The Russians Are Coming!

America's love-hate relationship with Russia and Communism

Russian flag

With all the talk of Russian interference in U.S. elections and supposed collusion and spying, you'd think we were back in the midst of the U.S.-Soviet Cold War. But the interesting thing for any student of history is that it seems when the Democratic Party is in control, communist and former communist countries like Cuba, Russia and China are cool. It is only when the Republican Party (and specifically Donald Trump) are at the wheel when Democrats suddenly see any friendly move toward the Russians as evidence of everything from collusion to being an agent or puppet of Putin. The reality is, during Barack Obama's administration, the outreach to Russia included Hillary Clinton with a plastic "reset" button given to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Vice president Joe Biden even said:

"All of us, we all invested in a type of Russia we hoped -— and still hope -— will emerge one day: a Russia integrated into the world economy; more prosperous, more invested in the international order." (source)


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Who Killed The Most People?

Have religious or political ideas killed more people in history?

Religion vs Politics

When it comes to murder...yeah, that's how I'm starting this article...but when it comes to murder we often think of Nazis or notions of religions persecuting and killing people throughout history. Even now, the last resort of a debater on Facebook is to label someone as a Nazi. That'll show them. Or even better, if you ever run for president of the United States you can try to win the campaign by claiming your opponent and all of his or her supporters are Nazis, neo-Nazis, and racists, even if it's not true. You should win hands down. Here's the part where some snooty elitist gets all offended, claiming I'm making light of the suffering of millions of people. READ Who Killed The Most People? about Who Killed The Most People?

Indoctrination 2.0

How Alexa , Google Home and other devices will influence your views

Propaganda in the next generation

With the debut of Fox News in 1996 and the advent of the Internet, the educational and cultural monopoly of the mainstream American media has been significantly diminished. While the established American media may deny it, it has effectively cultivated an indoctrinating and propagandizing influence over the American population from the formation of the United States until the mid 1990s. This indoctrination is evident in how all the major networks report with the same bias to the point of their staff often repeating narratives exactly from one network to another. Further, beyond news media, media in the form of late night talk shows, Hollywood movies and television series often repeat the same socialistic, multiculturistic narratives while presenting opposition to socialist and multiculturistic ideas as narrow minded or bigoted. This shaming of alternative views acts as an indoctrination that stifles opposition. This same propagandizing permeates even public schooling and especially college and university level learning. READ Indoctrination 2.0 about Indoctrination 2.0

EasyCalc for Excel

Imagine an Excel sheet that can easily calculate a rate matrix.

Rate matrix calculation

During my 15 plus years in the logistics and freight forwarding industry I have had to learn how to read rate tariffs or rate matrices for invoicing and auditing purposes. I have sought to apply my two principles of life to this process, which are:

Make more efficient.

Make more accurate.


While the second isn't really grammatically correct since something is either accurate or it isn't, I hope the reader will forgive my little flub. To this end I have been working on ways to interact with Excel-based rate tariffs. After years of custom designing calculators to fit specific matrices and often to the point that they worked great but weren't easily portable to another rate sheet, I've finally developed a worksheet-based calculator that will work with FCL, LCL, AIR, and even consol shipments. In reality, the calculators can be used for anything you want to calculate, not just logistics. The calculators are completely portable and allow the user to easily move it to any other workbook and still work as designed.
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Humans: A Technical Manual for Aliens

Everything extraterrestrials need to know about humans before visiting planet Earth

Human Manual

Whether you are coming from Proxima b or one of the seven TRAPPIST-1 planets or LHS 1140b Earth may seem like an exotic fantasy; I mean really? Life on another planet? If you decide to venture to the Milky Way, be careful of the debris in the orbit around the planet Earth. You should especially avoid the KH-9 Hexagon satellite. On approach to the planet, you should find a remote island away from population centers as your landing and base of operations. Do not go near any farm fields especially on the land mass called England.

You will need to consider how you plan on blending in, as humans are a very hostile species. You could disguise yourself as an actual human or any of the many other lifeforms on the planet. Just be aware that almost all other forms of life are often eaten by the humans; and sometimes humans eat other humans. So, if you want to have a successful excursion you should plan well for safety.

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100 Days Later

Has Trump accomplished anything in his first 100 days?

Trump's promises

President Trump's 100th day is on April 29, 2017. Like all politicians, he has made pledges or promises he planned to enact and especially within the first 100 days of his administration. The number one pledge was to bring a sense of American pride back into focus, or as he phrased it in his campaign slogan; Make America great again. There has been incidental positives simply by Trump being president. The financial markets initially improved on the prospect of a pro-business capitalist president in comparison to the wealth redistributing socialist lite during Barack Obama's administration.

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Kutools vs XLSuperTool

Getting the most out of Excel. XLSuperTool vs Kutools

Excel Add-in

Kutools is an add-in for Microsoft Excel which gives Excel over 200 powerful new features like; real-time currency conversion, cell content comparison, in-cell data encryption and more. (Bail now if this sounds too nerdy) Kutools for Excel can be downloaded from its Chinese maker, ExtendOffice.com which offers the add-in for a free 60 day trial and $39.00 after.

XLSuperTool is NOT an add-in but a stand-alone workbook with over 50 powerful new features like; real-time currency conversion, cell content comparison, in-cell data encryption and more. (How’s that for unbiased comparison?) XLSuperTool was designed by RoderickE (me) over the course of 5 years, incorporating over 20 years of Excel use. It’s main features were developed to meet efficiency needs in the logistics/goods transportation industry, so many of the “tools” are geared for that. XLSuperTool can be downloaded from its USA maker, XLSuperTool for FREE for all time. Why? Because I don’t want to see people struggling with simple Excel processes. If you like the product, please consider thanking me here or by hiring me for larger projects here. Thanks READ Kutools vs XLSuperTool about Kutools vs XLSuperTool

Participating in the Delusion

At some point in your life you will conclude that everything is merely a delusion or representation of fleeting ideas.

Truman Show

The opening statement is not meant to be negative or fatalistic but rather realistic. The reality of our lives is that not many of us are that important to the grand scheme of things, despite being told all our lives that each of us is “special” or “unique”. Most people live life in a rather predictable and unremarkable manner. We repeat this process generation after generation. Sure, we’re important to our immediate family but so is everyone else. Knowing and acknowledging this helps put everything into perspective. This is what I mean by participating in the delusion. It is when people either deny or don’t understand this role they are playing, that life often comes crushing down.
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If You Were President

What would you do if you were the president of the United States of America?

USseal

During 2015-2016 I waged an experimental citizen for president campaign. I understood the reality of the situation and that I’d never be president…but what if an average citizen actually did get elected? How would we govern? What are some of the first things we would do? What could we legally do? How would we approach current issues?
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Everything is a Thing

Everything is a child or attribute of something else.

All

Everything is merely a smaller part of a greater thing; that is, it is an attribute or property of something else. In computer programming this is called Object-base. An object has properties that can be set or changed. For example, the screen on which you are reading this has properties such as width, height, contrast, tint, brightness pixel ratio among many other attributes. Some of these attributes are only readable and cannot be changed or written. In a more complex example, think of a human being. Some of our properties or attributes are: gender, age, race, height, eye color. With DNA mapping, some of these properties may move from being only readable to writeable properties. Everything is a thing of some other thing of some other thing and on and on.
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Your Money

How much money do you really get to keep and take home?

Coin toss

In the United States of America, the very founding of our nation was precipitated on freedom from excessive taxation. The original idea of America was that the government was supposed to be very small and non-intrusive. Taxation was only going to be for the most necessary things to support the "Common Welfare" of the citizens. In fact, not until 1913 did the Federal Government begin to permanently collect income taxes. Before that, roads, schools, hospitals and all the other things that clamor for our tax dollars fended for themselves via other means.

You will be surprised if not shocked how little of $1 dollar you actually get to keep.
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Everyone VS You

Are you your own person or are you defined by your membership with some group?

Group-think

We want to think of ourselves as independent individuals, to be judged or assessed on our own merits, but if we present our group affiliation before anything else then that is how people will see us. If we first tell people about our race or our nationality or our religion then that is who we are before we are an individual human. Further, when it comes to your identity as an individual you will not only have those attributes you purposely project but other people will impose definitions on you. How do you present yourself as a true individual?
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What Your Facebook Activity Says About You

Does your Facebook activity reveal what type of person you are?

Facebook reveals

What if by clicking that like button you are saying more about yourself than you know? In fact you are. University of Cambridge researcher Michal Kosinski used his Psychometrics studies to develop an analytic of a person's Facebook activity. From your likes he can predict your gender, your femininity or masculinity level, marital status among other things.
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Four Years After Trump

Will America, or more specifically Democrats survive four years of Trump? Yes, yes you will.

Surviving Trump

During every party change of the American presidency, the losing party seems so distraught as unable to go on, but with Donald Trump's election a new manifestation of grief from leftists seems to be showing. They seem unable to come to terms that not only did he win, but he is doing exactly what he said he'd do.
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To the Land of the Infidels: U.S. Immigration Issue

Why do people who hate the ideas of America, capitalism and freedom get upset when they are banned from coming to America?

Infidels

During the first week of U.S. president Donald Trump's administration he issued an entry ban for people from several predominantly Muslim countries where ISIS and other Islamic terrorists have been known to originate. This caused quite a backlash from American Democrats and other anti-American leftists.
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