Thursday, May 31, 2018

Most Socialist Countries

One question I've thought about before is which countries are the most socialist. A great economist stated that the best measure of determining if a country is socialist is the spending to GDP ratio. After all, socialism is described as when the government controls the means of production.

That being said, when the term "socialist country" is said, certain countries come to mind. Cuba, North Korea, and Venezuela are the first nations I think of.

Surprising enough, when using spending to GDP as a metric, the most socialist countries are European.

The data from Trading Economics shows France, Finland, Belgium, Denmark, and Norway as the most socialist with government spending accounting for over half of GDP.

For comparison, Cuba's highest spending to GDP ratio only hit 40% during 2008.

Proponents of socialism point to France, Finland, Belgium, Denmark, and Norway as countries which socialism works but why is this?

Did these countries always have such a high spending to GDP ratio or are these countries living off of prior success/production?

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Haunted Pizzas

A few days back, I headed back to the townhouse to help my dad clean up some junk. While he was looking through his old friend's junk for stuff to keep or give away, I made my way to the refrigerator. I pulled out a pizza, hamburger patties, and a chicken pot pie.

After an afternoon of cleaning up trash and collecting rent, I made it back to my house and headed off to my friend's house to hang out for the night.

Day's later, I was sitting in my house and getting hungry. I opened up the freezer and saw that pizza sitting there.

Then it hit me.

My dad's friend died in the town house and he must have been there for a day or two before someone found his body and got him out of there. What if his stuff was haunted? What if the pizza I was going to eat was possessed?

I had no idea what to do. The best reference I could remember was that episode of South Park where Kenny dies and Cartman takes Kenny's ashes and mixes the ashes into his milk. After drinking that milk, Cartman was possessed by Kenny's spirit.

I was having second thoughts about cooking that pizza. I really shouldn't have taken it with me. But I was still hungry.

I set the oven to preheat until 450 degrees and I put that pizza in. 13 minutes later, I pulled it out.

It didn't taste haunted.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Future Event Timeline 051918

1-1-33 Social Security only able to pay out 75% of promised benefits

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

12 Years Worth of Rent

I first saw this article on either Drudge Report or ZeroHedge.

By the age of 30, the average millennial will spend about $93,000 on rent.

If $93,000 is split among 12 years (age 18 to 30), that comes out to be $7750 per year.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Things that are invisible are insanse

Often times, things get lost in translation when you translate one language to another and back to the original language. For example, I've heard that idioms/local sayings translate weird. The saying "out of sight out of mind" translates to "things that are invisible are insane".

I think about it. Invisible things are insane. And it makes me realize that, usually, people think that nothing is happening unless they can see it.

The most common example of this is when you see someone after a few years and you are surprised when they grew up so much.

On a grander scale, countless things are happening all over this planet without people thinking about it. I think by the year 2020, China and India are planning manned missions to the moon.

People don't realize something happened until the headline comes out that an event has been completed. When the Iphone first came out in 2008, I didn't care. But I knew it had to be in development for years.

I've come to the general conclusion, a rule so to say. I don't have a good name for it but it goes as follows.

Make can crazy, bold, baseless, insane, claim and it will eventually happen after enough time passes.

And the crazy thing about this is that it doesn't take that much effort to read the future. Since countless things are happening every day all over the planet, there is news all over the planet about developing issues and stories. However, major attention doesn't get drawn to a story until an event reaches completion.

They put this news out there, but the average person doesn't have the time or curiosity to figure out what is about to happen.

In the near future, there is still development of self driving cars. Nano-machine technology will eventually be developed. Far along enough, people will try to colonize asteroids or planets. AI will continue to develop. Robots will continue to become more advanced. Disasters will happen. Wars will break out. Etc, etc, etc.

All these things are developing. There is technology being developed today to allow people to read other people's minds. Human cloning is still being developed. A big brother like surveillance state is being developed to further enslave humanity.

Does it sound insane? Just give it 2, 3, 10, 20, 30, 50 years.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Paper Chess

The other week, I was with my dad and his friend. His friend was telling us a story about the time he spent in jail due to difficulty paying child support. While he was in the cell, he was playing hours and hours of chess with a Mexican guy who could barely speak English. It wasn't a legit chess set of course. The guy got hold of a piece of paper and a pencil. He drew a chess board on the paper and ripped up several pieces of paper to represent each different chess piece.

When he said that, I could only remember the time I was back in high school and my classmates were doing the exact same thing.

Then it hit me.

In both government facilities, the most engaging thing to do was play board games in order to pass the time.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians

It happened last year, I was walking through a used book store. I had $40 dollars worth of store credit so I was just browsing for anything interesting. Through the fiction section, I saw a book with the title "Crazy Rich Asians".

The title grabbed me and I read the back cover. It looked like some generic romance novel where some average Asian girl catches the interest of a billionaire real estate developer in Singapore. And she doesn't know how rich this guy is at first.

I bought the book as a gag just so I could crack jokes with my buddies for a few weeks. Which I did. Any time I could, I stuck the phrase "Crazy Rich Asians" into the conversation.

A few weeks ago, I got a call from my friend and he told me he saw a movie trailer on Youtube. They were making "Crazy Rich Asians" the movie.

I thought it was hilarious. Why would they make this generic romance novel a movie?

Then it hit me.

After watching the movie trailer, this film reminded me of "50 Shades of Gray". The author of that novel wrote 3 novels and all of them got turned into films. I guess those movies were successful so movie makers started jumping on the "Rich guy falls for an average girl and subjects her to bondage" market.

After all, I think I heard that half of the global movie market is China. I would have thought someone in China saw "50 Shades of Gray" and re purpose this film with a Chinese cast.

While I watched the trailer for "Crazy Rich Asians" I did not see anything that referenced whipping, gags, or water torture. However, maybe those are in the film or deleted scenes or in the book.

I've only read through one chapter of "Crazy Rich Asians" but I'm keeping my eye out for any funny stuff.