time texting and snapping photographs.”

An hour a day.  That means that we spend an hour each day in front of our cell phones and people like me who don’t have cars have to spent longer on the cell phones.   

 

What happened the good old days of reading a newspaper or a long novel.  I believe that those days are over as we began to substitute our reading for pleasure for texting and tweeting.  And of course, I am guilty as hell for this addiction.  

Do we have to work the 12 step program to wean ourselves off our smartphones addiction and return to the days of reading glossy print novels?  I am not concerned about myself because I read a lot of news everyday so I read a lot, but there are a lot of  teenagers who losing the art of long attention span and ability to read long passages

I guess I am going to admit to my sponsor that I have a smartphone addiction and I need to work the steps to resolve this issue. 

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May 30, 2013 at 4:29 am Leave a comment

Iraq and Memorial Day

Today, a lot of our veterans found for a brave cause. They fought valor and bravery to defend democracy. However, I believe the war in Iraq puts stain on this day. It makes fighting a war to defend a country honor and national security a farce. It creates a stain on a day that we are supposed to celebrate heroic valor of those who fought in war.

The Iraq War was a bigger deception than the Vietnam War which slowly developed into large-scale geopolitical conflict between the US and China over control over the future of Indochina. That war was completely unnecessary, but that war escalated at a far slower pace than Iraq and was based on less deceit than the Iraq was.

Our solders found with valor and honor in Iraq. However, like Vietnam, the long-term consequences are not good. I think why this impact means me personally is that I read stories like this everyday
as reported in the AFP

“BAGHDAD — A feud between Iraqi Sunnis and the Shiite authorities they accuse of marginalising their community is driving a deadly spike in violence, but will stop short of all-out conflict for now, experts say.
Attacks including bombings that ripped through worshippers in mosques and cut down shoppers in markets killed over 430 people in Iraq so far in May, 461 in April and 220 or more every other month this year, according to AFP figures.
Crispin Hawes, the Middle East and North Africa director for the Eurasia Group consultancy, said policies of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that have politically isolated Iraqi Sunnis are the main factor behind the spike in violence.
The policies and resulting isolation have encouraged both “radicalisation” and passive tolerance of militants among Sunnis, he said.
“Pretty much since the last US soldier knocked the dust from his boots as he crossed the border (in late 2011), Maliki has gone after a succession of Sunni Arab politicians,” Hawes said.
Maliki made an unsuccessful call on MPs to remove Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlak, a Sunni who had said the premier was “worse than Saddam Hussein,” the day that the last US soldiers left.
A day later an arrest warrant was issued for then-vice president Tareq al-Hashemi, another Sunni.”

It is blight of a war that we fought under false premises that blights this day for me. Instead of building a stable democracy, we have created a ethnic war that creates a daily blood-bath on a daily basis. If Iraq was to remain stable, we would have to permanently maintain a troop level of 50,000 soliders to prop the current government.

Also, we have to deal with struggle of disabled veterans who had to deal with this struggle. Permanently maimed for the rest of their lives.
And they struggle with getting treatment as reported by MSNBC

“Service members who were disabled while on active duty are supposed to receive monetary assistance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). But an increasing number of veterans never receive their disability benefits, or receive them far too late. While the VA has struggled to process claims in a timely fashion for years, the backlog of unprocessed claims has ballooned.
As of May 20, the VA had 838,821 claims waiting to be processed. Two-thirds of those claims—559,186 of them—have been pending for over 125 days and have been classified as “backlogged.” An additional 249,604 claim appeals are pending, from veterans who believe the VA ruled incorrectly on their initial claims. The average wait time for a claim to be completed is 345 days, but appeals can take much longer.
“At some offices, the wait is disastrous. It’s unbelievably long,” said Paul Sullivan, a Gulf war veteran, former VA official, and the current managing director of public affairs for Bergmann & Moore, a law firm which helps veterans with claims appeals.”

It is sad tragedy of what we did for men and women in services . As much as I want to remember the honor and valor of our men and women in service, it is also a day to remember that the futility of war. Outside of the war in Korea and World War II, the wars of the 20th and 21st century were entirely preventable. Let’s this day be a reminder of the futility of war and let’s strive for peace.

The word of the Special Comment hold my opinion about Iraq. The words of Olbermann will always live on and be my memory of the Iraq War. Let’s hope that we never get into an unnecessary Iraq War or Vietnam War and that we do not have to waste our men or women service’s lives for causes do not achieve last-lasting peace and democracy in other countries.

May 27, 2013 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

Pocket Dialing 911 Earns This Guy A Trip to the Big House for the Rest of His Life.

If you are suspect of committing a crime that it is going to land you in life in prison without the possibility of parole, you would not do what this guy did as reported by as reported by Fox News.

“Authorities in South Florida say a man is charged with murder because he was overheard discussing the killing when his cellphone pocket-dialed 911.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office says 24-year-old Scott Simon is charged with first-degree murder in the May 5 shooting of 33-year-old Nicholas Walker. Walker was shot while driving his car onto an Interstate 95 on-ramp.

Authorities say Simon is heard on the 911 call telling someone he’s going to follow the victim home and kill him. But investigators say they believe Simon coordinated the killing and did not pull the trigger himself.

The shooting happened after Walker got into an argument with other men at a Waffle House restaurant. Authorities are still looking for two other suspects”

Unfortunately, for him, he did not have a chase to get away.  His stupidity with using his phone cost him to spend the rest of his life in Florida prison.  In conclusion, be careful of what happens when you pocket-dial somebody on your phone.

May 23, 2013 at 4:46 am 1 comment

This Guy is Appalling Even By Conservative Standards

Conservative opinion writer has this to say about the Virginia Lt. Gov

The Virginia Republican Party was already taking a risk, dumping a gubernatorial primary election in favor of a convention, in order to assure the ideologically emphatic Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II the nomination. Then on Saturday, a small turnout of party die-hards picked a nominee for lieutenant governor who is nothing short of outrageous.

Republican nominee for governor, Ken Cuccinelli, right, at the state GOP convention with, from left, E. W. Jackson, his wife, Theadora, Attorney General candidate Mark Obenshain, and his wife, Suzanne, and Tiero Cuccinelli. (Steve Helber/Associated Press)

African American lawyer-turned preacher E.W. Jackson has called gays “perverted” and “very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally.” He has said the president has “Muslim sensibilities.” He has compared Planned Parenthood to the KKK. He previously got less than 5 percent of the vote in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate in 2012. He is by any definition an extremist, someone who could not muster even minimal support from GOP primary voters”

 

Where does the GOP dig up these people.   I mean seriously.  If the GOP wants to move from the Stone Age to 21st Century, then pick social moderates that actually have broad social appeal while also believe in pro-business fiscal conservative views that strive for innovation and smart regulation of business. In addition, one that views climate change as a strategic risk for business as long-term threat to profitability and therefore, will introduce market incentives to deal with climate change instead of heavy-handed government regulations. 

Does that make it more sense than dig up some crazy nutbag that will get spoofed on the Daily Show by Jon Stewart than actually has a shot of winning.  The GOP keeps kicking themselves in the behind because they refuse to elect social moderate, pro-business candidates in the vein of Jon Huntsman and Chris Christie.   They should have easily won the senate, but instead they keep electing nutbags like this.

 

 

May 21, 2013 at 12:18 am Leave a comment

Rick’s Perry Bad Ass Video

Rick Perry think he is a badass just because he shoots an assault weapon. I don’t understand why conservatives think that machismo. guns increase your maniliness by firing a gun.

From the video, it appears that real men are true badasses if they can shoot an automatic gun. Such advertising is dangerous and can lead to others to engage to dangerous activities with guns. I do not think it lead to more crime, but there is significantly higher risk of gun accidents with a such casual attitude towards guns.

May 5, 2013 at 2:47 am Leave a comment


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