The New Evil Empire

In the 1980’s, Hollywood did not give a fuck when painting the Soviet Union as the the Evil Empire in every movie.  Think of the 1984 release of Red Dawn, where the Soviet Union with the help of Cuban comrades invade a small town Colorado.  Remember Rambo III, when John Rambo travels to pre-Taliban Afghanistan to rescue his war buddy captured by the Soviet army fighting the Mujahideen.

Of course, the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 but the threat of communist nations still linger with an iron grip on power, think North Korea and China.  Except for a cartoony stop animation of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il in Team America: World Police released in 2004 there has been no film put out by the big Hollywood studios in the last 20 years that is critical of China’s policies.

It is well known that the Chinese government are actively committing what many consider human rights violations against the ethnic Uyghurs and Tibetans.  Additionally, in the last 20 years, China has taken a more belligerent stance in the world stage, including building a military base in the middle of the highly contested territory in the South China Sea, over 1,000 miles from mainland China.  It is widely suspected that China has hacked the federal government’s Office of Personal Management, the HR of the US government, and may have comprised personal information of government employees, federal contractors, and possibly even “state department contractors”, aka CIA agents.  It has been reported, but not investigated by the media that the CIA covert network in China went completely dark in 2012, most likely because the Chinese military hacked the communication methods and procedures followed by the CIA handlers and their local informants.

It feels like the large Hollywood studios, like most companies and even nations, are turning a blind eye at the injustices being committed by the Chinese government, the Communist Party of China, all for the short term illusion of gaining access into the Chinese market.

Alone in the Universe

Movies like Independence Day would have us believe that the United States government has been keeping knowledge about alien life from the general population.  I believe that this myth about alien technology being studied at secret bases like Area 51 has been promoted in part by the military-industrial complex itself as cover for their military training exercises.  Aside from some blurry videos of moving pixels there has been no conclusive or clear evidence that there is extraterrestrial life.  Not only is there no evidence that there is alien life, but there is no evidence that the world’s governments are keeping knowledge of their existence from us.

On multiple occasions, President Trump has tweeted classified information about military operations in the Middle-East.  If he had any direct knowledge about alien life he would clearly tweet about it inadvertently in a early morning tweetstorm.

From a technological perspective, we have not made any significant paradigm shift or quantum leap in generations.  We still depend largely on fossil fuel.  We’ve essentially tapped out Moore’s Law.  Even with modern advancements, medicine and the health care industry as a whole is still so primitive.  Since the pyramids, there is no recent technological advancement that can be credited to an alien civilization.

By all accounts, we might as well be all alone in our corner of the universe.

Ideal Jobs Throughout History

I remember when I was about to graduate from high school, friends and family would offer their recommendation as to what would be the perfect job for me.  Some recommended a trade job like electrician, others offered landing a government job like a mail carrier, and a few suggested getting a union job..  Throughout history, the ideal job has changed.  Here is a short list the best jobs throughout history.
  • 150000 BCE – 10000 BCE, Hunter, Gatherer
  • 10000 BCE – 1000 BCE, Farmer
  • 1000 BCE- 1000 CE, Trader
  • 100 BC – 500 CE, Roman Soldier
  • 1500 CE – 1700 CE, Conquistador, Explorer, Soldier
  • 1660  CE – 1730 CE, Privateer
  • 1700 CE – 1900 CE, Fur Trader, Frontiersman
  • 1900 CE – 1950 CE, Construction, Manufacturing
  • 1920 CE – 1970 CE, Automotive Industry
  • 1935 CE – 1943 CE, WPA 
  • 1980 CE – 2008 CE, Financial Industry
  • 1980 CE – 2019 CE, Software Engineer
  • 2010 CE – 2019 CE, Influencer

Japanese Retail in California

I grew up in Japan Town in San Jose, California. As a kid, I loved going down to the local mom-and-pop Japanese grocery store and buy all sort of Japanese snacks and toys. Unfortunately that mom-and-pop grocery store is no longer there, but here in California there is a number of Japanese grocery stores. The follow are Japanese based stores with on several locations throughout California.
  • Daiso – General Store
  • Miniso – General Store
  • Muji – General Store
  • Uniqlo – Clothing Store
  • Super Dry – Clothing Store
  • Marukai – Grocery Store
  • Nijiya Market – Grocery Store

Modern Guide to Being Rich and Famous

So you want to be rich and famous in the age on viral videos and social media.  Here is a sure approach to becoming an influencer.  First find an audience that is easily influenced.  As a grown adult do dumb and immature shit, build your fan base of 13 year olds, ask your teenage fan base to ask their parents to buy your shirts and gear, and rinse, repeat, and profit.

The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell

Here are the top 10 stories that leaders, executives, and CEO’s like to tell, according to Paul Smith who as interviewed hundreds of them.
  1. Where we came from (our founding story)
  2. Why we can’t stay here (a case-for-change story)
  3. Where we’re going (a vision story)
  4. How we’ll get there (a strategy story)
  5. What we believe (a corporate-values story)
  6. Who we serve (a customer story)
  7. What we do for customers (a sales story)
  8. How we’re different from competitors (a marketing story)
  9. Why I lead the way I do (a leadership-philosophy story)
  10. Why you should work here (a recruiting story)
Learn more in the stories leaders like to tell in Paul’s book The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell.

Ad Hoc Transportation Network

Traffic reporting apps like Waze are a new form of community-based networks. Each day, thousands of drivers use apps like Waze, Google Maps, Apple Maps, and other mobile phone applications to report on traffic conditions. Apps like these, I believe, can and will be interconnected to form a large ad hoc transportation network that can be enabled into smart cars and smart roads. Just imagine the applications that can be developed once the roads have more smart and self driving vehicles. Even now, there are a lot of cars on the road that have cameras for assist driving, once self driving vehicles hit the road in large numbers, those cameras can networked together and used to analyze license plates to look for stolen cars, automatically report pot holes, and even police/monitor other vehicles.

Death Wish

Unlike President Obama, I don’t have a kill list. In fact, unlike most Americans I don’t believe in capital punishment but there is a long list of agent provocateurs, cultural instigators, paid propagandists, bourgeoisie douchbags, and social media marketers that I would not shed a tear if they happen to die of natural causes or freak accidents or sharknado attack.

  • Thomas Friedman, Flathead
  • Mindy Kaling, Project Reject
  • Seth Rogan, Canadian
  • Ai Weiwei, Fake Artist
  • Mr Brainwash, Mr Frenchie
  • Banksy, British Bankster
  • Shepard Fairey, Obey Propagandist
  • Ryan Secrest, Idol Worshipper
  • Perez Hilton, Gossip Blogger
  • Joe Rogan, Fear Factor Facist
  • Chris Hardwick, Fake Nerdist
  • Any of the House wives of E
  • Andy Cohen, Bravo Bravado
  • Brian Wong, Kiip Hipster
  • Jimmy Fallon, Late Night Taxi
  • Ellen DeGenerous, White Oprah
  • Deepak Chopra, Hindu Hogwash
  • Jeff Koons, Pop Propagandist
  • Marc Andreessen, Cloud Capitalists
  • Yoko Ono, Black Widow
  • Leo Laporte, Tech Perv
  • Marc Maron, Moron
  • Nancy Grace, Disgrace
  • Dr Oz, Dr Kickbacks
  • Dr Drew, Dr Pharma
  • Vine Celebrities
  • Instagram Celebritites

Federales

During the American pioneer days, an American citizen could be born and go about most of his or her life without ever meeting a federal government employee, unless it was a US Calvary soldier killing Native Americans. Today, from birth to death, a person has to live and interact and be subject of federal regulations and restrictions.

Evolution of Undergarments

Underwear is like the appendix of garments, it’s almost a vestigial article of clothing. Today with our modern technology of in-home plumbing and heating and air conditioning, we can shower as much as we like, wash our clothes at any hour of the day, and stay nice and warm no matter the temperature outside. These factors had lead to the evolution of the underwear from granny panties big ass flag size waist high underwear to g-strings. The underwear has evolved to become an optional accessory, a bracelet for you butt.