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World Retaliatory Tariffs Against US and the Resulting Deflation

Important Note. This entire prediction is based on there being an honest marketplace. However, due to monopolies and semi-monopolies using tariffs as a make-believe excuse to raise prices on domestic American goods in parallel with the foreign goods price increases, virtually all consumer prices may be raised.



Due to the retaliatory world tariffs against US products, world demand for US products will drop, thus domestic supply will increase. What does this mean for the US consumer regarding those products?


It is a basic law of supply and demand: when demand drops and supplies remain constant or increase, prices drop. Hundreds of products will be affected directly. Thousands of products will be affected indirectly. Domestic prices will gradually fall for those products as the effects of the tariffs moves through the supply pipeline.

This page was originally published June 2018. At this point, the above must be considered as a prediction; though it can be considered as a pretty reliable prediction. After all, the basic laws of supply and demand have been a proven fact since the beginning of capitalism. This page will be updated as things progress. And needless to say and in order to benefit, one will need to Buy American. This shouldn't be too hard, since those products will be the ones with the lowest prices.

For reference: Bureau of Labor Consumer Price Index Page.

September 2018 Update:

It all depends on an honest market place. And there's the increased revenue to the federal treasury from the tariffs. However, it all depends on how capitalism is practiced in the US; admittedly, there has been so much corporate thievery that I have no idea what is going to happen.

January 2019 Update:

Looks like things have calmed down, leastwise as far as international relations. However, it does look like the meat industry is pulling a fast one. Even though international demand has decreased, thus increasing the domestic supply; beef prices still remain inflated.

April 2019 Update:

Well, well. Meat and farm produce prices dropping for the US consumer. I have experienced this personally as well as seeing media reports about it.

US Defense Spending and Saving Money on Budget

For Democrats, Republicans, Liberals, Conservatives, Politicians, and anyone else who is interested.


There is a lot of discussion, debate, and disagreement about our U.S. military troops being stationed in allied countries around the world. Both sides have premises and conclusions that have merit. Here is a possible solution to the whole, controversial, military, political, expensive mess.

Table of Contents
1. The Way It Is.
2. The Way It Could Be.
3. The Net Result of Implementation.

Let us begin...

The US Defense Budget and a Broke America – The Way It Is

Our current methodology is as follows:

We go hat-in-hand, to the allied country where we think our military troops need to stationed. Most of the time the potential host country knows darn well it would be a good idea to have those troops there. However, under current practice, the potential host country knows that the smart thing to do is to initially say no.

The following results then ensue: In short, it turns into a major bargaining extravaganza.

The potential host country does everything in its power to extract as much money, one-sided trade agreements, and other perks as possible.

Never mind that our presence there is of more benefit to the host country than it is to us.

Never mind that we will be spending billions of dollars there that go into the local economy.

Never mind that the troops in the new or existing base will be spending millions more doing the same.

Never mind that the major purpose of the troops being there in the first place is to help protect the host country.

As far as the potential host country is concerned, they want those extra billions of dollars in land-lease fees. They want those one-sided trade agreements. They want it all.

And we meekly comply. Why is that?

The US Defense Budget and a Broke America – The Way It Could Be

This is the methodology we could use:

We contact the potential host allied country where we think it would be a good idea for troops to be present. We then present in great detail why we think this is so. We show them the threats that we have discovered and that they need to be concerned about. We freely share with the potential host country all evidence and documentation substantiating our conclusions. We remind them of the billions of dollars that will be injected into the host country's local economy by our government and troops if we locate there. We remind them of the inevitable, mutually prosperous trade agreements that will evolve from our countries working together for the common good.

We then inquire as to how much the potential host country is willing to contribute to make this all possible. For starters, all land-lease agreements will be for the sum of $1 a year. This serves the dual purpose of saving the U.S. Taxpayer billions of dollars a year and also conclusively shows the world that the U.S. is there as an invited guest and for the purpose of helping the host country. Any contributions that the host country makes beyond that would of course be greatly dependent on the host country's situation. The potential host country's refusal of the $1-a-year lease agreement, however, would be a deal-breaker.

Once we have presented our information to the potential host country, we then leave and await their decision.

The Net Result of Implementation

The methodology in Part Two could be implemented worldwide as current base lease agreements expire. If the host country declines the new lease agreement, then it probably isn't that necessary for us to be there in the first place. Either way, billions of dollars will be saved. And it will pretty much put an end to the political aspect of it all.

Just a thought.


Bullying Leads to High School Shootings and Suicides - A Possible Solution

Being constantly bullied pushes a minority of victims over the edge, resulting in either a suicide or a mass shooting.

# Bully-Free Zone #

Random mass shootings I do not understand. But if the shooter is shooting the bullies, that I understand. Not saying I approve, just saying I understand. If more high schools would set up programs to stop the bullies, the number of school shootings and suicides would probably drop by at least half.

It turns out that the U.S. Department of Education (search results) has all sorts of information about bullying and ways to deal with it. Provides info for schools, teachers. parents, and students.

One Solution Is for the U.S Department of Education to Be More Proactive About Bullying

Oddly, there is nothing on their front page about it; I had to do a search to find the information. I suspect they will at least put a resource link on their front page sooner rather than later as they become more aware of the connection between the bullying and the shootings/suicides.

An update (January 2019). Apparently the U.S Department of Education (front page) is still clueless; no references or links at all on the front page regarding the problem of bullying.

Household Tips - How to and Best Way to Dust Anything

This Includes Dusting Furniture, Knickknacks, Blinds, Walls, Computers, Keyboards, Car Interiors, You Name It


Standard 4-inch wide paintbrush.
The thing lasts "forever". This one is several years old.

Here's a household tip that has served me well for decades. Works equally well for electronics.

Buy and use a new, soft-bristle, 4-inch wide paint brush at your local hardware store. The bristles move around every crevice or other item part and gets into every nook, cranny, and corner of wherever you are dusting. And it will absolutely never scratch or nick anything.

This method is 10 times better than using water, olive oil, dryer sheets, feather dusters or any of the other so-called dusting tools or ideas I’ve read about. And it is certainly a lot better than the whole vacuuming adventure.

I actually learned this trick from a guy that repaired electronic circuit boards. Before making repairs, he would use a brush to clean off all the dust that had accumulated on them over the years. Serendipity is a wonderful thing.

Especially excellent for cleaning computer keyboards, keypads, cellphones, entertainment centers, car instrument panels and dashboards, and the tops/fronts/sides of pretty much any other electronic device.

So, that’s about it. The ever-flexible paint brush. And maybe only doing a little bit of dusting a day at most, as opposed to the usual 1-hour, weekly project.


And a Personal Note for Those of Us Who Are Slobs


A little dust never hurt anybody...

And here's a time management tip when it comes to dusting. Dusting just isn't worth it to me, but I found a way to deal with it.

Seriously, dusting furniture and all the stuff sitting on it just isn’t worth my time. Same with dusting anything else. I mean so what if there’s some dust here and there?

However, I’ve come up with a solution so that I’m not a total slob. That paint brush is handy indeed.

I simply dust only one area or a few items at a time and only when I feel like it. I do it as a way to take a break from doing something else. So in a sense, it’s zero additional labor. In fact, now that I think about it, I pretty much do and use all housework as a break from whatever regular work or project I was doing.

The result? The place stays more than just functionally clean.

A Note About Spider Webs

Leave alone those spiderwebs aka cobwebs in those remote ceiling corners and other out of the way places. They do wonders for getting rid of  flies, plant gnats, fruit flies, and the occasional invading, indoor mosquito.

Now admittedly this is a bit much.

Of course, when the more exuberant spiders start building barricades across doorways and such, then it’s time to break out the broom.

But other than that, it really is ok to pretty much leave them be. However, getting rid of the spider webs in your bedroom is a good idea. You don’t want to be dive-bombed in the middle of the night.

And of course, if a black widow or its kin comes along… Sorry, little dude, banishment or death. If you decide banishment; use a broom or brush and a big, paper grocery bag or other large container to capture him; the farther away you take him, the better. Sweeping or brushing him into a dustpan and then trying to take him outside is not a good idea. The little critters can move faster than you think.

As a side note, here's a page on vinegar and baking soda cleaning and other uses.

Best Way to Drink Barium Sulfate and the Taste and What to Expect

Many people inquire about what it is like to drink this stuff. Turns out drinking barium sulfate is no big deal.
  • Just do exactly what the bottle and doc says.
  • The taste is bland.
  • I experienced no after effects.


Doc and/or medical service provider specified a test requiring major, pre-test, drinking consumption of a barium sulfate solution. You'll usually need to drink it the day before the test and just prior to the test. In other words, they do have you drink several doses prior to the CT.

I immediately did the research on the .gov sites and elsewhere. I ended up with the impression that I was going to gag on the stuff.That information is false. It was bland and no big deal whatsoever. They'll even give you a choice as to flavor. I ended up with vanilla.

Again. The stuff was just plain bland. No problem. No big deal. I hope this post helps mitigate all the false information out there.And I might add, the volume looks a lot larger than it is. A few medium sips did the trick for each dosage. No need to to do large swallows or such. Do shake the stuff as the bottle says, before drinking; an even mixture gives the technician and doc what they need.

As for after effects, nothing out of the ordinary occurred.

What and Things That Will Never Happen - Truth and Humor

Otherwise Known as a List of Things That Will Happen When Hell Freezes Over

Things that will happen when hell freezes over aka things that will never happen.

Though it wasn't planned that way, some of the items here turned out to be serious. In fact, parts of these lists are quite brutal. However, there is also humor scattered here and there.

Yes, friends. This page is dedicated to listing all things that will happen when hell freezes over, otherwise known as things that will never happen. Got a really good one? Add it in the comments section below! We'll add them to the list. You can include religion, politics, business, life, and pretty much anything else that comes to mind. An open forum. Have fun. Many items here are from contributors from a previous project. Contradictory views are expressed.

Things That Will Never Happen - list one

  • Peace on earth goodwill toward men.
  • The national debt will be paid off.
  • Politicians become honest.
  • People will make educated decisions when voting.
  • CEO's become honest.
  • The medical industry becomes honest.
  • The banking industry becomes honest.
  • The credit card companies become honest.
  • The insurance industry becomes honest.
  • The auto repair industry becomes honest.
  • Printer ink cartridges will no longer have a 300% markup.
  • Adobe software stops paper saturation draining of printer cartridges.
  • American corporations become loyal to America.

Things That Will Never Happen - list two

  • Robocalls will go away.
  • Telephone solicitors will go away.
  • Spammers will go away.
  • Junk mail will go away.
  • You will never again hear on TV, "But wait! There's more!"
  • You will never again hear on TV, "But wait! If you order now...!"
  • Daytime TV shows will get some class.
  • The preachers on TV will stop asking for money.
  • When the children of celebrities stop writing humiliating tell-all books about their parents.
  • Jehovah Witnesses leave people alone.
  • Dogs stop licking their private parts.
  • Cats will actually give a F about what their owners want.

Things That Will Never Happen - list three

  • Someone will live a full life without ever once having something stolen from them.
  • Someone will live a full life without ever once being falsely accused of something.
  • Dry cleaners apologize and reimburse you when they ruin your clothes.
  • Supermarkets put the best deals on the middle shelves.
  • Pay day loan services stop robbing people blind.
  • Cable companies stop robbing people blind.

Things That Will Never Happen - list four

  • There is meritocracy in the corporate world.
  • The Supreme Court, Congress, and the President become aware of the 10th amendment.
  • Cities, counties, and states become aware of the 4th, 5th, 8th, and 9th amendments.
  • You have civil rights even when you don't have money.

Things That Will Never Happen - list five

  • Flies and chihuahuas stop being obnoxious.
  • Cockroaches, fleas, bedbugs, mosquitoes, and supermarket front door panhandlers stop wanting to be your friend.
  • Lawyers incorporate ethics into their strategies.
  • The news media becomes unbiased.
  • Spam disappears.
  • Forum trolls disappear.

Things That Will Never Happen - list six

  • When the food supplies of the planet are evenly distributed.
  • When people's status and worth are not determined by how much money they make or have.
  • Life becomes fair.
  • Fear and worry stop being such a major part of life.
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List of Ways on How and When the World Will End - Truth and Humor

Here's the top 10 armageddon doomsday list of the most likely scenarios and events. Actually, there are more than ten; lucky us. The Doomsday Clock is currently set at 2 minutes to midnight and no doubt ticking. I seem to remember a long time ago it was at 15.

The Doomsday Armageddon List

Likely, unlikely, and overlooked ways and scenarios on how the world will end. "We are all doomed! Doomed I say!" Yes we are. It is not a matter of if. It is only a matter of when. Let us count the ways... Warning, some humor may be present.

Alternate title for this page

  • How and What Are the Ways the Human Race Will Become Extinct

Some ways for how the world will end. The clock is ticking...

List of Doomsday and Armageddon Events and Scenarios for the World's End

Galaxies

Andromeda is indeed set for a galactic collision with the Milky Way. That's going to be a real mess. Fortunately, we can put a pin in that. Not scheduled for another three billion years or so.

Asteroids

They are wandering all over the place out there. They have hit us before and they will hit us again. In fact, we just recently had another near-miss.

Comets

Seems like those keep dropping by all the time. Sooner or later, one of them is going to decide to stay. They are not our friends.

Meteors

As for the really big ones, they might as well be asteroids. Come to think of it, at what size does a meteor become an asteroid? Inquiring minds want to know.

Anti-Matter and/or Dark-Matter

This stuff is scattered everywhere. It does not get along well with regular matter. Sooner or later our solar system is going to wander into it. Or it is going to wander into us. One way or another, it is going to eventually happen.

The Sun

Those pesky solar storms, solar flares, solar winds, EMP's... Historians say it won't be the first time. Actually, we were seriously clobbered once before back in1859. The EMP was strong enough to short out telegraph wires, batteries, and do all sorts of other mischief. Imagine if that same intensity EMP were to drop by today. Not a case of if, only a matter of when.

The Sun

Novas. This is another one that isn't scheduled for a few billion years. Then again, who knows?

The Earth

Climate change is apparently already in progress. The oceans are rising as we speak. The polar ice caps are melting and icebergs the size of states are breaking off as you read this. New temperature heat records are being set around the world. It is said there is still time to turn this around, but only if our species gets busy about it.

The Earth

Super volcanoes have happened before and they will happen again. Aside from the immediate damage, welcome to the beginning of the next ice age. Would a properly timed super volcano offset the aforementioned climate change? A couple of strategically placed nuclear devices could probably make that happen. Inquiring minds want to know.

The Earth

Volcano or not, the next regularly scheduled ice age is already overdue.

The Earth

The magnetic pole reversal could happen any day now. How all our electronic circuitry (which is attached to all sorts of interesting things...) will react is anybody's guess.

Genetics Research

Sooner or later, someone, somewhere, is going to mess up. Either the wrong stuff gets accidentally released into the environment. Or something "safe" is deliberately allowed; at which point it gets its own bright idea to mutate.

Genetics Research

When the terrorists get a hold of it, otherwise known as bioterrorism.

God

If He ever decides to just give up on us...

Evolution

Evolution hasn't stopped. And the next species is usually more advanced than the previous one. And it's a pretty good bet the first order of business for the new species will be to get rid of the old species.

Evolution

And then there are those pesky new viruses and bacteria that keep coming along...

AI

Whether by accident or design, sooner or later advanced artificial intelligence (AI) will happen. And if it has an attitude...

Aliens

Most folks agree there are other lifeforms in the universe. It stands to reason some of them are as un-nice as we are.

LHC

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has not gone away. For those who have forgotten previous years media news, the LHC is the world’s largest particle accelerator. It is still busily creating fermions, Higgs bosons, dark-matter, antimatter, quarks, leptons, strangelets, supersymmetry, vacuum bubbles, black holes, and who knows what else might come up next. Sooner or later, one of these critters might not get along very well with the physical laws of this universe.

Lab Rats

It is a well-known theory we are all just lab rats. Sooner or later the experimenter is going to clean out the cage.

Programmed Extinction

There is research indicating all species' genomes/DNA automatically lose their ability to replicate/reproduce over time. Sort of a naturally occurring kill-switch when nothing else comes along to do the job. This fits in nicely with the previous scenario. As a safety kill-switch, we are genetically programmed to die as individuals. And as a safety kill-switch, we are also genetically programmed to eventually lose the ability to reproduce as a species. As lab rats in an experiment, this kill-switch was incorporated in case the experiment somehow got out of hand. It is the same as what we attempt to do ourselves with virus and bacteria experiments.

The Bomb

Nuclear war is always still on the table. The United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, etc. just can't seem to get along with certain others. Brinkmanship seems to be the national sport with certain politicians and nations. Some days are worse than others.

The Bomb

When it falls into the wrong hands...

Have a nice day.


A February 2019 Update

And so as to end on a serious note, here is indeed a very serious, researched, and well-thought-out article from the BBC about the collapse of civilizations.

Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday, November 3, 2019, 2:00 am; East and West Coast, Central, Mountain. More info.

USA Daylight Saving meaning, about, when, where, and more.

All about and dealing with the Daylight Savings Time (DST) changes in the US and around the world, plus some resource links. Technically, it's actually called " Daylight Saving Time ", without the "s". But we all seem determined to add that extra letter and we all seem fine with it. This page briefly covers:
  • The what and why of daylight savings time and some timezone notes
  • The current US schedule for when daylight savings time begins and ends
  • Where is daylight savings time in the US and some timezone notes
  • Dealing with changing all the clocks
  • Daylight savings time around the world


Why Have and What Is Daylight Savings Time? 

This page is US-centric; but except for the start and end dates, it's pretty much all the same.

The purpose of Daylight Savings Time is to conserve energy. There is some dispute as to whether this objective is accomplished or not. The methodology used is to move one hour of sunlight from the morning to the evening by resetting the clocks.

The official abbreviation for Daylight Savings Time is DST (Standard Time being ST). So, for the east and west coast time zones for example, the designations change from EST and PST to EDT and PDT.

When Does Daylight Savings Time Start and End in 2019?

Daylight Saving Time Begins: Sunday, March 10, 2019, 2:00 am (dates updated yearly)

To move one hour of sunlight from the morning to the evening, clocks are reset ahead one hour every spring. Currently this is done on the second Sunday of every March at 2:00 a.m. At the appointed time, the clocks are reset forward to 3:00 a.m. ("spring forward").

Daylight Saving Time Ends: Sunday, November 3, 2019, 2:00 am (dates updated yearly)

To make things as they were and move that extra sunlight hour back to the morning, clocks are reset back one hour every fall. Currently this is done the first Sunday of every November at 2:00 a.m. At the appointed time, the clocks are reset from 2:00 a.m. back to 1:00 a.m. ("fall back"). Generally, folks aren't amused when this happens; they have become used to not having to commute home in the dark every evening.

Where Is Daylight Savings Time? East and West Coast. More.

Not all of the US engages in this adventure. Both Hawaii and most of Arizona decided they wanted nothing to do with it. Most US territories also do not observe Daylight Savings Time. These entities remain on Standard Time year-round.

The Clock-Changing Reality... 

 Be glad you don't have to mess with this one...
Yb (Ytterbium) Lattice Atomic Clock (NIST)

What one is "supposed" to do is reset all the clocks and watches before going to bed. However, more often than not, this usually does not happen. The clocks, watches, etc. generally get reset Sunday throughout the day, usually because there are so many of them. Personally, I start doing the resetting beginning mid Saturday morning. By the time I go to bed, I've pretty much already adjusted to the time change.

The various computer and computer-related clocks are invariably checked to see if they were indeed coordinated enough to do what they are supposed to do.

If you are looking to reset everything accurately right down to the precise second, you can do so at www.time.gov. Daylight Savings Time changes are also supposed to be the bi-annual reminder to check and/or change your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and batteries.

Daylight Saving Time Around the World

DST World Overview List

  • Canada is as the US; most provinces and territories take it, some leave it. Mexico is the same.
  • Central and South America mostly want nothing to do with Daylight Savings Time; however, Chile and parts of Brazil do indeed do DST.
  • Europe mostly does do Daylight Savings Time. Russia, China, and all of Asia want absolutely nothing to do with it.
  • Australia is as the US, Canada and Mexico; majority do, but some don't.
  • Africa is 90% don't do DST and 10% do do DST.
Looks like our species can't even agree on what time it is. But that's OK, we somehow still manage to keep muddling along. In all seriousness, geography and cultural differences do sometimes necessitate adjustments.

Non US daylight savings time start and end dates can usually be found at www.timeanddate.com.

World Time Zone Non Standard Abbreviations

There sure are a lot of them... Not only that, many of the abbreviations are not unique. The whole thing is a complete, non-standardized mess. The reason is each country makes up their own, locally relevant designations. The timeanddate website appears to have the best compilation of the non-standardized world time zone abbreviations currently being used.

There is also a World Standardized Time Zone and and a World Standardized Time Code

  • GMT (0/-/+) is the time zone abbreviation for Greenwich  Mean Time. Many other time zones will refer to themselves as GMT, plus or minus the number of hours difference between their timezone and the GMT timezone.
  • UTC (0/-/+) is the time code abbreviation for Coordinated Universal Time or Universal Coordinated Time. This is the military and civilian standard mostly used these days.
Neither GMT nor UTC observes DST; instead the -/+ offsets are adjusted at the local level. In other words, as Daylight Saving Time comes and goes, the GMT/UTC offsets change. As an example, for the US East Coast, the UTC offset changes from -5 to -4 during DST. For the US West Coast, the UTC offset changes from -8 to -7 during DST.

UTC / GMT Map

"-" means it's an hour earlier. **   "+" means it's an hour later.
Note that each timezone also has its own letter designation.
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Random List of Examples (during non daylight saving times):

  • 0 London; Paris
  • -5 New York; Quebec; US East Coast. (-4 during DST)
  • -6 Winnipeg; Dallas
  • -7 Denver; Edmonton
  • -8 Los Angeles; San Francisco; US West Coast (-7 during DST)
  • -10 Honolulu
  • +1 Berlin
  • +3 Moscow
  • +8 Shanghai; Perth
  • +9 Tokyo
  • +10 Sydney
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List of 100 Beautiful / Positive / Happy Words in the English Language

The Most Beautiful and Nicest Words in the World

Actually, there are more than 100. These happy and positive words in the English language were contributed by writers for writers in a project of mine awhile back These words show that the world can indeed be a positive, happy, and wonderful place. This list has also been referred to as the nicest, most lovely, sweetest, stunning, greatest, and most beautiful words in the English language and world. Most of the words are standalone, some are contextual. Just the mere act of reading this list can make one feel good.

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Greetings Love Healing
Serenity Mellifluous Hug
Empathy Peaceful Joy
Life Caring Sharing
Friend Forgiveness Trust
Kindness Lovely Cure
Exquisite Soothing Hope
Thanks Welcome Acknowledgement
Compassion Sympathy Tenderness
Synergy Synchronicity Serendipity
Perfection Chocolate Champagne
Ethics Honesty Integrity
Simplicity Complexity Recursion
Music Art Humor
Discovery Insight Revelation
Beautiful Pristine Glorious
Freedom Privacy Independence
Home Shelter Food
Gorgeous Awesome Amazing
Success Prosperity Money
Faithfulness Loyalty Ally
Sunrise Rain Moonlight
Elegance Symmetry Balance
Wonderment Appreciation Gratitude
Plethora Plenitude Bonanza
Communication Interaction Mutuality
Courtesy Respect Graciousness
Mom Dad Children
Remembering Forgetting Awareness
Optimism Destiny Expectation
Smile Hello Please
Happiness Sweet Karma
Dalliance Efflorescence Eloquence
Beginning Ending Closure
Yes No Chance

And last, but not least; whether it be a loan application or accepted for a new job:


A Review of the Computer Chess Lv.100 Game App Published by Unbalance Corp

To make a long story short, it's a fun chess game app for Windows 10 with more settings and options than you can shake a passed pawn at.

There are two versions, a free version and an ad-free version priced at a couple dollars and change. I found the free version to be fine. The single ad displayed at the lower left of the screen has so far been unobtrusive and unobnoxious. If you later decide you do not want any ads, you can return to the Microsoft Store and have them removed for $2.49 (last time I checked). Side note: The Chess Lv.100 game app is available all over town, not just the Microsoft Store.

The board and pieces are pleasant to look at and cause minimal or no eye strain. And while we are on the subject of eye strain, you show me any chess or other game with a bright white background and I will show you my rapidly departing shadow. Such games are murder on the eyes and you could very well pay the price 20 to 30 years down the road in the form of adult macular degeneration.

There are 100 levels of difficulty. When you install the game, it will start you at level 30 as white. I found the game beatable at this level, however it didn't rollover and play dead either. It did make an occasional non-advantageous move for itself now and again

As for all the settings and options, I still haven't discovered or figured them all out yet; haven't found much in the way of a help menu or instructions. It's kind of a trial and error sort of thing where you click whatever to see what happens and figure it out from there.

When you start a new game, you are given the usual choices and more. I noticed there are recording options and settings as well

During the game you can click the settings button for more options. You can highlight the last move, legal moves, threats, etc. You can change the graphics and even tell it to play music.

If the game makes a move where you are not sure what just happened, you do not need to click the Undo button. Click the back-arrows button to see what happened, then click the forward-arrows button when ready to resume the game.

If you are quitting for the day and it's an unfinished game, simply close the app. When you reopen the app, the game will resume where you left off.

Level 31 and it's definitely not rolling over and playing dead. This image is from the free version; you are not seeing the usual ad at lower-left below where it says "Normal Mode" because it was changing ads when I did the PrtScn.

I'm having fun with it and plan to gradually work my way up the levels. I must win playing both black and white before I'll allow myself to move up to the next level. And I won't allow myself to undue blunders; already did a couple of those as a matter of fact, but managed to fight my way back and win. I consider it a virtual certainty it will be regularly shutting me down long before I get anywhere near level 100, but it's going to be fun getting to that point.

If level 30 turns out to be a walk in the park and actually causes you to be bored, then a larger incrementation may indeed be in order; only you can decide. Personally, I haven't played in years and am rusty; after a few games I still haven't gotten that all-encompassing "flow" back yet. May all your chess games be stimulating, enlightening, and fun.

Alas, I must make a rather sad update...

I see that I posted the original review around six months ago. Just recently, a new ad function has been introduced. When you win a game, a full screen ad suddenly bursts upon the scene with full audio. Clicking the usual "x" makes it go away. Then you can still go back to the completed game to admire your handiwork, leastwise that's what I do.

December 2016 Update

I'm rather proud of this one, though Level 40 isn't exactly a barnburner in the awesomeness department. It certainly made me work for it though.

Checkmate

The adventure continues...

October 2017 Update

Once you are in the 40's range, the darned thing really makes one have to think. The good news is the game will still sometimes make opening moves that are downright insulting. The "bad" news is from that point forward, there are very few "gifts".

If you overlook something or otherwise make a mistake, the game will immediately nail you for it. Also at this range level, the game plays somewhat aggressive offense as well as defense. One really does have to think ahead a few moves for the entire and every part of the board.

Personally, now whenever I see a mess developing: I'll study it for awhile, then sign off for awhile; then sign back on after a few hours or even days and study it some more, then maybe sign off again. I might do this several times before finally making a move. Needless to say, my games have now turned into long term adventures. Totally fine with that and loving it.


January 2018 Update

They've started using animated ads. Not good.

February 2018 Update

They may have stopped with the animated ads. Leastwise there weren't any last time I was there.

February 2018

Animated ads still in play, but somehow not as obnoxious.

February 2018

Now they are doing announcement ads even when you lose.

September 2018

They are doing now doing motion ads and and constant ad changing.

September 2018

I have loved this game, but now there are the freezing problems. Or worse.
Waiting.

September 2018

Found a minor tech error. Rare, most players probably won't notice it. Meanwhile, continuing to enjoy the game. Still rating the game extremely positive.

January 2019

They don't do the full-page announcement ads when you resign; don't know if they do it when they checkmate you. And the last time I looked, the lower-left ad was innocuous. Meanwhile, I've noticed I've been doing this ongoing review for almost three years now; this app has certainly passed the test of time. Am still enjoying it and still happily giving the Chess Lv.100 Game App by Unbalance Corp a positive review and recommendation.

February 2019

The freezing problems I mentioned six months ago are long gone, just thought I'd mention that.

Junev2019

Amazed how I have improved. Thank you.

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Friday the 13th Guide for September and December - 2019

Beware the Epic Fail

Black Hole Friday - NASA

We have two months in year 2019 that have a Friday the 13th.
  • September
  • December

A Short Friday the 13th Guide

  • Beware the power of suggestion; if not yours, then others.
  • Beware the powers of coincidence.
  • Inspect those car tires before driving to work today.
  • Ambiguously timed yellow light? Today you choose to stop.
  • Beware idiot drivers. 
  • Beware idiot pedestrians.
  • An out-of-sorts coworker or boss? Unobtrusive avoidance is the key.
  • Someone wants to talk politics or religion with you today? Best to avoid that.
  • An email attachment from a stranger? Best not to click that.
  • Computer doing anything weird? Virus/malware scanning time.
  • Feeling overly optimistic? Feeling overly pessimistic? Either way, extra thought prior to action is not a bad idea.
  • A strange telephone solicitor has called you? Hang up. Well, actually you should always do that anyway. Come to think of it, that pretty much applies to everything on this list.

Have a safe, happy, and prosperous Friday the 13th.

And then there is that thing called entropy, here are the top 10 ways entropy messes with us. It is not pretty, but that's the way it is; at least it is presented in a somewhat humorous light. Well worth the read; puts things in perspective.

What Is a Zark / Zerk / Zirk / Zork / Zurk - The Short Definitions and Uses Compendium


I decided to research the land of zurk, zork, zirk, zerk, and zark. Someone had to do it. Interestingly, different spellcheckers each have their own different subsets of pet peeves concerning these words. Though this page is somewhat humorous, it is also 100% factual.

Zark Definition

Looks like zark came into being, courtesy of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It apparently can also be used as a swear word. Merely use it in place of the F-bomb word.

Zerk Definition

A zerk is a grease fitting. Somehow I don’t think this particular definition will come up too often in conversations.

Zerk is also another word for crazy; as in, “He went zerk when Zurk said no.”

Zerk can also be used to refer to acceleration and deceleration; examples being, we zerk when the light turns green and we zerk when we come to a stop sign.

Zerk can also be used as a verb, as in zerking from the scene.

Zirk Definition

The act of conning or taking advantage of someone. One can zirk someone; and one can be zirked by someone. Example, “I know he zirked me on that deal.”

Zork Definition

A well-known computer game.

Zurk Definition

Zurk is still awaiting admittance to the English language. The word as yet remains undefined. Zurk, as with some of the others, is also a surname. When someone with the Zurk surname does something notable, we will then have our zurk definition.

Zirk - Zerk - Zork - Zark - Zurk

Zarkness, Zerkness, Zirkness, Zorkness, Zurkness are all popular user names.

As for zarkdom, zerkdom, zirkdom, zorkdom, and zurkdom; excepting for usage in some fictional stories, these words are likewise still awaiting usage and definitions in the English language. I figure it is only a matter of time.

And this concludes the what is, uses for, and definitions of zork / zerk / zark / zirk / zurk.

Divorce: Reasons and Causes - Preventing and Averting

A serious list of reasons that cause many couples to divorce and what one can sometimes do to avert a divorce. Mainly it is simply self-awareness, early detection, and communication are all that is needed.

Reasons People Divorce

List of Reasons Couples Say Cause Divorce

In some cases, solutions are possible.
  • Infidelity
  • One party too involved in their career or working too much. Emotional neglect.
  • Different views on religion or politics. At the beginning of a marriage, both parties don’t think it’s a big deal. But over time, the disagreements become cumulative and can move to the forefront.
  • Failure to communicate. One person or the other fails to tell the other of a concern that is on their mind. Instead they just let the “issue” build up. In time, the emotion becomes out of proportion to the actual concern.
  • Failure to communicate. A misunderstanding develops that neither party realizes until it is too late.
  • Lack of trust developing over time. Caused by the other items listed here.
  • Money. Lack of money induces a never ending stress. Over time, blame issues may develop.
  • Marrying someone who has habits you don’t like in the belief that you can change them.
  • Failure to be open and honest. Though this includes lying, it also includes failure to volunteer important information.
  • An unwillingness to compromise.
  • Marriages that begin for reasons other than love.

Early Recognition of Problems and Averting Conflict

This admittedly incomplete list was posted in the hopes it might help people. The simple awareness and communication about potential problems is sometimes all that is needed.
  • The mutual awareness that external factors can cause stress.
  • The mutual awareness of lack of communication.
  • The mutual awareness of unintentional neglect.
The key word is "mutual". These things and more can be overcome; if when something is first noticed, attention is immediately brought to it. Then it can be addressed and dealt with long before the stage where emotions override thought.

Sometimes None of the Above Applies

People change and evolve over time. As an example, no one is the same person they were 10 years ago. Also, disparate job/career/work environments can be a cause. As people change, compatibility changes. It can be entirely possible that either or both parties may have simply fallen out of love. No conflicts. No mistakes. No injustices. Just simply the natural changes in personalities that inevitably occur over time. When such a situation is recognized and what with the history of the relationship, it is worth it to still remain friends and allies.

Meritocracy System and Sociology

Meritocracy - Sociology - Politics

The Sociological Definition and Results of a 100% Meritocracy, i.e., Societal Darwinism

Why a 100% meritocratic society can never work as a standalone system, the pros and cons. For Democrats, Republicans. Liberals. Conservatives, and anyone else who is interested.

Darwinism - Another word for meritocracy

Introduction

Meritocracy is a good thing. In addition to rewarding those who can compete, it generates lots of extra money that can be used to help those who cannot. Unfortunately, meritocracy can never work as a standalone system. This is due to the fundamental nature of meritocracy and, of all things, the basic laws of mathematics.

What is a meritocracy? For the purposes of this article, meritocracy is defined as one's survival and success being solely contingent upon one's ability to compete and contribute to society in such a way as to prosper.

Meritocracy and capitalism have a lot in common. In a "perfect" system, the concept of money could be defined as the method used to quantify one's success.

The Scenario – What would happen if a society were to convert to a 100% meritocracy? The Sociological implications...

In a meritocracy there will always be winners and losers. In many cases the loser worked just as hard as the winner, but the winner was just a little bit better at it. The winner thus gets more and the loser gets less. So far, no problem. And the loser can always try again.

However, resources are finite. For the bottom 10%, there will always not be enough. There will not be enough shelter. There will not be enough food. There will not be enough health care. There will not be enough of a lot of things. It is inevitable, due to the lack of even the basic necessities of life, the "losers" will sooner or later lose the ability to compete. Now what with this being a 100% meritocratic scenario, what happens to them?

It is already abundantly demonstrated in our present society one of two alternatives will occur...

Alternative One – The person dies

In our present society ,homeless people unnecessarily die all the time. Everyone knows living on the streets will eventually destroy most people through attrition: a continual decline of health, the eventual and inevitable being a victim of successive crimes, and finally the loss of ability to defend or survive, and then death.

However, we are not talking about our current society. We are discussings a 100% meritocratic society. Therefore: there are no free job-training programs; there are no homeless shelters; there are no food banks or food programs; there is no affordable health care; there is no type of charity or handout whatsoever.

Needless to say, this greatly accelerates the attrition, leading to death or the second alternative.

Alternative Two – A new criminal is born

Steal, rob, kill; or die. That pretty much sums it up.

Of course the number of criminals will continually be reduced for the usual reasons: competition among same; attrition through street-living; "eradication" by society via imprisonment, etc.

As the number of criminals are reduced, others will take their place.

The Brutal Mathematics

What happens when the bottom 10% gradually dies; whether it be through Alternative One or Alternative Two? The answer is simple; they will gradually be replaced by a new 10%. It is a brutal mathematical fact; there will always be a bottom 10%.

Recursion comes into play. As the bottom 10% shrink through death, new lowest 10%'ers will take their place. Along with an expanding criminal element and a shrinking population; riots and other civil unrest could very well become commonplace. 100% meritocracy is equivalent to 100% Darwinism. Both are good, but not at the 100% implementation level.

Conclusion

A 100% meritocracy is not only brutal and full of misery, it is destined to fail.

An 80% to 90% meritocracy, however, could be a good thing. We pretty much have that now. We just need to get better at it.

It should also be noted a meritocracy below 80% will more than likely lead to a country's bankruptcy. This apparently is already happening in some European countries.