Category Archives: Thoughts

What I Miss About Twitter

Yesterday my calendar notified me that today (April, 27) is my 9 year Twitter anniversary, though I didn’t tweet until just over 3 months later.

It’s also just past the 2 month mark of giving up Twitter. I figured it’d be a good time to follow up on things I miss and don’t miss.

Things I miss

Things I don’t miss

  • Political discourse (or what it’s become recently)
  • Cursing Police

There are some other close friends and acquaintances that I miss, but most of them I interact with offline, in various slack groups,  or at work.

Overall, aside from the obvious holes (some more important than others), I think it’s gone well and haven’t really found a good reason to go back. At least not one that outweighs the cons. Still trying to get into the habit of blogging more regularly. We’ll see how that goes.

Fact Checking the Fact Checkers

So reading through the local paper this morning and I came across a “Fact Check” article from the Associated Press covering Trump’s address last night. Avoiding politics, facts are facts… however, opinions aren’t facts.

As I skimmed through the text a word immediately caught my eye. A word, if you remember back to grammar class, is a key tell for opinion, not fact.

UNEMPLOYMENT

TRUMP: “Ninety-four million Americans are out of the labor force.”

THE FACTS: That’s true, but for the vast majority of them, it’s because they choose to be.

That 94 million figure includes everyone aged 16 and older who doesn’t have a job and isn’t looking for one. So it includes retirees, parents who are staying home to raise children, and high school and college students who are studying rather than working.

They are unlikely to work regardless of the state of the economy. With the huge baby-boomer generation reaching retirement age and many of them retiring, the population of those out of the labor force is increasing and will continue to do so, most economists forecast.

It’s true that some of those out of the workforce are of working age and have given up looking for work. But that number is probably a small fraction of the 94 million Trump cited.

[Source] Is Obamacare ‘collapsing’? How much does immigration cost? Fact-checking Trump’s speech

That last sentence– “probably” where the writer interjects opinions into what should be an article free of opinions. That never should have passed editorial. Sadly the media does this constantly and it’s a real head scratcher as to why nobody trusts them. Stay objective and on point. Facts only, please.

Rights

I have rights, you have rights. My rights don’t negate your rights and your rights don’t negate my rights. It really is that simple.

Often times I see someone say things like “I have a right to breathe clean air” in regards to a smoker whose smoke is blowing into their house. In turn what happens is the offended person complains to the local municipality, or the Home Owners Association (HOA) if they’re in a neighborhood. Regulations end up getting passed, and then the person who smokes can no longer smoke outside their house.

But why does one person’s rights outweigh the other person’s? They don’t. But we’ve started down a slippery slope of who has more rights. And often times this ends up in court litigation. Sadly this is the wrong approach. But in an over-litigious society… I guess that’s what happens.

Why can’t we all just be respectful? Chances are the person wasn’t doing it intentionally. They didn’t know you had a problem. Why not have a conversation with them and see if you can come to some sort of amicable resolution? I understand this isn’t always possible, but it’s where we should start.

Attacking one person’s rights in favor of your own rights may sound like a good idea at first, because after all, it puts you in a higher position. At some point though, someone will come after your rights because they feel their rights are more important. And how will you feel when you suddenly lose your rights?

The key building blocks to a good society is getting along with neighbors, not being passive aggressive or litigating things in court as a first response. If we each tried harder to get along with those around us rather than fighting over little things, we’d be a lot better off than we are right now.

Guilt and Control

Guilt, much like fear, is a controlling factor. Guilt and fear should motivate you instead of control you.

Remember, freedom is the power to choose right over wrong. By allowing an outside force to control your decisions, you are giving up your freedom to choose. Once you give up your freedom to choose you are no longer a free person.

Positive not negative. Right not wrong. Freedom not control.

Remember that.

(Note: I’m referring to the feeling of guilt, not the act of being guilty.)