what_hell_going_on_catsOriginally I was going to post about Fracking and its effects on the environment but after reading the news this morning I need to talk about the climate of violence. When I grew in East Orange New Jersey there was no gun registration for rifles or shotguns. My 22 was bought in Sears by my father and I use to carry it in its box on the bus when I went to rifle team practice at the Y. Later I bought shotguns from friends or the local sporting goods store. No problem no registration. But back then we didn’t have school shootings or drive by’s, even the mob had figured out that gun play was bad for business. Were there fights after school sure bats and chains were used but nobody brought a gun. Today it supposed to be harder to get a gun yet it’s more like the 1930’s with police being targeted and innocent kids getting shoot by some kid that didn’t like the way they looked at them or whose parents didn’t appreciate them. Remember I’m 70 years old if you didn’t do what your old man wanted or did it wrong you would probably get a beating. But now Dr Spock and other child shrinks tell you that just encourages bad behavior in the future. I’m not going to debate corporal punishment one way or the other. It just seems to me that whatever parents are doing today one thing there not is preparing them to deal with stress or the local bully. I had two boys that bullied me when I was in high school and I listened to my mom don’t fight just ignore. Well I did that for a long time then one day I just kicked the shit out of them and nobody bothered me again. I know today with the internet it’s more of a psychological type of bulling then physical and that is probably much worse. But still I think teaching kids how to stand up to this is better than letting it go on until somebody decides to go and get daddy’s gun and kill a few people. They say they teach educators to look for signs in the kids so this doesn’t happen. Well that doesn’t seem to be working to well I mean you teach maybe 5 classes or more a day and even at a small size say 25 that’s still a 125 kids a day and you can’t possible know what’s going on in all their minds. Look the point of this post is that something’s definitely wrong with all of society right now and I don’t know where to start to correct it and there are millions of opinions out there and nobody knows which is right. One thing I’m sure of is that things didn’t get better as I get older they only got worse. This Flounder saying CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.

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flight93-2 Today I watched the movie about flight 93. For those of you who might not know flight 93 was hijacked on 9/11 its presumed targets were the White house or the Capital building, but the passengers and crew caused the plane to crash in Pennsylvania. I actually heard someone ask, why didn’t the other passengers, on the other flights do something to stop the attacks were they afraid. I’m sure they were afraid but they didn’t know three other planes had crashed into buildings. The people on flight 93 were aware that they most likely going to die and so would maybe would America. They decided to try and stop the hijacking knowing full well some if not all aboard would die in the attempt. They were the exceptional heroes of that day. Yes many police and fireman died that day doing their jobs which was to protect and save people. The passengers of flight 93 had no such job they were going someplace on business or for vacation they never expected to have to put their lives in jeopardy so many others might live. Now I’m not saying that the fire fighters and police weren’t just as brave I mean it takes a special kind of person to run into burning buildings. Many people stepped up to the plate that day it’s one of the things that makes America what it is Home of the Brave and land of the Free. Other countries might be looking at America right thinkin we’re weak and divided because of all the political bullshit. But they better hear me if they think they can attack us because if they do they will find a will and a spirit that will drive them back to wherever they came from. This is Flounder saluting all of Americas heroes from Medellin, Colombia.

AUTOMATION GOOD OR EVIL?

April 10, 2016

indexWell I’m sitting here listing to a little Skynard and writing about one of favorite topics Automation. When I turned 21 and my dad died my Stepbrother Jimmy who was never one of my favorite people comes to me and says Jeff it’s time you stopped screwing around and got a real job. You should get into human resources although I don’t think they called it that back then. I asked why and he said automation is coming and we’re going to have to do something with the people. Now I didn’t really understand that then but now I do. When I worked as a temp for the post office they were just beginning the process of automation where on machine in a sorting center could so the work of 8 people. Well if you take that number it means that seven people ain’t got a job anymore. They’ve done in the car industry where whole assembly lines that used to employ maybe a hundred men were replaced by robots and maybe one supervisor. Speaking of robots did you see where they have them playing soccer now. If that happens, what are we supposed to do with the millions of kids and the few overpaid spoiled pros now? Automation is supposed to be a good thing allowing companies to manufacture more cheaply and thus reduce the cost to the consumer (LOL). But what it also does is use less people so how are they supposed to make money to buy those products. And they want a military of robot soldiers and drone aircraft. Sure that will save lives, but it will also make war more palpable to the masses if they don’t have to worry about their kids getting killed. I’m not some old crazy guy that thinks technology is the second coming of Satan but if it’s not used wisely it won’t improve our live it will destroy them. This is Flounder saying CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.

0107_imnaha_pack_alpha_male_odfw I just read an article on the killing of a wolf family in Oregon. They were exterminated by gunshot from helicopters. The male was known as OR4 and is considered responsible for the reestablishment of Wolves in Oregon. He his long time mate OR39 also known as Limpy (because of a badly healed leg injury) as well as two cubs are no more. They were killed because he supposedly killed calves belonging to a local rancher. Apparently Orr had been thrown out of his pack known as the Innaha Pack because he was old. Too old to hunt Elk and Deer so in order to feed his mate and cubs he took to killing lives stock. Now I’m not going to say nothing should have been done but if was as old as they say and his mate was injured they could of been trapped and relocated to a sanctuary. I don’t think gunning them down from a helicopter with high powered rifles is exactly fair. I mean he gave the calves a chance he was old after all. If they had set out on foot and tracked him down in a fair hunt well at least he had a chance. But to kill them from the air, those men were nothing more than killers that they claimed OR4 to be. I know farmers need to protect their property but I think in this case some compassioned would of gone a long way. This is a very sad Flounder saying CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.