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#1 Feb. 20, 2011 15:30:00

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Backenstein's Sandbox

This thread is for my silly ideas crudely about politics, macroeconomics, but mostly aimed at ultimately improving quality of life.

I usually only share my thoughts on a single Forum on the Internet, and right now, this one is convenient, and also traditional for me.

Generally, my shared thoughts are supposed to be helpful for others, often for a majority of a given population, but all too often, I admit, I sink to a lower form of discussion, only the identification of problems, which can sure look like nothing more than complaining.

On the other hand, at best, some of my ideas can be used by people with a much greater degree of influence to permanently improve the slope of a quantified quality of life curve for an entire civilization.

Sometimes we can learn from the simplest of metaphors, so I will keep playing in my sandbox, and you take what you want from it. Hopefully you can glean something of great value at some point.

P.S. I must apologize in advance, as I don't access the Internet often, on average, only once a week lately, so I don't expect to be very responsive to comments; sorry if applicable.

Additionally, I thank OANDA for allowing me to post my comments, and I appreciate anyone interested in at least reading them.

Today's comments follow...


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#2 Feb. 20, 2011 16:34:00

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I just wanted to take the opportunity, like so many, to weigh in on the protests in Wisconsin.

As a very detached observer, but somewhat bitter about the reality of opportunity these days (clearly stating any bias), I see things very different than the cookie-cutter paradigms offered by the media/political parties.

-The workers may be in a union and have better arranged compensation than the unemployed, underemployed, or a (majority?) of non-unionized labor, but [and this is actually speculation, as I don't know the details or even many examples] it seems that they are having significant difficulty with their level of real compensation.

-I would further speculate that they are overtaxed by government entities on many levels that are wasteful if not corrupt, and support currencies losing value, not just from Federal government reported inflation, but hidden inflation in real (updated!) terms, and further by the banking function of interest-bearing currencies and fractional banking itself.

SOLUTION: Start defaulting on banking interests.
SOLUTION: Use technology to track all available goods and services, and base a new currency on that. Real assets. Future contracts may be used, and past performance could aid in developing the new models. Surplus and actually allowing a true, free market system to exist would assure consumers an unlimited source of future improvement in quality of life.
SOLUTION: Do not restrict the issue of new currencies. For example, allowing states to issue their own would help, at least in some cases (hypothetically) in preventing the corruption of current banking powers. Allow experiments similar to local scrips, but at least based on the offer or presentation (collateral) of real goods and services.
SOLUTION: Dismantle a large portion of the security state and passed legislation that will very quickly turn into an OVERT police state. (...to reduce taxation.)

-As for the governor's action, it is imprudent, as, given current world politics, his action can only lead to significant trouble, which we are now seeing. I've heard (and accepted as true) the conservative Republican Fox News network explain that the protesting workers are obligated to work under their terms both by law and by their contracts, so I believe I do understand both sides well enough.

SOLUTION: Get the state's legislature to immediately, not abrogate, but repeal that law denying any workers their right to act freely in a democratic system in the pursuit of liberty. (BTW, get the democrats to show up in the state legislature, but getting those already present to sign a promise [[that there won't be a vote on the nasty new legislation.]] Just ditch it.)
SOLUTION alternative: Otherwise NULLIFY THE LAW.

SOLUTION: Unions can change their internal structure with a higher rate of turnover for leadership positions, as they clearly don't serve the decent, honest majority who are members.

-By inspection, medical costs, to include the 'managed' insurance costs simply have moved too high. This is actually the primary purpose of my writing today. The problem isn't compensation in my opinion, nor even unreported real middle-class inflation, but unmitigated growth in these medical costs, and this effect on all businesses in the US.

I'm sick and tired of hearing about new medical breakthroughs knowing damned well many of these discoveries are not likely to be a benefit to me personally, as more often than not [....underutilization of medical resources (to say the least.)]

SOLUTION: All quasi-riotous protesters in America should stop what they are doing and demand radical reform of the entire medical industry including insurance, supply, funding, and...even medical education, etc. It sure seems like the scientific method doesn't make it into the practices of the pill pushing practitioners. It is easy for me to over, over, oversimplify that last idea into a single comment, but...this is my sandbox!

Oh, who am I kidding? We all know that population growth and quantities (and available and nearer-term forecast resources) have now exceeded the ability to control. Everything is lined up for a very complex pogrom.

SOLUTION: The final solution....? NO! Birth control. Education. Freedom. Decentralization of economics. Continued centralized efforts in ecological protection legislation. Continued decentralized applications of that legislation. Secularism. Death penalty for violent crimes. Guns in the houses of every college graduate. No limits on speech whatsoever. A populace EDUCATED enough to turn their backs VOLUNTARILY against anyone who drops 'f' bombs on TV, or turns too radical. If there will remain Orwellian observation of everyone by camera and electronic text monitoring for the purpose of preventing crime, then apply it EQUALLY. There should not remain any private party or organization that doesn't offer FULL DISCLOSURE. For example, the police should not be monitoring Black Joe the bum, who has literally no legal place to go to the toilet for miles inside Rancho Santa Margarita, by remote camera, if I cannot log onto a website and listen in on any conversation held by, say, Henry Kissinger, or review the profit books of Goldman Sachs, or any tentacle of the Vatican in MY COUNTRY.


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#3 Feb. 20, 2011 17:28:00

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Ooo...here's one - a separate currency for caloric foods. One for gold and silver each, etc. Convertibles. Naw, they would probably just get over-booked like everything else, huh?

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That's the beauty of having a sand box. You can just play. Enjoy the breeze and smell of fresh air. Fantasize as you build your castle....At least until some big kid comes over and smashes it.

[edit: Note: 'convertibles'-not bonds, just creative writing.]

[ February 20, 2011, 05:36 PM: Message edited by: Backenstein ]


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#4 Feb. 20, 2011 23:21:00

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http://www.tuvie.com/vertical-village-offers-enjoyable-village-living-without-occupying-plenty-of-lands/

Try that one then. Imagine building a political system around this concept, each little village independent to a degree with all villages having votes on bigger issues.

Each village gets a turn to be the overall government. So it's flat structure. Yet democratic and not collective like socialism and communism.

Villages can specialize, although each must have a food producing component.


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#5 Feb. 22, 2011 18:07:00

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Awesome Grim, looks like a fun project!

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Today there is another playmate, an imaginary guest, in my sandbox, and his name is a mysterious, Mr. "Patrick". He's my hero:

"Wells Fargo Meeting Today With Philly Homeowner Who "Foreclosed" On Them (Here's How He Did It)"

http://consumerist.com/2011/02/how-this-philly-homeowner-foreclosed-on-wells-fargo.html


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#6 March 1, 2011 19:09:00

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Hope is the EXERCISE of collectively positive hormones produced by the endocrine system in the perceived absence of a rational reason to do so.

This is a very natural function of the body to maintain proper hormone production for when it will otherwise be rational to produce.

Anyone (think religion) who hijacks this function, redefining it, is a real jerk!


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#7 March 2, 2011 18:26:00

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Backenstein.....your hormones got you hopeful? [Big Grin]

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#8 March 3, 2011 17:22:00

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Seahawk - all of your emotions are based on chemicals in your body called hormones. You may thing it is something else, but that is what it comes down to. Further, your body wants to exercise those emotions. For example, if, as a manly man, you deny flowery emotions, they just may rear their ugly head when you reduce inhibitions while consuming alcohol. Further, your body's cells will train receptors for the hormones you most usually produce, so an angry person will grow angry when there isn't much reason for them to, and a loving mother will clean a dirty kid with care, without so much reproach.

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Largely unrelated in origin, as I write on an offline computer for posting when I get online, yet oddly appropriate as a subsequent comment, here are some more anti-prosaic notes for posterity:

Sometimes, as if in the old days, wherein I was drunk stupid, I felt the rage of youth and testosterone, the anger of 12,000 years of the latest humankind species' struggle to reach a collective consciousness sufficient to save itself - and being completely incapable of doing so. Let me assuage, "...or at least it appeared so."

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Astrology COULD hold some fantastic guide of default outcomes of particular slices of time, but there hasn’t been enough energy directed in the adequate preparation of demonstrating this. What is clear, is that astrologists do not agree on the nature of each slice of time. Far too much energy is wasted in the arguments, blinding all in darkness and minutia. What should occur is that each astrologic party should very clearly define their viewpoint, and then conduct the difficult task of applying hard effort into demonstrating the validity of that viewpoint using the scientific method. If humankind has managed to map out DNA, surely it can map out each slice of the last 10,000 years, (or whichever period, domain, is chosen,) by working together, for each of the various astrologic parties. Openly share and demonstrate the outcome of these sterile (unbiased) studies for the benefit of posterity.

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Finally:

Why do people practice medicine instead of healing?

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#9 March 3, 2011 20:38:00

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Backenstein.....i can camp out in agreement with you about hormones impacting mood.....for instance, serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine manipulation is the mechanism of so many pharmaceuticals....hope can be manufactured synthetically without doubt. also, hope can be manufactured as an emotional response to a stimulus....even subtle stimulus can elicit hope....just ask an adolescent experiencing roller coaster hormones....or a currency trader watching a negative trade nav begin flickering from red to green....

also think that depending on the context and usage, hope can also be an intentional act of will despite the influence of hormones.....the intentional, vigilant hope of father waiting for a son to return from war is less hormonal than a decision to adopt a posture of positive expectation. even if this example is admittedly flawed, still strongly suspect that there is a state of hope that is less emotion and more a decisive act of will.

don't really understand a linkage between astrology and hope, nor the proposed research in astrological impacts....

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#10 March 3, 2011 22:43:00

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This may or may not be off topic, but as Backenstein stated, this thread is open to input.

I got a job at a highly "reputable" car dealership. I won't state the name of it for the sake of it popping up a high ranking on Google and risking my post getting me fired.

They actually pay you minimum wage for training and put you through 3 weeks of it. I just got out yesterday and attempted to make some of my first sales.

Training forces you to be a robot and a liar. I don't like it one bit, but apparently it controls the central nervous system. Our trainer has an advanced degree in psychology and corporate goes based off of market research surveys and pass it on to our trainer. It teaches you first and foremost how to:

- Dominate and control the customer upon each greeting and CONTINUE to do so...such as:

1. Greeting= Hi, welcome to________, my name is_______and what is your name?
*Customer has no choice but to answer and feels as though they are in YOUR house.


2. Nice to meet you MR./MRS._________, what brings you here today?
*Eliminates the possibility of the customer saying "I'm just browsing" and causes them to explain to you their situation, whereas each point of info gives you more control.

3. Demand the customer to come inside: "In order to save you time and money, step right this way Mr./Mrs.________"
(If customer refuses, say...."look, my job here is simple. I'm here to find you the car you're looking for at a price you can afford and even offer you free estimates on financing...fair enough?"
*Customer almost always agrees.
"Step right this way"
*If customer has already agreed, they will follow you.

5. Sit customer down and fill out a guest survey for them.
*This gives you information which you must remember and use against them. They teach you that it's a game of chess and the customer is the enemy.

6. Tell the customer "OK, I'll see what I can do for you." Go memorize the customers info and get back with them in 10 minutes or MORE.
*Makes the customer wait....waiting keeps the customer focused and teased.

7. Come back and tell them...."OK, let's go ahead and fill out a credit application and we'll see what we can do for you"
*This allows you to run customer's credit and find out what they can afford whereas previously they would have declined if they didn't have to wait.

8. Point customer in the direction of the vehicles they can afford, get keys and tease them. Walk around the outside and point out body features. Customer will usually want to look inside, but say "I can't wait to show you inside, but let me show you some more exterior features. " Spend a lot of time going over boring and obvious exterior features. Then open the door and pop the hood, but do not allow customer to look inside. Then go over the engine and build value in that. Customer will most likely ask again about the interior....say "we'll get to that" and continue to talk about the engine. At that point, the customer will be itching to see inside. Then tell them that if they would like to go for a test drive, you can explain the interior to them.

9. Bring the customer back inside and sit them down again. At this point they should be thriving with excitement about the test drive. Tell them you will be just a few moments, but *uck around for 30 minutes, then grab the key and get back with them. This teases them more.

10. Tell the customer that you will be driving first and follow a designated route. FINALLY let the customer drive and build value on the interior and remind them of the performance, etc....

11. Customer at this time will have forgotten mostly about price and mostly about how much they love the vehicle. If they ask about price, assure them that you are there to get them the best price and then change the subject.

12. After test drive, bring customer back inside. If customer remains unsure, pull the empathy card. "Look sir/maam....if I don't bring you inside after a test drive, management will fire me. All I ask is that you come inside for just a few moments...fair enough?"

13. Once customer is inside, sit them down again and tell them you will be right back. Go mess around for another 30 minutes and then come back and tell them "financing is working on finding you some of the best pricing options on the vehicle you just drove."
If customer does not like the vehicle, tell them...let me see what I can do. Make them wait another 30 minutes. Get back to them and tell them "I'm sorry, we have nothing that matches your specifications, please talk with my finance manager." This is even if they DO have a matching vehicle in stock.

14. Financing will try to entice them with attractive payment options.

15. If customer is still unsure....plop down paperwork in front of them and demand that they sign it and rebuild value in the vehicle and assure them that they will be driving home in it tonight.

16. If customer is STILL unsure, give them the keys and allow them to take it home for the night. This makes them feel obligated.

17. Whether or not the customer buys, call them 2 or 3 time a day. If customer absolutely refuses to buy, tell them "Then you need to do this for me. Find me the name and number of someone who might be willing to buy from me since I wasted a lot of my time with you"
*Guilt trips them into changing their mind and buying from you or at least giving you a referral.

I have to say, I hate how unethical the process appears to be. If it were one salesman to another, I wouldn't mind, but to be trained in a chess game of manipulating against a customer who usually doesn't stand a chance....I disagree. I guess to sum it up...DON'T TRUST CAR SALESMAN!! As if that wasn't classified info anyway. [Razz]

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