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Random Thoughts November 16 2012

Time for another random thoughts post.

The Amazing Spider-man

Bought The Amazing Spider-man for the grandkids to watch. The grandkids are between the ages of 3 and 5 and were not interested in Spider-man. But they can watch The Avengers all day long.

Why did Sony have to go back to Spider-man having an artificial web?

I thought The Amazing Spider-man was a rather bland. I like how they got away from the Green Goblin and introduced The Lizard. The original Spider-man movies seem to stuck on the Green Goblin.

Wages Today

A few days ago I was thinking about how much money I was making in the welding shops. In 1987 the top pay of the welding shop I was working at was $11.13 an hour. Minimum wage was $3.35 an hour.

11.13 divided by 3.35 = 3.3223.

In other words, top pay in the welding shop was 3.3223 times minimum wage in 1987.

In 2004 I checked back at that same welding shop, top pay was only around $14 an hour, which was less then 3X minimum wage at the time of $5.15. In other words, wages have not kept up with inflation or minimum wage.

In 1990 I made around $35,000 with overtime. I thought that was pretty good for 22 years old. Minimum wage in 1990 was $3.80 an hour. Other words, I made 9,210 times minimum wage in a single year. But then again, I worked a lot of overtime to reach that $35,000 dollar mark.

To keep up with the standard of living I had in 1990, I would have to be making $66,772 a year. Take my word for it, I make a lot less then $66,772 a year.

How much money are you making today as compared to minimum wage? Have your wages kept up with inflation and minimum wage?

For those of you over 40 years old, how much where you making 20 years ago as compared to today?

Who will be our next enemy

As General Patton once said, “Americans love to fight.” So what happens when we run out of people to fight?

Since World War II we have been in some kind of conflict with “someone”.

1940s – Germany, Japan and the start of the cold war.

1950s – Korea, and the cold war.

1960s and early 1970s – Vietnam and the cold war.

1980s – cold war came to an end.

1990s – Bosnian War, Gulf War and various smaller conflicts.

2000s to present – war on terror.

2012 and beyond – we are running out of terrorist to kill. The American people are putting the 9/11 attacks behind us, people are getting bored of drone strikes, Bin Laden is dead,,, now what?

Example from the Walking Dead

For you Walking Dead fans out there, do remember when Shane died at the end of Season 2? Do you know “why” Shane had to die?

Will Netanyahu bring about the destruction of Israel

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, it should be pretty clear that tensions between Israel and Iran are going to reach a boiling point.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for the destruction of Israel, while at the same time working on Irans nuclear program. This should be pretty simple, hatred + means = war.

On the flip side of the coin, we have Benjamin Netanyahu calling for a military strike on Iran. The strike would have the purpose of either destroying Irans nuclear capability, or setting progress back a few years.

In other words, we have two nations that want to destroy each other.

Israel says it only wants to destroy Irans nuclear program. Regardless of the reason for an attack, an attack is still an attack.

The growing Iran problem

Sooner or later something will have to give. If something does happen, it better happen sooner then later.

What happens when a rogue nation positions itself where an attack would be counter-productive.

Sanctions are not going to work. But things are going to reach a head where “something” has to be done. Israel does not have the ability to sustain an extended war with iran.

Now that the muslim brotherhood has taken power in egypt, any attack on iran by israel might cause egypt to attack israel.

The Obama Iran and Islam issue

Over the past few years there have been hundreds of news articles talking about iran developing nuclear weapons.

The question I have, why hasn’t obama done something about iran?

There has been news article after news article saying the sanctions are not working. Iran continues to develop its nuclear program, and nothing is being done about it.

The answer I have arrived at, obama does not want to harm the muslim community because of obamas ties to islam.

The next question I have is, how long will obama let iran work in its nuclear program?

The answer I have come up with, obama has no intentions of doing anything about iran.

It appears to me that obama does not want to do anything about iran

He is going to sit on the fence for as long as he can, then pass the problem to the next president.

This fence sitting gives iran much needed time to develop its nuclear program.

Buy Your Supplies and Stack Them Deep

As I am sitting here watching the news, there is little voice in the back of my head telling me the US is going to hit rock bottom. Unless Ron Paul gets elected, things are just going to continue to get worse. GOD help us if someone like mit or rick perry gets elected, because they are not going to help anyone besides the bankers.

What I see happening is tensions between the US and china and tensions between the US and iran to continue to rise. Compounded with that, congress is talking about cutting the defense budget.

Let me see if I get this right, iran is continuing to enrich uranium, and the US congress wants to cut money from the defense? When your enemies are building nuclear weapons, shouldn’t we at the very least maintain our current rate of military spending?

There are several directions I see the US during 2012:

1. iran builds a nuclear bomb, gives the bomb to a small group of terrorist who sneak it a cross the US-mexico border. From there its just a matter of time before a major US city has a nuclear weapon detonated in it.

Its not like a group of terrorist would even have to sneak a nuclear bomb across the border. Why not hire a truck and drive the bomb across? If 10 – 20 million illegal immigrants can find their way into the US, surely its not “that” difficult to get weapons across.

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