The Consequences

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Did you ever stop to think who really benefited from the dramatic raise with regard to the minimum wage earners?

The minimum wage was originally considered “entry level wages”. The concept provided the ability for the worker to elevate oneself through hard work, diligence and eventually providing for a more rewarding financial future.

Since the late 1950’s, McDonald’s Corporation is a perfect example of how this worked; as thousands upon thousands were paid entry wages are now today’s managers, or for that matter! Owners of Franchises. Many, of course, left this company, entering into thousands of companies nationwide, now with great skills in leadership, management skills, utilizing the learned experience and work ethic experience they have acquired during their tenure beginning at entry level hourly pay.

Now comes the glitch in the minimum wage.

One is out of touch if they have not noticed the rise in food, housing and just about everything else, since these new minimum wage concepts were put in place. The very people who received the increase in wages are now paying much more due to all of the increased cost of living, why?

 

For one thing; the employers had no choice but to raise prices on just about every item due to their increased labor operating cost. This travels down to the local clothing store, grocery, and day care, as most have very low mark-up costs, especially grocery chains. Not only has the minimum wage earner been affected by the rising cost, everyone else has too.

 

The real winner here is non-other than the Federal and State Governments. Why you ask? Because all who now are receiving these increased wages, are paying more in taxes. The largest obvious one being their *Social Security (SSI) deduction, which not only affects the employee, but is matched by the employer’s contribution. Further, now many of these employees are in a higher tax bracket. Sadly, these very monies (Your Money) with regard to Social Security deductions are not placed in a secure interest-bearing account for future use by you when you retire, but is now placed in the Federal Governments ‘general funds’. There is no money in the Social Security trust, just an I.O.U. Social Security is now an unfunded liability, it was not just twenty years ago, then is was a fund that kept growing until the politicians got their hands on it, this is precisely why Social Security will not be there in less than 30 years or sooner, as it likely will be bankrupt before then.

As to the States that collect **state income tax, it is a bonanza from those who now have had their hourly rate increased via the minimum wage. One more level to be considered, many, many employers facing this new fixed cost are not providing full time employment; of course, many people have had multiple jobs at the same time for the last century, plus, this is nothing new. Twenty years ago most employers offered Health Insurance, the employee paying a small part of it. today it is a thing of the past for small employers, as the cost of providing it is extreme. As to those employed by State & the Federal governments, they all enjoy annual automatic cost of living adjustment (COLA), something that rarely exist in the private sector.

 

There does not appear to be a logical solution out of this dilemma, not to mention the fact that this is going to eventually fuel inflation and once again, everything goes up in price, the one big benefactor being the Government coffers.

 

*The current tax rate for social security is 6.2% for the employer and 6.2% for the employee, or 12.4% total. The current rate for Medicare is 1.45% for the employer and 1.45% for the employee, or 2.9% total

 

**As an example, California income tax for those making over $19,001 is 5 % percent.

 

For now,

Gary

Lightning – strikes & Thunder

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Lightning

Were you aware that there are many types of lightning? There are Anvil crawler (Spider), Ball, Bead, clear-air, Cloud-to-air, Cloud to Ground, Cloud to Cloud, Dry, forked, heat, Upward lightning or ground-to-cloud lightning, Staccato lightning, and Super Bolts, to name a few.

There are three primary types of lightning, defined by what is at the “ends” of a flash channel.

  • Intracloud (IC), which occurs within a single thundercloud unit
  • Cloud to cloud (CC) or intercloud, which starts and ends between two different “functional” thundercloud units
  • Cloud to ground (CG), that primarily originates in the thundercloud and terminates on an Earth surface, but may also occur in the reverse direction, that is ground to cloud.

 

The air between the clouds and Earth blocks the connection — until the charge gets so strong that an electrical impulse called a “stepped leader” shoots down from the cloud.

The leader drops in steps of about 150 feet each at about 136,000 mph, until it almost reaches the ground. That’s when an electrical charge called a streamer rises up to meet it and complete the circuit.

 

A lightning bolt is about 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit — roughly five times hotter than the surface of the sun!

 

One can approximate the distance to the strike by timing the interval between the visible lightning and the audible thunder it generates. A lightning flash preceding its thunder by one second would be approximately 1000 feet in distance; a delay of three seconds would indicate a distance of about 3000 feet, and a flash preceding thunder by a five second count would indicate a distance of approximately one mile, thus, a lightning strike observed at a very close distance will be accompanied by a sudden clap of thunder, with almost no perceptible time lapse.

 

Objects struck by lightning experience heat and magnetic forces of great magnitude. The heat created by lightning currents traveling through a tree may vaporize its sap, causing a steam explosion that bursts the trunk. As lightning travels through sandy soil, the soil surrounding the plasma channel melt, forming tubular structures called fulgurites. Even though roughly 90 percent of people struck by lightning survive, humans or animals struck by lightning may suffer severe injury due to internal organ and nervous system damage, keeping in mind that lightning kills about 2,000 people a year, so stay inside during lightning storms.

 

Buildings or tall structures hit by lightning may be damaged as the lightning seeks unintended paths to ground. By safely conducting a lightning strike to ground, a lightning protection system can greatly reduce the probability of severe property damage. Lightning also serves an important role in the nitrogen cycle oxidizing diatomic nitrogen in the air into nitrates which are deposited by rain and can fertilize the growth of plants and other organisms. The very high temperatures generated by lightning lead to significant local increases in ozone and oxides of Nitrogen. The ground has a positive charge, so the positively charged ground attracts the negative lightning bolt, and when the two meets, it produces a strong electrical current. This reaction helps our earth maintain its electrical balance as lightning helps transfer negative charges back to the earth.

Thunder

Because the electrostatic discharge of terrestrial lightning superheats the air to plasma temperatures along the length of the discharge channel in a short duration. Kinetic theory dictates gaseous molecules undergo a rapid increase in pressure and thus expand outward from the lightning creating a shock wave audible as thunder. Since the sound waves propagate not from a single point source but along the length of the lightning’s path, the sound origin’s varying distances from the observer can generate a rolling or rumbling effect.

Lightning at a sufficient distance may be seen and not heard; there is data that a lightning storm can be seen at over 100 miles whereas the thunder travels about 20 miles. Anecdotally, there are many examples of people saying ‘the storm was directly overhead or all-around and yet there was no thunder’.

 

KINDNESS RETURNED

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Kindness returned

The United States of America is by far, Per capita, the largest financial giver to the World, yet, in return, we are mocked, threatened and knocked (in many cases that would include that of our own politicians) at every opportunity by the majority of the countries that benefit from our extreme monetary generosity, as well as military umbrella protection, along with NATO.

Amazing that no matter how much money we send to most Countries-they want more, and seem to hate us even more. Even more interesting, the United States does not seek any ownership of any parcel of land in any Country, other than that of land for our Embassies and cemeteries for our fallen heroes. The majority of Americans (it would appear) simply want to help other Countries be like America in terms of the ability to enjoy freedom and the ability to succeed and not the daily fear of tyranny in their respective Countries.

Albeit, there is no doubt that the United States has a serious habit and long record of ‘intruding’ in other Countries politics, as, should one of these Countries do the same intrusion into the U.S. politics, our government would have a conniption fit, Of course, the U.S. has been interfering in other Countries politics for a hundred plus years, conversely those very Countries-into our politics, thus a true Tit-for-Tat. Most-unfortunately, we usually cause more harm than good to these Countries due to our interference, intrusion and intervention, we certainly do not have a record of success in this arena.

In closing, the United States of American cannot win in the fight of corruption and tyranny in foreign Countries. Perhaps it would be better served to start by cleaning up the corruption right here within the sovereign borders of the United States of America.

 

My take,

Gary.

Tidbits About Exercise & Some Water To-Boot

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Unfortunately, there is no fountain of youth, nor instant cure for aging, but there are things that you can do to prolong a reasonably healthy life.

 

Lack of exercise and your bones will weaken, so at the minimum. Exercise helps to reduce muscle mass loss, which is especially important as one ages. If one loses muscle for a long enough period, they will end up with sarcopenia, which mean a deficiency of muscle. Often not even noticeable as it is a slow deterioration process.

 

Just fifteen minutes of daily exercise can avert this deterioration, as well as exercise will lengthen your life.

 

Also, your intake of water is essential to good health, as it effects every part of your anatomy. Your brain, blood, and muscles consist mainly of water, as well as your bones also contain water. If one does not consume the necessary water necessary to avoid dehydration, it can lead to skin wrinkling and premature aging.

 

Did you know that hydration promotes a youthful radiance and water flushes out toxins in the body that cause skin disorders and discoloration?

 

Major aging factors are a sedentary lifestyle, and a diet consisting of processed foods and refined sugar, and vices such as smoking and alcohol certainly contribute to faster aging.

 

In conclusion:

Water regulates your body temperature and lubricates your joints. It aids in the transport of nutrients to give you energy and keep you healthy. If you’re not hydrated, your body can’t perform at its highest level.

You may feel tired, have muscle cramps, dizziness, or other serious symptoms.