Nuggets of Wisdom

Sunday, January 22, 2017

How Trump Will (Probably) Win Re-Election

Well, it’s official: Donald J. Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. While many Americans hoped and prayed that his inauguration day would never come, unfortunately for them, it has, and Trump is going to be our president for the next eight years.

Yes, I said eight years. Not four. Eight.

As in Trump is going to be a two-term president.

I know many people don’t want to believe that. They don’t want him to make it past the next two years, let alone four or even eight. Then again, they also assumed that he wouldn’t win the primaries. Or the election. Or even the Electoral College. And yet here we are today with Trump in the White House.

If there’s one thing we should’ve learned from the election, it’s that we should never underestimate Trump. Never! Underestimating him allowed him to win this election, and it will allow him to win the next—and mark my words, he will win re-election!

Oh, not because I want him to, by any means. On the contrary, I hate him as much as any other decent thinking human being. But knowing that something is going to happen is not the same thing as wanting it to happen, and as much as I don’t want a two-term Trump presidency to happen, it mostly certainly will.

To answer “why”, I could easily point to Bush and Obama. If both of them could win a second term in spite of their failings, Trump most certainly can and will in spite of his incompetence. Thing is, we haven’t had a one term president since the original Bush, and that was nearly 30 years ago, so a two-term Trump seems almost inevitable.

Then again, just saying all that doesn’t make for a good think piece. So allow me to show my work and prove how Trump will be re-elected by Republicans, Independents, and, yes, even Democrats.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Nintendo, I Am Disappoint!

Since my previous rant on the Nintendo Switch presentation, it appears that many other more notable video game critics from Razorfist to Jim Sterling seem to share my overall disappointment.

Perhaps the most disappointing announcement for the new console has been with its on-line service, which Nintendo seems to think they can get away with charging now by providing players one free NES or SNES game a month. I mean, Really? Is that the best they can do?!

Jim elucidates just how out-of-touch Nintendo has become in his newest video:

Big Pharma Shills Block Cheaper Medicine Imports

You'd think that with the GOP set to strike down government-mandated healthcare, that they'd push the free market as a viable alternative. To be fair, Republicans like Rand Paul are doing exactly that. Senate Republicans (and Democrats), on the other hand, have done the exact opposite by striking down an amendment that would allow Americans to purchase cheaper medicine from other countries.

VGM Monday: We Are Number One (But As VG Remixes!)

It’s been a while since I created one of these posts. So let’s start things up again with something different. It’s meme time!

By now, I’m sure you’re all more than familiar with the LazyTown song “We Are Number One!” and the ton of meme videos it’s spawned. If not, then you fail at the internet!

Anyway, here are several video game remixes.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Nintendo Switch? More Like Bait And Switch.

What does it say about me that I’m willing to ignore Obama’s farewell address and Trump’s press conference, but I’m more than willing to write an entire blog post on the Nintendo Switch presentation? (To be fair, am I really missing anything important with the previous two?) Perhaps I’m simply looking for a diversion from the political toxic waste that was supposed to remain in 2016 but has since been bubbling over into this year.

So what was my overall impression of the Nintendo Switch presentation? Meh.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Open Thread Thursday: High Speed Internet

For the next few weeks, I'm posting open threads to promote discussion on future technology and developments, and the best political-economic policies (specifically, libertarian) by which to help bring them about. This week, we're discussing high speed internet (which, while not futuristic in and of itself, will undoubtedly facilitate emerging technologies and developments).

More than 30 years ago, the very idea of having computers interconnected with one another through a "world wide web" was still a relatively novel concept with endless possibilities. Now, most of those possibilities have since been fully realized, as the internet has become a common staple of our everyday lives. The fact you're reading this post proves that. Now we use the internet for everything from communicating with other people, buying and selling goods and services, watching movies and television shows, listening and downloading music, and receiving breaking news.

The internet remains an important aspect of our lives now, and it will only continue to do so in the near future, especially with more and more smart devices, from our refrigerators to even our light bulbs, becoming connected to the "internet of things." As such, ensuring that every single person receives the fastest, most reliable service must be high priority. Sadly, that priority still remains low.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Open Thread Thursday: Self-Driving Cars And Infrastructure

Like most of you, I thought knew 2016 sucked, and I’m expecting better from 2017. What better way to help us all become more optimistic about the future year than to generate optimism about the future in general? After all, we are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I will spend the rest of our lives.

Joking aside, I always loved future predictions and speculations, especially about scientific and technological advancements. For the next few weeks, I want to create open threads to promote discussion on emerging future technology and developments, and the best political/economic policies (specifically, libertarian) by which to help bring them about.

Let’s start off this discussion series with self-driving cars:

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Top 10 Good Things About 2016

Let’s not mince words here: saying that 2016 was the worst year ever would be an understatement. The year 2016 was a dumpster fire that became increasingly worse as the year progressed: celebrity deaths, mass shootings, terrorist attacks, creepy clowns, and all finishing off with the worst election ever, one between a warmongering corporate shill whose gross incompetence and corruption threatened to drive the country into WWIII—and Donald Trump!

Of course, as previous years have proven, even the darkest storm clouds have a silver lining. Despite the overall crapness of 2016, this steaming dung heap of a year managed to contain a few gold nuggets for anyone willing to wade through the crap. From promises of high speed transportation and manned missions to Mars, to small victories in property rights and civil liberties, this year managed to have enough good moments worth celebrating, and we’re here to count them down:

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Make America Hope Again In 2017

Recently finished watching the first season of Supergirl on Netflix. Really love the series, especially the two-part series finale. I felt it had a very uplifting (and perhaps even libertarian) message about the struggle between individuality and conformity, between individualism and collectivism.

I especially loved Supergirl's "Audacity of Hope" speech. It's rather fitting right now, considering how much of a bummer 2016 has been. With everything that has happened last year, it's easy to give up hope. Don't! Keep up the good fight, never give up, and never lose hope.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Adam Smith Destroyed Protectionism

"I have endeavoured to shew, even upon the principles of the commercial system, how unnecessary it is to lay extraordinary restraints upon the importation of goods from those countries with which the balance of trade is supposed to be disadvantageous.

Nothing, however, can be more absurd than this whole doctrine of the balance of trade, upon which, not only these restraints, but almost all the other regulations of commerce are founded. When two places trade with one another, this doctrine supposes that, if the balance be even, neither of them either loses or gains; but if it leans in any degree to one side, that one of them loses and the other gains in proportion to its declension from the exact equilibrium. Both suppositions are false. A trade which is forced by means of bounties and monopolies may be and commonly is disadvantageous to the country in whose favour it is meant to be established, as I shall endeavour to show hereafter. But that trade which, without force or constraint, is naturally and regularly carried on between any two places is always advantageous, though not always equally so, to both...