TRAVEL ADVISORY, STAY SAFE: HOW TO BEHAVE VISITING OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY

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“You’re not at home, act like it.”


Recently in the news, another American has been killed overseas, this time in Greece. He was a recent college graduate who was traveling with some friends. They found themselves out on the town in Greece. And the next thing they knew he was in a fight. But not just any fight, a full on brawl country, flag, greecewhere about ten to fifteen people had attacked him. He died as a result of his injuries. Prior to that, a young man died by the hands of the North Korean government after being imprisoned there for trying to steal a poster. So my question to us as Americans is, do we need special protocol when traveling outside America?

Because we have this freedom in America, but that freedom stops at the gate once we board a plane and leave this country. But for some reason that does not seem to sink into our heads. We walk around there in whatever countryarchitecture, buildings, city we’re in like we own the place. Not a care in the world, unaware of the dangers out there for us. And we don’t realize it until it’s far too late. The two instances with the college kid in Greece and the young man in North Korean, they both died. But is there something more to the way we behave as Americans that place us in these types of predicamenst? And my answer to that is yes, we do act certain ways that could put us in a dangerous situation. It all stems from the arrogance of us as people.

Now, I am not saying the Greece situation was arrogance because we don’t know that much from the video released. But the accounts of the people around says the college student was pestering the bartender. The young man took a poster in North Korea clearly when he was told not to do sodark, passport, united states of america himself. A lot of people have stated that these are not reasons to kill someone. Yes, in America it’s not a reason. But in other countries, you don’t know what the daily life is like, you’re just visiting. Or even when you’re given strict instructions, why go against them. It’s almost like you’re asking for something to happen. Which goes back to that arrogance.

There are some countries that if you mouth off to the police, you might get robbed for doing so. Or you might even have to bribe the officer into letting you go. Sounds crazy, but that is the positions you could find yourself in if not careful. Now, there is still no guarantee that you’ll be safe, but still carry yourself with a certain level of decor. Because that land of free, home of the brave exist in this country. The laws and ways of life shift once you leave America. And in the end, that’s what it’s all about. Teaching our citizens that they must be better. Not just because they are representing the United States, but because we want them to be safe.


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MOVING FORWARD: THE FUTURE OF AMERICA

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“Where are we going to go from here?”


Since Donald Trump walked into the White House, his supporters have all been waiting to see what decision he will make regarding employment in America. He has promised to open the factory doors of America and make products here in this country. A lot of our goods in America are made in China, a move that has cost a lot of Americans jobs over the past few decades. So the question remains, how does he plan on doing this in a society where automation is replacing manpower? And where should we move from here since the factories may not be coming back?

In the United States, for decades, this country made and bought within goods and services. But over the past few decades there has been a sharp decline. Jobs, mainly factory work, has been moved overseas to places like Mexico, India, and China. The cost to the organization is cheaper and the good is cheaper for us to pay for in the stores. Making the product here would drive the cost up because the organization must cover the cost of labor. The raw materials to make the good is cheap as well as the production. But the people working is what brings the expenses up. So people want these low prices, but want jobs here.

Now we move to Donald Trump coming into power. A man who has been criticized for his language. Yet I want to see how he manages to bring those jobs back. Better yet, why are we still focused on being an industrialized nation when the future of society is computer engineering. Everything is falling into the tech space. Whereas few people in the past were becoming engineers, now everyone is moving into the tech space. Especially in the recent years, considering so many young people have become billionaires from the ideas they have created.  It’s no wonder so many people are joining in. Yet the American workers feel this new technology could prove disastrous for them. But this isn’t anything new, we have always moved groups of people aside via technological innovation.

Back in the early 1900’s, mule pulling was a way of farming. Do you know how many people lost out once the combine was invented? Where is the sympathy to all these mule pullers. You don’t care because no one wants to pull a mule through the fields. And don’t forget all these public libraries closing because people are using the internet. We as a society have always innovated, but now that the generation who benefited from someone else hurting, is now complaining. This will also happen with my age group. Because we can’t keep a society one way for an eternity.  We have to continue to innovate, if not we lose to other nations that will.

In the end, we have and will always move forward with technology. And with that move, people will lose out, and others will adjust. You have to be willing to roll with the punches. Get on the bus, or risk getting left behind. Because America is not, and can’t afford to go back in time. This nations has to compete on a global scale, so if the new standard is tech, then it’s tech we must learn. Grow as a nation or die out as one of the world’s last dynasties.

QUALIFYING THE UNQUALIFIED: HOW TO HELP AMERICA’S UNEMPLOYED

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“How do we help them?”


In previous articles, I have discussed the reasons for so many people being unemployed in America. And one of the reasons I have come up with in regards to aiding the unemployed is some type of program to help the unemployed. But how do we determine how to help those unemployed. Well, for starters, what are their skills in life? You have a lot of Americans who have some sort of physical labor intensive skill. Now in a society where machines are replacing people, what do they do? Well, why are their so many labor intensive Americans? How did that come about? Let’s look at the history overall at how we came to this point.

For the past hundred years in the United States, we have went through strong economic times through an industrial era. America was such a strong nation in our use of factories for mass production that we lead the world. So much so that people have flocked to this nation from other parts of the world seeking a better life. But a problem arose as time went on. And that problem is that bigger boys came on the block ready to compete. They were big boys called, Chinese, Indians, and Mexicans. And then American corporations found it cheaper to ship factory jobs to these countries instead of mass production here. Why, well because the labor is cheaper. You could pay ten times less, and charge cheaper prices for the good.

Now in the United States people have relied so much on these factories that they have no other skill. Because working in a factory is repetitive work all day. You made enough money to build a home and buy a car, even put kids through school. When jobs moved overseas, it forced people to be creative and think outside the box. And for the first time in their lives, they had to be good at something other than their daily task. And that’s where we are at today with the job crisis. People don’t have actual job skills, they have task skills. You can program a machine to perform a task, but teaching a machine skills is not there yet. So what do we do and where do we go from here.

During Donald Trump’s election, he eluded to the idea of reintroducing factories back into the United States, moving out of China mainly. But how does this happen in an environment where you can make so much by not coming back. See, in my opinion, we need training programs for Americans. Training programs that teach logistics, management, operational, and IT (information technology) experience/skills. What we also do is build infrastructure such as torn up roads, freeways, rundown schools, old police stations and fire houses, as well as other publicly funded property. People with factory or construction experience should get first dibs of a certain age (40+ years), and the next generation should prepare themselves for the future.

Because in the end, the future of the country will be how innovative the country can be. We should not be looking to reopen factories, but pushing innovative initiatives in this country. Coal mining and building soda cans should be done through automation. If not, all it takes is for someone to make a production method better in the world to illuminate our factories. We are banking on the world not innovating. Think about the mule pullers in the south harvesting. Imagine how they got put out of jobs because of the combine. People have to adjust the best way, and going back is not the best method of job growth.