Friday, September 14, 2018

NewLonelyPeople

New Lonely People

Never before in the existence of the universe has a
Lonely heart found itself in such a state, seeking another
Person to touch, to connect, to sync with.
Breathe, breathe, breathe.
Sync, sync, sync.
Breathe.
Sink...
No comment.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Sports And Music In The Bahamas

Sports And Music In The Bahamas

Let's take sports and music as they exist in the Bahamas post high school. (This is from occasional personal observation and not from any systematic study.)

We have musicians who play in front of the public, or who would like to, complaining on a fairly regular basis that the financial rewards are too small and that they are not respected enough and etc. (I am not in any way saying that these points are completely invalid.)

We have athletes who also play in front of the public. Basketball, baseball, soccer, American football, cricket, and possibly others. As far as I know, none of these local athletes gets paid.

(We do have local athletes who go abroad and play professional sports to be sure.)

My guess is that local musicians earn more on average by "making" music than local athletes doing their thing. I don't recall local athletes complaining in the same way the musicians do. They seem to be playing for the love of the sport. I am sure some local musicians also play for the love of the music.

What is your take on this "situation" in your country?

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Can you make the case for charity?

I created the choices in the list below but allowed my computer to randomize them for me. If you feel that you can make a decent case for either of them, please do so in a comment below.


  • The Libertarian case for charity.
  • The Secular case for charity.
  • The Public case for charity.
  • The Religious case for charity.
  • The Corporate case for charity.
  • The Progressive case for charity.
  • The Private case for charity.
  • The Group case for charity.
  • The Individual case for charity.
  • The Government case for charity.
  • The Liberal case for charity.
  • The Conservative case for charity.

If you feel I should add some other options, please let me know.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Bahamian Creative Scene

Who makes more money in this country? (The Bahamas) And that is from work done while living in this country or work done in this country.

1. Musicians
2. Comedians
3. Actors
4. Athletes
5. Artists (Painters)
6. Artists (Sculptors)
7. Jugglers
8. Acrobats
9. Dancers
10. Visual Artists
11. Poets


Any others we want to add?

I put athletes on the list as a comparison.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thoughts On A Recall System For Bahamian Ministers Of Parliament

Thoughts On A Recall System For Bahamian Ministers Of Parliament

This sounds like a good thing on the surface but it could cause many complications.

You could have people trying to thwart the will of the people over and over again by trying recall after recall. Excessive recall attempts could be used to gum up the works and make the proper operation of government difficult.

I propose one simple thought that could eliminate a lot of these problems in one go.

If the MP is a backbencher, the only people able to initiate a recall are their constituents. If a large enough percentage of their constituents put their signature to a recall effort, a recall election is held in their constituency. The only people allowed to run in this recall election are people who are members of the same party as the MP being recalled and who were members of that party as of the last General Election and who are approved to run by the members of that party in that constituency. This will eliminate any effort to change the balance of power via a recall effort.

If the MP is a cabinet member, if a large enough percentage of registered voters in the country put their signature to a removal effort, a demotion / recall election is held in their constituency. The only people allowed to run in this demotion / recall election are people who are members of the same party as the MP being recalled and who were members of that party as of the last General Election and who are approved to run by the members of that party in that constituency. The result of this may be that the MP is not demoted or recalled, or the MP may be demoted but not recalled in which case the MP becomes a backbencher for the duration, or the MP may be recalled in which the new MP becomes a backbencher or cabinet member at the decision of the Prime Minister. This will eliminate any effort to change the balance of power via a recall effort. However, as this MP cabinet member was having a National Impact, the nation as a whole gets a say in forcing the demotion / recall election but no say in what the constituents decide for their representative.

In a nutshell, the recall / demotion elections will allow for the people to deal with a non-performing MP while not changing the balance of power in the House.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Crazy Social Solution To A Social Dilema

A Crazy Social Solution To A Social Dilema

So I came upon this on Slashdot this morning. (I know, I know, but somehow I still do.)

The Moral Dilemma of Driverless Cars: Save The Driver or Save The Crowd?


Quote:


"Most people want to live in in a world where cars will minimize casualties," says Iyad Rahwan. "But everybody wants their own car to protect them at all costs." The result is what the researchers call a "social dilemma,"

How about a button where every time you get in your car, you have to choose what you want the car to do?

1. Minimize casualties.
2. Protect me at all costs.

You can also change your mind at any point during the ride/trip.

These decisions are then posted to all of your social media.

Multiple people in the car? Majority rules.

Crazy, I know. How do you think it would play out. How would it be gamed and how could those games be counteracted?




Saturday, March 5, 2016

Money Money

Money Money

So, I have been meaning to do this for a while now.

This is the result of some quick research at this point, not extensive research. I invite comments to help this make more sense. I invite suggestions as to how to add to this information to make it better.

Here we go:

Highest-Paid Bosses
The CEOs of America's 500 biggest companies got a collective pay raise of 16% last year earning total compensation of $5.2 billion. That's an average $10.5 million

See:

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/eggh45jef/highest-paid-bosses/

Very Top:

John Hammergren of McKesson $131.2 Million Total Compensation

The World's Highest-Paid Athletes (Top 100) Fudged a bit. Please check figures. (Millions)

Avg
Pay Salary/Winnings Endorsements
32.2 24.0 8.2

See:

http://www.forbes.com/athletes/list/#tab:overall

Very Top:

Floyd Mayweather (Millions)
Pay Salary/Winnings Endorsements
300 285 15

World's Top Paid Actors

See:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_highest_paid_film_actors

Very Top: Millions Millions
Actor Year Salary Total Income
Keanu Reeves 2003 30 156

I could not find a similar table for actresses.

World’s Top 20 Highest Paid Political Leaders

See:
http://www.richestlifestyle.com/highest-paid-political-leaders-in-the-world/

Very Top:                                    Millions
Leader Country                                   Salary
Lee Hsien Loong    Prime Minister of Singapore    1.7


Any ideas on other professions? Links if you know them please.