Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Learning

Day 27

Educating George

7:22am:
A few weeks ago, when I first encountered Audible Books, I had great hopes for using these books as a way of educating myself. And that idea still remains. However, this morning as I was listening to:

"Capital in the Twenty-First Century" [Link]

..... it was clear that my falling asleep problem, although greatly diminished, still remained.

Whenever I read a book, especially a book as this one, filled with facts and figures, in short order, I fall asleep. Granted, Audible Books do not put me to sleep quickly. As does the actual reading of a history book, for example. But I do doze off, from time to time.

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Going off to college
In 1955, I enrolled in East Los Angeles Junior College. However, my reading problem was insurmountable! It just was not possible for me to study with this sleep disorder.

Eventually, reality sunk in. I had to give it up. This did not mean that I did not get a good education. My brain was good. And, in my opinion, I am very well educated. But I got that education by living my life. Geography, history, etc. Somehow I absorbed those subjects.

My education plan
Beginning with, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," I plan to continuously listen to Audible Books on various subjects of interest to me.

I am only 80 years old. I have plenty of time. Right?

Baby Boid loves Mirror Bird!



8:43am:
Economics
My interest in the main subject of this book [The distribution of capital] goes back many years. Since the 1960s, I observed that the wealthy began to greatly out distance working people.

When Bobby Kennedy took up his battle against Jimmy Hoffa in the 1960s, the plight of the working person turned downward. Never to regain its economic position ever again.

Similarly, when Ronald Reagan made the decision to break the Air Traffic Controller strike in the 1980s, a huge blow was taken against all working persons.

Since those years, wealthy persons have gotten richer and richer. While the working class has steadily declined.

I am very interested in the mechanics of the welfare of working people vs wealthy people. That's why I am reading this book.



3pm: 
Working on Tránsito
We have made an Afternoon Camp in the big park at Lake Murray. The job we have undertaken, is to do some of the many things necessary for Señor Tránsito to get in tip-top shape.

You likely know that Old George is a neat-nick. He likes things to be in apple pie order. Recently, California DMV sent Señor Tránsito's license plates, and now they are installed. We also cleaned the front carpets and seats.

We have been workin' hard!

9:31pm:
Nite Camp Location
If you have followed my Blog for several years, you may have noticed that many [Most] of my daily Blog posts closed with a:

Nite Camp Location Link

I have ceased posting a link to a map of my Nite Camp Location. It got a bit dangerous to do that.

As the years went by, it seems to me, that I am RVing more and more among dangerous persons. Some of these dangerous critters have made their presence known right here on my Blog!!

That's the reason why I have taken to "Moderating Comments" before allowing those comments to be published.

I am doing this moderating to protect decent Readers from coming into contact with these vermin.


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32 comments:

  1. Never too late to learn George! I once read something about an old dog and new tricks. :)

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    1. Hi Croft,

      Yes! Never too late!

      I really get a kick out of being somewhere, and listening to my Audible book. Persons walking by and looking thru Scampy's window at me [And Boid], have no idea of the joy I am experiencing. 😇

      George


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  2. Hi George...my thoughts similar to the comment by Bob West....2 homes and our rv...and we are really most comfortable in the rv, with 119,000 miles on it. Home is where we are most at ease with little to be concerned about. Right now in our FL home we have a toilet that keeps running and a drapery guy coming tomorrow to replace vertical blinds with drapes.
    Always something... please know I look forward to your posts and wish you the best for many more years.

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    1. Hi Ernie,

      You have been commenting here for many years. Pretty neat!

      Thank you sooooo much for your compliment about looking forward to my Blog posts! 😎

      Happy New Year!

      George

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  3. George the working capital has always been in existence since the beginning of time...it's called greed. Even fairy tales teach this...remember the King who wanted gold so bad he turned everything he touched into gold. Surprise he had no food, water or other things he loved. Some day the rich will suffer the consequences big time, no money for agriculture, industry, medicine & health care, education, parks & recreation, etc., etc. The rich will be hoarding money and wealth. But for what?

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    1. Sorry Rita,

      I am not able to reply to you here on my Blog's comments.

      If you wish to contact me via private email, that would be OK. You may find my link to an Email form at the top of my Blog [Under the pic of myself with MsTioga].

      George


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  4. "Whenever I read a book...filled with facts and figures...I fall asleep."

    The falling to sleep has to do with the fact, the brain, can only process(digest) so much new information at a time; then it shuts down. Some people fall asleep, others stop listening, still others can't tell you what they read. If it's something you really want to understand or learn, go until you start to get sleepy. Turn it off or lay the book down for a while and go do something else. Then, come back and start again, bet you retain more of it.

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    1. Hi Judy.

      Thanks for that thought.

      George

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  5. Do you like to take walks
    If you do put your earbuds in to your audiobook and walk. I doubt you will fall asleep that way
    Do that an hour in the morning sometime and hour before evening
    You exercise the brain and you exercise the body at the same time

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    1. Ed,

      The Audible book seems to be working for me.

      George

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  6. pasadenaray112/26/17, 4:59 PM

    George, the ATC strike was ILLEGAL,the union even admitted this. Reagan didnt "bust" the controllers or the union. he warned them before hand, they refused & were fired. simple as that. seems you have a pre established resentment towards Regan when in fact its all the swamp creature politicians that steal your hard earned money in the name of TAXES.
    Ray

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    Similarly, when Ronald Reagan made the decision to break the Air Traffic Controller strike in the 1980s, a huge blow was taken against all working persons

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    1. "You can rest assured that if I am elected President, I will take whatever steps are necessary to provide our air traffic controllers with the most modern equipment available and to adjust staff levels and work days so that they are commensurate with achieving a maximum degree of public safety... I pledge to you that my administration will work very closely with you to bring about a spirit of cooperation between the president and the air traffic controllers."
      —Ronald Reagan, in a letter to PATCO President Robert Poli, October 20, 1980



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    2. Hi Ed,

      No comment.

      George

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    3. I made a mistake that's 1300 returned to work , and 11,342 were fired
      Reagan included the following in a statement to the media from the Rose Garden of the White House: "Let me read the solemn oath taken by each of these employees, a sworn affidavit, when they accepted their jobs: 'I am not participating in any strike against the Government of the United States or any agency thereof, and I will not so participate while an employee of the Government of the United States or any agency thereof.'"[7] He then demanded those remaining on strike return to work within 48 hours, otherwise their jobs would be forfeited.

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    4. Hi Ed,

      I noticed that mistake, and did not comment on it, figuring it to be a typo.

      If Reagan did participate in a strike against the government, he would have been in good company. None other than Thomas Jefferson himself in a letter to James Madison stated:
      "I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical."

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  7. George, in the words of Ronald Reagan, "There you go again..." You rarely get challenged when you chronicle your RV adventures. For some reason we're all interested in what you had for breakfast or what you're fixing or tweaking today.

    We know you think a little different than most of the indians in the tribe but once you go off the reservation with political stuff, it seems you invite passionate points of views counter your own.

    I think that can anger you or hurt your feelings. I'd suggest avoiding that conflict. It's sort of like watching a married couple you like bicker.

    Other than that...love the blog and looking forward to 2018. Happy New Year Tioga George.

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    1. Hi Bob,

      I'm Blogging about a book that I am reading.

      George

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  8. It always amazes me when working people are passionate in their arguments in favor of a political party that continually erodes economic position in this country. All the while saying it is because of taxes that they struggle. after accounting for inflation,wages have been dropping in this country for over forty years. It is time to give up on the failed theory of trickle down. Money tends to move mostly one direction and it ain't down. Let's be bold and try a trickle up economy for a while. If 1% of the People have 90% of the wealth then they should bear 90% of operating costs of the system. When I started in the working world I was able to provide my wife, son and myself with a living, buy a home, had medical insurance. All on a job that was just manual labor. I defy someone to be able to do that in our current economy. That is unless you are fortunate enough to have a union job.






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    1. Hi Dan,

      Well, that is the way of things here in our country. Citizens seem to be bewildered and ignorant about which side of the bread their butter is on.

      And what's more, these citizens seem to be staunchly proud of their ignorance!

      I wrote before, and I shall write here again:

      Since the power of labor unions has been essentially diminished into nothingness, the wealthy have gotten way more wealthier. And the working class has been pushed into an envelope of poverty.

      One would think that working people would understand what has happened to them. But they do NOT understand.
      It is amazing!"


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  9. This is so important to me. No matter what side you are on it is about power tenpower of unions has been removed slowly and subtely. Administratie rules at NLRB and State law changes. The power has shifted to management. With union power dimished workers are hurting. We will not restore thealance withou organizing and yes civil disobednce will be required.

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    1. Hi Bob West,

      Civil disobedience! Yes!

      When Jimmy Hoffa needed push to counter the government backed crooks who owned the trucking companies, he lent Teamster pension funds to mobsters. And for those loans, Hoffa got muscle on the Teamster's side.

      That was the ONLY way for Hoffa and the Teamsters to win!

      And for that, Bobby Kennedy had Hoffa put in prison.

      Look what has happened to the Teamsters since then! Truck driver wages are pitifully low!

      Hoffa would be turning over in his grave if he knew what has happened to his truck driver brothers since those times!

      Teamsters were on top of the World! Leading the way for the highest union wages. No more, brother!

      George

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  10. As a past IBT member of local 59 and AATU I think one should read about Jimmy Hoffa and the unions you might understand why you're buying cheap foreign goods

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    1. Hi Ed,

      No reply. I stopped Blogging stuff not RV related.




      George

      PS: I am a Hoffa fan!

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  11. Hi George!

    When you start to get sleepy when reading, take a break and get some exercise.

    Studies show that as little as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise is enough to jump start your brain and increase performance.

    Cheers!
    Lou

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    1. Hi Lou,

      Thank you for your advice!

      May not help me, however. My Father had the same thing. I had it from a very young age.

      George

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  12. Hi George! Did I get moderated out of existence?

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    1. Hi Tom,

      No. Not completely.

      Your comment on Unions was set aside, however.

      George

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    2. That however was my story, and true! It is unfortunate that you disallowed it. It is your blog tho. I've been here for years but do not comment often, that topic was passionate for me.

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    3. Hi Tom,

      I understand how you feel about me not publishing your passionate view.

      You understand, that I had made what I acknowledged was an error in Blogging political stuff here in my RV Blog.

      You may email me to discuss things. There is an email link at the top of my Blog page. On the right, under the masthead image of MsTioga and myself.

      George

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