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will happen after September 1, 2021, when
added unemployment benefits end, when landlords can demand back rent
or evict, when banks can demand back mortgage payments or start
eviction proceedings and when governments can demand and act on
unpaid back taxes? One can only speculate on what might happen, but I
believe that surplus spending will end, that there will be a business
and economic slowdown and that real estate sales prices may decrease,
considering that unpaid mortgages will again start to be foreclosed
upon. On the other hand, businesses will be able to hire more
workers, since much of the unemployment benefits will end. Still, we
are entering into very unknown economic and social territory.Frank
X. Didik, June
wage and the Covid Pandemic Frank
X. Didik, June
The minimum wage was never supposed to be the average wage. The
original function of the minimum wage was supposed to be a temporary
wage till the worker could find a better position. Unfortunately,
over the past 50 years, the minimum wage has gradually become the
normal wage for low income workers. A person can not live on a
minimum wage, even if the wage is $15 per hour as it is in some
locals, such as New York City. As a result of the Covid Pandemic and
the Federal Governments enhanced unemployment benefits, many low wage
workers now refuse to work for minimum wage. The result has been that
businesses have started to offer higher starting wages, which in many
cases amounts to 25% or more above the minimum wage. This is a good
start, but for the dignity of the worker and the workers ability to
rent an apartment, and perhaps get married and have a family, the
basic wage must increase even more.
causing and controlling inflation Frank
X. Didik, June
The unprecedented increase in the money supply since March 2020
through money being pumped into businesses, banks, and individuals,
through increased unemployment compensation, has all had an effect on
the potential for inflation. It is estimated that the national debt
has increased from 21 trillion dollars in January 2020 to an
estimated 34 trillion dollars as of May, 2021, an increase of about
30 percent. Though there is noticeable inflation, it is not as high
as one might expect. What has happened? Many people are not spending
the additional money on goods and services, but rather parking the
money in such areas as crypto-currencies, paying down their existing
credit card and other debt and by investing their additional money in
the stock market, which in fact has inflated since January 2020.
inflation coming-Part 2 Frank
X. Didik, June
is here. The US. Department of Commerce estimates that as of June 1,
2021, inflation is hovering just below 8%. However certain items
clearly have increased well beyond this amount with construction
materials having increased anywhere from 200 to 400 percent. It is
estimated that beef prices and fish prices has increased by about 30
percent, while gasoline has increased by approximately 40 percent
since the Covid pandemic low in August, 2020.
inflation coming? Frank
X. Didik, January 2, 2021.
At the start of 2020, it is estimated that the United States
national debt was 21 Trillion dollars. As of January 2, 2021, as a
result of the vast "printing" of additional money for Covid
Relief and other expenses, this debt is estimated at just under 30
trillion dollars. Surely, one would think that a 30% increase in
money supply would lead to significant inflation, but this has not
happened. I believe that this is primarily because of vast production
surpluses, on every level including manufacturing, services and
farming. Robotics, efficient computerized allocation of resources and
transportation has produced enough for everyone, without pressure on
between the current lock-downs and Prohibition Frank
X. Didik, January 2, 2021.
feel that the shock of the lockdowns is unique in American history.
This is not the case. There have been many shocking, similar
instances of business closures or being greatly curtailed in American
history. Some examples include in 1919, with the introduction of
Prohibition, when all of the bars and liquor stores were suddenly
closed and it was impossible to legally purchase alcohol. Clearly it
was shocking when the leisurely pint after work and the closures of
bars, must have been shocking. Prohibition ended in 1933. During
World War 2, there were also many restrictions including rationing of
previously common items such as meat, sugar, gasoline and other
items. Similar restrictions and shortages also occurred During the
Civil war of 1861-1865 and the Revolutionary War of 1775-1783.
working, office space, the diminished need for employees Frank
X. Didik, January 1, 2021
is fascinating to note that as a result of the government imposed
Covid-19 restrictions, that for a period of time, an estimated 30% of
the population was out of work, and yet the country did not
experience any long term shortages, in any area. One might say that
this is a wake-up call for companies to show them that they have too
many redundant employees. read
constant mask wearing reduce cognitive ability? Studies
have shown that people inhale between 7% and 12% of their exhaled
breath, with an accumulation of carbon dioxide. Does this cause minor cognitive
loss for the wearer over time? Further, over time, the masks quickly
become both moist as well as becomes a breading ground for bacteria.
Also, does the additional stress on the lungs to breath through a
filter effects the lungs? More studies must be performed to determine
if mask wearing causes biological issues as well as psychological
issues over time.
benefit large companies at the expense of small stores and
X. Didik December 16, 2021
has become obvious that the lockdowns, imposed by most of the states
to control the spread of Covid-19, has clearly benefited large
companies, particularly on-line mega-companies, at the expense of
small, local businesses, that were forced to either close their doors
or greatly curtail their operations. It was estimated that these
small companies and stores represented about 60% of the economy. As a
result of the government imposed lockdowns, much of this bushiness
activity and wealth has been transferred, perhaps permanently, to the
on-line stores. This is rapidly creating a vastly different business
environment and potentially will reduce the ability of an individual
to start their own business in the future.
Hopkins University declared
on September 28, 2021, that 1 million people have died of the said
Covid-19 virus worldwide. This means that of the estimated 7.5
billion people on the planet, the chance of dying from the virus is
about 1 in 7500, or .00013 percent.
seems to have become the new permanent under the virus hysteria lockdown.
What I have observed regarding the Corona Virus can be
read here. Further, my photographs of empty New York City, can be viewed
News? The "news"
is not a public information service, but rather it is an
entertainment service. Most news outlets tend to say the same thing
so that their audiences come to the same conclusion. All the news
outlets strive to present themselves as an unbiased authority,
complete with their "noted experts", "analysis",
etc. Ultimately their articles are designed to formulate the readers
opinion. It has always been this way. Over 2,000 years ago, Socrates
allegory "The Cave" essentially sums up how a person is led
to believe a particular point of view. In 1825, U.S. President John
Quincy Adams was asked what he thought of the free press. He replied
"It never was, isn't now, but I sure hope it happens in the future".
surpluses in society
Industry has produced massive surpluses Since the start of the
Industrial Revolution, 230 years ago, society has gradually managed
to ever increase productivity and surpluses. Today, these surpluses
are so great that I estimate that only 20% of the population can
support themselves and the rest of the population. This assumption
was proven essentially correct with the Covid/Corona lockdowns when
it was estimated that over 50% of the population was not working and
yet society did not experience any shortages in any area. Further,
with the robotic and artificial intelligence revolution just around
the corner, even greater surpluses will be achieved and even less workers/employees
will be needed. This leads to the question of how to deal with the
vast number of people who's work will no longer be needed? If the
present monetary system continues, perhaps a basic, livable income
will necessary, though in general, I am not in favor of the idea,
since I have always felt that everyone should be required to carry
their own weight in society and further, give back to society. There
are some who feel that the population should be reduced by
discouraging the formation of families, encouraging single life,
birth control, abortion, same sex unions encouraging latter age
marriage and other methods. Most non-retail businesses can easily
survive with less than 50% of their work force.
down of Society
With the knowledge of all humankind at ones fingertips, as a result
of the internet and Google and other search engines, one would expect
that far greater numbers of people would be able to drive society to
new heights. Surprisingly, this has not happened to the degree that
one might expect. Essentially societal progress is still made by less
than 2% of the population, with the balance of the population, simply
working in the industries created by those 2%. The bulk of the people
amuse themselves though social media, games and different
distractions. This brings up the issue of if everyone should attend
university since most will not do much with their degree and such
education will not necessarily enhance society or for that matter,
themselves. Some say that the distractions are organized for a
purpose, but I don't believe it. People tend to be perfectly
satisfied with their existing station in life.
caused by Covid-19 lockdown? Unlikely. People are used to staying
home, have developed new habits, and after being out of work, will
probably want to save money.
vaccinations? But Why? read
more people die because of the Corona Virus or because of the lockdown? read
Fears pushed in the media and other sources:
What ever happened to Y2K, the Ozone hole, nuclear winter, missile
Covid-19 as widespread as suggested? read
and Bars will spring back? Very
unlikely. People go to these places not only to eat and drink but
primarily to socialize. If people are social distanced, why go out?
Who is to say who is an expert when the entire virus is a new event
and nobody has any real understanding what is going on. This is like
the transition period of Eastern Europe from 1989 to 1992, when so
many "leading experts" came from nowhere and gave the
public their speculation with truly disastrous results, causing
massive inflation and economic failure in countries who followed
workers and salary protection read
free speech and censorship read
should be responsible for themselves and carry their own weight in society read
Governments verses Conservative Governments read
first and family later? read
If you can live for a thousand years, but have to live in a 12x12
foot (3x3 meter) room without ever leaving, would you do it? I prefer
to live life to its fullest and accept the risks. Everything in life
entails a certain risk.
Safety-Subway Gate Every year hundreds of people are
killed or severely injured when they fall onto the tracks of trains
and subways. The prevention is cost efficient and greatly reduces liability ...
reduce train noise A significant
amount of train noise is caused by the train wheels rolling over the
expansion joint of the tracks. This vibration creates noise,
vibrations, an less pleasant ride and also reduces the life cycle of
the train. The solution is relatively simple and cost effective ...
Oposition vs False Oposition read
Governments offer a balance between private ownership and public ownership read
Should all citizens be allowed to vote? read
Gradual Control read
does not mean identical but are all people are equal?
Society; good or bad? read
From the right,
Frank Didik, Dr. Eric Bitterman, Chairman of Deutsche Welle, Dr.
Joachim Reppmann, and publisher Walter at the Von Steuben formal
event in New York City. Though Frank Didik does not have any German
background, he enjoys the inginuety and drive of the German people.
thoughts are not our own. We are
influence constantly by TV, the internet, radio, newspapers,
magazines, movies, television shows, advertisements, in school and
other places. Almost everything we think, do and say, what we eat,
wear, how we act and even our goals and moral perspective, is
hammered into us so is our thoughts, really our own? We certainly
have the capability to think on our own and in fact, we do have a
free will to ultimately choose our direction, but nevertheless, our
outside influence is massive. When I interact with people, I often
hear the same argument parreted over and over again, and often times
the people do not realize that they are simply repeating what they
had recently heard or read. Often times outside discussions have
little new information to offer since it is so repetative or in on
such a basic level. Perhaps the person who can think the most for
themselves are people who live in isolated areas, with little
interaction with others. Centuries ago, hermits and monks withdrew
from the world to be surrounded by their thougths. I do not advocate
this, but their action is for sure one way of limiting outside influence.
from human interaction, reading and learning is essential to move
forward, but how does one use this knowledge while at the same time
not being overly influenced by others? Human existence and progress
is rapid, but still there are obsticles that slow us down.
it possible to have truly diverse opinions if everything a person
thinks and understands is told to them in school, tv, movies and the
rest of the media? On-line chat rooms and "news aggregators"
tend to repeat one another, without any truly new information. In
many ways, this is causing a dumbing down of society. Perhaps it has
always been this way. ---Feb 11, 2019
have all the insects and birds gone?
Just a few years ago, when I would drive in the country, my
windshield would be covered with insects that had hit the car. This
simply does not happen anymore. Has the insect population somehow
died out? No one seems to talk about this. Has insecticides or
plastics or radio transmissions somehow effected them? Further, I
have noticed a large drop in the number of birds that we have in the
cities as well as in the countryside. It seems that we are headed
towards, a silent spring.
school and our education system
everyone attend college or university?
I believe that wisdom can not be taught, but rather wisdom is a
unique gift of understanding that a person is born with.
college or a university
really teach a person to be a businessman
or an artist or good in any particular field? ...
come all college undergraduate degree's
require four years?
Should some degrees require only one
year while others perhaps six years? ...
I have long believed that in a classroom environment, the weak
student holds the better students back. The idea of putting a weak
student with better students is a disservice to both the weak as well
as the better students. It should also be recognized that not all
people have the same ability and potential in every field. Two
individuals completing the same university program and having the
same grades and degree, does not make them equal in ability and
potential. Students should not be told that they can succeed at
anything that they try to do.
courses should and should not be taught at college or university? Can
college or a university teach a person how to be a good business
person, or how to be creative? ...
feel that it is not possible to teach a person to be creative or a
good businessman and the same applies to many other fields. You can
only expose that person to what has already been done and the current
understanding of the tools and materials of the trade and perhaps
with this understanding, the student can expand upon this knowledge.
view is that almost all learning is through observation and
questioning. This underscores the importance of parents to teach
their children and expose their children to the parents daily lives.
In today's society, most parents are forced to work and thus the
child has only limited exposure to the richness of the parents
understanding of things. I would also argue that when a parent is
walking with a child, that the parent should not be using their cell
phone or texting and instead be devoting their full attention to the
child. Schools, as they exist today, have a limited ability to truly train/educate
a student and most of what is taught to the student is repeated over
and over with little practical use for the student after graduation.
So many students today study for years and yet after graduation,
never use what they have learned or what they have learned is of
little relevance to their lives.
playgrounds are empty but
the dog runs are full. No
children, only dogs. I
have noticed that in New York City, the playgrounds are empty but the
dog runs are full. People are no longer getting married, and having
families. Where will this all lead to? When I
was a child growing up in NYC, there were children everywhere and the
stores catered to families, rather than individual single people. The
best boutiques along Madison Avenue on Manhattan's upper east side,
always had play areas for the children, so that the children could
play, while the mothers shopped. We children knew which stores had
the best toys and demanded to go to those stores, which in most
cases, were the most expensive stores!
have all the twenty something year olds gone?
down fashionable Fifth Avenue recently, it struck me how the average
age of the crowded streets seems older than in the past. I would
guess that the average age of the people I saw was around 35 years
old. Twenty years ago, the average age would have been probably
around 25 years old. Why? I will further guess that the answer is
that many people are postponing marriage and having far fewer
children. Perhaps the high student debt or perhaps women seeking
careers over family or perhaps the hook-up culture is the culprit.
Regardless, this does not bode well for the future and increasing
family commitments is a must for a healthy society. --- Feb 11, 2019
aging population is a sad, worldwide industrial nation phenomenon.
I am in Tokyo for a few days and have been here many times before. In
2002, I would guess that the average age on the street was about 24
years old. Today, I would guess the average age is about 35 years
old. --- Feb 26, 2019
Almost all countries consider what perspective immigrants can do for
their country and if those immigrants will contribute or be a burden
on their society and also evaluate if the potential immigrant will
blend in with their existing culture. Perhaps the United States
should take the same approach. ---Feb 11, 2019
forever? It is
interesting that life never really dies in that life continues,
uninterrupted with the offspring. Science has never observed life
emerging from minerals or non living elements. ---Feb 11, 2019
in Startups. Good idea or bad? Is
investing in a Startup, that has never proven itself in the market
place, a good idea or a waste of money (and talent)? Historically,
investors invested in companies that were swamped with orders and
making money, but needed additional money to ...
efficient brain-storming method and
how to make morning office meetings more productive and interesting ...
Bitcoins are backed by nothing more than the gullibility and wishful
thinking of the Bitcoin holder.
I believe that the
Bitcoin rise in value is akin to the Dutch Tulip craze in the early
1600's and that a massive decline in value is imminent.
manufactured products versus American manufactured products:
American's will never buy an American made product if the same or
similar foreign products is sold at a lower price. This means that
manufacturing jobs will never return to the United States, unless
there is an import tax, however import taxes will violate most of
America's NAFTA and GAT treaties. Any talk of manufacturing jobs
returning to America without import taxes is simply idle banter.
Safety of Plastics.
Over the past 30 years, there has been a massive increase in the
number of human ailments such as Alzheimer's, breast cancer, prostate
cancer, autism, declining fertility, and other ailments. Some people
say that the cause is actually better diagnosis, while others blame
processed foods, GMO foods, pesticides, wifi, cell phones,
vaccinations and other outside influences. During this period, there
has been a rapid increase of various plastic packaging for food,
water and even clothing made out of polyester and other plastics,
with a decline in 100% natural fibers such as cotton and wool.
Studies should be conducted regarding the safety of these new
materials, as well as the fabric dyes and determine if such chemicals
can be absorbed by the skin and if they have any type of long range
human effect. -February
respect for our fellow human beings.
quotes from my friends from around the world, that I completely agree
with and I am sure that most people would as well:
not generalize, but rather individualize." --Daniela
D. in Germany, who works for the German diplomatic Chancellery.
get angry with anyone. Who knows, perhaps one day that person will
save the world!" --Yuka
S., who works for Aoyama University in Tokyo (and Kanagawa).
is important to always remember that
every person you encounter has their own goals and aspirations,
trails and tribulations and deserves equal respect." --Sue
Ann M. in Durham, North Carolina.
all good" ... is wrong. All is
not good. There is an absolute right and an absolute wrong and this
is not culturally or time dependent. If you see someone going down
the wrong path in life, it is essential that you vocalize your
concerns and offer to help that individual. I am a moral absolutist
and not a moral relativist.
the very best and most effective TV commercials
The single purpose of a television commercial is to sell the product
or service. The fact that an advertisement might be interesting,
funny, informative or well produced is secondary to the main purpose,
which is to sell the product or service. One should never leave the
creation of the television commercial to the television producer or
the video editor. ...
the most effective business websites Never
let a "web designer" develop the website for you. A web
designer should be produce the website under the supervision of an on
line marketing master, usually working with ...
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