Today, Trump signed an executive order that is supposed to help allow people to purchase insurance plans across state lines. This is something that has long been argued to be a single variable of a free market solution to the healthcare crisis in the United States.
It turns out that Senator Rand Paul was a big player in getting the president to sign this order. After congress failed twice to repeal Obamacare, there needed to be some sort of reform to help remedy the crisis. Rand Paul explained that it could help encourage people to join associations across state lines and essentially lower premiums with the mere size of people entering the insurance market. It might work but there is still so much clutter in healthcare policy that it is difficult to tell.
Bloomberg Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9NP6mUQktA
I never thought I’d actually see the day come because I never understood why this existed in the first place. I simply don’t understand it’s origin. I assumed it would be a violation of the commerce clause in the constitution but what the hell do I know?
This will not immediately fix the healthcare problem and I hope congress returns to the table to try to tackle Obamacare.
Ok, fine. I know. I can’t commit to a daily post. Pathetic. I’ll just post as much as I can. At least once a week. Whatever. Today I want to write about something different.
I recently picked up Pokemon Silver from the eShop. It’s been a nice run so far considering this is a game I loved as a kid. It took Red and Blue, which I also loved, and turned it into something legitimately better. But then, I started to think.
I was thinking about the moon. That’s right. Pokemon Sun and Moon. The recent main release from the series which I ended up really disappointed over. I want to talk about that disappointment. Why does Game Freak add great features and then take them away?
I really enjoyed Pokemon X and Y. Omega Ruby and Alphe Sapphire were good too. Going back to a reliance on HM’s was a drag but it was still good. Sun and Moon was just… well three hour’s into the game I was still complaining.
Don’t get me wrong, the visuals, the camera, and the battles were good. The game looked beautiful itself. However, the game constantly interrupted me and wanted to tell me what to do. It felt like every time I entered a new area there was someone there waiting to talk to me. Actually, most of the time it was more than one person. The games also liked to play cut scenes too. It wasn’t just reading text. I frequently had to wait for the camera to move around. It was a headache.
The islands were so linear. The game consisted of a few islands with paths that all seemed to just a make a circle. I never felt like there was much to see or explore. Sometime’s I would be playing and suddenly realize I was in a trial since the trial areas tend to look a lot like every other area. The fact that I started rushing through scenes didn’t help either.
The last point I want to make before going back to Silver is, why did they take away the Player Search System and replace it with that carnival looking crap that was time wasting? The PSS was a smooth system that helped the game make you feel like you were really connected to the Pokemon community. The random battle requests and the shout outs were excited and simple to interact with. Oh yes, simplicity. The PSS was SIMPLE! It made trading and battling with your friends the easiest it has ever been for Pokemon.
Here’s an idea. Grab all those features that peopled liked about the old games and put it into one game. Oh, and bring back the Pokemon follower feature. Bye.
So keeping up with this blogging thing is a little harder that I thought. But hey! As long as I keep jumping back into then I should be fine.
I spent yesterday working and driving to Orlando. I long time and real close friend of mine is having a baby. He is the first among my close friends to have one. It’s blowing my mind because it’s not like I am seeing old high school class mates accidentally pop some babies. This wasn’t an accident. It was completely intentional. This changes everything.
I am 26 years old and now I am entering a period of my life where the people around me are looking to patch up missing pieces in their lives. Maybe that’s just the way I’ve been looking at it. My friend has been with this girl for many years and they both made the conscious decision to start having a family. I’m only starting to feel the pressure on my part. Thankfully he is only the first one and I’m not in any rush to be number two.
This isn’t all pessimism on my part. I’m glad they decided this together. I only hope that it wasn’t made too soon. Babies change everything for couples. My friend is a hard working man and I believe he will do anything it takes to create a strong inseparable bond with his family. Strong families lead to good children. We need more families who stay together in this world.
I’m sure the statistics are there prove my point. However, I am saying this out of experience of those I’ve interacted with.
I already said that this feud is bad for the country. However, I predicted that this was still a battle that Trump is going to win. As democrats set themselves up as being against the flag(this is just what is perceived not what I think their intent was) which is a strategy that seems to be turning against them.
- NFL ratings are down 11% from last year
- NFL lost it’s first sponsor since the feud started.
- Broncos players say they will stand next game.
We can make arguments all day about what these protests are about or what the anthem actually stands for. In the end, the majority of Americans support the idea of standing during the anthem and this issue is even divided within the parties. The initial protest may have been about police brutality but, after reacting to Trump’s speech in Alabama, the debate was no longer that. All the casual viewers saw were players “disrespecting the flag” and the media shouting obscenities about Trump.
Some claim this was an accidental battle or that it is a necessary cultural war that the right needs to engage in. There is value in the culture war view point. The right has put up with being knocked around since the Bush administration. I’m concerned that this will only leave us with a shatter America.
And it’s only day 2.
This is my first full week back to work since Hurricane Irma came through South Florida and left everyone without power. I was out for a total of nine days and only three of those days was I without power. Maybe family had some damage from the storm but it was nothing like what had happened to Key West, Houston, and definitely not Puerto Rico.
The Miami area lucked out bit time. For a number of days, the storm path was set to go right through my area. An area that has dark flashbacks on Hurricane Andrew and the media made sure everyone remembered it. Florida witness one of the largest evacuations of it’s time. Many areas that weren’t required to evacuated did so anyways. My area was far from the potential storm surge zone and even we had a few neighbors who packed up and left town. People were scared.
Puerto Rico got a big chunk of Hurricane Irma whom left thousands without power. Unfortunately, Maria came to follow and completely wiped out the rest of of the Islands electricity. I have a coworker who has a son currently in Puerto Rico. She lost contact with him right before the storm hit. She didn’t hear from him for days. There are reports that claim Puerto Rico could be without power for up to six months.
This summer has been filled with disasters and I urge everyone to donate what you can to charities you feel are worth your dollar. I started a monthly donation of five dollars to an organization back in April. I felt that, as a conservative/libertarian, I am obligated to donate what I can to people in need.
Now, I’ve been without work for a few days so I have been short on money. I donated five dollars to Samaritan’s Pure and I plan to give a greater donation when get paid again. It is up to everyone(not just conservatives) to give what they can, especially during these times.
I don’t care for watching sports on television, except for the occasional soccer game. I was hoping on keeping silent during the whole controversy. I even watched Trump’s rally speech where he made the remark about NFL players who kneel during the anthem and I initially thought nothing of it. This is typical Trump rallying to a base that loves this kind of stuff. Of course, as the days went on, I should have known liberals were going to run with this. This just goes to show how good my judgement is.
This is a silly fight to start. I personally think this entire feud is divisive from both sides of the aisle and ultimately is NOT good for the country. Kneeling during the National Anthem is not an effective way to protest police brutality because the Pledge of Allegiance represents all of us. It doesn’t represent police officers, our military, blacks, whites, blue, or green. It is the one unifying thing for all Americans. It represents our history, it represents our struggles, it represents all of those who lost their lives through it all. And to every American it will mean something specifically special to them. Of course, kneeling in denial of the Anthem will divide us because it rejects the very thing that should unify us.
Obviously, I do not agree with these players style of protest. Of course, I also do not agree with the President’s decision to add fuel to the fire either. The result of his remarks has lead to the encouragement of further protests. But this isn’t only the President’s doing. Since long before the election, the left has been pushing a successful campaign to politicize everything. From casual television to our sports.
You can’t watch late night without the show host smearing the President and Republicans. You can’t watch a sitcom or a new show without a character making a remark about conservatives or conservative people. You can’t watch football without witnessing some political message being pushed by a player or an ESPN commentator.
I predict the left will only alienate themselves in their effort to control all narrative. Their campaign doesn’t only annoy the right. it is exhausting to the many non-political in our society. Must I also remind them as they protest Trump, this certain fact remain. The majority of Americans support the flag and the National Anthem. All they’ve done is paint a picture of Donald Trump being the champion of the flag and themselves being against it.
It’s been sometime since I left New Zealand and stopped posting on this blog. Today, I’ve decided to start posting again as an effort to start a challenge for myself and reorganize my thoughts as I have been unplugged from what is going on around the world. At least unplugged in the sense that I haven’t attempted to truly digest news as well as I should.
First off, the challenge that I have for myself is that I want to try to post in this blog at least once per day. The post also has to be at least a single paragraph. I know that’s small but it an initial start that is not so overwhelming that I stop after day two.
I returned to Miami after leaving New Zealand. I got a job rather quickly upon returning while my friend packed up and left to Orlando soon after coming back. A decision I’m rather jealous of. Though, I’ve been able to earn some money. Enough to build a new computer and save for a down payment on a car since I sold mine prior to leaving for New Zealand. Getting on my own feet is becoming a long and drawn out process.
Miami is a drag and it never takes long to give me reasons to want to leave it again. Nonetheless, I have pending job opportunities that could decide whether I stay in the city or move elsewhere.
I’ve been trying to keep a closer eye on a few topics these past few days and hope to be able to write about them one by one over time. Currently, The German election, The Kurdish Referendum, and of course the whole NFL/National Anthem craziness. Of course, I don’t plan to only write about politics and world affairs but also write about my daily life.
A close friend of mine is having a child soon. This will be the first among my close friends to have a kid and it is blowing my mind. Of course, it’s making me feel funny too. It reminds me of that episode of How I Met Your Mother when Marshal and Lily think they are having a baby, they tell everyone and they start to re-evaluate their own lives. The only difference is that I feel like I’m constantly re-evaluating my life.
I’m trying to keep my current goal becoming independent. The leash needs to be cut.
Oh yeah, time is coming up to renew my domain name. Don’t let me forget.
See You Again Soon!
I have enjoyed New Zealand.My favorite part was when I was on the Kiwi bus jumping from location to location meeting all kinds of new people and doing all kinds of new activities. I had conquered so much of the country in such a little amount of time and I had fun doing it. Yeah, I felt a little rushed at times but, at the same time, it felt like an adventure. I wouldn’t give back that time for the world.
Wellington was fun too, it was just different. The goal was to live long term and it was time to buckle down and find work. It just wasn’t as easy as it seemed. Finding a hostel with a good atmosphere took time but I achieved that. Trek Global made meeting people incredibly easy. If my time in Taipei didn’t teach me this then it was definitely Trek that taught me that there was no other way to travel abroad than via hostel. The social factor completely transforms the experience. It can literally turn a trip from visually entertaining to physically entertaining. What does that even mean? Most people(maybe only Americans) travel to new destinations with no intent of meeting new people. If it happens then fine but if it doesn’t then so be it. However, meeting fellow travelers can amplify your vacation ten folds and now I wouldn’t recommend traveling any other way.
Of course, there is a trade off to this experience and it is specifically felt when traveling for long term. That is privacy. You cannot necessarily own things when you are abroad like this. It takes up unnecessary space and it is outside of your budget when your sole purpose of work is to fund your next trip. You trade material for experiences at 100 percent. You must basically live out of a backpack or suitcase which can get old fast. There is almost a constant pressure to be social, which can be exhausting if you’re someone like me who finds it difficult to pull myself in and out of this mood. I have felt all of this and I often struggle with deciding whether this trade off is for me. Everyone is different and I have witnessed some people thrive with this lifestyle.
What is it about me? My time in New Zealand has been a learning experience and has made me realize(just as the title states) that hindsight is 20/20. I keep thinking back about how I could have conquered both Islands of New Zealand in a month or so days and left to Australia with plenty of money to spare. There nothing that can be done about it but it drives me nuts just thinking about. There was a large portion of my time in Wellington where I’ve had too much time to think. Thinking about what I am doing here, what I’ve thought I always wanted, and what I really want to do next.
I always thought I wanted self sufficiency and stability. I told myself that for years and I suddenly threw that away for a life of constant instability. Maybe it was a bad move on my part but I had told myself for months prior that I needed to do something different for a change. I did it and what I discovered is that I love traveling and seeing new parts of the world but I also like stability. Most of all, I like independence.
I think I know what to do.
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I’ve been in Wellington for quite some time. After hostel hopping, I found a sort of home base at a hostel called Trek Global. It’s a hostel smack in the middle of the CBD filled with other long term travelers. A lot of the people here are great, I have made a couple friends. I watch anime with this English-Indian dude named Jake and talk about the current state of the union with another English guy named Harry who can’t seem to control how fast he speaks sometimes.
When I first arrived in New Zealand I had the hardest time understanding everyone when they spoke. Everyone seemed to have an accent other than North American. I still have trouble understanding people but I think I have the most trouble with Kiwis. They tend to speak really low and I haven’t quite figured out the Kiwi or Aussie lingo other than “sweet as”. A kiwi named Blake, who is also staying here at Trek, does exactly this.
I was looking for work for a while until I decided I was going to try demolition work. Due to the earthquake that occurred a few months ago, there a ton of agencies who are willing to take on anyone who walks in the door. Of course, eight hours of moving rubble around is no easy task. I am a skinny man so it didn’t take long for this to take its toll on me. I was sore for the entire week. I am hoping to complete an entire week this coming week as a sort of challenge to myself. Unfortunately, the money isn’t very great. Minimum wage runs at about $15.25 in Kiwi money which runs to about $11 in American. I am looking for other work while I am doing this. Hopefully I find something that doesn’t leave my body broken.
Many other travelers talk of Australia. In Australia, the wages are supposed to be higher. The minimum wage runs to about $17 in Aussie money but most gigs tend to pay higher than that. I am curious about what contributes to that. None-the-less, many travelers describe Australia as a sort of promised land for people preparing their next trip. Even visiting Australia itself is easy. Most things to see are right there on the east coast and it is a pretty straight shot north from Melbourne to Cairns. It really makes me want to wrap up New Zealand and head over there ASAP. I want to stock up on cash and visit a few Asian countries before I go back home. Korea, Japan, or some of the South East Asian countries are on that list of potential countries to see.
Hmm.. What else, what else…
In complete honesty, I am growing bored of Wellington. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice city but I miss the days when I was seeing a new town or location every couple days. Waking up early, hopping on a bus and finding that next destination makes traveling so much more thrilling. I am determined to just hoard enough money to leave the city and head south. Being able to compare Auckland and Wellington to some of the smaller towns has made me appreciate the countryside. I am just not sure I am finding what I am looking for here. I’m not sure I even know what that is.
Currently listening to: Hands like Houses – No Parallel