Daily 6 Mile Runs

I have slowly over the last year and a half built up to the point where I run six miles four to five mornings each week. I typically wake up at around 6:40 am, drink two glasses of water, use the restroom, then head outside for my six mile run. My route takes me on Motor Ave under the 10 freeway and up into beautiful Cheviot Hills. I make a right off of Motor at the Cheviot Hills Country Club and proceed to run through sunny and very green and pretty suburban neighborhoods all the way out to Pico before turning around and retracing my route.

I have found that doing these runs helps me to stay fit and I really enjoy listening to lectures on these. I have been through a couple of course series on Audible.com’s Great Courses and currently have been listening to a philosophy lecture series (Descartes to Didereaux).

It’s a great way to start my mornings!

Personal Goals & Measurements Tracking

Tracking your personal goals and measurements is vitally important to being successful. Each morning, I input the following into my spreadsheet:

  1. Food
  2. Learning topics
  3. Workout
  4. Work hours
  5. How much I advanced Coalition
  6. If I did a blog post
  7. If I took a nap
  8. What I’m grateful for
  9. Bedtime
  10. Happiness
  11. Weight
  12. and a couple of other items

Henry Ford Helped Win WW2

Much of America’s manufacturing during WW2 was managed by Henry Ford the great industrialist. Within a year and a half of America entering the war, Ford was producing a completed bomber airplane every hour on a mile long assembly line. He built 90,000 allied bombers by the end of the war, establishing total allied dominance in the skies. He also built a quarter of a million jeeps. Altogether, he was responsible for the delivery of a million allied fighting vehicles, an absolutely mind blowing number.  By comparison, America today only has a grand total of 20 B2 bombers.

If you want to get serious about winning a war like the one on ISIS, assign a successful businessman like Bill Gates to do it.


100 people dead in Paris, 200+ dead in the Russian airliner bombing, 2000 dead in the World Trade Centers, many tens of thousands dead in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Nothing compared to what is coming.

The genetic engineering tools to build super diseases now exist and are commonplace in laboratories around the world. Building and arming drones is very cheap and will get even cheaper and easier.

In the next holocaust, billions could die. Picture nations going under quarantine and huge percentages of populations dying of incredibly deadly and contagious diseases. Or a hundred thousand drones armed with anthrax or other chemical weapons.

Our best hope to stop this? Super intelligence being developed by many organizations globally. A vastly higher intelligence replaces us and takes our place at the top of the food chain. The problem here is that this is a threat that could kill every last one of us. Total extinction.

Good luck either way, I don’t know how it would be possible to stop these. Ideas?

Corporations Need Limits

You may be shocked that I am posting a blog entry about companies needing limits. I generally tend to be a libertarian advocating only laws that protect one individual from infringing on the rights of others; I think after reading this you will find that this is generally in keeping with my philosophy.

What is the problem? Why do corporations need limits?

There is a systemic problem of corporations doing things that are in their own interest but against the public welfare at large:

  • Tobacco companies have pushed a product that they have known is damaging for half of a century
  • Gun companies have pushed individual ownership of guns even though America’s Founding Father’s meant them to be used by militia’s, and an individual with a gun no longer oppose a nuclear armed government with robots fighting for them.
  • Oil companies have pushed for heavy use of their product even though CO2 has been shown to have the potential wreck our planet’s future. I believe they have also pushed an anti-nuclear energy agenda even though nuclear is our best option.
  • Alcohol companies push their product even though they know that 10% of the population drives 80% of their profitability (alcoholics)
  • Doctors have pushed through laws limiting the number of people who can become doctors each year, severely restricting supply and causing prices to go through the roof. America has the highest health care costs in the world not because of insurance companies, but because doctor’s charge $2,000 per hour for their time.
  • Attorneys have pushed through laws that make them more money but harm everyone else; a great example is family law. A divorce in the USA is far more expensive and far more painful than elsewhere in the world.

How do we resolve this? Regulation?

Unfortunately, companies are too good at lobbying in their own interests and distracting attention away from what they are doing (hence we have the perennial “issues” of abortion, gay rights, and a slew of other issues that have nothing to do with what matters most – power of the country which is money). Companies generally quickly gain control of their own regulators. The financial industry is an excellent example of this, as is the healthcare industry.

I am not entirely certain what the best solution is here. I hate lawyers, but perhaps the best thing to do is companies up to litigation for behavior that is against the public interest. Setting this up in a way that was just would be challenging though.