Michael Lewis’s The Fifth Risk is publicized as demonstrating incompetence of the Trump administration. While it certainly presents anecdotes that show how unprepared and unskilled many Trump appointees were, that wasn’t what I took from the book. Nor did I find myself as interested in the hostility many Trump appointees have for the agencies they supposedly lead.
The Perkins School for the Blind is out with a survey that attempts to figure out how Americans feel about blindness. America’s Blind Spot surveyed a thousand Americans from different segments of the population, different generations, and geographic regions of the country. I’m writing this post because my experience confirms many of the survey’s unfortunate findings.
The US-Mexico border runs through four states: Arizona; California; New Mexico; and Texas. There are nine Congressional districts on the border. In April of 2017, the Wall Street Journal polled all 17 members of Congress representing border districts and states and couldn’t find a single person who supported Trump’s wall. At the time, Trump was requesting 1.4 billion dollars to begin constructing the wall and no member of Congress representing people living on the border wanted to pay. Now, Trump wants 5.7 billion dollars for the wall and has shut down part of the government to try and get his way.
I’m tired of Republicans justifying Trump’s bad ideas and cruel policies by constantly trying to create false equivalencies with things done by Barack Obama or the Clinton’s. If something was wrong when a Democrat was president that something should be wrong today. If something is worse than anything done during a Democratic administration, it should be wrong today.
Yes, I watch Married at First Sight. Yes, I’m very late with this review. I know season eight has begun.
I’m late because I watch the show with Aunt Barb, who got me into it, and we haven’t had time to finish. But I have caught up on what was the weirdest season so far.
Now because the Internet is clamoring for someone who has never been married to review a show on marriage, here is my review.
This is the 300th post I have made to this blog. It’s kind of a cool milestone for me. So, I felt like acknowledging it here.
I used to believe there was a responsible way to use Facebook. As long as you didn’t like any business pages, share anything from a business, or click on adds, my theory was you were relatively safe. The recent disclosure that Facebook shared private messages with Netflix and /Spotify is a game changer.
I recapped my year in review. This post is looking ahead for me in 2019. I will preview the following topics:
- My job
- Exercise and health
- Continued Learning
- This website
- The house
I’m a little late with this, but it’s time to recap my 2018. On the whole, 2018 was a great year for me. I left 2018 feeling as good about the future as I can remember.
This year in review will have two main sections:
- Things that Didn’t go as Planned
John Perkins’s New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man would be better named as an update to Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. Much of the New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is stuff that appeared in the original book. So, I only read about 40 percent of this version. Still, New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man was decent read.
John Perkins’s Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is one of the most important books I have ever read. As an American who cares about people in other countries, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man was an infuriating read. The book is an excellent example of exactly how much America’s foreign policy has been designed around the interests of corporations.