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X. Didik is a polymath whose knowledge spans a significant number of subjects
he is able to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems.
to rethink bicycle lanes and safety proposals
bicycle based cities which have an extensive bike lane network.
NYC, August 3, 2016 I have been riding my
bicycle in New York City since I was a child. These days, I ride my
bike an average of 10 miles per day. Nevertheless I am rather
surprised that New York and most cities around the country are
pushing bicycle's as a major mode of transportation. It seems so
retro. Back in the 1960's, one would have expected flying cars and
jetpacks, not bicycles, by now! Think about the Jetsons, Star Treck
and other futuristic programs, predicting how life would be today.
Besides being a bicycle rider, I have also designed and built
bicycles, as well as solar, electric and human powered vehicles, I am
certainly not anit-bike riding, however it is obvious that in a city
environment, bike riders must ride responsibly and certain rules must
be followed. Further, I think that though bike lanes are wonderful,
there must also be a balance between bike lanes and motor vehicle
roads so that the largest number of citizens benefit from the limited
Some observations that may
have been overlooked regarding bicycle lanes:
Pollution, longer drive times, greater fuel consumption, and higher
transportation costs. Yes an unexpected effect of bike lanes is to
cause pollution, higher fuel consumption and higher transportation
costs. As a result of many cities around the United States building
bicycle lanes, at the expense of roads for cars, trucks and buses,
the motor vehicle congestion level has increased. This has led to
longer drive times, more local pollution, increased gasoline and
diesel fuel consumption, frayed nerves and a loss in time of human
resource productivity. Thus trucks, ambulances, busses and private
cars now use more gasoline and diesel fuel, because the traffic is
greater. Further, the traffic and the longer time it takes for
transport of people, food and goods, has resulted in higher transport
costs that are passed on to the consumer. Because of the restricted
traffic flow, it also takes emergency vehicles, such as the police,
ambulances and fire trucks longer to reach their destination. The
population at large has not benefited from bike lanes.
Because bike lanes cause greater congestion in cities, they also
cause critical services, such as fire trucks, police response time
and ambulance response time to take be longer than before bike lanes
Most riders are men under the age of 50. There are few people
older than 50 who ride or take advantages of the bicycle lanes.
Surprisingly, from my un-scientific observations, there are four men
bike riders for every woman bike rider.
Since a relatively small percentage of the population uses and
benefits from bicycle lanes, the question then comes up if the
enormous financial investment in building bicycle lanes and thus
contributing to added motor vehicle traffic actually benefits society?
Since bicycle lanes are built up at the expense of motor vehicle
lanes, does the added pollution of the slowed down motor vehicle
traffic actually cause more harm than good?
Bike riders ride for a variety of reasons. Some people ride to health
or exercise, others to save money and yet others for speed in getting
to a local destination, plus the ease of "parking" or
chaining the bicycle to a sign post.
Only a few diehard bicyclists ride in the winter.
Bike riders rarely obey traffic rules or even follow bike rules.
Bike Rider Rage. We have all heard about road rage, but the fact is
that bike rage may well be more prevalent then automobile road rage.
It take a lot of human energy to build up speed with a bicycle, and
bike riders rarely want to slow down for pedestrians or for that
matter, dealing with important issues, such as right away. Here in
New York City, I often see bike riders screaming at other bike
riders, because they are going to slow, fast or whatever. Bike rage
should be dealt with in the same manner as motor vehicle road rage. (This
paragraph added May 26, 2017)
A curious side note is that I have noticed the lighter, and often
times more expensive, the bicycle, the heavier the chain that is
carried in order to secure it better. The light weight advantage of
the bicycle seems to be lost with the heavier chain.
What is needed:
Enforcement of the traffic rules.
I have always been a believer that less government is better
government, however it is obvious to me that there must be some way
of identifying bike riders who break the law, cause accidents by
reckless riding or who are actually involved in accidents. With this
in mind, I advocate that bicycles be registered, similar to to the
way that motor vehicles are registered with a unique identifying rear
license plate. It is possible that various automated bike rental
companies might object to this, but this is an important measure that
assists in responsible. Registration is common in many countries.
Bicycles or perhaps the bicyclist, should be required to carry basic
liability insurance, so to pay for damaged property or injured
people, when the bike rider causes and accident. If the bike is
insured, than anyone riding the bicycle would be insured. If the
individual is insured, than any bicycle that the individual rode,
would be insured.
Bicycles should be required to have minimal safety equipment
including at minimum, rear brakes, front and rear electric lights,
reflectors and a horn or bell to alert pedestrians and other vehicles
in an emergency. Surprisingly, many bike riders think it is
"hip" to have bicycles that are direct chain drive without
any brakes whatsoever. To stop, one has to attempt to lock or
backpedal. In an emergency, this method is very dangerous. Lights are
essential for night riding so that vehicles and pedestrians can see
the bicycle. It goes without saying that a horn or a bell is an
important safety measure to alert pedestrians. This safety equipment
would for one, lessen the chance of injury and accidents and property
damage for other people and also limit the chance that the bicycle
rider is injured. Obviously if injuries can be lowered by a
measurable percentage, than ultimately, the cost of medical insurance
for everyone would likewise be reduced by a certain amount. Thus
bicycle safety measures is of broad civil importance.
Presently in the state of New York, only youngsters are required to
wear bicycle helmets. This requirement should be extended to all
people. Helmets should not have protruding lights or video cameras
attached on the outside, that may breach the helmet in the event of
When a bicycle lane exists, a bike rider must be required to only
ride in that lane and not ride in the motor vehicle lanes. This makes
bike riding safer for the bicyclist, safer for the motorists and does
not slow down motor vehicles.
A bicyclist should be required to stop at all red lights. If this
rule is violated, a fine should be issued that is large enough to
discourage abuse. This rule is very important for the safety of the
bicyclist, motor vehicles and perhaps most importantly, pedestrians
crossing the street. All too often, people crossing the street are
endangered by bicyclists who do not stop for pedestrians, who are
legally crossing a street. This abuse has to stop.
The use and existence of bike lanes must be reevaluated every year to
determine if the bike lane is under used. If the bike lane does not
have enough bicycle traffic, the bike lane should be removed. and the
area opened for motor vehicle traffic again. An analysis should also
be made to determine if a bike lane, even if it is well used, is
slowing down even more people in motor vehicles, than the number of
people using the said bicycle lane.
Recently automated bike rental racks have sprung up across the
country, supported by various companies. These racks are very
convenient, however the underlying concept is a business that
charges, not a public service. With this in mind and for the safety
of the community, such racks should never be placed directly in front
of the entrance of any building. The reason is simple and that is
that such racks blocks the entrances of buildings for residents
getting out of cars or taxi's, such racks impede the quick deployment
of ambulances and also impedes firemen in cases of fire emergencies.
Another issue that has sprung up is the noise that is caused in
residential neighborhoods when locking or securing the bicycle to the
bike stand or when at night, the bicycle company "equalizes"
the number of bikes in each rack. Such bike racks should only be
placed in commercial areas or next to parks, and in such a way, that
the entrance to commercial buildings or parks are not blocked.
APRIL 26, 2017 UPDATE:
Three weeks ago, around 5PM, I was on Grand Street and the Bowery in
Manhattan and I witnessed a bike rider who was riding his bike way to
fast and then hit a pedestrian, who was a man about 65 years old, who
was crossing the street. The man was not knocked down, however
clearly he was bruised. Instead of stopping, the bike rider continued
to ride to Christie Street and then momentarily stopped and looked
back, and then quickly continued to shoot away. I unchained my own
bike, but by the time I started to chase the hit and run biker, he
had disappeared into the traffic. At 5PM, Grand Street was packed
with people and the bike rider, who was a man in his mid 20's, could
easily have killed someone. In the split second that the bike rider
hit the pedestrian, I noticed that the bike did not seem to have hand
brakes. This incident underscores the need for bikes to have a
clearly visible registration number, and some sort of basic insurance
so that such violators can be caught and if they cause injury or
property damage, they can pay to correct the situation.
Frank Didik started to ride bicycles in New York City, as a young
child, in the early 1960's and continues to ride his bicycle about 10
miles per day, each and every day. For the almost 40 years, he has
also been an advocate and designer of bicycles and other human
powered vehicles and fully understands the pros and cons of bicycle
riding and alternate vehicle technology. More information can be
found at www.DIDIK.com
The Didik quest for the
worlds lightest bicycle.
Nine pounds (4kg). Rear and front wheel turns. Epoxy coated foam.
Didik Ultra-light weight bicycle.
Worlds lightest bike
powered, foldable scooter for two.
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thoughts on science, business and society today.
if and what can or might be.
is the speed of gravity? If it is instantaneous, then what if
gravity can be modulated? Today
most scientists, assume that the speed of gravity is the same as the
speed of light, but what if the speed of gravity is instantaneous?
Further, if gravity can be modulated, it might allow for
instantaneous universal communication. Thus it might be possible to
communicate with space craft instantly, rather than waiting for
minutes for transmissions to reach the craft or earth. Perhaps
computer chips can be made to operate vastly faster. And this is just
the beginning since ...read
if the decay rate of elements varies rather than being a constant? Imagine,
if this is the case, it would mean that all archeological dating is
in question. How old are artifacts? When in fact did the dinosaurs
really die out? Further, consider that ...
It is now time to eliminate all
emergency Covid laws in the country. Now
that we understand that the fear of a massive death rate due to
Covid was completely wrong..read
Is it selfish for a woman to seek
and also have children? read
Elon Musk recently stated that we
have a population shortage problem. read
Private ownership and strong
goals are on the decline.
Grown men in their 30's still live in shared apartments, ride a
skateboard or a bicycle instead of owning their own home and car and read
We seem to be living in a fake world.
Everywhere you go, you see people walking down the street, staring at
their cell phone, often with "ear buds", completely
oblivious to the outside world. ...read
the Wright Brothers the wrong brothers? Was
A.M. Herring the first to fly in 1899 - four years before the Wright Brothers?...
Fools Day How
did it start? read
did the "oligarchs" of Russia, Ukraine and other former
Soviet Republics amass their vast wealth? read
in Manhattan in 1956
Though Easter is a Christian Holiday, celebrated by Christians
worldwide, perhaps non-Christians, including atheists,
should also celebrate this holiday. Why? Because by Jesus's
became the norm for all governments worldwide. read
trade agreements have
failed the United States and has destroyed the US standard of living read
in the standard of living I believe
that the standard of living in the United States was highest in the
early 1960's. In 1962, the average 35 year old working man was able
to support a wife, 3 or 4 children, own a house in the suburbs, have
2 cars and had enough money to go on a vacation once or twice a year.
Today, it takes two highly educated people working to buy a small one
or two bedroom coop or condo, car ownership is rare and they can only
afford to have one or two children at best.read
need for a
$40 per hour minimum
Media or Vanity Media With the development of the so
called smart phone, a new phenomenon of "social media" has
developed that caters to the vanity and inner ego of millions read
Canadian Flag has become s symbol of freedom world wide.
It is interesting to note that as a result of the Canadian Truckers
"Freedom Convoy" to remove Corona restrictions in Canada,
other protests have started worldwide, and the symbol most seen is
the Canadian Flag.
truth on the internet, is like finding a diamond in a pile of broken glass".
Today there is so much conflicting and false information on the
internet that it is difficult to determine what is true and what is
false. Often each perspective presents read
has become political Some say that alleged science is
being used to push a political agenda.
Back in February of 2020, Covid 19 was presented as a deadly pandemic
that many said would kill off a sizable read
Lanes favors the young and healthy, while inconveniencing
older citizens, drivers and delivery trucks. Further, for the most
part, they are rarely utilized during the winter months... read
Checkers "Fact Checkers" present an opinion
rather than absolute fact. Further,
who will fact check the fact checkers"? Recently read
it wrong be judgmental?
Further, should a person express unsolicited opinions to others? The
fact is that everyone read
we offer unsolicited advice?
We have often heard that giving unsolicited advice is wrong but read
Pricing favors the upper income people and will
significantly reduce local business, while pushing middle class
drivers to shop elsewhere that does not have this burdensome tax.
Ultimately this will work against the city.
does not mean a lie, but rather is a way to undermine a different
perspective that is not in keeping with the pushed narrative. Thus
something that is described as "misinformation" may or many
not be true, but contradicts the official mainstream perspective or
undermines the direction of the mainstream agenda.
Frank Didik, February 1, 2022
reminder to fellow
you walk down the street, just remember that every person who you
pass by, regardless of their race or physical appearance, or if they
are rich or poor, has their own goals and aspirations, trials and
tribulations and each person must be treated with basic respect and dignity.
It is essential to
individualize and not generalize. Each group has their good and bad
and one must not fall into the trap of assuming that everyone in a
particular group is the same or thinks the same. Sometimes in our
rush or arrogance, we forget these basic truths.
of American English Accents I have noticed that accents
evolve very quickly. If you were to watch a movie from the 1930's,
1940's or any other time, you will notice that people from each
period have distinct accents. Recently, I have noticed that first
generation Americans, who perhaps grew up in bilingual families, for
example Polish or Chinese families, have a distinct, new American
accent. I presume that over time, everyone's accent will be
significantly different in years to come.
Frank Didik, February 1, 2022
Logic and intellect is not reliable.
The late Christopher Hitchens often stated that we should rely on our
logic, reason and intellect to determine the truth. Many people who
pride themselves as educated, intelligent and progressive believe the
same. As reasonable as this seems, Galileo proved over 400 years ago
that our logic, reason and intellect is unreliable and that only
direct experimental data, should be relied upon. Galileo had dropped
two balls of the same material, but different masses, from the
Leaning Tower of Pisa to demonstrate that they would hit the ground
at the same time, rather than the heavier ball hitting the ground
first, as almost everyone, including Aristotle, 2000 years ago, had
assumed. Our logic, reason and intellect is not reliable and should
only be viewed as speculation. Only direct experimentation and
obtaining the same results, over and over again should be relied upon.
if time varies along with all things, rather than being a constant? Consider
the speed of light vary, even if traveling under the same
conditions, or in other words, is the speed of light really a
to Einstein's theory of relativity, the speed of light is a constant
1956 Firebird was
to be self driving.
Driving Cars? If
you have an accident with a self driving car, who is at fault? The
car manufacturer, the owner of the car or the occupant
"driver" of the car? I
have enjoyed owning and driving some of the most interesting cars
made and have always enjoyed the freedom of driving without
impediments or restrictions. Nevertheless, if self driving ...read
What ever happened to jet packs, flying cars and advanced technology
that in the past, was predicted that we would be using by today? Why
are bicycles being pushed by cities world wide?...read
Do bicycles and
skate boards represent a more environmentally friendly world or does
it indicate a decline in the standard of living? I ride my bicycle
about 10 miles every day, but only a small percentage of the
population benefit from bike lanes, mostly men under the age of 50.
Further, most people ride bikes in warm, favorable weather and rarely
in the rain, snow or cold weather.
Computer Formats and the longevity of our digitally stored
we entering into a "pre-history" era? How can we preserve
our computer written records, books, photographs, video and
knowledge? If you
wanted to, would you be able to read a:
1/2" or 5 1/4" or 8" floppy?
or a dvd?
you can not read these one or two generation old formats today, how
will society be able to read these documents in 200 years from now? I
doubt that the current line up of formats, such as SD cards, USB
drives or others, will be easy to read in 15 years. The longevity of
computer/digital storage before major failure is also an issue ...read
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to be encouraged?
I was just reading that insurance companies encourage suicide, in
states that permit assisted suicide. Greater profits by less medical
bills and life insurance policies invalidated? I suspect that with a
rapidly aging population, the elderly will be encouraged to end their
lives. Perhaps euthanasia
will be presented as the patriotic or honorable thing to do. We are
truly entering into an age of barbarism and abandoning civilization.
- June 2018
is an alternative to population control. Restricting
and discouraging the formation of families in order to stabilize or
reduce population infringes on the freedom and rights of every human.
There is another much better approach...read
the results of modern science. For
the last 100 years, we have been experiencing the collapse of real
science. Theories, speculation and fantasy is the norm today. By
definition, the scientific method is the ability to test and re-test
and always get the same results, over and over. If an idea or a
theory can not be tested, the idea must be viewed as speculation and
not considered true, till that idea is proven without a doubt.
Scientific theory has moved to areas that are beyond our present
capability of testing and gradually a number of unproven theories
have become accepted as fact without any real proof. Further, new
theories have been developed based on old theories. Thus we have a
situation where science today is largely based on theory upon theory.
If something can not be proven, it falls into the realm of philosophy
rather than science. This has led to...read
and media hype: Any
sudden "revolutionary" scientific discovery, even if such
discovery is written about in every newspaper and scientific journal,
should be greeted with skepticism. Such a discovery should only be
accepted after the bulk of scientists have have had a chance to
review the discovery and confirm that it is in fact correct. Such
things that come to mind include cold fusion, the so called "God
Particle" and even the recent stated discovery of a
"gravitational wave". All too often such media hype has
come and gone without any real discovery or fundamental change. ..read
percentage of information, contained in science books is accurate
and true? Are we in a post science period? Many
science books today present ...read
is time to retest scientific properties. Verify results. I
suggest that the properties of all materials be re-tested using
modern technology and certify the results. Melting and boiling
points, conductivity, hardness, and all physical properties of
materials should be re-tested ...read
advance our knowledge
a scientist has worked for years to prove a particular theory and
finds out that their work has been in vain, it is difficult to admit
that their original assumptions were wrong. Still it is vitally
website displays designs, projects, proposals and innovations
by Frank Didik, but this site has also served to inspire people to
bring their ideas to fruition. All too often, people have great
dreams in high school and college but within a few years after
graduation, these ideas gradually become a distant memory. I
encourage everyone to do what ever you are good at and try to make
your dreams a reality. What people do today represents the future of
our great planet. Go out and do whatever you can do, to the best of
and robotics will help return businesses to the United States.
With new automation and robotics, which requires less employees, it
is now possible for most American Based companies to return
manufacturing to the United States, with the benefit of lower
production costs, lower shipping costs and a safer business climate,
when compared with outsourced manufacturing. -February
free speech and censorship read
Downside of Robotics Robotics will
bring about a fundamental change in society. Millions of jobs will be
lost, but only a few, high end jobs will be created. Most former
employees will not be employable in this new environment. The same
occurred in England in the early 1800's with the industrial
revolution. High end weaving jobs were lost after the introduction of
high speed looms. Another example is the computer revolution from the
late 1960's till the mid 1980's and on till today eliminated the need
for thousands of office clerks. - May
on how the world will change in the future
really knows what the future will be like and rarely have predictions
made in the past, become a reality in the same way that it was
predicted. Nevertheless, certain generalities of what might happen,
can be foreseen based on what is happening today
1. In the future,
robotics will change society and millions will lose their jobs ...read
2. In the future,
robotic friends, including intimate friends will prevail ...read
3. In the future,
dating and marriage may greatly decline read
4. In the future,
populations may drastically decline ...read
5. In the future,
pet ownership will decline read
6. In the future,
natural child birth may decline read
7. In the future,
Licenses may be required to have children ...read
8. In the future,
virtual living will take precedence to real life read
9. In the future,
aroma, heat, wind, moisture and taste will all be recorded read
10. In the future,
wealth will be concentrated among a tiny group of people read
11. In the future,
technological advancement may slow down ...read
12. In the future,
planets will not be colonized read
13. In the future,
people will travel less in the future ...read
14. In the future,
transportation networks will gradually be reduced ..read
15. In the future,
there will be a Loss of optimism for their future ...read
16. In the future,
people will rarely interact, face to face ...read
17. In the future,
microscopic robotic "bacteria" will be injected into the
body to cure diseases and repair or remove internal body issues ..read
18. In the future,
robots will perform medical procedures including surgery more
19. In the future,
doctors will be able to operate from anywhere on the planet ...read
changed moral values and decline in human dignity awaits us in the
21. In the future,
society may gradually fall into a stagnant, non advancing epic ...read
22. Future crises
in Human Dignity ...read
23. In the future,
medicines will be specifically designed for the individual ...read
24. In the future,
robots will do most factory work and manual labor, including farming
and cooking, as well as the jobs of professionals such as doctors and
accounting, just to mention a few chores and will cause the loss of
millions of jobs and make large populations unnecessary .. read
for the future by Frank X. Didik, December
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
Advice for the modern person -
to rethink bike lanes Advice for bicyle based
cities - August
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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.
Safety-Subway Gate Subway Safety Barriers:
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 ...
you noticed that in large cities, our playgrounds are empty, but our
dog runs are full? A sizable portion
of the population are no longer getting married and forming families,
Did you know
that there are some people with Down Syndrome who are geniuses? read
Before 1947 in the
USA and late 1960's in Europe, countries used first wood gas and then
later coal gas, as this plant in Seatle, Washington prouced till the
mid 1950's read
Gas. Europe and
many other countries around the world are concerned about shortages
of natural gas but there are many
substitutes for read
Wood gas was also
used to power cars, trucks and buses when gasoline was not available
in Europe and Japan during World War 2. read
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 ...
causes of the Ukraine-Russian War Click
So called "fossil fuels" are not from fossils.It seems
impossible that the so called "fossil fuels" were ever
created from plant life. read
not watch TV! (or
listen to radio, movies or read newspapers!)
If you watch TV programs, you will be programmed! The purpose of the
news programs is not to inform but rather to read
and citizenship: Should
refugee's allegedly fleeing their home country be allowed to become
citizens of the countries that accepts them or should they only be
granted temporary sanctuary until their country of origin returns to normal?read
I am a strong believer that less government is best government, the
time has come to register and insure bicycles and to make sure that
bicyclist obey traffic rules. This is particularly necessary in
crowded urban areas. With the proliferation of bicycles, more and
more accidents and related injuries are occurring to both the cyclist
as well as pedestrians. A basic form of a license plate for bicycles
as well as liability insurance is clearly necessary.
have become indoctrination centers Compulsory
education was never meant to improve one's social status, though
that is how it is presented to the public. Originally, students wore
uniforms, similar to military uniforms, students learned obedience,
such as marching into the school, or raising their hand for
permission to read
excess government support and
not natural. read
a draw bridge be an example of true democracy? read
come and go. Today,the fad is clown
colored hair, body graffiti, extensive facial shrapnel and torn jeans,
ultra tight "yoga pants" read
"Frank Didik" penny theory to
analyze the state of the economy read
is over valued or silver is under valued,
based on historic ratio's read
have lost their purpose. read
The world seems to be headed towards a single, one world government,
with the notion of individual countries, cultures, customs and races,
gradually merging to form a new type of global citizen. This could
lead to greatly curtailed personal freedoms, such as the ability to
travel, own a car, own a private house, where to work, where to live
and even limit the potential to improve one's social read
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$40 per hour minimum
X. Didik, September 22, 2021
1962, the average 35 year old working man was able to support a
wife, 3 or 4 children, own a house in the suburbs, have 2 cars and
had enough money to go on a vacation once or twice a year. Today, it
takes two highly educated people working to buy a small one or two
bedroom coop or condo, car ownership is rare and they can only afford
to have one or two children at best. To achieve what a man in 1962
made per week and to regain the standard of living of that time, the
minimum wage must be increased to $40 per hour. The gradual decline
over the past 60 years should be changed. Perhaps "shock
treatment" that was recommended to the former communist
countries in Eastern Europe by "experts" from leading
American Universities, should be the guide for this sudden increase
in the average (minimum) wage. Several things would happen. First,
people would initially spend much more money and this would almost
instantly create huge demand. At the same time, it is very possible
that prices would go up, though perhaps not as fast as one might
expect, since production efficiency is much greater today than in
1962. Finally, it might be necessary to implement trade barriers.
This of course would run counter to the direction of globalism.
Perhaps it is time to modify the notion of globalism and take into
account the different global cultures, work ethics and achievements.
X. Didik with former NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio and first lady Chirlane
McCray, at Gracy Mansion.
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
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, 2020
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.
Random thoughts and speculaions by Frank X. Didik can be found here
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.
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 ...
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 ...