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Forced vaccinations? But Why? If a vaccine works without any long term negative effect, then the person who agrees to take the vaccine is protected and those who do not take the vaccine are potentially at risk. Why force all to take this? Those who don't take the vaccine only potentially hurt themselves. -- Frank X. Didik, May 19, 2020

Do more people die because of the Corona Virus or because of the lockdown? In 1981, under the President Carter administration, it was estimated that for every one percent increase of unemployment, 40,000 additional people died. These deaths were from stress related diseases such as heart attachs, general stress, suicide and other ailments. Presently the estimated unemployment rate has jumped from about 4 percent to between 14.5% and some estimate the unemployment rate is as high as 31%. The Federal Reserve of Chicago as well as Saint Louis estimates that the unemployment rate can hit 32%. This would mean, based on the Carter era studies, a death rate increase of between 400,000 and 880,000.. -- Frank X. Didik, May 9, 2020

Is Covid-19 as widespread as suggested? Several factors suggest that the vast majority of people who die are dying with Covid-19 as opposed to dying because of Covid-19. In Italy, the average age of death attributed to Covid-19 was 81 years old, while in Wuhan, the average age of death was 78 years old. When the Italian health commissioner was asked if any of the deaths might have had critical underlying diseases such as cancer or heart disease, he responded that every single death had one, two or three existing critical condition diseases. In New York City Department of Health stated that at one point, almost 8,000 deaths were reported. Of these almost 8,000 deaths, only 137 deaths did not have any known existing critical illnesses. Another factor regarding the number of deaths is that in the United States, the medical institution or the doctors are paid $13,000 Federal Hazard pay for every Corona virus patient they treat and they are future paid an additional $39,000 for every Corona related death. One might speculate that there is an incentive to declare an illness with similar symptoms to be Corona virus. Another factor that may skew the numbers to a degree is that because of the limited number of Corona test kits and because of the relative inaccuracies of the test, that many people who had similar symptoms to Corona virus, but who were not tested, were declared to have Corona Virus. A NYC Department of Health flyer dated April 20, 2020 stated that "If you are sick with COVID-19 symptoms, assume you have it." Many types of Flu's and colds have similar symptoms and thus the individual may not have Covid-19, but this flyer essentially encourages people to say that they have it. -- Frank X. Didik, May 7, 2020

Hysterical Fears pushed in the media and other sources: Consider that almost every year, a new fearful natural or political event is pushed in the media, that captures the concern of people world-wide and in almost every case, the fear disappears or turns out to be relatively minor with little, if any impact on society. For example, what ever happened to Y2K, the alleged Ozone hole, nuclear winter, missile gap, global cooling, the coming ice age, over population, swine flu, global warming, climate change, AIDS, Zika virus, H1N1, DDT and the coming silent spring, bird flu, plastic bags in the ocean, whales going extinct, turtles going extinct, greenhouse effect, ebola, mad cow disease, SARS, Gulf syndrome, to name just a few. Yes some of these "issues" still linger in society but as we can see, has had very little effect on the day to day lives of people. Right now we are in the grips of the Corona Virus/Covid-19/Wohan Flu/etc era that was declared a "pandemic" by the private, non-governmental foundation, the "World Health Organization". Though the numbers of people with the virus and who have been allegedly killed by the virus is astounding, a closer look indicates that the vast majority of deaths were caused by other diseases such as cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, etc and the unfortunate people just happened to also have the Corona Virus, that may or may not have played a role in their demise. My advice is to live an enjoy life as well as possible, take precautions that you may feel comfortable with but don't be gripped by media fear. -- Frank X. Didik, May 2, 2020

Liberal Governments verses Conservative Governments: On both sides of the spectrum, the respective governments attempt to help society though the ultimate result can be significantly different. Liberal governments tend to to be more concerned with the collective and the perceived greater good, rather than individual and family freedoms. Liberal governments tend to tax more and have greater number of rules and regulations, all designed to help society as a whole. Liberal governments also tend to offer greater safety nets for those who have trouble keeping up, but also, by high taxation and greater rules and regulations, tend to limit incentives for the individual to prosper. A conservative might say that liberal governments favor failure and penalizes success. This is particularly true when taxes and regulations are high, and at the same time, social programs consisting of government handouts are high. Conservative governments tend to offer greater freedoms of choice to the individual and to families, while having lower taxes, and less regulations. Their perspective is that when the individual prospers, society as a whole prospers. Thus there is an incentive to work hard to gain more. On the other hand, Conservative governments tend to offer less safety nets for those who somehow have trouble keeping up with the majority. Conservative governments also tend to maintain traditional ideas and values, such as religion, privacy, private ownership, maintain that the family is the focus of life and offer limited changes in those areas. Conservative governments further tend to focus on infrastructure maintenance, such as street building, defense, police and basic essentials. Of course, these are generalizations, but offer a rough idea of the differences. -- Frank X. Didik, February 7, 2020

Best Governments offer a balance between private ownership and public ownership, impose limited taxation and restrict regulations to the bear minimum that should only prevent absolute monopolies, address safety concerns and force businesses to abide by the constitutional guarantees. Many argue that governments, rather than private industry, should control the military, police, courts and jails, airports, harbors, insurance, finance, medical entities. Private ownership of some of the areas mentioned above but the major areas of such activity should be publicly owned. There should also not be any overly powerful private entities. For example many people feel that the internet, social media, search engines as well as the press and media industry should be required to follow the constitution as the government itself has to follow, such as freedom of speech, religion and allow multiple viewpoints to be presented. -- Frank X. Didik, January 18, 2020

Are all people are equal? The western Christian ethic, which has been adapted by all nations, Christian and not, dictates that all people are equal under the law and under natural law, is a "God given right". In most countries prior to the Christian ethic being adapted, had a caste system of one sort or another, based on birthright or otherwise and it was impossible to move between the castes, or intermarry between the castes and the higher castes were treated differently under the law, than the lower castes. Today, there are still barriers but in most cases, the individual has the potential to achieve their dreams, if their dreams are realistic. Equal however does not mean identical, Different people have different talents and different physical and mental abilities. Clearly not everyone can be a great athlete and nor can everyone be a great mathematician or philosopher. Not being the best in a particular field does in not in any way, reduce an individuals value and importance as a person. It is important that each person determine what they are best at and what they would be most fulfilled at doing. If a person chooses a field that they are not talented in, they will not perform well and may eventually become unproductive, unhappy and perhaps angry. I do believe that every able bodied individual should be capable of carrying their own weight without becoming a burden on society as a whole, which is one reason why great care must be given when deciding who should receive government (support of the population) assistance.

Cashless Society; good or bad? Many people today have voluntarily given up the use of cash and instead use their debit card for even the smallest of purchases. They find the use of a single plastic card to be convenient, relatively safe and easy to use. Cash however, still exist and is commonly used when purchasing items from other individuals, farmers markets, outdoor concessions and for general purchases, though as mentioned above, general purchases are being made more and more with a debit card.

On the other hand, many equate privacy with freedom. When an individual uses a debit card/electronic money, every purchase is trackable and a complete profile of that person can be gradually developed. For example, if you purchase books on stamp collecting and baseball, buy gasoline once a week, and buy items at a local discount store, a particular pattern develops and your profile of what you are like gradually becomes more and more clear. On the other hand, if you limit you debit/credit card purchases to say, only rare items, such as airplane tickets, or high cost items in top department stores, another profile is assumed, but your day to day life is not understood. Another hardly mentioned situation is when the electric grid or communication grid goes down and one is not able to use their debit cards, such as after a major hurricane. Such people, stuck without cash, are at a distinct disadvantage. Recently, with the Corona Virus lockdown, I met a person at a bank who was not able to use his cell phone to make electronic purchases since he had dropped his phone and damaged the screen. He then borrowed someones phone for help and when the financial company saw a different number coming in to his account, they locked his account. Since most banks were closed, and he apparently did not have cash, he had to travel a significant distance to an open bank and try to explain and resolve his predicament. From a social perspective, governments prefer electronic money since it makes lawful tax collection much easier. Then again, in a totalitarian government, it may also be possible to make an individual completely broke and unable to purchase anything, with the click of a button. Electronic money/debit cards, in the hands of private financial institutions effectively takes the creation of money from the treasury departments and central banks of governments and puts this money creation in private hands.

Electronic money/debit cards/credit cards can potentially do the following:

  • Loss of financial freedom

  • Loss of financial privacy
  • In the future, it may be possible to limit a persons purchases based on their personal situation. For example, an obese person may discover that they can not purchase ice cream or soda.
  • Based on what you buy and where you buy it, may lead to a social rating system that would not be possible if you were to use primarily cash for most of your purchases. -- Frank X. Didik, December 19, 2019

Opposition vs False Opposition Have you noticed that often on decisive topics that one side or group is opposed and one side is for, but that one of the sides has much to say, but does nothing, thus nothing at all happens and nothing changes? For example, a number of Non Governmental Organizations or NGO's have obscure purpose or goal statements that can be interpreted in a variety of ways, such as promoting the dignity of human beings or seeking the truth in a certain field or perhaps promoting or making aware a certain issue. Their goal statements sound wonderful, but then under further scrutiny, it is hard to pinpoint what the NGO actually does. The question then is what exactly are they trying to do and how they will they accomplish this, but these questions are normally left unanswered. In some cases, their goals are obvious and they have beautiful statement sheets, but then over time, one realizes that they have done nothing firm or solid to achieve those goals. One might even come to the conclusion that they were set up to diffuse true opposition. -- Frank X. Didik, December 11, 2019

Gradual Control Studying various totalitarian governments present and in the past has shown that the most effective way to control the people is through gradual control of their daily lives and slowly taking away their freedoms, rather than doing it all at once. Similar to the story of a frog that is in a pot of water that is slowly heated up until the frog cooks, rather than throw the frog in to hot water, where the frog would immediately attempt to get away. In the French Revolution, at first the nobility were promised additional wealth. After the revolution was successful, the nobility were executed and their estates and wealth was confiscated. The same occurred in the Soviet revolution and so many other similar situations. One must be on the guard for false promises. Often what is promised, either will not happen or else additional issues will come up that will undermine what the population first occurred -- Frank X. Didik, December 9, 2019

 

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"The Futurist" in New York Harbor.

Thoughts by
Frank Didik
Random thoughts on science, business and society today.

What if and what can or might be.

What 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 ... read more ...

What 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 more ...

Reason, 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.


What if time varies along with all things, rather than being a constant? Consider that...read more ...

Can the speed of light vary, even if traveling under the same conditions, or in other words, is the speed of light really a constant? According to Einstein's theory of relativity, the speed of light is a constant but ...read more ...


The 1956 Firebird was to be self driving.
Self 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 more ...


Bicycles? 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 more ...

Question: 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.

Old Computer Formats and the longevity of our digitally stored knowledge. Are 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:

    3 1/2" or 5 1/4" or 8" floppy?
    cd-rom or a dvd?
    12" optical disk?
    9 track tape?
    IBM punch card?
    Paper punch tape?

If 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 more ...

Euthanasia 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 it 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


There 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 more ...

Questioning 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 more ...

Science 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 more ...

What percentage of information, contained in science books is accurate and true? Are we in a post science period? Many science books today present ...read more ...

It 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 more ...

Honesty and integrity in scientific research is essential in order to advance our knowledge base. When 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 important ..read more ...

This 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 your ability.

Free diverse, intelligent opinions? Is 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

Automation 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 14, 2018

The 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 5, 2019

 


Frank Didik's
Thoughts on how the world will change in the future

  No one 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
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1. In the future, robotics will change society and millions will lose their jobs ...read more
2. In the future, robotic friends, including intimate friends will prevail ...read more
3. In the future, dating and marriage may greatly decline read more
4. In the future, populations may drastically decline ...read more
5. In the future, pet ownership will decline read more
6. In the future, natural child birth may decline read more
7. In the future, Licenses may be required to have children ...read more
8. In the future, virtual living will take precedence to real life read more
9. In the future, aroma, heat, wind, moisture and taste will all be recorded read more
10. In the future, wealth will be concentrated among a tiny group of people read more
11. In the future, technological advancement may slow down ...read more
12. In the future, planets will not be colonized read more
13. In the future, people will travel less in the future ...read more
14. In the future, transportation networks will gradually be reduced ..read more
15. In the future, there will be a Loss of optimism for their future ...read more
16. In the future, people will rarely interact, face to face ...read more
17. In the future, microscopic robotic "bacteria" will be injected into the body to cure diseases and repair or remove internal body issues ..read more
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 more
20. Radically changed moral values and decline in human dignity awaits us in the future ...read more
21. In the future, society may gradually fall into a stagnant, non advancing epic ...read more
22. Future crises in Human Dignity ...read more
23. In the future, medicines will be specifically designed for the individual ...read more
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 more
---Predictions for the future by Frank X. Didik, December 2, 2016

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Op-Ed

Cell Phone Etiquette
Advice for the modern person - December 9, 2016 read more

 
Time to rethink bike lanes Advice for bicyle based cities
 - August 3, 2016 read more

 

 

 

Frank Didik with NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio and first lady Chirlane McCray, at Gracy Mansion.

Johns Hopkins University declared on September 28, 2020, 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.

"Temporary" seems to have become the new permanent under the virus hysteria lockdown.

Corona Virus: What I have observed regarding the Corona Virus can be read here. Further, my photographs of empty New York City, can be viewed here.

Unbiased 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".

Massive 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.

Dumbing 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.

Pent up Demand 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.

Forced vaccinations? But Why? read more

Do more people die because of the Corona Virus or because of the lockdown? read more

Hysterical Fears pushed in the media and other sources: What ever happened to Y2K, the Ozone hole, nuclear winter, missile gap, read more

Is Covid-19 as widespread as suggested? read more

Restaurants 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?

Corona Virus "Experts"? 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 their "advice".

Remote workers and salary protection read more

Internet free speech and censorship read more

People should be responsible for themselves and carry their own weight in society read more

Liberal Governments verses Conservative Governments read more

Career first and family later? read more

Question 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.


Subway 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 ... read more ...


Greatly 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 ... read more ...

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Oposition vs False Oposition read more

Best Governments offer a balance between private ownership and public ownership read more

Should all citizens be allowed to vote? read more

Gradual Control read more

Equal does not mean identical but are all people are equal? read more

Cashless Society; good or bad? read more

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Our 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.

Knowledge obtained 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.

 Is 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

Where 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.

Frank Didik's opinion
On Education
Rethinking school and our education system

Should everyone attend college or university? ... read more ...

Wisdom: I believe that wisdom can not be taught, but rather wisdom is a unique gift of understanding that a person is born with.

Can a college or a university really teach a person to be a businessman or an artist or good in any particular field? ... read more ...

How come all college undergraduate degree's require four years? Should some degrees require only one year while others perhaps six years? ... read more ...

Weak Students: 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.

What 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? ... read more ...

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Teaching: I 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.

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Learning: My 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.

The 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!

Where have all the twenty something year olds gone?
Strolling 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

The 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

Immigration: 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

Life 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

Investing 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 ... read more ...

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BITCOIN: 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.

Foreign 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.

The 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 14, 2018

Good Citizenship
 and respect for our fellow human beings.

Important quotes from my friends from around the world, that I completely agree with and I am sure that most people would as well:

"Do not generalize, but rather individualize." --Daniela D. in Germany, who works for the German diplomatic Chancellery.

"Never 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).

"It 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.

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"It's 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.

Producing 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. ... read more ...

Building 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 ... read more ...

 

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