At 6:10 am I made coffee and headed downstairs to teach English to students abroad. Again, I thought of the hike in cost that the St Paul City Council approved on Snow Emergency towing, it goes up for 43 %. I wonder how this impacts low-income households in St Paul.
On a similar note, my neighbor Nancy mentioned that her grandson’s Honda had been stolen from out front of her house. She asked if my cameras faced that way. I said “no”. We were coming home from a walk around the block on whatever clear sidewalk we could find. Kids in a big red wagon.
After teaching and double-checking my bank account and stretches, this morning we are going to pick up a Christmas tree. And that is the proper name of it, a Christmas Tree. We are getting it from my wife’s grandmother, Judy. The kids are excited, as am I. It should be an afternoon of the Viking’s game and tree decorating and Sloppy Joes.
Posted in america, Art, Debt, frugal, media, news, personal finance, reality, thought, USA
Tagged America, American, blog, Christmas, christmas tree, City Council, conservative, dad, dadlife, Democrat, diary, economics, Economy, Election, English, government, Journal, low-income households, Minnesota, MN, Observation, Policy, Politics, Practice, Reading, Realism, St Paul, teaching, USA, Viewpoint, Words, Writing
Posted in america, Film, frugal, frugal living, ideas, Libraries, library, Money, personal finance, Politics, reality, thought, USA, Voting, YouTube
Tagged America, Book Review, Books, economics, finance, logic, personal finance, Read, Reading, Thomas Sowell, USA
Recently, I have come under the idea that less is more. I’ve been reading Walden on Wheels. I have been seeing that what I have, too much, is very too much. I want out of it. I say now, less is more, less is more. This is so true.
This realization started after reading The Millionaire Nextdoor, a book about being frugal. A book about just living with less, not overspending, and living on the means that you have, and becoming a millionaire.
I set new goals because of it. I want nothing. I want to have nothing but liquid security in wealth. The lesson I learned is be prepared for anything and don’t live beyond your means. Keep an even keel. Sail your boat and don’t sink.
Yes, I do believe less is more… So I give you less words. But I must admit it. I am starting to like the idea of having less and feeling it more. As Dave Ramsey says (I have been listening to his podcast) “Live like no one else and you can live like no one else.”
I am ready to live like no one else. Have been for some time. I always felt like a nonconformist. Now I can prove it in actions. No more too much. No more overspending. We all owe it to ourselves to get ourselves right first. Then we can help everyone else. But only then.
Posted in america, College, education, language, reality, satire, Uncategorized, USA
Tagged Article, Books, frugal, Learning, less is more, lesson, Life, living, Observation, Opinion, personal finance, Positive, Reading, Realism, Reality, Thoughts
the words “Fake news” printed on a fake typewriter graphic Adweek
In a shocking revelation yesterday an unnamed mainstream media source found that a story about fake news found to be fake news was fake news because of fake news and no one seemed to care.
Unbelievably the mainstream media source did nothing about the compromise of information, not going back on their sponsors promise, not pulling the fake news story.
The ads were in place, the story had to fill the page… one unidentified marketing sales manager at the publication explained, These papers are full of advertisements, they are paid for, they must be seen by a specific demographic…
This discovery of fake news is only one in a veritable rash of papers, the mainstream media seem to be just printing fake news for news when there is no real news simply to carry marketing spots, nothing objective to break for readers to think on.
Such an uncovering has shocked the news industry–and this problem goes back decades–as it limits trust and shows that stories are less important than underwriters and advertiser money. The readers suffer, and we can blame the decline on fake news…
We can only hope at point the news media goes back to what made them important, objective reporting, putting advertisements and sales in the background. However, in a world where shock sells we can expect to see more and more fake news.
Posted in america, Art, Comedy, Fake News, Literature, news, society, Uncategorized
Tagged ads, America, Art, breaking, Breaking news, Clinton, demographic, Fake News, hackers, Hillary Clinton, Journalism, Literature, media, Money, msm, News, objectivity, Profits, pundits, Read, Reading, Real, real news, Realism, Reality, Russia, sales, think tank, Thought, Trump, USA
President of the United States of America pointing across a room at an unknown person, one positive article to garner $5 donation to MPR from local man. Photo by Getty
Reports broke Tuesday that local Minnesota man, who happens to be a millennial, a college grad, and a recent republican voter–although no party affiliation at this time could be confirmed, to consider donating $5 to next MPR membership drive if they write one positive unbiased article about president Donald Trump.
This incredible news came to a slough of jeers, guffaws, and mumbles from friends, colleagues, and family who happened to be unflinching MPR supporters. Their reaction was to vehemently detest the idea that MPR as an organization could be biased in anyway towards anyone with differing ideas always–those not of the Progressive-Democratic ilk.
Though, these reports are wholly unconfirmed and unverified, the local male will be watching reports and reading articles ever closely looking for any indication that objective reporting exists in the state of Minnesota, and as he suggested, if he finds this to be the case he will consider contributing his $5 donation and become a highly member. We all wait with bated breath.
Posted in america, Art, English, Fake News, Life, Literature, magazines, market, news, newspapers, satire, Uncategorized
Tagged Breaking news, donate, donation, Fact Check, Local, local man, media, member drive, Minneapolis, Minnesota, MPR, MPR News, msm, News, Positive, President, progressive, propaganda, reader, Reading, Reality, St. Paul, Trump, Truth, unbiased, USA